Even though it was my biggest childhood dream, I never had a doll house growing up. My parents just couldn’t afford it. The house I wanted was a pretty modest ‘Fold’n’Fun’ suitcase house. What I liked about it is that it came with the furniture, as opposed to ‘Pink’n’Pretty’ one that was almost completely empty (but of course it wasn’t advertised as such in catalogs).
Those were the only two options I know of that were sold in Barbie store where I lived.
Sometime after I started collecting Fashion Royalty, I actually found a nrfb Fold’n’Fun house on ebay. It cost me a fortune along with the shipping from US.. and when I finally got it, of course I was excited about the dream coming true, but to be honest, I wasn’t really that impressed with it… the whole structure was really flimsy and the foldup furniture was kinda ugly and afterall it’s just a studio home without a bathroom. It still probably would’ve made me happy as a kid, but now it just didn’t cut it.
Fastforward a few years, when I saw a showcase video for the 2013 Barbie Dreamhouse it actually made me very excited, its size is impressive and it comes fully furnished, has two elevators and lots of cute touches here and there like working doorbell and some lights and sounds, so I thought this would be my chance to finally have that perfect Barbie house experience.
So.. I got it :) And this one didn’t disappoint me.
It is gigantic! Especially when it’s fully extended. It has 6 decent sized (as for a doll house) rooms that cover all the basic life necessities, a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, dining room, living room and a walk in closet. And it comes with a good amount of furniture and accessories. So yep, life pretty much complete:)
Sure, there are hundreds of ways how this house could be improved on. It would be nice if rooms actually had finished white ceilings and I’d love to see a variety of different materials, such as metal or wood instead of all solid plastic.. and I cannot stand the fake stickers Mattel is always trying to pass as 3dimensional objects, so this is no way any close to collectible standard and all that. But since I am unable to build my own house or even a diorama, I’ll take it:)
So here is a house tour along with little insights into Barbie’s perfect life.. starring
The Great Pretender Lillith as ‘Barbie‘
All American Auden as ‘Ken‘, Barbie’s gay boyfriend
Take it Easy Cruz, as.. Cruz, Barbie’s secret lover
Rocking Ever After Lillith as ‘Teresa‘, Barbie’s BFF
Power Game Natalia as Barbie’s hot maid
Giselle, as herself.. just a girl who likes to keep her friends close and her enemies closer
It’s probably my favorite room in the house.
Obviously, I would have preferred a double bed with a a real mattress and fancier bedding.. but I appreciate that the bed at least comes with fabric curtains and a soft pillow.
There’s also an option to hang the chandelier above the bed:
Barbie checking how many new Facebook fans she got today
Natalia making dinner for Barbie and Teresa
The kitchen comes with a dishwasher, oven with working light that only lasts for like 10 seconds, recycling bin, a fridge full of food items and a blender that makes ‘blending noises’..so it can be just as annoying as a full scale one. One thing that seems to be missing is washing machine, though Barbie does seem like a girl who wouldn’t wear the same outfit twice, so not sure if she really needs it.
Barbie and Teresa just being classy bitches having dinner slash tea party. Alot of the ‘clutter’ in my house came from the Barbie Special collection sets. Posted about them here.
Barbie about to go upstairs in the elevator. Praying it wouldn’t get stuck between floors.. because it always does..
What I hated about the elevator is that it comes with this waist holder ring like some of the doll stands do, so it’s a little too low for FR waist, and I’m not sure if Mattel Ken could fit properly into it either. And there’s no way to remove that holder part because that’s where the wire is attached..
Barbie and Cruz having a moment on the terrace
Ken dropping by unannounced and surprising Barbie with roses..
..now Barbie is really regretting giving him a spare set of keys to her home..
Giselle strumming guitar that Barbie never plays anyways
The TV thing is rather lame. You can change the slides so you can ‘watch’ 3 tv stations, one being a game.. and that so easily could’ve been amazing if they just made an opening on the side of that tv set big enough for cell phone to slide in.. this could be a legit working tv set that way.
The walk-in closet room seems a little dull at first, but once you start filling it with clothes and accessories, it actually gets much more fun to look at..
Ken enjoying an issue of Paris Soir from like, 7 years ago
Thought the toilet was a cute and almost unpredictable touch from Mattel.. First they sculpt panties on their dolls so that they could never get fully naked, and then they put a toilet in Barbie’s house..
