Sunday, December 10, 2017

Journey Girls Beach Hut Review

Beach Hut or Not?


Journey Girls has been very focused on new accessories for the dolls in the last few years, not just outfits and shoes, but larger accessories such as the set being reviewed today.  The largest set to be released, the Beach Hut, retails for around $80.  That is a hefty price for anything, but especially for a wood based product.   Is the Beach Hut worth $80?  Is it worth waiting for a good sale?  How well made is it?  Let’s find out!

Journey Girls wood-based products have not been stellar in the past.  Personally, I have shied away from them because of all of the issues that I have been e-mailed about.   I have the vanity set (which had no issues at all) and the picnic table (which was missing pieces), both of which I love.  I purchased the Beach Hut when there were two sales going on at the same time…a 30% off deal and “Spend $40 on JG items, get $10 off”.  So with tax, I paid $49, which I thought was decent.   I was hesitantly optimistic when I opened the box.
Warning: This is a large set!  It will take 30 minutes to an hour to put together.

The set is well protected in the box, with foam in between pieces and a fabric foam separating scratchable surfaces.  It was easy to get all of the pieces out and determine if all the pieces were present.  Everything was accounted for, so I began putting together my hut.  Be forewarned, this set is not at all put together.  



Even the little table that comes with the set needs to be assembled.  Much different than Our Generation or American Girl sets, which are mostly put together.  The other thing that you will notice immediately is that the set is completely wood based. Although the wood is nice, it creates its own issues.  The biggest issue is that the wood is either a fiberboard with a sticker on it (like the walls), or it’s pine (like the frame).  



None of it is sealed or finished, meaning that water is this sets enemy (which is kind of ironic since it is a beach hut!).  If the set gets wet the stickers will bubble and the wood will stain.
I would suggest taking all of the pieces out and laying them on your working surface.  It makes it much easier to find the pieces.  The first step is to connect the frame to the flooring.  Each frame piece has a tiny pilot hole to make it easier to get the screw in it. 



I used a battery powered drill to get the screws most of the way in, then hand tightened them at the end.  Tightening them too much makes them strip the soft wood of the pine.
Next, you will add the porch to the main base.  When I went to put the porch on, the bolt had no cross mark in it to turn it.  



I had another bolt in my personal arsenal that I could replace the defective one with.  Annoying, but not detrimental.  




Next, add the small pillars for the porch rail.  (If you are looking at my photos, you will notice that I missed this step...whoops).  Putting the rail pillars on before the legs just make it easier.
This step also includes attaching the bed, which is a little bit of a trick.  Add the back block first (part B1), screwing it in so that the hole is towards the porch.  



Slide the bed into the hole, then add the other block (part B2) on the other side.  



Holding the bed while screwing on the block is not easy so you may want to set up something to help hold the bed in place.



On the next step, I ran into my detrimental issue.  While trying to put the legs on the bottom of the hut I found that my set was missing the wood pieces that the legs screw into.  



This is a major oversight in quality control.   I understand a piece missing such as a screw or even a wood piece, I don’t like it, but I can understand it.  





Missing an attachment point is a manufacturing issue!   The floor is missing an attached piece.  There is no getting around going forward from here.  So, I made a return trip to Toys R Us to exchange the set for a new one.   I opened the box in the store to make sure all the pieces were there and that the pieces were not missing any parts.

Once I got the new set home I continued on with building the beach hut.  Screwing in the legs I noticed that not one of them was all the way straight.  



The ones for the porch actually don’t touch the ground.  Again, it isn’t something that wrecks the hut, but it is annoying.  Even at $50, the legs should be straight and all of them should touch the ground. 
Once the legs are on you will add the rails to the porch.  Be aware that the porch uses a different type of screw than those you have been using for the other parts. 



It uses the same screws you used to fasten the main frame to the base.  (I read too quickly and used the wrong screws).

Adding the sides comes next.  Make sure to get the sides into the little slots in the frame.  The frame of the roof will help hold the walls together, but at this point, the tops of the walls may not stay in the frame’s slots.  



