Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Our Generation Mini Dolls by Battat

Yesterday was one of those magical summer days.  The weather was perfect, and my husband took a rare day off of work so we could all have a mini vacation at our favorite ocean beach.  I usually like to bring a doll or two along whenever I go to the beach, so that I can embarrass my children take some photos for the blog.  However, the doll I am reviewing right now is not exactly dressed for the ocean, so I didn't have any obvious doll companions for this adventure.  However, as luck would have it, my kids needed a large tub for their own beach project (don't ask) and so they asked to stop at Target on the way.  Of course I am always happy to stop at Target because it gives me a chance to take a quick run past the dolls.

As I rushed through the toy aisles, I noticed that there were mini dolls in the Our Generation section.  Mini dolls!  I was so surprised to see them, I had to stop and do a double-take. I realize now that there's been some buzz about these dolls for a little while, but I have simply been too busy to notice.  I'm actually glad I didn't know about them ahead of time, because I adore surprises and this was a really great surprise.  In the doll world, there's very little I get more excited about than miniature replicas of larger dolls.  Better yet, one of the minis is Kendra--a redheaded Our Generation doll that I already have in 18" scale.  I scooped up mini Kendra and also Sienna (because she looked really cute) and headed off to the beach...with the perfect doll companions:

Our Generation mini dolls
Our Generation mini dolls "Sienna" and "Kendra," $9.99 each.
The organization of this review will be a little different since I actually de-boxed these dolls at the beach, took photographs of them, and then brought them home for closer inspection.

First, here's Sienna in her box:

Our Generation mini doll Sienna

The dolls come in open-faced cardboard boxes.  The design of the boxes is very similar to that of the 18" dolls.  On the back of the box, there's a short paragraph about the Our Generation girls, and then a photograph of the doll:



It's a good thing that the front of the box is open, because Sienna's picture is not as cute as the actual doll:

The sand I got all over the box doesn't help.
One of the neat things about these mini dolls is that they have inset eyes.  American Girl miniatures have painted eyes, and so this is a nice distinction.  The details in Sienna's light brown eyes were easy to see in the bright sun:


Our Generation mini doll Sienna

Here's Kendra in her box:


The paragraph on the back of Kendra's box is the same as the one on Sienna's box, but Kendra's photograph is even less flattering:

She looks  downright mad!
Like her 18" counterpart, Kendra has pale turquoise blue eyes and freckles:


Our Generation mini doll Kendra

Fortunately, the dolls were held in their boxes with only three clear rubber bands (one around each ankle, and one around the neck).  Since I didn't have any scissors with me at the beach, I was relieved that the packaging was so simple.  I was able to slide each doll out of her box without even breaking the rubber bands.  The entire box can be easily recycled.

Kendra's outfit is very similar to the 18" Kendra's outfit.  She is wearing a blue and white striped shirt, a ruffled blue polka dot skirt, blue tights, boots, and a blue bow headband.  The only difference between this Kendra and the larger version (other than size) is that the mini doll's boots are made out of vinyl with a molded knit pattern while the larger doll's boots are actually knitted.

Our Generation mini doll

All of the mini dolls seem to come with their hair in two side ponytails, accented with a headband of some kind:

Our Generation mini doll

The headbands are held on with one (or sometimes two) plastic ties.  I wanted to photograph the dolls without their headbands, so I actually had to bite the plastic ties off with my teeth.

Our Generation mini doll

Here's Kendra with her headband chewed off removed:


Our Generation mini doll

Kendra had a wonderful time exploring the beach, pointing out the little tidal rivers...


...and admiring the vast areas of newly-exposed sand::


Sienna is also dressed like her 18" version, with a pink corduroy skirt, a pink and white striped shirt, a belted brown fur vest, sheer pink tights, flowered dress shoes, and a white flower headband:

Our Generation mini doll

Our Generation mini doll

The flower on Sienna's headband is pretty large, and her brown fur vest was way too hot for an 80 degree day, so I quickly removed those two pieces:

Our Generation mini doll

I think this doll is absolutely adorable.  Even though she doesn't have red hair, she might be my favorite of the two minis I bought:

Our Generation mini doll

Our Generation mini doll

Once I got back to my house, I dusted the sand off the dolls and took a few more pictures of them.

