Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year, Barbie! A look at New Year-themed Barbies from the past decade (slideshow) - Nashville Doll Collecting Examiner





To ring in the New Year with Barbie, I decided to take a trip down memory lane with the plastic princess and look at the Barbie dolls that most capture a New Year's theme from the past decade.



Continue reading at:  Happy New Year, Barbie! A look at New Year-themed Barbies from the past decade (slideshow) - Nashville doll collecting Examiner

Friday, October 31, 2014

2012 Target Halloween Star Barbie doll is the 'cat's meow' - National Barbie Collecting Examiner

2Target released their exclusive Halloween doll, the Halloween Star Barbie
doll in her Barbie pink box in 2012. Wearing a whimsical little kitty cat
outfit, the cute doll has kitty cat ears, a black stripe in her long
blonde hair, a painted nose and whiskers as well as a white fur ruff
around her neck.



More at: 2012 Target Halloween Star Barbie doll is the 'cat's meow' - National Barbie Collecting Examiner

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Introducing The Beatrix Girls


How do you successfully break into the “doll category” and compete against beloved global brands like Barbie, Monster High and Disney Fairies? Moreover, how do you build and expand your brand?

The Beatrix Girls is a rare but apt example of a successful new player in the market that’s been able to establish a solid fanbase worldwide and expand its product line by launching a licensing program in multiple categories including apparel, accessories, bedding, stationary, footwear and more.

The concept behind this line of collectible pop-star dolls was conceived and brought to the market by Sherry Gunther, a two time Emmy Award winning producer and studio executive with an unparalleled track record of over two decades of experience producing smash hits such as The Simpsons, Rugrats, and Family Guy.  When developing the The Beatrix Girls, Sherry enlisted the help of leading animators and doll developers to re-imagine the look of dolls.  The result, a more angular appeal, large heads, big hair and stylized look.  

The Beatrix Girls songs are just as important - and were written and produced by a Platinum winning song-writer/producer who writes for some of the top pop stars today, and mastered by Grammy winning producers.  In fact, the songs are now available on iTunes and Amazon Mp3 - and a Pandora page is set to launch in roughly two weeks.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Easter Barbie dolls - past and present: a series on Easter Barbies - Nashville Doll Collecting Examiner





Easter Barbie dolls - past and present: a series on Easter Barbies



The first time Barbie officially celebrated Easter was in 1959 when Mattel issued the vintage Barbie Easter Parade outfit which featured a black
coat over a colorful print sheath dress. The following year, Mattel
continued to make the dress without the coat.



The next time an Easter-themed Barbie doll appeared was not until 1993 when Mattel made the Easter Fun Barbie doll. Barbie wore a white dress with a colorful Easter egg print and came with stickers to decorate eggs inside the box.



Article at: Easter Barbie dolls - past and present: a series on Easter Barbies - Nashville doll collecting Examiner

Easter Barbie dolls from 1993 to 1999 (slideshow of Easter Barbies) - Nashville Doll Collecting Examiner





Easter Barbie dolls from 1993 to 1999 (with slideshow of Easter Barbies)



This article is Part II in a series on Easter Barbie dolls - past and present. The list is of Easter Barbie dolls below sold from 1993 to 1999 and is made up of dolls which were predominantly available in grocery stores and convenience stores. As reported in Easter Barbie dolls - past and present, although the Easter Parade Barbie doll ensemble from 1959 was the first Easter-themed Barbie product, the first Easter Barbie doll, Easter Fun came out in 1993.



Continued: Easter Barbie dolls from 1993 to 1999 (with slideshow of Easter Barbies) - Nashville doll collecting Examiner

Easter Barbie dolls from 2000 to present (slideshow of Easter Barbies) - Nashville Doll Collecting Examiner






Easter Barbie dolls from 2000 to present (with slideshow of Easter Barbies)



Starting in 2001 with the Flower Mania Barbie, Mattel
appears to have had a hard time committing to the Easter theme. From
that point on, some years Mattel would produce an Easter Barbie, and
some years only a spring-themed doll. I am including just the Easter
Barbie dolls in this article.



This is part three of Easter Easter Barbie dolls - past and present: a series on Easter Barbies and follows Easter Barbie dolls from 1993 to 1999.



Read more: Easter Barbie dolls from 2000 to present (with slideshow of Easter Barbies) - Nashville Doll Collecting Examiner

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Happy Easter from the Moxie Teenz dolls - Nashville Doll Collecting Examiner






Happy Easter from the Moxie Teenz dolls



The Easter bunny may have been delayed by the Polar Vortex, making Easter arrive later than usual in 2014, but the Moxie Teenz dolls are already ready.



