Review: Truly Me #55

Review of American Girl doll Truly Me #55

 Arabella requested a review of Savannah, Truly Me #55. Go check out her blog and enjoy the review. :)

Review of American Girl Doll Truly Me #55

#55 has the classic face mold and feathered eyebrows.

Review of American Girl Doll Truly Me #55 | freckles

She has an adorable spray of freckles across her nose. I’m pretty sure they’re the original pattern.

Review of American Girl Doll Truly Me #55 | eyes

She has hazel decal eyes. They’re quite beautiful and I love how detailed they are.

Review of American Girl Doll Truly Me #55 | hair

#55 has gorgeous hair, it’s probably my favorite thing about her. It’s parted on the left and, I’m pretty sure, made of just one shade of dark brown. I’ve been using her constantly since I got her in 2014, and her hair is still soft and shiny.

Review of American Girl Doll Truly Me #55 | hair

Her hair falls in soft waves down to her waist. It’s the perfect length, too: not so long as to be impossible to brush, not so short that you can’t style it.

Make sure you have American Girl’s Sparkly Hair Pick before you buy her! Using a brush on her will ruin the curls.

Review of American Girl Doll Truly Me #55

#55 is the most photogenic doll I own, and she looks great in everything. Out of all my dolls, she’s the one I’d recommend the most.

Review of American Girl Doll Truly Me #55

I hope you enjoyed the review! And if you’re considering asking for her for Christmas, maybe it helped you make up your mind.

If you want to see more pictures of #55, you can scroll through all my posts about her here.

xo

Loren

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GOTY 2017 Debut

Hey, guys!

The GOTY debut was a lot of fun. I drove up to D.C. with my dad, walked around the store for quite a long time, made fun of the sets I didn’t like . . . I also got to meet Izzy from Sew Sweet Dollies (a private blog). Getting to meet you was amazing, Izzy! You’re also incredibly cute. I say that in a non-creepy way, but I really mean it.

If anyone is wondering, I don’t know what the free debut gift is. I didn’t get one, and I don’t even know if there was one this year. Does anyone know?

Anyway, here are my pictures from the store.

Gabriela McBride

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The new Girl of the Year, Gabriela McBride. I like her pants and shoes.

The AG community has been requesting an African-American GOTY for quite some time, and I’m glad our wish was finally granted. Maybe I’m being picky, but I would have liked Gabriela a lot more if there was something more unique about her. She looks just like the African-American Truly Me dolls. If American Girl had given her a feature that made her stand out, I would have considered buying her.

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They gave her box a completely new style . . . interesting.

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So Gabriela is into the arts, right? Dancing, painting, music, poetry. That’s cool and all (I freaking love the arts), but didn’t we just have a dancer GOTY in 2014? And isn’t Melody a singer? I guess AG has been running low on GOTY ideas.

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Super sparkly outfit. I like it, actually.

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THE LAPTOP AND THE HEADPHONES. I LOVE THEM.

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Her cat creeps me out.

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The new Dream Pajamas.

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Adorable doll food.

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Mix-and-match set.

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Ice skating set.

A lot of you have been asking if I bought anything. Well, duh, of course I did. :P I’ll be posting tomorrow, hopefully, about what I got.

And, yeah, I did get a doll.

I wasn’t planning on buying her, but she came home anyway. XD Any guesses?

-Loren

Tenney Grant {My Opinions}

I’ve been a bit disconnected from the American Girl community lately, but as I’ve caught up on my reading, I’m learning a lot about Tenney Grant. If anyone is as confused about who this new doll is as I was, this is what I’ve gathered.

For awhile, the AG community thought Tenney Grant would be the Girl of the Year for 2017. It turns out that theory isn’t quite right. I’ve heard it said that she will be American Girl’s “modern doll.” And, despite not being the GOTY, she will be released shortly after the 2017 one, on February 9th.

