Post by green chile supergirl on Sept 23, 2011 16:45:56 GMT -5
In mid-September, a friend purchased an Ivy from AGP-NY. She asked me to look over the doll to make sure she was a good pick. That's when I discovered the ear plugs.
As you can see in the above photo, Ivy now comes with small vinyl, skin-toned inserts between her earring and her ears. I find this rather unattractive, but after going back to the store and looking through the Ivies for sale, they all had the plugs.
Post by green chile supergirl on Sept 11, 2011 12:58:23 GMT -5
This outfit, while not explicitly marketed as a Hanukkah outfit, does appear in the catalogue and in store displays with the Hanukkah accessories. It includes:
"Kind" heart charm
The whole outfit is very sweet. The long sleeves and long skirt make it perfect for a girl with more modest tastes in clothing. The blue/silver combo continues the trend for a 2nd holiday outfit in these colors (Snowflake Ball Gown, Fancy Flower, Silver Belle).
The headband, unfortunately, includes one of the new Very Long Tags. It looks ridiculous on a doll, so I snipped it off after taking the picture. You can see in the previous photo that the headband does not perfectly fit a doll's head- which results in a small gap between the top of the head and the headband. Frankly, it looks silly. I think the outfit would have been better served with a cloth headband with an embellishment as it would stretch to fit the doll's head appropriately.
The sweater is a lovely ice blue. It's a bit snug on my #54 (released only a few months ago), who is one of the newer dolls. I wouldn't recommend it for an older, pudgier doll. The sweater is embellished with vertical lines of silver embroidery. Every other line also includes small silver sequins. The sweater opens all the way in the back for ease of dressing.
The skirt is nice and full. It includes spirals of fabric that decorate the hem of the skirt.
Pleasantly, the embellishments continue all the way around the skirt- something that AG hasn't been doing on many of its skirts/dresses.
Finally, there are sweet silver ballet flats with a little silver flower. These fit well, though they do make the feet seem a bit long.
Overall, it's a lovely outfit. The heftier price tag ($36) at least includes embellished shoes and the design going around the whole skirt.
Post by green chile supergirl on Sept 7, 2011 19:19:29 GMT -5
Like ag4alison, I liked this outfit as soon as I saw it. The cowl neck sweater looks so cozy and comfortable!
The outfit includes:
a cowl-necked sweater
Here's a picture of Iris (#26) in the entire outfit. The sweater is thick and cozy. The cowl neck is currrent and mature- it makes this outfit an excellent choice for dolls in their teens.
The leggings are ankle length. It's a bit hard to tell if they are denim blue or grey- in different light, the color appears differently.
The sweater has simple cuffs and a nice knit border along the bottom hem. There is an American Girl logo, but it is the same color as the sweater and quite small, so it is not annoying.
The boots are really cute! I thought they would make it difficult for the doll to stand up, because they don't have solid soles, but I had no problem getting Iris to stand. There are two white, non-functional, buttons on each boot. I didn't care for them because the buttons are enormous when you think of the scale of the outfit. Still, the boots are a nice touch. If you like the boots from this year's Valentine PJs, but thought they were nauseatingly pink, then the Cozy Sweater boots are a great alternative.
The headband is a simple stretchy band, similar to the one included in the True Style outfit.
Overall, this is one of the best outfits American Girl has released in its MyAG line in some time.
Post by green chile supergirl on Sept 7, 2011 19:10:01 GMT -5
As a former dancer and great ballet fan, I had to at least give this outfit a try.
With this outfit, you receive:
pink leotard with attached skirt
two hair ties
The leotard is actually fairly well-made. It has double camisole straps. It has a short attached skirt. I found this a bit annoying, as most ballet schools don't allow skirts, or limit their use to the center portion of class. However, if your dolls aren't serious dancers, this shouldn't be a problem.
The leotard fits well. When I first put it on, the neckline was quite scooped, but it just needed a bit of a tug to bring it up to the proper level.
The back of the leotard has a small American Girl logo. At AGP New York, all of the display dolls were wearing the leotard backwards- with the logo on the front. The catalog and website both show the outfit with the logo in the back. Furthermore, when you look at the outfit, the panty portion of the leo is cut so that the logo goes in back.
The tights are standard issue AG tights, though they seem smoother than previous versions.
