In 2009 American Girl caught us all off guard when in addition to the Girl of the Year, Chrissa Maxwell, they also released her two best friends, Sonali Matthews and Gwen Thompson. American Girl was criticized quite a bit that year on everything from releasing three dolls at once to the back story of Gwen being homeless. The Chrissa story was one that Natalie just fell in love with – and relates to very well – and so she asked for the entire Chrissa collection that year. She obviously did not get it all at once, but between birthdays, Christmas, using her own money and such, Chrissa’s collection is our only “complete set.” Ever since we got Sonali (Natalie got her for her birthday on December 30, 2009 just as the set was being retired), she has been one of my personal favorites. She looks good in everything and I like her unique face (which was made for her and then used on MyAG 46 & 47 as well as Cecile).
THE BASICS ON GOTY SONALI:
|Body details||Soft body, vinyl limbs|
|Face||Sonali mold (the seventh AG mold created – also used by My AG 46, 47 and Historical Cecile)|
|Eyes||Brown sleep eyes|
|Hair||Wigged – long dark brown hair with loose curls|
|Can share clothes with||Springfield, Maplelea, Sophias, Madame Alexander Favorite Friends and most others that are for 18″ soft body dolls|
|Where to buy||Retired – Ebay.com is your best bet|
|Recommended for ages||8 & up|
Sonali’s meet outfit is a light green t-shirt, cable knit sweater tunic (I love the detail in this one), denim capris with embroidery and banded leg opening (again – nice detail), and light blue flats with ribbon trim. Her meet outfit is great for mixing and matching.
Sonali is busy texting Chrissa while having lunch at the picnic table. The picnic table is part of Chrissa’s collection.
Lunch time! Chrissa’s picnic table has a removable string of “lights” that add a fun element to any photo. Sonali is of Indian descent and is actually much darker in real life than she appeared in the book illustrations and in the Chrissa movie. Her hair is actually fabulous though – it is silky and has loose curls. We have not had any difficulty with it at all.
Yesterday I posted a sneak picture on Facebook and Instagram of Sonali’s hair and asked if anyone could guess who today’s start was. Did you get it right? Her hair is in a “spider web” or “veil” style that is super easy to do. I will post a tutorial of the style later today – but it really is so easy!
What is that crazy Sonali up to now? Dancing on the picnic bench? Sonali – I am not sure that is great idea! You will end up with a banged up head like Chrissa’s brother Tyler if you are not careful!
I have often wondered how many Sonali dolls were made and how many were sold? I tend to believe she is one of the harder to find retired American Girl dolls, actually.