Madame Alexander

Since one of my two Cyber Monday purchases from Amazon was a new Madame Alexander play doll, I thought I’d also show the few other Madame Alexander dolls in my collection.  (The other purchase was a copy of the Loeb version of the Argonautica of Apollonius of Rhodes, because…um…because I’ve been meaning to read it, and I thought a recent translation was my best bet.  And they gave me a 30% off code to use on a single book. 😛 )

Okay, so I’m going to go in chronological order here.  As best I can.  (I’m a little fuzzy on the order of #s 3 and 4, but I think I’ve got them in the right order.)  Weirdly, except for this new one, every single one of these came from Tuesday Mornings.  (That’s because they’re all modern dolls, so discount prices were necessary, ’cause I just don’t like them enough to pay full price.  They don’t have the same charm as the wonderful vintage dolls in the museum.  Someday I hope to talk them into a display of all the Madame Alexander dolls in the collection, so I can do nice photos of all them.  I’ll be sure to post the photos if I do manage it. 🙂 )

Little Bitty (?)
Little Bitty (?)

I don’t remember exactly what these were called, but they’re small and cute.  The face reminds me a lot of Nancy Ann Storybook dolls, only a bit more detailed.  (I should have done a shot of my sole Nancy Ann for comparison’s sake!)  Anyway, she’s not leaning to the side because I did a bad job posing her:  she’s leaning to the side because one of her legs is significantly shorter than the other.  I don’t know if that’s why she ended up at Tuesday Mornings, or if the store originally selling her just couldn’t move her.  (There were a few others, as I recall, so probably they just weren’t moving, and got shunted off to Tuesday Mornings instead, and I just had the misfortune to like the one with the factory error.)  I’ve not seen this type at Tuesday Mornings since getting this one (and this was years ago, mind you), which is a pity, because she’s definitely my favorite of my Madame Alexander dolls.

Coquette Cissy
Coquette Cissy

I’ve never bothered removing this one from her box because she’s so nicely visible within the box.  Besides, the box amuses me, in that it promises “up to the minute fashion” despite that the entire line seems to have gotten stuck in the 1950s.  (Not as visible on this doll, but some of the others they had were in casual clothes, and they were very ’50s casual clothes.)  She’s a pretty doll, though.  Definitely the next favorite after the tiny Irish girl.

Take-Along Friend
Take-Along Friend

Unlike the previous two, this one is a playline doll.  They had at least one other, but I picked this one because of her River Song hair.  (And this was long enough ago that I didn’t yet realize that River Song didn’t have that hair when she was a child…)  I am noticing, looking at the photo, that it looks like her shirt’s neckpiece came unfastened during the photo shoot.  If I’d noticed that sooner, I’d have re-shot. 😦  Anyway, she’s a cute doll, but the lack of elbow and knee joints must have hampered her play function a bit.   However…

Check the shoes!
Check the shoes!

I don’t like the orange color, but the shoes are otherwise quite awesome.  I want more shoes like this in the right size for my other dolls.  Wait, let me revise that statement slightly:  I want more shoes like this in the right size for my other dolls without having to pay $30 or so a pair.  That seems a bit much for doll shoes…  (Maybe I’m just cheap?)

Enchanted Prince (or something like that)
Enchanted Prince (or something like that)

I was a little on the fence about this guy.  He was expensive for a Tuesday Mornings doll (about $60, I think) but on the other hand, he’s in a (basically) Medieval outfit, and I’ve always had a soft spot for the Middle Ages.  Plus he comes with a sword, which is always cool.  What tipped the scales in his favor (I kid you not) was that I saw his limited edition certificate, which was numbered, and said he was #108 in his run.  As a Suikoden fan, I suddenly felt like I absolutely had to have him.  (I know, that’s a lame reason.  But…this was years ago, before I was doing so much crazy expensive Internet doll buying.)

So now we get to the Cyber Monday purchase.  (At long last, you’re probably thinking!)

