Sunday, October 27, 2013

Target-Exclusive Barbie Giftsets: Ballet and Wedding Play

Have a Target gift card that you want to use? Here are two Target-exclusives with perennial play themes. One is ballet-themed; the other, wedding-themed. Anyone remember Tomy’s Nina Ballerina? “The beautiful dancing doll?” Here's a photo of Nina on the box cover.

Fast forward to the first giftset called "Barbie Holiday Ballet," which reminds me of Nina and her pink star stage. These four dolls come packaged on a “performing stage” where they perform a ballet: they turn right, left, or spin around. Wheeee! The dance troop consists of

Barbie as Kristyn Farraday
Ken as Prince Siegfried
Poinsettia (ballerina wearing red)
Snowflake (ballerina wearing blue)

The second Barbie giftset uses the ever popular wedding theme. Stifle that yawn. In the Barbie Fairytale Wedding Party Doll Giftset, the wedding party includes

Bride Barbie
Groom Ken
Bridesmaid Stacey
Flower Girl Chelsea

Stacey swaps out for Skipper. That’s different, yes? Mmmmuh. If I were to create a Wedding Party Doll giftset, I would have

Bride Barbie
Groom Ken
Bridesmaid Female Barbie friend
Best Man Steven OR Ryan
Flower Girl Chelsea

Barbie’s younger siblings are cute, but I would think that the bridesmaid should be – well, around the bride’s age. Flower girls can be and should be young: the function is to look cute and to strew flowers along the bride’s path. (Note to self: if I ever marry, no flower girl – those cutesy flowers might cause me to fall. Hobbling about on crutches is not my idea of honeymoon fun. Do people ever think of that? What romance is there in trampling dead flowers?)

What and who would your doll wedding party include?


V. said...

I think I would include:
Bride Barbie
Groom Ken
Bridesmaid Kayla Facemold
Bestman Blaine

Barb the Evil Genius said...

Adding two dolls the same size as Barbie and Ken might make the set too expensive though. Maybe have one set Barbie, Ken and two littler dolls. (And why does Ken not get anyone? Todd, Tommy?) And then make bridesmaid and best man dolls sold separately?

D7ana said...

Hi and thanks to V. and Barb the Evil Genius!

@V. - Yes, I could go for that line-up. One for the bride and one for the groom. Fair, yes?

@Barb - You are so right about the pricing if 4 adults were sold together. Maybe 2 sets of 2 - bride and bridesmaid and groom and best man ... so that all FOUR dolls would have to be bought, ha ha. (Showing a little evil myself today, ha ha)

Although separate bridesmaid and groom dolls would probably sell better.

I think that one bridal doll set had a Todd as ringbearer. Thanks for asking about Ken; I had forgotten about the Midge and Alan wedding set. And I see that a separate Groom doll comes with a young ringbearer.

D7ana said...

Oops that separate bridesmaid and groom dolls SHOULD read "separate bridesmaid and best man" dolls. Getting sleepy and dopey ;-D Past 9PM, ack!

Muff said...

Something about colored limbs bugs me so I wont be getting the dance set even on clearance.

Are the SIS girls too young to be getting married? I was never too sure of their ages even though one release featured a 16th birthday for Grace. If they were marrying age, I would have SIS Grace marry Twilight Jacob. All the SIS girls except Marisa would be brides mades and little SIS Julian would be Jacobs best man.

Cindi Mortensen said...

I think I would do bride Barbie, groom Ken, bridesmaid Raquel (gorgeous doll), best man Ryan, ring bearer Todd and flower girl Chelsea. Watch your step on those flower petals D7ana. You're right about them being slippery especially on a wood floor! :-)

lindaivette montes de oca said...

Me parece haberlo visto hace poco, ojala no este tan caro y poder encontrarlo y comprarlo, besos.

D7ana said...

Hi and thanks for commenting Muff, Cindi, and Lindaivette!

@Muff - I LOATHE colored limbs, too. And molded on clothes - acckkk! Why?

I would love to see your wedding scene. I could see Grace having 3 bridesmaid ... I think of that as the "traditional" number. Julian would be an adorable best man. He's such a cuties.

And I keep "seeing" Vanessa's Julian, lol.

@Cindi - ah so Raquel would be your Barbie's bridesmaid. Cool. She might upstage the bride - ouch, pardon - but yeah. Ring bearer Todd and Flower girl Chelsea bringing up the rear.

OMG, if there a flower petals on wooden floors, I am on the floor now. Nope, not going anywhere until that stuff is swept up. No body's going to go to my wedding, covering face.

@Lindaivette. Me gustaría crear mi propia fiesta de boda - entonces puedo elegir quién quiero que los miembros a ser ;-)

Puedo elegir la Barbie, que Ken y que amigos. Funtime!