This is the doll that made my daughter excited about dolls, so I have a soft spot in my heart for her. When we saw her last month on an impromptu stop at AGP Chicago, my daughter, who has up to this point been lukewarm about dolls, fell in love. We had actually offered to buy her a Kanani and she said "No thank you", but she had to have this doll. Interestingly, when we saw 41 in the display case and then found her in her box, we all thought she had brown eyes. I thought I'd missed the release of a doll who truly looked like my DD with shoulder-length curly brown hair and dark brown eyes. It wasn't until we read her description card that we saw her eyes were green (but DD was still sold on her). As DD carried her around in different stores and outside we were amazed at how different the doll's eyes looked. I tried to capture some of these different colors on camera with little success, but if you scroll through the other images in this review thread you can get a good idea.
It's interesting since so many people's eyes do look very different in different lights. They're very lovely.
I was a little concerned about the curly hair since my daughter is on the younger side, but I think the length makes it more manageable. (Also I had to think outside of the collector box since this is my daughter's doll, not mine, and she will actually play with it!) It's a nice length for maintenance and still long enough to do 2 ponytails with or a small flip. She is a beautiful doll--an "A" in my book.
Post by SproutsMom on Jul 29, 2009 14:57:52 GMT -5
I fell for our Ivy upon seeing her at the 2009 Madison Children's Museum Annual Benefit Sale. As others have mentioned, her face is incredibly sweet. I was surprised at how unique I found her to be--very different from our Jess (as well as the #4 that came through our household a couple of years ago). I did not know when we purchased Ivy at the ABS that she had stains on her legs, as did most of the dolls purchased there. At this time I am unaware as to whether they have changed the dye of the pants, or whether this is an issue anymore, but I wanted to share pictures of the staining on our Ivy's legs.
We are in the process of trying to remove the stains with Oxy treatment, so I'll update this later with our progress!
Our "Vincent" arrived today. We ordered the day after she became available from AG, from the catalog. He is very cute! His shirt underneath the plaid shirt is plain, but the shirts are sewn together. (Bummer!) He's wearing red tennies and jeans. He has blue unders that look like training pants. He has a creamy skintone that's just darker enough from the "light" skin to be noticeable. He has big brown eyes and an open mouth. He has thick, dark brown hair. We really love this little guy.
Skintone comparison shot: (Original Bitty Girl, Medium Skin Boy, Dark Skin Girl)
Our "Elizabell" arrived today. We ordered the day after she became available from AG, from the catalog. She is just adorable. Outfit is a sweet jumper with denim embroidered skirt and highlighted with floral ribbon. She has grey socks and red mary janes that close with velcro. She has blue unders that look like training pants. She has a deep, rich brown skintone that I love. My DD pointed out later that her skin is actually a bit lighter than the dark skinned bitty baby we have. It also feels a bit "rougher" but I appreciate that because I don't think it will be as likely to scuff. Her ringlet hair comes in 2 ponytails with a few ringlet curls around her face.
The back of her hair has shorter pieces in the center part for coverage. We did take down her hair (sorry, no pictures yet), and it is pretty nice and thick but for now at least does hold the shape of her ponies. And it does look like it will get frizzy relatively quickly, but I expected that. I'll try to post pics after maybe a month or so of play.
Skintone comparison shot: (Original Bitty Girl, Medium Skin Boy, Dark Skin Girl)
Post by SproutsMom on Sept 26, 2007 15:55:31 GMT -5
This is a very basic, versatile piece for the JLY wardrobe. Mine were purchased at the AG Outlet in 2007. Simple black tee is printed with a slightly-pinker-red "American Girl" basic logo across the chest. Full length back black elastic closure. This mixes nicely with the raspberry red in the Ready-for-Fun meet outfit. "A" for basic functionality.
Post by SproutsMom on Jul 25, 2007 15:11:18 GMT -5
This accesory gets an "A" from me. I was thrilled to find a complete set at this year's MCM Benefit Sale. I actually find the material to be fairly passable/realistic. I love the details of the lined case, most of all the little compartment where the strap is stored. I also like that there's an inside label. I agree that picks would have been nice, but they also probably would have gotten lost quickly. (I always lose my full size ones.) The strap is a little thin but overall I was very impressed with this piece.
Post by SproutsMom on Aug 28, 2007 11:40:20 GMT -5
This is a unique doll, giving the coloring of Today's #25 with the softer look of bangs. I don't normally care as much for banged dolls, but I think that the bangs suit this retired gal. Her black hair and dark brown eyes are lovely together. Rating: A
Post by SproutsMom on Jul 25, 2007 14:52:48 GMT -5
I give this doll an "A". American Girl refers to JLY 5's hair as "red", and I can see it as auburn too, it's not a super bright red. I love the color combo of the red hair with dark eyes. My son has this coloring and it's unique and striking (both on him, and the doll). I think she's much prettier in person than on the AG website.
My doll was purchased at this year's MCM sale, and she has an incredible wig, it is nice and thick and quite style-able.
I am not generally a fan of banged dolls but I love #5's for bringing her eye and hair color close together, and I also prefer how it gives her a more youthful look. I'd definitely reccomend this doll to someone looking for a JLY with unique coloring.
Post by SproutsMom on Oct 25, 2007 17:43:48 GMT -5
Grade: B. Bitty kitty is a sweet little guy. He has soft, deep grey fur, with white accents, and a lavender ribbon. He has sewn eyes, pink nose, and pink mouth. His whiskers are clear. His head, arms, and legs are jointed. His tail is not, but there is a wire in his tail for posability. The accompanying book is "Bitty Kitt's Family Album", in the vein of the one that comes with Bitty Bear. My daughter loves the Bitty Bunch, they are toys for her babies, but I find them a bit expensive for what you get. I think they are more of a $8 toy, even with the book.
