impy: Ghoulia Yelps ready to destroy everything with the text 'Die Now.' (MH: die now)
June Release: Part the END )

I think this concludes the June release, aside from the Bitty Baby stuff that isn't nifty enough to include because no one caaaaaaaaaaaares.

Other things of AG note, if one is interested. When the site updated, they also made it possible to pay for things with Paypal and Amazon pay, if those do anything for you. (That sound you hear is my wallet screaming in agony.) Apparently that was either a glitch or them testing something they haven't decided (yet) to go through with. Bad idea, AG. Bad idea. It makes you look incompetent again and also, people really love paying with Paypal. Plus your other sites accept it so clearly you can, you're just... not. Also, work sells AG gift cards now.

What else, what else. Oh, yeah. They've discontinued the Lindsey head at the doll hospital and the fandom implosion over that was a sight to see. I dipped a toe in because I wanted to and then I ducked out when people kept fucking comparing cars to AG.
For the record, I come down on the side of this being a bad idea. I get why they'd do it (I mean, sort of. I can come up with a variety of reasons why they'd stop) but I think it's a bad idea. The only way I can sort of look the other way is if whoever actually manufactured the wigs went under and AG can't get them anymore. Which isn't the reason they gave, alas. But a big reason a LOT of people are willing to pony up the bucks for AG is that they're basically Satisfaction Guaranteed Forever. Screw up your doll a decade after you got her? No prob, the Doll Hospital can fix it... for a price. If it's something that AG borked, they'll pay for it.
Lindsey being the first to be discontinued is particularly troubling because she's got a shitton of known issues, from her wig being dry as hell to the doll vinyl being produced only in the grey/green years which means a good chunk of the Lindseys running around look sick as hell. This is a KNOWN issue and something that someone might not notice as a kid (especially as this is a thing that gets worse over time) but as an adult, as they break out the old doll to hand 'er over to their own kid? Yeah, they might take notice.
The car comparisons came up when the person right after me said something about not expecting their car company to continue to make parts for their 15 year old car and some other jackass chimed in on that, too. No shit, guys. You aren't even comparing apples to oranges, you're comparing dolls to cars. The dolls, btw, were marketed for years with a "We'll always have your back!" kind of thing. Cars, not so much. But no, you go on and make your stupid comparisons. I'll just mentally note you're both tools and hope you find all LEGOs the hard way.

There was something else but I've forgotten it so hopefully it wasn't anything important.
impy: Sweet Valley Twins Jessica looking pissed in new glasses with the text 'someone is going to PAY for this.' (pay for this)
Okay, we're chopping this release up into easy to post bits. Also, fair warning, but when AG updated their site, they also changed how their pictures load so yeah, I'm not editing things because it's taken this long just to do this much. Onward.
First up, Gabby!
She didn't get much. )

That leads us to Tenney and Logan.
Between them, they get as much stuff as Gabby did. Who's the GOTY again? )

Let's wander over to the Wellies, shall we? I will never understand how AG can continue to use free shipping on the Wellies but ignore it on everything else on their site aside from gift cards. Technically, I guess it's because the Wellies are available at other retailers (B&N, Kohl's, TRU, and I swear Target was mentioned?) but Gabby, Logan, and Tenney are all available at Kohl's and TRU, and Amazon's got Melody, Julie, ME, and Z so....
Anyway, I digress.

WellieWishers wish the best for youuuuuuu... )

Holymotherofgod, this release just never ends. I'm going to go with the new Truly Me Dolls and then we're gonna take a break. Mine will be to the tune of a strawberry daiquiri, but you may go with something else entirely.

New dolls, new dolls comin' through. )
impy: Lorelai Gilmore making her forks fight with the text 'Take That!' (crazy)
In fluffier news, we have some AG chatter because why not. The new Z special is up on Amazon though I haven't watched more than the trailer. Which, btw, was painful so my hopes for this thing aren't high at this point. Hopefully this means I'll be pleasantly surprised.

