|Addy forever slaying these ButterCream and Wonderbread Heaux.|
Since I probably won't post tomorrow, I want to announce this as well: Tomorrow is the one-year anniversary of the opening of American Girl Collectors. What a year it's been! I thought when I started this blog that my time in a huge fandom space was behind me, and the board launch would ultimately be tiny space dwarfed by the looming power of AG Playthings and their chaos. Now we have almost 350 members and a bunch of active ones, and together we've build a beautiful, safe, exciting community of people with open minds and lots of full discussion. We've talked about everything from the launch of BeForever to the still lingering remnants of WonderBread; instructions on rewigging and body fixes to how to pop the eyes out of a head; we're bringing back DollerDay, and of course there the heartwarming tale of The AGC Cousins, Lightning in a Bottle. Boom, Starzz, and I couldn't have done this alone without the people there that keep us a community. If you haven't joined already and you're of age, what's keeping you? Run on and join the lovely chaos.1
To the new stuff. Some of these images are the larger Pintrest shots because no need in double saving images.
BeForever Splurge: Is that a Goddamned Gazebo, Samantha Mary Parkington?
The majority of the Spring Fling was for the BeForever Historical Crew, building on the momentum of the late summer/early fall revamp and relaunch. The lion's share of new stuff was for Samantha, because of course it was. She's their prize piggie around American Girl. Josefina and Caroline got nothing, which makes my eyebrow raise. C'mon AG, show them some love. They can't bounce up and get the spotlight if you don't offer them new things! Damn your hides, just make a nice camisa and skirt set and give her some sheep. I could do it for you. This better not mean they're getting curb-kicked. Ahem.
|All those freedom dresses for Addy.|
What do I think of it? *high pitched squealing* Am I getting this? FUCK YES. How could you even doubt me? Not only is it in one of my favorite color combos--blue and purple--not only is it about sewing which is my passion and the basis of my Etsy shop once I do my own relaunch there, it's Addy. The only Addy things I don't have are that damned slide whistle and her hideous African Dance Set, and I get all the Addy things. If I could pout my way into getting up there in the next few days, you'd have pics of her in it right away. Alas, you'll just have to get her BeForever Meet Review that I've been sitting on in the next few days. But the second I'm back up at the store this is on like Donkey Kong.
|Now for little people in a modern style.|
|Rebecca: Flaunting the law.|
Speaking of which, the poor set didn't even get a chance to be seen before people who can't even do doll hair and adults that complain about anything not made by St. Pleasant started trying to drag her off to the constable for immodesty and whining about how this is historically inaccurate for a Jewish girl in the 1910s. You mean, during the era of "assimilate into American Values and WASP Up"? And beyond that, have you noticed that Rebecca's gone sleeveless several times? That her stories say she has swimming stuff, and that she's a little rebel against the modesty restrictions of the old ways? Where do you think they got those old-timey "wrestler style" shoes from, the 1960s? As one beautiful person said in the comments, do you think that the world was somehow all in black and white before the invention of the color camera? Stop being stupid and go off and read those lies on the back of the catalog again about old doll trunks that were actually in museums.
|Sundress for beach wear.|
Seashore Stripes Dress: To match we have a sundress with the stripes and solids of the doll's set swapped around. Good job! It's not matchy matchy. The sash is pretty precious as an accent, and I can see this as a cute cover up on the beach. It would have been double awesome with a hat, but as it stands it's pretty cute.
|CHICKEN CHICKEN CHICKEN.|
First of all, CHICKEN CHICKEN CHICKEN. I have a weakness for plush animals and this set has a chicken in it! Second, Kit look at you being adorable! This set is also coming home as soon as possible and we're naming her chicken Henny Penny and getting little brown speckled eggs and making a nest and a coup for her. The shoes are a little fancy--I would have given her boots--and the overalls are really pale, but also really cute. I even like the pink buttons. I'm going with the headcanon the whole set was made of feedsack and Kit didn't want another dress. I bet this set with her older overalls and work boots is going to be too cute for words.
|That kid is rocking the hell out of that jumper.|
|Bringing back more modern looks for Kaya.|
Also, someone of course said something stupid and that it should have been made of more authentic to the time fabrics. It's a modern set. It says so in the damned name. Go sit down in the stupid corner with Miss Old People Pants and "I only have ethics in AG journalism when I get caught" Doll Blogger.
