Holiday Barbies Through the Years: Part 2

Hey y’all! This is a continuation of my other post, which you can read here:

https://thehogblog.home.blog/2019/12/08/holiday-barbies-through-the-years-part-1/

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?

https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/2004-holiday-barbie-collector-special-410897690

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!

Conclusion

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

GO GO POWER RANGERS!

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!

Mystery Porcelain Dolly

Jeanette, looking pretty in pink! ❤

First of all, I’d like to wish my fellow Canadians a jolly Thanksgiving! I’m grateful for a lot of things, this blog being one of them. So to everyone who’s ever read, liked, or commented on a post: thank you.

Now, into the mystery.

I’m fond of looking through thrift stores, trying to find vintage treasures. This time around, a beautifully curly-haired, Victorian style doll caught my eye. I decided to name her Jeanette (thanks for the idea, dad). But…who made her? Does she have an actual name? The only clue was the phrase, “Cathay Collection: 1-5000” written on her upper back.

Cathay Collection Dolls

2 dolls similar to Jeanette.

Fun fact:

Cathay was another name used for China (the country) back in Europe’s medieval days.

I searched the internet for a long time, looking for answers. Ebay listings, people trying to find the value of their dolls, and Pinterest posts were pretty much all I found at first. Turns out, there are many different types of Cathay Collection dolls! They come in different sizes, poses, ethnicities, and styles.

But finally, I found this excerpt on Reference.com:

Cathay Collection dolls are collectible, porcelain dolls that are available in North America. They are handcrafted, and many come with certificates of authenticity with purchase, as well as unique, decorative boxes.

https://www.reference.com/hobbies-games/cathay-collection-dolls-169d63a0bfaa4b86

The fact that they’re handcrafted makes a lot of sense. They can cost A LOT outside of thrift stores (30-200 bucks!) and all of the dolls have a unique feel to them. However, this still left a lot of questions. I decided to dive deeper.

Further Research

Daisy, a Native American Cathay doll. I wish Jeanette came with a certificate as well, but alas.

And then I hit it: the perfect gold nugget of information I was looking for. (I’m mostly going to paraphrase what the website said, but I highly suggest you read the original article at https://dollreference.com/porcelain_collector_dolls.html)

The dolls were first created around the 1980s. They were meant for collectors, not children (which I think is fairly obvious, from the quality and price) and many bought and resold theirs to make a profit. Cathay Collection was just one of the many types of porcelain dollies that fit into this buy/sell category. Fascinating, eh? Considering the amount of dolls I saw for sale at such high prices, I can certainly see this theory coming to life.

I wanted to find the blog of someone who knew more about these dolls than I did, but was unsuccessful. There might be a little something coming soon though, so stay tuned!

Jeanette: Photos and Details

Her shoes feel like genuine leather and have hard soles.
She’s naked, don’t look!

Finally, we get to the girl herself.

Jeanette is about 41.5 cm (16 inches) tall, can’t sit down or bend her arms, but is big enough to be able to try on Journey Girl and American Girl clothing.

Claire Elizabeth (right) and Jeanette swap dresses!

She has curly, dark brown hair with lighter brown eyes. Her eyelashes are non-existing and her nose is fairly triangular, giving her face a unique look. And who can forget the adorable blush and rosy lipstick!

There was another doll at the thrift store, a golden haired beauty, and I kind of regret not getting both while I could. I’ll definitely be on the lookout for more Cathay Collection dolls, now that I know their significance, and hopefully I can find one of the fairies or brides.

Thank you so much for reading, hoglets, and I’ll see ya later. 🙂

Cute close up.

The Top 10 Spookiest Toys Ever

Spoiler: I hate this dude.

Hello hoglets, it is I, back from my hiatus. Between school and other work I simply have not had time to write, but I am back and just in time for Spooktober! In this list I will be ranking the scariest toys ever made (in my opinion, of course), and giving a brief run down on their histories.

10: Chatter Telephones

Are they iconic? Yes. Do I want one? Also yes. But are they creepy? I think a glance at the eyes might answer that for you. Released in 1962 by Fisher-Price, the Chatter Phones have brought both joy and fear to children worldwide.

9: Anatomy Dolls

Damn Barbie, nice bones ya got there.

Made mostly by Jason Freeny (or at least from what I know), anatomy figures take a popular pop culture character and split them in two. I highly suggest you check out his sculptures and prints for some gnarly, slightly spooky fun.

8: Hugo: Man of a Thousand Faces

Hugo, made by Kenner in 1975.

Hugo’s a friend, an enemy, and anything you want him to be! Kenner, I see where you were going with this, but did you have to give him such a cold, blank, stare?

7: Little Miss No-Name

This is another example of great idea, poor execution. Little Miss No-Name is an orphan girl who just wants love and friendship. Well, Hasbro, how am I supposed to love her when her eyes pierce into the very depths of my soul? All jokes aside, I think this is a pretty cute toy which I might talk about in further detail in the future.

6: Teletubby Toys

Source: thinster197 on youtube.

One word: Teletubbies. I’ll pass.

5: Reborn Dolls

Yep, that’s a doll! I admire the artistry, but… why?

Reborn dolls are hyper realistic dolls created from pre-existing doll parts (hence the name). They are usually babies or very young children, and cost a lot. The art is beautiful and requires weeks of work, but the question remains: why? If you’re a reborner or a collector of such dolls, feel free to contact me! Anyways, there’s something unsettling about a baby that looks alive but simply isn’t. Or maybe it’s just babies in general. Babies scare me.

4: Jack in the Box

Anxiety simulator for the tots.

Pop goes the weasel! Welcome to jump-scare central, ladies and gentlemen. There’s no other way to put it: the music can be pleasing, the doll cute, and I’ll still scream.

3: Undead Teds

WANT.

I love Undead Teds, and have an article I’ve been procrastinating on about them. But I can’t deny; they’re REALLY freaky.

2: Whimsies

Produced by the American Character Doll Company (what a doozy of a name) in the early 60s, Whimsies are whimsical dolls with cute names and personalities. It’s not my fault that I find them terrifying.

1: The Jolly Chimp

No.

What. The. Absolute. Hell. WHO thought this was a good idea? People in the 50’s were not ok. Out of all the toys in this article, this is the only one that genuinely gives me chills. It all started with that scene in Toy Story 2… ugh. I can’t look at that demented monkey any longer.

Goodbye, hoglets, and thank you for reading!