Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Fuchsia ‘n Fur™ Francie® -- It's a Done Deal!

Fuchsia ‘N Fur Francie
Pictures from Barbiecollector.com
Graphic editing by mood4mod/Flickr


I marked today's date and set a Windows Mail calendar reminder last week for 11:00 a.m. CST, then scribbled the name (Francie) on a piece of paper last night and placed it on my keyboard as a final reminder to order Barbie Fan Club-exclusive Fuchsia ‘n Fur™ Francie® today at the time mentioned.

My order has been placed with confirmation printed out.  Now I await the arrival of what will be my second manufactured African American/black (no-longer colored) Francie.


Dyed-brown 30th Anniversary Francie and Wild Bunch Francie have 1996 box dates but were released in 1997.
Fuchsia 'n Fur Francie will number five Francies to reside here.  The others include my original childhood doll (shown on the far right here), a reproduction 30th anniversary doll (box date 1996, not shown), another repro 30th that I dyed brown (shown above) before Mattel released Wild Bunch Francie a few months later in 1997 (also shown above).  I do not and probably never will own the original 1967 "Colored" Francie (the first black Francie's original name). 

With my $20 Barbie Fan Club reward for this quarter and BarbieCollector.com's current discount of $10 off orders totaling $50 to $74.99, the doll's retail of $74.95 was reduced to $44.95 plus tax, shipping, and handling.

Woo hoo!  Naturally, as an unfocused (but doing better) black-doll enthusiast, I eagerly anticipate Francie's arrival as much as I anticipated ordering her!  (I have now exhaled.)

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16 comments:

  1. Congratz,Debbie!
    She is a beauty and has an historical importance,for sure!

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    1. Thank you, Jorge. Yes, for me she does have historical significance and I am sure she does for other collectors as well. Mattel stepped outside the box by creating an African American or as they referred to her "colored" cousin for Barbie in 1967. That was unheard of back then and it actually apalled several narrow-minded people who could not accept a dark-skinned "doll" as a relative of Barbie. A friend was acceptable but a family member was out of the question. This led to the first Francie's demise after only two versions were released during the 1960s.

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  2. LOL! Debbie, I also set a calendar alert AND and wrote on a bright pink, Post it note "ORDER FRANCIE". and stuck it to my bathroom mirror last night! I wasn't taking any chances!

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    1. I was not about to miss this doll and I see you were not either! Congratulations on ordering. We no longer need the original black Francie, right?

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  3. Congratulations, Debbie! I look forward to seeing your photos of her.

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    1. Thank you D7ana! You know I will be happy to share photos.

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  4. Congratulations. Clicking the "Add to Bag" button can be really exciting at times. Definitely looking forward to seeing your Francie.

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    1. Thanks, Vanessa. If Mattel's goal was to send at least one collector into a frenzy over the purchase of this doll, it worked! Thank God, for me, that not too many of their dolls affect me in this manner.

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  5. Congratulations!! She is gorgeous!

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  6. nice dolls they look so fashonable. CONGRATULATION!!!!!!!

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  7. Thank you Georgia Girl and Jassica Joe for the congratulations. I am looking forward to my doll's arrival. I would love to own two, but I guess that's not possible since Mattel has limited orders to 1 per person.

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  8. If I wasn't so very very cheap I would get her. My mom used to have a wig just like that when I was a little girl. I twirled around in it many a time.

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    1. Every little girl loves mimicking their mother. I loved standing in my mother's high heel shoes.

      I bet you were a cute little twirler in your mother's wig, Muff.

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  9. Hello from Spain: Congratulations on this purchase. I cant wait to see more pictures of Francine. Keep in touch

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  10. Thank you, Marta. I hope she will be easy to debox, because I do plan to enjoy her outside her box and share photos. She may also influence me to debox my other Francie dolls.

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