The first thing I was curious about was how their size compared to American Girl mini dolls.  I would have guessed that the Our Generation boxes are smaller, but in fact it's the American Girl boxes that are slightly more compact:


The dolls themselves are almost exactly the same size (about seven inches tall).  The Our Generation minis are just the slightest bit taller.  This similarity came as no surprise given how alike the 18" dolls from these two companies are.  Here's Kendra with my Mini Rebecca and mini Kit:

Our Generation and American Girl minis
American Girl mini "Rebecca," Our Generation mini "Kendra," American Girl mini "Kit."
I have some more comparisons to make with the American Girl minis, but first let me show you the details of Kendra and Sienna.

Here's Kendra:


Once the plastic ties are gone, the headband relies on a small section of white elastic to keep it in place:



All of the elements of Kendra's outfit are separate pieces.  Both the skirt and the shirt open all of the way down the back with velcro, and the vinyl boots have slits to help them slide off easily:


Here's a larger front-view of Kendra:

Our Generation mini doll Kendra

This doll has a hard time standing on her own.  She tips over very, very easily.

Her outfit has all of the little details that the larger doll's outfit has, including a tie in the front of the shirt and a blue bow at the side of the skirt:


In fact, the tailoring of the skirt seems better on the mini doll.  The dropped waist on the small skirt ends up looking like a nicely-sewn waist band:

7" Kendra's skirt.
The 18" doll's skirt has a ribbon lining the inside of the waist, and this is always flipping out:

18" Kendra's skirt.
I think all of the Our Generation mini dolls have the same face, but it's a very cute face with no visible teeth:

Our Generation mini doll Kendra
Nothing to chew headbands off with.
The only strange thing is that in profile, the doll's pupils aren't visible, so the eyes take on a homogenous alien green glow:

Eeeek!
Here are the eyes up close from the front again.  The color seems on the unnatural side (especially after seeing that last picture...), but I like the asymmetric detail in the irises and the natural shape of the freckles (although they're pretty large):


Kendra's clothes are very easy to manage--especially for such a small doll.  Because her skirt and top open all of the way down the back, dressing and undressing is super-easy.  Her tights are also surprisingly simple to put on--they're not very tight, and yet they don't look baggy.


The boots (slippers?) are really cute and are also easy to get on and off:


Kendra's body construction is just like the 18" Our Generation dolls.  She has a canvas torso and full vinyl arms and legs.  


Kendra has two huge tags sewn into her midline seam in the back.  These tags make it hard to see the construction of the body, but it has three seams in the back: a (hand-sewn?) midline seam, and two seams along her bottom:


She also has seams along each side, and a thin body profile compared to many other cloth-torso dolls:

Capsule body.
Her arms and legs are strung with fairly thin string and are seated in vinyl sockets that are sewn to her torso:



One thing I noticed while browsing all of the different mini dolls at Target was that there's pretty wide variability in the thickness of the neck seam.  My Kendra has a relatively nice neck seam.  It doesn't stick up too far past the collar of her shirt, and it looks fine when she's undressed:


Some of the other dolls have really thick neck seams that stick up above the clothing, though, and I think these look strange:

Poor Lana has a mild case of giraffe neck.
Kendra has movement very much like an 18" Our Generation doll or any of the American Girl dolls.  She can sit, do the splits, and spin her arms all of the way around.  She can even lift her arms away from her body.  


Her leg mobility feels more limited than the larger dolls.  When Kendra is standing upright, it's very hard to find a position for her feet that will support her weight.  This could also just be because her feet are really small.

Here's Kendra next to my American Girl mini doll, Kit, so that you can see the differences in their bodies:


Kit's torso is made out of a softer, lighter weight (and lighter colored) canvas, and her neck seam looks more relaxed:


Also, while Kit has the telltale white strings hanging down her back that reveal she has a strung neck joint, Kendra's neck construction is more of a mystery.


