Azalea is one of the 2016 Junior Collection from Zwergnase, designed by Nicole Marschollek, a German doll artist who is well known for her unique dolls with character. Azalea is 50cm tall and made entirely of phthalate free vinyl. Her elongated limbs are beautifully articulated so she can be posed easily, especially her arms. Her face is handpainted with bright blue eyes, lots of eyelashes on both top and bottom eyelids, natural looking eyebrows, freckles over her nose and blushing cheeks, and coral coloured full lips.
The Azalea we have at the moment has a soft red wig with different tones within it and it has large loose curls. The photos are accurate.
Azalea is wearing her original style dress but in new material. The fabric is loosely woven with lots of variation of threads, some fine, some bobbly and with lots of different colours. The main look is aubergine with pale pink, olive green, lime green, grey and pale green threads. It's beautiful. The dress has a dropped waist and full gathered skirt, and at the neck is a large pale pink bow which is sewn into the seams of the dress. As underwear she is wearing a pair of white shorts with a pair of grey and white striped leg warmers and matching striped socks. On her feet she wears a pair of oversized suede laced boots.
Azalea hasnít been played with yet as she is waiting to be unwrapped on Christmas morning by her little owner but I had a good look at her and she seems perfect. Azalea is probably one of the loveliest among Zwegnase Junior dolls. Some of Zwergnase faces are a bit quaint, to put it nicely, but this one has a beautiful smiling face, thatís probably why this doll is so popular. Her hair is a bit curly and is not as long as in the original 2016 edition. The dress is pretty and well made. The face is beautifully painted and the wig is well made and well attached. We had some problems with a Junior doll from 2017 collection (not bought from Petalina, thatís probably why) where the eyes were painted with a slight squint and the wig was shedding a lot of hair. Iím happy to report that so far Azalea has none of these issues thanks to being thoroughly inspected by Cate. I canít wait until Azalea comes out of her bag on Christmas day. Iím sure she will be well loved.
The first surprise, and there are many, is opening the shipping box to find an amazing bag protected by bubble wrap! It is a lovely, heavy, medium blue colour flannel bag with a bright red pocket and red draw string. It is lined with quality white cotton. The bag will last forever, protecting my Azalea! It is so practical, and makes it is easy for me to take Azalea with me, and no box to store. Then, pulling Azalea out of the bag is an experience! Words fail me. The photos are accurate - she is - oh my, she is truly stunning. Her face is delicate - each tiny detail is perfect. Her hair is a gorgeous red, with bouncy curls, easy to brush and style. Extremely high quality in every tiny detail - her lovely outfit is well made with excellent fabric. A wee bit of curl is tied with a navy ribbon - a delicate touch. While she is exquisitely delicate in every way, she is not fragile, and will be passed on for generations. I love her real leather boots! She has a child's body, like a real little girl. She is worth the cost and more! Azalea is a treasure. She is not scented, which makes me very happy. I pulled out two small catalogues showing all of the junior line and the more expensive limited edition collector's dolls. Petalina can order any of them for you! There will be one dazzling doll that will make your eyes dance, and your heart melt - their expressions are so different - each one unique. Every possible emotion is expressed in one of the dolls. The artists are brilliant. Azalea is beyond my ability to describe adequately - she is intelligent, a thinker, gentleness glows in her kind blue eyes - she is so special. I love her freckles. The Zwergnase dolls are in a class by themselves. They are the best gift ever. I smile every time I see Azalea - I would rather have one Zwergnase than multiple other dolls. They are a wonderful investment. Now, that I have Azalea to love and cherish, I have a Zwergnase wish list! Everyone needs at least one Zwergnase doll - even if they do not have a collection. Surprises and happiness wrapped in a bag :) What could possibly be better? One of the limited edition dolls! I am sure that quality prevails in each line, there are just fewer made of the other line. I would like to have one of the limited edition dolls - each year there are more surprises with more emotions, expressions, poses, and incredible outfits using special fabrics. Petalina is the best - the photos are genuine, not touched up or altered - Cate takes better photos than most of the doll company photographers. I am so happy ordering from Petalina - they are the best - we are so lucky to know and trust them. They have so much knowledge - so honest in their reviews and descriptions. Great service to Canada! No border difficulties :) 5 star rating for Azalea, Zwergnase and Petalina - if there were more stars, I would give more!
A lovely doll to make outfits on and her hair is beautiful. Good service here.
Oh, my goodness...I received my Azalea today and she is exquisite! I love her character face and her beautiful, red wig...everything about her feels like quality and top notch. I especially like how she's a little different from all the "regular" dolls and reminds me of a real little girl. If you are on the fence about adding this doll to your collection, don't hesitate! She is every bit as wonderful in person as she is in her pictures.
The body of this doll can be cleaned using a damp cloth with a little mild detergent if required. The body should not be immersed in water as this will rot the elastic holding the limbs onto the body.
The hair can be carefully washed using a mild shampoo taking care not to create tangles. Care should be taken to avoid getting the wig wet as this may upset the glue used to attach the wig to the head.
The dolls clothes can be hand washed using a mild detergent in warm water. Do not tumble dry but dry flat, smoothing out creases whilst damp. Iron using a cool iron if needed.