My goals for 2020, not just for Barbie dolls

I’m back for the moment. Yes, it’s the crazy Barbie collector again. This time I have no pics of new dolls at the moment because I found none in February. Sometimes this happens to a collectors and yes, it’s okay. It happens once or twice a year. So don’t worry. That’s no problems but it’s not that I haven’t tried to get some Barbie dolls. Call this real life. It’s okay with me but I used this month to find other little things for future works in February. Do you know where to buy these teeny tiny zippers and buttons Mattel used for Barbie clothes in the early days? I did not actually search for them but I found them in February.

I found out what else my goals are for 2020 beside the things I already told you. Maybe some of you have realized that I’m a lateral thinker. I question things if they don’t work out the way it want them to. I try to consider problems not just from one side but from all sides and then see solutions other people can’t or simply don’t want to see. It’s always been in my nature to try things out, see how they work, realize how I can change them or what can be done in a better way to improve them.

Combining hobby and professional work

This week was a very busy week at work and I was sitting in my bus to work when I saw it very clear. It’s not that my ride by bus is a very long one every day but the ray of sunlight I saw on Tuesday made it clear to me. I want to improve my skills, not just the ones to write here but also to do better videos, to cut better videos but also to gain more viewers so that I don’t have to fight with any stupid algorithms anymore. My plan?

I did it on Wednesday. I put my plan into reality and found a platform where can hopefully what I want. I’m very ambitious when it comes to learn something. The good thing is that I can not only use it for private stuff but also for my profession. I do all the Social Media stuff for my employer and he likes my ideas but I have to stick out from the mass to sell things. In my opinion from what I’ve learned and know so far little things make the difference but they are important. So what is better to combine areas of knowledge?

It’s Friday and my post is gone

This week I was a little late when I started to write a new blog post and I wanted to finish it today. Now I realize my blog post was not saved … gee whiz I had so much work to do this week … I obviously forgot it but now that it’s Friday I wanted to post another blog post because 14 days passed by since my last post and I wanted to tell you about my updates. Instead of telling that new videos gonna come with delay I finally found some time to render new videos this week, actually my PC is just rendering at the moment and I have to wait for the video so I use my time to blog. Last weekend I started to work with Silicone for one of my next videos. I also want to work with Epoxide resin but I need time for it. I don’t want to make any mistakes because the stuff is very expensive I think it’s gonna be a big project, not the longest video but the things around. I already made several calls to be sure with the Silicone. I also did one for the Epoxide idea but it’s not the last one. The only problem is the working time of my contact persons. I only can call them in the morning. That causes problems when you are working full time because you’re also working but nevertheless I find a way to do it. I’ve done at least 400 – 500 phone calls this week. After closing time I felt not like doing much private phone calls.

Using the weekend to relax?

No, I’m the wrong person you should talk to when it comes to see somebody laying on a sofa. I’m almost always busy preparing this doing that but I try at least to stop my work at 8 p.m. in the evening because you have to stop at least once a day for a rest and a good night’s sleep. I also try to read at least 3 pages per day in a book. The good news is that I can sleep very well at the moment and I feel relaxed after waking up.

Ideas I had for almost one year

At the moment I work on a project that came into my mind last year but I had difficulties to put it into reality because the material I used was not the right one. It has to do with the blue chunk you saw in my “projects for 2020” video. So I really thought for a long time how I could do it. In February I found a solution during a conversation with other crazy “makers”. I suddenly had a new starting point and it became much easier. That’s the video series I’m working on at the moment. I know my solution is not perfect but it will be good enough for a demonstration of my ideas. Maybe a chemist will come along and help me a little bit with knowledge???

Delayed new videos …

Do you know the following situation? You plan to do something and then somebody or something crosses out your plan? Well, that’s what happened to my plans in the last weeks. I had it so often in the last weeks that I planned the new videos, wanted to start and realized something was missing. Last week I had the problem with an infrared thermometer that I forgot to order. I needed it to demonstrate a difference in temperatures… so what was better than to use a thermometer? No device I know so far … maybe you know one?

