FEATURE: Forces of Destiny vs DC Super Hero Girls.

Can Leia and Rey hold their own?

The Star Wars Forces of Destiny dolls  I mean “Adventure Figures” have finally started to land in the UK and I compare them to the DC Super Hero Girls dolls to see if they can stand up, literally.

First of all, I am sorry (well, not really) about the state of the DC Super Hero Girls’ hair, these dolls have been played with (a lot) by my daughter and her friends (all aged 2).

Secondly, before I thought I’d give you some oversight of what is and has been on the market.  Below is an image of the different types of geeky doll in our house.

The first two are off limits to my daughter but I wanted to show them in comparison to the others.  There is one big difference that I think shows that my daughter’s dolls are meant to be played with rather than collectibles and that is the ability to stand on their own, without a stand needing to prop them up.  I included the Titan Series Spiderman to show the scale but also how lacking the large figure market is for male characters, DC do a similar line.  These figures aren’t very posable and it’s amazing they sell at all.

Now onto the main feature:

From left to right: Tonner Batgirl, Barbie Batgirl, DC Super Hero Girl Supergirl, Star Wars Forces of Destiny Leia and Marvel Titan Series Spiderman

DC Super Hero Girls (DCSHG) came on to the scene last year and we’ve been massive fans in this household since watching the first episode. (See the Wedgedoc’s post here) Their toy line comes in two forms, 6-inch traditional action figures and the 12-inch dolls which get put in the fashion doll section of toy shops as explained by Wedgedoc, these dolls are athletic, detailed and most importantly have given Kara hours of fun. They are my go-to gift for all of her friends and are loved by them too.

They are not perfect though, so far there is only one hero of colour (despite Katana being released as an SDCC exclusive she has still yet to appear as a standard doll) and there are no boys to support the team (Kara is a fan of Beast Boy).  Despite these flaws, the franchise has been a massive success and now Disney is finally jumping on the band wagon with Star Wars: Forces of Destiny.

Like DCSHG Forces of Destiny has a YouTube web series which tells the stories of Leia, Rey, Sabine, Ahsoka, Padme and Jyn. Currently, Leia, Rey and Jyn dolls are available now with Sabine making her way to the UK soon.  It’s worth noting that at SDCC there was also a Chewbacca doll on display.

Our current team lineup

Our current team lineup

Jyn and Sabine only have one doll each, Rey is available in her Jakku outfit by herself or in her “find Luke” outfit with BB-8 as her companion. Leia also has two dolls, a Hoth gear doll with R2-D2 or an Endor set which comes with two outfits and an Ewok.  The prices of these dolls range from £20 – £40 depending on the doll.

Not wanting to dive into the deep end I chose the cheaper Jakku outfit Rey and the cheaper Hoth Leia.  First of all, they are pretty. They look a look better in person and the images don’t do them justice.  Both dolls come with a weapon and have a weird action thing they do when you squeeze their legs together.  This action makes Leia look like she’s raising and shooting her blaster and Rey like she’s waving her staff about.  It’s a nice touch but I don’t feel it was really needed.

The fabric components of their outfits are lovely and the detail of the quilting on Leia’s vest is lovely.  However, the majority of their outfits are molded plastic and so not removable. For me, this was really disappointing and gave the dolls a cheaper feel when compared to the DC Super Hero Girls, who all have very detailed clothing. It is worth noting here that the Endor Leia does not suffer from the same issue, as she has 2 outfits they have been made in their entirety.  I wish I had paid the extra £15 for the Endor set now but when I pre-ordered them she was not listed.

What has been done well is their heads.  Unlike their DCSHG counterparts, they aren’t overly stylised and their heads are in proportion with the rest of their bodies. Their faces are beautifully painted even down to the detail of giving Rey some freckles.  Their hair is gorgeous with their styles being recreated accurately, though this does make me worry how well these hairstyles will hold up after a 2-year-old has played with them for 6 months.

Kara instantly starting playing with these which is always a good sign, she had a tea party with them (no doubt to welcome them to the household) and the got out her superheroes to join them. The dolls are slightly smaller by about an inch but this really had no impact on her enjoyment.

Once Kara had gone to bed, I did sit down to compare them a bit more and between the two I still prefer the DC Super Hero Girls, the dolls are more poseable, they are easier to get to stand up by themselves and the outfits are miles better too.  When comparing them and considering the cost, I think the DC Super Hero girls offer better value for money. Don’t get me wrong, I will still probably buy the other characters but I don’t think I’ll be in as much as a hurry like I was with the DC Super Hero Girls.

I really hope this line is successful and it will spur Disney on to produce something similar for their Marvel line. It’s wonderful to see that we are finally getting more female centric heroes for children to play with but we still have a long way to go.  Both of these lines lack people of colour and they are both all women.

Would it be so wrong to have male and female dolls in the same line?

GS Blogger: Amy-J

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