"It's about time, human."
Cami arrived before I entered the ball-jointed doll hobby, so her size shocked me. She is closer in height to an 18-inch doll like Alissa (left), but her proportions are more like Midge's.
"I'm NOT trying on her syrup!!!"
No, Johnny, you definitely won't be. Cami's "syrup" as you put it is way too small for your big head. Ahem...where was I? Oh yeah...these two are of similar height (Cami is 16 inches, and Johnny is 17.7 inches), but their proportions differ quite a bit. Johnny is thicker all over, with bigger hands, bigger feet, and as I mentioned above, a much bigger head.
For grins, here's how Cami compares to Hailey, my recently reviewed Make it Mine doll. Hailey doesn't look too excited to be standing next to Cami either.
When I was a little kid, dolls came in three sizes. They were either Alissa's scale (or similar), Midge's scale, or toddler-sized like My Size Barbie was. Yeah, I know the website said Cami was sixteen inches tall, but it still surprised me to see a doll almost the height of an American Girl doll, but with proportions and features similar to a Barbie doll's. I mean, I'd seen the similarly-sized Madame Alexander Alex once, but that was over a decade ago and I'd since forgotten what sixteen inches looked like on a modern-day fashion doll. And now that I think about it, I remember that I was surprised when I saw how big Alex and her friends were! I'll never forget that simply but colorfully dressed Alex line, by the way. I wanted Jadde Lee then and I still like her today; she and Liu Liu would've made a fine pair.
Right then, let's take a closer look at Cami. Some of Tonner's dolls are wigged and some have rooted hair. As I noted above, All-Star Cami has a wig. Not all doll wigs detach, but this one does.
Facets Cami can wear a 5-6 wig, though I doubt I'll ever need a replacement unless I just want one. This particular Cami has a color scheme similar to Knave of Hearts Cami so a black bob may be in my doll's future, but for now I'm content to leave her as a blonde. The fibers on this wig are very soft, more so than the hair of any of my other dolls. Cami's closest rivals in the hair department may be my handful of dolls with kanekalon hair (LIV, La Dee Da, and a couple of Monster High dolls), and Life in the Dreamhouse Midge, all of whom have soft, manageable hair. But even their hair is not as nice as Cami's. She's in a league of her own in the hair department.
Cami's face is advertised as being hand-painted, and it...well, it definitely does NOT look mass-produced! She has centered blue-gray eyes with thick painted eyelashes and smoky eye shadow. This is the third doll I've received that pleasantly surprised me with gray eyes, by the way; Johnny and Raya were the other two. I credit these three dolls for my growing fondness for gray eyes.
here), but my Cami's lips are flawless. I'm a bit at a loss regarding her expression, however. She shares a face with Tonner's Cinderella dolls and with the rest of the Cami dolls, but for some reason she doesn't look like either one. She's not as calm and innocent as the original Cinderella, nor is she as fierce as Delight, the first Cami (Miss Emily has a much better comparison of the two; here's the link again), nor is she slightly sad like Flamingo. All-Star falls somewhere in between Cinderella and Delight, but I've yet to determine where.
Just for the heck of it, here's what Cami looks like in profile.
Moving downwards, clothes. Tonner's basic dolls were called "basic" for a reason; their outfits are just that, basic! Some basic dolls come dressed in simple but complete little outfits, some are wearing full lingerie sets (bodysuit, hose, and shoes), and some come with just a bra and panties. The dolls from the All-Star Basic line fall towards the fully-clad end of the spectrum. Cami is wearing a stretchy black tank top with a striped star printed on the front.
some of the snaps I've encountered. The star is either painted on or a decal. Since it's so smooth I think it's a decal, and if so, the person applying it did a superb job. Decals are sometimes landmines for wrinkles and rips, but not here! The top is lined with white fabric, which makes it feel more substantial. There will also be less chance of the top staining Cami's body in the long run...IF Cami bodies can stain, that is!
Cami's shorts are VERY short, about the length of workout shorts. They are a shade of red that coordinates with the red parts of the top.
Not all basic Tonner dolls come with shoes, but my Cami got lucky.
share shoes with Ellowyne Wilde and the Deja Vu dolls.
Regarding the body, Cami's head is very, VERY hard vinyl and the rest of the doll is made of high-quality plastic. The Cami/Antoinette body has fourteen points of articulation: neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, chest, hips, knees, ankles. She has hinged and rotational motion in all of her joints except for her ankles, and here is where the story gets complicated. In spring of 2014 I received another Cami.
buggy-looking inset eyes, something neither of my doll has. But remember when I said that some Cami dolls had rooted hair? Perfect Morning is one of them. No wig swapping for my girls!
extremely dark or extremely light, so it pleased me to see a doll with this blazing red shade.
