Might Quit

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.

60th Anniversary Barbie: Review

Here she is, in all her glory.

Hey, cowboys! I hope all of you have had a lovely 2019 and will have an even better 2020. 🙂

The first Barbie, looking fierce with her striped swimsuit. (Credit: Getty images)

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!

Quality: 9/10

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.

Glam close-up.

Design: 8/10

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.

Packaging: 3/10

An Amazon screenshot of the box (I didn’t take any pictures before opening her)

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.

Strike a pose!

Holiday Barbies Through the Years: Part 2

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.

Winter Fantasy 2003 Barbie!
2002: She looks like a rose 😀

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?

Hmm… where have I seen this before?
2005 Holiday Barbie: Also comes in green ❤

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.

2008: A ~cool~ design.
2007 // Seller: Michel Emme on Depop

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.

2010 Holiday Barbie.
The 2009 Holiday Barbie was very pink and girly, exemplifying a traditional Barbie lewk.

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.

2012: Those ebony curls are magnificent!
The green ‘n gold 2011 Holiday barbie.

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.

2014 Holiday Barbie (I think I remember seeing her in stores?)
White Christmas Barbie, 2013 (jk, that’s not her name, but I wish it was)

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.

She’s kinda borin- OH THE STAR’S ATTACHED
2016 trio.
❤ 2018 ❤

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.

2019 Candy Cane Girls!


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!

Holiday Barbies Through the Years: Part 1

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.

1989 ❤
Barbie’s first festive look, complete with glitter!

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.

1991: Kinda gloomy, but alright.
It’s the 90’s, baby!
In 1994, Barbie sported a golden gown.

Then in 1992, it was back to the glitter.

Seller: CollectorDollsGalore on Etsy

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.

1996 // Seller: kristinacasale on Poshmark
1995 gal! Seller: tkeeper on Ebay

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.

Millenium Princess Barbie, 1999
1998: Black and hot pink makes a striking combination!

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.

2001 Holiday Barbie. // Seller: tkeeper on Ebay
This 2000’s Barbie looks a lot like the 1994 one…

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!!

The Toys That Made Us: Why You Should Watch It

Season 1 promo.

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.

Season 3.

Series Overview

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

Barbie (what a queen)

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!

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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.

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