It also makes a flushing noise, except mine doesn’t when I press the button.. the whole left wing of my house is a little weird with some things not aligning or working the way they should..
Haters gonna hate…
The bathroom is a bit oddly located, as it’s technically right in the bedroom without any dividers separating the two rooms.. It would make more sense if they put the closet room next to the bedroom instead.
Bathroom comes with ‘extra’ features like a button which will play a tune while Barbie sings in the shower or a wall light which lights up while the cheesy music is playing.. What it’s missing is a stfu button.. because those get set off by accident alot.
Tbh I’d much prefer the house to have continuous working lights in every room rather than some of those sound features.
Barbie taking a shower, and in the meantime…
..Teresa is reading Barbie’s journal in her bedroom, because it’s what real friends do!
Barbie walking in on Ken researching her sizing so that he could buy her a perfect birthday gift. Or so he said.
House exterior from the back:
The notorious assembly instructions:
This house is getting alot of hate from parents because of how unclear they are.
Putting this together was really not that bad, ground and first floor actually come preassembled, so all you have to do is attach the pillars, set up the second floor and wire one of the elevators. There’s no wrong way to do it, because each part has a unique shape and won’t fit anywhere else except where it’s supposed to go.
I could even say I actually had fun building it, though the elevator part was confusing, but once you figure out where both ends of the wire go, it gets pretty obvious from there anyways.
Now the big question is whether it can be disassembled.. I haven’t tried it yet, but hope that with the help of hairdryer and alot of strength this could be accomplished..
I just wanted to share these cool sets I accidentally discovered on ebay.
Sometime in mid-late 90′s Mattel came up with the series of themed accessory sets. These 3 are the ones I got so far, but there are many more fashion, dining, baking etc sets out there. I’d say that the level of detail on these is beyond average, especially for pink box stuff. So these were just perfect for my Barbie Dream House:) Here are the pix of these still nrfb:
Pretty Treasures Dining set:
Special Collection bathroom/vanity set:
And my personal favorite, Special Collection Desk Set:
It comes with a little notebook with real pages, a very cool looking retro phone, a stamp pad, which is probably dried out by now so it’s no longer working, and a tiny doll sized stamp that you could still use with a different ink pad. And of course a quill pen with a small ink bottle. Classy.
When I started collecting, Poesie Sans Couleur Vanessa was *the* holy grail of all Fashion Royalty dolls. Released in 2005, a limited edition of 500 FDQ exclusive to this day remains a true icon in my eyes.
I’ve had her for a few years now, and tbh I’ve been procrastinating with photographing her for so long because I really wanted to do her justice with my pictures and was worried they wouldn’t turn out so well.
Poesie is hands down my favorite Vanessa, everything about her is sheer perfection, the hair, the facepaint and the garments she comes with.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get her nrfb or even complete. Mine came with just her wedding gown, shoes and a few accessories. I did aim for a nrfb at first, it’s just that this doll just happened to be listed on my birthday, so I took it as a sign and bought her:p
So as her lingerie look, she’s wearing True Royalty Vanessa corset, I actually happen to like this set better than her own. And she still has her ‘something blue’, so it works with the whole wedding theme. I had no luck finding her cocktail dress at a reasonable price though, so that’s why she’ll be featured only wearing her wedding dress and the lingerie in this post.
Her wedding dress is just.. magnificent. I’m not even a gown person, but this one is truly breathtaking.. I think you need to see it in person to fully appreciate it though.
(Of course I had to forget to put on the belt and misplaced her dragonfly pin, so I couldn’t find it..)
Bigger version on flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/missjaydoll/14718696348/
Well tbh I don’t know if this post was really about showcasing the fashion pack or just getting an excuse to take some more pictures of Home Ick Frankie. She’s my favorite Frankie ever, it’s just I didn’t love the two fashions she originally came with, so I got her an outfit that I happen to like much better:
The Tshirt and skirt with suspenders can be worn separately. It also came with a tote bag:
Light blue shoes with red straps:
..and a desert topped with yummy green plasm substance:
A ‘double feature’ today with Color Infusion Tilda Brisby and London Calling Cruz:
Tilda was one of the Color Infusion dolls offered at last years’ convention. CI dolls unfortunately have ‘Jem’ body type which features bigger hands and feet. Even though the hands are not a big issue since they can easily be replaced, the feet are a different story.. They’re so huge, none of the FR/FR2 shoes will fit them, that’s why I’d love to switch her to a regular fr2 body one day.
