Post by mollygirl1944 on Oct 5, 2006 21:02:32 GMT -5
I LOVE my Molly. I got her in 2001, which means she would have to be Mattel(right?). I've always considered her Mattel. So I guess that's what I'll go with. It's probably just the wear on her that makes her look older. I've never seen a PM doll in person, so I really can't compare. But it doesn't really matter, I love her just the same!
I think she is the sweetest dolly ever, but my opinion is biased. She has medium brown hair(way lighter than Laura). Her eyes are very light blue with just a hint of grey, I noticed they looked lighter than the eyes of PM dolls. Molly's hair is quite thin and dry on the ends, and her skin is dark from all the years of play. But I would never trade her for another doll, IMO she is the prettiest Molly in the world.
I just gave mom a new Molly for her birthday. Molly's face is so sweet and pretty. The outfit is adorable on her and the glasses really bring out the color of her eyes. She doesn't look a whole lot like my 1990 molly but I love them both. A+ I am very pleased
Post by QNPoohBear on Jan 18, 2007 22:05:57 GMT -5
PM usually means made in Germany or the first few years of China production. 2000 is the real cut off year but there are transition dolls that were made at that time. It's the characteristics of her features that make an AG PM or not.
Post by A Guy Named Goo on Oct 25, 2007 15:28:16 GMT -5
I recieved Molly for Christmas of 2006, and I have to say that I am absolutely in love with her. She has bright gray eyes and long brown hair that comes in two tight braids which have bright red bows at the end, which I found look cutest draped over her shoulders.
There are reviews of the meet outfit elsewhere, so I won't dwell on that for long. Only some of the parts that weren't in that review. First, the glasses that Molly comes with.
I am told that in the PM Mollys, the glasses are definitely round. As you can see here, and in the following pictures, the glasses have a new contour to them that closely resembles the AGoT lilac glasses.
Glasses sitting down.
Glasses folded up. You can see the new shape more clearly.
I actually prefer this shape to the old rounds. Why, you might ask? One of the biggest complaints I had about Liz's old glasses and I think other people had them about Molly's glasses is they didn't want to stay on, making them easy to lose and easier to break. With Molly's new glasses, you can do this:
It's sort of hard to see, but I am holding her at an over 45 degree angle off the top of a beaureu, which is about five feet high. Her glasses, as you can see, aren't moving an inch. Between the sides of them fitting more tightly on the sides of her head (actually, I have found the bows tend to go into her hair rather than over her ears) and the shape molding into the contours of her face, the glasses are now very secure.
The glasses case the glasses came with. It is made of red felt with green threading. What's hard to see in the picture is the white elastic that kept them attached to Molly's hand when she arrived. I am not sure if you buy spare historical glasses the case has this. I have found that, unlike the AGoT glasses cases, these are no good for cleaning the glasses, though.
Here is Molly without her glasses (she has her locket and bag from her meet accessories, covered elsewhere. I forgot to take them off for this pic). I am forever amazed at how different Molly looks with and without her glasses. It's like she's a completely different girl (unlike, say, Liz, who looks more or less the same with or without her glasses). I think Molly looks a lot cuter with her glasses on, but without them she is still very pretty and I can see why some people prefer her without.
And now, working our way down and away from her face, some people have wondered about the "dickey". Here is a picture of how it works:
Basically, it's a collar with some velcro at the top, but with a strip of cloth (that should be tucked into the skirt, but I pulled it out to show off) to keep it straight and in place. I would rather she have another shirt under her sweater, but I can see where that would be difficult, so I find this a cute alternative.
Molly's panties. These seem a little too "old fashioned" for the 40s, but I am told that they apparently did get to be a bit in style then. Interestingly, these are the same as the panties that come with Samantha's meet outfit.
Molly's shoes and socks. I didn't notice until I was putting Molly back into my room that the shoes actually have have a little molded fake clasp into the side where the Mary Janes would clasp. I am not entirely sure if that's cheap or cute, though. At any rate, she comes with patent Mary Janes, which are actually made out of plastic or vinyl and are all one piece (and don't go one and off as easily as I'd like. I gave up fighting with them) and white socks. As you can see, the one on her right foot (her right, our left) has a tendency to fall down, which I stopped fixing. I figure it's kind of a cute quirk (leave it to me to take an annoying flaw and decide it's easier to write off as a cute quirk than complain about it).
I'll be covering her accessories soon, but here are my grades for Molly, as you get her straight out of the box, and her various components that come with her:
Molly Doll - A+. I find her absolutely adorable and darling. In the face of all my modern dolls, she ends up becoming my shy girl, but I adore her unique eye color (well, unique now that no AGoTs have gray eyes) and her braids and even her new Mattel face sculpt and make-up.
