I have been trying to keep an open mind about Gabriela, though it’s hard. I don’t like really any of her collection so far, and AG didn’t seem to try. So when photos leaked of Gabriela’s collection packaging, it was kinda the icing on the cake. :|
Photo credit: Hello Savings (Facebook)
Here we have Gabriela herself in the box. It will have a mostly clear front, and a bit of cardboard on the edges. The rest of her box is cardboard. The doll looks like it is secured in the box the same way dolls are now. The book is on its side in the box.
In my opinion, this packaging looks cheap, and more like packaging for an item being sold at Costco. I do not like these new boxes. Other AG fans have reported that you cannot take off a lid, you must cut the box to get the doll out.
Now that I realize it, this type of packaging does make sense for AG selling their products at Toys R Us and Khols. People have been known to open the doll boxes and steal items, so this might be the reason Gabriela’s boxes are harder to open. One person even reported that someone had bought a Lea doll at Khols, switched the doll for an Our Generation (with the Lea dress on her) and returned the “Lea” doll. :(
I still am not a fan of this packaging, and wish this type was only available outside the actual AG stores. I really love the classic AG boxes, as I’m sure most everyone else does. You can reuse, save, and store doll clothes/accessories inside them. If we have to ruin the box to get the doll out, then we won’t be able to do that. :(
Second, we have one of Gabriela’s dance outfits. The packaging is similar to the kind used by Our Generation, which is not a good thing for AG. I think the Wellie Wisher outfit packaging was the test run and they had success, so they decided to keep using the new packaging.
This is one of Gabriela’s outfits for her collection. (Gabriela is rumored to have a very small collection with 2-3 outfits and no ticket item over $300) So far, I am not a fan.
While that is all for packaging, we get a glimpse of other items from her collection!
This set is coming with a trunk, stickers, a small mic, electronic drums and drumsticks, headphones, a computer, and screens for the computer. I’m guessing this will cost around $40-60.
This set is pretty cute. The mic, computer, and headphones would be adorable for dolls other than Gabriela. :D
Gabriela’s tap shoes are indeed sold separately.
Finally we have her dance accessories.
Though I don’t like where AG is headed, I hope they will fix this and bring my interest back up with Tenney and their Truly Me line. :)
What are your thoughts on Gabriela’s packaging?
– American Girl Doll Artist