Christmas Morning, Circa 1972: Barbie’s Friend Ship

Christmas 1974 Barbie

Barbie Friend Ship 1972

Barbie Friend Ship 1972-2

Barbie Friend Ship 1972-3

Barbie has plenty of access to the kitchen, but not the pilot’s seat. Really colorful 1972 set that mirrors the decor of the real deal. It looks like Mattel toned it down in 1974, according to that year’s JCPenney Christmas catalog.

Barbie Friend Ship 1972-4

(Images via The Stumbling Christian, Etsy, and Wishbook)




5 Responses to “Christmas Morning, Circa 1972: Barbie’s Friend Ship”

  1. 1 Ed H December 15, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    There’s a lot of weirdness here like
    1. Why would the kitchen take up as much room as the passage compartment?
    2. Why would you need a complete kitchen for 2 passangers
    3. Why is there no bathroom

    Most troubling is why is there a large diet cola can in the photo?

    • 2 narvo December 15, 2015 at 8:17 pm

      I think the whole deluxe kitchen thing reflects the ever-standing tradition of “girl toys,” where it’s expected that they would value domestic, housewife duties most, lol …I’m guessing that since it’s Barbie’s own personal jet, she would want it to have everything that she had at home.

      Wow. The more I look at that JCPenney catalog shot, I notice how much they really play up the whole “service” aspect of the playset. Aside from the luxe kitchen, the only accessories are the service cart, food and beverages! Yup, the only fantasy in this playset is for Barbie to play stewardess and serve that hungry pilot like she should!

  2. 5 gquests December 15, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    That’s a really neat playset. G x

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