Post by JustMagicMaria on Mar 10, 2013 19:42:37 GMT -5
The Finale Outfit is very cute and my dolls wear it a lot. Here is Lindsey who happened to be wearing it on a visit to an AG store when she decided to try out the doll hanger in the party room.
This outfit was sold at American Girl stores that had theaters when they were running the Circle of Friends show. It is a doll-size version of the outfit the actresses were in the finale number of the show. It includes only the long-sleeve, purple and pink t-shirt with three stars on the front plus AG on the sleeve, and white cropped pants with a star near one hem. It came in a burgundy American Girl Place box with a black American Girl Place hanger.
Post by JustMagicMaria on Feb 20, 2013 21:50:36 GMT -5
There are few AG products I dislike, but this is one of them. It is very poorly designed. The sticks don't stay in the holes and it is very easy to knock over. I put it together for this picture (after having to lock my cat in kitty jail to make it possible) but I doubt I'll ever bother to again. My girls never liked it, especially after a few of the poles broke. The fire was always a huge favorite, however.
I've seen the new one at the AG store and it looks much better designed. Hopefully the new poles are also sturdier.
Post by JustMagicMaria on Feb 20, 2013 21:20:39 GMT -5
Kaya's accessories are authentic-looking but there's not all that much to them. The necklace is my favorite part. The bag is just like the ones shown in many photos of women Nez Perce from the era and later.
Post by JustMagicMaria on Feb 20, 2013 21:15:45 GMT -5
This is my second favorite of Kaya's modern outfits (after the Fancy Shawl Outfit). I love the color! I hear it is easy to lose the jingles but we don't have small kids playing with it so we haven't had a problem. It is a very unique dress.
Post by JustMagicMaria on Feb 20, 2013 21:08:14 GMT -5
Our dog particularly likes this set! She chewed up one of the salmon strips, the camas roots are missing and the lump of mashed camas is gone too (along with two of the magnetic berries). Still, it is a well-done set.
Post by JustMagicMaria on Feb 20, 2013 20:57:45 GMT -5
Our Kaya's doll and cradleboard has been played with so her braids have been redone. She's adorable and well made. The laces on the cradleboard are annoying; I wish she was easier to get in and out. I like how the cradleboard hangs nicely from Kaya's saddle.
Post by JustMagicMaria on Feb 20, 2013 19:27:48 GMT -5
Kaya's unique face mold makes her very special. (I wish AG would use the mold again, perhaps for a My American Girl doll with very different coloring.) I really enjoyed Kaya's stories and I think she is a wonderful way to help kids learn about Native American culture.
My Kaya was purchased the day she was available from American Girl in 2002. She is one of the slightly darker skin dolls with the meet dress with the straight shoulders and tie belt. I don't have any problem with either of these -- I think the dress looks fine and the belt is not that difficult to tie (but I'm an adult).
Overall, I wouldn't recommend Kaya for a young girl because of her hair. She's less likely to appeal to the smaller girls because she's not girly or frilly by modern standards but she is one of my personal favorites. I love her serene expression and her place in history.
Post by JustMagicMaria on Feb 18, 2011 22:08:08 GMT -5
WB Molly is a definite A+! She has a subtly different shape to her face than my later (but PM) Molly. Her vinyl is softer and more matte tone too. It gives her a delicate, sweet look. Molly is the same age as my mom, so I love her for that and the stories she has gotten us to share.
This last picture is the tag on her skirt, which starts with "Made in West-Germany, Hans Gotz Dolls".
Post by JustMagicMaria on Feb 18, 2011 21:48:28 GMT -5
This set makes much more sense to me since it has paper bags and they were even collecting bottle caps in the stories for the war effort. (But then they say the metal lunch box was a hand-me-down from Jill.) I love how everything is realistic, just miniaturized. This set gets an A!
Post by JustMagicMaria on Feb 18, 2011 21:37:04 GMT -5
I've got a really old set (1990) with the extra, colored pencil and a new set. The old set is pictured below. I was happy to see that the set hadn't changed a lot over the years. I think this has great play value! The items really are like miniature versions of the real thing which is what I love best about AG. I would give this set a solid A!
Post by JustMagicMaria on Nov 29, 2006 10:22:48 GMT -5
I love the bluish backpack! LOL!! I found a suitcase/backpack set with an extra backpack inside at a kids' resale shop last year. DD#2 and I each used a backpack to take a doll to AGPlaceNY a few weeks ago. There was plenty of room in the main compartment for a day-trip's worth of stuff. It's definitely a "take a doll to Grandma's" kind of backpack, not a school one, but it is sturdy and I love the pearly finish on it. Stylish, pretty and functional.