Main http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz Tue, 25 Jun 2019 08:00:00 GMT Q&A With Doll Design Showdown Designer Angel Kent! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/qa-doll-design-showdown-designer-angel-kent Tue, 25 Jun 2019 08:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/6/15/f66eba89-e4e3-4314-9fad-d4b4bda8ce42.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/6/15/f66eba89-e4e3-4314-9fad-d4b4bda8ce42.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p> By Allen Voivod</p> <p> The first-ever <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/2019-barbie-signature-doll-design-showdown-vote-exclusive-doll" target="_blank"><u>Barbie® Signature Doll Design Showdown</u></a> is also bringing to light the work of a previously-unheralded creative on the Barbie® design team – Angel Kent! All four designs competing for your vote are the product of Angel's imagination. To get you acquainted with him, Angel graciously took the time to answer our ten personal questions…</p> <p> <strong><em>How long have you been working at Mattel?</em></strong><br /> I started working here in the summer of 2017 after graduation, but my first work for Barbie® happened during my Mattel internship in the summer of 2016.</p> <p> <strong><em>What are some of your recent Barbie® doll projects?</em></strong><br /> Barbie® Dreamtopia Color Magic Mermaid doll, Barbie® Dreamtopia Merman doll, and many more to come which are not out yet.</p> <p> <strong><em>Where did you go for education/training in fashion design?</em></strong><br /> I studied Fashion Illustration as well as Toy Design in the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.</p> <p> <strong><em>Who are some of your favorite real-world fashion designers?</em></strong><br /> Gianni Versace, Donatella Versace, Roberto Cavalli, Alexander McQueen, Thierry Mugler, John Galliano, Zuhair Murad.</p> <p> <strong><em>What was your favorite Barbie® doll growing up?</em></strong><br /> Mermaid Fantasy™ Barbie® is my favorite Barbie® doll ever.</p> <p> <strong><em>How would you describe your design sensibility in three words?</em></strong><br /> Colorful, whimsical, pretty!</p> <p> <strong><em>Favorite Barbie® hair color: Blonde, brunette, or redhead?</em></strong><br /> Blonde forever, on all skin tones too, by the way.</p> <p> <strong><em>What’s your favorite Barbie® accessory to create?</em></strong><br /> I love gloves on Barbie.</p> <p> <strong><em>What doll design of yours are you the most proud of?</em></strong><br /> Barbie™ Dreamtopia Merman doll because he was my first toy ever and he’s exactly what I would have loved having as a child. Oh, but there was also an OOAK I created as my first project and she came out beautifully, if I may say so myself. I dreamt her and then brought her to life as a Blue Butterfly Fairy. She now lives in the El Segundo City Hall, and she’s the centennial anniversary gift from Mattel to the city where we make magic happen!</p> <p> <strong><em>If you could share one message with Barbie® doll collectors, what would it be?</em></strong><br /> They should know that their love for Barbie® is what breathes life into her.</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:4449a8b6-b8c6-4a0b-a210-a9437e435e34 2019 Barbie® Signature Doll Design Showdown: Vote for an Exclusive Doll! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/2019-barbie-signature-doll-design-showdown-vote-exclusive-doll Tue, 25 Jun 2019 08:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/8/1/288a6b9f-cd8a-4c84-91de-5f2905ffc5b9.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/8/1/288a6b9f-cd8a-4c84-91de-5f2905ffc5b9.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p> By Allen Voivod</p> <p> Getting to choose the design for a Barbie® Signature doll is a dream come true for most. And now, that dream is about to get real! We’re thrilled to announce the first-ever <strong>Barbie® Signature Doll Design Showdown</strong>.</p> <p> You’ll select the doll in two phases. Phase 1 consists of four design concepts. All you have to do is vote for your favorite! The poll for this phase will open on 6/25 and close on 7/8. So it’s already time to start voting!</p> <p>  </p> <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> <h3 style="text-align:center;"> <strong>Design Concept #1: Flight of Fashion</strong><strong style="font-size:12px;">™</strong></h3> <p style="text-align:center;"> <strong style="text-align:center;">Flight of Fashion</strong><strong>™ </strong>features a fantastical feathered look inspired by winged creatures both real and imagined. </p> <p>  </p> <div class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12" style="text-align:center;"> <img src="https://mattel.scene7.com/is/image/Mattel/Feather_couture 4_opt?&fmt=png-alpha&qlt=85&wid=600&resMode=sharp2" style="max-width:600px;" /></div> </div> <p>  </p> <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> <h3 style="text-align:center;"> <strong>Design Concept #2: Galaxy Glam</strong><strong style="font-size:12px;">™</strong></h3> <p style="text-align:center;"> The <strong>Galaxy Glam™</strong> fashion imagines what’s trending in intergalactic wear with bold silhouettes, lights, and looks that push the outer limits.</p> <div class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12" style="text-align:center;"> <img src="https://mattel.scene7.com/is/image/Mattel/Intergalactic_beauty_opt?&fmt=png-alpha&qlt=85&wid=600&resMode=sharp2" style="max-width:600px;" /></div> </div> <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> <h3 style="text-align:center;"> <strong>Design Concept #3: The Royal Court</strong></h3> <p style="text-align:center;"> <strong style="text-align:center;">The Royal Court </strong>showcases fashion inspired by royals with a distinctly modern twist.</p> <div class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12" style="text-align:center;"> <img src="https://mattel.scene7.com/is/image/Mattel/Royalty_opt?&fmt=png-alpha&qlt=85&wid=600&resMode=sharp2" style="max-width:600px;" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12" style="text-align:center;"> <p>  </p> </div> </div> <h3 style="text-align:center;"> <strong>Design Concept #4: Extreme Couture</strong><strong style="font-size:12px;">™</strong></h3> <p style="text-align:center;"> <b>Extreme Couture</b><strong style="text-align:center;">™</strong><b> </b>is a creative exploration that playfully fuses textures, colors, and silhouettes for a deliciously fresh fashion look.</p> <div class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12" style="text-align:center;"> <img src="https://mattel.scene7.com/is/image/Mattel/avant-garde_opt?&fmt=png-alpha&qlt=85&wid=600&resMode=sharp2" style="max-width:600px;" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12" style="text-align:center;"> <p> .</p> </div> <div class="col-xs-12" style="text-align:center;">  </div> </div> <p> The two sketches that receive the most votes will move on to the next phase of the Showdown! A couple of months after Phase 1 voting ends, Phase 2 voting will begin. You’ll be presented with a prototype version of each of the top two designs, and you’ll get to vote on which one you prefer. (Why the wait between voting phases, you may ask? Because it takes time to create by hand the physical prototypes of the dolls and the fashions they wear – and we want to make sure you see the best possible version of each one when it's time to vote again!)</p> <p> Please note: Voting will be open to all Barbie® fans, who may vote only once per voting phase. But only Barbie® Signature Platinum and Gold Status members will be able to purchase the final doll. (Not a member yet? <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-signature-membership" target="_blank"><u>Learn more and join now!</u></a>)</p> <p> Want more details? Read the sections below titled <em>What Is the Doll Design Showdown?</em> and <em>How to Vote for in the Doll Design Showdown</em> for more details, then vote today! And keep an eye on your email to see which designs move on to the prototype phase. (Make sure you're getting our emails by <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/EmailPreferencesView?catalogId=10104&langId=-1&storeId=10151" target="_blank"><u>checking your email preferences</u></a>. If you haven't signed up for our emails yet, just <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-signature#" target="_blank"><u>click here to get our email newsletter</u></a>.)</p> <p>  </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/doll-design-survey-1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/13/7/adf96adf-3b7c-40ff-9781-c7467eb446f8.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> <p align="center"> <strong>2019 Barbie® Signature Doll Design Showdown </strong><strong>Voting Schedule</strong></p> <table align="center" border="1" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="width:216px;height:23px;"> <p style="text-align:center;"> <strong>Round:</strong></p> </td> <td style="width:84px;height:23px;"> <p align="center"> <strong>Opens:</strong></p> </td> <td style="width:96px;height:23px;"> <p align="center"> <strong>Closes:</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:216px;height:23px;"> <p style="text-align:center;"> 1<sup>st</sup> Round: Design Concepts</p> </td> <td style="width:84px;height:23px;"> <p align="center"> <strong>6/25</strong></p> </td> <td style="width:96px;height:23px;"> <p align="center"> <strong>7/8</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:216px;height:24px;"> <p style="text-align:center;"> 2<sup>nd</sup> Round : Prototype Options</p> </td> <td style="width:84px;height:24px;"> <p align="center"> <strong>9/16*</strong></p> </td> <td style="width:96px;height:24px;"> <p align="center"> <strong>9/29*</strong></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>                                                                                     *Final voting dates subject to change.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <br />  </p> <p> <strong><em>What Is the Doll Design Showdown?</em></strong></p> <p> Barbie® Signature will manufacture and offer the Doll Design Showdown winning doll, chosen from pre-selected designs and prototypes by Barbie® fans. Anyone can participate, but we will only offer this doll for sale to Barbie® Signature Platinum and Gold Status members.</p> <p> We will conduct two polls, each lasting two weeks, in which anyone may vote for their preference of the offered choices. You may vote only once per poll. Be sure to vote before each poll closes! (<a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/qa-doll-design-showdown-designer-angel-kent" target="_blank"><u>Learn more about the designer, Angel Kent.</u></a>)</p> <p> When the final round of voting has been concluded, the winning choices will be used to manufacture the doll. <strong>Placing your votes is NOT a commitment to purchase the resulting doll</strong>, and voting in the polls is not required to purchase the resulting doll (but you must be a Barbie® Signature Platinum or Gold Status member to purchase the doll).</p> <p> In Q4, we will offer the winning Doll Design Showdown doll to Barbie® Signature Platinum and Gold Status members. Orders will be taken for approximately four weeks, and we will produce enough quantities to match the number of orders we receive – every Platinum and Gold Status members will have the opportunity to order and receive one. This means the item is made-to-order; made-to-order items may not reach you for approximately one (1) year after placing your order. Further details will be available when the doll is offered.</p> <p> Additionally, a minimum of 1,500 pre-orders are required for the winning doll to go into production. If the minimum pre-order threshold is not met, the doll will not go into production, and all pre-orders will be refunded.</p> <p> <strong><em>How to Vote in the Doll Design Showdown</em></strong></p> <p> 1. Review the calendar above to see when voting opens and closes for the two phases.<br /> 2. Membership is not required to vote. Simply click the “Vote Now” link above to be taken to the survey.<br /> 3. On the survey page, read the instructions, then place your vote. NOTE: You can only vote once per phase, and once cast, your vote cannot be changed – so consider carefully before placing your vote!<br /> 4.Check in at Barbie® Signature a few weeks after the polling phases end to see how the voting turned out, and don’t miss your chance to be a part of a new Barbie® creation!</p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p> <em>Please note: The dolls, fashions, and accessories depicted in the above images are design concepts. Final production design, colors, and textures may vary.</em></p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:c62c6120-ddfa-48d3-9664-b8032f0d9a50 Barbie® Black & White Forever™ Doll - Your Second 2019 BFMC® Doll! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/barbie-black-white-forever-doll-second-2019-bfmc-doll Tue, 04 Jun 2019 08:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/6/2/165b2b86-4446-4a07-b28d-8ce0f2a58c44.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/6/2/165b2b86-4446-4a07-b28d-8ce0f2a58c44.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p> By Allen Voivod</p> <p> Sixty years ago, a doll that changed the world debuted in black and white. Today, Barbie honors her past and looks to the future with the <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-black-and-white-forever-doll-fxf25" target="_blank"><u>Barbie® Black & White Forever™ Doll</u></a>! Featuring a vintage face sculpt and using the posable Silkstone® doll body for endless display possibilities, Barbie® Black & White Forever™ Doll is a perfect tribute to the doll that started it all.</p> <p> Following on the brightly colorful heels of <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-proudly-pink-doll-fxd50" target="_blank"><u>Barbie® Proudly Pink™ Doll</u></a>, the Barbie® Black & White Forever™ Doll is the second of two dolls in the 2019 Barbie® Fashion Model Collection. Since the debut of this line in 2000, Principal Designer Robert Best has added contemporary twists to classic couture, creating a timeless elegance with every new entry in this high-fashion series.</p> <p> You know, of course, how many events are being hosted in Barbie® doll's honor for her 60<sup>th</sup> anniversary! At one of the more formal occasions, Barbie® arrives in this floor-length satiny ball gown. Two luxurious satiny bows adorn the beautiful back, revealing a full black net petticoat. Those in attendance will recognize the significance of the design – it evokes the fashion she wore at the very beginning of her story. Amazing to think that a doll in a simple swimsuit could become the global fashion icon before you now, wearing such a stunning couture creation!</p> <p> When dressing for elegance, it's not about <em>all</em> the accessories so much as it is the <em>right</em> accessories. Barbie® keeps it simply chic with rhinestone and faux-pearl drop earrings, and adds a dash of drama with satiny opera gloves. Even her platinum up-do features jet-black streaks, to carry through the black-and-white theme.</p> <p> She's in the online shop now, and Barbie® Signature Platinum Status members will have the first opportunity to get her, beginning June 4<sup>th</sup>. Gold Status members will join the fun on June 7<sup>th</sup>, and on June 10<sup>th</sup> she'll be available for everyone.</p> <p> Like previous Barbie® Fashion Model Collection dolls before her, the <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-black-and-white-forever-doll-fxf25" target="_blank"><u>Barbie® Black & White Forever™ Doll</u></a> comes with a doll stand and Certificate of Authenticity. But really, you can tell just by looking at her where she's from, how far she's come, and how much further she can go! Now, it's your turn to go – to the online shop, that is, and add her to your collection today!</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:276d5ef3-e907-4a95-8403-c37655b0f269 Barbie Timeline 1974-1978! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/barbie-timeline-1974-1978 Thu, 30 May 2019 08:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/5/0/55595c44-6d1f-4689-80b1-dc5ac2d6cc9f.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/5/0/55595c44-6d1f-4689-80b1-dc5ac2d6cc9f.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> By Chris Varaste</p> <p> The year was 1974 and it was Barbie® doll’s 16<sup>th</sup> birthday! This was the first year Mattel celebrated Barbie® by releasing a special promotional doll called <em>Sweet 16™ Barbie®</em>.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/3/10/a337ec56-3008-492e-9a2e-731da00d1f33.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/3/10/a337ec56-3008-492e-9a2e-731da00d1f33.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> She came in two different packages: the main doll came in her pink “Swiss” style dress with white polka dots and the second version included a special bonus outfit consisting of a yellow tank top with the Sweet 16 logo along with a pair of denim shorts. <span style="text-align:center;">Both versions also came with blush to highlight Barbie® doll’s cheeks. </span><em style="text-align:center;">Sweet 16™ Barbie®</em><span style="text-align:center;"> was an instant hit with the burgeoning Barbie® market; practically everyone who had owned a Barbie wanted this special commemorative doll. She was fresh and contemporary with blonde hair and centered eyes with painted lashes.</span></p> <p> Also new to the line this year was <em>Sun Valley™ Barbie®</em> made from the popular <em>Malibu Barbie®</em> sculpt. <em>Sun Valley™ Barbie®</em> continued the sporty Malibu theme with a suntan and an orange and yellow jumper, a pair of skis, and ski poles. <em>Sun Valley™ Barbie®</em> was the first of the sports-oriented dolls featured as the <em>Sports Set</em> dolls. As presented in 1973, Barbie doll’s new clothing line featured Best Buy and Get-Ups ‘N Go fashions, including six Sears Department Store exclusives.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/14/14/6e5051a8-0388-4720-8e89-f8fcec5229f5.Full.jpg?1" style="text-align:center;" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/14/14/6e5051a8-0388-4720-8e89-f8fcec5229f5.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/6/6/46164949-b5cf-40fa-86fc-6ed284e59e4e.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/6/6/46164949-b5cf-40fa-86fc-6ed284e59e4e.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> Meanwhile, a huge multinational sporting event was celebrated February 4–15, 1976. Barbie® doll, still using the Malibu sculpt, was a major contender in several different categories! Appearing on store shelves in 1975, she was available as a <em>Gold Medal Barbie</em><em>® Skater</em> with a red, white, and blue tricot bodysuit, white ice skates, and a gold medal.As presented in 1973, Barbie doll’s new clothing line featured Best Buy and Get-Ups ‘N Go fashions, including six Sears Department Store exclusives. Barbie® also won as <em>Gold Medal Barbie® Skier</em> wearing a knit ski suit with white ski boots, yellow skis, and blue ski poles! </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/14/1/6e2d556f-da8d-4176-a102-ae93242b7355.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/14/1/6e2d556f-da8d-4176-a102-ae93242b7355.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/8/9/f8b20b89-5a54-47a0-a9e7-429620736a78.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/8/9/f8b20b89-5a54-47a0-a9e7-429620736a78.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> There was nothing Barbie® couldn’t do, and her athletic streak continued for 1975’s <em>Free Moving™ Barbie®</em>, wearing a white knit pantsuit and white tennis shoes, and packed with a tennis racquet, golf club and a tennis/golf ball.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/4/11/e4e417ac-0572-42be-ab1e-eb53b149629e.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/4/11/e4e417ac-0572-42be-ab1e-eb53b149629e.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> Also new in 1975 was a tropical addition to the Barbie® doll line called <em>Hawaiian Barbie®. Hawaiian Barbie®</em> was a mainstay through the rest of the 1970s due to her immense popularity. She came with a pink flower in her jet black hair and wore a two-piece floral swimsuit with a long "grass" skirt. Accessories included a ukulele and white lei. Collectors couldn’t get enough of her, and she reappeared in subsequent years with slight alterations to her body sculpt and attire. </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/7/2/57454acc-ad64-413e-a230-1a1e07076b95.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/7/2/57454acc-ad64-413e-a230-1a1e07076b95.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> Returning to her roots as a prima ballerina in 1976, Barbie reclaimed the stage as <em>Ballerina Barbie®</em>, a beautiful doll in a white satin and tulle tutu with gold braiding on the edges, with a bouquet of red roses and a golden crown. She also sported white ballet slippers. <em>Ballerina Barbie®</em> was also available as a department store exclusive called <em>Ballerina Barbie® on Tour</em>. This version came with mix-and-match outfits that included <em>Snowflake Fairy</em>, also sold separately. </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/10/13/6afe6646-ecb1-4570-9d1d-582fa21ac3ae.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/10/13/6afe6646-ecb1-4570-9d1d-582fa21ac3ae.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> <em>Ballerina Barbie®</em> also came with her own exclusive fashions including <em>Ballerina Barbie® Sugar Plum Fairy</em>  and <em>Ballerina Barbie® Ballerina Princess Aurora.</em> (All her ballet outfits were exquisitely made with heavy detailing and lots of tulle!</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/14/8/7e240c8d-cec4-42e0-9888-1274dfcbe45d.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/14/8/7e240c8d-cec4-42e0-9888-1274dfcbe45d.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/13/2/2d7b9c15-f2e7-4b50-b205-f14ab497d6f5.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/13/2/2d7b9c15-f2e7-4b50-b205-f14ab497d6f5.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/13/4/bd88cdae-9072-4956-94d1-aec55cef9e87.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/13/4/bd88cdae-9072-4956-94d1-aec55cef9e87.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> Leftover Barbie® dolls were also available in 1976 sold as “<em>Baggie Barbie dolls</em>.” They included “<em>Baggie” Action Barbie®</em> with the TNT face sculpt in a simple swimsuit.</p> <p style="text-align:center;">  <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/1/14/012317ec-4031-47ea-8e7c-7b7a9b61e9db.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/1/14/012317ec-4031-47ea-8e7c-7b7a9b61e9db.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> By 1977, the Barbie® world was in for a super surprise! This was a very special year in the Barbie® timeline because Barbie went through a terrific reinvention and was released as <em>Superstar Barbie®</em> <em>doll</em>, one of the most successful face sculpts in Barbie history.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/8/11/d8d4a541-70ab-4166-ab7d-c5782eeceba2.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/8/11/d8d4a541-70ab-4166-ab7d-c5782eeceba2.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> <em>Superstar Barbie®</em> was a huge departure from her predecessors in the 1970s. Once again, she was featured as a fashion model with a glamorous new look and posable bent arms. The lovely doll wore a hot pink satin floor-length gown accessorized with a plush pink and silver boa. <em>Superstar Barbie®</em> sparkled from head to toe with “diamond” earrings, necklace, and ring. The first dolls were a sensation and sold out quickly, along with exclusive fashions made just for them, including <em>Spotlight on Romantic White </em>and <em>Superstar Barbie® Dramatic Black and Silver Shimmer!</em></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/13/13/ed906fb1-365f-491c-bd30-02c0a924a8b3.Full.jpg?1" style="text-align:center;" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/13/13/ed906fb1-365f-491c-bd30-02c0a924a8b3.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/3/0/63316716-e307-40c5-90b7-72f4b1fb62b9.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/3/0/63316716-e307-40c5-90b7-72f4b1fb62b9.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> Another surprise hit with fans was <em>Equestrienne Barbie®</em>, released in 1977 with a horseback riding outfit that featured a riding crop and boots along with a red top for riding her horse Dancer. </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/8/8/98eb011b-a288-4dca-9822-5fe2cb53899a.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/8/8/98eb011b-a288-4dca-9822-5fe2cb53899a.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> Also in 1977, a transitional doll was released with both the TNT and Superstar face sculpts called <em>Beautiful Bride Barbie®</em>. The TNT model featured rooted eyelashes while the Superstar version did not. Both wore a fresh bridal outfit with an off-the-face veil. </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/5/15/15c6c444-da08-43de-bfbf-102b68e9bfe6.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/5/15/15c6c444-da08-43de-bfbf-102b68e9bfe6.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> <em>Superstar Barbi</em>e<em>®</em> was an unsurpassed hit with her fans and returned in 1978 in different fashions and department store giftsets! Must-haves from the period include <em>Superstar Barbie® in the Spotlight Fashions</em>, which came with the doll and several shimmering fashions in a special set.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/13/11/cd2dcc63-b605-4e04-9bc5-b88399939c8f.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/13/11/cd2dcc63-b605-4e04-9bc5-b88399939c8f.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> There was also a much-sought-after <em>Superstar Barbie® and Superstar Ken®</em> two-doll gift set featuring Barbie® in her superstar attire and the new Superstar Ken®. There were also different Superstar Barbie® dolls in glittering outfits sold as store exclusives, as well as separate fashions just for <em>Superstar Barbie</em>.</p> <p style="text-align:center;">  <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/15/5/8f921a86-ccb2-495f-b543-5f066250dbf0.Full.jpg?1" style="text-align:center;" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/15/5/8f921a86-ccb2-495f-b543-5f066250dbf0.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/2/6/82bc6b9e-ea64-48b4-a64f-e47c5d93b2f1.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/2/6/82bc6b9e-ea64-48b4-a64f-e47c5d93b2f1.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/4/1/6404a0e4-75b4-49d0-91e5-dc537b2adbe7.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/4/1/6404a0e4-75b4-49d0-91e5-dc537b2adbe7.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> Alongside all the Superstar dolls and fashions appeared another beautiful doll using the Superstar face sculpt called <em>Fashion Photo™ Barbie®. </em><em>Fashion Photo™ Barbie®</em> was a fashion model that came with a play camera plus pictures, wearing a golden knit bodysuit with a yellow, red, and fuchsia overskirt and Superstar Barbie-style jewelry!</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/15/8/ff678720-07fd-4e01-8835-a61317e7ca6a.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/15/8/ff678720-07fd-4e01-8835-a61317e7ca6a.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> As a throwback to the earlier dolls of the 1970s, Mattel also released a <em>Deluxe Quick Curl™ Barbie® doll. </em>The <em>Deluxe Quick Curl™ Barbie® doll</em> wore a dress similar to her predecessor in a shade of sky blue. She was also equipped for hair play with a hairpiece, brush, comb, curler, and two ribbons.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/6/10/a61f43ae-650e-434f-8a3f-00d696e6d2fc.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/6/10/a61f43ae-650e-434f-8a3f-00d696e6d2fc.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> During the same year, 1978, an unusual Barbie® doll using the TNT face sculpt appeared on the European market called <em>Partytime™ Barbie®. </em>She had both rooted and painted eyelashes with her hair parted in the middle, wearing an evening party gown with a golden lamé top and an orange tricot skirt with a golden lace overlay. Due to her rarity, <em>Partytime™ Barbie®</em> commands high prices on the secondary market for the lucky collector who can find her! All the dolls from this transitional period are highly valued and sought after by devoted collectors.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/10/5/3aa0f054-596f-47cc-a595-6595e385eb3e.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/10/5/3aa0f054-596f-47cc-a595-6595e385eb3e.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/13/14/ed7c9847-7a07-4641-8eef-e67b274ff2fe.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/13/14/ed7c9847-7a07-4641-8eef-e67b274ff2fe.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:7dc49798-21fd-42f6-af7d-9ac102e7d37f Coming Soon: A Special Barbie® Signature Event! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/coming-soon-special-barbie-signature-event Fri, 24 May 2019 08:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/10/3/9a8689f1-156e-4a30-83b0-8323de280f70.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/10/3/9a8689f1-156e-4a30-83b0-8323de280f70.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p> By Allen Voivod</p> <p> Barbie® Signature is about to try something new … something daring … something bold. In other words, something worthy of Barbie® and her stunning history as a global fashion icon!</p> <p> We’re making the final preparations now, and we wanted to let you know that something big is in the works so you can get ready for it. Why, you may ask? Because YOU will play a starring role in the event!</p> <p> Want to be among the first to know when we reveal the details? <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/EmailPreferencesView?catalogId=10104&langId=-1&storeId=10151"><u>Check your email preferences here</u></a> to make sure you're on the list! If you haven't signed up for our emails yet, just <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-signature#" target="_blank"><u>click here to get our email newsletter</u></a>.</p> <p> Every Barbie® fan around the world will be able to participate in the event. However, Barbie® Signature Platinum and Gold Status members will have access to something special, an exclusive opportunity that will only be available to members, and only for a limited time.</p> <p> If you’re not a member yet, now is a great time to <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-signature-membership" target="_blank"><u>learn more and join!</u></a> On top of this exclusive new benefit, you have the opportunity to save up to $120 every 12 months on dolls in the Barbie® Signature online shop, access to exclusive content, and so much more.</p> <p> So get ready for a big announcement in the coming weeks. We can’t wait to share it with you!</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:68453c2b-b65f-4455-bcb6-1788e221f241 Members-Only Sneak Peek at the Second 2019 BFMC® Doll! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/members-only-sneak-peek-second-2019-bfmc-doll Tue, 14 May 2019 08:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/6/6/863c7b2f-5a78-4dd0-b61b-1b6281c75ecb.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/6/6/863c7b2f-5a78-4dd0-b61b-1b6281c75ecb.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> The black-and-white bathing suit Barbie® first wore when she took the world by storm in 1959 has become an enduring stylistic inspiration for the global icon. Now, Robert Best has created a new take on the combo for the Barbie® Fashion Model Collection!</p> <p> The second doll in the BFMC® for 2019 is Barbie® Black and White Forever™ Doll, and as a Barbie® Signature member you'll have the opportunity to add her to your own collection before she's available to the general public! Her arrival is anticipated later this June in the online shop. For now, enjoy a first look at this contemporary twist on a classic couture design.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/8/5/c80c52fa-861f-4c5d-a5a6-9d85582884b0.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/8/5/c80c52fa-861f-4c5d-a5a6-9d85582884b0.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/2/5/a276cec1-1453-4aca-b504-00854d4c8250.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/2/5/a276cec1-1453-4aca-b504-00854d4c8250.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/5/10/b5d4bd7b-c0de-4332-aa70-88cfb606cb23.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/5/10/b5d4bd7b-c0de-4332-aa70-88cfb606cb23.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/1/15/31508cab-5a14-4142-8f94-061eb2c85c0d.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/1/15/31508cab-5a14-4142-8f94-061eb2c85c0d.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:e42f9ca3-ae80-43c4-8ddf-554f9d07a628 Barbie Timeline 1969-1973 http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/barbie-timeline-1969-1973 Mon, 06 May 2019 08:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/12/10/acb982ab-0261-4cd1-aac8-7cbfd5c57571.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/12/10/acb982ab-0261-4cd1-aac8-7cbfd5c57571.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> By Chris Varaste</p> <p> It was the end of Barbie® doll’s first era! The 1960s were winding down and new changes were afoot in the 1970s. Outdoor life was encouraged. Camping, skiing, and definitely swimming were the new normal. Naturally, fashion trends began to acclimate to this health-oriented climate and Barbie was no exception! She ended the 1960s with a bang, preparing her fans for a new era in Barbie collecting.</p> <p> The end of the sixties was a major transition period for Barbie doll and her designers. She was ready for change and Mattel agreed by beginning a shift to the new era. Starting with the most popular doll they made notable changes. The <em>Twist n’ Turn Barbie</em> was the first to receive a trendy makeover by sporting a flip hairstyle instead of her long tresses. <em>The TNT Flip,</em> as she is called, received a winner’s welcome. She was stunning and contemporary with a whole array of new fashions to accommodate her new look. <em>Talking Barbie</em> also went through a makeover with a becoming new hairstyle.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/0/13/b0089037-9acf-4988-8d0e-41c60386d5f4.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/0/13/b0089037-9acf-4988-8d0e-41c60386d5f4.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p>  </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/14/13/2e26130e-8803-4001-bd9a-91d223d78492.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/14/13/2e26130e-8803-4001-bd9a-91d223d78492.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/12/11/1cd9363c-012e-4485-abdb-bb9be012b00d.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/12/11/1cd9363c-012e-4485-abdb-bb9be012b00d.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> She epitomized chic! To welcome 1969 in style, Mattel lavished an extraordinary wardrobe on her with exciting fashions like <em>All That Jazz™ </em>and <em>Nite Lightening</em>! Barbie also became the proud new owner of a Ward’s exclusive kitchen and a fabulous sleek new sports car! </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/11/0/ebd01120-7706-4b1e-9017-686c7a30256f.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/11/0/ebd01120-7706-4b1e-9017-686c7a30256f.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> Before the year ended, Barbie’s design team had already made big plans for Barbie in the 1970s, debuting a new doll called <em>New Living Barbie</em> or <em>Dramatic Living Barbie.</em></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/15/13/3f54db85-76b1-4b19-9d08-83616de9787b.Full.jpg?1" style="text-align:center;" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/15/13/3f54db85-76b1-4b19-9d08-83616de9787b.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> Now, Barbie was even more posable than ever. She also had a hairstyle adjustment, sporting bangs and straight long hair. She could bend and pose in countless new ways to display her new fashions, including popular outfits like <em>Flower Power</em>, <em>Tangerine Scene</em>, <em>Cool Casuals, </em><em style="text-align:center;">Lemon Kick</em><span style="text-align:center;"> and </span><em style="text-align:center;">Red, White and Warm</em>– all of which have been expertly reproduced by Barbie designers for a new generation to enjoy!</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/5/4/c53299b3-e141-4da5-b433-cdfa99dd8fcf.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/5/4/c53299b3-e141-4da5-b433-cdfa99dd8fcf.Large.jpg?1" /></a>,</p> <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/12/9/4c12c870-f884-4684-a984-3ccc87b7a9a8.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/12/9/4c12c870-f884-4684-a984-3ccc87b7a9a8.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p> That was only the beginning of the new era. Barbie doll’s popularity made it clear to her fans that she was in a Barbie world and soon, some wonderful new additions began to accentuate her new sporty lifestyle! For starters, Barbie received the cool and extra groovy <em>Café Today.</em></p> <p>  <em>Café Today</em> was decades ahead of its time, as a place to reconvene with friends while enjoying a nice latte! The structure was adorned with exclamations that reflected 1970. It was the beginning of a very cool era!</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/14/0/ded1eea4-a351-4d7c-a0d9-968fd164b14a.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/14/0/ded1eea4-a351-4d7c-a0d9-968fd164b14a.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> By the time 1971 arrived, Barbie had already adjusted to the new culture and was a trendsetter in her own right. Suddenly, an entire new line of Barbie dolls arrived on toy store shelves—The <em>Sunset Malibu</em> series. They were unlike any Barbie dolls before them and began a whole new generation of Barbie collecting. All Barbie collectors are familiar with the first and most popular doll from 1971—<em>Malibu Barbie</em>! </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/2/12/62a2b547-25c9-43b0-9c31-4213b26d5a61.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/2/12/62a2b547-25c9-43b0-9c31-4213b26d5a61.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p>  <em>Malibu Barbie</em> used the Stacey face mold to show off pearly white teeth, and had a sun-drenched suntan. She arrived with sunglasses, a beach towel, and swimsuit, ready to hit the waves! <em>Malibu Barbie</em> wasn’t just a new doll, she was an entirely new concept, bringing with her all her friends and family, each sporting suntans. No wonder she remained a bestseller for most of the 1970s! Mattel made sure <em>Malibu Barbie</em> had everything she needed for a life of fun in the sun, too. <em>Malibu Barbie</em> would go on to receive a country camper and a ski lodge for her active lifestyle.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/14/13/7eea7953-41af-46c0-bdf7-20f3709d66f2.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/14/13/7eea7953-41af-46c0-bdf7-20f3709d66f2.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p>  </p> <p> In addition to the <em>Sunset Malibu</em> series, a bevy of newcomers arrived in the Barbie line. <em>Live Action Barbie</em> became an instant icon in her fringe accessorized tie-dyed outfit and headband.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/7/4/d79cb41c-0b22-4d0c-9432-a39c928fcde1.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/7/4/d79cb41c-0b22-4d0c-9432-a39c928fcde1.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p> She had a new body that, when placed on her stand, would vibrate and rock n’ roll! <em>Live Action Barbie</em> was a major hit for the Barbie line because she perfectly reflected the fashion trends on the horizon. She was not alone, however. <em>Live Action Barbie</em> was joined by her friends P.J., Ken, and Christie for what was possibly the very first Barbie rock ‘n roll band. With movable waists and wrists, they could dance to the records that accompanied some of them in giftsets! The other notable change about <em>Live Action Barbie</em> was her centered eyes. Barbie always had a sideways glance until 1971 when all the new dolls came with eyes looking straight ahead!</p> <p> Music wasn’t exclusive to <em>Live Action Barbie</em> and her pals. Music was part of a cultural movement and defined fashion and lifestyle. Barbie doll was the first to introduce music as part of her fashion sense with the wonderful <em>Fashions ‘n Sounds</em> line.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/13/10/ad5b905c-0987-48de-8acd-c3d3ab55882d.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/13/10/ad5b905c-0987-48de-8acd-c3d3ab55882d.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> This particular line gave Barbie doll’s pals three exceptional fashions and accompanying records. It was definitely a dynamite time to be a Barbie collector! The other Barbie doll with centered eyes that accrued her own fan base and popularity was the magnificent <em>Growin’ Pretty Hair Barbie</em>!</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/6/10/2626e69b-9bcb-43ef-8a19-2c945297ea5a.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/6/10/2626e69b-9bcb-43ef-8a19-2c945297ea5a.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> <em>Growin’ Pretty Hair Barbie</em> was all about wild 1970s hairstyles—the more extravagant the better! She came with a long lock of hair in the center of her head that could be pulled out or retracted. She also had her own wiglets and hair accessories to accommodate different styles. Sporting super-long eyelashes and wearing a pink party dress, she was unlike any Barbie ever produced!</p> <p> Among the many gifts Mattel bestowed exclusively for Barbie included <em>Dancer</em>, her very first horse. </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/6/4/f6cc918d-e247-4fd9-84db-ecc76f4f3fd2.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/6/4/f6cc918d-e247-4fd9-84db-ecc76f4f3fd2.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p> Again, horseback riding reflected the theme of the great outdoors. Along with <em>Dancer</em>, Barbie doll also received a <em>Country Camper</em>. Designed with the <em>Sunset Malibu</em> dolls in mind, this again focused on getting Barbie in touch with nature. It was one of Barbie doll’s most popular vehicles, equipped with everything she needed for a camping trip. On the home front, Barbie doll’s designers also created a magical <em>Carousel Kitchen</em> that came with a dishwasher and other accoutrements designed to make cooking a breeze for busy Barbie. The <em>Carousel Kitchen</em> was a Ward’s exclusive, hence, its high price on the secondary market.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/8/2/48f7fd71-b3ad-44ff-829d-462962e8b563.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/8/2/48f7fd71-b3ad-44ff-829d-462962e8b563.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p> Well into the 1970s, Barbie doll’s designers continued to create dolls that would reflect oncoming cultural trends. Beginning in 1972, all-new and original Barbie items hit the market, beginning with the first reproduction <em>Montgomery Ward’s Ponytail Barbie</em>. There was also a <em>Barbie Beauty Center.</em></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/12/12/7c57543a-7249-41f5-bc06-cc8ed2516152.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/12/12/7c57543a-7249-41f5-bc06-cc8ed2516152.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> Created with the centered-eyed face mold, the Beauty Center was an almost-life-size Barbie doll head which came with a variety of hair and make-up accessories to create the Barbie of your dreams. The <em>Barbie Beauty Center</em> was another instant hit with Barbie fans, for it allowed endless hours of experimentation and play.</p> <p> Not straying from the new theme of movement and a sporty lifestyle, another new Barbie also appeared on store shelves in 1972. Called <em>Walk Lively Barbie</em>, she could walk with just a press on the plate in her back.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/8/3/98e7a31f-1f2d-4d9e-a302-d5bf2dde94a4.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/8/3/98e7a31f-1f2d-4d9e-a302-d5bf2dde94a4.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> <em>Walk Lively Barbie</em> also sported centered eyes and a new hairstyle, setting her apart from her predecessors. The <em>Walk Lively</em> theme gave collectors so many ways to pose and play with Barbie that in 1972, a similar doll was created called <em>Busy Barbie</em>.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/13/2/dd657e5d-456c-42d7-829f-81505693f655.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/13/2/dd657e5d-456c-42d7-829f-81505693f655.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p>  Again, adhering to the theme of animation, <em>Busy Barbie</em> also came with her own accessories. She had so much to carry and accomplish, she was busy indeed! Among other fan favorites from 1972 are the adorable <em>Barbie Put Ons n’ Pets</em> series.This series consisted of three pets with matching outfits for Barbie. Included was a beige hound (<em>Hot Togs</em>), a black poodle (<em>Poodle Doodles</em>), and a fluffy white cat (<em>Kitty Kapers</em>). This series lasted for one year and is now incredibly hard to find but lucky is the collector who has the whole set!</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/12/8/9cf068ec-56d2-43e7-a8be-6db0c01d9e9b.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/12/8/9cf068ec-56d2-43e7-a8be-6db0c01d9e9b.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> <em>Busy Barbie</em> was joined in 1973 by <em>Talking Busy Barbie</em>! Now, she could state her needs and go about her business with her articulated hands! Also new on toy store shelves was <em>Quick Curl Barbie.</em></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/9/9/e9561e43-1a4e-47e2-b9b4-eb4bef0e8e9a.Full.jpg?1" style="text-align:center;" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/9/9/e9561e43-1a4e-47e2-b9b4-eb4bef0e8e9a.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> Now, hair play was easier than ever! <em>Quick Curl Barbie</em> came with wires in her hair that could be curled into any number of hairstyles. All it took was the styling brush that came with the doll! <em>Quick Curl Barbie</em> also came in a country-style pink polka dot dress—a staple in the 1970s closet of a young girl.</p> <p> Never straying from their most popular doll—<em>Malibu Barbie</em>—Mattel also released an easy-to-assemble <em>Camping Out Tent</em> with everything Barbie needed to spend a night under the stars! In addition, <em>Malibu Barbie</em> was also gifted with a <em>Fun in the Sun Pool</em> that could hold water and came with floats to relax in! For her new country lifestyle, Barbie doll’s designers also created a fabulous <em>Country Livin’ House</em> so Barbie would have a retreat after her skiing adventures and camping trips!</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/13/3/2d410ce7-9667-4d26-b33c-67263b9f5543.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/13/3/2d410ce7-9667-4d26-b33c-67263b9f5543.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/15/4/0fd034f6-16d0-430d-8422-2862505394fa.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/15/4/0fd034f6-16d0-430d-8422-2862505394fa.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> The end of 1973 spelled the arrival of the baggy Barbie dolls. The “baggies,” as collectors like to call them, consisted of leftover stock from earlier years that was sealed in see-through bags with a tag. Although they weren’t the most popular, baggy Barbie and friends command a high price on the secondary market due to their rarity and the treasures they contained!</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:c513c32f-6d10-4c95-9073-b81dd1adad62 Keith Haring X Barbie® Celebrates Haring’s Life and Work! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/keith-haring-x-barbie-celebrates-harings-life-work Tue, 16 Apr 2019 08:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/2/6/12cb7b5c-48b8-49a6-8637-333361081cc1.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/2/6/12cb7b5c-48b8-49a6-8637-333361081cc1.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p> By Allen Voivod</p> <p> With a shared passion for everything pop, Barbie® celebrates the artistic impact of renowned artist Keith Haring, whose colorful work continues to inspire and delight! <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/keith-haring-barbie-fxd87" target="_blank"><u>Keith Haring X Barbie® Doll</u></a> honors Haring’s life and legacy with a fashion that embodies his distinct visual language.</p> <p> Keith Haring shook the 1980s art scene with his unique style and impactful designs – his subway drawings drew the eyes of thousands of Americans who would later recognize his work in the form of murals, sculptures, and apparel design. Haring’s dynamic work, composed of bold lines and vivid colors, did much to shape the fashion of the 1980s, and his unparalleled style continues to inspire, long after.</p> <p> Featuring iconic illustrations by the esteemed artist, <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/keith-haring-barbie-fxd87" target="_blank"><u>Keith Haring X Barbie® Doll</u></a> pays tribute to Haring’s work with a head-to-toe graphic ensemble. Layered over a mesh tank, Barbie® doll wears an off-the-shoulder sweatshirt featuring Haring’s famed ‘Radiant Baby.’ Haring’s dancing figures are depicted on Barbie® doll’s crisp, white stiletto boots with black soles, and in an all-over print on her electric-pink pants.</p> <p> Bright details, including silvery hoop earrings with details inspired by Haring’s ‘Radiant Baby,’ multi-colored bangles, and red sunglasses, make the perfect pairing to the artist’s vibrant palette. Barbie® also carries a metallic purse with a boom box illustration, wears her hair in a top-knot twisted braid, and completes this bold look with colorful makeup.</p> <p> Haring’s work continues to touch the lives of new generations – just like Barbie® does! That’s why <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/keith-haring-barbie-fxd87" target="_blank"><u>Keith Haring X Barbie® Doll</u></a> is both a collectible treasure and a definitive celebration of two timeless pop-culture icons. As a Gold Label™ doll, she will only be produced in limited quantities, so get yours today in the online shop!</p> <p>  </p> <p> © Keith Haring Foundation. www.haring.com. Licensed by Artestar, New York.</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:9e86a1f2-a55e-48f5-b5ef-de62729d1d35 Ten Personal Questions for Five Barbie® Signature Doll Designers! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/ten-personal-questions-five-barbie-signature-doll-designers Wed, 20 Mar 2019 08:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/15/13/af0d8e85-2130-4ef0-9d6b-f34c7ca3db21.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/15/13/af0d8e85-2130-4ef0-9d6b-f34c7ca3db21.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> If you’ve followed Barbie® Signature for any length of time, you’re familiar with designers like Robert Best, Bill Greening, Linda Kyaw, and Carlyle Nuera. But they’re not the only talented people designing Barbie® dolls for adult collectors!</p> <p> You may not be as familiar with Amy Lee, Lauri Sipos, Connie Tsai, Kelley Lindberg and Caroline DeMersseman, so we thought you’d like to get to know them a little better!</p> <p> We posed ten questions to them about their background, their fashion sensibilities, things they love about Barbie® dolls old and new, and much more. Enjoy!</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/10/14/aa440bb4-d340-43f6-bec1-1048224df0fa.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/10/14/aa440bb4-d340-43f6-bec1-1048224df0fa.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> <strong>Amy Lee</strong></p> <p> <strong><em>How long have you been working at Mattel?</em></strong></p> <p> Twelve years.</p> <p> <strong><em>What are some of your recent Barbie® doll projects? </em></strong></p> <p> Mermaid Enchantress™ Doll, most of the Dreamtopia dolls/playsets including Royal Ball Princess™, Sparkle Lights Mermaid, and Brush ‘n Sparkle Unicorn.</p> <p> <strong><em>Where did you go for education/training in fashion design? </em></strong></p> <p> Otis College of Art and Design/ BA -Fashion Design.</p> <p> <strong><em>Who are some of your favorite real-world fashion designers? </em></strong></p> <p> Karl Lagerfeld, Oscar de la Renta, Jeremy Scott.</p> <p> <strong><em>What was your favorite Barbie® doll growing up?</em></strong></p> <p> Twirly Curl Barbie.</p> <p> <strong><em>How would you describe your design sensibility in three words?</em></strong></p> <p> Fun, colorful, glittery.</p> <p> <strong><em>Favorite Barbie® hair color: Blonde, brunette, or redhead? </em></strong></p> <p> All – and fantasy colors.</p> <p> <strong><em>What’s your favorite Barbie® accessory to create? </em></strong></p> <p> Princess tiaras.</p> <p> <strong><em>What doll designs of yours are you the most proud of? </em></strong></p> <p> OOAK Katy Perry doll, Mermaid Enchantress™, Computer Engineer Barbie®.</p> <p> <strong><em>If you could share one message with Barbie® doll collectors, what would it be? </em></strong></p> <p> Enjoy every moment.</p> <p>  </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/1/1/e166a4fa-15ba-4ee1-911c-40add266cd97.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/1/1/e166a4fa-15ba-4ee1-911c-40add266cd97.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> <strong>Lauri Sipos</strong></p> <p> <strong><em>How long have you been working at Mattel?</em></strong></p> <p> I’ve been at Mattel now for over 16 years.</p> <p> <strong><em>What are some of your recent Barbie® doll projects? </em></strong></p> <p> I work on several at a time, including a line of dolls for Walmart to be released in 2019. I worked on the Faraway Forest™ Collection, and graphics for Barbie® Dreamhouse™ and Townhouse.</p> <p> <strong><em>Where did you go for education/training in fashion design? </em></strong></p> <p> I grew up as a painter/daughter of an artist. I graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena with a degree in illustration.</p> <p> <strong><em>Who are some of your favorite real-world fashion designers? </em></strong></p> <p> As a designer, YSL, Alexander McQueen, Dries Van Noten. But as a mom, Levi's is my go-to, haha.</p> <p> <strong><em>What was your favorite Barbie® doll growing up?</em></strong></p> <p> Superstar Barbie™ was my favorite. I saw the commercial with Barbie® stroking her long hair back, wearing a diamond ring and necklace. I thought it was so glamorous. I loved it! I got her for my birthday one year. I’ll never forget dressing and playing with that doll. Wrapping the stole, buckling the shoes … so fun!</p> <p> <strong><em>How would you describe your design sensibility in three words?</em></strong></p> <p> Sweet, realistic, fun.</p> <p> <strong><em>Favorite Barbie® hair color: Blonde, brunette, or redhead? </em></strong></p> <p> I actually like it when a Barbie® doll’s hair is black. It’s so dramatic and shiny.</p> <p> <strong><em>What’s your favorite Barbie® accessory to create? </em></strong></p> <p> I like to design shoes. I love the challenge of making them look very real for tiny feet. I also enjoy working on difficult things that might have to snap together or have a function, like armor or furniture.</p> <p> <strong><em>What doll design of yours are you the most proud of? </em></strong></p> <p> I’ll always be proud of the challenging designs. For instance, the hair accessories for the Byron Lars dolls. We get these beautiful fashion sketches from real-life fashion designers, and they have a vision and it’s our job to make it into a beautiful doll. I had to figure out how to have Barbie® doll’s hairstyle as an actual beautiful bird cage with a bird on a swing, and make it feasible for production as well as withstand our packaging tests. And another Byron Lars doll had a hairstyle like a dreamcatcher. Those were pretty cool.</p> <p> <strong><em>If you could share one message with Barbie® doll collectors, what would it be? </em></strong></p> <p> In a landscape where wholesome goodness and beauty can be hard to find, Barbie® will never let you down. I love working for her! I hope folks can see that in our designs.</p> <p>  </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/7/14/e7e677cc-1c1d-463c-8ede-a1e7263db438.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/7/14/e7e677cc-1c1d-463c-8ede-a1e7263db438.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> <strong>Connie Tsai</strong></p> <p> <strong><em>How long have you been working at Mattel?</em></strong></p> <p> A little over 18 years.</p> <p> <strong><em>What are some of your recent Barbie® doll projects? </em></strong></p> <p> I designed the 2018 Ballet Wishes® Barbie® Doll, the new athletic body and armor/accessories interpretation for the <em>Wonder Woman</em>™ and <em>Justice League</em>™ dolls, and the accessories and textile art for the Barbie® Hello Kitty® Doll.</p> <p> <strong><em>Where did you go for education/training in fashion design? </em></strong></p> <p> My training is in Illustration at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena.</p> <p> <strong><em>Who are some of your favorite real-world fashion designers? </em></strong></p> <p> Marc Jacobs, Diane Von Furstenberg.</p> <p> <strong><em>What was your favorite Barbie® doll growing up?</em></strong></p> <p> Sunsational Malibu P.J.™ Doll. She wore a cute green swimsuit with beaded ponytails and mirrored sunglasses. I loved the Steffie face mold with the purple eyes. </p> <p> <strong><em>How would you describe your design sensibility in three words?</em></strong></p> <p> Fun, quirky, detail-focused.</p> <p> <strong><em>Favorite Barbie® hair color: Blonde, brunette, or redhead? </em></strong></p> <p> Vintage Lemon Blonde.</p> <p> <strong><em>What’s your favorite Barbie® accessory to create? </em></strong></p> <p> I love to design her jewelry – I’ve been designing and constructing jewelry as a hobby even before I started my career at Mattel.</p> <p> <strong><em>What doll design of yours are you the most proud of? </em></strong></p> <p> It’s hard to pinpoint one favorite, as I’ve designed so many things over the last 18+ years, but I’d say I’m most proud of designing the jewelry for the Barbie® Fashion Model Collection dolls, which I’ve been doing since 2003.</p> <p> <strong><em>If you could share one message with Barbie doll collectors, what would it be?  </em></strong></p> <p> It is such a joy to be able to create for the wonderful, diverse group of people who make up the Barbie® collecting community.</p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p> <strong>Caroline DeMersseman</strong></p> <p> <strong><em>How long have you been working at Mattel?</em></strong></p> <p> I was hired full time in 1996. I also temped a bit in 1994 and 1995.</p> <p> <strong><em>What are some of your recent Barbie® doll projects?</em></strong></p> <p> I’ve been managing the teams that design Career dolls and Dreamtopia Dolls; before that I worked on Fashionistas®. Most recently I’ve returned to designing full time with the Barbie® 60th Celebration Doll in the white gown and plenty more in the works.</p> <p> <strong><em>Where did you go for education/training in fashion design?</em></strong></p> <p> Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. After school I worked for Guess Inc. as a menswear designer before coming to work for Mattel.</p> <p> <strong><em>Who are some of your favorite real-world fashion designers?</em></strong></p> <p> Alexander McQueen, Valentino, Chanel, Ellie Saab.</p> <p> <strong><em>What was your favorite Barbie® doll growing up?</em></strong></p> <p> Malibu Barbie®.</p> <p> <strong><em>How would you describe your design sensibility in three words?</em></strong></p> <p> Classic with edge.</p> <p> <strong><em>Favorite Barbie® hair color: Blonde, brunette, or redhead?</em></strong></p> <p> Blonde.</p> <p> <strong><em>What’s your favorite Barbie® accessory to create?</em></strong></p> <p> Shoes!</p> <p> <strong><em>What doll design of yours are you the most proud of?</em></strong></p> <p> I’m proud to have been part of the team that created the new diverse bodies and additional skin tones for Barbie®.</p> <p> <strong><em>If you could share one message with Barbie® doll collectors, what would it be?</em></strong></p> <p> Thank you for your passion!</p> <div> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p> <strong>Kelley Lindberg</strong></p> <p> <strong><em>How long have you been working at Mattel?</em></strong></p> <p> Close to five and a half years.</p> <p> <strong><em>What are some of your recent Barbie® doll projects? </em></strong></p> <p> <em>Graduation Day</em> Barbie® Doll, Ibtihaj Muhammad Doll.</p> <p> <strong><em>Where did you go for education/training in fashion design? </em></strong></p> <p> FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising) in downtown Los Angeles.</p> <p> <strong><em>Who are some of your favorite real-world fashion designers? </em></strong></p> <p> Marc Jacobs, Balmain, Isabel Marant, Saint Laurent.</p> <p> <strong><em>What was your favorite Barbie® doll growing up?</em></strong></p> <p> Crystal Barbie™ Doll, I thought the fabric of her dress was the coolest and still do!</p> <p> <strong><em>How would you describe your design sensibility in three words?</em></strong></p> <p> Graphic, fun, and with a little edge.</p> <p> <strong><em>Favorite Barbie® hair color: Blonde, brunette, or redhead? </em></strong></p> <p> Brunette, I’m biased.</p> <p> <strong><em>What’s your favorite Barbie® accessory to create? </em></strong></p> <p> Sunglasses.</p> <p> <strong><em>What doll design of yours are you the most proud of? </em></strong></p> <p> Ibtihaj Muhammad Doll.</p> <p> <strong><em>If you could share one message with Barbie® doll collectors, what would it be? </em></strong></p> <p> Have fun and think young. Stay true to who you are.</p> </div> <p>  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:ae2e180c-4729-4457-a3bd-95b012727174 Mermaid Enchantress™ Barbie® Doll Is Your New Mythical Muse™! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/mermaid-enchantress-barbie-doll-new-mythical-muse Wed, 20 Mar 2019 08:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/11/2/eb818071-749c-4777-826b-317d61cb5d19.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/11/2/eb818071-749c-4777-826b-317d61cb5d19.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p> Inspiration is as breathtaking and mysterious as the sea itself. To capture that fleeting burst of insight and joy, Barbie® Signature dove deep and emerged with a marvelous new creation: <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-mermaid-enchantress-doll-fxd51" target="_blank"><u>Mermaid Enchantress™ Barbie® Doll</u>!</a></p> <p> Last year, Barbie® Signature launched the enchanting Mythical Muse™ series of dolls with a fantastic design from Bill Greening: <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/all-signature-dolls/unicorn-goddess-barbie-doll-fjh82" target="_blank"><u>Unicorn Goddess™ Barbie® Doll</u></a>. That introductory doll was a tough act to follow, but designer Amy Lee rose to the challenge. The result? A worthy companion that takes the fantasy even further than before!</p> <p> Sequins in soft coral and sea-foam hues evoke the idea of fish scales as they cover Barbie® doll’s mermaid tail, which is realized as a delicate pleated organza fin. This creates a shimmering effect from every angle – if you take her out of the box, that is! And you’ll definitely need the included doll stand to display her properly.</p> <p> Her iridescent ensemble also features a sparkling, multi-colored bodice, and her accessories, inspired by the ocean’s treasures, include a coral-accented headpiece, peplum, and earrings. Perhaps most striking of all, her flowing pearlescent-colored hair is kissed with hints of pastel pink and blue highlights, and woven into a delicate braid.</p> <p> This collectible Barbie® doll is fully articulated for posability and, like all new Barbie® Signature dolls, comes with a Certificate of Authenticity. Platinum Status members have the first opportunity to add <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-mermaid-enchantress-doll-fxd51" target="_blank"><u>Mermaid Enchantress™ Barbie® Doll</u></a> to their collections, beginning March 20<sup>th</sup>. <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/AjaxLogonView?catalogId=10104&storeId=10151&langId=-1&krypto=off%2BGUaVwT5MUUoHdwn7vw0CpcclgCi3qxwDEckXBrqJ%2FdcTm1KBd4gaN1fPj99mqN2yDU3%2FUnVP1lGWWx71lg%3D%3D" target="_blank"><u>Sign in</u></a> or <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-signature-membership" target="_blank"><u>join now</u></a>, then head to the online shop and add this second Mythical Muse™ to your fantastic collection!</p> <p>  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:d51d4c8d-e1b9-43b4-99e0-3311af6c5d6a 60 Years of Collecting Barbie®! by Christopher Varaste http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/60-years-of-collecting-barbie-christopher-varaste Sat, 09 Mar 2019 09:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/11/9/7bb80340-48f2-4ddd-890a-f354d0cfa174.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/11/9/7bb80340-48f2-4ddd-890a-f354d0cfa174.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> In honor of Barbie doll's 60th birthday, Chris Varaste wrote an epic feature about the history of Barbie® doll collecting exclusively for Barbie Signature members! We've turned it into a beautiful downloadable <u><a href="http://mattel.scene7.com/is/content/Mattel/Barbie%20Collector/001_ContentImages/Barbie%2060th%20Birthday/Barbie60thBirthday_MembersOnly.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a></u> for you. Enjoy!</p> <p> Comment below about your faves from the past 60 years of Barbie collectibles!</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:463b35a6-6e73-4761-be56-0e0770cabf7e 60th Anniversary for Barbie® Doll Collectors! by Christopher Varaste http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/60th-anniversary-barbie-doll-collectors-christopher-varaste Sat, 09 Mar 2019 09:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/4/9/d4cb21ac-062a-4dc6-a934-5231275ebc3e.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/4/9/d4cb21ac-062a-4dc6-a934-5231275ebc3e.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p> <em>What follows is an excerpt from a much longer piece by Chris that’s being offered as a beautiful downloadable for Barbie® Signature members! Already a member? <u><a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/60-years-of-collecting-barbie-christopher-varaste" target="_blank">Log in to get it</a>.</u> Not a member? <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-signature-membership" target="_blank"><u>Join now for instant access!</u></a></em></p> <p> Muse. Pioneer. Icon. That’s Barbie® doll, a fashion model whose stride down an endless runway inspired an entire line of quality collectibles for an astounding 60 years! An elevation of design and fashion, Barbie® doll appeals to anyone interested in contemporary fashion trends. With her online presence, Barbie® also serves as a major influencer. Barbie® always encapsulates that intangible quality known as “style.” Under Mattel owner Ruth Handler’s influence and designer Charlotte Johnson’s tutelage, the world was first taken by surprise when Barbie® was introduced at the New York Toy Fair on March 9<sup>th</sup>, 1959, along with her pink fashion booklet. </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/9/4/a942acda-ef10-4ba1-b4ee-b199b088f1c3.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/9/4/a942acda-ef10-4ba1-b4ee-b199b088f1c3.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p> From the beginning, astute collectors recognized the ingenuity and detail that had gone into the doll and her wardrobe, which began to grow along with Barbie® doll’s popularity. Today, those early tailored fashions are a veritable freeze frame of the era, reminiscent of Balenciaga, Schiaparelli, Givenchy and Dior.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/12/0/dc5eecf9-7a5b-4ffe-b0e5-124b25b70a5b.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/12/0/dc5eecf9-7a5b-4ffe-b0e5-124b25b70a5b.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p> Many clever girls handled their precious Barbie® dolls with care, and that eventually marked the beginning of the very first Barbie™ Fan Club in 1961, which set the stage for more clubs where Barbie™ fans could gather and make new friends. There was so much to collect! Nothing stopped Barbie® from constantly evolving with hairstyles like Ponytails, Bubble Cuts, Mod hairstyles and an eclectic wardrobe that showcased the latest looks from smart suits, career outfits and go-go boots!</p> <p> The Barbie™ world grew at a rapid pace, and so did the ranks of her devoted fans. Designers at Mattel acknowledged their die-hard Barbie enthusiasts and started to create special dolls for collectors.</p> <p> Among the longest-lasting Barbie collectibles has to be the<em> Dolls of the World </em>series. This popular collection, begun in 1980, beguiles us with Barbie doll dressed in festive native fashions from different countries, starting with the hard-to-find original <em>Parisian Barbie Doll</em>. That same year, collectors held the very first Barbie convention in New York City. It was the first time an entire doll show was devoted to one doll: Barbie!</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/5/13/05c84593-de89-4b16-8d22-19cb860d93cf.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/5/13/05c84593-de89-4b16-8d22-19cb860d93cf.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <em>Dolls of the World Series</em> <em>Parisian Barbie Doll</em></p> <p> Seeing the positive results of the first convention and the need for more dolls, the Barbie design team began conceiving a Barbie line with the adult collector in mind. This initiated Barbie doll’s rich legacy of working with popular fashion designers, beginning with Oscar de la Renta® in 1984.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/2/6/321aedf5-c474-4b1c-86c5-8bbe2773e4c3.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/2/6/321aedf5-c474-4b1c-86c5-8bbe2773e4c3.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <em>Oscar de la Renta Barbie®</em></p> <p> Oscar de La Renta’s evening gowns for Barbie would serve as a major win for Barbie doll’s burgeoning atelier. The advantage of showcasing his evening wear separately so all collectors could display them on their favorite dolls meant gaining name recognition with a fresh, young audience. This successful collaboration captured the imagination of the fashion world and two <em>Oscar de La Renta Barbie Dolls</em> were released, dressed exclusively by the designer.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/0/11/5030e3db-29c1-4cb5-8b0e-6ef75550faba.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/0/11/5030e3db-29c1-4cb5-8b0e-6ef75550faba.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <em>Happy Holidays™ Barbie</em></p> <p> At the end of 1988, that Happy Holidays™ Barbie became the most coveted doll during the holiday season, starting her own line of annual collectibles under The Holiday Series. The next year, 1989, Barbie doll’s 30th Anniversary was met with unprecedented surprises. New York City named Fifth Avenue “Barbie Boulevard.” Barbie doll’s amazing 30 years were also commemorated by Tiffany & Co. with a special custom-made sterling silver Barbie doll.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/5/5/25fd8b5a-eb95-4568-b572-c470ff5b6ea6.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/5/5/25fd8b5a-eb95-4568-b572-c470ff5b6ea6.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <em>Barbie Pink Jubilee</em></p> <p> Another special event was hosted at Lincoln Center to celebrate Barbie’s 30th Anniversary. As a gift, a limited edition of 1200 Barbie Pink Jubilee dolls was given to lucky collectors. The 30th Anniversary was also greeted with fanfare at FAO Schwartz with the special release of the exclusive Golden Greetings Barbie, the first of many successful partnerships between Mattel and FAO Schwartz.</p> <p> Meanwhile, the diverse collections in the works at Mattel led up to the much anticipated 35<sup>th</sup> Anniversary in 1994 with special reproductions of the 1959 original Barbie Doll in a few of her most popular couture fashions under <em>The Nostalgic Series</em>. Also as part of the 35<sup>th</sup> Anniversary, Mattel released <em>Gold Jubilee Barbie</em> in a limited edition of 5,000.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/7/4/d7c15e81-cfaf-4805-846c-188ffcf9cde9.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/7/4/d7c15e81-cfaf-4805-846c-188ffcf9cde9.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <em>Nostalgic series reproduction</em> <em>Solo in the Spotlight</em></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/9/7/290ca516-0ec4-40a8-b70a-93cca129621a.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/9/7/290ca516-0ec4-40a8-b70a-93cca129621a.Large.png?1" /></a><br /> <br /> <em>Gold Jubilee Barbie Doll</em></p> <p> Due to Barbie doll’s exquisite fashion sense, another major exhibit was mounted so fans could view Barbie in a new light. The exemplary showcase was set in Los Angeles and called <em>Barbie on Rodeo</em> with twenty dolls and accessories modeling creations by designers like Versace and Escada for a charity auction in 1996. “Why not?” asked Ron Michaels, president of the Rodeo Drive Committee, which sponsored the event, along with Mattel. “Barbie is the most fashionable girl in the world.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/14/6/de6c6863-3f2a-4c25-a68a-c95fee550fee.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/14/6/de6c6863-3f2a-4c25-a68a-c95fee550fee.Large.png?1" /></a><br /> <br /> <em>40<sup>th</sup> Anniversary Barbie</em> <em>Doll</em></p> <p> As the decade continued, a special <em>40<sup>th</sup> Anniversary Barbie</em> <em>Doll</em>, wearing a gown reminiscent of Barbie doll’s original black and white striped swimsuit, was gifted to conventioneers at the 1999 40<sup>th</sup> Anniversary Convention. The convention doll was praised for her ingenuity by transforming the iconic swimsuit into a festive gown, making it an instant collectible.</p> <p> The following year offered a chance to oooh and aaah over the new unprecedented <em>Barbie Fashion Model Collection</em>. The <em>BFMC</em> was introduced in 2000 and collectors had never seen any dolls quite so elegant. Created by designer Robert Best, they were called “Silkstones” and were created with a special combination of porcelain and vinyl. The Silkstones were an instant sensation with separate fashions specifically designed for their regal haute couture looks!</p> <p> Debuting in 2004, the 45th anniversary year, were two exceptional dolls from the acclaimed Versace fashion house. The first Barbie doll was called <em>Versace Barbie Doll</em>. She was gorgeous, wearing a dramatic strapless taupe gown that billowed around her legs. The second doll,<em> Versus Barbie™,</em> sported a casual pantsuit in a royal blue and white asymmetrical design. The limited edition dolls were sold out shortly after their release.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/13/8/fd6e78cd-3e53-458f-881c-777a7a6cb2c2.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/13/8/fd6e78cd-3e53-458f-881c-777a7a6cb2c2.Large.png?1" /></a><br /> <br />  VERSACE </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/11/9/abd41118-0384-4b02-b9bc-d2d237a541de.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/11/9/abd41118-0384-4b02-b9bc-d2d237a541de.Large.png?1" /></a><br /> <br /> <em>Versus Barbie Doll</em></p> <p> With all the collectible offerings, the 50<sup>th</sup> Anniversary in 2009 for Barbie doll reached a fever pitch and every collector wanted to attend the convention. Old friends shared their new finds and new friendships began over simple things like memories of finding that special doll. Celebrations were held in Barbie clubs worldwide and Mattel debuted the beautiful <em>50<sup>th</sup> Anniversary Barbie doll</em> created especially for collectors.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/2/7/52b5f4d8-5f8d-44cf-a722-385f3041b085.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/2/7/52b5f4d8-5f8d-44cf-a722-385f3041b085.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <em>50<sup>th</sup> Anniversary Barbie Doll</em></p> <p> In recent years, the Barbie Signature team has dreamed up even more extraordinary Barbie dolls. If the dolls of the past few years are any indication, Barbie is going in directions that signal all new adventures in the future. 2019 is already shaping up to be a banner year for the 60<sup>th</sup> Anniversary of Barbie doll! Collectors can look forward to quite a few jaw-dropping surprises! Here’s to more wonderful additions to your Barbie collection. Check out the 2019 line all available a click away at the Barbie Signature <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/all-signature-dolls" target="_blank"><u>online shop!</u></a></p> <p>  </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/10/7/ca10a3f8-0149-494e-a70b-a6622e6c5542.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/10/7/ca10a3f8-0149-494e-a70b-a6622e6c5542.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/all-signature-dolls/barbie-60th-anniversary-doll-fxd88" target="_blank"><em>Barbie 60<sup>th</sup> Anniversary</em> Doll </a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/2/7/621aa8b7-eb00-4f81-8764-fb392e6d511a.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/2/7/621aa8b7-eb00-4f81-8764-fb392e6d511a.Large.png?1" /></a><br /> <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-proudly-pink-doll-fxd50" target="_blank"><em>Barbie Proudly Pink™</em></a></p> <p>  </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/15/4/4f8721dd-2ec4-4fd4-b4f0-a346bb05379b.Full.png?1" style="text-align:center;" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/15/4/4f8721dd-2ec4-4fd4-b4f0-a346bb05379b.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-busy-gal-doll-fxf26" target="_blank">Barbie Busy Gal</a></p> <p> It’s never too late to start collecting and with the fabulous retro-reproductions, you can start from the very beginning and work your way up to a collection that best reflects your taste. Remember, there’s a Barbie for everyone—all you need is a great imagination! Here’s a cool video for more inspiration for your special collection: </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <object data="https://www.youtube.com/v/qpeBEwdTOP0" height="350" id="ltVideoYouTube" src="https://www.youtube.com/v/qpeBEwdTOP0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="450"><param name="movie" value="https://www.youtube.com/v/qpeBEwdTOP0" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="flashvars" value="playerMode=embedded" /></object></p> <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> <p> Now, it's your turn. Write back about your faves from the past 60 years of Barbie collectibles!</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:41a434a6-624a-4fe1-b7eb-0a2035ca399e Barbie® Busy Gal™ Doll: A Vintage Reproduction of an Iconic Fashion! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/barbie-busy-gal-doll-vintage-reproduction-of-iconic-fashion Wed, 06 Mar 2019 09:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/4/2/747d2853-9741-4e22-927b-d7b2f40a5695.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/4/2/747d2853-9741-4e22-927b-d7b2f40a5695.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p> For Barbie® doll's 60th anniversary, a fashion from 1960 is coming back as a vintage reproduction – and this time, a doll comes with it! Meet the<a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-busy-gal-doll-fxf26" target="_blank"> <u>Barbie® Busy Gal™ Doll</u></a>, who made time in her schedule to be sure she could join this year's festivities.</p> <p> Students of Barbie™ history will recognize her attire and accessories as "Busy Gal #981," so numbered because it was part of the 900 Series of fashions released for Barbie® doll in her early years. With this and other new outfits of the time, girls had more opportunities to play with Barbie® any way they could imagine – and imagine themselves into new opportunities, too!</p> <p> Barbie® Signature has created a version of Busy Gal #981 that's true to the original, but this time the doll isn't sold separately. The <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-busy-gal-doll-fxf26" target="_blank"><u>Barbie® Busy Gal™ Doll</u></a> features a vintage face sculpt with retro details, and adds golden hoop earrings to go with her original ensemble. She wears a red skirt and jacket over a crisp, red and white pin-striped blouse bodysuit. Her accessory game is still on point, featuring a navy blue woven hat, woven belt, navy slides and black, cat-eye framed glasses.</p> <p> The reproduction wouldn't be complete without three final important pieces – two of her bold and stylish fashion sketch sheets tucked inside a portfolio emblazoned with "Barbie®, fashion designer" on the front. Looking back, this 981 concept seems to foreshadow Barbie® doll's future influence on the world of <em>haute couture</em>!</p> <p> She may be a "Busy Gal," but she's never too busy to celebrate something as special as a diamond anniversary. And now, it's your turn to mark this milestone occasion by adding the <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-busy-gal-doll-fxf26" target="_blank"><u>Barbie® Busy Gal™ Doll</u></a> to your collection. She's in the online shop right now, so don't your calendar distract you. Get her today, before she takes off for her next appointment!</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:2e43f9d4-cdfa-4894-b6c0-a9d48c12d77c Barbie® Timeline: 1964 - 1968 http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/barbie-timeline-1964-1968 Tue, 26 Feb 2019 09:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/6/10/e6b52f8a-36e2-4b51-8ad0-69b950fea1bf.Full.jpg?1" style="text-align:center;" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/6/10/e6b52f8a-36e2-4b51-8ad0-69b950fea1bf.