Monday, December 31, 2012

Mini Kenya's Hair Madness!

Hair Madness Mini Kenya "Funny Girl"

While browsing the toy shelves at Family Dollar, I noticed a 30% off sign for dolls priced under $10.  This would include the mini Kenya dolls, I thought.  This particular store still had a wide selection left post-Christmas.  I guess little girls were not at all fascinated with the mounds of hair the mini Kenya dolls appear to have.

I am.

I searched through each of the three Hair Madness Kenya  displays to find two dolls that I "needed," a medium complexion and a dark since I already have one that falls into the light-skinned category.  I noticed the plastic was loose on one of the medium skin toned dolls.  That one was wearing the dress I wanted.  I didn't want to buy one that had already been opened, so  I chose the only other one like that, but the skirt of the other one had more stripes than I desired.  I selected it anyway and decided to take the opened box doll to the counter to let them know the box was open.

At the counter, I handed the cashier/manager the opened box doll and informed her of the issue.  She thanked me.  I watched as the two dolls I was purchasing scanned for the regular price of $5.  I inquired why and was told that only the toys with applied price stickers reflecting the 30% mark down were included in the sale.  "I don't want them, then."  I said.  She deducted their combined $10 cost and continued to scan my other non-doll items.   Before stating my total, she said, "I can give you this one [the opened box doll] for $2.50, but it's missing this [pointing to the area where mini Kenya's yellow pick/comb should have been].  "I'll take her, I said.  That's probably why they opened it up."  She agreed.

On inspecting the doll at home, it appears it was probably a Christmas gift for some little one because the area where the preprinted $5, Family Dollar price had been was torn off the top edge of the package.  They probably just "forgot" to place her yellow pick back in the package before returning her to the store or lost it because the package that contains her rubber bands and beads was still intact. 

Hair Madness Kenya is all hair!

Kenya's mounds upon mounds of closely-rooted black hair would probably be a little girl's dream to comb or brush if it did not shed as much! 

Kenya and her hair -- the hair that remains on her head and the hair she lost
A ball of hair came out as I brushed Kenya's hair. A second brushing yielded the same result but with less hair loss.  The two brushings gave me enough of a comb-a-doll's-hair fix, for now.  For $2.50 and minus her yellow pick, which would have been useless for her head full of hair, I won't complain about the shedding.   

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8 comments:

  1. Hello from Spain: I love Kenya. She is like the Shellys. Today when I comb the new dolls they lose hair. You bought very well. Happy Year! Keep in touch

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    1. Thanks, Marta. $2.50 was a good price. Happy New Year!

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  2. She's cute. I had a couple of these when they were out a few years ago. I think I either sold them or gave them to one of my nieces. Nice to see them making a comeback :O)

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    1. Hi Dollz4Moi,

      I still have some of the Kenya's Little Cousins. I had Simone (the original Kenya Fashion doll from the 1990s) in all skin tones but I sold them.

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  3. Holy wow, "Hair Madness" is right! Look at all that. Is she similar in size to the SIS kids? They look like they could play together.

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    1. That's some major shedding, isn't it, Muff?

      I took a comparison photo of Mini Kenya with SIS Zahara and included it in a separate blog post.

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  4. Thanks for alerting us to the 50% off toys over $10 sale. I took advantage of it today. One of the Family Dollar stores I went too had signs up about the 30% off for toys $5-$8 but the others hadn't heard anything about that sale. Given how much the Mini Kenya's hair sheds, it is a good thing you didn't have to pay full price for her.

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  5. I love huge hair (and have rather huge hair) and won't mind having one of these... because big hair . lol

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