Walking The Toy Aisle

It’s been a while since I’ve down a Walking the Toy Aisle post. It’s not that I don’t like doing it, I actually really like doing them. The problem recently has been this: there’s been nothing very new, exciting or interesting on the shelves for a long, long time. Recently, my mom and I took a shopping trip to our local toy stores. Surprisingly, the shelves were stocked with a few new items that I thought warranted this Walking the Toy Aisle post!

Walking the Toy Aisles

Let’s start with Flynn. How cool is his face mold?! I love how screen accurate they got his angular face. It even has his roguish grin! For a doll, he’s quite handsome!

Walking the Toy Aisles

This is a Barbie/Skipper 2 Pack. I’m happy Mattel has decided to start giving Skipper different clothing, because as you know, much of what past releases wore was far too similar for my tastes, but I still wish Mattel would take a few more chances. It’s about time that Skipper got a new hair-do or at least some different make up. Also, does it seem like her head is too big for her shoulders or that she’s losing her neck?

Walking the Toy Aisles

Hasbro’s Disney Princess Magical Story Skirt dolls definitely fall under the ‘interesting’ category. I really like the concept– that you can use the water wand to fill in the white portion of the princess’s skirts. Not to mention, Merida is just plain adorable with her round face and wild hair!

Walking the Toy Aisles

Shoppies, the fashion doll spin-off of the ever popular Shopkins, did better than I expected during their first wave. Here are three new Shoppies to collect. The second wave of these dolls seems much cuter than the first, in my opinion.

Walking the Toy Aisles

Usually when I place a styling head on these posts, it’s because the size or look of it is laughable. However, I kind of adore this Pinkie Pie Sweet Style styling head! At the My Little Pony Fair, I saw a handful of customs made from this large, full body pony. They were amazing looking. What I love about this styling head is that Pinkie has a body and is sitting in a position that could easily make her work as far more than just a styling head. How cute would she be sitting on a writers desk, for example!

Walking the Toy Aisles

Walking the Toy Aisles

I could very easily fall into collecting the mini Equestria Girls. They’re adorable and would look perfect hanging out with my Pinky ST characters.

Walking the Toy Aisles

Barbee0913 did a review on the Make It Pop line. I’m interested in seeing what happens with this line.

Walking the Toy Aisles

Walking the Toy Aisles

Walking the Toy Aisles

Walking the Toy Aisles

Walking the Toy Aisles

As promised, the new body types for Barbie are getting some outfits, as seen in these doll/outfit packs. I’m not crazy about all outfits or, to be honest, all the new body types. These doll/outfit sets are nice, though, and I can see them being great birthday gifts.

So, there you have it! As we move into fall, I expect we’ll be seeing a lot of new and exciting things. One thing that has surprised me over various shopping trips has been the lack of new Monster High and Ever After High dolls. It’s almost like Mattel figured that it would be a good idea to dial down the old style Monster High releases for 2016, so the new rebranded ones weren’t so shocking to casual shoppers. As of this post, I have seen a few blogs and facebook groups saying that the new ‘Welcome to Monster High’ style dolls have been seen in or around their town, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see what the rest of 2016 brings.

Have you seen anything interesting or cool at your local toy shop? Share it in the comment area!

July 18, 2016. Tags: , , , . Introductions & Reviews, Uncategorized. 2 comments.

My Little Pony Fair 2016

This past weekend was the My Little Pony Fair. Like last year, it was held in Schaumburg, IL. Being a My Little Pony collector, I wasn’t going to pass up the chance to attend! The My Little Pony Fair is a family friendly celebration of My Little Pony. Mostly centered around G1 ponies, it features a handful of high-profile guests, limited panel programming and, one of the most important elements of any convention, a vendors area!

To be honest, the convention could use some improvement. While it’s more organized than some of the conventions of its scale, it lacks a lot of quality panel programming. It would be great to see them expand on the panel programming for next year and add a little more variety to the mix. That being said, they have a great vendors area!

