The first photo shows a height comparison: (left to right, Sasha, Anke, Marlene and Tanya, with little Ellie in front)
Next up we have the bigger of the dolls, I love the different skin tones. Two of them are wigged (Anke and Tanya) and two of them are rooted (Sasha and Marlene):
Side view of the four bigger girls:
Little Darling Ellie joins the big girls again for another sideways view (Ellie of course, is wigged):
Four of the five girls have handpainted eyes:
Here are closeups of their handpainted eyes:
First we have Ellie. Her eyes are handpainted by Dianna Effner herself, I'm very lucky to have this girl! Her eyes are just so beautiful that people are often fooled into thinking they're actually glass eyes!!! Even her lashes are painted on.
Next we have Sasha by Sasha Morgenthaler, she is a redhead from 1968 and I believe her eyes, if not entirely handpainted at that time, would have had a lot of hand finishing:
Next we have Anke, she represents a member of the Gotz family and came as a set with her family of Ewe, Jakob and Ana. Her eyes are handpainted by Sylvia Natterer.
Then of course we have Marlee, who is a Zwergnase Junior Marlene, her eyes are handpainted by Nicole Marschollek-Menzer....thanks very much Jenni!!!
Finally, of the five girls I'm showing here, Tanya by Maru & Friends. She has lovely inset acrylic eyes. I'm not usually a great lover of acrylic eyes but have to say that these eyes are particularly nice with a lot of detail to the irises.
Kendal was surprised to learn that Tanya can wear shoes made for Sasha seeing as she is so much taller than Sasha. So here is a comparison of the two girls' feet, Sasha on the left and Tanya right. Tanya has a lot more detail to her feet than Sasha, who has a higher instep.
I thought that having smaller feet, Tanya would be difficult to stand on her own, but so far she has proved me wrong!! Here she is modelling Boneka sandals in Sasha size:
And here Tanya and Nuria, my Redhead 1968 Sasha, are modelling lovely T Bar sandals by the late Jean Jensen. Obviously Tanya on the left and Sasha on the right:
Now a few photos of the two Dianna Effner dolls. Tanya, along with the other Maru & Friends girls, was designed by Dianna Effner, and Ellie is my 14 inch Little Darling #1 sculpt, designed and painted by Dianna.
Both girls have very similar body shape with one main exception. The Little Darlings have their neck/head joint at the head and the bigger girl, Tanya, has hers at the bottom of her neck. I prefer the look of the Little Darlings because the joint can't be seen, but both girls pose their heads really nicely and can hold the poses well. They even have the same, quite steeply, sloping shoulders, and their leg joint at the hips is very similar.
A side view of both girls:
"Hello! Are you my new big sister?" Both girls have such cute profiles too!
"Yes! That would be me!" says Tanya!
I hope, despite their size differences, the two girls will become firm friends!!