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#274519 - 01/10/15 10:22 AM Re: It's Official BARBIE IS BACK !!! [Re: Nicki Pierce]
MeowRalphMeow Offline
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Registered: 05/30/09
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Loc: Wisconsin
I'm glad they got the Barbie license back not for myself, because I don't collect Barbie ornaments, but for those that do and because it means they probably have the license for other Mattel toys. Hopefully they will start the Fisher-Price and Hot Wheels ornaments again.

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#274544 - 01/10/15 01:52 PM Re: It's Official BARBIE IS BACK !!! [Re: Nicki Pierce]
kindacowboy Offline
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Hot Wheels was mentioned by name in one of the articles so I would think they would be on their way!

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#274546 - 01/10/15 02:23 PM Re: It's Official BARBIE IS BACK !!! [Re: Nicki Pierce]
lindaa Offline
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So excited that Barbie is back.

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#274549 - 01/10/15 02:49 PM Re: It's Official BARBIE IS BACK !!! [Re: Nicki Pierce]
luckdragon Offline
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Registered: 12/26/05
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Oh, I can imagine them doing Hot Wheels for the Keepsake line as well as Barbie, but I think some of what they've mentioned will be B-line.

I'm still hoping for Fisher-Price. Hallmark doing its own toy ornaments was cute and the two from Little Tikes were fun, but I am ready to see FP again.

My top Fisher-Price vintage toy choices for ornaments are the record player and other pull toys like the Buzzy Bee.
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#274550 - 01/10/15 03:29 PM Re: It's Official BARBIE IS BACK !!! [Re: Nicki Pierce]
vais4lovers Offline
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Registered: 11/30/11
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Shopping at Hallmark, a lady buying sports ornaments told me her friend also had a Barbie tree. I told her I'd read here, Barbie will be back. She was very happy and couldn't wait to tell her friend. Yulelog spreading cheer.

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#274599 - 01/11/15 05:11 PM Re: It's Official BARBIE IS BACK !!! [Re: Nicki Pierce]
Qui-gon Grin Offline
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Registered: 01/10/09
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I wonder if it will be a new series or continuation of the former series with just a hiatus in between?
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#274603 - 01/11/15 06:30 PM Re: It's Official BARBIE IS BACK !!! [Re: Qui-gon Grin]
Nancy C. in Shawnee, KS Offline
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Originally Posted By: Qui-gon Grin
I wonder if it will be a new series or continuation of the former series with just a hiatus in between?


If you're talking about the Celebration Barbies, Patricia Andrews has already finished sculpting 2013 and 2014 Barbies. I find it interesting that Mattel agreed to that. That must be a sign of how successful the sales at the other stores must have been.

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#274609 - 01/11/15 07:39 PM Re: It's Official BARBIE IS BACK !!! [Re: Nicki Pierce]
MeowRalphMeow Offline
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Registered: 05/30/09
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I do know several people who will be very happy to hear about Hallmark getting Barbie back. While not big Hallmark collectors, they do like the Barbie ornaments and were very disappointed when they lost the license.

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#274625 - 01/11/15 11:19 PM Re: It's Official BARBIE IS BACK !!! [Re: Nancy C. in Shawnee, KS]
Paintbeanie Offline
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I was just curious, but how were the sales of the other non hallmark barbie ornaments these last couple of years? I saw them at a few stores and frankly they just looked like cheap knock-offs of hallmark ornaments. Although that is how I feel about the quality of most Carlton cards ornaments. I have seen some and do have a few good ones, but most of the time I really feel they do not have the quality or detail I usually see on hallmark ornaments.
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#274749 - 01/14/15 03:23 PM Re: It's Official BARBIE IS BACK !!! [Re: Nicki Pierce]
sugarshadow Offline
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Registered: 07/12/08
Posts: 217
Loc: Long Island, New York
Oh man, does that mean another 15 or more each christmas? Not that I didn't like the dolls, but the ornaments are way too much. I'd rather have more snowmen. Sorry.

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#274756 - 01/14/15 05:32 PM Re: It's Official BARBIE IS BACK !!! [Re: Nicki Pierce]
Rainbowgirl Offline
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Registered: 01/14/05
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Looks like the Barbie fans are going to be busy this year. 8 Keepsakes, more at mass market retailers and Barbie itty bittys. Those will be super cute I'm sure!! News from aNB media today: Hallmark and Mattel announced a new licensing agreement that will bring the Barbie brand license back to Hallmark in 2015. Hallmark secured the rights from Mattel to create holiday ornaments and plush products in the U.S. and Canada. The products will have broad distribution through multiple retail channels, with exclusive items in the nationwide network of Hallmark Gold Crown stores. The first new Barbie products from Hallmark will appear in Hallmark Gold Crown stores for Keepsake Ornament Premiere in July 2015.

