Tuesday, June 25, 2013

American Girl Josefina Doll Review

As promised in the previous post, here is a more in depth review of our new arrival, Josefina.  If you have already read that post, then you'll know that Josefina was part of a lot of five American Girl dolls that we got for an awesome bargain of $109 for all 5 dolls and a few accessories. Since this was a Craigslist find, I was very surprised that she came in her original box and in very good condition.  Here is her box.  It looks a little different from my other AG boxes, with a logo of the girls instead of the window.   

Here is a closeup of the logo on the box.

 And here's the sweet, sleeping Josefina we saw when we opened the box.

Josefina came with a booklet that is filled with information about her life. She is from 1824, a 9 year old girl growing up in northern New Mexico.  The booklet has lots of details about Josefina's story and includes an introduction to the Meet Josefina book.

Wide awake and ready to come out and play...

She came wearing her meet outfit, which I just love on her. Of course, as with all AG clothes, her clothes are very well made.  The white blouse is gathered around the neckline and sleeves, which gives it a nice poufy appearance.  The blouse is actually like a long slip, so it stays tucked into her skirt very nicely.  Her skirt is deep burgundy with a black floral print.  It is gathered around the waist, which gives it a very full skirt.  Very old fashioned and pretty.  There is a layer of white lace that hangs just below the hem of the skirt.  The blouse and skirt both close in the back with Velcro closures.  She has a brown sash, with a darker brown woven detail, tied around her waist and the most adorable boots.  Look how cute these boots are!

She is a pre-Mattel Pleasant Company doll.

The family that we got her from used to live in Chicago, so she came from that store at least 10 years ago.  Interestingly, the only American Girl Place we have ever been to happens to have been the one in Chicago.  The two youngest girls and I went with my husband on a business trip to Chicago in 2011.  We stayed in Schaumburg, and took the train along with Kit and Ruthie into Chicago, and went to American Girl Place.  Such amazing memories from that trip.  I can still see my girls looking out the window of the train while holding their dolls in their arms, and their eyes filled with wonder at the AG store.  The images etched in my mind from that trip seem like they could have been right  out of a storybook.  Maybe I'll get out the pictures from the trip, and put them in a post about memories from our trip to AGP.

Anyway, sorry for that little trip down memory lane.  Back on topic, Josefina's face is so lovely!  She has beautiful brown eyes and feathered eyebrows.  Here's a closeup of her face.

Josefina is our first AG doll with brown eyes.  She is just stunning!  I like her so much more than I even thought I would.  Her features are so strikingly different from the others!  She is wearing gold hoop earrings, which look so adorable on her.  She is our first AG doll with earrings too!  :)

Her long dark brown, almost black hair is beautiful.  Here you can see how long her hair is.

 I like to keep her hair braided like this.  It looks so pretty, and will keep her long hair nice.

I am so thrilled to have Josefina as part of our AG family, and I would highly recommend her as a lovely addition to every AG collection!


  1. Josefina is simply gorgeous! Congratulations!!

    1. Thanks Rhonda! Her pictures in the catalog just don't do her justice. She is really so much prettier in person.

  2. I am blown away by the fact that you got this in a lot of dolls and for the price you did!! Craigslist proves to be amazing yet again.

    1. Andrea, keep watching Craigslist. You never know when a good bargain will turn up. Also, even if their asking price is higher, contact them anyway. I almost didn't respond to the ad because they listed the price at $400. I'm so glad that I contacted them anyway!

  3. I know this is almost a year after the fact, but I only discovered your blog yesterday, so I hope you don't mind such a late comment.... :)

    As a fellow AG collector, I'm in awe of your collection. So many Pleasant Company dolls in such good shape! and as for Josefina, there are no words...except wonderful, gorgeous, awesome and amazing! You got a great deal on her and the rest of the dolls in the lot, and I hope you have had many happy hours enjoying them all.

    1. Hi Laughsatluna! I'm so glad that you found my blog. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment!!! Josefina is my one of my favorites of all the AG dolls that we have! I will always remember the fun and exciting day that we got her, second only to the day we got Felicity at the doll show. Fun memories!!! :)


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