Here's a picture of the bracelet on a doll... sorry it is not close-up. I purchased the set in part for my Elizabeth because she has food allergies (I also liked it for the healthy food options).
Otherwise, I give this set a B+. I really like the burlap feel to the lunchbag and I don't mind that it puckers... it makes me feel like the doll reused it from something else or made her own. I liked the food that they included because it seemed like something I'd eat for lunch. haha I love the sandwich kabobs because I just know when I was AG age, I would have been bored with sandwiches and more willing to eat everything if it was presented that way! I like that they included the epi-pen and bracelet, and I like that the bracelet is "customizable". However, I docked the grade for: Clumpy food (even if they made the food all stay together, it still doesn't look as detailed/nice as I think it could), bracelet quality (like others said, it's flimsy and hard to get off once you put it on; it also looks nothing like a real medic alert bracelet), and the fact that a lot of the food they included was on the allergy stickers (maybe I'm just being picky and I'm sure your doll is probably not going to be allergic to EVERY sticker, but I just felt like they could have tried harder here to make it truly "allergy friendly", like no cheese on the sandwich kabobs?).
Last Edit: Jul 25, 2013 19:09:46 GMT -5 by KitandKat
Jacket: This is a great piece. The jacket material is thick, feels like wool (but is not) and is about the same color as her travel dress, a rich coral red. The darker red detailing is velour. I love the sleeves - almost regal looking. I was worried the shoulders would look too big and costume-y, but they don't. The only improvement I would have liked is real buttons, but the velcro works fine. My jacket is a little snug but not enough that it's hard to get on. Grade: A-
Hat: Love this hat. AG got it just right with the multicolored ribbon trim. Don't know as much about hat construction/fabrics to comment in detail but it is really well-made. Mine tends to stay on without the ribbon for display. However, I think the ribbon tie looks cute! Grade: A+
Overall Grade: A
Note: The fabric on the one sleeve does usually stay down, not sure why it's doing that in this picture.
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Dress: This dress easily became one of my favorites. It is simple but pretty, and I like that it can be worn by itself as a summer dress or paired with her spencer jacket for cooler months. I really like the coral pink/red color - it's flattering on many different dolls. The pleats/gathering on the bodice add interest. Grade: A
Boots: The boots are a darker red like the ribbon on the dress. They are plastic with a pleather-y feel. The laces are the same color as the rest of the shoe, and they are real laces but pre-tied and the boots velcro in the back. I don't mind the velcro since they do have real laces too. Mine were pretty easy to get on. Grade: A
Overall Grade: A
Last Edit: Jul 25, 2013 19:01:55 GMT -5 by KitandKat
I picked mine out personally at AGPLA after carefully comparing between Ivy, #30, #40 and #54 to decide which Jess mold doll I wanted. I have been yearning for a light-skin Jess mold after not quite being satisfied with Jess. I opted for #54 because she had both a nice length of hair for hair styles (compared to Ivy and #40) and a good thickness to her hair (unlike #30).
Her hair is clearly a mixture of black and brown strands, though at least with mine, she had more brown streaks on top of black. This is compared to #60 who has much more evenly distributed/mixed black and brown strands of hair. Her bangs are easy to smooth down, and much easier to handle than the old pie bangs, which is ALL my other "with bangs" dolls. It is a nice length to put up in different hairdos.
The Jess mold is adorable on this doll, but I do agree that is can be prone to uneven eye openings. Out of all the #30's and #54's I looked at closely (16 total dolls) only two had even eye openings to my level of satisfaction. So this may be one you want to hand pick out.
Overall, she is adorable, and I will post pictures this evening. Grade: A+
Ever since I saw Miss #60 at AGPLA, I could not stop thinking about her. After selling some items here, I had the money to purchase her, and Cassia arrived today.
I am very pleased with the doll. Even though I told myself no more classic molds, the striking combination of her black-brown hair with blue eyes just stood out to me. In addition, I very much wanted a doll with a low maintenance wig to be my traveling doll.
Face paint: I really am pleased with the face paint. She has a natural looking, light touch of blush on her cheeks, and her lips are an appropriate pink shade that does not get washed out by her dark hair.
Eyes: Her eyes are what AG states to be blue, but for some reason, my doll looks like her blue eyes are a bit more vibrant that the doll I looked at in LA. Perhaps it is just that particular batch of eyes, as even compared to McKenna (see below), they seem the slightest more vibrant. They look gorgeous with her dark wig.
