Review of Our Generation “Movie Night”

I’m really trying not to buy much at the moment until I get this organization project done.  However, once in a while, you come across something that you just don’t want to pass up.  A recent trip to Target yielded two things that fell into this category, both contained items that I’d been looking for.  (Review of other set to come soon!)  Keep in mind I was actually there to get storage containers… 😉

There are several new sets hitting the shelves in the Our Generation line, and one of them is the Movie Night set.  I was super excited to see this set because it not only had a cute bowl of popcorn, but I loved the fact it had a DVD set in doll size!  I’d looked at the American Girl set with the TV and accessories, but passed on it because of the price as well as the fact it had pieces in it I really didn’t need.  This set couldn’t make it into my shopping cart fast enough!

Let’s start with the accessories–a cute bowl of popcorn and a “DVD”.  I thought both of these were very cute, and I was excited to get a doll sized DVD, not just because it was a neat accessory, but now I could actually make some of my own and have a size to go by. My only complaint about any of this is that the bowl of popcorn is rounded on the bottom instead of flat, not sure why, so it tends to move around a bit when you set it on a flat surface.

The pillow that comes with the set is adorable!

On to the outfit!  Here are the shoes.  I think these are very well done.

And the clothing items:

The fit on the clothing is very good.  I was a little concerned about the pants when I first went to put them on, but I didn’t realize that they were more of a stretchy material.  The shirt fits great too, I was even able to get the sleeves on OVER the watch Mimi was wearing.

 

The scarf hooks with a piece of Velcro, it’s a nice added accessory.  And the shoes fit Mimi perfectly, no struggles to get them on at all.

Overall I think this is an adorable outfit, I give it an A!  I think it’s a great addition to any collection and the pieces can be used together or individually.

This outfit is part of their deluxe collection and retails currently for $17.99.

 

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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!

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!