Post by American Girl Rescue on Feb 5, 2012 15:38:33 GMT -5
I bought the Loft Bed set this weekend and love it. We aren't going to put the bed together because it won't fit in the Dolls' House (height-wise) with the loft on top, so we're going to keep the pieces separate.
They work out great as stand alone pieces as well:
The bed and furniture part is wooden with a bit of plastic where the bed snaps on and the hooks for the clothing to hang. The railing on the bed is metal and the desk chair is metal.
The little hamster, Polka-Dot seems like a proper size. He is small, but he's kind of hunched up so in reality he'd be longer. His wheel does spin well, but since Polka-Dot is flocked, hard plastic and he doesn't form well to the round-ness of the inside of the wheel. Cute though!
Grade A for this set. Expensive but LOTS of pieces!!
Post by filleamericaine on Feb 12, 2012 6:56:24 GMT -5
I won't do a complete review but will just add some of the surprises that I found after getting the bed:
I thought this would require tools to put together, but in fact the 3 pieces just snap together. The bed is very sturdy and does not come apart at all, in fact I am not sure I could take it apart if I wanted to.
The bed is very high, more than 2 ft tall. I did not realize this, despite the fact that it is clearly written in the catalog. So the bed does not fit in my doll house and I will need to add an addition to the doll house that can accommodate such a large piece of furniture.
The cupboard under the bookshelf has sliding translucent doors. You can store all kinds of stuff in there!
The desk is a quarter circle/moon shape. Not sure how to describe it but it's different than I thought.
The pencil holder thing runs the whole length of the desk and you can put books or other things inside.
The linens are not the best quality, they feel like polyester sheet sets you can buy at Wal-mart. Not awful but not Egyptian cotton either Typical AG these days. It's lower quality than the cream coloured trundle bed but higher quality than Mia if that is any indication but the cute factor makes up for it.
I give the set an A. I won't give it an A+ because I feel it is a bit over priced.
Love, love, love this bed! It's my favorite item in McKenna's collection for sure! It's pricey, but I feel like it's worth it for all the pieces and the quality of the furniture. The bedding is thick and seems to be nice quality as well. I didn't take a lot of pictures of the individual pieces for lack of time, but if anyone wants specifics, feel free to message me. Solid A+!
Post by 123hollyhock on May 14, 2012 12:28:51 GMT -5
Loft bed arrived today. Daughter says it is super cute and I agree. Best features are the little books, paper pad and pencils and the sliding door. Lots of play value. Easy to put together and the accessories are adorable.
Post by sharayahlynn on Jul 1, 2012 20:43:27 GMT -5
To my pleasant surprise, McKenna's bed arrived on my doorstep this morning (after only being shipped out last night). It's my first furniture piece, so I was pretty excited to take it out of the box. I spent nearly the entire day planning out how I wanted to decorate it, where I wanted to put it, etc. It isn't in its permanent spot yet, but my impatient self couldn't help sprucing it up a bit and snapping a few pictures.
The bed is quite large, so large, in fact, that I think I might have to re-arrange my bedroom to accommodate for it, haha. (Right now it's kind of in the way of me being able to sit at my desk.) The colors of the bed and bedding are nice, I think they go well together.
I love every piece in this set, especially Polka Dot and her cage. I've been a hamster lover all my life, so she's probably my favorite piece. The little pencils, the alarm clock and the lamp are so cute! The books are very nice, with a great amount of detail in each one. The chair and rug are lovely as well.
Overall grade: A+
Pictures (I apologize for the poor lighting, I had to use the flash since it's dark outside and my room isn't very bright.):
I am extremely underwhelmed by this bed. I was super excited for it from pictures, but in person it is just meh. The bed itself seems well built, but the metal parts on the top of the loft are a bit odd. The colors (the purple on the bed and the purple on the metal part) don't match, which really bother me. The bedding feels very scratchy and cheap. The miniature books and hamster are nice but a lot of the other accessories also feel cheap like the bedding. I'd give it a B, just for it's redeeming features.
ETA: Upon closer inspection, I'm revising my review a bit. Most of the other accessories are really nice and detailed. The only one I don't like is the trophy, which is very plastic-y and fake looking. The bedding, besides the comforter, is pretty nice. The comforter itself definitely leaves much to be desired. The bed also falls apart every time I pick it up... kind of annoying but not an issue if you leave it in one place. B+
I think it is very worth it. It is big, but really does not take up as much room as one would think. It helps that the bookcase and desk are underneath. Plus it really is pretty light and very sturdy, so it is easily moved when needed. I love mine to bits.
Post by gdking1965 on Sept 7, 2012 21:23:15 GMT -5
The accessories are great! Much nicer than I had even expected. I did see the chair as most of the accessories were in the smaller box containing the chair. The chair is really cute and sturdy. Seeing the bed up close at AGPNY, I really like it. For those of you who want a "doll room" you really get it with this set. I give the entire set an A+. I think it is worth the money.
Post by Christie0316 on Sept 8, 2012 5:50:19 GMT -5
It's amazing and has lots of both play and display value. It offers a bit of storage as well. I adore mine, and while I realize it's expensive, I don't regret getting mine at all and would do it again in a second.
I just received my Loft Bed unexpectedly yesterday (never got a shipment notice and I was backordered until Nov. 12). After looking at how it was packed and how it is meant to be put together I am opting to keep the pieces separate, that way I can build more of a room than have a single huge piece of furniture.
Overall, I do like that the bed is constructed with wood, but then feel thrown off that some connected parts are plastic. I just feel it makes things uneven. However, all the pieces are very sturdy and of good weight, so cannot complain there.
I have not gone through all the little accessories yet, but most are going to be kept packaged for now, as I do not want a lot of little pieces being lost, especially with the inevitable move in 2-3 years. I decided to give the bed for my only modern doll at my place at the moment, Annie, and she is not big on neon.
Otherwise, I do like it a lot. The light purple color reminds of my my old bedroom before I moved when I was 7, where the walls were exactly that color. Still, I feel the price was a bit high (maybe $200 vs $225 would have been better; since most of the little pieces are just tiny plastic or paper accessories), but I will enjoy it, which is always what is most important in the end.
I received my loft bed yesterday after two months of waiting. Overall, I'm impressed.
Pardon my username being all over the pictures, but there have been an awful lot of bratty little girls who think its okay to steal others pictures and claim the item and the pictures are theirs and then post Youtube videos of their new AG items.
I took a lot of pictures, so bear with me.
The bed. The bed is made of wood and metal. The base is sturdy wood that has been painted purple. The railing is metal painted purple; the railing is screwed into the sides of the base of the bed. The bed can be a stand-alone piece if one does not wish to put the bed together.
The underside of the bed. The underside has two plastic pieces inlaid that the two base pieces "snap" into. Like the railing pieces they are screwed into the base of the bed.
The right side piece. The pillars are wood. The top piece that snaps in is made of plastic, as are the feet at the base of the piece. The desk is wood that has been painted white. There is a piece of cloth that is made of plush and has little pieces of elastic attached. Unfortunately, per some asinine US or Canadian law, it would appear that AG has to put one of its ginormous tags on the plush part. The green elastic bits hold the pieces of paper that come with this set and many more. There is also a little storage compartment at the base of the plush display with elastic that is made of plastic and is perfect for stowing small little things, like the pencils that come with this set.
The underside of the right piece, so you can see how it is constructed.
The top part that snaps in. This part is made of plastic.
The other piece. Again, the pillars are made of wood with plastic feet; the part that snaps in is plastic. The white backboard is made of wood. The shelves are made of wood and held up with metal pieces that match the metalwork on the bed. The storage compartment is completely plastic. The storage compartment has two doors that slide open and closed with ease.
Close-up of the storage compartment.
The part on the left piece that snaps into the base of the bed.
Other side of the left piece. The piece that holds the hooks is entirely plastic. The ladder steps are wood.
The bed assembled. The pieces seem to be able to snap in and out, so the bed can be taken apart fairly easily.
The chair. The chair is made entirely of metal and matches the metalwork on the bed and the shelves. It has a cushion that is tied to the chair. The cushion has one of the extra long tags.
The hamster, wheel, cage, and bowl. This entire set is made of plastic. The hamster is coated in something to make the little guy seem more furry than plastic. The cage lid does not stay on firm. The wheel really moves. The plastic water bottle is firmly affixed to the side of the cage.
Closer shot of hamster, wheel and bowl.
The rug is fairly thin and is green. It has another long tag. Not much to say here. Its similar to Julie's foot rug.
The lamp is entirely plastic. It does not work. The base includes a white blob where the light bulb should be. The orange part is coated with fabric that has been glued to the plastic lampshade.
The clock is made entirely of plastic. The hands can be moved around via a button on the back. It does not keep time and does not work.
Backside of the clock.
The trophy is entirely made of plastic. It has several pieces layered in to give it a more unique look. But its still plastic.
Backside of the trophy.
Books. This set comes with three books, as shown. All three are abridged, although Charlotte's Web contains the first seven or so chapters of the book. Harry the Dirty Dog and Charlotte's Web are both hardcover.
Backsides of all three books.
Some of the papers that come with the book: a note from McKenna's mother, a pad of paper, a certificate, and a poster.
The elastic from the board where you can attach McKenna's posters.
Mirror. Mirror is plastic, entirely. Cute but plastic.
The backside of the mirror has a cute little pattern.
Ribbons and pencils. The pencils are one piece and entirely plastic but they look cute and mix well with all the other pens and pencils I have around here for my dolls. The ribbons are very realistic looking.
Backside of ribbons, plus the heart poster.
Bed with matress.
Bed with mattress and comforter. The comforter is purple on the other side.
One last poster.
Bed with two of the pillows.
With everything set up.
Bed set up without pink pillow.
Grade: A. I like this set. And an FYI: it sits on top of Lanie's camper quite well, as illogical in real life as it would be to have a loft bed on top of a camper.