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I have been collecting Betty Boop figurines for almost five years; during which time I have massed a considerable amount. I ceased making any further purchases directly after Christmas as my display cabinets were becoming rather overcrowded and I had to eventually draw the line as my collection was getting a little out of hand. However, I will still seek out the rare piece on ebay. Official Betty Boop figurines are manufactured by the Hearst Holdings Inc who are also the owners of the Betty Boop trademark and a piece they introduced a couple of years ago is named Betty Boop Cool Breeze. There are many variations of this figurine and whilst Betty has been modelled on Marilyn Monroe's classic and very famous pose, the position of her dress alters in the different figurines. Unfortunately, Dooyoo have not used the image I provided, which is a shame as this is an absolutely stunning figurine, so I will do my best to explain why I decided to add her to my extensive collection.
The hand painted resin figurine weighs approximately 800 grams and measures 12 inches in height and whilst I already owned the white version it was the black that also captured my eye due to its beautiful eye catching sparkles of silver glitter, which covered Betty's dress. Whilst the white figurine is attached to a black glossy circular base, which seems to be the customary colour used by the manufacturer, I liked the fact that they chose a scarlet red for the black dress figurine, which is a beautiful contrast to the black and silver glitter in Betty's dress. Betty is a lady who possesses the most stunning and extremely curvaceous figure and in this figurine we see her displaying the full length of her long slender legs. Betty's arms are positioned at the front of her body where she is desperately trying to prevent her dress from being lifted and whilst she has succeeded at preventing it moving in the front, the sides have been captured by the wind and have blown as high as her shoulders.
Betty's strappy dress has been created to replicate the one worn by Marilyn Monroe where it is tight fitting to emphasise her bust and displays the most outstanding workmanship and attention to detail. Each of the folds in the skirt section has been illustrated by creases in the resin, which create the illusion of real fabric and it is the dress that makes this figurine a real winner for me. Betty is a lady who adores her shoes and I would imagine that her wardrobe resembles that of Imelda Marcos, as in each figurine she is wearing a new design. She always opts for high sexy heels and in this figurine they have been created to perfectly mirror her dress complete with stunning silver sparkles. Betty has opted for a modest amount of jewellery and wears a golden coloured pair of hoop earrings together with a golden beaded necklace.
Her facial features are identical to those in all of my other figurines where her huge green eyes look upwards and are framed with her beautiful long black eyelashes and perfectly groomed eyebrows. She possesses a cute tiny nose and her ruby red lips are always puckered. However, whilst her features are no different to the other figurines that I own I feel she displays a coy expression and who wouldn't if their dress was about to take off due to the breeze below their feet? Betty's black glossy curls are illustrated by eight curvy points that run along the top of her head with a further eight curves running along her hairline, which perfectly frame her cute face.
Unfortunately, here comes the negative point with this figurine and that is the glitter on Betty's dress, which is an absolute nightmare, as it falls off each time I touch the figurine. Consequently, she is rarely handled, but each time I dust her, which is an extremely problematic task, I find I am locating the glitter elsewhere and at present, she is displayed in my cabinet with a shiny silver face! The manufacturer has corrected this problem with newer figurines, but as far as I am concerned, it is a major issue with the older figurines, as over a long period of time I believe the glitter will totally vanish, which would spoil the overall appearance. Due to this issue I am removing one star, which is a shame as otherwise this figurine would have been totally perfect.
If you are interested in purchasing Betty Boop Cool Breeze she is available in a choice of three colours, which are black, white and red and it is only the black version that displays the glitter. She can be purchased from all good Betty Boop retailers and at the time of writing Amazon are selling her for £46 plus £4.06 postage and packing, which is a little excessive as I picked mine up from a high street retailer for £39.99.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.