Meet Outfit - A. I love the darker colors of the meet outfit, as compared to some of the brighter colored outfits that are found everywhere else (I like dark colors more than bright). Plus it feels very warm and comfortable, good since she's trapped in the frigid north with me. Of all of my dolls, Molly is my grandmother's favorite, and her outfit is a big part of it (although my grandmother grew up in the 50s and 60s, she says she wore something similar when she was Molly's age).
Shoes and Socks - Shoes are a B-, for being so hard to get off and put on and because I don't like how they are all one plastic piece so much. It just feels like, especially compared to the boots and stuff some of the dolls come with, she should have better. The socks get an A-, if just because they're basic white and versitile.
Panties and "dickey"- I am sort of indifferent toward the panties. I tend to not care about doll undies as much as some people do, I give them my generic grade of general approval, a B. The "dickey" is a cute idea and the outfit looks much better with the collar, so that gets an A.
Glasses and case - I give the case a B-. Although I like that Molly can hold it, it doesn't have much use to me like the AGoT ones do (which can be used to clean the glasses), so it basically just sits around my room. The glasses themselves get an A+. I know some people would beg to differ, but I like how they stay put and won't fall off, even if you are playing with the dolls or holding her the wrong way. This is good for kids who like her glasses but have a tendency to lose the glasses as they play with Molly. If you have a Molly sans specs and want her to have glasses again, but are on the fence because AG only sells the new shaped glasses, I'd recommend these because you won't lose them again unless you pull them off yourself.
Overall Rating of Molly Doll - A. She's a must have for any collector and anyone who is on the fence. She's one of the original AGs, she's absolutely adorable and unique, and you will not regret getting her.
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I won Molly and Emily from B&N soon after the Molly movie in 2006. I had no intention of ever buying Molly before I won her, and I have to say I really love her now. I love her hair - it was very wavy when I look it out of her braids, and a year and a half later, the waves are still there. My Molly doesn't usually wear glasses or dress in historical clothes. She looks adorable in modern clothes, though. My grade: A+ (mod edit to remove broken image links)
I just recieved a Molly from AG yesterday because my PM Molly's hair got ruined. I was so hoorified how Mattel has changed the dolls & how they remind me of a Barbie doll. I thought this isn't Molly! Mattel totatally ruined the way the dolls are supposed to look. I mailed her right back to AG & I'm going to get the PM version off of Ebay. The PM are so much better!
I received Molly for Christmas 2008. She has 'Pleasant Company' on the back of her neck (most of my new dolls have 'American Girl LLC' on their necks). She comes with the same glasses as the silver ones for the today dolls (I compared them and they are exactly the same). I really like her glasses, and they seem sturdy. I do not like the old ones that were bigger. I give Molly an A. She is adorable.
Post by AGmom2AlliTori on Jan 23, 2010 17:37:52 GMT -5
Our Molly doll was a gift from Santa in 2007. She is gorgous! She has beautiful coloring and "Pleasant Company" stamped on her neck.
Molly's hair is a pleasure to style. Dd (10 y/o) has been caring for her hair since she got her - although she is quite careful. Molly's hair is a beautiful color, and we love her curls when her braids are out.
Molly's glasses aren't quite as round as some I have seen, we must have a newer style.
Overall, I give Molly an A+! She is a fantastic doll, we really enjoy her and her collection.
ETA: remove Meet outfit review and put it in the proper place.
Post by sailorbear on Feb 21, 2011 12:53:17 GMT -5
Molly is my favorite AG historical along with Kit and Ruthie. I love Molly's era along with her story. Her wardrobe, accessories and furnishings are just adorable. I am absolutely taken by this doll and the era she represents! I recently made a video of my Molly and her friends, their accessories and furnishings set in a dollhouse that you have to see to believe! Travel back to the "30's and "40's by watching my video. The link is provided below. It is in 3 parts with the dolls coming in during the second song. I hope you enjoy watching it!
Last Edit: Feb 21, 2011 12:54:11 GMT -5 by sailorbear
Here's the review I posted on the AG site when I first bought Molly, before I even knew of AGPT:
50+ Little Girl
Overall - 5 Stars
Quality - 5 Stars Product Appearance - 5 Stars Age Appropriate - 3 Stars Educational Value - 5 Stars Play Value - 4 Stars
As you can see by my "By" line, I'm not the typical AG reviewer. I bought Molly (for myself) after years of admiring her from afar. I was not disappointed but I do feel Moms and Grand-moms need to be aware of a few things. First and foremost, the knock-off AG dolls are just that...I bought one, and there really is no comparison. If your little girl is young, or not much into dolls, they're great but once you hold them side-by-side you'll understand that you really do get what you pay for. Molly is much more solid and well-crafted than her less expensive cousin. As for the Molly Meet outfit, the sweater does not have a back opening so I foresee lots of problems for younger fans. Second the shoes are plastic and, unfortunately, look it. I know that many buyers skip over the 8+ age recommendation for AG dolls so it's not surprising that Molly generates so many hair complaints...if your little one likes to brush and style hair, Molly is not a good buy. If she can keep Molly's hair in braids this is the doll for you. One final warning, my Molly arrived with her hair in disarray (finger combing fixed the problem) so, if this is a gift, you may want Molly to visit the powder room and fix her hair before she is seen in public. On a practical note, I used snail mail and paid with a money order and Molly was on my doorstep in two weeks. Great work AG!
