Naomi nearly always gives me multi-item presents. My main birthday present from her this year was this doll from 2003. I can’t say that I remember her being released but possibly she was not released in Australia or there were just so many other interesting dolls being released at the time that I missed her.
I have to say that this is not the prettiest Barbie I’ve ever seen, she is nice but not spectacular. What makes this such a great set is the clothes. Not only that she came with a full wardrobe, but the colours are a welcome change from the usual pink and the styles have some great mix and match potential.
Am I going to debox her? Well, what do you think?
Here is Barbie, as yet unnamed, out of her box. What can I tell you about her? Well the first thing I noticed was the state of her hair. It needed a good comb and it is still looking very flyaway. I’m considering washing and conditioning it to settle it down. Still I suppose that if I’d been in a box for 17 years my hair would be a mess too. Let’s have a closer look at her and her outfit.
Undressed you can see that she has the belly button body. On her back, she is marked “c1999Mattel.Inc” and “China”. Looks like “Mattel.Inc 1999” on the back of her head although it could be 1998, I don’t have the best lighting in here. I was surprised to find that she was wearing her black shoes under her dress although she does have gold ones. I do like this shade of yellow, well I think of it as yellow rather than gold. The only thing that I don’t like in this set is the rather childish plastic necklace but that’s no big deal.
Barbie was attached to the box mostly with cotton but those annoying plastic things were still holding her head in place. You have to be so careful snipping them off and not getting any hair. Here are the rest of her outfits. Really this set is a lot like a Fashion Fever Closet with a doll included. Barbie is going to show off some outfits herself today as after this she is going to have to share them with everyone.
These are really versatile fashions, apart from the long skirt you can mix them up with each other in many different ways. This Gold and white top goes with pretty much everything. It is a wrap style and has two pieces of velcro to fasten it. I’m hoping that means it will be a good fit on fuller-figured dolls. The gold vinyl pants were quite a snug fit so they are definitely not going to fit the TNT body girls but the Model Muses and Fashionistas ought to be able to wear them.
I do love getting nice daywear. My girls have jobs and need to look smart when they go to work. The edge to edge jacket is very nice and the skirt turned out to be reversible which was an unexpected bonus.
These jeans were a really tight fit. I only just got them on so a lot of the others are probably not going to be able to wear them. They are what Naomi and I call “ankle freezers” so I think they will look silly on the Model Muse dolls unless they wear knee-high boots with them but the if they fit over their hips the petite girls will jump on them. The black jumper is probably my favourite piece of clothing in this lot. I always have a black jumper in my own wardrobe although I tend to prefer long sleeves in knitwear.
There are so many other variations I could show you with this set and I will, or rather Vivienne or Jan and their teams will in a future post where we’ll look at how they fit some of the other body types. I can’t wait to see how some of these look on a brunette or a redhead either.