>Mattel makes that looks like the pretty prototype for the 'Lea" Fashionista doll for the Glam Fashion line, advertised as being dolls with a bunch of swappable fashion
>only articulation points are her elbows and wrists
>rock solid waist
>rock solid legs
>previous Glam dolls had a shitload of articulation
>can't even wear heels even though the point of the Glam dolls are to make outfits
They need to redoo this doll properly desu.
Mattel just released a bunch of ballerinas and some "birthday" dolls, all super boring and uninspired, even if some have nice faces in the prototype images.
There's also the new Barbie Look dolls.
In wich they try to be a little like what they portrait on instagram...
I miss the rooted lashes, and the outfits are not exactly for my taste, but I think I'll get one of them.
They need to shitcan whoever is obsessed with making everything look like cheap crap from the 80s-early 90s. If people really wanted to pay $30-50 for 80s/90s Superstar era junk, most of it wouldn't be $5 on eBay.
>modern Barbie body
It looks so fucking off
And yeah the local toy shop has a fuckton of 80s/90s collector Barbies for less than that. I've bought a ton so far since they do have very nice clothes. Wish they would get in some old Fashion Avenue stuff. I really wish Mattel would bring that back, instead of the cheap tacky 3-dresses-and-shoes packs that are $15.
Did anyone else pick up any of the Tokidoki blind box vinyl figures? I ended up getting three boxes--got #4, #7 and #9, plus the BC Exclusive (center) which is the only one you can specifically buy. I'll probably buy a few more boxes... I'd like to try to get the Tokidoki ones but don't want to pay the $40 they're going for on Ebay.
I swear Mattel WANTS Barbie to go down at this point. They almost had the right idea with Barbie basics. Sure, the dolls weren't that articulated, but they were gorgeous and I really liked the focus on the fashion packs as opposed to collecting lots of dolls just for their clothes.
What's bizarre to me is that they're removing articulation from the more expensive lines. If a $12.99 Monster High doll can have elbow, knee and wrist articulation... why doesn't a $24.99 Barbie have the same? heck, the previous Style Luxe line had articulation, so why remove it?
I think it must be like Zappa said about the decline of the music industry.
Mattel must have hired a few "experts" into the top levels, and they make terrible choices repeatedly because it's what they like.
Well, if what has been popping up recently is any clue, they're going to make a new 'basic' line for EAH and possibly MH with only basic shoulder, hip, and neck articulation. Which will probably replace the $12 dolls, pushing the articulated ones higher.
At least they've got knee articulation? Then again the Glam Night Lea in the OP image has arm articulation, and no knee articulation.
Get your shit together, Mattel! Kids want articulation! Adults want articulation!
What are your favorite Barbie Houses? Dream House or otherwise. I love the 70s Dream House.
I also like the fold out cases they made in the 70s and 80s. Even the ones that didn't fold out into little play sets were great... I used to have one that had a bar for the Barbie clothes hangers, but it got busted in a move.
I had the rerelease of this same house, the pink and white version. Got it secondhand so it was missing some things but it was still my favorite as a kid. It seemed so much bigger back then. My grandma found a tape from the day they gave it to me, and you can see my little 3 year old self trying to comprehend how huge it was.
New career doll: Firefighter. Shocked it's not pink, but, Barbie no! That's not proper firefighting attire.
I got a doll house recently.
I got the smaller possible because it was found online, and I wanted to check the material, and how easy it is assemble. The others I found were hu-ge, but they only come in white/pink/black (monster high themed), so I'll see how I can handle a custom before moving on to the next...
Ignore my doll's clothes, please. I didn't wanted to expose itens I treasure to the raw material.
Saw this fashion pack in the store, had to grab it immediately. I wish Mattel would make more pretty, casual fashion packs like these instead of the weird cheap shiny mini dresses they've been spewing out.
They need a lesson in cuteness from Blythe.
Pink sparkles that look like candy is just kitsch, not cute.
