I have wanted Raquelle for ages. Ken was going to buy her for me for Christmas, but we didn't get much chance to shop, and I was always with him. He prefers to surprise me, so he doesn't like to get my presents while I'm with him. He gave up and bought her for me while I was with him the week before my birthday because she is getting harder to find and he wanted to make sure I got her.I think these dolls are on their way out because there is a new series of Life in the Dreamhouse dolls coming out.
|The dolls wear these outfits from the back of the box.|
The box is super easy to open. You just pull out these tabs and the front lifts up, and the plastic lifts off.
Then the cardboard insert with Raquelle attached just lifts out...
A piece of clear plastic,which has two of those annoying plastic things they always staple into dolls heads to hold them in place.
|"Eww! Get this thing off of me!"|
|Here you can see the plastic do-hinkeys in her head.|
|Fly away, fly away, fly away home...|
|This shirt is a bit too see through. If she were a real person I think she'd end up in one of those 'wardrobe malfunction' articles.|
|She's so pretty...and smirky.|
|Without her gold jacket and leggings. The dress is one single piece that closes in back with velcro.The jacket was not stitched on and was easily removeable.|
|This is something of an optical illusion because her arms aren't really able to touch the back of her head.|
|Her legs don't really quite cross either.|
|See? By the way, those shoes don't stay on very well.|
|Her skirt tends to creep up embarrassingly when she sits.Which brings me to another problem. They didn't even paint underwear on her.|
|In the outfit she comes dressed in, minus her gold jacket.This is called the "Oh my aching back." pose.|
|In her extra dress.It's a bit short. I do like the fact that they include the extra dress though. It makes her a better value for the money. But would they have charged any less without the extra dress?|
|In her extra dress, plus the leggings and belt.That looks better. The belt hooks in back with a button and hole type closure. The necklace has a space in the back and just slips off.|
|And with the leggings, but without the belt. And in those shoes she can't really stand on her own. She has high heel feet, so she's not going to stand alone without the shoes either.|
|She does look very alive sitting there.|
In any case, I'm very happy with Raquelle. She's different, with her smirky face,and so pretty.
The "Life in the Dreamhouse" show is actually kind of fun. I like that they seem to know they're dolls.(The Muppets always 'knew' they were Muppets, and that was funny.) When Barbie's car breaks down, Ken opens the hood and removes a huge battery, half the size of himself and goes to get a new one. Midge shows up, straight from Wisconsin, in black and white, and wearing the 60's Barbie dress from Friday Night Date. I told Emma, I can see me watching this show with the kids when they were little.She said, "Whatta ya mean when we were little?!" Ivy's a smart mouth. She said, "Yeah Mommy. You're watching it now." But Emma made me! Tomorrow we'll check out another present doll.