I got both of my dresses on sale for $14, but would have gladly paid full price for them- I'm one of the people who really loves this dress. I really like the color scheme and pattern chosen for it, and I feel like it looks better in person than it does in pictures. The little slippers are adorable, and seem to go on easily enough. I think my biggest complaint is how easily the material snags if you aren't careful with it. I give the dress an A-: I love everything about the dress except it's snagability, which if you're careful, can be avoided.
Some pictures of Marie-Grace and Cécile in the dress:
Last Edit: Jul 3, 2014 23:31:35 GMT -5 by meghanlee5
Here are some quick pictures of the set on Marie-Grace and Cécile:
I like that the wings slide into the back of the dress so easily and that they seem to stay in place. The gloves are easy to get on, and I like that the mask is hard- I feel like a soft mask wouldn't hold up to me trying to get it on a doll. Like others have said, my biggest issue is getting the mask on over Cécile's hair without ruining her curls. It's a struggle, but with patience it can be done. I got both of my sets on sale for $10, and definitely feel that they were worth the sale price. I probably would have paid $20 for each set, that's how much I like them! I give the set an A. The accessories are easy to use and are built to withstand play.
Bee Myself Outfit for Dolls + Charm Item# G0663 Her doll will be as sweet as honey in this cute bee costume! The outfit includes:
A dress with ruffle-trim stripes and an attached black and yellow tulle skirt Striped jersey leggings Woven satin sparkle wings with elastic straps to attach to her back A headband with sparkly antennae Black ballet shoes with yellow toe caps Black-and-yellow-striped nail stickers A round "Fair" charm
My DH ordered this outfit for me right after the release. I have to say this is the cutest thing ever and it is in my top 5 favorite outfits available from AG both past and present.
Dress: The bodice is a bright yellow t-shirt material with black ribbon ruffle and sequin stripes. The ribbon detail does not continue around the back of the shirt. There is the new velcro on the back for closure. The skirt has 3 layers of tulle. The 2 under layers are a softer yellow tulle that matches the bodice. The top layer is made with a stiffer and thicker black tulle.
Pants/Leggings: They are made of a t-shirt jersey material and are soft. They go to mid-calf.
Shoes: They are black rubbery slip-on flats. They have 3 holes in the top, kind of like Crocs. They have Yellow paint on the toes to give them more detail. They fit well on the foot and don't come off. The bottom has a tread like a real shoe. The AG logo is also on the bottom.
Bee Wings: They are bright yellow with sparkles embedded into the fabric. Black and yellow stitching is quilted to give the wing shapes to it. The straps are the same yellow color and are stretchy. The only con to the wings is the stupid long tag. I cut mine off immediately after snapping the photo. The view from the back. The view from the front. (And the stupid long tag)
Bee Antennae Headband: The headband is a normal doll headband. It is a thick weight which is nice. The top part of the antennae is yellow with silver glitter stuck on. Gives it a nice detail.
Nail Polish Decals: I think these are cute and they fit with current trends of nail art. I don't plan on using them on my dolls, but I think they are a nice touch.
I give this outfit an A+! When this item was released I had to have it, and it didn't disappoint.
My Dolls: Addy Walker and Molly McIntire
"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."
Sunset Sleepover Tent Item# G0653 Perfect for a night under the stars! This doll-sized nylon tent has a window on both sides, plus embroidery and a zippered opening. The fabric door and window covers can be rolled up and secured with straps. Includes a bright lantern that really lights up! $85
My DH ordered this for me June 2014 from the AG Website. I have to say, I absolutely love this set! Now for the review.
Sunset Sleepover Tent: It is a triangular Pup tent in turquoise and coral pink with embroidered flowers along the side. It does require adult assembly as it comes with 3 long pipes that fix into the sides and top of the tent. Because of the nature of the tent, it will require an adult to set it up and take it down. That is the only con with this tent.
The Front has a sturdy zipper closure with Velcro at the bottom.
The "doors" of the tent can be held back with an elastic and bead contraption.
