Tuesday, December 04, 2012

CINDYBIN'S VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK: BARBIE LIFE IN THE DREAMHOUSE



When I told my husband that he should watch this new web series called “Barbie’s Life in the Dream House”, he scoffed. He couldn’t believe it would be funny. Videos about a DOLL? Yeah right. But I got him to watch just one, and he laughed. Then he watched another, and another! And he laughed again, and again!

So then I told my son about them. He of course scoffed as well. I assured him that his father watched numerous episodes and thought they were funny. Mom’s opinion doesn’t hold water, but hearing that DAD liked them was enough to make him change his mind. Oh well, at least he gave them a try, and he, too, chuckled.

The official description for the series talks about how life in the dreamhouse is “the first name in fashion and fun.”

“Barbie is giving reality TV a makeover,” it says. “It might seem like Barbie has it all, but even Barbie needs a little help!”

Actually I found out about this series through my daughter-in-law, who has enjoyed them with her daughter. They are cute for all ages—fun animation for the kids, with lots of jokes the adults will appreciate as well. It’s not all hearts and fluff—the whole series, depicted as a reality show, has an “edge” to it, and they poke fun at themselves what with them being dolls and all (using a huge plastic brush, referring to their “plastic” skin, having a gigantic closet filled with Barbie clothes—still in the packages, etc.). You can even see their neck joints.

It stars Barbie and her sisters Skipper, Stacie and Chelsea, along with Ryan and Raquel who are kind of the “mean ones”, and the ever-popular boyfriend Ken, who actually is kind of a doofus in these videos, but he’s funny!

Here are a few of my favorites, along with a trailer:





  

CINDYBIN'S VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK: BARBIE SISTER SKIPPER DOLL






Ever wondered what Barbie’s little sister Skipper has looked like through the years? I know you lie awake at night thinking about this. So as usual, it’s Cindybin’s Blog to the rescue. I have lined up a selection of Skipper dolls, beginning with her debut in 1964 up through the brunette beauty she is today.

Starting from the left, we have the original Skipper, then Living Skipper from 1970, Growing Up Skipper from 1974 (twist her arm and she grows taller and sprouts a chest), Sun Lovin’ Malibu Barbie from the late 70s with painted on tan lines, Teen Sweetheart Skipper from 1987, Pet Pals Skipper from the early 90s, the new, taller “Teen Skipper” beginning in the late 90’s through the early 2000’s, Skipper from the camping family line of a few years ago, and the Skipper of today with brown hair and a pink or purple streak. I have included a few close-up pictures of some of the dolls as well.

This is just a small sample of all the Skippers that were produced over the years. But it will give you an idea of how she has evolved and what role she has played in the Barbie family! Which is your favorite?

And here are a couple of cute Skipper commercials: