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The character of Madra Lord was made "flesh" with her introduction into the Gene line in 2000. There were two dressed dolls that year. I admit that I was never overly fond of the original Ashton-Drake Madra dolls...I found her face paint to be a bit too "harsh", even WITH Madra's general personality deMEANer! LOL However, I finally got the two dressed dolls from 2005, Azure Elegance and Jackpot...as soon as I opened the boxes to remove them, I was immediately drawn to their faces...what was different that made me feel this way? Upon closer inspection, the subtle changes became obvious...so, that got me to "thinking"...I wonder what other changes were made to the Madra face paint over the 5 years she was produced by Ashton-Drake? So, I got out all of my Madra dolls and studied them carefully...then I photographed each one as a face close-up to show the differences...and here are the results of my very "scientific" research:
2000-2002: With one exception, the face paint during these years (which make up the vast majority of the Madra dolls by A-D) remained the same (with a few slight variations in lip color). The exception is the 2001 Scarlet Temptress...half of those dolls produced have one dark eyebrow and one red eyebrow. I don't have the doll with the red eyebrow to show here. Here is one of my favorite Madra dolls from these years to "demonstrate" the face paint screening, 2002's Dark Desire:
2003: There was a whopping ONE dressed Madra doll in 2003. She also has a slightly different face. Besides the obvious sexy "V" hairline, her eyebrows are thinner than the previous years.
2004: There were two dressed Madra dolls in 2004. For the first time her scleras (the "whites" of the eyes) were painted a light blue, which makes her gaze less harsh and more pleasant. They also have lighter colored eyebrows than the earliest Madra dolls. Here is "Like a Fox" Madra as an example:
2005: The final year of Ashton-Drake production saw two dressed Madra dolls. As mentioned in the beginning of this article, these two really do have gorgeous face paints! The blue sclera remains and the eyebrows are thinner as well as being a lighter shade. The overall effect gives us a much "prettier" Madra, in my opinion. Here is Jackpot Madra:
When Integrity Toys brought Madra back in their 2007 line, I was blown away. I admit that I love the IT face screenings for Madra. They certainly gave her a sweeter yet sexier look! I have fewer of these in my collection due to the lower production numbers of IT...however, with time and patience, I hope to eventually get most (if not all) of the IT Madra Lord dolls. Until then, I will cherish and enjoy the ones I do have...but that is for another article...I leave with two photos...one is a "poster" of all the A-D Madra dolls I have (faces only)...the other shows an example side-by-side of the four main face variations during the A-D years.
Dennis in Indiana