It’s nearly Christmas and what better a time to hold a contest! With 275 Facebook fans, over 1000 YouTube subscribers and 178 e-mail subscribers, I thought this would be the perfect time to show you guys how much I appreciate you reading, watching, commenting, messaging and e-mailing me here at Confessions of a Doll Collectors Daughter.
The Prize Package:
One lucky winner will receive:
Monster High Scare Mester Catrine DeMew, Bratzillaz Cloetta Spelletta (painted eyes) and a Sol Republic/Motorola Deck (which is a portable bluetooth/NFC speaker).
If there are a large number of entries I may pick up some items so there are more winners. That all depends on the numbers, though!!!
How To Enter:
Entering is super easy. Whether you are an e-mail subscriber, Facebook fan, YouTube viewer or just a doll fan in general, all you have to do is fill out this handy dandy form below! Update: This is open to everyone, so yes, it’s international!
Make sure to leave the correct e-mail address on the form. I will contact the winner by e-mail, so it is very important!!!! You don’t need to be a subscriber to enter, but I would love if you did subscribe via facebook, youtube, or e-mail!
If you aren’t comfortable filling out the form and would rather e-mail me the information, send me an e-mail at taps1223(at)sbcglobal(dot)net. Put ‘Contest Entry’ in the subject and give me your name or username and the answer to the question listed in the google doc form.
I will choose a winner and e-mail them on the 22nd of December. Your prize package will be mailed out within a week of getting back to me with the appropriate information.
If you have any questions, feel free to leave them down below! Good luck!
New Monster High dolls have finally started hitting store shelves. You would think it’s Christmas time or something! For review today are two of the four Monster High Art Class dolls, Skelita and Draculaura. Also in the line are Abbey and Robecca. I’m surprised at how much I like the Art Class line!
Draculaura isn’t my favorite Monster High character, but I like this rendition of her. She has the smaller eyes that we’ve seen on other Draculaura’s, which I prefer over the large eyes. Her make up isn’t too over the top. Instead of the usual over abundance of pink on her face, we have a nice bright yellow around her eyes. It works strangely well on the light pink skin.
Draculaura has, by far, the coolest hair she’s ever had. Her black hair is in a high ponytail. It has a row of pink and yellow highlights that start in the bang area and weave their way down and into the ponytail. I really like the addition of the bright yellow in the highlights. The placement seems pretty perfect, too, unlike some Monster High, where the highlight placement is just strange. Surprisingly, the curl in Draculaura’s ponytail stayed pretty well, considering she was in a box.
Draculaura is decked out in an adorable dress. The bodice is yellow and bubble gum pink and travels down to a black skirt decorated in paint splotches. The whole look is finished with a pink apron. The element I like most about this outfit is the paint splotch skirt. There’s something about it that is very cool. This is one of my favorite looks on Draculaura.
It wouldn’t be a Monster High review without talking about Draculaura’s shoes. As always, they are pretty darn cool. These shoes are more tactile than the other styles we’ve seen. The white and pink work really well with the colorful outfit.
I own the first Skelita, but to be perfectly honest, I’m not a huge fan of her. She’s definitely an interesting doll, but something about how Mattel styled her just didn’t suit me. This Skelita, though, is much better! I love her look!
Starting from the top, Skelita’s black hair is highlighted with pumpkin orange and teal. The combination looks really nice together, especially in contrast to her white skin and colorful face. Like Draculaura, Skelita comes wearing a fun headband.
Skelita’s brown eyes are highlighted with a variety of colors including dark brown, purple and baby pink. There’s a lot going on with Skelita’s face paint, but it works very well. With her stark white skin, Mattel almost needs to ‘fill the gaps’, so to speak, and they did it really well with Skelita. Skelita’s mouth is really neat and completes the look.
Skelita’s outfit plays on the idea of color, just like Draculaura’s. With Skelita, she has a pink bodice with rib cage like designs, covered with a fun teal vest. The dress has a colorful skirt with pink, purple, orange and teal embellishments on black, very similar to the styling on Draculaura’s skirt.
Skelita’s shoes are up to Monster High standards. The bright orange definitely makes her bone white legs stand out.
If you’re are new to Skelita (and haven’t noticed in the pictures yet), Skelita has bone-like limbs. They make for a pretty cool affect and work well.
