Why Re-ment miniature food will change your life as a Barbie collector

I recently ordered two packages of Re-ment miniature food for my Coca Cola Soda Fountain. I thought it looked a bit incomplete and wanted to find out if the miniature food could be the solution for my problem. From the size it’s perfect for my Soda Fountain.

My Coca Cola Soda Fountain decorated with Re-ment food miniatures
My Soda jerk makes some fresh Doughnuts
More are waiting  for a place in the pot…
Barbie meets Elvis at the Soda Fountain
Elvis ? Really Elvis? Incredible!
Barbie is happy…
Such a lovely day…

I must say I like the miniature food.

Ken prototype heads you don’t see often

Sometimes pics appear from Barbie prototypes.  Last week I got to see some Ken prototype heads. I asked Patrick McGovern for the permission to show them.  I think it’s a Mod Hair Ken prototype but I’m not 100% sure.

Anyway, enjoy the pics.

Mod Hair Ken
blond Mod Hair Ken Prototype
Mod Hair Ken
blond Mod Hair Ken prototype
blond Mod Hair Ken prototype
brown Mod Hair Ken prototype
brown Mod Hair Ken prototype
brown Mod Hair Ken prototype

I must say I really like these prototypes. I think they had sold well. I’m not 100% but I think the first blond rerooted Ken came in the 90s or as a Fashionista Ken recently. I’m not so good informed about Fashionistas because I don’t collect them.

Reasons you should be talking about FAO Schwarz at the moment

Do you know the toy store FAO Schwarz in New York? Probably not if you’re not a habitant from New York or a Barbie collectors. Why do I talk about the shop here? 

Well in the last weeks there was an article that the shop should move. The shop belonged for a while to the Toys’r’us company which failed for bankcrupcy in 2017. In 2016 the Threesixty group bought it from TRU. Obviously they have great plans for the oldest toy store of the USA. There are plans to open a shop in the legendary Rockefeller Center in November 2018 and an additional shop in LAGuardia airport. 

The shop was known to Barbie collectors for their special FAO Schwarz dolls from the 1990s and 2000s. I have some of them but not all. I really like the creativity from the 1990s. Below you can see some pics.

FAO Schwarz George Washington Barbie 1997

The shop was also known for it’s big piano installed on the floor ( which can be seen in the movie “Big”with Tom Hanks which was filmed in the 5th Avenue Shop in 1988.

FAO Schwarz George Washington Barbie 1997
Jeweled Splendor Barbie 1994 FAO Schwarz
Jeweled Splemdor Barbie 1994 FAO Schwarz
Jeweled Splendor Barbie 1994 FAO Schwarz

And here’s the link that showed up last week https://www.wsj.com/articles/fao-schwarz-is-set-to-return-and-it-needs-people-to-dance-on-the-big-piano-1535410371

Why my new sewing machine Pfaff Quilt Ambition 2.0 is the secret ingredient

In the last months I had problems with my old sewing machine. I needed an incredible long to find out where the problem was.  It was the position of the needle holder. Found it out, fixed it. Next problem. I wanted to sew with a fine cotton fabric. Unfortunately my machine didn’t like the fabric. Maybe it was a problem caused by age but anyway she produced so many mistakes that I decided to buy a new one.

I did a long research about fabrics and old sewing machines, needles for the machine. I tried anything but the result didn’t change much. Then I started to look round for a new sewing machine. It was no easy task. There is a wide range of sewing machines. At first I thought it was really difficult but then somebody made the suggestion on youtube to make a list what you want your new sewing machine to have. The list helped me a lot. I watched several videos to learn about different features. I got to know features I never heard of like the regulation of the sewing foot pressure and many other things like the IDT ( integrated dual transport) for fragile fabrics very useful.

I also went to a local shop and they showed me some machines. So I finally came to my decision that I wanted to have the Pfaff Quilt Ambition 2.0. I don’t plan to quilt in the future but I think some of the features are very handy for future Barbie sewing projects.

Pfaff Quilt Ambition 2.0
Pfaff Quilt Ambition 2.0
Pfaff Quilt Ambition 2.0

Warning: You’re losing money by not getting Miss Yanbal from Basa (Peru)

I was recently told that there are several undocumented Barbie dolls produced by under license by Basa in Peru. It made me curious and I was offered to buy one of them. To be honest I never heard of  Miss Yanbal before. Maybe her title is similar to Miss Universe. I don’t know exactly.

