While looking over some of my dolls for rebodying, I wanted to document and share the different poseable Barbie bodies used since the 1990's. These are from playline dolls, but some were also used for collector-edition dolls.1.
" style from 1990's. Used on horse-riding, gymnast dolls, ballerinas, cheerleaders, and other athletic style dolls. Rotating waist. Knees are hinged style, elbows are pin-hinged style, and hands are ungraceful "paddle" style. Also found with flat-feet.2.
" body, with smooth, non-poseable waist. Used on similar dolls as described in #1
Knees, elbows, and hands are the same.3.
First used on 2008 Fashion Fever
dolls. Notice the new "pivotal" rotating joint elbows, articulated wrists and new, more graceful hand-sculpt. Knees are "click" style.4.
First used on 2009 Fashionista
dolls. Notice the new "pivotal" rotating joint elbows, articulated wrists and new, more graceful hand-sculpt. Knees are "hinged" style.5.
Latest edition of the Fashionista
dolls. Same improvements in elbows, wrists and hands, but now knees have improved "pivotal" rotating joint, giving them maximum poseability!(click on photo to enlarge, use "back" button to return to post) Note
: some other poseable dolls are not included, such as the all-over bendable "gumby" style bodies, or the "Jewel Girl" flexible waist. The "Flavas" also had articulation, but were much shorter - so I did not include them. I also did not include the "Pivotal" body used on some of the collector dolls (such as Jazz Baby) because I wanted to limit it to playline dolls.