I hope everyone had a great New Year! I had a few minutes so I thought I’d pop in and do a quick post about the new releases.
First things first: Lea Clark. I think she is a really pretty doll. But I won’t be getting her because she looks way too much like Rebecca. If I didn’t already have Rebecca I would probably be considering her, but they are just too similar. I am disappointed in a few things with her though. First off, we kept hearing about she was going to be Brazilian. Now we find out she’s a whopping 1/8 Brazilian. Seriously? Why bother. I think the only reason American Girl did that was to cash in on the Olympics this summer. Using the same face mold two years in a row isn’t such a great idea either–remember what happened with Isabelle following Saige in terms of sales? Her collection is nice, but too many repeats from prior collections. If you are someone who has been collecting for a while, I imagine you’re not going to be buying a whole lot. It will be interesting to see how she and her collection sell as the year goes on. My biggest disappointment in Lea is in her meet outfit and some of her other clothing. Blah. The meet outfit is a trainwreck. Not because of the bright colors either, but because of the poor quality of workmanship. No attention was paid to matching the fabric or even attempting to. As someone who sews, I find this unacceptable and would probably toss this dress in the trash. Come on AG, you are charging $120 for the doll which is ridiculous enough, at least give her a nicely made outfit. This dress was by no means complicated, you could do a better job by far.
The rest of the releases are okay, only two stand out to me as being interesting and they are both far overdue. The diabetes kit and the hand crutches are both items that have been requested many times over, it’s about time they made these. If they can make a set with braces/headgear and a wheelchair, both of these items seem like no-brainers. The Valentine’s themed clothes are “meh”, I’m tired of seeing things that are sleeveless. I live in the North East and I can tell you that in February, it is cold, and I’d be wearing sleeves of some sort. I’m starting to wonder if the shops they are hiring to do their sewing know how to set sleeves?! It just seems like more and more of their releases include sleeveless clothing, anyone else notice that?
Now for the “rant” part of this–leaks. I’m getting tired of seeing leaks in advance of releases. And I’m not blaming any bloggers. I’m blaming AG. How are these items reaching Ebay, weeks, sometimes even months in advance of their release? Are there not confidentiality agreements in place with the shops who are making these items? American Girl has been known to threaten bloggers who leak stuff in advance, why aren’t they going after Ebay and these sellers? I’ll be honest, this whole situation has taken some of the shine off the whole GOTY idea for me. They aren’t all that hard to find either, I’ve run across a number of them in doing my usual Ebay scans. The whole thing makes me wonder if they are in fact “leaked” items or not. Hmmmm…
So, what am I getting out of Lea’s collection or the new releases? I’m not sure I’m getting anything. There are two outfits I’m considering in Lea’s collection (the Bahia outfit and the Rainforest Hike outfit), but I’ll wait until they go on sale or there is some other deal, if I get them at all. I’m just not that impressed. Her accessory set-ugh. The price annoys the heck out of me, $32?! For a bunch of paper and a few small items. It is worse than the accessory set they came out with Grace in terms of value for the money. I think they are counting on the camera as being a “must have” item. You want a camera for your doll? Go to Amazon and look up “Mini Camera Keychain” and for less than $10 you can get your doll a camera. It just depends on which one you want. Plus it looks more realistic. Again we have a large item that is ridiculously expensive too, and I don’t think it’s worth it at all. I’m hoping that like last year, it will inspire lots of creativity and we will see many homemade versions. I won’t be recreating it though because I have absolutely no interest in it whatsoever. It’s another “meh”.
Last year I was in love with Grace’s collection, trying to figure out which items I was going to get and when. I lucked out and got some of the items on sale before they sold out as well. This year it’s going to be a non-issue. Oh well. I’ll make some Etsy sellers very happy instead!!!