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  1. By Allen Voivod Barbie® The Best Look™ Gift Set is the penultimate entry in the Barbie® Fashion Model Collection – for 2020, and for the collection itself! This is the final year for the haute couture segment from Barbie® Signature, and with this set, Senior Director of Barbie® Design Robert Best is going back to the very beginnings of Barbie® for inspiration. "I knew I wanted to include gift sets as premium offerings when we started to dream up what would eventually become the Barbie Fashion Model Collection," Robert says. "Connecting to the Barbie dolls of the past was intentional." He's also connected to the beginning of the BFMC® as well, with a two-outfit set that comes with multiple accessories, reminiscent of the very first gift set released in the series. (Learn more and hear Robert's thoughts on gift sets old and new in an exclusive for Barbie® Signature members.) The gift set features two indispensable classics: a smart suit for day wear and the perfect outfit for an evening dinner party. The stylish two-piece daytime suit includes a removable faux fur collar accented with a brooch. For the evening look, a black lace bodysuit is paired with a full tulle petticoat, trimmed with satin, under a lace skirt. Two sets of satin opera-length gloves, a tiered pearly necklace, and a satin clutch are finishing touches for either look. Stylish stiletto pumps are also interchangeable with each fashion. "I always loved the original Barbie gift sets from the '60s that featured a doll with a lot of different clothes and accessories," Robert recalls. "They seemed like the perfect experience because everything you needed to play was all right there, and it was such compelling storytelling." When you get Barbie® The Best Look™ Gift Set, you'll be able to set your own scene, thanks to the posable Silkstone® doll body and the included display stand. Barbie® Signature Platinum members will have the first opportunity to add this Gold Label® set to their collections, followed by Gold members, and then the general public. (Not a Barbie® Signature member? Join now!) Which fashion will you put on display? Or will you get two, so you can display both day and night at once? We can't wait to find out – get Barbie® The Best Look™ Gift Set in the online shop now!
  2. By Allen Voivod Our Wonder Woman 1984™ Barbie® Gift Set celebrates the return of Wonder Woman™ in the newest chapter of her epic story! These movie-inspired dolls shine the spotlight on the timeless romance of Diana Prince™ and Steve Trevor™. Wonder Woman 1984™ finds Diana living quietly among mortals in maintaining a low profile and performing superheroic acts incognito. A chance encounter at the Lincoln Memorial reconnects her with Steve after decades of being apart. The world, however, is in grave danger. As Wonder Woman™ faces her fiercest nemesis, she must save mankind from a world of its own making and prove to everyone that she is a hero for our time, for all time, for everyone. Our two-pack of collectible, posable Barbie® dolls is inspired by the heroic pair! Diana Prince™ Barbie® Doll shines in her memorable gala look, a stunning white gown with a wraparound tie detail at the waist. Elegant touches include a golden cuff bracelet, necklace, and nude heels. Her brunette hair is styled in sleek waves with a dramatic side part. Ready to join Diana on her mission to restore justice, Steve Trevor™ Barbie® Doll wears an all-black jacket over a white t-shirt. His true-to-movie accessories include a gray waist bag, wristwatch, aviator sunglasses, and crisp white sneakers. After being reunited with Diana, their bond is as strong as ever! Both dolls are sculpted and styled to look just like their onscreen characters, and feature flexibility for powerful poses. The set, which arrives in specially designed packaging inspired by the movie, also includes stands for both dolls to display them out of the box, and a Certificate of Authenticity. The Wonder Woman 1984™ Barbie® Gift Set designed by Bill Greening is part of our Gold Label® series of dolls, and will retail for $80 in the online shop. When it debuts, there will be a limit of two (2) sets per person, so as many Barbie® and Wonder Woman™ fans as possible can experience the thrill of adding these heroes to their collections. (This limit is subject to change at a later date.) Join us in celebrating Wonder Woman 1984™ with this film-inspired set today! WW84 WONDER WOMAN and all related characters and elements © & ™ DC Comics and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s20)
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    The BMR1959™ Collection Returns With Four Bold New Styles!

    By Allen Voivod They were an incredible hit when they debuted last year, a series of Barbie® dolls unlike any that fans of the brand had previously seen! The BMR1959™ Collection showcases how current trends influence the brand, and for 2020, a whole new set of bold designs has arrived in the online shop! We asked Barbie® Signature Lead Designer Carlyle Nuera to tell us more about these latest additions. "Logo play is a tenet of the BMR1959 line, so in wave 2, I introduced the rainbow BMR1959 logo which uses every color in the palette," Carlyle says. "I also wanted to continue to play with fabrication. In the first wave, I used clear vinyl as a bomber jacket but in wave 2, I used vinyl again but as an inset on a windbreaker and on thigh-high boots. Color-blocking is also present in wave 2, but in a new way with mixed plaid pants." So, what else is new with this second wave? "There’s two new developments: a new Petite Made-to-Move body and a new Ken face sculpt!" Carlyle reveals. "I know Barbie collectors have been wanting a Petite Made-To-Move body for a long time, and I’m so happy to finally deliver that. Now that that body exists, we can also use it in the design of future dolls. And the new Ken face sculpt features full lips and dimples! I named him the ‘Tate’ sculpt; Tate is my middle name. There are also collector favorite sculpts in this wave: Claudette, Midge/Diva, and Tango, done in new ways." Let's take a look individually at each of the designs that celebrate Barbie® doll's fashion heritage in new, unique, and surprising ways… First up, our BMR1959™ Barbie® Doll with the petite doll body wears a boxy houndstooth blazer over a neon co-ord set with a patent leather look. Her lilac hair is styled in bantu knots accented with baby hairs, and her nails are painted to match. Chunky yellow “dad sneakers” and logo door knocker earrings finish her look. Next, our BMR1959™ Barbie® Doll with the tall doll body sports a color-block parka over her cropped tank and bike shorts. Bold details include green painted fingernails, statement eye liner, and clear vinyl thigh-high boots with a neon block heel. Chunky, '90s-inspired blonde streaks and logo hair clips frame her face. Our BMR1959™ Barbie® Doll with the original doll body wears plaid color block jogger pants, a cropped tank, and a mesh jersey top with a rainbow logo graphic. Platform combat boots, rope twist pigtails, and a red bucket hat with allover logo print finish the look. And last but not least, our BMR1959™ Ken® Doll pairs a black-and-white color-block hoodie with yellow logo tape track pants and white trainers. Bold accessories include silvery earrings, a hip bag with a rainbow logo graphic, and a translucent visor worn in his wavy red hair. All four of these collectible fashion dolls are fully articulated and come with a special BMR1959™ logo doll stand for display. The specially designed, streetwear-inspired shoebox packaging is FSC®-certified and made from materials that have been responsibly sourced. We also asked Carlyle what people thought of the first wave of dolls, and what his ambitions were for this second set. He told us, "The most rewarding feedback I received has been people feeling seen and represented by BMR1959, whether it was the skin tone of one of the dolls or the hair texture, but especially by the Ken with full face makeup! So many guys who are into makeup have reached out to me to say how appreciative they are to finally have a Ken that represents them. Some have even dressed up as that Ken or done makeup looks inspired by that Ken. I’m so touched by that! That’s the ultimate gratification for me as a designer. With the second wave of dolls, I hope people have those same kinds of emotions, of feeling seen and represented by things like the bantu knots and baby hairs, the doorknocker name earrings, the red hair and freckles." All four of the new BMR1959® dolls are now available in the online shop. Express your own style and add the whole crew to your collection today!
