Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Gabby Douglas Barbie

Here is my video review of the Gabby Douglas Barbie doll.

Gabby displays beautifully in her box. I got so excited creating the video that I forgot to take a photo of her while she was still in the box. But, the video captures those images.

Gabby is a beautiful, fully articulated doll. The doll bears a strong resemblance to the real Gabby Douglas. Here's a closeup.

I am thrilled that Mattel has chosen to honor Gabby Douglas by creating a doll in her likeness. Gabby shares some inspiring words on the back of the doll box.

Gabby uses the same body as Made to Move Barbie. Her articulation is great, and she poses easily and smoothly, and is able to hold her poses. She can stand without assistance, even without her shoes.

Gabby wears her signature stars and stripes leotard under a Nike warm-up suit with sneakers. She also comes with a doll stand.

With elbows and knees that are double jointed, she is able to strike some impressive poses.

I love the fact that she can wear flat shoes or shoes with heels.

Gabby is a beautiful collectible doll, but she is sturdy enough to withstand child's play as well. She is great for both children and adults alike.

Here she is with some of her new friends.

Gabby is the first one of my dolls to drive this car that my sister gave to me.

Overall, I am very impressed with the Gabby Douglas Barbie doll. One thing that I found very noticeable is that her head is lighter than her body. Also, her hair has a crimped appearance except for one small section in the back of her head. I find these things a little distracting, but I'm still very happy with the doll.

I viewed this doll on Target's website, and is it just me or does that one look slightly different than this one? And it doesn't appear to have the lighter colored head. I wonder if there is a difference?
 Good-bye for now!


  1. It's good to know the doll is also available online at Target. com.

    My doll does not have the head and body color differences that you indicate yours has. If anything, there is only a slight variation in the colors and this would be due to the different materials used for the head and body (soft vinyl and rigid plastic). I did notice some vinyl imperfections on one of the arms where it appears sort of shiny-blotchy on her forearm as if that area was overheated. It almost looks like a burn.

    I had to trim a few strands of her ponytail and I did notice that some of the hair underneath was not crimped. Other than that, there weren't any other noticeable imperfections. Being made in China, is probably the reasons for these quality flaws.


    1. Thanks for your comments, Debbie! The color difference is not extreme, but something that I noticed right away. Even Brandy (pictured above) has a head that matches her body better, and that's not even Brandy's original body. Gabby is still a good quality doll though despite the minor imperfections.

  2. I looked at mine more closely and I don't notice much of a color difference in the head and body. The hands and head are a perfect match. I got my doll at my local TRU, so I did go through the boxes of them to pick the best one! I do notice that the hair underneath is not crimped, but I think this is intentional to keep it from appearing too full. She is a very nice doll and mine doesn't have glue in the head either, so I was happy about that! Nice review!

    1. Thanks Phyllis! As you were going through the boxes of Gabby dolls, did you notice differences between them? It's interesting how dolls from the same manufacturer can have differences sometimes.

  3. Congrats on getting your Gabby! I ordered two from Amazon, and they arrived today. I didn't notice any color mismatch. That sort of thing usually jumps out at me.

    1. Thank you, Jewell! I can't wait to see your Gabbys!

  4. Nice post/review. I purchased two from my local TRU. I also checked out all of the boxes in the store. Mine seem to be fine. I have not taken them out yet. I want to keep one original and the other one I bought for that lovely Nike suit. Lol! Julianna has already claimed dibs on it!

    1. Thanks Georgia Girl! I don't blame you for purchasing two. I thought about it. That Nike suit is very nice.