I picked this set up off ebay with a lot, but it does not seem to have ever been used - the bottle is still in its original plastic bag. I agree with filleamerican's review, but thought I would add a picture. (and yes, it should have toothpaste!)
I just picked this set up off ebay for my DD, who loves crafts and painting. The accessories are adorable, but I am not sure the easel is sturdy enough for play, even though it is plastic! Jess agreed to try it out, and it was very frustrating to get the easel set with the legs at the right height - they kept collapsing down. It is cute, and Jess could hold the palette and balance the brush. My set came with pencils in black, white, yellow and green.
DD picked out this outfit during a store visit in DC: she says she likes the stars on the outfit and how the hairstyle looks, she also likes the accessories and how the doll can hula hoop with the hoop. (she dictated her review for me to add!) We do not have McKenna, but Emily is learning gymnastics and happy to wear the outfit!
Our hoop started out warped like the photos above, but very quickly relaxed into an almost-perfect circle - maybe because it did not have to travel except to the store? However, in pulling all the items from the box, DD immediately lost the rubber bands for her hair, so we substituted. Emily is a re-wigged Kit and the hairstlye worked nicely on her, though I agree it is far too complex for a young child to do, and I added bobby pins to hold it more securely. Emily has had her hair up for several days and it still looks pretty good. The velcro does snag (sigh) but I think there is no way around that with this kind of fabric. DD took photos for our review, sorry about the toes . . .
I found this dress at a thrift store and realized when I looked at this site that there wasn't a photo of this version of the lace. I think this is the flowers with stems? It is dated 1994. The dress is a dark wine, I think a little duller shade than the more recent versions and the lace and ribbon are white. Very pretty, except the fabric feels sort-of like a nylon tent!
My daughter got this set a couple of years ago, and she has played with it a LOT. Unfortunately, it shows! The bathing suit material has not held up well - lots of picks from the velcro. I also have learned to really hate the sandals, since they are hard to fasten (Mommy, put these on Baby Katherine . . .) and take only a few minutes before they fall off again.
What I like: the cover-up is very cute, the colors on the set work well together. I do love the hat! The bucket has also gotten LOTS of play and has held up very well. It is plastic, but sturdy plastic. The shovel and rake also look good, but have not had as much play.