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> In her fifth amazing year of production, Barbie® doll’s designers recognized a need to revamp their popular fashion model. By 1964, it was time for a change to the successful ponytail Barbie® dolls. Many concepts were considered until one clever designer came up with the perfect solution. Barbie® doll’s recognizable ponytail remained intact, but her curly bangs were replaced by an elegant style referred to as the Swirl Ponytail. The front of Barbie® doll’s hair was smoothed out and swirled elegantly into the iconic ponytail. Gone too was the hard curl at the bottom of her ponytail, replaced by a yellow ribbon and pin to hold her hair in place. It was a simple solution that still adhered to the Barbie® brand by not straying far from the original concept.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/9/10/990e3532-1e85-4c99-aaec-7ae88f347323.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/9/10/990e3532-1e85-4c99-aaec-7ae88f347323.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p>  </p> <p> Along with the Swirl Barbie® Ponytail, the design team was diligently working on an entirely new Barbie® doll called Miss Barbie. Miss Barbie® premiered in 1964 with a splash! Since the Swirl Ponytail retained the essence of Barbie, Mattel decided to experiment with a new addition to the Barbie® brand; therefore, Miss Barbie® was a feat of construction! She was the first Barbie® doll to come with eyes that opened and closed, and bendable legs. The “sleep eyes” gave Miss Barbie® a futuristic look, and coupled with her bendable knees, she was a true novelty and testament to the talented Barbie® design team.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/10/12/1a48b516-1ba7-42b3-bce5-096fc88f85ef.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/10/12/1a48b516-1ba7-42b3-bce5-096fc88f85ef.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p> Miss Barbie® paved the way for an entire new generation of Barbie® dolls with bendable legs, including the popular American Girl, introduced in 1965 with a pageboy hairstyle and an elegant wardrobe reminiscent of former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Featuring smart suits and pillbox hats, the new collection was referred to as the 1600 series (1600 Pennsylvania Avenue?). Called the 1965 American Girl Barbie® doll by her devoted fans, she epitomized the quintessential young lady. The Sidepart American Girl Barbie® doll also appeared with thicker hair parted on the side and held in place with a blue ribbon.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/4/8/540e81f4-4c39-46bc-889d-b33e26fac44b.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/4/8/540e81f4-4c39-46bc-889d-b33e26fac44b.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p> American Girl Barbie® doll’s haute couture-inspired fashions featured several new career ensembles, including a <em>Student Teacher</em>, a <em>Pan American Airways Stewardess</em>, a <em>Fashion Editor</em> (equipped with a camera), and <em>Miss Astronaut</em>, ready for her own moon landing!</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/3/5/03ec48d7-9d67-46ac-a59c-003f5d80df2e.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/3/5/03ec48d7-9d67-46ac-a59c-003f5d80df2e.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/9/8/b9d7c4bd-bce1-4713-8853-e94db32de4b5.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/9/8/b9d7c4bd-bce1-4713-8853-e94db32de4b5.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p> The fashionable American Girl Barbie® returned in 1966 with what collectors call the ‘color magic’ face due to her resemblance to a newcomer to the Barbie® brand, the ultra-cool Color Magic Barbie® doll. The 1966 Color Magic Barbie® doll came ready to transform her hair and clothing with an outstanding new invention! The Color Magic Barbie® was a beautiful doll with high-color makeup and long hair that changed color, available as a golden blonde or midnight black. With the accompanying accessories, the Color Magic Barbie® doll was touted as being able to change her “golden blonde tresses to scarlet flame and her midnight shade to a ruby red…and back again!” The incredible doll also sported bendable legs and a series of color-change fashions. There was also a Barbie’s Color ‘n Curl set featuring four wigs that also changed color. The color change concept took doll play to new heights.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/10/12/baa56159-a403-4267-8cc2-d88bcdd447f9.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/10/12/baa56159-a403-4267-8cc2-d88bcdd447f9.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p> By 1967, change seemed to be the operative word, especially in the world of fashion. New looks replaced the styles that were so popular earlier in the decade. The younger generation had decidedly opted for fashion with a youthful flair. Mini-skirts, go-go boots, and what was termed the British Invasion, inspired by Carnaby Street fashions, exploded with psychedelic colors and new fabrics. The appeal of the Mod era was not lost on younger children who were drawn to the spirit and attitude that accompanied the youth quake. Terms like “cool” and “groovy” defined the hip new scene. Suddenly, everything had a Mod influence — and that included Barbie® doll!</p> <p> After eight years Barbie® doll still had the same face mold and modeled fashions culled from Paris runways. It was time to acknowledge the changes in culture and fashion, and in 1967, Barbie® doll’s designers, including Carol Spencer, took the doll in a completely new direction. Called the Twist ’N Turn Barbie® doll, this new doll exemplified the Mod look with her own unique colorific fashions. The Twist ’N Turn Barbie® doll had a new face mold and long swingy hair tied on top with a bright orange ribbon. She appeared in a bikini and a modest cover-up. Unlike any Barbie® doll before her, she sported long rooted eyelashes, bendable legs and, as her ad campaign promised, “an imaginative twist and turn waist that creates a horizontal dimension of graceful movement.” The ad triumphantly added that “Barbie’s got a groovy personality too! Breezy. Sparkling. Zesty with rooted hair in frolicking colors (Chocolate Bon-Bon, Go Go Co-Co, Summer Sand, and Sun Kissed Blonde).” Her wardrobe now sparkled with bright neon colors with names like <em>Zokko! Pajama Pow!</em> and <em>Bouncy Flouncy</em>. Mattel’s ingenious marketing strategy for the Twist ’N Turn Barbie® doll made it impossible to resist her. Under a trade-in program, children could exchange their older Barbie® dolls and a $1.50 for the fresh new model. It’s estimated that over a million dolls were traded during the first month of the campaign!</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/1/15/f1126b5f-5e21-45b6-8f11-29502f16ca89.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/1/15/f1126b5f-5e21-45b6-8f11-29502f16ca89.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p> Also released the same year as Twist ’N Turn Barbie® doll was the Hair Fair Barbie® doll, a MOD reinvention of the Fashion Queen Barbie® with three different hair pieces that paid due diligence to the older Fashion Queen but with pizzazz! Available as a blonde or brunette, the Hair Fair Barbie® was meant to switch heads with other Barbie® dolls for a style intervention. The Hair Fair, like her predecessor, the Fashion Queen, was embraced by Barbie® fans around the world and would continue as part of the Barbie® brand for years to come!</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/10/13/ea500bfc-e996-42a9-9d6a-115cc907ccc3.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/10/13/ea500bfc-e996-42a9-9d6a-115cc907ccc3.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p> Appearing alongside the Twist n’ Turn Barbie® doll the following year, 1968, was an equally captivating new doll—Talking Barbie® doll! Talking Barbie® was available in a trio of hair colors: Sunkissed Blonde, Cupa-Co-Co and Chocolate Bon-Bon.  The 1968 Talking Barbie® doll also sported an all-new hairstyle that consisted of a side ponytail held in place by three pink ribbons. Talking Barbie® was able to speak in English or Spanish just by pulling the drawstring in her back. Memorable quotes include, “I love being a fashion model,” “I have a date tonight” and “What shall I wear to the prom?” All the new additions to the Barbie® brand made 1968 an unforgettable year, and true to form, Talking Barbie® doll was able to contribute with her first spoken words!<br />  </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/9/10/b9cfe0ed-f086-4b71-ba5c-b85b18f5b354.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/9/10/b9cfe0ed-f086-4b71-ba5c-b85b18f5b354.Large.png?1" /></a></p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:f5080976-1b52-499b-8cb4-f434adb040d1 First Official Look at the Next Mythical Muse™ Barbie® Doll! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/first-official-look-next-mythical-muse-barbie-doll-1 Fri, 15 Feb 2019 09:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/6/10/e6b52f8a-36e2-4b51-8ad0-69b950fea1bf.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/6/10/e6b52f8a-36e2-4b51-8ad0-69b950fea1bf.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> Last year, Barbie® Signature launched the enchanting Mythical Muse™ series of dolls with a fantastic design from Bill Greening: <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/unicorn-goddess-barbie-doll-fjh82" target="_blank"><u>Unicorn Goddess™ Barbie® Doll</u></a>. How will we top that stunning debut? You're about to find out!</p> <p> We're thrilled to give you a sneak peek at the next doll in the series, Mermaid Enchantress™ Barbie® Doll, designed by Amy Lee! You'll learn more about her when she arrives in our online shop, but for now, please enjoy this first look at another iridescent Mythical Muse™ brought to life by Amy and the rest of the Barbie® Signature team!</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/14/7/8e3d59b1-800d-4cd7-a7d8-0b6b84b34e05.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/14/7/8e3d59b1-800d-4cd7-a7d8-0b6b84b34e05.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/3/8/b3793bc9-bae7-4d14-8867-df5ee7db68d8.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/3/8/b3793bc9-bae7-4d14-8867-df5ee7db68d8.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/9/13/a904e661-84ec-49ad-bda7-42afc5d705f1.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/9/13/a904e661-84ec-49ad-bda7-42afc5d705f1.Large.png?1" /></a></p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:5fbaf75a-3cda-45a2-afe6-351a2b955fe0 Fashion #981 From 1960 - Sneak Peek at the Next Vintage Repro! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/fashion-981-1960-sneak-peek-next-vintage-repro-1 Thu, 14 Feb 2019 20:15:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/0/8/80c4a9e1-27e3-4fe4-a852-61d0640d8f3f.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/0/8/80c4a9e1-27e3-4fe4-a852-61d0640d8f3f.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> Barbie® doll's 60<sup>th</sup> anniversary year is the perfect time to look back at some classic outfits she wore in those first heady years of her journey to becoming a global style icon. And better yet, to create a vintage reproduction and recapture the magic of one of those indelible fashion moments!</p> <p> For 2019, Barbie® Signature is excited to bring back fashion #981, better known as "Busy Gal." Our Barbie® Busy Gal™ Doll features a gorgeous vintage face sculpt with retro details, and includes reproductions of the same accessories from the original fashion, right down to her backless sandal heels. Get your first look right here, and we'll tell you more about her when she arrives in the online shop!</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/15/4/4f8721dd-2ec4-4fd4-b4f0-a346bb05379b.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/15/4/4f8721dd-2ec4-4fd4-b4f0-a346bb05379b.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/15/3/6f34a981-2fce-4a9c-a315-222b35c503a6.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/15/3/6f34a981-2fce-4a9c-a315-222b35c503a6.Large.png?1" /></a></p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:9e03af36-3cfd-4337-9c14-b64e2795d714 Barbie®, 1959 - 1963: The Origins of an Icon! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/barbie-1959-1963-origins-of-icon Tue, 05 Feb 2019 09:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/3/8/03ab2422-6240-43db-985b-da0c2ad64b14.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/3/8/03ab2422-6240-43db-985b-da0c2ad64b14.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> <em>Throughout Barbie® doll’s 60<sup>th</sup> anniversary year, Barbie® author and expert Chris Varaste will take Barbie® Signature Platinum and Gold members on an exclusive trip through time! This month, Chris looks back at the beginning of the Barbie phenomenon, and celebrates some highlights from those first five years when she arrived on the fashion scene and took the world by storm.</em></p> <p> The story of Barbie® doll’s creation has been told many times over the years, but it can be boiled down to one simple fact: Ruth Handler was clearly attuned to how children played with dolls.</p> <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/1/1/715a8bc1-9731-4ade-819f-8adedfd12b4e.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/1/1/715a8bc1-9731-4ade-819f-8adedfd12b4e.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p> Ruth was a pioneer in the toy business and, along with her husband Elliot, a cofounder of Mattel, Inc. in 1945. During those heady first years, creating their first products (picture frames, dollhouse furniture, and musical toys), their daughter Barbara took to playing with paper dolls. Ruth observed Barbara and other girls her age projecting dreams and aspirations onto the dolls in their play – in other words, imagining their futures as adults, and those futures went far beyond the traditional “caregiver” role. Ruth noticed the existing three-dimensional doll market was limited to baby dolls, and recognizing the gap in the market and the need for something different, Ruth introduced Barbie® to the world. (PHOTO 1) </p> <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/6/4/565c0e9e-76cc-43e0-b4b3-1ffd88a5f7bc.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/6/4/565c0e9e-76cc-43e0-b4b3-1ffd88a5f7bc.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p> Barbie was the perfect all-American doll, with stylish poise and elegant side-glancing eyes. The first dolls from 1959 are affectionately called the #1 & #2 Barbie dolls, and they were billed as the <em>Original Teenage Fashion Model</em>™, an independent achiever with a glamorous wardrobe that every child could dream about. (PHOTO 2) The dolls each came with a two-pronged posing stand and a box with a booklet that showed her wardrobe. Barbie doll was introduced at the 1959 Toy Fair, and when children saw her first commercial later that year, sales took off! </p> <p>  </p> <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <object data="https://www.youtube.com/v/MCs_R67mcOQ" height="350" id="ltVideoYouTube" src="https://www.youtube.com/v/MCs_R67mcOQ" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="450"><param name="movie" value="https://www.youtube.com/v/MCs_R67mcOQ" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="flashvars" value="playerMode=embedded" /></object></p> <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> <p> Barbie doll’s first televised commercial premiered during the hit children’s TV show <em>The Mickey Mouse Club™</em>. It was exactly what Barbie doll needed to reach a mass audience. “Barbie, you’re beautiful,” sang the voiceover for the commercial, winning kids over with images of several dolls in the first “900” series of fashions. The commercial hit all the right notes – Barbie was suddenly the most popular new doll, and every child had to have one!</p> <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/10/1/1ade4913-f023-41a3-b1cf-56274810ec07.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/10/1/1ade4913-f023-41a3-b1cf-56274810ec07.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/10/2/ca7322ef-d03e-4966-9228-e1b195873428.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/10/2/ca7322ef-d03e-4966-9228-e1b195873428.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p> By the end of the summer of 1959, there weren’t many Barbie dolls left on toy store shelves. Mattel was amazed and didn’t let their young customers down. Playing close attention to the fashions on Paris catwalks, and working with the best materials, zippers, snaps, and buttons, the designers, headed by chief designer Charlotte Johnson, went back to work. They started expanding the Barbie brand with a classic wardrobe that included exclusive outfits as part of her now-iconic 900 series of fashions: <em>Roman Holiday</em>, <em>Easter Parade,</em> and <em>Gay Parisienne™</em>. (PHOTO 3 & 4) The exotic locales evoked by these fashions solidified the Barbie brand from its conception as a global enterprise! </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/7/13/e7bc1424-a5b5-4944-addf-437cc78dc45e.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/7/13/e7bc1424-a5b5-4944-addf-437cc78dc45e.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> <p> By 1960, Barbie sales had skyrocketed, and Mattel made sure to keep the momentum going. In addition to expanding the 900 series, Mattel made a bold alteration to the doll. They changed Barbie doll’s white-iris, side-glancing eyes and arched brows. Barbie was now even more relatable with blue eyes, which really did make her look like a teenage fashion model! These new waves of Barbie dolls are now called the #3 and #4 ponytails by avid collectors. (PHOTO 5)</p> <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/4/10/049cc8e9-bd76-416f-9a6e-2ab72d3e5028.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/4/10/049cc8e9-bd76-416f-9a6e-2ab72d3e5028.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p> In addition, most collectors remember 1960 as the year Barbie doll acquired two of her most iconic fashions in the 900 series, <em>Solo in the Spotlight®</em> and <em>Enchanted Evening®</em>. (PHOTO 6) The ensembles, plus the new blue-eyed Barbie doll, were greeted with much enthusiasm. Some came as store displays in pink silhouette boxes! Children and their parents were smitten by the changes, and Barbie sales continued to soar. Mattel knew they had a hit on their hands and worked diligently to accommodate the growing demand. </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/1/1/c1706dc5-5f0e-42da-91a0-afd6b2eeae2f.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/1/1/c1706dc5-5f0e-42da-91a0-afd6b2eeae2f.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p> By 1961, Barbie doll continued to represent the height of fashion and independence. The designers at Mattel revealed a Barbie with the latest, most popular hairstyle of the period, the Bubble Cut. (PHOTO 7) The Bubble Cut Barbie® doll was an altogether new sensation. Sophisticated and elegant, the Bubble Cut came in a variety of hair colors: blonde, brunette, and a new addition called titian (red). In order to keep up with the Bubble Cut, the #5 ponytail Barbie dolls also appeared for the first time with titian (red) hair. As a result, these two became the first redheads in the Barbie doll line! Both the ponytail Barbie and Bubble Cut came in a new type of body with a hollow torso. Her lips were painted bright red, and she still came with sunglasses and the black-and-white-striped swimsuit. Pearl-like earrings replaced the previous dolls’ golden hoop earrings.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/6/14/46336c7f-e081-40bf-be66-19f8436d2c8d.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/6/14/46336c7f-e081-40bf-be66-19f8436d2c8d.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/5/12/f5d12ba7-598d-4d1b-ac2f-50c55c71b5fc.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/5/12/f5d12ba7-598d-4d1b-ac2f-50c55c71b5fc.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/3/0/0346343b-d9e5-458b-a017-935e3dd9dca4.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/3/0/0346343b-d9e5-458b-a017-935e3dd9dca4.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p> Barbie doll’s world expanded further in 1962. She was still available as a ponytail version as well as a Bubble Cut, but the big development was the addition of accessories to give the teenage fashion model what she needed to live in a perfect Barbie world! This was the year Barbie hit the road in her first convertible – a fabulous sports car that fitted her perfectly. (PHOTO 8) Since the car needed a parking spot, Barbie doll also acquired the iconic and cozy Dream House®, built to the right scale for Barbie, with a delightfully decorated interior. A specially designed cardboard carrying case opened up to become a big combination living room and bedroom, tastefully furnished with easy-to-assemble cardboard furniture. Included were Barbie doll’s own TV set, record player, lamp, coffee table, chair, couch and more! (PHOTO 9 &10) To keep Barbie at the forefront of fashion, Mattel also promoted the <em>Barbie Mix</em><em> ’N Match</em> gift set that could be combined into more than 25 different outfits.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/10/13/7a05142b-3351-4363-8d1c-a0d1a6f39b2e.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/10/13/7a05142b-3351-4363-8d1c-a0d1a6f39b2e.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/4/10/b4c49e75-1307-46a4-9a9c-ffba12ebadcc.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/4/10/b4c49e75-1307-46a4-9a9c-ffba12ebadcc.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/10/6/daf2163a-617a-445c-b63b-17a7bd801fb0.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/10/6/daf2163a-617a-445c-b63b-17a7bd801fb0.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p> Building on one of Ruth’s founding ideas – that girls had choices and could be anything they wanted to be – Barbie added to her career options. She was a <em>Career Girl </em>(PHOTO 11), <em>Commuter Set</em> working professional (PHOTO 12), and a <em>Busy Gal</em> fashion designer (PHOTO 13), while supplementing those moves with a growing list of career-oriented fashions. It was really that simple: as long as Barbie was a trendsetter, she’d remain a unique doll able to step into any occupation!</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/12/13/bcfad1b8-8729-428c-8d79-c88d6dc51ea9.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/12/13/bcfad1b8-8729-428c-8d79-c88d6dc51ea9.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p> Always ready for change, Barbie doll returned to store shelves in 1963 as the beautiful Fashion Queen Barbie doll. (PHOTO 14) The Fashion Queen was a departure from past Barbie dolls because she came with a sculpted head that fit the three different wigs that accompanied her. Now children could switch Barbie doll’s hair from blonde to brunette and to titian just by changing wigs! The Fashion Queen Barbie was a sensation – there had never been a doll quite like her. In her gold and lamé striped turban and swimsuit, she was truly regal.</p> <p> In addition to the Fashion Queen, 1963 was also the year of the gift set! Recognizing the need for a doll with an instant wardrobe, Mattel created a new series of gift sets, along with sets for Fashion Queen Barbie doll & her friends, including the Fashion Queen Barbie & Ken “Trousseau” Set. That set was a record breaker for Barbie and all her new accessories. Mattel had discovered the secret to Barbie doll’s success: evolve with the times and always stay ahead of tomorrow’s trends!</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:d7f31079-a09f-4a64-9812-ea463718e9af The Celebration Begins With the Barbie® 60th Anniversary Doll! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/celebration-begins-barbie-60th-anniversary-doll Fri, 11 Jan 2019 09:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/13/14/4d08777d-1e6d-40fc-8e33-4fd9e6a2aaec.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/13/14/4d08777d-1e6d-40fc-8e33-4fd9e6a2aaec.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p> A "diamond jubilee" marks the occasion of a 60<sup>th</sup> anniversary. Anything with that kind of lasting influence deserves to be celebrated! So allow us to humbly present the <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/holiday-special-occasion-dolls" target="_blank"><u>Barbie® 60<sup>th</sup> Anniversary Doll</u></a>, which embodies all the class and elegance this moment in time deserves.</p> <p> Time has a way of flying faster as it goes – it barely seems like the blink of an eye since the 50<sup>th</sup>! But here we are for the 60<sup>th</sup>, and Barbie® looks as stunning as she did back in 1959, when the world caught its collective breath as the Original Teenage Fashion Model made her debut at the New York Toy Fair.</p> <p> To commemorate her diamond anniversary, we've blended nostalgic details and modern style in an homage to Barbie® doll's fashion heritage. She wears a cascading ball gown twinkling with silvery sparkles. Black, open-toed mules and golden hoop earrings complete the ensemble. Reminiscent of the original Barbie® doll, <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/holiday-special-occasion-dolls" target="_blank"><u>Barbie® 60th Anniversary Doll</u>’s</a> look features iconic details, like her signature ponytail with a dramatic twist, red lip, and side-eye glance.</p> <p> The doll comes in both Caucasian and African-American versions, and arrives in special 60th anniversary packaging featuring black and white stripes and highlighted with accents of Barbie® doll’s signature pink. The doll stand and Certificate of Authenticity are also included, along with a special wrist tag reminiscent of the original tags from way back when.</p> <p> A diamond jubilee only comes around once in a lifetime. It's an event you can't afford to miss, and when there's a doll like this to honor the historic milestone, you can't let the opportunity pass you by. Early access to the <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/holiday-special-occasion-dolls" target="_blank">Barbie® 60<sup>th</sup> Anniversary Doll</a> is now open for Platinum and Gold Status members. Get her for your collection today – she’s the kind of keepsake you'll want to own for generations to come!</p> <p>  </p> <p> <em>Production dolls may vary from the images shown.</em></p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:a2b55d50-2e8f-479f-9f19-98a53cad0969 Get a Sneak Peek at Our Barbie® 60th Anniversary Dolls! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/sneak-peek-barbie-60th-anniversary-dolls Wed, 02 Jan 2019 09:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/7/14/17e2a2ec-acb8-4c95-9e1b-61aa076b3730.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/7/14/17e2a2ec-acb8-4c95-9e1b-61aa076b3730.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> In 1959, Barbie® doll wowed the world with her fashion debut. In 2019, we're celebrating her diamond anniversary! Time flies when you've become a glamorous global icon, and now it's time to honor 60 years of friends, fashion, and fun!</p> <p> The Barbie® 60th Anniversary Dolls take their inspiration from the Original Teenage Fashion Model Barbie® Doll. Nostalgic details and modern style blend together seamlessly in the perfect homage to Barbie® doll's fashion heritage!</p> <p> The doll comes in both Caucasian and African-American versions, and they'll arrive in the online shop in January. For now, check out a few early photos of these commemorative dolls...</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/8/6/484f4b99-3984-4ca8-b6dd-e99e98c20875.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/8/6/484f4b99-3984-4ca8-b6dd-e99e98c20875.Large.png?1" /></a> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/12/13/2c99c678-ed11-4b10-adbe-fe083380138c.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/12/13/2c99c678-ed11-4b10-adbe-fe083380138c.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/0/14/106afccf-9416-4633-9e6c-e2cf31ea1f88.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/0/14/106afccf-9416-4633-9e6c-e2cf31ea1f88.Large.jpg?1" /></a> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/14/8/be3d5f8b-ec88-4f00-b817-9b71df3dea10.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/14/8/be3d5f8b-ec88-4f00-b817-9b71df3dea10.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/5/4/c53c3413-1563-4bed-8412-4b247074202e.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/5/4/c53c3413-1563-4bed-8412-4b247074202e.Large.jpg?1" /></a> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/3/8/2380e4c1-e143-4b1c-8888-425a4f0a1553.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/3/8/2380e4c1-e143-4b1c-8888-425a4f0a1553.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/4/14/846a1379-6294-4383-ae1a-fbd1868d1ea4.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/4/14/846a1379-6294-4383-ae1a-fbd1868d1ea4.Large.png?1" /></a> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/0/9/3093f74b-adbc-4415-99bb-2f0963e86b6c.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/0/9/3093f74b-adbc-4415-99bb-2f0963e86b6c.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/1/8/f16fc567-b947-47df-8852-040f39303649.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/1/8/f16fc567-b947-47df-8852-040f39303649.Large.png?1" /></a> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/6/11/f6cb3757-5a39-4d1e-8b65-ef1b05ab497e.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/6/11/f6cb3757-5a39-4d1e-8b65-ef1b05ab497e.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/13/7/bdea6c63-8aaf-41db-a706-7ce69b6dc49c.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/13/7/bdea6c63-8aaf-41db-a706-7ce69b6dc49c.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p> Production dolls may vary from the images shown.</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:a5c0379d-aa62-4648-bde7-afbc62ab829f Proudly Pink™ Barbie® Is the First BFMC® Doll for Her 60th Anniversary Year! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/proudly-pink-barbie-first-bfmc-doll-her-60th-anniversary-year Mon, 10 Dec 2018 15:31:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/6/12/16ef92dc-07a9-4d31-ac4a-1f1d085151e1.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/6/12/16ef92dc-07a9-4d31-ac4a-1f1d085151e1.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p> 2019 is not just the 60<sup>th</sup> anniversary of Barbie® doll's debut. This year, the 20<sup>th</sup> series of Barbie® Fashion Model Collection dolls hits the runway, too! The year kicks off in fabulous fashion with the <a href="/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-proudly-pink-doll-fxd50" rel="nofollow"><u>BFMC® Proudly Pink™ Barbie® Doll</u></a>.</p> <p> Any time you reach a special anniversary year, it's the perfect time to look back at where you've been, and to look forward at a future filled with possibilities. The Barbie® Fashion Model Collection has played with that dichotomy for two decades, with Principal Designer Robert Best drawing on designs and styles that have stood the test of time and adding his own contemporary elements. The result? Fresh takes on <em>haute couture</em> you could see coming out of any real-world <em>atelier</em> or on display during any global Fashion Week extravaganza.</p> <p> We could talk about the <a href="/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-proudly-pink-doll-fxd50" rel="nofollow"><u>Proudly Pink™ Barbie® Doll</u></a>'s outfit – and we will! – but we HAVE to talk about her hair first. She's bolder than ever in her signature color, taking the idea of "head-to-toe" to a new level. Her bubblegum pink up-do is the ultimate mix of stylishly chic and perfectly playful. It's been a winning combination for Barbie® over the years, and Robert has taken beyond anything else he's done before for this collection.</p> <p> Okay, now let's talk about her outfit. She's wearing a hot pink faille top and a logo print skirt, with pink gloves and pink stretch stiletto boots. A pale pink logo print purse dangles from her delicate shoulder on a silvery chain. The rhinestone Barbie® logo brooch serves as the topper to this daring look. It's self-referential and reverential at the same time, another inventive touch by Robert for this look.</p> <p> The design also features a gorgeous vintage face sculpt, and the fashion is made for the posable Silkstone® body. A doll stand and Certificate of Authenticity are included, of course, but you'll have to open the specially designed package to get at them. Whether you do that, or you prefer your dolls never removed from the box, you'll fall in love with the first BFMC® doll for 2019. Get your <a href="/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-proudly-pink-doll-fxd50" rel="nofollow"><u>Proudly Pink™ Barbie® Doll</u></a> today!</p> <p> <em><span style="font-size:90%;">Production dolls may vary from the images shown.</span></em></p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:f98deec4-5ca8-41ec-bf7e-4a4c6411307e 2018 Holiday Shipping Deadlines! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/2018-holiday-shipping-deadlines Fri, 07 Dec 2018 00:13:00 GMT <p> Happy holidays to you and yours! We hope you get everything you wish for this year. And when you order Barbie® Signature dolls, we want to make sure they arrive before 12/25! So please, take careful note of these shipping deadlines.</p> <p> For order processing on shipments being delivered to address in the contiguous U.S. (the 48 states and Washington, DC*), to arrive by 12/25, your order must be placed by:</p> <ul> <li> Standard (ground) shipping: 11:00am ET on 12/14/18</li> <li> 2-day rush shipping: 11:00am ET on 12/19/18</li> <li> 1-day rush shipping: 11:00am ET on 12/20/18</li> </ul> <p> <br /> Now that you know, don't wait until the last minute! <u>Shop now</u>, and get your doll-tastic gift giving in motion. (Including any gifts you might be getting for yourself!)</p> <p style="font-size:90%;"> <em>*Deadlines exclude shipments to Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, Puerto Rico, international, PO box and APO/FPO addresses.</em></p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:196c35f6-add3-420e-bc39-89a4ed84754f PUMA Barbie® Dolls Celebrate the Suede Sneaker's 50th Anniversary! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/puma-barbie-dolls-celebrate-suede-sneakers-50th-anniversary Thu, 06 Dec 2018 09:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/7/13/b7f18088-8a67-4de2-9d6e-64c61e8a9294.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/7/13/b7f18088-8a67-4de2-9d6e-64c61e8a9294.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p> Barbie® doll and PUMA unite to pay homage to the 50th anniversary of the classic Suede sneaker! From the courts to the curbs, it’s been worn by icons of every generation, and now one of the biggest icons wears them, too: Introducing the <u>PUMA Barbie® Dolls</u>!</p> <p> Go inside the Mattel Design Center with Barbie® Signature Senior Designer Carlyle Nuera to learn more about the creative influences that inspired this collaboration!</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <object data="https://www.youtube.com/v/rQTzp0MDwmI" height="350" id="ltVideoYouTube" src="https://www.youtube.com/v/rQTzp0MDwmI" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="450"><param name="movie" value="https://www.youtube.com/v/rQTzp0MDwmI" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="flashvars" value="playerMode=embedded" /></object></p> <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> <p> The Suede hit the scene in 1968 and has been changing the game ever since. Clothing styles have changed across the decades, and fashion fads have come and gone and come back again, but the Suede sneaker has outlasted them all. The <u>PUMA Barbie® Dolls</u> have been specially created to celebrate the undeniable cool factor of the PUMA Suede and its 50 years of constant cultural relevance.</p> <p> Both PUMA Barbie® Dolls rock their very own Suede sneakers and wear '90s-inspired athleisure wear, including PUMA branded leggings, a PUMA and Barbie® branded tank top with mesh sleeves, and an oversized track jacket. Both dolls also accessorize their ensembles with aviator-style sunglasses, hoop earrings, and a PUMA logo ring.</p> <p> The dolls mix it up from there, each creating their own signature look. One of the dolls rolls with a white jacket over a pink top, plus black leggings and pink Suede sneakers. She wears her pink-streaked hair styled in a high ponytail with a wrap around the base. The other goes with a pink jacket over a black top, white leggings, and black Suede sneakers. Her hair is styled in a double braid, both of which are streaked with pink as well.</p> <p> Can't decide which one to get? The answer's easy – get them both! <u>Head to the online shop right now</u> and add them to your collection today. They both come with doll stands and Certificates of Authenticity, too – exactly what you'd expect from a pair of iconic brands known and respected for their long-standing influence!</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:b05aa269-0f46-4b9b-909a-78d7ed996dfa Sneak Peek at the First BFMC Doll for Barbie Doll's 60th Anniversary! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/sneak-peek-first-bfmc-doll-barbie-dolls-60th-anniversary Tue, 20 Nov 2018 23:31:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/7/14/17e2a2ec-acb8-4c95-9e1b-61aa076b3730.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/7/14/17e2a2ec-acb8-4c95-9e1b-61aa076b3730.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> 2019 is going to be an incredible year! It's the 60<sup>th</sup> anniversary of Barbie® doll's debut, and the designs we've created to celebrate this milestone will amaze and delight you. In fact, we're ready to give you a sneak peek at one of them right now…</p> <p> The first Barbie® Fashion Model Collection doll for the 2019 collection is the BFMC® Proudly Pink™ Barbie Doll. She's bolder than ever in her signature color – even her hair is bubblegum pink!</p> <p> You won't have to wait too long for her, because she'll arrive in the online shop soon. For now, check out a few secret snaps of this posable Silkstone® doll.</p> <p> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/14/1/3ea64309-015d-4782-81de-2d0783c88e7a.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/14/1/3ea64309-015d-4782-81de-2d0783c88e7a.Large.jpg?1" /></a><a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/12/15/ecf9f780-2d3f-4bec-8faa-ffc590b2c65f.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/12/15/ecf9f780-2d3f-4bec-8faa-ffc590b2c65f.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p>  </p> <p> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/5/15/a5f030ff-b776-4843-bfe7-d3e88f016ad0.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/5/15/a5f030ff-b776-4843-bfe7-d3e88f016ad0.Large.jpg?1" /></a> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/9/5/09949b2b-5b64-46e3-b552-05dbab6f8e91.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/9/5/09949b2b-5b64-46e3-b552-05dbab6f8e91.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/8/1/18527fb6-69a0-4475-b198-23c72cca4f6d.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/8/1/18527fb6-69a0-4475-b198-23c72cca4f6d.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/15/9/6f4b8fb3-2dd1-482f-b9dc-9faa77346965.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/15/9/6f4b8fb3-2dd1-482f-b9dc-9faa77346965.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p>  </p> <p style="font-size:85%;"> Production dolls may vary from the images shown.</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:1d8b6084-4a7d-4e91-8567-0ad558e89e40 Disney Mary Poppins Returns Dolls Light Up Barbie Signature! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/disney-mary-poppins-returns-dolls-light-up-barbie-signature Wed, 14 Nov 2018 09:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/8/5/b8c94c64-cea5-4f8c-8599-488a4bcc9cbb.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/8/5/b8c94c64-cea5-4f8c-8599-488a4bcc9cbb.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p> Arriving just in time for the holidays, Disney’s <em>Mary Poppins Returns </em>is an all-new sequel with a fresh sensibility that celebrates the spirit of the original! Our <u>Disney<a href="/shop/en-us/mattel/disney-mary-poppins-dolls" rel="nofollow"> Mary Poppins Returns Dolls</a></u> are inspired by the key characters and magical scenes from the upcoming film.</p> <p> In the new movie, Mary Poppins is back to help the next generation of the Banks family find the joy and wonder missing in their lives. She's joined by an old friend named Jack, a lamplighter who's always up for a day of adventure with Mary. The three dolls designed by Barbie® Signature in connection with the movie are sculpted to the likenesses of the actors, each wearing fashions based on their costumes from the film.</p> <p> Practically perfect in every way, the <a href="/shop/en-us/ba/disney-mary-poppins-arrives-barbie-doll-frn81" rel="nofollow"><u>Mary Poppins Arrives Doll</u></a> depicts the no-nonsense nanny in her iconic arrival outfit – a blue striped dress with tiered sleeves, accented by a red scarf with polka dots and a hat with bird detail. She also comes with a very important accessory: her magic carpet bag!</p> <p> The <a href="/shop/en-us/ba/mary-poppins-at-the-grand-music-hall-barbie-doll-fwj29" rel="nofollow"><u>Mary Poppins at the Grand Music Hall Doll</u></a> is based upon another magical scene in the film. Mary's music hall outfit is a coral-colored dress, with multi-layered striped ruffles and a sheer overlay. A hat adorned with blue and coral-colored birds accents her cheery look.</p> <p> Finally, the <a href="/shop/en-us/ba/disney-mary-poppins-returns-jack-the-lamplighter-doll-frn83" rel="nofollow"><u>Jack the Lamplighter Doll</u></a> captures the spirit of the charming, optimistic lamplighter who brings light – and life – to the streets of London and everyone around him. He wears a textured grey jacket, red vest, brown pin-striped pants, black scarf, and slim grey cap. Of course, he comes with a lamplighter stick, too!</p> <p> All three dolls come with doll stands and Certificates of Authenticity. What's more, all three are fully posable – and if you really want to capture the excitement of this magical movie, you'll definitely want to take them out of their movie-inspired packaging so you can re-create scenes from the film!</p> <p> Disney’s <em>Mary Poppins Returns</em> debuts only in theaters on December 19, 2018, but you can get ready for another series of unforgettable, fantastic adventures by getting these three <a href="/shop/en-us/mattel/disney-mary-poppins-dolls" rel="nofollow"><u>Disney Mary Poppins Returns Dolls</u></a> in the online shop now!</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:f7086c3e-2154-4be6-a13b-08caf8cfc8fc Barbie® Styled by Iris Apfel Dolls, in Looks From the Rara Avis Collection! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/barbie-styled-iris-apfel-dolls-looks-rara-avis-collection Wed, 07 Nov 2018 15:30:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/2/4/e245c704-1f02-4c59-941a-36c960332ef8.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/2/4/e245c704-1f02-4c59-941a-36c960332ef8.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p> Iris Apfel is one of the most dynamic personalities in the worlds of fashion, textiles, and interior design! We're thrilled that she's brought her vitality, wit, and unwavering fashion sense to the new <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/styled-by-signature-dolls"><u>Barbie® Styled by Iris Apfel Dolls</u></a>.</p> <p> Our "Barbie® Styled By" Collection, launched earlier this year, features collaborations with the world's most glamorous style icon – that's Barbie®, of course! – and A-list celebrity designers, stylists, and fashion influencers like Iris. Self-defined as the “oldest living teenager,” Iris infuses her sense of wonder, humor, and curiosity into her bold, highly colorful designs like the ones Barbie® models here in the latest additions to this series.</p> <p> <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-styled-by-iris-apfel-doll-fwj27"><u>Barbie® Styled by Iris Apfel Doll #1</u></a> embodies modern sophistication. She wears a multi-hued faux fur vest over a black turtleneck, paired with fringed bell bottoms. Her chic accessories include Iris’ signature oversized black glasses, a multi-strand “pearl” necklace, and bracelet cuff.</p> <p> <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-styled-by iris-apfel-doll-fwj28"><u>Barbie® Styled by Iris Apfel Doll #2</u></a>, meanwhile, is the essence of sophisticated elegance. She wears a striped blouse underneath a floral-patterned brocade suit, with layered necklaces and bracelets. Iris’ signature oversized black glasses (of course) complete the look inspired by the designer's Rara Avis collection.</p> <p> Both dolls include doll stands and Certificates of Authenticity – a standard that takes on new meaning where Iris is involved. A genuine fashion icon with style in her DNA, Iris is truly authentic, having been honored with awards, museum exhibits, and a documentary, among many other outstanding achievements. She's the epitome of <em>joie de vivre</em>, and it shines through in these two new collectible dolls!</p> <p> The <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/styled-by-signature-dolls"><u>Barbie® Styled by Iris Apfel Dolls</u></a> are available now, and lucky for you, you don't have to be a celebrity or have a date on the red carpet to add them to your collection. All you need to do is take a quick click trip to the <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/styled-by-signature-dolls"><u>online shop</u></a>!</p> <p style="font-size:90%;"> Production dolls may vary from the images shown.<br /> <span style="font-size:90%;">©2018 Iris Apfel</span></p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:7e8b8463-8393-4ca4-aee4-b2acee324f1d Platinum Label® Yves Saint Laurent Barbie® Dolls, Modeling Three Iconic Looks! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/platinum-label-yves-saint-laurent-barbie-dolls-modeling-three-iconic-looks Mon, 05 Nov 2018 17:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/0/7/b0d0fb51-0556-46a0-a7ed-efb888775503.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/0/7/b0d0fb51-0556-46a0-a7ed-efb888775503.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p> In collaboration with the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris, Barbie® Signature is honored to present three Platinum Label® <a href="/shop/en-us/ba/yves-saint-laurent-dolls" rel="nofollow"><u>Yves Saint Laurent Barbie® Dolls</u></a>! Wearing iconic looks from the visionary designer, these Barbie.com exclusives honor his vast impact on women's 20th century fashion.</p> <p> For this perpetually stylish collaboration, Barbie® models Yves Saint Laurent’s <a href="/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-yves-saint-laurent-doll-gcm97" rel="nofollow"><u>1965 Mondrian dress</u></a>, <u><a href="/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-yves-saint-laurent-doll-fjh71" rel="nofollow">1968 Safari Jacket</a></u>, and <a href="/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-yves-saint-laurent-doll-fbv66" rel="nofollow"><u>1983 “Paris” evening gown</u></a>. Barbie® Product Design Manager Linda Kyaw helped bring these remarkable designs to doll-sized life. “I was over the moon when this opportunity came up,” Kyaw says. “To be able to work on this on behalf of Barbie with a legendary fashion house like Yves Saint Laurent is what dreams are made of!”</p> <p> It’s impossible for Kyaw to choose a favorite among the dolls in the collection. “I love all three equally,” she says with a smile. As you might imagine, then, her focus and desire were on creating a cohesive collection that impeccably represents the French designer and his notable contributions to the world of fashion. “Like anyone else would in my position, I feel honored, humbled, and a deep sense of responsibility to both Barbie and Yves Saint Laurent,” Linda says about this dream project.</p> <p> Working on this project with the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris also had some unexpected and special fringe benefits for Kyaw. “One of the most inspiring things from this collaboration was the ability to research and see the extensive breadth of Yves Saint Laurent’s heritage,” she says. “Revisiting some of his most beloved pieces through the decades is really a fashion history lesson. The impact that Yves Saint Laurent has had in fashion, culture, and the world as we know it today is astonishing.”</p> <p> As Platinum Label® Dolls, no more than 1,000 of each of the three <a href="/shop/en-us/ba/yves-saint-laurent-dolls" rel="nofollow"><u>Yves Saint Laurent Barbie® Dolls</u> </a>will be available for sale. That means you’ll have to act fast to get them in the Barbie® Signature online shop, because they’re going to be as popular and in-demand as the original looks were. As Kyaw notes, “We truly have a piece of history carved in Barbie’s timeline with these three dolls, that will leave a lasting impression for years to come!”</p> <p style="font-size:90%;"> ©Yves Saint Laurent</p> <p>  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:9ab5d31f-71c0-4e35-bca3-0404a1f4d996 Four New Dolls From Disney The Nutcracker and the Four Realms! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/four-new-dolls-disney-nutcracker-four-realms Mon, 22 Oct 2018 08:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/14/13/fe81c909-f329-4ceb-9d51-24cec679fecb.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/14/13/fe81c909-f329-4ceb-9d51-24cec679fecb.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> Coming soon to theaters, and even sooner to Barbie® Signature! Disney’s <em>The Nutcracker and the Four Realms </em>is inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale, and our <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/disney-nutcracker-dolls"><u>Disney The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Dolls</u></a> are inspired by the characters and costumes from the enchanting new movie.</p> <p> One of the largest movie assortments we've released all at one time, these four dolls celebrate different parts of the story, and highlights of Clara's wondrous journey in the mystical world of the Four Realms. It's a strange and mysterious parallel world, home to a host of eccentric characters and no shortage of surprises!</p> <p> As for our main character, the<a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/disney-nutcracker-dolls/disney-claras-light-up-dress-barbie-doll-frn75"> <u>Clara’s Light-Up Dress Doll</u></a> features Clara in a sparkling lilac and pink gown, adorned with silvery and golden design touches. She comes with an ornate box, a tiara, and a necklace – and when you press the button on her pendant, her dress lights up and glows! There's also the <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/disney-nutcracker-dolls/disney-claras-soldier-uniform-barbie-doll-fvw36"><u>Clara’s Soldier Uniform Doll</u></a>, depicting Clara in her toy soldier outfit: a green jacket with detailed bodice and epaulets, pleated red skirt, black boots, and a black hat with chin strap and red tassel.</p> <p> And as for a couple of those other unique characters, the <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/disney-nutcracker-dolls/barbie-the-nutcracker-and-the-four-realms-ballerina-of-the-realms-doll-frn76"><u>Ballerina of the Four Realms Doll</u></a> arrives in her lovely white dress with sheer overlay and a silver-sequined design on the front bodice, standing delicately <em>en pointe</em> in light pink ballerina shoes. The <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/disney-nutcracker-dolls/disney-the-nutcracker-sugar-plum-fairy-barbie-doll-frn77"><u>Sugar Plum Fairy Doll</u></a> wears a wondrous purple gown with multiple scalloped layers, a bodice with silvery detail, and purple collar. Her pink candy-swirled hair and multi-colored fairy wings capture all of her charm in this dazzling new film.</p> <p> All the dolls are sculpted in the likenesses of the actors, and include doll stands and Certificates of Authenticity. The <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/disney-nutcracker-dolls/disney-claras-soldier-uniform-barbie-doll-fvw36"><u>Clara’s Soldier Uniform Doll</u></a> and <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/disney-nutcracker-dolls/barbie-the-nutcracker-and-the-four-realms-ballerina-of-the-realms-doll-frn76"><u>Ballerina of the Four Realms Doll</u></a> are fully posable, and the <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/disney-nutcracker-dolls/disney-claras-light-up-dress-barbie-doll-frn75"><u>Clara’s Light-Up Dress Doll</u></a> and <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/disney-nutcracker-dolls/disney-the-nutcracker-sugar-plum-fairy-barbie-doll-frn77"><u>Sugar Plum Fairy Doll</u></a> each have posable arms, elbows, wrists, and legs. If you're not a de-boxer, the movie-inspired packaging will serve as the perfect display case for these delightful dolls!</p> <p> Disney’s <em>The Nutcracker and the Four Realms</em> debuts only in theaters on November 2, 2018, but you can get in the spirit early with our <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/disney-nutcracker-dolls"><u>Disney The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Dolls</u></a>. You won't need any magic to get them, either – just a quick click to our <u>online shop</u>!</p> <p>  </p> <p> Production dolls may vary from the images shown.</p> <p> © Disney www.disney.com</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:96f6c7aa-7781-4373-a04f-2ed72bb42ba4 Wicked Elphaba and Glinda Barbie® Dolls, Inspired by the Hit Musical! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/wicked-elphaba-glinda-barbie-dolls-inspired-hit-musical Mon, 15 Oct 2018 08:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/2/11/0204484a-632f-4b18-bbb6-22de8c400784.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/2/11/0204484a-632f-4b18-bbb6-22de8c400784.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> The award-winning hit musical WICKED has captivated audiences for 15 years, and is one of the most successful productions of all time. Now, its main characters have been honored in a brand-new way. Join us for the premiere of <a href="/shop/en-us/ba/wicked-dolls" rel="nofollow"><u>Wicked Elphaba and Glinda Barbie® Dolls</u></a>!</p> <p> WICKED tells the untold story of the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good, starting long before Dorothy drops in, and continuing through and beyond the events of the story we know. It's a story filled with surprises – not the least of which is the unlikely friendship that develops between these two remarkable young women.</p> <p> Elphaba, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery, and misunderstood. The <a href="/shop/en-us/ba/wicked-elphaba-barbie-doll-fjh60" rel="nofollow"><u>Wicked Elphaba Barbie® Doll</u></a> captures her captivating presence, wearing her famous black dress, accessorized with black ankle boots and a dramatic black cape. Her long, braided ponytail flows down elegantly from underneath her black pointed hat. And naturally, she comes with a broom to let her fly throughout the Land of Oz.</p> <p> Glinda, on the other hand, is much the opposite of Elphaba – beautiful, ambitious, and very popular. The <a href="/shop/en-us/ba/wicked-glinda-barbie-doll-fjh61" rel="nofollow"><u>Wicked Glinda Barbie® Doll</u></a> highlights the grace and glamour of the "good witch" we've come to adore. She wears her iconic Bubble Dress, with scallops edged in shimmering blue glitter. Her face is framed in blond curls topped with a glittering tiara. Glinda also wears a stunning necklace and light blue heels, and carries her scepter with her as well.</p> <p> If you've seen WICKED on Broadway, or at any of its global productions, you'll recognize these designs as their signature costumes and accessories from Act II of the musical. Each doll is also fully posable, and includes a doll stand for you to display them together and showcase their unexpected friendship. And now, it's time for you to fly to the online shop and get your own <a href="/shop/en-us/ba/wicked-dolls" rel="nofollow"><u>Wicked Elphaba and Glinda Barbie® Dolls</u></a> right now!</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:f8824313-0359-4425-a688-595b74a86433 Holiday Barbie™ Dolls Celebrate 30th Anniversary of a Special Tradition! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/holiday-barbie-dolls-celebrate-30th-anniversary-of-special-tradition Mon, 01 Oct 2018 07:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/3/5/c39e98ef-6655-4658-959e-378506bec1f5.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/3/5/c39e98ef-6655-4658-959e-378506bec1f5.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> One of the longest-running Barbie Signature® traditions has reached a new milestone. It's the 30<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the Holiday Barbie™ Doll! To honor this long-lasting legacy of imagination and celebration, three new <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/holiday-special-occasion-dolls"><u>Holiday Barbie™ Dolls</u></a> have arrived in the online shop.</p> <p> The tradition began with the 1988 Happy Holidays® Barbie® Doll, and though the names of the dolls have changed over the years, a few common themes have been appeared consistently. The gowns these dolls wear are all glamorous; their jewelry suites are spectacular; and their hairstyles are endlessly elegant!</p> <p> For the 30<sup>th</sup> anniversary, we went back to the beginning for inspiration, updating the original red gown with off-the-shoulder cap sleeves, multi-tiered layers throughout the bodice and gown, and a delicate bow at the waist. The jewelry suite worn by our dolls includes a headband, necklace, and bracelet. If you count the "pearls" in them carefully, you'll find 30 in total – a subtle nod to the special occasion!</p> <p> Where the three dolls differ is in their skin tones, facial sculpts, hairstyles, and makeup. The doll with the Millie facial sculpt wears her blonde hair in cascading curls with a chic center part. The doll with the Asha facial sculpt features a trendy afro with glowing highlights that set off her deep-brown eyes. And the doll with the Tori facial sculpt uses a high ponytail with a braided accent to call attention to her hair's rich ombre effect.</p> <p> All three of these 30<sup>th</sup> anniversary <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/holiday-special-occasion-dolls"><u>Holiday Barbie™ Dolls</u></a> are now available in the online shop, because it's never too early to shop for the holidays! They arrive in specially designed keepsake packaging and make fantastic gifts. If you have more than one Barbie® fan on your shopping list, you can get all three together in a <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/holiday-special-occasion-dolls/barbie-holiday-doll-gift-set-ghh75"><u>Holiday Barbie™ Dolls Gift Set</u></a> and save 10%.</p> <p> Make sure you get one for yourself, too. We heard that you're on the "Nice" list!</p> <p style="font-size:90%;"> <em>Production dolls may vary from the images shown.</em></p> <p>  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:869dc9de-5718-4f69-bf41-f5f8166e539b Barbie® Mod Friends™ Gift Set Celebrates 50 Years of Friendship! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/barbie-mod-friends-giftset-celebrates-50-years-of-friendship Fri, 14 Sep 2018 03:48:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/11/5/2bc06935-bb65-4db0-9559-366e6e20763a.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/11/5/2bc06935-bb65-4db0-9559-366e6e20763a.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> "I have a passion for vintage Barbie and I love the 1960s Mod era," says Barbie® Signature Principal Designer Bill Greening. The two come together in groovy fashion with the arrival of the <a href="/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-mod-friends-gift-set-frp00" rel="nofollow"><u>Barbie® Mod Friends Gift Set</u></a> in the online shop!</p> <p> Celebrating 50 years of friendship, the gift set captures an important moment in the history of Barbie®. "From 1963 to 1967 Barbie just had one gal pal, Midge, to hang with. In 1968, Mattel introduced new friends for Barbie," recalls Greening. "Stacey, her British friend, was Barbie doll’s first 'foreign' friend, you could say. And Christie was the first doll designed and marketed as a black friend in Barbie doll’s world."</p> <p> Recent additions to the current Fashionistas® playline dolls have been hailed for their diversity and inclusiveness. The <a href="/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-mod-friends-gift-set-frp00" rel="nofollow"><u>Barbie® Mod Friends™ Gift Set</u></a> reminds us that those traits have been a hallmark of the world of Barbie® for a very long time.</p> <p> As manufacturing methods change over time, so too does the process of creating vintage reproductions that are as close to the real thing as possible. But the details are what makes these dolls so special. Greening shares this by way of example: "We used a hair fiber on Christie that really feels like vintage hair. We haven't used it previously on dolls with 'bubble cut' hairstyles until now. But I love that it feels like a vintage doll hair would."</p> <p> The doll bodies themselves take our vintage reproductions to a new level. Not only do they feature Twist ‘N Turn torsos and rooted eyelashes, they also have bendable legs that may bring back their own wave of nostalgia. "Anyone who picks up these dolls loves their bendable legs," says Greening. "That <em>click, click, click</em> in your hands is so satisfying to play with, and really takes you back."</p> <p> For the fashions themselves, you may have noticed a bit of a citrus twist to the designs. Stacey™ Doll, the mod friend from across the pond, sports a two-piece outfit with pink and yellow dots against lime green. Wearing a long-sleeve blouse and plaid skirt, Christie™ Doll is a tangerine dream. Totally hip, Barbie® Doll wears a flower-power print dress with sunny pops of yellow. Collectors may recognize them as "Cool Casuals," "Tangerine Scene," and "Flower Wower," respectively.</p> <p> "The designs range from 1968-1970," Greening adds, "but I think they could all have lived in the same Barbie case or toy box belonging to a young child. The 1968 date on our new gift set is there to signify we're celebrating the anniversary of when these three girls first met and became lifelong Mod friends!"</p> <p> The <a href="/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-mod-friends-gift-set-frp00" rel="nofollow"><u>Barbie® Mod Friends™ Gift Set</u></a> comes with doll stands for each of the dolls and a Certificate of Authenticity, too. Don't miss your chance to get these three friends together again – get the gift set now in our online shop!</p> <p> Production doll may vary from the images shown.</p> <p>  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:7ed69f6a-9dfe-466d-93ac-18a2b9d07eaf Barbie® Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of THE X-FILES! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/barbie-celebrates-25th-anniversary-of-x-files Wed, 29 Aug 2018 17:09:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/5/15/25268998-a58d-4fbf-8f0a-acfbe7a42285.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/5/15/25268998-a58d-4fbf-8f0a-acfbe7a42285.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> In honor of the debut of <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-the-x-files-agent-fox-mulder-doll-frn94" target="_blank"><u>Barbie® The X-Files™ Agent Fox Mulder Doll</u></a> and <a href="http://https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-the-x-files-agent-dana-scully-doll-frn95" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><u>Barbie® The X-Files™ Agent Dana Scully Doll</u></a>, Barbie® Signature is taking you behind the scenes! See what went into creating the dolls made to celebrate the 25th anniversary of one the most successful television dramas of all time.</p> <p> To faithfully reproduce the signature looks of FBI special agents Dana Scully and Fox Mulder, the Barbie® Signature team got to study actual costumes used in the hit sci-fi series. Principal Designer Bill Greening and Softgoods Design Manager Carolina Cadena worked together to create the doll-sized versions of their dark suits.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/1/9/e1834590-f863-472d-b9cf-0b4ef0746fc9.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/1/9/e1834590-f863-472d-b9cf-0b4ef0746fc9.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/11/14/8b70f601-0e76-4a2d-ae96-3a0daa18f299.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/11/14/8b70f601-0e76-4a2d-ae96-3a0daa18f299.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/3/15/1397c44b-e356-4a4c-bf7f-ee6a8e3ef57e.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/3/15/1397c44b-e356-4a4c-bf7f-ee6a8e3ef57e.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/8/1/98a04b2e-3dbe-40b7-b13c-6287abcff7fa.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/8/1/98a04b2e-3dbe-40b7-b13c-6287abcff7fa.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/12/2/0c2530ae-3d5f-4b5b-82c1-691d639f5a17.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/12/2/0c2530ae-3d5f-4b5b-82c1-691d639f5a17.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> <br /> Of course, their wardrobe wouldn't be complete without accessories! Development Project Manager Ashley Chan worked with Bill to review all the small parts for accuracy, including their shoes, badges, government IDs, and more.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/10/13/6ab871aa-ec88-4ef2-bdfc-ad6e19d0660e.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/10/13/6ab871aa-ec88-4ef2-bdfc-ad6e19d0660e.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/14/0/4ec6016b-ac80-47f8-9028-10ca4b83fdd1.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/14/0/4ec6016b-ac80-47f8-9028-10ca4b83fdd1.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/4/0/e48d3fda-ae41-4402-b051-20d69780918b.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/4/0/e48d3fda-ae41-4402-b051-20d69780918b.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> <br /> Unlike our 1998 <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/pop-culture-barbie-dolls/the-x-files-giftset-19630" target="_blank"><u>The X-Files™ Giftset</u></a>, which featured Barbie® and Ken® in the roles of FBI special agents Dana Scully and Fox Mulder, the new giftset features dolls with faces sculpted to the likeness of the actors. Barbie® Signature Project Sculptor Ray Cavalluzzi used a variety of reference photos to develop digital models for the face sculpts.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/5/9/15d3c706-2b06-48e7-a9ec-430061c09a3f.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/5/9/15d3c706-2b06-48e7-a9ec-430061c09a3f.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/12/14/fccd39cf-b13d-42dc-ae62-f617a7d1fab4.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/12/14/fccd39cf-b13d-42dc-ae62-f617a7d1fab4.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> <br /> To make an actor look camera-ready for television, hair and makeup are key, and THE X-FILES is no exception. Luckily, the Barbie® Signature team knows a lot about hair and makeup, too! Project Lead Shirley Fujisaki (Hair Designer) and Project Designer Alexandra Stoyan-Lopez (Face Design) also relied on an array of reference material to make sure the dolls' hair rooting and styling, and detailed face painting brought the characters to life.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/12/10/dc00f6a7-ab55-470f-aa24-ea5408851f8c.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/12/10/dc00f6a7-ab55-470f-aa24-ea5408851f8c.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/1/10/c17c01a8-025f-4226-9a46-7434e20451a8.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/1/10/c17c01a8-025f-4226-9a46-7434e20451a8.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/8/9/2887ce53-5d1d-4c33-a967-9164dcfa9346.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/8/9/2887ce53-5d1d-4c33-a967-9164dcfa9346.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/15/0/8f82388b-7654-4bec-90bc-979b6ccd7b34.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/15/0/8f82388b-7654-4bec-90bc-979b6ccd7b34.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> <br /> When you order <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-the-x-files-agent-fox-mulder-doll-frn94" target="_blank"><u>Barbie® The X-Files™ Agent Fox Mulder Doll</u></a> and <a href="http://https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-the-x-files-agent-dana-scully-doll-frn95" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><u>Barbie® The X-Files™ Agent Dana Scully Doll</u></a>, the dolls arrive packed in specially designed doll boxes. Before that happens, the Barbie® Signature team not only has to design the packaging, they also have to pack sample dolls to make sure they look great inside the box. Below, Senior Packaging Engineer Kambiz Betaharon gets the dolls ready for our internal review, and Project Designer Tyler Russell presents the digital and real-life versions of the boxed dolls to the team.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/12/8/ec74a8ce-cd91-4fbb-88d4-1304721032d8.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/12/8/ec74a8ce-cd91-4fbb-88d4-1304721032d8.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/5/6/251b5031-aaaa-401b-8669-f6dd6eb9ec9e.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/5/6/251b5031-aaaa-401b-8669-f6dd6eb9ec9e.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/12/10/8cee819c-cb38-41f7-8a93-ff836fbdf85d.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/12/10/8cee819c-cb38-41f7-8a93-ff836fbdf85d.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> <p> And that's how you celebrate the 25th anniversary of the influential series that went from breakout sci-fi favorite to massive global hit! Celebrate this pop culture touchstone with us, and get your <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-the-x-files-agent-fox-mulder-doll-frn94" target="_blank"><u>Barbie® The X-Files™ Agent Fox Mulder Doll</u></a> and <a href="http://https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-the-x-files-agent-dana-scully-doll-frn95" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><u>Barbie® The X-Files™ Agent Dana Scully Doll</u></a> in our shop now!</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/0/5/00555544-5e74-44f5-a555-4bbaddc6663e.Full.jpg?1" style="text-align:center;" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/0/5/00555544-5e74-44f5-a555-4bbaddc6663e.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p>  </p> <p> Production doll may vary from the images shown.</p> <p> The X-Files TM & © 2018 Fox</p> <p>  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:1b09dfdf-ba1a-4c44-8792-a7ff4e8cdb01 A New Barbie® Shero: Laurie Hernandez Barbie® Doll! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/new-barbie-shero-laurie-hernandez-barbie-doll Tue, 14 Aug 2018 08:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/4/6/94f47fae-47e8-40fa-a616-c6f213e3fe7c.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/4/6/94f47fae-47e8-40fa-a616-c6f213e3fe7c.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> In 2016, U.S. Gymnast Laurie Hernandez captivated girls around the world with her energetic performances. Since then, she's also become an author, an entrepreneur, and a Barbie® Shero!</p> <p> To celebrate the youngest member of the Final Five gymnastics team, we're thrilled to introduce the <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-laurie-hernandez-doll-fjh69" target="_blank"><u>Laurie Hernandez </u><u>Barbie® </u><u>Doll</u></a>! Her achievements are especially important because imagining you can be anything is just the beginning. Seeing that you can makes all the difference, and the new doll has been designed to capture her dynamism and inspirational spirit.</p> <p> The<a href="http://https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-laurie-hernandez-doll-fjh69" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> <u>Laurie Hernandez </u><u>Barbie® </u><u>Doll</u></a> is sculpted to her likeness and fully posable. You can re-create any of her amazing routines, or use the included doll stand to capture a moment from one of those routines in a perfect pose. She also comes with a grip bag from her GK gymnastics line, adding to the authenticity of the experience.</p> <p> Collectors who like to keep their dolls in the boxes may want a second <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-laurie-hernandez-doll-fjh69" target="_blank"><u>Laurie Hernandez </u><u>Barbie® </u><u>Doll</u></a> so they can open one of them. That's because the doll comes with two different leotard replicas, so you can outfit her in the leotard that she's not wearing in the package!</p> <p> She's a woman who's broken boundaries, encouraging the next generation of girls to follow in her footsteps and go even farther. She's the author of <em>I Got This: To Gold and Beyond</em>, a bestselling memoir about her rise to success. And now, she's a Barbie® Shero because of the stellar example she sets as a role model for girls everywhere. Get the doll that honors and inspires – get the <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-laurie-hernandez-doll-fjh69" target="_blank"><u>Laurie Hernandez </u><u>Barbie® </u><u>Doll</u></a> in the online shop!</p> <p> Production doll may vary from the images shown.</p> <p> GK is a registered trademark of Elite Sportswear, L.P.</p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:7c724497-fe85-4b6b-a158-d820290c0c72 Barbie® Dolls Styled by Celebrity Stylist Marni Senofonte! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/barbie-dolls-styled-celebrity-stylist-marni-senofonte Mon, 13 Aug 2018 08:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/5/13/25606207-1c5b-42d2-9d3e-13d8740d6463.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/5/13/25606207-1c5b-42d2-9d3e-13d8740d6463.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> Marni Senofonte is one of the most sought-after stylists, whose work spans from editorial spreads to live appearances, music, and film. Now, she's bringing her unique creative expression to design for the ultimate global fashion icon – Barbie®!</p> <p> The <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/styled-by-signature-dolls" target="_blank"><u>Barbie® Styled by Marni Dolls</u></a> feature fresh, trend-defining looks that exude confidence and a cool free-to-be-me vibe. By combining patterns, silhouettes and layers with bold accessories, Marni has created innovative looks for her A-list celebrity clients. When it came to styling for Barbie, one doll simply wasn't enough! We're thrilled to debut a pair of designs that look like they've arrived straight from the red carpet or the pages of your favorite fashion magazine.</p> <p> For the first of the two dolls in the mini collection, Barbie wears a dark denim, long-sleeved turtleneck crop top with harem-styled jeans over black fishnet tights—all punctuated with bright pink pumps. Her hair is accented with a stylish beret.</p> <p> For the second of the two dolls, Barbie® wears a denim oversized crop jacket emblazoned with a “B” on the back and a sheer blue maxi dress with scattered Barbie® beauty-related icons. Large hoop earrings and blue booties accessorize the look, and her auburn hair is styled and twisted in a trendy topknot.</p> <p> Each doll includes a doll stand for you to display them alongside the most fashionable dolls in your collection. We've also included a Certificate of Authenticity, so you know these dolls were imagined, designed, and produced exclusively for Barbie® Signature by the celebrity stylist herself! Get your <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/styled-by-signature-dolls" target="_blank"><u>Barbie® Styled by Marni Dolls</u></a> in the online shop today.</p> <p>  </p> <p> Production doll may vary from the images shown.</p> <p> ©MarnixMarni Inc.</p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:fe4c7ad9-e021-42d6-abfc-a1a18c21cccf Barbie® Midnight Glamour™ Doll Is Your Second BFMC® Doll for 2018! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/barbie-midnight-glamour-doll-second-bfmc-doll-2018 Mon, 23 Jul 2018 08:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/7/12/4721f2f7-2ac1-469c-9c16-f71752cec186.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/7/12/4721f2f7-2ac1-469c-9c16-f71752cec186.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> <p>  </p> <p> Ready for a night to remember? Barbie® doll is, and it all begins with a stunning gown, timeless details, and perfectly-paired accessories. Catch<a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-midnight-glamour-doll-frn96" target="_blank"> <u>Barbie® Midnight Glamour™ Doll</u></a> now, before she goes out on the town!</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/12/0/eca91c8d-dc33-49b8-b052-e73de08a588b.Full.jpg?1" style="text-align:center;" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/12/0/eca91c8d-dc33-49b8-b052-e73de08a588b.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> Designed by Robert Best, <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-midnight-glamour-doll-frn96" target="_blank"><u>Barbie® Midnight Glamour™ Doll</u></a> is the second doll in the 2018 Barbie® Fashion Model Collection. The series began with <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-elegant-rose-cocktail-dress-doll-fjh77" target="_blank"><u>Barbie® Elegant Rose Cocktail Dress Doll</u></a>, a fun and flirty entry fit for a variety of formal and semi-formal occasions.</p> <p> For Robert’s follow-up, he went fully formal, creating an evening gown that evokes the unmatched elegance of classic couture and adds a contemporary twist to the design. The fashion is also created for the posable Silkstone® doll body, for endless posing possibilities.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/4/11/349e257d-a247-4b44-8beb-a1eeccca5723.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/4/11/349e257d-a247-4b44-8beb-a1eeccca5723.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> Her sophisticated gown features floor-length flounces of navy blue chiffon atop a full tulle petticoat, while shimmering silver sequined stars illuminate the luxurious fabric. A silver and rhinestone matching necklace highlights her strawberry blonde hair, which is pulled back in a graceful low bun. Long navy evening gloves finish the endlessly stylish look.</p> <p> Barbie® Signature Platinum Status members can add her to their collections starting today! She’ll be available to Gold Status members 7/25, and non-members can get her beginning on 7/27. Not a member of Barbie® Signature? <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-signature-membership" target="_blank"><u>See what you’re missing in the club, and sign up now!</u></a> Then be sure to add <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-midnight-glamour-doll-frn96" target="_blank"><u>Barbie® Midnight Glamour™ Doll </u></a>to your Barbie® Fashion Model Collection right away!</p> <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:13d8cb79-d6c8-4ffe-91d7-1ed84532f661 VIDEO: Just Revealed at Convention: Barbie MOD Friends™ Giftset! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/video-just-revealed-convention-barbie-mod-friends-giftset Thu, 12 Jul 2018 21:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/13/12/5df883e7-6aff-4312-8cfb-59610dfe8302.Full.jpg?1" style="text-align:center;" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/13/12/5df883e7-6aff-4312-8cfb-59610dfe8302.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> At the 2018 National Barbie® Doll Collectors Convention in Phoenix, Arizona, attendees got to watch a video in which Bill Greening delivered a very special reveal – the Barbie® MOD Friends™ Giftset. And now, you can watch that video, too!</p> <p> In the video, you'll get to see the dolls themselves, and discover how the original Mattel catalogs, "flower power," mood boards, and a paper doll magazine bought by Bill at last year's convention all played a role in the packaging design for this giftset.</p> <p> Created to celebrate the 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary of when these three friends met, the Barbie® MOD Friends™ Giftset arrives in the online shop later this year. For now, here's your video preview!</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <object data="https://www.youtube.com/v/PiEX4Oom5SQ" height="350" id="ltVideoYouTube" src="https://www.youtube.com/v/PiEX4Oom5SQ" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="450"><param name="movie" value="https://www.youtube.com/v/PiEX4Oom5SQ" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="flashvars" value="playerMode=embedded" /></object></p> <p style="text-align:right;">  </p> <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:a2f252ab-2e2d-40b2-8042-74fae51d4207 Barbie® Jurassic World™ Dolls Ready for Thrilling Action and Adventure! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/barbie-jurassic-world-dolls-ready-thrilling-action-adventure Wed, 20 Jun 2018 17:58:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/13/4/8d7da1ee-c7ec-4e9b-a420-c7f3c4f458b5.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/13/4/8d7da1ee-c7ec-4e9b-a420-c7f3c4f458b5.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p>  </p> <p> Return to Isla Nublar with the <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/jurassic-world-barbie-dolls#facet:&productBeginIndex:0&orderBy:&pageView:grid&minPrice:&maxPrice:&pageSize:&contentPageSize:&" target="_blank"><u>Barbie® Jurassic World™ Dolls</u>!</a> Based on the key movie characters Claire and Owen, each doll is sculpted to the likeness of the actor and wears a signature outfit inspired by the film.</p> <p> Since Jurassic World was destroyed, Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves on the island. Claire, Jurassic World's former Director of Operations, spent the next few years campaigning for dinosaur rights through the Dinosaur Protection Group.</p> <p> When the island's dormant volcano begins roaring to life, she's asked to help save the dinosaurs left on Isla Nublar, and uncovers much more than she ever imagined. She’s dressed for the daring adventure in a tank top, collared shirt, pants, and boots.