Lalaloopsy Littles– In Stores Now!

Recently, I stumbled upon this presentation video for Lalaloopsy Littles.  Lalaloopsy Littles are the kid sisters of the already popular Lalaloopsy’s.  I foresee these being *big* this holiday season, so I suggest picking these up early if you want them under the Christmas tree!!!!

Here’s the promo video:

Bundles Snuggle N’ Stuff is the younger sibling of Mittens Fluff N’ Stuff.  Specs Reads a Lot belongs to older sister Bea Spells a Lot.  My favorite Little is Sprinkle Spice Cookie.  Her older sister is Crumbs Sugar Cookie.  And finally, we have Squirt Little Top, younger sister of Peanut Big Top.

 

Three out of the four are sold out on TRU.com, but keep an eye out on store shelves and you might be able to snag one or two for yourself!

November 30, 2011. Tags: , , . Category: Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Unique Monster High Promotional Items

Mattel has a number of ‘outlet’ type shops set up across the US.  They sell Mattel products only and almost always come with a discount.  This past week, I took a trip to our local Mattel Toy Shop and found some really neat promotional items for sale!  I thought I’d share them with you guys because I don’t believe I’ve seen them before!

As promotional products, these products were never sold in stores.  I’m assuming they were created for employees, conventions, or other fan gatherings.  If you know of a specific event these items were seen at or have seen them in stores, leave a comment!  I’d love to know a little more about their history.

We’ll start with the bins…  Inside this bin they had magnet sets, phone stickers, rulers, and an assortment of keychains.  Some of the keychains had the Monster High skull, others had mini character charms.

Here is a close up of the character charm keychain.  Both my mom and I picked one up.  It displays Frankie, Draculara, Ghoulia, and Clawdeen.  I have to wonder where Cleo and Lagoona are, but even so, four is good enough for me!

Below, they had these monster backpacks. Basic black, these backpacks each had a logo on them– Barbie, Monster High, and Hot Wheels.  If I had had a reason to buy a backpack, I would have totally snagged this one up.

Also at the Mattel Shop was a black Monster High lunch tote shaped like a purse.

And this is by far the cutest, most unique promotional item– a notebook holder shaped like a Monster High hoodie!  They also had this with the Hot Wheels logo.  This item is one that really makes me wonder– did you ever see this in stores?  I wonder who and where they handed this item out!  All I know is that, even though I’m not a school girl anymore, I still bought this!  It’s just really neat!

As a reminder, share the link to this post, not the images alone if you feel like spreading the word on these items!  They can be found at your local Mattel Toy Store. If you know what events these were used for, if they were sold in stores, or just want to leave your thoughts about them, leave a comment!

November 21, 2011. Tags: , , , . Category: Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Walking the Toy Aisle: New TRU Muppet Whatnots

FAO’s ‘Muppet Whatnots’ have hit Toys R Us!  For those who don’t know what a ‘Whatnot’ is, take a peek at the video below…

Okay, maybe that didn’t help very much.  Watch this one instead…

FAO Schwartz ‘Whatnot':

I picked up my very own ‘Whatnot’ three years ago while visiting FAO in New York City.  At FAO, trained ‘Whatnot’ makers help you create a unique Muppet all your own!  You have a choice of 3 different body types and a good selection of eyes, noses, hair, and outfits.  To give you an idea of what I’m talking about, here’s pictures from my trip to FAO where Vinny, my ‘Muppet Whatnot’, was born.

Ready to greet you are a plethora of ‘Muppet Whatnots’.  I don’t remember how many combinations of ‘Whatnots’ the lady said were possible, but it was a lot!

I chose a blue body for Vinny, green hair, a round nose, round blue eyes and a red hoodie.  Ironically enough, there was someone else who had almost exactly the same combo being made as me.  Great minds think alike.  :-)

Vinny gets a round orange nose hot glued on…

Dolled up with his fuzzy green hair, Vinny hangs out for a bit while drying.  It didn’t take that long at all for him to dry.

Dolls are packaged in their own ‘Whatnot’ bag and come with a arm rod so you can use them just like you would if you were a true puppeteer.

Here’s a picture of my NYC ‘Whatnot’ dubbed Vinny (on the left– not the right!).  As far as souvenirs go, he’s one of the best.  I highly recommend looking into a ‘Whatnot’ next time your at FAO in NYC.

New TRU ‘Whatnot':

Now, for those who don’t have any plans to travel to NYC, good news– a new form of ‘Whatnots’ are now available at your local Toys R Us!  I spotted these while doing my usual ‘Monster High’ hunt.  These ‘Whatnots’ are slightly smaller than Vinny and are made from a more velcro-like material.

Each ‘Whatnot’ comes with a body and a selection of eyes, noses, and wigs.  While Vinny from FAO in New York has permanent features, these ‘Whatnots’ are designed so you can change them up whenever you’d like.

Priced at $59.99, these TRU ‘Whatnots’ are cheaper than the FAO counterparts, which are currently priced at $99 and are occasionally as much as $120.  The two body types come with unique pieces (ie: different eyes, different noses, different wigs).  To make Vinny, for example, you’d need to buy the blue set for the body and the orange set for the eyes and wig.

