Happy New Year!!!

Welcome to 2021 everyone!!  Wishing great thoughts to everyone today and I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m glad to see the backside of 2020.  However, we all know that 2021 means one thing for all of the American Girl fans…a new girl of the year!  Meet Kira Bailey!!!

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So, first things first, my ideas on Kira.  The doll is okay, I won’t be getting her because not only is she yet another Josefina mold doll, but I don’t need anymore dolls period!  However, for someone who is a newer collector or who doesn’t have too many Josefina dolls already (who…me??) she’s VERY cute and I love her meet outfit.  In fact, I think her whole collection is really cute.  As I looked through her collection, I came up with a list of items I’d like to get, it came to $244, I think I can manage that throughout the year.  I wonder if there will be any new additions to her collection as the year goes on too?

My favorite pieces?

Her Outdoor accessories for sure!

Her accessory set for sure.  I am in love with her backpack and the little keychain, omg!!!!

And her pj’s…too much cuteness!

Also on my list:

The camping set, the rescue set and of course the koala!

I’m anxious to read her books, I like the idea that it’s promoting environmental awareness and animal rescue.  I watched the big reveal on Facebook yesterday, it was fun, but the thing that made me squeal was the stop motion video they did introducing her, it was awesome!!!  Here are some screenshots I did from it:

I loved this shot done with two of the tent sets.

Baby “Bean” who from what I’m seeing is a large part of her story.

Kira and her Aunt Mamie.

Kira with Aunt Mamie and Alexis (who I’m assuming from the video is her new friend she makes.)

From what I’ve read, AG plans on doing a weekly video about Kira’s adventures, I’m really looking forward to these if they are anything like the original video.  If you haven’t seen it yet, you can check it out on their FB page, the video starts at about 12:00

Overall I think this is a good direction.  I am a bit disappointed in the doll being yet another blonde haired white girl.  And another repeated use of a facemold.  I just don’t understand that part of it when they still have several face molds they have never used.

What are your favorite things this in this collection???

 

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Everyone’s Head Over Heels For The New Girl! Are You?

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…

Why Wendy? (and a review of the Explore the Parks outfit! Plus some other changes)

Back when I bought my Joss doll, I was sure I was going to rename her.  I just wasn’t a fan of the name at all.  When she arrived, she looked a bit like a friend of mine from grade school, and I thought about naming her Bobbie, but it just wasn’t feeling right.  I also thought it would be cute if I used a name that started with W because I’d also picked up that Wellie Wishers Christmas set with the stocking that had the big “W” embroidered on it.  Then it dawned on me…Wendy!!!  I have a friend named Wendy who has not one, but two cochlear implants, she had a disease that resulted in gradual hearing loss.  She jokingly refers to herself as a “real life bionic woman”.  I decided it was the perfect name for my doll and she thought it was pretty cool that I named one of the gang after her!

I still think that the Joss face mold is one of the prettiest that they’ve ever done.  I’m hoping maybe we’ll see it used again in the not so distant future, or at least be available as part of the Create Your Own line.  I still wish they’d bring back Marie-Grace to the line as well, but that still hasn’t happened and it’s now 6 years.  Nothing wrong with some wishful thinking though.  I just love this doll, I haven’t been this enthralled with a face mold since I picked up Cassandra (Jess mold) back in 2014!

A few weeks ago I got my first rewards certificate from my points earned from buying the surf van.  I knew exactly what I wanted to get with it too–one of the first things on my list was the “Explore The Parks” outfit.  So glad I did too, I love it!!  The colors are some of my favorites, this is definitely an outfit I would wear myself.

When I showed one of my non-doll friends pics of her in the new outfit, the first thing she noticed were the shoes.  They are SUPER CUTE!!  And lots of detail, they look pretty much like your typical popular cork bed sandal.

 

The scarf is really clever because it’s also meant to be a head scarf!

I asked Rebecca if she would be able to help us out with modeling this since I’d just done Wendy’s hair and knew it would end up a mess.  She was more than happy to oblige!

It closes with Velcro.  I really like this accessory and may look at it closer to see if I can duplicate it!

The t-shirt is like any other t-shirt, but with a cute park type logo design.

The pants have an elastic waist.  The pockets are fake.  These look super comfy though for a long hike or a day of sightseeing!

I love this outfit and the fact that it’s not all teal and purple!  This color scheme is so something I would wear for sure, in fact, I was wearing a peach colored t-shirt while I was working on this post!  I give this set an A++, so glad I decided to get it.  Now I have to decide if I want the other set that goes with it…hmmm…

These two look like they are plotting something…stay tuned.  I’ve also decided that Wendy and Jamie are going to be siblings, but I’m not sure that Jamie is still going to be Jamie.  He may be renamed the whole way around.  Still thinking on it.