There was apparently only one male LIV doll ever made (much like there was only one Moxie Teenz male doll made). What is it with that? These poor dolls have to keep fighting over the limited males. ;)
Anyway, I came across the LIV "Making Waves" Jake doll on clearance earlier this year and decided to purchase him, especially since I'd been so impressed with the articulation on the LIV dolls I'd found.
Jake in his box.
The back of the box.
So I'll start out by saying that I'm not necessarily a fan of his narrow eyes and 70s hairdo. His outfit isn't all that spectacular either. These were my very first impressions.
His face looked so much nicer on the box. This is yet another case where I wish the final product had been closer to the prototype. Still, his eyes are a nice color and his face could be worse. :}
I'm also really not a fan of thick, shaggy sideburns.
Jake's lifeguard tank top.
Jake's plaid swimming trunks. At least, I assume they're supposed to be swimming trunks.
Now, what this guy lacks in looks, he makes up for in poseability. I purchased Jake shortly after my Moxie Teenz Gavin, and the differences were like night and day. While Gavin was stiff and awkward to move, Jake moved every bit as easily as his female LIV counterparts, and he looked very natural in his poses too.
A side view of the same pose.
One other huge thing that Jake has going for him is that he can share current Ken clothing and shoes. This opens up a whole world of possibilities for wardrobe, unlike poor Gavin, who is stuck in his shiny blue suit. I think this was great planning on the Spin Master company's part. At least, I'm assuming it was intentional.
Jake is liking his new striped tank.
Jake and one of my Danielas (in a different wig than her earlier blonde one). Jake is just slightly taller than the LIV girls, and pairs with them nicely.
I really loved posing and photographing these two. I wish more dolls had this articulation.
All ready for an afternoon out.
So overall, I'd say Jake gets a 4 out of 5, which seems to be my common rating recently. His articulation is awesome, and the fact that he can share clothes with Ken is a huge plus. I just wish they'd done his face mold and hair a little differently. But maybe that's just me being too picky. And hey, he looks much better with the LIV dolls than any Ken doll would. Ken heads look tiny next to the LIV girls' humongous heads. ;)
What do you guys think of Jake?
I have a post coming up that will compare Jake's articulation to Moxie Teenz Gavin's, so check back soon! :)