Here's my Molly sporting her birthday socks with Emily's tap shoes! I'd love to see the version with the stripe/star on the opposite shoulder (version with the leotard and skirt vs. the dress and bloomers).
Actually the very first (prototype and 80's versions) are made from a hard clay. Some of my food pieces have actual finger prints in the clay were you can tell they were hand-formed. Later versions (with the paper bag and with the red lunch box) were made from rubbery-plastic.
I am a bit late in posting as these goodies arrived a few weeks ago! These are comparison photos of the 1986 Samantha's accessories compared to my childhood 1991 versions. Would loved to have photographed them with the AG versions, but I didn't have those.
1986 Samantha's hat on left, 1991 Samantha's hat on right
Upclose of hats, 1986 with maroon felt ribbon, 1991 with pink ribbon
1986 "5 Flower" hankie on left, 1991 hankie on right
1986 purse on left, 1991 purse on right
1986 (more puffy) purse on bottom left, 1991 (more flat) purse on top right
inside of purses; blue lining on 1986 version & white lining on 1991 version on right
I am soooo excited! I have been searching for Molly's sleep-eyed nurse doll on eBay and the AG boards for YEARS now! Last week I came across one at a GREAT deal and now she's MINE! I'm so thrilled to own her!
Only problem is she's missing a shoe... Any thoughts on finding a replacement or another set?
Check out the pics compared to the version tagged 1986! (BTW: Her skin appears shiny/greasy, but she feels perfectly clean and doesn't look nearly so shiny in person)
Kirsten's baking set arrived today and I snaped a few quick pictures. I've also written a short review.
1. I loved the kettle (it's VERY heavy and reminds me of cast iron maybe it is?!, MUCH heavier than I expected and MUCH heavier than anything AG has ever been!) The lid swivles but does not move over the handle. I love the blue speckled look (see below for upclose photo and comparison photos to other blue speckled AG pieces) 2. Cloth is woven and very nice. I love the colors and weighty-ness of the cloth. 3. Wooden plate is a bit distressed looking with a random bumps/dings. Nice piece. 4. Wooden candle holder with plastic/rubbery candles. The wooden candle holder is nice and will be pretty on Kirsten's table this holiday season. The candles are removeable and plastic/rubbery. 5. Ceramic Bowl is nice with heart (not handpainted looking, but still cute) 6. Ceramic Mugs (NOTHING like PC version), heavy duty, don't seem like they'd break easy, child friendly I guess 7. Plastic molded together apples and cookies - exactly what they sound like!
Overall, the set is very nice, but has a heafty price tag. I am not keeping all the pieces so be sure and check out the sale thread for the cookies, apples, and mugs along with the hair ribbons and shoes from her baking outfit. I've also added to Kit's stove set to include her cookies, candle, and candle holder!
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Last Edit: Nov 12, 2015 11:40:00 GMT -5 by Wickfield
I was disappointed in the fabric choice for these. I had anticipated that they would be softer and they are more of a stiff cotton instead. My mom made these for me way before patterns for AG clothes existed and she chose a soft flannel and the shirt buttons with buttons. I actually prefer her design to AG's. B- here for AG's version.
My mom made this dress for me as a kid and I later purchased it from AG (Mattel version) and was disappointed that it was not made from flannel material as the description implies. Was the PM version made from the soft flannel?
*This set was retired in 2011 and the cake combined with the China Tea set and renamed "Molly's Birthday Set"*
I was looking and comparing pictures of some items from my early catalogues to current items. I was looking specifically at Molly's party treats in my Holiday 1991 catalogue. Here are all the differences in the editions that I can see comparing the picture from my 1991 catalogue to the current AG version:
The older cake has flowers on the side of the cake that look more like stars (as they are pointer) and the loops come down only half way on the sides. There are more flowers at the bottom of the cake edge that aren't connected to the loops. I know the sets available now don't include the blow-outs. And, it appears Molly's candies in the cups were actually many individual pieces originally and not molded into one big piece in the cup like now, plus the candies in the cups don't come to the top of the cup like they do now. The balloon holder is also not the same as it was in the beginning. The older balloon holder appears to be more cylinder shaped, while the more recent holder, from the side, looks like a "D" shape.
These are all the changes I spotted. I have a hunch the original version is HARD to come by on e-bay since the individual candies were easy to lose and the paper cups are probably long destroyed.