I've loved the Willow sculpt since I first saw a porcelain Willow at a doll show about 20 years ago.
The sculpt is by Dianna Effner, who also sculpted the Little Darling dolls. I love those too, but they are way out of my reach. I do have the Ashton Drake Alice in Wonderland Effner doll though. You may have seen her in a recent post.
|Don't look at me that way. I'm working on it.|
This Willow is from The Ultimate Collection, but I have no idea what that means, or what other dolls were in the collection. It seems that both porcelain and vinyl dolls were in "The Ultimate Collection", so I don't know what the criteria for being 'ultimate' was.
She was produced in 1989 and stands about 2 feet tall. She is vinyl, with a wired, stuffed cloth body.
It's wired, but only her arms and head are posable. You can't make her sit down to save your life!
|As you can see, I had laundry on the line the day these pictures were taken...and almost every other day. Please try to ignore my neighbors' ugly fence. I do...|
|And her arms aren't that poseable. As you can see,our corn is growing. It has tassels now! (or whatever they're called.)|
|"Willow wants to PUMP YOU UP!"|
She doesn't have freckles, which I would have liked. Maybe someday I'll add some.
I would also have liked her hair to be more red. The cutest Willows I have seen have had very unmistakable red hair.This hair is almost brown.
I sound like I don't like her, but I do. I love Dianna Effner's beautiful children's faces. It's just me being picky, trying to arrive at my perfect Willow.
Willow has a thinner, narrower face than most of Effner's dolls. They're usually very round.
|Even with those little pouchy bags under her eyes. She looks so real.|
Willow would make a great Anne of Green Gables or Pippi Longstocking.
|There's that laundry again. At least the underwear isn't in view...|