usagi" meaning "rabbit" and "hitsuji" meaning "sheep." Sailor Moon fans might also recognize the word "usagi" as the lead character's name, fitting considering that her hair looks like rabbit ears, and "hitsuji" has also made its way into the anime world, so if you're anime fans y'all might have heard these words somewhere before. With that out of the way, Usaggie shares a body with Hitszie, Jossie, Kuma-bolo, Nikki, and Odeco-chan, all of whom are usually portrayed as female. Hold up...take that back. Kuma-bolo can also be either male or female. There's very little about this body to suggest either gender, though I've seen PetWorks label dolls with "boy bodies" or "girl bodies." Boy dolls are hard enough to come by as it is, and mint green has been popular among my friends who have baby sons, so I was all set to refer to my Usaggie as a "he." Indeed, I even bought a little pair of overalls, which Usaggie is wearing for most of the review. However, tucked inside Usaggie's box were several advertising fliers, and one of those fliers had this picture.
an adorable boy too.
Now that that's settled, Usaggie is 6.75 inches tall from the crown of her head down, but if I add in her ears she measures in at eight inches even. Here's how she compares in size to her PetWorks/Sekiguchi comrade Momoko, to Raimei (one of my Licca-chan dolls), to Lottie, and to the ever-popular Barbie (Pilar in this case). Lottie is closest to Usaggie in size, and even she is a smidge taller if I don't count Usaggie's ears.
pink and blue and marigold and other outrageous colors that living creatures are not supposed to come in (translucent!). Anywho, at the time I purchased Usaggie there were more realistic colors available, but I'm a sucker for a weird-looking doll so I chose the green morph. Hey, if I can have an orange Hujoo, a green Bobobie, and a purple witch, why not make a fell swoop with a green rabbit? Usaggie would also fit in well with a collection of anthro dolls, but I only have one. Here's how Usaggie looks with Pepper Parson.
Lime Chiffon doll does.
eyelashes or huge anime-style eyes, but my Usaggie has neither. Her eyes are almond-shaped and are mostly black, but with chocolate brown rims. I rather appreciate those rims, as they soften the edges of the eyes and prevent them from looking harsh against the vinyl. In addition to the eyes Usaggie has a nose and mouth, also painted in this chocolate brown shade.
But then again, photography may not be the easiest thing with Usaggie, as she's not the most poseable doll I've met. We'll cross the posing bridge when we come to it though, as I haven't even discussed the SHAPE of the body yet! I'm approaching this body with a bit of trepidation, as it's not unheard of for these dolls to have uneven legs, like this unfortunate Kuma-bolo does. Usaggie dodged the uneven leg bullet, but notice that her whole body leans ever so slightly to her right/our left.
Clothing Usaggie's unusual little body has proven challenging. This body can wear Middie Blythe dresses, but Middie is narrower through the hips than Usaggie is, so Usaggie can't wear Middie pants or jeans. A childlike doll like this usually looks cute in blue jeans. Still I think I was able to come out with something reasonably nice. MyLilSparrow made this outfit, and it is one of the few Middie Blythe outfits I've found that has pants roomy enough to fit over Usaggie's posterior.
The bib of the overalls sports the maker's label. I always love touches like this on Etsy products.
Jane Cherie points out that Usaggie can also wear Vi and Va and Only Hearts Club clothes, plus the occasional Licca-chan outfit, and I happen to have a few of those items hanging around. Unfortunately none of these went quite the way I was hoping. My favorite Vi and Va dress does fit, but it doesn't fasten fully in the back.
Michiko's yellow dress. It's loose and long on Usaggie, though this could do in a pinch. I'm willing to bet that other Licca-chan dresses might fit better.
Ju-hwang. She's quite a bit taller than Usaggie is...
I keep my Vi and Va dresses stored with my Bratz things, and that gave me another idea for clothes. The fruits of this idea can be seen below.
Of course there had to be a loser in the bunch, and the loser turned out to be the stuff I bought for Raya. These items are way too tight for Usaggie.
Okay, I've got a few options for Usaggie if I don't want to spend money on Etsy or eBay, but for those who are good with a sewing machine there's this pattern, which came folded inside Usaggie's box. One side has a pattern for a dress...
Usaggie came with some other odds and ends besides that pattern. Remember the fliers that I mentioned above? They have some epic pictures of the items that PetWorks currently has available. The front of the first flier shows printed-eye versions of Odeco-chan and Nikki. Usually both girl and cat have inset sleep eyes, but these two have printed eyes and I must confess that I like these better. The two seem more like characters with the printed eyes.
I griped earlier about the lack of posing in these dolls, but if given some time Usaggie can strike a few cute poses. Indeed, my doll has proved to be quite a little character. She likes to sit in trees and watch the world go by...
*Posing isn't great. That's true of all these dolls, so it isn't a problem specific to my Usaggie.
*Joints are crooked in places, and that IS a problem specific to my Usaggie, though I know she's not alone.
*Relatively hard to clothe
*OMG SO CUTE!!! Ahem...I think this doll is adorable. She reminds me a bit of Miffy with her minimalistic face, and who doesn't love bunnies?
*Sturdy. I don't think this doll is meant for children, but it could be used as such.
*Can wear Middie Blythe dresses and some clothes from other doll lines
*Fairly affordable. If Momoko and Ruruko are more than y'all can swing, Usaggie and her animal friends are more within reach.
*Interesting! These little critters can come in all sorts of colors, and they're not always natural. My doll is a case in point.
Usaggie may not be for everyone (my mother is on the fence about her, for example), but for me this is thirty bucks well spent. I can't do everything with her that I can with Licca-chan, but I can do a good many of the things. She's good for cheering up my somewhat dreary work station at the library, and she's good for a picture or two outdoors. She makes a good companion for Pinkie Cooper, or for the Enchantimals that are available right now, or for other cutesy dolls like Licca and her friends. Also, I'm unsure if PetWorks intends these dolls for children, but I think Usaggie might do well in the hands of a child, at least one that's old enough to know not to chew on their toys. Posing is poor, and clothing the doll is a bit of a problem, but if you know how to sew that second problem is easily rectified. I honestly can't recommend these dolls enough, and as soon as I get the chance I'm going to get my Hitszie, AND maybe that panda-colored Kuma-bolo, if PetWorks does indeed release her.