  4. By Allen Voivod Barbie® fans have spoken! The votes have been tallied, and we're ready to declare a winner in the first-ever Barbie® Signature Doll Design Showdown. Two prototypes competed for the honor, but only one could win it all. Are you ready for the big reveal? Flight of Fashion™ What happens next? The Barbie® Signature team will get to work finalizing all the design specifications for the doll and its packaging, and prepare it for a four-week pre-order period to be announced during spring of 2020. Please note: Only Barbie® Signature Platinum and Gold Status members will be able to purchase the final doll. (Not a member yet? Learn more and join now!) Want more details? Read the sections below titled What Is the Doll Design Showdown? and How to Vote for in the Doll Design Showdown for more details, then vote today! And keep an eye on your email to see which designs move on to the prototype phase. (Make sure you're getting our emails by checking your email preferences. If you haven't signed up for our emails yet, just click here to get our email newsletter.) What Is the Doll Design Showdown? Barbie® Signature will manufacture and offer the Doll Design Showdown winning doll, chosen from pre-selected designs and prototypes by Barbie® fans. Anyone can participate, but we will only offer this doll for sale to Barbie® Signature Platinum and Gold Status members. We will conduct two polls, each lasting two weeks, in which anyone may vote for their preference of the offered choices. You may vote only once per poll. Be sure to vote before each poll closes! (Learn more about the designer, Angel Kent.) When the final round of voting has concluded, the winning choices will be used to finalize the design specifications for the doll and its packaging, to prepare it for manufacturing. Placing your votes is NOT a commitment to purchase the resulting doll, and voting in the polls is not required to purchase the resulting doll (but you must be a Barbie® Signature Platinum or Gold Status member to purchase the doll). In the early spring of 2020, we will offer the winning Doll Design Showdown doll to Barbie® Signature Platinum and Gold Status members. (By then, we’ll have actual product sample images for you, so you’ll see the final doll that you’ll be ordering. Orders will be taken for approximately four weeks, and we will produce enough quantities to match the number of orders we receive – every Platinum and Gold Status members will have the opportunity to order and receive one. This means the item is made-to-order; made-to-order items may not reach you for approximately one (1) year after placing your order. Further details will be available when the doll is offered. Additionally, a minimum of 1,500 pre-orders are required for the winning doll to go into production. If the minimum pre-order threshold is not met, the doll will not go into production, and all pre-orders will be refunded. How to Vote in the Doll Design Showdown Review the calendar above to see when voting opens and closes for the two phases. Membership is not required to vote. Simply click the “Vote Now” link above to be taken to the survey. On the survey page, read the instructions, then place your vote. NOTE: You can only vote once per phase, and once cast, your vote cannot be changed – so consider carefully before placing your vote! Check in at Barbie® Signature a few weeks after the polling phases end to see how the voting turned out, and don’t miss your chance to be a part of a new Barbie® creation! Please note: The dolls, fashions, and accessories depicted in the above images are design concepts. Final production design, colors, and textures may vary.
  5. By Allen Voivod You did it! More than 60,000 Barbie® fans voted on Instagram and on our website survey for the "Spring" doll, fashion, and accessory choices in our first @BarbieStyle Fashion Doll Series poll. We've tabulated the results, and we're ready to share them in detail. Have a look at the choices made by you and tens of thousands of Barbie® collectors – these options will be used to bring a new set of @BarbieStyle-inspired fashions to life. What comes next? Our team will take the results into further design to manufacture the doll, currently estimated to arrive in the shop during the second quarter of 2021. We'll let you know as soon as she arrives! In the meantime, be sure to make your calendar for April 20th – that's when the voting on the "Summer" doll begins… Make sure you're getting our emails by checking your email preferences. If you haven't signed up for our emails yet, just click here to get our email newsletter. And be sure to follow @BarbieStyle on Instagram to keep up with the latest trends in the world of Barbie®! 2020 @BarbieStyle Fashion Doll Series Voting and Sale Schedule* Round Opens: Closes: Spring Doll: Design Elements 2/24 3/1 Summer Doll: Design Elements 7/1 7/7 Fall Doll: Design Elements 8/20 7/26 Winter Doll: Design Elements 9/21 9/27 *Dates are subject to change. Please note: The dolls, fashions, and accessories depicted in the voting images are design prototypes. Final production design, colors, and textures may vary slightly.
  6. By Allen Voivod For two decades, the Barbie® Fashion Model Collection reinterpreted classic fashions with a contemporary twist. To date, the line includes more than 140 remarkable Silkstone® dolls! In this exclusive interview, designer Robert Best talks about the end of a haute couture era with the coming launch of the 2020 BFMC®. ~*~*~*~*~ 2020 will mark the final year for the Barbie® Fashion Model Collection (for now, at least). Can you tell us why 2020 is the right time to pause its historic run? I like even numbers and it also just felt like the right time. This has truly always been a labor of love from where I sit, and I would never have it any other way. I think the collection has covered a lot of ground and after 20 years. It’s a good time to take stock, step back, and see what the future holds. What have been some of your favorite dolls in the collection? This is a tough one, there are too many favorites. I’ve always loved Delphine Barbie as she was the first glamour gown from 2000. In the Pink Barbie was fabulous for how extra it was. Marie Therese Barbie, of course – she was modelled after my sister and I love a bride. Midnight Mischief remains one of my favorite fashions. Dahlia Barbie is just a beautiful doll with amazing details. I love the entire "Career" series, and the "Hollywood" series. Preferably Pink Barbie is a stand-out for all the details and the remarkable jewelry. The Mad Men collection was an incredible partnership. The entire “Atelier” series. It's very challenging to look back at 20 years of work and narrow down to a few dolls. I truly have loved every collection. Barbie™ fans have a deep appreciation for this collection. Can you share some highlights from the feedback they’ve given you over the years? When it first launched there was palpable excitement and buzz. Collectors candidly shared that the Barbie Fashion Model Collection had reignited their love of the hobby. Others told me this was the collection that turned them on to collecting. People have always shared incredibly positive feedback and stories about their passion for Barbie, and in particular about this collection from the very beginning. So many people shared that it was their favorite collection or that it had a special place in their collection. How did you approach the creation of the 2020 BFMC® dolls? What did you do differently (if anything) this time around? And was it more emotional for you in any particular way? I approached the collection for 2020 as a bit of a return to form. I wanted all the best aspects of how I had originally conceived of the collection, with something for everyone, featuring multiple dolls with lots of great details and a range in styles while remaining classic. Every collection borrows aspects from the ones before while evolving and moving the needle in some way. I’m personally very happy with where we landed for the final year and it definitely feels as though we are ending it on a high! Of course, it's very emotional, and I am a person who typically doesn’t like change – but in this case I feel like it’s a completion and in a good way. Things change and evolve, that's a part of the natural progression of life and I’m okay with that. What can you tell us about the future of haute couture Barbie® dolls, and what’s next for you and fashion design muse? There are so many exciting things on the horizon for Barbie, new projects, new talent and new ideas. I cannot share any more specifics than to say, “Watch this space…” Barbie will always be reinventing. I'm very energized and inspired about the future. I appreciate the love and attachment collectors have shared with BFMC and me as an extension. I know for sure there will be new collections and dolls that continue to excite and engage the collector community.
