Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Fashion Madness Kenya - 6!

With the store manager's permission, I took the following images of the six different 12-inch Fashion Madness Kenya dolls found at Family Dollar.  Their complexions are light, medium, and dark.  It's not easy to differentiate the light from the medium in the images.  I've used initials in parentheses behind each doll's name to indicate their skin tones (L-light), (M-medium), (D-dark). 

LR:  The first four photographed were Fireside Chatting (D), Rock Star (M), Vegas (L but possibly M), Movin On (L)

Fireside Chatting is dressed in a holiday fashion and has straight hair. Rock Star has a pink guitar and textured hair.  Vegas wears a white faux fur coat and hat and has curly hair.  Moving On has textured hair, wears eyeglasses, and sports a leopard print coat.  

Vegas and Movin On were captured again in this image; the fifth doll photographed is Riviera Kenya (D)
Riviera Kenya wears a pink two-piece suit with white blouse and pink headband.  Her image appears on the cover of the booklet that accompanies each doll.

The sixth doll on the far right is Beverly Hills (D); Vegas and Rock Star make another appearance in this photo. 

Beverly Hills is dressed in a black and white polka dot suit with aqua top and hat.

The heads and hands are soft vinyl.  Rigid plastic was used for the arms, legs, and body.  The elbows, wrists, and knees are articulated.  The waist is not.  A nude image of Riviera Kenya can be viewed on Ms. Leo's blog.  The quality of the clothing and accessories is decent.  I wasn't expecting the dolls to retail for $20, however.

Because of her eyeglasses and tightly textured tresses, Movin On Kenya is the only one of the 12-inch girls that came home with me.  I also liked her fashion the best.

Movin On Kenya -- the one that came home from Family Dollar with me.

Close-up of Movin On Kenya

Also in stock at Family Dollar were the six different 6-1/2-inch Kenya Mini Hair Madness dolls.  Their accessories include a hair pick and a package of rubber bands and beads for styling the dolls' rooted hair.

Kenya Mini Day Dreamer has a medium complexion and stands 6-1/2 inches.
Because her leopard print dress matches Movin On Kenya's jacket, this little one came home with me, too for a much better price of $5.

The other Kenya Minis are illustrated on the back of Day Dreamer's box:
The six Kenya Minis

I need a medium complexion and a dark complexion Kenya Fashion Madness.  Since Rock Star appears to be the lone medium complexion doll, I'll buy her eventually even though her hairstyle is almost identical to the one I purchased.  Riviera may be the one I will purchase to represent the warmest complexion Kenya, particularly since her head shot appears on each doll's booklet.

I asked the store manager about Denise, TJ, and Keyshia, the dolls shown on the back of Movin On Kenya's box.  She indicated there was more stock to put out and suggested I check back.  A second Family Dollar only had the six girls described above and the minis.  The friends may or may not have been released yet.

Vegas Kenya is shown on the back of Movin On Kenya's box along with her best friend, Denise; boyfriend TJ, and little sister Keyshia.  These were not in stock at Family Dollar. 

Update (10/31/12):  For additional information about this line of dolls, where else to buy, release dates of other products, etc., Kenya's World LLC, the manufacturer, can be reached at: 1-855-MYKENYA (1-855-696-3692). 

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22 comments:

  1. Great post Debbie! I will have to check them out for Granddaughter! Thanks!

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  2. They are lovely!!Love them all!!
    I felt corious about TJ doll!!
    Have you seen him??
    Thank You!!

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  3. LBDH - Hope you're able to find one for Granddaughter!

    Jorge -- TJ was not available at the store. I have not seen him in person. I am looking forward to seeing/buying him.

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  4. Thanks for the detailed post. I love them and their clothes. Love the variety shown. The minis are super cute, too. I can't wait to see the rest of them.

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    1. Hi Vanessa,

      I am looking forward to the arrival of the rest as well, Especially TJ and Keyshia, but I'll probably want Denise, too.

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  5. Thanks for giving us the scoop on these dolls. I think they have infected me with Fashion Madness since I want them all!

