Post by monimarine on Jul 13, 2008 22:08:41 GMT -5
I picked up the back to school set today at AGPLA since we only had one backpack amongst our squad of dolls.
Item F8339-CF1A $26
The set includes one purple backpack with a light green bottom. Flowered embroidery on the front in bright pink and light green. There is one mesh side pocket as well as a mesh zippered pocket on the inside. The zipper pulls are all silver and shaped like stars. It comes with a small water bottle, an American Girl library card, a Smart girl's planner with pages set up like dayplanners, a School Smarts Homework survival guide with printed tips, the heart print notebook has blank pages inside and the green binder has three rings inside that actually work. You can pinch the clips together to open the rings and insert the heart notebook.
I was surprised by the working three ring binder so I gave it an A.
Post by monimarine on Jul 13, 2008 21:42:27 GMT -5
When I compared the yoga pants to the black knit gauchos- I like the gauchos better. The yoga pants seem like the style is more like the jean capris. I didn't think yoga pants always ended this high up the leg, and most I have seen don't have pockets on the pantleg.
Post by monimarine on Jul 13, 2008 21:29:24 GMT -5
I just covered up the star logo with the tshirt. I wouldn't have picked it up either for $10- but Eddie looked adorable in it! It's well put together and I liked it because it doesn't have the unfinished hem like alot of the stuff does lately.
Post by monimarine on Jul 13, 2008 21:19:08 GMT -5
Farmhouse girl, I like the white combo you made!
I got the jumper outfit today at AGPLA and Cadence has tried it on. No problem getting her to stand IF I turn her feet inwards a bit. They don't look to unnatural, but any other leg position will cause her to fall over.
Post by monimarine on Mar 18, 2008 22:40:18 GMT -5
I got mine because of the free shipping. It arrived fairly quickly but the lower hook was broken when I pulled it out of the box. DH said it can be glued together with some Gorilla glue - the wood was split- and glued on for good measure. I love this piece of furniture and didn't want to haggle with sending it back to AG.
The blue is not as bright as the catalog pics make it seem so it was a decent match for the flower bedding I have been saving up for just such an occasion. It's brighter than the material but Cadence doesn't seem to mind- at least it's blue. The pillow cases and sheets go well with it. If I can find a different, non flowered blanket I am going to swap them out.
I will post pics once I get this completely set up. The storage is excellent and the desk space works great for the JLY computer and a few of Cadence's other favorite things.
I give this an A too. I was hoping for the old trundle bed sets and matching furniture, but I am very glad I gave this item a shot.
Post by monimarine on Feb 17, 2008 15:16:40 GMT -5
Item F7122 $75
In the words of my better half, these were "ridiculously easy to put together." He was happy with how few pieces there were to assemble. The dimensions are W: 17" x H: 25" x D: 9". Folded depth: 5"
The official website description says the bleachers are wooden. They may be intended to look that way, but the scoreboard and the back covering are plastic. The bleacher portion feels like metal to me and the "wood" paneling doesn't feel like wood. It's either metal or plastic.
The "spirit banner" is a flimsy piece of paper that we taped to the bleachers. Rough play and it'll get torn. The pennant is very thin felt -overall, both pieces were very cheaply made. These two are the most disappointing parts of this set.
The scoreboard is the fun part! Girls can use the red and green pegs that are included to change the period, the fouls, and the score. I took one side of pegs off (it's a connected row of pegs instead of many separate ones) to demonstrate.
Bottom bleacher completely hidden for storage. The lower rise slides easily under the top.
Dolls sit very awkwardly on either riser.
Overall I gave this a B. There were so many other options that could have made this better. The score could have been made to light up, and they could have created a basketball hoop to go with it. The banner and pennant I could have made myself with materials here at home and done a better job. Left on it's own it works better as a doll photography riser than a set of bleachers at a basketball game. (mod edit to remove broken image links)
I like the outfit, but I think the polka dot hair bow is a bit strange. IMO it should have just been red since the rest of the outfit is striped. I am also having a hard time with one of the shoes. It slides off no matter what I do with the straps.
Post by monimarine on Jan 16, 2008 17:08:14 GMT -5
I apologize for the delay in getting this review up. The day I thought it had arrived, the box turned out to be something else. So without further ado...
This is the JLY Computer Set originally priced at $35. I purchased it in January of 08 when it was on sale for $18.
It contains one slim white monitor that is attached to the hot pink keyboard by a grey cord. This cord cannot be removed. The keyboard is very nicely done. The keys reflect their actual positions on a regularly functional keyboard. The space bar is labeled and the other buttons include the on, off, set, enter, %, period, +, - <,>, x, / and the numbers 0-9. Insert, delete, search and symbol are labeled above the +, -, x, and /.