  7. By Allen Voivod In a curated collaboration bridging two cultural icons, Barbie® honors renowned artist Jean-Michel Basquiat! His prolific body of work played an essential role in elevating street art from the underground to gaining well-deserved acclaim in the upper echelons of the art world. Join Barbie® in commemorating his life and work with Jean-Michel Basquiat X Barbie® Doll. "I thought of this project as a dialogue between myself, Basquiat, and Barbie, so to be in 'conversation' with two icons was way exciting!" says Barbie® Signature Lead Designer Carlyle Nuera. "Basquiat’s estate gave us digital access to images of the work in their archive. To look through every piece, and decide which ones I wanted to use based on visual appeal and meaning, was an honor." [Barbie® Signature Platinum and Gold Status members: Read more from Carlyle in our exclusive interview!] As the art movement known as neo-expressionism gained traction, a young street artist from Brooklyn, NY emerged, channeling the urban and multi-cultural influences of 1980’s New York City into an extraordinary visual language. Jean-Michel Basquiat’s captivating paintings are an infusion of graphic poetry, cultural dichotomies and compelling social statements that still inspire today. In a stunning tribute to the artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat X Barbie® Doll wears a head-to-toe ensemble featuring many well-known elements from works spanning Basquiat’s career. According to Carlyle, "Each piece of the doll’s outfit is printed with a different work of art spanning his entire career. My favorite piece is 'Big Joy,' circa 1984, printed on the suit jacket’s left arm." The elements from Basquiat's works are brought together in a bespoke suit with wide-legged trousers, a jacket, shirt, tie and belt, all emblazoned with his signature artwork in a lively color palette. Bold makeup and a golden crown finish her striking look. "The Basquiat crown is one of his most iconic motifs in his work," Carlyle notes, "so I wanted to take that 2D piece of art and make it a 3D crown on Barbie doll’s head, echoing the themes of self-worth and crowning yourself as worthy that are in his work." As with all of our Barbie® Signature dolls, Jean-Michel Basquiat X Barbie® Doll comes in specially designed packaging, with a doll stand and Certificate of Authenticity. She's a Gold Label® doll, available now for $50. For her debut, there will be a limit of two (2) dolls per person, so as many Barbie® fans as possible can add her to their collections! (But please note: This limit is subject to change at a later date.) Celebrate Jean-Michel Basquiat’s influential work with this collectible, giftable Barbie® Doll, now available in the online shop!
  8. By Allen Voivod The Star Wars™ x Barbie® Collection, inspired by the films’ original concept art, re-imagines iconic Star Wars characters through a distinctive Barbie™ high-fashion filter. This year, four new dolls join our collaborative homage to the beloved space saga franchise: dolls inspired by the characters Rey™, C-3PO™, Chewbacca™, and a Stormtrooper! Just like the Darth Vader™, Princess Leia™, and R2-D2™ themed tributes that launched this collection last year (which are also available in our online shop), the four new dolls each take design inspiration from the legendary looks of the characters they represent, capturing them in runway-ready silhouettes. Each doll will arrive in special designed packaging, which includes a Certificate of Authenticity and a Star Wars™-themed doll stand for collectors who like to display their dolls out of the box. "The new series of dolls needed to maintain the same feeling as the first series, but also offer enough new details and surprises to keep fans excited about the new additions," said Robert Best, Senior Director of Barbie® Design. "For this second series, I really wanted to push the fashion elements even further. There are amazing shoe designs, great accessories and jewelry that would be at home in a runway show or a high fashion editorial photo shoot. "The clothing designs are also highly detailed with unusual textures and materials," Robert added. "One design features micro sequins and sheer organza panels, while another features faux fur and a sculpted plastic bodice. I think these will really deliver to fans of high fashion as well as fans of the Star Wars galaxy." With that in mind, let's learn more about each of the new dolls in the second series of the Star Wars™ x Barbie® Collection! Adventurous Spirit As she was drawn into a galaxy-wide conflict between the First Order and the Resistance, the mysterious power of the Force™ set Rey™ on the path to discovering her destiny in a time when the Jedi Order™ was virtually extinct. The Star Wars x Barbie® Rey Doll wears a crystal pleated chiffon gown with a crossover neckline and draped hood, inspired by Rey’s gauzy crosspiece. A slit reveals ombre boot-leggings in gold and copper hues, and accessories with a hammered gold look complete her heroic ensemble. Golden Droid Programmed for etiquette and protocol and built by the heroic Jedi™ Anakin Skywalker™, C-3PO™ was involved in some of the galaxy’s most defining moments and thrilling battles. The Star Wars x Barbie® C-3PO Doll shines in a head-to-toe liquid gold look with accents of sheer organza and golden sequins. Polished details include a golden necklace, bangles, C-3PO-inspired glasses, and a brilliant cincture echoing the droid’s primary power coupler outlet. Powerful Ally During his long life, Chewbacca™ has been many things: Wookiee™ warrior, ace smuggler, and Rebel hero. The Star Wars x Barbie® Chewbacca Doll wears a lavish faux fur coat over a strapless dress with a fur skirt and bodice of vinyl and sheer organza. Chic details include a furry headband and knee-high boots, as well as cuff bracelets and a handbag inspired by Chewbacca’s signature bandolier and satchel. Imperial Enforcer Stormtroopers’ imposing white armor, blaster rifles and great skill make them a force to be reckoned with, and their fanatic loyalty to the Empire renders them steadfast -- and lethal -- in their fight for the Imperial cause. The Star Wars x Barbie® Stormtrooper Doll is striking in head-to-toe white over a black bodysuit with a shiny patent-leather look. A platinum bob, dark glasses, cuffs, a utility belt, and boots with a knee protector plate detail complete her battle armor-inspired look. The Rey™, C-3PO™, and Stormtrooper inspired dolls are part of our Gold Label® series of dolls and will retail for $100 each in the online shop. The Chewbacca™ doll is part of our Platinum Label® series of dolls, and will retail for $150. When they debut, there will be a limit of two (2) of each doll per person, so as many Barbie® and Star Wars™ fans as possible can add these iconic characters to their collections. (This limit is subject to change at a later date.) You won't have to travel to swampy planets, frozen wastelands, or barren deserts to get them – just click here to get the Star Wars™ x Barbie® Dolls in our online shop! © & ™ Lucasfilm Ltd.
  9. By Allen Voivod The Barbie® Inspiring Women™ Series pays tribute to incredible heroines of their time – courageous women who took risks, changed rules and paved the way for generations of girls to dream bigger than ever before. Today, we're excited to welcome three new role models into this remarkable series! It was a chance opportunity to perform at the famous Apollo Theater that catapulted Ella Fitzgerald into stardom, to become one of the most popular and beloved jazz singers in the world. Ella would become the most recorded female in history and earned countless prestigious awards. Throughout her career, Ella lent her voice to people in need and her foundation, The Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, provides aid to children and communities by fostering a love of music and reading. Our Ella Fitzgerald Doll shines in a performance-ready look, a deep-purple gown with plenty of shimmer. In 1961, tennis pro Billie Jean King won her first major championship title, followed by a series of spectacular victories throughout her career. Off the court, she tirelessly championed women’s equality in sports. In 1973, during a globally televised match hailed as the "Battle of the Sexes," she defeated a formidable male rival and proved a woman’s place was hers to decide. Our Billie Jean King Doll wears a two-tone blue and mint-green tennis dress, inspired by what she wore during that legendary match. Florence Nightingale pursued a career in nursing, a vocation she believed was her moral duty. Enrolling as a nursing student in 1850, she made it her mission to improve hospital efficiency and standards in patient care, eventually writing books that launched reforms in medicine. In 1860, she established the Nightingale Training School, continuing to further nursing education while changing the negative attitudes towards women entering the field. Our Florence Nightingale Doll arrives in a re-creation of the nineteenth-century uniform worn by nurses tending to gravely wounded soldiers during the Crimean War. All three dolls representing these groundbreaking role models are fully articulated and come with specifically themed accessories, a doll stand, and a Certificate of Authenticity. More importantly, we need more role models like these, because imagining you can be anything is just the beginning. Actually seeing that you can makes all the difference! Click over to the online shop now to get the Barbie® Inspiring Women™ Series dolls for yourself, and get them for someone you want to inspire. Celebrate with us as we honor their extraordinary talent and lasting contributions to our lives!