I cut the huge tags off of Kendra's back (with scissors, this time) so that you can get a better look at her torso:


One other notable difference between the American Girl mini dolls and the Our Generation minis is in the shape of the hands.  The American Girl minis have more detailed hands with splayed fingers.

Our Generation (left) and American Girl (right)

This makes it hard for American Girl hands to fit through some of the Our Generation clothing:

I'm stuck!
I eventually did get Kit's hands through Kendra's shirt sleeves, but it wasn't much fun and it took quite a while.  This chore was made more difficult by the fact that Kendra's sleeves are lined with a netted white fabric that kept catching on Kit's thumbs.

Other than the difficulty with sleeves, these two dolls can share clothes very well...right down to the shoes.  It was striking to me how much easier the Our Generation clothes are to get on and off, though.  Kit's sweater, in particular, is a pain to manage since it has no opening seams anywhere.  

The clothes-swapping effort was worth it, though, because I think Kit and Kendra look great in each others outfits!


I especially love Kit's sweater with Kendra's red hair:


I took Kendra's hair down so that I could get a better sense of the texture (and also so that I could brush out the sand...).  The hair feels wonderful and is the same rich, flame-red color of the larger Kendra's hair.


Now, here's Sienna with her removed vest and flower headband:


The headband is a circle of brown elastic with a white fabric flower decoration.  The flower has a small clear rhinestone in the center:


The vest is nicely made, I just didn't like how it looked on Sienna at the beach.  I am also not crazy about the ribbon belt detail.  The vest is made out of imitation fur and has a satiny brown lining.  The attached belt is made out of a shiny brown ribbon:



Under the vest, Sienna's outfit is very cute and versatile.  The long-sleeved striped tee shirt is vaguely nautical, and the pink corduroy skirt would be good for any season.  Sienna is also wearing pink netted stockings and little molded dress shoes.  Kendra's shirt opens down the back with velcro, but her skirt does not open all of the way down--it has a small stitched area at the bottom.  It's still easy to get the skirt on and off, just not quite as easy as Kendra's skirt.



The collar of Sienna's shirt has a very narrow hem, and unfortunately the frayed inside edges of the hem want to stick out like this:


Also, the back seams on the stockings are quite visible, and tend to migrate towards the front of Sienna's legs:


Here are her little white shoes:


Sienna's face is the same mold as Kendra's, but she has brown eyes, brown eyebrows, and no freckles:

Our Generation mini doll Sienna

The placement of these eyes is great (in fact, none of the dolls I saw at Target had wonky eyes) and I really like the shade of brown.  They look very warm and friendly:


Here's Sienna with her vest back on, but this time I tied the ribbon in the back instead of cinching it around her waist.  I prefer it like this:

Our Generation mini doll Sienna

I like the faces on these mini dolls better than I like the faces on the full-sized Our Generation dolls.  They're very calm and sweet, and the inset eyes add a nice realism.  Here are a few pictures of Sienna and Kendra with the American Girl minis so that you can see the contrast between painted eyes and inset eyes...and also the variation in these dolls' faces.



I have to say, I like both the painted eyes and the inset eyes, but I like Sienna's inset brown eyes more than Rebecca's painted green, and I slightly prefer Kit's painted blue eyes to Kendra's turquoise eyes:


Kit has more realistic freckles than Kendra, and I like Kit's lip color better, too.  The Our Generation dolls tend to have very opaque lip paint.  I like the expression on Kendra's face best, though:


I'll finish this review by showing you my 18" Kendra with her mini me.  Unfortunately, I couldn't find Kendra's headband or boots for this photo shoot, but you'll see that this pair still share plenty of other fun similarities:

Our Generation 7" and 18" Kendra dolls.

Our Generation 7" and 18" Kendra dolls.


Our Generation mini Kendra

I really like the big Kendra, but I have to say that this small newcomer is my favorite of the two:


Our Generation 7" and 18" Kendra dolls

Here are two final portraits from the beach:


Bottom line?  These mini dolls are a great addition to the Our Generation lineup.  They are affordable, portable, and versatile.  They have nice hair, realistic inset eyes, and multi-piece outfits that are cute and easy to use.  Their clothes also fit American Girl mini dolls perfectly.  Their faces have a serene charm that I find even more appealing than the faces on the larger Our Generation dolls.

