Review of Our Generation “Movie Night”

I’m really trying not to buy much at the moment until I get this organization project done.  However, once in a while, you come across something that you just don’t want to pass up.  A recent trip to Target yielded two things that fell into this category, both contained items that I’d been looking for.  (Review of other set to come soon!)  Keep in mind I was actually there to get storage containers… 😉

There are several new sets hitting the shelves in the Our Generation line, and one of them is the Movie Night set.  I was super excited to see this set because it not only had a cute bowl of popcorn, but I loved the fact it had a DVD set in doll size!  I’d looked at the American Girl set with the TV and accessories, but passed on it because of the price as well as the fact it had pieces in it I really didn’t need.  This set couldn’t make it into my shopping cart fast enough!

Let’s start with the accessories–a cute bowl of popcorn and a “DVD”.  I thought both of these were very cute, and I was excited to get a doll sized DVD, not just because it was a neat accessory, but now I could actually make some of my own and have a size to go by. My only complaint about any of this is that the bowl of popcorn is rounded on the bottom instead of flat, not sure why, so it tends to move around a bit when you set it on a flat surface.

The pillow that comes with the set is adorable!

On to the outfit!  Here are the shoes.  I think these are very well done.

And the clothing items:

The fit on the clothing is very good.  I was a little concerned about the pants when I first went to put them on, but I didn’t realize that they were more of a stretchy material.  The shirt fits great too, I was even able to get the sleeves on OVER the watch Mimi was wearing.

 

The scarf hooks with a piece of Velcro, it’s a nice added accessory.  And the shoes fit Mimi perfectly, no struggles to get them on at all.

Overall I think this is an adorable outfit, I give it an A!  I think it’s a great addition to any collection and the pieces can be used together or individually.

This outfit is part of their deluxe collection and retails currently for $17.99.

 

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Review of Axe Heaven Miniature Guitar Replicas

A few days ago I posted a story about guitar lessons and in it you probably noticed that Allie and Mimi were playing different guitars than what you’ve seen before.  I stumbled across those guitars a few months ago while doing some online research and was a bit intrigued.  I ordered Allie’s first and was so impressed by it, I decided to get Mimi one as well.

Made by a company called Axe Heaven, there are plenty of details on these little replicas!  They are both cute, but I think the Fender Stratocaster (Allie’s) is better made than the Gretsch Duo Jet (Mimi’s).

According to the Axe Heaven website, these guitars are 1/4 scale.  Here they are side by side with the American Girl acoustic guitars I already have, which would be 1/3 scale.  I think they are actually closer to the AG scale, electric guitars of these two models are just slightly smaller than acoustic guitars.  However, AG has perhaps scaled their down a bit too since they are supposed to be “kids” guitars.  Regardless, they still work well for the dolls.

The detail even carries over to the back!

A close up of some of the Fender details:

And the Gretsch details:

The Gretsch doesn’t have a name actually on it, I think perhaps because of licensing issues.  They seem to have a deal in place with Fender.  Please disregard the fingerprints.  Just like a real black guitar, it’s an issue here too! (which is why I will never own a black guitar for myself. 😉 )  I also wasn’t wild with how the tuning pegs on the Gretsch were a bit wonky, not as well done as the Fender.

Each guitar comes with a stand.  Nice if you want to display them.

I loved the boxes they came in, made to look like guitar cases!  They do sell mini guitar cases for these as well if you really want to go that extra mile.  Straps too, although I found it just as easy to make ones out of ribbon.  It all depends on how accurate you want things to look and how much money you want to spend.

I think these are a great option for anyone who wants to have accurate guitar models for their dolls.   If you go to the Axe Heaven website, they have tons of different ones available.  I got both of these through Amazon though, I found the prices on some models to be better there.  I’ve also seen them on Ebay, but do your homework before you buy, pricing is all over the place, depending on the model and popularity.  Rock on!

Review of My Life As Bathroom Play Set

Both My Life As and Our Generation have been coming out with some amazing stuff lately, they are really putting the pressure on to American Girl.  They’ve not only come out with sets that are similar to some of the American Girl, but they’ve also both come out with some original type sets as well.  I’ve been behaving myself lately, trying not to get a bunch more stuff because I just don’t have a lot of space for it now, but when I saw this set showing up regularly in Instagram feeds, I just had to have it!

I was a bit concerned that I would never run across this set at a Walmart near me, but I’ve seen it in several.  I imagine these are selling rather well though at around $40.  A far cry from what American Girl was asking for Julie’s set, plus it’s normal modern colors.  And it all comes apart as well.

 

Here is the toilet and the vanity once out of the package.  I stuck a post-it note on the mirror to minimize reflection for photography purposes.  The mirror isn’t a true mirror which is fine, it’s definitely safer this way.

There’s a button you can push to make the vanity lights turn on.  They are on a timer and will automatically shut off, great thinking!  They aren’t very bright though.

There’s a nice storage compartment under the sink along with a shelf below for storing more towels.  The compartment snaps closed too so it’s not going to be a problem if you have to carry it from room to room, no worries about things just falling out.

The sink faucet can be moved from side to side, very cute detail.

The tile design carries over to the back as well.

 

The toilet is very well done, right down to the toilet seat in the separate sections!

There’s a button on the top of the tank that you can press to hear a toilet flushing sound.  I neglected to test this before I got home and discovered mine wasn’t working.  As is the case frequently with My Life As items, the batteries were simply dead and luckily I’d bought a large card of the same sized batteries so I was quickly able to get it up and flushing again.  I included this picture of the battery compartment so that it is easy to locate just in case you need to change yours at some point.

The shower stall is very well done too, a lot of nice attention to detail!

The shower curtain fits the whole way around the shower, very nice!

The hooks are even like real shower curtain hooks and come undone!

 

The shower head comes out of the hanging assembly so you can put it into a dolls hand.  This was the only thing I didn’t like about this set as I found it difficult to maneuver and think it might break easily if not done correctly.

The temperature controls move so you can make it look realistic!

 

It includes a bottle of faux shampoo and condition in a rack on the wall.  Nice little feature!

 

The set also includes a mug, toothbrush and toothpaste.  I especially liked that the toothbrush has a handle on it, making it possible for a doll to hold it.

Overall, I think this is an exceptional set and I suspect at the $40 price point, it will sell out very quickly.  If you are thinking about this set for your collection, I wouldn’t put it off for very long!  I give this set an A++, so well done and cute.  Great job My Life As!