You may have noticed that this blog has been a little bakery-intensive lately. If you’re sick of reading posts about bakery playsets…well…then you’re not going to like this one. Because I am SO not done with dolls that come with baked goods and kitchen utensils!!! Remember my last post when I talked about buying a Barbie cake baker and a Moxie Girlz cake baker at the same time? Well, the next time I found myself in Wal-Mart, I discovered yet another Moxie Girlz Baker doll. So today I present to you an in-depth review of the Moxie Girlz Bakers, Avery and Sophina.
Each Moxie Girlz Baker doll comes dressed in an outfit with a chef or food-related theme, accompanied by a selection of kitchen tools and ingredients. Let’s start with Avery. She’s the doll I discovered first. Avery is the cake baker.
Avery comes dressed in a bright floral skirt and green blouse, topped off with a cheerful apron and matching chef’s hat. Light pink mary janes complete the outfit. The apron ties in the back, and the hat is secured with small tags that can be cut if desired.
Avery has blond hair that falls almost to her knees. Her hair is even and ends in soft curls.
I love her apron and hat: Pizza and polka dots!
Avery comes with some really cool tools and ingredients, as well as a finished strawberry shortcake on a stand. All the pieces are made out of soft rubber. Nothing comes apart, so the strawberries and carton are one piece, the eggs and carton are one piece, etc.
The package contains a recipe card for strawberry shortcake. The Moxie Girlz website claims the card is scented like strawberry shortcake, but it smells like laminated paper to me.
If there’s one thing I don’t like about the Moxie Girls, it’s the fact that there’s no articulation. They are made out of soft rubber, not plastic. Their website says they stand and sit on their own, but I found it difficult to stand Avery upright, even while leaning her against a wall. One leg is molded to a slightly bent position, and the result is that she lists a little to the right. I didn’t try to make her sit.
I paid $19.97 at Wal-Mart for this doll and all her cool stuff.
Next up is the second set I purchased: Moxie Girl Sophina. While Avery makes a cake, Sophina bakes cookies and cupcakes. I love the packaging artwork for both these dolls. The way the kitchen illustration wraps around the doll is very clever.
Sophina is dressed in a pair of jeans and a pink top trimmed with brown lace. She wears a pretty red and white apron with a sort of toile pattern, with turquoise trim and an oven mitt that matches the apron. Red flats complete her outfit.
I love the detailing on her clothes, and the color palette is well-thought-out and very pleasing. Do you love the oven mitt??
Sophina wears a blue ribbon. She won first prize in a baking contest! I love that!
Like Avery, Sophina also lists a little to the right. I could not get either doll to stay perfectly straight, even when I placed them directly against a wall. Sophina has very long brown hair that almost reaches her feet, with a small side pony resting on top of her hair. From the front, her hair looks pretty good, until you look to where it reaches the apron. And from the back…
She is one hot mess. Her hair is ragged and uneven.
Sophina comes with cupcakes on a stand, a cookie tray with cookies on it, an empty muffin tray, and a rolling pin. Again, everything is rubber and each item is one piece, so the cupcakes do not come off of the stand. Sophina is packaged with a recipe card for lemon cupcakes. This is not really scented either. I plan on making these cupcakes in the near future. They sound good!
I love the little cardboard piece designed to look like a baker’s cart on casters. I wish the dolls came with a plastic one! The cardboard piece detaches easily from the packaging so I used it in some of my photos.
The clothing on both dolls is well-made. I think Sophina’s outfit in particular is very genuine and appealing. I want that apron and oven mitt in an adult size for myself, and the blue ribbon is an adorable touch. Comparing both dolls and accessories, I have to say I like Sophina better than Avery. I love her look (despite the uneven haircut) and I just adore the little baking trays! Sophina also cost $19.97 at Wal-Mart.
My general impression of these dolls is favorable, weird legs, flat feet and bad haircuts aside. The outfits are realistic, age-appropriate versions of what young girls/teens would wear. In addition to the two bakers, there is a Moxie Girlz artist that comes with a variety of supplies; all the dolls in this line are child-friendly and encourage healthy activities. I hate to say it, but I think it’s obvious by now the real reason I bought these dolls was for the accessories (which are sized to all 1/6 scale dolls. Just sayin’.)
All this writing about baked goods has made me hungry! Fortunately, believe it or not, Ghouliette decided to bake some brownies while I was writing this post. The brownies should be cooled off by now, so, if you’ll excuse me….