Toy Fair 2013
Posted by helen on February 12, 2013
The Toy Fair has been the talk of the town, I made my trip to the fair this afternoon,
As I explained before, this is an industry show, I wear a “buyer” Pass, not “Press”, so taking photos on a vendor’s booth is not allowed, and I dont break rules.
but I am sure you have seen photos on internet,
here are the Collector Barbie Dolls I saw:
1. Happy Holidays 2013 There is no prototype dolls, only a cut-out picture the box, the doll is a blonde Mackie, I did not see AA version. she wears a white/silver spaghetti strap ball gown with sparkling snowflakes, very wintry “25th Anniversary” was printed on the top center of the box
2. Catwoman & Batmen No dolls were shown, carboard Mock-ups only— 2 blurry cutouts in the boxes
3. Roman Holidays Hepburn doll: No prototype, only a picture cutout in the box, wholesale price $27 , but big quantitiy buyers may get it at $15, anyway, the retail price should be from $34-$49
4. Sabrina Audrey Hepburn Again, Mattel did not have a doll for buyers to see, just a cutout image in the box.
4. wizard of oz dolls are alos Mock-up only, no protpyes at the show. lol –yes, I m feeling funny that buyers spend money and time flying in to see blurry picture cut-outs.
5. Barbie & Midge: this set if for real, 2 dolls are dolls, not cutouts. lol
6. Barbie Looks
there are 2 city shoppers. also shown pictures only, not prototype dolls. One doll wears black mini dress, the other is in white. I think one is mackie face, the other is Lara. One photographer took a pictue of the “pictures” lol, you can visit her flicker page here: http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8238/8462996799_80ecdd1462_h.jpg
7. Dolls of the world Pictures of the United Kingdom, Canada & Morocco are displayed, no prototype dolls. Morocco & Canada are similar to their old versions. You have seen UK & Canada before, the Morcocco doll’s dress is very much like the old one, only the pattern mixed in some green color. so its gold/green/red. the old one was gold/red only, right? and her facemold is same as the old one, she has dark skin & an open mouth.
8. Silkstone: Luncheon Ensemble is the only one stands still on the shelf. lonely, isnt she?
9. the twilight dolls are also on display. but you have seen them everywhere in the store.
Barbie collecor takes a little space at the show, Monster high dolls have a large section, larger than Barbie. since I am not into the monsters, I cant tell you what’s what. but you can check them out here: http://toyfair13.asmzine.com/gallery/mattel/monster-high/index.html
this time mattel has its booths separated from other vendors, it occupies the whole Galleria of Javits Center (on 2nd floor).
I also visited Tonner Doll, they only have one booth. but its more friendly and personal looking, and their displays are beautiful, absolutely no Mock-ups in the box, all the dolls are well dressed, neatly styled and ready to greet visitors. the staff at the booth are very friendly as well, their business cards show their sense of humor: Jason–creative big-wig, Jack–Chief Money Guy.. lol
they have a line aimed to both kids and collectors, “city girls”, they wear better outfits than the Barbie look dolls. but they are 16″ with heels. http://www.tonnerdoll.com/city-girls?gclid=CJXK-4eAsLUCFUZV4AodhxYAKw
then, I visited MGA entertainment (Bratz dolls), too many little things and I dont know where to look, so I moved on to Madame Alexander dolls, I dont collect them, but I always enjoy looking at them, they have better craftsmanship than Barbie have, their faces are adorable.
after I left the Toy Fair, I stopped by the Barbie House at Times Square. it has always been a nice place to visit. the 2nd floor is closed for remodeling: