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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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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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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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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 →

Oscar de la Renta Barbie

I admit it.. I’m a child of the 80’s. And I still think that the fashions Oscar de la Renta designed for Barbie are some of her best ever. So I couldn’t possibly resist this doll. The Doll I love the face paint on this doll. All those subtle, gentle earth tones make for a Read More →

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