Among the many Winx fans you will see split opinions and ideas on which company turned our favourite fairies into the best interpretations in the physical form possible to play and display with. Of course, with so many companies existing this is bound to happen but is there a clear winner among them?
Not many fans outside of Europe know of Giochi Preziosi winx dolls, especially not the earliest dolls made. Giochi Preziosi are actually quite a high up toy maker originating from Italy along with bringing to life our dear fairies Giochi has produced toys for Ben 10, Power rangers and even Disney Fairies at one point! Even today they continue to distribute the Winx dolls for one of the newest contenders Witty toys!
Later on down the line Giochi changed its Winx mould and doll design going for a newer, more show accurate look. Honestly I personally believe these to be some of the most accurate proportions in comparison to the show and when comparing some of the faces to the 2D and especially 3D Winx images, they look close to identical! The Super Fate enchantix line dubbed by fans as the 'Italian Enchantix dolls' are among my favourite Winx doll lines to date.
The obvious favourite? According to what I've seen from the online presence apparently so! And who can blame fans for dubbing this line the majority fan favourite to be perfectly honest! The dolls are beautifully detailed all through the era of Mattel dolls, being as show accurate as possible, they are durable and usually have some great features such as magnetic light up wings or singing stands. These dolls are among the greats of Winx history to me, and not only are they good dolls but they are also nostalgic to most fans as these are what most people who grew up watching Winx from the very beginning will remember seeing in stores and wanting oh so badly!
When Winx Club was set to return for a brand new season it was obvious they would need merchandise! This is where Simba stepped in to produce stunning dolls which fit right in with the Mattel legacy left behind! At first of course old faithful fans of Mattel were reluctant to see the new Simba dolls as anything close to their true doll love, once they realised the detail and beauty worked into the popular lines such as Believix and Rockstar Simba became a hit throughout Europe among Winx fans! I remember being around when these dolls first came out and seeing the Europeans jumping onto them and loving them with all their being as they did their mattel dolls. However, from the fans overseas especially over the great Atlantic pond in the USA there was a different story...many seemed to have a blind hatred of the dolls, I remember reading posts about their eyes being ugly, the outfits looking tacky and as if they were made of foil etc. As a boy who wasn't allowed to own any dolls whatsoever I was rather neutral to either sides...that is until later on when I heard of a new company coming into the picture. More on that later!
I'm not sure what happened, but Simba switched over not long after to Witty Toys who started producing new dolls just in time for Season five to start. Witty toys carried on distributing the old Simba believix dolls among other lines, in newer designed boxes however and they still used the old face moulds and shoe moulds from the looks of it. However fans noticed the big touches in detail were being slacked at and where we were getting beautifully detailed pretty dolls we were now getting pretty dolls that were close to resembling the show but lacked in comparison to the older dolls released.
News made the US Winx fans extremely happy when Nickelodeon took on Winx and a new company was set to bring merchandise including new dolls over to them! Jakks seemed promising and even I was extremely excited to see the dolls! When first photos were revealed the excitement only went up, the dolls had gorgeous faces and were seemingly all articulated! However, when the dolls were released it seems they did nothing but disappoint. The hair was wire-like, the articulation was fragile, and the outfits seemed cheap at best...dolls that were very easy on the eyes weren't as great in many other aspects. What sold me to the Jakks dolls were the wings...wings that fluttered like they did in the show, wings that were gorgeously detailed and probably some of the best we'd seen among all the winx dolls. However for some fans, the cons outweighed the pros of these dolls and many people vowed to stay away from Jakks after their initial Winx doll release...which may have been one of the company's downfalls.
So who was your favourite? Why? Is there a company you will avoid entirely?
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