I have a request on my Comparisons page to do an articulation comparison with some of my younger dolls. The girls below will get us started. They all have the ability to bend at the knees and elbows at the least, and they are the shortest girls that I have that have this ability. They are from left to right: Mattel Janet, Juku Couture Kana, Only Hearts Club Briana Joy, Kenya Fashion Madness Keyshia, Bratz doll with Hottiez Kiara head, and Winx Club Layla.
I am posing them similarly to my previous figure comparisons. Some of these young ladies have appeared in other comparisons, but they wanted to come back for comparisons with dolls their own size. Janet, Kana, Keyshia, and Kiara can all stand on their own without assistance from a doll stand. Briana Joy can stand with shoes and her feet can adjust to heel height, so she can stand in both flat and heeled shoes.
Here they are showing their flexed arms. Janet, Kana, Keyshia, and Kiara have jointed elbows. Briana Joy has a cloth body over a wire armature. Layla has vinyl over wire for her limbs. Janet is able to flex her arm further and hold it in position better than the others
None of them are able to cross their arms completely, but Janet comes the closest. Janet, Kana, Briana Joy, and Keyshia can share shoes. Kiara's Bratz body has large feet (shoes) that can be removed. Layla has heeled feet and can wear some of the larger Barbie shoes. Janet and Kana have articulation at the ankle.
Here they are doing a side stretch. Janet and Kana have lower torso articulation, while Kiara is articulated at the chest. I think that Janet has the best range of motion here.
Here they are in the "walk like an Egyptian" pose. Kana and Kiara have articulation at the wrist. Briana Joy's feet can be flexed. Kiara's removable feet can swivel. I think that Kana does this move the best. What do you think?
Here they are doing kneeling back bends. Janet does this the best.
Here they are showing off their hands. None of these dolls can grip objects (no big surprise there). Janet's hands are my favorites from this group.
Here they are attempting to sit cross-legged on the floor. Briana Joy does this the best.
Here they are attempting to do middle splits. Kiara does this the best.
Here they are attempting to do front splits. Keyshia does this the best.
Here they are doing a leg lift. Kana and Briana Joy do this the best.
Here they are sitting down. Kana's legs will not close while seated. Layla has issues when it comes to siting down (she might do better on a higher surface. Keyshia looks the most natural to me in her seated position.
Do you have a favorite among these dolls? What makes that particular doll stand out for you? Which ones pose the best? Which ones look the best? Which dolls are the most realistic?