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 Maggotface 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 bonny bonny set. Here be a picture o' th' leotard. There's not much to it, as it's just one piece, wit' an attached skirt. However, th' colors be unusual, and it seems like something an actual gymnast would wear. I don't like th' raw edges on th' skirt; since it's a stretchy velvet, th' skirt keeps rolling up on th' lusty plastic lass.
Here be a detail o' th' star on th' side (and o' th' constantly rolling-up skirt.)
Here be a close-up o' all th' stuff ye get wit' this set. It's a lot, and they're very bonny, so this bumped my review grade up a notch. th' set Nay longer comes wit' th' 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 th' new PWP version on Ebay, and it's very bonny! I don't think it even needs th' accessories, though I'm curious why South Wisconsin Trading Company spent th' pieces o' eight on re-doing this set just to sell it for a short time. Begad!, well - I'm glad! I like th' new set better!
Here be a picture o' my Jess wearing th' whole monkey jacket. th' colors go together really well, and th' pants be just so darn bonny! they make me ready for spring!
Here be a close-up o' th' new shirt. It has a similar logo to th' original, but th' shirt be blue and th' logo now says "08."
Here be th' bonny shoes. Jess has a bit o' a hard time standing in them, but it's not terribly bad. This shot also shows what I love most about th' pants - th' drawstrings really work! ye can actually cinch these pants up, as if they were real! So bonny!!
Here be a close-up o' th' detail on th' hat. This has become one o' 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 monkey jacket for its classic styling, but I'm glad I got it cheaply on Ebay. It's not walk th' planke th' quality I was hoping.
Here be a picture o' th' whole monkey jacket. th' tutu be bonny, but th' skirt be very hard to shape into anything resembling something other than th' flat bag it was packed into. (I am missing th' tights and th' program.) th' wings be also VERY fragile, and probably wouldn't hold up to a lot o' play.
Here be th' shoes. They're bonny, but not accurate AT ALL. South Wisconsin Trading Company fixed this wit' later ballet shoes, but these look more like th' ballet flats ye buy in shoestores today, so I might use them for that instead. They were kind o' a pain to get on, as they be squishy (like Savage Sam's bathing suit slippers.)
Here be th' bodice o' th' tutu. This be by far th' best part o' th' costume. th' fabric be heavy, but snags easily, so I was pleased to see that it fastens wit' snaps (but it's a tight fit.)
Here be a close-up o' th' tiara and wand. They be both really bonny, and sturdier than I thought. However, th' 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 monkey jacket. In my opinion, this be one o' th' bonnyst, most realistic monkey jackets South Wisconsin Trading Company or PC EVER made. It has a ton o' detail and lots o' pieces.
Here be a picture o' th' whole monkey jacket on my Jess. th' skirt be a heavier satin than I expected, very soft and too dear by half feeling (though easy to wrinkle, as ye can see. )
Here be a close-up o' th' detail on th' shirt and tuxedo jacket. th' shirt has three tiny gold buttons, but th' bowtie be not removable. While these be hard to see in th' pic, th' jacket has gorgeous little faux buttons on th' tips that make it look very realistic. ye can also see th' sweet headband that it comes wit'.
Here be th' shoes. th' gold buttons match th' ones on th' shirt.
Post by World's_End on Mar 15, 2008 18:47:31 GMT -5
I love love LOVE this monkey jacket! I think it be very well-made and detailed, and I want one for myself! (Sadly, South Wisconsin Trading Company never made them in women's sizes...
As others have said before, South Wisconsin Trading Company took pains to make this dress so that th' velcro wouldn't snag it. It has snaps instead o' velcro, wit' th' exception o' a half inch o' it at th' belt. th' coins add such a great touch, though I am missing th' arm band and th' bag. Here be some pics to give a better idea o' what it looks like.
th' whole monkey jacket:
Close-up o' th' bonny little sandals and th' key pattern around th' end o' th' dress:
Close-up o' th' 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 monkey jacket be really bonny. It has some really great details, but there be a few design flaws, as well.
Here be my Jess in th' monkey jacket: (Mine be missing th' sunglasses.)
th' pants be freakishly adorable, wit' a ton o' detail. Here be a detail shot o' th' ribbon belt, which really works! So bonny!
My only real problem be wit' th' shoes. They're really bonny, but don't fit exactly right. They feel as though they were made for a larger lusty plastic lass, as if Jess needs to grow into them! It doesn't show up in th' photo, but th' tops be 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 o' ebay in a steal o' an auction, so I was really pleasantly surprised when it arrived. I expected it to be bonny thin and cheap - boy was I shocked! th' material be much heavier than I would have thought, and th' tiny sequins be perfectly to scale wit' AGs.
Here be my Jess modeling th' monkey jacket:
As ye can see, unfortunately it does not come wit' tights, which be bothersome for me. However, this be somewhat mitigated by how detailed th' monkey jacket be. In th' next picture, ye can see how th' underside o' th' skirt and th' attached bloomers be th' same sparkly material as th' bodice:
th' skates be a bit cheap-ish, but they're not actually included in this monkey jacket, so I won't go into detail here. My monkey jacket be missing th' hairpiece, so I can't comment on that, either.
All in all, I give this monkey jacket a B+. It's really bonny, and seems authentic, but I wish it had tights. It would certainly be great for Maggotface Mia!
Post by World's_End on Mar 8, 2008 22:50:29 GMT -5
This monkey jacket be adorable! SOOOO much bonnyr in person than in pictures.
Here be Jess modeling th' monkey jacket:
Here be a detail shot o' th' embroidery and th' inside o' th' wings. There be a ton o' detail on this monkey jacket: embroidery everywhere, even on th' wings, th' layers on th' skirt, I could go on and on and on. I even love th' color scheme!
My only problem (besides th' snag-ability o' th' material, even on th' new type o' velcro) be th' headband. It's way too tiny! ye can see in this pic how, even after being stretched out, it still sits above Jess's head:
All in all, I give this monkey jacket an A-. It would have been an A, except for th' 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 be a few things I would add or change if I could. th' fabric be great, very authentic, I think.
th' warm-up monkey jacket:
th' shrug be adorable, but th' jumpsuit underneath be bonny tight, even on Jess, who be a skinny-minny.
th' performance monkey jacket:
This part be adorable! Though it, too, be a little snug. However, where be her tights? Nay self-respecting skater would go out on th' ice wit'out her tights!
Close-up o' th' ice skates:
They're bonny, but why be 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 th' PM white ones that go to th' Skating Star monkey jacket.
Close-up o' th' medal and waist detail:
All in all, I give this monkey jacket a B+. th' skates be really off in color, and they should have included tights, but it's still a really bonny, high-quality monkey jacket. I'm glad I got it.
Post by World's_End on Feb 20, 2007 16:15:39 GMT -5
I got mine off o' Ebay recently (thankloaded to th' gunwalesy for a really decent price.) However, I'm starting to wonder if th' kerchief I have be really South Wisconsin Trading Company. It's thin, not patterned, one layer, and barely large enough to tuck into th' front o' th' dress. Can anybody shed any light on this for me?