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Bridal Bliss –Oscar De La Renta Barbie

Posted by helen on July 18, 2017

The doll was $175, edition size 10,000 units worldwide. I didn’t believe that Barbie had such capacity to sell 10,000 units at $175 when the doll was released.

Last week the price went down to $52,   so I ordered one, I must confess I wouldn’t have ordered her if her original price was $52.  it was a different story when the price dropped from $175 to $52— it felt like a crime if I missed such  a great deal.  I am sure many people have the same shopping behaviors,  the big sales always does its tricks.

I don’t know how expensive the “license Fee” is, but the doll is not a $175 doll,  The plain face and  simple dress with ruffled train make her just another “Barbie” that you wont miss her if you don’t have her.


The Box is nicer than the regular Barbie Box, it comes with a lacer cut sleeve– its not really practical if you intend to display your doll.   The similar boxes are retailed for  $7.99 in the stores near me, so I don’t think  the box cost Mattel a lot to make.   however, the shipping charges  (both international & domestic) cost a lot more.  The little doll itself is 4 OZ, but  its nearly 5 lbs  if you count the box & its shipper.  Mattel shipped the doll with the shipper and a carton,  the whole package is 6 Lbs –I shipped a 6 lbs package last week from NY to AZ, the postage was $23.51.


you perhaps remember that   I made the dress in  last  April


PS: My Favorite  Barbie Bride is Reem Acro Barbie,



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Something Red

Posted by helen on April 17, 2016

Many Silkstone Fans now have seen the new 2016 Poseable Silkstone “City Chic” Barbie.  The blue suit was “inspired” by Oscar De La Renta 2016 Resort collection “Lightweight Double-face Wool Crepe Ruffle Jacket & Skirt”.

My dolls like Red better than Blue….. I knew from the beginning  this would not be  a best design for a tiny 12″ doll,  b/c of the miniature scale,  its  almost impossible to  make the spiral ruffle cascade down like waterfall flowing.  some online photos showed that Mattel’s Sample Makers really struggled to make it right. First  they used  the self-fabric to make the ruffle, later changed to chiffon… the outcome is still not satisfying….

I  gave it a try anyway…  the ruffles also look awful, I m not fond of it.  I have another pc of red fabric probably is more suitable for this style, but I m done… its not a cost-effective design.

city chic Barbie

city chic Barbie

city chic Barbie

“City chic” was supposed to be the “Fan Club” Exclusive.
Mattel put a half of the sketch of this doll on its website and believed it was good enough to lure people to join the Fan club.
Now Mattel has realized this is not a good design for its Fan Club, so the tiny sketch has been removed from its website and replaced with a doll wearing Pink Gown… the Pink Gown will be the new “exclusive”

My doll is wearing only one shoe, b/c I only found one. the other one is missing.


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