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Happy the First day of Spring!

Posted by helen on March 20, 2018

Spring is here! it arrived faster than I expected. I am going to miss Winter.

Barbie’s dress was purchased at Barbie Convention 2015. its a vintage piece, but I do not know the origin. I don’t think its made by Mattel for Barbie, It cost $5.00, the fabric pattern is very nice. color faded but sill good for photo-shooting, there were yellow stains, I was able to remove all the stains. Barbie doesn’t mind a hand-me-down, I think she loves the dress.


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still looking for the 4-leaf clover

Posted by helen on March 17, 2018

Any Irish luck today? have you found a 4-leaf clover?  Barbie is still looking…

The bad news hit Barbie very hard, Toys R Us is going out of business, it owes Mattel $140 Million.  Barbie does not know when her luck will turn.

Rumor has it,  there are only 2 Silkstone dolls for 2018.  one is “Elegant Rose”, the other one is a Black Evening Gown.  it doesn’t sound very exciting, does it?

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


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Happy Birthday To Barbie

Posted by helen on March 9, 2018

Wishing Barbie a happy birthday, may she hire a smart team that has the brain & passion,   she had a tough year, stock dropped by 39%.

I was hoping to see some surprises in the store,  but nothing,   no Birthday sales like it used to have.  I did  get an eMail  early this morning,  asking me to join the club  “Don’t miss out on Platinum and Gold Status perks! ” –as if its not enough for me to have one locked Platinum account,  I have not been able to order anything since last Sept as a platinum member,  I can only buy as a guest.

have a bubbly birthday but please don’t get drunk.

okay,  Barbie, we are paying for your Birthday Cake:

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who is your role model?

Posted by helen on March 8, 2018

Barbie promotes its “Shero” dolls  today.

According to Barbie:  “86% of the Moms are worried about the kind of role models their daughters are exposed to, that’s why Barbie continues to showcase examples of inspirational women”  —So, I thought these are “Fashionistas” play line Dolls,  I was wrong,  they are “Barbie Signature” collector dolls called “Inspiring women series”.    $29.99 each.

You’d better believe Mattel has put a lot of thoughts to choose  these “role models”, trying to cover all the races and regions, however, I don’t need role models, but fashion models, so they are not for me. “one’s Shero, the other’s Zero”.

Barbie & I have drifted far apart, Barbie goes younger & younger, I grow older & older.  I spend most of my time watching documentaries & mysteries on YouTube, Barbie is busy at creating little girls’ role models..

Happy International Women’s day!


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Oscars Night

Posted by helen on March 5, 2018

Last night was Oscars night, if Barbie wanted to hit the Red Carpet, what would have she chosen to wear?

Water Lily ball gown was handy, so I put it on the Black white Tweed doll, it was not easy for a little skinny doll to pull of such a big dress.

while watching the ceremony, I whipped up this one for her:

covering up her ugly joints:

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March on

Posted by helen on March 1, 2018

Nothing much happened in Feb, its time to March on.

I think I’m just going to recycle “Elegant Rose”

I have not bought the doll yet,  probably I would rather have this “Elegant Rose” instead:

Happy March, Spring is so close.

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Happy Year of the Dog

Posted by helen on February 17, 2018

Year of the Dog begins:

#FlashBackFriday:   “Happy Chinese (Lunar) New Year” photos from the past:

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Wishing  everyone a great year of the Dog.  if you were born in the year of the dog, such as 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006,  make sure you wear a red belt for good luck.

“Empress of Golden Blossom” Barbie’s Dress is “sponsored” by Photoshop

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Forever Valentines

Posted by helen on February 14, 2018

Barbie & Ken, are together, forever.

I’m too lazy to find a Silkstone Ken, but Joan seems to like her new Date:

Gigi again, The New generations:
oh, well, Ken’s unfitted pants just ruined it. I think the Pants are from one of these Twilight Ken dolls.

Update: made a pair of new pants for Ken:

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Ready for Valentine’s Day?

Posted by helen on February 10, 2018

This is suppose to be a “Throwback Thursday” post, but I pushed “safe Draft” button instead of “publish” button.
Some old photos with hearts, roses & pets from Pinterests archive, they look good for the upcoming Valentine’s day:

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Mattel 163, what do you think?

Posted by helen on February 6, 2018

Source: https://www.caixinglobal.com/2018-01-31/mattel-boosts-china-play-with-netease-joint-venture-101205670.html

Global toy-maker Mattel Inc. announced a new digital-products joint venture with Chinese gaming giant NetEase Inc., as the U.S. firm tries to recast itself as a high-tech leader and major player in China.

The new joint venture, Mattel163, will be a “world-class publishing and development studio,” creating a wide variety of digital products based on the U.S. partner’s well-known brands such as Barbie dolls and Hot Wheels cars, the company said in an announcement on Tuesday.

Financial details were not disclosed.

The joint venture’s first product will be based on Mattel’s game Uno, now available on Facebook Messenger and being developed as a mobile app. Mattel163 will later seek to create more mobile games and educational apps based on its brands, the company said.

The name “Mattel163” combines the U.S. firm’s brand with one of NetEase’s brands, based on its original 163.com website. From its roots as a web portal operator, NetEase has evolved into the country’s second-largest game publisher, developing some of China’s most popular homegrown games. It is also active in online education with its massive open online courses.

“By combining NetEase’s leadership in game development and publishing with Mattel’s expansive portfolio of global consumer brands, Mattel163 is poised to build captivating and creative mobile experiences,” said Sid Mathur, Mattel’s chief strategy and development officer.

After experiencing declining sales and profit for the past four years, Mattel has been actively seeking Chinese partners as part of a push to reverse its fortunes. China has become one of the world’s largest toy markets over the last decade, fueled by the country’s now-defunct one-child policy, which prompted parents to spend lavishly on the latest high-tech toys for their sole offsprings.

Last year, Mattel announced a new joint venture to create play clubs in China with local private equity giant Fosun Group. It also partnered with Babytree, an online parenting community, to develop an early-childhood learning and development online platform, and tied up with e-commerce juggernaut Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. in online sales.

It said last year that it could boost its China sales by three to four times their current levels by 2020 if it executes well on a broader strategy to create a more-integrated ecosystem of high-tech toys and related services.

China toy sales grew 7.4% to top 69.3 billion yuan (about $10 billion at the time) in 2016, according to market research firm Euromonitor.

Contact reporter Coco Feng (renkefeng@caixin.com)

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