Kiele, my Kanani, is a gorgeous doll. She was purchased online and was delivered safely on January 12th. Of course, the Jess mold is my personal favorite, and I adore hazel eyes, so I have to say that Kiele is definitely an A+ for me. Because the above posters have pretty much covered the logistics and stuff, here is my Kiele: (in orange!)
This outfit was purchased Winter 2008. It arrives with four pieces:
Slicker: The slicker is yellow, and is made of a stiff fabric that represents water-resistant materiel. There are faux buckles on each sleeve, matching the ones on the rain boots, and two pockets in front. The slicker fastens with three snaps in front, and reaches mid-thigh. Nothing special, but will work for any doll from Molly to modern. A
Hat from the back
Hat: The hat is made of the same materiel as the slicker. The brim is shorter on one side than on the other. The hat fits tightly, and will mess the doll's hair. Nice addition, but could be a bit bigger. C+
Boots: Contrary to what the store description above says, these rain boots do not have zippers. Instead, they can be fastened with velcro in the back. These boots are made of similar materiel as the rest of the outfit, if not the same, but are red. There are faux buckles around the ankle. I have not had a problem with staining. Overall, the materiel used is too thin to be accurate rain boots, and a zipper would have been better than the velcro used for fastening. B-
Overall: Though this outfit would undoubtedly not last more than 10 minutes in any form of wet weather, I like the classic timing of it, and that you can put it on any doll from the 1940's on without making it look too out of place. If you happen to catch it on eBay or craigslist, I suggest snatch it up: if it's priced under $20. B
I don't have this set, but my friend received it for her birthday last year when she visited AGPLA. The campfire is just like Kaya's in appearance, and there is a switch on the bottom to light the "fire". The insides of the logs are also painted pinky-orange to further enhance the illusion of fire. There are three buttons on the side (or just one: I can't remember) that play campfire songs. The sticks have marshmallows molded on to them, and are plastic. The chocolate bar set is plastic, while the Graham cracker box is cardboard. The two pre-made smores are plastic, and the crackers have some sort of weird, almost-green tint.
I too got this set around Christmas of 2009. I think that EofA and AGmom covered the photos, so here is my verbal review for now:
This set was purchased in December of 2009.
Current Price (As of January 30 2010): $58
This set consists of 18 pieces: a tablecloth, two napkins, six utensils [two knives, two forks and two spoons], two plates, two cups, two sherbet cups, two plastic sherbet 'scoops', a pitcher for drinks, and a vase with a bouquet of flowers.
My Rating: **** (out of 5 stars)
The Tablecloth: Starting off with the basic piece, this is Kit's tableware. There's nothing much to say about it, except that there's a nice detail around the edges. The pattern is only on one side. The table cloth is folded upon arrival, and arrives with a fine crease. Ironing should fix this. Nothing too special. A-
The Napkins: The napkins have little designs in all four corners, and arrive laying flat on the tablecloth. I believe they also arrive wrapped in plastic. The napkins, along with the tablecloth, lay atop the styrofoam sheet that protects the glass underneath from breaking. They are cute, and look nice with the glassware. A
The Utensils: The utensils are very nice quality. They are not made of plastic, which is nice that American Girl still pays attention to detail. The forks, spoons and knives are all gold in colour, and really have no purpose other than display. As a note to those of you with Kit's stove, the utensils fit well into the cubbies above the stove. They arrive wrapped in plastic. Nice quality, and love the attention to detail. A
The Plates: The plates are pink, and have circles growing out from the centre of the plate to the rim. I have no authentic AG food to measure with yet, and thus I cannot say if the plates are proportionate to food. They do make nice baseplates for using the sherbet cups. The plates, though they are made of glass, are not at all fragile: if your daughter or son knows how to treat items well, the plates (and the set in general) should last for a long time. A
The Cups: The cups are nearly identical to the plates in colour and in style, but, you know, in cup shape. They are also made of sturdy glass, and are at a size where they are neither too big are too small for a doll's hand. A
