Saturday, January 18, 2020

BOTLO For 40th Anniversary 1st Black Barbie

40th Anniversary First Black Barbie

I cannot describe my excitement when I saw the stock images of the upcoming 40th Anniversary First Black Barbie shown above and below.  I am happy the doll is not a replica of the 1980 doll that has already been reproduced as seen here.  Two almost identical versions are enough.

She's gorgeous!

This doll appears to use the Selma sculpt, which I will welcome warmly since I do not own a doll with that sculpt.

The doll is limited to no more than 20,000!

The 40th Anniversary First Black Barbie is described on the back of the box (minus a double-word error) as follows:

Making her debut in 1980, Black Barbie became the first-ever black fashion doll to actually have the name Barbie. She wore a stylish red dress and had her hair in a curly Afro hair style; she sparked a new era of possibility for girls everywhere. To celebrate her ruby anniversary, 40th Anniversary First Black Barbie doll wears a flowing, trumpet-styled gown with cut-away sleeves, inspired by her iconic original outfit.  Her hair is styled in a sophisticated up-do, a subtle nod to her original look.  Finishing touches include golden hoop earrings, necklace, and a matching clutch. Then, like now, this doll captures the original doll's signature statement: "She's black, she's beautiful, she's dynamite!"

Additional Stock Photos




The doll is listed on Amazon UK in what appears to be a pre-order as
Barbie GLG35 Playset. She should be available to U.S. buyers soon for $39.99. A Google search offered the description that will be on the Barbie Mattel website, but the link led to their home page at the time of this publication.  Amazon . com should have her as well.

According to Papusile Mele, the doll will be available at the Barbie Mattel website on 02/01/20. I will continue to be on the lookout (BOTLO) between now and then.

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Teonnie's Quick Redress and Handle Repairs

Teonnie enjoys being redressed.
While looking through some doll clothes for doll shoes, I saw this Magic Attic fashion that was purchased over a decade ago and decided to see if it would fit Teonnie.

Teonnie models most of her new-to-her clothes.

I tried the navy blue-print skirt on her first.  The waist is only slightly wider than Teonnie's slender waist, but she can wear it without the skirt twisting around.

The white camisole, which snaps closed in the back, fits her perfectly as do the navy blue Mary-Jane-style shoes.  A pair of knit tights were stored in the same package with the fashion, but I am not sure if they came with it.  They also fit her perfectly.


Lastly, Teonnie tried on the denim jacket, which is lined in white satin-like fabric and tagged Magic Attic. The jacket snaps closed at the fur-trimmed cuffs, which makes it easy to put on and take off. 

Teonnie models the complete fashion that was Magic Attic Allison's 2003 starter outfit as seen here.
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The handles on two doll cases that I use for storing Barbie clothing and clothing for other 11-to-12-inch fashion dolls were broken.  I did not take before photos before repairing these.

One case is a 1963 double-sided Barbie case as shown above in a photo after the handle was repaired.

The other case is a 1970s fashion doll case by Miner, again photographed after the repair.  The image of the brown girl on the front of this case can be seen better here.

My first attempt at repairing the handles was with a hot glue gun.  The glue did not bond the parts.  I then wrapped and molded air-drying clay around the connected parts.  This was allowed to dry and harden.  The clay areas were painted after the clay dried as illustrated in the next two images.

The repaired area of the handle of the Barbie case was painted with black acrylic paint. Black enamel paint would have provided better aesthetics or sealing the acrylic paint with a glossy varnish, but I had neither of those available.
Repaired area of the Miner case handle was also painted with misty white acrylic paint.

Even though both cases are filled to the brim with doll clothes and accessories, which makes them heavy, I believe the air-drying clay will hold the handles together.  This was a quick way to handle an annoying problem.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

More About Hanna

A circa 1950s Hanna Fuhrer doll

This is Hanna, first seen and described in a blog post published on January 16, 2017.  As a refresher, Hanna was the first doll to be added to my collection in 2017.  This circa 1950s doll was made on the style of Sasha Morganthaler studio dolls.  She has a papier-mache-type mask face and brown cloth body.  She is very well made.  Her eBay seller described her wig as being made from an animal's hide.  Because the hair sheds, I made a cap for Hanna.  I named the doll after the Swiss artist who made her (the artist's signature and city are signed underneath the doll's shoes, Hanna Fuhrer, Zürich).

Other than her knit cap, which I made, Hanna is all original.

