I know you have been waiting PATIENTLY for my review of the new 18″ doll version of My Twinn and today I finally have it ready for you.
Meet Jewel (named after the one thing Natalie and I share – our middle name).
Shortly after I found out that My Twinn was now making their collectible play dolls in an 18″ soft bodied doll form I emailed my contact there suggesting that we do a review and giveaway (YES, I just said giveaway!! That will start later this week.) of the new dolls. My Twinn agreed and asked me for a few photos of the girl I wanted the doll made from. On the web site you actually go through and choose skin, eye and hair color, pick your hair length, texture and style, choose the outfit and add special markings like birthmarks and freckles then send photos, too. My experience was slightly different since she was sent for review – I only sent in photos and did not get to pick her meet outfit. Jewel arrived in this blue and white striped denim dress and black bow flats.
The photos I sent were of Natalie from a few years ago. She has light skin, light eyes that go from blue to green depending on the day and has curly light brown hair. I was actually very pleasantly surprised with the resulting doll. She is not perfect, but she is almost a perfect combination of Natalie and me at that same age. Kind of uncanny really. Her hair color is more like mine but I think they did a great job of matching Natalie’s face shape, eye brows, nose shape and mouth, too.
Jewel’s eyes are a little bluer than Natalie’s eyes, but they are GORGEOUS and unique. I love the applied top and bottom eye lashes – they are super long – just like Natalie’s. I think the eye shape is very similar, too. The photo of Natalie’s eyes above was taken last week and it is a bit washed out because they took the photos on a very sunny day, but you can see what I mean about Natalie’s eyes being light and very captivating.
When I found out that My Twinn had decided to change their dolls from the 23″ version (see photos of our 23″ version here), I wasn’t really sure what I thought. At first, like many, I thought “oh, they have gone and copied American Girl”, but after more thought, I came to the conclusion that they have moved to the 18″ model to make their dolls more universally appealing. Honestly, when you think about it, American Girl is not the only maker in the 18″ doll space and they never have been the only ones. There are so many great dolls in the 18″ doll market and there are so many sources for quality clothes, accessories and furniture, that it was actually a smart business move for My Twinn to join the 18″ doll family!
Here is the new marking on the back of the 18″ My Twinn’s necks. It matches the logo on the website.
Rochelle is one of the original 23″ My Twinn dolls. Her body is constructed differently than the 18″ dolls in that it has an internal armature that makes her more poseable, but I never loved how that construction made her so broad at the shoulders. You can see the difference in size with Jewel, the 18″ version. They also have very different face molds.
Like any doll (an human for that matter), different angles and lighting give you different looks. I am not that crazy about how Jewel looks in this photo, but really wanted you to see the size difference in the two dolls.
I have decided that I love the way Jewel looks wearing a headband, which is not surprising since Natalie wears them all the time! In this photo, Jewel is wearing the red holiday dress from Harmony Club Dolls and the backdrop is from Carpatina. You can see that like most 18″ soft body dolls, her head is attached on the inside of the cloth body. Instead of neck strings, My Twinn chose to use a clear zip tie to hold the head in place. Her arms and legs are strung just like American Girl and others and she has a good amount of stuffing, too. The one thing I did notice is that her torso seems a bit shorter than some of the other 18″ dolls and her legs a bit longer. Her feet are slightly wider than most which means some shoes will fit and some won’t.
Ready for the holiday ball!!
Jewel has very long, ringlet curls. They are very beautiful, but I already know they are going to be a giant pain to keep looking nice – that just goes along with curly hair. If you are buying a My Twinn 18″ doll for a child, I do recommend choosing a hair style that is either straight or simply wavy. They did a nice job with the front layer of her hair though – it is somewhat like McKenna’s with no visible part and when you pull it back into a headband or ponytail you don’t see the rows of hair. It can be parted on either side or in the middle, too.
Jewel looks very cozy in this winter snow set from The Queen’s Treasures. The blue really complements her beautiful eyes.
I had fun with filters and the end result is this photo that I think looks so realistic. You can see the true talent that was required to create her face, right down to the perfect eyebrows.
As you know, every doll in our collection must get her photo taken by the fairy door. Now if we could just get the fairies to come out and play!!
Jewel can wear American Girl clothes too. Because her foot is a little wider than the AG feet, these shoes were a tough to get on, but they do work.
Ruthie wanted to welcome Jewel to the family and you can see the slight difference in the length of the torso. You can also see the similarity in the the shape of their hands. Ok – they are identical! I wish My Twinn would have kept the shape of the hand they used in their 23″ dolls – just for consistency.
I added PenPalGirls Emma to the photo so you can see the three different shades of blue eyes. Ruthie’s eyes are more of a blue gray, Jewel has those crystal blue eyes, and Emma’s are more of a teal blue.
Just like the other dolls in the marketplace, there is a doll for everyone and what one person finds appealing will not necessarily appeal to someone else. The artists at My Twinn use the information and photos you provide to create a likeness – not a replica – and the process can take up to 4 weeks from the time you submit your order. If you need it quicker, definitely call their customer service department.
The My Twinn 18″ custom dolls are currently being sold for $99 directly from their website. This price makes them very competitive with the other dolls of the same quality. The one thing I really find appealing is the fact that each doll is so unique and makes a beautiful keepsake. I know Natalie will always cherish hers!
I hope you enjoyed getting to know Jewel and expect to see in her more Doll Diaries photos in the future!