Monday, June 22, 2015

Cherry Beach Sunset and Cool Pool Lemonade

Dear Sarah,

As I was preparing to post the worst Dolly Shelf Sunday post in existence, a photo which shall never see the light of the internet, I decided to check BlytheKingdom and see if there were any new releases.  I'm a year and a half behind on my reviews of each release, but they will be done!  I look forward to looking at what we've missed.

This month's release are the two anniversary girls, Dauphine Dream and Little Duchess Georgette, but I'm more excited for the July Neo and August Middie releases.  Are you ready?!  TAN GIRLS! 

I'm so excited!  Cherry Beach Sunset is the first release that I've wanted in a while (except for that blue haired beauty...Curly Blue Babe) and I'm especially excited since they have darker skin!  They're labeled as "tan" and come with bathing suits like they're usually pale little things but browned down for the summer.  I don't know why we can't have darker skin girls without them having to be tan, but it took Barbie 8 years to make the first black Barbie.  (And that was the 60s!)  But it's been 5 years since our last tan girl, Manuheali'i Paradise Girl, so it is exciting. 

I spent the whole day at the beach, collecting shells and reading in the tree shade.
The day had gone by so fast, I looked up to see that the sky was orange and pink, the perfect sunset colors!
My grandma makes some of the best cherry pies on this coast during this season, so I always can't wait for summer!

She wears her cherry pink pareo around her bikini, heart-shaped sunglasses and bracelets matching, listening to the waves crash on the beach, relaxing.
When it's time to go get some of grandma's famous pies, she changes back to her cherry patterned sea-blue dress, fixing her hair back with her ribboned hairband.

 Her hairstyle is permed and long with bangs. Her hair color is brown. Her eye shadow is brown, cheeks pink, and lips red. Her front facing eyes are a special emerald green. Her face type is Radiance+, and her face color is Mocha (sun tanned).

The illustration is a concept, and does not reflect the final product.

Release date: July 2015
Price: ¥14,900 ($120, £75)

I love how random her love of cherry pies are.  I would wear that dress.  I wish her hair was more curly kinky like mine, the "perm" they describe makes me think it'll be like Margo Unique Girl's.  Close, but they could be closer.

And then the Middie is Cool Pool Lemonade.  (Seriously, who comes up with these names?)  She seems like an exact miniature of the Neo, which I've noticed Takara has been doing recently.  I thought it was cute at first, but it would be nice to see Middies branch out on their own and have their own line and aesthetic.  And there's only about a ¥3100 ($25, £15) price difference so buying the Middie instead doesn't save you much.

On a hot day like this, nothing beats a tall glass of lemonade filled with crushed ice. Add a little passion fruit and mango and you have something special! 
I just want to be sitting in the shade, drinking juice all day. What a life! 

This freshly tanned Middie Blythe is so cute, no one can resist her! 
Two outfits, a swimsuit and a dress, have been readied for her so she can walk through the beach and the town. 

The swimsuit is light blue with a pink ribbon on the bikini top, light blue shorts, and a pareo with a pink and light blue ribbon on the rear. 
The youthful look is really becoming of the Middie Blythe design. 
The dress has a simple and refreshing lemon pattern, which is complimented by the ribbon hair band, heart shaped earrings, and yellow shoes. 

Her hairstyle is a lightly permed long with short bangs. Her hair color is brown. Her face color is mocha, with brown eye shadow, pink cheeks, and with orangish pink lips. Her eye color is emerald green. 

The illustration is a concept, and does not represent the final product. 

Release Date: August 2015 
MSRP: ¥11,800 ($95, £60)

Either way I'm excited for this release and might have to start saving up for one of them!

♥ Jillie

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