As you may have suggested, by looking through my ooak doll gallery, I adore the beauty and kindness of Audrey Hepburn. That´s why i was thrilled, when I found out, that Mattel would realase a new Audrey Hepburn doll this year. And finally, today the loooooong waiting was over and the little doll arrived!
But am I satisfied???
First, let´s take a look at the facepaint:
Audrey´s make up in Roman Holiday was very natural, just a slight eyeline and some mascara. The doll´s eye-make up is heavy with a thick eyeline, an eye-shadow and long lower eyelashes. That´s so wrong! Since when did Audrey have long lower eyelashes???
The doll is wearing a light red lipstick, her lips are full and her upper lip is strongly curved. Wrong again! Audrey´s lips are poorly curved and she wasn´t using any lipstick in the movie (at the utmost just a nude tone).
And what is going on with this high angled eyebrows? This gives the dolls a nearly evil at least angry expression! Wrong
again! Audrey´s brows were slightly arcuated, at least in these days.
Now to the hair: I was expecting something very different, looking at the promo-pictures by Mattel.
Her bangs are way to short, they should reach at least the middle of her forehead. Additionally instead of having this sweet looking Meg Ryan hairstyle with little curls at the side, the doll just has a undefined hair-mess. Not your best Mattel!
But there is something about this doll I truly love (yes, there in deed is!): the fashion!
It´s perfect! The designer, who created this Outfit really has a sence for style and obviously even has watched the movie (what the painter apperently didn´t).
The skirt has the exact same length as Audrey´s. Even the belt is detailed made like a real belt. The blouse and scarf are a perfect match and the sandals are acute little replica.
Leastwise you did this well, Mattel!
Beeing a doll artist, the thing of most importance for me, is the facemold. Mattel sculped a new head for this doll.
For my Audrey repaints I usually use the 1998
Breakfast at Tiffany´s (= BAT) Audrey Hepburn dolls made by Mattel.
After repainting so many Audrey dolls, I have the impression of totally knowing her facial proportions.
As the years went by, her facial features changed, from a little chubby to slim defined, her cheeckbones were more accentuated and by loosing the rest of facial baby fat, her eyes seemed bigger.
I know, that the new Mattel Audrey Hepburn doll is molded after Audrey in Roman Holiday, when she was just 24 years old, while the first 1998 Audrey Hepburn doll was molded after Audrey as Holly Golightly, when she counted 32 years. This age difference could explain the big differences in the facemolds of the two dolls, which seemingly are picturing the same person.
It´s not easy to look through a facepaint, that´s why I removed the factory paint of both dolls, to evaluate their molds.
The bone structure of the new face is alltogether less molded, compared to the old one. The face shape is like an oval, while the older doll had a more squarisch face, due to strong mandible, which Audrey in deed had. But well, this could be connived, facing the fact, that she is moded after a young Audrey, having still some babyfat in the face.
But the forehead of the new doll is much to high, the older versions forehead is perfect
The eyerid is smaller in the new face, which is not a bad thing, but the eyeshape is wrong. Audrey´s eyes had this specific cat-eye shape, the lower external part should be more angled, which the new doll is missing, here the lower part is flat.
Compared to the old mold, everything in the new face is less molded and less detailed.
Audrey Hepburn had a accentuated lacrimal, which is actually molded in the old dollface, the new facemold is missing this
The new nose is slightly thicker and less defined, but still resambles Audrey´s nose and is the best in this facemold, in my opinion though.
The new lips are much fuller and padded somehow, which doesn´t resamble Audrey´s smile at all.
Her new ears are smaller molded, which again is wrong, as Audrey had really big ears (and feet by the way).
All in all, I´m pretty disappointed about this doll. Neither is her hairstyle movie accurate, nor does the facemold truly resamble Audrey. I´m not sure if I will be able to create a reasonable likeness to the real Audrey Hepburn just through painting. Choosing the right canvas is as important as having painting skills.
The good thing is, that the fashions have a great quality and I will use them for another Princess Anne doll, for sure.
But I guess, I will stay with the "old" Audrey for my future OOAK projects!
What´s your opinion???