I was completely delighted to find this boxed Amazing Nails Kayla for under a tenner on eBay. I’ve noticed that the lovely Amazing Nails Lea attracts a fair old bit of attention because she was the “first Lea ever”, but for some reason the same observation is rarely made about Kayla, who uses the same face sculpt.
AN Kayla is a strange-looking creature – pretty, but strange. Her light-coloured eyes contrast sharply with her dark skin and just to top it all off, she has long, straight electric auburn hair. Racially, she’s impossible to categorise. Her outfit is the same as the other AN dolls’, giving her a look that’s kind of Psychedelic Stripper. Her shoes are quite possibly the highest Barbie shoes I have ever seen, and its them I blame for her deformed ankles. I noticed the same bent out of shape lower legs on AN Lea and wrote it off as the result of inappropriate storage as she was in played-with condition, but now I’ve seen the same thing on new-out-of-the-box Kayla, I presume that its a fault on this line generally. Its her jacket that really interests me. The see-through jacket is kind of clumsy-looking, but there’s method behind its construction as its other function is to store the child-size false nails that come with this doll. There’s something quite gruesome about the idea of a Barbie adorned with false nails, in fact its nearly as sinister as the idea of children wearing them. Each to their own and everything and I hate to wax all moral, but … ewww.
Anyhoo, I’m very pleased to now have both the Lea sculpts from this line, even though my AN Lea did not come with her original outfit. Here they are reunited:
One last thing: as well as the great box pictures, one of the great things about buying boxed dolls (if you are a deboxer, that is) is that you never know what you are going to find inside. As well as the doll and about a ton of false nails, stampers and nail stickers, I found some instructions:
And I also found a Fashion Avenue Flier for a swimsuit line called “Splash”:
The middle doll in the above group appears to be a Kira/ Miko. I don’t know loads about this sculpt, but I was surprised to see her on a modern-style body as I’ve never seen this before. Do we think she might be a prototype?