|And then it was only nine days til Giftmas, said Shanna Peters.|
Exposition: Flower, fountain. Flower, bigger fountain. Flower, huge fountain.
Part A: Flower, bird, flower, bird, beehive. Flower, bird, flower, bird, beehive.
Part B: Willow tree, fish tank, willow tree.
Part A: Flower, bird, flower, bird, beehive.
Coda: BEEHIVE, bird, Flower, Beehive, Bird, Beehive, Bird, FLOWER. (I tend to get the end wrong in chunks, but I know it ends on a flower.)
All that above was to transition into the fact that today's set has bits around the Nutcracker Ballet: I am reviewing the Purple Party Set. This was the fancy set for 2012, and thus had the accompanying 2012 Holiday Accessories.3 American Girl, in an effort to make my life confusing as hell when I'm doing Wiki work, has named the accessories that go with the year's Fancy Holiday Set the "Holiday Accessories" the same damn thing since 2010. So they have to be marked with the years. Bastards. The dress set comes with a purple and black dress, black tights, purple flats, and a purple and black headband; the set is finished off in the accessories with a black jacket, silver bracelet, toy nutcracker, and two tickets to the ballet. The dress set originally cost $36, with the accessories costing $32, so a grand total of $68 dollars. Steep. I paid the full cost for the dress set buying it direct from AG Seattle, but passed on the accessories at the time because of cost and personal circumstances. This worked out for the best because, before they were officially retired, they were sold for only $9 on AG's site in a clear out and I got them then. Success! On eBay they go for about $40-55 with a complete set, including accessories. Be warned, you'll have to surf through a sea of some off brand and homemade shit. "Purple Party Dress" is not exactly a unique name.
Today's model is Shanna Peters. Last time we saw Shanna, I didn't go into many details about her directly. We'll get a lot more on her once I start running what I'd like to call Better Know a Gang Member, but some quick touches. I got Shanna in July 2012 from the AG store right after she was released--she was way too cute to pass up, with her curly curls and all. She was the only girl I got in 2012, what with having just been laid off, but she had to be mine. She wear glasses and so is part of the Glasses Brigade with Tara, Abbi, and Mellie. But she's actually even more unique among the Gang.
|Bionic ears, baby.|
On with the review.
|Headbands are all the rage again.|
|Begone, long ribbon thing.|
|Dressed up with somewhere to go.|
|Decorative tucking away~|
|Closing up the back.|
|Tights are almost never the exciting part.|
|Flats. We're not fancy here. Except we are.|
|Bows on her toes.|
|Stamped on sole.|
|Lets go Jackets!|
|Cocksided picture of the ruffle.|
|Watches: Things that can be clock bracelets.|
|Links and chains.|
|Not without its charm.|
|Bust them nuts.|
Overall Feel: The dress is adorable, with little flourishes and trims that make it a sweet set--and purple and black together is so very unique and one of my favorite combinations. The shoes, however, are really meh and could have been a lot better in muted taffeta or satin instead of shiny patent leather. The accessories are completely mediocre. The jacket is the best part of the accessories, a simply lovely coat that compliments the dress perfectly. The watch is nice for pretend--a small real one would have been better--but the high cost was not worth the other two components included. A nutcracker is not really fun use in my opinion, and the tickets are just paper props that aren't worth it. A lot better things could have been included in either place, like a clutch purse.
Cost Value: $36 dollars was high for the dress, given the components. I wish I'd paid less, but December 2012 was a bad month and I needed the retail therapy to clear my head. $32 for the accessories was obscenely high and wholly not worth that cost. The $9 was really cheap and worth it for the coat. Pay no more than $40 for a set with accessories or $30 for a dress alone. I know you can find it for cheap, the accessories lasted into the summer of 2013 and the dress was up on sale at some point.
Timeliness/Datedness: It's a very modern set. Too popular looking and muted for the 80s, maybe could carry for the later part of the 90s are, but very good for today. It'll probably carry forward for a bunch of years. I personally love it on Shanna and it feels like it washes out blondes. Then again, I don't care for blonde AGs.
Mix and Match Levels: Not honestly. It all more works together than apart. The tights can be used elsewhere--they're just tights, what do you want--as well as the jacket for another fancy set. The shoes are set, and the watch can be an accessory to another set, but the rest isn't really applicable to anything outside of itself.
Final Grade: A for the dress, C- for the accessories. Get the dress set, the coat, and maybe the watch. The rest isn't wholly worth it.
1 Which was based on an adaptation of E.T.A. Hoffmann's story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, which was then turned into an easier to read version by Alexandre Dumas (père) called The Tale of the Nutcracker. Or in other words, black people stay up in everything.
2 But not in the way a synesthetes can.
3 There was also a Bitty set like it, the Pretty in Purple Outfit. This is the other way to help ID the Fancy Set of the year; it often comes in both Bitty and Big Girl styles.
4 95% of everything is made in China, to save on manufacturing costs because it's cheaper to make things overseas and ship them than to pay Americans the same amount to put stuff together for a myriad of reasons. AG moved production there back in the PC days. The first ones weren't even made in America, they were made by a German company. If you have ever said "but they're called American Girl, I thought this meant they were made here in the US OMG FALSE NAMING" then I don't need you shitting up my internet. The company is named that because they started with American History characters, not because they were made in the US. Fucking US flags are made in China. If you threw out everything in your house that wasn't made in the US you would have almost nothing. Bite my shiny metal ass. [/Bender]