Yue-Sai Kan is a lady who developed makeup that is exclusively for Oriental skin tones. During one trip to China she noticed that the majority of fashion dolls available there were blonde and blue-eyed (Jenny and Licca, maybe?). After making this discovery Kan developed a fashion doll of her own, one that was both a plaything and a learning device. Her namesake doll is intended to make Chinese children feel proud of their heritage and to educate all children regardless of heritage. I don't know about y'all, but if I'd seen this doll in stores when I was a kid I'd have loved her. I don't have a drop of Asian blood in me, but it always pleases me to see a doll with hair this dark. Said dolls remind me of my mother, who is of Italian and Welsh decent and thus once had black hair. Plus it's not always easy to find a doll with black hair. Dark brown, yes. Black? Not so much.
Yue-Sai (pronounced "yoo-sigh") is VERY different from the Japanese dolls I've gathered. Her name is Chinese, but the doll herself is not restricted to Chinese outfits. One doll I considered for purchase is dressed in Korean attire, another doll has a couple of Polynesian outfits in tow, and a third is a Thai dancer. Yue-Sai's ability to accurately represent these countries reminds me a little of Susie, another Oriental doll that can represent any country she or her owner chooses. I think Susie is a knockout, but I don't have one so I can't review her! So let's talk dolly talk now. As I said above, Yue-Sai's hair is black.
this source) meant that the female in question was single. I'm not sure if that's the message Yue-Sai is trying to send with her hairstyle, but it certainly is cute. The braids are upturned and the bases are wrapped in pink and green elastic bands. These bands are starting to break as rubber bands often do when they age, meaning that I'll have to do some maintenance in the near future.
As you saw above, Yue-Sai's face is highly different from those of my Japanese dolls. While Jenny, Licca, Emiko, and the knockoff crowd all have a strong anime vibe, Yue-Sai looks more like a real little person.
President Barbie, right) has that garish pink crap that I've never cared for. I mean, it matches what she's wearing, but since when does makeup have to match what you're wearing? I much prefer Yue-Sai's brown eye shadow, and I think it's a shame that Mattel didn't use a color like that on Michelle. Oh well, it's not like Yue-Sai doesn't have problems of her own. Her profile is flat, so her head looks a little boxy when viewed from the side.
a flat profile. I love this personal flourish! Since Yue-Sai's face is flat for a reason, and since her makeup is both flawless and lovely, I have no complaints so far. Yue-Sai's head is hard, though thank God, it's not from glue. I'm not sure if it's because the vinyl is thicker or if the head has stiffened with age like some of my Barbies' heads have, but either way Yue-Sai is no softhead. Her ears are your basic ears, nothing special except for some simple, versatile gold stud earrings. Like most of Barbie's earrings, these don't come out.
On her right hand Yue-Sai wears a gold ring that matches her earrings.
Clothes don't make the man, but they do quite often make the doll. Not all Yue-Sai Wa Wa dolls come with two outfits, but Shanghai Chic does. When she arrived Yue-Sai was wearing this.
Ana Ming's qipao, only in a different color. It has a turned up collar like Oriental outfits often do.
fenghuang embossed on the back. The fenghuang is an important mythical being to the Chinese, and is often paired with a dragon in a sort of yin-yang relationship.
Before I compared bodies I was expecting Yue-Sai to be too slim for Barbie clothes, but after comparing the two I was more optimistic. Indeed, the older styles fit her perfectly. Here's the sunflower getup that I frequently use for experimenting.
And here's the United Colors of Benetton outfit that I recently reviewed. It has multiple pieces and can thus make multiple looks.
When I tried Yue-Sai's outfits on some of my other dolls (see below) I put Yue-Sai in this knitted dress. It came from a vintage Barbie pattern and it fits Yue-Sai like a glove. I don't like it as much as I like the Benetton outfit, though.
She can also wear Sindy's stock outfit, though it makes her look dowdy. Gayle's stock outfit would've been better.
