Doll Review: Curvy MtM
As I mentioned in a previous post, I ordered one of the curvy, made to move dolls with strawberry blonde hair and I couldn’t wait to share her with you once she’d arrived. If you haven’t already guessed, she has arrived, yay! I apologize for my lack of diorama, I’m still not getting around as well as I’d like to – I’ve even reverted to using my phone to take pictures for this post, to avoid angering my knee too much. It takes quite a bit of effort and time to fiddle with the tripod and, right now, I’m leaning on crutches - OMG, I am a tripod :(
This is the second of my doll reviews, though this one will not be nearly as long as my Hippolyta review, simply because there is no armor/accessories to go over for this doll. She’s part of the play line, rather than Black Label, which automatically makes her less of a collector’s piece. This isn’t a problem for me, because my collector pieces end up being played with, too :)
I’m pleased that Mattel is coming out with a wider range of curvy barbies with additional articulation, but they’re doing it very, very slowly – one per year, or so it seems.
Can that be right? Ouch.
For folks waiting for a specific skin tone to be able to rebody dolls, it might be a long time. Apart from the pink-haired doll, this is the only curvy barbie with 22 points of articulation. Why is that important? Because it opens her up for a wide range of poses that wouldn’t otherwise be possible. And for those of us that love posing our dolls, especially in diorama settings to make them appear more lifelike, posing is a key component.
Yes, I’m aware how spoiled I am - I remember having dolls as a child with stiff limbs and weird legs that would “pop” just to bend them 15 degrees or so. Uhg, knee trouble, I feel ya, Barbie, I really do! These new dolls have no such issues. Just look at that lovely bending knee..so jealous.
When this yet-un-named beauty entered my home, once I unboxed her, I immediately ripped her hands off. I’m not kidding. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m not a fan of generic, made-to-move barbie hands. I replaced them with a spare set of fashion royalty hands. They don’t quite match the skin tone she has, but it’s the lesser of two evils in my mind.
I’m fairly certain I’ve seen this doll’s face sculpt before on other made to move dolls, but her factory paint is reasonably pretty. Still, it’s factory paint, and I do feel like not all dolls are created equal in this regard. That being said, where this doll really shines is her hair.
I have no idea what I’m doing when it comes to styling, but even if I do nothing, this doll has stunning tresses and I hope Mattel comes out with more dolls sporting such lovely scalp-coverings.
You might have noticed that her body isn’t quite the same, proportionally speaking, to fashionista barbie, heroic built barbie, or made to move barbies. For starters, she has much thicker legs; I’m not talking about just her thighs, either, the calves of her legs are significantly larger than her slim counterparts. Oddly, though, it appears that her arms aren’t all that different. I’m guessing that this was done in order to facilitate the possibility of more clothing swaps.
Her torso is also quite a bit wider, but you’ll discover that her tummy is still flat when viewed from the side. That said, her backside is certainly not flat! She has a very shapely derrière and I, for one, am pleased to see it after ages with a bony-bottomed doll.
Eve is lovely, don’t get me wrong, but I have padded her backside, hips, and bust, from time to time, to give her a little more in the curves department.
The real question I have about this doll is: can she share Eve’s clothes?
Curious? Well, you’ll have to stop in for my next post and find out :)
You can find the doll on Amazon.co.uk here .