During my latest thrifting expedition, an unusual doll caught my eye. When I checked to find the manufacturer's name, I was surprised to see Pleasant Company stamped on the back of the head and an American Girl tag on the side. This is a Hopscotch Hill doll, which AG made for a few years to appeal to younger girls. The dolls are 16 inches tall with articulated elbows and knees, and they are meant to be early elementary age. Meet Skylar. I got her for $1.40.
The Hopscotch Hill School line had 3 dolls, Logan, Skylar, and Hallie. They had different coloring but seemed to share the same face mold. I like this mold best on Skylar. I was able to brush the tangles out of the doll's hair, but it pretty much took out all the curl too. I think she looks nice with a bun and cute dollar store tiara. I also tried on a black wig from a porcelain Hawaiian doll I found at a thrift store a while ago. I just put the wig on over her existing hair and fastened it with a clear elastic. I like the fuller look and the bangs.
Skylar's original outfit was complete except for the shoes. She has a long-sleeve Superstar shirt with a star vest and a long sporty skirt. I think it's made to cover her arms and leg joints. She has really neat articulation, but the joints look a little funny, especially on this doll because her strings are loose. She's quite a bit shorter and thinner than AG and even my slimmer dolls, but she can just about share clothes with my BFC Addison. The vest is a bit tight and the shirt sleeves fall a little short, but the skirt is perfect. I like how the blue bring's out Addison's eyes.
When I first saw this doll, I knew I needed to try her in my Hawaiian outfit, and I like this look best. She reminds me of Mahana from one of my favorite childhood movies, Johnnie Lingo. It's equal parts cheesy and awesome, telling the story of an island trader who barters for a wife and helps a young woman discover her true worth. Just like the character Mahana, all Skylar needed was a bath and a good hair brushing. Now I think she's an 8-cow doll!