Barbie Brandy

25 Jul

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I got Barbie Brandy boxed. I love the braids and I think the face is great, although she looks much too old to actually be Brandy. Braids are quite rare on Barbies – I can’t remember seeing any other braided dolls, which I really don’t understand as it works well. I read somewhere that part of Mattel’s justification for not making many dolls with authentic “black” hairstyles is about the play experience as its not as easy for little girls to brush. Nonsense. More braids please – this is a look that would really suit one of the SIS range (I vote Chandra).

I’ve never seen Brandy Barbie anywhere before or since I got mine, so I think I got lucky finding her. This version “dances” if you put her on to her stand (no, I’ve not tried it).




8 Responses to “Barbie Brandy”

  1. kristlsmithtyler July 28, 2011 at 10:38 pm #

    I totally want a Brandy – for three reasons, 1) Distinctive head mold, 2) Braids, 3) Painted on baby hair. SIS Kara has painted on baby hair and I love that.

  2. barbielea July 29, 2011 at 8:46 am #

    On Flickr I saw a photoshoot of two beautiful Brandys but whoever had done it obviously didn’t like the painted-on hair because they’d put headscarves on to cover it up! I agree with you though, I think it’s cute. Thanks for posting and I hope you find your Brandy soon …

  3. sewcrafty1 April 2, 2013 at 5:18 am #

    My Brandy is an NRFB, too. Besides her beauty and the braids, I have a niece named Brandy. She was a little girl when Mattel produced this doll. Even now, she is just as beautiful as the doll, as well as a loving wife and mother to 2 handsome boys and a pretty little girl.

    • barbielea April 2, 2013 at 9:21 pm #

      Hello Sewcrafty. !! you read my mind! The day you posted this, I got Brandy out of the drawer and thought about taking some more pics of her … you’re right, she is a beautiful doll, she definitely deserves more blogtime ๐Ÿ™‚

      • SewCrafty1 April 7, 2013 at 7:40 am #

        SO good to talk to a fellow Barbie girl! For years, I only knew of 2 other enthusiasts and they are both men. That wasn’t a problem, but one I hardly see any more, and the other is now employed as wardrobe master at a casino. The only time I see him is when he shops at the fabric store, where I work. Most of the time, he sends his assistant, who used to work with me. Maybe you can give me some advice, if I haven’t already asked you. I have a dozen dolls (Barbie, Ken, Steven,etc.) that were improperly stored. Their clothing got wet and moldy. Now parting with the clothes is not a problem, but the dolls are all discolored with a dark greyish stain. Washing has only lightened the stains ( One little guy has a stain on half his face!), and I’m afraid to use anything too strong on them. Since it mostly effected the legs, one of them can be repurposed as a dress form for drafting patterns for the other dolls in the collection. One would even be a great accessory for the miniature fabric store diorama I’m planning to create in a sewing box. Can you think of any sites that might provide the needed info on restoring at least some of the dolls? So far, I’ve only found general care and cleaning tips. Thanks for reading this long book of a reply/comment. And thanks for any help you can offer.

      • barbielea April 7, 2013 at 5:43 pm #

        I don’t actually know much about restoring stained dolls, but from what I’ve read, a lot depends on what age your dolls are. Dolls from different eras react differently to stain removing treatments, what might work with one doll is likely to ruin a doll from a different time … its a risky business for amateurs. I highly recommend contacting an expert restorer, especially if your dolls are vintage (pre 70s) or if they are valuable, you can post your dolls to them, they work on them then return them. If you are not bothered about making mistakes and you are prepared to experiment, a lot of people recommend an application of toothpaste or blemish cream and leaving the doll in direct sunlight, there are many articles out there describing this technnique, I’ve copied a few below for you. I think the article in the second link specifically mentions mildew, and I think that’s what the stains on your dolls is:

        Please note I haven’t tried this technique myself, only read about it. Good luck with it, whatever you decide to do. Best wishes

      • sewcrafty1 November 20, 2013 at 5:42 am #

        Sorry I took sooooo long to reply! There were problems with my computer and I suffer from fibromyalgia, lupus, etc. But enough about that! Thanks for the suggestions. There was lots of progress made with the use of Oxy-10 acne cream and a warm, sunny window. Some dolls need no further treatment! One was sacrificed for use as a boutique mannequin, and the others may only need one more treatment. The head of the mannequin will be perfect for repainting and re-rooting. Thanks, again for all your help. Also, I’m glad you found so much joy in your ” Brandy” doll! Let me know if you need any ideas or advice on diy projects for your Barbie dolls. I work in a fabric store and am told that problem solving and meeting challenges are what I do best. Happy to help, if you need it!

      • barbielea November 20, 2013 at 11:21 pm #

        I’m so glad to hear it worked, at least for some of your collection. Since I wrote this, I actually tried it myself on a doll with pen marks and it worked a treat. Your diorama sounds great, is you have pics online anywhere please feel free to post a link so that other visitors (and me!) can take a peek ๐Ÿ™‚

        Thanks for your kind offer I will bear it in mind ๐Ÿ™‚

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