The walls will feel more solid once the roof frame and cross-member are on.  Ad the curtain rod to the wall and the surfboard bed holder to the adjacent wall.  My bed holder was not very tight, which is okay as the bed will make it tighter when it is up.

Add the angled roof frame and then the cross-member to make the house much more stable. 



The next step is to add the roof section opposite the porch. 



Make sure that the frame is pulled in as much as it can be and that the wall is still in the slots.  Then screw the roof on.
On the other side of the hut, near the porch, you will add the pergola supports.  



Once the pergola supports are added, you can attach the roof to this side.  Finally, add the last pieces of wood to complete the pergola.



To complete the beach hut you must string the hanging plant through the hole on the front of the roof frame, tying a knot to secure it.  



Twist the legs onto the little table to complete the whole set.  



There are stickers that can be added to the walls to make the beach hut your own.  Other pieces in the set include two skinny little beach chairs, a plastic shell lamp, two tropical drinks, a ladder to get into the beach hut, and a towel.

The beach chairs are really cute, super simple, and not the right size for the Journey Girls.  



They consist of purple clothes hanger like wire bent into the shape of a chair, with purple flowered cloth as the back and seat.  The chairs should really be about an inch wider to fit the Journey Girls well. I love the pattern on the fabric.  And I love the fact that the chairs stack easily.



Although very cute, the plastic shell lamp is an oddity.  I was excited about it because I thought it would function.  I thought there would be a tiny LED in it that let it light up.  It does not.  



The little pink shell does right into the white shade, with no type of light.  Maybe TRU wanted to keep the set simple.  Maybe they didn't want parents to have to buy batteries when the light died.  Whatever the reason, the light is just a prop.

Sitting at the beach, you need a fun drink.  The two tropical drinks look like coconuts, with little orange umbrellas (or tops) and a yellow straw.  Like many Journey Girls accessories, the coconuts are hollow and are monochromatic.  



As I snarkily pointed out before the umbrellas look more like tops than umbrellas, but you know what they are.  The drinks kind of balance on the dolls hands, but are way too big to fit in their hands.

Similar in design, the hanging plant has the same coconut design, but instead of an umbrella and straw coming out the top, there are green leaves.  It is a cute accent piece for the hut.

It's wonderful to have real curtains, even if they are very light.  The pink material is very light and flowy.  It slides easily across the bar to open them.  Because the bar is the same length as the window the curtains can't open all the way, but they open most of the way.



Unlike the huts legs, which were all kind of off.  The little table's legs were nice and straight.  The aqua blue topped table is big enough for the shell lamp and both drinks, but not much more.  It doesn't fit by the head of the bed, but can fit in the corner by the porch...or outside in the sand.  Simple and functional.

If you have any of the Journey Girls swim outfits, you will recognize the towel.  A thin cotton material, white with thin aqua strips.  



I wish that the towel was longer and wider so that it fits the dolls better, but it's nice to have.  It hangs nicely on the little hook on the side of the hut.

On the surfboard bed, a thin foam mattress covered in the same purple material that the chairs are sits without actually attaching to the bed.  A flat pillow is also included, again with the same purple material.  



The great thing about the mattress being flat is that the bed can fold up with the mattress on it and still use the wall hook.  You will have to take the pillow off though.  



There is just enough room to slide the pillow between the side of the bed and the wall.  There are no problems with the bed's ability to fold up and down...although I do wonder if the wood will get worn down with lots of play.


The little ladder sits nicely on the side of the hut, thanks to the notch in the wood.  It's nice that you can move it to wherever you want on the side.  



Although the hut is built well, it is not perfect.  There are gaps between the roof and the wall. 



On my first hut, some of the stickers were scuffed badly.  



My hut does not sit flat because the legs are not quite even, which is not a factor in the sand, but on a hard floor, it is.   For the most part, the hut is pretty sturdy.  None of the particle board is super thick and sturdy, but it will work 



If a child decides to lean on the hut with their whole weight though, it will definitely break.  

Even though this is a good size set (at 14 inches wide, 35 inches long, and 30 inches tall), a part of me wishes that the hut was just a little bigger.  Give the girls a little more room to move around in the hut, especially with the bed down. 



