|Madame Alexander's South Africa|
Being a fan of the older version of that series (I've posted about my 1970s India and Canada dolls a few times in the past), I've been curious to see what these modern versions would be like, but the greatly increased price made me wary since I'd heard conflicting reports about the relative quality of these newer dolls (the new dolls retail for $100 USD, while - with a few exceptions for rarity - the older dolls are generally available on the secondary market for less than $30). But since this sale had them at half price I was happy to bring one home and see how she'd compare to the older dolls.
The first thing I noticed about this doll is that her box was
|In the box.|
She also appears to have better quality hair, although whether that's unique to this doll (who is one of the few in the line to have short hair) or a line-wide improvement, I can't say.
|New posing abilities: without knee and elbow joints, the old dolls|
can't sit and wave like these newer ones.
|Compared to the older "India". You can see the difference in height|
and in eye detail here.
Overall, I'm pleased with both the general improvements to this line of dolls and with the charm of this specific doll - I probably wouldn't pick up another at retail, but at discounted prices, I certainly think they're worth looking at.