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Prepare yourself for a very girly review... the Barbie sticker collection. You might remember doing these sticker albums as a kid and spending all your pocket money, getting the same stickers as repeats then trying to trade them at school for ones you didn't have then getting upset when they went a bit wonky in the sticker book. No? Just me then!
This collection is dated 2010 and is licensed by Mattel Inc so are the real Barbie deal. The individual packs promise a mysterious selection of what I have found to be 4-5 stickers in every pack. The suggested retail value is 50p or .50 euros. I got a bit of a bargain with mine though which you will find out about later in the review.
I don't actually have a sticker book to stick mine in but you can buy these for around £3 from ebay so it's not too expensive to buy one. We use ours in more of a graffiti sticker bomb way so don't need the album.
Each sticker pack is foil wrapped with an easy open nibble on the side to tear open the pack. I have never damaged any stickers opening the pack this way. Each individual sticker has a peel off back that is Barbie branded and so there is a fair bit of rubbish from each pack you open. Our packs are in a shop counter box which is shrinkwrapped but when you open it there is a barbie cut out that stands on the top of the pack. The front of each packet is identical featuring a modern looking barbie with a pink headband, bow and tiara (all at once!) and a slightly smug look on her face. The main colour is metallic pink of course!
My daughter aged 17 months now loves her stickers and likes to adorn every surface with them. With the Barbie stickers they are a little awkward to peel but I have long nails so it's a doddle for me. Usually one in every pack is a cut out sticker that is easy to peel off the backing. We tend to keep a few packs of these in the bag for those moments where we are waiting or queing so we have a distraction from the other alternative, playing up and making a general scene.
For the purpose of my review I have opened a random pack to describe its contents:
1. Landscape Barbie head shot (guessing it is 1 of 2) of barbie featuring a glitter silhouette. Bling jewellery that also glitters
2. Cut out sticker of a trilby hat with Barbie on the band of the hat
3. Pink poodle handbag again, a cut out sticker
4. head and shoulders shot of Barbie with two pink hairslides in her hair.
5. Head and shoulders shot of a tiara wearing barbie with lots of flowing hair in front of a pink flocked background
I picked a box of 50 packets (each containing approximately five stickers) for just a pound! Our local Poundworld shop was stocking these for a while so I stocked up on them as I figured my daughter would enjoy playing with them as eventually will her little sis.
I find it a bit strange that some packs have more in than others but it is a possibility that the packs I picked up were rejects from the process and so far all the stickers have been in good condition and no mis prints or off set stickers so no complaints on that front. For the price paid I think I got a bargain and the only disadvantage is perhaps how fiddly it is getting the backs off the stickers but I think this is the same with all trading stickers.
I think these are a great fun toy for girls and a box of 50 packets is approximately 250 stickers so would make a great present for a little girl when teamed up with the corresponding album. I must admit whilst I am not bothered about the dolls particularly, I love the Barbie brand and have enjoyed playing with the stickers too! It really brings out the child in me and is a great distraction even when out and about as each packet contains a nice surprise in the style and type of stickers although I have noticed there have been a few repeats so far. For the money you can't go wrong really.