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I agree with you. Most who attend convention want glamour. Look at the fuss when they used Midge.
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.
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