|I wasn't supposed to like you!|
We've gotten leaks. We've gotten peeks. We've gotten books summaries and book titles and color schemes and debate about eye color and frustration over another Classic mold girl and pinned down eras and all that is good-good regarding the previously upcoming Historical. And now, we officially have her to buy and get--Maryellen Larkin, the first ever fully BeForever Historical Character. She's from the 1950s--an era overly characterized by the baby boomer children, housemakers in perfect dresses and pearls, and the start of widespread TV in the post WW2 Era. And the public rise of civil rights, which was not just limited to the 60s contrary to popular historical misinterpretation. After all, Brown vs. Board of Education was decided May 17, 1954--a touch before the books start.
I was not supposed to like her, you know. I really get so tired of white focused history that ignores PoC and other cultures to stick to the whitebread story. But as more came out about her character and how she actually swipes the veneer off the perfect plastic 1950s, I liked her more and more and, well....shit. I want her. Like, as a full character to be part of the gang. I don't have her just yet--I still need to decide if I'm going to get Grace directly to steal the wig and meet set from or if I want to wait until after the year is over and get a secondhand Grace. But I will probably be getting Maryellen eventually. Just not yet. Let's see what the holidays give me.
Maryellen's launch was the big deal this weekend, but AG, not wanting to have to wait til October for the moddie holiday launch got that shit out too, and I grabbed shots of it. And while I normally don't give a shit about Bitty Baby shit, I'm tossing this out for the record so folks can be knowing: the line got a full revamp, resulting in them removing most of the dolls available that had been released during the first revamp, releasing one new doll with red hair and hazel eyes,1 changing the meet to offer three different meet sleepers, offering downloads, as well as slightly cheaper accessories. Bitty Baby is trying to stay hanging on and reasonable for people.
My pictures have yellow tint all over, sorry. I may need to replace my digital camera. That or the AG lighting.
Maryellen Larkin: Seriously, I Wasn't Supposed to Like You
|The 50s are not as floofy as the skirts would have you believe.|
And then it came out that Maryellen was into science, pro-vaccinations like people SHOULD be, and had struggled with polio as a child. And is a lefty. And I got curious. As more came out, I liked her more, and she, like Caroline, wiggled right under my skin two chapters into her first book.3 So yeah, she will eventually be a Gang Member. She might not stay 100% Maryellen, but she'll join in.
Damn you, actual characterization. Oh, and she has slightly darker than hazel eyes and strawberry blonde hair. Not a true redhead with green eyes; but I have a weakness for strawberry blondes.
|Girly girls in pearls.|
|It has POCKETS.|
|Warm sweaters. Somewhat.|
The One and Only, Taking Off, and The Sky's the Limit: Also known as those book things that BeForever dolls come with and have around and that that you should fucking read or else you're a jerk, because these dolls have stories and aren't just pretty things to throw at your 5 year old. I have read some of the first book and liked what I read; once I have my copies, I'll be able to give more data, which will probably be right after I finish this post since they're due to be delivered soon. I like what I've read so far about her. I will also be figuring out the closest chapter breaks to divide the two-volume sets into the older central series style, in case people are interested in that kind of thing.
|It's just not the 50s without poodle skirts, of course.|
|For the little girl who wants to be goth.|
|Purple plaid hand me downs for the lefty in your life.|
|Fat old dogs that drool.|
Maryellen's Dog, Scooter: The Larkin family has a fat old dachshund that Maryellen adores and that her sisters think drools and snores named Scooter. I generally avoid a good portion of official AG pets, because they are a huge cost for little value, and there are cheaper options. I get Beanie Baby approximations, mostly, since the market hella dropped out for those. Should Maryellen get Scooter, it will be another brand and not AG's Scooter. Sorry, dog.
|It's got RUFFLES.|
|Ice skating is now Maryellen's domain, none for Molly.|
|Poofy skirt base.|
|Sleeping with my hair did.|
Alas, there's a contingent of people who don't like them--and not because of their design, solely. There is a creepy guy in the AG fandom--I shall call said person Touchy Creepful or Creepy--that has not been driven off, and he has ruined the appeal of properly worn bloomer bottoms and baby doll clothes for a lot of people because he is a giant creepy slimeball. Too many places let him stay around because they have no concept of "you don't have to keep everyone in the party, and you can go with your gut and say no."9 I will not let him ruin the design even if he can drown in acid, but I can understand a lot of people who hate things that remind them of Touchy Creepful, and I begrudge no one their ick.