In October 2019, I received a message through my author page on Facebook that provided additional information about this doll.  The person who contacted me gave me permission to share the additional information in an update to my blog post about Hanna.  Instead of updating and adding length to the original post, I have created this separate post.  The initial message and the correspondence that followed are copied below:

"Hello Debbie, My name is Tim xxxxx and I’m sending this message regarding your doll by Hanna Fuhrer. She came from my ex-wife’s grandmother from Rottweil, Germany. She lived in Zurich after the war for a few years where she acquired the doll. She told my ex-wife that it was a very special doll but nobody in her family can remember why. We contacted a few doll specialists both in Germany and Switzerland and only received one reply from Zurich. This was more than 15 years ago and I don’t remember who they were but they mentioned Sasha Morgenthaler studio as a possible origin. We brought the doll to Denver from Rottweil in 2001 and sold her along with many other items probably in 2014.

I do hope you have better luck in finding out who Hanna Fuhrer is. Kind regards, Tim

I replied:
Thank you so much, Tim, for this additional information on my wonderful doll.  If you do not mind, for documentation purposes, I'd like to share what you've shared on my blog.  How in the world did you find me?

Tim replied:  I somehow stumbled upon your blog with the photos of her, I’m an antiques dealer and was just cruising the internet looking at doll sites and such because I recently came across some dolls from my mother's estate in Boston. Such a small world this internet has made! You are more than welcome to share any and all info. I have shared with you. I wrote my ex about this and she was delighted that you ended up with her, couldn’t have been a better place! Her grandmothers family name was Bilger, I’ve emailed my ex again for her first name, it may take a week or so for a response, she doesn’t have internet where she lives but goes to the city once a week or so.

I replied:
Thank you so much, Tim, for this additional information and for allowing me to include it on Hanna's blog post (I named the doll, Hanna).  The Internet has closed in our degrees of separation.   (I wrote more, but it wasn't related to Hanna... just some info to help Tim ID dolls from his mother's estate.)
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It is indeed a very small world here on the Internet.  More pictures of Hanna can be seen in the  original blog post about her:  https://blackdollcollecting.blogspot.com/2017/01/first-doll-to-arrive-in-2017.html 

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Lovely Roddy Doll From England

1960s doll by Roddy of England

This 1960s 24-inch high-heel fashion doll is stamped "Roddy" on the neck (see image below).  D. G. Todd and Company began making dolls marked "Roddy" in 1934.  The name Roddy uses letters from the owners' names, Daniel G. Todd and Jack Robinson.  Their first dolls were composition.  They began making hard plastic dolls in 1948.  In the late 1950s, the D. G. Todd company began making vinyl dolls.  The company was sold in the mid-1960s when dolls marked "Roddy" were sold under the name Bluebell.  It is possible that my doll is a Bluebell doll.

She arrived in March of 2019 wearing a crocheted halter top and a midi-length skirt with attached shorts.  Her feet were bare.

Arrival outfit

The doll has black rooted hair styled in a bubble-cut.  The head is marked "Roddy."

A very kind gentleman from Great Britain contacted me after reading my "Roddy Doll Who Am I Post?"  He offered to sell this doll to me for a price I could not possibly refuse.

She has very shapely legs.
This ebony-complexioned doll has a soft vinyl face, brown amber sleep eyes, and a rigid plastic body.  The body had some surface scratches that I masked with a thin application of Jojoba oil.
The surface scratches she had upon arrival had been masked with oil when this picture and the one immediately above were taken.

I was not happy with her crocheted fashion.  So I searched my doll trunk of clothing to find something more suitable for her to wear.

A three-piece red ensemble handsewn for Tonner's 22-inch American Model would have to do until I purchased something else.


The buttons on the coat of the red ensemble are shaped like white snowflakes.  I placed masking tape underneath the buttons to protect the fabric and painted them silver to match the silver high-heel shoes that she was going to wear with it.

The buttons were prepped, as described above, prior to painting with silver metallic acrylic paint.
The snowflake buttons are now silver.

Below, this lovely doll models the three-piece ensemble and silver shoes:

In this photo, the ensemble is worn without the jacket.
Modeled from the back without the jacket
Her ears were pierced and red faux ruby stud earrings added.
Next, she modeled the jacket.

Modeled from the back with the jacket

Finally, she shows off her strappy silver lamé shoes.

I commissioned someone to make this doll a more appropriate fashion and shoes.  As soon as it arrives, a follow-up post will be published.

Related Links
Roddy Doll Who Am I?
D. G. Todd Co.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Ken Fashionista 130 Repaint and Redress

Ken Fashionista #130 in a stock photo

Ken Fashionista #130 is a darker-skinned version of Classic Cool Ken.  Like Classic Cool, #130 has molded cornrows.  Because Mattel painted these dolls' scalp the same color as the hair, I repainted the scalp to give a more realistic appearance.  Classic Cool's scalp repainting was done after the doll arrived in 2017.  I utilized free time during the 2019 holidays to repaint #130's scalp.  He was also redressed and also captured in size comparison images.  Images and captions of the repainting and redressing follow.

