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More Color Blocks…

Posted by helen on September 18, 2017

Life is more colorful than Barbie thinks.  Pink isn’t all what this world has to offer.

 

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Barbie Loves Piet Mondrian & Hello Kitty

Posted by helen on September 17, 2017

Weekend Projects:
Barbie Loves Hello Kitty & Piet Mondrian:



The Funky Top Model Summer:

The older dolls really have great charm! Amazon still has my purchase record, this “Summer” doll was $9.99. and she came with lots accessories.

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Happy Mid September

Posted by helen on September 13, 2017

first, sending emotional support to our doll friends who are hit by hurricane Irma.

Then, wishing everyone a happy Wednesday

finally, Spreading some rumors —

they say this is the new YSL Mondrian Barbie.

It does not look like a wool knit dress, its more like cheap nylon sport knit. I can see pills on the lower left side of the dress….

new outfits for  Hello Kitty Doll…

I wouldn’t mind if these were fasionistas fashion packs… but if they are for the new collector doll “hello Kitty”, then, I would not pay $75 as Mattel Wishes, not even $35.

 

That’s all for today…

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One year ago today

Posted by helen on September 8, 2017

We were excited about the release of Charlotte Olympia doll… her release price was $125,   edition size  2,700 units worldwide, however, her eBay price was $100 including shipping. it says a lot about the Barbie Collector market today.

My doll is defective, she has 2 small dents on her right thigh.  It bothers me b/c she is $125 plus $11.06 sales tax,  she should have had better quality.

I attempted  to shrink her big head a little bit, but decided not to take the risk.

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Street Style

Posted by helen on September 3, 2017

I bought 3  “Fashionistas” Dolls  a couple of months ago,  they all have colorful hair

The first one is the  “Curvy”  #27  with blue/black hair.  A lot of glue in her head –she knows well that I hate glue, so she has  gone voluntarily  missing .. I never bothered to look for her.

The 2nd one is the Petite, she  has pink & blue hair.

the 3rd one is Tall #60, she has peachy hair, she got a little more attention from me, I made her a new sweater dress.  She has a very stiff body, her arms & legs don’t bend, she has flat feet,  she is not poseable.

I like the color of her hair. I think she looks more “Hippie & Happy”  than the new “Happy Hipster” doll.

When Collector dolls’ prices keep going up, Mattel has kept play line dolls’ prices low. Fashionistas dolls are priced around $9.99,  and they often go as low as $6.99 in the discount stores.  if you don’t mind damaged packages, you can find them $4 at “Amazon Warehouse Deals”

“Fashionistas” Dolls used to have articulated bodies, but now they all have odd & stiff bodies such as “Curvy” “Petite”  “Tall”,  all the bodies look awkward.

if you like to Pose your doll,  then “Made to move”  dolls are the right choices,  prices are between $12.99 to $16.99,  playline doll prices are 10 times more reasonable than collectible dolls.  you see, I could have purchased the new Sorcha doll  at $60 (MSP $100), but I didn’t order her,  I would rather buy 6 Fashionistas Dolls from my local discount stores…

 

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Happy September

Posted by helen on September 1, 2017

Like many of my friends in the Barbie Collector Community, I lost enthusiasm for Barbie.   August was a long  month, there were lots of great sales, 20% off,  30%off… but I let go.  when I discovered the the Platinum “Fringe Dress” Doll on Aug 10th, I  tried to purchase her, but no discount was given. so, I kicked her out of the shopping cart. no way I was going to pay $100 for her.  Her official sales date was Aug 16th,   this time the $30 platinum membership reward popped up and I bought her. Many of my friends didn’t even re-join the Barbie Fan Club.  this doll was just not enough to make them come back..

it took 2 weeks for her to arrive.  the long journey was a tough one, she suffered a serious wardrobe malfunction.

I have not taken her out of the box,  I am not sure if I want to debox her …

 

“Happy Hipster” came along

The $30 doll offers no less than the $100 Fringe doll:

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The Simplicity of Vintage Style

Posted by helen on August 31, 2017

Suburban Shopper

Suburban shopper multi color striped dress Barbie, Silkstone Fahsion Editor

Cotton Casual

Cotton Casual Red Moon Barbie

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the platinum doll fringe gown Is available for purchase

Posted by helen on August 16, 2017

she isn’t as popular as Mattel expected. 

If you want  her, order now: (you must be a platinum member to order)

http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/blush-fringe-gown-barbie-doll-dwf52

I could  have ordered her on Aug 10th,  but I couldn’t get any free shipping or discount, she would be $158 (Including membership fee),  so I waited until today.

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The lost magic…

Posted by helen on August 15, 2017

Barbie has lost her magic wand.  whatever she does,  she does not wow me.  so what’s next? I don’t know.

black magic barbie

black magic barbie

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2018 Barbie Convention Theme

Posted by helen on August 4, 2017

An email from the 2018 Barbie Convention Co-chairs announced the 2018 Barbie Convention Theme, it sounds very intriguing.

Main Theme: On the Avenue With Barbie

No doubt whoever came up with this theme is a Vintage collector. I do not have any vintage dolls or fashions. but this set of ensemble can be quickly produced if my Silkstone Girls feel the need.  I don’t think they need it now, the sun is burning up the earth, who would be so crazy to wear a wool coat?

 

Three Official Events:

  1. “High Tea” Luncheon

I’m not an English, so these Low Tea & High Tea things confuse me.  It sounds  to me that “High Tea” is more like an evening meal, not luncheon. but  what do I know?    Tea is a complicated thing,  I don’t drink any Tea.

The “High Tea” doll is released before I started collecting,  I don’t have her.  I looked up on eBay, she is expensive.  I wont have her.

2. The Benefit Ball

I knew there was a “Benefit Ball” doll from 90s.  So I checked her up, oh, I must say this doll is not my cup of Tea.  The shiny gown looks Dramatic but the fabric is too cheap.   however, its a smart design, as it does not require a lot of work to create this “over-the-top” look.

3. Dinner At Eight

Jean Harlow’s stunning white satin gown comes to my mind whenever I hear “Dinner at Eight”. but Barbie probably has to cook dinner & serve the guests , so the white satin gown isn’t an option.

if you are preparing for 2018 convention,  may you be inspired by the theme.

(All the illustrations & photos are by Mattel, except the “High Tea” Sketch –I created this one as I couldn’t find one from Mattel)

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