|Sparkle Girlz fashion display box and $1.97 fashions at Walmart (please excuse the phone camera photos).|
I went to Walmart to see if the Sparkle Girlz playscale fashions by Funville were in stock. I almost left the store empty-handed until I went back down the aisle where I had seen the mini Sparkle Girlz dolls the first time. On double-checking, there they were, right next to the minis where I had completely overlooked them initially. Who knew they would be in a box and not hung from a rack?
Relieved, I removed the fashions from the display box to see how many different ones were available before separating them into groups onto an empty shelf to photograph. I wanted to capture all that were available since I knew I was not going to purchase one of each even though I came pretty close. There were a total of 24. Mattel has never offered this much variety in Barbie fashions at one given time.
Below are the poorer and poor quality photos I took with my phone camera before deciding on which fashions I would purchase.
|I purchased the fashion with the tartan plaid skirt, 2nd row, 2nd from left There is a better photo of this fashion later.|
The first group photo above is the worst of the in-store photos. The others are better, but not much. All except one of the fashions in the above blurry photo were left behind.
I selected several from this second picture, above, and even more from the final in-store photo below.
I selected a total of 16. Some are duplicates that will be sent to my niece. I wanted to also purchase a Black Sparkle Girlz fashion doll for her but there were only blondes available. After carting the fashions, I noticed two Walmart associates at the end of the aisle. I asked one about the doll's availability.
Me to 1st Woman: Excuse me, do you know if there are any more African American Sparkle Girlz in stock?
1st Woman to the 2nd: Do you know, (then turning to me) what kind of doll?
Me to the 2nd Woman: African American Sparkle Girlz, the Barbie size.
2nd Woman: You mean the ones in the cone? [Their boxes are cone shaped.]
2nd Woman: To be honest, yes, but they are on a pallet and I have about 20 pallets to stock. So I can't tell you when they will be on the shelf. (She then looks at my Sparkle Girlz fashion-lined cart, not realizing it was mine and said to the first woman.) Look, we have fashions for the doll she wants.
Me: That's why I want the doll. These are mine.
2nd Woman: How many you buying for?
Me: Um... caught completely off guard and not really wanting to confess that most are for me, I blurted out, two! (Well, I was buying them for two people, my niece and myself.)
2nd Woman: [Staring at me strangely, probably still wondering why I was purchasing as many for two "girls."]
Me: Trying to explain; yet I know I really didn't have to. I usually buy high-end dolls for my niece that my sister won't allow her to play with [true], so I want to buy the Sparkle Girlz doll and clothes for her. I know my sister will let her play with this.
2nd Woman: Oh. Yeah, she needs to be able to play with her dolls.
1st Woman: But the others are collectible.
Me: Yes, they are, but I still want her to be able to play with her dolls, whether they are collectible or not.
2nd Woman: Check back later in the week. The dolls should be out by then.
Me: Okay, I will. Thanks!
At home, I took additional group photos of the fashions I purchased.
Each fashion card has an image of one of the Sparkle Girlz as seen in the next photo of randomly selected fashions to illustrate this fact.
|I have seen four different playscale Sparkle Girlz dolls. Funville has used one of the four dolls on the fashion cards, which I think is quite admirable. Usually the blonde is the chosen one, but not in this case.|
|These are duplicates that my niece will receive.|
I will probably send my niece a couple of the other fashions that I have singles of, which ones will be determined later.
The quality of the fashions appears to be comparable to that of the $4 to $6 Barbie fashions and most of those do not come with shoes. Beyond Sparkle Girlz, I am not sure which other dolls can wear the shoes since they appear a little on the small side. My overall assessment is: For those who enjoy dressing and redressing playscale dolls, for a mere $1.97, you cannot go wrong investing in a few of these Sparkle Girlz fashion (and maybe even a doll or two).