Small Dolls in a Big World found a leaked picture of Tenney Grant (see it here). However, it looks far more like a costume doll than an official one. The eyebrows and the vibrant lips look a bit off.

It’s been confirmed that her hands will be uniquely shaped, allowing her to hold instruments (she likes playing guitar). This seems a bit weird to me, because I’m wondering if they’ll look strange on the doll.

Normally, the age range for American Girl books are 9 – 12. However, “Tenney’s Journal” is recommended for girls 10 – 14. It could be that her story will deal with more serious topics than AG’s past books.

Finally, part of her collection will be a boy doll called Logan Everett. Many bloggers are against the idea of a American Girl offering boy dolls, and have speculated that Logan will be Tenney’s boyfriend. Personally, I don’t know exactly what to think. On one hand, I dislike the idea of giving a character a boyfriend. AG is targeted at young girls, and is definitely influential. I don’t think teaching 9 – 12 year old girls that they need a boyfriend is a good idea.

But on the other hand, I am considering buying Logan. (It really depends on how cute he is.) I’ve wanted to add a boy doll to my collection for quite some time, but I have no clue how to create a custom. Also, my dolls dislike being dressed up as boys when I need one for photostories/photoshoots.

Anyway, American Girl must have been planning Tenney Grant for quite some time. The names Tenney and Logan have been trademarked for years . . . Maybe since 2014, I’m not quite sure. I’m excited to see exactly what’s in store for 2017!

-Loren

American Girl at Costco

I was at Costco today with my mom, and I saw a huge American Girl display in the toy section! Of course, I had to take pictures. Sorry for the bad quality — they were taken on my mom’s phone.

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The first thing that caught my eye was a set with Samantha, her first book, the dress from her Holiday Set (which seems to have been discontinued), and her Fancy Coat set for $120. If you bought this straight from American Girl, it would be $150.

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Horse and Saddle set, $50. I don’t believe you can buy the Chestnut Horse from American Girl anymore.

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They had two craft books there: Lea Clark and Doll School, both $25.

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Dogs! These particular ones are not available on AG’s website. They are each $30.

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Cocker Spaniel.

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German Shepherd.

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Sheepdog.

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American Girl: Ultimate Visual Guide ($15) and Ultimate Sticker Collection ($8).

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Isabelle’s Ballet Recital Mega Bloks Set, $25.

There was also a Bitty Baby set, but I didn’t take any pictures. Sorry.

By the way, I won’t be posting very often this month. I’m participating in NaNoWriMo, and it’s taking up a lot of my time. I’ll try to post a Thanksgiving special, and maybe a few photoshoots, but I can’t promise.

-Loren

Is Felicity Returning in 2017?

American Girl Doll Artist from Small Dolls in a Big World has discovered an item on Amazon called “BeForever 2017 3 Book Set.” The authors are Kathleen Ernest, Valerie Tripp (the writer of the original Felicity series), and Juliana Kolesova. One book is called “Gunpowder and Tea Cakes” (by Kathleen Ernest), one is called “A Stand for Independence” (by Valeria Tripp), but AG Doll Artist couldn’t find a third book.

Gunpowder? Tea cakes? Independence? All of these things have to do with Felicity Merriman!

When American Girl brought back Samantha Parkington for the Historical revamp, it made all of us fans realize that AG can, and will, rescue retired Historical dolls from the archives. I was hoping that they would bring back Felicity Merriman, AG’s spunky colonial-era girl.

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The first American Girl catalog I got was the 2010 holiday edition. It announced that Felicity was to be retired. I fell in love with her and begged my mom to get her for Christmas. I didn’t get her, but spent the next years searching for used Felicity dolls on eBay. I bought a colonial-style dress pattern so I could make Felicity’s meet dress for myself. I thought Williamsburg was the coolest place on earth. I bought the Felicity movie. Felicity was my favorite character.

And now she’s coming back? I’m very excited for my favorite doll to return to stores in 2017!

