She is "Fidget," a resin BJD (ball jointed doll) made by Joanne Callander:
She has teeny tiny inset brown glass eyes and a platinum wig. She was made in a very limited edition of 25. She comes with a miniature resin flocked rabbit. Joanne Callander also makes irresistible resin flocked puppies that you can still find for sale at About Face, The Doll House and The Toy Shoppe.
Fidget has this sweet little elfin face and a worried expression that melts my heart. I find her incredibly appealing:
She is dressed in a gauzy nightshirt, pink silk night shorts and a pink velvet robe. All hand sewn and very nicely done:
Nine inches is an unusual height, so let me show you some comparison pictures. She's much smaller than a Liv doll:
Her rabbit is about the same size as the new Olivia LEGO figure:
Here's the little rabbit up close:
The rabbit is so small, and yet has these amazing details like his lightly flocked resin, a perfectly-tied pink bow tie and the itsy-bitsiest little pink eyes I have ever seen. His arms and legs move, as do his ears. He is a real treat.
Fidget herself is highly articulated. She has joints in her neck, torso, shoulders, elbows, wrists, waist, hips, knees and ankles:
She only holds a few poses on her own and is best at sitting. For this kneeling picture, I had to keep my finger on her head so she didn't tip forward.
After I bought Fidget, we were driving home and I kept looking at her face and thinking, this doll reminds me of something. Her face is familiar!
It nagged at me for almost a half hour before I finally figured it out. Here's a little hint for you:
|Does this outfit look familiar to anyone?|
She looks like an Only Hearts Club doll! Doesn't she? Especially Karina Grace with the blonde hair:
|The cut of the bangs is even the same!|
Here's Olivia Hope, who I have out of the box. She's slightly darker in coloring than Fidget, but do you see what I mean?
Well, it turns out there is a very good reason for this similarity. When I got home from the doll store, I Googled for a while and found out that Joanne Callander is, in fact, the designer of the Only Hearts Club dolls! I was twice as excited about owning Fidget after that discovery, because my mom and I had just spent a ton of time rounding up a big collection of the Only Hearts girls for my step-neice for her birthday and so I was very familiar with them. I ended up with a few "extras" of my own, of course.
The Only Hearts Club are 9-inch posable cloth dolls with vinyl faces, hands and feet. Here's what their bodies look like:
They have inset plastic eyes. The website says the eyes are glass. They look nice, but I don't think they are glass:
Wonky eye alert!
The dolls have long, silky, rooted saran hair. They have an internal wire armature in their limbs that allows them to hold poses, but their flexibility is limited. I wonder what those cloth bodies look like after a few years of play? I need to get some data on that.
I'll do a quick de-box of Karina for you. The box is just big enough for the doll--no gimmicky accompaniments taking up space in there. You can reach in through a heart-shaped hole in the plastic and touch her hair if you want. Also, dust can get in through that hole if it wants.
Within the outer plastic sleeve, the packaging is mostly cardboard:
She's held in the box by some thread, one plastic loop around her waist, and one of those plastic tags securing her head at the back. Not too bad.
All I have to do is pull out that plastic loop in the middle and I can recycle this whole inner box:
Here she is with her dalmatian, "Dot Com." Cute name!
|Well-set eyes! Do they look a bit big for the head?|
|I wonder about that un-hemmed bottom...|
There are eight Only Hearts Club characters in this size, all of them girls. Their names are: Karina Grace, Olivia Hope, Lily Rose, Taylor Angelique, Brianna Joy, Anna Sophia, Kayla Rae and Hannah Faith. The names reflect the wholesome feel of these dolls, I think. They all have slightly different faces and different coloring representing a nice diversity of ethnicities.
I really want Brianna Joy, but these dolls are getting hard to find locally. They used to be sold at Target, but I haven't seen them there for almost a year. I got most of mine on sale a few years ago at Target, and on clearance from Cherished Friends. It actually looks like you can still buy them directly from the online store, which is good. I was worried that they were being discontinued.
The dolls cost around $17, comparable to Liv dolls or Monster High. They come with a complete outfit, and many of the dolls also come with a stuffed pet. There is clearly a lot of effort and attention to detail in their production. I like the absence of plastic. I got most of mine for $10 (or less) on clearance, and this felt like an extremely good deal.
You can get outfits for the girls for about $12, and the clothing is nicely made and there is a ton of variety, including a whole equestrian line:
There are ballet accessories and age-appropriate fashion outfits. There are also a few fantasy outfits like Lily's mermaid costume, and even some sleepwear.
Lily Rose as a mermaid--this came with a cute stuffed dolphin!
In my experience, most of the clothes (except for tight pants) will also fit Jun Planning's Dal and Byul dolls, which is where most of my Only Hearts Club clothes have ended up.
You can also get smaller dolls called Li'l Kids, beautiful stuffed horses for the girls to ride, and stuffed animal friends (slightly bigger than Dot Com) called Only Heart Pets. I get the sense from browsing the website that the Only Heart Pets have become more successful than the dolls. Mc Donald's ran a line of Happy Meal toys of these little fuzzies and the Only Hearts Club did a promotional coordinating set of baby animals. I don't own any of the little animals, unfortunately, but I do have Lily's Li'l Kid sister Jessica (she doesn't have a middle name):
These little ones are $8.99. They have a stuffed body that is made out of material that looks like clothes, so the outfit does not come off. The shoes don't come off either. They have the same hair, inset eyes and wire armature that their big sisters have, although their posing is even more limited because of their short stature.
|I love the little hearts on the bottoms of her shoes!|
I thought the Li'l Kids looked a bit awkward in their boxes, but Jessica is surprisingly endearing and fun to play with.
|Her hair is kinked from being in the box.|
The Li'l Kids also come with very small stuffed pets:
|The tag on the kitty is HUGE. I cut it off!|
An added bonus for me is that Fidget can share clothes with her 9" Only Hearts Club cousins. I think her pale skin and long hair make her a perfect mermaid!
Here are some shots of Fidget with Lily and Karina so you can see how compatible they are:
Bottom line? Fidget is an ethereal, almost fairy-like little creation. The exquisite detailing in her tiny body and wardrobe is amazing to me. I marvel at the way everything about her is crafted with such care and precision, down to the flocked and jointed body of her toy rabbit. I love her vulnerable, imp-like personality.
I am very fond of the Only Hearts Club dolls. I think they represent a sweet, youthful innocence. They wear well-made and tasteful clothes and have a great diversity of themed outfits centered around hobbies like riding, ballet and playing make-believe. I love the idea of a cloth body. The dolls are very soft and huggable and yet they have realistic vinyl faces that are relatable. The cloth body does not allow for very specific or expressive posing, particularly in the hands and arms. It takes a bit of work to get them to do what you want!
Above all, I think it is fantastic that the talent and creativity of an artist like Joanne Callander is available to everyone in the form of the adorable and affordable Only Hearts Club play dolls and their little pets.
Summary (9" Only Hearts Club Dolls):
5 and up
What you get for ~$20 is comparable to other similarly-priced dolls like Liv and Monster High and there's less plastic.
High quality outfits, hair and face paint. The inset eyes are a nice touch. Unsure about how the cloth body wears over time. Cute plush pet included with some dolls.
Good: small box, simple presentation. A plastic sleeve outside, but all cardboard inside the sleeve.
Nowhere near as easy to pose and photograph as vinyl dolls, but they have very sweet, realistic faces and a diverse wardrobe that could adapt to many different stories and games.