Review: GOTY 2016 Lea Clark

Review of American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark

Today, I will be reviewing American Girl’s newest doll, GOTY 2016 Lea Clark!

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark

Let’s start with the doll herself.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark

Lea is gorgeous, and quite unique. Her wavy caramel hair, tanned skin, and never-before-seen hazel/brown eyes give this 1/8 Brazilian beauty an exotic look.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark

She has the Josefina face mold.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark - eye color

Her eyes have a thin band of black around them, and are hazel with some brown near the pupil. Lea Clark is the first American Girl doll to have this eye color.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark - eyebrows

She has thick, feathered eyebrows, and they have a slight arch to them.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark - hair color

Her hair is soft, and is parted on the side.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark - hair color

Lea’s hair has more than one color in it. Caramel, blonde, light brown, even a little bit of auburn are all in her hair.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark - hair length

Her wavy hair comes down to her hips, and is layered.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark - hair

There’s a section of hair in the front that’s about an inch and a half shorter than the rest.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark - hair

It could just be my Lea doll, but the hair on the left side of her head doesn’t curl nearly as well. The section in the front becomes straight in just minutes after I’ve curled it. To other Lea Clark owners: does your doll have the same problem?

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark -- no strings

Unfortunately, Lea has no neck strings. Instead, American Girl tied her head on with a zip-tie, which makes it very difficult to move her head. The only good thing I can think of about the zip-ties is that photographers won’t have to deal with neck strings getting in their pictures. But it’s definitely a problem for people who want to tighten Lea’s limbs or customize her, since there’s not a way to tie her head back on.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark vs. Grace Thomas

Lea has darker skin than most of my dolls. In this picture, you can see how different Lea’s skin is in comparison to Grace Thomas’s (GOTY 2015).

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark - meet dress

Moving on to Lea’s meet outfit! It’s a sundress with a crazy and colorful geometric pattern.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark - dress closeup

Closeup of the pattern.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark - dress

A strip of bright yellow fabric edges the neckline.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark - meet dress

Two braided strands of yellow rope go around the waist of Lea’s dress. Sadly, the braids don’t go all the way around.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark - meet dress

Another thing: the pattern on the front and the back of the dress don’t line up. :/

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark - dress sleeves

The sleeves are two braided ropes, the same kind that goes around the dress’s waist.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark - shoes

Lea’s sandals are . . . interesting, to say the least.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark - shoes

Pink and yellow-striped ropes crisscross the shoes.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark - shoes

There’s a design of little yellow Xs on the sandals.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark - shoes

They close in the back with velcro.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark - compass necklace

Lea comes with a compass necklace. The arrow really spins!

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark - compass necklace

The compass pendant is on a black cord.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark - compass necklace closure

You can adjust the length of Lea’s necklace by moving the knots back and forth. I myself have some trouble working the knots, and I can’t imagine how hard this would be for younger girls.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark

Lea Clark also comes with a messenger bag, described by American Girl as being made from canvas.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark - messenger bag

The bag is a crossbody.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark - messenger bag strap

There’s a pattern of yellow triangles on the strap.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark - messenger bag

There’s a neon flower on the bag’s flap.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark - messenger bag

It closes with two velcro squares.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark - messenger bag

The inside of the bag.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark - messenger bag

American Girl’s neon green ego tag is on the back of the messenger bag.

American Girl GOTY 2016 - Book One: Lea Dives In

Lea comes with her first book, Lea Dives In, by Lisa Yee. I liked it a lot more than Grace’s books — I could relate to Lea much better (the annoying nickname given to her by her older brother, her love of photography). I never really liked baking, but travel is something that excites me.

However, I didn’t like the ending. (*SPOILERS!*) Lea’s grandmother, Ama, told her that when you travel, you leave something behind. On her travels, Ama always gave some things to the locals she befriended (sunglasses, a recipe, a watch, etc.). Lea wanted to do the same thing, so when she was at the Queen of the Sea festival at the end of the book, a festival that celebrates an African goddess, she puts her compass in a basket and allows it to sink to the bottom of the ocean as an offering. (*END OF SPOILERS*)

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark

Overall, Lea Clark is a beautiful doll, and I definitely recommend her!