Both dolls come with a comb, stand, art journal and prop/accessory. Skelita has a very large vase, as seen above, and Draculaura has this Picasso-esc self portrait. I’m a huge fan of useful accessories and these two fit the bill! They should look great in a doll house or in the background for photo sessions!
I think Mattel hit a home run with these two dolls. What I like most is their colorful nature. Both Skelita and Draculaura have great color pallets this time around! Add in their cool props/accessories and these guys are winners!
For those who like video reviews, why not check out the video above?
What do you think of Art Class Draculaura and Skelita? Leave you thoughts below in the comment area!
There are many things about Facebook that irritate me, however, I must thank it for introducing me to a doll company that seems to be doing something pretty cool. MakieLab is a company that allows you to make your own poseable 10″ dolls, Makies. Based in Shoreditch, London, MakieLab “developed tech that can produce and manufacture the best kind of future-smashing toy”.
The tech? 3-D printing, or more precisely, they’ve created “a system of creating objects using game technologies – 3D Studio Max, Unity, 3D objects – and transmogrifying them into 3D-printable toys complete with internal working joints.” Sounds pretty neat, huh?
Makies were awarded a Commendation in the Independent Toy Awards 2013, which essentially means they earned at least 10% of the votes in the competition and were very close to earning a medal. Pretty awesome for a company that was only founded in 2011!
Now, onto the dolls… Let me state first that it seems like Makies is a line that is constantly re-designing itself, so make sure to check out the company website for info on what they’re currently doing and improving upon.
Makies are 100% customizable dolls. You literally create them using a web based computer program and next thing you know, your own 100% unique doll is at your door step. They cost roughly $110 US or 82 euro, which is comparable to other design your own dolls, like the Muppet Whatnots at FAO Schwartz.
There are four skin tones currently available for Makies, from pale white to chocolate brown. Since the plastic they use is white, they literally dye the bodies the color of your choice. The wigs are glued on, unless you specify otherwise while ordering. They have a head cap that allows you to switch out the eyes, assuming you can find eyes that fit. Currently, Makies have acrylic half sphere eyes inserted into an eye mechanism.
Makies arrive with very light face ups done in non-toxic pencils, but if you want something more powerful, they have tips on re-doing the make up yourself. They’ve recently updated their head molds to the ‘cutie’ line. These images include both the classic and new ‘cutie’ style head.
They have pull off limbs, meaning you don’t have to worry about stringing them.
Now, I know you’re wondering, what in the heck are Makies made from. Is it plastic? Is it vinyl? Is it resin? Well, the best answer I’ve found is that it’s none of the above.
They start out as powder and then eventually (somehow!) end up in something that the website describes as somewhat similar to an “unglazed porcelain, kind of. Sometimes a Makie can feel quite fragile or precious, and early testers have likened it to porcelain, maybe because the only toys that have a bit more weight to them are porcelain. But Makies are actually as tough as (plastic) boots.” According to Makie’s PR, the dolls have a similar weight to ABS plastic (which is what Hujoo‘s are made of), but a totally different feel.
The Makies creation program MakieLab designed is pretty user friendly. You aren’t only given a handful of template choices to choose from for your doll. You can literally manipulate nearly every (if not every) facial feature on your Makie. Eye width and spacing, the bridge of the nose, the roundness of the nose, the size of the lips, the plumpness of the lips, the cheekbones, the chin structure. You name it and you can probably manipulate it! What I really liked is that you can manipulate the ears to make them elf or fairy ears!
After making the face, you can choose an outfit and wig. Their options for outfits and wigs are a bit limited, but those things could be relatively easy to find outside of the site.
I haven’t decided if I am going to take the plunge, so to speak, and order a Makie. I know it won’t be before Christmas, because we’ve hit the point of the year where I have to really conserve my money for Christmas fun.
However, I’ll definitely be keeping this company in my sights! And I have to admit, making digital Makies on the website is quite fun (and free!), even if I can’t put the money down for a 3-D version! You can find the Makies app for your Apple device and/or can find the PC based creation program on their website.
What do you think of Makies? Do you own one? What kind of Makie would YOU make? Share your thoughts below!!!!
