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… 😉