I probably should have saved this Lea for the next Lea post (my 50th!). Every Lea is special,as far as I am concerned, but Monte Carlo is especially special – she’s rare, classy, collector-level, sought-after and beautiful. Getting hold of her had been on my to-do list for years when I stumbled across her for a good price, out of the box but mint and with all her outfits and accessories.
Isn’t she gorgeous? I have thought long and hard about rebodying her, as I always seem to get more use out of my rebodied dolls. I decided against it in the end for two reasons. Firstly, her hands have nails with a french manicure:
This Lea, released in 2006, is designed to showcase a series of outfits and accessories which suit the “Monte Carlo” theme, and they really are beautiful. In fact, this has been a reminder for me about just how good doll clothes can be. I spend much of my time on playline and I don’t collect vintage so it’s easy for me to forget how different quality items are, as I don’t see many of them. The attention to detail and the realism are wonderful.
There’s just a wealth of stuff that comes with her. Three bags!! Plus two pairs of shoes, a pair of stockings, a necklace, a scarf, a belt, and a compact and a swimsuit. Added to these are the two main outfits – I enlisted Fan Bingbing to help model them:
The only downside to this set is the time and effort it takes to get a doll into any of these clothes. Playline may be cheap and cheerful, but at least it’s made with small, impatient hands (even smaller and more impatient than mine) in mind – these clothes are more like a logic puzzle, or maybe an endurance test. Still, both in terms of the clothes and in terms of the long-antipicated purchase, this time around it certainly seems to be a case of “good things to those who wait”. She was worth it.