|Today's Girls, Sophia and Eva are 18-inch American Girl-style dolls|
Being a sucker for a cute face that wants to come live here when the cute face is also being offered at a price I simply cannot refuse must end. I have to develop the ability to just say no to these dolls in all shapes and sizes that tempt me into unnecessary purchases.
I was minding my own business (as I always do) when photos were shared of My London Girls, Sabrina and Olivia (sold only in the UK). The same head sculpt is used for Today's Girl dolls, Sabrina and Eva, which are sold in the US by CP Toys, a division of Constructive Playthings.
Sabrina and Eva had both recently been offered at a reduced price on Zulily.com. At the time of that offering, Sabrina tried to convince me to order her. I could tell as I looked at the ordering page how much she wanted to change her environment to come live with me and the others who have succeeded throughout the past two and a half decades in their pleas to relocate, but I refused her. I was proud of myself that I did not cave in and order and that the doll eventually sold out at Zulily. But then it happened.
A few weeks later, I went to Zulily.com and discovered the doll's availability again. Oh Dear! Her sister, Eva, that I had seen previously was also available. After asking the owner of the London Girls about the sturdiness of the body and learning that it is similar in construct to American Girl dolls, I succumbed. I ordered Sabrina and her sister, Eva, too! Oh my! Where will I put them? I wondered immediately after I clicked the "place the order" button.
Again, my weakness is attributed to their adorable faces and the Zulily price of only $19.99 for dolls comparable in quality (with the exception of their hair) to American Girl dolls. Did I really need another 18-inch doll, or two? No, absolutely not, but "want" trumped my reasoning. No, it's all Sabrina's fault. She needed a home. How could I refuse a well-made, reasonably priced "homeless" doll?
I do plan to do better in controlling these impulse purchases. I will try to ignore the cuteness factor and "good" price in order to maintain my stance that I really can admire dolls from afar without owning them. I will try... I wrote, I will try, okay? Developing a game plan is a good start to gaining control over the inanimates and their excellent pleas and reasons, like "I'm homeless," to come live here. (I'm homeless... Sabrina saw me coming with that one and Eva didn't have to utter one word. She just stared at me through the screen looking cute.)
Today's Girl dolls are 18-inches with vinyl heads, full vinyl arms and legs. Their cloth bodies match the color of their complexions. At the Zulily website, Eva's eyes appeared lighter than they actually are. Both dolls have dark brown stationary eyes. Sabrina's complexion has a reddish undertone. Eva has a light caramel complexion. Their clothing is very well made with removal items such as hats, Eva's scarf, and Sabrina's vest attached with plastic fasteners. Their heads are marked Lotus/01G 180/China.
Unlike American Girl dolls, Today's Girl dolls have rooted hair, with strand placement relatively close. These two have two ponytails with a front side part. Sabrina's hair has a curly texture while Eva's is straight. I like the texture of AG Addy's hair over the silkiness of Sabrina's and Eva's.