Monday, January 13, 2020

American Girl Store NYC December 2019 Historical Dolls

Back with another post today and I just wanted to share my photos of the Historical Doll section of the American Girl NYC store when I visited this past December.

First up we have some retired Historical dolls that I have never seen in person.
It was really fun to finally see them.

When I was little I LOVED the Kirsten books and I was always torn between whether I liked Kirsten or Samanta the best.  I loved reading about Kirsten's Swedish background and traditions and it was so interesting to me.
I still don't have her in my collection, but I'm curious if AG will eventually bring her back.  It would like interesting to see a Beforever version.

Cecile and Marie Grace had just retired I when got into collecting AG so I don't have these two either.
Both are so beautiful and unique though, so maybe some day they will make it to my house! ;)
I've had a MG on my list for a while as I have a customizing idea for her.

Next up, as we all know, AG decided to "cube" some of the original members of the Historical doll line up.

Felicity, Samantha, Addy, Kit and Josefina were only shown in small cubed display areas, which means they are no longer getting any additional clothing or accessories.
Luckily the dolls are still available, but this is pretty much the end of their run as Historical characters (at least for now).

I've never been tempted to get a Felicty doll even though I LOVED her books growing up.  After seeing her in person, though I thought she was beautiful and now I kind of want one!  Although she made a comeback after being in "retirement", they really didn't do much with her at all in terms of the Beforever line.

Josefina has always been on my list of dolls to get so I'm hoping to add her this year.  I'm sad that her line is ending, but I have collected a few outfits over the years for her so she will at least have something to wear!

Good ole' Molly came back from retirement, but they never expanded on her either. When she was first re-released, she only had the new eyes so I didn't care for her, but seeing her now with the good old eyes, she's very tempting! 

I have both Samantha and Addy already and a few of their pieces, so I'm not too worried about that, but it was sad to see they didn't even get their own cube!
I really hope they add more historical dolls of color in the future.  We need more!

Kit is adorable and I actually got her last year around this time used off of eBay.  She's such an iconic AG character, that her "being cubed" probably surprised me the most.

Now on to the regular characters:

Kaya is the oldest (time period wise) and set in 1764. She is one I would like to get.
I have been collecting a few of her outfits (the 2 pictured below on the right) and hope to get her some day.

It seems like her collection has also been dwindling down a little bit lately. 

Rebecca (1914) is so cute and she's another one I do not have.  She's definitely on my list and I have collected a few of her outfits over the years as well and overall, I really like her collection.
She came out with a lot of cute stuff during the previous release before Christmas.

Love her

I've always been a little on the fence about Nanea (1941), but whenever I see a good one, with good eyes, I end up really liking her.  Someone on IG posted their Nanea with brown eyes and I liked her even better! 
I'm not totally in love with her collection, but so far I've collected her hula outfit (for Little Button's #64 doll) and the long purple dress shown below. 

Maryellen (1954) was all over the place in this store.  She was in the front window, the top floor and the bottom floor.  I think it was a tie between her and Julie as to who had the most displays in the store.

(ick, new eyes!) 

I'm not going to lie, Maryellen has one of my favorite collections.  Everything is so cute! 
Her outfits are always on my list. Unfortunately, so many of her items continue to be back-ordered lately. 

 So adorable

Melody (1964) is super cool and I really like her collection as well. Her bed and accessories recently went on sale so I scooped them up!  She also has some really cute outfits.


Last, but not least, we have Julie (1974) and she had a lot of stuff on display as well!
She's my favorite historical character, mainly because I like her story and the 70s is my favorite era.
Julie was my 3rd historical doll that I bought (Samantha and Caroline were my 1st two.)

This bathroom set reminds me of my grandmother's bathroom in her old house, lol. 

I love how these cardboard fireplaces were actually "a thing" back then!

This pinball machine is so cool!! 

So all in all, it was a lot of fun to browse around this store.  The only thing I purchased was the Holiday PJs for Wellie Wishers, lol, but my wish list continues to grow! 
Do you all have any American Girl dolls?  I know a few of you definitely do and I'd be curious to know who's your favorite??
My current historical dolls are:  Samantha, Addy, Julie, Kit and Caroline (retired).  

