The carriage looks very nice set up, but the sheer size of it is overwhelming! The carraige is made of a cheap pressboard painted wood; which is okay with me, because if the quality of the wood was any better, you wouldn't be able to lift it, LOL! You have to assemble the wheels onto the carraige (very easy). The wheels are plastic (kinda a bummer), and the lanterns that snap onto the front are also plastic. I think the top to the carraige is a thin piece of cloth, but I didn't take it out. It is somewhat dissapointing that there is no door on the sides like a real carriage would have; instead, the dolls are placed in from the top. I have only had it out once briefly, and did not set dolls in it, so I can't comment how they fit, and I did not attach a horse. I think this set would be gorgeous to take out once a year, say at Christmas or Easter, but unless you have an enormous playroom or display room, you wouldn't want it out all the time. I will try to add pics and dimensions the next time it is out. HTH! Dani
Post by the1butterfly on Aug 14, 2008 14:37:35 GMT -5
I got the carriage and it's gorgeous! As much as I love the piece, however, I wonder why American Girl made it. It's very large and very expensive. It isn't a good play piece for children because of it's size and because there isn't as much to do with it as with, for example, Kit's tree house. It's a wonderful piece for collectors, however, because it really is beautiful and would make a wonderful display.
Post by nannypam52 on Nov 25, 2008 11:26:36 GMT -5
I bought the coach this year at the MCM sale (after kicking myself for not buying it the year before). It is gorgeous! It is also VERY large. We live in a big house...and it still seems to take up quite a bit of room. As I bought it for myself, the kids haven't really played with it, though they are absolutely in awe of it. I does seem rather well made. I can see no reason why it could not be played with carefully for a long time. (The kids in question at my house are younger.) The only problem I have had is with one of the front lights that doesn't seem to fit quite tight and falls off if even slightly bumped. As it was an MCM purchase I haven't complained as some of these items are seconds.
I went in and measured from the back of the back wheel to the tip of Steps High's nose it is about 50 inches.
Post by hollygolightly on Nov 25, 2008 12:37:33 GMT -5
How much an item is worth depends on what the buyer is willing to pay, but Santa brought the carriage for DD last Christmas, and I have to say that it is one of the nicest pieces made by American Girl. Quality.
I do see them come up on craigslist here and there, so there will be more. However, I wouldn't pass up the chance to purchase it for $100.
I picked this up last year off Craigslist, for 100.00. We put it under the tree from Santa. It is huge and more amazing in person.
My daughter was excited about it but really did not play much with it. She did make a comment that Santa must have brought it for me, because I was was the one who really wanted it. I told her that Santa brought it for her and she could play with it, but she knows it is " retired " and is concerned about taking good care of it.
I am still really glad we bought it, but it is huge!!!!!!!!! and we do have a spot for it to hang out all year. I just like looking at it and it goes with my colors in my living room.
I bought mine when I went to AGNY a couple years ago... I hadn't done much with my collection for a while, and I wanted to catch up. It is plastic. But, the material on the seat and the curtains are nice. It is very pretty. It holds two dolls.
Post by sailorbear on Mar 20, 2011 17:48:01 GMT -5
Here is a photo. I owned Felicity's carriage and recently sold it. The other day I decided to watch a video I made with the carriage and I just cried because I missed it so much. IMO I think the carriage is THE most beautiful item AG ever made. I started a thread with my video of the carriage but just in case you haven't seen it here it is. When the second song starts you can see the carriage in the forest. It is soooo enchanting!
I love this carriage piece! I grew up near Williamsburg so it brings back memories. I used it under the Christmas tree the year I bought it, with Felicity in her gown and a cloak that I made; but it mostly sits with my doll things now. The measurements that might be of help are: wheel hub to wheel hub, 21"; from outer edge of front wheel to outer edge of back wheel, 28" (I didn't think about the extra length of the horse hitch so let me know if you need that); from the ground to the top of carriage, 24-1/2"; the seating box is 13" wide and 14" long. These were all approximate.
Post by sydsagdolls on Jun 24, 2012 23:02:23 GMT -5
We found ours on CL recently for $50, but no horse or reins or poles. It is really, really big. If you have never seen it in person it is rather shocking how big it is. Make sure you have enough place to store it. We redid DD's enitre layout so that she would have room for it, but she has a tiny room. She rolls it around with 2 dolls in there. The one criticism that she had was that no one is driving it. It is very easy to use and they look really cute in there. I think that it is very sturdy and it rolls well on different surfaces.
I really love the carriage. You will be amazed at how huge it is in real life. The only thing I found is that it is difficult to push the carriage and the horse at the same time. Maybe having two daughters will make it work easier...one to push while the other gallops Penny. It looks quite beautiful and in great shape, so I would go for it!
Btw, the dolls can hold the reins from inside the carriage to "drive" it. Two dolls can fit but it is snug.