Mattel Winx Club: Icy (Trix Witch and School Outfits) Doll Review

Mattel Winx Club Witch School Icy magic ice attack 2

Winx Club, an Italian cartoon phenomenon, popular in Europe, Australia, South America, parts of Asia, and at one time North America. This show has come a long way since 2004, starting out on Fox Kids (“4Kids” in North America), and later moving to Nickelodeon starting with Season 4. It’s a story about good versus evil, finding yourself and your potential, and working with your friends along the way. Pretty formulaic, but it still works and I have enjoyed following the main six characters for many seasons now. I would recommend the show (at least Seasons 1-3) to fans who enjoy magic and adventure.

Trix Winx Club witches Stormy Icy Darcy

From left to right, Stormy, Icy, and Darcy. Affectionately known as The Trix.

Icy happens to be the main ongoing villain in the Winx Club universe. She is the leader of the Trix, a trio of witches who despise the Winx girls and just about everyone else in the universe. Her powers embody all things cold and frosty, just like her attitude.

Winx Club Witch Icy ice attack

The Mattel line of Winx Club dolls was the first line to hit North American markets shortly after Winx Club aired on Saturday mornings in 2004. This would be the full-length 4Kids version (as opposed to the later abridged Nickelodeon specials), for those viewing in the US or Canada. Mattel took a gamble and invested in the Winx Club doll line for Season 1-3, to which I believe was a success. There were a myriad of dolls and outfits for each season. I came to really appreciate the Mattel Winx doll line. The dolls were fairly inexpensive (some as low as $10) and they were highly accurate and detailed. These two factors would be lost in future Winx doll creation (see Jakks Pacific Winx doll line), after Nickelodeon partnered with Rainbow. *sigh/lament* Today, the Mattel Icy doll has become a big collector’s item since its premiere over ten years ago. As with most Mattel Winx Club dolls today, the Icy doll is rare and can be found going for over $100 new-in-box on the internet.

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These aren’t just dolls, they’re action figures with brushable hair!

That is why I took some financial pains trying to obtain this particular Icy doll. I believe the Mattel dolls were before their  time. The detail and quality may not be on par with Monster High dolls, but it is very good for its time of creation in 2004. And the accessories were a wonderful (and plentiful) addition. Today, many Winx Club doll lines hardly come with any other accessories, unless you count a brush… So onto the good stuff! Prepare yourself, this post is a behemoth of pictures!

Hair, face, & makeup:

Mattel Winx Club Witch Icy high ponytail

Winx Club Icy evil witch

Mattel Winx Club Witch School Icy front length 2

The Mattel Icy doll is a specially-designed doll different from her fairy foes, the Winx Club girls. For starters, her hair is long and piled high on her head at a 90 degree angle. Even more unique is the Widow’s Peak added to this doll’s hair design. I believe she is the only Mattel doll with this feature. It’s an iconic detail of this witchy Icy character for sure. Along with the peak, this doll exhibits the characteristic hair ringlet framing both sides of her face. The hair itself is made of a soft material (possibly soft nylon?) and does not snag upon brushing. The straightness of the hair is much more manageable then say the curls of the Mattel Bloom doll. It is dominantly a lovely icy blue (almost white in some lighting), with intermixed silver tinsel strands.

Mattel Winx Club Witch Icy high ponytail side

Mattel Winx Club Witch Icy back length hair ponytail cape

Icy’s ponytail is held high and straight using a cylindrical plastic holder. I have not tried to remove the holder, but it appears that there is a clamp built inside to hold the hair taut. The main color of the holder is medium blue with three lighter blue diamond embellishments on the front.

Mattel Winx Club Witch Icy high ponytail holder clip

The Mattel doll faces differ greatly from other Winx Club doll lines, such as the North American Jakks Pacific Icy. The Mattel Icy has much thinner, cat-like eyes. The eyebrows are high-angled, as if she’s plotting something…maniacal? Sinister? Her eyeshadow is one shade of a frosty light blue, perfectly matching her arctic blue irises. She also has crazy long eyeliner that goes on for miles! And lastly, her lips are a frosty rose, a color to which I am partial. Overall, it’s a simple face and makeup design, but sometimes simple is best.

Mattel Winx Club Witch Icy cape collar head makeup 2

Icy Winx Club face glare

“Insolence will not be tolerated!”

Clothes:

There are two outfits for this Icy doll, and I will start with the witch outfit (the one in which she transforms for battle). This doll features one of my favorite details–the awesome lamé fabric, so shimmery and metallic! Starting at the top of this dark blue jumpsuit is the collar to her sleeveless “tank top” torso. From the backside, the top is completely open down to her waist. The front of the torso piece has a seam running down to the legs, which then turns into the leggings. The jumpsuit is tight-fitting and looks good on the skinny doll frame. No ill-fitting outfits here. Her sleeves are also made of the same lamé fabric and color. They are not as tight-fitting, but still pull off the armband sleeve style of Icy in the animated series. For a witch, Icy has an awesome style sense.

Mattel Winx Club Witch Icy front length full cape comparison

Mattel Winx Club Witch Icy torso jumpsuit front

Another awesome detail about this outfit is the knee high boots. The Mattel boots extend well past the knee and are molded to the calf. Compare these boots to the Jakks Pacific Icy boots, which are much shorter and less accurate. Not only are the Mattel boots tall and molded, they also have a shiny patent leather look, complete with creases at the toes and ankle. They don’t look very comfortable being tight and stiletto heeled, but perhaps that is one reason why Icy is such a cranky gal. Lastly, on the bottom edges and sole of the boots is a light blue trim. Overall, it is a very realistic boot design.

Mattel Winx Club Witch Icy black boots

After a not so quick, and slightly frustrating wardrobe change, Icy transforms into her Cloud Tower school outfit. It’s not exactly an outfit you would ever see at any school I know of, but then again Stella’s school outfit could be called a little lacking as well. Either way, it works okay for the cartoony styling used in the Winx Club animation. 

Trix Winx Club witches Stormy Icy Darcy School outfit 2

Again, Darcy, Icy, and Stormy– this time in their Cloud Tower school outfits.

Mattel Winx Club Witch School Civilian Cloud Tower comparison

Her sleeveless shirt cuts off well above the waist and has a large collar with a V-neckline. It is made of a shiny light blue fabric. 

Mattel Winx Club Witch School Icy tank top

Her skirt is made of a plastic-coated fabric to give it a shiny patent look. It is medium blue color with a slit on one side. Across the front runs an accent of small metal circles strung together with silver thread. Right above the slit of the skirt sits a reflective “diamond” gem. 

Mattel Winx Club Witch School Icy blue skirt diamond belt

Last are her two knee-high boots, slightly shorter than her black witch boots. They are similar in shape regardless of height, as they also use the same calf mold and “crinkles” around the ankle and toes. These boots are light blue in color and have a medium blue-colored sole and heel. One interesting and different feature of these boots is the criss-crossing impression along the front of the boot to give the impression of laces. 

