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.
Post by green chile supergirl on Jul 8, 2006 13:09:13 GMT -5
I sent in a huge return order and got this in exchange. It shipped very, very quickly. It does come in its own brown box with the packing list in a plastic pouch on the outside- it does not come in a colorful AG box, just the styrofoam inside the brown box.
I know it seems cheap online, but it is amazing quality. I got it because my partner lived in Utrecht and became obsessed with Vespas. It is very sturdy- with one wheel in front and two in the back, so it does not tip. There are two rearview mirrors and a little hologram with fuel and speedometers. Just below that are three buttons: horn, engine revving, and the light. Only the light on the front of the scooter turns on, the back does not. The major con to this is that the light does not turn off when you press the "light" switch. It only turns off if you turn off the power button on the bottom of the scooter. Unlike Marisol's stage, the power switch prevents you from accidentally turning on the top buttons and wearing down the battery. It did come with a little card that said "When sound no longer works, please ask an adult to change the battery."
The butterfly on the back of the scooter is flexible plastic, unlike the rest, which is hard. The helmet strap unsnaps on one side, but when I unsnapped it, the whole snap popped out of the helmet! I fixed it by gently working it back in, but I am just going to leave it snapped from now on.
This set is darling!
Pros: sturdy. great noises! headlamp very bright. Cons: light doesn't turn off unless power switch is toggled. helmet strap not very sturdy.
Post by green chile supergirl on Jul 12, 2006 3:27:24 GMT -5
This outfit comes with a two-layer leotard, tutu, tights, toe shoes, choker, and earrings. Although I thought the colors were cheesy, the outfit is very pretty when on. The tights snag very easily on the leotard's velcro and the skirt snaps in the back. The skirt only snaps in one place (a second snap only serves to keep the ribbon in place) and easily pops open. I thought this was a defect and returned it, only to face the same problem with a replacement.
The tights are not a very realistic color, but are the same tights AG usually uses. The leotard has lovely edging and the toe shoes are a metallic sheer fabric. The length of the ribbons is adequate. They have a box toe, identical to the Swan Lake outfit's shoes, except in color.
The tutu also does not drape well, instead bunching up in spots. I solved this by storing it with a rubberband around it to keep it pointing downward.
Post by green chile supergirl on Feb 25, 2007 19:21:17 GMT -5
I got this for Christmas for Inky. First of all, it's visually very appealing. I love how you can actually move the crossbar. It looks just like the Flexible Flyer sled I had as a child.
I took out in the snow for the first time today. When I put it on an incline, it immediately slid down to the bottom- it works very well in that regard! In order to pose my dolls with it, I had to push it into the snow a bit in order to prevent it from sliding away.
When I went to put Inky on it, it was almost impossible. The rope isn't long enough for the dolls to hold if they are sitting on the sled. Plus, the dolls can't sit up easily on the sled without falling over. Placing the dolls on their tummies on the sled is also near impossible.
Post by green chile supergirl on Dec 13, 2007 2:43:17 GMT -5
Lovely velvet/velour (?) dress, matching shoes, tights, and white pleathery coat with faux fur trim.
I think this is the loveliest of the holiday outfits, though the coat really isn't my style at all. I like the classic silhouette of the dress, with the slight bell sleeves, the empire-esque waist, and A-line skirt.
The shoes are lovely and not too overdone. Like many other holiday shoes, they don't lend themselves easily to other outfits. Unfortunately, they are of the sort that tends to fall off easily- and be slightly frustrating when balancing the doll to stand upright.
Overall, its shortcomings are minor- and outweighed by the general smartness of the outfit.
Post by green chile supergirl on Oct 9, 2007 6:30:57 GMT -5
This set includes PJ top, bottoms, slippers, and a little dream book.
The top actually closes girl-style! Shock! The frogs are decorative, the shirt closes in the back with velcro. The fabric is a lovely deep purple with silver metallic snowflakes and lighter purple snowflakes beneath. Lavender trim accents hems and forms the frogs.
The slippers are horrid. They will not stay on feet and the doll cannot stand up while wearing them. I've had this outfit for years and I actually hid the slippers in my box of Annoying Doll Items. Overall Grade: A+
Post by green chile supergirl on Oct 9, 2007 6:17:31 GMT -5
This is a two-piece set of PJs (top/bottom) with a pair of slippers. The PJs themselves are made of something synthetic. They're dark blue with a lighter bluey paisley pattern.
The frogs that close the jacket are made of elastic and actually work. They might pose some difficulty for little fingers, but my only fear was that I might unravel the knots. I'm not sure if said fear is unfounded, but I'm loathe to try to unravel them to find out.
The slippers are nice, with the clear plastic band to hold them on. They work quite well, actually. My doll is fully able to stand while wearing them (something you can't say of the horrible poufy slippers of the star pjs and the previous, "Asian-style" Snowflake PJs).
The included book is particularly ridiculous. It's a kind of Hannah Montana story, blah. Best if tossed in bin straight off.
Fit is fine on Mattel dolls. Overall Grade: A for Outfit. No + due to particularly awful book, even when compared to other JLY books.
Post by green chile supergirl on Dec 20, 2007 7:04:14 GMT -5
Your American Girl can‘t wait to twirl across the stage in her white swan costume with a matching headpiece, white tights, and satin toe shoes. So she won’t miss a step, help her practice in her black leotard, pink tights, and ballet slippers. Includes a mini program to the ballet Swan Lake.
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This outfit is really darling. I only have pictures of dolls wearing the Swan Lake outfit, but I can take some later of the practice outfit. The description doesn't specify it, but the swan costume is actually three pieces- the two wings snap onto the tutu proper.