</p> <p> Meanwhile, Owen was leading a quiet life after Jurassic World was destroyed. Then he learns that Blue, who he has a connection with as the beta of the pack, is alive and threatened by the volcanic eruption on Isla Nublar. He’s drawn back to the island to rescue her and the other dinosaurs, facing both natural and manmade threats. For this expedition, he wears familiar attire: a non-collared shirt, cargo vest, and jeans.</p> <p> The dolls also feature fully-articulated bodies, for endless high-action posing possibilities! They each arrive in special Barbie® Signature movie-themed packaging, but don’t let that stop you from taking them out to relive the action and the drama of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.</p> <p> Claire and Owen have to survive an island filled with dinosaurs and a newly-active volcano to get back home, but you don’t even have to leave your computer or smartphone to bring them home to you. Get your <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/jurassic-world-barbie-dolls#facet:&productBeginIndex:0&orderBy:&pageView:grid&minPrice:&maxPrice:&pageSize:&contentPageSize:&" target="_blank"><u>Barbie® Jurassic World™ Dolls</u></a> today from our online shop!</p> <p>  </p> <p> Jurassic World is a trademark and copyright of Universal Studios and Amblin Entertainment, Inc. Licensed by Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.</p> <p>  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:111b597e-b6fe-41f6-bdee-44c5b97bcc49 Sneak Preview of the Next 2018 Barbie® Fashion Model Collection Doll! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/sneak-preview-of-next-2018-barbie-fashion-model-collection-doll Tue, 05 Jun 2018 08:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/13/12/5df883e7-6aff-4312-8cfb-59610dfe8302.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/13/12/5df883e7-6aff-4312-8cfb-59610dfe8302.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> The 2018 Barbie® Fashion Model Collection kicked off with Barbie® Elegant Rose Cocktail Dress Doll. Very soon, the next doll in the series will arrive in the online shop!</p> <p> Designed by Robert Best, <strong>Barbie® Midnight Glamour™ Doll</strong> will be dressed for a night to remember, featuring timeless details and accessories. Barbie® Signature Platinum Status members will have the first opportunity to add her to their collections later in July, followed by Gold Status members a week later, and the general public a week after that. (Not a member? <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-signature-membership" target="_blank"><u>Learn more about Barbie® Signature and join now!</u>)</a></p> <p> Until then, here’s a preview of <strong>Barbie® Midnight Glamour™ Doll</strong> for you to enjoy. Keep an eye on your email for the announcement once she arrives!</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/8/2/58668e65-9d8d-473c-9211-fcb558fa724e.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/8/2/58668e65-9d8d-473c-9211-fcb558fa724e.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/6/9/46527e19-b2b1-4217-894e-5b028dececac.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/6/9/46527e19-b2b1-4217-894e-5b028dececac.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:3ddfa407-0c02-48c0-8ac0-48a0b2d1241c Barbie® Doll’s Vintage Wardrobe, Now Available To Wear IRL http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/barbies-vintage-wardrobe-now-available-wear-irl Wed, 16 May 2018 23:42:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/1/3/61bae8f1-b71a-42fd-b322-84a6143da734.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/1/3/61bae8f1-b71a-42fd-b322-84a6143da734.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> Have you dreamed of having some of Barbie® doll’s iconic looks in your own closet? Now you can! Barbie® partnered with Burbank-based retro fashion retailer Unique Vintage to bring to life classic Barbie® styles for real life fans.</p> <p> The <a href="https://www.unique-vintage.com/collections/the-barbie-collection?utm_source=barbie&utm_medium=blog&utm_campaign=barbiexuniquevintagecollection" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><u>Barbie x Unique Vintage</u></a> collaboration includes a thirteen-piece collection of dresses and separates based on actual Barbie® looks worn from her launch in 1959 to the mid 1960s, including such recognizable pieces as the Solo in the Spotlight™ black glitter mermaid gown and The Suburban Shopper baby blue sun dress.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/6/6/36f2dbf3-a2d3-4c17-8642-f87d92c49307.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/6/6/36f2dbf3-a2d3-4c17-8642-f87d92c49307.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> The unique vintage-inspired Barbie® collection pays homage to the fashion of the era while playing up the doll-like details of the original designs including bright colors, playful prints and patterns, and oversized exposed zippers. The iconic Barbie® style shines through with flattering ensembles for all body types in sizes XS – 4X.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/9/3/4991562a-f672-4948-a3fc-8afe1d9e2060.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/9/3/4991562a-f672-4948-a3fc-8afe1d9e2060.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> “What little girl hasn’t grown up wanting to dress up like Barbie? It was a thrill making these hard-to-find vintage Barbie clothes go from 8” miniatures to real, wearable pieces. It was an exciting design challenge matching fabric and original details and we couldn’t be happier with the end results,” said Unique Vintage owner and CEO Katie Echeverry. “Plus, each dress has this history that comes with it, the story of who wore it first 50 – 60 years ago, which we think is pretty special.” </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/0/9/c01537bc-a828-47ea-99a4-477528893bc9.Full.jpg?1" style="text-align:center;" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/0/9/c01537bc-a828-47ea-99a4-477528893bc9.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> “Barbie's wardrobe has always been a reflection of the times. Our partnership with Unique Vintage showcases a few of the most popular Barbie doll looks from the 60s,” said Kim Culmone, Vice President of Barbie Design. “The collection celebrates our heritage and iconic style and we’re thrilled to offer adult fans another way to wear their favorite Barbie looks.”</p> <p> The collection is available on <a href="https://www.unique-vintage.com/collections/the-barbie-collection?utm_source=barbie&utm_medium=blog&utm_campaign=barbiexuniquevintagecollection" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><u>www.unique-vintage.com</u></a> and at their retail store located at 2013 West Magnolia Blvd in Burbank, CA</p> <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:f089bc39-6c05-451b-9d08-f4462ffa7566 Unicorn Goddess™ Barbie® Doll Begins the Mystical Muse™ Doll Series! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/unicorn-goddess-barbie-doll-begins-mystical-muse-doll-series Tue, 15 May 2018 08:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/7/2/c7ac71d3-f328-4bbf-b210-b139e92d4aad.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/7/2/c7ac71d3-f328-4bbf-b210-b139e92d4aad.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> Last month, we gave you a sneak preview of the first entry in a new Barbie® fantasy doll series. Today, she makes her enchanting debut! Meet <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/unicorn-goddess-barbie-doll-fjh82" target="_blank"><u>Unicorn Goddess™ Barbie® Doll</u></a>, the first doll in the Mythical Muse™ Series.</p> <p> Barbie® Signature Principal Designer Bill Greening is the creative talent behind this alluring mix of fashion and folklore. A beauty from which fables are made, Unicorn Goddess™ Barbie® is available for a limited time only from the Barbie.com online shop!</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/4/13/d4e336d0-23e4-43f2-9d1f-aebc66d3e077.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/4/13/d4e336d0-23e4-43f2-9d1f-aebc66d3e077.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> To achieve the sleek and powerful look of her namesake, Unicorn Goddess™ Barbie® Doll wears an iridescent unitard, accented with an intricate shimmering swirl design. A bold waist-to-shoulder ombre “mane,” rooted floor-length tail, and breathtaking headpiece evoke the mystical creature long admired for its purity and strength.</p> <p> Her graceful accessories include unicorn-themed heels and a wrist cuff. She’s designed with the ModelMuse™ doll body and the Karl Lagerfeld face sculpt, featuring whimsical glitter eye makeup, flowing opalescent hair, and painted fingernails.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/14/0/8e574fa4-5362-4ad4-803b-836d68665bc0.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/14/0/8e574fa4-5362-4ad4-803b-836d68665bc0.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/3/9/9366a44d-03d0-4a06-890a-f32861e3bbf5.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/3/9/9366a44d-03d0-4a06-890a-f32861e3bbf5.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> From May 15-20, Barbie® Signature Platinum Status members will have the first opportunity to add her to their collection. From May 21-27, Gold Status members will join in on the opportunity to own her before anyone else. (<a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-signature-membership" target="_blank"><u>Not a Barbie® Signature member? Learn more and join today!</u></a>) If she’s not sold out, she’ll be available to the general public on May 28.</p> <p> It’s not often you get a chance to be in at the start of a brand-new doll series, so don’t miss your chance! <u><a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/unicorn-goddess-barbie-doll-fjh82" target="_blank">Get Unicorn Goddess™ Barbie® Doll in the online shop today</a>.</u></p> <p>  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:d4cdaa30-d76d-4cd3-ad7a-960b1f2a887e Barbie® Graduation Day Doll: A Gift for All Ages! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/barbie-graduation-day-doll-gift-ages Mon, 14 May 2018 07:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/13/14/bdd9a7a3-1054-4240-be71-28282730cfdd.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/13/14/bdd9a7a3-1054-4240-be71-28282730cfdd.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p>  </p> <p> It’s a very special time of year – when graduates of all ages gather for commencement ceremonies! From pre-K to pre-med, honor the occasion and your favorite high achiever with a special gift: <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-graduation-day-doll-fjh66" target="_blank"><u>Barbie® Graduation Day Doll!</u></a></p> <p> Designed by Kelley Lindberg, <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-graduation-day-doll-fjh66" target="_blank"><u>Barbie® Graduation Day Doll</u></a> is the first keepsake creation in a brand-new series of dolls. We’ve designed graduation-themed Barbie® dolls in the past, but this marks the beginning of an annual tradition.</p> <p> This year, <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-graduation-day-doll-fjh66" target="_blank"><u>Barbie® Graduation Day Doll</u></a> wears a royal blue graduation cap and gown with a collared floral dress, designed for the Modelmuse® doll body and featuring the Millie face sculpt. Her light blue graduation stole features the Barbie® silhouette head logo on one side and a stylized letter “B” on the other side – and the delicate tassel matches, of course!</p> <p> Barbie® Graduation Day Doll stands proud inside specially designed packaging, perfect for gift-giving. The doll box includes space on the back for a personalized message, to let them know just how proud you are of their accomplishment.</p> <p> Whenever your special student gets her degree, diploma, or certificate, celebrate the dreams and hard work that led to this year’s special day with <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-graduation-day-doll-fjh66" target="_blank"><u>Barbie® Graduation Day Doll</u></a> as a keepsake to remind her that her future sparkles brightly. Get this first-annual doll in the shop today!</p> <p>  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:f51bf94d-41fa-4984-a031-d55fbc4fd996 A Barbie® Signature Exclusive: The Legend of Faraway Forest®! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/barbie-signature-exclusive-legend-of-faraway-forest Mon, 30 Apr 2018 08:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/0/4/201c952b-104c-4562-b4d6-ad0c6b73ca6e.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/0/4/201c952b-104c-4562-b4d6-ad0c6b73ca6e.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> To celebrate the final festive dolls in the Faraway Forest® Collection, we’re thrilled to share something wonderful with you!</p> <p> Barbie® Signature Project Copywriter Eleanor Oliver has been writing the packaging copy for these fantastic fantasy dolls, but she’s also written something more: a secret history of Faraway Forest®. It tells of an ancient prophecy, and a humble Elf Princess unexpectedly bidden to help fulfill it. We’ve shared excerpts from the tale of arduous journey in recent posts revisiting the dolls of the collection. Now, the full story can finally be told!</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/13/3/0d255c44-35cd-4ca0-8319-5aa8cdafbf40.Full.png?1" style="text-align:center;" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/13/3/0d255c44-35cd-4ca0-8319- 5aa8cdafbf40.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p> <strong><em>“Fate goes where she must.”</em></strong><br /> <strong><em>-Irish Proverb</em></strong></p> <p> Far from her home in the Elf Village, the Elf Princess reaches her destination in the Fairy Kingdom. Menacing dark clouds loom overhead and cast a dark shadow over the entire land. Once a lively realm filled with delightful music, flickering lights, and flittering fairies, it has become home to sadness and despair. Gathering her velvet cloak tightly about her and covering her fiery-red hair with her hood, the princess continues towards the castle gate. As she approaches, she overhears a guard whisper to another, “She’s the one”.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/3/11/43efdd74-a0a1-4009-abe0-d5ade529527a.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/3/11/43efdd74-a0a1-4009-abe0-d5ade529527a.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> Once inside the castle’s majestic hall, she is taken aback by the sound of a slow mournful wailing. A rather nervous magistrate greets the princess and guides her through the castle. He explains the wailing is coming from the king. He is mourning a broken heart. The Queen of the Dark Forest used her magic to trap the king’s betrothed, the Maiden of the Meadows, deep within the Dark Forest. The Elf Princess shudders at the mere mention of the evil queen.</p> <p> Legends and lore had long foretold of this time in Faraway Forest. Condemned to live out her existence in the Dark Forest, the queen became jealous when the King of the Fairy Kingdom chose the Maiden of the Meadow to be his bride. In a fury, she tricked the maiden and cast the Fairy Kingdom into eternal darkness. Unless the maiden is returned, the spell will not be broken.</p> <p> To the surprise of many in the king’s court, he did not dispatch an army to rescue the Maiden. Nay, standing before them on this dark and blustery night was an elfin princess, dressed in the woodland garb of her people. She wore no armor, nor did she have a weapon for protection. The Elf Princess was just as taken aback by the king’s appearance. His garments were drab and his crown dull. If he had once been a strong leader, she could not tell now.</p> <p> Dismissing the concerns of his court, the Fairy King reminded them the Elf Princess and her people are immortal and possess keen skills that will aid her on this treacherous mission. Her magic will serve her when strength will not; for within her staff she carries the purest of light. Looking directly into her eyes, the forlorn king tells the princess, “With your powers, you can go where armies cannot. You are the only one for this journey.” Handing her a map of Faraway Forest, the king advises her to visit their allies throughout all the kingdoms, including a special appeal to the Lady of the White Woods. As the sister of the Queen of the Dark Forest, her powerful magic may be their last hope.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/15/7/bf8eb823-281d-425e-b724-8862205c7828.Full.jpg?1" style="text-align:center;" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/15/7/bf8eb823-281d-425e-b724-8862205c7828.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> With nothing more to be said, the Elf Princess leaves the fairy kingdom to begin her arduous journey. She travels west, to the realm of the Magical Lagoon. Perhaps the Water Sprite can read the oracle and direct her to the king’s treasure. As she winds her way through the enchanted Mystical Meadows, the Elf Princess is delighted to make the company of wood nymphs. The kind nymphs prepare a meal for her and keep watch over her while she sleeps.</p> <p> A fortnight and a day later, the Elf Princess arrives at the mystical Magical Lagoon. As she rests along the gleaming water’s edge and waits for the arrival of the Water Sprite, she is careful not to glimpse at her reflection in the water. Such an act would seem vain and could anger the Water Sprite. Before long the shimmering water stirs and the luminous Water Sprite emerges from a great whirlpool.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/5/14/a5a0baed-dd39-44aa-8e36-35df4b93f163.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/5/14/a5a0baed-dd39-44aa-8e36-35df4b93f163.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> The Elf Princess has never seen anyone more beautiful. The Water Sprite’s translucent blue skin sparkles in the sunlight. Long locks of cerulean blue hair cascades down her back. Her flowing gown undulates like gentle waves. She is both alluring and haunting at the same time. With her trident raised, the Elf Princess senses that the Water Sprite is poised to protect her kingdom.</p> <p> Nervously, the Elf Princess explains she has been sent for an oracle reading. Without uttering a word, the Water Sprite dips her trident into water and swirls it around. As images begin to appear, the princess gasps. She sees the location of the Maiden of the Meadows. More images swirl to the surface: a crystal cave and then pure white woods. The Water Sprite points to the mountains on the princess’s map where she’ll find the Crystal Caves. Before dipping back into the lagoon, the Water Sprites taps her trident to the Elf Princess’s staff. A bright blue light beams from the crystal.</p> <p> The Magical Lagoon fades into the distance as the Elf Princess begins the slow climb up a snow-covered mountain. The wind howls and the frosty air chills her face. The only speck of color on the mountainside is her loden-colored cloak. She arrives at the looming chasm that serves as the entrance to the Kingdom of the Crystal Caves. Gleaming glacial formations tower above her.</p> <p> Once inside, she finds the King of the Crystal Cave has been expecting her. Perched atop his crystal throne, he is the fitting image of a mighty ruler. From his broad, chiseled jaw to his daunting muscular build, it’s clear he too is ready and capable of defending his kingdom from enemy intruders. As he speaks to her, the Elf Princess finds herself mesmerized by his piercing, icy blue eyes. While he may look formidable in his armor, he is also kind and reassuring. To the delight of the princess, he even shares the meaning of the fierce wolf emblazoned on his breastplate.</p> <p> The king expresses his concern about the Queen of Dark Forest and her involvement with the missing Maiden of the Meadows. The unfilled prophecy will have a dire impact on all kingdoms in Faraway Forest. Since he cannot leave his kingdom lest they too fall prey to the Queen of the Dark Forest, he uses his sword to chisel a piece of crystal from his throne. “Carry this with you, and guard it carefully,” he warns the princess. “I trust you will know when to use it” he tells her. Nodding to the blue light glowing from the staff, he adds, “I see the Water Sprite has bestowed upon you the power of her realm. Collect a talisman from the Lady of the White Woods and you will have the force of Faraway Forest to serve you.”</p> <p> He appoints a wolf pack to guide her safely through the frosty tundra to the land that borders his kingdom. The king wishes the princess well and tells her, “You will find the castle of The Lady of the White Woods just beyond the winter-white forest. From there only she can guide you on the final portion of your journey.”</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/2/14/92f12271-c65d-4193-9e57-26d8ed714624.Full.jpg?1" style="text-align:center;" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/2/14/92f12271-c65d-4193-9e57-26d8ed714624.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> It’s nightfall when the Elf Princess reaches a majestic birch forest. A stretch of bone-white trees shines brightly in the moonlight. The wolves bay at the moon before retreating back to the crystal kingdom. A family of hooting snow-white owls fly off in the direction of a clearing, startling the Elf Princess. She follows them, minding the white, winding path that suddenly opens to an enchanting alabaster palace illuminated by the moonlight. Delighted and happy to visit a beloved friend in her enchanted kingdom, the Elf Princess picks up her pace.</p> <p> The Lady of the White Woods descends a cascading ivory staircase. Her flowing, ruffled gown gives the illusion she is walking on air. Her crown and striking neck-piece are silvery branches and feathers gleaned from her kingdom. When she reaches the bottom step, the Elf Princess bows and greets the Lady: “Your majesty, I am the Elf Princess, daughter of the Elven people. I have traveled throughout the kingdoms at the request of the good Fairy King.”</p> <p> The Lady gestures with a nod and responds, “We have met before. I am glad to see that you are well.”</p> <p> Surrounded by a menagerie of sorts, the Lady of the Woods escorts the Elf Princess to her throne room where she listens intently as the princess reveals the plight of the Fairy Kingdom. The Lady of the White Woods shares that she is well-aware of her sister’s treacherous hand in the matter and agrees she must be stopped before all the kingdoms are cast into darkness.</p> <p> The Elf Princess had hoped the Lady of the White Woods would join her on the last leg of the journey, but alas, the queen explains that is impossible. When her sister chose to study the dark arts, their rivalry grew even more intense. When their father was on his deathbed, he split his kingdom into two: one light and one dark. He forbade either daughter to trespass on the other’s land in order to maintain peace and harmony for all in Faraway Forest. Violating his wish would cost each her magical powers.</p> <p> While the Queen of the Dark Forest dared not set foot in the White Woods, that did not stop her from luring Faraway Forest folk to her kingdom. Only a pure, powerful light could quell the spell of darkness, explained the Lady. Plucking a branch from her crown, she hands it to the Elf Princess and tells her, “You now possess talismans from each kingdom. Guard them, for they will protect you in the Dark Forest.” She then warns the Elf Princess: “You must quickly find the maiden and get out of the forest as fast as you can.” She explains that her sister’s magic is so strong it may weaken the spell of the talismans. The Lady offers her bravest to journey with the princess, but they are to go no further than where the White Woods meet the Dark Forest.</p> <p> The land between the White Woods and the Dark Forest is vast and desolate. It is absent of flora and fauna. An eerie, deafening silence pricks the princess’s keen ears. Donning her hood, she forges alone through a dense fog. In the distance gnarled tree limbs seem to reach out menacingly towards her. Summoning the courage and strength of her people, she taps her staff on the ground three times. A bright beam of light shines from the magic crystal. Anxiously, she continues along a jagged path.</p> <p> A heavy air engulfs her as she walks. Feeling confused, she wonders if she has been walking in circles. She cannot see the path ahead of her and every gnarled tree looks the same. Stumbling her way through the thicket, she hears a faint voice repeating, “I am here.” Uncertain if what she is hearing is real or a spell cast by the Queen of the Dark Forest, the princess points the tip of the staff in the direction of the sound. The crystal glows brighter and the staff pulls her deeper into the Dark Forest.</p> <p> A sentry of enchanted gnarled trees retreats as the Elf Princess is pulled towards them. As her eyes adjust, she sees realizes she is now in the center of a clearing and high above her is an iron cage holding the Maiden of the Meadows. The Queen of the Dark Forest emerges from a bowing row of thickets. They rise as she passes.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/7/8/57d11fd3-b282-4c4d-88db-b02cfabedfc6.Full.jpg?1" style="text-align:center;" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/7/8/57d11fd3-b282-4c4d-88db-b02cfabedfc6.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> “Mind that you do not look directly into her violet eyes,” the maiden shouts to the princess. “For if you do, you too will become her prisoner.” The Queen of the Dark Forest let out a long, piercing cackle. The Elf Princess stands frozen in her tracks, not from a spell, but from fear. The queen walks slowly towards the princess, pricking the ground with her scepter as she walks. Tiny black ravens appear with each prick and then squawk away into the darkness. The queen’s long black gown shimmers in the darkness. A horned crown crafted from onyx adds to her foreboding presence.</p> <p> “Silly elf,” hisses the queen. “You are a fool to enter my kingdom.”</p> <p> The Elf Princess stands steadfastly, still avoiding the queen’s eyes. Tapping her staff vigorously against the barren ground, a brilliant glow illuminates the gnarled trees. The queen cringes. “I carry the light from each realm in Faraway Forest,” declares the Elf. “Release the maiden and we will be gone.”</p> <p> With the wave of her scepter, the queen’s tree guards move in closer. “You do not possess enough power in that staff to stop me,” mocks the queen.</p> <p> Reaching into her boot, the princess collects the talismans she had gathered from the other kingdoms. Holding them tightly in her hand, she again hits her staff against the ground. The maiden’s cage rattles and shakes above them. The door swings open. Closing her eyes, the Elf Princess calls upon the wisdom and power of her elders. The talismans feel hot in her hand, but she clenches her fist tightly. A blue beam of light, the gift from the Water Sprite, swirls around the Queen. She is trapped in a whirlpool of light. The Maiden’s cage begins to lower.</p> <p> Just as the queen breaks free, the Elf Princess takes the ice crystal from the King of the Crystal Cave’s throne and throws it in the direction of the queen. A crystal ice wall encases the queen.</p> <p> The maiden jumps out of the cage and races to the Elf Princess. “We must hurry,” the princess implores the maiden. “These spells will only hold the queen for a short while.”</p> <p> “How will we escape darkness, once she is free?” asks the maiden. “We are still deep in the queen’s woods.”</p> <p> “You are the way,” the princess whispers to the maiden and hands her the silvery branch from the lady’s crown.</p> <p> Once the tiny branch is in the maiden’s hand, the gnarled trees are transformed into a beautiful evergreen forest. A luminous path directing the way out appears before them. As the pair run towards the sunlight, behind them the trees return to their twisted dark form.</p> <p> Safe from the Dark Forest, the Elf Princess is relieved to see the sun shining throughout Fairy Kingdom. As they get closer, they encounter fairies flitting from tree to tree, hanging festive streamers as they go. The Fairy King had received word that the pair were returning and declared a holiday for all. Merriment is restored and everyone helps prepare for the upcoming celebration.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/6/4/46f05947-fdda-4924-848f-1fc2ab5b366f.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/6/4/46f05947-fdda-4924-848f-1fc2ab5b366f.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> On the day of the long-awaited royal wedding, fairy folk line the path to get a glimpse of the beautiful Maiden of the Meadows. The maiden wears a flowing empire waist gown trimmed with gold accents and she carries a delicate bouquet of flowers from her meadow. Her veil cascades over her long red hair and flows behind her as she walks. The prince looks striking in his gold-trimmed tunic and elegant velvet pants. Reunited with his betrothed, the pair exchange their marriage vows. An enchantress magically transforms their wedding attire; the majestic matching outfits symbolize her gift of everlasting unity.</p> <p> This day was foretold long, long ago: light would conquer dark and true love would endure time and distance. As the celebration continues long into the night, the fairy prophecy has been fulfilled and all lands save one rejoice. Peace, light, and love reign once again in Faraway Forest.</p> <p>  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:f65fef16-395c-49f4-afa3-4efefadcd18e Coming Soon: A New Barbie® Fantasy Doll Series! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/coming-soon-new-barbie-fantasy-doll-series-1 Thu, 26 Apr 2018 15:34:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/4/14/74f86a8b-3fb1-4999-be9b-daa1010d22aa.Full.jpg?1" style="text-align:center;" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/4/14/74f86a8b-3fb1-4999-be9b-daa1010d22aa.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> You encountered elves, water sprites, fairies and more in the Faraway Forest® Collection from 2014 to 2018. That was just the beginning! Coming soon, another fable will unfold, and a new character will enter the spotlight.</p> <p> We’re thrilled to announce the upcoming launch of a new Barbie® fantasy doll collection: the Mystical Muse™ Series! The first Mystical Muse™ doll is created by Barbie® Signature Principal Designer Bill Greening, and will be a blend of fashion and folklore unlike anything you’ve ever seen before..</p> <p> This doll will debut next month, and for the first few weeks it’ll only be available in our online shop! Plus, Platinum Status members will get the first opportunity to add her to their collection, followed by Gold Status members. If you’re not yet a member of <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-signature-membership" target="_blank">Barbie® Signature, learn more and join now!</a></p> <p> For today, here’s a sneak peek at the first enchanting doll in the series. Stay tuned for more details soon!</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/4/14/f4928905-1cd6-4789-aed3-49a443a8ba0d.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/4/14/f4928905-1cd6-4789-aed3-49a443a8ba0d.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/12/4/fcdaa172-5374-4cc1-b49a-7028c639e8e4.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/12/4/fcdaa172-5374-4cc1-b49a-7028c639e8e4.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/15/7/4feffc8a-a3a5-4b31-a784-b47845b36038.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/15/7/4feffc8a-a3a5-4b31-a784-b47845b36038.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p>  </p> <p> Production doll may vary from the images shown.</p> <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:b91e8d62-a634-4b4d-a1d7-dec46e51c3bb The Final Reveal From the Faraway Forest® Collection: Fairy Kingdom Wedding Dolls! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/final-reveal-faraway-forest-collection-fairy-kingdom-wedding-dolls Thu, 26 Apr 2018 08:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/15/0/1f4e9d8a-7453-4a45-a024-3bb65fef94f9.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/15/0/1f4e9d8a-7453-4a45-a024-3bb65fef94f9.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> Barbie® collectors started coming to the Faraway Forest® many years ago, hoping to find someone like Faraway Forest® Elf Barbie® Doll to help them with safe passage through this mystical realm. Turns out, the elf guide’s true purpose will be revealed with the Barbie® Faraway Forest® Fairy Kingdom Giftset, a Barbie.com exclusive!</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/13/3/0d255c44-35cd-4ca0-8319-5aa8cdafbf40.Full.png?1" style="text-align:center;" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/13/3/0d255c44-35cd-4ca0-8319- 5aa8cdafbf40.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p> While collectors were marveling at the contrast of the White Woods and the Dark Forest, the valley cradling the Magical Lagoon, and the mountain peaks hiding the Crystal Caves, this elf princess was searching high and low for someone else. Why? We can’t tell you that tale just yet. But the elf found that special someone, and she gratefully joined us on the path to the Fairy Kingdom.</p> <p> The arrival of the Elf Princess and her company in the Fairy Kingdom is cause for celebration! And the two characters you meet in the Fairy Kingdom Giftset aren’t only are the the sixth and seventh dolls in the Faraway Forest® Collection. They’re also the final dolls in the series.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/14/2/ee4ae21f-fddd-40ed-a256-0d147f9579ea.Full.jpg?1" style="text-align:center;" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/14/2/ee4ae21f-fddd-40ed-a256-0d147f9579ea.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> The legend of the Faraway Forest® concludes in this rousing finale from Barbie® Signature Project Copywriter Eleanor Oliver:</p> <p> <em>As the celebration continues long into the night, the fairy prophecy has been fulfilled and all lands save one rejoice. Peace, light, and love reign once again in Faraway Forest.</em></p> <p> Every territory in this mysterious world now has a regal representative – stay tuned for the launch of the Fairy Kingdom Wedding Dolls Giftset to complete your own journey!</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/11/11/2b4cf457-2d8e-43e3-9b7d-6cd3e0be25e2.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/11/11/2b4cf457-2d8e-43e3-9b7d-6cd3e0be25e2.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p>  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:59ccfb2e-96bd-411a-992a-fbb199f5e902 Revisiting the Reveals From the Faraway Forest® Collection: Magical Lagoon and Crystal Caves http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/revisiting-reveals-faraway-forest-collection-magical-lagoon-crystal-caves Wed, 25 Apr 2018 00:01:00 GMT <p>  </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/7/14/d766d63d-65e4-4989-ae1b-b6de57d03d6e.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/7/14/d766d63d-65e4-4989-ae1b-b6de57d03d6e.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> Having shown Barbie® collectors the stark contrasts of the White Woods and the Dark Forest, our elf guide from the <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/faraway-forest-collection" target="_blank"><u>Faraway Forest®</u></a> next brought us to places that would truly take our breath away.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/13/3/0d255c44-35cd-4ca0-8319-5aa8cdafbf40.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/13/3/0d255c44-35cd-4ca0-8319- 5aa8cdafbf40.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p> The Dark Forest gave way to the Magical Lagoon, the gleaming gem of this mythical realm. Lush foliage surrounded this resplendent azure pool, home to <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/faraway-forest-collection/water-sprite-barbie-doll-dgx95" target="_blank"><u>Faraway Forest® <em>Water Sprite</em> Barbie® Doll</u></a>.</p> <p> Our elf guide showed us how to call upon her, waiting by the water’s edge without staring into it. Only the Water Sprite may look upon her own reflection, and what a marvelous visage it was – aquatic-blue skin framed by flowing locks of cerulean blue hair.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/11/0/5bad22fe-f069-4f8d-80cf-2f23e930f4a2.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/11/0/5bad22fe-f069-4f8d-80cf-2f23e930f4a2.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> The time spent on the shores of the Magical Lagoon served to rest and refresh, cleansing us of the feelings of dread we’d felt in the Dark Forest. But soon it was time to move on, lest we test the limits of her majesty’s hospitality.</p> <p> Here’s what happened when the Water Sprite appeared, according to Eleanor Oliver’s telling of the legend of the Faraway Forest®:</p> <p> <em>Before long the shimmering water stirs and the luminous Water Sprite emerges from a great whirlpool. She is both alluring and haunting at the same time. With her trident raised, the Elf Princess senses that the Water Sprite is poised to protect her kingdom.</em></p> <p> <em>Nervously, the Elf Princess explains she has been sent for an oracle reading. Without uttering a word, the Water Sprite dips her trident into water and swirls it around. As images begin to appear, the princess gasps…</em></p> <p> It was wise to stop at the Magical Lagoon before embarking upon the next part of the journey, an arduous trek up snow-covered mountain peaks. Far above the other territories of the Faraway Forest™, framed by the frozen jutting ridges of glacial formations, we found the lair of <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/faraway-forest-collection/king-crystal-caves-doll-dwf50" target="_blank"><em><u>King of the Crystal Cave</u></em><u>® Barbie® Doll</u></a>.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/7/6/8744131b-2231-42db-a6a4-89ec10b2c7cc.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/7/6/8744131b-2231-42db-a6a4-89ec10b2c7cc.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> Just like the harsh and severe land over which he rules, this king shunned the trappings of royal finery in favor of formidable armor. The sword of valor, the breastplate emblazoned with the silver fox, and the glacial-like nuggets embedded in his armor, claw boots, and crown all spoke to his stoic and determined leadership. (He’s also the last of the original five dolls from the Faraway Forest® Collection that’s <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/faraway-forest-collection/king-crystal-caves-doll-dwf50" target="_blank"><u>still available in the online shop</u></a>.)</p> <p> Barbie® Signature Project Copywriter Eleanor Oliver describes their meeting in her legendary tale:</p> <p> <em>The wind howls and the frosty air chills her face. The only speck of color on the mountainside is her loden-colored cloak. She arrives at the looming chasm that serves as the entrance to the Kingdom of the Crystal Cave. Gleaming glacial formations tower above her.  </em></p> <p> <em>Once inside, she finds the King of the Crystal Cave has been expecting her. As he speaks to her, the Elf Princess finds herself mesmerized by his piercing, icy blue eyes. While he may look formidable in his armor, he is also kind and reassuring. To the delight of the princess, he even shares the meaning of the fierce wolf emblazoned on his breastplate.  </em></p> <p> We left the Crystal Caves and plotted our course to the Mystical Meadows, one of two lands we’d yet to explore. But we were about to discover an unexpected secret. Our elf guide wasn’t just showing us around the Faraway Forest® for the delight of it. She had her own clandestine agenda to pursue…</p> <p style="margin-left:120px;text-align:center;">                 </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:57c30530-6b6f-4803-bca7-a6690ad0fb81 Revisiting the Reveals From the Faraway Forest® Collection: Winter Woods and Dark Forest http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/revisiting-reveals-faraway-forest-collection-winter-woods-dark-forest Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:00:00 GMT <p>  </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/4/14/74f86a8b-3fb1-4999-be9b-daa1010d22aa.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/4/14/74f86a8b-3fb1-4999-be9b-daa1010d22aa.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> With the help of <u>Faraway Forest® <em>Elf</em> Barbie® Doll</u>, who had her own copy of the Faraway Forest® map, Barbie® collectors embarked on a multi-year quest to discover the secrets of this mythical realm. On the way, they would also encounter the rulers of the seven territories – some more welcoming than others.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/13/3/0d255c44-35cd-4ca0-8319-5aa8cdafbf40.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/13/3/0d255c44-35cd-4ca0-8319- 5aa8cdafbf40.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p> Our elf guide helped us cross a treacherous mountain range and brought us first to the White Woods, a pristine and lustrous land. Wearing an extravagant white and nude gown with embellishments and a crown evoking the heart of her lands, she welcomed us for a while. But as for her treasures and secrets, those remained known only to her.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/0/3/90636a4f-523e-401b-a3dc-8e3253a89366.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/0/3/90636a4f-523e-401b-a3dc- 8e3253a89366.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> There, we met the <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/faraway-forest-collection/lady-of-white-woods-barbie-doll- cgk94" target="_blank"><u>Lady of the White Woods® Barbie® Doll</u></a>. Wearing an extravagant white and nude gown with embellishments and a crown evoking the heart of her lands, she welcomed us for a while. But as for her treasures and secrets, those remained known only to her.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/14/10/8ecf23d3-97dd-410c-9a59-c3c551513640.Large.jpg?1" style="text-align:center;" /></p> <p> Here’s how Barbie® Signature Project Copywriter Eleanor Oliver describes the scene in the legends of the Faraway Forest®:</p> <p> <em>The Lady of the White Woods descends a cascading ivory staircase. Her flowing, ruffled gown gives the illusion she is walking on air. Her crown and striking neck-piece are silvery branches and feathers gleaned from her kingdom. When she reaches the bottom step, the Elf Princess bows and greets the Lady…</em></p> <p> <em>Surrounded by a menagerie of sorts, the Lady of the Woods escorts the Elf Princess to her throne room where she listens intently as the princess reveals the plight of the Fairy Kingdom…</em></p> <p> Soon enough, it was time to move on, and the path took a despairing turn. The sky itself seemed to retreat into the darkness. The roads became narrow and twisted, and the trees lay barren and blackened as though struck by a terrible spell</p> <p>    </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/10/8/5ab1ef10-3585-4994-9863-ad04a564fa7c.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/10/8/5ab1ef10-3585-4994-9863- ad04a564fa7c.Large.jpg?1" /></a>       </p> <p> There was no passing through this territory without the consent of its ruler, <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/faraway-forest-collection/queen-of-dark-forest-barbie-doll-cjf32" target="_blank"><u>Queen of the Dark Forest® Barbie® Doll</u></a>. Beautiful and severe, her clear violet-eyed gaze could cut through to the truth of your very soul. She once traveled throughout the Faraway Forest® herself. Now, she remains in her ill-boding castle, reflecting upon the past and keeping watch over her inscrutable kingdom.</p> <p> Eleanor Oliver’s telling of the legend will send chills up and down your spine:</p> <p> <em>An eerie, deafening silence pricks the princess’s keen ears. Donning her hood, she forges alone through a dense fog. In the distance gnarled tree limbs seem to reach out menacingly towards her. Summoning the courage and strength of her people, she taps her staff on the ground three times. A bright beam of light shines from the magic crystal. Anxiously, she continues along a jagged path.</em></p> <p> <em>A heavy air engulfs her as she walks. Feeling confused, she wonders if she has been walking in circles. She cannot see the path ahead of her and every gnarled tree looks the same.  Stumbling her way through the thicket, she hears a faint voice repeating, “I am here”…  </em></p> <p> Thankfully, no harm befell us or our elf guide as we traversed this disquieting land. Our spirits lifted as we came in sight of its border with the Magical Lagoon, where new wonders awaited on the other side.</p> <p style="margin-left:120px;text-align:center;">                 </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:493c5238-d835-4803-96e4-688d973a6fb9 Revisiting the Reveals From the Faraway Forest® Collection: The Beginning http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/revisiting-reveals-faraway-forest-collection-beginning Tue, 17 Apr 2018 08:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/14/12/9ee6f25e-d162-4c23-8cd3-edee06fd5e45.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/14/12/9ee6f25e-d162-4c23-8cd3-edee06fd5e45.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> First, there was the map.</p> <p> In 2014, before the <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/faraway-forest-collection" target="_blank"><u>Faraway Forest® Collection </u></a>debuted, a mysterious map appeared. Its origins were unknown, lost in the mists of time. Its borders were cut off from any known world. But the promise of adventure remained.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/13/3/0d255c44-35cd-4ca0-8319-5aa8cdafbf40.Full.png?1" style="text-align:center;" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/13/3/0d255c44-35cd-4ca0-8319-5aa8cdafbf40.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p> The map showed a realm divided into seven territories, with names that were by turns inviting and foreboding. Elf Village. Winter Woods. Magical Lagoon. Dark Forest. Crystal Caves. Mystical Meadows. Fairy Kingdom. Only the most daring of explorers could venture to this realm and hope to discover its secrets.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/0/3/90636a4f-523e-401b-a3dc-8e3253a89366.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/0/3/90636a4f-523e-401b-a3dc-8e3253a89366.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> As luck would have it, a guide appeared, in the form of <a href="https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/faraway-forest-collection/faraway-forest-elf-barbie-doll-bcr05" target="_blank"><u>Faraway Forest® <em>Elf</em> Barbie® Doll</u></a>. Like those of her immortal race, this elf princess possessed wisdom, kindness, and a talent for magic. Her senses were razor sharp, aided by pointed ears and eyes that flashed like sunbursts.</p> <p> There’s a bigger story behind this journey, as Barbie® Signature Project Copywriter Eleanor Oliver tells us in an exclusive excerpt from the legends of the Faraway Forest®…</p> <p> <em>Her people are immortal and possess keen skills that will aid her on this treacherous mission. Her magic will serve her when strength will not; for within her staff she carries the purest of light. Looking directly into her eyes, the forlorn king tells the princess, “With your powers, you can go where armies cannot. You are the only one for this journey"</em></p> <p> The Elf Princess promised to lead us through the Faraway Forest®, sharing tales of adventure and intrigue along the way. She also advised us to be wary. Not all the rulers of the seven territories looked kindly upon travelers crossing through their lands…</p> <p style="margin-left:120px;text-align:center;">                             <iframe allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_cN_esY4-5E" width="560"></iframe></p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:4a86a720-8644-412d-b305-d17c6460bbbb Action and Adventure Starts with the Tomb Raider Barbie® Doll! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/action-adventure-starts-tomb-raider-barbie-doll Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/5/12/95d76e96-d265-4939-9c61-85286ee46e99.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/5/12/95d76e96-d265-4939-9c61-85286ee46e99.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> Meet Lara Croft, inspiration for the <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/tomb-raider-barbie-doll-fjh53" target="_blank"><u>Tomb Raider <u>Barbie® </u>Doll</u></a>! Based on the main character from the upcoming movie, she’s the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished mysteriously…</p> <p> Armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith, and stubborn spirit, Lara ventures into the unknown and must push herself beyond her limits. If she survives this perilous adventure, she will earn the title of TOMB RAIDER!</p> <p> <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/tomb-raider-barbie-doll-fjh53" target="_blank"><u>Tomb Raider <u>Barbie® </u>Doll</u></a> is sculpted to evoke the likeness of the character and comes dressed in an outfit inspired by the movie. Like any intrepid adventurer, she brings the essentials with her on her journey – a map and journal. (We added a doll stand and Certificate of Authenticity for you, too.)</p> <p> The doll also features a fully-articulated body, perfect for high-action poses. She arrives in special Barbie® Signature movie-themed packaging, but don’t let that stop you from taking her out to re-create all the super heroic drama and action!</p> <p> You won’t have to go to the ends of the earth to bring the <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/tomb-raider-barbie-doll-fjh53" target="_blank"><u>Tomb Raider <u>Barbie® </u>Doll</u></a> home to your collection. She’s just a click away in the Barbie® Signature online shop. Get her right now, and join the excitement surrounding the release of the new <em>Tomb Raider</em> movie!</p> <p> TOMB RAIDER © 2018 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. TOMB RAIDER and LARA CROFT are trademarks of Square Enix Ltd. All Rights Reserved.</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:b7d91dfa-bde0-4b6a-a474-992720e61904 Ballet Wishes® Barbie® Doll Celebrates All Ballet Dancers! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/ballet-wishes-barbie-doll-celebrates-ballet-dancers Fri, 09 Feb 2018 09:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/1/0/b18fed66-3fa6-4636-90d3-f6f678ec17ae.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/1/0/b18fed66-3fa6-4636-90d3-f6f678ec17ae.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> <a href="http://http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-ballet-wishes-doll-dvp52" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><u>Ballet Wishes® Barbie Doll</u></a> returns to the spotlight for another captivating performance! The fifth doll in this special occasion series arrives in the online shop this month in a costume fit for a prima ballerina.</p> <p> Created to celebrate all ballet dancers, Ballet Wishes® Barbie® Doll honors the hard work and dedication these talented artists put into their craft, at any age! A costume like this one represents the moment to which it’s all been building – the honing of technique, the repetition of rehearsals, and the quiet moments of courage before it’s time to appear on stage before a room full of adoring fans.</p> <p> For this Ballet Wishes® Barbie, Designer Connie Tsai brought back a braided hairstyle, but instead of ending in a bun like the 2015 doll, the 2018 doll’s hair flows out from the braids in an elegant cascade. She wears a layered pink tutu skirt and satin top with a beautiful flower detail on the upper bodice for her performance, and pointe shoes with laced-up ribbons to match. A shining tiara adds the finishing touch to this enchanting doll.</p> <p> You don’t have to be a ballet dancer to appreciate a gift like this one, but ballet dancers of all ages will definitely appreciate a thoughtful gift of the <a href="http://http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-ballet-wishes-doll-dvp52" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><u>2018 Ballet Wishes® Barbie® Doll</u></a> to honor all that they’ve achieved, or to celebrate a recital or big performance. Get this charming <a href="http://http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-ballet-wishes-doll-dvp52" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><u>Barbie® gift in our online shop</u></a> today!</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:801b7f4d-b6d7-4896-aa91-6e9adf8e1dc6 Travel to Unknown Worlds with Disney's A Wrinkle in Time Dolls! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/disney-wrinkle-time-dolls Wed, 07 Feb 2018 23:13:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/5/10/455d7d77-5783-47d1-9aae-2a8828da1ea3.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/5/10/455d7d77-5783-47d1-9aae-2a8828da1ea3.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/a-wrinkle-in-time/barbie-mrs-which-doll-fpw25" target="_blank"><u>Mrs. Which</u></a>, <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/a-wrinkle-in-time/barbie-mrs-who-doll-fpw24" target="_blank"><u>Mrs. Who</u></a>, and <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/a-wrinkle-in-time/barbie-mrs-whatsit-doll-fpw23" target="_blank"><u>Mrs. Whatsit</u></a> are key characters in Disney’s <em>A Wrinkle in Time</em>, a movie filled with adventure and magic! In connection with the movie’s debut, we’re proud to introduce you to these powerful women warriors.</p> <p> <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/a-wrinkle-in-time/barbie-mrs-whatsit-doll-fpw23" target="_blank"><u>Mrs. Whatsit</u></a> is the most youthful and free-spirited warrior, who can transform into a magnificent flying creature in the film. <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/a-wrinkle-in-time/barbie-mrs-which-doll-fpw25" target="_blank"><u>Mrs. Which</u></a>, on the other hand, is the most ancient and wise of the three celestial beings. As a guide to Meg Murry on Meg’s search across the universe for her missing father, Mrs. Which inspires Meg to become a warrior herself. And</p> <p> <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/a-wrinkle-in-time/barbie-mrs-who-doll-fpw24" target="_blank"><u>Mrs. Who</u></a> could be described as quite eccentric, using her diamond spectacles to see things otherwise hidden to the eye.</p> <p> Barbie® Signature Senior Designer Carlyle Nuera designed all three dolls, beginning with an amazing opportunity to visit the set and see the costumes in person. “The costume designer, Paco Delgado, presented his thought process behind the different costumes for each character. The hair designer, Kim Kimble, explained how the hairstyles complemented each costume. And I got to meet Ava DuVernay! It was, for real, an incredible experience that helped me understand the look and feel for each character, an understanding I used throughout the design and development of the dolls.”</p> <p> From there, Carlyle worked with the Barbie® Signature team to make the dolls a reality. “To work with our master sculptor, Sean Olmos, on sculpted likenesses of Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, and Reese Witherspoon was awesome. I think he definitely captured and honored each actress beautifully. Our hair designer, Shirley Fujisaki, also captured the dynamic colors and shapes of the hairstyles in the film. And I worked with Carolina Cadena, our engineer of soft goods, to find the right fabrics and fabric treatments to recreate the film’s costumes.”</p> <p> Carlyle also shared details about each of the doll’s costumes exclusively with Barbie® Signature:</p> <p> <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/a-wrinkle-in-time/barbie-mrs-whatsit-doll-fpw23" target="_blank"><u>Mrs. Whatsit</u></a><u>'s</u> costume has a water-color like printed tricot with a cracked, iridescent foil print, touches of lace and sheer tricot, and a skirt with long pieces that flow like water on top of a blue metallic lamé. Mrs. Whatsit doesn’t wear shoes with her costume in the film, so to be true to the film, the Mrs. Whatsit doll is barefoot.</p> <p> <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/a-wrinkle-in-time/barbie-mrs-which-doll-fpw25" target="_blank"><u>Mrs. Which</u></a><u>'s</u> costume features a puckered metallic silver lamé top with cut leaf shapes framing her face and a skirt with layers of gold-foiled black lace, metallic copper lamé, and sparkly black eyelash knit.</p> <p> <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/a-wrinkle-in-time/barbie-mrs-who-doll-fpw24" target="_blank"><u>Mrs. Who</u></a><u>'s</u> costume feature a deep sapphire blue velvet robe, lined in gold lamé and printed with gold foil glyphs. In the film, Mrs. Who uses her glasses for wisdom to help the main characters in their journey, so we made sure to include them since they’re so important to her character.</p> <p> Ready to join these three warriors on an epic adventure? They’re all available in the <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/a-wrinkle-in-time" target="_blank"><u>online shop</u></a> right now, and onscreen in theaters worldwide!</p> <p> ©Disney</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:a782980d-5efe-48a7-ad2b-e2cc6b7dab04 Meet Barbie® Fashion Model Collection Elegant Rose Cocktail Dress Doll! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/meet-barbie-fashion-model-collection-elegant-rose-cocktail-dress-doll Mon, 05 Feb 2018 13:44:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/2/11/b2222a1a-bb36-45ad-8b70-76a95dd77d37.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/2/11/b2222a1a-bb36-45ad-8b70-76a95dd77d37.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> <p> The 2018 Barbie® Fashion Model Collection begins with an introduction to the<a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-elegant-rose-cocktail-dress-doll-fjh77" target="_blank"> <u>BFMC® Elegant Rose Cocktail Dress Doll</u></a>! Featuring the posable Silkstone® doll body, this Barbie® doll makes a sophisticated statement to start the series.</p> <p> If you’re not familiar with the Barbie® Fashion Model Collection, you’re in for a treat. The BFMC® is the epitome of <em>haute couture</em>, the ultimate expression of Barbie® style for adult collectors. Since 2000, Barbie® Signature Principal Designer Robert Best has unveiled runway-ready looks that any creator of life-size fashions would be proud to display on the catwalks in Paris, Milan, London, or New York.</p> <p> Previous collections in this long-running series have taken their inspirations from Italian weddings to Hollywood movie sets, and reflected fashion trends in London, Moscow, Paris, and Palm Beach. For the past few years, the focus has been on “The New Classics” – celebrating the timeless elegance of classic couture while adding a contemporary twist.</p> <p> <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-elegant-rose-cocktail-dress-doll-fjh77" target="_blank"><u>Barbie® Fashion Model Collection Elegant Rose Cocktail Dress Doll</u></a> embodies that aesthetic, wearing a chic two-piece outfit that features a bold red-rose pattern printed on black taffeta. A pleated cropped shell with dainty cap sleeves is layered over her strapless dress with a bubble skirt. Long gloves, a black organza hat, silvery rhinestone and “pearl” drop earrings, a black clutch purse and black stiletto shoes make the evening outfit complete.</p> <p> Barbie® Signature members will have the first opportunities to get <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-elegant-rose-cocktail-dress-doll-fjh77" target="_blank"><u>Barbie® Fashion Model Collection Elegant Rose Cocktail Dress Doll</u></a> in the online shop! Here’s the access schedule:</p> <ul> <li> Platinum Status First Access Begins 2/5</li> <li> Gold Status Early Access Begins 2/12</li> <li> Pink Status and Non-Member Access Begins 2/19 <br />  </li> </ul> <p> Whether you’ve collected BFMC® dolls for years or you’re just starting out, <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-elegant-rose-cocktail-dress-doll-fjh77" target="_blank"><u>Barbie® Fashion Model Collection Elegant Rose Cocktail Dress Doll</u></a> is a remarkable creation that belongs in any collection. And if you plan on getting the whole 2018 BFMC® Collection, you can’t afford to miss this first doll. <u><a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-elegant-rose-cocktail-dress-doll-fjh77" target="_blank">Get her in the Barbie® Signature online shop today!</a></u></p> <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:81fb76c7-8dda-4e7b-a275-9dfecaf325ca Getting Ready for Their Diplomas: Barbie® Graduation Day Dolls! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/getting-ready-their-diplomas-barbie-graduation-day-dolls Mon, 05 Feb 2018 07:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/1/9/d14177d0-5406-429d-b96d-2cdf94aa10bf.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/1/9/d14177d0-5406-429d-b96d-2cdf94aa10bf.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> Springtime is just around the corner, and that means Graduation Day is coming for students around the world! Celebrate and commemorate this impressive achievement with a <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-graduation-day-doll-fjh66" target="_blank"><u>Barbie® Graduation Day Doll</u></a>, the latest in our series of special occasion dolls in keepsake packaging. This is the perfect gift to honor all the hard work and dedication that goes into fulfilling your dreams.</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:1684dfd5-beee-45af-bdd6-799c8c04ade4 Welcome Baby Barbie® Doll: A Perfect Keepsake Gift! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/welcome-baby-barbie-doll-perfect-keepsake-gift Sun, 21 Jan 2018 09:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/12/6/bc96bdb3-e3d5-4d41-869e-8907c139053e.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/12/6/bc96bdb3-e3d5-4d41-869e-8907c139053e.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> <p> A baby on the way! There are few occasions as joyful as this one, and Barbie® is ready to celebrate with the friends and family of the wonderful mother to be. The new <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/welcome-baby-barbie-doll-fjh72" target="_blank"><em><u>Welcome Baby</u></em><u> Barbie® Doll</u></a> is a perfect way to mark this exciting new chapter in an expectant mother’s life.</p> <p> <em>Welcome Baby</em> Barbie® Doll is a new arrival herself! She’s the latest in a series of keepsake dolls to honor special events, including <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/birthday-wishes-barbie-doll-dvp49" target="_blank"><u>Birthday Wishes® Barbie®</u></a>, <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-2016-ballet-wishes-doll-dgw35" target="_blank"><u>Ballet Wishes® Barbie®</u></a>, <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/2017-holiday-barbie-doll-dyx39" target="_blank"><u>Holiday™ Barbie®</u></a>, and <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-quinceanera-doll-dwf61" target="_blank"><u>Quinceañera Barbie® Dolls</u></a>. While those dolls are designed for collectors and gift givers of all ages, <em>Welcome Baby</em> Barbie® Doll is the first of these designed exclusively for adults – and specifically, for expectant mothers about to embark on one of the most meaningful life experiences in the world.</p> <p> Befitting the baby shower she’d attend, Barbie® arrives impeccably dressed in a stylish white lace blouse with a bow detail, and baby blue skirt with a matching lace overlay. She’s carrying a cute pink gift bag, too! Her outfit and gift bag make for the perfect blend of pink and blue, and she comes in a specially designed package with a note wishing mom and baby a life filled with joy, tender moments, and memories to cherish for a lifetime.</p> <p> Whether for yourself, or for someone special in your life who’s expecting a bundle of joy, <em>Welcome Baby</em> Barbie® Doll is a chic and sweet keepsake for the mother to be. <u><a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/welcome-baby-barbie-doll-fjh72" target="_blank">Get her in the online shop now</a>.</u></p> <p>  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:373247b0-2159-433b-83fc-1703271b454e Member Exclusive Preview of the First 2018 BFMC® Doll! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/member-exclusive-sneak-peek-first-2018-bfmc-doll Tue, 02 Jan 2018 07:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/1/8/0133adc4-288d-414c-8856-81ee30c3761e.Full.jpg?1" style="text-align:center;" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/1/8/0133adc4-288d-414c-8856-81ee30c3761e.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> <p> It’s a new year, and Robert Best is ready to reveal his latest creations! The <em>haute-couture</em>-inspired <u>Barbie® Fashion Model Collection</u> returns for a 19<sup>th</sup> elegant year, with new and contemporary twists on timeless styles. We’re opening the doors of the atelier for Barbie® Signature members to give you a Member Exclusive Preview at the first doll in the 2018 line!</p> <p> <em>Elegant Rose Cocktail Dress Doll</em> wears a chic two-piece outfit with a bold red-rose pattern printed on black taffeta. A pleated cropped shell with dainty cap sleeves is layered over a strapless dress with a bubble skirt. Long gloves, a black organza hat, and silvery rhinestone and “pearl” drop earrings add sophistication. Her black clutch purse and black stiletto shoes make the evening outfit complete. She also features the poseable Silkstone® body, for endless posing possibilities.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/15/12/df359872-8f30-442c-ac13-48431b0d2ae8.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/15/12/df359872-8f30-442c-ac13-48431b0d2ae8.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/7/13/7731750c-bae3-4009-8d88-26518b6942b6.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/7/13/7731750c-bae3-4009-8d88-26518b6942b6.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/7/0/07559f4c-0c7f-4d30-a0d8-3a2fb0441928.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/7/0/07559f4c-0c7f-4d30-a0d8-3a2fb0441928.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> Look for her in the Barbie® Signature online shop in the first quarter of 2018. Platinum Status members will have the earliest access to add her to their collections. After that, Gold Status members will have early access to get her before she goes on sale to the public!</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:5c7cfb47-8265-4a66-9a48-b5a1636ad867 Day-to-Night™ Barbie® Doll: The Ultimate Career Woman Returns! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/day-night-barbie-doll-ultimate-career-woman-returns Tue, 28 Nov 2017 07:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/8/1/682e0af2-53ea-4d36-81f1-a63a6adb10a8.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/8/1/682e0af2-53ea-4d36-81f1-a63a6adb10a8.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> She’s back to inspire a new generation of leaders!<a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/day-to-night-barbie-doll-fjh73" target="_blank"> <u>Day-to-Night™ Barbie® Doll</u></a> was originally released in 1985, and now she’s ready to change the world again as a vintage reproduction doll.</p> <p> Shockingly, Barbie® Signature Principal Designer Bill Greening didn’t have the original Day-to-Night™ Barbie® Doll in his personal collection, but it should come as no surprise that he’s pretty familiar with it. “I know she’s a fan favorite,” he says, “and she feels very iconic to the brand, too.”</p> <p> In designing her triumphant return to the workplace, Greening also benefited from an understanding of the history and the pop culture touchpoints of the women’s workplace revolution, during which Day-to-Night™ Barbie® originally debuted. “She was a business woman breaking the glass ceiling, so to speak, as showcased in films of the era like <em>9 to 5 </em>and <em>Working Girl</em>. Plus, she’s the first doll to really showcase fashion transformation – a theme still popular today.”</p> <p> Features of dolls from the vintage era aren’t always the easiest to re-create, and that can present challenges for even the most seasoned designer. “The pink flocked fabric suit isn’t made from a fabric we widely use today in the Barbie line,” Greening explains, describing the soft pink power suit that transforms into a shirred skirt evening look. “We also had to make sure the fashion transformation was just as magical as the original.” How did they manage to pull that off? Well, it wouldn’t be as magical if we revealed the trick…</p> <p> Of course, no Barbie® doll – vintage, modern, or reproduction – is complete without a suite of fun and perfectly matched accessories. For Greening, her briefcase, calculator, spectator heels, and wide brim hat “are cues to signify she means business! I also love the Superstar face sculpt, and her bendable legs that ‘click’ when you bend them. It definitely takes me back to playing with Barbie® in the 1980s.”</p> <p> Considering that dolls of the Superstar era have been in demand as vintage reproductions over the last few years (including <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/dream-date-barbie-doll-cht05" target="_blank"><u>Dream Date™ Barbie®</u></a> and <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/golden-dream-barbie-doll-dgx88" target="_blank"><u>Golden Dream™ Barbie®</u></a>), giving Day-to-Night™ Barbie® the vintage reproduction treatment was a natural choice. If you missed her back in the 1980s, now’s the perfect time to add her to your collection – or give her as an inspiring gift. Get <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/day-to-night-barbie-doll-fjh73" target="_blank"><u>Day-to-Night™ Barbie® Doll</u></a> in the online shop right now!</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:a8fcec02-3531-4014-8811-04ea62771a61 Rome Convention News: 50th Anniversary Mod Friends Set Coming Fall 2018! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/rome-convention-news-50th-anniversary-mod-friends-set-coming-fall-2018 Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:24:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/1/8/0133adc4-288d-414c-8856-81ee30c3761e.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/1/8/0133adc4-288d-414c-8856-81ee30c3761e.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> Bill Greening was in Rome for the Barbie® convention this past weekend, and he revealed the first details about a giftset coming in Fall 2018: A three-doll giftset celebrating the 50<sup>th</sup> anniversaries of Christie® and Stacey®!</p> <p> Along with Barbie®, these “MOD” friends took the style world by storm in 1968, and this new giftset includes vintage reproductions of all three dolls. They’ll each feature the classic “twist ‘n turn” torso, and the giftset be available on Barbie.com before you’ll find it anywhere else.</p> <p> More details about this original MOD Squad tribute will be revealed in 2018, but in the meantime, here’s a look at what Bill showed to the audience in Rome last weekend!</p> <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/2/7/924d4923-15dd-4772-a741-465246a85c08.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/2/7/924d4923-15dd-4772-a741-465246a85c08.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/13/5/dd092708-6a34-4813-859b-5462965e02a8.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/13/5/dd092708-6a34-4813-859b-5462965e02a8.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:68fb071c-f94b-4b48-881d-ed240c8d4fb0 Introducing Harlem Theatre™ Selma DuPar James™ Barbie® Doll! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/introducing-harlem-theatre-selma-dupar-james-barbie-doll Thu, 09 Nov 2017 07:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/5/1/b57cd6d7-f757-4949-812a-de5bc27d76b8.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/5/1/b57cd6d7-f757-4949-812a-de5bc27d76b8.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p>  </p> <p> <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/selma-dupar-james-barbie-doll-dyx76"><u>Selma DuPar James™ Barbie® Doll</u></a> has arrived on the scene, and for a limited time, the only place you can find her is at Barbie® Signature! The final doll in the Harlem Theatre™ Collection, she embodies another facet of the real-life Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s.</p> <p> “<a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/selma-dupar-james-barbie-doll-dyx76"><u>Selma DuPar James™</u></a> represents fine art and capturing identity and the zeitgeist through portraiture of culturally iconic figures,” says Barbie® Signature Senior Designer Carlyle Nuera. “In the Harlem Theatre™ world, that means star singer <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/claudette-gordon-barbie-doll-chx11" target="_blank"><u>Claudette Gordon™</u></a>.”</p> <p> And for Carlyle, that also meant including an unusual yet wholly appropriate accessory. “I love Selma’s ‘painted’ portrait of Claudette because it tells the story of who Selma is,” Carlyle notes. “The framed portrait is such a fun, unique accessory for Barbie® collectors to have and use in their dioramas.”</p> <p> Selma has an exceptional sense of style as well. For the debut of her latest work at the club owned by <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/madam-lavinia-barbie-doll-dgw46" target="_blank"><u>Madam Lavinia™</u></a>, Selma’s chosen a mauve charmeuse mermaid-style gown with an elegant lace trim, and accessorized it with gorgeous strands of faux pearls.</p> <p> You might notice something else about Selma that you’ve never seen before, too. Carlyle explains: “Like Claudette Gordon™ and Madam LaVinia™, Selma DuPar James™ has a brand-new face sculpt – a beautiful, oval-shaped face with full, round lips. I definitely will be using the Selma sculpt on future Barbie® Signature dolls!”</p> <p> As for the Harlem Theatre™ Collection, its inspired and inspiring run has come to a close. Carlyle made sure it would end in a meaningful way. “Selma is the final doll in the series and I think she really ties the whole series together. She painted a portrait of Claudette and is debuting that portrait in Madam LaVinia’s Harlem Theatre. All three women come together in this final moment!”</p> <p> Barbie® Signature Platinum Status members get the first opportunity to own <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/selma-dupar-james-barbie-doll-dyx76"><u>Selma DuParJames™ Barbie® Doll</u></a> starting on 9/15, then Gold Status members starting on 9/25, and finally Pink Status members starting on 10/2. If you’re not a member yet, or you want to upgrade your current membership for earlier access and more benefits, <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-signature-membership" target="_blank"><u>head over to our membership page now</u></a>!</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:17783789-e2d0-4f88-9914-98f5a30ba99f Barbie® Wonder Woman™ and Barbie® Mera™ Dolls, Ready to Save the Day! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/barbie-wonder-woman-barbie-mera-dolls-ready-save-day Thu, 02 Nov 2017 06:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/8/6/08a26c21-d11f-4f73-a63a-e78fdd5b79a9.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/8/6/08a26c21-d11f-4f73-a63a-e78fdd5b79a9.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p> <strong>Barbie® Wonder Woman™</strong> (<a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-wonder-woman-doll-dyx57" target="_blank"><u>shop now</u></a>) and <strong>Barbie® Mera™</strong> (<a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-mera-doll-dyx58" target="_blank"><u>shop now</u></a>) Dolls have arrived to save the planet! Two members of the unprecedented league of heroes in the upcoming live-action feature film <strong><em>Justice League</em>™</strong>, these powerful heroes are bringing blockbuster-level thrills to Barbie® Signature.</p> <p> “It’s so exciting to have such strong female super hero characters in one DC film,” says Barbie® Signature Principal Designer Bill Greening, who helped get these dolls ready for battle. As with previous DC characters created for Barbie® Signature, they feature fully-articulated bodies for high-action poses.</p> <p> <strong>Wonder Woman™</strong>  is a familiar face for fans and Barbie® Signature collectors, in more ways than one. Not only does she have global recognition and acclaim, she’s also had dolls made in connection with her appearance in <em>Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice™</em> and the star turn in her own <strong><em>Wonder Woman</em>™</strong> movie.</p> <p> For the new <strong>Barbie® Wonder Woman™ Doll </strong>(<a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-wonder-woman-doll-dyx57" target="_blank"><u>shop now</u></a>), Greening combined the best of both worlds. “The doll body is like the one made for the <strong><em>Wonder Woman</em>™</strong> movie, with a more athletic build to her arms and legs. Because the new <strong><em>Justice League</em>™</strong> movie is set in the present day, her costume and accessories are inspired by what you’ll see in that movie.”</p> <p> Joining <strong>Barbie® Wonder Woman™ Doll </strong>(<a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-wonder-woman-doll-dyx57" target="_blank"><u>shop now</u></a>) for the first time at Barbie® Signature is <strong>Barbie® Mera™ Doll</strong> (<a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-mera-doll-dyx58" target="_blank"><u>shop now</u></a>), the Queen of Atlantis. “<strong>Mera</strong> is such a great character. I loved following her history in the DC comic books,” Greening says. “I’m excited to see a resurgence in her popularity in recent years, and I was thrilled see her included in <strong>Justice League™</strong>.</p> <p> Getting the costume, accessories, and facial sculpt just right is incredibly important, and Greening was up to the challenge. “The costume consists of a printed body suit that mimics her fish scale armor,” Greening explains. “Then we identified key pieces in the body armor to sculpt and paint to bring the costume to life.”</p> <p> With <strong><em>Justice League</em>™</strong> debuting worldwide later this year, Greening hopes the<strong> Barbie® Wonder Woman™ Doll </strong>(<a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-wonder-woman-doll-dyx57" target="_blank"><u>shop now</u></a>) and <strong>Barbie® Mera™ Doll</strong> (<a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-mera-doll-dyx58" target="_blank"><u>shop now</u></a>) will entertain a huge audience of their own. “I think the dolls have appeal to doll collectors, action figure collectors, and comic book fans, too,” he says. But you don’t have to wait until the movie comes out to get them – they’re available in the <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-justice-league-dolls" target="_blank"><u>Barbie® Signature online shop</u></a> right now!</p> <p> JUSTICE LEAGUE and all related characters and elements © & ™ DC Comics and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s17)</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:1945470b-5647-4011-ae3f-60c5fcd9f458 Barbie® Hello Kitty® Doll: A Keepsake for a Perfect Friendship! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/barbie-hello-kitty-doll-keepsake-perfect-friendship Wed, 01 Nov 2017 06:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/6/14/66c1afa2-9097-4fee-9ecb-9bba00e629b7.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/6/14/66c1afa2-9097-4fee-9ecb-9bba00e629b7.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> Get ready for the perfect friendship pairing! Barbie® Senior Design Director Robert Best showcases the playful side of his haute couture stylings with the release of <u><a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-hello-kitty-doll-dwf58" target="_blank">Barbie® Hello Kitty® Doll</a></u>.<br /> <br /> This collaboration captures the essences of both beloved icons, in a fashion inspired by Hello Kitty’s signature red bow. Her red sweater features Hello Kitty’s charming little face, with bow buttons down the front, and the embroidered bows on her skirt are the picture of sweetness. It’s supercute and fashion-forward!<br /> <br /> No outfit would be complete without the accessories, and Barbie® pays homage to Hello Kitty® there, too. Her accessories include a Hello Kitty® handbag and figurine, and she wears the signature red bow in her exquisitely styled hair. Even her ankle strap heels come with little red bows on top of the peep-toe openings!<br /> <br /> Anyone can purchase the Barbie® Hello Kitty® Doll at Barbie® Signature, but Platinum and Gold Status members get an extra benefit: A high-quality sketch of the doll by Robert Best, suitable for framing and free with their orders!* It’s one more example of how valuable a Barbie® Signature membership can be. (<a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-signature-membership#" target="_blank">Learn more and join or upgrade now.)</a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/8/3/5840db26-ac48-4477-83e2-e92e9bee9f65.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/8/3/5840db26-ac48-4477-83e2-e92e9bee9f65.Large.jpg?1" /></a><br />  </p> <p> The last doll collaboration between Barbie® and Hello Kitty® happened in 2008, so this new doll debut is an event you don’t want to miss. Get the all-new <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-hello-kitty-doll-dwf58" target="_blank">Barbie® Hello Kitty® Doll</a> today – it’s a keepsake you’ll treasure!</p> <p> *Free Barbie® Hello Kitty® Doll Sketch with purchase of Barbie® Hello Kitty® Doll is for Barbie® Signature Platinum and Gold Status members only. Limit one sketch per doll ordered.<br /> <br /> ©1976, 2017 SANRIO CO., LTD. Used Under License.<br />  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:38028a87-da10-4821-a7a6-21cec6bbd236 Commemorate 2017 With the Holiday Barbie® Doll! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/commemorate-2017-holiday-barbie-doll Fri, 06 Oct 2017 00:11:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/5/7/85e093c9-c2fb-4221-b7ea-43ab66f00260.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/5/7/85e093c9-c2fb-4221-b7ea-43ab66f00260.