|Detail from Kid Connection Fashion Boutique package|
Recently, it seems that the availability of black dolls is a significant economic indicator. For the last five years, despite the popularity of Mattel’s So In Style line, there has been a relative drought in black fashion dolls. This year, however, both discounters located in predominantly black neighborhoods and major retailers throughout the Atlanta metro region seem to be stocking more black dolls. This weekend I indulged in a black doll-buying spree at the Toys R Us near the affluent northern suburb of Alpharetta. I purchased Disney’s Chyna Parks, an articulated Bratz Catz Sasha, and Robecca Steam, the new bronze toned Monster High character. Nor did I have to dig through stacks of white dolls to unearth these ladies. There were three or four more of each on the shelves. (Note: These dolls are currently on the "layaway" shelf in my closet until I can squeeze money from some corner of the budget to redeem them so I can't take any pictures of them yet).
This afternoon I found myself in the Walmart on Memorial Drive in Decatur, GA. According to Zip Atlas.com, the population of the 30032 zip code where this Walmart is located is 89.37% African American. Yet I have often had trouble finding the So In Style dolls there, let alone other black fashion dolls. Today, however, I was pleasantly surprised to see this store brand sister:
Before the Recession, I had bought some black store brand action figures at Walmart. Yet there never seemed to be any black fashion dolls in their store brand lines. I guess someone finally realized our money is as green as everyone else’s. When I finally got home and deboxed my new doll, I was even more pleased to see that the quality of the doll and her clothes was equivalent to that of clones I purchased before the recession.
I was expecting a hollow plastic body with stiff legs. Instead this doll has a sturdy twist and turn body with bendable knees:
Her arms extend to the sides as well as swinging forward and back and her thick, firmly rooted hair is so attractively styled that I may leave it alone instead of scalping her so she can wear wigs:
After her bath, mademoiselle smoothed her hair with her 1:6 scale vanity set:
Then she was ready to model the gowns that came in her wardrobe.
The styles are insipid but the fabrics are fairly sensuous to the touch.
With six fashions to choose from, you could dress a prom queen and her court.
I like the flower detail on this neckline.
Yet another pink gown is overkill
but girlfriend came with some serious bling too:
Still the spangled tulle over skirt on this blue gown actually covers the back as well as the front:
This white satin number could double as a wedding gown if you add a veil.
Although mademoiselle is one of the most cooperative models I have worked with, the light was fading so we didn't have time to showcase her shoes
Or her purses.
Nevertheless this product should provide hours and hours of play value. Thanks to Walmart, I think Santa will be able to make some little girls who live in zip code 30032 very happy.