It's about time I did the review for this set! I bought this as the Mattel "Christmas Accessories" set which included the lantern. (FWIW, mine is a very new version that came in the star box.)
The chicken and eggs - Here's where AG's scaling is very poor. This whole chicken, which in the book is a full-sized one and not a guinea, is smaller than Josefina's head! She looks very out-of-proportion if you pay attention and take her out of her cage! The chicken herself is actually very cute, with both painted-on feathers and two kinds of "real" feathers glued to her tail and wings. She fits easily inside of her cage. Her eggs are small too, but very darling. They are made from a clay-like material that has been spatter-painted. They are ridiculously small and they do roll out of her cage. B (for scale reasons)
The chicken cage - I didn't find the cage to be particularly cheap - it is made of real wood with a string handle. The string is tied on at the diagonal, and I can't tell if this is clever or annoying, though Josefina can hold it easily. I love the touch of "hay" glued to the inside of the cage! B+
The chiles - I can't tell if these are too small or not but they are very cute! Chiles are such an important part of Josefina's Christmas story and her books in general and are great for setting up scenes. These are made from red paper twisted around green string stems and Josefina can hold these, too. A
The lantern - I actually don't think this is as "crappy" as the other reveiwers have mentioned. It's not fantastic but not horrible, especially considering that it is included in a set with lots of other goodies. It is made from plain wood, stamped with a gorgeous Spanish design. I love the little candleholder inside! The leather straps are glued in knots (again, Josefina can hold this). The windows lower the effect a bit - they seem to be made from layers of plastic and mine are separating, plus the door of my lantern was warped so one of the windows is threatening to pop off. A- (I really like it, except for the windows).
In short, I think this set is worth its original price but wouldn't pay more for it!
Last Edit: Nov 24, 2009 16:27:49 GMT -5 by Wickfield
I just got the silver tray and five bizcochitos which someone sold me from a Josefina lot they received. I'm quite pleased with it, although everything seems a bit off-scale - it looks more like a plate than a platter, and why are there only five cookies? Maybe this is the platter after everyone at the Christmas fiesta took their share. The platter itself is heavy and apparently real silver as it tarnishes like mad. The cookies are sweet and look just like the book cookies. It gets an A- for scale issues.
Seems I'm part of the majority in that I think Sombrita is DARLING! Everyone in my family, even my parents really love her. I got my brand-new from AG so she's a white-faced version which I prefer, since book!Sombrita is all black and white. She's very very heavy material, with fur glued on her body and flocking on her face and legs. I noticed the black parts are stiffer and rougher which leads me to believe they've been spray-painted. I do think she could be hard to clean so keep that in mind for younger collectors. Sombrita's little bell ties to a pleather cord and is removable if you slide it over her nose and then ears. The bell is actually metal and very loud! It has a sweet sound but rings constantly so we eventually had to tape the clapper down. All in all I think she's precious and looks great with Josefina. A+
The dress - The dress is good and bad, and I'll start with the bad first. It is quite tight! I hadn't heard of this particular outfit being tight but it is, and rather short too even with the pantalettes. The fabric also feels kind of cheapy, like a bedsheet or something and not the usual soft fabric of Josefina's other dresses. So that's a bummer. HOWEVER, I love the design, colors, and pattern! I think it is a really unique dress in Josefina's collection and I honestly prefer it to her canon Christmas dress. So I wish it was longer and different fabric but I'm still glad I got it. B+
The stockings - These are also smallish, but not like I couldn't get them on her feet. They are actually very nice and even though they are thinner than her Christmas stockings, I like to imagine they are a fancier pair Tia Dolores brought from Mexico City. A-
The shoes - I don't know why everyone seems to have trouble with these - I didn't. Yes they are small (and make Josefina's feet look very small!) but they are squishy leather which you can easily shove her foot in. Then again, I have a 2004 girl for a 2009 outfit so maybe that makes a difference. I really like these shoes - possibly better than her Christmas shoes - and the bows are nice detail that you see on a lot of real shoes from this period. A
Last Edit: Aug 25, 2009 7:22:23 GMT -5 by Wickfield
The loom: This was so much nicer than I was expecting! I knew it was plastic and thusly was awaiting the worst, but it is actually very weighty; it feels more like resin to me. It's also realistically painted to look like wood. The loom comes pre-strung (mine was a tad crooked, unfortunately, but it isn't awful), with the shed and heddle rods already attached and ready for weaving. It seems quite small next to Josefina but is a really neat display piece. A+
The yarn: The yarn is real wool and very pretty, complimentary colors. However, my yarn is THICK. It's quite off-scale. I can't tell if it's really a difference from the others' sets (it's definitely thicker than AGR's, it might be the same as GCSupergirl's), but regardless it looks odd when it's on the loom and next to Josefina. I think it's so that the girls who are actually wanting to make the blanket can get it done quicker. But I would have preferred to take my time and get a finer weave. B- UPDATE: I was looking at the yarn and was really discontent with the result, and then I decided to unravel it into two separate pieces like embroidery thread. That can be tricky but it makes your weaving look so much better if you have a new set!
