Awesome Girls

Year of introduction: 
1999
About the brand: 

The Awesome Girls are soft-body 18" vinyl play dolls that originally retailed for only $14.99. They have non-articulated bodies, fixed eyes with applied lashes, and lower-quality, rooted saran hair. These dolls are hardly ever seen on the secondary market.

Artsy, Inc. is a Canadian and Hong Kong toy company that also manufactures arts and crafts kits for girls. (The dolls are manufactured by De Luxe Manufacturing Ltd which also makes other dolls.) The Awesome Girls were their only foray into the 18" play doll market and were only available for a short time in 1999-2000. These dolls were the recipients of the Dr. Toy Best Vacation Toys award in 2000, as you can see from the sticker on their box.

The dolls are very inexpensive but cute for the price. Their faces are adorable. Their face paint is subtle and natural. Their vinyl is nice and a good color but my main issue with them is their white cloth, floppy bodies. The bodies are of decent quality material but drastically under-stuffed.

The clothing is basic but cute. The materials are synthetic and the seams are not serged.

Compared to American Girl, the dolls are a little small, about 17".

Below is the Awesome Girl dressed in the American Girl Go Anywhere outfit. As you can see, it is a little big on her but it is not too bad. The shoes are too big but they stay on because of they style. She would fit better in Magic Attic shoes.

Speaking of Magic Attic, whoever sculpted these dolls must have been a fan of Robert Tonner's Magic Attic sculpt. In the picture below you can see the Awesome Girl on the left and Magic Attic Alison on the right.


Awesome Girl and Magic Attic Club Alison

If you are a fan of Magic Attic dolls, these Awesome Girls are interesting because of the resemblance. And they are quite cute dolls besides.

Details
Height: 
17.00 in
Doll types: 
Play dolls
18 inch vinyl play dolls
Primary material: 
Vinyl
Hair type: 
Rooted
Eye type: 
Fixed/Inset acrylic
Doll ages: 
Child dolls
Target age (of owner): 
8
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