I’ve not purchased any Journey Girls items before, but they have had several things that I’ve thought looked interesting. Recently they introduced several new items that I was curious about, so I decided to head to ToysRUs and check them out!
I have to say that the Journey Girls merchandise is very cute, and if it weren’t for the fact that the doll bodies and feet were a different size, I might be tempted to spring for one of the dolls or an outfit. But, I don’t want to get into another set of clothing and such that isn’t 100% totally interchangeable with what I have, so I will pass. I do think they are a nice alternative to American Girl for someone just getting into the 18 inch doll category though.
On my list of things I wanted to see: the Epic Summer Set, the School Accessories Set and the Lunch Accessories Set. The School Accessories Set was the one I really wanted to see, and it figures, it was out of stock at this particular store. I looked at the Lunch Accessories Set. Very cute, but out of scale, the pieces are a bit on the large size in my opinion. I also looked at a couple of sets I didn’t have on my radar, but in the end I decided to go with the Epic Summer Set. Yeah, it’s the end of summer, but there is always next year! I actually wanted to do a beach shoot recently, but we’ve had a bit of an issue at the lake near us. The weather hasn’t exactly been cooperative and algae has taken over, so they closed the beach and the swimming areas. I decided to take a drive out myself one day to see if by chance it was open, but once I drove across the causeway, I didn’t figure it would be, the lake was visibly green from the bridge! Eww! Better luck next year I guess, at least I have the right equipment now.
Here is what it looks like in the package:
And yes, more paper twine!!!!! (are you paying attention to this Our Generation???)
So, first things first–the main reason I really wanted this set was for the chair. Another blog had shown it and commented on the chair and how it was repositionable just like a real beach chair. I had to see this for myself–and it really is!!!
And the umbrella is hinged and works like a real umbrella, here you can see the mechanics for it:
And here is everything in the set once I had it unboxed:
So cute, I really like this set! It comes with the chair, umbrella, beach towel, beach ball, ice cream cone, suntan lotion bottle and a chest type cooler. Everything you would need for a day at the beach!
Another shot of some of the other pieces. I like the cooler, the lid flips open and stays open and the handle is nicely hinged. I’m already picturing my bead “ice cubes” in it with bottles of water and soda.
One HUGE advantage this chair has over other similar chairs is that it folds flat, just like a real beach chair, making it super easy to store. I have the chair that came with the My Life As camping set, and it doesn’t fold at all, making it a bit of a challenge to store.
The chair has one other positive aspect to it…
The cover can be removed! It has Velcro at both ends, making it simple to take off in the event you need to clean it, or better yet, if you want to make a custom cover for it (which I can totally see me doing!).
Shivan happened to be the first one home from school the day I unpackaged it, and she was exhausted from lugging that cast around all day, so I told her to give it a try. I didn’t think I was ever going to get her out of it!
Doesn’t she look relaxed, sitting there eating an ice cream cone?
Overall, I think this set is adorable. However, it does seem a bit fragile, so I don’t think it would hold up to a child who tends to be rough playing with it. This set would be much better suited to an older child. I do think the accessories all work well together, and even though it has a good bit of pink in it, I was very happy to see that they paired it with a peachy orange tone instead of purple. The price point on this set is excellent too, I got it at the regular price of $16.99 which I thought was more than reasonable. Heck, Our Generation sells clothing sets for this much, and I think the attention to detail exceeds any of that. I give this set a B+, the only reason I am not giving it an A is because I do think it could be easily broken. It’s a shame the lake is such a mess, it’s definitely hot enough to go to the beach here at the moment, and we could try it out! 😦
I definitely will be giving more Journey Girls items a try!