Fun fact– did you know that Lalaloopsy started life as Bitty Buttons? Back in 2010, when the line debut, the adorable button eyed dolls with a rag doll look were called Bitty Buttons and were sold throughout that entire holiday season as such. Shortly after that, Bitty Buttons dolls started arriving under the name Lalaloopsy. Speculation is that MGA had to change the name due to copyright. It was all for the best, though, as Lalaloopsy is by far a better name than Bitty Buttons.
Now, onto the review on hand, Lalaloopsy Girls Peanut Big Top! Right from the start, these new adorable 1/6 scale Lalaloopsy’s caught my eye! They truly are ‘sew’ cute! It was tough choosing my favorite of the Lalaloopsy Girls, but after some deliberation, I decided on Peanut Big Top. In a strange way, she reminds me a lot of the current version of Pinkie Pie, from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
The Lalaloopsy Girls are made of the same hard material as the original Lalaloopsy’s. Peanut has dark purple hair.
It’s molded around the skull in a side part with two fun pigtails made of curly, comb-able hair made of pliable vinyl. (It’s not the ‘silly‘ hair or ‘loopy‘ hair we’ve seen in the past.) I like the style of my dolls hair, but I imagine you could style this pretty easily into braids or lower pig tails.
The Lalaloopsy face really lends itself to this smaller size. It’s adorable, as usual. Her button eyes and round face make her stand out among other 1/6 scale dolls. Peanut has baby pink cheek color and red lips.
Her 9″ body shares many of the key elements in your traditional Lalaloopsy body. Her limbs are slightly over sized in length. Her torso is, also, long. Her limbs still have the usual ‘rag doll’ charm to them with her slightly bow-legged legs. Her arms move just as freely as a Lalaloopsy doll, though Peanut is much easier to prop up for photo shoots!
Peanut wears a stylish outfit inspire by the circus. Featuring a red ringleader-esc top and a striped black and white skirt, with some fun yellow tool finishing off the look, she radiates fun! I love this outfit. It fits her well and helps define her character. Peanut wears fun pink sneakers, which are removable.
Lalaloopsy never ceases to surprise me. Of all the spin-off lines Lalaloopsy has thrown at us, this is my favorite! What do you think of MGA‘s new Lalaloopsy Girls? Share your thoughts below!
While it would be hard to tell from the general lack of media on this, 2014 is Skipper’s 50th anniversary. In January of this year, Mattel released a blonde reproduction Skipper dressed in her Happy Birthday fashion from 1965. It quickly sold out (and by quickly, I mean in less than a week). I had the misfortune of missing the blonde January release.
While part of me was slightly upset about missing this, being a Skipper collector first and foremost, I didn’t make it a priority to purchase on the second hand market. The prices were too high for a doll that pretty much mimicked the 30th anniversary doll (albeit in porcelain).
Many people contacted Mattel regarding the super short release of the blonde Skipper and eventually, Mattel announced a re-release, this time in brunette. This release, I was totally on board with! A brunette reproduction? Okay. Take my money.
Bill Greenings 50th Anniversary Skipper doll was worth the wait. While I do think $40 is a bit much for a doll that doesn’t come with a second outfit, Mattel did a great job with this release. She definitely looks the part and besides her legs not feeling vintage’y, she’s feels and looks like a proper reproduction.
Personally, I wanted a little more hoopla from Mattel regarding Skipper’s anniversary. A box set with re-productions from throughout Skipper’s history or even a new vintage set with Barbie and Skipper in matching reproduction outfits would have been great.
My biggest beef with this release is dressing Skipper in the Happy Birthday outfit (been there, done that). This would have been a great opportunity to showcase something else. In the same respect, I would have loved to see a doll case or some fun novelty items with Skipper graphics, not just a t-shirt. That being said, Mattel still has time to do some more fun Skipper stuff, so my fingers are crossed they’ll surprise us with more!
What do you think of the 50th Anniversary Skipper? If you could have designed one Skipper item for this 50th, what would it have been? Share your thoughts below!
