This is my review of Prettie Girls Lena, one of the two African American dolls in a line of articulated fashion dolls designed by Stacey Mcbride-Irby for the One World Doll Project, Inc. Kimani, the other AA doll (based on online images), has a slightly darker complexion.
Since I always photograph my dolls in their never-removed-from-box state prior to deboxing, this task was not spared for Lena. The packaging is nice, front and back. "I'm Lena, the business Girl!" is on the front. Text on the back of the box includes where Lena is from (Charlotte, NC), her favorite things, what she is amazing at, what she loves, and why she is "prettie." There is a cute picture of Stacey McBride-Irby in the lower left-hand corner of the back of the box.
Other than her hair being sewn to the blister with one plastic attachment from the head to the blister, removing Lena only required a few snips of the bands that held her arms, waist, and feet down. The base of the OWP-personalized black doll stand had a cord threaded through it to hold it onto the blister.
Lena's Vital Statistics
Height: 12 inches
Head/Body Proportions: The head is not over-sized!
Hair: Straight, black, rooted, comb-able but a little stiff
Eyes: Painted brown
Facial Features: Full nose and lips
|Lena is prettier than I expected. I love her luscious lips, fuller nose, and beautiful brown eyes.|
Clothing: Separates -- floral-print blouse, tan high-waist suspender pants, red duffle bag, red high heels
Articulated Areas: Underneath the breasts, elbows, and knees; the breast movement is only slight from left to right.
|I was pleasantly surprised that Lena's blouse is not attached to her pants. Both have a Velcro closure in back.|
Comparison to Similar-Size Dolls
I compared Lena's height and foot size with Mattel's So in Style Kara, Integrity Toys' Reese, and YNU Group's Opal.
|So in Style Kara and Reese pose with Lena for height comparison with shoes on.|
|So in Style Kara and Reese pose with Lena for height comparison with shoes off.|
|Opal poses with Lena|
Lena's foot measures approximately 1 inch long and is longer and wider than the feet of the other dolls mentioned above. Her arch is not as high as Kara's or Reese's. It is not as low as Opals. She can wear Opal's shoes and Opal can wear hers.
|L-R: Kara and Lena|
|L-R: Reese and Lena|
|L-R: Lena and Opal|
I did not do a nude comparison between Lena and the other dolls because I did not want to take the time to disrobe everyone. I did disrobe Lena. I often wondered why it appeared her butt protruded in her promo images. Now I know why: girlfriend has some impressive curves!
The next two images illustrate Lena's very slight chest movement.
|Her upper torso is turned as far as possible to her right (to the left looking at the image).|
|Her upper torso is turned as far possible to her left (to the right looking at the image).|
More about Hair and A Quick Change
The next image attempts to illustrate the hair fiber and length of Lena's hair from the back:
|Lena's hair has a synthetic look and feel. It is comb-able, but a little wiry.|
|Her curvaceous body can fit into Kara's dress.|
For the retail price of $21.95 (on sale for $18.95 when I purchased), I am pleased with Lena's overall quality and the attention to detail given the product. I love her sculpt, the quality of her clothing, the inclusion of a doll stand, and the nice packaging. The addition of other dolls representing a variety of ethnicities, each with a unique complexion and their own personality is an added plus.
What I would change/add if I could:
Improved hair quality (softer, less wiry), wrist articulation, more movement at the breast joint and at the hips/knees -- Lena cannot cross her legs at the knees when seated. The best she can do is cross her ankles.
|Lena sits with her legs as close together as possible.|
|Legs crossed at the ankles|
Was Lena worth the wait?
Am I looking forward to the release of the other dolls in March 2014? Yes!
Kudos to Stacey McBride-Irby for her outstanding design of this doll, the fashion, and box presentation. I must also applaud The One World Doll Project for taking the initiative to create a line of multicultural dolls for collectors but especially for little girls. They need to see themselves in a positive light and dolls can certainly aid in helping girls of color appreciate their whole beings, from their heads to their toes and to consider their reflections normal and beautiful.
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