*Note: There is doll nudity in this post for the purpose of comparison.
Recently the new line of Fashionistas started to appear in Hobart stores. I haven’t commented on this line up till now because I wanted to wait till I’d actually seen them for myself.While I will say that I really like the idea of diversity in dolls I did feel that there might be problems dressing dolls of such different shapes and sizes unless Mattel were going to release appropriate clothing for them. I believe they have made a few outfits for them and it looks as if doll dressmakers have already started to cater to them as well.
The main thing that attracts me to buying a doll, any doll, is facial expression. As I’ve mentioned more than once I’ve been underwhelmed by recent play line Barbies because I felt they looked vacant.
The new line has a lot of dolls and naturally they have not all made their way to my local Target. There were about half a dozen dolls, a few standard size, purple hair, blue hair, curvy, tall and petite. Anyway this petite doll appealed to me more than some of the others because, as you know, I like short-haired dolls and she had an interesting face I thought.
As I said I do like this doll’s face. I like her short hair and her large eyes which give her face expression. I thought that her eyebrows were rather thick. Had she not had a fringe that might have been off-putting but hey, I never plucked my eyebrows so I won’t judge.
After I had deboxed her I decided that it would be interesting to compare her with some other dolls so I went and fetched two different types of Fashion Fever dolls and a Fashionista. Later I added a teen Skipper body and a new Skipper.
The first thing that is noticeable of course is size. Even on a stand she is tiny compared to the other dolls. As you can see the “Hobbit” Fashion Fever girl is a little shorter than the originals but not as much as this. She is actually the same height as the new Skipper dolls.
Her body shape is similar to Skipper but a bit more mature but with a less defined waist than regular Fashionistas. Out of interest I put Skipper’s clothing on her and it fitted so I imagine this girl would do her shopping in girls wear.
At first I thought that her legs were jointed the same way as the “Hobbit” FF doll but looking more closely they are different. I actually like this arrangement better as she sits better. Although like the standard Fashionista she has hard non articulated arms and legs she does pass the “Sit like a lady ” test which the other Fashionista failed dismally.
Her legs have a better range of movement than the other non articulated dolls. She’s more like Skipper in this area but I would have liked knee and elbow joints at least. I was also a bit disappointed that she has flat feet as that is going to make finding appropriate shoes harder. Most of my shoe stash is heels. On the plus side she can stand alone while wearing her boots. It looks as if I will have to shop for Skipper shoes.
I have mixed feelings about the outfit. I like the individual pieces but I don’t really like them together. That’s just my taste I guess. I’m not young and prefer a more classic and coordinated look. This outfit looks like she threw it together from whatever came to hand. The skirt is a shiny fabric that is often used for party dresses. The waist is elasticised. I do like the colour but I think it would look better with a different type of top. The top is more like day wear and would be quite nice with jeans, leggings or a different style of skirt. I don’t understand why you would put one of those tacky plastic necklaces with it or brown knee-high boots. Incidentally I had a hard time getting those boots off even though they have a slit at the back. I had to use my hot water trick to soften them before they would move.
Despite my criticism of her body and her outfit I do like this doll. I probably wouldn’t pay a lot for one but as I bought her for $A12 I can’t complain. I’ll probably redress her now that I’ve taken pictures. How will she look in Fashion Fever outfits? I think providing they fit at the waist they will be fine as many of them are too short for my taste anyway.We’ll find out for sure at the next Fashion Fever Closet show.
I haven’t decided yet if I will buy a tall or curvy Fashionista. I have seen one tall one whose face I liked but I didn’t really care for any of the curvy ones I saw. I know I probably won’t be buying any of the coloured hair dolls as I don’t care for them. I don’t mind streaks but not all over colour usually. If I change my mind you’ll hear about it on this blog.