Doll and Toy Reviews

Here's where you'll find links to all of my posts that have reviews of doll and toy-related items.  These range from reviews of actual dolls to clothes and products offered by eBay sellers and much more.  Some of the posts I included weren't official reviews, but were posts about products I've purchased that included pictures.  I thought they might still be helpful even if I didn't have much of an opinion on them.  Also, there are some posts that had multiple reviews that fit in more than one category, so there will be some duplicate posts.  I hope this will make it easier to find my reviews quickly without a lot of browsing through old posts. :) 

18 Inch Dolls: 
-Alexander Girlz Dolls
-American Girl Caroline Abbott Doll
-American Girl Julie Albright Doll  (You'll have to scroll down a bit...this is a long post!)
-American Girl Rebecca Rubin Doll
-American Girl Ruthie Smithens Doll
-BFC Ink Dolls (featuring Gianna)
-BFC Ink Dolls Post #2 (featuring Kaitlin)
-BFC Ink Dolls Post #3 (Kaitlin, Calista, Addison, Yuko, and Nicolette)
-BFC Ink Pen Pals Doll (featuring Britt and Kaitlin)
-GOTY 2015 Grace Thomas
-GOTY 2008 Mia St. Clair
-Jakks Pacific Disney Princess and Me Rapunzel Doll (includes a comparison to AG and BFC Ink)
-Journey Girls Alana Doll
-Madame Alexander Friends Boutique Doll (2010 Series)
-Madame Alexander Friends Boutique Doll (2011 series)
-Madame Alexander My Life Doll (2012)
-My AG #41
-My AG #55
-Play Wonder Dolls and Hearts 4 Hearts Girls (Target) (H4HG aren't 18", but since it was in the same post, I thought I'd include it.) ;)
-Via E. Alexis Doll


20 Inch Dolls:
-Karito Kids Pita Doll
-Maru and Friends Maru Doll


18 Inch Doll Comparisons:
-American Girl Face Mold Comparisons
-American Girl Mia St. Clair and My AG #37 Comparison
-American Girl Rebecca, Mia St. Clair, My AG #41, and My AG #55 Comparison
-American Girl Ruthie and My AG #41 Comparison
-American Girl Saige, Felicity, and #55 Comparison
-BFC Ink and American Girl; BFC Ink and Karito Kids
-BFC Ink, 1st Body Style, and BFC Ink, 2nd Body Style
-BFC Ink 1st Body Style and BFC Ink 2nd Body Style Post #2
-Doll Comparison Post #1
-Doll Comparison Post #2
-Hearts 4 Hearts compared with BFC Ink, Karito Kids, and American Girl
-Jakks Pacific Disney Princess and Me Rapunzel Doll (scroll down for comparison)
-Pre-Mattel and Mattel Felicity Comparison


18 Inch Doll Clothes:
-American Girl Purple Party Outfit, BB Pretty in Purple Outfit
-Anne of Green Gables Dress
-BFC Ink Doll Clothes
-BFC Ink Doll Jacket, Pants, Shirt, and Skirt set (eBay seller cottoncandy1288)
-Doll Clothes (various eBay sellers)
-Doll Cowgirl Boots
-Dress (eBay seller jolene.870)
-Dress (eBay seller shopamericangirl)
-Dresses (eBay seller shopamericangirl)
-Easter Dress (eBay and Etsy seller suzyb-creations)
-Easter Dress (eBay seller dollsewer)
-Ebay Doll Clothes (Dresses and Pants)
-Friendship Kids by Kingsgate
-Goodwill Doll Dresses
-Knit Capelet Set (eBay seller Debonair Designs)
-Knit dresses and skirt (eBay seller Mzmelody808) and Mini doll dresses (eBay seller 3weegirls)
-"My Life As" Hiking Outfit
-Party Dress (eBay seller wulang55)
-Party Dress (Pottery Barn Kids) and Regency Dress (Doll Clothes of Yore)
-Regency Dress (eBay seller marcotsgirls)
-Regency Dress #2 (eBay seller marcotsgirls)
-Shirt, Leggings, and Boots (Trendy Doll)
-Springfield Collection Outfit at Michael's
-Springfield Collection Jacket
-Swimsuits (eBay seller mikyle207)
-Target "Play Wonder" Outfit
-"What a Doll" Dresses (Kmart)
-Zulily Outfit


