This is Morgan, whom I found on Etsy. She was surprisingly easy to get, for reasons that I'll soon reveal. Like all My Child dolls, Morgan is made out of a soft, slightly fuzzy fabric that makes her extra cuddly. Her head is vinyl on the inside with a covering of this fabric; most My Child dolls had this feature. The few that didn't were called My Loving Baby. They had plain vinyl heads and I don't care much for those. They're cute, but not as cute as the ones that have fabric-over-vinyl heads. Anywho, a fabric body means stitched features. Stitched fingers...
...a stitched bellybutton...
Of note is Morgan's face. Her eyes are brown, and her paint is a little faded, as you can see on the eyelashes below. My Child dolls had these unique eyes that are concave rather than convex. Even the My Loving Baby dolls had these!
Right then, back to the doll! The idea behind the My Child dolls was to find a doll that looked a lot like the kid who wanted it. Makes me wonder if this is where My Twinn got their idea. Anywho, these dolls came in both genders with one of four eye colors, at least four hair colors, and...I think there were four skin tones. You could get a doll that was pale, peachy, Hispanic, or African-American. The African-American dolls were a little special in that they were the only dolls to get hair that was completely black; my Morgan's hair looks black in the pictures, but it's really a very dark brown. Hispanics got a special attribute as well, being the only ones to get brown eyes that had orange highlights.
If I'd been a little kid around the time these dolls were available, I'd have been satisfied with Morgan. She's pale and brunette like me, though our eyes don't match (mine are blue). I can't understand though why these soft, warm babies could possibly take the backseat to a doll as homely and hard-headed as the Cabbage Patch Kid. Seriously, Andrea and Val could give my Lalaloopsy dolls some serious competition in the "Dolls That Can Double as a War Club" category. Not so with Morgan, or with the vinyl-headed My Loving Baby dolls either. But seriously! Both My Child and Cabbage Patch Kids have soft bodies with stitched details, both have well-made clothes, both have approachable expressions on their faces, both have a nice weight to them, weight that makes them perfect for sitting in a little kid's lap. Heck, the My Child dolls even have something the Cabbage Patch Kids don't: JOINTS!!! Andrea and Val are pretty much glorified rag dolls. They sit on a kid's lap or on the bed and look cute. I guess if one wanted to nitpick Morgan could fall into the glorified rag doll category too, since she's dominantly cloth and stuffing. However, the joints enable Morgan to do things my Cabbies can't. She can sit...
Maybe Coleco's success over Mattel was because of this. I know it's why I got Morgan for a reasonable price. See the wrinkles?
extremely common among My Child dolls, especially those made in Taiwan like Morgan is. It's a repairable problem, but maybe it's the reason why some kids didn't want these? I don't know how long it took for this skin to get loose, after all. It might have taken a long time or it might have occurred fairly quickly. If the latter, maybe that's why these didn't sell as well? But then again, kids aren't often bothered by flaws and imperfections like we collectors can be. It is entirely possible that Morgan and her soft friends simply came at the wrong time. There were plenty of other soft toys to choose from back then; in addition to Cabbage Patch Kids there were Popples and Fluppies, Care Bears and Pound Puppies, Strawberry Shortcake and Glo-Worm...LOL, I absolutely LOVED Glo-Worm! I may have to talk about Glo-Worm in the future. But yeah...it is entirely possible that these cute little dolls got lost in the swirling, sometimes confusing crowd of cutesy, trendy soft toys.
Alrighty, I think I've pounded my point into the wood enough. My Child dolls weren't as big as Cabbage Patch Kids, though they were every bit as nice. On to the next subject, the subject that I always and inevitably bring up when I drag a new doll into the house. Yep, we're going to talk about clothes. Morgan came with a complete outfit, consisting of a white embroidered dress, white bloomers, white socks, and white shoes. She even has little yellow hair ribbons buried in those curls!
Okay, I said I wasn't going to make a big deal out of the shoes and socks, but I lied. Here they are.
Under her dress Morgan wears a pair of white bloomers. The legs have white picot lace like the skirt does.
**UPDATE, 12/13/2016** Miss Emily recently did a couple of reviews on a Mattel doll that was apparently very popular in the nineties. The doll line was called "Magic Nursery" and came in several sizes. If you look closely at Miss Emily's dolls you'll see that her dolls' shoes are a similar shape to my Morgan's shoes. I wonder if this means the Magic Nursery toddlers could share clothes with the My Child dolls? I may have to look into that.