Definetly looks like Christmas is coming! Another round of new Barbie dolls

The subject says it all. Christmas is coming and all the stores are stocking up new Barbie dolls and playsets. be sure to check TRU, Amazon and the other online stores for the newest dolls. Here’s a roundup of the dolls I’ve come across today.

Barbie Potty Trainin’ Taffy Doll and Pet
Barbie Potty Training Taffy Nikki Fashion Doll and Pet Playset

Yes, the eat and then poo dog is back! Well they changed the system a bit but still looks weird. Price: $19.99

Barbie Fairytale Magic Doll

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They would have been cute but that painted on bodice is so very ugly. Please, Mattel! Stop using it! Price: $9.99

Barbie I Can Be Cheerleader Dolls 2014

Barbie I Can Be Cheerleader Doll, Brunette

Oh, my these are cute. Both of them. Price: $14.99

Barbie I Can Be Doll- Sea World Dolphin Trainer

Barbie I Can Be Doll- Sea World Dolphin Trainer

Nice, but not $36.99 nice! With that amount of money I can get a nice collector Barbie. /:)

Have you guys decided what dolls you’ll be getting this Christmas? I’m going to post my wishlist tomorow.

New Integrity Toys Basic Edition collection

ITBE (Integrity Toys Basic Edition) is a new collection that features Adele, Isha and Natalia and an IT Direct Exclusive that can be purchased through a lottery that will be held in January 2014.

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Here are the three gorgeous ladies.

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Item # 15022
Gold Glam
The ITBE COLLECTION
Limited Edition of 300 Dolls
Suggested Retail Price: $75.00 USD
Estimated Ship Date: First Week of January 2014

I love her! Such a fierce look and I love her hair color against to her beautiful skin.

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Item # 15024
Shimmering Copper
The ITBE COLLECTION
Limited Edition of 300 Dolls
Suggested Retail Price: $75.00 USD
Estimated Ship Date: First Week of January 2014

This is my favorite girl from the collection. She is just breathtaking! I don’t think I’ve seen Isha looking so great. :X

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Item # 15028
Light Strike
The ITBE COLLECTION
Limited Edition of 300 Dolls
Suggested Retail Price: $75.00 USD
Estimated Ship Date: First Week of January 2014

This one is my least favorite. She’s nice but too plain for my taste.

What do you think about this collection? Are you getting any of these girls?

New Jem and The Holograms giftsets

Jem is back and Integrity Toys has just released the promo images for 3 new giftsets. The first one is called “Who is He Kissing” and features both Jem and Jerrica dressed in flip side fashions called “Getting Down to Business” that were sold as a stand alone costume in the 80s by Hasbro. “Who Is He Kissing” is the name of a Jem song from the 80s cartoon series.

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Who Is He Kissing?
JEM™/JERRICA BENTON™ Flip Side Gift Set
Adult Collectible Dolls
The JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS™ Collection
Limited Edition of 850 Giftsets
Suggested Retail Price: $185.00 USD
Estimated Ship Date: First Week of December 2013
(Available from Integrity Toys Dealers
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Here’s the image of the original fashions via Totally Jem website.

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The next two sets are fashion and accesory sets that include a jacket with the Jem and Misfits logos, a guitar case, three glittery guitar straps, several clasic musical instruments from the original series and other accessories.

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The Holograms Stage Essentials
The JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS™ Collection
IT Direct 2013 Online Exclusive
Adult Collectible Limited Edition of 500 Accessory Packs
Suggested Retail Price: $75.00
SPECIAL W CLUB MEMBER ONLY PRICE: $65.00 UNTIL MONDAY DECEMBER 2nd, 2013!
Estimated Ship Date: March 2014

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Item # 14055
The Misfits Stage Essentials
The JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS™ Collection
IT Direct 2013 Online Exclusive
Adult Collectible Limited Edition of 500 Accessory Packs
Suggested Retail Price: $75.00
SPECIAL W CLUB MEMBER ONLY PRICE: $65.00 UNTIL MONDAY, DECEMBER 2nd, 2013!
Estimated Ship Date: March 2014

What do you think of these sets? Any diehard Jem fans here?

