Thursday, August 25, 2016

New Beforever Mysteries, WellieWishers Books, & Felicity Return?

*Update 8/27/2016: Thank you to @apeekintothepantry on Instagram for confirming that Valerie Tripp said Felicity was 100% coming back at her book signing in New Paltz, New York earlier this year!*

Scoop Fairy Jenny on AGC found some fantastic news yesterday and kindly gave us permission to share it! It seems like there are even more new books to look forward to early next year! There are 3 new Beforever Mysteries (for Melody, Maryellen, and Julie), 3 new WellieWishers stories, and possibly the most unexpected of all, a potential reprinting of the currently archived Felicity's books in the new Beforever 2 book + Journey book format! I've added all of these books to the Master List of Leaked AG Releases! ^_^

I'm always stoked for new books, and I love 3 completely new mysteries are coming out. I'm wondering if Felicity will come out of the archive briefly and a part of me would be thrilled to bits if that happened, as long as she doesn't overstay her time (a little like how I feel Samantha is now). XD

Link to Master List of Leaked AG Releases:

New Beforever Mysteries:
Title: The Lady's Slipper - A Melody Mystery
Author: Emma Carlson Berne
Illustrator: Juliana Kolesova
Price: $9.99 USD
Publish Date: Feb. 9th, 2017
Summary: Melody is impressed by her sophisticated new friend, Leah Roth, but she wishes her cousin Val would stop being so standoffish to Leah! Melody meets Leah's grandfather, Dr. Roth, a botanist who escaped the Nazis and brought a rare and valuable Lady's Slipper orchid with him to America. When Melody's own grandfather becomes a suspect in a burglary, Melody turns to Val and Leah for help. Yet Leah seems to be hiding something?something to do with her grandfather?that could hurt all of them. Can Melody catch the orchid thief before it's too late?

Title: The Runaway - A Maryellen Mystery
Author: Alison Hart
Illustrator: Juliana Kolesova
Price: $9.99 USD
Publish Date: Feb. 9th, 2017
Summary: Scooter, Maryellen's pudgy pet dachshund, may be lazy, but he's one of the family, and Maryellen loves him dearly. And he never misses a meal! So when Scooter doesn't show up at dinnertime, she's worried. Maryellen launches a search--and discovers some strange goings-on in her neighborhood. With the help of her friends and family, the search for Scooter takes Maryellen from the streets of Daytona Beach to the rocket launchpad at Cape Canaveral!

Title: Message in a Bottle - A Julie Mystery
Author: Kathryn Reiss
Illustrator: Juliana Kolesova
Price: $9.99 USD
Publish Date: Feb. 9th, 2017
Summary: When Julie visits Gold Moon Ranch, a farming commune in California's gold rush country, the back-to-the-land lifestyle seems idyllic at first. But peculiar problems keep cropping up?almost as if someone was trying to shut down the commune! Then, on a secret trip to an abandoned gold mine, Julie stumbles on a mysterious message that hints at long-lost treasure. Julie is desperate to find it?before danger closes in on Gold Moon Ranch.

New WellieWishers Books:
Title: Camille's Mermaid Tale
Author: Valerie Tripp
Illustrator: Thu Thai
Price: $5.99 USD
Publish Date: Feb. 9th, 2017
Summary: Camille loves the ocean -- the warm sand, the pretty shells, and the sparkling waves that tickle her toes. Sometimes she even imagines that she's a mermaid with whales and dolphins for friends! When the other WellieWishers see how much Camille misses her summers by the sea, they want to help -- but how can four girls turn a garden into an ocean?

Title: The Mystery of Mr. E
Author: Valerie Tripp
Illustrator: Thu Thai
Price: $5.99 USD
Publish Date: Apr. 27th, 2017
Summary: There's a new friend in the garden -- a big, shaggy dog with the mysterious name of Mr. E! The dog loves to play, so when he suddenly disappears, the WellieWishers are worried. They search high and low and find paw prints, but no dog. What has happened to Mr. E? The WellieWishers are about to get the surprise of their lives!

