I finally broke down and bought Sombrita the little goat, and I would have to give it a B-. Mainly because I thought it would be more like a high-quality stuffed toy, which it is not, and because it is definitely NOT worth $18.
It is heavy, almost like a paperweight (9oz). You would not want to drop this on a hard surface. It could easily be ruined because of the weight.
Sized from the tip of its nose to the end of its tail, Sombrita is 5 1/2" wide. From the tip of its ear to the bottom of its hoof, it is 5 1/2" tall.
It is made out of a very dense resin material and then the fur is glued onto it. However, the fur on the body looks like it was sewn first and then applied to the hard resin form. The fur is loose under the belly. Since it is all resin, the appendages do not move at all, except for the tail, which is just a flap of furry material. It is more like a furry figurine that you would set on a shelf. The fur has a very nice, soft texture to it.
Sombrita is very cute. The face has character and if you have read the Josefina books about Sombrita, you will appreciate this figurine. It has a silver bell tied to a piece of glossy hemp cord. The eyes appear to be glass insets. The face, hoofs, and ears are all coated with a velvety applique' that is very low pile, and separate from the furry sewn suit that is laid on top of it. The black coloring looks like it was airbrushed on. Very nicely done, but makes the fur a bit stiffer than the white parts.
Overall, I would say that AG needs to knock $10 off the price to make it worth getting. I like the Sombrita story so much that I am glad she is part of my collection. BUT... had I known she was resin, I probably would not have purchased her.
Post by American Girl Rescue on Nov 19, 2007 14:01:21 GMT -5
Sombrita the Baby Goat JBAA (D5892) $15 (price increase from $18 to $20 January, 2012)
When mean old Florecita died and left a tiny orphan behind, Josefina was determined to raise her. The frisky black and white goat was called Sombrita, “little shadow,” because she followed Josefina everywhere. She even has a silver bell around her neck so you can keep track of her!
Our Sombrita is an older version and doesn't look like the pictures on the web site. I don't know if the newer Sombritas have a whiter face or if the AG site's pictures just make her looked washed out.
I think Sombrita is just wonderful. I won't quote her measurements again, but I'm very impressed with her quality and style. I expected her to be hollow plastic covered with flock, like Felicity's Posey. She's hard, heavy and covered with imitation fleece.
Her face, ears, and legs from the ankles down are tan flocked. Her body is white and black fleece that is glued onto her body. Ours is attached under her belly unlike the first poster's Sombrita. Also, the black fleece doesn't feel any different in texture as the first poster mentioned. Our Sombrita feels very furry all over.
Her little bell makes tiny tingling sounds. It is attached only with a hemp cord. She has an adorable tilt to her head and sweet smile.
I think she's worth the price as she is very sturdy and well made. Grade A.
I purchased Sombrita with an ebay lot including Josefina and an extra outfit. Sombrita was not in the best shape and had a tear on the flocked fabric by her back hoof. The worst part was that she was dirty and in trying to wash off the dirt, I washed off the flocking, leaving bare unattractive plastic underneath. I would thus only give Sombrita a "C" rating due to inability to clean her ( what goat doesn't get dirty?) and poor quality of the flocked fabric. Otherwise she's cute but lacks playability for a child who would need to be careful to wash hands, keep out of dirt, etc.
Post by green chile supergirl on May 28, 2009 23:05:50 GMT -5
I love little Sombrita! She's got the dearest little smile on her face, her ears are flopping every which way, and she has the most darling little hooves. She's quite detailed for an AG animal toy- they could have gone the cheap route and made something awful like Kaya's animals. I love that she's sturdy- I never have to worry about my cats running off with her. Her eyes, however, are the slightest bit creepy. Did you know that goats have square pupils in their eyes? Well, Sombrita doesn't. But oh! She's so adorable with her little black nose and the stripe down her back. Easily one of the cutest AG pets. Much more so that scary rabid Tatlo.
Seems I'm part of the majority in that I think Sombrita is DARLING! Everyone in my family, even my parents really love her. I got my brand-new from AG so she's a white-faced version which I prefer, since book!Sombrita is all black and white. She's very very heavy material, with fur glued on her body and flocking on her face and legs. I noticed the black parts are stiffer and rougher which leads me to believe they've been spray-painted. I do think she could be hard to clean so keep that in mind for younger collectors. Sombrita's little bell ties to a pleather cord and is removable if you slide it over her nose and then ears. The bell is actually metal and very loud! It has a sweet sound but rings constantly so we eventually had to tape the clapper down. All in all I think she's precious and looks great with Josefina. A+
Post by MollyEmily4Ever on Dec 22, 2011 11:24:37 GMT -5
I love Sombrita. She's so cute. She's a little heavy, but still cute. She's also very soft. I love her yellow eyes and the bell around her neck!
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