|The mullet dress!|
|Skateboarding on skinny boards, like Farah Fawcett herself.|
In another case of "comments are full of stupid," someone said that Julie can't wear that top because she wouldn't have gone to Woodstock. First of all given that she was all of a toddler during Woodstock in '69, no, and second Woodstock was on the other fucking side of the country, and third I am pretty sure there were other music festivals in the world and Woodstock was not the only festival there ever was in history before Band-Aid. That Stupid Shit Said Sitting Corner is getting hella packed. Also you too, person who mewled "Why is there a skateboard??! Julie never skateboards in her story! She roller skates." She also doesn't explicitly shit in her stories, but I'm pretty sure her house has a toilet. Furthermore, she can do both. What a concept!
|Sunshiny day, mother fuckers!|
|Now that's the ugly 70s shit!|
|Flower-picking is now for the idle rich.|
|Ah ha ha ha hah HAH.|
|Remember her travel set? It's back. In pink form.|
|Also her travel bag!|
|Now that's a cute set!|
|Still painting, Samantha.|
And where is she painting?
|Oh my fuck.|
|Treats and seats. Well, seats and treat cart.|
|There's the treats.|
Rereleases: The old LE sets are still kicking about, but have been remodeled. Kit's Candy-Making Set is now Kit's Springtime Outfit and Kit's Homemade Sweets; Rebecca's School Play Set is now Rebecca's Butterfly Costume and Rebecca's Stage Makeup. Kaya's second Jingle Dress of Today now is the Modern Jingle Dancer Outfit with no drum or stick, and Julie's Dance Set is Julie's Funky Flower Outfit with no ticket, poster, or disco ball--those are now available as Julie's Disco Accessories. So if you were bitching at the cost before or having to get one with the other, here's your chance to get them without tickets. I'm still glad I got Kaya's with the drum and stick, but getting Julie's set without the extras or Kit's without the Deth is going to be awesome.
Books and Such: New Historical Character Mysteries for Samantha, Kit, and Caroline have been released: Danger in Paris for Samantha (girl gets to go everywhere), The Jazzman's Trumpet for Kit (you have too many mysteries) and The Smuggler's Secrets for Caroline. Well, at least you're getting a book, Caroline. Older mysteries were rereleased with BeForever Covers to fit the new look. Still, can we get a second for Addy? God damn.
New Modern Stuff: Anything to Make the Snow Go Away7
On to the new modern stuff--a little less, but a good mix to push towards summer and spring. Easter's April 5th this year, can't dawdle.
|I'm not paying that much for the left set. The right, we can do.|
|Still not a fan.|
|Beads for the hair.|
|Stop the off shoulder thing.|
|A good lot of what you need to make the spring spring.|
|Star ball? That's not regulation.|
|Even the doll looks like "bitch are you for real?"|
So that's our current release stuff. Josefina needs a lot more love, as does Caroline. I'm a touch worried for her since she's still not getting new stuff, but there is a revamp of the moderns coming soon. (I've seen the Truly Me books. I am pretty sure that's the next name of the AG moddie line.) As long as it comes with a meet outfit, cause I'm so tired of this one, it's been like three years.9
Addy's LE set doesn't have a chance of escape, and neither does Kit's (Chicken chicken chicken). I really like all of them even if Rebecca's serves me no use.
So loving BeForever. So, so much.
1 Unless you've been banned. And we're transparent to the community when we ban you.
2 You know who you are, bint. The name was right there on your Pintrest screencaps.
3 Just like I predicted!
4 In school the rule was that shorts had to cover the knee, including school uniform shorts. It was stupid and I hated it. If I'm wearing shorts in Texas the whole point is that I'm hot and the shorts are that short to keep me cool. No one wanted to wear knee length shorts in the 90s except moms and school principals.
5 Mom was an AKA, Dad was an A-Phi-A. I didn't pledge anything. I was too busy nerding.
6 Have you not read the tale of Eric and the Gazebo? Hie the to the net!
7 Except here in Seattle, where we got perpetual October without even a good damn snow dusting. Fuck you, climate change.
8 I finally got the Ballet Recital Set! So got them all.
9 Can we get jeans? Ankle length jeans. Plain and blue and basic. That would be nice. There haven't been basic jeans in some time.