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Dolly disappointment

I've had a self-imposed moratorium on buying new dolls for a couple years now, because I don't need to spend the money and I don't have the shelf space. So I haven't even really been looking at them to speak of, and didn't realize that Barbie's body had been overhauled again.

Now, I quite approved of the last redesign. I know perfectly well it was purely for fashion reasons -- it's a little tough to keep hiphuggers on a doll with no hips -- but I was still pleased to see more-sensibly-proportioned Barbies on the shelves. So it was a bit of a shock this morning when I saw this.

Granted, Zoe Saldana's body reflects her ballet background. Many people would deem her too thin at a glance, and she certainly bears no resemblance to Nichelle Nichols' curves. HOWEVER. She is not made entirely of pipecleaners either. WTF, Mattel?

Yeah, I know, Barbie is, like, the longstanding go-to symbol of the problem, so what do I expect? But see above re: they were getting better! And now they're suddenly way, way worse! Arg.

Incidentally, the link comes via cleolinda's most recent "Secret Life of Dolls" post. If you haven't been reading those? Okay, I'm not sure they're quite as funny if you're not a doll person, but I suspect they're still pretty darn funny. And distinctly threatening to the moratorium.

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tytaniaherself
Mar. 14th, 2009 11:36 pm (UTC)
So, Barbie has gone from freakish mutant to anorexic teen with a boob job. Granted, regular human proportions don't read well in doll form. They come across as lacking shape. Some exaggeration is necessary, it's just that the skinny arms and legs don't even look good on the doll.
wiliqueen
Mar. 14th, 2009 11:46 pm (UTC)
Exactly. The previous body sculpt gave a good impression -- similar to the short-lived Jaxx 1:6 dolls from several years back. (They had the Charlie's Angels license; I did a brunette reroot on the Drew Barrymore one for an Ever After custom, but I've never finished her.) Not as detailed, but comparable in proportions. This... I don't know WHAT this is supposed to be.
shadowmaat
Mar. 15th, 2009 05:18 am (UTC)
I'm not a doll person at all, but the Secret Life of Dolls is frickin' hysterical! Better than soaps! LOL!
wiliqueen
Mar. 15th, 2009 01:16 pm (UTC)
Cleo is a comedy genius, I swear.
shadowmaat
Mar. 15th, 2009 06:01 pm (UTC)
Indeed. And if she can actually manage to get wossname to create Vampire Baseball dolls (or a sparklepire) I may be very tempted to at least venture out and ogle them in the store. LOL!
batwrangler
Mar. 15th, 2009 01:25 pm (UTC)
Moritoria are hard. 'Secret Life of Dolls' is brilliant.
wiliqueen
Mar. 18th, 2009 01:08 pm (UTC)
Word.
evil_overlord
Mar. 18th, 2009 12:33 pm (UTC)
O_o I assume you're referring to the belly body...that one was done...well, quite a few years ago. The most recent change was the *shrinking* of said body [as in, the body is now small enough that the clothes for it will fit smaller body types like the Japanese dolls--like Jenny and Momoko--tend to have] WITHOUT shrinking the head. Big Head Syndrome has resulted, and it sucks butt.

**goes to look at the dolls** hmmm..will have to ask around, hers might actually be a new face sculpt. The screening is nice though. [and I am *so* wrong, want to swipe those teeny phasers. LOL] I'm guessing, from the pose alone, that they're using the Model Muse body. Am I the *only* one that LIKES this one? I think I am. Even if sewing for it drives me INSANE. Though I do think the main reason I like this one is the sassy hands-on-hips poses you can do with the Model Muse body. hee

Will go check out the 'secret life of dolls' now. hee
wiliqueen
Mar. 18th, 2009 01:07 pm (UTC)
The most recent change was the *shrinking* of said body

Yeah, this was what I had missed noticing up until now.

Being able to do sassy poses = WIN. Pipecleaner limbs = FAIL.

And I want the props LIEK WOAH.
evil_overlord
Mar. 18th, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
I both like and hate the newer "shrunken" bodies. Like, because since Mattel discontinued the Teen Skipper line, it's a way to get teenager-proportioned bodies. *Don't* like because while the proportions are right, it just doesn't seem "adult" enough to me. I dunno. Ah well, at least the cool clothes I can get to put on my Susies. Should try them on my Teen Skippers too, to see if they fit. [mmm....Generation Girl Tori's a candidate too. She's got a slimmer body as well. hee]

As for the Model Muse bodies...hmmm....having seen one nude helps, I guess. Maybe. **shrugs** 'cause believe it or not the legs *are* proportionate [as in, it's actually got a bit of thigh there]. Really though, it's like Mattel stretched the body out a bit to give the illusion of a tall model. O_o [and hey, at least the body has *some* curves, stick-limbs or not. Most 'supermodels' don't. >_<] Really though, the legs *do* look better than the arms do. I'll get pics when I find one of 'em. hee
wiliqueen
Mar. 18th, 2009 08:53 pm (UTC)
The legs were actually what made me go WTF with the Uhura doll -- if there's any thigh there, it's above the awfully short skirt. Which certainly goes with the "model" thing, but is still...unnerving.
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