Newberry sale at Kmart – half off

capture

The above Newberry dolls are on half off sale at Kmart.com making them $15 each!

prod_2252264412

The holiday doll is also half off which reduces her cost to $20!

Newberry dolls are soft bodied dolls made by Lotus Onda, the same folks who make Journey Girls (if you’re thinking that holiday dress looks familiar, it should, the skirt uses the same pattern as previous holiday Journey Girl editions).

The clothing and accessories are not on sale.

my doll Friday – Abigail

MDF redname

Guess who I got? Newberry’s Abigail has been #1 on my Wish List for quite some time and thanks to a generous woman in New York who drove to Canada to pick her up for me, now she’s mine.

Newberry Abigail fall 2014

abigail 2

The above photos from Sears Canada Online show all she comes with. Her red hair and green blue eyes are what drew me to her. I really want to compare her to JG Kelsey but that will have to wait for a future post because I can’t reach Riley (my Kelsey) at the moment. (She’s stuck in the back of the “elevator” in the doll room which has my son’s clothes in it after we had a fire at my daughter’s house).

Riley is back here

Newberry dolls are made by Lotus and only available at Sears Canada. They are soft bodied dolls like Lotus’ Today’s Girls (Constructive Playthings). Lotus also make Journey Girls, espari dolls and many others (see Dollation.com for a list of brands and products and track your collection too).

IMG_5658 b

Abigail came in a dark blue coat. Can you guess that that coat did to Abigail? Yes, nasty stains. She looks like she has matching arm band tattoos right where her shirt ends.

IMG_5660

Since I recently featured Newberry Jacquie, we can skip the rest of the naked dolly pics since they’re the same body type. So what should Abigail wear?

IMG_5664 b

This is the Baker Street Steampunk Outfit from Carpatina’s Girlfriends Collection.  My awesome daughter bought both Steampunk Outfits for me for Christmas. The outfit fits well. The collar is a separate piece like a choker necklace so it doesn’t bunch. The wristlets are big on Abigail and slide down. They still look good though. The boots are the only item that is tricky. Her feet fit but you can see how the back of the boot tapers in at the top of the zipper. Well, that meant I couldn’t zip it all the way up. They still look ok.

IMG_5662

The outfit is very well made and worth every penny in the details. The skirt fastens in back while the blouse fastens in front. Both have hidden snaps which I love. The gather to the skirt is just perfect. Even without the blouse over it, you cannot see the snap on the waist.

IMG_5670 b

IMG_5671 b

The outfit comes with really cool goggles that don’t quite fit but Abigail can still see.

IMG_5672 bThey make a much better headband for her. Her hair likes to go in face all the time!

IMG_5676 b

I found two more babies this week too. Arthur (left) and Jerome (middle) join Hiro in our baby family. Here they are with Steampunk Abby for scale. My dad got me the bench for Christmas.

IMG_5681 bHere’s Jerome close up. I love the lips, hair and side glance unique to his head sculpt. They all have the same adorable hands and feet (look at those toes!).

IMG_5682

I’ve had Hiro for a little while. He was purchased at Barnes and Noble. They are all Corolle Les Minis. They are sold in pre-packaged assortments so you can’t usually pick the one you want online. I found the other two in a local toy store and snatched them up. Some of the Asian boys and girls have painted hair instead of the wigs. I think the wig is cute.

IMG_5683

And here’s little Arthur. He also has a unique head sculpt. I like that his eyes face forward (and yes, he reminds me of someone I know named Art).

IMG_5684 b

I also bought some of the Justice pajamas for dolls. This is the 2 piece Cool Penguin set. It’s very soft.

IMG_5691

And this photo shows a quality control issue with Newberry dolls quite well. I’ll have to clip that stray hair!

IMG_5695

One more shot with the boys.

IMG_5697 b

A little more about Newberry…

LADL 2016

my doll Friday – Dana and Jacquie

MDF very yellowIMG_5652

For a change, let’s look at some more Lotus dolls; you might notice that I didn’t include a dollbook photo for either doll. That’s because I’m not attached to either doll and I may not keep them. Let’s see why…

Here’s my Italian Dana in her TRU glory:

pTRU1-20803724enh-z6

And here’s Jacquie:

Jacquie 2015

Originally I thought I would find Jacquie to be a brown eyed version of Dana. Boy, was I wrong!

