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New Barbie Look and Silkstone News!

There has been a bit of a Barbie drought in this collectors house for a while but that may change in the coming weeks. This morning, The Barbie Collection added a few items for preorder that has some collectors very interested. 

First up are a couple of new Barbie Look dolls.

The Barbie Look™ Barbie® Doll – Park Pretty

Black Label®

Designer: Bill Greening

    • Body Type: Articulated
    • Facial sculpt: Millie
    • Fashion Sewn On: No
    • Fashion: Floral dress paired with yellow peep toe shoes
    • Accessories: Doll, fashion, shoes, sunglasses, bracelets, purse, phone, coffee drink, Miss Honey, dog tag

Release Date: 9/30/2016  **** Caveat…don’t be fooled by the date people, it says release but in actuality, this one won’t ship until 11/11/16**  Just keeping it real.

Retail:  $29.95

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I love the accessories this one comes with.  Honey the dog is always a plus ( did you know this dog has her own Instagram account!) and the phone and iced coffee drink is adorable.  It looks like this doll also has a semi ‘made to move’ body.  The knees at least look that way and one would assume its so Barbie can sit very easily on the picnic blanket while she is at the park.  Nice work Bill.  I like this one.

The Barbie Look™ Barbie® Doll – Pool Chic

Black Label®

Designer: Bill Greening

Release Date: 9/30/2016

  • Body Type: Articulated
  • Facial sculpt: Karl
  • Fashion Sewn On: No
  • Fashion: Floor-length aqua blue halter dress with gold detail
  • Accessories: Doll, fashion, shoes, earrings, bracelet, purse, phone, compact with pom pom, lipstick

Release Date: 9/30/2016  **** Caveat…don’t be fooled by the date people, it says release but in actuality, this one won’t ship until 11/11/16**  Just keeping it real.

Retail:  $29.95

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©2016 Mattel, Inc

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Very elegant and I love the accessories again.  Bill…you have this collector’s attention.  I am really liking these Barbie Look collections so far.

Classic Black Dress Barbie® Doll (Brunette)

Gold Label®

Designer: Robert Best

  • Body Type: Posable Silkstone®
  • Facial sculpt: Vintage Silkstone
  • Fashion Sewn On: No
  • Fashion:  Little black dress
  • Accessories:  Boots

Release Date: 9/30/2016 **** Caveat…don’t be fooled by the date people, it says release but in actuality, this one won’t ship until 01/31/17**  Just keeping it real.

Retail: $40.00

 

©2016 Mattel, Inc

©2016 Mattel, Inc

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©2016 Mattel, Inc

OK…first off I am really happy that a brunette version of the adorable blonde classic black dress silkstone will be available to collectors now.  The price point is very attractive too!  However, this doll is eerily similar to a couple of the convention dolls given in Europe this past year.  If I were an attendee for one of these conventions and I saw this, frankly, I would be a little pissed off.   Those convention dolls are supposed to be super exclusive, a perk for going to them.  Now Mattel is offering up a doll so similar it’s uncomfortable.   Here is the Milan convention doll…

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Odd choice Mattel.

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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.

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Soda Shop Barbie® Doll ( BFC Exclusive)

Gold Label®

Designer: Bill Greening

Release Date: 2/10/2016

Retail: $75.00

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©2016 Mattel, Inc.

©2016 Mattel, Inc.

And…what about that set!!!  Me likes.

-Rebecca


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.

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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.

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©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

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©2015 Mattel, Inc

 

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


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

 

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Barbie Fan Club Membership Renewal Starts Today

2015 BFC membership

If you were a member last year, you can renew your membership starting today 1/7/2015.  If you want to sign up as a first time member, you will need to wait until 1/14/2015.  The BFC has sold out for the last couple years but it has taken a while to do it so don’t know if you need to rush for this one.  It looks like there will not be an “official” club doll this year.  There are, however, a number of club exclusives that make it worth my interest.

Here are some of the fun perks of the club this year.

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source:  www.Barbiecollector.com

Adorable redheaded St Paddy’s day doll!!  I will be adding this one to the collection. 

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source:  www.Barbiecollector.com

This may be another platinum offering like the previous black and white collection offerings but don’t quote me on it.  If this will be a platinum offering, I predict this one will go fast like the others.  I may actually enter the shark tank for this one Winking smile

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source:  www.Barbiecollector.com

Aaaaahhhhh!  Do my eyes deceive me??!!  A pink Silkstone offering for 2015?!!!  Ummm…no brainer…I’m in.  Please oh please don’t make this a platinum offering.  If it is, I would not only enter the shark tank…I would bring a honkin’ harpoon with me.  Just sayin’ it up front people.

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source:  www.Barbiecollector.com

This would be the adorable preview we saw at convention this year I believe.  I will be adding this one to the collection too.  I mean come on…the picnic basket alone is worth it.

