Grade: A- (box is difficult and not salvageable; bring back the fleshy bodies; ridiculous hair)
Mini Samantha 2016 is very hard to get out of her box. Don't plan to save the box.
Also of note: Samantha's pink hair ribbon is taped inside the box. There is also a mini book and a mini doll stand (which other AGPT members have described as leaving marks on the dolls' legs. I haven't been brave enough to check mine for the marks).
Here is 2016 Samantha with Mini Doll v1 circa 1998. They are quite different. I have to say, that while I don't like the vinyl body, her face is much of an improvement in my opinion. The vinyl body isn't terrible, but it doesn't compare to the fleshy body. Why is she so much taller?
The hair is ridiculous on Sam-2016. The pink hair ribbon is elastic and slides on fairly easily.
The pink hair ribbon and the dress are removable, though the dress has a ribbon in the back which you will need to retie. The outfit seems transferable (why I bought her on sale for $19 in the March sale, in the first place). My 1998 Mini Sam has a 3 piece wardrobe now! I love Sam's green spring dress...
I feel this dress is so tight that it is a little hoochy honestly. I know my Mia fka Kit is a little bit chubby, but it just doesn't look quite right on her. It also might be a dress that just needs to be photographed outside.
The shoes are a small struggle to get on, B+. You have to put the ribbon part on, then the toes, then the heel. I noticed a lot of display shoes at the store with the threading on the criss-cross broken, so check your shoes in person if you can. Even in my pictures I don't have the shoe all the way on one foot, oops. Like I said, a little hard to get on...
The hairpin I give an A for now, as long as it doesn't lose its strength over time.
Here is the dress on Saige with the ivory tights from the $5 current tights set... The only problem is I don't know what shoes to put with it now. It looks way better on Saige. My biggest problem is that even though it is lined, you can see Saige's blue undies through the dress (I took them off). Kind of frustrated with this dress....
Outfit as packaged. I even did the belt like the stock picture (you can just buckle it normally). The little crystal buttons are movable, so they don't always point exactly forward. I like how the skirt is 2 tiered. The boots are awesome. The three shades of pink work well together in this outfit. The boots are REALLY easy to put on: they don't even need to be unvelcro'd to go on! Grade: A
I tried the outfit with some other boots. 1996 Jumper boots: OK Saige's gold boots: ew Saige's meet boots: great!
Saige's meet boots are a little bit lighter than the belt.
I also tried the boots with Saige's Sparkle dress. An alternative option for the gold boot haters.
I just got this dress on ebay (the tag was cut out so it was super cheap!), so sans other outfit parts. But I really do like this dress, and I am pretty picky about AG-offical clothing.
I have a PM Samantha, and there are some pictures below showing how it fits her (it looks shorter on her, and the top kind of bunches up a bit maybe). The sleeves were a tight fit like said before, but they seem okay to me (no worse than other Mattel clothes fit imho).
While the embroidery is nice, I'm still undecided about whether or not I think it fits with the dress, but the colors (blue on top, not grey) are really gorgeous. I can see this dress being usable not just at holidays (I have Sammie in summer shoes!).
My mini Sam looks just like PrincessEmily's mini Sam closer to the right in her picture. She is sooo adorable. My best friend Kirsten (blonde hair blue eyes to boot) couldn't afford a full size American Girl, so she got mini Kirsten and we played for hours on end. What was really great was that Barbie things were just the right size - from hair things to food to dresses (the shorter mini dresses)! A++++
I have a late PM doll, and I do not believe she is fragile. I managed to destroy the pram, yet the doll still has shiny hair. I think I must have been smart enough to leave her hair tied in her ribbon (looking at my mini Sam, her hair is also tied in the original style with meet ribbon). The only thing I would note is that my nutcracker is attached with a flimsy string I believe will break any day now. It does not stay in place well. In addition, the nutcracker has stained poor Clara's hand red/pink.
So, I would disagree that a child should not play with this. The idea of a doll (Sam) with a doll (Clara) with a doll (nutcracker) is just too adorable and picturesque. She is possibly my favorite Sam accessory, though I did play with mini Sam way more than Clara.
I give Clara an A+, and the nutcracker a B-, since at least its arms didn't fall off like a previous member posted.
This gets an A+ as it saw a lot of play since I got it mid 90s and it never had any problems and is still very white. The pink ribbons and lace make it adorable without being over the top. The only thing I notice is that the lace is kind of bunching up.
This thing is very fragile. It did not survive my childhood. The spokes of the wheel detached (they seem plastic to me, my version was PM though) and then the wheel itself broke off I believe. But before that, it was a lot of fun to play with. I remember I had trouble keeping Clara posed in the pram while it was rolling around, though.
The inside of my music box is also not sanded. I never noticed as a little girl. I got mine some time in the 90s. It says "Made in Taiwan especially for PC" on the gold sticker. This thing is absolutely adorable though. It is a working music box with actual sheet music in a form that doesn't break (solid "book"), what more could you ask for? The only thing that has happened to it is the box containing the music box has come unglued from the spine of the "book" but it hasn't affected page turning or music playing, so I don't care, and I'd never sell it anyways (it's way too great a piece). A+