Efficient use of the weekend

Now that I have only the weekend for making videos I have to plan everything in advance because I feel often tired after work. My sinusitis is on its way to disappear but sometimes I still have problems to sleep the whole night…. very unpleasant I can tell you. Last weekend I visited a friend to get myself an advice for one of my next videos, related with the blue chunk I showed you in my ” New projects for 2020” video . For a very long time I postponed my idea because I started but I had no idea how to continue. I found a solution in the meantime but the material I need is not here at the moment. That’s what I have almost every week but nevertheless I can do phone calls from work and it helps me a lot because some contact persons have strange working hours and I can only reach them while I’m at work.

Ideas vs. time

Do you know the situation in which you think that you don’t have enough time? That’s what I have had for five weeks now. When I come home it’s not late but time is running away literally… I can’t describe it. The day is over faster than I ever thought. Maybe a better time management could solve the problem?

Unexpected breaks and parcels on my way home

This week my smartphone suddenly started new again and again like being captured in a boot loop. Not planned but it happened. So what else to do that to reboot and reinstall everything? Time left for videos? Nope… The next time consuming thing thing is that not every parcel can’t be delivered to my doorstep. We have some unreliable parcel services here that deliver only in the morning when nobody is at home (at least not when you are working) I really wish that not so many sellers would use these services just because they are cheap. I’d rather like to choose the parcel service with which it is delivered. Then you won’t have detours on your way home. What should I say? I need the stuff in the parcel for new videos. If you have any solutions for my time problems, please let me know. I don’t give up.

Barbie doll wiki: the crimp waves in her hair

Good day my dear fellow collectors. The crazy Barbie collector is back with another crazy story to tell. In 2018 I bought several Barbie dolls. Among them is a Ultra Hair Whitney. She’s in good condition, has uncut hair but the crimp waves from her hair is almost gone.

Time for experiments

You know me. I love to do experiments to get good results. At first I thought I could restore the waves with hot water. This idea did not work out like I wanted it to. For a very long time I didn’t care about the waves but by the end of last year this project came into my mind again. Is it really a bad idea to try it again?

Before my vacation I started to check out places where you can buy used hair crimpers. In the beginning I was not very successful because I found only one hair crimper and it was sold during my vacation. Not good…

When I came back home another hair crimper was offered. I bought it for a reasonable price and had the chance to test it in the meantime. The good thing is that you can control the heat. The crimper is not immediately very hot. You have at least five minutes to prepare the hair. That’s very good in my opinion. In this way you can’t burn the hair of your doll.

I can definitively recommed you hair crimpers with temperature control for your experiments. I did several tests before I want to work on my Ultra Hair Whitney. The result is quite good for the first time. I’m currently testing the crimpers.

Yes, I have bought more than one. The technology has become better and I saw that they have often interchangeable plates concerning the size of the waves. This was impossible 30 years ago but now we have the chance to test which one works best. So why not try it?

Next steps

I’m a fan of testing things before doing videos but it’s not always possible. For me is the next step to get my second hair crimper. It was already delivered by a postal service. Unfortunately the company wasn’t able to tell me where to pick it up. Two days later the crimper was on its way back to the seller. I can tell you this was definitively not what I wanted. Obviously it’s not easy to get your parcels when you’re working full time. I called the company who delivered the parcel to my door step. Nobody felt responsible in any way. I also a e-Mail but nobody cared about my inquiry. For me the next logical step was to contact the seller and tell him the problem. He promised me to send me the parcel again. I hope that I have it by next weekend and can start my tests with the second crimper.

Important things to consider

What I’ve already learned is that you should work with wet Kanekalon hair. The moisture keeps the hairs out of the situation of ruining the hair. Don’t let them too long in there. Don’t use too much hair. I recommend rather to do little streaks. It’s easier for you and you get better results. Have patience and get a feeling for the iron. I know that I’m going to need some practise before I do my next video but nevertheless I can have lots of fun while practising.

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Here you can see what I’m talking about. The Locket Surprise Barbie has for example crimp waves ( like many Barbie dolls from the 1990s). My second crimper is going to have temperature control but it is not here right now but it’s on its way to me. I got a short notice today. Let’s cross our fingers that I may have it here by tomorrow evening. So curious to test how it works …

A new year and a new job

Believe it or not but I’m back from vacation. I took some weeks off and in my crazy Barbie world nothing happened. After one week back home I could start new things. For the first projects I needed some new devices that I had to win/order. These things of course needed several days to arrive. Some are not even here yet. I started to develop new ideas for new videos but they’re going to need longer than in the last years because I work now full time and not part time anymore. That’s good concerning the professional experience but you will have to wait longer for new videos.

