Our daughters have enjoyed American Girl dolls for years now, and though we get their regular emails, we've never seen the full-sized, 18" dolls there on sale - EVER!
This week only, through November 13th, 2011, two of their historical dolls are on sale for 25% off their regular $100 price!
If you've been holding out on getting an American Girl doll due to the cost, this may help make your decision.
I'm not an affiliate with AG, nor do I benefit from letting you know about this sale. Well, I do benefit financially only because my mom and I were already planning to get one of my daughters an American Doll for Christmas. Brittany uses her dolls all the time for making stop-motion and regular movies. By splitting the cost with my mom, and taking advantage of the sale this week, we'll now each save over $12 on one of these dolls. We're excited!
I've had a few people over the years ask if we think the AG dolls are worth the cost. Well, that all depends. They are the sturdiest 18" doll we've seen, and we've seen a few different brands of dolls come through our house: Springfield Collection, Madame Alexander, an 18" doll from Fred Meyer, and an 18" doll from WalMart.
The #1 thing that makes the AG dolls stand out is their hair. Their heads are thickly covered with hair - lots of strands filled in closely together. All of the other dolls have sparsely covered hair. While the other brand dolls look beautiful in the box, the hair problem becomes apparent in just a few days...or hours. Many hair styles don't work because their open scalp shows through. The hair is also lower quality on the other brands of dolls, so it frizzes even worse than the AG dolls.
With the American Girl dolls, Brittany has learned how to straighten and curl the dolls' hair, remove blemishes from their skin, make their skin matte finish again (it becomes shiny over time with lots of playing by a child), and many other features to restore AG dolls back to near-original condition. Other brands of dolls are harder to restore and work with because of the poorer quality of materials.
However, even with that said, a child needs to take care of her American Girl doll well. If she is too young, or not mature enough, it can look "trashed" in no time at all. You'll be shipping it off to the American Girl doll hospital (can we say, "expensive"!!!), or hiring my daughter, Brittany, to restore the doll...or just shrugging your shoulders and saying, "Oh, well!"
If you have younger children in the house who would potentially "abuse" or harm an American Girl doll, it would be wise to have it kept up high in a closet or up high on a bunkbed, or locked away when your older child is not playing with the doll.
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