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If You Could Have a Bratz Series Again…

13 Oct

Hello, Generation Next readers!

I’ve noticed that the Bratz Youtube Channel has been posting all of the old episodes from the original Bratz series! I know many fans loved that series, especially Bratz fans from the U.K. and Canada.

I think I’ve shared with some of my other readers my secret dream: to write for the Bratz series, possibly even a new one! I’ve been having this idea for years. However, I’ve been losing my confidence for a minute, seeing how Hayden Williams was treated after working so hard on his dream. I also have been analyzing what fans want and I’m not sure my idea is what they might be interested in. I decided I would do a poll to better understand what fans want!

I’ve been writing a scripted series for Netflix/web/tv that is loosely based off of the actual Bratz dolls’ “life”. I really thought the old series was cute, but I would’ve liked to see some other characters get animated, like Felicia, and I would’ve liked some elements to be more true to the original design of the characters (back before release and in 2001). I haven’t pitched this script to anyone YET, but I would like to soon.

I’ve already created the pilot. I just can’t decide if it should be CGI, live action, or 2D…If it ever does get picked up…

Anyway, aside from this script, I wanted to personally ask fans: If you could bring the Bratz series back, what would it look like? Make your choice above!

Thanks if you can read and play the poll.

Bratz are Back Again! A 2018 Bratz Collectors’ Exclusive Review: Look Two

3 Oct

Uh-oh! She’s back!

What’s up readers! This is Gen Next!

I’ve had to take some time off due to my personal life. I came back and like three people dropped me from Twitter! Am I boring you? Okay, I’m not that pressed. I’m here to tell my story.

Did you hear? I was RIGHT! The Bratz are coming with TWO outfits! The Bratz 2018 Collectors Exclusive dolls’ SECOND outfits have been revealed! Yes! I’m glad we’re getting more. That has been a weakness of Bratz the last couple of years: They’ve only been coming with one outfit. Yuck! But now, I got something else I wanted and that’s two outfits!

We’re going to review each girl individually, like we did before with the first outfits. You can read and watch my review of the first outfits below.

Look One Review

The first girl we’re going to review is Yasmin aka Pretty Princess.

Yasmin’s Review

Yasmin looks so, so, SO stunning. Expressing myself in threes again.

Yasmin is like a sexy, sassy, gangster godmother. “You come today on the day of my grandmother’s funeral.” “Yah, see? Yah!” That kind of look.

She looks like she’s walking in and owning the place, like a boss. All I can say is YAS Yasmin! You’re not a princess anymore! You’re a “Gorguz” Queen!

With this look, I can honestly say less is more in my opinion. However, more accessories and details would still make this $50 worthy. It’s a stunning ensemble for sure, but more should’ve been added to give it  photo value. Hopefully, we get some of the other details when the actual doll comes out.

Honestly, there are so many people who were biased towards Yasmin from the jump, that I never worried about her sales. She’s naturally beautiful. I’m most worried about Sasha and Jade because of the Closmin issues in 2005 to 2009 (especially). But Yasmin? I wasn’t ever worried about. I wasn’t feeling the execution of her first look that much, but this one is satisfying to the eyes.

Does this look live up to her fashion passion? As mentioned in the first review, Yasmin is into retro and bohemian styles in autumn or earth tone colors. She likes exotic textures and patterns. She often blends different styles together to make one graceful look. Yasmin is considered the feminine one of the pack, and it often shows in her style.

This one isn’t quite as bohemian as her first look, but it has a retro flair about it. I would say the pin-stripe feel gives it a 1920s gangster style, but the actual suit reminds me of fashion I would’ve seen in the 1990s (especially with those pointed shoes and black at the toe).

Maybe the fringe at the end of the skirt looks a bit bohemian, since many bohemian looks have a cut-off kind of feeling to them.

Yasmin does look more feminine in this look than in the last one, but there’s also a masculine touch that’s put together in this style gracefully. Did I ever tell you all I love androgynous fashion? I would like to see an androgynous line from Bratz one day, maybe some outfits inspired from male fashion and mixed with a feminine touch or something…

Anyway, I would like to break down Yasmin’s look piece by piece.

Head

First let’s talk about Yasmin’s head. I basically covered her face in the first review, but now she’s not wearing her hat. I…honestly think she looks stunning without her hat! Her hair looks glorious. That little part on the left side is giving me vibes. I feel my life is returning.

I don’t know how I feel about those eyebrows. The arch is sharp at the top. She’s extra arched. But she’s still beautiful. I have to hand it to her.

After seeing her second outfit, I think the light makeup works more for this look than the last one. If only you could change your doll’s makeup! Hint, hint: MGA that’s an idea.

I still think a smokey eye and darker lips would add so much sass to this. But the light eyes and pink lips do this new outfit some serious justice, too.

I’m glad I can see the earrings more. I think it goes really well with Yasmin’s sassy yet professional look.

Body

Yasmin snapped in this outfit. Obviously, when I saw the artwork, I was stunned stupid. I did worry how it would be executed on the doll. Wow, did she come for me. I bounced back like a heart attack.

This outfit is business professional with a little sass. Yasmin looks like she’s on her grown woman. Someone compared this look to Meghan Markle’s style. I love the little cleave she’s showing. The ties on the front are an amazing detail. I like that the sleeves are kind of long and fall off of the wrist. I want this outfit for my very own!

The mini skirt has fringe at the end, giving even her prof look some edge. And we get to see some long legs because it’s not saturated with tacky stockings and poorly executed magenta boots!

Some people say they don’t like that it looks too professional because they envisioned the Bratz looking more like teenagers. Some young fans, even in their early 20s, feel they wouldn’t wear this. All I have to say to you is…LEVEL UP! Get on Yasmin’s level. Y’all should be trying to get those high-paying jobs. If you take tips from Yasmin’s wardrobe, you will be ready for those high-profile meetings! Especially if you’re working in the fashion industry.

I think these dolls are for adult collectors, so I don’t see the problem with her looking more grown-up. The Bratz have been teenagers for over 10 years. They have a whole empire now. It’s time for them to bear fruit from their hard work and look like they’ve worked off all their debt.

Okay, I get we were hoping to see some styles that are trendy with this new generation of teens. Bratz have always reflected what was trendy with tweens and teens. But this is kind of refreshing, bold, and new in a good way. And actually, adult fashion was something I hoped Bratz would try eventually.

I’m super glad she doesn’t look childish like in 2015. She looked corny back then, I’m sorry. They all did.

Now, as much as I love this look, I do have my own criticisms that have nothing to do with the professionalism of this look. Here me out.

The first thing I want to discuss is the fact that MGA called this “Mix and Match”. Is it really mix and match fashion? It’s more like strip the first and put on a whole new look. I can’t see mixing anything from Yasmin’s second outfit with her first! Maybe the shoes…The outfits both seem professional, but they don’t seem like they can be mixed with each other. Maybe the lace top can combine with the suit’s jacket and skirt…Okay, I can see that. Other than that, the hat from the first outfit wouldn’t be compatible with the second outfit to me. The jacket might look nice on this, but it might look like there are too many layers.

I don’t know. I have to get it up close and personal. Yasmin’s second outfit sealed the deal, so I’m buying it. But these two looks are directly exclusive from one another and I don’t see the large mix and match potential in them, at least not to my taste.

The other thing I want to talk about are some missing details that actually would’ve made this outfit even more of a stunner in the photos. Just some minor housekeeping y’all.

Looking at the artwork, I anticipated some ruffles. Now, I know some people hate ruffles and may think it’s better this way. But the way the ruffles seemed to sit in the artwork made it very feminine and appealing to me.

I was thinking the sleeves would be fit tighter around her arms and that her cuffs would have a loose ruffle feeling to them. Maybe they felt they outdid the ruffles with the last look. Still, I would’ve liked that detail. I like that her sleeves seem longer, but it also might look like the jacket is too big for her. You have to be careful with that. It’s a fashion risk. I’m glad it was taken, but it would feel more feminine if it was tighter on the arm.

I was also expecting matching ruffles at the end of the jacket and skirt. I really expected the material to be more of a chiffon. I thought the jacket would kind of hang down gracefully.

Yasmin is also missing her choker. I get the feeling they’re intending that brown choker to be used with this look and honestly…I wouldn’t. A nice black choker with a dog collar would’ve set this off.

Overall though, her outfit is still an amazing doll item. I can’t wait to own it.

Feet

Again, the shoe game continues to be the weakest part of the look for me, to be honest. But this time it ain’t as bad as it was before. The execution is better. In fact, again, I can say less is more in this case. It looks just as classy and sophisticated without the straps from the artwork.

Of course, I was hoping it would match the artwork. Where ARE her straps and why were they scrapped? That detail made the feet fierce as opposed to classic (though Yasmin tends to like that classic look, but still). Y’all know you have to come harder!

And we’ve been talking about these “granny heels”. First off, the actual heel looks a little shaky in the back. Is it just me? Or is the heel curved down in the back? Not sure, but it doesn’t look firm. That’s not a big deal to me, but I know these heels could’ve been higher and more fierce. The foot should’ve been curved bringing the heel higher. I think I talked about that problem in the last video…

Again, the shoes aren’t ugly and they are in fact very classy and stylish. I just wish they’d paid attention to the details in the artwork. Matter fact, stop showing us artwork you’re not going to live up to! Different people will expect different things. Y’all been doing this since 2002. I should’ve emphasized this in my video “Please don’t”…

Overall, Yasmin’s look is still gorgeous. Her ratings just went a little higher for me. I still would like to see WhatCollectorsWant’s take on the look. He is so talented at nailing and envisioning what fans see when they look at the artwork.

In this look’s case, I don’t care if they keep it the way it is. The outfit is still a treasure I would love to have at home. I can see some other Bratz items I can mix and match with it.

 

Jade’s Review

Overall, Jade has more of a mixed reception with her second outfit than Yasmin. Personally, I like it. It didn’t stop me in my tracks like Yasmin’s, but I’m biased towards Jade. She’s cutting edge and I love that.

This outfit fits with her fashion passion. Some people don’t get her look EVER. People didn’t get it in Strut It when all the girls had a mature vibe and she had that ballerina skirt and baby doll top, but that’s what makes her cool.

In this look, Jade looks HAWT! But somehow all the pieces don’t merge together as well as I thought they would.

The plus side is that the execution is at least closer to the artwork than the others have been. But Jade’s look didn’t appear public-friendly to begin with when I first saw it.

Does it fit with her fashion passion? Yup. Jade is cutting edge with a sizzling flair. Nailed that. She also has an affinity with the feline persuasion. She’s always a little quirky. Only Jade would shoot for a look like this.

The other pro is that there’s more mix-and-match potential between this outfit and the first in comparison to Yasmin’s in my opinion.

Head

We finally get to see Jade without her beret. A plus is that at least she has a hairstyle. But I don’t know how I feel about it. The bangs or fringe looks a little messy. Maybe they were going for that? If they were, that’s innovative, but jarring.

The electro buns on her head give me a Jade vibe. But is it just me or does one bun look smaller than the other? Maybe that’s part of the plan, too?

I don’t know about the hairstyle. I think it could’ve been executed better.

As far as the makeup, still would’ve preferred it darker like in the art and in WhatCollectorsWant’s edits. Watch my last video to see that. It will be linked below and will appear at the end of this video.

Body

I feel like I like it, but there are things that are off. First off, the fur arm warmers. They look like plucked feathers. I expected it to fall gracefully or be a lot smoother. However, it’s definitely innovative and different. It’s just not what I was expecting when I saw the art. And what I saw in the art appealed to me more.

The choker, top, and bra are killing it. However I expected the red bra to have black straps and have some black at the bottom…I like that it’s all-red though. However, some black in the top would’ve brought out the black in the fish nets.

I was expecting some red to pop up in the skirt, too. It looked like there was a shadow of red in the skirt in the art. That would’ve brought out the red in the overall look.

I also don’t like the fit of the skirt. Again, I would’ve preferred a high-waist style for this look. It looks like it was supposed to be designed that way, so it makes the skirt look like it doesn’t fit her somehow.

I was also probably the only one that thought the skirt would be denim with designs…

I still like the skirt though. It looks like it’s silky. I just don’t know if it goes well with anything in this look.

Feet

Far better executed than I expected it to be. The fish nets merge with each other and I’m living for the shoes. I still expected the heel to be higher, but it’s still a beautiful shoe. I was expecting a little bit of blue in there, but I’ll live without it. Still, we need something to bring out this blue skirt. It’s standing on its own in this look.

Overall, I like Jade’s look. A little housekeeping and I would’ve fallen in love though.

