: Most of the dolls on my "modern
: obtainable" grail list are now
: convention related dolls. At the tippy top
: are two pre-1996 dolls. One is the 1989
: Viky doll that was the Mattel gift that
: year. She is expensive, but available on
: eBay with her box sash.
: The other (and nearly impossible to find) is
: the 1983 Mattel gift doll, a redone Fashion
: Jeans Barbie. Until Saturday night, I have
: seen exactly two of the gift dolls for sale
: and neither in the condition that I wanted -
: missing box, sash, shoes, hat, etc. The
: problem with this doll is, it is often
: confused for the official convention doll
: since it has the "Barbie's Pow
: Wow" sash. In 1982 and 1984, the
: official convention dolls wore the sash, but
: not in 1983. That year, Fashion Jeans was
: redressed into a custom made prairie outfit
: and the convention sash put on that doll.
: This was also an edition of 250 dolls, so
: it's not as if they are available often.
: Here's the official convention doll, which I
: was fortunate enough to find as a
: "package" with all of the
: booklets, pin and extras a few years ago.
: The package was missing the Indian Chief Ken
: table centerpiece, but as there are only 25
: of him and not an official part of the
: "package" and not in the auction
: photos, I didn't expect him to be there. I
: did expect the Mattel gift doll however
: since it was in the auction photos and was
: disappointed that when my auction win
: arrived, there was a note inside that since
: the Mattel gift doll looked like a kid's
: toy, the seller had given it to their
: grandchild to play with, not thinking it a
: "big deal." Except it was to me
: and I've been on the look out for the gift
: doll ever since.
: Saturday night, the Mattel gift doll popped
: up in an auction, mis-labeled by a seller
: with no idea what he or she had. I found it
: while I was looking for something else, an
: OOAK doll that my friend had listed.
: Unfortunately it was a bid that came down
: last night so it's been a few uncomfortable
: days waiting to see if I could win her
: because she is perfect and she has her box.
: And it is signed by Janet Goldblatt, the
: former Mattel designer who created Fashion
: Jeans Barbie.
: Thankfully, the other person bidding on her
: had also bid on nine other items from this
: same seller (they were easy to spot in the
: bid history since they just created their
: account recently and only have one auction
: win) so they had to "let something
: go" and lucky for me, it was the '83
: gift doll.
: So now I am waiting with fingers crossed
: that my longed for doll arrives here in in
: PA from CA in good shape and still in
: "auction condition." There's a
: sticker on the front of the box that I will
: have to remove, but I think I can do it.
: Here's the auction photo. Better photos
: when she arrives here.
: The same seller also has a few rarer
: regional convention dolls that I am
: watching. So fingers crossed on those.
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