Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas from Lissie & Lilly!

I've been home for the winter break so the rest of the L&L crew are still at my apt. but Lissie and Sawako Lilly hitched a ride back home with me. :) We all want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas (for those that celebrate it) and happy holidays to all!

For this rare occasion, Lissie has decided to let down her hair! :D

Lissie and Sawako Lilly are dressed up for Christmas! Lissie decided she wanted to emulate our tree's theme. ^_^ Sawako Lilly's dress was too big on her so I had to pin it back quite a bit bit I think she looks lovely in that color.

Sawako Lilly was trusted with the delicate ornaments but after Lissie dropped the 3rd one (no, really she did... -_-) we had to find her another task.

Instead, she got to help put up the stockings! Initially she tried to wear them but then realized that they were just a tad loose on her.

And what Christmas would it be without a photo with Santa? 

Afterwards, since it looked like a proper, cold day, Lissie talked Sawako Lilly into going out for a bit. Sawako Lilly talked Lissie into wearing her cloak. ^_^
"Come on Lilly! You can spy on the neighbors from here!"

"I see they added a new pool to their yard. Loads of good it'll do them right now."
"Lissie! Don't be so nos - Oh my! That is a large pool!"

After a while, Sawako Lilly left Lissie in the trees spying on the surrounding yards because she wanted to admire and enjoy the last rose of the year. 

"Let's go back now Lissie. It's so cold out!"
"Well, you'll miss out on persimmon tree neighbor getting his satalite dish installed and palm bush neighbor on the ladder trying to put up Christmas lights, but I guess we could."
"There's hot chocolate inside."

Blooper! Unfortunately before they could make it in, the harsh wind of Winter man handled them most roughly and exposed their bums most inappropriately. :D

American Girl 2015 Girl of the Year Grace Thomas Photos!

-Click here to view store photos of Girl of the Year 2015 Grace Thomas's collection-

Update 1/1/2015! Happy New Year everyone! :) Grace is now officially released by AG and I have permission from AG to share these images. ^_^ There will be no further updates to this post. I will be uploading the photos taken from the store as soon as I get home so please check back later in the day. 

AGPlaythings forum user Impy found several links to images of our 2015 Girl of the Year, Grace Thomas' collection on the AG website and kindly gave me permission to share her find! Check out her impressive collection below:

*Prices are shared from MissMidoria and posted here with permission.*

Grace Thomas Doll & Book ($120):
It looks like Grace's special item that will make her "worth" the higher price is that she comes with a charm bracelet as well as her ears are pierced and she comes with the heart shaped earrings below:
The her bangs are shaped remind me a lot of Nellie's bangs, and for some reason her lip color looks darker to me that the current other AG dolls. I'll have to see her in person to decide though.
I hate the touristy feeling of her T-shirt but I can understand why AG did it, since they want to stress upon her unique geographical location. It does make me wonder if we'll see people complaining that the American Girl is not "American" or something similar.
Standard underwear! :D The charms on her bracelet are very cute, I admit. Her French bulldog, suitcase, macaroon (warning don't eat the bow on the macaroon), the Eiffel Tower, a recipe card, and  heart with Paris on it are all rather cliche but they tie her collection in nicely.

Grace Thomas Meet Accessories:
I think the fingerless gloves are so cute and I love that the little bow matches her dog's bow! :D
---Thank you to Midoria for the correction. These accessories are Grace's meet, not the beret set with the macaroons. Those are her "welcome gifts".---

Grace Thomas Dog Bon Bon ($24):
Her cute French bulldog has a black bow on his black ear, a red collar, and a matching red leash!

Grace Thomas Pajamas ($24):
The color reminds me a little of Jess' pajamas, or even Kanani's.

Grace Thomas Fancy Coat ($28):
This light blue and light pink combination makes me think of cotton candy... But I do like the style of the coat very much though! It looks like a "modern inspired" version of Addy's School Outfit currently out on the BeForever line.

Grace Thomas Baking Apron/Everyday Outfit ($34):
Another cotton candy themed outfit! I'm not sure if that's a jumper she has on or an apron. I can't see too much mix and match potential for this set (maybe the apron separately) but more creative people can probably figure something out. :)
I don't understand why the cupcakes are upside down. :( I personally would have preferred for them to be right side up. Is this fashionable for the target market to wear prints upside down? XD

Grace Thomas City Love Sweater Outfit ($34):
This is a cute outfit and perfect for Valentine's day, but I'm not sure what the year long popularity power of this will be once the holiday has passed.

Grace Thomas Fancy Dress Opening Night Outfit ($38):
I think this dress is really cute! But now Grace really will look like a giant puff of cotton candy! 

Grace Thomas Travel Suitcase Set ($44):
I like her travel set very much though I wish her passport at least wasn't in the light blue coloring. The tickets seem very realistic so that's a plus.

Grace Thomas Baking Accessories Set ($65):
Is that... a tablet with the recipe on it??? XD Talk about 21st century! It looks like you can either use the recipe card as a card, or you can stick it in the e-reader and use it that way.

