My Little Pony Celebrates 35 Years!

My Little Pony is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year! To mark the occasion, Hasbro is putting out six collectible reproduction My Little Ponies. Made to look like the original Year 1 ponies from 1983, the ponies include Snuzzle, Cotton Candy, Blue Belle, Butterscotch, Blossom and Minty. If this seems familiar, it would be because these ponies were also released for the 25th anniversary of the line.

While Hasbro may have more in the works, if this is it, I am disappointed. We’ve seen these re-releases before and they weren’t done all that well the first time around for the 25th anniversary. I requested photos from Hasbro’s My Little Pony PR team, but so far they have ignored my request. If I get photos, I will add them to this post. In the meantime, you can see photos here.

365 Toy Project- Day 8- My Little Pony Family Portrait

Were I in charge of creating cool products to commemorate 35 years of My Little Pony, I wouldn’t have chosen to just re-release the first six ponies again. By now, Hasbro should know that My Little Pony collectors tend to be completists and probably were around for the 25th anniversary. What would I have liked to see? Give me a reproduction Megan and Sundance set or Molly and Baby Sundance. Or, why not give us a reproduction Flutter Pony? Another idea would be to offer a gift set that included the same pony, but made in all the different generations. Like, for example, a Bowtie made in the form of a G1, sea pony, G2, G3, G4 and so on. And, if it wasn’t too expensive, give me a re-release of Paradise Estate. I never received that as a kid and would love to have one. It’s way too hard to find at an affordable price in good condition.

While this may not have been intentional, the Equestria Girls received a makeover for 2018 and now look drastically different. The redesign will come as a shock to people who like the look of the original Equestria Girl dolls. In this reboot, the Equestria Girls have grown a few inches taller, have more human-like bodies and have a very different face design.

MLP Equestria Girls Re-Launch

MLP Equestria Girls Re-Launch

MLP Equestria Girls Re-Launch

MLP Equestria Girls Re-Launch

I’m not crazy about their new look. Most of these dolls look a little–weird. I haven’t seen Fluttershy or Rarity yet, but of the four I’ve seen (Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie and Twilight Sparkle) the one I like most would probably be Rainbow Dash. The others, especially Twilight Sparkle, missed the mark, in my opinion.

Also, in related news, the My Little Pony Fair has been redubbed Pony Con and will be held June 16th and 17th in Orlando, Florida. Floridians won’t want to miss this! It’s a ton of fun and they have the best dealers hall (or they did when it was in Chicago, read coverage here on the blog: 2015, 2016). For more information, visit their website.

What do you think of Hasbro’s 35th anniversary releases so far and the recent Equestria Girls relaunch? What would you like to see Hasbro release for the 35th anniversary? Share your thoughts in the comment area!

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January 15, 2018. Tags: , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Monster High Retrospective: Wave 2

Since the excitement has died down around the Monster High brand, I figured it would be a good time to go through my collection to see what I had and what I might be missing. Late last year, I started by posting a retrospective video on the Wave 1 Monster High dolls. This post is a look back at 2011’s Wave 2 dolls, which introduced us to two brand new characters, Abbey, Spectra and Toralei!

Monster High Wave 2 2011 releases

The Wave 2 dolls are some of my personal favorites. They had great outfits, nicely designed faces and some great purses.

Monster High Wave 2 2011 releases

I love the make up on this Frankie! It’s perfect. Her outfit and purse are also super cute. I’d say this Frankie is definitely in my top five of all time favorite Frankie’s.

Monster High Wave 2 2011 releases

Clawdeen’s look in wave 2 is literally my favorite of all the Clawdeen’s produced. Her outfit is fierce, but not so far out there that it’s costume’y. Plus, the basic hair style really makes her pretty face stand out. By this release, it looks like they realized she should have clawed fingers. (My Wave 1 and Dawn of the Dance Clawdeen have human hands.)

Monster High Wave 2 2011 releases

What I like about Wave 2 Cleo is her color scheme. The introduction of the green works really well with her look. Plus, Cleo’s face is done really well. When they get it right, it’s perfect, when they get it wrong, it’s a mess. In this case, they got it right!

Monster High Wave 2 2011 releases

Lagoona’s wave 2 doll had a bit of a misstep in the outfit department, in my opinion. The asymmetry of her jumpsuit just doesn’t float my boat. The best thing about this release is probably the molding of her hand, which is pretty well done! Besides that, this is probably the most lackluster of the dolls.

