*This outfit was worn by Molly in the book Meet Molly*
(The name of this outfit changed to Hula Costume in 2008) (price increase from $28 to $34 January, 2012)
Mattel Version This outfit is actually more cute than I thought it would be. My sister picked it up at the Outlet a couple of weeks ago.
It includes a red sweater that pulls over her head, much like her Meet sweater. It's a little thicker than Molly's Meet sweater, though.
The grass hula skirt is made of a kind of plastic material and has an elastic waist. I first put the skirt on over the underwear Molly came with, but they don't work well together at all. It makes the skirt puff out. Maybe the undies that come with Molly's Underwear Set would work better under the hula skirt.
This set also includes a flower lei, bracelet, and 2 flowers for her hair. Those are also really nice. They're like those fake plastic flowers that you can get at stores like Michael's. The lei and bracelet are each strung together using an elastic band. The flowers for her hair are not really clips. They stay on her hair using a peice of velcro.
Finally included are a simple black mask and a paper treat bag that's big enough to make Molly seem like a greedy little trick-or-treater.
Hula skirt with no undies. You can't really see through it that much.
Larger than life treat bag.
Mask and close up of lei, bracelet, and hair accessories.
Post by sheltiesweetie2007 on Mar 25, 2008 23:21:38 GMT -5
*This outfit was worn by Molly in the book Meet Molly*
Pleasant Company version (retired) Overall Grade: C I would not purchase this set unless you can find it for a good price on ebay. Several of the pieces are made of crepe paper and way too fragile in my opinion. The updated version of this set seems to have taken care of this problem and looks cuter in my opinion.
Original Description: Molly and her friends wanted to be glamorous hula dancers for Halloween, so they made their own costumes. Molly’s outfit included a green paper hula skirt and a big red sweater. She wore a fluffy yellow Hawaiian lei around her neck with a matching wristlet and flower for her hair. She decorated a sack for her treats and wore a mask to trick the neighbors.
$20 MXO Released 1989, Retired 2004
The hula accessories are all made of crepe paper, probably similar to what Molly's really looked like based upon the book descriptions. The bracelet gets crushed a little bit when worn on a doll's hand.
The flower can be attached to Molly's hair via velcro. This makes the flower lie smoothly in Molly's hair and is easy to insert with her hair still in pigtails.
Your standard crepe paper lei. It is an exact replica of the ones they make for humans.
The sweater is made of thick material and is the best piece of this outfit. It fits similar to the one in Molly's meet outfit.
The black mask is similar to the ones included in the AGOT Halloween outfits in the late 90's. I think it is a little cheaply made and question it's durability.
The treat bag is made out of a standard brown bag you could purchase at Michael's. I like how the bag looks homemade and has Molly's name on the top.
The skirt is extremely fragile and made out of crepe paper with a ribbon sewn on the waistband. I haven't taken it out of it's plastic package for fear of ruining it. If I had gotten this when I was little, it would not have remained in good condition for long.
I thought I had taken close up pictures of the rest of the outfit components, but can't find them...I'll update with additional pics when I return home from school this summer.
Only from American Girl will you be able to purchase a hula outfit for your doll that comes with a red turtleneck. Gotta love how quirky and yet how story-accurate this set is!
You get a lot of fun pieces with this outfit:
The red turtleneck is probably one of the most versatile pieces ever made by AG. It can go with Molly's cords, khakis, blue Meet skirt, and any number of modern doll outfits. (It might even go with her new plaid skirt, but someone else will have to try that and see if the red tones clash.) It is a nice red stretchy cotton. But not too stretchy; it keeps its shape. And you do need to slip it over Molly's head, but that's not caused any difficulty for us. A for the sweater.
The lei and bracelet are just adorable and totally rate an A. The yellow flowers are cheerful and durable. There are two loose flowers with the faux-velcro backing that AG is fond of sticking on its doll hair decorations. These seem to stick to doll hair better than most, so I can't complain.
Now the plastic grass skirt is probably not as durable, but my daughter is careful with her toys and we've yet to lose a grass strand. It is certainly sturdier than the older paper version (which wins for story-accuracy but loses big time for playability and durability). I would not give this outfit to a young or careless child, unless you can tolerate plastic grass shred. Also, keep it away from Easter basket grass-chewing cats. The skirt gets a B+ from me. I don't know how else they could have improved upon it though, really. FYI that the skirt is thin enough to need something beneath it beside Molly's undies-clad bum, so she wears her blue Meet skirt under it at our house.
My daughter insists that Molly would not be able to go without her glasses for trick-or-treating, so we carefully slip the mask down over the glasses and hope for the best. So far, it has served us well, but it is just a plastic mask with some elastic and won't last forever. B Over the glasses, the mask always looks askew, but that's how it is.
If you like to collect for canon-Molly, I think this outfit is a must have. It's so much fun, and worth the $22 price tag.
