|AG but not Seattle.|
Normally, I would haul buns to AG Seattle and take copious pictures of everything, and then blog crazy about it with said pictures. But I actually happen to be out of town, so I can't go to my local AG place. So I had to do the next best thing: go to AG Houston. I've been there a fair few times since it opened in 2012 since my mom and sister live nearby. So when I take my yearly trip to visit them, I go out there. My mom likes AG, and it's a nice trip for us. I went and took pictures, got a few things, and am ready to add my own opinions since y'all are here for that and I'm pretty good at it.
Jump below the cuts for hellos, good byes, and buttercream bookie goodness.1
BeForever: Soon to have 100% Less Caroline and 100% more Maryellen
|Sailing into the Archives, skiff and all.|
Really, though, Caroline had many issues that tripped her up and likely put her on the docket for archival. Lots of larger ticket items like her skiff and parlor, a lot of people getting her but not her collection and modding her out, and the difficulty of dealing with her loose, lanky curls when down. I suspected she was out the door when she was left out of the Limited Edition releases.3 Plus, there's the whole matter that the same people mewling that her retirement is destroying the AG BeForever line, if they were around about three years ago, were complaining that she couldn't hold a candlestick to Precious Perfect Felicity and that the war of 1812 wasn't even an era to care about, blah blah blah bloo bloo.
She has a story that I won't even lie, was much better than Cécile and Marie-Grace's split level half story, filled with lots of actual plot and engaging stories. Some heroines wear pink dresses, and Caroline is our pink dressed embroidering, boat sailing, aqua eyed, ice skating, life saving one in this line. Even when she's gone, her stories will remain--and unlike those before her, her books have already been updated so they won't get kicked likely. So go read books, get her while the getting's good, and when she's gone have fun fighting for her on eBay. I'll miss her uniqueness. Welcome to the Three Year Club, Caroline.4
I actually picked up "Caroline" the weekend or so before she was announced to be heading out the door, so I'm not worried that she won't be part of my Gang ever. But she's not to stay Caroline; she's the exact look of Charlotte Tinsley's stepsister, Amelia Dinning, and so that's who she's going to be. There'll be times she dresses in Mama's childhood clothes, but Amelia is her own girl, and she'll look the part once I make her some nice outfits.
AG's rationale is that there's only so much space for Historicals, and if new ones come in then old one are going to go out. So who's coming in?
|Bring on the 50s. Sigh.|
I don't know how I feel really about The Fifties. The era was huge nostalgia in the 70s and 80s, much like the 80s and 90s for people my age. There are a lot of movies set in that time that came out when I was a kid--a good part of Back to the Future,5 for one--and in the early years of Nick at Night, a lot of the shows shown there were from the 50s like I Love Lucy.6 And we know that the 50s wasn't perfect suburban life, Father Knows Best, June Cleaver pearls and pretty--that's just Baby Boomer nostalgia issues. The Fifties in the US was a time of prosperity for white families, since the US was one of the few countries post WWII that wasn't fucked up by the war and thus had the space and room to innovate. Post WWII is also when the world shifted in a large part from England as the Center of Culture to the US. There was the McCarthy Red Scare--which led to the forcing in of Under God into the Pledge of Allegiance;7 the rise of the Civil Rights Movement and the fight for equality instead of everything just being White and Right, no matter what the old as balls politicians keep telling you. Also, TV--while it had been out for a while--really penetrated the social consciousness and led to the widespread of what we now call pop culture, since for the first time data could be disseminated nationwide not only audibly, but visually. So I guess my position is "...that happened, and it certainly is an era."
Her books are written by Valerie Tripp, and this hella annoys me more than her being. I just don't like Valerie Tripp's writing, and she's all over AG books. She's the one that was directed to take the teeth out of Samantha's books and wrote all of Felicity and Elizabeth's, Kit and Ruthie's, Molly and Emily's, and Josefina's books. That's a lot of books in the line by just her, and it just feels like they default to her because she's been there so long. Also, I'm really worried--given her book descriptions--that her books will be very milquetoast, playing it safe, don't rock the boat with too much controversy. Since I'm all about historical books, I'll get them regardless and jack her clothes for my gang. But I'm not likely to get her directly at all. Either way, nothing is a big deal until August.
Vanilla ButterCream Bookies: Grace Makes It Great
Still, AG. Doll of Color for Girl of the Year. Stop this nonsense.
Truly Me: Moddie Change Arounds and the Summer of the Flamingo
|Complete with logos and changes and shiny things.|
Truly Me has done a change in meet outfit and three new moddie girls, but other than that has been a small release. Girls first, then the outfits.
|Why are you so precious, pretty girl?|
|...what did I just SAY.|
|Not the Ivy! Or the Jess.|
|She will be part of the new cool kids too.|
|The Meet Outfits are getting less mix and match on the baseline.|
I will also take this time to point out that come November 5th of this year, Innerstar University will be shutting down--likely to be replaced with other online activities. The new meet set doesn't come with codes for that very reason, and the Innerstar University books and outfits are generally not available anymore. So long. I have/had an account that came with Shanna, but I never really played around on it. I will probably go in to get some screenshots before it all closes off for the Wiki, but that's about it.
|Here's the mixy matchy.|
|Matching is for earlier eras.|
|First in the Summer of the Flamingo.|
|The summer hoodie.|
Along with the launch of Truly Me, a summer long contest allowing girls and other children between eight and thirteen can enter for a chance to win prizes. And no, you grown ass teens on Instagram and mommas with 1 year old babies with no sense of object permanence who don't know how to doll can't enter the contests. It's not unconstitutional to limit a contest to certain ages. Piss off.
Hopefully I will have time to do a Beforever review soon. Til then, love love love for Cinnamon. Soon, babbu.
1 Not buttercream cookie goodness. Cookies are delicious, though. Fuck, I want cookies.
2 Be With You. (and you also.)
3 This makes me worry some for Josefina, who also didn't get a big refresh and was left out of the limited editions, especially with 2016 supposed to give us a Black BeForever.
4 It's like the 27 Club but with a lot less drugs, death and suicide.
5 This year, 2015, is the year Marty McFly comes to visit. We don't have hoverboards and instant pizza, but we have computers in our damn phones and the entire internet so quit bitching.
6 I've been watching several eps at my mom's place. I've always liked it, strange enough.
7 Yeah, nachos have been around longer than that line in the Pledge.
8 That is a hard bar to crawl under.
9 I get so ANGRY when people say that the modern line has or had customized dolls. They never have. They offer options that might resemble a person, but you cannot get a custom doll. You just have a lot of choices to pick from, that might be like you in looks, but that is not why the line was called that. Because of this perception, we get stupid people claiming that they need to make more girls that look like their precious child, and ugh it's just so damn infuriating STOP IT.
10 In fact, that is what I will name her. I had a teacher in middle school named Cinnamon Peschel, and I thought it was a cool name. So when she gets here, she will be Cinnamon.
11 Those of us that menstruate know why we don't be wearing white shorts freely. It's called our period.