Friday, May 23, 2014

New to the Party - Unboxed Version #2

Hooray! The moment you (and I) have been waiting for! 

The unveiling of the unboxed new additions 2! Three wonderful dolls who got removed from their boxes letting their true beauty shine through without plastic and cardboard! 

Let's get to it.

Last post we featured a tropical doll and one with a foofy dress. Don't we all love the floofy dresses? All three dolls have just that!

My mom told me that I for sure had this one. I do, but in a different color dress from a different year. I bring you Happy Birthday Barbie! Anyone know what year she is from?

Now she had not been previously removed from the box. And the box was in really good shape. Those are my requirements for leaving a doll IN the box. However, her head turned to the side really bugged me. So she had to come out. 

Oh that is so much better isn't it? 

I honestly thought about leaving her in after I removed her outer surroundings. However because she had been stored (I think in extreme heat like an attic) the decals on her skirt were sticking together. The picture above was after I had fixed it some. But if you looked behind her, her skirt was unfastened and there was no way to snap it back shut unless you took her out. I went back and forth and the decision was solid when I saw this. 

Nice!!! A complete set of accessories including the doll stand. Now she has a way to stand all on her own. Here she comes out!

A close up. How can you not love the sweet face and the ribbons in her hair?

And a picture from the back of the box. Did any of you want all the Barbie party goods for your birthdays?

And here she is! Fastened and fluffed skirt, shoes on and situated nicely on her doll stand. Love!

 I think what I love most is the glittery strands in her hair. Perfect for a party!

You are going to looooove this next one!

When I was little I took my Happy Holidays Barbies out of the box and played with them. They always wore their same dresses because, why would you ever want to change out of those beautiful gowns!

For Christmas, the same year I got my 1990 Happy Holidays Barbie, I also got Wedding Fantasy Barbie. She changed her clothes some because she obviously isn't going to wear the dress to the honeymoon with Ken right? :)

After I fell out of collecting Barbie I patched up the Happy Holiday boxes as much as I could and because she was a collector and had a box that was impossible to put back together, she was housed and GLUED shut with the other doll. 

Well looky what I now have!

Unfortunately Wedding Fantasy Barbie looks like a fallen angel so naturally we had to take her out and fix her up!

There, all out and ready to be fixed up for the wedding day. 

Her veil was attached to her head. So like the fan with Dance Magic Barbie, it needed to be cut from her hair. 

Oh. My. Goodness!!

She is breathtaking!

She had her stand and her adorable little garter.

It took a little finagling to get the veil to cooperate but I finally got it.

It even had all the wedding party decorations still attached to the cardboard.

And the excerpt from the back of the cardboard part of the box."Barbie is dreaming of her wedding day, and what a beautiful day it will be! There are flowers everywhere. Soft music fills the air. And Ken looks so handsome in his tux. As Barbie moves down the aisle, everyone turns. She is the most glamorous bride they've ever seen! Her spectacular gown covered with iridescent lacy roses in full bloom, sparkles in the candlelight. Her veil floats like a cloud around her. She is so happy. She knows that someday her dream really will come true."

It also shows that she comes with a "lingerie trousseau." I had forgotten but this is the center overlay of her dress. I didn't take it off as it proved to be a little tough so I just left it on. But you can believe that I did have her wearing that when I played with her as a child!

So so so happy to have a Wedding Fantasy Barbie out of the box again. 

And last but certainly not least!

The fabulous Dance 'n Twirl Barbie! (with another box in sad shape.)

And let's take a look at what the box says:

"The first Barbie doll ever to dance by radio control." How have I never heard of her?

I was so excited to try this out. She came complete with the remote and base!

Unfortunately she has those clear straps that tend to deteriorate over time. Because they were not serving any purpose anymore, they went. 

But she has a beautiful twirly skirt and I combed out the fringe so it looks nice. 

I love the straight hair. The only thing I don't like is the earrings. Because of the way they are strung, the bottom jewel doesn't hang straight down. But I can overlook that for sure. 

She has a starburst pattern on her skirt that I thought might glow in the dark. No such luck. Don't you love the pink?

The funny thing about this is it came with the instructions! (The instructions are something I totally kept when they came with my dolls.) The instructions said that the radio control might not work if a CB or other radio waved instrument was in range. So I wasn't surprised when this didn't work. This was made before the days of wi-fi so I'm sure that causes some interference somehow. However I have another stand for a doll! And the cool thing is there is a place for Ken's feet so he can dance with her. I think I might add the My First Ken to be her dancing partner!

The excerpt on the back of the box. "The music begins. Barbie twirls across the dance floor in her sparkling gown. She's absolutely breathtaking! Everything about her flows like music. She spins in one direction, then the other. She glides across the floor and twirls round and round, her long hair and gown flowing around her. For her grand finale, Barbie dances romantically with her favorite partner, Ken! Together they make dancing truly magical!"

Don't you love the write ups? :)

Three beautiful dolls and three stands! I'm so excited about the doll stands, could you tell? 

So now what do I do with these boxes? Keep them? Collapse them down and keep or toss them? I don't know what to do. What do you all do with your boxes?

Do you have any of these beautiful dolls? Be sure and let me know in the comments!

Next time I have a very fun post with some Barbies and a new "little" doll I just received. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

New to the Party - Unboxed Version #1

Yay, a new post! I know you all are super excited. I know I am because I get to share some more awesome dolls with you!