New S.I.S. dolls and other Asian playline Barbie sets

Hello, everyone. In Bucharest the weather is really, really cold and foggy. :( I just arrived at work and I’m so not in a mood for anything. It’s a good thing that two of my doll friends, Ľubo Holík and Warren Jansen Van Rensburg, alerted me to some pretty cute new dolls.

Let’s start with the new basic S.I.S. dolls.

Barbie So In Style S.I.S Chandra Doll

Barbie So In Style S.I.S Chandra Doll


Barbie So In Style S.I.S Kara Doll

Barbie So In Style S.I.S Kara Doll

Barbie So In Style S.I.S Trichelle Doll

Barbie So In Style S.I.S Trichelle Doll

All dolls are priced $11.99 each and here’s the official description:

The S.I.S. dolls are ready for the prom! Girls will love these fiercely fashionable dolls all dressed up and rocking the coolest looks. Each ultra-trendy outfit comes with glam accessories including jewelry, belts, purses, shoes and, of course, a super gorgeous ‘do.

I think they look great. I’ve always loved Trichelle so she’s definetly on my list.

Below are some new Asian market sets that consist of a Barbie dolls and lots and lots of glittery accesories. Well that’s a lot of glitter and pink. ;))

Barbie Sparkle Sweet Fashions

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Barbie Sparle Sweet Fashions

Barbie Fabulous Fashions

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Barbie Fabulous Fashions

Barbie Fashion Gift Set

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Barbie Design And Style

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Barbie Salon Stylist

Barbie Cooking Fun Kitchen Doll

Barbie Cooking Fun Kitchen Doll 2

Barbie Cooking Fun Kitchen Doll

Barbie Asia Fashion Gift Set

Barbie Asia Fashion Gift Set

Barbie Glitter Glam Vacuum Doll

Barbie Glitter Glam Vacuum Doll

Barbie Salon Stylist

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Barbie Salon Stylist

I’m not 100% sure when these sets came out and if they are JUST for the Asian market so if you know any new info please share it with me. Some of these dolls have already been posted on my Facebook page as they were seen in different shops from Malaysia and Kualalumpur.
What do you think of these sets? Are they more fun than the US market ones?

Dhoom 3 Indian Barbie dolls

I’ve always loved foreign dolls and the ones from the Indian company Leo from the 80s and 90s are on my favorites list. A few years ago a good friend of mine got me the Katrina Kaif I Can Be Barbie and I fell in love even more with the Indian Barbie dolls.

Today I saw a link on The Doll Cafe group about some new dolls that are made, by Mattel, to resamble the two main charcters of the “Dhoom:3” movie starring Aamir Khan and Katrina Kaif. Here’s is the trailer:

Katrina plays Aaliya, an acrobat dancer, and Aamir plays Sahir, a performer in a contemporary circus who is secretly a suave and clever thief. Take a look at the dolls below.

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You can see more images and the full story HERE. Photo copyright goes to Manav Manglani.
Ok, so now i know what I want for Christmas! :X I think they just great! Barbie looks really nice and that Ken is a hunk. :D Now let’s see how I can get them.

2014 Birthday Wishes Barbie Doll

And here is the 2014 Birthday Wishes Barbie Doll. She is sooo cute! Love her so very much. Reminds me of a ’90s playline Barbie doll.

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Pink Label®
Designed by: Robert Best
Release Date: 11/14/2013
Product Code: BCP64

Barbie® doll brings birthday greetings for a wonderful day when all your wishes come true! For this very special party of 2014, she’s dressed up in a beautiful floral gown, decorated with a satin belt and pretty flower. Blow out all your candles and celebrate with Barbie®!

Doll Details
Body Type: ModelMuse™
Arm Configuration: Left Bent, Straight Right
Skin Tone: Nostalgic
Facial Sculpt: CEO
Fashion Sewn On?: No
Eyelashes:P ainted

Included with doll:
Shoes, earring, doll stand.

She’s also available for presale for $29.95 and will be available 1/9/2014.

2014 Barbie Look Collection

The four collectors dolls we saw eralier as a survey sneak peak are now available on BarbieCollector.com as the 2014 Barbie Look Collection. They are gorgeous!

