Ok, so I decided to participate also in the mass blogger interview done by I Luv Dolls. Here are my answers.
1. When did you start collecting dolls?
My first doll was given to me when I was little, like 6 years old. Then I started asking for more and more but got tired of dolls when I became an adolescent. My passion hit me again in 2008 when i discovered some great Collector Barbies on a Romanian online shop. That’s when I really started collecting and I have no intention to stop ever again.
2.What was your first purchase as a collector?
In the autumm of 2008 I begged a frind of mine that lives in NY to buy me some 80s Barbies of eBay. I wanted to pay him but he was so sweet and decided to give them to me as a present. Lucky me! I can’t remember now all of them, they were several, but one of them was Unicef Barbie.
3.How many dolls do you own?
I stopped counting after 200 so I have NO idea what so ever.
4.What is your favorite doll and why?
By far my favorite doll is Pink Splendor Barbie. She embodies everything I love about Barbies. Just perfect! The dress, the pale pink, her high couture hair, her amazing face and makeup. Just stunning. I hope someday to have her.
5.What doll or dolls are not your favorites and why?
Pullip dolls. I don’t like them at all. Sorry… They look to creepy to me.
6.What is the biggest challenge about collecting dolls?
Making my husband understand when money are flying of the credit card. He support me and my collection but I do fight with him when he thinks I collect way to many types of dolls. He would like me to stick to Barbie but I keep trying to make him understand that is not possible.
7.How do you display or store your dolls?
I have a special room in my apartment from my home town. I live in the capital of Romania and my aparment here is too small so I just keep a few dolls here. The rest are being shipped every month to my hometown. My mom makes sure they arrive safely and stores them in special boxes.
8.Have you ever been to a doll show?
Not yet buy I’m going in a few days to Milan to the Italian Doll Convention 2012.
9.When you travel, do you look for dolls?
Like duh! Of course! That’s the first thing I do.
10.What is your latest purchase?
A few Maxie dolls and a jointed Steffi Love. Can’t wait for them to arrive.
11.What doll is on your wish list now?
Empress of the Aliens Barbie and Mermaid Barbie. I have no idea how to get the second one without having to sell my kidneys.
12.What do you wish you didn’t purchase?
Like Madonna said: absolutely NO REGRETS!
13.What is your favorite doll related item?
My doll houses. I L-O-V-E doll houses. Please give me more!
14.How often do you photo your dolls and what doll is the most photographed and/or photogenic?
Unfortunately I don’t really have time to do this. I have a busy schedule and very impatient clients so I don’t really get the chance to do this.
15.Do you talk to other collectors in person or just on the web?
We started having doll meetings with the local doll collectors and I just love that! Also I often call them or meet them just for crinks. They will all me at my wedding in September also.
16.If you had the chance to speak to Mattel or other toy makers, what would you say?
I’ll tell you about this when I get my answer from a person at Mattel that is in charge with the European market.
17.What doll do you wish would be reissued?
The Mermaid Barbie 2012!!!! Please Mattel!!! PLEASE!!!!
18.What two dolls would you combine and how would you want them combined? (Muff style question)
I would definetly change the body on all Barbies with the ones used by Integrity Toys. Those are the best bodies, in my humble oppinion, and Barbie deserves such amazing bodies.