Post by Buckingham Alice on Aug 25, 2011 6:36:14 GMT -5
I got my Kanani (renamed Charisma) last week. She's so lovely! Like others have mentioned, her hair was already a little crazy when I removed the hairnet, but fortunately it wasn't too bad. I love the hair-eye-skin combo even more than I expected to. She's looked good in everything I've tried on her. I like the meet outfit... it's pretty, beachy, and summery and doesn't feel cheap. After Charisma took it off, I tried it on Brittany, my PM #7... the fit is fine, and the color looks lovely with her blue eyes. I'm not crazy about the shoes... they're cute, but they're a little roomy... I'm worried one will slip off somewhere. Overall, I can't complain though! I'd have to give her an A.
Post by Buckingham Alice on Aug 6, 2011 22:32:06 GMT -5
You know, I expected to really hate the unfinished edges on this, but I got it anyways since I love the overall look of the outfit and think Felicity looks like quite the elegant horsewoman wearing it. And I was pleasantly surprised... the raw edges don't bother me and don't look as if they're going to fray. She does look freaking gorgeous in it as well. I've used the skirt a few times on Josefina and my modern girls as well. My only problem is the hat. I love the look of it (pretty glam and badass at once), but my feathers seem really beat-up. Maybe I didn't pay attention when the outfit came late last year, but I pulled the hat out today and I noticed that the feathers reminded me of my neighbor's chicken after she's boxed a round with their dog. This is only the second time anyone has worn the hat and it's been in its plastic bag since I bought it. Urgh.
Post by Buckingham Alice on Jul 8, 2011 5:39:21 GMT -5
I actually rather like this set, although it's not without it's problems. The pants and hoodie are, as other reviewers have noted, quite short. This outfit is a little skimpy on fabric. But the materials used are soft, realistic, and have the appropriate thickness. The outfit is very pretty... the screen printing is subtle and feminine. This hoodie seemed easier to get on than the Star Hoodie or the Logo Hoodie. I didn't have trouble getting the shoes on Nicki (Mattel) but I didn't try them on a PM doll.
The sale price of $18 is more appropriate than the original price. I would love to grade this set high as I do like the look, style, and feel of it, but I have to lower the mark for the skimpy cut and the lack or accessories. B to B-.
Post by Buckingham Alice on Jul 5, 2011 22:20:15 GMT -5
I actually rather like the (admittedly loud) pants. The pretty, cozy orange sweater sort of downplays the busy colorful print. The shoes are also adorable. The outfit looks super cute on my blond bitty. I got this set from last year's Cyber Monday sale for a big discount, so I can overlook more than I'd be willing to at retail. A solid B.
Post by Buckingham Alice on Jul 5, 2011 22:12:50 GMT -5
I love my blonde bitty! I always wanted a BB when I was little, but I sorta grew out of baby dolls at a point and forgot about BB entirely when I got Addy. But when I saw this early PM bitty (like from the era when they were transitioning from ONB to Bitty) on eBay for $12, I just had to snatch her up! Mine is named Noah Margaret, and she's super cuddly and has a very sweet face. I love her white blond eyelashes! She looks cute in everything, but she's chubbier than new BBs so she can look a bit like she's stuffed into her clothes.
Post by Buckingham Alice on Jul 5, 2011 21:50:44 GMT -5
I love this outfit! Very darling, and unlike a lot of the BB outfits, it actually looks like something a baby might wear. The above reviews cover everything pretty well, so I'll just add that the shorts are a little tight on my early PM bitty.
Post by Buckingham Alice on Jul 5, 2011 21:45:07 GMT -5
This set is adorable! The colors are very cute, and I love the fit of the top and especially the shorts. The shoes are also pretty freaking cute! I can't elaborate much, but I'll share a pic because these colors look lovely on Marisol!
Post by Buckingham Alice on Jul 5, 2011 21:42:37 GMT -5
I just had to have at least one of these watches... mostly because I was curious about the scale! I was pleasantly surprised. I think the size is really appropriate. The face is pretend, but it looks quite realistic. It comes with two interchangeable bands in coordinating colors that feel like real watches children wear. For $8, this is pretty cute.
