So I was at Barnes and Noble yesterday, and in a seasonal section called “Stocking Stuffers” they had, among the random stuff, this new set of blind box figures, a collaboration between Tokidoki and Mattel, in celebration of Tokidoki’s 10th Anniversary. (There’s also two — or was it three? — actual collector Barbies coming out in the same line, but obviously those weren’t available at the book store.) Most of the time, when I see interesting blind box figures, I look at the box and say something along the lines of “oh, that’s cute; too bad they’re selling them this way” because I have bad luck with these things. In this case, at first my reaction was “gee, I should get some of these if they put them on sale at some point” until I got to one side of the box…
I think all three of these are Tokidoki Barbies. Rather, I’m pretty sure the pink-haired one in the front and the purple-haired one in the back are the very limited edition Tokidoki Barbies being released this year. The other pink-haired one I’m not sure about. She might be a less limited edition one being released this year, or an earlier Tokidoki Barbie. (I know there’s been at least one previous one.)
Superstar Barbie, Malibu Barbie, and the first African-American doll released simply as “Barbie.” (Or that’s what it said somewhere…) All three of these were released in reproduction form in the “My Favorite Barbie” line. I never got the Malibu one of that repro line, though; she looked bizarre and sickly, just utterly unappealing to me. But I got the other two. 😀 (In fact, I bought “Black Barbie” twice, one to leave in the box and one to open so she could wear her wonderfully disco second outfit.)
I’m pretty sure the one we get a full view of there is supposed to be 1986’s “Barbie and the Rockers” doll, but either the headband is all wrong, or the “My Favorite Barbie” version got the headband wrong. (And yes, I got that one, too. I sometimes feel like I was the only person in the world to buy and love that doll; she stayed on the shelf for freakin’ ever at my local Toys R Us locations. I know she’s insanely ’80s, but that’s the charm! Though I’m horrified at the thought that a doll young enough that I was too old to be buying dolls is now considered vintage enough to get a reproduction.)
This was the one that sealed my fate. Once I saw this one, it moved from “oh, cute” to “OMG, I must purchase this!” And why? Because of the one in the front. Roller Skating Barbie, from about 1981 or 1982. The very first Barbie I ever owned. I don’t have the doll anymore, but I do still have her clothes.
So I had to get one, murmuring over and over again “Please be Roller Skating Barbie!”
Naturally, I didn’t get the one I wanted. (Do I ever?) This is a Twist-n-Turn Barbie, but I don’t know the name of her fashion off-hand.
I’m pretty sure the fashion was recreated on a reproduction doll, which I thought I bought, but since she wasn’t one of the still-unopened Twist-n-Turn Barbie reproductions, the fashion might have been on this one: I know that fashion was reproduced on a Gold Label collector’s doll, and after seeing a photo of said doll online, I know I’ve seen her in person. The fact that I can’t find her either means I bought her and she ended up getting put somewhere that’s temporarily inaccessible and/or she fell behind something (like the dollhouse), or that I merely saw her, and didn’t buy her. In any case, the Twist-n-Turn repro below is an entirely different one…though I think she did come in a green coat. (I found one in one of my many stashes of Barbie clothes. A bright green coat with pink flowers on it. Not my style. But I’m not sure if it came on this reproduction Twist-n-Turn or the redhead…)
I do like the figurine — and there are several others in the set that I’d like to have — but she’s not as cute as the drawings on the box, I don’t think. It’s the nose. Definitely the nose. The drawings don’t have a nose, and I don’t think they should have added one; it doesn’t look right. (In fact, part of me wants to sand it off…) She also has a slight mark on her hair, which is unfortunate, but as I’m not sure what it is, I don’t quite know how to remove it without damaging her.
Anyway, the plea mentioned in the title of the post is this: if anyone out there gets the Roller Skating Barbie figurine and is willing to part with it, please let me know! I’ll trade this one — or something else from my toy collection that I’m willing to part with — or I’ll buy it from you. Because if no one helps me out on this, I’m going to be buying those blind boxes until the cows come home, and I still might not find her. (I’ve got her now. It was awesome: she was the only thing I ended up buying at the bookstore, and and I was walking back to my car, I sort of stroked the face of her illustration and said something along the lines of “please be in here this time” and she was! (Which is good, because that was embarrassing enough as it is; imagine how much more embarrassing it would be if it hadn’t worked!))
But you know what? I think someone involved in this collaboration has as much fond regard for Roller Skating Barbie as I do. And why do I think that? Well, for one thing, she’s the only one of those dolls that’s never been recreated as a vintage reproduction. (Or if she has, then the universe has betrayed me by not letting me find out about it!) And for another, even more telling thing, look at the other two dolls she’s paired with: Solo in the Spotlight and the original #1 Ponytail. The two most iconic Barbies. But Roller Skating Barbie is in front of both of them. In fact, she obscures so much of the #1 Ponytail that it’s almost impossible to tell that’s who that is: you can only see a tiny bit of that iconic black and white striped bathing suit. Admittedly, the other two sides also favor more recent Barbies — Superstar and the Rockers get the positions of primacy on their sides — but their competition is less primary than the two sharing the side with Roller Skating Barbie.
Now, that should have been the end of the post, but I went to Toys R Us today — mid-post, lol — in the hopes of using a 15% off coupon that expires today. (Which was hard to do, because it doesn’t work on items that are on sale, and almost everything was on sale in some form or other.)
But they had something that I never thought I would see in person, let alone have a chance to buy:
I have been avoiding buying amiibos because I don’t want to add to the despicable trend started by Skylanders. But there were a few I was willing from the start to make exceptions for, because they’re so rarely merchandised. I missed my sole chance at Marth, because I was disgusted by how bad his paint job was, and then he never appeared in stores again, because everyone else apparently didn’t mind the terrible face paint. And, of course, a game like Xenoblade Chronicles is even less likely to receive any kind of merchandise than Fire Emblem. In fact, if Shulk hadn’t been included in Super Smash Bros., I’m sure they wouldn’t have given him an amiibo at all.
The odd thing is that Shulk’s amiibo was originally a GameStop exclusive, just like Xenoblade Chronicles. I’m not sure when or how that changed, but on seeing him in TRU, I decided I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. And his face is even pretty decently painted!
The bitter part, however, is that I can’t actually use Shulk in Super Smash Bros. Because they used his dub voice instead of his Japanese voice. Ouch. (In Xenoblade Chronicles, in the original Wii version anyway, you can pick which language to hear. And the Japanese voices are excellent. Though I still haven’t finished the game, I’m sorry to say. I stopped in disgust when the up-until-that-moment-awesome female supporting character gave the princess the worst possible romantic advice ever. And then I forgot how the control scheme worked and some of the details — though I remember frequently telling the princess’ brother to stop looking like Albedo if he was a good guy — of the story, so it was decided that I’d replay it on my brother’s Wii-U, so he could watch the story. Only then this semester happened, and so we haven’t actually gotten past the attack on the colony. *sigh* That’s yet another thing on my “to do over winter break” list, I guess…) Anyway, there’s lots more photos of Shulk, and a few more of the Tokidoki Barbie figurine, in the gallery for this post.
Ack. It’s 5 pm, and I haven’t touched my research. I was supposed to spend all day trying to compile my notes so I can hopefully start drafting my final papers during the Thanksgiving Break.
Probably not much point in starting now. Guess I’ll work on my reading until dinner, and then compile like crazy after dinner.
And work on my NaNo novel.
Okay, I need more hours in the day! Where can I order more hours?