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> “I’m so hyped and honored to be part of the legacy of this series!” So says Barbie® Signature Senior Designer Carlyle Nuera about this year’s <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/holiday-special-occasion-dolls" target="_blank"><u>Holiday Barbie® Dolls</u></a>, arriving with three different skin tones, facial sculpts, and hairstyles.</p> <p> It’s a first for Nuera, who’s designed Holiday Barbie® dolls in previous years that didn’t make it past the prototype stage. This is the first <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/holiday-special-occasion-dolls" target="_blank"><u>Holiday Barbie® Doll</u></a> design of his to go into production.</p> <p> The dolls are the latest in one of the longest-running Barbie® Signature collections, and each year they present a particular challenge. “When designing this year’s doll, I thought a lot about the different reason people own a Holiday Barbie doll,” Carlyle explains. “Some parents or grandparents gift this doll to their children or grandchildren every year; it’s a tradition passed on through the generations. Some Barbie collectors look forward to this doll every year and have been collecting since the series’ debut in 1988. Some fans of the Barbie brand might not be doll collectors, but they might buy this doll just to display as part of their home’s holiday décor. So I wanted this doll to appeal to everyone.”</p> <p> In fact, the idea of holiday décor helped drive this year’s design. Carlyle says, “I was really inspired by traditional holiday décor, specifically Christmas tree toppers. But I also wanted this doll to feel glamourous in a modern way.”</p> <p> That approach translated to a unique element being added to the gown. “The golden filigree star with inset red ‘gems’ hooks onto the back of Barbie’s gown, framing her and providing bold visual impact,” Carlyle says. “I could definitely see this Barbie on top of a tree!” As for the gown itself, Carlyle says, “I designed it to be clean and modern, using red lamé fabric draped into her waist, flowing out into soft pleats, and a full skirt with a front slit that shows off her golden shoes.”</p> <p> As for the facial sculpts, Carlyle is a huge fan of using new and interesting faces, and the ones he chose for the Holiday Barbie® Dolls are no exception. “I used the Millie sculpt for the Caucasian, the LaVinia sculpt for the African-American and the Mermaid sculpt for the Latina. All three of them have coordinating makeup, metallic gold eyeshadow and red lips, as if they’re all walking in the same runway show.”</p> <p> The dolls also arrive in special holiday packaging that lets light in from all sides to reflect off the star, the ‘gems,’ and the metallic threads in the gown.</p> <p> Whether you’re getting them for traditions, collections, decorations, or all of these reasons, head to the Barbie® Signature online shop to get your <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/holiday-special-occasion-dolls" target="_blank"><u>Holiday Barbie® Dolls </u></a>now. It’s never too early to start your holiday shopping!</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:759fab19-eb1f-4a57-bffe-816063991e38 Barbie’s® Dream House (1962 Reproduction) Is Ready for More Visitors! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/barbies-dream-house-1962-reproduction-ready-visitors Mon, 25 Sep 2017 06:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/2/8/1251707a-f026-4145-a832-c42750e6417d.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/2/8/1251707a-f026-4145-a832-c42750e6417d.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> Barbie® debuted in 1959, but she didn’t move into her first Dream House until three years later, in 1962. And now, for the first time ever, Barbie® Signature has created a swell new reproduction of <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-dream-house-1962-reproduction-fnd44" target="_blank"><u>Barbie® Dream House</u><u>®</u></a>!</p> <p> “It was a challenging project – we’ve never produced a vintage structure before,” reveals Barbie® Signature Principal Designer Bill Greening. “Let alone one made mostly of cardboard. I learned a lot about the quality of cardboard on this one!”</p> <p> To create a vintage reproduction of any kind, Bill explains, they assemble a team to look at archive items and determine how to approach the project. “Luckily we had our packaging team and some help from the games and puzzles team to pull it off,” Bill says.</p> <p> They were only able to find one sample in their archives with the furniture still unassembled, but that was enough. They scanned the “sheets” with the furniture and sent them out for development. “We wanted to make sure the assembly of the furniture was all part of the fun, like the original,” Bill says. “I love the hi-fi/TV combo. It’s the 60s version of the entertainment center. I love the how the lid opens up and reveals a printed record player. I also love the flat cardboard printed pillows.”</p> <p> The reproduction of Barbie® Dream House® comes with an instruction booklet, and it also comes with a vintage repro doll and fashion, too! “It’s a vintage blonde ponytail Barbie, wearing a floral PAK sheath dress collectors know as ‘On the Go’ from that original Dream House era,” Bill notes. That makes the reproduction of the Dream House even more special, since the doll was sold separately back in the 1960s.</p> <p> With a plastic doll stand and hangers included too, this is a creation you can’t pass up. Let Barbie® welcome you to her 1962 Dream House, all over again! Get <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-dream-house-1962-reproduction-fnd44" target="_blank"><u>Barbie® Dream House</u><u>®</u></a> right now in the online shop.</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:68cc91fc-ba98-42f1-85db-4e7aeac29a40 Members-Only Sneak Peek at the Barbie® Retro Dream House®! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/members-only-sneak-peek-barbie-retro-dream-house-4 Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/1/14/91240c0e-f0c8-44b8-9ebd-828c722a3760.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/1/14/91240c0e-f0c8-44b8-9ebd-828c722a3760.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> Back in 1962, Barbie® doll had just moved into her swell Dream House®. Now, in 2017, you’ll have a chance to own a new vintage reproduction of that very same Dream House®!</p> <p> Coming in September, <strong>Barbie’s® Dream House</strong>® <strong>(1962 Reproduction)</strong> is a faithful replica of the original, right down to the self-assembled furnishings and accessories. A special vintage repro Barbie® doll comes with the Dream House®, too.</p> <p> We’re thrilled to share a few sneak peeks at the details of the Dream House®, exclusively for Barbie® Signature Platinum and Gold Status members. Watch your email in September – you’ll receive an announcement as soon as we’re ready to reveal the full Dream House®. Platinum and Gold Status members will have the first opportunities to add this classic to their collections!</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/15/11/bf103983-390d-40c1-8be6-063935b54cf8.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/15/11/bf103983-390d-40c1-8be6-063935b54cf8.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/15/13/6fc9317b-dd02-4ea3-ade5-5d45e3a61acf.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/15/13/6fc9317b-dd02-4ea3-ade5-5d45e3a61acf.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/7/10/77f2cc2d-aba2-40c0-8ae3-f2ee00dcc71d.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/7/10/77f2cc2d-aba2-40c0-8ae3-f2ee00dcc71d.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;">    <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/2/13/82c85fce-3a9f-436e-8dcf-aad1c209ed43.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/2/13/82c85fce-3a9f-436e-8dcf-aad1c209ed43.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:395775a4-ad5c-4e2d-ac8d-3f41fbe6c314 Get Her Here First: Blush Fringed Gown Barbie® Doll! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/her-here-first-blush-fringed-gown-barbie-doll-4 Thu, 10 Aug 2017 06:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/13/3/fd3cc9dd-0002-41c1-a3b0-1cff56dafcaf.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/13/3/fd3cc9dd-0002-41c1-a3b0-1cff56dafcaf.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/13/1/2d33767b-b168-467d-a18f-a7b5cc34c92c.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/13/1/2d33767b-b168-467d-a18f-a7b5cc34c92c.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/blush-fringe-gown-barbie-doll-dwf52"><em>Blush Fringed Gown</em> Barbie® Doll</a> is the first doll in a new series celebrating Barbie® doll’s signature color – pink! Designer Carlyle Nuera shared his thoughts about the doll and the series exclusively for Barbie® Signature.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/blush-fringe-gown-barbie-doll-dwf52"><em>Blush Fringed Gown</em> Barbie® Doll</a> kicks off The Pink Collection, a new series for which Carlyle says, “I'd love for each subsequent doll to be dressed in a darker or more saturated pink.”<br /> <br /> <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/blush-fringe-gown-barbie-doll-dwf52"><em>Blush Fringed Gown</em> Barbie® Doll</a> is a Platinum Label® doll, which means that no more than 1,000 of her will be available for sale. Platinum Status members of Barbie® Signature will have the first opportunity to own her, beginning on Wednesday, August 16 at 9:00am PT/12:00pm ET.*<br /> <br /> “When I design a Barbie that's so limited, I try to make the doll as unique as possible, so that its specialness comes not only from its limited edition but also from its unique design,” Carlyle says.<br /> <br /> For <em>Blush Fringed Gown</em> Barbie® Doll, that uniqueness shines through from head to toe. “She uses the Claudette face sculpt in a skin tone that's never been done before for Claudette, and her makeup features a pop of blue winged eyeliner,” Carlyle notes. “I also love the embroidery on her bodice: birds and flowers dotted with beads and crystals. And of course, the ombré pink fringe!”<br /> <br /> The blush pink tulle gown is accented by bold accessories, including a silvery bracelet and tassel earrings. The doll herself features an articulated body, for endless posing possibilities.<br /> <br /> Get in at the start of this new series! Mark your calendar, and be logged into your Barbie® Signature account at least 15 minutes before the sale starts. Remember, Platinum Status members have the first (and possibly only!) opportunity to buy <em>Blush Fringed Gown</em> Barbie® Doll at 9:00am PT/12:00pm ET on Wednesday, 8/16.<br /> <br /> Not a member yet? <u><a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-signature-membership#" target="_blank"><span style="color:#ff33cc;">Learn more about Barbie® Signature here</span></a></u>.</p> <p> <span style="font-size:10px;">*The opportunity to buy <em>Blush Fringed Gown</em> Barbie® Doll for $100.00 begins 8/16/17 at 9:00am PT/12:00pm ET in the Barbie® Signature online shop. You must be logged into your Barbie® Signature account in order to purchase this doll.<em> Blush Fringed Gown</em> Barbie® Doll is a Platinum Label® Doll, and no more than 1,000 of these dolls will be available for sale. Refunds only, no exchanges due to its limited availability.</span><br />  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:6f6ae875-2989-4f36-875f-ed60c574967c Get Her Here First: Global Glamour™ Sorcha™ Barbie® Doll! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/her-here-first-global-glamour-sorcha-barbie-doll Fri, 04 Aug 2017 06:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/7/4/d77fd20b-eaac-4315-b4e5-ffc7f8d1ef7d.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.barbie.mattel.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/7/4/d77fd20b-eaac-4315-b4e5-ffc7f8d1ef7d.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> From the magnificent rolling hills, deep forests, wild coastlines, and picturesque lochs of Scotland comes <u><a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/the-global-glamour-sorcha-barbie-doll-dyx75">Sorcha™ Barbie® Doll</a></u>! Her traditional Gaelic name, meaning “radiant,” perfectly suits her fiery spirit.</p> <p> <u><a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/the-global-glamour-sorcha-barbie-doll-dyx75">Sorcha™ Barbie® Doll</a></u> is the fifth doll in the jet-setting <u><a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/global-glamour-collection">Global Glamour™ Collection</a></u>, established in 2013 with <u><a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/tribal-beauty-barbie-doll-x8262">Tribal Beauty™ Barbie® Doll</a></u>. From Africa, the series has traveled to Italy (2014’s <u><a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/global-glamour---venice-bcr03">Venetian Muse™ Barbie® Doll</a></u>), the Philippines (2015’s <u><a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/global-glamour---philippines-cgt76">Mutya™ Barbie® Doll</a></u>), and Brazil (2016’s <u><a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/luciana-barbie-doll-dgw47">Luciana™ Barbie® Doll</a></u>). Now, the series takes its latest inspiration from the rich natural beauty, fascinating folklore, and warm, welcoming culture of Scotland.</p> <p> <u><a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/the-global-glamour-sorcha-barbie-doll-dyx75">Sorcha™ Barbie® Doll</a>’s</u> woven teal and navy tartan gown drapes beautifully to the floor, accented with faux leather piping and intricate ribbon lacing. Billowing chiffon sleeves, inspired by the traditional <em>léine</em> tunics of the 15th Century, add drama. An all-over golden motif recalls the traditional Celtic endless knot, while an ornate necklace and matching earrings finish her exquisite look.</p> <p> <u><a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/the-global-glamour-sorcha-barbie-doll-dyx75">Sorcha™ Barbie® Doll</a></u> arrives in August, and when she does, Barbie® Signature is the only place you’ll be able to get her for the first few weeks of her release! Plus, <u><a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-signature-membership">Barbie® Signature Platinum and Gold Members</a> </u>will get the very first opportunities to add her to their collections.</p> <p> Bring the world home with elegance and excitement! Update your calendar, and get ready for <u><a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/the-global-glamour-sorcha-barbie-doll-dyx75">Global Glamour™ Sorcha™ Barbie® Doll</a></u>, coming soon (and first!) to the online shop.</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:8a892418-d0a1-4f71-9606-b0b86aa37cea @BarbieStyle inspires #TheBarbieLook™ for 2017 http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/barbiestyle-inspires-thebarbielook-2017 Mon, 19 Jun 2017 06:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/6/0/d6e00b95-bb16-4b91-a039-ade2295f6610.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/6/0/d6e00b95-bb16-4b91-a039-ade2295f6610.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> A cool new vibe hits <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/barbie-look" target="_blank"><u>#TheBarbieLook™ Collection</u></a> with the arrival of <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/barbie-look/the-barbie-look-barbie-doll-dyx63" target="_blank"><u>#TheBarbieLook™ Barbie® Doll</u></a>! In her signature style, Barbie mixes the best of chic urban looks with the latest runway fashion. To reflect the most appealing fashion trends, designer Bill Greening looked at candid pictures on popular social media sites. As a result, Barbie has a realistic edge to her savvy modern flair.</p> <p> Greening says, “We wanted the fresh look of a young girl in a café chilling out with her journal and started with the new face sculpt created originally for the Karl Lagerfeld doll. The features are bold and pronounced — perfect for an independent spirit.”</p> <p> To enhance #TheBarbieLook™ Barbie® Doll's breezy appearance, Barbie has lustrous brunette hair with lots of waves to complement her big brown eyes and peach lips. “To get the right texture, the hair was braided and then unbraided so lots of labor went into the hairstyle.”  </p> <p> While deciding on the body sculpt, Greening took inspiration from the creative Barbie photography on the @BarbieStyle Instagram account. “Many imaginative collectors love photographing their Barbie dolls and posting pictures online, so we also took that into consideration.”</p> <p> <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/barbie-look/the-barbie-look-barbie-doll-dyx63" target="_blank"><u>#TheBarbieLook™ Barbie® Doll</u></a> also sports an articulated body, giving collectors a variety of poses to choose from, making Barbie a flexible, fashion-forward model perfect for the digital age.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/6/1/66e89c2e-22c8-4f99-b13c-2abe66dbe5a2.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/6/1/66e89c2e-22c8-4f99-b13c-2abe66dbe5a2.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> Barbie doll’s striking ensemble consists of a cozy, gray oversize sweater with a cowl collar and cocoa-brown vinyl lace-up boots over charcoal-toned leggings. Accessories include a coffee cup, cell phone, pencil, journal, sunglasses, and purse.</p> <p> Greening adds, “The purse is made of fabric sewn to mimic a real purse. What I like about #TheBarbieLook™ is that the dolls are always reality-based. It goes back to the original concept for Barbie — a doll in stylish fashions accessible enough to see in the real world. I can see <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/barbie-look/the-barbie-look-barbie-doll-dyx63" target="_blank"><u>#TheBarbieLook™ Barbie® Doll</u></a> turning heads in places like cafés and college campuses.”</p> <p> You can also spot <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/barbie-look/the-barbie-look-barbie-doll-dyx63" target="_blank"><u>#TheBarbieLook™ Barbie® Doll</u></a> in <em>your</em> real world when you get her now at our <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/barbie-look/the-barbie-look-barbie-doll-dyx63" target="_blank"><u>online shop</u></a>!</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:b013b962-f338-4338-a313-d95902b8a0cf #TheBarbieLook™ Barbie® Doll - @BarbieStyle Glam! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/thebarbielook-barbie-doll-barbiestyle-glam Mon, 12 Jun 2017 12:40:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/11/7/9b672c1c-ccc0-4c0a-971b-14a4a51ee28a.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/11/7/9b672c1c-ccc0-4c0a-971b-14a4a51ee28a.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/barbie-look" target="_blank"><u>#TheBarbieLook™ Collection</u></a> takes an innovative step forward with the addition of <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/whats-new/the-barbie-look-barbie-doll-dyx64" target="_blank"><u>#TheBarbieLook™ Barbie® Doll</u></a>! While staying true to the realism of the line, the concept for this design is based on today’s most desirable evening apparel with a touch of irresistible dazzle!</p> <p> According to designer Bill Greening, that meant starting with a doll that reflected #TheBarbieLook™ and gleamed with a strong inventive presence. Greening says, “We kept the theme bold and gold.” </p> <p> To achieve the right balance of verve and authenticity, Greening decided on the smiling Carnaval face sculpt, featuring deep-brown almond shaped eyes and lips painted a soft tangerine with a hint of gold.</p> <p> Gold also highlights Barbie doll’s curly brown hair, parted in the center and pulled back off her forehead, falling in ringlets around her elegant face. “The Carnaval face sculpt is very versatile with great range, and the glamorous face paint and realistic skin tone made a dynamic combination.”</p> <p> Fashionable realism also influenced Greening’s choice for a body sculpt. He opted for the new, curvy, articulated body used only once before, for the <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/madam-lavinia-barbie-doll-dgw46"><u>Madame LaVinia™ Barbie Doll</u></a>.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> “This is the first time we’ve used this curvier body sculpt for #TheBarbieLook Collection, and — along with the style of the dress — it really takes the concept of real girls in real fashions to a new level,” Greening adds. “It was also very cool to work with the new figure for <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/whats-new/the-barbie-look-barbie-doll-dyx64" target="_blank"><u>#TheBarbieLook™ Barbie® Doll</u></a>.”<a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/9/9/29025a33-584e-429a-b990-8c21be0bd109.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/9/9/29025a33-584e-429a-b990-8c21be0bd109.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/whats-new/the-barbie-look-barbie-doll-dyx64" target="_blank"><u>#TheBarbieLook™ Barbie® Doll</u></a> wears an aqua-gold metallic brocade dress with puffed sleeves at the shoulders. The sparkling dress is cut above the knee, and accessories include golden hoop earrings, a golden ring and a sculpted golden clutch for essentials like makeup and cell phone — everything a girl needs for that special date!</p> <p> Making sure <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/whats-new/the-barbie-look-barbie-doll-dyx64" target="_blank"><u>#TheBarbieLook™ Barbie® Doll</u></a> is fresh from head to toe, Greening even created an all-new shoe design: a caged sandal set on a stiletto heel molded in golden vinyl. </p> <p> “In her shimmering outfit, Barbie is a perfect model for the @BarbieStyle account on Instagram — you could call her insta-glam!”</p> <p> Glam up your collection with <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/whats-new/the-barbie-look-barbie-doll-dyx64" target="_blank"><u>#TheBarbieLook™ Barbie® Doll</u></a> available now at our <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/whats-new/the-barbie-look-barbie-doll-dyx64" target="_blank"><u>online shop</u></a>!</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:fec36a16-45db-4dce-898f-92df92e88f25 Presenting Blue Chiffon Ball Gown Barbie® Doll! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/presenting-blue-chiffon-ball-gown-barbie-doll Mon, 05 Jun 2017 10:46:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/15/7/8f538f8d-3709-4d79-9726-5f46238fe3d5.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/15/7/8f538f8d-3709-4d79-9726-5f46238fe3d5.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> The 2017 Barbie® Fashion Model Collection just got a dose of high voltage glamour with a regal twist. This year, the sublime <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/blue-chiffon-ball-gown-barbie-doll-dyx74" target="_blank"><em>Blue Chiffon Ball Gown</em> Barbie® Dol</a>l</u>, part of the “The New Classics” theme, appears in a floor length ice blue chiffon evening dress, perfect for an exclusive formal event.</p> <p> Collectors have come to expect a degree of prestige when it comes to the BFMC®, due to each doll’s lavish haute couture outfits and rich, imaginative details. Created with a discerning eye by visionary designer Robert Best, the Silkstone® Barbie® dolls give us access to Barbie doll’s signature world of mystique and glamour.</p> <p> Enter <u><em><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/blue-chiffon-ball-gown-barbie-doll-dyx74" target="_blank">Blue Chiffon Ball Gown</a></em><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/blue-chiffon-ball-gown-barbie-doll-dyx74" target="_blank"> Barbie® Doll</a></u> in a look reminiscent of Hollywood’s Technicolor™ Golden Age with a distinctly modern edge. Barbie doll’s two-tone golden chestnut hair is styled in a center part and pulled back to highlight thick, deep brown eyebrows. Ebony eyeliner outlines her eyes and silvery blue eye-shadow reflects the hue of her gown. The striking make-up is accentuated with a beauty mark and pale coral lips. Coral is also the color of choice for her nail polish.</p> <p> Making an entrance on the runway, Barbie® is a dramatic vision in chiffon, wearing a fitted bodice with a wraparound cinch waist and a flowing skirt layered in voluminous shades of sky blue. An off-the-shoulder floor length chiffon drape adds extra elegance. The sophisticated ensemble sparkles with the addition of an intricate silver and crystal necklace, highlighted by a single, brilliant pear drop. <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/blue-chiffon-ball-gown-barbie-doll-dyx74" target="_blank"><u><em>Blue Chiffon Ball Gown</em> Barbie® Doll</u> </a>comes on the articulated Silkstone® body, ready to be showcased in a variety of different modeling poses.</p> <p> The latest doll in the 2017 BFMC® line is the ultimate addition to your collection!<a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/blue-chiffon-ball-gown-barbie-doll-dyx74" target="_blank"> <u><em>Blue Chiffon Ball Gown</em> Barbie® Doll</u></a> is yours now for a limited time – before she sells out at our online shop!</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:2e556818-73bd-4551-9cb9-a4f45b302ae4 Worlds Collide in the Barbie® Wonder Woman™ Paradise Island Gift Set! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/worlds-collide-barbie-wonder-woman-paradise-island-gift-set Fri, 26 May 2017 06:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/7/7/27b0f28c-df3d-43d7-b7c3-f514a510de97.Full.jpg?1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/7/7/27b0f28c-df3d-43d7-b7c3-f514a510de97.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> The future of justice arrives in theaters next month! WONDER WOMAN™ is set to debut on the big screen June 2, and we’re celebrating with the release of a gift set that captures an iconic moment in her journey. Get a closer look at the <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-wonder-woman-paradise-island-giftset-dwf48" target="_blank"><u>Barbie® Wonder Woman™ Paradise Island Gift Set</u></a> right here!</p> <p> You know the story – STEVE TREVOR™, a American fighter pilot, crash lands off the coast of Paradise Island. Diana, the Amazon princess, rescues the pilot and nurses him back to health. As she prepares to return Steve to his world, Diana assumes the secret identity “Diana Prince” and accompanies him, beginning a journey of discovery. She learns to use her extraordinary powers as WONDER WOMAN™, in a war to end all wars.</p> <p> The <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-wonder-woman-paradise-island-giftset-dwf48" target="_blank"><u>Barbie® Wonder Woman™ Paradise Island Gift Set</u></a> commemorates the iconic scene on the beach when Diana first meets Steve Trevor™ after his fateful crash. It’s a must-have collectible for any WONDER WOMAN™ fan!</p> <p> The doll for Diana, portrayed by Gal Gadot, arrives in an outfit inspired by one of her costumes from the film – one that she wears as she’s training on Paradise Island to become an unconquerable warrior. It’s an outfit that hasn’t been available on any other WONDER WOMAN™ doll produced by The Barbie™ Collection! Accessories include wrist gauntlets and boots.</p> <p> The doll for STEVE TREVOR™, portrayed by Chris Pine, also arrives in an outfit inspired by the film’s costumes. His is a World War I pilot’s uniform, complete with jacket, gloves, boots, and courier bag. Both dolls feature fully articulated bodies – perfect for high-action poses!</p> <p> Be sure to pre-order this gift set now, before demand jumps after the movie releases. You’ll even get free standard shipping anywhere in the continental U.S.!* Go to the online shop now to pre-order the <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-wonder-woman-paradise-island-giftset-dwf48" target="_blank"><u>Barbie® Wonder Woman™ Paradise Island Gift Set.</u></a></p> <p> <span style="font-size:10px;">WONDER WOMAN and all related characters and elements © & ™ DC Comics and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s17)</span></p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:1712a25e-9495-4394-ba42-f6f693f56365 The Art of @BarbieStyle Captures the Best of Barbie® on Instagram! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/art-of-barbiestyle-captures-of-barbie-instagram Thu, 25 May 2017 19:43:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/14/9/2ebb4924-ce67-4ad0-a99d-5d906b7c7147.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/14/9/2ebb4924-ce67-4ad0-a99d-5d906b7c7147.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> Nearly three years ago, Barbie® arrived on Instagram wearing “An easy denim look made chic with sunny accessories and of course, a pop of pink!” More than 1,000 posts later, and after millions of likes and comments from around the world, her favorites have been collected in <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/the-art-of-barbiestyle-ftr08" target="_blank"><em><u>The Art of @BarbieStyle</u></em></a>, now available in the online shop!</p> <p> The gorgeous 280-page hardcover book is published by Assouline, a preeminent luxury brand for the cultural space. As the founders, Prosper & Martine Assouline, assert, “For us, books are a matter of intellect and emotion, of heritage and innovation.” <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/the-art-of-barbiestyle-ftr08" target="_blank"><em><u>The Art of @BarbieStyle</u></em></a> vividly exhibits this philosophy.</p> <p> Reflecting the ambitions and aspirations of generations of children, Barbie® mirrors the evolution of modern culture and provides the ultimate canvas for artistic and fashion inspiration. It’s no wonder she’s become the most iconic and recognizable doll in the world!</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/12/10/8cc583f6-7b52-4733-8ad0-4a9e16223ac6.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/12/10/8cc583f6-7b52-4733-8ad0-4a9e16223ac6.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/the-art-of-barbiestyle-ftr08" target="_blank"><em><u>The Art of @BarbieStyle</u></em></a> captures this dynamic in a lively and charming volume, showcasing hundreds of beautifully detailed and accessorized lifestyle images, and including delightful texts written by Barbie® herself. It’s an inspiring treasure of a book, presenting an affirmational outlook on life, travel, and the importance of celebrating special times with good friends</p> <p> <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/the-art-of-barbiestyle-ftr08" target="_blank"><em><u>The Art of @BarbieStyle</u></em></a> is a coffee table book that will inspire fascination and discussion for years to come. And if the previous Barbie® book by Assouline (published in 2010) is any indication, you need to get it now in the online shop, before it becomes very hard to find!</p> <p> <span style="font-size:10px;">© 2017 Assouline</span></p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:0a0ebeb2-90d2-4379-92ea-4c51379c2e29 WONDER WOMAN™ Dolls Leave the Island for the Online Shop! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/wonder-woman-dolls-leave-island-online-shop Tue, 23 May 2017 13:20:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/10/14/cae8aad2-4171-433f-9e39-00a97e4745a5.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/10/14/cae8aad2-4171-433f-9e39-00a97e4745a5.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/wonder-woman-dolls/barbie-wonder-woman-doll-dwd82" target="_blank"><u>Wonder Woman</u></a>™ is making another jump to the big screen - this time in a starring role! The first-ever live-action Wonder Woman movie arrives in theaters next month, but before then, <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/wonder-woman-dolls/barbie-antiope-doll-dwd84" target="_blank"><u>Antiope</u></a>™ and <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/wonder-woman-dolls/barbie-hippolyta-doll-dwd83" target="_blank"><u>Hippolyta</u></a>™are joining Wonder Woman in the Barbie™ Collection shop.</p> <p> To stay as true to the source as possible, each of the doll's faces were sculpted in the likenesses of the actors. The movie follows the adventures of Wonder Woman as she fights for peace and justice, and now you get to be part of the heroic scene when you add these dolls to your collection</p> <p> The costumes worn by the dolls are inspired by the costumes you’ll see them wear in the blockbuster movie debuting in June, as are their accessories. <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/wonder-woman-dolls/barbie-wonder-woman-doll-dwd82" target="_blank"><u>Wonder Woman</u></a>™ arrives with her iconic lasso, sword, and shield; <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/wonder-woman-dolls/barbie-antiope-doll-dwd84" target="_blank"><u>Antiope</u></a>™ brandishes her bow and carries a quiver of arrows; and <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/wonder-woman-dolls/barbie-hippolyta-doll-dwd83" target="_blank"><u>Hippolyta</u></a>™ comes with her own sword and shield.</p> <p> And what action hero dolls could rightly be called “action” heroes if they weren’t articulated? So, naturally, <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/wonder-woman-dolls/barbie-wonder-woman-doll-dwd82" target="_blank"><u>Wonder Woman</u></a>™<u>,<a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/wonder-woman-dolls/barbie-hippolyta-doll-dwd83" target="_blank"> Hippolyta</a></u>™, and <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/wonder-woman-dolls/barbie-antiope-doll-dwd84" target="_blank"><u>Antiope</u></a>™ are all fully articulated, allowing them to hold a variety of high-action poses.</p> <p> The debut of this first female-led super hero movie is an event you won’t want to miss. Take home a part of the action with the <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/wonder-woman-dolls/barbie-wonder-woman-doll-dwd82" target="_blank"><u>Wonder Woman</u></a>™, <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/wonder-woman-dolls/barbie-hippolyta-doll-dwd83" target="_blank"><u>Hippolyta</u></a>™, and<a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/wonder-woman-dolls/barbie-antiope-doll-dwd84" target="_blank"> <u>Antiope</u></a>™ Dolls now in the online shop!</p> <p> <span style="font-size:10px;">WONDER WOMAN and all related characters and elements © & ™ DC Comics and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.<br /> (s17)</span></p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:5ef37a72-77b6-4113-94bc-fd35b53a2b96 50th Anniversary Barbie™ Hair Fair Adds a Doll to the Set! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/50th-anniversary-barbie-hair-fair-adds-doll-set Mon, 15 May 2017 10:19:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/2/12/d2ecf6ce-3584-449e-bc68-0b59c4e9b3b9.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/2/12/d2ecf6ce-3584-449e-bc68-0b59c4e9b3b9.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> Hair! Long and flowing, short and sleek, and everything in-between, this was the hot fashion trend of the late 1960s. You could change your look whenever you changed your outfit! Barbie® embraced this trend and made it uniquely her own, and we’re celebrating this iconic fashion era with the <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/50-anniversary-barbie-hair-fair-set-dyx78" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><u>50th Anniversary Barbie™ Hair Fair Doll Set</u></a>. And for a limited time, you can only get her in our online shop!</p> <p> She’s the second of our tress-tastic hair play doll re-creations for 2017. <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/totally-hair-25th-anniversary-barbie-doll-dwf49" target="_blank"><u>Totally Hair™ 25th Anniversary Barbie® Doll</u></a> arrived in the shop earlier this year, reminding you how a designer could dress Barbie® with Barbie® doll’s own hair. This time, we’re flashing back to a doll head where just one hairdo just wouldn’t do!</p> <p> She starts with a cute asymmetrical bob, inspired by the original blonde doll head from 1967. She also comes with a wig wardrobe that includes a flip braid, a “fall” hair piece, a “crownette” headband, and a brunette wig.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/8/11/18ba110e-b5a0-446b-9b64-feb9542a8659.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/8/11/18ba110e-b5a0-446b-9b64-feb9542a8659.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p>  </p> <p> Unlike the original set, though, this anniversary set also includes a body to go with the head! (The original set was just the head with wig wardrobe and hair-styling accessories.) Barbie® wears a bright “flower power” dress and chunky over-sized earrings. A matching bracelet and pumps complete her retro look.</p> <p> Styles may change, but one thing remains the same: Barbie® continues to inspire the endless possibilities of fashion. Don’t delay – get her here first, because for these first few weeks of her release, you can’t get her anywhere else!</p> <p> Which wig will you have Barbie® wear when you add <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/50-anniversary-barbie-hair-fair-set-dyx78" target="_blank"><u>50th Anniversary Barbie™ Hair Fair Doll Set</u></a> to your collection? Post your pictures in the comments! </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:84ced6a3-6586-4be0-b212-392281758753 50th Anniversary Barbie™ Hair Fair Sneak Peek! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/50th-anniversary-barbie-hair-fair-sneak-peek Wed, 10 May 2017 17:11:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/11/14/fb501663-7b5f-4a80-8e0c-e205a647d6b1.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/11/14/fb501663-7b5f-4a80-8e0c-e205a647d6b1.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p>  </p> <p> In the late 1960s, the hot trend was hair! From big hair to ever-changing hairstyles, even Barbie® embraced this mod fashion trend in 1967. She’s hard to come by for vintage collectors, but soon you’ll be able to get a 50th Anniversary Barbie™ Hair Fair Doll reproduction for your collection!</p> <p> Here’s your first look at the vintage repro of this popular doll, which includes re-creations of her fashions and accessories. She’ll be available later this month, and when she is, the first place you’ll be able to get her is only in the online shop!</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/1/5/618d5a46-46ad-4c20-a5a9-7a0afda06a7e.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/1/5/618d5a46-46ad-4c20-a5a9-7a0afda06a7e.Large.jpg?1" /></a><a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/2/15/f262f6fb-8e7a-4ef6-bfb6-abb6bd607c2a.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/2/15/f262f6fb-8e7a-4ef6-bfb6-abb6bd607c2a.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> <p> Want to be notified as soon as it arrives in the online shop? <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/customerservice/email-signup" target="_blank"><u>Subscribe now</u></a>, and you’ll also get notified about discounts, deals, all new doll releases, and more!</p> <p>  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:0e6f8acf-7db2-40f8-b494-2e75f80cc852 Blush and Gold Cocktail Dress Barbie® Doll Joins the 2017 BFMC®! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/blush-gold-cocktail-dress-barbie-doll-joins-2017-bfmc Mon, 08 May 2017 13:11:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/3/7/33c8582f-5231-4517-b714-a388b95e3490.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/3/7/33c8582f-5231-4517-b714-a388b95e3490.Full.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/8/1/a8a3146d-5380-4f8e-b1a5-cb6f01d54cef.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/8/1/a8a3146d-5380-4f8e-b1a5-cb6f01d54cef.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> Another doll in the 2017 Barbie® Fashion Model Collection has been revealed! Senior Director of Barbie Design Robert Best has moved from starkly monochromatic to a more colorful palette with <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/silkstone/barbie-blush-gold-cocktail-dress-dwf55" target="_blank"><u>Blush & Gold Cocktail Dress Barbie® Doll</u></a>.</p> <p> This is the third doll to be revealed but the second one to reach the online shop – the first being<a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/black-white-tweed-suit-barbie-doll-dwf54" target="_blank"> <u>Black & White Tweed Suit Barbie® Doll</u></a>, which elaborated on the “New Classics” concept from last year’s BFMC® collection.</p> <p> Putting a fresh spin on the essentials of a well-dressed woman’s closet can be a challenging task. With a global fashion icon like Barbie®, she’s not only seen it all, she’s worn it all, too! Once again, Robert’s risen to the challenge and created an enchantingly romantic fashion, while also styling long, looping locks of blonde hair into an exquisite ‘do.  </p> <p> For Barbie® doll’s dress, blush-colored organza and tulle ruffles gracefully drape like rose petals against a rich taffeta lining. Luxurious golden embroidery with rhinestone and sequin embellishments lavishly adorns her elegant bodice. Shimmering rhinestone and pearl drop earrings and a matching bracelet give this blonde beauty even more sparkle. <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/silkstone/barbie-blush-gold-cocktail-dress-dwf55" target="_blank"><u>Blush & Gold Cocktail Dress Barbie® Doll</u></a> also features the posable genuine Silkstone® body, for endless display possibilities.</p> <p> <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/silkstone/barbie-blush-gold-cocktail-dress-dwf55" target="_blank"><u>Blush & Gold Cocktail Dress Barbie® Doll</u></a> makes for a chic complement to the first BFMC doll of 2017, <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/black-white-tweed-suit-barbie-doll-dwf54" target="_blank"><u>Black & White Tweed Suit Barbie® Doll</u></a>. Your collection wouldn’t be complete without both of them! Go to the online shop to get these dolls before they disappear.</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:dc682ce8-1454-41d8-95d8-5e6b818614a9 Gabby Douglas Barbie® Doll Is a Barbie “Shero”! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/gabby-douglas-barbie-doll-barbie-shero Mon, 01 May 2017 09:40:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/12/7/5c157565-f090-428d-974c-ea3112228c06.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/12/7/5c157565-f090-428d-974c-ea3112228c06.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> At three years old, she learned how to do a cartwheel. At age sixteen, she won the individual all-around competition for gymnastics! Now, we’re proud to honor Gabby Douglas as a Barbie® “Shero” and reveal the new <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/gabby-douglas-barbie-doll-fgc34" target="_blank"><u>Gabby Douglas Barbie® Doll</u></a>.</p> <p> As the first woman of color to win an individual all-around competition for gymnastics, Gabby embodies the nature of the “Shero” – a female hero who inspires girls by breaking boundaries and expanding possibilities for women everywhere.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/0/15/90e264b4-fba9-4032-9f08-4d7ca437295b.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/0/15/90e264b4-fba9-4032-9f08-4d7ca437295b.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> From the humble beginnings of a little girl doing flips around the house, Gabby grew in confidence. With a stellar work ethic, and an unwavering belief in herself and her abilities, she reached the pinnacle of gymnastic achievement. In the process, she also became an extraordinary role model to girls worldwide! The <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/gabby-douglas-barbie-doll-fgc34" target="_blank"><u>Gabby Douglas Barbie® Doll </u></a>celebrates her amazing and groundbreaking accomplishments.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/1/12/f15d3939-55d2-4f36-acbb-8d21056b5e4b.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/1/12/f15d3939-55d2-4f36-acbb-8d21056b5e4b.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> The <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/gabby-douglas-barbie-doll-fgc34" target="_blank"><u>Gabby Douglas Barbie® Doll</u></a> is fully posable, to help demonstrate the powerful performances for which she won multiple championships. She comes dressed in her signature stars and stripes leotard, worn by American gymnasts representing their country during international competition. While she’s waiting for her turn to shine, keep her covered and cool with her coordinating team warm-up suit.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/1/13/b1048574-8eb6-4292-bdea-69ecab6f3719.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/1/13/b1048574-8eb6-4292-bdea-69ecab6f3719.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> Whether you’re collecting dolls like the Gabby Douglas Barbie® Doll, you know a Barbie® fan who loves athlete dolls, or you want to surprise a budding young gymnast with an inspirational gift, this is a can’t-miss opportunity. Get the <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/gabby-douglas-barbie-doll-fgc34" target="_blank"><u>Gabby Douglas Barbie® Doll</u></a> now in the online shop! </p> <p> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/00QwLpR9tRY" width="640"></iframe></p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:8dc072bd-1260-4222-864f-9a5a6596d202 Andy Warhol Barbie® Doll: The Pinnacle of a Creative Collaboration! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/andy-warhol-barbie-doll-pinnacle-of-creative-collaboration Fri, 21 Apr 2017 06:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/2/6/0277ac8f-237f-4c9e-a60b-6983acbaa76b.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/2/6/0277ac8f-237f-4c9e-a60b-6983acbaa76b.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> The third doll designed in partnership with The Andy Warhol Foundation has made the scene! BFC™ members get to go behind the red velvet rope three days early* for the opportunity to purchase the <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/andy-warhol-barbie-doll-dwf57" target="_blank"><u>2017 </u><u>Andy Warhol Barbie® Doll</u></a>. </p> <p> The new collaboration follows on the heels of 2015’s <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/andy-warhol-barbie-doll-dwf57" target="_blank"><u>Barbie® Andy Warhol Doll</u></a> – which echoed the artist’s own stylistic sensibilities – and 2016’s<a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/andy-warhol-barbie-doll-dkn04" target="_blank"> <u>Andy Warhol Barbie® Doll</u></a>, which uniquely referenced Warhol’s seminal Campbell’s Soup series.</p> <p> Barbie™ Fan Club members have an exclusive three-day window to purchase the 2017 Warhol Barbie, beginning 4/21/17*. The doll will only be available at TheBarbieCollection.com. If any dolls remain after the three-day exclusive period ends, the remaining dolls will be made available to all registered members of The Barbie® Collection website.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/7/7/37cc696c-31e5-4f51-a7f5-ce6899aa55c7.Full.jpg?1" style="text-align:center;" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/7/7/37cc696c-31e5-4f51-a7f5-ce6899aa55c7.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> The new <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/andy-warhol-barbie-doll-dwf57" target="_blank"><u>Andy Warhol Barbie® Doll</u></a> is the definitive celebration of Warhol, drawing inspiration from the original Warhol Barbie® portrait created by the artist in 1986. Reflecting Warhol’s maverick approach to art making and sophisticated sense of design, the doll wears strapless gown features a sweetheart neckline and an overall print of the Warhol Barbie® portrait. A luxurious pink faux fur stole with blue lining recalls the vivid background colors of his numerous portraits, while Warhol’s use of “diamond dust” (crushed glass on canvas) inspires the blue pumps accented with glitter – which also slyly alludes to Warhol’s “Shoes” series of screenprints.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <br /> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/10/1/8a492109-dd87-4830-813e-66bcfc073d54.Full.jpg?1" style="text-align:center;" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/10/1/8a492109-dd87-4830-813e-66bcfc073d54.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/10/5/9ae9535d-eea3-4912-952a-8e5585d87ade.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/10/5/9ae9535d-eea3-4912-952a-8e5585d87ade.Large.jpg?1" /></a><br /> Warhol once said, “They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” Barbie® certainly embodies that statement, and once again, these two unforgettable icons have teamed up to show the world something spectacular. Get the new <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/andy-warhol-barbie-doll-dwf57" target="_blank"><u>Andy Warhol Barbie® Doll </u></a>in the online shop now!</p> <p> <span style="font-size:10px;">*BFC™ Early Access to purchase Andy Warhol Barbie® Doll for $75.00 ends 4/23/17 at 11:59pm CT or while supplies last, whichever comes first. You must be logged into your BFC account in order to purchase this doll during the Early Access period.</span></p> <p> ©/®/TM The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:a74431fe-baab-4c34-bdeb-e547ce6c42d8 His Mysterious Majesty: Faraway Forest™ King of the Crystal Cave™ Barbie® Doll! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/his-mysterious-majesty-faraway-forest-king-of-crystal-cave-barbie-doll-1 Tue, 11 Apr 2017 06:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/3/7/33c8582f-5231-4517-b714-a388b95e3490.Full.jpg?1" style="text-align:center;" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/3/7/33c8582f-5231-4517-b714-a388b95e3490.Full.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/11/2/dbd75a4b-5a16-4815-a2be-9dae94cbd349.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/11/2/dbd75a4b-5a16-4815-a2be-9dae94cbd349.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> The Crystal Caves™ beckoned, and you embarked upon an amazing journey across the breadth of the <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/gallery/faraway-forest-collection" target="_blank"><u>Faraway Forest™</u></a>. Now, at the mouth of the cave, the ruler of the realm strides out to greet you. You manage to hide your surprise as you realize this mysterious majesty is a man – <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/king-crystal-caves-doll-dwf50" target="_blank"><u>King of the Crystal Cave™ Barbie® Doll</u></a>!</p> <p> BFC™ members have an exclusive two-day window* to add <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/king-crystal-caves-doll-dwf50" target="_blank"><u>King of the Crystal Cave™ Barbie® Doll</u></a> to their collections before anyone else. Since the other four dolls in the series all sold out, you’d better <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/king-crystal-caves-doll-dwf50" target="_blank"><u>shop now</u></a> to make sure you can get him!</p> <p> This is the first male doll in a series that has featured very compelling female characters over the years. 2014 saw the introduction of the collection with <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/faraway-forest-collection/faraway-forest-elf-barbie-doll-bcr05" target="_blank"><u>Faraway Forest™ <em>Elf</em> Barbie®</u></a>, followed by<a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/faraway-forest-collection/lady-of-white-woods-barbie-doll-cgk94" target="_blank"> <u>Lady of the White Woods™ Barbie®</u></a> and <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/faraway-forest-collection/queen-of-dark-forest-barbie-doll-cjf32" target="_blank"><u>Queen of the Dark Forest™ Barbie®</u></a> in 2015, and <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/faraway-forest-collection/water-sprite-barbie-doll-dgx95" target="_blank"><em><u>Water Sprite</u></em><u> Barbie®</u></a> in 2016</p> <p> The fifth doll in the Faraway Forest™ Collection, <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/king-crystal-caves-doll-dwf50" target="_blank"><u>King of the Crystal Cave™ Barbie® Doll</u></a> reigns supreme in his mysterious realm. Dressed in imposing warrior regalia from head to toe, his muscular body, striking white hair and icy blue eyes all add to the allure of his commanding presence. Sculpted armor, faux leather belt accents, crown, sword and flowing cape all feature exquisite detail and a powerful look.</p> <p> You’ve been granted an exclusive audience with <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/king-crystal-caves-doll-dwf50" target="_blank"><u>King of the Crystal Cave™ Barbie® Doll</u></a> – make the most of it! Get the ruler of this enchanted realm during the two-day BFC Early Access event. <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/king-crystal-caves-doll-dwf50" target="_blank">Shop now</a>!</u></p> <p> *BFC™ Early Access to purchase Faraway Forest™ King of the Crystal Cave™ Barbie® Doll for $100.00 ends 4/19/17 at 11:59pm CT or while supplies last, whichever comes first. You must be logged into your BFC account in order to purchase this doll during the Early Access period.</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:c506cc04-bfc9-4da2-8dae-414e31dc1ab3 Presenting Blue Chiffon Ball Gown Barbie® Doll: New From the 2017 Barbie® Fashion Model Collection! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/presenting-blue-chiffon-ball-gown-barbie-doll-new-2017-barbie-fashion-model-collection Mon, 10 Apr 2017 06:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/3/7/33c8582f-5231-4517-b714-a388b95e3490.Full.jpg?1" style="text-align:center;" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/3/7/33c8582f-5231-4517-b714-a388b95e3490.Full.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/6/5/a6d70d09-c01c-46e3-852f-b4b631da3892.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/6/5/a6d70d09-c01c-46e3-852f-b4b631da3892.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p> The 2017 Barbie® Fashion Model Collection is getting a dose of high voltage glamour with a regal twist. This year, the sublime Blue Chiffon Ball Gown Barbie® Doll, part of the “The New Classics” theme, appears in a floor length ice blue chiffon evening dress, perfect for an exclusive formal event.</p> <p style="line-height:10.1pt;vertical-align:baseline;background-image:initial;background-attachment:initial;background-size:initial;background-origin:initial;background-clip:initial;background-position:initial;background-repeat:initial;"> Collectors have come to expect a degree of prestige when it comes to the BFMC®, due to each doll’s lavish <em>haute couture</em> outfits and rich, imaginative details. Created with a discerning eye by visionary designer Robert Best, the Silkstone® Barbie® dolls give us access to Barbie® doll’s signature world of mystique and glamour.</p> <p style="line-height:10.1pt;vertical-align:baseline;background-image:initial;background-attachment:initial;background-size:initial;background-origin:initial;background-clip:initial;background-position:initial;background-repeat:initial;"> Enter Blue Chiffon Ball Gown Barbie® Doll in a look reminiscent of Hollywood’s Technicolor™ Golden Age with a distinctly modern edge. Barbie® doll’s two-tone golden chestnut hair is styled in a center part and pulled back to highlight thick, deep brown eyebrows. Ebony eyeliner outlines her eyes and silvery blue eye-shadow reflects the hue of her gown. The striking make-up is accentuated with a beauty mark and pale coral lips. Coral is also the color of choice for her nail polish.</p> <p style="line-height:10.1pt;vertical-align:baseline;text-align:center;background-image:initial;background-attachment:initial;background-size:initial;background-origin:initial;background-clip:initial;background-position:initial;background-repeat:initial;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/5/0/35d2aa60-26a6-4b85-9018-d3428f75cd7d.Full.png?1" style="text-align:center;" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/5/0/35d2aa60-26a6-4b85-9018-d3428f75cd7d.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p> Making an entrance on the runway, Barbie® is a dramatic vision in chiffon, wearing a fitted bodice with a wraparound cinch waist and a flowing skirt layered in voluminous shades of sky blue. An off-the-shoulder floor length chiffon drape adds extra elegance. The sophisticated ensemble sparkles with the addition of an intricate silver and crystal necklace, highlighted by a single, brilliant pear drop. Blue Chiffon Ball Gown Barbie® Doll  comes on the articulated Silkstone body, ready to be showcased in a variety of different modeling poses.</p> <p> The next doll in the 2017 BFMC® line will be the ultimate addition to your collection Blue Chiffon Ball Gown Barbie® Doll  is coming in June to the <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/black-white-tweed-suit-barbie-doll-dwf54" target="_blank"><u>online shop</u></a>. In the meantime, be sure to start your 2017 BFMC® collection by getting <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/black-white-tweed-suit-barbie-doll-dwf54" target="_blank"><u>Black & White Tweed Suit Barbie® Doll</u></a> while you still can!</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:6a994b9b-ffe9-478d-bfd8-232ecd2274f7 Faraway Forest™: What’s Been and What Is to Be... http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/faraway-forest-whats Fri, 31 Mar 2017 17:19:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/3/7/33c8582f-5231-4517-b714-a388b95e3490.Full.jpg?1" style="text-align:center;" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/3/7/33c8582f-5231-4517-b714-a388b95e3490.Full.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> You’ve made an incredible journey across the <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/gallery/faraway-forest-collection" target="_blank"><u>Faraway Forest™</u></a> so far. Take a look back at the majestic and mysterious rulers of the Forest’s enchanted realms, then prepare yourself – you’re about to arrive at your next destination! </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/4/0/a40df1b4-31c9-45f8-80dd-a645427868dc.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/4/0/a40df1b4-31c9-45f8-80dd-a645427868dc.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p> You began this journey from the Elf Village™, with <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/faraway-forest-collection/faraway-forest-elf-barbie-doll-bcr05" target="_blank"><u>Faraway Forest™ <em>Elf</em> Barbie® </u></a>as your guide…</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/2/11/c2730ed0-56dc-4a4e-9ba1-f0fbacba0cd9.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/2/11/c2730ed0-56dc-4a4e-9ba1-f0fbacba0cd9.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> She led you across the northern reaches of the realm to meet <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/faraway-forest-collection/lady-of-white-woods-barbie-doll-cgk94" target="_blank"><u>Lady of the White Woods™ Barbie®</u></a>…</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/15/2/8f978e6b-1b41-408c-9288-2c69a12a9a4d.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/15/2/8f978e6b-1b41-408c-9288-2c69a12a9a4d.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> Next, you traveled south as quickly as possible, but there was no avoiding an encounter with the foreboding <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/faraway-forest-collection/queen-of-dark-forest-barbie-doll-cjf32" target="_blank"><u>Queen of the Dark Forest™ Barbie®</u></a>… </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/1/9/d1285e0c-d581-4524-b9ba-e4050da9ad54.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/1/9/d1285e0c-d581-4524-b9ba-e4050da9ad54.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> Then you moved west, to seek out <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/faraway-forest-collection/water-sprite-barbie-doll-dgx95" target="_blank"><em><u>Water Sprite</u></em><u> Barbie® </u></a>and the rejuvenating waters of the Magical Lagoon™…</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/5/1/f5758a1e-c38a-4b77-a152-4e722a157868.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/5/1/f5758a1e-c38a-4b77-a152-4e722a157868.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> Now, it’s only a short ride to the Crystal Caves™, where you’ll discover a regent unlike any you’ve met before. All will be revealed soon, as your epic exploration of the Faraway Forest™ continues!</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:7716c716-8171-4505-8c47-0999e130f410 Introducing the 2017 Barbie® Fashion Model Collection With Black & White Tweed Suit Barbie® Doll! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/introducing-2017-barbie-fashion-model-collection-black-white-tweed-suit-barbie-doll Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:15:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/14/13/8e01e8cd-63a5-4afa-add3-718e29483775.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/14/13/8e01e8cd-63a5-4afa-add3-718e29483775.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> The hotly anticipated 2017 Barbie® Fashion Model Collection is ready for the runway! Continuing the “The New Classics” theme that began in the 2016 BFMC®, this year’s series starts off with the impeccably styled <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/black-white-tweed-suit-barbie-doll-dwf54" target="_blank"><u>Black & White Tweed Suit Barbie® Doll</u></a>.</p> <p> In the world of Barbie® design, the Barbie® Fashion Model Collection is our <em>haute couture</em> line of clothing. Marked by devoted attention to detail, exquisite tailoring, and inspired hair and makeup choices, these Silkstone® dolls depict Barbie® and her glamorous lifestyle in rich relief.</p> <p> Senior Director of Barbie Design Robert Best has again emerged from the <em>atelier</em> with a fresh twist on the essentials of a well-dressed woman’s closet. The first doll in the 2017 series is <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/black-white-tweed-suit-barbie-doll-dwf54" target="_blank"><u>Black & White Tweed Suit Barbie® Doll</u></a>, featuring a classically chic redhead and the Vintage Silkstone facial sculpt.</p> <p> The monochromatic ensemble features a double-breasted tweed jacket with peplum detailing. Her jacket is paired with a matching skirt, sheer black stockings, and golden chain-accented pumps. A chiffon polka dot shirt with bow tie adds a modern touch, and the outfit is accented by golden "pearl" earrings, satin black gloves, and a fashionable white hat. A beautiful black handbag with golden charm completes the elegant and powerful look. <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/black-white-tweed-suit-barbie-doll-dwf54" target="_blank"><u>Black & White Tweed Suit Barbie® Doll</u></a> also features the posable genuine Silkstone® body, for endless display possibilities.</p> <p> The first doll in last year’s BFMC® sold out, so don’t miss the first doll of 2017 – your collection wouldn’t be complete without her! Get <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/black-white-tweed-suit-barbie-doll-dwf54" target="_blank"><u>Black & White Tweed Suit Barbie® Doll</u></a> right now in the online shop.</p> <p> Click <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/general/2017-04-calendar" target="_blank">here</a> to download April calendars.</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:b6dc17cd-2f44-45eb-93de-5eb280252042 Barbie® Wonder Woman™ Dolls Coming Soon! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/barbie-wonder-woman-dolls-coming-soon Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:32:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/3/7/33c8582f-5231-4517-b714-a388b95e3490.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/3/7/33c8582f-5231-4517-b714-a388b95e3490.Full.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> When an Amazon princess leaves her island home to explore the world, she becomes the greatest of its female Super Heroes—DC Comics’ <strong>Wonder Woman™</strong>! Inspired by the first-ever live-action <strong>Wonder Woman™</strong> feature film, this series of fully articulated dolls are sculpted in each actors’ likeness including Gal Gadot as <strong>Wonder Woman™</strong>, Connie Nielsen as <strong>Queen Hippolyta</strong><strong>™</strong>and Robin Wright as <strong>Antiope</strong><strong>™</strong>.</p> <p> Designed by Bill Greening, and scheduled to arrive in the shop in May 2017, each doll dresses in their signature costume and comes with accessories that remain true to their Big Screen inspirations. The dolls also feature fully articulated bodies—perfect for high-action poses.</p> <p> Here’s a preview of the dolls’ photo shoot, on a set designed to echo their Amazonian island home.</p> <table align="center" border="0" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="2"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <div align="center"> <h2> <strong>Barbie® Wonder Woman™ Doll</strong></h2> </div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <div align="center"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/13/8/ddf8b6ce-5d49-4e2c-883f-0a979c87e8cf.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/13/8/ddf8b6ce-5d49-4e2c-883f-0a979c87e8cf.Full.jpg?1" /></a></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <div align="center">  </div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <div align="center"> <h2> <strong>Barbie® Hippolyta™ Doll</strong></h2> </div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <div align="center"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/3/10/f34ef595-8684-4139-aa6a-8871d76a8c97.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/3/10/f34ef595-8684-4139-aa6a-8871d76a8c97.Full.jpg?1" /></a></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <div align="center">  </div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <div align="center"> <h2> <strong>Barbie® Antiope™ Doll</strong></h2> </div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <div align="center"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/12/10/3ca4e13b-7868-4711-9aa3-74ac25eb6120.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/12/10/3ca4e13b-7868-4711-9aa3-74ac25eb6120.Full.jpg?1" /></a></div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p> All will be revealed before DC Comics’ <strong>Wonder Woman</strong>™ debuts in theaters on June 2, 2017. Until then, stay connected with The Barbie™ Collection – <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/customerservice/email-signup" target="_blank"><u>subscribe for email updates</u></a> about new releases and special promotions!</p> <p> <span style="font-size:10px;">WONDER WOMAN and all related characters and elements © & ™ DC Comics and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s17)</span></p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:654ee097-2d93-4816-b01e-4d8e7789d7e5 Edward and Bella Heat Up the <i>Twilight</i> Saga http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/edward-bella-heat-up-itwilighti-saga Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:44:00 GMT <div class="news-img"> <img alt="" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" height="360" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/8/12/a8a785d4-7d54-42b7-ac00-9d8b8b581137.Full.jpg?1" src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/8/12/a8a785d4-7d54-42b7-ac00-9d8b8b581137.Full.jpg?1" title="" /> <div> <p> It's got everything you could ask for in a story. Danger. Forbidden passion. Compelling characters. Locales both familiar and exotic. And vampires!</p> <p> That's right, vampires. If you haven't heard of the <i>Twilight</i> Saga by now, get ready - this pop culture sensation is poised to reach stellar new heights in 2009!</p> <p> In 2008, the movie <i>Twilight</i> introduced us to the intense relationship between the all-too-human Bella Swan and her devastatingly gorgeous vampire beau Edward Cullen. The heady mix of pulse-pounding action and thrilling romance was not only a top-10 box office smash - it was just the beginning.</p> <p> Now, with the sequel <i>New Moon</i> set to debut in theaters November 20th, the saga comes to Barbie® Collector! <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/twilight-bella-doll" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Edward and Bella</a>, Pink Label™ creations based on their counterparts in the movies (Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart), bring to life a pivotal scene from <i>New Moon</i>, with outfits inspired by the actual movie costumes.</p> <p> "As you can imagine, I was thrilled to find out that I would design the dolls," says Sharon Zuckerman, who designed the dolls. "It was an unforgettable experience and I hope <i>Twilight</i> fans are just as excited about the dolls as I am!"</p> <p> Don't wait until the movie drops to get your Edward and Bella dolls - they're available right now, <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/category/hollywood#TheTwilightSagaemCollectionem" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">right here!</a></p> </div> </div> <p>  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:e74516c4-4969-4bc7-ba72-2644b8a68a29 Totally Hair™ Barbie®, a Spectacular Superstar: An Exclusive Interview with Legendary Designer Carol Spencer! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/totally-hair-barbie-spectacular-superstar-exclusive-interview-legendary-designer-carol-spencer Thu, 09 Mar 2017 07:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/7/8/c7dc221b-c892-48d6-b8e6-90303c0bbc56.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/7/8/c7dc221b-c892-48d6-b8e6-90303c0bbc56.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/totally-hair-25th-anniversary-barbie-doll-dwf49" target="_blank"><u>Totally Hair™ Barbie® Doll</u></a> joined the supermodels of the world in 1992 sporting the longest hair ever! One of the most successful dolls in Barbie history, she is back! Collectors can now celebrate her 25th Anniversary with a wonderful reproduction by Bill Greening.<br /> <br /> “I remember collecting the original when she first came out. I loved her.” Greening says. “There’s a lot of interest in the Superstar era, and <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/totally-hair-25th-anniversary-barbie-doll-dwf49" target="_blank"><u>Totally Hair™ 25th Anniversary Barbie® Doll</u></a> is the first reproduction of a 1990s doll.”<br /> <br /> The original <em>Totally Hair Barbie</em> was designed by Carol Spencer, who just won the prestigious <a href="https://www.womenintoys.com/wonder-women-awards/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><u>2017 Women in Toys Emeritus Award</u></a><u>.</u> She sat down with us to discuss the phenomenal popularity of <em>Totally Hair Barbie</em> in this exclusive interview!<br /> <br /> <strong><em>Q: Congratulations on your lifetime achievement award for 35 years of incredible doll creations! What inspired you to design Totally Hair Barbie? </em></strong><br /> <br /> A: Thank you! Totally Hair Barbie was an extension of a long career working with hair play, stemming back to the 1960s. It started with Elliot Handler, the founder of Mattel. It was his idea to produce hair-featured dolls. We spent hours discussing play possibilities that resulted in 1967’s Color Magic™<em> Barbie</em> and continued on to Magic Curl<strong>®</strong> Barbie in 1982.<br /> <br /> <strong><em>Q: But Totally Hair Barbie took hair play to great new heights. How'd that happen?</em></strong><br /> <br /> A: It was a long process because I’d been working in Asia, and when I returned, there were five designers at Mattel trying to figure out new ways to incorporate hair play. None of the ideas worked, so it was down to the wire. We had very little time before the doll had to go into production. That's when I realized the best way to go forward was to <em>dress the doll with her hair</em>.<br /> <br /> <strong><em>Q: That’s brilliant! So you simplified it down to the best form of hair play?</em></strong><br /> <br /> A: Well, she had to be very pretty for starters, and if you’re going to dress someone in their hair, you better make it long!<br /> <br /> <strong><em>Q: Like the </em></strong><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlsk2xACwqc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong><em><u>commercial</u></em></strong></a><strong><em> for the doll states, “Totally hot, totally cool, Totally Hair Barbie, hair so long it’s totally WOW!”</em></strong><br /> <br /> A: Exactly! I gave her the long crimped hair and fluffs with elastic to style the hair, along with twist ties. It was all about experimentation. We saw mothers and children experimenting with Barbie’s hair before they did their own hair. All we had to do was give the doll the perfect little outfit.<br /> <br /> <strong><em>Q: No one who saw Totally Hair Barbie forgot her iconic mini-dress.</em></strong><br /> <br /> A: That's because in 1992, there was a resurgence of Pucci-inspired prints on the market, but none of the patterns were small enough to work on Barbie, so we created our own pattern and kept it simple. A short mini-dress with swirls of Barbie’s favorite color: pink!<br /> <br /> <strong><em>Q: The doll was an international sensation. When did you realize you had such a tremendous hit on your hands?</em></strong><br /> <br /> A:When <em>The</em> <em>Wall Street Journal</em> and the <em>Los Angeles Times</em> started writing about the incredible sales, and I finally saw the annual report.<br /> <br /> <strong><em>Q: The astronomical amount in global sales in just one year is astonishing!</em></strong><br /> <br /> A: That was a great time for me because, in addition to Totally Hair Barbie<em>,</em> I had two other hits during that period.<br /> <br /> <strong><em>Q: What were they?</em></strong><br /> <br /> A: We debuted the Classique Benefit Ball™ Barbie in 1992 and I conceived Baby Sister Kelly<strong>®</strong> the same year. But Totally HairBarbie was definitely the doll everyone was talking about. It’s amazing to think I was able to come up with the concept in the eleventh hour, and it turned out a home run!<br /> <br /> <strong><em>Totally Hair Barbie Doll</em></strong><strong><em> became one of the bestselling dolls in Barbie history! Congratulations, Ms. Spencer, and thank you!</em></strong></p> <p> My pleasure. I'm always thrilled when a doll takes off like that and pleases so many people!<br />  </p> <p align="center"> ~*~*~*~*~*~</p> <br /> <p> You can imagine the challenge in reproducing a doll that’s become such a storied part of Barbie doll’s history. Luckily, The Barbie™ Collection’s expert in vintage reproductions, Bill Greening, was up to the task. The fashion and accessories were faithfully recreated, as were the facial sculpt and the doll body. “She’s on the Superstar torso with bendable legs,” Greening notes, “because we tried to stay as close as possible to Carol Spencer’s original version of the doll.” The doll also comes with a special commemorative booklet to mark the occasion of her return to the spotlight. <br /> <br /> Now, you can join the celebration by adding <em>Totally Hair™ 25th Anniversary Barbie® Doll</em> to your collection — she’s available right here at our <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/totally-hair-25th-anniversary-barbie-doll-dwf49" target="_blank"><u>online shop</u>!</a></p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:7844fdb6-1fc4-41c2-9bfb-c53385505f03 Faraway Forest™: Open Your Eyes… http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/faraway-forest-open-eyes Mon, 06 Mar 2017 07:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/11/10/2b0834e5-baca-41ef-aa95-488e12b09736.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/11/10/2b0834e5-baca-41ef-aa95-488e12b09736.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> <span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">You’re not yet ready to look upon the face of this magnificent ruler. Hazy, almost dream-like images swim before your eyes. But what is that forbidding mask-like outline on the breastplate? And is a sword being brandished at you, for trespassing into this hidden realm?</span></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Soon. Soon the answers will come. Keep watching this space for more details!</span></span></p> <p> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/7/15/f718a45c-fa17-4fcf-8fba-1b5840230c18.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/7/15/f718a45c-fa17-4fcf-8fba-1b5840230c18.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/5/6/55bff33f-cbb5-4bf4-86ba-3e825ece9c3e.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/5/6/55bff33f-cbb5-4bf4-86ba-3e825ece9c3e.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p>  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:2e1a59b2-0684-4346-9c0f-b47b6c7fc3b9 A True Renaissance Woman:<em> Natalia Vodianova</em> Barbie® Doll! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/true-renaissance-womanem-natalia-vodianovaem-barbie-doll-1 Fri, 03 Mar 2017 07:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/8/15/18a797fe-889f-46d8-9f7f-afa2bab9fdcb.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/8/15/18a797fe-889f-46d8-9f7f-afa2bab9fdcb.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> An iconic supermodel becomes an iconic fashion doll! Say “<em>Zdravstvujtye!</em>” (that’s a formal “Hello!” in Russian) to <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/natalia-vodianova-barbie-doll-chx13" target="_blank"><em><u>Natalia Vodianova </u></em><u>Barbie® Doll</u></a>, a stunning new collaboration with a fashion inspired by Louis Vuitton.</p> <p> Natalia is a true renaissance woman. In addition to her supermodel status, she’s also an active mother of five and a dedicated philanthropist. It’s no wonder she’s earned the nickname “Supernova” for her amazing drive and her efforts to make the world a better place!</p> <p> Her charity, the Naked Heart Foundation (founded in 2004), works to build an inclusive society open to people with disabilities and special needs, by creating safe spaces for play parks and offering free support services for disadvantaged families.</p> <p> She took her humanitarian work to the next level in 2015 with Elbi, a digital app that makes giving a part of daily life. Founded with the philosophy that little actions can make a big difference, users of the app have supported more than 800 causes in 88 countries.</p> <p> To create a doll as remarkable as the supermodel herself, we dressed <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/natalia-vodianova-barbie-doll-chx13" target="_blank"><em><u>Natalia Vodianova </u></em><u>Barbie® Doll</u></a> in a red charmeuse dress and faux-fur jacket from the Louis Vuitton Autumn-Winter 2015 collection. Strappy black heels add a bit of edge, while dangling chain earrings set off her stunning sculpted-to-likeness face.</p> <p> Natalia exudes both strength and style, the marks of a truly accomplished woman. Get the “Supernova” doll that honors a paragon of fashion and philanthropy. <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/natalia-vodianova-barbie-doll-chx13" target="_blank"><em><u>Natalia Vodianova </u></em><u>Barbie® Doll</u></a> is available in the shop right now!</p> <p>  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:108b1276-9000-46d5-9fe8-acc6ad1fcb70 Faraway Forest™: Are You Ready to Continue the Journey? http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/faraway-forest-ready-continue-journey Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/14/5/3ea1c51f-b911-46d6-b5f2-cbaec5f7a70f.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/14/5/3ea1c51f-b911-46d6-b5f2-cbaec5f7a70f.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/12/3/bcfca2e3-ec4e-4be6-b3d4-be6d0dd1d051.Full.png?1" style="text-align:center;" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/12/3/bcfca2e3-ec4e-4be6-b3d4-be6d0dd1d051.Large.png?1" /></a></p> <p> Deep in the shadows of the Crystal Caves, an imposing figure awaits you. The royal guardian of these treasures of the <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/gallery/faraway-forest-collection" target="_blank"><u>Faraway Forest</u></a> will soon be revealed! </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/12/1/9c33e8b4-2da6-40c4-b1f2-b8a317694a76.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/12/1/9c33e8b4-2da6-40c4-b1f2-b8a317694a76.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> This will be the fifth doll in the popular <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/gallery/faraway-forest-collection" target="_blank"><u>Faraway Forest Collection</u></a>, after: </p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:0.25in;"> <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/faraway-forest-collection/faraway-forest-elf-barbie-doll-bcr05" target="_blank"><u>Faraway Forest™ <em>Elf</em> Barbie® Doll</u></a> (2014)</li> <li style="margin-left:0.25in;"> <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/faraway-forest-collection/lady-of-white-woods-barbie-doll-cgk94" target="_blank"><u>Lady of the White Woods™ Barbie® Doll</u></a> (2015)</li> <li style="margin-left:0.25in;"> <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/faraway-forest-collection/queen-of-dark-forest-barbie-doll-cjf32" target="_blank"><u>Queen of the Dark Forest™ Barbie® Doll</u></a> (2015)</li> <li style="margin-left:0.25in;"> <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/faraway-forest-collection/water-sprite-barbie-doll-dgx95" target="_blank"><u>Water Sprite Barbie® Doll</u></a> (2016)</li> </ul> <p> Watch for more photos in the coming weeks, and prepare yourself for the advent of a new and mysterious majesty.</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:4d564bfb-fe47-4d63-bd7c-54b9dd06b7a4 [VIDEO]: Designer Carlyle Nuera Introduces Quinceañera Barbie® Doll! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/video-designer-carlyle-nuera-introduces-quinceaera-barbie-doll-1 Fri, 17 Feb 2017 07:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:right;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/3/3/53dba748-8d2b-4c46-b3b8-e60da1da979d.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/3/3/53dba748-8d2b-4c46-b3b8-e60da1da979d.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/whats-new/barbie-quinceanera-doll-dwf61" target="_blank"><u style="font-size:14px;">Barbie® Quinceañera Doll</u></a> is excited to celebrate a young woman's 15th birthday. Carlyle Nuera, Senior Designer for the Barbie™ Collection, is just as excited to share her with you!