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 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!