In all honestly, I haven’t seen very many new and exciting things while walking the toy aisles lately. Supposedly, there are new Monster High lines hitting store shelves, but I haven’t found any yet. If this is how the stores will be stocked all holiday season, well, it will be a bit of a lackluster Christmas. The doll lines, in particular, are disappointing to me. There’s very little new-ness to the aisles.
Here’s a few pictures of some items (good and bad) that caught my eye on our most recent walk through Toys R Us.
We’ll start with one of the saddest sights I’ve seen in the discount bins for a long time. I haven’t followed Disney stars for a long time now and I honestly don’t know who Cody Simpson is, but I feel bad for the kid! His poor doll doesn’t even sell at $1.00!
I didn’t know they had a large Lalaloopsy of Scraps Stitched and Sewn out! Isn’t she great? I’m a huge fan of the ‘different’ looking Lalaloopsy’s, like this one and the alien one that was released a month or two ago. I’ll have to pick this girl up before she sells out!
My favorite Cabbage Patch Kids are vintage or vintage reproductions. However, this My First Cabbage Patch Kid is adorable! It was, also, way more reasonably priced than the vinyl Cabbage Patch Kids on the shelves.
Most of the things in these posts are here because I found something in them that I liked. This Little Mermaid Styling Head is here for the opposite reason. What was Disney thinking with this? She may have Ariel’s red hair, but her face is a definite miss! Just not good!
This Canterlot High Pep Rally five pack includes Apple Jack, Rarity, Luna, Rainbow Dash and (my personal favorite) Fluttershy. I’m a little bummed that their tops are still painted on and they still have the annoying knob feet, but this set is pretty darn cute. I really like the Luna in this set!
The Monster High fans here might recognize a certain someone on the front of this Moonlight Monsters box. She’s called Starlet here, but I’d bet money that she was inspired by Mattel’s Spectra. The purple hair, the pale white skin… It’s just too similar!
Staying on the Lego train, I thought this K’Nex Super Mario Bros. 2 set was pretty neat. I haven’t seen many Lego or K’nex sets based on old school Nintendo games. This set really does resemble something you’d see in a video game!
The Beatrix Girls are four friends who rock out in their spare time. They are about 12″ tall and have really big decal eyes. They are definitely odd looking, when compared to other 12″ dolls, but I think they’re kind of neat!
Technically, this is more of a craft project, but I don’t care. Crayola’s Shoe Studio looks so much fun! Haven’t you ever wanted to design your own kind of shoe? Plus, the shoes are the perfect size to display!
I don’t have any children at the moment, but I DVR Sofia the First. Why? Because I find that show adorable. It has great animation, good songs and has spawned some really cute toys. The toy above, talking Sofia, is one of those toys. Alongside that is the Doc McStuffin‘s line, which is out in full force at my local Toys R Us. I don’t watch that show, but the figures and dolls inspired by it are definite eye catchers.
These Mickey and Minnie hand sewn 85th Anniversary dolls made the list because they’re so classic. They stood out in the aisle, stuffed between Smurfs and other preschool toys. While a little pricey, they are adorable, aren’t they? Great for adult collectors, that’s for sure.
So that’s it for this edition of Walking the Toy Aisle. I’m still waiting for the big ‘wow’ items to hit store shelves. They’re cutting it a little close!
Have you seen any really awesome things while walking your toy aisles? Share a thought or two below!
With the popularity of Ever After High and Once Upon a Time, other doll companies were bound to hop on the fairy tale band wagon. SK Victory, a relatively new company is one of those companies. The Fairy Tale High gang are teen fairy tale characters who attend a fine arts school. The characters in the line thus far are: Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, The Little Mermaid, Belle, Tinkerbell, and Rapunzel. Like the majority of the doll lines out today, these dolls are accompanied by ebooks and a web series.
I was lucky enough to be sent three of these dolls for a fair and honest review. The three mystery dolls turned out to be Tinkerbell, The Little Mermaid and Alice in Wonderland. These dolls are about 11.5″ tall, which is equal to a current release Winx doll. That makes these guys a few inches taller than the Ever After High and Monster High lines.
I’m sure you’ll notice in the size comparison shot that Fairy Tale High and Winx seem to have very similar looks. Their bodies are almost exactly the same proportions, minus a few differences.