Each side has a flap that covers a mesh window. The underside of the flap has the coral pink fabric with an orange geometric pattern. The flaps can be rolled up and held with the same elastic/bead as the "doors".
The back has a mesh window as well, but no fabric flap to cover it.
Here is a close up of the embroidery detail that is on both sides of the tent.
The tent measures 16"wide by 15" tall. It is big enough to hold 2 dolls. My Addy is wearing her crinoline and they were cozy as can be.
The lantern is cute! It is a pretty purple with stars and the American Girl logo on the front. It lights up and it turns off after 15 or so seconds. I think it is a cute touch to the set.
Over all I would give this set an A. I would give it an A+ if it was about $20 less. I plan to enjoy this set for years to come.
Last Edit: Jul 3, 2014 20:44:51 GMT -5 by Cher-Bear: To add pictures of tent and lantern.
My Dolls: Addy Walker and Molly McIntire
"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."
Post by Mrs. Richardson on Jul 2, 2014 10:41:01 GMT -5
Here is Part 2 of the video above. This has comparisons of Nellie and Emily.
If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair. - C.S. Lewis
A camping trip wouldn't be complete without yummy treats to share and eat! This set includes:
A pretend camp stove with knobs that make clicking sounds when your girl turns them, and legs that fold for easy storage A flowery tea kettle A red grill pan Two half-round pretend grilled sandwiches Two pretend mini chocolate pies Pretend melon slices Two plates Two cups A dish towel with canoe graphics A yellow fabric storage bag
I don’t understand why AG did not add utensils to eat the pie/pudding with. That said. I like this set a lot. I have Julie’s hibachi but hardly ever lug it out. This grill on the other hand is light and stores in a very small area.
I’m not sure why AG added legs to this piece. The legs are the cheapest aspect and likely to break under rough or young play. (I can see a kid trying to use this as a seat or a step stool.) Most Coleman stoves I have used do not have legs such as these. The legs are a softer less rigid plastic braced with harder blue plastic inserts with star cut-outs. They hinge in a simple pin pivot which seems sturdy enough for regular play.
The lid and body are made of a harder plastic than the legs and appear durable. The lid is embossed with the words ‘American Girl’ and the double star logo. The same logo is rather redundantly plastered on the front of the grill with a sticker or decal.
The individual grill setting knobs and the on/off button are molded in an orangey-pink color that looks garish against the blue of the grill. I would have preferred a medium to dark red. The two grill knobs do 'click’ but the on/off button does not.
The actual cooking grill is made of the same soft plastic as the legs. In this case I think that is a plus since the piece is removable and stiff plastic might snap during play. The two burners are somewhat detailed and the grill pan bottom is lightly textured.
Measurements: Closed 6 1/4 inches W X 3 3/4 inches D X 1 1/2 inches H Opened 8 inches W X 4 inches D X 7 inches H
The Tea Kettle:
This is hard plastic molded in a chartreuse color with six orange flower emblems. The working handle is made of metal and plastic. The spout is solid with a molded indentation to represent a true spout. The lid is not removable.
Measurements: 1 3/4 inches Diameter 2 1/2 inches W To tip of spout 1 5/8 inches H Base to top of lid 2 3/8 inches H With handle raised
The Grill Pan:
I can not call this item red. It is molded in the same orangey-pink as the knobs on the stove. A medium or dark red would have been better. The upper piece is embossed with “American Girl” and the double star logo. The upper handle is slightly longer than the lower and has a slight but distinct angle to it. I assume this is to make it easier for little hands to open. The hinge is molded plastic and appears rather sturdy. The grill opens flat to reveal two medium gray grill surfaces with molded raised detail. The sandwich halves do fit in the grill and the grill will close completely.
Measurements: 2 1/2 inches Diameter 1/2 inch High 4 1/2 inches L Hinge to tip of handles 1 3/4 inches Handle length
Two Half-round Pretend Grilled Sandwiches:
I like these more than I thought I would. I don’t know what the contents are supposed to be but there’s a thick red layer, a thin white layer and a medium sized light green layer. The red layer is indented as if it’s three separate pieces. The ‘bread’ is thick and nicely colored but it does lack texture. The ‘grill marks’ are indented and painted in two shades of brown to replicate real grilled bread.
