Category Archives: Barbie

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Mattel took a lot of eggs in the face with the infamous Teen Talk Barbie (“Math class is tough!”). They weren’t about to repeat that mistake with their new talker. Working Woman Barbie  informs us that “Going to work is fun!” “Saving money is smart” and instead of suggesting a party, says “Let’s have a Read More →

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Mattel’s celebrity fashion dolls are a gold mine for those of us who like variety in our collections. With custom molds based on the person in question, each one has a totally unique look. Along with two Audrey Hepburn dolls, Mattel produced two lower-cost outfits based on the Breakfast at Tiffany’s movie, a move that Read More →

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So far, Target appears to be the only store who has picked up on the amazing popularity of Barbie’s adorable little sister Kelly and her friends. The only previous exclusives featuring Kelly are also Target exclusives- two Easter sets and a 1997 Halloween set. This Halloween, however, they raise the bar for store exclusives by Read More →

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Never one to let a success go unfollowed, Mattel produced the bizarrely named Nascar Official #94 Barbie as a followup to the Nascar 50th Anniversary Barbie. Contrary to their usual behavior, Mattel made this doll just as nice or even slightly better than the original. The costume is more elaborate, the ads more prolific… but Read More →

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Ah, September. When children head back to school and Mattel starts shipping their new fall play line dolls. The Hollywood Nails dolls (Barbie, Christie, and Teresa) feature mostly-realistic hairstyles and lengths, the bend-and-move body with high heels, and some great play accessories. I’ve managed to spot Barbie and Teresa so far, but Christie doesn’t appear Read More →

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Tangerine Twist was the first doll in the ‘Fashion Savvy Collection’ which focuses on stylish city fashions for the African-American doll. Designed by Kitty Black Perkins (the creative force behind the now-defunct Shani line), this doll boasts a great outfit, cool accessories, and fabulous attention to detail. A second doll, Uptown Chic, followed soon after. As far Read More →

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The Very Velvet line marks the first appearance of Barbie with a slimmer body mold. These cute play line dolls have a torso that is unique to them, hidden under velvet catsuits that are sewn on. As far as I know, this is the only time a play line doll has been produced that can’t Read More →

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I have to admit it… even though you can’t take her outfit off without ruining it, I love this doll. She pushes all my buttons: the unique face paint, the rich blues and greens, and of course, the over-the-top gown. The Peacock has a truly unique facial painting style that makes her a must in Read More →

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In last year’s lineup, Mattel introduced these adorable play line dolls with one ‘permanent’ tattoo each and sheets of temporary tattoos for doll and owner to share. Many collectors missed these dolls initially due to an overwhelming number of collector dolls currently available and a general feeling of burnout on play line dolls. Recently, however, Read More →

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The ‘Barbie Millicent Roberts’ line was a Mattel attempt to separate the adult collector from their money. Envisioned as a line of high end dolls with classy clothing and lots of accessories, plus additional clothing and accessory packs at a hefty $20 a package, it always seemed to have great potential that it never managed Read More →

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