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!

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Doll Sized Finds, end of summer post!

Hey guys, how is everyone?  I don’t know about you, but I’m really sick of this ridiculous heat.  It seems like it’s everywhere too, even my friends in the UK and Ireland have been complaining.  And for them, it’s twice as bad because most of them don’t have air conditioning because they seldom ever need it.  But, next thing you know, cold weather will be here, and we will be complaining about that too!

I haven’t done much thrift store shopping this summer because I haven’t had a lot of time.  Plus, if you really don’t have space for things, it kind of takes the fun out of it.  However, one day a while ago I decided to go check out my favorite stores in Pittsburgh and I came across this find:

Yep, it’s the American Girl bathtub!  It was only $3.99 too.  It has a little bit of damage, but not too much and it doesn’t have any of the accessories, but that’s okay, sometimes it’s fun to make your own.

I actually debated on even getting it since I already had a bathtub in pink, but decided to go ahead and get it.  I’m glad I did, this was before I’d even seen the pics of the My Life As bathroom set which is also blue, that worked out well, didn’t it?  It’s not exactly the same shade of blue, but that’s okay, it’s at least in the same color family.

Another swing by a different thrift store came up with another find.  I’m always amazed at the number of Happy Meal Toys I find (and other kids meal toys as well) still in the packaging.  This one looked intriguing, so I had to check it out.

Once I turned it over, I got a better look–how cute!  And at 49 cents, a great deal I think.  Might even be a collectible now that Toys R Us has gone out of business…

My last doll sized find came from T J Maxx.  I’ve found a few odds and ends in the kitchen gadget section which is where I found these as well.  I don’t remember exactly what I paid for these, but they were under $2 each (I’m thinking it was either $1.49 or $1.79…) so a good deal.  I’m contemplating on whether I want to fill these with some sort of resin with fruit or veggies, or leave them as is.

That’s it for this installment.  Have you found anything cool in your shopping travels??

And for my friends in the US–have a great holiday weekend, Happy Labor Day!

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!