Spring Barbie giveaway!

Spring is in the air (at least it should be) and I have a giveaway for you. <3 You can win this super cute Barbie doll dressed in a custom dress by Eleda Shop.

What you have to do to win her is super easy! Comment in the comments section below that you want her and then go to Eleda’s shop on eBay. I’ll take your word on that. ;) She has so many cute dolls for really amazing prices so you will not regret looking through her shop.

The contest will end on April 2nd. I will assign a number to each comment and I will draw one number using Random.org.

Good luck, everyone!

Alice Dolls – from Romania with love

I have told you numerous times how excited I am to share with you Romanian made doll creations and now I have the extreme pleasure of introducing you to Alice Dolls!

Alice Dolls is a series of 5 porcelain, articulated dolls (BJD) created by illusytrator & designer Alice. This unique collection is made of deities and semi-deities (fairies) belonging to the fascinating Romanian mythology. This type of dolls are for the first time created by a Romanian artist.

These precious goddesses are a cultural vector: through them the designer is promoting around the world the beautiful and spiritual Romanian myths. Along with these, she also promotes the beautiful, unique and profoundly symbolical aesthetics of the Romanian folklore. These legends are, in essence, universal, yet their particularities are unique. And all of these deserve to be seen and heard by the the entire world.

Following 2 years of intense research and actual work, Alice created 5 doll concepts:

Dragaica – or “sanziana”, a well-known (in our country, of curse) fairy who appears just one special night (24th of June), transforming herself from the sanziana flower to this enchanting fairy. She transfers healing plants superpowers – there are many beautiful traditions at the countryside linked to this magical night.

ielea – a wild fairy who appears in secluded forests dancing the “hora” dance, in circles along with other 8 fairies, as stories go. She is a wild, free spirit and it’s said that whoever sees her or her sisters is cursed to be forever blinded or go crazy.

Bendis – the goddess of destiny, of family and of the Moon. She’s known for having been worshiped in ancient times in Greece, but archeological discoveries have proved that she has been worshiped on the Romanian territory thousands of years earlier.

The Moon – The main character of a beautiful legend explaining why the Sun and the Moon never meet in the sky (excepting the rare, fearful – for our ancestors – times of solar eclipse). In short: God has taken her away from The Mighty Sun, her brother, who fell in love with her and hid her on the other side of the sky. The grieving Sun’s tears have reached The Moon, having been transformed into stars and they were forced to forever see each other, but never meet.

The Bee Fairy – Legend goes that she helped the Creator in forming the Earth, giving him the idea of “ridging” its surface in order to create mountains and oceans, highs and lows…

You can shop these amazing dolls HERE (CLICK).

Here’s also a video about these amazing and delicate dolls.

There will also be a series of dolls in partnership with famed Romanian fashion designer Maria Lucia Hohan.

Aren’t they amazing? <3 Tell me what you think about these small pieces of art. Don't forget to check out their Facebook page for more updates.

2017 Barbie Career dolls, Camping Out plus other dolls

Again thank you for these, Muhammed Bagci. :*

Here are some of the 2017 Barbie Career dolls.

There also are two 2017 Camping Out dolls.

Not sure about the name of this one.

And this will be some sort of an advent calendar.

I can also tell you that I have seen an unannounced Collector Doll and I can bet you’ll love her. She is something you are not expecting. :D All I can say is: Hair. That’s all I can say! Just wait and see. ;)

The Popovy Sisters at two European doll conventions

If you have not heard of the Popovy Sisters you have missed on some of the most amazing dolls in the world! And they are not just dolls. They are pure art.

The two talented sisters will be gracing us with their presence at two European doll conventions. Their first stop is at the Italian Doll Convention in May.

IDC is the biggest European doll convention so be sure to attend it at least once in this lifetime. This year we’ll also have a wonderful workshop with my friend and fellow blogger Rogier who will teach you do create miniature hats (check out more details HERE) and another one with Eileen Lam about the magical world of Blythe.

The sisters next stop is the Madrid Fashion Doll Show for which I’ve been volunteering for the past 2 years.

MFDS is one of the most fun conventions ever so be sure to join us! We have lots of amazing treats for you including a very special edition Ken doll! In case you are wondering, the amazing illustrations are created by the always talented Brani Mladenov.

So who’s coming to these conventions?

New Barbie Dolphin Magic and Fashionistas sets

Looking at these I can concur: Mattel is pushing the playline series more and more each year. Please notice the fabric swimsuits and the fabric mermaid tale. It is obvious they are focusing on the playline dolls more than the Collector ones. Let’s see if that will pay off. Thank you soooooooooooooooooooo much, Muhammed Bagci for these.

Barbie Dolphin Magic is a 60 minutes spcial that will premier this fall.
Synopsis: In this fun, underwater adventure, Barbie and her sisters visit Ken at his summer internship where he works at a coral reef researching dolphins. While diving and exploring the reef, the sisters discover rare, rainbow-colored dolphins who only visit once a year. This amazing find encourages them to learn more about preserving the coral and all the sea life that lives there. That’s when they meet Isla, a mysterious new friend who’s also on a mission to save the coral. What seems like a simple task turns out to be quite the adventure when it’s revealed Isla is really a mermaid. But there’s no time to celebrate having a mermaid for a friend, because Isla needs the help of Barbie and her sisters, and the gemstone dolphins to save the day.

The dolls above are cute, but I am most excited about these Fashionistas packs. The AA in the yellow dress and the one with dark hair and blue dress are everything! I swear this line is getting better and better. Of course the quality of the fashions and of the accesories could be better, but the design is spot on.

I don’t know yet when these will be released so stay tuned for more info.

