BEYOND: DIY Play Props for Real Adventures

Type “How to make Barbie Furniture” into YouTube and you will find that there are many, many tutorials for making sofas and beds. The problem with these projects is that a doll needs to go places. Your barbies don’t want to stay at home sleeping or sitting on the sofa watching TV. There are also…

BEYOND: Video Production Part 1

So I made my first barbie video the other day. It was not easy. I had been in awe of Vanessa Morrison for some time, but I had absolutely no idea how difficult it could be until I tried it myself. My video is actually done for a group of friends I work with on learning Spanish…

PLAYER PROFILE: Adult barbie Enthusiasts

When you start building your barbie collection you inadvertently run across a world of barbie enthusiasts you had no idea existed. There are thousands, seriously, thousands upon thousands of adults who love dolls and especially love dolls like barbies. The adult enthusiasts fall into several broad categories: NIB Collectors – these are the collectors who…

BEYOND: Painting

Ever since our first Re-Ment stuff arrived we have been bored by our Mattel accessories. We decided to start taking some of the less interesting accessories and painting them. Any acrylic paints are fine. Testor Model paints(Acrylic not Enamel) require soap and water for cleanup but they require fewer coats and dry with a satin…

BEYOND: Dioramas for Storytelling Skills and Photography Skills

Designing dioramas is something lots of collectors do.  When you are mentoring your barbégés you may suggest that they take a few snapshots at the end of a play session – if the play session has resulted in some kind of final state that is interesting. When I was a child and wanted to photograph my…