 

Cloe’s Review

Cloe’s second look is really cool to me. With some adjustments, it could be the best look in the line!

Honestly, her artwork for her second outfit was the best of all the girls to me. I’m bitter-sweet about it because I get the feeling Cloe will outsell the dolls of color (yet again), but I’m glad at least one of the dolls has a pretty cool look.

However, there are still some elements I felt could’ve been executed better. Don’t cut my throat for this, but I actually feel this could’ve been a show-stopping look if only it had those details polished from the artwork.

Does it live up to Cloe’s fashion passion? It doesn’t really give me the Angelic vibe. It gives me more of a devilish appeal.

Cloe is into setting the trends and wearing anything dramatic-like animal prints and sparkly or shimmery fabrics. She’s angelic and fluffy in her appearance at times.

This outfit is pretty dramatic, as Cloe likes. But there’s no animal print or sparkly fabrics, not even the hint of blue or pink. It doesn’t feel “angelic”. It’s more of a Jade try than a Cloe try. However, the furs add a touch of drama. Maybe the fur is meant to be that nod to “animal print”?

So far, it’s giving me a Dynamite feeling. It would’ve been giving me a Vegas tease…but I’ll get into why I feel that part of it is going over my head.

Head

Speaking of heads, let’s look at Cloe’s head. Though we’ve had a look at Cloe’s head in the first review, there seems to be a change here. Is it just me?

Are there going to be two dolls in this collection?

Personally, I don’t like the newer Cloe’s face as much as the one we just saw with her first outfit. The smokier eye was what I was living for. These eyes seem to lack color, which is a no for me. The eyes seem way too arched. Wow. It went in deep on the right!

You can’t tell me it was just the shading of the hat that made the eye look smokier. If that’s the case, I will be seriously disappointed with Cloe’s face. I hope this is just a prototype version. I mean, she’s not ugly, but I love the smoky eyes I thought I was seeing in the first photo.

Her hair seems shorter too. I personally don’t care about that as much as other fans, I just wonder why they changed the doll.

A lot of fans want dolls with long hair so they can style the hair any way they want to. I personally miss when Bratz would come with elaborate styles. That made them unique.

Again, I understand people want the option to style the dolls’ hair themselves and some people don’t want to have to maintain difficult hairstyles. But as someone who is designed-impaired and cuts like a 5-year-old, I would like an already-designed hairstyle to come with my doll so I can take photos and observe them around my home. I don’t want to put in the work I feel a doll hair stylist should be getting paid to do. If I can do the hair and design the clothes, why buy anything from a toy company? I want a full-out design, like I used to get from Bratz back in 2002 to 2003.

So far, only Jade and Sasha have given different hairstyles from the normal feminine and generic “long straight” hairstyle and even Sasha’s disappointed me a little. I already expressed my disappointment with her hair in my original review.

Anyway, looking at the rest of Cloe’s face, we can finally see the little earrings she has, which I’m okay with. I would like them to pop a little more. They can be bigger. Still, they’re cute and look pretty good.

Body

I love the little fish net leotard thing going on. That snapped, crackled, and popped for me!

Unfortunately, it looks like it’s using leftover fabric from Sasha’s outfit and I was hoping they wouldn’t be borrowing from each other, but it’s fine. I love, love, love the top to be honest. I’m expressing in threes. Since I loved Sasha’s top, I can’t help but be cool with Cloe’s.

That fur vest though…It’s giving me wicked witch of the west type of tease. It’s giving me scarecrow type of tease. It’s ready for October.

It really looks like it fell in the tub and they didn’t have time to comb it out, so they thought “Well, we will have to make it work”. I applaud the fashion risk that it’s taking, but again…it ain’t public-friendly. I think you can be unique and still appeal to the public with the right execution. This could’ve been like Bratz Fabulous Las Vegas, but it became Fabulous Lost Vegas because you lost me with these crow wings.

Here’s my thing about these furs (and I’m including Jade’s in this). I honestly thought the furs were going to start at the elbows, not the shoulders. Actually, it would’ve looked more unique and stylish moved downward. They should be falling downward, in a combed fashion.

I think the messy hair look comes across cheap and dirty. I’m not one to talk because I look like a mess everyday. But I think it’s because I’m a mess, I know what a mess is when I see one.

Purely, though, I like the idea of it with this look. It has a dangerous glam-rock feel. I get where they were going with it. With the right execution, this outfit would be set.

The pants are really cool to be honest. However, and here comes my critique, you know what would’ve really made this bomb? If it had come with that fish-netting on the side with the ties at the bottom. Yet again, another loss for not being close to the art. I preferred that detail than the four slits in the pants.

I also would’ve liked more silver ties in the front of the pants like she had in the artwork (Are there even ties anymore? I can’t tell).

However, overall, I still think this look is pretty cool. I hope it comes with the pearl choker and the glasses. Cloe looks very sleek. That art was just so mesmerizing, I did want more.

Feet

I like the shoes a lot. The solid black would look good with this outfit and with the first one honestly. I prefer it to the boots to be honest.

However, again, housekeeping needs to be done. I would like more of a curve at the bottom so the heel is higher, like what was shown in @WhatCollectorsWant’s photo edits in my first review. With a higher heel, the dolls will be fiercer. Just my take on it.

Again, Cloe looks cool and she definitely still has that Bratitude.

 

Sasha’s Review

Sasha’s second outfit is really hot. When I first saw it in the artwork, I knew I was going to like it.

I really like the doll form too. Of course, a couple of tweaks would really make this a seller. But it’s still a worthy doll outfit to me.

I’m kind of done with the pleather look though. Jade, Cloe, and Sasha have sported it. It feels like too many dolls have it. But it’s not terrible. I was just looking for something different. On the other hand, the line looks cohesive, which is always a plus.

I still like the dress. It looks really great on Sasha.

Does it live up to her fashion passion? I think it does. Sasha is into styles from the streets-a little bit of the old and new school hip-hop fashions. She’s also always on the hunt for a new look, so she’s into styles that are experimental and avant-garde as well. Sasha also likes it “flashy and classy”.

Sasha’s second outfit isn’t as flashy as the first one, but the orange pops out. It’s definitely experimental. It does have a street feeling, though it’s not quite as hip-hop as her first look. It’s still a nice look though.

Head

Without the hat, I dig the head a little more. I was expecting pigtails like in the art. Yes, I know I can make my own pigtails. But y’all, I have poor hand-eye coordination and I’m not a stylist in the least. I can quack up some pigtails. I can’t even do a simple braid right.

How do I do my hair every morning? I told y’all I’m a mess. I pass by calling it natural.

I would like my $50 dolls to come with their elaborate hairstyles already. At least advertise it to me that way, okay? Show me the possibilities. I do like the little braids. But it’s not as cute as the pigtails. I also hope the doll still comes with those hair pins or clips or whatever too…

The lips look a lot darker than they did in the last photo. I’m convinced that the lighting is playing tricks on me. I hope she comes with the dark lips. I think I told you all how much I hated those pink lips back during Wintertime Wonderland when she was clearly advertised with darker lips. Sasha looked like she was modeling for a racist toothpaste ad back during that Wintertime Wonderland release.

wintertime wonderland sasha

Racisst Darkie toothpaste

Sasha looks better with darker makeup in my opinion. Honestly, she would look better in any color but pink.

I will definitely have to see the dolls up close to really see if the makeup is what it is though.

I still like the earrings. It definitely gives a nod to old-school hip-hop. Remember back in 2K, everyone wore those huge silver hoop earrings?

Body

This is definitely a unique dress. Again, I feel the pleather material is overdone. I don’t know why I feel that way. Too many outfits have it in this line, so it doesn’t feel novel. However, it’s still a cute dress and is pretty close to the art.

I love the orange at the neckline and the wide sleeves. The sleeves are selling me. I would have to add the choker to see the full effect.

I think the other part of the dress is less impressive. A true-blue lace-up would’ve made the dress a stunner for sure. The side print-ons feel cheaper and less impressive. It doesn’t take away from the look but it doesn’t add to it either.

Feet

I like the shoes a lot. I was worried about the execution because it looked like a sock in the art. I thought it would get the Yasmin treatment. I feel the plastic was safe if they didn’t know how to execute the sock shoe.

However, I wish there was someone on board who really did know how to execute it. I think real sock fabric over a shoe would not only be innovative but truly trend-setting. And that’s what the Bratz are supposed to be doing.

Again, I feel the heel should be curved and higher, like I expressed in my first video. @WhatCollectorsWant’s edits really nailed my visions of the shoes. I want high and fierce heels. That would make the shoes better. Right now, the heel is giving me soccer/football-team-mixed-with-chess-team foot type of vibes.

Overall, I like Sasha’s look. I love the orange in the dress, even if the pleather thing is overdone. I love the shoes on their own, though I’m not sure how they fit into the whole look. It’s still very unique in the doll world.

 

Cameron’s Review

After seeing Cameron’s second outfit in the artwork, I decided I liked it way better than the first. Cameron still reminds me of a Kpop star, but it also feels a bit more true to him than that first outfit. I say that because of the casual jacket and rips in his pants. This look is less flamboyant, which is fitting for him.

Some people feel it’s too plain. I think it should be. If he had any more to him, I think it would be too gaudy. This look doesn’t need anymore. It just needs adjustment, like all the other outfits. Actually, I’ve found Cameron’s outfit to be pretty true to the art (surprise ya’ll, surprise!) or it’s basically what I expected. Still, I think there are some tweaks I would’ve added.

Now, I want to address something that’s been bothering me about some fans’ observations about him. Some of the fans have been saying some pretty homophobic things about him. If you’re saying, “Is Cameron gay now?!” with an excited tone, fine. But some people are saying, “Um, I’m not a homophobe, but…” See when you add the “but”, that means you’re getting ready to say something negative about a doll representing the gay community. I understand that Cameron hasn’t tried this kind of look before, but that doesn’t mean the look itself is bad for any dolls.

And since when did a look come with a sexuality? I think it’s pretty narrow-minded to color your critiques of the dolls with your own prejudices. I can’t respect that. Yes, I think Cameron’s first look is flashy for HIM. But I don’t see a problem with him being gay, no matter what he’s wearing. In fact, as I mentioned in my article and video about what I wanted to come back and didn’t, I want the Bratz to go back single so we can have a Secret Date line again. I hated the day these shows and movies stuffed Cloe and Cameron together for views. That’s me. You all are welcome to disagree.

I think it’s disgusting that people look down on Cameron and the gay community. Do you all not realize Carter Bryant was gay? Do you not realize gay people run this thing called the fashion industry? Get your life!

When people start to focus on what community the doll is representing, they are taking away from the real constructive critiques that should be coming with this doll.

Anyway, I’m going to talk about his look from head to toe right now.

Head

Still not feeling the head…even with a new outfit. But now…I’m seeing that the back part is plastic. Sigh. I was okay with the little long mohawk when I thought the back at least felt like hair. To find out it’s plastic…I’m beyond disappointed. It reminds me of the hair underneath the Star Stylez dolls’ wigs…Only, it’s not underneath some hair.

Again, I’ve shown how @WhatCollectorsWant made his face stronger. I prefer the softer look to be honest. I still like the earrings on his ears. That’s a detail I love.

Body

I thought Cameron’s sweater would have more black thread than white, but the white pops more than the black. I’m still okay with it. But he looks extra hot with that jacket on top. And I’m not talking about “The Blaze” kind of hot. He looks like he has too many layers.

The sweater itself reminds me of something Koby would’ve worn as opposed to Cameron, but I guess the jacket makes it look cooler.

I like the jacket. Again, it’s a gender-neutral product. I think I can have fun with it. I was expecting it to be of a white denim material, but it’s still a pretty cool piece of clothing. I don’t have a doll with this look.

I like the jeans. I like the little rips in his pants.

Overall, his second outfit is better than his first. Still would’ve liked a chain necklace with this than the pearls, but it’s nice.

Feet

Cameron’s shoes…They are just kind of bland and go with nothing in his outfit…I don’t know how I feel about these boots. To be honest, I feel disappointed because I feel like this outfit could’ve sold Cameron if only he had a different pair of shoes.

Fortunately, Cameron actually has some mix-and-match value, unlike some of the girls. I can put his black shoes on this outfit and he will be alright.

Overall, the second look is better than the first.

 

Overall Bratz “Second Outfit” Review

Overall, I like the second outfits far better than the first. They look better-executed. However, they weren’t as spot-on as I’d hoped, and it made the difference in some areas. There were some details I was hoping would actually be there and they weren’t. The details they had weren’t the ones I cared about. But the second outfits are still more on fire than the first ones and I still look forward to buying the dolls when they’re released.

