Wednesday, March 5, 2014

A Super Cool Newcomer

Greetings!

Whenever I am at my local Wal-Mart (or Target, or Fred Meyer, or wherever) I take a cruise down the Barbie aisle. I usually don't see many new dolls which is unfortunate. But my eye caught the clearance table where I saw a ton of these.

www.toysrus.com
I also saw a ton of the little packages with dolls and accessories. I guess they weren't that popular.

As I was walking away from the table to continue my shopping, a box caught my eye.


Of course at that price she just HAD to come home with me. :)

Pilot Barbie is special because my husband is a pilot. We have lots of airplane memorabilia around our house so this will be memorabilia for my Barbie room.

She is adorable.


She even has the cutest little passport.


And because I had a crappy day at work, you know what I am going to do? I'm going to take her out of the box! I can't remember the last time I opened a doll so this is going to be fun.

The cutest diorama. Definitely going to keep her with this. It's so cute.


I like how the hair is rubber banded in. It doesn't create imprints.


As I took extra care cutting off the rubber bands from her hands and legs, I come to find that her head is stuck to the plastic piece that the hat was banded to.


This is a HUGE pet peeve of mine. Why does Mattel feel the need to hang tag Barbie's HEAD to the box? I can't tell you how many times i've tried to brush hair from a doll I got at the thrift store only to have the brush get stuck on the hang tag. Anyone else completely annoyed with this?


It's very hard to cut them off as they are so close to her head. Even here with the plastic guarding the hair it was still a challenge. Then I had to cut them shorter and try ever so hard not to cut hair along with it. But it's off and her hair is beautiful and shiny. Gotta love the new doll hair. :)

She's cute! A little pilot shirt with navy pants and silver boots.


I think a jacket would have been a little more pilot-ish but this shirt definitely fits with Barbie.


Okay, the moment you've been waiting for! It's so hard to know how a doll moves when they are stuck in a box. I am pleased to announce that she has articulated knees. Wish her elbows were articulated as well but I am satisfied with the knees.


Her luggage has a wrist hold but doesn't sit very well in the front.


It works when drug behind her though. And it does open!


Oh! I almost forgot! Her hat. Very pleased that it stays on her head!


Her head does not require any special tilt to keep it on. A good design that allows it to stay put!


Another picture of the diorama. Actually I have seen a pink plane so it's not totally out of the ordinary!


The back of the box with other Barbie I can be..'s. Can you name them all?


I have another Barbie I can be. You can check her out here! Like I said in that post, I love Barbie I can be... Especially with being a pilot. The airline pilot industry was entirely dominated by men but I think it's great that women have found their way in as well (rather than just being a stewardess). I know many women who have gone to become successful pilots. One of my friends was even a helicopter pilot in the Coast Guard. Girls can do anything if they set their mind to it!

And I do also want to add that I have seen men be successful stewards as well. It goes both ways!

Do you have Barbie I can be a Pilot? What do you think of her? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time!

7 comments:

Andrea said...

I guess little girls who are into dolls and fashion prefer the real thing to these sets. Since the wall unit looks pretty solid to me, there really is not that much building fun. But the store itself would look great in Barbie size.

Congrats on ICB Pilot Barbie. She is really cute.

Those plastic tags are a pain. I cut them down as far as it is still safe for not cutting the hair and use tweezers and a pin to push the remaining bit inside the head. To me it is even more annoying when they use those thingies to keep clothing in place.

No jacket, that means she must be flying in the tropical region.

I also like the ICB line, especially when they come with lots of little props.

On that box back are Fashion Designer, Pet Vet, Movie Star, Pilot and Doctor Barbie. So far I did get Fashion Designer, News Anchor, Computer Engineer, Zoo Vet, TV Chef, Baby Doctor, Sea World Trainer, Ballroom Dancer.

I don't have the ICB Pilot yet, but I do have some older Pilot Barbies.

1991 Air Force Barbie:

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fpCIo_lh9x0/UEFe3N-ARWI/AAAAAAAABNw/t78u3VXGaHE/s1600/Air+Force+Pilot+Barbie,+1991.jpg

1999 Pilot Barbie:

http://jpegshare.net/images/d2/dd/d2dda9633b60a8fb0f7292dbb3fa7be9.jpg

2001 Aviator Barbie:

http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MzA0WDMwNA==/z/uA8AAMXQVT9TEcG-/$_12.JPG

Andrea said...

Haha, I forgot to mention my two ICB Brides. It's funny though, that Mattel considers Bride to be a profession. What do you think?

Teresa Brown said...

Those are all adorable dolls! I think the 1999 Pilot Barbie was more of the look I was thinking of with the suit. But pilots wear a variety of different uniforms so anything goes!

Yeah, the ICB Brides definitely tends to throw me off a little bit. Any girl CAN be a bride when they grow up but I think putting it into the ICB line is a little odd. There's always been Bride Barbies but maybe it was to appeal to the dress-up pretend aspect of children?

Kaitlyn said...

I can't leave Walmart without looking in the Barbie isle. My mum thought I was crazy every time for dragging my stuff down just to look sometimes without purchasing anything, but now, I have her looking in the Barbie isle as well when I am not shopping with her!

I have seen that I.C.B. Pilot doll before and thought she was adorable. The other dolls in that collection make me happy too. The accessories they come with really make me want to purchase them. I love accessories. That is why I am always purchasing the accessories packages or clothing packages singularly. They are just so much fun!

Well, congrats on a wonderful doll! And, a good price! :)

Teresa Brown said...

Thanks Kaitlyn! You and me both, accessories! Especially shoes! Although I wish Barbie had some shoes as cool as Monster High. But I guess that's what makes MH so unique and unlike anything else!

Kaitlyn said...

You're welcome!

Shoes are the top accessory! I remember when I was young, I didn't have very many and now, I have tons. They have so much detail in the ones today.

Ironically, they day I read this post, I went to a resale shop and saw Barbie's 'Friend Ship.' Didn't purchase it but it was in rough condition. The plane sure screamed "Vintage!"

http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Vintage-1970s-Mattel-Barbies-Friendship-United-Airlines-fold-up-plane-8639-/00/s/MTIwMFgxNjAw/z/9kQAAOxyJmhSHjQy/$T2eC16F,!y0FIZfBsMSVBSHjQyC3-!~~60_35.JPG

http://www.thehenryford.org/exhibits/pic/2009/march/images/5.jpg

Teresa Brown said...

ooo, that is so cool! I can see how that would be in bad condition though. All the stickers on the inside would get ripped and dirty. That's how I found Barbie's Dream House too. Not worth picking up. With as many dolls and accessories I have, I can be a little picky! :)