I adore this item, I'm not sure why more people don't have it. The color is mostly a darker, brownish red with Felicity, Josefina, Kirsten, Addy, Samantha, Kit, and Molly (no Kaya) framed in the middle of the lid, all in their Christmas dresses. It measures 5 1/2 x 4in, and is 2in tall (a lot smaller than you would think by pictures of it). The metal is pretty sturdy, I've dropped it and it hasn't dented. The cookie cutters include a circle, star, heart, moon and gingerbread man. They are all about one and a half to two inches big (small cookies for people, perfect cakes for dolls!). The recipe cards are very pretty, though most of the recipes are in the original (out of print) cookbooks, and most of them do not require cookie cutters. Some of the recipes include Kits checkerboard sandwiches, Addy's sweet potato pone, Josefina's Bizcochito cookies, and Kaya's fruit and nut mix. The circle, moon, and star cookie cutters are *perfect* for making Josefina's bizcochitos. Overall, I would give the contents a B because you can buy heart, gingerbread, moon, etc., cookie cutters anywhere, and because the recipes aren't different from the ones in the cookbooks. And I give the box an A+++ because it is ADORABLE and it looks lovely in the kitchen (the one room of the house where all other AG things look out of place!) And it is definitely worth the original price. If you don't have one go buy one. Shoo, shoo, go on.
I'm not sure if we are reviewing Mattel, Pleasant Co., or extra early Pleasant Co., (which is different from later PC) or all three. This review is for a later PC, around 1996-97 I really like this doll. Although it can't be played with for hours on end like Kirsten's Sari, (I used that doll as a dollhouse doll for years, and it still looks almost perfect), it isn't quite as fragile as a person-sized porcelain doll. The details are lovely. The top half or her dress and her sleeves are a rose-pink velvet, and the bottom half is a light pink, satin-like material, as are her tiny bloomers. The lace is off white/cream colored. Her shoes are painted on, and they are the same color of pink as the velvet. The nutcracker doll she holds is about 2" tall. He is wood, NOT plastic. Her hair is dark brown, about the color of Samantha's, and will get frizzy if you leave her ribbon untied. She has a very lovely painted face. She is 5 1/2" tall, which I am assuming is shorter than the Mattel's because the Lydia I have is 6 1/2" tall (not counting that big bonnet)
The cons are: -Her hair doesn't see to be glued on all the way, giving her a little bit of a bald look on the sides of her head (but I'm sure this could be fixed, with some extra glue) -She is not shiny, like real porcelain dolls of that era. -She does not have nearly as light of skin as real porcelain dolls of that era, but her skin is a little lighter than Lydia's (but almost the same)