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IDC 2016–Cocktails and Barbie for President Gala

After the amazing fashion show, it was time for cocktails, nibbles and a really amazing dinner and convention doll reveal. 

©2016 Dutch Barbie World

 

©2016 Dutch Barbie World

Once Cocktail hour was over, it was time to go to the Gala dinner.

©2016 Dutch Barbie World

©2016 Dutch Barbie World

The amazing Monica Nuñez del Castillo!

©2016 Dutch Barbie World

©2016 Dutch Barbie World

And our fabulous table host Rogier and OOAK artist and table hostess Corinne Thorner.

©2016 Dutch Barbie World

It sounds like the evening was a huge success with lots of money raised for charity…approximately 20,000 Euros!!

©2016 Dutch Barbie World

The end of the evening brought the anticipated convention doll reveal!  Many were thinking it was time for a brunette articulated silkstone…and they were proven correct.

©2016 Dutch Barbie World

Photos below are courtesy of Jim Taylor {Hugs}.  Thank  you for letting us use these photos!

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Scrumptious!! 

Last but certainly not least…our Rogier received an award tonight from the IDC!!!  A well deserved recognition for his efforts and work in the collecting community. Congratulations Rogier and Dutch Barbie World!!!  ** Thanks to Jim Taylor again for this photo!!**

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©2016 Dutch Barbie World

Happy, Happy Mothers Day!!  Sales room photos will be coming your way soon!

Rebecca


IDC 2016–Texas Ranch Fashion Parade

Most Barbie conventions have some type of fashion show.  The Italian Doll Convention certainly followed the tradition.

The foyer of the hotel was decorated for the event.

©2016 Dutch Barbie World

©2016 Dutch Barbie World

©2016 Dutch Barbie World

 

 

Gala Dinner info up next…..

-Rebecca


Classic Cocktail Dress Arrives

My trusted dealer Barb of Windy City Dolls sent one of these lovelies out as soon as she received them.  She isn’t even up on the BC website yet.  It looks like she will retail for $100.00

©2016 Inside The Fashion doll Studio Classic Cocktail Dress Arrives

©2016 Inside The Fashion doll Studio Classic Cocktail Dress Arrives

So what am I thinking??  Hmmmm.  Well, I like the gown and the little pearl embellishments are delightful.  Her face is sweet and I like the silvery lilac eye shadow.  The lashes seem a bit spikey to me but not a huge problem.  I love the little pearl drop earrings.  The hair on mine was a bit of a fixer upper.   The curls on top are soft so when you remove the hairnet, you will get some flyaway hair.  Not super crisp curls but not a deal breaker in my opinion. 

©2016 Inside The Fashion doll Studio Classic Cocktail Dress Arrives

The dress is a strapless gown with a little crop top overlay that snaps in the back.  She comes with a white slip underneath too.  Considering the quality of some of the other outfits we have seen from BFMC lately, this one is pretty good.  I mean we get earrings, pantyhose, a slip and a fairly well constructed dress.  It’s up to you as collectors to decide if that is worth the price.  I have to be honest and say, I am not a fan of this new body.  The flexibility ( or lack thereof) in the wrist joint is a major problem.  I do, however, love the elegant pose of the hand.  I just wish it bent so I could comfortably put her hand on her waist.  My other issue with this doll are the very flimsy shoes.  The heal is very pliable so it bends under the weight of the doll when she is on her stand.©2016 Inside The Fashion doll Studio Classic Cocktail Dress Arrives

©2016 Inside The Fashion doll Studio Classic Cocktail Dress Arrives

Is Miss Classic Cocktail Dress a keeper at ITFDS?  Time will tell.  I am anxious to see how she redresses then I will make my final decision. 

-Rebecca


The Quick Switch

So….yesterday I posted photos of what was believed at that time to be images of the 2016 BFMC exclusive doll.  It was was advertised in the BFC ad posted on the Barbie Collection website.  Here is/was the entire Ad.

©2016 Mattel

As of today….this ad has been changed.  To this…

©2016 Mattel

Notice anything different?  Yeah…me too.

©2016 Mattel

Not that I’m complaining mind you about the opportunity to get a better doll than the badly done blue suited City Chic Suit, but how do we feel about this quick switch without any notice or explanation?  I’m not sure I like that.  It kind of makes me feel that when I sign up for the BFC and give them my membership fee, I’m not really 100% sure what I’m going to get because they have shown they can and will change what they advertised when I bought my membership.  Holy cow!!  My consumer red flags are at full mast.   Is it ok to substitute?  Is it ok to substitute without any warning or explanation?  I think not.  This feels like another black and white vs. grey area in advertising to me.  This is certainly NOT the way to build trust with your customers.  Yikes!  What is happening to our beloved BFMC???  Sound off people….what do we think?

-Rebecca


Barbie and Oscar

No, Barbie isn’t stepping out on Ken but she has been spending a whole lot of time with Oscar de la Renta recently.  In the past week, Mattel released the ODLR Bride Barbie through dealers and their Barbie collection website.

Oscar de la Renta Barbie® Doll

©2016 Mattel

©2016 Mattel

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©2016 Mattel

This past week, Barbie has also been exhibiting an definite Oscar de la Renta affinity.  If you are a fan of the @Barbiestyle Instagram account, you may have noticed quite a few  ODLR designs making an appearance.

This one is my favorite….

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Wish we could get this suit produced!!  Here is the inspiration I think.. Oscar de la Renta PreFall 2016 collection

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As Barbie enjoyed the Tribeca Film Festival this pastt week….

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And from the Oscar de la Renta Pre Fall 2016 collection

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Barbie also enjoyed some time in New York City prior to the the film festival…

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And another look straight off the catwalk, from the ODLR spring 2016 runway.

Oscar-de-la renta spring 2016 RTW

Last but certainly not least…this weekend at Grant a Wish Convention, the 2016 Silkstone BFMC exclusive was debuted.  Her name is City Chic Suit.  Here she is…  A big Thanks to Aleshia Hunley for letting me use her photos {Hugs}.  No information on when she will be available or what her price will be.

