Day 16: Radient Rose - 2004 Holiday Barbie

 I know, it looks magenta or burgundy but they say it's rose so that's her color!

So as I mentioned in yesterdays post, the Winter Fantasy doll was the first and only in the series. So Mattel decided to put out another "Holiday" doll.

I am going to say something so please don't take this the wrong way as I LOVE all my dolls to death and am never ever ever going to give them up. But she is not my absolute favourite for a few reasons.

Here she is, the 2004 Holiday Barbie.


Why am I not that thrilled with her? She is named "Holiday" Barbie. No creativity. The dolls before 2003 were "Happy Holidays" or "Celebration" or even "Holiday Celebration." It makes it seem that someone was a little disgruntled that their idea of the "Winter Fantasy" series didn't fly. As in Fine. You want a holiday doll, you got a holiday doll. But that's just what I think.

Another reason. The dress is very similar to miss 2002 Holiday Celebration Barbie.


She also does not have a sweet Barbie face. And there have been too many burgundy/magenta dresses.

Okay, what is good about this doll? She does have a pretty dress I'll admit. And snowflakes on the bodice. That's a step in the right direction Mattel!


And the snowflakes in the box, very nice! And who can resist that awesome choker necklace!


Woah, hold the phone. No one said that this dress had a small train. My love for this doll just increased. Love it! And you get a nice look at the bolero jacket with bell sleeves. Cute!


The back of the box reads: "Join the tradition! For over a decade, Barbie doll has celebrated each holiday season with a Special Edition doll commemorating the year. In 2004, Holiday Barbie doll joins the proud tradition dressed in rich, rose velvet embellished with glittering sparkles. The year's end bring a beautiful world of shimmering frost and snowflakes. During this glorious holiday season, we receive the best gifts of all: family festivities, friendships renewed, and wonderful memories to last a lifetime. This keepsake is sure to be treasured by you and your family for generations to come."

Okay, I take back what I said at the beginning. You know I never read these little paragraphs on the back of the box until now? Maybe they were trying to take Barbie back to the roots and remind us of how special and wonderful the holidays really are. With the "Join the Tradition" line at the beginning, I'm almost positive that's what they were going for. Bravo.

See you tomorrow!