Basic Black is basic as they come and they left out the panties!
The quality of the dress fabric is fair to middling—the type that leaves little pieces of lint on the doll. It's a cute dress and it closes with snaps. I could not remove her boots without having to cut the back part open. I could have warmed them up but I was frustrated and I have better boots for this doll.
Her high pony-tail styled hair is neatly and nicely done and her face painting is carefully but plainly applied. She looks a lot less sophisticated and somewhat younger than prior Silkstones.
Mattel needs to rethink the finishing of the surface areas, the appearance of the elbow joints and the too-youthful appearance of her face. And...she needs earring holes.
If you enlarge several of my photos and look at the seams, you will see how poorly done they are. There are strange protrusions from the elbows. I am concerned about the knee joints as well as they are very stiff and I don't really trust bending them all the way.
On the other hand, she poses very well.
Here she is compared to the original Silkstone body front and back. She is slightly lighter than the original.
I didn't have a problem with redressing in any way. Everything fits perfectly.
The price was very good. On BC.Com, she retailed for $40. I used my $20 quarterly coupon and got her for $20. Dealers are offering her for about $49. I don't think she's worth a whole lot more. I'll venture to guess that future issues will cost more. They will have to appear to be worth it to get my money.