Post by green chile supergirl on Jan 3, 2009 23:24:19 GMT -5
I love these pajamas. The working button detail is great, the flannel is soft, and the print on the material is to scale. It's refreshing to have an outfit without the weird line down the back from velcro. Overall, these are some of the best pajamas American Girl offers.
Post by green chile supergirl on Jan 3, 2009 23:15:45 GMT -5
I don't particularly care for Ruthie's holiday dress, but I was happy to receive it as a gift. It reminds me very much of the holiday dresses I wore as a girl in the 80s and early 90s.
The headband is frustratingly tight, to the point that it messes up Ruthie's hair when you put it on. Be prepared for the need to completely rebrush her hair once you've managed to yank the headband on her head. The large flower is out of scale.
The tights, as Kim said, are standard tights.
The dress itself is of lightweight, unimpressive fabric. It feels rather stiff to me, not very nice. I found the overlay to be a bit bizarre, as I was not sure how to adjust it to make it look right with the blouson style-waist. Perhaps I am just doing it wrong, which is entirely possible.
Post by green chile supergirl on Jan 3, 2009 23:04:02 GMT -5
This outfit is really sweet. I remember waiting to get it, as it was backordered the first few weeks it was available. I don't care for the footless tights. At the time I bought it, I really liked the slippers. However, since the newer 2-in-1 ballet outfit has been released, I find those slippers preferable, as they have soles. Marisol's skirt is wrinkly and I think the rhinestones are tacky.
JLY outfit on the left, Marisol's on the right.
Marisol's outfit on the doll on the right.
Marisol's ballet outfit is on Inky, the doll on the far left, and on Marisol, who is in the middle.
Again, Marisol's outfit on Inky on the far left, and Marisol, in the middle.
Post by green chile supergirl on Jan 3, 2009 22:43:54 GMT -5
I agree that Sonali is absolutely lovely. She does look quite a bit like Marisol. In fact, she looks the way I expected Marisol to look before her release. I don't particularly care for her meet outfit, as I don't like the style or the color combination, but that is personal preference.
I found the pants to be difficult to get on and off as they do not have a fly/ velcro opening. The fact that the buttons on the tunic are functional is awesome- especially considering that in many outfits, AG has replaced buttons with velcro. The underwear are adorable.
Post by green chile supergirl on Dec 26, 2008 19:21:12 GMT -5
*Kit wore this outfit in the movie/DVD Kit Kittredge: An American Girl.*
Kit's Reporter Outfit comes with a white dress, white socks, red Mary Jane shoes, and a plastic red headband.
The dress is white with springs of blue, red, and yellow flowers. The cap sleeves have keyholes with pre-tied, permanent red bows. The bodice of the dress has red bias trim. I found the bodice to be rather long. The skirt is also long. Compared to the birthday dress and spring play dress, this dress seems large. Perhaps it was made for Kit to grow into?
The socks are plain, ankle-roll socks. Very serviceable. The Mary Jane shoes are thin and red, but the interiors are white so they (hopefully) shouldn't stain. They have little white whirl decorations on the toe.
The headband is transparent red plastic. It's made large enough that a child probably won't break it trying to get it over a doll's head in play.
ETA: I thought it was too long and the belt was oddly placed. So, I had my mother remove the belt and shorten the dress to match the length on Kit's Birthday Dress.
Post by green chile supergirl on Dec 26, 2008 19:11:06 GMT -5
Kit's Playsuit is a one-piece baby blue jumper in a bunny print. I've done scanning of the Sears catalogues from her time period- they are accurate, but the illustrations seem more like they're for a younger child, not a 9 or 10 year old. The suit has blue piping, a pocket on the breast, and a large buckle belt.
In addition to the playsuit, you get a pair of white socks, a set of matching grey and blue shoes, and a blue hairbow. The hairbow is on a terry cloth loop in a pre-tied bow; it's definitely made for a child and not a collector in mind.
The socks are your basic sock. I believe they are the same socks as in the Reporter Outfit and Molly's Rollerskating Outfit.
Shoes are rather unlikely. I doubt Kit would have had shoes to match every outfit, particularly a play suit. They aren't anything spectacular. Very humdrum.
