Marvel and Mattel unveil amazing X-Men ladies in SDCC: Storm, Dark Phoenix and Mystique

It is not uncommon for Marvel and other big companies to unveil new superhero dolls in SDCC - in fact it’s a given, even when they are not comic-con exclusives. So yesterday, during the event’s preview day, the three X-Men ladies everyone had been waiting for were unveiled. They celebrate Marvel’s 80-year anniversary.

From Mattel designer Bill Greening’s  instagram  - the SDCC stand of the Marvel Barbies

From Mattel designer Bill Greening’s instagram - the SDCC stand of the Marvel Barbies

The three dolls use the same body as the Wonder Woman collector doll and will be available from today to pre-order exclusively from Gamestop.com and Barbie Signature. The release date is October and they will then be available in shops as well. Retail price $54.99. We know dealers have been able to pre-order them so contact your favourite dealer for details.

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STORM: Born Ororo Munroe, Storm is one of the most powerful mutants on Earth. As a member of the X-Men team, she confounds enemies with her ability to manipulate weather and the atmosphere. Storm Barbie® doll is as electrifying as the character she emulates. This collectible Barbie® doll captures Storm’s iconic look in a shiny-black bodysuit, cape and thigh-high boots, all with metallic-gold trim. Gauntlets, a headdress and her signature gemstone brooch finish the fierce look.

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The dolls are designed with their original comic book looks, no relation to their movie counterparts. I love how Storm looks here, although the lack of heels on her boots is weird for these feet. I know Storm hovers over the ground instead of walking on it when she’s on super hero mode but this does not work perfectly for a doll. Other than that, she’s perfection. It looks like she is using the Selma sculpt.

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MYSTIQUE: This Super Villain is a mutant born with the ability to shapeshift. She deceives her enemies by mimicking the appearance and voice of any person. Mystique Barbie® doll is as beguiling as the character she emulates. This collectible Barbie® doll captures the Super Villain’s iconic look in a white dress with a double slit and belt of skulls. Details include white gloves, boots, and the signature skull detail adorning her forehead.

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Great Mystique doll - I hope the hair will be perfect like this IRL. Love the scull accessories. She has the Louboutin sculpt.

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DARK PHOENIX: Also known as Jean Grey-Summers, Dark Phoenix is an Omega-level mutant with telepathic and telekinetic powers. This beloved character, who has faced numerous deaths and rebirths, wrestles with her personal demons. Dark Phoenix Barbie® doll is as fierce as the character she emulates. This collectible Barbie® doll captures Dark Phoenix’s iconic look in a red bodysuit with shimmering gold details, including the gold phoenix graphic, thigh-high boots, gloves and a sash.

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Beautiful Jean grey in her Dark Phoenix era, using the Mermaid sculpt. Again no heel boots, probably because she was not walking but flying all the time.

David Bowie’s Space Oddity was released 50 years ago today and there is a Barbie inspired by him.

The seminal David Bowie song “Space Oddity”, was released as a 7-inch single on 11 July 1969. The opening track of his namesake 2nd studio album, it became one of his signature songs. And curiously enough, Mattel has released a Barbie inspired by the amazing artist.

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The doll will be produced in a limited edition, as she is a Gold Label™️ doll. She’s dressed in one of his iconic Ziggy Stardust outfits, the metallic “space” suit with red and blue stripes, winged shoulders and red platform boots, as pictured in this legendary photo by Masayoshi Sukita from 1973. The suit was designed by his then costume designer Freddie Burretti (21 years old then and David’s boyfriend too!) alongside Kansai Yamamoto. The boots were designed and made by Kansai Yamamoto, bought by David and Angie from Boston 151, the shop in London’s Fulham Road that represented the designer in the UK. The boots would be worn again by Bowie, this time with jeans, in his nineties homecoming tour.

