Post by filleamericaine on Mar 12, 2013 18:40:08 GMT -5
A pretend berry smoothie This is very cute, it looks like the typical AG water bottle.
container of vegetables This doesn't have a lid which seems strange for a lunch bag? It's just an open container of veggies so in reality once you put it in the bag all the things would fall out (they don't because they are glued in)
two sandwich skewers this is my least favorite part of this set. I can't tell if it is pieces of tofu or bread on the skewer and find the food hard to recognize. The fruit kabobs from the taco set are much better
A medical bracelet This is adorable and you can add stickers to indicate what allergies your doll has. However it is flimsy and once you put it on it is difficult to come off. I almost broke it trying to get it off and the plastic has that white stressed look.
A faux allergy shot Very nice touch!
A fabric lunch bag As mentioned above it puckers. I added a piece of card stock to the bottom to give it shape and am considering starching and ironing it to make it more structured.
(I haven't posted photos with the "new" photobucket along with the new V5 Probards yet, so let's hope this works!)
I recently purchased this outfit for my modern 18" dolls, as I don't own any Bitties. I wasn't sure it would look good on them, until I saw Aaryana's review and decided to take a chance. I am glad I did!
As you can see, the dress is a bit wide as is. (I did position the straps to cover the joint between the arms and body.)
But I decided to add a ribbon belt to gather in the waist, and it makes the dress look so much better.
Because of the wonderful colors in the dress, you can add different color ribbons to change the look.
I wasn't planning to use the t-shirt with the dress, but separately with a bottom. I am not a big fan of yellow, but I think it looks cute with the Dockside skort.
The sandals look a bit small as mentioned by Aaryana, (I think it's partly due to the soles being entirely white instead of darker soles beneath the white part) but they still work.
Overall, an A from me.
ETA: Here's a comparison photo with my dd's doll in Lanie's yellow owl shirt.
The yellow color of this shirt is a bit "softer" and not as bright as Lanie's shirt.
Last Edit: Mar 12, 2013 15:41:17 GMT -5 by hsmomof4: added photo
Post by JustMagicMaria on Mar 10, 2013 19:42:37 GMT -5
The Finale Outfit is very cute and my dolls wear it a lot. Here is Lindsey who happened to be wearing it on a visit to an AG store when she decided to try out the doll hanger in the party room.
This outfit was sold at American Girl stores that had theaters when they were running the Circle of Friends show. It is a doll-size version of the outfit the actresses were in the finale number of the show. It includes only the long-sleeve, purple and pink t-shirt with three stars on the front plus AG on the sleeve, and white cropped pants with a star near one hem. It came in a burgundy American Girl Place box with a black American Girl Place hanger.
Post by dragonflybg on Mar 10, 2013 16:50:27 GMT -5
I bought this set in March 2013 when it was on sale for $30. I wanted the skates so Julie and Ivy could go skating together but wasn't willing to pay full price for it. This outfit is much better in person than in pictures! The skirt is a soft knit. For some reason I thought it was going to be cotton. I guess I didn't read the description. The colors are nice and I think it could be paired with a different top. The hoodie is cute but a little on the short side. I haven't tried it on with jeans yet, but plan to. The legwarmers are great, nice and stretchy. The skates are adorable and i'm glad I got them. The wheels are plastic, just like Julie's skates. They are easy to get on and off and have real laces.
Post by dragonflybg on Mar 10, 2013 16:36:42 GMT -5
I love this outfit, especially the shoes. I love the criss cross ankle straps. They are very similar to Nicki's gala outfit shoe straps, but these seem to be a little stiffer material. Maybe it's just because they are new.
The dress is lined and has velcro up the back. The sparkly thread doesn't bother me at all. My pink flower was a little squished when it came out of the box, but it popped back up with no problem. The barrette is all plastic.
Post by dragonflybg on Mar 10, 2013 16:28:36 GMT -5
Ivy's romper is nice and soft and well made. The shoes are the same as the ones that came with Julie's 2-in-1 Summer set (now called her swim set). The only difference is that Julie's have a textured pattern on the bottom and Ivy's don't.
Post by Jami'sdolls on Mar 10, 2013 12:54:03 GMT -5
I finally got these after passing them up a number of times last year as an add on item that doesn't increase the shipping. They went up $2 in price on 12/31/2012, and became unavailable at the AG-NYC, and were on back order when I finally decided I had to get them.