©2016 Aleshia Hunley

©2016 Aleshia Hunley

©2016 Mattel

Hmmmmmm….not sure about this one folks.  The drawing is divine.  The production…not so much.  I guess it will depend on the price point but I’m thinking…..Pass.  The inspiration for this one also seems to also be Oscar de la Renta.  This time we go to the 2016 Resort collection of ODLR.

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-Rebecca


Who Says Redheads Can’t Wear Pink?!

This is a fashion rule somewhere right?  The fact that redheads should not wear pink.  Why do so many of us seem to have this rule stuck in our heads?  Where did this come from?   I am sure there are some circumstances in which redheads in pink don’t work out.  Mustard yellow and I definitely don’t mix well…but that is a different story.  I recently received a few items that my brain was telling me “don’t go together”, but my eyes were giving me a whole other input.  I went with the eyes and told the brain to go have a glass of wine and relax. 

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio Who Says Redheads Can't Wear Pink?!

This statement of a gown is another beauty in sequins from PonnePP you can find him and contact him via his Flickr site( www.flickr.com/ponne1984).  I featured the red version in February.  The other dazzlers in this shot are the amazing Silkstone repaint of Gala Gown by Jon Copeland-Childers of SeloJSpa and a princess tiara by CHATIARA2015.

This combination just had me seeing her as a princess.

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio Who Says Redheads Can't Wear Pink?!

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio Who Says Redheads Can't Wear Pink?!

 

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio Who Says Redheads Can't Wear Pink?!

I have to admit…I am a little obsessed with this tiara right now.  It’s so detailed and exquisite.  It’s an investment for sure (not cheap!) and in my opinion a good investment.  I received my first crown and it was damaged, so they immediately sent me a new one and paid for the return shipping of the damaged crown.  Fair and fast.  A class operation.  The shine and sparkle of this just can’t be captured adequately in my photos. The designer’s name is Chawalit Chommuang and you can find him on Facebook at God Diamonds.  Really beautiful work.  The link to find and purchase this crown is CHATIARA2015.  **note:  the crown might be a little big on some smaller heads or tight hairstyles.  Just want to mention that. **

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio Who Says Redheads Can't Wear Pink?!

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio Who Says Redheads Can't Wear Pink?!

PonnePP’s gowns are just amazing.  All those little elongated sequin tiles!

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio Who Says Redheads Can't Wear Pink?!

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio Who Says Redheads Can't Wear Pink?!

-Rebecca


The Silkstone Dream

Ok so maybe this is just my Silkstone Barbie dream but I know a number of other collectors share this one.  Have you ever seen one of Robert Best’s sketches and thought to yourself…ohhhhh, I wish they had produced that one.  I know I have said that on numerous occasions.  For us redressers out here in collector land, many times it’s a “ I wish they had produced that outfit!” 

Well collectors, I have what might be a real treat for some…how about the ability to put some of those longed for outfits on Miss Debut Silkstone?  Would that be something people are interested in?  I know I was!!  A huge thanks to Miss Missy and her delightful blog Miss Missy Paper Dolls for adapting this sketched doll and outfits from Mr. Best’s original works.

Paper doll set by missmissypaperdolls.blogspot.com

I made the picture above by combining a number of parts of the paper doll set on Miss Missy’s blog and a Photoshop brush by Elbereth de Lioncour on deviantart.  You can find the entire set of paper dolls here or I have posted another link at the bottom of this blog entry.  I had so much fun playing around with the combinations in this set. There are 18 different outfits in all!  I really liked the outfits that were never produced but that we have enjoyed through Robert Best’s sketches. 

Paper doll set by missmissypaperdolls.blogspot.com

 

Paper doll set by missmissypaperdolls.blogspot.com

I am going to post the link but first…read this!  These works are derivatives of Mr. Best’s work but still under his copyright.  This means…YOU CAN NOT COPY AND SELL THESE PEOPLE. These paper dolls and all corresponding images are for personal use only! 

link to paper doll set

-Rebecca


Paris Fashion Week

It sounds like collectors are finally receiving their classic black dress silkstones after ordering them back in February.  I thought it was time to bring this lady out and showcase her in a setting that touches on what is going on currently in the fashion world…Paris Fashion Week.  Hope you enjoy!

Model:  Classic Black Dress Barbie® Doll

Dress:  Bellissima Couture

Hat: Scrapbooking element from Joann’s Fabric

Jewelry:  necklace made by me

Shoes: Mattel

Gloves:  Have absolutely noooooo idea.  I don’t think they are Mattel.  They may have come with a DEA fashion.  They fit this new articulated body very snuggly though.

Set:  Ornate wall made by me, gold chairs obtained through special order, flooring is checkerboard contact paper.

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio Paris Fashion Week

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio Paris Fashion Week

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio Paris Fashion Week

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio Paris Fashion Week

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio Paris Fashion Week

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio Paris Fashion Week

 

-Rebecca


Love in Praga

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. 

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio 'Love in Praga'

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio 'Love in Praga'

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio 'Love in Praga'

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio 'Love in Praga'

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio 'Love in Praga'

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio 'Love in Praga'

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio 'Love in Praga'

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio 'Love in Praga'

To see more of the beauties Mario and Gianni designed for this past convention, feel free to visit the gallery at their site Magia2000.

-Rebecca


Back to Basics

What do I mean by that?  Good question.  With all the negativity going on right now surrounding this new articulated silkstone body from Mattel and the general feeling that they are not listening to their adult collector community, I took a moment to refocus.   I was getting too wrapped up in the negativity of the bad front end user interface of the Barbie Collection website and the lack of  information and general feel of apathy coming from Mattel.  I needed to come back to why I like to collect…”Why am I doing this?”.   I needed to go look at my collection and start falling in love again.  It didn’t take long.  I went into the studio and took some photos and started rediscovering why I love to collect fashion dolls.  It’s not about Mattel and what they do and don’t do.  It’s not about Integrity Toys either.  They do play a part because it is their products that fuel a passion but it’s not why I collect.