18 Inch Doll Accessories and Toys:
-AHH! Products "Lil' Me" Bean Bag Chair
-Christmas Cookies from JoAnn's
-Christopher and Banks Doll Shopping Bag, Hello Kitty Chocolate, and Camera
-Cooking Pan; Picture Frames; Photo Album; Shelf (Thrift Store Goodies)
-Disney Princess Squinkies
-Disney Princess Squinkies Post #2
-DMR Rapunzel Charm
-Dollar Tree Goodies
-Doll Food from Claire's
-Doll Necklace (Walmart)
-Doll Quilts (eBay seller cayden0811)
-Doll-Sized Party Favors
-Doll-Sized Tangled Posters (postcards)
-Hello Kitty Squinkies
-Littlest Pet Shop Teensies
-Lots of Random Accessories
-Misc. Doll Games, Toys, and Accessories
-My Life As Cupcake Baking Set
-My Life As Doll Shoes and Accessories
- My Life As Doll Shoes and Accessories (Post #2)
-My Little Pony Blind Bag Ponies
-Our Generation "Plaid to Meet You" Playset (with laptop computer)
-Random Thrift Store Doll-Sized Goodies
-Scrabble Tile Pendants; Mini Books, Picture Frames, etc.
-Sing-a-Ma-Jig; Friends Boutique Shoes; How To Train Your Dragon Toys
-Squinkies
-Squinkies #2 (after the Belle review)
-Toy Story Squinkies
-Vacation Souvenirs (You'll have to scroll down a bit...this is a really long post!)
-Valentine's Day Goodies from Kmart and Target
-Walmart Christmas Goodies


18 Inch Doll Rooms:
-American Doll Room


18 Inch Doll Pets:
-Battat Horse


Hearts For Hearts Girls Dolls:
-All 10 Hearts For Hearts Girls Dolls (review and comparison)
-Hearts For Hearts Girls Consuelo Doll
-Hearts For Hearts Girls Dell's Come a-Callin' Outfit Set
-Hearts For Hearts Girls Lauryce Doll
-Hearts For Hearts Girls Mosi Doll
-Hearts For Hearts Girls Mosi Doll Comparison
-Hearts For Hearts Girls Nahji Doll
-Hearts For Hearts Girls Nahji's Tea Party Dance Celebration Play Set
-Hearts For Hearts Girls Nyesha Doll
-Hearts For Hearts Girls Rahel and Rahel's School Time Play Set
-Hearts For Hearts Girls Shola Doll
-Hearts For Hearts Girls Surjan Doll
-Hearts For Hearts Girls Tipi Doll
-Hearts For Hearts Girls Zelia and Lauryce Together
-Hearts For Hearts Girls Zelia Doll
-Hearts For Hearts Girls Zelia Doll (Post #2)
-Gymboree "Gymbelles" Outfits for Hearts For Hearts Girls
-Other Clothing Ideas for Hearts For Hearts Girls


