I'd originally purchased this as a gift for my now-8 year old daughter, not being aware of the Collector nature of the doll.
Now that we've had it for a few weeks, our thoughts.
The barbie is beautiful. The attention to detail is marvelous. If you are a collector, it is one to add to the collection. On the other hand, getting it as a toy for kids is a bit more painful. I worry about the doll, she is just so pretty that I would hate for her to get damaged. Of course my 8 year-old-daughter just wants to play with the new, beautiful, barbie. I love the attention to detail and the gown that Barbie is wearing, but my daughter does not like the gown. It is too much for her. I would recommend this for a collector, as it was intended, but if you were looking for a barbie to play with then I would probably pick something else.