Mattel Winx Club Witch School Icy blue boots

Accessories:

This doll does not lack for accessories. It’s wonderful! Let’s start with the two additional accessories to her witch outfit. First is the witch outfit necklace/collar that extends down to her waist to become a belt. The necklace is a dark blue collar with light blue diamond studs. It turns light blue as it extends down to the waist, and in the middle is an embedded letter “I”. A little elementary, but it’s classic of the original character design.

Mattel Winx Club Witch Icy necklace letter I belt

The cape is a remarkable piece. The ice crystal collar attached to the cape is the part that reflects a flashing light on the doll’s back, and it sure looks cool. There are five crystals extending from behind her shoulders. When you press a button on her lower back, a red diode flashes and partially lights the crystals. This is the same flashing light as used in other Mattel Winx Club dolls.

Mattel Winx Club Icy Witch Collar Cape light up diode

Attached beneath the light-up crystal collar is a flaring cape, shiny dark blue on one side and matte black on the other. The finished edge is a step up from the Jakks Pacific Icy doll, not to mention the edge has a built in wire for posability.

Mattel Winx Club Witch Icy flexible wire cape

It is hard to see, but there is a change of necklace, similar to the choker necklace she wears with her witch outfit. Her school necklace is a simple dark blue choker with a light blue diamond in the center. 

Mattel Winx Club Witch School Icy diamond necklace

Okay, so if you’ve only seen the Nickelodeon reboot of Winx Club you’re probably wondering what the heck, why a purple duck in the accessories? Nickelodeon’s reboot scrapped a large chunk of story and exposition from the first and second seasons, and that is where you would find Pepe the duck. He was originally sent by the Winx Club crew to Icy via an enchanted egg to annoy Icy. In a way, you could say they cursed Icy, at least until she figured out a way to prevent the duck from following her around like a baby who found its long lost mother.

Mattel Winx Club Witch School Icy Pepe the Purple Duck Enchanted EggThe Pepe figurine is a light purple cartoony-shaped duck with dark  purple feathers on his tail and chest and a yellow beak and feet. He also comes with the yellow enchanted egg shell from which he hatches. The egg shell looks like a two halves of a dinosaur egg with raised diamond-shaped spots. I’m not sure why the doll design staff chose to add these additional accessories. Did they really think kids wanted to relive the “Icy meets Pepe” moment over and over? But I’m not really going to complain. The more accessories the merrier!

Pepe the duck shocked

Shortly after Pepe was “lovingly” attacked by the Trix.

Mattel Winx Club Witch School Icy Pepe the Duck attacked

“Curse you, you cursed duck!”

A DVD was packaged with some Icy dolls sold in countries viewing the 4Kids English dub. The DVD has approximately ten minutes of video, all using clips from 4Kids Season 1 in order to introduce the main characters. Watching the DVD made me nostalgic for the 4Kids dub again. I know this version has its critics, but this dubbed version has a lot of character, fun voice acting, and a dramatic background soundtrack.

Mattel Winx Club Witch School Icy Promotional CD DVD

A tiny, but integral accessory the designers included was Icy’s “Crystal of Whisperia” (aka, “Vacuum” as known in the Rai and Nickelodeon dub). Icy and her two sister witches, Darcy and Stormy, each have one of these crystals. I believe these crystals must have been given to them down through the generations from their family line, specifically from the three Ancestral Witches– the villains who nearly destroyed Bloom’s home world and imprisoned Bloom’s parents and people. Together, the Whisperian Crystals (or Vacuums) can be used to summon monsters, influence people, cast powerful spells, teleport, and sense the location of high energy sources.

Mattel Winx Club Witch School Icy Whisperian Crystal Whisperia Wysperia Vacuum 2

This tiny accessory is really a gem. So much detail went into something so seemingly insignificant to a toy distributor. Approximately 1.5 inches tall, this slender blue crystal is molded exactly like the original in the animated series, even down to the wrap-around “cord”. 

Mattel Winx Club Witch School Icy Whisperian Crystal Whisperia Wysperia Vacuum

Her crystal really levitates! (just kidding…)

Winx Club Witch Icy Whisperian Crystal Vacuum 2

Icy summoning a Crystal of Whisperia, aka, Vacuum.

Stealing Dragon Flame

The Crystals of Whisperia (Vacuums) were used to steal great magic powers, like Bloom’s Dragon Flame.

A staple item with the early Winx Club dolls was a cell phone. Icy’s phone is cut like a long gem with a light purple body and light blue buttons. The screen on her phone shows a tiny picture of Darcy and Stormy, the two sister witches with which she is continually scheming.

Mattel Winx Club Witch School Icy cell phone

Icy even has a purse? Yep, even Icy likes to dress up and be feminine it seems. It is another transparent blue accessory, like her crystal (vacuum). It is shaped like a tulip head with three ice crystals pointing up in the center. A single transparent blue handle hooks from one end to the other. 

Mattel Winx Club Witch School Icy crystal purse

And as always, there is a doll brush. All of the early Mattel dolls shared the same mold design, but as is her theme, this brush is blue. 

Mattel Winx Club Witch School Icy doll brush

A lenticular card also comes with all early Mattel dolls, this one exhibiting Icy in her witch outfit, then changing to her school outfit. On the back side are two more pictures and a paragraph written by Icy herself. See below:

Mattel Winx Club Witch School Icy lenticular card

Mattel Winx Club Witch School Icy lenticular card back

And this last accessory is a mystery to me. I cannot think where I have seen this in the series. The online consensus is that this bulbous clear blue item is a candle shaped like a …monster, or dragon head perhaps? There is definitely a candle wick on the top of this piece, but it is unclear where this candle fits into the character history.

Mattel Winx Club Witch School Icy dragon candle wick

 There are two more accessories that came with the Icy doll, but unfortunately  I was not able to obtain them in the doll lot I purchased. The Mattel doll additionally came with a light blue bracelet (one in which you can wear) and an icy-themed sticker sheet.

Icy bracelet stickers

Additional Details:

The dolls are approximately 9 inches tall (the taller Prince Sky doll excluded). The doll limbs are made of a soft, rubbery material and can be posed in various ways thanks to the wire work within the arms and legs.

As with this Icy doll, many of the Mattel Winx dolls have a light-up diode on their backs that reflects and flashes through their wings (or cape collar). This a great addition to this doll line. But these dolls are aging more than ten years now, so if you come across these dolls be sure to check for old batteries. If you are storing your dolls, remove the batteries first so they do not leak and ruin the circuitry. Be aware that dolls new-in-box may have spoiled batteries too!

Mattel Winx Club Witch School Icy red diode light battery back button

I’ve also noticed that each Mattel Winx Club doll has its own unique face design tailored to each character. The differences may be a little subtle, but they are there. Compare the shape of the eyes for starters:

7056492757_ef6cc23634_zAnd now just a few more miscellaneous pictures to end this post on a frosty note!