I give this outfit a B-. It's a cute idea, but it seems to young and has very little detail.
Post by green chile supergirl on Dec 11, 2008 17:52:44 GMT -5
I received this outfit several years ago when an ebay seller mistakenly sent it instead of the Ice Blue Outfit. In the few days I had it, I tried it on Inky.
It really is a lovely outfit, the fabric is nice and silky. If I were collecting for Samantha, I think I'd like the collar to be a bit bigger. The pleats are lovely. Hairbow is lovely and enormous. I prefer the hairbows on clips for Samantha, because then I don't have to worry about tying bows properly.
Post by green chile supergirl on Oct 17, 2008 13:27:00 GMT -5
I purchased this pair of glasses solely to review and subsequently return. And believe you me, there is no way I would have kept these glasses! The Lilac Glasses were originally wire-framed, sold under the part # F0791. The catalogue and website both continue to have the original, wire-rimmed lilac glasses. However, at AGPNY, for the past two months, they have been replaced by the new version- #F0791-CF1A.
The glasses appear to be the same as the new brown oval glasses, which appeared at approximately the same time (Fall 2008 release). They are made of a shiny purple plastic. I found them to be considerably less realistic than the previous, wire incarnation. Furthermore, they are the least realistic AG glasses ever, because of the extremely shiny, thick plastic.
The glasses arrive in the same plastic case as the other types of glasses, with the same purple case that many of the other pairs have.
I am attaching photographs of the glasses on various facemolds. Their one positive is that they are rather tight, so they don't seem as likely to slide off the face of the doll, as the rectangle-type glasses were liable to do.
Post by green chile supergirl on Oct 3, 2008 17:00:11 GMT -5
This is a set of earrings for dolls. You get three pairs of studs and three pairs of dangles, which you can mix and match as you like. As seen in the photo below, you get indigo sparkle studs, pink heart shaped studs, and pink flower studs. You also get blue flower dangles, pink butterfly dangles, and silver hoops with pale pink beads.
The entire set costs $7. Overall, I think it's a good value. I didn't personally care much for the flowers, heart, and butterfly choices, but I can give those as gifts. In my case, not such a great value for only using one set of studs and one set of dangles, but if you like all six sets, you're good to go- especially when a single hair pick costs just about the same price. The heart and butterfly both look very roughly done. I wish they were a bit sharper; that might influence how I feel about them. The flowers are well-made, but not really my style. The most unique of the dangles is the hoop with the light pink beads- also not really my style, but I've found them very pretty.
Post by green chile supergirl on Sept 28, 2008 17:57:40 GMT -5
With this $7 set for dolls with pierced ears, you get three pairs of studs (rhinestone, black, and red) and three dangles.
I think this set is the most detailed and versatile of the available sets of earrings. The colors (Red/black/white) all mix and match easily. The three different styles of dangles are fun and detailed.
The three jewels are secured very well to the studs. I was worried they would come off easily, like the stick-on earrings that have come with the JLY outfits for the past few years. I picked at them with my nails to see if I could get them to come off, and I could not.
The dangles: The white dangles are made of a little silver frame w/ beads attached to it with thread. This is probably the only bad part of the set- I can see how rough handling might cause the threads to break and the dangly beads to come off. However, I think with care, they will be fine. Just don't pull the earrings off by the beads!
The red dangle is a larger red jewel (the diameter is about twice that of the stud) hanging on a little strip of metal. Again, the jewel is firmly attached.
The black dangle reminds me of a morning star (the medieval weapon). It's a black ball with tiny rhinestones evenly spaced of it.
Overall, for this set's durability and creativity, I give it an A+.
Post by green chile supergirl on Sept 27, 2008 17:26:23 GMT -5
This is the set you get when you have your doll's ears pierced. For $14, you get the ear piercing service, piercing care sheet, 3 pairs of studs, and 3 pairs of dangles. I think it's a deal, particularly because there are 12 potential combinations, if you wear the same in both ears. I think that means there are 144 possible combinations if you wear different ones in each year, but it's been a long time since I did permutation in math class!
