The issues I have with the BF mini mold I've brought up with the Mini Doll2 so won't repeat them. This doll is exactly the same from what I can see to the BF meet mini. Just a different outfit. Actually just a different dress and different color ribbons is all I can see that is different with this doll. She has the same pantaloons, socks and boots as Meet Mini Addy.
The dress is adorable. Very simple, but the color works well for Addy. I'd hoped that she would have gotten the school outfit which was the only regular new BF outfit Addy got other than the meet and nightgown. But AG chose to give her one of her older outfits--my guess is that it was a simpler, cheaper way to go. Pretty dress, but I'm disappointed that she, Josefina and Kaya are the only three who do not get a new BF outfit for the SE minis. With Josefina, not much choice, and some vindication with the complexity of the outfit chosen and the change in hair structure. With Addy, this is the simplest of her dresses, sigh. No hat for Addy which comes with the 18 inch version of this outfit. Disappointing.
So AG stuck a few cheap lilac ribbons in her hair and stuck the simplest dress to make for this SE mini . Takes me a few minutes to change the meet version to the SE. Not much work went into outfit for SE mini Addy.
Give this a B-. AG took an easy out with the choice of outfit and hair style for Addy. Not taking off for the BF changes of the mini since that was covered with the BF Mini and it's now a given. The dress is very pretty and flattering to the doll despite the fact it's not new and simple, without a hat that would have give it a bit of pizazz.
I have both this BF mini Addy and the 2016 SE mini Addy here, and two dolls are just about identical. I really do not like the BF revision of the minis. I particularly do not like it when it comes to mini Addy. IMO, the whole reason for the minis is that they are miniatures of the 18 inch versions, and should look as much like them as possible. Changing the torso from cloth to vinyl eliminates a major AG feature right there. The other problem I have with these minis is that the faces have all been made to be more alike. The Classic mold is very much like the Josefina mold to the point that if you don't know what the mold a shown doll has, it's difficult to differentiate. The Addy mold has been altered to be more like the Josefina mold as well. The distinction of the Addy mold is not as prominent. Very disappointing to me. Another major change is that Addy's wonderful textured hair is now smooth. Another giving way to sameness among the minis Her part runs all the ways down the back of her head so if you take the hair out of the braids, it will be more difficult to wear loose. Also, the hair does not appear to be as black as the older minis and or as Addy's hair is. Perhaps it's the texture of the hair that shows the ripples of brown more. Ordinarily, I like that effect in AG hair, but this is another point away from the 18 inch Addy. We have a blander mini Addy here, IMO.
The other thing that is of great difference is her neck, She has a significantly longer neck than the older Addy. For some reason, the new minis, in the Josefina and Addy molds have an extra long neck. It doesn't help that the meet dress has a lower neck line either. Actually, when I put my BF mini Addy in the old pink meet dress, the longer neck does not look bad. But looks less like the big doll, IMO
This new mini also appears to have lighter eyes. Vinyl tone more mellow but could be a variation, and some rosiness in the cheeks that are an improvement.
The mini outfit is exquisite, but I am partial to that dress. I think it's similar to Cécile's red special dress, and I love that style. I'm thrilled that Addy has this new meet outfit and that I have this dress for my minis as well. It will get a lot of wear.
The pantaloons, socks and boots,are, again similar to the big dolls. An accurate representation there, and really I feel that's why I'm buying these minis. To get the look alike clothes.
I give this doll a C. The softening of the Addy features to be less distinct, the loss of hair texture, less flexibility in styling hair, the funny looking neck are serious drawbacks, and important ones. Not to mention loss of the the soft body. But she is a pretty doll, yes. The outfit I give a solid A which brings the doll up from D level.
This is one of the best deals in the BF collection, IMO, even at full price. For $28, one gets a maxi dress, sandals, necklace, bracelet and scarf. The scarf can also be used as a shawl.
Yes, maxi dresses like that with similar prints and colors were part of the 70s.. But this is a great dress for Lea and other modern dolls too. The SE mini Julie doll is wearing this dress, so iff you want dolly-doll matches, snap them both up.
The quality of the dress, is typical AG good, the scarf and sandals, excellent IMO. Other pieces pure extras, and I love it. At $28, you are getting your money's worth and at 20% and 30% off sales, the set is a downright steal. Matching mini at $19 also good value.
The dress itself, well, I'm not into showing a lot of vinyl cloth transitions, and thecut of the dress does do that. I think the mini version of the dress did better to hide those parts of the doll. But with Julie's hair, the necklace and if you use the scarf as a shawl, that can be covered. Colors a bit away from traditional AG's with a lot of yellow in there and not that much pink and purple. Love the generic sandals and soft lilac scarf/shawl can be used for a number of outfits.
I was looking forward to this cutie for a long time because AG did release a stock photo of her early. They described her eyes as brown in the scrip that came with that photo, though they looked dark green. The doll also looked very much more like the older pre BF classic mold dolls in that the face shape was rounder, the eyes further apart and also the definition the eyes had. The new classic BF minis had more oblong faces that made them difficult to differentiate from the Josefina mold. A major problem I have with these new BF minis is that the classic mold ones do not look as much like the big dolls as they used to look. That and the vinyl bodies that are yet another departure from looking like true minis of the 18 inch versions were drawbacks to the new version.
But with mini Maryellen, it appears as though AG has remedied the situation. Though I suspect it just might be that the mold and factory used were different. No telling.
This is a sweet mini definitely worth getting especially during one of AG's sales. The outfit is very close to the 18 inch version complete with the hair ribbon and knit bolero! Right down to the double strap MaryJanes that are not that generic black one piece vinyl that the SE minis seem to be getting. The doll is adorable.
