My Scene Barbie was introduced by Mattel in 2002 and the Fab Faces line came out in 2006. I have wanted a My Scene Barbie ever since I saw the episode of Project Runway where the challenge was to design clothes for these dolls (see the winning doll and design here).
Fab Faces Kennedy is not a doll I would have picked for her looks, and she's not anywhere near the prettiest of the My Scene dolls, but she's got significant entertainment value:
|My Scene Fab Faces Kennedy|
|What message is this sending?|
This face, in particular, caught my attention:
|What is that? It's like a sad Muppet face.|
Kennedy looks very fancy in the picture:
|Scarlett Johansson meets Jessica Rabbit.|
She looks slightly different in real life:
I find this slightly confusing:
|Am I being ordered to love it?|
It's a little bit too Soup Nazi-ish for me. Tiara for you! Take it and be happy! Besides, that tiara's definitely not going to fit me...maybe it'll fit Felix Charlemagne?
|An extra plastic necklace|
|Lipstick and...a powder puff?|
A cell phone that opens and closes and...is that lip liner?
Ok, this is weird. Kennedy's shoes are sandals, but the skin showing through the straps is actually part of the shoes. Shoes that make her feet seem gigantic. Look:
I can picture an advertisement for these shoes:
|A 'fro pick.|
Here's the tiny tiara (maybe it is meant to go on a ponytail or something?)
Kennedy also comes with an entire extra outfit, which consists of these over designed pink and silver boots:
And also some pink shimmery velour harem pants with a plastic belt and a tank top with painted sparkly jewelry:
|The shirt is very poorly made.|
This accessory is cute--a little dog in a purse! Actually, it's just a dog head attached to a purse. Makes me think of an old-fashioned fox stole or something. I wish the purse opened and the dog was whole and could come out. That would be better.
|There's not even a bulge in the purse where the dog's body should be.|
I don't think the dog is supposed to have that black spot on her face, either.
|Cute little open-toed heels...everything looks fine, right?|
|Wrong! There are tiny little feetsies underneath!|
Buy our cute strappy sandals and your feet will look six sizes larger than they are!
No. Thank you. I am already a size 9.5.
Ok, let's take a quick look at Kennedy's outfit before we get to the good part. She has a lovely peach dress overlain with layers of silver and beige lace. She's also wearing a fake fur stole...that happens to be white. Like her dog head.
|Anyone seen the dog head that goes with this stole?|
|There we go.|
The dress has a silver ribbon halter strap and a silver accent along the bodice. She comes wearing a plastic silver and pink necklace very similar to the extra one. She has long silver plastic dangle earrings and a lopsided tiara that is sewn into her hair.
The back of her hair is a mess:
I tried to brush her hair with a Liv brush, but I think I just made things worse. This hair is a horrendous mass of curls. The more you brush it, the more it frizzes and falls out.
The mane of hair hides the buttons that control Kennedy's changing expressions. If you push a button, it moves a mechanism in Kennedy's head which contorts her rubber face into different shapes. These buttons are very long and not at all subtle:
Yikes. I can't help but think of daggers when I look at these long buttons. That or some strange twist on the movie Alien where creatures come bursting out of someone's torso.
|Happy, Mopey, Laughy, 'Fraidy and Sly.|
Under the dress, her body is reasonably posable. She has 6 points of articulation, including the internal clicking knee joints that I like so much. Her neck does not move, which makes sense given the complicated face mechanism. Her body is plastic, but her legs and face are rubbery.
|Her arms do not bend.|
|From here, the buttons on her back look like a dog paw print.|
Ok, now the part you've been waiting for. Here's Kennedy's normal face:
This face does some very interesting things to her profile:
Ok, what about this button? I am a little nervous about making Kennedy sad at this point...
|Girlfriend is mad.|
|But I want an Oompa loompa now, Daddy!|
|That has got to be the happy button.|
|Ah! Hide the children!|
|Where'd her teeth go?|
|You and your little dog, too!|
This last expression looks really cute on the button--kind of an innocent, beguiling half-smile:
|Or, you know, a cheesy pick-up line face.|
|...with devil horns.|
Much to my delight, you can also mix and match faces. Here's angry with a half smile:
|These shoes make my feet look big.|
|Kennedy seeing JAMIEshow Lee for the first time.|
And my personal favorite, angry mixed with happy:
|Oh, I've got you now, sucker.|
Her rubber face attracts dust like you wouldn't believe. This could be a significant problem for a child who had this doll lying around their room most of the time.
So, what are the practical benefits of this doll? Well, she comes with two outfits and two pairs of shoes, and these can be shared around with several other brands of doll. Here's the extra outfit on Kennedy:
It is very hard to get the tight-fitting pants on over her rubbery legs.
|She can only wear tops with low backs.|
Also--do you notice the shedding hair everywhere?
|The colors look great on her.|
|Including the huge shoes.|
|They look like they're on the wrong feet, but |
they look this way no matter how I put them on.
|Very flattering on her.|
Liv dolls can wear the cute dress...
...and the other outfit, too, although the pants are a bit big. The shoes do not fit Sophie. Her feet are too big. Despite looking huge, the shoes actually have tiny openings.
My ITBE doll can wear the dress, too. I am not going to try the pants on her because she has those same rubbery high-friction legs.
The dress fits the Stardoll head's new Obitsu body, too!
Bottom line? This was a weird, slightly creepy but admittedly fun doll to review. I got a huge kick out of her unique face changing mechanism (and now I am tempted to do surgery and see how that apparatus works!). It's a really neat idea. I don't find any of her faces especially attractive, though. Her normal face actually borders on offensive to me with the open mouth and over-done makeup. My favorite expression is probably the angry face, just because it is well done and very unique in the doll world. I am not sure what kind of imaginary game that face would promote, though. Kennedy pitching a fit at the mall? Kennedy breaking up with Ken?
Kennedy comes with a nice dress, a stole and some pants that can be shared around with lots of other dolls. The tank top is poorly made and not very useful. While Kennedy's shoes are fashionably designed and can be shared by other Barbies, I am not sure that any other Barbies want to wear these foot-magnifying clodhoppers.
To me, all of the little plastic items that come with Kennedy (and there are a lot of them!) are pretty useless, although I can see how they might appeal to someone with a Barbie house or diorama. I'd have rather seen her come with better articulation or more manageable hair.
It just comes down to the novelty of the face and how much that is worth to you. For me, the laughter in the house, my satisfied curiosity and the versatile little outfits all made this purchase worth $11. If you enjoy collecting strange and unique dolls, particularly if you leave them mint in their boxes (to avoid this doll's easily tangled hair and dust-magnet face), a Fab Faces doll is probably something you want to consider. If you're shopping for your child, or are just curious about the changing face, I'd steer away from paying much more than $20 for one of these strange characters.