The line is expected to include:

• Eight Barbie Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments, starting with a Celebration Barbie Bonus Pack featuring the 2013 and 2014 Holiday Barbie Dolls, available exclusively at Hallmark Gold Crown stores.

• Barbie doll as an itty bittys pint-sized plush, available exclusively at Hallmark Gold Crown stores.

• Other Hallmark-branded ornaments available during the holiday season at participating department stores, bookstores, and mass-channel retailers.

In addition, the new licensing agreement includes rights for Hallmark to create products with three other Mattel properties: Monster High, Ever After High, and Hot Wheels.

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#274759 - 01/14/15 06:55 PM Re: It's Official BARBIE IS BACK !!! [Re: Nicki Pierce]
debbieg Offline
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Registered: 05/11/99
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Loc: Arlington,TX
Eight Barbie ornaments in one year seems excessive.

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#274760 - 01/14/15 06:56 PM Re: It's Official BARBIE IS BACK !!! [Re: luckdragon]
deckthehalls Offline
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Registered: 02/04/05
Posts: 758
Loc: New Egypt NJ USA
Got a quick look at the DI book. TONS of cute ornaments coming (but no licensed ones I recall). There are also four Mary Hamilton angel figurines that are adorable

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#274761 - 01/14/15 06:59 PM Re: It's Official BARBIE IS BACK !!! [Re: debbieg]
Qwackertoo Offline
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Registered: 04/13/99
Posts: 11868
Loc: Rocket City, U.S.A.
Originally Posted By: debbieg
Eight Barbie ornaments in one year seems excessive.



Well two are the 2013 & 2014, does six sound better? smile

There were always lots of Barbies. Seems like more than six in years gone by.
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#274763 - 01/14/15 07:09 PM Re: It's Official BARBIE IS BACK !!! [Re: Nicki Pierce]
kindacowboy Offline
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Registered: 02/20/08
Posts: 2267
Loc: The belly button of Illinois
There have been years with as many as 13 or 14- if you count colorways, springtime and the african american versions as well as hair color versions. So 8 seens doable! LOL

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#274766 - 01/14/15 07:37 PM Re: It's Official BARBIE IS BACK !!! [Re: Nicki Pierce]
luckdragon Offline
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Registered: 12/26/05
Posts: 8490
Loc: Greensboro, NC
Technically, the Celebration Barbies are available in both Caucasian and African American. So, considering they have the 2013, 2014, and 2015 Celebration Barbies to do, that's 6.

Unless they are counting the set of missed Barbies as 1 ornament. Then, you have 4 taken up.

Others will probably be: 1 Nostalgic Barbie, 1 porcelain silkstone-based Barbie for KOC members, 1 "direct-to-video" Barbie movie ornament, and 1 ballerina Barbie. Those are your traditional Keepsake Barbie ornaments in a nutshell.

Oh, and I would consider buying Barbie ornaments if they did something based on the Mattel web series "Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse." That is a hilarious webshow! Even for adults (I think some of the humor goes right over a child's head).
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#274817 - 01/15/15 08:35 PM Re: It's Official BARBIE IS BACK !!! [Re: Nicki Pierce]
beaglebabes Offline
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Registered: 03/19/14
Posts: 3003
Loc: WI
Good thing I have a son, so I don't have to get Barbies. I remember some dreambooks seem to have had pages and pages of them.

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#274833 - 01/16/15 06:26 AM Re: It's Official BARBIE IS BACK !!! [Re: Nicki Pierce]
Elliott the Elf Offline
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Registered: 06/09/08
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Loc: Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
I have quite a few of the dolls still MIMB in a closet for the girls but never really got into the Barbie ornaments.

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#275384 - 01/26/15 09:50 PM Re: It's Official BARBIE IS BACK !!! [Re: Nicki Pierce]
nhardy Offline
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Registered: 07/10/11
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Breaking News for Jan. 26, 2015, story By Rachel Abrams @ NY Times

Shake-Up at Mattel as Barbie Loses Her Appeal

Barbie and other traditional toys are having a much tougher time supporting their elderly parent Mattel, a toymaker significantly weakened by stiff competition from small upstarts and by digital distractions aimed at children.

On Monday, the company reported that toy sales during last month’s crucial holiday shopping season plummeted, apparently one of the reasons the company also announced a management shake-up. Bryan G. Stockton, who worked for Mattel for more than 14 years and was chief executive for the last three, resigned over the weekend.

“The board recognizes that the company is not meeting our own expectations and those of our shareholders, and we felt that now is the right time to make a leadership change,” said Alex Clark, a spokesman for Mattel.

Christopher A. Sinclair, 64, has stepped in as interim chief executive, the company said. Mr. Sinclair has served on Mattel’s board since 1996.

