So, remember a while back I got the collector reproduction of Dream Date Barbie? Y’know, this one:
Well, I not long ago got the real thing:
Now, at first glance, you’re probably thinking that there’s no comparison, because the original looks awful. But keep in mind, she’s a doll who was obviously well loved, and she’s more than thirty years old. So we have to look past the thinning, messy hair, and the fact that I never could figure out the “right” way to arrange her dress over her shoulders. (It’s more of an attached shawl than a dress, per se.)
The bald spot is definitely a problem. No question about that. And the rest of her hair is rather fly-away and messy. But if I have a chance to calm her hair down, I can probably get it to hide the bald spot. More important, look at her face. Isn’t it delicate and sweet? I really like how subtle the Superstar-era face-ups often were. (Before the late ’80s when the Rockers aesthetic overpowered them. Though I’m fond of the Rockers-era stuff, too. One of my two favorites as a kid was one of the Rockers…)
By contrast, here’s the face on the reproduction. Cleaner, and the hair’s obviously still perfect, but the face looks soulless to me. Trading the purple eyes for blue ones was definitely not a good idea. (I apologize for the pictures of the reproduction in this post. I forgot I could remove the plastic screen in front of her…but I think they still show my point well enough despite the glare.)
The photo also shows you that her earring is a plain silver stud…or it kind of does, anyway. This one from the earlier post might make that a little more clear. Anyway, look at the earrings (and ring!) on the original:
Superstar-era jewelry was the best! 😀 I don’t know what these are supposed to look like (a diamond set in glass?) but I love them regardless.
The contrast that stands out the most, to me, is the difference in fabric. The original Dream Date has a richer color scheme, and a shimmery fabric, while the reproduction is a matte color that utterly fails when placed side by side with the original. (I loved it before I saw the two together and realized how pathetic the new one is in comparison.) I’ll give the reproduction lots of points for its sequins, though: they’re much better done than the original’s.
So, there you have it, the reproduction Dream Date and the original Dream Date.
This has been the first Unfair Comparison. The Unfair Comparison gallery is here.
(At least one more is currently planned. Though there I can only compare dresses, but…of course, first I have to take the freakin’ pictures…)
Aaaaanyway, having just done two Barbie posts in a row, I really need to do something non-Barbie next. 😛 I’ll see if I can get those Figma photos taken at my brother’s place on Monday, maybe. Or I could try my hand at changing Gen’s eyes to the new ones, or maybe giving him one of each and see how that looks. But overall it’s probably going to be a slow summer on this blog, ’cause it’s so freakin’ hot in my house that I really can’t get up the energy to take pictures. 😦
(Oh, speaking of Figma, I got charged by Good Smile recently, so one of the Figmas I pre-ordered is on the way from Japan now. I’d need to check the release dates to see which one, but I think it’s Tomoyo-chan, as I think Link’s a later release.)