I recently received Alexis (from eBay) and I have had a
chance to look her over. Duck House is known primarily for
their affordable porcelain dolls, but this all-vinyl doll seems to be
aimed squarely at the American Girl/Magic Attic doll market.
Starting from the top, Alexis' hair is cute but too much of it comes out
with a gentle brushing. There are also short frizzy tufts at the top,
which seems to be a problem with all the dolls, not just Alexis. This is
one of the worst-quality wigs I have seen on a doll. Alexis' eyes are a bit over-sized but they are a pretty
deep blue color. I'm not a big fan of applied lashes on play dolls (too
easily damaged) but they are attractive. I think the face mold on these
dolls is really cute and the face paint is nicely done.
The doll's vinyl is light weight and the limbs are attached using
flange joints, so they are minimally poseable. There is some accent
painting on the hands and feet too, including subtle pink fingernail and
toenail polish! I would say these dolls
are most comparable in quality to the Euro Girls dolls from The Doll
Factory, but not nearly as good quality as Magic Attic, Carpatina or
Just Pretend. That is to be expected since they are half the price.
The clothes are super-trendy, obviously designed to appeal to young
girls. The quality is so-so. The shoes are particularly flimsy and the
cheap, thin vinyl is already separating from the base. My daughter loved
the sparkly flowers that are glue-gunned to the shorts, shoes and
crocheted purse; the purse was actually her favorite part of the doll's
ensemble. The sunglasses were also a hit but they are flimsy and pull
out her hair so they will be discarded. Alexis appears to be shorter
than the Magic Attic doll (bottom two pictures) but this is primarily
because of the way her head is attached lower on her neck. Magic Attic,
Just Pretend and Euro Girls clothes fit this doll perfectly.
Alexis' clothes are tagged and there is a sticker on the back
identifying her as Duck House Heirloom Doll and indicating that she is
number 2000 out of an edition of 5000. The doll's box is a nice,
standard cardboard collector doll box, the doll is tied in and removed
All in all, this would be a decent child's play doll for the price if
the hair was not such a problem. If she was re-wigged, she would be even
the bargains to be found on the older Magic Attic dolls, however, one of
those would easily be a better value. I prefer this doll's face to the
Euro Girls but I would dress her from the Euro Girls or retired Magic
Attic wardrobes which are both remarkably good quality for the price.
Alexis fits in well with our many 18" slim, vinyl dolls but she doesn't