The usual side stroll through the toy section resulted in something catching my eye that honestly has been needed for a long time.
Barbie separates/accessory packs! I found the Ken pieces in a bin of "stocking stuffers", but the Barbie pieces were back over on the doll aisle.
There were three Ken outfits to choose from when I arrived, and a whole display of Barbie stuff. The Ken sets were $5 (a whole outfit for a little less than the usual cost!) and the Barbie sets were about $2.50 each. Whereas Ken's outfit comes ready-made, the Barbie sets were different. You could chose a single blouse, a skirt, or a simple dress, or an accessory set that had a purse and two pairs of shoes (one flat, one heels) plus some other odds and ends.
I'm less impressed with the dress I got - the fit is just a little bit off, but I think it's a mild sewing error and not something that's representative of this mini-line as a whole.
These are definitely GREAT pieces for the money, especially the accessory sets, imo. The Ken pieces were all great and how long has it been since that guy got some new clothes that you didn't have to buy a doll for?
I can't help but hope that this means we could be seeing fashion packs for Monster High again - or even single item or accessory sets like these. Seriously Mattel! Make sets like this for MH! Make them blind bags. They'd sell out in NO TIME!
Final evaluation: FIND THEM. BUY THEM.