The tools: The tools include a fork to push the yarn down, a batten (is that what it's called?) to separate the warp threads, a big plastic needle which I didn't get in my picture, and the shuttle. They seem a little large for Josefina but I don't know if they're supposed to be to her scale anyway. Except for the batten, which is wood, they're made of thick matte plastic and look like bone or something. Interestingly, they are stamped "Pleasant Company", I guess because of the mold. Oh, also there's a clamp to hold the loom onto a table which was a very nice addition! They do their job. A
The booklet: Normally I wouldn't have included any info on this but I wanted to mention that my set (which I just bought new from AG) has a different booklet than AGRescue's. Mine is printed entirely in black and white with a different cover; this must be a change from 2007 (that's the copyright date). Anyway, it's written in English, French and Spanish and is pretty easy to follow, with some interesting information on Navajo weaving. I didn't have any difficulties (and shouldn't, I'm 18), and I doubt I would have had trouble when I was younger. The only tricky thing is sliding the batten through the right way, but after you master that you're set. NOTE, though, the booklet does NOT tell you how to rethread the warp, so keep that in mind. A-
Last Edit: Aug 25, 2009 6:45:45 GMT -5 by Wickfield
The housecoat - Our housecoat - which is a Mattel star-box version - is made of a medium weight cotton in a cranberry and cream tiny plaid print. As qnpoohbear mentioned, it is not lined except for the collar, which features a tiny floral calico print (you can see it in my second picture). Like most of Kirsten's pieces this one velcros at the wrists but it really buttons up the front; the buttons are just like those on Josefina's spencer jacket, but are harder to button here because of some very small button holes! This piece looks absolutely darling over the nightgown, and might look nice as outerwear over some other dresses. A
The sockor - the sockor are made of real felted wool and even though we have a very recent set, the box said they were still made in Sweden. Bonus! Unlike the other reviewers, we had absolutely no trouble getting these on Kirsten's feet, and these are Mattel for a Mattel doll. In fact, they seem like they could slip off; because these are handmade though they likely vary. They fit nicely and complete her whole bedtime ensemble. A
Last Edit: Jul 19, 2009 6:56:18 GMT -5 by Wickfield
The nightstand- I just got Josefina's nightstand and I really like it! It's lighter weight than I expected and the wood feels a bit cheap, but it looks really nice so I don't mind (however, the joints aren't really mortise-and-tenon, just made to look that way). I love the rust-colored stain, although it seems that the finish is different from earlier versions - unlike AGR, my nightstand is not shiny, it looks more like the picture posted by savannahjane; it seems to be stained rather than painted. Also, the leather handle (very cute) is darker like savannahjane's - I really like that it has a drawer that's big enough to really hold things. It seems to be a very authentic piece and looks very nice next to Josefina's bed. Plus the distressed finish means it won't show if you ding it up. A-
Last Edit: May 15, 2009 15:48:20 GMT -5 by Wickfield
Okay, so here are some comparison pics as this set has evidently changed a good deal over the years.
First comes the vest - . I have three versions of this - the early PM version, what I believe to be an early Mattel version, and a late Mattel version from 2008. The early PM and early Mattel versions seem to be real leather, or at least real leather with some kind of overlay, and are actually thinner than the pleather version. The color of these is extremely different, a dark reddish-brown compared to the tan of the pleather edition. Neither is tooled very deeply, but the PM one is deeper than the early Mattel one (this is really the only difference between the two and it may not be so much a PM/Mattel issue as just a batch issue).
Then we have the late Mattel version. The one I received in 2008 is imitation leather, and boy does it show, rubbery and generic light brown. Interestingly, though the pleather version is stamped more deeply than either leather vest. I really love the leather ones in either version but the pleather one is junk.
The fabric has also changed between PM and late Mattel. The thickness is the same, but the original material is a bit more of a burnt orange than my Mattel version, and the flowers and stripes are slightly different. Not sure when this changed, but it's not too big of a deal.
PM on left, late Mattel on right (and the Mattel is not so warm in color, I don't know why it was taking like that)
This is such a sweet outfit, not exactly "sporty" and a bit girly but Ashley still loves it and wears it a lot. My sister had the girl-sized set and it was so cute!