Melrose, Arizona, Moxie Liv and Gavin are dressed in their Easter clothes with a couple of baskets ready for the community Easter egg hunt.



Read more: Happy Easter from the Moxie Teenz dolls - Nashville Doll Collecting Examiner

Monday, March 17, 2014

Lots of Irish Dolls for St. Patrick's Day 2014! Barbie, Liv, Moxie Teenz, Tiny Betsy and More

 If you are in the mood for some festive displays for St. Patrick's Day, you are in the right place! Here are a variety of Irish cuties to help you celebrate the day, because you know... everyone is Irish on Saint Patrick's Day!


Irish Barbie dolls for St. Patrick's Day

March 14, 2012
Mattel has been making Irish Barbie dolls as part of their Dolls of the World (DOTW) series in 1984, and in 2012 they introduced the 4th Irish Doll of the World. Between 1984 and 2012, Mattel has issued 3 other...
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2012 Valentine's Day Chelsea dolls at Target Stores

February 9, 2012
Mattel has released three extremely cute little 2012 Valentine's
Chelsea dolls at Target just in time for Valentine's Day. These three
adorable cuties come in three hair colors in three different Valentine's
dresses with...
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2012 Ireland Barbie Dolls of the World now in stores

Are you ready for St. Patrick's Day? Barbie is!
The Dolls of the World collection has just released the new 2012 Dolls of the World Barbie Collector Ireland Barbie.
This Irish cutie comes wearing a pretty green dress...
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Thursday, March 13, 2014

St. Patrick's Day doll displays - a variety of Irish dolls for Saint Patrick's day - Doll Collecting Examiner





St. Patrick's Day doll displays - a variety of Irish dolls for Saint Patrick's day (with slideshow)



St. Patrick's Day is the time we celebrate Saint Patrick, the patron
saint of Ireland. Although the day has come to be celebrated with
parades and beer, Ireland's history and the story of Saint Patrick are much richer than that. This article will take a look at a few dolls which pay tribute to Ireland and Saint Patrick's Day.



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Patrick's Day doll displays - a variety of Irish dolls for Saint
Patrick's day (with slideshow) - Nashville Doll Collecting Examiner

Gene, Tyler, Madra & Hayley celebrate the wearing o' the green: St. Patrick's Day doll display - Doll Collecting Examiner





Gene, Tyler, Madra & Hayley celebrate the wearing o' the green - St. Patrick's Day doll display

Sometimes dolls take on a life of their own and insist on being photographed for special occasions. That's what happened when Gene, Madra and Tyler got together with a few of their friends and started clowning around in their St. Patrick's Day outfits to celebrate the wearing 'o the green. 


Article at: Gene, Tyler, Madra & Hayley celebrate the wearing o' the green- Nashville Doll Collecting Examiner

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Barbie Turns 55 Today!

Happy 55th birthday, Barbie! I knew you when you were just a teenage fashion model and I was a nine-year-old girl. That's when I got my first Barbie doll, and I was so excited! She was the favorite toy of my childhood and preteens, and when she disappeared from the home place after my mother died, I mourned her like an old friend.

She wasn't the elusive original #1 Barbie doll, but she was a beautiful blonde #4 Barbie, soon followed by Skipper, Ken, homely Midge as well as cousing Francie, Todd, Tutti and a host of other dolls.

Barbie doll has been the subject of praise, an object of ridicule, and the center of controversy, but no matter how many issues adults try to blame on Barbie, most little girls still love her. Now the pink plastic princess, who was first sold in 1959, is turning 55!

It seems like we just celebrated her 50th birthday, but that was back in 2009. Now the pink plastic princess has added another half decade.


Click on this link to find out more about Barbie, including facts, a little history and other info:




Thursday, March 6, 2014

#Unapologetic 2014 Sports Illustrated Barbie doll--a review - National Barbie Collecting | Examiner.com

Sports Illustrated Barbie Doll




#Unapologetic 2014 Sports Illustrated Barbie doll--a review



 Here she is--the doll that started it all! The Barbie doll that has caused all the controversy is now out in stores -- Target stores to be exact.