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    Welcome Barbie® Best To A Tea™ to the BFMC®!

    By Allen Voivod It's hard to believe, but it's true: After an incredible 20 years and producing more than 100 inimitable instances of haute couture, the doors of the Barbie® Fashion Model Collection's atelier are about to close. Before they do, we'd like you to welcome Barbie® Best To A Tea™ Doll, the second of four in this final series of dolls featuring classic styles with a contemporary twist! The 2020 BFMC® kicked off with a late 2019 release of Barbie® Best in Black™ Doll (also available now in the online shop), giving collectors one last take on the "little black dress" that's an essential part of the well-dressed woman's wardrobe. In fact, this entire 20th anniversary series is designed to honor the glamour, sophistication, and timeless elegance of fashion created by Robert Best over the past two decades. In the case of styles suitable for afternoon tea, Best's first BFMC® design was for the High Tea and Savories™ Barbie® Doll Giftset in 2006, part of a British-inspired series that year. Now, Best takes the world's most recognizable fashion icon out for one more very proper social occasion with Best To A Tea™ Doll. "High Tea and Savories" was part of a whole series that was a love letter to London and all things British," says Robert Best, Senior Director of Barbie® Design. "Best to a Tea is more of a clever play on words that happens to define a beautiful classic suited doll, in the final year of this collection. It also would look incredibly chic and fitting – if you were to have afternoon tea!" As you'll see from the photos, Barbie® doll exudes elegance in a cream-colored bouclé suit ensemble, a ruffled blouse, and a chic fascinator with just the right pop of color. Sleek details include delicate black gloves, tights, and stylish booties. Her brunette hair is swept back to reveal a gorgeous vintage face sculpt and faux pearl earrings. Colorful eyeshadow and a peachy pout perfect her look. "I wanted to do a very ladylike classic suit with accessories like the fascinator so there you have it!" Best says. "The main thing was looking at all of the dolls together, and without giving away anything, I think that the full range in this final year feels like a collection that pays tribute to some of my past favorites over the 20 years I’ve designed this line." The Gold Label® Barbie® Best To A Tea™ Doll arrives in specially designed packaging that commemorates the 20th anniversary of this landmark series. It's ideal for display, but should you want to remove her from the box (and honestly, we couldn't blame you for doing it!), she also comes with a doll stand and features the posable Silkstone® doll body, for endless posing possibilities. Barbie® Signature Platinum members will have the first opportunity to pre-order her, followed by Gold members, and then the general public. (Not a member? Learn more and join here!) Since this is the final series of the Barbie® Fashion Model Collection, you won't want to miss out on your chance – get her now in the online shop!
  11. By Allen Voivod Since its debut on Instagram in 2015, the @BarbieStyle fashion blog has grown to over 2 million followers. Thousands of fans visit the feed every day to see what city Barbie® is visiting, what she’s planning, and to check out her latest look. Whether she’s setting fashion, beauty, or cultural trends, it’s no secret, Barbie® has style. Now it’s your turn to influence the influencer! Vote to bring your favorite @BarbieStyle-inspired fashions to life. For the first time ever, you can choose which @BarbieStyle Instagram fashion becomes reality. Only four dolls will be chosen for the @Barbiestyle Fashion Doll Series, with one doll released per season in 2021, so make your vote count! The winning doll for each season will be manufactured by Mattel and available for purchase in the Barbie® online shop in 2021. Each doll comes with on-trend fashion separates and LOTS of accessories to create your own styles. Here’s where @BarbieStyle followers and Barbie® collector fans come in. You get to vote on fashions, hairstyles, shoes, and everything in between. Specifically, each doll will come with these items, which you’ll select from multiple choices: One suit One jacket One dress One pair of sunglasses One handbag Two pairs of shoes Voting for the first doll in the @Barbiestyle Fashion Doll Series begins February 24th, 2020 and launches with none other than Barbie® herself. Check back throughout the year as polls open for three of her friends (one per season), and like Barbie®, the doll with the most votes will be put into production and available for online purchase in 2021. Be sure to follow @BarbieStyle on Instagram as polls for the Spring Doll are open or click the button below to vote now! Want more details? Read the sections below titled What Is the @BarbieStyle Fashion Doll Series? and How to Vote for the @BarbieStyle Fashion Doll Series, then vote for the Spring Doll today! And keep an eye on your email for future voting opportunities. (Make sure you're getting our emails by checking your email preferences. If you haven't signed up for our emails yet, just click here to get our email newsletter.) How to Vote for the @BarbieStyle Fashion Doll Series Dolls 1. Save the calendar below to know when voting opens and closes for each doll design. 2. Membership is not required to vote. Simply click the “Vote Now” link above to be taken to the survey. 3. On the survey page, read the instructions, then place your votes. NOTE: You can only vote once per poll, and once cast, your votes cannot be changed – so consider carefully before placing your votes! 4. Be sure to check email and check in at Barbie® Signature after the polling closes to see the final results, and don’t miss your chance to be a part of a new series of Barbie® creations! 5. Be to follow @BarbieStyle on Instagram to keep up with the latest trends in the world of Barbie®! 2020 @BarbieStyle Fashion Doll Series Voting and Sale Schedule* Round Opens: Closes: Spring Doll: Design Elements 2/24 3/1 Summer Doll: Design Elements 7/1 7/7 Fall Doll: Design Elements 8/20 8/26 Winter Doll: Design Elements 9/21 9/27 *Dates are subject to change. What Is the @BarbieStyle Fashion Doll Series? Barbie® Signature will manufacture and offer the four @BarbieStyle Fashion Doll Series dolls, created using design options pre-selected by Barbie® fans. Anyone can participate, and anyone can purchase the final produced dolls. We will conduct four polls, each lasting one week, in which anyone may vote for their preferences of the offered choices. You may vote only once per poll. Be sure to vote before each poll closes! After a poll is closed, the winning choices will go into further design to manufacture the doll. Placing your votes is NOT a commitment to purchase the resulting doll, and voting in the polls is not required to purchase the resulting doll. Each doll will be available for purchase from Barbie.com approximately one (1) year after the related poll closes. Though these dates are subject to change, we anticipate the following: Spring Doll #1: Available Q2 2021 Summer Doll #2: Available Q3 2021 Fall Doll #3: Available Q4 2021 Winter Doll #4: Available Q4 2021 Further details will be available when the dolls are offered for purchase. Please note: The dolls, fashions, and accessories depicted in the voting images are design prototypes. Final production design, colors, and textures may vary slightly.
