I love this blog, I really do. But half of my images keep disappearing, no matter how many times I re-upload them. I can’t do this anymore: I might restart my blog on Squarespace.
Hey, cowboys! I hope all of you have had a lovely 2019 and will have an even better 2020. 🙂
As many of you know, Barbie turned 60 last year, and Mattel released a special edition 60th Anniversary Barbie.
Her look is inspired by the OG Barbie, from her white and black colour scheme to her red nail polish. Even the sleek heels match up.
I was lucky enough to receive her on Christmas, so here’s my review!
I really wanted to give her a 10/10, but nobody’s perfect. There’s tiny gibbers of dark plastic on her earrings, a tiny bit of excess plastic on her hands, and a tinyyyyyy little nick in her eyeshadow. I practically had to use a microscope to find these mistakes, so unless you reallyyyyyy look at her, you won’t notice anything. The most prominent mistake I could find was a bit of red “nail polish” on her left palm, but other than that? She looks great!
Now, onto the dress: the glitter stayed on firmly, which was a pleasant surprise. The stitching is very neat and clean. There is one weird string underneath her dress, but it’s there to hold two flaps at the front of her dress together, and the fact that it’s visible may have been my fault.
For the 60th anniversary, they really had to go all out on this design. And I think they did! Barbie looks glamorous rocking her long, white ‘n silver gown. I LOVE the hair: the Ariana Grande ponytail suits her well. (Every long, silky ponytail is now a homage to Ariana, in my mind). The makeup is reminiscent of the original Barbie’s makeup, except done in a modern style. It’s wonderful! The one reason I didn’t give her 10/10 is because the design is lacking a sort of… ‘wow’ factor, I suppose.
However, she does look better than the 50th anniversary doll, in my opinion.
Since I’m a collector, the packaging matters! It has to be sturdy, pretty roomy (so you have the option of putting the doll back in the box), and appealing. This box was none of those things.
The plastic was flimsy, and Barbie wasn’t very securely packaged. After I opened the bottom I realized I wouldn’t be able to put her back (not only because the box was ALREADY dented, but also because there was no room in there at all). I did like the black and white striped background, but other than that, the packaging sucked.
Is she worth the $$$?
This Barbie costs around $70 (American) on Amazon, but I’ve seen her sold for $70-$100 Canadian dollars as well. In my opinion, that’s a reasonable price point for a signature Barbie. Just be aware that the packaging may not come in the best condition: according to the reviews, I’m not the only one that had a struggle with it.
Just a quick post to wish all of you a joyful, relaxing, and lovely holiday season! Whether you plan to spend it with family and friends or alone, I wish you a grand time. 💗
See you soon, cowboys!
Hey y’all! This is a continuation of my other post, which you can read here:
But if you already have, or simply don’t care, let’s pick up where we left off: 2002.
I would particularly like to point out the 2003 Barbie, for her theme: winter! Although other Holiday Barbies have worn all-white attire before, she’s the first to be specially winter inspired. Plus, I like how they went for “Winter Fantasy” instead of the usual “Winter Wonderland”.
The 2004 doll wasn’t as special. Even though she came in both burgundy and dark sea green, the burgundy version looked EXACTLY like the 2002 doll. Seriously?
The 2005 and 2006 dolls are some of my personal favourites. The 2005 Holiday Barbies were released in (obviously) 2005, which happens to be my birth year, and the 2006 Barbies take a unique spin on traditional Russian dress.
Santa babyyyy~ Honestly, I can’t believe it took Mattel so dang long to make a Santa Holiday Barbie. What can I say? She’s iconic.
Next up is the 2011 special edition holiday Barbie. Sporting an emerald green dress, she’s one of my very favourites, but unlike the other ones, I can’t find a specific reason why. I suppose the green is a very pretty, festive colour, and looks especially nice with the African American version of the doll. No matter the reason, I believe Mattel did an really good job on her.
However, the 2012 Barbie doesn’t have quite the same effect for me. She’s undeniably gorgeous, and I like the black hair representation, but she’s somewhat forgettable amongst the other Holiday Barbies. It’s worth mentioning that my sister (who was born in 2012) disagrees.
Below are the 2013 and 2014 Holiday Barbies. I feel like…. Mattel was sort of running out of ideas at this point, but they had to keep making special Holiday Barbies, so they did what they could. Conspiracy theory alert! No, not really, but just look at the next few designs. They’re pretty, but forgettable. The 2015 Barbie doesn’t escape this trend either.
Luckily, in 2016, there was not 1, not 2, but 3 Holiday Barbie variations! Even though the design is somewhat plain, I really like these dolls nonetheless. And 2017’s Holiday Barbie came with a GIANT STAR IN HER BACK.
