After seeing the gorgeous online pics of these dolls, I could hardly wait for them to show up in my local stores. I didn't have to wait long, as I found them in Toys R Us about a month ago - all but Bijou anyway. As luck would have it, they were on sale - buy one, get one half off, so I purchased Arizona and Tristan. Both dolls had lovely faces, articulated bodies, and wigs! You really can't ask for much more in a fashion doll, right? Er....uh....yes we can!
The dolls retail for $26.99 not a fortune, but quite a bit when you consider the quality (or lack thereof) and lack of accessories. The dolls came with the clothes on their backs, the wig on their head, purse, a brush, and a poster - no stand! You would think that since the dolls are an odd size (14" tall) that MGA would have included a stand for her as neither Barbie-size stands, nor those for 16" fashion dolls will work for these girls. Because they are so lightweight and have arched feet, they cannot stand on their own, so the only way to pose them is to have something to lean on.
By comparison, Liv dolls are a full 2 inches shorter and weigh approximately the same.
I am not impressed with the articulation either. Though the dolls do have jointed knees, ankles, wrists, and elbows, the range of motion is minimal. As you can see in the picture, Arizona cannot even strike a hand-on-the-hip pose - the elbows just don't bend enough! I was also not impressed with her clothes. Those lace leggings are attached to her skirt - what the heck is that? These dolls are supposed to represent young adults in college - not Garanimal wearing toddlers!
Now that I have gotten those things off my chest, I must say that I do like the dolls! The faces are gorgeous and I am delighted that the heads are in much better proportion than the Liv dolls. I love that they have "real" eyelashes and inset eyes. I also like the "look" of the jewelry, but it is of very poor quality. (one of the earrings literally fell apart as I was deboxing) The boots and bag are actually really nice. I love the idea of interchangeable wigs, but the hair on this one leaves a lot to be desired. I'm not sure of the fibers used, but it is just too soft and fine. I know its just a matter of time before it becomes a tangled, matted mess and I am and adult! Can you imagine what it will look like once an 8 year old plays with it?
At any rate, though I love the "look" of these dolls, I'm not sure if I will purchase Bijou if/when she becomes available. The quality of the product does not justify the price. I think MGA has a great concept in these dolls and may have just rushed them to market a bit too soon. If the quality improves, these may prove worth collecting.