Dolls of Other Sizes
-Play Along Club Sophie Kate doll
-Snow Queen Lottie Doll

Fashion Dolls:
-Barbie Basics Jeans Collection Ken Dolls
-Barbie Fashionista 2016 Bodies: Tall, Curvy, and Petite
-Barbie Fashionista "Crazy For Coral"
-Ever After High Ashlynn Ella and Hunter Huntsman Dolls
-Ever After High Briar Beauty and Apple White Dolls
-Ever After High Cedar Wood Doll
-Ever After High Cerise Hood Doll
-Ever After High Madeline Hatter Doll
-Ever After High Raven Queen Doll
-Jun Planning Batman Taeyang Doll
-Jun Planning J-Doll "Magnificent Mile"
-Jun Planning J-Doll "Robson Street"
-LIV Dolls
-LIV Jake Doll
-Moxie Teenz Gavin Doll
-Moxie Teenz 1st Wave Bijou Doll
-Moxie Teenz 2nd Wave Arizona Doll
-Moxie Teenz 3rd Wave Leigh Doll
-My Little Pony Equestria Girls Fluttershy Doll
-My Little Pony Equestria Girls Twilight Sparkle Doll and Pony Set
-Only Hearts Club Clothing for the Ever After High Dolls
-Project MC2 McKeyla McAllister Doll
-Pullip Peter Pan Doll
-Pullip Wizard of Oz Dorothy Doll
-Takara Licca Chan Doll
-Tonner Tyler Wentworth Doll (scroll down a bit in the post!)
-Snow Queen Lottie Doll

Fashion Doll Comparisons:
-Fashion Doll Size Comparison (Tonner, Moxie Teenz, Pullip, LIV, Disney Store, Moxie Girlz)
-Male Fashion Dolls  (Moxie Teenz, LIV, Disney Store, Ken)
-Moxie Teenz, Pullip, and LIV Articulation Comparison

Disney Dolls:
-Disney Animator's Collection (DAC) Belle Doll
-Disney Animator's Collection (DAC) Kristoff Doll
-Disney Enchanted Dolls
-Disney Little Kingdom Frozen Friendship Collection from Hasbro
-Disney Little Kingdom Elsa and Arendelle Treat Shop from Hasbro
-Disney Store Beast Doll 2015
-Disney Store Beast/Prince Doll
-Disney Store Belle and Rapunzel 2011 Versions
-Disney Store Belle Doll
-Disney Store Belle Doll (post #2)
-Disney Store Belle Doll 2012
-Disney Store Belle Doll 2013
-Disney Store Belle Doll 2014
-Disney Store Belle Doll 2015
-Disney Store Belle Doll 2016
-Disney Store Brunette Wedding Rapunzel Doll 2012
-Disney Store Cinderella Doll 2012
-Disney Store Cinderella Doll Live Action 2015
-Disney Store Deluxe Belle Doll
-Disney Store Eugene Fitzherbert/Flynn Rider Doll 2015
-Disney Store Fairy Godmother Doll 2012
-Disney Store Frozen Dolls
-Disney Store Frozen Mini Dolls Set
-Disney Store Kristoff Doll 2016
-Disney Store Mini DAC Anna and Elsa Sets
-Disney Store Mini Frozen Anna and Elsa Wardrobe Sets
-Disney Store Mini Princess Dolls
-Disney Store Rapunzel Doll 2012
-Disney Store Rapunzel Doll 2013
-Disney Store Rapunzel Doll 2014
-Disney Store Rapunzel Doll 2015
-Disney Store Rapunzel Doll 2016
-Disney Store Singing Belle Doll 2012
-Disney Store Singing Rapunzel Doll 2010
-Disney Store Singing Rapunzel Doll 2012
-Disney Store Snow White 2012 Doll
-Disney Store Tangled Dolls
-Disney Store Tangled Ever After Rapunzel and Flynn Dolls
-Disney Store Toddler Anna and Toddler Elsa Dolls
-Jakks Pacific 16" Rapunzel Doll
-Jakks Pacific Disney Princess and Me Rapunzel Doll (18")
-JC Penney Frozen Anna and Elsa Set
-Mattel Beast/Prince Doll
-Mattel Brave Dolls and Miniatures
-Mattel Frozen Fever Elsa Doll
-Mattel Pose and Style Rapunzel Doll
-Mattel Special Sparkles Belle Doll
-Mattel Wedding Day Cinderella Doll (live action 2015)

