In my last couple of SIS posts, I have mentioned that I have been thinking about giving up on this line. The last couple of waves have been OK but they haven’t made me feel like I REALLY NEED to have them, so I’ve purchased what I wanted and left the others. This year, however, somebody has played a blinder with the Baby Phat attired wave.
For starters, we now have articulation. I’ve been wishing for this since the first SIS doll I bought and I’m so pleased that its come to pass – dolls this stylish should be able to pose in a stylish way. And its not just the Baby Phat girls either, there’s an articulated Skating Fun Kara and Kianna, and I’ve also seen an articulated Tennis Fun Grace and Courtney (sadly, only the big girls have the fashionista-esque range of movements though I think). I’ve also noticed that in another break from the norm, both these dolls have been painted with slightly open mouths. I think that this is a nice touch because before these waves I’ve been feeling like I’ve been buying the same SIS dolls over and over in new outfits, so its nice to see some facial differences being introduced.
Anyway, the Baby Phat range also (surprise!) features my favourite doll from this line, Chandra. She has an amazing look in her Chanel-style suit. This is really a dress made to look like a suit, but I suppose this will make it much easier for children to get off and on. She’s also the first Mattel-styled Chandra with curly hair, and I think it looks great. Strangely, this wave does not feature Trichelle, who is usually centre-stage, although I have seen her in the “Animal Print” wave that is also currently for sale (with straight hair, as opposed to her usual tight curls).
The Baby Phat wave is also for sale within the UK. Maybe they are having another go at trying to break the market over here with these dolls? Whatever the reason, I picked these two up for the same price as Fashionistas, although I have noticed that in the few days since my purchase prices have risen steeply. Although this is unfortunate, hey, at least you can get hold of them over here which is a step forward. I’ve imported most of my others, and its a pain waiting round worrying that they might get lost in the trans-contintental post or that maybe import laws have changed again and the bloody Customs and Excise is going to be awkward about letting them through … well, I’m hoping that the price rise means that people over here are buying, proving that there is a viable market over here for this range.
The greatest things about the Baby Phats, though, is that I want all of them. I like them as much as the first Pastry dolls – up until now, I would have said that Pastry wave one was the best SIS wave, but the articulated bodies used for the Baby Phats has swung it for them as far as I am concerned. I still have to purchase the other two – I’m kind of dreading missing them, the way I missed half of the first Rocha wave. But of course I’m not going to let that happen.