Let's start with the Everyday Fashion line, which currently retails for $9.99 and has articulated knees but not articulated elbows. I took pictures of every doll that TRU had (they had only one of each). I cannot explain why "Ariana" is actually named Nicole. If the face molds are not identical, the difference is too small for me to spot.
|Energia, Flores, and Turquoise.|
As you can see, there are three hair colors -- pinky-blond, brown, and brown with blond streaks -- and both light and medium skin tones.
There is also a Salsa line for $14.99, with fancier dresses and purses -- it's not on the TRU site but was in the store. The face-ups appear to be the same, and the elbows are still unarticulated. I photographed only a sample of these.
|So sweetly pretty that I didn't notice in person that the dress has a leopard under-dress (Salsa Sabor)...|
|Ke$ha goes to Las Vegas! Salsa Mambo!|
|This one is called Cielo.|
|Chica, spring break in Cancun does not count as getting in touch with your heritage.|
|Mi flor favorita es la caléndula.|
|Valerie es mi tía abuela.|
|Me despierto por la mañana, sintiéndose como P. Diddy.|
|No deje, hace pop!|
|Be a knock-off... or just look like one.|
My final ruling was that, through no fault of the Nicoles, I wasn't ready to buy at full price. I get my entertainment from digging up dolls at thrift stores and the swap meet and by burrowing like a badger through the shelves of retailers with poor inventory control... so what I'm used to paying $10 for is a better doll than can be sold with $10 as the original price. I am officially too cheap and erratic to review a new TRU doll.
At the same time, it's neat to see an Hispanic doll line on the store shelves, so I hope Nicole speaks to lots of people who aren't me.
Meanwhile, back in Barbie-land, the S.I.S. girls get a purple convertible. Later in the evening, I saw it at a Walgreen's other than my usual one, so these gals get a round-round-round.