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Monday, December 31, 2012

Review of Saige GOTY 2013!

Hey everybody! There have been some photos of the new GOTY 2013, Saige, circulating around the internet lately. I decided to share my opinions on what I have seen so far!
In this blog post, I decided to include only the items that I am opinionated on. I am aware there are other pieces to Saige's collection, but they will not be included in this particular write up.

Lets get started, shall we?

First of all, we have the doll. Saige.
I think she is very pretty, and I am sure she will sell very well. I definetly see Saige as a best-seller for american girl. She has all the factors that lead to a popular doll: light skin, blue eyes and long hair! I am actually excited to see how many of these dolls are sold. I am guessing she will be nearly as succesful (sales-wise) as Mckenna!
However, I do see a major problem. She looks a lot like Nicki, GOTY 2007. They both have reddish curly hair, blue eyes and freckles, (and they even both like horses)! The only difference between the two doll's appearances is that Nicki's hair is shorter and a little bit lighter. Aside from that little detail however, they are nearly the same. I think american girl assumed that their customers would have forgotten about Nicki by now, but for older doll collectors, it is a bit of a bummer.
Nonetheless, she is a very appealing doll and I would consider adding her to my collection if she did not look so much like Felicity. (Plus, I already have enough dolls. Hauling six 18 inch american girls around is a bit tiresome!) I like Saige's natural bohemian vibe and her style- her meet outfit is beautiful!





 Now, moving on to Saige's collection!

First we haver her fancy pink dress! I am not sure of the official name yet, but I must say, it is very cute! I love the sprinkle of sequins on the skirt, and the girly gold cowboy boots. The necklace looks really pretty and I cant wait for the release of the item so I can get a good close up look.
One thing I am not so sure about with this outfit: Is it one-strapped at the top? American girl strategically placed Saige's hair over the other shoulder, so our sneak peek does not show what the other side of the dress looks like. As soon as her collection is released, I am going to go take a look and find out for myself!
So far, this item is halfway on my wishlist. I like it enough to buy it, if it is less than $30. It would be perfect for Nali, our little fashion queen!


The next item I feel like addressing is the hot air balloon. It is very pretty and definetly has aesthetic appeal, but to be honest, it has very little use. Since it can't actually float in the air (Of course that is only an assumption! Maybe someday american girl will make doll sized hover cars and airplanes- but for now I am guessing it does not actually float.) I don't see any practical uses. While I like the design and I am sure the doll looks cute in it, I honestly think american girl struck out on this one. I mean, what are girls going to do with it? Carry it around with their doll inside? I feel like that would get a bit boring after a while. Anyways, it is a cute idea, but in my mind it just does not work.
I am guessing this item will cost $60.



This outfit is my favorite! I love the aztec block designs and colors on the cardigan, and the leather sandals are to die for! This is the kind of outfit that I can actually envision myself wearing in real life! I love it.
UPDATE: now that I have seen this outfit on the american girl website and in other's videos, I have changed my mind. First of all, the outfit costs $34, which is ridiculously overpriced for a pair of leggings, tee shirt, cardigan and pair of shoes. Secondly, I have noted that in other's videos, the cardigan hangs open in a sort of un-flattering way. in this photo, it is pulled tight towards her stomach, but in real life there is often a gaping space of white tee-shirt showing. It is not nearly as cute that way. 
Also, I feel like this outfit needs a necklace. Maybe like the one in the pink dress outfit? I am not sure, but I think it would enhance the overall look.
Because of these factors, this cardigan outfit is has been cut off my wish-list.


Lastly, we have Saige’s painting set! I think it is very cute, and I love all of the different accessories it includes. However, I feel like this set does not leave very much room for creativity. The paintings are already completed, and I feel like it would be cooler if American Girl also included a blank canvas in the set. Nonetheless, I love the little paints and brushes and I am very excited to see it closer up when Saige’s collections is released.
I am guessing this item will cost $42-$52.



Overall, I think Saige has a nice collection. I am actually excited for her release and I can’t wait to snatch up that legging and cardigan outfit! She has a nice vibe, and I like the colorful, artsy style reflected in her collection. I am sure she will be a success!

Comment below and let me know what you think of Saige! Also, take this poll so we can observe an overall opinion!



