2015 Moschino Barbie dolls

Another disaster is on it’s way! Let the crying begin. On November 9th the infamous Moschino Barbie dolls will be on sale exclusively on Net-a-porter.com together with some ridiculously expensive trivial t-shirts and horrible pants or whatever those are and some other stuff. The King Is Naked! Lol.

Each doll will be $150. Let the madness begin!
Info via WWD.

Later edit:

More images of the dolls.

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REVIEW Once Upon a Zombie By Billy Phillips and Jenny Nissenson

Review ( does NOT contain spoilers)

A book with the word zombie in the title might not appeal to those people who do not really fancy stories about mindless, flesh-chomping, feet-shuffling corpses. However, to dismiss it so offhandedly would be a mistake because they, those people, would miss the opportunity to enjoy an eccentric fantasy thriller with a specific sense of humour that pays homage to the wonderful spookiness of the classics of the genre. The writers invite us to embark upon an exciting journey into Wonderland, a realm which is “one endless wave of imagination” (as one of the characters describes it), an experience worth having.

The whimsical title, with its clipped version of the classical once upon a time, is a clever indication that this is a book which defies expectations at every twist and turn of its action-packed, fast-paced narrative.

The plot largely centres on Caitlin Fletcher, who, at first, appears to be your typical 21st century nervous teenager, plagued by anxiety, fear, self-doubt, and a deep sense of inadequacy. She struggles, however, with something far greater than the recent move from the US to the UK, the meanness of bullying colleagues at her new “hoity-toity” high school, body issues or the terrifying prospect of dancing in public: the loss of her charmingly eccentric British mother when she was only ten. Her mom, Evelyn Fletcher, went missing four years before the start of this story, on one of the annual visits to London to see her mom’s British family. To top it all, she vanished on Caitlin’s birthday. On Halloween! And Halloween is now only 24 hours away!

The family now consists of her well-meaning but somewhat helpless father and Natalie, her baby sister – big-mouthed, feistily nerdy, an officially acknowledged prodigy in various academic fields and aspiring photojournalist.

Sightings, mysterious occurrences in or near graveyards around the world where the most revered and beloved authors of books for young readers are buried – L. Frank Baum, Hans Christian Andersen, the brothers Grimm, Carlo Collodi, J.M. Barrie, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson aka Lewis Carroll – are signs that something strange and magical is about to happen … and Lewis Carroll, whose Alice novels Caitlin’s mother loved, happens to be buried not far from her home.

On her way to the All Hallows Eve Masquerade Ball at the Kingshire American School in London, where she is supposed to meet the handsome and amazingly charming Jack, Caitlin takes a route which lands her – literally — in Wonderland. She is actually called upon to prevent the “unthinkable”, namely the complete zombification of this enchanted realm. Zombification is synonymous with decay, both physical and moral, “empathy and decency” being replaced by “savage yearnings”. The misfortune befallen Wonderland has turned almost all its inhabitants into “mindless automatons”, “remorseless, bloodthirsty ghouls” and the plague appears unstoppable.
Caitlin’s aides are the four semi-zombified princesses: Rapunzel – who repeatedly puts her long tresses to good use, Cinderella – decomposing but still well-groomed, Sleeping Beauty – trying hard to live up to the name Beauty when her face is “susceptible to mildew”, and Snow White – with “skin as pale as fallen snow and just as cold”, all of them valiantly struggling to control their vile urges, but slowly losing their grip. Lord Amethyst Bartholomew, aka the Caterpillar, who has given up the hookah and is an organic tea drinker now, plays the part of the wise guide, instructor and mentor. She is also seconded by her sister, Natalie, the science buff, who alternately coaxes and bullies the reluctant saviour into action. Last but not least, there is the mysterious Jack who belongs to both worlds.
Caitlin crosses paths with the Queen of Hearts, the Duke of Clubs, Peter Pan, the Big Bad Wolf, the Little Mermaid, and a host of other wonderful characters from the canon of the literature for the young at heart of all ages. A dazzling array of creatures, plants, artefacts both magic and ordinary, some benevolent, others malevolent — most of them strangely familiar – either assist or hinder Caitlin on her heroic mission. After numerous dramatic events, blood-curdling encounters, feats of great courage, hilarious mishaps and heartbreaking revelations (which I leave for the reader to discover), the story skilfully builds to a spectacular climax … and good triumphs over evil , but the victory, however spectacular, is tinged with sadness. Moreover, and more importantly, it is far from decisive. After all this is just book one of a – hopefully – long saga!

