I am very excited to be telling you about a new brand that we have sourced from Europe for My Doll Best Friend. 

We are delighted to now be able to offer our customers the very high quality European vinyl play dolls from Paola Reina: The Paola Reina Soy Tu collection is now in stock at My Doll Best Friend.

Paola Reina is a company that was established in Spain in 1994 and has achieved worldwide success with its dolls. The company aims to dissolve boundaries between ethnic groups. They believe that tolerance and compassion start in childhood and doll play can go a long way towards teaching children about racial integration. The company is rightly very proud of its multi-racial collection of dolls.

Paola Reina dolls are unique and desired by collectors from all over the world as well as being highly suitable for play by children age 3+. The faces and bodies of these dolls have been nurtured to the last detail: their large innocent eyes are framed by lushious lashes, they have wonderful thick hair and delicate fingers.

Soy Tu translates to "I Am You". Each doll is unique and special in its own way, as we all are. The dolls are charming with their closing eyes made from safe transparent plastic that have a wonderful pigment and pattern.

Paola Reina Soy Tu Redhead

 

 

Paola Reina Soy Tu Ballerina

 

 

 

Paola Reina Soy Tu Brunette

 

 

 


 




 


The dolls are hand painted in a natural way and the vinyl has a subtle vanilla scent- which is really pleasant and I understand is something the company is particularly proud of. The clothing for the dolls of the Soy Tu series has been developed by the famous German designer and doll-maker Ruth Treffeisen.

Paola Reina dolls are thoroughly European as not only are they made in Alicante in coastal eastern Spain all their component parts are sourced from Europe. The textiles for the doll clothing is of the highest quality and comes from England, Portugal, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. The hair for the Paola Reina dolls comes from Italy and Germany and is made of highest quality nylon (it is not made of polypropylene which is low quality and flammable). The outfits are made in Spain by skilled Spanish dressmakers following Ruth Treffeisen's pattern designs and the dolls are finally produced and packaged in Spain.  It is Paola Reina's mission to continue to involve European countries in the product development of their dolls. It's a big challenge to produce dolls in Europe as the costs are more expensive than in the rest of the world, but admirably this is what they want to do. Within the company there is more than fifty years of doll making experience to call on. This doll making company has set out to build Paola Reina's worldwide reputation as a truly European doll brand. 

It's no surprise therefore that the wonderful packaging that the dolls come in is decorated with images from all over the world thereby enhancing the worldwide appeal of the dolls. 

Paola Reina Soy Tu Ballerina



The boxes are rather lovely. They have a window on the front and they close on the side and have a carry handle.


The dolls you see are completely handmade. The detail of their faces (freckles, cheek colour, lips etc), their hairstyles and the assembling of the clothes and accessories is done manually. 

 

 

The Soy Tu dolls stand at 40cm/ 15.7" tall and will be able to share some clothes and shoes with other dolls we stock. They have full vinyl bodies and the doll's arms, head, and legs are articulated.

Parents will be delighted to learn that the vinyl used in making the dolls complies with all the European regulations for quality and safety and does not include phthalates.
The dolls' eyes are very beautiful, made from a hard and transparent 'crystal' like plastic.




The vinyl (which is polyvinyl of chloride for those people interested in this) retains suppleness giving the doll a very pleasant and tactile feel.  The vinyl has a pleasant and subtle scent of vanilla to enhance the enjoyment of the doll. The styles of clothing each doll wears is designed to give personality to the doll. The German or Italian hair is rooted very densely and sewn into the heads with durability in mind. In fact they have so much hair that my daughter puts four bunches in her Paola Reina doll's hair, not two! 

 
We will be adding clothing and shoes from Paola Reina, perhaps other ranges from the brand too. The My Doll Best Friend website will have the clothing section updated in due course to include the Soy Tu dolls so that you will be able to see clearly which clothes can be shared between dolls.

Here's the Paola Reina Soy Tu doll who we've named Isabelle.
Her clothes are beautiful she wears, a skirt, top, tights, jacket, earmuffs on a headband and ballet shoes.

Paola Reina Soy Tu Brunette
Paola Reina Soy Tu Brunette
Paola Reina Soy Tu Brunette

Her earmuffs have been replaced by hair slides here.

Paola Reina Soy Tu Brunette
Paola Reina Soy Tu Brunette
Paola Reina Soy Tu Brunette
Paola Reina Soy Tu Brunette

Time for Isabelle to meet our other dolls!


On the left is our Schildkrot doll (not named) and on the right is Gotz doll Megan. Isabelle can share shoes with the Schildkrot doll and Kidz n Cats dolls. She can share some clothes with other brands too. 



We're delighted to bring Paola Reina Soy Tu dolls to our customers and look forward to adding to the range in 2014. We hope you'll enjoy and embrace this wonderful European brand too. For more information about these dolls visit My Doll Best Friend.