Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Silkstone Francie Exclusive for Barbie Fan Club Members!

Posted by thedollcafe at Wednesday, October 26, 2011 2 comments
Francie, Check Please!
"Francie, Check Please! by mood4mod, on Flickr"

Just as anticipated, Barbie Collector has announced the new Silkstone Francie! Her  name is "Nighty Brights" and she features her nighty outfit and a cute yellow mod shift dress.  Barbie Collector also announced some cute collectibles honoring Francie! Francie will be available on November 2 at 9:00 a.m. Pacific.  Here is her page at Barbie Collector.  If you would like her, it's not too late to join!   I'm hoping this one will be more of a hit with collectors but as you know repros always bring up strong feelings for collectors. Mattel tries to please vintage collectors but sometimes the new interpretations are not exactly what the collectors hoped for. Recent comments about the repro Check Please Francie were mixed.  Some collectors have noted that Francie's lips and eyes were too cartoon like!  I think this is an interesting addition to the Silkstone line but I'm still a big fan of the classic looks and tailored outfits of the earlier Silkstone offerings.  I think this Francie is a cutie who may end up on my list sooner or later!  If you are a Barbie Fan Club member check out this exclusive content!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Barbie Collector: Hollywood Icons Sale at Gilt

Posted by thedollcafe at Monday, October 24, 2011 0 comments
Don't think I blogged about the previous blog sale so I hope you see this in time!  The last great sale at Gilt Groupe allowed me to buy the Russian Silkies I was seeking for just $50!  This time they are having a Barbie Collector: Hollywood Icons sale featuring the Grace Kelly vinyl and Silkstone dolls, Elvis, Sinatra, Dynasty, Lucy and Ricky and more Barbies.  If you haven't signed up use this link and you will be ready for the sale tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. Pacific time.  You can get into the sale at 8:00 a.m. Pacific if you go to the Gilt Children's page and look for the Exclusive Sales tab.  I already got my Sinatra and Elvis Barbies but maybe you can find one with your name on it!

Sinatra Barbie Close-up

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Can you Believe the Tokidoki Barbie Firestorm?

Posted by thedollcafe at Sunday, October 23, 2011 7 comments
Tokidoki Barbie by ShellyS
Tokidoki Barbie, a photo by ShellyS on Flickr.
Wow, who could predict that Miss Tokidoki Barbie would cause such a firestorm! I'm sure you've read the articles and may have even seen the news reports on CNN and other outlets. I loved this doll from the moment I saw her pictures from Toy Fair. There is no way this is a child's Barbie doll and I'm not buying into all the articles and new stories that the media has picked up on. Now that Barbie Collector announced on 10/21/11 that this Barbie is really sold out she seems to have gone up in price considerably!  A few weeks ago I was able to meet the designer Simone Legno in Santa Monica, California. I hope you enjoy the pics!
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