Monday, February 19, 2018

New Doll To My Collection!

Hey Gang!
I have recently added two new dolls to my collection...they are 18 and 80!

Both of these dolls I have been looking forward to for a while!  Not enough
this time to chase them down like I did the 2017 Fashionista Petite, Slim and
Broad.  I waited until they showed up at my local Wal-Mart. Today I will
share with you Broad Fashionista Ken #18 Super Stripes!
Mattel Promo Photo!

I wasn't sure when I first saw him on line, already have SIS Darren, if I should
add him to my collection.  That smile wore me down!  I picture OOAK artists

turning him into Luther Vandross! What do you think?
#18 Super Stripes close-up
Mattel Promo Photo
So does he look like the promo? Yes, pretty much! There were five in my 
local Walmart.  Only two did have errors in the hairline that looked like the went 
to a drunk barber! So, what is that 40% or a "F"

Here he is in his outfit.
I like the pieces of the outfit separately but not so sure I would have put him
together like this.  His shirt and pants are well made but maybe his pants are a
little to long for me.  As a big guy, Luther likes his things more tailored!

I notice that guys are wearing pants longer but my guys
won't! His sneakers are basic white Ken sneakers.

I compared SIS  Darren to AA Fashionista Ken 2016.
So let's compare Darren to #18 My Luther Herschel (yup!  he has a last name).

It is the same head sculpt but a little more filled out!

Depending on the photo Darren's eye photo gray/green or lite brown.  Luther's eye are true light brown/hazel

Darren has a higher forehead.  Luther's head is bigger.
Now some of you might know that I really don't like big heads on dolls but on him
it works! He looks better on the broad body than the others I purchase because of it.  I
rebodied my other Broad dolls on to smaller bodies.  I think I will keep him on the
Broad body (hope there will be articulation in the future) and he gets to keep all the
broad clothes!

He is a little darker than Darren.  He is more chocolate!

So as we have come to expect, there are body issues! So are we just excepting body
issues or is Mattel doing anything about it?  Has anyone contacted Mattel about these
issues?  If so, what did they say? I called and complained.  They took my info but
were unable to tell me if someone will get back to me on it.

 Uneven body paint finish on multiple body parts!
This especially show up on arms and legs!
 I circled these and I hope you can see them.
 White spots on the chest and back that won't rub off!

Fashion Show Time!

Luther--Von Vivant!
So let's look at Luther in a few outfits!

Luther was husky as a boy, and considers himself a big guy.
No Fat Albert or Rerun jokes!
Off to work!  This is how you rock the mustard pants!
 Almost there!

 Just hanging out!
 I'm going to take in a movie with my boys!  Maybe Black Panther!
 Great, it starts in ten minutes!
 Taking in an art opening!
 There is so much to do here for Black History Month!

OK, Thanks For Looking!


Black Doll Enthusiast said...

Congrats on #18 and #80. I want the girl but I probably won't add the broad guy because of the Darren head sculpt.

Mattel really needs to improve quality control. Even though the dolls are inexpensive, no one wants flaws of any type, especially uneven complexions.

I like the way you redressed him. I look forward to seeing your review of 80.


Muff said...

Loving all the photos. Looks like you had fun dressing him up.

april_n_paris said...

Congrats on the new dolls. I also like how you've redressed the Darren doll.

D7ana said...

Congratulations on getting those two. I look forward to seeing the new Fashionistas although I know they'll have problems. Sigh.

Was fun to see your Luther redressed. I noticed a G.I. Joe (Tuskegee) jacket; appropriate for Black History Month.

Georgia Girl said...

I am on the fence as to whether or not I will get Luther. If I do, I plan to remove his lip paint. He looks great redressed!

Ms. Leo said...

Thanks for your comments dbg of BDE, Muff, April, D7ana and Georgia Girl!

dbg of BDE and Georgia Girl I understand your reservations. I was planning to pass too. I mainly got him for the body! I plan to use his body with another head as a new character. I don't think I will need an additional body. I will just move the head back an forth. I do like the face even though I have the Darren. I find I do have multiple head sculpts. I can't tell you how many Goddess doll head sculpts I own. The Darren doll's cost has gone up and he is a good OOAK sculpt.

D7ana, thanks and good guess ! Yes it is the jacket but unfortunately I don't have the action figure. I got the jacket in a bag of Joe clothes!

Muff and April I did have fun. It would have been more fun if I could have put my hands on everything I wanted to! I need better organization.

April, have you done any fashions for the broad bodies?