Like the main AG historical line, each doll had a set character and history, but these ones had a single, longer novel rather than a series of illustrated books, and the girls in these stories are slightly older, presumably to appear to the slightly older target market.
The dolls themselves are half the size of the AG play dolls and were designed more for display than play as they have minimal articulation and clothes that aren't designed to be removed. As display pieces though, they're quite lovely - nice faces (the work of Helen Kish) and nicely detailed accessories, clothing and hair.
Neela is an Indian character whose story is set in 1939 (Random trivia: did you know that 2002 was also the year that 23rd March 1931: Shaheed was released? It was a good year for pop-media about the Indian struggle for independence!). The doll has long hair in a single plait, and is dressed in an orange sari with silver embroidery. She doesn't have shoes, but has a silver bangle on each ankle. She also has a set of gold-coloured bangles on each wrist as well as a chain necklace and similar earrings. She also wears a second smaller necklace with a pendant.
|Neela's hair from the back|
Her face is evenly painted, and has an expression that manages to be fairly neutral without being vacant.
Her hair style is simple, but has the added detail of a flower at the top of the plait.
My other doll from this series is Leyla, a Turkish character whose story is set in 1720 (if you've seen Dutch or Flemish paintings of Istanbul, they were probably be from this time period). I'm especially fond of the setting from her book, since she ends up living in Topkapı Palace, which is one of my favourite places to wander in Istanbul.
Her kaftan (overcoat) is patterned and has gold trim and a lovely sash, over which is draped beaded necklaces with a jeweled pendant. She wears gold-coloured bracelets, caries a feathered fan and even her shoes are embroidered. Her headware is also interwoven with gold chain
As you may have guessed, she's a particular favourite of mine!