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YouDolls and the YouDolls Box

Last year Ghoulia13 and I each purchased a couple of dolls from YouDolls. YouDolls are customizable 1:6 scale fashion dolls. They began as a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2015, and were subsequently produced by MacMillan Toys. When I purchased my YouDolls I was so behind in blogging that I put them aside with the intention of reviewing them. Needless to say, they are still in their boxes.

As I mentioned above, YouDolls are customizable – to a point. Unlike completely customizable dolls such as Makies, which allowed buyers to customize facial features, YouDolls all come with the same face. It’s a pretty, girl-next-door kind of face with a pleasant facial expression that doesn’t go overboard on makeup. For $39.99, customers on the YouDolls website could choose a doll with a variety of skin tones, eye colors, and hair styles. However, they couldn’t combine a particular hair color or style with a particular skin tone and eye color. Instead, customers had to choose from fifty different pre-produced combinations of skin tone, hair color, hair length, and eye color. It certainly had more options than, say, Create-a-Bratz, but it still limited the possible combinations of hair color and hair styles. For example, I wanted a redhead with blue eyes and long straight hair with bangs. YouDolls only has four redheads out of the fifty choices. All of them have long wavy hair and no bangs. Three of them have fair skin, one each with brown, blue, and green eyes; and the fourth has green eyes with the medium skin tone. The blonde and brunette hair colors come with long straight hair with either bangs or no bangs, but the short and medium hair styles are all straight with no bangs. If you want an edgier YouDoll you can get one with pink hair, but only in the fair skin tone, with blue eyes and with straight long hair and no bangs. To get an idea of the choices available, here is a screenshot from the YouDolls website of some of the options.

Despite the customization restrictions, however, YouDolls does a commendable job of representing diversity. Once the doll selection was made, customers chose an outfit and an accessories pack for their doll. The clothing looked like clothes real people would wear rather than the ridiculous fashions some dolls come with. There were options for dressy, casual, and sporty styles. The doll came in a presentation box featuring a backdrop that customers also chose from a number of options. The final touch? You got to name your doll.

Despite not yet having opened my two YouDolls, I decided I wanted the doll with pink hair. So I went to the website and chose my doll, outfit, accessories pack, and backdrop. I even named her Pinkie. But when I hit the Checkout button, I got a message saying the website’s checkout feature was disabled. I searched Google to see if YouDolls were discontinued, but I didn’t find any information about that. I did, however, discover the YouDolls Box, a monthly subscription box for YouDolls. I don’t know what happened exactly with YouDolls, but if I had to guess I’d say they went out of business and are selling off their remaining dolls through the subscription box service.

Offered by the subscription-box company Cratejoy, subscribers can choose to receive dolls from one of the three skin tones or a combination of all three. Other than that, they have no choice as to which doll they receive. The doll is dressed and comes with some clothing and accessories, all in a generic box. The website says customers will receive “a brand new looking doll.” I don’t think this means they’re used dolls, I think it means that they’re probably surplus so they’re not packaged like new, never-removed-from-box dolls. The subscription box costs $25 rather than the $39.99 price for the YouDolls in the fancy box.

When my first doll arrived, I could see that the promo photo did not lie – it came in a plain shipping box with a YouDolls sticker slapped on it. It’s a far cry from the pretty presentation box that my first YouDolls came in.

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Aubrey, my first YouDoll in presentation box with the Rodeo Drive background, and the outfit and accessories I chose.

Little Miss No-Name *womp womp*

The promo photo for the YouDoll Box shows some of the accessories that come with the doll. It shows eight pieces, but it shows the shoes separately. I received seven accessories, plus the shoes (which are fabulous!), which were on the doll when it came.

I received:

A suitcase

A laptop computer

A flat-screen t.v.

A fashion magazine

A wristlet purse that matches the dress the doll came in

A slice of cake

A hair dryer

I already have the suitcase and the laptop from my first YouDoll, and I received a flatscreen t.v. as a freebie with it. I expect I’ll get more duplicate accessories with future YouDolls boxes as they use up their remaining accessories.

Now on to the doll itself. Once I took the doll out of the box, I was surprised at how lightweight it is. The torso is one solid piece, and the arms and legs are articulated. The articulation is clumsy, with limited range of motion. The shoulder joints have the ball shape that allows the arms to move out as well as up.