The pluses: They are a high rising boot as many are wearing this year, and are the perfect height for leggings. They go on easily with the velcro on the back making that task easier. A nice feature is that they are not black in color through and through with a whitish gray on the inside, which may help with staining issues, a concern when one puts on black boots. I did not use socks with them, though the fit would have still been there with thin ones, so they will be fine with tights.
The drawback with that light lining is that it does show on the seams of the boot and the boot does have a lot of seams. In fact, I considered coloring them in , and may still do so along some of them, but decided against it, particularly on the top rim, due the the fact that it may and likely would add to staining possiblities. Aaryana's photos show this very clearly. Also, for $16, I would have liked a differed material, something more like what was used for Saige's boots. These are made out of foam, .like the Bitty shoes and boots often are. For $16, I expected a better faux leather, something softer, and more realisitic. I'm going to look at what EBay has in this area and compare.
The Shoe Box that boots come in are cute.
I give this a C+. Fashionwise, the dolls needed black boots and that these are constructed to minimize staining chances, and the fit is good. I think AG could have used a better material for them, especially at that price and having seen what they have done with Caroline's red boots and Saige's Meet boots.
Post by dragonflybg on Mar 9, 2013 21:32:57 GMT -5
The felt hat is nice and is made with a thick material that should have no problem holding it's shape. It's nicer in person than it looks in AG's pictures. I haven't taken the helmet out of the package yet, so no thoughts on that one right now. I don't know that I would have purchased this set by itself, but I got the starter set and it was included.
Post by Prinzessofpink on Mar 9, 2013 17:28:42 GMT -5
My hat came with the top dented in. I contemplated getting it replaced but I think the problem is the box. It's too shallow and I don't know what would prevent the next one from getting pushed in. It fits Cécile's head nicely and matches her dress well.
The mitts are cute and mine were fairly easy to slip on. A child might struggle and get frustrated.
The necklace leaves me luke warm at best. It's far too long and the pendant is huge.
Post by Prinzessofpink on Mar 9, 2013 17:18:21 GMT -5
I bought MG's entire meet outfit plus accessories from a board member. I got a great deal so I can't address the cost/worth issue. I like the hat and do not find the bow to be weird or odd but rather unique. Adding an extra loop is something I would do when crafting a similar piece. The hat is very sturdy and would stand up to a child's play.
My favorite piece is the locket. I was pleasantly surprised that it actually opens! I didn't have any difficulty getting it on my doll, but for a child it might be a bit of a challenge. The length is appropriate. Cécile's is far too long. The star burst design on the front is pretty and gives a sparkly effect. I thought there was a crystal in the middle, at first. Knowing that there isn't one doesn't make me like it less.
The fan seems to be rather fragile. Since the doll can't hold it, I don't foresee opening it much and that should help preserve it.
Post by kirstenandrosie on Mar 8, 2013 12:54:21 GMT -5
I don't have images of it, but when I put Addy in these, I usually curl her hair like mentioned in the story so it resembles Cécile's. It really brings out the beautiful dress color, making it one of my Addy favorites.
Post by sharayahlynn on Mar 7, 2013 14:06:36 GMT -5
Love love love this outfit! Everything about it is spectacular! There really isn't much to complain about here. I tried it on Saige, but she made a face and took it back off immediately. Apparently it isn't quite her style. However, my Vanessa (a custom Kanani) snuck off with it and has adopted it as her own. I have to admit: it does look much better with Vanessa's medium complexion that it did with Saige's light skin. Grade: A+
Post by sharayahlynn on Mar 7, 2013 13:57:24 GMT -5
These pajamas are wonderful! They may even be one of my favorite sets. I love the colors and patterns that were used for these, although I almost wish that they had come with capri-length pants rather than shorts. I am very impressed with the slippers. They have a much better fit than most of the AG slippers that I own. They are not too short, nor are they so loose that they fall off at the slightest movement. I have encountered both of those issues with other slippers, and I am thrilled that these have neither problem. Grade: A+
Post by sharayahlynn on Mar 7, 2013 13:46:25 GMT -5
These glasses arrived with the rest of my free shipping order this morning, and Saige is currently wearing them. My pair doesn't have as much of the darker color as I was hoping for, but I am satisfied with them anyway. They are sturdy and look very cute on Saige. Grade: A+
Post by sharayahlynn on Mar 7, 2013 13:41:25 GMT -5
Garnet is a real sweetheart! She is soft and cuddly, but not so much that she can't stand up. I haven't had any trouble with her falling over, even when she was just standing on her own without Caroline standing next to her. I have absolutely no complaints. She is perfect! Grade: A+
Post by sharayahlynn on Mar 7, 2013 13:36:03 GMT -5
I am beyond pleased with this dress. It it well-made and absolutely beautiful. The cap is lovely and doesn't put up much of a fight if you need to adjust it after you tie it. The boots were a bit of a pain to get on, but I think they will be easier to slip on and off now I've wrestled with them and stretched them out a bit. Grade: A+
Last Edit: Mar 8, 2013 22:53:05 GMT -5 by sharayahlynn: Photo added!
