|Bring in the new noise, bring in the funk!1|
What's BeForever? Have you been under a damn rock for the past several months? Oh, no, you're new to AG fandom somehow. All right, I'll play nice for a sec. Basically, BeForever is a rebranding of the Historical line to make the characters of the past appeal to the hip youth of today--what with their touch tablets and Internets and cell phones and iPods and hip hop and Wonderbread Girls of the Year. Out go best friends--Cécile and Marie Grace included, alas we hardly knew ye--and in place returns Samantha as the backbone of support for this new launch, since AG has relied on her for the launch of new things. The Historical characters all got new meet outfits except two: Kaya--who really can't get much of a change in wardrobe since her era is pretty stuck in the past; and Caroline, but she's only been out for two years so we're letting it slide. There's outfits inspired by the meet outfits--both loosely and pretty close--and new items, and the books have adapted into a new form. And many things changed--but many stayed the same. Sort of like the line is advertising again.
Yesterday, the whole thing dropped. After seeing things online at 10 pm my time--two hour diff from AG's headquarters--and losing half my shit at AGC, a buddy of mine and I went to AG Seattle and squealed the hell out and I lost the other half of my shit. I snapped a bunch of pictures and then got several things to bring home. I wondered in June if my body was ready and OH NO IT WAS NOT. There's so many new things and if I were a rich girl with a house large enough for everything I would have gotten the world of stuff. As it is, I came home with a decent amount, and will be doing reviews on the newness later.
This post is about all the shiny good-good and new hotness--including the All New and Semi-Improved Samantha. Pics are all my own pictures taken at the store--some of mine are off center, I was too busy jumping around in excite. I'm already excite about something else in AG fandom (if you're part of AGC you'll know what) and so the last week and change has been an utter crazy whirlwind of ups and downs and swings and swirls. I tend to have a lot more feels on historical things than moddy stuff, so this is a long ass post. I had to start the post, go to sleep, wake up, finish it, and then back time it. There will also be handfuls of animated gifs so if those bother you, take that into account. I know photo sensitivity since I have it, and warnings are appreciated.
Before I start into this all new Historical minty freshness and the new hotness in the streets for the young jeezies, a mini rant. We already have a stupid split between PC stuff and Mattel stuff hovering around and stinking up the place like spoiled Similac formula. It's irritating and annoying and people should slip into the sea for it. We don't need another split. The first split is terrible and I really can't stop it except to hiss at people. But we can prevent prefixes on titles right now. Don't do it. Don't do it. I swear to the gods, fandom, if you make "pre-BeForever" a thing like "pre-Mattel" I'll find ways to make you hurt like I rammed glass and Legos in the soles of your feet. I will curse you to never find the last item you need in your Molly collection in a sensible price range and for your first edition Kirsten to develop silver eye and you to never find a person to do an eye swap to keep her soft lashes and for your favorite girl to get a mysterious stain on her cheek that won't come off without a full head replacement. Consider this my preemptive strike against your stupid smelly failure. Also the old stuff isn't coming back, BeForever is the way things are from now on. You can't have the old looks, the NOLA girls are gone, Pleasant Rowland wasn't the Lord Goddess of Historical accuracy by a long shot, and there's not going to be any return to the past of how you want AG to be or plaid dresses for Samantha no matter how many likes your ill punctuated mewling little wet pants baby rants on the AG Facebook page and Instagram filtered Samantha selfies get. Stop being an irritating little buttboil on Facebook and move on. I have worked customer service and the people having to reply to these things are both sighing in irritation and laughing at you. You're now in the file of "stupid jackass customer." Ahem.
We're starting with Addy, of course. She's my first girl--and the best.
Addy: Winning All of BeForever With Only Two New Outfits
|WORK IT GUUUURL.|
|Blue baby gorgeous girl, rocking the entire 1860s.|
|Nails and dresses.|
I love nice rich blues, and the color just pops against her skin. White stockings might be a little bit fussy, but I'll allow it for Addy. And her new boots are just gorgeous. About my only complaint is that they have a heel, and I have feels about AG heels. This is actually a dress that has precedent, though not directly from AG before now:
|Harriet is shocked, I tells yah.|
Addy's New Meet Accessories: Meet outfit change, meet accessories change. Felicity set this back in 2005. Addy's new meet set keeps her cowrie shell necklace--thinner cord but same sliding adjustment--her old style bonnet with new black trim and a black gingham ribbon to tie around her chin, and--since the new theme for meet stuff is headgear/purse/extra accessory thing--a new totebag. I'm down for that. Girl's been hauling a kerchief around for twenty-one years, that's a lot of work. It's a little like her school set tote. Nice throwback, AG. I can tuck her old half dime in there and work it, girl.
|Modern Clothes, past inspiration.|
|HNNNNNNGGH NNNNHH SCHOOL DRESS.|
|Hail Mary, Death drop.|
Yes I got it don't ask stupid questions. I got it first because I didn't see the outfit until second.