The two biggest difference are that these Fairy Tale High dolls have jointed elbows and are branded with a large, obnoxious SK on their back, which is very visible on Tinkerbell due to the low cut on her shirt.
Other than those two things, though, the body types and proportions are very close. (After doing a bit of digging, my mom found out that a higher up at SK Victory was actually part of Jakks Pacific for a while, which may account for the similar body types.)
To be honest, I do find the body to be lacking a bit when it comes to joints. The Fairy Tale High dolls are jointed at their shoulder, elbow, wrist, thigh and knee. They have a head that moves left and right, but not up and down. The arm joints work well enough. I wish the elbow would bend just a little more for easier posing, but the fact that these guys have a wrist joint makes me happy.
The leg joints let me down a bit. The upper leg joint allows the legs to part enough for a wide stance, but you won’t see these dolls doing the splits anytime soon. The knee joints, just like on the Winx dolls, have a bit of a ‘cap’ on them, so the top portion of the leg overlaps the bottom portion. Strangely, this makes the legs hyper extend a bit. They have good movement and generally look fine when posing, but I can’t help but feel like with a little tweak, they could be better.
On the upside, two out of three of these dolls stand well on their own. Poor Tink was received with one leg that was slightly longer than the other, so she has a bit of trouble. The other two, however, seem to stand pretty well, which I didn’t expect.
The dolls are rooted well and I love the hair color choices they picked for this line. They are all colors that I, as a re-rooter, would use on my own dolls. The hair is easy to comb and it isn’t hair sprayed to the extreme.
Tinkerbell has a nice mix of lemon yellow and lime green hair, cut in a cute bob. (I honestly think I’ve used these colors together one of my reroots before!) I really like that Tink was given a bob, as opposed to just having long hair. Sometimes I find it to be a cop out when a doll line only has dolls with long hair. This bob works well on the face shape on Tink.
The Little Mermaid is rooted with long orange hair with pink highlights, styled in a high side ponytale. Her hair is one of my favorite things on her, actually. I really like the color and the ponytail, even after being stuck in a box, still looks pretty styled.
Alice has long blonde hair styled in what seems like a nice throwback to Marcia Brady (The Brady Bunch). With no highlights, her hair style is accented with a black headband.
The decal faces are cute and shockingly unexpected. SK Victory chose some odd colors to use on the eyes and lips, but it strangely works out.
Alice, for example, has blue features– blue lips and blue eyes. It was strange at first, but the more I’ve looked at her and photographed her, I like it. SK Victory was super smart in keeping her hair basic blonde because the blue facial features wouldn’t have worked well with a crazy hair color.
Tinkebell’s face is very green, which seems to work well with her hair. The decal’s are put on evenly and the proportions look pretty good.
The Little Mermaid’s face is a similar look to the other two, but is a little more tame and way more normal than Tink and Alice. The Little Mermaid has bright red lips and dark green eyeshadow.
As far as outfits, the quality is what you’d expect. I was happy to see that the outfits fit well and while they are simple, they (for the most part) fit the character. My favorite outfit is Alice’s, even though it is a bit see through! Alice wears a blue striped mini dress with a black vest. Personally, I love her style. Again, it works quite well with her hair and make up.
Tink is decked out in a pink dress with green highlights. The pink and green go surprisingly well together. Tink has green fishnets to finish the outfit, which are actually kind of neat.
The Little Mermaid has my least favorite outfit. I can see where they were going with this sea inspired green top, but I’m not sure where the purple comes from. I don’t think it’s the best color choice to go against dark green, myself. The look is completed with black fishnets. Like the other girls, the outfit is a bit basic and for me, is the most lackluster.
These dolls aren’t perfect. I’m not a crazy fan of the large branding on the back, nor do love the fact that their head only turns left and right (as opposed to up and down, too). The joints don’t bend as far as I’d like them to, either. That being said, I like the fact that they have wrist joints and that they stand well on their own. (Long enough to take a few pictures, that is!)
Also, I like their head mold, decals and hair color. There faces may not be the most unique faces out there, but they are cute, especially when styled with fun hair colors like the dolls I received.