>pic: random Googled Blythe
Grab a few of these bodies if you want articulation for your paler Barbies (and don't want to look outside Mattel bodies). Skin tone also matches the LA Girl Fashionista.
Pretty neat, although you can see a lot of the limitations when you watch the real dog in action...
Interesting to see the actual doll after reading that long post about the making of the doll:
Also interesting to see how they got around the loophole of people/kids possibly (and by possibly I mean inevitably) using inappropriate language with her. Almost anything with a choice is preceded by a list of answers, like the 'puzzle' story where she only gives you limited options for your answers.
>mattel has hunger games license
>never makes a Barbie of Katniss in her wedding dress, girl on fire dress, or mockingjay dress
Damn it, Mattel.
Barbie's normal face mold from 1959 - 2015
Speaking of vintage, I got these in a lot for $15 plus a carry case. What should I do with the Kens? They're pretty beat up.
Skooter got a reroot. Her hair was crumbling off. That pic above is post-bath believe it or not. I've had to clean them in stages from the level of dirt on them.
I was shocked to find that my local Walmart and Target cleared out the old Barbie fashion packs and had the new ones instead. The newest backs are a lot better (more realistic and better for mix n' match) so that's a plus
Golden Dreams Barbie in the box. Not crazy about her hair being so wild in the box but I guess most people who are buying this line debox anyway.
How do you store your Barbie clothes? Do you have any 'official' Barbie closets/wardrobes, or have you made your own?
Right now my Barbie clothes are in one of those multi-drawer boxes meant for jewelry, but I'd like to find a hanging wardrobe set-up for the nicer and more fragile/vintage pieces.
Yeah but I mean like, should I fix their paint on their heads? Its super chipped. I have no idea what the values are since Ebay is so skewed and I obviously just have nude dolls in bad shape.
I have a vintage makeup/travel case that was in my grandma's attic that they get stored in. Its not very organized, but small accessories like shoes and purses are kept in a little built in pouch inside.
Depends on what you want to do with them. Do you want to sell them? Keep them for personal projects? If you wanted to sell, I would touch up the paint, maybe find some cheap vintage clothes (Mattel brand or not) and sell them with those. I can't really tell the extent of the damage but 'very nice' Kens form that same year tend to go for maybe $20 so I don't know if you'd get much.
Barbie Collector has 25% off the sales price of sale dolls right now, free shipping on any order as well. Got Effie for under $10.
I was about to pick up the LA Girl Fashionista but... why Mattel, why? The blue layered hair, crop top and old skirt looked so much better. At least I can cut her hair and add some new color, so the change isn't as bad as the asian Fashionista who went from cute to... scary.
Prototype lures people in, I guess. They're still using the left photo on the Mattel and Barbie Collector sites.
Damn, that blue + long sleeved looks so much better.
Personally i restore vintage dolls, and if you have no idea how to colour and replicate the vintage paint, amatuer restore jobs actually lower the price since restorers don't know if you used cheap/wrong paint that damages the doll underneath and vintage people prefer to have an original damaged doll than a fixed up one for some reason.
The damage on your kens are pretty minimal by vintage doll collectors standards so i wouldn't try restoring it.
Just clean it up the dolls, look at the going price for nude vintage kens in past ebay lots and you should get a sale.
Well, I discovered something. The black haired Ken was, at some point, blonde. The black is a sloppy and very old paint job. I can't remove it without most of his original paint coming off. He has other damage too (missing fingers, scratches). I'll leave the brunette as is, but this one I think I'll do an obvious custom/restore to go with my other ones that showed up in similar shape.
Rubbing alcohol should remove newer acrylic paint on vintage dolls with 'restore' jobs since even MSC comes off without damaging vintage paint.
Either way, almost no one likes blond kens so go nuts.
Its definitely not newer paint, and it seems more like an enamel than an acrylic. Probably was original owner, maybe she wanted it to look like someone in particular. There's also some weird blobby pink on his mouth and in his nostrils I noticed when comparing the two. I tried rubbing alcohol but it started taking off the original paint too.
