I received those glasses as a gift two years ago, and honestly, I'm not too fond of them. They are more of a mixture of a light and dark pink than a purple. I am also not a fan of the shape; they look too round and too big, IMO. They are rather young-looking, but then again, all of my dolls are 14. I used the glasses in a flashback photostory. I'm actually considering selling them because they really don't get a lot of use.
I recently purchased this outfit from a board member, and I am beyond impressed. It is a shame that AG's more recent ballet outfits are not like this one. This set is so realistic and just truly fantastic. I love that it comes with multiple pieces.
I will begin by reviewing the practice set. The leotard is a basic black short-sleeved leotard. It fits the doll quite nicely and is easy to get on and off. I like that it is black unlike the other AG leotards; it is much more realistic this way. I take ballet to get a PE credit for my college, and the school of dance in which I study has a strict dress code; black leotards are all that is permitted. The same goes for my sisters' dance studio. Grade: A+
The tights are basic pink dance tights. Again, these are very accurate to most studios' dress code. They fit well and are a nice shade...not too bright. Grade: A+
The slippers are basic pink ballet slippers. However, I actually don't find them to be as detailed/accurate as the slippers from the 2-in-1 ballet set. They are cute and fit just fine, but I dislike that they don't have a sole underneath. Grade: A- Slippers from the Swan Lake set:
L: Swan Lake slipper; R: 2-in-1 ballet slipper:
The white swan tutu is very accurate and detailed. I love the little hints of sparkle around the neckline and sleeves. The tutu is nice and full, and it is attached to the bodice. Mine doesn't close with velcro, though. It closes up and down the back with snaps. I feel that the tutu is too tight and should be pulled up higher, but other than that, I don't have any true complaints. Grade: A-
The swan wigs snap onto the bodice; they are separate as green chile supergirl said. I think this is a good thing. That way, the tutu can work for other ballets, too.
Close-up of wings:
I absolutely adore the headpiece. It is so fun and feathery. I also think the detail is impeccable. Mine fits the doll's head perfectly; it's not too loose or too tight. Grade: A
The pointe shoes are accurate and have the hard toe and bottom. I just wish the color were different, but I have no complaints. They fit fine and are easy to put on and take off. Grade: A
The program is a nice touch. I like that it is printed on both sides and that it goes along with an actual ballet. Grade: A+
Overall, I give this outfit a solid A. I regret passing this up when I first saw it, but I'm glad to own it now.
Post by BeauCoeur on Sept 13, 2012 13:00:00 GMT -5
I love animal print, so when I saw this dress, it instantly made its way to the top spot on my outfit wishlist! Let me begin with reviewing the shoes. They are basic, shiny flats, and they are actually a charcoal gray- not black as AG says. I don't think that they look too great paired with this dress (I prefer to pair it with boots instead), but they make for nice, dressy shoes to wear with pants. They fit well, too. Grade: A
The dress: This has to be one of the cutest dresses. It is a nice cheetah print in various shades of gray. The fabric is definitely of good quality- it is not too thin, and it reminds me of many cotton sundresses that I own myself. It fits well, and the ruffle adds cuteness. The ruffle is not as annoying as it appears to be in AG photos. It isn't as large, and it is tacked down on the top so it doesn't stick up. Grade: A+
The headband: The headband is just adorable! I'm not sure if I would pair it with this dress, but it gets a lot of use. I love the pink and silver combination, and it actually looks like something girls today would wear. It did have the long tag, but I just snipped it off. Grade: A
Post by BeauCoeur on Sept 13, 2012 12:51:32 GMT -5
#41 is easily one of the prettiest dolls that AG has created thus far. I love the new green eye color paired with dark hair. I have been hoping that AG would release a doll like this, so when they did, I knew I'd have to have her. I received mine in August 2012, and I have no complaints. She instantly became a favorite of mine. Her wig isn't too thick or too thin; it's a happy medium. I like that her curls are looser and not too tight.
Here she is before I took her out of the box:
Better photos to come later...I currently only have my cell phone camera to use!
Post by BeauCoeur on Sept 13, 2012 12:42:06 GMT -5
I ordered this outfit a few weeks ago, and honesty, I don't have many complaints. I will say that the pants do not go with the shirt whatsoever, but I don't pair the top with the pants.
