“ Brand: King Features Syndicate / Type: Collectible doll „
As you are no doubt aware I absolutely love Betty Boop and whilst I purchase many figurines for pleasure I also see them as an investment (well, that's my way of justifying my spends!), as a few of the pieces that I own are limited edition. One of the figurines that I purchased with my second batch of Dooyoo miles back in the summer is a stunning piece, but I had been unable to review her until now, as she disappeared from Amazon for a short while. Consequently, it was not possible to provide a photograph to Dooyoo to accompany my product suggestion. This gorgeous figurine, which was designed by David Kracov is a limited edition with only 2,000 pieces made available worldwide. Fortunately, as Betty is now once again available on Amazon I was able to suggest her to Dooyoo and this review discusses Geisha Betty. Sorry, Jake Speed - still no Star Trek Betty!
The stunning figurine is manufactured from resin and stands at approximately 26 cm in height. You may recall that several months ago I reviewed a Danbury Mint Geisha Betty, but this figurine is totally different in every way. She is extremely heavy and if I were to take a guess at her weight I would say that she is well over a kilogram. She is fixed firmly to a black base, which is circular in the front and takes the shape of her beautiful dress at the rear. Betty most definitely fits the oriental image with her stunning Japanese kimono dress, which has been designed in a burned orange colour with raised areas of resin to form the pretty yellow pattern.
Betty's cute tiny feet poke out from the underside of her white underskirt where we are able to see her traditional brown open toe shoes with a red bar that sits neatly between her big and adjacent toe. Her kimono dress has extremely full sleeves with the left reaching down towards her calf area and the body of the dress sweeps out from her knees and rests neatly around the edges of the stand. Betty's left arm is positioned in front of her body where we see her hugging a huge opened purple fan, which has been perfectly designed with black paint to create the individual pieces. Around her tiny waist is a very wide black belt adorned with several yellow circular images containing black Japanese writing.
This figurine is quite unique, as normally Betty displays beautiful black glossy curls, but as she proudly wears oriental dress her hair has been styled accordingly. We are able to see a large raised section at the rear where her hair has been created to form a bun and to the front she wears a red decorative piece. In the two sections at the front she wears two long golden coloured bars, which have been created to loop through her hair. The rear of the figurine is equally as beautiful, as positioned directly above the belt is a huge black resin bow that looks velvety in appearance and is simply delightful.
Betty's face is somewhat square in this figurine and is extremely pale, which is obviously in keeping with the Geisha Girl look. Her huge green eyes look to the one side and her ruby red lips are puckered. To complete her image a small application of blusher has been applied to her cheeks. There are many raised areas on this figurine, which are somewhat difficult to clean. However, this task is simplified by using a small clean paintbrush, which allows me to effectively remove all traces of dirt and grime. As all of my beautiful Betty Boop figurines are stored behind glass, fortunately this is a task that I carry out only a few times a year.
On the underside of Betty's base is the name of the manufacturer, namely The Hearst Holdings Inc who are the owners of the Betty Boop Trademark. In addition to this is the signature of the designer, David Kracov. As this is a limited edition piece and is 1 of 2,000 sold worldwide I was disappointed that no certificate accompanied the figurine nor have I been provided with the number of the figurine. Consequently, I have no assurance that this is actually limited edition and for that reason I am removing one star. This surprised me somewhat, particularly as I own a few other limited edition pieces; all of which have an accompanying certificate together with the number of the collectable. I strongly believe that the manufacturer should address this issue with future limited editions particularly as their failure to provide the accompanying information could deter the consumer from making a purchase.
Betty Boop Geisha can be purchased from Amazon and at the time of writing (11 January 2011) she can be yours for £56.99 plus £3.94 postage and packing. As for rating this figurine, unfortunately, I have to remove one star due to the lack of accompanying certificate, so Betty receives 4 stars from me.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.