Also, the ever knowledgeable source on FB had this to say:
Samantha and Addy are leaving.. but Nanea's coming and her clothes are awesome. Hibiscus dress with a train, hula outfit, fishing pole with fish.. cant wait

Her (Nanea) big item is her grandparents grocery store

I've heard that Addy might be getting shuffled to online only instead of completely archived but the news of Addy and Sam being shuffled off together isn't really new. I can't say I'm surprised either, honestly. It's why I used my reward certificate to buy Sam stuff. Addy's been allegedly on the chopping block since Cecile was in the works and Sam 2.0 apparently didn't pan out as well as AG hoped. (There are reasons, AG. Not the least of which is that you should've kept her in the archives til at least next year. Just sayin', ten years would've been smarter.)
A quick perusal of their pages tells me that I am missing:
both Addy and new!Samantha dolls
Addy's new accessories which I'm pretty meh on, honestly
Addy's new bedding but it's bundled with the bed that I already own so nope
Samantha's new accessories which are on my short list to buy
her new bed and bedding which nope, if I'm buying Sam's bed, it's gonna be the one I grew up wanting.
New!Jip which is also a hard pass for me
her bike, and while it's cute and on sale I'm going to pass once more
Plus the minis but again, eh.

I'm not sure whether I'll cave and buy either doll. It's a space and money issue as well as the fact that I own a Samantha already and while they're different and I not so kind of wanted a newer Sam, I'd rather have Nanea. (And as irrational as it is, I feel like my Sam would be sad and feel replaced.) Addy is one where I always come back to feeling like Cass has a "she's mine and just mine!" kind of hold on her. Dunno if that's true or not because I never remember to ask, and I'm not sure she'd tell me if she didn't want me to blow my money anyway. *shrug* I remain on the fence.

Oh, and AG's doing some new non-fiction "A Girl Named" books and one of them is covering Hillary Clinton. People, predictably, have lost their minds and fights have broken out. To which I say: bitches, please. Regardless of your personal feelings on the woman, she is an important historical figure and one AG was/is going to have to cover at some point. If you don't like her, don't buy or read the book. It's that simple.

heyo, Z

May. 2nd, 2017 11:11 am
impy: (BSC: MA loves)
Z Yang. )

Sorry this took so long to appear. Despite last week's visit from Comcast, the internet has been um, special. Sigh. I thought it had cleared up today but naturally things went sideways when I tried to do this so if things are more disjointed than usual, just assume I was doing battle with my connection and kept getting distracted and never finished a thought properly.
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Okay, let's try this again with the actual factual name. :p Yesterday, Ivy's movie Ivy & Julie 1976: A Happy Balance came out on Amazon. It's pretty heavily based on Good Luck, Ivy! with some tweaks here and there but it is definitely an Ivy movie. Julie's there but more of a special guest star kind of thing.
Of the three Amazon offerings, Ivy & Julie is definitely the movie with the least changes made to the characters/source material. Both of Ivy's siblings are there, neither parent mysteriously disappears, and her grandparents (both) have a sizeable role in her life, much like the books. Ahem, Melody. Honestly, with both Ivy and Maryellen getting to keep their stories basically as-is, it makes the change for Melody that much more baffling.
Oh, btw, if you were interested in getting to meet Julie's family: don't bother. Tracy (her sister) and her father are both mentioned and seen at the very end, but they don't have any lines, and we get a glimpse of the back of Julie's mom's head at the very, very end of the movie when everyone sits down for dinner. The vaguely Parent Trap -esque vibes from the trailer are a bit of editing magic. Julie's not trying to get her parents back together, she's just trying to get her sister and father to stop fighting. Or her sister to stop being mad at their dad, anyway.

So if my favorite thing about the Melody and Maryellen movies was the mother/daughter moments, my favorite thing about Ivy & Julie is the best friendship. There are no stupid arguments between the two that must be solved before the end of the movie. Instead, you get what it's like when you have a friend whose family is pretty much your own and what it's like to see them again after a life change (in Julie's case, the divorce) and the way you slip in and out of one another's lives and how important friendship is. When Ivy's family doesn't get her, Julie does. They don't fight over who has the bigger problem (Ivy's meet/family dinner snafu or Julie's family drama) but simply help one another without it being a Big Deal.
Of the three movies, this is the one I would maim someone for it to be an on-going series.

I also enjoyed Ivy's mother's role. She didn't exist solely to be there for Ivy, you got to see interactions between Ivy's parents when Ivy wasn't in the hallway listening in. Instead of just being spread too thin due to law school, she talked to Ivy about why it was important to do something simply because you felt you had to... and it was just nifty. Also, there's the added bonus of the family not wanting to lose their Chinese roots unlike a lot of their neighbors.

But because we can't have anything nice in the AG fandom without people vexing me, half the damn comments in the movie thread are people complaining that they don't have Amazon Prime and cannot watch it and why won't they release it on DVD and why is it only 43 minutes long and NYARGH.
A) That movie runtime is about average for your Disney Channel/Nick movie. It's an hour runtime once you throw in commercials. It's also about average for animated things (ahoy, MH/EAH) that do get DVD releases so it's possible.
B) Do you guys not know how exclusives work? I mean, damn. Anyway, you know what you can do? Free Trial. You get 30 days, regardless of whether you do the Prime trial or the Amazon Video trial. Hell, if you're super into Amazon's video stuff, just go with their video service and it's 8.99. You guys buy AG shit. $9 a month is a freakin' steal.

My AG box arrived yesterday and I opened it this morning after work. Soooooooo... I bought the five outfits (Melody's coat, PJs, holiday dress, the blue Ombre ballet outfit and the Merry Magenta outfit on clearance) and a doll. Because 20% off and free shipping.
I did not choose Logan because it wasn't until a couple of days ago that I saw a single custom, let alone one with a gender flip (I liked it). I decided that maybe I'll pick him out in person or wait until I hoard some wigs or something. The timing felt off, basically.
Cass was pretty adamant that we pick our Gabby's together. I debated Melody for a bit and for whatever reason decided to wait on her. Then I thought of the TM line and pondered. Did I want a Jess mold? I considered not!Ivy (both with bangs and without) and decided that if I wound up with Z (as in SuZie), she might fill that need. Did I go for 62? (Sonali mold, medium skin, amber eyes) She's stunning and so many pictures of her lately! And then somehow not!Josefina jumped into my cart and said let's go. I waffled back and forth between 62/66 for awhile but ultimately decided that I would very quickly hit Sonali mold overload with Gabby and possibly Melody.
And then I worried, after hitting Order, whether I'd get a perma-undied doll. With a tail.
But no! She's lovely. Like stupidly pretty. The kind where you just sit there and think "ooooooooooo" like a little kid. I do wish her hair was a smidge longer but I also haven't done anything with it beyond take it out of the hairnet and admire.
I will say her Starfleet uniform is really crappy. I never truly wanted a whole bunch beyond a "ha, Starfleet!" laugh idea but ugh. The netting on the neck got snagged with the hairnet and it's just a scratchy, weird feeling. The outfit is also very, very blah in person. There is a reason they take great pains to show it with the totally 80's tastic accessories all the time. It's just super plain and weird alone. :/

Also a little disappointing, the Merry Magenta outfit. Mostly the purse and shoes. The shoes are kinda hideous in person and the chain for the purse is clunky. Honestly, the purse is something you'd cobble together as a kid from bits and pieces you found around the house.
Other quick impressions: Somehow I didn't realize the Ombre Ballet leo was attached to the tutu but the colors are so pretty that I keep getting distracted. It does shed glitter though, so beware.
Melody's coat is niiiiiiiice. Melody's dress is also pretty nice. I'm glad I was warned the scratchy material of the dress, but it's lined and it's one of those pieces that feels historical somehow. I enjoy. The headband/ribbon however... we're gonna have words later. The PJs are super cute and working pockets. :D
impy: tori from jackie's strength video (Default)
So now that it's March, it's totally the perfect time to share pictures of the Army in their holiday gear, right? Right, right, of course. Naturally my camera's batteries were dying and it took a lot of conning my camera into thinking the batteries were new to finish this. I'd known I was going to need batteries but thought I still had a full pack in my room but they disappeared. No idea if I used them or if Widget borrowed them or what. Sigh. Anyway, without further excuse, here we go.

