Wednesday, August 15, 2018

American Girl Mini Caroline


Back in 2015, I started my American Girl doll collection.  One of the first mini dolls I bought, was this tiny little Caroline.  I've had these photos of her on my computer for ages and a post sitting in draft form for just as long, so here we go.  Getting things done!  Whoo hoo! :)


This Caroline was from the "older style" mini dolls that came with a rounder face and cloth body. 
Caroline has since been retired, but I always really liked her long, curly blonde hair and striking aqua colored eyes. 


These mini dolls stand at about 6 inches tall, making them tiny compared to their 18-inch counterparts. Despite their small size, I really think American Girl did such a great job in replicating their outfits.  (Look at that embroidery on her dress!)



Here's what her body looks like underneath and she's an exact mini-version of the regular doll. I love miniatures of miniatures, so I really appreciate this detail!


Caroline's hair is a little unruly and "Hermoine"ish, but I'm sure it can be fixed.  To be honest, as these dolls still get routinely played with by my 6 year old, it's still pointless to "fix" her hair up. :)


Here's just a few fun photos I took of her when I was out and about on a walk.
Taking photos of dolls always makes me love them even more!





She's cutie and a keeper for sure.
I know a lot of you collect the 18 inch playscale line, but do you also collect any of the mini-dolls?
There are still a few on my list I hope to add some day such as Rebecca and Addy (old versions), and Nanea, Gabriella, Kirsten, and Molly (new ones.)
Their just so cute and easy to store!


Hoping to catch up on all of your posts as well.  Even though I haven't been quite as active on here, I am still very much into dolls and collecting.  I have so much to share, but sometimes struggle with organizing what I want to do first. :)

Otherwise, hope you're all doing well and "see you" in the next post!

xoxo Farrah 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Ibtihaj Mohammad Barbie Collector Doll 2018


Today I will be reviewing the newly released Barbie "Shero" called Ibtihaj Mohammad. 
Since 2015, Mattel has been creating different Barbie versions of women who have "broken boundries" and acted as inspiration or role models for other women.

Here's a photo of some (not all) that are in the line-up this year.

 Photo credit:  Mattel

Here are the first 3 that were already released:

Photo credit: Mattel

I would still like to add these to my collection at some point, but for now, I'm thankful to have Ibtihaj!



This doll was designed by Kelley Lindberg and is a Black Label collector doll. 
She retails at $30.99 and can be found on www.barbiemattel.com or Amazon (that's where I got mine..free shipping!)


Ibtihaj, for those that don't know is a saber fencer on the US Women's fencing team. She is the first Muslim-American fencing champion to wear a hijab (a traditional head scarf).

DISCLAIMER:
Whether or not you agree with the practice of hijab is not the point of this review.
There is A LOT of controversy over this doll and I don't want to get into it as this is strictly just a review of the doll itself as a collector and not about whether or not the practice of hijab is right or wrong (speaking from a feminist point of view). 

The athlete herself, has praised this doll and what it means to her.
Here's a Youtube clip of her seeing the doll for the first time.


Out of her box, she comes with a stand, fencing mask, saber, 1 white glove and a certificate of authenticity.


She's a gorgeous doll. 


Her face is very pretty, but mine has slightly wonky eyes.  I think some black paint to touch up and even out her pupils might help.  Other than that, she has a very nice face sculpt and a big, bright smile.
To align with the significance of wearing a real hijab, there is no visible hair on this doll.
To add to that, the only other visible areas of her body, besides her face, are her hands.

Here's a photo of the real Ibtihaj for comparison.

Photo credit: ABC News 


Side profile of Ibtihaj. 




I think they stayed pretty true to her uniform judging by photos I've seen.  
She has one small pocket (for her glove?) 


        Also, here's a look at her Nike sneakers (sponsered?).  Sneak peak..she has ankle articulation!   

        

Her fencing mask is made of hard, non-flexible plastic.  The detail of the metal grate is very nice.  It is secured in the back by a strip of elastic.


Her jacket is on backwards for these photos with the red background. 

Whoops. :)
Here you can also get a better idea of the fabric of the jacket.  It's a creamier color than the stark white of the hijab and pants.


Go Team USA! 


Under her jacket she is wearing a top and pants.  The pants and socks are connected, which I actually like because the socks stay up better this way. Also, it's not as easy to lose them!

WARNING: DOLL NUDITY BELOW (...well, coming up)


Underneath everything, she is wearing a plain white leotard. 


Yup, she has hair. 


The hijab is tied to the front of her hair (you can remove it if desired) and the front of her hair appears to be pulled straight back into this bun.  


She is on a Curvy Collector body. 
Man, I was really hoping for a Curvy Made to Move body!! 


Her knees bend to a 90 degree angle. 


Her arms are pretty good, but elbows only bend to a little over 90 degrees. 
Hip articulation is "meh", (but I've seen worse, so not complaining.)


Luckily, she's not on the gymnastic team.


If you wanted to switch her to a Made to Move Barbie, she closely matches the Soccer AA one.  I don't have the pink-haired curvy MTM one, but I would guess that she probably matches her pretty well.


Here's Soccer AA MTM in Ibtihaj's fencing uniform. 


She's swimming in it a little, but not too bad!
Fun to pose.  


Now we're back to Ibtihaj.
I was able to get her into a few cool fencing poses so her articulation isn't too bad (and it's better than nothing!) 


