Greetings everyone! I’ve got several great reviews scheduled for this week and we are going to start them off with the new line of dolls from MGA Entertainment: Vi and Va. The boxes state “Viviana & Valentina are Vi and Va! Two sisters and best friends with their cousins Felicia and Roxxi. Everyday is an adventure and a reason to celebrate the bond of family and friendship”
The Vi and Va line is exclusive to Target. My store has had the “Activity” dolls and the Birthday dolls for awhile. The two activity dolls are individually packaged Vi or Va dolls with plastic accessories that allow girls to create flower hair accessories for the Va doll or stamp and create fashions for the Vi doll. The Birthday set is a 2-pack of both Va and Vi celebrating their 15th and 16th birthdays (respectively). My Target has also had the four fashion packs for some time. It was just this weekend that we finally got the four basic dolls. Roxxi, Felicia, and Valentina jumped into my arms and begged to come home with me. Viviana said she could wait for another day. The following post will be FULL of photos and a full write-up of each of these three dolls and their fashion pack (each sold separately).
Roxxi has brown eyes. The eyes of the “Vi & Va” line are two toned with a flowery star burst inside of them. Roxxi’s eyes are two shades of brown. She wears light brown/beige eyeshadow and pink lipstick. She wears a light pink blush.
Roxxi’s dark brown hair has some highlights of lighter brown. It comes sewn to a plastic piece and is very coarse. It is supposed to be curly, but the texture of the hair mixed with that curly look does not translate well to this doll. I will be boiling her hair at a later date to see if the hair truly has a terrible texture or if it is just because of the bad box-hair-curl.
These little wraps or jackets are very popular among the Vi & Va line dolls. (Okay, it’s really awkward referring to them as such when it isn’t a Vi or Va character doll to whom I am referring). Roxxi’s jacket is pink with little yellow ruffles.
The feature I was most excited for these dolls was their body shape. These dolls feature five points of articulation – a fully articulated neck with full left-right and up-down motion, shoulders with a typical shoulder joint, and legs that only allow forward motion. Their legs are made of hard plastic and do not contain click-jointed knees.
Back to Roxxi. Her torso has a smaller bust and larger hips than most fashion dolls on the market right now. She features printed panties. Her back features printing that indicates she was made in China and gives more information about MGA Entertainment.
The Vi & Va line all have their right (our left) arm straight and their left (or right) arm slightly bent. They can’t really put their hand on their hip, though. As that is one of my favorite poses, I am a little disappointed in that.
Unlike many of MGA’s dolls, the Vi & Va line do feature feet. Well…. something like feet. These aren’t pegs, and they do have little toes. I think? But they aren’t the super detailed feet we are used to from fashion dolls on the market right now.
Felicia’s blonde hair has a similar problem as Roxxi’s. Her hair is supposed to be curly, but the hair has a coarse texture and is difficult to manage. I can’t wait to actually brush her hair and try to tame it.
And that’s Felicia!
The last doll I purchased was Valentina. Va is the younger sister who loves to cook. I can’t really tell the difference between the two sisters in store. Maybe I’ll have more luck once I own them both? But for now, the younger sister is my favorite of the two.
Va has the same profile as her cousins and wears pink hoop earrings. She has long straight brown hair. Now THIS hair is better than the other two. It is Va’s hair that makes me think the other two might have good hair hidden underneath those bad curls.
The Vi & Va dolls are shorter than some other popular fashion dolls on the market right now or previously.
I think these dolls are adorable for little girls! Their stumpy feet actually make it easier to put their shoes on. I can’t tell if there is a definite left or right shoe in almost any of the pairs I have. This will actually make play more fun for younger girls that have a hard time with this concept. I’m spoiled to dolls that have removable hands making them easier to dress and undress, but these dolls really aren’t too difficult to play with. The fact that they already have fashion packs available just make them more fun. (Hello?! Isn’t this division of the market called FASHION dolls?) I love their deep skin tones and their body style. These dolls were for sale at Target for $16.99.
I don’t know that there will be a huge adult collector market for these dolls, because they don’t feature the super articulation that we’ve gotten used to. Their hair quality is slightly lower than adult collectors like (but still not as bad as that original run of Bratzillaz. I shudder when I think back on them). These dolls fit into your hands like a toy. They feel like a toy. They feel like a doll I would have grabbed when I was a younger girl on a day of sitting in the back seat while Mom ran errands, or a doll I would take with my to Grandma’s house. I love the dolls because they remind me of when I was younger, and that’s what doll collecting is all about for me
What do you think of them? Do you think any of these could join your family or collection of dolls?