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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Accessories Reviews: Lindsey's Laptop and Bag (2001)

Man, has technology changed in thirteen years.
April has been a very tiring month for multiple reasons: some good, some bad, some still up in the air. The fun part of chronic invisible illness/disability is that sometimes, I literally can't do much beyond playing Pokémon X, hitting the reblog button on tumblr, posting on/reading SA1 threads, and catching a bunch of Vivillon on my secondary decommissioned 3DS system to get some rare patterns. But don't worry, my loyal readers (and not so loyal haters, why are you here). I'm still kicking around, trying to get things done in bits and pieces. Believe in the Neth. She does things as she can get to 'em.

A lot of people who participate in the American Girl Fandom fall into one of two major camps: people who had access to the dolls and/or books as a child and have either continued to stay attached or returning after a hiatus, or adults who got into the company in because their children2 found out about AG and thus they latched on to it and persevere after their child has put away their own dolls. This leads to both camps having a crisis of age when they realize they're no spring chicken anymore and times of their childhood are now historical. Julie was a special litmus test on the fandom: with rumors of and then release in 2007, many women who grew up in the 70s began to lament that the 70s couldn't be historical, because it meant that their childhood was historical.  I have even seen the ludicrous3 claim that historical fiction must be at least fifty years old to actually be historical. Which is bullshit. History happens every day, and every day over is another day in the books of history. I made a joke in a book I'm working on when my characters argued that history was anytime before reliable indoor plumbing, but it's just that: a joke. Serious claims that history can't be the 70s will make me laugh right in your face and call you out. Accept the fact that you/your parents are older than twenty-nine and live with it.

One of the major things that scream that history is always ongoing is technology. While early centuries of technological advancement were in less large jumps, the last twenty to thirty years alone have had an explosion of technology--and just looking at the 20th century shows the major changes, Live music playing went to sound recordings went to phonographs went to record players to 8-tracks to cassettes4 to CD to mp3s; from short silent film to talkies to color, radio to TV to streaming boxes, hand drawn animation to CGI--from movies only being able to be seen in theaters to being able to download and stream a movie that just came out a few months ago when I need background noise. And when it comes to computers--whew. When I started on a computer, I typed hunt-and-peck style on an Apple IIe at my grandmother's house when I was four years old. Now I communicate with that same grandmother online over the internet.

American Girl has not released much in the way of doll tech. Whether this is to avoid dating themselves--too late, moddies have dated ways already--because parents whinge that dolls don't need all that tech to play with, or because it's cheaper to ignore it, they don't really give their modern a lot of technological play items. But a few of the Girls of the Year have had some technology. And they started it off with Lindsey Bergman and her Laptop and Bag. After her release in 2001, she plodded along for about two years before retirement in 2002, doing so poorly that AG was debating that maybe this modern limited line wasn't going to be a big thing. Lindsey had a very tiny collection--she didn't even have a change of clothes--and for accessories, all she had was her laptop set and her scooter set, with the laptop set going originally for $32. The set not only came with a laptop styled organizer, but a shoulder bag, two faux CDs, diary, and pencil. The laptop design was later reused (with different colors) for the Backpack and Laptop in 2002, thus starting the trend of LE stuff being released in a new form. I have the backpack and one CD from that, which will get a look over in a Bits and Bobbles review.

While I will never pay the costs for a Lindsey (can't say I like her all that much personally) I had been peeking about for her laptop, or at least a doll sized one. Last month I managed to luck out on a set for only $29 with shipping, and was delightfully surprised to find that it was new in box and had never been used. eBay costs vary; anywhere from retail cost to triple that or more, and it doesn't show up very often. Since I don't have Lindsey, Kanani will be our adorable presenter as needed. 

Kanani will be your tech girl for this dab into the past.

Boxes.
Before we get into the bits of the accessory set, let me show you some of the packaging. I generally don't do this unless I'm posting on my personal journals--it's a running thing there that when I get new things, I post a string of posts detailing me opening the box. In some cases this can take five pictures before you know what's in the box. With my AG stuff though, unboxing is kind of boring--and that's if I have the box at all, since a lot of stuff is second hand. (Firsthand stuff I get gets deboxed sans ceremony, since I rarely keep most AG boxes.) This is different, because the set had never been used and I plan to use the box for some storage. Lindsey did not get anything special for her boxes; she got the standard American Girl Today box. Yellow lid with the AG Today logo (a stylized pigtailed girl figure as described on my review of the Slumber Shirts) and "American Girl TODAY" in white text.  The sides of the box were black.

