|AG has made a lot of small animal things.|
A short intro about the Coconut Gang. PC had a rather pitiful showing for modern pet sets: Baxter the Bunny, a husky dog to pull the AG sled, and Penny being made to be the stand in horse outside of her collection. Then in the year 2000 Mattel--now fully in charge of this crazy shack--came out with Coconut, a white Westie dog. Male initially, Coconut flipped to female in 2001, got dress up sets, and started showing up on moddie outfits. In 20033 Licorice--a black cat--was released to become what would be the first of many pets based on and hanging around with Coconut, most with food-based names and appearing on clothing options for the moddie on the go. Several pets have come and gone, but they've all had a base in a little white fluffy dog that has been around for fourteen years.
I've had a few pets in my life--birds, cats, a couple dogs--but I've never really had a love for Coconut. I'm more of a cat person. However, my husband is allergic to cat fur--like, his eyes will crust over and his throat gets all coughing and wheezing allergic--and we don't have much space for pets anyways in my house, AG collection notwithstanding. So my pet options right now are limited to nothing, stuffed animals, cursing out the squirrels outside, and small AG animals. Over the years I've managed to get four official modern AG pets:
- Coconut v.2, that ran from 2001-2004;
- Honey, a golden retriever released and retired in 2014 with the pet revamp;
- Chocolate Chip, a Labrador retriever released and currently only available in the Service Dog Set;
- And most recently, the Himalayan Kitten released in 2014.
Before I dip into the pet reviews, just a thing. You may notice a Paypal donate button to the side. That's recently added. Here's the thing: I've been unemployed for well over two years and come from generational poverty. I do write books--and will probably put another of those up on the Createspace--have a modest etsy account which needs more AG stuff, and my man keeps me on my feet. But for the most part I don't have a steady income and we live in a capitalist society until the revolution comes. So if you like what I read and would like to toss a couple bucks my way in appreciation, that would be boss. It's of no obligation to anyone; at no point will there be a cost to hear me bitch and ramble and scoot around on my side.
Anyways, on with the reviews!
|Coconut, don't eat your collar.|
She is a solid with white fur sewn over a dense plastic form to look like she is sitting with haunches on the ground and paws in front; the fur lays in such a way as to simulate the wacky way dog fur lies. Somewhere under that fur are very small ear nubbles, solid black eyes, an attached tail, and a black nose. She's like a Woobat, that way. Or a Lillipup.
Look you knew I played Pokémon when you started reading.
|Leash laws, follow them.|
|Collar and leash alone.|
|Tag close up.|
The attached tag is a pink six-petal plastic charm with a yellow circular5 center. Well it was attached. As I was doing this review, the collar split and the tag fell off. I can probably fix it, but later. At the top of one petal edge is a silver jump ring where, at the time of this picture, it attaches to a small hole in the collar.
Coconut v2 gets a C+. While I do like the collar and mouth magnet, she's really more like a fur-covered plastic display pet than a play pet and is very hard in the center. Not very exciting. At least the initial price was on the semi-fair side.
|And she's just like Honey~ [/Mariah Carey]|
My Honey does not have a collar. This is because I got her like this:
|Dog and books go together? Okay.|
She is slightly larger but overall the same shape as Coconut with haunches to the ground and paws in front. Sit, dog.
|Wag it like a dog.|
D. Honey came with less--even in the AG version it was just the collar except for the year of Journal. If she hadn't been a Costco sale I would have never bothered, and she put me well off AG pets for some time.
|Chocolate Chip--the only kind allowed in my house.|
Chocolate Chip: Chocolate Chip was still part of Coconut 4, released in 2011. Fun fact, directly from the Wiki article: Chocolate Chip was originally called a girl, but a few months after release was rebranded by AG as a boy. Gender is not set in stone. And for the rest of this review he's getting called Chips because oh my god long name is long and I'm lazy. Chips initially was available for $20, but now you can only get him with the Service Dog Set, a set that allows your AG to get the help she needs for her disability because fuck you, representation matters.
Chips is a plastic-body based dog covered in short pile brown fur fabric, has black and brown-rimmed eyes, a black dog nose, and floppy ears. Like Honey they come sewn down, like Honey I clipped them, and unlike Honey the underside is plain brown cloth instead of the same fur as the ears.
|1: Cut a hole in the Box. 2: Put your Dog in that Box 3: Make her open the box! And that's the way you do it! 7|
|Show your ass on the internet.|
|Fuzzy doggy tummy.|
Chips gets a B-. Still solid and clunky, but he has four legs and that gave me hope.
And then AG revamped the pets in 2014 and they brought back the magnets and they released the--
|Fwuffy wuffy Rascal kittykins!|
The Himalayan Kitten is part of the recent 2014 revamp of the pets line where only Coconut has a name and the others just have breed names. So feel free to gender and name your pets as you wish. The magnets also return, as well as the ability to pose the pets moderately. Some blogger I've seen about said the new pets looked terrible and well, that's another thing that blogger got wrong in her laundry list of terrible AG opinions. Himalayan cats are what happened when Persians were blended with Siamese, and are now a breed of their own.
This one has been named Rascal. Remember Marisol, the Girl of the Year that's twice the dancer Wonderbread is? She has a pet cat, a boy named Rascal that I believe is a Himalayan because of the long hair. I don't want to read the whole book to check. So guess what I named the cat? You've got three guesses and the first two don't count, and I will now call him that through the rest of the review.
This toy will not work with old style Coconut. I tried but I think it's either too heavy or the magnet is too weak. Oh well. I have named the toy Ghoti. Linguistic jokes~
|Paws for the Cause.|
Rascal, like all the older pets, is plastic under fur. But he--and all the new pets--have something super special:
|Head to the side.|
|Leashing a cat?|
|Marisol and Rascal: Together again.|
I give Rascal a solid A. Fwuffy kittuns~!
Overall, while it took a while for AG to get their modern pet game together, this new edition is magnificent and I love that they can pose. This revamp of pets have given me so much hope that I am even thinking of getting Coconut v5. Chips is there again as the Chocolate Lab Puppy, and a dog a lot like Honey is there as the Apricot Poodle Puppy. I personally recommend that you get the new pets over the old ones--unless you just have a hard on for ugly little bow yorkies like Sugar or want the actual Licorice or something.
Or like pet lumps, but why would you do pet lumps.
1 Things to pick back up on this blog.
2 Another way Lindsey got screwed; she had a dog in her stories but no dog in her collection.
4 Dogs are Boy, Cats are Girl. Damn you, Dick and Jane.
5 As a child, I was very insistent on the difference between "round" and "circular." Circular is very flat and circle-shaped like a bottle cap, buttons and discs. Round is like a ball, marble or a balloon. If you were an adult and you told me a ball was shaped like a circle I shot you the kind of look that would wilt flowers. I still have these definitions.
6 Version 3 from 2005 to 2009 came with a toy tennis bone toy to emphasis the magnet, a new collar and starburst tag, the same leash as v2, and a certificate for $19. You could also get Coconut bundled with a moddie purchase if you were into that. That almost happened with Otters, but that is a story for the next installment of Why I'm an Outsider.
7 Yes, "Dick in a Box" played while I was blogging. Heeheehee~
8 Talking about it in detail upsets me because of my own disabilities, struggles, traumas, and issues, so please don't ask. Thanks.