Disney and Fashion Doll Comparisons:
-Belle Boutique Playset vs. Belle Wardrobe Playset
-Disney Store Belle and Rapunzel 2011 Versions (includes a comparison with 2010 versions)
-Disney Store Belle Doll Comparsions
-Disney Store Belle Dolls 2010-2012
-Disney Store Belle Dolls 2010-2013
-Disney Store Flynn Rider/Eugene Fitzherbert Comparison (2010 and 2011 versions)
-Disney Store Princess Doll Comparisons (2010-2012)
-Disney Store Rapunzel Doll Comparisons 2010-2013
-Disney Store Wedding Rapunzel Doll Comparison (Blonde original release and Brunette later release)
-Male Fashion Doll Comparison (Moxie Teenz, LIV, Disney Store Prince, and Ken)
-Moxie Teenz, LIV, and Disney Princess Doll Comparison (scroll down in the post)
-Pullip Body 3 and Body 4 Comparison
-Pullip, Moxie Teenz, and LIV Articulation Comparison

Lalaloopsy:
-Lalaloopsy Crumbs Sugar Cookie
-Lalaloopsy Littles Sprinkle Spice Cookie (includes a look at Mini Littles)
-Lalaloopsy Newborns (includes a look at new minis for 2015)
-Lalaloopsy Tinies
-Lalaloopsy Workshop Dolls
-Lala-Oopsies Princess Anise Doll
-Mini Lalaloopsies

1980s Toy and Dolls:
-C.U.T.I.E. Dolls (Mattel)
-Fashion Star Fillies Sweet Sixteens (Kenner)
-Glo Friends (Playskool and Hasbro)
-Shimmers (Kenner)

Current Small Toys and Dolls:
-American Girl Mega Bloks
-Animal Jam Adopt a Pet
-Berry Best Friends Strawberry Shortcake Doll (The Bridge Direct 2014)
-Doctor Who Character Building Figurines
-Kawaii Crush Cuddly Pet Collection Hannah Banana Nom Nom
-Kawaii Crush Jamie's Sunglass Shop
-Kawaii Crush Mandy's Candy Shop and Hyper Happy Mall
-My Mini MixieQ's
-Paddywhack Lane Dolls
-SDCC Exclusive Strawberry Shortcake Doll (Hasbro 2010)
-Shopkins
-Shopkins Season 5
-Shopkins Happy Places Lil' Shoppie Packs and Decorator's Pack
-Shopkins Happy Places Surprise Delivery Blind Bags and Happy Home Playset
-Shopkins Happy Places Welcome Packs
-Shoppies Donatina's Donut Delights
-Shoppies Jessicake, Bubbleisha, and Popette
-Strawberry Shortcake Berry Best Adventure Collection Set (The Bridge Direct 2014)
-Squinkies 2016
-The Zelfs Buttershy Medium Zelf
-The Zelfs Green House Tea House Set
-The Zelfs Lil' Zelf 
-The Zelfs Mermalade Super Zelf
-The Zelfs Series 2 (2014 spring releases)
-The Zelfs Zelicious Scented Zelfs
-Twozies (Moose Toys)

Collectibles:
-Funko Mystery Minis
-Funko Mystery Minis Frozen Edition
-Funko Pocket Pop Elsa, Anna, and Olaf
-Funko Pop Elsa and Anna
-Funko Pop Lumiere
-Tokidoki Mermicornos

My Little Pony:
-Blind Bag Ponies
-Cake Family Babysitting Fun Playset
-Elements of Harmony Friends Playset
-Equestria Girls Fluttershy Doll
-Equestria Girls Mini Dolls (Hasbro)
-Equestria Girls Twilight Sparkle Doll and Pony Set
-Funko Vinyl Big McIntosh and Twilight Sparkle
-Funko Vinyl Princess Luna and Princess Celestia
-Funko Vinyl Shining Armor, Princess Cadance, and Spike
-Large Fluttershy from Walgreen's
-Midnight in Canterlot Pony Collection
-Mini G1 Glory (Barnes and Noble)
-My Little Pony Express on Etsy
-My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Favorite Collection Playset
-My Little Pony Pop Fluttershy Cottage Decorator Kit
-Princess Celestia Comparison
-Squishy Pop Ponies
-Sunset Shimmer Pony

Toy and Small Doll Comparisons:
-My Little Pony Generations
-Strawberry Shortcake Dolls-Kenner through The Bridge Direct
-The Zelfs Face Mold Comparison (scroll down to the end of the post)

Books:
-Disney Cinderella 2015 Books
-My Favorite Doll Books


Keep checking back for new additions!  I'd also love to get your feedback.  Is this page helpful?  Feel free to comment below with any thoughts, questions, or suggestions. :)

10 comments:

Kym said...