In addition to being a bona fide tale of fantastic adventures, the book is also a record of Caitlin’s process of self-healing, of gradual suppression of the urge “to occupy herself with herself “which only leads to an exacerbation of her fears and anxieties, of learning how to turn perceived weaknesses into strengths. In Wonderland there are horrifying things lurching in the dark or hiding in plain sight. Not the projections of a fearful mind but literal, deadly menaces. Confronted with these “real” dangers, however hilarious and over the top they might be at times, the teenager learns the value of reaching out, of compassion and selflessness, of pluck and determination.

On a more personal note, I have to add that what I have enjoyed most is the authors’ witty, intelligent and fun take on the classics of fantasy literature (especially Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland), on science (physics, biology, psychology), philosophy (Zeno’s paradox), with a humorous nod at contemporary concerns, fashions and fads (gluten-free, sugar -free, wheat-free energy bars).Despite the fact that the basic conflict is the eternal conflict between good and evil, light and darkness, beauty and decay, this novel is never corny or preachy, nor is it presumptuous or patronizing. The authors are unafraid to pack the pages with cultural and scientific references in the firm belief – I think – that young readers are perfectly capable of understanding and enjoying not only fantastic adventures but also smart, intriguing language. The characters are thoroughly modern teenagers who blog, text, use mobile phones (actually the mobile has an important role in the unfolding of the plot), and use teenage lingo (zonked, ginormous, awesome, wanna, lemme, gimme a break, freak out, etc.).. At the same time they are highly articulate, smart and do not shy away from discussing sophisticated concepts or from using high-brow vocabulary with ease, humour and gusto. Thankfully they are not fans of the obnoxious, moronic, jarring, annoyingly popular “like”, which they use only sparingly and with commendable restraint.

Once upon a Zombie is a delightful, riveting, informative read, a deft mixture of genuine emotion, quirky humour and hair-raising adventures. I unreservedly, wholeheartedly recommend it. Next month there will be two more dolls coming out, Zombie Alice® and Zombie Queen of Hearts®, but, in the meantime, be sure to buy this wonderful book on Amazon.

Showcase your collection on Gemr.com

Today is a good day to talk about the art of collecting. Yes, to me this is an art because a collector doesn’t just add stuff in a pile in his/her home. A collector searches for it’s history, shares details and findings with other collectors, builds a small museum in his/her home. Nowadays, with the rise of the social media platforms, collectors have stepped into a new world that allows them to share their passion and collections with people from all across our planet.

Because of this a new platforms for us collectors has been created. Gemr.com is a FREE social community for people who collect things. From action figures, Star Wars memorabilia to Barbie dolls and G.I. Joe, Gemr is a perfect place to showcase your collection, sell it or just find out details and value of your items.

This website is something new to our world and I can’t wait to see how it will grow. I really am excited about it because no matter how good Facebook is, a place that all collectors can call “home” (lol) is nice. It also has an app for iOS and Android so we can use it while strolling in the park with our kids. Well at least that’s what I’m going to do. :))

I have already created my account and tomorow I’m going to spend the day uploading stuff and joining some of the clubs that interest me – Comic Book Club, Marvel, DC Collectibles, etc. I hope to see you there. Go to this page and sign up. And in case you were wondering, yes, it is an affiliate link but I would never indorse something I’m not excited about. Don’t ever worry about that. I have turned down other offers I was not confortable with but this new website really excites me.

So, see you on Gemr?

New 2016 Fashionista Barbie Doll Team Glam

I don’t really know why I’m calling them 2016 because they are already available but never mind. :)) On Mattel.com some of the cute new Fashionistas have been uploaded. Love them! This I trully love and I can only tnahk Carlyle for giving us some amazing playline dolls. Now could you do the same with some of the collector ones, please?

