I was fortunate to be able to get a hold of this Barbie doll, which is the official convention doll of the Japan and Madrid Barbie conventions in 2020. The conventions were cancelled, but conventioneers received their gifts and dolls. The doll was designed by the one and only Carlyle Nuera.
The Barbie truck was in town, so my mom and I went to pick up some of the exclusive merch!
Barbie pays homage to the oldest company in North America! HBC is 350 years old. The commemorative doll is very pretty!
I've decided to unbox my brunette Totally Hair Barbie doll. It's 28 years old! Surprisingly, the Dep hair gel inside the box is still working!
In the video, I also show my reproduction doll and talk about my girl friends from 3rd and 4th grade.
It's almost Halloween! The Dia de Muertos Barbie dolls would look great with my seasonal decor!
My second Youtube video is out!
In the video, I unbox the latest Pür x Barbie collection. I don't wear makeup, but I know a few people who do!
Here are the items I purchased from Pür cosmetics:
- Butter London x Barbie Nail Lacquer
- Endless Possibilities II Signature 15-Piece Eyeshadow Palette
- Forever Glow Signature Illuminating Scented Body Powder with Applicator
- Confident Glow Signature Illuminating Highlighter
- Magical Eyes Signature Mascara & Primer Collection
- Skin Essentials Signature 3-Piece Skincare Sampler
- Brush 'n Sparkle Signature 5-Piece Cruelty Free Brush Set with Bag
- Lit Mist Signature Illuminating Setting Spray
- Gloss in Boss Gloss Signature High-Shine Lip Gloss
- Gloss Signature High-Shine Lip Gloss in Girl Gloss
- Iconic Lips in Innovator Signature Semi-Matte Lipstick
- Iconic Lips in Trailblazer Signature Semi-Matte Lipstick
2020 has been insane y'all. I can't even know what to say. I hope everyone is doing okay in the midst of the pandemic and the crazy upcoming U.S. presidential election. Sadly, the National Barbie Doll Collectors Convention was cancelled this year. I was dying to go to Las Vegas to be with Barbie friends, but alas, it just wasn't in the cards. On the upside, the convention goodies this year are top notch! I am so excited to get my loot.
What else is new? I've decided to become a content creator on Youtube. My first video premiered today, and I am so excited about all my plans for the channel. I'm hoping that this will be another avenue to connect with the doll community.
In my first video, I give the viewers a 12-minute tour of my doll room. It's the quickie tour, but there's a lot to see. I think my next video will be an unboxing. Hopefully, the convention gifts will arrive soon so we can unpack them together!
by Viktor Zavadsky
Many years later, when I moved into my first apartment in Baltimore, in 1973, I brought along my sister's neglected ash-blonde, bubble-cut Barbie doll, and along with an eclectic assortment of other artifacts, I mounted it on the wall as an "objet d'art". One day, when my sister came to visit, she was livid that I had absconded with her doll, and she snatched it off the wall when she left. That was the last that I ever saw of it. I have no idea whether or not she still has it. Although she had been happy enough to share her dolls with me when we were children, she certainly had no intention of letting keep one of them when I was eighteen, and I must admit, I did not blame her.
By 1979, I was living in Los Angeles, and one night, cruising in Boystown along Santa Monica Boulevard, I noticed a handful of Barbie dolls attired in glamorous gowns displayed in the window of an apartment building. It was magical and I was enchanted. I knew right away that I had to have my own Barbie doll immediately.
So the following day, I went out to buy one. I do not recall where I went in my search; perhaps a toy store or maybe Woolworth's. However, I do remember how horrified I was to behold what a hideous transformation had befallen my cherished childhood Barbie doll. The dolls that I had seen in the apartment house windows in Hollywood were the same ponytails, bubble-cuts, and T&T mods with which I was familiar. I had no idea that Mattel no longer manufactured these dolls, and that the Barbie doll had been modified beyond recognition. The glamour was gone! What was now called a "Barbie doll" was an orange-colored thing with a huge rib cage and arms that were permanently bent at the elbows. Most alarming was the grinning, grimacing, maniacal child's face with enormous, deranged eyes. Years later, I would learn that this ickety face was called, by Mattel, the "superstar" face. I was appalled. Throughout the 1980's, Mattel continued to make ugly blonde Barbie dolls with too much hair. But by the end of the decade, quite by chance, I spotted a winsome black Barbie doll named "Dee Dee". This charming doll became my first as an adult collector.
