I was excited when I first saw this doll, because it isn't every day one sees a doll sporting an artificial limb. My Life has a couple of cute little gymnasts with prosthetic legs (here and here), but mass-produced dolls with prosthetic limbs are not yet very common. Unfortunately...well, this is strictly my opinion, but it seems like Mattel just threw this doll together. Her outfit is this short, shapeless mass of fleecy material with big ruffles on the sleeves, and it reminds me of a hospital gown or a nightie for a small child. The hairstyle doesn't help, as it's tied up in this Pebbles Flintstone-style topknot. When I looked at this doll in stores I thought "It looks like Mattel only valued this doll because she has a fake leg."
Usually if I know I'll have to redress a doll as soon as I get her home I don't bother with her at all, but when #121 started showing up around here I was smitten with her pretty face and her loosely curled, minimally styled hair that just happens to be the same color as my own hair. So I took her home, redressed her, and lowered her topknot. Here's the result.
The summit of beauty and love...and Leide is her name! LOL, I will maintain until my dying day that the 1960's had some of the best music! Anyway, Leide has subtle little dimples, and her mouth is painted a little off-kilter so that she appears to have a bit of a smirk (I don't know what head mold this is, by the way). She's a very pretty doll, and I think it's a shame that Mattel dressed her in an afterthought slip of a dress that barely covered her butt and restricted what little hip movement she has. Yes, despite her pretty face Leide reaches a new low in hip movement, as this is as good as she can sit.
Stardolls (remember that their hips were frozen). Plus, a doll like this can make a child's imagination run wild. Since she has no fancy backstory her owner can decide for herself/himself how she lost her leg. I like to pretend that Leide is an osteosarcoma survivor, but she could just as easily have lost her leg to a car accident or a shark attack or during active military duty, or she could have been born without that leg! Hey, it happens! I do think it's a shame that Mattel put this doll in such a frumpy, unstylish outfit though, and that makes me glad that Barbie dolls can wear just about anything they want.
Much love to all,