Dolly Review: Fairy Tale High by SK Victory

With the popularity of Ever After High and Once Upon a Time, other  doll companies were bound to hop on the fairy tale band wagon.  SK Victory, a relatively new company is one of those companies.  The Fairy Tale High gang are teen fairy tale characters who attend a fine arts school.  The characters in the line thus far are: Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, The Little Mermaid, Belle, Tinkerbell, and Rapunzel.  Like the majority of the doll lines out today, these dolls are accompanied by ebooks and a web series.

Fairy Tale High students

Fairy Tale High students

I was lucky enough to be sent three of these dolls for a fair and honest review.  The three mystery dolls turned out to be Tinkerbell, The Little Mermaid and Alice in Wonderland.  These dolls are about 11.5″ tall, which is equal to a current release Winx doll.  That makes these guys a few inches taller than the Ever After High and Monster High lines.

Tinkerbelle, Alice, and the Little Mermaid

Tinkerbell, Alice, and the Little Mermaid

Fairy Tale High boxes

Fairy Tale High boxes

I’m sure you’ll notice in the size comparison shot that Fairy Tale High and Winx seem to have very similar looks.  Their bodies are almost exactly the same proportions, minus a few differences.

Fairy Tale High Alice VS Winx Bloom

Fairy Tale High Alice VS Winx Bloom

The two biggest difference are that these Fairy Tale High dolls have jointed elbows and are branded with a large, obnoxious SK on their back, which is very visible on Tinkerbell due to the low cut on her shirt.

Large SK logo

Large SK logo

Other than those two things, though, the body types and proportions are very close.  (After doing a bit of digging, my mom found out that a higher up at SK Victory was actually part of Jakks Pacific for a while, which may account for the similar body types.)

To be honest, I do find the body to be lacking a bit when it comes to joints.  The Fairy Tale High dolls are jointed at their shoulder, elbow, wrist, thigh and knee.  They have a head that moves left and right, but not up and down. The arm joints work well enough.  I wish the elbow would bend just a little more for easier posing, but the fact that these guys have a wrist joint makes me happy.

Fairy Tale High joints

Fairy Tale High joints

The leg joints let me down a bit. The upper leg joint allows the legs to part enough for a wide stance, but you won’t see these dolls doing the splits anytime soon.  The knee joints, just like on the Winx dolls, have a bit of a ‘cap’ on them, so the top portion of the leg overlaps the bottom portion.  Strangely, this makes the legs hyper extend a bit. They have good movement and generally look fine when posing, but I can’t help but feel like with a little tweak, they could be better.

See the 'cap' like knee?

See the ‘cap’ like knee?

On the upside, two out of three of these dolls stand well on their own.  Poor Tink was received with one leg that was slightly longer than the other, so she has a bit of trouble.  The other two, however, seem to stand pretty well, which I didn’t expect.

Fairy Tale High Trio

Fairy Tale High Trio

The dolls are rooted well and I love the hair color choices they picked for this line.  They are all colors that I, as a re-rooter, would use on my own  dolls.  The hair is easy to comb and it isn’t hair sprayed to the extreme.

Tinkerbell has a nice mix of lemon yellow and lime green hair, cut in a cute bob.  (I honestly think I’ve used these colors together one of my reroots before!)  I really like that Tink was given a bob, as opposed to just having long hair.  Sometimes I  find it to be a cop out when a doll line only has dolls with long hair.  This bob works well on the face shape on Tink.

Tinkerbelle

Tinkerbell

The Little Mermaid is rooted with long orange hair with pink highlights, styled in a high side ponytale.  Her hair is one of my favorite things on her, actually.  I really like the color and the ponytail, even after being stuck in a box, still looks pretty styled.

The Little Mermaid (back of head)

The Little Mermaid (back of head)

Alice has long blonde hair styled in what seems like a nice throwback to Marcia Brady (The Brady Bunch).  With no highlights, her hair style is accented with a black headband.

Alice

Alice

The decal faces are cute and shockingly unexpected.  SK Victory chose some odd colors to use on the eyes and lips, but it strangely works out.

Tink and The Little Mermaid

Tink and The Little Mermaid

Alice, for example, has blue features– blue lips and blue eyes.  It was strange at first, but the more I’ve looked at her and photographed her, I like it.  SK Victory was super smart in keeping her hair basic blonde because the blue facial features wouldn’t have worked well with a crazy hair color.