Another change that will be on my channel is the background research. In my mind I do have ideas for more complex videos. I mean you probably have more than 3 videos or more to shoot for a project but you need all parts to understand what I’m talking about. Bigger projects came into my mind much earlier but you need the money to do such things. Please don’t forget that I don’t earn any money with my videos. I also plan to film in another location and I have to check the dates because not everybody is there any time you need him or her and I have to find appropriate solutions for these problems.

As you can probably think … I need a lot more time than I did need before. I have to bring everything together. That’s sometimes not easy. It’s feeling at the moment like I have many construction sites and nothing is going on very fast. I don’t like but I can’t change it at the moment. I have to wait for parcels and for the weekend until I can start to work for my private stuff … you know thinking about articles for my blog, thinking about new topics for videos, planning videos, getting the stuff I need for them, doing tests for videos and so on. A week is literally nothing at the moment in the home of Busy B from Germany.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2020

This week I have not very much to tell. The crazy Barbie collector is on vacation. The Santa Claus Ken I wrote about last week has arrived at my apartment in the meantime. Pic gonna follow in January when I’m back home. It’s my goal to enjoy the holiday at my parent’s. We see each other very seldom.

I had no adventures on my trip by train. Within 10 hours I arrived at the city where I was born once. New posts come in the new year 2020 and I hope you have a quiet Christmas without accidents and some time for yourself.

Barbie doll wiki: Don’t forget Santa Claus Ken ….

The crazy Barbie collector is back again and has a new topic for you. Christmas is coming up in the next week and it’s time for Santa Claus. In the last weeks a thought came into my mind. What about the Santa Claus Ken?

He came into my mind because I don’t have him in my collection but it would be nice to have one. I have the whole series of Coca Cola Barbie from 1998 & 1999 but Santa Claus is missing. This year I realized it in time and I hope that he’ll arrive in time since I’m not at home for the holidays.

I have them all

I bought almost all dolls from the Coca Cola series several years ago. I have them all, the blonde waitress, the Soda Jerk Ken, the Coca Cola Soda Fountain Sweetheart Barbie with her petticoat, the Majorette and the Cheerleader Barbie. When this series came out around 20 years ago I wanted to have them all. I think they are cute, they are dressed in one of my favorite decade’s outfits and there is a diorama for this series. The diorama, the Coca Cola Soda Fountain, is great. I wish there were more of these dioramas. It came in a giant box from Spain. Okay, I got mine from Spain. Hey, but who cares? The most important thing is to have it. What about you?

Many years I didn’t realize that the Santa Claus Ken belongs to this series because the other dolls look more like it’s more like summer and not like Christmas. Maybe it was the reason why I didn’t consider him being part of this series.

https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-special-occasion-dolls/coca-cola-santa-23288
Coca Cola Waitress waits for Elvis Presley Ken
My Soda Fountain with Elvis Presley

Barbie from the Barbie loves Elvis gift set sings

I hope my little photo stories become better and nicer with the new Santa Claus Ken. That’s the joy of a Barbie collector … just play around with your dolls. Believe it or not but I have seldom time to do so.

Barbie doll wiki: Shelly/Kelly part 2

Hi, everyone. It’s the crazy Barbie collector speaking. I have a new topic for this weeks blog post. Several weeks ago I posted about the first Kelly/Shelly dolls in the mid 1990s. Now I’d like to continue my previous article. The little doll is fascinating to me somehow.

I don’t have all sets

Let’s continue where we stopped the last time. I told you about the “Travelin Sisters”. I saw this set first in a book by Michael Augustyniak. He listed it as a Toys’r’ us exclusive set. I don’t know if it was only sold there because we had no Toys around. Anyway around the late 1990s some

cute special Kelly/Shelly sets were made. First example is the Travelin Sisters set. I know that there is a Japanese version of this set too with Barbie having the Bob Mackie face while the US version has a smiling Superstar face but hey that was normal in the 1990s and I bet that some of my readers have never heard of it.