The Sherbet Cups: These cups are my second favourite part of the set. They just seem so Garden Party-esque, and it is very likely that Kit's Mother used this glassware at her parties. They hold the sherbet 'scoops' nicely, are made of the same sturdy glass, and are great display pieces. A+
The Sherbet 'Scoops': While the rest of the set is very nice quality and are of great detail, the 'scoops' of sherbet are basically the opposite of everything else. American Girl took the fact that once you put the sherbet into the cups you are no longer able to see the base of the sherbet 'scoops' very seriously, because while the top of the 'scoop' has nice garnishes and look great in the sherbet cups, the bottoms resemble an orange kickball from elementary school. They come wrapped in plastic (and are made of some sort of plastic), but I wish that the sherbet 'scoop' design didn't end so abruptly. C
The Pitcher: This pitcher matches the plates, the cups, and the sherbet cups in colour and style. It is made of very sturdy glass, and has nothing else to note. Unlike Chrissa's pitcher, which is similar in style but not in material, Kit's pitcher is more of a display piece than a play piece. A
The Flowers and the Vase: My favourite pieces are absolutely beautiful with the set-up. The vase is some sort of honey mustard ceramic, and is a wonderful colour. The flowers is a gorgeous assortment of fake roses, lilies (I think), daisies, etc. This is by far my favourite piece of the set because of the wonderful colour co-ordinations. If you're not careful, though, it can attract dust. A+
Overall: Kit's Linens and Glasswares is one of the highest quality sets I've seen in a while, and is certainly worth $58. The pieces arrive with black numbers on the bottom, which can easily be removed through scratching. I also found that the set arrived with an unfortunate smell of gasoline and body odor, but has disappeared a month later. This odor can be removed by simply allowing the set to air out for a few days. It is a great display piece.
My Molly came in 2003 with the rounder lenses, curved arch glasses. They have held up well, though occasionally, the lenses pop out; all it needs is a pop back in, and they're fine. Basically, Molly's glasses are relatively sturdy (for me, anyways) and have held their own for almost six years.
I received the Cami and Brief set as a birthday present from friends who knew that I had always wanted it.
The set comes with six pieces: three camisoles, in purple, turquoise and pink; and three pairs of matching underwear.
Chrissa, Nicki and Daphne in the purple set, the pink set, and the turquoise set, respectively.
The purple set close-up.
The symbol on the purple set is a pink flower with "AG" in white printing below it.
The pink set close-up
The pink camisole has a purple flower with a blue middle; no stem or leaves.
Close-up of the turquoise set.
The turquoise cami has the words "American Girl" written in pink.
Retail Price: $20
I think this set is handy for those of you (including me) who like to provide underwear to all their dolls. The camisoles and underwear are easy to put on, though younger ones may have some difficulty, because there is no velcro in the back. Many clothes fit easily over the set.
Because I got this as a gift, and didn't have to buy it myself, I give it an A, because of the set's usefulness and because the item relates well to little girls who may still wear camisoles and so they will be able to match their doll. I believe that American Girl also once sold girl-sized camisoles and underwear to match this set.
However, I would give this set a B had I not received it and instead, bought it, because $20 is, in my opinion, a little pricey for doll underwear.
Has anyone else had trouble with these socks? No sooner than I put them on, then they started to get weird fuzzies along the top, like they were unraveling, and you could see a strip of elastic or something.
I was careful with them, so I don't know if it was just a bad pair or what. CS was nice enough to send me a new pair, but I am curious if I'm the only one with the problem.
I got my set some time in 2001/2002 and the socks have been absolutely horrible to me ever since. Within the first year, one sock was completely ripped at the toe, then it began to fray. The other sock really did not give me any trouble until recently, when it started to fray. I really should call to CS soon, though. I am just a procrastinator