|Meygan is grateful that Yasmin brought her monkey to the airport.|
|Are you my sister?|
Mom: Are you going to blog about how we spent the week?
Me: Yes, several posts, and the reason I put these specific gals in my luggage rather than in the box you're shipping to me is that I thought I'd start with the normal presents.
Me: Normal presents. Like, it's in wrapping and then the holiday comes, and you take the wrapping off, and there it is, and you're surprised. Totally normal.
Come, let us take a look at the totally normal presents and see how the newcomers take their places in society.
I didn't do fully documented de-boxings because Jane Boolittle was reviewed in detail by Toy Box Philosopher, while Monkfish's Dolly Ramble has repeatedly said what needs to be said about Bratz-maker MGA's packaging, notably that if you still have all your fingers after getting the doll out of the box, you've won.
Okay, there's one de-boxing photo that had to be taken and shared. There is no danger whatever that Action Heroez Yasmin's hair will shift by even a fraction of an inch. None.
|When I asked the salon for hair extensions and eyebrow threading, this is NOT what I meant.|
Action Heroez Yasmin -- now to be named Ynez because the first doll in a character gets the name, and I have my Walmart-rescue Express It! Yasmin -- has the most entertaining and complex hairstyle. I will never dare to take it down because how could I put it up in anything equally fabulous?
|We call this the Concha Serpentino.|
Ynez grew up in the Normal Heights neighborhood of San Diego and earned her bachelor's degree in physics from CalTech, studying vortices (of course). She is fascinated with lucha libre (the "Mexican wrestling" with colorful masks) and has strong opinions on the convoluted rivalry of luchadora sisters Faby and Mari Apache. She will go the extra mile for spiral-shaped kürtőskalács, though in Arizona, she may have to settle for churros.
Immigration is, of course, overseen by a Siamese cat. Isn't that the case everywhere?
|Hey there, stranger. Kayla wants your shoes.|
When my mother had warned me, back around Hallowe'en, that I might want to make a point of not buying Action Heroez if I ran across any, I sort of expected that they'd found a Yasmin, as it was Yasmin who'd triggered my first fascination with Bratz.
|Meygan thought she was the source of fascination, since she was the first Bratz to come home.|
I did not expect Cloe, having not remembered that blue-haired Cloe existed. Cloe's super-power is speed. She was one of Ynez's best friends at Caltech, and her specialty is engines. She collects movies about racing (and nitpicks the science), owns every single episode of Speed Racer ever made, and loved her summer internship with a NASCAR team. Her favorite food is blue moon ice cream.
|It's hardly worth getting out of bed if you're not going to break the sound barrier.|
|Of course you can join your university's sorority for women of color, Jane. Purple is a color.|
We need to pause for a moment of silence to admire the Action Heroez' coifs.
|How many specialists in non-Euclidean geometry does it take to design a hairstyle?|
|Why settle for a bare minimum ass-kicking, when your ass can get kicked by these puppies?|
The new gals are having no trouble settling in. Cloe interrupts planning for the New Year's float to suggest that she could add a lot more power to Hayden's new-used Chery convertible.
|I can put an entire zoo of tigers in that tank if you get off the hood, Julianne.|
|Naah, I don't think the presence of death will freak them out.|
|We want privacy, but not so much privacy that there aren't food trucks.|
|Hi? That's what people say, right?|
|I like a little bow on my skull for that girly feel.|
|Totally fancy AND no danger of mistaking which is left and which is right.|
|Meet Needles, the three-toed tree sloth.|
|The nude-look lips really work on you, Cleo. Would you like to pet my sloth?|
|You have a sloth, Jane! OMG, does it ever have babies? It's so cute!|