-Loren

P.S. A big thanks to American Girl Doll Artist for uncovering all this information!

American Girl Summer Release

Have you seen American Girl’s new release? I’m not exactly sure when it came out, but I just learned about it last night. ;) Anyway, I’m going to share my opinions on their new stuff.

*All pictures belong to American Girl*

Welliewishers

WellieWishers — $60

First up, the new line of dolls: WellieWishers. I’m sure you guys know about them already; bloggers have been searching for them and uncovering new information ever since AG trademarked the name. The WellieWishers are 14.5″, making them the right size to be younger sisters for the 18″ dolls. It sounds like their bodies are made entirely of vinyl.

From left to right: Emerson, Ashlyn, Willa, Kendall, and Camille.

American Girl Little Ladybug Brush

Little Ladybug Brush — $8

Voilà! A tiny hair brush.

Peek-a-Boo Wellies — $26

Socks Set — $20

Colorful socks and clear rain boots? Interesting. The socks would certainly let you change up your look with ease.

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Playhouse — $250

This thing looks sweet, but there’s no way that I would pay $250 for this playhouse. Maybe if you’re rich and you’ve got that much money to blow on accessories for already expensive dolls . . .

American Girl WellieWishers Charm Bracelet

Charm Bracelet for Girls — $10

For ten dollars, all you get is the chain and the rain boot charm. All the other charms are $5. I think this is a neat idea — every time you get a new doll, you can buy the corresponding charm. But I think it would be even better if American Girl sold the charms with the dolls.

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You can buy all the dolls’ meet outfits in girl size. The shirts are $26, and the skirts are $28. So you’d be paying, uh . . . *maths* . . . $54 for one outfit.

American Girl WellieWishers Nature Explorer Set

Nature Explorer Set — $24

I think this is pretty adorable. :) Acorn-shaped bag! Canteen! Compass! Binoculars! I just want to know if the accessories are a good size for the 18″ dolls.

American Girl WellieWishers Ocean Treasures Set

Ocean Treasures Set — $24

I like the colors of this, but how much play value does it really have? I mean, the mermaid tail is cool (you guys know that I love mermaids), but what are you supposed to do with a shell, a message in a bottle, and an hourglass?

Tea for Two Party Set:

Tea for Two Party Set — $24

Cute — little forks and spoons!

Make-It-Great Play Set:

Make-it-Great Play Set — $24

LITTLE SCISSORS AND NOTEBOOK AND HAMMER AND PENCIL AND ASDFGHJKL

Giggles and Grins Play Set:

Giggles and Grins Play Set — $24

I really hope that these things are the right size for 18″ dolls, because FUNNY GLASSES and WHOOPEE CUSHIONS.

Carrot & Hutch:

Carrot & Hutch — $42

Aw, lil’ bunny. ☺ Carrot is a pretty cliche name, though . . . It’s like, “This is my bunny, her name is Carrot!”

“Wow, you have no imagination at all.”

Garden Theater Stage:

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Garden Theater Stage — $90

This is super pretty, I love the colors! Plus, all the props are reversible, so you can give the theater a new look.

American Girl WellieWishers Showtime Ballet Costume

Showtime Ballet Costume — $24

American Girl WellieWishers Enchanted Garden PJs

Enchanted Garden PJs — $20

American Girl WellieWishers Flutter Wings Doll Carrier

Flutter Wings Doll Carrier — $45

$45 FOR A WEIRD BACKPACK-LOOKING THING?

Garden Party Table & Chairs:

Garden Party Table & Chairs — $58

At first I thought, Why are there so many bugs? But then I read the product description and found out that they are tic-tac-toe pieces. You can play the game on the tabletop, which I sort of cool, I guess.

American Girl WellieWishers Berry Sweet Snack Stand

Berry Sweet Snack Stand — $28

This one is actually really cute. :) I love the heart-shaped cookies and the clusters of berries!

