New YouTube Channel

I haven’t posted regularly in years. Several times I’ve tried to restart but would quickly have other priorities overtake my time. I started wondering if doing YouTube videos might be more efficient. For that reason, I’ve put together a video on the 2016 and 2017 Curvy Fashionistas. There’s nothing particularly novel about this video –…

Becky gets a make-UNDER

When I’ve tried to remove barbie makeup in the past, I thought nail polish remover was the right thing to use. Other barbie customizers said to use acetone, so I used acetone nail polish remover. I was using the wrong thing. Recently, I bought some high-grade acetone from Walmart because I was working with epoxies and oil…

How do I love thee, Mattel?

Let me count the ways: Curvy body released Tall body released Curvy body costs $9.99 online Tall body costs $9.99 online Tall and Curvy available in the Walmart Easter Basket section Tall and Curvy at Walmart for less than $8 each Whaaaaaaaat? There was a time when Mattel couldn’t seem to do anything right in…

OUR COLLECTION: The Big, Beautiful Ones

I’m finally doing a post on the Plus-sized Ladies of Leah’s Barbieland. I’d waited until I had them all (or all I could get my hands on). To recap: I was inspired to collect them and educated completely about these options by Lola, a doll friend. A person can always make their own larger-bodied dolls…

OUR COLLECTION: Fulla Remix – Rockin’ Hijabistas

We live in a suburb of Denver named Aurora, Colorado. It took me a while to fall in love with Aurora. I wanted to be a Downtown Girl. I bought a house downtown and that’s where I met my husband. But he’d been living downtown his entire life and wanted to be a Suburban Boy….

OUR COLLECTION: The kids

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Barbieland Obamas! Barack, Michelle, Sasha, & Malia – the First Family of Leah’s basement barbieland, wish you and your’s a Merry Christmas – if you celebrate Christmas – and Happy Holidays if you do not. The Barbieland Obamas will be celebrating Kwanzaa too, but they have to keep that…

CUSTOM: The making of Michelle Obama

So I bought the Obama True-Type Action figure. And since I spent way too much money on him, I felt it was important for us to work him into our play scenarios. To do that, I felt I needed a Michelle Obama. So I set out to create one. I started with  Barbie Basics 1.0,…

OUR COLLECTION: Asian Barbies

So I wanted to give an overview of all our Asians. We currently have four gals, three guys, a five year old (Kelly), a toddler and a baby. THE WOMEN: Our Nikki was originally an Animal Lover when she was released in 1989 but is now dressed as a police officer because I’ve never seen an Asian Police officer. I’m sure…

OUR COLLECTION: The Ramesh Family

This is the Ramesh family. Rajeev Ramesh is a Project Manager in Information Technology. They live in Boston, Massachusetts. Rajeev’s wife is named Sushmita. His daughter is Ishanvi. They look at you like you are stupid when you say, “Indian? Dot? or Feather?” The reason they look at you like you are stupid when you…

OUR COLLECTION: Fulla Hassan

This is Fulla. Well, it’s OUR Fulla. Fulla is actually a doll marketed for Muslim girls so that they can have a Barbie-like doll. We bought a Fulla hijab on ebay and put it on one of our existing dolls.  I am very pleased with how she turned out. She will become a Character Player most likely….

OUR COLLECTION: Our Core Players

We have a number of Core Players that Leah nearly always chooses in sets of two. She generally chooses two girls who are always “sisters” in her description. Then she nearly always wants them to fall in love with two guys. From there I am always pushing to go beyond the romance angle by introducing other…

The Happy Family – Alan, Midge, Ryan and Nikki Hadley

Mattel came out with a follow up to the Heart Family in 2002. This family was called “The Happy Family” and was made up of Midge Hadley, husband Alan, son Ryan and baby Nikki. Just as we’ve modified our Heart family, our version of the Hadleys is also different than the family originally marketed by Mattel. …

OUR COLLECTION: Character Players

Mattel has a long history of creating careers for BBBBarbie. This is known as their “I Can Be…” line and I am a staunch supporter of this product development effort. The impractical side of these dolls is that they are all the same gal. You can’t very well have BBBBarbie News Anchor interviewing BBBBarbie Firefighter….

The Heart Family – Mr. & Mrs. Heart, Meghan and Matty

Our Heart Family is a bit different than the one originally released by Mattel in the late 1980’s. We use the original mom and dad, but we replaced the original children with Kelly-sized characters because the original children were so freakish.  We treat the Heart Family as Character Players which means they don’t change clothes, or…