I got a NRFB Jewel Hair Mermaid Barbie® in nearly perfect condition, and savored the act of liberating her from that pink box. Her face paint and Superstar face mold are typical of the era. This is the Barbie® face that I fell in love with. To me, as a child, this was THE Barbie® face. Though I now prefer other face sculpts (Mbili, Goddess, and Steffie, to name a few) and I enjoy having a variety of sculpts in my collection, the Superstar mold was the ubiquitous face of Barbie® in my formative years, so it has a special place in my heart.
Her fashion is in great condition. It does look very "play line", understandably, since the golden top and skirt with shimmery holographic print was made to appeal to children. The closures are made with velcro, which is anathema to many collectors due to the serious damage it can inflict on some fabrics. I love that the end of the tail is removable, revealing what appears to be just a long, tight skirt, which she wears with golden heels. The doll also came with shimmering holographic stars, which could be attached to the hair with velcro. I'm ditching the stars (they look juvenile), but the rest is a keeper. Though she's not the jewel of my collection, Jewel Hair Mermaid Barbie® is a dream come true. If only my 10-year-old self could see me now.