I'll add pictures later, but I have to say that if you're on the fence, you should definitely get this set especially if you can get it at a 20% discount.
I'm normally not a fan of the 20th century collections, because the colors are often gaudy and the sets cheap and plastic. But I found this jukebox downright charming and delightful. It is easily a standalone piece you can sit on your living room mantel. It's basically a speaker with a short audio cable that you can hook up to any device (e.g. laptop, mp3 player) where you can play whatever music you want (e.g. Platters' Smoke Get in Your Eyes). But it also has a preloaded set of songs that you can play after pressing two-button combos, which are listed on the front of the jukebox. Inside the plastic "glass" of the jukebox you see a record turntable with little records. It doesn't move, but it's still pretty cute. The back is a brown plastic, but the chrome detailing with red highlights on the front is beautiful and looks great. The best part is that the entire jukebox lights up for the entirety of the preloaded song or a few seconds if you play an external device. The color "glass" (it's plastic) has glitter specks that give it a nice retro look.
Songs: A3 Let's Stroll C1 One Glass, Two Straws E1 Sweetheart Serenade C5 Soda Shop Hop E3 Beachside Boogie A5 Ice Cream Dreams
Last Edit: Dec 7, 2015 23:39:30 GMT -5 by zeemeems
Cute, but the baskets and rod are very fragile. At some point I had to retie the string. You kind of have to wrap the string gently around the pole or it will eventually get hopelessly entangle. The trout look realistic and can hook onto the fishing line. The grasshoppers are out of proportion and look like some plastic toy you can get from a Science Museum gift shop. I still would recommend this set especially if you can do an outdoor photo shoot.
Last Edit: Jul 19, 2009 13:53:51 GMT -5 by zeemeems
Looks like some more images wouldn't hurt! I'm not sure if this color would have appeared naturally in the 18th century...but I liked the quilted petticoat and the hat. The green fabric has dots, and is a little sheer. It has a synthetic feel to it.
Last Edit: Jul 19, 2009 12:55:38 GMT -5 by zeemeems
Yes, it's plastic but it's very nice. I got one of those tinware kitchen furniture from the 1950s and the rusting on it is a nightmare, where I'm constantly afraid I'll stain my toys. So I'm very happy with this oven. The left door just shows a bit of fake fire. The right you can put stuff in it. The min-shelves open. It comes in two pieces so you have to do some assembling.
Last Edit: Sept 14, 2010 0:45:13 GMT -5 by zeemeems
The rolltop desk doesn't fully close over the typewriter. Beware of the type writer feet as they leak sticky goo and take out of the varnish on the desk. I had to send my set back even though mechanics on it are very cute and the construction is ingenious. It's completely metal and is a near perfect replica of a real typewriter, minus the ink and separate buttons working of course!
Last Edit: Jul 19, 2009 13:01:56 GMT -5 by zeemeems
This was definitely worth the $28. The outer skirt is attached to a bodice. The fabric quality of the white petticoat isn't as good. But it's still overall a nice outfit. The hat is a strange shape and is more like a bowler.
Last Edit: Jul 19, 2009 13:04:15 GMT -5 by zeemeems
I never thought to just take straight photos of the book's scenes, but I've had many fun times with this set. It's very versatile. I love the proportions in the scenes are perfect so sometimes if you set up furniture and miniatures, you can forget what's real and what is 2-d. You can see part of the scenes in the photos.
Mr. Merriman's Store:
Miss Manderly's Parlor:
Last Edit: Jul 19, 2009 13:09:04 GMT -5 by zeemeems
I don't have the cap or apron. The one you see in the photos come from the summer set. The AG town fair is on the left and Dollies' Dressmaker is on the right. I think Dollies' Dressmaker doesn't make the pink version anymore and makes something closer to the original. If you can get the original AG outfit though for a decent price, it's definitely worth it. It's very historical accurate and has lovely colors and is indeed very well made. If you manage to get a Dollies' dress though, she does add a little more lace detail than the original.
Last Edit: Jul 19, 2009 13:11:21 GMT -5 by zeemeems
This is a must-have piece of furniture. The construction is very high quality and detailed (there's grooving on the seat) the wood is very beautiful. It has ton of play value, as I use it over and over again for other set ups in other historical period. You can't put much in the draw though, including the inkwell.
Here's some photos to show how it looks compared to other furniture and toys.
Last Edit: Jul 19, 2009 13:12:36 GMT -5 by zeemeems