I'm thinking of getting a look alike wardrobe for this sweetie to match the big doll, though I've found some cute plaids and pieces that work for the 50s and for her in my stash. This one is a keeper and I'd get a few more of her except I have waaay too many minis. I love that the older mini Felicity, of which I have a number, can be her little sister Beverly, and an extra mini Josefina can be made into Angela, take ones pick from extra minis for the Karens, and you got a nice piece of that gang.
I give this mini an A. Done to look as much like the 18 inch doll as possible, very cute, all the little extras from the head (ribbon) to the toes(special shoes) and the bolero to boot. This is the best done of the minis, IMO, though SE mini Kit and Kaya are also up there.
Last Edit: Mar 27, 2016 22:32:13 GMT -5 by Wickfield
Of course, the SE mini Maryellen is wearing her most special dress, the Bridesmaid/Birthday dress that her mother has made for her. Did not expect anything else, though I'd have loved most any other outfit for her.
This outfit is as simple as they come, and all this mini gets is this one piece dress, panties and shoes. End of the matter. AG got chintzy cheap with the SE Rebecca and Maryellen in that they skipped the hair accessory. That they are in fancy attire makes the exclusion worse, IMO. They really should have included at least a ribbon, and I'll be looking for pieces for each of those minis to wear to complete the look. Very disappointing AG. Especially when the 18 inch doll is shown with her hair down rather than in the high ponytail. At least AG gave the meet mini a hair ribbon.
The SE mini Maryellen I have is virtually identical to the BF mini in the meet outfit. Just sligtly thinner hair maybe. Hard to say with that high pony tail that I will be taking down when I get some hair ribbon. I think they just took the very same doll and stuck her in the dress and shoes. The BF mini Josefinas were released under the same time constraint, but AG did bother to make to very different doll types. THis one was a quick and easy job, and I resent this.
Of course with no stockings which at least mini SE Rebecca got (in fairness so did the big Rebecca for that outfit), you are just about guaranteed to get scratches, dents or at best shiny spots from the stand that comes encasing this doll's legs.
I'll be commenting more on Mini Maryellen's face which is identical for all I can see to the meet mini which I'm also reviewing. The classic mold in this doll is much more like the older classic molds. THe eyes have the "spokes of wheel" lines radiating rom the pupil with two white dots which the mini BF Rebecca has and not the mini Kits or Samanthas. The face shape is more differentiated from the Josefina mold in this doll than the BF classic mold minis. Eyes also further apart. A much cuter look, IMO, more like the 18 inch versions and like the older classic mold minis I don't quite understand why this difference is here, but it is.
I give this doll a C- for AG giving it such a quick easy sloppy job For $28, they could have at least given her the ribbon and a different hair do. REally, AG.
Last Edit: Mar 27, 2016 22:31:38 GMT -5 by Wickfield
It took AG a very long time to come up with this doll even with just half a meet outfit. She just got a new skirt and sash. Everything else in her outfit is exactly the same as what the old mini Josefina had.
The revamp of this doll from the older version is not at all sextreem IMO. One of the less drastic changes in the face mold. Of course the body has been chaged and the face mold is slightly different, but really, it's not a huge difference. The eyes are a bit furthre apart and lack the "spokes" taht radiate from the older version is what I notice. Also slightly less rosy, but that could be an individual variation.
Give the doll a C. Nothing surprising or special with this doll. Nothing wrong with her either. Average product and the price is high for this doll at $25.
Last Edit: Mar 27, 2016 8:03:29 GMT -5 by Wickfield
I have the privilege of having two of these dolls along with the mini BF Josefina in the new meet outfit, all within a short time period. The quality varies and some feature vary even within the same doll type, even among the minis, though they are lot less complex than the 18 inch dolls. My two mini SE Josefinas differ in that one has a crooked part and one has a slightly fuller face than the other. Not huge differences, though the staggared part is annoying . A major difference between the SE mini and the meet version of Josefina, is that the part of the SE mini goes all the way back down the doll's head in order to accomodate the double braid hair style. The braided tucked under as we see with big Josefina in her Feast outfit is well done, and something I will not be taking apart. Would never get it looking the same again.
The outfit is one of my favorites for Josefinal and it is carried right through to the ribbons in the hair. Love the intricate ruffles on the camisa. I really did not think AG would pick this outfit for the SE mini because of the complexity, and I'm delighted that they did so. Almost makes up for the half new meet outfit of the BF version.
Very pretty doll. Like the BF Josefina mold, give AG lots of points for the more complex outfit and hair do, and give this doll a B+. Points taken off for the marks and scratches on her legs due to the stands which are pretty much a given for the bare legged SE minis due to them coming in those hard vinyl stands with casts that encase the legs. But this is one cute doll and IMO she makes the BF meet mini Josefina look downright drab.
Last Edit: Mar 27, 2016 8:03:41 GMT -5 by Wickfield
There are variations among the minis, and this SE mini Julie is no exception. The doll that most resembles this beauty is mini BF Rebecca. My SE mini Julie's part is not well centered and a lot of her roots show (not so attractive seeing those little wholes in the scalp. Very pretty doll, however. IMO, the BF mini Josefina mold is the best of the bunch with mini Kaya very close second. The classic mold didn't cut with me, though with Maryellen,it appears to be getting better
Mini SE Julie is a doe eyed beauty in her sleeveless BF maxi dress. I would have guessed that AG would have picked the her new lilac holiday dress instead, but I'm glad of their choice as it gives more color variety in clothes in the SE series. The best part of these minis for me, is their clothes, nd AG did not disappoint with this maxi dress on this min. Complete with undees, sandals and a thick ribbon rather than the scarf that the 18 inch version provides.
