So, last week American Girl finally revealed their new addition to the historical line (so glad they quit calling it Be Forever) and all of the speculation was over. Courtney Moore has arrived!!!
Yes, we finally have the 80’s doll that we’ve been talking about for what seems like ages. And I have to say, they’ve actually done a pretty good job on her and her accessories. There are a few things that aren’t accurate, but not as many as I’ve seen on some other historical dolls. And while I think she is cute, I really doubt I’ll be getting her. Why couldn’t they have used a different face mold??? They haven’t done a historical since Julie’s friend Ivy with the Jess mold and Marie Grace’s face mold seems to be lost in some dark hole. Come on AG!! You hit a homerun with the Joss face mold, you’ve got all of these other ones now too with the boy dolls, etc. But no, you had to take the safe way out. YAWN. Her hairstyle is cute, but all I can see when they come out with a doll with any sort of curls is a tangled up mess after it’s been in the hands of most little girls. Plus crimped hair would have been better yet!
However, Courtney’s collection–TOTALLY AWESOME!!! I’m not even sure where to start, there are so many cool things. So…I’ll start with the two sets that are cool, but do have flaws in them.
Courtney’s Accessories are super cute, right down to her Bonne Bell lip smacker! The bracelets are pretty, but I do worry about them scratching the dolls when you go to take them on and off. The little cassette is too cute and I guess it will actually play in the boom box (which we’ll talk about shortly). HOWEVER–the pink cassette player is not accurate. Walkman type cassette players did not come in a variety of colors until the 90’s. As a general rule, they came in black or silver and if you bought a waterproof version of Sony’s model, it was yellow. I had a white one with wild colors in the early 90’s, up until that point, they were really pretty dull…but I still think this set is cool and I definitely want it for my collection.
Courtney’s Sleepover Set is also incredibly cute–and already on backorder! I like everything in this set and I can’t wait to see this in person to see how the itty bitty cassettes actually work. But again…the color thing. Much like the cassette players of the 80’s, “boom boxes” were also pretty dull in the color selection. I actually bought one almost exactly like this for my husband when we were dating…and they too only came in black or silver except for Sony who made one that was available in a pale pink and a pale blue. I think they might have done a waterproof-ish one in the yellow too. Other than the color issue though, this is actually a pretty good replica. If they were shooting to duplicate the Sony version it’s a bit too boxy, theirs were more rounded, an almost “retro” style. (I think the one I bought my husband was a Magnavox and this is very much like it was, just all black.)
The other things that were standouts for me were the Pacman video game (which is only available as a preorder at the moment), the Caboodles makeup case set (COMPLETE WITH CAN OF HAIRSPRAY!!) and the Pacman lunch box. These are all on my want list–they even did a can of cheese balls! A shame they couldn’t have made them Planters brand, but the can is close. I suspect they blew all their licensing money on the Lip Smacker, Care Bears and Pacman stuff.
The clothes are cute and I think overall they did a really good job of trying to duplicate the feel of the era. The only thing I wasn’t wild about was the shirt and tie, I don’t ever remember seeing anything like this on anyone I knew. If a girl was going to wear a tie, it was generally a long narrow one with a white shirt. This looks more like something Zack Morris would have been sporting on “Saved By The Bell”.
Pieces that I will definitely be adding to my collection from the clothes–the high tops (I had a pair very similar to these, Reeboks to be exact), the cardigan (which rocks a Benetton feel/look) and the jeans with the foldover top. And they even made the jeans acid washed!!
One thing that I will point out in the clothing department is that the “leggings” aren’t 100% accurate either. If you really want to catch the era (which from what I understand is supposed to be 1986), they should be stirrup pants. Just sayin…
I really think they did a fantastic job overall with Courtney’s initial collection and apparently a lot of other people think so too as there are multiple items that are already backordered a week after she was introduced! I love the fact that all of her clothing is sold as separates too, you can mix and match to your heart’s content and not have to buy a set to get a specific clothing item. If I remember correctly, this is the first time they’ve ever done this with any doll’s collection, up to this point I only recall seeing it in the Truly Me line.
Since they did such a great job with her introductory line, I’ll be anxiously awaiting new items that will be added to her collection. What would you like to see them add to it? Her bunkbed set is very cute and I’m thinking about trying to come up with my own version of it as I already have a set of pink bunkbeds I picked up several years ago off Craigslist. Hmmm… I would love to see them come up with a doll sized Commodore 64, especially since she seems to be interested in video games and creating her own.
Do you like Courtney? What is your favorite item from her collection? And is there anything you don’t like or something else you see wrong that I may have missed? I was very excited when I saw this entire collection, and this along with some other recent additions to the whole American Girl line are starting to restore my confidence in their products. I hope this new commitment to quality continues. Courtney’s collection is TOTALLY RAD! Thank heavens I still have $100 in rewards certificates coming thanks to my purchase of Joss’s Surf Van…