Hello, I just discovered the Journey Girls at Toys R Us. They are very pretty but I don't know anything about their quality and I can't find anything online. My daughter is six and has received a doll every year of her life for bdays and Christmas. She is now interested in the 18 inch "big girl" dolls. I love the AG dolls and I know we will be headed that way soon, just want to see how high her interest level is before I shell out the big bucks. Do you have any info/opinion on the Journey Girls Dolls? Thanx for your time :)

beast'sbelle said...

Hi Kym. Sadly, the Journey Girls dolls are one of the 18" doll lines I have yet to review. I can't give you too much info on these. I've seen them in person at our local ToysRUs. I think their faces are cute (especially Callie's), but I can't help you on quality or age appropriateness.

Their hair is rooted and did seem pretty thin (I could see parts of the scalp on one doll), but you'll run into this same problem with many 18" knock-off brands.

They also seem to be a bit slimmer than American Girl dolls, so some AG clothing might be big on them.

I wish I could give you more information! I'm hoping to invest in one of these the next time I have some spare change so I can give them a proper review! :)

I hope my small amount of info was able to help you in some way. If you do end up getting one, I'd appreciate hearing what you think!

Anonymous said...

Hello! I came across your blogspot looking for 18 inch dolls for my daughter for her upcoming birthday. She wants an AG doll but she is only turning 6 and I would love to find the next best 18 inch doll for her that is not so pricey. I have spent weeks online looking at doll reviews and hours in local stores looking at dolls.
The three dolls I have found at local stores are: Our Generation Brand at Target, Journey Girls at Toys R Us and Madame Alexander Friends Boutique at Walmart. I have read a lot of your reviews. I was wondering if you had the chance to buy and review a Journey Girl? I have read mixed reviews on the JG dolls but I do think they look prettier than the OG dolls. Any advice is appreciated!! Thanks!! :)

beastsbelle said...

Hi Anonymous! Thanks for commenting. I actually have a Journey Girls review post that's been in draft for over a month. I'll do my best to get it finished by this weekend, just for you. ;)

I can give you a few quick thoughts on the JG dolls. I agree with you that they are much prettier than the OG dolls (which are one of my least favorite off brand lines of 18" dolls, to be honest...the Springfield Collection from Michael's being a close second). The main issues with the JGs are:

1. They have awful hair (but pretty much every off-brand doll does, aside from the smaller Hearts 4 Hearts Girls line).
2. Their heads are a lot bigger and heavier than their bodies, and their bodies are made of a pretty thin material, so they tend to be top heavy and don't like to stand up very well. I don't know about your 6 year old, but mine would find this very frustrating.
3. They're a lot thinner than other 18" dolls, so many of the generic 18" doll brand clothing doesn't fit them correctly, especially around the waist.

Like I said, I'll try to get my review up soon so that you can have more details and see pictures.

Honestly, all three of the brands you mentioned have some sort of issue. On the OG brand, it's really just a matter of preference (I happen to not be a fan of their vacant expressions and football shoulders). The Friends Boutique dolls are really cute, but their poseable limbs can be difficult to work with, especially for small hands. I still think that of those three I'd go for the FB doll, though.

