|Box and some of the contents|
Arco Office play set! In original box, in good condition and almost complete. It was on the top shelf along with a couple of other boxed playsets, which I don't think I've ever come across before. I almost missed it since those square boxes in the corner of my eye didn't register as "possibly interesting doll stuff". There were a couple of fairly boring 80s sets, something with Skipper and t-shirt printing I think. There was also another Arco set, barbecue I think, which I briefly considered but eventually I felt I couldn't afford both. And really, between office and barbecue party, I'm picking office anytime.
|List of contents. As far as I can tell, all that's missing is the pens, file folders and in&out trays.|
I can't place the dolls modeling the set, but apparently Arco is owned by/part of Mattel. I'm wondering why they chose to release these sets separately from the Barbie brand? There was also a Travel Agency set that contains pretty much the same furniture, but in other colors.
ETA: Mystery solved! As Andrea/DollsAhoy explained over on Flickr, Mattel only bought Arco Toys in 1986. This was made in 1985 and on closer inspection does not say Mattel anywhere on the box, so I guess they were free to use any clone dolls they wanted as models.
|Desk stuff. I love the little statue!|
|"La la la I don't know what I'm doing"|
|Stuff keeps piling up...|
|"AAAAAHHH who put all this stuff on my desk!?"|
Oh well. The Mysteries of the File Rack.
|"So... none of us actually knows why we have this thing?"|
Also, in a coincidence almost too good to be true: when I found the set I had just put the second season of The Office (UK) in my basket. So if I ever get bored of the cityscape backdrop, it's good to know I have other options for setting the scene.
|"Haha oh Mr. Brent, you're hilarious!"|
A few more photos here.