I bought my first Novi Star from a discount shop last month, and I deboxed her today. I planned to take some photos but I wasn’t going to post about her. However, I have to confess that I kind of fell in love with her and I was writing the review in my head anyway, so here we are …
Novi Stars have been going for a fair old while. Initially put them down as a gimmick doll – a very beautiful kind of one-trick pony. The doll markets are saturated with dolls like this, dolls who are lovely to look at but very themed and hard to imagine redressed or restyled. There’s nothing wrong with this at all, and there’s certainly a place for it with adult collectors as well as with children. However when funds are limited it just makes more sense to hold out for the dolls who are going to interest me for more than a week or so … I already buy far too many Monster Highs who sort of fall into this category (maybe this is a bit unfair as MHs’ marvellous poseability makes them interesting to play with and photograph as well as to look at, and I do sometimes do a bit of redressing of my MHs). The upshot is that I’m wary about taking on other contemporary doll lines.
Still. She was on sale. I was feeling in need of some new dollage, and she came home with me.
I do like her dinky size, which I didn’t expect. I’ve been hanging round with Barbie and Sindy for so long that I find it hard to process different size dolls sometimes, but Mae looks cute rather than stunted despite being a similar size to Bratz, who I just can’t get along with. Her hair is wonderfully soft and very good quality, her detail and design are very good. It’s the eyes that get me, though. Even though she has hardly any other features I think that her glitter-filled eyes with their cow-like silver lashes give her a wealth of expression.
It’s just a shame that she doesn’t have more poseability. Her head can be angled, her legs swivel at the hip (she can do the splits) and her arms move at the shoulder, but that’s about it. I think these dolls would be serious rivals for Monster High if they could just make them jointed at the knees, elbows and wrists.
All in all, I think I was wrong. Despite the posing problems she’s a doll who I think I could be interested in long-term. We will see