</p> <p> In this video, shot at Mattel’s Design Center, Carlyle explains the importance of a quinceañera in Latino cultures, dishes on the dress details and accessories, and shares why it was an honor to work on this doll.</p> <p> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/RinT9iQt-IY" width="640"></iframe></p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:e5bd6d88-ee35-41bb-8add-fa6a2b6acf08 [VIDEO]: The 2017 Birthday Wishes® Barbie® Dolls, by Designer Carlyle Nuera! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/video-2017-birthday-wishes-barbie-dolls-designer-carlyle-nuera Tue, 06 Dec 2016 07:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/12/0/ccb51a0d-cce3-434d-a079-c9e8c1d5bec9.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/12/0/ccb51a0d-cce3-434d-a079-c9e8c1d5bec9.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> <p> Question: How many Barbie® fans have birthdays?</p> <p> Answer: All of them!</p> <p> If you’re looking for the perfect birthday gift, look no further than the 2017 Birthday Wishes® Barbie® Doll. Created this year by Senior Designer Carlyle Nuera, the three dolls are highlighted in this exclusive video from The Barbie™ Collection. </p> <p> Carlyle talks about his inspiration for the color and texture choices, as well as the attention paid to choosing the facial sculpts – including one that hasn’t appeared on a Barbie® Collector doll for more than 10 years!</p> <p> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ncaHdk0AklM" width="640"></iframe></p> <p> Carlyle’s enthusiasm for the new dolls shines through this introduction to the latest dolls in the Birthday Wishes® series. <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/2017-birthday-wishes-barbie-dolls" target="_blank"><u>Get them right now in the online shop</u></a>!</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:9b1e5fc1-880b-4f3e-9f00-d556a46d2185 [VIDEO]: Barbie™ Fan Club Interview With Holiday Barbie™ Doll Designer Judy Choi! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/video-barbie-fan-club-interview-holiday-barbie-doll-designer-judy-choi Mon, 05 Dec 2016 07:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/1/12/b1ab6861-e155-446f-bc23-b9eed716ec7d.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/1/12/b1ab6861-e155-446f-bc23-b9eed716ec7d.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> One of the most festive and longstanding traditions in the Barbie™ is the inclusion of an annual <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/2016-holiday-barbie-dolls" target="_blank"><u>Holiday Barbie™ Doll</u></a>. This year, the tradition comes with a twist – designer Judy Choi created three different looks for this seasonal Barbie® keepsake!</p> <p> In this video exclusive for the Barbie™ Fan Club, The Barbie® Collection’s Senior Designer Carlyle Nuera talks to Judy about the iconic holiday inspirations for the doll; how 3D printing technology at Mattel played a role in its development; the choices of face sculpts and fabrics; and the “village” involved in getting everything just right for the final designs. </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <object data="http://www.youtube.com/v/_9kAIh8WhZE" height="350" id="ltVideoYouTube" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/_9kAIh8WhZE" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="450"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/_9kAIh8WhZE" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="flashvars" value="playerMode=embedded" /></object></p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:bc6be716-41fb-49b5-a4a0-9dddbfb69329 [WATCH] Behind the Scenes of the Barbie® Fashion Model Collection Set Design! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/watch-behind-scenes-of-barbie-fashion-model-collection-set-design Tue, 29 Nov 2016 07:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/4/6/04dc9d53-6779-4bdb-863a-3db253bf2d05.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/4/6/04dc9d53-6779-4bdb-863a-3db253bf2d05.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> A jazzy soundtrack underscores this unique stop-motion video peek behind the scenes of the <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/silkstone" target="_blank"><u>2016 Barbie® Fashion Model Collection</u></a> photo shoot!</p> <p> Watch as Mattel creatives construct the lifelike outdoor sets for the <em>Classic Cocktail Dress</em> Barbie® and <em>Chic City Suit</em> Barbie® photos and videos, as well as the <em>atelier</em>-style set featuring all five of this year’s Silkstone® dolls from Senior Director of Barbie Design Robert Best.</p> <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> <p> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7e3bBa0D58A" width="640"></iframe></p> <p> Get your 2016 BFMC Collection dolls today – they’re available in <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/silkstone" target="_blank"><u>the online shop</u></a> now!</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:0ee66d6e-5701-4d0b-8157-7d5f3c9202c6 BFC™ Exclusive: Video Interview With Harlem Theatre™ Designer Carlyle Nuera! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/bfc-exclusive-video-interview-harlem-theatre-designer-carlyle-nuera Sun, 23 Oct 2016 06:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/10/12/2ab033e6-441e-47e3-9c9a-714f744a3775.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/10/12/2ab033e6-441e-47e3-9c9a-714f744a3775.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> One of the most talked about new doll series from The Barbie® Collection is Harlem Theatre™, launched by Senior Designer Carlyle Nuera! A new video exclusively for the Barbie™ Fan Club celebrates the launch of the second doll in this remarkable collection, <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/whats-new/madam-lavinia-barbie-doll-dgw46" target="_blank"><u>Madam LaVinia™ Barbie® Doll</u></a>.</p> <p> Carlyle’s friend and fellow Barbie® Collection Designer Bill Greening interviews Carlyle about the inspiration behind the doll series; how Madam LaVinia incorporates a highly desired doll feature; and what’s next for the Harlem Theatre™ Collection. It’s a can’t miss interview, and it’s right here!</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <object data="http://www.youtube.com/v/VfalBACwQPA" height="350" id="ltVideoYouTube" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/VfalBACwQPA" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="450"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/VfalBACwQPA" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="flashvars" value="playerMode=embedded" /></object></p> <p> <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/whats-new/madam-lavinia-barbie-doll-dgw46" target="_blank"><u>Go to the online shop</u></a> and get your Harlem Theatre™ Collection dolls now!</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:57853a5f-222e-4e19-b71e-4ed948d28c91 BFC™ Exclusive: Glam Gown Barbie® Designer Video Interview! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/bfc-exclusive-glam-gown-barbie-designer-video-interview-1 Tue, 11 Oct 2016 06:00:00 GMT <div style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/14/14/3e8ecfb5-9b51-4c6b-9e7b-edce13cad4eb.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/14/14/3e8ecfb5-9b51-4c6b-9e7b-edce13cad4eb.Large.jpg?1" /></a></div> <div style="text-align:center;">  </div> <div> The final doll in the 2016 Barbie® Fashion Model Collection is ready for her turn in the spotlight! <em>Glam Gown</em> Barbie® Doll has arrived, and to celebrate, she’s the focus of a new Designer Video with Senior Director of Barbie Design Robert Best.</div> <div>  </div> <div> The video, created exclusively for Barbie™ Fan Club members, features The Barbie™ Collection designer Linda Kyaw interviewing Robert Best about the inspiration for this year’s Barbie Fashion Model Collection dolls, the innovations in the line, what the future holds for the BFMC, and a head-to-toe rundown for <em>Glam Gown</em> Barbie® Doll.</div> <div>  </div> <div style="text-align:center;"> <object data="http://www.youtube.com/v/wnWvRmgrCEM" height="350" id="ltVideoYouTube" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/wnWvRmgrCEM" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="450"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/wnWvRmgrCEM" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="flashvars" value="playerMode=embedded" /></object></div> <div style="text-align:center;"> <object data="http://www.youtube.com/v/C1H8Ory2stA" height="350" id="ltVideoYouTube" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/C1H8Ory2stA" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="450"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/C1H8Ory2stA" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="flashvars" value="playerMode=embedded" /></object></div> <div>  </div> <div> Your 2016 BFMC Collection won’t be complete without her: Get to the online shop and order yours now!</div> <div>  </div> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:5e751e32-e185-4f4e-af6b-d31ee2b550eb Glam Gown Barbie® Doll Is the Final 2016 BFC™- Exclusive Doll! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/glam-gown-barbie-doll-final-2016-bfc-exclusive-doll Thu, 06 Oct 2016 06:00:00 GMT <div style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/6/6/e641113c-b68c-4bd2-8614-b4f0770c62cc.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/6/6/e641113c-b68c-4bd2-8614-b4f0770c62cc.Large.jpg?1" /></a></div> <div>  </div> <div> The details on the final 2016 BFC™-exclusive doll have been revealed! First previewed when the 2016 Club was launched, <em>Glam Gown</em> Barbie® Doll is finally ready for her turn in the spotlight, beginning Wednesday, October 12*. </div> <div>  </div> <div> <em>Glam Gown</em> Barbie® Doll is also the sixth and final doll in the 2016 Barbie® Fashion Model Collection. Celebrating the timeless elegance of classic couture from the past while adding a contemporary twist, the “New Classics” of this year’s BFMC feature a new posable Silkstone® doll body, too!</div> <div>  </div> <div> Designed by the inimitable Robert Best, <em>Glam Gown</em> Barbie® Doll is an icon of city glamour and exudes chic femininity. Exclusively for the members of the Barbie™ Fan Club, the opportunity to buy her for $100 begins <strong>Wednesday, October 12 at 9:00am PT, only on TheBarbieCollection.com</strong>. No more than 4,000 of these dolls will be available for purchase.</div> <div>  </div> <div> Barbie doll’s floor-length strapless evening gown flows with gentle pink satin ripples, accompanied and mirrored by a sinuous organza train. Black satin opera gloves and shimmering chandelier earrings add drama, while sleek silver hair provides a modern edge to the classic French twist. </div> <div>  </div> <div> Be logged into your BFC account well before 9:00am PT, then <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop" target="_blank"><u>click into the shop</u></a> on 10/12 for your exclusive opportunity to bring home this impeccably designed <em>haute couture</em> doll. Without this doll, your collection of 2016 BFMC dolls isn’t complete, so mark your calendar and be ready when the time comes!</div> <div>  </div> <div> <span style="font-size:10px;">*The opportunity to purchase <em>Glam Gown </em>Barbie® Doll begins 10/12/16 at 9:00am PT for $100.00 (plus tax, S&P), for active BFC™ members only, in the online shop. Limit two (2) dolls per member while supplies last. No more than 4,000 of these dolls will be available for purchase, and only offered to members of the active Barbie™ Fan Club.</span></div> <div>  </div> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:de7bdb03-64fb-4dff-8acb-0652aa07c3a3 Hudson’s Bay® Barbie® - Independent, Creative, Adventurous! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/hudsons-bay-barbie-independent-creative-adventurous Wed, 05 Oct 2016 06:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/0/14/e0a52e49-0658-49a2-ae39-ec9f39db4bd0.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/0/14/e0a52e49-0658-49a2-ae39-ec9f39db4bd0.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> <div> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;">A striking new collaboration between Mattel and the Hudson’s Bay Company Collection debuts today in The Barbie™ Collection – the <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/hudson-bay-company-%28hbc%29-djn09" target="_blank"><u>Hudson’s Bay</u><u style="font-size:14px;">® </u><u style="font-size:14px;">Barbie®</u></a>! This fun and fashionable partnership presents a stylish, modern take on the instantly recognizable multi stripe design from the oldest company in North America. Prior to this launch, there had been four exclusive Hudson’s Bay Barbie dolls created as a series for HBC’s 325th Anniversary in 1995.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><em>(Get Hudson’s Bay</em><em style="font-size:14px;">® </em><em style="font-size:14px;">Barbie® with free shipping through 10/11 – </em><em style="font-size:14px;">see below for details!</em><em style="font-size:14px;">*)</em></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;">One of the goals of the project was to create a doll and a style that reflected a fabulously Canadian fashion sense. “Our vision was to imbue our doll with an independent, creative spirit – a spirit that resonates not only with Barbie but with our brand as well,” says Hilary Kelley, Vice President, Design, HBC Collections, Hudson’s Bay.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;">On this Barbie doll, the iconic Hudson's Bay multi stripe design is applied to her coat, skirt, cellphone case, and coffee mug. Even her dog Hudson wears the multi striped coat! The doll has an Aphrodite sculpt with a smoky eye and glossy natural lips applied to it. Barbie™ Collection Senior Designer Carlyle Nuera says, “The coat is fantastic; fully lined with tiny black toggles down the front. I know it doesn't get that cold in Los Angeles, but I still want one for myself!”</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;">You can see that and more in close-up images of the doll in our <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/hudson-bay-company-%28hbc%29-djn09" target="_blank"><u>online shop</u></a>, where Barbie® turns up the fashion heat while wearing the aforementioned Hudson’s Bay Company multi stripe coat and matching pencil skirt, paired with a black turtleneck, knit tuque, and sassy ankle boots. She adds a few final touches with a bold watch, oversized RX glasses, and a fabulous carry bag – loaded with everything to take her from her desk to dinner with friends.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;">Packaged in a sleek, collectible black and gold box, the doll appears in front of an image of Hudson’s Bay’s store in downtown Toronto. She’ll be an instant classic for both fashion lovers and collectors young and old, and <a href="http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/hudson-bay-company-%28hbc%29-djn09" target="_blank"><u>she’s available now in the online shop</u></a>!</span></p> </div> <div>  </div> <div> <div> <span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:10px;">Free standard shipping offer on Hudson’s Bay</span></span><em style="font-size:12px;">® </em><span style="font-size:10px;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Barbie®  expires 10/11/16 at 11:59pm CT. Not valid on previous purchases. May not be combined with any other offer or discount. The discount appears in your cart when you add the qualifying item(s) to your cart. Applies to standard shipping only, and excludes rush orders and additional shipping charges for Canadian addresses.</span></div> <div>  </div> <div> <span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Hudson’s Bay Company, the multistripe design and associated trademarks are owned by Hudson’s Bay Company and used under license.</em></span></span></div> <div>  </div> </div> <p>  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:c61d8f1f-2a7e-44e5-a9db-3b5617514bd2 Charlotte Olympia™ Barbie® Doll - A Delightful Collaboration! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/charlotte-olympia-barbie-doll-delightful-collaboration Wed, 07 Sep 2016 13:53:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/0/15/e01ad5b9-1f5d-401f-8f78-cf395eda78a1.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/0/15/e01ad5b9-1f5d-401f-8f78-cf395eda78a1.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> Infinitely elegant with just a wink of whimsy, the latest Barbie®-inspired collaboration for adult collectors has arrived – it’s a <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/charlotte-olympia-barbie-doll-dkn15" target="_blank"><u>Charlotte Olympia™ Barbie® Doll</u></a>!</p> <p> Charlotte Olympia’s founder, Charlotte Olympia Dellal, said, “This was a childhood dream come true to collaborate with Barbie!” And the look on Charlotte’s face when the doll was unveiled at the Mattel Design Center was the highlight of the project for Barbie Specialty Senior Designer Carlyle Neura.</p> <p> “Her team and the Barbie team had been working together through email for months, so there was a lot of excitement and anticipation in the air when we finally met face to face,” Carlyle revealed. “I think she was really amazed and touched with how we were able to recreate classic pieces from the Charlotte Olympia brand in Barbie scale!”</p> <p> Those “pieces” are a selection of the British luxury brand’s most recognizable designs. The collection of shoes and clutch bags are watched over joyfully by ‘Bruce’ the leopard, Charlotte Olympia’s mascot.</p> <p> The doll itself is inspired by old Hollywood glamour, Charlotte Olympia’s feminine design aesthetic, and a bit of nostalgia with the Vintage Barbie facial sculpt. “Charlotte was nostalgic for this face sculpt because it was on the Barbie dolls she remembers playing with as a child,” Carlyle noted. “I think the combination of this classic face sculpt with updated face paint perfectly fits the doll’s overall vibe!”</p> <p> Looking fabulous in a fitted leopard-print dress with matching jacket, <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/charlotte-olympia-barbie-doll-dkn15" target="_blank"><u>Charlotte Olympia Barbie Doll</u></a> is also styled with a purr-fectly painted mani-pedi and wears her hair in retro waves. She comes with three bags, three pairs of shoes, sunglasses, gloves, mini-shoebox and dustbag, and a doll-sized replica of a Charlotte Olympia shopping tote (which Bruce can happily hold in his mouth!).</p> <p> When pressed to choose a favorite accessory, Carlyle demurred, saying, “I can't choose just one accessory as my favorite, they're all so fun to dress on the doll! But I especially love the big spider-web display stand (it's a scaled-up version of the Charlotte Olympia web logo!) that all of the accessories can be displayed on. And of course, the adorable leopard Bruce, which is a mini version of a real statue that sits in Charlotte's retail stores.”</p> <p> Get the Barbie doll that “captures all of the fun, clever, whimsical aspects of the Charlotte Olympia brand,” as Carlyle described her. The collaboration between these two beloved brands has finally arrived in <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/charlotte-olympia-barbie-doll-dkn15" target="_blank"><u>the online shop</u>!</a></p> <p> <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/general/2016-09-calendar" target="_blank"><u>Click here</u></a> to download September Calendars.</p> <p>  </p> <p> <span style="font-size:10px;">™ 2016 CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA HOLDINGS LIMITED</span></p> <p>  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:35b3a1c2-3fff-440d-9671-ba6073f3fc1d 50th Anniversary Francie® Doll: Join the Mod Celebration! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/50th-anniversary-francie-doll-join-mod-celebration Fri, 29 Jul 2016 06:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/11/5/1bbe91a7-67d4-4527-85c9-80460ef4f6f3.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/11/5/1bbe91a7-67d4-4527-85c9-80460ef4f6f3.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> She’s in! She’s now! She’s what’s happenin’! And she’s ready to celebrate her far-out 50th! The Barbie™ Collection commemorates the groovy debut of Francie Fairchild, Barbie® doll’s “MOD’ern” cousin, with the release of 50th Anniversary Francie® Doll. Barbie™ Fan Club members have the opportunity to get her beginning 8/3/16 at 9am PT* for $50. No more than 4,000 of these dolls will be available for sale.</p> <p> This timeless teenager first captured America’s hearts in 1966 with a youthful, kicky style that embodied the hip looks of London’s Carnaby Street and the booming mod movement in the States. “She was where pop culture was heading,” designer Bill Greening says, “as reflected in the teenage fashion trends of the mid to late ’60s.”</p> <p> Fifty years later, Francie® doll continues to delight collectors and win new fans because, as Greening explains, “She has a personality all her own and a style that can be sweet and girly or mod and wild.”</p> <p> To mark her golden anniversary, Greening and his team have recreated Francie Fairchild’s crowning achievement from 1967 as <em>Miss Teenage Beauty</em>, a look that’s highly coveted by collectors. “It’s so hard to find a vintage sample, mint and complete,” Greening says. “The fashion feels very celebratory and appropriate to commemorate Francie’s 50<sup>th</sup>.”</p> <p> Francie® doll is poised to take the pageant prize in her pink ruffled A-line skirt paired with a sleeveless lace top adorned with floral appliqués. She earns extra applause for her marvey accessories, including elbow-length gloves, pale-blue pumps, red beauty sash, and loving cup. Plus, she tops off her winning look with a tiara and signature flip hairdo — the perfect complement to the sweet expression on her face.</p> <p> Pleased to be part of this anniversary tribute, Greening points out other distinctive features of the faithful reproduction. “This is the first time we’ve reproduced what collectors call the ‘straight leg’ Francie doll, which debuted in 1966 along with the bendable leg version. She looks really cute both in the box or removed, and her doll stand even has the vintage Francie logo.”</p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Great for play or display, </span></span><span style="font-size:12px;">50th Anniversary Francie® Doll</span><span style="font-size:14px;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> is a neato way to honor this treasured teen’s lasting appeal, and you’ll dig adding her to your collection — with just a click at our </span>online shop<span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"> beginning Wednesday, 8/3/16 at 9am PT!</span></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Enjoy a blast from the past and watch these two vintage Francie commercials from our archives!</span></span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/dqlgXRI9FxI" width="560"></iframe></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/V_wEUcwCAPY" width="560"></iframe></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/o1uwORoBcGY" width="560"></iframe></p> <p> <span style="font-size:12px;">Click <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/general/2016-08-calendar" target="_blank"><u>here</u></a> to download the August calendar.</span></p> <p> *The opportunity to purchase 50th Anniversary Francie® Doll begins 8/3/16 at 9:00am PT for $50.00 (plus tax, S&P), for active BFC™ members only, in the online shop. Limit one (2) dolls per member while supplies last. No more than 4,000 of these dolls will be available for purchase, and only offered to members of the active Barbie™ Fan Club.</p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:3f0103c9-ea89-41f8-8bcf-1a58ec2c9f00 Rock On: Barbie® Doll Music Festival! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/rock-barbie-doll-music-festival Wed, 01 Jun 2016 06:00:00 GMT <p> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/12/10/3caeefeb-207d-48f3-aa7a-570c54708157.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/../static/images/store/12/10/3caeefeb-207d-48f3-aa7a-570c54708157.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/the-barbie-look-barbie-doll-festival-dgy12" target="_blank"><u>The Barbie Look™ Barbie® Doll Music Festival</u></a>, the new addition to #TheBarbieLook™ Collection, captures today's music scene in a festival-inspired ensemble with creative flair!</p> <p> Impressed by the trendy bohemian glamour worn at music festivals like Coachella, designer Bill Greening envisioned Barbie® doll in a similar setting.</p> <p> Music festivals now attract designers, models, and stars,” says Greening. “It’s not only about the music. It’s also about a specific look — a combination of Woodstock and Coachella, with a huge following on sites like Instagram because the styles are so unique with a fresh new vibe.”</p> <p> Always thinking ahead, the inventive designer took his vision to a new level. The result? A cool and carefree summer stunner — <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/the-barbie-look-barbie-doll-festival-dgy12" target="_blank">The Barbie Look™ Barbie® Doll Music Festiva</a>l</u> "Since festival fashion is always trending on photo-sharing apps, I thought it was a great fit for Barbie®."</p> <p> Barbie® doll epitomizes the festival look in an eclectic outfit with retro appeal. Her breezy paisley-print maxi-dress features a halter top and ties at the waist with a gleaming golden belt. For extra panache, she coordinates the look with a stylish fringe shoulder bag, wedge heel sandals, sculpted feather necklace and a wraparound bracelet.</p> <p> “Along with the fashion, each miniature accessory is detailed for close-up digital photography,” says Greening, referring to a very realistic-looking retro-style camera, festival map and, of course, a water bottle for staying hydrated.</p> <p> “Music festivals are fun and people are always smiling and dancing, so we decided on the lovely Aphrodite face sculpt. Barbie® doll’s articulated body is also a great choice for striking a variety of dance poses!” Greening adds.</p> <p> Greening used a lighter palette for Barbie® doll’s face paint. Her lips are a soft pink, and a stroke of eyeliner highlights her hazel eyes. Barbie® wears a decorative floral headband over her long strawberry blonde hair parted in the middle, ready for an exciting night at an outdoor concert.</p> <p> Cameras ready! Barbie® doll has a reputation as a trendsetter, and the arrival of <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/the-barbie-look-barbie-doll-festival-dgy12" target="_blank"><u>The Barbie Look™ Barbie® Doll Music Festival</u></a> is an eagerly awaited showstopper!</p> <p> <em>Post a selfie with <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/the-barbie-look-barbie-doll-festival-dgy12" target="_blank"><u><em>The Barbie Look</em>™ Barbie® Doll Music Festival</u></a> — she’s all yours at our <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop" target="_blank"><u>online shop</u></a></em>!</p> <p> Click <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/general/2016-06-calendar" target="_blank"><u>here</u></a> to download the June calendar.</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:c55c3f77-fb6a-4bfe-9d31-b4b9ba64bc1d Chiffon Ball Gown Barbie® Doll Is the 2016 BFC™ Platinum Label® Doll! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/chiffon-ball-gown-barbie-doll-2016-bfc-platinum-label-doll Wed, 11 May 2016 06:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/13/4/4dd4f3a9-ed38-4e8d-a40f-5fd3fe0be465.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/13/4/4dd4f3a9-ed38-4e8d-a40f-5fd3fe0be465.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> The details on the 2016 BFC™-exclusive Platinum Label® doll sale have been revealed! Meet the all-new <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/chiffon-ball-gown-barbie-doll-dgw59" target="_blank"><em>Chiffon Ball Gown</em> Barbie® Doll</a></u>, available in the online shop for active BFC™ members only on Wednesday, May 18<sup>th</sup> at 9:00am PT.</p> <p> The fourth and final doll in the Black and White Collection™ (after last year’s <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/classic-evening-gown-barbie-doll-cgt31" target="_blank"><em><u>Classic Evening Gown </u></em><u>Barbie® Doll</u></a>, 2014’s <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/laser-leatherette-dress-barbie-doll-bcr07" target="_blank"><em><u>Laser-Leatherette Dress</u></em><u> Barbie® Doll</u></a> and 2013’s <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/beaded-gown-barbie-doll-x8266" target="_blank"><em><u>Beaded Gown </u></em><u>Barbie<sup>®</sup> Doll</u></a>) celebrates the history and the future of Barbie® doll, with stunning dresses inspired by her monochromatic introduction to the world in a black and white zebra-striped bathing suit!</p> <p> <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/chiffon-ball-gown-barbie-doll-dgw59" target="_blank"><em>Chiffon Ball Gown</em> Barbie® Doll</a></u>, designed by Carlyle Nuera, is a fresh and dramatic addition to a collection that celebrates the heights of Barbie style. Exclusively for the members of the Barbie<sup>™</sup> Fan Club, the opportunity to buy her begins <strong>Wednesday, May 18 at 9:00am PT, only in the online shop</strong>.* No more than 1,000 of these dolls will be available for purchase.</p> <p> <em>Chiffon Ball Gown</em> Barbie® features a face sculpt never before used in the Collector line!  Draped in flowing flounces of luxurious chiffon to create a sweeping, floor-length gown, she stands ever so elegantly, completing her look with faux leather opera gloves and shimmering stud earrings.</p> <p> Be logged into your BFC account well before 9:00am PT, then <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/chiffon-ball-gown-barbie-doll-dgw59" target="_blank"><u>click into the shop</u></a> for your exclusive opportunity to bring home this enchanting doll. Platinum Label® dolls tend to sell out in an hour or less, so mark your calendar and be ready when the time comes!</p> <p> <span style="font-size:10px;">*The opportunity to purchase <em>Chiffon Ball Gown </em>Barbie® Doll begins 5/18/16 at 9:00am PT for $85.00 (plus tax, S&P), for active BFC™ members only, in the online shop. Limit one (1) doll per member while supplies last. No more than 1,000 of these dolls will be available for purchase, and only offered to members of the active Barbie™ Fan Club.</span></p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:5f392c6c-52a2-463a-954a-b685865715f1 A Touch of Spring: Classic Cocktail Dress Barbie® Doll http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/touch-of-spring-classic-cocktail-dress-barbie-doll Mon, 09 May 2016 06:00:00 GMT <p> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/14/14/3ed31dce-4b83-4b83-bec9-5cd659e2571b.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/14/14/3ed31dce-4b83-4b83-bec9-5cd659e2571b.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/classic-cocktail-dress-barbie-doll-dgw56" target="_blank"><em><u>Classic Cocktail Dress</u></em><u> Barbie® Doll</u></a> heralds the spring season with refreshing sophistication and style. Wearing a unique take on timeless couture, she is poised to make an unforgettable impression at garden parties, receptions, and elegant cocktail-hour events!</p> <p> “She’s a welcome addition that continues and adds to themes and styles that run throughout the Barbie® Fashion Model Collection,” says designer Robert Best. “I’m always thinking about how to reinvent things but remain true to an established aesthetic, and I think she delivers on both counts.”</p> <p> While designing the doll, Best was inspired to include aspects of vintage-looking glamour — but with a few twists. “I wanted to combine elements that feel classic, such as embroidery and a full-skirted silhouette, with unexpected modern touches.”</p> <p> That hint of surprise can be seen in his whimsical update of a traditional design. “At first glance, it’s a simple cocktail dress, but in reality it’s two pieces — a strapless dress with embroidery on the skirt and then a sleeveless embroidered shell on top.”</p> <p> On both pieces, a gorgeous garden of pastel flowers blooms across the ivory organza, with delicately woven details and faux-pearl embellishments. The black-satin headband and waist sash with bow offer bold accents, while the strappy sandals, drop earrings, and playful updo hairstyle lend a fun, youthful vibe.</p> <p> Perfectly complementing her springtime style, Barbie® doll’s graceful features and makeup are as soft and sweet as her enchanting ensemble. Plus, she features the new articulated Silkstone® body, which allows for endless posing and display possibilities.</p> <p> Best is understandably proud of <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/classic-cocktail-dress-barbie-doll-dgw56" target="_blank"><em><u>Classic Cocktail Dress</u></em><u> Barbie® Doll</u></a>, the latest addition to the BFMC® New Classics Collection, and hopes collectors will be equally pleased. “I like to think they will love everything about the doll. The truth is, collecting is very personal, and I truly believe there is something for everyone. Plus, she is a personal favorite — but then I say that about every doll I design!”</p> <p> Sure to be your new favorite as well, <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/classic-cocktail-dress-barbie-doll-dgw56" target="_blank"><em><u>Classic Cocktail Dress </u></em><u>Barbie® Doll</u></a> is available now, just a click away at our <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/classic-cocktail-dress-barbie-doll-dgw56" target="_blank"><u>online shop</u></a>!</p> <p> Click <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/general/2016-05-calendar">here</a></u> to download the May Calendar.</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:d7dd8f65-b136-4706-9b1a-5f049d227137 In Haute Pursuit: Classic Camel Coat Barbie® Doll! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/haute-pursuit-classic-camel-coat-barbie-doll Fri, 01 Apr 2016 06:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/13/11/5defc18d-1587-4660-9b3f-18fd9b443305.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/13/11/5defc18d-1587-4660-9b3f-18fd9b443305.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;">Every globetrotting entrepreneur needs quick access to fashions with an executive flair! Bustling from airport terminals to boardroom meetings, today’s careerist depends on essential fashion staples that make great first impressions. With that in mind, the BFMC™ introduces <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/classic-camel-coat-barbie-doll-dgw54" target="_blank"><u><em>Classic Camel Coat</em> Barbie® Doll</u></a>!</span></p> <div> <span style="font-size:14px;">Featuring the new articulated Silkstone® body sculpt, this goal-oriented exec tops off her smart ensemble with the most elegant of camel coats—a streamlined version of a timeless classic—a sleek and fitted trench coat. Barbie doll’s tapered new coat makes a bold statement for a busy cosmopolitan dynamo. </span></div> <div>  </div> <div> <span style="font-size:14px;">On the run, <em>Classic Camel Coat</em> Barbie Doll’s urban look comes with 24/7 professional flexibility. Sporty and casual for daytime elegance, the coat also transitions into an evening look for a night out with friends, enjoying the city. Regardless of the hour, the precise and well-chosen professional attire Barbie doll coordinates with the coat lends the entire ensemble a touch of class. </span></div> <div>  </div> <div> <span style="font-size:14px;">Arranged to accentuate the tawny coat’s neutral palette, Barbie doll wears a sharp black turtleneck, paired with a faux-fur leopard skirt and a pair of black leggings. A black handbag and stylish black ankle boots complete her outfit. To top off the savvy look, Barbie sports a pair of deluxe round sunglasses over her glossy long blonde hair.</span></div> <div>  </div> <div> <span style="font-size:14px;">She’s also as fresh-faced as her innovative new look. Her features and makeup are bright, with soft brown eyebrows highlighting her captivating blue eyes. She wears a hint of azure eye shadow and dons a bright shade of brilliant red lipstick for a dash of color.</span></div> <div>  </div> <div> <span style="font-size:14px;">Edgy and stylish, this BFMC exclusive reaffirms Barbie doll’s status as one of the world’s leading trendsetters. Dressed from head to toe in black with a hint of excitement and enveloped in a sumptuous camel coat, this look is one many fashionistas will be sporting in and out of the office in the very near future! </span></div> <div>  </div> <div> <span style="font-size:14px;">Also, for those who love to mix and match, the entire ensemble coordinates with a variety of different Silkstone® Barbie fashions—ensuring Barbie always appear sensational in an instant!</span></div> <div>  </div> <div> <span style="font-size:14px;">The luxurious <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/classic-camel-coat-barbie-doll-dgw54"><u><em>Classic Camel Coat </em>Barbie® Doll</u></a> is right here at your fingertips at our <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/classic-camel-coat-barbie-doll-dgw54"><u>online shop</u></a>!</span></div> <div>  </div> <div> Click <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/general/2016-04-calendar" target="_blank">here</a> to download the April Calendar.</div> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:56ca5cd1-e5f4-4996-847e-e95a9a7f4283 On Set With the Dolls From BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE™ http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/set-dolls-batman-v-superman-dawn-of-justice Thu, 24 Mar 2016 18:53:00 GMT <p> <span style="color:rgb(51, 51, 51);font-family:'Lucida Grande', Verdana, Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;line-height:18px;">Can't get enough of <em>Wonder Woman</em></span><span style="font-size:12px;">™</span><span style="color:rgb(51, 51, 51);font-family:'Lucida Grande', Verdana, Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;line-height:18px;">, <em>Batman</em></span><span style="font-size:12px;">™</span><span style="color:rgb(51, 51, 51);font-family:'Lucida Grande', Verdana, Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;line-height:18px;">, and <em>Superman</em></span><span style="font-size:12px;">™</span><span style="color:rgb(51, 51, 51);font-family:'Lucida Grande', Verdana, Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;line-height:18px;">? Check out these spectacular action photos, taken on sets constructed to look like the locations you'll see in the new blockbuster movie,</span><br /> <span style="font-size:12px;">BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE</span><span style="font-size:12px;">™</span><span style="color:rgb(51, 51, 51);font-family:'Lucida Grande', Verdana, Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;line-height:18px;">!</span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/0/13/0062a351-5429-4d7c-8d99-5fb84db32512.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/0/13/0062a351-5429-4d7c-8d99-5fb84db32512.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/13/11/cd87f831-0fe4-4a9c-ab10-3874ba35d334.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/13/11/cd87f831-0fe4-4a9c-ab10-3874ba35d334.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/15/5/8fbefb45-3f9b-4236-b52b-dd580a4b3cb4.Full.jpg?1" style="font-size:12px;" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/15/5/8fbefb45-3f9b-4236-b52b-dd580a4b3cb4.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/11/10/4b3bc28f-c0d4-4165-9a1b-16fd94aa97ed.Full.jpg?1" style="font-size:12px;" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/11/10/4b3bc28f-c0d4-4165-9a1b-16fd94aa97ed.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> <p> <span style="color:rgb(51, 51, 51);font-family:'Lucida Grande', Verdana, Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;line-height:18px;">BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE and all related characters and elements © & ™ DC Comics and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s16)</span></p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:f138aebf-9327-4409-ac0d-6089c92e85b9 Water Sprite Barbie® Doll: An Aquatic Enchantress! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/water-sprite-barbie-doll-aquatic-enchantress Tue, 01 Mar 2016 07:00:00 GMT <p> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/1/0/f1f8037e-e877-4dea-906c-322fc38c8d37.Full.jpg?1" style="font-size:12px;" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/1/0/f1f8037e-e877-4dea-906c-322fc38c8d37.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/water-sprite-barbie-doll-dgx95" target="_blank"><em><u>Water Sprite</u></em><u> Barbie® Doll</u></a> is the spectacular fourth entry in designer Bill Greening’s epic collection, set in the enchanted world of the Faraway Forest™. </p> <p> “When I design for this collection, I feel like I’m designing characters for a movie,” Greening says. “From head to toe, each doll has to tell a story as soon as you see her. It’s fun to imagine her persona, what her world looks like, and of course, her ultimate fashion look.”</p> <p> After dazzling collectors with <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/faraway-forest-collection/faraway-forest-elf-barbie-doll-bcr05" target="_blank"><u>Faraway Forest™ <em>Elf</em> Barbie® Doll</u></a>, <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/lady-of-white-woods-barbie-doll-cgk94" target="_blank"><u>Lady of the White Woods™ Barbie</u><u>®</u><u> Doll</u></a>, and <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/queen-of-dark-forest-barbie-doll-cjf32" target="_blank"><u>Queen of the Dark Forest™ Barbie</u><u>®</u><u> Doll</u></a>, Greening decided to explore another element of this mythical realm. “Since the doll was following Queen of the Dark Forest, I wanted to do something light and pretty for contrast. The idea of going underwater seemed new and different for this collection.”</p> <p> Greening dove into the challenge and created a unique look for his aquatic character, including a luminous, light-blue skin tone. “I think this is the first blue collector Barbie ever! Her colors are so pretty and iridescent, like an abalone shell. I also love her long hair in varying shades of blue and teal.”</p> <p> To complement her complexion and cascading locks, <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/water-sprite-barbie-doll-dgx95" target="_blank"><em><u>Water Sprite</u></em><u> Barbie® Doll</u></a> wears a mermaid-inspired gown, featuring glimmering accents woven into the bodice and skirt ruffles. Waves of draped chiffon connect to ornate bracelets that match her exquisite bodice detailing.</p> <p> “I think the fashion is really amazing,” Greening says. “The ‘fishtail’ skirt has this reflective fabric almost like fish scales. The flounce underneath looks like a jellyfish. The sculpted details have a crustacean or barnacle texture, as if she’s been under the water for some time. And her shoes have fins. I mean, that’s pretty awesome, right?”</p> <p> <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/water-sprite-barbie-doll-dgx95" target="_blank"><em><u>Water Sprite</u></em><u> Barbie® Doll</u></a> doesn’t only shimmer with ethereal beauty. She also conveys formidable strength and power, as she wields a majestic trident. She’s poised to protect the creatures and treasures of her legendary home, a mystical lake called Magical Lagoon™.</p> <p> <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/water-sprite-barbie-doll-dgx95" target="_blank"><em><u>Water Sprite</u></em><u> Barbie®</u></a> and the rest of the Faraway Forest™ characters create a sweeping fantasy adventure worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster. And the rave reviews are already pouring in. “I’m glad the response has been positive based on the sneak previews!” Greening says.</p> <p> You too can experience all the magic, mystery, and cinematic splendor of the Faraway Forest™ Collection — with just a few clicks at your favorite <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/gallery/faraway-forest-collection" target="_blank"><u>online store</u></a>.</p> <p> Click <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/general/2016-03-calendar" target="_blank">here</a></u> to download the March 2016 calendars.</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:29963170-fb77-44d2-9450-fdf229d05639 The Making of the BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE™ Dolls! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/making-of-batman-v-superman-dawn-of-justice-dolls Thu, 25 Feb 2016 07:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/3/5/837a376b-09c4-47ad-a5d7-e0db4ab3d69e.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/3/5/837a376b-09c4-47ad-a5d7-e0db4ab3d69e.full.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> Blockbuster season begins early with <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/batman-v-superman-dawn-of-justice-collection" target="_blank"><em><u>Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice™</u> </em></a>debuting in March 2016! With the movie come three new dolls from The Barbie™ Collection, unlike any super hero dolls we’ve ever created. To learn more about them, we interviewed Designer Bill Greening about the two-year process to bring these heroes to life.</p> <p> <strong><em>When did you first find out you’d be involved in this project?</em></strong></p> <p> I think I first found out about it in late spring of 2014. Needless to say I was extremely excited. I love the DC Super Heroes, and I’m so thrilled that this is finally the springboard to launch the <em>Justice League</em>™ team! Not to mention that classic comic book debate - Who would win in a fight, <em>Batman</em>™ or <em>Superman</em>™? I think this movie is going to be epic. It has been long awaited for many DC Comics fans.</p> <p> <strong><em>How personally connected are you to the world of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman™?</em></strong></p> <p> These characters are such a part of my childhood. As kid growing up in the 1970s, the ‘60s Batman series was in syndication, and I’d race home from school to watch it. Wonder Woman was on prime time TV, Superman was in the movie theaters, and the Super Friends were my Saturday morning cartoon favorite. Literally my childhood was all about these DC heroes.</p> <p> <strong><em>What was it like to work with the Warner Bros. team on the dolls?</em></strong></p> <p> Working with the WB team was great and a very smooth process. They were very thrilled to have the Barbie team on board, and could not have been nicer. It was great to partner with the Mattel boys team as well. Mattel has a very unified statement for this movie across all divisions. I think we all have super hero fever!</p> <p> <strong><em>Did you get to see the actual movie costumes, or did you work from design sketches and photos?</em></strong></p> <p> Probably the biggest thrill of the project was an actual set visit. I remember Robert Best telling me that I would be flying directly from Barbie Convention 2014 to Detroit to see the set and the costumes. It was really hard not to geek out and keep my professional game face on!</p> <p> We got to see concept art, the actual costumes, the <em>Batcave</em>™, and the <em>Batmobile</em>™. I even got to hold Wonder Woman’s golden lasso! It kind of gave me the chills to hold such an iconic piece of pop culture.</p> <p> I also had a great conversation with costume designer Michael Wilkinson. Because I work on fashion dolls, I had a lot of questions on the fabrics and construction of the costume. He revealed things about each character’s costume that I believe make these dolls even more authentic. He specially brought out Wonder Woman’s hooded cloak and her shoes for me to see. He also shared costumes for <em>Bruce Wayne</em>™, <em>Diana Prince</em>™, <em>Lois Lane</em>™, and <em>Clark Kent</em>™. </p> <table align="center" border="0" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="2"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/4/11/94513e5d-1173-4dd3-ab6b-06ac652e0180.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/4/11/94513e5d-1173-4dd3-ab6b-06ac652e0180.full.png?1" style="width:220px;height:326px;" /></a></td> <td> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/10/13/caa4278e-e609-4479-bdd4-68fb19cb1087.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/10/13/caa4278e-e609-4479-bdd4-68fb19cb1087.full.png?1" style="width:220px;height:326px;" /></a></td> <td> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/8/0/d8d37cf1-bd4b-4dd5-80ae-10a5d2aa131c.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/8/0/d8d37cf1-bd4b-4dd5-80ae-10a5d2aa131c.full.png?1" style="width:220px;height:326px;" /></a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p> Here are some details on each character:</p> <p> <strong>Batman’s</strong> costume was inspired by the '80s Frank Miller version of the <em>Dark Knight™</em>. The costume looks more like “fabric" versus previous Batman movies. It was like Bruce Wayne constructed it himself, and it’s a bit battle worn. I love the patchwork quality to the suit, and the small wrinkles built into the movie costume.</p> <p> Since Batman is a regular guy and Superman is an alien, Michael wanted Batman to feel taller and more imposing going into battle. There are details in the suit to make him feel broader, and a thicker sole in his boots. Ben is a tall guy, too, so that helps. We actually counted the points on Batman’s cape. I wanted to know!  We incorporated some of these details into the doll. The Batman doll has a chest plate under his costume to make him look bulkier than Superman. </p> <p> <strong>Superman’s </strong>costume had a cool rubber texture applied to the fabric. It was inspired by the look of chain mail armor. We had to achieve this with a print on the doll. I think we were successful with the final look to mimic the texture. Michael also revealed there was Kryptonian language woven throughout the costume! It was such a cool insight to know how meticulous he was in his design process.</p> <p> I was really blown away with the reveal of <strong>Wonder Woman's</strong> costume - I think he really nailed it. It has all the essence of her Amazon warrior roots. It also looks awesome on Gal Gadot. When we were looking at her heels, Michael revealed she has three different heel heights for her shoes in the movie: A flat, a two-inch, and a four-inch. (Naturally, I picked the four-inch heel. Haha!)</p> <p> Her shield has symbols of Phrygian script embedded in it. Michael also showed me a beautiful hooded cloak, but at the time it was unclear whether it would be featured the movie. It was gorgeous deep blue, with a beautiful metallic gold lining that he said was inspired by Liz Taylor’s Cleopatra movie costume. So many mind-blowing details and deep thought truly went into each character’s costume.</p> <p> <strong><em>The facial sculpts of the dolls match the real-life actors. How was that achieved?</em></strong></p> <p> We have an amazing and talented sculpting department at Mattel. Sean Olmos worked on Superman/Henry Cavill. Ray Cavalluzzi worked on Wonder Woman/Gal Gadot and Batman/Ben Affleck. Warner Bros. provided us with 360-degree shots of the actors in costume. This way you can see the hair and makeup for reference. We also used web searches for additional images of the actors to see multiple angles, jawlines, eye shapes, etc. I think they really nailed the actors' likenesses.</p> <p> <strong><em>The doll bodies themselves are unlike any other super hero bodies done in the past by Barbie Collector. Can you tell us more about them?  </em></strong></p> <p> The male bodies have 15 points of articulation. The female body has 13. They have a nice range of motion too, with more of a kneecap and elbow joint. You can actually crisscross Wonder Woman’s arms to show off her bulletproof bracelets when she’s ready for battle! The new male hero body is amazing. We didn’t have a Ken body muscular enough, so it was time to do a new action hero body. The dolls come with doll stands as well, to help achieve some really dramatic poses while on display.</p> <p> <strong><em>Would you say these dolls are less like traditional Barbie Collector dolls and more like large-scale action figures? </em></strong></p> <p> I think these dolls are a nice hybrid between action figure and fashion doll. I think there will be a lot of crossover appeal with doll collectors, comic collectors, super hero fans, and those into pop culture collectibles as well. They’re at a nice price point for the level of detail you’re getting, too.</p> <p> I’m very proud of these dolls, as well as the entire Barbie team involved in this project. It took a super team to bring these iconic super heroes to life. It was one of the most rewarding design experiences in my 17 years here at Mattel. I hope collectors enjoy them just as much as I did working on them!</p> <table align="center" border="0" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="2"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <div align="center"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/6/8/d667272a-dbdf-4b45-886a-2b56720095c9.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/6/8/d667272a-dbdf-4b45-886a-2b56720095c9.Large.jpg?1" /></a></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <i><span style="font-size:10.5pt;font-family:'Calibri','sans-serif';">It takes a super team at Mattel to build a super team of dolls! Shown here along with Bill Greening are his colleagues from product development, sculpting, hair and face design, pattern making, seamstressing, packaging, photography, engineering, and marketing at the Mattel Design Center in El Segundo CA. </span></i></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p> <span style="font-size:10px;">BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE and all related characters and elements © & ™ DC Comics and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s16)</span></p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:15608488-f2ec-4bb1-9ca6-b7872011dc73 Come Away and Explore a Faraway Forest http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/come-away-explore-faraway-forest Mon, 22 Feb 2016 07:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <img alt="" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" height="360" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/10/1/4ad6c667-98de-488d-9107-da61cab0451d.Full.jpg?1" src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/10/1/4ad6c667-98de-488d-9107-da61cab0451d.Full.jpg?1" title="" width="640" /></p> <p> An island made up of many lands—some beautiful, others disquieting, Faraway Forest™ is home to elves, fairies, and water nymphs. Mortal royalty live here, too, as well as unknown creatures who dwell in deep, blue Crystal Caves™. If you are lucky, you will meet them all while you journey with us.</p> <p> Here are the remarkable denizens of the <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/general/faraway-forest-map" target="_blank"><u>Faraway Forest</u></a> we've met so far:</p> <p> 2016:<em> <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/water-sprite-barbie-doll-dgx95" target="_blank"><u>Water Sprite</u><u> </u></a></em><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/water-sprite-barbie-doll-dgx95" target="_blank"><u>Barbie® Doll</u></a> <em>(order now!)</em></p> <p> <em>2015: <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/queen-of-dark-forest-barbie-doll-cjf32" target="_blank"><u>Queen of the Dark Forest™ Barbie® Doll</u> </a>(order now!)</em></p> <p> <em>2015: <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/lady-of-white-woods-barbie-doll-cgk94" target="_blank"><u>Lady of the White Woods™ Barbie® Doll</u></a> (order now!)</em></p> <p> <em>2014: <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/faraway-forest-elf-barbie-doll-bcr05" target="_blank"><u>Faraway Forest™ <em>Elf</em> Barbie® Doll</u></a> (no longer available)</em></p> <p> And there are more protectors of their realms waiting to be discovered in 2016 and beyond!</p> <p> From the Magical Lagoon™ to the Mystical Meadows™ and far beyond to the White Woods™, Faraway Forest is a mythical, marvelous place. Some distant corners can be dark and treacherous; other spots are beautiful beyond imagination and hold glorious treasures. But little here is as it seems. Not even the winds or the trees or the fragrant flowers are really only what they appear. If you look very deeply, you will be enchanted by the incredible detail and resplendence here. And beneath appearances, there are wishes and secrets and complex alliances.</p> <p> These tales of this Faraway Forest have long been told by a beguiling elf princess. She has traveled throughout the forests and across the high mountain ranges. She knows the whimsical creatures of the Mystical Meadows™ and she has enjoyed tea with the Queen of the Dark Forest™. The elven princess will share her stories and adventures, introduce you to her most interesting friends, and she may even tell you of the many intrigues of the Faraway Forest.</p> <p>  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:668c6ed9-51f5-4dd6-ad17-314e51623382 Video Review: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice™ Dolls http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/video-review-batman-v-superman-dawn-of-justice-dolls Mon, 08 Feb 2016 22:43:00 GMT <p> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/7/0/07c9385d-a51e-4e1c-805d-b4ad47462dac.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/7/0/07c9385d-a51e-4e1c-805d-b4ad47462dac.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;">Can’t wait to see the new <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/batman-v-superman-dawn-of-justice-collection" target="_blank"><em><u>Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice™ </u></em><u>dolls</u></a> up close and personal? We’ve got a treat for you – a special video review of all three heroes by a YouTube superstar!</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;">Jason Robert Keef – aka “Jay Squared” – has more than 20,000 subscribers on YouTube and millions of video views. He’s a huge doll fan, and he took the time to share detailed looks at Wonder Woman™, Batman™, and Superman™ - in the packaging and out of it. (Spoiler alert: You’re going to hear the words “awesome” and “cool” a lot, because that’s how much he liked them!)</span></p> <p>  </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <object data="http://www.youtube.com/v/QGUfNkpucGg" height="350" id="ltVideoYouTube" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/QGUfNkpucGg" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="450"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/QGUfNkpucGg" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="flashvars" value="playerMode=embedded" /></object></p> <p>  </p> <p> <span style="font-size:16px;">Can’t see the video above? <u><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGUfNkpucGg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to watch it right on YouTube!</a></u></span><br /> <span style="font-size:16px;">These three super heroes are already super-popular, so get to </span><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/batman-v-superman-dawn-of-justice-collection" style="font-size:16px;" target="_blank"><u>the online shop</u> </a><span style="font-size:16px;">now!</span></p> <p>  </p> <p> <span style="font-size:9px;">BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE and all related characters and elements © & ™ DC Comics and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s16)</span></p> <p>  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:6f6b4edb-0501-48f4-a09e-62e25b05e331 Soda Shop Barbie® Doll Is the First 2016 BFC™ Doll! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/soda-shop-barbie-doll-first-2016-bfc-doll Wed, 03 Feb 2016 07:00:00 GMT <p> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/10/15/2a4a325f-ed4c-48f4-bfb0-5bb6b13a643e.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/10/15/2a4a325f-ed4c-48f4-bfb0-5bb6b13a643e.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> The 2016 Barbie™ Fan Club exclusives kick off with a sweet surprise! <em>Soda Shop</em> Barbie® is the first of four dolls coming this year that can only be purchased by active members of the BFC™. </p> <p> The BFC, an elite Barbie collecting community, is only open to 8,000 Barbie fans each year. 2015 members have one week to guarantee their spot in the 2016 Club, by joining during the renewal window from 1/12 to 1/18. Any unclaimed membership will be made available to the general public starting 1/19. </p> <p> This first BFC exclusive doll of 2016 is also the third doll in the Willows, WI™ Collection, and the opportunity to buy <em>Soda Shop</em> Barbie Doll begins Wednesday, 2/10 at 9:00am PT.* No more than 4,000 of these dolls will be available for purchase, for $75.00, only in the online shop.</p> <p> This vintage-look doll takes you back to a sweeter time in small-town America, a beloved hangout for teens and a great place to take a first date! Barbie doll’s polka dot blouse and pink poodle-skirt jumper perfectly capture the signature style of the era. As with the first dolls in the collection (<a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/vintage-look-dolls/willows-wisconsin-cgt29" target="_blank"><u>Cherry Pie Picnic™ Barbie Doll</u></a> and <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/homecoming-queen-barbie-cjf57" target="_blank"><u>Homecoming Queen™ Barbie Doll</u></a>) <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/soda-shop-barbie-doll-dgx89" target="_blank"><em>Soda Shop</em> Barbie Doll</a></u> comes with her own finely detailed accessories - a “sundae,” spoons, and placemats! </p> <p> <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/general/2016-01-Calendar" target="_blank"><u>Click here</u></a> to download the January 2016 calendar.</p> <p> <span style="font-size:10px;">*The opportunity to pre-order <em>Soda Shop</em> Barbie® Doll begins 2/10/16 at 9:00am PT for $75.00 (plus tax, S&P), for active BFC™ members only, in the online shop. Limit two (2) dolls per member while supplies last. No more than 4,000 of these dolls will be available for purchase, and only offered to active members of the Barbie™ Fan Club.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:10px;"><strong>Please note: </strong>You must click the checkbox to accept both TheBarbieCollector.com<sup>™</sup> Member Service Agreement and the Barbie<sup>™ </sup>Fan Club Membership Agreement before you can purchase a membership. Membership in the 2016 Club is valid from the date you join through December 31, 2016 (or the launch date of the 2017 Club, whichever occurs first). There is a limit of 2 memberships per household. </span></p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:3114656b-ac5d-4f0d-9d18-b3feecfbd760 Art of the Pose: Classic Black Dress Barbie® Doll http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/art-of-pose-classic-black-dress-barbie-doll Mon, 01 Feb 2016 07:00:00 GMT <p> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/2/7/c2b8ea16-6b35-4add-87fc-0125617bcd0e.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/2/7/c2b8ea16-6b35-4add-87fc-0125617bcd0e.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/barbie-dolls/classic-black-dress-barbie-doll-dkn07" target="_blank"><em><u>Classic Black Dress</u></em><u> Barbie® Doll</u></a> brings the fine art of modeling to the 2016 <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/barbie-fashion-model-collection" target="_blank"><u>Barbie® Fashion Model Collection</u>!</a></p> <p> The beautiful Silkstone® Barbie doll is a fashion model with a twist—she has an all-new articulated body! Her ability to display fashions with the benefit of a flexible figure makes her a perfect candidate for experimenting with classic posing techniques.</p> <p> Now, Classic Black Dress Barbie Doll can recapture many of the famous stances from fashion’s haute couture heyday. She’s also a dream model for today’s digital-age fashion photographers.</p> <p> Barbie doll’s posable body sculpt adds artful realism and dimension to her graceful poses. Thanks to her articulated wrists, her expressive hands can frame her face and feminine curves or accentuate her fashion accessories.</p> <p> Designer Robert Best raves about the new doll’s versatility. “It does open up really exciting new ways in which the doll is able to showcase the fashions and clothes!”</p> <p> A mix of everything we’ve come to love about the high-concept Silkstone® collection, <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/barbie-dolls/classic-black-dress-barbie-doll-dkn07" target="_blank"><em><u>Classic Black Dress</u></em><u> Barbie Doll</u></a> remains timeless and elegant with a fresh-faced makeover. She wears her platinum tresses swirled into a ponytail, wtih a retro sweep of eyeliner over her aqua eyes.</p> <p> With lips shaded a frosted pink, she’s ready to turn heads wearing a staple from every fashionista’s closet: the little black dress! Classic, chic, and flirty, Barbie gives the iconic look a modern kick, donning a pair of knee-high glossy black boots on her fabulous jointed legs!</p> <p> A fashion doll innovator, Robert Best decided 2016 was the perfect year for elevating the acclaimed Silkstone line to greater heights. “It was definitely time to shake things up and give some new excitement to the collection.”</p> <p> The first in The New Classics Collection, <em>Classic Black Dress </em>Barbie Doll is a welcome addition to the BFMC—giving us a glimpse of the prestigious label’s innovative, glamorous future. </p> <p> Get ready to photograph <em>Classic Black Dress</em> Barbie Doll in all your favorite poses—she’s available now at our <u>online store</u>!</p> <p> Click <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/general/2016-02-calendar" target="_blank"><u>here</u></a> to download the February calendar.</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:e710df81-cce4-4b7c-8297-0a9ad5d643dd Hot Off the Barbie Press - Behind the Scenes of the Evolution of Barbie®! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/hot-off-barbie-press-behind-scenes-of-evolution-of-barbie Thu, 28 Jan 2016 17:51:00 GMT <p> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/0/8/e0677820-4f69-4eb4-a814-0d05c953c52e.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/0/8/e0677820-4f69-4eb4-a814-0d05c953c52e.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> #TheDollEvolves. <em>Time Magazine</em> takes you behind the scenes of today’s groundbreaking Barbie® announcement – a historic moment two years in the making – in this edition of Hot Off the Barbie Press!</p> <p> <a href="http://time.com/4196179/barbies-new-body-meet-mattels-design-team/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong><u>Watch: Barbie’s Designers Take Us Inside the Mattel Design Studio</u></strong></a></p> <p> <em>Julia Lull and Cubie King, Time.com, 1/28/16</em><br /> “The most popular doll in history has three new bodies: tall, petite and curvy versions will now be sold alongside the original model…”</p> <p> <em>You can also watch the behind the scenes video embedded below!</em></p> <p> <object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,47,0" height="394" id="flashObj" width="700"><param name="movie" value="http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1&isUI=1" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /><param name="flashVars" value="videoId=4724398249001&linkBaseURL=http%3A%2F%2Fti.me%2F1ZT7q4h&playerID=1917933886001&playerKey=AQ~~,AAAAABGEUMg~,hNlIXLTZFZn-NQOazMchMDWH0SI1hX7f&domain=embed&dynamicStreaming=true" /><param name="base" value="http://admin.brightcove.com" /><param name="seamlesstabbing" value="false" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="swLiveConnect" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" base="http://admin.brightcove.com" bgcolor="#FFFFFF" flashvars="videoId=4724398249001&linkBaseURL=http%3A%2F%2Fti.me%2F1ZT7q4h&playerID=1917933886001&playerKey=AQ~~,AAAAABGEUMg~,hNlIXLTZFZn-NQOazMchMDWH0SI1hX7f&domain=embed&dynamicStreaming=true" height="394" name="flashObj" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/shockwave/download/index.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash" seamlesstabbing="false" src="http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1&isUI=1" swliveconnect="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="700"></embed></object></p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:8761138e-64f3-4446-bb69-aef6f86358ea Imagination comes in all shapes and sizes. Learn how Barbie is evolving. http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/imagination-comes-shapes-sizes-learn-barbie-evolving Thu, 28 Jan 2016 07:00:00 GMT <p> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/6/11/2656b89e-806d-4a5b-9b46-445b1353bf8b.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/6/11/2656b89e-806d-4a5b-9b46-445b1353bf8b.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> We asked the Barbie team to share their thoughts on the latest evolution of Barbie.</p> <p> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/9/7/497eb801-8438-4d4f-b7a4-c184f8c5fd95.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/9/7/497eb801-8438-4d4f-b7a4-c184f8c5fd95.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> <strong><span style="color:#e8318d;">QUESTION:</span></strong> Could you describe how the idea for the dolls started?</p> <p> <strong><span style="color:#e8318d;">EVELYN:</span></strong> It really all started with a vision. We wanted to evolve the brand and be a more authentic reflection of the world girls live in today. So we looked out at the world, looked at what was happening in culture, and decided to infuse the brand with more diversity and variety.</p> <p> <span style="color:#e8318d;"><strong>QUESTION</strong>:</span> So, how does this influence the design of the dolls?</p> <p> <span style="color:#e8318d;"><strong>EVELYN</strong>:</span> The designers went on this exploratory and experimental phase of just looking out there and creating all these different prototypes. We looked at all different shapes, and it was really an incredible creative journey. That is where the journey started.</p> <p> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/8/3/f88c73ab-7087-4f5d-83d3-4622f223d31e.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/8/3/f88c73ab-7087-4f5d-83d3-4622f223d31e.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> <strong><span style="color:#e8318d;">QUESTION:</span></strong> What drove you to make these changes from a design standpoint?</p> <p> <strong><span style="color:#e8318d;">KIM:</span></strong> There is an emotional connection to the work that we do that runs really deep. We have a new leadership team that encourages us to take risks and do things that we never had the opportunity to do before. And now, when I look at the new dolls...one is more petite, one is taller, and one is curvier.</p> <p> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/14/0/8e765d20-82fe-47e5-a0a6-f5767e44ed9b.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/14/0/8e765d20-82fe-47e5-a0a6-f5767e44ed9b.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> <strong><span style="color:#e8318d;">QUESTION:</span></strong> How would you describe the designers that worked on the latest line?</p> <p> <strong><span style="color:#e8318d;">ROBERT:</span></strong> Every person who touches the toy brings a level of passion, commitment, enthusiasm, and joy to what they’re doing. Mattel’s a place where everybody can share and bring ideas to the table. It absolutely is a creative process.</p> <p> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/12/2/9c65b154-11b4-4aa1-82b6-7f973f6a2ef6.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/12/2/9c65b154-11b4-4aa1-82b6-7f973f6a2ef6.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> <strong><span style="color:#e8318d;">QUESTION:</span></strong> What inspired you and the team as you designed the new dolls?</p> <p> <strong><span style="color:#e8318d;">SHIRLEY:</span></strong> I think Barbie’s a part of all our lives. We try to do everything the best we can every day. I get emotional because this is from our heart and we love our job so much and we care so much. We design from our heart.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <strong><span style="color:#e8318d;"><a href="http://www.barbie.com/en-us" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LEARN MORE AT BARBIE.COM</a></span></strong></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://shop.mattel.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=45063936" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong><span style="color:#e8318d;">PRE-ORDER NOW, EXCLUSIVELY AT MATTEL SHOP</span></strong></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <strong>#TheDollEvolves</strong></p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:0e453b24-6371-495a-8b70-ce6bab6e1da4 Hot Off the Barbie Press - Oprah Loves the Ava DuVernay Doll! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/hot-off-barbie-press-oprah-loves-ava-duvernay-doll Wed, 27 Jan 2016 07:00:00 GMT <p>  </p> <p> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/12/13/cc91349e-3822-4fd3-ada8-54aaa04d2734.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/12/13/cc91349e-3822-4fd3-ada8-54aaa04d2734.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> Not only did Oprah get an Ava DuVernay doll for Christmas, she de-boxed it and posed it with an OOAK Oprah Doll. Get the scoop in this edition of Hot Off the Barbie Press!</p> <p> <strong><u><a href="http://nymag.com/thecut/2016/01/oprah-has-an-ava-duvernay-barbie.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oprah Has an Ava DuVernay Barbie Doll and Is Appropriately Excited About It</a></u></strong><br /> <em>Hilary Weaver, The Cut/NYMag.com, 1/26/16</em><br /> “Oprah Winfrey gets famously psyched about any guest she hosts, but it turns out she's just as pumped when they come in doll form…”</p> <p> <em>(Fun Fact: The OOAK Oprah Doll was given to Oprah by Barbara Handler Segal, daughter of Barbie® creator Ruth Handler and the inspiration behind the world’s most iconic doll!)</em></p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:065cdba0-4774-4dde-b7f0-cd3abf7f9f88 The Barbie™ Fan Club: Renew Now for 2016! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/barbie-fan-club-renew-now-2016 Tue, 12 Jan 2016 07:00:00 GMT <p> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/12/5/ac8be4f0-0f46-4d7e-9523-24613bd0ebe9.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/12/5/ac8be4f0-0f46-4d7e-9523-24613bd0ebe9.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> It’s back, and it’s open first to 2015 Barbie™ Fan Club members! For one week only, you can renew your membership for the 2016 BFC™ and guarantee your insider access to the world of The Barbie™ Collection.</p> <p> The 2016 Club opens on <strong>Tuesday, January 12<sup>th</sup> at 9:00am PT</strong>. Lock in your renewal today! Just <strong>$24.95</strong> (plus any applicable tax) gives you exclusive access to:</p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:0.5in;">  Up to $80 in TheBarbieCollection.com Online Shop rewards – $20 per calendar quarter*</li> <li style="margin-left:0.5in;"> The opportunity to purchase four (4) Club-exclusive dolls, as announced** (doll purchase is NOT a requirement of membership)</li> <li style="margin-left:0.5in;"> Barbie™ Doll Chair*** – your gift when you join by 3/31 (and sent with free shipping)</li> <li style="margin-left:0.5in;"> Exclusive “first looks” at quarterly Designer Videos and sneak peeks of upcoming releases, plus downloadable calendars and goodies, and access to the exclusive Barbie™ Bulletin Board</li> </ul> <p> Now, about those four Club-exclusive dolls – here’s what you’ll have the opportunity to own in 2016: </p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:0.5in;"> <em>Soda Shop</em> Barbie® Doll, third in the Willow, WI™ Collection</li> <li style="margin-left:0.5in;"> The final doll in the Black & White Collection™, a Platinum Label® ball gown from Carlyle Nuera with a face sculpt never before used in the Collector line</li> <li style="margin-left:0.5in;"> A celebration of the 50<sup>th</sup> Anniversary of Francie® Doll</li> <li style="margin-left:0.5in;"> An exclusive doll from the 2016 Barbie® Fashion Model Collection</li> </ul> <p> <strong>All unclaimed membership slots will be offered to the general public on January 19<sup>th</sup>, 2016 at 9:00am PT.</strong> Don't let yours be one of them! Come back for the fun, the fashion, the surprises, and the behind-the-scenes magic, along with 8,000 of the people who love Barbie® best. Log into your TheBarbieCollection.com account now and <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/the-2016-barbie-fan-club-membership-bcbfcclub16" target="_blank"><u>secure your spot in the 2016 Club</u>!</a></p> <p>  </p> <p> <span style="font-size:11px;">*Total amount of shop reward will depend on the date joined. The shop reward appears in your shopping cart when you log into your BFC™ account and add a qualifying purchase to your cart. Your purchase must total a minimum of $20, excluding any applicable sales tax and shipping and processing, and after any other applicable discount or coupon has been applied. Club shop rewards cannot be used for BFC™ membership fees, Gift Cards, and gift-wrapping. Not valid on previous purchases.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:11px;">**Doll purchases are optional and available only to members of the active Barbie<sup>™ </sup>Fan Club. Dolls offered for purchase will be subject to limited availability – see details as announced with each doll release.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:11px;">***Receive a free gift when you sign up by 3/31/2016 or while supplies last, whichever comes first. $10 approximate retail value.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:11px;"><strong>PLEASE NOTE: </strong>You must check the “I Accept” checkbox to indicate your acceptance of Mattel’s Terms & Conditions of Website Use and the BFC™ Member Agreement as a condition of membership. Membership in the 2016 Club is valid from the date you join through December 31, 2016 (or the launch date of the 2017 Club, whichever occurs first). There is a limit of 2 memberships per household.</span></p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:6c7c82c2-3e48-40f1-b54d-c9619991aec8 Posable Silkstone Dolls! An Interview With Robert Best http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/posable-silkstone-dolls-interview-robert Wed, 23 Dec 2015 07:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/1/13/e19e12e4-061f-4fce-bd57-40ba37c402ca.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/1/13/e19e12e4-061f-4fce-bd57-40ba37c402ca.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> By Allen Voivod</p> <p> It’s been one of the most popular requests from collectors of <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/gallery/barbie-fashion-model-collection-silkstone"><u>Barbie® Fashion Model Collection</u></a> dolls, and it’s finally come true. The Silkstone® dolls that wear haute couture for The Barbie™ Collection are now posable! We interviewed Design Director Robert Best To learn more about this exciting change, and what it means for the future of the collection.</p> <p> <strong><em>How do you feel about the poseability change?</em></strong></p> <p> I honestly couldn’t be more excited about the new posable Silkstone dolls!</p> <p> <strong><em>What drove the decision to make the BFMC dolls posable?</em></strong></p> <p> I have always wanted to evolve this collection and add the appropriate innovation when it felt right. I certainly did not want to compromise the quality as well as the look of the collection with needless bells and whistles, but in this case I think the team nailed it.</p> <p> Collectors have also been asking for posable Silkstone since the very beginning, so I’m sure many collectors will be excited about the innovation!</p> <p> <strong><em>Will all BFMC dolls from now on be posable?</em></strong></p> <p> Yes.</p> <p> <strong><em>What parts of the BFMC dolls will be posable?</em></strong></p> <p> The new dolls have articulation at the knees, elbows, wrists and torso.</p> <p> <strong><em>What does it take to make the Silkstone dolls posable?</em></strong></p> <p> A lot of hard work! I worked very closely with our brilliant internal sculptor Sean Olmos, and the two of us in turn worked closely with our development partners. There was a lot of communication and back and forth to make sure everything is perfect!</p> <p> <strong><em>How has the shift to poseability affected your design process?</em></strong></p> <p> It hasn’t really changed my design process. I still design the way I always have. It does open up really exciting new ways in which the doll is able to showcase the fashions and clothes.</p> <p> The possibilities for photographing the doll also have expanded, and I’m thrilled at what we will be able to do with the photo team when we shoot the entire line.</p> <p> <strong><em>Did the change affect your thinking for the overall theme of the 2016 BFMC?</em></strong></p> <p> I definitely see the change as positive progress. To that end, I like to think of this line as evolving just like Barbie doll has evolved through the years. It was definitely time to shake things up and give some to new excitement to this collection, so I am super pleased with the results.</p> <p> This thinking is why I’m calling the latest collection “The New Classics,” because while the collection is firmly rooted in classic design, there are new touches throughout. Obviously the biggest innovation is the poseability, but everything from the hair and face to the attitude has a distinctly modern, fresh approach.</p> <p> <strong><em>How are the choices of fabrics and shoes affected by this change?</em></strong></p> <p> The fabric and shoe choices are not really affected by this change. There are new shoes across the new collection, but that’s only because everyone loves new shoes! All of the old shoes and clothes will fit the newer dolls and vice-versa, so it’s really about expanding the Silkstone world and giving more options.</p> <p> <em>What do you think about the new poseability of the BFMC dolls? Share your thoughts here!</em></p> <p> <span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Elements of this interview first appeared in the 2015 Holiday Gift Guide Catalog from The Barbie Collection. <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/customerservice/catalog-order-form">Get your free Barbie catalog here</a>!