Friday, October 4, 2013

Madame Alexander 18" Hangin' with Friends, Favorite Friends Collection Review


Disclaimer:  I was given the products in this post for the purpose of a review. 
I was not paid in any way to write this review.
All opinions are my own.


I'm starting to get into dolls. I already had one doll that I got for Christmas before my first birthday. It's a tiny thing called a Bitty Baby from another doll company. I think I'm getting to be a big girl now and although I take my Bitty Baby everywhere it's time for a big doll. Big girls need big dolls right?



Well it was my lucky day finally. I opened a box that came in the mailed addressed to "Growing Up Madison" and lo and behold in there was a big girl doll. Yay me! It was a Madame Alexander Hangin with Friends doll from the Favorite Friends Collection. She's 18" tall and now I can finally buy clothes. We are so going to start dressing alike.


Now before I was able to play with her mommy had to take her out of the box. Now mommy hates toys that takes everything to get them opened. This one was very simple. See those strings? All they needed was to be untwisted and I was finally able to play with my doll. Took less than 3 minutes but mommy took her sweet old time as usual just to have me wait. Mommy can be mean at times.


Now let me tell you a bit more about my doll. She has the most beautiful hair that I can now play with. She's a brunette with almost waist length hair and she comes with bangs. I'm not good at styling. I'm a lot better at pulling her hair out so mommy put one of my hair ties in her hair pulling her hair out of her face. Doesn't she look cute that way? Her head is fully posable and can move in all different positions.


She came with this really cool purple teeshirt, a tutu skirt, pants and a belt. Her clothes are fully removable and it was fun changing her outfit and just having her in just her tee and skirt. She's going to need more clothes but there is a huge market for 18" doll clothing so it shouldn't be a problem finding her some.


She also has blue eyes, quite different than mine that are brown. Her eyes open and close and I had fun watching her close her eyes whenever I lay her on the floor. She also has a very soft body. Yes she's not hard at all. She is jointed at the neck, shoulders and hip so she can't sit properly like a young lady should. She can bend from the waist, so can bow when we're having tea. We have tea like proper English ladies do.


I really love my new doll and now she goes almost everywhere with me. Almost like Kitty. Can you tell how much I love my new doll? See that big hug she got from me? Yes it was love at first sight.


Madame Alexander Hangin' With Friends doll will make the perfect holiday gift. It makes a great birthday or anytime gift as well. You can purchase your very own Madame Alexander Hangin' with Friends at Amazon.com.

About Madame Alexander dolls:
Love is in the Details: 
All dolls created by the Alexander Doll Company are heirs to the perfectionism of Madame Alexander's original vision that, "Love is in the details." The Alexander Doll Company continues to uphold her standards of impeccable quality, ensuring that all dolls manufactured under our care receive hands-on attention and meticulous scrutiny every step of the way. Our quality control is testament to the skill of our employees and the high regard we have for Madame's legacy.

Disclosure: Growing Up Madison receives products in order to conduct reviews. No monetary compensation was provided unless noted otherwise. All opinions are 100% my own. Some posts may contain affiliate links that I receive commission for payment from in exchange for referrals. In the event of a giveaway, the sponsor is responsible for delivery of the prize, unless otherwise noted in the posting. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be a good fit for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


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76 comments:

  1. Oh my! This is the perfect christmas gift for my girl. She has been bugging me for a big doll.
    And yeah, I love brunettes even dolls.:)

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    1. Oh this would be perfect for your little girl. It's my very first big kid doll as well and I love her too. ♥ Madison

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  2. You do like that doll... don't you Madison. I can see a hint of a smile on your little face.

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    1. Yes there was a big cheesy smile on my face and I very rarely smile. ♥ Madison

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  3. My daughter had one of those! It's just like an American Girl doll!

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    1. It is almost like an American Girl doll but a cheaper version. ♥ Madison

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  4. Hello Madison! Glad to see you are enjoying your doll!

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    1. Hello Linda. We haven't seen you in a while. Yes I am enjoying my little doll. ♥ Madison

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  5. My daughter is very much into dolls like these, but I haven't heard of this one yet. I'll be on the lookout for it when I start planning my Christmas shopping. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You're very welcome Theresa. Christmas is going to be here soon. You might want to start planning now. ♥ Madison

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  6. Oh I love this. I need to get my daughter one. She loves dolls.

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    1. I love dolls as well. Hopefully your Mini Me will get one that you both love for Christmas. ♥ Madison

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  7. my daughter has one 18'' doll from target, but her doll needs a friend :)

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    1. Well she can have this one and they'll be best friends forever. ♥ Madison

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  8. I am a BIG Madame Alexander fan, but the little 8" or 10" dolls. I have about 120 of them in my collection.

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    1. Wow that's a lot of dolls. I'm just building my collection of dolls. Maybe I might have that much one day. You sound like my mommy and her Build-A-Bear collection of bears but she has more than 120. ♥ Madison

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  9. I had madame alexander dolls growing up :) They were the smaller version though that they sold at Nordstroms back home. I loved them! They are a great company and make beautiful dolls!

