The Liv for Color line is priced at $10.99 and the Brites are $19.99, so with this in mind, I am going to de-box Brites Alexis and then we'll compare what you get with her to what came with Liv for Color Katie and see if it's worth the cash. Sound good?
First things first, time to get Alexis out of the box.
There's a lot more plastic with this line than the Liv for Color line:
She was actually pretty easy to get out of there...except for the hair. Everything else was held in with those little rubber bands and then the hair was nailed down with plastic tags and thread and all of that:
The wigs sheds a bit, but not too bad:
Here's everything you get:
The brush is a little different from the older brushes--its smaller, and Alexis can hold it. The older, more flexible hands can hold the brush better. To me, the important things here are the sunglasses, the dress, the shoes and the wig. Maybe the bracelets would be really fun for a little girl, but they look pretty small!
Here's Alexis all brushed and cleaned up:
The wig is super long and very soft, but it doesn't look exactly like the one on the back of the box:
Under that wig, Alexis is hiding her pixie cut in a kind-of terracotta orange:
The paint on the shoes is a little sloppy, and they aren't the shoes shown on the box, but they look fine. This might be a good time to mention that the shoes are easier to get on and off without articulation in the ankle, so that's one plus for the new body.
I love the sunglasses!
So, if you are unhappy with everything about the doll, this is what you get for your $20:
An older Katie models it to see if it looks good on other dolls:
I think it looks great on first wave Sophie with those bright eyes!
|I need to try this set on a newer Sophie! Very pretty.|
Ok, now let's compare that to what you get with the Liv for Color Katie who I de-boxed yesterday:
The wig is really loose on Katie...maybe this is just a fluke?
And on Sophie (the wig is really loose on her, too):
And here are the dresses and wigs side-by-side:
In the end, it just comes down to personal preference. I like the material, colors and design of the Brites dress a lot more. It seems special. The color and length of the orange wig make it unique--I don't have any other wigs like it. The pink dress is cute, but it's very simple, it's made of polyester that snags easily and it doesn't quite match the wig. I already have a few pink wigs very similar to this one.
Neither dress is quite as nice as this:
I can't remember what this retailed for, though...maybe $14.99? But it doesn't have a wig. Wigs cost $5.99 on their own. If my prices are right, the dress above (which comes with shoes) and a new wig would cost about $21.00 (that's a lot!!).
There's one more factor involved here. If you like one of the new girl's heads, it could pretty easily be swapped onto an older body. So, the question is, are the heads worth something or are they also headed to the thrift store?
|Does her lower lip look really big?|
Again, this is all about personal preference. I like Alexis quite a lot. I think Katie is a bit vacant in this version, but I could totally understand someone loving her bright lipstick and pink painted hair. I will probably swap this Alexis head onto another body and dress her in the orange outfit and wig, but I am giving away Katie as a whole.
What do you guys think? Would you pay $11 for the pink clothes and wig? Would you pay $20 for the orange set? Would you keep the head(s)?
I wonder if most Liv collectors like the new body and I am in the minority here. If so, that's actually good. If not, a lot of naked and/or headless Liv dolls are going to end up in the thrift store or in the garbage.
Perhaps in the end what really bothers me here is that I have seen this type of thing again and again in the doll world. A new kind of doll is released and it is extremely well made and has all kinds of cool new features that are really exciting. Then, as time goes on, more and more shortcuts are taken. Features are lost. Maybe the clothes aren't made as well anymore, or you don't get as many accessories for the same amount of money. The materials get cheaper. The quality control slips.
It could be that part of the explanation for what happened to Liv dolls this year is that they ended up appealing to a younger crowd than Spin Master first anticipated. I do think dolls with fewer joints are probably easier to manage for the little ones. This "big one" loved the joints, though. I like the idea of bringing the flexibility of high-end fashion dolls to a play line so that kids can experience the realism and posing potential of this type of doll. It is sad for me to see the extra joints removed from Liv dolls...I'm hoping they'll be back some day.