</u></em></span></p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:52f3dde1-7074-4db3-8104-8a0230d19d9d Holiday Barbie Dolls: An Interview with Linda Kyaw http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/holiday-barbie-dolls-interview-linda-kyaw Thu, 17 Dec 2015 07:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/11/12/ab4782e4-ab75-4afb-ac89-bd777dd7381d.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/11/12/ab4782e4-ab75-4afb-ac89-bd777dd7381d.full.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> By Allen Voivod</p> <p> An annual tradition has been renewed in a spectacularly glamorous creation! The Holiday Barbie™ Dolls form the longest running active series in the history of The Barbie™ Collection. To learn more about the <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/2015-holiday-barbie-doll-african-american-chr78">2015 Holiday Barbie™ Dolls</a></u>, we interviewed this year’s doll designer, Linda Kyaw.</p> <p> <strong><em>There have been so many beautiful Holiday dolls throughout the years. What did you do to make this doll stand out? What were your inspirations?</em></strong></p> <p> With a rich history like the Holiday Doll collection, it certainly is difficult to do something that has not been done. I’ve always been drawn to ornate jewelry, and saw an opportunity to include that as part of the actual dress vs. just using as standard jewelry. The silvery piece on her bodice explores that idea beautifully, making her truly a unique addition to the collection.</p> <p> <strong><em>How many Holiday dolls have you designed so far, and how is the Holiday Doll process different from designing/creating other Barbie™ Collection dolls?</em></strong></p> <p> The Holiday Doll is one of the most challenging dolls in the line. This lovely lady will be my third contribution.</p> <p> The process is the same for the most part. The difference comes when you apply an overarching theme around the whole process, because this doll is one of the most high-profile ones. The concept, developing of the muslin, working with patternmakers, etc., doesn’t change. With the addition of the high-profile theme, a designer has to add extra time in for additional rounds of approvals. For instance a normal doll will take about 1-2 rounds of approval. The Holiday Doll will take about 7-10 or more.</p> <p> This doll is coveted honor to work on, and any designer will be lucky enough to have designed it once.</p> <p> <strong><em>When were you first aware of Barbie Holiday dolls? Was it while you were at Mattel, or before?</em></strong></p> <p> Being a true Barbie fan that actually played with Barbie dolls when I was younger, I remember her when I was quite young. I was in Sears with my mom, and remember looking up at the most beautiful doll I had ever seen in the world. The year was 1987, and she looked like a shining beacon in a sea of simple dolls. I was so impressed of all the detailing even at that age. I remember seeing the tiny rhinestones on her purse, and thinking “So this is what happiness is!”</p> <p> <strong><em>What kind of collector feedback about Holiday Dolls stands out in your mind?</em></strong></p> <p> The feedback that stands out for me is how people have been collecting the line ever since it began. How every year they wait to see when the doll is revealed, and then display proudly during the Holiday season. This line truly is a cross-generational doll, one that you truly feel honored to be able to leave a small footprint on. What can be better than to have a little contribution to being a part of someone’s holiday tradition?</p> <p> <strong><em>When you imagine someone about to buy the Holiday Doll, what do you hope they have in mind for it?</em></strong></p> <p> This doll means different things to different people of all ages, backgrounds, genders, etc. All are equally relevant and important.</p> <p> Whoever they are, I hope simply that it brings them a moment of joy & beauty. I think the best thing about joy & beauty is that you can have it for yourself and you immediately want to share it with others. I hope this is one of those special gifts that can do that for people. Hopefully the moment of happiness will resonate when you have the doll, you will then share it with others, and have then same exact experience 12 months later on. :)</p> <p> <em>How long have you been collecting Holiday Barbie dolls? Share your memories in the comments. And if you haven’t gotten your <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/2015-holiday-barbie-doll-chr76">Holiday Barbie Doll</a></u> yet, get her right now!</em></p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:7f70439f-5ef6-4c27-90ba-cd0f006b77cf The Barbie Look®: Three Instagram-Inspired Dolls You’ll Want to Follow! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/barbie-look-three-instagram-inspired-dolls-youll-want-follow Tue, 01 Dec 2015 13:58:00 GMT <p> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/2/2/0299292b-5361-4381-b2f4-7594654476ae.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/2/2/0299292b-5361-4381-b2f4-7594654476ae.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> Always on the cutting edge of trends, Barbie® dominates the digital age with her glamorous globetrotting adventures via @BarbieStyle on Instagram. Her popular page on the photo-sharing app brings high fashion to a high-tech world — and now inspires three gorgeous dolls in <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/barbie-look" target="_blank"><u>The Barbie Look® collection</u></a>!</p> <p> For designer Bill Greening, the new dolls offer an exciting opportunity to push the collection forward with modern touches. “This is an evolution of The Barbie Look, tying into the @BarbieStyle Instagram style, which is very clean and chic. When you look at her page, Barbie is featured in various settings and destinations. I thought of the different fashion styles Barbie could portray and the places she would wear them.”</p> <p> To offer variety, Greening adopted a unique theme for each doll. “We have an edgy street look, a sweet feminine look, and a glam evening look.”</p> <p> Taking that street look to a cosmopolitan level, <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/whats-new/the-barbie-look-barbie-doll-urban-jungle-dgy07" target="_blank"><em><u>Urban Jungle </u></em><u>Barbie® Doll</u></a> sports a bold printed skirt, black bodysuit, and faux leather jacket. She’s ready to step out in style with buckled black boots, a matching clutch, and sunglasses.</p> <p> <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/whats-new/the-barbie-look-barbie-doll-sweet-tea-dgy08" target="_blank"><em><u>Sweet Tea</u></em><u> Barbie® Doll</u></a> radiates simple elegance in a flouncy floral skirt with a pink ruffled top and wears the cutest expression on her face — a detail Greening is particularly fond of. “The face on the Sweet Tea doll is a favorite,” he says. “It’s only been used on a few higher-priced collector dolls.”</p> <p> Dressed to hit the hottest clubs and parties, <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/whats-new/the-barbie-look-barbie-doll-night-out-dgy09" target="_blank"><em><u>Night Out</u></em><u> Barbie® Doll</u></a> sparkles in a sleeveless blue-sequin dress, accessorized with a silvery clutch and dazzling drop earrings.</p> <p> “I think these are fashions you could see on a Paris runway or the streets of New York,” Greening says. “The Barbie Look dolls are playful, glamorous reflections of fashion trends and silhouettes.”</p> <p> In addition to different silhouettes, sculpts, and skin tones, the new dolls feature articulation. “It’s a great way to pose and display your Barbie dolls,” Greening says, “especially for those who like to de-box and photograph their dolls.” Adorable accessories also add to the fun. “I especially love the teacup and pastry set, not to mention the little makeup accessories. It really tells a complete story in a package, much like a photo on @BarbieStyle Instagram.”</p> <p> Want to join Barbie for more fashionable, photo-worthy adventures? Check out The Barbie Look dolls at our <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/whats-new" target="_blank"><u>online store</u></a> and follow her via @BarbieStyle.</p> <p> <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/general/2015-12-calendar" target="_blank"><u>Click here</u></a> to download the 2015 December calendar.</p> <p>  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:d970b017-f73b-43bc-a570-0ce1a47e5c58 Video: A Unique Peek at The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 Dolls! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/video-unique-peek-hunger-games-mockingjay-part-2-dolls Tue, 01 Dec 2015 07:00:00 GMT <p> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/1/6/116c501f-dd2e-4690-8671-f391fe730e09.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/1/6/116c501f-dd2e-4690-8671-f391fe730e09.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> The set design team for The Barbie Collection built a stark battleground environment for <em>The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2</em> dolls! Watch the set come together behind Katniss, Peeta, and Gale in this amazing time-lapse, stop-motion video. You’ll get a closer look at all three dolls, too!</p> <p> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Bb8r08hjyaY" width="640"></iframe></p> <p> Heroes like these get very popular very fast, so get to <u>the online shop</u> and get yours now!</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:80492390-861a-426a-92df-948df7dcecb7 Make Your Barbie® Wish List With the Holiday Gift Guide! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/barbie-wish-list-holiday-gift-guide Fri, 13 Nov 2015 16:28:00 GMT <p> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/15/6/df2d3b91-365a-4b72-86d5-c263ff03124b.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/15/6/df2d3b91-365a-4b72-86d5-c263ff03124b.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> Welcome to the giving season! The deepest and most heartfelt expressions of gratitude, surprise, and love come through in the holidays, as friends and family gather to celebrate, honoring old traditions and creating new ones, too. We hope you'll find wonderful gifts for your loved ones (and yourself) in the new <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/general/catalog" target="_blank">Holiday Gift Guide</a>,</u> just released and available now.</p> <p> Thank you for being a true Barbie® fan over the years and happy holidays from The Barbie™ Collection! </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:5deed614-d1f5-4d18-aed4-21689cd4c10e BFC™ Video: Inside the 2015 Barbie® Fashion Model Collection http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/bfc-video-inside-2015-barbie-fashion-model-collection Thu, 12 Nov 2015 07:00:00 GMT <p> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/1/13/718eb9bf-7f56-4f1c-9dbc-84551f5b78ec.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/1/13/718eb9bf-7f56-4f1c-9dbc-84551f5b78ec.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> For the fourth and final Barbie™ Fan Club video of 2015, Director of Designer for Barbie Specialty Robert Best takes you behind the scenes of this year’s <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/barbie-fashion-model-collection" target="_blank"><u>Barbie® Fashion Model Collection</u>!</a> He shares his inspirations for the line as well as his thoughts on each of the individual dolls in the series.</p> <p> You’ll also get to see footage of the Barbie Collector team setting up this year’s video and photo shoots of the collection. (Note: You can never have too many gilded chairs!)</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <object data="http://www.youtube.com/v/lQxC7Y8kAm4" height="350" id="ltVideoYouTube" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/lQxC7Y8kAm4" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="450"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/lQxC7Y8kAm4" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="flashvars" value="playerMode=embedded" /></object></p> <p> The 2015 Barbie Fashion Model Collection is <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/2015-silkstone-dolls" target="_blank"><u>in the shop</u></a> right now – the first doll of the year (Fashionably Floral™ Barbie® Doll) sold out, but the rest are waiting to come home to your collection!</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:ba8f583a-0e86-46cc-8dff-d2a968f002bb Holiday Barbie™ Doll: A Glorious Keepsake http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/holiday-barbie-doll-glorious-keepsake Mon, 02 Nov 2015 07:00:00 GMT <p> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/6/11/36fa8819-ddb0-40d9-bbf1-79810405f1fd.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/6/11/36fa8819-ddb0-40d9-bbf1-79810405f1fd.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> Make this season magical with the gorgeous <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/holiday-barbies-2015" target="_blank"><u>2015 Holiday Barbie™ Doll</u></a>! Dressed in radiant red and accessorized with sparkling jewelry, she captures all the glittery glamour of the holidays — and makes a glorious keepsake you’ll cherish for years!</p> <p> The perfect gift for any Barbie® fan, the <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/holiday-barbies-2015" target="_blank"><u>2015 Holiday Barbie™ Doll</u></a> is the latest addition to the longest active doll series in Barbie® Collector history. Everyone’s favorite style icon has been commemorating the holidays with a unique look since 1988. That’s when the Happy Holidays® Barbie® Doll first stepped onto the scene — in a voluminous red tulle gown with white bow accents. This stunning doll was a surprise hit and quickly sold out, sparking a collecting tradition that has lasted for decades.</p> <p> The holiday series has thrilled collectors with an array of magnificent looks. While frequently donning traditional holiday colors — from festive evergreen to snowy white and poinsettia red — Barbie® also showed off her signature pink in 1990 with a dramatic layered skirt and matching pouf sleeves. In 1998, she wore an exquisite outfit that epitomized elegance — a black velvet gown with silvery details and a pink satin wrap.</p> <p> In the new millennium, the dolls reached luxurious new heights with ornate designs and shimmery touches. The 2003 Holiday Visions™ Winter Fantasy™ Barbie® Doll embodied the delicate beauty of a snowflake in her glistening white gown and coat with faux fur.</p> <p> For nearly thirty years, the Holiday Barbie™ dolls have been ringing in each holiday season with the exuberant spirit and spectacular fashions you’ve come to expect from Barbie®. And the<a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/holiday-barbies-2015" target="_blank"> <u>2015 Holiday Barbie™ Doll</u></a> continues that treasured tradition! An instant classic, this delightful doll dazzles in a ruffled gown embellished with a silvery brocade inset and intricately sculpted trim along her sweetheart neckline. Matching drop earrings, lovely makeup and nails, and long wavy locks complete her impeccable look.</p> <p> The 2015 Holiday Barbie™ Doll is ready to brighten <em>your</em> home for the holidays — she’s available now at our <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/holiday-barbies-2015" target="_blank"><u>online store</u></a>!</p> <p>  </p> <p> <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/general/2015-11-calendar" target="_blank">Click here</a> to download the November Calendar.</p> <p>  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:ccad0773-71f6-42f4-b1db-6884f8234a3d Video: The Most Moschino Barbie® Doll Ever! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/video-moschino-barbie-doll-ever Fri, 30 Oct 2015 06:00:00 GMT <p> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/14/0/ee1b8d9a-45e9-4acf-a0a4-41b197dd2a35.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/14/0/ee1b8d9a-45e9-4acf-a0a4-41b197dd2a35.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> “Fabulousity!” There’s no other word to describe this new video inspired by the playful Barbie® doll commercials of the ’80s and ’90s. Discover <em>Moschino </em>Barbie® doll’s “fabulousity” right here.</p> <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> <iframe width="640" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/NIdNQVoAqiI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:975bbe79-71f7-4404-bbe1-7577e21f71df Top 10 Halloween Barbie® Queens! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/top-10-halloween-barbie-queens Tue, 27 Oct 2015 06:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/15/8/3f8d61a6-1c82-496e-88be-3d64c0d93151.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/15/8/3f8d61a6-1c82-496e-88be-3d64c0d93151.full.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> By Chris Varaste</p> <p> The Season of the Witch is here — a perfect time to review the most bewitching original Barbie® doll costumes with an emphasis on chills and thrills!</p> <p> Fright night begins with the mysterious <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/venetian-muse-barbie-doll-bcr03"><em><u>Venetian Muse</u></em><u>™ Barbie</u></a>. An opulent mask covers her face, suggesting she’s a spell-casting enchantress in disguise. Following her stiletto tracks is <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/haunted-beauty-mistress-of-manor-barbie-doll-bdh39"><em><u>Haunted Beauty Mistress of the Manor</u></em><u>™ Barbie</u></a>, a wicked matron who’ll lure you into her creaky manse — and never let you leave!</p> <p> <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/lady-of-white-woods-barbie-doll-cgk94"><em><u>Lady of the White Woods</u></em><u>™ Barbie</u></a> may appear ethereal but she wears branchlike armor for a reason — unlucky is the fool who trespasses upon her domain! Keeping a watchful eye over the entire universe is flame-haired <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/queen-of-constellations-barbie-doll-x8264"><em><u>Queen of the Constellations</u></em><u>™ Barbie</u></a>. Dressed from head to toe in a bejeweled metallic gown, this beauty queen is prepared for a galactic showdown! </p> <p> <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/the-wizard-of-oz-wicked-witch-of-east-barbie-doll-n6588"><u>The Wizard of Oz™ <em>Wicked Witch of the East</em>  Barbie</u></a> is also armed for battle (before she gets squashed by a house). With broom in hand, she’s ready to fly, fly, fly! Floating through doorknobs, attics and your bedroom window is <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/haunted-beauty-ghost-barbie-doll-w7819"><em><u>Haunted Beauty</u></em><u> Ghost™ Barbie</u></a> — quite a little <em>boo</em> peep, if ever there was one!  Our next contender, <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/goddess-of-galaxy-barbie-doll-t7678"><em><u>Goddess of the Galaxy</u></em><u>™ Barbie</u></a>, doesn’t fly or float, she soars through space — a scintillating minx in a silver corset! </p> <p> But beware! Some divas prefer to stalk on foot, like scarlet-cloaked, fangtastic <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/haunted-beauty-vampire-barbie-doll-x8280"><em><u>Haunted Beauty Vampire</u></em><em><u>™ </u></em><u>Barbie</u></a>! Second-place honors go to <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/empress-of-aliens-barbie-doll-w3514"><em><u>Empress of the Aliens</u></em><u>™ Barbie</u></a>, an extraterrestrial reveling in exquisite lizard-green splendor! </p> <p> Coming in at Number One, the winner is… ladies and gentlemen, we have a tie between two lethal creatures in couture! Together, they’re a study in contrasts: One, a powerful sorceress in midnight black, is capable of manipulating stars in the sky. The other, wearing a chalk white wedding gown, is a dangerously bewitching zombie.</p> <p> In a fight to the finish, who will win when <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/queen-of-dark-forest-barbie-doll-cjf32"><em><u>Queen of the Dark Forest</u></em><u>™ Barbie</u></a> comes face to face with <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/haunted-beauty-zombie-bride-barbie-doll-chx12"><em><u>Haunted Beauty™ Zombie Bride</u></em><u>™ Barbie</u></a>? As they vie for first place, rest assured — the winner will take no prisoners!</p> <p> Give us a shriek if there’s a Halloween Barbie Queen hiding in your collection!</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:6d8f7261-4e1c-4501-b0f2-bb20d56bce8b Traditions and Surprises in the Holiday Preview Catalog! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/traditions-surprises-holiday-preview-catalog Fri, 09 Oct 2015 16:29:00 GMT <p> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/0/6/e02a6638-d0c9-4355-b6a5-cc3df8f1c9b8.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/0/6/e02a6638-d0c9-4355-b6a5-cc3df8f1c9b8.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> The holidays may still be several weeks away, yet you can already feel a bit of their magic in the air. They’re the best and most treasured moments of life—some steeped in tradition, others remarkable in their ability to surprise. In this issue, you’ll find examples of both the steadfast and the unexpected from The Barbie™ Collection. Enjoy!</p> <p> <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/general/catalog" target="_blank"><u>Click here</u></a> to see the 2015 Holiday Preview catalog.</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:88ac1dc2-a7db-4479-9b16-803c6ad23a28 Video: The Magic Begins With Holiday Barbie™ Doll! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/video-magic-begins-holiday-barbie-doll Thu, 08 Oct 2015 06:00:00 GMT <p> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/13/15/2d21d1b7-0780-4ea0-af24-a78d77757e8a.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/13/15/2d21d1b7-0780-4ea0-af24-a78d77757e8a.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p>  </p> <p> A time-honored tradition arrives for 2015! Watch the video for this year’s <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/2015-holiday-barbie-doll-chr76" target="_blank"><u>Holiday Barbie™ Doll</u></a>, featuring a winter wonderland of animated paper decorations!</p> <p>  </p> <p> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/iUDephMC_3M" width="640"></iframe></p> <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> <p> Can’t see the videos above? <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUDephMC_3M" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><u>Click here to watch it right on YouTube!</u></a></p> <p> She’s available <a href="https://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/2015-holiday-barbie-doll-chr76" target="_blank"><u>in the shop</u> </a>right now, so get one for yourself, and another for your favorite Barbie® fan!</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:255f325b-2844-432f-854e-5e043f8c6899 Blush Beauty™ Barbie® Doll Is the Final 2015 BFC™ Doll! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/blush-beauty-barbie-doll-final-2015-bfc-doll Thu, 01 Oct 2015 06:00:00 GMT <p> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/3/15/53c7aef4-6de6-41d6-af75-939e52803201.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/3/15/53c7aef4-6de6-41d6-af75-939e52803201.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> Complete your 2015 Barbie® Fashion Model Collection with <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/blush-beauty-barbie-doll-cht04" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><u>Blush Beauty™ Barbie® Doll</u></a>, which is the fourth and final Barbie™ Fan Club exclusive doll of the year!</p> <p> Blush Beauty Barbie Doll is the final doll to emerge on the private runway at an exclusive fashion show, reminiscent of the couture debuts from the 1950s and 1960s. It’s an outfit that “represents a classic point of view in fashion,” according to Robert Best, Director of Designer for Barbie Specialty.</p> <p> Created exclusively for members of the active Barbie Fan Club, the opportunity to buy Blush Beauty Barbie Doll begins <strong>Wednesday, October 7 at 9:00am PT, only in the online shop</strong>.* No more than 4,400 of these dolls will be available for purchase. (Not a member? <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/bcbfcclub15-bcbfcclub15" target="_blank"><u>Join now!</u></a>**)</p> <p> The surprise of this doll is that underneath the lovely cape-collared coat is a stunning cocktail dress accentuated with silvery micro-sequins on the bodice. It’s a reflection of Robert’s nuanced take on the styles of the salon-show era, where some of the design details were hidden and not seen immediately.</p> <p> Be logged into your BFC account before 9:00am PT on Wednesday 10/7, then <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/blush-beauty-barbie-doll-cht04" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><u>click into the shop</u></a> for your exclusive opportunity to bring home this! And if you still have your $20 shop reward, don’t forget to use it!***</p> <p> <span style="font-size:10px;">*The opportunity to purchase Blush Beauty™ Barbie® Doll begins 10/7/15 at 9:00am PT for $100.00 (plus tax, S&P), for active BFC™ members only, in the online shop. Limit two (2) dolls per member while supplies last. No more than 4,400 of these dolls will be available for purchase, and only offered to active members of the Barbie™ Fan Club.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:10px;">**<strong>Newly applying BFC™ members,</strong> <strong>please note: </strong>You must agree to both the BarbieCollector.com™ Member Service Agreement and the Barbie™ Fan Club Membership Agreement by typing “I ACCEPT” before you can purchase a membership.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:10px;">***$20 quarterly shop reward expires 12/31/15 at 11:59pm CT. The shop reward appears in your shopping cart when you log into your BFC™ account and add a qualifying purchase to your cart. Your purchase must total a minimum of $20, excluding any applicable sales tax and shipping and processing, and after any other applicable discount or coupon has been applied. Club shop rewards cannot be used for BFC™ membership fees, Gift Cards, and gift-wrapping. Not valid on previous purchases. If you’ve already used your reward, please disregard this reminder.</span></p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:c82b1bfa-1e6a-4ce2-b51b-6c6878b60ec2 A Bride with Bite: Haunted Beauty™ Zombie Bride™ Barbie® Doll! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/bride-bite-haunted-beauty-zombie-bride-barbie-doll Thu, 01 Oct 2015 06:00:00 GMT <p> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/1/3/d1b95bf5-2ca8-4a1e-b378-a41741299e57.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/1/3/d1b95bf5-2ca8-4a1e-b378-a41741299e57.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> The cemetery is her domain. <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/haunted-beauty-zombie-bride-barbie-doll-chx12" target="_blank">Haunted Beauty Zombie Bride™ Barbie® Doll</a> resides there in her bridal gown. She’s waiting for another groom to arrive, for wedding bells to toll, so she can die happily ever after, forever more. This veiled creature of the night revels in unholy matrimony. Luckily for her, gentlemen always succumb to her charms and propose. Her former grooms promise her the world should she accept their hands in marriage. The zombie bride not only accepts their hands — but proceeds to devour them with great relish! </p> <p> Designer Bill Greening says, “I started with the lovely Aphrodite face sculpt because of the open mouth. Zombies are starving and I have yet to see a zombie with a closed mouth!” To up the fear factor, her lips are painted a dark blood red and her dazed expression is wild and hypnotic, with intense blue eyes covered in smoky eye shadow. Greening also opted for a gray skin pallor — a first for Barbie.</p> <p> To amplify her undead glamour, <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/haunted-beauty-zombie-bride-barbie-doll-chx12" target="_blank">Haunted Beauty Zombie Bride Barbie Doll</a> keeps her voluminous duo-toned silvery locks perfectly coiffed. At first glance, her pink-hued wedding ensemble appears antiquated, but on closer inspection, it’s an exquisite, nightmarish vision in couture. Greening explains, “Just because she’s a zombie doesn’t mean she can’t have impeccable taste — after all, she’s still fashion-conscious Barbie!”</p> <p> Extravagantly costumed in wedding apparel reminiscent of Miss Havisham from <em>Great Expectations</em>, the ravenous beauty wears an off-the-shoulder gown with a shimmering fitted pink bodice. The luminous dress flares at the sleeves and features a sweeping floor-length skirt. Her bridal attire is coordinated with a pink floral bouquet and a veiled headband of silvery roses. You’ve got to give a big hand to <em>Zombie Bride Barbie </em>for making such a fetching bride — but be careful, you might lose a few fingers!  </p> <p> “<em>Zombie Bride Barbie</em> is stunning, frightening and fun with a sense of mystery — fans are interested in her back story,” says Greening. After seeing the <em>spooktacular</em> creation, collectors have conjured up wildly inventive scenarios. “Everyone has a theory about how she became a zombie bride and Barbie collectors have incredible imaginations!”</p> <p> <em>Haunted Beauty </em><em>Zombie Bride Barbie</em> <em>Doll</em> awaits you at our <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/haunted-beauty-zombie-bride-barbie-doll-chx12" target="_blank">online store</a>, ready to say, “I do!”</p> <p> <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/general/2015-10-Calendar" target="_blank">Click here</a> to download the October Calendars.</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:fccecb59-d12e-46f3-9972-70488d1fb04e Video: Haunted Beauty™ Zombie Bride™ Barbie® Doll! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/video-haunted-beauty-zombie-bride-barbie-doll Wed, 30 Sep 2015 06:00:00 GMT <p> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/7/8/17a829f6-538b-4c94-88cb-98026ef1e0bd.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/7/8/17a829f6-538b-4c94-88cb-98026ef1e0bd.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> The final doll in the Haunted Beauty™ Collection has arrived, and she’s looking for a groom to join her for a scarily-ever-after in wedded bliss! Meet <u>Zombie Bride™ Barbie® Doll </u>in one of the spookiest videos you’ll see all year.</p> <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> <p> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/WXVkCKjUbho" width="640"></iframe></p> <p> Can’t see the videos above?<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXVkCKjUbho" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> </a><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXVkCKjUbho" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><u>Click here to watch it right on YouTube!</u></a></p> <p> She’s available <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/haunted-beauty-zombie-bride-barbie-doll-chx12" target="_blank"><u>in the shop</u></a> right now, so be sure to get her … before she gets you!</p> <p>  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:42e83686-e192-4bfd-81cc-41e70ac0d1dc Spotlight on Carol Spencer at UFDC! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/spotlight-carol-spencer-ufdc Tue, 29 Sep 2015 14:53:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/15/15/ffd0a966-a8f4-4052-8f0f-9c05e006a0ac.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/15/15/ffd0a966-a8f4-4052-8f0f-9c05e006a0ac.full.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> by Chris Varaste</p> <p> Designer Carol Spencer is unstoppable! After an incredible career designing for Barbie® doll since the early 1960s, the talented Ms. Spencer delighted doll collectors anew at the United Federation of Doll Clubs convention in July. Guests were astonished by Ms. Spencer’s magnificent Barbie doll fashion designs, created exclusively for conventioneers. Even more incredible, each doll’s outfit was hand sewn by Ms. Spencer.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/12/13/dca919b5-80a9-4e9a-ad3f-65d8db0a0c05.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/12/13/dca919b5-80a9-4e9a-ad3f-65d8db0a0c05.full.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> The event at UFDC was called <em>Dinner Dazzle</em>, and Ms. Spencer incorporated the theme into her glamorous couture designs. In preparation, Ms. Spencer contacted Mattel for support. “I needed 120 Barbie dolls, so I asked Mattel for vintage reproductions. For what I had in mind, I had to stick to designs appropriate to the time frame of 1959 to 1967. [Laughs] But I did ask for white shoes!”</p> <p> Soon a truck arrived at her home with three huge cartons of doll heads, bodies, and shoes. “Time was of the essence, so I rushed to create the five centerpiece dolls first,” she says. “I decided to go back to a design I did before I started at Mattel in 1962.” But then she added a modern twist. “The style works well with today’s retro looks with tight waists and full skirts.” With so much Barbie experience, Ms. Spencer made sure the convention doll had a whimsical flair. She adds, “I wanted a fun, blue-and-white combination. When I put it all together, I loved the way it all came to life.”</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/15/11/8fb32897-d4b3-4791-9bf4-85bc79276f17.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/15/11/8fb32897-d4b3-4791-9bf4-85bc79276f17.full.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> Ms. Spencer also treated attendees to a special design presentation. “I gave a speech for the <em>Dinner Dazzle</em> event that included Mattel’s expansion into designing dolls separately for children and adults. People were amazed by the design process for each demographic.” During her talk, Ms. Spencer delighted collectors with pictures of herself sewing the convention doll. “I created complete sewing instructions and patterns so they could reproduce my design perfectly. That’s what 35 years at Mattel taught me!”</p> <table border="0" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <div align="center"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/5/8/c584ac57-32a8-4c1b-b875-8c35bdd0c657.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img height="403" src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/5/8/c584ac57-32a8-4c1b-b875-8c35bdd0c657.full.jpg?1" width="300" /></a></div> </td> <td> <div align="center"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/15/11/6f3c9d1f-e694-4104-bb05-6d05b7847e43.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img height="460" src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/15/11/6f3c9d1f-e694-4104-bb05-6d05b7847e43.full.jpg?1" width="300" /></a></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <div align="center"> <strong>Midnight Dazzle</strong></div> </td> <td> <div align="center"> <strong>Mystic Blue Dazzle</strong></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <div align="center">  </div> </td> <td> <div align="center">  </div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <div align="center"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/10/5/1ae23647-adad-4e88-9532-f8d16e5e384b.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img height="504" src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/10/5/1ae23647-adad-4e88-9532-f8d16e5e384b.full.jpg?1" width="300" /></a></div> </td> <td> <div align="center"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/8/0/68cb3d59-4a83-4359-90c4-a76ffb7fdd60.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img height="519" src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/8/0/68cb3d59-4a83-4359-90c4-a76ffb7fdd60.full.jpg?1" width="300" /></a></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <div align="center"> <strong>Autumn Dazzle</strong></div> </td> <td> <div align="center"> <strong>Sparkling Pink Dazzle</strong></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2"> <div align="center"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/15/1/af2314c9-1819-4415-a1bb-c8d8c4497bb6.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img height="760" src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/15/1/af2314c9-1819-4415-a1bb-c8d8c4497bb6.full.jpg?1" width="300" /></a></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2"> <div align="center"> <strong>Golden Dazzle</strong></div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p> The Barbie <em>Dinner Dazzle</em> event received a fantastic reception, thanks to Ms. Spencer’s tireless efforts and stunning creations. Doll collectors, Barbie fans and design aficionados were definitely dazzled by the special Barbie dolls created by the legendary Ms. Carol Spencer!</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:56717290-a33b-48bc-8f65-f2cc4d7e9a6b The Harlem Theatre™ Collection Bows with Claudette Gordon™ Barbie® Doll http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/harlem-theatre-collection-bows-claudette-gordon-barbie-doll Tue, 08 Sep 2015 06:00:00 GMT <p> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/0/14/200eac06-d8c4-4088-befc-a63b2976212c.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/0/14/200eac06-d8c4-4088-befc-a63b2976212c.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> The bright lights fade, and all heads turn toward the nightclub stage. Manhattan’s creative elite have gathered to experience the legendary talent of singer <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/claudette-gordon-barbie-doll-chx11">Claudette Gordon</a>™. A hush falls over the room as she steps into the spotlight. Wearing a spectacular Jazz Age outfit, this radiant, sparkling-eyed beauty dazzles the crowd with her heartfelt performance!</p> <p> With the introduction of <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/claudette-gordon-barbie-doll-chx11"><u>Claudette Gordon™ Barbie® Doll</u></a>, designer Carlyle Nuera takes center stage as well. Claudette marks the premiere of Nuera’s first full collection — the new Harlem Theatre™ Collection — following his auspicious debut with the <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/mutya-barbie-doll-cgt76"><u>Global Glamour™ Mutya™ Barbie® Doll</u></a>.</p> <p> “I am truly honored and humbled to be considered amongst the other Barbie Collection designers,” Nuera tells us, “and to interact with the Barbie Collector community.”</p> <p> Nuera came up with the concept for his Harlem Theatre™ Collection after observing the influence of 1920s fashion on modern-day culture and media. “Rihanna at last year’s CFDA Awards in her famous Swarovski gown was referencing Diana Ross in the 1970s, who in turn was referencing Josephine Baker from the 1920s,” he explains. “The red carpet at last year’s Met Gala was lush with ’20s-inspired embellishments and silhouettes, as worn by Lupita Nyong’o, Gabrielle Union, and Solange. The reboot of <em>The Great Gatsby</em> inspired an entire ’20s art deco runway collection from Gucci.”</p> <p> Nuera then researched the Harlem Renaissance — an explosion of artistic and cultural expression led by influential musicians, writers, painters, photographers, and poets. His design for <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/claudette-gordon-barbie-doll-chx11"><u>Claudette Gordon™ Barbie® Doll</u></a> captures all the glamour and artistry of that remarkable period, from her sleeveless, drop-waist dress with embroidered peacock feather design to her charming, vintage-perfect accessories.</p> <p> The audience at this year’s Barbie® Convention was also wowed. “When I revealed the name of the series and showed the first image of Claudette Gordon, I heard the audience gasp,” Nuera says. “When I said she’s fully articulated, I heard a roar and felt the room swell. It was incredible and visceral. I am so happy that Barbie Collectors love the Harlem Theatre series and Claudette Gordon Barbie!”</p> <p> There will be even more to love, as Nuera finishes work on the rest of his collection. He promises more rich colors, fabrics, and textures that evoke the time period. “I've designed the next doll in the series, and I am so excited for her,” he says. “She will definitely be something bold and different.”</p> <p> He also teases the possibility of a male doll in the collection. “I think a male doll would add an interesting dynamic to the narrative of the series and give me an opportunity to dive into 1920s men’s fashion. We shall see!”</p> <p> We can’t wait to see what’s next! But you don’t have to wait to get <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/claudette-gordon-barbie-doll-chx11">Claudette Gordon™ Barbie® Doll</a> — she’s available now at our <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/claudette-gordon-barbie-doll-chx11"><u>online store</u></a>!</p> <p> <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/general/2015-09-Calendar">Click here</a> to download the September calendar.</p> <p>  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:2968d48f-e247-4150-aeab-bf00df673631 Introducing the Waiting Room Functionality for High-Demand Sales! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/introducing-waiting-room-functionality-high-demand-sales Mon, 31 Aug 2015 06:00:00 GMT <p> The recent upgrade to a new website platform for TheBarbieCollection.com also included a change to how our sales are handled – especially when it comes to high-demand, low-quantity items like Platinum Label® Dolls.</p> <p> Now, when our website is experiencing a large volume of traffic due to a sale, a “Waiting Room” feature will kick into place. You’ll see this notification when you try to shop the in-demand doll:</p> <p> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/12/1/bcf59945-5b7a-4203-81b1-8cb7fb9fbde0.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/12/1/bcf59945-5b7a-4203-81b1-8cb7fb9fbde0.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> Here are a couple of things in that graphic that bear repeating:</p> <p> <strong>1. Once you’re in the waiting room, stay there. Don’t refresh the page, and don’t navigate away from it.</strong> Doing so will remove you from the waiting room, and you’ll have to re-enter and start the process all over again.</p> <p> Our website will automatically send you from the Waiting Room to the shop page for the item you want to purchase, when it’s your turn to be sent out of the Waiting Room.</p> <p> <strong>2. An item you’re trying to buy may sell out before you get out of the waiting room.</strong> On the new platform, the number of buyers in the shop itself at any one time is controlled to create a more efficient and stable shopping experience.</p> <p> If the item you want sells out before you’re released from the Waiting Room, it doesn’t mean that the Waiting Room prevented you from getting the item you wanted. The Waiting Room functionality only manages what was previously a challenging process for our servers to handle – the demand that arises from a very popular sale.</p> <p> Thanks very much for your patience and consideration as we continue to make TheBarbieCollection.com your favorite destination for Barbie® dolls, gifts, apparel, and more!</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:ad66b258-4bd5-4161-9380-107245fd8880 tokidoki® Treasure Hunt! Find the Platinum Label® Dolls http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/tokidoki-treasure-hunt-platinum-label-dolls Fri, 28 Aug 2015 06:00:00 GMT <p> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/10/0/5aa06a23-3aac-43a8-a0a5-9754774c57d9.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/10/0/5aa06a23-3aac-43a8-a0a5-9754774c57d9.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p>  </p> <p> Your search for the hidden sale page for Platinum Label® tokidoki® Barbie® Doll at The BarbieCollection.com begins 9/1! Here’s what you need to know about the tokidoki Treasure Hunt.</p> <p> In case you haven’t heard the hot-off-the-presses story, it’s tokidoki’s 10<sup>th</sup> anniversary! To celebrate the occasion, tokidoki partnered with Barbie® Collector to create not one, but two new dolls. Designer Bill Greening collaborated with the tokidoki team to bring the glamour of Barbie and the wit and whimsy of tokidoki together again on this momentous occasion.</p> <p> The Black Label® version of the doll will be easy to find, while supplies last – the last tokidoki® Barbie Doll was one of the hottest sellers of 2011 – but the Platinum Label® version will be much harder to find. Some will be mixed in with shipments of the Black Label® doll to select retail outlets, and some will be available in the online shop beginning on 9/1 at 9am PT.</p> <p> <strong>Two webpages, somewhere on TheBarbieCollection.com, will have a picture of the tokidoki Cactus Friend that comes with the Platinum Label doll</strong>:</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/11/10/5b7ed5e9-a1e7-4247-8a55-11c765f3a88c.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img height="100" src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/11/10/5b7ed5e9-a1e7-4247-8a55-11c765f3a88c.Large.png?1" width="100" /></a></p> <p> <strong>When you find the Cactus Friend, click on it to be taken straight to the hidden shop page for the Platinum Label tokidoki Barbie Doll. </strong></p> <p> What webpages will they be, you might ask? Since it’s a Treasure Hunt, we can give you a hint … one single paragraph in this very news story has the answer to which two webpages will have the Cactus Friend on them! It’ll be smaller than the example you see in this news story, but it will be up high, and not in any of the headers, footers, or sidebars of the site.</p> <p> Good luck with the Hunt, and don’t forget to pick up the Black Label version of tokidoki Barbie Doll as fast as you can!</p> <p>  </p> <p> <em><strong>Please note</strong>: The tokidoki doll sale will be managed by our new “Waiting Room” process, whereby you may be placed in a Waiting Room before you’re sent into the shop. </em></p> <p> <em>This process is designed to create a more efficient and stable shopping experience for high-demand items, and is part of the new website platform for TheBarbieCollection.com. <strong>Once you’re in the Waiting Room, don’t refresh the page or navigate away from it! </strong>Doing so </em><em>will remove you from the Waiting Room, and you’ll have to re-enter and start the process all over again. </em></p> <p> <em>Be sure to follow the Waiting Room instructions carefully to ensure your best opportunity to buy the items you want!</em></p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:4adcc880-5035-4735-9312-9a8529054b8d Going Head to Toe With tokidoki® Barbie® Dolls! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/going-head-toe-tokidoki-barbie-dolls Thu, 27 Aug 2015 06:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/10/3/1a8ff26b-749d-4f98-b33b-25e46445e3c4.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/10/3/1a8ff26b-749d-4f98-b33b-25e46445e3c4.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> The third Barbie™ Fan Club Exclusive video is here, and it’s a huge one! Not only is it a first official look at the new tokidoki® Barbie® Doll, it’s also a reveal of a surprise second, Platinum Label® doll!</p> <p> Doll designer Bill Greening join packaging designer Janet Tsuei to give BFC™ members a detailed look at both dolls, created to celebrate tokidoki’s 10<sup>th</sup> anniversary. They go from head to toe and talk face sculpt, tattoos, accessories, and more. You’ll also hear about the process of working with the tokidoki team, and the highly unique packaging created for the dolls.</p> <p>  </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <object data="http://www.youtube.com/v/pZ7LVZl32G8" height="350" id="ltVideoYouTube" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/pZ7LVZl32G8" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="450"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/pZ7LVZl32G8" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="flashvars" value="playerMode=embedded" /></object></p> <p> Stay tuned, there will be an announcement soon about your opportunity to get one of the Platinum Label tokidoki dolls!</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:59753086-1d13-41ed-9397-675f1fbeda95 Introducing the Fall 2015 Catalog The Barbie Collection http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/introducing-fall-2015-catalog-barbie-collection-1 Fri, 14 Aug 2015 06:00:00 GMT <p> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/14/6/5e051845-3de7-4def-b622-e0c02a2324c7.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/14/6/5e051845-3de7-4def-b622-e0c02a2324c7.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p>  </p> <p> Autumn. Lush in its colors, deep in its experience, opulent in its elegance. In this new issue, discover dolls that reveal the richness of the Barbie® story, rekindle a striking past partnership, and carry on beloved collections. Savor the season, and register online to be in-the-know as we reveal new developments that will expand your ideas of what Barbie can be!</p> <p> <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/general/catalog">Click here</a> to see The Barbie Collection Fall Catalog.</p> <p>  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:6b8a5768-8c67-4684-a15e-13a236dde0a1 Superstar Forever: Dream Date™ Barbie®! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/superstar-forever-dream-date-barbie-1 Sat, 01 Aug 2015 06:00:00 GMT <p> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/11/11/0b5306ef-f18f-4725-9bc4-f1a2871475bc.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/11/11/0b5306ef-f18f-4725-9bc4-f1a2871475bc.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p>  </p> <p> <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/dream-date-barbie-doll-cht05">Dream Date™ Barbie® Doll</a> marks the renaissance of Superstar Barbie’s most iconic looks!</p> <p> Dream Date Barbie had the “wow” factor when she first appeared in the early 1980s, thanks to her winsome smile and the unique design of her extravagant gown. Now, she’s making our dreams come true all over again as the first doll from the Superstar Forever™ Collection!</p> <p> In the great tradition of Barbie doll’s amazing legacy, the new Superstar Forever Collection does exactly what the title promises — invites collectors to celebrate one of Barbie doll’s most successful fashion runs. Released in 1977, Superstar Barbie was an instant sensation and a wonderful muse for inventive style trends. Her fresh-faced, sunny glow is still the perfect complement for bold, cutting-edge fashion statements.</p> <p> Stylishly reinterpreted by talented designer Robert Best, the elegant new Dream Date Barbie uses the sleek Model Muse body sculpt. The vibrant beauty captures everything we love about the 1980s: brilliant color, high voltage glamour and lots of fabulous hair! Barbie wears her voluminous platinum locks swept off her forehead, cascading around her lovely face. Striking ebony eyeliner defines her aqua blue eyes, and a delicate shade of petal pink adds color to her lips.</p> <p> Classic couture never goes out of style, and Dream Date Barbie doll’s signature gown remains a thrilling mix of both sophistication and fun. The fuchsia party dress, lined in purple satin piping, has a sequined lavender bodice, cinched at the waist with a sumptuous bow accent. Fuchsia peep-toe pumps, and sparkling silver jewelry lend just the right touch of magic to one of Superstar Barbie doll's most beloved ensembles!</p> <p> Thanks to the Superstar Forever Collection, Dream Date Barbie is back and ready to enchant us once again as we embark upon an exciting retro-chic fantasy!</p> <p> She’s a click away at our <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/dream-date-barbie-doll-cht05">online shop</a>!</p> <p>  </p> <p> <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/general/2015-08-calendar">Click here</a> to download the August Calendar.</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:572ca9ac-20e2-42c3-bffb-fe9874d2821a 20 Questions With Your Favorite Barbie Doll Designers! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/20-questions-favorite-barbie-doll-designers Tue, 14 Jul 2015 06:00:00 GMT <div class="news-img"> <img alt="" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" height="360" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/1/7/116c13d0-98cd-4431-b775-9f52452d1b3d.Full.jpg?1" src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/1/7/116c13d0-98cd-4431-b775-9f52452d1b3d.Full.jpg?1" title="" width="640" /> <div> <p> We’ve got a surprise for you – a video that was previously only shown to collectors attending the Italian Doll Convention!</p> <p> Amanda Searles from the Barbie Marketing Team plays 20 Questions with all your favorite Barbie® Collector designers – Robert Best, Carlyle Nuera, Bill Greening, and Linda Kyaw. Watch as they answer the rapid-fire queries, on everything from dolls to coffee orders, alternate careers to choices of underwear – yes, really!</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <object data="http://www.youtube.com/v/8ATcN3TLseM" height="350" id="ltVideoYouTube" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/8ATcN3TLseM" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="450"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/8ATcN3TLseM" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="flashvars" value="playerMode=embedded" /></object></p> <p> And keep an eye out for a sneak peek at a new line of Barbie dolls, coming soon!</p> </div> </div> <p>  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:e2ca4c0d-57b2-48c0-8ba1-699133050d82 Homecoming Queen™ Barbie® Doll Is a Willows, WI™ BFC™ Surprise! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/homecoming-queen-barbie-doll-willows-wi-bfc-surprise Wed, 01 Jul 2015 06:00:00 GMT <div class="news-img"> <img alt="" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" height="360" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/6/7/b640dfd2-768f-49fc-874e-ffec1bfde2f1.Full.jpg?1" src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/6/7/b640dfd2-768f-49fc-874e-ffec1bfde2f1.Full.jpg?1" title="" width="640" /> <div> <p> For those who knew Barbie® in high school, the signs of her future successes were there from the beginning. In her senior year at Willows High, Barbie was voted Homecoming Queen by her classmates!</p> <p> To commemorate this very special occasion, we’ve created this lovingly detailed, vintage-inspired tribute - <a href="/shop/doll/homecoming-queen-barbie-doll-cjf57" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Homecoming Queen™ Barbie® Doll</a>, the second doll in the Willows, WI™ Collection.</p> <p> Created exclusively for the members of the Barbie™ Fan Club, the opportunity to buy Homecoming Queen™ Barbie® Doll begins <strong>Wednesday, July 8 at 9:00am PT</strong>, only in the online shop.* No more than 5,500 of these dolls will be available for purchase. (Not a member?<a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/bfc-membership"> </a><u><a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/2015-barbie-fan-club" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Join now!</a></u>**)</p> <p> For this once-in-a-lifetime high school dance, Barbie® doll wears a strapless, aqua blue tulle and taffeta gown with peep toe aqua mules. The “Vote Barbie®” poster and homecoming tickets add a whimsical nostalgic touch. She wears her tiara proudly, and even if you see the sparkle of a tear in her eye, her makeup will still be impeccable.</p> <p> Be logged into your BFC account at 9:00am PT on Wednesday 7/8, then <a href="/shop/whats-new" rel="nofollow"><u>click into the shop</u></a> for your exclusive opportunity to bring home this prize-winning doll! And if you still have your $20 shop reward, don’t forget to use it!***</p> <p style="font-size:11px;"> *The opportunity to purchase Homecoming Queen™ Barbie® Doll begins 7/8/15 at 9:00am PT for $75.00 (plus tax, S&P), for active BFC™ members only, in the online shop. Limit three (3) dolls per member while supplies last. No more than 5,500 of these dolls will be available for purchase, and only offered to active members of the Barbie™ Fan Club.<br /> <br /> **<strong>Newly applying BFC™ members, please note</strong>: You must agree to both the BarbieCollector.com™ Member Service Agreement and the Barbie™ Fan Club Membership Agreement by typing “I ACCEPT” before you can purchase a membership.<br /> <br /> ***$20 quarterly shop reward expires 9/30/15 at 11:59pm CT. The shop reward appears in your shopping cart when you log into your BFC™ account and add a qualifying purchase to your cart. Your purchase must total a minimum of $20, excluding any applicable sales tax and shipping and processing, and after any other applicable discount or coupon has been applied. Club shop rewards cannot be used for BFC™ membership fees, Gift Cards, and gift-wrapping. Not valid on previous purchases. If you’ve already used your reward, please disregard this reminder.</p> </div> </div> <p>  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:d1ac78c1-b104-4c70-892c-adc3fbebaa74 THE WIZARD OF OZ™ Fantasy Glamour GLINDA™ Doll Is a Vision to Behold! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/wizard-of-fantasy-glamour-glinda-doll-vision-behold Tue, 30 Jun 2015 06:00:00 GMT <div class="news-img"> <img alt="" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" height="360" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/10/10/6a0ab3c4-4bb6-4fe8-8a6f-b036045d4241.Full.jpg?1" src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/10/10/6a0ab3c4-4bb6-4fe8-8a6f-b036045d4241.Full.jpg?1" title="" width="640" /> <div> <p> <strong>She’s sweet and gentle,</strong> yet she’s powerful and wise beyond your expectations. She’s <a href="/the-wizard-of-oz-fantasy-glamour-glinda-doll-cjf31" rel="nofollow"><em><u>THE WIZARD OF OZ<sup>™</sup> Fantasy Glamour </u></em><u>GLINDA<sup>™ </sup>Doll</u></a>, and she’s back in The Barbie™ Collection with a fabulous new gown, inspired by her original screen costume!</p> <p> Without Glinda, Dorothy would have been utterly lost in Oz. The Good Witch of the North sets Dorothy out on her journey to see the Wizard, rescues her from the deadly poppy fields along the way, and finally returns to help Dorothy realize the true power she possesses. It’s no wonder Glinda has been a fan-favorite character for nearly 80 years!</p> <ol> <li> Available now for pre-sale (she’s expected to fly to collectors’ homes in August), <em>Fantasy Glamour</em> Glinda is the third doll in this popular new Wizard of Oz series (after 2013’s <a href="/the-wizard-of-oz-fantasy-glamour-dorothy-doll-y3355" rel="nofollow"><em><u>Fantasy Glamour </u></em><u>DOROTHY<sup>™</sup> Doll</u></a> and 2014’s <a href="/the-wizard-of-oz-fantasy-glamour-wicked-witch-of-west-doll-bcr04" rel="nofollow"><em><u>Fantasy Glamour </u></em><u>Wicked Witch of the West<sup>™ </sup>Doll</u></a>). In this series, the iconic costumes you know and love from the films have been given a haute couture upgrade by the fabulous Linda Kyaw.</li> <li> Glinda already had a beautiful gown, so Linda took it over the top with stacked layers of pink, peach and tan tulle, embellished with sparkling crystals and silvery butterflies. More butterflies sparkle on her intricately designed wand, and her fantastic crown rests atop a gorgeous flowing mane of light auburn tresses. The floor-length gown hides a pair of shimmering stilettos, perfectly matched to this chic interpretation of her classic look.</li> </ol> <p> Last year’s Fantasy Glamour doll sold out of The Barbie™ Collection online shop, so don’t get lost along the YELLOW BRICK ROAD™ - <a href="/the-wizard-of-oz-fantasy-glamour-glinda-doll-cjf31" rel="nofollow"><u>click here to reserve your Glinda doll today</u></a>. After all, there’s no place like <em>your</em> home for her!</p> </div> </div> <p>  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:cae00b15-75d1-41be-975a-ca9b31746c57 New Looks, New Styles, and New Flat Feet for Barbie®! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/new-looks-new-styles-new-flat-feet-barbie Thu, 25 Jun 2015 03:00:00 GMT <p>Hot off the Barbie™ Press! The Fashionistas series for 2015 features 14 different facial sculpts, 18 eye colors, 21 hair styles, and 23 hair colors. (Wow!) But the most amazing twist of all that Barbie® can now wear flats! 9 Fashionistas come with fixed flat feet.</p><p>Watch the video to see Barbie in action, and check out a sample of the news stories about this change.</p><p><span allowfullscreen="" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/mib0kxkLM7g" frameborder="0" height="360" width="640"></span></p><p><a href="http://beautycon.com/dedicated/the-new-barbie-fashionistas-line-is-full-of-so-much-realness" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong><u>Barbie’s Brand New Flat Feet Is An Important Moment For the Brand</u></strong></a><br /> <em>Tonya Garcia, AdWeek</em><br /> “Barbie has introduced a new line of Fashionista dolls and some of them-gasp!-have flat feet. They’re wearing wedge sandals and actual flat shoes even.</p><p><a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/rossalynwarren/barbie-has-finally-introduced-a-range-of-dolls-with-flat-fee#.xoqJ7YQYn" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong><u>Barbie Has Finally Introduced A Range Of Dolls With Flat Feet</u></strong></a><br /> <em>Rossalyn Warren</em><em>, BuzzFeed</em><br /> “Mattel says the new range of dolls ‘represent[s] the world girls see around them’ and is part of its ‘continued evolution of the Barbie brand.”</p><p><a href="http://www.cosmopolitan.com/lifestyle/news/a41374/barbie-has-a-brand-new-look/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong><u>For the First Time Ever, Barbie Will Have Feet That Can Wear Flats</u></strong></a><br /> <em>Tess Koman, Cosmopolitan</em><br /> “The one thing a girl has always known about her Barbie doll is that Barbie only wears heels…That's all about to change with the newest set of dolls from Mattel's Barbie Fashionistas line...”</p><p><a href="http://www.glamour.com/fashion/blogs/dressed/2015/06/barbie-can-wear-flats" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong><u>Barbie's Brand-New Ankles Finally Allow Her to Wear Flats</u></strong></a><br /> <em>Leah Melby, Glamour</em><br /> “For as long as we can remember Barbie's perpetually been stuck in a tippy-toe stance, ready to slip into heels and...well, stand around. With the unveiling of a brand-new range of dolls, Barbie has <em>finally</em> gotten articulated ankles—joints that actually move, allowing her the option to switch between heels and flats.”</p><p>~*~*~*~*~</p><p><em>Stay tuned for more poseability news in the Barbie line - including dolls from The Barbie™ Collection!</em></p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:5a033d3c-2e8e-48c2-9334-daf25b1beabc Exclusive Interview With 2015 Barbie® Convention Chair Julie Bronski! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/exclusive-interview-2015-barbie-convention-chair-julie-bronski Tue, 16 Jun 2015 06:00:00 GMT <div class="news-img"> <img alt="" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" height="360" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/11/9/bb9638b9-67b4-472a-a937-88409a3aa21b.Full.jpg?1" src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/11/9/bb9638b9-67b4-472a-a937-88409a3aa21b.Full.jpg?1" title="" width="640" /> <div> <p> Arlington, VA welcomes the <a href="http://www.barbieconvention.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 National Barbie<sup>® </sup>Doll Collectors Convention</a>! From the “Great White Way” Salesroom to the Costume Designer Fashion Show, the “Curtains Up” Competition Room to “Sardi’s After Hours,” this year’s Convention promises to be an absolute sensation.</p> <p> To find out more, we interviewed 2015 Convention Chair Julie Bronski, who shared advice, insight, and her own personal excitement about the event.</p> <p> <strong><em>This year's theme is A Star is Barbie™, and it's going to be a smash hit! Where did the Broadway-inspired theme idea come from?   </em></strong></p> <p> Yes, it will be a smash hit! It was actually a collaborative idea between myself and two other collectors. Barbie® has been in movies, on the runway, on tour, so it was time she went to Broadway.</p> <p> <strong><em>What the most important piece of advice you could give to the Barbie fan attending Convention for the very first time?</em></strong></p> <p> Be prepared to live your dream. You will find just about anything you want, need, or desire at Convention. It is just amazing. Be prepared to walk a lot, so make sure you have comfortable shoes.</p> <p> <strong><em>How will you keep things fresh for the experienced Convention attendees? </em></strong></p> <p> We have some great surprises lined up and they are AMAZING! Every Convention works to do things to theme, and I believe the advisors and myself have put together some things that everyone will want.</p> <p> <strong><em>You've been a life-long Barbie® lover, but organizing doll shows and conventions takes it to a whole new level. What inspires you to take on these kinds of commitments?  </em></strong></p> <p> Collecting Barbie® is something I truly enjoy, and if I could find a way to make it a full-time job, I would. It is truly the love of the hobby and making sure that collecting is a continuing tradition for the current generation to embrace.</p> <p> <strong><em>You're not just the Convention Chair, you're also a Barbie fan and doll collector. Speaking as a Barbie fan, what are you personally the most excited for at this year's Convention?</em></strong></p> <p> This year I am most excited for... well so many things. Probably the artwork that Robert Best designed for us. He took our concepts and enhanced them to make them really something special this year. </p> <p>                                                                ~*~*~*~*~</p> <p> <em>What are you most excited for at Convention this year? Let us know in the comments!</em></p> </div> </div> <p>  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:e3676572-94d0-4b7f-a5de-591c83a9d5e9 The Dreamy Summer Catalog From The Barbie Collection! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/dreamy-summer-catalog-barbie-collection Fri, 12 Jun 2015 03:00:00 GMT <div class="news-img"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/15/7/bfbc85cb-7266-4538-9757-de60397ab7d0.Full.jpg?1" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/15/7/bfbc85cb-7266-4538-9757-de60397ab7d0.Full.jpg?1" alt="" title="" width="640" height="360" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" /><div> <p>Summer days were made for dreaming and our latest catalog is filled with reasons to dream. From grassy pastoral meadows to fashion elite penthouses to fantastical corners of the imagination, Barbie® doll encourages dreaming both near and far—just like Ruth and Elliot Handler's vision 56 years ago to create a doll that would ultimately captivate the world.</p><p>Check out the 2015 The Barbie Collection Summer catalog <a href="http://content.yudu.com/web/y5b2/0A1wq8f/2015Summer/index.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">now</a>!</p></div></div> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:8bbc2c82-1afd-4954-8598-1e6ee1a23f5d Barbie Celebrates Super Sheroes! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/barbie-celebrates-super-sheroes Fri, 05 Jun 2015 06:00:00 GMT <div class="news-img"> <img alt="" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" height="360" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/0/4/a0a63190-ad11-4f28-843d-b0b4f240d3d2.Full.jpg?1" src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/0/4/a0a63190-ad11-4f28-843d-b0b4f240d3d2.Full.jpg?1" title="" width="640" /> <div>  </div> </div> <p> Earlier this year, Barbie<sup>®</sup> got to take part in the Variety “Power of Women” celebration! The event honors women entrepreneurs, inventors, and innovators who change the world with their ideas and their inspiration.</p> <p> At the event, Barbie honored six female heroes – “Sheroes” – who embody that spirit of inspiration and innovation. One-of-a-kind dolls were created of all six honorees, which were then auctioned off in support of the Sheroes’ favorite charities.</p> <p> Check out the honorees and their doll likenesses, and tell us – who are the Sheroes in your own life?</p> <p> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/1/9/c130d129-a90a-46ea-a95a-54197127fddb.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/1/9/c130d129-a90a-46ea-a95a-54197127fddb.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p>  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:9b9f08c1-b3ea-4d53-a25e-478b8fdde546 Barbie® Collector Honored at the Dieline Awards! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/barbie-collector-honored-dieline-awards Wed, 03 Jun 2015 06:00:00 GMT <div class="news-img"> <img alt="" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" height="360" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/5/15/85e00753-57c9-41ca-9f9d-144178487b87.Full.jpg?1" src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/5/15/85e00753-57c9-41ca-9f9d-144178487b87.Full.jpg?1" title="" width="640" /> <div> <p> Remember the <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/karl-lagerfeld-barbie-doll-bcp92" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Karl Lagerfeld Barbie®</a> from last year? It garnered worldwide attention, and continues to make waves – this time, of the award-winning variety!</p> <p> At this year’s Dieline Awards, the Barbie® Collector packaging team took 3rd place for the outstanding packaging design work on the Karl Lagerfeld Barbie® doll. Kambiz Betaharon, Michael Sawina, Anna Ziss-Patton, and Janet Tsuei collaborated on the prize-winning package, and we’re thrilled to see their work recognized in such a tremendous way.</p> <p> If you’re not familiar with the Dieline Awards, here’s the scoop in their words: “The Dieline's purpose is to define and promote the world's best package design, and provide a place where the package design community can review, critique and stay informed of the latest trends and projects being created in the field. Within two years of its inception, The Dieline became the most visited website on package design in the world, capturing a readership spanning millions across hundreds of countries.”</p> <p> You can see the award-winning design here, and as a special surprise, the team behind the design recorded this video thank you, with a peek into the creative process, too!</p> <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/It5iNtwsCdg" width="640"></iframe> <table border="0" width="640"> <tbody> <tr> <td>  </td> <td align="center">  </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> <p>  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:395bc53c-f48b-40c9-ad4f-4ea1cc606ae1 The Barbie Look Collection Brings a Splash of Color to New Metallic Styles! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/barbie-look-collection-brings-splash-of-color-new-metallic-styles Sun, 31 May 2015 06:00:00 GMT <div class="news-img"> <img alt="" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" height="360" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/13/11/3ddff846-102d-49b2-bbba-fda7074f8fda.Full.jpg?1" src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/13/11/3ddff846-102d-49b2-bbba-fda7074f8fda.Full.jpg?1" title="" width="640" /> <div> <p> <a href="/barbie-look-collection" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><u>The Barbie Look® Collection</u></a> made waves in 2015 with four metallic-themed styles – <a href="/city-shine-barbie-doll-bronze-dress-cfp40" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><u>Bronze</u></a>, <a href="/city-shine-barbie-doll-gold-dress-cfp36" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><u>Gold</u></a>, <a href="/city-shine-lace-dress-cfp38" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><u>Lace</u></a>, and <a href="/city-shine-barbie-doll-silver-dress-cfp35" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><u>Silver</u></a>. But that was just the beginning. Meet the new dolls making a colorful splash in the collection!</p> <p> Bill Greening has outdone himself with this new four-doll series, expanding the range of fashion ensembles Barbie® wears to shine in the spotlight at any event. They’re stylish, stunning, and unstoppable!</p> <p> Let’s introduce you to these new fashion-forward icons. <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/city-shine-barbie-doll-blue-dress-cjf49"><u>City Shine™ Blue Barbie® Doll</u></a> wears a cool turquoise metallic dress with a sweetheart neckline, and a large bow at her waist. <a href="/shop/city-shine-barbie-doll-purple-dress-cjf50" rel="nofollow"><u>City Shine™ Purple Barbie® Doll</u></a> is the one in the striking blue and fuchsia cocktail dress with the single-sleeve design. <a href="/shop/city-shine-barbie-doll-red-dress-cjf51" rel="nofollow"><u>City Shine™ Red Barbie® Doll </u></a>rocks a bright red metallic sleeveless blouse with slim black pants. And <a href="/shop/city-shine-barbie-doll-pink-dress-cjf52" rel="nofollow"><u>City Shine™ Pink Barbie® Doll</u></a> completes the series with a brilliant hot pink dress featuring an asymmetrical hem and oversized bow at her shoulder.</p> <p> There’s even more to love with these gorgeous new doll designs. Each of the dolls comes with a set of chic accessories, including jewelry, shoes, and clutches. Careful attention has been paid to their makeup, and you’ll see a variety of face sculpts and hairstyles, too. </p> <p> The 2013 and 2014 Barbie Look® dolls have all sold out on TheBarbieCollection.com, so don’t wait too long before picking up the 2015 metallic fashion dolls. <a href="/shop/barbie-look" rel="nofollow"><u>Go to the online shop right now to get them all for your collection!</u></a></p> </div> </div> <p>  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:fed873a7-62c4-42a3-bcf6-b4527255921b <em>Classic Evening Gown</em> Barbie® Doll Is the 2015 BFC™ Platinum Label® Doll! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/emclassic-evening-gownem-barbie-doll-2015-bfc-platinum-label-doll Tue, 19 May 2015 03:00:00 GMT <div class="news-img"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/11/12/7b553778-68f9-4491-9c7f-bef1517963fc.Full.jpg?1" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/11/12/7b553778-68f9-4491-9c7f-bef1517963fc.Full.jpg?1" alt="" title="" width="640" height="360" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" /><div> <p>Get ready for the first Platinum Label® doll sale of the year! Meet <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/classic-evening-gown-barbie-doll-cgt31" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><em>Classic Evening Gown</em> Barbie® Doll</a>, available in the online shop for active BFC™ members only on Thursday, May 21st at 9:00am PT. (Not a member? <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/2015-barbie-fan-club" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Join now</a>!)</p><p>The third doll in the Black and White Collection™ (after last year’s <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/laser-leatherette-dress-barbie-bcr07" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><em>Laser-Leatherette</em> Dress Barbie® Doll</a> and 2013’s <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/beaded-gown-barbie-doll-x8266" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><em>Beaded Gown</em> Barbie® Doll</a>), celebrates the history and the future of Barbie® doll, with stunning dresses inspired by her monochromatic introduction to the world in a black and white zebra-striped bathing suit!</p><p><a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/classic-evening-gown-barbie-doll-cgt31" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><em>Classic Evening Gown</em> Barbie® Doll</a>, designed by Linda Kyaw, is an elegant addition to this annual collection celebrating the heights of Barbie style. Exclusively for the members of the Barbie™ Fan Club, the opportunity to buy her begins <strong>Thursday, May 21 at 9:00am PT, only in the online shop</strong>.* No more than 1,000 of these dolls will be available for purchase.</p><p><em>Classic Evening Gown</em> Barbie® wears a form-fitting, white satin gown with a bold mermaid silhouette. Her black tulle overdress is embellished with a lace appliqué and crystals. The silvery earrings and bracelet complete a glamorous look beyond compare!</p><p>Be logged into your BFC account well before 9:00am PT, then <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/classic-evening-gown-barbie-doll-cgt31" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">click into the shop</a> for your exclusive opportunity to bring home this enchanting doll. Platinum Label® dolls tend to sell out in an hour or less, so mark your calendar and be ready when the time comes!</p><p style="font-size:11px;">*The opportunity to purchase <em>Classic Evening Gown</em> Barbie® Doll begins 5/21/15 at 9:00am PT for $85.00 (plus tax, S&P), for active BFC™ members only, in the online shop. Limit one (1) doll per member while supplies last. No more than 1,000 of these dolls will be available for purchase, and only offered to members of the active Barbie™ Fan Club.</p></div></div> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:cb8a64fc-e2dd-410c-bf8a-660f68cc70c9 The 2015 Career of the Year Doll Is the Barbie® Film Director Doll! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/2015-career-of-year-doll-barbie-film-director-doll Mon, 04 May 2015 03:00:00 GMT <div class="news-img"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/9/1/59382114-a0f8-4a93-a1da-1d31541f87ed.Full.jpg?1" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/9/1/59382114-a0f8-4a93-a1da-1d31541f87ed.Full.jpg?1" alt="" title="" width="640" height="360" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" /><div> <p>Introducing Barbie® doll’s latest career! The unstoppable fashion icon has taken on more than 150 careers since her debut in 1959. And for 2015, it’s time to say “Lights, Camera, Action!” for <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/barbie-film-director-ccp42" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Barbie® Career of the Year Film Director Doll</a>.</p><p>Barbie doll has always been an inspiration to girls to follow their dreams, and went to places few women had been before, to show girls that <em>anything</em> is possible. Like the astronaut doll in the 60s, the CEO doll in the 80s, and the presidential candidate doll in the 90s, Barbie® Film Director Doll gives girls the opportunity to imagine and envision themselves in this career.</p><p>Film Director Barbie® is ready to get behind the camera in an outfit that is both functional and fashionable. Jeans and a pink top are easy to move in, while a patterned scarf adds the perfect artsy touch. And with her new articulated ankle, this professional can go from running-around-the-set flats to movie-premiere heels! She comes with adorable black flat shoes and hip heeled boots to make sure she’s ready for any occasion. A viewfinder and utility belt make for picture-perfect accessories, while her sunglasses are a necessity when she’s on set outdoors.</p><p>This decade has seen Barbie tackle a set of terrific, awe-inspiring careers, including Entrepreneur Barbie® in 2014, Mars Explorer Barbie® in 2013, and Architect Barbie® in 2011. Film Director Barbie® continues a tradition of showing girls that the power to achieve their dreams is within their reach. All it takes is imagination, determination, and a role model to help you believe!</p></div></div> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:55a4c032-109e-4267-b077-7d0cf9998774 Birthday Wishes® Barbie® Celebrates Another Special Year! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/birthday-wishes-barbie-celebrates-another-special-year Fri, 01 May 2015 03:00:00 GMT <div class="news-img"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/10/15/aad3462a-7ff6-4904-aff1-a41098c6977c.Full.jpg?1" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/10/15/aad3462a-7ff6-4904-aff1-a41098c6977c.Full.jpg?1" alt="" title="" width="640" height="360" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" /><div> <p>The <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/collection/2015-birthday-wishes-collection" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">2015 Birthday Wishes® Barbie® Dolls</a> are here! And for the first time, this annual collection features a Hispanic doll in addition to the Caucasian and African-American dolls. </p><p>This is the third year for the Birthday Wishes® collection, which started as a beautiful way to share Barbie® with the special girls in your life, as they celebrate the start of a new year of excitement, growth, challenges, and opportunities to “Be Super” in everything they do!</p><p>Linda Kyaw was chosen to design the doll, and she delivered a dress that any girl would dream of wearing. For the facial sculpts, she chose the Goddess sculpt for the <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/birthday-wishes-barbie-doll-african-american-chf93" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">African-American Birthday Wishes® Barbie®</a>, Aphrodite for the <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/birthday-wishes-barbie-doll-hispanic-cjy58" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Hispanic Birthday Wishes® Barbie®</a>, and the CEO sculpt for the <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/birthday-wishes-barbie-doll-cfg03" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Caucasian Birthday Wishes® Barbie®</a>.</p><p>All the 2015 Birthday Wishes® Barbie® Dolls wear a lovely pink strapless gown with a lace bodice and overskirt, cinched at the waist with a pretty white bow. Each doll also has the perfect pair of earrings and shoes to go with her gown, and a doll stand for her to easily grace a doll shelf or nightstand.</p><p>Continue a touching tradition – or start a new one! – by sending Birthday Wishes® Barbie to the young Barbie® fan in your life. You can find them all at <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/browse/whats_new" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">TheBarbieCollection.com™ online shop</a>!</p></div></div> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:2ce9d6bd-d303-46e5-b9b8-9398a9cbf952 Go Back to Where It All Began for Barbie® With the Willows, WI™ Collection! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/back-began-barbie-willows-wi-collection Wed, 29 Apr 2015 03:00:00 GMT <div class="news-img"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/2/4/1251e562-cbbc-432a-b4a8-f4cc60f1e8cc.Full.jpg?1" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/2/4/1251e562-cbbc-432a-b4a8-f4cc60f1e8cc.Full.jpg?1" alt="" title="" width="640" height="360" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" /><div> <p>By <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/content/bloggers" rel="nofollow">Allen Voivod</a></p><p>You’ve met <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/cherry-pie-picnic-barbie-doll-cgt29" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Cherry Pie Picnic™ Barbie® doll</a>, and she’s as sweet as can be! She’s also the first of the dolls in the new <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/collection/willows-wi-collection" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Willows, WI™ Collection</a> – a collection with a touching story to tell.</p><p>You see, Barbie® wasn’t always the trend-setting global icon we know today. Once upon a time, she was a girl just like any other, growing up in a small town in middle America. Before there was a Dreamhouse®, there was a much simpler home. Before the glamorous clubs, there were the high school dances and sock hops. Before the red carpet premieres, there was a family car at the local drive-in.</p><p>The Willows, WI™ Collection sets out to capture that idyllic picture of generations ago – one that’s never far away from our memories, that inspire us to focus on the things in life that matter the most. It’s the era in which Barbie® grew up, where she learned the values that kept her grounded even as her star continued to rise.</p><p>Cherry Pie Picnic™ Barbie® sets the tone for the collection. She’s not a vintage reproduction, but she’s definitely inspired by vintage dolls. You’ll discover fresh takes on classic 1950s fashion themes, and some of the most highly detailed accessories ever offered by The Barbie™ Collection.</p><p>Start your Willows, WI™ Collection with <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/cherry-pie-picnic-barbie-doll-cgt29" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Cherry Pie Picnic™ Barbie®</a>, and watch for more heartstring-tugging dolls to come!</p><p><em>Want to see more? <u><a href="http://s7d2.scene7.com/s7viewers/html5/eCatalogViewer.html?emailurl=http://s7d2.scene7.com/s7/emailFriend&serverUrl=http://s7d2.scene7.com/is/image/&config=Scene7SharedAssets/Universal_HTML5_eCatalog&contenturl=http://s7d2.scene7.com/skins/&asset=Mattel/WillowsWI" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Check out Barbie</a><a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/cherry-pie-picnic-barbie-doll-cgt29" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">®</a><a href="http://s7d2.scene7.com/s7viewers/html5/eCatalogViewer.html?emailurl=http://s7d2.scene7.com/s7/emailFriend&serverUrl=http://s7d2.scene7.com/is/image/&config=Scene7SharedAssets/Universal_HTML5_eCatalog&contenturl=http://s7d2.scene7.com/skins/&asset=Mattel/WillowsWI" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> doll's Willows, WI photo album now</a></u>!</em></p><hr width="95%" /><p><em>Allen Voivod serves Barbie® enthusiasts around the world as Managing Editor for The Barbie Collection News, and Community Manager for @BarbieCollector on Twitter. Part of the BC team since 2003, Allen is also co-owner of Epiphanies, Inc., where he thrives as a biz storyteller, social media speaker, and event leader with his wife Lani, a former content strategist for Barbie.com. A love of Barbie runs in the family! </em></p></div></div> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:76aea911-87e0-494c-9d2b-04fcbe478852 The @BarbieStyle Instagram Team Stars in the Latest BFC™ Designer Video http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/barbiestyle-instagram-team-stars-latest-bfc-designer-video Thu, 09 Apr 2015 06:00:00 GMT <div class="news-img"> <img alt="" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" height="360" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/15/2/5fe2e879-31e8-49de-a218-373d7c05d808.Full.jpg?1" src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/15/2/5fe2e879-31e8-49de-a218-373d7c05d808.Full.jpg?1" title="" width="640" /> <div> <p> Are you following <a href="https://instagram.com/barbiestyle/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@BarbieStyle on Instagram</a>? If not, you’re missing out on some one-of-a-kind Barbie® fashions and fabulous pics of the ultimate fashion icon from around the world!</p> <p> In this exclusive video for members of the Barbie<sup>SM</sup> Fan Club, Barbie® Designer Linda Kyaw and Art Director Zlatan Zukanovic share behind-the-scenes details about the fashions and the photo shoots that have made the account so popular!</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <object data="http://www.youtube.com/v/9Dx1Y6v0xao" height="350" id="ltVideoYouTube" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/9Dx1Y6v0xao" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="450"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/9Dx1Y6v0xao" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="flashvars" value="playerMode=embedded" /></object></p> <table border="0" width="560"> <tbody> <tr> <td>  </td> <td align="center">  </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>  </p> <p> Can’t see the videos above? <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Dx1Y6v0xao&feature=youtu.be" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to watch it right on YouTube! </a></p> <p> Watch for a cameo by Robert Best, where he drops a teaser about the Barbie® outfits seen on Instagram that you can’t get anywhere … yet …</p> </div> </div> <p>  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:4a22c604-e158-40d0-890c-3bf036b80456 23 Bold New Looks for the Barbie® Fashionistas® Collection in 2015! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/23-bold-new-looks-barbie-fashionistas-collection-2015 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 06:00:00 GMT <div class="news-img"> <img alt="" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" height="360" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/8/6/c8d21a18-288a-4d47-b62e-36505cf126b0.Full.jpg?1" src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/8/6/c8d21a18-288a-4d47-b62e-36505cf126b0.Full.jpg?1" title="" width="640" /> <div> <p> The Spring 2015 <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/collection/barbie-fashionistas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barbie® Fashionistas®</a> Collection has arrived! Finding your style has never been easier or more fabulous than this. And you won’t believe how many unique looks you’ll find in the new set of fashion-forward dolls.</p> <p> There will be 23 Barbie® Fashionistas dolls in the 2015 collection, each with her own hair color. And that’s just the beginning! The collection includes Barbie fashion dolls with:</p> <ul> <li> 14 facial sculpts</li> <li> 8 skin tones</li> <li> 18 eye colors</li> <li> 22 hair styles</li> </ul> <p> <br /> The first wave of Barbie Fashionistas has already hit <a href="/shop/for-girls" rel="nofollow">TheBarbieCollection.com online shop</a>, and this will be one of very few places you’ll be able to collect all 23 of the 2015 dolls.</p> <p> New to Fashionistas collecting? Unlike the haute couture of the Barbie® Fashion Model Collection, Barbie Fashionistas styles are based on the trendiest looks that young women see around them in the world today. It’s authentic, personal, and allows you to imagine and create the perfect style – whatever that looks like to you!</p> <p> The first nine Barbie Fashionistas in the online shop wear tops and skirts you can mix and match between dolls, and each doll comes with her own handbag or clutch, and, of course, a devastatingly fabulous pair of shoes! You’ve gotta see them for yourself – click over to the <a href="/shop/for-girls" rel="nofollow">Barbie Fashoinistas shelf</a> in the online shop, and find your style!</p> </div> </div> <p>  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:fefd8f0a-8109-46d6-bde7-b073de401b08 Cherry Pie Picnic™ Barbie® Takes You Home to Willows, Wisconsin! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/cherry-pie-picnic-barbie-takes-home-willows-wisconsin Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:00:00 GMT <div class="news-img"> <img alt="" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" height="360" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/6/10/26fed3e7-3775-4146-8ae6-53e87b0c3cf4.Full.jpg?1" src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/6/10/26fed3e7-3775-4146-8ae6-53e87b0c3cf4.Full.jpg?1" title="" width="640" /> <div> <p> Of the many fabulous things you can say Barbie® doll, one you might not think of right away is that she always remembers where she came from. Beginning this month, you get to discover her history through the <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/EndecaSearchFromProductDisplayView?collProfCurrentPage=-1&parameterID=4294966913&galleryGarageCollItemsPage=12&collProfItemsPage=12&galleryGarageSortBy=1&catalogId=10551&sortBy=1&galleryGarageItemsPage=12&blogPostSortBy=1&collProfSortBy=1&galleryGarageCollSortBy=1&storeId=10154&galleryGarageProductIndex=0&criteria=willows&productIndex=0&ntk=productSearch&productTab=Y&blogPostCurrentPage=0&currentPage=0&galleryGarageCollProductIndex=0&langId=-1&inDimSearch=0&blogPostItemsPage=12&itemsPage=12&urlLangId=-1&urlRequestType=Base">Willows, WI™ Collection</a>!</p> <p> The collection kicks off with Cherry Pie Picnic™ Barbie® Doll, a new Gold Label® doll that evokes the innocence and charm of small town life. Her outfit and accessories call to mind endless open blue skies, lush green spaces, and friendly faces gathering for home-cooked food, laughter, stories, and joy in being together on a beautiful spring day.</p> <p> Sure, Barbie® now lives a jet-setting, globetrotting life when she’s not soaking up the Malibu sun, but her roots are in Willows, Wisconsin, and she’s always welcome in the town she once called “home” with the rest of the Roberts family.</p> <p> Cherry Pie Picnic™ Barbie® Doll wears a perfect girl-next-door ensemble. She pairs a cherry-print, puff-sleeved blouse with rolled-up dungarees, accessorized with a bright red belt and red mules to match. Red hair ribbons decorate her perky pigtails for a sweet touch. She even comes with a miniature picnic set, including a cherry “pie”!</p> <p> Start your Willows, WI™ Collection today by making a date with Cherry Pie Picnic™ Barbie® at the online shop. BFC™ members, you can take $20 off your purchase (excluding S&P and any applicable tax) with your current shop reward!* Not a member of the Barbie<sup>SM</sup> Fan Club? <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/bfc-membership">Join now!</a>**</p> <p style="font-size:11px;"> *$20 quarterly shop reward expires 3/31/15 at 11:59pm CT. The shop reward appears in your shopping cart when you log into your BFC™ account and add a qualifying purchase to your cart. Your purchase must total a minimum of $20, excluding any applicable sales tax and shipping and processing, and after any other applicable discount or coupon has been applied. Club shop rewards cannot be used for BFC™ membership fees, Gift Cards, and gift-wrapping. Not valid on previous purchases. If you’ve already used your reward, please disregard this reminder.</p> <p style="font-size:11px;"> **<strong>Newly applying members, please note</strong>: You must agree to both the BarbieCollector.com<sup>sm</sup> Member Service Agreement and the Barbie<sup>sm</sup> Fan Club Membership Agreement by typing “I ACCEPT” before you can purchase a membership.</p> </div> </div> <p>  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:3124bad7-0306-42fa-9ac7-9650ebd0c2a4 The 2015 Barbie℠ Fan Club Is Off to a Fabulous Start – <em>Join the Fun!</em> http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/2015-barbie-fan-club-off-fabulous-start-emjoin-funem Mon, 02 Mar 2015 04:00:00 GMT <div class="news-img"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/0/6/60beb7ea-8d2f-4038-86c6-54cabf99701e.Full.jpg?1" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/0/6/60beb7ea-8d2f-4038-86c6-54cabf99701e.Full.jpg?1" alt="" title="" width="640" height="360" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" /><div> <p>It’s full steam ahead for the <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/2015-barbie-fan-club" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">2015 Barbie<sup>SM</sup> Fan Club</a>! The elite community for Barbie® collectors and fans is welcoming back long-time members even as it celebrates new members joining for the fashion, friendship and fun.</p><p>In case you haven’t joined the Club yet, there’s still a lot of time left in 2015 to enjoy the perks of the premier Barbie doll collecting club. Here’s what you’re missing out on right now.</p><p><em><strong>Up to $80 in shop rewards</strong></em></p><p>It’s one of the most valuable perks of membership! But the first quarterly $20 reward must be used by March 31st, so time is of the essence.*</p><p><strong><em>Shamrock Celebration™ Barbie® Doll</em></strong></p><p>Meet “Barbara O’Roberts”! Barbie gets into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit with a festive Irish-themed dress and accessories. This doll is only available to BFC™ members, and previous Holiday Hostess® dolls in the collection have sold out in the shop. She’s reason enough to join the Club, especially if you like redheads!</p><p><em><strong>Behind the scenes designer video</strong></em></p><p>In the BFC™ quarterly Designer Video, Carlyle Nuera shows off the incredible attention to detail he brought to his first doll for The Barbie™ Collection, <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/mutya-barbie-doll-cgt76" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Global Glamour™ Mutya™ Barbie® Doll</a>. You’ll also get to see her hair being rooted and her face being painted, plus a couple blast-from-the-past dolls make a cameo appearance, too!</p><p><strong><em>The new-look catalog, and special offers only for Club members </em></strong></p><p>The Spring 2015 Barbie Collection catalog debuted with a whole new style, inside and out. Barbie Fan Club members got to see the new look before the rest of the world did! Club members have also been enjoying the start of special offers exclusively for them, timed with the catalog releases.</p><p><em><strong>Much more to come! </strong></em></p><p>More new exclusive video releases, more Club-exclusive dolls, more Barbie Collection shop rewards…it’s already been an exciting year, and the best is yet to come!</p><p style="font-size:11px;">*$20 quarterly shop reward expires 3/31/15 at 11:59pm CT. The shop reward appears in your shopping cart when you log into your BFC™ account and add a qualifying purchase to your cart. Your purchase must total a minimum of $20, excluding any applicable sales tax and shipping and processing, and after any other applicable discount or coupon has been applied. Club shop rewards cannot be used for BFC™ membership fees, Gift Cards, and gift-wrapping. Not valid on previous purchases. If you’ve already used your reward, please disregard this reminder.</p></div></div> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:1c694daf-5859-48dc-88ae-1e7cf5b6ba7d All About “The Barbie™ Collection”! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/barbie-collection Wed, 25 Feb 2015 04:00:00 GMT <div class="news-img"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/6/14/36da9263-23c9-48ad-8e47-7fa294b8b11d.Full.jpg?1" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/6/14/36da9263-23c9-48ad-8e47-7fa294b8b11d.Full.jpg?1" alt="" title="" width="640" height="360" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" /><div> <p>By <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/content/bloggers" rel="nofollow">Allen Voivod</a></p><p>There’s an exciting change happening behind the scenes, and you’ve been getting glimpses of it in catalogs and emails for a while now. Barbie® Collector is now “The Barbie™ Collection”! The Barbie Collection team revealed more about this stylistic evolution during a spirited Q&A session.</p><p><em><strong>We've seen "The Barbie Collection" used as the name of the catalog for the last two years. Why did it change from "Barbie Collector"?</strong></em><br /> The Barbie Collection encompasses a love for all things Barbie! Collecting remains a big part of the Barbie brand. We have also found a strong interest for special Barbie purchases, whether it be passing down memories with our <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/browse/term/15" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">special occasion dolls</a> or finding that perfect gift in our <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/browse/style_for_you" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">lifestyle products</a> section. Through The Barbie Collection mail catalog and online shop, we have something for every Barbie fan.</p><p><em><strong>Will "The Barbie Collection" replace "Barbie Collector" everywhere else?</strong></em><br /> No, many Barbie Collector dolls can still be found through other retailers. The Barbie Collection aims to give you a unique retail experience through <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/browse/exclusives" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">exclusive products</a> and content. We are the premier shop for beautiful dolls and goodies not found anywhere else!</p><p><em><strong>What new and fabulous things can we expect from The Barbie Collection?</strong></em><br /> We are committed to bringing you the latest Barbie brand news. Check back often for more <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/news" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">feature stories</a>, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/BFCSpotlight" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">videos</a> and, of course, <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/browse/whats_new" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">fabulous dolls</a>. You will also see a new catalog look and feel this Spring with even more behind-the-scenes info. If you don’t receive our catalogs, <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/orderform" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">click here to request one</a>!</p><p><em><strong>Is anything from the Barbie Collector world changing or going away?</strong></em><br /> Barbie Collector is still about <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/collectors" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">community</a>. Through The Barbie Collection, we provide you with the tools and forums to build and share your collections with Barbie fans just like you.</p><p><em><strong>How will this affect Barbie<strong><em><sup>SM</sup></em></strong> Fan Club members?</strong></em><br /> The Barbie Collection is proud to be the home of the <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/2015-barbie-fan-club" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Barbie Fan Club</a>! We have not made any changes to the BFC™ in 2015. We are open to any feedback you may have on improving the Barbie Fan Club in the future. Comment below!</p><hr width="95%" /><p><em>Allen Voivod serves Barbie® enthusiasts around the world as Managing Editor for The Barbie Collection News, and Community Manager for @BarbieCollector on Twitter. Part of the BC team since 2003, Allen is also co-owner of Epiphanies, Inc., where he thrives as a biz storyteller, social media speaker, and event leader with his wife Lani, a former content strategist for Barbie.com. A love of Barbie runs in the family! </em></p></div></div> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:62bfa616-2a11-48cf-b47f-0d49cb4c463d By Invitation Only: The Debut of the 2015 Barbie® Fashion Model Collection! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/invitation-only-debut-of-2015-barbie-fashion-model-collection Thu, 19 Feb 2015 07:00:00 GMT <div class="news-img"> <p> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/10/6/fa833628-406a-4ee7-a6f0-0d0a637ef4cf.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/10/6/fa833628-406a-4ee7-a6f0-0d0a637ef4cf.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> At a private event, inside the atelier where remarkable couture is designed for the world’s most famous fashion icon, some familiar faces get to witness the debut of the <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/collection/2015-silkstone-dolls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 Barbie® Fashion Model Collection!</a></p> <p> In this gorgeous video, you’ll get to see the full 2015 BFMC® line in their private runway show, including <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/lavender-luxe-barbie-doll-cgt28">Lavender Luxe™ Barbie® Doll</a>, <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/fashionably-floral-barbie-doll-cgk91">Fashionably Floral™ Barbie® Doll</a>, Blush Beauty™ Barbie® Doll,<a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/little-red-dress-barbie-doll-cgt26"> Little Red Dress™ Barbie® Doll</a>, and <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/boucle-beauty-barbie-doll-cgt25">Beauty Boucle™ Barbie® Doll</a>. Watch now!<br />  </p> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/lQxC7Y8kAm4" width="640"></iframe></div> <p>  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:36dc73ed-4a49-4b1e-8a0a-b03733771ec5 A Fresh New Look for the Spring Barbie Catalog! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/fresh-new-look-spring-barbie-catalog Thu, 19 Feb 2015 04:00:00 GMT <div class="news-img"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/5/6/55b468ca-9832-4f41-a61e-d837e5c064fe.Full.jpg?1" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/5/6/55b468ca-9832-4f41-a61e-d837e5c064fe.Full.jpg?1" alt="" title="" width="640" height="360" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" /><div> <p>Spring means new beginnings and this issue marks the debut of our new catalog design! </p><p>With a fresh look and exciting content, get ready to celebrate everything Barbie®. You’ll find new dolls, current Barbie™ news and designer profiles. Plus look for special feature articles covering the past, present and future of Barbie®. <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/catalog" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Read on</a> and enjoy!</p></div></div> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:906d19a7-1ede-4d2a-a70f-8bb082a6395d Flashback! Dream Date Barbie and Golden Dream Barbie Vintage Commercials http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/flashback-dream-date-barbie-golden-dream-barbie-vintage-commercials Wed, 18 Feb 2015 07:00:00 GMT <div class="news-img"> <p>  </p> <p> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/12/9/5c0cddf6-fcb3-4d43-a95b-311edadda0b9.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/12/9/5c0cddf6-fcb3-4d43-a95b-311edadda0b9.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <div> <p> Watch Dream Date™ Barbie® doll get ready for her big night out with Dream Date™ Ken, and see how Golden Dream™ Barbie® styles her hair for the big party in vintage Barbie commercials!</p> <p> Newly released from the video vault, these two commercials feature collector favorites from the 1980s in all their glamorous glory. Watch now!</p> <p style="text-align:center;">  </p> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/qj15-bHGfTk" width="640"></iframe> <p> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/cUfis-xafCw" width="640"></iframe></p> <p> <span style="text-align:-webkit-center;">Can’t see the videos above? Watch </span><u style="text-align:-webkit-center;"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUfis-xafCw" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dream Date</a></u><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUfis-xafCw" rel="nofollow" style="text-align:-webkit-center;" target="_blank">™ </a><u style="text-align:-webkit-center;"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUfis-xafCw" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barbie</a></u><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUfis-xafCw" rel="nofollow" style="text-align:-webkit-center;" target="_blank">®</a><span style="text-align:-webkit-center;"> and </span><u style="text-align:-webkit-center;"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qj15-bHGfTk" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Golden Dream</a></u><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qj15-bHGfTk" rel="nofollow" style="text-align:-webkit-center;" target="_blank">™ </a><u style="text-align:-webkit-center;"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qj15-bHGfTk" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barbie</a></u><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qj15-bHGfTk" rel="nofollow" style="text-align:-webkit-center;" target="_blank">®</a><span style="text-align:-webkit-center;"> commercials on YouTube!</span></p> </div> </div> <p>  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:d5038fc1-3873-4a6c-b91f-3028c1c835c9 Carlyle Nuera Stars in the New BFC™ Designer Video! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/carlyle-nuera-stars-new-bfc-designer-video Thu, 12 Feb 2015 07:00:00 GMT <p> <img alt="" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" height="360" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/10/9/6a335eb2-92de-49ee-9908-6b518f8162a6.Full.jpg?1" src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/10/9/6a335eb2-92de-49ee-9908-6b518f8162a6.Full.jpg?1" title="" width="640" /></p> <p> The Barbie™ Collection’s newest designer, Carlyle Nuera, takes you behind the scenes to see the creation of Global Glamour™ Mutya™ Barbie® Doll!</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/gQqo2JluuW8" width="560"></iframe></p> <p> Can't see the embedded video? <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQqo2JluuW8" rel="nofollow">Watch it on YouTube</a>!</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:f003b743-97db-4b8f-95ed-7ddc9345031e Global Glamour™ from the Philippines – Mutya™ Barbie®! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/global-glamour-philippines-mutya-barbie Mon, 02 Feb 2015 04:00:00 GMT <div class="news-img"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/6/5/a67a5d8b-7be8-4659-85f3-ffdd080470bf.Full.jpg?1" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/6/5/a67a5d8b-7be8-4659-85f3-ffdd080470bf.Full.jpg?1" alt="" title="" width="640" height="360" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" /><div> <p><a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/collection/global-glamour-collection" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The Global Glamour™ Collection</a> welcomes a two new and fabulous faces this month! We’re thrilled to introduce you to <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/mutya-barbie-doll-cgt76" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Mutya™ Barbie® Doll</a>, who also heralds the arrival of a new designer to The Barbie™ Collection – Carlyle Nuera.</p><p>Mutya™ Barbie® may be Carlyle’s debut doll for The Barbie™ Collection, but you’ve likely seen his creations before. Carlyle has designed dolls for the Fashionistas® and So In Style® lines, as well as stunning OOAKs like Barbie® Loves Adam Lambert and Haute Hiver Barbie®!</p><p>He’s also designed fashion packs, especially for Ken® doll, for whom he has a special fondness. He knows exactly when his love for dolls began – when he received Sun Sensation™ Ken® for Christmas in 1991! From that day onward, Carlyle pursued his doll design dreams. Nearly 20 years later, he reached a high point when Mattel hired him to design dolls and fashions in 2010.</p><p>For <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/mutya-barbie-doll-cgt76" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Mutya™ Barbie®</a>, Carlyle was determined to make a memorable splash into the world of The Barbie™ Collection. In Carlyle’s own words:</p><p><em>"Mutya" means pearl or beauty or muse; it's a girl’s name, and is also used in the titles of beauty pageants in the Philippines. Mutya™ Barbie® will have the Kira face sculpt; I know a lot of collectors have a lot of love and nostalgia for that face sculpt, as do I, since that was a face sculpt I grew up with! </em></p><p><em>“Her organza overdress is a take on the terno, with the unmistakeable butterfly sleeves. The organza's print references textiles of the different tribes in the Philippines, as well as the sun from the flag. The embroidery on the hem is inspired by the sampaguita, a jasmine flower that is the national flower of the Philippines." </em></p><p>Carlyle accessorized his first Global Glamour™ doll with golden-tone earrings, necklace, and bracelet, and added a golden lace fabric fan for a final exotic touch.</p><p>You’ll find <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/mutya-barbie-doll-cgt76" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Mutya™ Barbie® Doll</a> in the online shop right now, an elegant and marvelous new face in the Global Glamour™ Collection! And as gorgeous as she is, she’ll look even better when she joins the stunning <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/tribal-beauty-barbie-doll-x8262" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Tribal Beauty™ Barbie®</a> and <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/venetian-muse-barbie-doll-bcr03" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Venetian Muse™ Barbie®</a> dolls in your own collection.</p></div></div> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:bdd88f44-ad83-4455-8d31-4728e3dcf547 Shamrock Celebration™ Barbie®: A 2015 BFC™-Exclusive! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/shamrock-celebration-barbie-2015-bfc-exclusive Sun, 25 Jan 2015 07:00:00 GMT <div class="news-img"> <img alt="" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" height="360" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/15/2/af1b035e-f220-4128-92f4-cb06c02c2ea3.Full.jpg?1" src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/15/2/af1b035e-f220-4128-92f4-cb06c02c2ea3.Full.jpg?1" title="" width="640" /> <div> <p> The first 2015 BFC™-exclusive doll is here - <a href="/shamrock-celebration-barbie-doll-cgk93" rel="nofollow">Shamrock Celebration™ Barbie®</a>! Read on for the full story (for Barbie<sup>SM</sup> Fan Club Members only).</p> <p> <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/CategoryDisplay?catalogId=10551&categoryId=60764&urlRequestType=Base&pageView=grid&urlLangId=-1&beginIndex=0&langId=-1&top_category=&storeId=10154&itemsPage=12">The Holiday Hostess® Collection</a> has developed into a vintage-inspired treasure trove over the past few years, with all the dolls made available exclusively to the Barbie<sup>SM</sup> Fan Club. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Yuletide, New Year’s, and Valentine’s Day have all been celebrated. As Bill Greening hinted in his BFC™-exclusive Designer Video last year, the 2015 Holiday Hostess® is an Irish beauty!</p> <p> Say “top o’ the mornin’!” to <a href="/shamrock-celebration-barbie-doll-cgk93" rel="nofollow">Shamrock Celebration™ Barbie® Doll</a>, the sixth doll in the Holiday Hostess Collection. And Barbie Fan Club members get to order two of this playful party lass!</p> <p> <strong>Your opportunity to bring home the Shamrock Celebration™ Barbie® Doll begins Wednesday, January 28, at 9:00am PT</strong>, <strong>for $75 in the <a href="/shamrock-celebration-barbie-doll-cgk93" rel="nofollow">online shop</a></strong>.* No more than 5,500 dolls will be available for purchase. And because members can buy two dolls each, you won’t want to wait very long if you want to own her!</p> <p> The red-haired, green-eyed hostess has chosen a festive green and white plaid dress for her St. Patty’s Day party - decorated with shamrocks, of course! Green satin ribbon and white lace accentuate the design. On the playful side, she wears her crisp white apron, emblazoned with the phrase “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” and a sassy top hat featuring a green shamrock. She even comes with her own pot of "gold" and miniature greeting card!</p> <p> Log into your BFC account and <a href="/shamrock-celebration-barbie-doll-cgk93" rel="nofollow">click into the shop</a> on 1/28 at 9:00am PT for your exclusive opportunity to own one – or two! – of this lucky lady.</p> <p style="font-size:11px;"> *The opportunity to purchase Shamrock Celebration™ Barbie® Doll begins 1/28/15 at 9:00am PT for $75.00, for active BFC™ members only, in the online shop. Limit two (2) dolls per member while supplies last. No more than 5,500 of these dolls will be available for purchase, and only offered to members of the active Barbie<sup>SM</sup> Fan Club.</p> </div> </div> <p>  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:73dcea01-d4ca-4872-b34a-b771c0447c13 Make a Wish With Barbie®! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/wish-barbie Thu, 22 Jan 2015 04:00:00 GMT <div class="news-img"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/11/11/ebd8c065-8bec-4aa9-bbb2-8c7f2ee96d57.Full.jpg?1" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/11/11/ebd8c065-8bec-4aa9-bbb2-8c7f2ee96d57.Full.jpg?1" alt="" title="" width="640" height="360" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" /><div> <p>By <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/content/bloggers" rel="nofollow">Matt Stevens</a></p><p>I believe birthdays should always include quality time spent with loved ones — and heartfelt wishes made over blown-out candles. Nobody understands this better than Barbie®!</p><p>Recently, my entire family gathered at my father’s favorite restaurant to celebrate his milestone birthday, and at the table next to us, another family was commemorating their young daughter’s special day. Adorably dressed for her festive get-together, the girl excitedly opened several colorful packages, including a <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/birthday-wishes-barbie-doll-cfg03" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Birthday Wishes® Barbie® Doll</a>. I could tell from her expression that Barbie® was her favorite gift!</p><p>Who wouldn’t be thrilled to receive this party-ready beauty? Wearing a strapless pink gown with a full overlay of lace and a big white bow at the waist, <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/birthday-wishes-barbie-doll-cfg03" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Birthday Wishes® Barbie® Doll</a> arrives to share in the joy of the occasion — and brings best wishes for a year filled with friendship, love, and sweet surprises.</p><p><a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/ballet-wishes-barbie-doll-cgk90" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Ballet Wishes® Barbie® Doll</a> also makes a great gift for birthdays and other happy events. She’ll dance her way into your heart with her lavender tulle tutu and white scallop-designed bodice. The exquisite details — from the intricate cutouts to the matching slippers and ribbon accents — ensure this prima ballerina takes center stage in any collection.</p><p>Barbie® doll has been the perfect present since 1959, and now we can celebrate <em>her</em> birthday (March 9) with a faithful reproduction of “the doll that started it all.” <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/black-white-bathing-suit-barbie-doll-cfg04" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><em>Black & White Bathing Suit</em> Barbie® Doll</a> captures the original’s stunning beauty and trademark sideways glance. She sports her iconic zebra-stripe bathing suit, golden hoop earrings, and black open-toe heels, and then tops off her teen model look with a chic ponytail and glam cat-eye sunglasses.</p><p>You don’t have to wait for your own birthday to treat yourself to these gorgeous dolls. Just make a wish…and a few online clicks!</p><p><em>Have a favorite birthday memory or keepsake doll? Please share below.</em></p><hr width="95%" /><p><em>Matt Stevens is a twice-published author and sold screenwriter who specializes in movies and pop culture. A former producer for E! Entertainment Television, he now writes about film for their website, E! Online, and contributes to numerous new-media outlets. Since his first games-writing gig for Barbie.com, Matt has been tickled pink to work on BarbieGirls.com and MyScene.com before joining the BC blogger team. </em></p></div></div> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:51ac66e0-0934-4e9d-a561-ff27fde4ff34 Guardian Angel: Lady of the White Woods™ Barbie® Doll http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/guardian-angel-lady-of-white-woods-barbie-doll Wed, 14 Jan 2015 07:00:00 GMT <div class="news-img"> <p> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/0/9/30c0d577-1e1b-479d-a9e6-77a0b41dcec5.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/0/9/30c0d577-1e1b-479d-a9e6-77a0b41dcec5.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <div> <p> By <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/content/bloggers" rel="nofollow">Chris Varaste</a></p> <p> An ethereal guardian, <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/lady-white-woods-barbie-doll-cgk94" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lady of the White Woods<sup>™</sup> Barbie<sup>®</sup> Doll</a> is a key figure in the mystery of the <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/content/faraway-forest-map" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Faraway Forest<sup>™</sup></a>. I’ve already conjured a dozen scenarios for this romantic figure who watches over the silent yet beckoning woodlands…</p> <p> Her rustic costume suggests she rules the northeast region with caution — which might mean this serene beauty has a powerful adversary right next door in the Dark Forest<sup>™</sup>!</p> <p> In keeping with her namesake, the Lady's crown is crafted in a pattern suggesting the glazed bark of white birch. Her feathered neckpiece and armlets evoke the snowy owl and its watchful, patient nature. Her diaphanous gown, evocative of the natural elements around her, is coiled with shimmering strands in a striking branchlike design. As a gentle contrast to her armored accents, her skirt is enveloped in luminous white layers that reflect the rays of light filtering into the forest.</p> <p> The Lady's appearance has a disarming effect — almost as if you've spotted a unicorn — blink and you might think you're dreaming! In a vibrant ensemble that appears to swirl like cirrus clouds on a windy day, the Lady of the White Woods is a defiant force to be reckoned with. She is also a significant piece to a puzzle, and sheds light on her domain in the forest map provided by 2014’s <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/faraway-forest-elf-barbie-doll-bcr05" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Faraway Forest<sup>™</sup> Elf Barbie<sup>®</sup> Doll</a>.</p> <p> I can’t wait for this particular mystery to unfold with more characters/clues as I embark deeper into the woods to discover the story. Does the Lady of the White Woods have allies in the Fairy Kingdom<sup>™</sup> and the Magical Lagoon<sup>™</sup>? I’m especially curious to know what sinister entity lurks in the Dark Forest<sup>™</sup>, spying on our Lady, watching and waiting. Remember, enchanted woods are only magical if you dare to stray far away, and I’m excited to get lost in them!</p> <p> <em>The Faraway Forest is a fantasy realm, secretive and beautiful. Which part of the forest intrigues you the most? </em></p> <p>  </p> <div align="center"> <hr align="center" size="2" width="100%" /> </div> <p> Chris Varaste started out at ABC-TV, producing segments for the Emmys, Tonys & Grammys. A fascination with fashion and pop culture led to his first published book, <em>Barbie: Face of the American Dream</em> – and an appreciation for all things Barbie! His insights on collectibles/brand success have been published in the <em>New York Times</em>, <em>The Economist</em>, and Spotlight Cinema Networks.</p> </div> </div> <p>  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:d4b21c00-b929-4d38-910a-128afe7b0d83 The Barbie<sup>SM</sup> Fan Club: Now Accepting New Members for 2015! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/barbiesupsmsup-fan-club-now-accepting-new-members-2015 Wed, 14 Jan 2015 04:00:00 GMT <div class="news-img"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/11/8/fbe51c18-01c2-41f6-8860-dfab049f0787.Full.jpg?1" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/11/8/fbe51c18-01c2-41f6-8860-dfab049f0787.Full.jpg?1" alt="" title="" width="640" height="360" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" /><div> <p>You’ve heard about the Barbie<sup>SM</sup> Fan Club – now it’s time for you to join! No other Barbie® doll club takes you inside the world of Barbie® fashion and design like the BFC™. Starting today, it’s time for you to see it for yourself!</p><p>Starting <strong>January 14<sup>th</sup>, 2015 at 9:00am PT</strong>, the 2015 Barbie<sup>SM</sup> Fan Club opens is doors to new members who want to dive deeper into their love of all things Barbie®. Just <strong>$24.95</strong> (plus any applicable tax) gives you exclusive access to:</p><ul><li><strong>Up to $80</strong> in TheBarbieCollection.com Online Shop rewards – $20 per calendar quarter*</li><li>A Barbie℠ Fan Club Sunglasses case – your gift with membership**</li><li>Exclusive content: Quarterly Designer Videos, many sneak peeks and surprises, downloadable goodies and the ever-expanding Barbie™ Bulletin Board</li></ul><p><br /> You also get the opportunity to purchase each of four (4) 2015 Club doll exclusives***, including:</p><ul><li>Holiday Hostess® Shamrock Celebration™ Barbie® Doll, celebrating St. Patrick's Day</li><li>Black & White Collection™ <em>Classic Evening Gown </em>Barbie® doll, a Platinum Label® doll with beautiful embroidery and beading</li><li>An exclusive Willows, WI doll that will take you back in time</li><li>An exclusive doll from the 2015 Barbie® Fashion Model Collection</li></ul><p><br /> If you’ve never joined the Club before, or you’ve let your membership lapse, don't wait another minute! The Club sold out for the third year in a row in 2014, so snap up this opportunity to <a href="http://qa.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/2015-barbie-fan-club" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">secure your spot in the 2015 Club</a> starting <strong>January 14<sup>th</sup> at 9:00am PT</strong>. 8,000 fellow Barbie® lovers are waiting to meet you!</p><p style="font-size:11px;">*Total amount of shop reward will depend on the date joined. The shop reward appears in your shopping cart when you log into your BFC™ account and add a qualifying purchase to your cart. Your purchase must total a minimum of $20, excluding any applicable sales tax and shipping and processing, and after any other applicable discount or coupon has been applied. Club shop rewards cannot be used for BFC™ membership fees, Gift Cards, and gift-wrapping. Not valid on previous purchases.</p><p style="font-size:11px;">**Receive a free gift when you sign up by 3/31/15. $10 approximate retail value.</p><p style="font-size:11px;">***Doll purchases are optional and available only to members of the active Barbie<sup>sm</sup> Fan Club. Dolls offered for purchase will be subject to limited availability – see details as announced with each doll release.</p><p style="font-size:11px;"><strong>Please note: </strong>You must agree to both the BarbieCollector.com<sup>sm</sup> Member Service Agreement and the Barbie<sup>sm</sup> Fan Club Membership Agreement by typing “I ACCEPT” before you can purchase a membership.</p></div></div> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:e232cc74-16c1-4063-a32e-1122f56a3909 The Barbie<sup>SM</sup> Fan Club: Open Now for 2015! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/barbiesupsmsup-fan-club-open-now-2015 Wed, 07 Jan 2015 04:00:00 GMT <div class="news-img"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/8/1/085fcd7a-a6a4-4240-9122-caaf6e8bdd68.Full.jpg?1" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/8/1/085fcd7a-a6a4-4240-9122-caaf6e8bdd68.Full.jpg?1" alt="" title="" width="640" height="360" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" /><div> <p>It’s back, and it’s open first to 2014 Barbie<sup>SM</sup> Fan Club members! For one week only, you can renew your membership for the 2015 Barbie<sup>SM</sup> Fan Club and guarantee your insider access to the world of Barbie® Collector.</p><p>In 2014, the Club sold out for the third year in a row, so don’t wait until it’s too late. The 2015 Club opened on<strong> Wednesday, January 7th at 9:00am PT</strong>. Lock in your renewal today! Just <strong>$24.95</strong> (plus any applicable tax) gives you exclusive access to:</p><p></p><ul><li><strong>Up to $80</strong> in TheBarbieCollection.com Online Shop rewards – $20 per calendar quarter*</li><li>A Barbie℠ Fan Club Sunglasses case – your gift with membership**</li><li>Exclusive content: Quarterly Designer Videos, many sneak peeks and surprises, downloadable goodies and the ever-expanding Barbie™ Bulletin Board</li></ul><p><br /> You also get the opportunity to purchase each of four (4) 2015 Club doll exclusives***, including:</p><ul><li>Holiday Hostess® Shamrock Celebration™ Barbie® Doll, celebrating St. Patrick's Day</li><li>Black & White Collection™ <em>Classic Evening Gown </em>Barbie® doll, a Platinum Label® doll with beautiful embroidery and beading</li><li>An exclusive Willows, WI doll that will take you back in time</li><li>An exclusive doll from the 2015 Barbie® Fashion Model Collection</li></ul><p><br /> <strong>All unclaimed membership slots will be offered to the general public on January 14<sup>th</sup>, 2015 at 9:00am PT.</strong> Don't let yours be one of them! Come back for the fun, the fashion, the surprises, and the behind-the-scenes magic, along with 8,000 of the people who love Barbie® best. Log into your BarbieCollector.com account now and <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/2015-barbie-fan-club" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">secure your spot in the 2015 Club</a>!<br />  </p><p style="font-size:11px;">*Total amount of shop reward will depend on the date joined. The shop reward appears in your shopping cart when you log into your BFC™ account and add a qualifying purchase to your cart. Your purchase must total a minimum of $20, excluding any applicable sales tax and shipping and processing, and after any other applicable discount or coupon has been applied. Club shop rewards cannot be used for BFC™ membership fees, Gift Cards, and gift-wrapping. Not valid on previous purchases.</p><p style="font-size:11px;">**Receive a free gift when you sign up by 3/31/15. $10 approximate retail value.</p><p style="font-size:11px;">***Doll purchases are optional and available only to members of the active Barbie<sup>sm</sup> Fan Club. Dolls offered for purchase will be subject to limited availability – see details as announced with each doll release.</p><p style="font-size:11px;"><strong>Please note: </strong>You must agree to both the BarbieCollector.com<sup>sm</sup> Member Service Agreement and the Barbie<sup>sm</sup> Fan Club Membership Agreement by typing “I ACCEPT” before you can purchase a membership.</p></div></div> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:f1426b13-0886-4057-b07f-24cdb5294c59 City Shine™: New Styles for The Barbie Look® Collection! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/city-shine-new-styles-barbie-look-collection Mon, 05 Jan 2015 04:00:00 GMT <div class="news-img"><img src="http://www.barbiecollector.com/files/news_hero_BarbieLook.jpg" longdesc="http://www.barbiecollector.com/files/news_hero_BarbieLook.jpg" alt="" title="" width="640" height="360" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" /><div> <p>Living life joyously and always fashionably. Modeling the perfect look and that unstoppable attitude in any situation. That’s <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/collection/barbie-look-collection" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The Barbie Look® Collection</a> what makes so stunning!</p><p>The collection kicked off in 2013 with the <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/city-shopper-barbie-doll-brunette-x9196" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">City Shopper</a>™ dolls, each dressed to impress while exploring the hottest fashion-forward boutiques. Then came the Red Carpet™ dolls of 2014, with signature looks for any gala event.</p><p>For 2015, the bright lights of the big city and glamorous evening attire conspire to create the <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/collection/2015-barbie-look-collection" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">City Shine™ doll series</a>, featuring four dolls that rank among designer Bill Greening’s most beautiful style setters!</p><p>“<a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/city-shine-barbie-doll-bronze-dress-cfp40" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Bronze Dress</a>” wears a dramatic one-shoulder piece, with bold earrings and strappy heels. “<a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/city-shine-barbie-doll-silver-dress-cfp35" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Silver Dress</a>” wraps and shimmers, with an asymmetric hemline and monochromatic accessories. “<a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/city-shine-lace-dress-cfp38" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Lace Dress</a>” is metallic, long-sleeved, and hypnotically patterned. “<a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/city-shine-barbie-doll-gold-dress-cfp36" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Gold Dress</a>” is cocktail-party perfect, and any of these dresses could be seen at an exquisite party in a penthouse suite with sweeping views of lit-up cityscapes.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/collection/2015-barbie-look-collection" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">2015 Barbie Look® Collection</a> arrived early in the online shop, and they each come with matching accessories including clutch purses, bracelets, earrings, and of course, shoes to die for. Get them all for your own fabulous collection now!</p></div></div> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:a44cbd0c-e755-423f-bf69-af0acb250c71 Cheers to 2014: The Year of Dazzling Designer Dolls! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/cheers-2014-year-of-dazzling-designer-dolls Tue, 23 Dec 2014 04:00:00 GMT <div class="news-img"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/3/4/a3f33dd7-e59a-4c90-a497-f4de5e7ed901.Full.jpg?1" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/3/4/a3f33dd7-e59a-4c90-a497-f4de5e7ed901.Full.jpg?1" alt="" title="" width="640" height="360" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" /><div> <p>By <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/content/bloggers" rel="nofollow">Matt Stevens</a></p><p>It’s almost time to raise a glass and toast 2015! But before ringing in the New Year and making resolutions (which I’ll forget by February), I’d love to pay tribute to my favorite designer dolls from 2014. This year marked many sartorial highlights for Barbie®, who provided endless inspiration for several of the world’s top designers!</p><p>Donning gorgeous, gossamer-like wings, Barbie took flight in early 2014 — and reached spectacular new heights — as <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/bob-mackie-princess-stargazer-barbie-doll-x8281" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Bob Mackie® Princess Stargazer™ Barbie® Doll</a>, an enchanting fairy in a sheer, glittery bodysuit that showcases the designer’s signature fantastical style.</p><p>Barbie also stepped into the spotlight with two red-carpet looks inspired by film festival fashions. <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/zuhair-murad-barbie-doll-bcp91" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><em>Zuhair Murad</em> Barbie® Doll</a> wears an exquisite recreation of a Zuhair Murad design seen at a Hollywood premiere. Any action on the big screen pales in comparison to this dramatic, strapless gown! Plus, <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/fan-bingbing-doll-bcp97" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Fan Bingbing Doll</a> embodies international glamour in Laurence Hsu’s one-shouldered “Dragon Robe,” worn by the beautiful actress Fan Bingbing at the Cannes Film Festival.</p><p>And in August, Stephen Burrows returned with his third amazing design for Barbie Collector. <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/stephen-burrows-nisha-barbie-doll-bdh37" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><em>Stephen Burrows </em>Nisha™ Barbie® Doll</a> absolutely shimmers in her sparkling sequin dress and silvery accessories with “gem” accents.</p><p>Wow, it was an incredible year for designer dolls, so we have plenty of reasons to celebrate! With a flute of bubbly in hand, I bid a fond farewell to fashionable 2014 and welcome 2015 and all the promise of glamour it brings. Here’s to many more elegant creations from renowned designers — and to their ultimate muse, Barbie. Happy New Year, everyone!</p><p><em>Do you have a favorite designer doll or fashion from 2014? Please share below!</em></p><hr width="95%" /><p><em>Matt Stevens is a twice-published author and sold screenwriter who specializes in movies and pop culture. A former producer for E! Entertainment Television, he now writes about film for their website, E! Online, and contributes to numerous new-media outlets. Since his first games-writing gig for Barbie.com, Matt has been tickled pink to work on BarbieGirls.com and MyScene.com before joining the BC blogger team. </em></p></div></div> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:5aff089e-620b-4b14-a9ac-3086f3d2620e Black and Gold: The Perfect Recipe for the Holidays! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/black-gold-perfect-recipe-holidays Fri, 19 Dec 2014 04:00:00 GMT <div class="news-img"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/11/5/0bcdc3e3-e087-4b96-8517-a0191e655ec8.Full.jpg?1" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/11/5/0bcdc3e3-e087-4b96-8517-a0191e655ec8.Full.jpg?1" alt="" title="" width="640" height="360" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" /><div> <p>Rejoice! It’s time for the holidays, that special time we gather together with family and friends to celebrate. We share gratitude for the blessings of this year and good wishes for the year to come. And if you’re anything like me, one thought has been in your mind since, oh, around August... “What am I going to wear to all those parties?”</p><p>Some people spend months poring over recipes so they can cook the perfect meal, but those of us who are more sartorially inclined are looking for a different kind of recipe. We spend hours searching for a way to concoct the perfect holiday outfit!</p><p>It’s that special time of year when it seems like there’s a celebration every night. There are daytime office work parties, casual celebrations with friends, family dinners, and the oh-so-important “meal with your significant other’s family.” After sitting on the couch watching DVDs all fall, you have to actually get up and get dressed. Yay! And also… yikes, because So. Many. Outfits!</p><p>Luckily there are a few color schemes that instantly say, “I’m here to celebrate!” Black and white is classic, red and gold is traditional, and black and silver is always fab for holiday parties. But this year, the color combo that has caught our eye around here is black and gold. Is there anything as elegant as black? Is there anything as luxurious as gold? Together they’re the perfect pair to add glamour and sophistication to any holiday outfit.</p><p>Black and gold is easy to work into an existing wardrobe. Take that basic LBD (Little Black Dress) that you’d normally wear to the office party and zhuzh* it up by throwing on some golden bling – a shiny statement necklace or dangling earrings. Meeting up with friends for a casual holiday hang? Add some golden goodness to your black jeans and top with a shiny clutch or a pair of glittering golden high heels. When you want to pull out all the stops, you can hit the mall for a gold-sequined shrug or a no-holds-barred glam gown.</p><p>Black and gold. That’s my special holiday recipe this year, and it’s easy to do. It goes like this: Start with some cool black. Add a little golden heat. Wear. Glow. Celebrate!</p><p><em>*Zhuzh: to add a special finishing touch.</em></p><hr width="95%" /><p><em>Tara Zucker's humor about collectibles, fashion, and home decor have been featured on a variety of online portals. She also creates content for clients ranging from rock bands to authors at Post Haste Media. "Growing up, I always had some off-brand fashion doll. Now that I write about the real thing, I've proved it's never too late to have a happy childhood!" </em></p></div></div> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:4906d48e-da7f-4a84-9823-71aef8758e00 A Star in Stripes: Black & White Bathing Suit Barbie® Doll! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/star-stripes-black-white-bathing-suit-barbie-doll Mon, 01 Dec 2014 04:00:00 GMT <div class="news-img"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/14/0/2ef6a029-efda-48da-b055-14e15df93036.Full.jpg?1" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/14/0/2ef6a029-efda-48da-b055-14e15df93036.Full.jpg?1" alt="" title="" width="640" height="360" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" /><div> <p>On her very first outing in 1959, Barbie<sup>®</sup> stole the show, clad in a sizzling zebra-striped swimsuit! Now, collectors can celebrate the 56th anniversary of her splashy debut with 2015’s <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/black-white-bathing-suit-barbie-doll-cfg04" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><em>Black & White Bathing Suit</em> Barbie<sup>®</sup> Doll</a>!</p><p>Designer Bill Greening explains, “Because she comes in the iconic swimsuit, <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/black-white-bathing-suit-barbie-doll-cfg04" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><em>Black & White Bathing Suit</em> Barbie<sup>®</sup></a> is a perfect display doll for different fashions, which was the original concept for a teenage fashion model — Barbie<sup>®</sup> is meant to try on clothes!”</p><p>The 1959 Toy Fair was chock-a-block with stuffed animals, baby dolls and gimmicky toys. Through it all, Barbie<sup>®</sup> doll stood wearing her swimsuit, poised and perfect on her miniature pedestal. Her hair was swept neatly into a ponytail, and she was accompanied by her sensational <em>haute couture</em> wardrobe.</p><p>“People just gravitated to her, wanting to dress her in all those fabulous fashions!” Bill says. The beauty of Barbie<sup>®</sup> also contributed to her unbelievable impact, a consistent part of her appeal today. “Collectors still love the gorgeous face paint of the classic ponytail Barbie<sup>®</sup> dolls, and so we decided to bring that back.”</p><p>Bill adds, “She wears lots of dramatic rosy cheek blush and sky-blue eye-shadow for a high-color retro-glam look. To heighten the effect, we decided to use the pale nostalgic skin tone similar to the very first Barbie<sup>®</sup> dolls.”</p><p>As she did in 1959, Barbie<sup>®</sup> comes to you with gold hoop earrings, white cat-eye sunglasses and black open-toe shoes with a decidedly chic, slim new box. “Yes, the box is definitely very cool!” Bill enthuses. “It’s inspired by the vintage pink silhouette boxes used for dressed Barbie<sup>®</sup> dolls, but it comes in the Barbie<sup>®</sup> brand’s contemporary shade of pink.”</p><p>The first appearance of Barbie<sup>®</sup> doll marked a watershed moment in pop culture and a launching point for a trendsetting, globetrotting, trailblazing legacy. <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/black-white-bathing-suit-barbie-doll-cfg04" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><em>Black & White Bathing Suit</em> Barbie<sup>®</sup> Doll</a> is a treasured homage to 55+ years of fashion fun and she is available now at our <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/browse/whats_new" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">online store</a>, waiting to be dressed by you!</p></div></div> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:249efaa4-18f7-4651-b88f-cc1eed72cb81 Notes from the Dreamhouse – Holiday Gift Guide http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/notes-dreamhouse-holiday-gift-guide Fri, 14 Nov 2014 04:00:00 GMT <div class="news-img"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/5/5/858489c8-4ec3-423c-b531-03cbbc2b6825.Full.jpg?1" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/5/5/858489c8-4ec3-423c-b531-03cbbc2b6825.Full.jpg?1" alt="" title="" width="640" height="360" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" /><div> <p>Welcome to the <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/catalog" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Holiday Gift Guide</a>!</p><p>Celebrate the season and all its traditions in style!</p><p>The<a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/2014-holiday-barbie-doll-bdh13" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> 2014 Holiday Barbie™ doll</a> makes a gorgeous gift and is the perfect addition under any tree (p.4). Add sparkle with six <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/browse/term/36?showall&sort=" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Barbie™ holiday ornaments</a>—great for tree-trimming and gift-giving, too (p.4).</p><p>Then it’s hooray for Hollywood and the holidays with dolls inspired by <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/collection/gone-wind-collection" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><em>Gone with the Wind</em></a>™  (p.11), <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/showcase/category/pop-culture#pTheWizardofOzCollectionp" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><em>The Wizard of Oz</em></a>™ (p.10), <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/batman-ken-doll-y0302" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><em>Batman</em></a>™  (p.12), <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/collection/divergent-doll-collection" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><em>Divergent</em></a> (p.12) and more. Travel to exotic lands with your passport to style and bring home dolls from around the world (pgs.14-17).</p><p>When it comes to entertaining, Barbie® has a wide array of <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/catalog" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">festive ideas</a> (p.24) and <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/catalog" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">10 glamtastic gifts under $25</a> (p.25).</p><p>Also check out our <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/catalog" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">2015 Sneak Peeks</a>—a new ballet beauty, swimsuit stunner and Barbie<sup>sm</sup> Fan Club dazzler (p.27)!</p><p>With so many great holiday gifts ideas in one place, The Barbie™  Collection makes shopping easy so you have more time to let the holidays shine bright!</p></div></div> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:bccb4394-b439-419f-8431-b80fc22ee105 Deck the Halls With Sparkle: 2014 Holiday Barbie™ Doll http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/deck-halls-sparkle-2014-holiday-barbie-doll Sat, 01 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT <div class="news-img"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/13/12/5d53a399-9115-47a1-bcba-ea5231c0ea63.Full.jpg?1" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/13/12/5d53a399-9115-47a1-bcba-ea5231c0ea63.Full.jpg?1" alt="" title="" width="640" height="360" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" /><div> <p>Celebrate the season in glittering, glamorous style! The most wonderful time of the year is now even more magical, thanks to the magnificent <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/2014-holiday-barbie-doll-bdh13" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">2014 Holiday Barbie™ Doll</a>, dressed to dazzle at the merriest parties.</p><p>Barbie® doll has been commemorating the holidays with a unique look each year since 1988. This year, the beloved tradition continues, as Holiday Barbie rings in the festivities with a gorgeous ball gown that mixes modern elegance with a classic silhouette.</p><p>As designer Linda Kyaw notes, “The doll celebrates all that is glamorous and classic with the holiday’s most dynamic colors — scarlet and gold.” The bright-red gown features a charming sweetheart neckline and full, floor-length skirt made of shimmery fabric woven with sparkles.</p><p>The ribbon at her waist creates a fanciful bow-like accent and matches the luxurious lace on her strapless bodice and underskirt. The gold-toned lace, a vibrant complement to the rich scarlet fabric, is one of Linda’s favorite design details. “It’s a first for the Holiday doll,” she says. “Lace is always considered delicate and expensive, so it was certainly nice to get it for her!”</p><p>Barbie accessorizes her exquisite ensemble with peep-toe scarlet shoes and an ornate, poinsettia-inspired necklace. “The necklace is a showstopper and makes for one unique statement jewelry piece,” Linda enthuses. “This is the first time we’ve ever done anything like that for the Holiday doll. And I would wear one myself!”</p><p>To top off her look, Barbie sports the perfect party hairstyle — long, wavy locks that frame her lovely face. Her eyelids are delicately dusted with golden glitter shimmer, while radiant red adds festive touches to her lips and matching nails.</p><p>A spectacular keepsake you’ll cherish for years, the <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/2014-holiday-barbie-doll-bdh13" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">2014 Holiday Barbie Doll</a> is available now at our <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/browse/whats_new" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">online store</a> in both Caucasian and African American versions. Collectors will want to add this stunning beauty to their Holiday Barbie collection, and girls of all ages will love finding her under their tree. Don’t miss <em>your</em> chance to bring Barbie home for the holidays!</p></div></div> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:23a97e82-7589-47b1-84e0-5484b89ed33a Life's a Costume Party for Barbie®! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/lifes-costume-party-barbie Wed, 29 Oct 2014 03:00:00 GMT <div class="news-img"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/14/0/7e25db28-d54c-48fb-a00f-0642004cf60d.Full.jpg?1" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/14/0/7e25db28-d54c-48fb-a00f-0642004cf60d.Full.jpg?1" alt="" title="" width="640" height="360" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" /><div> <p>By <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/content/bloggers" rel="nofollow">Chris Varaste</a></p><p>According to Shakespeare, all the world’s a stage — lucky for us, all of Barbie doll’s fashions have a theatrical flair! Costume design is an integral part of her tremendous appeal. Many of her fashions are costumes with an ability to conjure dreams and evoke fantasies.</p><p>Because of her status as a fashion icon, Barbie is the perfect muse for costume dramas — a love-struck teen in <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/ken-and-barbie-dolls-romeo-juliet-19364" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><em>Romeo and Juliet</em></a> (1998), an imperial <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/queen-elizabeth-i-barbie-doll-b3425" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><em>Queen Elizabeth 1</em></a> (2004), a mysterious devushka named <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/verushkatrade-barbiereg-doll" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Verushka</a>™ (2011), and a spectacular <em><a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/empress-aliens-barbie-doll-w3514" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Empress of the Aliens</a></em>™ (2012)!</p><p>Barbie doll’s diverse style also celebrates popular genres — action, romance, comedy and thriller. In 2009, she rode a <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/harley-davidson-barbie-and-ken-giftset-r9911" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><em>Harley-Davidson</em></a>® with biker-girl zeal and still made it to the altar, impeccably attired as a blushing bride for a vintage <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/wedding-day-barbie-doll-and-ken-doll-giftset-p6750" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><em>Wedding Day Set</em></a>™! She electrified the world stage in 2012 with a <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/barbie-can-be-president-b-party-doll-caucasian-x5323" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><em>Barbie for President</em></a> campaign, then made waves as a glam-rock <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/mermaid-barbie-doll-w3427" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Mermaid</a>, and finally spooked our dreams as a <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/haunted-beauty-ghost-barbie-w7819" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><em>Haunted Beauty Ghost</em></a>™!</p><p>Whether it’s a wild flashback like <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/twist-n-turn-barbie-doll-n4976" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Twist 'N Turn™ Barbie® in Zokko!</a>™ (2009) or a galactic jaunt via <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/miss-astronaut-barbie-doll-r4474" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><em>Miss Astronaut Barbie</em></a>® (2009), her imaginative fashions function as costumed forays into the past and future. Barbie doll’s ensembles metaphorically hurtle us down <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/alice-wonderland-barbie-doll-l5849" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><em>Alice in Wonderland</em></a>-inspired rabbit holes, so we can experience our own wondrous worlds of make-believe. Have you ever dreamed you could fly with wings like the magical <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/bob-mackie-princess-stargazer-barbie-doll-x8281" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><em>Bob Mackie® Princess Stargazer</em></a>™ (2014)? Or fancied yourself on a star-studded <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/red-carpet-barbie-blue-gown-bjv54" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><em>Red Carpet</em></a>™ (2014)?</p><p>"We Girls Can Do Anything!" ranks as one of my favorite Barbie mottos because it’s so liberating. The promise of Barbie doll’s ever-evolving fantasias guarantees a future full of unforgettable costumes. The Bard was correct — the world is a stage, and with Barbie performing on it, the show will definitely go on!</p><p><em>Which Barbie fashion would you love to wear to a costume party?</em></p><div align="center"><hr align="center" size="2" width="100%" /></div><p>Chris Varaste started out at ABC-TV, producing segments for the Emmys, Tonys & Grammys. A fascination with fashion and pop culture led to his first published book, <em>Barbie: Face of the American Dream</em> – and an appreciation for all things Barbie! His insights on collectibles/brand success have been published in the <em>New York Times</em>, <em>The Economist</em>, and Spotlight Cinema Networks.</p></div></div> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:40882f38-f27b-4886-b6a2-008474415ce0 [BFC Video] Linda Kyaw Dishes on Global Glamour and the Collecting Community! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/bfc-video-linda-kyaw-dishes-global-glamour-collecting-community Wed, 15 Oct 2014 06:00:00 GMT <p> <img alt="" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" height="360" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/2/15/72dda2a7-7c0d-47fa-af17-36c2bebeb0ef.Full.jpg?1" src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/2/15/72dda2a7-7c0d-47fa-af17-36c2bebeb0ef.Full.jpg?1" title="" width="640" /></p> <p> In the final Barbie® Collector Designer Video of the year, Linda Kyaw takes center stage to talk about the Global Glamour™ line, relationships with collectors, and more!</p> <p> In this intimate interview, Linda shares about her deep connection to fantasy, plus the ownership she feels for the Dolls of the World® line, and how that all came together to inspire the Global Glamor Collection.</p> <p> You’ll also hear what she thinks about before she starting to design a new doll; which high-fashion designers influenced the Tribal Beauty® and Venetian Muse™ Barbie® Dolls, and hints at the plans for the third doll in the collection, too!</p> <p> Linda also has a personal message for avid collectors, like the members of the Barbie<sup>SM</sup> Fan Club, and shares how much she values your input and feedback. Watch now!</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_nV8Gt3GS-s" width="560"></iframe></p> <p> Can’t see the video above? <u><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nV8Gt3GS-s" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Watch it on YouTube</a></u>!</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:ab5c40be-42bb-424b-92da-2b0cb63b08d1 2014 Holiday Preview Catalog - Notes from the Dreamhouse http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/2014-holiday-preview-catalog-notes-dreamhouse Fri, 10 Oct 2014 03:00:00 GMT <div class="news-img"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/8/2/68aef675-ca3e-458f-b2a8-f6eb3a668058.Full.jpg?1" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/8/2/68aef675-ca3e-458f-b2a8-f6eb3a668058.Full.jpg?1" alt="" title="" width="640" height="360" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" /><div> <p>Your Holiday Preview issue of The Barbie™ Collection is <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/onlinecatalog" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">here</a>!</p><p>The festivities start with the Barbie® Fashion Model Collection featuring four bravo beauties and the new <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/gianfranco-ken-doll-bdh41" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Gianfranco™ Ken® doll</a> (p.5). The <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/venetian-muse-barbie-doll-bcr03" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Venetian Muse™ Barbie® doll</a> makes her grand debut (p.8) and “spirit” abounds with the <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/haunted-beauty-mistress-manor-barbie-doll-bdh39" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Haunted Beauty Mistress of the Manor™ Barbie® doll</a> (p.6).</p><p>Then it’s home for the holidays with Barbie® doll’s <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/accessory/barbie-malibu-house-bjp34" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Malibu House</a> (p.31) and time to dazzle your tree with <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/accessory/2014-holiday-barbie-ornament-caucasian-cjn78" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Barbie™ holiday ornaments</a> (p.26). Check out fab art prints and accessories from Barbie® design director, Robert Best (p.24) and don’t forget to jingle all the way with the <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/accessory/clutch-wallet-dgd89" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Barbie™ clutch wallet</a> (p.22).</p><p>Whether you’re shopping for a friend, family or treating yourself, The Barbie™ Collection has everything you’ll need to make this holiday magical.</p></div></div> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:0fe0c18b-3881-4b39-baef-47a3f5600050 Barbie®, The Secret to Her Success! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/barbie-secret-her-success Tue, 07 Oct 2014 03:00:00 GMT <p>By <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/content/bloggers" rel="nofollow">Chris Varaste</a></p><p>Recently, a creative director at a popular fashion house shared with me her personal favorite Barbie® story. She’d received <em>Day to Night Barbie</em>® (1984) as a child, and the doll changed her impression of fashion. “I loved <em>Day to Night</em> because Barbie came in a smart pink business suit that turned inside out to transform into a fabulous red party dress. It wasn't like magic, it was magic!” she exclaimed.</p><p>Magical reinvention is a constant source of inspiration in Barbie doll’s fashion legacy. One of my faves, <em>Color Magic Barbie</em>® (1966), even did the unimaginable — presto, she literally changed the color of her hair and clothing within seconds! Instant magic! For over five decades, Barbie doll’s fun innovations have altered our perceptions of fashion.</p><p>Like a fortuneteller’s crystal ball, Barbie gives us a glimpse into a future brimming with exciting possibilities. Countless designers who played with Barbie are using her as a muse for their own creations. With each offering, we benefit by seeing the influence of Barbie in today’s fashion trends. Popular brands like Forever 21 and Wildfox are even incorporating the Barbie aesthetic with an all-new line of fall apparel. Lord & Taylor will also offer an assortment of classic, Barbie-themed sleepwear.</p><p>And who better to offer fashion tips than Barbie? I’ve always loved the way she coordinates her ensembles with just the right accessories. Through a brilliant union of color and design, her outfits serve as style guides, fueling our imaginations. Each fashion features the perfect attire for any given occasion, whether a romantic dinner or a poolside respite.</p><p>Ultimately, the secret to Barbie doll’s remarkable success is her ability to show us not what fashion is, but what it can be — now that’s magic!</p><p><em>Are you inspired by Barbie? Please join our discussion and tell us why!</em></p><div align="center"><hr align="center" size="2" width="100%" /></div><p>Chris Varaste started out at ABC-TV, producing segments for the Emmys, Tonys & Grammys. A fascination with fashion and pop culture led to his first published book, <em>Barbie: Face of the American Dream</em> – and an appreciation for all things Barbie! His insights on collectibles/brand success have been published in the <em>New York Times</em>, <em>The Economist</em>, and Spotlight Cinema Networks.</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:b2b14081-ea15-4ebe-9154-5eacd86e36da <em>Spellbinding Style</em>: Haunted Beauty Mistress of the Manor™ <em>Barbie® Doll </em> http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/emspellbinding-styleem-haunted-beauty-mistress-of-manor-embarbie-doll-em Wed, 01 Oct 2014 03:00:00 GMT <div class="news-img"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/11/7/cbef9559-313a-4df5-972d-c9d21d81b98a.Full.jpg?1" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/11/7/cbef9559-313a-4df5-972d-c9d21d81b98a.Full.jpg?1" alt="" title="" width="640" height="360" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" /><div> <p>Flashes of lightning illuminate the foreboding façade of an antiquated mansion. Seeking shelter from the impending storm, you knock insistently until the heavy front door creaks open, revealing mysterious <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/haunted-beauty-mistress-manor-barbie-doll-bdh39" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><em>Mistress of the Manor</em> Barbie</a>. Her stern but mischievous look says, “Enter if you dare.” Entranced by her bewitching beauty, you take the dare and follow her inside.</p><p>As dramatic as a thunderbolt, <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/haunted-beauty-mistress-manor-barbie-doll-bdh39" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><em>Mistress of the Manor</em> Barbie Doll</a> — the third doll in the Haunted Beauty collection — sets the perfect theatrical tone for a ghastly good ghost story. While bringing his sinister creation to life, designer Bill Greening turned to classic cinema for spine-tingling inspiration. “I love old horror films from the 1950s — William Castle movies, like<em> 13 Ghosts and House on Haunted Hill</em>,” he says. “There’s often that character who greets the weary traveler and speaks with a thick Transylvanian accent.”</p><p>The Mistress <em>velcomes</em> you in a gorgeous, Victorian-inspired ensemble, featuring a plum satin jacket with a layered bustle and long, sweeping skirt. She carries a set of skeleton keys — she has a house full of secrets to protect! — and a golden candelabrum with drippy candles to light your way through the crypt-like corridors.</p><p>“As she takes you to your room, she might weave you through the dark parlor and talk about what happened in this house,” Bill says. “Or she might remind you that you’re miles away from town. No one can hear you scream.”</p><p>Fans and collectors alike will scream for this doll’s frightfully stylish details. The fitted jacket is accented with a small placket, lace ruffles, and puff sleeves at the shoulder, while black boots, earrings, and a cameo brooch elegantly accessorize her spellbinding look. For a touch of ghoulish humor, the Mistress also comes with a <em>Life in the Scream House</em> “book.”</p><p>A shocking swath of white runs through her raven hair, pulled into a bun atop her rare Mermaid face sculpt. “This is not a sculpt we use very often,” Bill explains. “It can be kind of severe but also pretty at the same time. I wanted her eye shape to be slender, like a side glance, like she knows everything.”