First off, Jacquie does not have brown eyes and I am heartbroken over that. Take a look.

IMG_5627The description and box both declare Jacquie is going to be brown eyes. Lest you be disillusioned with her eyes behind the glasses, here’s just how blue her eyes are.

IMG_5646b

Don’t get me wrong. She’s very pretty but I wanted a brown eyed doll. However, the blue eyes make her more like Dana.

IMG_5620 b

The packaging is pretty different. Dana’s box is clear and meant to be shelf appealing. My Newberry box was a mail order, in store pick up so I don’t know if all Newberry dolls come like this or just under my circumstances. A closer view of the Dana character image looks a lot more like Jacquie to me.

IMG_5643

To get the dolls out of the boxes, there was also a noticeable difference. Jacquie came out by slitting the tape on the box, removing a cardboard cap piece that kept her head from knocking about and then slipping her out of a clear plastic bag.

IMG_5626

Dana, like all Journey Girls, was not that easy to get out. Once the box is open, you have to slide out the inner box that Dana is fixed to with plastic, tape and ties.

IMG_5631

Journey Girls are definitely some of my least favorite to debox.

 IMG_5633 b

Out of their boxes, another obvious thing shows up – their heights. While Jacquie’s smaller statue and pudgier physique make her a perfect cuddle doll, next to Dana, she looks more childlike. That, with blue eyes too, make her look more like a perfect little sister for Dana.

IMG_5636 b

I took off their glasses to verify the are the same mold…yup. Both were fixed in identical fashion with clear bands too. IMG_5639

To really see the vast differences in these two Lotus dolls, I stripped them down! (naked dollie warning!)

IMG_5644

Then, just to see, I added another Lotus dollie to the mix, espari’s Lily Rae.

IMG_5645

Even Lily Rae has a different body type. How interesting! I’m sure you’ve noticed that Jacquie can’t stand on her on so she’s in the AG doll stand. Without her shoes, her soft little body is hard to balance. Her arms and legs are pretty thick compared to these other Lotus beauties. (note to self: compare Newberry and Today’s Girl body types). Lily Rae and Dana do ok standing. It almost look like aside from the cloth part (and head) that these two might be identical molds (but we’re not looking at that today, Nonna, get on with it).

IMG_5647

Lily Rae’s hair, though curled, is much closed in color to Jacquie’s. That’s only right since she is a Lotus cousin.

IMG_5650

Face to face, the cheeks and chins stand out as being quite diverse. The curl of the noses are also easy to spot in profile.

IMG_5652

I didn’t get a picture of Jacquie’s ear behind her hair while the girls were having their staring contest but you can see from below that their ears don’t even start in the same place on the side of their heads (Dana’s is lower).

IMG_5653b

Oops. I almost forgot the back of the boxes.

IMG_5624 b

By shear count, I think I have too many dolls to honorably keep these dolls but I’m glad I got them to compare. They are much less alike that I thought. I will confess though, Dana would then be the only regular line up JG I don’t have.

Until next time…enjoy your weekend, Dollings!

Nonna

my doll Friday – Jyoti

MDF paler blueJyoti name

Meet Jyoti, originally Newberry’s newest version of their Brooklyn doll. She is available exclusively from Sears Canada and and made by Lotus Onda.

Brooklyn 2015

Jyoti has thick back hair that is slightly textured but still shiny. It works well with her chocolate brown eyes and café au lait skin. She has a much different face from the original Newberry Brooklyn (see them all here: Dollation)

I love the coloring on this doll and feel very fortunate to have acquired her here in PA (thanks to a now ex-boyfriend’s sister who likes to drive to Canada to shop). When I first got her, I wasn’t sure what I was going to call her and then Jyoti Singh’s mother went public with the name of her daughter and I felt it a good way to remember her in our dollhouse. (Please google her if you are not familiar with the name).

Jyoti’s face is very similar to espari’s Lily Rae. My last post showed the details. I love both faces.

One thing about Newberry dolls is that they are soft bodied which makes them tricky for posing but great for playing.