The Barbie Look™ Collection – Blue Jumpsuit

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Black Label®
Designed by: Bill Greening
Release Date: 11/14/2013
Product Code: BCP90

Doll Details
Body Type: ModelMuse™
Arm Configuration: Right Bent Mackie, Straight Left
Skin Tone: Neutra
Facial Sculpt: Aphrodite
Fashion Sewn On?: No
Eyelashes: Rooted

Very Versace looking, but I like her.

The Barbie Look™ Collection – Gold Gown

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Black Label®
Release Date: 11/14/2013
Product Code: BCP87

Doll Details
Body Type: ModelMuse™
Arm Configuration: Right Bent Mackie, Straight Left
Skin Tone: Light Brown
Facial Sculpt: Goddess
Fashion Sewn On?: No
Eyelashes: Rooted

Give it up for Beyonce! :)) Kidding…kidding…She’s gorgeous.

The Barbie Look™ Collection – Green Dress

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Black Label®
Designed by: Bill Greening
Release Date: 11/14/2013
Product Code: BCP88

Body Type: ModelMuse™
Arm Configuration: Straight
Skin Tone: Neutra
Facial Sculpt: Aphrodite
Fashion Sewn On?: No
Eyelashes: Rooted

Not very impressed by this one… Kind of boring.

The Barbie Look™ Collection – Pink Gown

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Black Label®
Designed by: Bill Greening
Release Date: 11/14/2013
Product Code: BCP89

Doll Details
Body Type: ModelMuse™
Arm Configuration: Left Bent, Straight Right
Skin Tone: Neutra
Facial Sculpt: Mackie Closed Mouth
Fashion Sewn On?: No
Eyelashes: Rooted

Pink power!!! Stunning! Ok, she has a pink dress but I love her.
All dolls retail at $19.95 and are available for presale. Expected availability is 2/6/2014. Are you excited about them? I am. I was sad when Barbie Basics was discontinued but the Barbie Look dolls are the perfect replacement. :X

An interview about art, dolls and beauty: Artist Creations

I have to admit I have a thing for Italian OOAK artists. I adore Magia 2000 and Artist Creations and when I heard the latter are going to be the official designers for the 2014 National Barbie Convention I was beyond thrilled.

Below is a beautiful interview I did with the amazing Alessandro and Giuseppe from Artist Creations. I hope you enjoy it.

1. Hi guys! So happy for you. It’s such an honour to be chosen as the designers of the convention doll for the national Barbie convention. How did Mattel chose you? Tell us the story.
Hi dear Ada , yes !! to be the designers for the National Barbie Collectors Convention 2014 is a real honor for us and we are plesed to be the choice to the Commitee and Mattel too.
During these years of Barbie Conventions in US ( 10 times) a lot collectors ask for us like designers of the Souvenir Doll because they have think about us like a team ready for make something special like this . For this reasons the Convention Commitee have decide to select us like only one designer team (no competition) for this amazing event that combines two important moments, The Barbie Convention and Barbie 55th Anniversary. In fact 2014 is a particular year for Barbie and we feel a great responsibility to realize this project in this special year .
The Convention theme will be “Every Day’s A Holiday With Barbie” and probably they have choose us for interpret this theme in base to our background in the theatrical costumes and fashions , classic and modern at the same time with a little touch of timeless. Designed by Artist Creations , produced by MATTEL .

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2. Tell us more about Artist Creations. How did you start and how did you chose your name?
Many years have passed since that first experience, born for hobby, and that no one would have imagined would take us so far.
Everything starts at the end of 1996 when, for the first in Italy, we’ll show the phenomenon of the OOAK dolls and how the pioneers that performed something never seen before, landed in a famous shop of exclusive items for collectors of Rome, which asked us to create a collection of 20 dolls all entirely designed and hand-packed by us in every detail. In a few days all the dolls sold and went from there was born a three-year collaboration with a permanent showcase all ‘inside of the shop, until 1999, the year of our first Italian Convention organized by Barbie Collectors Club Italy in Calenzano (Florence) with the name of “Artist Creations”
For the first time the Italian collectors could see and admire our exclusive creations so as to decree an instant hit with critics and audiences.
Our name is a perfect combination of two words that we love so much :” Art” and “ Creations” and when we have think about us we have think about a group of two person that make art. Us , the Artist” and our “Creations” ;-)