The shirt: The shirt is made from a thin, blue knit. However, it isn't too thin. I can't see through it, but it could be because of the lighting. I feel that it is very realistic, though. I have similar shirts for myself, and even though those are thinner, I fix the problem by wearing a tank top underneath. I feel that if the thinness of the shirt is an issue with dolls, the problem could be fixed the exact same way. I think that the sleeves and rosettes are very pretty and add a nice touch to the shirt. I also like that it is somewhat form-fitting; I'm not a fan of looser shirts on dolls. Grade: A-
The headband: Just a basic blue ribbon headband with some elastic and jewels on it. It fits the dolls well, and it doesn't fall off. Grade: A+
The pants: When worn as actual clothing, they are quite tacky. I would never pair them with the shirt it came with. However, these pants strike me as pants that one would wear as part of a dance recital for a jazz class, and if I didn't give them away, that's what I would have used them for. As I said, they definitely aren't what I'd call street clothes or even dress pants. I never put them on a doll, so I don't know how they fit. I won't give the pants a grade.
The shoes: Basic blue flats made from a satin-like material. They are a little snug and hard to get on, but they are a nice piece to have for mix and match purposes. They are very simple. Grade: B+
Overall grade: A-
Last Edit: Sept 13, 2012 12:45:30 GMT -5 by BeauCoeur
I really like this outfit, and I'm glad I have it. It looks fantastic on the girls with darker hair, and the red is such a nice, cheery shade. My Jess is currently wearing it (even though she isn't Chinese- it just looks pretty on her), and I can't seem to take it off her.
The dress fits the dolls well. My only issue is that the velcro snags the material. I get much use out of the hair clip, too, and I've found it looks good with many other outfits as well. The shoes are basic black Mary Jane flats that have a velcro strap/faux buckle. These are very versatile, and they work well as dress shoes with other dressy outfits. I've actually found that I do not like them with Ivy's New Year outfit. Instead, I like to pair the gold slippers from Elizabeth's holiday gown with this outfit instead.
Overall, I'm please. I have no complaints other than the velcro.
I received Elizabeth's bed and bedding as a Christmas gift in 2005, and it has been my favorite piece of doll furniture ever since. The Bed The bed is dark, finished wood, and when assembled properly, it is quite sturdy. I will caution, though, that the wood is rather weak. I am very gentle with my collection, and I have moved twice with this bed and made sure that it was packed safely. However, a chunk of wood chipped off one of the supports for the canopy. It doesn't bother me since it is hidden, but I would just be careful...particularly when moving. The wood seems rather soft and fragile. Grade: A-
The Bedding I would suggest ironing the bedding on the lowest setting once in a blue moon since the pieces tend to get wrinkled easily. The canopy and bed skirt are the same shade of light blue. Both are fringed, which adds a nice touch. The darker blue of the bedspread and pillow adds a nice contrast. The bedding is thick enough, and I cannot get over how wonderful the colors are. The shades of blue were definitely a selling point for me. Grade: A+
Last Edit: Jul 28, 2012 19:52:30 GMT -5 by BeauCoeur
Kailey was my first doll, and she was purchased in February of 2004. Overall, I give this doll an A. I love the subtle highlights in her hair; they add to the realism factor of the wig. My only complaint about her wig, however, is that it tends to be thinner in the back than in the front, and I'm assuming that is because of her braids. It doesn't really bother me much, though.
I also love her meet outfit, which I will give an A+. It fits well, and it is such a pretty color. It looks good on most any doll, particularly dolls with blue eyes or darker hair. My only complaint about the meet outfit are the shoes, which I'll give a B. They are adorable and very realistic; however, they do not stay on the dolls' feet. It would be nice if they had a clear elastic backing like many of the other recent doll sandals. I normally just fold up a piece of clear tape, stick it on the shoes, and slide the dolls feet in so that they will stay on my dolls.
This outfit was a gift I received soon after its release; otherwise, I probably wouldn't have purchased it myself. Still, I get use out of it, and it is extremely accurate. The only thing AG could have done differently was include a glittery, large hair bow instead of the ponytail holders; I've noticed that the bows are quite popular amongst dance teams. I've added my own:
On to the reviews...
The unitard: It fits well and the style is accurate when it comes to dance team wear; however, I cannot get past the fact that "dance team" is written on the front. It would have made more sense if AG made up a team mascot and wrote that on the front instead. That's my only complaint, and as a result of the words on the front looking silly, I'll give this a A-.
The pompoms: Once again, very accurate. They could be smaller, but they have held up well for me, and I have no complaints. Grade A+.
The shoes: Coordinating shoes- easy to get on, easy to take off Grade: A+
I have all three dolls, and while they look similar, they do have their share of differences. Emily's hair is much redder than #39's. I don't have any comparison photos at the moment, but I could try at take some, if you'd like. My #39 is the cousin of my Nicki twins. I personally feel that she looks different enough to purchase, but she could make a great twin or relative to Nicki. Here are a few photos:
Last Edit: May 31, 2011 16:37:58 GMT -5 by BeauCoeur
This has to be one of my favorite outfits AG has made. Well, the blazer has to be my favorite piece AG has made. I received this outfit for Christmas, and I was very pleased, especially after I removed the embroidery from the pants. On to the review...
The blazer: Like other members, I agree that this set needed to come with a shirt, especially when you consider that rather steep price ($28) for a set like this. My dolls will not be wearing this without a tank. I high recommend using the white lace tank from the 2007 Sweetheart Skirt Set with the blazer. It looks fantastic. Unlike other members, I don't think the blazer is too tight. It's form-fitting, which I don't mind, but I have no troubles buttoning it. It is a nice red color, which looks great on most dolls. Grade: A
The béret: a bright purple béret with a pink flower embroidered on it. Cute and good for mix and match if you're a hat person, but it just looks awful with this set.Grade: A
The clogs: cute brown clogs with pink flower embroidery. Sturdy and good for mix and match. Grade: A
The pants: the most awful part of the outfit. They fit nice, but the embroidery is just tacky, plus it inhibits mix and match potential. There is nothing wrong with a nice, plain pair of pants. Fortunately, I removed the embroidery, but the places where the flowers were look worn. It would have been easier to just make them plain. Grade: C Overall grade: A-
Since the pants are now sans embroidery, here are some photos of the blazer paired with other things:
Last Edit: Apr 7, 2011 17:57:20 GMT -5 by BeauCoeur
Out of all the glasses, these have to be my favorite. They are very realistic looking, especially due to the blue on the inside. They are a nice, neutral dark brown and therefore look good on any doll and with any outfit. The arms are a little longer than the other glasses that I have. The quality is good enough for collectors; however, I can see these breaking easily around rougher children. Overall grade: A
Last Edit: Apr 17, 2011 10:27:47 GMT -5 by BeauCoeur
I finally received my dress after months of waiting. I'll add some photos later, but on to the reviews...
The dress: the colors of the plaid are very nice together. The dress is mainly purple, but there are hints of blue, green, and even a subtle pink tone. The dress velcros up the front, which I first considered to be a disappointment until I realized that there was no bulk. The dress hits above the knees. I don't mind the length at all; I think it's cute. The dress looks good with or without the shirt under it. If I have one complaint, it's that the fabric could be thicker. Grade: A-
The shirt: a simple blue tee. It's great for mix and match purposes. The fit is very form-fitting, but nonetheless cute.Grade: A
The boots: almost faux-suede boots; they are rather soft. They are a nice color and would look great with a lot. Grade: A+
The hat: a knit hat in a bright purple with a butterfly emblem. It's cute off, but just looks awkward on. I can't get it to look decent.Grade: A-
Overall grade: A It's a cute outfit, I just expected thicker fabric for the dress.
Last Edit: Mar 20, 2011 9:35:00 GMT -5 by BeauCoeur
I received this outfit for Christmas 2010 with the intention of modifying it (removing the tail) and using it as a black dress suitable for parties. However, I will review it as if I were using it as a costume.
Basically, it is the same as the previous black cat costume dress, but it does not come with the fun extras- such as the treat bag, faux candy, stick-on-earrings, etc.
