I actually have to disagree with Candace on this one - there are quite a few differences between the two sets, so I wouldn't necessarily buy the Oven and Food set as a direct replacement for the earlier set.
First of all, this oven is a different color than the other set's oven. I actually prefer the color of this one, which has a more realistic pinky-clay tone compared to the more yellowish color of the original. However, it is lacking in the details of the original; the "smoke" trails are very clearly airbrushed (and they come across as purple because of the pink of the oven), and the fire inside is not painted to resemble embers like the original oven.
However, the paddle does fit in both of them without tilting it sideways.
The unbaked loaves of bread are basically the same in both sets, although my earlier set has more rubbery loaves, whereas this one is harder plastic. The baked loaves are colored differently - Original bun on left, Oven and Food bun on right
As you can see, the coloring on the original is more yellow (mine actually has some damage to the top so please disregard green streaks ) and the newer one is actually better and looks tastier.
Finally the corn. Also different - the original corn has larger, more irregular kernels (I only have this sole survivor which came in a lot) and a shinier finish, and it also appears to have had a real husk stem at some point. The newer corn has plastic stems and a different kernel pattern.
I actually think this set has several strengths and it is definitely fun to play with. Even though the mano/metate are plastic now they still look realistic (and have more weight than I was expecting), the fresh chiles are a nice contrast from her dried paper chiles, and you have a chance to get the oven again. Basically, if you don't have the original this one is a fine substitute but just know that they aren't identical.
Hinged Version: Hmm, interestingly my trunk (which is an early one, around 2000) doesn't have those leather pulls in the tray. It has the holes, but there's no indication there were ever any pulls in there. I don't know if mine was defective or if the earlier ones just lacked them or something. But I definitely think they'd be useful!
I got the original hinged one on Ebay for less than the current one, actually.
Anyway, I like it because it holds all my Josefina stuff (except the bigger furniture and the doll) and it makes the collection seem really...historical somehow. Like seeing everything in one place, in a big carved trunk, makes it seem like a real person's trunk someone found. It's kind of satisfying.
I got this doll yesterday for my bday and I love her! I'm usually not too impressed with the minis - something always looks "off," but this doll is just adorable. Her outfit is very accurate except for the comb and the construction of the underwear, but TBH neither of those things bother me. The Nina doll's outfit is also made this way.
Something interesting is that this doll actually looks quite different from the previous mini which we bought in 2003. Her skin and eyes are darker, her eyebrows are drawn differently, and she looks noticeably taller (which also tends to alter her 1:3 doll-for-a-doll scale). Upon further examination I also found that they have different head stamps - 2003 is "Pleasant Company" and the 25th mini is "American Girl LLC". The earrings are also a bit different.
My only problems with this doll is the fact that we kind of already had a doll's doll dressed like Josefina (Nina, though this mini's dres is more accurate), so this seems a bit repetitive, and also the mini book that was included should have had the cover of the actual full-sized version. I'll give this set an A-.
25th Josefina and Nina:
Showing her undergarments and the knee socks!
Last Edit: Aug 29, 2011 9:06:19 GMT -5 by Wickfield
*This outfit is not seen in any of Josefina's books*
Um, I may be crazy beause I was sure there was a thread for this already, but it's not there anymore....
So I'll review!
This outfit is LOVELY - so much better than I had anticipated. Yes, it's made all in one piece (with the camisa attached to the skirt and the sash sewn on top), but it's so aesthetically pleasing I really don't care. The skirt is a lovely cool red color with gold and purple flowers and a lot of gold trim - very detailed. The color suits Josefina so well! The vest is velveteen and lined in satin and while not all that impressive on it's own, it really compliments the outfit and gives it a formal vibe. The shoes ARE just another pair of black flats but techincally there's a difference between these and the two pairs of holiday shoes - these have a lower back and are actually dancing slippers. Surprisingly, they're a little large.
As far as mixing-and-matching goes, her heirloom choker looks perfect with this outfit, and I also tied her red school sash over the ribbon sash attached to this outfit. The color coordinates well and it makes the outfit look more substantial and period appropriate (plus it causes the top half of the dress to ruffle better and look more like a convincing camisa).
In these pics she is wearing a coral necklace I made her and the stockings from her Fiesta Dress:
I purchased these from a board member earlier this week, and I love them! So cute - they look just like real pajamas, and even though they were originally made in 1998 they really don't look dated at all; in fact, they look like something my nearly-20-year-old-self would wear now. Out of all AG's pajamas I think these look most like something someone would actually wear.