Post by filleamericaine on Mar 7, 2013 1:39:29 GMT -5
This set is absolutely gorgeous! The flip flops are so realistic and have nice elastic to keep them on. The sarong is a bit longer than sarongs AG has made in the past. The top is ridiculously hard to get on! I can understand why Mary Carly returned hers. If it wasn't so adorable I probably would think about returning it too.
As soon as free shipping was available, I immediately purchased this set, as this one an accessory set I wanted, regardless of whether Saige the doll would ever come here or not.
Easel with plastic cup to hold brushes Both pieces are plastic. I am a bit disappointed with how light-weight the easel is. I do agree that with heavy play, it could easily break. The plastic cup has a little notch to stick it in the gap in the easel to attach the cup to the easel.
Five faux paint tubes These are just plastic paint tubes (not real tubes filled with paint) molded so they look like they are in different stages of use. Very cute.
Four Brushes the brush handles are made of plastic. The brush ends are actual brushes with two flat brushes and two round brushes. I am glad of this little detail, as any painter uses of a variety of brush types when painting, and glad AG included this.
Painter's Palette Again made of plastic, already has "simulated" paint blobs on the palette. Cute, but I am not 100% keen on already having paint on the palette. When I paint, I prefer using palette paper over my palette to keep it neat, but to each their own.
A sketch pad Love the sketch pad. Very realistic, made of thin drawing paper. My favorite part of the set.
A Portfolio with Five Sketches I am disappointed the most with the portfolio. It is a file folder more than anything else, rather than a handled portfolio that I commonly use. The sketches are nice though.
Five of her paintings on real canvas I was expecting the paintings to be on a stretched canvas on a wooden frame, but instead the paintings are on canvas panels. Again, just a personal preference. Still they are nice, but if you are not getting the set for Saige specifically, the lack of blank canvases really hurts the set in my opinion. And with all the finished paintings, I would have expected a frame or two to hang them up.
Overall, I give the set a B. It will certainly get used, especially since Saige is now here, but I guess I had much higher expectations only for AG to fail to meet them. I have a feeling the price ($48) really is what it is due to the finished paintings more than anything else, as I cannot justify the rest of the set totaling $48. As soon as I can, I am going to head to the craft store and pick up some blank mini canvases and make some of my own paintings or half done paintings to increase the variety a bit.
My Saige was purchased direct from the Chicago store by my colleague.
Doll I really am liking the doll a lot, or perhaps I am biased because I am really liking Saige's book character. I have gone through a couple of redhead dolls (childhood Felicity, a Mia that did not last long), and I really prefer Saige's hair color out of the three. It seems like a nice rich red, not the more orangy-red that some other AG dolls have. My Saige's wig seems very soft, though maybe thin, and the part is slightly off center to the right. I am still playing around the with the wig, but am glad that it is not as curly as Caroline's wig is. It just brings down my stress level a bit knowing that it will not be super high maintenance. The length is perfect for all sorts of styles.
Saige is only the third doll I bought with freckles, but she is the first I like them on. Mia just was not a keeper overall, and I just do not like Kit either, as much as I try, but Saige's freckles give her character. I think in some way, the combo of her dark red hair with the freckles reminds me of Anne Shirley or some girl traveling the Oregon Trail, so I find Saige endearing. her face paint is also lovely, as she has the right amount of lip color to balance the bright hue of her hair and eyes.
