|Mellie at AG Seattle, going to check out this new stuff.|
I met up with a friend Saturday--the same one I have been hanging at AG with for months now *happyface* Highlights of our hanging out include my hair getting caught on a display wreath, squealing over tiny doll passports that aren't even accurate to a passport but who cares they're tiny and cute. And yes I got an apron!2 And no you can't have it. But there is a giveaway for it at Lissie and Lilly. Go enter and see if you can get one! (They got three of em!)
|My tiny dolly shit. Not yours.|
To the stuff. Pictures are half my camera and half my phone, because my camera which I thought was charged was not oh no it was not. Technology! The longer/wider images are from my phone. They still get the job done. *swings on motorcycle, zooms down the freeway*
You Can Spot Vanilla Bean ButterCream By her Freckles
|Now with doggie and beret.|
For me, she looks like Chrissa 2.0. Now with longer hair, freckles, lip gloss, and minus the #12 Redux who got her in Trouble and "I Have a PoC Friend" Sonali. If she wasn't Fourth White Doll in a Row, I'd have picked her up the day of release or as soon as possible. I don't hate her like I hated Wonderbread's entire face and story and special snowflake pirouette. So if I do bite down and get her, it will be closer to the summer, and less to have Grace and more in order to swipe her wig and clothes and turn her into a Latina version. (I have someone who wants the body to customize, so I could even get that gone without much hassle.) Which I might. She's not as ugly as Wonderbread, but she's so blah after four--count em, four!--white girls in a row that I don't want her in my gang.
|And like the others, you can wear her whole meet set!|
|Earrings only for Grace.|
Books: VanillaCream's first two books--Grace and Grace Stirs it Up--now cost ten bucks each, like the BeForever books. And like the BeForever books, there's no illustrations. The books are shorter, but thicker--clocking in at 180 pages on average each compared to last year's average of 120 per book. A quick comparison shows that there are more chapters overall and the text size/chapter length relative to the page is about the same ratio as the larger books. With a total lack of internal illustrations,3 they probably have more words than other girls, and so the stories are longer. Good for you, AG! Something positive in this. There's no Letter from AG or Blurbs in the back about Baking or Paris or any chatter. It's all booky story goodness. I got both books and I've yet to dive in, but they appear to at least be meaty inside. I should certainly be done before the third book comes out.
Grace's Welcome Gifts: Unlike the others, Grace does not have meet accessories that are named Meet Accessories. They're called her Welcome Gifts as her French relatives give them to her, and are closest to the Meet Accessories since they can be bundled with her for a discount. This consists of a bouquet of flowers, a pink beret, fused macarons in a box, two Eiffel Tower cookies in a mesh bag, and a set of postcards. Look, I can make a damn beret for $32 bucks. Pass. There's a people sized beret as well, for all your ooo la la headgear.
Grace's French Bulldog: Apparently in her first book Graceling finds a French bulldog and gets to bring it home, because dogs. Bonbon is a plush bulldog with a neck bow that unfolds into a leash. I love that, because it means no leash just hanging around being a leash. The bow on the head, not so much. I ultimately might not get this because I prefer the posing pets over the non and I have enough pets here for the gang as is.4
|Stupid cute baking outfits and stupid cute tiny baking stuff.|
|Since they will probably fix this, enjoy upside down cupcakes.|
Grace's Baking Set: Grace's whole theme is Paris and Baking, so this is part of the baking side of things. I'm in LOVE with this. It's got a doll sized mixer! And tiny measuring cups! A tiny sifter! Tiny dolly tablet. Alas, the screens are just slides, but I can work with this. I was on a budget Saturday, so I will get these next time. But I will get this before the end of the year.
|We're doing shorts with sweaters? That's a thing?|
Grace's Paris Accessories: Not content to have one set of accessories, Grace also has her Paris Accessories. Basically between this and the Welcome set, you have the hat and the purse along with a bunch of little extras. Accompanying the purse are weird little fingerless gloves because apparently everyone needs open fingers to text, a metro pass to get around places, lip gloss to explain why her lips are darker than most AG lips5, and a coin purse for loose change. I like the purse of the set--it's wonderful!--but that's all I like. And for $6 more I can get the people sized purse.
|Time to travel in a--oh.|
Grace's Travel Set: Along with Coat Askew, Grace has to carry stuff with her in a suitcase--and good for her that international travel generally allows one free bag on most airlines.6 Her pull along suitcase, while cute, is rather bright; a more muted color scheme, like black and navy--would have been more realistic. I hate bright suitcases. There's a luggage lock and tag--tags are hella important, but every airline I fly now insists that they won't take locked luggage so ButterCream don't lock your bag. She also has realistic plane tickets and a journal to write in, and a passport that I didn't take a look at. I like the set, but not enough to buy it for $44.
|For comfortable sleepings.|
|Grace Transformed into the Fairy Type! And brought a cart.|
Grace's Pastry Cart: As some point I guess ButterCream decides to go peddling her wares on one of those carts you encounter in the mall and try to walk past as quickly as possible without making too much eye contact. There's heart shaped wheels, breads, cakes, treats, boxes, bags, and other accoutrements.7 But eh. It's got play value, but I'm not a player so much as a displayer and blogger and brushy brusher. I have neither the money nor the space for this. $150 you say, is too much for a cart. Oh just you wait. But first.
|This was the only image I got. Deal.|
And then. And then.
|DEAR GOD WHAT.|
Grace's French Bakery: The Behemoth arises, lifting itself from the dank, twisted mind of the AG development department. And it shall be named Grace's French Bakery, and you will fear and know that the gods are malicious. This is the big token for ButterCream's collection, and AG went out they damn minds with it.
