So, how does the body compare to other Mattel bodies? Her waist is a little thicker but her torso mold is more defined. Her upper arms and thighs are a little more muscular. Her height is about the same (looks shorter because she is flat-footed in the photo) as are the length of her legs, arms, and torso. I like the breast plate better. It doesn't set up so high (not pointing at the sky!).
The body has a very nice weight to it. It is not as light or flimsy feeling as you would expect. It wouldn't be fair to compare her to those expensive cousins Momoko, Misaki, or Poppy Parker. After all, she only costs $14.99. (I actually prefer her body to Momoko - her proportions are a little better and she's a bit taller. She is shorter than Misaki/Poppy and not as thin, but her proportions a little more realistic.)
She can be a little bit of a challenge to redress. Many pants/skirts won't close in the back. But when you get her redressed, she looks great! She's got an athletic appearance to her body. I really like it. (Notice how she can really cross her arms!)
So what could the release of the Made To Move line mean? When you pause to consider the implications, I think Mattel has just produced a true "game changer". Collectors who like articulation should be very impressed by these dolls. No one can buy a better posing doll for $15 anywhere. I did not use a stand for this doll or photoshop out strings. She actually stands well on her own. The engineers did a fantastic job balancing her body.
I bet this line is causing a number of headaches for those high-end doll production companies. (Yes her hands are actually touching her head!)
For one collector … I am, frankly, quite impressed. This is one well-deserved fuss being thrown about a doll line! A doll who stands up to the claim that she is the "ultimate posable Barbie". She may be the ultimate posable 12" doll period.