|Designer's Choice Kari Michell dolls|
The doll in the middle was purchased from Big Lots a couple of months ago after I signed up for a repainting project with plans to use this doll as my subject. The redhead wears a full-length pink "silk" gown with faux fur pink shrug. A casual fashion of pink sweater and pink skirt with ruffled hem is included. Accessories are two different styles of pink high heels and two different pink purses. The doll wears simulated pearl cross-shaped earrings and necklace. Big Lots' $10 price is decent for the clothing and accessories alone, which I will probably use for other dolls.
|African American Designer's Choice Kari Michell dolls|
After reading an informative Limbe Dolls post, The Spice of Life: Part 1, I discovered the Kari Michell dolls are made by the manufacturer of World Peacekeepers and Power Team Elite action figures Familiar with the quality of M and C Toy Centre Ltd's action figures, I wanted and found the two African American Kari Michell dolls on eBay. They were offered in the same auction for $24.99 with free shipping.
|Head shots of the three dolls|
Unlike the white version, the African American dolls do not have an extra fashion. Like the white version, they all share the same generic, nondescript face sculpt. Even though the dolls are not articulated, I wanted to add them to my Black Barbie clone collection.
Both AA versions have black rooted hair, brown painted eyes, and wear pearl heart-shaped earrings. One doll wears burgundy faux suede jacket, burgundy pleather pants, fuchsia knit top, has a burgundy handbag, and burgundy high heels. The other wears a black sparkly pullover sweater, black faux leather pencil skirt, black high heels and has a black handbag.
All three dolls have a box date of 2005, but I do not know if the company is still producing African American versions. At the time I purchased the redhead, Big Lots had a large supply of white Kari Michell dolls. I have never noticed an African American Kari Michell there or anywhere locally.