Sports Illustrated Barbie Doll-- back of box


It may be cold outside but the new 2014 Sports Illustrated Barbie doll is heating things up! The controversial and #unapologetic SI Barbie doll is a "Black Label" Barbie doll intended for adult collectors and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

Find out more at:  #Unapologetic 2014 Sports Illustrated Barbie doll--a review - National Barbie Collecting Examiner

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Does Barbie cause unrealistic body expectations? New SI Barbies fuel controversy


It was announced this week that Barbie doll will appear in the upcoming Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition. The new cover featuring the doll will be revealed on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" tonight. This has fueled the fires of controversy...
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Barbie's 'Unapologetic' Sports Illustrated cover causes controversy


Sports Illustrated is known for swimsuit issues with models who reveal a little too much. That is one reason the new 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Barbie doll, who will appear in the 50th anniversary of the Sports Illustrated&nbsp...
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Let us know what you think about the Sports Illustrated Barbie doll controversy in the comments below each article.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day from Moxie Teenz Leigh (Photos) - Nashville Doll Collecting Examiner

 




Happy St. Patrick's Day from Moxie Teenz Leigh (Photos)



 Leigh is definitely the Irish lass in the Moxie Teenz line with her red
hair, light green eyes, and pale skin tone. The lovely Leigh doll comes
wearing a gold formal dress with gold earrings and necklace and matching
gold boots. She has added some St. Patrick's Day accessories to her
golden ensemble in honor of the Irish holiday.



Continued at: Happy St. Patrick's Day from Moxie Teenz Leigh (Photos) - Nashville Doll Collecting Examiner

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Joss Whedon's 'Dollhouse' Seasons 1 and 2-- a Review





OK, I'll admit it, Joss Whedon's "Dollhouse" is NOT about dolls! Well, it sort of is. It is a television series that aired on FOX called "Dollhouse" and it is about beautiful (and handsome) dolls... only that is a nickname for actives, and, well it gets complicated!

"Dollhouse" is an addictive sci-fi, thriller that sucks the viewer in with action, fantasy, and beautiful actors in season one, hinting at something deeper which is revealed in season two.

Eliza Dushku starred in the series which is now out on DVD, and she is definitely a doll.

I thought I would share the "Dollhouse" DVD season 1 and 2 review here, just for fun! You have to admit--it sort of fits. This is a blog about dolls, after all!

To find out more, visit Joss Whedon's 'Dollhouse' Seasons 1 and 2-- a Review









Saturday, February 15, 2014

Sanrio Introduces New Hello Kitty Products at Toy Fair 2014

Sanrio Launches New Products at Toy Fair 2014
 
Hello Kitty mini doll sets by Blip Toys (above) are among the new product launches to be unveiled at this year's Toy Fair.

Sanrio, Inc., the global lifestyle brand best known for pop icon, Hello Kitty, has an exciting lineup of new licensed product set to launch this year, which will be available for preview at Toy Fair 2014. Introducing product from both new and expanded partnerships, Sanrio continues to develop and build on relationships in a variety of categories in order to delight their broad spectrum of fans. And as 2014 marks Hello Kitty’s 40th anniversary, these top licensees are thrilled to help celebrate the incredible success of the beloved pop icon with this year’s brand new launches:
  • Hello Kitty Dolls by BLIP – Suite #4A2 – Terrace Level: Expanding on the popular collection of full-sized dress-up Hello Kitty dolls that charmed young fans in 2013, BLIP will launch a new collection of adorable mini dolls, playsets and accessories at Toy Fair 2014. The new miniature-sized designs fit conveniently in a backpack or small bag, allowing Hello Kitty lovers to bring their favorite dolls along with them wherever they go. Additionally, BLIP will introduce an innovative Hello Kitty plush that dances to the beat of two original songs – “Dance Time Hello Kitty” is sure to be a must-have toy for Hello Kitty fans of all ages for the Holiday 2014 season.
  • Hello Kitty Play, Dress Up & Feature Plush by Cartwheel – Suite #2D09: Cartwheel, an innovative toy manufacturing company launched by a team of seasoned consumer product industry veterans, will offer an array of adorable Hello Kitty imaginative toys ranging from Hello Kitty’s cupcake cafĂ© to tea sets, dress-up outfits, bedtime plush, and much more.
  • Hello Kitty Electronics by SDI – Suite #2D10 & 2D11: New in 2014, a collaboration with SDI will introduce a supercute offering of co-branded electronics for fans to rock out to, Hello Kitty style. Among the product lineup from this new partnership will be a Hello Kitty iHome speaker system and additional docking accessories, along with an interactive musical role play “Jam with Me” guitar and more.
On top of these highlighted launches, Sanrio’s new collections from Horizon, Mega Bloks, Jada, Ty, Just Play, MMA and Sakar will also be available for preview at the show. Be sure to join Hello Kitty’s 40th anniversary celebration and check out what she has in store for her wide range of fans this year.

