A Girl For All Time Historically Inspired British Dolls ~ Review

Posted by Jenna | Wednesday, October 23, 2013

**I was provided with A Girl For All Time Doll to help facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.

Growing up, I was very girly and loved playing with dolls. I enjoyed doing their hair, getting them dressed and taking them with me wherever I went. It's been fun to see Kaelyn at the same stage, taking care of her dolls and being so nurturing with them. Even with the technology and gadgets, dolls are still something Kaelyn prefers over anything else. They spark creativity and imaginative play which is something I am always looking to encourage anyway I can. That's why I was excited to learn more about A Girl For All Time Dolls!

Dolls Magazine has nominated Matilda, Amelia and Clementine, the first in a new line of historically inspired British dolls known as A Girl for All Time for a Playdoll of the Year 2013. These 16" characters, based on 500 years of the fictional Marchmont Family, take American girls on a history lesson through imaginative play, accompanying novels and accessories.

Individually, the three dolls also captured three rare Platinum rankings within the prestigious Oppenheim Best Toy Award!

I love the idea behind these dolls and was excited to learn we were going to have the opportunity to review Amelia
There are so many unsuitable toys and clothing marketed to young girls. I'm so happy to have been introduced to these dolls, which are age appropriate and allow girls to celebrate their childhood in an intelligent and feminine way. I had a feeling Kaelyn would be excited when Amelia arrived, and I was right!

She was smiling from ear to ear when she laid eyes on her. I don't blame her! I was very impressed with how these dolls come packaged in signature boxes. So much care went into displaying the doll and making sure she arrived safely and is something I really appreciate.

Out of the box, Kaelyn and I were in awe of Amelia's beautiful face. She has the look of a porcelain doll and is so feminine and classic looking. Love it! 

I was also impressed with the quality! Amelia is made from high quality, durable vinyl. She is very easy to clean and her quality gives me peace of mind that this is a doll that will hold up well and be something Kaelyn can enjoy for many years to come.
Kaelyn appreciates her size. At 16" inches tall she's large enough to play with and dress, yet small enough to easily carry around and take with her wherever we go.  

When Amelia was still in the box, I didn't know if she would be able to sit and move around...however, we found that she actually has articulated elbows and knees. This makes her flexible and easier for Kaelyn to use her imagination while playing with her...having her sit in a chair, wave, etc. 

One thing I really love about this doll is her classic, modest look. She comes dressed in a historically inspired Victorian school dress of blue cotton, with striped collar and cuffs, ruffled pantalets and undershirt, sturdy school boots and a straw boater hat to complete the outfit. As we checked out all of her clothes, Kaelyn and I were both amazed with how much she came with. It really makes her feel more realistic to Kaelyn and she loves dressing her.

She also loves her hair! It came pulled back, but Kaelyn really likes having it down and being able to style it how she wants. 

Beyond the doll, there's also the history. Amelia is descended from a long line of Marchmont women who live through some of the most exciting times in English history from Tudor times to the present day and wear the most beautiful clothes. 

We were sent Amelia's Inheritance book, which tells of the thrilling adventures into which Amelia is plunged on the eve of her thirteenth birthday. This novel is based on British history and follow the curriculum taught in the schools in the UK. We have not read it yet, as it is recommended for children ages 9-10 and up because of reading- and material-readiness of the books, while the dolls themselves are recommended for ages 7 and up. 

I am happy to have the novel and look forward to reading it with Kaelyn when she's a little bit older. The background story will really take imaginative play to a whole new level when the time comes! I'm also looking forward to checking out the costumes and accessories found on the website as well. 

 Overall we've been really happy with Amelia. She has provided many hours of play already, and I know she is a doll Kaelyn will be able to enjoy for many more years to come. The quality is amazing, and the details on the face and the clothing are one-of-a-kind.
Buy It: You can purchase Amelia and other A Girl For All Time Dolls at AGirlForAllTime.com for $134.99 each. There you will also find novels, beautiful costumes and accessories for the dolls as well!

You can also connect with A Girl For All Time on Facebook where they show patterns, homemade clothes, give tea party tips and more.

  1. Laura October 24, 2013 at 7:24 AM  

    I would so love to have these for my girls. You are so right...in this day and age there are so few appropriate toys for kids anymore. I even love her name, Amelia. It's nice to see "classy" come back. And the features are more of what we remember having in our dolls as children. Her hair and her dress and all of that. There's just more to "do" with her. I'm going to have to look into these for my two. Thanks for sharing!

  2. BeeBubbaBella October 24, 2013 at 8:55 AM  

    This looks like a great toy for my girls. The majority of the time we see dolls we tell them no they cannot have them. Dolls are not made like they used to when I was a little girl. Thanks for sharing this review =)

  3. Wanda Clark October 25, 2013 at 5:38 PM  

    Great review of this doll. I also like that it can bend so many are stiff and can only be displayed and looked at. I think the girls would love them because they don't look like what everyone has or what is in the store they would be special.

  4. evilredcaboose October 25, 2013 at 6:14 PM  

    I LOVE these dolls!
    Someday, I want my blog to be as well known as yours so that I might be able to do reviews like this!

  5. akronugurl October 27, 2013 at 12:58 PM  

    i would love to get these for my daughter


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