Maryellen Doll - $115
I love her. What else is there to say? Everything about her is just beautiful! I also love her name (considering my fave character on the Waltons show; Mary Ellen)! I like how her outfit isn't all pink (a common complaint from many avid AG collectors). The dress is so cute and so is the little shrug. I'm not sure about the historical accuracy of this outfit, so I'm not going to comment on something I don't know about. ;P Her shoes are cute and her bow is a nice touch. She looks like a mix of Lanie and Isabelle, so that is my only complaint - I feel like she could've been a bit more unique in the face, but her hair, I feel, is very unique in color and style.
I love her - finally, an AG doll release that I am over-the-top happy about.
Maryellen's Accessories - $24
This set is okay. I personally think that there could've been something a little more unique to Marellen herself, but it's okay - the purse is so cute. I personally wouldn't pay more than $10 for this tiny set of a pair of thin gloves, two plain jewelry pieces, and a tiny purse. I have no problem with it, I just feel they could've put a little more thought into it.
Maryellen's Pajamas - $24
I LOVE these baby-doll style pajamas. They are so adorable and so iconic to that era. I love how the green looks on Maryellen. With Maryellen, they didn't choose just two colors and theme everything around them, like they did with McKenna or other numerous dolls. Maryellen actually has a variety of different colors in her wardrobe, which I feel is much more realistic.
I really hope to buy this set.
Maryellen's Poodle Skirt Outfit - $36
I love this! The skirt is adorable, and I knew they would have to have this skirt as part of her collection - I was right! Sure, I guess it could be considered by some to be stereotypical or whatever, but I love this set, from the bow to the saddle shoes. I would complain about the price, but honestly, you get 5 pieces with this outfit, and I'm just grateful AG didn't make it $42 or something crazier.
Maryellen's Birthday Dress - $34
I'm not a fan of this dress. The headband is cute, and I like the tulle and sash and corsage, but the fabric that made the base of the dress just seems really cheap and flimsy and crinkly and the shoes don't really go with the outfit, in my opinion. The outfit could've been cute had they used a better quality fabric under those mountains of tulle and if they had just slightly changed the shoes. Also, how did this pass for $34. $28 seems more reasonable to me. I don't imagine this being a great seller.
Maryellen's School Outfit - $32
I LOVE this! Can I repeat how much I love this? Can I repeat it again? Alright, alright. :P I just can't get over how cute this outfit is! I need it! Everything about it screams 50s' girl and perfect!
Maryellen's Play Outfit - $28
I think this outfit is pretty cute. I like the cherry on the shoes and shirt and the red is nice with the jeans. It isn't anything overly special, but it is rather adorable and I see myself probably buying this.
Maryellen's Ice Skating outfit and Ice Skating Accessories - $36 and $24
I LOVE this set! The outfit is amazing (though it seems a bit short) and it reminds me quite a bit of Molly's ice skating set. I love it! The ice skates are adorable and the accessories just look so cozy!
Scooter - $22
He is SO cute and pretty unique too. I love that one of the girls has a dachshund! I think it would be nice as well if AG branched out and started giving the dolls some more unique pet breeds or species.
Maryellen's Jukebox - $90
This is SO creative. I love it, but the price is just way too much. Seriously - who would pay nearly $100 (probably over that after taxes and shipping) for this? I feel like it would be easier to make a cardboard jukebox and then just put a phone in the back of it to make it seem like it is playing. I don't know; I love it and it is SO cool and unique, but $90 is ridiculous. If it were ever to go half price, it would be the steal of the century, but until then...
The Seaside Diner - $275
This is a cute idea, but just too expensive to be likeable or realistic. AG should've done their research, because I'm pretty sure that Our Generation makes a similar product for less money. The price of this is ridiculous and where would anyone store it anyway?!
Maryellen's Sofa Set - $150
I like this set, especially the pillows and the autograph dog (I've seen similar ideas at sleepovers). I like how AG didn't just go and make another boring, plain bed - they chose to think out of the box. I'm confused as to whether Maryellen actually sleeps on the couch or if she has a real bed - I'll have to read the books to find out, I guess! (I'm so excited to read the books!)
Maryellen's Hairstyling Set - $20
This set is nice - especially the reasonable-by-AG-standards price. I really like this, and I am surprised, because I have come to associate the historical hair curling with Molly's world. In fact, Molly and Maryellen are quite similar in many ways; coming from a big family, both have ice skating outfits, school sets, hair curling, dogs, etc.
Maryellen's Television Console - $85
While it is a bit expensive, I love it so much! It reminds me of Molly's radio (yet another similarity - both have their era's form of electronic entertainment). Apparently, you can download an app and play Maryellen's movies on the television. AG just keeps outdoing themselves!
Maryellen's Living Room Set - $58
This set is really nice. I honestly don't know what I would really use this table set for, but it is a cute idea and it is nice for completing her living room collection. I won't be buying it, but it is really cute.
Maryellen's Classroom Set - $40
This set is okay, but it is a bit high priced. How are they getting away with selling some paper things that could be easy and cheap to print off of google images? The only things that make this a set are the chalkboard and pointer. I will not be buying this.
Overall Review of Maryellen's Collection: I LOVE her collection, it is so well-done and is much better than I was even expecting. I am very excited to get the few outfits of hers that I love. I think that all of the people who hate AG's common pink theme will be pleased with this mostly greens/blues collection too.
Now for the TrulyMe stuff:
Movie Popcorn Machine - $48
This set is okay - I would've preferred if they had marketed this with a concession stand instead of a living room set. I won't buy it, but it is okay.
Comfy Couch - $68
This is ridiculous. For $68, you basically get a pillow with a few mismatched pillows and some table contraption thrown on as an after thought. I don't know any couches in living rooms where the couch doesn't have legs or sides and is a bright pink. I noticed this with Maryellen's couch too. Why doesn't AG ever add couch legs? It makes the couch fancier; thus making it more worth its retail price. I won't be buying this.
Music and Movies Entertainment Set - $85
This entertainment set is really cool. There is television, 3D glasses, and karaoke. It is the same price as Maryellen's television, which I find strange because Maryellen's television can actually hook to an IPad and play, unlike this television. I would think that $75 would've been more appropriate.
Cool Coral Outfit - $28
Ugh. This just doesn't fit together right. First there are sparkly studs on some crazy zebra print dress along with some crazy sparkle shoes. The whole outfit is crazy when put together and I would never buy it.
2-in-1 Gymnastics Outfit for Dolls - $30
I really like this - it is so cute and perfect for gymnastics. After McKenna left, there was never another gymnastics set that I actually liked, so I am pleasantly surprised with this set. I may purchase this in the future.
Rhythmic Gymnastics Outfit - $34
This set is nice, but I really preferred McKenna's cool neon yellow/green and purple set!
Sparkle Spotlight Outfit - $34
What were they thinking? AG just doesn't know what to do with the TrulyMe line anymore. Who thought of sparkly little shorts over tights for a spotlight/recital outfit? This is just crazy and I would never dare to wear this to any place where I'd be in the spotlight!
Joyful Jewels Outfit - $36
I'm not a fan. The dress would've been cute without those crazy studs and "gems" at the top yoke. Also, I think that tights would've been cute - and maybe different shoes. I'm not going to get this.
Gorgeous Gold Outfit - $36
This is a cute enough dress, but I'm not a fan of the hi-low part at all. It is just a little too over-the-top for me. This dress is way better than the other dresses though.
Playful Polar Bear Pajamas - $24
I LOVE these pajamas. I already have enough pajamas, but if I were to get another pair - it would be these. I just think they are the cutest and they still stick with the old MAG line, where AG actually had a little bit of fashion sense.
Warm Winter Outfit - $28
The shirt is cute and so are the boots, but the problem is the tights/leggings/thermal pants. They look like there should be some sort of skirt or snow pants over it. It basically look like she is wearing ballet tights or thermal underwear.
Winter Accessories - $24
I really like this set - too bad this set doesn't include some snow pants for that crazy winter outfit.
Well, that about sums up my opinions on this August release! Oh, and don't forget - this is the 1 year anniversary of the BeForever HC line revamp!