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The Gala's Best™ Barbie® Is a Fitting BFMC® Finale!

By Allen Voivod

The Gala’s Best™ Barbie® Doll is a Platinum Label® Doll that will retail for $175 in the online shop. On 8/10 Barbie® Signature Platinum and Gold Status members will have first access to add her to their collections, followed and then the general public on 8/12. At launch, there will be a limit of one (1) doll per person. (This limit is subject to change at a later date.) Celebrate 20 years of the Barbie® Fashion Model Collection with us, and this capstone doll from the designer for whom Barbie® doll has been a muse for decades.

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From the advent of the collection in 2000, the BFMC® has always embodied the glamour, the sophistication, the timeless elegance of fashion. Often featuring must-have items for the well-dressed woman's wardrobe, this haute couture series has long focused on bringing contemporary twists on classic designs.

In the case of The Gala’s Best™ Barbie® Doll , Senior Director of Barbie® Design Robert Best completes the collection at the top of his game, giving us Barbie® in a Dresden blue gown with a strapless corset bodice, full layered tulle skirt, and dainty pink organza flowers accents. A matching blue organza petticoat with taffeta ruffled trim billows beneath the gown, ensuring that all eyes will be on Barbie® the moment she walks in the room.

Hair, makeup, and accessories have always been just as important to the presentation of a Barbie® Fashion Model Collection doll, and Robert and the team collaborating with him for this swan song creation rose to the occasion. Her dramatic up-do hairstyle frames her face and highlights her golden, pearl-drop earrings. Long, elegant white gloves complete a breathtaking look that is sure to be captured in the minds of BFMC® fans for years to come. She’s a fitting finale – get her in the online shop as quickly as you can!

 

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Natalie

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Did you get today’s email about the 2020 Dia de la Muerto?

 

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Natalie

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On 8/28/2020 at 6:11 PM, BMR_Collector said:

 

How did people get multiple dolls?  They most likely have multiple accounts, each associated with a different email account. $35.00 per account  is nothing in comparison to the profits they can make from  3-5 of the Gala's Best.  At least the prices have come down in general, Several weeks ago, The Gala's Best was selling for over $600 and more on eBay.  I assume as the supply increased, the prices decreased.

 

Perhaps Mattel could have their database compare addresses?  These people are mostly selling from their homes, but then I guess they could just have the dolls sent to friends’ and family’s addresses. *sigh*

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1 hour ago, Natalie said:

Did you get today’s email about the 2020 Dia de la Muerto?

 

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I did. But, as far as I understand, the general public got her before us, platinum members. I am not going to renew my membership with Mattel. They seem to take the paying members for granted. This is a fucking scam. The perks are negligible, at this point.

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Natalie

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On 8/28/2020 at 6:11 PM, BMR_Collector said:

 

How did people get multiple dolls?  They most likely have multiple accounts, each associated with a different email account. $35.00 per account  is nothing in comparison to the profits they can make from  3-5 of the Gala's Best.  At least the prices have come down in general, Several weeks ago, The Gala's Best was selling for over $600 and more on eBay.  I assume as the supply increased, the prices decreased.

 

9 minutes ago, Kiki24 said:

I did. But, as far as I understand, the general public got her before us, platinum members. I am not going to renew my membership with Mattel. They seem to take the paying members for granted. This is a fucking scam. The perks are negligible, at this point.

 

I do see it all over the place today, but for me, lopping off the 30 bucks each quarter, as well as free shipping on even small orders makes it worthwhile.

Rather than a “scam” I see lots of factors here.  The retail outlets have been releasing items before they agreed to do so, which makes it look like Mattel doesn’t care.  Since the economy is tanking from COVID-19, retailers are desperately trying to move merchandise.  Honestly, though, the management of the site has been hit-and-miss for some time now.  Perhaps Mattel should not notify retailers of the dolls’ release date too far in advance?  Something is throwing a monkey-wrench in the works, and it very much needs to be addressed.  You might also receive an email offering the Gala doll from returns, which happened to me with Dia De Los Muertos.  You should also check Amazon, which sometimes marks down dolls.  I got the Vader Barbie for $65!  It had been returned, but was pristine, never removed from the box, so I guess the customer just didn’t like the look of it.

 

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On 8/28/2020 at 6:11 PM, BMR_Collector said:

 

How did people get multiple dolls?  They most likely have multiple accounts, each associated with a different email account. $35.00 per account  is nothing in comparison to the profits they can make from  3-5 of the Gala's Best.  At least the prices have come down in general, Several weeks ago, The Gala's Best was selling for over $600 and more on eBay.  I assume as the supply increased, the prices decreased.

 

They were selling them at Walmart and Target after they sold out here. There were no limits at the retail stores. I bought myself a 2nd one from Walmart.ca when I found here there and clicked the quantity dropdown box to find you could select up to 20!!! I immediately came here to the forum to post that they were available there hoping that collectors would buy rather than one person hoard them all for resale. Buying from walmart ended up cheaper for me, as the free shipping for Platinum members doesn't apply to Canada, so I had to pay $20 to ship from Mattel. 

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Natalie

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7 minutes ago, Harley2020 said:

 

They were selling them at Walmart and Target after they sold out here. There were no limits at the retail stores. I bought myself a 2nd one from Walmart.ca when I found here there and clicked the quantity dropdown box to find you could select up to 20!!! I immediately came here to the forum to post that they were available there hoping that collectors would buy rather than one person hoard them all for resale. Buying from walmart ended up cheaper for me, as the free shipping for Platinum members doesn't apply to Canada, so I had to pay $20 to ship from Mattel. 

 

Dang, too bad the US stores sold out so quickly - the doll wasn’t available *anywhere* when I checked.  I wasn’t going to buy it, but I was going to post that you should try to get one at one of the stores.

 

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Milene1979

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I'm not sure if anyone here has an "In" with Mattel, but there's something I'd like to pose for discussion. 

The attention to detail, and quality,  I feel has gone really down in the collector Barbie line. Even Silkstone,  which I always felt was the epitome of glamor and quality, ended on a "Just Okay" note for me with the last dolls. I really think that Mattel needs to take a note from Integrity in this area.

I just purchased a new doll in the Integrity East 59th line from a retailer. I spent $140 on the doll. The doll came wearing a sheath dress and swing coat (all lined impeccably). Her hair was perfectly styled and protected by a hair net. She came with 2 pairs of shoes, a jewelry set of earrings,  bracelets, and necklace, a crop blazer, hat, purse, belt, and extra set of gloved hands.

To put it in just one word, opening the doll felt OPULENT. From the box, to the way the extras and accessories were enclosed, to the doll itself, everything was perfectly arranged to make the collector feel special in having her. I am sad to say, I haven't felt that in a while with Barbie. And Barbie was my first love from childhood! I want to see Barbie collector have that wow factor.

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Natalie

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I used to buy “special” Barbies regularly, but lately, I’ve gotten into other types of fashion dolls, such as “Gene” dolls.  If you like old Hollywood glamor, you’ll love those.  That said, Mattel seems to try to keep up with representation of different body types.  I’m sure the Lammily doll line had much to do with that.  I noticed they also are backing away from describing each body type, such as “curvy”, which is also a step in the right direction.  I have all of the Lammily dolls, as well as unusual dolls I find online.  I don’t think we should look to Mattel to provide all of the “wow” - I keep in mind their primary products are for children, not old folks like me.  

There is plenty of room for numerous dolls in my collection - but my house does have limits, so I rotate displaying them.

 

Natalie

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danaguy71

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I still think this is one of the best, if not THE best dolls that have come out this year.......just my opinion .....glad I was able to get her!

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