Skipper Highlight Reel: A New Kind of Skipper

In this installment of the Skipper Highlight Reel, we’re going back to 1987. In the late 1980’s, after a few years of limited Skipper releases, Mattel debuted a brand new look for Barbie’s little sister. Besides developing a chest, Skipper’s eyes became rounder and more animated. The first releases of Skipper with this brand new look were under the title Teen Fun and included Teen Fun Cheerleader, Teen Fun Workout, and Teen Fun Party.

Big Eyed Skipper- The First Year (87/88)

Interestingly enough, none of these Skipper dolls were produced with blue eyes. Teen Fun Cheerleader has brown eyes, Teen Fun Workout has green eyes and Teen Fun Party has purple eyes. It’s interesting because most Skipper’s, I’d say at least 85% of them, have blue eyes. Various shades of blue, but blue, nonetheless. It’s almost like Mattel was trying to work out what worked and what didn’t.

Teen Fun Cheer Skipper

Teen Fun Cheer Skipper

Teen Fun Workout Skipper

Teen Fun Workout Skipper

Teen Fun Party

Teen Fun Party Skipper

It’s no surprise that all three Skipper’s have different hairstyles, but there’s also another fun thing to point out here. As far as I recall, Cheerleading Skipper is the only Skipper doll with a mix of brunette/dull blonde hair from this era. Some dolls with the same mold have been brunette, like Wendy, but that doll wasn’t portraying Skipper. The other two dolls have great hairstyles, too. I mean, how amazing is the curly hairstyle on Workout Skipper? I also love the creamy blonde color Mattel gave to Party Skipper.

In the top picture, you’ll notice one other doll, Teen Sweetheart Skipper. Teen Sweetheart Skipper has the more traditional blue eyes and a 2-in-1 outfit. The 2-in-1 concept would be used a lot during this era of Skipper releases.

Skipper's Spotted Legs

One trait that all these dolls share is, unfortunately, defective vinyl. The vinyl they used on these releases doesn’t age well. It’s common to find dolls from the late 1980’s with spotted legs. This happens in both white and African American skin tones. All the dolls pictured here have spotted legs and most of them were bought mint in box, so this problem has nothing to do with them being played with. You can see the spots on the picture above. They’re the white spots under the tights. A viewer on YouTube said that at this point in Mattel’s history, the company was trying to cut corners by melting down old vinyl and mixing it with new vinyl. That’s most likely why these bodies are so prone to this problem.

So, these three dolls were the worlds first introduction to the new tweenage Skipper. Which of these four dolls is your favorite? Share your thoughts in the comment area!

December 5, 2017. Tags: . Uncategorized.


  1. wendydirks replied:

    I love workout Skipper! That hair!

  2. Blackkitty replied:

    Not into Skippers, but I love that glorious hairstyle on Workout Skipper! Wish the poofy hair trend were back!

  3. Taswegian1957 replied:

    Workout Skipper looks very Olivia Newton John with that hair and outfit. I had not realised that she had all those different eye colours.

    • kewpie83 replied:

      Yeah. The eyes are one reason why I love these three!

  4. April replied:

    The cheerleader Skipper has such a great hair/eye/face combination. I also love the curly hair on the workout Skipper.

  5. Iphis of Scyros replied:

    I got a Skipper online some time ago that’s from this general era, and she has those spots, too, and her legs are all sticky. Is that from the same cause as the spots, or former owner grossness? (Or rather, is the spotting thing also a stickiness thing?) I’ve been so busy that I kind of stuck her in a bag and forgot about her, so I’ve never tried cleaning off the stickiness. *deep shame* Her hairstyle was still pretty minty, though, so I was thinking it might not have been play damage.

    • kewpie83 replied:

      My dolls legs aren’t sticky, so I think that may be partly to do with how the doll was stored.

  6. jsornber replied:

    I want one of these for my Skipper collection!

  7. Christmas 2017 Haul/Loot | Confessions of a Doll Collectors Daughter replied:

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