|L-R Moxie Teenz blond, Get Real Girls Nakia and Gabi|
The Moxie Teenz blonde was at the thrift store during my two visits last week. Apparently, because of her missing wig, no one wanted her. The third time, I guess is a charm. She was still there on Black Friday, when I went back hoping to use my one-day only $10 off a $20 purchase coupon.
I walked around the store with the blond trying to decide if I really wanted to pay $5.99 for her. I knew the two Get Real Girls were definitely coming home with me, but did I really want the Moxie Teenz chick, for $5.99? At the time I didn't even know her name.
|Freed from baggies and condition assessed|
As you can tell from the photos, Melrose, the $5.99 Moxie Teenz doll, did come home with me. At this time, I am not sure what her fate will be: leave her as is, paint her hair brown, add a wig, or replace her head with a LIV Alexis head. Time will tell. Since the frayed edges of her layered pink dress are raveling, I will immediately coat these areas with clear fingernail polish to prevent additional loss of fibers.
The two dolls I really wanted were only $1.99 each, 11-1/2-inch, multiarticulated, Get Real Girls Nakia and Gabi, ©1999. Nakia, a basketball enthusiast, is missing her New York #10 Jersey. Gabi loves soccer. Both girls have a magnet in the right palm, but neither has her ball of choice. Both are in need of spa treatment and Gabi's uniform needs to be hand washed.
|Close-up of Nakia and Gabi, Get Real Girls|
The Get Real Girls' facial expressions are quite comical. It appears Nakia is attempting to hold back laughter while Gabi has a cheesing smile. I do not particularly care for the molded-on panties and sports bra, but that is the only issue I have with them thus far. It should be fun sprucing them up and finding shoes to fit their flat feet. I'll look in the Ken sports shoe stash first.
More information on the Get Real Girl line can be read in a 2012 blog post by Lisa Whitsett, here. Whitsett claims she was involved in the initial design phase of the dolls. A January 23, 2002, Fox News article sheds a positive light on the dolls, quoting a child psychologist as stating, "... in the pink-smothered world of dolls, they're refreshing." Unfortunately the anti-Barbie, Get Real Girls' appeal did not last; the line has been discontinued and so has their website.
*****I did not get an opportunity use my one-day only coupon, but I did pass it forward to another customer after asking, "Do you think you're going to spend $20 today?" After he answered, "Yes," I gave him the coupon.
Good news! Melrose's fate was decided before this post concluded. LIV Alexis, who swapped bodies with Fashion Fever Kayla a couple of years ago, who also was wearing a Moxie Teenz Afro wig has now shared that wig with Melrose. Alexis is now wearing a LIV wig. I think they both look great! My $5.99 was well spent.