I also wish that the bookshelves were real instead of a sticker and that the photo frames, shutters, and mailbox (on the outside) were more three dimensional, rather than just part of the larger sticker wall.

Overall this is a great set.  It's not perfect, but it is worth the sale price.  I don't feel like it is worth the full $80 that it retails for, only because it is missing things that would make it worth that much.  Journey Girls is finally



Rating
All ratings are out of 10

Playability 8 – There are a lot of great things that come with this set.  I like the accessories, such as the chairs, the drinks, and plant.  This is not an Our Generation set though, which have 20 to 50 accessories in every big set like this.  I think that an OG set would be closer to $100 also, so the absence of all those accessories makes sense.  The hut has plenty of room to move the dolls around inside and on the porch.  When the bed is down there isn't as much room, but there is still enough room to walk the dolls around. As I mentioned, I would love to have this already large set be a little bit bigger and have a few more things to interact with (bookcases, mailbox, photos on the wall, etc.).  A fun set that has a great amount of playability.

Value 8 – The value on the beach hut depends on the price you pay.  For the $50 I paid, this has great value (a 9 or 10), at $79.99 it's closer to a 6 or 7.  Again, the set is not bad in any way, it's just not quite perfect.  The construction does not feel completely solid.  As with many Journey Girls wooden items, this set had issues with screws, wood quality, and pieces missing.  My second set was not missing any pieces and all of the screws were good, however, the wood is still easy to strip out of, so don't over tighten the screws.  The set comes with adequate accessories, although I am a bit perplexed as to why there is not a surfboard included...or even offered in the US (Canada and Australia have it available in a separate set).  If you can buy the beach hut on sale, it is well worth the price.

Quality 6 – This set has a lower score than it maybe should because it makes me nervous.  While transporting the hut to the beach for photos I was very aware of how worried I was of picking the hut up by the roof or grabbing it by the window.  While putting it together I was very careful not to overtighten the screws (as I had on the first set, stripping it from the wood).  Even with hand tightening alone the screws can be stripped.  Do not over-tighten the screws!  As a whole, the wood pieces feel okay, but as you take them out of the box individually they feel very delicate.  I was very deliberate to make sure that the pieces didn't get scratched or bent.  Lastly, it surprises me that the wood is not sealed in some way.  Dirty hands are going to make this light wood gray very easily.  It also makes it more difficult to get marker or crayon off of the wood.   Although that can be a good thing, as it makes customization easier.  I don't think that normal play will ruin this set.  It is fairly sturdy.  I do think that if a child uses it to stand or maybe even stomps their dolls hard enough on some of the wood (like the roof) it may not handle that.  Of course, this is speculation as I did not try to break my hut.

Overall 8 – As one of the first larger sets to come from Journey Girls, this is a great set.  There are things that can be improved, but it is a fun set with enough accessories to make it enjoyable.  If you can find it when there is a Journey Girls sale it would be well worth the money to buy it.  I would open the box in the parking lot to make sure all the pieces are there, just so that you don't have to come back if things are missing.  If this is going to be given to a child for Christmas or a birthday, you may want to put it together before giving it to them, as it does take 30 minutes to an hour to put together.  And remember...don't over tighten the screws!  :)




Sunday, October 1, 2017

Journey Girls Limited Edition Celebration Collection Set 2017

A One Doll Celebration Set for the Australia Release


For the last two years, Toys R Us has released a Limited Edition Celebration Collection that included two dolls and an extra outfit for each doll.  These retailed for $99 but were sold as specials for much less (I bought my 2016 2 pack for $28!).  This year Toys R Us changed it up a little, releasing a one doll pack (with no name) that comes with 5 outfits (including the one she is wearing) and retails for $79.99.


The outfits the doll comes with run the spectrum; from pajamas to a full-length dress.  I'm going to review each outfit separately and the set as a whole, to give you a better feel for everything in this unique collection.


Nothing is extremely new with the doll.  She has bright blue eyes, similar to Meredith's.


Her hair is similar to Mikaela's in color and length.


