2014 Holiday Doll Buying Guide – boys only edition

For years there have been complaints that Pleasant Company wouldn’t produce a boy doll.  Mattel hasn’t changed that strategy.  Fortunately, there is enough competition out there that it is much easier to find boys than it use to be (trust me on this, 15 years ago I turned a Kirsten into a Thomas for my son so he could play with his sisters).

Here there are – the boys in the neighborhood! (in absolutely no order)

Who’s your pick for Boy Next Door?

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My Pal & My Sibling boy dolls (more choices online)

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My London Doll boys: Jermaine & Ollie

2014 Parker CROP

Gotz at Pottery Barn Kids Parker (18.5”)

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Carpatina’s Adam & Carter

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Harmony Club Cameron & Mason

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Sew Able Matthew

Ian_opt 2014

Extra Special Doll Ian (plus 8 others)

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You can customize a boy doll at My Twinn

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Kidz n Cats currently offers two boys, Alister & Jakob

 

Nonna’s note: only primary brand sites are presented here.  Etsy features a few sellers of customized boy dolls.  If you know more sites, please post ’em below!

2014 Holiday Doll Buying Guide – Part 5 almond eyed edition

My doll collection started with non-white dollies as friends for my own childrens’ dolls.  Almond eyed dolls hold a particular attraction to me because they aren’t everywhere.  OG has never made one.  AG just retired their only mainstream one.

Have a favorite? Please comment below with “I like…”  Let’s see if we can pick a favorite for 2014!

CLICK ON PHOTOS FOR LINKS TO OFFICIAL BRAND SALES SITES (secondary sellers are not included in this list).  There are other almond eyed dollies out there in the secondary markets including NIB.  (I have included dolls offered this year but not currently available online because this category is too small!)

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Soy Tu Lis $79.99 CDN, ~16 inch

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Soy Tu Lis $79.99 CDN, ~16 inch

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Carpetina Ana Ming (Chinese) list $89 (sale $84) brown eyes, slim vinyl body doll

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Carpetina Kohanna (Japanese) list $89 (sale $79) hazel open close eyes, slim vinyl body doll

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Adora’s Jasmine $69.99

JG Callie 2014 London Doll

Journey Girls’ London Edition 2014 Callie at Toys R Us $32.99 (currently not available online)

Leah 2013

Today’s Girl Leah at Constructive Playthings list $39.99 (sale $23.18)

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Lily by Lotus dolls from Newberry at Sears Canada only (cannot be exported/Currently not available online)

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My Life As Hairstylist by Madame Alexander – greenish blue eyes (still available in stores in up to fall 2014)

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JLY#30

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JLY #53

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Sonja Hartman’s Kidz n Cats Miu

2014 Holiday Doll Buying Guide – Part 4 redheads!

From little to big, we LOVE redheads.  Who’s your favorite?  I can’t pick. (As always, let me know if I missed anyone!)

Feel free to cast your vote by commenting below with “I wish Santa would bring me…”

CLICK ON PHOTOS FOR LINKS TO OFFICIAL BRAND SALES SITES (secondary sellers are not included in this list).  There are other red heads out there in the secondary markets including NIB.

Becca saved 2014

Soy Tu Becca by Paola Reina $84.99 CDN, 15.7 inches, sleep eyes, vanilla scented

Becca 2 saved 2014

Soy Tu Becca by Paola Reina $79.99 CDN, 15.7 inches, sleep eyes, vanilla scented

Clementine

A Girl for All Time’s Clementine $109.99 16 inches, articulate knees and elbows, green eyes

Jade from 2014

My Salon Doll Jade list $121.99 (sale $109.99) note: comes in different outfit

Amber

The Dolls House Amber £59.99 (plus shipping)

Ruby

The Dolls House Ruby £59.99 (plus shipping)

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Carpetina Dolls’ Erin $69 green eyes

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Carpetina Dolls’ Rowena list $108 (sale $96) blue eyes

Kendall 2014

Harmony Club Kendall $78.00 brown eyes

Lyric 2014

Harmony Club Lyric $78.00 blue eyes

JG Kelsey fall 2014

Journey Girls London Kelsey $39.99

JG Kelsey 2014 London Doll

Journey Girls London Kelsey $39.99

Anna 2014

Madame Alexander’s Disney Showcase Anna from Frozen $89.99

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Kidkraft Selena Soccer Doll ($19 – $44 online depending on site)

