Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Lovely Patsy Fashion Stylist

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas or retailers expect us to think this as they stock their toy shelves with dolls that would otherwise not be there during other times of the year.


Lovely Patsy in a choice of tan, brown, or white complexions is available at Family Dollar for $5 each.  I recently purchased a tan and brown Lovely Patsy for $7.50  for the pair during Family Dollar's buy one get one 50% off sale.  This sale may or may not still be in effect.  If interested, check your local Family Dollar.

Lovely Patsy Fashion Stylist with tan complexion
Lovely Patsy Fashion Stylist with brown complexion
The quality of the dolls is much better than I imagined.  I was expecting to find thin plastic, pliable dolls, but I was wrong.  The heads are made of a soft but firm vinyl.  The bodies are rigid plastic (similar to that used by Mattel for the bodies of play line Barbies and So In Style dolls).  The legs are flexible vinyl with knees that bend.  The hair is rooted, but not closely; so restyling may be a challenge.  The brown doll has larger-than-necessary ear piercings while the tan one's ears are not pierced.

Close-up image of tan complected doll

Close-up image of brown complected doll
Made in China, the Lovely Patsy dolls quite possibly are made in the same factory as Barbie and other brand name dolls.  Their faces are quite generic, but on the positive side, each one uses a unique sculpt.  I was actually more attracted to the tan one initially, but now that I have them both home, the brown one is just as appealing.  Her wider jaw/neck area is what distracted me initially.


The quality of the clothing is not top notch but, for most pieces, it is better than expected.  The fabric of the sateen dresses is a little stiff and nothing is lined.  The turquoise lamé jacket worn by the tan doll, which coordinates with her turquoise and animal-print dress, is made of a thin fabric as is the black dress the brown doll wears.  Included with each doll are two extra fashions in addition to the one they wear and three pairs of coordinating shoes.

At $7.50 for the pair, Lovely Patsy was a good buy for my tentative plan to transplant the heads onto a couple of the articulated bodies recently found at the thrift store.  Lovely Patsy is also sturdy enough to endure child's play and can be used to donate to Toys for Tots and similar seasonal toy drives.   These girls would make excellent repaint candidates for those who desire to try their hands at this.  Their low cost should eliminate any apprehension of damaging a more expensive doll through the process of repainting

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Incidentally, Family Dollar also carries brand name toys such as Monster High, Barbie (of course), and many others.  Based on your zip code, if there is a store in your area, their holiday toy book can be viewed here (enter your zip code, select your store, then scroll and find the holiday toy book in the Select Circulars window).

Happy shopping!

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    1. Thank you Lindaivette -- shopping for dolls is the only shopping I like.

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  2. Nice post. I have seen the tan doll, but not the darker skin one. I like their faces, so they will be great to rebody. Paulette would surely like these. The one at the Dollar Tree has a pretty face as well. Her body is totally thin plastic though. Thanks for sharing the info.

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    1. I thought about Paulette when I stopped to examine these dolls. The ones at Dollar Tree are pretty but the plastic is extremel thin, like you mentioned. I was thinking these were made of the same flimsy material, but they are not. You do have to really examine the faces because some of the eyes are not placed correctly. I had to select from at least three of the darker ones for the best one. Otherwise, for $5, not a bad buy.

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  3. I saw these too! I was driving by Family Dollar and they had a huge sign out that said "$5 Toys!" I made a u-ie and went in. They were not having a bogo1/2 when I was there though. I wanted the one with the blue jacket, but each version had a messed up face. There are like 3 more FD's on my side of town alone, so I'll keep looking because I think that doll really favors Penelope Cruz and I want her.

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    1. Now that you've mentioned it, the tan one does resemble Penelope Cruz.

      Yep... you have to examine them closely. Interestingly, the tan ones at my FD all had nice faces. It was the darker ones with unevenly placed eyes. I had to pick the best of at least three.

      I hope you're able to find your Penelope Cruz lookalike soon, Muff.

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  4. Nice! I love them both. I saw that huge $5 toy sign when I went shopping at Aldis. I exercised great restraint, and didn't even go in. I do love the faces on these dolls.

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    1. The tan one has a better head sculpt. She looks more like a real person. The brown one has what my husband refers to as a "dolly" face. She is not as realistic looking as the other one, but I like them both, too.

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