The Franklin Mint has jumped into the arena and is promoting their own "Michelle Obama Official White House Portrait Doll" in vinyl.
The only descriptive text they include in their strange tribute to the First Lady is as follows:
"this remarkable creation is complete with black pumps, stud earrings, double-strand faux pearl necklace and replica steel watch. An irrefutable masterpiece, our Franklin Mint artisans have truly made dollmaking history with this magnificent Michelle Obama portrait collectible. Limited Edition of 9,900 worldwide."
I say the tribute is strange because there is no mention of her powerful intellect and impressive education only her "statuesque beauty and astonishing physique....her youthful and bold fashion choices...body hugging silhouettes and vintage-style brooches...[which] radiate Michelle's unique blend of confidence, charisma and elegance."
It's embarrassing to read.
I guess one has to write to the Franklin Mint to find out how large the doll is and about any other construction aspect.
I have sent them these questions:
Regarding the new vinyl Michelle Obama doll, I have questions.
How tall is the doll?
Is the picture an artist's rendering or is it an actual photograph of the doll?
Are the doll's clothes removable or are they sewn on?
Is she wearing a wig or is her hair rooted?
Why don't you put important information in your promotional ads?
The price is $195. and they are accepting pre-orders. That's pretty clear.
Don't do it. Wait until the real thing can be seen.
Note: I have found out that they are 16" tall. Apparently the clothing is removable. Angelic Dreamz will be selling these dolls and several outfits as well. I am sure George will provide excellent photos for us to see. Link to Angelic Dreamz.