|Oh little Lulu I love You-lu just the same~|
Karito is an Esperanto word meaning "charity"--I once studied the language for a brief time in high school but got bored with it since it wasn't as universal as it claimed. I'd like to have linked to the official Karito Kids website, but the company folded in 2011.1 There were six major characters: along with Lulu, there was Ling from China, Pita from Mexico, Zoe from the USA, Gia from Italy, and later Piper from Australia. The dolls were sold in various toy boutiques and from the site directly for about $99, and had additional outfits as well. I'd seen some in a local toy store, but they were charging an arm and a leg at about $120. At the original time of purchase, dolls came with codes that allowed for a donation to various causes; however, the codes can't be used anymore as the site is down. The line was later liquidated through Tuesday Morning at 67% off, and nowadays on eBay and secondary markets, they can go for anywhere from 30 bucks to over $200. A doll buddy of mine had Lulu and sold her to me at a respectable cost for 40 bucks with the shipping (and included an extra made outfit for her!) and another doll buddy sent me the book and the orange socks out of the awesomeness of her self.
Let's talk more about Lulu below the cut.
|Let's play some football--no handegg!|
|what is this|
|Skirt and biking shorts.|
|Socks and cleats.|
|Upper body shot.|
|Now with book!|
|Height comparison with Naomi.|
|Lulu in AG stuff!|
I think Lulu and the Karito Kids line was a very ambitious, creative line that was gone too soon. While they didn't give a lot of money to charity--only about 3% of the total cost-- there's very few companies that come right out and say they donate to other causes. They filled a niche that has only been replaced by Hearts for Hearts dolls--and that wasn't fully, as H4H dolls don't come with chapter books.
If you want any of them--including Lulu--your only option is really the secondary market. A lot of times dolls are seen for $200, but careful searching can get one for about the original cost if not cheaper. Given the secondary market cost of the dolls and the fact that the only other doll I might consider is a fully complete Ling or Pita3, Lulu is likely to be a singleton here in this household. You can see a full well done review of Ling here on the Toy Box Philosopher. Karito Kids won't fit AG clothes fully, and their own clothes won't fit AG too well, but they can fit into an AG collection or any doll collection well--and designing outfits for her should be a blast.
1 Even the website is wholly gone, and the Facebook site hasn't updated in two years. The best I can offer is an image via the Internet Wayback Machine: Karito Kids
2 There's no dolls like my hair type, which is thick and curly but reacts well to conditioning and won't fluff into an afro.
3 I lean towards Dolls of Color.