I personally didn't care much for the heart studs. I also though the hoops were a little big- plus, the way the dolls ears go, the hoops look a bit like they're sideways. However, these are both personal preferences and you may feel differently.
The only real drawback to these earrings is where to store them. When you get them, the dangles are attached to the card w/ a thin plastic strand. I'm keeping mine in a teeny ziploc baggie now, but these are definitely something that can be easily lost.
Star with star dangle.
Round with star dangle.
Round with hoop.
Round with heart.
Heart with star dangle.
Heart with heart dangle.
Heart with hoop.
Star with heart dangle.
Last Edit: Nov 4, 2010 7:49:34 GMT -5 by KitandKat
Post by green chile supergirl on Sept 22, 2008 23:41:14 GMT -5
I've been meaning to write this review for a long, long time. Better late than never, right?
This was one of the items I've wanted as long as I've known about it. It came out when I was in college, but I remember looking at the catalogue and thinking how awesome the whole camping theme was.
So, on with the review:
One assembles the tent pretty much exactly like a human-sized tent. Though humans had largely moved on to external frame tents w/ clips, this one still uses the sleeve style. You take the six sticks, stick them together into to 2 longer sticks, slide them through the sleeves, and stick the ends in the little black dealie guys on the bottom corners of the tent proper.
Now, I bought my tent on eBay, so only two of the tent poles were still intact. You can see the intact poles on the left side of the tent- where the poles are gracefully curved instead of strangely jointed. It doesn't look like it would be that difficult not to break the poles, but if you're not familiar w/ pitching tents, I can see how it might be difficult- particularly because the plastic joint sections are not reinforced. I sat down and went at the poles with packing tape. This works, but is a bit unsightly. Also, it's not very practical to tape and untape a three foot section of plastic tubing, so I'm going to store them taped together with Kaya's teepee.
Two sides, opposite each other, have round entry holes. You can roll up the little "doors" and use the little bungie guys to keep them up. Not very accurate, but I think this makes a lot of sense. In a real tent, you'd want mesh over all the openings to prevent bugs from getting in, but this is a toy. Plus? It looks really cute when my cats sit in the tent with their heads poking out the holes.
This is what the round doors look like with the "doors" pulled down. They can velcro into place like this.
The third side of the tent is not an accurate replica of human tents, but it is *perfect* for playing with one's dolls. This side zips open down the middle into two panels, which can then be rolled off to the side and secured with more of the bungee guys. The black things on the lower edge are velcro- for velcroing this side of the tent shut. This is a definitely improvement over the Our Generation tents, which don't have sides allowing so much access. Great feature! (The non-broken pole is on the right in this picture, if you're keeping track.)
This is the fourth and final side of the tent. I think the fabric is supposed to be smooth and not oddly wrinkled, but I believe this is a side effect of my broken, taped-up tent poles. You can see the purple ribbon that goes all the way around the tent. It's adorable- it has little insects on it that match the Camping Outfit shoes.
This is the tent at an angle. The side directly facing the photo is the non-broken side.
And here's the interior. It's actually very roomy! One thing that is cool is the floor- like the rest of the tent, it's made of real tent material. The floor even has two sides, a right and wrong side, to keep out water- just like on a real tent! Awesome!
So, I give this tent at B-. I believe I've mentioned all the pluses already- the accessible doors and open side, the cute ribbon trim, the adorable bungee guys, and the accurate materials. I've docked the grade because the tent poles do seem easily broken because they are not reinforced. Almost all the tents I see on eBay have broken poles.
Additionally, it doesn't have a rainfly. This is probably nitpicky, but as a lifelong camper, I would really appreciate the dolls having a rain fly. It protects the actual tent from sun as well as rain. It wouldn't have been that hard to add little jump rings to each corner and stitch up a square piece of fabric for the fly.
So, overally, cute, and easy to store, because it rolls up into a nice, tidy little packet. However, w/ the broken poles, I have to keep them stored in their taped form, so that's kind of a pain.
Post by green chile supergirl on Sept 18, 2008 12:20:58 GMT -5
I actually really like this set. It is appropriate to the time period, as someone else said, iMacs in bright colors were really popular when Lindsey was released.