Measurements: 2 to 2 1/4 inches Diameter (they are not quite round) 2 inches Long on the cut edge 1/2 inch High
Two Pretend Mini Chocolate Pies:
These look better in person than on-line but not by much. Both of mine need to be replaced. On one the finish on the ‘chocolate’ is crazed or cracked and on the other there are spots where there is no 'chocolate’ color at all.
If I were going to name these myself I would call them “Smores Pudding”. On top of the chocolate is what I assume to be something replicating three toasted marshmallows. The base resembles a graham cracker crust. The best executed aspect of these pies is the pie tin itself. While it is plastic, the molding is superb and gives an excellent impression of a real mini aluminum pie pan.
Measurements: 1 5/8 inches Diameter 3/4 inches High
Two Pretend Melon Slices:
If there was some texture along the sides of the melon, they would be very realistic. There is texturing where the seeds would have been and a pretty realistic rind. There’s even a separation (a scribed line) between the meat of the melon and the rind.
Measurments: 2 3/8 inches L X 5/8 inches W X 1 inch H
Hard, light blue, plastic with an orange design of a bird on a flowering branch. In real life they would measure 10 1/2 inches so they are a good size.
Measurement: 3 1/2 inches Diameter
Hard, light blue, plastic with an orange design of a bird on a flowering branch. Nice size but they have a rather chunky rim, perhaps to make them sturdier.
Measurements: 1 1/2 inches High 1 1/8 inch Bottom Diameter 1 3/8 inch Rim Diameter 7/16 inch Handle Length 1 1/16 inch Handle Height
Dish Towel with Canoe Graphics:
Light muslin with serged edges. Multiple images of an orange canoe and two paddles printed on one side. Approximately 5 inches long by 2 1/4 inches wide. Tagged “Made In China For American Girl”.
A Yellow Fabric Storage Bag:
I don’t understand the design of the drawstring, at all. The bag itself (5 1/4 inches tall by 4 1/2 inches wide) is made of a nice lightweight cotton or cotton blend duck. The flowering branch used on the plates and cups is also printed in orange on the front of the bag. There are also two embroidered circles, a flower and a leaf. On the left side is an orange American Girl logo tag. Inside is a “Made In China For American Girl” tag and another tag stamped with “0624 XX”.
At $58 this set seemed pricey but I compared this set to the other food sets currently selling at that price point and it seemed like a decent value. With the exception of the Delicious Breakfast set it has more pieces (15) than any of the others.
Fun and Games Table (7 pieces) Delicious Breakfast (22 pieces) Sugar and Spice Baking Set (11 pieces) Julie’s Birthday Goodies (11 pieces)
As I have already mentioned, I’m not a fan of the orangey-pink color they insist on calling red however I do like the orange color used to accent the tea kettle, plates and cups. The blue used for the grill and the lighter blue for the plates and cups are a nice addition to my ever-growing AG food set collection.
Overall Grade: B- (no utensils included and that darn orangey-pink color they used)
I bought this dress for my ten year old niece who wanted it as soon as she saw the things on the web site and got her the girl's matching outfit as well. Ouch, for the price of the girl's 2 pieces, but she's been wearing it each day and it's a perfect summer dress without the tee, and will be fine for her for cooler weather with it. Fits easy and well and is versatile and flexible and is comfortable. Very modest skirt length which will please Papa as well. Flattering to her--it's a win, win.
Since this is all about the doll's version: It's a great dress IMO for the dolls that look best in the muted colors Niece has it on a MG whose aqua eyes stand out from the teal on the dress. I felt this outfit looked like a cross between that roller skating outfit skirt and Mckenna's meet outfit, but it works. And really, if AG had just sold the tee separately instead of merely sewing on faux tee sleeves, it would be as versatile as the old Perfect Plaid outfit.But they did not. The workmanship and quality of the outfit is evident next to the OG outfits I recently purchased. Stellar in both. AG still rules when using this outfit as comparison.