Some of the clothes have edges that curl out or don't lay flat, and some of the dolls have neck seams that stick up unnaturally high.  I also had a lot of trouble getting my Kendra doll to stand on her own, but overall I found the quality of these dolls to be very good.  I was particularly impressed with the silky texture of the hair and the even placement of the eyes.

Compared to American Girl mini dolls, I would say that these new Our Generation minis are more affordable (less than half the price) but they do not come with a book.  Also (at least from what I've seen), the American Girl clothes seem more carefully made and have higher quality fabrics, but they are harder to get on and off.  Our Generation minis do not have the face mold diversity of American Girl minis, but I prefer the Our Generation face.  Our Generation dolls all seem to have the same hair quality, but the American Girl minis are a mix: my Kit has nice hair, but Rebecca's hair is a mess.  Last, American Girl mini dolls have painted eyes, and Our Generation minis have inset eyes.  I like both of these options, and prefer one over the other on a case-by-case basis.

I feel fortunate to have chanced upon these mini dolls when I did.  They are a wonderful little treat for $10 and I suspect they will sell fast.  I can only hope that they will stay in stock more consistently than some of the more sought-after Our Generation accessories.

44 comments:

  1. These are so cute! I dislike the larger Our Generation dolls, but these minis are wonderful! I wish the fabric body couldn't be seen at the neck, though.

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    1. Yes! I totally agree. The visible fabric at the neck is the biggest flaw in these otherwise cute dolls--and it's a much bigger problem with some of them than it is with others. Definitely dolls to be selected in person or from photos if possible!

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  2. They are so adorable! I think some people might criticize it for being a copy of AG, but I think it's a little different because of the modern clothes. I think it's a tie between the OG and the AG minis, because the AG minis have ( in my opinion ) nicer faces and sometimes nicer clothing ( and they come with a miniature book ), but I like the OG faces and it's fun to see modern minis. ( If you don't count the Isabelle )

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    1. I like your summary, Alice. There are definitely good things to be found in both lines of mini dolls. That's a great point about the OG dolls being more modern, too. The OG mini clothes would be perfect for any kids who want to modernize the look of their historical American Girl characters. That could be really fun!

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  3. Mini versions of anything are adorable and this is no exception! I think these are even cuter then the AG minis, but both are lovely. Just as an FYI to any of your readers, I did notice that American Girl is having a sale on 3 mini dolls at the moment (online). They are $10 ($14 off!!) for Caroline, Marie-Grace and Cecile.
    I will definitely be keeping my eye out for these OG mini dolls though the next time I am in Target. I can feel myself getting sucked in, lol.
    PS... You are so good at this...I pretty much want to buy almost everything you discuss on this blog ;) Bio teacher/amazing toy advertiser...you are a gem, Emily. Thanks again for an informative review with beautiful photos to boot!

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    1. Thank you so much, Farrah Lily!! You yourself are a gem to say such kind things! I think of myself as more of an incompetent juggler at a bizarre circus, but I like your description better. ;D You're also a bit of a trouble maker for alerting me to such a good American Girl sale! :P
      Thank you for the great tip!

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  4. Love, love, love these.

    I had just picked up a Mini Kendra tonight before I saw your review. My only complaints are the freckles are not applied so well as yours and the eyelash paint is off-but I decided I liked her the best with the slight flaws, and they are very slight.

    Now if My Twinn would please make some mini dolls, I could really have a well rounded mini set (mini AG, mini Gotz, mini OG and mini My Twinn).

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    1. Where did you find mini Goetz dolls? I want!

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    2. Oh, that is an amazing idea! Mini My Twinn dolls would spell BIG trouble for me and my wallet!! :D I'd also love to know more about mini Gotz dolls! I'm off to do a search on those...

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    3. Goetz Mini Me Dolls through Pottery Barn, but the site says they're no longer available. :(

      I would also like to make a wish for clothes and accessories for these dolls, since I'm asking.