Barbie® Fashionistas® Doll – Team Glam

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This redhaired girl with beauty marks on her face is so stunning I can’t even… :X To be perfectly honest, I would buy each and every 2015-2016 Fashionista Barbie doll but my wallet disagrees. :))

2016 Barbie Look, Ballet Wishes, Birthday Wishes and Golden Dream Barbie Doll

Lots of things have happened while I was sleeping. First, yesterday we got to see an image of the Ballet Wishes Barbie Doll from eBay. I posted it on my Facebook page but didn’t get a chance to post it here.

Ballet Wishes Barbie Doll (DGW35)
Label: Pink
Body Type: NA – will update
Release Date: 11/12/15

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Ballet Wishes Barbie Doll 2016

On the Barbie Collection Forum we also got to see the Hispanic variation that has the Goddess face but they don’t impress me.

The Birthday Wishes Barbie dolls are horrible! So sorry to say this. WTF? First they look like last year’s dolls and second please stop with the damn soft pink puffy dresses! We get it that they are for the younger collector but kids now a days want edgy looks and not horrible puffy prom dresses. Geez. I can’t post any pictures of them but I’m sure you’ll find them online.

Birthday Wishes Barbie Doll (DGW29)
Label: Pink
Body Type: NA – will update
Release Date: 11/12/15

Birthday Wishes Barbie Doll – African American (DGW31)
Label: Pink
Body Type: NA – will update
Release Date: 11/12/15

Birthday Wishes Barbie Doll – Hispanic (DGW33)
Label: Pink
Body Type: NA – will update
Release Date: 11/12/15

Then we get to the 2016 Barbie Look dolls. As promised they have articulation and the one with the Karl face is UBER cute, but the blonde one… OMG! Have we come to this? Playline face in the collector line? The world is ending!!! As I already mentioned on a Facebook group, Integrity Toys will be getting my money next year. I didn’t have time to post about the gazillion dolls they came up with at the Cinematic Convention but they have NOTHING on Mattel. NOTHING! My God, Mattel. Take some notes. We will pay bigger prices if you actually come up with better quality dolls. At least in the Collector line.

Barbie Look Barbie Doll – Urban Jungle (DGY07)
Label: Black
Body Type: Articulated
Release Date: 11/12/15

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Barbie Look Barbie Doll – Sweet Tea (DGY08)
Label: Black
Body Type: Articulated
Release Date: 11/12/15

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Barbie Look Barbie Doll – Night Out (DGY09)
Label: Black
Body Type: Articulated
Release Date: 11/12/15

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You can preorder them at Doll Genie (CLICK).

Last but not least, 2016 Golden Dream Barbie Doll. She is very, very sweet. Can’t wait to see her box! I’ll definetly be getting her. <3 I also have no picture to show you right now but I'll be updating the post as soon as I find something I can post.

Golden Dream Barbie Doll (DGX88)
Label: Gold
Body Type: NA – will update
Release Date: 11/12/15

2016 Barbie Collector dolls

Cheryl’s Dolls and Collectables has posted the 2016 Barbie Collector list that the dealers got from Mattel. No images yet, but the list is very interesting.

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So let’s talk about the dolls a bit.

DGY07 Barbie – Look Blonde – Wondering if they are posable?
DGY08 Barbie – Look Brunette
DGY09 Barbie – Look AA
DGW56 Barbie – Glam Dress – I hope it’s not another boring dress…
DKN04 Barbie – Andy Warhol – OMG!!! This is exciting!! I wonder if she’ll be Gold Label.
DGW54 Barbie – Trench Coat – Could this be the new Coach Barbie?
DKN07 Barbie – Silkstone Poseable – I told you so!!
DGW41 Barbie – Ballerina Copeland – Oh wow! Could this be a Misty Copeland ballerina Barbie? :X

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So what do you think about the first 2016 Barbie Collector dolls?

New Careers Barbie dolls 2015-2016

Same old, same old boring careers. Gosh, are there only 5 or 10 careers in this world for women?! The dolls are available on Amazon if you are interested in them. Click on the title of each doll to go to their page.

Barbie Careers Chef Doll

Barbie Careers Chef Doll

Al least she has leggins and her legs are not painted.

Barbie Careers Nurse Doll, Asian

Barbie Careers Nurse Doll, Asian

Barbie Careers Ice Skater Doll

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