However, the elbow joints don’t allow the arms to move inwards too well. This doll can’t pass my articulation test, in which I put the doll’s hands over its mouth in mock surprise or horror. This is the best she could do:

The body reminds me of the cheap generic Chinese fashion dolls one buys from Ali Express. I was a tad disappointed. At least she can use her hair dryer.

Here she is enjoying some of the other accessories she came with.

YouDolls were a great idea that, sadly, couldn’t make an impact in the highly competitive fashion doll market. With their wholesome appearance and a wardrobe refreshingly lacking in bright pink and glitter, they were a positive alternative to many established fashion doll lines. I’m sure many little girls had a great experience picking out their dolls and outfits from the original YouDolls website. The YouDolls Box would make a great gift for little girls who would enjoy receiving a surprise doll every month. However, the body is cheap, and adult collectors might be disappointed. I’m not sure that even the reduced price of $25 is justified. I wonder if YouDolls are making more dolls just for the YouDolls Box, or if eventually the YouDolls Box will disappear once their supply of existing dolls is depleted.

I subscribed to the YouDolls box because I saw it as a great way to build my YouDolls collection. However, seeing the quality of the body, I think I’ll just get one or two more, mostly in the hope of getting a few more clothing items. As the Cratejoy website says, I can cancel at any time. But I have my fingers crossed that I’ll get the YouDoll with the pink hair in one of my boxes. I can always put their heads on Made-to-Move Barbie bodies.

Do you have a YouDoll? What do you think of it?

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Vladonna by Kidrobot

 

Vladonna made her debut yesterday. Who is Vladonna, you ask? She is a DIY alternative fashion doll, the brainchild of RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Pearl (a.k.a. Matthew Lent) and Gina Garan, the woman who single-handedly revived the popularity of Blythe doll. Vladonna is a project that has been two years in the making and is produced by Kidrobot, the creators of customizable collectible figures such as Munny. Vladonna is made of the same white vinyl as Munny, so you can paint her entire body as well as her face. You can choose from blonde, black, or lavender hair colors (no redhead, though). She is fully articulated. Her figure is certainly unconventional compared to other fashion dolls, particularly in the bust and backside. Her exaggerated proportions are evocative of the false busts and padded derrières of drag queens.  According to Pearl:

“Our inspiration for Vladonna was to create a fun and fantastical world where you can escape from the reality. Vladonna’s world is only limited to your imagination, where the stresses of life simply don’t exist. Vladonna is for everyone, because she is everyone no matter your sexuality, gender, race, size or talent. There is an unattainable standard to exist in this world; shine but don’t overshadow, be open but protect yourself, tell the truth but stay politically correct. But Vladonna doesn’t even know who the president is! She is the coffee break from life’s pressures full of fun, fashion and glamour. She allows you the chance to show the world what beauty truly means to you with the DIY customizable version. Vladonna is whoever you want her to be!”

-Matthew Lent aka Pearl

Vladonna retails for the surprisingly reasonable price of $39.99 and can be purchased here. In addition to the customizeable Vladonna, Pearl has plans for future editions that will come dressed and made up.

Vladonna’s Instagram account debuted yesterday as well. Check it out at Vladonnaworld to see how others have customized Vladonna, including doll artist Andrew Yang, and makeup artist Mimi Choi.

I purchased the Vladonna with the lavender hair. I’m not great at customizing dolls, but I’m looking forward to the challenge. I feel like, with Vladonna, I can be truly outrageous (my apologies to Jem). I’ll update my Vladonna’s progress in a future blog post.

What do you think of Vladonna?

 

Imaginarium City Studio Dollhouse

Today’s post is about something near and dear to my heart: a dollhouse. I love dollhouses. Ever since I began collecting dolls I’ve been buying plastic house play sets, which are great. I can set them up, do some photo shoots, and put them away. I never thought of buying a large dollhouse for my fashion dolls–until I saw the house of my dreams. The Imaginarium City Studio dollhouse, from Toys R Us, was beckoning to me. It was on display in the dollhouse section, furnished, and placed behind glass to protect it from grabby hands. When Ghouliette and I first saw it, Ghouliette said to me, “Monster High dolls would fit in that!”  I stood there and admired it for a while, but decided buying it would  be impractical. But from time to time I would walk past the display so I could stare at it.

 

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Finally, I broke down. Because it was so cool. And because my sister was right, Monster high dolls could fit in it. Unlike the often flimsy plastic play sets, this was a large, sturdy house. Barbie could also fit in it.  With fancy photo shoots in mind, I gave in to temptation and bought the house. And I love it!