The jacket - both the girl and doll ones are very thick and so SOFT! The jacket is made of lavender-colored material with a pinkish cast, ribbed at the bottom with real pockets. Some of those reflective ribbons run the length of the sleeve and "AG" is embroidered on the left cuff. The jacket really zips up with a plastic and metal zipper, too! Also, you could probably pair this with other outfits. A+
The shirt - this is slightly on the thin side but it pulls it off well. Velcroing up the back as usual, the front as a wreath of flowers surrounding "AG", and chain stitching of different colors around the edges of the shirt. Again, not exactly sporty, but another one of those mix-and-match pieces. A
The pants - the pants are the letdown, thin and too short, and they come down in the back when Ashley's sitting. The velcro up the front and then snap with a round metal snap. The cuffs have flower embroidery and zip up the side. The girl-sized pants were much thicker and lined with fleece, I wish these were too. C.
The shoes - the shoes, to me, look like "doll shoes", although I think they were supposed to represent the sporty slip-on sneakers girls were wearing around that time. These are obviously purple pleather with pink and blue stripes. They have a band of elastic in the back so they'll actually stay on the dolls foot, which is a plus. Still, though, we like the outfit better with the gray sneakers. B
The barrettes - two rectangular metal barrettes complete the set, and I thought they held a fair amount of hair. However, they definitely tarnished badly. Maybe a silver cloth would fix them up, I know that worked with the 1998 cowgirl badge which was also cheap metal. B-
The PJs - you have to realize that, upon buying this set, it will ONLY really work for winter. I wish the design had been stars rather than snowflakes so it could work year round, but we knew it was snowflakes when we bought it, so... I love the thick, satiny fabric these PJs are made from, and the color - rich dark purple - is great. The snowflakes are printed in an elegant silver tone, and all is edged in a lighter purple trim. The pants pull up with elastic, and although there are frog loops on the top they aren't functional, instead the top velcros up the back. They look really nice on Ashley, I think overall I'll give them a B.
The slippers - these won't stay on the doll's feet, I wish they had those clear elastic straps the new AG slides have. They are a cute, realistic concept, and would probably look nice in a bedroom display, but for actual use I'm afraid they get a C.
We got this outfit for Ashley the year it came out. Though the colors are rather...bold, it works for a regular exercise/sport outfit, too, if you get rid of the harness and shoes.
The jacket - I love fleece sweaters on AG, for some reason. This one seems sturdier, it hasn't pilled as much as some of the other fleece pieces. Edged in orange piping, it zips up the front with a red plastic zipper. There's a patch on the front with a mountain and the letters "AG". Nice all around, and Ashley loves red, so that's a bonus. A
The tank - as SailAway said, the tank is a simple shell made of spandex. It gets extra embellishment with red chain-stitching up the front. It velcros up the back with the thinner velcro, but it still tends to snag the fabric. Also, some might consider the bright orange rather garish. B
The shorts - these are a nice, athletic pair of stretchy biking shorts. These are thicker than the tank top and pull on with elastic. They look even sportier because of the orange and silver trimming. A
The shoes - though the flat, slick soles tend to designate these as specifically "rock-climbing" shoes, if you aren't really too particular you could disguise these as a pair of sneakers, too. The uppers of these shoes appear to be real suede dyed purple, lacing up with flat black laces. I think they are really cute. A
The ponytail holders - generic little hair elastics in bright red to match the jacket. They don't have a ton of stretch and one of them broke on my sister. B-
The harness & chalk bag- this is such a cool, unique piece! It consists of wide, woven, black nylon straps. They are decorated with designs in fabric paint which looks like some doofusy touch there would be at camp or a rock-climbing place. It goes on easily, with the help of a set of instructions that were included. The three metal carabiners are nice, I think ours were silver, pink and purple. A+ for accuracy. The chalk bag is a tiny little drawstring pouch made of slippery red nylon: B.
Last Edit: Mar 13, 2009 14:22:58 GMT -5 by Wickfield
Licorice - I got Licorice the year she came out, and am attached to her because she was a gift but am not devastated to see her go. My main beef is that she is WAY off scale! She looks like she could eat Kirsten's cats, and you just show me a normal kitten that is the same size as a Westie puppy. Licorice is made of a lightweight, heavy plastic covered in thin black and white fur in the pattern of a tuxedo cat. Her nose is plastic, and her eyes and whiskers are, too. Her facial fur gets messed up easily, and I don't understand why she has little "eyebrows". Also, the wire in her tail was very thin and broke, so now she looks like she has the Cat in the Hat's tail. B-
Her cushion - the darn thing sheds! Whenever I take out Josefina's school skirt it has little pink feathers stuck all over it! While it is a nice concept it's really rather cheap, made from stuffed satin with a butterfly pattern. B-
Her collar - I got the earlier, original version, stretchy with rhinestone diamonds. This piece is really nice and sparkly and looks terrific on the cat. [/b]A[/b]
Her toy...thing - I think it's really supposed to resemble a ball of yarn. Anyway, it is also pink with little sparkly strands woven in. It's magnetized so it will stick to Licorices mouth, too. For what it is, A.
Wow, got to be first reviewer for this, too! I'll just say that I really dislike how Coconut is the theme of this party, because if you don't have or like Coconut you're stuck with little Westie decorations all over everything. Also, it cuts down on versatility.
