My thoughts on a few things....
1) I really hope that "Best To A Tea" is not a complete disaster like City Suit the Silkstone was. Given that AA dolls are so rare in that line, I'd like the last one to go out with a bang and not a whimper. "A modern two piece suit in a bright color" however, does not leave me hopeful. Especially after Best In Black.
2) I doubt Mattel is shelling out the money for a new sculpt based on Tom Cruise as many are hoping. Given his asking price for so many things, this would not be cost effective unless they were planning an entire line of Tom Cruise-theme male dolls and other than the original "Top Gun," possibly in a gift set with Anthony Edwards' Goose, I can't see a direction for that line.
3) Gold Medal Barbie will be a repro. I have multiples of that doll and while I love her? Not sure that there's a call for a repro - unless they branched out and did the sport-specific ones. Unfortunately, those are mostly winter-themed sports and this is a Summer Games year in Tokyo.
The P.J. doll was marketed with the Olympic gymnast set (she was shown on the box) so a repro of that, with a tie in to someone like Simone Biles, might be interesting. Or a repro of Barbie, gymnast P.J. and swimming Ken. Still, it does make me itch to drag out my Olympic Ski Village playset and launch Barbie down that "ski slope" again. And start stalking eBay for the hockey Ken fashion.
4) Dragon Empress - I don't care what she looks like. She's coming to live here. Because...dragons.
5) Elton John Barbie - I have hope for this one.
6) I liked the concept sketch for Ella Fitzgerald and I adore AA/dolls of color that represent that era. In fact, I heavily collect the AA doll from another, larger-sized doll line for that reason.
7) Storm Trooper - If she's like the first three, it's a done deal.
8) Black Barbie 40th Anniversary doll - considering that they've already done a repro of her, I'm relieved to hear that she's a tribute and not a repro. Again, this gives me hope.
9) Black Widow doll - Makes me wish I would have bought the first three X-Men dolls.
10) Mattel 75th anniversary - So many ways that could go.
What I do like, overall, is that there seems to be a little bit of a renewed commitment to the collector line. Collector Barbie will never again be "like it was" back in the heyday. Times have changed, the economy had changed and the world moves on. Still, it's nice to see that we aren't being completely abandoned. That said, all of that only applies if the dolls are well done. I'm not talking about excessive accessories but well-crafted, well-made dolls. Will that happen? I don't know, but I am hoping. A lot.
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