|Just because we don't get along doesn't mean I can't frame you well, Samantha Parkington.|
AG is getting fairly good about their social media presence, even if I'm still unable to interact wholly with their FB page.1 Not only was the Spring Fling given leaks on Pinterest (which I hate to deal with) and Instagram (which I like dealing with), so was this Summer launch, giving us eager buyers and collectors an idea what was up and coming. Even if I pretty much knew a huge amount from scoop fairies and unethical eBay sellers selling factory seconds that folk be finding, that doesn't mean that everyone does, and I like to see how AG pushes their own hype. Which is why I hate hate hate comments on posts like AG, Monster High, and Ever After High media posts that are all "we already know this is on the way and the name of that character and her monster parent and blah blah blah give us something new."2 Companies have their own way of announcing things and building up marketing for their products, and it's not by you finding leaks of shit on line and spreading it among your little small media circles to the point you're bored already when they start talking. Not everyone knows everything already from leaks and dig ups and is in the loop like that. Don't be a fucking killjoy about new stuff to people that maybe haven't seen it. It's arrogant, rude, and dickish. Don't be a dick.
This summer release comes right on the very heels of the Truly Me Revamp--only about a month later, in fact. This is because, come August, Caroline sails away to the big Archival Vault and Maryellen pops out and that is going to be the thing to sit in the spotlight and the book set I'll buy immediately. Ah, I remember when Addy was launched and she only got her first three books and the rest came in the next spring and there was nothing to be done but wait on the entire second half of her story. Be glad you little cheeky baubles get things much more upfront now.
To the shiny things!
BeForever: Hush Now, Quiet Now, It's Time to Go To Bed 3
When Samantha Parkington popped back out of the Vault, she got all new things, despite the wailing that she should have another version of that awful plaid pleated dress. New bed, new nightgown, new bedtime accessories, and all new nightclothes for kids. And now AG is doing the same for all the other girls, so everyone can be caught up to speed for new sleepwear and less historical cosplay. Caroline is on her way out, so she got nothing but a pat on the head and a "much like morning fog in Sacket's Harbor, you'll be mist."4 But in a hope for her not being booted yet, Josefina got some new stuff and is starting to catch up.
The beds themselves aren't super brand new in style, and some of the stuff is a blast from the past with a change in form and function, but it's the little things that get folks happy.
|Addy: Now ready for coziness.|
|Addy going to bed with bed stuff. Ida Bean Returns!|
|Double the beds? Double the beds.|
...I'm going to buy the other Addy bed. Not yet, but I am. Cecile can use it and I'll make it nice and fancy for her.
|Yay Josefina is included too! ^.^|
Josefina's (New!) Bed and Bedding: The bed was green, but now it's white. The sheepskin is gone, and the blanket is more orange. I have her older bedsheets, and buying her bed is money that I'll be throwing at new versions of Addy's bed so Josefina still isn't getting a bed. So far. You never know where I'll get doll beds.
Josefina's Nighttime Accessories: Much like Addy, Josefina's new stuff is made up of old stuff: New!Niña with no earrings, the candle and holder from her nighttime accessories, and the ledger, quill, ink bottle, and memory book from her school set. I'm not too hype for candles and candlesticks, and the rest is a revamp of stuff I've gotten. So for those that want the sweet ass book and ledger and Niña, have at it--and they are sweet. I'm still on a quest to throw money at Addy stuff. Don't think I don't love you, 'Fina mija, but we agree that Addy gets spoiled.
|They won't fit and I'm SAD.|
|Julie Behind Glass. It's the only way to be safe.|
Julie's (New!) Bed and Bedding: Same bed, different colors. Instead of white, two square pillows, and a more muted sheet, we're going with some eye-searing purple and orange mashup with a different canopy, fuzzy flower pillow, and lots of flowers. Lots and lots of flowers. The 70s were a very ugly time, and AG is definitely reminding us of this way, way hard. I'll stick to the bed I have for her I got for Giftmas. The old one. That's still put away because I don't have space to display it yet. And isn't so orange my eyes want to fall out. Have I mentioned I generally hate orange? I generally hate orange. This is not helping.
