I hate making consecutive posts so mods can merge these if you want.
I have three versions of the food items. I think some Version I sets were made out of clay as said above. Version I(?) is on the left; Version II in the middle; Version III on the right.
You can see that the sandwich, carrot, and cookie from Version I (left) look "hand-formed". I'm not sure about the pear. Sorry I don't have the celery stick. The sandwich is smooth and doesn't have the texture like that of Version II (right). Are these peices authentic?
Here is a comparison of Version II (left) and Version III. Other than the slight difference in the color of the carrot and that the whole sandwich is a greyish white, these two versions are basically the same... just that the molds were merged together. Okay well I guess the pear looks a litte narrower in Version III.
I recently purchased Version II from a board member and had no idea that the lunch box was different from Version III. Here are a couple of (best I could do with a cell phone) pictures of the differences.
I couldn't capture the color difference with my camera, but Version III is a bit darker than Version II.
Version III (right) has the visible silver hardware.
Here is a top view of the open lunch boxes. The paint on Version II (left) comes up to the rim. The paint on Version III (right) stops 3/4 of the way up. When the lid is closed the silver is not visible.
Another look at the paint as well as the AG logo on the top lid on Version III (right).
Version III I recently bought this set with the free shipping offer and decided to post some pictures of this version since there aren't any in this thread. Of course I would have preferred the version without the clumped-together food, but I guess the one good thing is the whole sandwich instead of just the half. I'd give it a B.
Everything came sealed up. The set includes a red lunckbox; peanut butter and jelly sandwich; 2 celery and carrot sticks (clumped together); a pear and cookie (clumped together); and 10 paper napkins.
Well the closest I have to a JLY/modern doll is GOTY Chrissa. I paired Molly's jumper with a white short-sleeve blouse (this one from Doll Clothes Shop). This outfit can definitely pass for a modern day school uniform.
I bought this outfit way after the Mattel takeover and fits my PM Molly just fine (I mean with the exception of the snug fit around the waist). Scandia, you should try putting on the pants without underwear. It will fit much more better.
*This outfit was worn by Molly in the book Meet Molly*
(The name of this outfit changed to Hula Costume in 2008) (price increase from $28 to $34 January, 2012)
Mattel Version This outfit is actually more cute than I thought it would be. My sister picked it up at the Outlet a couple of weeks ago.
It includes a red sweater that pulls over her head, much like her Meet sweater. It's a little thicker than Molly's Meet sweater, though.
The grass hula skirt is made of a kind of plastic material and has an elastic waist. I first put the skirt on over the underwear Molly came with, but they don't work well together at all. It makes the skirt puff out. Maybe the undies that come with Molly's Underwear Set would work better under the hula skirt.
This set also includes a flower lei, bracelet, and 2 flowers for her hair. Those are also really nice. They're like those fake plastic flowers that you can get at stores like Michael's. The lei and bracelet are each strung together using an elastic band. The flowers for her hair are not really clips. They stay on her hair using a peice of velcro.
Finally included are a simple black mask and a paper treat bag that's big enough to make Molly seem like a greedy little trick-or-treater.
Hula skirt with no undies. You can't really see through it that much.
Larger than life treat bag.
Mask and close up of lei, bracelet, and hair accessories.
The one in the pictures looks like the newer one we have, which, yeah, it's nearly IMPOSSIBLE to get on Molly's head!
Thanks Natasha. It looks like it doesn't have elastic. I just wanted to know if I was seeing right. I got Molly & her accessories Christmas of '95. Mine has elastic so I was just curious. I can't believe they don't make it with elastic anymore. I could only imagine how much of a pain it must be trying to get that thing on her head without elastic.
Here is the underside of the beret. I find the hole is not as conductive to pulling the beret down over the top of her head as the images in the catalogue and on the site would have you believe. It might just be my copy of the beret, though. I don't mind because I don't put it on her that way, though.
Goo, does your beret have elastic to stretch on over the head?
*This outfit was worn by Molly in the book Molly's Surprise. It is also worn by Molly in the movie Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front*
(The name of this outfit changed to Christmas Dress in December, 2008)
This is a review of the Mattel version of Molly's Christmas dress. This dress is made of a really nice thick velvet material. I've never seen the PM version in person, but I'm pretty sure it measures up quite nicely to the feel of the PM version. This Mattel version also features a full round skirt that twirls when she spins around.
The only difference is that the Mattel version features six buttons that go down the front of the bodice, which I think adds a nice touch. The lace is also different, which doesn't make it look as nice as the previous version but it doesn't really make it look any worse (if that makes sense).
Regardless of the lace, it's still a very lovely dress and worth buying for any doll. This dress can never go out of style.
My sister got his last year and its really nice. The only problem she has is w/ the locket. Hers doesn't snap close. Does anyone else has this problem? I have Molly's locket that I got back in '95 and hers is fine. Should we try to get Sam's replaced?