Of all the sets in McKenna's collection, I am the most disappointed in this set. The boots are harder to get on than other AG rain boots that I own, but that doesn't bother me as much as the buckle. It comes undone when putting on the boots and is difficult to get buckled once they are on. I haven't been able to get it to buckle with leggings tucked into them. I like the umbrella better than I expected. It's a cute accessory. Between the price and difficulty with the boots, I give the set a C.
The material is nice and thick and doesn't seem to shed glitter, which I'm not usually a fan of. The dress is lined with a pink silk. The shoes are adorable, but since the dolls don't have posable knees, they don't stand up well in them at all. B (for the shoe fail)
Gotta say, I love this set! I played with it for about an hour after I opened it, and I'm a grown up! Everything is excellent quality, and seems to have a lot of play value for a gymnastics fan. McKenna can do flips and hand stands on the bar, as well as stand and do splits unassisted on the beam. In my pics, there is nothing behind her holding her up. A (price pulls it down from an A+)
Tennis Skirt Set for Dolls + Charm Item# T6599 $34 This outfit features: A sporty mock-layered tank that's perfect for tennis practice A matching tennis skirt with briefs underneath A double-ribbon headband to sweep back her hair A slip-on wristband to keep her comfortable Ankle socks and athletic shoes A tennis racquet and a ball Includes a “Strong” heart charm for the doll’s charm-keeper necklace
I love the colors in this set! The yellow looks either yellow or green depending on the lighting. Either way, I like the color scheme. It's different from AG's typical hot pink and a nice change of pace. The clothing pieces are made of a nylon/spandex type material that is pretty accurate for athletic gear. The tank does not have velcro in the back and has to go on over the doll's head. This isn't terrible since the shirt is pretty stretchy, but it could be tough for a younger kid. The skirt fits well, and the briefs are not attached. The headband is similar to Lanie's headband, but stretchier. It's a ribbon with a strip of elastic in the back. The wrist band is kind of tough to get on and made of the same material as the briefs. The socks are pretty cheap material. One of mine is smaller than the other. The shoes are cute, and I can see them getting a lot of use with other outfits since they are fairly neutral colors. The tennis racquet is all plastic, but seems to be nice quality. The ball feels like a real tennis ball. The price point is a little high, in my opinion, but I am so glad AG used something besides pink. Overall, I give the set an A.
Last Edit: Nov 16, 2011 16:47:07 GMT -5 by Aaryana
Dressy Watch Set for Dolls Item# V6075 She can give her doll an elegant look with this pretend watch, featuring a pretty satin ribbon band. $8
As it says in the site description, the band is a ribbon. I feel like it would not stand up well for kids' play. Mine is already starting to look frayed, and I've only put it on Katia a few times. It's also kind of difficult to get on. Grade: B.
Picked these up for Katia when I wanted to maximize shipping costs. I think they are quite cute and stylish. The fit really well on Katia (a Josefina mold), but I haven't tried them on any other mold. They seem to be pretty well made as well. Grade: A
Echoing what others have said. I love this outfit! The slippers, in my opinion, could have been real shoes instead of slippers, but other than that, I love the set. Just going to add some more pictures now.
Katia is just chillin' outside in the sweater, leggings, and headband. She refused to wear the slippers outside though because they aren't proper boots.