|That is a damn fine mirror.|
Zigzag Pajamas and Fuzzy Fuchsia Slippers: While a little less ugly in girl's sizes--with the top being the zigzag and the bottoms solid with no leg bobbles--the nightclothes are still on the ugly side. And bobbles on my feet annoy me shitless. Sorry Julie, you lose this round of BeForever. Someone had to, and you sure made it easy.
|Versions keep coming and coming.|
|Again I lament my adult butt.|
Speaking of which.
|Don't call my pajamas baby clothes!|
Of course, the fandom is surrounded by idiots on Pinterest who think that she wouldn't be caught wearing a "onesie" and that this is too babyish or boyish for Kit. Some people have been confused, or unsure, and that's different, but then you have the people claiming that this is mismarked Bitty Shit and I have to take them to school like using the Pencil Charge on zombies in Battleground Z. Onesie is actually a trademarked term (even though no one cares), so there's that to start. And more importantly, this is not a style for babies. What Kit is wearing is a union suit, a very popular style of men's sleepwear for several decades and even a previous style in the modern line. Those long underwear that Samantha lamented wearing? They were in this style--thinner to go under her stockings, but just like this. Infants would have worn a union suit, but so would have everyone who didn't want to be cold. I don't super like the modern one that was out for a few years, but the style is perfect for a girl like Kit and if I'm ever assed to get the old one it'll be for her. Kit is a tomboy and she would have adored wearing more boyish,masculine pajamas rather than some frilly ass nightgown, fancy sailor PJs,7 or Ruthie's pink frou-frou monogrammed loungewear. Do you want tomboyish Kit that's accurate to the books? Do you even lift books? Then let her wear her boyish pajamas and stuff it.
|Bed time for girls.|
|Now I can listen to all the hits of the 30s! Once I look up what they are.|
And again I find myself seeing stupid shit on Pinterest and getting all twitchy and angrish. Yes, it can jack into modern music players just like the egg chair. And yes, that's not 100% historical. But it's not fucking licensing issues either. Even if AG could just program the sound toys to only do short clips or the like like Julie's record set, I wouldn't want them to and you shouldn't either. You know why? Kids don't want to be stuck with toys that only play a few preset sounds and then can't do anything else, no matter how historical that is or that people didn't have mp3s in the 1930s.9 Because guess what? Kids like modern music! And if they see they can play Taylor Swift or One Direction or whoever with their toys they'll like it more than just having to hear three or four historical clips when you push a few buttons and nothing else. If you want Kit's radio to only play old 30s music, you know what you can do? Download it and play it through the radio jack. You can even get your kids to do it too. Get some old songs for them to hear and set up a whole damned playlist and the group of you can voh-de-oh your doh til the milk cows come home, and then play Rihanna and Beyonce and Nicki Minaj and get multiple uses out of it! What a novel concept, using technology to teach instead of saying that back in your day children didn't have iPods. Quitcherbitching and go download the original broadcast of War of the Worlds.
|Comfy pajamas for everyone!|
|Now my PJs look less like bloomers!|
|Catz and bedspread mussed.|
|Hhhhnnnn hnnnn hnnnngh.|
|Why are Sam's slippers over here with my shit, Rebecca thinks.|
Grace's Stuff: Covering a Cake We Baked Last Week
|For Goodness, BAKE!|
|Six foods for one "low" price!|
|Spatulas for hunger.|
|More French for you to absorb. And maybe stare at.|
Grace's Sightseeing Accessories: That's right. The boots come separate. Along with a red pull over shrug and blue glasses. For two bucks less than the outfit. HAH. No, AG, you got me twisted, I am not going pay that much for shoes and shrugs and heart shaped glasses. My girls will wear sandals or generic black boots and casual sweaters and plain sunshades when they go flipping around to sight see and they will like it.
