Review of the American Girl Pie Baking Set

When the recent new releases came out, only a few things jumped out at me as must haves.  It didn’t take me long to order the Pie Baking Set, and luckily for me, I had a rewards coupon to use towards it and a few other things I ordered.  I’m glad I didn’t pay full price because I have somewhat mixed feelings about this set.

Here is everything out of the box.  I do like the way they packaged the accessories, it seems like it would reduce the chances of anything coming up missing or stolen, especially for the sets sold in stores outside of American Girl.  I especially love the little plates with the autumnal design and the can of whipped cream.  The top of the whipped cream container is flexible too, although I’m not quite sure how you’d get a doll finger to work it… 😉

Here is the pumpkin pie out of the dish:

 

And a different view of the apple:

I think the pies look somewhat realistic, but the scale seems large to me.  One thing that I thought sounded cool was that you could take the pies apart and change the toppings, so you could have crust on your pumpkin pie and whipped cream on your apple pie.  Everyone likes choices!

I will admit though, I was a bit disappointed in what the pieces looked like once separated.  You can’t leave the crust or whipped cream off or it looks weird.

I decided to show a few comparison photos of the pies with a handmade cake I have in my collection.

See what I mean?  I’ve always thought these cake replicas were perfect in their proportions, but since when is a piece of pie as tall as a double layer cake????

To sum up my review on this set, I think it’s cute, but I would only give it a B rating.  I’m not a huge fan of American Girl food items because of scale issues, and this is a perfect example.  My other complaint is that the pie pieces don’t lock together securely, so one bump the wrong way and your crust slides off your slice of pie!  The set could use a little work, and I couldn’t help but thinking that it really seemed much more like a Bitty Baby set instead of an American Girl item.   The price was reasonable enough on it though, so I’ll keep it, especially since it fits in with our bakery set.

My disappoinment didn’t stop the girls from wanting to taste it though! 😉

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Back to School Sweater Review–New American Girl Sweaters

I’ve fallen behind on reviews lately, too many things going on!  I’m hoping to do some catching up though.  I thought I’d start with these sweaters from American Girl.  It’s “Back To School” time and let’s face it, nothing says back to school like a new sweater.

I picked up the Mixed Knit sweater and the Classic Knit sweater.  Both of these came out over the summer as part of their mix and match clothing.  I ordered the Classic Knit sweater when I ordered the hamster set, and picked up the Mixed Knit sweater at a Toys R Us.

First thing I noticed was that the hangers are different now.  They are much thinner, but they are also a different shape so that you can hang a top and a bottom together.  Can’t decide if I like this better or not.  I guess I’ll have to wait and see.

Fiona offered to model the Mixed Knit sweater.  It’s very pretty on and fits very well.

A close up so you can see the textured details.

And the back.  I’m not sure if I like the asymmetrical back hem on this one, but I’m not a fan of that style to begin with.

Overall though, a pretty sweater with a lot of possibilities.

Lanie is modeling the Classic Knit sweater.

I really liked the preppy vibe with this sweater, but I’m still not wild about the polka dots or the gemstones on the collar.

 

My camera turned this into more of a turquoise blue for some reason, it’s really more on the green shade than blue.  Just wanted to make everyone aware.

I’m not a fan of vanity tags on my clothing, and I don’t like it on my dolls either.  I may have to remove this.  Pass the scissors!

The back is just a normal finish, straight across.

I think this sweater is cute, but I wish they would have left it plain.  It almost looks more like a holiday sweater with the jewels and the metallic polka dots!

The fit on both sweaters is good though, and I’m still really liking the whole idea of mix and match clothing.  I just wish they’d come up with some better color combos!

New releases–what did you buy?

What did everyone think of the new American Girl releases?  I thought there was some cute stuff this time around, but several things were rehashes of previous sets.  Gabriella’s bed looks a bit way too similar to McKenna’s bed to think it was an accident!  At least they changed the color. And a lot of plastic throughout the releases.  😦  However, one item that fits in both of these categories made this gal (and plenty of others I suspect) very, very happy.  What was that?  The Class Pet Hamster set!

I loved this set when it was issued with McKenna’s bedroom set, and it is regularly on Ebay, but at an over-inflated price.  I’ve seen this set go for as much as $100!  In the words of Gru–“I don’t think so.”  That’s just ridiculous.  Apparently someone at American Girl has been paying attention (finally) and gave the fans a set that not only did they want, but they improved upon it.  And for $24, I have a feeling these sets have been flying out the door.  Luckily for me, I had a $20 rewards coupon that I’d been hanging on to in anticipation of the new releases.

Here it is!

I have mixed feelings about these new boxes. I do like the idea of seeing the photo of what it is on the box, but I don’t care for how hard some of the boxes are to get open. I didn’t do so well with this one:

It just didn’t seem to want to pull open after I got the seal off. I don’t save the boxes for most things like some people do. I also bought the boots from the new releases and the box on that…it was totally trashed as the tab to pull out didn’t want to come out at all. Oh well.

Here are all the pieces out of the box, so cute! And the improvements over the prior set? We have faux “bedding” in the bottom of the cage and food in the bowl! The set for McKenna didn’t have anything for bedding and an empty bowl. I do have one complaint about the bedding though, it is very uneven and makes it difficult to keep the wheel in place. I need to get a piece of sticky tack to put on the stand to help it.

Let’s look at the pieces individually. First, the cage itself. Very simple, and I love the little water bottle. I couldn’t help but wonder how long it will be until they make an accessory set that turns this into a hamster Habitrail, and includes one of those balls you can use to exercise your hamster? In the meantime, you can bet I’ll be watching the candy/toy machines at the different stores!

The food bowl is very cute and nice and full, so your hamster won’t go hungry.

The wheel is adorable, it even spins like a real one!

And the star of the show:
   
I was a bit disappointed that the flocking dulled his eyes a bit. I’m tempted to take either a fine point black Sharpie or a dot of paint to make them stand out a little better. Otherwise I think he’s so cute!!!

They even give you a booklet to help you care for your new friend:
 

Here it is all assembled:

I’m so pleased that AG decided to make this an item available for individual sale, long overdue. I’m sure all of those people who paid a ridiculous price for it on the secondary market are kicking themselves! This set is not only cute for all of us doll folks, but I think it would be a great toy for a child who perhaps wants a hamster, or even already has one. I see tons of sales potential for this set–little brothers who have been taken to an American Girl store against their will, hamster enthusiasts, etc. Plus at this price point, it makes a great gift item. I’m hoping this also means we might see more expansion in the pet category, I mean, seriously, not everyone has dogs, cats or horses!

So who is going to get this set out of my crew? That’s a good question! It’s one of the few times I’ve bought something like this without a game plan in place. I do know what his name is going to be–Chum! Anyone who is a fan of the “Mouse and the Motorcycle” series by Beverly Cleary knows where the name is from, and as a child, I had a hamster named Chum as I loved those books. In fact, it wasn’t all that long ago that I re-read the first book with a friend, I still have an old 1970’s era copy and she had a new one, it was fun to compare the illustrations. If you’ve never read the series, I highly recommend it, such a cute story and it’s probably what sparked my thoughts of “what is going through a pet’s mind”.

Did you buy anything from the new releases?  I mentioned I got the boots and I also got the turquoise sweater.  Not so sure about those dots on it, but I did like the preppy vibe.  And I am in LOVE with #67, she is gorgeous and I’m seeing so many awesome photos of her on Instagram that make me like her even more!  I’m anxious to see a review on her where someone quits gushing long enough to really give a good evaluation on her hair before I make the jump.  Plus I’m waiting for Permapanties to disappear…  😉