My Collection

Diamond Castle Alexia & Market Finds 2.0

I’ve been itching to go to the market for several weeks now, and I finally did! No more trolling Gumtree ten times a day! (no joke, I literally check it every time I go on my phone) I saw the Heart Family, in original packaging, but I didn’t bother to ask how much it was. I’m not really into that kind of stuff. I also saw a yellow campervan, probably from the 70s or something. Neat, huh? It’s like a Barbie museum, if you dig around.


Here we have ALEXA! I was so excited when I saw her. Only $2! What a bargain!

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And Unknown Blonde Doll! I named her Catrina. Can anybody ID her? She was $2 as well.

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And finally, Unknown Brunette Doll! I named her Emily and she was also $2.

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First things first -let’s get that disgusting Β grease out of Alexa’s hair. I swear, this doll has the worst hair out of all my dolls. Β I touched it once, washed my hands, and they were still greasy!

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I was originally going to buy Catrina on her own, but then I picked Emily up as well. Now that I’m looking at Catrina closely, her face isn’t all THAT nice. And what’s that awful side fringe? Yuck.

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I really love everything about Emily. Look at the lace on that top -it makes me question whether it’s official Barbie! Were things really this detailed back then? (I am guessing these are from early – mid 2000s)

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Catrina’s top and jacket were originally connected, but I cut off the connecting threads and they became two separate pieces. I’m so glad I got new clothes. To think, 4 pieces of new clothing at the moment is $20!

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I really can’t get enough of these dolls! They’re turning into favourites already. And they’re not even articulated! Perhaps I should rebody them? But they have a kind of special charm, being on these old snap-and-bend bodies. I miss that, much better than the rubbish can’t-move-my-head, can’t-stand-up-against-a-wall bodies of today.

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Back onto Alexa. This is her without the dress. I was not expecting it to be removable! I love removable dresses!

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I put her hair up because the boiling water and shampoo hair treatment did absolutely NOTHING. So the less I touch that oily mess, the better. Is it just me, or do Alexa’s eyes look kind of… blank?

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To activate the magical dress transformation, we pull on the cheap plastic decoration at the back of the dress.

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Ta-da! Transformed! In all honesty, I really, really like the dress. I love the movie too and always wanted the doll. I still can’t get over the fact that I actually own her!

However, in terms of practicality, I think I will use Emily and Catrina much more than Alexa. I barely use dolls from movies, and yet they tend to be the ones I am desperate to own. Weird, huh?

UPDATE: So I bought some $8 batteries (cost more than the doll itself!) and Alexa now sings! She plays a bit of Connected, but it’s different from the proper version, and a bit of Two Voices. I wish I had Liana, so they could sing together. Great marketing, Mattel! Oh -she also makes an annoying “sparkle” sound, too.

 

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