Every once in awhile, I'll see something that has nice packaging or I'll get curious about how something is assembled. Usually I'll just stand in the toy isle messing with it, but I wont buy it. However, since these next two items were on clearance at Target, I decided they were cheap enough to purchase. First up:
A Our Generation Book and Miniature Play set at 50% off, final cost was $4.04. There were three versions. The other two featured a story about a girl riding horses and the other story was about a girl solving a mystery. Each came with a different doll (all white) and different accessories pertaining to their story.
This book is told in the first person and has some nice illustrations throughout. I skimmed the story and it's preteen suitable. As best as I could figure, the protagonist, Juliet, is in junior high, so roughly 11 years old at the youngest. So why her doll looks like this I've no idea:
Now I don't collect little kids or babies. I only have the 2 SIS kids because they came in a set with adult dolls. Correct me if I'm wrong but I always figured that Kelly (?) kids were representative of a 3-4 year old, no? So why this Our Generation girl looks so much younger than her character is beyond me. She almost looks like a toddler compared to the SIS girls. Their tops and shoes are interchangeable, but long pants are not.
Here are all the accessories. Except for making the apple pink, they did a great job on them. That tiny little water bottle is really what sold me on this set versus the other ones. It's so freakin' cute. The star bracelet is intended for a real girl.
I like the kid size scale of everything. The earbuds on the mp3 player are huge though! Those would even look big on an adult or big headed doll. However, I can appreciate the detail they've put in all these items.
Here's a scale shot of each item in a Fashionista hand. Of course the comb is not intended for a doll to hold but I threw it in anyway. What's interesting about that comb is that out of all the dolls and play sets I have ever purchased, this is the first one that came with a comb. All the others had brushes. I like it.
A comparison shot of that awesome water bottle against "normal" sized beverages.
Next up is the Blythe Littlest Pet Shop at 70% off, final cost was $5.68. I'm not about to bash any one's love of Blythe's or LPS'. I'll just say they are not to my tastes. The packaging and clothing however are super cute! The way they've designed and folded this boutique into shape is very inspiring to me.
Look how simple yet swanky it is. This is a very well put together set. There were no plastic ties. Everything was held in place with loose thread and paper ties. The "mirror" behind the Blythe is rather clever as it shows a print of her reflection.
They put a lot of detail in these tiny clothes. Her head pops off easily to allow you to put the top elastic over her neck. This is the only outfit that the Our Generation girl cant fit into.
Aww, she looks darling! The pants are super stretchy so they fit well but the tops don't close fully in the back. The last outfit has an elastic hoop at the top but I was unable to get it over her head and when I tried to take her head off I heard a big crack! Luckily it was just the neck seams opening and a drop of super glue will reseam it.
This is the only outfit that the SIS girl can wear. Her head pops right off so it was easy to put the dress on. Again though, it doesn't close in the back. But she is working that outfit and hat!
To conclude, I think both of these are very nice sets even though I wouldn't buy another Blythe LPS. I did try to find the other two Our Generation sets on Saturday, but they were all gone from 5 different Targets! Oh well, I'm glad I was able to get this one.