Now to the reason why I unveiled Perfect Morning at this point in the review. Unlike Barbie, Cami's body has changed very little over the years. Thus both my girls are going to help with the body review, even though one doll is a little older than the other. It's hard to tell since the two dolls sport different hair and makeup, but both have the same skin tone, which Tonner calls "cameo." It's a fair tone, but not the absolute fairest of Tonner's dolls (Basic Goth Antoinette may take that award). Here's an idea of what the cameo tone looks like.
Now, back to joints. Cami has hinged ankles, but I think she could've done without them. The ankle motion is very...well, it's bad! Perfect Morning's ankles are bent to the full degree of their motion in this next picture. The right ankle is bent forward as far as it will go, and the left ankle is bent back. The right ankle has more backwards motion than the left ankle does, but I didn't show that. LOL
in the very recent past, me underestimating the flexibility of a joint.
The hips are also worthy of note. They have no side-to-side movement at all when in a standing position. Here Perfect Morning's legs are splayed as far as they'll go (the left leg has more give):
...and good forward and back motion as well.
Since we're in the vicinity of the torso, check out Cami's sculpted clavicles.
I love how Tonner sculpted this doll's body. She's got a few bones showing like real people often do, but she's got some meat on her too, enough so that she doesn't look anorexic. Striking that balance can be tricky, with some dolls looking either too skeletal or unnaturally soft, but Tonner pulled it off.
Regarding arms, Cami has ball-jointed shoulders (hinged, not strung like my BJD boys), plus elbows and wrists that have both rotational and hinge movement. She cannot touch her face, but she can shield her eyes like so:
"Psst...wanna know a secret?"
Or she can look like she's trying to dodge the camera.
She can even interact with the smaller dolls in a fairly believable way (please forgive Midge's hideous kaiser stand)...
"Thank you, dear. A snack will do me good."
The rest of Cami's physique is typical of a fashion doll's body, with long legs, a comparatively short body, and a slender frame. If she were Barbie-sized, she'd likely have a body that's similar to the bellybutton bodies. Due to her height and overall body proportions, virtually all of the doll clothes I have are out of the question for Cami. Oh sure, Tonner had nice outfits available for Cami and Antoinette-sized dolls, but they were insanely pricey. I have two sets sized for Cami and they're very nice, but a new get-up could've cost anywhere from sixty to a hundred bucks, money that this pretty little raven didn't have and still doesn't have. Moxie Teenz clothes didn't work, and Etsy, my usual go-to for doll clothes, doesn't have much for Cami either. Looks like I'll have to start drafting my own knitting patterns...or maybe she can wear some of my ball-jointed doll things. Though I have no complete MSD girls (yet), I do have a fair amount of clothing for female ball-jointed dolls, and one of my favorite pieces is this unusual hoodie.
I also have this hoodie, which will look delightful with Perfect Morning's hair.
Time to sum it up!
*Joints are stiff, though that may be because I don't move these dolls' joints much
*Hand-painted faces may have paint foibles
*Wigs are hard to get on and off
*Not a problem with my particular dolls, but the Cami dolls with inset eyes don't look great.
*Can't wear many of the clothes I've got on hand
*Hair is gorgeous, both on the wigged doll and the one with rooted hair
*My particular dolls are well-painted
*Clothing, while simple, is well-executed
*Joints are nice and tight, unlike those of certain other fashion dolls
*Can share clothes with some other high-end fashion dolls
*Can wear some BJD stuff
I always hate this wrap-up part at the end, because I always feel like I'm delivering a commercial. Most of the dolls I bring home I end up liking, and Cami is no exception. However, I'm unsure which one I like better. All-Star has a striking color palette with her pale blonde hair, gray eyes, and candy apple red lips, while Perfect Morning has that gorgeous red hair and softer makeup that keeps her from looking too garish. I like All-Star's outfit better, but Perfect Morning has better posing. Neither doll has the inset eyes that tended to make Cami look stoned; I think it's very odd that when Cami has inset eyes she looks not-so-great, but when Ellowyne Wilde has inset eyes she looks fabulous. Maybe it's because Ellowyne has bigger eyes than Cami does. Anyway, my two dolls break about even until we get to hair. I've made it clear that I love Perfect Morning's flaming tresses, but I also love how All-Star can switch wigs if I so choose, thus making it easier to wear certain fashions like the hoodies I showed above. It's a tough call, and I don't guess it matters much which one I like better. These are both nice dolls, and I think it's a shame that Tonner dropped the line. But...if I know Tonner like I think I do, then I think the crew will produce something equally great in the future, maybe even better. And I have a sneaking suspicion that the versatile Cami face will be popping up from time to time...or at least I hope it will!