Bathroom scene by Mariel Clayton.
When it comes to doll furniture, the bathroom tends to be somewhat neglected. Probably because at the sight of a miniature toilet the urge to put the fashion doll in unglamorous positions becomes uncontrollable... Still, no self respecting doll house is complete without a properly furnished bathroom. Read on for the options out there.
* All pictures found via Google Images, I claim no ownership *
Barbie needs no introduction... Her furniture does tend to be slightly on the small side though, so beware if you're mixing and matching brands.
1975. Bathe 'n Beauty Place.
1976. Beauty Bath.
1977. Bath & Beauty Center.
1979. Bath Chest and Commode.
1982. Commode and Towel Rack.
1982. Luxury Bathtub.
198?. Bubble Bath. (i.e. a pink version of the Beauty Bath from 1976.)
1985. Glamour Bath and Shower.
1987. Sweet Roses Beauty Bath.
1987. Sweet Roses Bathroom Accent. The weighing scales were also available separately in 1985.
1992. Bubblin' Shower.
1993. Bathroom Playset.
1995. So Much To Do Bathroom.
1996. Potty Training Kelly. You could also get this set with a black version of Kelly.
1996. Bathroom for the Folding Pretty House. In 1997-8 there was a slightly different version with a pink toilet seat and sink surround - see HERE.
1996. Sprayin' Fun Shower.
1999. Light-Up Bathroom.
2000. Bathroom Playset. Gloria doll - scroll on down for more info - had the exact same playset. It was reissued in 2001 with a white bath, blue wall, and purple drawers.
2002. Living in Style Bathroom.
2002. Bath and Bubbles House.
2005. Tinkle Time Shelly.
2006. Shower and Vanity.
2009. Dream Bathroom.
2010. I Can Be... Baby Sitter. This toilet is disgustingly realistic - Shelly poos in the toilet then you flush it away. Read more HERE.
2011. Sweet Dreams Bath and Bed Playset. More details at Amazon - this set was also available in 2011 as the Princess Charm School Playset and in 2012 as the Glam Bedroom and Bath Carry Case. There had previously been two earlier versions in 1998. All are simply generic play sets with Barbie branding (see the 'Well Success Toys' section further down this post).
2011. Barbie Sisters Bathroom and Skipper set. More info HERE.
2011. Bath to Beauty set - read more HERE. You could also get the bath from this set bundled with a doll, as HERE.
2013. Glam Bathroom - read more HERE.
2013. Glam Shower.
2015. My Style House Dream Bathroom sink and toilet set - more info at Amazon.
2015. My Style House Bath Fun.
2015. Barbie Deluxe Bathroom.
1980s bathroom suite.
Bratz & Moxie Girlz
They came, they conquered (Barbie, at any rate), they slunk into obscurity. Bratz are actually making a comeback this year. Looking at the new range, I'd say MGA shouldn't hold their breath...
This was designed to fit into the fold out Bratz World house which has a built in shower, toilet and sink - MGA later reissued the house for their Moxie Girlz line as shown below. For more on the houses, check out THIS blog post.
The Moxie Girlz house comes packaged with the bathtub.
Fashion Candi and her four 11.5" friends were introduced by Mego in 1979, essentially a standard fashion doll counterpart to their 19" Candi doll. There's a little more info about her HERE.
Candi came with fake tan and hair dye, so needed this shower introduced in 1980. It's obviously the same model as the Marx Sindy shower (i.e. the US version) and was presumably produced under licence.
This is a little plastic room.
2012. Royal Bathroom set.
Ariel's Flower Showers Bathtub - 2015 play set by Mattel.
Then there are the knock-offs.
And then there are the really cheap and nasty looking knock-offs like this set, found on eBay.
The Otto Simon Company lost their licence to sell Sindy dolls in the 1970s - the result was Fleur, often described as Sindy's Dutch cousin. Though generally similar, Fleur's furniture is different enough to make it well worth tracking down if you like the look. Be warned though, Fleur furniture does not come cheap!
Bathroom set from the late 1970s. Read more at fleurdolls.com. You can currently buy this bathroom set on eBay for £125.
There wasn't a bathroom sink available, instead the hairdressing saloon set was designed to be multi-purpose. Read more HERE.
This is the same as Barbie's 2000 bathroom play set.
