Sunday, 6 December 2015
Bratz: Selfiesnaps Cloe
You probably haven't heard of Bratz for some time now (and there's good reason for that), but I bought one a couple of months ago. I wouldn't call myself a big Bratz follower, but I do own quite a few Yasmin dolls. I felt they were geared more towards a younger audience and were a bit 'kiddy' for me. My sister loves cutesy stuff, so she collects Jade and has practically every one, as well as a few others (literally hundreds). As I said, they took a break and this was due to a bitter beef between Barbie and Bratz (well Mattel v MGA), which concluded with a massive court battle costing several hundred million dollars, that took 8 years. I'll be honest and say I thought the whole thing was ridiculous. The short version is, an employee at Mattel left and started up Bratz and Mattel felt they 'owned' the concept because the designer had thought it up when he worked for Mattel and thus they were entitled to the millions Bratz had made. That's how it started, but it escalated into stolen "secrets" and confidential information, spies (from Mattel), counter-claims, court decisions which were reversed, reversed again and again and a whole lot of mud-slinging. My take is that Bratz were this completely new concept, as un-Barbie-ish as you could get at that point, with their exaggerated features, huge shoes and denim, black or camouflage clothing. There was nothing remotely resembling the taller, older and pinker than pink Barbie. Bratz were based around a group of friends (with different skin and hair colours) and came with pets and nicknames. They were 'cool' and hip and of the time and I think there was a little resentment there from Mattel. Anyway Bratz took a break and tweaked a few things and are back with several new releases this year.
Like I say, Yasmin was always my character of choice, but Cloe is appealing to me more these days with her pastel pink hair, so I was desperate to get my hands on the Selfiesnaps doll, which *drumroll* comes with glasses! ALL DOLLS SHOULD COME WITH GLASSES! Not kidding! Glasses for me trump anything else a doll could have. They look a gazillion times cuter with them (you just need to see Monster High's Ghoulia Yelps or Clawdia Wolf as proof) and if I buy a new doll with glasses, I always try them on non-glasses wearing dolls and honestly they just look soooo much better. I should make my next post 'with or without' glasses and prove how it transforms a doll! Anyway, she comes with lots of accessories, but yeah, glasses, so exciting!
The new dolls are trying to be really current; selfies, hashtags, mobile phones etc, which is in keeping with their previous aesthetic and there's a few new webisodes, which are well worth a watch. Bratz used to have a TV show and they've also released several special DVD's and even a movie with 'real' life versions rather than cartoons. This new thing, is completely different, it's like an animated version of the actual dolls (i.e. it looks like a doll, but the facial expressions are animated over the top). They are really funny! Funnier than I think they are intended to be! The girls are scatty and sometimes catty and it's one of these 'so awful, it's actually good' scenarios. The first time you watch it, you can''t quite believe how stupid it is, but they get funnier and funnier! In the webisodes, Cloe wears her hair twisted and in a ponytail, so I attempted a similar look on my doll which came with her hair down.
My Mum exclaimed that I've bought myself in doll form! Freckles, pink hair, glasses...er yeah maybe! So I've decided Cloe is a busy blogger doing bloggy things like taking selfies, vlogging and posing for OOTD shots. She comes wearing a flimsy floral skirt and a grey slogan (selfie) top. I wasn't keen on the ragged hem, so tucked that into her skirt. She wears the most ridiculous sized pink angel wing boots (her nickname is Angel), but Bratz are renowned for their oversized feet. Though like the older dolls, their legs stop at the ankles and the boots just pull off with no feet (I find that a little gross, but it doesn't seem to put kids off). She sits really well, with visible hinged knees and slightly bent arms which move from the shoulders only.
She comes with lots of little accessories and a hairbrush for you to use on her long hair. The pink envelope clutch bag is rather annoying because it doesn't stay in her hands or under her arm. Mint emoji earrings, a bow necklace, a mint and black bow bracelet, a yellow necklace reading #wingz (Bratz put a 'Z' on the end of everythingz) and her big 'geek' glasses are clear with black rims. She also wears an oversized pale blue beanie hat, to give her that authentic blogger vibe. Alongside all that is the most adorable thing, a tiny little mobile phone with details such as buttons and a camera lens! If that's not enough, the bright pink phone has two interchangeable covers. A white one with a large black bow or a mint coloured pants wearing pig (her 'pet' is a pig). Another brilliant thing, she comes with a 'lipgloss' and it always bugs me when dolls have pale pink lips and come with bright purple gloss or red lipstick for a nude lipped girl. This one is a believable shade for the soft peach, she is wearing. Well done Bratz!
Their are some notable changes in the face, the new eyebrow shape isn't one I'm keen on (some of the other collections are really severe) though it's perfectly alright on this Cloe, but they still have their big eyes and huge lips. In the latter collections, they began lining the lips in the centre and it looked like a cut lip, so I'm glad they ditched that! Their fingers/hands seem longer now and my sister informs me Jade now has green eyes instead of brown. I found Cloe easy to remove from the box, if I remember correctly they used to be rather fiddly. My one gripe is, the phone was attached to her hand with one of those clear elastic bands and it was wound so tightly, it's left permanent indentations in her wrist. It's unsightly, though thankfully in a place that isn't too noticeable, but your doll shouldn't be ruined by box packaging. You can find Cloe along with Jade and Yasmin currently with 20% off, down to £13.60 each or the Selfiesnaps photo booth (33% off) which comes with a different Cloe doll and you insert your smartphone in it to take real photos of your dolls with the props provided. What do you think?
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