Again, as I said in my first review, MGA has NEVER been good at sticking to the art. I think I told you all about my disappointment with Funk N Glow, right?

Still, we were hoping they would fix that problem in 2018.

There’s another thing I want to address: I don’t really see the mix and match potential here as it was advertised. I feel like only Jade’s outfit can be exchanged with her original in a larger capacity. Many of the accessories seem exchangeable, but not anything else. Some outfits seem set. But two outfits are better than one I suppose?

Still not feeling the faces too tough, and I was let down by Cloe’s face. But they aren’t ugly faces. I will say I like Yasmin’s pink lips better with the second outfit than with the first, but Jade and Cloe’s makeup look too underwhelming to me. Sasha’s eyes need to move to the side and needs a smokier shadow, too. They’re still pretty, just too sharp where they should be soft (like with those eyebrows) and too soft where they should be hard (like with those eyelids). Of course, that’s my subjective opinion.

The feet did better this time. Last time, they got a D from me. Those shoes were gross. These shoes are better. They still could’ve been even better, but they work this time. The execution was better this time.

As I’ve said before, you can’t please everybody. If you wanted to please me as a fan 100%, you’re bound to disappoint other fans.

I still think these dolls have some play value, even if it isn’t a playline. Again, there really isn’t anything out there like this on shelves. I’m not going to turn down dolls like this because I want to encourage more doll companies to start at least thinking about being creative and trying fashion-forward styles.

Of course, there still needs to be some polishing with these dolls, and I’m not going to end this review without saying it.

So, ratings for the second outfits:

Head Game: B-

Body Game: B+

Feet Game: B (far higher than the first pair of shoes)

 

My Overall Review of the Whole Line

Heads: B They received strikes for not having the glossy look I desired, and another strike for not having smoky eyes. Cloe fooled me. But the dolls are still pretty. I’m open to new screenings, though I still don’t think they’re as nice as older screenings. They’re still better than 2010 and 2015 if you ask me.

I also wish the hair had been styled in more incredible styles, but I guess I can do it myself. Sigh.

The hair still seems to be of good quality and the dolls are still relatively pretty.

Bodies: B All outfits look like they have real material, a sense of experimental style (which I love), two outfits, and a spark of individuality, which has been missing from the Bratz since around 2006 with Bratz Birthday and Bratz Forever Diamondz to 2008.

But strikes were given because some material was overused and I believe the execution needs housekeeping. With that attention to detail, this would’ve seemed like a high-quality doll line worth the price. I would’ve liked for it to be more like the art (which MGA has been failing at since 2002, but okay). You won’t believe how many old-time Bratz lines I’ve rated low for that reason.

It’s obvious where they decided to go the cheap route with some of the print-ons and two-toned boots. I don’t like that they decided to cheapen Sasha’s second outfit, a doll of color who barely gets any love as it is, by not adding ties to the side and real fabric on her shoes, but they did okay with adding Yasmin’s ties in the front of her second outfit and didn’t forget to add fabric to her boots. I don’t like that favoritism.

Also, they seemed to stuff too many things in one look for many of the dolls. Particularly with Jade’s second outfit and Yasmin’s first outfit, which isn’t public-friendly. However, in my case…I like it stuffed.

The second outfits were a lot better than the first though. I felt the execution of the second outfits was stronger and more public-friendly. And overall, I like many of the outfits and would probably want to wear them.

I like the articulated arms with the normal Bratz legs and bodies. As I’ve said before, I don’t care for completely articulated bodies. It makes many dolls look skinnier. It just looks awkward to me. I like this body best.

Feet: C+ The feet from the first outfits and even some in the second…The game is weak. I wanted higher heels. I’m not feeling the foot shape at all. Some of the heels were really good, but many of them were disappointing and not as striking as the art. I just prefer the art versions.

I preferred Jades’s chunky shoe from the original.

I preferred Sasha’s “sock shoe” to have real sock fabric like they gave Yasmin’s boots real velvety material.

I just really feel that Yasmin’s boot execution was not it. She’s not that girl in those boots. She’s just not that girl.

I don’t know how I feel about Cloe’s “snakeskin”, but it wasn’t what I expected and I can’t bring myself to like those boots as much as the plaid I saw in @WhatCollectorsWant’s edits.

Sasha’s camo shoes don’t appeal to me, especially with that granny heel.

Yasmin’s, Cloe’s, and Jade’s second outfits have pretty nice shoes, though I was expecting straps on Yasmin (which I would’ve loved but I don’t need) and more blue in Jade’s shoe to make that skirt pop.

However, I like that all of the shoes are very individual and unique. All the Bratz girls managed to have different looking shoes, which was a problem in the 2010 era. I still see play value with these shoes.

To the average person, these dolls may not look too different from how they once looked. I’ve heard people say the Bratz have always been gaudy.

Some people can’t really see the difference in the screenings. Some people argue that the screenings have always changed.

I’ve heard some people say Bratz should look like they’re from the 2000s…which I don’t understand. The Bratz have been about keeping up with the latest fashions.

Again, everyone will have their own opinions about these dolls. You can’t please everyone. Even Carter Bryant struggled to please everyone. But hopefully, there are fans of these dolls who will support them. That could help the Bratz bounce back.

 

Where Do the Bratz Go From Here?

According to Hayden Williams, he mostly worked on this one line.

According to him, this is just a “collaboration” and “won’t interfere with his regular schedule”.

From this, I take it he isn’t the permanent designer for the Bratz from here going forward. He just came together for this project. If these dolls do well, he might be asked to do more. But so far, we don’t know where the Bratz will go from here.

Is this a good-bye line? Or is it the first stepping stone to a new era?

If it’s a stepping-stone, there might be completely different designers for the rest of the Bratz dolls going forward. There might be a new designer every time.

On the other hand, if these dolls are a success, they may ask Hayden Williams to return. I know there are some fans who have beef with Hayden, who didn’t like his attitude in the fan community, may not like to hear this. There are still some fans out there set to flop these dolls because of that altercation in the Bratz fan community.

A lot of people said they would like older lines to be revamped into more modern styles, like Flaunt It, Beach Party, Funk N Glow, Xpress It, etc. I would like to see something like that, too.

However, at this point, Bratz doesn’t even have a team. Everyone from the old era is gone besides Isaac Larian. They have to rebuild this brand over there at MGA. Who are they going to get to do this?

I also received some interesting information about the doll industry as a whole, which affects Bratz, and is a nod as to why Bratz may have been sold as Amazon exclusives. I spoke with someone who has experience as a Senior Designer and they brought to my attention that some dolls are launched as retailers’ exclusives because the dolls wouldn’t have come about without the help of that retail company. In other words…these new Bratz dolls wouldn’t have even existed had it not been for Amazon. They are the reason these dolls are possible.

Basically, if it hadn’t been for them, the Bratz wouldn’t be back. I don’t know how I feel about that.

And this same doll designer confirmed what Carter Bryant had been saying from the jump: market buyers DO have influence over what companies produce! It’s highly likely they have been influencing the direction of Bratz from the jump.

Remember I released a video “Bratz 2018: So, What Happened to the Bratz dolls? Why Did they Go Away? Why’d they change?” If you haven’t seen it, it will be linked up below.

Taking this information I received from news articles, Carter Bryant himself, and the book “You Don’t Own Me”, I posted for all of you all reading my blog and listening to my videos everything I learned.

I had been expressing how retailers control the industry and can change every detail of a doll line they don’t like (which is why the Fashion Pixiez were changed from their prototypes to what we know today). I had expressed how I got this info from Bryant.

I shared this same information with a group of elite fans. Among these fans was someone who was hired by MGA and worked with MGA. This person has a lot of fans themselves. They’re like idol status in the Bratz community.

That “insider’s” fans had no hesitation when it came to stating I was misinformed and that I didn’t know what I was talking about. They basically came for me and said I sound dumb because I’m spreading false information. Their source was this Bratz fan “insider”.

The insider only shaded me once with a heart towards someone who had been very rude, but overall their responses have been cordial. This “insider” responded by saying basically that they have been in the room when these things “literally go down” and that mostly market buyers “write little notes” but hardly pay attention to the details of a line. Basically, they were saying I don’t know what I’m talking about. I took the L for that.

I talked about that whole conversation I had with the insider and the L I took in the video “The Truth or not the Truth! What really happened to Bratz in 2015? Why exclusive in 2018?” That will also be linked below.

I didn’t take offense. I looked at the whole ordeal as a chance to really get the truth. Maybe I was misinformed, right?

This fan insider that I spoke with said that “designers are hardly in the room with these buyers, though Bryant was more than just a designer, so he was an exception”. The “insider” also said that what happened with the Fashion Pixiez was “rare” which was why that “case was so famous”.

However, recently a high-profile designer, who goes by the name of guruuvy on Youtube, has been the Director of Product Development/ Lead Designer at Chic Boutique, the lead Barbie Careers designer for 5 1/2 years, and is currently Senior Project designer for other brands, came to me to confirm the power of retailers. The lead designer I talked to said this “INSIDER” sounds like they haven’t been in a sales meeting with buyers. Hmmm…

The Lead Designer that commented to me said this:

“A principal designer in a small company would be in the room with the sales team to pitch to the buyers, so Carter was definitely in that room every season until he left.

Some lines are launched as retailer exclusives and would otherwise not have come about without the boost from that company. (Like in 2003 when I was the Director of Product Development/ Lead Designer at Chic Boutique and was in the room with Toys R Us when they helped launch the Hottiez dolls).

Buyers can comment on everything, and sometimes will send you back to square one during a meeting.

Retailers will also request solid packs of the non-White dolls in order to order them separately and not ship them to certain locations where they will not be well received. This often results in not meeting the MOQ (minimum order quantities) for non-White dolls and having to cancel those dolls.

So even if you design the doll, the retailer might tell you that they only want 5,000 pieces (even though 10,000 pieces is the typical minimum order quantity) so it can’t be made.”

Now, in regards to the “fan insider” who said I was misinformed…It’s unclear how many of these meetings they’ve been in to assess that market buyers have little influence on the direction of the brand, especially comparing their view of the issue with these high-profile designers. When I asked the “insider” what their role was in the industry, they didn’t want to share. And that’s fine. But the high-profile designers had no problem sharing their roles and experiences, which makes it easier for me to see where their experiences are coming from.

People can say a lot of things. I think TWO, yes TWO, lead designers who clearly have the same experience, would know what they’re talking about.

I do believe that the fan “insider” was right about 2015 dolls being the result of a new anti-Bratz team. I peeped that when I read an interview about the designers some years back. I looked at the instagram of one of those 2015 workers and just knew they didn’t have that Bratitude.

However, I believe the lead designers are right in stating that market buyers carry most of the control in the doll industry. If anyone wants to dispute it, they have to prove different. That’s all I’m going to say about that matter.

With all of that being said, the Bratz have the odds stacked against them. They are moving into a new era with barely a team, with market buyers that don’t want to take a chance on these dolls, and some fan altercations and mixed reactions that put a damper on their recent project launch. It will be hard to see where they go from here.

Based on Twitter and Instagram posts, it looks like MGA and Hayden might be thinking of some makeup that could come with this new line. That sounds interesting to me. From there, who knows.

 

My Continuing Comments on the Fans’ Reactions

Continuing with the fandom drama…With the release of a lot of these dolls, there are people who are supportive and people who are not. There are people who want these dolls to flop because they don’t like Hayden and felt he wasn’t being professional when responding to the Bratz fan community a few months back. Some people might even be jealous of Hayden’s success as a designer.

Of course, there are people who really and truly don’t like the dolls and the styles presented, and that’s okay. However, there are people who do like them and think they are worth $50.

In my opinion, most people are not willing to spend $50 for any dolls nowadays. But when that price is out there, most people will be critical, as I’ve stated before.

However, if some people think it’s worth the price and they’re willing to spend their money on it, it doesn’t mean they aren’t real fans either. Even if they are new fans, it doesn’t mean they aren’t real fans. A fan is someone who shows admiration or respect for something. There are people who like the Hayden dolls and Hayden has brought them into the Bratz fandom. That’s fine.

At the same time, everyone doesn’t have to like the same dolls. If you hate these dolls, it also doesn’t mean you aren’t a real fan. Personally, and this is as an old-time fan, I get what all the criticism is about. You all have read and heard all of my criticisms thus far, right? I’m not about to bow down to every single angle of this project.

On the other hand, the dolls are still good enough for me and still seem like fun. I like to have fun with my dolls and consider all the possibilities.

People will like what they like, and it’s okay to be the Bratz outsider.