Her joints are the same as every other Journey Girls doll; her legs go way out to the sides for her to sit, each shoulder joint behaves differently, one a little loose, the other tight, and her head tilts with a bit of finesse.  The vinyl and cloth body are similar to those of every other Journey Girls.  She has enough differences to feel like a different doll.  Personally, I would have loved to see her with brown eyes.


My doll's box was extremely squished.  The doll was okay inside, but this box went right into the garbage!


The cardboard that the doll and clothes are attached to slides out of the box, after you cut some tape around the handle.


Getting the doll out of the package is pretty easy; there is a rubber band around her neck that can be taken off, a piece of thread around her hair and into the cardboard that can be cut, twist-ties around her ankles, and a couple I-fasteners to hold her skirt to the cardboard.


Getting the rest of the outfits and accessories off the cardboard is a bit more challenging due to the staggering 41 I fasteners that hold everything on.  On one purse there were 5 fasteners!  Even on the outfits that are held onto the cardboard by body-shaped plastic, there are I-fasteners!  I guess it makes the packaging beautiful, but my goodness it is a pain in the butt to get all of the outfits off the cardboard, and even a bigger pain to find all of the I-fastener halves stuck in the clothing!


Outfit #1

Of course, before we can look at the first outfit, you have to find the 2 hidden I-fasteners on her coat.


Once those are clipped, it can come off.  The light pink wool coat is nice and thick, coming to just below the waist.  A strap at the wrists have a decorative button on them, making them look like they are functional, but alas, they are only for show.


Which is unfortunate, since the cuffs are tight when pulling the coat off.  A nice broad collar flows into the front of the coat.  Buttons on each side of the front imply that there is a way to close the coat, but, again, they are only for looks.  It would be amazing to have a coat that actually functioned the way a coat should.  Living in Minnesota, I have a few coats of my own and all of them fasten shut some way or another.  Why Journey Girls doesn't even make that an option on their outfits, I am not sure.  It is an adorable coat, even if it won't keep her extremely warm.


Underneath the coat is a knit stretch tank top, with wide shoulder straps and a high neckline.  The horizontal lavender and white stripes are really cute.  The top is an odd length.  With any other skirt, this top is going to show belly.  That may be the intent, it's hard to know.


I found myself continually trying to pull it down further as I took photos.  Luckily, the skirt can be pulled up past the belly button to cover her tummy.  Another oddity of this top is the fact that the velcroed back has a down area at the bottom that is less than half an inch.  Making you slide the top over the dolls legs and up her torso to get it on, instead of being able to slide it on her arms and velcro the back.


My only thought as to why Toys R Us does this is to keep the back closed at the bottom, but in this case, if they added half an inch of velcro, it would have done a great job.  One other concern with this top is that it is stretchy because it is knit.  If you put it onto a larger bodied doll (like and AG or OG doll) it will stretch and become loose on your Journey Girl.  Just be aware of this issue.  Again, even with the issues, this is a really cute top.


The silver fitted skirt sits high on the doll's tummy and comes to just below her knees.


Two front pleats make the fabric flare out at the hips, giving a mermaid-like shape to the skirt.  a piece of silver ribbon runs around the top of the skirt, almost like a belt, but more likely, just a pretty embellishment.  There is a simple embossed stitched pattern with alternating circles and four-petaled flowers, or "X's and O's".


Either way, it gives the skirt a look of lace, without having the second layer of fabric.  There are no issues with the skirt.  Just know that it is form fitting and does not fit well on other brand dolls (no matter what Toys R Us claims).


Rounding out the outfit set is a pair of lavender heeled, close-toed shoes and a wrist-worn purse.  The shoes are nothing new, first released two years ago.


There are no issues with fit as these plastic shoes are molded specifically for the Journey Girls.  The small white leather purse is accented with a light pink flap that velcros at the top.


The strap is very short making it impossible to do anything but put the purse on your doll's wrist.  This is one of the cutest purses that has been released in a while.

Rating
All ratings are out of 10

Fitment 8 –  Everything fits fine, although the coat can be difficult to get over the dolls hands, nothing is really tight.  The shirt is an odd length.  It would be nice to have it just a little longer.