Grace Thomas Cafe Scene ($85):
This set is actually on the cover of her meet book and I'm surprised they'd make it separately but it will be a nice in between for those who don't want to go all out for the big piece, her bakery.
The sign can be changed and customized with the stickers, like Isabelle's makeup box. I hope they're magnets so they can be reused but I'm guessing they'll be stickers.

Grace Thomas Bakery ($500):
And here we get the grandaddy of her collection, the bakery, or La Patisserie set. It seems like it will be bigger than Lanie's camper or Samantha's ice cream parlor with more pieces and accessories. I love all the miniature pieces despite the plastic look of some of them (especially that pink cake stand) but I think overall it has a a lot of play potential. Now.... any guess to the cost of this juggernaut? 
---Thank you to Midoria who shared the price of these items with us! According to her the bakery is mostly wooden as well, which why the price is so high?---
I must remember these are plastic. Darn it glands, stop drooling over fake pastries! ;D

Grace Thomas Bakery Pastry Stand/Snack Cart ($150):
For those who won't be able to bring the full sized bakery home, you can get the mini snack cart version instead! Based on the book summaries, I'm wondering if this is from when Grace returns back to the US and starts her own baking business? 

Grace Thomas Paris Welcome Gifts Purse Accessories ($32):
Her accessories seem to be pretty cliche, a beret, macaroons, Paris postcards, and an Eiffel cookie. It seems on of the postcards at least has writing on it. I wonder if the other 2 are blank so you can write your own message.
---Thank you to Midoria for the correction. The reason these items are "cliche Paris" is because they are not her meet accessories but her Paris "Welcome Gifts". ---

Grace Thomas Pajamas for Girls:

Grace Thomas Meet Accessories Purse/Bag for Girls:

Not pictured:
Grace Thomas Exclusive Earrings Set ($16)

Thank you again to Impy! Overall I think Grace is pretty, but I don't feel attracted enough to her to want to bring her home. I don't understand why she couldn't have been a black doll (#58 would look so adorable in these outfits!), but her collection at least is very cute, even if it's almost baby like in the color choices. 

To be fair though, I don't actively collect GotY so she would have to be incredibly overwhelming to move me to purchase her. I think her collection is wonderful, relative to what has been released for previous GOtY dolls, especially because she has so many "playable parts" in her collection, and if any of her food sets go on sale, there is a high chance I'll cave and get them. :D

What does everyone think of her collection?


(I am keeping this update up for the sake of reference.)

Update 12/30/2014: After reviewing the AG's "Terms & Conditions of Website Use" at this link: http://store.americangirl.com/static/popups/termsConditions.html I sent an email to service@americangirl.com asking for clarification on some of the points.

Specifically, Section 1(C) where it states: "Mattel grants you a limited, non-exclusive, revocable, non-assignable, personal, and non-transferable license to (i) download (temporary storage only), display, view, use, play, and/or print one copy of the Content (excluding source and object code in raw form or otherwise, other than as made available to access and use via a standard web browser to enable display) on a personal computer, mobile phone or other wireless device, or other Internet enabled device (each, an “Internet Device”) for your personal, non-commercial use only" and "The foregoing limited license (i) does not give you any ownership of, or any other intellectual property interest in, any Content" which seems to give a limited license to display/use/view their Content as long as one does not use it for commercial/political purposes. Since this is a personal blog without a commercial/political agenda and I claimed no ownership/association with the company, I wanted to know whether I was allowed to post these images (or any AG images).

The other point I wanted to clarify was in Section 10, where it clearly states: "We grant you a limited, non-exclusive, revocable, non-assignable, personal, and non-transferable license to create hyperlinks to the Website, so long as: (a) the links only incorporate text, and do not use any trademark graphics that are owned or licensed to Mattel, (b) the links and the content on your website do not suggest any affiliation with Mattel or cause any other confusion, and (c) the links and the content on your website do not portray Mattel or its products or services in a false, misleading, derogatory, or otherwise offensive matter, and do not contain content that is inappropriate for children or that is unlawful, offensive, obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, violent, threatening, harassing, or abusive, or that violate any right of any third party or are otherwise objectionable to Mattel. Mattel reserves the right to suspend or prohibit linking to the Website for any reason, in its sole discretion, without advance notice or any liability of any kind to you or any third party." From this wording, it seems like links to the website are allowed as long as the links only have text, do not suggest affiliation with Mattel, and do not portray Mattel and its products in a false way, or contain content inappropriate for children which I did not do.

I received the following response (personal information removed):
"Dear ...

The information you have posted has not yet been released by American Girl® and therefore should be removed immediately.

American Girl Customer Service..."

So with that response, I am removing the images as well as the links in the post until AG officially debuts GotY 2015 on January 1st. ^_^ I figure since I took the time to ask, I ought to respect American Girl's response and do as they specify, even if the response didn't clarify other points that I asked. I apologize to those who came here and are looking for the images. I will update this post when AG officially unveils her on the 1st. 

I will also be uploading photos from the store on Jan. 1st as well so please check back then if you are looking for more detailed, in person photos. :) If you have any questions you'd like me to "investigate" while I'm at the store, please let me know and I will do my best. ^_^

Note: There will be an exclusive, first look at GotY 2015 on Good Morning America this Wednesday from 7-9am, according the AG Facebook page.