Barbie Classic Black Dress Blonde

This doll isn’t a new doll to the collecting world. This doll was released around February/March of 2016. If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time you know that I love two things: blondes and bows. This doll checks both of those boxes. When I thought I might want to dip my toe into the Barbie Fashion Model Collection/Silkstones, I thought this would be a perfect doll to start. Unfortunately, as she was one of the first (if not the first?) Silkstones to feature an articulated body, she was no longer available on the barbie.com website, although her Brunette sister is still available. I found a listing on eBay and here she is! The 2016 Barbie Fashion Model Collection Classic Black Dress Blonde!
Blonde Classic Black Dress

I should note that the coloring on all of my photos is off. She has that classic Barbie platinum blonde hair. It isn’t yellow blonde at all. I couldn’t get my photos to cooperate with that, though.

Blonde Classic Black Dress
The doll herself is a HEAVY doll. When I took her out of the box I was very surprised at how more heavy she is than any playline doll I’ve ever held. She doesn’t FEEL like a “normal” Barbie. I have no idea what she is made of, but it is heavier and feels of higher quality than normal doll plastic. She also doesn’t have that plastic smell that most dolls do (I’m super weird and like that smell, though).

Blonde Classic Black Dress
Her face features side-glancing blue eyes, light blue eyeshadow with black liner and pale pink lips. Look at her brows! I’m just in love with her face. And her little beauty mark! This looks like a girl that you don’t cross. Love it!

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Barbie is wearing her hair in a ponytail with fringe pulled around to the back. She has several strands of hair surrounding her ponytail holder and another band at the bottom. There is a small amount of hair-styling product to maintain that back curl/flip. I’m loving all this detail in such a simple hairdo. You see none of the rooting lines or ponytail holder.

Blonde Classic Black Dress
I’m pretty sure that elastic was supposed to come out after I deboxed her, but I kinda like that it keeps her hair together rather than it splaying out. I love a good ponytail!

Blonde Classic Black Dress
The head mold was copyrighted in 1958 which is why she has that nostalgic feel.

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Like any good collector quality doll, she came packaged with some precautions. I’m not sure the purpose of this bit of plastic, though. I THINK it may be to ensure that the black fabric of her dress cannot touch her arms and stain them. It was attached to the dress with tiny plastic bits that easily detached.

Blonde Classic Black Dress
Blonde Classic Black Dress
As her name is her dress, I think it’s important to talk about this. The doll was originally a $40 doll. You guys….. what have I been doing with my $40 all this time? The dress is of the HIGHEST quality! The fabric is super soft and it is lined. I can’t tell you how adorable this thing is! And look at those little bows on the shoulders! I closes in the back with two small metal snaps. It’s amazing how such a simple little dress that is SO soft can make me so happy.

Blonde Classic Black Dress
Each Barbie Fashion Model doll comes with this little tag attached to her right wrist. I think I’ll leave it for now. It’ll probably go bye-bye later, though.

Blonde Classic Black Dress
The doll wears almost-knee-high black boots.

Blonde Classic Black Dress
The boots are split in the back to aid in their removal, but the split does not go all the way. I’m pleased with this feature because the boots maintain their structural integrity, but you also get the functional piece of being able to remove them.

Blonde Classic Black Dress
This doll wears a nice light pink nail polish on all of her little fingers.

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Because she is articulated, I can show you that this color matches her lipstick. I think that’s a common theme in this line of dolls. I am NOT a high fashion lady, but I guess matching your lips to your nails is a thing? Get it girl!

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Her pedicure under those boots also matches. This is SUCH a nice detail that very few people will see because of those boots, yet they did it anyway! Love it!

Blonde Classic Black Dress
On to that body! The doll came packaged with plastic around her torso in the shape of the dress. I love little details like this! As I will probably be leaving her in that black dress for a long time, I haven’t removed this plastic. You can also tell that she doesn’t wear any panties. Another feature to protect the body? Or just a gutsy girl going commando?

Blonde Classic Black Dress
The Poseable Silkstone body has the points of articulation that I love to see in a playline doll like elbows, wrists, shoulders, hips, and knees. She also features a joint under her bust that allows her to tilt like I have her here. Unexpectedly, there is a joint at the waist that allows for rotation. I know this joint was common on the older (vintage) dolls, but seeing it here with all the other joints was interesting.

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The head may have a 1958 copyright, but the body is brand new. Well… 2015. That’s new. This poseable Silkstone body has some fans and some critics. You know us doll collectors are an opinionated and loud bunch. This is my first doll, so I’m new to this collector’s world, and I’ve already heard several opinions on it. I love some good articulation, so I don’t have a reason to dislike it yet.

