|Barbie Fashionista 93 (prototype image)|
Based on the prototype image, her hair was what I found most appealing. I have a strong affinity for dolls with natural-textured hair when the hair fibers look authentic and the hair is appropriately styled. Ninty-three's hair fits both requirements, based on the prototype image. "I can always repaint the lips," I thought, before ordering.
She arrived swiftly. The delivery guy followed the typewritten instruction attached to my mailbox to knock or ring the doorbell. After hearing his early afternoon knock, I arrived at the door as he was about to get into his car. He saw me, pointed to the wrought iron column, and said, "I left a package," which would have been well hidden from passersby and was almost hidden from my view until I looked down and saw the package he'd placed behind the column. I thanked him, grabbed the box, and went back inside to open it.
First Photos, Still in Box
|She wears a lavender lacy dress, pink heels (which are visible in the next photo) and has a pair of Malcolm-X-style horn-rim sunglasses.|
|This profile image shows her pink high-heels.|
|Close-up of 93's face|
|On the back of the box, Fashionista 93 is the 8th doll from the left.|
|93 is seen better in this zoomed-in shot of the back of the box.|
First Headshots After Deboxing
|Her sandy brown hair was not styled as expected. I incorrectly assumed she wore an Afro.|
|Barbie Fashionista 93's hair is pulled back into one huge Afro puff.|
In addition to the hairstyle, which I like, overall, 93 was not as expected. There's something off about her face to me. Is her nose too thin? Is her eye shading too dark? I know the pink lip color is awful. I briefly thought about relisting her on eBay after examining her followed by placing the still boxed doll to the side. The next day, when these photographs were taken and after deboxing her, I gave her another look to see if my opinion had changed. It had not, but "her dark caramel complexion," I thought, "might match the articulated neo-Blythe body."
|Complexion comparison between Fashionista 93 and an articulated brown neo-Blythe body|
Yep, 93's complexion does match the articulated body, but she will be much shorter and will have smaller, flat feet. Will I like her head better on this articulated body? Probably. Anything will be better than that frozen into position left arm that's bent at the elbow.
Please stay tuned for the followup.
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