|Marisol has, of course, always been the better dancer.|
So yes, I hate Isabelle with the fire power of Mega Charizard Y using Fire Blast. But, like Chipotle Mayo, McSeattle, and EnviroLanie before her, I am not above jacking her shit for my own dancer needs. Or reviewing them for yours. I'm not a monster, after all. I'm just one hell of a hater. Over the course of the year, I've gotten Isabelle's Coral Sweater for $14, Isabelle's Rosette Leotard for $10, Isabelle's Tutu for $14, and Isabelle's Legwarmers Set for $12. (I'm still debating the Wrap Sweater and dismantling her Metallic Chaos Theory Set.) I have also been able to obtain her most simple ballet shoes without having to buy that entire dance barre set for $10 and so here we will call them Isabelle's Practice Slippers. Total cost of this mix and match set? $60. I'd bitch more but all of Addy's BeForever newness (sans the two-book volumes) is in my house and waiting on review. (If you haven't noticed, my site icon is now her BeForever image. Thinking of sticking it on the side somewhere.) Come December, all this shit will pop out of stock bit by bit, get retired Dec 31st, and Wonderbread will take her place in the archives as we prep for 2015 and I get to raise my hopes only to have them smash into the pointy rocks of racism when they give me another white girl for a Connect Four Years of Failure. Plus we'll get all the fun of on the Facebook page loaded with ignorant ass parents complaining that they didn't order her in time so now Giftmas is ruined, or asking for her to be restocked.2 You got three months, maybe less, maybe more when it pops up as a sale item. Get on it.
Marisol, the resident Dancer of the AGGIB, is here to show off how all this looks 200% cooler on her tan skin. Also, partially through we get some modifications because fuck your design style WonderBread, that's why. Since these items are sold separately (with the exception of the tights and shoes), they will be reviewed and graded separately, then get the end overall feels. While the closest I have ever gotten to dancing is the Get In Shape Girl Workout Bar playset3 I sorta love the sport-slash-art of ballet and read hella books about it.
|Yep, that certainly is a sweater.|
Coral is actually a color I care for greatly, so that's a plus in its corner.
|Warm arms for warm dancers.|
|For the "fashionable" glove look.|
|Off center hem.|
|Tagging her shit.|
|For all your white leotarding needs.|
Many ballet classes require a specific ballet leotard color for your level of dance or insist on everyone in class wearing the same color, rather than let people pick what they want. I remember specifically from the Sweet Valley Twins series that Jessica got her ass chewed out by the ballet instructor for wearing purple to class because she was supposed to wear black, and me laughing at her ass.5
|Gathering implies breasts.|
|Sparkle rose shit.|
|I can see your arm cup, Marisol.|
|Basic leg holes.|
|Closing up the back.|
|Tights. Whatchu want of them?|
|For keeping those legs nice and comfortable.|
|Stepping on them.|
|Off the leg.|
|Decent ballet shoes!|
|Insert "Dancer's Sole" joke here.|
|Off the foot.|
A+. This is probably the best thing out of that entire barre set and I'm pissed that, bar knowing the tricks, you have to pay for the full set. If AG has any sense they will sell just these kinds of slippers with their next ballet set.8
|Floofy gold tutus.|
And then, looking details up, I laughed a mighty cackling laugh. For "tutu" is a french word that is an alteration of cucu, which is itself a reduplicated form of cul. Which means butt. Yes, we've been calling the ruffle tulle skirts around dancers's middles for ages because the French were going "hee hee hee we can see your ASS girls~"
Hee hee hee butts.
|Layers and layers, like onions.|
|The whole look.|
Interlude before the end: Trying other shit and pics of the stuff.
|Off with ye, rose!|
|Lining under it.|
Wonderbread is in a tutu and leotard much like her Rosette Leotard and Tutu on the cover of Book 3, To the Stars, Isabelle (the book I'm choking to get through). Along with her sparkly toe shit ass slippers from the Dance Case, which I refuse to get because I hate those slippers.