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark

–Loren

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77 thoughts on “Review: GOTY 2016 Lea Clark

    • Yeah, but the main thing that I didn’t like about it (other than the whole “offering to a fake goddess” part) was that Lea wasn’t doing what her grandmother did. Ama always gave things to people so that they could be used, and Lea’s compass, a gift from Ama, isn’t going to help anyone at the bottom of the ocean.

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      • Yeah. Also, a watch or a recipe isn’t something you would forget about or miss. A special gift from a close relative is. I almost find it slightly rude that she did that. I would feel offended if someone through a gift that I gave them into the ocean. It was in much better hands when Lea had it.

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        • I know, right? Especially since Lea’s grandmother had given the necklace to Lea right before she died. You don’t just throw something like that away. Besides, it was Ama’s before it was Lea’s.

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          • I didn’t read the book, but, wait, Ama dies?! Now Lea seams like a selfish person. Ama gave people a lot of things, but she never gave away that necklace. That clearly means it was very special to her. American Girl really shouldn’t have ended the book like that. I know I’m overreacting, but now some young girls that read the book will think that it’s OK to through away meaningful items.

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  1. Lea is gorgeous!! I think I might want her… Oh no….LOL๐Ÿ˜œ!

    The ending to the story is really sad๐Ÿ˜–
    Thanks for the review!

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    • Yes, she is! LOL

      Yeah . . . but the main thing that I didnโ€™t like about it (other than the whole โ€œoffering to a fake goddessโ€ part) was that Lea wasnโ€™t doing what her grandmother did. Ama always gave things to people so that they could be used, and Leaโ€™s compass, a gift from Ama, isnโ€™t going to help anyone at the bottom of the ocean.

      No problem! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • I haven’t decided yet. Usually, if I’m going to rename a doll, I already know what her name is going to be by the time I get her. The case wasn’t the same with Lea, and I’m just really indecisive! ๐Ÿ˜›

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  2. Thanks for the review! I ordered her on the 1st and can’t wait to get her! The only question I have is if her bag seems like good quality and how much stuff can fit in it. Thanks!
    -Leah

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    • No problem! Ooh, have fun with her!

      Yeah, the bag is pretty good quality. Lea’s bag is larger than Saige’s or Isabelle’s, and it seems like you can fit quite a bit into it.

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  3. OOH, a review! *frantically chants to self, “you don’t want that doll, you don’t want that doll”.* ๐Ÿ˜„ She is so beautiful. โค the 4th from last picture.

    That is so weird about the book. 0_o

    ~Ms. AGdoll~

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  4. She is so pretty!
    Yeah, the ending sounds pretty bad. AG’s books are not always the best quality…. Especially with the fake goddess. Maybe they wanted to do something traditional?

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  5. Ooh! She is pretty. ๐Ÿ˜€ I never liked the strings, but I see how the zipties would be even more annoying. :/
    Eck. I don’t like that ending either. >:|
    I love her hair though! She is very unique. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  6. I’m thinking of getting Lea. Do you recommend her? She certainly has a unique look! I can’t decide which AG doll to get though, I have Saige, Rebecca, Cecile, Samantha, and a few older beat up AG’s. What is your favorite doll that you recommend?

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  8. HALP! I want a second AG doll. The first doll I have is a MAG which I got 2 years ago. I want Kit, but I’m also thinking about Lea, Maryellen and Samantha. Which should I get?

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    • Hmm, OK. Well, Lea is the GOTY, and it’s already halfway through 2016. I’m guessing that Maryellen, Samantha, and Kit won’t retire for awhile (Sam and Maryellen because they’re fairly new, Kit because she’s AG’s bestseller). Lea will be retiring, and after that you’d only be able to get her off eBay, and she’d probably be pretty expensive. So I think it would be wise to get Lea, though it’s your choice, of course. Good luck picking the doll that’s right for you!

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