Mattel Winx Club Witch Icy head snow scene 2

Mattel Winx Club Witch Icy torso head snow scene

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Jakks Pacific Winx Club: “Good Vs Evil” Icy (Original Outfit) Doll Review

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Original Outfit Icy Good Vs Evil ice magic

Winx Club, an Italian cartoon phenomenon, popular in Europe, Australia, South America, parts of Asia, and at one time North America. This show has come a long way since 2004, starting out on Fox Kids (“4Kids” in North America), and later moving to Nickelodeon starting with Season 4. It’s a story about good versus evil, finding yourself and your potential, and working with your friends along the way. Pretty formulaic, but it still works and I have enjoyed following the main six characters for many seasons now. I would recommend the show (at least Seasons 1-3) to fans who enjoy magic and adventure.

Dolls On A Whim Icy Trix clip art

Icy happens to be the main ongoing villain in the Winx Club universe. She is the leader of the Trix, a trio of witches who despise the Winx girls and just about everyone else in the universe. And being the leader, Icy was specially released in 2012 as part of the four doll box set called “Good Vs. Evil”. This is a Season 3 release with Icy in her original witch outfit and three of the Winx Club girls (Stella, Bloom, and Flora) in Enchantix transformations.

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Good Vs Evil Icy Bloom Flora Stella Enchantix Dolls On A Whim

Hair, face, & makeup:

Since Icy represents all things frigid and cold, this doll also shares her pale ivory skin color, among other arctic colors. Her face is similar in structure to other Jakks Pacific Winx dolls, but the makeup decals are altered to look more menacing. Her eyebrows are dark grey in order to match more closely with her ice blue hair. The angle in which her eyebrows are set is more angled than other Winx dolls. Her haughty features do not end there. Instead of bright and wide, Icy’s eyes are smaller and more lidded, as if she is trying not to laugh at the insolence of all those around her. She is obviously plotting something devious.

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Original Outfit Icy Good Vs Evil face makeup ringlets 3

“You are all simpering FOOLS!”

Her eyeshadow has four colored layers. Holy detail, Batman! The first and largest layer is the light blue above her black eye liner (or long eyelashes). Directly above that is a very thin line of silver. Someone obviously knows their makeup because it continues to get more complicated. Beyond the silver is a dark grey (matching that of her eyebrows) which stretches out from the corner of the eyes and angles down under the bottom eye lid. The last layer is the highlight in neutral peach. Icy’s lips are very big and plump, and being the color of the crimson ruby red definitely contrasting well with her light color theme.

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Original Outfit Icy Good Vs Evil face makeup ringlets

“Gaze upon my perfection or perish.”

Now I get to talk about my favorite feature of this doll (and the animated character)– the hair! And namely, the higher-than-Mount-Everest ponytail. Icy the animated character is an arrogant, selfish, and all-around cold-hearted witch, so having a severe and tightly pulled-back ponytail suits her personality. Approximately seven inches long, the ponytail is a wonderful powder blue color, almost white-blue in certain light. Compare this ponytail to that of the Mattel brand Icy doll.

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Original Outfit Icy Good Vs Evil side high ponytail holder

This hair goes on for miles and miles and…

They ponytail extends up and out from her characteristically large blue ponytail holder. This holder is made of a soft clear blue plastic embedded with sparkles. Another wonderful part of this doll is the specially rooted Widow’s Peak forehead. No other character has this feature, which means the designers specially crafted this Icy doll to have a unique hair and head design.

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Original Outfit Icy Good Vs Evil ponytail holder hair

Last, this Icy doll has two ringlets of light blue icy hair, one extending from above each ear. They are held tight with some kind of factory chemical and are not brushable. The hair type is middle-of-the-road quality. I believe the feel is not dry or unmanageable (unlike Bloom’s hair), yet I did meet with a few snags that did not want to brush out, and as a result left some odd kinks in what should be a cascade of straight hair.

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Original Outfit Icy Good Vs Evil ringlets

Clothes:

This Icy doll has a very simplistic ensemble: a one piece jump suit. Like most Jakks Pacific dolls, the simplistic outfits are very common (see the Believix dolls). The jump suit is of a medium blue color using a smooth fabric that shines slightly when viewed in the light. The torso half of the jump suit resembles a tight-fitting tank top with a silver-threaded line starting at her chest and finishing at the hips. Here it connects to the silver-threaded belt sewn in around her hips. Below the hips the jump suit simply finishes off into leggings that end inside her boots.

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Original Outfit Icy Good Vs Evil torso shirt jump suit pants

On her feet, Icy sports a pair of tall and pointy navy blue boots that ends below the knees, each with a very high stiletto heel. The soft plastic material is good for removing the boots easily, if necessary.

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Original Outfit Icy Good Vs Evil boots shoes stillettos

Her armbands (arm warmers?) are simply open sleeves cut away from the jump suit, but using the same fabric.

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Original Outfit Icy Good Vs Evil arm band warmer bracer sleeve

Icy’s cape is sewn into the tank top shoulders and is made of a black gauzy material embedded with silver sparkles. I personally think the cape is one of the best features of this doll (and the animated character, right up there with the high ponytail). No other dolls (except Sky, a Specialist Hero), wear the cape, so it is a unique addition. One issue I have is the quality. The cape is pretty flimsy and does not have any finished edges. It looks as if it was cut raw from a roll of gauze.

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Original Outfit Icy Good Vs Evil full length back cape

So how does Icy’s doll outfit compare to that of the animated character?

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Original Outfit Icy Good Vs Evil full length front comparison

If I were nit-picky I’d say make the cape a dark blue satin material, the boots should be thigh-high, the sleeves should tie to the fingers, and if it’s not too much to ask a big monographed “I” on her torso (see Mattel Icy doll). Other than a few details that were fudged, I’d say this doll lives up to the animated standard.

Accessories:

There are only two additional features that came with this doll (in the box set). The first is the specially molded dark pink Winx Club brush. The official Winx Club logo is embedded on the brush head.

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Believix dolls brush accessories

The other accessory is a promotional DVD featuring the rebooted pilot episode of Winx Club that aired on Nickelodeon. This 45 minute pilot episode has cherry-picked scenes from episodes 1-10 of the original 2004 Rai Season 1. I suggest that if you are interested in this series do not watch any of the Nickelodeon episodes before Season 4, and instead seek out Season 1-3 of the 4Kids or Rai version. Those are the true episodes, now lost after Nickelodeon rebooted the series around 2012.

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Original Outfit Icy Good Vs Evil DVD video accessory

 Additional Details:

The Jakks Pacific dolls also have a standard size, approximately 11.5 inches. This particular doll is one of the older Jakks Pacific dolls and has eight points of articulation (neck, shoulders, knees, hips, and wings), while the newer dolls have ten (an additional joint in the wrists). However, some of these dolls have arrived new out of box with loose joints making it hard to pose them heroically. My Believix Stella doll is very tipsy, especially in the leg joints. As always, the dolls are very slim, which matches the characteristic look of the Winx Club girls in the show.

