|Steffi Love has a very pretty face.|
I stopped by the thrift store yesterday and found this circa 1990s doll, Steffi Love. She was only $2.99 and within her baggie, appeared to be in decent condition with articulation. So I purchased her.
Before now I was not familiar with this 11-inch line of fashion dolls, made by Simba. I did a quick Internet search and found several white versions with the same face. The newer versions have a different head sculpt and also do not appear articulated. A male counterpart, Kevin, is shown at the Steffi Love website. I did not see any dark skinned dolls there.
My doll, as mentioned is 11-inches tall. She is articulated at the elbows, waist, knees, ankles, and the usual areas: neck, upper arms-to-shoulders, upper legs-to-hips. Wrist articulation is absent. Her head is marked: SIMBA-TOYS
Her back is marked:
SIMBA (with a rearing up elephant alongside)
MADE IN CHINA
Her black hair is rooted in approximately four layers. The eyes are painted brown. Her feet are flat. The dress she wore when found appears original.
|Steffi Love in what appears to be her original dress (looking a little stiff in this pose).|
Made in China, the quality is decent, above that of dollar store dolls, but not as high as a Mattel-made doll. Her arms and lower legs are a lighter brown than the rest of her body.
|Steffi shows off her articulation.|
Because of her flat feet, I thought about LIV shoes and clothing. Her feet are smaller than LIV feet, but the outfit I chose for her includes boots, which fit without obvious slack. Her shoulder/breast areas are broader than LIV dolls making it difficult to close the upper back of the LIV blouse completely and the denim vest will not close in front. Fortunately, the fashion looks good with or without the vest.
|Steffi wears the LIV for Hair! fashion, Country Fair with denim vest which will not close in front.|
|Steffi has removed the vest and feels and looks more comfortable without it.|
She's all set and for $2.99, I am glad I did not leave Steffi Love behind.
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