Title: The Rainstorm Brainstorm
Author: Valerie Tripp
Illustrator: Thu Thai
Price: $5.99 USD
Publish Date: Apr. 27th, 2017
Summary: It's Aunt Miranda's birthday! The WellieWishers want to give her something special, but they can't agree on what it should be. Then Kendall discovers the Tomorrow Pile. What looks like a bunch of old, dirty, broken things to the other girls looks like cool fun stuff with lots of potential to Kendall! Can the girls work together to create something wonderful for Aunt Miranda?

Possible Beforever Reprint of Felicity's Story:
Title: A Stand for Independence (not sure if book 1 or book 2)
Author: Valerie Tripp
Price: $9.99 USD
Publish Date: Feb. 9th, 2017

Title: Love and Loyalty (not sure if book 1 or book 2)
Author: Valerie Tripp
Price: $9.99 USD
Publish Date: Feb. 9th, 2017

Title: Gunpowder and Tea Cakes (Possible Journey Book since the author is not Valerie Tripp)
Author: Kathleen Ernst
Price: $9.99 USD
Publish Date: Feb. 9th, 2017

Title: Beforever 2017 3 Book Set
Author: Valerie Tripp & Kathleen Ernst
Illustrator: Juliana Kolesova
Price: $29.95 USD
Publish Date: Feb. 9th, 2017

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Wellie Wishers now sold at Toys R Us

*Update 8/27/2016: Thank you to Jessica on Facebook who informed us that Toys R Us stores are also selling the dolls!*

The wonderful Amy was at Toys R Us and saw that they are selling Wellie Wishers merchandise. She kindly took some photos and sent them to us to post. There are no dolls as far as she could see, only the WW accessories, including the new Winter Wishes Outfit and Love & Caring Carriage, not yet released on the American Girl website in the USA. The prices at TRU are higher than buying it directly from American Girl, but it is still cheaper than buying from the AG website because of the shipping costs AG charges. 

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Wellie Wishers Display

Love & Caring Carriage - $47.99
American Girl Retail Price - $48

Winter Wishes Outfit - $27.99
American Girl Retail Price - $28

Nature Explorer Set - $24.99
American Girl Retail Price - $24

Giggles & Grins Play Set - $24.99
Ocean Treasures Set - $24.99
American Girl Retail Price for Both Sets - $24

Garden Theater Stage - $89.99
American Girl Retail Price - $90

Carrot & Hutch - $42.99
American Girl Retail Price - $42

All in all, I think this is a great way to gain exposure for the WellieWishers line, though I feel like it would be more effective if Toys R Us also sold the dolls. It'll make the products more accessible to a larger population, and hopefully help AG with sales.

Photos of Leaked New Bitty Baby Hearts Outfit

This cute heart themed outfit that leaked on eBay looks like it might be the Valentine's outfit for Bitty Baby. If so, it will probably released on Jan. 1st. I have added it to the Master List of Upcoming AG Releases. ^_^

Link to Master List of Leaked AG Releases:

Original eBay Photos:
The dress itself is covered with a pink stripe print and hearts. You can see the Bitty Baby tag in the corner of the dress. The fabric itself looks pretty "cheap" in that it seems like just a basic knit from the photo, which is surprising since normally the Valentine outfits are a little dressier. 

Matching Headband

Baby Undies! :D

These matching print shoes make me laugh. It really feels like hearts overkill to me. XD 

Link to Original eBay Auction:

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Melody and BonBon Take a Walk

It's the armpit of summer here with daily temperatures above 100 degrees, but dolls and dogs still need their exercise so our dashing hero Melody braves the misery that is the afternoon sun with her faithful companion BonBon. The two take comfort on a wooded path, the only place where they can walk without melting and being devoured by fire ants. XD

"Alright BonBon, here we go, are you ready?"
"No, no wolves here thank goodness."
"Yes, plenty of tree bark!"