From the American Girl site: Sleepover Accessories Item# W0585 Make it a doll-lightful night! These party starters are guaranteed to keep her friends giggling: A doll-sized Apples to Apples® Junior game box with 105 playing cards and game instructions A mini version of American Girl® magazine A mini Snooze-a-Palooza! book filled with slumber-party ideas Make-believe snacks: a bowl of popcorn and two fruit-punch drinks $28
Honestly, this set is ridiculously overpriced, but I couldn't resist the wee Apples to Apples game. The game itself is great. It's a complete mini version with the correct number of cards to play, etc. I'd love to see AG release more mini games, in fact. Game: A+
THe mini magazine is exactly the same as the version that currently comes in orders that you can put together yourself, though it is bound a little nicer and does have a few extra pages. It also feels like a magazine, versus cardstock paper. Cute, but I would've liked it better if it was a version I didn't already have. Mini mag: B
The Snooze-a-palooza book is cute, but I already have two. One from a different set and one that I got in an e-bay lot of mini books. Come on, AG, release a new one. Book: B
The snacks are fun! I'm a sucker for dolly sized food, so between the snacks and the game, this set was a must have for me. The popcorn is a little better textured and painted in real life than it appears in AG stock photos. Just another fail reason why they should hire Syd to do their photography. The popcorn does not come out of the bowl (of course). It does seem a bit small, like a single serving size instead of a big bowl for several girls to share. I will probably be ordering some replacement pieces to have enough to go around. The drinks are really cute. I love the ice cube and straw detail. Snacks: A
Now, for the pictures.
Apples to Apples Junior
Magazine and Book
Final overall grade: B. Overall the pieces are fine, the quality is great (especially the game), and I generally like them. But, $28 is steep for a mini game, which is the main reason I wanted the set. If this set were a wee bit less expensive, or included things I didn't have already instead of things I do, or had maybe an extra item, I wouldn't mind the price so much, but that is what drives my grading down from an A. Any one of those would've raised the grade a bit. It's a cute set, and I do like to set up sleepover scenes, so I think it will have great play value around here.
If anyone has questions about the set or would like more pictures, feel free to PM me. Please keep in mind I am in medical school, so I will try my best to answer within 48 hours, but that might not happen.
Last Edit: Sept 9, 2011 21:48:02 GMT -5 by Aaryana
I was just telling my mom the same thing! I got my first Kanani on 1/1, and she had a terribly messed up eye. It was way smaller than the other eye. In Atlanta on Friday, I exchanged Kanani 1 for my current Kanani, who in addition to having even eyes has lovely hair! My first Kanani's hair was a disaster straight out of the box, but this one has very nice hair. Needless to say I'm in love with my new Kanani! I'm so happy with her, especially since I spent six months of being really upset over how disappointed I was in the first one.
Striped School Dress + Charm Item# V6011 My American Girl® dolls can let their school spirit show! This outfit includes: A striped dress featuring a chunky knit collar with button details, plus a distressed Innerstar University™ crest at the hip A pair of cropped leggings to layer underneath Ballet-flat shoes with ruffles at the toes Includes a "Proud" square charm for the doll's charm-keeper necklace $28
I picked up this dress for another board member, but she kindly allowed me to try it on my doll since I was hesitant about it. I've decided that I do really like it! The dress is adorable! I love the detail of the cuffs and collar! The dress and leggings are a nice, soft cotton, and the shoes are pleather. The dress and pants went on easily, but the shoes were a bit of a challenge. The heels wanted to fold under the doll's heel when I tried to put them on. I finally used a plastic spoon as shoe horn to get them on Katia. They are cute shoes though, and the material is fine for pleather. Overall, I like the set and will eventually pick one up for myself. Grade: A- (for the shoes).
School Backpack Set for Dolls Item# V6015 My American Girl® dolls can get set for school with everything here: A plaid notebook with lined pages A mini science textbook with dolphins on the cover Three pretend mechanical pencils A faux water bottle with pretty graphics A backpack with a plaid pocket and an Innerstar University™ crest $28
The first thing I thought when I saw this was "Finally, a science book!" Being a scientist myself, I've always wanted to add a science book to the wee math books I have collected for my dolls. Anyway, this is a great set! The science book is hardback and adorable. The notebook is a typical AG notebook. I'm not sure why it has holes in it though. Perhaps a binder set will be available in the future? The MyAG meet accessories include the binder. The backpack is huge, so there is certainly room for a binder or for use as an overnight bag. It is made of a decent weight nylon, with a real pocket in front (closes with velcro) and a real zipper pocket on the inside (made of mesh). The wee mechanical pencils are awesome! They are faux, but very cute. The bottle is a typical AG water bottle. Food and school supplies are my two dolly weaknesses! Grade: A+
Backpack leaning against box
Back of backpack
Science book! The best part!
