Thursday, September 14, 2017

Journey Girls Kelsey 2017 Australia Doll

Oh gosh, I've really neglected this blog lately!  
Trying to do better and I miss reading all of your doll news and updates.  
Life has been even busier again now that school has started (both girls are in school, but blah blah blah, you know my "I'm so busy" schbeel already, so lets just move on to the doll, lol.

In today's review, I wanted to share a new doll that I recently bought from the Journey Girl's line at Toys'R'Us

So far, I only have one JG doll in my collection and that's Meredith, which I did a review here a while back.  I've always loved the Journey Girl line, but they sort of fell off my radar a little for a while until I happened to see the new Australia line that was just recently released.

For those that prefer a video review, here's the one I did for my You Tube channel, but otherwise see below: 

When I saw that they released a Kelsey doll with freckles and lighter red hair, I knew I had to get her. Her box is very pretty and colorfully designed to illustrate an Australian theme.
(Can't go wrong with kangaroos hopping through the Outback.)

The side of her box has clear plastic so you can see more of her outfit. 

The back of her box shows the other dolls that were released in this line.  I also picked up Callie and Ilee because something wild came over me and I wanted to get all three.

Chavonne is the other doll I would like to get, but first I have to wait until my doll budget is open again. :)

I love Australia and I love kangaroos! 

Out of the box, I was really impressed by Kelsey's gorgeous face.  I don't think this is the original Kelsey mold, but I'm not 100% sure as this is my first Kelsey.  She has a very soft and peaceful expression and I love her light freckle pattern.  Her hair color, eye color and skin tone combination is strikingly pretty. (I wish I looked like that!)

Her outfit is modern, colorful and trendy and I love the gray and pink color combo.  The gray fringy shawl velcros up at each shoulder and stays on very well. 
The pants are made of a thicker fabric than traditional stretchy leggings and are very nice quality. 

The back of the shawl is shorter as you can see. 

Underneath Kelsey's sweater is a simple gray and white stripped top that velcros in the back. 

Her UGG style boots are adorable!  Each have two pink bows and velcro in the back.  They are very easy to get on and off and my 5 year old could do it easily.

A treat for the feet. 

The hair accessory she comes with is a purple bobby pin with a crocheted coral colored flower. 

Her other accessory is this little fuchsia handbag made from a fake leather and canvas material. 

It opens! 
Perfect place to put that bobby pin. ;)

Here are all the pieces laid out together. 

So cute. 

Here's a closer look at her face.  Her eyes are a gorgeous grayish, green and are fixed in the open position. She has feathery brows, rooted eyelashes, and painted lashes.  Her freckles are light and asymmetrical.  She has a faint rosiness to her cheeks and her lips are well painted in a matte reddish-brown. (Perfect for fall.)

Here's her hair right out of the box after taking the rubber bands out.  It's thick and rooted. 
This photo doesn't really do justice to how beautiful and soft it is! 

Here is is after brushing it. It was hard to capture because it was so smooth and shiny! 

Here's 2 of our other redheads to show a color comparison.  Kelsey's on the left, Our Generation Noa on the middle and Our Generation Kendra on the right.

We love redheads in this house! 

Here's Kelsey next to my Meredith doll and I THINK they have very similar faces (if not the same mold), but Kelsey's vinyl is a bit lighter lighter. Meredith seems to have slightly larger eyes, but they essentially look the same to me.
I think this mold and Chavonne's mold are my favorites in the JG line.

One thing I love about JG bodies is that the vinyl extends down lower leaving the chest to match the neck, which is nice if you want to dress them in summer dresses or shirts with a lower neckline.  In other words, dolls that have a completely cloth torso like American Girl can sometimes be distracting due to the "frankenstein" effect between the head and neck (or a dramatic thyroidectomy scar.)

Overall, I'm really excited and happy to add this doll to our 18 inch doll collection.  The girls love her and I love her and I definitely thing she's worth the $39.99 price point.  If you can grab her when they have a sale, even better!

Tonight we also opened Callie and Ilee who are just as cute.

Both of these girls were reviewd on JG Kelsey's blog, so if you're interested, check them out!  Her photos are so gorgeous. She is very knowledgeable abou this line of dolls.
Callie's review is here.  Ilee's review is here.

I'm so happy to be posting another doll review as it's been ages.  Thanks for sticking with me even though I haven't been posting as much.  I have so much I want to share with you all and hopefully I can find the time to blog.  I love it so much when I can!

Anyway, I hope this week finds you all well and of course, I am curious to know if you guys have gotten any goodies lately?  I need to catch up on my blog reading!
I know some of you collect a few Journey Girls...did any of you get any of these new ones?

As always, thanks for reading and see you next time. :)



  1. Great review. She is very pretty. Lovely to see you back blogging.

  2. Kelsey is very pretty, and her hair is gorgeous! I haven't picked up a lot of new dolls recently. A couple of J-Dolls, a few EAH dolls and loose accessories. I've been putting a lot of work on setting up craft things on the table in my our new hobby room! (does Snoopy dance) Have you made more progress in your room?

    1. I'll check out your blog, Barb! That's great to hear you've been working on your new hobby room and I hope you make a post about it when you're done as I'd love to see it! I've made some progress in my doll room as well and have opened all of my boxed EAH dolls, which has been fun. I also opened up my Barbie and Disney boxed dolls and my next project is to open all of my Monster High dolls (there are A LOT). I'll do an update room post soon. :)

  3. Good to see you back!

    I think I might have said this on your video on Youtube, but I really love the freckles on this doll. They add some great unique character to her. :)

    1. Yes, you did! I know, her freckles are really what sealed the deal for me, too.:)

  4. Hi Farrah,
    I did begin to write here last night, but my iPad is dying and dropped off before publishing, then of course everything disappeared. :(

    Anyway, getting back to your post . . . I think all three are delightful dolls and could be quite tempted to purchase them myself, except for having a very large lack of space to put more 18" dolls.

    Thank you for doing a review, it's always a blessing to find good ol' honest ones, as it helps so much these days when making dolly decisions.
    Hope you're having a great weekend.

    1. You're welcome and thanks for the sweet comment! I have really been enjoying these girls and my daughters LOVE them. I think they add nice variety to the American Girl doll we already have. Their outfits are all very well made and adorable. I'm hoping to get a few fashion packs along the way as well. :).

  5. Kelsey is so pretty! I've managed to stay away from the Journey Girls dolls, but I have purchased some of their accessories and they all seem to be very well made.

    1. Hi Flo!
      I know what you mean. I only had one prior to buying 3 in one day, lol. I think their clothes are very cute and although I don't have very many of their accessories, so far the ones I have seem pretty nice based on their price point. I think OG is still my favorite when it comes to the accessories!

  6. That was a great review. I splurged and purchased the same three dolls you did from the new collection. I seem to do that - feast or famine with the doll buying. Anyway, Kelsey is gorgeous and you got some great photos of her.

    1. Me too! I'm glad you ended up getting all three. They really are beautiful dolls. Thanks for the lovely comment. :)

  7. Like this i bought a journey girl doll from which is pretty comfy to play with.