MAPLELEA DOLL – Saila’s Review and Unboxing Video
Maplelea’s beautiful Saila doll has joined our 18 inch Small Friend family! I was thrilled when I heard that Amazon.com is now carrying Maplelea dolls, doll clothes, and accessories. Maplelea is a Canadian doll company, and although they will gladly ship to US customers from their website, international shipping is (understandably) quite expensive. I’ve had my eye on Saila for well over a year, and when I found out I could order her through Amazon (with my 2 day Prime shipping, What WHAT?), I knew she’d be my next doll purchase.
Like American Girl, some of the Maplelea dolls have specific names and stories while others are non-specific “Friend” dolls, leaving naming and back story to the doll’s new owner. Saila represents a modern girl with Inuit heritage. I love the uniqueness of this doll! It’s easy to find a dancer, or a girl who loves horses, but a girl who is bilingual and speaks Inuktitut and English, wears a Pang hat, and prefers to travel by snowmobile? Sold.
I missed the first batch of Saila dolls, which sold out quickly after the initial announcement about Amazon availability, but I managed to get her on the next restock. As of this writing, she is sold out again, but the last restock took just a few days and I imagine she will be available again soon. UPDATE: Saila is in stock again at Amazon!
Maplelea and American Girl dolls can share most clothing, but Maplelea doll feet are larger then American Girl feet so most AG shoes are too small. I’m very impressed with the outfit Saila arrived in and I’m excited to add more Maplelea clothing to my dolls’ wardrobe. The dolls, clothing, and accessory prices are comparable or a little less expensive then American Girl and some of the Maplelea accessories seem like a downright steal. I’m very curious about the Popup Tent, for example, which is currently retailing for $20.00 on Amazon!
My next Maplelea purchase will definitely be the High Country Hiking Outfit. I’m especially enamored with the Rocky Mountain Wildflowers tee, since we live right at the foot of the beautiful Rocky Mountains. We must have that tee. And I’d really, really, really love it if Maplelea would add Saila’s Amazing Amauti to the Amazon line-up. Although I have no doubt it’s worth every penny of it’s $56 price tag (it is made in Nunavut according to traditional design. Swoon), I just can’t swallow international shipping on top of that. UPDATE: Saila’s Amazing Amauti *and* her Pang Hat have both been added to the Amazon catalog. Three cheers!
Only a portion of the Maplelea catalog is currently available on Amazon, and there aren’t many reviews posted yet. I will be curious to see the US customer response to these Canadian girls over time.
Saila is an absolutely beautiful doll and I’m delighted to add her to my collection. I made a short unboxing video (although I cheated and removed the plastic ties beforehand to save time). There are more pictures of this gorgeous girl at the end of the video.
*Edit: It was kindly pointed out to me by a YouTube commenter that I mispronounce Maplelea in the video. Ooops! The correct pronunciation is “Maple-Lee”. And now you know that I am the only person in the world that didn’t know that. Ha ha!
Do you collect Maplelea dolls? I’d love to hear which doll or accessory is your favorite and what (if anything) is on your Maplelea wish list.