I give this doll a B, B-. Like her better than mini SEs Samantha and Rebecca. But for $28, a bit more care with the hair could have been done.
These minis come in their stands which are made of hard plastic, and yes, she has dents/ scratches from them as do the other minis whose bare legs are hitting the plastic of the stands.
Last Edit: Mar 27, 2016 22:31:45 GMT -5 by Wickfield
My mini SE edition of Kit does have some differences from the BF mini Kit, but I attribute this to the variations that occur within the line. Face shape is close enough, and my guess is that I could find the BF mini Kit in meet outfit that is more similar to the SE doll than the BF mini I have. My SE mini version is a prettier and superior doll, IMO, with lighter freckles, thicker, slightly longer hair and a bit more peach to the cheeks. This mini Kit still has the less round face shape, like the BF mini Samanthas, and the meet dressed mini Kit, which is a face shape much like the BF Josefina molds, something AG appears to have changed with mini Maryellen.
The big difference, of course, is the outfit. I like the polka dot outfit better on the mini than the 18 inch version. I'm glad AG scaled down the polka dots, wish they had not made the outfit all one piece. Bad enough that the 18 inch version has the skirt and blouse attached, the mini version has the vest attached as well. The detail is there right down to the buckle, unlike what AG did with mini SE Rebecca's outfit. Also mini SE Kit has a hair barrette, whereas AG left out mini SE Rebecca's hair accessory.
Unlike mini SE Samantha, AG gave this doll the same colored shoes as the 18 inch version. Still the cheap vinyl MaryJanes, but, at least similar to the big doll. No socks, but the 18 inch version doesn't have them either, nor do the meet dolls, both 18 inch and mini.
This is a cutie, that appeals to me more tthan the meet version. Worth $28... umm, maybe not. But at $19, I'd snap her up, even if I didn't collect minis. I'd actually hoped for the new Photographer outfit for this doll due to the cardigan included, and didn't care for the 18 inch version of the dress, so it was a pleasant surprise that I like this cutie. I give her a B, a higher mark than the mini SE Sam and mini mini Rebecca.
Last Edit: Mar 27, 2016 22:31:53 GMT -5 by Wickfield
I opened my new mini Rebecca in her periwinkle holiday dress, right about the same time I had my mini Lea out. The two dolls look very much alike, IMO. Soame face mold, about the same hazel eyes, brownish hair with the part at the same place and same style. Differences are that Lea has medium vinyl versus light, lighter hazel eyes for Lea vs darker for Rebecca, more golden blonde hair color for Lea as compared to Rebecca. The two minis that I have also were remarkably similar in the mold used, as compared to the SE Julie and Josefina that I have. Both of those dolls had nuances in face shape that were noticeable, something I could not discern between mini Lea and SE Rebecca. Regular BF mini Rebecca has a fuller space and shorter, tighter curls. She is also a bit darker in vinyl tone. I believe this newer SE version also has more hair, much thicker at the roots, IMO.
The dress is very pretty on the mini doll I like the mini version better than the 18 inch one. Detailing is not to scale and the laurel wreath buckle is missing, however, but doesn't look bad at all. The dress is made so that the skirt puffs out which is very attractive.The length is longer than most Rebecca dresses; this is the case with the 18 inch version as well. I wish AG had given this outfit shoes similar to the 18 inch set--instead the standard generic cheap black vinyl Mary Janes is what she got. Surprisingly, she does get bloomers on top of the tights, which SE mini Samantha did NOT get. What I wish AG had done, instead of including those bloomers which are unneccessary, IMO, was to give her the headband that mini SE Samantha did get. It's a lovely handband that goes with the 18 inch version of this dress, and I think this mini doll could have used something to keep her hair back. Very disappointed that this was left out.
I give the doll a C. Generic shoes, no hair band, no buckle and thinner hair detracts from what would have been a doll worth its $28 price tag. For $19, the sale price it had within the same quarter of its debut is more like it.
Last Edit: Mar 26, 2016 20:51:29 GMT -5 by Jamirae
I'm so glad that Ayla started a review of the SE 2016 minis! I have all of the mini Samantha versions in categories of glass eyed, painted eyed with pie wedge bangs, with the revised bangs, the BF mini, so I'll give my take on this new doll.
First of all, this SE mini is identical to the BF Samantha mini in all regards, individual variations not withstanding. My criticism of the BF revisions still stand and can be read on that mini's review. No sense belaboring the points.
The SE 2016 minis come in larger boxes with a clear plastic front, that do make it difficult to extricate the dolls without damaging the box or doll. However, yes, I succeeded with some difficulty. It can be done. For those who want to keep the box for resale purposes, that may be of note. With most of the front clear plastic, one can also see most of the doll if you want to display the doll in the box, something not doable with the old boxes where there was only that little bit for the dolls' faces to show. But other than resale and display purposes, the box is not useful, IMO, unlike the better made, sturdier, older boxes that can be used handily for storage of little things and furniture building. This new box is flimsy.
These new minis come already in their stands which are made of hard plastic "casts" that go around the legs of the dolls. My mini Sam does not have any marks on her legs, probably because of the thick stockings she's wearing. The Josefina and other dolls who have stands encasing their bare legs all have scratches and/or dents. The same goes for all the other minis I placed in the older version of these stands that encase the legs on the mini shelves. Every single one with bare legs show marks. Some of the ones with stockings covering their legs do not, though even some of those show markings.
