Dang, I've had this for almost a year and still haven't done a review. Time to rectify.
Conflict of interest note: I love skiing. Love. I may be slightly biased because of that, but I think this is one of the best accessory sets ever made. It's cute, realistic, and even somewhat functional. It gets an A.
The bits are as follows:
Boots! These boots are the best. They open like real ski boots to get their feet into them, and then velcro shut. I've heard various people have had trouble with the boots, but my pair are pretty sturdy and I don't worry about them at all.
Skis! Cute. I like the pattern on the top of the skis. They're also pretty sturdy. Not overly heavy, but definitely not flimsy. The ski boots snap into the attachments pretty securely. There's definitely a front and a back (the back, I think, is the bit that slides to make enough room), so if they're not going in, turn the ski around.
Poles! One of the few sporting things where a handle going over the fingers makes sense. They seem a bit short in scale, but maybe that's because the doll cant turn her wrist. In any case, they do nicely for posing, if not functioning.
Helmet! OMG, adorable. It's sturdy and fits well, though if the doll has a ponytail or anything else that gathers her hair at the back of her head it tends to push the helmet forward into her eyes. Just keep any bulkiness at the nape of her neck. It latches under the chin with a bit of elastic and a clasp and stays on nicely. The goggles are too cute. They can come down over their eyes or rest on the helmet, and they're secured in the back with a loop that snaps to take them off.
Action shots! This is what you really wanted to see, right?
I bought it on Cyber Monday too, as a Hanukkah outfit and I hate it. The shoes are love and I do like the silver shirt (thin though it is) with other things, but I really don't like the blue jumper on anybody (especially the doll it was intended for) and I really don't like the whole outfit together. It seems like it was a good outfit in theory, but terrible in practice, at least in my house. I'm debating throwing the jumper in my swap/sell pile or taking a pair of scissors to it and making something I actually like out of it.
This set contains a white patterned bikini, rash guard top and swim skirt, flip-flops, and a book, which didn't make it into the review. It's a nice set, but at $32 it could have included a pair of sunglasses or something. Grade: B+ for being a cute set at a not so cute price.
The bikini is white with a blue and green floral pattern. It's a very nice ocean sort of color scheme and print. The top goes on over the head, which can be difficult at times. The straps are asymmetrical and can be adjusted easily to cover the shoulder joints. The top can also go on either way to put the asymmetry on either side.
The bottom fits very snugly and needs some stretching to cover the doll's butt properly. It looks really nice and hides the hip joint as well. The little ribbons on the sides are a nice touch.
The second look is a blue and green rash guard top and a blue swim skirt, with a repetition of the floral print on the bikini. The top is adorable and a perfect miniature of a child's swim top. It closes in the back with nice, non snagging velcro.
The skirt makes little sense by itself. The 2 in 1 idea is kind of torpedoed by the fact that you can't wear a skirt by itself in the water. I put the bikini bottom underneath and it works perfectly.
The flip-flops are cute and beach appropriate. They are green with more of the floral pattern. I think they go better with the bikini set than the blue top and skirt. They're built and look like real flip-flops, and stay on with a clear strap in back. The doll had no trouble standing in them.
Here are the two mix options with the set. I also got the Outdoor Play outfit for more versatility. The bikini top looks great with the Outdoor Play shorts and sandals.
I love this set, but the weirdness of the skirt and the price knock off a couple of grade points.
This set and its pink and purple brethren are the replacements to the older three-pack of camis/briefs. This set is very similar to the older ones, but much increased in cost. I like them, and got them because I like all my dolls to have an underwear set, but at $10 they're a little overpriced. As such, they get a B+ from me.
The tank of the white set has a pink embroidered flower and AG initials. The briefs have a purple ribbon on the front band. I don't know why they would be two different colors.
They're pretty nice, as camis and briefs go, though the cami is a little more difficult to get on over the head than the older sets.
This is my first doll with the Addy mold and I have to start out by saying the doll is a billion times cuter than the online catalogue would have you believe. And I have photographic evidence.
I'll grade her up front: A. She's simply adorable.
The current meet outfit doesn't do her any favors, so here she is in something a little more flattering. Her hair is multi-tonal dark brown and black, parted in the center, and layered. The layers are pretty, but do have the potential for making some hair-styles more difficult.