Barbie can also wear Yue-Sai's clothes, though the pants and skirt don't slide over Barbie's rubbery legs as well as they do Yue-Sai's. In keeping with the Oriental theme I chose Alabama and Lanying, my Very Velvet Kira dolls.
Yep, I named the short-haired one "Alabama"! I've always thought that was a pretty name for a state, and it suited this doll's shaggy child-given haircut. Given the fact that both Alabama and Lanying have rubbery legs (Yue-Sai does not), I feared that these clothes wouldn't go on easily. For the most part I needn't have worried; the pants didn't slide over Lanying's legs like they do Yue-Sai's, but it was nowhere near as hard getting her dressed as I'd thought. As for the fit, I think the picture speaks for itself. Alabama and Lanying can wear these outfits with no trouble at all.
Serafina, whom I compared Yue-Sai to earlier, has a Model Muse body with a slimmer torso and proportionately large feet. Thus fitting Yue-Sai's clothes to her may prove interesting.
And maybe these clothes will just slide onto her like they were made for her. In truth there is a little bit more to it than that. The jacket is quite roomy on Serafina's smaller bosom, and while the colors look great on her I see what Yue-Sai Kan means about the outfits not looking as good without a full chest. The blouse that accompanies the skirt is adjustable, so it fits Serafina better.
It turns out that this particular Yue-Sai doll came in two varieties; in addition to my pink and green doll there is an equally pretty yellow and blue version. Either way it's good to know that dolls like Sindy and Yue-Sai can share clothes and wear some of Barbie's too. This vastly expands their options for clothing, particularly when I think of the other dolls I've got that can wear and share Barbie's old duds. Shoes are another story. Yue-Sai's feet are smaller than Barbie's, and they're made of a different material. Serafina's feet are larger and have a well-defined arch.
Yue-Sai CAN wear Barbie's shoes as we saw in the Benetton post, but some of the high heels are big on her and I have to use putty to keep them on. I have to do that with half of my Barbies dolls anyway, so no biggie. Yue-Sai's sandals fit Barbie in turn, but it's a squeeze. Lanying is my model, and it's pretty clear that the shoes are not hers. They're a little too long and a smidge tight, but they don't fall off Lanying's feet anywhere near as easily as they do Yue-Sai's.
Serafina can wear the shoes techically, but her stiff feet don't fit into them as well as Lanying's do.
These shoes are made of thicker material than some of Barbie's shoes, so they won't break under the pressure of being shoved on another doll's foot, but I'm still not going to make a habit of it.
Alrighty, that's plenty to think about!
*Hair is frazzled at the ends
*Posing is mediocre
*Clothes might snag if not treated carefully
*Rubber bands have aged and broken. I had to replace all of them before wrapping up the photo shoot.
*Makeup is stunning. This doll was created by a woman who knows makeup, and it shows.
*Hair is styled in a cute and versatile style.
*Clothes are colorful, well-made, and provide a nice fusion of Western and Eastern fashion.
*Can share clothes with Sindy and older Barbie dolls. Shoe sharing is a little hit-and-miss, but for the most part that can be done as well.
*She came with two outfits!!! I always love that in a doll.
It was hard for me to be objective with this doll since I like her so much, but I managed to do it fairly well. Yue-Sai is on the same level as a Barbie doll, only a little more special because of her well-made clothes and her unique face. I advise some minor caution when handling her outfit, as brocade will snag if not respected, and her posing is not great, but the other problems I found with my particular doll can be easily remedied or just plain ignored. This doll is perfect for a kid or a collector that wants a doll that's ethnic but doesn't stick out in the collection like a sore thumb. If this particular Yue-Sai wasn't your cuppa, ChinaSprout has plenty of others and so does eBay. I particularly like Bubble Fairy, who is dressed in red.
Quick update on my mother now. She got to come home today, and in spite of some early talk about a nursing home she won't have to go to one. She says she'll likely spend the first couple of nights at my grandmother's place (her mama's) because the beds aren't as high there, and then after that she'll stay with me. So things are looking up, but prayers and positivity are still appreciated.