The Thigh Bone’s Connected To The Hip Bone – Made To Move Lea


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.

Made to Move Lea still in her box.
Made to Move Lea still in her box.
Back of the box.
Back of the box.

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.

Lea has double jointed knees and jointed ankles.
Lea has double jointed knees and jointed ankles.
Here you can see the articulation on Lea's arms and upper body.
Here you can see the articulation on Lea’s arms and upper body.
Lea showing full articulation.
Lea showing full articulation.

It is a lot of articulation for a playline doll allowing her to strike a variety of poses.

:ea can do the splits
:ea can do the splits
Lea - Bending her knees.
Bending her knees.
This was meant to be kneeling but she fell over.
This was meant to be kneeling but she fell over.
Lea kneeling.
Lea kneeling.
She can turn her legs out a la Charlie Chaplin.
She can turn her legs out a la Charlie Chaplin.

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.

Lea in a dress I made and a pair of heels.
Lea in a dress I made and a pair of heels.

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.

 

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5 comments

  1. So, Mattel came out with a posable Barbie. Great! They have really pretty faces, don’t they? The price is still high, but the dolls are not cheap to make. Compare to Integrity Toys dolls, Barbies are affordable. I wonder if their bodies are similar. Their feet seam to be.

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    • Yes the feet look the same as my Polly Parkers and the torso is similar. The main difference to mine is the turning leg and the upper arm joint I think. I don’t mind paying that much for such a good body but thought the Barbie and Teresa faces lacked expression. I would not like to rebody or should I say re-head a doll that cost nearly $25 but if I find them on the secondary market later I will.

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  2. Two new dolls have been released in this line which look lovely. Their face sculpts are still simple but I love the freckles on the redhead and the curly hair on the blond Lea. I think I may prefer the pivotal bodies on the fashionistas since they don’t have the unsightly joint seams of the Made-to-Move dolls. What do you think?

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    • I lean a bit towards the Made To Move dolls as their bodies feel sturdier. I always felt the Fashionistas seemed a little fragile. The Fashionista joints do look better though but at least they don’t have metal screws that you can see like poor Midge and some of my other older articulated playline dolls. The Made To Moves are more expensive here though so I won’t be buying too many until they start turning up on the secondary market.

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  3. I hope you are able to get the new MTM dolls if you desire. I am very tempted and strangely can only see pictures of the actual dolls in the secondary market on eBay. I agree with you about the fragility of the Fashionistas but one of my favorite dolls is Raquelle aka Marissa. I also hate the metal screws on the older dolls though some of them are so gorgeous I will overlook that (Dancing Princess Blair and Modern Circle Melody are also favorites).

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-2016-Barbie-Made-to-Move-The-Ultimate-Posable-Doll-Redhead-Powder-Blue-Top-/301988460694?hash=item464fea3896

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