This past year at The National Barbie Doll Collector Convention, the talented Magia2000 team of Mario Paglino and Gianni Grossi presented a collection that was very close to their hearts. They showcased a OOAK collection centered on the theme of love. A fitting theme as they announced at this event that they would be tying the knot themselves later that year. How special is that?!! There wasn’t a dry eye in the house after that announcement. With all of the love going on in that room, many collectors walked away with the right to purchase some of this stunningly beautiful collection. They used a new system of drawing numbers and when your number was drawn you could choose from what was left or decline to purchase. The people who had their numbers chosen early walked away with their first choice of the options. I was lucky enough to have my number chosen while one of my favorites was still up for purchase. Her name is “Love in Praga” which I understand to mean Love in Prague. I am honored and so very pleased to have this one of a kind creation in my collection and was so happy to participate in this celebration of love at the NBDCC in 2015.
To see more of the beauties Mario and Gianni designed for this past convention, feel free to visit the gallery at their site Magia2000.
Last year at convention, we were told that Mattel would be taking over the design as well as manufacturing the convention dolls for all official conventions. While I was sad that we would most likely not see the collaboration with OOAK artist that I so loved, I understood the business decision behind it. Conventions are becoming a big deal now ,I believe, and the convention doll is one of the main perks of the entire convention. There were rumors after the last U.S. Barbie convention that the dolls for all conventions (U.S., Japanese and European) would be the same but with perhaps some small variations. The Japanese Barbie convention is this weekend. I was excited to see the doll they were given as it might be an indicator of what we would be receiving this year at NBDCC. This morning, the NBDCC committee released a photo of this years convention doll on FB.
To say I am surprised is an understatement. I had not realized how much I enjoyed the anticipation and the final “reveal” as part of the convention experience. While I understand the reasoning behind releasing the photo…these photos were going to be out there anyway as of the end of this weekend…I am not sure how to feel about having this information early. It’s weird.
How do I feel about the doll? She is a fabulous representation of theme I think. I love the whole Marlene Dietrich vibe.
How do others feel about the release of this information so far in advance of the U.S. convention??