The love lies in what is done with these fashion models.  It’s the creativity and support of the community that truly fuels and sustains the love of this hobby.  With so much hurt and negativity going on right now, I think it’s time to pull back and refocus on my collection and what I enjoy most about it.  I am not one to be driven by the acquisition of a thing nor am I what some consider a completest.  Contrary to some people’s believe, I do not own every Silkstone Barbie ever made ( although I would not turn down the opportunity to LOL!).  What I strive to do is have a collection of things that I truly enjoy.  So…that is what I am going to try do do with the blog this year.  Focus on enjoying the collection I have and not get tied up in where Mattel is going with their product line or not going with their website.  It’s time to enjoy the collection I have.  And I hope to share that enjoyment with you all through the photos I produce.

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

This gorgeous lady came to me at this past year’s  Barbie Collector convention in Virginia.  She is a Mannequin Maven.  Mannequin Maven’s are the collaborative team of the very talented Maryann Roy and Hilda Westervelt.  I love it when these two gifted artists get together and create!  They never disappoint.  Hilda and Maryann have collaborated for various charity donations for GAW, Kenvention, NBDCC and Rome Fashion Doll Convention.

The poodle…well…the poodle is a whole other story.  That little guy came to me through a new friend made at Barbie convention and it quickly became my travel companion and sort of travel meme through the entire trip.  For those in the “poodle club” …and you know who you are…it was time to bring the poodle out for a real photo shoot.  We really need to give this little guy a name before next convention.

Winking smile


Soda Shop Barbie

Bill Greening has given the BFC his next installment in the Willows, WI line that is continuing to pay homage to Midwest Americana nostalgia.  This one is only available to BFC members, and a nice perk of membership this year in my opinion.  How can you not find this one adorable?!!  That face!!  Awwwww….makes me want to pull up an upholstered chrome stool and slurp down a milkshake.  Nostalgia isn’t cheap though folks…she comes with a hefty price tag of $75.  You do get some adorable little extras though.   And, it’s pink and there is a poodle involved…enough said, I’m buyin’.   Excellent work Mr. Greening!!  One question though, where are the saddle shoes?!  Guess they really wouldn’t have gone with the look.

Winking smile

Soda Shop Barbie® Doll ( BFC Exclusive)

Gold Label®

Designer: Bill Greening

Release Date: 2/10/2016

Retail: $75.00

©2016 Mattel, Inc.

©2016 Mattel, Inc.

©2016 Mattel, Inc.

©2016 Mattel, Inc.

And…what about that set!!!  Me likes.

-Rebecca


2016 Silkstone News!!!

Well, well, well.  Thanks to Rogier and Dutch Barbie World’s super sleuthing, we have some new info on the 2016 articulated Silkstone line.   Many collectors have known for a while that there would be a Trench Coat silkstone and a Glam Dress silkie but no images.  Today that changed when these images were posted on a European sales site.  I was hoping for some released info ahead of Toy Fair this week and it looks like the European market has obliged.

**Note, these images are prototype only and no indication of actual product**

Disclaimer out of the way, they look like valid promo shots to me so I will share them.  Keep in mind that Mattel has not “officially” released information on these but then they have been slow as molasses to release any information so…make up your own minds.

Trench Coat Silkstone

©2016 Mattel, Inc.

Glam Dress Silkstone

©2016 Mattel, Inc.

EEEEEEEEEE!  In a puddle with pure delight right now.  A couple of weeks back, I was chatting with my friend and fellow blogger,  Rogier over at Dutch Barbie World, and we were both discussing an outfit we had seen on Instagram and how much we liked it and how we were hoping it would be produced.  I think I might have even joked “ Wouldn’t it be perfect if this was on a Silkstone?!”

©2015 Mattel, Inc.

Anywhoo…and it appears to be coming true!!!  Thank you Robert Best!!!  Best of all people…this girl has some jewelry!!!!


Articulated Silkstone Now Available to Order

But she won’t be shipping until March 1st folks.  If you want her sooner, look to the dealers, they appear to be getting them first.  I like this idea of giving the dealers first dibs on shipment.  It makes sense to me and it helps support those dealers that have been loyally selling Mattel’s collector products for all these years.  I called my trusty dealer Barb of Windy City Dolls the moment I saw these ladies showing up on Ebay ( not happy that this is where the first ones showed up but not surprised either).  She sent one over as soon as they arrived at her shop. 

Classic Black Dress Barbie® Doll

Gold Label®

Designer: Robert Best

Release Date: 2/1/2016…hmmm…this is what the site says but they also clearly state that shipping won’t start until 3/1/2016.

Retail:  $40.00 at The Barbie Collection©2016 Mattel, Inc

©2016 Mattel, Inc

©2016 Mattel, Inc

©2016 Mattel, Inc

©2016 Mattel, Inc

So…what do I think?  I think the face on this first Silkstone of 2016 is a winner.  It is one of the best facial screenings I have seen in a while from the BFMC.  Very soft, and pretty.  The black dress is basic.  The material is nice and of a good weight…but basic.  The boots are…basic.  They are plastic people and almost impossible to get off unless you use the hot water trick **see below.   No jewelry, purse with this one nor undergarments..yep that’s right…Barbie is going full commando. 

The bigger question I think is what do I think of the body of this doll.  First and foremost, the dimensions are NOT the same as previous BFMC Silkstone bodies.  The bust is most definitely smaller.  Clothing does not fit exactly the same which surprises me as I believe Mr. Best said that the body was going to be the same proportions in the video announcing the articulated bodies.   I am not saying the body is bad…just different dimensions and for us redressers, that will be an issue.  The material feels weighty and solid which is nice and the joints appear to be solid and stay where you position them.  It is basically ok…but not great.  Here is why:  1) The articulation on the joints is minimal except for the legs.  This girl can do the splits if she wants but she cant rotate her hand enough to fully bend it one way or the other…it only goes a little bit one way or the other.  She can just barely put her hands on her hips.  Compare the functionality with Integrity Toys dolls and you will find that IT bodies are loads ahead as far as flexibility.  The new Silkstone body can however, do the splits whereas IT dolls cannot.  Not sure how that is something I will utilize unless I get the letch to do Gymnast Barbie, or Pole Dancing Barbie or perhaps contortionist Barbie.  You never know…it could happen.  I am hopeful that the next iterations of this body will beef up the bust size and include some additional rotation in the joints.  My other big concern with these new bodies are the rough edges and seams that show.  The knee joint on the one I received had a big ugly rough edge at the seam right above the knew joint.  Some may argue that you will hardly ever see that…maybe but in the dress she came in, it was VERY evident.  It’s not worthy of sending back, it’s just sloppy work on the part of the factory.  Am I expected now to file down the seams of Silkstone dolls that I receive? 