Since I am looking at the stockings right now to check on her legs, I can tell you that the stockings are thick and good quality. Not going to run easily. Very nice. No panties for the doll which is fine, as it would have added thickness to the doll, not needed at this scale. Big disappointment with the shoes. The 18 inch version of the Special dress has burgundy shoes; the mini has the same old standard black rubber Mary Janes that one can find manywhere. I would have loved for this doll to have matched the 18 inch doll as much as possible and the shoes would have been very nice. Nope.
This dress is a favorite of mine among the BF Samantha outfits. Love the dress. So I was delighted that AG picked this dress for the SE minis. The fabric looks to me to be the same one used for "big" Sam but the print is small enough that it remains in decent scale for the mini. Care was taken to sew tucks on to the bodice to give it a similar effect as the bigg dress, and the lace was abbreviated, again to give the same effect. It would have been wonderful had AG just made the tinier dress all to scale, but they did not, but did take trouble to give it details for a similar effect. I'm pleased with the dress and will love having it for a number of my minis.
My SE mini Samantha has okay hair. Easy to style in place. Not the best among minis for hair volume and length. THis can vary from doll to doll, I have found, when buying multiples of the same mini. I am seeing this right now with mini Lea. I'm hoping that the second SE mini Sam I've ordered has better hair. It's purely a chance thing, especially with these SE dolls since you cannot get a good look at the hair as you could with the older minis, loose in their boxes.
Gorgeous doll. I got one with no flaws in facial painting. Her vinyl is a bit duskier, more buff than some light vinyled minis I have, but definitely lighter than mini Lea. Her face shape is closer to the Josefina mold minis than it is to the older Mini Samanthas, and mini Maryellen. Her eyes are also closer together than I like, but this is the same situation with the BF mini Samanthas.
Yes, she is a bit taller than most of my cloth bodied mini Samanthas, and definitely taller than nearly all of my glass eyed minis, but the early glass eyed ones were made smaller. She and mini Isabelle and mini 25th Anniversary Samantha are the same size. She is a bit shorter than mini Lea and mini Josefina, and I suspect that's due to the classic face shape.
These minis are priced at $28 including a stand. Frankly, given the prices of Mattel dolls in the Barbie line, and what OG is charging for the mini Lori dolls, this is too much. The $19 price tag is more in line. Because I collect the minis, I am willing to pay the price even when I don't think the doll is intrinsically worth it, and I do not. FOr the price, I give the doll a B to C, which is a bit of an upgrade from what I gave the first BF mini Sama. For the price AG is asking, the doll really should have gotten a better quality box, more a keepsake quality, the shoes should have been burgundy, not to mention the already belabored (on my BF mini Sam review) issues of the new mini line. That the stands cause markings and dents is really a fail on part of AG as they want this line to be a collectible one.
However, it is wonderful to get a mini of the AG doll, and in one of the pretty new dresses. That AG is offering that opportunity, is great, IMO. But what they have done is average, in outcome, IMO. I think the inflated price was done to leave room for discounts, which have already happened less than 3 months after the dolls were released. Quite the disincentive for us collectors to buy right away when AG pulls this sort of thing.
Last Edit: Mar 21, 2016 11:43:54 GMT -5 by Jamirae: Found hair ribbon in box which I should have known from @Ayla's review
I agree with @wickfield that the embroidery on the slippers would have been more welcome on the nightgown, but I still like this new piece for Josefina. Not as much as the older one which also could serve as a very nice and needed long sleeved camisa, but this one does bring a new color to Josefina's tops with it's beige/off white, and can also be used as a camisa, though the straight line bodice makes it a bit more awkward. It is priced at $24, just like Addy's and Samantha's summer night gowns, and like Sam's new BF night gown, only has the faux leather slippers as the extra accessory for that price. It would have been nice had AG added a hair accessory as well, but they did not.
I give this a B as opposed to the A. the older gown would have gotten despite its lack of slippers because of the wealth of use the older one can get as a long sleeved camisa.
Though a pretty nightgown, I did hesitate picking up this one since Sam's old nightgown is really such a thin material, not winter fare. But NY summers do get hot, so I got this sleeveless one that will also look pretty with her kimono robe. Also think it's a very nice gown for modern dolls to wear as well.
The slippers are similar to Nellie's; I could not find Sam's original knitted sock/bootie slippers that came with her kimono, but these are more pragmatic , I think, to go with the robe. I may not have the older slippers at all, come to think of it.
At $24, this is priced as many such night sets are and I'd have left it as that except I picked up Addy's at the same time and opened both boxes just now, and really, AG,...why no little bow or other little extra for the same price? With the embroidery, sleeves, the cute slippers and bows with combs on them, TWO of them all for the same price when it came to Addy's set, and just the sleeveless nightie and slippers for Sam seems to be a bit sparse. In all fairness, Josefina's set is the same, just a night gown and slippers. Maybe the material in the slippers is more substantial. Or maybe it's just to even out the cost without making everything equal.
So I give this a B. It's pretty, works with the prior robe, sleeveless so can be a summer nightgown, has a fitted look, a different type of slippers, but a bit slim for what it's offering as compared to Addy's.
I finally got around to opening up this nightgown for my sweet Addy. This is a very pretty summer nightgown with a lot of intricate embroidery, lace and a bit of ribbon. Some cap sleeves, a generous cut for a full dress, and an intricate neckline are some highlights of this white nightgown with blue and spring green trim. It comes with knit sock slippers in light blue with bows in the front and scallop at the top of the bootie. As a bonus, there are two bows with combs for Addy's hair--not sure why they would go with night clothes, but a welcome additon to AG Hair wear, and would work very well with Addy's styles. Not only are the bows "extras" as compared to any number of the night sets, but they are more intricate than most of the bows and hair pieces that come with outfits. That the set is priced still at $24 and including this extra, and what I think are more detailed slippers than usual, makes it a very good deal. It's also a very nice night gown that can be worn by any of the dolls without being out of era, IMO. A modern girl would love such a nightie and knit boot slippers. I am, in fact, seeing how these will work with Rebecca's blue robe.
