Toys of the Eighties, The Heart Family
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A Barbie-esque family of dolls, a mom, dad, daughter, and son. The dad had real hair and built in plastic underwear. The originals came with mom in a 2 piece party dress with red hearts, dad in a full blue suit, son in a miniature of his father, and the little girl in a yellow party dress. They all seemed a little more "upper crust" than Barbie and her gang.
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mitzi - April 14, 2007 - Report this comment
the dresses were pink and matching
Brenda - June 27, 2007 - Report this comment
Wow brings back memories, I think they were 70's though because I remember playing with my older neighbor's set.
Leah - August 10, 2007 - Report this comment
Hi its me again! I also collect these they were 80's and AWESOME! Im sending some pics. Thanks!
Heather - August 13, 2007 - Report this comment
These were definitely higher class than Barbie. Beautifully made, durable, attractive, and somehow more wholesome than Mattel's famous airhead. Of course, now that Bratz are on the scene, they make the old Barbie look like a girl scout. The Heart Famliy has never been satisfactorily duplicated.
Kellie - September 10, 2007 - Report this comment
Trust me...these were 80's. What 9 year old couldn't resist the charm of a pregnant doll. BTW..these were put out by Mattel and were Barbies.
jess - September 11, 2007 - Report this comment
according to the box, they were "neighbors of Barbie"....I didn't play with barbie until "Dance Club", though I got many for my birthday. Heart family were the best dolls on the market!!
Akilah - September 14, 2007 - Report this comment
These came from the 80's...I remember so well because this was a real life family that the dolls were made after. My grandmother used to work for the family as a nanny. I was so excited as a kid and I used to tell all of my friends that the Heart family was real and my grandmother worked for them. She still has a family portrait of them that they gave her for Christmas. Wow!!! this really brings back memories!!!
Erin - September 23, 2007 - Report this comment
I got an almost complete set of the entire Heart Family collection for Christmas 1986. I still have the much loved and play worn dolls and Volkswagon with carseats. They are my favorite dolls (even more than Barbie!)My Peaches N Cream Barbie was the children's aunt.
tamara - October 10, 2007 - Report this comment
my cusin had these dolls we would play with them all the time
Barbara - October 30, 2007 - Report this comment
I have all of them except I lost the little baby that sat in the little carrier. I cherish the dolls too.
Vicki - November 16, 2007 - Report this comment
I adored playing with my Heart Family with the matching twin babies. I had a camping set with a blue baby suit with moose ears hood for the boy and pink baby suit with rabbit ears for the girl.....I LOVED THEM!!
merribeth - December 12, 2007 - Report this comment
I had these, or I should say my sister had them. I think she never forgave me for losing one of the kids.
Hannah - January 03, 2008 - Report this comment
Never had these, but they have them on ebay. I wish I had the Heart Family because they look so sweet and innocent.
Andrea - March 22, 2008 - Report this comment
I loved this family. I had the mom, dad, son and daughter. They also had some rad white plastic wicker furniture. The couch even pulled out into a bed!
Gowri - April 03, 2008 - Report this comment
My heart family wore the exact same clothes as those in the 1st pic. :) N i still have them w/o clothes.:(
Hannah - April 07, 2008 - Report this comment
The Heart Family is way better than the Bratz dolls. Those dolls are ugly while a lot of the barbies from the 80s were so much prettier.
Albino - April 23, 2008 - Report this comment
I still have my Heart Family stored away to give to my daughter someday. =) When I was 4 years old I was given my first Barbie doll, other than that, I only had the Heart Family: Grandpa, Grandma, Dad, Mom and a couple of kids. I also had a couple of cousins, but I just pretended that they were more kids. haha! I love the fact that they were a family with a mom and dad who were married and not just a couple who were dating. I also liked the fact that you could get grandparents. To me it seems like the Heart Family has morals and values that aren't portrayed in other Barbie "sets".
Kelly - May 03, 2008 - Report this comment
I remember having this set. Remember the "lipstick" thing that came with for the mom? It was a clear rubber stamp thing that you would press to her lips, then she could kiss her family members on the cheek! I had the Christmas set. They wore red velvet outfits. I was always making the mom go into labor. The dad was always nervous and running around.