Ken is shown in before and after side-by-side shots that illustrate the unpainted scalp and the painted scalp from several angles.

The painted scalp provides the realism I desired. His lip color was darkened, too.


Face and Height Comparisons
Ken #130 poses with Classic Cool Ken for a height and face comparison.

A close-up of the guys' faces illustrates they share the same head sculpt.

This back-to-back photograph illustrates how much taller Classic Cool is than Ken #130.
A final height comparison between a Barbie of regular height (Travel Teen Nikki) and one that is petite (Cheerful Check/CeeCee) was made as shown here.  Ken #130 is about the same height as Nikki and slightly taller than CeeCee (the petite girl).

Ken Fashions
Even though one Fashion is labeled "Ken" and the other is labeled "Barbie," both fashions are Ken fashions.  


Ken #130 wears the first Ken fashion, which includes a camouflage sweatshirt, gray sweatpants that have a mock drawstring waist tie, and blue sandals.  Shown below, Ken mixed and matched this fashion with his original clothing and later with pieces from the second fashion.



Ken wears his original denim pants with the camo sweatshirt from Ken fashion #1 and the sandals from that fashion.


Here, Ken wears the camo sweatshirt with his original pants and sneakers.


Ken is now dressed in Ken fashion #2.  It includes a "New York" T-shirt with the image of a tiger.  Below the tiger are four pink roses.  Light gray sweatpants with a mock drawstring at the waist and a pair of low-top white sneakers complete this fashion which Ken later mixed and matched with other pieces of his original clothes and the first Ken fashion.


Ken wears the top from the second fashion with his original light-blue jeans and low-top white sneakers. 


The camo sweatshirt from the Ken fashion is now worn with the sweatpants and sneakers from fashion #2. 



I was somewhat confused by the box of fashion #2 being labeled "Barbie" and the flowers on the shirt.  I initially wondered if this was actually a Barbie fashion.  The shoes are marked Ken, as shown above, which confirms the fashion is Ken's.  


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Monday, January 6, 2020

More of Amazing Girls Sienna

Amazing Girls Sienna by Adora Dolls

Amazing Girls Sienna returns to share additional photos.  The first additional photo is of her body, which I had intended to include in the previous post.

Sienna's cloth mid-section is illustrated here.  The rest of her construct is vinyl including her full-vinyl arms which allows her to wear sleeveless dresses and blouses.
The vinyl used for Sienna's head is relatively soft, which allowed the use of quilting pins to pierce her ears.

The quilting pins now serve as yellow stud earrings for Sienna.
Sienna posed with American Girl Addy for a height comparison.  They are about the same height.  Addy's body might be slightly fuller than Sienna's, but they can share the same clothes.  Not shown, Sienna's boots fit Addy.
Addy agreed to allow Sienna to try on one of her custom-made sandals which fit Sienna perfectly.  Addy didn't dare allow Sienna to try on her Kente-cloth-print dress because it is very special to her.
Sienna was able to try on other fashions designed for 18-inch dolls as illustrated next.

Sienna wears a rust-colored plaid dress made for 18-inch dolls.  This dress was part of an ensemble that included a dark green knit sweater and a dark green knit hat.

Sienna wears the dress alone with ivory tights that were part of a Karito Kids fashion.  The gold slippers came with the Nathaniel doll shown here.

In this vintage picture taken of Addy during the late 1990s/early 2000s, Addy models the plaid dress with the green sweater and hat that were included with it.

I thought the above dress would be Sienna's one and only redress, but there was one more.  I recalled that Brains and Beauty Malia had been redressed a while back in an Adora Dolls fashion made for their 18-inch dolls.  I decided to try that fashion on Sienna.


Sienna looks adorable in the Adora dolls fashion which includes a tan sweater, a matching headband, red/blue/tan check shorts, and separately-sold brown lace-up boots also by Adora Dolls.

Instead of returning her to her original fashion, Malia decided to try on the plaid dress, tights, and gold shoes.  She and I both love this look on her.  Now I will have to find the green sweater and hat that came with the dress.

Sienna took one final photo with a doll that appears to have become her BFF. 

These two girls, CeeCee and Sienna, display well together.
I have not yet redressed my Herstory doll, CeeCee.  As soon as I find shoes that fit her narrow feet, she will be redressed, too.  (I believe the missing green sweater and hat are stored with my Magic Attic Keisha doll clothes.  I am thinking CeeCee can wear Magic Attic clothes and shoes.  I will soon find out.)

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