Another issue with these dolls is the cheap plastic mold in which they are cast. Depending upon how the dolls are boxed this issue may not be noticeable. But when you smash four dolls into one box, turn them sideways, and bend their limbs in an inhuman manner, you’re bound to have legs that are warped like so:

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Original Outfit Icy Good Vs Evil warped legs banana

Last, if you really have the urge, you can turn Icy into a fairy! This doll has a conveniently placed wings socket on her back. I’m sure the manufacturers didn’t feel like making a new body mold for her, so she got  the generic Winx girl body. Does that mean she shares plastic genes with Bloom? Icy’s not going to like that.

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Original Outfit Icy Good Vs Evil back wings plug socket hole

“Put fairy wings on me and I’ll make you regret it…”

Jakks Pacific Winx Club: Special Edition Blue Believix Bloom San Diego Comic Con Doll Review

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Special Edition Blue Bloomix San Diego Comic Con magic spell ball 2

Winx Club, an Italian cartoon phenomenon, popular in Europe, Australia, South America, parts of Asia, and at one time North America. This show has come a long way since 2004, starting out on Fox Kids (“4Kids” in North America), and later moving to Nickelodeon starting with Season 4. It’s a story about good versus evil, finding yourself and your potential, and working with your friends along the way. Pretty formulaic, but it still works and I have enjoyed following the main six characters for many seasons now. I would recommend the show (at least Seasons 1-3) to fans who enjoy magic and adventure. 

Even though Nickelodeon is dropping the show (and thus Jakks Pacific will no longer make any Winx Club dolls), the loyal fans who have stayed with the show since day one still continue to find any online hosting new episodes. Starting with Season 4, the show has gone through some rough changes. I believe, like many other fans, that the Winx franchise really hit its mark in the first three seasons of the show, and steadily hit a downward spiral soon after. The story arcs became bland, character personalities became indistinct, and dialogue was juvenile and uninspired. And yet I still faithfully watch, in hopes that the writing may one day be inspired again? And because I still like the main characters, I continue to collect some of the dolls. Through the years the dolls have become a collector’s item all over the world. This particular doll, Special Edition Blue Believix Bloom, started out as an exclusive doll at the San Diego Comic Con in 2012. My doll box says it is edition number 231 of 1010 dolls made. Not too shabby. Sure my box was a little dinged up, but for only $22 on Ebay I was thrilled!

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Special Edition Blue Believix Bloom box

There were two other Bloom Believix Comic Con edition dolls, Silver (a total of 510 made) and Gold (a total of 210 made). Unfortunately the latter two are too expensive for me, but they sure look glitzy and elegant.

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Special Edition Silver Believix Bloom Jakks Pacific Winx Club Special Edition Gold Believix Bloom

So, after much deliberation, I ended up taking my special edition Bloom doll out of its box! I’m not a diehard doll collector though. I enjoy freeing the dolls from their packaging and posing them on shelves around the my creative zone. Dolls are still toys after all, and toys are technically meant to be taken out of the box and played with (or in my case, posed, displayed, and reviewed on a doll website). Even special edition dolls are toys. If you’ve ever seen any of the Toy Story movies you’ll know that dolls want to have their hair brushed, not remain in a sealed package.

Jakks Pacific Winx Club doll review Stinky Pete Mrs. Nesbitt Woody Buzz Lightyear Toy Story NIB

Hair, face, & makeup:

As with all Jakks Pacific Winx Club dolls, Bloom’s face is mature-looking with defined shape and features. She is, after all, in her late teens to early twenties through the cartoon series, so a mature face would suit the doll well. This is a feature I appreciate when comparing the Jakks Pacific doll line to other Winx Club doll companies.

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Believix Stella Simba face comparison

Simba on the left, Jakks Pacific on the right.

Bloom’s Believix doll makeup has been precisely applied as a decal using the same large eye shape as other Jakks Pacific dolls. Beneath her bangs are light brown eyebrows– just close enough in color to match her red hair. Her eyeshadow is light blue with a highlight of glitter (a nice touch I might add). Bloom’s irises are also a light blue.

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Special Edition Blue Bloomix San Diego Comic Con heart face makeup 1

This deluxe doll has an added feature if you look closely at her eyes. At the bottom of each pupil is a heart shape-shaped reflection–and if you know this character well, you’ll know the heart shape is her theme. So, why not add a matching light blue heart decal on her cheekbone? It has a metallic shimmer in light, just like the metallic pink lipstick she wears. This doll definitely has one of my favorite make-up layouts. (And I’m a fanatic for anything blue.)

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Special Edition Blue Bloomix San Diego Comic Con heart irises cheek makeup

Fans appreciate the little things, like heart-shaped glares in the irises.

This doll’s hair has pros and cons. The main con is the type of hair the Jakks company uses, in this case probably nylon? Bloom’s hair is unruly, messy, and dry. Frankly, I’m too afraid to brush it for fear it will just get worse. And I’m not a pro doll hair stylist, so I’m not willing to go to the extremes of boiling or ironing the hair like other (more talented) people have done.

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Special Edition Blue Bloomix San Diego Comic Con back hair length

Thankfully there are more pros to outweigh the cons. The Jakks company did at least try to style the hair fashionably-enough, giving the Bloom doll a set of braids flowing down her back. They also incorporated blue tinsel strands to accentuate the blue theme. Mixed in with the auburn-to-red hair are bits of yellow hair to enhance the fiery look. The style is complete with nicely cut bangs and two longer, stiff bangs that frame her face.

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Special Edition Blue Bloomix San Diego Comic Con hair streaks energy ball 3

Clothes:

Bloom’s cropped top is another take on the standard Believix Bloom doll. It is the same cut, but with different colors and new fabric. This doll has what I would call lace bracers, or in other words, the lace black material wrapped from her elbows to her wrists. It harkens back to the “biker” or “punk” style of the original Believix theme. Separate from these armband/bracers is  blue fishnet gauze sleeve flecked with glitter that extends from her elbows up to the puffy black lace shoulders.

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Special Edition Blue Bloomix San Diego Comic Con torso skirt top

The cropped top is a combination of a shiny black material cropped around the sternum and the sides, and a shiny blue material across the chest. Centered below the chest is a sewn-on sapphire blue gem shaped like a heart–once again Bloom’s characteristic shape.

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Special Edition Blue Bloomix San Diego Comic Con top shirt

The skirt waist is made of the same smooth black material as the in the top. It starts below the belly button and dips into a slight V-shape. On either hip is one of the sapphire blue heart gems topped with a spray of blue glittery fishnet lace. The “poofy” part of the skirt has three separate layers. The top pleated layer is the flashiest being covered in blue glitter to match the doll’s top. The middle layer is a light blue lace material not used anywhere else on the doll. The bottom layer uses the same black lace material as that of her puffy sleeves and armbands. Overall, the layered skirt looks full and ruffled, not to mention cute and pretty.

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Special Edition Blue Bloomix San Diego Comic Con skirt

Finally we come to her feet. Her stockings are made of the black lace seen in the skirt, starting just below the knee and covering her all the way down to her toes. Around the upper calf is a thicker layer of black lace surrounded by a strip of black ribbon with tassels. Her shoes are 100% artist-inspired. There is nothing in the cartoon that comes close to this style. Oh well, this is a special edition doll, so it can have special liberties here and there. The heel and base of the shoe are made of a clear blue plastic in what I think looks like the shape of a shooting star. The front of the shoe is a cut-out black plastic heart, fitting again for Bloom’s heart shape theme.

