|Weekend Hang TJ|
I decided to debox the Weekend Hang TJ that I received for Christmas. He has articulated knees only. He is dressed in his original outfit: black skull cap, black sleeveless shirt, green jogging pants, and white low-top sneakers with red stripes.
After deboxing, a comparison with my fully articulated Night Out TJ followed. I was surprised by their differences.
|Weekend Hang is 1/2 inch taller than Night Out TJ|
Night Out (NO) TJ is a full one-half inch shorter than Weekend Hang (WH) TJ! Their bodies are completely different. The stock number stamped on their lower backs differs, which proves the company used different bodies for the two versions. NO's number is: 130615349186. WH's number is: 121008350199.
|Night Out TJ and Everyday Dwayne|
|TJ reminds me of Calvin Lockhart, best known for his role as "Biggie Smalls" in the 1975 movie, Let's Do It Again, with Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier.|
Back to where I was: The differences between TJ and Dwayne are Dwayne's reddish-brown complexion, sandy brown flocked hair, and their bodies differ, with again different stock numbers on their backs. Dwayne's number is 130615340916. Like Weekend Hang TJ, Everyday Dwayne's articulation is at the knees only.
|Height comparison, Night Out TJ and Everyday Dwayne; as illustrated in this image and in their headshot above, Dwayne is the taller of the two.|
While Night Out TJ and Dwayne both measure 12 inches from head to toe with their shoes on, Dwayne is a smidgen taller than NO TJ but also shorter still than WH TJ. The following photo, where the guys style and profile, illustrates their differences in height.
|L-R: The Kenya Fashion Madness Guys - Night Out TJ, Weekend Hang TJ, and Everyday Dwayne. WH TJ has borrowed NO TJ's shades because, "He's gotta wear shades."|
Issues, Issues, Issues and More Issues:
Weekend Hang TJ has better control of his knee joints than either doll. His knees only bend when manipulated. The one I received, like most of the dolls, did have issues. One of his eyebrows has a drop of brown paint on it. If the paint had been straight or angled onto his eyebrow and not round, it would almost look as though he shaved a portion of it. His head was loose, but for some reason difficult to turn. I pushed it down snugly to eliminate the looseness, but I have to almost use force to turn it from one side to the other. Even after pushing his head down onto his body, he's still taller than the others. So while many might crave full articulation, if these guys' over-sized heads is not a turn-off, those who prefer height, might opt for WH over NO TJ and Everyday Dwayne.
Dwayne did not arrive without issues. There are gaps in the seams on his feet; one foot is worse than the other. While his legs don't bow like NO TJ's, the knees do not lock in place when standing straight causing his lower leg to extend forward (hyperextend). This cannot be done, nor would I want to do it, with WH TJ's more sturdy legs.
|If not positioned just right, Everyday Dwayne's legs tend to sway backward.|
An assessment of the two Keyshia's I purchased will follow. In the meantime, the Fashion Madness Kenya line, playscale males and females, can be summed up as follows: Until you open the dolls' boxes, you won't know what you have. The chances of getting a doll without issues is slim. Flaws and inconsistencies from one doll to the next has been the norm for me. Am I unhappy that I purchased or received as gifts? No. Would I have preferred perfect dolls? Absolutely!
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