Guess what? Tonight, I’m writing my 400th post! So, I wanted to share something special and I thought a beautiful new Lea might fit the bill …
I was excited when I found out that there was to be a second ultra-budget ballerina released, a follow-up to last year’s ballet-themed Lea. She’s similar to the last release, but more “doll-like” and sweet-looking, with heavy under-eye lashes and more pink in her makeup. I’m very pleased that she’s clearly different and I love this new face. Of course, Lea dolls are generally pretty collectable anyway, but some of the most sought-after Leas have the same pale skin, dark hair and doe eyes and I wonder if this has influenced her design – what do you think, have Mattel set out to create a collectable budget doll? Or have they just picked a pretty look that coincidentally appeals to collectors?
Anyway, I will be keeping one version on the original body as I did last time, although since deboxing I’m kind of tempted not to because she has a neck fixing that only gives her limited head movement. The poor love can only move her head from side to side, she can’t look up or down or tilt her head at all. This wasn’t the case with the last Ballerina, and its really annoyed me – I’ve found that dolls with fixed head positions are quite hard to photograph, as how we hold our heads are a really big part of how we express ourselves so its very difficult to get a lifelike pose.
Regardless of this, I do actually quite like her heavily molded Ballet body. I know that molded- or painted-on clothes are not usually popular with collectors (I’ve moaned about it enough myself at times) but still, I think its been nicely done. One thing I particularly like about this doll is the corset-style “closure” at the back of her bodice:
Just a shame that they stamped her credentials on her back just above it, though … I also quite like the little flower-and vine motif which is molded down each side of her leg, which is something that the last doll did not have:
However, I have noticed that the ribbon from her bodice which is headed around the back of her neck never gets there, it just stops in the middle of her shoulder. They put enough thought into this doll to design her ballet shoes perfectly, with creases where the fabric meets the sole, but they forgot to continue the ribbon around to the back of her neck? Strange.
Anyway, I’m delighted to see Lea in the playline area again, and have high hopes that this will continue. Would it be too much to ask for a fairy or a mermaid next time, Mattel? If so, please feel free to continue churning out the gorgeous ballerinas …