56 comments:

  1. I really like saige except the dolls are 110$. The hot air ballon is 150$. Geez, american girl I am also dissapointed that her collection is only about 8 items it could be a problem for girl who like to collect the collection . And the starter set only comes with the doll and 2 outfits plus a book and is 211$ what was american girl thinking !

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  2. I am really loving the style the put into her clothes! I think It is soo adorable and has more of a pre-teen~teen look :D Also, Saige's stuff is oficially up on the AG website!! :D A great source to check out and look at your predictions! :D
    ~Rachel

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  3. I like saige and she is my look alike :) I would definitely consider buying her But she wouldnt bring much diverse into my collection

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  4. I like her collection and the doll! However I'm not a fan of the hot air balloon either. It's actually worth 150 dollars!! I don't think it's worth it!! I love the sweater outfit as well as the art set. If my family ends up going to Seattle this year I might purchase the doll

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  5. Saige looks good.It will be good for your collection,but it looks like felicity (I know you already said that)

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  6. I really like her, but she looks like Kit with a different wig. She has the same eyes and the same freckle pattern!

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  7. DUDE! I love that cardigan and leggings set! I have a cardigan almost exactly like that it my closet right now, and I love it.. And the shoes are ADORABLE!! Actually, I am kind of offended, not just disappointed in the doll this year.. I am a HUGE fan of Nicki, she is one of my favorite dolls that American Girl has ever made. And now, they just make a Nicki doll with darker hair. REALLY?! Maybe some people forgot about Nicki, but I for sure did not. And it offends me that they think people will just forget such a beautiful doll so soon. All American Girl cares about now is profit.. They used to want to teach children about the different girls that have grown up in America through the ages. But now.. It doesn't really feel that way.. But leaving Nicki aside, she's not too bad.. She's kinda cute. :) Oh, and I love that cute little pink dress! Anyways, that's my opinion.. :) You are very good at reviews!!

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    1. I agree about Nicki. I had wanted her but now Saige came out. They look exactly alike except Saige has longer hair.

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  8. I've always wanted #23 (my look-alike) and when I first saw Saige I think I liked her more! I hope to get her. I also love her dog. :) you do really nice reviews and I definitely agree with your opinions.

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  9. Haii anna i looked at the photo and there is a strap it is hot pink but its Skinner than the other one.

    bye ~Brooke

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  10. It's not one-shouldered, I went to the AG store today and it has two straps.

    Signing off,

    Beckwithrandom

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  11. First of all I really want Saige!!!! But I also love Caroline. She (caroline) would be better for my collection but Saige is just so beautiful!!!! She also looks a lot like me and I MUST get my hands on that sweater/leggings/sandals outfit as it would look great on all my dolls! I am also really disappointed about them raising the doll/starter collection prices. I have also noticed that they have not released a bed for Saige. I have never purchased a bed from American Girl but they make one for every doll so maybe they will release it later.

    --SuperAGSisters

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  12. I LOVE the Saige doll, and though I would agree that she looks alot like Nicki and Felicity, that isn't really a problem for me, since I don't have either of those dolls. I am definitely looking into getting her, I think she is absolutely gorgeous! I love the cardigan outfit, too, as well as her art supplies (but I think I could easily make something very similar). I would also agree that her hot air balloon does look pretty,but 1) I have literally no place to put it, and 2) how would I use it? I also don't really care for her pajamas...... Is it just me, or does something just not look quite right about them? But, I do LOVE her dog, and will most likely consider buying him. Overall, I think Saige is a pretty good doll, good job American Girl!

    --Brooke, The Four AG Sisters

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  13. Personally, I only LOVE 2 of her items- her, and the sweater outfit. The rest I likely won't be purchasing :) but I really love her since she doesn't look like any of my dolls, and the sweater outfit is TO DIE FOR.

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  14. Me being a artsy person, I feel implied to like her just a teensy bit. I have a paint set similiar to hers, but my cases up quite nicely, with the easel attached inside for travel. And now that I think about it, you have a point, I didn't think of it that way! So the hot air ballon will not enter my collection, Saige either. I like her artsy outfits, I might buy a few of them and her art easel too. But thats about it. I forget, isn't her dog similiar to Nikki's too? On a side-note, I am upset that they raised the prices once again. Saige's ears are pierced, that MIGHT be a good reason but the other dolls have no liable reason to have their prices raised. Now I can't help but be worried. I only have 3 dolls and my goal is 6, and if AG keeps it up, I may not get to my goal (because who knows, the prices might get outragous. Most people I know say they already are.) Now to end this lengthy post with the clear conclusion of my upset manner.

