This is an adorable set! We picked up this set on ebay, so ours is incomplete, but the pieces we have are in excellent shape - no snags, unlike McKenna's performance outfit which barely cleared the box before the Velcro made picks all over it.
We have four pieces: a deep purple leotard, matching hair scrunchie, warm up pants and jacket.
The leotard is gorgeous, made from stretch velvet material, which does not snag, even though it fastens with Velcro. The color is beautiful on all the dolls who have tried it on - I love the dark purple. It is a tiny bit snug on Samantha, though, so I don't think it would be a good choice on a PM doll. The matching hair tie has really nice details - like the leotard it is two colors of purple and has a row of silver sequins. The warm up jacket and pants are cute and fit well. They are made of the same fabric some of my workout clothes are made of - very lightweight. I love the real zipper on the jacket!
I do wish we'd gotten the shoes and other accessories with the set, mostly because I adore doll shoes, but still very happy with what we did get.
Overall, definitely an A, super quality, very nice details!
I picked up this set on ebay after buying the 2007 Artist Set for DD to play with. I was concerned that the 2007 set was too flimsy so I wanted to switch it out for this easel. It came with the easel and two canvases (the original set had three). Overall, I am very happy with this easel. The scale is right for the dolls and it is VERY sturdy. It does have to be set up, but I think my DD can handle putting it up. (she hasn't seen either set yet!) It is a simple easel - I think someone with woodworking skills could put one together quickly - but the details are nice. It has slanted rubber feet on the bottom so it sits level and won't slide, and there are washers on the nuts that hold the pieces together. Because you have to put on the piece that supports the canvas, it is adjustable depending on the size of your canvas. The canvases that came with this set are regular normal small canvases like I have seen sold at Ben Franklin or Micheal's. I do not know for sure they are the originals, but they look just like the picture in Meg's guide and are two different sizes. I like that they seem to be something DD can use and easily replace with a new one for the next artwork Emily wants to paint!
Overall, I give this a A, I just wish the seller had also purchased the paint set - or at least had sold it with the easel if they had it!
Easel out of the box:
With Jess for scale (no, she's not dressed for painting, but her hair was the least messy!)
And with the 2007 easel that I will be passing along in favor of keeping this one that does not collapse down if you touch it!)
I picked up the first version of these from ebay and wanted to add a photo of the difference in the waistband, in case it helps someone. Also, I already had the logo jeans so there is a comparison photo:
Logo jeans on the left, first version of AGP jeans on the right:
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.
ETA: While I love the details of the accessories, I am switching this set out for the 1999 easel because that one is more sturdy, and I think will be less frustrating for my DD. (I added a review of the 1999 easel to the review board)
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.