On the very positive side however, the doll is only $40.  That is an extremely low price point for a Silkstone Barbie doll.  So…messy seams and all, this doll photographs beautifully.  I admit, I had to pin the gown on her so it fit more securing up top.  It was made to be worn by the older body.  She does look good though and I guess each collector will have to decide for themselves if she is a good fit for their collection.  I am keeping mine for the present and still hopeful for the year ahead for the BFMC.  I think it will be a very much paired down year but time will just have to tell on that one.

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

Beatuiful dress was made by Hilda of Bellissima Couture.

Oh..and as an added not to my loyal readers…After filing multiple DCMA claims with various accounts on Pinterest and Instagram all of which were cutting the watermark off my photos and passing them off as their own, I will have to start putting even larger and more intrusive watermarks on my photos.  Not my choice people but there you have it.  Sometimes…I just don’t understand some people. 

**Hot Water Boot Trick**  To help get those pesky black boots off, I heated up a cup of water to almost boiling then stuck the legs and boots in for about 30-35 seconds.  Using a towel because they will be hot, boots should slid right off.  If not, put the legs with boots back in the water for a bit more.


2016 BFMC Articulated Silkstone Sneaked

This is not an official sneak from Mattel but it is all over the internet and social media so I am going to share it here.  This was first reported by my very fine friend and fellow blogger Rogier of Dutch Barbie World.  Zlatan Zukanovic posted some amazing and beautiful photos on his Instagram account a few days ago of what appear to be the first articulated Silkstone.  Her face is adorable!!

©2016 Zlatan Zukanovic

©2016 Zlatan Zukanovic

©2016 Zlatan Zukanovic

Gorgeous right?!!  Then…this afternoon…guess what shows up on Ebay!

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BDKN07A

Original listing is here.  Not a word from Mattel, not a sneak, not a whisper.  I find this very interesting and I also question the sales hype of the BFC where they tout that the club is “a passionate collecting community with unparalleled access to the world of Barbie”.  Yes, the collecting community is unparalleled in this arena but I am no longer sure how much of that is due to Mattel.  It seems that more and more we are finding and receiving information from sources other than Mattel.  Perhaps this is just the way things go with social media being the way it is or…perhaps this is just a marketing team that doesn’t really seem to know what they are doing.  Either way, it looks like reaching out and watching things like Instagram, Ebay and Facebook are the way to get information going forward.  Love the photos that Zlatan did so it is not a chore to look at his lovely photos whenever he posts.  Bonus!

When this beauty is available….I’m buying!!  Smile


2016 BFC Membership Renewal Open to Current Members…

…and I am honestly conflicted about it.  I went ahead and purchased a membership ( and had difficulties doing it see story below) but I am conflicted as to whether this is something I would really recommend to a new or even seasoned collector at this point. 

©2016 Mattel, Inc.

©2016 Mattel, Inc.

Here is what I am liking about this years club.

1) AA Silkstone in a blue suit looks scrumptious!!  She will be a BFC exclusive so only available to the club.  This may be worth the $25 alone and is perhaps the main reason I signed back up this year.  Mr. Best, you get my vote…your tech department does not.

2)  Soda Shop Barbie ( part of the Willows, WI  line) is ADORABLE.  Love the poodle skirt and love where Bill Greening has taken and seems to be taking this line.  Well done Mr. Greening.

3) The Free gift is a chair!  And it seems to be the same pattern as the gilt chairs in the dioramas we all love so much from BFMC.  But…it’s black and not gold or gilt.  Hmmmmm… see more on this below.

 

Here is what I am not liking about this years club:

1) The chair is black and not gilt or gold.  I mean we can spray paint…no problem … but there is some work involved with that one.  You need to make sure it’s the right gold…and does that white seat cover come off?  Is it cloth or is it plastic?  It’s totally doable…just wish they had sprung the extra buck and had them sprayed gold is all.  I was kind of primed for the gold based on what was said in the promotional video about the articulated silkstone’s.  But…free is free so guess I really can’t complain.  Will take it and say “Thank you!”

2) The free gift doesn’t come until March?  Why the three month delay?  Yes, I say three months because I suspect this puppy won’t be mailed until late March.  Oh and read the fine print people…in order to get said chair, you need to have signed up by 03/31/16.

3) NOT liking the troubles I experienced on the “improved” website.  I had to sign in multiple times to get my account to recognize me as a BFC member and therefore allowed to purchase a membership today.  Once that hurdle was jumped,  I experienced the “waiting room” and once I made it out of the waiting room and had the item in my cart, I attempted to actually pay for my membership.  Here is what I got

BFC 2016 2

What!!  My response to the screen was “ You have got to be kidding me!  This was supposed to be the “improved system”.  Do you want my business and money or not Mattel?!!

After about 4 minutes, I went back in and was able  to re-enter all my payment info and successfully complete my transaction but for 4 minutes I contemplated whether or not it was worth it.  This BC website is seriously affecting my love of Barbie and my collecting mojo.  I am just not feeling the love from Mattel when stuff like this happens and the more it happens, it makes me question why I am giving my money to them.  I hate to say it but there it is.  Just expressing my concern and sadness.    Oh and the graphic you see above…the nice one with the pictures and explanation of the club…it’s only visible if you sign out of your membership account and are looking at the BC site as a non -member.  What?!!  So members were not able to actually see the free gift chair on the product page when they paid for their membership but people who are thinking about signing up for the first time can see it?  Can someone please, please explain this one to me?!! 

So…here I am….conflicted because I am in essence advertising the Barbie Fan Club and including links in this blog post for people if they are interested and yet…I am really disappointed at how the roll out of this club has played out.  Is this a harbinger for tough times ahead?  Will I continually have problems purchasing?  Will I have to log in and out of the website to see content that I am interested in?  Will I ever be able to search the BC website and find what I am looking for?  I remain hopeful but guarded.  Mattel, are you hearing any of this?

