Barbies of the Opera: tales from the heyday of weird Phantom eBay items
Back around 2005-2007, when the movie phandom was at its height, there were a lot of people who tried to take advantage and cash in on the Phantom craze, mostly by selling unofficial merchandise at various levels of skillfulness. One of the most common varieties of this product (besides the ever popular generic-mask-charm-and-fake-rose-glued-to-a-random-item) was the customized Phantom Barbie doll. This is quite a logical thing to make if you want to sell Phantom merch, because doesn’t *everyone* want the official (and pricy) FAO Schwarz Barbie & Ken set? The thing is, though, that not *every* doll customizer is at a Noel Cruz level. Not that some of these dolls weren’t really well done—some of them were quite nice. But most of them…weren’t.
I used to keep up with all the new Phantom eBay listings, and I usually saved the oddest/funniest ones I found. It’s these that I’ve decided to share with you today. I’ve actually wanted to make this post ever since I got into the tumblr Phandom, but it’s only now that I decided to take the time to format it and everything. XD I hope you enjoy it.
Note: all text in double quotation marks (” “) are actual quotes from the original eBay listings.
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Is it bad that I own the first Christine and the first Phantom pictured? :/