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source:  www.Barbiecollector.com

Added to these exclusive goodies you also get:

-Up to $80 in BarbieCollector.com Online Shop rewards – $20 per calendar quarter*

-Quarterly “Designer Videos,” sneak peeks at upcoming releases, downloadable goodies, and access to the exclusive Barbie Bulletin Board

-First access to audio interviews, collector spotlights, Fun Facts, and looks “behind the glam” with the passionate people on the Barbie® Collector team

If you are a current member and want to renew, you can click on any of the official Mattel photos above and it should take you to the membership renewal purchase page.  I don’t know when they will open the links today but I am betting it will be sometime between 9AM and noon PST.

 


Sneaks for 2014!

Finally Mattel ( or apparently Mattel marketing) has given us a look at upcoming dolls from 2014.  A number of items were sneaked to the BFC members a couple of days ago.  Here are the public images ready for our greedy collector consumption.

It’s a Girl Barbie® Doll

Designed by: Bill Greening
Release Date: 2/13/2014

Retailing for $29.95

 

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source:www.barbiecollector.com

Adorable right?!!  Shug…if it’s a girl…I am sending you one of these Smile 

 

The Wizard of Oz™ Fantasy Glamour Wicked Witch of the West™ Doll

Designed by: Linda Kyaw
Release Date: 2/13/2014

Retailing for $100.00

Direct Exclusive from Barbiecollector.com

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source:www.Barbie collector.com

Wow!!  I thought WOZ dolls were totally overdone…until I saw this one.  Linda, I salute you.  She is a beauty!

Bob Mackie® Princess Stargazer™ Barbie® Doll

Designed by: Robert Best
Release Date: 2/13/2014

Retailing for $100.00

Directly Exclusive from Barbiecollector.com

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source: www.barbiecollector.com

Ummm…..I could be diplomatic and say this doll is unique.  I have to be honest though and say this doll creeps me out.  No disrespect to the amazing talents of Robert Best but…I find nothing  compelling about this doll.  No stargazing for this collector.

Zuhair Murad Barbie® Doll

Designed by: Linda Kyaw
Release Date: 2/13/2014

Retailing for $75.00

Zuhair Murad Barbie

 

Zuhair Murad Barbie 1

Zuhair Murad Barbie 2

source: www.barbiecollector.com

Well Linda, you have given us another home run!  I adore this doll.  I love the gown, the facial screening and the elegant updo.  She will be joining the collection for sure.  Thanks to the super sleuthing of fellow blogger Rogier of Dutch Barbie World, we have the inspiration for this fashion

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2012 Spring Summer Couture Zuhair Murad

source:  www.wwd.com

And last but not least….we have a look at the Alta Moda theme for this years BFMC Silkstone line.

Fiorella™ Barbie Doll

Designed by: Robert Best
Release Date: 2/13/2014

Retailing for $50.00

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source:  www.barbiecollector.com

It pains me to say this but…I am not a fan.  First of all, I don’t care for this particular facial screening.  I think it is the big spiky bottom lashes.  Secondly, the black bows have GOT to go.  Are we going for the school girl look with the knee socks and hair bows?  Thirdly, I am not a big fan of large floral jewelry.  As a rule, I am not a big floral person period so perhaps that is what is coloring my whole dislike of this look. I have to say though that the $50 price tag is very reasonable for a dressed Silkstone.  Thanks again to our super fashion sleuth Rogier, we perhaps have a look into the inspiration for this look.

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Dolce and Gabbana 2012 Fall RTW 2

source:  www.Style.com

BFC members were also given a sneak of the second Silkstone in the 2014 lineup but those photos are not yet public.  The look however is taken almost directly from this same D&G fashion show above.  I confess, when Robert Best announced that the 2014 Silkstone theme was going to be Alta Moda, my mind went to the beautiful couture of Eliza Schiaparelli or vintage Valentino so I was eagerly anticipating something like these

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I am thinking….we are not going to see that.  {Rebecca heaves a big sign of sadness}.  I seriously would die if that pink striped number were produced.


Cupid’s Kisses has Arrived…

…And her hair is the big story.  I won’t lie to you folks…it’s a bit of a fixer upper.   Let me start by saying, her box is cute.  It is streamlined and classic.  I like it.

© 2014 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

Here is Ms. C.Kisses in her box.  Pardon the crappy cell phone pictures…they were all I could manage whens she arrived.

© 2014 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2014 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

And here was mine and pretty much everyone else’s question….where is the cute little curl that goes on her forehead??  Here is the promo shot

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No need to panic folks.  The curl is there..you just have to coax it down a bit. 