I know there will be people disappointed. Again, Bratz will never please everybody.

I personally had disappointments with Bratz Fashion Pixiez, Bratz Flower Girlz, Bratz Rock Angelz, and Bratz Forever Diamondz dolls. Come at me for it! I felt the dolls lacked individuality, their fashion passions were lost, and those dolls just looked cheap and easy to me. They weren’t the Bratz I loved in 2001-2004. But does that mean everyone who loved the years from 2005 to 2009 isn’t a real fan? No, it doesn’t.

People could easily say I’m not a real fan because I expected more individuality and detail from Rock Angelz and wanted to boycott Pretty N’ Punk for excluding the black girl in its lineup. That’s fine. I have my own taste and expectations.

But guess what? I still showed some interest in everything that came with Bratz, even the lines that were not the best. I still had fun with the Bratz lines because there was always an effort to be unique, experimental, and trend-setting. Okay, maybe 2015 was the exception, but I’m not going to say I wasn’t interested in SOMETHING. I saw potential in lines like Study Abroad and Music Festival Vibes. Bratz always had the potential to knock down barriers and I love that. That respect and admiration from me is why I’m a fan.

I just had fun with what I got and considered what I was willing to spend money on.

Even if I had some disappointments, I never really outright hated one Bratz doll. I always loved this brand for being the dolls that took risks. As I’ve said before, I’m pretty easy to please. I loved the brand for being that outlet for vision. It’s still a brand that’s taking risks, and I can only respect that Hayden brought that back. I’m glad he made the dolls more individual than before. I’m glad there’s an element of sass. I’m glad the fabric at least looks like it will feel real. The hair might even be of the finest quality.

These dolls ARE pricey, but most collector dolls are $100 or more for very little, especially when a designer is designing for a playline brand. Remember the Vfiles doll Vee? She came out in 2015 for Bratz and was $100. She came with less than these dolls and was not of the best quality in my opinion. But her price was higher than these dolls are rumored to be, which I believe these dolls are going for around $50 to $70.

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So, if people think this is reasonable, they do. Maybe they’ve got it like that. Vee’s doll sold out. Apparently, someone wanted them. There’s something out there for everybody.

For me, personally, I expected the execution of these dolls to be precisely like the art in my vision, but I still like the dolls. None of them have blown me away with the wind, but I’ve mostly been interested in at least seeing them in person.

I do have a little advice for MGA and any future designers: In the internet age, fans drive brands. It’s important to listen to their concerns and respond in a considerate way when dealing with the brand. Consider everything that can make your brand successful.

On the other hand, this is my message to fans: I think it’s important for a person to stand by their designs and not sell out their vision, so I understand why Hayden stood by his looks. If a designer caters too much to the crowd, they will lose their own individuality. We have to respect the visions of each designer and give respectful criticism when we don’t like something. We should consider how everyone feels before we say something towards someone. I’m not perfect at this either, so this is just for all of us out there. Maybe we should try thinking about how we approach situations we don’t like.

At the same time, if a company like MGA is seeking to make a profit off of any future dolls, it’s better to listen to the general Bratz fandom. Don’t even listen to just me. Take a survey of everything Bratz fans are asking for and pull out the most frequently asked things. Then you will find what you’re looking for. That’s the one thing a lot of these companies are disconnecting from.

 

Wrap Up

Anyway…

When it comes to 2018 Bratz, I hope there’s more planned for the Bratz despite the setbacks. I look forward to whatever they’ve got. Even though we didn’t get all we wanted, I’m more hyped for Bratz than I’ve been the last 10 years! That means a lot!

MGA has asked if we would like makeup to come with the line. I think that’s pretty innovative and fun. I would like Bratz t-shirts and handbags (something cheap and gimmicky) in adult sizes to wear and carry around.

I can’t say I was blown away by everything I’ve seen, but I can’t say I was completely let down either. I feel bitter-sweet. I hate that so many fans feel disconnected from these dolls, but I understand fans’ desires.

Still, I honestly feel this is better than what we’ve had in 2007-2009 and some of 2010-2016, aside from the screenings in the ’07-’09 era.
Ya’ll don’t know. Starting with 2007, when they had the Closmin attacks, outfits looking like clones, and that low quality, I was starting to lose my excitement. But these Bratz dolls got me back on my toes with this brand.

I gained some of that spark and excitement with Bratz Boutique, Star Stylez (a little, not with those painted leggings on Cloe though), and Duct Tape Fashion. I was just starting to feel the dolls were on the right track, but there were some hits and misses for me in 2013 and 2014. It still felt like they were trying to play it safe, which felt uninspired. The styles and faces were still better than 2015, but the quality wasn’t as good as what Bratz had in 2015-2016.

I didn’t like the look of 2015, but the quality was pretty good. Study Abroad and Music Festival Vibes were two of my favorites from that era. Even Hello My Name is had decent quality. The style was just childish and the vibe was too safe.

Overall, I hope to see more fashion-forward and sassy dolls from this brand. Of course, I would like 2001 or 2004 screenings and designs closer to the advertised artwork. You live and you learn.

That’s my overall spin on the Bratz in 2018. Tell me what you guys think. Do you love the new dolls? Hate them? Do you think they pass or did they flop this time, too? XD Leave me a comment and we can start a discussion on it.

Bratz are Back Again! A 2018 Bratz Collectors’ Exclusive Review: Look One

8 Sep

Greetings GenNext readers!

I’m sure every Bratz fan knows by now that the 2018 Exclusive Collector Bratz dolls’ photos have been revealed on Twitter and Instagram. I planned on doing a review after we’ve seen everything from the collector line (because I get the feeling there’s going to be more leaks over the next couple of days). But I received a request to give my perspective on the new dolls, and some of ya’ll may want to know what I think thus far.

A lot of people have especially asked my opinion on the reactions from the veteran or OG fans versus the general doll community, as it seems they feel differently about the new dolls. There’s been a mixed reaction. Many of the old-time fans have been very critical of the new dolls, while the general doll community feels the dolls are better than what we’ve been seeing on toy shelves. Then, there are people who are fans of Hayden Williams’s illustrations who really wanted to see dolls from him.

So let me break down how I feel about each Bratz girl and then give my opinion of the overall line and the community situation. If you don’t like reading, watch my video below! Skip to the Bottom

Let’s talk about Sasha first.

Sasha

When I first saw Sasha’s full look on the artwork, I personally loved it, but I wondered or worried how the general fashion doll public would see it. The look is avant-garde for sure, and most people wouldn’t wear what Sasha’s wearing on a day-to-day basis. I wondered how the artwork would translate on the doll.

So far, it looks okay to me. I love outrageous fashion, as I’ve mentioned before in other videos and articles, and Sasha delivers it without being too gaudy. I don’t like the fit of the outfit, but it’s okay. I can deal with it.

Does she live up to her fashion passion? Yes! Far more than she did in 2015. Sasha is supposed to be into fashion that’s inspired from the streets-a little bit of old school and a little bit of new hip-hop. This outfit Sasha is sporting reflects a lot of what current hip-hop, Black pop, and R&B artists are sporting. I can see artists like Rihanna and Nicki Minaj wearing something like this. The jacket seems to be inspired from something Ariana Grande has worn.

Granted, it looks more like a stage outfit than something the average person would wear on a daily basis, but it’s fun. And Sasha isn’t your average character, so it suits her.

Sasha has also been characterized as “always being on the hunt for a new look”, so she’s into clothing that’s experimental and avant-garde. This outfit delivers that. She also likes it “flashy and classy”. Not sure if this is super classy, but it’s definitely flashy (without all of the colors).

Of course, it’s important for us to remember that we’re just looking at ONE outfit and a few accessories. Hayden mentioned on Twitter that there will be mix-and-match fun, so I actually look forward to whatever other surprises Hayden and MGA have with this comeback.

Okay, so let me break down Sasha’s look piece by piece.

Head

I’ve never been a fan of snapbacks advertised forward. I hated it in the artwork. I like the pulled-back look, even if people think it looks thuggish. But I like the snapback itself. It gives the entire look an urban flair that I love. It has real fabric and pleather. I love that accessory. I hope it goes with other outfits in the line. Sasha seems to have a bit of a sporty look with the snapback and jacket. I don’t know about how I like it on her head though…Or even with this outfit….

Sasha’s hair looks nice with the tiny braids. Of course, I was hoping for natural hair, cornrows, or micro-braids, but this will do. Long loose hair allows the hair to get styled in different ways. And, as an African American, I know people of other races get frustrated with our hair. Imagine being us trying to find different ways to style it everyday! I hear people complaining about the coarseness of American Girl’s Addy doll (different doll brand but still…), so I know some people just can’t get it. Still, I would’ve liked Sasha to sport some styles that are really popular in the Black community. Maybe I should be specific…Black American community…Honestly, Hayden Williams is from the U.K., so maybe the styles Black people sport there are a little different. I don’t know. Anyway…

I feel like we lost the elaborate Bratz hairstyles somewhere in 2005. It’s not bad, I just think the hairstyle set the whole outfit off. I know most people like the long silky hair because it allows people to style the hair the way they want to, but I would like some dolls to sport hair bobs, braids, etc. That’s just me. The hairstyles also give the girls individuality and add value to the photos.

Sasha’s face looks ways better than she did in 2015. Some Bratz fans don’t like that she looks straight ahead rather than giving the sassy “side-eye” Bratz are known to have from 2001 to 2009 screenings. Even 2010 dolls got the “side-eyes”.

I personally…do not care this time around because she looks sassier than the last dolls that stared straight ahead. Maybe some people will say I’m not a real fan. Honestly, I’m open to new screenings, new things period, as long as it looks sassy and not cute. I do agree she looks like the 2015 Bratz more, which I didn’t like, but I like that all the dolls do not have the same glances. I think that individualizes them.

Of course, like all the other fans, I was hoping for older screenings, too, particularly 2001 screenings. I can’t understand for the life of me why MGA won’t use them. But these are Hayden exclusives, so it’s fitting that the screenings feel like Hayden.

I do understand that the artwork may have mislead some fans. Sasha was looking to the side, so I understand that was what was expected. You’d be surprised how those little details in the art impact or influence fans.

I think the makeup is okay. It’s subtle. I was hoping for more of a smokey eye though because the artwork made it seem it would be darker on the eyelids. Still, I think it’s alright. I’m glad Hayden went with a brownish color for her lips.

I LOVE the earrings. The silvers are a nice combo. Simple yet sassy.

Overall, I think her face is okay. She’s pretty. Her eyes are staring right into me though.

Body

I love the top and jacket. The detail of the jacket is really good. Could it have been fluffier? Yes, but it’s still a cool item to have as a collector. I’ve never had a doll with this kind of jacket. I hope there’s a faux zipper on it.

I think Ariana Grande wore a similar jacket style in different colors.

I love Sasha’s top. It was the thing that made me really like the outfit. It’s dangerous. I like the fishnetting feel of it. I wish I could see the sleeves because I liked it in the artwork but I’m not sure how it translates on the doll.

I personally love the shorts-garter-pant-denim combination. It’s unique for any doll line. I was hoping the shorts would be pulled higher, basically giving it a high-waistline look as it appeared in the art. But I still think it’s okay. It looks like a gimmick though.

I wonder if the bottom of the pants can be detached. That would be cool. That would allow more mixing and matching, which would be fun. I love the denim fabric so much. I can’t wait to touch it.

I like the choker. That sets the whole look off if you ask me. I love the design.

The bag has that real fabric that I love. I love the accessories to tell you the truth.

Feet

I think the shoes are my least favorite thing about this look. I’m not a fan of the camouflage for this outfit. I was also hoping the heel would have a sharper curve and would be higher. They aren’t ugly, I just don’t like them for this look. They have a “granny heel”. They might go with another outfit of Sasha’s.

Overall, the doll is a lot better than what we got in 2015, and I feel Sasha’s is both stylish and identifiable. But I feel the execution could’ve been polished better. I actually feel this about all of the dolls. I already like them, but I think I would’ve been blown away if they had been executed differently.

What do I mean by that?

Well, a fan named @WhatCollectorsWant on instagram did some edits to make the dolls look closer to their art. I think he nailed them.

https://www.instagram.com/whatcollectorswant/

whatcollectorswant Sasha

On the left-hand side is MGA’s version The right-hand side is @WhatCollectorsWant

Notice how those slight alterations make a world of a difference. I loved these edits so much, they made me more critical. At the same time, after viewing the edits it made me want the dolls more than I did! Sasha was definitely one of the dolls that had to grow on me.

In the edit, we see the smokey eye and darker lips that were in the art. Her face seems even edgier and sassier with the darker makeup. Yes, I still prefer a “side-eye” for her. The shorts have been lifted higher and curved at the bottom, giving the doll some sass. MGA’s version looks like it’s hanging off her. The shoes are curved at the bottom making the heel higher. This edit made me like the shoes (which I wasn’t feeling too much before).

The jacket is puffier, which makes it feel much more urban and less like it’s a school windbreaker that lost its stuffing.

Yasmin

Yasmin is naturally considered the most gorgeous doll to most people, so she could easily sell on her looks alone. However, I was most disappointed with the execution of her look. When I first saw the art, she was actually one of my favorites. But the execution wasn’t as strong as I’d hoped. She’s still a good doll. When I say disappointed, I’m not thinking on 2015 terms. I just can see it being done differently.

Does Yasmin live up to her fashion passion? Absolutely! So that’s not a problem of mine. In fact, it’s why I initially loved this look so much. Yasmin loves Bohemian styles in earth tone colors, with exotic prints and textures. She combines many different styles together into one look. She is also a little retro or “antique” in her approach.

This outfit has that Mary-Kate Olsen “homeless trash” bohemian look. I don’t know if any of you all are familiar with the Olsen twins, but one of the twins are known for that look. It’s “bohemian-bourgeois”. I really like that about Yasmin’s outfit. There’s some hint of retro in there as well.

Overall I like the concept, but I wish it could’ve been executed differently, particularly with one aspect of the look.

Head

The hat is my favorite part of the look to be honest. To me, it looks better than the artwork. I like that detail in the middle. I’m not sure, but is there lacing in the middle? I think it’s dope. I would wear it. I was hoping the buckle would be more to the left like it was in the art, but I don’t care about it that much. The hat is still awesome. I love flamboyant hats like this.

This is kind of a throwback to the Rock Angelz days, and honestly really a throwback to the 2K era when these newsboys caps were popular. Yasmin is into the retro thing, so it’s fitting.

I notice that everytime Bratz is promoted with hats, the fans hate it. Many fans didn’t like the Rock Angelz hats. I was mad when my dolls didn’t come with it. I hope these dolls still come with the hats. I know it’s hard for some fans to like hats because of the Bratz dolls’ balloon heads. But that makes me love them even more!

Yasmin’s hair is silky, long, and strong, as usual. It’s fluffy and full and seems to be of good quality.

The face has that side-glance everyone loves. It does make her sassy. I think this is why everyone loves the actual doll so much. But as for me…I think the makeup is too light. A lot of fans actually like the “pink lips”. I preferred the darker nude pink I thought she would sport. Darker lips would give Yasmin more edge, drama, and would go with her autumn-earth-tone nature. I was also hoping for a smokier eye.

The new face is sweeter and softer, so I know it resonates with fans who see Yasmin as a “princess”, and their idea of a princess is someone who is feminine and sensitive. And she is all of that, but it just doesn’t give me the vibe I thought it would.

I LOVE the earrings. It looks so amazing against her outfit and hair.

Body

The choker looks really good. Once again, the jewelry is really cool. I love that aspect.

The top looks like it has lace detailing on the torso, as was specified. I like this top  even though it wasn’t what I expected. I was waiting for more of a sweetheart shape to her neckline. I would like to see the top without the jacket to see if the other aspects are there.

I really like the jacket. It’s definitely that “trash boho” look. I like the detail and it looks like it will feel real. I like the lace on the sleeves. Some fans have said they don’t like it. I love that lace detailing. It reminds me of Prince. I would’ve liked there to be more brown in the jacket to make the skirt pop. But I’m not mad. Boho isn’t meant to really match.

Some people also said they hate the skirt. I like it. I like the suede style of it. My only complaint with it is I expected it to have a high-waist style (just like Sasha’s shorts). I expected it to be tucked tighter or pinned in around the waist like in the art. I still like it well-enough though. It doesn’t “wow” me, but it’s decent.

The bag is really cool. I love the texture and pattern. It looks like a computer bag, but that’s really fun to have in doll form.

Feet

The boots…Ya’ll I think Bratz’s foot game this comeback is a little weak to be honest. And it’s not really the style in all of the cases, it’s the execution.

With Yasmin, it’s a little of every problem for me. First off, they gave her the Dynamite Nevra treatment.

Basically, instead of making a whole boot, they took two parts and put them together to make it looks like a knee-length boot. Nevra got away with it because at least the bottom color matched the top color.

I know there’s an issue with Bratz and knee-high boots because of the snap-off feet. But I think it could still be executed differently. I think the fabric from the bottom could’ve been placed over the root of the foot and stretched higher. They wouldn’t have to make two parts to do that. Maybe it’s just not difficult in my mind?

I think the top half of the boot should at least look like the same fabric as the lower half…

Some fans thought it was going to be socks or short stockings and heels. I thought the boots were going to be of the same material as the hat. I would’ve liked it to be of a darker leather material. It seemed shiny somehow in the art. I wasn’t expecting velvet, but the velvet could’ve worked with a different execution.

Overall, I think Yasmin’s look is still very stylish, but the boots really throw the look off for me. I hope there are some other shoes in the set. I guess I can always take the top half off, but then I still feel like there’s something missing…The velvet magenta is completely out of place.

I liked What Collectors Want’s take on Yasmin. Still not a fan of the velvet magenta, but I liked his execution and wonder why they didn’t go for it at MGA. At least the velvet magenta sets off the trash boho look.

whatcollectorswant Yasmin

On the left-hand side is MGA’s version The right-hand side is @WhatCollectorsWant

The eyes are smokier in his version. The lips have that darker nude color. It gives her so much edge in comparison to the pink lips. The top has the sweetheart design I was expecting. The skirt is tucked in higher. Most importantly, the boot looks like it belongs together with itself. The bottom half is cut just right so it looks like at least most of the shoe is complete. I also like the lace detailing at the top of the boot, too.

 

Cloe

Overall, Cloe’s look is one of the most public-friendly of the Pack. I like the leather details in her look.

Does her look live up to Cloe’s fashion passion? Probably not as much as some of the others in my opinion. It definitely reflects her sweet and tough personality though. Cloe’s fashion passion includes animal prints and sparkly or shimmery fabrics. She loves anything dramatic. I don’t think this outfit is particularly dramatic. But it is in Cloe’s favorite color blue. Her boots are also in a “snakeskin” design, which says “animal print” to me.

Head

I love the leather hat. I love leather hats. I loved the star detail in the art and was hoping that would be included, but it doesn’t need that gimmick.

I love Cloe’s face the most. Oh my goodness! She looks gorgeous to me. I love the puckered red lips and smokey eyes. Definitely has that Bratitude.

I can’t really see her earrings clear enough. I hope she still has the pearls.

Her hair looks nice, fluffy, and full. Overall, her head is my favorite. It gives me a Ooh La La type of tease. The eyes aren’t quite as seductive, but it’s still near to that level.

Body

I find it interesting that they traded Cloe’s beaded necklace for the new one. I really like the new one, but I hope she still comes with the pearls. I think it gave her look a sweet touch.

The top of the outfit is not my favorite to be honest. I don’t like the collared thing, and pulled up…it looks worse to me. I hope it can be pulled down a little more to give it a true-blue off-shoulder look though. I love the detailed corset in the middle.

I think the skirt is nice and I like the little chain on it, but I was expecting shorts. When I saw the dolls’ group photo, I decided I like the skirt a lot. Still, I thought shorts would be really unique. It would feel like a one-piece jumper, which we haven’t seen with Bratz.

To me, it looked like it was meant to be shorts, but someone said Hayden intended it to be a skirt, so… I’m wondering what that shadow in the middle of the artwork’s skirt is because it makes it look like shorts.

I was expecting the bag to be much smaller. I thought it would be more like a clutch. But I like the big bag. The chain on the strap is just very cute. It’s better than the basic strap in the artwork. Wouldn’t it be cool if we got both purses? That would make this the ultimate mix-and-match line.

Feet

I’m okay with the snakeskin look. I feel it fits with this edgy look and I think it highlights Cloe’s interest in animal-print. However, I was expecting more of a plaid pattern. Someone told me on instagram it was always supposed to be snakeskin…I don’t see it. Honestly, I preferred the plaid one simply because I feel the heel should’ve been higher and actually thicker like in the art.

Though I like Cloe’s look, What Collectors Want also showed some edits that I feel are more true to the art and make Cloe’s look better in my opinion. I think the edits basically nailed it.

Cloe has the star on her hat. Her collar is shaved down to give her a true off-shoulder look. I like the unique shorts. The plaid boots make the outfit pop. I like the higher heel.

Jade

When I first saw Jade’s teaser artwork with just the pants, I had very low expectations. It turns out Jade is my favorite by far! The irony! Jade has always been one of my favorites. I love her style. Some Bratz fans have said they’ve seen a look like this on her before and that it’s nothing new, but that’s why I like it. It feels like Jade.

Does it live up to her fashion passion? DUH! Jade is always on the cutting edge of cool! Jade is into anything quirky and extreme. She can be a little sporty, too. She is inspired from the feline persuasion and has a “sizzlin’ flair”. This outfit just screams Jade from head to toe.

Head 

I love, love, LOVE the beret hat. It is so unique in the doll world. I like the look and it seems like it will feel good to the touch. It’s very artsy.

Her face is the closest to how I envisioned her. Still would like smokey eyes, but I like the lips well enough. Her lips could have been a tad bit darker.

The earrings are cute.

She’s back with the bangs. But are the bangs a little asymmetrical or is that the hat making it look that way? In any case, it’s Jade’s signature look done in a very stylish way. I like.

She’s giving me chills with that side-eye. I’m for it.

Body

I know we aren’t seeing too many accessories, but the other girls were shown with their necklaces. I hope Jade still comes with her choker because that will set this look truly on fire.

I like the top so, so, so much. I have to express myself in threes. So, so, so! Even though the tassels or tighteners or whatever weren’t in the original artwork, it should’ve been! I haven’t felt an outcome was better than the artwork in a long time.

Okay, there is one thing I don’t love. I can’t say for certain yet, but I hope the tighteners on the top aren’t print-ons and are real. Still, it looks good. I love the netted arm pieces.

Okay Jade! Over here looking like a snack!

The pants even look better than I thought they would. I actually like the fire print. This is actually what I expected of Sasha back in the 2002 Funk N’ Glow era. I didn’t expect fire, just actual print. I wasn’t disappointed in Funk N’ Glow, it just wasn’t what I expected.

 Bratz_Funk-N-Glow_Sasha_Doll

But back to Jade…

Jade’s purse is like a flame in Jade’s hand. So amazing! Of course, I liked the darker purse, too. Ugh! If only I could have both!

Feet

Okay, I felt all of the Bratz girls’ feet game were weak this time around. Jade’s is probably the best. Her shoes really go with her look. I still feel like it is weak in comparison to the chunkier look in the art. The shoes in the art really felt like BRATZ. It also gave Jade her signature cutting edge flair. Jade isn’t just any stylish diva, ya know? She’s got to be different. She’s got to be the Queen of Hot Topic, ya know? But the shoes aren’t the least bit ugly. They just feel conforming, so it’s less impressive than the chunkier heel. It seems they dumped some shoes on her from their back closet.

Overall, I feel Jade still has the strongest look of the girls. I can’t wait to get her and see whatever else she comes with. What Collectors Want did an edit of hers as well and again it was AMAZING! However, I can say both versions are really good. I prefer Hayden’s tighteners hanging down.

But I think What Collectors Want nailed the hugging of the jeans. The lips have a slight darker tint, making it super sassy. The hat isn’t as wide, which makes it look even more stylish instead of like a pankcake. The choker definitely sets the look off. But I think the accessories will still be included.

Those smokey eyes though! I just really like that in the edit.

 

Cameron

I’m really bitter-sweet about Cameron. First off, when I saw his complete look, I wasn’t all over him. It’s not the design. That’s the sweet part. I think it’s amazing for a boy doll! But the bitter part is it doesn’t feel like Cameron.

The boys never really had fashion passions like the girls, but Cameron always struck me as a casual and masculine guy, not full of flounce or flash. The jacket is super flashy for Cameron. What he’s wearing is something I would expect of pimp-daddy slick “The Fox” Dylan, not casual cool and hot “The Blaze” Cameron.

That’s another thing that I’m salty about. There’s no Dylan, our boy of color. I can’t get too excited about Cameron returning if it’s not both core boys returning. Having Cameron without Dylan is like releasing Bratz with just Cloe and Yasmin (which creates a Closmin problem). I hate that white boy Cameron with the blonde hair and blue eyes gets all the attention.

But I like him well enough to think he’s worth a purchase. He kind of looks like a Kpop star, only he’s white. I think he looks okay if I wasn’t thinking of Cameron. The hair is also…a no. The jacket is meh. I will also say this: MGA betta not forget Dylan again. I’m forgiving to a certain extent, but that extent isn’t limitless.

Head

I’m surprised Cameron didn’t come with some sort of hat. Maybe he will with the actual collection.

I don’t hate his hair as much as I thought I would. I like the platinum look. But I was expecting more of a curl on the side. Really, just not a fan overall of his hair.

I’m loving his face more than I expected. The eyebrows look far more like it matches a blonde. The artwork’s eyebrows were really dark. But the eyes are spaced out for sure.

I’m glad they kept his earring detail. Finally, the boys are getting more jewelry.

Body

I have one question about Cameron’s necklace: Did they switch his chain for Cloe’s pearls? Move over Cloe! Cameron is the new “Angel”? That’s what it looks like. I think that’s BOLD and everything, but I really liked the chain necklace. I’m hoping Cameron still comes with the chain necklace. It felt more like Cameron.

Cameron has been seen in plaid tops before. That seems to be his staple. What I like about this top is that it brings out his eyes. I would like to see it without the jacket though.

The jacket is flashy for Cameron, but still very detailed and has great quality. I like the furs. I think the jacket can work for any character, so it’s a gender-neutral product. I can see myself having fun with it. The jacket itself is a lot lighter than I thought it was going to be, but it doesn’t take away from it for me.

I like the jeans and the little chain on the side. It’s ok.

Feet

I think the shoes do. The shoes do their job.

What Collectors Want did an edit of Cameron, and honestly I like it better.

what collectors want cameron

On the left-hand side is MGA’s version The right-hand side is @WhatCollectorsWant

The hair has that unique curly thing going on. He has a darker jacket, which makes it look edgier. He has more of a dimpled chin and stronger cheekbones in the What Collectors Want version, which is similar to the style of the art. His buttons aren’t as huge and clownish. It looks more natural.

Cameron is just getting tanked by the Bratz community overall. There are some people who like him and what he represents, but he just looks gaudy and like a different Bratz boy.

Overall Review

Overall, I got some things I wanted from this comeback. I wanted dolls wearing real materials with high-quality hair (It looks high quality, but we shall see). I wanted the dolls to be more individual than they’ve been since 2005. I especially felt the dolls lost their individuality with lines like Bratz Passion for Fashion Diamondz and Fashion Pixiez. I wanted the sassy Bratz look back and I wanted an edgier look. I got it.

Of course, I didn’t get everything I wanted. I really wanted 2001 screenings. I wanted more elaborate hairstyles, especially Sasha in African American hairstyles, and I was hoping the looks would be executed differently. But overall, I’m okay with them and will be buying the dolls to get a closer look.

To be honest, I’m simple to please and a sucker when it comes to buying things I’ve always loved (I even went out and supported some dolls from the 2015 era). Give me some personal vision, style, edge, and sass, and I’m sold. I don’t even care about screenings (as long as it looks sassier than 2015) or articulation. I like the outfits well enough and I think there’s more coming. Truly, I can’t give a complete review until I see everything. So far, I’m okay with them. But they didn’t blow me away like I thought they would. Though I feared whether Bratz could deliver from the jump…Read my article on that.

If I wasn’t a big fan of Bratz and hadn’t really seen better, these dolls would be some of the best dolls ever. But because I’ve been such a huge fan of the dolls and I’ve seen their entire collection and evolution, I am critical.

Are they worth the price? I don’t know. I have to see them up close. So far, I think they would work at 20.00 or 30.00 USD. 50 to 70 USD is asking for a lot. They look good, but not THAT remarkable.

Head Game: B

Body: B

Feet Game-D

OG Bratz Fans V.S. The General Doll Community On the 2018 Bratz

Now, let’s talk about the community situation. I received a request from someone to do my review on the 2018 Bratz dolls because it seems old-time fans and the general doll community disagree about the results of the new dolls. It seems veteran fans (O.G. fans like myself) have critiques and criticisms, while the general doll community feels these are the best dolls coming out in today’s struggling toy industry, considering fashion dolls are becoming covered up and watered down. The general doll community feels these new Bratz dolls look better than what’s out on toy shelves.

I’m kind of caught in the middle.

First off, on the one hand, as a veteran fan, I understand old-timers’ frustrations with the 2018 dolls.

I believe that the longer you’ve been with a franchise, the closer you feel to it, the pickier you’ll be, even when you’re being handed something the average person loves. When you’ve seen everything Bratz has offered, it’s harder to feel satisfied with these dolls, especially when you’ve seen better executions and don’t like change. Our expectations are much higher for sure.

It’s frustrating when you’ve been asking for the same things for almost 10 years and you’re not getting it. Bratz fans have been asking for older screenings since the Bratz dolls’ 2010 relaunch. We’ve been asking for them to pay attention to details, to stick to the artwork a little more, among other things. The fabric is of decent quality and it is rather stylish, but the execution wasn’t as expected, which takes away from it.

This is Bratz’s first comeback since 2015 and was said to be for the fans. Hayden Williams, who has been a fan since 2001, was expected to bring other fans everything they’ve been asking for, especially with those faces. Fans also wanted articulated bodies because so many dolls have them. It’s almost expected. I’ve personally always hated articulated bodies with Bratz, but I know that most of the other fans wanted them because it makes the dolls more photogenic. Basically, the OG fans were looking for a designer to balance fan expectations with their own visions. They were looking for a designer that took in fan feedback.

The other problem is the rumored price, which is a problem for a lot of people, but especially OG fans. The dolls are said to be so expensive and that makes people more critical. They not only expect to get their money’s worth but they have to weed out the dolls they really don’t want in favor of the one they do so they can at least have one doll. I personally understand why they gave it the price they did. Because of inflation and the fact that the materials used for these dolls cost more than they did 10 years ago, I get the price, even if I don’t think these dolls are worth it. But others don’t get it. They also don’t understand why it couldn’t have been executed closer to the artwork.

Veteran fans believe it was Hayden’s idea to not only market these dolls on Amazon but set the price so high. I believe one fan said Hayden asked fans where they feel the dolls should be sold.

The price may not be unusual for fans who usually spend hundreds of dollars on their collections, but for a first 2018 comeback line and for regular playline fans, the pricing is too high. This is especially the case with OG fans who really don’t like these dolls as much as older dolls, and want to spend this kind of money on rarer dolls they actually like.

Some OG fans don’t necessarily have an issue with the style but the execution. With that, I have to agree to an extent, particularly with the Bratz shoes this time around. It could’ve been done in a more polished fashion. In fact, many aspects of the dolls could’ve been executed differently.

Fans don’t like that the clothes deviate from the artwork. I’m frustrated about that, too.

But that’s been frustrating me since 2002’s Funk N’ Glow. As I mentioned before, I was hoping Sasha would have yellow print on her jeans in that line because that’s how it looked in the artwork. It always reminded me of some Pepe jeans I had back in the day. I don’t know if any of you all remember Pepe. I was a little disappointed the doll wasn’t like the artwork. So again, every detail hasn’t been executed flawlessly in the past either. Yet, some fans act like the dolls coming out of the old eras were superior. They were beautiful, but not flawless.

Then again, I would say that was one thing we were hoping would be fixed in 2018.

Here’s where I agree with the general public though. These dolls are some of the best to come out in a long time. You can’t find dolls of even this quality anymore. You can’t find dolls sporting designer styles, even if the designs aren’t to everyone’s liking. You can’t find the same individuality anymore. These dolls are still good dolls and I see tremendous play value in them. Unfortunately, it should’ve been a playline, but there’s still some play value no matter what label is there.

These dolls aren’t childish. They have style, vision, and substance. They’re like Project Runway dolls-they have the designers’ stamp on them. They’re fan-made dolls. I haven’t liked many of the Project Runway dolls and outfits that have come out with American Girl, Myscene, or Barbie and never felt they were worth the price. But that’s designer dolls for you.

Just to have that is exciting for me. I think the dolls have character, so I’m excited to see whatever else they come with.

Now, can I spill some tea for you? I have a feeling where the source of all of this Hayden hate is coming from. This is just my theory. I feel like Wendy Williams or LovelyTi right now. I feel like saying, “Honey!”

Apparently, a while back, Hayden Williams had been sharing either his designs or screenings with some fans in an online Bratz fan community. I believe he was apart of the community. A lot of old-time fans as well as MGA’s “worker” fans frequent this community.

Now, this community allows people to be a little shady, okay? So, while Hayden was showing his latest creations, one fan told him something along the lines of this, “You should just scrap the whole thing, to be honest”. Hayden clapped back with a “Jessica Price” statement. If you don’t know about her, she worked on the Guild Wars video game series. When a fan commented their disagreeance towards her (though the fan wasn’t as disrespectful as the Bratz fan), she tweeted “Allow me-a person who doesn’t work with you-to explain to you how to do your job”. Hayden didn’t say that exact thing, but he was saying something similar.

The fan and Hayden had an exchange back and forth afterwards. By the end of it all, the fan community was basically divided. There were many fans that supported this “rude” fans’ comments. A lot of fans agreed that Hayden’s dolls were not meeting their standards and they felt that Hayden was too arrogant to listen now that he was working for MGA. Some fans felt his response wasn’t professional. They felt he didn’t listen enough to fan criticism either.

But there were also some fans in the community who supported Hayden, felt the fan brought their concerns to Hayden in a rude way, and they felt this fan jumped to conclusions before even seeing the dolls.

I wasn’t there personally. As I’ve said on many occasions, I haven’t been an active part of a Bratz community since they had that Yahoo Group. I found out the tea from Askfms. I just recently joined the Bratz Collectors! community on facebook, and they seem more polite and friendly. Some of these other groups…All I can say is be careful out there. They can drain the fun.

Because I hadn’t been really paying attention to the Bratz fan community that Hayden was in, I jumped in many conversations, trying to be neutral and see the good in the Hayden dolls. But it seemed the nicer I tried to be towards Hayden and his dolls, the more aggressive people became. They weren’t having it. In my last article, I talked about how shady some of the people were in the fan community.

Now, I understand why they were being shady towards me. I was being too neutral or giving Hayden too much credit in their eyes. I was giving too many “excuses” or not allowing fans to express their criticism, which they felt had been the situation since the Hayden dolls were announced.

This is the point I want you guys to understand. A lot of the people criticizing Bratz aren’t necessarily against the dolls themselves but the designer. I know two people who said they wouldn’t buy this line because Hayden left a sour taste in their mouths. I was very shocked.

Basically, they let their interaction paint their bias against the dolls. Even if they did like the dolls, they wouldn’t want to admit it. Even if they did like the dolls, they don’t want to support someone they feel doesn’t listen to them. Some of them are out to try and flop these dolls. Some of them are going on social media websites and picking everything apart just so Hayden will realize that fans impact the success of the doll brand. I’m sure that one fan Hayden got into it with doesn’t want to buy these dolls.

Me? I don’t have beef with Hayden. Hayden responded to one article of mine to correct something and thanked me for complimenting his artwork because I’ve always loved his illustrations. I even like his recent Rugrats design. I appreciate Hayden’s efforts to try and get these dolls back to their glory. It’s not easy trying to please so many different people.

However, I think all workers at MGA have to understand when people are asked to spend so much money, they will expect to get their money’s worth. When you say something is for the fans, fans expect you to listen to them. This goes with anyone who works with the brand or any brand really.

On the other hand, I can say I understand why Hayden snapped the way he did, if he did at all. I’ve felt that some people in this particular fan community react in very shady ways. They have made subtle rude statements. It’s not so much what they say, but the way they say things, you know?

If they had said some things in more of a respectful tone, maybe Hayden would be reconsidering his ideas or trying to curb the designs to fit fans’ expectations. But with so much hostility, he probably got stubborn and went through with his vision.

At the same time, everything public figures do impact the business. Public figures are always going to encounter rude people, but you sometimes have to redirect the rudeness or take it and turn it into a positive.

I’m learning that, too. I have to be very careful how I treat or react to people, even rude people, because it can hurt my business. I’m still learning this. There’s an art to it that can be hard to figure out.

Hopefully Hayden can eventually make peace with fans and hopefully fans can be more understanding of Hayden. I hope the beef is squashed so people can go back to having fun within the community.

The dolls aren’t bad. They actually look like a lot of fun to me, but if we let petty squabbles blind us to the fun of doll collecting, if we get so caught up in the individual trees we miss the forest, we will miss the joys of doll collecting.

