My Sonali's body *looks* orangey at first glance, until you see the exact same body color on a doll who's skin it actually matches, and then it doesn't look "orangey" so much as "too light". But it still comes off to me as "orangey" without a reference doll. Her body color is an exact match with Candace, my recently purchased 2008-tagged #26 (I pantsed them and compared butts side by side), and looks the same as Marisol's as well, though Sonali's skin is, of course, much darker than either of those two other dolls.
She'd look a lot less strange if they used the same color fabric as on Addy instead, since their skin's a closer match. Rollsinsnow's Sonali may or may not have the exact same body color as mine, I can't tell from a photo, but based on my Sonali, the answer to the "orangey" question is both "yes" and "no" at the same time. Neither Candace nor Marisol come off as "orangey" to me, so it's relative. But they should be labelling Sonali as "dark skinned" and sticking her on that line to get her body fabric, she'll look even nicer in a bikini that way. I do like that bikini on her, though, is that AG or another brand?
Just for reference, who's body color does Kaya match? The dark skinned dolls or the medium skinned ones? Since there seems to be a lot of variations in her skin tone...
The herd: PM Sam and Addy, WB Kirsten and Samantha, WG Addy, Marisol, Jess, Mia, Sonali, Nelly, Ruthie, Emily, Julie, Crystal (Mattel Kirsten), Hikari (aka Cho, #4), Chessa (#15), Holly (#21), Hermione (#26), and Frankenlissie.
I'm so pleased with my Sonali. She has the most gorgeous hair, big brown eyes, and a very unique face mold. When you spritz her hair and then brush it, it comes back with the curls. You can also finger curl it. just like what seejoansew did with Nicki's hair. Sonali looks good in most clothes and has a beautiful skin tone. She does have an undeveloped ear but it doesn't bother me that much. She also looks good in ponytails. If your thinking about getting her you should! Her meet outfit is cute. the pants are a little hard to get on her and it does the same with other dolls. The flats are really cute and easy to get on. Her green shirt goes great with jeans and skirts. Her little blue vest is super adorable and has real buttons instead of the Velcro. I'm always afraid of it snapping. She is a tiny bit over stuffed but it's not as bad as I thought. Overall I love the outfit she came in and I love her so much! I give this little Darling a A+.
Sonali is a wonderful doll! Her hair and face are absolutely gorgeous. However, my QVC Sonali is one of those who have an orange body. At first it kind of bothered me, but I didn't want to send her back and risk not liking the new one's face as much. I can cover her tummy up, but it wouldn't do to not like her face. My girl's hair is super soft and silky and holds curl well after brushing. She looks especially great in green, and I shudder to say, Barbie pink. I like her tee and capris a lot, but the sweater is already raveled. I've only changed her once. I put the sweater piece up to keep, but I don't think it will go back on the doll. In theory, very cute, but not the best quality. The shoes are okay. They don't match many other things I have for my dolls, but look great with her outfit and are fairly nice quality. They slip on pretty easily.
Sonali herself: A (would be A+ but her tummy is orange) Meet outfit: B+ (for the ravel and the flowers on the pants that make for less mix and match)
ETA: Pics! I decided to show some pics of Sonali in different outfits instead of her meet outfit.
Last Edit: Oct 29, 2009 23:31:14 GMT -5 by Aaryana
DD just recieved Sonali today...she is totally happy with her! She is a very pretty doll. Her hair was in a hair net and when taken out seemed like a big mess..but we put it in a pony and she looks much nicer.
Sonali is everything I could've ever wanted. I ordered her straight from AG on January 29th, 2010 and she arrived on February 5th, 2010. I love her to pieces. Her hair is beautiful; it is a rich dark brown, with different highlights and the perfect curls. Her face also has so much expression, she also looks so sweet and happy! I also love her warm skin tone. She is truly stunning. And, she has instantly become my favorite. What can I say, I love Sonali Matthews!! Her meet outfit is adorable as well. The color combination works for her, and the cute capris have a nice green flower embroidery. The flats are very cute. And, I prefer the buttons over the velcro, so I'm glad they used them on the tank that goes over the green t-shirt. I'm scared to put outfits with velcro on her, in fear of it yanking her hair! I'd HATE to ruin those lucious curls. Alright, enough of me blabbing. Let's let the pictures do the talking!
A definite A+++++ girly!! And to answer some of your questions, she does not have an orange tummy! Not at all!! And she doesn't look like a chipmunk! Why would you think that?
Last Edit: Feb 6, 2010 13:31:19 GMT -5 by cookieluva
Post by molly&lydia on Apr 14, 2010 18:27:58 GMT -5
Well, I have nothing to add to the reviews here, but since I just got done taking some pictures of my Sonali, I thought I'd put them up here. For anyone who is undecided about Sonali, this is a truly gorgeous and unique doll!
Sonali is such a gorgeous doll, with an equally adorable meet outfit. I adore her face mold (despite the mentioned ear deformity) and love her silky hair. Her huge brown eyes make her very inviting and friendly looking. Her hair is very easy to take care of. It is not as curly as a curly haired doll, yet not straight. It has the perfect amount of wave.
Post by jennycarlsen on Mar 16, 2011 14:23:49 GMT -5
I was so excited when I learned that AMG had finally made an Indian doll! Her skin color is just so different than any of the other dark-skinned dolls, and her hair is so long and silky! I adore her, I much prefer she and Gwen to Chrissa who just didn't make the cut with me. I received Sonali as a 17th birthday gift from my little brother who still cant comprehend my continued obsession with these dolls. None the less I appreciated the gesture. She looks so cute in the different shades of blue and green and I love the concept of her wearing a pull over top as it truly is a modern type of clothing. Grade: A
Post by PleasantMemories on Jun 23, 2011 18:46:34 GMT -5
Sonali is only in fourth grade in the Chrissa books. It would be unusual for someone her age to wear a sari. However, my Sonali dolls do share a Salwar Kameez that my daughter was given as a baby. I know I’ve posted the same picture many times, but here it is again.
Yep, that's my Sonali in a lengha choli I did a ton of research to figure out what traditional clothing Sonali would actually wear. As she wouldn't have worn a sari, I decided to go with the lengha choli in stead of the salwar kameez just because I didn't want to make pants! My version is made out of silk and is hand beaded - it's one of my favorite doll outfits out of all the ones I've made.
I just noticed there seems to be a brown discoloring on Sonali's shoes, like the paint is peeling away. This is happening on those bow type thing that are a lighter blue, the rest of the shoes are fine. I'll post pictures as soon as I find my camera.
Happened to mine too. I took Sonali's meet outfit off shortly after purchasing her. I placed her shoes in the yellow AG doll armoire and never took them out until last month. Brown discoloration just like you described.
My girls in order of closest bond: Kelsey (6yr old dd) Marisol, Julie, Cécile, McKenna, Sonali, Jess, Lanie, Mattel Samantha, Chrissa, Mia, Nicki, Marie Grace, 4 bitty babies.