Post by Ermentrude on Jul 13, 2011 18:56:33 GMT -5
Fantastic tiny detail. A+
I held out for a Version 1 and am glad I did. It has several differences from what I can tell: 1 - Most obvious is the extra stripe around the bottom that makes it look like it is in the water already. 2 - Noah & wife have swing arms - don't know why that mattered to me but I think they're cute 3 - Noah's yarmulke is rounded. 4 - The white on Noah's chest is a beard and not a diamond.
The later the edition, it seems that something got lost in translation, especially regarding Noah.
Last Edit: Jul 13, 2011 19:01:31 GMT -5 by Ermentrude
I'll leave the photography to someone with talent.
Overall I give mini K 25th anniversary edition an A-.
The outfit is adorable. And attention to detail is surprising. The tiny ribbons on her braids are perfect replicas and quite detailed. The design of the waist band is not as crisp as the original but still very nice. The skirt and shirt are *not* separate. They are sewn together which I think in the end helps make the outfit fit properly. The scale is so small, I don't know if it would have worked as two pieces. The tiny cut out at the collar is there, no button, but still amazed they went to that trouble.
K's hair is much different from what I expected. I haven't seen later minis so I have no comparison to know if this is normal. She has two tone hair, two very similar shades of blond but clearly two shades. Her part really shows it off. I like it, but for some reason it seems less Kirsten to not have her normal ashen locks.
I'm glad I bought her, I was sorely let down by the idea in January, glad to be wrong!
Post by Ermentrude on Feb 16, 2011 15:18:35 GMT -5
I had the distinction of having both a Flower Picking and Kite Flying dress at the same time, so I thought I'd get a picture.
The Kite Flying is on the left and Flower Picking on the right. There is a discernible, although slight difference in the shades. I took it around the house to confirm in different light and it really is there, not my imagination! It definitely is just a difference in lots of fabric though, not worth having both.
The Flower Picking looks more precise, but I prefer the Kite Flying of the two I had.
I bought Nicki originally with the intention of stealing her wig for another doll. Once she arrived I fell in love. Absolutely beautiful. With some patience I got the frizzies under control and she looks like new although her wig may be a bit thin.
The freckles, the hair color and the curls; everything about her is adorable. I could see the curls being a pain to maintain for a little one but based on the eBay pictures I saw, Nicki is equally cute when her curls have relaxed into a wave.
I absolutely love Kirsten's washstand. I received mine in 1989 or 1990. I stored Kirsten's ribbons in the drawer and kept her night shoes in the central part.
The only thing that annoyed me about it was the door did not close all the way. It sat on my shelf with Kirsten through high school and college and every time I looked at it I thought "why won't it just close!"
A- for slightly annoying door but otherwise great toy!
As I posted in the Midsummer review, this is the only other dress that I do not have in my collection - on purpose. My Kirsten refuses to acknowledge their existence.
I ordered directly from AG and promptly returned it to AG last fall. It had Barbie plastic nonsense written all over it. The dress itself reminded me of the "prairie" look from the 1970's. Maybe it is historically accurate but I don't think so, too much elastic in the sleeves. The apron looked flimsy and decorative, not functional which it should be if she's baking. They would have been better off in my opinion leaving the silk screen off. The shoes were the worst though - plastic with stickers.
For Kirsten - F For other AG - B- because of quality
This and the baking outfit is all that stands between me and a complete Kirsten wardrobe. I actually bought it from eBay but the basket was broken and the seller let me return it. She offered to replace it but once I actually saw it I knew I didn't want it.
Although I am no expert, I found the styling to not be congruent with Kirsten's time, regardless of the story they put behind it. The purple felt forced - almost like the AG designers sat in a room and said "Kirsten doesn't have a purple dress, better make her one, purple is popular with little girls."
From a non-Kirsten perspective, I agree that it is a cute dress and looks good on other AG. The "accessories" quality is seriously lacking though.
Post by Ermentrude on Nov 21, 2009 17:19:50 GMT -5
Here is my beautiful WB Kirsten. I'm pretty sure I got her for Christmas in 1988 - so in a few weeks, she'll be old enough to drink!
A few weeks ago when I did her downy dunk, I trimmed all around her wig where she had lots of little whispy hairs from breakage - I think she looks 100 times better now. Her bangs have always been just slightly too long but with a little coaxing they curl under a bit. I clearly need to redo her braids again, I didn't notice how one stuck out like that.
I think she is starting to get silver eye but not too bad yet.