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Special Edition Blue Bloomix San Diego Comic Con shoes stockings socks boots

Accessories:

This set of Believix wings is definitely one of the best I have seen yet. Not only do they “flutter” on a hinge, they have a very pretty stained glass window effect using a mixture of light and dark blues. There is quite a bit of iridescent silver outlining in the shape of hearts, along with small blue glittery hearts throughout each wing. The wings are then outlined in blue glitter and another layer of iridescent silver. Last are circular blue sapphire plastic gems that add to the bedazzling look.

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Special Edition Blue Bloomix San Diego Comic Con wings

This Bloom doll wields a magic orb of “insert generic spell here*. This particular magic spell energy ball is what appears to be a dark blue pom-pom, the kind you would glue on to arts and crafts projects in elementary school. But it adequately does the job. The energy ball is also fringed with iridescent tinsel pieces to give it an even more authentic magic touch.

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Special Edition Blue Bloomix San Diego Comic Con hair streaks energy ball 2

As brushes go, it has the same mold shape as all other Jakks Pacific Winx brushes. This brush is a dark blue to match the blue theme of this Believix doll.

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Special Edition Blue Bloomix San Diego Comic Con brush

 Additional Details:

The Jakks Pacific dolls also have a standard size, approximately 11.5 inches. They have several points of articulation (neck, arms, wrists, knees, legs, and wings), great for super heroine poses. However, some of these dolls have arrived new out of box with loose joints making it hard to pose them heroically. My Believix Stella doll is very tipsy, especially in the leg joints. As always, the dolls are very slim, which matches the characteristic look of the Winx Club girls in the show.

Blue Believix art done by EnchantingRainbow

Blue Bloom Believix art done by EnchantingRainbow

One last cool feature about this doll is the pearly/shimmery look of her skin. Thank you Jakks Pacific for making a truly qualitative doll.

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Special Edition Blue Bloomix San Diego Comic Con pearly skin

Jakks Pacific Winx Club: Believix Bloom, Stella & Tecna Doll Review

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Believix Bloom side view dragon flame fire ball

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Believix Stella light ball magic

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Believix Tecna magic ball technology

Total accuracy is not Jakks Pacific’s strong suit, but they make up for this with quality and seamless style. While some other doll companies try for accuracy, but fail in execution(i.e. sloppy, ill-fitting outfits or garish makeup), Jakks takes a more simplistic approach and nails it.

So with that said, where do I stand with these Believix dolls? They all excel in simplistic, yet colorful designs. In some ways these designs remind me of the original Winx Season 1 outfits that were bold, bright, and simplistic as well. Overall, I’m pleased with the design of these dolls. I think the faces are gorgeous and mature, the outfits are colorful, and the quality superb.

Hair, face, & makeup:

So let’s start with the faces. The European line of Believix dolls (Simba) have more adolescent features overall, especially when comparing the faces. The Simba dolls are much younger, perhaps even preteen in appearance. I would say they are cute and childlike, but in contrast to the Jakks Pacific Believix doll faces they do not hold a candle. The Jakks dolls are more elegant and mature– closer to the age of the Winx Club characters. Neither the Simba nor Jakks doll face looks exactly like that of the characters in the cartoon, so accuracy is a moot point in my opinion. It all comes down to which one I think is more stylish and pretty. I would say Jakks Pacific wins that argument.

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Believix Stella Simba face comparison

It’s up to you: Simba on the left, Jakks Pacific on the right, however neither are true imitations.

For each character doll, the eye makeup and lipstick color are changed to match the girl’s color scheme. It’s little bits of detail like that which are appreciated in distinguishing character differences. Starting with Bloom, her makeup decaling is very clean and pretty. Her eyes are an accurate blue and her lips a nice light pink. Her eyeshadow is a neutral pink or nude hue, which seems accurate to most official artwork of her character. And woot for tastefully applied glitter! It’s not garish or overdone.

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Believix Bloom face head makeup

Stella’s makeup represents her characteristic sunny color theme: gold eye shadow around her warm, brown eyes, and a burnt red color for her lips. And more tastefully used glitter.

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Believix Stella face makeup head

Tecna has a darker pink lipstick and neutral pink eyeshadow, again with glitter accents above her teal-blue eyes.

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Believix Tecna makeup head face 2

Unfortunately I would say the hair has a middle-of-the-road texture quality that is prevalent in Jakks dolls. It may not be super dry or frizzy, but it is not super soft and shiny like saran hair. I also believe the hair type differs between the dolls. Take Bloom and Stella for example. All of the Bloom dolls I own have a dry texture and are not manageable to brush. The Stella dolls are quite different and have a silkier feel and shinier look. I am not sure what each doll head is rooted with, but I would say the Bloom doll has hair similar to nylon and the Stella doll has something more akin to saran or kanekalon. This has to do with how the characters’ hair is styled. The Bloom doll has curly hair, so it was necessary to find a type of hair that would hold a curl. Stella’s hair is usually straight, and in this case did not need to hold a style. The Tecna doll hair is unknown since it has been stiffened with some chemical product to hold her bob hair style.

Bloom’s hair style is changed up somewhat from the real character design. It is still long, flowing, and red, but her bangs have been elongated and curled into a stiff position using some chemical product. The designers did keep the small braid circling toward the back of her head, as seen in her Believix transformation.

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Believix Bloom back wings hair

The designers did not do a bad job on Stella’s hair whatsoever. Other than giving it the characteristically cartoony look, I’d say they nailed the style. There are two curly pigtails, one on each side of her head, a slight side part separating her long “bangs”, and she has a nice light blonde color throughout her mane of hair. The only feature messing are the star clips on each of her pigtails. A shame they could not be added, but understandable.

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Believix Stella back hair pigtails

Tecna’s hair is pretty straightforward and perhaps the most accurately portrayed. That’s not hard when she consistently uses the same bob hair style in just about ever season of the cartoon. Her bob hair style is short, cuffing just at her chin, and is held in place with some doll hair chemical. There is a part just off to one side of her head. Her hair color has a main color of dark pink or magenta with interspersed strands of a lighter pink.

Clothes:

Each Believix outfit has a simple cut style, not a lot of extra detail other than the basics. I love the use of the metallic fabric (lamé?) to make each outfit flashier. In this case, the simplicity really works. I have heard the arguments online regarding the Jakks Pacific Winx dolls and how inaccurate they are designed. I too am disappointed that outfit details were overlooked or fudged in production, but what some other dolls try to make up for in accuracy they lose in quality. This did not happen in the case of the Jakks dolls. I do not understand why the art direction was so simplistic, but in overall aesthetic execution I would say the Jakks dolls hit it on the nail with clean, seamless, and colorful Believix outfits.