And of course, don’t forget to check out my other Skipper Highlight Reel posts!
My mom and I recently took a walk through Toys R Us. Here’s what we saw while ‘Walking the Toy Aisle‘!
I love the look of this Barbie and the Secret Door doll. It reminds me of the lemon head Kelly’s from the early 2000’s.
Usually, Barbie is on this least for less than positive reasons. However, I think Barbie‘s have been slowly getting prettier of the past year. Their faces are becoming less inflated and their make up is looking much better. There are still some scary ones, but Mattel’s design team is going in the right direction.
Color me shocked– Mystixx are still going strong. Here’s a look at the Rococo Zombie’s line.
This is such a cute set! What a great prop!
This is one of the prettiest Merida‘s I’ve seen. And her horse– love it!
Pony Mania has taken over the Pony aisle! As Zecora is one of my favorite My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic characters, it’s not super shocking she’s one of my favorite Equestria Girls!
Not only were there new Equestria Girls, but there were a lot of new Pony Mania ponies in usual size.
If you haven’t seen the Littlest Pet Shop rooms, check them out. They’re adorable!
So this is not a toy, but how cool is this kid friendly Mario Kart?
Heads up, I picked up a Yuki Kimono Lalaloopsy for $15.00 today at Toys R Us, so if you’re in the market for one, you may want to stop in this week! Have you seen anything new, awe inspiring or just plain wacky in the toy aisles? Share your thoughts below!
My favorite of the three new Freaky Fusion girls is Bonita Femur, which is surprising, seeing as her promo shot was my least favorite. Part moth, part skeleton, she’s pretty awesome. Like the other three girls (Avea and Sirena), she has the ability to stand on her own, due to her large wings.
Starting from the top, Bonita has long rooted white hair, highlighted with streaks of pink and black. It’s styled in a pony tail. When compared to other Monster High dolls, this style is very simple. However, it works for Bonita. Any other style would cover up her wings, which are the standout piece on this doll.
She has a plastic hair accessory, that, honestly, I don’t feel does much to add to the outfit or hair style. It also looks a little fragile. If you are giving this to a child who plays around others who might put small things in their mouth, you may want to keep an eye on this hair piece.
Bonita has pink skin and moth like ears. I love her ears. They look great on her and are a nice change from the usual ear molds.
She has purple features, including purple eye brows and eyes. She has heavily painted eye lashes, highlighted with a light yellow eye shadow. What I love about Bonita’s eyes are their size and shape. They are bug like, but not too bug like. Bonita has deep mauve lips, with purple liner.
Being half moth, half skeleton, Bonita has a very interesting body. Her torso is all skeleton. It’s wrapped in a clear plastic binding to help her outfit fit properly. Her arms and hands are, also, skeleton-like.
Her legs, however, are all moth. They are molded to look fur-like. The mix of creatures is pretty interesting and works well.
Bonita is dressed in a black dress with dark pink lacing embellishments. Colorful moth designs finish the look. Bonita wears a plastic yellow belt that matches her yellow shoes. It’s a nice outfit choice. I like the uneven cut on the skirt. The colors look great on her light pink skin.
For having a huge pair of wings on her back, the outfit fit well and seems to stay on as it should. Mattel did a good job at designing an outfit that shows off her neat spine and wings and covers what it should.
By far the coolest feature on Bonita are her wings. They look so neat in person and, while they do take up more space than usual, they allow her to stand on her own without the usual hit or miss Monster High stand. Her yellow wings are outlined in a bright pink that moves into a black towards the bottom. The wings are one piece and are removable. I, personally, don’t plan on removing them. The center of the wings is very spine-like, bringing in the idea of her being part skeleton.
Bonita may take up twice the space on my shelving, but she’s totally worth it. She’s a great edition to the Monster High line with her cool wings and unique eyes.
What do you think of Freaky Fusion Bonita? Share your thoughts below.
