Yesterday, after the postman rang once, I found a Lammily logo'd package and two others on my porch. The other two were not dolls. After waiting months on the arrival of my preordered Photographer Lammily, of course, I opened her package first.
Inside the shipper was the doll's beautifully designed box, which features a lovely painted image of the doll on front.
Images of things and places she has photographed are on both sides and back of the box.
At this point, I was impressed by the packaging and Photographer's story.
"Look, Mom, no panties!" Since she wears a skirt, I just knew she would have some form of coverage underneath, but no. Like other companies, Photographer was given molded-on, flesh-colored-panties.
With the doll freed from the box, I was eager to see if she could stand unassisted. She cannot, or at least she would not for me. Her joints are limited to the usual five. Her wrists and ankles are articulated. Her elbows have two clicks of inward bending motion. Her knees have a one-click bend. This does not allow her to move very much, but it is more movement than I thought she had initially. It also helps that her arms and legs are made of a soft vinyl. With the click bending motion of the elbows and soft vinyl arms, it is possible for arms to be held together with bands to allow her to hold her camera.
Her camera, which was attached to the box liner, had to be tied to the black satin ribbon that was already attached to her right wrist with a clear band.
Like the soles of her feet, the palms of her hands are also a lighter shade. This is realistic for melanin-rich people whose palms and soles are lighter than the dorsal surfaces of their hands and feet.
The next four comparison photos illustrate the major differences between Photographer Lammily and Curvy Barbie.
normal, or average. Wide with short legs is a better description. Curvy Barbie is more shapely.
original denim dress, but she cannot. She can wear the ivory mesh top, but she has nothing else to wear with it and it is see-through, so, we are still at square one with nothing extra for her to wear. The waist of Photographer's skirt is too large for Curvy Barbie, but the top, which fits better than the skirt, camouflages the skirt's loose fit on her.
- Lovely hair texture
- Facial expression
- Articulated wrists and ankles
- Slightly bendable elbows and knees
- Lighter soles of feet and palms of hands
- Needs full articulation, at least in the arms to properly hold camera.
- Body is wide with a long torso and disproportionate.
- Legs are short, not shapely.
- Sits with legs open wide
- Feet are huge.
- Redressing in clothing and shoes not designed for Lammily dolls will be challenging.
I wanted this doll for its novelty of being one of the first "fuller figured dark skinned fashion dolls*. My final assessment is Lammily is not really full figured. At best, she is an 11-1/2-inch doll with an oddly shaped body. She is different.
In spite of the cons, I am grateful that Photographer exists as a non-Barbie alternative because different body types in all colors should be represented in doll form.
*Big Beautiful Dolls, Inc. Dasia was the first 12-inch full-figured fashion doll.
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