Bloom’s outfit works very well with her official Believix design. The lamé color is bright and bold. The skirt has two layers, the main color a shiny blue, the ruffle layer a light pink. She does not have any pleating on her shirt or skirt as seen in her official artwork, but the cut and shape match nicely. The shirt I would say is exceptionally well done. The pink material is embedded with fine sparkles. The sleeves start out puffy and end just past the elbows in a see-through gauze. The one sore detail missing is the fingerless wrist gloves, my favorite part in the Believix outfit designs. Ugh.

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Believix Bloom front torso top skirt

Stella’s outfit is again very simplistic, using the wonderful lamé fabric of which I am a big fan. Overall, the doll has an accurately cut top and skirt and the design is done well-enough. Just one problem…where is the rest of the Believix outfit detail?? In this situation simple is still looking very good. (This is where I would reminisce about the old Season 1 days of Winx Club and talk about how awesome their outfits were…but I must focus on today, so snap out of it!) So, neither the shirt nor the skirt are pleated as they should be, and the ruffle on the skirt is very plain, like a half-hearted tutu. And again, there are no fingerless gloves. Honestly, the missing gloves disappoint me the most. They pull the Believix outfits together! I believ(ix) that they are the finishing touch. The designers did manage to install the bows on her right hip at the least. The very least…

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Believix Stella torso top skirt

By far, Tecna’s Believix outfit is (arguably) one of the best Winx Club outfits in Season 4, and all seasons prior! In my humble opinion that is, heh. That being said, the Jakks depiction of her Believix outfit is fairly underwhelming. But again, what they lack in detail and accuracy they make up for in artistic execution. Her outfit resembles one of those OskKosh jumpers, but for adults. If you don’t take into consideration the inaccuracy of the outfit, then it actually looks very nice. Like a comic book super heroine. The arms and neckline are made of a sparkly, sheer material. That same material is seen as an accent on her hip. There is a tiny bit of green lamé on her shoulder strap and a bit more used as her belt. It’s unfortunate that the original outfit, while being obviously more complicated to create, could not be replicated more closely. Details lacking are the turtle-neck, cut out holes on the sleeves, a little gauze on the forearms of the sleeves, and a separation between the top and the “overalls” portion of the top. Oh, and did I mention no biker gloves!?

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Believix Tecna torso pants shirt

And now, how about the socks and shoes? Any better in the accuracy department? Eh…

Starting with Bloom, I would say the shoes/boots are a big fail. Sure, they kept the blue and pink theme, but open-toed wedge high heels? I see they tried to give the overall impression that combined with the pink knee high stockings it could almost look like a two-toned boot…but I just don’t buy that. There’s just no getting around it, she has a boot in the character design. Honestly, how do you mess that up?

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Believix Bloom shoes heels socks stockings 2

Stella’s lamé stockings match the fabric of her character’s outfit, which is fitting and accurate, however they should be thigh high. But then how would we be able to pose the doll in such cool ways if she was hindered by tight-fitting stockings. Her shoes are a big of a disappointment: mono-colored and not at all accurate to Stella’s Beleivix design. (But at least they didn’t give her high heels, yeesh!) The designers could have at least added some sort of star motif into the design. They get one point for making them purple. 

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Believix Stella shoes boots stockings socks

Oh poor Tecna’s boots… They seem to have been copied from Barbie’s generic closet wardrobe, just like Stella. Not only are they no where near the color of her character’s boots, they are a very random style and shape. Not sporty whatsoever– a design characteristic of the Believix style. Perhaps a ruffled fashion bag would be a more appropriate accessory to these shoes than her lost biker gloves (of which I am still mourning!).

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Believix Tecna boots shoes stockings socks

Wow, so it may seem as though I was bashing Jakks Pacific pretty hard in the Clothing department, and honestly I was. But it was truthful, and sometimes honesty will hurt. And yet, I am still a Jakks fan. In the end, I give the company high points for executing a bold, seamless style and not cluttering it with busy details, of which some doll companies are guilty. I would rather have aa aesthetic and colorful doll, than one with bulky, loose-fitting clothes and garish features. If anything can be said for Jakks Pacific dolls, it’s that they are meticulous, clean, and pretty.

In contrast, I give you the Simba (or is it Witty Toys?) Tecna Beleivix doll. The wings look nice, colorful, and accurate. The clothing detail is definitely more accurate. I even owned this doll at one time, but two issues prompted me to sell her and buy the Jakks Pacific Tecna when she was produced later. The first was the ill-fitting, bulky clothes. The online stock pictures do not make my point clear, but I was disappointed with how bulky the outfit seemed on the tiny doll frame. It may have been accurate, but it looked unproportional and just overall bulky on her. The other issue was the main deal breaker: the odd-looking face. Perhaps it was only the Tecna doll in the end, because I also own the Simba Stella Beleivix doll and I thought her face was still more natural and pretty. On the Simba Tecna doll, I found the face shape and eyeshadow to be a bad distraction from the overall prettiness of the doll. The face is too juvenile or maybe it was just odd-looking due to the badly chopped hair length. The eyeshadow was overdone, not at all similar to the real character design– it should be more tasteful at the very least. I very much appreciated the clean, more natural facial design of the Jakks Pacific dolls in the end.

Simba vs Jakks Pacific Winx Club Believix Tecna doll

Simba Tecna on the left, Jakks Pacific Tecna on the right.

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And to further my point, how about a look at the ill-fitting clothing. I am specifically contrasting the European dolls (I believe these dolls to be made by Witty Toys in this case) with the American dolls (Jakks Pacific). Here’s a clear case with the Harmonix transformation dolls:

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Witty Toys Harmonix dolls — ill-fitting, loose, bulky clothes

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Jakks Pacific Harmonix dolls– not always super detailed, but well-fitting and made with quality

Wings and Accessories:

The wings are a shining point of this doll line. So spectacularly detailed! They are all accurate, colorful, and see-through. And they are superbly sparkly, in a good way. The meticulous attention to detail of each wing theme (hearts, stars, and technology?) is very much appreciated. Each wing (if the hair is moved out of the way) will “flutter” on its hinge on the doll’s back. This works better for Tecna due to her short hairstyle.

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Believix Bloom wings hair

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Believix Stella wings

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Believix Tecna wings 2

Each doll comes with a colored brush of the same mold and lenticular card showing the change from the character in her Believix transformation and then to her everyday civilian outfit. I tried to capture two lenticular shots as best as I could, but even my SLR has its limitations. =/

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Believix dolls lenticular card Tecna  accessories

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Believix dolls lenticular card Tecna back accessories

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Believix dolls brush accessories

Additional Details:

The Jakks Pacific dolls also have a standard size, approximately 11.5 inches. They have several points of articulation (neck, arms, wrists, knees, legs, and wings), great for super heroine poses. However, some of these dolls have arrived new out of box with loose joints making it hard to pose them heroically. My Believix Stella doll is very tipsy, especially in the leg joints. As always, the dolls are very slim, which matches the characteristic look of the Winx Club girls in the show.