The City Studio dollhouse is a heavy wooden dollhouse that has four rooms and an outdoor patio. It comes with 11 pieces of 1/6 scale furniture. (the fridge in the kitchen did not come with the house.) An elevator runs along the left side of the house. The high ceilings make it perfect for 11.5″ – 12″ fashion dolls such as Barbie and Momoko. Even Blythe and her big head can fit in here comfortably!

The design is clean and bright, with lots of color, clever details, and some neat “views” of the cityscape out of the windows.  My favorite detail is the hardwood flooring and area rugs in the living room and bedroom.

The house comes unassembled, with clear step-by-step diagrams. I had no trouble understanding the diagrams, but it did take me three hours to put this house together, mostly because the pieces are very heavy. One side of the house has heavy wooden walls, while the other side of the house is supported by thin wood and plastic poles for the elevator. Because of the uneven weight distribution, shifting the house from side to side during assembly a little difficult. The one complaint I have about this house is that two of the three drill holes on the elevator side do not line up with the corresponding drill holes on the wall side. I had to leave them undrilled because lifting the floor up to the holes put the floor at quite an angle. I left them undrilled, and I have to say the house is still very strong and sturdy.

Are you ready for the house tour? Let’s start on the first floor. The furniture you see in each room comes with the house.

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The Kitchen    The City Studio kitchen takes up most of the first floor. It contains this asymmetrical dining room table and two diner stools.  The table has a built-in (i.e., painted on) cooktop that’s flush with the table surface. Like Penny has in the Bg Bang Theory! As you can see, glaring pink is the main theme here. I love doll kitchens, and the counter. refrigerator, oven and sink that are painted on are adorable. Nicely done, with highlighting “shine” on the chrome sink and fridge. But I like doll kitchen furniture more than anything. The nice thing about this house is there is plenty of room to add other pieces of 1/6 scale furniture, such as the Barbie refrigerator seen in the first picture of the house. Personally I don’t like the table in here; it’s weird. I’m going to put my Re-Ment dining table and china hutch in here. Because what’s more fun than decorating a house? Redecorating a house until it suits your tastes! Next up:

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The Bathroom   There’s more bright pink in the bathroom, which is just off the kitchen. What can I say about the bathroom? The tub is cool… I don’t see myself using the toilet in photo shoots. Personally I’d rather have a separate dining room or a den in the house than a bathroom.  The lime green floor mat is a nice touch. Now let’s move on to the second floor.

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The Living Room   This is my favorite room in the house. The living room takes up the entire second floor. It comes with the retro-inspired furniture here. The couch comes with one long cushion and two throw pillows.I have to admit the furniture in this room is what caught my eye when I saw the house displayed in Toys R Us. I’m a fool for retro stuff!

In the left hand corner of the photo is a ballet bar. It’s perfect for all the Made To Move Barbies out there! Flex and stretch! Reach!

The wall details include two floor-to-ceiling picture windows, a cozy fireplace, and built-in bookshelves. There’s a cut-out window behind the sofa.

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This room will be excellent for staging photos of parties and special events. There’s plenty of room to add more furniture in here.  Now let’s move to the top floor.

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The Bedroom   I like how the house carries the pink/blue/lime green color scheme from room to room. The modern platform bed comes with fabric and pillows that match the ones on the living room couch. It came unassembled but the pieces slot together easily. In this photo the “wicker” chair in the back almost looks three-dimensional, but it’s painted on the wall. Beyond the doorway on the right is the outdoor patio.

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The Patio   The patio is pretty simple, a little small, with a chunky wooden fence. The outside wall detail continues up the entire side of the house from bottom to top. I added the Barbie Grill. Because it’s summer time, and Barbie and her friends can grill some hot dogs and burgers out here.

Like I said earlier, redecorating a dollhouse is more fun than setting it up. I’ve added some Barbie furniture in here, so Barbie and her friends can relax.

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One sister is doing homework, and one sister is playing games. Guess which is which?

 

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Mandy loves to gossip. Francesca is stunned!

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Ronnie and Francesca catch up over a cup of coffee.

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I love when a dollhouse comes alive. I give the Imaginarium City Studio Dollhouse two thumbs up for being a chic yet cozy place where friends can get together.

Do you have any dollhouses you’re fond of? What is your favorite? Tell us in the comments!

