Friday, October 15, 2010

Have You Seen the New Kens? What do You Think?

Posted by thedollcafe at Friday, October 15, 2010 5 comments
Take a look at the new Kens.  Thank you Mattel, you do listen to us, but a few steps are always taken back before they are taken forward aren't they?  With the dawning of the Barbie Twilight Edward Doll and the Barbie Harley - Davidson Ken Mattel brought us some much needed improvements.  A new body sculpt with more poseability and a more manly physique.  Poseability has now reached the playline Ken dolls but what happened with the facial sculpts?  I guess Bieber Fever has hit toy shelves!  The new Kens have a face sculpt that gives off a more squarish jaw but also a younger appearance!  Remember the shorty dolls from a few years ago?  I think these new Kens would look great with those dolls but we all know what happened with those dolls!

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying I wouldn't purchase these dolls, but it will take a while for me to get used to them.  Because of the new neck knobs it will be difficult to switch the heads on these dolls if you are buying them simply for the new body.  Let's hear what you think.  Running out to by them, um... I don't think so, or I'm still undecided . . .

Barbie Shaving Fun Ken Doll
Shaving Fun Ken

Barbie Princess Groom Doll
Barbie Princess Groom Ken

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Where is the Doll Cafe Forum?

Posted by thedollcafe at Wednesday, September 29, 2010 3 comments
Just a quick note to let you all know that our forum is undergoing some much needed maintenance.  We are hoping to have all our maintenance completed by this weekend.  Please check back here for more info.  In the meantime you are welcome to join us at our Doll Cafe Facebook page or our Twitter!

Sorry for the inconvenience.  If you need further assistance or info please contact sandra at the doll cafe dot com!

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Do You Like the Brand or The Doll?

Posted by thedollcafe at Thursday, July 08, 2010 7 comments
Barbie Superstar Doll

I found this interesting article today called "Case Study - Barbie."  The article describes how Mattel went about marketing the Barbie brand in China.  Since the Barbie doll is not a doll that most mother' have grown up with in China, Mattel is using the store as a shopping experience that will actually bring the consumer to a one stop boutique featuring products and services like a spa, a make-up counter and clothing.  The article relates that Mattel is using the store almost as an experiment to see what will help them sell more product, i.e. dolls.  I thought this was very interesting. I've always thought of Barbie as a doll, not a brand.  The more I thought about it, this is an impressive marketing scheme.  Actually, I would love to see more Barbie and Mattel branded product than the dolls and I would love to see it in a one stop shop store like Shanghai's store.  It would certainly help sell more product! According to the article, this may not be feasible in many markets. What do you think? 

Monday, July 05, 2010

Harley Davidson Giftset is on Sale

Posted by thedollcafe at Monday, July 05, 2010 4 comments

I just logged into Amazon and noticed that the Harley Davidson Giftset is on sale for $42.49. The set is also on sale at Walmart for the same price! I'm glad I held out for this set because it looks like it's time to buy! What is great about this set is that the Ken features the new body sculpt first found on Edward Twilight Ken, and the HD doll is a model muse style body with articulated knees. On that note, here is an amazing picture of the Ken courtesy of Therese, one of our forum members. You can see more pics here! For your convenience here is a link to ordering this set on Amazon!  I noticed Debbie Harry and Cyndi Lauper Ladies of the 80s are also on sale!

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Happy Fourth of July!

Posted by thedollcafe at Sunday, July 04, 2010 0 comments

May you be enjoying your Holiday weekend. Here are Style 'n Shave Ken and Dallas Cowboy Hispanic Cheerleader Barbie dressed in Dressmaker Details to wish you a safe and Happy Fourth of July! I have spent the last several days going through my dolls, de-boxing and taking tons of pictures. I've been uploading a lot of pictures to the gallery and have been posting updates at the Twitter page to let you know about the new pictures!

Friday, June 25, 2010

I'm Back and Ximena says hello!

Posted by thedollcafe at Friday, June 25, 2010 2 comments

Yes, The Doll Cafe Blog returns, actually we didn't go anywhere! Most of the activity here has taken place on several different platforms lately. Of course you can always participate at our super fun and informative Forum. For those of you on Facebook, I post there nearly every day, either some Barbie news stories or pictures of my fave dolls. Please join us there! For quick updates, news and stories, our Twitter page is also updated nearly every day! Be sure to follow us on Twitter since we will be live tweeting from the Barbie Convention once again! With less than a month until the National Barbie Doll Convention, you will not want to miss out on the fun!

We have been working quite a bit to update our Gallery. If you have not been there lately, please check it out. Most of our pictures are by members of the forum. They are amazing works of art. Please be sure to register and post comments and vote to make your favorite picture the most popular! On that note, today's featured photo is by forum member souverignofsilence. She is a beautiful Teresa doll named Ximena. Aren't the colors brilliant? If you like this pic see more here!

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