Post by C.I.Fairfield on Jan 1, 2011 19:57:02 GMT -5
25th Anniversary Samantha in Holiday Dress Cost: $22 Grade: B-, but nostalgia makes me harsh.
Samantha in the special box. There is a printed bow saying "25 Years" on it.
The 25th Anniversary Samantha comes in her Christmas dress, and is accompanied by her "Samantha's Surprise" book and a grey sticker with her name on it. The cover illustration on the book is the same picture of Samantha that used to be in her "Family and Friends" section. There is also a "25th" tag on the lower right corner. The book ends on page 29, just like the other mini books do. I was a little disappointed with the book - I was hoping it would be a version of the first edition book that really did come out 25 years ago. This book has the second generation of illustrations.
The dress seems a little big to be - rather loose. I like Samantha's hair; it's a lot longer then the pre-Mattel mini I have, and it seems a little fuller then my mini-Rebecca's. Unlike the regular minis, this Samantha has no bloomers, just tights and the classic mary jane shoes.
The waist and hair ribbon are the same picot edged ribbon. The lace on the yoke is only in the front; it doesn't go over the shoulder. (However, this was also true of the full-sized dress.) The lace is fairly close to the original lace for the first edition Christmas dress, but the color of the taffeta is closer to the dress right before Samantha was archived.
Real-sized Samantha in Christmas dress and mini-Samantha. My Sam has the second generation dress, so no direct comparisons to be made there. This picture does show the difference in the fit of the real and mini dresses, though: the real dress is much tighter in the bodice and the skirt ends just at the knee, but the mini dress is much looser and hangs about 1/4 below the knee (which is a lot when the doll is six inches!)
Nostalgia is making me a harsh judge. I would have liked to have the mini be exactly like the original dolls were 25 years ago, but I'm not surprised that she's not. The mini is also very cute, and the dress is adorable. I like that there is a new book, and I am excited about getting the other dolls. I think she's definitely worth the $22.
C.I.Fairfield pretty much covered all of my opinions on Limited Edition Mini Sam. I just wanted to add that I thought it was odd they didn't put a number on her book. Usually, the Meet books have a 1 on the spine, and so on. I kind of wish this one did too. I'll try to get some pics of my mini Sam with 18 inch Sam in her holiday dress. The holiday dress I have is from right before the archival, so I'll be able to compare the fabrics. She's quite cute. I give her an A.
My first mini doll. I can't really see anything special other than she's in a LE outfit. The painted face creeps me out. I don't really like this other than the fact that she is LE. Definately one of my weaker AG purchases. I think I was just yearning for my full-size Samantha Christmas dress, which is in storage.