Note, I did divvy the group up because otherwise you'd see no one or I'd have fallen over. Also, the cat did 'help' so there's that. :p

Pictures of dolls and the cat. )

I did put the new stuff on for the most part but like I said, no batteries. WOE. Might edit the initial reviews with more thoughts and then take pictures when the batteries charge (assuming they do. It's been awhile...)
impy: tori from jackie's strength video (Default)
*stretches* Get comfy, folks, because this is gonna be a long one. Or two. We'll see. First up, news from the AG front because honestly, let's try and contain things as much as possible. If, like me, you actually wanted Gabby's Rehearsal Outfit, you're currently SOL because it's on backorder til August. Rumor has it that it's due to the shoddy new packaging and the number of complaints/returns due to holes in the outfit. I'd imagine her PJs might also get new packaging because their reviews are abysmal. On the one hand, I'm happy if we're getting new non-sewn in packaging and that AG is learning the error of their ways. On the other hand, Gabby's collection isn't exactly big enough at the moment to withstand possibly the most popular item (and it is) being on serious backorder.

Other news: if you were looking into getting Tenney or nu!Lyssie, make damn sure you check their lips really carefully as I've seen numerous posts about the lip paint rubbing off. And these aren't from the homes with kids or overzealous snugglers or cats who knock things over. We're talking the lips just chip off.

Finally, American Girl, I have some free advice for you. If you want to make more money/more sales, stop cutting corners on the product and simply offer free shipping all the damn time. Seriously. Free shipping. Always. Either on new products, no matter how much someone spends, or offer free shipping at a certain price point. The Wellies have had free shipping since they launched and they've made you so much money I suspect someone's got to be getting their Scrooge McDuck on at this point and part of that is due, yes, to having them available at other retailers, but the free shipping helps! If you give people time to spend their money elsewhere, they will. Don't let them overthink a non-essential purchase... and you're a toy company so all purchases are non-essential. Free shipping. You'll be swimming in money, even from those who vowed never to purchase again. Because free shipping is magic. Just look at your sales before you moved to targeted codes. Anytime free shipping leaked from a catalog code, people went nuts.

Wellies, Bitty Baby, Truly Me, BeForever So many pictures. )
End Part 1
impy: tori from jackie's strength video (Default)
Oh, look. AG is trying to distract everyone from their FB kerfluffle where they capped the tail picture fiasco off by calling their customer a liar:
The photos that have been circulated suggesting otherwise are either altered or not of American Girl dolls.

Bonus points are awarded because the customer in question? Was given the doll by her husband for Valentine's Day, she's a new mother, and she named her new baby Ivy... y'know, like Ivy Ling, Julie's best friend. Good job, AG! Asshats.

Anyway, their original distraction was the news of Ivy getting a movie next month (March 24, I think?) on Amazon. I mean, technically I think it's being considered a Julie movie, but it's Ivy's Meet book in movie form so... really. Ivy gets a movie.

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Based in 1976 San Francisco, Ivy Ling is a 10-year-old Chinese-American girl who struggles with finding a balance between her two cultural identities: Chinese and American. With the Chinese Cultural Revolution and the Vietnam War so recent, embracing her heritage doesn't feel appealing to young Ivy. All she wishes is to be like her all-American best friend, Julie Albright. But, when Ivy's All-City Gymnastics Tournament and her family's big Chinese New Year dinner land on the same day, she must decide between the two. - An American Girl Story- Ivy & Julie: A Happy Balance.

But that didn't really work (calling people liars generally goes over badly for some reason) so here we are with new doll alert!
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AG's site.
More pictures under the cut. )
impy: tori from jackie's strength video (Default)
Huh. All I had to do to get Logan to leak was post about him? Damn, I wish I knew how my superpowers worked so I could use them for good evil properly! Anyway. Uh, Logan leaked, guys. He also seems to be vanishing off the 'net as fast as he appeared, so you get watermarked images because that's what I found.
Pics ahoy! )

Annnnnnnnnd now we're at the part where I might get in trouble. On the one hand, I have no interest in a boy AG. I just don't, never have, likely never will. The closest I came was when Widget was into playing with my dolls and I thought well, maybe... only I liked having AG be just girls. I still like that. Don't gimme the "but there's a Bitty twin boy!" stuff because BTs are not a thing anymore and also it's different. It would be different if they had a boy Wellie, btw.

