In a surprising challenge to Michael’s Craft Store’s recent introduction of 1:6 scale Christmas sweaters, retailing giant, Target, has thrown down a “garment gauntlet” in response and introduced its own line of so-called,”wine sweaters.” These new sweaters provide even more holiday clothing options for your cold and shivering 12-inch GIjOEs, Barbies, and similar 1:6 scale action figures. Also, in an apparent nod to consumer complaints that Michael’s sweaters are a tad too short-sleeved, Target made its versions slightly larger overall, in what we’d call a 1:6 scale “plus-size.” According to TJR Field Reporter, Laura Ann Ostermeyer:
“I have a Christmas sweater update. If folks want a bulkier sweater with longer arms, they may want to go to Target. They now have “wine sweaters” for $5 each. I had gotten them for one of my bigger figures and decided to try one on Joe (see photo below). They look okay. When I first went, they only had the red sweaters, but now they have them in green too.”
Bottom Line: We agree with Laura’s assessment that Target’s sweaters, while featuring better sleeve lengths, have added too much material in the waist and chest area. After all, if GIjOE’s been able to stay trim for 50 years, why should we make him look overweight now? A simple alteration in the back will help snug up these new “plus-sized” sweaters so they look great. Thanks, Laura!