Her eyes are brown and her skin is dark. I don't have any other dark skinned dolls to compare it to, but I have Josefina and she is significantly darker than medium. This particular picture makes her look lighter than she is in person.
Her hair is mildly textured. I don't have any other textured hair to compare it to, but I did feel a difference between her hair and my other dolls with smooth hair. It's a little coarser, but not at all hard to style.
Her wig is pretty thick and she has plenty of short hairs throughout. Her hair can be put into ponytails or two braids without the cap showing. In fact I looked all over her wig and couldn't find a spot where the cap showed. It is a very nice wig.
Here she is in a couple of different hairstyles. She's a gorgeous doll and I couldn't be happier. Again, she gets an A.
I kept going back and forth on it and ultimately decided it wasn't worth the price. Seeing it in person at MoA on Saturday was the final nail in the coffin. It would have only worked for me if I had a lighted display for it like the store did, LOL. That was actually really pretty.
Mini-Rebecca is adorable. Her dress works very well in miniature, and the velcro in her shoes makes a lot more sense on the mini than the big doll. Her hair is soft and richly colored, but has a tendency to be wild as others have said. Her barrette, though, is tiny and functional and completely adorable.
Overall she gets an A. The floofy hair took off the plus.
I got mini-Rebecca to me a mini-me for my doll, Caitlin, so I turned her into a modern doll, which she pulls off beautifully.
I also have mini-Josefina and mini-Felicity, so I threw in a comparison shot between the different eye colors. Both mini and 18" hazel alternate toward brown or green depending on lighting and clothing--mini-Rebecca has a really good eye color match to 18" hazel.
Last Edit: Jun 28, 2009 15:06:12 GMT -5 by Allicapri
These arrived in my house Tuesday, and they were on the doll within two minutes. I went a little nuts with pictures, so I'm going to give the grade straight off: A. They would have gotten a plus except that they're $12, which makes them half the cost of an outfit and a little more than I think they need to be.
Okay, they came in a box which seems to me far bigger than they need, but I suppose is about the right size for a doll shoebox, maybe a little bigger.
They're a very dark pink--probably best described as maroon or burgundy and kind of look like they're made out of leather, so pleather, I guess? The inside is soft and fuzzy and easy to slide on a bare doll foot. The toes have yellow/gold jewels in them that look to be set in fairly well. I didn't try to pick them out or anything, but they're not going to be falling out all willy-nilly, even with play.
The bottoms are black, flat, and not completely smooth--if the doll was real she probably wouldn't fall on her face walking, but I bet she could slide really well on a smooth floor if she tried.
What the website calls "ribbon detail" is a ribbon of elastic in the same color as the shoes. They stretch to go over the doll's foot. They aren't very difficult to put on--I found that sticking in the toes first, stretching the elastic a bit, and then supporting the heel with your fingers to slide it on works best. Stretching the elastic pulls the little tab forward a bit so it could get stuck under her foot without some help.
The bow on the side is made of the same elastic and doesn't come untied.
They fit pretty well--they aren't too tight or too loose--and the elastic strap adjusts a bit up or down to go over the ankle. Since it's stretchy, it lies flat and doesn't bunch or fall. The left foot has toe cleavage, the right doesn't. This happened on two different dolls, but I think the problem lies with dolly toes, not the shoes themselves. I examined my dolls' toes closer than I ever thought I would and I think the left foot has longer toes than the right. Go figure.
It doesn't bug me, but it might some, so I threw it in there.
Here's how it looks with the Petals and Plaid skirt, which is what I got them for. (The outfit in the pic, for anyone interested, is Sophie's meet outfit.)
I haven't really looked to see if it matches anything else, but here's one with jeans for dressing down a bit. The gold stitching in the jeans and the jewels actually look pretty good together.
They go on with slight difficulty over thin socks or tights. It takes a little more maneuvering of the elastic, but it works. It makes a fairly snug fit, though, so I doubt anything thicker would work.
They're really cute and well made little shoes, and work really well with similar colored pieces or with something neutral like jeans. I question how they would look with a lot of the really bright pink stuff AG has a lot of, though. So just to reiterate, it gets an A from me.