Extra Special Dolls is the new name for the Dolls for Downs dolls, initially launched via a Kickstarter project that I posted about back in June last year, and again last November when the finished dolls were finally available.
I’m thrilled to see that Connie has a new website up and running with a proper shopping cart system and a whole range of dolls available – there are currently 17 girls and 9 boys, all of which use the same face mould, but with a wide range of skin tones, eye colours and hair choices, they truly are very individual dolls. Karen Scott has done a marvellous job with the sculpting, not only of the faces but the bodies and hands, “incorporating such beloved traits as the single palmar crease, the sandal gap toes, the tiny curved pinky finger, and adorable tummy.” as stated on the Extra Special Dolls website.
I think my favourite is still Hannah who was the first doll featured on Facebook and in various media..
…but the little boy dolls are very appealing also, such as Matty.
The dolls are 18″ tall and made of vinyl, with glass eyes, nylon lashes and wigged hair. They are jointed at shoulder, hip and neck and are easily posed. The mouth is slightly open with teeth showing, giving a lovely childlike expression to the handpainted face which has the features typical of a Down’s Syndrome child.
Dolls are available with a chest scar (many children need heart surgery) for more authentic play, and as well as clothing the website features accessories for the dolls, which in future will include braces and feeding tubes to make a “just like me” doll possible.
Each doll arrives in the same meet outfit, the lovely pink set shown in the image above for the girls. They can share clothes with other 18″ dolls though with their slimmer vinyl bodies some AG clothes, as usual, are a little baggy, and shoes might be an issue depending on style.
Each doll costs $95 and the company does ship internationally, though you need to email for pricing details on that (I’m waiting to find out right now…)
I don’t think the photos at the official website really do the dolls justice, luckily other folk have been busy snapping away to give a real sense of these dolls – for a very detailed review with lots of lovely photos that will make you fall instantly in love with Grace, a redheaded Extra Special doll, visit this post at The ToyBox Philosopher, and also see her solution to out of control hair.
Another doll blogger has the very same doll and took a different approach to the curly hair problem.. again lots of photos and details to be found at Up To My Eyeballs in Dolls. And Karen Mom of Three (well known for her appearances on DollDiaries) has photos of Hannah here.
Images © Extra Special Dolls etc