The dress fits easily and well on the doll just as the girl's version fits on the girl and is flattering in cut. A bit warm looking for summer--again regrets on the permanent sleeves, but, oh well. What more to say, other than it looks great on MG, fits like a dream. As mentioned above it is one of the less pricey items in this new release, I guess because it is only a dress and shoes outfit. I agree barettes or a headband would have been nice, but separate tee even better. Sad, as the Perfect Plain outfit, not only had the separate tee but a hat as well for about the same price. But, this dress is a very nice complete outfit. I don't think a $2 increase in price on it for a couple of barretts or a ribbon would have improved my comments on it. Had the thrown it in for the $28, I'd give it some more points for value.
The shoes are terrific. Niece wants some for herself. Funky looking with fold over tops and doodle on them. Something quite different from anything else I've seen AG put out. I give them an A+. There is also a "smart" charm included.
I find grading these things is difficult as it's really a nice outfit with that one "I wish" regarding the separate tee. That's what detracts me from giving it an A+ for the outfit.
Perfect for class—and recess! This outfit includes: A sweet and sporty striped knit dress with a layered look Doodle-covered high-top tennis shoes A heart-shaped "Smart" charm $28
I ordered this outfit the day it came out. That has never happened before because I prefer to think things over (a lot) before making any purchases. I bought this dress because it reminds me of what I wore when I was a kid-in the early 90s-and it fits the personality of one of my dolls. Since is is one of the cheaper outfits, I didn't have high expactions bu I was pleasantly surprised. The knit of the dress is heavier/thicker than I thought and has a very nice feel. The "shirt" is attached, but is similar to many of the tops my boys wear in cold weather with the fake layers. It would have been nice to have a separate shirt mainly to use the dress in warmer weather as well. The layered skirt is well done. It has two full layers; the under-layer is attached to the waist just like the upper-layer.
The shoes are cuter than I thought from the stock photos. They slide on easily but seem pretty secure as well. There is some "doodling" on them, but not distracting if you don't care for that type of thing
I give the outfit an A-, points off for the attached shirt and price for the number of pieces. Hair clips or something would have been nice as well.
Play & Display Stand Item# F6569 This doll stand makes it easier to play with and display an 18" American Girl doll. This square stand has a white wooden base and a metal stand that can extend to 11" tall. $18
I really like the style & color of this stand. It is very fresh and works for every doll. It is also quite sturdy; I've never had one fall over. It is also quite easy to use. It just slips around the doll's waist.
I personally prefer the older dark wood stands for my historicals and these for my modern dolls.
Last Edit: Jul 1, 2014 18:47:13 GMT -5 by Skayh754
Coconut's ready to help in the garden with stylish sunglasses and a straw hat with a butterfly clip. To thank her, pick a pretty flower for her to hold. Comes with scratch-and-sniff flower stickers. $12
The hat is very basic.
The glasses are adorable! Unfortunately, they're a tad too small to fit on a doll without popping off. They fit perfectly on the pets though! They do fold up for easy storage.
I always liked the flower because it was easy to get Coconut to hold since it was so light. I also love the blue color.
My favorite part of the set was always the butterfly clip, though! I used it so much, the butterfly part started to break off the clip part! I was much more careful with it after that.
Here's a comparison picture with Lanie's Butterfly Clip:
Overall: A Very cute little set and great for spring and summer!
Last Edit: Jul 1, 2014 18:37:29 GMT -5 by Skayh754
Show the world you’re best friends! These girl-sized bracelets double as collars for Coconut. Wear one and give one to a friend (or Coconut!)for Valentine’s Day. Or let Coconut and Licorice share them! Set of two adjustable 9 1⁄4" metal chains with charms. Includes best friends stickers. $12
Very cute! A bit pricey at the time for what you got, but my mom got the set on sale for $6 or $8. They were a bit hard to get on as a child, but are easy now. The only trouble is that they've yellowed a bit with age.