Addy's Lunch Pail: It's back, baby! The major changes are the pail is now brightly colored, the napkin is blue fabric, and the LOVE cookies are fused together so that AG doesn't have to send you a new set when you lose the E. Also I am pretty sure the grapes have been genetically modified into hugeness. Addy's new theme is blue, and I can get down with that. Blue on everything, Addy, like your middle name is Ivy and your last name is Carter.
|The old and the new. And window glare.|
Old Stuff: Sticking around are Addy's Sunday Best (it's on the cover of volume two) and Addy's Tartan Dress, cause holidays. Addy's Winter Coat, Plaid Summer Set, Blue Dress (that's had three changes), and shoes and socks set, were not in the store. The old stuff is still available until supplies die online. But I have it all so *shrug* Addy's Hairstyling set still exists, but the trims on the snood and cameo are now blue. I didn't snap a picture; maybe next time I'm at the store. The site still shows the pink set.
Samantha: The Double Diamond Re-Release Edition5
|She's back, babies!|
|Meet the pink.|
Samantha's New Meet Accessories: Samantha now has a stretch lace headband like the one with her velvet dress. I'm not sure about that headband, but it's not 100% terrible. The purse is cute and much like her old one. The locket--as I found out--don't open. Failure.
|That doesn't look warmish.|
|Nightclothes for girls.|
|Nighty night, sleep tight.|
Samantha's Bedtime Accessories: It's the return of the teddy bear and the Wizard of Oz to Sam's collection. Tiny Doll books are one of my major weaknesses. The scrapbook is kinda meh, but that's because I'm not a fan of the fine art of gluing shit in books--never really have been. The music box, however, is precious and a lot like the one that she got for Giftmas, and plays Wiegenlied (Mozart's Lullaby). So it would probably sound a lot like this. I wonder if I can figure out how to take the music box apart and put different song in it. My favorite music box tune has always been "Theme to Love Story," ever since I was a little girl and found a record turning music box for 50 cents at a garage sale. I used to come home and wind it up and listen to it for hours in a trance when I was depressed--until the day it got broken (a screw got jammed into the part that played and I couldn't open it to fix it) and I cried for days. I now have another music box that plays it, so it's back. And yes it would be ahistorical, but I can live with that. A lot of people can't, not if the drooling word-puke online shows any sort of theme.
|Ice Cream Parlor of DOOM. And Frilly fluff.|
Samantha's Ice Cream Parlor: $300 playsets of doom are the new hotness in AG stuff. Samantha gets this in the form of an ice cream parlor--and it has a lot for the cost. It has counters. It has a mirrored back drop. It has a register. It has a working lamp. It has cones and bowls and a scoop and little bits and bobs that make it feel real. I kinda like it. Only, you know, I'd have to get rid of the chocolate by turning it to vanilla. I don't allow any forms of chocolate in my house, not even doll chocolate. Maybe waaaay down the road.
|Biking in bloomers.|
Samantha's Bicycle: This is a million times better than that terrible hideous tricycle thing we were subjected to for so long. Samantha's not five and her story specifies a two-wheeler. So it's not blue? That can be fixed with enamel paint. I didn't know if Sam was of the era where the bar was already dropped for a girl's bike,6 so I looked it up and bikes as far back as the 1880s had dropped bars and chain guards too! So it's accurate. I want to get this.
|Plaid and Tea.|
|Dog don't shave and neither do I.|
Oh hey, you can kinda see Addy's to the side. See the blue? Ta da.
|So let's prepare these dogs! (Kill two for matching clogs!)7|
|New shit for an old fashioned girl.|
Old Stuff: None for Samantha, she's driving this van full of BeForever. Enjoy the newness! The old stuff has been gone for some time, and you get hints of it in her stuff now. And if you just can't stand her new stuff and you somehow liked that plaid meet set and her bridesmaid dress and terrible plastic shoes, she was out for over twenty years. Hie your ass to the 'Bay. You wanted her back, now she's back. She wasn't going to come back the same and you knew it. Cry me a river, build a bridge, and then get over yourselves.
Julie: Looking for Fun and Feelin' Groovy8
|Everything's coming up Julie!|
|Get in the funky groove!|
Julie's New Accessories: Could they be cuter? I doubt it. Those beautiful big eye glasses! That tote! The woven flower headband! Yes please, gimme! Can't wait to bring this home.
|That is how you pimp.|
|Holidays in paisley.|
|Rotary phones and monkey hugs.|
|EGG CHAIR EGG CHAIR EGG CHAIR|
|I was too excited to get a display shot. Have her bike.|
Kit: Teal and Yellow and Bobbing the Good News
|Extra, extra! Bright Colors existed in the 1930s!9|
|Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag and smile smile smile~|
Kit's New Meet Accessories: Praise gods, that terrible crochet hat is gone--I have a review coming, you'll see how much I hate it--and a new cleaner felt hat is there. I love the red bow and the overall shape--it feels and looks a lot more authentic. The purse is generally the same shape, but now has a loop at the back. And the bracelet is just cute. Yes.
