Well, I decided to take the AG Rewards certificate this month to pick out another Nanea doll. I'd like it to appear in blog stories as some various "friend" dolls, so it'll wear a couple different wigs depending on who I need it to be in the photo story. But a big bonus here is the idea that I'll have a "spare" one . . . just in case the unthinkable should ever happen to my favorite doll!! It didn't take long to pick out one that looked about as similar as you can get when choosing a doll three years later, etc. Here are pictures of them both in the same exact outfit.
After making the big decision to keep two Anniversary Addy dolls, Mom was ready to customize Marina. Putting the Nanea wig on was easy, because it was the first one we wanted to try and definitely the look we wanted to keep! That left the Anniversary Addy wig free and clear. I was excited to see what it looked like when removed from the original hairstyle, and it was only about two minutes before I knew we were keeping this wig.
Here is Addy wearing the wig still braided, but with the original braid hanging down her back (the bun hairstyle is made by looping the braid up and under and is sewn in position with a piece of black thread).
Once you snip the little black rubber band from the braid, you get to see the full glory of Addy's hair. Wow! This is a beautiful wig. The texture is not as thick as the old Pleasant Company Addy's hair. It's similar to Beforever Addy's hair in texture, though I think this is slightly shinier (that could just be because it is new). There is a lot of hair on the wig, and no obviously bald patches or thin spots -- just lovely black hair!
Of course, we just had to try the wig on a few other dolls. It's amazingly more versatile than any of us expected. We ended up spending about two hours playing with it, and it looked great (in different ways) on every doll we tried. You do have to pull it back from the face in some way, because there is a LOT of hair here . . . also, I think we'll trim the bottom to even it out, as this has the longer clump for the braid -- just like usual on Addy and Josefina wigs.
I've added multiple photos of each doll below (wearing this wig) into the appropriate slideshows on the "Customizing with Wigs" page here, so if you'd like to see another view or two of a certain doll, just check them out there.
Anniversary Addy Wig on GOTY 2016 Lea
Anniversary Addy Wig on Truly Me #77
Anniversary Addy Wig on Truly Me #76
Anniversary Addy Wig on Truly Me #62
Anniversary Addy Wig on Customized Nanea
This is a Nanea with Josefina's dark brown eyes and all eye makeup removed.
Anniversary Addy Wig on Nanea Mitchell
Personally, Elizabeth and I were thrilled with the look of this wig on a Nanea doll (both the original hazel-eyed version or the custom brown-eyed version), as they look exactly like some of our best friends when they were little!! This also makes a really fun custom pair that can be achieved by the purchasing/using of just two AG dolls and some elbow grease to remove the wigs. If you get a Nanea doll and an Anniversary Addy doll, you can swap wigs and end up with the following fun customs -- first the doll above, and then this cute option:
Before finishing here, I'll say a quick word about removing this wig. While I couldn't be happier about having it, and it one of my new favorite AG wigs -- it was a real bear to remove. Only the Logan wig I removed was harder than this one. There is a whole weft of hair connected by thin thread to the elastic band that holds the wig cap to the head of the doll. During removal, it was impossible for me to keep from breaking that off in a few places. The wig would be fine without those pieces, as it's just enough hair to hide the wig band if you were to pull it up into a tight ponytail style or something like that. However, I'll probably just sew the weft piece back on. But this is not a fifteen-minute removal job. If you're planning on dewigging Anniversary Addy, be sure to give yourself plenty of time.
If anyone has any questions about this wig, feel free to contact me or leave a comment.
In answer to the question of which Anniversary Addy doll Mom chose (mentioned in the previous post), we'd like to introduce . . . both of them! Doll #5 is now Amabel (a previously introduced Islandshire character). Doll #3 is now Marina (a brand new addition to the Islandshire family).
Marina (left) and Amabel (right)
Amabel (Doll #5) was the cutie used in the review/comparison photos of the previous entry. She is still wearing the original Addy hair-style, just changed into her signature outfit.
Marina (Doll #3) has been customized and is now wearing a Nanea wig.
Here are a few photos of the girls, just to show off their cuteness. They're a lot of fun, and we're definitely very excited for them to have arrived!
More coming shortly to show what a wonderful wig is on Anniversary Addy! We had a lot of fun removing the hairstyle and trying the wig on various dolls -- it's so versatile, which is something we totally weren't expecting. Lots of photos coming . . .
After a bit of waiting on FedEx, Mom's new 35th Anniversary Addy doll has arrived! This was a fun set of photos to take, because Addy was my very first American Girl doll back in 1995. My original Addy doesn't get many chances to pose for photos these days, so she was excited to volunteer for this review.
While we did order a couple of Anniversary Addy dolls in order to have multiples to choose from, we hadn't planned on ending up with quite this many. Due to a shipping mess up, we ended up with six of them! Here they are in their boxes and PC Addy saying 'hello':
When you see them all lined up like this, they look remarkably similar -- but to anyone who likes to pay attention to every little detail when picking a doll (we tend to analyze everything), there were a lot of cute choices here with various personalities. Here are close-ups of each doll, going from left to right. Because of the boxes, I had to use the flash, so that makes the appearance a little harsh.
Unboxing the Doll
This is a close-up of the doll that my Mom chose to keep. Can you figure out which one of the dolls above she chose?
