The post above represents the best looking Jip dog. I was at the store with my DD and she saw him on display. He was absolutely darling! When I went to purchase him I checked the box and took out Jip. He looked NOTHING like the display. He was absolutely horrid looking. So, I asked the manager if he would allow me to check another box. He sat there with me opening each and every box (several) and the only Jip that was adorable was the display. He agreed and all the other employees were astonished at the quality difference as well. He sold me the display! I don't know what's going on with Jip's quality right now but I would strongly recommend picking this dog out in person.
I posted the original review and I would like to echo the above reply. I was in an AG store yesterday and was totally shocked at the Jips. Even the display ones looked off! Particularly, the eyes were strangely elongated.
Post by gizmosprout on Sept 3, 2014 0:23:39 GMT -5
Himalayan Kitten Item# BKB87 Every American Girl® doll loves a playful pet—and this cute Himalayan kitten is the purr-fect pick! She has soft fur and a body that can be posed in different positions. A magnet in her mouth lets her hold a favorite toy. $28
I have many AG dogs (and one llama), but I have never owned an AG cat before. When the poseable pets came out, I could not decide which dog to get, and chose the only cat instead. He has a very hard core and his legs pose a bit. His head is able to turn from side to side. His ears and tail are soft and not poseable. He has plastic eyes (black and blue) and a dark pink plastic nose. His mouth is sewn on in a sort of permanent frown. The cat comes with a brightly colored plastic fish toy, which contains a magnet. It is a little tricky to get the cat to hold it.
I was expecting, based on AG photos, that the nose of the cat wouldn't be quite so flat to the face, and I was surprised when I took the cat out of the box at how much it made me think of Grumpy Cat. That said, I do really like this cat.
It's honestly not all that poseable. Being familiar with the My Twinn Poseable Pets, I was hoping for something more like those, but in a smaller AG scale. Having one leg extended means the animal can't stand on its own-- it's leaning all the way back on its feet in this picture, not standing upright.
This is about the full range of the posing.
The bottoms of the feet are brown and kind of leather-feeling. One foot has a pink AG logo star stitched onto it. I really wish they had done stitched or printed paw prints!
AG pets are generally not very good in terms of scale. This is obvious enough with the dogs and compared to a range of AG dogs, this cat is HUGE. However, it really wouldn't work any other way. With all the new pets being about the same size, they can all use the accessories and clothes (and they can all sit at the same price point). I named my cat Goliath.
Here's a picture of magnetic Coconut holding the fish toy. It is even harder to get Coconut to hold this fish, though she holds the toys made for her just fine. I don't know if it's the shape of the fish or what.
I admit that I rarely feel like AG pets are worth their prices, but that never stops me from buying them. Is this cat worth $28? No, but if you would like to purchase an official AG cat, this one is very lovable. He doesn't rank all that high in value, but he ranks very highly in cute. I have to give this cat an A.
Post by gizmosprout on Sept 2, 2014 22:50:25 GMT -5
I give this an A+ overall, for many of the reasons others have mentioned. Just wanted to add some pictures!
For whatever reason, I definitely thought the ribbon was a pre-tied bow and was surprised to see it was a ribbon. It's a bit on the short side, especially if you aren't very good at tying nice bows (I am not!).
Post by gizmosprout on Sept 2, 2014 22:44:40 GMT -5
I bought this mostly for the shirt, which I would give an A to. None of my dolls have too much use for a tutu-type skirt otherwise, but I do like the festive Halloween look all together. I appreciated getting 2 orange hairbands, since Abby wears a lot of pigtails.
I actually do really like the shoes just because they are different from a lot of the other options. They are obviously Croc-like, but they do have cool treads on the bottoms.
Post by gizmosprout on Aug 30, 2014 2:33:34 GMT -5
I bought this on clearance for $8 because I love the colors and I am such a fan of the matching Red Argyle outfit, but this is one that would have been well worth its original price tag. It works just as well for Bitty Baby. I'd definitely rate this an A.
The shoes are really great, though I do think the tights/leggings wash them out a bit, and I'll probably pair the bright blue sneakers, from Camping Outfit (2009-2011), with this outfit more since they match the darker blue accents exactly.
