Berenguer ~ 18" Classmates

 

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The catalog photo

Ballerina catalog photo

Real Life photo of Taffy's cheerleader in her original outfit (click for larger image)

 

Doll Line

Classmates

Manufacturer/Distributer

Berenguer/JC Toys

Artist

Salvador Berenguer (probably)

Production Years

? No longer in production

Size

18" 

Body Type

Soft body, articulated arms

Eyes

Acrylic sleep eyes 

Hair

Synthetic wig, not as nice as AG but quite good

Identifying Markings

Berenguer on back of neck, body tag

Retail Price

$39 (?)

Clothing/Accessories

Contemporary clothes available separately

Clothing Fit

Slightly thinner than AG but clothes fit fairly well. Feet are smaller (most MAC shoes fit fine).

Dolls in Series

?  (Were they named by the manufacturer?)

Books?

None 

Sources

No longer in production, secondary market only 

For More Information

None known.

Classmate/AG body comparison

Notes

Taffy's rare African American Classmate

The 18" Berenguer Classmates dolls are one of the nicest of the AG "wannabe" dolls. (There is a new series of 11" dolls call "Be Yourself" Classmates that are by the same company but totally different.) Classmates are a good enough fit for American Girl clothes that they will work in your collection even if you want all of your dolls to share a common wardrobe. These dolls are between MAC and AG size so some clothes from each will fit though MAC shoes are the best choice for them. There is a nice variety of face molds, some with teeth showing and some without, and they are quite cute with good child appeal. If you are sensitive to smells, you may object to the babypowder (?) scent that is infused in the vinyl but this does dissipate over time. The quality of the dolls is high and they are currently undervalued on the secondary market where you can often pick them up for $15 or less in good condition. The clothing quality is fair and was available in separate packaging.

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