So, as I just finished my group photos of my last ten Leas, I think its time to move on to another one. I was kind of spoiled for choice, but I decided to feature this beautiul contemporary ballerina while she is still contemporary.
I first saw this doll on Dollsaga, before she was for sale in the UK. I fell in love with her and considered getting her imported immediately, then was glad I didn’t as these dolls then started to show up super-cheap in the discount stores and supermarkets over here. Fair-skinned Leas are relatively rare, and her face paint is simple but perfectly done. Despite her bargain price, she’s not just any old Lea – she’s an absolute cracker. I plan to get another one and give her a pivotal body, maybe restyle her hair.
Having said that, I do want to keep this one on her original body. Yes, the legs are completely inflexible and the arms are permanently cocked at a “ballet” angle, and I have never been a big fan of “always-dressed” dolls. But she can certainly strike a pose beautifully and she was great fun to photograph.
All in all, the appearance of this Lea on the doll market has cheered me up no end. I feel a bit sorry for dolls like poor old Lara, who started off playline and became pretty much collector-only. I worried that Lea was going the same way, overused at the collector end of the market (Lea and Goddess virtually dominate the DOTW lines between them, for instance) and never to be seen at the cheap-as-chips playline end. Perhaps I started thinking this because was a Summer-faced Fashionista and a Mackie-faced Fashionista, but no Lea-faced Fashionista, which was a bit of a disappointment for me. But this lovely Lea almost makes up for her exclusion from their ranks. Keep em coming, Mattel!