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2001 Barbie Line! I saw the 2001 line today and its stunning! Barbie 2001 is a wonderful doll--the dress is light blue and ethereal! The green skin on the Munsters gift set is a hoot, and the new Cher doll is fabulous in person. You need to SEE the "When I Read, I Dream" new series in person--the dolls are tiny and adorable, and they are packaged beautifully. There is a 40th anniversary Ken who will have his own miniature ken doll and box (much like 40th Anniversary Barbie had her own Barbie), and Grand Entrance Barbie, which is a lovely "entrance" doll for new, adult Barbie collectors.
In the play line, Barbie is getting her own play hotel, and its magnificent! She will also be starring in her FIRST full-length movie, "The Nutcracker" this fall, direct to video. I got to see a few minutes of the incredible motion animation in the movie today, and its amazingly life-like. There is a whole, wonderful LINE of dolls to go with this video--more about them later!
KIDS ARE CUSTOMIZERS! Mattel has created a NEW doll for children where the child PAINTS the face of the doll, and chooses the hair they want as well! Nothing like training little fashion doll customizers at an early age! The dolls are called "What's Her Face," and I predict they will be HUGE come Christmas 2001. The dolls have stamps for different features and markers, and there are wig sets available. They sound strange, but are adorable.
HARRY POTTER POLLY POCKETS! Well, when I was jumping up and down with joy saying "Wow!! Harry Potter Polly Pockets," during the Mattel tour today, my very patient Guide at Mattel kept correcting me and telling me that they are actually called "Micro Playsets." Well...OK....BUT this is the most fantastic set of Polly...I mean Micro Playsets I've ever seen! You get the ENTIRE Hogwarts castle in miniature--this ting is SO amazing--its three levels of amazing fun. Articulated Harry and friends included. AND, you can buy small sets that go with it, such as Hagrid's Hut and Platform 9 3/4.....OH...did I mention the AMAZING Furby-like NORBERT--he moves beautifully and is reactive to touch....BUT, the bad news is, NO Harry Potter Dolls are currently in the works from Mattel at all, which was a BIG disappointment to me.
MORE BARBIE, LESS FURBY! At least, that's the opinion of MSNBC at this year's Toy Fair--they are expecting a high-tech backlash, with classic toys winning the day! More Barbie, Less Furby...
Barbie Line! Here are photos of the NEW Barbies, on the official
Barbie web site: Barbie
Collectibles 2001 Line
GENE line is revealed!
The following dolls and outfits are already shipping:
Here is your link to the collectiblestoday.com page that premiered Gene at Toy Fair on Saturday night: GENE 2001. My opinion about the dolls is that they look BETTER in person--the 20th Century Fox outfits are stunning, Trent is better looking, and there are lots of details that just aren't evident in the official photos.
Trent Osbourne: Trent IS the new character in the Gene line, just as was rumored. Trent will be available in a tuxedo, for his "Formal Introduction," plus as an additional two dolls. There are also 4 Trent costumes and a Trent Director's Chair,
There are 8 new Gene dolls, and 9 new Gene outfits. Madra Lord has really taken off this year--there are 8 Madra costumes, and
The winning Student Design this year is "Batter Up"
The new Susan Wakeen Eve Dolls: Here's what's new!
First of all....the dolls eyes have been repainted, and I think they are beautiful!
Second, there is a NEW character, Cassie, who is a younger friend (only 18). The Basic Cassie comes in a really lovely white sweater and skirt outfit (oh gosh, this is so silly, but I have to have this doll...my pet cat Cassie died after 16 years with me JUST 3 weeks ago....told you it was silly....). Cassie the DOLL is lovely, but I don't know if her clothes will fit Eve and vice versa (she looks smaller to me--I'll have to ask!)
Third, new, basic Eve has bendable legs.
Fourth, there is a new dressed Eve with curly honey colored hair which is GORGEOUS.
Like all the other lines, though, too many dressed dolls and not enough separate outfits. I'll have pictures up tomorrow in the gallery: Toy Fair and Idex Gallery
The new Madame Alexander Alex line has been revealed! Go to Alex Premiere to see ALL the new dolls and outfits! Alex's new AA friend is named Paris and she premieres in "Grand Entrance, a fantastic orange and blue gown. There are 9 dressed Alex dolls and 2 dressed Paris dolls. There are also 8 new outfits for Alex this year, and some great accessories, including a wig kit, a Christmas stage set and a working girl's accessory kit complete with notepad, briefcase and bottle of water. MORE on Alex in the NEXT About Dolls Daily!!!
N Sync #1 Fan Barbie and JAM n'GLAM BARBIE: One new Barbie to debut at Toy Fair is the N Sync #1 Fan Barbie--complete with CD single. Another new doll, which will retail for about $15, is Jam n'Glam Barbie, which sports multicolor hair that you can TURN around to change, just like the old Tuesday Taylors. The Jam n'Glams have flexible middles, and are the follow-ups to the popular Jewel Girl Barbies.
Diva Starz Pets: Robots are heavily featured, and Diva Starz will be getting some Diva cats and dogs to keep them company.
Here are some handy links for your Toy Fair Coverage:
Toy Fair In General: The 98th American International Toy Fair starts Thursday February 8 with pre-show activity. The show officially runs starting Sunday, Feb 11, through Thursday, February 15th.
THINGS TO PREMIERE AT TOY FAIR?: An interesting press release from this week seems to indicate that we'll see lots of RETIRE at this year's Toy Fair: Toy Fair Resurrects Dormant Toys. Can you say "Rock-em, Sock-em Robots?' How about more GI Joe? Anyone remember My Pet Monster and Popples?
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About Dolls Daily Archive:
January 30, 2001: Live IDEX update--news on all your
favorite fashion doll lines and much more!
Click HERE for the 2000 Doll News Archive
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