There is potential, I think, in this line. It’s not perfect right now, but I see kids enjoying this line. If anything, the similarity to Winx might work in their favor. Should this line continue and SK Victory fixes a small number of things, I think this could be a solid stocking stuffer for a good few years.
Video Review is up!!!
What do you think of these Fairy Tale High dolls? Share your thoughts below!
Twice a year my mother and I go to one of the most wonderful places on earth– The Chicago Toy Show at the Kane County Fairgrounds. The Chicago Toy Show has hundreds of vendors with antique to modern toys and dolls. As you probably can guess, my mother and I go there for their doll room! Inside the doll room, it’s easy to stumble upon early Madame Alexanders, Pink box Barbie’s, Patty Playpals– you name it and it’s probably there somewhere!
Every show is different. Some shows have more of things than others. For example, this show had a lot of pink box Barbie’s, a lot of cardboard Barbie play sets from back in the day and a lot of big baby and walking dolls.
I know many of you aren’t located in the Midwest USA, so I thought I’d share with you a few things we saw at the show. I’d like to thank all the vendors who allowed me to film their booths!!! I really do appreciate it!
Not included in this video are the Star Wars character’s that came out to celebrate the shows 40th year. This is the first time I’ve seen characters at the show. They even had a radio station there, which is a first.
Now that you’ve seen a little of the show, I thought you guys might be interested in seeing what my mom and I picked up during this little trip to the Kane County fairgrounds. So, without further ado, here’s the grand unveiling!!!
My first purchase was at a booth we stopped by early on that had a $1 bin. In the bin, there were two Barbie puzzles (from the 80′s) that I grabbed. One is Barbie and the Rocker themed and the other is wedding themed. They’re not mint, but the price was right!
My mother’s first eBay purchase was this Baby Face. That was years ago! Up until now, this Baby Face was wearing an outfit that was too large for her. At this past show, she picked up a slightly more appropriate outfit for this cutie! It fits her SO much better.
I try to feed my Skipper collection every time I go to the show. This time, I ended up with two cute outfits for my dolls. The one of the left is Ship Ahoy. I have had my eye on this outfit for years, but never found it priced low enough for me to get it. This outfit ended up costing me $50, which I think is pretty good, considering it came with the socks, shoes and toy boat! (It’s only missing a few pieces, but since I can’t display extra’s, I don’t mind!) It’s also a very clean outfit! The outfit on the right is a mod outfit. I haven’t dug into my Skipper price guide yet to see what outfit it is exactly. It’s really cute, though, and was a steal at $15.
My mom has loved Little Miss No Name‘s forever. I’m not surprised at all that she ended up coming home with new ones! These two needed a little TLC and will need a hair job (done by yours truly), but they cleaned up pretty well. One of these two dolls, the vendor said, was standing in his music room for years. He’d look over at her and think ‘wow, she’s a creepy doll.’ He brought her to the show on a whim and after a bit of negotiating, Little Miss No Name ended up in my mom’s bag!
The outfits came from the same vendor we found Baby Face’s outfit at. The seamstress worked for American Girl and when she retired, she brought patterns home with her and started a side business. The seamstress passed away last year and her stock was bought by a lady selling at the show.
My Amelia has been wanting a new outfit for a while. The problem I’ve had, though, is that she’s not the most universal size and I have found very few outfits on sites like Etsy. This American Girl outfit is a little big on her, but it looks great! My mom found this in a bucket for $10. The colors work really well with Amelia’s coloring and the brown boots match, too!
I have a good number of Skipper cases (none of which I can display due to space), but I’ve rarely seen a Skooter case. This came from a vendor that was downsizing her collection. You could tell she was trying to sell her items to people who would love them. This case is in great shape and has the boxes on the inside. And most importantly, the graphics are great!
My mom’s first purchase of the day was a steal. This Baby Crissy was priced super nice and in great shape! I think this AA Crissy might be even cuter than the white version!
It seems like every winter show, I end up with a hard plastic Madame Alexander. The hard plastic dolls are really the only dolls I collect from Madame Alexander, to be honest. I’m not sure why, as it wasn’t influenced by my mom, because she only has one hard plastic Madame Alexander. I just adore them, especially Maggie and Margaret faces.
One of the best things about this doll was her price. She was half off the asking price, which you rarely see on Madame Alexanders! Especially when an Alexander is clean, strung well and has good face paint!