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Dollie & Me Garden Party $39.95

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American Girl JLY#61 $115  wavy red hair, green eyes

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American Girl JLY#35 $115 layered red hair, brown eyes

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American Girl JLY#37 $115 short red hair, green eyes

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American Girl JLY#33 $115 curly red hair, blue eyes

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Annalyn by espari from Barnes and Noble $59.95 green eyes

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Jenna from Maplelea $99.99 CDN green eyes

MLA outdoorsy girl redhead 2014

My Life As Outdoorsy Girl made by CitiToy from Walmart $19 brown eyes, freckles

MLA party planner redhead 2014

My Life As Party Planner made by CitiToy from Walmart $19 brown eyes

Newberry Abigail fall 2014

Newberry Abigail $29.99 CDN (not available to ship outside Canada) green eyes

OG Ella Grace 2014 nposeable

Our Generation Ella Grace at Target $24.99 brown eyes

OG Joy Retro 2014

Our Generation Retro Doll Joy at Target $24.99 grey eyes

OG Kendra 2013

Our Generation Kendra at Target $24.99 blue eyes

OG Peyton hp 2014

Our Generation Hair Play Peyton Riley at Target $29.99 blue eyes

OG Riley 2014

Our Generation Riley at Target $24.99 blue eyes

Tracy 2014

South Africa Doll Tracy (please see site for cost plus international shipping) green eyes

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Olivia from Springfield Collection $21.99 green eyes

2014 Leighton

Leighton from Götz at Pottery Barn Kids $99 18.5 inches tall

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Beatrice from Bonnie & Pearl 66.66£ (appx $106.66) 19 inches, blue eyes, head tilts and turns

Hannah and her dog Fall 2014

Götz Hannah and her dog 2014 version 70.83£ (appx $113.33) 19 inches, brown eyes, rooted hair

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Australian Girl Matilda $124.95 AUS (plus shipping) 19.69 inches (50 cm) green eyes

2014 Holiday Doll Buying Guide – Part 3

Here are my nominees but you can also nominate a doll I may have missed by mentioning her below.  If there’s enough response – I’ll update this post with the “winners” as voted on by YOU. Due to post size, these will be spread out all week! Click on the photos to reach a purchase site.

Part 3 Dark Skinned edition – Best Value, Honorable Mentions & AG

BEST VALUE

There isn’t really a contest when it comes to low cost dolls.  They have one consistent “flaw” – soft bodies.  This makes them difficult to pose but easy to hug so they are great beginner dolls.  The Positively Perfect Divah line has a very attractive face mold while the Springfield line is often on sale (or available with coupons).  Both are quality enough for play and pretty enough for collection.

Positively Perfect Diva Abrielle 2013

Positively Perfect Divah Abrielle $15.98

Also available: Taylor, Diana, Zair

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Springfield Collection Madison $21.99

HONORABLE MENTIONS

My Pal for Soccer

My Pal for Soccer (boy and girl available) $54.99

2014 Brooklyn SE Veteranian

Special Edition Brooklyn, Veterinarian Doll from Götz at Pottery Barn Kids SALE $99

2014 Zoey

Zoey from Götz at Pottery Barn Kids $99 (note:18.5 inches tall)

2013 Maya

Maya from Götz at Pottery Barn Kids $99

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Claudia from Bonnie & Pearl 66.66£ (apx $106.66) (Note: 19 inch)

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What A Doll! Ella by Madame Alexander available at Kmart  $29.99

BEST, er ONLY, GENUINE AG with a story

Ok, maybe that was a little low but it’s true and there really is no contest with AG anymore so Addy stands alone.

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Addy face mold/short curls $115

Addy face mold/medium skin, shoulder length curls $115

Addy face mold/textured hair, side part $115

Sonali face mold/curls $115

Sonali face mold/straight hair $115

 

2014 Holiday Doll Buying Guide – Part 2

Reminder: Here are my nominees but you can also nominate a doll I may have missed by mentioning her below.  If there’s enough response – I’ll update this post with the “winners” as voted on by YOU.  Due to post size, these will be spread out all week! Click on the photos to reach a purchase site.

