Ida Bean is sooo sweet! She has tiny little earings like Addy and curly hair. She is really full of beans and under her skirt are pantalettes like Addy's. She is one of the best AG dolls there is and Addy loves snuggling under the covers with her Ida.
I actually kind of like Ida Bean more than Addy ! The reason being is that my best friend actually received her Ida before her Addy, and we would play with Ida so much. I remember us toting Ida to ballet class and even requesting that my friend bring her to my birthday sleepover --never did we have that much fun with her Addy when she finally got her. So, Miss Ida Bean, when I finally got my own, reminds me of that friend, and I smile just looking at her.
Now I just have to give Ida Bean an A+! I love her simple elegance--she is not as fancy as Sam's doll, yet she just makes you smile.
Ida Bean is the only doll's doll I've got, she's so much cuter than the others! And I love that she's actually got the beans in her arms and legs! She just looks like a little cloth doll of her size *should*, and Addy doesn't seem to get too annoyed when I pick up "her" doll to play with her.
The herd: PM Sam and Addy, WB Kirsten and Samantha, WG Addy, Marisol, Jess, Mia, Sonali, Nelly, Ruthie, Emily, Julie, Crystal (Mattel Kirsten), Hikari (aka Cho, #4), Chessa (#15), Holly (#21), Hermione (#26), and Frankenlissie.
Post by ♥ Bridget ♥ on Dec 26, 2008 13:17:07 GMT -5
This is the only doll's doll that I have and I just love her. She is so cute with her purple dress and I LOVE the little earings! She is so soft and cuddly! My Addy doll won't go any where without her little Ida Bean doll!!
My girls : Molly , Kirsten , Felicity , Samantha , Kaya , Kit, Ruthie, Addy, Elizabeth, Josefina, Donna Jo (BB), Stephanie (BB), Thomas (BT Boy), and Charlotte (BT Girl)
Post by Buckingham Alice on Jul 3, 2011 8:00:32 GMT -5
I love Ida Bean! She really looks like a sweet little doll that was lovingly made got a sweet little girl. She's perfectly cuddly. I love her face and earrings and dress so much! Addy looks so sweet holding her. This is definitely one of my favorite doll's dolls!
Post by mommy23littlegirls on Aug 25, 2011 13:31:55 GMT -5
Ida Bean is now known as "Ida plastic pellets" at our house. I am glad I have her for my Addy, but I also would have been annoyed to pay full price for her and find out she doesn't even have real beans inside of her. I assume that's because real beans are too big for scale, and maybe even a sanitary hazard (would they attract bugs?). I bought her recently while she was on sale, so all in all I am satisfied with her. Just not thrilled.
Mommy to 3 little girls (who aren't so little anymore) and 1 white kitten... grandma to numerous dolls and bitty babies
Post by PleasantMemories on Jan 23, 2012 11:26:19 GMT -5
We have two Ida Bean dolls here. I received the first one on 2/14/94 and purchased the second one for my daughter on 7/19/11.
1994 Doll on the Left and 2011 Doll on the Right
As you can tell from the pictures, Ida Bean has changed a bit over the years. Most noticeably, she had a run in with a shrinking ray somewhere along the line. The newer Ida Bean is considerably smaller and lighter than the older one. Although the newer doll is smaller, its insides are the same. The head and thoracic area have a soft filling and the limbs and abdominal area have plastic pellets (at least, that’s what they feel like).
Another noticeable difference is that the older Ida Bean has rounder “hands” and “feet” than the newer one. The 2011 doll has a more angular look.
You’ll also notice a change in the dress material. In addition to the difference in the print, the newer dress is significantly stiffer than the older one ever was. Neither of the dresses nor the pantalettes are intended to be removed.
My Mattel (2005) Ida Bean has metal earrings. My 2011 Ida Bean has plastic ones. So it's not a PC-to-Mattel change, but probably a post-CPSIA one.
As can be expected, the 1994 doll has metal earrings whereas my daughter’s 2011 Ida Bean has plastic ones.