The mouse is a light green oval on a very thin cord that connects to the back of the keyboard. This is the only one that can be removed.
There are two grey cd's with American Girl written on them. They are pretty flimsy and I imagine they'd break without much effort.
The computer tower is lightweight plastic in blue with a silver eject button at the top. The cd's can be inserted easily and ejected with a decent push of the button.
The monitor uses 3 AAA batteries that are not included. The battery compartment requires the removal and replacement of one screw to install the batteries.
The first thing I did was set the clock to today's date and time. The instructions for this mode are very easy.
The computer can store up to 50 names and telephone numbers in telephone mode. I didn't have time to try this one and am not sure I want to put that information in a toy.
The other two modes are calculator and games. The first mode I tried was Games. There are three different games including Slide Puzzle, Follow Me and Tic Tac Toe. I've never heard of the first two so I chose to try out Tic Tac Toe.
The computer allows you to play with one or two players. Choose the number of players, then it will prompt you to choose whether you want to be x or o. Once you make your choice, the computer will randomly decide who gets to go first. The two times I played, I was o (it doesn't tell you how to change from having the o highlighted to the x to select it) and the computer bounces back and forth between the two. While it's "thinking" the computer makes electronic happy musical sounds. It makes noise when you type anything on the keyboard as well. It will tell you who will start. Then it brings up the tic tac toe board.
The directions for placing your x or o in the board are confusing. It gives you a list of letters to use as control keys in order to place your x or o in the grid, but it doesn't give you a table as to which letter represents which square. It's pretty much a guessing game at this point.
The computer automatically shuts off after 5 minutes of inactivity. The clock and telephone numbers can be reset or cleared by using a pencil to press the reset button on the back of the monitor then hitting the enter key.
I was very surprised at the detail on the keyboard, and that the monitor makes sounds and will actually display anything. I am a bit disappointed in the computer tower. It's pretty much just a molded piece of hollow plastic that just sits there for appearances.
I give it an A for the range of options and several aspects of the detailing. The directions could have been better in some areas and I feel like they could have made the tower with a slide out compartment for the cd's and made the cd's more detailed.
I am glad I only paid $18 for it. Definitely would not have spent $35.
Post by monimarine on Mar 20, 2007 18:02:36 GMT -5
I must apologize first off for the lack of pictures, but my digital camera broke about three weeks ago.
I got this set today in an exchange that I sent in and I am very glad I did. This is the first beach themed set I've ever gotten. I should have gotten the cabana and stuff. It all would have gone nicely with Jess's tree.
Anyway, there are pink and gray swim flippers, snorkel gear. These remind me of Kailey's snorkel equipment but the colors are more muted light green and pink and gray. Little bit of purple thrown in.
The beach towel is bright pink with blue and green flowers and yellow/light green stripes with American Girl in white letters.
There is a set of purple sunglasses. (Just like the red ones from the Beachside outfit)
The surfboard is the best part. It's heavy and very realistic. Purple, aqua, light green and white with a purple stripe down the middle. The wrist band is velcro for the doll's wrist and connected to the plastic lead. The stickers are all purple, yellow, pink, blue and white and consistent with the Hawaii theme on the island vacation outfit.
Post by monimarine on Dec 27, 2007 22:18:35 GMT -5
I bought this with a gift certificate so we only paid for half. The slides do light up and the DVD's can be inserted and ejected in front of the DVD player. I'm not impressed with the paper cases that you slide the dvd's in. Tell me that they couldn't have come up with a plastic case that could hold it. I can just see the papers ending up getting ripped, lost or thrown in the trash.
Post by monimarine on Mar 20, 2007 17:46:07 GMT -5
The hat and the cape are both made of the same red velvet as the top half of her sleeveless dress. The hat has a big red pom on the side. The hat is actually my favorite part of the whole outfit because it looks exactly like our green cloth garrison cover. If it weren't for the silver detail at the edges, it would fold onto itself like our military issued covers do. The way they have the cover pictured is technically the correct way to wear it.
There is also a pair of white socks included in this outfit.
Overall this is my favorite, even over Molly's Miss Victory costume. This seems to have been made with more care. I give it an A+!
My daughter just got Emily for her birthday last week and was shocked and thrilled. The only thing that bothers me about ours is that her headband is extremely rigid and I can't get it on her head without feeling like I am either going to break the headband or do damage equivalent to Em's head in a vice!
I love this one too! There is no way I could get the shawl over 26's head and not fuss over her hair, but it would have looked great on her. Our skirt isn't too short, it is just too tight for a couple of the girls.