Post by ladysapphire on May 16, 2013 20:59:46 GMT -5
My Chrissa arrived today and before this point I did not like her at all. My suggestion is that you take her out of that awful pink meet dress and put her in blues, teals, purples. It suits her much better and lets her beauty shine though. Mine's wig is a bit thin but nothing that I can't live with. I lucked out with a doll in really great shape and I just love her.
Post by ladysapphire on May 6, 2013 16:50:57 GMT -5
My Gwen just arrived and I love her. She has such a gorgeous, sweet angelic quality that #12 doesn't have--I think maybe it's her layered hair, lack of pie bangs and her little "wisps" on either side. I know that she has really similar qualities to #12 but I think she looks really different. Anyway, her meet dress is one of my favorites and really well made. Her face paint is also really vibrant too and gives her a nice glow. Honestly I wish that Gwen was the Girl of the Year, even with the "$100 Homeless Doll" controversy. A++ at my house.
Post by ladysapphire on Jul 21, 2012 10:46:17 GMT -5
I also saw it in the store. You know, if it was $250 then I would be tempted. But at $350 it's fairly easy to dismiss. It makes me feel bad because I've said time and again that I would be the first in line to shell out for AG items geared to collectors. But then they cross my personal line of how much I'm willing to spend on one item so I have to backtrack on my original statement. So now that we have this bug, I'm not willing to buy, at least not yet. I can just imagine AG employees pulling their hair out and yelling, "Well what is it going to take to make you happy ladysapphire??!!?!"
I also have to add that the parents of the target market that I saw there were looking at the bug in what I can only describe as slack jawed disbelief. I overheard one father on the phone with his spouse saying, "You are not going to believe this" about the price of the bug. The phrase "you have got to be kidding me" was also used. But in the end it all boils down to personal choice and finances. Personally I think it's more reasonable to look at is as a long term "wait n save" for the collector market, not the kids.
Post by ladysapphire on Jun 17, 2012 11:18:47 GMT -5
The flute, I don't think is *exactly* to scale-- and yes real flutes break down into three pieces but from a practical and manufacturing standpoint that's just too much of a hassle to really work. The post stated above is correct--some intermediate level and all high end professional level flutes are kept in handleless cases with a soft, sheepskin lined cover.
The book included is an EXACT copy of the Essential Elements book I started on in Texas schools in 1994, down to the melodies on the pages-- it's an old standard and honestly I would have paid the asking price of the set for this book alone. The fingering chart is also accurate.
the first post the critiques the lack of buttons and sound. First off, they are "keys" and for the workmanship required to make a flute with real moving keys that is AG sized, they would have to charge a LOT more for it. The keywork mechanisms are small to begin with on normal size flutes--there is simply no way for those screws (some of them only several millimeters wide) and pins to translate onto dolly level play. Perhaps they could have made one moving part where all the keys could move up and down as a unit at once but again, the cost and logistics would prevent that.
The stand looks just like the Wenger and Manhasset stands that I have in my home for daily practice.
Overall I am thrilled with this set and it is one of the best AG purchases I have ever made. The only way I could think to improve upon it would be to include holders so that the doll could hold the flute vertically (like she was walking onstage.) Holding is as you would play it isn't going to work since the dolls' elbows aren't jointed, and that's rather important for holding the flute.