Monday, November 6, 2017

Far Out: Luciana Shoes?

Could these "galaxy" print shoes be for Luciana?

Thank you to American Girl Doll News for first sighting these sneakers--and her speculation that they might be for Luciana.

Luciana's Shoes?

The "galaxy" print is similar to Luciana's meet dress. Additionally, they look like probable candidates for her Space Camp Outfit with the Green Flight jacket combo image--the basic shape and hint of color hue are the same. But until we see more images to confirm these are Luciana's, they also could be a rejected prototype or belong to a different Truly Me outfit.

I love the print and color of the shoes. However, I am not a fan of the rough and unfinished canvas but canvas uppers are still a step above all molded plastic shoes as with the new TrulyMe meet outfit.

I am also disappointed by the lack of metal eyelets and cheap elastic instead of laces for the shoes. This cheap sneaker design has been a trend in AG canvas sneakers for a few years now and as recently in one of Z Yang's outfits. Remember some of the ornate and ultra-realistic sneakers of AG-yesteryear with faux suede uppers, metal eyelets, laces, and complex molded soles?

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

STEM and GOTY 2018 Luciana

American Girl Publishing has posted images of a new activity book full of out-of-this-world STEM themed crafts!

 Check out GOTY 2018 Luciana with a featured craft project--a space suit!

Make your own telescope for Luciana to study the skies! AND a Nasa branded tee--will this be a future Luciana tee?

Build a lunarscape or create your own space suit for Luciana!

 More STEM craft ideas! Lab equipment, petri dishes, and more!

Check out the link at the top of the navigation All About Luciana for more images and a summary of her upcoming collection.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Holiday 2017: Shimmering Ballroom Gown

This year's limited holiday gown, coming soon. If you love Belle from Beauty and the Beast, here you go!

Not a fan of the purse, too similar from a holiday dress from 2015.

Are you a fan?

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Luciana Space Themed Dress

Just over two months until Luciana!

Love Luciana's space themed dress! Yes, I plan to be there on debut day!

I predicted early summer that Luciana will have a space suit with a "bubble helmet" and I am sticking with my prediction--though no leaked images of it yet.

Luciana the poppet has been spotted on social media and some of her outfits and accessories have been leaking for months now. See more Luciana images of the doll and outfits as they develop on the All About Luciana page.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

FAQ: Foreign "Franken-dolls" and Factory Seconds

Some basic and incomplete thoughts on those not-quite-perfect dolls found for sale on foreign secondary market sites like Taobao.

Q: What is a Franken-doll?

A Franken-doll is a playful term for a doll that has been constructed from parts of several other dolls. Like Frankenstein's Monster, but hopefully a lot cuter.

Q: What is a Foreign Franken-doll?

A doll made of different parts found for sale on a foreign secondary market like Taobao. A foreign reseller constructs a Franken-doll from whatever parts available and sells it.

Q:  What are Factory Seconds? What does it have to do with Franken-dolls?

When dolls don't meet factory standards or are damaged, the discarded parts or even whole dolls sometime end up in the hands of a foreign reseller instead of a dumpster. These are "factory seconds" or rejects.

Franken-dolls are sometimes a mash-up of two or more factory seconds parts.

Q: What are those numbers and letters written with marker on the foreheads of some Franken-dolls and other (usually nude) dolls for sale on Taobao?

I am not certain--it seems to be an accounting system like a doll or parts number. It might be the doll was used and marked as factory display or could just be a code for rejection. I would love more insight on this!

Q: I saw a "Tenney" doll on Taobao (or a "Luciana" doll, etc) and the wig or the eyebrows or the hands (or whatever) is clearly wrong. How can that possibly  be a Tenney doll?

It is probably a rejected Tenney head put on a spare body. Or a rejected Luciana head put on a spare body. Remember, these are Franken-dolls--pieces are thrown together to make a sale of a "whole" doll. Whole dolls will sell better than random pieces of a doll.

