So, of my fledgling collection, there are two girls who stand a head above the others, literally. I'm not really going to review these dolls, just give some of my thoughts. (When I unboxed these two I had camera problems that prevented me from getting many decent pictures.)
Meet Ling. Ling's story is cool to me. After reading the back of her box I realized we have a lot in common. Ling was made in 2007, at which point she was 11 years old. While she was 11, she moved to Asia. I was born in July 1996, so I was also 11 years old in 2007, and I moved to Asia in June while I was 11 as well. That puts her character and me in both the same grade and situation, and now we are both living in Texas.
She goes for $300 on Amazon these days, but to me she was a gift (from whom I am not sure whether or not I should mention). She is an incredibly photogenic doll, even though her posing can be stiff, as she only has five points of articulation. It has been long since I've held an American Girl in my grubby paws (and then only for a few moments at friends' houses, as I never was allowed to own one), but Karito Kids apparently are somewhat similar in quality, though these dolls have vinyl going further down... past the armpits, I guess? Haha I do not know how to write that flower-ily. Anyways, it means she could wear lower cut shirts or a swimsuit. This doll's original retail price was very close to that of an AG. What I love about Ling is the attention to details in her face. AG Ivy, the only historical (part?) Eastern Asian doll does not have a face too much different to other AG girls, and while this isn't a bash on them (I can understand that in keeping with the AG style, all of their dolls are pretty similar), Ling is a sort of one of a kind doll. Her nose and eyes remind me strongly of one of my Chinese friends in particular. Her eyes are amazing. Her lips are soft and she looks pleased. She's a hoot to photograph.
Oops, sideways photo. Anyways, her clothes are top-notch, and her shoes are adorable.
Welp, you can see how tall Ling is. Oops, I forgot to mention, but I think Ling is quite a bit taller than an AG.
Yukoooo you are heavvvyyy!
You probably are too. Now run like the wind, Bullseye!
BFC Yuko. If you buy her from somebody's grandma on eBay who just wants to get rid of the doll, you can buy her for close to her original price. If you don't... You don't want to know what the prices are. Yuko's story is silly, so I've elected to ignore it. All I took from it is that Yuko wants to be a fashion designer. Either I read her book wrong, or like half of the BFC are all the fashion designers of the group? Either way, Yuko is cute. And poseable! So many joints. c: When she came out of the box, her hair was icky. Lots of weird white stuff which I guess was hair gel.
I guess she enjoys planking, because she faceplants whenever I attempt to stand her in the grass.
My solution to her hair is simple. I keep it in a ponytail. (Which, to my mother's dismay, is also my solution to *my* hair. Hmm...)
I have to admit that though others find many faults with this doll, she is particularly fun to play with for me. She makes a good older sister to other dolls, and like Olaf, likes to reach out for warm hugs. Speaking of warm, there is some freshly brewed decaf waiting on me.
Ps. I just realized my first two initials spell Emergency Room.........Pps. www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/53cf028/ Check it. A giveaway of mini Chinese food! What is better?