Friday, May 19, 2017

More Upcoming Winter Fun!?

So much fun--but for the Wellies or the TMs?

The gloves and headband definitely seem TM sized, but scale of the sled is a bit short and narrow. But perhaps it is the snow version of the compact boogie board.

Winter is my favorite season and all the sneak peeks seem to be feature a lot of classics--here again with snowflakes and of course the pop of Christmas reds.

June Tunes: New Items for Tenney and Logan?

Will the summer release on June 22nd feature new outfits for Tenney and Logan?

I have been waiting forever for this sequined dress ensemble.

I like the sharp contrast of the faux velvet red jacket. Mix and match heaven.

The versatility of the red jacket becomes apparent when looking at the cover of Tenney's fourth book (not due out until September 26). Here we see how it can be used as mid-weight outer winter wear. The knit ca and pom are adorable and if AG doesn't make it I may have to search on Etsy for a talented yarnster.

Logan also looks to get a much needed wardrobe change. I love how grown up the outfit it, keeping more with the 14+ crowd.

June is looking good!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Truly Me: A Summertime Splash of Color?

Something new around the corner for the rumored summer release on June 22nd?

This outfit was also spied on AG's Facebook page on Z's classroom 360 degree scene.

It does look like from the many rumors circulating that the summer release will have quite a Truly Me splash--new TM dolls, new TM meet outfit, and of course new TM outfits as well.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Z's Filming Accessories

Action packed accessories in a spiffy orange striped bag!

Z's Filming Accessories feature a colorful backpack, a 35mm camera with strap, a camcorder, a smartphone with three scene cards (double sided), and a tripod that works with all the devices.

I love the backpack! The straps close with velcro but the faux buckles are a terrific detail. The bag is roomy enough to hold all the accessories but the fit is a bit jumbled and snug.

The camcorder flips open to a "blank" screen. The screen cover also flips open to be able to place one of the included three double-sided images inside for a realistic touch. The right side of the camcorder has a generous built in loop that allows for a poppet to hold it easily in hand.

Above is the three cards with images, one of them placed in the camcorder viewer.

The 35mm camera looks great--black instead of teal or some other funky color, lending to its realism. The little plastic "C" shaped pieces on either side of the camera slip over the first finger of the doll hand for ease of holding.

Similar to the camcorder, the back side of the 35mm camera also has the ability to place one of the images in its view screen.

And a cute smart phone! I think it looks most like an iPhone without being an iPhone, lol, perhaps the older and smaller iPhone 5. But the phone shape is generic enough to be a pretend any-brand. (Personally, I think AG should up the size a bit to more resemble a 7 Plus!) An image can also be put behind the clear view screen.

Best of all the case construction of the phone allows for it to be held by the hand.

Lastly is the tripod which can hold the 35mm camera as well as the smartphone. The legs of the tripod are a bit wobbly and annoying to get to spread out evenly, but it can be done. It is hard to describe the type of wobble with the legs, but it is a type of extra looseness that gets exacerbated by some sort of elastic or magnetic joint construction that makes each leg want to independent of the others to slide back to center.

A lot of fun in this accessory pack! The pieces are all very interactive, and for that alone I think this set should earn an A. However, I can't say all the plastic pieces are perfect, in particular the mismatched top plastic seam on the camcorder and the weird wobbly legs of the tripod. Overall, A-.

All-Z Weekend: Z on Location

All props goes to eagle eyed Sydney at American Girl Doll News for being one of the first to spy the new cover for Z's second book due out this coming fall. Sweet!

The new cover style is sure to catch the eye of a slightly older audience--I like the mix of media with the photography and sketch. 

Talking about older fans (teens vs pre-teen), it will be interesting to see if the 13 year old character Z can catch and keep the attention of the older AG fan base.

Z's Accessories--Orange You Glad?

I love that Z has orange as her pop out signature color. In today's review, let's check out how Z's Accessories set gives the poppet the chance to change up her looks with signature flair.

This was an impulse buy at the store--I was lured in by the orange glasses and the thought of saving $5 when bought with the poppet. Z's Accessories comes in the newer full window box style. In spite of being careful with this new box style, I once again mangled the top tab to the box when opening. Oh well, I tried.

The hat and the scarf are each secured with a single stitch and they also go through the jacket. The glasses are held in place partially with a rubber band. When detaching the items from the inner cardboard and stitches, the knit hat did the best with no visible marks, and the jacket survived as well. The striped scarf, because of the stretch knit, I was able to massage out the small holes left by the stitch threads. Not too bad, I will give it a passing grade for removability but I still miss the old boxes!

The fun begins with the variety of looks available--her signature orange glasses are the best! To think I was going to skip this set!

And to be fair, paying $32 for bits n' bobs and a plain white jacket felt a bit much, though the pain was lessened by the $5 off for purchasing it with the doll. But, still, $27 for a scrap o' scarf?

Ooooh, but it is a cute scarf! 

AG got this tiny scrap of a scarf just right. It looks good without trying and minimal fuss. It is easy to get on and off with velcro tabs on the back side of the double-looped scarf.

Z's hat is an identical reissue of the knit hat from the Trail Accessories set from 2014. Super cute, soft knit, and also fits easily on the poppet's head with no trouble.

So the biggest reason I was initially not going to buy Z's Accessories is that I felt her white jacket was identical to the white denim jacket part of the True Spirit Accessories set introduced in 2012. I had that older jacket and was thinking to save a few dollars. And it is true, the two jackets are extremely similar.

But I was surprised when I compared the two that there were a few differences to be noted and at least three of the subtle differences in the new white jacket for Z made it worth the purchase.

The jacket in the upper left is Z's new jacket and the jacket in lower right corner is the older version.

The three main differences are

* Z's jacket is more of a true white, the older jacket is a cream based white

* Z's jacket is a lighter weight of denim

* Z's jacket is slightly looser in fit and is almost an inch longer in length

Also of note, the older shorter jacket has 4 buttons down the front, the newer Z jacket has 5 buttons down the front plus on the decorative chest pockets. There are other minor style differences with Z's jacket, with softer edges on the pockets and of course the clear plastic AG vanity tag.

In the picture below it is easier to see how Z's jacket is considerably longer in length.

In practice in the side-by-side comparison picture below, the older True Spirit cream-white jacket on the left is a closer fit and ends higher up on the natural waist of the doll with the purple tee hanging out/lower beneath it. The Z Accessories stark-white jacket on the right below is a looser fit and hangs slightly lower toward the hips and ends even with the bottom hem of the purple tee.

Overall, I do like the new jacket. Without a side-by-side I would have been hard pressed to know the difference from a play perspective, but I really do appreciate the updates and tweaks made to the jacket. The new Z jacket is just right!

Overall I was happily surprised with my last minute splurge on Z's Accessories set. I love how she looks a bit different depending on which combo I use and each piece is thoughtfully constructed. A solid and surprising A.