Open up~
Inside we have the accessory set and Mini Grin Pins. Grin Pins were 1" buttons that came with a lot of AG clothes for children, and for years, moddie stuff came with Mini Grin Pins--basically, smaller stickers. I'll go into more detail on those in a later review.

Shoulder bag. They didn't really think this through.
Bag: Let's start with the bag. Lindsey's bag is a blue messenger bag with two pockets and grey trim. If you're going to carry around a laptop, you're generally going to have a bag for it; most people don't and didn't just have their expensive electronics out while transporting them. And since you don't want them to get banged or dinged or cracked, the bag is probably going to be padded for said electronic. This bag is not actually padded, which is disappointing.

The bag has a very unusual shoulder strap design. Instead of being attached on the sides with a simple adjustable shoulder strap, the strap is attached with a wide grey-trimmed blue band that attaches on the front and back. I don't recall if this was a style of messenger bag in the early 2000s; I have insisted all my shoulder bags have side straps.

Velcro on a stress point. Not well planned.
The strap connects at the top with a velcro square. This design annoys me greatly. If you're carrying a laptop in a bag with this style of closure, the weak spot is on your shoulder. There's a reason shoulder bags don't close on the strap with velcro. Velcro is strong, but it can be pulled apart by weight. If it breaks or lets go, down falls your expensive electronics; the ground is very hard and your electronics are very fragile. I understand that doll accessories don't have to be that realistic, but there are some things I just can't abide and structural fail is one of them.


Zippers.
Each pocket closes with silver and blue zippers. These snag a little bit when opening and need to be opened slowly, and are also of a large scale for the bag itself.

Trim.
The trim around the edges is grey piping, neat and well flushed.

Holograms.
On the front slightly quilted pocket is a stitched on circular hologram patch. The center has a black star with a blank AG Today logo that doesn't change from either angle. So what's the hologram part? It changes color. From straight on, I got yellow.

Red. Well, Semi red.
From another angle it can look red; this was the best shot I could get.

Blue was much easier to see.
From another, blue. Blue was so much easier to get a good shot of. I really do like the patch, mostly because I like shiny things that change their look.

Awkward shoulders.
Putting the bag on Kanani's shoulder was hella awkward. You have to unfasten the velcro, work it around her torso, and then refasten--in this case, making sure it doesn't snag her hair. This doesn't look like it would be very comfortable to carry for a long distance, with the strap unable to be twisted around the body comfortably.

The bag gets a C. While I love blue and grey color combinations, the lack of padding is weak and the awkward strap design (with a velcro closure at a point you don't really want to fail) make hanging it on a doll awkward and unrealistic. The strap should have just been on the sides. If a shoulder strap design ain't broke, AG, don't fuck with it.

Laptop. Lindsey's family had some money.
Laptop Organizer: The laptop organizer--the centerpiece of the accessory set--is a blue and clear laptop designed electronic organizer and the main thing I wanted from the set. I'll be calling it a laptop, but really, it's an electronic organizer. For Lindsey to have a laptop in 2001 was a big thing; while computers were pretty widespread, laptops were chunky and expensive, so you didn't just hand them to a ten year old. Funny enough, this one is better designed than EnviroLanie's laptop from 2010, with much more tech inside.5

Before I go into detail of the laptop--and what it does--I want to show what the set looked like when I took it out of the box. There's not a lot of in-box pictures of this set.

Laptop box.
The laptop came in a white cardboard box for extra protection, explaining that a battery tab will need to be removed and not to remove the data strip tape that is visible at the hinge, lest you break the thing altogether.

Laptop and instructions.
Inside are the instructions on how to set up and operate the laptop, and the laptop itself. There's detailed scans of the laptop instructions on the wiki, and I'll discuss them as I work with the laptop itself.

Pretty sweet set-up for a laptop.
Let's look at the laptop before we play with it. The lid of the laptop is translucent plastic. There was a trend for several years of being able to see inside your tech; I have an older Game Boy Advance that is clear to see all the motherboard bits inside, and I know a Game Boy Color also had the same. The outer sides and top edge near the hinge are light blue, and the center is clear with molded lines on the inside.

Center star.
The white section has, near the closure, an indented star with the AG girl at the center. Who needs an Apple logo when you can tell everyone you use AG Tech?

Clasp.
The opening clasp on the front is a small blue push button that, when depressed, unhooks the top half from the bottom. A lot of laptops had locking mechanisms to keep the screen securely closed in transport. I don't know if they still do that. I own a laptop, but it's set up to be like a desktop and hooked to a full sized monitor and speaker.

Hinge.
The back hinge is designed to cover the data strip from the back.

Back corner.
The corners are rounded instead of sharp all around, and the hinge is pretty secure.

CD-ROM drive.
On the right side is a slide out CD-ROM drive. Not DVD. In 2001, while DVDs were more widespread, most computers did not play them. At most, you could get the computer to read a CD and play music, but mostly you would run or install things from a CD--and only reading, no writing. Bootleg music distribution still had a ways to go. This one is non functional, but the detail of including it goes a long way.

Backside.
On the back, the translucent plastic lets one see all the little bits inside somewhat. Mmm, technology. You can also see the CD-ROM tray and the battery compartment. The organizer part runs on two 1.5v LR44 batteries, and mine came with it.

Still tabbed. Fresh.
Mine still had the plastic tab insert that comes in many electronic toys. In toys that come with batteries included, this is so that the batteries aren't fully active6 until you pull out the barrier, and so won't get run down or corrupted from being inside a system for long periods of time. Yoink!

Reset button. 
Also on the back is a reset button in a regressed hole. Need to clear all data? Just press that button down with a paper clip, and the system will ask if you want to reset it--press Enter, and away everything goes.

I didn't break the screen. At least, I don't think I did.
Inside, the top screen came with protective plastic. At least I think that's what it was. The screen was covered with a thin layer of plastic that was peeling at one corner so I removed it neatly. I can always get new screen protectors for it, but the one there--if it wasn't just for packaging--was starting to go. There's no color on the screen, but it can do basic data display as you'll see in a bit.

Data Strip. Don't pull it out.
The data strip is visible when the hinge is open, connecting between the top screen and the bottom workspace. This is the thing that should not be pulled out. Pull this apart from the bottom and your dolly laptop becomes a very useless display piece. When I worked at Nintendo I saw many, many shattered DS systems that had this data strip between touch and top screen visible, and it was a clear sign that little Johnny and Susy had torn their shit up.

QWERTY keyboards.
For data entry there is a blue button QWERTY keyboard--so named for the first home row on US American keyboards.7 All twenty-six letters, numbers 0-9, a space bar, and some extra math and function keys are included. There is also a simulated touch pad--how I hate touch pads, I keep mine off--and a non functional button below it. That's the only non functioning button on the whole keypad; every other button serves a purpose.

History time with Neth! The reason that QWERTY keyboards have the layout they do is because back when keyboards were for typewriters and not for computers, hitting a key meant that a typebar would swing up and hit the ribbon, inking the paper and thus making your letter appear.  However, typing fast could made some bars jam into each other--a fun habit of mine as a kid was to smash all the keys on the typewriter I used to play with at home and tangle the bars. Contrary to urban legend, the QWERTY layout was designed to make it faster to type since the typist could worry less that the keys would catch into each other. (That's also why we have CAPS LOCK and Shift. Shift would literally shift the typing carriage up or down--depending on design--to have your capital letters and some punctuation marks; Shift Lock would keep a shift in place so you didn't have the hold the keys the whole time you were yelling on paper, since the Shift is intended to be held with the pinky finger.) Long story short, Kit had it rough and she would have treasured a laptop of her own. If you modernize Kit, give her some tech.

So, what's the technology inside? This AG laptop functioned as a working electronic organizer. Back in the day before people carried a portable computer more powerful in a pocket than my first ever computer running Windows 3.1,8  if you wanted to keep an on hand record of people's contact data, you had these things called address books. You would write down a name, address, and phone number on the pages in hopefully alphabetical order, and if you needed to look up a contact, you flipped through the pages until you found the name listed. Very low tech. We were practically living in Felicity's era. Then when I was in about middle to high school, electronic organizers became a thing that wasn't too expensive to get.  I actually had one for a few years, a piddly little thing that cost me about 20 bucks. Now instead of having to write names and addresses down, you could type them into the electronic organizer (once you turned it on and reached the right mode, and if it let you do more than a phone number), and then if you wanted to look up a contact, you could search by name. Wave of the future, then. Now if I want your contact I can just type it into my smartphone or have you e-mail it to me. Technology, like history, moves on.

Now let's go into what this can do. Warning, it ain't much compared to today but at the time it was pretty sweet.

Start up!
When you first turn on the laptop (by yoinking out the plastic strip and hitting the Reset to wake it up for the first time), you get asked to enter the date and time. Meet Function #1: Clock/Calendar. It starts on 1/1/2001, which was in fact a Monday, so plus one for accuracy. Using the number keys, you type these in as it goes around. Hit the M key to swing the time between a.m. and p.m. Then hit Enter, and things are set.

Hello there, two-digit date times. I haven't seen you in years.
And this is when we hit our first tech snag. Rather than allowing you to change the full number of the year, you can only change the last two to match whatever year it is.

Experimental!
Experiment time! What happens when the date rolls over from 2099? I set the date to 12/31/2099, and then to 11:58 pm and waited two minutes.

This laptop has the Y2Ks.
At midnight the time and date rolled over--to the year 2000. This laptop organizer isn't going to keep the date past this century. Granted, who knows what tech will exist by 2099. Or even if I will. (I'd be way over 100 years old by then if I did, so start working on ways to upload my brain into the matrix, hup hup.)

Date and time. set proper.
I then set the time and date proper. Yes you now know when I was taking the pics for this review, it was well over a month ago, shut up.

Organizing them names.
On to Function #2: Contacts. After hitting the Mode button to get to the contact function, you are asked "Name?" and shown how many contacts you have available. The maximum of entries was fifty, because how many elementary school girls knew that many people? You would probably just put your parents, a couple grandparents, and your best friend who you would have a falling out with later on. Whatever. Get to typing. As you can see, I've already put in a contact.

Kanani has not given her real data.
That being "KANANI AKINA" whose phone number is 425-555-2011. You have twelve spaces to type in a name, and twelve spaces to type in a number including spaces. If your name is longer than twelve spaces, you should get a nickname.

Look at that lack of letter shifts. You type in caps, bitch, or you don't type at all. No dashes in the number either--spaces yes, dashes no. And those were optional. This is why, until the advent of reliable cell phone storage, most people still stuck to address books. Early tech wasn't very sophisticated.

That's two functions. So what's number three?

Who's ready for ten digits of mathematical fun?
Function #3: Calculator! Yes, you can add, subtract, multiply, and divide freely, and hope that the number isn't larger than ten characters (so the billions space) or you're out of space.

Hidden fourth function? Not really.
There's also a "fourth" function: auto off. When set, the laptop shuts off after a minute of no button presses, conserving precious battery power.

Kanani thinks it works well.
And now you go "that's all well and good, Neth, but how does it look with a doll?" Answer: Not bad. It's pretty in scale--a touch small, but then again, 2000 era laptops weren't know for their expansive keyboards and huge hi-def screens. And in this case, it matches Kanani's dress.

A+.  It's well designed for the tech of the time--and with a functional component, it's pretty neat for an eight-to-ten year old girl to give to her doll and use for herself.

Math and History: Now in CDs.
CD-ROMs: Since the laptop had a faux CD drive, we needed something to put in them, so the set had two plastic CD-ROMs so you can pretend your doll is doing something functional, much like when teenagers are on Tumblr. The pink one says "History" and the blue one says "Math." I have no idea if Lindsey was good or bad at either subject--I have her book but reading it is for later--but these actually make sense, since the laptop has a calculator function and AG generally tries to have history.

Mirrored.
The back of the CD is mirrored, to look like a real CD. It also also has my finger prints all over it like a real CD. Shut up.

History learning time!
Slide out the CD-ROM drive, plop in the CD-ROM, close, get your learn on! Well, fake it.

I can see your insides.
From the underside, you can totally see it in there. B. They help add realism even if they don't do anything.

Diary, now with reflection flare.
Diary: Since the laptop might not be easily whipped out for things--and in 2001, wasn't much for art IRL--we have a diary, for the writing of secrets and scribbles. It's got a clear plastic cover over a blue star print that closes with blue elastic. The plastic cover made for mad reflective glare. This was the best shot I got and it still reflected. I could not get a shot without turning off the flash, and while that worked for the laptop in the middle of the night, that can't be done much for some things. That being said, I carried sketchpads and scribble books like this all through school, college, and even today. Never know when I need to write down a thing.

Cover print. Kinda.
The cover is blue iridescent with many foil six pointed stars and snowflakes. This is the closest we get to anything in Lindsey's collection saying she's Jewish outside of her book, and that's not by deliberate choice, it's just wacky six point stars. I like the design, but I like blue. And stars. And shiny things.

Inner page and cover.
The inner part of the book--endpapers--are plane blue, and the pages have a rounded edge; the outer cover tucks under the plastic cover. The inner pages aren't actually attached to the cover and can be slid out, however, taking it out doesn't really do anything for the design.

Lined pages.
Inside are blue lined pages; the left page has no extras, but the right one has a star design on the pages. I generally don't like lined or decorated pages--it's harder to free sketch. But if you keep a journal or diary, it makes sense.

AG stars. Everywhere.
In case you might forget who made your stuff, the lower right star has the AG Girl Logo inside. Kailey and Lindsey (and Marisol and Jess in part) weren't so much their own line as an extension of the modern line, so they got a lot of the AG Today logos.

Back strap.
The elastic closure comes out of the back cover. Don't go pulling it out of whack, or you won't be able to close the diary up.

Pencil holder.
And on the side is a little plastic loop for the pencil to tuck into. A. I like little notebooks.

Pencil. Can't write without one.
Pencil: If you have a loop for the pencil, you need a pencil to put in the loop. Thus, the pencil--a silver pencil with no eraser. I am actually okay with pencils that have no erasers--mostly because I buy a lot of art pencils.9  I'm going to assume that this is a standard HB/#2 pencil, since that's what's mostly used in schools. And before you make the weak-ass joke, there is a such thing as a #1 pencil. The lead is softer and smudges more, but it leaves really dark marks.

Tip.
The pencil comes pre-sharpened and is functional. Trying to sharpen this would probably be hell on wheels, so I am not likely to actually use it much.

Pencil butts.
The butt end, which would have an eraser if we wanted that, instead has a blue plastic end cap covering the end.

Yes, pencil, you do.
And the pencil writes! Mis-lettered scribbles and all. I don't have to have pretty handwriting. I'm an artist.

Tucked in place.
And the pencil fits in its little loop. A. Tiny pencils are so nice. Saige should have come with a sketchbook and pencil like this.

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Overall Feel: I adore this set--especially because in a weird way, I know I'm the first to use it. The bag is pretty shit overall, but the rest is fine on its own and the laptop (and CDs) even carried through to another set. I really don't think AG will ever do a semi-functional laptop like this again, which is a pity; I think a new laptop with maybe some set in apps would be neat. The problem is that with the level of technology nowadays, it wouldn't be able to be sold for the $30 cost and might be as much as $100, which is near the cost of a doll. So I think this might be the best we'll get until tech becomes low enough or they release an LE/set that is computer heavy again.

Cost Value: Getting the set for below retail was a bargain. The original cost was average for a low-level electronic organizer at the time; it didn't do much, but the fact it did anything is pretty awesome. I wouldn't pay more than $45-50 for a set if that--and I'd need visual proof that the organizer either worked or hadn't been used for $50. If the organizer doesn't work, don't pay more than $20 for a complete set.

Datedness: Yes--but mostly because of the technology. Smartphones can do all three things it can do, load the internet, and let me play Fruit Ninja and end bar trivia brawls and debates in the car by pulling up Wikipedia. As a display piece, once you remove that horribly styled bag, it would work for a modern girl as long as you're accepting the fact your doll does not have a MacBook. It's pretty chunky for a laptop compared to Enviro-Lanie and dated tech in design, but it does stuff instead of just having screen clings, so there. The diary and pencil are timeless.

Set Usefulness: Moderate to high. At the time, a doll sized pocket organizer would have been nice tech for a eight to ten year old girl. Not many kids have electronic organizers nowadays; they would likely have cell phones or tablets that do the same thing and more, and would cost more in the process. I debate getting my gang faux-tablets, but an old school laptop is also good for displays. The bag is the low point and outside of this review, I won't be using it. I have a backpack that works better. For display--which most of my readers are doing--it's fine.

Appropriateness to Character: Knowing this would mean I'd read Lindsey's book, and I haven't read her book to full quality, so I don't know. Lindsey didn't really have an overarching theme like "dancer," "artist," "gymnast," or "didn't we already do dancer with someone better at it, WonderBread?" So this may apply to her. A ten-year-old with a laptop in 2001 would have been living pretty well.

Final Grade: A-. Old tech, but good display tech. Now stop claiming that the 70s aren't history when this time next year there will be teenagers walking around who were born after the WTC Attacks.10

Technology moves on.
--Neth

1 Something Awful. I've found a unique community there.
2 Mostly mothers learning from daughters, but I try not to be cissexist.
3 Misspelling "ludicrous" is one of my huge pet peeves, right up there with the "its/it's" and "affect/effect" split. "Ludicrous" is an adjective meaning "out there", "outrageous", or just plain ridiculous. "Ludacris" is a rapper whose music I often enjoy. The words are not interchangeable. Now move, bitch, get out the way.
4 If you really want to date yourself, watch Kids React to Technology: Walkmans.
5 Hers--part of her accessories--just had three screen clings. Way to downgrade.
6 Those that do in-store demos generally only do one or two things before the demo tab is removed.
7 Fun fact. In some places in Europe, the keyboard is a QWERTZ because they use more Zs and most Latin languages use more Ys. There's also AZERTY.
8 Yes, I mean a smartphone.
9 "Mistakes happen, that's why pencils have erasers" doesn't work so well when your pencils don't have them.
10 Scary, isn't it?

11 comments:

  1. This is a really cute set. I really like that it's actually kind of functional!

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  2. There's one kid who I don't know but they weren't interested in any history that happened before they were born. This person was born around 1990

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  3. Grungie here: So how long do you think it'll take to reach the "AG singularity"-- when a historical girl will look just like the first moddie?

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    1. I'm hoping that comes soon--that or an 80s girl, so Kimmy can get a lot of clothes!

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    2. Oh man, I swore I'd never get more than one AG, but if they come out with a 1984 girl wearing Jordache's and one of those ruffly plaid blouses (with maybe a mini Speak 'N Spell as an accessory?) I'll buy one in a heartbeat.

      --Grungie

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  4. Another excellent review. I owned only the bag and found the Velcro closure maddening.

    Being a history geek it irks me that people think that. History was and is everything from yesterday to last week to a hundred years (or more) ago.

    As for tech, show it off loud and proud. Personally I'm a sucker for vinyl records but have no problems using my generation three iPod.

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  5. Thanks for the review. I bought Lindsey last February for a surprisingly low price which included her (previously unread) book. I haven't read any of the other Girl of the Year books, so I have nothing to compare with. But I found Lindsey's to be lively, humorous, and enjoyable. Yes, in the book the laptop is very important to the Lindsey.

    Every now and then I search eBay for the laptop and the notebook with pencil. But I've never found one at a price I can afford. Congratulations on finding such a nice one.

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  6. Hey, I'm a big fan. I read Doll Diaries occasionally (with many an eye roll), and I saw that the American Girl Publishing site revealed some of the new BeForever book covers. I'd love to hear what you have to say about them. I, personally, am outraged, and sent the following message to American Girl:

    Just wanted to say how much I hate your new BeForever book covers. I saw them at your publishing site and was, in a word, horrified. I must admire your choice of very white, very classically beautiful child models to replace the long-beloved illustrations that, while they changed moderately over the years, maintained at least the same, realistic features on each of the girls. (Is it just me, or did Rebecca get a nose-job?) Addy, once the color of hot cocoa, now sports a white bread crust skin tone. She, Rebecca, and Kit all wear very clean, expensive-looking clothes despite living in poverty and (for Addy and Becky)the big city during the Industrial Revolution. I also enjoyed those new titles. Very wordy and confusing to young readers. It's almost as if you want them to see the books themselves as an accessory to the oversized, overpriced dolls. My favorite is "The Journey Begins". Because, even though this Kaya story has no real journey in it, she's a Native American, so she obviously has to go on a journey, probably to find her spirit animal or something. Which is mentioned in the later books, but, as I said before, there is no journey here! I cannot wait to see what you do to Felicity, Josefina, and Molly. Maybe you'll at least fix Kirsten's bangs this time around.

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  7. Where are you? We need you to balance out all of the Camp Doll Diaries crap you can make out of other crap posts. It's fine for kids, but I'm going to go mental if I see another freaking piece of craft foam.

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  8. the set is pretty awsome. they totally must release a new girl of the year who would be a math/technology geek with a new laptop or maybe even a tiny PC that would have even more cool functions. It cant be that expensive I mena I have a cell phone that only cost me 15 bucks with a colored screen and all. I could imagine if they wanted to they could fashion a pretty decent modern laptop set with a limited number of functions under USD 40

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