Here are three more celebrity dolls with an Aussie flavour.
- Jakks Pacific Kylie Minogue Silva Nemesis 2003
- Funtastic Hi Five Charli Robinson 2000
- Funtastic Hi Five Kathleen de Leon 2000
Kylie Minogue is an Australian singer and actress. She’s had a long career starting with a part in the long running soap, Neighbours. She went on to pursue a career in music and is considered an Australian icon. I know that Kylie is also very popular in the UK but I’m not sure about the USA. Anyway, Jakks Pacific produced two Kylie dolls. One, the World Music Awards doll in a red dress was reviewed by JenJoy. I have left a link at the end of this post. This doll is the other one, Silva Nemesis.
I have to agree with Jen that while this dolls face was scanned from Kylie it has rather harsh lines and makes her look older than she was at the time.
Other than that, it is a well-made doll as you’d expect from Jakks Pacific. This one arrived very dirty and with holes in her arms and legs which I am sure were not done by the manufacturer. An interesting feature is that her arms are not jointed.
Hi Five was an Australian children’s television show produced from 1998-2012. Over it’s run it had a varying cast of young entertainers. I believe there was a US version of the show as well. I don’t know a great deal about the dolls although I do remember seeing them in the shops in the early 2000s. There are two Hi Five dolls amongst The 180. Charli and Kathleen.
I was put off doing anything with Charli for a long time because her hair was so tangled and felt very coarse. I really didn’t want to pull out her original pigtails because I am not very good at recreating hairstyles. In the end I took out the ones that the bands had broken on and sectioned the hair with tiny clips. I washed it and used a lot of hair conditioner and in the end, she came out quite well. Her hair has a bit of a shine now. As I didn’t have her original outfit I dressed her jeans and a top. I’m quite pleased with the result.
Kathleen de Leon
This is one of the dolls that I misplaced and held me up from finishing this post. I found her when I went to get my box of dolls for Fashions Around The World. I had probably popped her in there to use as a model. I didn’t stop to redo her hair or anything so she may get restyled before her fashion shoot. Her outfit is quite nice, in fact I like that top so much that I might steal it and give her something else.
I’m familiar with Kylie Minogue, but didn’t know there were dolls in her likeness. Even with facial scanning, many celebrity dolls don’t have a good resemblance to the people. I like the Jakks Pacific doll bodies, but the facial features often seem harsh and there’s not much articulation. Still they can be quite appealing.
I’ve never heard of Hi-Five so I appreciated seeing these two dolls. They are really cute! You did a fabulous job on Charli’s hair and the outfits are very nice. Sadly, I don’t think these dolls made it over to North America.
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No, I don’t imagine they did.
I agree the doll of Kylie does not do her justice. Jen was right that the face looks too hard lined and makes her look older. Kylie is in her fifties now and still looks amazing. It is not always easy to recreate a real person in doll form. I have quite a few, some are better than others. I have Twiggy, Farrah, all the Charlie’s Angels and all the Spice Girls to name a few.
It isn’t easy to make a good likeness I think Farrah was quite good, the swimsuit one anyway.