Friday, January 20, 2017

*REVIEW* St. Therese Doll - Dolls from Heaven

We also got the Dolls from Heaven St. Therese doll and book "I am Therese".  In addition, we purchased St. Therese's accessories and her Sunday Best outfit.

St. Therese arrives in her Carmelite habit.  There are so many pieces to this outfit. I had to look up the names of some of the pieces.  

 It includes the robe, scapula, toque (the white piece around the shoulders), headpiece and veil, rope belt, and sandals. The veil attaches to the headpiece with two snaps.  She also has plain white underwear.  This doll looks so much like images of St. Therese of Lisieux.

The St. Therese doll is 18 inches tall with wigged wavy brown hair and big brown sleep eyes.  Like the St. Joan of Arc doll, there is blushing on her hands, knees and feet and her fingernails and toenails are painted.  St. Therese is a darker vinyl than St. Joan. 

 It is very similar to the light vinyl used by American Girl, and the fair vinyl used by My Twinn.  St. Therese and St. Joan have the same colored cloth body - the cloth body matches better with St. Therese's vinyl. 

The St. Therese doll is similar to AG dolls.  They can share clothes and shoes.  The St. Therese doll does not have the same range of motion as AG dolls though, and cannot pose as easily. 

 Her hair is a beautiful chestnut shade.  It is much longer than Maryellen's hair, maybe more like Lea's?  It is one of my favorite things about the doll.

St. Therese's accessories include a small wooden rosary that is lightly scented like roses, her mantle (cream cape) and her images of the Holy Face of Jesus and the Infant Jesus.  We must have lost our card of images, unfortunately.  The mantle goes well with both the habit and her Sunday Best outfit.  The rosary comes in a yellow bag and it is beautifully detailed.  

The Sunday Best outfit is gorgeous.  Pieces include a satin-like dress in teal and with cream details at the bodice, wrists and hem, white stockings, cream colored boots with scallop accents in a buttery soft fake leather, and a cream hair bow.  

Our outfit also came with a teal sash.  The buttons in front are decorative only, the dress velcros up the back. The stockings are thick, almost like legging material.  The boots are a snug fit when the stockings are on the doll.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

*REVIEW* #girlslife 18" Dolls - Jakks Pacific (Canada)

Was out doing groceries this weekend, when I discovered an 18-inch doll line that was available for $54.99 (Canadian) at the Your Independent Grocer's store (or Real Canadian Superstore). I had never seen these dolls before. 

 The doll line is called #girlslife and there appears to be four beautiful dolls in the line—Violet, Emma, Harper and Adrianna. Each has a unique personality that is described on the box, but the faces are all molded from the same mold, meaning that none of them really has an individual “look” to them. 

 While I can’t be certain of this, since I did not purchase one of them, the dolls appear to be completely vinyl with the slim-type doll bodies (so they look quite a bit narrower than the huggable, stuffed-body AG or OG dolls). 

They have big, beautiful eyes (that do not close) and open-mouthed smiles. Their hair looks to be long and perfect for styling (Adrianna even has a pink streak in hers!). They are quite lovely looking and appear to have relatively well-made outfits. Some even include cute fashion accessories such as Adrianna’s cats-eye glasses or Harper’s bunny-eared knit hat. 

 However, one drawback is that the dolls are lacking in proper footwear—instead of plastic or rubber shoes, or really nice fabric tie-up shoes, the shoes appear to be cheaply made fabric slippers. I’m not certain they will hold up well during play. Fabric slippers tend to stretch out quickly. For the price of the dolls, I’d hope for decent shoes. 

Even the socks on Adrianna below leave me in doubt as to whether or not they would stay up for long. For $55, I would expect better shoes for the doll. :(

I went online when I got home to investigate these dolls. I don’t think they are brand new (they appear to be a Kohl’s line in the US), but this is definitely the first I’ve seen of these #girlslife dolls at any store in Canada. They are produced by Jakks Pacific—which is probably why the faces look so familiar to me. Jakks Pacific produces many of the Disney Princess dolls!

-Robin :)

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

*REVIEW* Addy Face Mold Differences

Since we all know that Gabby is TM 46 with them Sonali face mold, I wanted to focus on doll face molds and subtle differences I have noticed. 

Addy has one face mold, but lately my dolls with Addy face molds look different from one another. 

TM 31 and MyAG 50 look different, but same face molds.  MyAG eyes look bigger and seem to face you straight on. TM31 her eyes seem smaller and look down turned. Noses look different too and the vinyl on My AG 50 catches more of these light in the room on her face than TM 31.  They are the same in color, but 50 seems to glow. Pleasant Company JLY 18 has an Addy face mold, but looks different than the other two. Darker vinyl and features in the face are more defined. 
This makes me feel 100% confident that Gabby may have slight variations in her face mold as well that may be different from most TM46. Hope this helps. 


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

*REVIEW* Joan of Arc Doll - Doll's From Heaven

One of the dolls my family got this year for Christmas was the Dolls from Heaven St. Joan of Arc doll.  Dolls from Heaven is a relatively new company, whose message is to inspire all children to become Saints.  I first heard about Dolls from Heaven on LADL. I knew these dolls had to join our family!
Our St. Joan of Arc doll arrived dressed for battle in her armor and with her book "She is Joan of Arc" (not shown).  We did not purchase St. Joan's accessory set.
St. Joan has pretty blue sleep eyes, and shoulder-length, straight blonde hair.  Her hair is wigged and extremely soft.  I love her eyebrows.  Her lips look like they are hand painted.  

There is some nice blushing on her hands, knees and feet, and she even comes with her fingernails and toenails painted.
I think St. Joan's outfit is really cool.  There are a lot of pieces and they are really well done.  The armor and wrist cuffs are lined.  The "chainmail" is really well constructed and closes in the back with a zipper.  You can tell that Dolls from Heaven took the time to get this outfit right.  

It is appropriate for young children to dress and undress the doll, but the pieces are well thought out and really look like a little suit of armor!
St. Joan's body is designed similarly to AG dolls, and can pose like AG dolls, though I think her hands might be a tiny bit larger, and her head is a little bigger.  She can nicely wear AG and OG clothing and shoes.  She actually looks quite cute in the new AG brownie ombre glasses.

One thing that really stands out about St. Joan is how pale she is!  She is by far the fairest doll we have in our family.  She is significantly lighter than AG light vinyl dolls like Maryellen, and is even paler than the My Twinn very fair vinyl. Maryellen is really not any taller than St. Joan or our My Twinn, Kira, she is just wearing high heeled shoes.
We are excited about this new line of 18 inch play dolls and are looking forward to St. John Paul II's release later this year!
Best, Belle