So AG is changing the design of some of the doll torsos to have permanent underwear. This has lead to fast and furious debate in doll circles. Cost savings? The results of the expansion into Dubai? Not wanting to pay the Gotz patent? A modesty issue? Preventing any hanky panky with Logan, the first boy doll?
I’ve been watching the debate and this is what worries me: that it’s an attempt to save cost/skimp on quality and the start of a slippery slope. We’ve seen clothes sewn into cardboard like doll clothes from OG sold at a fraction of the price. What next? I was thinking of them changing the plastic cup/metal ferrules that hold the limbs to the torso in some way. Surely they didn’t change just the underwear. Something else is going on.
I’m still not sure if there is or not, but then a poster on AGPT got one of the permapanty dolls and this is the backside of the female doll:
Now what does that look like to you? Another commenter said “well of course it looks like she pooped her panties, she can’t get them off!”
My mind had, alas, gone elsewhere (because I am a horrible person) and I wordlessly handed my phone to my husband to get an unbiased opinion. His eyes got really big and he said “….that looks like a dong!” Which is exactly what I was thinking.
Friends, when the backside of the female doll looks like the front side of a Calvin Klein male underwear model we got problems. (This was my observation about the issue that I posted on AGPT.)
I have been sitting on the couch of contentment as far as buying new AG dolls is concerned for quite some time. I stopped counting once I passed 50 and there just isn’t a need for me to own every variation of every doll and every character ever made anymore. But this a absolutely seals it for me. Tenney and Logan will come home with me on Saturday and I have absolutely zero problems with never buying another AG character again if this nonsense continues.
The drop in quality at this price point is beyond unacceptable.
At least there’s always Maplelea. But guys, look at the squishiness of the vinyl:
A friend told me they had to change the vinyl to comply with EU regulations. I could see this happening, but nevertheless–this looks bad.
So my plan of action on Saturday is this. Pull out Tenney and Logan and make sure I get ones with removable underwear. I don’t care if I have to pull apart their packaging to do it. And then I’m done with buying AG dolls.
It’s Maplelea or nothing from now on unless AG backtracks immediately.