That aside, I... don't hate him. In fact, I'm tempted to buy him, rip the wig off and turn Logan into a girl who shall not be named Logan because the only girl Logan I knew was a royal witch. Truthfully, with a black wig, Logan looks pretty similar to a girl I know sooo... eh. The only thing making me pause on this plan is that actual, legit Native American AG fans are Not Happy about the Kaya mold being whitewashed and given to a boy for reasons I think I mentioned before? And I can't blame them because I agree. But I also want Logan for not Logan purposes.

And I do not agree with anyone who says the Marie Grace mold would work as a good boy!character. I saw exactly one custom that sort of worked but the more I saw of that one custom, the more I realized that no. No, I think the MG mold is the one AG mold that is not at all suited to being gender-swapped. I must admit, I thought for sure we'd wind up with boy Classic or boy Josefina before boy Kaya.

So am I a terrible person for wanting Logan, even if it's for nefarious purposes? I still have no interest in the Tenney doll but I want Logan and Gabby. But I think I'm going to have to figure out a wig option for Logan because I'm really picky on those... No, self, you are not a terrible person. I mean, you might be, but not for this. :P
impy: tori from jackie's strength video (mal witch)
Note to self: Yankee's Pumpkin Pie smells amazing but a little will go a long way if you're sitting right by it.

Or maybe this is only true if I'm in the midst of period hell. (My sense of smell goes into overdrive then. Not. Fun.) Because I am kind, I will spare the graphic details and just say that work is really lucky I didn't take my wakeup call as a sign and just call out.

Alas, now I have a huge headache. :( I'm not sure if it's because I have my hair up in a clip or what, but my brain is trying to scream loudly. Boo. And with the dog's occasional whining also blaring in my ears, it's not going away anytime soon. Boo.

Ooh, ooh, how about I distract myself with this?

Since it's pretty much almost Thanksgiving, that's the perfect time to show the AG Halloween pics, right? Right.

This year was both incredibly easy and a royal pain in my ass, so really not different from any other year, I suppose. I broke the group pictures up into subgroups because my army is quite huge and I'm not sure how it happened but I blame sales. And my love of the Josefina mold, I suppose.

Pictures, messy hair, good times. )
impy: tori from jackie's strength video (geeky ghoulia)
Sooooooo... I'm late with this. Super late. But I don't think anyone is exactly clamorning for it, so I'm cutting myself some serious slack here. :P

New AG stuff was released April 28th. For a business that's floundering, you'd really think they wouldn't have waited a week to let customers who aren't stalking their website every Thursday know. But hey, I'm just a former stalker who has fallen out of the habit, so what do I know?

I know that I'm too lazy and don't care enough to share everything, so we'll cherry pick the interesting stuff, ok?

We begin with Lea. )

Overall? Meh. I like some stuff but AG has conditioned me to wait for a sale or at least until I'm closer to my birthday or something. I'm pretty sure that's not what they want, but it's what's happened. Good job, Corporate.
impy: tori from jackie's strength video (Guardgoyle)
Oh, look, AG has a sneak peek of their new BeForever stuff that's coming out Thursday. And, because they're AG, they screwed up just a smidge.

Or a lot if you don't like the stuff. :P

We're going to follow AG's order as they put them up, ok?

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Pictures ahead! )

Updated with new stuff.
impy: tori from jackie's strength video (MLP: FiM spike to do list)
Holy crapmuffins, this took both less time than I thought it would and more. Sweet Zeus, and it's not even complete!

But I give, I give. This'll give you an idea that a) I've been doing this a long time and b) of what I have. Only included are outfits and accessories that might actually make a difference to the outfits. Ditto shoes when I could be bothered. The Tee Shirt section is seriously lacking because honestly, all shirts start to look alike after awhile, and the PWPs aren't all included because they didn't all have photos.

Picture Heavy-ish. )


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