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  15. I agree that she is a lot like Nicki. I think AG does that sometimes, ( Kanani, Jess, and Kailey are alot alike too, personality wise that is) But I really love a lot of her outfits and her personality.

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  16. the prices are really outragous i agree over all with you opinons but i may end up getting her because my mom might if i get a all A report card

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  17. HER HOT AIR BALLON IS $150 DOLLARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  19. I don't love the actual doll, but Saige's collection is pretty cool, especially the paint set and that ADORABLE sweater outfit that I am ABSOLUTELY going to buy.

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  20. I happened to get saige yesterday! She does not lOok exactly like nicki the hair color Is way different and so is the length! Saige's eyes are also more of a teal color... Anyway, I wanted to let you know that their are two straps on the fancy dress! I would also recommend her she is awesome!!! (well my doll McKenna doesn't think so though...)

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  21. I enjoy her set quite a lot! She is very pretty and I love most of her stuff. I am glad you did the update on the sweater outfit because for my b-day I could get that or the dress. I just love the idea and the necklace, boots, and dress, really all fit together nicely!

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  22. I am in love with her sweater outfit! I love the pattern and the shoes are to die for!

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  23. Even if I had the money for her, I wouldn't get her. Way to close to the doll I got for Christmas. (I don't know which MAG she is) and I much prefer Nicki.

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  24. I got Saige on the first, I totally highly recommend her to anyone who wants her! She is so pretty, maybe it's just because she is my first red-head doll. But she is just so pretty :)

    ~AGInParadise~

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  25. OMG i love saige. i have jly doll 55 who is sort of like her.

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  26. I love Saige a lot and I don't have a doll that looks a ton like her. I am hoping to get her later this year. Ditto on the hot air balloon, what the heck am I suppose to do with a not real, doll sized hot air balloon!?!?!?

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  27. Saige is cute but she looks a lot like felicity, which I already have. If I wanted her I could just swap felicity's green eyes for blue and paint on freckles. I do love art, but the art set is too expensive and I can make something like that myself. as for the hot air balloon.........
    there is no purpose for it. Heck, if you want it blow up a balloon, attach a picnic basket and ta da you have a hot air balloon.

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  28. Controversial I can see- I love the hot air balloon!! I think it is a great mode of transport during play and would be super in outdoor photos for those of us who like taking a few. Price high I agree.

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  29. Nicki is cute but saige, in my opinion, is cuter and if u dont have nicki saige! SAIGE! SAIGE! and there is one more outfit Anna let's see your new doll

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  30. I agree, the hot air balloon has not much use.

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  31. You are right Basilmentos. Saige looks a lot like Nicki, I never really thought about that.

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    1. That's okay for me though, because I liked Nicki. But Saige I think is prettier. They are shockingly similar though, horses, hair, dog (?) is the dog the same? IDK... I hope I get Saige.

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  32. You: I already have six dolls, that is enough. *buys another one*
    not being mean, that just seemed funny to me xD

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  33. I just got Saige TODAY! I was saving up for McKenna but let's face it,I'm glad I didn't buy her. She is so normal she could be a JLMD! So, I got Saige!

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  35. The fact that they are already over 100$ just blows my mind. Saige is very pretty, I might save up and buy her. Though the prices for some of the 2012 and 2013 doll items just blow my mind! Who would pay 225$ just for a bed for a doll that's like 1/4 the size of you? 350$ just for a car and some accesories. Maybe I'd pay 100$ for the cute little set but not 350$. But yet, people still buy these items. I admit- they are cute! But they are for DOLLS!! Hello!? For 350$ you can go to Target and buy a doll car for around 40$, a horse for maybe 30$ and other cute stuff. But this is why I either make my doll's acessories, or I buy another version thay WAY cheaper. No, I'm not dirt poor but I'd rather buy a used 2 dolls with 20 accessories and some clothes/shoes on craigslist for 110$ than buy ONE doll brand new. Call me crazy, but I like getting my money's worth

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  36. If you still don't really know, the pink dress has two straps. one big strap and a small tiny one ;)

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  37. I have been wanting to look at the new GOTY 2013 for a while but I never got a chance to see her collection. I loved your reviews and totally trust them! Thank you so much Anna!

