A-Z Guide to 18 inch dolls – American Girl & Alternatives
American Girl dominate the market for 18-inch dolls, but if you are looking for a smaller price tag, or a different look, you’ll be pleased to know that there are alternatives to the classic AG.
Adora have two lines of 18-inch dolls – Girl Scout (officially licensed) and 4-EVER Friends.
The Girl Scout dolls are $80 each, with the generic 4-EVER Friends priced at $70.
Each doll comes with a complete outfit, and has poseable head and limbs, with a soft cuddly body.
The most famous of all the 18-inch dolls, and most likely the brand your child will ask for.
The dolls have vinyl, moveable head and limbs, and soft bodies.
For $115 you get a doll, with a complete outfit, even shoes and underwear, and a storybook about her character.
The doll pictured is McKenna, American Girl’s Doll of the Year 2012.
The 18-inch American Girl dolls are sold as suitable for ages 6 years and up.
Carpatina make a range called Fantasy Adventures.
These are 18-inch dolls with poseable limbs, and solid bodies, styled in historical outfits. They are sold as collectors dolls rather than toys.
They cost around $100 each.
The same company also make ‘Friends Collection’ – a line of clothes suitable for 18-inch soft-bodied dolls like American Girl.
Gotz Precious Day Dolls
Made in Germany, by a company that has been producing beautiful dolls for more than 50 years, these dolls offer quality and an alternative look to the AG dolls.
At around $80, they won’t save you much money, but they do have the advantage of rooted hair that can be washed and styled.
Suitable for ages 3 years and up.
This value-range of 18-inch dolls, is a Toys R Us exclusive. The dolls have soft bodies, and hard limbs, but cost just $33 each.
Fully articulated head and limbs with a soft body.
Beautiful delicately featured faces.
A Madame Alexander 18 inch doll and outfit cost betwen $65 depending on the model.
Non-poseable dolls come with one outfit and cost $25.
Deluxe poseable dolls have an additional outfit, and are priced at $38.49.
Exclusive to Target.
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