Grace's Sweet Hairstyles Set: What am I supposed to do with this nonsense? Nothing, that's what. I can buy hairclips, I can buy hairbands, I can buy bobby pins and ponytail holders and all that I want and I can not have weird hair bows made of actual hair or some shit. No dice.
|A bunch of em all lined up.|
|For hauling phones in purses.|
|Stationery. With an E. That's how you know it's the paper one.|
|Stick jewelry on it, if that's your thing.|
|You want me to give you how much?|
|Making faux foods.|
So, not a bad ending for Grace Vanilla Bean ButterCream's collection.13 I'm not even as mean to her as I was to WonderBread, Still, tired of these white or half white girls. AG stop playing it safe and give us steady, respectful girls of color.
Modern Doll Quarterly: Back to School Edition (Bonus Insert: Store Exclusives!)
The Truly Me Launch was, when you look at it, pretty small: Three dolls, a new meet outfit, and some summer wear and a few extras. This is the bulk of the new stuff for being Truly Me, all for your modern girl with her iPods and smartphones her hippy hop and her sneakers and sportsketballs going back to school where she probably even gets to use computers and internet instead of reading out of date encyclopedias like people had to do back in my day, how dare dolls remind me 29 is behind me now I'm going to go bitch again that Kit's radio allows connection to an mp3 player.
|I too, play with scarves around my neck.|
|Better Meals thanks to Obama.|
|All the colors.|
|Bring the car around.|
|Desks, for all your schoolbicule needs.|
|Makes your hair stand on end.|
|Oh my lord.|
No, but really. Fedoras have a bad rep, and I for one would like it to not be so. I really would like this more if men and bronies didn't ruin everything they touched. I may get one, but I plan to class that fucker up.
|I think that's all of it? Wait no I didn't get a shot of the tongs.|
|Ruffy scruffy puppy.|
|Double braidbow what does it mean?|
|For all your funky 80s needs.|
|Those aren't sneakers.|
|Oh noes notebooks.|
Next time on New Shit with Nethie: I Love Maryellen. Or more accurately, I'll love her clothes to put on Edith and Dorothy.
1 I think I got automatically blocked or something because someone was pissy about me pointing out the issues regarding the GotY and reported all my comments which resulted in an automatic block. Whatever, It's not like I spend a million hours on FB anyways. I can see everything they post. I just can't like or make comments. If this is still true by my birthday I'll contact someone and be like "uh, wtf, can you fix it?"
2 Other comments Neth hates seeing: posts that only screech "first comment", posts that are whining about how AG doesn't pay attention to AGIG/Facebook mommies/the fandom--we don't want their attention just be quiet--and those that are like "WHY ARE YOU RETIRING DOLLS DON'T DO IT" ho sit down they're doing it.
3 Speaking of which, I'm so burnt out on ponies after that fan-pandering travesty that was Episode #100 that I'm like two eps behind. That is how you ruin media franchises--by paying attention to one tiny corner instead of properly driving the bus, and now the monkeys are running and ruining the zoo.
4 I slay me.
5 ....don't you dare remind me of that African Dance Outfit.
6 In fact I had two because one of my old nighttime sets came broken, and I gifted it to my mom. I think she still has it, and if she doesn't and there's no major difference she might just get my double up again.
7 I own these, and I plan to review them on her, but they are not Kit's style.
8 Egg Chair yum.
9 You know what they had in the 30s? POLIO and NO MONEY.
10 No really, check her original school collection, not a book to be seen.
11 Or more accurately, sit around with my laptop and a bottle of Red's Apple Ale pissing about on Tumblr.
12 That's French for "all the shit at once in a World Collection." I think those might be officially phased out, especially if we're getting huge things like fucking bakeries.
13 Unless they come out with something small later.
14 Mattel gets me to buy a lot of stuff.
15 People can buy four of her at MCM soon. No, I'm not lying. She sank like a stone.
16 It came in my LootCrate. If you'd like to sign up for a box of geeky or nerdy goodies monthly and knock $7 off one of mine in the process by using my referral, here's a link.
17 Do note that you don't have to drink 64 ounces a day exactly or something dumb like that. You get water in your food and everything else you drink and eat too. Just keep water near you and drink it when you're thirsty and keep hydrated. Especially when it's fucking hot out there and, like me, you don't got AC.
18 I think this is the most footnotes I've done.