2/28/2015

The Divergent Series: Insurgent Tris Doll

Tris, the heroine of the Divergent Series books, is adorable. Rarly does a Barbie come along with edgy short hair. The doll becomes available on 3/2. Free shipping ends at midnight on 3/2.
*Free standard shipping offer with $75 minimum purchase (excluding any applicable tax) expires 3/2/15 at 11:59pm CT. Not valid on previous purchases. May not be combined with any other offer or discount. If order is shipped to more than one address, offer applies to first "ship-to" address only. Applies to standard shipping only, and excludes rush orders and additional shipping charges for Canadian addresses.

So...if you can put together an order for $75., you can benefit from the free shipping that day and snag this cute, pop culture gal.

-Insurgent Tris $24.95

If I were going to go for it, I'd add the following dolls to make up an order:

-City Shine Barbie Doll - Gold Dress. $19.95
Why? I love the Steffie sculpt. Her jewelry looks useful as does the little gold dress.

-City Shine Barbie Doll - Silver Dress $19.95
Why? I like the Mackie sculpt and her blonde hair.


Finally - because there's nothing else new that I'd want:

Red Carpet Barbie - Blue Gown $19.95
Why? Mackie sculpt. Nice jewelry. Beautiful hair (if it turns out looking like that IRL)


My total order before discounts, tax, etc. comes to $84.80.
Am I doing to do it?

 No. 

Why?


The dolls are not articulated. 
Mattel makes $12.99-$24.99 
fully articulated, dressed, coiffed 
Monster High dolls. 
What is wrong with you, Mattel?

End of story.



18 comments:

  1. I have similar feelings about Barbies. I like them, but after having the articulated Fashionistas and Fashion Royalty dolls, it's hard to enjoy them as much. Some dolls are fully articulated (hooray for those Style dolls!), some just have articulated wrists and elbows, some just have articulated knees, and others like the ones you've shown don't have any additional articulation. It's maddening. The Fashionably Floral Silkstone has been in my shopping cart off and on for a few weeks. I don't know yet if I'll buy her.

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    1. If you can't make up your mind, you are better off not buying at all - unless she get a big price cut. I just don't find her different enough to spring for her.
      T

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    2. You're absolutely right, and I passed on her. As much as I like the heads on some of the new Fashionista lines, I'm going to start restricting my buying to articulated dolls; it's time to vote what I prefer with my dollars.

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  2. I am completely agree with you : why the dolls are not articulated ???

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  3. A different doll blog shared a real life box picture of the Divergent doll.
    http://papusilemele.com/en/wp-content/uploads/insurgent3.jpg
    It looks like the Audrey Hepburn Roman Holiday promo pictures to produced doll all over again. The promo pictures show a doll with a short but decent length of hair and the produced doll has hair that's too short to do anything with.

    And I totally agree about articulation. Several dolls of mine upgraded to articulated bodies and it's just opened a whole new world of playability with them. I don't mind unarticulated vintage, but newer dolls get an upgrade if I can find a body for them. Lately with Mattel I just look at their dolls as possible new heads.

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    1. I am not surprised about the hair issue.
      I, too, have a few articulated bodies for any Barbies I happen to like. But there aren't that many these days.
      Terri

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  4. I really don't understand Mattel's logic, why do they make non articulated Barbies? The articulation on the MH dolls is wonderful, AND the hands are removable, while all Barbie can do is stand there. It doesn't even make sense to me.

    I actually like the production Tris doll's hair better than the promo Tris. I think promo Tris is too styled, production Tris has punkier hair.

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    1. Non-articulated dolls are counter-intuitive except for children under 6 years old. There is no logic in it when it comes to fashion or action dolls.
      Promo hair rarely represents the actual hair and it's unusual for it to be nicer. I agree with you.
      Terri

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  5. That is a big question in my head!? All the barbie you posted are beautiful but big turn off Because they are so stiff! For me they are mannequin to display in the store window!the barbie look dolls are for adult collector why not give them fully articulated body.I rebodied several of my barbie look barbie to enjoy doll pictorial I spend so much money for buying fashionista articulated barbie to used them as body donor!

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    1. They are so much more fun when they are articulated. It's crazy to have to buy another doll to steal her body!
      Terri

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  6. Maybe it just costs too much to make attractive articulated joints? Monster high joints are actually pretty unattractive- Fashion Royalty dolls have fairly attractive joints, but maybe it costs more to make the joints look good? Just speculating... the lack of joints on Barbie is a big turn-off for me...

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    1. Of course it costs more to make nicely jointed dolls. I'm not suggesting they use MH joints on fashion dolls. They already have jointed, inexpensive dolls. Why not make them all jointed? Ken dolls have been jointed for years.

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  7. Agree totally -- I love jointed dolls, even if these days I do less "photostories" and more just sassy posing. :p While I'm used to the Barbie Look dolls being totally immobile (I've rebodied several of their pretty faces), it blows my mind that a doll based on an action movie -- Tris -- has no elbow joints. Maybe she's not supposed to be a "playline" doll -- but don't they expect young girls to pick these up and want to play pretend as an awesome girl action star? :/

    The playline dolls have perfectly decent-looking joints. Don't understand why they can't apply those to these lower-end collectibles.

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  8. Great post, Terri. I really don't understand why BC won't do articulation. A couple of years ago Linda Kyaw was at PFDF. When we talked to her about collectors wanting articulation she was shocked and had never heard that before! Go figure!

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    1. That's really funny that Kyaw was shocked. Seriously?

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  9. Ditto all of the above. Mentioned this very point in a recent survey for Mattel. I wonder how many people have told them to date?? Probably thousands.

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  10. I saw Tris on the shelves, and I do like her face and hair quite a bit. Her body looks odd, though. What makes this even stranger is that the first Tris and Four dolls were articulated. Barbie Collector had a pretty substantial sale where they were about half of retail, and they made their way to my house. They are really nice dolls, Perhaps an extra one would make a good donor body, but I really resent having to do that; they should just be articulated to start with. As you mentioned, Monster High dolls for the same price are fully articulated -- and fun. What is going on?

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    1. No one seems to be able to answer that question, Troy?
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