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The Toy Zeigeist

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DapperMan's back you nerds.

Well, not in the same sense. This thread isn't primarily (or even secondari...ly) for toy reviews, but I generally always have things to say about toys new and old. This is where I'll put such thoughts.

To reiterate a few things I've said before; I'm always apprehensive about starting new threads on here, but I think my track record so far has actually been pretty good! I might not continue them in infinite perpetuity, but they last long and I manage to break second pages often!

In addition, I have always wanted to make sure that one day, I'll look back and find that I've collected nearly all of something really cool. That's how I feel about my retro Bakugan collection. When I buy stuff myself, I'll mention it here, but I'll try and make pictures baie few and far between.

*baie means very in Afrikaans and it's creeping into my day to day language very quickly
*I'll probably add a thread header to either this post or the next when I come up with a good idea for it

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  • there's a line of "little sisters" (how do all these doll characters always have little sisters?) called Hairdorables Shortcuts who look even more deranged than the most open-mouth serial-killer,
    Like this?:
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    They're worse, I assure you;

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    Now for a small image dump because there isn't much to say.

    Before there was Cuties, there was the Bratz Babyz Milk Carton reboot;

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    It's fitting that these came with their faces plastered on milk cartons because that's the fate of genuine children who creepy adults would fantasize about in this fashion.

    In fact I'm not wholly convinced I'm not distributing inflammatory images right now.

    The Bratz Babyz lines from before this ill-thought-out reboot weren't much better, but this was taking things to a very bad extreme.

    Are you a male Hasbro doll? Would you like removable fabric pants instead of molded on perma-pants, even if you're the hero of the story?

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    Well, all you need to do is come in a giant multi-pack that runs upwards of $69 dollars!

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    And sometimes they can't help you even then! Poor Will Smith Genie...

    The new Rainbow High animated web-series started!, and it's quite the ambitious project. First up was showing off the first-floor prefects, who make life for our six protagonists a waking nightmare: the "A"s (Aisnley, Avery -ie the doll up there somewhere- and Aidan).

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    I particularly like Aidan's horrid sparkly see-through shirt. All boys in these shows should dress like this.

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    Ainsley is meant to be the "goth" girl of the group, but I guess her eye make-up didn't get the memo. I know Avery's hair is meant to be fabulous and tinsel-tastic, but the CG of it looks quite something.
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    I finally got round to taking those pictures of Bratz Babyz Yasmin!

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    It's just the outer shots of the box, but I think they're worth noting. I like that the handle to her box features her "icon" (a frog) and also a little guide of what Bratz Babyz products were available so you immediately forget about what you have in your hands to daydream about what could be...

    The art is really weird with these Hair Flair dolls, and a lot of the later Bratz Babyz releases share it, but the art on the booklet -the original art- is pretty good.
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    For some reason I only recently watched Polly Pocket: 2 Cool at the Pocket Plaza, which is the only animated Polly Pocket original video animation before the Pollyworld! movie. That movie is still one of my top 10 animated movies based on a fashion doll line.

    I wonder if I should write out that top 10 sometime.

    Archiving post from IJBMU;



    I have just finished watching Polly Pocket: 2 Cool at the Pocket Plaza on a nostalgic lark. It is the first ever animated Polly Pocket special, which introduces her cousin Pia Pocket.

    Finding out that My Scene is just a TV show in the Polly Pocket universe is quite disturbing.

    I also updated my Hairdorables post somewhat, and I'm considering doing the same for my Kuu Kuu Harajuku post.
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  • For a minute I thought that skirt was supposed to be some kind of bird cage.
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    That would be a cool idea for a music video or something.

    Since Cinderella is only the first, it's possible that Belle's set will be centered around a rose and that might sort of look like a birdcage.
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    Unbox 7! Surprises including exclusive but credible rumors of slave labor!
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    5040 surprises is a lot

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    For some reason I felt like doing this.

    My Top 10 Bratz dolls

    Now, Bratz was a big part of my childhood and teen years. I loved Bratz dolls, and I ended up eventually having quite a bit (though I missed a lot of the early stuff). There were lots of Bratz dolls over the years, and I thought it would be fun to go through all of them to see which ones were my absolute favorites.

    If you don't know what Bratz is, they were a series of teen dolls made by the upstart (now juggernaut) MGA Entertainment. The line followed Cloe, Yasmin, Jade and Sasha (as well as their about 200 other friends, including Boyz) and their adventures in their hometown of Stilesville and beyond.

    Without further ado, let's begin in reverse order!

    10. Bratz Party Jade



    There was no way I would do this list without including something from the post-2010 reboot from when MGAE regained the license from the brief period during which Mattel owned it. When these dolls came out, I was in a bit of a nippy phase and so I just basically hated everything.

    There were legitimate reasons to hate the stuff that came out later. The hair quality was bad, outfit quality was questionable and there was a missing "spark" that is also present here. Similarly, the dolls were very conservatively dressed and covered up, as if this was a Moxie Girlz line that had been repurposed for Bratz.

    However, the Party dolls did still make an impression on me, and I liked several. I really love Jade's jacket with the East-Asian inspired closures and her poofy pink skirt, though her second outfit leaves a lot to be desired. She even comes with that detestable high-heeled sneaker mold that became prominent in later years (here in pink).

    I think this line was designed by Youngsin Kwon, a half-Korean designer/creative director who is basically the explanation for why MGAE's doll lines from later years had oddly K-Pop theme songs (like Novi Stars). MGAE CEO Isaac Larian may be a typical square with a foul mouth on LinkedIn, but he's good at picking winners in the cultural market. MGAE basically predicted the coming of mainstream K-Pop in a way.

