Hey guys, I was in my local Wal-Mart yesterday and saw that they've re-stocked with Madame Alexander play dolls in their toy section. If you have a Wal-Mart close by, you might want to check it out. I had hoped to find some online pics for you, but I can't seem to find them online. I didn't really feel comfortable taking pics in the store, either. Some places really get upset if you do that. These dolls have the same faces as the Madame Alexander Friends 4 Life dolls, but they've been renamed the Friends Boutique dolls. There are at least 7 different dolls with various hair and eye color combinations, and all new outfits. The dolls are $28, so a little more than the $25 they were last year, but still much cheaper than an AG doll. Just a reminder, they are great play dolls but don't expect much from their hair. They will eventually need a re-wig.
Almost more exciting than the dolls themselves was the new line of accessories for them. They are all labeled Friends Boutique. Some of the items included a scarf, hat and purse set for $5; a salon chair with a hair dryer and other hair accessories for around $25 (there were at least 2 different chair colors); a bed set (complete with the bed frame and mattress, pillows, blankets, headphones and an ipod) for $20 or so; a bedroom set (it had a chair, a rug, a nightstand, a lamp, and a light-up fish aquarium) for $25; a spa tub with bath time accessories for $20; suede-look boots for $5; off-brand crocs for $5; a necklace set for $5; a Western or English riding accessories set (including an English riding hat or Cowgirl hat, horse food and tack) for around $15; several different outfits (including shoes) for $12; and horses for the dolls, made by Paradise horses, for $35. The horses are poseable and soft to the touch, and in my opinion are nicer than the AG brand horses. They come in a variety of colors. They also have doll-sized seats, similar to the ones used at the AG cafe, for around $12.
I want to make sure everyone realizes that these are not going to be the same level of quality as AG brand items, but for a fraction of the price, they might be worth trying out. And they're really cute, too!
So, the next time you're in Wal-Mart, be sure to check the doll aisle. You might come home with some new treasures. :)