Category Archives: License

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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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Galoob, who produced the gorgeous and well made Anastasia dolls, has experienced a huge success with their clever marketing of their Spice Girls dolls. Based on the hyperactive and peppy girl group, there have been four different issues so far, plus two clothing sets. Each issue has a different theme to their accessories. This doll is from 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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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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My first Liberation was Royal Elegance Queen Amidala. I should have quit while I was ahead. Ultimate Hair does not seem to have the same attention to detail that Royal Elegance boasted. Come take a look… The Doll The face on this doll is just as lovely as that on the Royal Elegance. The mold Read More →

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For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Sailor Moon phenomenon, Sailor Moon started out as a Japanese comic book (generally referred to as manga). From there the story of a young girl and her friends who’ve been gifted with magical powers to save the world was turned into an animated TV show (an Read More →

8&9

I admit it, I’m a sucker for a good romance. Anastasia has its problems, but they never occur to me while I’m watching it. The extensive line of dolls, put out by Galoob, were impressive in both their depth and quality. Unfortunately, the line was not the huge success Galoob was hoping for, and most Read More →

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Mattel puts out a lot of ‘historical’ theme dolls. Some of them are wonderful, and others are, well, not wonderful. I’ve always found it interesting that Mattel does so many 1920s dolls, since the idealized flapper has far less generous assets than the B girl. This doll was put out as an exclusive to Hallmark Read More →

5Face

Liam Neeson may not have understood just what he was getting himself into when he agreed to play the part of Jedi Master Qui-Gon, but I certainly did- it meant there’d be a doll of the delectable Scottish stud. <G> Hasbro has had some troubles in the past with their 12 inch doll line, which Read More →

The Queen

Despite their fondest hopes, Moses, Prince of Egypt did not turn out to be the picture that put Dreamworks Studios on the map. Hasbro made the toys, which came and went with barely a ripple of interest. As far as I have been able to determine, these dolls were only available at Walmart, and then Read More →

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