Some people might feel that these fans take a bunch of dolls way too seriously. I agree with that to a certain extent. However, I believe for a lot of “fans”, they have built a career in the doll industry and many fans are working with the Bratz dolls specifically. Once something becomes your profession or your passion, you start to take it seriously. I think the issue is when someone’s professionalism is challenged, so is their pride and livelihood. That makes a world of a difference. When you have such a passion for dolls it becomes your career, these dolls become more than just playthings. I think that’s what’s been going on in theBratz doll community.

The general doll community just collects dolls as a hobby and wouldn’t want to take dolls seriously.

Then, on the other hand, we have to consider there are fans of Hayden who will like anything he throws out there and may be against any little criticism thrown his way. I personally love his illustrations, but I felt the execution of these dolls could’ve been better. Fans of Hayden might feel these dolls are their taste or they might even think Hayden had no hand in the execution and don’t want people blaming him. Hayden said on Twitter that MGA gave him full control, so…

Many Hayden fans are/were not originally Bratz fans, especially not serious collectors. Again, in the average person’s mind, these dolls are very stylish and different. That’s actually a good thing when considering the success of this doll franchise. We might get some new fans. However, the OG fans of Bratz might feel left out of this comeback.

I think the overall consensus is that most fans feel these dolls are for Hayden fans not long-time Bratz fans. Hayden himself is a fan, but did he know about all of the complaints the inside Bratz community have been having over the years? Did he understand fans’ desires for 2018? Did he realize what fans expected? These are key things to know before jumping into designing or marketing Bratz to fans.

I do think Hayden got the opportunity of a lifetime, and I’m happy a male of color received this opportunity. I just hope the details are polished by the time of release and I hope they come with other interesting pieces.

Well, that’s my spin on the 2018 Bratz Collector dolls SO FAR! Second outfits still haven’t been revealed. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think about the 2018 Bratz comeback! Who’s your favorite? What do you think about the community drama? Let me know!

 

#Bratz 2018: What I Want to See Back and What I Don’t

8 Jul

Yasmin snapped! Let’s hope the doll is as beautiful as the art…

 

Greetings GenNext readers!

I am excited that Bratz are coming back this Fall! WOO! It’s really happening. We’ve been getting a few teasers on instagram that confirm it’s really happening. And of course, I have a few surprises up my sleeve to support the Bratz dolls’ return!

Ever since I started that 2018 article regarding Isaac Larian announcing the Bratz dolls’ return, I’ve been really thinking about the Bratz dolls’ career over the last 17 years. I’ve been reviewing pictures, my dolls, Bratz music, and even press interviews and such, just walking down memory lane. There was a lot about Bratz that just blew me away within that time!

I believe I’ve told people on my Bratz Quiz (How Well Do You Know the Bratz?) article a few years back that I’ve been into the Bratz since the website was under construction late 2000, early 2001-ish. So, I’ve seen a lot come out of the Bratz. I was among those in the target demographic back during the Bratz’s debut, and I’m so glad that I was able to support Bratz for so many years.

There’s a lot that I really loved about Bratz, and of course, I want to see it come back in 2018. So far, I’ve mostly heard good news (like Hayden Williams, a fan favorite designer and illustrator, at least designed one of the Bratz’s lines).

Hayden Williams illustrations

Isn’t Hayden Williams amazing? I can’t wait!

Still, there were a lot of things that bothered me, too.

While there’s a lot of things in more recent years that disappointed me (Bratz 2015 to be exact), there were some things during Bratz 2k that I don’t want to see anymore, either. That’s right. You read right. Let me repeat. There were some things that occurred from 2001 to 2009 that I don’t want to see AGAIN.

Let me break down my “Dos” and “Don’ts” for the Bratz 2018. Many of you might not agree with them, but I’m still going to say it.

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DOs

 

Passion for Fashion

Okay, we all know the Bratz girls were developed with other interests. But let’s be real, we love the Bratz because they have a passion for fashion! The dolls showcased bold and fashion-forward style and that’s what I want to see return.

I don’t care what the radical feminists and soccer moms say about them wearing too much makeup. I say BRING IT! I don’t care if they slut-shame them. I say BRING IT!

Though we know designer Hayden Williams is going to deliver that “Passion for Fashion” for an exclusive line, we don’t know how the other Bratz lines are going to turn out.

What I hope to see is Bratz’s urban 2001 sass and design combined with their avant-garde punk attitude. There can’t be one without the other. Bratz should bring a little bit of both.

Four Core Girls and Two Core Boys

I understand why people made a stink about MGA adding Raya as the “fifth core girl” in 2015. After all, it was the original four that made the Bratz brand. Raya was also another blonde character, uninteresting, and just not necessary.

Still, I find it ironic that the same people that hated Raya being added as a core girl keep asking for Meygan and Dana to come back along with the core four. So why even be mad about Raya when Raya was not the first character to be the “fifth” core girl? MGA has been adding “fifth” core girls since Meygan was released in 2002 and Dana released in 2003.

For me, I wasn’t having it then, and I’m not having it now. Stick to the core four. There’s just enough dolls to express solid fashion passion. Too many characters drown out the individuality.

It’s okay to add these girls in there sometimes, but overall, the core girls (and boys) should be the main focus. And they should be in almost EVERY line. The CORE characters should not be replaced by other dolls (which in Raya’s case, at least she wasn’t a replacement, like Meygan and Dana have been in many of the Bratz lines).

I also want to see Dylan return. While it was cute that MGA announced CAMERON on instagram, where’s Dylan? He was one of the few boys of color in the Bratz Boyz line. He NEEDS to come back. They better not think of having a comeback without Dylan.

All the other side characters should be an afterthought.

Bratz Music

You can say what you want about anything else regarding the Bratz dolls, but you can’t deny their albums were filled with BOPS.

I was just going back through their music the other day. From Rock Angelz to Forever Diamondz, they had some cuts. I’m not ashamed. I dance to their music at home, in the car, on the street. I’m ready for it.

This is the one thing they didn’t mess up in 2015. Skylar Stecker did a pretty good job with the theme song “What’s Up?”

Still, I hope they can get Universal back on board for the project. The music sounded polished. All they need are some decent songwriters, and we’re good to go.

A Good TV/Netflix series

Whether it’s live action (like what MGA’s Project MC2 has), Stop Motion (like what they had in Japan in ’03, not Stoopid Studios’s garbage), or CGI animation like what the Bratz had before from 2005-2008, it should be well-written, engaging, and should promote the Bratz characters’ individual charms and styles (unlike the TV series, some of the movies, and the live action movie back in the day, which I’ll talk about later…).

I have a good script going actually, if anybody is interested in picking it up. It’s juicy, and follows the Bratz’s “actual” life. Basically, it’s focused on the “real” story behind the Bratz dolls’ life and career. I aim to make it sophisticated enough for the target demographic (which should be 10 to 14, as it was once before), and fun enough for everyone.

But even if no one is biting for my TV/Netflix script, I really think a future series that highlights all of the characters’ strengths and weaknesses, focuses on things real tweens and teens experience, and has a little drama and adventure would be nice.

Jade’s Original Personality

This is the only thing the 2015 Bratz stop-motion series got right. They brought back Jade’s “extreme” personality traits. In 2001, Bratz dolls weren’t extremely developed back then. We learned a little about them from their profiles about their fashion sense and from the main website, where fans could get a glimpse inside the Bratz girls’ rooms.

Many Bratz fans who got into the fandom in 2002 and beyond didn’t know about the Bratz rooms set up on the main website because the website was changed as soon as Meygan was released. In Jade’s room, she had a skateboard and green alien. This was a sign that Jade was supposed to be a sporty character. You can even look at the 1st Edition Bratz and gather that she’s pretty sporty.

For some reason, those personality traits were given to Cloe in the movie and TV show adaptations. To me, it just didn’t fit Cloe’s “ethereal and angelic” image. Those qualities were clearly meant for Jade. However, because Jade’s personality was considered more empowering, maybe writers thought it would be better to give the BLONDE girl those traits (instead of Cloe’s “head always being in the clouds”, which would’ve made her fit stereotypes).

Or those involved with writing for the Bratz didn’t do enough research.

Though I’m glad Jade maintained her edgy fashion sense in the movies and TV show,  and I like that she had that “geek chic” thing going on in some of these adaptations, I don’t feel that any of the writers, producers, and directors really knew about Jade’s characterization throughout her entire doll career. I really liked that she was developed as both smart and sporty. Why can’t she be both?

I’m hoping that MGA returns Jade back to her original self.

Bratz Video Games

I loved the Bratz video games for the Playstation 2 and I hope there are games released on the PS4 and Xbox One. Those games were entertaining for me. I also think it helped more girls get into video games. This time, though, I hope the UnReal Engine is used for future games. It would be awesome!

Make the Characters SINGLE Again

Cloe and Cameron are cute and everything, but their relationship kind of made playtime limited. Kids couldn’t put the characters they wanted together. People couldn’t take photos of Cameron with Yasmin, Cloe with Eitan, or Cloe with Yasmin and post them online without someone saying, “No, their boo is ___.” I think “shipping” should be open.

I also really liked the line Secret Date. Unfortunately, with Cameron being so heavily shipped with Cloe, lines like that are impossible now.

Still, I would like the Bratz to be single, available, and just dating and having fun in their Teen or young adult lives. I hope it returns.

It should be open so people can see any Bratz character with any Bratz Girl or Boy they want to see them with. I mean, you can do that already without regard to the adaptations, but the “fixed” coupling would make it harder to post pictures with your favorite couple without people making comments about who should be together.

Movies Like Bratz Passion for Fashion Diamondz, Bratz Genie Magic, and Bratz Fashion Pixiez

Even though these movies weren’t realistic, they were fun. There was a spirit of adventure and magic that made them fun to watch. I especially liked the suspense and mystery in Passion for Fashion Diamondz, even if the ending was a bit predictable. Movies like this also made the lines themselves more appealing.

These movies also included the soundtrack songs in them.

I still do think that adaptations should be a little more realistic and should focus more on trials real teens are going through, but I would also like more adventurous movies. With a movie, you have to entertain an audience for an hour or two.  You might as well make it fun.

Boyz Lines

I hope to see more lines just for the Boys. I do believe that Bratz should mostly focus on the girl dolls and should focus on building female bonds. BUT I also liked that the boys weren’t just “boyfriends” to the main characters. They had their own “passion for fashion” thing going on. It made them seem more individual and less like “Ken dolls”.

It seems Cameron is the only doll that has been re-released since 2015, and he really got the “Ken” treatment back during the 2015 revamp (being only released in the Funk N Glow line as Cloe’s boyfriend). I mean, I’m not whining because at least he’s back. Still, I would like to see the boys break out a little and be a little different from the other boy dolls out here.

Good Hair

Back in the day, the first Bratz dolls had really good strong hair. They had quality hair. It made their hair shine and it made hairstyles look so polished on the dolls. It could also get wet without problems.

But after awhile, it seemed like they started putting cheaper hair on the dolls. I really do hope they bring back that good hair.

I also hope Sasha starts wearing her hair more natural, kind of like how she wore her hair in Style It and Dance Crewz but possibly more natural than even those styles.

I would also like to see some real hairstyles return. Around 2005 and 2006, it seemed like the hair styles got more and more flat. When the Bratz were first released, their hairstyles were diverse and unique. Later, they all just had their hair straightened with some color.

I hope the amazing hair returns. I’m not saying it’s mandatory, as I would just like the diverse fashion, especially because the hair will probably come down anyway. But I really liked it as a collector. The hair was inspiring.

 

 

 

DON’Ts

 

Closmins

If ya’ll thought the Tweevils got on your nerves on the Bratz TV series, the Closmins irked me more. Since 2003, we started seeing how blonde white Cloe and racially ambiguous Yasmin (though in reality, we all know she was meant to be Iranian but whateva, they used the “Hispanic” thing to get her to sell better) started getting all the love. And I know these two are a lot of your faves, so you may not like what I’m about to say.

But the rest of us Sasha and Jade fans were incensed. How dare they kick out the real dolls of color?

That isolation grew and grew until we hardly saw Sasha and Jade in major lines.