Versatility 9 – Each of the pieces in this outfit is very versatile.  I especially like the skirt and I'm excited to use it with other outfits.  The coat will be great for dressy days out in the cold.  Even the plain old shoes will be good with other outfits.

Cuteness 8 – With great colors and good design, this outfit is cute and smart at the same time.  It would be amazing with a really great shoe.


Outfit #2

The second outfit includes a red striped, long sleeved shirt, cuffed jeans, plastic boots, and a purse.  All of these items we have seen before in slightly different iterations.


Like the purple shirt, this shirt has velcro in the back that almost goes down the entire length of the shirt.


So the stretchy cotton shirt cannot be pulled on, it must be slid on over the doll's legs.  Although the material is not as loose as the purple shirt, there is still a good amount of give in this stretchy cotton.  The shirt is a light red, more of a white shirt with lots of red flecks, with red horizontal stripes.  That is it.


The shirt doesn't have a collar or cuffs, or anything else.  It is just the shirt with stitching on the seams to make sure it doesn't fall apart.  Very plain, but functional and nice.


The jeans are very similar to every other pair of jeans that Journey Girls has put out.  There is elastic at the waist, stitching to portray pockets in the front, nothing in the back, and a nice blue color fabric.


The one difference is that these jeans are cuffed at the bottom of the legs.  Sewn in, the cuffs cannot come undone.  They are at a good height, right around the ankle.  With the boots on, I had to push the cuffs up a little so you could still see them.

Speaking of boots, this outfit has them.  A pair of silver, gray boots with the slit down the back.


Not bad shoes, but it would be really nice to have more color on them at least.  Make the laces a different color or the soles....something to make them stand out more.  The great thing about these boots is that they make your Journey Girls balance much better.  Standing the doll on her own in these is super simple compared to all of the other shoes.


This outfit also has a simple blue leather wrist purse.  A small piece of Velcro secures the top closed.  It's nothing fancy, but it works.


Again, it would be nice to have a different accessory; maybe sunglasses or a necklace, something other than a very plain purse.

Rating
All ratings are out of 10

Fitment 9 –  Fit is great.  The jeans can be difficult to get over the dolls feet, especially over the heal.  Other than that, the outfit is a great fit.

Versatility 9 – Even though there are not that many pieces to this outfit, everything can be used with other pieces.  These pieces are easily mixed with the last outfit to create more outfits.  I personally would like to see some different jeans.  I love that these ones are cuffed, but we need even more variety in the jeans for the Journey Girls.

Cuteness 7 – Not quite as cute as the outfit the doll comes in, this outfit is much more useful.  A good play day outfit, or work around the house outfit.  It is cute, but not one of the cutest outfits I have seen.


Outfit #3

The third outfit is a workout outfit with stretch pants, a short-sleeved top, and tennis shoes.


The bright pink top is similar to the orange top that came in last years Super Fashion Pack.  A mesh material makes up the shell of the top and then a cotton fabric is underneath that.


More of a lining rather than a complete shirt underneath the mesh.  The combination of the two fabrics makes for a fairly heavy duty feeling top.  The tiny little sleeves just curve over the doll's shoulders.  There is velcro down the back, but like all of these outfits, only partway down.


There is a half inch at the bottom that is sewn together, making it necessary to slide the shirt over the dolls legs.


My favorite part of this outfit is the stretch pants.  The navy blue pants have thin horizontal stripes that fade from white to yellow, to blue to red, going around the length of the pants.


On the left leg "journey girls" is spelled out in white letters vertically along the outside of the leg.  As would be expected with stretch pants, they are tight, but not so tight that you can't get them on.  The waist has elastic on it to hold them up.  These are fun pants.


There is part of me that loves the "Journey Girls" printed on the leg, and there is another part of me that wishes it was not there.  It definitely completes the stretch pants feel.  But it also makes them not as useful for other outfits.  Still...a very cute piece.


Plastic shoes...done better!  The tennis shoes that come with this outfit are not new, but they are done better than any of their over plastic shoes that Journey Girls make.


