Do you like my shell?
Let's start with the hair. Lagoona dolls are infamous for having bad hair. It looks so pretty in the box, but the moment you take her out it turns into a mess of frizzy, gnarly, yellow puffs. Combing it doesn't help; in fact over time I've learned to simply not comb it at all. If I want to rearrange a Lagoona dolls' hair I just use my fingers. Unfortunately this Lagoona is no different, and in fact there's been a new development here: it's also crispy. We've seen this crisping gel used on Lagoona's bangs in the past but never on the back of her hair like it is here. That said, the gel does have a bit of an anchoring effect; her hair is staying put a bit better than usual for Lagoona. Not dissimilar to DDG Operetta, having Lagoona's hair in a ponytail also seems to mitigate the frizz problem. She has an interesting thing going on with her bangs. Like her ponytail they've been gelled, then set in a large curl. In her box these gelled pieces were laying on top of her head and jutting out in four directions. This worried me when I bought her but happily I was able to gather them into the large wave you see above. I actually really like the look. Check it out in profile...
Talk about catching some waves...
Her ponytail is held by a hot pink, open shell. There's a pearl inside that has a bit of a sheen to it. It's a great accessory. Her earrings are white bubbles -- on her left is one simple bubble (it could be a pearl, but I'm saying bubble because it's not shiny like the pearl in her hair). On her right is what you see above. It looks like another bubble, but this one has a molded detail hanging from it. It's pretty elaborate, to the point that I can't entirely make out what it's supposed to be. But it looks pretty cool anyway.
This is a beautiful faceup for Lagoona. She has a thin strip of magenta eyeshadow over which is an even thinner strip of blue eyeshadow, which is all surrounded by a large layer of light pink eyeshadow. It all has a thin layer of glitter over it. Her eyes are the usual olive green with a hint of light green. Her lips are also light pink and have a light sheen to them. Her eyebrows are the usual lavender color and her freckles are green.
She's wearing three necklaces in pink, blue, and pink again. Surprisingly these aren't molded together but are individual pieces. They get progressively larger as they go down. The top of each one is jagged. She wears a strapless slip dress with a print of blue stripes and white bubbles. There's a little bit of pink in there as well. The hem at the top and bottom is black. Around her waist is an electric blue belt with a molded pink starfish attached on her left. The belt is attached to the dress. Under the belt, also at the waist, are three layers of tulle in an asymmetrical cut. The top layer has the same print as the dress while the other two layers are hot pink. I really love this dress. I like that they used bubbles as the "dots", the use of different materials for each piece of the dress creates visual interest, and the materials they've used all feel nice.
Lagoona's shoes are open toe wedges. The wedge of the shoes work similarly to how DOTD Lagoona's shoes worked -- that is, the wedge is a flat piece attached to the front of the shoe but not the back. I love this style of MH shoe - DOTD Cleo's shoes functioned the same way -- and here it creates a visual effect of an open clam holding her foot. This coordinates with her hairpiece nicely, especially since the strap over her toes has another shiny pearl on top. The plastic used for the shoes feels sturdy, but not as hard as her DOTD shoes.
On her left wrist is a white tentacle bracelet that matches her earrings. It has two layers of bands and several twisted arms hanging down from those that frame her hand nicely. Lastly, she has an electric blue armband on her right arm that wraps her elbow. It's a soft mesh material and perfectly accents the blue of her belt.
Overall grade: A This would've been an A+ but that hair is still a problem for me. Although it's much more manageable in the ponytail I'd like to see a Lagoona doll who has thick, silky hair that isn't impossible to maintain. Otherwise this is a great doll! I love her dress, the color scheme is nice, and the bubble dots are a simple but creative way to execute this theme. She has plenty of accessories and her faceup is beautiful. Quality control was very good for this doll, or at least it was for this particular one.
"I like me, too."All images: yours truly