The older Pleasant Company Kirsten is on the left and the newer Kirsten is on the right. (The older Kirsten is missing her apron, socks, and shoes). She is actually smaller than the newer Kirsten. The biggest difference to me though, is their eyes. The older one has inset glass like eyes which look very similar to the 18" American Girl's eyes. The newer mini dolls have painted eyes.
In this picture, you can see the differences in their eyes up close. The older doll on the left has the inset eyes. They don't open and close like the 18" dolls though. You have to look really close, but her lashes are painted on, not rooted. Their hair is also different. Newer Mattel AG mini dolls have rooted hair, but the oldest Pleasant Company mini dolls actually have wigs that are glued on their heads just like the 18" AG dolls. The older face looks more rounded too, where the newer one has a slimmer face. The blue dresses appear to be exactly the same with the exception of their tags.
Here is Samantha from 1904 with her Meet Samantha mini book. Samantha is my other older Pleasant Company mini doll that I also purchased on Ebay. She is also shorter than the newer mini dolls and has the glass like inset eyes. I think she looks exactly like my pre-Mattel 18" Samantha dolls. She is wearing her plaid meet dress with matching hair bow, black tights and Mary Jane shoes.
This is Felicity from 1774 with her Meet Felicity mini book. Felicity is wearing the older original Rose Garden meet dress. She does not have the inset eyes though, her eyes are painted. She is from the time after mini dolls were switched to painted eyes, but before Felicity received her updated blue meet dress. I love the older Rose Garden dress the best. Her white bonnet is also custom made.
Here is Rebecca from 1914 with her Meet Rebecca mini book. Her tiny burgundy dress with gold accents, and her two tone boots are adorable. She has honey brown shoulder length curly hair.
This is Marie-Grace from 1853 with her Meet Marie-Grace mini book. She is wearing a lovely rose colored dress and two tone boots. Her hair is down in the back with braids pulled up on top of her head and curls around her face.
Here is Kit from 1934 with her Meet Kit mini book. She is wearing a lovely lilac sweater set with a floral skirt, and white strappy shoes. She has a light green barrette in her blond shoulder length hair. I just love her adorable freckles.
This is Caroline from 1812 with her Meet Caroline mini book. She is wearing a soft pink dress and matching pink shoes. She has beautiful aqua green eyes and long blonde curly hair.
Here is Julie from 1974 with her Meet Julie mini book. She has beautiful silky long blonde hair with a braid on one side. She is wearing a peasant blouse over a striped turtleneck with two tone jeans and a braided leather belt.
This is Saige with her mini paperback book. Saige is the 2013 Girl of the Year. Saige is the first Girl of the Year ever to have a mini doll. All of the other mini dolls are historical dolls. Saige has bright turquoise eyes and auburn braided hair. She is wearing an indigo dress with southwestern style embroidery at the waist. Her leather boots with wrapped straps are very realistic. The beautiful Saige loves art and horses.
That's our mini doll collection for now. There are still quite a few more mini dolls to collect. Next on my wish list are Kaya and Molly.
Since we showed the changes that the mini dolls went through over the years, I also wanted to show some of their different boxes. Mini Samantha came in a white box with a red cardboard sleeve around the middle. Next is Felicity's box, which was dark burgundy with a window. The third box was Kit's and the fourth box was mini Saige's bright pink Girl of the Year box.
Our mini dolls are currently living all together on one shelf in my china cabinet in the dining room.
We have a dollhouse kit though, so we will be building a house for the mini dolls soon. Here is a picture of their future home (its still in the box though).
Say goodbye girls...