Another very cute set that I saw and found at Toys is the Birthday Fun Kelly gift set. I got it as a Christmas present in 1996. The Kelly and Chelsie were so cute I had to had them. No question and my aunt bought them for me. Today it’s not so easy to buy a Christmas present for an 11 year old girl. Surprisingly this set was never declared as official one from Toys R us. Never saw it anywhere else. I think the wishes are a bit more up to date.

Target offered a blue Power Wheels Tommy and Kelly gift set in 1998 while the regular version was pink. It must be a very rare set since I’ve never seen it anywhere but in books. It’s even hard to find the pink version nrfb in box today. After many, many years I finally found one in 2018. The set is very heavy but I don’t dare to debox it. Good sources for special sets were Toys, Target, Wal Mart and Grocery. Some stores offered variants of regular sets like KB Tiny Steps Kelly in 2003 or the Love n Care Kelly in 2002. The regular version had more toys for Kelly. I think the idea behind these sets was a better number in sales since less toys costed less money and the doll could be offered for less money. What about you?

Special Kelly dolls for every season

Target had some exclusive sets like Halloween Kelly line in 2000. Grocery had Holiday Kelly series for several years. Sears also had a very festive gift set with Barbie, Kelly, Tommy and Stacie called Evening Recital gift set. Instead of telling you what was available and what I don’t have I show you some of my dolls. I found some of my favorite sets over the years. I still have some wishes and not all the dolls I want but will it ever stop that you have wishes? What do you think about that wishes will ever stop? Will they? Won’t they?

I’d really love to show you some of the cute Holiday Kelly and friends but until now I have none. The good new is I have other sets and they are cute. So let’s concentrate of what I have. My sets can give you an overview over the topics covered.

Especially the Kelly Pretty Kitty gift set was hard to find and I had to do a long search before I eventually found one. Sometimes you need years to find certain sets.

Very cute is the Tommy and Kelly soccer set. I suddenly found one last year although I never saw one of these sets in Europe before.

In spring 2019 I found this cute set here. It’s the Shelly and Pony set. I’m not sure if this was a Europe exclusive or not.

Very cute is also the Love n Care Kelly set where Kelly comes with chickenpocks in a bed.

We shouldn’t forget the “Tea for three” Kelly gift set, which was one of my early sets. It came soon after its release into my collection.

Let’s stay at Toys r us and see another set. Again very cute, to fall in love with.

And we shouldn’t forget the interesting foreign sets with Kelly and Barbie. I have only one at the moment but it’s quite interesting. Wedding Barbie & Kelly from the Philippines.

I hope you like my little article about the many versions about Shelly/Kelly. Of course I don’t have all sets but if you see one let me know. I’m still searching for some of the sets. Maybe I can write another article when I have enough new sets to write a third part. I hope you enjoyed my article and like the little dolls as much as I do.

Barbie doll wiki: hair – just hair?

Greetings and yeah, the crazy Barbie collector is back with a new topic for you. Let’s talk about the hair today. Yeah, that’s what I want to talk about. I guess you never thought about the fibres on the head of a Barbie doll. I asssure you that you’re not the only one. There are different fibres that were used for different dolls in different decades. I give you a pic for every fibre as an example.

Saran hair

I can’t prove it because I’m no chemist but I think the first form of hair for Barbie dolls was Saran hair. Saran hair is soft and silky. In general it’s available in natural colors like different shades of blonde, brown, red and black. I can tell you from my experience in rerooting that it’s a material easy to work with. I heard collectors talking about that Vintage Barbie dolls – the very first ones – have a kind of mohair but nobody was able to proof it. So there a two fronts among the collectors – the ones who believe it and – the ones who don’t it.

I belong to the front who don’t believe it. Why? Saran hair is/was mainly produced in Japan. Guess what? Early Barbie dolls were produced until 1970 in Japan too. Mohair is more expensive. I can imagine from what I know of the Mattel history that production centralisation is/was an important factor. In times before stock reduction and in-time production I’m convinced that they used what they had in their production area or maybe in their own country due to short delivery ways, time and costs.