|Cute stuff for kids, not in my size.|
|Hat with red ribbons.|
|Polka dots reporting in.|
|Bright and bold, just like Kit!|
|Kit of the Daily Kittridge Paper.|
Rebecca: Purple Spotlight Sparkles
|Acting allows you to be everyone and anyone, beautiful girl.|
|Rebecca might be the actress but Kit's doing the photobomb.|
Rebecca's New Meet Accessories: No more shawl and broach; now she has a sweet little necklace and clasp purse instead. Her new hat is a purple velvet slouchy style with an awesome flower on the side, flip front, and sheer ribbon and it's also stiffened inside. I definitely am going to get this new set for my gang.
|Holiday dress and sabbath set ups. And another photobomb get out my shot.|
Rebecca's Teatime Traditions: Teatime and Sabbath traditions, yes. From the Sabbath Set that was retired come her candles, tea, glasses, challah bread with cloth and an updated teapot; we also add a fruit tart. Basically it's what we had with the prior set, minus the samovar and tray. I can do that.
|Lights, Camera, Awesome!|
|We are the movie makers, we are the dreamer of dreams, we desperately got hit by the flash.|
|Now in Purple.|
Kaya: Fringe Benefits
|Ain't much changed for the first American Girl.|
|It's too much.|
|For all your powwow needs.|
|Two become one.|
Old Stuff: All still there, except the aforementioned smushed set. Kaya tends to hang onto what she has since it's not much.
Josefina: Biding Until Spring
|She's a patient girl. She'll wait.|
|New Meet meets old accessories.|
Josefina's New Meet Outfit: The design of the set is mostly the same; however, the colors are much brighter. The camisa has slightly different trim, and her shoes are also the same from a recent change away from the leather of before. But now she has a blue belt and her skirt is bright red with blue flowers and a lovely hem design instead of a muted red and black. I gotta say, I like both versions and now have her new one. Her meet accessories didn't change--leaving her the only girl with a coin right now--but they are likely to in the future to remove her coin and hankie so if you want those get on it.
|Dress of power.|
|Your time is coming.|
Caroline: Not Much Change on the Sea
|Steer us....uh, somewhere.|
Silver Sparkle Jacket: The wide collar is wonderful, and I'm loving the simple pea coat feel--very nautical. Especially because those buttons have anchors. Aw, yiss.
|Top me off.|
|ugh, jeggings, what.|
|Caroline, we need to talk.|
Caroline's Table and Treats: We also gave up her table and chairs for a banquet table with tablecloth, tiered tray, tureen with ladle, fruit bowl, pedestal, and serving bowls. And fused food. I really hate most fused food. And again this is way too fussy. I can't see Caroline doing this with the war on, even for her birthday or the holidays. Boo.
|Still got the rest for now.|
Books: Yes, Dolls Still Come with Paper Things, Try and Read the Words on Them
|Our boxsets now have three books! And no gameboards.|
|Hanging out with Rebecca's world.|
|The books are for Addy, not Esther.|
Mini Dolls: Pocket-Sized Bits of Dolly
|Wittle dolly tinies.|
Conclusion: Being the Best Forever I Can Be
|Stop being cute, ice cream parlor!|
Overall though? I'm very glad this reboot and revamp has happened. The new outfits based on the meet sets are brilliant--even when they miss me, I can see children loving the stuff. If AG wants to make money hand over fist they'll make BeForever style outfits in sizes and styles for the moddies, cause I'd for one be all over it. The books being less babyish means they can go digital easy and appeal to the older proper audience and it feels less like reading a kid's book. I'm hoping this brings a whole new generation into the Historical love instead of only staying with the moddies and the Girls of the Year. A new wind blowing through is just what they need to bounce from the lows they've been doing for some time. I eagerly await what's down the pipe for Josefina and any others, and can't wait to start my Addy reviews on the new stuff.
Now I have to prep for the Cousins coming to me to get whispered to and loved on. Who are the Cousins? Oh you'll see~
1 This picture is a modification of the official splash image of the BeForever I scanned it off my flyer and also uploaded it to the AG Wiki (til it was replaced). So take that into account that's it's not mine but I did edit it.
2 It's a reference to ThunderDome, the writing challenge on SA I'm part of. If you don't know you ain't gonna know without dropping ten bux.
3 I'll probably still be getting a second Addy eventually, once I can guarantee she comes with the feathered brows, and then turning her into a moddie character.
4 Clothing draws on the past to inspire the present, not the other way around Miss "it looks like Gymboree and Target" you know who you are stop talking.
5 Alas, not on Blu-Ray.
6 Bars were initially dropped on women's and girl's bikes to accommodate their skirts when they mounted up.
7 See my vest, see my vest, oh please won't you see my vest~ Yes, I've been watching the Simpsons Every Episode Marathon since it started a week ago on FXX. I really like the Simpsons and have seen every ep.
8 The song came out in 1966, but it fits.
9 I'm never, ever going to drop that bullshit anymore than the Edwardian thing. Deal with it. [/Korra]
10 Not shitting you.
11 My prior note was song lyrics being quoted. I mostly hate vests.
12 I'm thinking of PDFing my old copies for the data. Make me like fandom that much or you'll get nothing.
13 I was also reading romance novels. Bring in the smut.
14 Like Nellie not being there. Get over it. Even if mine got compliments all yesterday.