MLP Fair 2016

The vendors hall had a whole slew of My Little Pony sellers, the majority stocked full of G1 ponies. The room that held the vendors was a little small this year, which made it slightly cramped and hard to maneuver. We managed to find a lot of good finds, though! Care to know what they are? Here’s the goodies we came home with!

MLP Fair 2016

My main goal (pun intended) was to pick up some Big Brother/Clydesdale ponies. I’m happy to report that I found a few great examples of that kind of My Little Pony at the fair! While I couldn’t snag the Big Brother (series 2) Wigwam, I did buy Chief, a fireman themed pony with his hat and handkerchief. (The number of Big Brother’s missing their accessories was so sad! Half of their charm came from their hats, handkerchiefs, etc! I’m proud to say that both of my childhood My Little Ponies, Slugger and Tex, have their accessories.)

MLP Fair 2016

I also picked up the mail order only pony Coats n’ Tails (also known as Tux n’ Tails). He’s a blue Clydesdale with bow ties on his hip. Coats n’ Tails has been on my radar for a while, because he’s be the perfect companion for my Pony Bride!

MLP Fair 2016

The last adult Clydesdale I picked up was Daddy Sweet Celebrations. He was part of the Loving Family series that consisted of three (or four) like ponies (mom, dad, baby, sibling). I thought Sweet Celebrations would go well with my birthday themed ponies from the year 4 birthday set, so I picked him up.

MLP Fair 2016

The last of the Clydesdale’s that went home with me was Baby Drummer. Baby Drummer was just too cute to pass up with his dark coloring and freckles!

MLP Fair 2016

Also added to my My Little Pony family was a So Soft Cupcake and an Italian Peachy! Last, but no least, I picked up a print of concept art for the Pretty Mane series. Only two of the ponies on the poster were produced (both mail order ponies).

MLP Fair 2016

Usually, I come home with some OOAK My Little Ponies. This show had some very pretty OOAK ponies, but very few were in my price range. It wasn’t a total bust, though. I did come home with a beautiful Zorse from Sunshine’s My Little Pony Shoppe. She had a nice array of OOAK’s on display, a few of which I am still considering buying if they show up on the Etsy shop!

MLP Fair 2016

My smallest purchase was this cute little blind bag repaint by My Little Demon, dubbed a Petina Pony. I couldn’t pass it up!

MLP Fair 2016

My mom picked up a nice variety of ponies herself, mostly beddy bye eye ponies. She likes them and because they were only released for a year or so, it’s easy to collect them all. (See them in the video, linked above!) Overall, it was a fun day and resulted in a lot of great ponies being added to my collection!

MLP Fair 2016

I didn’t take a ton of photos at the show, but there are a few in my Flickr album. Check it out! Have you picked up a My Little Pony recently? Do you have any favorites of the ones we picked up? Let me know in the comment area!

July 14, 2016. Tags: , , , , . Introductions & Reviews, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Dolly Review: Colorful DIY Bracelet Kurhn

At an amazing store in Walt Disney World’s Epcot, I picked up two 11″ Chinese fashion dolls. You saw the first doll, Sweet Girl Panda Kurhn, in a recent post. This post is about the basic Colorful DIY Bracelet Kurhn. (See all my Kurhn coverage here.)

Colorful DIY Bracelet Kurhn

Colorful DIY Bracelet Kurhn

This was the most affordable Kurhn at Epcot, priced at $28.00. It was also one of the more basic Kurhn dolls, which is why I picked her up. While I love the elaborate costumes and hair-do’s on many of the Kurhn’s I’ve picked up over the years, I have always wanted one that I could ‘play’ with, as in change her outfit or hair style. That’s why I picked up this particular Kurhn!

Colorful DIY Bracelet Kurhn

This Kurhn comes with supplies to make seven of your very own bracelets! The bracelets are ribbons with a button sewn in the center that allow you to push through and secure cute felt pieces. The ribbons have a velcro fastener. (If this were released in the States, there would be far less bracelets included with this doll.) There are also three Kurhn sized bracelets to place on your dolls.