  12. By Allen Voivod It may still be 2019 on the calendar, but at Barbie® Signature, it's time to start revealing dolls from next year's line! And what better way to get things going than with Best in Black™ Barbie® Doll, the first entry in the 2020 Barbie® Fashion Model Collection. Glamour, sophistication, timeless elegance – that's what the BFMC® is all about! For 20 years, Designer Robert Best has been adding a contemporary twist to the classic elements of a well-dressed woman's wardrobe. With a style icon like Barbie® as his muse for the past two decades, this haute couture collection can stand next to the work of any real-world fashion collection! Barbie® is ready for any occasion – and in this case, the debut design for the 20th anniversary of the series! – in her jet-black mini dress with stylish leg-of-mutton sleeves. Sheer, black calf-high stockings and Mary-Jane-inspired heels complement her fresh, fashion-forward look. Our Gold Label® Best in Black™ Barbie® Doll is the first of four dolls coming from Robert's atelier this year. She'll arrive in specially designed packaging (featuring a doll sketch by Robert!) if you'd like to display her in the box. If you're the de-boxing kind, you'll find a doll stand and Certificate of Authenticity inside. And of course, she also features the posable Silkstone® doll body, for endless posing possibilities. Now that you've got the details, you've gotta get this doll! She's available in the online shop starting 11/20 for Platinum Status members, 11/22 for Gold Status members, and 11/25 for everyone else. Don't forget, this is also the final year for the Barbie® Fashion Model Collection. That's one more very compelling reason to add her to your collection as soon as possible!
  13. By Allen Voivod With a career spanning over five decades, David Bowie was at the vanguard of contemporary culture as a musician, artist, and icon. Now, Barbie® Signature applauds his global and multigenerational impact with the Barbie® David Bowie Doll! As a Gold Label™ doll, this will only be produced in limited quantities, and comes with a doll stand and Certificate of Authenticity. It's a definitive celebration of two pop culture icons, as Barbie® honors the pioneer of sound and vision, English singer, songwriter, and actor, whose dramatic musical transformations continue to influence and inspire. Dressed as Bowie’s fantastic sci-fi alter ego, Ziggy Stardust, Barbie® wears the iconic metallic ‘space suit’ with red and blue stripes and flared shoulders, and Bowie’s signature cherry-red platform boots. Special details include bold makeup – featuring the famed astral sphere forehead icon – and a hairstyle inspired by Bowie’s fiery-red locks. The doll will arrive (not from Mars, just from our warehouse!) in specially-designed packaging, displaying a collage of images from Bowie's early career. It's another respectful aspect of this tribute to a musical genius who redefined rock and roll. It also makes Barbie® David Bowie Doll the ultimate collector’s item for Bowie and Barbie® fans alike. Bowie was, and continues to be, a unique presence in contemporary culture. Honor his extraordinary talent and undeniable influence by adding Barbie® David Bowie Doll to your collection today! © 2019 The David Bowie Archive ® Under license to Perryscope Productions LLC/Epic Rights.
  14. Thank you so much for being part of the Barbie® Signature collecting community! Your support is greatly appreciated, and we're always looking for opportunities to improve your experiences with us. We're thrilled to announce a coming change – to a newer, more modern, and fully supported forum experience. On Monday, 10/28 at 12:01am, the forums will shut down and begin the migration to a new providerr. With the migration comes a number of significant upgrades, including (but not limited to): The forums will be mobile-optimized, for a better experience on phones and tablets. The ability to follow conversations and get updates on new replies has been revamped and improved. Private messaging between forum members will feature a new and easier-to-use interface. Before October 28th, we recommend that you do the following: Save a copy (on your own computer or device) of any messages in your inbox that you want to keep. Messages in your forum mailboxes will not be migrated to the new platform. Download copies of any images from your photo gallery, as a precaution against the unexpected. The plan is for all photos to be preserved, though the photo gallery functionality will be returning at a later date. But we recommend downloading copies of them just in case. Please note: We expect to go live by 11/8. So it won’t be too long before you can access the new and improved version of the Barbie® Signature forums.
  15. By Allen Voivod The BMR1959™ Collection has arrived in the online shop! To celebrate the advent of this new streetwear-inspired series, Barbie® Signature is bringing a special event to Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles! At 3:00pm on Tuesday, October 30th, a unique BMR1959™ truck will arrive on Melrose between Ogden Drive and Orange Grove Avenue. You'll be able to get the new dolls there, and the first 100 people in line at the truck will get one BMR1959™ doll for free! But this is more than just a pop-up shopping opportunity. We're thrilled to announce that Lady Pink will be creating a live art installation on the BMR1959™ truck! As a leading participant in the rise of graffiti-based art, Pink's canvases have entered important art collections such as those of the Whitney Museum, the MET in New York City, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Groningen Museum of Holland. And you'll get to see her create a new work of art right before your eyes. If you'll be anywhere near Los Angeles on 10/30/19, you won't want to miss this. The truck arrives at 3:00pm, and doll sales end at 6:00pm. It's going to be fantastic, and we can't wait to see you there!
  16. By Allen Voivod It's the latest design for the longest-running tradition in the history of Barbie® dolls! It's also never too early to celebrate, and we're more than ready for the big reveal. In this, the global fashion icon's 60th anniversary year, we're proud to introduce the 2019 Holiday Barbie™ Dolls! This is the 31st year in the series that began as the "Happy Holidays" Barbie® Dolls. The name changed a few times over the years, but since 2004, it's been the "Holiday Barbie™ Doll," and some things have always stayed the same. The dolls are always wearing the most sophisticated ball gowns, in colors that reflect the spirit of the season. They're always glamorously styled, and they serve as both a reminder of cherished memories of the past and a symbol of joyous occasions yet to come! This year, the Holiday Barbie™ Dolls each shine in an elegant gown with red and white holiday print and silvery sparkle detail. A beautiful bow adorns each gown’s shoulder and complements a dramatic red train. Whether in curls, waves, or a ponytail, each doll's hairstyle includes a chic side part, and silvery chandelier earrings complete each doll's look. Every year, the Holiday Barbie™ Dolls also come in specially designed packaging that's perfect for gift giving, and wonderful for display if you're an NRFB kind of collector. (That's "never removed from box," in case you were wondering.) Should you take her out for display, she also comes with a doll stand, and of course a Certificate of Authenticity is tucked inside the packaging, too. There are three different Holiday Barbie™ Dolls from which to choose, but who says you have to choose! You can get all three dolls and save 10% when you buy them together in the online shop – and right now, you can’t get them anywhere else. It’s never too early to get your hands on them, so be among the first to bring home these treasured keepsakes now, and keep your holiday spirits bright all year long!
