My Favorite Skippers (A Top Ten List)

I have many Skippers in my collection, but there are a few that I consider my favorites.  I thought I’d share with you ten of my favorite Skippers (in no particular order).

Japanese Skipper

Japanese Skipper

By far one of the most rare items in my collection is this Japanese Skipper.  Back in 1964, Mattel manufactured  this Skipper for the Japanese market.  She is known for her special eyes– large and black.  I am still on the look out for reasonably priced Japanese Skippers in different hair colors.  I just adore her eyes!

Japanese Skipper

Japanese Skipper

Living Skipper

Living Skipper

Like many of the Skippers made in the early years, Living Skipper was released with at least two different hair colors.  While both blonde, the pale blonde Skipper is harder to find.  I stumbled upon her at my favorite doll shop.  These pale blonde Skipper’s have tighter pigtails and paler skin.  I just think she’s so pretty.

Living Skipper (pale blonde)

Living Skipper (pale blonde)

Cool Tops Skipper

Cool Tops Skipper

Cool Tops Skipper is from 1990.  She’s from what I call the anime eye era, where Skipper’s eyes were large and round.  The anime eye era is my favorite of all time.  Why?  It’s my youth.  These were the dolls i received for birthdays and holidays.  I’ve always loved this Skipper’s look.  It’s just so, well, me as a grammar school kid in the 90’s.

Cool Tops Skipper

Cool Tops Skipper

Cool Tops Courtney

Cool Tops Courtney

Courtney is my favorite Skipper friend of all the era’s.  This Cool Top Courtney is one of my favorites.  Her hair is awesome– so much volume!  I also especially like her outfit.  The colors are so bright and fun!  I found a cute commercial for Cool Tops on YouTube.

Cool Tops Courtney

Cool Tops Courtney

Totally Hair Skipper and Coutney

Totally Hair Skipper and Coutney

One of the most memorable Skipper dolls of the anime eye era is Totally Hair Skipper.  At one point, Totally Hair Barbie was the best selling Barbie in Mattel’s history.  Skipper and Courtney hit store shelves in 1992.  In 1992, I was 10 (ish) and Totally Hair Skipper very quickly became a favorite.  Courtney, I nabbed later via Ebay.

Totally Hair Skipper and Courtney

Totally Hair Skipper and Courtney

Pajama Fun Skipper

Pajama Fun Skipper

I have very few Teen Skipper’s.  When Skipper originally changed to the ‘teen’ body, she still looked like Skipper.  However, as the line evolved, she began to look a lot like Barbie.  Pajama Fun is one of the cutest Teen Skipper’s Mattel made.  She came out in 2000.  What I like about this Skipper is her outfit.  It gives off a ‘fun’ vibe and keeps her looking young.

Pajama Fun Skipper

Pajama Fun Skipper

Camp Barbie

Camp Barbie

Camp Barbie Skipper, from 1994, is by far my favorite anime eye Skipper.  She came out late in era and only a year later, Skipper would look different with the new Pizza Party Skipper headmold.  I honestly don’t know what it is about this Skipper that makes me love her so much.  She’s a simpler Skipper than many of them, but she has such pretty face coloring.

Camp Barbie Skipper

Camp Barbie Skipper

Pose n Play Tiff

Pose n Play Tiff

Tiff is one of Skipper’s lesser known friends.  They were, in fact, only ‘friends’ for one line– Pose n Play.  Tiff was put on the market and sold as Skipper’s tomboy friend and released around 1972.  You may notice, she has the same face mold as Living Fluff, minus the eyelashes.  Fluff is a cute doll, but Tiff?  I think she’s adorable.  What stands out the most to me are her dark brown eyes.

Pose n' Play Tiff

Pose n’ Play Tiff

Twist n Turn Skipper

Twist n Turn Skipper

In 1969, Skipper got a new, more modern look and was given a Twist n Turn body.  It took me a long time to find an affordable TNT Skipper to add to my collection.  I’m still on the lookout for other examples of the TNT Skipper.  This one, to me, is so striking.  She still has great color and her hair is very nice.

Twist n Turn Skipper

Twist n Turn Skipper

1964 Dark Brunette Straight Leg Skipper

1964 Dark Brunette Straight Leg Skipper

It’s not everyday you come such a pristine straight leg Skipper.  I have a good number of straight leg and bendable leg Skippers from her release by in 1964 and this is by far my favorite. The dark brunette hair is perfect and she still has her wrist tag.  There’s something so innocent about the 1964 Skippers that I’ll always love.

1964 Dark Brunette Straight Leg Skipper

1964 Dark Brunette Straight Leg Skipper

Of course, there are many other Skipper’s I’d love to display here, but the post would turn into a novel.  I put these photos in to a video, for anyone who wants to take a peek!

I know many of you have commented before about your favorite Skipper dolls, but for those that haven’t (or those that want to comment again), why not leave a comment with your favorite Skipper memories?

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August 26, 2013. Tags: . Uncategorized.

24 Comments

  1. April replied:

    Nice Skippers. My favorite Skipper is Super Teen Skipper. I longed for her as a child and finally got her 3 years ago (with her boyfriend, Scott). Before Super Teen Skipper came out, my favorite Skipper was Growing-Up Skipper, boy, did I want her. Never did get her. 😉

    • kewpie83 replied:

      Somehow or another, I’ve ended up with a ton of Growing Up Skipper’s and each looks different! As for Scott, I think he’s a great boyfriend for Skipper. Love his hair!

  2. mangusta replied:

    You have quite a collection there! My favourite Skipper mold is same as yours – anime eyes, as you call it. I also had Cool Tops Skipper when I was a child. Skipper are quite rare in my country. The Japanese Skipper really is astonishing.

