*This set was retired in 2011 and the cake combined with the China Tea set and renamed "Molly's Birthday Set"*
I was looking and comparing pictures of some items from my early catalogues to current items. I was looking specifically at Molly's party treats in my Holiday 1991 catalogue. Here are all the differences in the editions that I can see comparing the picture from my 1991 catalogue to the current AG version:
The older cake has flowers on the side of the cake that look more like stars (as they are pointer) and the loops come down only half way on the sides. There are more flowers at the bottom of the cake edge that aren't connected to the loops. I know the sets available now don't include the blow-outs. And, it appears Molly's candies in the cups were actually many individual pieces originally and not molded into one big piece in the cup like now, plus the candies in the cups don't come to the top of the cup like they do now. The balloon holder is also not the same as it was in the beginning. The older balloon holder appears to be more cylinder shaped, while the more recent holder, from the side, looks like a "D" shape.
These are all the changes I spotted. I have a hunch the original version is HARD to come by on e-bay since the individual candies were easy to lose and the paper cups are probably long destroyed.
Post by sheltiesweetie2007 on Apr 17, 2008 12:33:54 GMT -5
Overall Grade: A (Mattel Version, 2007) If you have Molly's china tea set, then this is a necessity for your collection! How can you have an English tea without food to eat? The only disappointments were the fake look of the candy cups and the missing blowouts in my set.
Molly wanted all the regular American party trimmings even though she was having a proper English tea for her tenth birthday. And that meant a great big chocolate cake with fancy frosting and removable candles, as well as four shiny poppers with surprise sayings inside, four polka-dotted blow outs, two candy cups filled with little colored hearts, and a bright yellow balloon with a special acrylic holder. To make the party table especially pretty, Molly added the bright red geranium for a centerpiece. “Happy birthday, dear Molly…” $25 MBAP, Price and Code Change Winter 2006: $29 F5435
I know PM and some Mattel sets come with the plastic holder, but mine didn't. Molly can hold the balloon without any trouble. It is a little bit heavy for her to hold so you may have to work a little bit to properly position her arm.
The balloon is made of a plastic material. It is not so thin that you have to treat it carefully and be afraid of dents. However, I'm not sure what would happen if it fell off a high shelf.
The "string" is made of sturdy metal and fits around Molly's hand.
The cake has changed slightly throughout the years. My version was purchased from AG in 2007 and has a different style of writing from the PM versions. The cake has 10 identations to hold the candles.
I like how the cake is decorated on the side too. The only thing I dislike about the cake is the paper doily that is underneath the cake and on top of the plastic plate. This can get torn up easily and looks out of place underneath the cake.
Molly has two candles in each of these colors: red, blue, green, yellow, and white. The flames of the candles are painted a browish color and do not look very realistic. They fit in the slots on the top of the cake, but are not very snug. In previous versions, the candles were made out of wood.
The party poppers are made of tissue paper and a shiny heavier weight paper. I'm not sure if anything is inside or not. Unfortunately, my set did not come with the blowouts I guess the recode version means they charge you more and you get less.
The sides of the candy cups remind me of miniature silicone baking cups. The candy cups are all one piece and very sturdy.
As you can see here, the candy still looks like hearts, but the effect is fake and ugly. These were a big disappointment. I expected something more like the individual pieces that came with Kit's set.
The geranium pot looks darling and can be used in scenes beyond the kitchen table. They look nice at school or on Molly's bedside table. The pot seems to be real ceramic. You may be able to replicate this piece yourself if you can find a pot in the right size.
The flowers are typical AG. I think they are made of polyester with plastic stems. Nothing too special, but an overall pleasing look.
I won this set in a lot on ebay. My daughter loves putting the candles in the cake. Our version is a little different than the one above. Our cake comes on wax paper doily with a scalloped edge instead of the pretty paper doily. My candy cups also have a paper cover on them. We don't collect Molly items, so I probably wouldn't have purchased this set by itself. However, my daughter loves playing with it and I believe most young girls would too.
Post by AGmom2AlliTori on Jan 23, 2010 22:41:49 GMT -5
I can't add much to the reviews above. Our set was purchased sometime in 2009 at the MOA store. It has only been lightly played with and displayed by my daughters (who are in the higher age bracket for AG)... the paper doily under our case is starting to curl up - so that's kind of annoying. Other than that, this is a great set... just don't lose the little candles.
Post by MollyEmily4Ever on Dec 22, 2011 10:56:55 GMT -5
I much prefer this to Molly's new "birthday set." I've managed to lose the candles but everything else is in this picture. If you get it, I recommend not opening the crackers or blow outs because they don't look as nice when you put them back together (as shown in my picture - I regret opening them). I love the cake, it looks so good! The favors are appealing and the flowers are pretty.