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  5. These little ones are so cute. I'll be keeping an eye out for them. I'd love to make them some clothes. I really like the knits that came with your little American girl, I've made similar for some of my dolls.

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    1. Hi Suzanne, Kit's little sweater set is nice, isn't it? It's great that you can make similar things for your dolls. I used to knit, but never had the patience for the smaller needles! I bet these little dolls will be fun to sew for--they're certainly a good size for dressing. They're not so small that the clothes are super-fiddly, and also not so big that the doll is hard to handle.

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  6. I have to agree with Farrah Lily, you are so good at this .... I too want to get nearly every doll you review but so far have 'only' bought a Zwergnase Junior and now have a Maru & Friends doll on her way to me. (Un)fortunately for my wallet the majority of these dolls are either not available here in Spain or only purchasable on-line making them really expensive when adding customs charges......
    But....these little miniatures are very cute and tempting! They'd make great dolls for dolls! And as luck would have it, some of my dolls are dolly collectors too!! Now how did that happen??! ;) So please excuse me, I'm off to scour Ebay to see what I can find!
    Hugs Sharon in Spain x

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    1. Thank you so much, Sharon! I'm sorry to be bad for your wallet, though (I'm bad for my own wallet, too, if that's any consolation!). I actually started the blog to help people avoid buying dolls that are poorly made, but I tend to review only the dolls I think I will like, so I've ended up with the opposite effect! Ah!! ;)

      Which Maru doll did you choose? I adore those dolls and would love to have another one some day. Savannah is one of my all-time favorites (as is my Zwergnase Ivanca!). And...you're absolutely right that the OG minis make perfect little dolls for Maru, Zwergnase, and other dolls that size! I hope you can find one on eBay for a reasonable price! They should only be around $10.

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    2. LOL yes I will have to blame you for my dolly spending, because of course I'm COMPLETELY innocent myself ;)
      I bought Tanya and she's shipped from France today, plus one winter outfit as I thought it would be nice to have something knitted as although I sew for all my dolls, I'm not a good knitter. I hope that if I like Tanya then I would get Savannah later, having seen yours, she's very pretty.
      And I bought Zwergnase Junior Marlene and she arrived a couple of weeks ago. I'd hesitated for ages because of what you showed of the front of the hair, but then decided to go for it. I'm glad I did, and glad I was prepared, but the hair really doesn't bother me at all now. She has gorgeous wavy locks, and a redhead too. Just finished sewing her an outfit, so she's looking less annoyed than she usually does!!!!
      I will look out for these little ones on Ebay, plus I wouldn't mind one of the tiny AG ones too, that little Rebecca is so cute, although I prefer Kits outfit. I've never seen an AG big doll in real life, or one of these small ones either.....it will be interesting!
      Hugs Sharon in Spain x

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  7. Thanks for another excellent review, Emily! I saw these minis last week but there were so many other new offerings in the Target toy aisle I got distracted and bought the Moxie Girlz Ice Cream Bike instead. However next time I go to Target and I'll buy Kendra because redheads are my faves :-)

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    1. Thank you, Queli!

      Oooh...I saw that ice cream cart also! Very, very tempting. Did you see the little Moxie Girlz mini dolls called "Friends"? They're only $2.99 and pretty cute, too (and there's a redhead named Tally...). ;D

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  8. Minis are so cute!! I love mini things. I only have the full-sized AG dolls, but I think it's so neat how both the AG and Our Generation mini dolls are so similar to their larger counterparts. Oh, and by the way, in your American Girl mini doll review, you said something about both the Kit and the Rebecca mini dolls having the same face mould. I took a look again today, and I noticed that they actually seem to be different. If you take a look at their noses and jaw, they seem different, and they're the same differences that you see on bigger Kit and Rebecca. I guess they just made small versions of their faces too! I love the face of the Our Generation minis. They look so much nicer to me than the regular sized ones. The eyes are a nice touch, but I wish they didn't look so odd when viewed from the side. I just wish there were more clothes and stuff for the mini dolls.