Post by Buckingham Alice on Jul 5, 2011 21:12:45 GMT -5
I haven't had any trouble with these. These are very feminine and pretty, and I just love them! I was worried about the durability of the chandelier dangle and about missing rhinestones on the black ball dangle, but they've held up well and seem secure.
Post by Buckingham Alice on Jul 5, 2011 21:05:08 GMT -5
These earrings are awfully cute. This is a good introductory earring set. I love the hoops because I'm a big hoop earring fan. I like to put the star studs with the the hoops and then the star dangles hanging from the hoops.
Post by Buckingham Alice on Jul 5, 2011 20:47:03 GMT -5
I got these for my soon-to-be #4, but Marisol is modeling them here. I think they're just darling. The color is very pretty, but it's not an overly girly pink shade. I also think the frame shape is very contemporary, stylish, and flattering to the dolly face. These glasses seem much sturdier than the Rectangle glasses, so that's a plus. But the frames are plastic, and if the doll fell face first in them, or if a kid who was slightly rough on toys handled them, they probably would not be unscathed.
Post by Buckingham Alice on Jul 5, 2011 20:37:31 GMT -5
This is one of my favorite AG outfits of all time. I wanted this set so bad when I was young! I thought Addy looked so smart, stylish, and sweet in this... and she does! This suit is absolutely adorable... the different fabrics the line the jacket make me smile. The braid trim is so elegant. The medal is a period perfect detail. The suit fabric is a wonderful wool, and the shirt is a crisp cotton. This is PC at it's finest. A++
I love this color and Addy, and her straw bonnet from the meet set looks really nice with this! I had her dressed in that last time I took her to AGPLA, and she got a lot of compliments from sales associates!
Post by Buckingham Alice on Jul 5, 2011 20:25:16 GMT -5
I got the accessories with my Addy for Christmas 1998. My gourd is not real, but it feels pretty convincing. It didn't come with a stopper. The shell necklace is real... Addy has worn it nearly straight through since she came to me. The kerchief is very pretty, but it doesn't get much use. The half dime is wonderful... it actually plays a big role in her stories so it's nice to have. And the thing that gets the most use (aide from the necklace) is the straw bonnet. It's so pretty and looks lovely with a lot of her outfits, especially the school suit and her flower picking set. Great purchase! Solid A!
Post by Buckingham Alice on Jul 4, 2011 2:51:01 GMT -5
I have a PM set. It came in a lot with my lovely PM Molly or else I probably wouldn't have gotten the outfit at all, and certainly not this version! The paper is nice in that it's accurate to the story and the time, but as other reviewers have noted, it's extremely fragile. I'm not a kid and don't really play with my dolls beyond dressing and photo taking, and even so Molly is constantly losing strips of crepe paper. But perhaps the biggest complaint I have (which is, admittedly, a smaller problem but it irks me to no end) is the fact that the grass skirt doesn't go all the way around her! I have to have her wear her slip under it or else she's flashing everyone.
I do love the sweater, bag, and mask. I also have no problem with the paper lei and wrist and hair flowers. It's just the skirt. Seeing the pics in this review make me realize I'd probably prefer a Mattel set. This is a C at best. The skirt lowers the grade a lot.
Post by Buckingham Alice on Jul 3, 2011 8:00:32 GMT -5
I love Ida Bean! She really looks like a sweet little doll that was lovingly made got a sweet little girl. She's perfectly cuddly. I love her face and earrings and dress so much! Addy looks so sweet holding her. This is definitely one of my favorite doll's dolls!
Post by Buckingham Alice on Jul 3, 2011 7:54:33 GMT -5
I don't have a picture at the moment, but I'm making a mental note to take one and add it here.
Anyways, this set is gorgeous. The pitcher and bowl are heavy and beautiful... just like real, only smaller. They're designed with an eye towards simplicity, but they're quite luxurious. The towel is nice... it's big and it's a thinner softer material than I expected. I actually have two of these towels. And the book is fabulous. It's really fun to read or to photograph Addy "reading."
Post by Buckingham Alice on Jul 2, 2011 18:33:23 GMT -5
This set is wonderful! Every piece of it is well made and realistic. The above reviews were great so I won't blather on much. But here's a few pics:
The crutches, as KitandKat said, are realistic and it is possible to have your doll "use" them.
