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A week with Lea–Miss China

Posted by helen on August 9, 2014

She is the  “Dolls of the World– China” , released by Mattel in Nov, 2011.  I purchased her  a couple of days ago at discounted price.

This doll has lots of wax glue inside her head,  the glue completely ruined the hair, her hair is sticky, greasy and dirty… you can never clean it up with soap & water. I pulled out some glues and washed her hair with acetone, it still feels greasy.

I  have no idea why Mattel pours glue into the doll head. many of us hate it.  I probably  will reroot her hair–that’s the only way to completely get rid of the glue. here is a pettion  asking Mattel to stop using wax glue.

her new look on the  red carpet: (she is on “Queen of the Hearts” Model Muse body)









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A week with Lea –The New Neighbors

Posted by helen on August 8, 2014

She isn’t the prettiest Lea, but she is currently one of the most expensive Lea dolls on the secondary Markets.  Amazon & eBay’s list Prices for NRFB are ranged from $300 to $580. This doll teaches you a lot about Collectible Markets.

I found her when I was attending Barbie Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.  I did not like her articulated body,  so she gained a new body as soon as I got home.

According to the story told by Mattel, she is a MOM.

Here are her Wedding Photos:

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A Week With Lea–the Very Basics

Posted by helen on August 7, 2014

I love Barbie Basics, and I love Model #5 Lea the Best. lol

They come with the very basic wears, it’s up to you to “glam they up”, they can be as glamorous as your imaginations go… But today, I’ll just let them all wear the “basics”, so you can see how pretty their faces are!

The first Lea dubuted in the “Barbie Basics” Line. (Little Black Dress), but she looks good in white, red… any colors you like.

Her Twin Sister made apperances on the “Red Carpet” ,  but now she goes back to Swimwear:

Oh, I really Love her face,  she is a “harder to find”  dealer Exclusive, so  one more photo shot for her:

How fun, Beach Beauties!

These 2 look like twins, too. one loves “Jean”, the other is a swimsuit model, they both dressed down today–they are relaxed &  enjoying each other’s company!

the Jean Model (on the left) had a haircut as soon as she arrived home. bad or good, I take full responsibilities. lol

I wish their hair came in other colors, such as platinum blond, auburn red, even pink & blue…

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A week With Lea –Rhapsody in New York

Posted by helen on August 6, 2014

Rhapsody in New York

she is a fan club exclusive, she was released in 2006, before I became a fan. so mine came from eBay. she also has a twin sister “Rhapsody in Paris  that is the Paris Fashion doll convention Exclusive.  Paris is a blonde.  I dont have the Paris, but I have 2 “New Yorkers”,  I thought I could transfer one of them into a blonde, but it has not happened..

She wears a 100% silk mermaid gown with New York Landmark prints,  designed by me. see the Yellow Cab on her purse?   Yellow Cabs are one of the New York Landmarks!

she has a very sophisticated face, not like the early Fashion Fever Lea dolls I collected, she is a grown-up, I love her for that.

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A week with Lea

Posted by helen on August 5, 2014

As per request, I’ll post pictures of some of my Lea Dolls for collectors who love her.  so the next 7 days would be “Lea Week” (Aug 5th-Aug 12)

Lea of the Day:

“Divergent Tris” Lea Doll

Divergent Lea

Divergent Lea

Divergent Lea

Divergent Lea

Divergent Lea


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The new girl on the block

Posted by helen on August 4, 2014

Isnt she a sweetheart?!




she is the  “Barbie Fairytale Magic Ballerina Lea Doll”,   she reminds me of Blair from the “12 Dancing Princesses  and the old days that all my dolls were under $20.

oh,  I have the retired  Ballerina  Lea from 2012:

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New releases: Double Date & Brunette Skipper

Posted by helen on July 30, 2014

This is a giftset  called “double Date” (release Date: 7/30/2014) $100

Use Coupon code: NASHVILLE to get $25 off!! (expires on Aug 4th, 2014)


the question is: Are they on Date or on Duty? oh,  these boring swimsuits,  can their designers dig the “vintage closet” a little bit deeper?


50th Skipper Brunette (release date: Aug 1st, 2014)  $39.95


so the Blonde was “popuplar”, Mattel felt the need to make a Brunette. is she going to be popular, too? not really. there are plenty other choices to make a repro.

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reintroducing my Travel Doll

Posted by helen on July 16, 2014

my Travel Doll has not traveled for a long time,  she got so bord & ended up stealing flowers from my neighbor’s backyard last week!!

before she prepares for her next trip,  I’d like to repost some  photos from Archive to remember the fun we had….

2009 Convention:

2012 Convention

White Night



2011 Convention Florida


“Spring Couture” Barbie Day April,  2012

Spring Stroll


Festival of Art in our Neighborhood

Street Fair:

Getting around NYC by buses & subways..

Metro Museum of Art

Making Friends at 2014 Convention:

Mardi Gras

Adopted a new sister at 2014 convention

With my table Mates’ travel dolls at 2014 Convention:

although she has been to 5 conventions, she never attended the “Travel doll Soiree”. how did we miss it?  I couldn’t remember. probably because the party took place in the morning and we overslept.

I am resetting her ponytail… she borrowed a dress from Silkstone dolls, which does not fit her… I will have to make her a new wardrobe for the new events…she has been neglected for so long.

Anyway, if you see her somewhere: on the street, at the convention, on an airplane, in a corner of a Dept. Store, feel free to say HI.  she is very friendly & talkative!



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Christmas in July, Stock up Joy!

Posted by helen on July 16, 2014

Mattel shop is offering 20% off site wide, plus free shipping on orders of $35 or more.


you may be interested in  Barbie “Red Carpet” Dolls, Silkstone Dulcissima, Silkstone Principessa, Gone with the wind,  Divergent,  Yellleader Ken, Happy Holidays 2014…

I have not posted any sales for quite long time, why? b/c there are “die-hard Barbie Fans” who HATE bargainer.. This is a Post from the Barbie Fan Club, accusing shoppers like me who like to buy dolls at discounted prices of ruining the future of the Barbie Collector Line.

no one has told this “commentator” that most people on this planet do NOT buy a single Barbie in their entire lives. so, you’d better appreciate someone still buys when its discounted. lol Mattel runs a business, not a charity, it has to stand the test of the Market.


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Back to Basics –Barbie Look “Red Carpet”

Posted by helen on July 12, 2014

All the dolls are from Shop.Mattel.com, when it offered discount & free shipping last Month.

Model No. 5 Lea Grey & Black Gown

Model No. 14 Louboutin

Model No. 1 Mackie Blue Gown

I dont have Model #7 Derby (Aphrodite), If I am able to sell 3 old dolls, I will welcome her home. but not now. :)

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