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    1. You're absolutely right about the AG mini faces! What was I thinking?? :P Thank you so much for catching that--I went back and edited the older review.

      I also agree that it would be wonderful if OG sold separate clothes and accessories for the minis. That's a market that AG hasn't really done much with, so it seems like a great opportunity...and an inexpensive way to get new outfits for both types of mini dolls!

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  9. I am thrilled with this new release. Got'em all! I don't care for the big verisons of OG dolls, but these are adorable. I want yet another set! I think they are nicer than AG 's current minis. Only issue is the neck area on some in terms of quality. I also wish there were a bit more variety in face mold and hair style. The Pottery Barn Goetz Minis are cute but they are too bland/stark in expression an issue with some of the old Battat minis had, but these new OG ones really avoid the issue. Am having fun dressing my Lana right now. I agree that if MyTwinn came up with this size in minis, I'd be in a lot of trouble as I'd want them all. where can one find the Moxie Girlz mini dolls?

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    1. Hi Cath! You got a full set? How wonderful! Which is your favorite? I really love both of mine, and Ayla looks especially beautiful, too.

      I found the Moxie minis at Target also. There were three or four different ones--all very simple. I grabbed two (Tally and Neve) and might do a quick review. I am hoping they'll make cute little sisters for the regular Moxie Girlz. They're about the size of Barbie's Chelsea (but with bigger heads). :)

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  10. These are adorable. I am constantly on the lookout for dolls for my toddler daughter. I don't like the idea of her playng with monster high or other fashion dolls yet (as much as I love my own collection). I hope these and other types of young looking dolls will satisfy her need for smaller doll play. I don't like the AG minis, but I guess I'll be buying some to steal their clothes!!

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  11. Fantastic review - I love all the beach shots.

    It's funny, because I'm not a huge fan of the larger OG dolls (I think it's the eye size), but somehow I find these mini dolls completely adorable!

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  12. Another outstanding, hilarious review! I personally don't care for the large dolls (perhaps because I just see your doll as a zombie going og) but I think the minis are cute. My friend has the same mini Rebecca that you have but their teeth are like triangles and I am so not a fan of the eyes and price... maybe it's just me...

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  13. I saw these the other day. I just love that they did minis! I hope they sell clothes too! Great review!

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  14. Love these! I accaully just passed by them today at Target for an OG outfit. Very cute, maybe next Target trip.
    - Zoë from Glowyzoe.blogspot.com

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  15. I love the angry picture on Kendra's box--boy does she have an attitude! Like some people I know. . .I want her; she cracks me up. Oh well, guess I'll have to settle for Sienna. What a little cutie. I think I prefer the OG minis to the AG ones. I'd like to see the Lana one too, but for some reason, some of the photos are blank. Maybe it's my computer

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    1. Oh, I have a question: do the OG outfits leave stains on dolls?

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    2. My OG outfit had been on my doll for about a week. I haven't seen any signs of stains. My OG outfit has white lining.
      - Zoë from Glowyzoe.blogspot.com

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  16. As soon as I heard about these little cuties I rushed over to Target as soon as I could. Unfourtently they were not there. I live in NE close to Lincoln has anyone near by seen them in stores? Thanks! GEM

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  17. 7 cm szczęścia - są tak urocze, że zaczęłam się przełamywać do malutkich lal -
    płomiennowłose i ciemnowłose Calineczki chętnie bym gościła u siebie...

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  18. I saw Rhonda's introduction of the Our Generation mini dolls and liked them then. When I saw your review post I was super excited. Thank you for a great review. I like these mini dolls even more. Were all the large dolls represented in the minis? I'll have to make a trip to Target in the very near future.

    Thank you again for your review. I love how you get into all the little details.

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  19. I bought all six, four for my girls and wanted a whole set for myself which would of been 4 more, but this was more than I should have been spending anyways with school expenses coming up. I went to my local Target yesterday which usually just has a lot of the dolls, some big items and very little in the way of accessories or clothes and was surprised to see the minis there too, so I looked at them carefully. All of the Lanas have the long neck problem along with the Hollys (to a lesser degree), so with those two, it could not be avoided. I found the Moxie Girlsz minis and for $2.99 apiece, scooped up two of each. My girls will each get one right away and then as a special gift later as a friend doll. At that price, I can afford to do this, and may just keep the OG minis all for me!

