Yes, the Lea on the shelves at the moment isn’t a Lea at all. She isn’t even a Kayla. She’s a Summer! How bizarre that Mattel recycle the same names over and over … I was wondering today if these “stock” names might have been Mattel employees or something like that? If anybody knows why they do this, please do leave me a comment.
To me, she looks like an updated version of the Cali Girl, what do you think? However, together with her modern look she has gained an unfortunate characteristic that she shares with many modern Barbie dolls – she has what we would call a “wall eye”, an eye that turns slightly outwards from where it should be looking. It’s basically the opposite of cross-eyes, an affliction that has also affected several Lea dolls in the past. Oh well. I don’t mind it too much – I think it makes her look charmingly confused about something.
Of course, I was not going to leave her on that offensive one-bent-arm body, so here she is on a Barbie Style (standard skin tone) that I picked up recently:
(By the way, I really like her stock outfit – the grey teeshirt with the yellow skirt attached – but I looked at this doll for so long before I bought her that I’d got a bit bored of it by the time I got round to taking her picture, which is why I redressed her for the photos).
At the same time that I sorted out Confused Lea, I also rebodied another one of my Lea-faced dolls, Really Rosy Kayla. Here they are together: