Monday, 20 January 2014

Doll Review: Kidz 'n' Cats "Kiki"

So lets take a more detailed look at the Kidz 'n' Cats doll that arrived here last week. She is the "Kiki" mould (but has been renamed to Lily) and she arrived brand new from My Doll Best Friend (you can read my review of them here).

I already talked about her box and the booklets etc. that she comes with in this previous post, so we'll skip past that and start by talking about her stock outfit. It consists of a floral underdress, a long yellow drawstring side vest with a "Hawaiian Island" print, yellow capri leggings, blue espadrilles, white undies (which I think are standard for all the dolls) and a flower hair-clip to match her cat's. I haven't got a picture of it here on Kiki/Lily but you can see all the components of it in the photo below. It is very well made, but unfortunately not the style I like to dress my dolls in so it was taken off pretty quickly. Kiki/Lily is wearing an outfit made by Gotz instead at the moment which is also nicely made, but the Kidz 'n' Cats outfit is definitely superior to it in quality, if not style.

Sunday, 19 January 2014

"My Doll Best Friend" Review: Kidz 'n' Cats Doll & Sundries

I took the plunge last week and finally ordered a Kidz 'n' Cats doll to model for The Little Cupboard when it re-opens. I had been looking at them for a while and really I wanted one of the boys first but they are sold out everywhere at the moment, so I thought I'd better look at the girls instead; especially as they were on sale on most of the online shops after Christmas as the new range is due out soon.

The girl I had my heart set on was Grace, but sadly she too was sold out everywhere. I then looked at Sophie but surprise surprise, she was unavailable also. So it came down to Annika and Kiki as the two I had to decide between and in the end, after looking at a few owner photos on Flickr, Kiki won =)

I ordered her from My Doll Best Friend which seems to be one of two popular websites here in the UK for clothes and accessories for 18 inch or so play dolls. She was in fact slightly cheaper on the other website, but I went with My Doll Best Friend because the lovely lady, Maxine, who runs it had been very helpful in answering questions for me in the past; there were other things on the website that I wanted to order too which were not available on the other site, and I qualified for free shipping which overall made my order cheaper with My Doll Best Friend. It was next day delivery too so she arrived home to me very quickly!

Saturday, 18 January 2014

"Makie" Doll Review

Makie's are 10 inch poseable dolls, made using 3D printing right here in the UK and are apparently the world's first printed toy. You can design your own doll using the options on the website and choose things like hair style, eye colour, right through to the shape of their mouth and eyes etc.

I first read about them online early last year and was intrigued by them, but to be honest, their faces disturbed me a little and the high cost was off-putting when I had no idea what they would be like in person. When I first discovered them, I believe they were only available in one skin tone but looking at the website now, they have four colours to choose from, several eye colours, and a variety of hairstyles and outfits (no shoes) for both males and females. What they don't come with however, is a faceup. I think the idea is that you can do it yourself but I am useless at stuff like that so having an option to have one done for you would be a nice touch.