150 pounds for this POS. Mattel is so smugly in love with their own tatty bullshit.
Is it bad I'm waiting for her to be properly hacked(and tools released) so I can have more mature conversations with her or so that I could completely mod her into a mini-Miku?
I think that's the only way I'd be wiling to spend the money to get one.
Barbie Collector has 25% off sale items still--but note they've drastically raised the prices of the sale items since a few days ago...
>>5299202 Effie for example was $12.95 + 25% off, now she's $19.99 + 25% off. Lame!
Doll Genie has a Black Friday sale, various discounts on a few items. Tokidoki Barbie at $65 ($20 off) is the only significant item.
Is there anywhere to get the Made to Move dolls for retail yet?
I bought a repro Francie from Ebay and the seller does pick up in the state however he's not responding to my messages on how/when i can pick up the doll so what should i do? i do admit it's the weekend, but my country doesnt celebrate Thanksgiving so yeah.
There's been sightings of them at Toys R Us for $15.
Looks like Mattel is trying to say ALL these dolls are Barbie instead of being her non-blonde friends from the looks of the latest promo videos.
I feel like its the second era of Fashion Fever where names were dropped so Mattel could create different sculpt/skin tone combinations without having it be a locked in character since people have been getting sick of buying the same three dolls over and over again.
>tfw they gave Made to Move asian doll those terrible eye shapes used in the asian Fashionista that are always fucked up in the actual dolls instead of the Glam Night eyes
son of a bitch!
Yeah, she also goes by the name Kira. The asian version of Chelsea is also called Renee. There is also a recent black doll called Renee..
The black one also goes by Christy, Nikki and Asha.
I just think Mattel doesn't have a clue what they are doing and should just reboot and start from scratch as there are just too many confusing characters and relationships, like for example Midge got married and had a baby but now she is young and single again with no mention of her kids or partner.
The different names in this case don't refer to the character, but the name they've given that particular face mold. It makes it easier for Mattel than what they did with the previous 'barbie basic' line, which was given them numbers.
I do agree that Mattel needs to majorly overhaul the Barbie playline. Trouble is, at this point they are just shooting out in a million different directions and quality, creativity and the brand (not to mention sales!) are suffering for it.
even their animation is a mess.
You have a lot of the basic doll advertisement animation specials, which don't really have a canon. They haven't been related since the 80s.
You have LITD, which is supposed to star animated dolls, and largely refers to the history of the toys themselves, while making everyone act like an escaped mental patient. It also seems to be a bit self-depreciating, acknowledging that Barbie has had many careers yet letting us think she's unskilled at anything but runway modeling. They made a big deal out of her just getting a driver's license even though she was a racer at some point before.
The recent video blogs treat her as a living person, but she's a teenage girl.
The dolls themselves have never had a consistent canon. 60s Ken had a hunting outfit with a rifle, for fuck's sake. Names are changed due to lapsed trademarks, characters aren't much consistent in name or appearance, if they get a name at all.
The miniatures are cute, and it's nice that she is articulated, but the doll itself looks like a Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast memeber cosplaying Warhol.
A bit to bland for my taste, and so similar to Jailhouse Elvis Ken.
And she is Planitnum. So mostly the people who will mind to get her are going to be scalpers who want to re-sell her for 5x the original price.
Yeah I mean, I guess it isn't hurting anyone but it is kind of creepy? I click on this board accidentally so I just decided to look around, I'm just surprised I guess, try to see it from an outsiders perspective
No matter what way you spin it grown men playing with Barbies is a little weird...
>You guys are creepy...why am I here then? O-oh i-it was an accident! I don't come here too! I-I-I've t-totally never been here before!!
This reasoning never fails to make me laugh. If you're going to lurk a board you've 'never been to before' then just lurk for your answers. Don't ask stupid questions new/normfag.
Well I suppose that's fair, I still stand by what I said but I mean no disrespect. At least you don't give a fuck and I can respect that. I'll lurk these threads to find out moar about you guys though so don't be mad please.
