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The other doll I purchased from the wonderful lady is this 18” Faithful Friends Benjamin by Heidi Ott. He is from 1996-97 and was also exclusive to Target until Heidi Ott withdrew the line and sold them exclusively from her website.
I found out about the Faithful Friends line more recently, but I’ve been wanting one of the boys the moment I did. I hope to add the other three boys soon, however it’s unlikely as they are more difficult to find.
Benjamin also comes in a few different outfits like Jack and I believe this was the first edition doll. He is dressed in a Christmas outfit which is cute, but not very practical for the rest of the year. His face sculpt is his best feature and it (along with the hands and feet) are highly realistic for their time.
My only real issue with him is that he doesn’t really stand on his own. I thought he did though. I had him standing for several minutes, left the room, and returned to find him collapsed. The soft material of his hips is not strong enough to support the weight of the rest of the body. I also wish that I had his box, certificate of authenticity, and hand-tag.
I am so ecstatic to have TWO more 18” boys in my collection!! (I now have five). 18” dolls are probably my favorite type, especially the boys.
I’m going to be putting a MasterPiece doll on layaway soon, so these next two posts may be the last doll purchases I make until early to mid-October. I’ll have money here and there in the meantime, but only small amounts, so we’ll see.
Anyway this is Collector’s Lane Kids (an early version of Our Generation) Jack by Battat. He is from 1999 and 18” inches tall like the current Our Generation line, and just like the OG line, he was exclusive to Target. He comes in several different outfits.
I have been desperately wanting a Jack for quite awhile now, but to my misfortune, he is quite expensive on ebay, even when nude. However, recently, a nice lady from a doll fanclub on Facebook offered to sell me him, and the doll in the next post. The best part? Only $20 each! I am so so grateful.
Jack is even cuter in person than he is in online photos (doesn’t that always seem to be the case? haha). I LOVE his clothes! They remind me of something I would have worn in the 90’s and I love that! (He also has a backpack, the yellow strips on his shoulders are the straps to the pack, and an undershirt and underwear). For a lower-end 18” play doll, he is really nice quality. He is a little difficult to make stand on his own, but once you get him standing, he shouldn’t fall.
I have zero issues with him, although I do wish I had his box.
Here is the doll that was inside the crushed box that I posted earlier! He is an Extra Special Doll by Dolls For Downs and his name is Guzzi.
The owner of the company was inspired by her daughter, who has Down Syndrome, to create a doll that resembles her as there weren’t any that fit her criteria. So she started a Kickstarter campaign and raised enough money to create the 18” Extra Special Dolls. There are 17 girls and 9 boys (all with the same face mold, also all the girls have the same outfit, as do all the boys). The doll mold was sculpted by Karen Scott. They are extremely detailed and include several of the major identifying factors of a person with Down Syndrome including: crooked pinkies, sandal-toes, and the option of a hand-painted heart surgery scar (as shown in the 6th photo), along with the facial features.
These dolls are extremely high quality vinyl and cost nearly the same as an American Girl doll (but slightly cheaper). In addition to the jeans, jacket, striped shirt, and shoes that are visible in the photos, he also came with socks and underwear (and the lady was nice enough to toss in a free back pack! :) as seen in the 7th and 8th photos). The clothes were designed to be easily removable and use real buttons, zippers, and shoelaces to help with DS motor skills. Their left hands are molded so that they are signing “I love you”!!
I just think that she did an incredible job on making these dolls happen. They were for a wonderful cause and they turned out perfectly.
I also included some photos of him in some Kidz ‘n’ Cats outfits (photos 3-6). Some things fit well, some were difficult, and some didn’t fit at all. And the last 2 photos show him with my KnC doll, Robby, for comparison.
All in all, I am extremely happy and satisfied about every aspect of this doll and I already want to buy another one! Hopefully by Christmas. I highly recommend this line to anyone that likes 18” dolls, to start an 18” collection, or even just to have to honor someone in your life that has Down Syndrome.
