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Wonder Woman is an unusual figure in the world of comic books. When she was created in 1941, comic books were read by an overwhelming number of children and adults of both sexes, and her creator (noted psychologist, William Moulton Marston) was concerned that the popular comics media had no good FEMALE role models. His Read More →

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The City Seasons line has been one of the best of Mattel’s attempts to appeal to the adult collector. Each doll was designed with a gorgeous, realistic seasonal themed outfit. Unfortunately, Mattel decided to end the line with Winter in Montreal, the seventh doll and the second winter themed outfit. As usual for this line, Read More →

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To mangle an old phrase, “Irony, thy name is Mattel.” When the original Toy Story movie was still in the very early stages, Mattel flatly refused permission from Pixar to use Barbie in the story, feeling that the role as Woody’s sweetheart might make the B-girl look bad. Pixar shrugged and created the adorable Bo Read More →

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The Disney family of companies and Mattel have had a long and profitable relationship, happily intertwining their respective specialties to part the consumer from their money. They have also created some wonderful exclusive dolls. (Anyone else remember Toontown Stacie?) This particular doll is designed to celebrate the rollover year, and it helpfully provides a map Read More →

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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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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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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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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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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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