As always, thanks for stopping by and hope you all have a great week ahead. :) 

xoxo Farrah 

Saturday, January 11, 2020

American Girl Store NYC Dec 2019 -Modern Dolls and Wellie Wishers

One of the best parts of my trip to NYC this past month was getting to browse around the American Girl store.  
I have been here twice before, but both times were with non-doll collectors, so I felt like I really didn't get to "look around" as much as I wanted because there were so many other things to do and a limited amount of time.

Well, this time, I had the luxury of a morning to myself, so I could spend as much time as I wanted looking at everything! 

Here is the festively decorated store front.  It was so beautiful in person!  

Front and center were these two.  I hadn't given the Nutcracker outfits much thought when they first debuted, but in person were are so nice!  If they had ever gone on sale, I would've gotten them, but sadly, I believe they are somewhat of a limited edition item as they are no longer on the website. Oh well,  I'm glad I at least have this photo for the memories, lol. 

Here is the window display from inside.  Just as pretty! 

Here is another gorgeous holiday limited edition doll.  There were only a handful made I believe, but looks like someone bought her for the hefty price of $5000. (Not me!)

Here are some Truly Me Dolls (41 and 61) in the holiday PJs.  I know I've mentioned this before, but doll PJs are one of my favorite clothing item to collect.  I think this year's version is very cute, but I didn't end of purchasing them yet.  They are currently on sale for $12 on the AG website, so I'm glad I waited!

Truly Me #41 (new eyes, ugh!)

Truly Me #61 (old eyes, yay!)

This was the first time I was able to really look at the 2019 GOTY Blaire and her collection.
I think this restaurant/kitchen set is awesome!  I wouldn't have anywhere to put it, so it's not an option for me, but I've seen some BEAUTIFUL photos on Instagram of collectors who have this piece.  It really does look fun to photograph.

As for Blaire, herself, I just never felt compelled to get her.  Maybe it's because she came out when all of the drama around the crappy new eyes and lower quality was running rampant, and I just never really bonded with her looks or theme, but I already have TRU 61 who I love and she looks pretty similar so she can be my stand in "Blaire". :)

Look at this gorgeous tree below!

Here's another cute outfit modeled by the "Tenney look-alike" TRU #24.
This outfit is adorable! I love the earmuffs and pants.  I'm hoping it goes on sale at some point.

This was also the first time I was really able to look at all the different TRU dolls they have.  There are so many!
For this blonde crew, I really like #23 and #53 (top row left and center).

For this row, I like #78 (top row, middle) 

My newest doll (as mentioned previously) is #61 (bottom middle) and I think that's the only one in this group that I would get.

For this group, #82 (bottom right) is a YES for me...she's so pretty!  I don't have Josefina, so she would make a good substitute for her as well. :)
I also think the middle boy is the cutest of all the boys.

No one in this group really catches my eye...

For this group, I would also love to get #65 (top left). She looks so similar to the one next to her, but I still love her!

My favorite here is #69 (bottom left), but that Jess mold above her is cute too!

I would pass on these ones also and we already have #64 (bottom left).

For this crew below, I like #80 (top middle) and #67 (bottom right). 

I never would've noticed #78 in her meet outfit as being a doll that would catch my attention, but dressed up in the Clara dress, she's adorable!

#69 is another adorable one I never knew I liked until I saw her in person. :) 

Anyway, that's a lot of dolls I will probably never get, but it's always fun to make a list!
Now, moving on to the Wellie Wishers!
They are 14 inch slim dolls that took the place of the Bitty Twins.

Ashlyn is adorable and she's one that I don't have yet. 

Willa is another cute one we don't have.  I love her hair color and golden eyes. 

Kendall is a cutie and this one we DO have. :) 

We also have Emerson and Camille. :) 

So there you have it!  That's my first round of photos from the AG store.  In my next post, I'll share my photos and thoughts of the Historical characters (my first true AG love, lol).

I would love to know if any of you have any of the Truly Me dolls, GOTY or Wellie Wishers?
Thanks as always for stopping by and see you in the next post!