Instead of one solid color, the laces and sole of the shoes are a different color; in this case white, compared to the shoes bright pink color.  It would be awesome to have real laces or a non-plastic shoe, but these are a better shoe than the gray ones from the outfit before.  Not perfect, but better.

Rating
All ratings are out of 10

Fitment 10 –  No issues.  Everything fits amazingly well.  Even the tightness of the stretch pants was not an issue!  Great outfit.  Now be forewarned, that may not be the case for every person, as Journey Girls is notorious for having different fitment for many of the same outfits.  So don't be surprised if yours doesn't fit as well.

Versatility 6 – This may be a little harsh, as the top can be used with many different outfits and so can the shoes.  If the stretch pants didn't have "journey girls" plastered on it, I would say that they would be more versatile.  As it is, they are always going to be workout or lounge pants, not outfit pants...in my opinion.

Cuteness 9 – Maybe this outfit isn't as versatile as some of the other ones in this set, but it is extremely cute.  I love that we get a more active piece of clothing.  Something that everyone uses.  I also really like that the pants are cute and not pink or purple.  Good job!


Outfit #4

Each year the Celebration set has been released with a beautiful dress, and this year is no different.  The beautiful full-length lavender dress comes with silver sparkly shoes and a silver hand purse.


The entire dress is made of a lavender satin material.  At the empire waist, a piece of lavender ribbon runs around, separating the skirt from the bodice.   The top of the dress has a lavender lace layer on top of the satin layer.  A nice round neckline and wide shoulder straps complete this simple but elegant dress.


Now the issue; it doesn't fit!  Well, more accurately, it doesn't fit very well.  Although able to velcro the backup, I was barely able to make it stick.  In places, the velcro didn't even go halfway over the conjoining piece.


How can an outfit made for the Journey Girls not fit the Journey Girls?  Come on, quality control has to be better about things like this!


I'm sure most of you know what kind of shoes came with this outfit.  You guessed it...the plastic flats.


This time in a silver gray color with sparkles in them.  Shoes fit great, glad the dress covers them up for the most part.


A small over the wrist purse also comes with this outfit.  Made of silver leather the tiny purse has a piece of velcro to keep it closed.


The wrist strap is just big enough to fit over the doll's hand...just big enough.  Cute, but I feel like we have some other purses that are very similar.


The final small piece of this outfit is a tiny silver hair bow on a clear rubber band.  Nothing fancy, but it is nice for creating up-dos, or ponytails.


And if you do it right the bow is small enough to hide so it can be used with some of the other outfits in this set.

Rating
All ratings are out of 10

Fitment 6 –  Come on...the dress is so tight the velcro doesn't close all the way.  That is not awesome Toys R Us.  AS I mentioned before, fitment is an issue that varies drastically between each piece of clothing.  So your dress may fit perfectly.

Versatility 6 – A fancy dress is a fancy dress.  It can't be used with lots of other outfits.  The shoes can be used with other outfits, especially this color.  The purse and bow are also very versatile.

Cuteness 8 – This lavender is a beautiful color.  And the little bit of lace on the bodice of the dress is beautiful.  Better shoes and a different purse...or jewelry instead of a purse would be better.


Outfit #5

Like the dress, the last outfit is not as versatile as the others.  For the first time, a pajama set is included in a celebration set.


The outfit comes with a matching top and bottom, and nice fuzzy slippers.


Although the outfit is simple, it is well made.  The white cotton long sleeved top has tiny hearts in a random pattern.


There are aqua blue cuffs at the ends of the arms, at the waist, and a smaller cuff along the neckline.


Out of all of the outfits, this is the only one that Velcros all the way down the back.


The pants match the top, made out of the same white cotton, with hearts pattern, and aqua cuffs at the ends of the legs.


There is a little bagginess to the pants, perfect for pajama bottoms.   Elastic around the waist helps hold them up.  Very simple, exactly as pajama pants should be.


Slippers are an essential piece to all good sleepwear.  The Celebration set has aqua blue slippers that match the cording that makes up the cuffs on the shirt and pants.


Inside the slippers is a white, soft, furry material.  If you have had doll slippers before you know that they are not the best for staying on the feet because there is usually no heal on them.  Journey Girls' slippers are no different in design, except they did figure out a way to keep the slippers on.