Alice

Alice

Tinkebell’s face is very green, which seems to work well with her hair.  The decal’s are put on evenly and the proportions look pretty good.

Tinkerbelle

Tinkerbelle

The Little Mermaid’s face is a similar look to the other two, but is a little more tame and way more normal than Tink and Alice.  The Little Mermaid has bright red lips and dark green eyeshadow.

The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid

As far as outfits, the quality is what you’d expect.  I was happy to see that the outfits fit well and while they are simple, they (for the most part) fit the character.  My favorite outfit is Alice’s, even though it is a bit see through!  Alice wears a blue striped mini dress with a  black vest.  Personally, I love her style.  Again, it works quite well with her hair and make up.

Alice's outfit

Alice’s outfit

Alice's shoes

Alice’s shoes

Tink is decked out in a pink dress with green highlights.  The pink and green go surprisingly well together.  Tink has green fishnets to finish the outfit, which are actually kind of neat.

Tink's outfit

Tink’s outfit

Tink's shoes

Tink’s shoes

The Little Mermaid has my least favorite outfit.  I can see where they were going with this sea inspired green top, but I’m not sure where the purple comes from.  I don’t think it’s the best color choice to go against dark green, myself.  The look is completed with black fishnets.  Like the other girls, the outfit is a bit basic and for me, is the most lackluster.

The Little Mermaid's Outfit

The Little Mermaid’s Outfit

The Little Mermaid's shoes

The Little Mermaid’s shoes

These dolls aren’t perfect. I’m not a crazy fan of the large branding on the back, nor do love the fact that their head only turns left and right (as opposed to up and down, too).  The joints don’t bend as far as I’d like them to, either.   That being said, I like the fact that they have wrist joints and that they stand well on their own.  (Long enough to take a few pictures, that is!)

Tink and Alice

Tink and Alice

Fairy Tale High Trio

Fairy Tale High Trio

Also, I like their head mold, decals and hair color.  There faces may not be the most unique faces out there, but they are cute, especially when styled with fun hair colors like the dolls I received.

The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid

Alice

Alice

The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid

Alice and Tink

Alice and Tink

There is potential, I think, in this line.  It’s not perfect right now, but I see kids enjoying this line.  If anything, the similarity to Winx might work in their favor.  Should this line continue and SK Victory fixes a small number of things, I think this could be a solid stocking stuffer for a good few years.

Fairy Tale High Trio

Fairy Tale High Trio

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What do you think of these Fairy Tale High dolls?  Share your thoughts below!

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November 16, 2013. Tags: . Uncategorized.

6 Comments

  1. pixiecollections replied:

    Lol you were really nice on this line, other reviewers have ripped it to shreds way more.
    Personally I don’t agree about the faces. I think the faces are horribly ugly, especially in comparison to lines like Ever After High.
    These just look really cheap, like a dollar store knock off.

  2. barbielea replied:

    Great review as always 🙂 don’t know if this line will make it to the UK but if it does I would certainly consider buying if they were at the right price – I like them. I think their faces are really quite appealing, like you I think the hair colours are great, and I do like the styling, especially the Alice. I don’t particularly enjoy all the fuss on some of the MH/ EAH dolls so I’m actually quite attracted to their simple look. The only things that would put me off would be the Winx proportions, which I really dislike, and the lack of up/ down head movement – as I found when I got hold of some Ghouls Alive dolls, this makes such a difference to a doll’s ability to pose for pictures. Best wishes 🙂

  3. Lynda Stetson replied:

    Way too simple and a bit cheap looking for my taste. I dont like the faces and I think the makeup looks trashy. Not a fan at all, and dont plan to buy one. Thx for the review. Very thorough as always

  4. Blackkitty replied:

    I like the Mermaid’s outfit although it would have been better with a darker and maybe warmer shade of purple.

  5. Lady Lilith BloodCrave replied:

    Very interesting.
    I like the colorful lipstick of the dolls. Although the reds and pinks are more natural, sometimes it is fun to have a doll with blue lipstick.

  6. gabbygums replied:

    I went to target and checked these dolls out and really liked them.
    I was planning on buying Alice but she was a bit too expensive.:(

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