    • kewpie83 replied:

      Isn’t she? I will never get tired of her unique eyes.

  3. barbielea replied:

    I really enjoyed this post! My interest in Skipper is still in its infancy in many ways – so far I’ve been concentrating on Skippers from the 80s and 90s but the earlier Skippers are so pretty, your photos are lovely. I particularly like Living Skipper.

    • kewpie83 replied:

      You have quite a nice collection started from what I can tell from you blog!

  4. Dot replied:

    Cool Tops Courtney looks a lot like Herimone Granger. I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled. I’m going to end up doing a custom someday………..

  5. Sarah (Saturday Sequins) replied:

    The anime-eyed Skipper is my favorite, too. When I was a kid, I had a ton of them and made them go to school with Barbies as teachers. They even had textbooks and uniforms.

    I miss those days! 🙂

  6. Taswegian1957 replied:

    You do have some lovely Skippers there. As a “Baby Boomer” I like the early ones best myself. Your brunette straight leg girl is lovely and the Japanese one does have lovely eyes. I like the TNT’s colouring and although I don’t consider it “my” era I really like Living Skipper. One of my first real wants as a collector was Living Barbie and one day I hope to get Living Skipper as well. I thought the Teen Skippers were nice though they did start to look an awful lot like Barbie. Lately I’ve discovered the new Skippers are quite pretty too and am thinking of getting one of those too.

  7. Taswegian1957 replied:

    Reblogged this on Dolls, Dolls, Dolls and commented:
    More lovely Skippers from “Confessions of a Doll Collectors Daughter. These really make me want to get some more Skippers.

  8. Taswegian1957 replied:

    Nice post I reblogged it to my doll blog Dolls, Dolls, Dolls.

  9. EDT replied:

    Totally Hair Courtney is adorable. I don’t even remember that one, but brunette Totally Hair Barbie is my childhood favorite. The only Skipper I still have is Tropical Splash but my favorite might have been Babysitter Skipper with the pink & white polka dot outfit. I also liked Teen Fun in the blue and white outfit, Baton Twirling (black version), Phone Fun, Pizza Party Courtney, and Cool Crimp Kevin. There’s a more modern Skipper that I liked but don’t have. She has blonde hair with pink streaks and I think is a camping doll. Personally I would like to see Skipper as a blonde again from time to time.

  10. Dot replied:

    Ashley! You’ve been honored: dottiedotcrafts.blogspot.com

  11. cath young replied:

    She was my favorite doll. I only had the original straight legged auburn (titiian) haired one. I think there is quite the variety in faces among these dolls, much more so than the the Ever After dolls that all look pretty much alike to me in facial features.

    I have to get a Tiff. Adorable. Am hoping Mattel does something big for Skipper’s next anniversary.

  12. Julie replied:

    Hi!
    I love the Japanese Skipper and also the brunette straight leg Skipper doll.
    If you ever decide to sell either one please let me know, I would be interested. And.. I can’t blame you if you never sell them!

  13. Emma replied:

    Hi!
    I’ve been reading through your blog for a few months now, since my interest for dolls rekindled (with MH dolls actually). And I’ve always had a soft spot for Skipper, although I owned only one as a child (the one with a swimsuit that changes color!). In my early twenties, I bought a growing-up Skipper via a friend in the States because I found the concept really fun. And just today I found an old Skipper at a yard sale near my home. I think she is a Twist and Turn, but I really don’t have much knowledge about mattel history and the different dolls. She has golden hair and pigtails, bendable legs and her hands move. She has blue eyes and rooted eyelashes. She is dressed in a yellow combisuit and wears matching panties (with a skipper tag). Would you be so kind as to help me identify her (I can send you pictures), or recommend a site for tha purpose ? Also she’s pretty dirty, do you have a cleaning procedure you recommend ?
    Anyway, I really enjoy your blog !

    Emma from France

    • kewpie83 replied:

      Are your pigtails in sausage curls or are they tight and bun-like? From your description, it sounds like a Twist N Turn Sausage Curl Skipper or a Living Skipper. Can you send a photo to my e-mail so I can verify that– taps1223(at)sbcglobal(dot)net. As far as cleaning, we purchased a doll solution a while back off of eBay that works wonders. Let me check to see what we did before we picked that up! Thanks for commenting and I’ll get back to you soon with the answer to the cleaning question!

  14. Crystal Higuera replied:

    My favorite from childhood was Cheerleading Courtney from 1992. As far as Skipper herself, Hawaiian Fun Skipper was my favorite. I loved the “perfume” that came with her. I also remember having Pet Pals Skipper and being so happy when I got her for my 7th birthday. I actually liked Skipper better than Barbie.

  15. Nicole replied:

    I don’t really like tiff that much. Maybe it’s because of that exaggerated smile and REALLY low eyes.

  16. kaitie648 replied:

    I really love my Teen Sweetheart Skipper. She is my oldest Skipper to date, but I am hoping for Living Skipper for Christmas. I love her too, and have wrote my parents a PARAGRAPH of things to look for, my criteria, and questions to ask the seller.
    Tiff is SO FREAKING ADORABLE!!!!!!!!! I WISH SHE WAS MORE COMMON SHE IS TOOOOOOOO CUTE! XsAJLCHJDKSPA JCKL DW
    But, I digress. I also love Extreme Green Teen Skipper, I lost my old one, and I am hoping for a new one this Christmas. She is very cute. The Traveling Sisters Set Skipper is adorable too. Speaking of sets, the Let’s Drive set is also containing a cutie Skipper.

    • kewpie83 replied:

      I’m a huge fan of Tiff, too. If only they made more of her!

  17. emilee replied:

    can we do a blog on here?

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