    Though I wish OG had done a little more variation in wig styles which would have allevated some of the sameness factor of the faces, for the price, it 's not a complaint. I love these dolls and think they are a bargain and great value and quality for the cost. But, I do have a major complaint in that OG made 6 of these without a doll of color in the bunch. Thumbs down for lack of consideration in that area, and it's bigotry and racism, , given the that so many people of color do shop Target.

    Thumbs up to Moxie Girlz for including a medium skin doll and dark doll in their selection of 4. See, it isn't so difficult and this is at a $2,99 price point. My girls getting the whole batch will have dolls of color in the set, whereas there is none to be had in the OG mini line. I'm sending a note to OG about this and hope others do too.

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  20. I really like these dolls. They're so cute. I saw them at Target but there were only 2 left. I decided to wait to get one when there is more of a selection.

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  21. Another fun review! Looks like a great day at the beach, and I must say I love the faces on those Our Generation mini dolls much more than the larger doll's faces or either of the American Girl doll's faces. :)

    To change the subject on you Emily (sorry!) I'm curious if you know anything about older (the current ones look like really cheap Barbie knockoffs) Sindy dolls? I just ordered one on Ebay from a seller in Canada because I liked her subdued facial expression and was surprised at her articulation! She's got a wide range of motion AND there's no other doll I have, or that I've seen here, that I can really compare her to. She's got a hard plastic torso with a hip joint, but her legs and arms are softer plastic; the legs have internal click knees and the arms have a wire armature kind of like a Licca doll? She also has rotating hinged wrist joints. But it looks to me (I could be wrong) that the limbs and the neck/head are strung inside the plastic torso! It's very different, I thought I might bring it up here since articulation is a major area you focus on, as well as investigating new types of dolls. Apparently there are variations though and not all of these dolls are this articulated, so it might require some investigating. Just thought you might be interested :)

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    1. Hi Amelia! Your Sindy does sound very interesting! Wire arms with hinged wrists? I've never seen anything like that. I have looked at Sindy on and off--mostly because she's been recommended to me a few times. I tend to do some searches on eBay and then I always end up drifting off in another direction. I am so glad that you reminded me of these dolls, since I am very curious to learn more about them! I like the older faces a lot, too. I will take another look! Thank you so much for the suggestion. :)

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  22. Omg! I love kendra and shes hard to find in my target. But a mini one! Too die for! Could you imagine if they did more for the minis like they do for the bigger girls? Oh the fashion packs would be soo cute! Totally gonna have to find one of these little gals.

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  23. I bought 4 of these dolls so far and opened 2. I am very happy with the quality of these dolls. They are very cute! Thanks for all your great reviews!

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    1. I bought the last 2 that I needed and have all 6 now. Really think they are great!

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  24. Being absolutely crazy for redheads I was happy to see THREE of the six offerings from OG are redheads. That meant I had to get them all but I had to go to three Targets to find a Sadie without a giraffe neck. The quality control really varies on these but for $9.99, they are fantastic! My Sienna's tights (both my Siennas because I turned one into a boy which you can see here: http://snickerdoodlestreet.blogspot.com/2014/08/reader-photos-og-mini-dolls.html) were both fine and didn't have the same issue yours did. I'm really hoping they catch on so they'll make some ethnic versions...
    Chrissy

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  25. Honestly the dolls are just too cute. Im not worried about the neckline at all and I think the dolls look cuter then mini AGs. but the bigger verions I still dont like
    Lou

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  26. Too cute! Love em' all! And WOW "18 Kendra her hair is NICE! LOOOOVVE your blog!

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  27. I wish I lived in America: since almost all the dolls come from there, the price is cheaper than here in Spain.
    These two are super cute, but I'm afraid they'll never be in Spain...oh well.

    Great review, as always. Love your blog.

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