So a friend of mine bought these adorable Fakie (or “Faki” if you prefer) Stars dolls on Aliexpress, and I thought they were so cute I just had to review them for you. So here we go…
This was the picture of the page my friend ordered from. These EXACT dolls were what arrived. Stellar!
Here you can see what holds the dolls in the package: ONE (1) little plastic-coated twisty tie around the waist of the doll, and ONE (1) cardboard tab holding the feet. That’s it! And the dolls arrived looking JUST LIKE THE PHOTO BELOW. Taking them out of the box was so easy, and they weren’t messed up at all, despite crossing a ocean and being crammed in a mail box. I have no idea why all the “name brand” or “big name” dolls are tied down SO much. Did these companies watch “Toy Story” too many times?
Here are pictures of the box.
So they are labelled “Novi Stars” even though they are obviously not the originals made by MGA Entertainment. But you know what? The U.S.A. copyright laws are so draconian and insane, they have earned my disdain. It’s unlikely my friend would have found these awesome dolls without them being called “Novi Stars”. Plus, MGAE ABANDONED Novi Stars, refusing to make more despite them being the most awesome dolls in decades. So you know what? I don’t care if they plagiarize away, those Chinese toy companies. Just please, stop oppressing your workers.
Anyway, they all came with the same red shoes that didn’t really match and so the shoes were removed pretty much immediately. Also, those cheap orange rubber bands that turn gooey and dry-rot into the dolls’ hair were replaced with clear elastic hair bands.
These dolls are just a delight! So cute, I personally think they are cuter than the real Novi Stars dolls. I like the soft rubbery (vinyl?) heads and painted eyes here better (certainly better than the unyielding hard heads and painted eyes of Gail Lexi and Cici Thru). It would be fun to repaint a few, if there were extras. All the eyes were painted the same style and colors, although other sets for sale had different eyes. The paint was fairly straight, although some was painted outside the lines. Not bad enough to be distracting though.Their bodies are clear and glitter is embedded in the plastic. Dolls just don’t get better than that! They are so pretty, like candy.
The quality varied from doll to doll, although the bodies were all the same. The best quality doll is the yellow one. The rubbery (vinyl?) head is firm, so the ply is thick. The hair is perfectly matching goldenrod yellow, fair quality, rooted well, soft, not greasy, and has big curls. Her face has very little glitter, unlike the others.
The clothes are well-made and fit well and actually very pretty and interesting! Some of the materials are good quality, others are not. The blue fabric is super-cheap (although it has nice blue glitter on it), the black fabric is really nice material. She has a halter top that is one solid loop of fabric, so one must take the head off to get the dress off. This is easy to do and not a problem. I much prefer this to having the hassle of tying a tiny bow all the time, and with those ends getting in the way.
The dark blue doll is especially lovely. Her face has a little silver and gold glitter, pleasant but not distracting. Her hair is a nice blueberry purple with alot of awesome dark blue tinsel. She came with pigtails, but my friend put her hair in a bun (very elegant, yes?). Her dress is good quality and very well made. Her head has thinner rubber/vinyl, but still fairly sturdy.
The turquoise green doll is so cool. Her hairline is rather far back on her head, but maybe that adds to her uniqueness. Her head is made of very thin cheap rubber/vinyl. Her hair is rather thinly rooted. It is matching seafoam green with a stripe of blue right down the middle part. It looks good, other than being too thinly rooted. She has ALOT of gold and silver glitter in her face. Her dress is my personal favorite out of the 4. She has a halter top that is one solid loop of fabric, so one must take the head off to get the dress off. This is easy to do and not a problem. I much prefer this to having the hassle of tying a tiny bow all the time, and with those ends getting in the way. The purple fabric is semi-cheap and covered with clear iridescent glitter. The waist has a band of green and purple flowers, good quality trim. The skirt has 2 layers of black net covered in 3 sizes and shades of green glitter, with the glitter sewn towards the inside so it won’t rub off as easily. It’s wonderful and fits well.
The pink doll has a thinnish ply rubber/vinyl head. Her hair is thinly rooted as well, matching pink with a strip of blue rooted down the middle part. It looks really good like that, like cotton candy. Her dress is interesting-ish, but does not fit snugly and is the cheapest-made of the 4. The spangled green is not good quality. I like the black net with foil accents, but the foil and the spangles rub and fall off with even very minimal handling. The dress is very loose. Her hair is pulled back in a ponytail. It was loose, but it is too thinly rooted to look good down.
The arms and legs are good quality flexible vinyl. The arms are ball jointed and swivel around and out to the side easily and smoothly.
The legs move forward and backwards, but not out to the side. This is absolutely fine to me. They have white plastic joints inside and can bend slightly, like Barbie’s click-click legs.
The head attaches to the neck on a peg. It is easy to pop on and off. It stays on snugly and can move side-to-side but not really up and down.
All-in-all, Fakie Stars are pretty fabulous. I definitely want a set, despite them being shameless rip-offs of Midnight Magic dolls.