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??