I got up early this morning to grab the new 2015 Bratz. Their "nationwide" debut was a bust for me, I saw nothing, not even a shelf tag. You can look at pictures of them here or here. I doubt they will be scalped the way Monster High is, it's just an issue of waiting.
Anyway, a few weeks back, I bought a Barbie doll for the first time in over a year. It's Water Play Nikki. She has bright, sparkling eyes and a sweet expression. She's fresh-faced, and has sweet neutral colors. It's also the first big head Desiree sculpt I've ever bought. The eyes are printed lower on the face than usual, it made all the difference in the world to me.
The body turned out to be even worse than expected, obviously the molded suit makes it impossible to easily re-dress, and the legs are hollow hard plastic. The arm ball joints were taken away, and the neck knob has also been re-engineered so she can only look side to side. It was only $5, but it seems spiteful.
The head also has some nicks in the vinyl, the largest is on the ear, there's a smaller one over the upper lip that isn't as noticeable. And there's a bit of detritus (or two) embedded in the surface of the vinyl on her cheek. It's also full of drippy glue, though at least the hair is saran.
I'm still pretty happy with it, overall. She needs a new body. I found out recently the face paint template will be reused on other dolls, but there's no guarantee I'll see one of those with centered eyes. The beach dolls are cheap and plentiful, I got to cherry pick the best from a dozen. I like her, despite the flaws.