What I know is that she’s from 1985 and it seems like she originally came in a bathsuit with white and golden lace and a sash that says “Miss Yanbal 1985”.

Interesting to know is that she has no markings her body. There are obviously some Basa Barbie dolls that have no marks. It seems that some have marks and some not. Among the collectors it caused confusion in the past. Some said that without a marking the dolls are clones.

Barbie from Peru
Miss Yanbal Barbie 1985 from Basa, Peru

The only Magic Moves Barbie from Congost resource you will ever need…

I admit in the last months I found lots of Congost Barbie dolls from Spain. I have no idea why but I buy the dolls when they become available somewhere. My latest find is a Spanish version of the Magic Moves Barbie. I have no idea what her name is. I bought her as Spanish Magic Moves version. She is indeed different from the US version. It seems that the boxed dolls from Spain are extremely hard to find so I bought mine without any box. She still has 95% of her hair (which is quite good for a Barbie doll from Spain). She also has her complete make up. This time no problems with repaints. The only thing she’s missing is her original outfit. At the moment she’s wearing a mini dress. I’m not sure to which Barbie doll the dress belongs.

 

Magic Moves Barbie Spanish version

 

The mechanism does not work anymore but I don’t care very much about it.

You haven’t seen this Barbie Venezuela trio anywhere before

Last week I got a parcel from Spain with an unusual content. I got my first Barbie dolls from Venezuela. I saw them recently and bought them immediately. What’s so special about Barbie from Venezuela? Well, they are hard to find in Europe. They were produced by Rotoplast in Venezuela similar like the one from Basa I wrote about last week. I learned that the hair quality is quite good. It seems that the make up on the cheeks was normal make up for humans. It obviously happens often that the make up from the cheeks is gone first. I think that’s interesting to know.

With a little help of a collector from South America I was able to identify all three.

Peach n Cream South America version Barbie

 

Peach n Cream version venezuela

Melocotón Barbie

The first one with the hair cut is called Melocotón Barbie doll. She’s from 1986 and the Peach n Cream version from Venezuela.

Barbie para Vestir Venezuela

Barbie para vestir Venezuela

Barbie para vestir

Barbie para vestir Venezuela

 

The second one is called Barbie para Vestir what means “Barbie to dress” in English.  She was the hardest one of the 3 to identify. She’s from 1992. I was also told that she has a fabrication error ( the strange thing you can see on her neck).

Aqua Marina Barbie Venezuela

Auqa Marina Barbie Venezuela

Aqua Marina Barbie Venezuela

 

The last one is called Aqua Marina Barbie and was released in 1990.

What would the world be like if Workout Barbie by Basa (Peru) didn’t exist?

I wasn’t able to find out much about a Peruvian company called Basa but they produced Barbie dolls from 1980 til 1991 under license for Mattel. I recently found a Workout Barbie doll from Peru and that’s why I’m writing about it right now. The skin tone is much more orange than usual. She reminds me of Royal Barbie from her skin tone.The smell is also different from normal Barbie dolls. I don’t really know how to describe it but it’s different.

Here she comes…

Barbie from Peru

Barbie PeruBarbie Peru

As you can see she has the marking on her butt and not on her back. And you can see the name Peru written in big letters so that you can’t oversee it. I was surprised to see it on her butt. At first I searched on her back.

I was also able to find the commercial. If you know more about the company, please let me know. The only article I was able to find is this one here http://barbievenezuela.blogspot.com/search/label/Historia%20de%20Barbie%20en%20Latinoamerica but there is not very much information given.

If you read one article about Santacruzan Barbie read this one

Do you know that you can buy Barbie on the Phillipines t00? It’s possible since 1989. Obviously the island nation liked the doll so much that she became a hit there. I recently got two Barbie dolls from the Phillipines (Santacruzan Reyna Emperiatrix Barbie in dark magenta velvet and  Flores de Mayo Reyna Mora in blue). As far as I know these dolls were produced under license by Richwell or at least sold by Richwell there. The basic idea is that the children should not forget their Spanish heritage.

 

Reine Emperiatrix Barbie

 

Flores de Mayo Barbie

 

Flores de Mayo

Flores de Mayo Barbie

Flores de Mayo

Flores de Mayo Barbie