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The make up was by Pierre LaRoche, Bowie’s personal make-up artist. He designed the sunburst circle on the singer’s forehead (and later the lightning bolt). Which brings us to what I think is a missed opportunity here: I would have preferred for the Bowie tribute doll to be more androgynous, as befits the great artist, and also have the lightning bolt make up, plus more spiky hair. The doll looks nice and I will probably get her, but she’s too slick and proper for a representation of the artist in that era. Just see what it might have been in this OOAK doll made by talented Russian duo AFD Group Dolls.

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Here is the information from Mattel:

Barbie® David Bowie Doll

Ages: Adult Collector

$50.00

PRODUCT FEATURES:

Introducing Barbie® as David Bowie. In a definitive celebration of two pop culture icons, Barbie® honors the ultimate pop chameleon, English singer, songwriter and actor, David Bowie, whose dramatic musical transformations continue to influence and inspire. With a career spanning over five decades, David Bowie was at the vanguard of contemporary culture as a musician, artist, and icon. He was, and remains to be, a unique presence in contemporary culture. Dressed as Bowie’s fantastic sci-fi alter ego, Ziggy Stardust, in the iconic metallic ‘space suit,’ this collectible Barbie® doll honors the cultural legacy of the musical genius who redefined rock and roll. Subject to availability. Colors and decorations may vary. 

  • Label: Gold Label®

  • Designer: Linda Kyaw

  • Release Date: 7/11/2019

  • Included with doll: Blouse, pant, boots, doll stand

  • Customization: Painted fingernails, painted art on forehead

  • Eyelashes: Painted

  • Fashion: Metallic suit and platform boots

  • Fashion Sewn On?: No

  • Body Type: Articulated-Original

  • Doll Stand: Yes

  • Facial sculpt: Star

  • Package Dimensions (H/D/W): 13" x 3" x 8"

  • SKU #: FXD84

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Wonder Woman Barbie Collector dolls available to order!

Mattel is pushing ahead with their Wonder Woman releases, right before the premiere of the film next week. After the playline releases, the collector dolls are now available to order - but on backorder till June 1st. That either proves that the available ones are already snapped up or that the company will be late in releasing them but did not want to lose the momentum that the film will create. I really like them and will try to order them all. Let's see them all - description from the Barbie Collector website. The dolls are all Silver Label, i.e. 25,000 or less dolls.

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Barbie® Wonder Woman™ Doll

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Designer: Bill Greening
Release Date: 4/27/2017
Inspired by the first-ever live-action Wonder Woman™ feature film, this doll is sculpted and costumed just like the movie character. This Amazon warrior is armed for battle wearing her iconic Super Hero costume with headdress, boots, armored bracelets, iconic “magic”; lasso, sword, shield and black cape.  Doll also features a fully articulated body—perfect for high-action poses.

$44,95

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Body Type: Articulated
Facial sculpt: Wonder Woman
Fashion Sewn On: Yes
Fashion: Super Hero costume with headdress, boots, armored bracelets
Accessories: Sword, shield, lasso
Doll Stand: Yes
Package Dimensions (H/D/W): 13“ x 3.3“x 7“

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Barbie® Antiope™ Doll

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Designer: Bill Greening
Release Date: 4/27/2017

Inspired by the first-ever live-action Wonder Woman™ feature film, this Antiope doll is sculpted and costumed like the movie character. Doll also features a fully articulated body—perfect for high-action poses.

$44,95

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Body Type: Articulated
Facial sculpt: Antiope
Fashion Sewn On: Yes
Fashion: Super Hero costume with headdress, boots, armored bracelets
Accessories: Bow, arrows
Doll Stand: Yes
Package Dimensions (H/D/W): 13“ x 3.3“x 7“

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Barbie® Hippolyta™ Doll

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Designer: Bill Greening
Release Date: 4/27/2017

Inspired by the first-ever live-action Wonder Woman™ feature film, this Queen Hippolyta doll is sculpted and costumed just like the movie character. Doll also features a fully articulated body—perfect for high-action poses.

$44,95

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Body Type: Articulated
Facial sculpt: Queen Hippolyta
Fashion Sewn On: Yes
Fashion: Super Hero costume with headdress, boots, armored bracelets
Accessories: Sword, shield,
Doll Stand: Yes
Package Dimensions (H/D/W): 13“ x 3.3“x 7“

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Barbie® Wonder Woman™ Paradise Island Gift Set

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Designer: Bill Greening
Release Date: 4/27/2017

This Barbie® Wonder Woman™ Paradise Island Gift Set commemorates the iconic scene on Paradise Island when Diana (Wonder Woman™), portrayed by actress Gal Gadot, first meets Steve Trevor™, portrayed by actor Chris Pine. Both dolls are sculpted and costumed like the movie characters and feature fully articulated bodies—perfect for high-action poses.

$125,00

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Body Type: Articulated Wonder Woman, Articulated Ken
Facial sculpt: Gal Gadot Face sculpt, Chris Pine face sculpt
Fashion Sewn On: No
Fashion:Costumed like the movie characters
Doll Stands: Yes
Package Dimensions (H/D/W): 13“ x 6“x 19“

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WONDER WOMAN and all related characters and elements © & ™ DC Comics and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s17). Photos courtesy of Mattel Inc.

 

Mattel releases new Moschino Barbie & Ken dolls

Once again Mattel releases a Moschino Barbie doll, this time with a Ken accompanying her. The set is based on the red carpet appearance of the Moschino label's designer Jeremy Scott and model Stella Maxwell at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards.


The giftset is priced at $200 at Barbie Collector and €250 at Moschino, which is quite steep for two non articulated Model Muse bodies and that Barbie face. Cannot comment about the clothing quality as I do not have the set available to check out, but you know, it's Mattel. The first photo is of the actual box with the dolls (from the Moschino website), below is the website photo of the set. Barbie looks a bit different.


It's no surprise it has not sold out. I'm guessing it will not. I like Ken's face and hair but the rest of the set is bland and too expensive. 


Below is a photo of Jeremy Scott and Stella Maxwell at the 2015 MTV VMA red carpet.


And the back of the box with all the details.



Body Type: ModelMuse™ Barbie® and ModelMuse™ Ken®
Facial sculpt: Collector-sized Millie and Harley Ken®
Fashion Sewn On: No
Accessories: Heels, loafers
Doll Stand: Yes
Package Dimensions (H/D/W): 17.0“x 4.75“ x 12.0“
© 2016 Moschino


Barbie: exhibition dedicated to the iconic doll at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris

The venerable Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris is mounting a breathtaking exhibition dedicated to Barbie. 700 dolls in 1,500 square meters along with objects from the museum and art works from contemporary artists that try and present the various aspects of "Barbie's lives". The show opens today and will be on display until the 18th of September. The opening fits right in with the Paris Fashion Doll Festival opening this Friday. The curator  is Anne Monier, conservator at the  department of toys in the museum and the set designer is Nathalie Crinière, who also designed the incredible Le Petit Théâtre Dior exhibition in 2014.


Catwalk set up with Silkstone dolls, evoking both similar set ups from Barbie Collector photo sets and old couture runway shows in France.

The exhibition is geared towards children and adults alike: it showcases both the iconic toy that spans so many generations and also the historical and sociological context of the various incarnations of Barbie. I think a trip to Paris is needed pronto. Check out the gorgeous set ups of the exhibition.


The atmosphere of a private atelier showing is next to the catwalk space above


And the seamstresses of the atelier are also shown on their sewing machines - brilliant!


Modern style display - the flying catwalk


Another aspect of the modern display


Various aspects of Barbie and Ken's incarnations through the years


Glass domes showcasing collectible Barbies. I bet the girl wants to take them all home!


The wall of clothes showcases various Barbie outfits in doll size...


...while life-sized versions of them are also on display


The design process is also displayed in a very interesting way


The boxes that Barbies come in are also given their own space


A display showing the variety of molds, skin tones and hair styles and colours


The much sought after queen incarnations of Barbie - I'm surprised Empress Josephine is missing.


And something more plebeian - a table football with Barbies!


Exhibition photos courtesy of Getty Images