It started with the Lea/Kayla headmold, which I discovered when I was searching for Asian Barbies, and then I found one I couldn't resist and bought her. (I still haven't completely clothed her yet--a top is coming in the mail for her soon.) Upon seeing my Lea (I like the name "Lea" better than "Kayla," so that's what I call her), my brother said she didn't really look Asian, and . . . yeah . . . I guess I have to admit he's right. But I still love her and think she's gorgeous, and she's begun my obsession with the Barbies with the Lea/Kayla headmold. So much so, in fact, that I just . . . sort of . . . bought another one! And this has to be it for a while. I have to stop spending money on dolls, at least for little a bit!
But in the meantime, the doll I just bought is a nude Really Rosy Lea! And I'm very excited, because she's rather rare. Here's a picture of her, from the eBay seller:
I think she's absolutely beautiful, and has a very sweet and kind look to her face. I could live without the light purple lipstick, but oh well . . . Maybe I'll paint her lips myself (in a more, well, rosy color) if I can get up the guts to do something like that. I'll also be needing to buy her a white Victorian-looking gown, because I've decided I want her to be the mother in my eventual Barbie Victorian scene, and I'll need . . . (shudder) . . . to rebody her. That is, put her head on a Fashionistas articulated body. I hope I don't screw that one up.
Anyway, that's my new Lea. After that sculpt, my favorite is Teresa, and so I'm hoping to get a one (once I get some more money) to be Victorian Lea's sister. (Eventually. Eventually.) Anyway, here are a couple of pictures of Teresas. Note that they're all pretty much post-2000--we all know I'm not a huge fan of those earlier Barbies.
And I couldn't get a close-up of this last one, but her outfit is amazing! :)
So, yes, Lea/Kayla and Teresa are in the lead, but I also like Ana/Lara quite a bit. I still want this Barbie Basics one:
So those are my three favorite sculpts at the moment. The Mackie sculpt is fine, and so is the Steffie, among others, but they don't seem as unique somehow. The sculpt I really think is overdone (probably because Mattel uses it contantly) is the Superstar sculpt--like the Barbie they chose for Toy Story 3.
Just no Lea/Kayla if you ask me. :)