There are some dolls in my collection which I bought with the intention to resell them. There are others which I like and want to keep but depending on circumstances I may consider selling them. And there is the third category: the dolls which I would never sell, no matter the price offer or the situation or anything. Why? Because they are my childhood dolls. Because I know how much effort and money it took my parents to get them for me in the very early 90s (and no money can today repay it). And last but not the least, the very simple reason. We're just not supposed to sell friends.
Most of those dolls are still at my parents house (and coming to my new home soon). With me I have now just two of them. So, meet Christie:
Model: Christie and the Beat, Mattel
Year of production: 1989 or 1990 (I saw both of the dates on the internet.)
Bought: at the very begining of the 90s, new, at Pewex*, by me and my mum.
Body type: TnT with bend arms 1966. Made in China.
Head mold: 1987 (perhaps some small alternation of the 1985 "Christie mold", because they look like same)
Condition: very good.
On the photos I took today she is wearing a non-Mattel blue cocktail dress and her own original earrings and ring. However I still do have her original clothes (with fluorescent accents that used to sparkle in the dark), they are at my parents house still.
I was always interested in dolls anyhow different than the blue-eyed blondes and in ethnic dolls. They used to be guite rare back in the 90s in Poland and Christie was the first such I saw in a shop. She was a must have and I got her (partially for my savings, partially as a present). There was only one piece of Christie in that shop and for all my childhood I was the only girl I knew personally to have one like this. None of my friends from school or the neighbourhood ever had an AA Barbie or so. I loved het skintone, her make-up of light green beautifully contrasting with her skin. She was much loved and played with and cared so she's still in an excellent condition. Her hair is one of great examples of the superior quality the dolls hair had in the 90s. Of nowadays Barbies only the Collector Edition Dolls' hair can compete those. After nearly 20 years I can still comb her hair, style and restyle it and it is thick, long, shiny and beautiful.
And here without the blue dress. In total she was my fourth Mattel doll. And first non-Caucasian.