OOAK Ever After High Apple white for Hamleys UK

Yesterday a few images that feature a what it looks like an enhanced Ever After High Apple White surfaced on Amazon and everyone was wondering who this girl really was. According to the Doll News blog she’s a OOAK doll created by Mattel for a charity auction that will be held by Hamleys UK.

I can’t wait to see the full images of the doll. :X Love the details! Mattel’s OOAK dolls always look so nice. Sometimes nicer than their retail dolls. :D

An open letter to Mattel

Dear, Mattel.
We, your loving and faithful collectors, love you and everything you represent. Because of you an amazing icon was born, a doll that have brought us together, an inspiration that has change our lives, that has made us stronger and has been a ray of light in troubled times. This is why we would like you to listed to us and our requests and complains because they truly come from loving hearts. Over the years Barbie has undergone through some changes and not all of them have been ok for the collecting community. This is why I have asked my beautiful friends and collectors to share with all out there what they would like to see and change in the Barbie world. Here are some quotes:

open letetr to mattel

“My 2 cents, apart from the apparent that has already been stated here (glue heads, painted on tops, big heads, cheap doll stands etc) is to stop making Barbie look so inexpensively made (but still her prices go up and up). The Mattel I know and love would NEVER compromise on the quality, their old motto “We are dedicated to quality products” should be the same today as then.”

“BUT THE VERY TRUE and collector´s main disturbing thing is ALL THE MONEY WE LOST ON CUSTOMS AND EXTRA SHIPPING COST. We really need a Barbie collector Fan Club in Europe to save on customs and shipping …. All that money we lost is money that Mattel is loosing. It is insane to pay 80 Euros in Madrid to buy a City shopper doll at “Corte Inglés ” mall when it is 24.99$ reatail price at barbie collector that makes 19 Euros ….. anybody can make numbers….”

“Please mattel return te normal head to the barbie playline !!! Since 2004 Barbie playline looks bad … Am sad Because a lot people think the same like me .”

“To begin with; More Pivotal Bodies, I think many of us could be very happy to have more dolls originally in pivotal bodies. We love Modelmuse, but Pivotal bodies are much more comparable to other collector doll lines out there, and then is an interesting opportunity to capture many of us that make OOAK and pictures of so many dolls, the articulated bodies make a very interesting option for adult collectors.”

“Playline: I’ve given up on a return to normal head size, but please stop using glue in the heads. Stop giving Ken molded hair. Most importantly, give us fashions that are complete all around, not plain in the back!”

You can see all the messages HERE.

So please, Mattel read all of these messages and listen to your collectors. I know you have done so in the past year (the Barbie Style line is definetly a step in the right direction) but there still are more issues that need to be solved: no more glue heads, smaller heads in playline dolls, pivotal bodies, more attention to details etc.

Signed:
Your loving and true collectors

Teaser for all the Hunger Games dolls 2013

A user from Flickr has uploaded an image that looks like a teaser for the entire series of Hunger Games dolls. You have already seen the new Katniss doll from Catching Fire and now you can get an idea of how the rest of the dolls will look. We will also have Effie Barbie, Fennick Ken and Peeta Ken.

all the hunger games dolls 2013

Anybody here excited about this series?

Mattel announced they will produce a Bald Barbie

They have finally decided to do this! Mattel announced yesterday via their Facebook page that next year they’ll release a bald Barbie friend with wigs, scarfs and other wonderfull accesories. Their official statement is below:

Play is vital for children, especially during difficult times. We are pleased to share with our community that next year we will be producing a fashion doll, that will be a friend of Barbie, which will include wigs, hats, scarves and other fashion accessories to provide girls with a traditional fashion play experience. For those girls who choose, the wigs and head coverings can be interchanged or completely removed. We will work with our longstanding partner, the Children’s Hospital Association, to donate and distribute the dolls exclusively to children’s hospitals directly reaching girls who are most affected by hair loss. A limited number of dolls and monetary donations will also be made to CureSearch for Children’s Cancer and the National Alopecia Areata Foundation.

Through a thoughtful approach, we made the decision not to sell these dolls at retail stores, but rather get the dolls directly into the hands of children who can most benefit from the unique play experience, demonstrating Mattel’s ongoing commitment to encourage play as a respite for children in the hospital and to bring joy to children who need it most. We appreciate the conversation around this issue, and are interested to hear what you think!

Mattel is definitely doing the right thing, but don’t worry if you won’t be able to buy one. You can create your own by removing a Barbie’s hair and using Mattel wigs that have been produced for other dolls. I purchased this Tarina Tarantino Barbie bald from someone who was going to re-root her. I like her this way. She also has wigs for when she’d like to sport a new look. Spa Retreat Silkstone is bald and the Fashion Queen Barbie and repro are bald. Be creative and have fun, that’s always been what Barbie is about and I’m glad to hear that little girls going through hair loss will have a Barbie that looks like them.

Kudos Mattel!! I will definetly buy this doll.