I remember the summer of 1994 when Walmart came to Canada. My local brown brick Woolco was painted a dull grey, and I was introduced to world of “greeters” and “rollbacks”. The prices were low and other discount department stores, and local businesses were unable to compete, and subsequently many were forced to close their doors. Through their success Walmart continued to expand in Canada, today you can find one in just about every good sized town.
This expansion has made Walmart’s My Life As doll the most accessible 18 inch doll in Canada. The dolls are currently priced at $34.93, although the dolls don’t come with names or stories, they are very career based reminding me of Barbie’s I Can Be line. Like the other 18 inch doll lines, the dolls are available in several eye, skin, and hair colour combinations.
How does this doll stack up when compared to the other 18 inch dolls? Let’s find out!
Our My Life As model was borrowed from my daughter’s friend. From what I understand she had just returned from a camping trip, and she came to our house a little worse for wear…
Lazy eye, messy hair, black nail polish, no shoes, and in her nightgown! Seriously, she looked like she just stepped out of People of Walmart! She was not prepared for her photo shoot, so my daughter and I did what we love to do and gave her a dolly spa treatment.
Now that’s much better, this I can work with!
Now let’s see what this doll is all about!
Right away you can see that this doll has a half vinyl torso, like the Journey Girl dolls. I quite like this feature, as far as I am concerned there is nothing worse when you are dressing your doll in a cute sundress, and then you have to deal with those awkward neck wrinkles that some of the full fabric bodied dolls have, yikes!
Here is a view of her from the side, she’s got quite the little booty.
Here is the stamp found on the back of her neck.
A similar stamp is found on her back. These stamps indicate that her mold was created in 2013, and most likely that was the year that the My Life As line was introduced.
She has a lovely face, with the added detail of freckles. She also has painted upper and lower lashes as well as painted details around the eyes.
I love the depth and colour of her green eyes.
In this photo you can appreciate how beautiful and thick her eyelashes are, I love when dolls have thick eyelashes! Her eyes also close when lying, a feature that is very important to my 6 and 8 year old daughters. As much as I like the added depth of the painted upper lashes I must admit that it looks quite strange when the doll is lying. As you can see in the in the image above although her eyes are closed, her painted lashes are still in the open eye position, it just looks wierd.
This doll also has a very soft her face like the Newberry doll, without much effort I was able to depress her cheeks, this is something I couldn’t do with the more expensive dolls like Maplelea or the Journey Girl dolls.
I love the length and colour of her hair, there is a lot of to play with, which is often important to little hands.
These dolls have rooted hair, which is great for younger kids as it is lower maintenance. When dolls have wigs you have to worry about getting the wig cap wet, the brush catching in the wig wefts and the wig coming loose.
Here you can see how sparsely her hair is distributed. I don’t believe that this doll’s hair is securely knotted inside her head as it should be. As you can see in the above photo much of her hair has been pulled out, and every time that I ran a brush through her hair even more would come free!
This photo was taken after brushing the doll’s hair during the dolly spa she endured. I fear that with much brushing this doll would not have any hair left. She must have had a lot of hair in the beginning, to lose this much and still look okay! If you have this brand of doll, or any doll for that matter I would recommend buying a mini looper brush, I truly believe that brush will extend the life of any doll’s hair.
This is her neck joint it is also very similar to the Journey Girl doll, due to the half vinyl torso. This type of neck joint is great for posing, as you can tilt her head to side for those thoughtful poses.
Her arm joint again too is very similar to the Journey Girls, and is great for posing. She is able to hold her arms out to the side to and they also rotate.
Her leg joints were extremely stiff, I met a lot of resistance when trying to pose her. Like the Our Generation and Newberry dolls her legs will only rotate which is great for a side split but not the full splits.
As hard as I tried I was unable to rotate her hips out. Her feet would not budge from this pigeon-toed position.
She has cute little dimpled knees.
The back of her knee also had some added definition.
Her hands have quite a bit of detail, her dimpled knuckles are adorable. I thought that her fingers were too short and stubby, like little sausage fingers.
Her toes are also quite stubby. The bottom of her foot is flat without an arch. I liked that the toes are clearly defined on the bottom of her foot, for added detail.
Like her face, her limbs are also very soft, my eight year old daughter was able to bend the doll’s knee for the photo above.
So that’s about it for the My Life As doll, I think that she would be great choice for a younger child. So next time you head to Walmart, say hello to the greeter and check out the toy department. Who knows, maybe you might get lucky and find this doll on rollback.
*As always on our site, prices are listed in Canadian dollars (CAD) unless otherwise stated.