How far away is your daughter's birthday? I happen to be a big fan of the Madame Alexander Girlz dolls that normally come to Costco around Christmas time (they look just like my Maggie doll). They still have awful hair, but they have really sweet faces and are pretty compatible with AG and other generic 18" doll clothing and accessories. If you've read a lot of my reviews, then you've probably seen them. Just a thought. :) If your daughter's birthday is really soon, though, that idea won't work. :}

I hope this helps at least a little. :) I'll get my review up as soon as I can. And feel free to contact me if you have any further questions. :)

Stephanie said...

I posted above as Anonymous..I'm new at posting on blogs and didnt see the option to put my name lol! Thanks so much for your quick response!!
I sadly do not live near a Costco!! Don't see many in the south.
I have now come up with a fourth possibility ... I believe they are called Precious Day Dolls by Gotz. I was told Gotz used to make AG dolls back in the day. There is one Gotz doll in particular that looks amazingly similar to an AG doll, her name is Jessica. Same AG face and build, just no two front teeth showing like most of the AG girls. Have you heard of these Gotz dolls?? I couldn't find a local retailer for them so they may sadly be discontinued at stores.
I agree the OG brand dolls have an expressionless face!! I noticed the Journey Girls' eyes do not close...I'm wondering if my daughter would be upset about that!!
I will keep checking back for your detailed review on the JG dolls! :)
I love your site! You have done a great job and have been very helpful with your detailed reviews. I will send anyone I come across who is also searching for dolls your way!! :)

-Stephanie

beastsbelle said...

Thanks so much Stephanie...I love meeting new readers and being able to help others with their doll questions, especially when it comes to info about dolls that are a little easier on the budget. ;)

I love the Precious Day dolls! I used to have Elisabeth, and my Gotz Little Sisters Tess doll has a very similar face mold. I was looking over my review posts because I thought I'd done one about the Gotz dolls. I couldn't find it though...that's silly of me! I do have a link to an eBay seller and fellow blogger that got me interested in them in the first place, though. She has a very helpful guide about them here: http://reviews.ebay.com/18-Gotz-Dolls-identifying-them-AG-doll-alternative?ugid=10000000007150885

I don't think you can get them locally (although sometimes the newest versions show up at Tuesday Morning stores), but you can sometimes find them on eBay or Craigslist. I would definitely recommend the Gotz dolls...they've got beautiful faces and are lovely, high quality dolls. :)

Have a great weekend! :)

Anonymous said...

Hmm... I was wondering if you had a Journey Girls review here. I did not see one, but there are so many links it's hard to tell!

beastsbelle said...

Hi Anonymous. I'm sorry, the Journey Girls Review was not on here. :} Thanks for bringing it to my attention...the review is now under the 18" Doll Reviews section.

I try to add my review posts to this page as soon as I finish the post, but every once in a while I miss one.

I'm sorry if you find this page overwhelming. I've tried very hard to make it as easy to use as possible. All of the reviews are divided by category, and each category is in alphabetical order. I hope this helps!

Anonymous said...

Oh! One more fun thing!
Apparently, all of the AG face molds are not completely symmetrical. For the Jess mold, one of her eye openings is cut slightly bigger than the other. On at least one other face mold, one of the ears sits slightly higher than the other (I suspect it's Josefina-- I SWEAR one of Elizabeth's ears is higher (though it could just be that her earrings are off)).
Apparently, there are two reasons that AG does this. First, real girls' faces aren't completely symmetrical, either, and this helps with the "realism" of the dolls. Second, it apparently helps to prevent knock-off companies from counterfeiting the dolls.
Anyhow, I thought you might find that interesting, and my guess is that it could be fun to play "spot the difference" with each AG face. :)

Sorry for the two long comments in a row. :)
Thank you again for the fun blog, and I hope your girls will get better soon (and that you won't get sick)!

--Anonymous :)

beastsbelle said...

Hi Anonymous. I'd noticed that about the Jess mold, but I didn't know about the uneven ears. :)

Thanks for commenting. Don't ever feel the need to apologize for long comments, by the way. I love hearing from my readers, and I've been known to leave some pretty long comments myself. ;)

Thanks, the girls are starting to feel better, and so far I haven't caught it. Let's hope it stays that way! ;)