American Girl, since being owned by Mattel, has hugely branched out to get their brand into the minds of their target audience beyond word of mouth and catalogs (which are nice but nothing on a website for information). They opened physical stores--probably the best damn idea they ever had-- launched the website, and they started the movies and poking markets that went untapped by Pleasant Company, like craft sets at Joann and Michaels stores. One way is by having bundles of items at big box stores like Costco and Sam's Club. They've been doing this for at least since I've dealt with Costco--that's where we buy ridiculous amounts of things in bulk. Seattle and the surroundings are not big on WalDeMart, the Store That Shall Not Be Shopped.
AG, natch, won't sell dolls or outfits through the Big Box Stores--that would be competing with their own stores, especially with a store here in traveling distance. But they have sold things like expanded craft and activity bundles (the fashion design sets, I have), books and book sets often with mini dolls,1 playsets, and pet bundles. It's where I got Honey and Chip from my last review, and I keep an eye out for some smaller or more interesting AG stuff there, especially during the Holiday Toy Stack-ups that run from Sept to Dec. So when it leaked recently that new pets were being found at Costco--ones that weren't even up by AG yet!--I asked the man to run me there and was delighted to find the new three pets there. I am pretty sure this is a early product leak, and not some sort of one off thing with Costco, especially with the official names on the packaging and labeling and all. With BeForever, there wasn't the typical AG Fall and Winter Holiday Release, and there's going to be by probably mid October.
Before I go hard into my Fancy Pom set, have two close ups of the other two:
|Mint in Box but not for long!|
|Contents do not include dog food or leash. I can deal with it.|
|Purse and food bowls.|
|Another list of the contents.|
|Back of the box.|
|She's totally down with the dolls.|
$1153 for your girl.
Now, to the actual items.
|Floof and poof.|
The rest of her except her lower paws is covered in thick, long pile fur. This was after a quick grooming, so it's laying flatter than before. It fluffs up easy enough.
|Tail. And my hand.|
|Tags and foot ID.|
|Draw me like one of your French Girls.|
|Cats or dogs? ¿Porque no los dos?|
|Now Kiss. Even if you can't.|
A. Pompom is a cute little fluff nugget~
|For all the dog shopping needs.|
|Going to blow some bones.5|
|Purses for boy cats too!|
|Books. Not just for packaging.|
|Taking care of Pompom.|
|Okay that's cute.|
|House: Some Assembly Required.|
The rectangular mat--blank and ready for coloring--has a tiara with heart and circle jewels and rows of jewels across the long sides.
|Pink and mat like.|
|Stickers make me so nervous.|
1) Color the shit out of the house.
2) Put the body of the house together by sticking the tab in one side and popping it into shape.
3) Stick the balcony/fence/border into the slots out front. Pop out the window shutters.
4) Fold the roof and set it on top.
5) Continue to customize by adding stickers, using the colored paper as a rug, or writing all over it. ART THE THING.
Hello, dog house. No cutting or anything! Since I plan to take my time to color the house, I just did a quick pop up. This is a fancy Pomeranian set, so the doorway is shaped like a heart. I'll live with it.
|Otters with two pets, neither of which is hers.7|
Enjoy the few times I get reviews out on stuff that is still new on the docket. Now more squealing about cool things and secret society stuff.
|Getting along like cats and dogs.|
1 This is how I got my mini Caroline. And I'm banking on this being a thing in my Costco by the Holidays to get some BeForever bundles.
2 My man loves me, but asking for $90 worth of AG stuff for reviews is asking way too much of him.
3 Prices went up with BeForever. Such is the way of life.
4 I ship what I ship. Including Abbey/Ghoulia and Robecca/Clawd.
5 Getcha mind outta the gutter.
6 You can direct all complaints to my butt.
7 Otters has a pet rabbit named Ostara. She's also chilling in Julie's summer set, first half.