Monster High Wave 2 2011 releases

Abbey is my favorite of the cartoon characters, even though her doll releases were hit or miss. Wave 2 Abbey is my favorite of the Abbey’s produced throughout the years. She’s pretty, but still has some edge.

Monster High Wave 2 2011 releases

Spectra was introduced in 2011 with wave 2, as well. I’ve always been a fan of Spectra’s cool see-through limbs. Her stark white skin makes her angular face stand out a lot, but I like that.

Monster High Wave 2 2011 releases

According to the site I used to check who went in what line, Toralei technically was considered wave 3, but, as she was released in the second year, I tossed her in with this collection. I think Mattel did a good job of capturing Toralei’s spirit in this release.

Do you have a favorite doll from Wave 2? Share it in the comment area!

January 12, 2018. Tags: . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

American Girl’s Girl of the Year 2018

Luciana Vega made her grand debut as the newest Girl of the Year on Good Morning America December 28th, 2017. Mattel describes her as “creative and confident with a serious science streak”. Luciana’s stories center around her love of space and science. The most interesting thing about the actual doll design, which has tan skin, brown eyes and straight dark brown hair is the purple streak that compliments the dark brown hues. Other than that, the doll itself is kind of boring.

AG promo photos- 2018 GotY

We know Mattel can do different face sculpts, like they did on Nanea Mitchell, so the fact that the 2018 American Girl Girl of the Year has the same sculpt we’ve seen used many times in the past is disappointing.

AG promo photos- 2018 GotY

What I do think is great about this girl is her passion for space! Because Luciana loves the idea of space travel, Mattel made some really cool outfits and accessories to go with the theme. While they are going to be far too much money for me to actually buy, I know some kids (and adults) out there will be very happy with these amazing props and outfits. For example, Luciana has her very own blue Flight Suit, which looks really cute.

AG promo photos- 2018 GotY

Even better, though, is her Space Suit, complete with authentic patches, equipment pack and astronaut helmet with a clear visor that flips up. Her causal looks are also super cute! I love the NASA jacket that comes with this Stellar Outfit! And her Visitor Center Accessories are fantastic.

AG promo photos- 2018 GotY

Luciana’s big play set takes the cake. It’s up there with Maryellen’s Diner. Luciana’s play set is a Mars Habitat and it looks so neat! The habitat offers three-sided play, with more than 40 science, technology, and health accessories to set up and rearrange, including pretend rock samples, a pretend pair of virtual reality goggles, a set of photos, papers, notes, clipboard, and folder for keeping her research organized and many other cool elements. This play set is one of the most exciting things to come out of American Girl in years, in my opinion, though at nearly $400.00, the price tag is a bit hefty for the average person.

American Girl Promo Image

Every good scientist needs a workstation and Luciana’s is her Maker Station. Priced at more than I expected, her Maker Station includes a lot of cool elements. Within her Maker Station, you’ll see a robotic arm that can pick things up, measuring tape, screwdriver, and set of screws for building and Two MEGA CONSTRUX™ construction sets for a satellite and a rover. Pretty cool, right?

AG promo photos- 2018 GotY

On a side note, if you’re on the lookout for more male dolls from American Girl, it looks like they’ve expanded their Truly Me line with more boy dolls! Check them out online. You can see all of Luciana’s collection on American Girl’s website. What do you think of the 2018 Girl of the Year? Do you think the accessories outshine the doll? Share your thoughts in the comment area!

January 9, 2018. Tags: . Uncategorized. 2 comments.

Dolly Review: A.W.S.O.M Pets (The Queen’s Treasures)

While browsing the clearance/returns shelves at our local Target, I stumbled upon an A.W.S.O.M Pet Tabby, manufactured by our friends at The Queen’s Treasures! This furry friend is adorable and scaled to look great with your 18″ dolls. I remember seeing this line at Toy Fair a few years back when The Queen’s Treasures had them in prototype mode, so it’s a pleasure to be able to handle one in person!

A.W.S.O.M Pets (The Queen's Treasures)

A.W.S.O.M Pets (The Queen's Treasures)

What I was immediately drawn to with this Tabby cat was her face. I love the expression The Queen’s Treasures gave her. It’s adorable! They also did a great job with the direction of the soft fur. It adds to the realism that is present with this miniature kitty.