Wig: AG states her wig to be black-brown, so I compared her to Catharine (#54). While the two types of hair color strands are indeed similar (black and brown), #60's wig has the brown more evenly dispersed throughout the wig, while Catharine has noticeable streaks of brown throughout her hair. The feeling of the hair between the two dolls does not exactly seem the same. So I am not sure if it is just a batch difference or if indeed different types of hair are being used. The part is a sewn part. The wig is a good thickness, and does not seem like it would tangle easily. I tried a single and double braids. The shortest layer framing her face simply was too short to go in the single braid in the back, and stuck out in the pigtail braids. But otherwise, the hair is long enough for braiding, and I imagine many other hair styles.
Overall, I give the doll a resounding A+. I am very pleased with this doll, and as agfanfrombeginning mentioned, she will look great in every color. While wigs with red hues pose issues for red-colored clothing and blonde-haired dolls pose issues with yellow-colored clothing, her dark hair provides no possible clashing that I can think of. In addition, her light eyes help offset when she will be dressed in dark-colored clothing.
I also want to add that #60 will make a great starter doll. Her wig is straight, hence easy to maintain and is long enough for hair-dos; two common features that I think parents and little girls want.
A few pictures. Not the best, since it is storming outside, but I will take more when the weather is more cooperative.
Post by American Girl Rescue on Jul 18, 2013 12:34:28 GMT -5
For the first time ever, American Girl has ventured into their first mini-doll that was NOT for the Historical collections. Also, for the first time, American Girl Mini-Saige is to be sold only at booksellers and not at the AG Stores or at AG.com.
This pint-sized Girl of the Year was to debut on July 1st, but some shipping delays kept her from arriving at book store warehouses until mid-July.
Saige Mini Doll - $23.99
This 6-inch mini doll brings Saige's world to life on a smaller scale. She arrives wearing her indigo knit dress and tall boots inspired by her New Mexican home. Plus, she comes with a miniature abridged version of Saige, the first book about this spirited, creative girl who loves the arts.
First off, the miniature abridged book is paperback and not the hardcover volume that the Historical mini dolls come with. It contains the first four chapters of Saige's first book.
Mini Saige comes complete with her meet dress, light blue panties, and adorable boots! She does not come with pierced ears, but that could be easily remedied with a straight pin, I think.
She has the new blue eye color and tiny freckles. What an adorable little mini doll! I hope they make minis of all the future (and past) Girls of the Year! Grade A.
I loved this outfit since I first saw it in a member's preview pics of the Columbus store opening. I like the fact that AG chose colors other than pink, purple, or "berry." Its a simple outfit that looks like something little girls would actually wear. AG describes the pants as skinny jeans, but they feel more like regular pants. They have the AG logo on the back near the waistband and were easy to get on and fit well. I couldn't quite capture the color in my photos. The stock photos show the true color. The hoodie was a pain in the behind to pull over her head. It messed up her hair. I wonder how I'm going to get it off. But once on it fits and looks great. This gets an A from me.
I had close up of the shoes but i'm having issues editing it. I may add it later.
Post by mamato2browneyedgi on Jul 13, 2013 2:20:08 GMT -5
Just wanted to add that Penny's "bridle" (or sad excuse for a bridle as it may be) is held on by a metal bar that actually goes right through her nose. If you attempt to remove it, you need to be very careful or you can end up removing her nose instead!
I too, have this easel, and it also serves as a blackboard for Molly's classroom. I put a piece of black construction paper on it, with a canvas behind it, and lo and behold, it is a chalkboard that works very well.
I did get the art set also with the easel and it is so lifelike---it is actually real paint in tin tubes! It has a nice cardboard color wheel, a plastic palette, and several brushes. This is even better than Saige's art set I think!
I picked up this set on ebay after buying the 2007 Artist Set for DD to play with. I was concerned that the 2007 set was too flimsy so I wanted to switch it out for this easel. It came with the easel and two canvases (the original set had three). Overall, I am very happy with this easel. The scale is right for the dolls and it is VERY sturdy. It does have to be set up, but I think my DD can handle putting it up. (she hasn't seen either set yet!) It is a simple easel - I think someone with woodworking skills could put one together quickly - but the details are nice. It has slanted rubber feet on the bottom so it sits level and won't slide, and there are washers on the nuts that hold the pieces together. Because you have to put on the piece that supports the canvas, it is adjustable depending on the size of your canvas. The canvases that came with this set are regular normal small canvases like I have seen sold at Ben Franklin or Micheal's. I do not know for sure they are the originals, but they look just like the picture in Meg's guide and are two different sizes. I like that they seem to be something DD can use and easily replace with a new one for the next artwork Emily wants to paint!
