Category Archives: Mattel

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Tree Trimming Barbie is this year’s supermarket store doll. If you enjoy informally-dressed holiday themed dolls, this line can be a real treasure. Each year’s doll is dressed in a casual outfit in preparation for a holiday activity. The price point on these dolls ranges from $10 to $12 (US), and they can be found Read More →

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If you’ve visited this site before, you probably know that I really like celebrity dolls. When properly done, I think dolls based on real people can add some much needed variety to a fashion doll collection. Just in time for the holidays, Mattel has shipped this gorgeous doll based on the singer/model/actress Brandy. So far Read More →

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Spring in Tokyo is from Mattel’s popular line of City Seasons dolls. Each doll is dressed in a high fashion outfit reflecting the climate and styles of a particular major city. This particular doll is extremely sophisticated, and the suit is perhaps the most adult outfit Mattel has produced in the modern doll era. I Read More →

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Yo-yoing is one of those wonderful kid’s games that is ‘hot’ at least one time in every child’s life. This has been one of the ‘hot’ years for yo-yoing, and Mattel jumped right on the bandwagon with a line of Skipper dolls with yo-yoing action. The principle behind the action is simple- a lever in Read More →

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In 1994, when Mattel introduced the 35th Anniversary Barbie reproduction, they had a huge hit on their hands. Demand was huge, especially for the more limited gift set and brunette versions. Never one to let a success go unimitated, there have been new reproduction dolls every since, with different outfits and doll variations. This particular Read More →

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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 BarbieĀ  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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