TBT: Addy’s Birthday

It’s Throw-Back Thursday!  Time to share a retired outfit that doesn’t see the light of day nearly enough.  All are welcome to participate.

Today I am featuring Addy’s birthday pinafore.  It was introduced in 1994 and retired in 2013.  I purchased mine that the Oshkosh Outlet Store (no longer in existence).  The outfit appears on the cover of Addy’s 4th book, “Happy Birthday Addy!”

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The blouse and pinafore are separate garments.  The puffy sleeves, while not becoming on Jerry Seinfeld, are to die for on Addy.

The pinafore has tiny pockets with rick-rack trim.

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It comes with a brown snood decorated with two yellow bird feathers, to remind Addy “to always let her spirit sing out.”  I have never had luck getting the snood on Addy’s head!

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Addy is enjoying a rest in the summer shade, allowing you to see the lovely stockings that come with the outfit.  No shoes are included; she would wear her “meet” boots.

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Looking good Addy!

P.S. Addy is my first AG (pre-BeForever).  I got her for my 40-something birthday from my mom.  Best gift ever!  Brianna and I read most of the AG books together when she was in 1st-2nd grade.  I thought Addy’s story could be a little disturbing for a 1st grader, but Brianna was Ok with historical drama.

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American Girl Parody

You all know I work in an elementary school library, and I try to keep up with new releases especially in the graphic novel genre because it is so popular with our students.

“Be Prepared” is a terrific new graphic novel about a Russian immigrant girl trying to fit in with the kids at school.

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In the first few pages she attends a birthday party which has a fun parody of American Girl dolls.

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Of course, all the “cool” kids give the birthday girl American Girl presents.

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Vera didn’t bring an 18″ doll to the party (because she doesn’t have one!), so while the girls play, she has to borrow a lowly Barbie doll.  Sigh.

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Aw, Vera… we have all been there!  It can be hard to fit in.

We bought Brianna’s first doll (Josefina) from my sister-in-law at about 50% off.  It still felt like a big deal even at half-price.  When Saige came out about 8 months later, that was the start of the slippery slide into fandom!

How did you acquire your first AG?  Did the price require you to convince yourself or your parents?

 

Goodbye, Tenney

Yesterday American Girl announced they are retiring Tenney and Logan at the end of the year.

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Caroline enjoying Tenney’s pajamas. Thanks, Kohls’ cash!

I saw that the Madison Children’s Museum sale is selling Tenney on the last day of the sale for $50.00 (no limit!) in a sealed box… and I wonder whether she will be sold without the “X” on her bottom identifying her as an MCM purchase.

In other news, I noticed when checking my Amazon WishList that the book for the new contemporary character was never released this summer.

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The book (and doll, presumably) had a release date of June 26, 2018.  This seems to have been scrapped, for now, just like the re-release of Molly.

I feel like I come bearing bad news on this Sunday morning.  Maybe it is the humid rainy weather!  I hope American Girl can hang on in the tough times they seem to be facing.

Update: Z Yang and Gabriela are going at the of year, too.

TBT: Spring Flower Outfit

I was thinking about the Madison Children’s Museum Benefit Sale, which is this Saturday.  No sale for us this year, but we have bought 4 dolls there in the past few years.  Today I have Caroline, whom we purchased from the sale in 2015, modeling a Throwback Thursday fashion.

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This is American Girl’s  2001 (retired in 2003) Spring Flower Outfit.  The trim on the waist goes all the way around (yay!).

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The outfit came with blue sandals and a fabric purse that has a similar trim on it.  I don’t believe we have either of those.  This outfit was a gift from my sister-in-law, who most likely bought it at the Madison sale many years ago.

The dress has a unique feature we don’t see much anymore from AG…

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ZIPPER!

If you would like to join in #TBT, I would love to see one of your retired outfits.

 

 

AG Q&A – Back from a Deep Sleep

IMG_1750Hi Everyone!  Rebecca here.  I was nominated by Jenny at Say Hello to My Little Friends to participate in a fun AG question and answer game.  Jenny’s tag gave me the encouragement I needed to dust off the old WordPress app and have some fun!

THE RULES

List these rules in your post.
Create your own AG Q&A Tag button. If you don’t know how, you may use mine or skip this step.
Thank the person/doll that nominated you and give a link to the blog.
Come up with five questions for your nominees. You can include these in your tag post of send them separately. Do NOT ask any personal or inappropriate questions.
Have your doll that was nominated answer the questions given.
Nominate 3-5 other AG bloggers’ dolls.
Notify your nominees and send them a link to your tag post.