LOL Surprise by MGA Entertainment

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I was at Toys R Us today, buying some Tokidoki stuff, when I saw the LOL Surprise display at the checkout counter. I’ll admit I’m a little late to the ball regarding the LOL Surprise dolls. I’ve been seeing the displays at my local Target for several weeks now among all the other blind box displays, but the LOL Surprise display boxes were always empty. Apart from seeing the empty displays, I didn’t know anything about them, but my curiosity about these little blind boxes was further peaked one day at Target when a little girl went up to the boxes, saw they were empty, and said “Nobody has them!” So when I saw that there were a few left in the display box at Toys R Us today, I bought one – but only one, because Toys R Us limits LOL Surprises to one per customer. That’s how popular they are.

LOL Surprise promises seven layers of Surprise inside. I got a Series 2 LOL Surprise doll. The dolls come in a large round orb wrapped in plastic…

…and more plastic. So many layers of plastic. You have to unwrap each one, and are greeted with little hints and messages with each layer. Unwrapping the first layer reveals a hint as to which LOL Surprise you receive, along with layer 2.

Tea Party?

Layer 3 gives you stickers.

Layer 4:

Layer 4, opposite side. Angel and devil, get it?!

Layer 5. I see hard plastic. It finally looks like we’re getting somewhere!

After five outer layers of plastic, the inner orb is finally revealed. But the unwrapping still isn’t done.

Looks like the Death Star

The top of the orb hides the first piece of the toy, which, wait for it, you also have to unwrap.

Yay!

Two more surprises in the top half of the orb, and more surprises in the bottom half.


Finally, the package containing the doll:

The LOL Surprise dolls are broken down into “clubs,” such as the Glam Club, the Hip Hop Club, and the Athletic Club. After I dressed my doll, I checked the pamphlet that came tucked inside the orb to see which one she is. She is Heartbreaker, from the Storybook Club. All the Storybook Club dolls are characters from Alice in Wonderland. Heartbreaker is the Queen of Hearts. So the “tea party” hint makes sense now.

The orb comes with a handle so after you put it back together, it becomes a convenient carrying case for your LOL Surprise doll. 

Still looks like the Death Star

It also has holes at the top to accommodate the doll’s feet, so the orb is also a stand.

I’m on top of the world!


When it’s open, the orb serves as a little playpen for the doll. It has a space for her bottle, and you can turn the top piece of the orb over to serve as a food tray. It even has a slice of pizza on it.

The instruction pamphlet shows how you can fill her bottle with water and then pour it into her mouth.

 Then you can make her cry, 

and spit out water,


and urinate. (Yes, you read right).

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I didn’t put water into the doll to try it myself, so I’ll just take their word for it. The pamphlet also explains that you can dip the doll in ice water to make her hair color change. The water has to be about 32 degrees Fahrenheit for the color to change. When I dipped Heartbreaker into ice water, the white side of her hair turned red and a heart-shaped birthmark appeared over her right eye.

LOL Surprises are cute, but I bought mine more out of curiosity than with the intent to collect them. At $10.99 each, they’re a little expensive for such a tiny doll, especially when you can’t choose which one you get. But it was fun unwrapping five layers of plastic and opening five packets to reveal the Surprise. LOL Surprises are made by MGA Entertainment, the company best known for creating Bratz and Lalaloopsy dolls. Here’s a link to the official LOL Surprise page, where you can watch their commercial (I hope The Ramones don’t sue for copyright infringement 😂). LOL Surprise Lil Sister dolls are also available, featuring infant versions of the original dolls.

Have you been able to find LOL Surprise dolls? What do you think of them? Let us know.

My Excellent Barbie Haul. At Walmart.

Do you love to live vicariously through other people’s blogs about when they go shopping? I know I sure do. Hopefully you won’t mind a post about items I haven’t de-boxed yet. if you love reading what strangers on the internet have purchased, read on!

Today Ghouliette and I made our usual Walmart run to see if there was anything new in the doll aisles. We haven’t been in a while, so there were a lot of cool items we haven’t seen before.  I picked up a Barbie doll that was calling my name, debated whether or not I really needed it, then put it back on the shelf and walked out of the store. KIDDING!! I really did debate whether or not I needed it, decided that I did, and picked it up.

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I really need Musician Barbie and her keyboard in my life. The pink guitar is cute, but it’s pink. Call me a snob, but I prefer a natural wood grain on my doll acoustic guitars. But I love the keyboard. If  only I could find a set of Barbie-sized drums, the band will be complete!