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  38. I really like Saige. I love her personality and even if she is really similar to Nicki, I love how she is an artsy girl. I don't remember an artsy girl of the year, but correct me if I'm wrong. As for her sets and clothing. I love almost all of it. I have the same opinion on the Hot Air Balloon as you Anna. What are going to do with a huge thing like that? Although if it does float with a doll in it, it could be good for a stopmotion video. But I love her pajamas. I think they are so adorable. Overall, I think that Saige is a pretty nice doll with a good personality. If only they had made her not as similar to Nicki. :)

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  39. OMG YOU GOT MY AG!!! I SAW BROTHERMENTOS' VIDEO AND THE SNEAK PEEK PICTURE!!! AND I SAW HER!!! omg yayayayayya!:0

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  40. I found a doll that looks like me but I don't know if I should get it none of the others look like me.WHAT DO I DO??????
    Anna please help

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  41. I don't think that her starter collection is worth it because it cost more than 200$! When I heard about this I was wanting to get it but now that I think about it is just to high priced! Do you agree with me Basilmentos?

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  42. We really want Saige do you think we should get her or not reply soon

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  43. Wow. It's almost as if American Girl is pricing things based on their size. Next thing you know, they'll sell a giant cardboard box for $500.

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  44. Ha... You thought the hot air balloon would be about $60? Well it's a big whopping $150!!! I think that is just crazy!

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  45. i think saige is so pretty! i might be getting her soon. i also love her canvas and dress.

    so adorable

    addie

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  46. I agree with the Nikki thing! She is like the same! I like Nikki better though. I am considering getting one more doll for my collection but American Girls dolls arent as cute as they used to be. I thought maybe getting Saige as a twin for my Nikki doll. But I still think Nikkis cuter.
    Love your videos!
    XOXO,
    Anna

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  47. i just love the post that you did i have a blog and trust on the the scale of 1-10 yours look much better ,but i thnk people should still vist my blog to but vist your's more
    love you and the dolls,
    agmiraclestudios

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  48. HI!
    Your videos are SOOOOOO cute! Can you check out my blog AGAPfilms.blogspot.com? It has my AGSM on it too!

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  49. Hi basilmentos!!
    i REALLY like saige, but i think Kanani is way better. It's too bad they don't sell her anymore. :-( anyway i think saige's painting set is so cute!!! can you please look at my blog, it's short but i like it.

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  50. Actually, Anna, the dolls Nikki and Saige are quite different if you compare their pictures and read their books. Saige has darker blue eyes and auburn hair which is long and wavy, not curly. Saige is also more into art than horses. Although I must say that Macenna, In my opinion, was a major flop last year.

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  51. I have Saige and she is one of my favourites. She does look like Nicki when you compare the photos on American girl, but I always wanted Nicki after looking at her picture in the archives but by the time I found out about AG it was already end 2011, long after Nicki had retired, so Saige is a wonderful substitute!

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  52. I saw a few pics of the Goty 2014, apparently she has hazel eyes, blond hair with a hair piece on the end that makes it look like its been dyed ombre, and is named isabella. In the pictures i saw she had a pink ballet shirt and sweat pants with sparkly gold shoes. But that may not be right! Oh well, better wait and see!

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The story behind it all....

In September of 2009, a pre-teen girl named Anna was searching youtube. She no longer used her american girl dolls. they were behind the closet doors, gathering dust. She reluctantly glanced over, then began to type in the search bar: American Girl Dolls. A video came up. She clicked on it. 14 coustumed dolls slid onto the screen and began to dance together, waving their arms and doing cartwheels. Anna was shocked. How could this be possible? This was.... Amazing. She quickly searched a few more. There were hudreds of videos, by usernames like stephenswodadancer, AGlovejess and girloftheyearstudios. Anna couldn't believe it. This new discovery was incredible! She ran to her room and pulled out her two dolls, felicity and samantha. She grabbed her camera. And, she began to film.


It is now four years later. I work on videos almost everyday, usually stopmotions. I have gathered quite a few veiws and subscribers on youtube, and I really appriciate when people comment on my videos. I have come unbelievibly far, but I still leave up those first videos from two years ago, because for me, those are the memories that I will always treasure. I am so happy that I can share them with you.