Here are the questions Jenny asked us:

If money were no object, what would be your dream vacation?

Hmm… this is hard but I would probably choose a trip to Hollywood to make my acting dreams come true.

IMG_1752What kind of unusual pet would you like to have?  (I’m thinking like a tiger, elephant, etc.)

I would love to own a zebra. They have such cool patterns, but unfortunately, there aren’t really any here in the U.S except for in the zoos.  I have a cute toy zebra on display in my bedroom though!

What is a hidden talent that you have that few people know about?

One of my hidden talents is math. A lot of kids in my class hate it, but I think it’s really interesting.

What is your favorite color?

My favorite color is definitely purple.

What is your favorite thing about your human?

I love my humans because they’re so loyal and they take me fun places (hint, hint!)

It looks like a lot of dolls and their humans have been tagged already, but if you are reading this and you want to join in, here are 5 questions for you!

  1. What is one book or movie you can read/watch again and again?
  2. Describe your dream house and its location.
  3. If you could see one musician/group from the front row, who would you choose?
  4. What is your favorite American Girl story?
  5. What is your favorite holiday?

Thanks for the opportunity to join in!

 

January Release Review!

We are sitting at a coffee shop, sweet espresso drinks in front of us, ready to weigh in on the latest release from American Girl.  Ready? Let’s go!

Brianna: The dinomite outfit is so adorable! I love the T-Rex tee and the graphic design type shorts are really cool! The hightops are also a great addition I think!

Jen: I think the shorts would be great on a girl, too.  Wish they were available separately.  Brianna, what do you think about the boy dolls in general?

Brianna: Overall, I think the boy dolls are okay. I wish American Girl had stuck to girl dolls but now that there are boy dolls I think there is a greater number of play options for younger children. Personally, most of the boy dolls could pass for girls with short hair. Especially, the blonde one and Asian one. What do you think Jen?

Jen: My favorite one is the African-American boy — love the natural hair.  I’m not lining up to buy one, though.

Brianna: This outfit is super cute! I love the dress and sandals but I don’t think the pom-pom headband is necessarily needed.

Jennifer:  The pom poms are definitely from the t-shirt they sold last spring.  I am pretty sure the design at the bottom of the skirt goes all the way around based on the catalog image.  This will sell well!

Brianna: The Split-Front Dress is … well… interesting. I like the overall color of the outfit but the fact that the front of the dress is completely split is anything but. The outfit doesn’t even come with shorts to go underneath the dress!

Jennifer:  This outfit is a dud.  How can you sell something that is completely unusable without buying shorts to go with it?  The shoes don’t come with it either. Kids everywhere are going to want these new dresses that show your underwear!  I hope this isn’t a case of AG having a certain number of yards of tulle and trying to figure out how to get the most outfits from a limited amount of fabric.

Brianna: This outfit is so cute! It’s patriotic and represents the Winter Olympics! The only thing I wish they had done was to do a separate Olympic outfit that didn’t necessarily represent any nationality so that AG buyers in other countries would also have an Olympic outfit.

Jen: American Girl doesn’t like to sell to our friendly neighbors to the north, anyway, so nationality isn’t a big issue.  Anyhoo… I liked this outfit so much I bought it!  They had me at “limited edition” and “while supplies last”.  Plus, it’s a pair of pants!  Rarely seen in the AG universe lately.  Look for a review soon!

Brianna: This outfit is so-so. I love the galaxy converse like shoes and the aqua jacket and shorts. I’m not a fan of the turtle-neck sweater though.

Jen: Love the shoes… I’m not a huge fan of the outfit but do appreciate the color choices.

Brianna: Another so-so outfit. I absolutely love the rhinestone blue capris! The purple slippers are fine, but I dislike the pink top. The collar looks very strange, and it looks babyish.

Jen: The neckline is called an envelope neckline, and you are right — you often see it on baby undershirts.  Leggings are awesome, but the whole thing together seems strange to me.

Thank you for joining us for our review of the new release! We would love to hear your thoughts on these outfits or others in the release.  Anything make your “wish list”?

 

 

New Contemporary Character This Summer?

Amazon has preorder information for a three book series on a new contemporary character! Release date is June 26.

The author has written a number of the recent Journey books, as well as many of AGs non-fiction titles.

Who could this new character be? The name “Emory Van Zant” was trademarked quite some time ago, but has yet to appear as a character. Will there be dolls named “Tenney” and “Emory” at the same time?

Do you have any special hopes for this character or her story?