Another Edit! 2-12-2007: just to add a review of my first Ellowyne “Nevermore”…
Ya know… they’re juuuuuust on the verge of getting me every time. The not-much ballyhoo’d Ellowyne Wilde (originally Gwendolyn) is finally making her debut on October 30th. And she just seems… like Robert Tonner, while jumping on the big-eyed Japanese band wagon, hasn’t been paying enough attention, at least not to the right things. He name drops Sylvia Plath for street cred, but failed to recognize our fear of gigantic collars (unless dressing as Endora or Seymour for Halloween). She’s almost goth (a la Emily the Strange), almost vintagey, almost big-headed, almost Japanese, but lacks the squee-factor to appeal to the aging jaded urban hipster such as myself. Oh wait, that’s not the demographic they were targeting? Oh. Damn.
However, I think the tonners are meant to be blank canvases, the clothing is definately focal, and their quality is usually very good. The outfits are a bit hit or miss. I like Chills. I don’t like the hippy (cute bangs though). But why on earth are the basics in lingerie so boring. You coulda done something super cute, and not white/pink, fer criminy. Meh. I like the pointy eyebrows on the brunette though.
She’s stolen Emily the Strange’s life. Look, she’s spooky dancing…
Is that the “taffy pull” or the “mezmerized by my fingernail polish” dance?
Now, I love that pose on “Red, White and Very Blue” …. but what is this outfit supposed to do??? Cute bangs.
“Bitter Green” is all “Woe betide my inappropriately massive haute collar! Alack!”… along with the *yawn* hair, it ruins an otherwisely fantastic ensemble.
They’re really sweet, and I want to love them. I think they just need a bit more pout, a bit more petulance, and a bit more edge. And the hair! She’s not Gene Marshall for chrissakes.
Edit: I’ll tell ya what I’m lookin’ for… something not as trashy as the “fashion victims” et al. The quality and artistry on those are SO BAD. I really think there’s a middle ground niche market, but poor Ellowyne just seems like she’s carrying a bit too much fashion doll market baggage. Break the mold a little and you just might have something unique, spooky, and fun.