I just received Camel Coat Silkstone Barbie last week. I took some very quick (and not so great quality, please forgive) pics before the full schedule I have in the week ahead of me (and for the week behind me – thus the reason for lack of posts!). I quickly used one of the backgrounds that is in my vignette cabinet:
When pictures of Camel Coat were first released, many collectors including myself couldn’t help but draw comparisons between Camel Coat and a few other dolls already in the BFMC:
- How does her outfit differ from Fashion Editor Barbie?
- How does her coat differ from Spotted Shopping BFMC Fashion?
- How much does she resemble Pretty Pleats Barbie?
I took a few side by sides to gauge the differences:
With Fashion Editor, I note differences in the leopard fabric, and her skirt length is slightly longer than Fashion Editor’s skirt. Camel Coat’s skirt has a small slit in the back, and the fabric is thicker, Fashion Editor’s skirt has a small slit in the side, thinner fabric. The black knit tops are very similar. Camel Coat’s has sleeves.
With Spotted Shopping, the coat is quite different. In fact the only strong similarities are the color, and perhaps the length. The fabric used for Camel is much more “fuzzy” than I had expected it to be, nothing like that of Spotted Shopping’s coat fabric. Camel’s ties at the waist. The boots are the same except that Camel’s are black, whereas Spotted’s are brown.
Pretty Pleats? I admit when I saw the promo pics of Camel, I immediately thought her face was reminiscent of Pretty Pleats. However, as you can see in the side by side, her look is vastly different. Their hair shades are similar, but otherwise, they are two completely different dolls altogether. I had kind of been ignoring Pretty Pleats for a few years now. Once I removed her from a display to take this photo, I was reminded of how pretty she really is.
As for my thoughts on Camel Coat, I think she’s a keeper in spite of the fact I think her ensemble is too close of a repeat to a previous doll in the BFMC collection. It is difficult to pose her arms with such a bulky coat. But her legs pose easily with the tights, no restrictions there. Her hair – WOWZERS. It is full and bouncy! You can detect many fly-away out of control hair strands in my pics :). Going to have to sit with some gel when I have some time. I’m not usually a fan of such prominent bottom lashes such as Camel Coat’s, but they do give her expression and character. Her skin tone, very very pale.
Regarding the new body style, I am definitely of the opinion that Mattel should revert back to the dimensions of the original Silkstone body in the bust area. I very much want the option to dress any new dolls going forward in fashions from the existing collection. It is discouraging that a majority of my existing fashions are too large for this new body style.