There is a small piece of elastic that slips around the doll's heal, keeping the slipper from "slipping" off. A simple solution to a frustrating issue.

Rating
All ratings are out of 10

Fitment 10 –  No issues with this outfit.  Everything is a little loose, which is exactly what you would expect for pajamas.  Even the slippers fit great!

Versatility 6 – Uhhh...not much versatility.  Except maybe using the pieces with other pajama sets.  Well, I guess you could use the pajama bottoms...I have seen people wearing PJ bottoms at Walmart before!

Cuteness 8 – Super cute pajamas.  The fabric is a little thin, but not so much that it feels cheap.  The design, colors, and patterns are really cute.  I especially love the slippers!  It would have been nice to have something for over the doll's eyes since they can not close.  Not a big deal though.



Ratings for the Entire Set



All ratings are out of 10

Value 9 – This is a great deal, even at full price.  A doll and 5 outfits should be about $120 (that is assuming that all the outfits are $19.99...which is usually the case.) Basically, you get the doll for free.  AS I type this the set is on sale for $64.  If past years are any indicator we should see this set drop drastically toward Thanksgiving in the US.  At any of these prices, the set is still a good deal.  Pick it up before it is unavailable.

Fitment 8 – For the most part everything in this set fits well.  Surprisingly, the one piece that is a huge part of the Celebration line is the one piece that does not fit well!  As can be the case with many outfits some of the items have trouble getting over the hands and feet of the doll.  And, I will reiterate it again: each outfit can fit differently even though it is the same outfit.  Journey Girls' outfits are notorious for being inconsistent in their fit.

Versatility 7 – A few of the outfits have very specific uses and really can't be used for other things.  That being said the many pieces of the outfits have a lot of possibilities, even within this set!

Cuteness 9 – There is not one outfit that I don't like in this set.  I don't like parts of some of the outfits (see shoes in most of the sets), but overall all the outfits are very cute.  The potential of other cute outfits from all of the pieces in this set is also awesome.

Overall 9 – This is a great set with a lot of great pieces.  The price is reasonable for all of the things that you get.  Getting a new doll, with bright new blue eyes and Mikaella's pretty hair is awesome.  As always there is a wishlist that comes along with a set like this.  At the top of the list is always shoes!  Better shoes would be amazing.  Two purses would be great, three purses is too many.  Give us some different accessories; sunglasses, socks, jewelry, toys, cell phones, cameras, travel items, souvenirs from Australia...something new!  It would also be nice to get a non-white doll.  We did get an ethnic doll as the Holiday doll...so I will be okay with this, but I'd love to have another Asian doll.  Still, this set is awesome. Watch for it to go on sale if the price feels too high for one doll and some clothes.


AG Note

I bet you can guess the items that fit and the items that don't fit.  None of the shoes fit and AG doll.  The slippers do fit though!  The purple dress fits, but will not close.


Not surprising since it barely closes on the Journey Girls dolls.


The dress does look cute from the front and Maryellen's hair can hide the fact that the dress doesn't close.

The purple striped shirt closes but is stretched to its limit.


The skirt is tight on Maryellen's hips and will not close at all.


The jacket goes about halfway onto her arm before the hole gets too small for her hands.


So no jacket for Maryellen.

Not surprisingly the stretch pants fit on Maryellen.


They are tight...she is not going to be stretching much in them, but they fit.


The same is true of the shirt.


It fits, but boy is it tight.

Another tight shirt is the red striped shirt.


Again, it fits, but it looks a couple sizes too small.  The jeans don't even come close.


They can't make it around the bend between Maryellen's wider feet and thicker legs.  So she gets to wear a cute top, but not pants.  Eeekk!

The one outfit that fits is the pajamas.


They are still very tight, especially the top which just barely closes, but it does stay closed.


And as mentioned before those cute little slippers fit on Maryellen's feet.


This set is probably not worth getting if you are going to use the outfits only on American Girls.  If you are going to use the outfits for both types of dolls, then it worth the $80.  Plus you get a new doll!