The cast is adorable. It fits really well, and it stands up to play. It also looks pretty realistic. I like the signatures a lot as well... I laugh at Elizabeth and Emily being on there.
The toys are awesome. I My girls play with them all the time.
The thermos is great and realistic as well. Like KitandKat said, it does have two lids like a real thermos.
I love the paper dolls. I'm missing one of the outfits and the booklet, but I love what I have. Wendy likes to play with them. The discs for the spinning toy are nice and colorful, and it all comes in a handy envelope.
Post by Buckingham Alice on Jun 30, 2011 3:33:16 GMT -5
This set is really sweet. I bought this when I got Nicki because I hated that she came without underwear! She's been in the turquoise panties ever since, and she wears the cami when her outfit allows! The material on this set is really realistic, so that's a plus. And the camis could be used with shorts or sweat pants for summer pjs. $20 seemed pricey at the time but what they have now ($10 per set) is a little worse. I give it a solid "A." Would probably have been an A+ if the price were $14 or $16 instead.
Post by Buckingham Alice on Apr 23, 2011 19:19:52 GMT -5
Since I love showing off my sweet Addy... Mine is from 1998. Funnily enough, she looks different in a lot of my pics because of lighting/flash etc. I love seeing variations in the dolls... my friend and I have Samanthas that were purchased about 2 months apart, and they look almost nothing alike!
Post by Buckingham Alice on Apr 16, 2011 19:31:35 GMT -5
I bought this set for my PM Molly, but she let Nicki wear it, since she has no intention of changing out of her birthday pinafore dress.
The sweater is adorable, although thinner than I expected. The embroidery is very pretty, and I don't see it as being holiday-ish at all, really. I'm glad the sweater velcroes up instead of having to pull it on. I realize that a pullover is more accurate, but they always muss Molly's hair. I also got the low-stick velcro, which is nice. A-
The skirt is pretty dang cute. I was also surprised that there was no velcro and little stretch. I'm a bit worried about getting it on Molly, since I had a little trouble with Nicki, who is Mattel obviously. But my Molly is my thinnest PM, so it probably won't be too big an issue. A
The shoes are adorable. I'm a lifelong saddle shoe fan, so these were bound to be winners. They are tight and small though. I didn't compare them to Molly's mattel blue saddle shoes, but they seem smaller. I had to struggle for a bit to get them on Nicki over socks, so I'm not looking forward to trying them on Molly. C+
The ribbons and socks are okay. I prefer these red ribbons to Molly's nasty cheap meet ribbons, although I do wish they were satiny like most of Molly's other ribbons. The socks are nice and thick... much thicker than her meet socks (which are about as thin as OG socks). But since Molly's chubby feet need thin socks to get into most of her shoes, she'll probably donate these socks to her modern friends. A
Post by Buckingham Alice on Apr 16, 2011 18:48:12 GMT -5
Oh, man. I had wanted this dress since approximately forever, and it came today. I don't have Josefina (yet... although soon...), but my Marisol is currently wearing this. (Looks gorgeous on her... will post pics later.) She's wearing it with Addy's work shoes since I don't have Josefina's white mocs and they were the only non velour (lol) slip on shoes I had handy in an appropriate color scheme. It's a pretty cute combo, tbh.
I love this dress. The fabric is thick enough to not feel cheap, but still an appropriate thickness for spring/early summer. The print is just gorgeous, and the scalloped trim is the perfect touch. I feel like it's a tad shorter than I'd prefer, but when I get the Christmas outfit, she'll wear the combination undergarment from that set with this one.
The jacket is cute. The material isn't quite what I expected, but it's still nice. The buttons are real, but they are a little difficult to undo, not unlike Rebecca's school sweater. There's a little plastic snap on the jacket's bottom tab... plastic snaps always *feel* fragile and like they're just about to break, so I would exercise caution with that one. I would have preferred a metal snap, or even velcro. (I know... boooo hisss)
A+ for the dress, B for the jacket, A- for the set.
