Post by Mom of 2 in NY on Jan 1, 2010 21:57:12 GMT -5
All the girls we had with us today (7, 3 and 2) loved the camper! It seemed very plastic (even though it was made of plastic, it could have been made to look less so-- like Kit's tree house?). I was impressed with it compared to what I thought this would be, however.
The doll fits well at the table or in the shower and the bed folds down for the doll to sleep. It seemed like the bed would be sturdy to withstand a lot of play.
I wish more than one doll could fit; I don't often go camping alone. This seemed to be about the size of Julie's lockers or the 3-in-1 Bed for Dolls that was out a few years ago; Approximate weight: 43 pounds.W: 11 1/4" x H: 26" x L: 31 1/2", according to AG website. I like that it is rectangular, and has the possibility for you to stack it within your home collection if needed.
As far as story-lines go; if Lanie is all about the outdoors and environment, I would have thought she' prefer to tent it. The set comes with a lot of pieces/and attention to detail, there is a recycling can!
For the money ($295), I'd have liked to have seen it bigger and not look and feel so much like plastic. Overall I'd rate it a B
We got the camper and it is huge! The box it was shipped in was big, but it was shipped all put together. So on with my review: -The camper comes all made up, except you open the accessories and the stickers. -The stickers are very easy to put on and do not bubble up like I thought they would. They go on flat and perfectly. I followed the magazine as to where to position the stickers. -The accessories are very cute, but I have a few complaints. The teapot is plastic. I thought that it might be made of some kind metal like the cup and the plate that it comes with. Oh well! Speaking of the plate and cup, they are also cute and good quality, but I wish the set would've come with 2 plates and cups. -The box of spaghetti is just that, a plain box. I do not know if it will hold up well in play, only time will tell! -The jars of juice are just covered with a sticker that looks like they can peel easily, I think that some children may be tempted to pull it off at some point. -The peanut butter and jelly are cute and do not open, as expected. -The bread is cute, and comes in a package. I do think that again, children will be tempted to open it. It is taped in a way that if you do open the bread, it will not be able to be shut again. I would've also preferred if they would've given you two slices of bread that were extra so you could actually make a sandwich for your dolls. -The food set does not let your child look like they actually have something to serve the dolls, all of the food is packaged. I just would've liked it if your child could have actually been able to serve something to the dolls, rather than just give them an empty plate. -The sleeping bag is cute and thick, but does not close or roll like shown on the magazine. So it just has to be folded and put away. -If the bed is closed with the sleeping bag on it, it will not latch to the wall. -The cushion on the bench falls off easily in play, and the back cushion is made of plastic, not material. -The major downfall, is the hitch part that has to be connected keeps falling off in play because the kids tend to shake the camper a bit in play. (What I mean by shake is closing/opening doors, the bed, and playing around inside the camper.) -The doors open and close easily. They do latch closed. -You can fit 2 dolls inside, but not on the bed. If the bed is down, one doll can be in the shower, and one on the bed. If the bed is up, one doll can be on the bench and the other in the kitchen. -The drawers in the kitchen do not open. It would've been cute if they would have made the drawers have a function. - The dial on the shower actually does turn. So do the dials on the stove. -The shower curtain easily opens and closes and is easy to attach. -The bed easily clips up onto the wall. -The floor looks tiled, so does the shower. These details make a huge difference. -The camper does seem to be made from wood, with a hard paint finish.
Overall, this is a great play piece. But you may have to remind a child not to take off any stickers! I would give it a A-
*Here's a pic to show you the size. It fits under one of my daughter's doll shelves.
Last Edit: Jan 7, 2010 11:58:31 GMT -5 by cadwell3
Here's some pics I took of our beautiful new camper! We love it. The only downside is the plastic foods. I love the loaf of bread, but the rest of the stuff are just plastic jars that I think you could find easily elsewhere. I forgot to picture the milk and oj, it was in the fridge! Enjoy, I give the camper an A++++
Post by American Girl Rescue on Jan 9, 2010 19:56:14 GMT -5
This set gives Lanie the perfect way to explore the great outdoors:
Lanie's Camper & Gear Item# G0740 $295
Lanie can’t wait for an outdoor adventure in this camper! It comes with a faux shower, refrigerator, and stove, plus play food and camping supplies
* A camper that’s big enough for a doll to fit inside, with a faux shower and mini refrigerator, play stove, a bench that opens for storage space, and message board that pulls down to create a bed * A speckled camp cup and plate * A red teapot * A yellow saucepan and embroidered potholder * A recycling bin * A soft bench cushion * A sleeping bag with an embroidered butterfly * A pretend loaf of bread and jars of peanut butter and jelly * A pretend pasta box and jar of sauce * Two each pretend juice cans and drink cartons * Nine sheets of removable stickers for decorating the camper
Approximate weight: 43 pounds.W: 11 1/4" x H: 26" x L: 31 1/2"
I'll add a few other remarks and some pictures of the 'unboxing'.
