A new Journey Girl was released for the holidays. In recent years the Journey Girls have been released yearly as they travel to a different city around the world. Last year the girls went to Paris, and this year they all traveled to London.
There are 7 Journey Girls, six from the ongoing collection, (Kelsey, Kyla, Callie, Meredith, Chavonne, and Dana, which are released usually once a year and cost around $40) and one (Jordanna) was released as a special edition only available in 2013 as a holiday collectable for $50. The Journey Girl that was released this week is a special edition release for the 2014 holiday season. She differs from Jordanna in a number of ways that are significant to the Journey Girls line.
So let’s meet the new girl. Mikaella enjoys cooking and fashion. She has dark blonde hair, vibrant blue eyes, and real eyelashes. She comes in a beautiful purple, satin, tiered dress, with matching plastic purple shoes, mesh black gloves, a faux fur shrug, a matching purple cloth headband with a flower accent, a very nice little hand purse, a “diamond” necklace, and a pretty pearl bracelet.
The first thing that is notably different about Mikaella is that she has a new face sculpt. Her face is very different from the past Journey Girls dolls. It is wider, with the eyes spaced a little bit further apart. Mikaella is the second doll that has this face sculpt, following Kyla, who was released early this month. I like Mikaella’s face. I like that she has a little bit more of a smile than the older Journey Girls did. And it’s always good to have some variety in faces.
The second thing that is different about Mikaella is her body, especially her joints and her legs. Both her arms and her head have points where the joints “click” into place, rather than having a free moving motion as the older dolls did. I am okay with this feature. I think it may help to keep her arms in position if Mikaella is holding something. Just to make everyone aware, the Journey Girls have a plastic “cup” type of joint in the arms, legs, and neck. This is very different from American Girl dolls which have the stringed type of joint. The Journey Girls’ joints allow for a little less flexibility, (Mikaella’s arms can only go ¼ of they way up when they are straight out to the side) but they don’t loosen up over time. Since Mikaella has a vinyl breast plate her neck joint is not only able to move side to side, it is also able to move up and down. This gives her the ability to look up or down at things, or even tilt her head.
Speaking of flexibility…the new body has one major point that I hate. Mikaella’s legs go spread eagle for her to sit! Not just a little out to the side. All the way out. She is close to doing a full blown split. As you can imagine this makes it difficult for her to sit. The older Journey Girls had some of the same issue, but were closer to an American Girl in the way they sat. The way Mikaella’s legs go out, make it impossible for her to sit on a chair correctly or even play on the floor. Mikaella’s legs are actually sculpted differently than the older Journey Girls, with a bit more hip flair in the new leg. The legs also look skinner, but that could just be the flair.
I had a hard time getting Mikaella to pose for pictures, especially with her shoes off. It was difficult to get her balanced just right. This is more than likely due to the fact that Journey Girls have a much skinnier body and larger head than dolls like the American Girl dolls. Once she is up, she is pretty stable, but finding that spot took more time than it should have. If your girl would like a doll that stands on her own, Mikaella will probably frustrate her.
Mikaella is not all bad, as a matter of fact, she is awesome. My favorite thing about the Journey Girls line is their faces. Out of all of the 18” dolls out there, The Journey Girls have the cutest faces (although McKenna and Nellie from the American Girls are super cute). Even though Mikaella’s face is different, it is still wonderful. I really like that she has a bit of a smile. I love her deep blue eyes. I know that some people don’t like that the Journey Girls’ eyes stay open all of the time, but I am okay with that. Sometimes the sleepy eyes bother me when they are only halfway open, or if one eye sticks open a little. Mikaella has beautiful upper eyelashes and painted lower lashes. I personally like her rooted hair. It has a good color to it, it is good thickness, and I like the way it looks at her forehead.
Mikaella’s dress is beautiful. It is a very different style than Jordanna’s dress from last year. I love the color! There have not been a lot of purple things in the Journey Girl line, so this is wonderful. The tiers help the dress drape well. There is tulle underneath to help give the dress some volume. The flower accent on her waist is just the right size and helps bring her headband into the outfit better. I would have liked to see solid gloves, but the mesh ones are still great.
Overall Mikaella is an amazing doll, especially for the price. Her gown is stunning and comes with a good amount of accessories. She is a very cute doll, with a beautiful face and gorgeous eyes. Her joints leave a little to be desired, especially her legs. I would still recommend her as a great buy for that special girl in your life.
Thanks jgkelsey for sharing your review and your photos! Mikaella is gorgeous.