  17. By Allen Voivod It's the 80th anniversary of Marvel Comics, and Barbie® Signature is joining the celebration with a tribute to three legendary X-Men characters – Storm Barbie® Doll, Mystique Barbie® Doll, and Dark Phoenix Barbie® Doll! Designer Bill Greening led the Barbie® Signature team during this action-packed collaboration, and graciously answered our questions about the dolls and the project process in this exclusive interview. *~*~*~*~*~* What did you appreciate most about participating in this project? It’s something I've heard requested for many years from both Barbie® collectors and comic book fans, so I was really excited to take on the project. The Marvel Universe has many iconic female characters that are strong and empowering, so it was fun to bring them to “life” in the Barbie Signature line up. Marvel is celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2019 and Barbie is celebrating her 60th, so it’s an exciting time for two powerhouse brands to collaborate and celebrate together. What can you tell us about the process of selecting these three characters, and how you went about designing their looks? We had a list of about 10 female characters we suggested. The Marvel team then helped us narrow it down to 3 based on their knowledge of fan favorites. Once the characters were established, we had to narrow it down to which version of the character would be most iconic. The costumes for each have changed throughout the years. (The dolls are based on comic book looks, not the theatrical releases.) I wanted to make sure the fans of these characters felt like the Barbie® team was going to do them justice, capturing all the important details that will set these dolls apart. What would you say is your favorite detail (or details!) for each of the dolls? Storm Barbie® Doll: She's such an iconic, visually powerful female superhero. I think just the doll in its entirety is exciting to see in 3-D. Her platinum hair really stands out with her skin tone. Her cape adds a lot drama to her costume. Mystique Barbie® Doll: I mean, who doesn’t want a blue Barbie®? I love how the colors work with her look. Blue skin, bright red hair, yellow eyes. Dark Phoenix Barbie® Doll: I love her fiery red hair. It has subtle highlights that creates depth. And her eyes are glowing with power! *~*~*~*~*~* Each of the three dolls are painted to the likeness of the character, and the doll bodies feature articulation in the arms and legs to ready them for powerful poses. And now, it's time for you to exercise your own superpowers: Fly over to the online shop and add these dolls to your collection today! Storm Barbie® Doll, Mystique Barbie® Doll, and Dark Phoenix Barbie® Doll all debuted at San Diego Comic-Con and made quite the splash! If you missed the excitement, don't worry – we're coming to save the day with the dramatic video reveal. In the video embedded below, you'll get to learn more about these powerful characters, and see photos and 360-degree views of each doll. Watch it now! Video not showing up for you? © 2019 MARVEL
  18. Thank you so much for being part of the Barbie® Signature collecting community! Your support is greatly appreciated, and we're always looking for opportunities to improve your experiences with us. We're thrilled to announce a coming change – to a newer, more modern, and fully supported forum experience. Soon, the forums will migrate to a new provider, and with the migration comes a number of significant upgrades, including (but not limited to): The forums will be mobile-optimized, for a better experience on phones and tablets. The ability to follow conversations and get updates on new replies has been revamped and improved. Private messaging between forum members will feature a new and easier-to-use interface. Before September 15th, we recommend that you do the following: Save a copy (on your own computer or device) of any messages in your inbox that you want to keep. Messages in your forum mailboxes will not be migrated to the new platform. Download copies of any images from your photo gallery, as a precaution against the unexpected. The plan is for all photos to be preserved, though the photo gallery functionality will be returning at a later date. But we recommend downloading copies of them just in case. Please note: Once the migration begins, there will be a few days during which the forums won't be available. Rest assured, they'll be back online soon, and better than ever! We'll provide another update as soon as we know when the migration will take place, and how long it may take before you can access the new and improved version of the Barbie® Signature forums.
  19. By Allen Voivod Barbie® Signature is about to try something new … something daring … something bold. In other words, something worthy of Barbie® and her stunning history as a global fashion icon! We’re making the final preparations now, and we wanted to let you know that something big is in the works so you can get ready for it. Why, you may ask? Because YOU will play a starring role in the event! Want to be among the first to know when we reveal the details? Check your email preferences here to make sure you're on the list! If you haven't signed up for our emails yet, just click here to get our email newsletter. Every Barbie® fan around the world will be able to participate in the event. However, Barbie® Signature Platinum and Gold Status members will have access to something special, an exclusive opportunity that will only be available to members, and only for a limited time. If you’re not a member yet, now is a great time to learn more and join! On top of this exclusive new benefit, you have the opportunity to save up to $120 every 12 months on dolls in the Barbie® Signature online shop, access to exclusive content, and so much more. So get ready for a big announcement in the coming weeks. We can’t wait to share it with you!
  20. Must love dogs? Not me! I’m an unapologetic cat person — pawsitively. Not to take anything away from proud dog owners who lavish attention on their rowdy, yappy pets, but I prefer the sleek sophistication of a cat. A regal, graceful, and mysterious creature. Yes, I’ve heard the complaints that cats are aloof and unaffectionate. To which I say, “Hiss!” My family always had cats when I was growing up. I can’t remember a time when our house was kitten-free. But then I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t sniffling and sneezing, either. Oh, cruel irony — I was diagnosed with cat allergies. Cat-astrophe! These days, I get my feline fix by bonding with friends’ cats (“The Cat Whisperer,” they call me) or watching cute cat videos online. Yes, I’m secure enough to admit that. It’s no surprise, then, that my favorite supervillain is feline fatale Catwoman and has been since the late 1960s, when I watched the campy Batman™ series on our black-and-white TV. How could I — or the Caped Crusader — ever resist this meowy mix of fur-ocious nemesis and glamour-puss seductress? Through the years, Catwoman has enjoyed more than nine lives in pop culture, clawing her way from the DC Comics pages to TV shows (live-action and animated) and eventually leaping onto the big screen in blockbuster movies. Even fiercer? The classy cat burglar is now purrfectly poised to steal collectors’ hearts as Catwoman Barbie® Doll. This elegant figure dresses for nocturnal prowling in a stylish black bodysuit with long black gloves, cat ears, and mask. Accessorized with a gold belt and matching medallion around her neck, she looks ready to charm and disarm Batman™ Ken® Doll, also available at our online store. As a cat man and Catwoman fan, I’m excited to add Catwoman Barbie® Doll to my collection — with no worries of an allergic reaction! Have a favorite version of Catwoman? Please share below! Matt Stevens is a twice-published author and sold screenwriter who specializes in movies and pop culture. A former producer for E! Entertainment Television, he now writes about film for their website, E! Online, and contributes to numerous new-media outlets. Since his first games-writing gig for Barbie.com, Matt has been tickled pink to work on BarbieGirls.com and MyScene.com before joining the BC blogger team.
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  22. I am a doll. And yet, I’ve always caused a bit of a stir, starting with my debut as a teenage fashion model in a swimsuit in 1959. My creation was met with skepticism and judgment. But I was designed by a woman and mother determined to give girls a way to play, to imagine and to dream—and it was those girls who understood me and made me an instant success. Over time, I’ve become an icon, and as with all icons, I’ve been pulled into the cultural conversation. My bathing suit now hangs beside a Presidential power suit, Pastry Chef hat, and Astronaut gear in a wardrobe reflecting the more than 150 careers I’ve pursued to illustrate for girls that they can achieve anything for which they aim. And yet, I am still seen as just a pretty face. It’s simpler to keep me in a box—and since I am a doll—chances are that’s where I’ll stay. Every year, Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit drums up conversation and controversy. Upon the launch of this year’s 50th anniversary issue, there will again be buzz and debate over the validity of the women in the magazine, questioning if posing in it is a blow to female equality and self-image. In 2014, does any woman in the issue seriously need permission to appear there? I, for one, am honored to join the legendary swimsuit models. The word “model,” like the word “Barbie®,” is often dismissed as a poseable plaything with nothing to say. And yet, those featured are women who have broken barriers, established empires, built brands, branched out into careers as varied as authors, entrepreneurs and philanthropists. They are all great examples of confident and competent women. Today, truly anything is possible for a girl. Let us place no limitations on her dreams, and that includes being girly if she likes. It’s easy to say the culprit is the color pink or the existence of makeup. That’s easy, and predictable. Neither prevents girls from excelling in their own fashion. Let her grow up not judged by how she dresses, even if it’s in heels; not dismissed for how she looks, even if she’s pretty. Pink isn’t the problem. “Barbie® dolls” aren’t the problem. Models choosing to pose in a bikini aren’t the problem. The assumption that women of any age should only be part of who they are in order to succeed is the problem. So the Swimsuit issue is out, and there’s bound to be a conversation or two about the women in it. Ask yourself, isn’t it time we teach girls to celebrate who they are? Isn’t there room for capable and captivating? It’s time to stop boxing in potential. Be free to launch a career in a swimsuit, lead a company while gorgeous, or wear pink to an interview at MIT. The reality of today is that girls can go anywhere and be anything. They should celebrate who they are and never have to apologize for it.