I guess what I will leave potential buyers with is a big fat CAVEAT EMPTOR .

                                       Caveat Emptor – let the buyer beware

If you are a current BFC member, you can sign up for the club now.  If you are a new member, you can start signing up a week from now on 1/19/2016. 


Articulated Silkstones!

The speculation has finally ended for many collectors and has become fact.  Mattel has formally announced ,beginning with the 2016 BFMC collection, Silkstone Barbie’s will be on articulated bodies.  According to the new BC holiday catalogue, there will be articulation at knees, wrists, elbows and torso.

Articulated Silkie

There is no information about what material is being used for these bodies.  I am hoping that the quality will still be there for these bodies.  I am all for articulation…as long as it is done correctly.  I am excited for this new phase in Silkstone collecting.  I am also hopeful that they will make bodies available so that collectors can re-body some of the older dolls.  I am also wondering if the hands will be removable like the Integrity Toys dolls.  This makes it very easy to redress.  We will just have to wait and see. 

I don’t know about you guys but I am loving the chic modern look of this new line for 2016.  The black purse alone in the picture above is making me excited to see our first sneak peeks of the 2016 lineup.  I am also loving the cateye  liner of Miss Silkie.  Looking forward to new reveals Mr. Best!

Also interesting to note…there is a new video available to BFC members where Robert Best talks about the 2015 collection.  In that video both the photographer and the set builder for BFMC make very pointed comments about the gilt chairs.  Something to the effect that “you can never have enough gilt chairs”.  Is this a clue?!!  Will we finally, after years of begging, be able to buy these chairs?!!  Or…will they be a gift when signing up for the BFC next year.  If I were putting things on my Christmas list, that would be at the very, very top. 

  Dear Santa,

I have been good.  I would really, really like a pair of Barbie gilt chairs for Christmas.          Thank you

–Rebecca

Never hurts to try right Winking smile


Blush Beauty Making Her Entrance

The Barbie Fan Club announced a Silkstone exclusive being offered up to members next Wednesday, October 7th.  We saw sketches of her back in February and Rogier of Dutch Barbie Word shared a photo a couple weeks ago of a production doll that Mattel auctioned off for Charity.  Mattel is finally sharing the promo shots and I think she is a winner.

©2015 Mattel

©2015 Mattel

©2015 Mattel

©2015 Mattel

©2015 Mattel

I love the silver surprise under the coat!!  I was wondering why they were not showing the dress under the coat in the sketch.  I am thrilled with the silver topped sheath underneath the pale pink coat.  I also adore the brunette ponytail with braid.  I believe this one will redress well but am not sure how quickly I will change out this fabulous pink outfit.  Let’s hope Mattel has fixed their irregular eyeliner issue from Boucle Beauty or there will be more unhappy campers on this one.  Also, The Barbie Collection has announced that they are instituting the “Waiting Room” for this sale.  There are instructions about the “waiting room” and what you can do to ensure a smoother purchase here.  The starting gates will open to BFC members only at 9:00AM PST on Wednesday, October 7th.  They are allowing 2 dolls per membership and ,according to Mattel, they are producing 4,400.

After trying to do research on this doll for the article, I am left with absolute bewilderment over this new Barbie Collection website.   This new site is SLOW to respond, it has so many broken links and dead ends that I am honestly scared to click on pretty much anything because I am never sure where it will take me.  I get sent to the login screen with alarming regularity.  I am recognized as a logged in member one moment and when I advance to a new screen, all of the sudden, I am no longer recognized….and am asked to login AGAIN!!  If this website were a person, I would be sending it to therapy and hoping there were some antipsychotic meds available.   Here is my story today…at the time of this post, I went to the Barbie Collection website to grab the link for their waiting room protocol.  You can’t get to the product page but you can get to a “waiting room” page complete with countdown clock.  How did I get to the waiting room page you ask?  Well…not through clicking the active link on the BC Buzz page.  Here is the Buzz page.  I have highlighted the Blush Beauty active link that you would click on. 

©2015 ITFDS

  If you click on that product link, you will find quickly enough that it is a broken link.

©2015 ITFDS

This is the message I got when I tried to click on the link.  Notice the highlighted error message…”make sure the web address http://http is correct.  Well…I have limited programing experience but I can tell you that is not appropriate protocol for a link.  Somebody didn’t check the link for errors before putting it on the website.  This is programming 101 people.  If this were a class in high school or college, you just missed an easy one on the test.  The CORRECT link is here.  Your best bet to find the sales page right now is to Bing or Google it LOL…you won’t find it on the actual site until they fix the link.   I hope Mattel ends up with happy collectors feeling the first blush of love with this new Silkstone.  I hope they don’t experience the heated blush of embarrassment over a poorly functioning website on sale day.


A Tale of Two Dolls and the Race for Platinum

Ok..so I have been gone for about a month and this was really not how I wanted to get back into the blogging routine…with a sad tale.  I didn’t want to do it but there was simply no other way.  If you heard wailing and moaning yesterday morning, you most likely were in the vicinity of a Barbie collector or more specifically a Tokidoki Barbie collector.  Here is a picture to start our journey.

©Mattel 2015

The doll above is a Black Label Tokidoki doll that Mattel offered up for sale yesterday morning at 9AM to all collectors.  It was an announced, anticipated, blogged about and hyped to within an inch of its life sale.  This doll was in itself interesting and highly collectible and worthy of excitement and anticipation.  Mattel, in an effort to relieve a system/server bottleneck instituted a high volume go-to solution called the “waiting room” where people, once they have selected to buy, are essentially  put in a queue to wait for their turn to pay.   The trick is getting to pay before the doll sells out. It is very civilized and diplomatic and used in many concert ticket sales sites as well as Comic-Con.  It is not infallible or perfect but it is better than system-crashing gridlock.

That sale on its own would have been enough, but wait…there’s more.  Mattel had to raise the ante a bit and also offer, at the same time, a platinum level doll.