The ballet slippers are a bright pink, unlike the previous outfit, whose slippers were a lighter ballet pink. These ballet slippers also have small bows. In most ballet schools, students are required to tuck these bows in. You can do that with with these shoes, but it makes them look a bit lumpy. Another problem with the shoes is that they have the elastics sewn onto the outside of the shoe, instead of the inside. Like the 2-in-1 shoes, they do have full soles made of a brown material, which is more accurate that the ballet slippers included in Marisol's outfit and the Swan Lake outfit.
The leg warmers are similar to the those from the previous outfit, but they seemed tighter. They are also bright pink, again in contrast to the previous outfit's lighter, ballet pink.
The tutu is a plain pancake tutu made of four layers of tulle. I don't care for it because a young girl in a good studio would not be wearing a tutu at such a young age. However, it is not ugly. The one awkward bit is that you can see the leotard's attached skirt through the tutu, as it is not removable.
Overall, this is a good outfit. It's better than the 2-in-1 outfit in that it includes tights, but in every other area, it falls short. The 2-in-1 is more accurate and doesn't have the annoying American Girl logo and attached skirt.
Post by green chile supergirl on Oct 27, 2010 18:33:16 GMT -5
I bought both the snow gear and the snow outfit for Inky, but I realized I had really only wanted the snowshoes. I ended up returning the outfit and selling the knitwear and innertube here on Playthings.
I love the snowshoes! They look so much like the ones I lusted after in the REI catalogue as a kid. I took Inky out in the snow with them on, and they actually work well. Inky was much easier to stand up with the snowshoes on and she only sunk into the snow very slightly. As I had returned the matching outfit, I didn't have the proper boots. Luckily, the snowshoes fit just fine over the boots I did have, which are from the 2008 snowboarding accessories.
I give the snow shoes an A, but since I didn't even take the knitwear and tube out of their plastic packaging, I'm going to pass on rating those.
Post by green chile supergirl on Aug 3, 2010 17:44:42 GMT -5
These glasses are a rich chocolate brown with clear blue plastic on the inner faces. Unfortunately, they are not as sturdy as the rectangle/blue glasses; the plastic is less dense. The arms, however, are slightly longer, which may help with keeping them on the doll's head.
Two tone glasses on left, rectangle glasses in the middle, chocolate glasses on the right.
The chocolate and two-tone glasses seem to be wider. They also have longer arms.
Chocolate Glasses on Josefina mold- on this mold, the bottom of the glasses does not rest easily on the cheeks, so it can be difficult to place them securely without being lopsided.
Post by green chile supergirl on Apr 27, 2010 14:33:16 GMT -5
PWP Vacation Outfit G1102-CF1A $15.00 Grade: A- (minus due to reported staining of shorts)
This adorable PWP outfit comes with a pair of denim shorts, a white t-shirt, a multi-colored belt, and a pair of sandals. It is the source of the mysterious blue shorts pictured with Lanie's white girl/doll tee set. In my experience, everything fits well. However, there are reports of the blue denim shorts staining dolls' legs.
The t-shirt is white with a tropical island scene surrounded by butterflies and flowers.
The shoes are slip-on sandals with light blue/green grosgrain ribbons. They do have those handy little clear straps that hold the shoes on the doll.
All in all, it's a cute set and definitely more versatile than some of the heavily pink PWPs released in the past.
Post by green chile supergirl on Apr 13, 2010 12:07:56 GMT -5
I've had Inky for several years now, and I'm only just seeing to make a proper review for her. Inky has a very thick wig, but unfortunately, the retired version of #4 does not have the short hairs covering her wig cap. For this reason, I try to avoid taking photos of the back of her when in pigtail styles. I've heard that the new style of wig has the short hairs, but I'm so bonded to Inky that I would feel bad replacing her head.
Another hair problem is her gigantic bangs. I think they look ridiculous, but because I'm so attached to Inky, I'm loathe to rewig. Pieces of her bangs often get pulled back when I am doing her hair, and I have to pick them out as I go. It's kind of a pain, but not having the newer version, I'm not sure that the new wig style does much about this. I would consider a bangless wig, but she has the older style of line eyebrows that are not particularly attractive.
Most of my dolls have dark eyes- and I could be wrong about this- but, I think #4 has particularly dark eyes compared to the other brown eyes available. I will try to back this up with photographic evidence.
Post by green chile supergirl on Feb 24, 2010 12:36:53 GMT -5
I love this set! I ordered the smores and marshmallow sticks as replacement parts, since I already had the fire from Kaya's teepee. I'm at work right now, but I'd be happy to take some photos of the pieces I have and write an actual review.