I’ve been waiting over a week for this doll to arrive and the USPS guy hands me a box that is crushed on one end!!! (More than likely FedEx’s fault as it was shipped via SmartPost and USPS didn’t get it until this morning). I was terrified! But thankfully the doll is unharmed!
I have two Monster High dolls that I have recently decided that I am willing to part with. They are both slightly rare and slightly altered. I have a first wave nude Toralei who has had a SLIGHT hair trim. And I also have a Basic (non-1600) C.A. Cupid whose heart braid was taken down. The braid is still there, it’s just hanging down. I’ll provide photos for anyone interested. I’ll take best offer, but I really don’t want to go below $20 for Cupid or below $10 for Toralei, or it’s just not worth the trouble to ship.
Look at this cutie!!! Tuesday Morning has officially become my favorite place to buy dolls. I went there on Saturday (hoping to pick up another Little Dal/Pullip, but no luck). However I did see these odd book-like boxes sitting amongst the dolls. I thought “What in the heck are these!?” The boxes were gorgeous and I opened one to find this little cutie staring out at me! They had three of them (the other two were the same one with the closed eyes face mold).
This is Sanbitalia, an Ai doll. Made by the same company as Pullip, J-Doll, and others. Ai dolls are BJD’s, but are not considered as such by a lot of BJD collectors (mainly due to them being made out of plastic and not resin (I think that’s the reason). Silly. They are about five and a half inches tall.
I’ve had my eye on the Ai dolls for a long time now (along with Sasha and Pang-Ju). I am so happy to finally have one, even if she’s not one of my favorites. I’m guessing the line is now discontinued. That’s usually the reason that Tuesday Morning gets the dolls. It’s really unfortunate that they weren’t very popular because they really are beautiful dolls. They just weren’t “BJD” enough for most BJD collectors, and they were too pricey for non-BJD collectors.
I am so in love with this adorable little girl. Her features are soft but VERY expressive. Her outfit is cute (dress with tie, striped socks, underwear, and shoes) and nicely made and I love the bows and headband for her hair. My favorite part about the outfit is her socks. The teddy bear is also extremely cute. The number of joints in pretty awesome, however, she doesn’t hold a pose all that well and is difficult to make stand on her own. Her hair isn’t the best quality, but it’s not bad either. Her body sculpt is also pretty impressive as she is somewhat anatomically correct. She has nipples, a belly button, rounded butt cheeks, and a non-detailed sculpted vagina. She also came with this little ball of a clay-like substance that I had no idea what it was. I did a little research and I guess it’s supposed to be eye putty in case you want to customize her. That’s pretty cool, but I won’t be using it (not anytime in the near future anyway). And the packaging was extremely simple and it was SO easy to get her out! She only had 2 ribbons tying her in.
Some setbacks on her though, but I already mentioned a couple above: not being able to hold a pose, not the best hair. The biggest setback is her shoes. They are very poorly made. The holes really aren’t big enough for the feet, and there is a seam on the back that sticks into the hole. I had a very difficult time getting them on her feet WITHOUT her socks on and it was almost impossible to get them on WITH the socks on. I had to shove the tip of a mechanical pencil into the back of her shoe and pull on it while shoving her feet into the hole. And even after that, the feet don’t go all the way into the shoes. I felt like the shoes were gonna rip or the feet were gonna snap off. Very very frustrating.
Overall, I really love her, and the few minor setbacks don’t detract all that much from her awesomeness (as you can tell from this extremely long (for me) review). I’m hoping to add the boy, Coreopsis, to my collection soon as he was my favorite.
Hi, I'm Aaron. I'm a 23 year old writer/artist/bear lover. My interests include: Monster High, Gilmore Girls, Harry Potter, Ancient Egypt, Steampunk, Connecticut, Pokemon, Fashion Dolls and Power Rangers (among dozens of other things). I don't post stuff all that often, but I hope you enjoy the stuff that I do. ^_^
I'm from Cooks, Michigan but I currently reside in Miami Beach, Florida. Once I finish community college I plan on moving to Connecticut and transferring to a university. I suck at writing these things, so I'll try and add more later, haha.