Comparison of different Barbie hands styles

Comparison of different Barbie hands styles
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Such as bodies, hands can have different molds and different shapes for Barbie dolls through history. As far as I know, there is no universal list of different Barbie’s hands, so I’m trying to create a doll hands guide 😉 .

I will try to add pictures regularly in this article, but currently, I don’t own every type of shapes, so I will only describe in the more precise way possible, in order to help you to identify your dolls using my identification tool.

Original Barbie-Hands

At the very beginning of Barbie, from 1959 to 1968, all dolls had this hand shape. It also concerns some dolls up to 1974, including:

  • Stacey TNT from 1968 to 1970
  • Barbie Standard from 1968 to 1971
  • Truly SCrumptious standard in 1969
  • Barbie TNT from 1969 to 1971
  • PJ TNT from 1970 to 1971
  • Walking Jami from 1970 to 1971
  • Francie Hair Happenin’s, 1st edition, in 1970
  • Barbie hair happenin’s in 1971
  • Barbie Malibu in 1971

The index finger of the right hand and the smallest finger on both hands are not completely sticked together, there is a little gap between it, and the palm of hands are down side.

Barbie Francie hands shape

Starting from 1966 up to 1969, all Francies Dolls have this new shape simply called “Francie-hands”.

It also concerns other dolls:

  • Casey and Twiggy in 1968
  • Francie TNT, 3rd edition in 1970
  • Francie Hair happenin’s from 1970 to 1971
  • Malibu Francie in 1971
  • Francie TNT in 1971
  • German Francie in 1972
  • Malibu Christie, 2nd edition in 1974
  • Funtime Barbie from 1975 to 1976
  • Hawaiian Barbie in 1975

This type of hands are smaller, with thumbs pointing forward, quite thick, and palms are not really down nor on the side…

Barbie Mexicans Hands shape

Also known as Mexico arms, this type of hand shape starts from 1968 to 1969 , with some other dolls up to 1973:

  • Talking Barbies including Talking Stacey, Christie, Julia, PJ, and Truly Scrumptious
  • Barbie Hair Happenin’s andFrancie
  • Walk lively Barbie and Steffie

It’s tied to the first “made in Mexico” era from 1968 to 1970.

The left hand is a little different from the right one, because it’s turned just a little bit more than the other hand, with left hand inwards and right hand backwards. Moreover, it’s made from soft vinyl.

Barbie Korean-hands shape

Korean hands are quite similar to original hands: the auricular is separated from other fingers. Dolls with korean fingers are:

  • Julia and Christie TNT
  • Malibu Barbie, PJ and Christie
  • Gold medal Barbie
  • German hawaiian Barbie
  • Funtime Barbie
  • German Barbie

Such as korea shape, I think it comes from the “made in korea” period, from 1973 to 1978.

Hard shiny Mexican hand shape

This hand type starts from mid-70’s, with slim hands in glossy hard vinyl, and a mexico arm shape even more accentuated: right hand is really backward while left hand is more inwards than original mexican hands

Palm-To-the-Rear hands

This last hand design, also called PTR hands, started in 1977, with both palms backwards, and hands made in glossy hard vinyl, such as hard shiny mexican hands.

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