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Believix Bloom full length comparison

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Believix Stella comparison

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Believix Tecna comparison

Thank you to “www.unadinoi-winx.com” for the Simba Believix Tecna picture. See the following link for more information:

http://www.unadinoi-winx.com/the-last-four-new-believix-dolls/

Jakks Pacific Winx Club: Tecna Bloomix Doll Review

Winx Club Jakks Pacific Bloomix Tecna magic attack ball 2

Total accuracy is not Jakks Pacific’s strong suit, but they make up for this with quality and seamless style. While some other doll companies try for accuracy, but fail in execution(i.e. sloppy, ill-fitting outfits or garish makeup), Jakks takes a more simplistic approach and nails it.

 Hair, face, & makeup:

Let’s start with the hair. It is a shining point for the Jakks Pacific dolls after all. This doll’s hair is nicely highlighted with at least two hues of magenta. The hair has been altered with some factory chemical to keep it stiff and in the bob-like form that Tecna typically favors in the show and in this current transformation (Bloomix). The braid on her right side is nicely done, but was it added as an afterthought? There is no sign of Tecna’s Bloomix having a braid in the tv show character design. Not accurate, but I do appreciate the extra detail! The doll is missing the appearance of angled bangs, as seen in Tecna’s character design. I personally think bangs would sell Tecna’s appearance more, as her hair is an iconic part of who she is character-wise.

Thankfully, like other Jakks Pacific dolls, this Tecna doll does not suffer from the overly-dry texture of its hair. Since the hair has been stiffened and does not have the ability to be styled, there is not worry over what type of hair the company uses. Ironically, this Tecna doll still came with the standard doll accessory: a brush! Oh Jakks, you are so funny.

Winx Club Jakks Pacific Bloomix Tecna head face makeup

A Jakks characteristic I have noticed and admired is the more mature and realistic design of the face. The aged face is appropriate to the age of the character it represents (approximately a 20 year-old Tecna in this case). Simple, clean, and pretty. Her eyebrows are thin, the eyeshadow is layered first with a soft purple, then pink, followed with a dash of glitter. Her cheeks have a hint of blush and her lips are a nice mauve. Overall, very clean and precise coloring and decaling.

Winx Club Jakks Pacific Bloomix Tecna profile

“A brush?! Surely you jest.”

 Wings and Accessories:

The wings are another shining point of this doll line. They are realistically printed, with nice colors and exceptionally accurate detail. They went the extra length by adding the square “sparkles” on the tips of the wings. For this I am glad, since it means they are paying somewhat attention to the character’s personalities and powers that they represent in the show. So far, Jakks Pacific has some of the most accurate wings of all Winx Club doll companies I have seen yet.

Winx Club Jakks Pacific Bloomix Tecna back wings 2

As an additional feature, all Jakks Winx Club dolls have fluttering wings. Each wing is on a hinge and can “flutter” in combination with the other wing. Tecna is one of the few dolls who can really utilize this fluttering action due to her short bob hairstyle. That’s Tecna for you, always practical.

Winx Club Jakks Pacific Bloomix Tecna wings profile

Now for something disappointing: the accessories. The generic slightly see-through yellow crown and bracer are:

  1. Not of great quality
  2. Have no variation in color
  3. Are not remotely accurate to the character depicted in the tv show
Winx Club Jakks Pacific Bloomix Tecna bracer leggings shirt

“My accessories may be generic, but my character is certainly not!”

Now, that’s not to say they are terrible overall, rather that they were made without thought as to Tecna’s Bloomix outfit. In the show and character artwork, Tecna has one long bracer on her left arm. The bracer should be dark blue with a light green corkscrew piece wrapped from elbow to wrist. The doll’s bracer (or armband) is really not comparable. The colors are not even in the ballpark. That yellow plastic material seems to be what all accessories are cut from in the factory, as if Jakks Pacific got a sale on the stuff and mass-produced all accessories from this material. Ugh. That said, the doll’s bracer still looks nice, even if entirely inaccurate. It appears Elven, with vine-like swirls running throughout the pattern. I’ve also noticed the bracer is reused (and uncreatively recycled) onto some of the other Bloomix dolls, like Bloom. 

Winx Club Jakks Pacific Tecna Bloomix Crown face hair head

The other accessory is the tiara. It is made of the same material as the bracer. It is a baffling accessory, since I am not sure what the mold of this tiara represents for a Bloomix doll. A seashell perhaps? I believe the seaside theme was Season 5… I find these Jakks Pacific dolls to be more mature than some of the Disney princess dolls, so I was surprised by how juvenile this tiara looked. (Yes, I am aware that these dolls were created for children, not adult critics.) When it matches the theme of a character, juvenile is warranted. But this is a mature and detailed doll and character. The face, the hair, the wings are all designed with attention to detail. So it was a disappointment to discover that the doll’s tiara looked so generic and not at all like that of Tecna’s Bloomix tiara– in actuality, her circlet. Tecna’s circlet should be a green wire encasing what appears to be an oval blue gem. It is 100% different than the tiara used on this doll, and then recycled onto other dolls (i.e. Bloom’s Bloomix). Oh well. You can’t win every battle.

Clothes:

There are good points and bad points, but overall I think the good points win out. Anyone can tell at a glance that the clothes are not accurate. The top is overly simplified and lacks the look of armor plating. This character has such a great transformation outfit in the show, but I do not think they have done the doll’s outfit the same justice.

Jakks Pacific Winx Club Tecna Bloomix comparison 2

Comparison of the doll to official artwork.

 Let’s jump in starting with the top. I give Jakks points for trying to maintain the general shape of Tecna’s Bloomix transformation. Detail is sorely missed though. So it appears they have tried to duplicate the asymmetrical epaulet over one shoulder. The teal lamé (metallic material) is very shiny and pretty, but why in the world did they darken the blue? In fact, it seems they reversed the light and blue colors in all areas of the top piece. An odd artistic decision to have made? One teal-matching strap is over her other shoulder, which again, that was an odd decision to have made. Other than the flawed color choices, the torso glitter is quite nice and tries to give homage to the actual detail of the transformation outfit. Even the distinguished cut pieces of her “skirt” do have the semblance of armor plating.

I would have to say this doll’s best features are the leggings. Just look at that detail! Is this where the art department of Jakks Pacific has been hiding this whole time!? Someone give these people an award! I am in awe over the circuitry detail. The dark blue color of the leggings even manages to match that of the actual character design. The glitter has been delicately applied (most likely by a machine), no sloppy mistakes that I can see.

Winx Club Jakks Pacific Bloomix Tecna leggings shoes

“My shoes are not accurate, but they look amazing!”

Tecna’s doll shoes unfortunately look nothing like the character’s seamless leggings-boots combo. The shoes are not exactly an integral look to this Bloomix outfit, so I do not believe this to be a problem. The open ankle teal-colored boot is actually quite fetching. I believe it is made of that same see-through plastic material of which the crown and bracer are made. The imbedded flecks of glitter give it a more fairy-like look. So all around, I think they still do the doll outfit justice, even if not accurate.

