Post by fionabrigade on Sept 10, 2014 13:08:57 GMT -5
GEOFFREY, IS THAT YOU? The new facial screening is lovely although it doesn't look much like the 18" counterpart. The BF Minis are more cartoony and they would not look out of place in Barbie's realm. I had to sift through several boxes at the store to find one with vivid paint, so that is something to take into consideration if you decide to purchase online. BF Mini Julie's hair is very soft and falls down to her upper calf. Some minor gripes: the neck is too long and the sloping shoulders can appear weird at certain angles. Another thing I noticed is that Julie wears white sneakers on the cover illustration yet she comes in purple slide sandals. I would have preferred the former. Below are some articulation comparison shots between the old and BF minis.
WIDE STANCE: The new minis have splayed legs that are very unladylike. This makes posing the doll standing a balancing act and is a tad cumbersome. I think the source of the problem is the mini book tray has a huge mold backing that pushes the doll's legs apart. I have mini Julie's legs bound together at the ankles and hopefully after some time that will reduce the gap. The vinyl body is squishy and has some give when squeezed.
THE CEILING CAN'T HOLD US: The new minis arm can no longer pivot at an angle. They merely rotate around the socket straight up or down. BF Julie can do the "Touchdown" but not hang out at the "Y".
I LIKE WARM HUGS: The overhead shot I think best showcases the range of articulation of the new arms.
Overall I give BF mini Julie a B+. The minis are a totable size and are perfect for play with similarly scaled figures. I don't mind that the cloth bodies are gone but not at the expense of the articulation. At $25 (I paid $24 due to a labeling snafu at the store) the mini dolls are grossly overpriced, but what isn't at AG.
Post by fionabrigade on Dec 3, 2013 22:40:05 GMT -5
Channeling Cinderella: The Clock Strikes Midnight
The gown has an additional layer with tulle on the bottom to add volume:
Tiara detail. It feels like metal:
Detail of the back and removable belt:
Snowflake embroidered cape with velvet texture (satin on underside):
"The cold never bothered me anyway!"
So in a nutshell, I did not plan on purchasing this outfit after seeing the early AGSF pictures...it looked nice but my dolls avoid princess-y things (Poor Grayson!). Yet I'm a sucker for limited edition items (a store exclusive no less!) and I changed my mind when I saw it in person. Despite the initial $72 sticker shock, the price is comparable to purchasing a holiday dress ($36) and holiday accessories ($28) plus the $2 upcharge for gift boxed items.
Pros: It sparkles and is shiny Pleasantly surprised at the gown's additional layer Drapes nicely Sparkle design continues on the back / looks good from all angles Tiara is metal, not plastic (which I believed it to be made of from the early photos) Cape is super soft
Cons: Poor finishing - gown came with some loose threads hanging on the back Bodice fits loose (or it could be that my Marie Grace is super skinny) Tight gloves are a pain to get on Should have come with an additional accessory - A sceptre would have been perfect to complete that regal look Cheap velcro closure on cape Belt seems like an afterthought
Grade: B; Recommended if it is within your budget.
Post by fionabrigade on Aug 23, 2013 15:49:47 GMT -5
I picked out Saige the end of last month from AGPLA. I've been eyeing her all year and finally decided I wanted her in my collection, since I was lacking a doll with the classic face. As mentioned in an earlier review, many of the dolls had uneven eyes and I had to go through several to find one which did not look like she was squinting in one eye. I also had issues with the placement of the eyebrows on many of the dolls, most were clear on the doll's forehead and gave a shocked/bewildered/startled expression. I stumbled upon this gal and knew she was the one.
Taking out the rope braid, the hair is a nice length but is a bit frizzy and dry on the ends. I thought it was odd that she came with a "Care for Your Doll with STRAIGHT hair" hang tag when she clearly has wavy locks. Also interesting to note is how the hang tag is now printed in English and French, possibly in a move for our Québécois friends.
The meet dress is a little plain but looks great when jazzed up with her meet accessories. Her generic blue underwear is not printed with her logo like past GOTY, which I find disappointing. Her logo is subtlety used on her earrings. At the store the display dolls had the ring over her index finger and it slid off quite easily but when placed on the ring finger as pictured in the catalog, it holds in place well.
Saige looks surprisingly mature when placed next to my other dolls and I am surprised I like her more than I thought I would.
Post by fionabrigade on Aug 21, 2013 21:09:31 GMT -5
I'm not a fan of the mini interpretation of the classic mold but mini Saige does look sort of cute (certainly not as creepy as the Kit and Caroline minis). The boots and embroidered belt are nice and detailed. She looks great displayed next to her big counterpart. I hope this item sells well so that there will be further releases of miniaturized GOTYs.