The slideshow of photos above shows the unboxing process, as well as all-around photos of Addy in her meet dress and nude. She has the good quality eyes (clear posts), body fabric and even neck strings! While the strings are a bit short compared to the original Pleasant Company strings, they are a very nice quality soft cord. Her body tag is the 2017 version. Later in this entry, there will be photos specifically comparing her meet outfit to the 1995 PC version.
Book, Bonnet and Accessories
I never had Addy's accessories from the 1990s, so I'm not able to compare those. However, I tried to take a lot of pictures of the bonnet (in particular) for others to use as comparison. It seems very nice and fits the doll well. The tie ribbon is a thin cotton fabric. A sheet of foam comes inside the bonnet to protect the doll's hair while in the box. The slideshow below shows many images of the book as well. The gourd is plastic, as is the shell necklace.
1995 PC Addy vs. 35th Anniversary Addy
Now it's time to move on to the two sweet dolls here! In the comparison photos below, 1995 PC Addy is always on the left, while Anniversary Addy is on the right.
My PC Addy was ordered in Summer 1995. She's still wearing her orignal hair style (though the net has been replaced) and her complete meet -- now slightly faded with time.
Anniversary Addy definitely has her own unique skin tone which appears to be Mattel's very successful effort to simulate the vinyl tone of the old PC Addy dolls. While it's not exactly the same, it's very similar. It's redder and darker in tone than the classic AG dark vinyl (think Melody or TM #58, etc.), but not as deep as the new dark tone available on CYO dolls, TM #80 or 85.
It's always difficult to get accurate photos of vinyl tones, but here are multiple shots of the two dolls that will, hopefully, show the difference.
The first and third photos above are taken without a camera flash. They show the general tone well, but the red is drained a bit. The second and fourth photos are taken with a camera flash, and while the dolls appear darker than when seen in real life, the red tones are more visible.
Anniversary Addy has the new modified Addy face mold, so I tried to capture some close-ups to show the difference that gives. Personally, I think both dolls are precious while being very different. First is PC Addy, second picture is Anniversary Addy.
PC Addy has the old "light brown" eye color (same as the original AGOT #18 dolls), while Anniversary Addy has the current dark brown pinwheel eyes.
The mouth area is quite different in both mold style and paint (though PC Addy's face paint has mostly faded now over the years). The teeth on Anniversary Addy are definitely larger than the PC mold. [Note: This photo makes Anniversary Addy's face look very round, but it's definitely on the thin side. In fact, all six of the Anniversary dolls we have here are very thin-faced dolls.]
Both dolls have the non-removable gold hoop earrings. Anniversary Addy's earrings seem to be slightly larger than PC Addy's, and they do not come up quite as close behind the ear. Color is pretty much the exact same.
While the hairstyle is similar, I am guessing that Anniversary Addy looks more like the early Mattel Addy dolls, because her braid is a lower braid that is more folded up in the back than tucked into a tighter, shorter bun like PC Addy's hair. It's also interesting that Anniversary Addy's braid is done in a way that leaves the hair along the front of her face much flatter against the head than either PC or Beforever Addy (whose hairstyles pull the hair up from the temples). This give Anniversary Addy a completely different look that resembles Josefina from the front. It quite suits the texture of the new wig.
There is quite a difference in hair texture between the two dolls. PC Addy's hair is much coarser with a very noticeable textured effect. It feels a bit drier than I remember it being in the 1990s, but it was never soft hair. Anniversary Addy has slightly darker, shiner hair (though the color difference may be due to some age fading, not sure) that is definitely not as coarse or textured. This is soft like the textured hair of TM #80 and the newer dolls. It almost looks a bit softer than BeForever Addy's hair.
Comparing Meet Outfits
The meet outfit on Anniversary Addy looks so precious, and I'm rather partial to this particular outfit anyway. However, there are quite a few differences, if you're specifically wanting a Pleasant Company style outfit. The dress on Anniversary Addy is slightly longer than PC Addy, so you don't see the lace edging on the bloomers peeking below the hemline like you do on the original. While the dress itself is not skimpy in the least and fits the new Addy very well, it certainly is not the size of PC Addy's original. Now, my 1995 Addy is a real tank, so it's not surprising that the new dress doesn't fit her -- it may fit some PC dolls, but I wouldn't necessarily count on it.
The fabric design and feel is as close to a perfect match as you can get. My PC Addy's dress is slightly faded with time, but the color would have been an exact match. Design is the same. Also, the buttons down the front appear the same, as do the velcro closures on the back of the dress and the cuffs.
The bloomers are very similar. Photos in the slideshow above show both pairs front and back, as well as showing close-ups of the waistbands and the lace trim on the bottom of the legs. The waistband is a Princess-style non-elastic front with elastic at the back. Anniversary Addy's bloomers are quite a bit smaller than the old PC style. The lace trim on the leg bottoms is practically the very same on both.
The black socks are the extra-tall above-the-knee style and remarkably similar. The only different is at the top of the sock, but the elasticity has stretched out of PC Addy's original socks, so they were probably pretty similar back in 1995.
The boots on Anniversary Addy give the same general "feel", but they are quite different from the original pair. All of the photos in the slideshow above show the PC boot(s) on the left and Anniversary on the right. The vinyl of the boot is a very similar thickness and feel, though the newer boots almost appear to the eye as a dark navy blue, rather than the very black tone of the PC pair. I think the new boots would be accurately described as a "blue black". The laces on PC Addy's boots are about half-again as long as the new ones, and the lace wholes have grommets rather than the new embroidered holes of the Anniversary edition. For design and solde differences, I think the photos do a pretty good job. The new boots are quite a bit shorter than the old Pleasant Company boots. I was able to put the new ones onto PC Addy's foot with the knee sock on, but it only just managed to fit.