First I have to show you this Barbie. After I was finished with the hair dye experiment, I let the Barbie dry and then I put her in my Barbie Room, sans clothes. My hubby went in there the other day and he has this "thing" about seeing nude dolls. He hates it! And I hate it too because with so many cute outfits, you've just got to show them off!

So I picked out this Fashionista Closet "Cutie" outfit with some pink fashionista shoes. This is just too cute. What do you think?

Now, to the deboxed dolls from the big box I showed you last week!

My mom thought that I had this one but I assured her that I did not. This is the most beautiful Island Fun Barbie and you can definitely see that she is a great candidate for deboxing. She had been removed before but the box is severely damaged.

You can wear the skirt 14 different ways! That's always the fun of a sarong, all the different ways you can wear it.

She has a very pretty face.

Her hair has been put into 3 sections and it's still very curly. Awesome!

Uh oh! Looks like Island Fun Barbie had a little too much Island Fun Sun!

The back of the legs are "burnt" too!

Unfortunately, this doll has a case of the "sticky vinyl doll legs." The white spots was where the vinyl was touching the box. So friends, HELP! How do you get rid of the sticky legs? I would love to fix her up because it's starting to ooze onto her skirt and make it sticky too. 

Here is the back of the box showing the rest of the dolls from this line. And only in the islands, a seahorse comb! Do you have any other dolls that came with a seahorse comb? For me the only other one I have came with Mermaid Barbie. 

And....I SO want the Skipper. I have never seen another one with a smile like that. Cute!

Onto the next fabulous doll. This is Dance Magic Barbie. The cool thing is I have her!

I believe that she has been taken out of the box but not played with all. All the accessories are still attached to the cardboard and her hair is still rather curly!

That's a very peculiar place for the fan.....

At first I thought it was attached to her dress. But no, it is attached to her HAIR. Now I know she really hasn't been played with!

Now if any of you have Dance Magic Barbie (and has ended up storing her for years like this person and myself have) then you know that the fabric of this dress gets molded to the position the dress is in. So here is another question, do any of you have any ideas of how to get this fabric to lay down? I just can't get it to cooperate!

And I love the curly hair. My Dance Magic Barbie's hair has been brushed...and brushed...and brushed...

So here she is with what is called the "Hot Disco" outfit.

Her hair will take some more work. I might pick through it to get it to lay down better. I have this fear that I will brush out all the curls. It looks okay from the front, I might just leave it ;)

I decided to leave all her accessories attached to the cardboard backing for right now. Since I have all of her accessories deboxed already with my other doll. :)

So that is it for post 1 of the deboxed dolls. Next time I will have THREE dolls to post that I deboxed! They are the most fun of all!

If you can, please let me know if you have any remedies for the questions I posted. Thanks friends!

Until next time!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

New to the Party - boxed version

Hello Barbie Friends!

A couple of weekends ago, I received this box from my parents. 

Barbie goodies!

After I brought the box home I went through all the dolls in this box. Some had been deboxed then put back in the box and some had not been taken out at all. Of the ones that were still fresh in the box, some had boxes that were horribly destroyed so that played a part in which ones I fully deboxed and which ones I didn't. So one Saturday I grabbed the box, went to the living room, found a nice backdrop and went to town taking pictures.

This is the post of the ones I kept in the box. :) Let's get to it!

First we have the most lovely Toothfairy Barbie. 

I believe she is from 1994 (someone correct me if I'm wrong) and she is a Wal-Mart Special Edition. The style and color of her dress reminds me of another doll from my childhood.
The cutest thing about this doll is she has a little bag to put your tooth in. 

And she has that classic pretty Barbie face.

This doll has solid white legs and wears molded on ballet slippers. She also comes with a comb. 

The next two dolls that are being kept in the box are not Barbie's at all but Barbie friends!

Look at who is next!

This is Ken as the Cowardly Lion from the 1999 Wizard of Oz doll set. LOVE! I love the Wizard of Oz and have longed for the Dorothy and Glenda the Good Witch dolls. But now I have the Cowardly Lion Ken for when I do get Dorothy and Glenda!

Ken's box was not bad however it was friendly so I could take deboxed pictures!

I would have liked to adjust the curls a little bit however they are sewn into his mane so there is no moving them. They are also very stiff like holiday Barbie up-do's. He has his courage badge and the bow in his hair. 

The costume Ken wears has the paws sewn in. Cute!

He is holding his tail and has a green crown. He also comes with a green comb.

This doll is in really great condition and I'm lucky to have it! What a treat. 

The last doll we have for today is one I have seen before but did not know too much about. We have the United Colors of Benetton Kira doll. 

Her box is semi-distressed and has been opened but she is still connected to her cardboard so I opted to not take her out. 

I didn't know too much about the United Colors of Benetton so I did a quick Wikipedia search and saw that this was a fashion label from I believe Italy. The page wasn't very informative but at least I know what it is now!

Loving Kira's yellow fuzzy jacket. And this is the Kira face that I grew up with. Love it. 

I also took a picture of the back of the box to show the other dolls. You can't tell me that you don't love Barbie's tights! Ken has the western theme going on!

Does anyone have anymore information on the United Colors of Benetton dolls? Are they super collectible? I thought I saw somewhere that they were sought after but I could be wrong. 

That is all for today. The next two posts will be dedicated to the dolls that I took out of the box. And what fun it was!

So friends, do you have any of these dolls? Maybe you have the collection of the Wizard of Oz or United Colors of Benetton dolls. Let me know in the comments!

Until next time!