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3. You create all sorts of amazing dolls. What are your favorite themes?
Each doll is a piece of us because infused with passion, love and dedication to this that was born as a hobby , a long time now it has become a real craft that travels , full-fledged , on parallel tracks to our main activity in the field of the show.
Is hard to choose one in particular , but if we do , we will refer to a very specific kind of our products or the ” Fantasy – Creation .”
In this section , which is one of the three which the foundations of our works together with the ” Fashion – Couture ” and ” Celebrity” , contains the essence of our style and our background in costume with a footprint sometimes theatrical sometimes film that instills in them a “trademark ” indelible now recognized and recognizable by the general public and professionals.
No greater compliment received is the same as the one done by those who, in front of our own creation exclaims: “I immediately recognized your hand .”
This “section”, allows us to fully express our art to the best of our ability, pulling out all the ‘ creative flair and imagination that dwells in us.

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4. Who are your clients? Describe the people that buy your dolls. What do they love about them?
Who that we love to call our “supporters” comes from different worlds and from different age , by collectors and amateurs of this kind of thing that many call “pieces of art”, this is a definition of our dolls that makes us very happy because we understand that people see in our creations something more than just a doll but something to admire and collect.
We are very grateful to them because a long years (more than 15) have allowed us to express ourselves creatively and make our dream come true.
Is a real magic when style meets the appreciation of many collectors who wish to have one our creation in their collection
In our dolls they love the Italian style and the care that we put into rebuilding the clothes in miniature in every minute details

5. I know you have donated dolls in the past to other conventions. Tell us about those dolls.
When we have the opportunity to help we are always in the forefront, in these years we have donated many dolls for charity events that have collect thousands of dollars for charity. These creations are very special for us because they allow us to do one good thing for someone and feel good at the same time.
On all occasions our donated dolls achieved magnificent results and have had great admiration because these are so articulate and precious projects where we put all our efforts to do something special.

6. Have you started working on the doll for the national convention? How long will it take you to create her?
The work of the Convention doll started many months ago and now everything is ready and finished . We have worked for many weeks very close to the committee and we have created step by step all the details of the project. In fact, the last convention in New Orleans we have had an important meeting with the Mattel staff and the Art Director of the “Barbie Collector” Robert Best to whom we showed the prototype and one very detailed “work in progress” that they enjoyed so much , telling us that ours presentation was the best presentation of a Convention Doll never seen before and would like to use this as an example for all the designers that will be in the future , between the applause and the compliments of the entire staff.

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7. Tell us more about the process of creating a doll.
Not always our projects start from the sketch and become dolls, sometimes the opposite happens or , more generally , our technique is to put out all the materials and try the ‘ inspiration
Often combinations of colors come randomly as well as models without a fixed pattern unless it is reconstructed clothes or famous celebrities.
About it , in 2006 , we have given rise to a peculiar phenomenon , which later spread to other studios, our ” portrait dolls ” dolls “portrait ” in the image and likeness of the Movie or Music stars with one so special godmother , the Italian movie star Sophia Loren and the famous series of dolls inspired by her . With her, all began and many were then the great divas italian and international to which we dedicated tributes and homages real such as Julia Roberts, Sharon Stone, Raffaella Carra , Laura Pausini, Loretta Goggi , Amanda Lear , Anna Falchi, Lorella Cuccarini , Valeria Marini, Moira Orfei , Anna Oxa, Sandra Milo , Ambra Angiolini , just to name a few , many of whom we have had the privilege to meet you personally and give them a doll ” mini me ” to them image and likeness signed Artist Creations .

8. Do you have a muse, someone who is your no1 inspiration?
We take our inspiration from many things, fashion, music, cinema but if you ask if we have an particular icon , we can tell you that she is certainly the Italian-American singer Madonna.
It is about the stars from the show business, but usually we love to tell the story of the first OOAK doll signed by Artist Creations. Born like a tribute to the Italian cinema, the first doll signed Artist Creations enclosed in if the spirit and soul of the great movies of the past and present, interpreted by us with the ‘iconic image of the “film strip” entirely hand-embroidered with small black crystals and Murano glass cleverly juxtaposed. And so, with enthusiasm and excitement, we realized this prototype, the one that we still affectionately call the “number 1” that would represent the ‘beginning of our adventure, and subsequently the’ beginning of the production of dolls OOAK (one of a kind / unique) or, an incredible passport to travel the world and get to know our work to all around the world .

