Sunday, May 5, 2013

The Final Challenge: Yoga

It's time to choose the best of the best!  In this final set of figure comparisons, our finalists really show you what they can do in this series of Yoga poses.  From left to right, they are:  LIV Alexis body with Hadley head, Triad Alpha African, action figure body similar to Takara with Opal head, Monsieur Z Wild, Dragon Jennifer (Special Version), and Alvin Ailey Barbie.

Seated & Twist:
Hero - Jennifer does this the best, followed closely by Hadley.

Cow Face - both Jennifer and Alpha can do this pose, but Jennifer does it best and is able to clasp her hands behind her back.  To be fair, Alpha and Opal would probably be able to clasp their hands also if I had put their alternate hands on.

Tree - Wow.  How about a round of applause for Jennifer for balancing on one foot unassisted!  I was able to get Alpha and Opal to balance on one foot for a few seconds, but not long enough to snap the photo.  Jennifer was steady on that one foot and stayed that way until I moved her again.

Downward-Facing Dog - Jennifer does this the best.  Hadley also does this really well.  I like Barbie's form, and if she had been able to do this pose with flat feet, I probably would have felt that she did this the best.

Arm Balance:
Side Plank - there's not a clear winner for me here.  Hadley, Alpha, Opal, and Jennifer all do this pose well.  Who do you think looks the best?  Neither Monsieur Z Wild nor Barbie could hold their weight on one arm.

Wild Thing - the dolls with double torso articulation really excel in this pose, which requires a torso twist as well as a backwards arch (not to mention arms strong enough to support the weight of the doll).  I had a hard time deciding who does this pose the best between Alpha and Jennifer.  I think that the Alpha looks more natural in her execution of this pose, but Jennifer just nails it.  Jennifer does this the best.

Cat - this pose requires arching the back upwards.  Opal does this the best.  Alpha gets a pretty good back arch, but it looks like she has a hump on her back when she does it.

Side-Reclining Leg Lift - I have a tough time deciding between Jennifer and Barbie here.  Jennifer arguably has the best form, but Barbie is able to lift her leg the highest.  Who do you think does this the best?  I'm going to go with Barbie here.

Bow - Jennifer does this the best. Perhaps if I had used the alternate hands for Alpha and Opal and they had been able to grab their ankles, they would have done better here.  The Alpha has a good back arch.

Cobra - all of the dolls do this well except for Monsieur Z Wild.  This is a tough decision, but I think that Barbie does this the best.  What do you think?

Supported Headstand - I should have probably gone with just a plain headstand here and the dolls would have had more success.  Since the supported headstand requires elbows down, Opal does this the best.

Plow - Opal does this the best, and also looks the most natural.

That does it for the Yoga poses.  Here is one more bonus pose.  The ladies were asked to do one final pose that displays their strongest abilities and sets them apart from the others, and this is what they came up with.

So there you have it.  Who do you think is the best?  Please vote on the poll.  Does the doll that you consider to be the best differ from the one that is your favorite?  If so, why?

I have to say that I highly recommend Yoga as great exercise and a great way to relax and relieve stress also.  It builds strength, balance, flexibility, and can be a great aerobic activity (sun salutations anyone?).  For more information about Yoga, check out


  1. Dragon Jennifer seems to perform best in most poses. I voted for her because of this and because she is unaltered (body wise) even if her face is difficult to gaze upon and she really would look better with a different one.


  2. I voted for Jennifer for the same reasons DBG did.

    My favorite among these dolls though is Opal with Alpha and Hadley hot on her heels as my other favorite dolls from this group. I love Opal's hair, her complexion, and her physique. Alpha and Hadley, I like for their complexions and then their bodies.

  3. Oh and I love your dolls doing yoga. I have complete respect for their effort you took to get them lined up and posed at the same time. Thanks ;-)

  4. There's a problem with the poll. I saw 3 votes on Sunday, but I'm not seeing any votes now. :( I don't know what the problem is.

    Thank you Debbie and D7ana for your votes and for your comments!

    I also voted for Jennifer because I think that she did most of the poses the best. My favorite among these dolls is the Alpha. Here's how I would rank these dolls on their pose-ability:
    1. Jennifer
    2. the Alpha
    3. Opal
    4. Hadley
    5. Barbie
    6. Monsieur Z Wild

    I think that the Alpha looks more natural in most of the poses (i.e. what a real woman would look like doing the poses). Opal also looked very natural in some of the poses. I think that Barbie is the most beautiful. I like them all for various reasons.

    But my opinion doesn't matter so much - it's the readers of this blog that get to vote on the best (assuming that the poll starts working the way that it should). If the problems with the poll persist, I will tally the votes from the comments.

  5. Fascinating, I think I have to vote Jennifer the winner. I must say I'm amazed Barbie did as well as she did and Liv didn't get a mention. Love your last picture. And I agree with D7ana - that must have been quite an effort to get them lined up and posed at the same time and then get good pictures.

    1. Thanks, Carrickters! When I mention "Hadley", that is the LIV doll body (only the head is Hadley - sorry for the confusion). It did take a lot of effort to get these photos, but it was fun. :)

  6. For best poser I'd say Jennifer, then Alpha, but Opal is probably my all-around favorite. She looks pretty natural in everything except the Cow Face, and I love her hair! The Alvin Ailey deserves a honorable mention for doing well for a barbie, and for managing to look so elegant through the whole ordeal.

  7. The doll in the green bra looks the most human when doing these poses. I pick girl in white bodysuit(not Alvin Ailey) as a close second. And my third choice is Liv doll body. I have a couple of them and I know they can pose fiercely. Thanks for sharing!
    Krixx Monroe

  8. Jennifer was definitely bringing the heat. She gets my vote. This was fun to watch! I really enjoyed seeing the ladies doing yoga. The last picture is too funny.

    By the way, you can make your images larger in Blogger without affecting their size.

  9. Voted! Jennifer wins hands down. I love the final pic that shows everyone's best. Very fun post!

  10. Hey Rox where can I find the Dragon Jennifer body at? I cant find it anywhere its a legendary bjd I guess :).

    1. Hi Anonymous, I don't know where you can find a Dragon Jennifer Special Version. I got mine on eBay. I had to watch eBay for over a year before I was able to find her. Good luck to you!

  11. I found your blog last week and have just got caught up on all your posts! Very interesting. So what is up with Calista and company??? I loved this last comparison of "The Best of the Best". I am afraid Monsieur Z just couldn't be bothered. I loved the final poses with Opal in the "call me" pose, Monsieur Z in a "model" pose and with Jennifer and Alvin Ailey trying to outdo each other!

  12. Hi! I just found your blog last week thru links on other blogs I follow. Love your stories - hope to read more of the Calista diaries. While Jennifer wins -- well, my fav is Opal and the Triad Alpha. BTW, have you seen the new face sculpts from Triad? They are really an improvement -- hopefully the production models will look the same as the promotional photos!

    1. Hi Phyllis, and welcome to my blog! Thanks for voting and letting your opinions be known about the doll comparisons. Calista and friends will be back soon. Calista has a new look and she's ready to show it off! I'm sure there'll be some summer time fun going on her with the kiddies. :)