Yasmin, and Cloe. All three were old-style heads placed on the "Psst...I'm Taller" body. I originally wanted Cloe, but when presented with the chance to get Jade on sale I said "phooey, I'm going for her." Jade is my favorite character anyway, so it all works out. These tall dolls were released shortly before the Bratz went on hiatus, so I don't know how many of them were made. Today's flop could be tomorrow's collector's item, but I digress. Here's my Jade.
Moving on, Jade has the typical Bratz face. Since she was released before the most recent redesign, her head is a similar shape to the older dolls.
La Dee Doll makeup either. Most of the Bratz that I've seen don't go this heavily on the glitter, but this is a costume party doll so she deserves a little extra sparkle, just as long as she doesn't get any in her eyes. I used to wear cheap lip gloss with glitter flecks in it, and I know from bitter experience that glitter in one's eye can be intensely painful. Don't ask how that lip gloss got into my eyes, by the way. I can still hear Mama saying "Well boy, that took talent!" LOL
I can't remember what comes next! Body or clothes? <pauses to consult past reviews> Oh, it's body review time! Most of the Bratz I own are the shorter ones, measuring about nine inches. Their height can vary depending on the shoes they're wearing. The Costume Bash line has the taller body, and Jade's oversized head puts her at the same height as Barbie.
Movie Starz so she also has jointed arms. However, Cloe's arms still are not the same length as Jade's, nor are they jointed in the same way. Cloe has a joint in the middle of her upper arm, and Jade does not.
Jade's body is more flexible than that of the older Bratz dolls (except Cloe), almost to the level of a jointed Fashionista body like Sherralee's...but not quite. Her arm joints are great...
...as are her hips. Jade can do full splits, something that neither Sherralee nor most of my Bratz can do.
Jade's knees are not great at all. As long as her legs are I'd expected her knees to be limber...but they're not. They click twice, but they only hold one position. The leg on the left is extended fully, and the leg on the right is bent as far as it'll stay bent.
At the same time, Jade's legs are too soft to support her weight. It was a constant struggle to keep her upright for this review, so rubbery are those limbs. On the other hand, Jade's rubbery legs, loose hips, and pivoting shoe-feet allow her to cross her ankles. Again, most of my other Bratz can't do that.
Jade's neck is stiff. She can turn her head but not tip it.
Compare that to my first-wave Jade, who can both turn and tip her head.
By now it should be pretty obvious that Jade's tights are painted on. I can't say that I'm a huge fan of that, but what choice did MGA have in this case? Fabric tights were occasionally done for the earliest Bratz, but I don't think it worked too well.
Regarding the rest of Jade's threads, I think that of the three Costume Bash dolls, Jade's costume is the simplest. There's a lot going on visually, but the overall outfit consists of one piece.
Oops, I forgot that neck piece. So there's two pieces plus shoes. The bodice...now this bodice looks legit. It has that soft, textured look and feel that reminds me of fresh gingerbread. It even has white ric-rac sewn on, which looks quite a bit like icing.
The iridescent heart is not a shape or color that I associate with gingerbread, but I like it.
This bodice looks strapless, but as with many other "strapless" doll dresses it has bits of elastic holding it up.
The skirt is made of stiff, shiny stuff that holds a shape well but has ZERO drape and feels cheap. The material itself is hot pink, and it has sparkly gingerbread men and hearts painted on.
The hem is trimmed with a larger strand of iridescent ric-rac.
Jade's neck piece is made out of satin ribbon in the same shade of hot pink. I like this fabric better than the stuff that the skirt is made out of.
Both dress and neck piece close with Velcro.
The rest of Jade's rather sparse accessories are red like the stripes in her hair and on her legs. Bratz can and do wear big earrings, but given this doll's busy hair and makeup I'm grateful for her simple little studs.
Jade's shoe-feet are red ankle boots. They're too small for the rest of her, I think.
According to stock pictures Jade should also have a brush, a purse, and a gift, but God only knows where I put those items. They were just bits and bobs of plastic in shades of red and pink anyway. I'm a bit dumbfounded by this outfit's color combination, by the way. Jade has red and white hair, red and white tights, red earrings, and red shoes, but her dress and her makeup go heavy on the pink. Why did MGA do that, I wonder? Why didn't MGA go with just red and no pink, or just pink and no red? I mean, the gingerbread men on the skirt do have tiny red bow ties, but they're not big or bright enough to justify red tights, red shoes, or red hair streaks. Don't get me wrong, Jade doesn't look bad, but the color combination does make for a confusing getup.