The camper's main structure is wood. The axle and tongue are plastic. The wheels are plastic and do not roll at all.
The faucet, shower nozzle & knob are all obviously grey plastic.
The blue mug and plate so much like the older s'mores set is nothing but blue plastic. I was disappointed there! I thought they would be metal for sure.
The bread is hard plastic as well, and I thought it was going to be squishy.
The jars are cute. They are clear plastic with paint on the inside to make them look full of jelly, spaghetti sauce, etc. Very nice.
Okay, here are my photos of the unveiling. The packing box measures 31" tall x 14" deep x 34" wide.
Lanie and the packing box
Packaged very snuggly in styrofoam
After we finally got the camper slid out of the box
BONUS! All the stickers are OPTIONAL!!
The blank camper with all it's accessories
You even need to put the shower curtain on.
All the pieces and parts to the camper
Overall, great item. It is built very sturdy and should last for years. Grade A.
Lanie's camper is just awesome. It has been the best thing I have purchased for our AG collection so far. It pretty much gets played with by someone most of the time. Everything seems to be well made, sturdy and very detailed. I wish that the place, cup and kettle were metal, but plastic will do. My DS10 thinks that the camper needed to come with some things already in the recycling bin B+
I was very surprised at how narrow it is! And the back is just plain with a bunch of dragonflies scattered across it. I'm sure this is a great play item for kids but anyone who can build Kit's tree house or some of the doll rooms I've seen here could do a much better job making a real camper!
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My camper has a very strong paint smell! It was giving my dd and I sore throats - we opened windows all over the house and are hoping it will air out. These things surprised me too, especially since I have read a lot of camper reviews and these issues were never mentioned. I have trouble with allergies so it isn't too surprising that the odor is bothering me and sadly I won't be able to keep it if it doesn't improve. The thing that really concerned me is that my dd doesn't usually have allergies and it is bothering her as well. It is also a very unpleasant smell and not one I would want to transfer to my dolls.
Also my floor, counter, and painted cupboard shelves are all rough as in I would be afraid of getting delicate materials near them as I believe they would snag.
My doors fall back closed and I wondered how easily it would be to play with like this - guess I could find something to prop them open, but I didn't expect to have to.
I called CS and they are going to send another one.
Post by agnature56 on Sept 7, 2012 21:55:53 GMT -5
I was so excited to receive Lanie's camper!! It is really big and very heavy. The stickers really make it for Lanie! I love how the bench flips up for storage and the message board pulls down for a bed!! The shower is very realistic too. I love all the little things and this is beyond the best of AG items!!! Despite the price, this item was well worth it!! A+
I have owned this thing for nearly two years now. Mine has survived two moves: one from Utah to California and one across a city in California. My Lanie is possibly the second most spoiled doll in my collection, and along with Josefina, is a doll I actively seek small accessories for. I decided to review this thing after nearly a year and a half of ownership. Overall, I love it. What I hate about it is that it is a pain in the butt to move. During the move from Utah to California, the entire hitch came off the front, so the camper was being supported by the wheels and the two front supports. No big deal on that one: both the smaller piece and the bigger piece just snap right back in.
During the second move, the right front support popped right out, despite being screwed in. I had to tip the camper over onto its side, remove the screw, replace the front right side support back into its hole, and use a screwdriver and a mallet to get the thing back in. In addition, the very bottom of the camper lost some paint along the bottom as the wooden base scraped the ground during transit. I really, really wish this thing had come with wheels that function. It would have made life easier. The camper is not particularly heavy, it just well, its awkward to carry.
For my Lanie, this thing functions as her trunk; it holds almost everything in her collection, and then some. The pictures show how much crap Lanie has ended up with in the nearly two years I've had her collection around. When I moved, I stuffed the trunk full of doll clothes and other small, but lightweight things, and added Lanie herself.
Overall, I love the functionality of the item. I happily toted it across town, despite the heft. I love having it on display, and its nice to have a room for a doll that is already pretty much made.
Overall grade: B+
Last Edit: Sept 29, 2012 20:02:28 GMT -5 by Candace