My boots have grommets (unlike the red boots) and a slight heel. They have the newer cotton laces (which are flat rather than rounded), and stay tied nicely. They look and feel high quality, which is a relief as I was not sure how good the Mattel version would be.
The back of one of my red boots seems to be separating slightly (the seam is not as tight as the other one). They have a PM sticker on the bottom, so maybe it is different with Mattel (and it may be due to age). Very cute, go nicely with the winter and summer outfits
My 1994 nightgown seems to have the bow sewn on in a way that it shouldn't come undone. I am not willing to test this by trying to pull hard on it. Soft and cozy, makes me feel snuggly just feeling it.
I have the real fur black cats, with emerald green eyes. They have stickers that say they were made in West Germany. Very soft, I personally think they are cuter than the new ones. If you have a problem with fur, you should get the newer set, but if it is not a big deal to you, the original cats are darling.
My spoon bag has a 1994 tag (as do the sunbonnet and hankie), with a fabric care tag advising to hand wash and line dry it. My spoon has "FRANCE" carved on the side of the handle, a tiny hole in the round end, and has very obvious grain patterns from the wood. The necklace is not hard to put on Kirsten, perhaps the ribbon is longer on mine. The heart is darker colored, like qnpoohbear's necklace. The hankie's cross-stitches do not go through to the reverse side, the border is 2 layers, with the center being one layer. the spoon bag's sash has neat cut ends that are not sewn together, but there isn't really any fraying. The sunbonnet is very wide brimmed, as it would have been in Kirsten's day. The whole set is adorable.
Last Edit: Aug 28, 2009 15:14:33 GMT -5 by AllyKat
I just received my PM Kirsten today. She came with a Hair Care tag that said the doll was made in Germany. Her meet dress is tagged 1993. Her face is definitely fuller than the Mattel dolls, and is more full than my sister's PM Felicity purchased in 1997. Her makeup is light, though how much is because of light application vs. fading over time is unknown. Kirsten's vinyl feels different from Felicity, though she was a former display doll, and Felicity had a lot of loving, so that could be why. Her hair and lashes are soft, with the lashes looking longer and lighter than the current Mattel dolls. The lashes are darker than blonde, but are not a super dark brown. Her blue eyes are pinwheel, and very striking. She has Pleasant Company stamped on her neck, but it is right along her wig line, so you have to push her hair up a bit to see it. Her braids aren't as perfect and rounded as a Mattel Kirsten, but they have never been taken out, and I think that a few flyaways are to be expected after 16 years. All in all, a lovely doll, with a sweet, darling face!
The top scarf in pevensie's review is identical to the scarf in the 1993 Holiday catalog. It is like the scarf with my 1994-tagged outfit as well. I have a second outfit somewhere, I will have to find it so I can see if they are the same.
The whole outfit (with the exception of the scarf) is very soft. It is snug (not tight) on my PM doll. I am not sure that you could put her flannel underwear underneath. The scarf is a large triangle, held to the light, you can "see" through the fabric. You can wrap it around her shoulders and pin or tuck the ends in place, they are not long enough to tie. The point comes below her rear when the scarf is worn this way. I loved the outfit the minute I saw it (way, way back in the day), and consider it worth the money. I wouldn't pay an obscene amount (it retailed for $22 originally), but if you can find one under $50 and can afford it, go for it!