The shirt is oversized like a nightshirt, and made more realistically than the 20th anniversary tee. The logo looks a bit diminutive but oh well. The pants are soft flannel with a weird waistband - it's just a wide piece of plain elastic (no casing). The crotch also seems a bit low, maybe to make the pants seem relaxed?
The only thing I would change about this set would be the bands around the ankles, and maybe an additional accessory or something. But otherwise I love them! A
Last Edit: May 23, 2013 9:14:36 GMT -5 by Wickfield
I bought the skirt and sweater for my AGT and it looks very adorable with boots and socks. I think it's quite 1940s but I also think it carries over well to the modern era. My only complaint is that the sweater is very short-waisted which tends to look a bit awkward and uncomfortable - the skirt is pretty short, too (but at least it still fits PM dolls, even without velcro or a zipper).
Post by Wickfield on Sept 23, 2010 11:03:03 GMT -5
Okay, update to say that I recently acquired a PM version of this on Ebay. Wow, big difference! The fabric in the PM version is very thick, thicker than most of Josefina's camisas (whereas my late Mattel version is quite thin, see above)! It's a better version but I think it's too big for my Mattel doll. Just thought I'd add this for information's sake.
Post by Wickfield on Sept 20, 2010 19:04:51 GMT -5
Here's an early Josefina I just received in a lot - she's fully PM, soft lashes, fat body, lack of body tag, the whole thing! She must be from between 97 and 99.
She shares the exact same face mold as my 2004 version - they have the same tiny-lettered PC neckmold. Apart from the usual PC/Mattel differences, though, I also noticed that PM Josefina has a slightly yellowish/olive skintone in comparison to Mattel but a pinker body fabric, that her eyebrows are angled differently and are actually thicker, and that her wig is different. My Mattel girl has a defective wig anyway that snags like mad, but PM Josefina has fewer strands of coarser hair, which doesn't tangle at ALL and which makes for a nicer braid. The part is also slightly different.
Last Edit: Nov 9, 2010 16:25:46 GMT -5 by Wickfield
Here's another item I've had since March of this year and have just now gotten around to reviewing here!
Josefina's table and chairs are made of real wood. As you can see in the picture, they are stained much the same warm honey color as our hardwood floors. I thought they were going to be much lighter than this and so was a bit surprised by their color, but no less pleased. They're scaled to Josefina's size, more like a child's table set than a real adult-sized one.
The furniture has a lovely "cornstalk" carving design, which looks like it could have been done with one chisel. The carving lends a simple elegant feel to the set!
Pic of the little panel that slides out to reveal that the table is hollow. I was surprised by how little you can fit in there - don't expect to store her dishes underneath! - but her silver platter and bizcochito cookie recipe slide in for safe keeping.
I don't yet have the dishes that accompany the table set - I will someday! - but for now I have it decorated with pieces from her Christmas and herb gathering sets. I'm not sure that having a chicken on the table is the best idea, though...
The shoes in this set aren't identical to Sam's Lawn Party shoes - as Princess Emily said, the heels on Rebecca's pair are different, and the toe is rounder and there is only one bow on each, rather than two as on Sam's pair.
I think I'd have to give these ribbons a B. I did get them for retail which I don't regret since I'm a completist when it comes to Josefina. As the others have said, 11" is really too short. You can see this in my picture below - especially with the thicker ribbons (red and orange) the bow comes out more stubby than flowing! You can only tie these in one bow around the end of Josefina's braid; if you wanted to do other hairstyles, though, you could maybe tie the ribbon around a ponytail holder.
Since no pictures like this have been posted, I thought I'd show the ribbons in comparison to some of Josefina's outfits. I do think it's a bonus that they match Josefina's wardrobe so well!
Teal matches Josefina's birthday skirt, orange coordinates with her summer dress, and yellow is very versatile, matching her Christmas, Fiesta, and summer dresses:
I don't have a comparison picture, but the red grosgrain ribbon matches all of Josefina's red pieces and I think the trim in her fiesta dress, also.
Last Edit: Nov 24, 2009 16:16:36 GMT -5 by Wickfield
I got just the hat yesterday from a board member - it's another one of those pieces I really wanted when it came out but never got until now! I wasn't really missing much, but it's still nice to have the hat that completes this outfit. Here's a picture:
It's made of thick plushy velvet which attracts dust like mad, lol. The velvet must have matched the velour pants on the first runs of the outfits, but my pants are cotton and I prefer the contrast in the two fabrics. The brim can be folded up or down and it fits the dolls head snugly. It would probably be a bit more stylish (they do still sell crush hats) w/o the fleece bows. But the bows are a nice detail, and I like the beads sewn in the center. The hat tends to make Amanda look kind of dorky but in a very cute way. Shall give it a B.
