First, be sure to check out the Mermaid Barbie, a Gold Label doll designed by Linda Kyaw. She was released on February 8, and she's currently on backorder through March 8 (but available for purchase). Retail is $100. She wears an outfit with a sheer bodice applied rhinestones and beading, and sequined tail skirt with pleated organza tail. She includes the rock wave display stand. [I'm not positive, but she looks like the Diva facial sculpt.]
Second, released yesterday and due to ship on March 22, the William and Catherine Royal Wedding Giftset has been released. This set is also a Gold Label and retails for $100, it includes both dressed William and Catherine dolls, in full wedding regalia. I have to say, I adore Catherine's Alexander McQueen's wedding gown and her gorgeous ring.
Third: Let's Play Barbie. This is a brand new series of of reproduction Barbie in an addictive form. I hear these will cost $175. Here's how it works:
- You choose a reproduction swimsuit doll, blonde, brunette or redhead. The doll includes a reproduction box, earrings, sunglasses and shoes.
- In the spring, you'll receive your doll and the first seasonal fashion, Spring Garden Party. (The fashion looks pretty fabulous!)
- Every season, a new fashion will arrive: June is Resort Set, then Dinner at Eight in August, then October's Winter Holiday.
I think it's a great idea. The fashions look well made from the promotional photos. I can't wait to see!
Fourth, Barbie's Dream Closet. You can read about here. I played around with it, and it's pretty neat. You can try on Barbie's wardrobe, share photos with your friends, and it's... interesting. I think it would work better with a solid or neutral background behind your computer. (Notice, I'm not sharing any photos here.) It's worth checking out, though, for the novelty factor.