While browsing my local Tuesday Morning a couple of days ago, I stumbled across a few of these Madame Alexander Travel Friends Story Land dolls. I was really excited to find Alice in Wonderland, as she is one of my favorite Disney characters!
Here she is, still in her box. As you can see, I got her for a really good deal, considering that her original, retail price was $15!
Little Miss Alice stands approximately 7 1/2" tall.
The back of her box shows all of the characters in this line. My Tuesday Morning also carried a Cinderella, a Little Mermaid, a Starry Princess, and a Fairy Princess, but Alice was the one I wanted most of all. I almost bought Cinderella, but she's so similar in coloring to Alice that I decided to pass. Now, if they would have had "Beauty" (Belle), I would have snapped her up in an instant. She's adorable!
She was quite easy to remove from her box. Here she is, still attached to the cardboard liner. I only had to remove two pieces of clear tape and undo one twisty tie to completely free her. Not bad.
Free at last! She can stand on her own.
Beautiful, long, wavy hair.
Because she has hinged knees and elbows, she can sit in more lifelike positions than most dolls. I think this is a really impressive feature for such a small, relatively inexpensive doll.
She can even kneel, as long as her feet can hang over the edge.
She has molded underwear.
Her dress is cute and has lots of detail, but mine has a flaw where the skirt is attached to the waistband...part of it got tucked up when it was sewn to the bodice, making it hang funny and shorter than the rest of the skirt.
Here's the other side of the skirt, which looks just fine. Just thought I'd mention this, in case you go hunting for your own doll. Look at them all and compare before picking one out so you can avoid flaws such as this one. However, for a $5 doll, I'm not upset. In fact, I'll probably pick out the seam myself and just reattach it properly.
Just for fun, I decided to pose her next to my other Alice, a Robert Tonner Doll. The Tonner doll is much more expensive and has a better made outfit. Only her knees are jointed while her arms are not. While she is a better quality than my new Alice, I really do love them both the same! I actually think that I prefer the face on the Madame Alexander version more.
They are both the same height--7 1/2", and have jointed knees. The Tonner doll has a better quality, more detailed outfit, but the MA Alice has jointed elbows. Both have nice hair. Both have removable shoes, but Tonner Alice also has nice stockings. They each have nicely painted faces with different expressions--Tonner Alice is more serious, while MA Alice is more sweet.
For the price (and you can't beat $5!), I think the MA Alice is a wonderful, little doll. She's easy to pose, a nice size, and just looks so cute.
There were two, other Alice dolls in the Tuesday Morning when I bought my doll...I stood them all up, side by side, and studied their faces carefully. I wanted to make sure that I got one with the best facial painting. All three were slightly different, so I'm glad I checked! However, I didn't think to check the workmanship on the clothing, or I might have noticed the flaw with the skirt. In any case, I am really pleased with this little doll. I think she's a great doll for children, as well as adults! If you are fortunate enough to have a Tuesday Morning in your area, check them out. They frequently have wonderful dolls at great prices. You never know what you'll find!