Vinyl Skin Tone Comparisons
To end the comparisons, here are some photos showing Anniversary Addy's skin tone compared to PC Addy and other dark AG dolls. While it's definitely a unique skin tone, it is almost like a cross between the two dark tones offered by American Girl right now.
The photo above shows PC Addy (left) and Anniversary Addy (right) in natural light. They're a very similar tone, though my PC Addy is slightly lighter. The natural lighting does not do full justice to the tones, though, as the red is not really showing fully.
This photo shows the same arms under the camera flash, which is perhaps a little truer to the slight difference despite being washed out in tone.
And the slideshow above shows comparison (with and without camera flash) between TM #85 (left) and Anniversary Addy (right). They are very similar in tone. Depending on the lighting, they can look almost the same -- however, TM #85 is certainly redder in tone than Addy. She also has darker, browner lip paint -- where Addy's is lighter and more on the red side.
An interesting note here is Anniversary Addy's eyelids. They are the color used on TM #85, so while they are not a bad match, they certainly are not a perfect one -- being on the red side as seen above.
Compared to Beforever Addy's uniquely reddish tone (personally, one of my favorite Addy types), this new Addy is much more on the classic dark brown side. When the two stand side-by-side you get the feeling that Anniversary Addy is almost lacking in the red tones, though the following photos will show that it's just a visual thing. The first three pictures in the slideshow above are taken without a flash and are pretty true to color. The last three have flash and do a better job of showing the difference in red undertones.
Another small note here -- we have two Beforever Addy dolls, and their eye sockets are definitely smaller than the sockets on Anniversary Addy or TM #85.
And to finish up, here are a couple of shots showing a variety of AG Addy-mold dark skin dolls. This really helps to see the differences between the various tones. Top photo taken without flash, bottom one taken with flash.
Dolls left to right: JLY #1 (c. 2002), TM #85, customized TM #58 with Melody wig (c. 2017), Anniversary Addy, JLY #45 (c. 2010), Beforever Addy, 1995 PC Addy
Well, I hope this helps anyone trying to decide which Addy is perfect for them. We were very pleased with Anniversary Addy, and she's definitely a beautiful doll. If you've always dreamed of having an original Pleasant Company Addy doll, then she's not a replacement for that. But if you'd always wanted a beautiful Addy with her original style meet outfit, then she's a perfect choice. It was also interesting to see six of them all at once like this, because there is very little difference between dolls. Quality control on this run seems to be much higher than some other AG dolls.
If anyone has any questions, don't hesitate to contact me through the contact form or by leaving a comment.
"Kelly! Aloha! I'm soooo glad you could come on such short notice! Give me a hug!" Benny backed up, hoping that he wasn't included in this hugging thing. "Let me put a lei on you. Oh, my! Your headband is really toooo perfect! Did you make that all by yourself? No kidding. Boy, Lori's Thrift Store has everything. Sssh . . . we haven't done anything about setting up the Luau Laundromat yet. Best not mention it in front of my brother. Why don't you come over and get a snowcone, then we'll find the other girls. Zale and Marie Simone. Ooh, wait until you see Zale's new wetsuit. Pardon? No, I don't think she got it at Lori's Thrift. Go grab a snowcone before they melt, and I'll catch up with you as soon as I can."
"Oh, before you go, take a look at the beautiful gift that Zale made for us. Don't you think they'd be a good item for my Pearl Stall? I thought so, too. I'm trying to talk Zale into making a bunch to sell to us. When you find her, would you put in a good word for the idea?" Kelly liked the shell very much, but the sight of so many Shave Ice choices left her nearly immobilized. "What is it, Kel? Oh, I see. Don't be afraid. Benny made a special one for you that's got a little of every flavor in it. It's the rainbow one in the middle. Yes, he is thoughtful, isn't he?!"
"Mind if I put some more lemon flavor on here? I'm feeling kinda tangy today! Tangy? Well, it means . . . well . . . it means I'd like more lemon on my snowcone. Hmm . . . wonder if I should put more orange and cherry on there, too. Oh, why not!" Nanea left Kelly to her decision making and went back to where Benny was greeting the next guest.
"Hey, man! Oho, so Heather is your special visitor! She's a grand pup and always welcome. Good thing we didn't bring Flossie with us, though. She's not partial to animals with fangs. Sorry, I forgot my manners. Aloha . . . and you have to wear this lei. Nanea's idea. I know, but it makes her happy. And they are kinda cool. She made them herself just for the party. She even made one for your guest. Wait'll she gets a load of who's going to wear it."
"I've been working with Heather, and she's nearly ready to become an official Rescue Dog. She's ever so clever and always obeys me. Sometimes, though, I don't know who's taking whom for a walk. Ha ha. This is her first party, but I think she'll be good. You really don't mind? Sit, Heather. Good girl!"
"Boy, you're cute. Would you like a lei, girl?" WOOF. (That means "yes, thank you very much". Heather is a very polite dog.)