Perhaps the asking price for this set on eBay has jumped, but I got the complete set, minus notebook and pencil, for under $20. Furthermore, the Personal Shoppers at AGP-NY were giving the laptop as a giveaway to customers during the fall of last year. As a result, I ended up with a brand-new laptop set within a week of buying mine on eBay. Oops!
The address feature is really cute. I don't use it, but I know I would have found it appealing as a kid. The bag is a bit odd- I don't think I've ever seen a laptop bag like it. You'd think you'd want something a bit safer when carrying an expensive electronic item.
My main criticism of it relates to the battery. I have both an older laptop and the NIB laptop from my PS, and both have battery issues. You have to use a tiny screwdriver to get to the battery. I initially thought the battery was dead on both of mine (why wouldn't it be, after 7 years?), but it turned out that there is a bit of extra room in the battery spot. Once I carefully screwed the cover back on, making sure the battery stayed in the middle, all was well.
Post by green chile supergirl on Sept 15, 2008 21:30:06 GMT -5
This set kind of stinks. The lip balm is cute, but I've never used it. The boogie board itself is kind of odd- why didn't they make it out of the same material as a real boogie board? Instead, it's inside a clear, hard plastic casing. My guess is that the possibility of a water getting inside this casing and getting the board all mildewy is the reason for not placing it in water.
It's really cute to pose with, but beyond that, not much use if you're not actively playing imaginatively with your doll.
The case is nice. I took Inky to the beach w/ the boogie board and Julie's beach towel, sunglasses, and sandals all fit in the front pocket w/ room to spare.
I give it a C. Could have been usable in water, at least!
Post by green chile supergirl on Sept 15, 2008 21:16:23 GMT -5
Well... I've been trying to catch up on reviews. I got my Ivy the day she came out, over a year ago, and the photos are still sitting in a folder waiting. Oops. Well, here goes!
Plastic-wrapped legs, very charming.
Here's her earring. Shiny. Goldish.
Standard body, no apparent mutations.
Pigtails from the back. Short hairs, phew.
Hair comparison with Kit.
I absolutely love Ivy (she's called Yeva 'round these parts). All the positive stuff about her has been said already, so I will reiterate what I feel are her shortcomings.
Her hair is a really bizarre length. You can put it in pigtails and that's about it. It's not long enough for a ponytail. If you try to do half-pigtails, they stick out like deformed antennae. Not so cute.
Others have spoken to the quality of her hair. Yeva's hair has been played with, a lot. It seems fine, no undue shedding or such. The one weird thing is that it takes much, much longer to dry than any of my other dolls. I'll put it in pigtails and it will stay very damp for days and days, despite the small amount of actual hair and the fact that it's not even braided but directly exposed to air. Perhaps Ivy's head could be useful to NASA in some way.
I don't know if this is just my doll, but I also noticed this on #30. The face mold has the tendency to look as if it is tilting downward. It gives Yeva the appearance of constantly staring at the ground. She's going to miss all the good stuff!
So, overall, I'd give her an A-. She look absolutely darling, but her hair is not so conducive to playing. Her bangs, however, rock. They aren't freakily thick like the original AGTs. Very nicely layered, very cute.
Post by green chile supergirl on Sept 15, 2008 1:19:37 GMT -5
Well, here's my new #30, Coral. I love the Jess mold, so I had to get her despite already having Jess & Ivy.
Coral's hair is quite long. However, it is very, very thin. When I did her hair in two braids, each looked rather paltry. Sad. I had hoped she would have thicker hair. It is very silky and soft.
Her hair does have a bit of a flip to it. I was pleased to see that she has the short hairs to cover the gaps in her wig- no creepy bald spots.
A closer look at the back of her wig.
Coral with Jess- you can see Jess's highlights more readily here. They are extremely similar- they have the same eye color.
From the back- Jess's braids are much more substantial than Coral's pigtails.
Now, grades are so subjective that I don't really like giving them. The doll is really very lovely. Her appearance warrants an A+, but points deducted for how thin her hair is. I would prefer she didn't have layers, but that is a personal preference and doesn't speak to the quality of the doll.