Unlike FAO, the TRU ‘Whatnots’ are packaged naked.  You can, however, buy clothing separately. The outfits are the same ones you can pick up for the FAO ‘Whatnots’, but are made for the smaller body found in these kits.  The kit also comes with a rod so you can start puppeteering right away!

My Thoughts:

I don’t yet own this TRU kit.  Do I want one?  I think so.  I am waiting till these are in more peoples hands before I make a decision.  I love Vinny from FAO and do want to make him a friend, but I want to see how well the pieces stay on this velcro version and more importantly, if the velcro pieces leave ‘fuzz’ on the body after multiple uses.  Also, I wish the ‘Whatnots’ in the TRU set were the same size as my FAO muppet.  I would have liked to be able to pick up outfits at TRU, as opposed to the FAO website.

I think these ‘Whatnot’ sets will be a huge Christmas item. If you are thinking of picking one of these up, pick it up before the Christmas rush!

What do you think of these new TRU ‘Muppet Whatnots’ or ‘Whatnots’ in general?  Do you own one?  What do you think of it?  Share your thoughts!

November 19, 2011. Tags: , , , . Category: Articles and Doll Histories, Category: Uncategorized. 6 comments.

Barbie: A Perfect Christmas- Movie Review

I impulsively purchased ‘Barbie: A Perfect Christmas’ this week.  It had a lot to do with the fact that this movie is the first that stars all the ‘current’ siblings in the line– Barbie, Skipper, Stacie, and Kelly, er, Chelsea.  Here’s a quick look at the trailer:

I found ‘Barbie: A Perfect Christmas’ to be really cute! I loved the different dynamics between the siblings and the theme that the perfect Christmas isn’t always about where you are, but who you are with!  The story follows Barbie and her sisters as they find themselves stuck at a snowy inn on route to their ‘perfect christmas’ aka New York City.  With all the airlines canceling flights, the sisters must come to terms with the fact that seeing New York by Christmas isn’t going to happen and that the magic of Christmas can be found anywhere.

The story itself is a good mixture of cute and corn, which shouldn’t surprise anyone who’s watched Barbie movies before!  The animation is more cartoony than the other movies, but is better than that of the ‘Mermaid Tale 2′ trailer.  One of the more interesting things about ‘Perfect Christmas’ is that this is canon to ‘Fashion Fairytale’ and ‘Fairy Secret’.  They make mention of Barbie’s movie star career, Aunt Millie, and Barbie’s fashion show at Aunt Millie’s clothing shop.

I was disappointed that Ken wasn’t mentioned at all in this– not even a phone call.  I’ve come to really enjoy his comedic personality.  If ever there was a Barbie movie to make you wonder what exactly happened to Mr and Mrs Roberts, this is it.  I wish they’d have made some mention of why Barbie was taking all three siblings on Christmas vacation– a simple “they’re stuck in Kenya and can’t make it home” would have done fine by me!

“Barbie: A Perfect Christmas” is a real Christmas charmer.  This is going to be in my Christmas rotation for years to come!

November 13, 2011. Tags: , , , . Category: Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Walking the Toy Aisle: Barbie: A Perfect Christmas Gift Set

I recently saw this gift set in my local Target and just had to snap a few photos. As you know, I’m a Skipper collector, so any new doll makes me happy. This musical set includes Barbie, Skipper, Stacie, and Kelly, er, Chelsea. They are decked out in their holiday best in outfits that mimic those worn in the new Barbie movie “Barbie: A Perfect Christmas”.

As far as the quality of these dolls, I can’t complain.  They look nicer than most of the basics I’ve seen recently and in terms of holiday dolls, they’re the best I’ve seen in years.  The base the girls stand on is musical and allows the sisters to sing ‘Deck the Halls’ in various harmonies.

Now, getting down the the nitty gritty– the Skipper doll!  Let me disclaimer this really quickly.  This next statement might be my imagination.  I won’t know for sure until I get my hands on this gift set, but it looks to me like Skippers head mold is getting more inflated (ie: like Barbie’s round, balloon like head mold).  I really hope that they keep Skippers head mold as is and don’t begin ‘tweaking’ it.

Again, Mattel has decided to use a body type where her arm is permanently bent, identical to the 2011 Skipper that came with the bathroom play set. Personally, I’d take a body with two straight arms over this mold any day, but alas, Mattel seems to like it.

I love that they switched up the hair do for this Skipper, loosing the side bang for a more ‘dressy’ style.  As a mater of preference, I do prefer bangs on her, but as I mentioned earlier on the blog, the 2010/2011 Skipper’s have been a bit redundant.  This is a welcome change!  I forgot to look at the highlight in her hair, so I’m not sure of what color it is.  It looks red in my close up shot, but I will have to confirm that when I see this set again.

I am not a fan of her outfit.  Of all four sisters, Skipper was given the worst dress.  In my opinion, this is the worst outfit they’ve released Skipper in so far this year. Skipper could have rocked a more trendy outfit– maybe something that didn’t include neon green/florescent yellow plaid!

What do you think of the set?  Do you think Skippers head is more inflated in this version than in the past 2011 releases?  Share your thoughts in the comment area!

November 11, 2011. Tags: , , , , . Category: Articles and Doll Histories, Category: Uncategorized. 5 comments.

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