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Melody Ellison Mini Doll & Book Paperback – Abridged, June 23, 2016
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We had not seen Melody (full or mini) in person, only in pictures and videos. We are somewhat disappointed with this doll. First of all, the box she was in was damaged. Not totally sure if she came this way from the warehouse or if it happened in shipping. We do not keep the boxes so in the end, the condition of the box does not matter. But when first opening the product, it does. (Normally, I do not mention packaging but I know that some AG collectors keep the dolls in the boxes...)
On to the doll...
Her face is nicely painted and skin color of all limbs and face matches.
I feel the quality of the mini dolls has seemed to steadily decline over the last few years. I much prefer the older dolls that had cloth bodies. The Melody mini doll has a plastic body, just like the other recent mini doll releases. The issue I have with the plastic body (this one, in particular) is that it doesn't feel like it would stand up to lots of play. We do not change their clothes, so it will probably be okay. Our dolls are just posed in a mini dollhouse.
The big quality issue I have is the clothes. The sewing is sloppy-very uneven in spots. Bows on shoes are uneven.
I do not feel the dress translated well from the full size to the mini. The collar looks awkward.
Her hair is uneven. The hair is not cut even and the curl is not even. I will be taking scissors to her hair to straighten it out.
The book is a tiny, doll sized, soft cover version. Very cute.
Definitely not one of my favorite mini dolls but not my least favorite. At least she has a cute face. We will be keeping her as my daughters want a Melody mini doll. After looking at them in my local store, I see that the nit-picky quality issues I see with her are not specific to our Melody.
Older mini dolls are a bit nicer, frankly, and have nice, glass eyes and seem to be of a little better quality. This doll, however, is beautiful and I know my daughter will be pleased on Christmas morning when she finds a Mini Melody in her stocking. Perfect gift for American Girl fans.