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Class Pet Hamster

For my favorite of the new release….the hamster. Not Richard Hammond, but this hamster: I am sincerely very sorry–for real, no snark or sarcasm here–for everyone who paid $50-$70 for the hamster from McKenna’s Loft Bed Set, and I am also very glad that I did not do that.  I sure hope this means that someone from AG is watching the secondary market and the various discussion forums to see what hot items to break out of larger sets like McK’s Loft to offer as stand alone packs. I was also seriously stoked to see that hamster set.  I had completely forgotten about the new releases and I was so happy to finally be excited about something released by AG again.  For $24 you get the cage, wheel, hamster, food dish, water bottle, and booklet on hamster care.  The bedding chips are fixed to the cage itself, the other pieces are removable. The wheel does spin, and stands freely easily.  The hamster also fits easily inside the wheel. The hamster has that soft flocking like …

Z’s Filming Accessories

Initially I thought I was going to pass up Z Yang but the more I read about her and see her “capsule collection” the more I am intrigued.  Her filming accessories ($28) could be used for any modern, so I picked them up on Friday. The iPhone gets full marks for accuracy, and I really like it.  However, when I went to test the strap on the back to see how easy the dolls could hold it, I picked up Logan first.  I had temporarily forgotten about his different hand molds and I had real difficulty finding a way to get him to hold the thing. The only way I could get it to work was to have him holding it on the outside of his left hand.  On Claire (a TM eyeswap with the standard hands) however, it was easier. She was able to hold it correctly just fine in either hand.  This doesn’t bother me because I’d rather have the instrument-holding hands even if it means they can’t hold the iPhone.  Everyone knows …

June 22, 2017 AG Release

*claps hands* Right, let’s get to it.  First off, I apologize for the layout of this post–for some reason it won’t let me post photos in a mosaic, or combine the images, on mobile.   Some of these items were also released prior to yesterday (like Z), but with graduation+job search+my mother’s passing my attention and focus (on pretty much everything) has been sporadic at best.  Figured I would cover it anyway.  Yup, it’s a McKenna redux and while I think McK’s came with better accessories, I like the color scheme for this.  One thing–and you can’t really see it because of where the doll’s head is but this is the only one on display–is the printed brick wall with posters and such on it.   The reason I have a problem with it is the same reason I have a problem with Tenny’s background on the stage.  It looks kind of cheap and I feel like it would be difficult to use with another character with the preprinted Gabby related images on the brick …

Maryellen Bed and TV Console

With all the excitement of the Praxis exam I hadn’t even opened my box with the Couch and Console from Maryellen’s collection back when they had them 25% off. They had shipped it Moron Post, so it had taken nearly a week and a half to arrive after it had been loaded on the Wells Fargo Wagon while the horses were being watered (eyeroll).  And yes, I paid $20 in shipping for this privilege.   I’d fetched it from the post office, loaded it in the boot of my car, promptly dumped it in the doll room and forgotten about it.   After the ridiculous fiasco of getting the cornstarch noodles in the sink so I could melt them–in which every little thing I did made the mess worse and I ended up with little noodle flakes all over the first floor of my house–I finally got the pieces out. Now I really like this couch.  Very versatile and sturdy.  Comes with two pillows, an Afghan, an autograph hound and about six yards of the …

Tenney and Logan, Unboxed

I had originally planned to get both Tenney and Logan at Kansas City on the Saturday of their release, but reports of Logan flying off the shelves on Friday gave me pause.  Hearing that this first batch were the only dolls guaranteed to not come with permapanties made me panic.  Surely there will still be enough Tenney, I thought, and contacted my Personal Shopper at AG Chicago to pick out and ship me a Logan.  I consider the shipping I paid for him a “peace of mind” fee, especially since my PS said she was sure they would sell out of Logan on Saturday at her location. I think the ends of my Tenney’s wig are a little dry and there are more flyaways than I am used to.  The smell of the vinyl of a doll just out of the box is the best smell ever, and I am sad that these are likely the last dolls I will purchase from AG if the permapanty issue is not addressed. I think Tenney is gorgeous, …

Tenney: A Kansas City Report

“Oh God,” I moaned while holding my stomach, “I think I’m going to die.” “I never want to see food again,” said my husband, Forehead.  “I hate myself.” We were lying flat on our backs on a bed in an IKEA room display.  After my visit to American Girl we’d gone to Jack Stacks for lunch, as is our custom for Kansas City day trips, and we’d both eaten way too much of the best barbeque Kansas City had to offer (also as is our custom).  I’d wanted to stop by IKEA to get some new linens to redecorate our guest bedroom, but the drowsiness was already setting in, we were both waddling as we walked into the store as a result of our gluttony and when we saw that particular display apartment with furniture (“only 680 square feet!”) we thought, “surely we will feel better if we lie down for a little bit.”  Let things redistribute.  Rest and digest.  But this was a tragic error because once we’d laid down, we didn’t want to …

Thoughts on Pantygate

Well, that is a title I never thought I would have to type.  The fact I have to provide chapter links for friends just showing up to the party is mind boggling to me as well. Pantygate Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV After a few days to mull over Pantygate, I have decided that I do not want this recent development to completely spoil my weekend trip to KC for Tenney’s release, something I have been looking forward to for a long time; I am still planning to purchase Tenney and maybe Logan (I keep waffling on him) because I have been assured by multiple sources that they won’t have the permapanty/Ace Ventura backside.  Since Pantygate blew up, I do not feel comfortable purchasing more at this time. I would like to quietly inspect the merchandise at AGKC and speak with employees there to do my own little data collection as to the state of the quality with the products on the shelves at that store, at that time I am going to …

Video Proof.  

American Girl owes this customer an apology. I’ve tried three times to post this on their FB page and it won’t allow me to make this a standalone post.  I can still attach it as a comment however.   I’m at work and can’t spam this more, so it’s up to y’all to share the heck out of this. 

Permapanties, Part III

Part II of Pantygate. Part I.   Note: I got really fired up about this when this post originally was made.  Usually I don’t blog whenever I get that worked up over something (I’ve learned the hard way I need to sit down and think about it before I start running my mouth) and after having an hour to sit on it, I toned down the language and altered the post slightly.  I was prepared to write off AG completely, but after talking to calmer heads I’ve decided a more prudent course of action is to continue to wait and see how the situation unfolds.  There are still many issues I have a problem with; and  I am watching closely to see what happens. So AG has currently been posting this all over their Facebook page. So, shall we review? American Girl’s Facebook team is saying a doll that was purchased by an AGPT member at their Orlando store was altered by that member on purpose or it’s not a real American Girl doll. “The …

Permapanty Nonsense, Cont.

Keeping this short because I’m going to start rounds soon: One AGPT poster has experience in pattern drafting and says the problem is what happens when you eliminate the horizontal seam–which is a dart–in order to save fabric.  Thus: So if it’s a construction change, they are all like that. AG CEO stated in an interview that she wanted to increase access to get dolls closer to more girls, which means more selling at wholesale to places like Kohls, TRU, etc.  so now they have to figure out how to get more profitability off selling a doll at wholesale.  I guess we see the results here. This whole fiasco has left me with such a bad taste that I’m thinking maybe Tenney.  No Logan, and no new Felicity.  The only reason I’m jumping on Tenney right now is because the first run has been stated by AG to not have the permapanties (but who knows how accurate that is).  How annoying to plan a special trip to AGKC and not even know if I’m going to …