Toys of the Eighties, Spectra Dolls
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They were Metallic barbie doll type things Specta was all pink and her boyfriend was purple I think.
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Barb - November 29, 2007 - Report this comment
I had the pink one. I used to pretend she was Barbie's robot maid.
crystal - February 24, 2008 - Report this comment
I still have one on of those and Ive had it for about 17 years now and had always wondered about them. because I have never seen one out for years.
Jenna - May 03, 2008 - Report this comment
I had a Spectra doll, the pink one. My little sister would ask me, "can I play with your shiny Barbie?" and I'd scream, "SHE'S NOT A BARBIE SHE'S A SPECTRA!"
Laurie - May 29, 2008 - Report this comment
When Mattel was in the process of designing her they had a contest. They told kids what the doll would be like, that she was futuristic and from space - and I think her name. They asked kids to submit drawings of what she would look like. They said they would pick the best one and design the doll after the winning drawing that was selected. I was very excited and worked very hard on a drawing and submitted it - but mine was not the one they chose. It was a really fun thing to be part of though!
Jessica - June 20, 2008 - Report this comment
I had a Spectra doll!
Molly - December 13, 2008 - Report this comment
I still have the pink one in the attic somewhere, I believe there was a robot dog too. If not, I don't know who the dog goes with, and I have a toy I need to identify :D
mickie - December 28, 2008 - Report this comment
i found one of this Spectra dolls and i think his name is TOM COMET , and i have been trying how much he would be worth today , if anyone has any info of this doll , reply to me on here , i was going to post my email but no link so ill keep checking , i would really like to know.....
rewrew - December 29, 2008 - Report this comment
the robot dogs name is spark
Brittany - March 12, 2009 - Report this comment
I had Spectra and Astra Gold and LOVED them so much. I have no idea what happened to Astra Gold, but Spectra's head broke off and we had to throw her away. Those were my favorite dolls for a long time after JEM was cancelled. :P
October - March 20, 2009 - Report this comment
I still have the blue/dark faced girl named Stylablue, though have sadly lost her outfit. I love these dolls beyond words. I am starting to collect the rest of them at this point. Spectra is on her way to me now. I am so excited to learn these were based on a contests winner. I am curious too. It sounds like, from what I have read, that Astra Gold's body was the size of a Skipper doll as opposed to the other female dolls in the line who were clearly taller than Barbie. Do you remember if that is true Brittany? I love Spark the dog too. I still love the commercial even lol. Anyone interested in old (girl)toys should chec out the site ghostofthedoll.co.uk. It has almost every hard to think of toy line from back then. I love that I just found this site and wish there were a cartoon for these characters from back then also.how awesome a toy line got made from nothing more than a contest even accessories and play sets.
James - April 03, 2009 - Report this comment
I remember my neighbor having the Spectra Doll. I was afraid to play with her because of the metallic skin. I was like 4 or 5 and everytime I went to her house, I'd tell her "Don't get the shiny baby out". I think that she got a kick out of scaring me with it.
Adrienne - July 30, 2009 - Report this comment
I had UltraViolet and SkylaBlue and the problem with mine was always that a leg would fall off at the knee...granted I was 3 when I got them...kinda young to play with them, but I loved them more than any other doll, as a matter of fact I still own SkylaBlue of course, she's only partially there...
caf21 - August 19, 2009 - Report this comment
@Molly: You could buy Spark the dog either in a "deluxe set" with Spectra, the pink-haired main doll, or on its own. @Mickie: You can still find these dolls for sale at odd places and on eBay. In the original packaging, Tom Comet can go for up to $20, but if yours is without his box it is probably worth less than $10. This series was released by Mattel just a year after Hasbro launched its Jem line of dolls, but the Spectra dolls were never very popular and didn't stay in production for long. If they had been more popular they would probably be worth more now, but don't let their low collector's value make you love them any less! I just picked up AstroGold at the Goodwill for 25c today, and to me she is a treasure. ;-)
C. - September 03, 2009 - Report this comment
These were my favorite dolls as a kid!! I had all the Spectra dolls!! I remember the dolls legs and arm breaking so I had to put'em in a masking tape cast. In the early 90's there were Aurora Dolls which I also LOVED. I wish they made cool dolls like that nowadays.
jen - February 24, 2010 - Report this comment
i had the pink one. was my fav doll of all time. played with it even after the arms broke off. lol
JDL - March 12, 2010 - Report this comment
OMG!! Thank you!! I have been trying to think of the names of these for YEARS. I had the silver with pink hair. It was always one of my favorite dolls my mother bought me. It was my special "toy" to keep me calm when i had my tonsils taken out. I didn't even mind the fact that when I played with her the arms and legs would pop out from the joint. It was always pretty easy to get it popped back in.
Margie - March 17, 2010 - Report this comment
WOW people thought I was crazy when I told them about My spectra doll. I had the pink one I use to love the tensil material they used in her hair. I took my doll to school for show and tell in the third grade and she was ripped apart while I was out of the room I was so upset and cried for days. My mom told me it was my own fault for taking her to school, but I was young and excited she was so beautiful and I had to share her. If I would have known she was going to be torn apart I would not have taken her. I have been looking for a new one ever since.
