At the end of 2015 there was a lot of buzz at Maplelea because they released a brand new Maplelea Girl since like forever. The new girl was from the “West Coast” of Canada and lived in Salt Spring Island in British Columbia. Her release was just in time for the upcoming holidays and she was well welcomed by all Maplelea fans.
Today, I have the privilege to present you Charlsea and what she enjoy doing the most – kayaking. But first who is Charlsea? Charlsea is a girl who loves all things crafty. She enjoys colorful things and do not hesitate one minute in showing this in her clothing. She enjoys wearing the cut-off jeans, the patterned and colorful tights and the home-made tie-dyed shirt that can only compliment her free spirit and her fun personality.
She loves going on adventures, like kayaking to Carlos Island, or searching for sea otters and sea stars on Vancouver Island, or weekending in Whistler. However, she is just as happy at home, gathering things from our garden to sell at the family farm stand at the end of our driveway, or taking care of The Empress, my mischievous little goat. One day she would like to be an architect, but for now she enjoys building an eco-friendly tree-house.
Charlsea has long auburn hair and eyes that are blue-grey, just like the Pacific Ocean! The details in the face are simply stunning as usual. I really appreciate the quality and the love that is put in the Maplelea Girls dolls.
Charlsea wears her favourite pink rain boots all the time - even when it’s not raining. As you can see these boots are sturdy and made with the highest quality of material including the rubber under the boots.
Charlsea comes in a beautiful, sturdy, keepsake storage box that you can use to hold Charlsea’s accessories. This premium quality doll is 46cm (18”) tall, with a soft, huggable body and eyes that open and close. The doll also comes with a journal of 64 pages which contains 32 pages written and illustrated by her, and 32 pages with questions, prompts and blanks for you to write in. Charlsea’s journal includes both English and French versions. And everytime you purchase a new item in her collection, you will get new pages in include in the journal.
As I mentioned before one of the favorite things that Charlsea like to do is to go kayacking on the ocean in search of adventures. I also had the privilege to receive the kayak, paddle and water bottle to review. Charlsea will sit comfortably in the kayak and can hold the paddle as well. However, making the doll hold the paddle can be tricky at first but once you have discovered the easiest way of doing it you won’t have any issue making her hold it. A water bottle is also included in this playset. The water bottle can be securely tie-dow in the front part of the kayak. Finally, you will be able to follow along on Charlsea’s kayaking trip in her 16-page journal booklet that is included with the set.
Now, as an experience boater I know that there is one thing that is absolutely essential to wear when you go on any kind of activity on the water – a PFD. Wherever in Canada you may be you can easily find a lake, an ocean or a river nearby. Consequently, it is wise to invest in a good PFD which could save your life if you fell in the water. Charlsea has her own PFD and water shoes that she can wear anytime she embark on an adventure with the kayak. The water shoes and the PFD are beautifully designed and again clearly show the quality of the material used for the clothes of any dolls in the Maplelea Girls collection. The accompanying journal pages will help you understand the differences between PDFs and lifejackets.
I really appreciate the fact that we have Canadian dolls that we can offer to our daughters. Each of the Maplelea girls offer a bit of a Canadian flair and will bring joy to your daughter. I find it essential to be able to make a choice in getting a doll that has some Canadian heritage to my own daughter.
Please note that water accessories are for pretend play only. If you decide to bring the doll on a beach you will have to be careful that the sand does not enter the eyes as it may impair the opening mechanism. The kayak is also for pretend play only. Do not attempt to float the kayak in real water with your doll in it as it will likely tip. Water can damage your doll and the Maplelea dolls should not be placed in water. If an accident do occurs, you could send the doll to the Maplelea Spa.
Charlsea is sold directly from Maplelea for the price of 99.99$ Canadian. The Kayak with the paddle and the water bottle is priced at 70$ Canadian and the PFD with the water shoes are priced at 26$ Canadian.
Where can you find the Maplelea Girls? Maplelea Girls are not found in retail shops for the simple reason that the company keeps its costs down by selling directly to the consumer. Plus many Canadian girls do not live near retail outlets that sell high quality specialty toys. By offering a flat $9 shipping fee for any size order traveling anywhere in Canada, all girls have equal access to the product line. Orders can be placed online at www.maplelea.com or by phone at 1-800-668-4339 24 hours/7 days a week.
Disclaimer: Thanks to MapleLea Girls for sending me the above mentioned products for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.