Vintage Barbie Illustrations

As I was looking online for stuff to post on a website I am working for, I came across these amazing vintage original Barbie illustrations and I thought I would share them with you.


Barbie Frame-Tray Puzzle Illustration Original Art (Whitman, undated).


Barbie and the Rockers Frame-Tray Puzzle Illustration Original Art (Golden, 1987)
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Vote in the 2017 DollObservers.com Fashion Doll Awards

A few days ago the annual DollObservers.com Fashion Doll Awards (<<--CLICK to enter and vote) has opened it's site for public vote and yes, I am nominated again for the Best Fashion Doll Blog award alongside other amazing bloggers and friends.

I am not going to ask you to vote for me, but I will ask you to vote for your favorites in each category. Vote and support your favorite doll, retailer or OOAK designer. And don’t forget to support all year round all the amazing people that make our doll community amazing. Buy from your favorite dealer and help them maintain their business. Buy from your favorite OOAK or doll designer and help them with their dream. Support your local doll club and even donate dolls and toys to the children and the people that aren’t as lucky as us to afford all these beautiful dolls.

And don’t forget to sign up for TheDollObservers community. A fun and friendly place for all us lovely dolls. <3

Faith in humanity lost – my story about being nice

I have debated A LOT about writing this post. It has taken a lot of time to do so, but yesterday I decided to vent on one of my favorite doll groups and everyone has urged me to make this public. I will keep the names of the people involved secret because this is my last act of kindness to them.

In 2015 I was contacted by a doll dealer who had (has) an eBay store because they wanted to advertise on my blog. They offered a doll that was sold out as payment and I said yes ’cause I really wanted her and the price on the secondary market was kind of high.

Everything went ok, I gave them a banner on my blog, wrote about them, promoted them. We talked on the phone, all was perfect and then they told me they wanted to create a website for their business. I offered to help and they would pay me in dolls once again.
We decided to buy a premium template that I would customize which I did. The website turned out great! It was a presentation website + blog + online shop. I even uploaded what they had for sale on their eBay shop.

After this I messaged them. No answer. I messaged them again. Nothing. Almost a year passed when they finally decided to write back saying that life happened and I would get my payment because the site was beautiful. I was overjoyed even if I would have to make updates to the site because a lot of security updates became available.
Anyway, they said they would send the doll (yes, I was stupid enough to agree on just one doll) and asked me if I wanted to work some more for them and they would continue to pay with dolls. I declined as I don’t do this kind of “pay with dolls” work anymore and waited for the doll for the website.

And waited… And waited… AND WAITED!!! After more months passed I got an email from them saying things were slow with the doll shop and shipping to Romania was $50 and they want to wait before they could send it but no worries I would get my doll.
It’s now January 2017 and no doll yet!!!!! They haven’t used the website but how pathetic and disrespectful can they be?!!! I don’t want any dolls anymore but I feel nausea every time I think of people like this.

I know they are reading this so I’ll just say this:

SHAME on you! I wonder if you would have done the same thing to someone from the US. I guess not ’cause they would have taken you to court. But it was ok to do this to someone from an Eastern European country, right?
I have taken down the template I made. I don’t want an answer from you, I don’t ever want to hear anything from you ever again. Don’t contact me and say thank you that I am not releasing your name to the public. As someone said, the shameless have no shame so I doubt this article will mean anything to you, but it’s my way of closing this deal.

Have a great life!

2017 Quinceanera Barbie IRL Images

Looks like the 2017 Quinceanera Barbie doll has been spotted at Walmart. She sports the ever cute and not so appreciated Teresa sculpt and I LOVE THAT! I think Teresa is such an underrated sculpt that has been neglected a lot since the 90s. So nice to see her pop up in the Collector Line again since the Basics.

Image credit Renee Marie Turner.

What we know so far – 2017 Barbie Collector dolls

The new year is here and everyone is asking about the list of the upcoming 2017 Collector Barbie dolls. As we can all agree that 2016 was not such a good year for BC so collectors’ expectations are very high for the 2017 lineup.

So let’s recap what we know so far. My sources are Doll Genie and Cheryl’s Dolls.