Melissa - May 30, 2008 - Report this comment
I loved my Heart Family dolls. I had the Mom, Dad, Daughter and Son. I also had a "younger" version of Mom who came with a maternity outfit and a baby boy I named Todd. Her hair was darker, and she was prettier than the "original" Mom, who I imagined was less fun and didn't play with as much :) On Saturday mornings I would play with my doll house and the Heart Family. This usually involved some swimming in my Barbie sized pool filled with "real" water. Such great memories! I still have the dolls and will always treasure them.
Sammie - July 07, 2008 - Report this comment
OH MY GOD! I am so glad I found this...I was OBSESSED with these dolls. I had the whole nursery set, and the bath tub set. I LOVE LOVE LOVED them!
SZA - July 29, 2008 - Report this comment
Ah, The Heart Family ... I think there was more going on there than the happy photos on the product boxes and toy catalogs wanted us to know. Remember the dad's powder blue dress jacket and tie with pink hearts down the front? Don't you find that a little ... I don't know ... OFF? I think Mom Heart was definitely in some major denial there! Probably on anti-depressants or something. (Can't blame her, though, being as she was the mother of those two twin moppets whose appetite for matching outfits, expensive toys and complicated infant gear was insatiable. "Questionable" or not, Dad Heart knew how to dole out the C.R.E.A.M.! What other parents that YOU know drive their toddlers around in a sporty convertible with manic grins on their faces???)
kellie - July 29, 2008 - Report this comment
OMG...I have almost this whole set in very nice condition though I played with them a lot. I remember dressing up the twins in their 80s clothes, putting the family in their boxy car and driving off to the "playground" they had (sold separately). Thinking of this makes me want to dig through my attic and play some barbie!
Dee - September 17, 2008 - Report this comment
I wanted the heart family set but I never got one! Oh well,at least I can watch the old ads on youtube.
Bethan - September 18, 2008 - Report this comment
i had the heart family they had a dog too!
Jenny - September 25, 2008 - Report this comment
Wow, I totally forgot about these! I was never into them, but remember seeing them at the toy store all the time.
val - November 21, 2008 - Report this comment
thats the one I had the mom with the red dress a dad and two kids I think the girl had the same dress.
G.V. - December 02, 2008 - Report this comment
I don't know if this interests anyone, but the original version of these dolls was created in the 70's...however, I didn't have them until 1984 in the "Pink/Blue" version-I also had the "Red Velvet/Christmas" set that I wish I could find again. The car with the little fabric-covered baby seats was the best thing ever!
kylamonkey - December 14, 2008 - Report this comment
Both mom and dad had permanent wedding rings on, and the clothing was much more conservative. The boxy blue car was definitely more subdued than Barbie's corvette.
Mel - December 18, 2008 - Report this comment
I had the entire Heart Family that my mom got me at a garage sale. I didn't play house too much with my dolls, so I didn't find much use for the babies. They were cute, though. The man and woman's outfits were pretty scary!
Dilbitz - December 20, 2008 - Report this comment
Ahh, heart family...good times. My kids still play with my old set. I have the mattress and sheet left from the crib/bath set and the various rattles and toys that were for the kids, the mom with the pink dress, the dad with the one-piece white and blue outfit with the suspenders and the two kids: a boy with dark hair and a girl with blonde hair. I lost the kids clothes. I also had the car. I wanted the entire set, but never got that far.
Sally - January 14, 2009 - Report this comment
My sister and I had the heart family set we spent so many hours playing with them and yes they were so awsome BARBIE ROCKS!
Rachel - January 16, 2009 - Report this comment
I loved this little family, i wanted this for so long & my mum finally got it for me! I looked after it so well, but I am cleaning up & I'm being rash & it's time someone else to love them. If anyone's interested I'm selling them on ebay- only slighty loved.
Fran - January 21, 2009 - Report this comment
I love Barbies and am just starting out with the HEART family, send your ebay ID so I can look them up!
Cloie - February 13, 2009 - Report this comment
I got these for my birthday one year! I also got the car with the car seats! I was the happiest girl in the world that day!!
Amy Williamson - April 15, 2009 - Report this comment
How do I seel the entire house, car, bike, and the heart family for the best money? if anyone is interested e-mail me. I need the money more than the nostalgia
Amanda McGuire - April 26, 2009 - Report this comment
I had the Disneyland set. I loved them.