The balloons - while a nice idea in concept, the balloons are made of plastic and wire and are kind of hard for the doll to hold. The handle is made of thick twisted wire with a loop to slip over the doll's hand. The balloons to this set are pink and blue with "Happy Birthday" logos, and a silver one with Coconut. I do like the color choices and all the curling ribbon! B-
The tiara - another good concept but doesn't exactly work. The tiara is made of plastic and is not wide enough to fit on the doll's head! We have a doll from this same period but the tiara still sits strangely on top, leaving a gap between the crown and the head. As far as looks go, it is made of pearlized white plastic and silvery tinsel, with a holographic "Happy Birthday" sticker on top. B-
The gift bag - a cute idea, made of sparkly plastic-coated paper. It actually holds a lot, including all the favors if you'd like to use it as a favor sack. The strap is pearlized pink curling ribbon, and the bag is edged with shiny trim. A+
The favors - these look like real favors you'd get at a birthday party! The stickers are made of blue and pink candies and are really removable. The sketch pad are just like things my sister and I actually had, and I'm glad it came with the little plastic stick even though it's no big deal. The blowout is the best part. It really works! Or at least it did, until the paper got a rip in it. A The cake and platter - Coconut appears again, here he is in tiny plastic "candy" form on top of the cake. The cake looks pretty realistic with pink and lavender glazing, with the aforementioned candy Coconut and little silk flowers decorating the top. Even the glitter makes sense, I had sugar glitter on all my cakes at this time. The platter is plain pink, scalloped plastic, with a paper doily lining it. The paper doily is very fragile and crumples easily but looks nice when it is intact. A-
Wow, I got to be first reviewer for this! Guess I'll have to post pictures, too. In all honesty, I'm not quite sure why I actually got this outfit, as I had always liked the Flower Power Outfit better and this one does not really suit Amanda's personality or looks and doesn't really match the school accessories. Oh well. It looked okay on Josefina, and maybe I was just destined to be the first reviewer.
The top - the top reminds me of a lot of Josefina's camisas, with the scoop neck and puffed sleeves. It's not nearly as long though, just the right length to tuck into the pants. The top seems to be made of stiff, berry-colored velveteen, darker and less reddish than the stock photo shows. There are little berries that are actually embroidered in different colors across the outfit! It's a very heavy piece and I imagine it looks best on medium-skinned girls. A
The pants - I'm not really that great with fabrics, maybe these are twill? Either way they are very soft in a neutral olive-khaki color. They pull on with elastic and go down to the doll's mid-calf. They really tie at the waist and at the cuffs, but ties at the cuffs are shorter and tend to come undone. These seem fairly mix-and-matchable, especially with the other pieces of this school line, and could work for a tomboy too. A
The sandals - these are really great and seem to look like actual sandals. They are made from a soft, almost suede-like pleather, woven and with real buckles! The soles are textured and cobbled. A-
The binder - the binder looks fairly realistic, rather girly like most of the items of this period, covered in dusty pink fabric with a hibiscus decoration in the lower right corner. No plastic here, the rings and internal parts are all metal - and they really pop open, too! It also looks to scale. A
The folders - three heavy folders made from blue, pink, and olive-colored cardstock. These are very durable and also realistic in construction - real pockets on the inside! - although I've never seen them in this color before. The stickers are a sheet of orange and red, square decals that don't really match but are cute enough. A
The textbook - both my sister and I used this EXACT same book in the 4th grade. All the pages inside are real, and both the paper and bookcover feel exactly like the full-size version. I love how they used to include a real textbook, most of the school supplies sets don't have that nymore, maybe for copyright reasons. A+
The thermos & spork - both of these pieces are made of very heavy, silver plastic. The thermos also has a purple lid with a hibiscus decal and a pink nylon strap. I like the weight and reality of these pieces, but I don't get the point of having a spork slide into the side of the thermos. I also don't understand why the food was supposed to go INSIDE the thermos...? So as a thermos and not a lunchbox, it gets a A, and the spork gets a B because the doll should have just had a fork.
The food - Um....yeah. So aside from the fact that spaghetti and salad is not exactly the most practical school lunch, and aside from the fact that your mom only made you a handful of spaghetti and a handful of salad, and the fact that she made you STUFF IT IN YOUR THERMOS, these parts are really great. Seriously, the salad and spaghetti are far too small, the portions are the size of the entire cookie, and they are painted much too brightly. The plastic containers didn't seem thin to me, and they are supposed to have purple lids to match the thermos. I wish AG had made a lunch set or something, these things just don't do it for me if you are trying to be realistic. C+
Good lord, no pictures? Well, I'll have to post some soon. Let it be known that I know absolutely nothing about accuracy in soccer uniforms, I'm just going by quality and the whether or not I just like the look.