"Pixie Doodles"? Um, seriously? Sounds like a snack you'd buy in Ankh-Morpork...
“Pixie Doodles”? Um, seriously? Sounds like a snack you’d buy in Ankh-Morpork…

So, I’d been curious about these since seeing a couple of small shots of them from Toy Fair on Confessions of a Doll Collector’s Daughter.  (They have two things going for them that I like:  fairies and colorful hair. 😛 )  Then on Cyber Monday, Amazon was putting these up as Lightning Deals, at about half — or was it 60% ? — off, and I decided it was okay to buy one, because even at that price (about $13.50 or so) they still weren’t particularly moving.  I picked this one (called “Purple Pizzazz”) because of her purple hair, mostly, but also because I like it when I can add dolls to my collection that have different skin colors than just “pale peachy.”  (I think that’s one of the things I love about Monster High:  the skin colors are so diverse that most of them aren’t actually physically possible.  And why shouldn’t the sky be the limit on people made of plastic?)

Out of the box
Out of the box

I absolutely could not get her to stand up unaided for more than a fraction of a second.  I think it was all that hair overbalancing her backwards, because her feet are quite flat, and her body seems pretty stable.

Anyway, from looking at the pictures on Amazon, I had thought the dolls’ faces had a bit of a Winx Club vibe, but seeing her in person, I realized that they really didn’t at all.

See?
See?

I should have picked an unboxed Winx, I realize, but…this was the one that was convenient.  Let me show their faces side by side so you can see what I mean.

Madame Alexander 12Madame Alexander 11

The overall shape of the face — rather, of the head — is a little similar, but the faces themselves are radically different.  As are the body shapes, of course, but that much I had known from the start. 😛

Madame Alexander 13

There are two aspects to this doll’s function as a play doll.  One is the Crayola-related aspect, which I’ll get to in a minute.  The other, of course, is her basic aspect as a plaything.  And this aspect, I think, will greatly reduce her appeal.  Because what is a child going to want to do with a doll?  Make her sit, move her arms and legs, turn her head, all so she can be seeming to take part in various activities, right?  Well, all of this doll’s joints are ridiculously averse to movement.  Getting her to sit wasn’t too bad, but for a long time I thought her elbows only functioned to pivot her arms, and wouldn’t bend at all.  The knees required more work to bend than they should have, but not too bad.  Even the head didn’t want to turn.  I imagine that a child playing with this doll — and from her appearance, and the fact that she comes with washable Crayola markers for drawing on her dress, she’s decidedly aimed at a younger child than most playline dolls in my collection — would either grow frustrated trying to move her from one position to another, or would break her joints.  I was particularly worried that I was going to break her elbows before I was going to get them to bend.  (However, as they did not break, perhaps they’re more sturdy than they feel?)  If they want this doll line to last, I would recommend that they redesign the body and give it better joints.

Stickers!
Stickers!

In addition to the markers, she also comes with two sheets of stickers.  One to be colored on and then stuck on her wings(?), and the other a little sheet of sticky “gems”.  Now this part of her play aspect — like the markers for drawing on her dress — is unlikely to disappoint a creative little child.  I’ve not used any of the markers or stickers yet (but I probably will eventually, as her plain white dress is in need of some color) but I know Crayola usually makes good product, so I’m sure they work fine.  The stickers have cute designs, so any kids who want to put them on her wings (or legs, or arms, or head, or dress, or anything else they can think of) are unlikely to be disappointed, except for the fact that there are relatively few of them.

All in all, she’s cute, and looks sweet sitting on my shelf (even if she looks a bit pathetic, being right in front of a Blythe and three Pullips) so I’m not sorry I got her, especially since she was such a deal.  But I’m also not sorry that I passed on getting the others on the Lightning Deal sale.  As they are, these Pixie Doodles don’t do much to appeal to me.

Anyway, there are a few more photos — mostly because I couldn’t tell if with or without flash was better in that lighting — in the gallery, if anyone’s interested.  It occurs to me that I should have taken a group shot to show the different sizes of these dolls.  Why do I only think of these things too late to do anything about it? 😦

I got this post about 90% ready to go last night, and I should have pushed forward and finished it, ’cause I knew I had a package waiting at the post office.  But I thought it was my AmiAmi order from before Thanksgiving (primarily two Pure Neemo XS boy bodies).  Turned out it wasn’t, as Mandarake has amazingly fast shipping….

…so you can look forward to seeing the photos after I debox him tomorrow morning. 😀

(Also, I’ve finshed Suve’s faceup now — just need to seal it — so I’ll be able to share her proper look, too.  But perhaps in a different post.  I’m also planning to get to work on Pyrrha and Len tonight, too…and to try and fix Yuki Miku’s wrist, as I went to Michael’s on my way back from the museum today and picked up (in my ludicrously large purchase) a little drill intended to put holes in beads…)

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