Last year’s Barbie came in a giant, poofy red dress, accompanied with silver jewelry accents.
She was the 30th anniversary Holiday Barbie, and something about her design does remind me of previous Holiday Barbies.
Here we are, at the end: 2019. This year’s Holiday Barbie is what inspired me to write this post in the first place, because of her delicious candy-cane design. I also adore the huge red bow on her shoulder, and the sideways hairstyle.
Over 31 years, Holiday Barbies have had extremely creative themes as well forgettable looks. Barbie has always been a fashion icon, and through these images, you can see how her outfits somewhat fit into what was stylish at the time. The 1990 Barbie and the 2017 Barbie are striking examples of this phenomenon. It’ll be interesting to see how future Holiday Barbies tackle the “holiday” theme in modern ways and evolve.
Thank you so much for reading, friends, and I wish you a wonderful holiday season!
Hello friends, and Merry Christmas! Or, y’know, whatever holidays you celebrate during this jolly time of year. Today I’m going to be looking at the evolution of holiday Barbies, starting with the first ever holiday Barbie, released in 1988. She also happens to be the first collector Barbie, although that wasn’t planned out by Mattel. 31 years and 31 Barbies, most of which will be shown below. Let’s get started!
On the left is the 1988 Happy Holiday Barbie. The ‘Happy’ was eventually dropped from the title.
In 1990, Barbie’s holiday look was hot pink and extra poofy. She came in two different skin tones, though, so good on Mattel for that. The 1991 Barbie came in a darker gown, which was certainly refreshing, even though it doesn’t scream ‘festive’ to me.
Then in 1992, it was back to the glitter.
If you’re wondering why I skipped ’93: the red dress Barbie wore wasn’t particularly special, and looked similar to the 1988 dress. She did have a poinsettia theme, which I’ll admit was creative.
The 1997 Barbie wore a red ribbon inspired dress, which was pretty unique. Unfortunately, I couldn’t really find a good picture of her, so let’s move on to 1998.
The 1999 Barbie, named Millennium Princess, came in a gorgeous navy blue and silver dress, complete with a DISCO BALL. A disco ball!! I personally prefer her to the 2000’s doll, and the name gives me total Sailor Moon vibes.
This blog post is getting lengthy, so I’ll just stop right here for now. Stay tuned for the epic conclusion of my Holiday Barbie Roundup!!
It’s the 12 part documentary series… about the toys that we all know. Plastic creations, that last for generations, and we still cannot let goooo–
Little molded figures that gave us big dreams, we’ll go back in time and behind the scenes!
This series is incredible. It came out in December of 2017, and has had 2 more seasons since then. Yeah, I know I’m late to the party, but if you’ve already watched the first two seasons, the third has JUST come out! This time, the toys of honour are the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Power Rangers, My Little Pony, and Wrestling Toys.
The episodes aren’t connected, which means you can pick and choose between the ones you watch. Here’s what each episode is about.
Season 1 Episode 1: Star Wars Toys
Season 1 Episode 2: Barbie
Season 1 Episode 3: He-Man
Season 1 Episode 4: G.I. Joe
Season 2 Episode 1: Star Trek Toys
Season 2 Episode 2: Transformers Toys
Season 2 Episode 3: Lego
Season 2 Episode 4: Hello Kitty/ Sanrio
Season 3 Episode 1: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Season 3 Episode 2: Power Rangers Toys
Season 3 Episode 3: My Little Pony Toys
Season 3 Episode 4: Professional Wrestling Toys
Every episode delves into the history of each toy, interviewing everyone essential to its development. The series goes over successes and hardships, societal and personal impact, and interesting trivia about all the toys in question.
Why I love this show
The Toys That Made Us has not only taught me lots of stuff I previously did not know about certain toy lines, but also gave me an appreciation of the work that the creators put into the toys. The interviews are meaningful as well as hilarious, and the editing is on point. I hope that in the future they’ll do an episode on Furby or Care Bears, as those are two toys lines near and dear to my heart.
Thank you all for reading, and I’ll catch you next time!
First of all, to those of you who may be new: welcome to the Hog Blog, where I’ll talk about toys, dolls, and other strange stuff I find interesting. I’m putting this notice here not just as an introduction, but as a little… warning? Depending on where you read my blog, it could glitch and refuse to show certain images. I’ve found that reading on a laptop/tablet is best, because the format looks better and it’s less likely to mess up.
(Also, I would like to sincerely apologize in advance, because there are ads on this page that I can’t control. If I could buy a member’s plan, I would, but I currently can’t. )
I work really hard putting together content which I think you guys will enjoy. So, let this be your formal welcome into my lil corner of the internet, the Hog Blog! ❤