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Buyer beware of the "variations"
on September 15, 2012
We have the doll family pictured and love them so much. My 2 year old granddaughter's favorites are Grandpa and Baby. This is one of only a few brands which have a 7 member set that includes grandparents and a baby.
Be aware, however, that a truer picture of the set - "variation" - you may receive, while AA, will look more like the picture for the Doll Family of 7 Caucasians, because that is the clothing set they may have, and because of many differences in the paint and shape of the dolls. The clothing difference is easy to see. The shape difference is not. I have seen them both together though and saw that the "variation" is much cruder in features and the baby has a much clunkier shape and inappropriately longer arms.
To me, they were not at all as appealing. To me the clothing was not as lovely on almost every doll and mama Afro-American doll not as identifiable as a mom because her hair was very short plus no skirt.
The company which originates these sets told me that they were unavailable for a long time, but they finally got them back. My guess is that they found a company to copy the old style ones but they didn't have the same good taste as the original producer.
I ordered the family in the photo twice, (the older family) and was sent the newer family, not pictured, twice, even though I'd made it clear I wanted the one in the photo. I gave feedback twice about the inaccurate picture, and got back messages twice saying We've determined that we don't have to change the photo.
Then the item page had a message saying There's a problem, we're temporarily not offering this item. This was changed to the page you now see, which says you may get a "variation".
I just wanted you to know. It made a difference to me; to you, it may not.
In order to get the set I wanted, I phoned around and found a large toy store with a branch in a nearby city which had ONE of the old style families left and sent it to my local shop for me. A bit more expensive than Amazon, but able to give more personal service: could check their stock and help me get the one I wanted!
Amazon had a better price and tried to help; the customer service phone helpers in India tried their best, but apparently a huge company with multiple locations, can't give you the same service.