Overall: B Very cute concept, but not too much to them & they haven't held up well with age.
Pet Party Set Item# F3742 My American Girl® dolls can create a celebration for furry friends with this set! It features: A colorful pet-sized party hat trimmed with fringe. A make-believe bone-shaped cake on a plate. A printed "Happy Birthday" card. A pink gift box that opens to reveal a toy ball for her pet to play with. $20
Cake & Plate: B Very cute & I love that the cake is in the shape of a dog bone, but the cake doesn't come off the plate! It is all one piece.
Ball: A- Very cute but I miss the days of magnetic toys.
Gift Box: B- Glossy printed cardboard. No embellishments.
Party Hat: B Cute but seems fragile. Has an elastic band to keep it on the pet's head. Won't hold up to rough play I don't think.
Card: A- Cute I guess, but not much to do with it.
Overall: B Cute set but not as much play value as I thought. I do love the colors though.
Sleep & Snack Pet Bed Item# F5211 Give her favorite pet a cozy place to dream—and dine! Set includes: A comfy platform bed that's raised on silver-tone legs, with a soft vine-print mattress that's perfect for snoozing. A food and water bowl to keep her pet happy and well fed. Pet name stickers to personalize the bowl. $26
The Bed is two pieces - a plastic platform & a pillow.
My only complaint about the bed is the pillow obviously slides around a lot which can sometimes get a bit annoying.
The food dish is pretty standard. I like how there's actually pretend food in one side, unlike past sets.
I haven't used any of the stickers, but I think they're great for kids!
So cute!! Love the unique style! Very different from what they've done before. Also great because it will work for any of the pets! Some are too small for the bigger pets like Pepper & Chocolate Chip. Definitely one of my favorite AG pet beds. Meatloaf has claimed the one here.
Last Edit: Jul 1, 2014 18:13:23 GMT -5 by Skayh754
Coconut will show off her Valentine spirit with a head band of hearts! Put on her locket necklace, then send her out to deliver a special valentine. Her necklace doubles as a bracelet for you. The locket has a picture of Coconut inside! Also includes stickers. $10
The Valentine is magnetic and is very easy to get Coconut to hold, since it's light.
The collar/bracelet was always my favorite piece as a child! I LOVED the little picture of Coconut!
One of my favorite Coconut sets as a child! Even after years of play, I've never had any trouble with the headband piece breaking.
Santa has a brand-new helper! Coconut's dressed for the part in a Santa hat and jingle-bell collar. Her sleigh holds a shiny package and a snowman toy. Comes with a gel-filled snow globe sticker for you! $18
Very cute! Made out of a foam kind of material. Pretty easy for my Coconut to hold.
Gift Box: A
Also very cute! I love the pom pom on top! The toy fits in well.
Santa Hat: A
Has an elastic band to keep it on, so it fits well & is easy to get on & off.
Adorable! Collar has Velcro, so it's very easy to get on & off!
Coconut makes an adorable Cupid in her shimmery pink wings with detachable feathers. She has a glittery toy bone, and her tiara doubles as a pretty silver collar. Includes Valentine’s Day stickers for you. $12
The wings actually come apart into two pieces.
They clip together and then the elastics go over Coconut's legs to hold them in place.
They were a bit hard for me to get on as a child.
Bone toy: A-
A bit heavy and hard to get Coconut to hold, but still very cute!
I really liked this set as a child and still do today!
Last Edit: Jul 1, 2014 17:46:19 GMT -5 by Skayh754
This sweet puppy is a service dog-in-training! He has soft fur, a solid body, and a collar. When it's training time, your girl can slip on his service vest—it has a handle My American Girl® dolls can hold. Reward this special helper with faux treats for all of his good work! $34
I really purchased the Service Dog Set just to get Chocolate Chip, but I do like the Service Dog pieces!
2 Velcro strips make it easy to get on and off!
It also fits Pepper:
Cute, but rather boring as they don't open or anything.