Post by fionabrigade on Jun 28, 2013 19:05:30 GMT -5
I purchased this outfit primarily to obtain the golden boots (boy, are they outlandishly fabulous). I find the dress itself to be a tad strange, but I do like the shimmery effect when the gold flecks hit the light. Bonus points for the lining. The necklace has a nice weight and it seems like the chain has been shortened from earlier versions so that it falls higher on the torso (which I prefer). The cactus flower on the pendant is also embossed on the boots; nice touch.
Post by fionabrigade on Jun 14, 2013 9:29:24 GMT -5
I purchased "Rimple" from the DC/Virginia store last month. Very cute doll but the wig is a mess. It's supposed to be a layered cut but instead appears to be hacked by a pair of scissors. The front pieces are are extremely off kilter from the rest of the hair length thus impairing ease of styling. MAJOR shedding after first brushing and she had a large clump of hair fall out yesterday (again, I've only had this doll for a month now). Texture of hair is stick straight and smooth, quite similar to Julie's. Issues aside, hair is low maintenance and a quick brush has the doll looking in order.
Overall, I still enjoy this doll. She looks great in many pieces and I have a growing appreciation of the Sonali mold and wanted to have a doll in my collection representing South Asian descent.
Hopefully in the pic below you can make out the differences in length of the hair:
Post by fionabrigade on Jan 3, 2013 19:24:22 GMT -5
I love the black "denim" leggings and appreciate that they are not capri length, which AG tends to overdo. The sandals are a bit snug and I had some trouble closing the back. The sweater is unique and looks like something one may find at Urban Outfitters. Unfortunately, it is prone to pilling at the edges. I've had this outfit for 2 whole days on a display doll yet the sweater appears older than that.
Honestly, the sweater is what initially attracted me to this outfit but I think the set looks a whole lot better when worn without it.
Post by fionabrigade on Dec 19, 2012 21:36:29 GMT -5
I'm going to start off by saying that I do not like how AG styles this outfit on the dolls for the official images. The combination of 3/4 length sleeves on the sweater, mini skirt, and calf-length leggings give the appearance of a girl wearing clothes several sizes too small. Thankfully, that is not the case in real life (IRL).
The sweater is a nice deep shade of purple and is very plush. The sleeves can be pulled down to the doll's wrist to make it standard length, easypeasy. Unlike AG, I prefer the cowl neck to be crushed down so that I looks loose and natural rather than so rigid and structured standing straight up. It velcros in the back but it is not the snag-free kind.
The skirt is nice. It is short but I don't seem to mind as my dolls' characters are older than AG canon. I appreciate that the emblem is embroidered. AG could have cheaped out and given us an iron-on.
The leggings are very standard. It would have been nice if they hit the ankle or were stirrups. The shoes are fine, but I like to pair the outfit with a good pair of boots. The 2 hairclips are an added bonus.
Post by fionabrigade on Dec 19, 2012 0:23:02 GMT -5
A very versatile set, the highlight being the leotard and velvet shorts. The shorts are so soft and have a nice sheen. I don't care for the graphic t-shirt but it is nice that AG deviated from a standard crew and gave us a v-neck tee. The only failure here is that purple wrap. The fabric feels not nice and may be prone to snagging.
Even though I have yet to try this outfit on a doll it still gets an A as the quality and value is evident.
Post by fionabrigade on Dec 19, 2012 0:14:08 GMT -5
What a load of junk! The bag is extremely thin and feels cheaper than any product you'd find at the dollar store. The necklace is nice and the sport bottle is so-so (a bit off scale, borderline small) but what you're left with is a bunch of small cardboard paper pieces that I would not expect a kid to get much play value from.
Disclaimer: Set purchased with the Starter Collection
Post by fionabrigade on Dec 19, 2012 0:04:17 GMT -5
I saw this outfit in Mckenna's release catalog and I knew I had to get it. I like the vivid and contrasting colors of the jacket and how they don't necessarily match. The zipper is silver unlike the orange one pictured on the included hairstyle card. Pants are not surprisingly thin and are appropriate material for work-out bottoms. A.
Post by fionabrigade on Nov 19, 2012 14:33:51 GMT -5
Kaya's hair falls to her ankles when out of the braids. She only has short hairs on the back of her head so that may be a little strange but it does not hinder the style-ability of her wig. Ignore the corn, Kaya has been plucked from a Thanksgiving display.
Please excuse Julie, she wanted to get photographed as well:
Post by fionabrigade on Nov 16, 2012 10:59:22 GMT -5
I appreciate the muted colors and the handbag has zippers with 2 functional compartments. Fabric and construction do not feel cheap. The headband is kind of a throw away but as a positive the elastic is super stretchy.
