No idea how we missed this one, but a couple of weeks back, the Barbie Doll Collectors Convention came to town -- well, the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, close enough. Far as I can tell, there was a fashion show during which growed-ups dressed like Barbie dolls; fine, truth be told, I took a disappointing third, for which I blame the German judge. But eBay's littered (by which I mean, there are eight) with a souvenir created specifically for the convention: the "Dallas Darlin'" Barbie, of which there were only 850 made. And my maw always told me there was just one...
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It says here that "conventioneers had to select which variation they would like to receive, brunette/caucasian, blonde/caucasian or african american." Alas: "The Dallas Darlin' is the first Barbie to use the Twist-n-Turn face with rooted eyelashes!" For what it's worth, this African-American Darlin' is going for far more ($313 so far, with six bids) than some of her paler counterparts ($152.50, also with six bids). --Robert Wilonsky