Pros: I love that this outfit actually goes with a particular ballet- Swan Lake. The more recent outfits, while nice, aren't particular to a production.
Unlike most of the 2-in-1 sets, this outfit actually includes enough pieces for two *complete* separate outfits. You get two leotards, two pairs of tights, and two pairs of shoes!
The Swan Lake performance outfit is quite accurate to most costumes for that ballet- and the practice outfit is common to many ballet schools, unlike the other practice outfits, which use pink leotards.
The swan costume uses delicate faux-pearl beadwork to emphasize the headpiece, wings, collar, and cuffs. There are several layers of tulle forming the tutu.
Cons: The white tutu uses velcro, which can snag the tights easily if not used with the utmost care.
Both ribbons on the pointe shoes are the same length, making it difficult to tie them off without leaving one long tail hanging, even if you tuck the ends under.
The headpiece to the swan costume is a really odd size. I don't know if I just got a bum headband, but mine is too small to be worn as a headband- and too large to wear just around a bun. The feathers at the apex of the headpiece also stick out in an unsightly horizontal fashion.
Overall? I give this outfit an A-. The idea is really well-executed- two complete outfits, a costume and program specific to a real ballet, and both outfits are actually appropriate to what dancers would wear (although a kid would not be playing the part of a swan).
The minus is earned because of the annoying-as-all-get-out headband and the frustrating ribbons. Luckily, the problem of the ribbons is fixed in later ballet outfits by making them into stretchy loops.
Post by green chile supergirl on Jul 16, 2007 13:50:41 GMT -5
This outfit is lovely. The colors are wintry without being too bold or relevant to any particular religious celebration.
The jacket is soft. As scandia mentioned, it is fuzzy and seems as though it would easily pill. However, unless your doll is rubbing itself heartily against the sofa, that shouldn't be a problem. There is delicate beadwork along the collar/wrap section of the sweater and on the cuffs. The delicacy of the beadwork is really what makes the outfit. I have not had any problems with the beadwork durability, but I would not be surprised if it did not stand up to rough play. The sweater closes with a standard thin, light blue ribbon. I tie mine in a square knot before tying it in a bow, otherwise, the ribbon is too slippery to hold the jacket shut without loosening.
The skirt is two layers, a gauzy silver layer over an ivory satin underskirt. As you can see from the photo, the silver layer is about an inch longer than the underskirt. This may or may not bother you.
The tights are standard issue AG tights. This means- watch out for snags if you bite your fingernails!
The shoes are standard Mary Janes. Nothing to write home about. Unlike scandia, I do not find them useful with other outfits. However, my dolls rarely dress up. They are rather plain; they lack any embellishment.
The outfit comes with six (maybe it's four?) small jaw clips. Do forgive my lack of knowledge of hair thingy terminology. They're clear plastic with white glitter. I've never really liked that style of hair thing. In fact, I haven't even used mine, so if you're lusting after them, drop me a PM.
So, overall? B+ No issues with an outfit, that gives it a solid B. The delicate beadwork bumps it up to a +.
Post by green chile supergirl on Dec 6, 2006 12:48:12 GMT -5
I love my #26. I got her from my fiancée the day we got engaged. Her name is Iris, because Irises are my favorite flower... and I got a dozen Irises the day after our engagement as well!
To be honest, I got a 26 for Christmas last year from my mother. However, I didn't end up keeping her, because I traded her for another doll a few weeks later at AGP. I hadn't thought long enough about her character and just wasn't ready for her.
Now that I have her again, I am thrilled! I'm so glad I waited, because I love this doll so much more than the first 26.
Post by green chile supergirl on Dec 12, 2007 1:54:05 GMT -5
This little set is darling, though overpriced. Even with AG's new higher prices of the past couple years, this set includes very little for the amount you pay.
The style is classic, perfect for a holiday party or a trip to the Nutcracker. The coat is well-made, with working buttons and a silky cream-colored lining. Unfortunately, the sleeves are not generously cut, so it's not possible to wear the coat over either of this year's holiday dresses. Like FarmhouseGirl, I paired it with the Winter Magic outfit for ease of wear and general color similarities.
The hair ties are not very useful. My doll, Inky, often sports her signature Ear Poofs- and the hair ties actually worked very well as decorations. I wouldn't rely on the hair ties as a primary hair-holding device, but they work decently to spice things up.
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Post by green chile supergirl on Dec 16, 2006 2:00:38 GMT -5
This outfit is gorgeous. The collar is absolutely hideous. I hate it. I cannot find the words to express my distaste for this ridiculous piece of... fluff. Ew.
The tights are fantastic. I love their texture. The shoes are darling, although all my girls' heels hang off the back. I find the elastic straps reminiscent of the black shoes worn by the children at the party in the NYC Ballet's Nutcracker. The skirt is darling. The black velvet shirt reminds me of an Elvin design- very lovely and perfect for a Lord of the Rings Fan.
Post by green chile supergirl on May 13, 2007 1:46:48 GMT -5
Price aside, I'd give the hat an A for quality. I wasn't too keen on the pink accents, but it ended up working out well. I've taken this hat out and about on Inky, when we went to a Neko Case concert. It didn't snag her hair at all.
Goo, I'm not sure if the bead is actually glued on. I wonder if yours was a misfit? My bead slides up and down fairly easily, but not so much that it doesn't serve its purpose.
The hat is seriously overpriced. Sadly, collecting AG has given me enough sticker shock that I've kind of accepted the high prices. Ugh. I would pay 8 dollars for the hat, the same as the shoes, but no more. I got it with the Nicki Starter collection, but I hated the ranch outfit so much that I returned it. When I returned it, they gave me the full price on it, even though it had been reduced price when I bought it b/c of the starter deal. So, I effectively got the hat for free.