It's huge--big enough to put at least, I'd say, five or six dolls in for storage. It has an open roof, so it better not rain much. There's a fridge and a sticker clock and wall cabinet and the display at AG had the bistro set inside and there's hinged doors and fucking wall sconces and sparkling water and a set out counter and fake sidewalk a little hanging door sign and the doors open and close and I'm not listing all the things it comes with cause I have other shit to talk about. And the cost of this piece? As big as some furniture? $500.
I didn't make a typo. $500. Oh hell no. This is getting ripped to shreds on AG's facebook and among huge amounts of the fandom. I could see $300, like EnviroLanie's Camper. I could see. $400, even if I would wince. But $500? American Girl wants us to put down as much as to get 4 other dolls for the BAKERY? Y'all can't take a risk on a Doll of Color, but you can do this? Man, that's some SHIT. Reports are that the box when empty is big enough for a full grown adult to get in. Do you know what I can get for $500? I can get a new computer (like I just did). I could buy washing machines. I can buy several other outfits. I can get a good amount of art supplies. I can fly to Texas and back. I could buy an actual table and chairs or a new desk.
I know AG is billing itself more as a upper-style brand but they must be crazy. I severely doubt there will be a lot of these in the world come the end of the year. Even if I had that much to toss at a doll bakery, I would not use it to buy this unless I suddenly had a stupid large house to put it in.
Fuck that shit. Ain't nobody got time for no big ass toy bakery. Nope.
Grace, if she comes through my door, will only be here long enough to strip her hair and then send her naked and elsewhere. But she ain't getting nowhere near that bakery in my house.
Not all that was released was just for Graceling and her Ridiculous Bakery of Damage. We got a decent amount of moddie stuff. So let's poke at that.
Silver Grey Star Pants: I suspect the pants are store exclusives. Damn. Will have to get them next time. They're nice, but not with that shirt.
Striped Sport Shoes: They're okay. but I have so many doll shoes. SO MANY. Later. Also it looks like shoelaces have gone out of fashion. Not complaining about that.
|tell me something good~|
Souvenir Accessories: Don't have a pic (Lissie and Lilly do!), but it's a purse, shoes, and headband for $20. Pass, even if I like polka dot shoes. My girls have enough shoes.
|Well, that's blurry.|
|Girl, your butt is gonna sweat.|
Valentine Gift Set: It's adorable! Yes, it's a shirt and envelope for $12, but it's a CUTE SHIRT. I can write little messages in the envelope too, so there. Damn my budget. I got one for Boom/AJ, but not for me. I wanted the sparkle shoes I hadn't gotten before because they were out of stock. Again, later. Maybe next month. Maybe from my husband.
...yes, I will ask my husband to get this for me as a Valentine's gift. What's the Dalmatian wearing?
My Furry Valentine Set: Haha! A play on My Funny Valentine (Chaka Khan version is best version) combined with the idea the animals are furry. I see what AG wanted but all I could think, having been in fandom,9 is a doll in a fursuit holding a box of chocolates. Meanwhile Coconut is wearing antennae and wings, with a magnetic candy heart. I don't dress up my pets but this one's not so bad.
Service Dog Vest: Another thing I forgot to take pictures of (Lissie and Lilly to the rescue again.) The old set with dog included is gone, and now there's a service vest with handle, medal, and log book. All right, representative of kids who need service animals, and means that all animals can be service animals. Though I don't think cats would wear handles on their vests.
|Pizza party and Blokus!|
|Bed chair seat thing.|
Shimmer and Shine Purse: Second verse, same as the first.
So that's the new shit. Graceling/ButtreCream is growing on me, but more for what I can harvest from her and not for herself. The potential lies is how I can take her for parts. There is more that I will get, but not for a few months. I have reviews and stories to tell y'all.
Except that bakery. That, gentle readers and gathered bitchers, is ricockulous.
1 I've seen face to face in store every GotY since Mia, when an AG store opened in Dallas and I was able to go the first time that summer since I trip down there on the regular.
2 I plan to reverse engineer it.
3 Are you crying that your child will be bored from a lack of pictures? I don't care.
4 The AGGiB has among their pet ranks a Husky, two horses, several dogs, some cats, a rabbit, several sheep, a mini baby buffalo, two birds, and a charmed skunk.
5 Among the many reasons I'm going to hell: this picture here.
(the photo was taken by an AGC member to compare Chrissa and Grace's lip color.)
6 I long for the days when I had two carry ons and three suitcases come back with me from trips to Milwaukee and there was no charge for any of it. My family and I brought so much back from Florida.
7 Putting my three years of French to use.
8 Still doing it. Mais mon français est trés, trés mauvais. Ça fait plus dix ans.
9 Yes, furry fandom. I'm not scared of them and I draw what could be constituted as furry art and I don't cringe. But they do have some issues that should be addressed--and it's less the animal refs than the sexism and racial issues and the Geek Social Fallacies.