Don’t believe me? How about I bust out a list:

  • (2003) Big Bratz (Limited Collectors’ Edition)-Cloe, Yasmin, Meygen (where’s Sasha and Jade?)
  • (2004) Wild Life Safari – Cloe, Yasmin, Meygan, Nevra, Fianna (Don’t let that TV series fool you. Jade and Sasha would’ve OWNED this line. Screw Nevra and Fianna. They look alike anyway!)
  • (2005) Birthday Bash– Cloe, Yasmin, Sasha, Phoebe (No Jade)
  • (2005) Campfire – Cloe, Yasmin, Dana, Phoebe, Felicia (I love Felicia and everything, but why couldn’t we have two black dolls in one line? Ya’ll don’t care to add Nevra and Fianna in the same freakin’ lines, and they look more alike)
  • (2005) Dynamite – Cloe, Meygan, Nevra (We don’t even have Yasmin in this line. Cloe is the only one in the line from the core Bratz. You trying to give us a “Barbie” type of tease?)
  • (2005) Fabulous Las Vegas – Cloe, Yasmin, Sasha, Tiana (Jade? Jade? Where are you?)
  • (2005) Hollywood Style – Cloe, Yasmin, Dana, Phoebe, Katia (Wow, no Black girls belong here, huh? No Black girls in Hollywood?)
  • (2005) I-Candy – Cloe, Yasmin, Phoebe (More Closmins)
  • (2005) Midnight Dance – Yasmin, Meygan, Fianna (Yas is the only girl from the core here)
  • (2005) Ooh La La Paris – Cloe, Dana, Kumi (More Cloe)
  • (2005) Play Sportz – Cloe, Yasmin, Sasha, Meygan, Fianna, Roxxi (Where’s Jade again?)
  • (2005) Wild Wild West – Cloe, Yasmin, Meygan (with horse), Fianna, Kiana (Closmins)
  • (2005) Pretty N’ Punk – Cloe, Jade, Yasmin, Meygan (See the Bratz Rock Angelz movie gave you the illusion that Sasha was involved. Nope. So what, MGA? Sasha can’t be punk? A Black girl can’t be punk?)

2004 and 2005 were Bratz’s biggest years, and yet Sasha and Jade didn’t get to enjoy the limelight. One can argue that maybe the years were bigger because Jade and Sasha weren’t in the lines, but based on online polls, at least Jade was considered the second most popular Bratz doll. Why was she omitted from all of these doll lines?

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This isn’t even adding the fact that Cloe dominated all the solo “special editions” and the fact that only Yasmin and Cloe got outfits from the live action movie made for the dolls! So Cloe and Yasmin were the only ones meant to have that Bratitude?

Sasha and Jade only showed up for the “flagship” lines, the ones that were being highlighted in movies. They showed up just to confuse us. But they weren’t fooling petty fans like me. I didn’t miss a heartbeat.

And it wasn’t cute. If you are going to bring back the Bratz, don’t cater to the colorist side of the Bratz fandom. Please allow people to enjoy Sasha and Jade’s individual colors and unique physical traits. If Sasha isn’t outselling the other girls, give Sasha bomb outfits you can’t find on Yasmin or Cloe. Make her appealing. But don’t take her out completely because she isn’t white or “mixed” enough. That’s not 2018-ready.

And I know you think Jade can just be replaced by any brunette that looks similar, but you’re absolutely wrong. We need more Asian representation in media and entertainment. It’s bad enough they get “white-washed” out as it is. Bratz is supposed to be a line celebrating diversity. Show us you aren’t like Barbie by doing that.

If I see it again, MGA, you and I are going to have a nasty exchange. Well, not too much of a nasty exchange because I do love MGA, but I will have some words.

The Closmins reveal the fact that these “fifth core girls” did nothing but divide up the main four core girls. This is why I don’t want anymore core girls. These other characters should either be an extension of the four core or not in the line at all.

Bratz TV Series

I know what you 2005 Bratz fans are thinking: “WHAT? I LOVED the series! It’s what brought me into the Bratz! And I ship Cloe and Cameron and want to see what happened next!”

That’s where I clash with the fandom. That’s why I’m scared. Most of the fans want to see this series actually return.

Most of the people who fell in love with the Bratz through the Bratz series were probably way younger than me when that series came out. A lot of people say “The series was my childhood”. By the time that series came out, I was a teen fan of Bratz and a collector rather than player. Maybe I was too old to be into Bratz in some people’s eyes, but I still loved the dolls and wasn’t ashamed.

While I loved that the animation sort of brought the dolls to life and promoted the brand, there were a lot of things about that series that bothered me, and it wasn’t just the plot holes, lack of wardrobe changes, and corny script. In fact, that’s what I actually liked about it. All of those things gave it a cartoon-y charm.

The bad part, to me, is that I believe the series is the reason we even got the CLOSMINS in the first place.

The first thing I hated about that series when it first began is that it took the Bratz Rock Angelz model (yes, I hated that movie, too) and made Cloe the narrator and lead character. Mind you, Bratz was originally a line meant to differ from Barbie, where the blonde chick got most of the shine.

Yasmin was the first Bratz doll and the original darling of the brand. So why Cloe?

Fox Entertainment, the distributor of the series, put more emphasis on ditzy and dramatic Cloe, giving her a beautiful steady love interest and an empowering personality (a personality stolen from Jade to make her more appealing, by the way), and less emphasis on the viewpoints of the other characters.

Though Yasmin was dethroned as the lead, she did get the best treatment in the series, being designed as this sweet and loving animal lover. The change didn’t really hurt her popularity.

What did Sasha get written as? A loud-mouthed, selfish control freak who wasn’t attractive to anybody but herself. I believe Sasha’s character in the series is why she was always voted as the least popular Bratz among the core in polls back in the day (and this is aside from the fact that people already have a negative opinion about dark skin, especially overseas).

And Jade just got all the leftover personality traits.

In fact, they completely changed Jade’s character. It’s not really the series’ fault. I blame Bratz the Video: Starrin and Stylin. Still, they took from that movie, which made me dislike the series even more.

I do not EVER want to see a Bratz series like this again. You all can come at me for it. I’m ready.

If it does return, I hope the wrinkles are ironed out.

Bratz Movies like Bratz the Video: Starrin and Stylin, Bratz Rock Angelz, and Bratz the Movie

I didn’t hate these movies overall, but there were some things that bothered me. The reasons I dislike these Bratz movies are the same reasons I disliked the Bratz TV series.

First of all, I did not like some things in Bratz the Video: Starrin and Stylin. I know many people didn’t like the movie overall. At the time of release, some people felt the animation was outdated and cheap-looking. For me, I actually liked the animation because it reminded me of the commercials. I truly like 2-D animation. I liked the story-telling, too. I think it was more realistic than the other movies.

What I hated about it was how the characters were written. This was the beginning of the destruction of the Bratz characters in my opinion. When the Bratz dolls were first released in 2001, they weren’t developed with any particular personality traits, just “fashion passions”. These “fashion passions” sort of highlighted their personalities, but not directly. So, anyone could kind of make-up their own personalities for the characters. However, there were other signs about the characters’ personalities on the main website, which apparently many Bratz fans (and these writers and developers) never visited. If you looked in their bedrooms, you could see their different interests. I wish I could show you all, but you can’t even get into this website now, not even on Wayback Machine.

Okay, I admit, I was one of the main people begging MGA to make a movie for the Bratz characters to flesh out their personalities. Stupid me.

Starrin and Stylin and the book series that inspired the movie didn’t consider the website. I personally was looking forward to a sporty and edgy Jade with a passion for fashion. Basically, a non-typical fashion girl. That’s not what Starrin and Stylin gave me. In fact, her whole sporty appeal was wiped from existence.

What’s more? Sasha was given the worst personality in the group. She was characterized as a “control freak”.

Bratz Rock Angelz bit off a little bit from the original movie. They brought back the relationship between Cloe and Cameron (only they made them childhood friends, when technically Yasmin and Cameron were, but we’ll talk…). Sasha was still a control freak, and now was also selfish and pushy. They brought back Jade’s “ultimate fashionista” persona, which I already didn’t like.

But what really killed me is that Bratz Rock Angelz COMPLETELY SWAPPED Jade and Cloe’s lives. And when I say literally, they even switched their OUTFITS. You know why this angered me? Because Jade’s outfit was actually one of the best sold in the line. It appealed the most to punky tomboys like myself. It gave Asian persuasion Jade an image that could help her become more popular.

What did Fox Entertainment go and do? They gave it to CLOE. And it was weird. It looked like Jade was talking with Cloe’s voice.

Yes, I’m a petty fan. I do not like when adaptations deviate from the source material. I hate this because everything that I like about something can be altered in-brand because of these adaptations. It overall affected the brand.

The worst part is the Rock Angelz movie is actually popular among the fans. Ugh.

To add insult to injury, Bratz Rock Angelz took away the emphasis on Yasmin, the original lead character, and decided they would tell the story through the eyes of the BLONDE. Why did I ever think Bratz could be different from Barbie when Fox pulls this crap with the Bratz?

Bratz Rock Angelz eventually spun into that wack-attack TV series that highlighted all of the negative changes.

Why did I even watch it? The Bratz Rock Angelz album was released before the movie. After that amazing album, I thought the movie would touch on all the subjects covered in the music, which actually would’ve made a compelling story. Not only did the movie completely miss everything in the album, only ONE song from the album was present in the movie.

And if those movies weren’t bad enough at jacking the Bratz up, here comes Bratz the Movie, the Raspberry-award winning live action based off of the dolls. While I loved most of the actors in the film, the film was obviously designed to capitalize off of the High School Musical craze. We’ve got a Sharpay look-alike, plenty of musical numbers, and friends torn apart because they belong to the wrong clique.

But the worst part about the movie is the white-washing of DYLAN. Dylan was clearly meant to be BLACK (at least bi-racial). This Bratz Boy has come with braids and dreads in his hair! He has been released with dark brown skin at many times. Even former characterizations of him, such as in the first Bratz movie, highlighted him as BLACK.

What did the live action movie do? They cast a white boy for his role. I took issue with that.

Overall, MGA would do us all a favor if they avoided white-washing the Bratz brand to appeal to colorist fans (and you know who you are).

2015

Don’t do this again. Don’t. Do. It. Again.

There is no room for goo-eyed, tacky, uninspired, and sweet-faced Bratz dolls. Not now, not EVER.

Lawsuits

We all know that once the Bratz dolls come back, there will be a lot of copy-cats. We know all the doll companies want to create dolls that make a statement like the Bratz did. We need to just accept that there will always be imitations.

What we don’t need are more lawsuits coming from MGA. Really, because of all of those lawsuits from 2004 to 2009, MGA wasn’t able to really focus on the Bratz, and that affected the dolls. It affected the quality of the brand and Bratz were almost legally removed from shelves because of those lawsuits.

We need to leave the confrontational attitude back in 2k. Moving forward, we need to focus on making this brand the best it can be. I really don’t want another issue to rise up where we’re losing some of our MGA team because they all work hard to make their dolls successful.

Painted On Clothing

I forgot to mention this. We need to leave the painted-on leggings and stockings back in 2k. Looking at Bratz lines like I-Candy, Ooh La La Paris, and Star Stylez, I don’t like that someone decided it would be cute to paint on clothing instead of actually taking the time to design mix-and-match fashions!

I understand it’s cheaper than actually producing high-quality materials. I understand that it’s easier for kids because it’s harder to lose something that’s painted on and harder to swallow as well. There was also probably an issue with resources to fun some of these high quality items.

In all fairness, they probably wanted I-Candy girls to have stockings, but real fabric stockings with painted on shoes would’ve looked odd. So, I understand.

But it really also made mixing and matching outfits challenging. I mean, you could mix-and-match all you want, but there would be some awkward leg coloring peeking out.

If you’ve got an I-Candy Bratz doll, you know that these dolls would look awkward wearing any other outfits besides the ones they have on. Maybe that was the purpose, so that people would see the distinction in this line, but it’s just not fun.

Recycled Clothing from Sister Brands

This was a big problem for me. When Bratz Party Cloe was released, it was easy to tell that she was wearing leggings recycled from the Moxie Teenz line. Maybe it’s just my imagination, but they looked awfully similar…

It was almost like Bratz got whatever was left over from the  Moxie Teenz collection. I mean, MGA admitted in 2010 they rushed to bring the dolls back to shelves, so I guess they just put whatever they could find on these dolls. Still, I hope we’re not ever in that situation again.

I just hope that Bratz isn’t going to be “borrowing” from their sister brands this time around. Don’t get me wrong. I do like Project MC2 well enough, but I just feel the Bratz need to be distinct from them. Those girls are cute and everything, but just not the Bratz. If I can find the same outfits on a Bratz doll that I can find on the Project MC2 dolls, why buy the Bratz, ya know?

 

So that’s my list of Do’s and Don’ts. What are some things you Bratz fans want to see return? Do you agree with my list or not? Leave me a comment and we can get the discussion rolling!


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