Beautiful Naturalista styling head for curly, coily 4c hair

Barbie has a new gang of friends in the Naturalista dolls.

The Naturalistas dolls have been gaining popularity with their sweet face designs and long curly, coily hair. Now, there is a styling head for 4c hair. This is another delightful doll doing her bit for representation for black children and children of African descent.

Head on over to Amazon in the USA to see the beautiful Naturalista toys created by Purpose Toys – the Naturalistas are a modern classic doll and the Latinistas, their Latina friends, are sure to be popular with children and collectors too.

Wisely, they designed these toys to fit Barbie clothes and to be part of that world. We know that Barbie does a lot of work to make dolls that represent different types of people. The Naturalists continue to show small kids that curly hair and black and brown skin are beautiful and are doing a deep dive into the world of black hair with the new styling head toy.

Have a look at my blog on where to buy beautiful black dolls online.

I have put an affiliate link on this post and Amazon send me a payment when someone buys a doll from my page.

Amazing new black Barbie and Disney MERdolls

Face of a black mermaid doll with purple and blue hair.

Mermaid dolls are having a moment! With the new Little Mermaid film, toymakers have been busy making more diverse, beautiful mer-dolls than ever. After pointing out the most obvious choices, Mattel, Barbie and Disney. I will dive further into the shimmering, iridescent world of mermaid dolls. But first Halle…

Halle Bailey dolls

The young American singer who has become the face of Ariel in the Live Action Little Mermaid movie has given doll collectors a thrill. Her face is, what can I say, commercial and effort has gone into create red hair for an African American doll. The underwater animation has raised expectations of what a mermaid tail should look like. Halle herself has been appearing in iridescent dresses. Shine, shimmer, fabric and texture are part of her repertoire. Similarly, the toys have beautifully made costumes, fins and fishtails

And here is an affiliate link to a very well-made doll, as owned by Halle herself. Check out her insta feed to see her genuine delight in her toy. I get paid a commission if you buy a doll.. I think you know where I will spend it. I love Mattel sculpts and this one is excellent. You will see repaints on Instagram but I am happy with this doll straight out of the box.

This picture shows one amazing doll.  The facial sculpt is known and loved by adult collectors as Mbili. Many collectors were very happy to see her as a play line mermaid.

Faces aside, the new mermaid dolls have amazing tails. Just so you know, some dolls have sculpted fishtails and some have a fabric tail over legs. When Halle Bailey is singing “Part of Your World”, her dream is to have legs, not swimming equipment. Let me show you some pics of Ariel, Barbie and the new 7 Sisters characters from the new remake of The Little Mermaid.

I will leave it to you to visit a toyshop or a Disney Store to see the art, skill and creativity that is going into this new wave (!) of mermaid toys. Later I will blog about other med-doll makes in my blog Where to buy beautiful black dolls online – Update for 2022

Stacie, a middle child mermaid

Finally, I want to talk about Stacie. Stacie is one of the “middle child” dolls in Barbie’s family. If you want to have a black mermaid Stacie, you might have to be creative. I am suggesting that you combine Jayla from the Barbie “It Takes Two” series and the skirt from Mermaid Power Stacie. Jayla has a different face than Stacie and is easy to find in shops. My Jayla doll has the word Stacie on her underwear. She is a sweet doll in her own right but happy with the association with Stacie.

I have added affiliate links to Amazon and I get a fee when someone buys a Barbie that I have linked to. Amazon asks me to mention that.

As always, I tell toy buyers to support local shops. Share out your spending to keep local business alive. They do the community support and the prizes for your school raffle.


Zola is a beautiful new African doll by Madame Alexander

Doll collectors of a certain age will know the Madame Alexander dolls.  I will not go into the history of this historic doll-preneur right here.   There is so much to say about her vision of beautiful dolls to help with childhood development.  She also wanted to inspire the passion of collectors. I want to show off Zola. a new doll with a very pretty face sculpt.