Colorful DIY Bracelet Kurhn

The actual Kurhn in this set is very basic. She has long, straight brown hair with a side part, no bangs/fringe. It’s a lighter brown when compared to most of my Kurhn’s, who have dark brown or black hair. She has large brown eyes, similar to Sweet Girl Panda, with some light pink eye shadow, light blush and pearly pink lips.

Colorful DIY Bracelet Kurhn

Kurhn wears a yellow polka-dotted sun dress, red long sleeve sweater and white boots. The outfit is cute, but very simple. It makes her a perfect Kurhn to experiment with different fashions. Her white boots are super cute and should look great with anything!

Colorful DIY Bracelet Kurhn

Now, as you may already know, sometimes Kurhn promo shots lie. The box art for Colorful DIY Bracelet Kurhn shows articulated dolls. This peach skinned doll, however, is not on an articulated body. She only has shoulder and hip joints.

Colorful DIY Bracelet Kurhn

Colorful DIY Bracelet Kurhn

Colorful DIY Bracelet Kurhn may not be the most show stopping doll in the line, but I adore her basic-ness. Do you own this Kurhn? What do you think of it? Share your thoughts in the comment area!

June 30, 2016. Tags: , . Introductions & Reviews, Uncategorized. 6 comments.

Dolly Review: Sweet Girl Panda Kurhn (6103)

While visiting Walt Disney World, I picked up two adorable Kurhn dolls. Kurhn dolls, for those who don’t know, are Chinese fashion dolls. (See all my coverage on the line here!) They have a unique look when compared to other dolls, because of their large expressive eyes and cute fashions! This post features Sweet Girl Panda Kurhn!

Kurhn Sweet Girl (Panda)

One of the reasons this Kurhn has been on my radar is her adorable hairstyle. Sweet Girl Panda Kurhn wears her dark brown hair in two asymmetrical pig tails. There’s a cute black and white detail near the higher pig tail that matches the black and white polka dot theme in Kurhn’s outfit.

Kurhn Sweet Girl (Panda)

Kurhn wears a sleeveless striped turtle neck, long sleeve polka dotted jacket, white skirt, striped knee high socks and fun red high tops. To finish off the look, Kurhn wears a cute Panda backpack. It’s a plush panda with straps, so you can’t place anything in the backpack itself. She comes with a lacy black skirt attached to white tights, as well, but I’m not crazy about how that looks on her. Interestingly, the promo shot shows this girl wearing a lacy black skirt, but with her striped knee socks, not the white tights.

Kurhn Sweet Girl (Panda)

What I love about Kurhn’s are their faces! This Kurhn has large brown eyes with very light green shadow, light blush and pink lips. Her skin is a porcelain color, which works really well with the black and white color scheme. Unlike some Kurhn’s, this one is on an articulated body, meaning she has elbow and knee joints along with the usual shoulder and hip joints!

Kurhn Sweet Girl (Panda)

A word of caution to people searching for Kurhns based on promo photos alone, always ask if the body is articulated in advance. I’ve come across a few dolls where the promo shot showed an articulated body, but the doll itself was on a non-articulated one (and vice versa).

Kurhn Sweet Girl (Panda)

You’ll be seeing more of Sweet Girl Panda Kurhn, I’m sure, when my newest Big Chief figure, the 9th Doctor, arrives in July. (I love pairing Kurhn’s with my Doctor Who articulated action figures!) And stay tuned for my post on another Kurhn I picked up at Epcot, DIY Bracelet Maker Kurhn, coming soon!

Kurhn Sweet Girl (Panda)

Have you picked up a Kurhn recently? Which one? Are you eyeing one for your collection? Share your thoughts in the comment area!

June 29, 2016. Tags: , . Introductions & Reviews, Uncategorized. 8 comments.

Dolly Review: Wicked Cool Toys Cabbage Patch Kids

It took a while, but I finally got my hands on some of Wicked Cool Toys Cabbage Patch Kids, sent for review. Because Cabbage Patch Kids haven’t changed very much in the past 30 years, there’s not much I can say about them! My relationship with Cabbage Patch Kids started way back in 1984. Cabbage Patch Kids, then produced by Coleco, were all the rage. They literally caused riots. (I can only imagine what would have happened if eBay existed back in 1983! Those scalper prices would have been insane! Check out some old newspaper articles written during the first few years.) My father took a part time job at a convenient store  and when a shipment of Cabbage Patch Kids came in, he made sure to leave with one. (I’m sure my mom had something to do with it, too!)

