Springfield 18 英寸娃娃 “Multi” 18in doll 709004S
- Pose-able and can sit on their own
- Soft stuffed bodies
- Ages 7 and up
FIBRE CRAFT-Springfield Collection 18in Doll. These beautiful dolls are pose able and can sit on their own; feature sleeping eyes and brush able hair; soft stuffed bodies and plastic head and limbs. Look for all the fashion options by Fibre Craft. These dolls are available in a variety of nationalities. Recommended for children ages 7 and up. Imported.
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I really like the expression on the Springfield dolls faces. With a big smile that shows her little teeth and pudgy cheeks, she reminds me of my kids at about kindergarten or first grade age.
The hair though - it's rooted with lots of space between the rows hair. One of the reviewers called it "sparse" and I wholeheartedly agree, in fact, that may be a kind description. The hair on the doll I received was very, very long so in that sense there's a lot to work with and I think braids would be perfect. And this is a new one on me - a little past half way down the hair there was a band of soft, clear plastic wrapped and sewn all the way around the hair in the back; the hair was flattened out by the sewing, but once the plastic was removed, no harm was done. It took scissors with a small sharp point to get the first half of the stitches out; but about halfway through I was able to pull on the thread and get the the rest out. But even with the little handling that took, the hair demonstrated its tendency to mat.
Another new one on me is that the coated wires holding the doll in the box were twisted right by the doll's various body parts (example: tucked very close to the dip between the neck and face and right against the card board backing). All the dolls I've bought recently had the wires put around the dolls neck, arms and legs then through the cardboard backing and twisted in the back. I have to say that they were hard to get to and even harder to remove. I don't think a child below about 8 could manage it, especially since you have to be very careful on the neck wire not to pull out some of the already-too-sparse hair.
The doll can indeed sit without being propped up if you spread the legs wide apart and move the arms to get her balanced. [At least that's what I had to do
I've been knitting and crocheting doll clothes and the patterns turn out to be a good fit on the Springfield dolls. [Amazon has lots and lots of such pattern books, plus sewing pattern books.]
I think the sparse hair is, at least partly, how Springfield can sell these dolls at reasonable prices. The rest of the doll appears to be well made. The dress is very cheaply done but with so many doll clothes and patterns available that's no big deal.
For the money, this is a great doll. [I also have Emma.] However, if I intended to get an 18" doll for a 3 to 5 year old, I would probably go with the Daisy Kingdom dolls as their hair is part of the head, i.e. vinyl. [I did find Daisy Kingdom dolls here on Amazon.] I once gave one with a couple of outfits to a 10 year old and she was thrilled with it. It may be that some of the challenges I encountered are not universal as the Emma doll didn't have sewn-on plastic around her hair and the twist ties were behind the cardboard backing. But I would take the doll from the box and check it out before I made a present of it. [I got one doll that had about a 2" rounded area at the back of her head that obviously had not ever had hair rooted there. You can't, of course, see that until you take the doll out of the box. I returned that doll.]