I’m also a sucker for dolls that come with audio headphones.

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Eat your heart out Lady Gaga.

This Barbie is on a made-to-move body. Mattel seems to be bringing out more dolls on the MTM body, and I hope this trend will continue, and move away from Barbies with cheap, hollow plastic bodies that don’t bend (*cough*Fashionistas*cough*)

I’ll post a detailed review of Musician Barbie when I open it.

Next, I spied something on the bottom shelf. This was really cool and I knew I had to add it to my collection.

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OMG it’s Barbie Camping Fun! I can’t resist dollhouses and domestic playlets. This isn’t a fully enclosed house, but this will be fun to photograph and play with.

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Dolls are not included. I love those chairs and that bench. And my love of tiny tea sets is well-documented here. This will be so much fun. I’ll post a review of Barbie Camping Fun after I open it.

I intended to stop there, but it turns out I wasn’t done yet.

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This is the Barbie TV Time mini furniture set. I like how Mattel pays attention to the small details, such as the VCR and the media cabinet it rests in. The beanbag chair and the orange pouff pulled at my 1970s nostalgia-loving heartstrings.

I had to dig through the Barbie clothes and accessories because they had been tossed around a little bit. (Why do they let kids in the toy aisles? lol) Eventually I found a couple of neat sets: one fashion pack, and one accessory pack. First, the fashion:

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I’ll start with the outfit on the left. I love the dress. I love the leopard print coat. I just don’t love them together. That coat is definitely going to make its way into a lot of pictures, particularly when paired with vintage Barbie clothes.  It’s divine!! The dress is cute and summary, with a red, white and blue heart. Very patriotic, although it also looks very similar to the Pepsi logo. Oh well! 🙂

The shorts and tee shirt set on the right are cute, too. My Barbies now have a fun new outfit to wear while relaxing in their Barbie hammock. I love separates because the mixing and matching options are endless.

Personally, I wouldn’t pair those shoes with either outfit. So I fixed the problem of what to match with these outfits.

Mattel’s tiny, inexpensive dress and shoe sets are brilliant. This set includes a pair of tall black boots, black high-heeled sandals, white hightop, orange high-heeled sandals, and–my favorite–a pair of gold flat sandals. You had me at tiny gold sandals…

I thought I was finally done once and for all at this point, but as i walked toward the checkout aisle, I spotted something else on the very bottom shelf. It was hidden behind something else, but I could see enough of it to stop and check it out.

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I can be a Fashionista? Cool.

I didn’t know Mattel was making new carrying cases! Lately I’ve been obsessed with finding vintage cases from the ’50s through the ’70s. Do kids these days even carry their Barbie cases to the beach, pool, friends house, etc. anymore? We did, and that was good times! Or are today’s kids too cool?! Is playing Barbies not cool?! Well I remember these from back in the day and I was overjoyed to see a new one. Maybe a $9.99 Barbie case shouldn’t make me this happy, but it does!

The three Fashionista dolls on the front are very pretty, with killer outfits. The bright colors are a great contrast against the black. Nice one, Mattel. This case can fit up to 6 dolls, or fewer dolls and their clothes.  The case is constructed in the exact classic style of all previous carrying cases. inside is a slim partition on the left for a doll, and a large area on the right for clothes or more dolls.  It has a pink handle, and the classic latch on top.

Have you purchased any of the new play line Barbies or sets lately? Which ones? Which doll or set is your favorite? Leave us a comment and let us know!

 

 

 

WellieWishers by American Girl

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As much as I love dolls, I thought I would never get into American Girl dolls. I mostly collect 1:6 scale fashion dolls. There have been a few exceptions to my rule in the past, such as Makies, but mostly I prefer dolls that look like adults. American Girl dolls look like little girls because they’re intended for little girls, but their child-like appearance is too exaggerated.  Their faces are too chubby, their eyes are too round, and they have an overbite. I’m also not a fan of their stuffed bodies with vinyl limbs. They remind me too much of the baby dolls that I had as a child. But on a recent trip to Toys R Us, I casually browsed the American Girl section, mainly to see if they made any redheaded dolls. They do – one. Number 61, to be exact. But I still wasn’t enamored enough of them to buy one, especially with their $114 price tags. But when I saw the WellieWisher dolls, I was smitten. They instantly appealed to me for many reasons: their smaller size (14.5″ versus the 18″ American Girls), their lower price tag ($60), and their all-vinyl bodies. Their facial features are more realistic and well-proportioned than the American Girl line. But what I loved most about them was how outdoors-oriented the line is. With their cheery wardrobe and adorable rain boots (the name Welliewishers is a nod to their Wellington boots), these dolls look like they’re ready to go outside and jump over puddles or climb trees, and do other fun things that kids like me did back in the day before the invention of the Internet and smartphones.

