Skip to Main Navigation Skip to Content
A daily look back at the toys, games, and objects that captured our attention as children and continue to fascinate us today.

Barbie’s Dream Boat from Mattel (1974)

Barbie and friends could take to the high seas in style when Mattel released Barbie’s Dream Boat in 1974.

Designed to resemble a real cabin cruiser, Dream Boat expanded to over 4 feet long. Mattel spread the ship’s amenities and luxurious design features over two levels.

On deck, Dream Boat was equipped with a removable flying bridge, steering wheel that turned, swiveling searchlight, guide rail, ladder, and a flagpole with multiple flags. Below deck included a galley complete with stove, table, and kitchen accessories. The main cabin featured a convertible daybed/bunkbed.

The toy ship could be folded into a 15-inch carrying case made of vinyl with an injection molded top and bottom.

Sunblock and dolls were sold separately.

Remember the toys and games of years past through vintage advertising – for better and for worse!