The last detail of interest is the missing scarf. After seeing what the art department can do with the leggings and how intricately the skirt can be cut to look like armor plating, I am disappointed with the lack of a few flowy pieces of fabric to represent a scarf-like cape. At this point I’m tempted to head out to a fabric store and finish the job myself. The doll just needs a few thin strips of some gauzy green fabric, and voila.

Additional Details:

The Jakks Pacific dolls also have a standard size, approximately 11.5 inches. They have several points of articulation (neck, arms, wrists, knees, legs, and wings), great for super heroine poses. However, some of these dolls have arrived new out of box with loose joints making it hard to pose them heroically. =/ As always, the dolls are very slim, which matches the characteristic look of the Winx Club girls in the show.

Winx Club Jakks Pacific Bloomix Tecna torso

 

Jakks Pacific Winx Club: Bloom Bloomix Doll Review

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“Power of the Dragon Fire!”

Total accuracy is not Jakks Pacific’s strong suit, but they make up for this with quality and seamless style. While some other doll companies try for accuracy, but fail in execution(i.e. sloppy, ill-fitting outfits or garish makeup), Jakks takes a more simplistic approach and nails it.

Hair, face, & makeup:

The hair at a glance looks shiny. It is a nice fiery auburn red, but no highlights. A subtle braid crowns the back of Bloom’s doll head. Two hair strands have been stiffened with some kind of factory hair product to hold some twisted curls in place long term. I prefer to keep those two curled pieces behind her wings since they conform better to the shape of her head in that placing. Overall, the style is long and slightly curled.

Winx Club Jakks Pacific Bloomix Bloom hair back

One drawback to the hair is that is has a slightly dry texture and if over-brushed can become very unmanageable. Due to this nature I have not bothered to style this doll’s hair, and it is “as is” out of the box. I believe the hair is nylon, but I have not tested this theory using the “water test” some doll hair websites suggest to try. I do know that it is not the superior-feeling, weighted-down saran hair (aka, Katsilk) so popularly used with Barbie and Monster High dolls. I would say that the Jakks Pacific hair choice is still more favorable than the extremely dry and frizzy hair of the Mattel Winx Club dolls made more than ten years prior.

Winx Club Jakks Pacific Bloomix Bloom face makeup head

A Jakks characteristic I have noticed and admired is the more mature and realistic design of the face. The aged face is appropriate to the age of the character it represents (approximately a 20 year-old Bloom in this case). Simple, clean, and pretty. Her eyebrows are thin, the eyeshadow is a simple dual-colored blue with a dash of glitter, her cheeks have a hint of blush, and her lips are a nice light pink. Overall, very clean and precise coloring and decaling.

Wings and Accessories:

I could not be happier with the wings. They are realistically printed, with nice colors and exceptionally accurate detail. They went the extra length by adding the sparkles on the tips of the wings. So far, Jakks Pacific has some of the most accurate wings of all Winx Club doll companies I have seen yet. As an additional feature, all Jakks Winx Club dolls have fluttering wings. Each wing is on a hinge and can “flutter” in combination with the other wing. Unfortunately for Bloom, she would need a big hair cut before I could get her wings powered up for flight.

Winx Club Jakks Pacific Bloomix Bloom torso

The accessories leave a lot to be desired. The generic slightly see-through yellow crown and bracer are:

  1. Not of great quality
  2. Have no variation in color
  3. Are not remotely accurate to the character depicted in the tv show

Now, that’s not to say they are terrible overall, rather that they were made without thought as to Bloom’s Bloomix outfit. In the show and character artwork, Bloom is seen to have two sets of gold bangles, one on each wrist. The doll’s single bracer (or armband) is really not comparable. It is longer for one. It is not made in the shape of bangles by any stretch of the imagination. It looks Elven, with vine-like swirls running throughout the pattern. I’ve also noticed the bracer is reused (and uncreatively recycled) onto some of the other Bloomix dolls, like Tecna. 

Winx Club Jakks Pacific Bloomix Bloom bracer leggings shirt 2The other accessory is the tiara. It is made of the same material as the bracer. It is a baffling accessory, since I am not sure what the mold of this tiara represents for a Bloomix doll. A seashell perhaps? I believe that was Season 5… I find these Jakks Pacific dolls to be more mature than some of the Disney princess dolls, so I was surprised by how juvenile this tiara looked. (Yes, I am aware that these dolls were created for children, not adult critics.) When it matches the theme of a character, juvenile is warranted. But this is a mature and detailed doll and character. The face, the hair, the wings are all designed with attention to detail. So it was a disappointment to discover that the doll’s tiara looked so generic and not at all like that of Bloom’s Bloomix tiara– in actuality, her circlet. Bloom’s circlet should be a blue or silver wire encasing what appears to be a red gem. It is 100% different than the tiara used on this doll, and then recycled onto other dolls (i.e. Tecna’s Bloomix). Oh well. You can’t win every battle.

 Clothes:

There are good points and bad points, but overall I think the good points win out. Anyone can tell at a glance that the clothes are not accurate. The top is overly simplified and lacks the look of scales. This character has such a great transformation outfit in the show, I can’t help but mourn the lack of the scaled armor.

Well, dealing with what we have here, there are still some features to this outfit. The sleeves try to resemble the scales with “V”-shaped cutouts around the arm. There is glitter detailing on the torso which I suppose tries to resemble the scales of the character’s transformation outfit. How about a C- for effort? At least the designers tried and thought to put some detail on the torso, even if not real scales of some kind.

Winx Club Jakks Pacific Bloomix Bloom full length comparison 2

Comparison of the doll to official artwork.

I’m not sure why there is a blue strap going around her neck, but it does not detract from the outfit I suppose. In some official artwork I see she wears a thin choker, but it appears gold and not blue. The gauzy material lining the neck of her top seems to be accurate with the character’s transformation! Wow, it’s odd what detail the designers decide to make and withhold. Speaking of which, that same gauzy material is made into her skirt–a skirt that does not exist in the character’s outfit? Again, the skirt should be in the shape of scales or armor plating. Well, these are not “the end of the world” detail issues at any rate. The quality of the clothes pieces are still fairly high, even if they missed the mark on somehow giving the illusion of armored scales. I do wish they had given her the gauzy scarf (cape) accessory to complete the look. Too much extra cost in making the doll? Hmm. I am not inclined to think that true.

The leggings are surprisingly detailed. Not accurate to Bloom’s character, but nice in their own way. They tried to show armored scale detailing, so a big thanks to the design team. The shoes are detached from the leggings, unlike the real transformation outfit, but the open ankle look is still fetching. I would gladly try my hand at wearing this style.

Winx Club Jakks Pacific Bloomix Bloom shoes leggings

Hoorah, scales!

Additional Details:

The Jakks Pacific dolls also have a standard size, approximately 11.5 inches. They have several points of articulation (neck, arms, wrists, knees, legs, and wings), great for super heroine poses. However, I have to add that my particular doll has very loose joints. Her left elbow especially needs persuasion to stay put for posing. As always, the dolls are very slim, which matches the characteristic look of the Winx Club girls in the show.

Winx Club Jakks Pacific Bloomix Bloom face makeup head 2