"Her doll will be all set for an elegant holiday party with a festive red dress."
This was one of the holiday outfits for 2015. The set includes a sleeveless red dress with a full short skirt, red hair band and shiny black tee strap shoes for $36. It was the one most often shown with the holiday accessories which included a black shrug this year.
Didn't much like this dress. It looked and felt cheap and skimpy. Liked the other dress, the Gorgeous Gold more, though close examination showed it wasn't particularly well made either. The other outfit also came with a purse, an extra piece for the same price. The masses seemed to agree with me since the Gorgeous Gold sold out in a lot of places, and this dress was reduced to half price along with the Holiday Accessory set. At $18, it's a good deal.
Actually, this dress really looks good on Grace, GOTY. Color is great for her, and the style suits her well. Though the skirt is very short, too short, IMO, that is what I noticed a lot of little girls wearing this holiday season. I prefer this more tailored dress to the last red holiday dress from 2013. It's just that for the price, it needed to offer more pizzaz and really should have had another piece included, and it just didn't do either.
I give this out fit a C- at full price, B+ at 20% off and A- at half price.
Last Edit: Apr 4, 2016 11:03:02 GMT -5 by Wickfield
"Dolls will be cozy and stylish in a sweet sweater, leggings, and boots—plus fun accessories to layer on!"
Priced at a whopping $54 dolls for both the $30 outfit which includes the sweater, leggings and boots but needing another $24 for the cute matching hat, vest and fingerless gloves, didn't look like this was going to make it to my house.
But it was a 30% off Daily Deal item before Christmas bringing the cost with tax to about $40 and with Costco gift cards, that came to $32, which made me take a second look especially seeing it in person at the Natick store with my Jasper, 53, who wanted it immediately for Christmas. How could I not?
The sweater is very pretty, subtle chevron knit that gives just enough texture, and vibrants colors of purple orange and coral. The sweater angles at the hem. My only complaint about this piece is that is should be a little bit longer even if worn with jeans and regular pants. With those leggings, I think it's nearly a necessity to look "right". I know the look for little girls are those tight leggings with short tops, but I don't think it looks very good unless the bottom wear is of a substantial fabric, and these lilac are on the thin side, unlike the heavier gray ones that came with the 2013 Frosty Fair Isle set. So points off for the sweater length and the thin leggings.
The boots are adorable. I am so glad that AG did something different with the footwear. These could have been, might have been just another pair of lilac or purple boots, the way they have added footwear in teh past, but these have sweet knit panels for the sole and sides that match the Accessories hat and gloves and play off the colors of the sweater. Something a little bit special, though might be a little limiting on mixing and matching. I'll take it.
The Accessory set really completes this outfit and for all the little dings I give the outfit, had the hat, vest and gloves been included for say $36 for this outfit, I'd give it an A+. But they are $24. A versatile quilted look with lavender lilac fleece lining purple vest that can close with velcro is ever so versatile. The hat and gloves are a ski knit, and though an unfavorite lavender lilac (Personal bias here) color is dominent, it does make for a perfect ensemble without too much matchy matc. I like this outfit despite not liking lilacs and particularly lavender because the bold colors of the sweater and the orange and purple accents in the hat/gloves/boots take over.
Yes, Jasper loves the outfit and it looks adorable on her. If I could sew better I'd add an inch to the hem of the sweater in an orange or coral to make this outfit an A+, but as is I give it an A- at my price, B- at the Daily Deal price, with a C- for the original pricing. Too expensive, AG, and you know it, having to discount this thing 30% on your first day of Christmas discounts in its first season. This is one to watch if you can snag it on sale.
Anyone with photos of this, please add to this thread. I can text or email photos of sweet Jasper wearing this, if someone offers to post for me.
Last Edit: Mar 7, 2016 16:30:43 GMT -5 by Wickfield
"Help her doll feel her best in this plush aqua robe! It has a shimmery contrasting collar, cuffs, and belt tie. The pockets are snug and toasty, and the back has a pretty embroidered graphic. Includes two pink hairbands to hold her hair back while she’s having spa treatments."
I'm just guessing that this was first offered last year. I ordered it when it went on sale this year to bring an order up to the requisite $100 point. I am so glad I did so.
It's a light, soft, cuddly robe. Exactly what I like. The color is a pale aqua that matches Grace, GOTY15's PJs exactly. Love the detailing. Wish there had been something to keep the belt tie in place as it can get separated. . I give it an A-, with the minus due to no loops for the belt tie.
"Her Truly Me™ doll can show her unique style with this fun outfit. It features a pink honeycomb-knit sweater with raglan sleeves, a turquoise French terry skirt with topstitching and silvery studs, and funky blue boots with coral laces."
I knew I wanted this the instant I saw it in the Pinterest previews. Don't usually like sparkly things but ice pink with silver works, and sparkle is the them for TM this season.
Nice sweater with a pretty knit pattern and a tiny faux metal plate at the bottom of it with "American Girl" etched on it looks very nice. Much classier than the usual trademarks. The neck scooped a bit lower than I like but that means a lot of tee shirts will show a bit if worn under the sweater. This pale pink works well with a lot of the TM fashions Both the rasperry and gray full skirts as well as the TM meet outfit will work well with this sweater. It's a new color introduced in there but it blends beautifully. GOTY Grace could incorporate this well in her wardrobe too. The quality is excellent and the fit is too. I give it the highest marks.