Zipper pocket inside backpack
Everything in with room to spare!
Water bottle pocket
Inside the Science book, Lesson 2
Inside the Science book, Chapter 1 Review
As always, if you want more information or pictures, feel free to PM me!
Sporty Sandals for Dolls Item# V6065 These blue-and-purple sandals are perfect for a day in the great outdoors. $12
I really regretted not getting the pink and orange Garden Outfit because it came with dolly Keens, so when I saw these, they were a must have! They're super cute, but pretty difficult to get on. Harder than the original pink and orange ones that are similar. But, that means they're less likely to fall off as well. They're pretty sturdy sandals with a thick rubbery sole and nice straps. The soles even have treads! Once you get them on, they fit well and look really nice. Grade: A
ETA: Stain warning! There is a possibility that these sandals will stain. I left them on my Katia for a few days, and she had faint purplish/black marks on her feet. The stain came off with acetone and some elbow grease, but I don't think I'll be leaving them on her for more than a few hours at a time.
On my Katia
They actually look really cute with the Safari Sundress. Here is Katia modeling
As always, if anyone wants more information or pictures, feel free to PM me.
Last Edit: Jul 13, 2011 18:05:17 GMT -5 by Aaryana
Delicious Dinner Set Item# V6045 My American Girl® dolls can host a dinner party! Your girl can serve a make-believe dinner for her dolls with everything here: A red casserole pan for "baking" dinner Two faux pieces of lasagna Two pretend slices of bread Two make-believe desserts in dishes Two patterned plates and fabric napkins Two each of metal forks and spoons A pretty pitcher for serving drinks Two clear glasses A metal spatula A faux bottle of olive oil A pretend parmesan cheese shaker A make-believe pepper grinder $58
What can I say? I *love* dolly food! At $58, this set seems a bit high, but I loved it so much that I swallowed the price tag. I think $40 would have been plenty reasonable, but the set really is awesome! All the little pieces are excellent quality and so much fun! The spatula, forks, and spoons are all metal! The rest of the pieces seem to be really sturdy plastic, not cheap or flimsy at all. The napkins are decent cloth. Everything is scaled well for the dolls. Every single piece gets an A+ from me! I'll get on with the pictures now, since we all know that's what everyone wants to see.
The box. My first thought was, "It's so tiny, no way this will be worth the cost." But, it so is!
Pan with the unremovable portion of lasagna
Pan with the removable pieces inside
Garlic bread, nice details
Plate, very cute! Lovely colors!
Fork and spoon that are REAL metal!
Lasagna, check out that detail!
Pitcher, again, love the colors
Glasses are plastic, but still nice
Spatula, again, metal!
Salt, olive oil, pepper grinder. Adorable!
As always, if anyone wants more information or pictures, feel free to PM me.
Over priced, much? Barksee is adorable, however, that doesn't quite make up for the fact that I paid $28 for a stuffed animal, a cheap bag, and some paper and plastic bits! I do like that the bag is big enough to hold a lot of stuff though. It's definitely more like a tote than a purse, so AG got that one right.
