Monday, October 19, 2015

Journey Girls Cheerleading Outfit Review

Kelsey Cheers on the Team in Her New Outfit

Recent outfit releases from Toys R Us included some more active types of clothes, including a ballerina outfit, a gymnastic outfit and the outfit that is being reviewed today; a cheerleader outfit.  The set includes a pair of tennis shoes, a pair of pom-poms, a hair bow, and the dress itself.

The dress is a violet color with white and blue accents.  The dress is sleeveless, with a straight skirt, rather than a pleated skirt.  It’s a more modern take on the cheerleading outfit.  On the front of the dress there is a triangle of white cloth with a blue star in the middle, sporting the lowercase letters “jg”, for the Journey Girls.  

Surrounding the triangle is violet, white and black-stripped ribbon, that crisscrosses and follows the v-neckline.  There is also a small triangular slit on the right calf that helps with movement.  The slit is accented with the same ribbon from up on the top of the dress.  The one thing that is missing is the built in underwear that all cheerleading outfits have.  The outfit is well made, yet simple.

The shoes are similar to tennis shoes that are available in the accessory packs from Toys R Us.  These ones are white with a blue star on the side of them that matches the star on Kelsey’s chest.  The shoes are made of modeled plastic.  It would be great to see some nicer shoes with this outfit.  Or at least some shoes with real laces.  The shoes are very good for helping balance the doll though.

Even though the hair bow is very simple, it is still nice to have in the set.  The bow is made from a pastel lavender ribbon with purple and white stars printed on it.  There is a clear rubber band tied into the bow to hold the bow in Kelsey’s hair.  While the plastic rubber-band is nice because it is not seen as easily, it may not be as durable as a normal hair band.

There is no way that a cheerleading out fit is complete, with out pom-poms.  Kelsey’s blue and white plastic ribbon pom-poms match her outfit perfectly.  They have the same clear rubber band on them as her hair ribbon.  It makes it easy for her to hold on to them.  They seem small, but they are okay. It would be great to have a megaphone or another accessory in this set to make it feel more complete.

All ratings are out of 10

Value 6 – The dress is made very well.  There just isn’t too much to the set, especially compared to other sets like the ballerina outfit.  The outfit is cute, but for $19.99 it should have better shoes and a few better accessories.

Fitment 10– The dress fits perfectly.  It is not tight, not loose.  With this type of dress if it’s too tight there is no flexibility.  But this one is a perfect fit.  The shoes also fit well, as does the ribbon.  Pom-poms attach to the hands easily.

Versatility 4 – The only things that can be used for other outfits are the ribbon and the shoes.  The dress is going to be hard to use for something other than a cheerleading outfit.  

Cuteness 8 – Although the cheerleading outfit is not a standout, it is still very cute.  The design and color are a great compliment to all of the Journey Girls.   The hair ribbon is a cute touch.  Even though the shoes are similar to many of the other shoes the Journey Girls have, these ones seem just a little more cutesy

Overall 6 – This isn’t a bad outfit.  As a matter of fact, it is a great cheerleading outfit!  It could be better though.  The dress needs sewn in underwear. The shoes could be nicer.  Another accessory or two would be nice.  Or if nothing else the price should be closer to $10.  If your Journey Girl fan loves cheer, this is a great outfit.  Wait for a sale to really make it worth it though.

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