Everyone was milling around, enjoying the beach and the good company, when Janie arrived. "Hi, everybody! I'm here! Oh, how cute your puppy is, Fletcher! She's a lot bigger than the last time I saw her. I have too seen her before. Or was that Mabel's kitty? I forget, but she's pretty big, anyway. Look how cute she is with that lei on. Uh oh. Zale, I think the puppy just ate your snowcone. Well, look at your ice cup, and then look at the green around Heather's mouth. Aloha, Benny & Nanea! Happy birthday, too! Nanea, I have a present for you. Close your eyes!"
"Surprise! Hey, you can open your eyes, now! I picked out a mermaid doll just for you. Her name is Ariel. No, I didn't name her that. She came with that name. But you can call her whatever you like. She won't mind."
"Oh, Janie, you're just the sweetest girl I know. Huggie huggie! And I think that your new swimsuit is the greatest. You look adorable!" Janie said she was never going to take it off. Janie always says that, with every new outfit.
Benny had been waiting for this moment all day. Time for some fun. "Hey, Janie! Pick your pois . . . I mean, what would you like? A snowcone or a slushie? I can put any flavor on that you want. How about a rainbow snowcone?" Janie just stared. She didn't like to hurt anyone's feelings, and she loved Benny like a brother. So, she just stared some more.
Nanea to the rescue. "Benny, stop playing with her! She doesn't know that you're just fooling. Don't worry, Janie. Benny's just being a boy. He made something special just for you, and he's been waiting all day to surprise you with it. Haven't you, Benny?" The withering glance did the trick. "Surprise, Janie! I have just what you want! A super-duper CHOCOLATE FUDGE Ice Cream Sundae! And it's all yours!"
"Okay, everybody! Quiet, now! Benny and Nanea, you have to stand facing us with your eyes closed. No, you don't have to put out your hands. Got 'em closed? Okay, Marie Simone. Now, open your eyes!" Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday Benny and Nanea, happy birthday to you! "Blow out the candle, both of you. Wait, you have to make a wish first. Don't tell. It won't come true." Janie hoped that part of the cake was chocolate under all that pink icing.
Time for a special birthday photo, Benny and Nanea! Say FREE! (That's Benny on the left.)
Excuse us while we clean everything up now. With all this help, we'll be done before you can say ALOHA! Until we meet again . . .
It's Benny and Nanea's birthday today, and they're having some friends over for a small beach party. We wanted to surprise them with a party, but Benny really wanted to set up his Shave Ice stand that day. Ah, well . . . the best laid plans of mice and men . . . and Islanders . . .
"Oh, Benny! I'm so excited! Do you think we have enough leis? I can run over to the Pearl Stall for more, if you think we need more. I want to make sure that everyone gets one. They do make things so much more festive. Do you have enough cones and drinks for everyone? And please don't forget Janie's chocolate ice cream sundae. The sign is just perfect. Do you think it's high enough to keep it from getting wet? Ooooh, I'm SO happy, dear brother. Don't you wish we could have a birthday every day?!"
"Everything is perfect. Stop worrying, and let's just have fun. I sure hope Nachito can make it. We haven't seen him in a while, and a I'm a little worried that he won't have finished his boat repairs in time to make it today. And Fletch said he's bringing us a surprise visitor. I hope they get here soon. And I hope Janie gets here soon, or her ice cream sundae will turn into a chocolate shake."
"Now who's worrying? You're right, as always. Let's just have fun. And Janie won't care what she eats or drinks, as long as it's chocolate. You know that. Wish Flossie could have been here, but Bunty and Eliot didn't want to let her come home yet. Benny, do you think we have the only Grand Champion chicken that goes on vacation by herself? Ooh, I hear someone coming! Get ready!"
"ALOHA, Nachito! ALOHA, Marie Simone! We're soooo glad you could share our birthday with us! Nachito, we'd like you to have this remembrance of our special day. It's a lei that I made all by myself!" Benny relaxed, now that his friend was here. "Hey, man! How's the boat repair coming? Come on over and get a snowcone, then you can fill me in."
Nanea pulled Marie Simone to the side and left the boys to themselves. "Happy birthday, Nanea (and Benny)! Everything looks just perfect! You have such a gift for decorating. How do you find the time?" Nanea handed her friend a lei and a snowcone. "I just make time, that's all. You know, it's so much nicer to have everything looking festive around you. And I love festive! You look great, Marie Simone! Is that a new suit? Well, it suits you. Get it. Suits you." The girls giggled, but the boys didn't pay any attention.
"Hey, Benny! I think I see Zale coming! You'd better find Nanea, and don't worry about me. We'll have plenty of time for a good long chinwag later. Right now, I'm going to sit here and soak up the rays while I enjoy this snowcone. Later, man."
"Here comes someone else, Benny! Excuse me, Marie Simone. I must greet my guests, in true Island fashion, of course." (Nanea is always the attentive hostess.) "Zale! Aloha! Welcome to our Birthday Party! Oh, you really shouldn't have. We put "no gifts, please" on the invitation so that no one would feel like they had to bring something. I'm ever so glad you did, though, because I just LOVE gifts from friends!"
"I know what it said, but I just couldn't come to your party without bringing something." Benny was more interested in Zale's new short wetsuit. Maybe he should get one of those. I wonder if they come in any other colors . . .
"I made this just for you. It's a lovely shell that I found a while back, but I've been waiting for just the right occasion to try my hand at painting it. And this was the right occasion. Happy Birthday, and many more!