Wonder Woman movie dolls: Wonder Woman, Antiope, Queen Hypolita. Can’t wait for these! I’m a HUGE WW fan and thios movie and these dolls are a dream for me!

Barbie Quinceanera. She is designed by Carlyle Nuera. There have been 3 Quinceanera Barbie and Teresa dolls before so I can’t want to see how this one will look.

25th Anniversary Totally Hair Barbie doll. This year markes the anniversary of the best selling Barbie doll of all times so, to celebrate her anniversary, she’ll ge getting a Collector makeover. So excited about this one!

Three Silkstones: BFMC Barbie Blush and Gold Dress, Barbie Classic Black Dress, Barbie Tweed Suit. I have seen one of them and all I can say is: she has accesories!!!!!

Gabby Douglas Barbie doll. I hope she’ll come in a set just like in the picture below.

Natalia Vodinova Barbie doll. Several media outlets ran a story last year about an OOAK doll depicting the supermodel and they also mentioned it will be made as a LE doll in 2017. No other info about her is available.

– The Look series, Birthday Wishes, Ballet Wishes and Happy Holidays will most likely continue this year also.

That was it so far! I hope there will be more interesting dolls this year and I hope we’ll get some fab Platinum Label dolls. Can’t wait to see the convention dolls! They will be designed by Bill Greening. <3

Haunted Vampires Doll Collection by Livin’ Plastic Dolls

2016 is almost over and 2017 is looking like it’s going to be a lot of fun. Not only am I waiting for the new official Barbie dolls to be released (we’ll be talking about that tomorrow), but I’m also looking forward to what OOAK doll designers will be creating.

Servando of Livin’ Plastic Dolls is hard at work with a new collection entitled Haunted Vampires Doll and here’s a sneak peak of one of the dolls from that collection.

I have no word to express how amazing this doll looks. I love everything about her. The perfect sculpt, the intricate dress, the amazing concept.

Can’t wait to see more!

Moschino Barbie and Ken Giftset (original and different face sculpt)

Today the new Moschino® Barbie® and Ken® Giftset has launched on TheBarbieCollection website and in stores (plus other online stores). The set leaked a week in advance so this gave plenty of time to collectors to talk about it. Everybody’s main concern and complaint is Barbie’s face. The Millie face sculpt makes the entire doll look way too playline for this set and it’s price tag.

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Today I had some time for myself so I decided to change her face and see what this doll would have looked like with another sculpt. Please excuse my sloppy Photoshop skills but I had to work fast.

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What do you guys thik? What sculpt would you have likes this doll to have?

2016 Roma Fashion Doll Convention Extra doll plus info

This weekend the last of the 2016 doll conventions took place in Rome. The second edition of the Roma Fashion Doll Convention had two beautiful convention dolls. The first one was a red haired Little Black dress Silkie and the second one was a surprise doll called B White.

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170 pieces worldwide. Special Extra Souvenir Doll at Roma Fashion Doll Convention 2016 approved by Mattel, Designed and produced by Artist Creations in collaboration with the Italian fabric brand Pierlorenzo Bassetti Tessuti & Marco Gambedotti with the contribution of italian Barbie Collectors Rosella Iobbi & Raffele Perrone.

At the gala dinner they also announced the theme for next year PLUS a great surprise!
The 2017 theme will be The Glory Of 80’s and Mattel designer Bill Greening will be attending the convention and will designing a special Extra Convention Doll (limited edition) produced by Artist Creations and RFDC! How amazing is that?!

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Count me in ’cause I’m definetly going. <3

Ashley Graham gets her own Barbie doll

This year was the year of the new Barbie body types so it comes almost natural that supermodel Ashley Graham helped design a new Barbie doll with a curvy body and, as she herself said, has thights that touch.

The doll was presented to her at the annual Glamour’s Women of the Year ceremony where she was onored for her activism toward inclusivity in fashion and for being strong influence on young women. The doll was designed by Robert Best.

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Come on @Barbie, let's go party!!! ?Thank you to my new and incredible @Mattel family for this honor! #beautybeyondsize #barbie #curvybarbie

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I wonder if this doll will become a Collector doll just as the Ava DuVernay doll. I bet a lot of collectors will go crazy for her.