Overall, I give this a A, I just wish the seller had also purchased the paint set - or at least had sold it with the easel if they had it!
Easel out of the box:
With Jess for scale (no, she's not dressed for painting, but her hair was the least messy!)
And with the 2007 easel that I will be passing along in favor of keeping this one that does not collapse down if you touch it!)
I picked up the first version of these from ebay and wanted to add a photo of the difference in the waistband, in case it helps someone. Also, I already had the logo jeans so there is a comparison photo:
Logo jeans on the left, first version of AGP jeans on the right:
I got the Braided Headband - Caramel Item# F5460 for my McKenna. The good news is that the color is almost a perfect match.
The bad news is (as lindsayj said above): it is very, very difficult to get on. I am an adult and I got so frustrated and so annoyed that my DH took over and tried to do it (he couldn't get it on either - he didn't want to force it). I finally got it on with a ton of patience, a bit of extra muscle and lots of maneuvering. I can't imagine a little girl being able to do it successfully - I think the experience would end in frustrated tears.
For looks alone I'd give it an A, for "functionality" I'd give it a C-
I'm not sure if the hair pieces are supposed to be separated by color, but mine is dark brown
Braided Headband-Dark Brown #F5451 $12
I got this for my #30, and it matches her hair (black-brown) very well. This is a very cute piece, but I had a bit of trouble getting it on. The "elastic back" is cloth covered and not very stretchy, so the hairband is very tight. I also got it on somewhat crooked and it was difficult to turn while on her head-that thing is not going anywhere! Now that I have it on, I am not worried about it falling off or losing it
Grade= A- I would recomend to anyone who has the patience to get it on, but might not be good for little girls that like to change hairstyles several times a week.
Post by agfanfrombeginning on Jul 9, 2013 14:14:03 GMT -5
Here are some pictures of my new #60. I found her wig to be a bit more coarse in texture compared to #25. The color is very similar (if not the same) as #25 and the newly retired #14. Beautiful eyes and I think she'll be one of those dolls that looks good in any color.
"Some people say they haven't found themselves. But the self is not something one finds; it is something one creates."
Thank you so much for all your reviews! I don't ever have a chance to go into the stores, so I have to order online. If I had not read the reviews, I would have been horrified by how thin my #30's hair is. I don't know how it compares to other MyAG dolls, but the layered hair is MUCH thinner than any others I have (all historical). I have trouble with her hair, she has fly-aways however I try, but that sounds typical for the layered hairstyles.
This is the first Jess mold I have seen in person, and it is adorable. Looking at pictures it was one of my favorites, but after seeing it in real life I think is even cuter. My #30's eyes are a bit uneven, but I only notice it when I look for flaws. I think it gives her a little personality, plus she wears glasses so it is even less noticeable. I also like that she has less "make up" than the last MyAG I tried (#55), and she looks much more natural to me.
I give her an A- because I have issues with how thin her hair is and the trouble with flyaways. Overall she is a darling doll and I am glad I got her.
I love this outfit so much. I put it on Felicity when I first got it and she's still wearing it. It looks great on her. The sweater looks like something from Forever 21 or Urban Outfitters. I love the Westerny Aztec print. It's very flowy and soft. The top has a print on it there is not very visible. It's a nice contrast to the sweater. It's long and covers most of the doll's bum. The leggings look like dark was jeggings. They are skin tight and long enough to cover the doll's ankles. The gladiator type sandals put the whole outfit together. I don't think it would look right with sneakers or boots. This is the only outfit from Saige's collection that I have purchased. Her other outfits are not nearly as cute as this one. Jumping on the bandwagon and giving this outfit an A+
Our New Baby Banned For Multiple Failed Secondary Marketplace Transactions
I went through four Samantha's before finding MY Sam. As soon as I opened the box and took her out of her previous owner's careful packaging, I was in love. She lacks facepaint and her hair is a little dry, but she's beautiful.
