Saturday, October 6, 2018

Molly's BeForever Debut at Costco

Molly is now showing up at Costco stores. Thanks to another American Girl fan we have pictures to share of this exclusive set. Thank you Jennifer Dove Crider!

Behold Molly's BeForever debut!

Photo credit Jennifer Dove Crider, used with permission

Back of box image.

Molly comes with her glasses, pajamas, accessory set and book all for $119. Inside the bright Costco packaging are the usual red BeForever AG branded boutique boxes.

 Photo credit Jennifer Dove Crider, used with permission

Photo credit Jennifer Dove Crider, used with permission

The Costco Molly does come with the new eyes so be sure to find one that is perfect for you.

Photo credit Jennifer Dove Crider, used with permission

Photo credit Jennifer Dove Crider, used with permission

Love the red saddle shoes!

The next three photos are from the box exterior with lovely descriptions of the entire set.

Photo credit Jennifer Dove Crider, used with permission

Photo credit Jennifer Dove Crider, used with permission

Photo credit Jennifer Dove Crider, used with permission

And now some peeks at the contents themselves. I really do want those dark blue slippers, lol.

Molly's beret and purse--so classic Molly!

While AG has not announced plans, most rumors point to Molly being available only through Costco--in other words, don't expect Molly to take a bow via AG's stores or website.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

GOTY 2019: Blaire Wilson!

Blaire Bonanza! Today was a huge day of sneak peaks!

Love the spring color scheme!

A "farm animals and flowers" theme is heavy throughout these potential Blaire items!

The piglet is so cute, can't wait for a better image!

Could this garden themed apron be part of Blaire's collection?

Blaire's Accessories include a pink digital tablet, party planning sheets, clipboard, pen, and a canvas tote with wild or herbal flowers.

I am hoping for a Midwestern farming gal! How about you?

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Good Golly--It's Molly!

The new BeForever Molly has been spotted in the wild!

Her new Meet Outfit are blues and reds and a violet-blue-purple. The buttons on her sweater appear to be non-functional and prototypes of a velcro back closure have been seen.

I can't quite make it out if she has the old eye style or the new cheap plastic eye. Early consensus is they are the new cheaper style.

Skirt pleats a bit of a mess, the fabric does not seem heavy or stiff enough to hold its style. The vanity tag has to go!

 I think I like her shoes but I need to get a closer look on construction!

BeForever Molly has brown tortoise shell style glasses instead of the original metal frames.

Boutique box. Might be the only element 100% right.

Love her or no? Let me know below!

Friday, July 6, 2018

New Poppet Welcome!

First candids of our newest poppet, Vivianna!

Vivianna is a pre-2016 era TM 22 and she is wearing a bit of vintage fun (Kit's Play Dress). She likes exploring cutting edge technology, old book stores, and loves wearing both vintage and modern fashion. We were surprised to discover she is a Ravenclaw.

Welcome Vivianna!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Premium Quality--A Pre-2016 Poppet Buying Guide

Most noticeably since 2016, American Girl has been slowly, steadily, stealthily, and disappointingly cheapening the materials and manufacturing of its 18" doll line. Eyes, wigs, torso fabric, neck attachments, factory part markings on limbs, and even the vinyl have all been drastically changed for the worse!

Nostalgic for the magical experience of welcoming a new and premium quality American Girl poppet into the family I recently searched the secondary market to purchase a New in Box (NIB) doll made in the pre-2016 era.

Even before purchasing the doll, the above lavender box packaging has several indications that the doll inside was likely made pre-2016.

Rebranded and launched in May 2015, the Truly Me doll originally came in the lavender box with a small round doll # identification sticker in the lower right hand corner. Later boxes would come with a much larger sticker.

When this lavender box design first launched it also came with an Activity Set which was then later discontinued, another indication this is from an earlier, pre-2016 run.

And of course, the Lavender Dress is the outfit worn by the dolls in the first two years of the new Truly Me branded line.

While this early Truly Me doll box configuration does not guarantee a pre-2016 premium quality era AG doll inside, it does raise the possibility to a high likelihood.

When my new poppet did arrive, a TM 22, she indeed was a dream!

What I found inside was a doll of the premium quality I so adore:

*Cotton neck strings

*Original broadcloth torso construction and no perma panties

*Gorgeous eyes with original pinwheel design (not the new faux-pinwheel) that are quality weighted, close entirely, and have no visible side posts

*Beautiful vinyl, not too squishy or too hard

*A full wig that provides the proper coverage of the wig cap

*Unmarked underarm joints (no factory marking number-and-letters "tattoo")

It is all sunshine and happiness here today, though I am wistful for AG to return to an actual premium quality doll. Until then, secondary market is now our first go-to for new poppets!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

OG--Oh My! Seaside Beach House

Look what arrived today!

AG needs to listen up!

This OG Seaside Beach House was bought online from Target and was

*On SALE with an online automatically applied $25-off coupon

*Shipped for FREE and with NO SURCHARGES

*Shipped FAST (ordered on Monday and arrived four days later on Thursday)

Saga is on hand today to help with the initial unboxing!

The footprint of the Beach House is more compact than say, Grace's Bakery, but still hits the right note for plenty of play room. The picnic table will come out of the house to extend the "stage" of play.

So my "Try Me" signs--sounds for the kettle, stove, garbage disposal, and on the roof four more buttons for nature sounds.

Plates for more than just one place setting!

This lobster and salads offering really is what sold this set for me--it felt most sophisticated than some of AG's offerings. It appeals to my poppets who tend to be ages 13+.

Stove, oven, sink and mini fridge.

Paddles and life preserver are removable props!

Side door is adorable and really swings open. The door handle rotates and a latch secures the door shut. The mesh of screen window itself is a perfect realistic touch, not to mention the addition of the large flying bug clinging to the mesh!

Saga needs to call some of her poppet sisters to help with further unpacking of all these pieces! Stay tuned for more!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Maryellen's Campfire Cooking Set

I want to hold off on Maryellen's amazing Airstream Travel Trailer and have been amusing myself and the poppets with her very charming Campfire Cooking Set.

The fire pit unit takes 3 AAA batteries which allow it to glow like a real fire--all pictures are taken with the glow feature on.

What strikes a pleasant note about this set is many of the items are metallic. The fork and spatula are metallic and as best I can tell the dark blue splatterware plate, cup, and kettle are either metal or a very firm plastic that mimics metal. It is a welcome relief from all-plastic of some recent releases.

The pancake box is made of cardboard and empty--a great prop but be care to not crush it. The food is high quality plastic and extremely realistic!

The white frying pan is a softer plastic but sturdy. The egg can be "fried" in the pan or placed separately on the plate.

The dark grill and two standing hooks are made of plastic and are lightweight but sturdy--they hold up to the task at hand. They slip into holes in the faux-stone fire pit.

Super cute, but the spout is non-functional.

The teal blue pot is plastic and the lid removes as well for a touch of realism and added play value.

The best part of this set is the glow feature, which actually flickers for a realistic effect. The button is on the side of the unit and the glow lasts for 60 seconds before auto shut off. I do wish the duration was longer (3 - 5 minutes) but the auto shut off is still better than not at all.

For the price of $50, the Campfire Cooking Set is quite satisfying but still an expensive item. The best feature is that it does light up! The materials of the various pieces are of reasonable quality though I wish some of the seams on the fire pit itself were less noticeable. 

For display value, play and interaction value, and generally satisfactory materials and construction quality, I give this set a good mark. Collectors and fans wanting a lovely set piece that is not too huge or too expensive (like the Airstream) may find the Campfire Cooking Set a wonderful option. A-