The Doll Factory ~ EuroGirls
"Just arrived in America, the European doll sensation EuroGirls™, 18" dress-up dolls." This is the tag line for the advertisement in 2003 for a new type of 18" all-vinyl play doll from The Doll Factory.
The dolls are very reasonably priced at either $29.95 or $34.95 depending on the outfit. I ordered one soon after seeing the advertisement appear in Doll Reader magazine in November 2003 and she arrived in mid-December, fresh from the first shipment from the factory in China. She is part of the Diana Collection from the Doll Factory, which so far has only been made up of baby dolls.
The dolls are all vinyl and are almost exactly the size of the Magic Attic and Carpatina dolls. This picture shows the doll with Magic Attic Megan for comparison. The EuroGirls dolls are not named by the manufacturer.
The EuroGirls eyes
are fixed and they have applied eyelashes which is a nice change from the
painted of most other dolls of their type. They have inset acrylic eyes which
have good depth. My doll looks slightly Asian because of the hair and the
Chinese style blouse, but her eyes are the same as all the others.
doll's hair is wigged, rather than rooted, and the hair appears to be quite good
quality synthetic. It is shiny and full. All of the dolls offered so far have
bangs, which I find unfortunate. I would love to see one of these dolls with
long dark hair with no bangs.
The Euro Girls box is an exceptionally nice carry case. There is a plastic handle on the top and a ribbon tie to hold the doll in place. The window lid will work well when she is being displayed for sale in doll shops. There are metal hinges and clasps for the lid. The box will make a good trunk for holding clothes, perhaps with the addition of a large ring at the top to hold hangers, and is convenient for girls to take their dolls on play dates.
The dolls have no identifying markings on the back of their neck or elsewhere that I could see. There is a Certificate of Authenticity in her box. She has two paper hangtags, identifying her as part of the Diana Collection and manufactured in China for The Doll Factory. One of them says "Diana Collection dolls are carefully crafted to be the play doll you can depend on. If this doll should fail because of defects in materials or workmanship please call us and we will correct the problem without charge." She also has a plastic, circular hangtag with stars in a circle logo of the European Union.
My doll has some red
staining on her neck and torso from her blouse. This staining was also reported
by a friend who bought the same doll. Since I own a jar of
Twin Pines Remove-Zit cream, I can remove
the stains myself but I am afraid that many will be returning the dolls,
taking the company up on their offer to "correct the problem without charge".
The Doll Factory sells a trunk set with the doll and three extra outfits for $79.95 and they sell the trunk separately for $36. You can order the dolls on their website (www.dollfactorydirect.com) or using their toll-free number: (800) 430-2213.
As doll companies seem to fail weekly, it is good to see a fresh face entering the doll world. I highly recommend the EuroGirls.
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Text Copyright © 2004 Maria Greene All Rights Reserved. Thank you to CarolL and Linda for the use of some of their photographs.
TM - Euro Girls is a trademark of The Doll Factory, Inc.
This page was last updated 08/09/06