Oh, what a great new character! In 2013, Mattel released Wydowna Spider as a San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) exclusive. I wasn’t completely over the moon about her, so I decided not to spend the outrageous second hand market prices on her. This new I love Fashion release, though, is awesome! This set comes with three complete outfits (shoes included), all of which are winners!
Wydowna is a fun, new Monster High doll. She has a head of fiery red hair that is done up on a ponytail. While simple, it is made a little more stylish with a bouffant-esc front. The color looks great on Wydowna’s matte black skin.
Wydowna’s face is pretty neat. She has four evenly placed red bumps on her face to make her look more spider-like. Because of the dark skin, blush would look strange on this girl, which means she can have more elaborate eye make up!
Right above her eye is a layer of yellow shadow which is topped with a light blue, done up in a winged shape around her dark red eyes. Her lips are a fun teal blue, which look equally as great on her dark skin. Because she’s a spider, she has two little black fangs on her lips.
Her body is neat. The obvious difference between Wydowna and other Monster High dolls are her many arms! Being a spider, Wydowna has three pairs of arms (six arms). Amazingly, they all move fluidly and don’t make her terribly hard to dress!
Another great thing about her arms is that there’s a variety of hands used on Wydowna. We have the casual hand, the gloved hand, the rock n’roll hand and the waving hand. I love the variety! Her legs are typical Monster High legs with your traditional jointing.
The outfits in this set are fantastic. I really like the comic book theme that runs through all three outfits. One look features a one shoulder sleeveless yellow shirt paired with fun comic book strip themed leggings. It is paired with yellow heels embossed with spiderwebs. I added the silver belt from another look to top this off.
The second outfit is a white hippy style shirt that says ‘splat’ in comic book style writing, paired with a short striped skirt. The skirt could be a little longer, for my taste.
The last outfit is a halter dress with red ribbon cutting in down the center with comic book panels featuring different Monster High scenes. They’re definitely worth taking a closer look at.
All three outfits fit Wydowna’s multiple arms just fine. She comes with multiple bracelets in yellow, grey and teal, which work with all three outfits. She also comes with a necklace and grey spider web earrings.
Besides the yellow heels, this set includes silver boots with red spurs (that really spin) and white books with red highlights. Finally, she comes with a purse that actually opens and closes! A useable prop is always welcome!
Her stand is disappointing. It isn’t the stand that goes up the dress, but the one that attaches to her waist. Unfortunately, it doesn’t stay together on its own.
Overall, I love this release and am glad I held out for the worldwide release of Wydowna. She’s pretty awesome! Mattel chose the color scheme well for this doll and her style is fantastic. What do you think of Wydowna? Share your thoughts below!
In 1995, Skipper received a new face mold. Drastically different from the large anime eyes of the late 80’s and early 90’s, this new mold looked more mature with a longer face and smaller features. Also getting a make over was Skipper’s best friend, Courtney. This look debuted in the Pizza Party line, which featured Skipper, Courtney and Kevin. This set was branded with the Pizza Hut logo, a popular pizza restaurant.
Each doll came with a large number of accessories, including pizza slices, pizza boxes, subs and other fun pizza themed items. These accessories came in handy when furnishing the Pizza Hut play set, also sold under the Pizza Party line.
I was lucky enough to get this set on eBay in one lot for a great price. The play set is simple, but super effective for easy, imaginative play or photography! (And because it comes in three pieces, it took less than ten minutes to put together!)
Now, here’s a closer look at the dolls in the Pizza Party line.
This is one of my favorite Courtney’s made with this face mold. Also, Skipper and Kevin look so cute together decked out in their Pizza Hut gear! This is one doll line where all the elements came together to create something fantastic.
Do you have fond memories of this Pizza Party set? Share your thoughts below! And of course, don’t forget to check out past installments of the Skipper Highlight Reel!
You’ve all seen Monster High Create a Monster sets by now. Mattel is taking a slightly different approach to the concept with the Inner Monster series. Sold in starter sets and expansion kits, Inner Monster kits allow you to create your own monster from the inside out. The idea is that you use charms called emoticons and face plates to flesh out your character. The starter set comes with one complete doll, one outfit, one wig, a handful of charms (ie emoticons), two pairs of shoes, two wings, a purse and a face plate.
