At the moment I try out new things. In the next weeks you can find me on Instagram. I created an account for my youtube channel Busy B from Germany. And I also found a ” Black Magic” outfit, one of my favorite outfits from the 1960s and a Francie head. So you will hear a lot from me and my new stuff in the future.
Last week I told you that I bought my first Barbie doll from Mexico. She has arrived in the meantime. Here’s Animal Lovin Barbie from Mexico. I assume she was there also produced in the late 1980s so that we can say that she’s approx. 30 years old. Their heads tend to become very pale. A part of the makeup is also pale. I don’t know why it happens but I have seen it on many of the Mexican Barbie dolls. It also seems to be like a disease.
This weekend I had the chance to get a Mexican Barbie doll. She not here yet but she’s on her way to me. I didn’t even expect to get her. At the moment I have no information about the production time neither could I find her in any of my books. I assume that the Mexican Barbie doll collection shown in one of my books is incomplete but don’t worry I’m going to identify her and tell you more as soon as I know.
I recently saw this report and thought maybe this could be interesting to some of you since you can see the biggest Barbie doll collection of the world there.https://www.zdf.de/nachrichten/hallo-deutschland/barbie-wird-60-100.html
The next weeks are going to be very busy for me. I don’t if I find the time to do a Tuesday video for Busy B. I think it should not be a problem to do a Friday video but I don’t know if there is much more time. I’ve really some work to do in April and May. I’m currently reorientiating professionally and won’t be at home much for the next six or seven weeks. Of course that doesn’t mean that I stop collecting Barbie dolls. It’s just that I have less time in the next weeks for hobby stuff like youtube.
For Barbie dolls 60th anniversary you can visit an exhibition at Tokyo Skytree with different dolls from the last 6 decades and read about the dolls. There was also a one of a kind event for a Japanese designer. Everything ready for the 60th birthday huh ?
I recently learned that there was a video made by Mattel for the 35th Anniversary of Mattel. It’s very much skripted reality but it’s still nice and seems almost a bit historic.
Congost produced Barbie dolls under license in Spain from 1975 until 1990. The reason for the production there was the limited capacity of production by Mattel itself. I asked some Spanish collectors why Congost produced them a while ago. They are said to have a poor quality although many sellers want to make big money with the dolls. They often have lost a part of their make up or hair. Some even have lost a hand. If you want to see how they look, watch this video.
I was recently asked if my repaired Talking Barbie dolls are really repaired because of the poor sound quality. I said this is how it’s meant to be. We shouldn’t forget that Talking Barbie is already 50 years old. I had a talking doll in the early 1990s that sounded very similar. The space available for a record is very limited. So don’t expect miracles. It was even more sacrifying when Thomas Alva Edison presented his first talking dolls.
When I remember it correctly somebody discovered a technique to make them talk again in the last years. The doll may look nice and beautiful but the voice is anything but nice. It makes me rather run away than listen and I think I’m not the only one.And then compare them with Talking Barbie. Is it better? A huge improvement almost 70 years later? Yes, but of course not perfect. Don’t forget it’s from a time when nobody knew about the digital world and Mp3s and so on.
Do you have seen any set that appears in no book? Well I got a set many years ago that I’ve never seen in any book. This can be good since no burglar is going to visit you but this can also be bad because nobody knows that this set exists. Anyway, there is always a chance that you have something special because it isn’t shown anywhere.
A seller that I know offered in the last weeks something I’ve never seen before. I didn’t buy it but this reminded me that I also have something that a majority has never seen before.
As far as I know the set was bought in Italy. I’m the second owner.