Mini Kirsten comes in the same meet outfit her 18" self would have come in. American Girl officially retired Kirsten and her collection in January 2010. I don't own the larger full-size version of her, so I can't compare them. I like Kirsten a lot, but I have Cindy (#32), and she also has light skin, the classic mold, and blonde hair with bangs. Cindy does have significantly shorter hair, though. So Kirsten is not coming here, most likely. I love a bunch of Kirsten's clothes though, so I might let Cindy stand in for her if I ever get ahold of those outfits.
Okay. Enough chattering. Back to mini Kirsten. Here she is:
|My Kirsten's bangs are a bit...out of control...|
Mini Kirsten's face looks very much like pictures of her larger counterpart, in my opinion. I can't say the same for all AG minis, honestly. She has dark blonde hair and blue eyes. I like how detailed mini Kirsten's face is, considering she's only 6 inches tall. You can see her little eyebrows under the unruly bangs.:P I'm sure part of the unruliness is simply because she's secondhand, but they are a little thick and long for the size of doll, regardless. Not a big deal, but. Just saying.
|What? You don't like my bangs, Manta?!|
My Kirsten did not have her looped braids intact when I got her, so I just did it this way for now. It would look a million times better if I could find my clear elastics. Ahem. Ignore the wayyyyy too big red hair tie. The red hair tie is annoying me now. I need to fix that.:P
The sleeves look a bit too bulky from the side to me. I don't remember full-size Kirsten's sleeves being quite so loose around the wrists, though, as I said before, I don't have her, so I can't confirm. Anyways. Here you can see mini Kirsten's braid(s) and her outfit better. The apron is completely separate from the dress. I would have taken it off to show, but the bow tying the apron looks perfect right now and I am scared I wouldn't be able to retie it as nicely again.
Kirsten's apron has a small pocket on the left side. (Doll's left, not yours.) It's a real pocket, but is so tiny I don't think anything would fit in it, really. However, I really like this detail.
My Kirsten doesn't have her shoes, but here are her little striped socks:
They are really cute. Here you can also see the lace trim on her pantelettes.
Here are Kirsten's socks:
She has cute, blocky feet, very very similar to the 18" American Girl dolls. I think they might be simply a shrunk-down version. American Girl mini dolls are 6", so 1/3 of the big ones.
Mini Kirsten can sit easily, but she tends to fall over if she isn't leaning against something. Here she is leaning against the comforter quilt backdrop.:P I do wish my Kirsten had her shoes...
And she can turn her head from side...
|That red hair tie is obnoxiously big. I need to find a smaller one.|
One last cute picture just because!
I definitely recommend mini Kirsten, but I don't think I would give her to a child under 7 or 8 or so, which fits with American Girl's 8+ recommendation. My doll has some flaws, but that is because she's a thrift store rescue, so I won't dock points for that.
I think the mini AG dolls are worth their price, so I feel like a got a terrific deal paying $1.98 for my mini Kirsten at the thrift store, even though she's missing her shoes and her hair isn't perfect.
Final Grade: 9/10. (Minus for hard-to-tie apron and crazy bangs that I know were a bit crazy when she was new:P)
Signing off for now, over and out!