©Mattel 2015

Here is the platinum label Tokidoki Barbie also offered up by Mattel this morning at 9AM.  This was again an announced sale and was open to all collectors not just BFC members.  It was advertised, talked about, blogged about and anticipated since the day it was announced over a week ago.  Mattel decided to spice things up a bit and held a treasure hunt to get the doll.  This entailed finding one of two little icons (like the icon below) hidden somewhere on The Barbie Collection website.

©Mattel 2015

Once you found the icon, you clicked on it and it would take you to a secret sales page through which you could purchase the exclusive doll.  So, you have 1) a platinum doll up for sale which means there are only 999 or fewer of them, you have 2) a black label highly collectible doll up for sale, you have 3) a system that has failed before when it comes to platinum sales and 4) you are now going to ask people to not just go in and click on one page, you are going to ask them to click on many, many pages to find a little icon.  Sounded like a recipe for misery and disaster to me.  To be fair, Mattel has updated their website (my review of that is a whole other tome waiting to be written) and they gave cryptic clues as to which pages the icons could be found on.  Ever the intrepid doll hunter, I said to myself “Well allrighty then, I’m hunting for it.”  And with this decision, a new phrase entered my doll collecting vocabulary: Platinum Hunting. Let the race begin.

Runners on your Mark!!    Per Mattel, We knew that they were offering “some” of the platinum label dolls for sale but not all.  We knew that some would be offered through other retailers but did not know which ones or at what time. All we knew yesterday morning was that at 9AM PST some platinum label Tokidoki dolls would be available for purchase at $75 if we could find the icon that unlocked the secret sales page. 

Runners Get Set!!  I knew I didn’t have a snowball’s chance in…well you know where…of getting this one but I wanted to try.  I wanted to take the clues they gave us and try out this new system.  I expected the whole experience to end as it does in one of my favorite scenes from Shakespeare in Love: “How is this to end?” one character asks,“As all stories do when love is denied – with tears and a journey,” is the prophetic reply. I expected the frustration, I expected the tears, I expected the journey to end in disappointment and anger.  Sadly, this indeed appears to have been the most common experience. My own race, however, did not go as expected.

Go!  I went in with a few guesses about where the icons might be based on the clues in Mattel’s write-up.  My plan was simple: I would try the “platinum label” page or “black label” page, see if the icons were on these pages and if they were not, that was that… no platinum for me.  Something I had noticed earlier about the Barbie Collection website came in handy and was (in hindsight) instrumental for me in this race.  I had realized that it was very difficult to find basic things using the site’s built-in search box with terms such as ”Black label”,  “Platinum label”, or the names of designers like “Bill Greening” or “Robert Best”.  The old Barbiecollector site would return the content I expected when I searched for these things.  This new site?….not so much.  Before the sale began, I had issued a search on Bing that returned links to the “platinum label” and “black label” pages within the Barbie Collection website.  I had these links on hand for the big sale and it was these pages that came in handy and not the searches using the search box within the Barbie Collection site itself.  When the 9am hour hit, I refreshed my “platinum label/Barbie Collection” Bing search, clicked on the first Barbie Collection link and got…

Tokidoki Platinum hunt_edited-1

See the funny link on the bottom left?  Yeah…I did too.

Tokidoki Platinum hunt2_edited-1

In programming terms, this is a syntax error. Most commonly it happens when a programmer introduces a typographical error.   I saw the icons I was looking for and I also saw that they were attached to “Bill Greening”.  I saw the icon and I clicked.  Invalid syntax or not, the icon was still live/active and it took me to the hard-to-find sales page where I was able to purchase and check out successfully.  I immediately tried to tell a couple of friends where the link was and I thought telling them “find Bill Greening” was the thing to do.  It wasn’t…Here is why.

You could not search for “Bill Greening” on the current Barbie collector site and get the page you needed.  That search functionality doesn’t work on the current site.  WHAT?!!!  The only way that I have seen to get to his page within the BC site was finding a doll that Bill designed and clicking on that product page, then clicking on his name in the product description under designer.  Once you got to his page, there was the icon right next to his name.  The easiest way for people to get there would have been clicking on the other black label Tokidoki doll that was for sale. But here’s the problem with that: Mattel had just spent the last couple of hours training people to think that if you clicked on the Tokidoki link, you got sent to the waiting room. I would venture to guess that many people were concerned they would be put into the “waiting room” for the black label doll, thereby missing their chance to get the platinum label doll. That left them trying to figure out which dolls Bill Greening designed while hearing the clock tick, tick, ticking away in the background.  In retrospect, the most efficient way to get to the magic sales page was to abandon the website search functionality and search using an outside search engine such as Google or Bing.

So, the race is over…what did we learn?  Here is one thing and I will relate this to fashion: there is a well-known rule that you don’t accentuate your flaws in fashion.  For example, if you are wide in the hips you don’t wear horizontal stripes…especially around your hips, right?  If you are short or petite, you don’t wear anything that accentuates the fact that you are vertically challenged.  Well, if you have a website that does not have good search or even logical search functionality, then don’t ask people to search for something!  This isn’t brain surgery people…it’s common sense.  Now I know there will be people who will say “Well perhaps they didn’t know there were these problems until this sale showed them.”  My answer: that excuse doesn’t hold water. There’s a well-known history of the site failing when stressed (see this about the last Platinum sale).  Before re-opening a sales site (after having it closed for over a week I might add) the first thing many companies do is usability testing.  One of the many things this kind of testing does is to check the functionality of the website.  Was this done for the new site?  I am left to wonder on that one because yesterday’s exercise in frustration showed many glaring issues with usability.  If Mattel is looking for feedback,  I have a couple of suggestions for The Barbie Collection website.