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Briefing: Hasbro Outperforms Mattel as Barbie’s Struggles Continue OCT. 20, 2014

Barbie's Star Fades, Dragging on Mattel in 3QOCT. 16, 2014

For decades, American consumers associated the names Mattel and Hasbro with play time. But in recent years, those companies have largely failed to stay on top of evolving trends and tastes. In the face of an onslaught of digital products, traditional manufacturers have lost ground to smaller, more nimble competitors that adapt quickly to the latest trend. Toy sales rose 4 percent last year over the previous one, according to the NPD Group, a market research firm, but analysts said that growth had not benefited Mattel or Hasbro.

“The toy industry is essentially a 19th-century industry desperately trying to break into the 21st,” said Richard Gottlieb, the founder of Global Toy Experts, a consulting agency.

Last year, the lists of top holiday toys at major retailers like Walmart, Toys “R” Us and Target provided further evidence of some companies’ decline, said Gerrick Johnson, an analyst with BMO Capital Markets.

While Mattel’s doll of Elsa from the film “Frozen” was high on the season’s list, and Hasbro found success with products like the FurReal Friends Get Up and GoGo My Walkin’ Pup Pet, both companies lost footing on this type of list, Mr. Johnson said.

Over all, Mattel had three items among the 10 best-selling toys of last year, and Hasbro had none, according to the NPD Group.

At the same time, the smaller toy companies behind popular items like Spin Master’s Zoomer Dino and Jakks Pacific’s Snow Glow Elsa doll climbed last year’s lists of top toys.

“They’ve been quicker to jump on the trends that are hot right now,” Mr. Johnson said. “The private toy companies, at this point in time, are doing a better job at product development.”

With its official fourth-quarter earnings due out on Friday, Mattel on Monday released gloomy preliminary financial results for that quarter. Net income dropped sharply in the last three months of the year, to $149.9 million, from $369.2 million in the same period in 2013. Worldwide net sales fell 7 percent in 2014 as a whole.

The company also reported earnings of 44 cents a share, well below analysts’ average forecast of 92 cents, according to data from Thomson Reuters.

“I think that most people are shocked but not surprised,” said Jim Silver, the editor in chief of TTPM, a toy review website, of Mr. Stockton’s departure. “The bottom line is, the numbers have not been good.”

Hasbro’s earnings per share have been roughly flat in recent years, although it has yet to release its fourth-quarter results.

Still, a few toys made by Hasbro and Mattel disappeared quickly from the shelves. Over the holidays, Hasbro’s Get Up and GoGo My Walkin’ Pup Pet, an electronic puppy that wags its tail and barks, and its Transformers action figures were among the most popular items. Mattel found success with fashion dolls and play sets derived from Disney’s “Frozen,” the 2013 animated film with an intense appeal to children.

But while one or two blockbuster hits might be enough for a small toy company, that cannot sustain a global manufacturer.

“The added challenge that Mattel and Hasbro have is that they’re much bigger,” Mr. Johnson said. “They have to find a portfolio of products.”

For many years, one of Mattel’s core toys, Barbie, who turns 56 this year, has faded in relevance for many girls even as Mattel has issued new models of the doll, carrying a briefcase or driving the latest roadster.

Mattel’s portfolio of products also includes the Hot Wheels, American Girl and Fisher-Price brands, but sales of all but the American Girl products fell in 2013, according to the company’s most recent annual report.

Robotic pets like Spin Master’s Zoomer Dino, DigiBirds and Little Live Pets were popular last year, along with Activision video games like Skylanders, Apple products and LeapTV, a gaming system from LeapFrog Enterprises, an educational toy company that focuses on digital products.

Mattel has begun refocusing on getting some of that audience back. The company brought back Richard Dickson, a branding expert who had helped get the Barbie brand back on its feet several years ago. Mr. Dickson rejoined Mattel in May after most recently serving as the president and chief executive of branded businesses at the Jones Group, and his responsibilities at Mattel were expanded this month. Tim Kilpin, another top executive, also saw his role expanded to president, chief commercial officer, and the promotions have given rise to speculation that either executive could succeed Mr. Stockton.

Mr. Clark, the Mattel spokesman, said the company had “just begun” searching for a new chief executive.

Mr. Johnson of BMO Capital Markets said, “I think it’s probably a 50-50 shot that it’s somebody from the outside.” He added, “If it’s internal, it’s one of those two.”

In a statement, Mr. Sinclair, the interim chief executive, said, “We will be working during the coming months to revitalize the business and to identify the right leadership for Mattel as it enters its next phase of growth and value creation.”

Shares of Mattel fell 5 percent on Monday to close at $26.64. Mr. Johnson, who had predicted that Mattel would report earnings of 60 cents a share, said he thought that investors might already have been building poor performance into the stock price.

“Based on the performance and the lack of compelling product over the last two years, it’s not a surprise that they’ve made the change that they’ve made,” Mr. Johnson said. “I think with this announcement, it kind of clears the decks. It’s like, ‘O.K., here’s the bad news, the bad news is out.’ ”
Mattel CEO resigned!

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