My daughter will receive her first American Girl doll for her 8th birthday in November. Initially she picked JLY 30 (as the doll that she felt looked most like her--she is Chinese). I ordered the doll and was not happy. Her "Black-Brown" hair is definitely brown. And her eyes are really unfocussed, which drove me crazy. I then purchased a #4 (ebay) and love her, but I know my daughter will want a new doll from the catalogue. A few weeks ago she saw pictures of Ivy in outfits other than her meet outfit and fell in love with her. Since I really wasn't happy with the #30, I decided to just bite the bullet and order Ivy. I waited on pins and needles for her to arrive, hoping she wouldn't have the same unfocussed eye issues and I am happy to say that she came and I love her! Her meet outfit is truly bizarre--the shirt looks like something a 50 year old woman might have worn, but that's no big deal since I make doll clothes. I'm not crazy about her hair cut, but the hair itself is very silky and all in all the look has kind of grown on me. Her face is adorable! While she has the same face mold as #30, the eyes definitely look different and her hair is actually black. Below are pictures of Ivy with both #30 and #4, as I thought side by sides might be helpful for people trying to decide between these dolls.
Last Edit: Oct 22, 2013 6:58:06 GMT -5 by melausten