I’m breaking months of silence to bring you my review of the first Made to Move Petite Barbie 🙂
She is a part of the Barbie BMR1959, a Black Label series celebrating street fashion.
Being a stranger to street fashion, I must say I am not a huge fan of most of the outfits in the collection. However, as I was taking the photos of this girl, her style started growing on me…
How did I buy her if I was unconvinced beforehand? Whether the outfits suit you completely – or not quite, this doll represents a big step for Barbie the Made to Move line type as the first articulated Petite! I knew I wanted her the moment I saw her. More variety is always good news, especially variety in the MtM series (more body types and skin tones for head swaps ;)), but there is more.
I happen to have a special place in my heart for my Petite Blue-Violet Fashionista. Even though the two don’t share a skin tone – so there will be no articulation upgrades – I’ve always wanted an articulated Petite to at least take advantage of the Fashionista’s clothes. My wait is now over 🙂
Let’s go back to the beginning, though. The doll was packaged in a natural cardboard box that resembles a shoe box a lot. This is so fun 🙂
The blue section slides right out of the box, making for an easy unboxing. Nonetheless, beware of the tiny plastic tabs. They are still there and easy to miss – and completely unnecessary, if you ask me. The one that held the jacket to the top left a permanent hole in the top. Oh well.
The outfit is certainly bold and eclectic.
She’s wearing what looks to be an 80’s-inspired blazer – a pretty cool piece to have, if you ask me – over a vinyl two-piece dress, boldly displaying the logo of the series.
Her shoes look like running shoes on high platforms. They are nicely sculpted but could use some painted details:
Her big, golden earrings also spell “BMR 1959″…
More importantly, let’s talk about her face. The paint or ink used is kind of reflective, making it hard to capture the make-up in full detail. Even apart from being reflective, it is shimmery. The lips are a very nice peachy/nude tone. There is white eye-shadow under her eyes. She has bold eyebrows with somewhat visible individual hairs.
I am not familiar with this sculpt – could it be a new one? (Not that I’m well educated in sculpts anyway.) It looks both innocent and regal, with prominent cheekbones. Her complexion is fairly dark.
The hair is composed of two pastel tones (soft pink and violet). They actually did a pretty good job of tucking away the loose ends of her knots, especially on the smaller ones. To touch, I think there may be gel in it, but it’s not readily visible.
Also, her nails are painted 🙂
Finally, she is a true Made to Move! Everything the Classic one can do, she can do too!
I’m happy to say I have had no issues with her joints or overall quality, save for minor marks in the plastic.
Here is the Classic MtM for reference.
Doesn’t the Petite look like an ‘average’ size woman and the Classic like a pretty tall person? I guess we’ve always known that Barbie is a tall doll-person.
Anyway, she has all that I expected from an articulated Petite.
This sums up all that I wanted to share about the new Petite BMR1959 doll. At first I only wanted her for her… well, self, not at all her clothes. While the doll itself is still the highlight for me, a fully articulated doll no less, I have learned to genuinely appreciate her unique style too. I will likely never be a fan of street fashion, but I can still see the value of something that lies beyond my usual scope of interest. Dolls are art to me, and art frequently plays with and goes beyond the classical harmonies of colours, shapes and patterns – and it’s great that it does.
I can definitely recommend the doll for all who, like me, have been impatiently awaiting the arrival of a Made to Move Petite, to fans of bold styles and to all those who are open to something new in the world of the art of the doll.