Tenney head but not a Tenney body (wrong hand style)

Q: Why are most Franken-dolls and Factory Seconds dolls sold nude?

It is probable the foreign reseller only has access to rejected dolls or doll parts from the factory and is just hoping to make an easy profit from "free" parts.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

A New Poppet for Poppets & Posies!

What an exciting August of debuts, premieres and launches! The new Create Your Own line of poppets with over a million different combinations, the astounding BeForever poppet debut of Nanea Mitchell and her huge collection of Hawaiian-themed outfits and accessories, and of course so many amazing new outfits for both BeForever poppets and TrulyMe poppets.

So what did Poppets & Posies choose with this bonanza of new offerings by American Girl?

We searched on the secondary market to bring home a TrulyMe poppet with the old torso style. Look at those gorgeous blue eyes!

This TM 65 was offered on the secondary market new-in-box with the old "activity card set" style box. TM 65 doll first debuted in 2016 but I figured the best way to make sure to not run into perma-panties or deal with the need for a possible body swap (offered free by AG doll hospital) was to look secondary market--and I found this lovely new-in-box poppet a bit under retail even with shipping.

I did give her a very slight trim straight out of the box, between 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch around the bottom to even out the sides and better blunt the edges.

I couldn't keep her in the old Lilac Dress meet so as soon as I knew TM 65 was on her way I had gone to AG to shop for something cute for her to wear.

I really did feel like the outfit below was perfect for TM 65 and AG probably feels the same since they use another redheaded poppet model for the outfit on their website. Shopping made easy!

Peplum Top is gorgeous in person and gets an A+. The Tweed Shorts and the Tights & Leggings Set are solid and serviceable for a B+ grade, but the boots took real grit and determination to slide onto the poppet's feet--I was about 30 seconds away from completely giving up and tossing them away in frustration. I give the Ankle Boots a C.

I love the overall look of the outfit in spite of the $46 total price for all the separates, because well, look at her!

Welcome Ginevra Rose!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Nanea: The Kanani Killer?

A side-by-side of Nanea and Kanani really brings up a lot of questions about the future of AG poppets, past and present.

Photo by Emily Chanel

One thing I have noticed in all the Nanea and poppet friends photos I have seen online is how much Nanea's eyes pop in comparison to older dolls. Nanea's face is lively and Disney-esque with her huge saucer eyes while her friends seem a bit sleepy and dated in direct comparison.

In the photo above Nanea looks like she just downed three shots of espresso and is about to bust out in song (with full orchestra accompaniment) vs Kanani's quite serene expression.

Until recently, Kanani has been the ultimate rare and sought after doll bringing the highest prices on the secondary market (other than super rare white body Pleasant Company dolls). At one time Kanani could command $300 - $500, but since the announcement and photo leaks of Nanea in February, Kanani has cooled into the $150 range.

Is Nanea the ultimate"Kanani Killer?" Certainly the Hawaiian themes are the same. Or is there a bigger issue looming--will Nanea have the effect of making all of AG dolls from the past 30 years suddenly appear old and dated?

The Nanea mold is not simply just a new face mold--it has been designed significantly different as to be a break from the prior molds. Her bigger eyes are in part a result from her face mold being a bit more flat in profile and thus her eyes be less in shadow. More of the whites of the eyes are left visible and she also has extra painted lashes for added pop. Her prominent forehead also sets her eyes out and gives her a much younger appearance.

The Nanea mold is very similar to the WellieWishers mold--also cute--but also featuring the extra large eyes.

We know from looking to the world of consumer goods, fashion, cars, electronics--the way to get people to buy anew is to tweak the design to make last year's (or last month's!) model look super dated. Is this the new marketing strategy for AG?

Will we see more Nanea-like molds in the line ups to come? Or other bold changes intended to make pre-2017 dolls seem old and dated? Is AG specifically hoping to drive consumers toward snapping up AG's newest doll offerings vs shopping on the secondary market for AG dolls of the past?