Marisol - June 22, 2009 - Report this comment
I have a lot of the accesories for the heart family, I sold the dolls already and I want to sell the rest of it. If you are interested email me:
Laurie - August 15, 2009 - Report this comment
I'm just taking a trip down memory lane. I still have the dolls, the white wicker furniture, the disneyland set, all original clothes and I have a daughter!...unfortuantely, she hates playing with barbies so I haven't been able to hand them down...she's more of an artsy, outdoorsy type kid- and of course have 2 boys...wonderful but I'd be worried if they wanted my Heart Family. My cousin had EVERYTHING...the car with the carseats, nursery, living room, bath...etc. EVERYTHING! it came with a baby carrier to and I know it was mine but she claimed it was hers and to this day, we still joke about who's it was...this is 20 years later. lol good times.
courtney - September 14, 2009 - Report this comment
thank you for posting --i loved my heart family too!!anyone 1 remeber the heart family playground --i am so looking for it if u have please email me thank you again!!
Stacey - October 08, 2009 - Report this comment
I so remember the playground! I was pink and blue. It had a square you could lift out of the bottom and underneath was supposed to be the sandbox. I wish my mom hadn't gotten rid of it!
heather - October 23, 2009 - Report this comment
I just pulled out my old barbies from the attic to give to my daughters. WOW the memories! I had EVERYTHING ever made for the Heart Family. I am a bit disappointed that many of the things didn't last so well in the attic. But the memories have been worth saving them. I am considering throwing away some of the pieces. Anyone interested? I have the playground and car and school and camper...THE best toys ever!
Jeni - November 04, 2009 - Report this comment
I would love any Heart Family stuff you were going to girls and I play with Barbie and the Heart Family all the time. i just bought a bunch of eBay I wanted so bad! I had a bunch of Barbies but for some reason my parents never got me any of the Heart Family stuff though I totally remember it and am buying it up now even though I really can't afford it@
Holly - December 25, 2009 - Report this comment
I loved these dolls! They were my favorite. I still have the nursery with the train on the bedrail. It also has the rocking chair that rocks. I also had the heart family with red velvet outfits on! Brings back lots of memories!
Kristi - December 30, 2009 - Report this comment
I have the Heart Family dolls (and Grandma/Grandpa) in unopened boxes. Any idea what they're worth?
Kristi - December 30, 2009 - Report this comment
Also, if anyone wants to buy mint Grandma/Grandpa in unopened box, or the original 1986 mom and dad (unopened in box - box is in English and --French? German? I also have accessories in mint condition (including clothes/accessories in unopened boxes). You can e-mail me at
kasey - February 21, 2010 - Report this comment
The Heart Family is officially barbie's friends, according to Mattel. They actually use the same mold the the Kelly and Tommy various molds, and some of Barbie's kids/babies in certain dolls through the years. kasey
SZA - April 29, 2010 - Report this comment
I just moved into my first house, and my mom used the opportunity to bring back a bunch of stuff I've been storing at her house over the years ... among them many pieces of my HEART FAMILY set!!! Heather, you're right - the pieces didn't hold up so well in storage. A lot of the fabric parts seemed to dissolve and the foam mattress for the wicker-looking bed was completed obliterated. The plastic pieces are all in very good shape though, save for some sticker wear. I still threw a bunch out due to the condition, but kept the rocking chair/train crib set and a near-mint bathtub with all the accessories. Also have the babies, but they are now orphans, alas, as Mom & Pop are long gone to that big landfill in the sky!
Erin - December 21, 2010 - Report this comment
I LOVED my Heart Family dolls and saved them for my girls. They are 3 and 5 and love to play with the babies. I had to throw away the car :,( because it was falling apart. I get great joy out of seeing my two little girls play with the family together, and would love to update the set a bit for them in the future.
SZA - December 21, 2010 - Report this comment
Erin, I have a heart Family bathtub with working shower pump AND crib set with working Rail Runner Train, music box and rocking horse. Plus a ton of the tiny plastic accessories - toys, bottles, food dishes, diapers, etc. I am getting ready to put all of this up for sale on Ebay but would much rather to sell it to someone who will put it to good use. E-mail me if you're interested,
Priscilla - April 15, 2011 - Report this comment
remember how good they smelled?
Alley33 - April 21, 2011 - Report this comment
I loved the Heart Family, and they really did smell good (like baby powder)! The babies were super cute, too.

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