"Ooh, Zale! It's just perfect!" (Nanea uses "perfect" to describe anything she really likes. And she really likes a lot of things.) "Benny look at how wonderful this is. Doesn't this give you ideas?" Being twins, Benny knew just what Nanea was thinking. His only problem would be to convince his sister that she should sell them and not give them away. He often thought that "FREE" should have been Nanea's middle name.
"Oh, Zale! Thank you! It's beautiful! I know just where to display this in our house! And you say you painted this yourself? Hmm. Benny and I need to talk to you . . ."
Benny's mind was racing. And it had nothing to do with wetsuits. "Zale, here's a lei that Nanea made just for today! Thanks for coming, and Nanea's right. We do need to talk."
While Nanea admired their friend's handiwork, Benny recovered his manners and offered to make a Shave Ice cone or Slushie for Zale. "Pick your poison! What? Oh, sorry, Zale. Nanea doesn't like me to say that. What flavor would you like?"
Nanea felt like a mermaid princess looking at the most beautiful shell in the ocean. She just knew that her Pearl Stall needed these to give away. She could hear herself, now . . . "Free ALOHA shells! Free painted shells!" Er, um, uh . . . she could hear Benny now . . . "ALOHA shells for sale! Painted shells for sale!" She'd work the fine points out later. Right now, she was just going to bask in the sunshine of good friends and warm sand.
"Can't we talk NOW guys? What's 'the idea'? It's just a seashell that I painted for you. Did I spell something wrong? A-L-O-H-A, right?"
"Oh, it's just perfect! There's nothing wrong with it. In fact, it's so perfect that we have an idea about offering them at the Pearl Stall, if you think we could buy a stack of them from you." (Notice how smooth Nanea was about that? "Offering", get it? She'd address the "free" or "for sale" with Benny once they got them in the stall. Or not. He isn't there too often these days, so maybe it won't have to come up in conversation. "Zale, we love it! Get something cold from Benny, and I know that Marie Simone's been waiting for you to get here. Over there, wiggling her toes in the warm sand. Sure, there are chairs under the tree by Nachito. Help yourself, while I find a place to display your gift where everyone will see it."
Zale felt like Kelly. What to choose? Benny assured her that he had enough for her to have as many as she wanted throughout the day. Except for the Ice Cream Sundae, of course. Smiling, she said, "Let me guess. Janie's coming!"
Don't leave! The party isn't over yet! Part 2, coming up!
Some exciting happenings on the Island (near a certain lagoon) will be taking place tomorrow. Benny and Nanea are having a beachy birthday party, complete with shave ice and leis! Be sure to check out the Gazette tomorrow for a two-part issue of Island fun.
Happy Star Wars Day! Trudy here. Jill and Silver just delivered the photo files from the Photo Spot, so the Gazette is happy to announce that all attendees had at least one photo taken. If you didn't check out the previous entries about all of the celebration and fun we've been having at Islandshire's Community Center, then be sure to do that now.
Everybody was fairly buzzing after watching their favorite episodes of The Mandalorian. (Some of this energy might have been due to the vast amount of sugary Nevarro Nummies and Cara Dunecakes that everyone had eaten, but we'll ignore that for now.) The Photo Spot was Silver's idea, and she'd made a really spiffy backdrop, placing her camera tripod right in front of it.
No one visitor missed this part of the event. A few non-moviegoers even got in on the fun! Who could resist getting to stand next to Baby Yoda, right? In fact, this was such a success that the Gazette is pleased to announce that Nanea is already planning a similar feature at the Luau Laundromat. (No opening date yet, but she assures us that Benny is working on the plumbing.)
Okay, so grab a glass of Spotchka or Blue Milk, settle back, and enjoy the photos. Be sure to notice Truannie, because she's just too cute for words! Almost forgot . . . autographed photos are available at no charge for Harold's Fan Club members. Just send a self-addressed stamped envelope to him, c/o the Gazette.
Well, we sure hope you enjoyed all the Galactic fun. Guess it's time to go grab another Cara Dunecake and finish the day in real Star Wars style. Happy Star Wars Day, and May the Fourth be with you!
"Aren't you excited, Jill, about how well things are going? Are you running out of anything that I should know about? How's the popcorn holding out? Here, have a pretzel. This is my last set of refills, so we'd better have one before they're gone. Mmmmm. Ooh, almost forgot the butter dip. Want some dip? No, I don't think the popcorn squeezy butter will taste good squirted on your pretzel. It's just going to make a drippy mess. Besides, you'd better save the butter for the popcorn munchers around here. I can't wait to see what they all buy from the Gift Shop. Next year, we'll have to bring posters to sell."
I took a quick look at the inventory and told Sis not to push the Droid Doughnuts. "Think a Sorgiecicle would follow the pretzel well? I've been eyeing them ever since we got here. Yum. They are good. Ooh, Silver, they're at the part where the AT-ST Walker falls in the pond. Huh? I know because that's what music is playing right now. It just hit the 29 minutes and 2 seconds mark. No, I'm not making that up." Silver just smiled at me. She says I'm the queen of the player remote, when I just really happen to be . . . um . . . a details kinda gal. Especially when it comes to music and video, two of my favorite topics. Silver and I are unalike in many ways. For better or worse.
