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.
- todays email from integrity said to stay tuned for a few reveals in december:
- Holiday Poppy which will be available through lottery
- New movie(?) license announcement
- Final wclub doll
- two new dolls announcement which will be available through dealers
- sneak peek of winter 2015 products
they hinted something will be coming on friday 28th, so a Poppy Lottery info probably? ×0
- And as predicted, the club doll was a Jem line doll.. except the surprising part was that it was a 'he'.
It is a character named Techrat. He comes with a quickswitch system and two heads, one is true to the character and the second one is a more conservative fully rooted version for non jem fans.
I looked up the pictures of the cartoon version of him and his head is definitely not shaved in the middle, but more offcenter. So it's weird why IT decided to give him a mohawk instead of a skrillex cut. Well either way I'm happy and relieved I don't need him in my life and will be anxiously waiting for the final FR/Nuface club doll of the year. ×0
- well the update is very last week, but here it is anyways:p
+ Next years convention will be happening during October 22-24, 2015 in Long Beach, CA
+ 2015 Wclub registration dates have been moved. Usually we'd get registration info a few days before Christmas, but this time, the registration will open sometime early 2015. They also noted that this is a permanent change.
+ Cute commercial featuring Hollywood Jem: http://youtu.be/VxokHywIlEs
+ Convention leftovers available through right to buy lotteries:
Item # 15059 - Jolt! ITBE Dressed Doll
Item # 15060 - Zing! ITBE Dressed Doll
Item # 15061 - Oomph! ITBE Dressed Doll
Item # 76019 - Dial "V" for Victoire - Victoire Roux Doll
Item # 76020 - La Ville Lumiere (The City of Lights) Simonetta Bertorelli™ Dressed Doll
Item # 78013 - Afterhours Hanne Erikson 16" Dressed Doll
Item # 82057 - Tantalizing Dominique Makeda™ Workshop Doll
Item # 82058 - Evening Siren Ayumi N.™ Dressed Doll
Item # 91355 - Nocturnal Glow Veronique Perrin Dressed Doll
Item # 91356 - Grandiose Natalia Fatale Dressed Doll
Item # 91357 - Night shade Kyori Sato Dressed Doll
Item # 85067 - Time Served Official Workshop Fashion Figure
+ Holiday Poppy sneak peek:
"This lovely beauty will be unveiled and shipped just in time for the upcoming holiday season" - so this pretty much means the dolls have been manufactured and will be sold either through a lottery, or on 1st come 1st serve basis, or possibly through dealers..
+ Also not as generous sneak of upcoming club doll
Judging by the color palette it is most probably a Jem line doll ×0
- ahhh look who arrived this morning!:DDD
- Updated the convention page with the remaining promo pix of the convention collection ×0
- Quicksilver Kyori
Pencil Me In Eugenia
Truly Madly Deeply Agnes
Joyous Celebration Poppy
and many more are looking for a new home! ×0
another email with promo pics came yesterday, so I updated the convention page.
Style lab and main collection pics will follow later..
The email also said that the lotteries for the convention leftovers should take place sometime in November
It's a shame there is no detailed information about skintones and haircolors in those emails.. after closer inspection, it seems like Agnes's hair is original brunette and not raven like everybody thought:( ×2
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