This little girl is one I've wanted to unbox and review for a while now, the Springfield Collection Olivia that I bought in August at Joann's Fabrics, with a shelf price of $21.99. I bought her with a 40% off coupon, so the real purchase price was about $12.
So here we go!
Here she is in her box, with a nice friendly face and painted teeth in her smile. I looked at several of the dolls, as the quality of the facial screening tends to vary the tiniest bit from doll to doll. This one had the best, most even painting with the fewest smudges. Of the 4 dolls on the shelf, I found just this one acceptable.
SF Style Club, which is easy to join (although I had to enter myself as my own child). I was sent a little bracelet and a memberhip card. I haven't gone onto any of the online activities, however, so I can't give you a review of the games and such.
I also noted when I took this pic that the doll's left and right hands aren't the same mold flipped--the left hand has a different pose than the right. This made me happy--it's a detail that even much pricier dolls don't always have.
here at their online shop as well as in stores (Michael's, JoAnn's), and their quality is good. I often buy Springfield things for my other 18" dolls, including American girls, and they fit perfectly. For Olivia, however, I chose a different outfit from the Madame Alexander Friends Boutique at WalMart, not least because it was in clearance at an exteremely attractive price. This seemed like a nice outfit for the transition from summer to fall, with a tank top, full 2-tiered skirt, denim jacket, and fabric shoes. It's good to know that clothes and patterns from a lot of different manufacturers fit the Springfield dolls well.
For the $12 I paid, this doll is a tremendous value, with a high play value for a girl of the targeted market. They're inexpensive enough even at full price that a girl might get four or five of these for the price of one American Girl doll (however, AG dolls are genuinely much higher quality and arguably worth the price). If I were to give this doll to a child, I'd restrain the hair as quickly as possible. It's nice hair, but not GREAT hair, and the "tangled mess" potential is very high.
Overall, I'm very pleased with my purchase, and could be easily tempted, coupon or not, to buy other dolls and items in this line.