Since Jade is one of the larger dolls I'm not sure what all she can wear. Regular Bratz clothing is out, and I think Jade may be a bit too curvy for modern Barbie clothes. It's worth a shot, though.
The outfit on the left is an old Fashion Avenue outfit, usually worn by Maggie, the doll that wouldn't get "smoof." The skirt fits Jade quite well, but the top is too large and looks shapeless. The other outfit is one of the Dolphin Magic outfits that I reviewed not too long ago. It's a little tight around Jade's hips and a little loose around her chest, but not ridiculously so. Jade's striped tights don't even look too bad with that second dress.
Unfortunately, those painted tights are going to be problematic in the long run. They won't match anything that doesn't have red in it, and the spiral pattern will likely clash with any printed things I can grub up. Jeans might work, but at the moment the only jeans I have that will fit Jade are being worn by Pilar. As roomy as those jeans are, Jade might just be able to pull it off.
The jeans are indeed a yes. They fit Jade better than they fit Pilar, in fact; every time I sit Pilar down in these jeans the snap pops open. Jade doesn't have that problem, but she does have a different one. That top is entirely too big. It won't fit Jade unless I resize it, and I don't want to do that.
There's also a dress that I've been holding back for a Dolly Dress Discussion, one that belongs to Skipper. It's red and white, so I'll give it a whirl.
Like the Dolphin Magic dress, this is a little tight around the hips and a little loose around the bust. Jade's skivvies are also visible through the thin fabric and that's a bummer, but this dress still looks cute on Jade. So these taller Bratz can wear modern Barbie dresses, old-style Barbie pants, and Teen Skipper clothes. She may also be able to wear some of the other things I've got for slimmer dolls as well; Winx Club clothes look particularly promising. But for now I'm just going to leave it at this and sum it up.
*Hair is made out of nasty old nylon
*Legs are rubbery and don't stay bent
*Neck is stiffer than other Bratz necks
*Skirt is made of stiff fabric that feels cheap and wants to snag on my fingernails
*Color combination is confusing. This doll looks more like a candy girl than a gingerbread girl.
*Can't share clothes with the other Bratz or the Bratzillaz
*Hair is attractive, even if it is nylon
*No fish lips! Bratz dolls went through a period where they had lips that looked like fish mouths, but not this chick!
*Eye-catching. I may find the color scheme confusing, but it also grabs my attention when I look at my group of Bratz dolls!
*Flexible, except for knees and neck
*Can wear some articles of Mattel clothing. This expands Jade's potential wardrobe.
*Unlike the more recent wave of Bratz, this doll has the attitude and the aesthetic that fans of these dolls grew to love.
As much as I love Jade's character, I find myself wishing that I'd found Cloe from this line instead. Having once been a hippie at heart, I could relate more to her retro-style costume than I can Jade's garish confection of an outfit. Jade also has wobbly, rubbery legs, making it hard for me to pose her standing up, and her knee joints don't bend as I think they should, and her hair is made out of nylon. She's not a bad doll though; for all her garishness she makes a convincing costume party participant, and her makeup is nice, and she can wear some clothes for other dolls (always a plus). So I can't fault MGA Entertainment for giving it the old college try with this doll, though I would like to examine another of the tall dolls to see if they all have rubbery legs!
Quick update on my family. Grandma is still in the hospital and is about the same. She ate a little bit of yogurt and was forcing down a can of Ensure when we left her last night. The rest of the family is half-expecting some sort of calamity today, as eleven years ago today my grandfather passed away in the same hospital, under highly similar circumstances, after a long decline. That was back in 2006, and it was a Thursday, just like today is, so we're all a little on edge. My mother on the other hand...my mother is getting very strong. The physical therapist was impressed with her improvement on Tuesday, especially since Mama cancelled her appointments over the past two weeks! First Uncle is driving down from St. Louis for the weekend, and I always enjoy seeing him, but the unpleasant truth is that he's coming down to "adult," as we all call doing unpleasant things. I think the point of this trip is for Mama, my two uncles, and me to sit down and discuss funeral arrangements...just in case. I don't look forward to doing this and neither do my family members, but it's got to be done...again, just in case. As stubborn as Grandma is she may haul off and surprise us by living another ten years. We'll just see.