Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Current Mood : Clean and happy.
Whew ! Well, I’ve nearly reclaimed the kitchen from the mess FIL and Beloved have left it in. Gosh, what a job. Three hours of dishes this week and I’m still not done. I’ll be so glad when it’s our kitchen I have to clean – we don’t eat so much fried food.
I was cleaning up from yesterday’s fun when I had a thought. With careful nurturing, it didn’t die of loneliness, so I’m launching it out into the world. So. Many of Barbie’s playline ‘designer’ outfits these days come in a single package, with shoes, a purse, and an accessory. The clothes are tacked onto a plastic body shape which is then attached to a cardboard back that hosts a stylized image of the dream girl, with the accessories attached around her. The flat image is shown as sort of ‘modeling’ the outfit. These tend to run about six bucks or so.
In comparison / contrast, the Monster High clothes also come on a clear plastic body, but their clothes are tacked to more of a paper doll instead of a flat image. It nearly looks three-dimensional, since the paper doll is lifted off the package back, which is dramatically striped, and adds to the eye appeal. MH clothes tend to come with matching shoes, a purse, another fashion accessory, like a belt or jacket, and a prop, sometimes with a trading card. I’ve been able to find all the ones I have for $8. or less.
My question is this – would you prefer less packaging and fewer props if it meant the outfits were cheaper ? Or do you think Barbie’s stuff would sell better if it came with small props that weren’t made of paper ? If everything else was equal – the contents, the availability, etc. – would you prefer to play Barbie prices for MH clothes with less packaging and props, or is the extra couple bucks worth it to you ? I’m curious.
Me, I like how the MH outfits are presented, and I love the props. I just don’t like how character-centric most of them are. If I could get off my butt and find some confidence, I could probably make a mint off basic black skirts and pants for these dolls. Not to mention the cash for guy-doll clothes. But those things are easy to make, so I’m glad Mattel’s taking more of a fashion risk with the MH line. There’s no way I could make most of those shoes, for one thing ! And I do so love the shoes….
Ahem. Anyway. Not a lot else going on today, but I hope to sew tomorrow. The rest of the kitchen disaster should only take an hour or so !