Barbie Doll 5th Edition exploded onto the toy market in 1961, still manufactured as # 850, or Barbie 5 to collectors. There were two dolls released, the beautiful Ponytail Barbie and the new stunning Bubblecut (hairstyle) Barbie. The two dolls are identical in looks, have the same black and white bathing suit, white rimmed sunglasses, black shoes and pearl stud earrings.
The Bubblecut hair style looks a little like the bee-hive hairstyle that many women sported many years before….. (without the height.) The Bubblecut is rounded,soft and tightly spun to sit beautifully on Barbie’s head, not a hair out of place!
The boxes that she was sold in were also the same except they were identified by the words Ponytail or Bubblecut on the box.
In 1961 Mattel also introduced wrist tags for all their dolls that read: “Genuine Barbie By Mattel.”
Mattel released a new hair color to go with the now popular blonde and brunette; the new color was Titain (a warm redhead color.)
Now Barbie had three beautiful hair colors and two great hair-styles.
Today these dolls, like their predecessors, command hundreds of dollars if you are lucky enough to find one in pristine condition.