Monday, June 15, 2015

Tending to An Important Issue When...

Amazon.com labels the above two as:  Barbie Fashionistas Party Glam Doll #5 and #6

... I saw these two wish-listed dolls at the same online site at a price I was willing to pay with free shipping.  So.... I had to order them!

Yes, I know, I am or was on a self-imposed doll-buying hiatus that began in mid-April.  I remained faithful to my promise that I would not buy another doll until I saw these two last week.

See, "what had happened was" (or what prompted the purchase):

I received a credit card statement from a card connected to Amazon.com and did not recognize the lone charge.  Thinking "fraud!" I  went to the site to check past orders to ensure the charge was valid because I could not recall placing any recent orders.  Ah ha!  It was something I ordered in May for my mother.  Relieved, and while I was on their website, I decided to search for these two dolls since prior searches elsewhere only led to other sites having one of the two available with Doll 5 being the one that was usually already sold out.  Paying separate shipping for both was out of the question for me.  I wanted them, but not that bad.

After discovering Amazon.com's free shipping for Prime members for both, I carted the two and immediately went to checkout, but remembered that Amazon is an Ebates affiliate.  Before I completed the order, I opened another window in my browser, went to Ebates.com to earn cash back on the purchase, searched their site for Amazon's link, clicked it from Ebates to return and complete the purchase.  Then I exhaled.

With these two dolls crossed off my short wish list, I thought seriously about ordering the action figure that I want, but decided I would put him on hold for a while longer since I am now confident that I-can-do-this (go weeks at a time without purchasing a doll).  My doll-buying roll needs to remain slow anyway.  So the arrival of the action figure can wait.

Now about these two:
This is their initial photo, taken while they were still in the shipping box.

Doll 5 is featured in the graphics of her box (lower right-hand corner) along with 2 other Fashionistas.  Likewise, Doll 6 is featured in her box graphics.   Their assortment numbers from the backs of their boxes are BCN36CJY44 (Doll 5) and BCN36CJY45 (Doll 6).


Freed from their plastic confines but still attached to the Fashionistas lining

This enlarged close-up head shot illustrates that the lip color used for Doll 5 is not as pale as the prototype doll's (as seen in the first photo of this post), which is a good thing in my opinion.   Doll 6's stiff hair is not as curly as the prototype doll's.  The prototype's curly locks were part of the purchasing appeal for me.  Had I seen the doll in person with hair like this as the only option, she would not be here now.  Doll 6 has a sprinkling of freckles, which are barely visible in the above photo.

Their hair has not been combed in this picture ↑, which illustrates Doll 5's reddish-brown highlights and Doll 6's flat curls in back.

The Hands↓


On both hands of each doll, the long and ring fingers are fused. 


The Feet↓


Doll 5's flat feet will pose a problem in the shoe department unless I am able to find a shoe pack made especially for her.   In an online review of this doll, the reviewer wrote that jointed ankles would have given the doll more versatility in shoe choices.  I agree.   The reviewer noted that Doll 5 can stand alone.  She can.   As illustrated above, Doll 6 has high heel feet which afford her the opportunity to wear other Barbie high heels.

The Goddess head sculpt was used for Doll 5.  She is shown above with the 2014 African American Holiday Barbie, another Goddess sculpt.


Doll 6 uses the Desiree head sculpt.  The doll on the right, Artsy Fashionista from a previous year, shares the same (devoted-to-and-overused-for-dark-complected-dolls) head sculpt.  However, this is another reason I wanted Doll 6.  Until now, the Desiree sculpt has never been used with Doll 6's complexion.

Finally, I brushed Doll 5's hair and finger combed Doll 6's.  Without achieving the desired curlier look for Doll 6, I gave her an updo.  The two are shown next in a final together photo where the height difference, due to Doll 5's flat feet and Doll 5's big hair, is notably apparent.



My new dolls are two of the eleven Fashionistas scheduled to be released this year.  Unfortunately, like these two, none of the Fashionistas will be articulated.  All eleven are illustrated on the back of the box as shown next.



Ms. Leo lucked out on a Doll 6 with better hair.  She has already rebodied her doll.  See her post here.

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I extend a special thanks to Sarah Sequins of Sarah Plays Dolls.  After reading my reply to her comment on my Who is Barbie post, where I expressed my deep desire for Doll 5,  Sarah found one in her area a few days later that she was willing to sell me.  This was the day after I ordered these two and no longer needed the doll, but I truly appreciate the gesture.

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When I ordered my dolls from Amazon.com last week, they were priced $10.99 (Doll 5) and $9.94 (Doll 6).  The price remains the same for Doll 5, but when last checked, Doll 6 was priced a whopping $19.34 with only one available.  What a huge jump in price in less than a week's time.

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22 comments:

  1. Glad you were able to get both dolls.

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  2. Congrats on getting both dolls! I don't know why, but doll 6 is being sold with two different heads of hair- one soft and super curly and one gelled and kind of flat. When I brought my doll (with hair like yours) to my last doll club meeting, most members had not seen that version at all in stores.

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    1. Hi Jewell,

      I wonder if it is the different hairstylists of Doll 6 who are causing the difference in the curls at the factory. Either way, I would have preferred more curls. Did you purchase your doll online or in a store?

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  3. Thank you so much for posting. I've been looking at these dolls daily since last week. I decided to purchase the Barbie Style Nikki doll http://www.amazon.com/Barbie-CFM55-Style-Nikki-Doll/dp/B00M5AV66A/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1434418737&sr=8-2&keywords=style+nikki+doll She is totally articulated so her ankles flex and extend. I love her!

