I love red haired dolls, so Kelsey was my choice.I think this is the third series of Journey Girls dolls. The previous series was Paris, and this one seems to be London. That makes this doll a fitting gift for me right now, for a reason I will tell you at the end of this review!
Apparently the Journey Girls have won a Best Toy award.
Her box is decorated with pictures of the other Journey Girls and their non-doll counter parts...
|My favourite place: London.|
|One side has a window so you can see more of the doll before you buy.|
The insert slid out easily.
Kelsey was held in her box by wire twist ties on her ankles,some elastic bands,a piece of plastic...
...and this strange thing:
The inside of her box is decorated with airline tickets and pictures of Big Ben, (Actually, 'Big Ben' is the name of the bell inside The Elizabeth Tower, the clock tower at the end of the Houses of Parliament.Over the years the name has come to include the clock tower as well.), and the Leaning Tower of Pisa.(Ok,why the Leaning Tower when the theme of this series of Journey Girls is London?)
|The human Kelsey doesn't look much like Doll Kelsey.|
Here's how Kelsey's hair looked straight out of the box.
|This is pulled back a little, but you can tell it started out thin.|
|She has non-blinking inset eyes with 'real' lashes. Her eyes are quite realistic. My only negative comment on her face would be that the colour of her eyebrows is a little strange.|
Her head band matches her skirt. It's attached to her head with a couple of those little plastic thingies.
The cute plaid skirt has an elastic waist.
|A lot of the Kelseys in the store had problems with their pleats. They didn't seem to lay properly.|
Journey Girls have vinyl limbs and head, but they also have a vinyl chest plate, which makes them look nicer in V-necks or clothes with shoulder straps, than the cloth chested dolls like American Girl.
But absolutely no behind.
|This angle looks really strange.|
|'Geoffrey' is Toys R Us' own brand.|
She's jointed at the neck, shoulders, and hips.Her arms and legs have some outward movement as well as up and down.
Her legs can be turned outward a little, which is necessary sometimes when balancing her for standing.
But she can stand on her own.
She has a beautiful face.
|This gives you a look at her ear.Not especially detailed, but it looks fine.|
...and the wild violets,
and the iris's and the peony bush are coming up.The garlic is VERY prolific.
|That's not grass she's standing in. It's garlic.|
The lilacs will be blooming very soon, if they don't get frozen tonight.
|I LOVE my lilacs! They smell wonderful!|
These shots are nice...
...but they do have one drawback:
Her body seems nice and sturdy. That hair worries me though. It could definitely be improved on.Her clothes are nice quality and easy to take on and off. I don't like the staining aspect of the shoes. It would have been nice if her head could tilt, for more expression in her poses.
And one more shot of beautiful Kelsey.
My baby tomatoes are growing like crazy.
|These are the ones I left growing in the amaryllis pot.|
I also finally managed to find actual full blooded beefsteak tomato seeds at an Earth Fare grocery store. They're heirloom seeds. Up until now all I had been able to find were hybrid seeds for some kind of beefsteak crossover. I don't want any changed around, mutated seeds. I want REAL beefsteak tomatoes. So I'm hoping these will grow as well as my 'nature's course' tomatoes!
My nose is healing nicely, although it's still a little sore and red and slightly puffy. The doctor says it will be that way for a while, but eventually the swelling will go away.My head is still tender too, but I got the stitches out today. Turns out, there were actually more than four in there. Probably more than 6. But the cyst was benign, so that's ok.
I finally found a hat that didn't look quite as idiotic on me. That's a relief since I'm supposed to wear one all the time. This one is soft and squashy too, so I can take it places with me without having to worry that it will get messed up like a straw hat might. I was forced to borrow one of Fuzzy's hats to go to the flea market last Saturday, and the bill wasn't nearly big enough. It was one of those almost Andy Capp type hats, so there wasn't much bill at all. My nose and head were covered though, which was the most important stuff to cover right now.
As for the reason London Kelsey is the perfect gift for me, here it is: My family is being given a tremendous gift. Regular readers may know that my husband Ken is from England. He celebrated his 21st birthday over here, and hasn't been back since. I've been there twice since he's been home. (Both times were before I met him, even though most people assume I got him while I was over there. Weird, huh? For that story, go HERE.) He's now 52, so that's been a LONG time. One of Ken's sisters was going to bring the other two over with her and come to visit. When they couldn't get their schedules in sync Ken's oldest sister had another idea: Bring Ken over instead! I was thrilled when she suggested the idea because I knew Ken would LOVE to go home. We have always wanted to, but it was just never in the budget, especially after we had kids to include in the trip too. I thought the offer was for only Ken to come, so when the sister's called back when Ken was home and I found out that I was going to be included too I was shocked. How could we be so lucky?! Ken has always wanted to show the kids where he grew up, and Emma has always wanted to go to England. I suggested I would tell Emma and maybe she would want to come along. Ken's sister said she couldn't bring three of us over, and I assured her I meant Emma would pay for herself. We also were going to try to get enough money together to bring Ivy too. (As I figured, Fuzz didn't want to go.) A couple of texts later we were told that Ken's sister was going to bring all four of us over! Ken can't stop talking about it and making plans. Emma has been making sure we get the things done we need to do, like getting our passports sent for and getting appropriate luggage. (Ken's old luggage is too heavy, and nobody thinks I should use my nylon bags.) Most of our time will be spent with family, but we wanted to let the girls see a bit of London, so we added a few more days to the trip. Ivy can't think of anything specific she wants to see, just 'stuff', but the rest of us have plans.Emma insists that I go stand on the Greenwich Meridian, since I have always said that I regret having lived right across the street from Greenwich Park for three months and never got around to it. Ken is making a mental list of all the foods he wants to eat while he's there, or bring home with him. It will eventually become a paper list. We've been trying to arrange getting together with some friends while we're there.Ken hasn't seen his best friend Robert for 31 years! Robert lives in the south, but is prepared to travel north to Ken's sister's area if he has to. That's a good friend. Not to short my friend Cheryl. She's coming to London from where she lives to meet us, but it's a much shorter trip than Robert going all the way to Yorkshire.
Anyway, we're all thrilled and excited. I'll take lots of pictures and hopefully I can do some posts on dolls available there when I get home. Maybe I'll even buy something...