For today’s post I did something that for me is, a bit wild!
I went to 3 stores and purchased 5 dolls… at full price…
I went to Walmart, Dollar General and Family Dollar.
I am going to review each of these dolls by 4 criteria. As a collector I look at 3 main things in choosing dolls.
1) Looks. Is the doll pretty? If not pretty is she at least unique in some way (which is why that Robin Williams faced witch dolls came home with me)Does she have obvious seams in her arms and legs?
2) Movement. Does she have joints in good shape? This isn’t as important in dolls that will sit on my shelf. However in dolls for my staging it is a factor.
3) Playability. By this I mean can a child (or impatient adult) undress and redress her easily? Is her hair combable or is it a snarled mess? One reason fashion dolls are so popular is little girls (and little girls at heart) love to shange out fits and shoes. Match purses and so on.
When buying new these 3 criteria are joined by a forth.
Ease of removing it from the box. For dolls I really like, I will make exceptions on this one.
The other day I wrote about a doll I got from dollar tree. I called her Daisy. This doll while cheap was ok. She moved, her clothes were easy on and off as well as they fit Barbie well enough. A bit short, but a seamstress with lace or ribbon can fix that easily enough.
Today I got a “Polly” doll from Family Dollar. Her price tag was $1.75. She came out of her package easily enough. Her hair is a simple straight cut.
Her face is ok. She does have a twist and turn waist.
Her clothes to me are odd. Pink polka dot tank, grey tweed looking shorts and purple heels…
When she sits one of her shoes pops off, they do not fit her well at all. Her knees are ridged.
Getting her shorts off was easy. Sadly the velcro began to come off in the process. Removing the top was a whole other ball game. To remove the top, I had to take her apart. Seriously, I had to remove her arm to get the top off.
Her clothes will not fit Barbie. They do however fit Skipper… sort of. Given that I can not find Skipper clothes I might spend the money on this doll occasionally if she has a super cute outfit on.
Between the 2, I would rather spend the $1 at Dollar tree than the $1.75 at Family Dollar.
Next, from Dollar General I got a Glimma Girls doll. The price is $5. Her box was a bit hard to negotiate. With the help of my exacto knife I got her out!
She is kinda cute. The look on her face says she is not happy with that schmaltzy name. She reminds me of the old puppet shows on TV. Where the heads were always bigger than the bodies… She has a solid waist, no twist and turn (t&t). Her knees flex but do not bend.
I am not going to remove her clothes to try them on Barbie because I am afraid to do so would damage these wing things she has on her back. They are a sort of clear film paper. This would also prevent her hair from being brushed. I don’t see a way to safely remove them. So for playability, she gets low marks.
The next doll I got was a Sparkle Girlz from Walmart. Price $4.94 Her box was a cone she just slid right out after I unbanded her feet.
I like her face. She too has the big head, no t&t waist and her knees barely flex. Her hair is soft and combable. I tried her shoes on Barbie and they did not go on. She reminds me also of those old tv puppets. As well as some sort of scifi space chick. Though not as bimbo like as the ones I showed the other day. On both these dolls, if buying for a child, I would not the spend money. They would be damaged by playing.
Next we have Lovely Patsy, which I found at Family Dollar for $5. Her dress looks to me… 1940sish…I keep expecting to get a whiff of Chanel No.5. The gold just does not set off the silver jewelry or the pink shoes to advantage.
Her knees do bend a tiny bit. No t&t waist. Her dress seems to fit loosely. It is even on Barbie. She has a lovely face and seems to me very playable. Her shoes do fit Barbie.
The last doll I got was Raquelle. I, to keep the competition fair got the $5 one. Honestly I was disappointed. Nothing bends on her. Her face is lovely. She came out of the box easily. They didn’t tag her head to the box.
There is just nothing to this doll. I understand she is meant as a first Barbie. However, they could give her bendable knees and or a t&t waist. Her head doesn’t even slightly tilt like most of my other dolls so she can “look” at the camera. She just stares off into space… Her hair is simple and straight. Her suit is painted on and frankly why I choose her. I liked the suit. Of all the dolls, she was hardest to get to sit up.
She can wear Patsy’s clothes and shoes.
My over all feeling is, if you have $5 to spend on a doll, your money goes better with the Patsy. You get the doll and accessories for the same cost as the cheapest Barbie model.
My ranking for these dolls.
#3 Sparkle Girlz
#4 Glimma Girls
#5 Dollar Tree dolls
I wouldn’t even spend money on the Polly doll.
So what am I going to do with these dolls? Well I am seriously considering a Lovely Patsy collection. She and the others will join the shelf dolls. The dollar ones, will go in the pile to donate.
Now tomorrow… I am getting an influx of new to me dolls and accessories… Stay tuned!