My long awaited Lammily doll arrived today. Her name is Lily Nickols, for no other reason than because I enjoy coming up with names that relate to a doll's given name and/or origin. I knew from order tracking that the parcel was out for delivery this morning, but I was a bit worried when I didn’t see a box on the doorstep upon pulling into the driveway this evening. I was surprised to find that she was packaged in a box small enough to fit in the mail box. That was the first positive thing- No wasted materials in shipping. Upon opening the box, I saw that she was heftier than I expected.
Videos of coached second graders aside, here are the initial reactions of my six year old daughter:
Upon seeing the picture on the outside of the box: “Is she a girl scout?” Perhaps she thought the suitcase stickers were badges?
Upon seeing the doll inside the box: “She looks big.”
Me: What do you mean?
Mara lifts the dolls shirt and points, “Her tummy is big. She’s pretty.”
Upon spotting the pamphlet that was inside the box: “Can I read the book?”
Upon finishing her out loud reading of the pamphlet: “She’s been in Toronto, Australia, and Paris. Doesn’t that sound like an adventure?”
The second positive thing was that the packaging was mostly frustration-free. All I had to do was loosen two twist ties, cut two plastic thingies, and remove the plastic holding her hair in place.
Lily’s hair is soft and two shades of brown. Her head is bigger than a collector Barbie doll’s head, but smaller if not the same size as most playline dolls and smaller than the Kenya dolls.
I photographed Lily with some of my curvier ladies for comparison before undressing her.
She has molded panties and a smaller bust than I expected. But, do you really expect me to believe that the average nineteen year old has this much junk in the trunk? She has click knees and elbows with articulated wrists and ankles. And now for the first negative, and it’s a big one: Her range of motion is surprisingly limited. As you can see, she cannot open her legs very much, much less sit like a lady. She has individual toes, but her ankles are her greatest weakness. They can’t support her weight at all. She can’t even come close to standing on her own. In fact she flopped forward or backward on her ankle joints each time I tried.
I attempted a clothing swap. Here Emerald models Lily’s denim shirt while Lena attempts to hold up Lily’s shorts which are WAY too big for her. Lily, on the other hand, has found a LittleMissMatched outfit that fits her well. In the last photo, Lily wears a friendly smile and a colorful top- perfect for her part-time job in the toddler room at Happy Hearts Child Care Center.
Bottom line: Am I happy to have her in our collection? Yes! Would I buy another without some major improvements? No.
In other exciting news: My Pink Friday Barbie Collector Order is scheduled to be delivered tomorrow. That's the fastest I've ever received anything from BC.com! The box contains new clothes for some existing residents, an articulated body for Jessie, and a new male resident.