Lisa - April 10, 2010 - Report this comment
Thank you for this web site! I've tried to explain my Spectra doll to other women my age, and they look at me like I'm crazy! I haven't been able to remember her name until now! I loved my pink metallic skinned doll! My neighber from across the street had an obscene Barbie collection, and I used to be so envious of her until I got my Spectra doll. I played with her all the time until my neighbor "forgot something in my room" right when was about to leave my house. She went back to my room alone, and I went somewhere else in my house. After she left, I went back to my room and found my doll's legs were broken at the knees joints. I was do upset, but I never confronted her. Of course, I never played with my neighbor again. Miss that doll!
Joni - April 19, 2010 - Report this comment
If I remember correctly, there was a very short-lived cartoon..??? Anyhow, I had the pink one. I got her for Christmas one year. I told my mother that was the only thing I wanted... and I meant it.
Ashlie - June 24, 2010 - Report this comment
I love Jenna's comment. I said the same thing to my little brother....that really gave me a nice laugh!
mary/skippercollector - August 21, 2010 - Report this comment
Some history about Spectra: In the 1970s, Mattel created the Sunshine Family, which were 9-inch-tall very jointed hard plastic dolls. In 1976, the company made larger versions (12 inches tall) of the dolls, and called them Michael and Melinda. In 1980, a soft vinyl (Barbie-like, but still very jointed) version of the female doll was made, and she was named Starr. The Starr body was used in 1989 to create Barbie's cousin Jazzie. As for Spectra and Tom Comet, they were made from the Michael and Melinda molds and and were sold in 1987. The Michael/Tom Comet body has been used periodically as a Ken body and for Esmerelda's boyfriend Phoebus. In other words, if you need clothes for your dolls, you can switch back and forth between the following: Melinda/Spectra/Starr/Tracy/Kelley/Jazzie/Chelsie/Stacie Michael/Shaun/Tom Comet/Phoebus/Rollerblade Ken
Samantha - February 19, 2011 - Report this comment
I always wondered where these barbies came from. I have astra and I have had her for over 20 yrs and shes been played with alot but I keep her on a shelf. She was and is my favorite christmas gift of all time.
Brooke - March 22, 2011 - Report this comment
I received the full set, except for the yellow one, for Christmas one year and just loved them. Some how between several moves as a child I lost them all and have been looking for them ever since. I had told other people about them and have never found any one else who has seen them untill now. I think I would love to pick up a couple so that when I have a daughter she can play with them too, and me a little of course. Spectra had the most beautiful dress, but it was easy to tear.
yvonne - June 05, 2011 - Report this comment
I have a yellow one and a purple girl. My mom didnt let me get Spectra.Both of mine are in great shape but lost the boxes. They are great.
QuiQui - July 16, 2011 - Report this comment
OOOOHHHH MYYYY GOOOSSSHHH!!! i cannot believe i found this... i rememb er that doll!!! she was my favorite doll when i was lil bc i was so anti-barbie, LOL. thanx everybody for sharing this on the web bc like Margie said up further ... my firneds thought i was crazy when i described the doll. NOW I'M NOT ALONE :-D
QuiQui - July 16, 2011 - Report this comment
oh yea mine was the Black girl with the silver body & shimmery bluish hair... & sorry bout all the typos hehe
Soph - August 15, 2011 - Report this comment
I've been searching for this doll for a long freakin time. I was 4 when I had her and lost her at a mall. I was super sad and wanted to look everywhere for her.. We never found her. I'd love to find one again.
thegrantgirl - January 19, 2012 - Report this comment
Were these the ones with the rhinstone / jewel eyes??? I had a couple and they had the metallic skin, but I remember the jewel eyes...
thegrantgirl - January 19, 2012 - Report this comment
I think they were called Aurora dolls? With the jewel eyes...
Amanda - February 21, 2012 - Report this comment
Ok, so I am trying to find my doll, I don't have a clue where to start!!! She had a bluish metallic skin and black long hair, she was my most favorite doll ever! I don't know what she was called, I can remember that she seemed to have a sad look in her eyes, please help me find her, I assumed she was some type of futuristic Barbie, can't find anything on eBay or web, I am guessing she was not Barbie brand...
amanda - September 18, 2012 - Report this comment
i have spectra tom and perhaps the blue girl lol. not widely known. if any knows if they worth anything gimme a holler. these were in the eighties. lol.
alexa - December 01, 2012 - Report this comment
i have the pink one and the dog...i think i also have another one but,i dont know what color it is.
Crystal-Sushi - September 02, 2014 - Report this comment
I actually own the whole series (sans Tom Comet) as well as the entire Aurora doll series (sans Aurora). Here's what I can tell you; AstraGold is the same height as the other girls (not Skipper height) but uses a different face mold. None of the dolls have silver bodies; they were all coloured originally, but over the years the chromed plastic can fade to silver. The Aurora doll line was made to compete with the Spectra line. It featured four dolls (Aurora, Lustra, Mirra and Crysta) with chromed bodies and inset gemstone eyes (apart from Crysta, whose body was transparent plastic).

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