Barbie Doll 4th Edition still comes under the code of #850, but to her devoted fans she is Barbie number 4. This doll was still manufactured with her black and white bathing suit, ponytail with curly fringe. Her new revised make-up was also retained.
This gorgeous doll has lovely red nail polish and toe polish to top off her designer look!
The most notable change with this doll was the plastic/vinyl that was used. The first 3 editions manufactured in 1959-1960 sometimes had problems with the skin tone changing a little in color over the last couple of years. Some changed to a white shade and others to a light ivory color.
The new vinyl that was used in the production of the 4th edition dolls, was successful as the dolls kept their light tan skin color, and has not been prone to fading or blotching.
This new line of dolls came out with tiny pearl stud earrings, which unfortunately, over the years has had a chemical reaction with the vinyl the dolls were made from and causing a green color condition. Today some of these dolls have what we collectors call “Green Ear.” If the stud earrings were left in the dolls ears for several decades, then green ear would most likely happen. Sometimes it would only affect the pierced hole or the entire ear-lobe, others would be affected badly if the green color spread to the face/head.
Green ear is not easy to clean/remove, but if in it’s early stage can be lightened in color with cleaning.
To ensure you have an original, vintage doll of this era, check her bottom, usually the dolls right cheek. There should be a registered trademark that identifies the doll as unique, original and vintage. Reproduction dolls do not have these trademarks and all boxes have to be marked as a reproduction.
Barbie Doll 4th Edition is another prized doll for Barbie doll collectors and children of all ages. Serious adult doll collectors know the value of these early dolls and go to great lengths to own one.
Today she is valuable if found in mint, never removed from the box (NRFB) condition, and collectors have been known to pay many hundreds of dollars for her, whether she is blonde or brunette.
To own one of these beautiful dolls today is an exceptional honor and as rare as they are it is not impossible to find one if you can afford it.