Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Misty Copeland Doll

When the Misty Copeland doll first came out, there was a huge rush to buy it. The doll sold out on Mattel's website within an hour or so, from what I've heard. Happily, it's now been released to other stores. I preordered mine on Walmart's website, and the doll arrived on Saturday. However, for once, this doll is not for me! My youngest daughter is not a doll collector, but she does have a few dolls that she cherishes, that are related to ballet. This includes a Tonner doll from the Nutcracker ballet, called Marie's Special Gift. When I saw the Misty Copeland doll, I knew I had to get it for my daughter. Not only will it make a perfect gift for her last dance recital, held later in June, but she recently chose to read Misty Copeland's autobiography for her English class, and really identified with Copeland's struggles in the dance world.

Black Doll Collector had some problems with boxes being crushed in transit. Fortunately, mine arrived with a beautiful box, although that left side of the box could have gotten crushed.
Alas, this Misty doll had two of the feathers from her Firebird costume fly off in weird directions, so that they partially obscure her face. My daughter may want to debox her, though, so it might not be an issue. Or maybe the box can be carefully opened and the feathers fixed.

Her legs are in really strange positions, which is another reason I can see my daughter wanting to debox her. One of her legs looks to be completely twisted around to her right side, in what looks like a horribly unnatural way. I do like it that her shoes are realistic. Pointe shoe ribbons generally don't get tied all the way up the calf like you see on some dolls.

And here's a picture of my daughter in her pointe costume for her recital.
I can't wait to see her surprise when she unwraps the doll! If she takes her out of the box, I'll try to take more pictures. If my daughter will let me. :)

8 comments:

  1. Wow! What a great gift idea for your ballerina! What a great pose on her toes! I guess I will have to order that doll to stay boxed. I love Misty also she is unbelievably talented.

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    1. Thank you! I hope you can get her; I think Mattel did a pretty good job with this one.

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  2. Hi Barb, what a great doll for your daughter! I have never heard of Misty Copeland prior to this Barbie being released so I didn't even hear about her until I saw her in one of My Froggy Stuff's videos. She's absolutely stunning. Enjoy your daughters last ballet recital..I am amazed whenever I see ballerina's on their toes! :)

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    1. If my daughter wasn't interested in the ballet world, I would never have heard of Misty Copeland either. And I didn't know this doll was being released until I saw her on somebody else's website. I guess word of mouth is enough to sell this doll, but I'm glad I was able to buy her before she hit the secondary market.

      I am so looking forward to my daughter's recital. She's in seven dances! She has worked so hard at her dancing.

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  3. What a gorgeous doll and what an adorable little ballerina! I bet she'll be thrilled with such a cool prize for all her hard work!

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    1. Thank you, Presto! She doesn't even know this doll exists, so it's going to be a real surprise.

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  4. What a perfect doll for your daughter - that'll be a fun surprise! I'm always impressed by the amount of dedication it takes for kids to continue in ballet beyond the early years!

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    1. She loves dancing, and yeah, she's worked really hard. I'm proud of her!

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