8/19/2009

Dania Zarr "Red Zinger" Fashion Royalty Doll

The only doll I pre-ordered from this year's main collection was Red Zinger Dania. I did so mainly because she is a new character; however, her mold has already been used for Lana Turner. She photographs amazingly well or I was just having a good afternoon...not sure which. Usually when I'm not in love with a doll, the photos show it.
As to the quality of the doll, she passes with flying colors. I'm having a little trouble with the jewelry. The tiny jump rings holding the heavy elements together open easily and when I was removing the necklace from it's cardboard backing, two pieces fell off. Yesterday when I was posing the doll, part of her earring fell off. Annoying but not irreparable.
Dania came dressed with a plastic protector around her shoulders and neck. That's a warning if ever there was one. Do not leave this outfit on the doll for an extended period. I wonder if there is something one can apply to the interior of that area that will protect the doll. Saran wrap?
I removed the navy blue fabric belt/sash as I felt it was completely out of place and ruined the line of the outfit.
As you can see, under the jacket Dania is wearing a sleeveless top tucked into the skirt. It's like a bodysuit although there is elastic rather than fabric holding the top down between her legs. She's also got panties under that. The skirt sheds a bit so when photographing one must carefully blow any stray fibers away.
Let's talk about the hair. This is just my personal taste. I don't like the roll. So far in all the pictures collectors have posted, they have flattened it. In the promotional photo that Integrity posted (see below), the curl is flattened. So why have it in the first place?
Image Property of Integrity Toys
I have an on-going issue with manufacturers whose promotional photos look significantly different from the production dolls. This isn't a big issue with Dania. Please, show us the dolls we are ordering before we order them. 
I don't know what color the sash is supposed to be. Mine looks navy blue but the shoes are black. Am I missing something?
I hope lighter, more feminine shoes make a comeback. Ultimately each collector personalizes the fashions to his own taste. Some like painted hands and chunky shoes. My own taste in dolls runs to the softer-looking face with less exaggerated features. 
Personal preferences aside, this is a great doll although she is expensive at $135.

3 comments:

  1. She is lovely Terri. I like her stern masculine face. Oddly.. I like the hair roll/flip.

    I think her hair makes her different from a lot of dolls .. those with plain long hair. (Which I don't like.. they remind me of school girls. My dolls are women ;))

    Prototype versus actual doll photos.. this has always been a problem. Especially when they promise a very stylized hairstyle on the doll (Vanessa: In Bloom comes to mind) They didn't deliver the hair we ordered and paid for.. yet we was obligated to pay for it. (They told us)
    I would like to wait and see the actual dolls. But.. that option isn't always possible.

    Your photos have helped me decide that I like her a lot.
    Thanks!
    J.

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  2. J:
    Glad I can post photos that actually show what the doll looks like!

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  3. Awsome review, Terri! It's nice to know all the little details (blue belt???). I've been on the fence but I think I'm going to buy her. Her face is too lovely to resist. E

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