When I get a chance to live vicariously through my daughter (I’m kidding…maybe), then I chose to do so in ways like this. After working a bit, I used a little extra to buy her a couple of dolls from the LaDeeDa collection. Aren’t they adorable!?
I first learned about these dolls when we went to a store known for marking down the prices on quality merchandise. The doll was only 10 dollars there, and it was the one you see above in the middle named Tylie. Super cute! And even though the doll’s name is clearly not a reflection of the doll (Kabuki cutie…she’s NOT in kabuki!!!), I’m in love with that collection of them. Apparently, the dolls are best friends that set off to create adorable clothing designs (right up our alley!). Anything that inspires my daughter to love the art of sewing and crafts if a winner for me. Just glad it’s not barbie, and I find these dolls way cuter.
I added to her collection today by buying Cyanne (pictured above) next. They were just the dolls, sans stickers and the extra clothing, so the one pictured has crinkled hair and a slightly different outfit. I suppose the less work they do on the doll, the less it gets to cost. I think that’s nice considering not all girls will be able to buy the really expensive 20-30 dollar doll and might still want to have one. I would have actually gotten her the one pictured above, but I was on my way home from work, popped into a store, and saw those marked down, so I bought them. I think they are actually just as cute irregardless.
The other one I purchased, Dee, is just as adorable. The one pictured above is the flashed-out one. The one I found which is a toned down version doesn’t have the tights, has purple shoes (not two toned), and her hair is only blue and pink, with no oranges or purples. So I purchased two in the “candy” collection, and one from the “around the world” collection. I can’t wait to buy her more.
MY THOUGHTS (THE GOOD)
- The dolls come in a couple of different makes, so if you don’t want to spend a fortune, you can buy the less expensive dolls.
- Cheaper and cuter than barbie dolls!
- Many different styles and collections already available.
- Inspires girls to love the art of sewing, clothes making and design, and artsy things.
- Easy to find (Sold at target, Walmart, even the family dollar!)
MY THOUGHTS (THE BAD)
- Easy to break (weak joint areas!)
- Don’t seem to have many changeable clothes accessories, unless you switch their clothes around. In this arena, Barbie reigns supreme…
- Shoes don’t stay on without the bands! You know the elastic clear bands that come attached to toys to keep parts together? If you take those off, the shoes slid off a bit too easily. Not that kids keep up with them anyway, but still, sad face.
Overall, I like the doll. As far as my bad points, my daughter is quite rambunctious. It’s easy for her to just destroy things. The dolls, while seemingly a bit on the flimsy side at the joints, are holding up well to her abuse. She’s had the Tylie Kabuki Cutie one for about 2 months now, and it’s still holding up pretty well (besides the missing hair umbrella, that’s gone…oh, and the stockings…and the shoes…) The doll itself is still intact however. So while I think the doll could be a bit more sturdy, it seems to do fine with a 3.5 year old little girl. I did see on the official website that the dolls do have other accessories. I just wish there were more, but I do believe the dolls are kind of new (I think I saw 2012 was their official release?) They’ll need time to accrue more clothes, and most likely a bigger following. The shoes…they are so darn cute and they just don’t stay on! I hope that gets fixed soon…
MY GRADE: 7/10
The Bottom Line: This is an excellent gift for girls from 3 all the way up to probably 10 or so. My daughter loves them to death and I’m happy I decided to get them for her. I hope she keeps them for a long time and enjoys them, but as with all toys, they have short lives (mostly because your kid outgrows them!) Since the holidays are fast approaching, I’m hoping to get more of them for her and some accessories. If you’ve got a bit of a fashion bug, then she’ll love this doll. This one does!
photo credit: PINKE (creative commons)