Japan Couture Convention Barbie doll and my thoughts about this year’s convention dolls

Phew! That’s a long title. :)) Sorry about that but I wanted to make sure everyone understands this article is not just about the convention doll from Japan, but also about the entire controversy that has started after the reveil of the Paris doll.

Let’s first look at the Japan doll (if you haven’t already seen her). The Paris one is posted below this article.

Thank you, Mario Paglino for the images!

She is a variation of the Paris doll but with a slightly different makeup, darker hair color, different hair style, dress and earrings. She is limited to 900 worldwide and she is Gold Label. The box, shoes, bracelet and little doll are the same.

Now, before I get into my thoughts about the direction the convention dolls this year are going, I want to point a few things out. I am an honest person. If I see something that is wrong I point it out. If I see something is good I praise it. If someone that I had a quarrel with does something good, I acknowledge it. I am like that. I simply can’t lie or pretend I don’t see things as they really are.

Keeping that in mind please read what my thoughts are below. :)

The majority of collectors HATE these dolls. They simply hate them and there is no way of sugar coating this. They think they are too plain, they look too much like a Black or Pink Label doll, they dislike that the face of the doll resembles The Look Sweet Tea doll too much. Collectors want dolls like La Reine de la Nuit, Spring Break 1961, Tribute Barbie giftset and so on. I want that too! I want each convention to have an over the top convention doll like Empress Josephine or like the Faberge dolls that I simply adore. I want to have a convention in each country and I want Mattel to come out with Collector dolls just like they did back in the early 2000s and for a good price.

But that is NOT possible! It is not realistic, it is not doable in 2017. Let’s see why.

1. The economy simply is not the same as it was before 2009. Yes, it is better than in 2009-2010, but it’s not the same as before the financial crash and I don’t think it will ever be the same. This translates into less dolls sold, less money for the company and bigger production costs. Hence the poor quality of a lot of dolls.

2. Barbie sales are down. There is no denying this. When your sales are down you must cut costs. Yes, you could take a plunge and create better dolls for a small profit, but then what about your employees? Who pays them if the profit is small?

3. I bet I am going to make people angry with this, but there are TOO many conventions! And Mattel sponsors them all. Let’s do a recap: Paris Fashion Doll Festival, Portuguese Doll Convention, Italian Doll Convention, Madrid Fashion Doll Show, Convencion Nacional de Coleccionistas de Barbie en Espana, Roma Fashion Doll Convention, Japanese Convention, National Barbie Doll Collectors Convention, GAW, Kenvention and there also is a convention in Brazil and Australia. That is 12 conventions! Not sure about the last two or GAW, but I think the other all get free dolls. So sorry to say this again, but approving so many conventions and trying to give each a unique doll created this mess. Mattel just can’t afford creating a unique and elaborate doll for each convention and then giving it for free. It’s bad business and Mattel is a business, not a charity. Yes, that sounds horrible, but it’s the truth and we are all mature and we have to understand this.

Tommy Courtney pointed this out about too many European conventions and I have to agree with him. I love visiting different countries and I love going places, but first of all it’s very stressful on my wallet and second it’s bad for Mattel because they have to cut corners with convention dolls so the hole in their budget is not so big. Now you understand? :) I hope so.

Yes, Mattel NEEDS TO MAKE CHANGES! They need to do something about the BC site, the forum, the membership (hello, we want the 2017 club to start!!), the design of collector dolls, the amount of boring play lines that even small girls don’t want anymore etc. Try releasing less pink mermaids and focus on bringing back good articulation to the Fashionistas, details and accessories on Collector dolls, relaunching the DOTW with never used before countries etc. I fully agree with you all on these issues, but with the convention dolls I can’t just because I have managed to see their problems from a financial point of view. Yes, I know… Me of all people have managed to see Mattel’s innocence. :))

I hope I have managed to convey my thoughts correctly and if you are thinking how in the world I am defending Mattel, read again what I said above. I am an honest person and I can’t hold a grudge in a situation like this.

Feel free to disagree with me. I would love to hear all your thoughts. :)

P.S. Somewhere along the line we forgot that going to conventions is and should be about having fun with dolly friends, meeting new people and just simply enjoying ourselves. ;)

2017 Convention Couture Barbie Doll from the Paris Fashion Doll Festival

This week the first European convention doll is taking place. The Paris Fashion Doll Festival is one of the oldest doll conventions in Europe and instead of a gala dinner it holds a gala luncheon. This years luncheon has just taken place so we got a chance to see the first convention doll of the year.

Her name is Convention Couture Barbie Doll and here are some detailed pictures of her via Alessandro Gatti and Thomas Bartholomew Maffei. Thank you so much guys for this. :* :*

I have to admit I like her. I know a lot of people are complaining that she is not convention worthy, but I find her cute and stylish.
What do you think of her?

Happy birthday, Barbie!

I never get tired of telling this story. It was the 20th of March 1986. I was a small girl in a communist Romania. A Barbie doll was only a dream for most girls. It was also my mother’s dream. Ever since she was a little girl she would sit for hours admiring the Barbie ads that ran in the vintage Pif & Hercule French magazines. They were some of the only foreign magazines you could get your hands on back in those days. She never managed to get a doll for herself so getting a Barbie doll for me was one of the most important things she wanted to do.

With some help from a friend that had just the right connections, she acquired the lovely Sun Gold Malibu Barbie and patiently waited for my birthday to give her to me. I can still remember waking up and looking at the door when this gorgeous blond doll walked in. It was love at first site and I was hooked ever since.

Now I have a huge collection but that doll is still THE Barbie doll for me. She has become a symbol of both my childhood and our freedom from the communist regime. I will forever cherish her and love her.

Happy birthday, Barbie!