Post by gizmosprout on Nov 18, 2013 0:09:00 GMT -5
I have quite a few AG dogs, but I think this one is my favorite. He's sturdy and cuddly and very soft. This is probably the first AG pet that I bought directly, for full price, and felt like he was worth it. I'd give him an A!
Post by gizmosprout on Nov 4, 2011 22:55:25 GMT -5
I only have one Kit, but since no one with 2 Kits has been able to compare them, I will try. I have a Kit from the first year she was released, and a more recent Mattel #24. They have the same freckles and close hair color, so I thought seeing them together might help show the differences in face shape.
Kit's face is much rounder than Kelsey's.
She is always looking downward in comparison to my newer Mattel dolls, like the PM dolls seem to be.
To further illustrate that point, this was taken on eye level with Kelsey:
Kit is awesome and I love her, even if she does always stare at the ground
Post by gizmosprout on Oct 24, 2011 18:42:43 GMT -5
I love this outfit. The detailing is awesome. It's easy to put on and remove, and the fabrics seem durable. You get a shirt, pants, shoes, and a "book" that is more of a paperdoll playset.
The knees are made to look reinforced. The shoes are a dark teal color.
The shirt is the highlight. The green part is very bright, almost lime. The trim and stitching on the front detail is navy blue.
The "book" is a paperdoll type playset with a dog house and 2 dogs. It was a bit of a letdown for me because I was hoping for a story about puppies featuring 2 boy twins. It's cute, but I am skeptical that it would hold up to much play by a young child.
I LOVE this outfit on the bigger dolls. I don't think I can get Kelsey (#24) to part with it. Obviously, the pants become capris, but you could pair the shirt with something else. The shoes fit the BTs and the 18 inch dolls well. It definitely gets an A in my book.
Post by gizmosprout on Oct 24, 2011 18:28:43 GMT -5
Red Argyle Outfit for Dolls + Book (Meet Outfit V) Item# G2255 $24
Boy Twins are set for a day at play in this comfy outfit:
A bright argyle top with contrast sleeves Dark denim jeans with front patch pockets A comfortable orange flannel training diaper Red canvas sneakers that slip on for playtime Includes the Bitty Twins Learn to Share book
I give this outfit an A. It seems sturdy and it's easy to put on the doll. I really like the colors. For $24 you get a shirt, pair of jeans, red sneakers, and the book the Bitty Twins Learn to Share. The sneakers are definitely easier to put on than the similar red sneakers included with the previous meet outfit (Plaid & Denim Outfit 2008-2010). The fit on the BTs is good, though this outfit really doesn't work for the 18 inch dolls. I especially like the shirt because it has such a good weight to it.
Comparison between a shoe from the Plaid & Denim Outfit (on left), and a shoe from this set (on right).
However, this outfit is not the best for the bigger dolls. The fit of the pants is really tight and off even on my slimmer Mattel dolls. I think the shirt might work with different pants. The shoes fit the 18 inch kids just fine.
If you want to cover the top of the pants with the shirt, you end up with this odd neck area gap:
If you pull the shirt up to cover the gap, it doesn't cover the pants:
The book was decent, but I was confused at the inclusion of a Parents' section about how to encourage toddlers to share tagged on to the end.
Post by gizmosprout on Dec 4, 2010 19:30:47 GMT -5
I actually really like this. I'm not crazy about the shirt's opening or the headscarf, but it matches my bitty's personality, if you will. We love pants in this house. The pants alone get an A for seeming durable and easy to get on and off. The shoes also come on and off easily, and I love the color. I'd give it an A-.
I think the pants and shoes really work for bitty twin boys as well. He's going to be fighting my bitty baby over them, I think.
Post by gizmosprout on Nov 17, 2010 11:48:37 GMT -5
I know it's been forever since anything was added to this thread, but I wanted to say that I'd give these outfits an A-. They are well made, but the shirts I have have always seemed very tight on the dolls, hard to close in the back, actually. I originally got this for a Bitty Baby rather than a Twin, so I though that maybe the fit was off because of that, but now I have a Twin and it's noticably tight on him, too. I really like the set, aside from that, but I wanted to put that caution out there. I feel like it would be rather difficult for a child to get the shirts on the dolls.