Remember in my Hard Rock Lea post, I said that I was awaiting the delivery of another red-headed Lea? Well, here she is. I first saw Secret Spells Kayla on eBay, nude and unnamed, and I thought she was gorgeous, in a kind of pre-Raphaelite way – unfortunately the seller wasn’t shipping to my country. When I finally found out that she is Barbie’s Pagan/ Wiccan friend, I was even more eager to find her. Strange thing about this doll – new and boxed, she is attracting collector doll prices, but because she was only released in 2003, you can still sometimes find her second hand and usually cheap (that is, unless some other Lea collector starts bidding as well).
Though this playline range (there is also a Secret Spells Christie and of course, Barbie) was released on the back of the success of popular series like Charmed and Buffy, I still find it hard to believe that Mattel aligned themselves with the dark side. They must have known that a lot of Christians would be outraged. Do a google search about this if you get time, its an education on how strongly some people still feel that any allusion to witchcraft is evil. Just doing a bit of blurb about how the Secret Spells girls (also known as Charm Girls) only use their powers for good really wasn’t enough to get Mattel off the hook.
My Secret Spells Kayla came with her original clothes but without her cauldron and potion bottles (I’m not kidding). The dolls in this range have a “daytime look” and a magical gown that can be incorporated into this. I couldn’t bring myself to photograph this fabulous doll in this gown as its very playline indeed, so she’s shown in her daytime look. However, I did use the gown as a background as I quite like the pseudo-japanese hippy butterfly print round the bottom.