My husband is surprising me with a new Ashton Drake doll for Christmas! (Marriage Tip #1: Just tell your spouse what you want ;)) Buying a collectable doll is not an impulsive decision. They are not cheap and I keep mine forever. I never trade or sell my dolls. I cuddle them, change them into pretty often heirloom clothes, and get emotionally attached.
I originally wanted the Bunny Hugs doll, which is pictured above and linked here- http://www.ashtondrake.com/products/302114001_linda-murray-baby-doll-with-plush.html
Two-dimensional pictures do not show the realism and details, so check out this YouTube box opening for that- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pc3wQ8vSDls
But, then, I noticed how much she resembles the doll, Claire. This was because they are both Linda Murray dolls. I wanted my new doll to have the same artist as my Evangeline, so they look like sisters-
My Evangeline is the one with the yellow bow. The one in purple is Serena, my daughter’s doll and another Ashton Drake.
The other two dolls are from JC Toys. http://www.jctoys.com/
So here is Claire, a partial silicone doll. Note the resemblance?
And here is her YouTube box opening- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQA-VKH9pBA&t=156s
It’s a long decision process for me. I’m very emotional about my dolls. There’s another one I love called Penelope, but she has closed eyes. I can’t own closed-eyed dolls. They make think of deceased infants.
Dolls are meant to bring joy, so I’d better stick with that. 😉
At the moment, I’m leaning towards Claire, because she seems so cuddly. 🙂