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I clearly was a very good girl last year, as Santa brought me some gorgeous Betty Boop figurines, which were left underneath our Christmas tree and wrapped in pretty red shiny packaging. It's really strange how he knew the figurines that I wanted, particularly as I didn't leave him a letter or a carrot for Rudolph! I've written a few reviews on the Bettys I was lucky enough to receive for Christmas and those that I purchased with my Dooyoo money and I hope you enjoy reading them. This review discusses Hairdresser Betty, which was launched in the latter part of 2010 and belongs to the "Career Collection".
This gorgeous hand painted figurine stands at 12 inches in height, is manufactured entirely from resin and weighs around a kilogram. She is fixed firmly to a black circular stand where we see her poised in readiness to chop some willing customer's hair. Betty is a very curvaceous lady with longer slender legs and she always enjoys displaying rather a lot of flesh, as in this figurine we see her wearing an extremely short bright pink mini dress with eight black resin buttons on the front. Her dress only slightly covers her bottom and as with all of the other figurines that I own, the manufacturers, namely The Hearst Holdings Inc have designed this figurine to perfection, as we are able to witness tiny creases in the resin "fabric". The dress has been beautifully designed to include every last detail, as it even displays a tiny collar and neat cuffs on her short sleeves. We can even see the initials BB proudly displayed on the one side of Betty's chest.
Betty's left hand is opened with a rather sharp and very realistic looking pair of scissors balancing on her thumb and forefinger. In her right hand we are able to see a tiny brown hairbrush, which she is about to use on her customer. The attention to detail is simply superb, particularly as she has been designed to display tiny fingernails, which appear extremely realistic. Betty is a lady who absolutely adores her shoes and we generally see her wearing the highest stilettos that she could possibly find. In this figurine we see her wearing a cute pair or red high heeled shoes, which in my opinion would be rather uncomfortable for a hairdresser who is on their feet all day!
Betty normally wears plenty of bright coloured jewellery, but she has toned it down somewhat in this figurine, as all she is wearing is a large golden coloured pair of hoop earrings. Her hair is identical in every figurine that I own where we see her black glossy curls depicted by eight points running along the top of her hair and a further eight points running along her hairline. Betty's facial features are generally identical in each of the figurines, but in this one she appears to be contemplating, as her huge green eyes framed with her beautiful long black eyelashes look thoughtful and to complete her look she wears ruby red lipstick on her puckered lips.
Whilst I haven't yet tackled the task of cleaning this figurine, which is safely stored behind glass, it is made much easier by way of a small clean paintbrush, which allows me to get into all of those hard to reach areas. However, as I own so many figurines this is a job that is undertaken only a few times a year! On New Year's Eve my husband decided to photograph each and every one of my Betty Boop figurines for insurance purposes, so whilst he carefully took each of the delicate collectables out of my glass cabinets I jumped at the opportunity to ask him to clean them before he replaced them! As I own rather a large collection it was a task that took him nearly the entire day and I think by the time he was half way through he was probably wishing that he hadn't offered to photograph them!
To ensure your figurine's authenticity on the underside of the base is the familiar Betty Boop logo together with the name of the manufacturer. I have noticed that there are so many figurines available for purchase that are not authentic and I steer clear of these, particularly as their quality is somewhat inferior.
As I didn't purchase this figurine myself I have checked on Amazon to provide you wish an up-to-date price and at the time of writing (March 2011) you can purchase Betty Boop Hairdresser for £50 plus £4 P+P. Unfortunately, as well as being hit by the January VAT increase the figurines have considerably jumped up in price, as previously this one was available for purchase at around £45.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.