1) Fix the search functionality on the site pronto.  Make sure that key logical searches are working like say…your designers, or your label categories, the actual names of products, etc..   Here are a few to help get you started..A) Bill Greening doesn’t work, Bill works but not the full name.  Will Greening will pull up a few because apparently your search tool can “infer” accurately but not come up with results if you search the actual name. B) When I searched “Robert Best”, the site came up with exactly one Silkstone doll…one. You might want to check that one Mattel. C) A Lynda Kyaw search doesn’t do any better. It comes up with mighty Aphrodite but that’s all folks.  D) Try typing “platinum label” into the search box and see what you get.  I will tell you…nada…no hits which is why I went to an outside search engine to search the site and came up with better results.   2) Test your system!!  When it comes time to test the completed system, you might want to get a few users who actually use the site to purchase something..oh like say your customers do…you might in fact want to hire a few customers to go in and actually take the site out for a test drive AHEAD of launch.   3)  Check for errors!!  When you launch something like this treasure hunt, you might want to check your site for blatant syntax errors.  They were at the top of every Bill Greening product page during the treasure hunt on the website ( wish I had grabbed a screen capture but did not).  Just saying…not a professional look.  I will give the website this though, it appears that the “waiting room” did help with stress on the system.  The website did not crash and people were able to check out with their black label Tokidoki dolls.  For myself, once I had the platinum doll in my cart, I was able to check out without issue or inordinate delays.  This was an improvement over past platinum label buying experiences. 

I want to love and stay loyal to the Barbie brand…I really do.  It is really hard to do when they appear to treat long standing and loyal customers the way they did yesterday.  There appeared to be way too few dolls allotted for the sale.  We have yet to hear how many were actually put up for sale yesterday.  I am thinking out of the 999 that were made, only 100 or fewer were put up for sale yesterday. The Barbie Collection website’s lack of functionality in it’s search tool hindered many collectors attempt at finding the icon.  Even if you knew the icon was on Bill Greening’s page, you were asking, “where is Bill Greening’s page?”.  I happened upon the link by pure dumb luck and an outside search engine that just happened to pull up a page with the link on it. Here is the take away for me… Why hold a contest for clients and prospective clients but give them very little chance of succeeding?  Do you garner good will that way?   It’s like inviting a large group of hungry friends to a party and once they arrive you set down a can of coke and an airline bag of pretzels.  I fail to see how Mattel or the Barbie brand added new buyers for their product on this one.  The treasure hunt was a novel and cute idea for sure but did it bring in enough visibility and new business to make up for the loyal buyers you just royally pissed off?  I am just not seeing it.  I guess time will tell.  Not a good business plan in my opinion.  I think it will take a while for the bitter taste to leave collectors mouths on this one.

***UPDATE***  Per Mattel, the remaining platinum dolls will be sold at ToysRUs, Target and FAO.  They will receive them randomly mixed in with black label TokiDoki Barbie’s.  The hunt for  many of this platinum doll continues…


Homecoming and The Wizard of OZ

The title sounds like an interesting Indie movie doesn’t it?  Mattel finally released photos for two new offerings coming soon to Barbiecollector.  First up is the 2nd edition to Bill Greening’s popular Willows, WI. collection….a frothy homecoming queen.

©2015 Mattel, Inc

Homecoming Queen™ Barbie® Doll

Gold Label®

Designed by: Bill Greening

Release Date: 7/8/2015

Product Code: CJF57

No more than 5500 units produced worldwide.

Retail:  $75.00

BFC exclusive!  This means you have to be in the BFC to get one.  You can join the BFC here.

©2015 Mattel, Inc

 

©2015 Mattel, Inc

©2015 Mattel, Inc

She is cute!  Love the Silkie face on this collection as well.  Beautifully done Mr. Greening.

Next up is the annual installment of Mattel’s Wizard of Oz obsession.  I never thought of WOZ dolls as “cash cows” but apparently they are.  If you ever missed out on these no worries, just wait until next year’s installment.  Don’t get me wrong, I like the Wizard of OZ….just not THIS much.  That being said, this one I would put in the higher end as far as concept and design.  She is very nice.

THE WIZARD OF OZ™ Fantasy Glamour GLINDA™ Doll

Release Date: 6/11/2015

Product Code: CJF31

No more than 5500 units produced worldwide.

Retail:  Wait for it….$100.00

You can buy her now but she won’t ship until 8/6/2015.  This one is a direct exclusive which means she is only available through www.barbiecollector.com

©2015 Mattel, Inc

©2015 Mattel, Inc

 

©2015 Mattel, Inc

She is pretty…just don’t know if she is $100 pretty.  If I collected fantasy dolls…I might be considering this one. 


Valium Wasn’t Enough

Nope…Can’t touch this

Classic Evening Gown Barbie® Doll

©Mattel

 

Apparently even Valium wasn’t enough to carry the day for Mattel’s latest scheduled platinum sale.  According to Mattel, a server error before the sale even started was enough to cancel the entire thing for that day and no date has been named for its release as of this posting.  I have experienced Mattel and Barbiecollector system issues for years (YEARS!) before this hence my previous blog post “Get your Valium Ready” but even I did not anticipate a complete customer fail.

Customer Fail = to fall short of success or achievement in something expected, attempted, desired, or approved. 

What?!!!  This begs the question, if one server error was enough to bring this sale down, exactly how many servers were allotted to this event?  I am thinking….2.    Come on people.  It is a platinum sale.  You hold it once a year.  You know…I can believe that weird system things happen.  Believe me, I have experienced just such a thing.  The system issues that Mattel and BC experience at these platinum sales are consistent not just a “one-off” thing.  To come in two minutes before kick-off and say “We are sorry, but we have a system problem”, just comes off as poor planning to me. 

Don’t want to arm chair quarterback here but, if you don’t have the server capacity or you have had problems previously with the capacity, one would think you would have a back up plan…perhaps RENT some additional server space or start to question the ability of your system to handle  the load you place on it during these high volume sales.  There are companies like Amazon and Microsoft that offer up services to handle and solve such issues each and every day.  If you can’t diagnose and treat the issue, perhaps it is time to seek outside help.  Just a thought.  In the meantime, Mattel and the BFC have left their most avid and loyal collector customers with a decidedly sour taste in their mouths.  I have no idea if it is the IT staff at Barbie collector who plan poorly or Mattel Inc. itself that simply has not allocated the funding and resources necessary to handle these sales.  It is entirely possible that Mattel has told Barbie Collector and its IT staff they must make bricks with no straw on this one.  If that is the case, I feel for them.  Either way, it leaves the collectors questioning whether they want to purchase the product or not.  Not a positive customer experience.  Not a good day for Mattel and the BarbieCollector brand.

