Warning: Mild doll nudity for demonstration purposes only.
The other day I came across the “Made to Move” Barbies in Target for the first time. I had not heard of them before and was intrigued to see the differently jointed elbows. They had all three dolls but I thought that the blonde and brunette dolls had the usual bland, staring faces. I did like the black haired one.The box does not say if they are Barbie, Teresa and Lea but I’ll call them by those names anyway. On Tuesday I spotted Lea at Big W and decided to buy her.
Naturally as soon as I got home I wanted to de-box her but I did restrain myself long enough to take some photos of her in the box first.
Once I got her out I was impressed by how sturdy the body felt compared to recent playline dolls. I like the double jointed elbows and knees much better than those on the Fashionistas.
So how many joints do the Made to Move dolls have?
Well she has ankle joints and knee joints of course. Her legs can rotate so they can be turned outwards. Her upper torso is also jointed so that she can lean to the right or left, backwards and forwards. She does not have a twist and turn waist however. Her wrists and elbows are jointed and she has a further joint on her upper arm.
It is a lot of articulation for a playline doll allowing her to strike a variety of poses.
The Made to Move girls are all dressed in exercise gear but do not come with shoes. I am wondering what shoes will fit her so will have some fun later finding out. I think she could have had some sneakers or ballet flats at least. The top she is wearing has no fastenings but luckily her articulation means you can ease it off with out too much trouble, unless you are six probably. Other Barbies would have trouble wearing this top.
Lea’s hair is a bit odd. It is tied in a side ponytail which I don’t think I’ll risk taking out but has product on part of it which I feel that is rather poorly done.
I dressed Lea in a dress I stitched before Christmas to try out some material I had been given and found her a pair of heels but she does not look happy in them.
In conclusion I love the body but think the Barbie and Teresa are let down by their run of the mill heads. Luckily you can’t really make a bad Lea. I would consider buying the other dolls to frankendolly with different heads if they were cheaper but at $A24 each I’m a bit reluctant to do that. Maybe if I see them on special later.