My second reservation about her is the tendency of the face mold to seem (and maybe not just seem) to be tilted forward so that the doll looks like she's staring downward. I found this to be the case with Ivy as well, though my Jess doesn't seem to have this problem. That said, I only noticed the looking-down when the dolls are on display above my head.
Post by green chile supergirl on Sept 12, 2008 20:28:25 GMT -5
I'm not so sure that the colors do actually differ. Inky has one from Chicago, while Violet's is from New York. When they're next to one another, the two look like they're the same color. Here are a few photos:
At any rate, I think this hoodie is adorable. It seems to do decently with light layering, but I haven't tested it on a PM doll yet.
Post by green chile supergirl on Jun 2, 2008 19:23:23 GMT -5
I grabbed my tree house yesterday morning, my partner circling the block in Midtown Manhattan while the streets were closed off for the Israel and Filipino parades! I will write a more thorough review later in the evening, but I wanted to get the photos up.
The tree house. You can see some doll beds and other furniture in the background for scale.
The lower front of the Tree House. The rope for the pulley wraps around the branch of the tree. Very low-tech.
The tree is a White Oak. Apparently, the leaves weren't doing too well in the depression either.
The pulley/ left front of the Tree House.
The tree house window. Pretty swanky!
Open window. It clicks open and stays in one of several positions.
Leaf. They're on little ball joints.
The mobile. It's cheap plastic. I'm disappointed in this, though it's not that big of a deal.
Sign on the interior of the tree house. We probably find out who she is from the movie.
The lantern. Fireflies look pathetic. Note the Kit "logo" on the jar.
Rear of tree house.
Top of tree house.
Top of tree house w/ half of roof removed. (Both halves are removable.)
Post by green chile supergirl on Dec 20, 2006 1:55:07 GMT -5
I got this and actually ended up returning it. I love the combo of pink and brown- and pink and red. I often wear red and brown myself. However, I could not stomach the hideous cheetah print on this dress. I loved the shoes, but in the end, it wasn't worth it.
Here's a photo of it. I'm not saying it's terrible, just that it turned out not to be my style at all.
Post by green chile supergirl on Dec 16, 2006 1:56:46 GMT -5
I have to agree, unfortunately, that the violin is very poorly made. I got it last year for Christmas and I'd wanted it since it came out. The bridge does not stay in well at all, the bow is nearly impossible to hold, and it just looks hideous. Jen said when she bought it, she went through at least 6 boxes before finding one w/ the strings tight enough to hold the bridge in place.
The books, however, are darling. They are the same books Jen used in elementary school. I wish they'd included a Suzuki book; I assume they're licensed. I might have to make one. I'm a violist. Hold the jokes please!
The stand is wonderfully made, very sturdy and realistic. I would have to "recommend with reservations." C-.
Post by green chile supergirl on Apr 30, 2007 4:47:21 GMT -5
I got this to use on Kit's bed. It looks really cute! I like that the colors don't match, because most of the things I had as a child didn't either. The sheets are nice, but it's unfortunate there isn't a fitted sheet. I can see why, because the mattresses on the various beds differ in thickness.
The pillowcase is nice; it fits Kit's pillowcase perfectly. The additional two pillows don't make sense on a non-day bed, because there is nowhere to lean them. I tossed them across Inky's bedroom to Josefina's bed. The pink tube pillowcase is patently ridiculous, but the butterfly one is quite nice.
Post by green chile supergirl on Mar 23, 2007 12:17:09 GMT -5
I don't find these tight at all. They are not my style; I don't care for shorts as pajamas. However, Inky did have a chance to try them on last year when we met up with friends in Chicago. I'd give this set a B. I didn't care for the curvy hem on the bottom of the shirt. The shorts look fine; my real issue with them is that they are not something I would ever wear.
Post by green chile supergirl on Sept 8, 2006 13:51:02 GMT -5
This set is very visually appealing. The jungle sounds are nice... however, Jess cannot sit in it! She has to lean backward and looks entirely ridiculous. You have to wrestle her head under the bar. Once she's actually sitting/ reclining in the chair, you cannot set her head because of the bar obscuring her face.
Fun for play, but you need to lengthen the hanging structure for Jess to be displayed in this piece.