"Nanea! Janie! We didn't expect you until after the show!" Everyone on the Island knows that Nanea is too sensitive and Janie too young to watch scary movies like Star Wars. "I'm so glad you came early. It was getting a little lonely out here by ourselves. Jill, look at how cute Janie's outfit is. And it's SORGIE colored! Janie, you MUST try a Sorgiecicle. Sorry, forgot. Has to be chocolate. Hmmm. Well, we do have Mando Chocolates down there on the bottom shelf. Sure you wouldn't like to just try a Sorgiecicle? And you can't come by today without trying a Nevarro Nummie. Okay, just pretend there's chocolate inside." Silver and I love Janie to pieces. There's such a sweet air of personal confidence about her. She loves who she is, and she loves everyone else for who they are. And such a chocolate nut.
Nanea looked around for an out-of-the-way place for Truannie's stroller, nearby enough to be able to keep an eye on her but far enough away so that no one could trip over her. Since they were the only ones in the lobby, she didn't have to look far, and there was a lot of cute stuff to distract the baby for a bit. "Isn't she just the best baby ever?! Janie and I said we'd babysit, so that Harold and Eliot could enjoy the Star Wars Day fun. And she just loves Baby Yoda already. Say 'Grogu', Sweetheart!" Truannie stared at the display for a minute. "Googie." The twins went into raptures. "She said it! She said GROGU! Oh, just wait till Harold and Eliot hear about this." Nanea and Janie looked at each other and shrugged their shoulders. Googie is the only word Truannie knows, and she's been saying it since she was a tiny baby. Someone really should tell those girls that there is life apart from Baby Yoda, Nanea thought. No. That's not a good idea. Better to leave them happy the way they are. Their enthusiasm brings a lot of smiles to the residents of Islandshire. And Googie does sound kinda like Grogu. Hmm. I don't know. I'll ask Harold what he thinks.
Leaving Truannie to enjoy the Baby Yoda display, Nanea went back to have a quick look at the lovely treats and admire the Mandalore Munchies menu. "That is the cleverest menu! You always have the most creative ideas. You'll have to help me with something like this for the Luau Laundromat when I get it set up. You really won't mind? Ooh, we'll have so much fun. Wow! This must have taken you girls quite a while to source all these Star Wars-y items. You must shop a lot." Sis and I burst into laughter (in unison, of course). "Oh, we do! We do!" Giggle giggle. Nanea wondered what was so funny. As she stood trying to figure it out, I caught sight of Janie sitting on the floor in front of the Popcorn Maker. "Janie, do you need any help down there? Are you okay?"
"Thank you, Jill, but I'm fine. I'm just filling my bag with Mando Chocolates to take home. I have a lot of friends who could use a little more chocolate, so I'm buying presents. Is it okay if I take them all? There are just enough to fill my bag. And I think you should always take as much as your bag can hold. After all, you wouldn't need a bag that was bigger than what you want to buy, would you?" See! What did I tell you? An original thinker, if ever there was one. "No problem, Janie. You take as many as you want. We've got a lot of other snacks for the others."
While Janie filled her bag with chocolates, Nanea explained that she was shopping for Rebecca (a special Pen Pal living in North Carolina, USA). She had the perfect box at home which she wanted to stuff with Star Wars Day gifts. "Silver, I'd be glad for any help you can give me. My friend is totally potty about Star Wars, but I'm not very familiar with all this. I know who Baby Yoda is, but that's about it. Could you help me choose some things that will ship well (won't melt or crumble)? Anything Mandalorian would be perfect, and I'd like an assortment of snacks and souvenirs. So, what would you suggest?"
Janie was busy packing her bag with chocolates, while Silver and Nanea piled up things for Rebecca's box. This left me free to look in on Truannie. Harold's baby sister is a favorite with everyone on the Island, and I wanted to see if she would say "Grogu" again for me. "No, little baby. You can't play with that. We wouldn't want you to get hurt. Just look at this remote Grogu. Can you say Grogu for Jill? Grogu? You can say it. Come on." Truannie ignored me and stared at the paracord toy even harder. Not even a Googie from her. Look at that concentration . . . and cuteness . . .
Nanea ate her Sorgiecicle and waited on Silver to ring up her purchases. She turned to check on Truannie and . . . "Guess I'll take one soggy paracord Baby chew toy, too."
Nanea turned toward the door with the stroller, but Janie stood staring at Truannie, worried about whether it was healthy for a baby to put that toy in her mouth. Henry came whizzing out for a popcorn refill, but stopped in his tracks when he saw Truannie with the Baby Yoda toy. I wonder if there's another one of those for sale. I broke his reverie with a loud "Hey, Henry! Hurry up! You've only got 43 seconds left before the big finale."
"No, don't bother with that. Just throw those empties away and take two more from the counter. I've got plenty of refills here. Look, I'm even covering it in extra butter and salt for you. Now hurry!" Henry flew back into the theatre, and Nanea asked Silver how I knew where they were in the movie. "Don't ask. It's a long story."
Silver rushed over to her camera tripod and called Nanea and Janie back into the lobby. "You can't leave without getting your picture taken in our Mandalorian Photo-Op area. Trudy's going to run the pictures in this afternoon's edition of the Gazette, so give me your prettiest smiles. Say NUMMIES!"
"Janie, this isn't working. Your two-bow hair is in my face!" Click.
"Nanea, how about one with just you and Truannie for Harold? Say NUMMIES!" Click.
"Wait, Nanea. Now one with just Truannie on her first Star Wars Day. I bet Trudy sells a lot of papers with this shot. Say GROGU, Truannie!" Click. Where's my toy? I want my new toy. Please. I'm going to cry. "Googie." Silver looked around to see if anyone else had heard. "Did you hear her? She said it again. Grogu. Just as clear as a bell. Say it again, Truannie. Gro-gu."