The dress: A fun, black velvet dress with faux fur trim on the sleeves and neckline. The tail in the back is sturdy and posable. This dress fits like a glove; I love how it fits the dolls perfectly. Grade: A+
The leggings: Nothing special, just a very versatile pair of black leggings. They are perfect for mixing and matching. Grade: A+
The shoes: Cute, soft-bottomed flats with pink stitching to resembled cat paws. Cute, but I wish the bottom was sturdy. Grade: A
The accessories: The cute pink ribbon choker necklace resembles a glammed-up cat collar; it has tiny, sequined embellishments on it. It's currently being worn by one of my Coconuts as a collar. The cat ear headband is adorable as well; it's very sturdy and will hold up to play. Grade: A+
I am very pleased/impressed with the quality of this set; I would recommend it to anybody. Overall grade: A+
The dress: This outfit would have to be my favorite modern holiday outfit ever released. It's perfect for any winter holiday...or any other special occasion occurring in the winter. It's more trendy than some of the AG outfits, which I really like. I am in love with the color; AG should consider making more things in this vibrant shade of red. The Velcro does snag the dress, so it's best to take extra caution when putting it on and taking it off. I especially like this dress on dark-haired dolls. Grade: A
The sweater: I really do not like the sweater with this dress, since the dress is a sweater dress. I also feel like the sweater is too much when paired with the dress. However, the sweater is an excellent mix and match piece; it looks great with jeans or dress pants. The knit has sparkles woven into it. I also love that there are real working buttons. Grade: A+
The headband: It's just strange- the fit is weird. It is pretty, though; I like the jewel embellishments. Grade: B
The shoes and tights: No complaints- the tights fit nicely, I like the way they look, and I love the glitter woven into them. The shoes fit perfectly and are a beautiful shade of red. Grade: A+
I received my Lanie (who has been recharacterized and named Melanie) on Christmas day, 2010. I was very pleased with her from the moment I saw her in her box. I have wanted this girl since the day of her release, and I was far from disappointed. Better pictures will be added later; I haven't had much time to take any.
Her wig: This is what made me want her. Her wig is very thick and volumous; her curls are extremely defined. Admittedly, I rarely touch her hair because I'm afraid I'll loosen the curl- though I doubt I will. As I said before, they are very defined. The side bangs are much nicer and much more realistic in person. Grade: A+
Her meet outfit: I personally don't like it, but that won't affect my review. The dress is made of a thick cotton. That's really all I have to say; the quality is great. It fits nicely, etc. The headband is felt-like and rather chintzy. The shoes are my favorite part of the outfit; they're cute, well-made, sturdy. Grade: A (because of the headband)
Obligatory "I can't believe she's not #21" photo:
They look different enough for me to own both, but similar enough to be twins if that's what you wanted them to be.
Last Edit: Jan 9, 2011 11:35:11 GMT -5 by BeauCoeur
I purchased Ashley, my #22, in spring 2008 at AGPNY to be twins with my #27, Alyson. To be honest, #22 and #27 do not look a like as much as I imagined they would. #22's wig is a very bleached shade of blonde; it's almost white. Her wig flips out at the ends, which to me, makes her look very glamorous. Aside from that, her wig is very thick. My only complaint is that her wig tends to be drier than my other dolls' wigs; it has been like this since the day I purchased her. Her light blue eyes fit perfectly with her other features. Overall, I think she is a very pretty doll and would be the perfect addition to any collection. Overall grade: A+
Now, an obligatory comparison photo featuring #27:
This is my Alyson, received for Christmas 2006, which was soon after her release. Overall, she is a beautiful doll. I love the dark blue eye color and am pleased they used it on her. Her wig is a nice shade of blonde. The layers are realistic, as is the color. In certain lighting, I can see subtle brown highlights that give her wig depth and realism. The only complaint that I have is that her wig is very thin, especially in the back. I am also impressed with her earrings, no complaints there. I'm glad I don't have to worry about them potentially falling out. Overall grade: A, due to thinness of the wig
I purchased this dress for my 18 inch girls, too, when it was first released. Overall, I give this set an A. To me, this set looks more appropriate for middle-school aged girls than toddlers.
The Dress: fits the 18 inch girls nicely, though it's a little baggy at the neckline. I like the length because, IMO, it suits my dolls' age (14) quite nicely. I do not like the dress by itself, though. It definitely needs the sweater or another sweater/jacket. Aside from the sweater it comes with, I like to pair the dress with the Petals and Plaid cropped corduroy jacket or the 2 in 1 Ballet Outfit sweater. I have also just tied a black ribbon around the waist to make it look like a high-waisted dress. Personally, I feel this dress is very versatile. Grade: A+
The Sweater: This piece, IMO, is very sophisticated/grown-up looking. Again, I'm not sure how toddler-appropriate it is, but it certainly works well with my girls. It is a bit big on the 18 inch dolls, though. Still, the mix-and-match possibilities for this piece are endless. Aside from pairing it with the dress, I also like to pair it with a black tank and either black pants, jeans, a black skirt, or a denim skirt. Grade: A- (just because of the bagginess on the 18 inch crowd)
The Shoes: Good quality, fit nice...I just don't like them, which is why I pair Julie's holiday sandals or black flats with this outfit instead. Grade: A+'
*Edited to add pictures*
Last Edit: Nov 10, 2010 16:57:54 GMT -5 by BeauCoeur