In the illustrations of said book, one scene shows her with the sweater, leotard, tights and leggings (both on at once). She is again wearing those sparkle ass shoes. I hate those shoes so much.
Overall Feel: When put together, they do make for a great dance set. I knew that I would get the leotard and tutu before the end of the year and got the tights early on, but other images of the coral sweater gave me eventual love for it. The wrap top is up in the air at present. The separate pieces aspect to the dance wear is actually hella appealing, because I didn't have to get pieces I don't want in Marisol's dance colection. Like that wrapped, twisted dance top. The fuck is that shit.
Cost Value: Each part is about 10-14 dollars, so two parts to make a full outfit will run you into the $30 or so range. My whole setup cost $60, which is on the high side, but I did manage to get the shoes I so craved. If you already have tights and don't care about legwarmers, then skip over that set since I know you can probably find another set of tights for cheap. Come end of the year people are going to double the prices, and paying that much is ricockulous. It's just dance wear.
Timeliness/Datedness: It's ballet wear, so in theory it should be near timeless. Ballet wear has sort of had a steady feel for some time now in the modern era: leotard, tights, slippers. However, the things like thumb holes and metallic tulle really give it a now feel, and those are going to show age later I think. Still, the parts I got are going to work well for my girl.
Mix and Match Levels: Since that's the whole purpose of the separates, they mix and match well. Outside of that, they will work with other ballet sets I have, and I can mix things in and take stuff out at will. The metallic legwarmers have already been donated to the 80s. Will they work with other casual wear? Yes and no. I can see the improved leotard sans rosette under a wrap top and with jeans or some other bottom, and the sweater over jeans or skirts, but it will still have a dancer's feel. If you're going for that, like I often do with Marisol, it shall be fine.
Appropriateness to Character: Wonderbread is a ballerina, and these components show in her books. So I'll give her that. But that's the only thing she's getting from me, damn it.
Final Overall Grade: A-. Get the stuff before it's gone, if you have a dancer in your gang.
|Like Marisol, who's looking wonderful~|
1 The worst part for me was Renata being cast as a black girl--and all the unfortunate implications thereof. First, they gave her a super bitchy personality which made a White vs. Black dichotomy. Then they went in even deeper with a boo-de-hoo backstory that her (implied) black parents don't come see her dance because they are always going to her older brother's football games and care more about sports than dance. Those black people, they only understand sports! And then having Wonderbread solve all her problems by saying "just talk to your parents so they will understand that dance matters too and not just the sports!" and it working off the bat. White Girls, Saving Black Families from the Sports Since Forever. Also included but are not limited to: making brown!Luisa in the book an Asian girl; spontaneous cafeteria dance offs; and our movie high tension point: does Wonderbread nail a double pirouette on stage at the performance of the Nutcracker ballet? Spoiler: Yes and everyone cheers like she just solved world hunger. The best part of the movie was Jade. Can we get a whole movie with her?
2 This will be among the comments that no doll looks exactly like their princess, that they missed a sale and demand to get in on it, "BRING BACK FELICITY, HOW WILL MY CHILD KNOW ABOUT THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR WITHOUT HER" and "DID YOU KNOW AMERICAN GIRL DOLLS ARE MADE IN CHINA HOW CAN WE CALL THEM AMERICAN." I swear some people need the taste slapped out their mouth.
3 Note to self: Give Kimmy and Tyanna mad 80s workout gear. Let's Get Physical!
4 Between all the ballet outfits out there before, none of them had a basic white leotard.
5 Sweet Valley was not my favorite series growing up. Blah blah blah perfect blond twins and one is serious and nerdy and reading and one is wild and free and wants boys, they live in California and are wonderful and all this wild and crazy shit happened. Also I can't remember a single black person anywhere in that fucking series.
6 You doll can have boobs, but you'll need to take off her head and literally pad her chest. Or buy her a padded bra. Hee, dolly boobs.
7 If you want to get squishy and technical, I was there those first months of 1980 floating around in amniotic fluid.
8 Yes, I'll get it, I won't even lie to myself.