I first noticed MGA starting to slack off a little after the Lalaloopsy Littles and the Novi Stars were released. The full-sized Lalaloopsy dolls got a modest wardrobe...well, most of them did. Only one outfit was released that was specifically for boys, but the girls got plenty of cute threads. Things petered off with the Littles and the Novis, though; each line got three outfits apiece. Then the clothes stopped coming altogether, despite the release of a second wave of Novi Stars. Usually when a second wave comes along, a new clothing line comes with it. But not this time.
"What are we, chopped liver?"
With all the hubbub that surrounded the re-release of the Bratz, it feels like the other girls have been left in the lurch. That wouldn't be so bad except that both Lalaloopsies and Lalaloopsy Girls have unique bodies. They both have egg-shaped bodies that can't wear conventional doll clothes without a struggle. Oh yes, the Vi and Va dresses fit the Lalaloopsy Girls...but MGA pulled the plug on those dolls too. Still, the Lalaloopsy Girls are better off than the full-sized Lalas, since I can always jerry-rig something for them. It's just infuriating to see MGA put all their eggs in one basket. They have a bona fide success story with the Lalaloopsy dolls, and since the Girls have hung around I assume that they're a modest success as well. It would be nice to see MGA pull their minds away from the Bratz and start making some duds for their other girls again. Because frankly, I think clothes sell better than dolls do!
MGA Entertainment isn't the only toy company to skimp on clothes, however. Remember these?
These are Monster High dolls from Mattel, of course. They are dressed in Inner Monster ensembles...and these dresses are the last dresses I've seen Mattel make for Monster High dolls! Nothing has been released since then...that I know of, anyway. The Ever After High dolls didn't even get this much; I've seen absolutely ZERO new clothes for the EAH crew. New furniture for both lines, yes. But no clothes. Guess which doll has been getting all the new stuff? Who else but Barbie! Now, I like Barbie clothes. I like them a lot. But I've got the resources to make my own Barbie duds if needed. As with MGA, Mattel appears to be putting all their eggs in one basket, and that's a shame because I thought Monster High clothes were far more interesting than the constant pink-and-glitter stuff that the playline Barbie dolls get.
What do y'all think? Have you noticed this too, or am I just making a mountain out of a molehill? Discuss.