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    1. You are welcome, Amber. Congratulations on your Nikki! I would have enjoyed articulation on these two. It is a plus that Doll 5 can stand alone.

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  4. Aww! Any time. <3

    I love both of these dolls. I've only seen the blonde one once in stores, but her eyebrow was smudged. I didn't trust my repainting skills enough to try to fix it! But she's very cute, and her hair is adorable when it's up like that.

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  5. Okay, so I'm going to just come out and say it...I'm super excited (as stated in the original "Who is Barbie" post) that Barbie has officially gone play line diverse, however having seen the range of dolls in store I am, I feel, maybe alone in my disappointment at the - and it's the only word that springs to mind - blandness of the range of faces and style of doll. Now I know that Barbie historically was created to be a "blank canvas" upon which little girls could project their dreams and aspirations but I'm just not feeling this take on that theme. I thought the original wave of the Barbie Basic collection of dolls was much more inspiring, exciting and diverse (if still a little inarticulate) although aimed at a more mature collector. Even the second wave "Life in the Dreamhouse" dolls were more expressive (I still can't quite get over the raised eyebrow and smirk on the Raquelle of that series). Perhaps it is a return to that original Barbie concept, with a modern twist but when seeing this years Fashionistas I'm a little underwhelmed (though I do like #5 as I will always have a soft spot for a Barbie with bangs ;)).

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    1. Maybe some of the remaining dolls, not shown on the back of the box (I think there are 12 others scheduled to arrive by October) will be more appealing to you. There is at least one in the remaining group that might be coming here. Here's a link to a page that contains the head shots of all 23 dolls scheduled to be released, just in case you have not seen them. Now that I've taken a second look, there are two more that interest me: the corner dolls on the third row. I like those two.

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    2. I do like the bottom left face, I think it's that the print screen for the faces is a little 2D and flat after the real eyelashes and expressiveness of the Life in the Dreamhouse series, and maybe that's the point. Interesting that Barbie Collector references the Barbie Basic collection. I like that there will be 23 that should give further options to see! Thank you for the link ;)

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  6. I have both of them too! I purchased them at Walmart and Target. My #6 is the one with the curlier hair. http://i-luv-dolls.blogspot.com/2015/06/fashionista-desiree-headsculpt.html, http://i-luv-dolls.blogspot.com/2015/04/new-dolls-redbodies-and-some-comparisons.html, Thanks for providing the doll numbers. I didn't know that they had numbers. I have rebodied both of my dolls! I like the texture of my #6's hair. I think that Mattel is hedging it's bet by doing both hair textures. With all the complaints about Mystery Squad's Kenzie's hair and many of the AA dolls with natural hair textures doll's hair, they did both textures. Congrats on your doll purchases!

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    1. Hi Ms. Leo,

      The numbers I provided are those that were used by Amazon.com. It was probably their way to identify the dolls they were selling on their site. Other than the assortment numbers on the backs of the boxes, I am not quite sure how Mattel is identifying the dolls.

      Carlye Nuera, (designer of the dolls) shared his sketch of #6 on FB. I posted a comment about my doll's hair being flat. His question led me to believe he didn't realize two versions were produced. He asked me if I tried to fluff her hair. No amount of fluffing is going to create curls at the top of her hair. Here's a link to the sketch. I wish the production doll actually looked like the prototype. Heck, I would settle for the hair alone.

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  7. Although I was disappointed that the S.I.S. line was discontinued, I was excited to learn Grace at least would be joining Barbie's friends. To top it all off, she is super smart, as seen in the Life in the Dreamhouse videos. I like the look of this doll (and bought her) because of her coloring and bangs, but I prefer the Resort Style version that has articulated wrists/elbows. At least, I'm assuming they are both Grace because they're not Nikki. :-)

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    1. Hi Troy,

      I haven't seen the Life in the Dreamhouse videos, but I knew Grace was featured in at least one. I was also sad to see the SIS line discontinued and happy that at least one character remains as Barbie's friend. The Resort Style version is Grace. I haven't added any of the new Grace dolls to my collection.

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    2. It doesn't seem like the doll with the bangs is Grace after all. There's another Fashionista that Carlyle Nuera has identified as Grace (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=584721133688&set=p.584721133688&type=1&theater), but I haven't seen her yet in stores.

      There is a fully articulated Style Grace, too, that I was happy to find.

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    3. If you were referring to the doll with bangs in this post, no she is not Grace. I refer to her as the Goddess head sculpt and as Amazon.com refers to her as doll #5. I don't think she has an official name. I knew about the Grace doll with articulation.

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    4. Hi again Troy,

      I believe there will be a total of three Grace dolls in the 2015 line: Resort Grace (flat feet, not articulated, wears the white Roman sandals); Style Grace articulated, ankles are also articulated to allow for flat shoes and high heels; and Fashionistas Grace in the pink dress shown at the link you shared.

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    5. I do believe you are right! I just need the one in the pink dress to complete my Graces!

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  8. Congrats! I saw these two recently in person at Walmart for $9.36 I think. I definitely want Nikki. I like what she is wearing and her hair.

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    1. The doll's have not showed up here, Muff. If the big haired version shows up, I will probably purchase another. The two can be twins.

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  9. na razie mam tylko tę o najciemniejszej karnacji
    oraz blondi ze zjawiskowymi czarnymi butami ;D

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