Soccer Star Set for Dolls + Charm Item# G0000 She’ll get her kicks in this sporty set! It features: A white soccer jersey with contrasting sleeves Black-and-green sport shorts A pair of shin guards with elastic backs that slide underneath her knee-high socks A doll-sized soccer ball Athletic shoes with “cleats” to help her run on the field A pair of hairbands for her ’do A customizable certificate and a trophy to show she did her best A “Fair” heart charm for the doll’s charm-keeper necklace $34
Typically, I'm not into sports sets, but I like this set a lot! The shirt, shorts, socks, and shoes are all very high quality and well made. The shin guards are kind of thin, but seem to be well made. I don't think the elastic will break easily. The plastic trophy seems to be made well with sturdy plastic. The certificate is a nice addition. It's made of thick paper. The soccer ball is a soft, squishy material, similar to the kind you would find in a stress relief ball. Hair bands are typical AG elastic bands. The charm is what it is. Cheap plastic. I'm not that into the charms. Grade: A- at the $34 price point. On sale, I'd give it an A+. I do think $34 is a bit much for an outfit and some plastic/paper bits.
Kanani fits in the chair the way a 10 year old would fit in a chair sized for a ten year old. So, yes, dolls sit nicely in it, but it is not scaled for an adult in dolly world.
Chrissa's craft table + Kanani's chair? I like them really well together.
The lighter background color of the chair is very close to the color of the craft table. The chair may be a bit darker than the table, but I feel like they look nice together. It's definitely not a perfect match. The chair and ottoman are very high quality. The material is very nice, and they are very sturdy. The doll sits very well in the chair. It's proportioned to fit a 10 year old though, and is not scale to an adult size chair. (Yes, I will post all this in a review. )
I got these for myself! I am 5 feet 5 inches and wear adult medium tops and adult size 10 pants, and the girl's XL fits me perfect! The quality is great, but the pants are a wee bit see through. I can see the pattern on my undies through the bottoms, but the tunic is long enough to hide that. The top is not at all see through. They are very soft and cozy!
Last Edit: Feb 21, 2011 19:40:32 GMT -5 by Aaryana
C.I.Fairfield pretty much covered all of my opinions on Limited Edition Mini Sam. I just wanted to add that I thought it was odd they didn't put a number on her book. Usually, the Meet books have a 1 on the spine, and so on. I kind of wish this one did too. I'll try to get some pics of my mini Sam with 18 inch Sam in her holiday dress. The holiday dress I have is from right before the archival, so I'll be able to compare the fabrics. She's quite cute. I give her an A.
Breakfast in Bed Set for Dolls Item# T6585 She can surprise her doll with a special treat—breakfast in bed! This set includes: A pink serving tray with legs that fold out so dolls can enjoy a delicious breakfast A plate topped with faux heart-shaped waffles, strawberries, and whipped cream A pretend glass of milk to quench her thirst A pretend smoothie topped with a berry A cloth napkin with an embroidered heart A make-believe syrup bottle and a metal fork A note tucked inside an envelope to brighten her day $28
Despite my reservations about getting a set with the majority of its pieces all glued to a plate, I decided to go ahead and order this one. It's quite cute!
Tray: The tray is hot pink plastic with legs that fold for storage. It seems to be really sturdy and is made of thick plastic. The color in the first photo is accurate. I'm not sure why it looks different in the second two. A+
Plate: Everything is stuck to it, but the details for the food is really nice. The waffles have brown and light areas just like real waffles would. The strawberries are also detailed, but not as much as the waffles. Everything is thick plastic. If the pieces were separate, this would get an A+. As is, I would have given it a C, but the detail is nice enough to bump it up to a B+.
Milk: Very cute. The milk actually looks like it is in the glass. Nice, thick plastic. A
Smoothie: Also cute and nice quality plastic. A
Napkin: Nice quality fabric. I am so happy this is not paper! It says on the site that it's fabric, but I didn't notice that, so it was a nice surprise. A
Fork: Metal! That alone makes me very happy! It's not flimsy either! A+ for cuteness and metal
Syrup: Gasp! I love this! It was about 80% of why I purchased this set, and I'm not disappointed with it. It's all plastic, but again, nice quality plastic. Looks very realistic. A+
Note: Paper envelope, lightweight cardboard note. It is what it is. A-
Overall, I give the set an A. I still wish the pieces weren't stuck together, but I do think it's nice even at the hefty $28 price tag.