  23. World-Renowned tokidoki® Designer Simone Legno Celebrates the Launch of tokidoki Barbie doll at the tokidoki Santa Monica Store on Saturday, October 8th Los Angeles, CA (October 6, 2011) — tokidoki®, iconic Los Angeles-based lifestyle brand, has partnered with fashion icon; Barbie for the first time to release ‘tokidoki® Barbie’ to the world along with a collection of tokidoki® Barbie™ apparel and accessories, set to hit stores this month. Wearing a hot pink mini skirt, leopard leggings, sparkly silvery stilettos and her fave signature tokidoki® tee, branded tote and perfect acrylic bangles, Barbie® strolls fashion-forward streets with Bastardino, the tokidoki cactus dog by her side. Retailing for a suggested retail price of $50.00, tokidoki ®Barbie® will hit stores on October 8th and can also be purchased at www.thebarbiecollection.com and www.tokidoki.it. The apparel and accessories collection includes tees, hoodies, totes, hats, jewelry and a limited edition skateboard deck ranging from approximately $30.00 - $250.00 and will be available in-stores and online as well. “I was happy to design something so very tokidoki® for the Mattel customer and still stay true to who we are, crossing that branded bridge.” states designer Legno.
  24. Dozens of news stories, coverage by three major television networks – the 2013 National Barbie Doll Collectors Convention was the talk of New Orleans last week! Check out some of the top stories in this special installment of Hot Off the Barbie Press. Barbie Celebrated At New Orleans Convention CBS Dallas-Fort Worth, 8/9/13 “Wearing a purple, green and gold dress with a plunging neckline and full skirt festooned in colorful Carnival masks, Barbie has arrived in New Orleans…” The National Barbie Doll Collectors Convention in New Orleans [Video] “Wild Bill” Wood, WGNO (ABC), 8/10/13 “From around the world, fans of Barbie have arrived for their yearly National Barbie Doll Collectors Convention. There’s a Barbie sold every 3 seconds someplace in the world…” Barbie Convention Draws Collectors to New Orleans Saturday WWLTV (CBS New Orleans), 8/10/13 “More than 800 Barbie collectors and sellers are in New Orleans for their annual national convention, which was held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The event was opened to the public on Saturday…” Barbie celebrated Mardi Gras-style in N.O. WBRZ (ABC New Orleans), 8/8/13 “Barbie is being celebrated Mardi Gras-style at the 2013 National Barbie Doll Collectors Convention in New Orleans…” 2013 National Barbie Doll Collectors Convention, New Orleans [Video] Doug McCash, New Orleans Times-Picayune, 8/12/13 “Pay a visit to the 2013 National Barbie Doll Collectors Convention in New Orleans, which was [open to the public] on Saturday, Aug. 10…”
  25. To celebrate the final festive dolls in the Faraway Forest® Collection, we’re thrilled to share something wonderful with you! Barbie® Signature Project Copywriter Eleanor Oliver has been writing the packaging copy for these fantastic fantasy dolls, but she’s also written something more: a secret history of Faraway Forest®. It tells of an ancient prophecy, and a humble Elf Princess unexpectedly bidden to help fulfill it. We’ve shared excerpts from the tale of arduous journey in recent posts revisiting the dolls of the collection. Now, the full story can finally be told! Untitled “Fate goes where she must.” -Irish Proverb Far from her home in the Elf Village, the Elf Princess reaches her destination in the Fairy Kingdom. Menacing dark clouds loom overhead and cast a dark shadow over the entire land. Once a lively realm filled with delightful music, flickering lights, and flittering fairies, it has become home to sadness and despair. Gathering her velvet cloak tightly about her and covering her fiery-red hair with her hood, the princess continues towards the castle gate. As she approaches, she overhears a guard whisper to another, “She’s the one”. Once inside the castle’s majestic hall, she is taken aback by the sound of a slow mournful wailing. A rather nervous magistrate greets the princess and guides her through the castle. He explains the wailing is coming from the king. He is mourning a broken heart. The Queen of the Dark Forest used her magic to trap the king’s betrothed, the Maiden of the Meadows, deep within the Dark Forest. The Elf Princess shudders at the mere mention of the evil queen. Legends and lore had long foretold of this time in Faraway Forest. Condemned to live out her existence in the Dark Forest, the queen became jealous when the King of the Fairy Kingdom chose the Maiden of the Meadow to be his bride. In a fury, she tricked the maiden and cast the Fairy Kingdom into eternal darkness. Unless the maiden is returned, the spell will not be broken. To the surprise of many in the king’s court, he did not dispatch an army to rescue the Maiden. Nay, standing before them on this dark and blustery night was an elfin princess, dressed in the woodland garb of her people. She wore no armor, nor did she have a weapon for protection. The Elf Princess was just as taken aback by the king’s appearance. His garments were drab and his crown dull. If he had once been a strong leader, she could not tell now. Dismissing the concerns of his court, the Fairy King reminded them the Elf Princess and her people are immortal and possess keen skills that will aid her on this treacherous mission. Her magic will serve her when strength will not; for within her staff she carries the purest of light. Looking directly into her eyes, the forlorn king tells the princess, “With your powers, you can go where armies cannot. You are the only one for this journey.” Handing her a map of Faraway Forest, the king advises her to visit their allies throughout all the kingdoms, including a special appeal to the Lady of the White Woods. As the sister of the Queen of the Dark Forest, her powerful magic may be their last hope. With nothing more to be said, the Elf Princess leaves the fairy kingdom to begin her arduous journey. She travels west, to the realm of the Magical Lagoon. Perhaps the Water Sprite can read the oracle and direct her to the king’s treasure. As she winds her way through the enchanted Mystical Meadows, the Elf Princess is delighted to make the company of wood nymphs. The kind nymphs prepare a meal for her and keep watch over her while she sleeps. A fortnight and a day later, the Elf Princess arrives at the mystical Magical Lagoon. As she rests along the gleaming water’s edge and waits for the arrival of the Water Sprite, she is careful not to glimpse at her reflection in the water. Such an act would seem vain and could anger the Water Sprite. Before long the shimmering water stirs and the luminous Water Sprite emerges from a great whirlpool. The Elf Princess has never seen anyone more beautiful. The Water Sprite’s translucent blue skin sparkles in the sunlight. Long locks of cerulean blue hair cascades down her back. Her flowing gown undulates like gentle waves. She is both alluring and haunting at the same time. With her trident raised, the Elf Princess senses that the Water Sprite is poised to protect her kingdom. Nervously, the Elf Princess explains she has been sent for an oracle reading. Without uttering a word, the Water Sprite dips her trident into water and swirls it around. As images begin to appear, the princess gasps. She sees the location of the Maiden of the Meadows. More images swirl to the surface: a crystal cave and then pure white woods. The Water Sprite points to the mountains on the princess’s map where she’ll find the Crystal Caves. Before dipping back into the lagoon, the Water Sprites taps her trident to the Elf Princess’s staff. A bright blue light beams from the crystal. The Magical Lagoon fades into the distance as the Elf Princess begins the slow climb up a snow-covered mountain. The wind howls and the frosty air chills her face. The only speck of color on the mountainside is her loden-colored cloak. She arrives at the looming chasm that serves as the entrance to the Kingdom of the Crystal Caves. Gleaming glacial formations tower above her. Once inside, she finds the King of the Crystal Cave has been expecting her. Perched atop his crystal throne, he is the fitting image of a mighty ruler. From his broad, chiseled jaw to his daunting muscular build, it’s clear he too is ready and capable of defending his kingdom from enemy intruders. As he speaks to her, the Elf Princess finds herself mesmerized by his piercing, icy blue eyes. While he may look formidable in his armor, he is also kind and reassuring. To the delight of the princess, he even shares the meaning of the fierce wolf emblazoned on his breastplate. The king expresses his concern about the Queen of Dark Forest and her involvement with the missing Maiden of the Meadows. The unfilled