Samantha was my first girl. I got her when I was nine, and have loved her ever since. My Sam has the lighter brown hair, which has become very dry over the years. I played with her a lot growing up, and that shows.
I love Sam's eyes and how expressive they are. Her face almost seems smaller than my newer girls. Her vinyl is soft, and a more olive color than most of my girls.
All in all, I would give Samantha an A. She has held up well for the 16+ years I have owned her, and I love how different she is compared to the newer Samantha dolls.