Dolls are not only a favorite toy they're also collector's items. Some dolls are really more like pieces of art than toys. For the collector that loves to display their dolls, it's not uncommon to want dolls that resemble your children. These types of dolls are known as "look-alikes" and many companies specialize in them. There are many choices on the market to obtain a doll that looks like your child. These look-alike dolls come in a variety of styles and price ranges, from... the least expensive that use a scanned photo on fabric to middle-of-the-line vinyl dolls, to very, very expensive artist-made dolls. Prior to purchasing the doll, consider if it will be well-loved by your child or a collector's item on a shelf. The wide range of costs and materials will help dictate which type of look-alike doll is best for you and your family.
Below are four of the best look-alike dolls on the market.
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Custom Doll Baby
This company creates handmade 18-inch tall dolls that look like your child. Parents can choose from seven expressions, three complexions, and practically unlimited hairstyles to create a doll that looks like your child. The size makes the dolls' accessories compatible with the popular American Girl dolls.
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American Girl Truly Me Dolls
The well-known company American Girl sells look-alike dolls. You can choose from dozens of varieties of skin, eye, and hair colors. It's a great choice for girls who already have American Girl dolls and wish to have one that resembles them. This brand of dolls have hundreds of different outfits and accessories to personalize your doll even further. Additionally, American Girl sells clothing and accessories in doll and child sized, so that the girl and doll can be dressed alike.
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Linda's Look-A-Like Dolls
These are handmade porcelain dolls that bear a remarkable likeness to their namesakes. Each doll is handcrafted by the artist Linda Brennan. Her look-alike dolls have porcelain heads which are molded and then transformed to match the facial features of the model. The dolls are then hand painted. The dolls can be quite expensive; the baby doll is the least expensive while larger dolls cost more. Customized painted eyes (instead of inset eyes) are available for an extra cost. These dolls are an... expensive piece of craftwork and may not be recommended for younger children. The porcelain doll is very delicate and can easily shatter and break if handled roughly.
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For this type of look-alike doll, parents send a digital photo of the child's face to the company. The photo is then scanned onto the cloth face of the doll. The result is a photo of a human face on a cute fabric doll. The doll can only be as good as the photo sent, so a high-resolution, close-up photo of the child is a must. This reasonably priced and easy to care for option, could be an easy way to provide a child with a look-alike doll.