Tilda shares sculpt with Roxy from Jem line. It’s like if Elise Jolie and Rory Riot from Jem had a daughter, she would look something like Tilda. She has a small mouth and sharp cheekbones like Elise and her unique nose shape made me think of Rory. I’m totally in love with this girl, too bad she seems a bit underrated so far.
These boots by ayukislove is the only thing that fit her..
I got Cruz definitely not because of his outfit, it’s a bit too ‘fashion forward’ for my liking.
He surely is very handsome, there’s just two things I would change about him.. one is the skintone. He has this slightly tan skintone just like Hot Dots and Pretty in Polynesia Poppy, it tends to look a bit yellowish sometimes, I’d much rather prefer him in Caucasian or even Japan skintone.
And the other thing is his lip color. It’s just a wrong shade of pink for this skintone, so it kinda looks like he’s got lipstick on.
He’s got like 2 layers of clothing under that jacket: an orange striped vest and a pretty tight fitting lime shirt under it:
He also came with a set of ‘leather’ fingerless gloves.. which I’d rather use with a different outfit.
- The names of the dolls in the main convention collection are now available!
Nocturnal Glow - Véronique Perrin
Grandiose - Natalia Fatalé
Nightshade - Kyori Sato
Cold-Shoulder -Eugenia Perrin Frost
Adorned - Vanessa Perrin
Dark Moon - Poppy Parker
La Ville Lumiere - Simonetta Bertorelli
- The sneak peek doll was yet another Victoire. Whoopdeedoo.
Item # 76014
Sous Les Tropiques
Victoire Roux™ Dressed Doll
IT Direct Exclusive
Limited Edition of 600 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Directly after payments are received from lottery winners.
Suggest Retail Price: US $80.00 + Shipping and Handling*
*(+ applicable sales tax for Maryland residents only).
Doll Tech Specs:
Body Type: IT/Victoire
Head Sculpt: Victoire Roux™
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Sun Kissed Red
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied
- hope i don't forget to try for those shoepacks today.. ×0
- am i the only one who gets really annoyed when ebay sellers keep nagging you about leaving them feedback?
i mean there are plenty legit reasons why i might want to wait with leaving feedback and it has nothing to do with me being dissatisfied with the purchase
i might prefer to leave feedback for several things at once so i wouldn’t have to waste time logging onto a different account each time just so that i could leave that one feedback
or i might not be a big expert on that item..and want to give it a test drive or do a little research to make sure everything is working correctly or i might not even have the item in hand, someone could've accepted it for me while i'm away
or i might prefer to not leave any feedback at all. sometimes you end up buying something personal or very expensive and you don't want a permanent record attached to your profile revealing that you bought that item through the feedback system
but no they have to keep spamming me with those copy and paste reminders of theirs. just that alone makes me want to leave them a neutral..wouldn't do that, but they sure aren't getting any stars ratings from me.
- So to sum up the latest newsletter from Integrity,
On August 14th the following dolls will be shipped to dealers:
Item # 86009 Touch of Grace Tulabelle Doll
Item # 86010 Player Slayer Tulabelle Doll
Item # 86011 Front Row Tulabelle Doll
First Week of September 2014:
Item # 86008 French Kissed Tulabelle Doll
First Week of September 2014:
Item # 91344 City Prowl Eugenia Perrin
Item # 91346 Faded Desert Kyori Sato
Item # PP066 Brother in Arms Sebastien Havoc Figure
Item # PP068 Code Name: Arm Candy Chip Farnsworth Figure
Item # 76017 La Grande Seduction Victoire Roux Club Doll
Item # 91349 High Visibility Agnes Von Weiss Event Doll
FR White Bodies
Japan Tone Bodies
And they showed us a teaser..
it could be anything.. including jem or another movie collab thing, so i'm not getting excited over it until i see what it is.
The FR and Poppy shoepacks will go on sale on August 13th, first come first served. Each pack is LE500 ($30.00), so during the first 24h they will be offered to members of wclub, 1 pack per membership. If they don't sell out after a day, they will make them available to general public ×0
- you only live once right lol
- omg this is so scary..
Mandarine on 2013 Barbie DreamhouseHa! I know exactly what you mean about pining for a real Barbie House and not getting one. I actually managed to nab a classic orange...
Sybarite Rosa Gloriosa Fashion NRFB
Yeti To Wear Tulabelle NRFB
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