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Leia Barbie makes sense to me. Looks lovely.
Or maybe in Barbie’s world, they are friends. Who knows?
Still waiting on R2D2, but after having both dolls in hand, I am so glad I caved and ordered all three. Like Kathy said yesterday, I really love the packaging. It’s different and a refreshing change from the plain black or white boxes. These are a throw-back to the old-school Barbie packaging. I also love that you can find Robert Best’s sketches on the inside of the fold out display box. According to the packaging, Leia is an edition of no more than 20,000, while Vader is an edition of no more than 21,200. Meaning Mattel assumed (likely correctly) that Vader would be the most popular because this girl has some attitude. If these show up at Tuesday Morning in the future? I’ll get a second set to debox. At this point, I will likely not debox mine.
As a Star Wars fan, for me, there is “love in the details” which tells me that while Robert Best might or might not be a SW fan, he still cares enough to get the details right. From the Rebel Alliance logo on Leia’s box to the Empire’s emblem on the other, these two dolls hit all the right notes for me as a collector. The color choices are perfect, the choice of Leia’s gown from the final scene of the very first movie, and the whole attitude that Vader Barbie projects are everything I expect from a collector level doll, and given Mattel’s recent history, I wasn’t quite sure that I would get it, as so many recent dolls, from David Bowie on, have left me wanting more. These…don’t.
I know there will be those who complain that they are not articulated, but as a collector, I don’t want them to be. I want them to be this – just the way they are. I’m not interested in body swapping or clothes swapping or whatever. I’m not interested in the “play factor” for these dolls – mostly because I don’t think they were meant to be that way. Even though that’s what a very loud segment of collectors are demanding for these days. They can have all of the other dolls, but give me, a “traditional” collector, these, so that we all have a choice and something we like. These are elegant, fashionable dolls that help me remember why I feel in love with Barbie when I was a kid. They are not “play dolls” dressed up in collector fashions. From top to bottom, they are a collector level doll. Which is what I want, though I do acknowledge that’s not everyone’s cup of tea.
So enough chat. On to the dolls…..
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