"What did my Goddaughter say, and what is that she's sucking on? Is that good for her to have in her mouth? All right, baby girl, let's see what you've got." The others were stunned into silence with Eliot's long string of words. Janie was glad that he'd been the one to ask. Nanea took her Sorgiecicle out of her mouth long enough to say,"She's fine, Eliot, and Jill and Silver think she's saying Grogu when she says Googie." Eliot smiled at Truannie, shrugged his shoulders at the others, and went to find Harold. Girls.
The minute the last show was over, the lobby filled to capacity. Silver and I silently bemoaned the fact that nobody stays these days to watch the credits, but the noise in the room made speech impossible. We just waited for the excitement to die down. What're you guys waiting for, an invitation? Let's move! Go go go go go!
"Kelly, where DID you get that shirt? Are they selling them here?" "Did you find that at Lori's Thrift Store?" "Wow! A friend?! What a great friend!" "You need to show that to Jacqui and Toni. I'll bet they'd carry those in the Boutique, if they could get enough of them. I know they don't carry t-shirts; but maybe they can call them 'shabby chic' and ask a lot of money for them. You can call any ordinary item 'shabby chic' and triple the price on the tag. That's what the mainland stores do." "Do those come in boy colors, too?"
Everyone was sharing their favorite moments or quoting their favorite lines. The red wire. No no, the red one. Good. Put the red wire where the blue wire goes in the board. No. Hold them apart. Cough cough. Are you okay? Well, it was worth a shot . . . [Slurp] Want some soup? . . . Chatter, chatter, chatter. Everyone except Harold. If that's what I think it is, it'sjust what I need. If I can just get a little closer, I think I can reach it. Hope I can get there before someone else snags it . . .
It is. The perfect souvenir. A moment of awed silence. "Eliot! Where are you?! Wait'll you see what I found. You won't believe your eyes. It's a . . . SLAVE I. You do too know. It's Boba Fett's ship. Wow!"
"Hey, George! Look at what I found!" Mina and George were oohing and aahing over what he'd found. Harold stopped in his tracks at the sight of the Mando Blaster. "Wow! Where'd you find that? Are there anymore? Look at what I got! No, this was the only one over there, but you can come to my house and look at it any time you want. Hi, Mina! What was your favorite part? Did you eat that binful of food all by yourself?" Harold didn't wait for answers, he was so anxious to pay for "the perfect souvenir". As he left the register to have his picture taken, he thanked Mina for her hard work on the water pump and said he'd have it operational tomorrow for her to see in action. "Well, then, until our paths cross . . ."
"You're not seriously considering going over . . . Hang on! No no no no no . . . aaaaaaaaaaaah! Was that my speeder?"
"What is going on back there? You wanna come back here and try this, be my guest!"
"Was that the plan?" "Something like that."
May the 4th be with You! And a Merry Christmas to all! Oops, sorry. Wrong movie again. Happy Star Wars Day! That's it. Happy Star Wars Day! Until next year . . . WAIT! It isn't over, yet! Check back soon for the afternoon edition of the Islandshire Gazette, featuring the pictures taken at today's Photo-Op corner!
(A number of you have asked what we're doing with the proceeds of the day. Silver and I have had a dream for some years now of opening our very own "Goofy's Candy Company" sweets shop right here on Islandshire. Just like the one at Disney Springs. Today's event was a good start towards making that dream come true.)
The crowd staggered in with enough time to get their snacks and find a seat in the screening room. Souvenirs later!
"Say, Pete! Mind standing over by the Photo Spot for just a sec? I've gotta make sure that everything's set correctly, or I'll never get everyone done in time. Say NUMMIES!"
"Oops, I missed the top part of your head." Silver was having a bit of trouble with her tripod, but Pete's a patient fella. Besides, he knew Kelly probably wasn't here for the popcorn. "One more time. Say NUMMIES!" Click flash. "Gotcha! That's great, Pete! Thanks bunches!"
Kelly was in raptures. She'd come early to get enough snacks for showtime, but she never expected to find Wetzel's Pretzels at the Star Wars celebration! "We brought those in just for you, Kel. We thought about dying them blue and green, but it seemed a shame to mess with perfection. And I just finished making the butter dip, so it should be nice and warm." No hard decisions for Kelly today!
As soon as Silver said "Gotcha", the popcorn maker popped on (pun intended) and Pete was drawn in like a ship in a tractor beam. "Hey, Jill! Is it okay to help myself? I can't wait one minute longer! Mind if I put some extra butter on top? Thanks! Wow! Everything looks great!" Munch munch. "Just a little more butter, I think." Munch munch. "See ya later, Jill! I'm gonna find a good seat before the crowd arrives. What? Oh, a good seat is the one right in the middle of the theatre." Munch munch. I hollered after him to come back for free refills. That boy's popcorn isn't going to make it to the opening credits.
"Oh, Zale! Your glasses are so you, so . . . Sorgie looking! Are they new? You look wonderful! Nope, we don't have any kelp shakes, but this Grogu green shake kinda looks like one. No, Silver's running the register right now, so just give her the money. And don't forget to have your photo taken before you leave. Trudy's going to run the photos in today's edition of the Islandshire Gazette. Enjoy the flick, and May the 4th be with You!"
