Thank you for the updates Bethany. Was sad to read about Katherine Johnson.
Posted by Judy in Pa on 2/24/2020, 8:12 pm, in reply to "Barbie (and Barbie related) news...."
First, if you haven't seen the national news, Katherine Johnson passed away today at 101. She will be missed and truly was an inspiring woman. Thank you, Mattel, for honoring her while she was still alive.
Black Widow Barbie update.....
She has been cancelled by Cheryl's dolls but the rumor is that she is still in production. If she is produced, that means she will likely either be a Barbie Signature website exclusive or exclusive to San Diego Comic Con, much like some of the other comic book and super hero-themed released of recent years were.
Barbie Princess Adventure
StarTraks Photo has provided photos of the new Barbie Princess Adventure dolls that debuted at Toy Fair.
Olympic Barbie repro
StarTraks has also provided a photo of the upcoming Olympic Barbie repro from the Malibu era. Please note that the clothes behind the doll belong to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic doll line (as evidenced by the logo on the fashions) and are not part of the repro doll. This photo is kind of confusing but I have seen a different angle to show this to be the case.
Side note: I really wish Mattel had gone a different route with this. I know it's the summer Games this year, but this year is also the 40th anniversary of the Miracle on Ice. If Mattel had been paying attention, they could have capitalized on this with a repro Olympic Ken in the much-sought-after Get Ups n' Go Olympic hockey fashion. Yes, the doll pre-dates the 1980 Lake Placid games, but if Mattel could get Mike Eruzione or Jim Craig to endorse it? Even put an "in memory of Herb Brooks" on the box? You would have a huge cross-over market because in the hockey world, that team and that game are hot right now.
Sorry but I really feel Mattel missed the boat on this one.
From the Papusile Mele doll blog:
Upcoming releases include (prices and release dates subject to change):
Barbie Wonder Woman Giftset (DC)
ITEM #: 2266155X
AVAILABLE DATE: 4/30/2020
MODEL NUMBER: GJJ49
Barbie Dia De Los Muertos Doll 2
ITEM #: 2279491X
AVAILABLE DATE: 7/15/2020
MODEL NUMBER: GNC40
Barbie My First Barbie (likely a repro)
ITEM #: 2268477X
AVAILABLE DATE: 6/30/2020
MODEL NUMBER: GNC35
There will be at least two collector-level Monster High dolls released this summer, probably sometime between June and August
Sorry I'm posting so much today. There's just a lot of news coming out these days.