The skirt is a teal, IMO, more than a turquoise and, again a new color is being brought into the picture that can work well with the season's offerings. Nothing that special, but a good basic piece for mix and match with some nice details rather than a plain old skirt.
The boots are a darkish periwinkle blue with what they say are coral laces, but they are close to a bright pink. I'm more into matchy-match, but this works with the outfit and the shoes are a great addition to the dolls' wardrobe. Something quite different. I'm not crazy about the style but am glad to have them.
An A for the set, nearly an A+ with the sweater garnering that A+ with no problem Highly recommend it, especially if you are buying some TM pieces this season.
Last Edit: Jun 25, 2015 21:20:20 GMT -5 by Jamirae
I bought this outfit when it went on half price sale. But I just can't reconcile Samantha wearing it. Nellie, maybe, but I don't have here or want her.
I was a teenager in the early 70s and there was a short period of time that knickers came in (and I guess back out). Sears or Penney's or some other catalogue giant offered these pretty goldish peach knickers with a striped turtleneck sweater in the same color. with socks and some neat two toned shoes, they were like the big thing among the cool girls at the school, which I was not, so I did not get. These knickers remind me of that, and I'm going to do something with them with either a 70s dolls or even a modern one. The blouse is all 70s and when I first saw it in an Ebay lot, I was sure it was Julie's I'm still flabbergastered that this is Samantha's outfit. I'm beginning to reconcile the fact that her new things mostly do not mesh well with the archived Samantha's wardrobe, at least in my opinion. But this piece is a true outlier in my mind.
I personally did not like the set, from the shoes to the hat, and though it was nice to include the ribbon, it didn't work well for me with the set for some reason. I give this set a C- and would not have purchased it full price or even for a discount less than the 50% one I got. The only piece I liked was the blouse which I give an A-, the minus because i think that neckline could have been done better. It doesn't hit the dolls in the most flattering way, though the blouse itself is very pretty. ISO of other bottoms to work with the skirt.
"Her Truly Me™ doll can sparkle with style in this outfit:
A long–sleeved tee printed with colorful stars and accented with sequins and glitterA crinkle–fabric gray skirt that has a comfy knit waistband with a bit of glitter, too! Her favorite pair of purple slouchy ankle boots, with studs just for kicks"
I got this outfit with the generous WS code--wasn't really crazy about it. But it along with the new Love to Layer accessories, the old meet outfit and some store specials (skirts and tees) on sale, one can put together a "rocking" outfit for the dolls.
The skirt is a light gray skirt with lavender waist rope trim. Sounds familiar, like the old meet skirt, but this has a crepe like double layer with those crinkles on it and the little tie at the waist, which is really untied is subtle, not like the mass of pink rope-age that the gray meet skirt had. I like it, can be worn with ever so much, dressier and with more pizzaz than the old meet skirt that I rather liked as a basic wardrobe piece.
The tee is long sleeved with a turquoise print, some clear sequins and a bit of pin sparkle stars. The lilac is really more orchid in shade. Cute enough and again versatile. Will work with the upcoming (at this time) Sparkle Sweater set skirt
I'm not into purple shoes and I don't much see those purple fabric like slouch boots, but if they are the style, here they are. At least not another pair of ballet flats, and I have enough of those in every color to switch these out.
For mix and match, these are great. $28, a bit high, but at 10% off if you can get or with free shipping, worth adding as a wardrobe piece for most any modern doll or in the common wardrobe trunk for all to share.
I give this set an A.
Last Edit: Jun 22, 2015 15:22:07 GMT -5 by Jamirae
"School spirit can shine through with this accessories set! This cropped white jacket and cable-knit hat are perfect for wearing on the way to class. An embroidered purse is perfect for carrying essentials like an Innerstar University™ library card and three faux dollars for buying snacks.'
Never bothered to buy this set despite how long it has been around and how many True Spirit Outfits I've collected. I am so glad to get this at the 11th hour. That it was on sale made it sweeter.
The jacket is white jean jacket that I did not feel went well with the TS Meet outfit, and I already had Lanie's white jacket, was the main reason for not getting this. But with as many dolls as I have, i think there are plenty of dolls and outfits that look terrific in it, including GOTY15 Grace, who snapped it right up.
The lilac purse is pretty full already with a too big AG tag, and I don't like the color, nor does it match anything of Grace's or of the TS Meet, so off it goes for the new 2015 TM meet outfit where lilac is the color scheme. Cute purse. The library card and the $3 are nice touches to any purse.
The knit hat is a 10 out of 10 for Grace and goes well with the TM Layer Up Accessory Tutu. The color is vibrant, love it.
I'm glad I got this outfit. I think $28 is a bit much for it, however. around $25 makes it a go. Give it B, because a larger differently colored purse, and larger would have brought it up in the ratings and the price is a bit high for what one gets, but a better deal than Grace's Welocme and Parisian accessories IMO which are priced even higher.
"Your girl can mix and match styles for her Truly Me™ doll! Includes:
A moto–style vest that’s made for layering, with an asymmetrical zipper front, a cool stand–up collar, and screen–print “badges” A flouncy mesh skirt with an elastic waistband and an attached bow—add it to any outfit for a whole new look! A sparkle–bow headband to add flair to her hairThree colorful hair clipsSix bright ponytail holders"
I admittedly only ordered these accessories because I got them so inexpensively. $5 off the $28 price tag for buying with a doll and then 20% off of that came to about $18 and then paying with 20% gift cards brought the price down to under $15. However, after seeing the pieces, I have to say that they are worth the $23 cost with the doll. Not sure about the full $28.
The tutu is a rich raspberry color and complements a number of outfits. Terrific for mix and match. Love the color, love the silver trim. It's particularly a win with Grace's Tee shirt. It really makes Grace sparkle. The jacket vest is not at all a style I like, but it works well, surprisingly to me. Also great for Grace. Should have been her meet accessory.
Even without the TM new meet outfit, there are plenty of things to go with this outfit. The store special tees are a great match, the gray and lilac ones and they are on sale right now. I see a lot of possibilities for this ensemble, and they do not include the meet outfit to which they are supposed to be accessories.
Also included is a little goodie bag with a gold hair band and other hair things for the doll. But but I don't think it goes with the outfit. Silver would have been a better choice, but I'm very matchy match, something that AG does try to move away from, mixing it up with some color combos startling to me. So for those who like that, great. But even if not, it's a nice extra to use for any number of outfits.
I give this a 10 despite my personal preferences. It's the best TM, MyAG meet accessory that has come out while I was collecting AG.
Last Edit: Jun 11, 2015 20:44:35 GMT -5 by Jamirae
I bought this outfit right now because it is LE and last year's counterpart, the Sunny Isle Outfit did sell out rather than going on sale. I am so glad that I did so. I love this outfit though I do not like the $30 price tag it has. However, if that's the price that has to be set for such adorable clothes for the AG dolls, I'll pay it. I had a $10 of $100 coupon code to sweeten the deal just a tad.
I'd originally hesitated buying this because the hoodie seemed so much like the BrightStipes jacket and the Mix and Match Hoodie (the one with the orange skinny jeans), both of which I have, but the mango, peach, apricot, soft orange color of this sweet hoodie is truly one of a kind and works well with a lot of AG pants and is flattering to just about any doll. I 'd love one for myself. Easy to put on the doll, it is flat out lovely. I give it a 10 out of 10, A+, one of my favorite AG pieces. It does have a small flamingo applique, that is subtle enough that someone like me who does not like flamingo prints and such, can like it. Just a sweet touch, that does enhance the perceived quality of the hoodie.
The shorts could have been better if they had been embroidered in the back as well as the front, and I would have preferred them to have been hemmed rather than lightly fringed, but they still are adorable. It works. And with a number of tops. Love the shorts despite the shortcoming and my prefernce.
The sandals are superb, one of the best of the kind that I've seen AG do. I would have had something white or orange and less fancy, but they are a great piece to have in the dolls' shoe wardrobe so I am not complaining in the least. I have plenty of plainer sandals and shoes, and in fact, the OG Tweed'll Do shoes will go well with the hood. perfect color match. The sandals are an A+.
It is fitting that my sweet Gwen, long neglected, ended up with this outfit though anyone would have looked ever so sweet in it.
I ended up buying the current PWP with this to get over the $100 mark and am delighted to say that the two pieces of that wet suit outfit mix and match well with this outfit. Very pretty.
An A--taking away for the embroidery not continued to the back of the shorts. The other things are personal preferences, so I won't detract. I highly recommend this outfit.
I did not like the dress, even though all indications were that I would other than my feeling that the plaid was scaled too big for the doll. The colors are vibrant and Addy looks wonderful in them. I just wish the dress were a little bit fuller and the cut of the neck just a bit higher. I think the ribbon around the waist does make it look better; good idea onemoredoll.
The apron is a welcome addition to my Addy's wardrobe. Looks nice with her lilac dress and blue dress as well as the blue plaid stilting dress. Love the purple trim.
I got this outfit for $38 which I felt was a fair price with the accessories. Not crazy about the boots, but appreciate the socks being included. Very tight fit for my older PM Addys.
The pincushion; I wish AG had made it more real, as well as the scissors and the tape measure (I wish it were scaled to the doll not us). But they are cute additions to the outfit. I like this outfit a lot more than the last pinafored outfit, the light pink plaid several years ago, except for the boots. I think that this is my favorite of the SE outfits released. I give it a B overall, because I think AG could have made this a bit better for their full ask price.
Oh, yes, I'd been waiting for this dress, since it was released. Too pricey for me at $30, but I do love the look and the color. So at 20% off, I decided to go for it, even though $24 was my target price for it.
Got it at the same timea as the Pretty Pink Outfit that was released with the dress. The two dresses have been paired in AG displays for a year now. My bias has alway been for this dress despite its one major flaw, IMO. The straps and neckline of this dress are not as well positioned as they could be to hide vinyl cloth transitions on the dolls, and, to me, that is the most unattractive part of the AG dolls. I think better planning and workmanship could have done a lot to fit the dolls in a more flattering way around the top, but...we have what AG put together.
The tucks and gathers are well done on this dress and teh double bow highlight is very nice. Love the shade of blue. THough with a more fitted bodice than the high waisted Sapphire Party Dress from 2008, this dress is reminiscent of that dress in its shoulder straps and general look, and I suspect the silver turtleneck would look better under this dress. Simplicity always looks classy when well executed, and AG did its job on the dress. If it weren't for the danged cut of the straps and the arm area, I'd give this dress an A+, but too much cloth showing for my likings drops it to an A and the neckline that could be a smidgeon better to an A-. Given that I am biased towards the dress, it's probably a fair score.
Sandals a bit darker blue than the dress, but close and are simple and sweet. Give them an A. The satin covered hairband with it's "gem" and just a bit off tulle, another A, for match, scale and looks. A bit off the score for the pricing of a sleeveless sundress, in essence, with simple sandals for the pricepoint of $30, but that is where the full prices are.