No Photoshop.  This doll is standing by itself, kids! 



We are so happy to have this beautiful doll to add to our collection. 
Thanks for reading through this review and I hope you're all doing well. :)

What have you added to your collection that you're excited about this month?

xo Farrah


Thursday, June 21, 2018

New Barbie Fashionistas! (#100 and #102)



Hi everyone!!! 
It's been a while, guys, I know.  I'm not going to elaborate why, you know the drill from the intro to almost every other post I've written.  #sobusy ;) 


So recently, I found these 2 lovely Barbie Fashionistas at my local Walmart.  I had known about #102 and had her on my Amazon wishlist, but I didn't know about #100!  I was excited to see them both and they appear to be from a set of 4 dolls that are being released with an extra outfit.
The blonde Barbie was also there, but I haven't come across the Asian one yet.

They each retailed for about $14.99 if I recall.



Barbie Fashionista #100 (Daisy Love) 


There was only 1 of each at the store, so I didn't get to "pick the best one" like I usually prefer, but luckily, they both looked pretty good.


Here she is with everything included.  I stripped her down so you could see that she has the basic 5 points of articulation that is standard with the Fashionistas and is of average height.  Luckily, the hips and shoulders extend out as well as back and forth.

 Barbie Fashionista #100 Daisy Love

Outfit #1
Black sunglasses, blue dress, yellow necklace and silver shoes. 


Her dress is a gorgeous shade of blue with a sheer skirt and pink skirt underneath. 
It's all one piece and velcros in the back. 



Her shoes are silver loafers and I love the detailed tassels and overall shape of these shoes. 


Unfortunately, I forgot to take a photo of her orange purse, but you can see it in the 4th photo (nothing too special).


Outfit # 2. 


Outfit #2 is adorable!  I can't get over those scalloped edge shorts in such a lovely spring yellow color!  The crop top satin shirt is lovely as well what with the tiny little daisies and all.  The yellow flower necklace may be a bit much for this outfit, but it still works.


Both peices velcro in the back.  As you can see, the shorts are not hemmed, but the material feels fairly sturdy.


This doll has awesome hair.  I love the color and curls!
Also, I wanted to note that she did not have those plastic ties in her hair!  That was something I was really happy to see.


She has the Goddess facemold and I've seen a few other photos of this doll and some seem to have longer faces (which is typical of the Goddess mold I've noticed). I'm not sure if mine is different as it appears rounder, but I think she's really pretty regardless!
Her eyes are hazel and she has beautiful freckles!

Overall, she's a keeper and definitely one of my favorite new Fashionistas for 2018!
We've renamed her Zahra.


Here's a quick Made to Move skin tone comparison.  I would love to get her onto a Yellow Top as I think that's the best match, but Gabby is easier to find these days!
I have others in line waiting for Gabby's body so Zahra will have to wait a little bit before getting her new articulation.
Not to get off topic, but the lack of Made to Move bodies in alternate skin tones is ridiculous right now.  I could go on and on, but that deserves it's own post. Ha!



Next up is the lovely Fashionista #102 (Bon Voyage).  


I have had my eye on her for months on Amazon, so I was surprised to actually see her in the store.


Bon Voyage is a curvy gal and here is all that she comes with as well. 


She's very sophisticated and I love everything about her (except her lack of articulation, of course.)


The strip pattern in the back is interesting.  To me, it looks a little sloppy, but I know virtually nothing about fashion, so maybe this is good?


She has some cute molded details on her beach bag. If this had been a teeny tiny real wicker bag, I would've died.


As an alternative look, I pulled the skirt down a little (it doesn't close in the back in this position, though) to show off her curves.


She's cute. 


Outfit # 2 is a floral one piece romper.  
I found it interesting to note, both dolls were dressed in florals.  


The romper goes on like a real romper would as there is no velcro on this piece.  The back is tied up in a simple black ribbon.


She also comes with a gold bangle bracelet. 


Her shoes are awesome, but I'm not a fan of how the heels collapse under her weight. 


Looking good from the front. 


Here you can see how cute her gold sunnies are.  (And you can see me, too!) 


She has the Mbili (aka Grace) mold and it's definitely one of my favorite Barbie face molds.  This is the first time I've seen it on a lighter skinned doll.
Her make up is lovely and I'm loving her shiny golden hair styled in a high bun off to the side.

We've since renamed her "Amanda".  :)


Overall, I really love Amanda and I like both outfits.  I like that she came with 2 outfits as now I have more outfit choices for my curvy gals.


Here's a Made to Move comparison if you were interested giving her more articulation.  I tend to leave my Curvy Barbies on their own bodies because they're unique (and I was never able to get a Curvy MTM!) but I think she is the closest to AA Soccer Barbie. The newer redhead is also a pretty close match.




All in all, I am in love with both of these new dolls.  I think the quality of the doll and clothing is pretty good.  I'll always be disappointed by the lack of articulation when it comes to the Fashionista line, but I think the beautiful faces and hair make up for it.

What do you guys think?  I know some of you don't collect Barbie, but do you have a favorite out of the two?

It's good to be writing a blog post again!
I've been a little wrapped up in making videos for my YT channel, but I think I like doing blog stuff a little better.  Maybe I'll eventually ditch the videos and just come back here instead!  I have so many posts sitting in "draft form" and so many things to update you all on!

If interested, I did make a video of this one as well:



See you next time! What have you guys been collecting or excited about lately??

xoxo Farrah