I bought this Exotic Beauty Barbie from a Singaporean based retailer in March 2003 when the dolls I wanted were not readily available in Australia. It wasn't worth the hassle as the merchant was difficult to communicate with and I waited several months for this doll to arrive, by which time, I had lost interest! Thankfully we have more Australian based retailers and eBay is a gem!
Barbie has black middle parted hair tied in a low chignon and a tan complexion. I adore her gold chandelier earrings and elaborate filigree like necklace. Her green and gold jacquard bodice is strapless and rather low cut (a lot of Hollywood Fashion Tape there I'm sure to prevent a wardrobe malfunction!). Her skirt is made of two shades of green satin and layered with gold glittered tulle which drapes elegantly around her waist and feet. Barbie wears gold strappy high heels.
There is a rare "Treasure Hunt" edition limited to 2,500 units worldwide with the necklace and earrings made from Swarvoski crystals which sells on Ebay from US$100 to US$130.
Release date: 1 November 2002
Mattel price: US$49.98
Ebay price as at June 2012: US$45 - US$75