(Photos from Barbiecollector.com and dollsaga.wordpress.com
It is inevitable to go through Scarlett Fever without mentioning the second phase of Mattel's venture into this unforgettable film . When this was first released, I was unaware of the existence of Franklin Mint's Scarlett. Wanting desperately a doll manufacturer to finally make a Vivien Leigh Scarlett (Mattel's first release was it's Barbie as Scarlett), my dream finally came true one night, during overtime in the office. I first saw the Barbeque at Twelve Oaks and was immediately besotted. Thanks to Margo Rana who helped me get the first Scarlett which in my opinion resembled Vivien Leigh. Never mind that she shared the same sculpt as Mattel's Elizabeth Taylor. Mattel captured the look!
Screencap from Screencap Heaven.com
Once one has seen or experienced the draping joys on a larger sized doll, a 11 1/2 inch doll would lose its appeal (unless of course, the draping is in scale ). My opinion again. However, the cut of the drapery dress on this doll seems to still capture intention of Plunkett. Colors seem to be right, Green velvet all over, of course those tassels on her hat seem too long and the hat more of a cap; feathers -- I think no one ever got that right and on an 11 1/2 scale how else can one find feathers on a rooster's proportionate to the size of a doll? The eyes of this doll are very emotive of an adult Scarlett whose war-torn spirit is set out to get her $300 money to pay taxes on her beloved Tara. Curls go all the way to the back. Lips are of red rose -- for how else does one seduce a playboy millionaire but with that. Mattel's Barbeque at Twelve Oaks Vivien Leigh as Scarlett has a lighter lip paint and looks younger like the 16 year old girl that she was supposed to be in the film.
"I want $300 dollars to pay the taxes on Tara...I can't let it go, while I have breath in my body!"
Those are real dangling details similar to the film. The tassels on the cord belt are also in scale.
And there is amazing detail on the accessories. The rooster's feet (which I felt was rather scary) on the cap
Those earrings have dangling chairs similar to the ones in the film. Now, if Mattel was able to do that on their 11 1/2 doll, why couldn't it be done on a larger doll (presumptuous as I haven't seen Tonner's drapery versions). But still it is amazing that such minute details were done. The only thing about this doll -- for me -- was the dress was sewn all the way -- no snaps, no buttons. You can't take it off. To redress the doll would mean to remove the head and put it on another Mattel body. No articulation too save for the ones Barbie has.
So, is it worth getting. Why not? If you're a serious Scarlett collector.
Hats off to Mattel on this. Truly a "timeless treasure".
Pardon the photos, as the doll has been kept well in box and haven't had the time to iron the dress out. The Tropical weather has not been too kind.
Thank you to my sister who lent me her camera for these close ups.