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Now the stand. That I have a reason to dislike. I love when dolls come with stands. I think it is a must for a collector-style doll. We want to show these beauties off. So why am I complaining?

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It doesn’t fit her! The saddle part of the stand comes nowhere near her body. Those boots aren’t that thick. I have to be SUPER careful when I move her around. She’s heavier than I’m used to anyways, add to that that most of the mass is above that saddle part of the stand that doesn’t actually function. I’ve heard of collectors using Integrity doll stands. I might have to look into that.

And that’s Classic Black Dress Blonde Barbie! I wanted a newer less expensive doll to start my Fashion Model Collection to see if I really liked it. And I do! I really do! I realize all dolls in this collection are not $40 and that this is a very deep rabbit hole I find myself in. That being said, she will not be the last. I already posted that I’ve purchased another, this time straight from Mattel. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for this line as well as getting some of the ones I’ve missed.

What do you think of the Barbie Fashion Model Collection/the Silkstones? Had you even heard of them before now? What was/is your impression? Are there any on your wishlist?

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Project MC2 Experiment Dolls

I’ve seen the newest wave of the Project MC2 Dolls with experiments floating around Instagram and I really want one! I just don’t know WHO I want. Amazon has three of them for pre-order with order being filled as early as August 1.

In case you haven’t been stalking them, yet, let me introduce you to: Adrienne Attom’s Lemon Soap

Ember’s Fairy Wing Earrings

AND McKeyla’s Glue Tattoo

I honestly don’t know which doll to get. I’m thinking it’s going to be Adrienne because I have almost everyone of her dolls. She is just adorable and I love her glasses that most of her dolls come with. I’ve spent *a little too much* money on dolls lately and I need to make sure I can pay my mortgage payment…. but! never fear! I’m sure that Adrienne will be on her way to me at some point. I just need to make sure I have a house to ship her to ^.^

Do you collect the Project MC2 dolls? Are you excited for any of these? There are at least two more dolls in this line, but they aren’t on Amazon yet. Let me know what you think in the comments below, and I’ll let you know when/if I get one.

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Barbie Fan Club Memberships 2017

So the Barbie Fan Club memberships went on sale today and I have fallen in love with several of the exclusives there, so I went ahead and purchased a membership and my first doll.
I am happy to introduce you to Glam Gown Barbie Doll. I’ll do a full review of her when I get her! I can’t wait to get a Silkstone!

I’ve never had a BFC membership before, but I have watched them from afar. From what I can tell they are doing things differently.
First, this is really late in the year for the 2017 memberships. Don’t they normally go on sale around February? They aren’t even referring to them by years now. They are just 12 month memberships.
Secondly, there are tiers to the memberships. You can get a pink membership for free. The gold and platinum are the ones you have to pay for to get the exclusives. Platinum gets you more discounts and a free gift, but is a tad more expensive. The discount was more than the cost of the membership, though, so I don’t feel SO bad. There is a free gift included in the platinum membership that is not included in the gold. If you’re curious, it’s a pack of shoes.

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Madame Alexander Fan Girl Dolls

This may just be because I’m a nerd, I will own my title, but I am SUPER excited about the concept of these dolls! I’m talking about a line of dolls from Madame Alexander called the Fan Girl Dolls. The first was a convention exclusive, the Black Panther doll.

Images provided by Big Bad Toy Store

There is a larger line of dolls that can be found at https://www.madamealexander.com/fan-girl/

These dolls are on sale for $49.99 each. That’s a high price tag, I hope the quality comes with that.
The first doll I found was the Iron Man inspired doll which can be found for presale at the toysrus website.

The next doll is the Captain America doll. Available for pre-order here

Then is the Black Widow doll. Pre-order link right here

And I’m saving the best for last: SPIDER GWEN! Don’t you all go buying this one out from under me, but here’s her link, too :)

I’m really in love with the Spider Gwen doll, but I am torn on pre-ordering them. I think I remember several of my dolly friends having bad experiences in the past with Toys R Us and their preorders. I think dolls started appearing in stores before pre-orders were ever shipped. Please leave me a comment and let me know if you’ve ever done a Toys R Us preorder. Was it worth it? Or did you have to wait too long?

Anyways, what do you think of these dolls? Are you going to get any? Want to wait for my review? I’m definitely getting that Spider Gwen! Leave me your thoughts down below!

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SDCC 2017

WARNING: DOLL PEOPLE ARE AN OPINIONATED BUNCH! HERE COMES MY OPINIONS :)
Greetings everyone! I’m posting this on Sunday, July 23, 2017. This is the last day for the 2017 San Diego Comic Con and the most disappointing Comic Con for Monster High or Ever After High Collectors.

