​Barbie Dreamtopia Merman Doll, approx. 12-inch with Blue Rainbow Tail and Blonde Hair, for 3 to 7 Year Olds

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​Barbie Dreamtopia Merman Doll, approx. 12-inch with Blue Rainbow Tail and Blonde Hair, for 3 to 7 Year Olds

​Barbie Dreamtopia Merman Doll, approx. 12-inch with Blue Rainbow Tail and Blonde Hair, for 3 to 7 Year Olds

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Barbie® fans, you made your voices heard! It's been a compelling week, watching the vote tallies as they steadily rose into the thousands. But only one prototype could win this final round of the 2020 Barbie® Signature Doll Design Showdown. Are you ready to find out which one took the prize? Here we go… We will conduct two polls, each lasting one week, in which anyone may vote for their preference of the offered choices. You may vote only once per poll. Be sure to vote before each poll closes! In case you missed it: Last year, Barbie Signature hosted the second Doll Design Showdown, with an "Under the Sea" theme and led by Barbie Product Designer Angel Kent. Barbie fans worldwide voted in two phases. First, four design sketches were presented, and the top two vote getters proceeded to the design prototype stage and one last round of votes. Our mighty Ken doll emerges from the deep to enchant a new realm – the realm of land lovers like us! You'll know him by his royal stature, and the authority he projects with his metallic shell-encrusted breastplate and spaulder shoulder armor. Polished armbands and head adornments complete this collectible Ken doll’s brilliant look. This is a regent who knows how to rule a kingdom, and how to defend it.

The winning prototype then moved on to a final manufacturing design and prepare for this very moment – when King Ocean Ken Merman Doll debuts in a sea spray of sunlit splendor! Thousands of Barbie (and Ken) fans voted from around the world, and the results surprised even us. "I have to be honest and say I did not think he’d be the one to win, "Angel reveals. "It came as a big surprise to me and the team, but in hindsight, it makes sense! He’s the first Signature Merman ever." There are a thousand different ways in which I could design mermaids, but for this first time designing a Barbie Signature merman, I wanted to go as classic as possible," explains Angel, who led the Showdown project. "I love old royalty and myth, and to me he looks like a 'historical' merman, meaning as if he comes from the ancient world.". "If I may say so myself, I think he’s charming and unique, and his (new!) face sculpt is truly breathtaking," Angel says. "I love the iridescence of his tail, the way we executed his fin, and the sculpting on his armor." Barbie Signature introduces underwater royalty, King Ocean Ken doll. This mighty ocean-dweller enchanted Barbie fans and became the crowdsourced winning thematic to go from concept to doll. Emerging from his aquatic kingdom, this collectible Ken merman doll wears gleaming rose gold colored armor featuring a shell-encrusted breastplate, spaulder shoulder armor and bicep armbands. His regal head adornments and iridescent fins are perfectly suited for a ruler of the sea, and articulation allows for endless posing possibilities. A MattelCreations.com exclusive, King Ocean Ken doll makes a great gift for Barbie fans and collectors. Includes doll stand and Certificate of Authenticity. Doll cannot swim or stand alone. Colors and decorations may vary. Barbie® Signature will manufacture and offer the Doll Design Showdown winning doll, chosen from pre-selected designs and prototypes by Barbie® fans. Anyone can participate, but we will only offer this doll for sale to Barbie® Signature Digital membership members.We've had the pleasure of designing mermaid dolls for Barbie Signature before, but this is our first merman, and we made sure his radiant tail would glimmer from every angle, with rose golden scale details and iridescent fins. You'll even see those fins attached to his forearms as well!

Reflecting on the process that led to the creation of this doll, Barbie Designer Angel Kent recalls how he approached this and the other options in the Showdown. The biggest change from last year was in the design sketch phase. "I wanted them to be cohesive," Angel says, "so I themed them altogether as an undersea theme, my favorite – whereas in the first [Doll Design Showdown] each doll had a different theme."



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