The jersey - the jersey is made from thin, shiny material printed in a diamond pattern of two shades, and edged in black and white trim. We have the blue set, and it looks nice with our Mattel Ashley's eyes. The "9" is a decal which peels off after too much use so we had to touch ours up with a marker. I think the jersey should have a team logo, shouldn't it? This one doesn't. It velcros in the back and is long enough to tuck into the shorts. Overall I like it well enough but that decal takes it to B.
The shorts - these look pretty authentic, especially for the years this set was available. The shorts pull up with elastic and are made from nylon. They're really embroidered in white at the edge and have "American Girl" stitched on one cuff. They are kind of big and reach to the doll's knees. A-
The socks - these are just your average AG knee socks in blue, but I'm glad they were included as you need them to play soccer. A
The shin guards - I'm assuming shin guards actually have to be HARD to protect your shins, rather than a few layers of stiff black fabric. These have a strip of elastic sewn to the back and stay on the doll pretty well, but they aren't long enough to peek out of the socks like the catalog shows. B-
The cleats - I think these are very cute, I've seen ones just like them at the mall. They are made of sturdy black pleather with little pegs on the bottom so your doll won't slide around on the field. There's two white ribbon stitched to each side, and the laces are real ones with aglets. They fit both PM and Mattel dolls, A+.
The bag - the bag is a nice duffel bag although you really have to cram the ball inside. It has a mesh pocket outside and the rest is made from nylon, with a satin cord to draw it shut. There's also a zipper on the side, for some reason. A-
The towel - boy, there's a lot of pieces to this set! I'm not sure a towel was absolutely necessary, but it's a nice little one about the size of a washcloth, made from thick terrycloth with an "American Girl" patch stitched to the front. B
The ball - the soccer ball is the only thing I found really lacking, it is soft and squishy, stuffed with cotton and an outer layer made from pieces of pleather. I think it should have been harder and bigger, and I like the newer AG soccer balls better, C.
I love these PJs, they look good on Mattel girls but look even cozier on PM Amanda! I got these in 2002, right before they retired. I'm glad I did!
The PJs - these are made from stiff, thin cotton. I never had a problem with wrinkling, but they do look rumpled which I just think makes them look more comfy. Both the bottoms and shirt are cut very roomily. The pants pull up with elastic and reach a good length down the doll's feet. The pajama top is wide and really buttons up the front! I haven't had too much difficulty with the buttons, I think the thread started coming out of one, maybe. The eyelet pattern on the fabric is simple but adds nice detail, although I do occasionally worry about threads coming unraveled. A+
The pouch - it's a nice inclusion, but kind of pointless. I stuff it with Amanda's next-day clothing and sling it over her arm. B
Ashley came in this outfit in 2002, we got it as soon as it was being made because when we ordered the doll, catalog pictures still showed the Urban Outfit. It's a cute set, but it's too girly for a tomboy like Ashley. I would like a less fancy outfit that could go either girly or tomboyish, and I think the Ready for Fun outfit later accomplished this. I also don't think it's too adult for a young girl, this just seems like an outfit for a fancier occasion - which is why we bought the girl-sized pieces for me when I was 12!
The sweater - this was made during the Purple Reign of AG, when even my mother said, "They sure like to use a lot of purple, don't they?". It is a dusty lavender color, very thick and high quality. I love the raised embroidery at the wrists, a detail even the girl's sweater didn't have. The ribbon is a pinker shade, it threads through and ties to the front, and can come out if you aren't too careful. A+
The shirt - I really like the shirt! I think it's supposed to resemble a mock-turtleneck. It's made from cream-colored, thick cotton. The detail on front is supposed to look like hydrangeas and is really made from stitched-on sequins and embroidered leaves! Very beautiful and looks great with blond hair, A+.
The skirt - wow, this is really nice, an olive green herringbone-textured fabric that is also quite thick. It velcros with the "snag-free" velcro at the side, and falls to about the doll's knees. There is all manner of decoration at the bottom, beautiful different ruffles and ribbons, a lot of detail that's really nice. A+
The tights - *runs away screaming*. These things look really cute with the outfit but they SNAG! I don't even know HOW they snagged, there's hardly any velcro in this set! Either way, the back of our pair is completely shredded. This is a very delicate piece but looks nice. B-
The boots - I actually wasn't too crazy about these, they were just kind of funny looking and I never saw anything like this for actual girls. They are a much darker purple than any of the outfit's pieces and seem to "ground" it. With a thick rubber sole and a suede-like upper, they zip up the front. B
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This is a nice, basic shirt, although I wish it came in more colors than black because it looks a little hardcore, which won't suit all dolls . It is stretchy, spandexy material that velcros in the back, and fortunately it doesn't snag! It fit's both PM and Mattel and looks nice on a wide variety of coloration. I wish AG had been selling jeans at the same time, because most sets don't come with jeans and Amanda didn't have much to wear it with. A-
The sweater - the sweater is a soft fleecy little number, very thick and with a fuzzy texture. It tends to pill slightly. Inside the sweater closes with a hook and eye closure which you'll have to look for as it's quite small, and then ties on the outside with a real ribbon. I love the beaded edging! When I saw this in the catalog I thought it was that silver wrapped thread used on some things. This may be delicate if you really yank on it but I haven't had any problems. The sweater looks most beautiful on blue-eyed dolls! A
The skirt - why did you not use SNAPS, AG? *mourns* The silver overskirt snags really easily on the velcro closure behind, even though it's the newer, thinner velcro. The back of my skirt is really really picked up. At least it still looks nice from the front. The skirt is made from a thicker, shiny white material overlaid with the thin, sparkly silver material. I got my set in 2002, and I think the skirt is a bit different than earlier versions: it is shorter and doesn't fold as much, and the overlay doesn't hang down as far as other sets I've seen. Weird. The skirt is really pretty, so if you can keep it away from velcro like the plague, A-.