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    1. Wow those must be collectibles now. They still make amazing dolls but now they're also making big versions for little girls like me. ♥ Madison

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  10. Oh how cute! We're buying Scarlett a dolly for Christmas, and something like a Madame Alexander doll would be perfect. Thank you x

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    1. I think that it will be great for her to have a new doll like this one. ♥ Madison

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    1. I think so too. I really think she would love this doll. ♥ Madison

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  12. Aww this is cute. It would make the perfect Christmas gift.

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    1. That's what I'm thinking. It would make the perfect Christmas gift for a little girl. ♥ Madison

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  13. I love visiting your site. I have a niece who's 2 and you always have the coolest things. I always want to buy everything you review. Now this doll I want for myself but I'll share with my niece. I love her look.

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    1. Thank you Tiffany. If you bought everything for your niece then she'll have a lot of cool stuff but may run out of room to put everything like I am now. ♥ Madison

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  14. Every girl needs a doll - looks like this one is a great find!

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    1. I agree! every little girl needs a doll. ♥ Madison

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  15. I wonder if these are available in Canada. My 2 year old grand daughter would love this!

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    1. I'm not sure if it is but you can always check Amazon.ca. They might actually surprise you. ♥ Madison

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  16. that doll is beautiful! almost makes me wish i had a girl lol

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    1. Well you can always adopt me and buy me more dolls. ♥ Madison

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  17. What a cute doll! My youngest daughter would really like this one, every girl needs a special doll :)

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    1. Every girl does need a special doll. This is one of mine. ♥ Madison

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  18. I miss having dolls! I used to have one like this one :)

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    1. Awww that's so nice. I would love to save mine for my own little girl when I grow up. ♥ Madison

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  19. That is such a great doll! I think my girls will love them! I will have to check them out, thanks!

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    1. You're very welcome Amberlee. Madame Alexander has some very nice dolls. You might find a few you love as much. ♥ Madison

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  20. She looks as big as your daughter and that made me laugh. :) I'd get this for a Christmas gift if I came across it in the story, that doll's a beauty. :)

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    1. haha she's not quite as big as me. I was on my knees to give her a hug because she was too short. ♥ Madison

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  21. That is the cutest baby doll. I love that her eyes close.

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    1. That is one of her great features. Her closing eyes for when she goes to sleep like me. ♥ Madison

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  22. the clothes for these things fit my biggest resin girl. they aren't really her style though... i'm waiting for them to come out with something she'd wear and look good in.

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    1. I'm going to get some new clothes for mine. I want to change around her style as well. ♥ Madison

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  23. Man that's a big doll, now Madison has a playmate. :)
    Cute doll but Madison is cuter of course.
    Dawn
    Spatulas On Parade

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    1. Awww thank you Dawn. I have to agree with you on that one. ♥ Madison

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    1. Yes every girl does need a doll. ♥ Madison

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  25. such a cute doll and I love her outfit

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    1. She does have on a great outfit doesn't she. I might want one just like that. ♥ Madison

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  26. I had no idea that Madame Alexander made dolls of that size! I have a collection of her international dolls from when I was a little girl, but they're much, much smaller!

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    1. Maybe it's time you collect some of her bigger dolls as well. ♥ Madison

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  27. So cute!! I wish my girls were still small enough to be into dolls - I miss buying them!

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    1. Well you can buy them for yourself. Tell them its a treat for you and you can have tea just like me. ♥ Madison

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  28. I used to collect dolls when I was young. I loved my Madame Alexander doll!!

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    1. Maybe I should start collecting starting with this one. That will be awesome. ♥ Madison

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  29. It's great that the body is somewhat realistic, unlike the barbies that changes a kid's perception of beauty.

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    1. I don't own a Barbie doll. Mommy does't think they represent what a true person looks like but says when I get older I can get one if I want to. I like my big dolls better. ♥ Madison

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  30. Oh what a cute dolly! I love that she a brunette. What a lucky daughter :D

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    1. Thank you. I think I'm pretty lucky too. ♥ Madison

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  31. What a lovely doll. Looks like she is bigger than Madison. My sister and I had big dolls like this when we were young. We just loved those dolls. This would make a great gift.

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    1. She's not really bigger than me, I was bending down to give her a big hug. I do agree though that she will make a great gift. Do you still have photos of yourself and your old dolls? ♥ Madison

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  32. Oh so lovely! Madison got a friend!!!! I used to have a doll like her when I was 3 , old times (:

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    1. I hope she'll still be around when I turn 3. I can't wait to do more things with her. ♥ Madison

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  33. Madison is so cute with her doll and what a pretty one it is. Looks like a pretty good size for her big girl doll too!

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    1. Yes she is a great size. Makes me love her even more. ♥ Madison

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  34. This doll is adorbs , hope Madison is enjoying this little bud .

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    1. I am enjoying spending time with her but I also have others that I have to spend time with as well. ♥ Madison

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  35. This is so cute!! There are so many amazing things out there for little girls! Shes an adorable doll! Great review!!!!

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    1. Thank you Amanda. There are a lot of great things out there for little girls. I so agree! ♥ Madison

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  36. That's a really cute doll! I wish they made some male ones.

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    1. She does make boy dolls. Take a look at the website. You might find one you like. ♥ Madison

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