Since March? April? I’ve been waiting with baited breathe for any sign of an SDCC exclusive. Who would it be? Would EAH be included? I have LOVED all three of my EAH Comic Con Exclusives and was anxiously awaiting word of another amazing doll. There are very few MH Comic Con Exclusives that I am missing, having recently added the original Black & White Frankie to my collection (a dream come true!). So…. I waited. And I waited. And we saw what looked like photos of a leaked Ghoulia doll. (See this photo) Awesome! A Ghoulia! But umm… then no news came. And no news. And then Mattel released all of their SDCC exclusives along with their (TERRIBLE) new webpage. And they weren’t here. In fact, news came as late as this past week that there WAS a planned exclusive (source) that we did see as website exclusives, but they were originally intended for SDCC. According to kataramov on tumblr “the designers of Mattel’s home-grown brands, Monster High included, were crestfallen, but there’s nothing they can do about it. Monster High spent the year preparing for SDCC as usual before the corporate decision was finalized, so they slated reveals, which are now happening on social media, and Becca designed that Cleo de Nile and Ghoulia Yelps 2-pack, which was supposed to be the SDCC exclusive.” So limited MH news that was posted on social media and NO EAH news. We did get reveals each day, for whatever that is worth. Here they are along with my commentary:

We started with a reveal of a ballerina Cleo:

I was a little excited about this doll because (a) articulation and (b) cute! but then I started looking more closely. THIS is the first reveal? She has “molded” tights, or at least painted on tights, no paint on her accessories. She’s just not the same quality I expected to see. I mean, go look at the reveals from 2014 or 2015 . Also, where did I go in 2016? Hmp? Anyways. It just isn’t what I had gotten used to.

You know there will be others in this line. In fact, mindose on tumblr has this picture of a Clawdeen material in the same cut as Cleo’s dress. It is more likely you are seeing a test of the pattern on whatever fabric was laying around, but anyways:

What do you think? Clawdeen in this line? Or just a test? Who do you want to see ballet-ed up?

Then came the shadow and reveal for some more minis:

I will admit, I am NOT a minis fan. I don’t like blind bags in general and these are just kinda small for my tastes. I’m not the biggest fan of the pets, because some of them just get a little too much exposure (I have like 5 Neptuna figures….) Some people were super excited for this, though, some I’m not trying to rain on your parade.

Saturday came around and we got this:

Ugh. So I’m a super articulation snob when it comes to MH. That is one of the main things I loved about this line when I started collecting. I can’t explain it. I’m not that picky with my Barbie dolls, but MH is supposed to be that super fun line where they can be freaky fab. This isn’t that. I want to like that little sister. I mean, the fact that her eyes are a reverse of Frankie’s is cool, if not kinda creepy. I want to like little Alivia. (Should we pronounce that like Olivia? or ALIVE-ia?) She’s cute, but like all of the younger siblings, she’s not more than that. I love the Frankenstein-posed-arms, though. Maybe I’ll get her just to see? I found the other individually packaged little sisters at my Wal-Mart recently, and although I walked around with the sea-sister, I didn’t end up buying her.

Lastly, we come to today. Sunday’s reveals are either super awesome or a super let-down. Maybe because they were all not exciting to me, this wasn’t super awesome.

The text on the shadow yesterday on Instagram said “We’ve heard your screams mansters & ghouls! So, get ready to howl over tomorrow’s freaky-fierce final reveal!” Really? You heard us? I don’t think so! Okay, don’t get me wrong, I know there are a lot of Howleen fans out there, so that is probably what they were referring to. But I promise no one was screaming for more non-articulated dolls! I promise I get it; adult collectors make up such a small part of the market. In my small town there are 3 other adults ( that I KNOW of) that collect. There are MANY more kiddos. I get it, I promise I do. But don’t those kids like the articulated dolls? I know that those cheaper dolls have their place. I actually really love the Emoji-style dolls that should be around $5. I hate being in the toy aisle and hearing a kid say they don’t have enough money in their tiny little coin purse for a doll. But we should still be getting SOME high quality fully articulated dolls, shouldn’t we?!

There wasn’t a single doll revealed in this SDCC weekend that matches the quality we fell in love with from MH. Not a single one. We have no news of a movie release? No news of other lines? I just can’t get over this huge feeling of disappointment. I’m not trying to be a Debby-Downer. I mean, there is a Ghoulia doll coming out of all of this. Well, maybe I’ll get one. Mattel’s new website ate my order. PayPal still has my money on hold, but Mattel has NO record of an order placed and an email to their Customer Service has so far been unanswered. What about you? Were you excited for any of the reveals? Convince me of your love. I need some MH love right about now.

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