My daughter's PM Hula set was purchased 18 years ago and I give it only a "B". It was stored indoors in the a/c and the paper parts of it have faded tremendously. What was once yellow is now a horrid brown color. The hula skirt itself is bunched and wrinkled and is pretty much unuseable. The black mask is cute, but you could easily make one. The only very nice part of the outfit is the red sweater. My daughter got lots of play value from the sweater, mixing and matching it with jeans and skirts I sewed for her and it's held up with LOTS of play. The bag is cute and we still have it, but it's not really unique or sturdy either. I wouldn't buy it on the secondary market as the newer version seems to be better.
This is one of three outfits my stepsister had for Molly along with the "meet" outfit. Hers only came with the sweater, bracelet, and necklace lei. I agree, this is one time Mattel may have gotten things right. The historical and book accuracy is nice, but it's not very practical. My leis are still pretty yellow, but they're stretched and too fragile to use. I intend to make a crepe paper skirt and flower for her so she can wear this for Halloween.
However...either version of this is worth getting just for that red sweater. It may be one of the most versatile pieces of clothing AG ever made. It goes well with many JLY outfits and all the historical girls from Kit onwards. My Molly wore it all winter long.
I like the Mattel one, because the skirt is more durable. The skirt is a little thin (the undies show through), but the PM skirt tends to get damaged due to repeated use since it is paper. But a lot of people prefer PM. Just my $0.02 worth.
Post by Felicityfan85 on Oct 10, 2010 9:23:04 GMT -5
I just got the Mattel one, in NY, two weeks ago. I really like it. Although the skirt isn't accurate, it's more durable. The sweater fits well and everything is so cute! My Molly is very happy to have it.
Post by sailormolly on Oct 10, 2010 12:23:51 GMT -5
I have both.
I got the PM one around 1994/95. It's nice that PC tried to make it the way Molly made her's in the book..... But it falls apart if you look at it funny. I knew my mom paid a lot of money for it and I had to take care of it. But every time I touched it one of the green paper stripes fell off. Eventually, I just packed it away and didn't touch it. The only part I really used was the sweater.
I bought the Mattel version this year. It is MUCH more durable. I'm not afraid to use it. I'm considering buying a second Mattel one for Emily.
If you want to sell one, sell the PM one. It goes for more on the secondary market. I don't think many survived playtime with them. Personally, I would hold on to it until Molly is retired THEN sell it.
Post by Buckingham Alice on Jul 4, 2011 2:51:01 GMT -5
I have a PM set. It came in a lot with my lovely PM Molly or else I probably wouldn't have gotten the outfit at all, and certainly not this version! The paper is nice in that it's accurate to the story and the time, but as other reviewers have noted, it's extremely fragile. I'm not a kid and don't really play with my dolls beyond dressing and photo taking, and even so Molly is constantly losing strips of crepe paper. But perhaps the biggest complaint I have (which is, admittedly, a smaller problem but it irks me to no end) is the fact that the grass skirt doesn't go all the way around her! I have to have her wear her slip under it or else she's flashing everyone.
I do love the sweater, bag, and mask. I also have no problem with the paper lei and wrist and hair flowers. It's just the skirt. Seeing the pics in this review make me realize I'd probably prefer a Mattel set. This is a C at best. The skirt lowers the grade a lot.
I love this outfit even though it's the mattel version, I bought it in NY this summer. The sweater is my favorite part and use it with many other oufits. Also the little treat back is disgustingly cute. A+
Post by MollyEmily4Ever on Oct 7, 2011 12:06:25 GMT -5
I got it this summer at the DC AGP but I've wanted it FOREVER. I've always loved it and loved Halloween. This is just of Molly modeling it after I got it at the AGP, but once everyone's in their Halloween costumes, photos WILL be posted
THE FAMILY Historical: Molly, Kit, Emily, Ruthie, Samantha and Caroline MyAG: Kylie (#23), Hannah (#37), Emma (#39), Allie (#53) and Rachel (#57) GOTY: Kailey, Nicki, Saige and Grace Bitty Babies: Helina (blond), Sarah (brunette with brown eyes), Grace (brunette with blue eyes), Katie (redhead), Anna (brunette with green eyes) and Anna (blond with brown eyes) Bitty Twins: Cory (brunette boy) and Lea (brunette girl) Customs: Sasha, Jessica, Natalie, Lauren and Zoey
I finally got Molly's Hula Outfit after all these years. I think Molly looks cute in it and I plan on her wearing it every year. As everyone mentioned above, there is no mistaking that the actual plastic grass skirt is not thick enough to hide her little bum!
Her undies were too big so I ended up putting Jesses' white undies on underneath it. I wish at least AG could make some green undies if they are unwilling to make a thicker skirt! Also if you have cats you might want to try to somehow put Molly out of reach when she has this outfit on. As you can see my sweet Lucy thought the grass shirt would be fun to play with and munch on.
The necklace, bracelet and bag are also cute but a bit delicate. The sweater is pretty good quality too. I think the set was a bit overpriced for all the plastic but what's new. I give this set a B