Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Reaction to Shibajuku Girls Article

So I stumbled upon this article from the Dailymail:
Party's over, Barbie! Meet the woman whose Harajuku-inspired dolls are set to shake up the toy industry
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3609999/Madeleine-Hunter-invented-Harajuku-inspired-Shibajuku-Girls-dolls-set-rival-Barbie.html

To be honest, these Shibajuku Girls remind me of other big- and round-headed dolls like Pullip, Blythe, La Dee Da, and Cutie Pops. I don't think they are in direct competition with Barbie at all because she's on a different league.


Shibajuku Girls

Cutie Pops

La Dee Da

'I've made the doll large than any doll on the shelf. It's 13 inches and the standard doll size is 11 and a half inches,' Ms Hunter said.
'I also went back to that really natural and pretty face, I know there are a lot of monster dolls and vampires are a huge trend, but since Barbie there hasn't really been a pretty doll.'
 There hasn't really been a pretty doll. Well what do Ever After High dolls look like to her? A bunch of ogres? Or those Bratz, Disney Descendants dolls, Disney Star Darlings, and Moxie Girlz, are they not pretty dolls?

In terms of height, DC Super Hero Girls are quite the same. They're pretty looking dolls, too. And has she not seen Gooliope Jellington or those three frightfully tall ghouls dolls, or Madeline Hatter in her giant greasy hair glory? They're all really tall with bulbous head.

I think the best thing about Shibajuku Girls dolls would have to be the knee-high cat socks. I'm not even fascinated by their face or those inset glass eyes.

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