Cabbage Patch Kid, Elizabeth Ann

Cabbage Patch Kid, Elizabeth Ann

Many kids probably had a lot more Cabbage Patch Kids than me. For the most part, I grew up with one, Elizabeth Ann. I gathered a few over the years, but as far as original Coleco ones, I didn’t get very many. I think that’s for the better, though, because if I had too many as a kid, I wouldn’t have been able to bond with Elizabeth Ann (my original Cabbage Patch Kid) as much as I did.

Fast forward to 2016, Wicked Cool Toys is now breathing new life into this classic brand. Wicked Cool Toys Cabbage Patch Kids haven’t changed that much when compared to other companies past releases. Their main goal seems to be to bring back the excitement that followed the brand back in its early years. You’ve seen that with the release of the limited edition collectible 18″ Cabbage Patch Kids released in 2015.

Wicked Cool Toys CPK

Keeping with tradition, all Cabbage Patch Kids come with a birth certificate. It’s printed on nice quality paper. (In this day and age, Wicked Cool Toys could have easily included a QR code or site URL to print a digital birth certificate.) Each certificate includes a unique doll name and birthday.

Like past re-imaginings of Cabbage Patch Kids, the ‘Kids’ have vinyl heads and plush bodies. The stuffing seems lighter than what has been used in the past. My original Cabbage Patch Kid, for example, seems heavier than Wicked Cool Toys newest release, even though she’s practically the same size. Wicked Cool Toys kept the facemold similar to what we’ve seen in past years.

Wicked Cool Toys CPK

Wicked Cool Toys CPK

They’ve added the element of animal adoption with their Adoptimals. The traditional Cabbage Patch Kids all come with a key. That key pairs with the Adoptimals (sold separately) and will make your Adoptimal’s collar light up and unlocks their ‘secret heartbeat’. The Adoptimals are 100% plush and scaled for the Cabbage Patch Kids size. They’re cute and some kids will really enjoy this secondary element to the Cabbage Patch Kids brand. I, personally, wouldn’t have been over the moon about it, but I could see pairing a Cabbage Patch Kid with an Adopimal for birthday gifts.

Wicked Cool Toys CPK

Wicked Cool Toys CPK

Also packaged with these two Cabbage Patch Kids that came for review was the more interactive, completely vinyl Drink and Wet Newborn. The gimmick of the Drink and Wet doll is simple– fill the provided bottle with water, feed it to your Cabbage Patch Kid Newborn and watch as the doll begins to wet its diaper. Aesthetically, the newborn is adorable. He has cute molded fingers and toes and the classic newborn face we all love.

As far as how well he works, well, he could work a little better. Half the water in the bottle went onto the poor newborns face when I was testing him out. You’ll want to use this on a table or in a room where you don’t mind if things get a little wet. Unlike some of the other interactive Cabbage Patch Kids, this one doesn’t require batteries or the use of any electronic device. Because of the tube inside the doll (I assume), the doll can’t turn his head in any direction. (You don’t know how many times I’ve tried to turn it left or right.)

Wicked Cool Toys CPK

Wicked Cool Toys CPK

Wicked Cool Toys CPK

So far, I think Wicked Cool Toys is doing a good job with Cabbage Patch Kids. As time passes, I’m sure they’ll be experimenting with even more ideas to make their mark on the iconic brand. For now, they seem to be taking inspiration from the past, releasing a variety of Cabbage Patch Kids in cute fashions and some fun, interactive newborns.

What do you think of Wicked Cool Toys take on Cabbage Patch Kids now that it’s been out for a while? What do you want to see from them in the future? Share your thoughts below!

 

*These toys were sent for review from Wicked Cool Toys in exchange for a fair and honest review.*

June 29, 2016. Tags: , , . Introductions & Reviews, Uncategorized. 6 comments.

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