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I didn’t know that, how Dolls are made

Posted by helen on August 29, 2014

Since I started collecting Barbie, I have always wanted to visit a doll factory to see how the dolls are made, but I never got a chance.

I just watched this Video on YouTube, now my curiosity is satisfied, I have been to YiWu city for many times,  one time I even toured with a URBFC travel doll … the city has the largest wholesale market in the world.  but I never knew there is a doll factory in the city.

I am sure Barbie’s production procedure is the same.

I have always wondered how the facial screening was done, people told me it was stenciled. now I see:

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Little sisters have more fun

Posted by helen on August 27, 2014

This little sister is really 50 years old. she is “vintage”,  lip colors were faded, lots hair were lost… but she is new & having fun again:

I have no idea who she was, it doesnt matter to me anyway.

this sister is also “vintage”, she was “Sun Tan” Skipper:

This is my new purchase, I wasnt going to buy her, but a”$25 off $100″ coupon got me. so she came home.

I did not like her Kanekalon hair,  hair-transplant was very  necessary.

she now has a full head of Saran hair:

Isn’t  she  the cutest girl in town?!

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who is the Venetian muse

Posted by helen on August 25, 2014

Whoever she is, you can have Mine…


Barbie as “Venetian Muse”:

Honestly, “Masquerade Gala” from 2000 was more like ‘Carnival of Venice”, this “Venetian Muse” is just another Halloween Witch.

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downsizing again…

Posted by helen on August 25, 2014

I decided that I should not have more than 120 dolls based on the living space I have.

I am sorting through all my deboxed dolls,  they are now in 6 large boxes. each box holds about 60 dolls.  I also have 32 desplayed in my “showcase”–these would be keepers

I started “Liquidating”  at the beginning of  August, the process is very slow, as I often get lazy and don’t want to do a thing.

The Plan is that I downsize my  loose dolls first,  after the numbers of these deboxed dolls go down to 60, I’ll start organizing my NRFB dolls. It’s hard to say exactly how many NRFB dolls I have,  they are scattered everywhere  except for bathroom.  I don’t want to move stuffs to count the total numbers. I think  I have less than 250,   I’ll leave them as they are for now until the loose dolls are gone.

I wish I didn’t buy  so many dolls, but they served their purposes– they were my shopping therapy that helped to create a happy mood when I was depressed.

Then, too many dolls are piled up, they become the new source of  anxiety.

Looking at these boxes of dolls really kills my desire for new dolls.    I buy so much less than before, the last time I purchased a doll from eBay was Nov. 7th, 2013, a loose Grace Kelly Silkstone doll.  I still buy from Mattel, but only if I am able to sell off some older dolls on eBay.

It may take a couple of years & a lot of hard work  to reach the “120” Goal,   I’ll quote a Chinese proverb “Moving slowly is  better than standing still”.  I am looking forward to the day that I have a very small but refined collection











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Every Day’s a holiday–One more Raffle Doll

Posted by helen on August 13, 2014

After the URBFC  raffle doll was finished, I decided to make a personal donation to make someone really happy…

It was a “big time rush”,    I did it really fast so I wouldnt miss the Flight. so the doll is nothing fancy,

Her dress is custom-made and  fits the Convention theme “Every day is a holiday”,  I designed the fabric to feature 6 major holidays:  Valentine’s Day, July 4th,  Halloween, Christmas, new year and your personal holiday: Birthday.    she is a perfect souvenir Doll and will always remind you that life is a celebration…

She started as “Dulcissima”, I did not give her a new name.

The Champagne bottle & rose bouquet are from my local shops that sell wedding party supplies.


Shoes are from  Barbie Fashionista  Separate packs,  cheap but cute.  lol

I did not have time or energy to craft another box, so I tucked her into this  “Fashion Insider Ken Box”, I kicked Ken out of the house –he went to eBay for $19.99 (its kind of sad, isnt it?  he is worth so little. )

I then added Teddy Bear & Stocking to fill up the empty space in the box

Here she is,  in the raffle room. her Lot number was 200, very much like a lucky number.

A day later, the Doll also collected 2 boxes of tickets.

Many of my friends said they wanted to bring her home with them, but again, a Stranger had better luck..


Since I have just finished my Lea Week, I think I should donate a Lea doll next year…

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URBFC Raffle doll for 2014 Barbie Convention

Posted by helen on August 13, 2014

URBFC stands for “Unofficial Robert Best Fan Club”, actually,  its officially registered &  recognized by Mattel

our club made a donation to Barbie Convention raffle room as we did in 2011, 2013.

