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Vi and Va dolls review
I have wondered for some time if there would ever be a doll that represents Latin culture in an authentic way. Some lines of dolls may have a character who can pass for Hispanic, but she doesn’t reflect an identity that Latina girls can relate to. MGA has recently launched the Vi and Va line of dolls, and I am genuinely excited that these dolls will help my daughter explore her Latin heritage through their storylines. It’s refreshing to see ethnic diversity on store shelves (in this case, exclusively at Target), and I hope this is the beginning of much more variety of cultures represented there.
Were the dolls a hit with my five-year-old daughter? Overall, I say yes. Each doll comes with a story, interests, and the accessories to go along with them. There are four dolls in all: Vi and Va are sisters — Vi likes to sing and play guitar, and Va likes to bake and learn family recipes. Their cousins are Roxxi, the dancer, and Felicia, the artist.
We used these as a launching point for a fun activity. Leilani felt like painting, so we set up a painting projects alongside Felicia, the artist doll. Each doll having her own strong interest can help encourage imaginative play, allowing girls to develop their own story lines and invent adventures with the dolls.
First, I dig their curves! It is really refreshing to see fashion dolls that have more curves and a fuller figure. They don’t reflect the variety of sizes of real women and girls, but this is a major step in the right direction when compared to the impossibly thin proportions of most fashion dolls. If these dolls can help impart a more positive body image to girls, even in a small way, I consider it to be valuable.
I like that the dolls have personalities and interests that are relatable. The dolls are designed for ages three and up, and it seems that they were created in a kind of “big sister” mold that young girls can enjoy. The Vi and Va dolls are young teenagers, but none of the high school drama is emphasized. They aren’t hitting the club scene, and they certainly aren’t “undead” or monstrous like some popular dolls. Instead, their individuality and family bonds are at the center of the Vi and Va message.
The dolls are pretty without being overly made up. Their hair is exaggerated, but girls love playing with and styling dolls’ hair (just like they would with a big sister), so it isn’t a problem. My daughter’s favorite part was simply changing their clothes.
I do wish that they could stand up more easily and actually hold their accessories. Because the dolls’ hands are flared out, the accessories couldn’t be placed in their hands (perhaps with jointed elbows). The dolls couldn’t be posed standing up — a little stand for each doll would be helpful. Also, the dolls earrings come off very easily, and the accessories are tiny, so this might not be a practical toy for age three or four. Five is definitely old enough to enjoy the dolls, but it is still a challenge to keep up with the tiny parts.
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– This is sponsored post in collaboration with Vi and Va Dolls and Latina Bloggers Connect. However, all opinions expressed are my own.