IMG_5600

IMG_5602

Even on the stand, she looks pretty floppy. Newberry dolls have no neck control and their limbs are pudgy. But I love her face!

IMG_5599b

I’ve only seen one other doll with this coloring, PBK’s Prita. AG Sonali was close as is Springfield Maria (or Niya) but their face shapes are uniquely not geared for an Indian DNA (doll not actual). I like the idea of more ethnic dolls being available and I am not surprised to see this from a Canadian doll.

Jyoti isn’t well represented online yet but let me know if you spot her somewhere!

Comparison – 2 Lotus face molds

IMG_5603

You already know espari’s Lily Ria (Gywnne in Nonna’s dollhouse) but have you seen Newberry’s newest version of their Brooklyn doll?

I completely fell in love with her coloring and was blessed to find someone who brought her back from Canada for me. I have renamed her Jyoti.

The dimple on the chin really had me wondering if they were the same face mold because that’s such a unique feature. Side by side, I wasn’t so sure so I flipped them over to check the backs of their heads and guess what?

Lotus 013G 1803 espari Lily Ria

Lotus 013G 1804 Newberry Brooklyn

They’re NOT the same! Lotus 013G 1803 is espari’s Lily Ria (and most of the espari girls) and Lotus 013G 1804 is Newberry’s Brooklyn. It’s really nice that Lotus gives us the reference here (not all their dolls do). I will have to update Dollation! The numbering indicates they’re modified versions of the same mold (my other Newberry dolls have difference number formats).

IMG_5605b

So even though they have very similar faces, they have very different body types. espari are thin limbed dolls. Newberry are more childlike in their bodies and very soft bodied. See Newberry’s neck? She can’t even stand without the doll stand.

IMG_5609b

IMG_5611b

espari bodies actually make me laugh because they kind of poof after the chest plate. Newberry reminds me of Today’s Girl‘s construction (and what I imagine is My London Doll) who are also a Lotus dolls. The hair quality is comparable.

Lotus 013G 1803 espari Lily Ria eye Lotus 013G 1804 Newberry Brooklyn eye

Our espari girl has my favorite green/brown eyes but I love our Newberry’s brown eyes. The eyelashes are completely different too (espari = Maybeline, Newberry = CoverGirl?). You can also see here the sculpting change around the outside of the eye.

I think they’re both great and quality play dolls. What do you think? Do you have a Lotus doll? Does she have a head stamp number?

Nonna

 

droolworthy share – pastry shop from Newberry

DISCLAIMER: this set is sold by Sears only to Canada. If you’re anywhere else, you can’t get it. If the photo makes you drool too, I’m sorry. (Newberry’s Abigail has been on my wish list since I saw her – why can’t I afford a drive to Canada??)

Pastry Shop 2015

Since I can’t have it, I’ll call it inspiration (that’s Abigail there with the red hair and Lily, who I also love, on the right). This is Newberry’s Pastry Shop and Accessories (click images for links).

The other new dolls for 2015 appear to be:

Allie (who looks a lot like espari’s Kayumi)

Allie 2015

Brooklyn (face mold change for 2015 – I just LOVE this doll)

Brooklyn 2015

Jacquie (looks like JG Dana with brown eyes)

Jacquie 2015

Katie (the 2014 Katie is still here)

Katie 2015

Lily (who has a US counterpart in espari’s Mirielle – how did I miss her coming out?)

Lily 2015

Noelle (remind you of JG’s Giovanna?)

Noelle 2015

and Raine (def the JG Dana face with brown eyes and without glasses)

Raine 2015

The basic dolls are $29.99CA which the internet tells me is currently about $23 US so I think that’s very reasonable. The price point is right on board with the other Lotus dolls we can buy in the US, Journey Girls (visit TRU – they finally have some of the Italy ones online). Lotus also makes the My London Doll line (sweet Jermaine – also on my wish list!), espari at Barnes and Noble, and Today’s Girl at Constructive Playthings as well as the New York Doll Collection available on overstock. The my pal and my sibling dolls are also Lotus dolls. Gali Girls were too (they are out of production now).

Did you add anything to your wish list? Not yet? Check out the rest of the offerings from Newberry too.

P.S. Today’s Girl has some great prices on clothing and accessories right now if you’re already Christmas shopping!