Monday, September 5, 2011

Update on Stardolls by Barbie - Mattel's New Winner

Okay it's a lazy holiday afternoon, and I'm online - yay, Clear account - when I notice an email message from Robin of Roville. Yes, I do associate with cool DAF people - you know who you are, no finger pointing here, lol. Anyway, she's curious about a potential doll line called "Stardolls by Barbie." Now that's what I think of as a call to action. So I pull up Google to search the terms, Barbie, 2012, and Stardolls. Initial link haul doesn't seem promising, but then I hit the mother lode of tips in a Flickr account. Wahh hoo!

Here we go:

Stardolls, self-described as "the world's largest online fashion and dress up games community for girls," has signed a deal with Mattel to produce a Stardolls by Barbie line. Now I see why Mattel is dropping the Basics - although I still LOVE some of the Basics - these new dolls look promising. Stardolls had done some promoting for other Barbie lines so this new Stardoll-Barbie collaboration is a natural progression.

Dancing, dancing, DANCING - sorry, that's me.

Thanks also to Tru_Fashionista_luv on Flickr, mighty Mattel, and Stardolls!

Come on 2012!

Additional news from Robin and Frannie about the Stardolls. Cheryl's Dolls and Collectibles will be carrying these dolls for $29.95. Thanks, Robin!


Frannie said...

Hi D7ana, This is what I found. They should be coming out in the Fall of 2011.
Cheryl's dolls has them for pre-order at 29.95

My problem with them is they look like they are not articulated.

D7ana said...

Thanks, Frannie. I'll add your name with Robin's for providing this information. I received the information from you both around the same time.

I'm lucky to have such fab DAF people to stimulate and to help me. Go, us, go us!

Niel said...


I was partially sad to learn that the Barbie Basics were gonna take a final bow. But I realized, how much can you stretch the idea of "basic"?

The dolls are done being basic and they are ready to become stars! I just hope the actual dolls can.

D7ana said...

Hi Niel! Me, too - I mean I hope the new dolls will be Star-quality as well as by name ;-D

As for articulation, we enthusiasts/collectors will take care of that, lol. Come here, pretty Spinmaster Liv dolls, it's not gonna hurt ....

ModernWizard said...

This is exciting news. I think I see some new headsculpts in the promo pics for the Stardoll Barbies! I'm going to post on my blog about this...

D7ana said...

I think so, too, E.A. New face molds would be welcome, too. I thought I recognized some, but then again, the mouths on some of the new dolls seem wider than those on existing molds.

Here's my early "guess" based on viewing a copy of the Flickr promo picture enlarged:

* Brunette in yellow top = Carnaval * Silver blonde in pink = Loubotin

* Brunette in gray top = new face mold, wide mouth I don't recognize

* Titian-haired in white jacket = Lara/Ana?

* 2nd redhaired in red dress = Goddess or Kayla/Lea

* 3rd brunette w. bangs = Goddess or Kayla/Lea

Any other guesses welcome ;-D

Vanessa said...

Sorry to rain on your parade. I'm not impressed, yet. Sure, the clothes are better, but if I am going to pay $30 for a doll, and another $11+ to give her an articulated body, then I am going to take the money and put it towards an articulated doll with nice clothes. The good thing about this is that Stacy McBride-Irby's articulated ethnic dolls will probably do very well. That $17 for an articulated nicely dressed doll doesn't seem all that bad, especially since the Stardoll line has yet another nondescript, straight hair ethnice doll posing as the token AA/Hispanic/Latino. I know I won't be running around town trying to buy these dolls like I did the Basics. My wallet is jumping for joy.

D7ana said...

Hi Vanessa! I LOVE rain so rain away, lol. Especially when I have my 10 League Boots or Wellies as the British might say.

Seriously though, I rejoice when almost any new playline doll with adult colored fashions appear. I am looking forward to Stacey McBride-Irby's Prettie Girls - yes, yes, yes! - but a little piece of my heart will probably always be there for Mattel/Barbie in spite of some of the annoying things Mattel does. If they hadn't brought Barbie to this point, the other dolls might never have existed. Or not in the 1:6 scale.

Hope the Mixis bring out those dolls they had shown, too. Sigh. The more, the merrier if broke-er, I'll be.

Vanessa said...

I'm not leaving my Barbies. I am just not going to be buying this line of dolls.

Ms. Leo said...

I need some men! If they aren't adding men then what is to it. I purchase one doll from the first Basic line (19)three from the second line of which two were men.

I too agree with Vanessa. After purchasing fashionista and reboding dolls on Liv bodies, I can see that the articulated body is what people want and the future. You can get out in front of it or you are left behind. Would I buy a pretty doll without an articulated body for 30.00 or would I purchase a DG for just a little more? And at the point a Darius type doll is under 75.00... it is Ken who???

D7ana said...

Yeah, there's something about Barbie, Vanessa. Shrug. I'll be buying Barbies too.

Ms. Leo, I agree that some guys would be a GREAT addition to the Stardolls line. The three guys got added in a later wave for the Barbie Basics line; perhaps history will repeat itself with this line.

Ah, Ken ... I dislike this current face sculpt - too smarmy by me - and I'm just waiting for either a return to one of the older face sculpts OR a new face sculpt that is less smarmy-looking. Sigh ... poor Ken.