Finally got my hands on Gigi Grant thanks to the Mattel store website! I say “finally” but as far as I know she’s only been showing up at one store so far, yet I still feel like I’m the last one to the party here.
Gigi is a Genie/Djinn, and she is scorpion-themed. I originally thought her hair was designed to look like a curvy bottle, but it’s actually a scorpion’s tail. Neat!
Twyla is the daughter of the boogie man. She probably has the most adventurous color scheme to date, and I liked her a lot more out of the box than in the box (while Gigi I liked more in the box). I think Twyla had more effort put into her design, because a genie is a pretty obvious gimme, from a design perspective. Twyla’s shoes, for example, have heels sculpted like antique furniture, and her shoelaces end in a spider. Her earrings are antique doorknob plates. It’s all very classily done, like you can really see these things being actual jewelry I’d want to buy.
Faceup wise… Eh. Gigi is suffering from gigantic eye syndrome, which puts me off. I like big eyes, just not HUUUUUGE eyes. Other than that, the freckles are cute, and I love her dimpled chin. Twyla has glow in the dark eyes (awesome touch) but her faceup is otherwise pretty forgettable. She has eyeshadow, but it’s virtually the same color as her face, so it just looks weird if you notice it at all.
Nude, it’s Twyla who pops because of her awesome body sculpting! I love her armored body, it looks spectacular! I see lots of customizing possibilities here, even just to tweak her into a more detailed version of herself. I like her neck tattooo, too. Twyla… well here’s the thing. I like the arm gradient. I like the swirling on the legs, and I understand that it was started at the ankle instead of covering the feet so that wearing shoes won’t wear off the design. I just don’t like them together. I think I would have liked her better if her forearms had the same swirls instead of a gradient, of if her legs had the gradient instead of swirls. It would just bring her design together more cohesively.
So all in all… very nice new cast members! I’m not as knocked out as I was by Jinafire and Skelita, but I like them far, far more than Robecca and Venus. These girls have obviously had a lot of planning and attention to detail put into them. If I had two major suggestions, they would be this:
Twyla’s hair streaks need to be thicker and less peppered like in her illustration. She has blue and purple streaks in there, and they’re lovely colors, but I didn’t even notice until I examined her up close out of the box.
Gigi could use more contrast in her design. She looks good, but she doesn’t quite ‘pop’ like some of the other girls do. Also, I see her hair not doing very well in the long-term.
I think if I could choose only one doll as-is, I’d go with Twyla. But if I could choose only one doll to customize? Gigi.
Just LOOK at her gorgeous hands! It’s practically a sin those nails aren’t painted!