I wanted to do a quick review of the new Lori Doll, Evan. A new doll in the Lori line of 6inch dolls (aka mini dolls), I purchased him from Target yesterday.
First up-yay, a boy doll! Does this mean we might eventually see an 18inch boy doll in the Our Generation line? Maybe-we know Wal-mart’s ‘My Life As’ just introduced them. I was excited to see this fine gentleman at the store and for ~$10.00 was happy to purchase him, even though I don’t officially collect the Lori line.
He is the exact same size as the Our Generation and American Girl mini dolls. Like the OG and original AG line, he has a soft cloth body and vinyl limbs. Clothes are interchangeable between the lines. (Note-AG now has all vinyl minis, who might be more slender. I don’t currently own any of those and so can’t compare.) .
Both Our Generation and Lori dolls feature inset plastic eyes; the original (vintage) AG minis did as well. Now AG’s line features painted eyes (see Marie Grace, above, in pink). The inset eyes are more realistic, but can also be wonky as it seems difficult to ensure they both look the same direction. This Evan doll has an excellent gaze but I passed over one that had a lazy eye.
Evan came in a hanging box with his name on it, dressed in boots, pants, a shirt/vest/tie combo, and an English style riding helmet. Overall packaging was nice and light- two clear rubberbands and plastic insets anchored him into the box. But, oh, but-look at the T tags anchoring on the helmet. That means we have a hole through the helmet and into the head. How does that look?
Well, not so great:( He has rooted hair at the top, but the sides are flocked and do nothing to hide the hole on his left side. How your kiddo would feel about this depends (I suspect many wouldn’t care) but as a collector that is a disappointment. I damped the flocking and gently rubbed it, but it didn’t help hide the hole. On his right side the rooted hair hides it.
Holes aside, this doll has a great face. Their are subtle differences in the face paint that help him be a little more boyish-no painted lashes, slightly thicker and straighter brows, and a more neutral lip color. He compares well to my OG and AG mini ladies, I think.
His clothing is pretty standard, and I don’t expect mini dolls clothing to be perfectly finished, especially at Target price points. The boots are slit up the back to get on and off easily, which would be especially important with children. Pants are a soft cotton fabric and close with velcro. Shirt, vest, and tie are sewn together and also velcro closed. Plastic helmet of course has two small holes (sigh) but is nicely flexible and can actually be tightened down to fit and stay on the doll’s head.
Overall I like this doll quite a bit. I’m excited to see a boy doll and especially pleased with the differences in facepaint that help distinguish between him and other OG/Lori minis. The clothing is cute and good quality for the price. Playability when combined with the new Lori stables, horse trailer, and other dolls seems high to me. My only complaint, and it’s a big one, is that he has actual holes in his head! There are two other new equestrian dolls that are girls with long hair. They could have worn a helmet and hidden the anchoring holes; an accessory swap (the two female dolls have different horsey items) would have eliminated this flaw completely with no overall change to the set. I would buy him again, but I also hope that we will see more boy dolls in the future without damage directly from the box. he is a handsome fellow, however, and how nice to add a boy doll into the play!