Very pink bathroom.
Pink and white bathroom.
Kurhn is a popular Chinese doll line - you can read more about them HERE.
More details on this set can be found HERE.
Takara (now Takara Tomy) launched Licca-chan back in 1967, though she is rarely seen outside of Japan. The doll is about the same height as Barbie's sister Skipper, so furniture will be a little underscale for regular fashion dolls.
2012. Licca Grand Dream House with sounds.
2014. Licca's dad Pierre in the bath with her triplet baby siblings. This is the bathroom of the eco house, designed in conjunction with Pana Home. Read more HERE.
1/6 scale action figure company who produced this, er, lovely toilet a few years back. If you shop around you can still pick it up for under £20.
The little banknotes are included.
There was a Psycho bath set made in 1998 for their 10" dolls, so possibly a little small but still rather cool.
Company supplying clothing and accessories for 1/6 scale action figures.
2012 bath. They also do a clean version, read more HERE.
Hasbro's Maxie doll was a tie-in to the Maxie's World cartoon and a replacement for their Jem and the Holograms line of dolls. Read more about Maxie and her play sets at the Maxie fansite.
Hasbro bath - made from the same mold as Sindy's.
Hasbro 'Too Cool Locker'. It doubled as a shower room - check out THIS blog post about it.
Shower and Vanity.
West Coast Hot Tub and Patio Set.
Moko Moko Candy Toilet
There are other candy toilet containers, but these are probably the best and come in something like 15 different colours. Check out the video review HERE.
Even as Mattel fights to restore Barbie to her usual position as Queen of the doll aisle, their other major doll brand has been selling like hotcakes since its launch in July 2010.
2012 Draculaura Bath and Vanity set - check out the Amazon listing HERE.
2013 Lagoona Blue Shower Play Set - you can see the box HERE.
Nanas Barbie Furniture
Patches of Pride
1968. Sindy's very first piece of bathroom furniture. The blue tank held water, so the tap actually worked and Sindy could really take a bath. You can read more about this bath HERE at the Sindy museum. The outer box, pictured above, and the '68 catalogue illustrates a different bath but I've never actually seen one. It might have been a prototype or very limited production. The first catalogue to have an actual photograph rather than a picture was in 1969, and shows the bath above.
1975. The bath and washbasin were introduced in 1975 (read more HERE), and the toilet in 1976 (see HERE). You could buy the pieces separately or, in 1977-78, together as a bathroom gift set. The picture above is from the 1977 catalogue.
The working shower was introduced in 1978. The catalogue picture had a brown back and different doors - see HERE. The 1979 catalogue was updated to reflect the production model.
1978. Sindy went Stateside, sold by Marx Toys. Her bathroom furniture was the same - minus the toilet - but the colour was changed. Read more about Marx Sindy HERE.
1979 Marx Sindy shower. This shower was also sold as Mego Candi's.
1982. The shape of Sindy's bath was changed, you can see it HERE in the 1982 Pedigree catalogue.
1983. The colour scheme was updated to a blue and white suite, with purple linen. The bath was also available in the original shape in the new blue colour in 1983 - check out the catalogue page HERE.
1983 shower. Catalogue page HERE.
1985. The toilet gained a new press flush and a purple seat, while the wash basin was completely redesigned. The bath now had gold taps, and the shower was also a completely new design, operating via hand pump instead of being battery operated.
1987. Another colour change.
1992. The bath had been made a more vibrant pink in 1990, and was the only bathroom furniture available that year and 1991. In 1992 the toilet and sink were reintroduced, this time with blue tile effect flooring and floral decoration.
This has been in production for a few years. You can read a review of it HERE over at onesixthwarriors.com or check out its AmiAmi page HERE.
2015. Loft Bathroom.
Well Success Toys
City Girl: Bathing Fun.
My Fancy Life: Bathing Fun.
My Fancy Life: Bed and Bath Suite.
My Fancy Life: Washroom.
Rose Palace: Spa.
Or, sets I found listed on Alibaba and the like.
Stylish Look Washroom Gift Set.
Toy Beauty bathroom.
Modern Comfort Bathroom Set.
The most stylish of them all...
If none of these take your fancy, you can always make your own. Check out THIS Pinterest board for tutorials and inspiration.