Post by Buckingham Alice on Apr 16, 2011 18:35:27 GMT -5
I received this set some time back. I have everything but the bag and the beans (but Addy and Kirsten used some real beans from the kitchen to play on her birthday). All the pieces are so darling. Addy looks happy playing mancala, and the puzzle is really sweet. I personally had a great time with the sansa, lol.
Post by Buckingham Alice on Apr 14, 2011 18:05:03 GMT -5
Since I wrote my earlier review and complained about how difficult the buttons are to undo, I've discovered that that is really only the case on a chubby PM doll. I use the sweater a lot in mix and match, and it's much easier on a Mattel doll.
Post by Buckingham Alice on Apr 9, 2011 20:35:56 GMT -5
I love this dress. I'm going to give it a pretty dang high compliment by saying that it makes me happy every time I see her in it. I adore everything about it.
My ribbon was flower-less, so I tied on a couple of flowers I already had. I didn't get straight pins either, so I used some I already had (although they're too long... I'll probably end up taking them out). Lissie is also wearing her's with the tea lesson gown shoes, and it makes a pretty lovely and interesting combination with the dress and socks.
Post by Buckingham Alice on Mar 30, 2011 7:33:59 GMT -5
While I love my beautiful Mattel Kirsten, I've always found that the PM Kirstens look more like the book illustrations. The one that belongs to a friend (shown below dressed in Rebecca's meet) is pale with little face coloring and cornsilk colored hair. I've always felt that Mattel Kirsten has a lemony sort of hair color. These two dolls don't look very much alike. The PM K looks more like the owner's sister's PM #20.
Post by Buckingham Alice on Mar 30, 2011 7:24:18 GMT -5
Kirsten is just adorable! I can't believe I haven't reviewed her yet.
So I never saw myself with a Mattel Kirsten, but she's very dear to me now. She was the first doll I ever bought for myself with money I'd earned by working. I love her super long, soft lemony blond hair. I'm not a huge fan on blonds in general, but Kirsten (and #12 - Wendy) are definite exceptions. I worried that if I took her braids out I wouldn't be able to redo her original style, but I can. It doesn't look factory perfect when I do, but it still looks really great. I really love her vibrant blue eyes. The character is wonderful and the doll looks as sweet as I imagined.
I love and adore her meet dress. It's really pretty and looks wonderful with her coloring. The shoes however, are horrendous. They're probably my least favorite AG shoes, and that includes the plastic Mary Janes of Sam, Nellie, and Molly.
Overall, love her! A- (grade is only lowered by her one fault -- those damn shoes)
With my friend's PM Kirsten, who was dressed as Rebecca:
Post by Buckingham Alice on Mar 28, 2011 6:48:11 GMT -5
This dress is really pretty. I agree that's pretty and sweet and feminine but not too girly. The bertha collar really makes it look special, but the simple look without the collar is also lovely. I love it with or without the collar, and the pink and white party shoes complete the look. It also looks really cute with the rosebud circlet from the birthday outfit.
The only flaw would be that the material is really thin. My Sam doesn't have lacy whites, but she does have a slip and it's pretty see through without it.
Post by Buckingham Alice on Mar 28, 2011 5:45:02 GMT -5
This is a really sweet little nightgown. It's somehow perfectly Samantha. The ribbon is a great detail. I actually had a mattel and PM version at the same time for a while... the Mattel version was better, IMO. The material was thicker and the opening in the back was shorter and less noticeable.
Post by Buckingham Alice on Mar 28, 2011 5:24:24 GMT -5
This dress is really pretty. I love the colors and the fabrics. And I love or maybe even adore the lace cap. It's beautiful with the lace and ribbon and gold thread. I don't have her summer lace cap, so this one fills in there. (Confession time: the lace cap is about 95% of the reason I wanted this dress!) I got this outfit for Christmas, and Lissie has worn the cap about a dozen times since then, but today was the first time I had put her in the dress! Now that I have it on her, I like the colors on her a lot. The dress is too short (shorter even than the tea lesson gown) so I keep trying to pull it down to no avail.
But the jewels bug and may be going soon. Logics of why the jewels are WRONG aside, the scale is horrible. On a real person, jewels that big would be the size of grapefruits or something. What was Mattel thinking?