Before I unveil what we found at the Chicago Toy Show this April, I wanted to let you know that I did a guest post on the Ruby Lane Doll Blog! Read it here! I had a blast searching through the sale posts on Ruby Lane while trying to pick my favorite Madame Alexanders on their site. If only I could afford all the goodies I wrote about in the post! (Maybe one day?) If you like the article, find Ruby Lane Dolls on Facebook and ‘like’ their timeline update about my guest post! Comment on the blog post or the timeline update with what’s on your current grail list!
Now, onto the toy show! Recently, my mom and I went to the Chicago Toy Show at the Kane County Fairgrounds. As far as shows go, this was a pretty good one. There weren’t a ton of ‘oh my goodness, I need to have this in my collection’ moments, but we ended up finding some neat things!
I splurged the most on a mint in bag Pose N’ Play Skipper. Pose N’ Play Skipper is one of my favorites. I love her cute face and hair style. This particular Skipper is usually found ‘in the wild’ with more poofy hair. It amazes me that her two pigtails and side swept bangs started out so close to her head!
Now, you know me, so it should come as no surprise that I opened the bag she was in as soon as I possibly could! I had to free her from her plastic prison. I’m happy to report that her limbs aren’t melted! I was worried about that, because Skippers with her body can easily have melted joints. Her face and hair are also perfect! The one thing that is slightly disappointing is that Skipper is missing her wrist tag. In retrospect, it looks like her bag had a hole in it that was then melted back together. The wrist tag must have fallen off then.
My second Skipper purchase turned out to be more exciting than originally anticipated! Vintage Skippers come in a variety of hair colors beyond Brunette, Titan and Blonde. I went to the show looking for a two-tone Skipper, but instead, came home with a unique looking blonde. Brunette’s dominate my vintage Skippers, so adding a second blonde to the mix has been something I wanted to do for a while. This particular doll stood out to me for some reason. She looked different to me. I thought it was just a different shade of hair that made her standout, but it turned out to be much more.
After going home, I realized she was a Sample/Test Market Skipper. Details are vague as to when and how they were distributed, but Test Market dolls are surprisingly different from traditional vintage Skippers. I’ll go into mine in more detail later, but here’s the quick rundown. One site suggested that Test Market dolls were given to Mattel employees and those in the industry at events like Toy Fair to test out the waters, so to speak, and see what the target market thought of Barbie’s soon to debut Skipper. These dolls have a wider stance and a different weight to them. Their faces have a slightly different look to them and their bodies are actually shorter than your traditional Skipper. Even their faces look a little different to those who collect vintage Skippers. The price was great for this doll, too, as the seller (like me) didn’t know she was a Test Market/Sample Skipper!
A total impulse buy was this adorable Love Me Linda. For those who don’t know, I have always taken a liking to dolls that have that ‘big eyed art print’ sort of look to them. Love Me Linda was in a booth and caught my eye. It was ‘must buy’ at first sight! Love Me Linda is a doll made by Vogue in 1965. I love her big brown eyes! Her red outfit is original and looks great with her long blonde hair!
There weren’t many Madame Alexanders at the show that made me want to lay down hundreds of dollars and I honestly thought I would be leaving without one. That is, until I saw this reasonably priced Little Women Beth with a Maggie face and a nearly perfect brown wig. Now, she needs a little fixing in the eye area, but for the most part, she’s in great shape. As far as Little Women go, I have two 1950’s Amy’s, but no one else. I’m excited to add Beth to my collection.
Last, but not least, one booth had a Totally Yo-Yo Skipper for a whopping $3.00 in box. I snapped that up. The actual gimmick, that Skipper can really yo-yo, works well and is kind of cool! My actual Skipper collection is lacking when it comes to Teen Skipper, so this is a welcome addition to my collection. I think I might try to actively add more Teen Skippers to my collection this year.
To see what Barbee00913 (my mom) picked up, as well as these lovely dolls listed above, watch the video linked below!
Have you found something really cool at a doll show recently? What do you think of these finds? Let me know in the comment area!
I don’t usually post about crowd funding campaigns, but since I am a huge fan of A Girl for All Time, I want them to succeed with their Kickstarter!
A Girl for All Time’s Your Modern Girl project is nearly 60% funded, but time is running out to make Your Modern Girl’s Maya and Nisha a reality. If you haven’t made up your mind, you have three days left to help A Girl for All Time reach their goal of raising just over 28,000 US dollars. To sweeten the deal, the company has added another great reward to the mix– Matilda at the record low price of (roughly) 60 US dollars (40 GBP).
