There have been plenty of dolls on the market, but no matter what, when it comes to the plastic doll on the go, none have been able to beat the Barbie. Bratz tried, but I found them to be a little too skanky for me. After the lawsuit concerning the dolls they were taken off the market and since then there has not been much of a stir of any doll competing with Barbie. However, now there are the Liv Dolls. Liv Dolls are well made, fairly realistic looking for a plastic doll, and they are fun.
How much or little you consider them to be a positive idea of a role model for your child will depend on you. You won’t find any of the four Liv Dolls to have the motivations of a Barbie. The Liv dolls are teenagers and Barbie is supposed to be a grown woman. It’s hard to compare the two. While Barbie is already set in her career path, as a doctor, lawyer, or astronaut, the Liv Dolls want to be pop stars and fashion designers (like most teen/tween girls) and are interested in working at the mall when they aren’t hanging out with their BFFs or doing their school work.
When you buy a Liv doll it comes with an access code that gives you access to the doll’s online world at LivWorld.com. Here kids can check out the diaries for each doll and do other fun things. This is only one of the ways that Liv differs from Barbie. One of the things that I was most fond of was the ability to change the look of the Liv dolls.
Alexis, the doll that we received, is the African American of the group. I picked that doll specifically though it was not my intention. I thought she was the cutest of the four dolls actually and later figured it out. Based on look the only real clue is that she has a darker skin tone than the other Liv Dolls. I liked the fact that they made her realistic and in a lighter tone. Many dolls made for African American girls either are incredibly dark or light skinned, Alexis is somewhere in the middle making for a nice change.
A nice feature for parents is the ability to save a little bit of money by buying one doll (to begin with) and buying accessories. Alexis and the other Liv Dolls come with some basic accessories like a fashion outfit and both long and short wigs. You can buy additional wigs separately, as well as outfits and other perks for the dolls.
On the other hand, a nice feature for the kids is the fact that Liv dolls are poseable. They aren’t stuck in that stiff position like some dolls. They even stand on their own. It makes it more fun for kids because the dolls are able to be moved with more realism. Once you get to a certain age, bouncing Barbie along to make her walk and the fact that she can’t really stand on her own gets boring.
Liv has made a fan out of me. The purchase price of roughly $20 for one doll with a cute, age appropriate outfit and two wigs is not bad. Furthermore, the fact that the kids can do more with them and can access Livworld.com to learn more about each of their favorite dolls makes it worthwhile. If you’re going to be looking for holiday toys and you have a child that likes dolls, you might want to consider Liv.
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