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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 get back up.  As a result, other shoppers were giving us odd looks. Read More

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

  1. 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;
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. I am going to decide what I am and am not willing to purchase direct from American Girl and why.  I am taking cost, quality, and the state of their customer service into consideration.

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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. Read More

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 find a new release doll in a quality I’m willing to buy.

How can you make such a mistake like this?  Mattel’s ineptitude is like a fungus, invading every line they own.  

The Great Permapanty Debate

So AG is changing the design of some of the doll torsos to have permanent underwear.  This has lead to fast and furious debate in doll circles.  Cost savings?  The results of the expansion into Dubai?  Not wanting to pay the Gotz patent?  A modesty issue?  Preventing any hanky panky with Logan, the first boy doll?

I’ve been watching the debate and this is what worries me: that it’s an attempt to save cost/skimp on quality and the start of a slippery slope.  We’ve seen clothes sewn into cardboard like doll clothes from OG sold at a fraction of the price.  What next?  I was thinking of them changing the plastic cup/metal ferrules that hold the limbs to the torso in some way.  Surely they didn’t change just the underwear.  Something else is going on. Read More


The leaks have been coming and you all know I’m already stoked for Tenney.

I’d decided to get Logan later in the year but then I saw this picture from agupdatenews:

Those eyes look like a new color to me, like a grey blue or a gunmetal blue…which just happens to be my eye color.  *groan* I’m going to end up buying multiples of these to use as custom bait.  I just know it.  Read More


I don’t really have much to say about the super bowl (if there is no marching band I’m not interested) but I did see the original Schuyler sisters sing America the Beautiful. 

So here is Jess as Phillipa Soo/Eliza Schuyler Hamilton in the Indienne Print Colonial Gown from Kindred Thread.  Work!