Gardener Barbie Part 2
So I did some more sleuthing and I found Green Thumb™ Fashion Barbie. She is a 1998 Limited Edition doll from the Barbie Millicent Roberts® Collection and, of course, she is no longer available. Even if she was, I would not want her. As Barbies go, she is a bit homely. Here are all the reasons I do not like her (feel free to add your own as well):
1. That hair. Wouldn't that be better suited to "Conservative Politicians Wife" Barbie?
2. Those overalls. Even if I could ignore that unflattering mustard color, the fact that she is in bib overalls (not even shorts!) is a big offense in my book. Do they not watch "What Not to Wear"!?! No one, and I mean NO ONE looks good in overalls. She has a cute figure under there somewhere, I'm sure.
3. The black clogs. I like the clogs, but can we get a nice red or at least green? I don't even think they sell black clogs in any catalogs or garden centers that I've seen.
4. That blouse. Purple with flowers, I can live with, but those contrasting denim cuffs and collar just says, "I can't afford a new shirt so I took two old ones from the charity bin and sewed them together." Thrifty? Yes. Attractive? No.
5. The descriptive text. "There's something so special about a garden! And whether it's vegetables or flowers, Barbie® doll is ready to grow in lemon yellow overalls worn with a stylish garden print long-sleeved blouse. Barbie® dons her gardening gloves, making sure her "straw" hat is firmly in place to protect her from the sun. Her comfortable clogs are perfect for long hours working in the garden with her hoe and shovel." Why is "straw" in quotes? What exactly is that hat made of? I do not see her gloves, hoe, and shovel pictured -- those accessories might make the purchase worthwhile.
Mattel, you are still on my poop list. What are you trying to say? Gardeners can't be hot? I beg to differ. Here at left I have taken one of my older Barbies and dressed her up for a day in the garden. She is sporting a simple, practical ensemble as she tends her flowers. I took the yellow shirt from a stewardess outfit, the jeans are Jordache, and the hat from Pretty Changes Barbie. Had to make do with sneakers, since all the other shoes are pumps or Candies-like high heel slides.
I just stumbled across this. I can't stand Bratz, but they are at least trying and they recognize a good thing in the new green trend. One ebay dealer says: "Gardening is in vogue with Nora and her ultra-cool and environmentally friendly, green-thumb accessories• Bratz Girlz Nora doll comes with flower seeds, a watering can and flowerpot so kids can grow their own flowers• Dressed for the occasion, Nora wears a top made from flower petals and has her own signature floral scent• Includes a hairbrush along with real gardening equipment and flower seeds•" I could do without the scent and the giant head, but overall nice work, Bratz! Apparently there is a whole series of these dolls - I see more on Amazon. Wonder if they are doing any gardening in their new movie?
PS Don't even TRY to right-click on Green Thumb Barbie's photo -- you will get a strongly worded copyright warning from Mattel. If anyone out there knows how they made this piece of web coding work, please contact me. I'd love to do the same for our magazine's copyrighted images that I place online.