Besides the face plates, which have a very Hexadecimal quality to them, the neatest feature of the Inner Monster dolls have to be their eyes. On top of the hard plastic Inner Monster head is a ‘brain’. When you press down on the brain, the dolls eyes change.
There are three sets of eyes to choose from, all unique. Her face paint is pretty simple, but I’m sure Mattel expects people to use face plates.
Unlike most Monster High heads, this is a very hard plastic. It will turn left and right, but won’t tilt forward. The Inner Monster torso is pretty neat. It’s see-through. Inside the torso is a spine and rib cage. That’s the reason the head doesn’t tilt. The spine attachment, being a different color, leaves a bit of a collar on the doll that is noticeable on my particular version. The rib cage has little holes that you can fill with emoticons.
Getting to the spine is a bit of a hassle. I find it easiest to take the limbs off before prying the torso open. You, also, have to double check to make sure you have the emoticons in perfectly, or else the torso won’t close properly. The joints, though, work well. None seem too loose or too tight.
My Inner Monster wears a cute little outfit. It’s a black halter with pink polka dots and lots of fun designs that will allow your character to be whoever you’d like! I have two issues with the outfit. One is relatively minor. I wish it had been designed to cover the neck attachment. The second issue is slightly more subjective. I don’t see much point in the outfit covering her entire torso. I wish there had been some cutouts on the dress that might have shown off the emoticons a bit. I think it would look pretty neat!
Just like the Create a Monster wigs, these Inner Monster wigs need work. As usual, there is a huge rim around the outside of the wig, which is totally noticeable on styles without bangs. The style is kind of wild. I love the blue, though. It reminds me of Stormer from Jem and the Holograms. The wig stays on very well, even when the doll is held upside down.
Her faceplate stays on well. It fits perfectly into the ridges on the sides of her plastic face. It makes her eyes look a little more deeply set, but still has a nice effect!
This Inner Monster comes with an extra pair of shoes, a useable purse (great for holding the emoticons!) and two wings (blue and pink). She also comes with a diary that allows you to create many characters, and a comb.
Expansion packs are available. They feature a complete outfit and a face plate. For more on the extra packs, check out my moms video review below.
The Inner Monster line is pretty interesting and is a nice take on the whole ‘create a monster’ idea. It can definitely be improved upon though, especially in the neck joint. I would like to see her have the same poseability as other Monster High dolls one day. However, I love how easy it is to change the eye color and the face plate idea is neat!
What do you think of the new Inner Monster line? Share your thoughts below!
The folks over on YouTube have been asking for a room tour since, well, forever. I thought it was about time to shoot one! In this video you’ll see a bit of my collection. I still plan on spotlighting different clusters of my collection, so you’ll see these again!
I limited the video so that it can’t be embedded, so head over to YouTube for a peek! Have a question about a certain doll? Just ask!
It looks like Hujoo has something new in the works and it’s a 60cm anthro named Amie!!
And look, it now has a product page! This anthro is made of ABS and will retail around $195.00 (no face up). The face up option will cost you $25.oo more. Of course, for $50.00 Hujoo will blush the body and do a face up. One unique thing about this new BJD Amie is that Hujoo constructed it with plastic joints. I imagine that this doll should pose really well because of that!
This is a strange mold and honestly? I’m not sure what I think about it yet. It looks unique, for sure. It will be fun seeing what people do with this!
Also new on Hujoo’s site is Baby Janus. This one is really weird, but super intriguing. Not much is known about it, but as you can see in photos, this doll has two faces– one human, one animal (cat or mouse). It’s 1/6 in size and will most likely be ABS plastic. Wigging will be a nightmare on these, I think, but the two faces look adorable! The human face on the cat model is so sweet and very Hujoo!
