Monthly Archives: January 2018

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”?

 

 

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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?

Luciana, A Mixed Bag

Hello Doll Fans,

I have had ample time to get caught up on my AG reading list because our whole family has been home sick with varying degrees of stomach virus. ‘Tis the season!

Brianna and I have both read Luciana’s first book about her experience at Space Camp, and our reviews are mixed.

The book has a lot of characters… I would estimate 10-15. It was hard to keep track of who was who, and at the end I didn’t feel much of a connection to anyone. Personally, there was too much discussion of various robotics parts to keep my interest. Maybe today’s 21st C makerspace kids will find the storyline more compelling.

I will give AG credit for really sticking with the science and technology theme in the book. The story immerses the reader in a week at Space Camp, and if that encourages girls to seek careers in science, that would be terrific!

Luci wants to be the first person on Mars. As a reader I wanted to know more about that–what will it take to accomplish that and why do we want to go?

I can’t help compare Lucy’s book to another contemporary character, Z. Yang. Z’s book immersed me in the stop motion and videography world, another topic I know little about, but it piqued my interest and I thought Z was a well-developed character that modern girls could relate to.

On a scale of 1-5, Brianna and I rate Luciana’s book 2 robot dogs.