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

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.

6 ways Jewel Hair Mermaid is cooler than Michael Jordan

It lasted a long time until I was able to find a Jewel Hair Mermaid that was not soooooooooooooooo expensive like all the others. For many years I had 3 Jewel Hair Barbie dolls but the fourth was missing. Then I got one in a lot but her hair was not perfect. The problem with these dolls is the hair. You have almost immediately tangles in their hair. She is definitively the Barbie with the longst hair ever made but the problem was to keep the hair in good condition. As a child this was a real nightmare. Tangles, tangles, tangles. I sold my version of the Jewel Hair Mermaid in 1997. I found the Afro-American version along my road as collector more than 10 years ago for real good price and the Midge in blue too. Teresa followed in 2011 0r 2012.

Märchenhaar Barbie

Märchenhaar Barbie

3 European Jewel Hair Mermaid Barbie and 1 African-American Jewel Hair Mermaid Barbie

 

So why is she in my opinion cooler than Micheal Jordan?

  • I don’t know Michael Jordan in person
  • I have never owned any Michael Jordan dolls as a child
  • I’m not a fan of basket ball players
  • Michael Jordan has short hair
  • There is no movie about her
  • She’s cheaper than any Michael Jordan TV appearance

 

Francie, the cousin of Barbie

Today I’m going to present you Francie. She’s the first and only cousin of Barbie. She was released in 1965 and was produced for approx. 10 years. She disappeared around 1975. When she was available she was popular among young girls. At first she was only available as Straight Leg doll (without knee joints) but in 1967 a Bend Leg version was available too. Francie has a different body than Barbie and she is smaller. She was originally called Francine Fairchild but she was sold under the name of “Francie” and was thought to be a 14 year old.

The Francie dolls are popular among the collectors too. She was available in a wide variety of dolls like the two one I have in my collections. The “No Bangs” Francie is the most expensive doll. She has no bangs and giant hair do. I don’t have one yet in my collection but I really like her. She so late 1960s – stylish. Her wardrobe is very beautiful. Exiting outfits from the Mod-era (Mod-era 1966 – 1975) contribute to her popularity. The Growing Hair Francie was the only mechanism Francie doll.  I was glad to get one last week.

1970 Growing Hair Francie

1970 Growing Hair Francie

1967 Bend Leg Francie

1967 Bend Leg Francie

Ski Fun Ken is here…

Last week I was able to complete my Ski Fun series after almost 25 years. I didn’t it in the long term. It just happened. So now I have the the Ken, Barbie ( from my childhood, her Ski is missing on the pic but I have it) and the Midge …. that I always wanted so badly but I never got her. Poor me… had to grew up before I was able to buy her. Anyway now I can play with Barbie, Ken, Midge, Snowball( the dog) , Blizzard ( the horse), the carriage (carriage + sleigh) and the Chocolate Shop.

 

How does a Barbie knee joint work?

For all who always wanted to know how a knee joint works but never damaged a Barbie doll to find it out, here is the result. (I already got the doll with the broken knee joint.) I haven’t  destroyed the doll myself.   I think the pics explain how the position is held and why we can bent the knee joint three times.