Last, there is Io, the 58cm female. Without a face up, this ABS plastic bjd costs $195.00. Want a face up? Add $35.00. They also have other options available if you want a full set. Io has rubber joints, just like the anthro Amie. Just like Amie, I want to see this in person before making a true judgement. At first glance, however, she looks nice! She’s not as aesthetically Hujoo as I would like, but she’s an affordable SD sized doll and there is nothing better than that!
What do you think of these three new Hujoo‘s? Share your thoughts below.
It’s time for another installment of ‘Walking the Toy Aisle’! For the past few months, the toy aisles have looked like this:
Finally, new product is hitting store shelves, albeit mostly aimed at the preschool market. Here are a few things that I thought looked new, interesting or just plain strange.
Looks like MiWorld did well enough to get some new stores! I’m excited! The Sketchers? Love it! And the mall accessories, like the vending machine and photo booth? Awesome! Have you guys in other countries seen these in your stores? Have the released any stores specific to your country?
This Barbie Styling head is here, because every time I see one of these, the hair is crazy. At first, I chalked it up to being returns, but I have yet to see a styling head in good shape. I mean, look at that poor Barbie head on the right. Hey, Mattel, don’t forget about quality control.
I’m always excited to see new Skippers, even if they all look the same. The Tiki Hut Skipper has (and I fully admit, I could be reaching here) darker, slightly more intense eyes than usual. The Skipper advertised on the back of the Tiki Hut box is what excites me the most, though. Her hair is in a ponytail! That’s different and new and stylish! (She is, once again, saddled with a Kelly, er, Chelsea doll. What do we need to do to get her paired with a Stacie?!)
As a former Girl Scout, I really want this Girl Scout Barbie. I really wish they had come out with the other sisters in uniforms for Brownies, Juniors and Cadets.
These were shelved right next to the 18″ Princess and Me line at Toys R Us. That, and the inset eyes, made me believe they were part of that line. Currently, though, they’re being marketed as Disney’s Frozen Anna and Elsa, with no mention and a slightly different price than the Princess and Me line. I think this Elsa looks great, don’t you?
I was happily surprised to see some movement on the Monster High shelf. It’s been a while since new products have found my local store shelves!
I have to give Moxie Girlz a lot of credit. They survived a toy season that left a lot of other lines in clearance bins, very much to my surprise. Think about the number of doll lines we lost this past year– Pinkie Cooper, La Dee Da, Liv (though it seems they were officially discontinued back in 2012!) to name a few. The fact that these guys are still on shelves, even if in dwindling numbers, is a positive thing!
How cute are these plush Animal Babies? Look at their humungous eyes! They remind me of large Beanie Boo’s.
I will always be nostalgic about the original Pound Puppies packaging. The current box is a lot like what I remember my Pound Puppy coming in. Of course, this new Pound Puppy seems to be half the size of the original line!
There were so many new Lalaloopsy items! By far, they have expanded the most out of any line I saw last shopping trip! First off, Spoons Waffle Cone is adorable! I’ve always liked the large Ice Cream themed Lalaloopsy, so I love that they have made a baby version! I thought I’d share this Diaper Surprise Lala with you, too, because there is just something really adorable about the design!
I shouldn’t be surprised with this Lalaloopsy Tinies line, as we’ve seen a lot of different lines branch out into ‘Squinky‘ sized toys. The houses for these very mini Lala’s are pretty neat! I don’t think I’ll be buying any, but I’m sure they’ll find an audience.
Lalaloopsy just amped up their cuteness level! These 1/6ish scale Lalaloopsy Girls are adorable. I want one– actually I want all four! My favorite is the blue girl, with the winter theme. Seriously, I love these!
Cute and totally novelty, but I’m sure some of you have wanted to design your own Lalaloopsy! This Color Me Lalaloopsy is perfect for crafting your own doll!
I am so glad Mooshka survived their first run. While I don’t own any, I always admire them. My new favorite might be Glory, the red haired ballerina/fairy in the first photo. The animals are really cute, too.
So that’s it! I am happily surprised at the number of new-ish items I saw this time around. What new things have you seen while walking the toy aisle? What are you looking forward to from this list? Share your thoughts below!