prophecy will have a dire impact on all kingdoms in Faraway Forest. Since he cannot leave his kingdom lest they too fall prey to the Queen of the Dark Forest, he uses his sword to chisel a piece of crystal from his throne. “Carry this with you, and guard it carefully,” he warns the princess. “I trust you will know when to use it” he tells her. Nodding to the blue light glowing from the staff, he adds, “I see the Water Sprite has bestowed upon you the power of her realm. Collect a talisman from the Lady of the White Woods and you will have the force of Faraway Forest to serve you.” He appoints a wolf pack to guide her safely through the frosty tundra to the land that borders his kingdom. The king wishes the princess well and tells her, “You will find the castle of The Lady of the White Woods just beyond the winter-white forest. From there only she can guide you on the final portion of your journey.” It’s nightfall when the Elf Princess reaches a majestic birch forest. A stretch of bone-white trees shines brightly in the moonlight. The wolves bay at the moon before retreating back to the crystal kingdom. A family of hooting snow-white owls fly off in the direction of a clearing, startling the Elf Princess. She follows them, minding the white, winding path that suddenly opens to an enchanting alabaster palace illuminated by the moonlight. Delighted and happy to visit a beloved friend in her enchanted kingdom, the Elf Princess picks up her pace. The Lady of the White Woods descends a cascading ivory staircase. Her flowing, ruffled gown gives the illusion she is walking on air. Her crown and striking neck-piece are silvery branches and feathers gleaned from her kingdom. When she reaches the bottom step, the Elf Princess bows and greets the Lady: “Your majesty, I am the Elf Princess, daughter of the Elven people. I have traveled throughout the kingdoms at the request of the good Fairy King.” The Lady gestures with a nod and responds, “We have met before. I am glad to see that you are well.” Surrounded by a menagerie of sorts, the Lady of the Woods escorts the Elf Princess to her throne room where she listens intently as the princess reveals the plight of the Fairy Kingdom. The Lady of the White Woods shares that she is well-aware of her sister’s treacherous hand in the matter and agrees she must be stopped before all the kingdoms are cast into darkness. The Elf Princess had hoped the Lady of the White Woods would join her on the last leg of the journey, but alas, the queen explains that is impossible. When her sister chose to study the dark arts, their rivalry grew even more intense. When their father was on his deathbed, he split his kingdom into two: one light and one dark. He forbade either daughter to trespass on the other’s land in order to maintain peace and harmony for all in Faraway Forest. Violating his wish would cost each her magical powers. While the Queen of the Dark Forest dared not set foot in the White Woods, that did not stop her from luring Faraway Forest folk to her kingdom. Only a pure, powerful light could quell the spell of darkness, explained the Lady. Plucking a branch from her crown, she hands it to the Elf Princess and tells her, “You now possess talismans from each kingdom. Guard them, for they will protect you in the Dark Forest.” She then warns the Elf Princess: “You must quickly find the maiden and get out of the forest as fast as you can.” She explains that her sister’s magic is so strong it may weaken the spell of the talismans. The Lady offers her bravest to journey with the princess, but they are to go no further than where the White Woods meet the Dark Forest. The land between the White Woods and the Dark Forest is vast and desolate. It is absent of flora and fauna. An eerie, deafening silence pricks the princess’s keen ears. Donning her hood, she forges alone through a dense fog. In the distance gnarled tree limbs seem to reach out menacingly towards her. Summoning the courage and strength of her people, she taps her staff on the ground three times. A bright beam of light shines from the magic crystal. Anxiously, she continues along a jagged path. A heavy air engulfs her as she walks. Feeling confused, she wonders if she has been walking in circles. She cannot see the path ahead of her and every gnarled tree looks the same. Stumbling her way through the thicket, she hears a faint voice repeating, “I am here.” Uncertain if what she is hearing is real or a spell cast by the Queen of the Dark Forest, the princess points the tip of the staff in the direction of the sound. The crystal glows brighter and the staff pulls her deeper into the Dark Forest. A sentry of enchanted gnarled trees retreats as the Elf Princess is pulled towards them. As her eyes adjust, she sees realizes she is now in the center of a clearing and high above her is an iron cage holding the Maiden of the Meadows. The Queen of the Dark Forest emerges from a bowing row of thickets. They rise as she passes. “Mind that you do not look directly into her violet eyes,” the maiden shouts to the princess. “For if you do, you too will become her prisoner.” The Queen of the Dark Forest let out a long, piercing cackle. The Elf Princess stands frozen in her tracks, not from a spell, but from fear. The queen walks slowly towards the princess, pricking the ground with her scepter as she walks. Tiny black ravens appear with each prick and then squawk away into the darkness. The queen’s long black gown shimmers in the darkness. A horned crown crafted from onyx adds to her foreboding presence. “Silly elf,” hisses the queen. “You are a fool to enter my kingdom.” The Elf Princess stands steadfastly, still avoiding the queen’s eyes. Tapping her staff vigorously against the barren ground, a brilliant glow illuminates the gnarled trees. The queen cringes. “I carry the light from each realm in Faraway Forest,” declares the Elf. “Release the maiden and we will be gone.” With the wave of her scepter, the queen’s tree guards move in closer. “You do not possess enough power in that staff to stop me,” mocks the queen. Reaching into her boot, the princess collects the talismans she had gathered from the other kingdoms. Holding them tightly in her hand, she again hits her staff against the ground. The maiden’s cage rattles and shakes above them. The door swings open. Closing her eyes, the Elf Princess calls upon the wisdom and power of her elders. The talismans feel hot in her hand, but she clenches her fist tightly. A blue beam of light, the gift from the Water Sprite, swirls around the Queen. She is trapped in a whirlpool of light. The Maiden’s cage begins to lower. Just as the queen breaks free, the Elf Princess takes the ice crystal from the King of the Crystal Cave’s throne and throws it in the direction of the queen. A crystal ice wall encases the queen. The maiden jumps out of the cage and races to the Elf Princess. “We must hurry,” the princess implores the maiden. “These spells will only hold the queen for a short while.” “How will we escape darkness, once she is free?” asks the maiden. “We are still deep in the queen’s woods.” “You are the way,” the princess whispers to the maiden and hands her the silvery branch from the lady’s crown. Once the tiny branch is in the maiden’s hand, the gnarled trees are transformed into a beautiful evergreen forest. A luminous path directing the way out appears before them. As the pair run towards the sunlight, behind them the trees return to their twisted dark form. Safe from the Dark Forest, the Elf Princess is relieved to see the sun shining throughout Fairy Kingdom. As they get closer, they encounter fairies flitting from tree to tree, hanging festive streamers as they go. The Fairy King had received word that the pair were returning and declared a holiday for all. Merriment is restored and everyone helps prepare for the upcoming celebration. On the day of the long-awaited royal wedding, fairy folk line the path to get a glimpse of the beautiful Maiden of the Meadows. The maiden wears a flowing empire waist gown trimmed with gold accents and she carries a delicate bouquet of flowers from her meadow. Her veil cascades over her long red hair and flows behind her as she walks. The prince looks striking in his gold-trimmed tunic and elegant velvet pants. Reunited with his betrothed, the pair exchange their marriage vows. An enchantress magically transforms their wedding attire; the majestic matching outfits symbolize her gift of everlasting unity. This day was foretold long, long ago: light would conquer dark and true love would endure time and distance. As the celebration continues long into the night, the fairy prophecy has been fulfilled and all lands save one rejoice. Peace, light, and love reign once again in Faraway Forest.
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