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About Sanrio®      
Sanrio is the global lifestyle brand best known for pop icon Hello Kitty®, who celebrates her 40th Anniversary this year.    Home to many endearing characters including Chococat® My Melody®, Badtz-Maru® and Keroppi®, Sanrio was founded on the ‘small gift, big smile®’ philosophy – that a small gift can bring happiness and friendship to people of all ages. Since 1960, this philosophy has served as the inspiration for the broad spectrum of unique products and experiences.  Today, more than 50,000 Sanrio-branded items are available in over 70 countries and upwards of 15,000 U.S. retail locations including department, specialty, national chain stores and over 80 Sanrio boutiques. For more information please visit www.sanrio.com and www.facebook.com/hellokitty.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Sweetheart Dolls for Valentine's Day: 2014 and Prior



If you love sweet dolls in pink and red for Valentine's Day, you have come to the right place.

Here you will find articles with lots of photos of a variety of your favorite dolls dressed up in red hearts, white lace and pink flowers: Barbie doll, Chelsea, Moxie Teenz, Hello Kitty, Cabbage Patch Kids, LalaLoopsy and more!

So have fun reading these timely doll collectors articles and Have a Happy Valentine's Day 2014!



Valentine's Day Dolls

When February rolls around each year, one of the sure signs that Valentine's Day is approaching is the dolls that begin to pop up in grocery stores, toy stores...



Thursday, February 13, 2014

Barbie Doll's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Makes Waves



The 2014 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue is coming out, but the big news has not been the models, but the doll! In an arrangement between Mattel and the sports magazine, the Sports Illustrated Barbie doll is getting her own cover, and it is making waves. Is "the doll that started it all" all wet?

The controversial move is once again raising a hue and cry from all the activists who think Barbie dolls and swimsuit models create "unrealistic body expectations" in little girls. This is the same minority who thinks we need a fatter Disney princess and more plus-size models.

But both Mattel and SI have chosen to remain unapologetic. In fact, they have picked the hashtag #Unapologetic to promote the issue and the doll.

I looked at the controversy from both the doll collecting perspective and the health perspective. You can read my thoughts at:

Friday, February 7, 2014

Barbie's sister Chelsea 2014 Valentine's Day dolls at Target - National Barbie Collecting Examiner



2014 Valentine's Day Chelsea dolls by Mattel


Valentine's Day is less than a week away, and Barbie's sister Chelsea is all dressed up!

Barbie's sister Chelsea 2014 Valentine's Day dolls at Target

For fans of Barbie doll and her extensive Mattel family, there is good news of the very cute variety. The shelves in the Valentine's Day section of Target stores are loaded with dolls in all shapes and sizes, but perhaps the cutest are the little Valentine Chelsea dolls.

Read more: Barbie's sister Chelsea 2014 Valentine's Day dolls at Target - National Barbie Collecting Examiner

Also see: Barbie Valentine's Day 2014 Kelly Chelsea Madison Cupid Doll Set of 3

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Hello Kitty -- More than Just Dolls for Valentine's Day

If you love Hello Kitty, Sanrio has a lineup of gifts that will make any girl feel adored – no matter her age or style. With tons of options perfect for any girl who loves all things adorable, from candy red jewelry to cute Hello Kitty themed gadgets, the iconic brand beloved by women of all ages is sure to have something that they’ll crush on.

  • A true Hello Kitty fan can’t get enough of the iconic Hello Kitty bow – and the Onch Movement for Hello Kitty collection offers uber cute, ultra stylish bow earrings, necklaces and bracelets for her to show off her Hello Kitty pride in style. These handmade, one-of-a-kind pieces come in bright, candy chrome red to make for the ultimate Valentine’s Day gift.
  • One of the latest trends sweeping all of the fashion lovers off their feet is the highly stylish, daringly bold creeper – and the Hello Kitty x T.U.K. collection offers the cutest styles that perfectly balance sweet and edgy. Gift her a pair of these show-stopping shoes, and she’ll feel extra special this year.
  • For the girl who loves her gadgets, a Hello Kitty wireless Bluetooth speaker set is a must-have.  With touch panel control, all you have to do is rub Hello Kitty’s ears to turn the volume up or down – how adorable!
  • If you want to pamper the special girl in your life, why not bring the spa to her? The Hello Kitty by Earth Therapeutics collection offers all the luxuries you need, from super soft aloe socks to cozy and cute spa slippers and relaxing eye masks.

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