    9. Bratz Forever Diamondz Sharidan



    I hope there isn't an obvious pattern to my choices in terms of characters, but here's yet another raven-haired character. I actually don't like the Bratz Forever Diamondz line much, and this isn't even because I never owned any of them (if I owned a doll, I'll mention it, most of these I never owned). Something about everybody having the same repetitive look in Bratz didn't fly as well as it does in a line like My Scene.

    But there's something about the color combination on Sharidan that really elevates her look. I'll even forgive the dangly earrings and random inclusion of a pair of bare feet, which was also a big trend with Bratz at the time.

    8. Bratz Genie Magic Meygan



    When I started out thinking this through, I certainly never thought any Meygan dolls would make the list. I was never a big fan of her, she just seemed wishy-washy in terms of being a character since she was the first one introduced after the main four but never attained main character status.

    I also don't really love the Genie Magic line that much, but the color combination for her first outfit is just pretty stunning to me. I love the teal skirt a lot. What really makes her "Top 10" material for me are those giant knee-high boots that come with her second outfit. They're epic, and I don't think any other iteration of them works as well as this one.

    7. Bratz Fashion Stylitz Leah



    Several options on this list are actually characters who weren't my favorite from the line initially, but after much thought actually turned out to be the best. Funnily enough, if this is the case I'll tend to gravitate towards a dirty blonde character.

    Here we have Leah, who is a Bratz character I did actually like (mainly because I owned her Play Sportz Skateboarding doll, otherwise I wouldn't even actually remember her name). Fashion Stylitz was an epic line overall, not just in the final looks but also the super-cute utility belts each doll came with. I would have picked Yasmin, but her head-scarf is somehow off-putting. I'd initially picked Cloe from this line, but whilst her look is great, it's somehow vaguely simple.

    I think Leah's skirt length and bustier really make her the best of the bunch. There's something really cool and glamorous about being behind-the-scenes of fashion, and I think this line captures that whole concept perfectly.

    6. Bratz Ooh La La Dana



    I knew this list wouldn't be complete without an Ooh La La doll, specifically Kumi!

    Oh uh, wait.

    Well yeah, after examining the two dolls closely, I found that I preferred the Ooh La La Dana doll. Her dirty blonde hair and somewhat muted outfit really sold the look to me. I like the concept of this line a lot; a trip to France (where everybody is dressed like they're about to shout "Ma Cherie!" at the top of their lungs for no reason).

    It really captured my imagination as a kid, and it actually still does today (albeit with a concern for that jarringly high skirt length).

    5. Bratz Sweet Dreamz Pajama Party Yasmin



    I knew this list wouldn't be complete without a Sweet Dreamz Pajama Party doll, specifically Kumi!

    Wait, no way. Again?

    Well, yeah. In general, Bratz didn't do pink very well, but when it worked, it was always on Yasmin. Whilst the Kumi from this line is pretty great, Yasmin has a great color combination with the green detailing, and that blonde/brunette subterfuge makes her a standout Yasmin.

    Bratz was chock full of sleepover lines, and whilst many people have fond memories of the lines where they have a bit more clothing like Sleepover or Nighty Nite, I find that the PJs of this line are very indicative of the time. You could totally see a character from The Clique rocking one of these outfits.

    4. Bratz Rock Angelz Jade



    This list wasn't going to be complete without at least one of the Bratz Rock Angelz. This was the first time, I think, that Bratz proved it was truly versatile and could be a doll line that could adapt to any concept. As a fan of the Avril/scene aesthetic, this line really spoke to me. Not just in doll form, but with all the amazing artwork that came with it.

    So why Jade? I think her white hair is what really puts her over the top. Her pseudo-monochrome look just works very well.

    3. Bratz Passion 4 Fashion (Wave 4) Yasmin



    The only Bratz foll on this line from the later years before the 2010 'reboot'. All I know is the first time I saw this Yasmin, I knew she was an epic doll. The flowy pink babydoll combined with all that lace was basically an unbeatable combo for me. I know it's basically a rework of several things, including the original Moxie Girlz Sophina top, but on Yasmin it just works.

    Her second riding outfit, once again, left much to be desired being a later on release.

    I'd venture to say that this wave of Passion 4 Fashion, which was basically a mish-mash of lots of different lines (including three new characters) was probably it's best ever incarnation.

    2. Bratz Girlz Really Rock Jade



    A doll from right before the 'later' years took hold, it's yet another Rock-themed Jade? What's not to love? The black/pink combo, the little space buns, the stripey socks? She's basically perfect right down to the little plastic zippers on her skirt and those cool chunky boots.

    I didn't really mention accessories for a lot of these dolls, but Jade's guitar here has to be the coolest possible Bratz accessory. Her keyboards not too bad to have around either.

    Once again, her second outfit is something I'd rather not have. I actually had this doll, and the mesh on her first look (which I love) made it very hard to get that top on and off with her finicky, rubberized-plastic fingers.

    1. Bratz Princess Yasmin



    Whilst Bratz Rock Angelz is a seminal line for the Bratz series, I have no qualms in saying that the best ever overall Bratz doll line was Bratz Princess. The way that it combined the playful, out there style that Bratz had come to encapsulate with the softer looks of the princess aesthetic was absolutely perfect.

    And of this most perfect of lines, Yasmin was the most brilliant of them all. Her color combos with the pink/purples and her black, diamond studded shoes just made it impossible to pick anybody else. Funnily enough, this Yasmin was also one of my first ever Bratz dolls.
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