March 31, 2011

Celebrate Elizabeth Taylor!

Fans worldwide were saddened by the passing of Elizabeth Taylor, one of Hollywood’s brightest stars. Now, fans of the icon are celebrating the life of the legendary actress in a variety of unexpected and fulfilling ways. Barbie collectors were given a special surprise back in 2000, when Elizabeth Taylor consented to three amazing dolls made in her likeness, Father of the Bride, Cleopatra and White Diamonds (named after the actress’s signature fragrance). Thanks to the talented hands of doll artists and fans, Mattel’s superb dolls are capturing her signature looks in many of her greatest films!

Creative collectors remove the dolls from their boxes, then re-wig, redesign and redress them in their own vision. The Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra is a terrific example of a doll with infinite possibilities. First, savvy collectors remove her glittery costume in lieu of something the actress would have worn on her many movie magazine covers. Once Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra has been freed from ancient Egypt, artists cut her stick-straight hair and give her a totally retro brunette bubble cut or pageboy! Many collectors find a perfect fit using the brunette pageboy wig that came with the BFMC Spa Getaway Collection. The dark brown wig is a terrific throwback to the fifties-style haircuts worn by Elizabeth Taylor during that era. You can also achieve the same look with the Father of the Bride or White Diamonds dolls, all it takes is a costume change! Barbie® doll’s vintage wardrobe mirrors the styles of the period with plenty of cinched waists, full-skirts and slinky glamour sheaths for you to choose from.

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March 28, 2011

Hot Off The Barbie® Press No. 15

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Light Years Ahead of Their Time
In the beauty section of the April issue, InStyle features a timeline highlighting icons in platinum blond history, including 1971 Malibu Barbie along with Marilyn Monroe and Madonna.

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March 22, 2011

Hot Off The Barbie® Press No. 14

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March 18, 2011

…And then there was one. The Season Finale of Genuine Ken!

The first season of “Genuine Ken: The Search for the Great American Boyfriend” has been nothing but a-mazing! Although my Tuesdays will be a little less fab without new episodes to look forward to, I’m glad that a Genuine Ken has finally been selected!

Throughout the show, eight Ken-testants competed in a series of elimination challenges to determine who would be deemed the “Genuine Ken.” Like my boyfriend Ken, they had to prove they have the qualities to be the ultimate boyfriend for every occasion.

March 18, 2011

Inside Ken's World as Barbie's Boyfriend, Part 2

We recently launched Part 1 of our three-part audio series with Jef Beck, creator of Now, we've got even more doll dish on what it takes to be Ken, The Ultimate Boyfriend.

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March 17, 2011

Design Dish: Linda Kyaw on Sydney Opera House Barbie®

The Dolls of the World® Landmark Collection celebrates internationally acclaimed landmarks from around the world as only Barbie® can – with a flair for fashion!

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March 15, 2011

Inside Ken's World as Barbie's Boyfriend, Part 1

Ever wonder about the man behind your fave fashion doll? No one knows Barbie's boyfriend Ken quite like Jef Beck, creator of recently caught up with Jef and got the inside scoop on what it takes to be The Ultimate Boyfriend.

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March 14, 2011

Hot Off The Barbie® Press No. 13

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Joan Collins Interview
During an interview with Joan Collins, Piers Morgan noted that as part of the 30th anniversary of Dynasty, Mattel created Barbie Collector Dynasty dolls. During the segment, Piers presented Collins with a Barbie Collector Alexis doll.

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March 8, 2011

Hot Off The Barbie® Press No. 12

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March 4, 2011

Collector Spotlight on Jim Taylor, a.k.a. urrgghh

Calling all Barbie Fan Club members! Recently, we caught up with BFC member Jim Taylor, a.k.a. urrgghh on the Barbie Bulletin Board. He gave us a behind-the-scenes look a ...

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