This is the original Bitty Twin girl with the shorter brunette hair. Isn't she precious? She shares the soft body of the bitty twins. Her hair is long enough to sweep to the side in front (otherwise it hangs in her eyes) and there's a little "top knot" that is pretty permanently separate from the rest of her hair. I find the hair length a little annoying--in-between and somewhat hard to deal with. Some of the outfits for the girl that came out before the new style twins came with a cute hair tie for this little stitch of hair. Her face is sweet, with rosy cheeks and cherubic pouty lips. While I think the longer haired twins have more playability with the hair, in person this twin captivated me with her more baby-like look. I give her an A.
Post by SproutsMom on Jun 23, 2007 18:05:34 GMT -5
The girl's is a lovely outfit consisting of a springy pink dress, ivory tights, pink shoes, and a floral "crown". The dress fabric is a nice lightweight inen, and the embroidery and ribbon detail make it especially cute--I like how the embroidery fills the scallops at the neckline. I personally don't like that the cut (especially in back) shows so much of the cloth body, but otherwise it's lovely. The shoes are very nice with flower-cutout detail. My only complaint is that the crown, while very sweet with it's ribbons and flowers with sequin centers, is small. It just sits atop the head without really being properly seated. I think if it were just a bit larger it would stay on better. Purchased for $12 at the outlet sale it was well worth it though! (Shown on Bitty Baby for modeling purposes!)
Post by SproutsMom on Oct 26, 2007 19:56:33 GMT -5
I purchased this revised set at the American Girl Outlet in October 2007. The set is missing the tights and bell. This is a nice weight royal blue velvet. I shied away at first because of the "fur" trim, but it really doesn't look that fur-like in person. The snowflakes have a wonderful little iridescence to them on both the dress trim and on the mary janes. The shoes are the same soft blue velvet, with a hard sole. Overall I feel this gives a nice completed look and is a nice change from the normal red-and green of "Christmas", especially since the blue and white is what we use a lot of in decorating for Solstice, and works for Hanukkah as well, I think.
Post by SproutsMom on Oct 19, 2007 15:49:16 GMT -5
This is a cute set consisting of a snack bag, bottle, bib, 2 "jars" of baby food, and a tupperware-type snack container.
The whole set with the exception of the bib is a bit smaller than I'd imagined it. I guess it seems to scale, but almost like it's more to scale if the bitties were adults than if they were real-size babies. I mean, they've got to make bottles and such big enough that Mommies can open them. Everything's tiny. It is cute though, and I particularly like the little tupperware separated into 3 parts for tiny apple halves, bitty-bear-face-shaped crackers, and kiwi.
Again, the scale of the food is off, but it's the thought that probably counts. My DD will receive this for Solstice and we'll see if the size affects the playability at all. I give it a B. Very cute, but very small.
Post by SproutsMom on Jun 26, 2007 21:09:29 GMT -5
This Bitty Baby doll is a very loveable doll. I give her an A. She is huggable and soft, with just enough pose potential in her head turn and ability to sit up against something. Her sleeper is lightweight fabric but nice for a little girl. Bitty bear is a big plus, making her more lifelike by giving her a toy of her own. She looks very sweet sleeping.
I give this Bitty an A, not with a "+", because she does have a few downsides. One is, as has been mentioned, the scuffing of her head. This is a picture of our first Bitty's head after one week of play with a 4 year old.
The other issue we've had is with their eyes. After a few days, our first doll stopped opening one eye all the way. CS suggested holding the eye open and blowing into it, but that only helped temporarily.
They sent a doll to exchange, and the first few times I sat her up this is what she did:
This time blowing into the eye relieved the problem. I presume this is not a problem with only this variety of Bitty. The CS rep said this happens from having their eyelashes trimmed and debris falling into the eye. Despite these problems I think she's a great doll. Realistic, but not scary realistic. Also, our second doll had slightly more subtle coloring. Comparing them side by side I realized the one with less coloring in the face looked more like a baby. Overall, this is a very nice baby doll for a little girl!
Here is my daughter's African American Bitty, Zaza (with Mimi, light skin, dark hair and eyes in back). We've had Zaza for 5 months and have had no issues with her head getting scratched like Mimi and blonde and Asian bitty. She is really a beautiful doll and with the benefit of non-scratching "hair" has definite one-up on the other bitties.
Post by SproutsMom on Oct 26, 2007 19:58:01 GMT -5
Rating: A-. Here is a picture of the dress, hat, shoes bitty bear's cape, and the (unassembled) tree. The fabric on this dress includes a red velvet bodice and the skirt is more like taffeta (??) or a shiny knit. It's not as smooth as satin. The shoes are a patent red. Rosettes on ribbon at the bodice and hat. It's a very nice set. I don't particularly care for the roses, but then I shun such fussiness in my own kid's clothes as well.
Post by SproutsMom on Sept 16, 2007 21:06:02 GMT -5
Josefina is a beautiful doll with great stories to build her character. My current doll is a Mattel doll, purchased at the MCM sale in 2007. She has the higher eyebrows and what I believe to be a more narrow face than the PM version. The Pleasant Company version has lower brows and long lashes. I feel she has a more mature look than the Mattel version, yet the Mattel version has a youthful hopeful look that may be more accurate to her character. You can judge the possible difference in face mold yourself.
(Mattel version on the left in this picture.) With a lovely, accurate skintone, long smooth hair, and a unique character, I give this doll an A.