I picked this girl up thinking she was a Madame Alexander Alice in Wonderland doll. After doing a bit of research and only finding a Maggie face Alice, it was pretty clear that she wasn’t an Alice all of her long dolly life. My mom saved the day by ID’ing her as a Little Women Amy, redressed in an Alice dress from a later release by Madame Alexander. I’m thinking she’s from 1951 or so. (Can I just mention here that I really don’t like how the Madame Alexander Price guides don’t include pictures? It’s so hard to figure out who you have based on a one line description!!!) That being said, if you have seen a hard plastic Alice in Wonderland with a Margaret face that is around 14″ or you think this girl could be another Madame Alexander, let me know!!!!
So, that was our Kane County Chicago Toy Show experience in a nut shell! This trip proved to be quite an affordable one with lots of vendors offering deals. I highly recommend you check out this show if you’re in the area!
What was your most recent toy show find? Do you have a favorite toy show? Do you have an item you actively search for at shows? Share it in the comment area!
I’ve reviewed a few Ever After High dolls and now it’s time for another. Briar Beauty is Apple White’s best friend. Part of the ‘royal’ party, she is Sleeping Beauty’s daughter and has a tendency to fall asleep anywhere and everywhere.
Of the dolls released so far, Briar has the darkest skin, which draws her apart from the rest. I wasn’t completely sold on her at the beginning. Of the original single releases, she was the least interesting to me. She wasn’t bad looking– I liked the look of all four dolls– but she was just less exciting than the other three choice.
Fast forward a few months later to the Legacy Day releases, in which three of the first wave dolls were re-released in new outfits. Color me surprised when my favorite of the line turned out to be Briar Beauty. Why Legacy Day Briar? She looked the most different from her original first wave release, which is kind of important when releasing the same character twice in six months!
This post will cover both the first wave Briar and the Legacy Day release, which should make it easy for you to decide which is your favorite Briar! Let’s start from the top. Both Briars have chestnut brown hair, highlighted with pink. First Wave Briar has a neat pretzel twist highlighting the pink hues, which I really do like.
Legacy Day Briar has a simpler style. Her hair is done in your standard low ponytail. The biggest difference is that her pink highlights are more apparent throughout her entire head. The ponytail is a bit of a let down, but I think the brown and pink go well together.
The main thing that bugged me about the First Wave Briar was her make up. In all honesty, I like the aesthetics of all the Ever After High faces, even if they come off as very similar to each other.
With First Edition Briar, though, I just feel like the color palette for her make up is just a little off. First Wave Briar’s make up is very hot pink heavy, which I’m not a huge fan of. I just don’t think it’s the perfect color for the doll’s skin tone, especially when you look at how pink heavy the doll is in general.
While First Wave Briar’s face has many deep colors, Legacy Day Briar has a much lighter color palette. Legacy Day Briar’s eyes are embellished with a nice silvery/white and a much more toned down pink hue. The make up makes her eyes look larger than the first edition Briar.
As far as outfits, Both dolls wear a mixture of pink and black. First Wave Briar has a dress that is definitely inspired by a rose. All in all, it is a cute outfit.
Things I like about it? I like the rose petal skirt. It’s a cute idea and I love the black stenciling on it.
I also like the plastic shoulder pads they gave her. They make for a cool affect. Also, I love her fish net stockings! I would totally wear those.
The downfall of this dress for me is that it is very ‘expected’, if you know what I mean. The fact that it’s practically entirely pink doesn’t do a lot for me, especially when a doll is from Mattel. Mattel gave us a lot of pink in this outfit and I think they over did it a bit.
On the flip side, I really like Legacy Day Briar’s look. It has much more power to it than the her original first wave look. It seems like a much more balanced look that doesn’t over due it on the pink. The outfit also has some depth to it, with the awesome rose collared cape and the long skit.
Of course, each doll comes with cute shoes. Of the two, I prefer Legacy Day’s shoes. They have a little more to them.
I’m happy to say that both stands work quite well. Sadly, that is now not something I assume will happen with all Mattel releases, based on the last few Monster High releases with stands. These stands are both strong and stay together well.
