I ordered Cécile and Marie-Grace during the 25% sale that AG recently had. When I got them here, I fell in love with both instantly. However, I noticed right away that Céce looked a tad off- her eyes seemed closer together, her face narrower and her nose more defined. I compared her with my Sonali and looked at photos of other Céciles which confirmed my suspicions further.
My new Cécile came in today, and I couldn't be more happy with her. She is gorgeous! I am so glad that I made the decision to exchange her. Here is my old girl and my new one to compare:
My Cécile with Sonali. Notice that her eyes seem to be closer together with a seemingly narrower face than Sonali.
A closeup of both of their faces. In this photo you can (hopefully) see that Cécile's nose seemes to be more defined and Sonali's face seems to be wider.
Eyes closed. At first I thought it might be the lighter eyes creating an illusion, but this does not seem to be the case.
A photo of my doll with the stock photo from the American Girl website. The doll on the AG website and other board member's dolls seem to have the same mould as Sonali, but mine appears different.
I got my Marisol Christmas '05 from my grandmother. She was my second doll. I got Kirsten in '96, so huge gap there. I had always loved Kirsten to bits, and couldn't imagine getting another. When I saw Marisol, I instantly fell in love with her. Getting her is what sparked my interest in collecting, which I have been doing passionately ever since.
Marisol is simply a gorgeous doll. The Josefina mold works beautifully with her features, and the medium skin tone with brown hair is quite striking. Although pictures don't quite do her justice, here is a photo of mine:
Post by alliemarie on Jan 31, 2011 20:21:42 GMT -5
I got my #25, Loralai, on my thirteenth birthday in August 2006. She has been well loved but is still in great shape. I absolutely adore her! In my little world, she is half Vietnamese, half white. However, she does look exactly like my cousins who are half white, half Mexican, so she can be molded into any race you want, which is what I love about her. I love the brown highlights in her wig, and since mine still has the Pleasant Company neck stamp, I love how her head doesn't tilt down. :P
Anyway, here are some photos. :]
With my #35, Bailey. Note the difference in face tilt.
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.
This doll was given to my little sister as a "look alike doll" cerca 2003. Though I did not like her at first (bangs aren't quite my thing), I have grown quite fond of her. She looks adorable in braids, and her green eyes are quite different. Here she is:
Overall Grade: B Beautiful doll, but not my absolute favorite.
This is by far one of my favorite dolls that I own. The only downside is that I am petrified of playing with her, as her hair is so beautiful and delicate. With that aside, the hazel eyes with the medium skin is a striking combination.
The back of her wig to show her curls. They are so gorgeous and tight!
Brielle and Lanie comparison shot. Both gorgeous. Brielle's curls are a LOT tighter and bouncier.
Overall Grade: A- because of the easy-to-mess-up wig, which makes playability and hairstyles difficult.
Last Edit: Jan 31, 2011 0:18:14 GMT -5 by alliemarie
My #35, Bailey, is a very cute doll. I absolutely adore her coloring- the brown eyes and red hair compliment each other nicely and create a very sweet look. She is comparable to #25, but with red hair. The wig seems very similar in that it is a tad slippery and doesn't hold many styles well.
Bailey with my #25, Loralai.
One thing I've noticed about the newer Mattel dolls is that they seem to be looking down. My #25 is from 2006, so she still has the Pleasant Company stamp.
The back of her wig. Seems to be a lot fuller than #25's.
Overall Grade: A
Beautiful doll. Not so pleased with the more orangey red hair, but it is beautiful nonetheless.
Post by alliemarie on Jan 30, 2011 21:08:34 GMT -5
Out of my fourteen dolls, I have to say that Kanani is my absolute favorite. The combination of her face mold, skin tone, hair color,and eye color are just stunning.
Anyway, here are some comparison shots. One thing that I will say is that her hair can get tangled VERY easily, but other than that, it is just lovely. I have my Kanani's hair in braids at the moment, just to keep it from tangling.
Kanani and my #44, Brielle
Kanani and Marisol. Their hair is actually slightly different in color, though you cannot tell by the photographs.
Such a gorgeous doll.
Overall Grade: A Doll: A+ Meet Outfit: B
Last Edit: Feb 1, 2011 13:07:53 GMT -5 by alliemarie