Thursday, July 25, 2013

Teen Beach Movie Dolls - Big-Heads Strike Again!

If you follow Disney movies, you might be aware of a recent movie called Teen Beach Movie. Teenagers Brady and Mckenzie find themselves in classic teen movie West Side Story. They have to "escape" from the classic movie. Singing and dancing and romantic musical chairs ensue.  These three dolls are based on characters from that movie: Brady, Lela, and Mckenzie.

Musical Brady - the boy. I mention "the boy" because well, I wouldn't have guessed that just looking at his doll face sculpt. I am a little suspicious about his body too. I do have androgynous dolls (see my Takara guys) so I don't mean to sound catty. But this doll does not resemble the actor and does not look boy-like to me. Shrug.

Musical Lela. Okay, the huge big head and the big eyes are creepy. But I do recognize the doll as a representation of the actress. (If only by the coloring and the face screening.) The other dolls in this series fall short on doll-actor likeness.

Musical Mckenzie. If Lela's head is creepy, Mckenzie's cheeks look like you could bounce a quarter off them. But I like the red bandana print cropped top. For another teen doll perhaps ...

Big, big heads they have. How big? I pulled up a beach Barbie to see how the bodies would look next to a Barbie. Here we have Brady and Mckenzie next to a basic swimsuit Barbie.

Hmmm ... aside from a slight bow-legged stance, the bodies are not bad. Width and height-wise, they could work in a Barbie-scale universe. Sad they do not seem poseable, but if you needed straight-armed or straight-legged playscale dolls (for store mannequins?), well, they would do. The big heads though would have to roll go.

The jackets look cute and maybe the tops could be used as well for other fashion dolls or action figures. I look forward to when these hit clearance. I don't see anything particularly exciting about them to rush for them now. No, this set calls for a Muff-like wait for clearance attitude ;-)


Marta said...

Hello from Spain: I had not seen before that collection of dolls. I read that they are the protagonists of a Disney television series. Keep in touch

D7ana said...

Hi, Marta! Glad to share something new to you. Yes, they are the protagonists to a Disney movie (I do not know if the movie will become a television series. Shrug. Would not surprise me though ;-D)

Muff said...

I saw those in Target yesterday but you know I skipped them because they were full price and unarticulated. They did have one that had on a 50's style bathing suit that I really liked. (I didn't know the backstory until you posted it, so that style suit makes sense) When they go on clearance I'll be interested in them for the clothes alone.

Ms. Leo said...

No! Not another big headed doll! Too bad. That is two strikes isn't it! Big head and not pose-able. Doll on shelf and money in pocket! Thanks for the info!

carmen gutierrez said...

que chulada de muñecas porque son muy logradas con los originales, besossss

Vanessa said...

This is my first time seeing these dolls. The third one is really cute, but she doesn't really look like a teen. More like a cute little girl. Yeah, the big heads just don't work. If I had time, I would start a whole new story line with just big head dolls. Thanks for the info. I'm not in the market for new dolls, clearance or otherwise.

D7ana said...

Hi Muff, Ms. Leo, Carmen Gutierrez, and Vanessa!

@Muff and Ms. Leo - I agree with you that big heads + new retail price + limited articulation make these dolls easy for the pass-do-not-buy bin. When they go on clearance though ... maybe I'll harvest them for their fashions.

@Muff - I should add the swimsuit dolls to this or another post.

@CarmenGutierrez - Prefiero las modas en lugar de las muñecas, pero estoy de acuerdo que quienes gustan de la película de Disney encuentran el fresco de las muñecas.

@Vanessa - interesting, isn't it, how some big headed dolls work - look right and others don't.

Cindi Mortensen said...

I don't like big-headed dolls myself. I read somewhere that you can shrink them down by soaking them in acetone, but I forget for how long. But the lack of articulation causes me to just walk on by! LOL :-)

Anonymous said...

great collection of dolls. congratulations

D7ana said...

Hi Cindi and Lonely Heart!

@Cindi - Muff has written how to shrink doll heads. I'll get back with the link tomorrow ;-)

@Lonely Heart - thanks! I don't have any of these dolls. I photographed them in the store ;-)