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Friday, December 11, 2015

My Favorite Barbies: Mbili Barbie


There's a lot of excitement around the new Ava Duvernay Barbie, and rightfully so. However, Mattel has also produced other fabulous Black Barbies for the adult collector. Here's one of my favorites, Mbili Barbie from the Treasures of Africa Collection by Byron Lars. She was produced in 2002 and is no longer available from Mattel.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Ava Duvernay Ignites New Interest in Black Barbies


So the Ava Duvernay Barbie sold out within an hour, or minutes, on the Barbie Collector website according to various media outlets. Wow. How many units are being produced? I was not one of the lucky purchasers. Deep sigh. Loving the braided hair a lot like the African-American Harley-Davidson Barbie from 2001.

For sure many of my Facebook friends were unaware of the many Black collectible Barbies. It's been fun sharing pictures and information on Black Barbies and my other collectibles. 

#barbiecollector #dollmadness #sheroes

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Resurrection Day! Happy Easter!


On this day of celebration of our Savior, be Blessed and be a Blessing to others. Happy Resurrection Day! Happy Easter!

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Thursday, December 05, 2013

Down, but never out! LOL



Good morning, fabulous people! It's so great to be back. I hope everyone has been awesome. I'd been dealing with a technical issue for months that was finally resolved with some sweat equity, the help of sympathetic folks at Google and a couple of sympathetic tech guys I know. I hope...I pray that I will NEVER, EVER, EVER have to experience that again. Anyhoo, I was down much longer than I'd planned but never really out if you know what I mean. I'm back just in time for the holidays so let's have some fun.  Smooches....

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Monday, April 08, 2013

Redress in Goddess of Africa Attire

The fabulous collection of Barbie Collector Stanley Colorite was recently featured in the Daily Mail in the UK. Close-up photos of a few of his dolls were published, including Pink Splendor Barbie and Billions of Dreams Barbie.  I noticed the doll dressed in the Bob Mackie Goddess of Africa Barbie attire. I'm not the face mold expert but that's not the Goddess of Africa doll because the face mold looks more like the Asha face mold that has been used on several Barbies.

On display in the Barbie Man's massive 2,000+ collection is a doll that is not the original Goddess of Africa (see below). I do believe this doll wears the Asha face mold although it could be Christie.

Star Skater Barbie with Asha face mold


Bob Mackie Goddess of Africa

The Goddess of Africa face mold was also used on the Barbie Basics Model No. 04.

Barbie Basics Model No. 04 from the Barbie Basics Collection 001

Here is a great article with more information than you probably want to know about face molds used in Barbie dolls. It's a bit dated but still very informative. 


Sources:    


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Monday, March 25, 2013

Ever thought about matching your fingernails to your shoes?

Are you adventurous? Here's an interesting video on matching your nails to your shoes, if you go for that sort of thing.



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Monday, March 18, 2013

My Barbie Collage


This is a photo collage I made using the Pic Collage app on my iPad. It was my tribute to Barbie for her 54th birthday this year. It was fun stress relief using my creative brain cells.

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Stanley Colorite: The Barbie Man and his 2,000 Barbies

I would love to live in this Barbie room in the Barbie Man's home. He has three more bedrooms and a bathroom full of Barbie dolls and other Barbie toys.

If you are a Barbie Collector, surely you've seen coverage of Stanley "Barbie Man" Colorite of Florida and his collection of 2,000 Barbies (and 3,000 outfits). I would love to bask in the fabulous Barbieness he has amassed.

His collection fills four of the seven bedrooms and one bathroom in his beautiful Hudson, Florida home. Surely Stanley lives alone because no one would tolerate so much Barbieness, right? Wrong! Stanley's partner Dennis Schlicker, began collecting Ken dolls after he and Stanley met. So far Dennis has 1,000 of those. The couple has been together for 13 years.

If Stanley ever allows private tours, I'd love to be on the list.



Source:    The Daily Mail



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Friday, March 09, 2012

Happy Birthday, Barbie!

The diverse beauty of Barbie! Happy Birthday!
Barbie Millicent Roberts was born fifty-three years ago today. Any serious Barbie collector or Barbie blogger just has to recognize and celebrate this important day in history. Barbie started out as a blonde-haired beauty and has been transformed into every ethnic group in the world. In spite of the controversy about Barbie's unrealistic body proportions, she has provided girls the opportunity to be anything they wanted to be.

We girls can do anything....

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BARBIE!

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Joe's List


I really wish I hadn’t surfed across Joe’s List - Joe Blitman’s Fashion & Celebrity Dolls. OMG he has an extensive offering of hard-to-find doll collectibles for sale. There’s an African-American Barbie Convention Doll Set I could die for but $400 is just not in my budget right now. Arrgh!


He also offers other Convention items as well as mint condition clothing and accessories. Check out the other Mattel fashion dolls available as well as fashion dolls by other manufacturers.


Barbie and computer gadgets are my weaknesses so Joe’s site will definitely be a struggle for me to avoid spending money. Please pray for me...I am so serious.


Smooches...



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NOTE: I do not represent all of these photos as my own; these are photos of Barbie and other dolls that I find to be fabulous! If you are the actual photographer and would like to be credited, send me an e-mail.