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    1. Hi Limbe Dolls,

      I hope the company is supported. It's not often that a non-AA owned company produces a line of quality dolls that includes a variety of choices.

      Flashback a few years ago when my disposable income was in more abundance or at least when I was less cautious about spending it, I would have purchased the entire line without batting an eye. But at $20 a doll, I had to exercise restraint yesterday. There are still several others I want that I will eventually buy, cautiously.

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  6. Great, you save me from a post! I can finish some of the one I had in the works before my hiatus. I didn't see the Movin On Kenya or the Kenya Mini Day Dreamer . I really like their outfits and glasses!

    I wanted to get more dolls to but the price stopped me also. I like many of the fashions I saw. I do understand that it cost more to get a new product on the market! They might have had a hard time getting them to major toy store. It was several years after I first saw Janay in drug store that I saw her in Toys-R-Us. The Imani dolls has some help getting into the major market ;)...!

    Anyway, I think they will sell well right now because many of the toy store in AA areas are already out of AA dolls. So some people will put out the extra money for an AA doll for their children. The question is what will happen once the holidays are over. Family Dollar and drug stores reduce their inventory after the holidays and carry a limited number of toys. That might be a great time to pick up a few extra of these girls but who will carry them after that?

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    1. I'm still looking forward to your planned post, Ms. Leo.

      Waiting until after the holidays might be a good idea to pick up extras, but I would be too afraid to wait to purchase the ones I really want until then for fear that holiday shoppers will have purchased them.

      I will probably call their 800# once I get to a stopping point today to find out the names of other merchants who are scheduled to carry them. I suspect that Wal-Mart (since they had the last toddler Kenyas) will also have them; possibly K-Mart (if you can find one of those these days); and maybe Toys R Us. I believe the original 1990s Kenyas were also sold in Toys R Us. In fact, I know they were. Family Dollar is probably just the first store to receive theirs.

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    2. PS to Ms. Leo -- Hope you did not sustain any damage from Sandy.

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  7. My God I adore them!!! They must be promoted more. Can we buy them online? I live in Europe and I would really love some for me and my friends.

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    1. Hi Ada,

      I have not seen these dolls online yet, but they may show up online eventually. I hope so.

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  8. I love the dolls. I am going to have to go shopping. Thanks for sharing your visit to Family Dollar.

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    1. You're welcome, MDW. Hope you're able to locate the ones you want.

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  9. Hello from Spain: I love all the collection. My favorite is also the doll with leopard print clothing. Keep in touch

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  10. All of these are awesome, but the price, man, the price. Still, glad to know that they even exist. I'm waiting on TJ. If I have to pay full price then I want to see what his packaging is like and he may be the only one I get.

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  11. $20 is pretty outrageous, but they seem to be selling at that price. The release date, a little over a month prior to Christmas, was probably a good marketing move.

    I'm waiting on TJ, too and the little sister Keyshia.

    Going back to get a dark-skinned Kenya soon, too.

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  12. I've seen this line at Toys R Us earlier this week, DBG. Thanks for the alert that they are at Family Dollar.

    I'd like Movin On Kenya (glasses and HAIR, lol), little sister Keyshia, Beverly Hills Kenya (complexion), and possibly TJ.

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  13. Hi D7ana - You're welcome. Did your TRU have the separately sold Fashion Madness Kenya fashions?

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  14. I saw these dolls at my local Family Dollar tonight! They've been marked down to 1/2 off of the original $20 price, and I was really tempted to pick one up as a donor body. How well made is the actual doll? I was afraid they were blow-molded or something.

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    1. The bodies are comparable to the Barbie Fashionistas' bodies. The wrist and elbow joints are sometimes a little loose. The neck prong is larger than most. The heads will have to be removed with care.

      Check out Limbe Dolls' Fashion Madness post where she suggests removing the head with an Xacto knife. Her post also compares the bodies with others and illustrates the use of the bodies with other heads.

      For $10 and three complexion choices, you can't go wrong.


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