Friday, April 22, 2011

Ken's 50th Birthday

Today I realized.....why not do a short post about Ken turning 50? So....above is a picture I took today of Ken before....and Ken today. No....the vintage Ken is not the original vintage Ken.....he had flocked hair. This vintage Ken has painted hair, and I'm not sure what year this Ken doll came on the scene. The very lst Ken doll appeared on the market in 1961, and he immediately became Barbie's long time boyfriend, even though they had a short breakup. This really was more of a marketing strategy from Mattel....imho. lol Now....they are back together and seem happier than ever.

There is a wonderful website just devoted to Ken, and here is the link if you want to check it out.  This site is very informative and fun to visit.

I don't think that Ken gets enough credit from doll collectors myself. I have a number of Ken dolls in my collection, because Barbie does need a love interest in her love as any normal girl does. He is more than willing to escort her anywhere she wants to go....anytime she wants to go there. In my house, they really are inseperable most of the time. However, sometimes life does get in the road of them being together. They both have so many careers that take them all over the world. Very exciting. Also...Ken does clean up very nicely to be Barbie's arm candy. Yep.....I said it and not the other way around.

Happy dollie playing and crafting.


Thursday, April 21, 2011

Mattel loses Bratz battle, must pay millions

Hey everyone out there in doll and craft land. I found this article online, and I've copied and pasted it here as information that you might all be interested in reading and knowing about. The Mattel vs. MGA battle has been going on for years, and it seems it now over after a long battle. Enjoy!  This is the link where I found this article, and there is also a video
there if you care to check it out. 

"Barbie maker Mattel (MAT) got smacked down by a federal jury today, and was ordered to pay $88.5 million to rival MGA Entertainment in a dispute over the Bratz line.

In what's being called a stunning decision, the jury told Mattel that it does not own the Bratz dolls. The legal battle has been going since 2004, and one analyst said today that Mattel's failure to settle was a "tremendously bad decision" by management.

"It means they wasted $400 million or so of shareholder money to get zero return," the analyst told Reuters. Mattel shares dropped nearly 3% after the verdict, but later recovered to $26.68, down less than 1%.

At the heart of the case is Mattel's claim that Bratz creator Carter Bryant came up with the idea for the dolls while he was working at Mattel. Mattel also says MGA secretly conspired with Bryant to steal the idea. MGA countered that the Bratz concept came to Bryant while he was on an eight-month hiatus from Mattel.

The verdict was a momentous victory for MGA after a prolonged legal scuffle that turned ugly. Mattel executives had described a "rival-led Barbie genocide" in one internal memo, according to The Associated Press. "This is war and sides must be taken: Barbie stands for good. All others stand for evil," the memo read.

MGA's chief executive, Isaac Larian, wept as the verdict was read while Mattel's chief executive leaned back in his chair and rubbed his forehead with his hand, The Los Angeles Times reports. "It very well shows that in America, even huge corporations are not above the law," Larian told Reuters.

The whole thing may sound a little silly, but there are billions at stake. MGA has sold more than $3.3 billion in Bratz products since the dolls debuted, reaping nearly $300 million in profits, the AP reported. Barbie profits sank by nearly $400 million in that period.

The jury's decision was a complete turnaround from the first trial between the companies, in 2008. At that time, a jury awarded Mattel $100 million in damages and told MGA to hand the Bratz line over to Mattel. But that jury verdict was overturned last year, and the issue went to federal court.

Now, the question is whether the Bratz dolls have survived all the years of turmoil. The legal issue made some retailers uneasy about committing to sell Bratz, and the fashion-doll category has changed over the years, the Los Angeles Times reports.

"Mattel killed the Bratz brand," MGA's Larian said. "It will never be the same level it was before."

Monday, April 11, 2011

It's All About the Fashion

I think I'm on a roll in sharing some dolls with you today. That's what the nice weather we're having is helping me mood. lol is some more eye candy for you to enjoy!

I love the model muse dolls, but at first I wasn't sure about liking them. However, they have really grown on me, and I do like that Mattel has taken Barbie back to being a fashion model again as she originally was all those years ago when she came out on the market in 1959. There are two Basic Barbies and a Tarina Tarantino Barbie doll. I just love the bright pink hair of the TT doll. Just wonderful. All three girls are wearing fashions from a recent Fashionista closet that was available to buy. I adore the headband with the miniature crown attached. Doesn't TT look like a princess in this outfit? I really think the cute strapless pink number that the basic blonde is wearing is very cute. I'm not sure what I think of the fashion the Steffie faced Basic Barbie is wearing. I think I would like it better if Mattel had made the skirt a bit longer and gave us a way to close the top securely. I used a piece of double sided tape to keep Basic Steffie modest in this picture. I just wonder if parents buy some of these "hoochie mama" fashions for their daughters to play with? Something to think about. It's fine for us adult collectors, but children are another topic entirely.

Thanks for stopping by and happy dollie collecting. Enjoy!


Solo in Spotlight and Matinee Fashion

I love love love....all of the Barbie doll reproduction dolls. I do have some vintage Barbie dolls, but not all that many. Certainly....I do not own a #1, #2, #3, or even a #4. Then of course, I don't own a vintage American Girl Barbie doll either....let alone a side part( nor Japanese high color side part). me....the reproductions are good enough for me, and I'm happy to have them in my collection. Here are a couple of examples of wonderful reproduction Barbie dolls.

This brunette American Girl Barbie doll shown below is wearing a 1600 fashion that most vintage collectors desire to have in their collection. I think Mattel did a great job on this reproduction version of this wonderful fashion....don't you?

Isn't she gorgeous with her dark hair a very full luscious red lips? Those piercing blue eyes are wonderful too and only add to this girl's beauty. Red is my favorite color, so I just adore this stunning Matinee Fashion ensemble. Just gorgeous!

What Barbie vintage fashion is more famous than Solo in Spotlight? I don't know, but I do know it is pretty famous among Barbie collectors all over the world. In this picture, I tried to create some fitting ambiance, so was I successful? I'm not sure, but I did the best I could with what I had to work with. lol This beautiful blonde #1 reproduction Barbie dolls wears this fashion as if it was made for her. Oh was! haha Just a classic fashion that seems to never go out of style. This doll also came with holes in her feet and a double pronged stand, which she is standing on in this very picture. Love it!

Thanks for stopping by and happy doll collecting!


Dollie Delights

Today I'm sharing a few dolls that I received recently for my recent birthday. The below picture is of Fashion Queen twins....or are they? lol is a recent reproduction FQ doll, and the other is actually a vintage FQ doll. Can you tell which one is vintage and which one is reproduction? Both are wearing wigs that came with the reproduction FQ doll. What do you think?

You've probably figured out that the doll in green is the reproduction FQ Barbie doll leaving the doll in red as the actual vintage FQ Barbie doll. The outfits that both dolls are wearing are very much 50's style. I bought them at Tru many years ago, but I can't remember what company made them.  Just the same, I'm very happy with these two along with the others that I bought not pictured here. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Birthday Card

Last week was my sister's birthday, so I created a card for her and sent it by snail mail. lol I wanted to share it sooner, but it just made sense to wait until I knew she had received it along with her gift.

I was very happy with the way this cute card turned out. I used my Cricut Expression to cut out the bird and sentiment on the cover of the card. I love to add glitter to a lot of my projects, so here you will see that I added glitter to the hat's pom pom. Gave it a bit of a nice added touch and sparkle. I hope you like my card, and I'll be sure and share more as I make them.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting me. Happy creating and dollie playing!