Kindness Club bolls in. agroup photo
Zola is in the Kindness Club


I believe Zola may be the first African facial sculpt for a Madame Alexander doll.    There were black dolls from the Alexander company but they would have used a general face.  If you believe that representation is important then you don’t need me to tell you that black dolls matter.  My blog about Where to Buy Beautiful black dolls online features many dolls, not all from Amazon!  Zola doll can also be bought from the Madame Alexander shop.  


The Madame Alexander company has been bought by Kahn Lucas a family owned, 4th generation maker of clothing for girls.  Their website shows their. models proudly displaying dolls.  This feels like good news for doll lovers.  



UK Suppliers of US black collectible dolls featuring Anna May and FailFix

This is a micro-blog to showcase two suppliers who bring unusual collectible black dolls to the UK.  The blog was inspired by a new Mizi Doll from JHGFashion Doll in China. who caught my eye with her beautiful African style.  The UK website with this doll is Simon’s Collectibles – the link has a different name!  The Adonis doll who I mentioned before in my blog as an outstanding black male doll is here.

African doll has Anna May

My other UK seller is Bentzen’s Emporium.  For this mini blog I will feature a sweet little doll who will go out of production soon – this is  a FailFix, like a mini version of Rainbow High.   She is “related” to Monster High and is a beautifully made doll.  On display she has her ‘fail’ look so please look closely is you see her on-shelf to appreciate her full beauty.

Articulated black doll
Catch FailFix quickly!

Both these suppliers are great fun to check out – exotic dolls and toys from the United States of America are always exciting when they are well-chosen and displayed. Both sites are worth learning to bookmark.

Meet the new European African dolls

This post is about a trend I have noticed in the doll world where the big European brands have started to pay serious attention to black doll buyers and are creating black, brown, Pan-African and mixed race versions of their classic dolls.

 This is a companion to my blog on Where To Buy Beautiful Black Dolls Online.


I am talking here about the traditional play dolls that many people associate with Europe. To show you what I am talking about, here is my favourite European toy shop, Serneels in Brussels on Avenue Louise.

The quintessential European doll is over a foot high, is based on a little girl under 8 and has a beautifully made wardrobe. Between 1-3 scale and 1-4 scale. Pricey. Heirloom.

Many European countries have their own doll brands. I will go through some of the big names and show their old and new offerings, specifically their black and African new dolls. Then I will list some of the boutique suppliers in the US and UK.

The dolls are from Germany, France, Spain and an ex British colony – Hong Kong. In fact, two ex colonies, I will do an Irish doll too.

Germany – Kathe Kruse

Here side by side are two Kathe Kruse dolls. Joy is the basketball player. She seems to be widely available. The dancer on the right is from My Best Friend Doll.

Germany – Zwergnase dolls

I am including these 45cm dolls in an “in-for-a-penny-in-for-a-pound” frame of mind . I think the artist, Nicole Marschollek-Menzner , has created an exceptionally lovely black doll. The price is over 200 dollars. Pics from MyDollBestFriend where there is good description of the story of these toys.

France – PetitCollin/Finouche

This doll is called PetitCollin and is based on a doll by designer Sylvia Natterer. Pics from


Spain – Paola Reina

Pretty vanilla scented dolls from Spain, Nora is on the left and Paola on the right. Pics from MyDollBestFriend or Bambini

Spain – Dressed in Blue/Vestido in Azul

Another Spanish brand from

Hong Kong- Ruby Red Fashion Friends

These dolls will be familiar to collectors of Dianna Effner’s Little Darling doll. The dolls are available from the Nordstrom site and MyDollBestFriend and they are now called Ruby Red Fashion Friends. I read that the Maya doll was sculpted by Ruby Ho, of Ruby Red Galleria, the entrepreneur behind this brand.

Ireland – Lottie doll

Lottie dolls have always wanted to be inclusive and their range has three black dolls, including a boy Sami who is a reporter and two activist girls. The dolls are on Amazon and on the Lottie websites in Europe and the US. These are little 8cm dolls and I am adding them as Ireland is very proud to have a home-grown doll.

