I have to admit, when American Girl debuted the mini dolls and people would talk on the forums about their minis, I didn’t understand what the big deal was and thought the whole thing a little odd. I simply did not see what was so interesting about them and thought it was downright weird, but I don’t have much leeway to judge someone else for a strange hobby. Glass houses, et cetera.
So when I started hearing gossip about a new line by Our Generation for minis, I was not very interested at first. The mini fans, however, were over the moon and the topic kept getting discussed. And then when I started seeing pictures and discussions of price points, I was intrigued. Intrigued enough to check it out and ignore the tiny voice screaming in the back of my head that I can’t afford (in space or money) to invest in yet another doll line.
I had had a rough first couple weeks of grad school (nothing bad really happened per se, it was just a perpetual feeling of being one gulp away from drowning and most of my despair was rooted in the fact that it was only the second week of class and I already felt this way), I was in short temper, my brain had fried, I had two previous days of 12 hour rotation and my husband, Forehead, had forgotten that he was supposed to have dinner ready when I came home last night and went golfing with his friends instead. And NOW I had a gimp foot from pulling a ligament or something the wrong way after a run. A pox was upon my house. I needed a pick me up.
Forehead was ferrying me around today and after I had finished class and we had gone out to lunch, I told him that the next thing on my agenda was to locate these Lori items, so off we went. Usually he waits in the car when I go on these missions but, trying to atone for his latest sins, was an unusually attentive husband and insisted on going in with me and trying to locate one of those electric carts and carry my purchases. “I am not riding in a disability scooter!” I hissed. “I am not disabled! I am just moving slow,” and hobbled off like a pirate in direction of the toy aisle.
I didn’t think I would actually locate it, but yep, there it was:
And now, I get it. I GET IT. I get why people love the minis. Because holy cow! Look at this stuff! It is amazing!
Look at the price point on that trailer! $35! What AG would charge for the same thing, I shudder to think.
My apologies for this one, I was taking it through the front window of that camper. Note how there are lights in the little trailer, and they work.
There are large windows on the front, side, and top of that trailer. It is SUPER CUTE. I’ve always wanted a teardrop trailer for myself (even though I don’t have a vehicle to pull it).
NOW I realize why I never really got into the AG minis–there was nothing for them to do! Nothing in their scale! Nothing for them to play with!
$13 for the furniture sets. That’s cheap, but it does stack up quick if you want to furnish the entire house. And I am pretty sure this was my Target’s entire first shipment–it looked like nothing had been purchased yet–and there was only one of each furniture set in that shipment. This means that unless you buy everything in one swoop, tracking down sets is going to end up being a bit of a pain. Unless they did something like…PUT IT ON THEIR WEBSITE TO ORDER! (side eye at OG)
Rooftop patio set.
It was really, really hard for me to walk off and not buy this. I am thinking this needs to be redone in 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Blue. And I can tell just looking at it that this will be SO MUCH LESS OF A PAIN TO REPAINT. So much. And even I do something boneheaded and break it, look how much it costs!! Only $25!! I will definitely be back to buy this once I get more funds.
The house. THE HOUSE. $50. The top is a textured grass green.
The living room set looks mostly plastic, but with a retro vibe. I can dig it.
The spare, stand alone fashions are $6.99. And I hear that OG minis and AG minis can raid each other’s tiny, adorable, cute closets.
I like this stand alone fashion the best, but I didn’t buy it. With the start of grad school, I have been hemorrhaging money. I had, as much as I hate it, to limit myself and only get what I really wanted.
This was the weakest outfit IMO. It was not my cup of tea, but YMMV. I’m not a big fan of mixing prints. Either plaids OR animal prints, but not both at the same time.
The boxed dolls with the pet were only $15. The only thing that I do not like about any of the dolls were the little handbags or clutches. As soon as I got home and got them out of the box, I tossed them. It just wasn’t worth it to me and they looked awful.
And then there was this maddeningly empty peg…
The following dolls (with no pets and not ballet dolls) were $10:
All of the ballet dolls were $7.
There is also Clara, a blonde ballet doll, but you’ll see her in the next post, along with better pictures of Cyarra.
So…I am very excited to get the rest of this line and explore the new wild wonderful unexpected world of minis. My favorite piece in this collection–if you buy one piece, it needs to be this one–is the Ballet Studio. I am watermarking those photographs as we speak, and that post will be immediately following this one, so stay tuned!