"Let's take a break here. I think I've sweated enough to fill a bathtub."
"What? What do you want me to get off BonBon?"

"Come here you silly flubbery mass. Instead of telling me to get off, just come up and join me."

"See? What do you think? Much better right?"


"Rough? Of course it's rough! It's tree bark! There's just no pleasing you is there?"

"Well if you're going to make snarky critiques on everything, we might as well go home. Come on BonBon! Maybe there's still a popsicle left in the freezer!"

"Looks like that's one thing we can agree on!"

For those of you living in the northern hemisphere, stay cool in this heat! ^_^ Reward yourselves with delicious popsicles! 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Photos of Leaked Red Plaid Dress for Bitty

SailorMolly on AGPT sent us the link to an eBay auction showing photos of the new outfit for Bitty, which is confirmed on AG's Sneak Peek on Pinterest. It seems like it's the new holiday dress for Bitty this season and will come out with the next release. I have added it to the Master List of Leaked AG Releases. ^_^

Link to Master List of Leaked AG Releases:

Original eBay Photos:

And matching red, velvet, ribbon shoes! ^_^ 

Surprisingly, I find myself really liking this Bitty outfit, especially the wrap around dress part. The Bitty outfits can fit on the full sized 18 inch dolls though the skirts tend to run a little short. 

Link to original eBay auction:

Sunday, August 21, 2016

All Stock Photos and Prices for Melody's Collection

As many of you have already seen, Melody's collection that will debut later this week, is already view-able on the America Girl website! I have included the link to the page at the bottom of this post. Here I have just compiled all the stock photos of the products (excluding the mini doll and books) given to us by AG into individual collages with prices for ease of quick view and reference. ^_^ These are also posted to the L&L Instagram page if that is easier for you to access. 

What is on your "to buy" list? ^_^ For me ALL the outfits and doll of course! 

Melody Doll & Book - $115

Meet Accessories - $24

Fancy Floral Dress - $34

Hairstyling Set - $22

Recording Studio - $250
Side A

Side B

Microphone Set - $38

Electric Piano - $48

Pajamas - $24

Starry Pajamas for Girls - $42

Dog, Bo - $22

Bed & Bedding - $95

Bedroom Accessories - $45

Play Outfit - $28

Table & Chairs - $85

Block Party Set - $68

Christmas Outfit - $34

Fancy Coat - $34

Travel Essentials - $48

Blue Bow Top for Girls - $32

Pleated Plaid Skort for Girls - $42

Link to Melody's Page on AG Website:

Photos of New Orange Shirt & Sparkle Skirt Outfit

Late last year, we saw a neon green shirt with record on it, which looked like a store exclusive/debut gift for Melody's debut. (You can view photos of it here.) Recently, another shirt popped up on eBay, which has the theme of singing, and could possibly be another store exclusive or debut gift for Melody. It could also be for the Truly Me line, a new Beforever, or next year's Girl of the Year 2017, but it's hard to tell since there's no noticeable tag on the shirt from the leaked photos. I have added it to the Master List of Leaked AG Releases.

Link to Master List of Leaked AG Releases:

Side by Side of the 2 Potential Melody Exclusive Shirts

Original eBay Photos:

The outfit was shown paired with a sparkly skirt which we also saw leaked last year along with sandals from GOTY 2015 Grace's Sightseeing Outfit. I don't know if the shirt is a stand alone or will really be paired with this skirt.
*EDIT 8/25/2016: Thank you to Monica who let us know that this skirt is already available for purchase (since May) at the Signature Studio as part of the Celebration package in the Chicago, NYC, and LA stores.*

The shirt is an orangey salmon color with what looks like a bird/dove graphic on it, and a tied knot in the front. On the bird are the words "Sing Your Story" which seems like it would be a perfect fit for Melody's character and plot.

Here is a closer photo of the sparkly skirt for those who may have missed it when it first leaked last year. 

Overall I love the shirt and the tied aspect of it. I like the color and the graphic, and I would love to see AG release it, whether for Melody or another line.