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9. Last year you had an amazing Madonna collection. Will you have another collection soon?
One of the highlights of our entire production are certainly the ” Madonna Dolls ” Dolls tribute to the Queen of Pop Madonna that reproduce in miniature all the details of the costumes and outfits worn by a 30- year career diva , as well as his features physiognomic reconstructed in detail as the original .
“The guys Madonna of the Dolls ” , this is the name by which we are recognized and acclaimed in the world community of the Madonna fans . We are great fans of her for a long time and we are very happy to have the opportunity to recreate her into a doll.
We have make a lot exhibition with our famous Madonna Dolls but the best is happen last August 2013 with our special tribute to the Queen of POP inspired by the look of the ” Blonde Ambition Tour” that is was honored to gift toe her in person during the opening of her gym, the Hard Candy Fitness’ The best for us with the additional satisfaction to know from the voice of her personal assistant Sarah these words:
“Madonna said to know your dolls and appreciate them so much “.
A lot collection are in work in progress including new Madonna Dolls , of corse !! Stay tuned !!!

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10. Future plans. Lets talk about them. What do you want to do in the future (dolls, conventions etc)?
A lot are the projects that we have and we are sure that will give us many satisfactions, but we prefer to wait to reveal what will be because we want to be a surprise for our fans and supporters
What we can say is that Artist Creations is engaged in many projects that will be developed during 2014 One of the closest is the retrospective exhibition: “A passion that continues” to be held over the next Oct. 26/27 2013 in San Benedetto Del Tronto (Italy ) where we will exhibit OOAK creations since 1999 untill today that have made the history of our brand

11. And here is the end of our small interview. Tell my readers something special from you.
We want to thank you dear Ada to host this interview in your wonderful blog.
Your followers are very lucky to have a platform like this where They can find all the news and all the curiosity that happen in the world of fashion dolls.
Ss a pleasure and an honor for us to share this wonderful space with all of them and tell our story that we hope will be an example to those who want to start now to create dolls.
Keep following us to discover our creations and our secrets on our Facebook pages : “Artist Creations” , “Madonna Dolls” or on our personal profile : Alessandro Gatti & Giuseppe De Bellis.

Also on : www.artistcreations.it , www.madonnadolls.com Email: artistcreationsooak@yahoo.it , info@madonnadolls.com

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Pictures by Mr. Marco Colletti Global Art Director @ Walt Disney

Ninimomo updates plus a great piece of news

So yesterday I literally screamed when I opened my email from Ninimomo. I’ve admired Nik and Marie ever since I started blogging and the most prized doll in my collection is the one that they made for my husband when he proposed to me. I’ve wanted to meet them for soooooooooooooo long and next year my dream will come true! They are coming to The Italian Doll Convention 2014. :X You can not understand how happy I am. I can’t wait to give them hugs and talk to them and thank them for all their amazing work. Love you so much, Nik and Marie!!! :X

Below you can see their newest creations that are, as always, breathtaking.

Miss Albania 2012

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Miss Houston 2012

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Miss Nevada 2012

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Miss Northern Marianas 2012

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An speacking of IDC, get ready tomorow for a GREAT interview with some AMAZING artists. ;)

New Asian market playline Barbie dolls

Just came across these dolls that look to be made for the Asian market. I so love these foreign dolls and playsets. :X I’m not sure about the language on the box, besides English, so if any of you know it please share. I think some of them are from last year, but as I’ve never seen them before now I thought it was good to share them.

Barbie Pets are Fun Playset

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Basic doll and pets. Cute…sort of.

Barbie Sweet Bedroom Playset

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What’s with the extra thin bed? /:)

Barbie Sparkle and Shine Fashions

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Love the turcoise dress. :X

Barbie Tea Party Fun

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Such a cute doll! Love the tea set.

Barbie Boutique Stylist

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Not very impressed by her…

Barbie Playtime for Kitties

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Here’s a video of this playset. I really like Barbie’s dress.

Barbie Violin Soloist

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This is so much fun. I love the idea of this set.
So what do you think about these playsets? Do you like them more than the regular US version playline Barbie sets?