I like Saige's eye color as well. It works well with her hair color, though I am not sure how common the color is in real life.
Grade: A (slight ding for the wig)
Saige's outfit consists of the dress, earrings, boots, underwear and ring. I personally feel the dress is a bit lacking, as it seems short, and not really anything special - made of a solid color thin jersey stretch material with a embroidered belt. I suppose this was a way AG could keep costs even, since Saige's ears come pierced, which normally costs $14.
The underwear is your standard underwear.
The boots are cute, but I wish they were a bit more slouchy like the book illustration. I am not sure how much I will use them, but they have plenty of mix and match potential.
The earrings are a cute star like shape. I think this is where I will truly have the most fun, since this is my first doll with pierced ears. The ring is also cute, but I have yet to try it out, as it was late last night before I had a chance to unpack Saige.
Grade: B+ (dings for the dress)
I am about halfway through, and like the book a lot so far. Saige seems really sweet, as I can relate to her need to carry around art supplies and losing track of time when painting. I have not read all of the GOTY books, but it seems to be lacking in illustrations. Within the book there are only two full page illustrations and one double page illustration. The illustrations are gorgeous, and you can definitely see an improvement in Sarah Davis's art when compared to the illustrations in Kanani's books.
Overall, I give the doll an A-. I personally like her due to her love for art, and plan on keeping her mostly as herself, the first time I am doing that with a GOTY doll. For my collection, she is unique, and definitely different enough from Caroline. She is unique enough from other dolls currently available to warrant purchase, but her hair could get tangled especially with younger children. Her pierced ears are definitely a bonus.
I had Nicki for a bit as well, and definitely prefer Saige over Nicki. Saige's overall colors are more vibrant, and if you missed Nicki, Saige makes a great alternative.
My Caroline (who I purchased from a board member) just arrived yesterday, and she is such a sweetheart! She is the first blond doll in my collection and the first with decal eyes, so despite her similarity to other AGs that have been released she feels very unique to me. I actually really like her fair hair and don't think it makes her look unrealistic, ghostly, or even particularly princess-y. In fact, I think her hair makes her look youthful, and her disheveled curls give her a kind of flyaway look. Her eyes are also pretty and I think a good match for her skin and hair color. Oddly enough, Caroline has a very wide face and wideset eyes compared to my other dolls. Also worth noting, one of her eyebrows and the part in her hair were a little bit to the side, which may be an issue with some dolls although I'm starting to get used to it.
She doesn't quite photograph exactly the way she looks - I feel like my particular doll has a serious or thoughtful expression.
Last Edit: Apr 20, 2013 21:08:47 GMT -5 by Wickfield
Post by American Girl Rescue on Mar 5, 2013 8:49:07 GMT -5
School Desk Set for Dolls Item# G0022 $42
When the bell rings, her American Girl doll can take a seat in this school desk. It features:
A sky-blue chair with a star cutout, a green desktop, and a storage rack to hold her supplies A doll-sized math book and a pencil case A homework project inside a yellow folder for her doll
We really like this desk! It's very convenient that the desk top slides out so you can get your doll seated comfortably. We don't have any trouble keep her sitting upright, although she does look a little awkward.
The little accessories are great! We always love the doll sized books, so we had to have this Mathematics book in our collection. The yellow folder has a few pages of homework for your doll, but the pencil case is empty. Overall a great set for your school room! Grade A.
Post by filleamericaine on Mar 5, 2013 0:19:38 GMT -5
I just got this set and while I like it and am quite happy with it, I was a little dissapointed in the fabric. It is different than other AG backpacks. This one is more lightweight, similar to a windbreaker material whereas the previous 2 were made from the same heavy weight material as a good quality backpack. Because of this I find when the back pack is empty it looks kind of flat and loses some of it's shape. Overall I would still give the set an A-.It is cute and the water bottle is adorable.
