Post by monimarine on Feb 17, 2008 15:16:40 GMT -5
Item F7122 $75
In the words of my better half, these were "ridiculously easy to put together." He was happy with how few pieces there were to assemble. The dimensions are W: 17" x H: 25" x D: 9". Folded depth: 5"
The official website description says the bleachers are wooden. They may be intended to look that way, but the scoreboard and the back covering are plastic. The bleacher portion feels like metal to me and the "wood" paneling doesn't feel like wood. It's either metal or plastic.
The "spirit banner" is a flimsy piece of paper that we taped to the bleachers. Rough play and it'll get torn. The pennant is very thin felt -overall, both pieces were very cheaply made. These two are the most disappointing parts of this set.
The scoreboard is the fun part! Girls can use the red and green pegs that are included to change the period, the fouls, and the score. I took one side of pegs off (it's a connected row of pegs instead of many separate ones) to demonstrate.
Bottom bleacher completely hidden for storage. The lower rise slides easily under the top.
Dolls sit very awkwardly on either riser.
Overall I gave this a B. There were so many other options that could have made this better. The score could have been made to light up, and they could have created a basketball hoop to go with it. The banner and pennant I could have made myself with materials here at home and done a better job. Left on it's own it works better as a doll photography riser than a set of bleachers at a basketball game. (mod edit to remove broken image links)
Post by American Girl Rescue on Jan 2, 2009 11:15:54 GMT -5
Julie’s School Bleachers Item# F7122 $75
Girls can imagine the crowd at Julie’s big basketball game with these special accessories that re-create the scene:
* Wooden bleachers that girls can pull out to seat up to three dolls and fold back up for easy storage * A spirit banner and pennant that Ivy can wave as she cheers for Julie * A scoreboard with pegs that allows girls to change the score
These are HUGE! I knew they were big because I had seen them at the store, and also checked out monimarine's photos prior to purchase, but nothing says HUGE like Julie's bleachers sitting in your own house.
The construction is fabulous; heavy and made with real metal and wood. The framing (silver part) and the uprights that hold up the scoreboard are metal. The bleacher seats are pressed fiberboard. The score board and the back (all the dark blue) are the only things that are plastic about this and it's really thick plastic. The box weighed 10 pounds!
I love it. Julie loves and we'll use it often. Just where it sits when not in use is another story.
Ok here we go. I apologize ahead of time for the dust (kiddo needs to clean her room) and some of her pegs are a little warped but not too much. There are TWO different peg sizes for the scoreboard. The sections labeled BONUS and PERIOD have single pegs that are approximately 1/8 in in diameter.
The sections labeled FOULS, HOME and GUEST have pegs that are approximately 1/16 in in diameter. They come as connected sets of TWO and SEVEN.
I can take some more if you need to see a different shot.
Last Edit: May 28, 2012 9:24:01 GMT -5 by monimarine