Both dolls are good, well put together dolls. If I had to choose between the two, I would choose Legacy Day. Overall, I think the Legacy Day release is just a little more interesting than the first wave release. The character still isn’t my favorite of the Ever After High gang, but they definitely improved upon her doll in the Legacy Day release!
What do you think of the two Briar Beauty’s released so far in the Ever After Line? Do you have a favorite? Share your thoughts below!
Teddy Ruxpin is a toy that time will never erase. Manufactured by Worlds of Wonder back in 1985, Teddy Ruxpin was an animatronic brown bear. Teddy Ruxpin was designed to play special cassette tapes that manipulated his mouth and eyes to move with various stories.
Teddy was the brainchild of Ken Forsse , who together with Don Kingsborough, a past executive at Atari, created Worlds of Wonder. Teddy was the first of many animatronic toys to come from Worlds of Wonder, including Mother Goose and Mickey Mouse, and is arguably the most popular toy the company produced.
One Toys R Us exec is quoted as saying, “Teddy Ruxpin’s are selling better than Cabbage Patch dolls did during their first year”, just after Teddy was released in 1985. That’s a pretty awesome statement if you think about how large the Cabbage Patch craze was when they first hit store shelves in 1983.
Teddy Ruxpin was one of the most popular toys of 1985 and 1986, which says a lot seeing as how they were originally priced at US$70.00. One article states the company sold 93 Million (US) dollars worth of Teddy Ruxpin bears by 1988. It even spawned an animated television show.
Alongside Teddy, Worlds of Wonder created a companion doll, Grubby, to work alongside Teddy. The downside of Grubby was that unless you had a Teddy and the proper connection cord, Grubby was just a statue piece.
Teddy’s popularity was sustained through a number of cassette tapes with different stories and clothing packs. The company filed for bankruptcy in 1988 and officially closed its doors in 1990. We can only imagine what they would have continued to create if they hadn’t closed their doors. Teddy Ruxpin was the first of its kind and the original Teddy, I think, still holds up quite well compared to animatronic toys of today.
My history with Teddy started back in 1986 when I received Teddy as a Christmas gift from my grandparents. I was 3. Very quickly, he became one of my best friends! We’d even set places at the table for him to eat with us! Like most toys as complex as him, he eventually stopped working. Years ago I got my Teddy repaired and he’s been working great ever since.
This past month has been a very good one for my Teddy Ruxpin. I had planned a while back to showcase him in a Flahsback post (see Dozzzy’s here) and when I was sidelined by a few of my tapes not playing as well as I remembered. I went on eBay to try to replace the wonky tapes and then caught the eBay bug. You know, what I’m talking about. You look for one thing on eBay, then it leads to another thing and another, until you end up with 5 different shipment tracking codes!
My tape collection for him has grown from six to ten in the span of two weeks! This past week, I replaced two tapes that were working less than perfect (The Airship and Teddy Ruxpin’s Birthday), purchased 3 ‘special’ tapes that were manufactured for fire stations during fire station tours, and ordered something my Teddy has wanted for, well, forever, the Teddy Ruxpin Christmas set (with Santa Suit, book and tape).
Kids today have all sort of ‘electronic’ toys they play with, but none of those toys match Teddy Ruxpin. He may not move his hands or feet or connect to wifi, but Worlds of Wonder created an animatronic marvel with Teddy and their other toys. The facial movement on Teddy alone goes unmatched in toy releases since then.
Like with my last Dolly Flashback, I have created a few videos to show off all that Teddy is! The video below features Teddy telling us the story of ‘The Airship’. This tape came with Teddy Ruxpin and introduces us to the characters, Grubby and Newton Gimmick.
Do you have any fun memories of Teddy Ruxpin? Why not share them by leaving a comment below!
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If you subscribe to the Barbie catalog, you probably received an e-mail with the new releases for the holiday season. There are a few things I really like and there are others that I just don’t understand. Here’s a list of what I think are there hits and misses of the new releases!
I love the look of this Coach Barbie far more than I do any of the Coach purses! She has the annoying ‘forever bent’ arm (ie: a non joined, forced pose arm), but her styling and facial design on her are perfect. I love the trenchcoat, bright red purse and dark features! This doll actually reminds me of a grown up version of Courtney, Skippers best friend in the 90′s. She uses the Model Muse body with the Lara headmold. (She’s a little expensive, though, so I don’t think I’ll be adding her to my collection!)
