amber." She is nine inches tall.
These pink shoes also fit when paired with thick socks.
It's worth a shot.
The second doll has a name and a maker, and should be somewhat familiar to those who are ardent Licca fans. She is Daiso's Elly. Pardon the flash reflecting off of the cellophane.
a nickname for a witch in Puella Magi Madoka Magica, so I think I'll stick with Elly as a name for this young lady. Elly is taller than Kohaku and shorter than Licca. Like the Barbie dolls of yore, these Elly dolls come in all three hair colors, and my doll's hair happens to be my favorite hair color, red.
sweet carrot." Elly's hair is...heck, I'm not even sure what to call that shade! One of the images I found online says this shade is "deep auburn." Good enough for me. It's nice hair, especially for a clone doll. Very smooth and sleek. It's not hopelessly kinked like Kohaku's hair, nor is it stiff and slightly gummy-feeling like Licca's hair.
Once again, the Japanese aesthetic presents itself with Elly's eyes. Big and round and...BLUE, with pale pink lips.
Unfortunately Elly's body is on the lower end of mediocre; it's hollow, blown plastic just like Kohaku's. As a result Elly's posing is predictably crummy, but to my surprise it's even worse than Kohaku's posing! She sits the bimbo-on-Quaaludes position that Kohaku and Licca both have managed to avoid.
Since Elly and Licca are of a similar size they can share clothes, and they often do. Thus why it's not uncommon to hear Licca fans speak of Elly; they may not have the doll, but the clothes are another story. This little pink yukata is an Elly outfit and it fits Licca like a dream.
Since these dolls are so much alike they'll share a good stuff/bad stuff section.
*Stiff as a board, though both hold the few poses they can strike with ease
*Can't wear Licca's shoes without modification
*Kohaku's hair is horrible. I haven't tried THE PLASTIC BAG OF DOOM yet, but I'm not even sure if that would help.
*Faces lack Licca's charm
*Elly can't be rebodied without some sort of head modification.
*Elly's hair is soft and silky
*Both dolls have a nice root job, though Elly's is a little weird.
*Both dolls can wear most of Licca's clothes, and Licca can wear Elly's
*Well-painted. Kohaku has particularly nice eyes.
With a few exceptions, clone dolls are usually a sign that a doll line is doing well. Licca just celebrated her fiftieth birthday (she's a March baby like Barbie is) so I'd say she's doing VERY well. It's nice to see little clones come out as that often means more clothes for Licca to wear. Would I recommend these little clones, though? Not unless you just want a different face like I did, or if you want to experiment with rebodying. Elly and Kohaku are cute, but there's nothing they can do that Licca can't, and Licca outdoes them in terms of posing. Elly is accompanied by a cute wardrobe and that's a huge plus, and her hair is good quality, but that body is pathetic. Kohaku has a lousy body as well, though she can sit with her legs together (Elly cannot). Her face is prettier than Elly's, but her hair is not as nice. So it's hard to rank one clone over the other. When I throw Licca into the mix though, there's a clear winner. Licca's hair isn't as nice as Elly's, but she has better posing, her clothes are of higher quality, and her face has an innocent charm that the other dolls' faces lack. Kohaku looks worldly, and Elly looks spacey. Still, even though I wouldn't recommend either Elly or Kohaku over Licca, it's nice to have these two aboard. I look forward to tinkering around with them both, trying to find out what sort of bodies they might be able to use. It's also fun to look at this trio of girls and wonder what kind of personalities they'd have. When I group my three together I see three fairly strong personalities that compliment one another. Kohaku looks elegant, reserved, self-confident, and kind-hearted, Licca looks innocent, friendly, and a little on the shy side, and Elly looks like a flighty, fun-loving bubblehead. They'd make good characters for another blog, and if I were a traveling sort that's exactly what I'd do. I'd take these three with me and share their adventures. That sudden burst of creativity makes Elly and Kohaku worth my money and my effort to fix them up a bit.