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Not Quite Like the Fashion Dolls of My Childhood – Bratzilla and Bratz Boutique Doll Review

When I was little, my favorite part about playing with fashion dolls was changing their outfits and hair styles.  I also liked setting up their houses but by the time I’d have everything set out and everyone changed I’d grow bored and put them all away again.  Then again, I didn’t have a lot of fancy frills or anything.  I had a car and accessories, but I didn’t have doll houses or store fronts.  Those cost too much!  I preferred getting new clothing and dolls when it came down to it.  I never had to wait as long for those.

yasmin bratz boutique doll

So, I admit I had a little too much fun playing with Yasmin from the new Bratz Boutique Doll line as well as checking out Sashabella Paws of the Bratzilla line (perfect for Halloween!).  It brought back some memories, even down to telling my daughter not to touch my store.  Haha, well, that was more to keep her away from the small pieces.  These dolls are certainly more appropriate for elementary aged children than toddlers.

The dolls I used to play with definitely had a different look and quality to them.  Some were very, um, flimsy and easy to take apart.  Others appeared just too perfect!  Thankfully clothes fit on pretty much everyone.  I was forever losing the shoes though.  I was awful at keeping track of those.  It surprises me how some of the newer dolls today have detachable feet.  No more worrying about shoes falling off the feet – they are part of them.  I kind of like that, actually.

yasmin bratz boutique doll

While I do think some of the Bratz clothing can be on the more provocative side, they do have a lot more fashion sense and style than I do.  These dolls pull of their looks nicely.  I thought incorporating the packaging into creating the boutique was a clever idea, though putting it away is a bit trickier.  It didn’t work quite as well as I’d hoped to put it all back into the original box, but I’m not sure how else to keep all the pieces together and keep the store from getting bent out of shape.  I do like that you can actually attach the scanner to Yasmin’s hand!

bratzilla sashabella paws

My Bratzilla doll I love with Halloween approaching.  She totally fits the stylish witch part (instead of the ugly, wicked witch) and comes with a doll stand.  I think she might become holiday decor around our house rather than a toy to play with.  We’ll have to see how long I can keep my daughter away from her.  I wish she came with her pet though!  I know some people may not care for a witch-type doll that comes with a tattoo marking on her leg, but I found it a nice break from the usual.  There are plenty of dolls dressed up to look pretty and others to represent professions – why not have some fun?


Disclosure: We received these dolls to review.

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  1. Melissa Phinney October 19, 2012 Reply

    I’m not much a fan of Bratz and what they stand for, not to mention the materials they’re made of, but I do very much like them incorporating the box as a set up for a store front, that is very smart!SAPsMaMa

  2. Sarah (from MaeGal) October 21, 2012 Reply

    My sister and I had Bratz dolls when we were like 12. Haha. It was out last hooray with dolls. We mainly just liked the outfits and the attitudes they seemed to have. Nothing like ourselves. :PtheMaeGal

    • Darcy October 21, 2012 Reply

      Their outfits are very fun!DarcyZalewski

  3. Heather Whowho October 29, 2012 Reply

    We LOVE bratz dolls! Daughter has many of the original girls but the Bratzillas are totally welcome in our house! I also love their clothes and how they are better proportioned than the big boobed Barbie dolls. LOVE BRATZ!

    • Darcy November 1, 2012 Reply

      They definitely are more realistic in proportions for sure!DarcyZalewski

  4. Lori Thomas October 30, 2012 Reply

    I think I`d use it for decor also, to cute to play with.
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  5. Sandy VanHoey October 30, 2012 Reply

    Now these dolls I have heard my granddaughter talk about and she has them on her Christmas list.

  6. Bridget Heiple Reich October 30, 2012 Reply

    Love the idea of using the box as part of the playset!

  7. larissa brunken October 30, 2012 Reply

    Solo cute! I love these dolls and a playset too cool

  8. livivua chandler October 31, 2012 Reply

    i love the hair styles they have. I love the clothing they wear.
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  9. In the Hammock October 31, 2012 Reply

    love the bratzilla doll! so fun!
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  10. Jeanna November 1, 2012 Reply

    I like how these dolls come with something for them to do! Sometimes my daughter needs a little kick start to get her imagination going!

  11. Sandy VanHoey November 1, 2012 Reply

    Dolls have changed so much! My granddaughter loves these types of dolls, these, monster high, etc.

  12. Veronica De Luna November 2, 2012 Reply

    I just love the Bratzillaz dolls! They’re adorable and I wouldn’t mind buying them for my daughter.vadeluna07

  13. april yedinak November 2, 2012 Reply

    My daughter loves Bratz dolls. She loves to do their hair and switch their clothes. These are pretty cute.

  14. Amanda Alvarado November 4, 2012 Reply

    Ok I have never liked Bratz dolls…just the name alone irritates me! With that being said I LOVE the Bratzilla dolls! They remind me of the Monster High dolls that dd is totally in love with! We have a *cough* little collection of MH dolls going here!

  15. Jennifer November 7, 2012 Reply

    I’ve never been a Bratz fan really but lately they’ve becoming out with really neat new ones

  16. Austin Baroudi November 7, 2012 Reply

    My little girl loves Bratz! She has been asking for one these for about a month now!

  17. Priscilla Benavides November 10, 2012 Reply

    I love these, I wish they would make dolls like this when I was a little girl! This would be the perfect gift for my niece! I hear and read a lot of good things about Bratz dolls!prissybenavides

  18. Holly Thomas November 11, 2012 Reply

    I wish these were around when i was little!

  19. Jen F November 11, 2012 Reply

    These bratz dolls are pretty cool for tweens I think. Bratzillas look like they are trying to mimic in their own way Monster High.

  20. Amy Green November 12, 2012 Reply

    I think that the Bratzillas are too much of a rip-off of the Monster High dolls and concept.

  21. sara m ford November 13, 2012 Reply

    Bratzilla is my daughters all time fav she has allot of them but takes good care of themjojo8202

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