Carpatina dolls have always been rather special for me. The very first doll that I bought for my first daughter for her 4th birthday was a Carpatina doll – Emma. Back then, I was choosing between American Girl and Carpatina dolls, and Carpatina won because of her vinyl body which is more pleasing and proportionate and because of her sweet face. Yes, a few years later, for her 7th birthday I finally got my daughter an American Girl doll (and one for myself – and thus, my doll collection began), but still, Carpatina is very very special to me.
I wasn’t really planning to buy a new doll – truly, I have enough! – but somehow, on a spur of a moment, just before our international relocation (just the right timing, right?) I took the plunge and ordered one Carpatina doll for myself. For a long time I had been toying with the idea of buying either Veronika (because of her amazing combination of raven hair and violet blue eyes) or Rowena (because of her sweet medieval looks). In the end, I got Rowena. And I couldn’t be happier with my choice!
There are 7 girls and 2 boys in Carpatina doll line. The girls are Julia (the first sculpt, the same as our Emma), Chinese girl Ana Ming and Japanese girl Kohanna, medieval girls Veronika and Rowena and two basic dolls – Zoe and Erin. As I understand there will be a new boy soon – and his prototype looks gorgeous, so most likely he will join my doll family.
Here is the box in which my Rowena arrived – a sturdy carton box with a window. The doll inside is very carefully wrapped so you can’t see her when the box is out of the shipper.
The back of the box with photos of other dolls in the current Carpatina doll line.
Here is how my Rowena was wrapped inside her box: a layer of tissue paper, some bubble wrap…
then the doll herself was inside a plastic bag and securely attached to the box with ribbons.
Rowena’s shoes were also protected with a plastic bag.
And she is out! The first thing I noticed about Rowena is her thick curls. She truly has the most exquisite hair – long, thick and just plain gorgeous!
Rowena has auburn hair and deep blue eyes that can close. I just love this combination. I also love this sculpt. Before, I was very fond of the Emma / Julia sculpt (I was even thinking of getting Julia straight after I bought Emma for my daughter), but this sculpt is just as gorgeous.
And here is the view of Rowena’s hair from the back. It’s a high quality wig. Just look at these gorgeous curls! I don’t know how well they will keep their shape after a while but since this doll won’t be played with by a child I guess the curls are quite safe.
Rowena’s dress has a medieval look. Which is not surprising considering her name – Rowena – is also a name of the main character in one of my favourite novels by Sir Walter Scott – Ivanhoe. (I actually named two of my Kidz’n’Cats dolls Rowena and Wilfred precisely for that reason!)
Anyway, the dress… It’s not, of course, very authentic from the historical point of view but for a playdoll it doesn’t matter (I know I am obsessed with historical accuracy but girls don’t care about it much and it’s easier for them to dress their doll in a simpler dress). In real life, a medieval dress would have had layers – at least a shift, then the dress on top and a separate belt – girdle. Here we can see a very pretty stylisation. The green brocade dress is made in one piece and is fully lined (including the skirt!). The girdle is part of the dress and is attached to it. There is no dreaded velcro (a huge huge plus – I can’t stand velcro in doll clothing!). The dress closes at the back with snaps. Underneath the dress Rowena wears panties.
Another part of Rowena’s outfit – golden slippers which are just lovely.
A close-up of the dress closure.
And one more portrait before I finish!
The bottom line: Carpatina dolls are gorgeous and are definitely worth every penny! And Rowena is one of the most beautiful dolls among Carpatina dolls. Get her and you won’t regret it!!
More photos are in the gallery below: