I chose a doll on clearance, because she's super-cute and---well, because she's on clearance. I paid $21, against a list price of $29.97, and the usual shelf price is $27.97. Madame Alexander Favorite Friends, by comparison, have a list price of $49.99, and can be had for $24.97 to $59.99, depending on where they're sold.
So what did I get for my $21, and how does this doll compare to that one?
According to the box, which conveniently has her name sticker removed, the doll has soft bendable arms and legs, which the pricier MA dolls do not. The face mold is also different: the Favorite Friends have a more neutral expression, and this girl has a cautious smile, still close-mouthed. I think she looks like a good friend to a child.
|I decided that this girl needed some jammies, so looked a shelf over and found these. This isn't the same brand at all, but for $9.99 and with a sleep mask, a good buy.|
Overall: GREAT buy for a play doll. The quality is as good as the Favorite Friends, although time will tell how well those bendy arms hold up. The packaging is actually a little nicer, which surprised me. I'd definitely buy one of these, even spending more, before I'd buy another Springfield Collections doll, even with a Joann's coupon, and even with the Friends Boutique at full price.