NOTE: This set was originally called Chicken and Chiles and it did NOT have the wooden lantern included until AG retired the Christmas Eve Set in 2001.
After it included the lantern it became known as the Christmas Accessories Set.
I got these today to finish off my Josefina's collection. This set consists of the lantern from the Ramilletes and Bizcochitos set, and then the Chicken, two eggs, cage, and chiles from the original Chicken and Chiles set. My grade for this set? C-.
I got the Ramilletes and Bizcochitos set on sale five years ago at least, and the lantern was the big letdown in the set--and back then it was made by Pleasant Company. Mattel hasn't changed the lantern at all, except the door doesn't seem as fragile. The supposedly mica windows aren't mica (they never have been, for Mattel or Pleasant Company) they're some sort of hard plastic glued to a softer plastic glued to the wooden sides and door of the little box. There is no candle in this lantern, so the lantern is pretty much decorative. Mine arrived broken in the set I got today, but I didn't shed any tears or call AG up over it because I have the equally as crappy Pleasant Company lantern from the Ramilletes set.
The cage for the chicken is wood, and has little bits of wood to simiulate bedding glued to the bottom of the cage. The cage opens and closes. The chicken itself is plastic with feathers glued to it; not too bad but she doesn't sit very well in the cage. The eggs, and there are two of them, are very easy to loose and fit right through the gaps in the cage.
Finally there are two strings of chiles, their purpose relevant to Josefina's Christmas story, but otherwise somewhat annoying, because you get another string of chiles with the Cocina Supplies.
This set just isn't that nice. I'm surprised AG hasn't retired it yet. The lantern honestly was not that nice with the original Ramilletes set. It could have been made better but is not made any better.
I'll have pictures up soon, when I get around to reviewing the Ramilletes and Bizcochitos set.