I think the set is fully worth it as replacement parts, but I find the price to be pretty steep for the whole set.
Post by green chile supergirl on Nov 12, 2009 20:00:04 GMT -5
You just beat me to it! I was at AGP today picking up 11 hairbrushes, a Bitty Baby, and an 18" doll for the Elmcor Girls Holiday Project. Of course, I couldn't pass up getting the PWP for myself and a few friends.
Post by green chile supergirl on Oct 9, 2009 12:15:08 GMT -5
This is a lovely spring/ summer outfit. The shoes are a bit weird- I don't think I like them particularly well. The barrettes are the same as the ones from the Petals and Plaid outfit, only in lavender. I don't have Chrissa, but I put the dress on Zuleikha (#28) and she looks lovely.
Post by green chile supergirl on Oct 8, 2009 12:21:54 GMT -5
This is a lovely outfit for Rebecca. I tried it both pulled down, dropped-waisty, and also more of a blouson style. The former looks nicer. I did find it to be rather tight. the scalloping along the bottom of the striped part of the dress is a bit oversized- I think it would have been much lovelier and more delicate with a smaller scallop. The ribbon is gorgeous!
Post by green chile supergirl on Sept 21, 2009 20:07:16 GMT -5
Rebecca's Winter Coat is a lovely glossy black. It has a matching black muff. The coat itself has elegant triangular accents around the ribbon waistband.
I found the coat to be a bit of a tight fit, but it may be particular to this coat- I didn't try others on the doll before choosing it. The dropped waist style looks lovely- a bit of color from her dress peeks out beneath.
Post by green chile supergirl on Jun 27, 2009 12:51:38 GMT -5
The Wilderness outfit comes with a taupe thermal tee, a pink fleece vest, a pair of truly ugly brown pants and a set of hiking boot-like sneakers.
The shoes are black with pink accents. I feel that they would be nicer were they brown, so as to match the rest of the outfit. It's nice that they have the elastic style laces- this makes them easier to deal with. The tongue of the shoe is only attached on one side- an interesting detail.
The pants are ridiculous. They're a kind of windbreaker material, which is good for outdoorsiness, but really, the print is awful. The pants would look so much better were they a solid brown, with a small butterfly detail. The butterfly print really ruins the pants for me.
The cuffs have adorable little thumb holes, but they are much smaller than the ones on Mia's sweater. They cuffs are also fairly tight. It was somewhat frustrating getting Inky's hands through the sleeves, but not so much that I wouldn't use the shirt.
The right sleeve has a little green butterfly on it.
Post by green chile supergirl on Jun 27, 2009 12:37:31 GMT -5
This outfit comes with a blazer, a pair of pants, a beret, and a pair of brown clogs.
The pants are olive green with flared legs and a little flower detail on the right leg. They have belt loops and two little tabs that you could plausibly hang something from. Inky is actually quite skinny, but as you can see, the pants are the slightest bit small in the waist. This will vary from doll to doll and from pants to pants.
Personally, I feel like the jacket is a bit small. The ends of the sleeves just come to the wrists- I feel like the jacket would look better with the seam, rather than the end of the ruffle, at the wristline. It's also quite short and looks rather silly without a shirt.
The shoes are sweet little clogs. I didn't have much trouble standing Inky on them, but that may vary as soles differ. They are dark brown with a similar flower detail to the one on the pants. The interior parts of the shoes are white- finally, AG is realizing that stains on dolls aren't becoming.
The beret also has a little flower detail. It's cute and is larger than Ivy's beret, so it's easier to put on.
I ultimately decided that the outfit would look better with a shirt- so here's Inky with a plain white shirt beneath the blazer. An improvement, yes?
Post by green chile supergirl on Jun 5, 2009 19:33:19 GMT -5
I don't have the Sabbath set, but I did spend some time playing with it in the personal shopping room at AGP NY, so I will review it now to the best of my ability and then grade & update it later when the Sabbath set comes off backorder.
Rebecca's teapot is really tiny! It's cute, but not very big. The box of Ceylon tea is just a simple, unweighted cardboard box. The Samovar is nice and shiny, but the little spigot is plastic. The drinking glasses are etched with a star pattern- they would have been much improved if they'd come with Russian metal tea glass holders, but they're nice without them too. The challah is really odd gummy, squashy texture.
The Sabbath candlesticks are a nice, heavy blue glass. The candles are also much thicker and nicer than the little candles that come with the Hanukkah Gift set. They slide in nice and easily.