What is the most common age on here anyways, I guess barbies do have a bit of cultural value, do you guys actually 'play' with the dolls (apart from the good old 4chan tomfoolery) or do you just shelf them?
Andy Warhol Barbie photos are up. Right now only Bloomingdales is selling her, I think.
I'm fairly certain this thread is split 50-50 as far as gender of the poster goes.
>playing with Barbies
Are you always this retarded or is it just when you're in an unfamiliar setting? Most of these dolls are collector dolls. That means they usually stay in the box or are on a shelf. The non-collector dolls are dressed up, customized, and what have you, but out of say 100 collectors, maybe 1 or 2 are actually playing with the dolls in the same sense as a child.
No one gives a shit about your outsider perspective, anon.
So, what the hell is going on with these 'Made to Move' dolls? I really want one but no where has them and I've been told by Mattel they are releasing next year yet a lot of people have them already as they bought them from Amazon and there are reviews on Youtube and other sites and how did they get them so early if they aren't coming out for another few months? Really confused.
Some places get small shipments of dolls prior to the wide release, which is how they end up on amazon or small toy shops periodically. I'd wait until they get a wide release unless you want to pay at least double retail.
I think her face looks better in the actual doll vs stock photos... I'm tempted but I'd rather save up for a few new dolls next year.
Not into Hunger Games, but I'd go for Mockingjay just for that sweet, sweet Barbie approved armor.
>Character is know for wielding a bow.
>Doll can't hold anything with eternally shitty open palmed Babs hands.
>For 3 doll versions of the same character.
>Because why, Matty?
Upcoming Barbie Basic. Sure, Mattel, use the prettier facemold for the doll with no articulation.
new playset. Bleh doll but that vanity looks fun in a 90s way
Ava DuVernay Barbie, apparently available tomorrow at Barbie Collection
>I miss the days when Barbie already had diversity and didn't sweat it. Now Mattel tries to appease the PC outrage blogosphere with pitiful crap like this.
>making a collector Barbie of a black celebrity instead of a generic playline black Barbie doll
>bloo bloo bloo PC
But it's not a celebrity, nobody gives a fuck about her, and the doll is a boring piece of shit with boring clothes. Nobody will buy it until it's $15 at Big Lots, they could have done an an actually relevant cool real celebrity with real clothes. GB2 tumblr, you are trash and we aren't Waste Management.
The point is that you're crying Tumblr over... what, exactly? Mattel making a collector black Barbie over a regular playline black Barbie?
Mattel didn't make this to ~*~*~appease PC outrage~*~*~. They originally made the doll for the recipients for some award event in New York. Mattel frequently makes special OOAK dolls for celebrities, award winners, basically any time they can get some publicity out of it. Photos of the dolls leaked, and people assumed Mattel was making them for wide release. In fact it was only a few weeks ago that Mattel announced they decided to go ahead and produce some of those 6 dolls for their collector line, including this one due to its popular reception online.
So go ahead and wildly rant about Tumblr and PC because Mattel is making a collector doll of an award winning director in clothes she's frequently seen in. It'll... make you happy? But then who knows if anything does.
What is going on at Mattel? They've fucked over every retailer this year with these Gold and Platinum dolls. Doll Genie and others all reserved slots (sold by Mattel, mind you) for these dolls and then they just fuck them over every time.
I hope all the people complaining about the Ava doll selling out and 'not being able to get (niece/daughter/etc) one for Christmas!!' realize that Mattel sells several black Barbies aimed for playtime at a more reasonable price, so it's not like this was their only chance to get a black doll? I know the Ava doll had more detail, particularly the braids, but the Fashionista dolls are a option, the Style dolls are an option, the Look collection, etc.
That's good of you, but the people who really wanted an Ava Duvernay doll don't want a black doll. They want a doll based on a moderately famous black woman who got awards for being black.