This dress is not to my liking, and it took a sale for me to go for it. Thought of it more as an everyday dress rather than something fancy or dressy, mainly because of the tee shirt fabriced top and the screen printed graphic on it. BUt the dress, once in hand, and carefully examined, is truly a very intricately made piece, with a lot of detailing and extras.
Too bad the drop waist bodice is what grabs one's attntion because despite the inset tiny rhinestones and multi colored screen print ths is a definite cut above the usual fare, the casual glance sees a casual look. It is, after all, made out of tee shirt fabric. But the skirt is layered with satin and a sweet floral print (that AG really should have highlighted more). The other surprise is that the dress has a bow in the back made of the same fabric print. I wish AG had somehow faniced up the bodice, the front of the dress more and tied it in with that sweet floral print. But this is the style, and the dress has not done too badly at all, from all indications. The price break was less than 20% on this.
The sandals are a cute, double strpped across the top of the foot with douple bows, and are a pepto bismol pink that is not obnoxious as foot wear. I 'd have preferred an eggshell pale pink or ice pink, but this does dress down the frock so that it is more versatile, IMO. It also comes with a beaded bracelet to fancy things up.
Finding a necklace (equally out of scale--a person's bracelet) and headband to go with the outfit was quite easy and gives it a big lift. For fancy wear, I think it needs that.
So I give the dress a B+ with the + for the surprising details, and also to compensate for the fact that it is not to my personal taste.
I can see why this outfit has not gone on sale, and it deserves all of the rave reviews it has gotten in this section. I wanted it the instant I saw it, but held off because I wanted to collect Isabelle's Mix and match collection as that was LE (turns out I had plenty of time to have gotten Isabelle's things and saved money too.) This set came out during the June (?) release and has been going strong without getting discounted yet. I picked it up at the $10 off $50 in store deal, pairing it with another item.
It would look teriffic on any of my modern dolls, and I'm in a quandry as to who gets it. The skirt and shoes are the standout of the ensemble. I can come up with a number of tops that showcase that deep peach skirt beautifully. And the shoes are already a favorite and will add pizzazz to any number of outfits. Give them both A+s. The tee shirt--nothing special. Just your usual AG tee shirt with a Coconut graphic and I could substitute a slew of other shirts without taking anything away from the look and even improving it. Throw it in with my AG tee shirts and in a couple of years I won't remember what set this one came with. So a solid B for it. nothing wrong with it, but nothing special and To have made this an A+ outfit, AG needed, IMO to come up with something a little more creative in this piece.
I love it when AG throws in a barette or hairband with a wardrobe set, so I give this ensemble points for the two little plastic bow shaped barrettes included. To avoid being too matched, the bows are differntly colored, one raspberry and one lilac in color. Again, does little to enhance the outfi. Gold or mango or lime or turquoise would have been better choices, IMO, but oh well. AG doesn't do badly when it mixes it up with the accent color (unlike OG that crosses the line badly, IMO, in this regard,ugh)
I give the set an A. nearly gave it an A- but the whole look is very pretty, and AG did hit a homerun with the target crowd with this outfit that has made its sales objectives well. The skirt and shoes get A+s,
Can't beat MsNotorious's review. I do love this dress. Bought it as soon as I could. As shown by the above reviews, Samantha isn't the only contender for it. It one of those special AG outfits that looks great on everyone. It also makes for a lovely modern dress, much like the Laura Ashley dresses.
The green/pink combo is luscious. The shade of pink for the ribbons is just right. Head band a bit tight. Comes a bit wrinkled as does the dress, but a bit of steam always fixes that. Maybe a bit short for Samantha, but really it works, I think. Love the big bows. The stockings are a pretty soft white and nice texture. The shoes are an A+++. They are just right for Samantha's new Meet outfit as shown on the book cover. I was disappointed that the actual shoes were black MaryJanes when I bought that meet outfit and am delighted to now have shoes to go with that dress too.
I give this outfit an A+. It already is an all time AG favorite, and I'm delighted that the BF fare has such an outfit.
One of my few full priced purchases from AG. Had to get this dress. All three pieces are wonderful. Agree that it's a little tight--I'd have liked it looser fitting. The heftier dolls will have trouble getting the back to close, and I also wish that AG had used the gentler velcro. The shoes are the lovelies dress shoes that I've seen for the dolls in a long time, maybe ever.
I think the dress looks better on the dols medium or dark vinyl. My Stefanie (26) gets this and it looks like it was made for her. With cream tights and a little OG cream colored Jacket, this will be the main part of her spring dressy outfit. I, too, give this a solid A.
I, too, bought this set at half price. I'd always puzzled over it being a camp outfit, given the knit and sparkles, hardly anything that would be recommended for camping. So I basically took the outfit apart since there are a lot of pieces.
The top would make a nice sweater top with the winter PWP black skirt and other dressy skirts and pants even. I'm covering the orange strap with silver or lavender ribbon. The orange belt makes a nice piece to use with other outfits as well. Could always use another belt Same with the shorts,can alway use another of those. Plenty of tee shirts to wear with it.
A bit annoyed at self for buying similar pink fringe boots from OG, so that I now have two sets of similar boots that I don't care much for. I'll find some use for them.
I would never have bought this full price, and hesitated even at half, as that shade of lavender is just not a color I like. Not sure who will end up with the top as a result I think a gray eyed doll would look best in that color, like a modernized Ruthie which I don't have.
Last Edit: Feb 23, 2015 17:11:28 GMT -5 by Jamirae