Part 2 Dark Skinned edition – Best Natural Hair & Best Boys

BEST “NATURAL” HAIR

Real life natural hair has the same manageability requirements as naturally styled doll hair with the notable exception that real hair can always grow out.  Curls are, at best, a handful to maintain in a play doll.  Personally, Today’s Girl Olivia’s hair wins this category for me, hands down.  I’m not sure that’s something you’ll see if you haven’t seen her in person though.  Her hair is not cookie cutter ringlets – it’s perfectly wild and I love it!

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Constructive Playthings’ Today’s Girl Olivia (older version) $59.99

Note: The newest version of Constructive Playthings’ Olivia isn’t as dark and doesn’t have the impressive curls of the version still available with the 15 piece wardrobe.  She has remarkable brown, almost amber, eyes and mop of frizzy curls.  (This is not a doll to get if you like brushing hair).  While not recommended for maximum play for younger children, the delightful expression of genuine interest combined with the unique coloring makes this doll a valuable asset to any collection.

Also:  Today’s Girl older version Olivia is very similar to My London Girl Grace (retail £79.00).

OG Abrianna 2013

Our Generation Abrianna available in Target stores $24.99

Shout out to new girls Anaya and Maeva.

JG Chavonne 2014 London Doll

Journey Girls Chavonne from Toys R Us $39.99

Wild About Leopard 2014 68500

Madame Alexander Isaac Mizrahi Wild About Leopard $69.95

Shout out to older Madame Alexander model Autumn Mist

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espari Marnie made by Lotus from Barnes and Noble $59.95

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My Life As Hairstylist (Fall 2014 version) made by CitiToy $27.97

Other MLA (Fall versions): Special Edition MLA 2014 Holiday Baker doll, Gingerbread,            Special Edition MLA 2014 Holiday Baker doll, SnowflakeMLA School GirlMLA Party Planner

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South African Girl Zanele (import only) shout out to Nandi as well

BEST BOYS

Jermaine tops my wish list for the second year in a row.  He is one of the few ethic boys on the market recently joining My London Girl’s first boy, Ollie.  If you’re in London, pick one up.  The My Pal and My Sibling line have many choices for boys.  I selected the Autism one because of the coloring with the outfit combination.  I think it highlights the features of the doll very well.

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My London Girl Jermaine 79.00£ (plus you pay for exporting him)

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My Pal for Autism Awareness $49.99  Shout out to Girl My Pal for Autism Awareness

2014 Holiday Doll Buying Guide – Part 1

So here’s the deal…you vote below for winners!  Here are my nominees but you can also nominate a doll I may have missed by mentioning her below.  If there’s enough response – I’ll update this post with the “winners” as voted on by YOU.  Due to post size, these will be spread out all week! Click on the photos to reach a purchase site.

Part 1 Dark Skinned edition – Best Facial Expression and Best Ballerina

BEST FACIAL EXPRESSION

I know what you’re thinking.  There is no comparison here.  These are two completely different dolls.  Why did I put Star up against Kayla?  Really look at Star.  Do you see the braveness and determination of a young girl who can do anything?  That’s why they’re both in this category even though, it’s for very different reasons.  I also include the Christmas doll from My Pal because she has such a look of wonder on her face.

Kayla options 2014

Adora Friends Kayla $69.99 (Girl Scout editions retail for $79.99, Daisy, Brownie, Junior)

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The Dolls House Star 59.99£                                   LE  Star with choker and bracelet 79.99£/

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My Pal for Christmas (girl) $49.99  

Best Ballerinas

This was not an original category until I realized there was competition out there!  The Madame Alexander My Life As line available at Walmart is not available as of Fall 2014 (although you might still find dolls physically in stores).  As a result, Madame Alexander can offer ballerinas directly on their site.  The My Life As line by CitiToy now available at Walmart has its own ballerina version.  I prefer the MA face myself.

Beautiful Ballerina sept 2014

Madame Alexander Ballerina $59.95

MLA ballerina african american 2014

MLA Ballerina $27.97