Sun-Ho and Masami wanted to check out quickly, hoping that all the aisle seats weren't taken yet. They tried to get Silver's attention, but she was talking to me. Best not to interrupt. (They are very polite and kind. Besides, as owners of the Fruit Smoothie Stall on the Island, they know the value of patience in a customer.)
"Oh, Jill! I think it's going to be a success, don't you? Look at the crowd, You'd better do a head count to make sure we have enough seats in the theatre. I've got to get back to the register! Oh, Lillian, that Cara Dunecake matches your shirt so well, maybe you should just walk around with it for everyone to see." Giggle giggle. "Are you ready to pay, Sun-Ho? Sorry to keep you waiting. Here's your change. Enjoy the movie, and May the 4th be with you!"
Harold and Eliot almost bumped into Alice Maud Mary, who just smiled and decided to take her popcorn and get away from the crush. Harold looked around at the crowd and ran to find his friend (who was looking for him). "Hey, Eliot. Ready to check out and find a seat?" "Yep." "I hope that all the back seats aren't gone yet. Every time the two of us go to the theatre, somebody hollers for the 'tall guys in the front' to slouch in their seats. Maybe if we sit in the back, we can sit however we want." "Good idea." "What'd you get to eat and drink, Eliot? Oh, good. I wanted to try one of those Space Travel Sticks. Wanna split everything in halfsies and share? That way we get a little bit of everything." "Sure. And it's on me."
"Oh, Lillian! That cupcake looks scrumptious! It's a what? A Cara Dunecake? Ha ha! Those girls are so clever! I'd love to stay and chat, but I just finished a special-order, cast iron well pump for Harold, and I'm STARVING! Save ma a seat when you go inside, and I'll find you. Pardon? Oh, somewhere towards the side, where my eating won't interrupt the movie. I'll make sure to buy only soft food." Lillian left to find seats, wondering what soft food was, while Mina made her way to the counter.
"What's the total, Silver? I'm paying for both of us."
Trudy blew in like the Razor Crest going into warp drive, afraid she was too late to get a good seat. She liked to sit in the center towards the front but always seemed to be stuck with an aisle seat. "Oh, Trudy! You're the first Sorgiesicle customer of the day! Did you taste it yet? They're OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD!" I'd been waiting to use that line since we'd opened. "Hope you get a good seat. Don't forget to have your picture taken afterwards. And May the 4th be with You!"
"Um, good question, Trudy. We'll get the photos over to you the minute we close. Excuse me while I help Mina with her snacks. I'll see you just as soon as we're done taking pictures. Now, Mina, have you made up your mind yet? Well, the Mandalore Munchies are very popular, and the Droid Doughnuts are a good choice. You take another look, while I help the boys with their popcorn. Boy, that machine has hardly stopped popping since we opened. Why does popcorn taste so much better at the theatre?"
Henry and Vesey were doing just fine on their own, though. "No, thanks, Jill. We're got it covered. Mina looks like she needs some help, though. Hey, Vesey, you grab the butter and I'll shake the salt. One, two, three, go! Munch munch. "Nope, more butter!" Squirt squirt. "Hey, Jill! Is it okay if we use up the last of the butter? Oh, swell. Thanks."
At the first sound of the opening-theme music, the earlybirds made a dash to find their "good" seats and I refilled the butter container. Isn't that Harold the handsomest thing you've ever seen? Eliot dearly loves his "fellow chappie". They're best buds.
"Whoa, Mina. That's quite an order. But I wouldn't be a good friend if I let you take all those sweets without insisting that you eat this healthy galactic macaroni-and-cheese. A little protein goes a long way with a hard-working girl like you. Now, give me that list again. Ha! Hang on a minute. You can't carry all that stuff to your seat without some help. Wait a minute. I've got an idea. Back in a minute."
"Jill, you're the best! That's just perfect! I'll be sure to return the bin after the movie. Have you got room in there for one of those pretzels, too? Great. And some butter dip, too, please. Has Kelly seen these yet? Oh, good. Now, do you have any other 'soft food' that I've missed? You know . . . non-crunchables. I'm really starving, but the well pump took longer to finish than I expected, and I didn't want to miss any of the showtime. I figure that if I get soft food, no one will have to listen to my crunching and slurping through the movie. Boy, I hope Lillian got good seats for us. Yeah, she's saving one for me. Somewhere out of the way, where my eating won't bother anyone. Again, thanks for the bin. And may the fourth be with you!"
"Hey, man! The girls just told me that we're the last ones in. I've got my Sorgiesicle and Mando Chocolates. Be quick about it, or we won't get good seats." Benny liked to sit in the front row.
Benny turned to Silver and asked, "Is Mina going to sell stuff during the movie?" Silver just smiled and explained about the well pump.
George and Fletcher couldn't decide what to buy, but Benny was breathing down their necks. They picked up what was in front of them, having agreed to take a better look after the show. "Hey, Jill. Mind if I take one of these empty popcorn cartons? Thanks. Now I'd like 5 or 6 of those green Droid doughnuts, if you don't mind. We'll be back for some different stuff later. George, come on. We're gonna be late. Benny's already gone in."
"Hi, Silver! Great place! I think she said there were six in there. And I'm paying for George's pretzel and drink, too. We're in a hurry, and Benny's already gone looking for seats. Hope the Force is with us. See ya later!"
The Theater is full, the credit music is playing, and Silver and I get to take a quick break.