This set is clearanced for $10 on the AG website now so I bought it for my modern Jewish girl, Julianna. The menorah is great. As others have said, it's made of metal and feels nice and sturdy. I have left the candles in the little bag so far (will take them out at Hanukkah) but they seem nice. The dreidel is cute enough. Not a big fan of the gelt. The coins are way too big (about the size of pennies) and plasticky and ugh. Why are they silver? Usually they're gold. Not a huge fan of the bracelet either though the beads are cute. The little blue bow is awkward and I dislike that the bow, the star of David, and the silly little metal AG tag are all bunched together at the very end of the bracelet so they're right at the clasp. It looks weird. I would have skipped the bow and put the star of David at the middle of the bracelet. My mother-in-law likes to give me inexpensive pendants that come with cheap silver chains and I'm considering shortening one to doll necklace length, then putting the star of David on it instead. The little velvety bag is nice enough. At first I was wondering why the set came with the little box (which is just a shiny paper covered box, nothing fancy or high quality), but everything except the menorah fits inside so I rather like it.
Overall grade is a B for the $20 price tag but an A for $10! I mainly bought it for the menorah so the other things are bonuses.
I think these shoes are really cute! They fit my Mattel and PM dolls. It's true that they're a little hard to get on, but it isn't too bad. The only thing I don't like about them is the laces. They're made of some woven nylon-ish material and do not want to stay tied at all.
I'm honestly not impressed with this table and chairs. The first one arrived from AG with 2 of the legs broken off and the little wooden pin that connects the lazy susan to the table broken off as well. AG quickly sent a new one and I mailed the broken one back. The new one arrived intact (except again the wooden pin is broken off the lazy susan- easy enough to fix with glue) but you can see the texture of the cheap looking particle board underneath the paint. It isn't the color of the wood you can see through the paint, just the texture. Hard to photograph but definitely there. I thought about sending the set back and just not having her table and chairs but I really want Addy to have them so I'm going to keep them anyway. The little chairs are adorable and very well made though! It is nice how versatile the set is and it looks really cute with Kit's glassware and tablecloth.
I was so excited to buy this outfit mint in box for the original purchase price of $22 last week. The set was completely new and untouched in the box and came with the bonnet, sweater, Bitty Bear's bonnet, a little book and an adorable toy car. Sorry, I did not get a picture of the book and car. This is an outfit I've wanted since I was 10 years old so was excited to get it at such a good price! It is very sweet. As Tink said, the knit is beautiful. I love the detail of the scalloped edging and appreciate the blue instead of pink or purple. It fits great. Bitty Bear's bonnet is especially cute. It looks like Tink's set is made with slightly softer yarn than mine, mine is made with thin but very strong yarn- it seems to be the same (except thinner) as the 100% cotton yarn I use to make pot holders! It isn't rough or anything though. The sweater closes with a pearly little button and I'm slightly concerned it will fall off, but so far so good. The bonnet closes with a little piece of velcro but Bitty Bear's closes with the tiniest snap ever.
I definitely suggest getting this set if you can because it's so sweet.
I really like this outfit. When I was a kid, I wanted to be a ballet dancer (unfortunately I'm nowhere near coordinated enough) and took ballet classes and just had to have this outfit when it came out in 1995. I was 10 and would have been happy to wear an outfit like this, it looks like something a ballerina would wear in The Nutcracker. My experience has been different than the other people who have reviewed. This outfit saw a lot of play from me and held up just fine, but I was a careful kid. I think all the components are well constructed and very cute. If I recall correctly, the wings on mine are wire with some gauzey fabric pulled taut over them. The leotard was a little tough to get on but not too bad and the tiara was indeed tight. It was probably my favorite outfit as a kid and I'm quite glad that I got it. In August I will be at my mom's house where all my childhood AG stuff is and can get a closer look at the ballet outfit, I'll update my review then if I notice anything different.
These PJs are very nice! I like the lace. A lot of laces look tacky, but not this one. I don't mind that the PJs are all one piece. The cotton is soft and fairly thick. I don't have Rebecca, but I bought them for Nellie and they look very sweet on her:
I really like this outfit and bought it for my Molly because I don't have Kit. I do agree that the print and style are a little young for a 9-10 year old, but I think of my Molly as being about 7 so it works. I have 4 pet bunnies so I love the print and I can remember wearing a one piece outfit like this when I was 7 or 8 (in the early 1990s). Molly looks like I did as a child so the effect is all around quite charming I think
The play suit is very well made and I think it has good attention to detail. The cuffs are rolled up and sewn in place and the front of the legs has a little pleat or something sewn in (sorry, don't know the correct term). I like the buckle and the little buttons that are blue in the center and white on the outside. The blue edging on the cuffs, belt, pocket and closing is very nice.
The accessories are nice too. My shoes were a bear to get on, but they're cute. I haven't used the bow because Molly would need two and I haven't used the socks yet but they look nice.
Here's Molly rockin' the playsuit with white hair bows and her saddle shoes:
This costume is so cute! I ogled it in the catalog as a kid and then bought one NIB off eBay a couple of months ago even though I didn't have a Bitty Baby yet. I finally got my Bitty Baby today though, and she was shoved into this costume immediately:
I think it's completely darling. The costume material feels very plush and high quality, and the bow is made of a kind of slippery material that holds its shape well. The bow velcros in the back (Behind the neck) so you only have to tie it the first time. As for fit, mine wasn't too hard to get on the doll. Her little arms are pulled back a bit and you can't really move her arms and legs very well when she's in it, and it didn't zip up nearly all the way, but the bow hides it. Bitty Bear's little mask fits well and is the perfect finishing touch. Any little kid (or adult who likes dolls AND bears) would love this set.
I got my doll wearing this outfit for Christmas 1995 when I was 10, right after the dolls came out. I agree that the style was not up to date, but I didn't care! I was just so excited about the doll. My doll came with the velvet flats, unfortunately. As any self respecting kid would do, I took off her clothes right away and her feet were stained dark gray from the shoes and still are. So I would advise not keeping the shoes on a doll for more than a few hours if you don't want stained feet!
It's great seeing everyone else's dolls! I personally think she's one of the most beautiful American Girl dolls. I saw her for the first time in the catalog when the Girl of Today dolls first came out when I was 10 years old and was completely taken with her and named her Olivia. I finally got Olivia last year when I found her on eBay! She's still in the outfit I received her in (which incidentally is the prettiest Meet outfit of the new dolls I think) and doesn't have any other clothes because I haven't found anything that seems "right" for her. She's always seemed every elegant to me. It finally occurred to me today that Samantha's and Rebecca's outfits seem most appropriate for Olivia, so I'm going to get on that! I guess she'll be a historical girl. I still need to think up a background for her, but I'm quite pleased with my revelation.
Anyway, here is my Olivia. Isn't she lovely? One thing I wonder about is her skin color. It strikes me as being pretty ashen looking. I've never seen another medium skinned American Girl doll in person so I don't know if this is normal or not. If it helps, the tag on her side says she was made in 2008. I ordered Kanani though so I guess I'll know about her skin tone soon enough! Also she seems to look more naturally colored in this photo (at least on my computer). What do you all think? Thanks so much!
Edit: Here is a picture of Olivia and Kanani. You can see how very different their skin tones are!
Olivia's skin tone really creeped me out for a while and kept me from bonding with her properly, but I recently tried putting her in Nellie's Christmas dress and suddenly she looks 10 times better. I had never changed her out of the outfit she came in and it turns out bolder colors (Nellie's dress is white, black and red) do more for her skin tone than pastels- at least lavender. My 15 is now Olivia Felice Carmichael, Nellie's friend from school.