The donation includes an OOAK silkstone doll and many quality doll outfits and accessories.

here are some photos of  her:

We wanted  our Miss 2014  to have short red hair. so  “Suite Retreat” doll  was chosen as the base to start with.  the doll was donated by our club president Mike.  I served as her struggling Makeup artist and Stylist

One day I saw  this Museum Piece on internet, so I decided to make a similar dress.

Dior Cocktail dress (1953)


the Design Concept:


I decided to name her “Vanessa”,  a greek name meaning “butterfly” –as I love the amazing life cycle from caterpillar to butterfly

the transformation from Suite Retreat to Miss URBFC 2014:

She has a Puppy, I decided to chose “American Pug”

Making the box was a real pain. I started at 9PM and finished at 4:30AM

since convention has a “jingle bell” party, so I decided to give her a Xmas themed dress. neither red nor green, Silver was my choice:

Pink roses For Valentine’s Day:

Then I had a extra piece of crepe de chine dotted fabric, so I made her a day dress she could take a stroll with her puppy

putting together a poster:

the whole package:

we have very generous members who donated lots fantastic fashions and accessories, I do NOT have individual photos, I wish everyone had taken photos of her/his donations so I could post here.

She was a hit in the 2014 convention raffle room and attracted big crowds.

her ticket collecting box was full, so an extra box was added.


I  wished  someone I know would win this big lot. Apparently the strangers always have better luck. 🙂 Wherever she is now, I wish her happily ever after, as she is made with love.


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A Week With Lea: Finale–the List

Posted by helen on August 13, 2014

A week has quickly gone by, Lea enjoyed being under the  spotlights,  our week extended to 8 days!  Now its time she takes a bow and closes the curtain!  If you have not had enough of her, please see my old post “The exotic faces of Lea” from  2011.

Repainted & Rerooted “Rio De Janeiro” Lea in “Golden Angel” Gown


Below is  a List of  the Lea Dolls Mattel has produced,

Please be noted:

1) The list is incomplete & unofficial.
2) Release Year is the Year printed on the Doll Box.
3) All the production numbers & thumbnails can be found  on: http://service.mattel.com,
4) Credits: Zoila and many BFC Members plus Myself, lol

 Master List of Lea Doll

53371 Sophisticated Wedding AA
53377 Star Skater Michelle Kwan
53381 Amazing Nails Kayla
53382 Amazing Nails Lea
54485 Palm Beach Lea

54224 Mystery Squad Kenzie
55622 Fashion Photo Kayla
56007 Barbie & Kelly Art Teacher (Asian)
56639 Bead Party Lea
56640 Bead Party Kayla
56764 Mermaid Fantasy Kayla w. long Orange Hair
B2991 Fruit Style Kayla
B2992 Fruit Style Lea
B4534 Shakira (w. black pleather outfits)

56887 Rio de Janeiro Lea
B2789 Secret Spells (charm girl)Kayla

B4535 Shakira w. a guitar plays “Whenever, wherever”
B5731 Princess of Japan
B5762 Fairytopia Kenara Wonder Fairy

B5820 Really Rosy Kayla
B5821 Really Rosy Lea
B6387 Hoops & Loops Lea
B7463 Cheerleader Kayla
B7633 Shakira International Superstar Green Ruffled dress
B7634 Shakira Voice of a new generation
B8485 Shakira Rockin’ Concert
B8486 Shakira Autographed card
C0629 Fairytopia Magical Mermaid Kayla

C5264 My Graduation 2004

C6465 Cali Girl Lea
G4336 Happy Family: The New Neighbors
G6062 So Cal Style Lea
G6178 Barbie for President 2004 (Asian)
G8666 California Girl Lea
G9009 Kayla Fashion Fever – Tokyo Fruit Style

H0650 Fashion Fever Kayla

H0651 Fashion Fever Kayla

H0662 Fashion Fever Kayla
H0663 Fashion Fever Kayla
H0861 Ballet Dreams Lea w. Purple Tutu
H2235 California Girl Lea (Horse Riding with Cowboy hat)

