I’ve not been posting as much as usual just recently because early winter sunsets make it hard to take decent photos, but tonight I just managed to get home before the light went. Diana Ross has always been one of my Grails, and she is one that I thought I might never get hold of. I don’t have enough money for collector-level dolls often, at least partly because I usually spend my available money on playline as soon as I’ve got it 🙂 so I just couldn’t imagine spending the kind of money she usually commands on one item, and besides, finding her for sale in this country (therefore avoiding the import tax issue) isn’t easy.
I was over the moon when I won her unboxed (just the way I like em) with a slightly soiled dress that seemed to have put the other eBay bidders off. I ended up paying a fraction of the price I thought I was going to have to pay. I still can’t quite believe that I got her – she’s a wonderful, iconic doll. I’m not sure whether I first saw her on Flickr, where photos if her abound, or whether I first saw her in the Black Barbie issue of Italian Vogue, in which she actually got her own article. Wherever it was, I do know that it was love at first sight and I’ve been searching for her ever since.
I love celebrity dolls but they’re often hit and miss – for example, today I was looking at some marked-down One Direction dolls. These dolls are meant to represent young men but in order to make the face distinctive and to try and get a likeness, the sculptor had included lines and facial creases that just make them look too old. This seems to be a common problem with celebrity dolls, and noses are often made proportionally too big too – my collector level Happy Birthday Mr President, who I have now sold on, had a nose kind of like a potato I thought (although I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Marylin doll who truly looks like Marylin, has anybody else seen one?)
Anyway, I believe that Diana does not suffer from any of these problems. Her features are in proportion and she’s not unduly lined, it’s a beautiful sculpt. In our household, opinion is divided as to whether or not she’s a true likeness, I voted yes but Mr Bat voted no. However, I didn’t really care about this very much anyway, as for me, attractiveness is the most important feature of any celebrity doll, not accuracy.
I also love the design of this doll, the simplicity of the outfit and the colour scheme ensures they compliment rather than detracting from her face. The white dress is really very beautiful, I was so pleased when the mark on the bodice washed off with a quick spot clean. I also had to wash one of her hands as it seemed to be covered with some kind of dried mush that might have been digestive biscuit. I’ve wracked my brains trying to imagine how this catastrophe might have come about, but I’m coming up empty. Answers on a postcard please?