Post by World's_End on Mar 15, 2008 19:16:33 GMT -5
I bought this set for my Jess, since she's decided she simply HAS TO HAVE all dance, ice skating, ballet, and gymnastics set (gee, thanks Mia,) and I'm afraid it's going to retire soon, as it doesn't seem all that popular.
All in all, it's a pretty cute set. Here is a picture of the leotard. There's not much to it, as it's just one piece, with an attached skirt. However, the colors are unusual, and it seems like something an actual gymnast would wear. I don't like the raw edges on the skirt; since it's a stretchy velvet, the skirt keeps rolling up on the doll.
Here is a detail of the star on the side (and of the constantly rolling-up skirt.)
Here is a close-up of all the stuff you get with this set. It's a lot, and they're very cute, so this bumped my review grade up a notch. The set no longer comes with the ribbon wand, unfortunately, but it still contains a hula hoop, mat, a scrunchie, ball, and two batons.
Post by World's_End on Mar 15, 2008 19:10:05 GMT -5
I recently purchased the new PWP version on Ebay, and it's very cute! I don't think it even needs the accessories, though I'm curious why AG spent the money on re-doing this set just to sell it for a short time. Oh, well - I'm glad! I like the new set better!
Here is a picture of my Jess wearing the whole outfit. The colors go together really well, and the pants are just so darn cute! they make me ready for spring!
Here is a close-up of the new shirt. It has a similar logo to the original, but the shirt is blue and the logo now says "08."
Here are the cute shoes. Jess has a bit of a hard time standing in them, but it's not terribly bad. This shot also shows what I love most about the pants - the drawstrings really work! You can actually cinch these pants up, as if they were real! So cute!!
Here is a close-up of the detail on the hat. This has become one of my favorite JLY items - it's very versatile.
Post by World's_End on Mar 15, 2008 18:59:25 GMT -5
I like this outfit for its classic styling, but I'm glad I got it cheaply on Ebay. It's not quite the quality I was hoping.
Here is a picture of the whole outfit. The tutu is nice, but the skirt is very hard to shape into anything resembling something other than the flat bag it was packed into. (I am missing the tights and the program.) The wings are also VERY fragile, and probably wouldn't hold up to a lot of play.
Here are the shoes. They're cute, but not accurate AT ALL. AG fixed this with later ballet shoes, but these look more like the ballet flats you buy in shoestores today, so I might use them for that instead. They were kind of a pain to get on, as they are squishy (like Samantha's bathing suit slippers.)
Here is the bodice of the tutu. This is by far the best part of the costume. The fabric is heavy, but snags easily, so I was pleased to see that it fastens with snaps (but it's a tight fit.)
Here is a close-up of the tiara and wand. They are both really cute, and sturdier than I thought. However, the tiara was really rough on Jess's hair. It DESTROYED her braids: I had to completely redo them after this review.
Post by World's_End on Mar 15, 2008 18:52:17 GMT -5
I love this outfit. In my opinion, this is one of the nicest, most realistic outfits AG or PC EVER made. It has a ton of detail and lots of pieces.
Here is a picture of the whole outfit on my Jess. The skirt is a heavier satin than I expected, very soft and expensive feeling (though easy to wrinkle, as you can see. :-[)
Here is a close-up of the detail on the shirt and tuxedo jacket. The shirt has three tiny gold buttons, but the bowtie is not removable. While these are hard to see in the pic, the jacket has gorgeous little faux buttons on the tips that make it look very realistic. You can also see the sweet headband that it comes with.
Here are the shoes. The gold buttons match the ones on the shirt.
Post by World's_End on Mar 15, 2008 18:47:31 GMT -5
I love love LOVE this outfit! I think it is very well-made and detailed, and I want one for myself! (Sadly, AG never made them in women's sizes...
As others have said before, AG took pains to make this dress so that the velcro wouldn't snag it. It has snaps instead of velcro, with the exception of a half inch of it at the belt. The coins add such a great touch, though I am missing the arm band and the bag. Here are some pics to give a better idea of what it looks like.
The whole outfit:
Close-up of the cute little sandals and the key pattern around the end of the dress:
Close-up of the necklace and headband (which was tight on Jess's head:)
Post by World's_End on Mar 8, 2008 23:01:18 GMT -5
This outfit is really cute. It has some really great details, but there are a few design flaws, as well.
Here is my Jess in the outfit: (Mine is missing the sunglasses.)
The pants are freakishly adorable, with a ton of detail. Here is a detail shot of the ribbon belt, which really works! So cute!
My only real problem is with the shoes. They're really cute, but don't fit exactly right. They feel as though they were made for a larger doll, as if Jess needs to grow into them! It doesn't show up in the photo, but the tops are all wrinkly where her foot doesn't fill them out:
Post by World's_End on Mar 8, 2008 22:56:36 GMT -5
I bought this off of ebay in a steal of an auction, so I was really pleasantly surprised when it arrived. I expected it to be pretty thin and cheap - boy was I shocked! The material is much heavier than I would have thought, and the tiny sequins are perfectly to scale with AGs.
Here is my Jess modeling the outfit:
As you can see, unfortunately it does not come with tights, which is bothersome for me. However, this is somewhat mitigated by how detailed the outfit is. In the next picture, you can see how the underside of the skirt and the attached bloomers are the same sparkly material as the bodice:
The skates are a bit cheap-ish, but they're not actually included in this outfit, so I won't go into detail here. My outfit is missing the hairpiece, so I can't comment on that, either.
All in all, I give this outfit a B+. It's really cute, and seems authentic, but I wish it had tights. It would certainly be great for Mia!
Post by World's_End on Mar 8, 2008 22:50:29 GMT -5
This outfit is adorable! SOOOO much cuter in person than in pictures.
Here is Jess modeling the outfit:
Here is a detail shot of the embroidery and the inside of the wings. There is a ton of detail on this outfit: embroidery everywhere, even on the wings, the layers on the skirt, I could go on and on and on. I even love the color scheme!
My only problem (besides the snag-ability of the material, even on the new type of velcro) is the headband. It's way too tiny! You can see in this pic how, even after being stretched out, it still sits above Jess's head:
All in all, I give this outfit an A-. It would have been an A, except for the two problems I mentioned above.
Post by World's_End on Mar 8, 2008 22:46:03 GMT -5
I have this and love it, but there are a few things I would add or change if I could. The fabric is great, very authentic, I think.
The warm-up outfit:
The shrug is adorable, but the jumpsuit underneath is pretty tight, even on Jess, who is a skinny-minny.
The performance outfit:
This part is adorable! Though it, too, is a little snug. However, where are her tights? No self-respecting skater would go out on the ice without her tights!
Close-up of the ice skates:
They're cute, but why are they purple? They should be white or flesh-toned. Other than that, they're really fantastic, very sturdy. As far as how well they're made, I actually like them better than the PM white ones that go to the Skating Star outfit.
Close-up of the medal and waist detail:
All in all, I give this outfit a B+. The skates are really off in color, and they should have included tights, but it's still a really cute, high-quality outfit. I'm glad I got it.
I got mine off of Ebay recently (thankfully for a really decent price.) However, I'm starting to wonder if the kerchief I have is really AG. It's thin, not patterned, one layer, and barely large enough to tuck into the front of the dress. Can anybody shed any light on this for me?