G8670 Cali Girl Horse Riding Assortment (w/Lea)
H0868 Fashion Fever Kayla
H0869 Fashion Fever Kayla
H0892 Fashion Fever Kayla
H0893 Fashion Fever Kayla
H0918 Fashion Fever Kayla
H0941 Fashion Fever Kayla
H0946 Fashion Fever Kira
H3713 Fashion Fever Kayla Styling Head
H7610 Fashion Fever – 7 Days of Style Kayla
J0701 Beach Fun Lea
J0928 Festival of the world Chinese New Year
J4184 Fashion Fever Makeup Chic Kayla
J5479 Kayla Fashion Fever – Girls Aloud Kimberly
J7881 Fashion Fever – Barbie Loves Benetton Osaka

J0944 On Location Monte Carlo
J0982 Maiko
J0984 Rhapsody in New York
J1332 Fashion Fever Kayla
J1362 Fashion Fever Modern Trends Lea blue Jacket
J1381 Fashion Fever Kayla w. Painted body & Velvet bolero
J1411 Fashion Fever Kayla
J2252 Fashion Fever – Barbie Loves Benetton London
J4259 Rhapsody in Paris
J4399 Fashion Fever Kayla
J9240 Fashion Fever Stylin’ Head (this is NOT a doll, but a big head)
K3677 Fashion Fever Kayla
K4161 The 12 Dancing Princesses Blair
K5602 Fashion Fever – Barbie Love Benetton Berlin
K7906 Hard Rock Cafe Strawberry blonde
K9816 Fashion Fever Kayla
L4175 Hard Rock Cafe Store Exclusive Brunette

L1147 Island Princess in Purple dress
L6251 Jazz Baby Cabaret Dancer
L9606 Happy New Year Japan
M2318 Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader

L9660 Empress of Golden Blossom
M6037 Chinese New Year Wishes (not sure about this one, I did not debox & cant tell)
N0872 Barbie for President
N9794 Disney Camp Rock Tess European exclusive

R9923 Barbie Basics Little Black Dress Model 05

T7676 Twilight Saga Jane
T7739 Barbie Basics Jean Collection Model 05

W2923 Fairytale Magic Ballerina
W3323 Dolls of the World China
W3332 Barbie Basics Swimsuit Collection Model 05

W2922 Fairytale Magic with Princess Ballerina Purple
W3443 Barbie Dow Hawaii

BCP14 Fairytale Magic Ballerina
BCP69 Divergent Tris Doll (Black label)



CHF57    Tris          Insurgent Tris Doll (Black label)

CLL36     Lea          Barbie Style – Glam Party

CLN66    Barbie      Barbie Fashionista Doll – Kitten T-shirt & Pink skirt

DHB21    Barbie     Careers Nurse Doll
DHL84    Lea          Made to Move Doll

T7584-DGX64  Basic Doll with Purple Pink Dress & Heart-shaped Ring

Lea is a very new friend of Barbie’s, no more than 100 Lea dolls were released, most of them are Playline dolls that are inexpensive, it doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg even you want to have a complete collection. I don’t have all of them and I have no intention to buy all of them. I started collecting Leas as she is Easy to collect b/c of her very short history.

Lea & her Friends

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A week with Lea–the Last Fashion Fever

Posted by helen on August 11, 2014

Many people found my blog by Googling up “Fashion Fever”,  although the entire week I have been posting Lea, the most popular search term (keyword) is still “Fashion Fever”, and the “Fashion Fever” Page remains to be the Most-viewed page.

so I must post a Lea  from Fashion Fever, there are many  very pretty Lea(Kayla) dolls in this series,  such as Osaka, Berlin, Modern Trends Lea, Kira …. you can pick a bunch… but I’ll let this girl take the center stage, as she was the Last Fashion Fever Lea I bought,  soon after that,  the “Fashion Fever” was replaced with “fashionista” –all the good things have to come to an end.

We used to call her Lavender Lea as she was originally dressed in a fluffy Lavender coat. It would be crazy if she wore  a heavy coat in  such a hot summer day, so she is now in a summer dress.

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A week with Lea –the Charm Girl

Posted by helen on August 10, 2014

Lea usually has boring black or brown hair, this Lea is different. she has Purple hair. so she is one of my favorite Leas, she is special as she was gifted to me at 2013 Barbie convention by my friend & table hostess Sandra. so I have kept her intact, I did not change her, redress her like I often do to other dolls.

She was a customized  Kayla form “Charm girl or Secret Spell”,  her original hair was red. she and her friends Barbie & Christie caused a storm back in 2003. Parents did not like Barbie & her friends to play wiccan. (but they have no problem with Twilight Vampires who drink your blood, strange, isn’t it? ) Anyway,  the Charm Girls were recalled,  Mattel made peace with the parents.


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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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