Thumbs down

As of this posting, no available date of sale has been given by Mattel or Barbiecollector for this doll.


Get Your Valium Ready

Mattel is serving up their first platinum edition doll of 2015 to BFC members next week.  You have to be a BFC member to have a chance at this doll and you have to be a prepared and ready BFC member to have a chance at her.  I highly recommend valium while doing this LOL!  There will be system delays ( cough…crashes…cough), there will be frustrated collectors, there will be disappointed collectors and there will be euphoric “ I made it through the obstacles and got it” collectors.  There will also be, I suspect, a fair number of scalpers in there just trying to score a doll they know they will be able to make a profit on later.  It is the nature of the beast when you have low supply and high demand.  So what is all this fuss about you ask…..let me show you.

Classic Evening Gown Barbie® Doll

Platinum Label®

Designed by Linda Kyaw

Release Date: 5/13/2015

Product Code: CGT31

No more than 1000 units produced worldwide.

Retail:  $85.00

©Mattel

 

©Mattel

©Mattel

Doll Details

Body Type:
ModelMuse

Skin Tone:
Neutra

Facial Sculpt:
Aphrodite

Fashion Sewn On?:
No

Eyelashes:
Painted

Included with doll:
Shoes, Earrings, Bracelet, Doll Stand

I have to admit…she is pretty.  I would not expect anything less from Linda and her beautiful and classic sense of style.  The jury is still out in my mind if I will enter the shark tank for this one but I wish luck to everyone who wants to try for her.  May the force, fast internet connection and the healthy spirit of the hunt be with you.


Little Red Dress

My fabulous dealer Barb of Windy City Dolls sent this lovely lady to me last week and I finally had a moment to get her out of the box and in front of the camera.  She does not disappoint.   The fabric of the dress is nice and soft.  Very feminine. 

©2015 Inside The Fashion doll Studio

I had heard some concerns from other collectors regarding her hair.  The promo shots showed an elaborate updo.  The question was…how will this translate to actual production ?  Will the hair look like the promo shot or will it be “one hot mess” when it arrives?  I opened the box and am happy to report that the hair does in fact closely mimic the promo shot, or at least mine does.  I also love the honey highlights in this hair. 

©2015 Inside The Fashion doll Studio

©2015 Inside The Fashion doll Studio

©2015 Inside The Fashion doll Studio

And really the best side of this coiffure…

©2015 Inside The Fashion doll Studio

I am not going to lie, I had to make one little adjustment to the hair.  One of the curls in the back was not as tight as it could have been and it stood up too high for me.  I solved it with some hair gel and a pin.  If I were braver, I would give her a little bit of a bang trim too.    There are visible rubber bands in this coiffure …not a particular favorite of mine… but given the ornateness of the design, I am willing to live with it. 

©2015 Inside The Fashion doll Studio

The grey eyes with a hint of yellow are fabulous!  The smoky eye liner goes very well with the red lipstick, hat and gown.  I ADORE the fact that there are earrings with this one.  Perhaps the last set of earrings we will see on a Silkstone ( or so it would seem by the promo shots)

©2015 Inside The Fashion doll Studio

©2015 Inside The Fashion doll Studio

I am very pleased with this latest BFMC effort by Robert Best.  I mean come on…how can I not love a Silkstone in a Dior inspired dress .  Photos below are both 1950’s Dior dresses. christian-dior-1950s-dresses-i5

source: http://hellomydearblog.blogspot.com/2010/03/j-dior.html

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source: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/110197522106507198/

-Rebecca


New Silkstones Available at Barbiecollector

Finally Mattel has released these beauties for purchase.  They are available at your local dealers and at Barbiecollector.

Little Red Dress Barbie® Doll

Gold Label®

Designed by: Robert Best

Release Date: 4/15/2015

Product Code: CGT26

No more than 9100 units produced worldwide.

Retail:  $75.00

©Mattel

©Mattel

©Mattel

And….this one has earrings!!!  It will be interesting to see how the hairstyle stacks up with the promo shots on this one.  Will report on that once I have one in hand.

Bouclé Beauty™ Barbie® Doll

Gold Label®

Designed by: Robert Best

Release Date: 4/15/2015

Product Code: CGT25

No more than 9700 units produced worldwide.

Retail:  $100.00

©Mattel

©Mattel

©Mattel

©Mattel

Ok…looks like we sacrifice earrings for bows on the shoes ( which are really cute), necklace and gloves.  No Chanel inspired purse or earrings.  Now you tell me people…what Chanel fashionista is going out without a pair of earrings in this outfit.  If you are going to spend the time emulating Chanel, a pair of pearl studs is MANDETORY in my opinion.  Just my humble opinion.  No pearl studs with this is a CRIME and charging $100 for this without the pearl stud earrings is crime with malice.  Ok, maybe over the top but Chanel and pearls are synonymous in my book.  We did get pearl buttons with this outfit though, nice touch, and perhaps we can snip those off and put them in her ears {Snort!}  {rant over…well for now anyway}  I’m going to find an extra pair of pearl studs now so this lady can be completed when she arrives.  Yes, pearl studs aside, I am still buying.

The other concern here is nobody is quite sure what her hair is going to look like.  These promo shots show curl in her hair whereas the 360 degree feature at BC.com and earlier promo shots show her with no curl, just straight hair.  My bet is on the curl.  We will just have to see.

-Rebecca

**photos used in this post are © Mattel**


Cherry Pie Picnic

Bill Greening and Mattel have given the collecting community a fabulous start to a new series of dolls.  The series will be called “Willows, WI”.  It is a tribute to classic Americana and you can’t get more American than Apple or Cherry pie.  This one may be worth it for the little picnic basket alone…adorable!

Cherry Pie Picnic Barbie® Doll

Gold Label®

Designed by: Bill Greening

Release Date: 4/1/2015

Product Code: CGT29

No more than 4700 units produced worldwide.

She is a Barbiecollector direct exclusive so only available there.  She retails for $75.00.  Kind of pricey for vinyl.  She is cute though.

Photos in this post courtesy of BarbieCollector.comCherry Pie Picnic 1

 

Cherry Pie Picnic 2

Cherry Pie Picnic 3

Cherry Pie Picnic 4