Dolls are expensive to make, support the doll makers that you love.

First Holy Communion Paper doll sketch

Here is my First Holy Communion Paper doll sketch.  It is a suggested greeting card style.  This sketch shows the idea of a girl dressing for her Communion Day. 

If the idea is approved then the next stage is to convert the drawing into a slick digital file .  The drawings will be recoloured with pencil and scanned again.  The fina card will be to a high standard while keeping a hand drawn look.

Paper doll with dress, veil and stand
Fr Binoy Mathew rough sketch
Work in progress

Barbie doll collectors are falling in love with new Afro-American Ken –

Bill Greening designs Barbie with adult buyers in mind and his new set of dolls has got collectors very excited.  

Bill’s Barbie Basics line answered a need for adult collectors to have dolls to play with – so high quality faces with a doll who could be posed, photographed and dressed as well as being displayed.

I have talked about Ken in my post about Where to Buy Beautiful BlackDolls Online but the job is not done til I show you some photographs.

I my next post I will be showing some of the ways adult collectors have dressed, posed and photographed the two black dolls in the Signature Looks set.  Watch this space s i need to get permission from the creative collectors who have reworked Barbie and Ken.

Meet Bindi Merinda, a beautiful, new Australian Aborigine GlamourOZ doll from Oz

For toy designers, it is easier than ever to see how doll collectors are using your creations.  Social media and digital photography by collectors  can be a boon to  designers.   Often the decision to purchase a new doll  l can be prompted by a photo that shows the potential of a restyled doll.

dark skinned doll dreses in glamourous gold clothes
Meet Bindi Merinda

In the Facebook Group. Black Dolls Rule, Bindi Merinda was showcased by the artist Son of Ellis. The doll’s persona is as a long-legged supermodel and Son of Ellis used luxury brands and a richly textured gold colour scheme to show off his doll.

Designer Jozef Szekeres says “I am loving seeing collectors have redressing fun with their new GlamourOZ Dolls. That’s what I really wanted to see… that they inspire play and engagement. “

Doll in designer clothes in a luxury apartment setting
Bindi Merinda styled by Son of Ellis

Bindi Merinda is one of 10 Australian 18 inch editions by Jozef Szekeres. The doll is sold in quirky sixties mod fashions from Australia via the GlamourOZ website . She fits clothes and shoes for 16 inch dolls.

Sulty dark-skinned doll ina. curly blonde wig

I asked Jozef if the description AA (African American) was correct for his dolls and he replied ” I’ve always thought that for an Australian doll, AA could also mean Australian Aborigine. I actually took inspiration from my country’s own beautiful indigenous black catwalk models in creating Bindi Merinda.”

I will add Bindi Merinda to my blog on Where to Buy Beautiful Black Dolls Online and I will have more to say about Jozef Szekeres and his doll-making journey in a future blog. Great to meet you, Bindi Merinda.

Barbie’s new Maya Angelou doll – the best Barbie and book combo

Mattel is launching a new Barbie doll and she is creating waves of excitement. If you only buy one Barbie this year – let it be Doctor Maya Angelou. Social media has been buzzing with people racing to their local Target and Walmart to grab early releases of this doll. Dr Maya Angelou Barbie is part of Mattel’s Inspiring Women series and she sold out rapidly. Social media was full of pics of the boxed doll as shoppers grabbed the new Barbie and told the world “I’ve got her.!”. I have a blog about where to buy black dolls but it is early days.

I am going to give a Barbie collector’s view on this doll with the help of two collectors and one amazing doll designer. This quote is from the talented Mr Carlyle Nuera, the Mattel designer who made this doll. Head on over to his Insta feed to hear the love! Thousands of doll collectors are thanking Mr Nuera. @carlylenuera is the handle

“Such an honor to design this doll. We worked with her son and his wife to make sure the doll accurately represented Dr.Angelou, from the print of her dress to the gap in her teeth”

The box has a literary feel.