You could make a customised Angel toy from it
I'm cautiously optimistic about Mattel's fashion packs for this year and hopefully in the future. It seems like they're getting away from the strangely designed, oddly shaped, usually coated in glitter pieces from the past few years and producing more normal/probable clothes.
I only wish they would make a line of basic staple accessories and pieces, even if you had to order them on the Mattel shop. Like a simple cardigan that you could order in black, white, pink, etc or basic t-shirts or pants, that sort of thing.
I'd say wait for Made to Move and switch heads but the prototype for the only black Made to Move doll is a lot lighter.
speaking of Made to Move, they're on amazon for $15 right now, just purchased asian + brunette... I think the asian doll will match the LA Girl Fashionista so I might pick up another one for her.
found a pic... looks fairly matching?
Does anyone know of an articulateable body that will skin tone match with pick related? I cannot find a body to match her super pale skin tone.
Obitsu White may work, though I'm not exactly sure which doll youre posting. Its a very pale milky flesh tone and is somewhat thinner than the average Barbie but is still comparable. The 2 part body with the chest joint and all vinyl torso is generally the best fit for rebodying Barbies.
They're $14.99 at TRU. I just picked up the brunette. Is there a black doll? There's no pics of one on the box and they didn't have any there, despite having a ton of all the others.
Also I gotta say I really like the Made to Move body. She actually has some muscle tone and the joints hold fairly well.
Just pick up the Made to move Lea with the purple top. the match is close enough from what i remember of handling that doll in the pic before i donated her. she would be close enough to obitsu fleshtone/natural and DEFINITELY not white.
it's the Target exclusive and looks to be about Grace's skintone
So this is from one of the official Barbie instagrams. The black doll has the same hands as the Made to Move dolls. I wonder--and I really hope--if Mattel is planning on a release, similar to the Fashionista line, of basic Made to Move dolls in at least a few more skin tones, including a darker black doll.
So, I keep seeing the Style range floating around at Kmart and the boxes have all this stuff about the ankles and how they can wear flat shoes now. I'm a little sceptical, have they also altered the shoes specifically for these, or can dolls from the Style range wear older shoes too?
>oh come on Mattel.
Well to be fair Barbie's sales are in the shitter and they've already took out the black characters from international markets for the past few years (european Fashionista releases edited any dolls darker than teresa out of the packaging) so making the black option an exclusive is naturally what mattel would do...
They do fit the older shoes but the ankles can be weak so any high heels not covering the ankle can cause the doll to fall over.
Ok so this reminded me. I have a pair of boots like the ones she's wearing, but in black. I'd like to actually try to make them, but where do I get the plastic shoe lasts to glue the fabric uppers to? They're so spindly and thin I don't think I could possibly sculpt it myself and have it be sturdy.
so I want to add some blue to my LA Girl's hair, like she had in the promo shots. What's the best way to go about doing this?
Use masking tape to cover the scalp and other pieces of hair, and use acrylic paint to tint the blonde bits
Yes it comes across as a little creepy but I really don't understand all the backlash. Parents give their kids iPhones with Siri, Android phones with Google Now and Windows 10 laptops with Cortana, all of which record what you say and send that data off and no one gives a fuck about that but make Barbie do it and all Hell breaks loose. Ridiculous.
Barbie as always had a target on her back. Sure you can tell your kid they can be an astronaut or president if they want to be, but give them a doll who is dressed as such and your suddenly effecting the childs free will or something. Parents need to chill the fuck out sometimes and get educated.
I'm not saying they're aren't issues with the doll, like connecting to any wifi with "barbie" in the name automatically, was a horrible decision.
>Eat my psychic dick, dumblr.
Lol nope. You're implying that the reason they made the Ava Duvernay Barbie is to "appease PC outrage," which you're using the article to "prove" since the article mentions Mattel got positive press from the Ava Barbie, after they got negative press for Hello Barbie in the past 2 weeks.
The Ava Barbie was originally made in early 2015. The plans for mass production were put into motion shortly after because people loved the dolls they made for that event, and the doll was sold to the public before Hello Barbie was released, and before Hello Barbie was getting mass negative press.
