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BMR1959 Review “Kira” 1st Wave 2020

Hi everyone! Today I will be reviewing the Kira doll in the 1st wave of the BMR1959 2020 collection.

The BMR1959 collection is a series of Barbie Collector MTM-style dolls, dressed in trendy streetwear, that showcase current fashion trends and focus on “self-expression and personal style.” In the first wave, we have four female dolls and two male dolls. The dolls do not have names.

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The dolls have generated a lot of interest in mainstream media, particularly as the green-haired, overall-clad doll is the first male Barbie doll to wear makeup (about time!).

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The collection was designed by Carlyle Nuera, who is the Lead Designer for Barbie Signature at Mattel.

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If you’re a fan of behind-the-scenes stuff, check out his Instagram @carlylenuera

Anyway! Let’s move onto the review.

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I bought the doll with the purple dress because I really liked the Kira face sculpt. (Although of course I like all of the others as well! I really want to get the doll with the braids next!)

She was $60 which is pretty expensive. But I justified it by saying “well, Hollie, in the past, you’ve bought Barbie Style dolls for $30 and extra MTM bodies for $30 which is $60 just for one playline doll. So it’s basically the same as that.”

The only place I could find these dolls was either on the Barbie Collector website, where they were $70 each, and Amazon, where they were $60 each. So I went with Amazon.

This is what the box looks like. Very cool!

Here’s the inside. I love the paper! What a nice touch.

And here’s the doll! I love that there’s very minimal packaging – I didn’t have to cut anything at all. I just popped off the rubber bands and there she was!

Getting out the box…

The orange part comes out easily; it’s not connected to anything.

That way you can keep the box for other things and not have the ugly orange part attached.

Here’s the back of the box. It says “The BMR1959 collection celebrates the fashion heritage of Barbie and showcases how current trends influence the brand.”

And here’s the side.

This is what the doll looks like when you first take her out of the box.

Here’s a close-up. I love her earrings! Her purple lipstick is so cool, too. One thing I really like about this collection is how the dolls are so unique.

The hat, however, is absolutely atrocious. Yuck!

She’s on a MTM body already, which is really great! If she hadn’t had a MTM body, I probably wouldn’t have bought her, because then I would have had to buy the body separately and it would cost too much.

Her nails are painted green, which I thought was a nice touch.

She had this paper wrapped around one leg. I had no idea why, so I took it off. There was nothing special underneath – just a regular leg.

Should I have left it on?

Too late now.

This is what the doll looks like without the jacket. The dress is a satin-type of material.

This is a really ugly dress. Why does anybody like it? It’s just… weird.

This is what she looks like without that silly hat. Much better!

And here’s the trainers. How cool! I love, love shoes like this! (For dolls, of course. Not in real life!)

This is what the jacket looks like. It’s a quite stiff material and very good-quality. I love the little tag, too!

The jacket is quite cute. I admit that I do like the jacket.

I dressed her in some better clothes. The jacket is a little oversized, but I think she looks cute!

This is what she looks like with her hair down. I like her hair up or down; either way looks good. It’s a little bit curly and shorter than most Barbie dolls.

Overall, I am very happy with my purchase! I really like her facemould and her hair is very nice! I love the MTM body and the shoes, earrings and jacket are cute.

But not the dress. Or the hat. They will be going into the depths of my collection and quite probably never going to be worn again.

6 thoughts on “BMR1959 Review “Kira” 1st Wave 2020

  1. I always did like the Kira face and she does look better redressed. I have to admit that as an older collector I don’t like the clothes any of these dolls are wearing. It all looks mismatched to me but if that’s what the kids wear now…..

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  2. Thank you for the review, and the price point has come down. I purchased the doll as a nude for redress. Mattel’s outfit is abominable for this doll, and the stock images do not do the skin tone, eyes face justice at all. Even in Asia a realistic image of three major East Asian ethnic groups (Han). However, Mattel has done a magnificent job with this doll. The articulated joints and the ide variety of clothing available give the unlimited potential for recreating the Doll’s street clothes marketing image.

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    1. Yep, it is a really bizarre outfit! I’ve been thinking of cutting off the bottom to make it more stylish, but we’ll see!

      I agree the doll’s face is so nice! Love love the eyes.

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