If you’ve been looking for a Matilda, it is worthwhile to give a little– if the Kickstarter succeeds, you’ll be getting her at an amazing price. (Keep in mind that if the company doesn’t reach their goal, you will not be charged and get her at this price. Not to mention, it will take longer for the Your Modern Girl series to see the light of day! I may have to bump my pledge up to include Matilda. She’s been on my wish list for a while.) The Kickstarter ends Saturday, Apr 16 2016, 3:20 AM CDT, so if you are planning on helping them reach their goal, now is the time!
I had an idea for World Doll Day, but it requires YOUR help! I was thinking of making a word art graphic that we could use on a t-shirt or other cool item for World Doll Day. There’s an example below that was created with my blog’s tags to show you what I mean.
What I want to know from you is this: If you had to describe doll collecting and what it means to you in ONE or TWO words, what word(s) would you choose? I want to use those words and see if we can make a cool graphic from them! Mixed in with your words, I want to put names of popular doll lines, like Monster High, Ever After High, Tonner, that sort of thing. Full disclosure, this may not work. It’s really all up to you guys to help me gather enough words to make a neat graphic.
If you’d like to submit a word or two for this little experiment, you can leave it here in the comment area, tweet me a reply @KewpieDoll83 or respond to my facebook post on the subject. Thank you!
2015 marked the 35th anniversary of Strawberry Shortcake. To celebrate, The Bridge Direct released two throwback dolls I know some of you will love! These were sent to me for review from The Bridge Direct. The Bridge Direct took care not to ignore the significant anniversary and even celebrated it during Toy Fair 2015.
The first doll we’ll discuss today is the 6″ Strawberry Shortcake Classic Doll. It looks identical to Kenner’s original Strawberry Shortcake doll, right down to the window on the packaging and signature strawberry scent! Strawberry Shortcake was a big deal in the early 80’s. Not being born until the end of 1983, I didn’t have many Strawberry Shortcake dolls. (See some early commercials here!)My favorites were the larger baby dolls that blew kisses in the characters token scent. But, these 6″ ones are what most people think about when one mentions Strawberry Shortcake dolls and for good reason– they’re adorable! (The Butter Cookie Baby is not part of the new reproductions, but one of the originals from my mom’s collection.)
This reproduction doll was crafted to be as close to the original release as possible. Like the original releases, she has straight hands (not curved like the later releases), a freckled face and comes dressed in her classic strawberry themed outfit.
The only thing that’s missing is the comb that came with the original release. As reproduction products go, this is a great one. The Bridge Direct made a wise choice in trying to keep this as true to the original as possible!
The second doll released to commemorate the 35th anniversary of Strawberry Shortcake is equally as cute. It’s a large Strawberry Shortcake Rag Doll! She’s 15″, stuffed and looks as close as she possibly could to the rag doll released in 1980! It’s huggable, bright and smells of strawberries!
The Bridge Direct did a great job on both of these dolls. If you’re a fan of Strawberry Shortcake, you’ll want to take a look at these. The strawberry smell alone will bring you back to 1980 (in a good way). You can find these 35th Anniversary edition reproduction Strawberry Shortcake dolls online and possibly at your local toy store.
What do you think of these two adorable products? If they did more throwback dolls, would you buy them? Who was your favorite character in the original Strawberry Shortcake line? Share your thoughts below!
Just a quick heads up! World Doll Day is June 11th, 2016! That’s two months from now, which gives you more than enough time to plan your World Doll Day. Whether it’s a small party with friends or something more involved, World Doll Day is what we make it. (So make it great!)
Last year, I wrote up a post with a few ideas of how you could spend your World Doll Day. Instead of repeating myself, I thought I’d link to that post again. Maybe it will help you in planning your World Doll Day! I’ll be honest, I have no idea what I want to do this year. Last year, this blog was lucky enough to celebrate with Lottie and offer an amazing giveaway. I don’t have anything planned like that just yet, but keep your fingers crossed and maybe a giveaway for World Doll Day will happen once again in 2016.
Do any bloggers out there want to work together and try to do something across all our site? If so, contact me! I’m not sure what we can do, but let’s brainstorm! We have enough time that our options are quite open. Non-bloggers, what plans are you working on to celebrate World Doll Day? Let me know in the comment area!