Post by fionabrigade on Oct 12, 2012 18:41:28 GMT -5
I've been wanting Kanani on and off for the past year; I almost bought her in-store last December when she was sold out online, and finally got off the fence and decided I had to have her. I received her catalog in the mail in Jan 2011 after no AG exposure for 15+ years so I give her credit for reintroducing me to AG as an adult.
She was purchased NIB at a crazy secondhand market price (well at least for me; up to this point all my dolls have been $75 and under). I don't typically use superlatives but this doll is stunning. Unfortunately, it took a bit of work to make her look in tip-top shape as her hair was a complete tangled wreck after removing the wig cap. I am intimidated by the length of her hair (one of the reasons why I didn't get her last year) and she will definitely be a display doll in the household. Her skin tone coloring is perfect and her hazel eyes are bright enough to prevent that beady-look I dislike in Jess. She looks fantastic in her meet dress even though it is very simple and of thin material.
At this point I have to give her an A-. She is beautiful yet her hair IS a bit crazy to deal with.
Update 12/19: Her hair is not as daunting as it seems. I style it regularly with little or no hassle. I'm going to upgrade her to an A!
Post by fionabrigade on Sept 11, 2012 0:56:52 GMT -5
The necklace is the only worthwhile piece in the set. The bag and satchel are gross quality with poor printing. Luckily I obtained this set as a lot with the doll otherwise I'd be really disappointed at retail price.
Post by fionabrigade on Sept 11, 2012 0:47:18 GMT -5
Kaya is my third doll. I have an earlier model with the rosier complexion. I'm not sure if Mattel tweaked her mold but in comparison to the display dolls at AGP I think my doll has larger cheeks. The texture of her hair as indicated in other reviews is super dry and frizzy, yet I find it relatively easy to manage with heavy spritzing. Kaya's meet outfit is very detailed and made with a hefty material and her decorative hair shells are not cheap quality. She is a lot shorter than my other dolls, she stands probably a good half-inch below my tallest (Jess) which I believe is due to the lack of length of her neck.
I would love to give her an A+ but the hair and squat stature bring her down to an A.
Post by fionabrigade on Sept 11, 2012 0:16:16 GMT -5
Julie took me by complete surprise! I recently obtained her used from a board member with the intention of creating a boy custom but when she arrived she was so groovy that I had to think twice about her "operation". Love the face mold/hair/eye combo and the meet outfit has high mix & match potential. The embroidered top is a bit transparent but it could be used as sleepwear. Julie gets a solid A.
Post by fionabrigade on Jan 8, 2012 19:19:00 GMT -5
I love the bold colors and the collar detailing. Minus points for the stitched on ribbon around the waist that requires some adjustment before it will look right. It has a tendency to cover the bottom front button.
Post by fionabrigade on Dec 19, 2011 21:47:56 GMT -5
She is my second doll but is the first doll to be purchased directly from AG.
I have had MG for over a month now and haven't unboxed her yet, but I think she's friggin' adorable. She has a sweet expression and I like how the 2 teeth are less pronounced in comparison to the other facemolds. MG is a lot skinnier than my Jess doll and her meet dress is very loose around the bodice. She also has the "old and short" AG body tag. Can't comment on the hair yet since it's still in the hairnet but I'll probably will be taking her braids out once unboxed.
Not a fan of her meet dress. The color is completely off, I doubt hot electric pink was in fashion back in the 1850's. The weird vest/shoulder sausages are an enigma to me. It would give me great satisfaction to snip them off the dress completely but I won't do that.
Doll: A Meet Outfit: C
Her braids remained factory for a whole day before I took them out. Anyone else considering this, beware. The braided hair is unruly and the ends jut out at odd angles. I've been spritz/brushing it for sometime now and it still won't relax.
edit 12/11: pics removed due to theft by lil' monsters.
Post by fionabrigade on Dec 19, 2011 21:23:06 GMT -5
This is the first AG outfit I purchased along with Addy's Sunday Best. I really like this dress even though some of my family consider it ugly. The combination of the print and shoulder details are unique and remind me of a matador uniform. I have no problems with putting on the socks and shoes, they fit perfectly and slip on easily. A.
Post by fionabrigade on Oct 7, 2011 22:46:54 GMT -5
I give the whole shebang a B-. Don't like the fit of the pantaloons and I think the skirt stripes are out of scale. I actually like flipping the back of the skirt to front since the pattern forms a "V" instead of parallel lines:
Post by fionabrigade on Aug 17, 2011 22:37:19 GMT -5
Love her breezy tie-dye skirt and beach sandals. Hair is a bit dry and flyaway with an uneven distribution of hair in the wigcap. I found the wig to be thicker on the leftside part, creating lopsided pigtails. Maddening. I also wish her eyes were a lighter shade as they have a tendency to look beady from afar. Nevertheless, she has a cute and versatile face mold. Around here she's a Peruvian gal.
Overall she is a charmer and I can't complain too much about my first AG.