The tights - these are super thin and snag way too easily, but I was able to substitute Nellie's Christmas tights which work perfectly. The thin-ness is actually good, they impart a kind of sheen you wouldn't have with thicker tights. Again, very fragile, but they make the outfit look nice.
The shoes - love these! They are sturdy, really snap, and have the most beautiful color ever. I think they really make the outfit, I only wish they could be used with more outfits! A++
The hair clips - these are also quite breakable! They are made from clear plastic that appears to have been dipped in glue and rolled in glitter. From catalog pics, I thought they would be transparent plastic with glitter inside - were they ever like that?. B-
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Got this outfit in 2002, methinks, and I think it's very cute and is one of the pastel sets Amanda can actually look good in!
The hoodie - as you can tell from the pictures, the hoodie is a pale yellow, waffle-knit top that pulls on over the doll's head. Now I have a chubby PM doll and I haven't found the shirt to have stretched too much. Sure the neckline is v-necked, but you aren't supposed to pull it down to the doll's tummy, you just have to position it. The hood is edged in ribbed fabric and doesn't really fit the doll's head, and you can see the inner seam, which is the only thing I don't like about this piece. The sailboat button is so cute! A
The skort - is love. It is a real skort, not a scooter, so you can see the shorts behind. It velcros at the fly and then another panel of fabric covers it and snaps to the side. I love the sunny yellow, pink, blue and green fabric they chose! It looks so nautical, somehow, and very comfortable to wear. A+
The sneakers - these are the only real sneakers Amanda has, and so they go with jeans, too. They are real canvas high-tops, with a thick heavy-duty rubber sole and the AGoT logo on the bottom. I love the real shoelaces with aglets! I'm so glad these were included, although I doubt it would be easy to find shoes that match your outfit so perfectly. A
The hat - this is so cute! Not only does it look darling with this set, but we've also paired it with Kit's beach PJs. It is also made of thick...maybe canvas? You can fold the brim up all the way around or leave it down in the back. It fits the doll's head well and doesn't look too odd with bangs, either. A
This is a great, versatile outfit with real mix-and-match capabilities. Ashley has claimed it, and it fits both her PM and Mattel versions!
The jacket - I'm glad AG has finally included a basic denim jacket in it's set! This one is made of good quality dark blue denim, thin enough to seem scale on the doll. The pockets are contrast-stitched in white, and the buttons can actually work! And I'm so glad there's no embroidery or anything so this can go with other pieces. A
The shirt - my sister had the matching girl's shirt, both are just adorable! Made of thickish soft cotton, Coconut in screenprinted and doused with glitter. Unlike the girl version, there's no rear-view of Coconut on the back, just velcro. The shirt has a bit of stretch and fit on PM Ashley easily. While I think AG overdid it with Coconut during these years I really like this piece. A+
The khakis - Ashley is always fairly hesitant to wear the khakis as they seem slightly feminine with their fitted shape and flared, slitted bottoms. They have real pockets and belt loops and velcro at the fly. They were even big enough to fit PM Ashley, our fattest doll! A
The sandals - didn't really care too much for the sandals, they're denim with a big platform, foam heel. I don't know why AG makes slides for doll feet, they just fall off! Also, the embroidered flowers make them seem a bit girly. We usually pair the set with the gray sneakers instead. B-
The ponytail holder - heh, I really liked this ponytail holder but it's gone AWOL at present. It had a lot of stretch and I loved the sparkles woven into the texture. Some of the pink strands started to pull out so it's slightly delicate, but great for ponytails. (If your set doesn't have it, though, it's no great loss. ) A
I got this dress for Amanda after going on a Victorian/Edwardian kick from watching Sherlock Holmes. I love it!
