|Barbie and Ken as Arwen and Aragorn|
Lord of the Rings dolls by Mattel
There's something to be said about 'firsts'. They always have a special place in your memories, and in this case, a special place in my doll collection. Though I wasn't a huge fan of the Lord of the Rings books, I loved the movies. So when I saw one lonely box of the Mattel set version of Arwen and Aragorn dolls on a top shelf of the toy section at Walmart, one fateful day, over a decade ago, I reached for it and decided the doll set was there waiting just for me to purchase. I wasn't a doll collector then. I just thought it was cool to have a Lord of the Rings doll set. Obviously, the dolls impressed me enough that I ended up being a Barbie collector not long after.
|Barbie as Galadriel|
I'm not normally a completist. This is one exception. Because the Arwen and Aragorn dolls hold a special place in my collection, I simply had to have the Galadriel and Legolas doll too.
Looking at the others I've got by Mattel from around the same timeline, these are not really of the greatest quality. The fact that they are Lord of the Rings dolls just upped their coolness factor. The pink label Princesses of the World seem nicer overall, in my eyes.
Still, they look nice displayed all together. So even though Arwen's legs are now totally yellowed...And I had just discovered in this photo shoot that Aragorn is growing a weird blackish spot on his left cheek, I love them to pieces for introducing me into the colorful world of serious doll collecting.