Karito Kids and American Girl body comparison
As you can see, the Karito Kids doll is several inches taller than an
American Girl doll and slightly slimmer. The arms and legs are jointed
in a similar manner as the American Girl (rounded upper limbs that fit
into cups on the torso, held in by elastic cording). This means that,
like American Girl dolls, the Karito Kids are very poseable and stand
well on their own. The vinyl breastplate, however, gives them a more
poseable head and allows them to wear fashions that look odd on an all
cloth body doll, such as low neck lines and tank tops. Yet the soft body
means they still have the "huggable factor. Besides the wonderful skin
tone (that makes my AG look sallow by comparison) and excellent quality
vinyl, I am really impressed with the wonderful blushing on the body,
the graceful sculpt of hands, elbows and knees and the wonderfully
engineered breastplate that transitions smoothly to the cloth body.
the American Girl doll, the Karito Kid's eyes are fixed. They are
terrific quality acrylic eyes with applied eyelashes on the top. The
painting around the eyes is very fine and realistic. Ling's hair is a
high-quality, Kanekalon wig with a braid on either side and long layers
in the back. Her bangs are not too heavy and hang nicely.
The outfit Ling is wearing is modern and cute. I have no idea if it is
representative of what little Chinese girls are wearing in Shanghai
these days. It consists of a velour t-shirt with a pretty embroidered
butterfly, a very short jean miniskirt, white panties, white tights,
knitted pink legwarmers (that have an angora feel to them) and tall
white, lace-up boots with a sneaker-like soul. The clothes are tagged "Karito
Kids". All of the pieces of the outfit are well constructed and are of
very good materials. I especially like the boots which are
super-realistic and cleverly made -- they have a Velcro closure in the
back to make them easy to get on and off without having to untie them.
My only complaint about the clothing is the use of evil, hair-snagging
Velcro on the shirt.
Since the dolls are considerably taller than my other soft-body vinyl
play dolls, I next wanted to see how well they could share clothes with
the dolls I already have. When I dressed the dolls again, I swapped the
outfits on the AG and the Karito Kids. As you can see from the picture
below, the fit is not too bad. The two dolls have about the same size
waist and very similar sized feet (the Karito Kids' are narrower and
about 1/4" longer). The big difference is the length of the leg and, to
a lesser extent, the arms. I would say the two dolls can swap dresses
and skirt outfits fairly well though AG pants would look like capris on
a Karito Kids.
Karito Kids are about $8 more expensive than an American Girl with a
hardcover book, though about $3 of the difference is donated to charity.
They are expensive but they are a very, very high quality doll and I am
surprised they can produce them as inexpensively as they are considering
what a smaller quantity of dolls they are producing compared to American
From pictures, I assumed the dolls would be out of proportion with
American Girl and wouldn't display well with them or their similar-sized
cousins. However, they actually blend nicely together. They have
different heights and builds, like real children would, but they both
have slightly larger heads in proportion to their bodies (compared to
real girls or other, more realistically proportioned dolls). In our doll
world, Wan Ling may
play our AG Mei's older sister. As you can see from the picture on the
right, though the Karito Kids is the same height as the Effanbee Gloria
Ann, she makes poor Gloria look like a pinhead by comparison.
In summary, I would give the Karito Kids a very strong "A" grade. These
dolls are beautifully sculpted, of the very best quality and they have a
compelling social agenda. If you are an adult collector or you want your
child to have a special companion who will stand up to real play and
still look lovely when she is passed along to the next generation, I
would highly recommend one of the Karito Kids.