</p><p>She knows you’re dying to add <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/haunted-beauty-mistress-manor-barbie-doll-bdh39" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><em>Mistress of the Manor</em> Barbie</a> to your collection. The first “living character” in the series (after the Haunted Beauty <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/haunted-beauty-ghost-barbie-w7819" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Ghost</a>™ and <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/haunted-beauty-vampire-barbie-doll-x8280" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Vampire</a>™ dolls), this enigmatic overseer of spirits and keeper of secrets is ready to greet you now at the <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/browse/whats_new" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">online shop</a>. Go on, take the dare!</p></div></div> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:697a72b9-6c3e-4051-9aa7-f5df803c5b72 Barbie® Style for Fall! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/barbie-style-fall Wed, 01 Oct 2014 03:00:00 GMT <div class="news-img"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/2/9/92699304-259b-49b9-b9c5-6ad3ff797f82.Full.jpg?1" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/2/9/92699304-259b-49b9-b9c5-6ad3ff797f82.Full.jpg?1" alt="" title="" width="640" height="360" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" /><div> <p>By <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/content/bloggers" rel="nofollow">Matt Stevens</a></p><p>I’m always excited for the arrival of autumn. I could say it’s because the days get cooler and the leaves change color. But the real reason is the change of seasons gives me a great excuse to shop — for the latest <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/browse/style_for_you" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">fall fashions and accessories</a>!</p><p>Autumn is the perfect time to find gifts for friends and family. (Early holiday shopping, anyone?) Treat them to stylish accessories that fit their on-the-go lifestyles, like this pinktastic canvas <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/accessory/tote-cmk34" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Tote</a> and recital-ready <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/accessory/ballet-wishes-dance-bag-cmk36" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Ballet Wishes™ Dance Bag</a>. They’re totes adorable! Trendy techies can dial their phone style up a notch with a sleek <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/accessory/barbie-case-iphone-cmk35" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Barbie™ Case for iPhone®</a> and a satiny black <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/accessory/cell-phone-pouch-ckl49" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Cell Phone Pouch</a> with retro Barbie illustration.</p><p>Speaking of retro, I love hitting vintage clothing stores for timeless pieces that will jazz up any wardrobe. This fall, Mattel takes the retro-chic idea to a nostalgic new level with fashions inspired by Barbie doll’s apparel through the decades — with a contemporary twist!</p><p>Shop Wildfox stores, a fave among style-savvy hipsters, for outfits that recreate looks worn by Malibu Barbie Doll in the 1980s. “The Wildfox Dreamhouse” collection embodies the easy-breezy California lifestyle with colorful sportswear, swimwear, denim, and large, circular sunglasses. Sweet!</p><p>Girly meets sporty at Forever 21, where young stylistas can get all Barbie-dolled up in the coolest cosmetics, clothes, and accessories. Fashions feature bold graphics, playful prints, and ’90s-inspired pieces (think sleeveless tops and sassy bodysuits!).</p><p>Searching for something more classic, conservative, and cuddly? Cozy up to Lord & Taylor stores for a beautiful assortment of Barbie-themed sleepwear, with designs that evoke a traditional ’50s and ’60s aesthetic. Chic dreams!</p><p>Barbie is a fashion icon for the ages, so it’s fitting you can find something fashionable for fans of all ages. They’re sure to <em>fall</em> for these stunning new looks. Happy autumn and happy shopping!</p><p><em>Have a favorite fall fashion or new Barbie design? Please share below!</em></p><hr width="95%" /><p><em>Matt Stevens is a twice-published author and sold screenwriter who specializes in movies and pop culture. A former producer for E! Entertainment Television, he now writes about film for their website, E! Online, and contributes to numerous new-media outlets. Since his first games-writing gig for Barbie.com, Matt has been tickled pink to work on BarbieGirls.com and MyScene.com before joining the BC blogger team. </em></p></div></div> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:257601ae-955d-4c0d-a3cc-e860e9ae9559 BFC™-Exclusive Gianfranco™ Ken Doll From the 2014 BFMC®! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/bfc-exclusive-gianfranco-ken-doll-2014-bfmc Wed, 24 Sep 2014 03:00:00 GMT <div class="news-img"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/3/4/432fa75b-188c-4946-a49c-f30534892e4f.Full.jpg?1" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/3/4/432fa75b-188c-4946-a49c-f30534892e4f.Full.jpg?1" alt="" title="" width="640" height="360" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" /><div> <p>The final BFC™-Exclusive Doll for 2014 is <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/gianfranco-ken-doll-bdh41" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Gianfranco™ Ken® Doll</a>! Read on for the full story (for Barbie<sup>SM</sup> Fan Club Members only).</p><p>The <em>Italian Wedding</em> scene is coming to a close! Robert Best has taken inspiration from classic cinema and one of the world’s most influential fashion capitals to create the 2014 Barbie® Fashion Model Collection.</p><p>Of course, no collection would be complete without a striking gentleman as part of the scene. And now, you can actually get two of them!</p><p>Starting with <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/gianfranco-ken-doll-bdh41" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Gianfranco™ Ken® Doll</a>, Barbie<sup>SM</sup> Fan Club members can order two of each doll! Your opportunity to bring home the Gianfranco™ Ken® Doll begins Wednesday, October 1, at 9:00am PT, for $75 in the online shop.* No more than 3,300 dolls will be available for purchase. And because members can buy two dolls each, you won’t want to wait very long if you want to own the last doll of the 2014 BFMC®!</p><p>The Barbie® dolls of this year’s collection are stunning, and Gianfranco™ Ken® is every bit the head-turner in his own right. Dressed a grey brushed cotton blazer and dark indigo jeans, with a crisp white tailored shirt and narrow black satin tie, this suave and sophisticated gentleman combines the best of classic Italian films with the thoroughly modern style of today’s remarkable fashion designers.</p><p>Log into your BFC account and <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/browse/whats_new" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">click into the shop</a> on 10/1 at 9:00am PT for your exclusive opportunity to own one – or two! – of this supremely handsome doll.</p><p style="font-size:11px;">* The opportunity to purchase Gianfranco™ Ken® Doll begins 10/1/14 at 9:00am PT for $75.00, for active BFC™ members only, in the online shop. Limit two (2) dolls per member while supplies last. No more than 3,300 of these dolls will be available for purchase, and only offered to members of the active Barbie<sup>SM</sup> Fan Club.</p></div></div> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:d3c5133c-5b65-4732-adaf-7b43e069c2a6 Fashion Legend Partners with Iconic Doll for Barbie® KARL LAGERFELD! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/fashion-legend-partners-iconic-doll-barbie-karl-lagerfeld Tue, 23 Sep 2014 03:00:00 GMT <div class="news-img"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/7/11/c7f0edb8-c105-454c-9b74-5c28a77eb46b.Full.jpg?1" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/7/11/c7f0edb8-c105-454c-9b74-5c28a77eb46b.Full.jpg?1" alt="" title="" width="640" height="360" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" /><div> <p>He is iconic and distinctive. She is fabulous and fun. When one of the world’s most famous fashion designers partners with the most celebrated fashion doll, the result is a must-have for fans of style. Introducing the extremely limited edition <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/karl-lagerfeld-barbie-doll-bcp92" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Barbie® KARL LAGERFELD doll</a>!</p><p>He, of course, is Karl Lagerfeld, the world-renowned photographer, artist, and designer his own Fashion House KARL LAGERFELD, Chanel and Fendi. A creative visionary and long established presence in the world of design, this forward-thinker is always searching for new ways to express his numerous talents. He has left an indelible mark on the fashion industry, and now he partners with another famous fashion icon — Barbie® doll!</p><p>She, of course, is the American fashion doll designed to inspire and inspired by design. From ready-to-wear to <em>haute couture</em>, she offers us the chance to experience the entire range of the world of fashion. It’s no surprise, therefore, that Barbie® doll endorses Mr. Lagerfeld’s unique style in such a fun and fashionable way. Her outfit perfectly reflects the designer’s iconic silhouette in his signature black and white color palette.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/karl-lagerfeld-barbie-doll-bcp92" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Barbie® KARL LAGERFELD </a> doll’s outfit embodies the fashion icon’s hip rock and roll aesthetic through carefully curated pieces inspired by the KARL LAGERFELD collection. She wears a tailored black jacket, a white high-collared men’s shirt with French cuffs, and fitted iconic all over print jeans.</p><p>Adding the finishing touches are an elegant satin cravat topped with a silver medallion, fingerless gloves (for a touch of rebellious cool), and ankle boots, all in black. Oversized black sunglasses shield her eyes from the glare of flashing cameras, and a black leather purse is perfect for small necessities (cell phone, hotel key card, treats for Choupette). Platinum hair tied back, dark nails, strong eyebrows and nude lips complete the look.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/karl-lagerfeld-barbie-doll-bcp92" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Barbie® KARL LAGERFELD</a> doll will be available in our online store on September 29th at 12:00am PST in extremely limited quantities.</p><p>Don’t miss your opportunity to own the fierce beauty of this legendary collaboration!</p></div></div> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:4af86b32-3e50-4bf1-a8ee-24cd36d1049f Hollywood Dreamin’ With Barbie® http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/hollywood-dreamin-barbie Mon, 08 Sep 2014 03:00:00 GMT <div class="news-img"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/15/3/4ffdbd11-5114-492d-a35f-6836df4bbe8e.Full.jpg?1" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/15/3/4ffdbd11-5114-492d-a35f-6836df4bbe8e.Full.jpg?1" alt="" title="" width="640" height="360" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" /><div> <p>By <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/content/bloggers" rel="nofollow">Matt Stevens</a></p><p>For me, summertime means showtime — at the movies! Who needs sunshine and beaches when I can be in a dark, air-conditioned theater shrieking at <em>Godzilla</em>, cheering on <em>Spider-Man</em>, or laughing at outrageous <em>Bridesmaids</em>?</p><p>Long before multiplexes, we had drive-ins. My siblings and I used to love to pile into the family station wagon and catch a summer flick at the local outdoor theater. Fortunately, we weren’t charged extra for our Barbie® and Ken® dolls, who enjoyed premium seating on the dashboard!</p><p>One summer, our mother took us to an old movie palace downtown for a showing of <em>Gone With the Wind</em>. “That experience changed my life,” my sister recently shared with me. Vivien Leigh’s portrayal of the indomitable Scarlett O’Hara emboldened my sister to channel her inner steel-magnolia, and she went on to become an ambitious, successful career woman — though not before decorating our childhood home with posters of Scarlett and Rhett!</p><p>I guess that’s why Hollywood is known as the Dream Factory — because movies not only transport us to other times and incredible worlds, but they also inspire us to make our own dreams come true. I was certainly motivated to follow my dream of living in Hollywood and working as a writer!</p><p>Now, when I’m scripting a movie or watching one, I’m often drawn to strong female protagonists like <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/gone-with-the-wind-scarlett-ohara-doll-bcp72" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Scarlett O’Hara</a> — remarkable women who exert their power while still looking spectacularly stylish. Many modern-day heroines rule the screen in fierce and fabulous fashions, including <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/hunger-games-catching-fire-katniss-doll-x8251" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Katniss</a> in the <em>Hunger Games</em> films, <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/divergent-tris-doll-bcp69" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Tris</a> in <em>Divergent</em>, and <em>Twilight’s</em> <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/twilight-saga-breaking-dawn-part-2-bella-doll-x8250" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Bella Swan</a>, who fights for her right to romance a vampire!</p><p>Barbie Collector brings all these iconic characters to life in an amazing array of <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/browse/term/7" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Hollywood dolls</a>, so we can relive our favorite movie moments and bask in the glow of such cinematic luminaries as <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/gone-with-the-wind-scarlett-ohara-doll-bdh19" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Vivien Leigh</a>, <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/audrey-hepburn-sabrina-doll-x8277" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Audrey Hepburn</a>, and <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/elizabeth-taylor-white-diamonds-doll-w3471" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Elizabeth Taylor</a>.</p><p>Summer may be almost over, but my Hollywood dreams will live on!</p><p><em>Do you have a favorite Hollywood doll or movie memory? Please share below! </em></p><hr width="95%" /><p><em>Matt Stevens is a twice-published author and sold screenwriter who specializes in movies and pop culture. A former producer for E! Entertainment Television, he now writes about film for their website, E! Online, and contributes to numerous new-media outlets. Since his first games-writing gig for Barbie.com, Matt has been tickled pink to work on BarbieGirls.com and MyScene.com before joining the BC blogger team. </em></p></div></div> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:fb981498-62ab-417e-9b94-c572ce843803 Questions and Answers with Designers Stephen Burrows and Linda Kyaw! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/questions-answers-designers-stephen-burrows-linda-kyaw Fri, 05 Sep 2014 03:00:00 GMT /files/attachments/140819_6856.jpg Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:5bd8cc55-8efe-4cdd-b130-a8a053cbdf82 Queen of the Night, Venetian Muse™ Barbie®! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/queen-of-night-venetian-muse-barbie Mon, 01 Sep 2014 06:00:00 GMT <p> <img alt="" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" height="360" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/6/5/36e01428-1f21-4c65-95a7-78520ec7c1a0.Full.jpg?1" src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/6/5/36e01428-1f21-4c65-95a7-78520ec7c1a0.Full.jpg?1" title="" width="640" /></p> <p> At the stroke of midnight, she arrives in all her dark glory to an opulent palazzo overlooking the Grand Canal, where guests at a masquerade ball revel in gothic grandeur. Her entrance stuns the spirited crowd—they gaze at her in silence. <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/gallery/venetian-muse-barbie-doll-bcr03" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venetian Muse™ Barbie®</a></u>!</p> <p> Only the trancelike melody of a flute accompanies the mysterious beauty as she makes her way through the gilded ballroom. Her presence conjures worlds of luxury and elegance, for she is an enchantress—a queen summoned from magical realms.</p> <p> <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/gallery/venetian-muse-barbie-doll-bcr03" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venetian Muse™ Barbie® Doll</a></u>, the inspiration for myriad wondrous dreams, wears a resplendent ebony satin gown featuring a magnificent front panel embossed with ornamental gold filigree and silver sparkles.</p> <p> She captivates her audience—a regal vision, illuminated by a glorious crown embellished with glittering beads and an extravagant fan of black tulle.</p> <p> Her intricate headdress reflects the brilliant golden sunburst jewelry on her fitted bodice, casting rays of light upon her transfixed admirers. Enthralled, they await the hour of revelation.</p> <p> She raises her hand, veiled in seductive shadowy net, as an indication she will now reveal her alabaster visage. In a show of respect, a haunting aria dramatizes the heralded moment.</p> <p> Time stands still as she draws back the graceful wand of her ornate gold and polished ivory mask.</p> <p> Her subjects are mesmerized by the hypnotic power of her azure-hued eyes, defined by arched brows and vibrant vermillion lips. She is a true goddess, reminiscent of the divine muses of Roman mythos.</p> <p> The ladies in waiting and their men bow in appreciation, gratified for the gift she has bestowed upon them. Her glow has awakened their senses and ignited their artistry. Enlightened, they’re ready to take flight, blessed by the exquisite Venetian Muse™—their secret Queen of the Night.</p> <p> Discover the thrill of looking into the eyes of Venetian Muse™ Barbie® Doll with a click onto our <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/whats-new" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">online store</a></u>!</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:cd51b5d8-27ec-443a-bcce-f00c73eb16e5 An Inspiring Letter From Designer Stephen Burrows! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/inspiring-letter-designer-stephen-burrows Wed, 27 Aug 2014 06:00:00 GMT <div> Dear HSFI Students,</div> <div>  </div> <div> The High School of Fashion Industries is the perfect place to launch Nisha™, the third doll in my Barbie® Collector series. It’s been a thrill to see my designs and vision come to life through Barbie® and I am delighted to share it with all of you.</div> <div>  </div> <div> Barbie is an icon and it was an exciting challenge to work with the design team on creating Pazette™, Alazne™ and Nisha. My overall inspiration was style, dancing and happiness. Each represents a different phase in my fashion designs yet they are all glamourous, confident girls.</div> <div>  </div> <div> My fashion career has been an amazing journey that started with school, a sketchbook and a dream. It’s had so many highlights including being one of the first Americans to show in Paris, receiving a CFDA Award and collaborating with great partners such as Barbie.</div> <div>  </div> <div> My advice to you: work hard at school, listen to your teachers, be kind to your friends and follow your dreams.</div> <div>  </div> <div>  </div> <div> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/13/7/fd673957-4809-4d59-9796-667c91d4d287.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/13/7/fd673957-4809-4d59-9796-667c91d4d287.Large.jpg?1" /></a> Stephen Burrows</div> <div>  </div> <div> <em>Coming soon: Photos from the exclusive event, plus Stephen’s answers to the questions posed to him within an intimate group setting, from a select group of students invited to the event!</em></div> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:25275c51-2ebd-4e75-a829-641c44c2a0b9 Hooray for Hollywood: All the Adventure Without the Worries! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/hooray-hollywood-adventure-worries Mon, 25 Aug 2014 06:00:00 GMT <p> <img alt="" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" height="360" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/8/11/88760471-4b37-4603-9b88-7cf008db48fc.Full.jpg?1" src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/8/11/88760471-4b37-4603-9b88-7cf008db48fc.Full.jpg?1" title="" width="640" /></p> <p> By <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/collecting/bloggers" rel="nofollow">Tara Zucker</a></p> <p> I love Hollywood. I’m not talking about the actual place that’s called “Hollywood,” with streets and buildings and people. I’m talking about Hollywood as a path to escape and adventure. A place where all my dreams come true, and I don’t even have to get off the couch.</p> <p> Face it. Actually being a superhero, or a spy, or a beautiful woman caught between two attractive lovers sounds good in theory. If you think about it, though, there are some real issues. It’s hard to make dinner plans with that cute guy from accounting when you’re on <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/gallery/catwoman-barbie-doll-y0304" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">call any time, day or night</a></u>. And although dating a <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/gallery/the-twilight-saga-new-moon-jacob-r9909" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">werewolf</a></u> sounds exciting, I live in an apartment building and my neighbors complain if I play the radio too loud; I can just imagine how they’d react to all the howling.</p> <p> I do need some excitement in my life, though. And that’s what Hollywood is for. Just give me a dark room, a big bowl of popcorn, and I’m good.</p> <p> I mean, honestly. In real life, if you sat next to a cute guy in a coffee shop and he held his nose and turned away? You’d get up and leave, right? Okay, so you would never meet your <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/gallery/the-twilight-saga-breaking-dawn-part-1-edward-doll-t7652" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">vampire lover</a></u> and eventually become a <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/gallery/the-twilight-saga-breaking-dawn-part-2-bella-doll-x8250" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">vampire yourself</a></u>, but I would be okay with that. The fall TV season is about to start, and if I was out hunting for blood every night I’d miss all my shows. I’ll go with the Hollywood experience for this one.</p> <p> Oh, and when it comes to actual physical danger, like running away from determined people with sharp, painful <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/hg---catching-fire-katnis-x8251" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">arrows</a></u>? I will also pass in real life, thank you very much. I’m just getting over a summer cold and I’m not really 100% right now. But the Hollywood version? Absolutely! Bring it on!</p> <p> And while I understand the appeal of <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/gallery/divergent-four-doll-bcp70" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bad boys</a>, I don’t need to actually date any of them. It sounds like it would be flattering to have two wealthy brothers both fall in love with me upon my return from Paris (looking all sophisticated and suddenly an expert in scarves) but I know what would really happen. Thanksgiving would be a nightmare, no matter which brother I picked. I’ll kick back on the couch and let <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/gallery/audrey-hepburn-as-sabrina-doll-x8277" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sabrina</a></u> figure that one out.</p> <p> I guess I’m just too practical. It sounds like fun to be a secret princess, but think of the paparazzi.<u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/audrey-hepburn---roman-ho-x8260" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Lavish parties in huge mansions</a></u>? Three words: <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/brb-gwtw-white-pry-dress-bdh19" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dry cleaning bills</a></u>. Thanks to Hollywood, I can have all the adventures I want, without any of the complications. So I say hooray for Hollywood, romance and adventure. But there really is <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/gallery/the-wizard-of-oz-cowardly-lion-doll-bjv25" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">no place like home</a></u>!</p> <hr width="95%" /> <p> <em>Tara Zucker's humor about collectibles, fashion, and home decor have been featured on a variety of online portals. She also creates content for clients ranging from rock bands to authors at Post Haste Media. "Growing up, I always had some off-brand fashion doll. Now that I write about the real thing, I've proved it's never too late to have a happy childhood!" </em></p> <p>  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:b9387ef9-31b0-4110-86a8-78837a7ace22 Who is the Venetian Muse™? http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/venetian-muse Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:00:00 GMT <div style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/2/9/e2f64fb5-7a93-4479-a9d9-898fd2310273.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/2/9/e2f64fb5-7a93-4479-a9d9-898fd2310273.Large.jpg?1" /></a></div> <div> Venetian Muse™ Barbie® Doll, the inspiration for myriad wondrous dreams, wears a resplendent ebony satin gown with ornamental gold filigree.</div> <div style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/1/6/71d4299f-d54e-46b3-b694-602e47271a00.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/1/6/71d4299f-d54e-46b3-b694-602e47271a00.Large.jpg?1" /></a></div> <div style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/2/12/726ead32-5dcf-4845-ac35-2f8fef63a276.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/2/12/726ead32-5dcf-4845-ac35-2f8fef63a276.Large.jpg?1" /></a></div> <div> The magnificent front panel embossed glitters with the silver sparkle of rhinestones.</div> <div>  </div> <div style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/8/11/285c9f19-d18c-49c7-bba7-6302fd631f11.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/8/11/285c9f19-d18c-49c7-bba7-6302fd631f11.Large.jpg?1" /></a></div> <div> She raises her hand, veiled in seductive shadowy net, as an indication she will now reveal her alabaster visage.</div> <div>  </div> <div style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/13/7/add831d0-5d54-42d0-972d-476c03c5762d.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/13/7/add831d0-5d54-42d0-972d-476c03c5762d.Large.jpg?1" /></a></div> <div style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/2/7/226412c9-4ee3-4597-a767-f00eea7f6d33.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/2/7/226412c9-4ee3-4597-a767-f00eea7f6d33.Large.jpg?1" /></a></div> <div> Her intricate headdress reflects the brilliant golden sunburst jewelry on her fitted bodice, casting rays of light upon her transfixed admirers.</div> <div>  </div> <div> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/1/15/e1e8d1e1-5d9c-4bb0-af67-013c78a90707.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/1/15/e1e8d1e1-5d9c-4bb0-af67-013c78a90707.Large.jpg?1" /></a></div> <div> Time stands still as she draws back the graceful wand of her ornate gold and polished ivory mask.</div> <div> She is a true goddess, reminiscent of the divine muses of Roman mythos.</div> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:132f926e-2c8e-4424-9301-8b1fb2578d29 Mattel and Stephen Burrows Collaborate to Benefit the High School of Fashion Industries http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/mattel-stephen-burrows-collaborate-benefit-high-school-of-fashion-industries Sun, 17 Aug 2014 06:00:00 GMT <p> <img alt="" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" height="360" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/0/14/00554d91-75a8-4793-8e0d-690322fb0f94.Full.jpg?1" src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/0/14/00554d91-75a8-4793-8e0d-690322fb0f94.Full.jpg?1" title="" width="640" /></p> <p> By <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/collecting/bloggers" rel="nofollow">Allen Voivod</a></p> <p> Mattel has joined renowned fashion designer Stephen Burrows for a special event to benefit the students of the High School of Fashion Industries in New York!</p> <p> On August 19th, at 10:00am, more than 100 students from HSFI – recognized as one of America’s best high schools by <em>U.S. News and World Report</em> – will get to meet Stephen and receive an autographed Barbie® doll designed by Stephen himself.</p> <p> Mattel is donating the dolls for signing, and covering transportation costs for students to get to and from school for the event.</p> <p> Through The Barbie® Collection, Mattel is also donating 200 more of Stephen’s dolls to support HSFI’s Visual Merchandising Curriculum. Students in the “Visual Communication” class will be creating window displays using the dolls as inspiration. Previous HSFI students have had their prototypes and designs displayed in the windows of Sak’s Fifth Avenue and Barney’s.</p> <p> Please join us in thanking Stephen and HSFI for their creative and collaborative roles in making this event possible!</p> <hr p="" width="95%" /> <p> <em>Allen Voivod serves Barbie enthusiasts around the world as Managing Editor for Barbie Collector News, and Community Manager for @BarbieCollector on Twitter. Part of the BC team since 2003, Allen is also co-owner of Epiphanies, Inc., where he thrives as a biz storyteller, social media speaker, and event leader with his wife Lani, a former content strategist for Barbie.com. A love of Barbie runs in the family!</em></p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:192b4dcb-58cd-48ae-b2d0-70286b9e4cd8 Fall 2014 Notes From the Dreamhouse! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/fall-2014-notes-dreamhouse Fri, 08 Aug 2014 03:00:00 GMT <div class="news-img"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/7/5/9718fbc4-df4d-429e-859d-959cf27afddc.Full.jpg?1" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/7/5/9718fbc4-df4d-429e-859d-959cf27afddc.Full.jpg?1" alt="" title="" width="640" height="360" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" /><div> <p>Welcome to the Fall 2014 issue of The Barbie™ Collection. </p><p>Fall has begun and it’s the perfect time to journey into the Faraway Forest™. This new collection, from Barbie® designer Bill Greening, features a mythical, magical land and starts with the perfect guide—<a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/faraway-forest-elf-barbie-doll-bcr05" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Faraway Forest™ Elf</a> (<a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/onlinecatalog" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">page 22</a>).</p><p>The journey continues to the fashion capitals of Italy with the fourth doll in the Barbie® Fashion Model Collection—<a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/luciana-barbie-doll-bdh22" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Luciana™ Barbie® doll</a>. Whether it’s Roma, Milano or anywhere in the world, these dolls show a true passion for fashion and style (<a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/onlinecatalog" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">page 20</a>).</p><p>Runway-ready designer Stephen Burrows returns with his third Barbie doll, <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/skipper-50th-anniversary-doll-brunette-bdh31" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Nisha™</a>—a striking beauty with innovative style (page 19). Looking for accessories? Find out what’s in Barbie doll’s bag (<a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/onlinecatalog" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">page 8</a>). And when it comes to little sisters, Barbie can’t wait to celebrate <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/skipper-50th-anniversary-doll-brunette-bdh31" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Skipper® doll’s 50th Anniversary</a> (<a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/onlinecatalog" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">page 24</a>).</p><p>With so many doll-lightful choices—from fantasy to film to top designers—it’s time to start your journey and explore all the sensational style and fabulous finds in The Barbie™ Collection!</p></div></div> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:7078b74a-3cfa-41a2-932e-d0f139bad16d Skipper® Surprise Exclusive! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/skipper-surprise-exclusive Fri, 01 Aug 2014 03:00:00 GMT <div class="news-img"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/6/12/06973047-0c64-4c92-ac98-ffd22cb7b162.Full.jpg?1" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/6/12/06973047-0c64-4c92-ac98-ffd22cb7b162.Full.jpg?1" alt="" title="" width="640" height="360" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" /><div> <p>Fans of Skipper ® doll, her friends and family, are enjoying a fantastic 2014, celebrating her 50th anniversary! Barbie® Collector started the birthday bash with the adorable <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/skipper-50th-anniversary-doll-brunette-bdh31" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">50th Anniversary Skipper Doll</a>. Skipper wears a perfect recreation of 1965’s “Happy Birthday” fashion. Naturally, any party dress that comes with a cake and candles is cause for celebration!</p><p>The birthday girl also made sure to enclose a special invitation just for <em>you</em>. Guess what happened—Skipper became an instant sold-out collector hit! Birthday wishes came from all over the world as Skipper doll’s ardent fans rejoiced over the anniversary of Barbie’s fun younger sister! Skipper® 50th Anniversary Doll is a perfect reminder of why we adore Skipper—not to mention the thrill of a childhood birthday party!</p><p>Now, because the outpouring of joy was so momentous, the celebration continues. Skipper® 50th Anniversary Doll is back as an exclusive, special-edition brunette! It’s party time all over again, so let’s light the candles and get ready to sing “Happy Birthday” to the lovely new Skipper doll. She’s just as delightful and sweet as her blonde counterpart, except she has gorgeous, swingy chocolate-brown hair to frame her darling face!</p><p>The new ensemble also includes all of the wonderful party accessories that were featured with the original set. Impeccable white gloves and a boater hat make this festive outfit the perfect attire for a little lady at an outdoor party!</p><p>Skipper doll has enchanted us for years in fashions that reflect what little girls have worn in the past five decades. She’s appeared in a variety of fun trends, but most important, she’s always been like our very own kid sister. Sassy and spirited, she’s our Skipper, and we love having her in our collections. The exclusive new brunette Skipper® 50th Anniversary Doll is just a click away at our <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/browse/whats_new" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">online store</a>!</p><p><em>Write back and tell us about the Skipper doll that holds a special place in your heart!</em></p></div></div> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:62f8d6de-fea0-428a-a470-9b8281546ba3 [Video] Meet the BFMC® Luciana™ Barbie Doll! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/video-meet-bfmc-luciana-barbie-doll Thu, 31 Jul 2014 06:00:00 GMT <div class="news-img"> <img alt="" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" height="360" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/14/6/0e8f47bd-925f-4940-86c2-b4fcb54bbb52.Full.jpg?1" src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/14/6/0e8f47bd-925f-4940-86c2-b4fcb54bbb52.Full.jpg?1" title="" width="640" /> <div> <p> The <em>Alta Moda</em> story continues with a peek inside the thoughts of <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/luciana-barbie-doll-bdh22" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Luciana™ Barbie® Doll</a>, at a crucial moment of decision. Watch the latest video in the series for the 2014 Barbie® Fashion Model Collection to hear what’s on her mind. What would <em>you</em> do if you were in her elegant shoes?</p> <p>  </p> <table border="0" width="560"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ME08I20Bkps" width="640"></iframe></td> <td align="center"> <table border="0" width="560"> <tbody> <tr> <td>  </td> <td align="center">  </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>  </p> <p> Can’t see the video above? <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ME08I20Bkps" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Watch it on YouTube!</a></p> </div> </div> <p>  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:b991e683-395d-4680-b938-6f4e9db883a8 BFC™-Exclusive Double Date™ 50th Anniversary Giftset! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/bfc-exclusive-double-date-50th-anniversary-giftset Fri, 25 Jul 2014 03:00:00 GMT <div class="news-img"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/3/8/23a5922e-c6c5-4abf-9849-69b0ec8bd684.Full.jpg?1" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/3/8/23a5922e-c6c5-4abf-9849-69b0ec8bd684.Full.jpg?1" alt="" title="" width="640" height="360" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" /><div> <p>The BFC™-exclusive <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/double-date-50th-anniversary-giftset-bdh36" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Double Date 50th Anniversary Giftset</a> is coming Wednesday, July 30th, at 9am PT! Read on for the full story, for Barbie<sup>SM</sup> Fan Club Members only.</p><p>It seems like it was just yesterday! 1964, when Barbie® and Ken® went on their first double date with friends from back home in Willows, Wisconsin. Midge® and Allan® joined them on the sand and in the surf at Malibu – a sun-soaked day of fun and friendship!</p><p>There have been many double dates since, but none as special as their very first time together. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of that beachy-keen get-together, Bill Greening has designed an incredible <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/double-date-50th-anniversary-giftset-bdh36" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Double Date™ 50th Anniversary Giftset</a>.</p><p>No more than 5,500 of these giftsets will be available, and they’ve been created especially for BFC™ members like you! Your opportunity to buy the giftset for $100 begins Wednesday, July 30th, at 9:00am PT in the online shop.*</p><p>The <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/double-date-50th-anniversary-giftset-bdh36" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Double Date™ 50th Anniversary Giftset</a> includes four vintage reproduction dolls – Barbie®, Ken®, Midge®, and Allan®, with re-creations of their swimwear as sold in 1964. In a playful touch, replicas of their beach accessories are also part of the set. Barbie® doll even wears her hair in the famed swirl ponytail, which also debuted that very same year.</p><p>Log into your BFC account and <a href="http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/browse/whats_new" rel="nofollow">click into the shop</a> on 7/30 at 9:00am PT for your exclusive opportunity to bring home this sweetly nostalgic giftset. The two cutest couples deserve to be together in your collection!</p><p style="font-size:11px;">* The opportunity to purchase Double Date™ 50th Anniversary Giftset begins 7/30/14 at 9:00am PT for $100.00, for active BFC™ members only, in the online shop. Limit one (1) giftset per member while supplies last. No more than 5,500 of these dolls will be available for purchase, and only offered to members of the active Barbie<sup>SM</sup> Fan Club.</p></div></div> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:455112e6-8be0-4888-865d-fd0aca1b88bf Karl Lagerfeld’s Take on Barbie® Stops the Presses! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/karl-lagerfelds-barbie-stops-presses Wed, 23 Jul 2014 03:00:00 GMT <p>Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld brings his incredible talent to designing for Barbie® doll, and even though it’s only a sketch that’s been seen so far, the reaction has been amazing! See for yourself in this edition of Hot Off the Barbie™ Press.</p><p><a href="http://www.wwd.com/fashion-news/fashion-scoops/doll-house-7803629?module=hp-fashionscoops" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Mattel Launching Limited-Edition Barbie Lagerfeld Doll</a><br /> <em>Miles Socha, Womens Wear Daily, 7/17/14 </em><br /> “Karl Lagerfeld’s latest collaboration involves what must be the world’s smallest pair of fingerless gloves. They’re to fit the dainty hands of Barbie Lagerfeld, a limited-edition doll being launched this fall by American toy giant Mattel Inc. and the iconic, Paris-based designer…”</p><p><a href="http://www.glamour.com/fashion/blogs/dressed/2014/07/karl-lagerfeld-barbie.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Stop Everything. There's a Karl Lagerfeld Barbie, and It's Every Bit as Awesome as You'd Expec</a>t<br /> <em>Leah Melby, Glamour, 7/17/14 </em><br /> “This might sound crazy, but you're about to want a Barbie doll so badly. For the latest addition to its chic, fashion-forward dolls, Mattel is releasing Barbie Lagerfeld this fall. And she's so major…”</p><p><a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/fashion/chanel-karl-lagerfeld-designs-high-fashion-barbie-article-1.1871018" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld designs high-fashion look for Barbie</a><br /> <em>NY Daily News, 7/17/14</em><br /> “Ahead of the fall season, Mattel has invited couturier and Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld to design a look for its iconic fashion doll. The result will be a collector's edition Barbie with all the hallmarks of Lagerfeld's distinctive style…”</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:a51e524b-37ba-4724-a920-7e4d8f4f8493 My “Worldwide Wow!” Trip to Cannes http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/worldwide-wow-trip-cannes Mon, 14 Jul 2014 06:00:00 GMT <div class="news-img"> <img alt="" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" height="360" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/9/1/d91b69fe-ddea-4db8-a102-d1508a81d1d3.Full.jpg?1" src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/9/1/d91b69fe-ddea-4db8-a102-d1508a81d1d3.Full.jpg?1" title="" width="640" /> <div>  </div> <div>  </div> </div> <div> By <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/collecting/bloggers">Matt Stevens</a></div> <div>  </div> <div> Nothing epitomizes international glamour quite like the Cannes Film Festival. Every May, talented filmmakers, famous actors, and devoted moviegoers from around the globe gather to celebrate cinema — and fashion. (Just check out <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/brb-china-exclsve-bcp97">Fan Bingbing Doll</a></u>, which recreates the Chinese actress’ spectacular look for Cannes 2010.)</div> <div>  </div> <div> So you can imagine my excitement at attending this très chic extravaganza back in the ’90s!</div> <div>  </div> <div> My favorite moment during the dazzling, dizzying 12-day event was walking the red carpet at the Palais des Festivals, where hordes of fans screamed and countless cameras flashed. I felt like a celebrity myself! Of course, I wasn’t — I was a Florida State film student at the time. Through a special arrangement with the Festival, my classmates and I were allowed free access to screenings.</div> <div>  </div> <div> Yes, I still had to buy a plane ticket, borrow a tuxedo, and obtain a passport — I’d never been abroad before — but the extra expense and effort was worth it for the opportunity of a lifetime. We flew from Tampa to Milan, drove along the gorgeous Riviera to the Côte d’Azur, and stayed in the nearby town of Grasse, the center of the French perfume industry. Every evening, we attended black-tie premieres and then attempted to sneak into exclusive after-parties. Sometimes we even succeeded.</div> <div>  </div> <div> The entire Cannes Film Festival experience — a crazy convergence of showbiz, art, and haute couture — was thrilling and surreal, a “Worldwide Wow!” adventure I’ll treasure forever.</div> <div>  </div> <div> Now, Barbie Collector celebrates “Worldwide Wow!” moments with an exquisite trio of international dolls. In addition to <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/brb-china-exclsve-bcp97">Fan Bingbing Doll</a></u>, dressed in her striking “Dragon Robe” gown, the assortment includes Italian enchantress <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/brb-china-exclsve-bcp97">Dulcissima™ Barbie® Doll</a></u>. This bella donna inspires amore in her short A-line skirt with matching cape and embroidered boots. For a sportier vibe, kick it with Brazilian stunner <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/britto-barbie-doll-bcp98">BRITTO Barbie® Doll</a></u>, who scores major style points in a soccer-print dress by artist Romero Britto. They’re all available in the shop now, to add a new kind of “Wow!” to your collection!</div> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:231b6972-0723-4172-9c86-f4a594df87e8 Barbie®: A True Prima Ballerina! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/barbie-true-prima-ballerina Wed, 09 Jul 2014 06:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <img alt="" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" height="360" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/9/14/e9b26943-64c5-457c-8e21-15c1bc9db3eb.Full.jpg?1" src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/9/14/e9b26943-64c5-457c-8e21-15c1bc9db3eb.Full.jpg?1" title="" width="640" /></p> <p> The new <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/gallery/ballet-wishes-barbie-doll-bdh12"><u>Ballet Wishes® Barbie® Doll</u></a> earns the distinction of being a marvelous prima ballerina! Deservedly so, because Barbie has been <em>en pointe</em> in some of the world’s most renowned ballets since 1965, the year she received her very first ballerina costume. The classic tutu was an instant hit with collectors, and a ballerina was born — not to mention a series of dolls that merit their own “collection within a collection.”</p> <p> It isn't a coincidence that Barbie’s first computer-animated feature was <em>Barbie in The Nutcracker</em> (2001) — I think pliés and pirouettes come naturally to a doll so petite! I still recall seeing Barbie twirl in the first <em>Ballerina Barbie’s </em><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HY3kPc4A__Q" rel="nofollow"><u>commercial</u></a> from 1976. After my sister heard, “Barbie is so much fun, Barbie’s the One!” we landed center stage in the Barbie aisle of the local toy store. <em>Ballerina Barbie</em>’s <em>brisé volé</em> caused such a sensation during the 1970s that the doll was re-released in several different versions, including variations with costumes and gift sets. Clearly, Barbie’s ballet slippers were meant to dance for decades!</p> <p> Over the years, since my introduction to <em>Ballerina Barbie</em>, I’ve appreciated the countless ballerina Barbie dolls and ensembles — thanks to the tremendous talent of her gifted designers. Whether she’s a Snowflake in <em>The Nutcracker </em>or performing in <em>Swan Lake</em>, the costuming for ballerina Barbie dolls is consistently stellar – brimming with beautiful touches. This year, the legacy continues with the lovely <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/gallery/ballet-wishes-barbie-doll-bdh12"><u>Ballet Wishes® Barbie® Doll</u></a>.</p> <p> Fresh from her dance recital, 2014’s poised ballerina is as graceful as her predecessors and equally well dressed. Her pale-pink tutu is rich in details with delicate embroidered rosettes. Pink and white roses also adorn her upswept platinum locks. Symbolic of an eternal flame, she shines a bright spotlight on that most exquisite of all dances: the gentle, majestic and elegant ballet.</p> <p> I still love Ballerina Barbie from my childhood — which outstanding Barbie doll do you consider your ultimate prima ballerina?</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:96e17451-470e-4abd-ae40-9b5df42dfc93 [BFC Video] Bill Greening Guides You Through the Faraway Forest! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/bfc-video-bill-greening-guides-through-faraway-forest Tue, 08 Jul 2014 06:00:00 GMT <p> <img alt="" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" height="360" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/0/11/70914b26-6746-466f-8b0b-2af62790da1d.Full.jpg?1" src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/0/11/70914b26-6746-466f-8b0b-2af62790da1d.Full.jpg?1" title="" width="640" /></p> <p> Join Barbie© Collector Principal Designer Bill Greening for the BFC™ quarterly designer video, as he takes you behind the scenes to explore one of the most hotly anticipated collections of the year, Faraway Forest™!</p> <p> Bill shares his inspirations from pop culture and from nature itself for the first doll in the series, Faraway Forest™ <em>Elf</em> Barbie® Doll, shares details about the accessories, and hints at what’s to come for the collection. Watch now!</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_cN_esY4-5E" width="560"></iframe></p> <p> <span style="text-align:-webkit-center;">Can’t see the video above? </span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cN_esY4-5E" rel="nofollow" style="text-align:-webkit-center;" target="_blank">Watch it on YouTube!</a></p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:e0fecbdd-a165-4659-9379-affc95831bc7 International Star Fan Bingbing Is the Latest Style Icon in the Barbie® Collection! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/international-star-fan-bingbing-latest-style-icon-barbie-collection Mon, 30 Jun 2014 06:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <img alt="" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" height="360" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/8/4/184d4149-facd-412d-846c-d01bd809d7f1.Full.jpg?1" src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/8/4/184d4149-facd-412d-846c-d01bd809d7f1.Full.jpg?1" title="" width="640" /></p> <p> Though she’s been a TV and film star for many years, American audiences are seeing Fan Bingbing for the first time in her role as Blink in the blockbuster <em>X-Men: Days of Future Past</em>. Now, it’s time for you to get to know <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/brb-china-exclsve-bcp97" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fan Bingbing</a></u>, as part of the Barbie® Collection!</p> <p> Meet the <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/brb-china-exclsve-bcp97" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fan Bingbing Doll</a></u>, sculpted in the likeness of the actress, singer, and television producer who’s been called a “style icon” in her native China and abroad. She’s topped both the "50 Most Beautiful People in China" list by <em>Beijing News</em> and the “China Celebrity 100” list by <em>Forbes China</em>!</p> <p> An award-winning actress, she’s also no stranger to the fashion world. The stunning one-shoulder dress she wears is the “Dragon Robe,” designed by Laurence Hsu and worn by Fan on the red carpet at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival. Leaping dragons frolic above crashing waves that adorn the hem of the gown.</p> <p> The Dragon Robe gown made such an impact that it was bought by Madame Tussauds, and a modified version was collected by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the largest museum of decorative arts and design in the world!</p> <p> With Fan Bingbing’s star on the rise, now is the perfect time to add this exquisitely detailed creation to your collection. You’ll find the Pink Label® Fan Bingbing Doll <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/whats-new" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">in the online shop</a></u> – get her today, and watch for her on a movie screen near you!</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:6ddfe89a-ac3f-4858-8c17-3e43d4237f7c June 2014 Catalog: Notes From the Dreamhouse! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/june-2014-catalog-notes-dreamhouse Thu, 12 Jun 2014 06:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <img alt="" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" height="360" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/1/4/a1a40ed7-4407-416c-848b-20500efc2d5b.Full.jpg?1" src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/1/4/a1a40ed7-4407-416c-848b-20500efc2d5b.Full.jpg?1" title="" width="640" /></p> <p> Celebrate Summer 2014 with The Barbie™ Collection!</p> <p> Get ready to kick off this year’s soccer season in colorful style with a doll created by neo-pop artist, Romero Britto (back cover). Join the lovely dance with <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/gallery/ballet-wishes-barbie-doll-bdh12" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ballet Wishes™ Barbie® doll</a></u> who stays en pointe and in style with her beautiful costume and hair (left and on page 5).</p> <p> Take home a part of cinematic history with the 75th Anniversary <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/gallery/gone-with-the-wind-collection" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Gone with the Wind</em>™ dolls</a></u> (page 16) and stroll the red carpet with our first Chinese celebrity doll, <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/brb-china-exclsve-bcp97" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fan Bingbing</a></u>, wearing the gown from her glamorous red carpet debut (page 19). And it’s time to get all doll’d up for summer with Barbie™ beach goodies and other fab finds (pages 12-13)!</p> <p> Sit back, relax and soak up the fun!</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:e4a58803-535c-4655-a8cd-a30684cd5555 Barbie welcomes internationally renowned actress, Fan Bingbing, to shine in her global Hall of Fame debut http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/barbie-welcomes-internationally-renowned-actress-fan-bingbing-shine-her-global-hall-of-fame-debut Wed, 04 Jun 2014 06:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/3/6/e3abe350-728f-4506-b631-e9927055a914.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/3/6/e3abe350-728f-4506-b631-e9927055a914.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> <strong>Shanghai, China, 31<sup>st</sup> May 2014</strong> – Barbie® today announced the launch of the Fan Bing Bing Celebrity Specialty doll. The globally renowned actress made a special appearance to launch the doll alongside Robert Best, Barbie’s chief designer for the Barbie Specialty line. Ms. Fan has the illustrious honor of being the very first actress from China to be invited to join the Barbie global celebrity Hall of Fame. Her collaboration with Barbie will give purpose and meaning to play and help ignite the spark inside girls across China to “Shine Your Way.”</p> <p> Numerous famous celebrities from across the globe have had their shining moments captured into Barbie Hall of Fame.  Cher in her iconic 70s disco gown, Elizabeth Taylor in her famous nigh gown decorated with a rare diamond necklace, Audrey Hepburn classical look in ‘Roman Holiday’, and Marilyn Monroe in her signature floating red dress with her famous red lips.</p> <p> Fan Bing Bing is the latest celebrity to be added to the celebrity Hall of Fame. Born in 1981, in the coastal city of Qingdao, China, she began her acting career in 1996. She established her own studio in 2007 and since then has gone on to have an eclectic career as an actress, producer, entrepreneur, principle of an arts school, and continues her endeavors in many philanthropic projects. Ms. Fan gained international stardom and recognition with her Dragon Robe red carpet debut at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010. The dress, co-designed by Chinese designer Laurence Hsu and Ms. Fan, featured two leaping dragons, crashing waves on the hem, and an elegant bright yellow that was exclusively used by emperors in ancient China.</p> <p> At the launch event, Ms. Fan took time out to sign two of her Celebrity Specialty dolls, and the dolls were presented to Mattel and also its long-term strategic partner Toys R Us as a token of appreciation for support and also to commemorate this unique shining moment. In return, Mark Murphy, Managing Director of Toys R Us in China, represents the team to present Ms. Fan a Barbie Star Membership Card to also welcome her to join the Barbie family.</p> <p> It was this emotive design that laid the foundation for an extraordinary collaboration between the star and Barbie Specialty line chief designer Robert Best.</p> <p> <strong>Robert Best, Barbie Specialty line chief designer:</strong></p> <p> “When I first heard I had the chance to work with Fan Bing Bing I instantly thought of the moment she walked the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010. Her Dragon Robe debut really struck me. The styling was perfect and it allowed her personality to break through – graceful, elegant, but with a confidence of knowing this is her moment to shine,” he commented.</p> <p> “As I started to design for her I realized this look was perfect for her iconic doll. Not only is it globally recognized but is the absolute embodiment of all the things that make Barbie special. That rare ability to give girls across the globe confidence to allow their inner beauty to shine for everyone to see.”</p> <p> Ms. Fan also had the opportunity to visit Mattel headquarters in the US earlier in the year, offering her thoughts to Robert Best and his design team.</p> <p> <strong>Fan Bing Bing, Actress:</strong></p> <p> “My first impression when I looked at the doll was “wow, it looks so extraordinarily pretty!” I am very honored to be given this opportunity to join the Barbie family alongside many celebrities that I respect so highly. Barbie has such an important and irreplaceable place in the hearts of millions of girls – including myself as well. She really gives girls the strength to have belief in who they are and what they can achieve. She has helped me do that and I sincerely hope that with this Fan Bing Bing doll I can help encourage girls across China, and from around the world, to also find out what their talents are and let them shine in every way imaginable. This is truly a very special moment to me.”</p> <p> The launch of the Fan Bing Bing doll is a fitting reminder of Mattel’s commitment to delivering their key high quality brands to children across China, ensuring that they have many memorable moments and experiences that help with their well-rounded development. General Manager of Mattel Greater China, Jeff Wang, has used his personal experience of raising a daughter as well as this principle of aiding well-rounded child development to ensure that this collaboration inspires girls across China to shine.</p> <p> <a href="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/1/2/018e278a-cf9e-47bd-b2e1-5ae1bf62607a.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/1/2/018e278a-cf9e-47bd-b2e1-5ae1bf62607a.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> <strong>Jeff Wang, General Manager of Mattel Greater China:</strong></p> <p> “At Mattel we believe in being a strong partner with parents, in doing so we can have a deeper understanding and stronger affinity with the development of our children. Barbie is central to this. Barbie grows up with the girls. In many ways she is like a friend, a sister, and a companion all in one, not just for the girls but the mothers also.</p> <p> As a parent myself, I believe there are tremendous opportunities for our girls here in China. We must encourage them to express their talent, demonstrate their passion, capture opportunities, cherish special moments and above all we must give them a platform to shine. This is what is at the heart of Barbie’s “Shine Your Way.”</p> <p> We feel that this Barbie is perfect for China because she encourages girls to do exactly this, realize their dreams and shine in their own way. And here today is an exceptionally talented, homegrown lady, who exemplifies this core idea – ‘Shine Your Way’.”</p> <p> <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/brb-china-exclsve-bcp97">The Barbie Fan Bing Bing doll</a></u>, featuring the star in her famous Dragon Robe, will debut globally during the exhibition and showcase at the Grand Gateway complex in Shanghai on May 31<sup>st</sup>. Soon after, it will be available in stores across China, as well as selected stores overseas. Thirty dolls as autographed by Fan Bing Bing will be exclusively for sale at the Barbie T-Mall online store. </p> <p> The launch of the new doll coincides with a three-week long Barbie ‘Shine Your Way’ exhibition, which will run from May 28<sup>st</sup> through to June 17<sup>st</sup> at the Grand Gateway in Shanghai. “Shine Your Way” is part of the Barbie commitment giving play purpose and meaning and affording all girls across China the chance to shine in their own way.</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:799d8cfd-1c21-4f19-98df-0eb5c77fd1c8 For Your Little Ballerina’s Recital: Ballet Wishes® Barbie Doll! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/little-ballerinas-recital-ballet-wishes-barbie-doll Sun, 01 Jun 2014 06:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <img alt="" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" height="360" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/3/9/437b4591-34fa-4c30-9933-4551e1fec1b7.Full.jpg?1" src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/3/9/437b4591-34fa-4c30-9933-4551e1fec1b7.Full.jpg?1" title="" width="640" /></p> <p> It’s the big day! After months of rehearsals, with patient coaching by instructors and the support of loving family members, the evening of the ballet dance recital has arrived. A bouquet of roses and the gift of a <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/gallery/ballet-wishes-barbie-doll-bdh12" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ballet Wishes® Barbie® Doll</a></u> is the perfect way to celebrate your ballerina’s achievement!</p> <p> Barbie® doll has been a fan of the ballet for years, with dozens of ballet outfits in her fashion history, and interpretations of costumes from <em>The Nutcracker</em> and <em>Swan Lake</em>. For this series of dolls, though, the inspiration comes from the most special dancers of all – young girls dreaming and learning, doing their best and having so much fun!</p> <p> The 2014 <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/gallery/ballet-wishes-barbie-doll-bdh12" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ballet Wishes® Barbie® Doll</a></u> is the second special occasion ballet doll created just for the ballerina in your life. Last year’s dancer stole the show and sold out of our online shop! This month, the curtain rises and a new doll takes to the stage.</p> <p> Barbie® doll shines, thanks to a costume that sparkles in the spotlight. She wears a pale pink tutu decorated with embroidered trim featuring tiny rosettes. Her special pointe shoes with matching pink crisscrossing ribbons help her to perform graceful pirouettes and dance with lightness and grace.</p> <p> She’s a perfect beauty, whether you’re thinking of your daughter, granddaughter, or niece, or you have you own heart and collection in mind. The 2014 Ballet Wishes Barbie Doll is waiting for you right now in the <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/whats-new" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">online shop</a></u>. Get her today!</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:7ad07a90-4675-48ff-9983-cbff977314be <em>Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of </em> GONE WITH THE WIND™ <em>with Stunning New Dolls</em> http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/emcelebrate-75th-anniversary-of-em-gone-wind-emwith-stunning-new-dollsem Wed, 14 May 2014 06:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <img alt="" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" height="360" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/10/12/baa65eca-3032-4d5a-9cad-be770f59ba59.Full.jpg?1" src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/10/12/baa65eca-3032-4d5a-9cad-be770f59ba59.Full.jpg?1" title="" width="640" /></p> <p> <em>Gone With the Wind</em>™, the enduring story of passion, struggle and resilience, celebrates its 75th anniversary this year! Presented in epic scale, it remains one of the most acclaimed achievements of the American cinema, and one of the greatest love stories ever told. Barbie® Collector is thrilled to honor this landmark occasion with three new <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/gallery/gone-with-the-wind-collection" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Gone With the Wind</em>™ dolls</a></u>!</p> <p> This sweeping historical romance takes place in the 19th century American South, against the backdrop of the Civil War and the early days of Reconstruction. With themes including love of home and love of country, the historical events are integral to the story and they capture our imagination. But it’s the film’s passion and the love between the two main characters that capture our hearts.</p> <p> We are captivated by the tale of <em>SCARLETT O’HARA</em>™, who grows from a spoiled, self-centered girl of sixteen into a confident woman, a lover, a mother, a widow, and to the end, a survivor.</p> <p> Like many of the best characters in fiction, <em>Scarlett</em> is not perfect. In fact, sometimes she is not very likable. But she is always human, and it’s her very real struggle against the world, and against her own nature that draws us to her, and keeps us rooting for her, even when we dislike her actions.</p> <p> Of course, every great heroine needs a hero, and <em>Scarlett</em> more than meets her match in the handsome <em>RHETT BUTLER</em>™. <em>Rhett</em> sees the real <em>Scarlett</em>, and although he refuses to put up with her scheming ways for years, he ultimately gives in to his deep love for her. Sadly, the relationship ultimately ends in one of the most passionate, heart-wrenching breakup scenes ever put on screen.</p> <p> In celebration of the 75th anniversary of <em>Gone With the Wind</em>™, three new dolls pay homage to these passionate lovers at the heart of the story. First, from the Black Label® collection is the <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/gallery/gone-with-wind-scarlett-o-hara-doll-bcp72" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Gone With the Wind</em>™ SCARLETT O'HARA™ Doll</a></u>. This stunning portrait doll, sculpted in the likeness of Vivien Leigh, is a re-creation of the scandalous red dress <em>Scarlett</em> wears to <em>ASHLEY WILKES</em>™’ birthday party. It features dramatic layers of sheer tulle, jeweled trim, and feathers. Drop earring and classic red lips provide the perfect finishing touches.</p> <p> Also from the Black Label® Collection is the <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/gallery/gone-with-wind-rhett-butler-doll-bcp73" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Gone With the Wind</em>™ RHETT BUTLER™ Doll</a></u>, sculpted in the likeness of Clark Gable. <em>Scarlett’s</em> paramour wears the suit featured in the fateful scene at Twelve Oaks, where the two first meet. <em>Rhett</em> is dashingly handsome in his double-breasted pinstripe vest, tailored jacket, and dotted cravat.</p> <p> Finally, from the Gold Label® Collection, is the exquisite <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/brb-gwtw-white-pry-dress-bdh19" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Gone With the Wind</em>™ SCARLETT O'HARA™ Doll</a></u> in the iconic white ruffle dress from the opening scene. Featuring six cascading tiered ruffles edged in lace, this magnificent dress is trimmed with lace detail and features tiny white buttons, a red belt, and a delicate cameo.</p> <p> Celebrate the 75th anniversary of <em>Gone With the Wind</em>™ with the two characters at the heart of this acclaimed film. Yes, tomorrow is another day, but order from our online store now, before these spectacular dolls are gone… swept away with the wind…</p> <p style="font-size:11px;"> <span style="font-size:10px;">GONE WITH THE WIND, its characters and elements are trademarks of Turner Entertainment Co. & The Stephens Mitchell Trusts. © Turner Entertainment Co.<br /> (s14)</span></p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:f17785d3-6477-4c72-94f9-f020dec06305 Laser-Leatherette Dress <em>Barbie® Doll Is the 2014 BFC™ Platinum Label® Doll!</em> http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/laser-leatherette-dress-embarbie-doll-2014-bfc-platinum-label-dollem Thu, 08 May 2014 06:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <img alt="" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" height="360" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/10/2/8af4d43c-9587-4827-a242-0c5a67fc63f2.Full.jpg?1" src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/10/2/8af4d43c-9587-4827-a242-0c5a67fc63f2.Full.jpg?1" title="" width="640" /></p> <p> Barbie® doll captured the imagination of the world and began her rise to stardom in perfect black and white beauty. The Black and White Collection™ takes that as inspiration for creations like the new <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/laser-leatherette-dress-barbie-doll-bcr07" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Laser-Leatherette Dress</em> Barbie® Doll!"><em>Laser-Leatherette Dress</em> Barbie® Doll!</a></u></p> <p> The second doll in the Black and White™ Collection after last year’s <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/gallery/beaded-gown-barbie-doll-x8266" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Beaded Gown</em> Barbie® Doll</a></u>, this new Platinum Label® vision pays fabulous tribute to Barbie® doll’s inimitable style. She’s captivated generations of designers and dreamers of all ages, never forgetting where she came from in her splashy 1959 debut!</p> <p> <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/laser-leatherette-dress-barbie-doll-bcr07" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Laser-Leatherette Dress</em> Barbie® Doll!"><em>Laser-Leatherette Dress</em> Barbie® Doll</a></u>, designed by Linda Kyaw, is a thoroughly modern addition to the fashion heritage of our most famous fashionista. Exclusively for the members of the Barbie<sup>SM</sup> Fan Club, the opportunity to buy her begins <strong>Wednesday, May 14 at 9:00am PT, only in the online shop.</strong>*</p> <p> <em>Laser-Leatherette Dress</em> Barbie® features an eye-catching laser-cut design on the black bodice and white overskirt, with playful black cutouts and sequins attached to the skirt. Auburn tresses and dramatic crystal-shaped earrings frame the Lara face sculpt. Black and crystal spectator sandals and black, fingerless gloves provide added pop to the ensemble.</p> <p> Log into your BFC account and <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/laser-leatherette-dress-barbie-doll-bcr07" rel="nofollow">click into the shop</a></u><click a="" into="" the=""> for your exclusive opportunity to bring home this uniquely styled doll. No more than 1,000 will be available and log into your account at 9:00am PT sharp on 5/14. Platinum Label® dolls tend to sell out in an hour or less!</click></p> <p style="font-size:11px;"> *The opportunity to purchase <em>Laser-Leatherette Dress</em> Barbie® Doll begins 5/14/14 at 9:00am PT for $85.00 (plus tax, S&P), for active BFC members only, in the online shop. Limit one (1) doll per member while supplies last. No more than 1,000 of these dolls will be available for purchase, and only offered to members of the active Barbie Fan Club.</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:0693b0d7-6ba0-4afe-9c2b-fded9b910f70 [Video] Exclusive Interview with Romero Britto for the BRITTO Barbie® Debut! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/video-exclusive-interview-romero-britto-britto-barbie-debut Wed, 07 May 2014 06:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <img alt="" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" height="360" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/2/12/5219add6-348b-4f60-ac55-f78cdb883781.Full.jpg?1" src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/2/12/5219add6-348b-4f60-ac55-f78cdb883781.Full.jpg?1" title="" width="640" /></p> <p> She’s here! <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/gallery/britto-barbie-doll-bcp98" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BRITTO Barbie® Doll</a></u>, designed by Brazilian Pop Art sensation Romero Britto, is now available in the online shop. And there’s more to the story, too… Watch this exclusive interview with Britto for Barbie®, Collector, where he reveals his sources of artistic inspiration, his thoughts on Barbie®, and much more.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xqCyKs3Kx7g" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>  </p> <p> Can’t see the video above? <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqCyKs3Kx7g" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Watch it on YouTube!</a></p> <p>  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:831355a0-701e-4233-8d42-75b8c7bb59d8 The Latest Hollywood Craze: Dystopian Chic! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/latest-hollywood-craze-dystopian-chic Tue, 06 May 2014 06:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <img alt="" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" height="360" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/0/1/10dbd6da-6391-4b9d-a1c8-5f32717cdb75.Full.jpg?1" src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/0/1/10dbd6da-6391-4b9d-a1c8-5f32717cdb75.Full.jpg?1" title="" width="640" /></p> <p> By <a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/collecting/bloggers" rel="nofollow">Matt Stevens</a></p> <p> Who doesn’t love an exciting film franchise? Countless moviegoers do, me included! Some stories are just too epic to be contained in one flick — whether they feature vampires, wizards, elves, or superheroes — so we hit the multiplex again and again for the continuing adventures of our favorite characters.</p> <p> Today, one of the hottest trends in film franchises is post-apocalyptic actioners! <em>The Hunger Games</em> and <em>Divergent</em> movies, adapted from the best-selling young-adult novels, have earned millions of fans and bazillions at the box office. The courageous leads have even achieved acclaimed collector status with <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/gallery/hunger-games-collection" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>The Hunger Games: Catching Fire</em> dolls</a></u> and <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/gallery/divergent-dolls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Divergent</em> dolls</a></u>.</p> <p> Before diving into the books and movies, I assumed dysfunctional futuristic societies would only have dull, drab fashions. Quelle bleak! But then I realized these dystopian tales are actually allegories for the adolescent experience, with themes of rebellion, competition, popularity, and budding romance. Another important part of the teenage journey is expressing oneself through fashion, and these young warriors score major points in the style arena.</p> <p> Just check out <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/hunger-games-collection/hg---catching-fire-katnis-x8251" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Katniss</a></u>, <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/hunger-games-collection/the-hunger-games-catching-fire-peeta-doll-y3356" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peeta</a></u>, and <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/hunger-games-collection/the-hunger-games-catching-fire-finnick-doll-x8273" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Finnick</a></u> in sleek black bodysuits with matching boots and accessories inspired by the films. <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/hunger-games-collection/the-hunger-games-catching-fire-effie-doll-x8427" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Effie</a></u> also burns up the Catching Fire haute couture scene in a metallic blue dress with golden accents.</p> <p> Not to be outdone, the Divergent dolls are ready to face adversity in fashion-forward looks with fierce “leather” panels. <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/divergent-dolls/divergent-tris-doll-bcp69" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tris</a></u> pairs a fitted, detailed ensemble with cool coiled boots, while <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/divergent-dolls/divergent-four-doll-bcp70" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Four</a></u> sports intricate body art beneath his signature training uniform.</p> <p> An extra advantage of sci-fi franchises is anticipating what amazing outfits the characters will wear in future installments. We’ll find out when <em>The Hunger Games: Mockingjay</em> – Part 1 premieres this fall and <em>Part 2</em> follows next year. Plus, <em>Divergent</em> devotees can catch the highly anticipated sequel, <em>Insurgent</em>, in theaters spring 2015.</p> <p> But you don’t have to wait to enjoy <em>The Hunger Games: Catching Fire</em> and<em> Divergent</em> dolls. These must-have movie collectibles are available right now, just a click away at our <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">online store</a></u>!</p> <p> <em>What’s your favorite character or doll from the movies? Please share below.</em></p> <hr width="95%" /> <p> <em>Matt Stevens is a twice-published author and sold screenwriter who specializes in movies and pop culture. A former producer for E! Entertainment Television, he now writes about film for their website, E! Online, and contributes to numerous new-media outlets. Since his first games-writing gig for Barbie.com, Matt has been tickled pink to work on BarbieGirls.com and MyScene.com before joining the BC blogger team. </em></p> <p>  </p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:217f5c94-8bae-47e3-9317-8bc39ec4ad00 Game On, Barbie® Scores in Britto! http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/game-barbie-scores-britto Sun, 04 May 2014 06:00:00 GMT <p style="text-align:center;"> <img alt="" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" height="360" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/11/1/ebb907ba-b080-47c1-a189-9b4683c0cb21.Full.jpg?1" src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/11/1/ebb907ba-b080-47c1-a189-9b4683c0cb21.Full.jpg?1" title="" width="640" /></p> <p> When Neo-Pop Art superstar <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/gallery/britto-barbie-doll-bcp98" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Romero Britto designs for Barbie</a></u>, even a soccer ball turns into a fashion statement! Barbie is a perfect muse for the Brazilian sensation, whose beautiful portrait of Barbie served as an inspiration for this special edition doll.</p> <p> Britto is an artist who excels at transforming the world into a joyous vision with a palette of bright, brilliant colors and graphics. His unique style symbolizes the power of positive thinking. Like Barbie, he believes you can achieve your goals and win at the game of life. Suns, moons, hearts and flowers happily abound in his work, and he brings the same dynamic pop sensibility to the world of Barbie.</p> <p> <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/gallery/britto-barbie-doll-bcp98" rel="nofollow">Britto's design for Barbie</a></u> celebrates two things dear to his heart — Brazil and soccer. The artist starts with a classic dress crisscrossed at the waist with black vinyl straps and turns it into a geometric maze. With a network of stars, stripes, and Brazil emblazoned in graffiti, the dress takes on a vibrant quality that makes it look electric and alive. He tosses a soccer ball into this cubist universe and scores — the result is virtually a painting in motion!</p> <p> Straight swingy hair the shade of platinum is the only way to go when you're wearing Britto! Barbie doll's hair is swept to the side in a sleek and stylish cut. She sports bright cherry red lips and the subtlest shade of smoky eye shadow. Her eyes are vividly outlined in black – evocative of the netting on the shoulders of her dress.</p> <p> Britto kicks off the premium look with athletic knee socks, bouncy shoes and a pair of retro white sunglasses. She’s fresh. She's a champ. She's Barbie by Britto — a super-collectible work of art!</p> <p> Romero Britto and Barbie are international treasures, cherished around the world as symbols of happiness. Now, the joy is yours to bring home when you <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop/whats-new" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">order from our online store</a></u>!</p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:7345d785-5d21-4da5-8c6b-dcb2e1aaca47 BFMC® Dulcissima™ Barbie® Doll Video Deepens the Mystery http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/buzz/bfmc-dulcissima-barbie-doll-video-deepens-mystery Thu, 03 Apr 2014 06:00:00 GMT <p> <img alt="" class="imagecache imagecache-news_image" height="360" longdesc="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/6/9/f659c4c6-4eb1-4b31-a92e-f16041980203.Full.jpg?1" src="http://pluck.thebarbiecollection.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/6/9/f659c4c6-4eb1-4b31-a92e-f16041980203.Full.jpg?1" title="" width="640" /></p> <p> The<em> Alta Moda</em> story continues! Meet a new beauty from the 2014 Barbie Fashion Model Collections, <u><a href="http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/brb-bfmc-2-bcp82" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dulcissima™ Barbie® Doll</a></u>. She’s come to the Italian seashore for an elaborate wedding, but she has a secret…watch the video to find out more!</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/91zCWNPfO4Q" width="560"></iframe></p> Blog:8d201af9-8758-463a-8bbf-a37b89d65e53Post:3e06bf1f-4e99-408c-9cdc-91d1f5e5063c