Non-hinged Version: It stays on securely. It doesn't hook in any way, but I can move the trunk around easily, or bump into it, and the top stays on just fine. I purchased this trunk when it was on sale late in 2011. I too had always admired it, and I am very happy to have it. I keep it out in our living area, and always receive compliments on it. And although I know it's less historically accurate, I, like melangell, like how the lid lifts off. It is in a corner, and I wouldn't be able to open the lid all the way if it was hinged. I find it easy just to lift it off and set it aside while I get what I need from inside.
I wanted Ruthie since she first came out, so I was very happy to receive her as a gift late this spring. She is a beautiful doll. As some others have mentioned, her hair out of the box was, uh, disheveled, to say the least. My doll's hair was perfect on the right side, actually, but the left looked like a different wig it was such a mess! I worked with it, and it has gotten much better.
I don't really mind the logos on the pieces--they add some color contrast.
I think that the shorts are a little bit short and skimpy, but they certainly are in keeping with fashions today. They seem a tad tight on my doll, but again, I think this is how they are designed to fit.
My favorite part of this outfit is what the color of the shirt does for Chrissa's eyes--it's a great combination. The jacket pairs well with the rest of the outfit. I think Chrissa looks good in red, and the whole set has a summery feel to it. The sandals fit well on my doll, though as others have said, they are simply foam pieces. Cute, though.
I rarely use the visor, since doll headwear in general is not so much my thing, but I've been able to get the visor to fit decently. It's definitely not a necessary addition, but a nice touch for outdoor activities. I rarely use the IM-me, but it sits on a bedside table and gives the scene a modern feel. It fits perfectly in Chrissa's jacket pocket, which I think is awesome.
The set gets a "-" only because I'd preferred to have paid a few dollars less for it. But considering the price increases lately, it's not bad.
Frankly, my little tray got really tarnished. Granted, I haven't yet tried to clean it, but from someone who owns an original version, the set definitely seems worth replicating rather than paying high prices for. The red and purple stars and green shapes are just tissue paper... very basic. EDIT: Wait, I might take that back. I'm second-guessing now. They were either tissue or a very, very thin silky material. But I think tissue. Thin, almost flimsy feeling, either way. The tan colored pieces felt like pressed straw, if that makes any sense. They had a corrugated feel to them, or ridged/rippled. Not very good at describing these things, but they were a thin material, though thicker than the tissue, obviously.
I just got this two weeks ago and I love it. I think it's the most versatile thing ever--I store the treats in the case on one side, and the other side is a bookshelf. I just flip it around depending on what my dolls are doing. And the food is adorable even if it is stuck. It's definitely a sturdy piece. Oh, and the cupcakes do come off, but that's it.
Apologies for the bad photo quality, but here's the case with treats, and then my bookshelf version--it's got a lot more stuff on it now, but it was pretty much just out of the box at this point.
Okay, I lied, apparently I've been using the one side as part bookshelf, part dish cabinet. Anyway, I really like this thing.
Yes, my Mia's eyelids look kind of pale green. It's almost as if she has light green eye shadow on, so that's just what I imagine it is. I don't really care for her skating outfit (the green dress) and don't have it, but I think her pale "eye shadow" would look great with it if I did!