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 most inexpensive that use a scanned photo on fabric, to middle-of-the-line vinyl dolls, to very, very expensive artist-made dolls. You can even get a paper doll that looks like your child! Below are four of the best look alike dolls on the market.
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My Twinn Dolls
By far the best known of the look-alike dolls, My Twinn dolls are owned by eToys Direct. The company allows you to build your doll with a variety of hair styles, hair and eye colors and skin tones. You can even opt to have freckles and other birthmarks hand painted on your doll. This kind of specific details makes the dolls very meaningful to their owners.
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American Girl also offers look-alike dolls. Some feel that these dolls are more "vaguely look-alike" because they are all based on just a few face molds. The variety comes in that 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. American Girl dolls have hundreds of different outfits and accessories that you can personalize your doll even further with. You... can even find a miniature version of your pet to keep your doll company!
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This artist's porcelain dolls seem to bear a remarkable likeness to their namesakes! Each doll is handcrafted by 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, with the lowest starting price being for a baby doll; the prices rise from there. Customized painted eyes (instead of inset eyes) are available for an extra cost. The craft work... of these dolls makes them well worth the price.
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For this doll, you send a digital photo of your child and the photo is scanned onto the cloth face of the 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. They're reasonably priced and the technology is pretty cool.