When Purchased: Kaya was purchased over the phone directly from AG in 2002 when she was released.
Description: I had wanted a native american doll from AG since I started collecting them as a child. I was very happy to see AG make Kaya and especially like the fact that she has a different face mold than any of the other AG dolls. Kaya has dark brown eyes and a closed mouth (all other AG's have a slightly open mouth to show teeth in the front. My Kaya has the darker, less rosy skin complexion. She has long, silky, dark braids which are secured with shells at the top and leather strings at the bottom of the braids. She came with the neckstring and the back of her neck reads "Pleasant Company 2002". Her body tag reads "American Girl 2008".
I really like Kaya's Meet Outfit. It has a very soft feel like faux suede. It has nice beads and fringe all over and lays nicely on my Kaya's shoulders. Her belt is velcro on the back and secures her outfit nicely.
Durability: My Kaya came with very loose limbs so I recently sent her to be re-strung. I have never taken down her braids so I can't speak for how her hair can be combed, but like all AG's she is durable for a child's play (although I am a collector).
Since Kaya's Meet Outfit has delicate fringe and beads these may be torn off if little hands get too excited. Kaya's moccasins have the thin suede straps to lace and these too seem fragile.
Playability: Kaya is made for child's play however, I'm not sure children would pick her over the JLY dolls.
Value for the money: I think Kaya is a very well made, nice quailty doll and well worth the money I paid directly for her directly from AG.