Post by QNPoohBear on Apr 28, 2006 19:32:47 GMT -5
This review is for an early Pleasant Co. version of the wreath: The inside of the wreath is plastic with holes to place the wooden candles. The plastic frame part is filled with soft fake green leaves silky red ribbons and red wooden berries. Kirsten's Lucia wreath is too big for her head and looks a little silly. The wooden candles keep falling out and getting lost. The berries on my Kirsten's wreath have chipped and a piece of greenery has fallen out. Other than that it is very nice and festive and a beautiful and important addition to Kirsten's collection. Grade: A-
Last Edit: Feb 28, 2020 21:41:44 GMT -5 by QNPoohBear
I got this around Christmas, and I guess it has been changed quite a bit. The candles in mine are permanently attached, and the wreath didn't look too big to me. I only tried it on Kirsten one time, though. It's very cute, and I hope to get the St. Lucia tray soon.
We have Kirstens wreath and like it very much. it doesn't stay out for play all the time. It only has come out durring the holidays when the time is right. With ours the candles are firmly attached and it is just to cute on her!
I just got Kirsten's wreath this fall, and the candles on mine are also permanently attached. They are no longer made of wood, they are plasticy/rubbery. I would have liked them to be wooden, but I guess it's a tradeoff for not having them fall off all the time.
The wreath looks very cute on Kirsten when she's got her hair done up in the braided loops. At the time that I first got the wreath, my Kirsten's hair was in a simple braid down her back. The wreath looked too big for her head until I redid her hair in the double loops to fill it out.
Post by American Girl Rescue on Jan 3, 2008 15:55:11 GMT -5
I just received mine today. The candles are rubber, permanently attached and somewhat bent in because of being squished in the box from AG. The tips of the candles are BROWN! Very strange, as I think they should be yellow or something similar to represent the light they are supposed to be shining.
The wreath itself has a more flexible rubber frame than the original hard plastic one. The wreath just fits Kirsten's head perfectly. And the holly leaves and ribbons are so pretty. Grade B
Post by C.I.Fairfield on Jan 3, 2008 19:02:57 GMT -5
My candles are rubbery. I am a little irritated because they are angled inward, and I have to shove the wreath pretty far down on Kirsten's head to get them to stand up straight. But the wreath is very nice, and such a great accessory! A+
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Post by LinneaAnne on Oct 24, 2009 15:53:25 GMT -5
I think this piece is very important to Kirsten's collection, but definitely could have been done better. I have the same problem of my plastic-y candles angling inward waay too much. I have to really shove it onto her head to get them to stand up straight. I bought this wreath in 2007.
The only thing I don't like about the wreath is that the tips of the candles are brown instead of yellow. Candles don't glow brown! Otherwise, it's a great piece. My Mattel version seems strong and really nice. It sits well on Kirsten's head too. A- (for the brown tips)
Kirsten works really hard to make a St. Lucia wreath in time for St. Lucia Day!
I love that the St. Lucia theme brings some of Kirsten's Swedish heritage to her collection. The version I have is with the wooden candles, that are removable. There are tiny little plastic holders in the base of the wreath that are kind of hard to find, and hold the candles. Not very firmly, but it does the job.
It is such a beautiful and festive piece... and very large! There are little berries and red ribbons all over it.
The tips of my candles are red, which is better than the brown that others have shared pictures of, but the wooden candles have their own problems, too. The paint has scratched and cracked over the years, and it takes a little work to get them all in the wreath and to stay there. This is just fine for display, but for play it might prove a little difficult to keep the candles in.
The bulky wreath stays on Kirsten's head pretty well, but has the tendency to push her bangs down into her eyes. Mine, despite having the wooden-candle version, also has the problem of the candles all bending slightly inwards. This is kind of annoying to me, I have to admit.
Overall, the wreath is a vital piece of her St. Lucia outfit. The dress really needs the wreath to look complete. It has its flaws, but makes for a great holiday display piece for Kirsten. It is unique and beautiful. I give it a B.
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Post by chernayakoshka on Mar 8, 2020 10:43:08 GMT -5
Wreath – A+
My wreath is from about 1994 and I absolutely love it! It’s actually a pretty simple design: plastic greenery around a plastic hoop. The greenery is nice and full. My candles are removeable, but they don’t fall out easily. The candles are made of wood, painted white with red tips. The wreath is adourned with red ribbons and red berries. I haven’t yet figured out what the berries are made of, but whatever they’re coated in is starting to crack with age. Either way, this is a sturdy piece that, when treated well, will last for decades
My wreath came from eBay with my Saint Lucia Dress, Sari, and tray and treats for $50, which I was very happy to find. It looks like it retailed for $16, which seems really high for just a wreath! I wasn’t collecting Kirsten as a kid, but I’m pretty sure that my parents would have laughed in my face if I asked them to spend that much on a wreath.
Overall – A+
My discontent with the retail price aside, I do love this piece. Like the Saint Lucia Gown, it’s a classic part of Kirsten’s collection with a prominent role in her story. It’s one of those pieces that I think really makes Kirsten stand out as an immigrant to America and I adore it for that reason.
My dolls: Samantha, Tess (Bitty Baby), Kit, Emma (#4), Molly, Elizaveta (My Twinn), Aziza (Goetz Little Sister), Saila (Maplelea), Kirsten, Viktoria, Peggy (#58), Marya Gregoryavna, Byron, Caroline, Alyssa (Stardust Classics), Joan of Arc (Dolls from Heaven), Luciana, Addy, Kaya, Rose (Magic Attic), Odette (Vanage Kristelle), Minuk (#11), Blaire, Blanaith (#8), Lindsey, Cécile, Eldora (#15), Nia (#18), Selina (#6), Courtney, and Margaret (#21).