The dress - this is so high-quality! The dress is made from thick, crisp, shiny taffeta, with a wonderfully large bold plaid pattern. The colors are terrific and work well together, and IMO it would look better on a dark-haired doll like Samantha, rather than Nellie (and it also looks very nice on Josefina when she plans to masquerade as Italian immigrant). I really love the pleating detail, they are deep enough to stay in place and the skirt uses enough fabric to seem swingy. There's also a lot of detail on the yoke, which is made from a thinner cotton and decorated with tiny white buttons. The sleeves look correct, helped a little with elastic sewn in at various sections. My only quibble is that the dress is supposed to be "drop-waisted", but it is sewn to the belt so you can't really make the top blouse over, and also the pleats are only stitched halfway down so you can see the thread. Still, though, A+
The hairbow - I never had many problems with this, but I usually use it for a different style than Nellie or Sam. It's not really a bow, just a piece of folded velvet tied in a knot and sewn to a ponytail holder. I don't mind the ponytail holder but it's just so thick, if it had been a piece of elastic it would have looked better. Also, I'm not sure if a velvet hairbow is historically accurate. A-
The tights - super-thin AG tights of the flimsiest variety. They seem really oddly long, too! I use these for the Ice Blue outfit, not this dress, for which I substitute Samantha's Christmas tights which look much better. C-
The shoes - I LOVE THESE! I think they are just like Felicity's shoes, only made from patent leather. They also sport a round gold buckle on the top. They are just so shiny and absolutely adorable, and they complete the outfit. They also fit PM dolls! A+
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The shoes - I really like these shoes! I found them easy to put on my PM #14 when she plays Edwardian. They are very nice, thick and soft pleather. The heel is low and may make the doll wobble but I use a stand usually anyway. The bows are also pleather, but the backing has begun to separate - this, of course could easily be repaired. A
The socks - not much, a fishnet pair of socks with a scalloped edge, they are creamy and yellowish and reach over her knees. They are also fairly thin and could snag easily. B-
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I can't believe this outfit sells so high on Ebay, I just saw one sell for $185! I got this outfit the year it came out, December 2004.
The dress - this dress is made from a very thin cotton in a pretty creamy shade. I would say the fabric is too thin, although this is a summer dress; it also wrinkles fairly easily. I love the lace details on the yoke, skirt and sleeves! The waistband is also accented by a thin, ribbon-y flower. I think this dress would look very nicely under Sam's duster, and I like it better than her birthday outfit but it's still not my favorite. Maybe it looks better on Mattel Samanthas than my PM #14. B
The hat - the hat was kind of a bummer, I haven't used it very much. It is made from a mesh-like material and the same cotton as the dress, but with an eyelet texture. It doesn't puff the way catalog pictures show, it lays flat and oddly on the doll's head. There are also a few ribbon flowers on the hat. I like how it was based off a real historical piece, but I think the doll version could have been done much better. C
The croquet accessories - I'm glad these were included, they were the best parts of the set! Both the ball and mallet seem to be real wood partially painted green, very similar to the AGoT set that came out in the 90's. The wicket is made of bent wire stuck into plastic bases made to resemble grass and flowers. These pieces look really nice in displays, too. A
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Okay, I love this set 10 times better than the new quilt. This set seems a bit fancier but it's just leftover from the Kittredges' wealthy days. And it looks so authentic! I don't find the colors bland at all.
The bedspread - this seems more like a summer coverlet as it's not exactly thick. I love the raised "chenille" work, and the diamond pattern is terrific. The fringe is a nice touch but doesn't go all the way around, one side is left plain so you can tuck it under Kit's pillow. The fringe is periwinkle and the background is sea green. I think it coordinates very nicely with Kit's bed. A
The throw pillow - this piece seems too small, but it's very cute. Both the background and tufting are cream-colored. B
The rug - this was a nice item to include! I do agree with other posters, the edges tend to curl up but that might be fixed with a light ironing. I like the woven look although it does seem rather thin. It looks really nice next to Kit's bed or at the foot, with her slippers on it. A-
This has to be the best new AG historical outfit, one of our absolute favorites for Kit. She looks so nice in pink, no wonder her mother's all over her about it! This outfit is really great for a fall outfit, and is historically accurate as you can see in these pictures.
The blouse - made of crisp, stiff fabric like Kirsten's school dress, the coloring is wonderful on Kit. The material is warm brown with large, bold flowers in pink and white. The collar is so Art Deco, I love it, and the button detail is excellent if not functional. I hadn't thought about the shirt under her overalls, I bet that's cute. It certainly looks nice with this set. A+
The skirt - The skirt seems to be made of real wool, it is so thick and soft and quality! The color is a very warm salmon tone that matches the pink in the rest of the outfit. Unlike most pieces, it doesn't velcro but pulls up easily with elastic in the back. The belt is fake but the buckle is so nice, it seems like metal. A+
The cardigan - the cardigan is a little iffy, because it stretches out of shape and seems slightly thinner than the other pieces. But it looks nice, knit from a tweedy taupe yarn and edged in pink. A-
The hat - come on people, the hat is darling! I love Kit in hats and this one seems so classic 30's. It is made from sturdy off-white felt, but I would avoid stepping on it, of course. The ribbon is grosgrain, permanently stitched around the hat with pink thread that can be seen on the underside. The only problem with the hat is that the edges are squared, as if it's been cut with scissors. Otherwise, A+.
