Two Chinese-style Barbie dolls will be launched in the next year, but they will not have Asian faces and their bodies will be 'Westernised'. A Qing dynasty princess and a doll in 'China chic' Shanghai Tang-style clothes are planned, but Ron Longsdorf, a top designer for manufacturer Mattel, said that apart from the costumes and dark hair, the dolls would look like the original Barbie, and there were no plans for an Asian model. 'The West finds Asia to be exotic and alluring, and people are still fascinated by the Asian mystique,' said Mr Longsdorf, Mattel's senior vice-president of creative strategy and design, in the SAR to launch a Barbie collectors' club. 'My vision is to have two or three Asian dolls throughout the line every year, both for the Western market and for Asia. Still, there's an idealisation process in that she will be a little Westernised, just as the whole world of advertising and promotion here often is.' The heads of the Chinese-style Barbies will have the round eyes of white Barbie. The dolls will be the same height, with the skin colour only slightly different. Mattel has sold Thai Barbie, Japanese Barbie and a generic Oriental Barbie as part of its 'Barbies of the World' collection, in which they appear in traditional costumes. There was also a special edition doll for the Hong Kong handover. But while the manufacturer produces a range of black and Latino Barbies, there is no similar Asian Barbie line and no plan to introduce one. 'I think people like Barbie because it's Barbie,' Mr Longsdorf said. He said Hong Kong buyers had an 'especially feverish investment mentality' about collecting, and not without reason - an original mint-condition 1959 Barbie in its box can fetch more than US$10,000 (HK$78,000).