Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Our Growing Collection of Hispanic Dolls- HHM Post

I was beginning to wonder if this post was ever going to happen. The nerve of “real life” interfering with my play time! When D7ana posted a photo of some of her Hispanic dolls and action figures for Hispanic Heritage Month, I was inspired to share our growing collection and even debox a few dolls.

YNU Group's Mixis Rosa Dominguez Katz
Rosa had been on my wish list for months, and I decided to use my Hispanic Heritage Month post as an excuse...er opportunity, to cross her off. It took a while for her to get to Dollton, as she had to travel all the way from Canada, but at long last she arrived. I am THRILLED with everything about this doll- her hair, her proportions, and her well-made clothing and accessories. Here she is redressed and standing with her cousin, Linda (the controversial Mexico Barbie). Rosa’s father and Linda’s mother are siblings. Rosa moved to Dollton at the urging of her cousin. Right now she’s living with Linda and looking for a job.


Barbie So in Style Baby Phat Marisa

Okay, so I looked and looked and couldn’t really find any place where it is explicitly states that Marisa is supposed to be a Latina, but since most people consider her to be Hispanic, she’s featured in this post. Here she is in a test shot I did for an upcoming photo story. 


Barbie Dolls of the World Mexico
By the time I saw this lovely doll on Barbie Collector.com she was already sold out. I was thrilled to find her one day while browsing the doll selection at Tuesday Morning. This doll (and her papers) caused quite a stir among some critics. Apparently, the controversy was over the fact that she comes with a passport.  Most collectors are aware of the fact that ALL of the Barbie Dolls of the World come with passports. However, critics claimed that the inclusion of a passport was insensitive as the issue of “papers” is a serious one for Mexicans in the United States. To be honest, I think it would have been more controversial to omit the passport, because that would suggest that Mexico Barbie was in little girls’ homes illegally.




A few critics also took issue with her dress being too costume-y. Again, I don’t know what to say. The whole Dolls of the World line is costume-y. Mexico Barbie’s colorful dress is exactly the type of traditional attire that the Mexican families dressed their daughters in for International Night at my previous school. I have a picture of a former student wearing a dress almost identical to this one. The clothing, food, and music were a source of pride for our Mexican families- things they shared eagerly and voluntarily with the community. One year the assistant principal had to explain to a family that they could not serve the Tequila they brought on school grounds, while at the same time the family tried to explain the importance of this beverage in Mexican culture. *snaps fingers* I just got a great idea for a scandal! Mattel could manufacture a DotW Mexico Ken. He could come dressed in modern clothes with no passport and a bottle of Tequila instead of a Chihuahua. I wonder if that would silence the critics. Probably not. Anyways, I think she’s a beautiful doll and Mara does, too. She was delighted when I told her we were finally going to debox her for this post. Her name is Linda Martinez, and she will be the Spanish teacher at the elementary school where Mara’s Barbie works.

Fashionistas Fashion Fabulous Teresa Rivera
Teresa is still boxed because she is a Christmas gift for Mara, who asked for some dolls that could “pose” like mommy’s dolls. This Teresa has a slightly deeper complexion with darker hair and eyebrows than the Barbie Style Teresa I recently purchased.


Prettie Girls Valencia  
According to her box, Valencia hails from Mexico City, Mexico. What I love most about this doll is that she has lighter hair than what is typically seen on Hispanic dolls. It's nice to have some variety in our doll community. I also like her sporty outfit. Valencia is another Christmas gift, so she remains in her box for now.


Ambiguously brown dolls aside, that's our collection of Hispanic dolls for now. Thanks to D7ana's post, I now have several more on my wish list. I'm taking Mara to a doll show this weekend. With any luck, we may find some new Dollton residents there.

17 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing these photos of your lovely Hispanic dolls! I have several in my collection - maybe I should round them up for a photo or two.

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    1. We'd love to see pics of your Hispanic dolls,Roxanne. I'm sure you have some I've never seen before.

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  2. Hi Jewel! Thanks for the mention, the link, and the photos! Your Rosa, Linda, and Marisa dolls are all lovely. I notice that you have the Pinterest pin button - may I add your Rosa and Linda photo to my Mixis board?

    Wishing you more Hispanic and other doll citizens ;-)

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    1. Absolutely! I found some of your old posts about the Mixis dolls not too long ago, and they were a big influence on my recent purchases. I'm gaga over the Emerald doll I just bought. I think I may debox her tonight!

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    2. Here's the pin. Thanks for adding to my Mixis Dolls Go Viral board.

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  3. Very nice photos. I really like the dress that your Mixis doll has on. Did you made that dress?

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    1. Thanks, Phyllis! No, I didn't make that dress. It's the same one I had on Lena in another photo. Lena has agreed to part with it, because it fits Rosa's wider torso better. I got that dress off a $4 clone I found at Dollar General. Now that I know how well it fits Rosa, I need to go back and take another look at the others.

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  4. Hi Jewell, wow, 3 beauties in very pretty outfits! Nice pictures :-).

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  5. Rosa looks a bit stunned that she can't find a Tim Hortons.... but really pretty!

    I didn't know S.I.S. included a Latina character! Now I kind of want a Marisa.

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    1. Hopefully, Rosa's state of shock will wear off soon- lol This (Baby Phat) Marisa doll is quite lovely once you get her out of those dreadful clothes she comes in and into something that works better with her coloring.

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  6. Awesome post! I'm surprised that there was a stink about Mexico's "costume." I thought the point of Dolls of the World was to show them in traditional, not modern, dress.

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  7. They are all beautiful, but I love Rosa and Valencia....there are so many beautiful dolls I'd love to collect! Thanks for sharing

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    1. Thanks! I'm growing quite fond of Rosa, and I have a feeling that Valencia will be one of Mara's favorites.

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  8. I've just found your blog and I think it's really inspiring, it will be an honor for me if you can visit mine too, and if you want to follow, it will be a pleasure to follow you back! :) <3

    Never too old for dolls.

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    1. Welcome, and thanks for visiting! I'm excited to follow your blog. I don't have any Ever After High dolls, but I always stop to admire them in the stores.

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