© 2014 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2014 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

She comes with some adorable accessories

© 2014 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2014 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2014 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

The dress is adequate though I have to be honest…I did not buy her for this dress.  I have other fashions in mind for her.  It is not Silkstone quality but it works well on her.  There is a Velcro closure in the back so there is some room to make the fit better if it isn’t working on your doll.  I think the velvet embossing on the dress is cute and appears to be applied correctly.  The hair though…was some work.  The ponytail does not have a hard curl at the end .  Therein lies part of the problem.   Mine came out of the box looking  a bit like someone took a pair of scissors to the end of the ponytail.  I will put a better curl in it when I have some time to hard set it.  For now, I am content with getting the curl to come down on her forehead.  Want to see how I did it?  I figured….so I included pictures

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The handy dandy pin trick!  I keep these small silk or applique pins in my deboxing kit.  They can solve a whole manner of hat and hair dilemmas. 

© 2014 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

Push the curl down on the forehead to where you would like it.  Hold it down and insert a pin.  Make sure you are putting the pin into hair and not into the dolls forehead ( that would be bad…especially if you want to move the hair off the forehead later…you would have a lobotomy scar to deal with and nobody wants that LOL).  You can try weaving the pin in and out a little so it is catching different pieces of hair as it goes in.  It will hold better this way.  Be gentle with handling the hair on this one.  It gets messy very easily so don’t overwork it.

© 2014 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2014 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

Push the pin in.  On a vinyl head it is so easy.  You can do it with your finger.  DON’T try this on a Silkstone.  You will end up with a hole in your finger {ouch!}.  You need a thimble for Silkstone heads.

© 2014 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2014 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

You can leave it like this if you want.  You can barely see the pin unless you are looking straight down at the curl.  I photograph from different angles and since I try to avoid photoshopping when I can, I just ever so slightly move the hair over the pin so it is invisible.

© 2014 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

Easy peasy right?!


The Barbie Look for 2014

The news out of Mattel is Bill Greening has some new Barbie Look’s for us.  The news from retailers is that these “The Barbie Look” offerings will be available in December and will go for roughly $29.99 each.  Many shops are offering up these beauties for presale so if you like them, put your order in with your favorite Barbie retailer.

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There is a pink gowned one so she will be on my Christmas list for sure SmileI adore the applied lashes on these beauties!  I am thinking the gold gowned  Diana Ross inspired number may have to come live with me too.  I am really loving the edgy earrings of the blue pant suited blond and I like the coloring of the doll wearing the more casual blue dress.  Oh heck…who am I kidding…I will probably just get all of them LOL!


Haunted Beauty

Last year Mattel and Bill Greening helped collectors celebrate Halloween with the direct exclusive Haunted Beauty Ghost™ Barbie® Doll.

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Photo credit: Mattel, Inc

This year, Mattel and Mr. Greening serve up another helping of gorgeous gothic splendor with Haunted Beauty Vampire™ Barbie® Doll.  She looks to be all decked out in a very close representation of an Alexander McQueen cloak over a deliciously gothic gown.  If I were into vampire or gothic design dolls, I would be all over this one.  While I may not be in the market to purchase this one, I can certainly admire the artistry of her design.  Another win for you Mr. Greening.

Haunted Beauty Vampire™ Barbie® Doll

Retail:  $100.00 ( this is a BC direct exclusive.  Only available at Barbiecollector.com)

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Photo credit:  Mattel, Inc.

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Photo credit:  Mattel, Inc.Haunted Beauty Vampire Barbie 2

Photo credit:  Mattel, Inc.

Haunted Beauty Vampire Barbie 3

Photo credit:  Mattel, Inc.

And the inspiration and much photographed cloak by the late Alexander McQueen…

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Photo credit:  Vanity Fair

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Photo credit:  Harpers Bazaar

Even Integrity Toys has done this one.

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Happy New Year!!

BFC Holiday Hostess New years

 

No…Rebecca has not been hitting the bottle nor does she have her dates wrong.  Mattel just announced that the highly anticipated next installment for their Holiday Hostess line will be up for sale Wednesday, October 9th.  She is Happy New Year Barbie and she is a BFC exclusive.

There has been much speculation today as to what type of doll this is.  Namely, collectors were asking “ Is she Silkstone or vinyl?”.  A Mattel representative finally answered conclusively that this fabulous lady, though she looks very much like Silkstone, is in fact  vinyl….just like every other doll in this very popular line.  She may be residing currently in the category of Silkstones on the Barbiecollector website but that is an error and they are working to fix it.   If you watched the video of Bill Greening I posted a few weeks ago, you saw quick photos of this one.  If not, the promo shots are finally available to the public.

Happy New Year™ Barbie® Doll

Retail:  $75.00

Available to BFC members only at Barbiecollector.com beginning 10/09/2013 at 9:00AM PST

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The chatter on this one would indicate she will sell out quickly.  I know what I will be doing next Wednesday.

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