She's PM and I love her, though she is much more pretty than the 1986 doll I bought and sold. (That one was creepy)
She has the soft but shorter eyelashes and her eyes, at least to me, seem to be looking off to the side. It's unique, and I am so glad I was able to finally bring Nellie's friend and adopted sister home. : )
Since there aren't any pictures of Saige's painting set, I've decided to add some of my own. Behold, my fabulous graduation present Saige's art set.
The portfolio, sketches, tubes of paint, palette, cup, paintbrushes, and sketchbook. Honestly, I really love the portfolio. Not being an artist or knowing any art majors, I don't know what kind of portfolio they'd actually use, but I thought it was cute.
The sketches included in the portfolio: cowboy boots and a hat, a desert scene, a horse, a house, and galloping horses. My favorite is the desert scene, but they're all cute and look like real sketches. The paper's not at all flimsy and feels like thin cardboard, so it should hold up to some play better than regular paper.
I love the paintbrushes, mainly because they have real bristles instead of just being molded plastic. This is just a comparison shot between them and the ruler from Kit's school set.
The palette and tubes of paint. These are all plastic, but the paint tubes feel more rubbery than the palette. The set only comes with five tubes, so I guess Saige must've mixed the red and yellow to make orange.
The paintings: a horse, a saddle and blanket, a cactus flower, some hot air balloons, and a landscape scene. My favorites are the last three on the bottom row. It would've been nice if AG had made a blank canvas and an in-progress painting just to give the set some variety. The paintings are all different sizes with the horse one being the largest and the hot air balloon the smallest.
Just the back of one of the paintings. Looks like sturdy carboard, thin cardboard, and the canvas material.
The easel before being unfolded. It's all plastic and unfolds easily.
There's a little . . . I wanna call it notch, but that doesn't sound quite right. Anyway, the bottom platform of the easel easily snaps on to keep it from falling down.
Unfolded easel with the notch in the front for the plastic cup. It should hold up to very light and careful play.
Sadie modeling a paintbrush and the palette. I'm not sure how to make her hold it realistically, so for now, it just rests on her arm. Hopefully she doesn't drop it or it'll ruin her dress.
One last shot of everything together. Overall, I give this set an A-. I really like it and it's got lots of great pieces, but I wish it had included a few more things to justify the price.
I wasn't going to get this one after I saw all the negative reviews, but I found a good price for it on eBay and finally decided to finish out my Samantha's collection. Maybe it's the girlie-girl in me who loves frills, or maybe it's I got a nice PM/transitional version from about 1997 (from the tag on the dress), but I have to admit, I love it. I love the cute puffed sleeves and the soft, cotton candy-colored pink and white stripes. I love the big, stiff skirt. I love that ruffly pinafore that is so little-girl. I didn't get the rosebud circlet, and given how delicate many people here said it is, I think I'm better off without it or making my own version.
Yes, I know the dress is fairly plain without the pinafore. Yes, I know the taffeta feels kind of cheap. For me, it doesn't detract from how darn sweet this is. Your mileage may vary on this one, especially since Samantha and Rebecca have other pink-and-white summer outfits that could perform the same function as a formal hot-weather outfit.
Post by modermonster on Jul 4, 2013 21:05:32 GMT -5
The campus snack cart is great! The snack cart comes with lots of nickels and quarters, dollar bills, a hot dog cooker that lights up, ketchup, mustard, 2 hot dogs, 2 smoothies, 2 fruit kabobs, 4 ice cream cones, ice cream cone box, 2 french fry baskets, 10 paper trays, 2 corncobs, 2 ice cream sandwiches, tongs, ice cream scoop, towel and apron. You get a lot for your money! All of the food is great quality, when i first saw it I was afraid the the straws would easily break off of the smoothies but when it arrived I realized I was worrying about nothing, because the smoothies are made of a great quality plastic. The snack cart is easy to set up, however the canopy is almost impossible to get perfectly unwrinkled. The bottom of the snack cart is made of what I think is wood. Here are some pictures:
The food trays, ketchup, mustard, and ice cream cone box all fit in the two shelves.
The rest of the food can fit in the refrigerator if it is not displayed on the counter.
The money has its own drawer.
The microwave is very cute! It has moving knobs, I just wish it lit up or made noise.
This is the hot dog cooker, it light up and the knob at the top allows you to rotate the hot dogs.
Overall I would give this a A+. If you're thinking about getting this, get it!