|Opening the boxes|
And now that I have access to more dealers and more reasonable shipping costs (crossing the border does have its benefits!) I found a couple of dolls on sale and decided to see what they're like.
The dolls in question: "TJ" from Integrity Toys' mid-range Dynamite Girls line and "Martha Jones" from Tonner's Doctor Who licensed line. Interestingly, despite the difference in size and company, they were packed in exactly the same fashion.
|Dynamite Girls TJ|
She also fits nicely on the included stand, which is always good (the stand itself had both saddle and waist attachments) I'm not sure if the differences between this line and Integrity's higher priced Fashion Royalty line are worth it though - from what I've heard the differences are primarily in the accessories rather than the dolls and clothes, and that doesn't strike me as a huge selling feature. In any case, I was very pleased with this doll, and would probably have been happy with her even at full price (I ordered her at 25% off).
|Tonner Doctor Who Martha Jones|
Considering that this is a fairly large doll, the simplicity of the jeans and jacket was disappointing - there are really no details on either (there is a simple pattern on the tank under the jacket, but again: standard quality). The zippers on her boots were also a challenge to unzip (they needed to be opened in order to get them on the doll). As with TJ, she came with a stand, but it's saddle-type only and because of the thickness of the denim, the doll doesn't actually fit on the stand.
Because of all of that I'm not really certain that she was a good value, even at the 60% off price that I paid. I certainly would never have wanted to pay the $175.00 sticker price. Still, she's not a bad quality doll - just a bit generic.