Maryellen's Hairstyling Set: One can't just go to bed with your hair loose, if you're trying to sleep with curls. So Maryellen gets a set of nifty soft rollers, a bag to keep her rollers in that matches her pajamas, instructions on how to tuck her hair up, and a sleeping cap. Yep, I will have to get that too when I get the PJs, so that I can have girls with curls sleeping cozy.
|Comfy pjs for girls.|
Creepy of course, has stated that these aren't right or cute enough and that little girls need to wear the puffy bloomers to look proper to his nasty eyes. See that shit right there is why we can't have nice things, slimer.
|Sleeping on the fold out.|
|Papers and switches.|
|Large diner places.|
|The Era of TV was finally upon us.|
Before we leave Maryellen alone for now, some shots that I didn't want to stick in the chatter.
Maryellen's blurble sign: "I follow my heart instead of the crowd." Important!
The pillows close up on the sofa bed.
The seafood diner paper menus, tickets, and all that.
Vaccinations, keeping you healthy and the public doing good!
I lately have been watching I Love Lucy and even if I've made it through the whole series at least twice, I am still watching and recording. So I decided to see if the TV guide had that listed in there, and so it did! The ep shown in the TV guide is "Mr. and Mrs. TV Show," which was part of season 4 in 1954–55. While it was recorded June 24, 1954 and ready to be aired November 1, 1954, the broadcast was preempted on CBS affiliate stations for a Republican political commercial and so only about half the nation got to see it then. It eventually re-aired on Monday, April 11, 1955, in the middle of the Hollywood eps, and done as a semi-flashback. Accuracy!
Historical Dribbles: Not just Maryellen
Two other BeForever characters got a little something, during all the Maryellen hubbub, but only two, and one was a redo. Still, might as well bring them up.
|Flowers and bows.|
Song of the Mockingbird: Josefina is finally catching up to the other girls. I really do suspect they were thinking of retiring her and then backed down on it, hence the one year delay on her Journey book. Which doesn't make sense, since Caroline got one--eh. Whatever. This is also on its way to me with Maryellen's books.
Moddie Doll Holiday Wraps: I'm So Sick of Red Giftmas
With the BeForever Launch--and the revamping of eight characters all at once--last year, the holiday wear got held back until October, thus cutting down the holiday stuff time majorly. This year, since it's just Maryellen jumping off, AG went ahead and threw out the End of the Year modern stuff, so you can get on that sweet holiday rev up.
|Red AGAIN, AG?|
|Holiday accessories, same as always.|
|Golden and mulleted.|
|Walking in a Winter Fug-derland.|
|The 80s are back and unpleasant.|
|Time for karaoke!|
|That picture came out over exposed, my bad.|
|Giftmas for all, but you know, not.|
|If you're into that.|
I wasn't supposed to like Maryellen, but I do. Damn that good characterization! That's why books can make characters better people, not just looks. Anyways, time to get the mail and start to read her books, thus liking her even more and making even more space for her to join the AGGiB.
Stupid cute left-handed polio girls from Florida. I will have to get her a leg brace, though, to be part of my group.
And save up for next year's new girl.
1 Seriously AG, did you accidentally type an extra three zeros on the eyeball color order and find yourself having to clear out a back stock of hazel eyes?
2 I was born somewhere on the border of Gen X and Millennials, so both can apply to me.
3 I preordered mine through Amazon for cheap, but read some of it at Barnes and Noble during PAX Prime.
4 And this is from a girl who once wore a "poodle skirt" in the 1980s, because my older sister had one made for a 50s thing in her high school and I wanted it, so my mom appliqued one onto a skirt for me. I distinctly remember this was in first grade because my teacher, Mrs. Fisk, was teaching us about something like past and present, and we were supposed to go around the class and say something that was different from yesterday, and mine was "yesterday my skirt was plain. Today it has a poodle on it." And my easily distractable ass kept fiddling with it all day.
5 I also hate teal and orange movie posters and they are everywhere.
6 Not Samantha's. Hers would only have 45.
7 Later Crafting Creatively!
8 Egg chair yum.
9 I have many words to say about Touchy Creepful, none of them are good, and I dare bitches to try and defend anything that nasty creeper does to me because I will lay you out to the edge.
10 Or, in the case of Kaya, nightclothes based on an outfit, cause Kaya's historical nightclothes are nakedness.
11 Remember this next time someone says that the holidays are leaving Christmas out.
12 That post, I think, is next on the docket.