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Maplelea dolls VS American Girl dolls
Maplelea dolls are the Canadian version of American Girl dolls.
All the parts of a Maplelea doll are made in Canada even though all
the assembling is done in China. American Girl dolls are manufactured in China.
They are both 18" tall with vinyl faces, arms and legs and a cloth
body. The body is very similar, Maplelea dolls have slimmer legs and feet and even though they can stand up they are not as sturdy as the American Girl dolls.
The Maplelea's arms also are slightly slimmer than America Girl's.
Maplelea's hands are in a semi-close position that allows the dolls to hold small objects, a very cute feature but the overall look of Maplelea's arms is far less natural than American Girl dolls in my opinion.
Both dolls can move the arms up and down and in-out even though
American Girl doll's shoulder joints are much more flexible then Maplelea's.
American Girl dolls have a string in the neck that allows you to
restring your dolls in case of loose limbs, Maplelea dolls have no string or zip tie.
Maplelea doll faces are much different then American Girl dolls, both dolls have sleepy eyes. Maplelea have big round eyes with spread-out eyelashes, some people describe them as having a "surprised look", personally I think they are very sweet looking. American Girl dolls have smaller eyes with thick long eyelashes, very pretty.
American Girls are famous for their little slightly open mouths that
show always, (except for Kaya), two front teeth . Maplelea have a closed mouth, and they all have sweet little smiles.
Both dolls have wigs and, in my experience, the quality of the
Maplelea's wigs is better then A.G. Beautiful hair, thick and shiny that can endure hours of brushing and hair-do without loosing their beauty. Maplelea dolls are meant to be played with. I love Maplelea's hair.
Maplelea dolls have 6 main characters:
And a variety of so called "Maplelea's Friends"
The variety of Maplelea dolls, clothes, furniture and accessories, is
not comparable to the variety of American Girl's yet. But to be fair
Maplelea is a fairly young company compared to American Girl.
Maplelea doesn't have a doll's hospital. If your doll gets ruined you can send it to a SPA and for 60$ Canadian they will give you a new doll, they don't fix the dolls!
Maplelea dolls retail for 99$ Canadian with a fixed shipping cost of 9$ Canadian and they can only be purchase online. American Girl dolls retail for 115/120$ US with variable shipping
cost, they can be purchase in stores and online.