Importing goods is always time-consuming and expensive when you consider the import-fees and taxes. Wouldn’t it be cheaper produce with the products you have in your own country?

Nylon hair

The material Nylon itself was discovered in the 1930s and mainly used for stockings for ladies at first. I found out that the first Nylon wigs were available in the 1960s. I found an ad on youtube. Since I only found chemical formulas I would estimate that Nylon hair was in the 1960s probably too expensive to use it for Barbie dolls. Do I have to mention that Nylon hair is very shiny and comes in thousand different colors? When you need a wig for carnival Nylon is your material. I assume from what I’ve seen so far that Nylon hair was used first for Barbie in the 1980s. The first dolls I know with this kind of hair are Barbie & the Rockers. Nylon hair was not used as widely as Saran hair was for Barbie dolls. I think it appears several times on special occasions but it was no standard.

Kanekalon hair

By the mid 80s a new form of hair was avaiable for Barbie. At first only a few dolls hat Kanekalon hair. I saw a Dream Glow Barbie with it and a Doctor Barbie. Maybe these dolls were something like a test if a child would accept it or not? I don’t know it. Anyway, Kanekalon hair is one of the big topics of the 1990s. Suddenly all Barbie dolls came with Kanekalon hair. There are a few exceptions like Hollywood Hair Barbie and Strollin’ Fun Barbie and Kelly/Shelly but 98% of the production of the 1990s had Kanekalon hair. As far as I was able to find out… Kanekalon is a cheap kind of hair, easy to produce and easy to work with although it tends to tangles. Probably cheaper in the dozen.

That’s why you often see Barbie dolls with bad hair cuts from the 1990s. You find the explaination why these dolls have hair cuts in the fibre itself.

Conclusion

These three types of hair were used in the last 60 years. I don’t think that there’s much going on the market. From what I’ve seen in the last decade Mattel started to use Saran hair again. The amount of hair is smaller than it was 20 years ago but Saran hair is still used as Barbie hair while Kanekalon hair and Nylon hair are almost gone.

Barbie doll wiki: Barbie variations

Yeah, the crazy Barbie collector is back with a new topic. Today I’d like to tell you a little bit more about the theme of Barbie variations. For some collectors it’s the icing on the cake. For some other collectors is it uninteresting. It’s depending on your area on interest.

My ideas why

Let’s keep in mind that the make up was at least partly done by hand. Handmade is handmade. No doubt. Handmade things differ. It’s in the human nature. We see things in different ways and we do things in different ways. That’s clear. We also know that there is a kind of samples for every Barbie doll. I can’t prove it but I think there’re samples in every production plant but maybe due to a lack of colors not every plant did the work in the same way. That’s the most logical explaination for what could have happened and how variations probably into life.

Some collectors like differences

With the emergence of the internet it became much easier to buy Barbie dolls. The range of the worldwide offered Barbie dolls became much bigger than it was ever before. Suddenly the whole world became a village and buying became easier than ever before. The years of release played no role anymore. You did not need a magazine to find what you were looking for (like it was before). You could tell your friends about special offers within minutes. I already to you about the difference of the make-up between different countries but it does not mean that it’s everywhere the same one. We have differences in the production plants and we have differences in the taste of the population. A lack of a special color can of course cause a difference in the outward appearance of a Barbie doll. Sure.

The internet however made it possible for collector to notice these differences. I can’t speak for other collectors but would have never seen the differences if we had never talked about them. You can have one doll from three different plants and you have three different Barbie dolls. I know it sounds strange but it is the truth and I can prove it. Some collectors have one Barbie from x countries or factories and you see the variations. It’s sometimes incredible. And incredibly interesting too.

Let me show you an example. I have four Magic Curl Barbie dolls. Three of them are from Taiwan and number four comes from Spain.

There are popular but hard to find variations

I hope you understand what I want to say in the section above. Some of these variations are hard to find and some collectors spend big sums to get them. One of the first variations was the very first Midge with teeth. I don’t know how many Midge dolls with teeth were painted but I estimate between 1% or 2% of the whole production.

Midge is not the only example. There are lots and lots of variations in the Barbie history. Some came into existence because the plants had rests which they used. Mattel is known for the use of leftovers.