I got Saige during free shipping. I mainly got her for her meet outfit, but I love red haired dolls so I thought I would give her a chance. I seem to have gotten a doll with excessive short hairs, but I am not sure if brushing would help-she still has her meet style in. Her hair is also not as red as I expected-it is more of an auburn highlight than just auburn (at least mine, there does appear to be a bit of variety looking at pictures). Saige has lovely eyes. I felt they were too similar to the other blues to justify a new color until I saw the in person. Saige has very vibrant turquoise eyes, you can clearly see the difference from the other blues in person.
Saige's meet outfit is very short, and a bit snug. I was afraid it would be too small on my Josefina, but it does stretch to fit. I had a little trouble getting her boots off the first time, but they aren't too difficult for an adult to get on/off after that initial stretch to get them off. The panties are a lovely color, but are just panties. They would possibly show through lighter colored outfits, but so far I just used them with Saige's meet dress.
Saige's meet jewelry is a nice touch. I don't really care about ear rings, but Saige's are different and cute. I also hadn't seen AG piercings (other than Josefina's fixed) in real life, and they were much better than I expected. The flowers are nice, and I think the ear rings are a nice touch for a GOTY. Saige's ring is the main reason I bought the doll. I love turquoise, and I think the ring looks reasonably nice for a tiny plastic toy. I found the ring to fit well, but I would be worried to carry a doll around with it on. I have the ring on Josefina's left ring finger, and it looks realistic. The ring is great for a careful adult/collector, but I would keep it out of reach of a child until I was sure she could keep track of it; even the $6 replacement from AG seems a bit inflated, but better than ebay.
I love this dress, and have to say it's my favorite of Caroline's outfits.
A lot of the reason I love it is because of it's attention to historical detail. Some people complained about the texture/weight of the fabric, but it is supposed to represent the lightweight, gauze muslin that was popular during the regency era. In fact, the lighter and gauzier the fabric, the more prized it was at the time. Of course women would wear shifts and petticoats under the gowns, but the gowns themselves were often very sheer. I think it is absolutely elegant.
The white fabric around the neck is supposed to look like the white scarves women would tuck into their bodices as a means to protect their chests from the cold climate, while still allowing them to wear the lightweight gowns. It looks classy, in my opinion.
I was a bit disappointed when I first found out that the white floral detailing is not actual embroidery, but after seeing it in person, it looks lovely anyway. In pictures you can't even tell. Yes, it would be nice if it was actually embroidered, but I don't find it distracting or tacky looking at all. It still looks very pretty to me.
The only thing I don't like about the outfit are the shoes. I think the color is unattractive, as it does not match the dress. Also, the shoes are difficult to get on over stockings, and any classy regency girl would have worn stockings with such a gown. The shoes are not bad as a stand-alone item to be worn with other outfits, even as ballet flats for a modern girl, but I don't like them with this dress.
Overall, I give this dress an A. If the shoes were a different color, black even, I would give the ensemble an A+.
The light blue is lovely on blonde dolls, but it also looks really nice on darker complected dolls like Josefina. It pairs well with Josefina's mantilla and the undergarments from her Christmas dress.
I highly recommend this dress. For those of you on the fence, it looks truly beautiful in person. For those with an eye for historical detail, this dress is the one for you!
Post by Thimbleberry on Mar 2, 2013 15:39:11 GMT -5
Garnet is such a nice calf, she's even the right size. I picked out my own at the store though & went through 9 of them before I found one with evenly place eyes & an expression I liked. Some of them had uneven length legs that made standing difficult. Mine stands well on her 4 feet. It helps to spread them a little but you have to position the dolls to get them to stand too. An A+ for Garnet but only because I was able to choose the one I wanted.
As soon as I saw this little dog I knew I needed him, even thought I don't collect for moderns/GOTY. As you can see from my picture, he's pretty much the mini-me of my Australian Shephard, coloring and everything.
He's so soft and a really nice size, totally worth the price!
I am late to the game, so I had to purchase this item off of ebay. I paid a pretty penny for it, but am still super pleased. It is such a cute set! I love it so much I had to post my own pictures and review. The waffle iron itself is beautiful - heavy, with a pretty design, and the plug is too cute! The waffles fit inside the iron. The plate is a little odd since it is flat and not curved like a traditional plate. But it looks nice w/ a waffle on it. Love the cute little recipe cards and the dollop of whip cream is cute too! I highly recommend this set, even at an inflated price. I am currently searching for Kit's Christmas Baking set to go with it! Here are some pics: