I Do think internet sales are cutting into the sales of "brick and mortor" toy stores, as "A Phily Collector" has asked. I, for one, have to shop Ebay, (gurrrrr) and Amazon, They have an Accessible site, although NO accessible link for leaving feedback for Market Place sellers. I do not have transportation to Get to toy stores and do Not want anybody else picking out my dolls for me, because they don't know what to Look for. Other shoppers who can see can be distracted by clothing or paint jobs which make one doll visually Look different than another doll. For me, they All feel the same.
Here are some questions I cannot answer, now that I don't have sighted help shopping. Will you kind readers, please help, if you can find the time?
1. Who are Power Team? Are they dolls, 12 inch action figures, or what? If they have some cool guy figures, I'm interested. Too many girls with No guy friends or dates.
2. Do "Dynamite Girls" have oversized heads and faces like Bratz, Flavas, or (I think the spelling is) Live Girls?
3. Are there any dolls other than Mixis being sold which Don't have big heads?
Now we get to some questions which may seem too sensitive to be answered. Please remember, I am totally blind and Don't go around touching the faces of Other grown people Or children.
Can't say why, but I have always been Fascinated with faces, though I could never see well enough to look at them. So as a kid I had to ask my sister if Native Americans were red like a fire engine, I could see colors. I asked if white people looked like sheets, if Chinese people looked like lemons, and if African American people looked like patent leather. (Giving my age away with that one.) Of course, the answer to all of my questions was NO. I have since learned from Ann, who was a visual artist, that there are usually at least three predominant colors which make up Anyone's skin tone and with Well-made dolls, it is the same. Sounds very beautiful to me!
So I try to find people with a good eye for detail and the ability to describe well. Then I ask questions like: "Is this doll a warm tone brown, like she has a bit of red or pink in her skin, or a Cool tone, like a bit of purple in her skin?" With these sorts of specific questions and a good describer, I can Usually guess what colors of cloth will look good with a particular doll's skin tone and hair color. In hair, for example there is white blond, warm golden blonde, strawberry blond, which contains red, brown blond (sandy) etc. With darker colors there is brown/black, blue/black, black/brown, black with reddish highlights, etc.
I call my own hair color brack. Most sighted people just call it black. But it is really brown black, so dark that you have to Really look, to see the difference.
But I still have trouble with faces. I did touch Ann's face and it was most like Fiona of the Get Set Club, only smaller. Probably the closest to is is one of the smaller Teresa faces.
I have Gia from the Get Set Club as well as the other four. Their faces are All gorgeous and distinct.
Recently I got some Yue Sai Wawa dolls. I couldn't find their cheekbones. I mean no offense to anyone, I am ignorant! Jade from Integrity Toys has cheekbones, Gia does, Mulan does, are there Chinese people or Chinese-American people who have naturally rounded faces so that their cheekbones do not stick out, but blend into their faces?
I know many differing groups of people live in China and in Taiwan, where there are still a few aboriginal people. So is Yue Sai Wawa a doll with a "stylized face" or is she just an example of a differing kind of face, just as the face of Mulan is not like the face of Jade or Gia?
I know that the Princess line of Barbies tends to represent what is thought of at the Perfect face in each culture. And the "Princess of the Chinese Court" (I think that is the correct name, cannot look at the box to be sure) has a face which, if followed from one ear to the other, around the front, feels rouunded also. So I wondered if Yue Sai Wawa dolls are a Classic or Perfect style of faces.
Please excuse my ignorance and forgive any offense I may have caused anyone. My favorite subject in school was always geography, if it included the food, languages, customs, and dress styles of other cultures. I like music from Bolivia, Scotland, Senegal, Grece, and Bulgaria.
So I have always been fascinated by the variety of people on Earth, and how they look similar to, and different from one another. I like sculpting faces from clay, but like to be accurate, when I can.