With two girls we are starting to get quite the collection of dolls! And with them only being age 3 & 5 we probably should slow our collection for awhile since they aren’t even in prime doll playing age yet. But mommy can’t help it sometimes. I like making their clothes and doing their hair!
I asked my mom the other day why I never had American Girl Dolls growing up. Even in junior high I was jealous of my friend Shandi’s collection! She reminded me that I was more into these dolls:
Anybody remember these? I loved the Babysitters Club. At one time I had all the books and many of the videos. I had a few of the Barbie size dolls and then I think 4 or so of these 14 inch ones. I have no idea what happened to them. It’s sad to think they probably ended up in a garage sale. I’ve decided I will not let this happen to my children’s toys. The classic ones anyway.
A friend of mine on Facebook recently posted that she was frustrated with her girl’s Our Generation 18 inch doll because the hair wasn’t manageable and she was wondering if their was a better brand out there. So I thought I would do a little doll comparison of the 3 brands that we own.
In the picture above from left to right we have McKenna an American Girl of the Year Doll, Kelsey (a Journey Girl), and Holly (an Our Generation)
The Our Generation Dolls (Targets 18 inch doll brand) have a lot of dolls to choose from and a good range of clothing and accessories at the lowest prices of the three brands. The doll herself runs about $23. However, after purchasing our first Our Generation doll I am not satisfied with the quality. She is comparable to the size and thickness of the American Girl Dolls, but of the three her face is not as realistic and her plastic does not feel as sturdy as the other two brands. But my big complaint is with her hair. Right out of the box I knew we would have problems with it when the hair came in a disarray to start with, and even after some brushing we could not seem to tame it. So for that reason we will not be buying another OG brand doll. However, I cannot say enough good things about the Our Generation accessories. This Christmas the girls got the RV/Camper from Our Generation as well as 3 of the horses and you really can’t beat the price! We will definitely be buying more in the future.
Journey Girl Dolls (ToysRus Brand) have 6 dolls to choose from. They run about $32. Their faces are beautifully done, and their eyes are so pretty it does not bother me that they do not open and shut. The dolls have rooted hair just like the OG dolls but it is much easier to take care of and even after being loved by a three year old I am able to get the hair back looking great! The dolls are skinnier than the OG & AG dolls. That really is the only problem I have with them and only because it is hard to share clothes with the OG & AG dolls. The JG clothes are too tight or do not fit at all on the AG & OG and the AG & OG are too big for the JG. But we like the outfits for the Journey Girls because they are good quality and very modern in style. We are able to put some of the AG clothing on them and the girls don’t mind if it’s a little baggy. Unlike the AG & OG Dolls Journey Girls are only stuffed from the waste down, so I think the little sleeveless tops and dresses look more realistic on them since there is no exposed fabric at the shoulders. So for $10 more than the Our Generation brand I would definitely recommend Journey Girls as your girl’s first 18 inch doll or in addition to your American Girl Dolls. Good Quality at a Great Price! We love them so much we now have all 6! I should also mention that I really like the Journey Girls accessories as well. We own the loft bed that reminds me a little of the one that American Girl offers and the girls love it, I think my only thing is that the chairs that come with it seem on the small side and don’t look size appropriate for any of the dolls, but my girls don’t really care.
American Girl Dolls have a million to choose from, and there is just something so appealing about them. I loved taking my oldest to the American Girl Place in Chicogo back in November, and I’m looking forward to taking my youngest sometime this year to let her experience it too.
American Girl Place Chicago in November with our friends Janet, Emma & Audrey (Me and Moo are on the right)
The prices are outrageous! But the quality is outstanding and for that reason we are lifelong American Girl fans. I think really my only complaint (other than the price) is I actually prefer the rooted hair (like Journey Girls) as opposed to the wig. But the wig is much fuller, which I think is necessary because of the amount of hair that is lost while brushing.
We bought an American Girl doll over the summer at a garage sale for $10. Her hair was pretty messed up and had some bald spots, but for around $20 I was able to buy wig off of Ebay and after watching some video tutorials on YouTube I was able to replace the wig myself. If I were to do this again I think I would compare some wig brands that are available to see if I can find a fuller wig but overall we were happy with the new look and so for $30 we got a good deal. Also earlier in December we were able to get Marie Grace and Cecile (two of the AG historical characters) for a mere $50 including their accessories. ( I think it was $60 each when shipping was included but it was a $124 value each!). A friend of mine called me one morning and told me that the Today Show as going to be revealing a coupon code deal for American Girl. Before that part of the show aired I decided to check out some details online and it turned out that the code had already been posted since it had aired in earlier time zones already! I was able to get the deal, but a few of my friends who tried after me were not. The dolls were sold out even before the portion of the show was aired here! But the point of all this is that sometimes you can find a deal!
And that’s my review! Hope it was helpful in helping you decide which doll you’d like to buy! If you have any questions or have anything you’d like to add comment below!