A good percentage of older collectors don't care about photos or posing or Instagram likes and follows. To them, Barbie is a model and a mannequin. That's not true in all cases, certainly, but it is for a lot. Right now, I'm a member of three clubs that hold monthly Zoom meetings. I see the photos they post on on the private club page. I hear the way they talk about their dolls, what they like and don't like, and it's a vastly different world from other social media pages. These are the convention goers and they aren't spending hours posing a doll like a person or doing deboxing videos for YouTube and debating poseability.
They want a nice doll they can either keep in the box as is or debox and put in their curio cabinet. They want a lovely, gorgeous ballgown doll. They don't care if she moves or not and if they wanted an IT-type doll? That's the convention they'd go to. They want Barbie as the Barbie that they know and not a copy of whatever IT is doing, especially with what a lot of older collectors call "the IT prune face." No insult intended. It's just how some collectors refer to the faces, just as IT fans call Barbie "the smiling blonde bimbo."
I have three IT dolls and, while I appreciate the quality, the face molds leave me cold. The screening isn't pixelated, but they don't move me or want me to buy more. Perhaps it's an age thing (though I'm not really as old as most convention goers) or perhaps it's just my taste/what I'm accustomed to having.
After the 2019 convention, there were a lot of newer collectors who were disappointed in both the doll and the convention. They wanted something more tailored to their tastes, which is fine. What they got was too "old school" for them and I think until the "old guard" stops going and the newer collectors start/can afford to go, there will constantly be a clash over the doll.
I also don't see Mattel doing another articulated body at the IT level because that's not what they want to be as a company. They've chosen, imo, to go after companies like MGA and view them as competition and not IT. To them right now, I think IT is an afterthought because IT is collector-only and Mattel makes their money in the toy aisle in Target.
In this, I don't think anyone will ever be happy because Mattel is trying to please too many different markets with the convention doll and end up not pleasing any of them.
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