American Girl WellieWishers Daisy Princess Costume

Daisy Princess Costume — $24

idk, it’s kind of icky. I know that purple and pink are supposed to go well together, but in this outfit, they just don’t.

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Trundle Bed & Bedding Set:

Trundle Bed and Bedding Set — $100

Looks like we finally got a replacement for the old Dreamy Daybed! I love this, the colors and patterns are so pretty.

American Girl Truly Me Pomeranian Pajamas

Pomeranian Pajamas — $24

Wow. Doggy themed. I don’t dislike it, exactly, but I also don’t love it. I bet you could use the T-shirt and pants as regular clothes.

American Girl Truly Me Adventure Pop-Up Camper

Adventure Pop-Up Camper — $185

DUDE, I LOVE THIS. It’s really different from Lanie’s camper or the Our Generation one, which is cool. I love the little paper lanterns strung along the top! And the entire camper can fold down for easy storage. :)

American Girl Truly Me Adventure Tent

Adventure Tent — $70

I think the fireflies in the jar are a nice touch.

American Girl Truly Me Adventure Campfire Set

Adventure Campfire Set — $42

American Girl Truly Me Adventure Sleeping Bag

Adventure Sleeping Bag — $28

I love the colors and the pattern that they used on this.

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American Girl released a huge new array of mix-and-match items! I really can’t pick a favorite; everything is so cute. But I love the Pretty Plaid Shirt, Side-Cinch Tank, Denim Jacket, Playful Print Skirt . . . pretty much everything. Not to mention, they sell everything (but the shoes) for girls, too!

American Girl Truly Me Ombre Ballet Outfit

Ombre Ballet Outfit — $34

This is very similar to a ballet outfit I have for my Barbies. ;) I love all the blues!

American Girl Truly Me Skeleton Outfit

Skeleton Outfit — $34

This Halloween outfit glows in the dark! And look at those awesome fingerless gloves! They are, without a doubt, my favorite part of this outfit.

American Girl Truly Me Glitter Glasses

Glitter Glasses — $10

American Girl Truly Me Brownie Ombre Glasses

Brownie Ombre Glasses — $10

American Girl Truly Me Butterfly & Gem Bracelet Set

Butterfly & Gem Bracelet Set — $8

I like the colors of the gem bracelet.

American Girl Truly Me Elegant Earrings Set

Elegant Earrings Set — $10

Wait, why are they selling two dangles and two studs for $10? Didn’t they used to sell, like, four of each for that price?

American Girl Truly Me 3-in-1 Ring Set

3-in-1 Ring Set — $8

American Girl Truly Me Cute & Comfy Lounge Set

Cute & Comfy Lounge Set — $20

The shirt is adorable! It could easily be used as a normal shirt.

American Girl Truly Me Mini Doll Tote

Mini Doll Tote — $10

I personally like the old purple tote better, but maybe that’s because I despise the color pink with a burning passion.

American Girl Truly Me Adorable Accents for Dolls - Everyday

Adorable Accents for Dolls – Everyday — $10

You could probably find all of this stuff at Dollar Tree.

American Girl Truly Me Adorable Accents for Dolls - Souvenir

Adorable Accents for Dolls – Souvenir — $10

American Girl Truly Me Sparkle Star Cutaway Tee

Sparkle Star Cutaway Tee — $10

Cute!

American Girl Truly Me Star Skirt

Star Skirt — $12

American Girl Truly Me Sparkle Doll Tote for Girls

Sparkle Doll Tote for Girls — $48

American Girl Truly Me Two-Doll Tote

Two-Doll Tote — $24

American Girl Truly Me Star Water Bottle

Star Water Bottle — $12

Why is American Girl selling water bottles? Aren’t they a doll/clothing company? Ah, whatever.

AG made some outfits for the Bitty Babies, but since I’m not into them, I decided not to include them in this post. Check out the site if you want to see the BB stuff.

Do you like the WellieWishers? Why or why not? What’s your favorite thing from this release? Least favorite?

-Loren