Thursday, July 3, 2014

Animators Collection Deluxe Frozen Dolls

Last week, Disney Consumer Products held it's 2014 holiday showcase. I was not there, but some of the pictures have caught my interest. A Deluxe set for Anna and Elsa Animators Collection dolls.

I love their nightgowns! They also come with a change of clothes and Olaf. Pictures from Inside The Magic.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Sofia the First Toddler Doll

This week, Disney Consumer Products held it's 2014 Holiday Showcase. I was not there, but I'm super excited about some of the pictures I've seen. Pictures from Inside the Magic.

There was no description for this picture, but I believe it to be a Sofia the First toddler doll. My guess is that it will be part of the My First Disney Princess line of dolls you see at places like Target.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Disney Princess Dolls, Parks Edition

These are the Parks Editions of the Disney Princess dolls.
 The dolls are shown here displayed in the Small World toy shop at Disneyland.

 It spins around and around, so it can be hard to get shots of all the dolls!

I love how their dresses tend to match the current parks costumes so well.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

AGPLA Part 3 - March 2014

After lunch at AGPLA Cafe, We browsed the Historical section. This is one of the things I was most looking forward to.

Bitty Baby tested out Julie's car.

Julie joined Bitty Baby for a ride.

Bitty Baby had a snack with Caroline.

Caroline invited Bitty Baby for a ride on her skiff.

Bitty Baby was so tired, she had to take a nap in Caroline's bed.

We tried to take a picture with the Isabelle display.

I was planning to get the red souvenir t-shirt, but I also saw this pink one. It says Los Angeles on it too, but I didn't remember seeing it before. I got one of each. And the little pink shorts. And some jeans.

The damage. Guinevere desperately wanted this dress for her doll and the matching one. She wanted the doll to try on the dress before she tried on hers. Sadly we haven't gotten any pictures of them wearing the dresses together yet.

Bitty Baby display.

Tiny shopping bag!

And finally, we signed Kirsten in to the doll hospital and said goodbye.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

AGPLA Part 2 - Cafe

We had lunch at the American Girl Place Cafe.

Molly is so excited!

Beautiful and Tasty!

Guinevere got an early birthday candle.

Group shot.

AGPLA Part 1 - March 2014

On March 20, 2014 I visited the American Girl Place LA for the first time. It was a pre-birthday trip for Guinevere, two days before her third birthday. It was also my first time visiting any American Girl store. 

 We had with us Myself, Guinevere, my sister Holly, and her daughter Lane(7 months old). Dolls on the trip were my Molly, my sister's childhood Kirsten, and a few mini dolls. We live in Orange County so it took us about an hour to get there. We were trying to leave at about 10, but we ended up leaving more like 10:30, so we got there a little later than I had planned.

 We browsed a little bit, but we had a lunch reservation at the Cafe at 12:30 so we didn't have much time.
We bought Guinevere's Bitty Baby and the cashier opened her so she could come to lunch with us.  When I asked Guinevere what her name was, she said "Bitty Baby". Okay.

Bitty Baby tried out a treat seat.

 We got some shots of the girls and their dolls waiting for lunch. Guinevere with Bitty Baby, and Lane has a Carters cloth doll named Lulu.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Meeting Molly

On Christmas day, I got my very first American Girl Doll.
Yes, I am 30 years old. Yes, I have a child of my own. Still, I cried when I read that Molly was being retired. I actually cried. Not only was she the doll that I wanted as a child but never got, but it meant that all of the "original" American Girl dolls from my childhood would be gone. Molly was the only one left since Felicity, Samantha, and Kirsten had all retired before her.
I remember vividly the first time I heard of American Girl. I was in the third grade. I think there was some sort of awkward moment and I tried to make friendly conversation with another girl.
I said "So, what do you want for Christmas?"
"American Girl." She said, in a sort of dignified tone. I did not know what that was.
I don't remember how I found out what it was, but before long I was browsing the catalog and imagining myself as a girl in times past. My first favorite was Kirsten, but at some point I moved on to Molly.
I was 13 for Christmas 1995 when my younger sister Holly, the blonde one, was going to get a Kirsten doll from our grandmother. I kind of still felt like I wanted a Molly doll but I thought maybe I was too old to get one. The mini dolls were released that year and she was going to get me a mini Molly instead, but they were sold out. I got a Molly Pastimes Collection which included a cookbook and theatre kit, among other things. I did really like those things, and especially loved reading the cookbook. I ended up really involved in theatre too. Looking back, I wasn't too old. Remember that, everyone. You're not too old for a doll at 13!
The next year my youngest sister, redheaded Amy, got a "Girl of Today" doll. After that, each granddaughter has gotten an American Girl doll from Gramma when they were seven years old.
In high school, two years in a row, I volunteered for the American Girl Pastime Parties at the library and performed in shadow plays featuring American Girl characters. I remember seeing some little girls in the audience from my church, dressed to match their dolls. The second year I did it was the year Kit was introduced.
thefavoritetoy-shannonkay-20131226-002 Fast forward to 20+ years later, and I'm crying about Molly retiring. I asked my husband if it would be silly to ask for a Molly doll for Christmas. Gramma heard about it and said she was going to make sure I got one. She was sorry she didn't get one for me earlier. We both thought I was too old for it at the time, but now we knew better. Anyone can have one.
So on Christmas morning I finally go the desired childhood doll. I'm glad I still got it as a gift from my grandmother. One of the things I always liked about Molly was that she was about the same age as Gramma, who was born in 1936. She was a little girl of similar age during World War II. 
So I got to open up an American Girl doll for the first time on Christmas morning, and my little girl was there to help me. I explained about how this was a special doll I had wanted when I was a little girl. She was very interested in all the accessories, and asked me to read the book to her.
I'm making a funny face, but you should know that I'm an excellent reader and she's not bored, just really tired.
I've also become interested in Saige because I think she looks a bit like me, so I ordered the mini doll and I love her. I can imagine collecting the mini versions of my childhood favorites.