I love my Molly doll, she was my first! Overall: A- Molly is a great doll, but she has some defects. First I'll show pictures, then I'll move on to more about her
This is my Dossier picture, just unedited.
Molly and some flowers, taken the same day.
Decorating! She has her hair up in this one.
And this one is just Molly! Okay back to rating her! Hair: I give her hair a B. I've had my Molly doll for 6 or 7 years, and over time, her hair has thinned, although it is less poofy now. This is not good hair for many younger DDs, or for someone who wants it to play with. Eyes: I give her eyes an A. They are beautiful, but would have earned an A+ if she did not have retracting eyelash syndrome in one eye. Please note that this problem can occur on any doll, not just Molly! Body and Face: A+. She has the classic mold and obviously the normal body. Really nothing to say here. Meet Outfit: A-. The sweater and dickey are not very versatile. Her skirt is, though! Her shoes are just plastic, but I love her little socks! Overall (again): A-, due to her hair and eye. I love Molly, and despite many opinions, she is very versatile. Bangs are slowly coming back to style, it seems (trust me I go to school and am a kid, I know), and she is similar to many JLY/MAG dolls, except her beautiful gray eyes. Do not hesitate to buy this beautiful doll!
Molly is very sweet. I got her in her meet outfit and her accessories (minus her necklace) plus another AG outfit at Savers for $12.99 last year. It was possiblly the best thing I've ever found at a thrift store. Molly has very pretty eyes and her pigtails are so cute. She also seems to be one of the higher quality AGs that I have. A+
This is one of my most recent AG purchases (actually a gift) so I figured of all the stuff I have to review, I'll review Molly first.
I received Molly for Christmas 2012 so I've had her for a little over a month or so now. I can't believe it took me so long to get her, she was always one of the dolls I wanted the most. Well now that I finally have her, I can say that the wait was well worth it!
Molly may appear kind of plain or even a bit mousy on the pages of the catalog but once you bring her home and get her out of her box, she looks soooo much cuter and prettier IRL. One of the first things that attracted me to her was her eyes. They are such a soft, lovely shade of gray! Some Molly dolls may have more of a green or blue tint to their eyes, but mine are about as pure of a gray as you can get. I really wish there were more dolls with this eye color. The only other gray eyed doll AG still currently produces is Ruthie and I have every intention of getting her, too.
Her hair is very beautiful too, and appears to be pretty easy to care for. My Molly's braids were very neat and orderly and I only undid the braids just a couple of days ago. I was going to brush her hair but the waves that her braids make are so pretty that I decided to wait on brushing her hair. When I do brush her hair I shouldn't have too much trouble though, I didn't feel where it would tangle easily while I fluffed her hair out after I undid the braids.
She has a very sweet face and I love her little glasses. Did they change the shape of her glasses again? I know that most newer Molly dolls don't have perfectly round glasses, but aside from the nose piece still not curving up and having more of a natural shape, my doll's glasses are almost perfectly Harry Potter round in the frames. Either way, they're adorable and they have a nice snug fit on my doll too. I also like that there was a case for the glasses included even if you can't use it to wipe them clean.
There is a separate section to review the Meet outfit so I'll post my opinions on that later in that thread.
Overall though, I give Miss Molly an A+! I'll try to update later with a couple pictures of her.
Okay, so I will admit, I passed over Molly. When I started with AG, it was Molly and Emily's archival year, I originally thought "meh". Molly's collection never enticed me, so I really didn't give her a second glance until I saw the stock photos of her in her Floral Pajamas, de-braided and without her glasses. I thought she was the most sweetest thing, and I snatched her up before she sold out.
Normally, I need to really love a doll's collection (or at least a good portion of it) to bring her home. I had no interest in Molly's era or items, but I simply could not pass her up as I felt I would regret it some day.
Molly stayed in my closet for several months as I pondered whether she would "fit" into my collection. Truthfully, her grey eyes (they appear a little grey-green to me sometimes though) and the playability of her hair is what drew me in. Right now I have Caroline and Rebecca, both curly haired gals that I try not to touch too much. Plus I really do love bangs, I think they are so adorable.
Since today is her birthday, I finally took her out, dressed her and took some photos. I'm so glad I kept her, she really is such a beautiful doll. I much prefer Molly as a modern, and since I sold off her meet outfit and glasses (really cute and well made, but I just didn't like it for her) I can't really speak on that too much.
I'm really hoping she grows on me more, I can't wait to style her hair and photograph her more. Here are a few pictures of her in the Ruffled Hoodie outfit: