|More blue jean basics, now with Kanani.|
By 1999,2 the American Girl Today Line was actually doing pretty well. They were on their third meet outfit, had a decent wardrobe, and while they were not the juggernaut that they are today, they had a pretty good foothold as an AG line. And after the pitiful showing of 1997, '98 and '99 were actually pretty good for clothes and accessories. One of the sets that came out was a sequel, as it were, to the recently retired Blue Jean Basics: Blue Jean Basics, Part II--also known as the Jeans, Shirt, and Shoes, because AG was fond of having double names for everything. For the same cost as before--$22--the set came with a white long sleeved top, pale jeans, purple socks, and black lace up shoes. (No belt in this set.) eBay searches will get you both the '95 set and the '99 set, with this set being a little rarer to find than the first one. Still it goes for anywhere for $20 to 30; I paid above retail at $29, with an extra $5 for the socks. Much more than that is ridiculous. And while I don't think my socks are authentic AG ones--I got mine separate--they're purple socks, and they'll do.
Kanani, like Mellie in the last review, had this set on before the holidays.
|Long sleeved shirts for super comfort. |
|Striped shirts. Well, three stripes shirt.|
|Hem. Well, shirt edge.|
|Back closure. Mostly.|
|Jeans. The drive of the set.|
|Pretty fly for jeans.|
|Again, with the weird colored socks.|
|Chunky black shoes. Ah, I love the 90s.|
|Padding and lining.|
|Soles you could stand a doll on.|
Overall Feel: This set definitely has a more fall/cool weather feel that the set before, and actually comes together a lot better. The shirt could have used some hemming, but it won't unravel, and these jeans are more accurate than the ones before. There's a lot more details that make the set feel a lot more like real clothes than some sets do. This one not only mixes up nice--as I'll discuss--but it looks good as its own set alone. The shoes are probably the best component of the set overall.
Cost Value: While costing the same amount as the set before it, it feels a better value, even without a belt. This is because the shoes are super sturdy and the set has more detail. $30 is a bit on the high side for it, and if I was going back, I'd hunt up a lower cost set. Flip off people asking $40 plus. It's not a common set, but it comes up often enough I'd think. And make sure the set has the shoes, shirt, and jeans--and if you can find a pair of socks, go for it. Or get it without. They're purple socks, they won't wreck the set if they're not there.
Timeliness/Datedness: Not in my eyes. The jeans aren't too high and while there is a bit of a flare to them, they don't scream late 90s. (Though they're too wide for the 80s.) I'd say the shoes can be dated--the thick soles are a 90s thing. But then again, if you don't give a fuck, put them where you want!
Mix and Match Levels: Like the set before, it's very much a mix and match set and adds variety to a person who likes mixing it up with their doll wardrobes. The shirt and the socks might be the hardest part to match with other things--the shirt might go with a skirt and definitely with other jeans, but not much past that. The jeans are general enough to go with anything, and same with the shoes.
Final Grade: A+. I like this set better than the first.
|Hey, I won an award! Go me!|
Bonus to the post!
Several weeks ago, A Peek in the Pantry awarded me (and several other people) the Liebster Award--a fun little go-around where you answer eleven questions asked of you, and then ask some other people to answer eleven that you offer up. I'm generally not in enough circles to be awesome, so getting this was a nice surprise for me. And if you like food and history, add A Peek in the Pantry to your regular readings!4 I've been getting lots of meal ideas from the posts there. Now to answer what I was asked:
1. What is your favorite historical time period to learn about?
--Texas History when it was a country all its own. This is partially because of the studies I did in 7th grade, and because while it was a messy period it's one that I think doesn't get a lot of focus. Second would be the Civil Rights Era.
2. If AG told you you could design everything about their next historical character from appearance to time period to book series, what would you do?
Look out world, Edith Anderson is about to bust out as the Civil Rights Doll y'all have needed forever! And as a bonus I'm getting my writings published by AG direct, and all the money will be mine!
3. Do you have a favorite Disney movie, and if so, which is it?
You'd probably think it'd be The Princess and the Frog, but that's only my favorite Disney princess. My favorite movie has been, since the day it came out and I saw it in the theater, The Lion King. I even saw the musical last week as it's touring through Seattle, and got mind tingles from the opening notes. The songs are personally powerful.5
4. DC or Marvel?
Argh, I'm the worst at classic comics, even though I have a regular subscription to many things at my local comic shop. I'm going with Marvel only because they've been publishing the Stories of Oz that I've been collecting.
5. What else do you collect besides dolls?
My Little Pony, Mattel High (Monster and Ever After), Tiana/Disney stuff, Africana, video game swag, general stuffies, and Pokémon paraphernalia.
6. What's your favorite TV show?
Oof. I don't watch as much TV as I used to, thanks to the internet--I get more pleasure from that. I really like The Simpsons, even twenty-four seasons in, and have seen every ep so far. After that would probably be Futurama, which I also have seen all of.
7. What's one book that really influenced your life?
Don't laugh, but D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths. The first time I saw Athene's image, something in me awoke and even though it took a few more years to listen to what She had to say to me, She was the first Goddess that made me actually feel loved.
8. What was your favorite toy growing up, and do you still have it? If not, are you looking for one to add to your adult collection?
My Little Pony. I only had a few of them, but I loved them all. I don't have the originals from my childhood per se, but I have them all back--and the complete Satin Slipper Sweet Shop, which was one of the best playsets for me ever.
9. If you could be any animal, what would you be?
Real? White Tiger. Imaginary? Pegasus.
10. Is there anywhere on Earth you don't want to visit?
From what I hear a majority of Russia is not a good place for a queer black woman so...
11. Who is your overall favorite fictional character and why?
Ergh, hard choice. Addy is one of the best in the world, but so is Louis from The Trumpet of the Swan and Sailor Pluto from Sailor Moon, and Ozma from the Oz Series, and Rarity from MLP:FiM and...I can't just pick one!
The people I'm tagging to get the award:
- Rhymer of Ponies and Patches
- AJ of Toy Chest Snarker
- Emily of the Toy Box Philosopher
- Sea of the Doll Grotto
- Runs with Wolves of Tinsel and Copper
- Starrz and his his personal tumblr
1: What bugs you/pisses you off about the majority of toy collecting communities?
2: What's your favorite collection thing you've gotten in the last six months to a year?
3: You've got unlimited funds to launch your own toy or doll company. Design your signature character and their back story.
4: You now have a flamethrower and the ability to wipe any doll line out--past or present--just because you don't want it around. Which one do you torch?
5: What's a topic you could totally geek out about for hours?
6: What's the last book you just couldn't finish, and why?
7: What's the last movie you watched that felt like a waste of film?
8: You have become a super hero, faster than that thing, stronger than that other thing, able to do that thing in a single thing! Alas, we all have a weakness. What's your kryptonite?
9: What's your least favorite fandom, and why?
10: You've got a time machine. It only goes backwards and to right now, and you can bring one thing to the present with you and take one thing back. What do you take back with you and what do you bring forward?
11: Everyone knows favorite colors, that's easy. What's your least favorite color and/or color combination?
Extra Credit: Do you want me to answer my own questions?
1 I live in a place where avocado plants generally won't make it outside, so mine live in pots. And since I live in an apartment, all my plants are in pots. Should I ever get a house, I'll think about ground planting things.
2 When I graduated from high school.
3 Like the patriarchy!
4 Also, she posts a lot more than me. I wish I posted that much.
5 It also reminds me of my daddy.