During the final months of the Samantha era I bought a second set for one of my new dolls. I noticed that there are significant differences in the last two years.
The 2008 version is the one with the darker pencil box, the 2006 version has the lighter box.
The 2008 book holder is made out of darker red leather with shinier brass buckles. The leather is also sturdier and holds it's shape better than the 2006 model. The little wood is lighter and seems more study. Regardless, it is harder keeping the supplies in the strap.
You really can't tell, but the 2008 books are lighter than 2006 (ie colors are slightly more defined). The main difference is that the trusted Pleasant Company logo has been removed.
The main difference is the pencil box. 2006 box is made out of thin, cheep stained wood. It lid is so think it feels like it was made to be broken. The lid also easily slides open and close and stores the pencils and pen well. 2008 is made out of thin plastic (I think). The box is lighter and of course darker. The lid is more tightly on the box and the pencils and pen are a tight fit.
The changes do not warrant crying Mattel fowl and as well, I'm glad I got a second set instead of tracking down an Ebay price.
Last Edit: Jan 14, 2009 13:31:14 GMT -5 by maggiedoll
And Cécile makes eight...and maybe room for one more.