The box for Dr Maya Angelous Barbie resembles her home with bookshelves.
Dr Angelou wears a West African Ankara wax print

“The doll was designed to look like Dr. Angelou circa 1970s, around the time when ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’ was first released. The doll’s color scheme was inspired by the OG cover art for ‘Caged Bird’, rich warm sunset tones.”

Maya Angelou doll at home circa 1971
This doll is a part of the Black Label Collection.

A quote from Nuera on the process:

“It was surreal to be on a call with Mr. Johnson and hear him recall memories of his mother, in a voice that had the same texture, depth and resonance as his mother’s.”

This joyful collector spent hours driving around NY on a Dr Maya spree. She tells the tale well in her beautiful unboxing video The video by @DolliciousLife answers questions about the African print as well as the length of the hair under the wrap. Barbie rarely wears West African prints and Dr Maya’s fabric was scaled down. It looks like Mattel did that especially for this figure.

OMG- Dollicious Life on YouTube ha Dr Angelou’s Ankara fabric

One of the first people on Instagram to comment on Carlyle Nuera’s achievement was @CelebrateSoulfulDolls . Robin Hickman-Winfield is an adult collector. She complimented the designer thus “SOul Beautiful, a wonderful testimonial! You captured her essence, physically and her spirit… Oh my goodness the sculpt! ” Look at her homage below.

Dr Maya Angelou redressed in casual clothes visits a home with African decor
Robyn and Stevie make Dr Maya Angelou very welcome.

Instagram is full of adults with dolls having the best time. Robin Hickman-Winfield, like many people on the Gram, has a mini-me. Her mini me, Robyn who is married to Stevie, decided to invite their new doll around. Look!

The styling refers back to the doll’s design seamlessly in my opinion. And God is in the detail. Look at the 1/6 scale food. The artist at @wife_in_miniature sculpted the food.

Detail of 1/6 scale food served to Maya Angelou Barbie
What food and wine would you offer Dr Maya Angelou?
Three Afro American Barbie dolls have an imaginary encounter
Soulful dolls Robyn and Stevie and Dr Maya Angelou

Her is what Robin said to the designer. “Dr. Maya is healing, and we need all the healing we can get! EXCELLENT job, Blessings and Thank You.🙏🏾❤️☀️”

I think I will have to do a whole new blog on Carlyle Nuera, the yellow-haired gent who has been doing SO MUCH for representation and dolls. In researching this Dr Maya blog I have been impressed by his contribution to representation in the doll world.

more on this doll artist later

Last words on books

I will say a few words about books. You don’t need me to help you pick a book by Dr Angelou. You don’t need me to suggest you go over to YouTube to hear her recite her poetry. I am adding a book for the younger children who might be gifted a Dr Maya doll.

Amazon has a pricey version here but keep an eye on your local shop.

I will add links to books for children here.

Beautiful black wedding Barbie dolls – let’s play brides!

After a tough 2020 I’ve decided to think about happy things like weddings and Barbies. It has been a very good year for diverse dolls and I want to hunt down the nicest brides and dresses – and maybe even a groom. I’ll start this blog and add more.

Black bridal Barbie bride with full skiry
Are we saying yes to the dress?

I have a blog I am frequently adding to all about Where to Buy Beautiful black dolls online and it is about time I added some romance.

Barbie 60th Anniversary Doll – the ponytail – Ariana Grande meets Barbie

I am starting with this delightful doll – she is Barbie 60th Anniversary Doll. Just look at all the references to the original Barbie 1950s. The ponytail is there- in glossy black plus the side glancing eyes and red lips.

I sure do

The above photos show how well this dolls works the retro look. I hope that collectors of black dolls will appreciate this elegant reworking of the original 1950s dolls. The dress marks a diamond anniversary and is a twinkly, sparkly full skirted, sleeveless gown. I can see fans and children enjoying this keepsake toy.

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