The socks - these are different than Kit's school socks, ribbed with a little scalloped top in pink. They are sturdy and stretchy, reaching past Kit's knees. As they are off-white, they won't match other outfits too well. B
The shoes - now honestly, I doubt Kit would have as many pairs of shoes and slippers as her collection boasts now, and if she did I think she'd give them to the hoboes. But I am glad AG is giving you a little more for your money. These are reddish-brown pleather t-straps, with "metal" buckles that velcro. Very cute with the outfit, A.
Here are some photos of the outfit on...Kit, actually.
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We got our set in 2008 and I noticed some unpleasant changes.
The dress - I love the fabric on this dress! So nice and crisp and the colors are just beautiful, they look terrific on Kit. As another reviewer mentioned, the pattern is cornflower blue. The little yellow flowers are a nice touch, too. Unlike other reviewers we didn't have any problems with the fit of the dress, it is well tailored and if it is too loose you can pull the belt tighter. The belt is a separate piece and herein lies the problem - THE BUCKLE IS PLASTIC! Ick. I think it used to be metal or at least was thinner with a prong, now it looks like a seatbelt and very cheap. So the dress would have gotten A+ but for the ghastly belt-buckle A-.
The blouse - I can't imagine the blouse going with anything other than the dress, but together the two pieces create a nice effect. Again, the blouse fit our Kit well, and I love the contrast of the bright white front. I'm actually glad it doesn't have buttons, I prefer the smooth look it has. Of course it velcros up the back. A
The hair comb - here's the other new change, the hair comb has gotten smaller and it's no longer tortoiseshell! Instead it is opaque brown plastic. I don't like it much and it's hard to put in Kit's hair, but Kit usually wears her green barrette anyway, like in the books. C-
The socks - a nice, thick, functional pair of socks Kit could probably wear with other outfits. They don't seem as if they'd snag so easily as other historical socks, and they are knit in a nice pattern with little squares. A
The oxfords - these shoes are just the cutest thing! I suspect they are a bit different now (the soles are very shiny and slightly squishy), but they are easy to put on Kit and easy to tie. I just love the "classic-ness" of these shoes and they could go with custom outfits and would probably look nice with her Treehouse outfit (although they don't look cute with her new school skirt set, we tried). Even my mother thought these we great. A+
Okay, so mini Kit is kind of freaky. She's a supervillain in our house (Kit the Kitster, of course). The doll has nice construction with a body just like her big sister. The skirt closes with velcro and the sweater set is, unfortunately, just one piece that slips over her head. I like the tiny replica barrette, but the doll's hair looks nothing like real Kit. It is white-blond unlike Kit's light yellow hair, and very crazy sticking out all over the place. Here eyes are wrong too, they are more sky-blue like Kirsten's, not the correct dark color. Her shoes won't stay on her feet and I was surprised to find they are pleather, not fabric. She's good for a supervillain but for a doll's doll she gets a C.
I'm not really crazy about Kit's accessories; they don't really serve a purpose in any of her books, not even her meet book.
The cloche - while I think this is a cute piece, as another reviewer said, it seems very springtime-oriented, kind of Easter-ish with the big spring green bow. I wish they had made a more practical hat that could go with extra outfits. Anyway, the cloche is securely crocheted in white nylon yarn. The bow is permanently attached and tied. The edge of the hat is not perfectly round, there is a depression in the back so it will hug Kit's neck. Cute, but not versatile. B
The purse - when we got our 2007 purse it was made of real straw and fully lined with fabric. It actually buttons instead of velcroing, although the string buttonloop isn't always easy to use. There's a weird strap on the back, I'm assuming so Kit can hold it, but it's like it's sewn on sideways and is kind of unnecessary. B
The necklace - usually our dolls wear their necklaces all the time but Kit doesn't, the gold and green in the compass doesn't always match her outfits. The clasp pinces open and works well. The necklace is plastic with a metal chain. Like others have mentioned, I wish it was a real compass like one of the AGoT watches. This just has a green sticker stuck on the front. B-
The hankie - ...looks more like a napkin. Kit never ever uses it, it is always stuck in her purse. It's cute enough - thin slick cotton with a printed design - but just doesn't have much play value. C
The coin - I love AG coins, I'm so glad Kit got one. It's very bright and shiny! Not sure if Kit could actually afford to carry a nickel around, but maybe she's going to the movies. A-
Last Edit: Mar 24, 2009 6:27:05 GMT -5 by Wickfield