A.W.S.O.M Pets (The Queen's Treasures)

A.W.S.O.M Pets (The Queen's Treasures)

Much to my disappointment, the Tabby isn’t articulated. Thankfully, it’s posed in a way that looks natural. I like the slight arch in her back. I just wish they’d found a way to make the kitty articulated with, at the very least, a moving tail. One other small thing that irks me is the large tag located on the Tabby’s stomach. It’s a bit more noticeable than I would like.

A.W.S.O.M Pets (The Queen's Treasures)

A.W.S.O.M Pets (The Queen's Treasures)

A.W.S.O.M Pets (The Queen's Treasures)

To see all the pets available, check out The Queen’s Treasures website. If you choose to order one, 10% of the proceeds from the sale will go to AWSOM, a Non-Profit No-Kill Shelter, located in Pennsylvania, home of The Queen’s Treasures. Overall, though, I really do like this kitty! She’s well made and looks adorable. What do you think of A.W.S.O.M Pets from The Queen’s Treasures? Which Pet is your favorite? Let me know in the comment area!

January 7, 2018. Tags: . Uncategorized. 4 comments.

Dolly Review: Barbie Hair Fair 50th Anniversary Edition

Did you know Mattel put out a 50th Anniversary Barbie Hair Fair? We didn’t until this past week, when my mom discovered it while browsing Target’s website. Since she had some Christmas money, she ordered it.

Brabie Hair Fair

Brabie Hair Fair

Here’s a short review on Barbie Hair Fair! According to my mom, this is more of a hybrid between Hair Fair Barbie and Hair Happenin’ Barbie. Hair Happenin’ Barbie (and friends) was released in 1971 and came with a complete Barbie (head, body, outfit and fancy hair extensions). Hair Fair Barbie was a head with hair extensions that you could use on your own Barbie bodies (by swapping the heads). It was released between 1967-1972 in various versions. So, for this to be a true, 100% replica of Hair Fair Barbie, the package would have really only included a head, which clearly wouldn’t have worked with today’s Barbie line.

Brabie Hair Fair

Besides the nicely done vintage sculpt and face paint, there are three other things that are worth pointing out. First, she has painted finger and toe nails. I love how older Barbie’s have that little detail! Second, she has old school click knees that have weight to them! Hair Fair Barbie feels like she’s worth the money spent for her, because her body isn’t a cheap hollow body. My mom was very excited about this feature. I was, too! The third thing worth noting is that her outfit doesn’t use a snap, but a small little button/loop, true to the outfits of that time.

Hair Fair Barbie

Brabie Hair Fair

Hair Fair Barbie comes with four hair extensions that you can use to easily change up your Barbie’s hair! Three are blonde: a headband of braids, a long braid that can be wrapped around your Barbie’s head and long hair extensions. One is brunette: a cute flip style hairdo. Her ‘out of the box’ style is super cute. I love the short bob cut in platinum blonde. It looks great with the mod outfit! We added a little water to Barbie’s stylish bob, because it was pretty stiff.

Brabie Hair Fair

Brabie Hair Fair

Brabie Hair Fair

Brabie Hair Fair

Brabie Hair Fair

Speaking of the outfit, this is not a replica of Hair Happenin’ Barbie’s look and or Hair Fair (as there was no outfit provided with the head and extensions), so I can’t place it. If this is a replica outfit, share the name in the comments. The outfit, reproduction or not, looks super fab! It works really well with the long, statement making earrings Barbie wears! (Per a reader, the outfit is a reproduction of Barbie’s look “Sunflower”.)

Brabie Hair Fair

Mattel did a good job of re-creating the vintage style face. Below, you’ll see a vintage Living Barbie (left) and the reproduction Hair Fair Barbie (right). My mom and I both agree that the biggest change seems to be in the length of the face. The reproduction looks like she has a slightly longer face than other dolls of that time. And yes, both have rooted lashes!

Brabie Hair Fair

Overall, this is a pretty awesome reproduction Barbie. I’d say, it’s one of the best! You can’t go wrong with the click knees, cool vintage face and easy to modify hairstyles! What do you think of Hair Fair Barbie? Do you have one in your collection? Do you think Mattel did a good job? Share your thoughts in the comment area!

January 7, 2018. Tags: . Uncategorized. 6 comments.

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