What a redemption story. The original Katniss release had a great promo shot with less than great execution. This Catching Fire Katniss looks far better than the original ‘Hunger Games’ release. Katniss was given an articulated body (no forever bent arms!), a ‘new Katniss’ head scupt, and was designed by none other than Bill Greening. Her new face mold looks far more like Jennifer Lawrence than the first issue.
Isn’t this FAO Schwartz Barbie sweet looking! Ignoring the one ‘forever bent’ arm, I love everything about this Barbie. She has the Bebe facial sculpt on a Model Muse body.
Hey, hey, how adorable is this Life in the Dreamhouse Ken?! Mattel did a great job matching his webisode counterpart!
I’m a bit amazed at how much this Catching Fire Peeta looks like Josh Hutcherson. Mattel did a really good job on the sculpt. The fashion is sewn on and he uses the new Peeta sculpt.
On the Fence
I guess they have people called ‘Yell Leaders’ at Texas A and M and in this newest release, Ken gets to cosplay as one! I like the idea of having a male in the University line. It is getting a bit over run with dolls that all look pretty similar. This doll was designed by Linda Kyaw with a Tango Ken. I’m not completely sold on this guy, though, and I think it has something to do with his eyes…
I think Mattel aced the Audrey Hepburn look for this Roman Holiday doll. But they put the well crafted head on a Model Muse body with a forever bent arm. For a doll like this, I think joints would have worked a lot better. That way, movie buffs could photograph their this well done likeness in scenes from the movie.
Also designed by Linda Kyah is this website direct exclusive, Wizard of Oz Fantasy Glamour Dorothy. I see what they were going for with this high glam Dorothy and I think it is executed pretty well. However, $100 seems a little steep for this doll! I also wonder about her limbs– they look a little too smooth.
At first I really liked Effie, but the more I see her promo, the less excited I am for her. This Effie doll is a bit tamer than expected. She is a Shani body and a Closed Mouth Barbie facemold.
To start off the ‘miss’ category, we have this University of Oklahoma cheerleader. I have nothing against the body or sculpt. My main problem (and it pretty much goes for all dolls that have this) is the braid. It is so thick. Seriously, the braid looks as large or larger than her head mold. It overtakes her and looks a bit weird!
I don’t know about you, but I find very little to like with this designer Malibu Barbie. First, it has that darn Model Muse body with a forever bent arm AND leg. Second, her face looks too ‘plastic’ for my tastes. I know it’s strange saying this about a doll, but her face just looks ‘fake’. Maybe it’s the Aphrodite Barbie face mold. Maybe it’s the color palette. And then there is the hair… I just really don’t see anything good about this Malibu Barbie.
There are some people that will probably really love this Haunted Beauty Vampire. I, however, don’t. It’s a bit too over the top for me and I really don’t like the choices they made for her facial design on her Glimmer/Louboutin head.
To be honest, this Holiday Barbie is a bit boring and seems really over priced. I can see the ‘snowflake’ concept, but it’s just a bit blah.
So now you know what I think of Mattel’s holiday releases. What do you think of Mattel’s new offerings? Love one of my ‘misses’? Voice your opinion down below!
It looks like promo shots of Ever After High‘s Cerise Hood have hit the web! I found these photos on the Ever After High Dolls facebook page. I’m not exactly sure where they found them, but it is the weekend of New York Comic Con, so lots of new products are being shown for the first time!
At first glance, I think she’s pretty awesome. I’m loving the outfit. The bright red hood really does pop and the boots look like they fit the outfit perfectly. Another thing I like (based on these promo shots) is the low key make up. The blue eye make up looks great with all the reds and pinks. It’s hard to form an opinion on her hair at the moment, since it’s mostly hidden under the hood.
Promotional shots can be very deceiving, so I’m not sure if this is a new face mold or not. It doesn’t look as large and round as the original dolls, but I won’t be able to tell for sure until the doll is in my hands. (Which it will be, for sure!) When will she be out and about for Ever After High fans to purchase? According to the EAH Dolls, she’s due on store shelves sometime this winter, just in time for Christmas! (Hopefully!)
What do you think of Cerise? Share your thoughts below!!!