The Russians are coming! They're NOT vintage looking! Let the WANGST begin!
(And Welcome to Squarepeg78!) I never thought the day would come when I would be DEFENDING Silkstones...
Seriously! Back in the days of Barbie Bazaar Magazine, I was really tired of them. Every freaking issue was like "Blah, blah, blah, Silkstones...Look how we made yet another vintage knockoff for Silkstones! Look how great they redress in vintage fashions, blah, blah, blah..."
I had ONE Silkstone at the time - Lingerie #5. The lone African American Silkstone (at that time), and I hardly played with her. She seemed too locked into a particular time period to be much fun, and all I did was look at her.
It wasn't until I saw Kelsie's Mutant Goldfish website and her dolly stories with her Silkstones that I realized, hey, they can be fun to play with as well! (Well I had tried back in the day to make a "Star Trek" story with Number Five, and it was okay.) And to redress into something besides the usual vintage wannabe outfits. And her Silkstones even dated - GASP! Clutch the pearls! - PLAYLINE boy dolls!
(Don't bother looking on her site for the original stories - they're no longer there. Apparently when you go Fashion Royalty, you're no longer allowed to play with other dolls anymore!)
So, now my girls (yes, I bought more Silkies!) have "Silkstone Manor" where they laugh and love and rage and just live dolly lives like the other inhabitants of my doll nation. It's nice to be able to play with you dolls and not just look at them!
Getting back to the reason for this article - Mattel has announced new Silkstone dolls for 2011 with a Russian theme. Now, normally, you know what I think of Mattel - endless, boring blonde dolls who's only differing feature is their outfits, which are all usually pink.
BUT LO! And behold! Mattel actually made some different looking Silkstones! Check out that opening pic! OMG! I want "Darya" (the one in the red dress) and HUMINA! HUMINA! Check out Russian Ken!
But OMG! You should hear the WHINING and WANGST on the doll boards --- "These are not the Silkstones we love!" "I want high fashion dolls!" "These are ugly!"
The only reason they don't like them is because they're not another Mad Men/Vintage Wannabe Silkstone. I mean, enough all ready! How many of those damned dolls do you have to have? You have actual vintage; you have vintage repro, you have original Silkstone, you have dressmakers who do nothing but remake the same vintage fashions over and over again in different colors and fabrics --
The whiners need to STFU. Go play with your million other boring dolls.