Keep trying, though. Or crying.
Just carve up some cheap plastic shoes to glue the fabric shoes. i remember a pullip customizer using my scene shoe soles to glue fabric boot sleeves onto...
Got the asian and brunette Made to Move today.
Holy shit! I love this doll body. The new elbow joints are great--there's a more natural range of motion and I never knew I needed my dolls to be able to touch their face, but there it is.
I'm not crazy about the brunette's face (too playline) but I'm not sure what doll/head to get to replace it. I'm going to buy regular Made to Move Barbie as well so I can get a better idea of their skintones before I buy dolls just for their bodies.
New Gymnast Barbie. Who can do nothing but twirl her little ribbon.
Interesting critique of Hello Barbie that has nothing to do with security concerns: http://www.salon.com/2015/12/19/hello_barbies_war_on_imagination_the_childhood_destroying_gift_you_dont_want_to_give_your_kid/
Eh, it sounds like the typical technology is witchcraft bullshit you hear from your average suburban mom. The doll isn't meant to fucking replace anyone. It's an add-on, a substitute. If you as a mom are seriously concerned with BARBIE replacing you, you dun goofed long ago.
For those of you who buy accessories (hangers, mannequins, and the like) on eBay, what the fuck do I need to use as my keywords to get a clothing rack to pop up? I swear I can find ANYTHING else, but I can't find a clothing rack to save my life. I just wanna make a closet, dammit.
Try clothes rack instead of clothing rack. You'll have better luck and variety on Etsy than Ebay.
Does anyone have the sneak peak photos of the three new dolls? Soda Shop, Black and White and... something else.
here's a peek at Soda Shop
I just finished my first reroot. I'm so happy with the way she turned out. Right one is the original doll for comparison.
So, did anyone get any new Barbies for Christmas?
My friend gave me some mint condition 90s Barbies ('playline' collector aka Bo Beep Barbie, Rapunzel Barbie, etc) they found at an estate sale and my mom bought me the Target exclusive Made to Move doll.
And in mild controversy news: Mattel is getting flack because the job description for their new Dentist Barbie is actually a job description for a dental hygienist... aka cleaning, x-rays, etc.
Well i was lucky - i got the dolls shown in these posts:
The La Fashionista one's head and clothes were swapped onto the body of the Asian articulated figure's body.. And my friend bought me the Mocking Jay Katniss and Peeta dolls - which atm are still in the box cause i dont have a place to put two dolls and backgrounds.
That's great! Good present picking!
Some images of 2016 dolls have leaked
Mattel jumping on the Nova/Star Dolls/etc train. Looks somewhat 80s.
What a weird, 80s fake tan skin color
i'm quite excited for this one since
Technically MyScene dolls were their own line separate from regular Barbie. Every now and then they do a line like that, with its own plot and sub-lines separate from the more general and open ended Barbie line. The best two examples I can think of are the Life in the Dreamhouse dolls that were out recently and the Generation Girls dolls from 99 or so, both of which had Barbie as a character but both also had other cast members with distinct personalities and had a different look from other dolls out under the Barbie name (LinD being more cartoony faced than standard and GG being more realistic and youthful).
more 2016 playline dolls leaked. A few new careers: spaghetti chef (apparently she only makes spaghetti?) juice shop owner, baker and game developer.
oh wow, didn't see that. I guess she's a collector?
... Okay, now I kind of want to see Mattel release a "collector" Barbie who has a collection. I've seen some custom miniature Barbie collections and people using Hallmark ornaments but nothing official.
>tfw worked for american girl over the holidays and got a free christmas barbie because of it
mattel is good to their employees man, even a seasonal hire like me got a free barbie and american girl doll for the holidays
At some point I had a toy store playset for Barbie that had mini versions of Mattel toys. I still have the tiny Barbies, and I think my grandma kept the Cabbage Patch and Hot Wheels minis for her tiny bjd dolls. Original Polly Pocket and similar toys make good toys-for-toys too.