Last Edit: Oct 27, 2009 7:07:51 GMT -5 by Wickfield
Remember folks, AG actually sold GIRL CLOTHES just like this at the same time. And apparently they weren't abhorred, they sold, too, because they come up fairly frequently on Ebay and they sold at AG until 1998. Even if you look at covers of the old AG magazines you see stuff like this. It may not have been what the common girls were wearing but it was being worn in 1996-1998.
I fell in love with this outfit way back when it came out in 1998, but inexplicably never got it. UNTIL NOW! And it has promptly become one of my absolute favorite outfits for Amanda.
The blouse The blouse is made with a satin bodice and sheer gauzy sleeves woven with gold threads. It is a very elegant piece in clean bright white. The bodice is decorated with three gold beads stitched to look like buttons (although the neckline is a little odd as the hem is very narrow and plain). The sleeves are nice and blousy, similar to Josefina's camisas, and surprised me by snapping at the wrists. I bought my set used so the satin on the back was pretty beat up by the velcro which is very heavy and could snag anything, so it may not be the best for younger collectors. But for looks it gets an A.
The jumper - I like this piece because it looks nearly identical to some of the outfits I had at the target age in the late 90s. The velveteen is so THICK! It is plushy and soft and because of its weight it drapes beautifully. I really like the gold edging which dresses up the jumper and gives it a finished look. I had always been under the impression that the snoflakes had jewels for their centers but they are embroidered from gold and white thread. The pattern on mine is a bit odd because where the waistline is stitched it cuts off one of the snowflakes. :/ It's also nice that, though the outfit is formal and wintry, it doesn't scream holidays. A+
The headband - another quintessential 90s piece. This one is hard but flexible enough to get on the doll's head, and is covered in black woven nylon. It's decorated with individually-stitched beads that match the ones on the jumper and shoes. It's very cute on the doll's head although it doesn't sit quite right without going in the middle of her ears, not like a real headband. I'll give it A-
The tights - These are very similar to the tights that go to the Holiday Dress, but in black/gold instead of all gold. These are thicker than the usual tights but thinner than the similar gold tights; they seem to hold up pretty well. I like the jazzy sparkles and I would have adored these things at this age. They make the dress seem a bit appropriately younger. A
I don't have the shoes but they are just plain black patent flats, with two of the matching gold beads stitched on top. I have found that Nellie's Holiday shoes look really great with the set, and also the black velvet flats from the First Day outfit. I highly recommend this set!
Detail of the headband:
Showing the bead "buttons", embroidered snowflakes, and threaded sleeves:
And just a portrait of Amanda, lol:
Last Edit: Oct 12, 2010 10:13:21 GMT -5 by Wickfield
My cousin got a pair of these back in 2002, but her Mattel pair was not made of wire, nor was it thin like those shown here. Hers were made of sturdy, transparent tan plastic colored like tortoiseshell. I thought they were really great and wanted a pair of my own. A-
I got my sweet PM Asian Bitty, Jennifer, in early 1997. She was my first AG doll, period, and my mother picked her out because she looked the most like me when I was born (even though I'm not one bit Asian). She's absolutely darling, nice and squishy, with her skintone darker and more golden than blond Bitty. I love her soft babyish eyelashes and minimal facepaint!
I agree with the other reviewers in that her head paint does scuff fiercely but it's easy to color with marker or paint. (My doll's hair seems to be differently shaped than the Mattel dolls - a widows' peak, if you will - and it is very shiny.) She's also had some eye problems - they stick, and one has a rim of silver around the brown iris which doesn't seem to be silver eye, but rather some of the metal workings of the eye showing. Don't know if this is due to a problem with the doll or the care I gave it.
She came in the first version sleeper which has pilled over time, but it's been nearly 13 years and I didn't take particularly great care of it. The diaper was just a piece of flannel with a bit of serging around the edges and velcro to fasten.
I really need some better pictures but these will do for now.
Showing the scuffs on her head:
And the markings on her neck:
She's the only baby doll I was ever interested in. A
Last Edit: Oct 12, 2009 7:34:58 GMT -5 by Wickfield