1The WellieWishers debuted in June of 2016, and the line serves as an extremely well-edited version of American Girl dolls. It manages to sum up ethnic diversity in just five dolls. Camille has blonde hair and Willa has red hair. Kendall is African-American. Ashlyn is a brunette with tan skin who could appeal to Hispanic little girls, and Emerson is Asian. Of course I gravitated to Willa, who has red hair and freckles just like me. Where was she when I was eight years old? When the dolls debuted, they came in a box with only a flower-shaped window revealing the doll’s face, leaving the body hidden. Now the boxes have windows revealing the entire doll, so you can see the doll’s outfit as well as its face. The back of the box features appealing illustrations reminiscent of children’s books (the Welliewishers also includes a line of children’s books based on the characters).

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The doll came with two pieces of literature. I love doll literature! The first is a brochure that goes into more detail about the dolls.

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The second brochure contains tips for caring for your American Girls dolls, with information inside on how to join the American Girls club.

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Willa has red hair styled in large sausage-curled pigtails, with green eyes and freckles. She came out of the box with one curl intact and one that had lost much of its curl. As the back of her box tells us, she’s a nature-loving adventurer who loves animals. If the box didn’t tell us that, you could tell she loves animals just by her outfit. She wears bunny ears lined in the same fabric as her skirt, which features a mid-century-modern-esque print of stylized hedgehogs. Her shirt has an animal face with whiskers and ears. Is it a cat? Is it a bear? I can’t tell, but it’s adorable.

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What really appealed to me about Willa’s outfit were her ladybug boots. I couldn’t get a clear shot of them so I apologize for the blurry closeup photo.

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The quality of the clothing is good. It’s not cheap or flimsy, but like most dolls these days, uses Velcro fasteners. The only thing that annoys me a little is the giant tag at the back of the bunny ears, which wouldn’t stay down no matter how many times  I tried to tuck it under.

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Since Welliewishers love to play outside, I took Willa outside to photograph her. She can stand on her own but needs some adjustment to her feet because the weight of her body makes her fall forward. And when I tried to get her to bend over or sit, her legs would splay out – just like first-wave Tressy dolls.

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Next, I took Willa into the yard to play. She played on the rocks.

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She also climbed trees.

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As you can see, the outdoors really suits Willa. There are other outfits and accessories sold separately for WellieWishers, including a playhouse and an awesome-looking garden tent. Welliewishers are sold wherever American Girl dolls are sold, including Toys R Us and American Girl online. They’re also sold in the American Girl stores. I went to an American Girl store once. It was the one in the Natick Mall in Massachusetts, where I stopped out of curiosity during a road trip. I was amazed that it had a salon and a cafe.

An episode of Bob’s Burgers parodied the experience perfectly when Linda took Tina and Louise to the “Special Girl” store. Of course, the dolls freaked Tina out.  😂

Despite my previous reluctance to buy into the American Girl hype, I find myself smitten with WellieWishers. They’re adorable! Their faces, while emulating the same toothy grin as American Girls, seem better-proportioned. WellieWishers are everything American Girl dolls should be – more manageable, less creepy. At half the price of the larger dolls, maybe more little girls can own and love an American Girl doll with WellieWishers. I don’t see myself buying another WellieWisher doll, but I do plan on buying clothes and accessories for my Willa doll.

Do you own any WellieWisher dolls? Which one(s) do you have? What about them appealed to you?

Happy Birthday, America!

Happy Fourth of July, everyone!. It’s time to celebrate Independence Day with a cookout and some chill time out on the deck. Barbie and Ken, everyone’s favorite all-American couple, are celebrating.

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Barbie’s got a sweet new grill and hammock, so she invited Ken over for a cookout. Barbie’s taking it easy, while Ken’s got grill duty.

Seriously, though, I love these little mini Barbie playsets. They cost $8.99 each.

Yep, all Barbie has to do is relax while Ken does all the work.

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Yep. Relax…

Happy Fourth of July from Ghouliette and me! Enjoy your cookouts and parades, fireworks and beach time! And have fun with your family and friends.

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