With the ending of the BFMC, there isn't much to temp me into buying new. I will reserve judgement on the Dia de Muertos Barbie & Ken and the Superstar Christie repro. The Dia dolls because I like the concept (and the first two were decent) and Christie because I want to keep the original ones I have NRFB. This would give me one or two to model some of the loose fashions I have from that era. But that's about it.
I'm not into the MTM-style articulation. If you love it? More dolls for you then!
Nor am I into the stiff-armed Fashionistas.
I prefer the classic body, model/muse, and, believe it or not, the pivotal Jazzy Baby body even though it's articulated. Still, for me, it's a more elegant and graceful body with joints that are easily hidden and not clunky.
Like you, I feel that Barbie is about glamour and a lot of that is gone now. I know street wear is the thing, but it's not my thing and I just can't get excited about it. Again, for those who are? More dolls for you!
I do hope that going forward, convention dolls will show some degree of design and style. I think the designers are certainly capable of it, especially Bill Greening. Unless he's burned out, the talent that created Goddess of the Galaxy is still there. Will we see another La Reine again, though? Probably not and that's sad, imo.
I gave the Pink Collection a chance. Not impressed. It's unlikely I will buy Crystal Fantasy. She's overpriced, imo, with a "gimmick" box that only adds unnecessarily to her price.
Like you, I kind of feel like I'm moving into dinosaur status as well when it comes to new Barbie. What I loved is going extinct, sadly.
buy another new Barbie--now that the silkstone line is ending. I dont like any of the playline nor the BMR ones. Not my taste. I like glamour which is what Barbie was all about. Look how many young girls learned how to dress with their Barbies as a inspiration back in early 1960s.
Perhaps Im just a dinosaur. LOL
After the 2018 convention, I had a "conversation" (more like me conversing and her yelling) with someone on Facebook who asserted that the "mix and match playline giftset" that Carlyle designed was going to become the most sought-after convention doll ever. Her reasoning was that most "contemporary" collectors wanted these kinds of collector dolls. I argued that this doll wasn't really collector level and that it wasn't what those who attend convention, who tend to be older, more traditional collectors want. She pretty much called me an idiot and said "just you wait and see" and "guaranteed" that the 2018 would be worth more than any other.
At last check on eBay, the 2018 set was selling for around $150 or less. The 2013 doll, La Reine de la Nuit from New Orleans (which is one of the most expensive convention dolls) is selling for $500 for the redhead and $800-$900 for the AA, far outpacing the 2018 doll.
So I think what I'm trying to say is that I think Mattel is listening to one, their bottom line, which makes sense and two, a minority but vocal group of online collectors who seem to crave cheap posablity over anything else. What the should be doing is listening to their bottom line and the people who actually attend convention and not those who are busy accumulating followers on Instagram for their "cool Barbie pix."
I could, of course, be wrong, but convention is expensive and the young collectors who seem to want things like the 2018 set? Can't afford to attend. So it makes sense to cater to those who can.
Although the “Tribute” giftset was the official doll of the 2009 national Barbie Convention in Washington, D.C., Golden Gala was by far the more popular since she was the first Silkstone ever officially created for a US convention.