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I am back + 2019 in review!

December 30, 2019

OMG! I can’t believe I am back blogging here. I so missed doing this. For the past 2 years I’ve been so focused on my social media channels that I ignored the thing that started my journey into the dolly world.

I will be doing some changed around here and I promise I will not desert this blog again.

But for now let’s look back at the 2019 year in the dolly world and see what were the hits and misses in my opinion.

As always, I have to start with Barbie not only because she is the main focus of my collection, but because this year she celebrated her 60th anniversary. This was also the year when I celebrated 10 years of blogging so I had very high expectations for the collector dolls released for this amazing occasion.

The Hits

The highlights of this year have definitely been the Star Wars and the Marvel series plus the Dia de Muertos Barbie doll.

Highly detailed, great quality and super fun designs. All of them deserve their popularity and hype. From all of these, the Star Wars ones are my favorites. While I am not a fan of the latest Star Wars trilogy, I am a long time Star Wars fan so these dolls speak to my geek heart. :D Same goes for the Marvel ones.

Another personal favorite of mine is the lovely Mythical Muse Mermaid Enchantress Doll and I think she does not get enough credit from the collectors. It is true she could have been made with better quality materials, but she is a super lovely doll and I absolutely adore her design.

This year we also got to see two new Inspiring Women Barbie dolls and the one dedicated to Rosa Parks stood out because of the powerful message Rosa is still sending to this world and also because of her great design.

Unfortunately the other dolls from the series, the Sally Ride Barbie doll, did not do very well and she now already on clearance in several large chain shops.

The trully breakthrough Barbie doll series of the year was Carlyle Nuera’s BMR1959 Barbie series that features six gorgeous dolls inspired by the fun and quirky street style that is so popular now with the young generation. Not only that, but we also got our very first Ken that wears makeup.

An innovative and fun series that is also available for an amazing price. No wonder it was so popular with collectors.

The Birthday Wishes and the Holiday Barbie dolls were also really nice this year. Fun designs and different face molds.

Honorable mentions go to the David Bowie Barbie doll and to the dolls made in collaboration with style icon Chriselle Lim.

The collaboration between Puma and Barbie also gave us two super nice dolls. Can’t wait to see what they have for us next year.

A very nice surprise this year was the 2019 Toy Story Barbie doll. Shea features the beloved Superstar face, has articulation and a GREAT price. What’s not to love about her?

Even though they are playline, I can’t help but talk a bit about how the Fashionistas line really went out there with a bold voice that calls out for inclusivity.

This series has progressed SO much since it’s initial launch in 2009. 10 years of amazing designs and dolls. a trully iconic part of Barbie history.

Last, but not least, we have the amazing 2019 MET Gala Moschino Barbie dolls that dropped completely unannounced and ruined our lives forever with their beauty. Nope, I didn’t get any of them. :(

The misses

The biggest disapointment of the year were the two 60th Anniversary Barbie dolls. redressed and posed they are nice, but, overall, they were a HUGE disappointment for me. The dress is so cheap! Clone like, with sparkles falling everywhere.

The Silkstones were not very appealing either. While I don’t dislike the Proudly Pink Barbie dolls and I will probably add her to my collection, I think the Black and White Barbie Silkstone is a mess. The face is nice, yey for the earings, but the dress… :(

With soooooo many amazing designs used for the OOAK anniversary dolls donated to Barbie conventions from all over the world, I can only wonder why it looks like we got the rejects to be mass produced.

The Busy Gal repro was not a good idea from the start. She is not a bad quality doll, but she almost brings nothing new and different from the repro released years ago. Yes, she is better made, but still. Nothing major and new.

I keep saying Mattel really should be looking and thinking outside of the box when it comes to repro dolls. I can bet my entire collection that a series of repro dolls featuring vintage and HTF Japanese dolls and fashions or one featuring HTF foreign Barbie dolls like the ones made by estrela would be a hit with collectors. I for one would have done such a series for the 60th anniversary. Like they did in 2009, but with a twist.

The 2019 Celebration Barbie doll is again nice, but boring and lacks lackluster. She is so forgettable I almost forgot about her. :))

Same goes for the Keith Haring Barbie doll. Simply a forgettable doll.

Other dolls

Two doll series come first to mind when I think of 2019: The beautiful Love is Love gift set by Integrity Toys and the Creatable World dolls by Mattel.

Lovely dolls that highlight the beautiful and diverse world we are now living in.

A doll that has definitely caught my eye this year is the lovely Mizi doll. She now even has a male counterpart and he is called… Adonis.

Made by designer Jiao Huadong , these dolls are super nice and detailed and I see a bright future for them in the dolly world. 2020 will be the year I will be getting one of them for sure.

Overall, it has been an interesting year in the dolly world. I know there were many, many more dolls released, but these were the ones that stood out to me for various reasons. Can’t say I’ve been bored this year, but, I still was expecting something more. From Barbie that is. Something… Can’t really say what, but my expectations were very, very high and I am left a bit disappointing at the end of the year.

2020 will bring us some very interesting dolly projects. Besides the dolls you already saw on my Facebook and Instagram, I have heard a few more interesting rumors that I am not ready to fully share with you, but I promise I will be giving out some hints in the next article. ;) Watch out for it and please let me know in the comments what were your hits and misses this year.

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  • Reply Brendan December 30, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    My go to for Barbie news! Thank you for your hard work!

    • Reply Ada December 31, 2019 at 9:14 am

      Thank you for reading. ❀😁

  • Reply Vinicius December 30, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    So good to see u back here. Besides the Dia de Muertos, i completely agree with you.

    • Reply Ada December 31, 2019 at 9:14 am

      Thank you!

  • Reply Lulu38 December 31, 2019 at 8:26 am

    Welcome back to blogging! I love your Instagram feed but have missed your in-depth commentary. Thanks for sharing all your insights with fellow doll fans!

    • Reply Ada December 31, 2019 at 9:14 am

      I missed that also! ❀

  • Reply Wendy Dirks December 31, 2019 at 11:24 am

    I’m glad you’re back to the blog!

    Of the dolls listed, we agree on some but not on all of them. I redress and rebody all my dolls so they are articulated and change their clothes every month, so things that bother some collectors don’t bother me at all. I love the 1959 BMR dolls and bought all of them, but I also love the 60th anniversary doll. I bought the blonde, rebodied her on to a pivotal body, and gave her some new clothes and she is gorgeous. I also bought, and love, the Keith Haring doll as she makes a great character for my soap opera. I picture her chewing and popping gum, LOL! I also love the Busy Gal reproduction. I wasn’t collecting when the last one appeared and this one is so close to the Barbie I had as a child – 1959 brunette, that I just love her. She will stay on her body, she doesn’t need articulation. For those of us who redress dolls and want articulation, the character dolls – Star Wars, the mermaid – they’re just pointless. What can you do with them except stare at them? But I realise that’s what lots of collectors do, and I’m glad there are dolls out there for all of us!

  • Reply Romona December 31, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    I bought the Mermaid, but could not bond with her – she did find another home, though. I just purchased the AA 60th Anniversary doll for sale – she is like a holiday doll for me. Looking forward to 2020. Ada, thank you for your passion.

  • Reply Featured Animation February 14, 2020 at 5:56 am

    This post makes me wonder what styles we will see in the new live-action movie coming out with Margot Robbie.

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