"She's the most Moschino Barbie® ever!" exclaims the young girl in a parody of a Barbie commercial designed to go viral. The doll is for adult collectors but the commercial features three kids playing with Moschino Barbie®, one of whom is a very fierce boy with a super trendy disconnected undercut.
According to the outlets with the latest scoop on the doll, she will retail at about $150. There is no official word yet on actual production numbers and where the dolls are going to be available. The latest rumors have some collectors grousing and grumbling already. Photos of the packaged doll clearly show that she is a Gold Label doll, which means we're probably looking at higher production numbers than the early rumors implying numbers in the 1K to 2K range. We now have official images of the dolls from Barbie Collector and Moschino.
This latest collaboration between Barbie Collector™ and Moschino comes on the heels of Jeremy Scott's Spring 2015 ready-to-wear collection for Moschino shown during Milan Fashion Week last year. The very kitschy capsule collection clearly drew much inspiration from Barbie, and we were told that a very limited collectible doll was also given to attendees of his show.
Barbie Collectors and Jeremy Scott fans knew it was only a matter of time before a collaborative effort would lead to Moschino Barbie® doll. So far, we know that Barbie doll will come with a logo T-shirt, quilted faux leather bomber jackets, earrings, sunglasses, a backpack, a logo baseball cap, a logo belt, necklaces, a purse, little Moschino heels, and a miniature Moschino shopping bag. Whew! She's heavily accessorized! We also know from early reports that another RTW collection will accompany the release of this doll. The collection will include adult-size versions of Barbie's clothes and accessories, and two Moschino Barbie T-shirts.
This doll will be available on November 9, at Moschino.com and net-a-porter.com.
Check out the Moschino Barbie Doll video from @BarbieCollector:
An exchange I recently found on the Barbie forums went something like this:
Member A: Can someone tell me where to find the highly collectible recent wave of 2015 Fashionistas™ dolls?
Member B: Highly collectible play line dolls? You mean the ones they make millions of? Check WalMart. They're all bound to be there for $7.99 *hair flip* *rolls eyes* *pats self on back for throwing shade at play line collector*
It seems that some collectors have forgotten that there was a time when Barbie® dolls made for adult collectors were not a thing, and Barbie® dolls were all "play line". Let's be real. Barbie® started out as a toy marketed towards young girls, and for better or for worse, the brand is continuously evolving.
The new dolls lining shelves at Target, Walmart, or Toys R Us may not be to everyone's liking, particularly some whose tastes have moved away from colors so bright that they could induce seizures. However, that doesn't make your Platinum Label™ Karl Lagerfeld™ Barbie® more collectible than, say, the new LA Girl Fashionistas™ Barbie® doll. Karl is rarer, and some might say made to a "higher standard", but to a true collector that shouldn't matter. Yes, in some ways, dolls made for adults can be considered objectively "better" than dolls made for kids--the fabrics are more expensive, the closures are not made of velcro (mostly), the designs are more sophisticated, and so on. However, those things don't make a doll more collectible, they just make it more expensive and geared towards a "mature" crowd. I had to use quotation marks around the word mature because of all the tantrums I witnessed over the recent Platinum tokidoki Barbie®, but generally we're talking about an older audience.
The best piece of collecting advice I have ever heard, and still read on the forums from time to time, is to collect what you like. Don't buy dolls hoping they'll appreciate in value over time (some do, most don't). Don't buy dolls just because they're rare and coveted. Don't buy dolls to impress your collector friends. Buy dolls that make you happy. I mostly buy Barbie Collector dolls because those are the dolls that I enjoy, but every now and then, a play line doll, fashion or accessory catches my eye, and I don't hesitate to add it to my collection. I collect what I want. You should, too!
About the Webmaster
My name is Jared. I began collecting dolls in 2011. It all started with Barbie® Basics Model No 16 Collection 002 for me. Soon after that, I started photographing my dolls, editing the images and sharing my work on my Tumblr photoblog, Life in Plastic. "Playing" with dolls has inspired me to learn to sew, paint with acrylics, re-root doll hair, practice my bead craft, among other things...My collecting hobby turned into a passion for creating art in different media!