Silkstone Barbie Dolls: An Introduction:
Silkstone Barbie Dolls, also known as Fashion Model Barbie dolls and Lingerie Model Barbie dolls, are the Barbie dolls that have really captured collectors' interests in the 21st century. The dolls were the first collectible Barbie dolls to truly evoke the vintage Barbie dolls of the early 1960s in style, makeup, hair and clothing. The dolls have a devoted following, and some even are still released wearing lingerie in spite of a Moral Majority controversy over their attire several years ago.
Materials Used To Make Silkstone Barbie Dolls:
The Silkstone Barbie dolls are made of a very hard vinyl that mimics porcelain. Most collectible and play Barbie dolls are made of a softer vinyl that "gives" when touched.
Years of Production of Silkstone Barbie Dolls:
The dolls were introduced in 2000 and are still in production today.
Size of Silkstone Barbie Dolls; Company That Produces The Dolls:
The Silkstone Barbie dolls seem just a bit taller than other Barbie dolls (which are 11.5 inches tall) in a back-to-back match-up; it may be because they have feet that are extra-arched for higher high heels than other Barbie dolls. Mattel produces all Barbie dolls.
Body Description of Silkstone Barbie Dolls:
The Silkstone Barbie dolls have a permanent model's pose--their right arm is bent for placement on the hip, Their left leg is bent at the knee. The doll has joints at the neck, shoulders, hips and waist. The knees do not bend on these dolls; their position is permanent. The bent "on the hip" arm can make the dolls a bit difficult to dress.
Clothing for Silkstone Barbie Dolls:
The outfits for the Silkstone Barbie Dolls are full of details and are made with fine fabrics. The dolls come "dressed" and there are usually 1 or two separate outfits released each year. Their are also one or two Silkstone Barbie doll gift sets each year with extra clothing and accessories. For the first time in several years one of the dolls will be released wearing pjs--the Highland Fling Fashion Model Barbie doll.
Silkstone Ken Doll:
A silkstone Ken doll, the Fashion Insider Ken doll, was released in 2003.
More About Silkstone Barbie Dolls: Market and Pricing:
The majority of Silkstone Barbie dolls have not increased dramatically in price in the past few years. As with other modern collectible dolls, you can generally find the latest Fashion Model Barbie doll releases at or below suggested retail on the Internet.
However, a few dolls do sell at premiums, including dolls released to the Barbie Fan Club, Platinum dealer dolls and the first two Silkstone dolls issued, Lingerie #1 and Lingerie #2. These two dolls (#1 has a blonde ponytail and #2 has a brunette ponytail) have prices that fluctuate between about $160 and $250 on eBay. The Silkstone Ken doll, in spite of being rather rare (he was only released for one year) can be found below his original retail price.
It is a shame that Mattel does not release more separate clothing for the dolls each year; the doll was originally marketed as a true fashion doll, but generally they have been releasing only 1 or 2 separate outfits each year.