I’m curious–what do you think about them not discontinuing the prior year’s GOTY immediately when the year ends? I personally like it, and it’s a great for someone who maybe has a serious budget to follow when it comes to doll purchases. I never thought a year was really very reasonable, especially when you factor in some of the pricier sets. The only drawback I’ve seen is predicting which items are going to sell out and not be replenished. I’m sure glad I got Joss’s Surf Van when I did!
A friend gifted me something to go with the van for Christmas (thank you!)–and I decided I’d better write about it while it was still available–her wetsuit! I had been tempted to get her swim set, but then realized that it was very similar to what I already had for Lea and I’m trying to avoid a lot of duplications of stuff now. The wetsuit though is just a very cool item to have and I debated on it when placing several orders. Now I don’t have to debate on it anymore!
The fit is really good on it, and the fabric they picked to make it out of is a good facsimile for the real thing, definitely not as heavy though.
Love the little logo on it!
A view from the back. It is a bit of a wrestling match to get it on due to the fit being snug and it being a one piece item, but I think it definitely adds to the realism.
After I got Wendy all dressed in it and photographed, I realized she needed an apres surf outfit! I knew exactly what I needed…
I dug out the jacket that came with Wendy when I got her and the closest thing I have to UGG boots for the dolls. She’s set! Now, before you question this–did you know that UGGs have been a part of surf culture since the 1970’s? The original versions weren’t a bit attractive as they were sort of cobbled together out of leftover materials, nicknamed “ugly, ” then abbreviated to “ughs’ or uggs. And a brand was born. They didn’t really catch on in fashion until the late 1990’s/early 2000’s. Bet you didn’t think you’d be reading a doll blog and learn some shoe history, did you?? I’m really surprised that AG didn’t include a set in Joss’s collection to be honest, but they seemed to be way more focused on the cheer side of the story…ugh. 😉
If you’d like to read more about these, here’s a great link: http://foottalk.blogspot.com/2005/06/a-short-history-of-ugg-boots.html I’ve actually owned two pairs of authentic UGGS over the years and they are comfy and warm. They aren’t cheap, luckily I came across mine on clearance at TJMaxx. I think now they are not as in style, but they are still a good boot if you want something warm for winter. I waterproofed mine with silicone spray so they didn’t end up with salt stains on them. Not much chance of surfing in this part of Pennsylvania though.