Dolly Re-Root: Ideal Giggles

At the last Chicago Doll and Toy Show at the Kane County Fairgrounds, I picked up an Ideal Giggles.  I had rerooted a Giggles in the past for my mom and decided it was time to purchase my own. This Giggles was a steal at $15.00. Giggles had very dry hair and was in desperate need of a reroot when I picked her up.

Giggles

Giggles-Before

I knew that Giggles needed a fun and funky hair color, so after much debating on Dollyhair, I decided to order 5 hanks of nylon Dragonfly.  Dragonfly is a vibrant green that reflects a blue tint when in the sun. It’s a very cool color. There’s so much depth to it. I love it!

Re-root in progress

Re-root in progress

After a day and a half of rooting and 3 hanks of hair (long Barbie length), Giggles was complete. Her dull dirty blonde hair was gone, replaced with a wicked cool shade of green. Unlike other dolly reroots, I actually ordered more than enough hanks of hair this time around, which means I have two full hanks to play with on other dolls.

Re-Root: Giggles

Re-Root: Giggles

Re-Root: Giggles

Re-Root: Giggles

Re-Root: Giggles

I’m in love with how this Giggles turned out. (Now, all she needs is a new outfit!) Her green hair gives her tons of spunk!  Have you rerooted something recently? How’d it turn out? Have any thoughts on Giggles transformation? Leave a comment below.

July 31, 2015. Tags: . Uncategorized. 10 comments.

Dolly Review: Ever After High Alistair Wonderland

Alistair, son of Alice from Alice in Wonderland, was one of those Ever After High dolls I really wanted to add to my collection. Last month I did, along with Kitty and Bunny!

Ever After High Wonderland Trio

Alistair is pretty awesome, to say the least. I really like his look! He’s decked out in a blue and brown color scheme. While I wouldn’t automatically put those colors together, I love the contrast.

Ever After High Wonderland Trio

The dark blue looks great with the off white tank top and dark brown pants. The three-quarter sleeves, which could easily look ‘girly’, were done just right! I especially love Alistair’s boots.

Ever After High Wonderland Trio

Alistair has rooted golden yellow hair.  I personally would have preferred some dirty blonde highlights to break up the base color. However, the factory hair looks nice, too.

Ever After High Wonderland Trio

It’s styled well, though I must warn you– if you have a choice of Alistair’s, make sure to double check the hairdo’s.  I have a feeling his style, due to the gel, could look really weird if it was quickly/poorly packaged.

Ever After High Wonderland Trio

His face is nice and clean.  Alistair has thickly painted brown brows, blue eyes and natural lips.  His skin tone is more porcelain than other male Ever After High dolls we’ve seen.

Ever After High Wonderland Trio

He comes with a molded plastic dark brown canteen.  I love the design and think this is a great prop.

Ever After High Wonderland Trio

Overall, I like how Alistair came out.  I would have loved a dark blonde highlight in his hair to add a bit of depth to his hairstyle, but the outfit and face look great.

Ever After High Wonderland Trio

Video Review on Kitty, Bunny and Alistair below:

What do you think of Ever After High’s Alistair?  Share your thoughts below!

July 31, 2015. Tags: , . Uncategorized. 2 comments.

Sam, Your 1960’s Girl, from A Girl for All Time

A Girl for All Time has been releasing sneak peeks of their new doll Sam, Your 1960’s Girl, for a while, but now we finally have a full body promotional photo!!!

Sam, 1960's Girl

Sam, 1960’s Girl

Sam is living in the 1960’s, if you couldn’t tell from her fantastic ‘mod’ fashion. Here’s a few more fun facts about Sam.  Fun fact #1: Frances Cain, mastermind behind this doll line, named this doll after her real life daughter.

Fun fact #2: The outfits were designed with the help of Thimbles and Acorns and Keepers Dolly Duds. Both of these companies make wonderful patterns scaled for this doll line and others in the 18″ realm. If I was at all talented in sewing, which I’m not, I would be making many of these outfits for my dolls.  As far as Sam’s outfit goes, I am loving the colors. And the shoes? I totally ‘dig’ them.

Fun fact #3: If you have followed the timeline closely enough, you’ll have noticed that Sam is the right age to be directly related to one of the dolls we’ve seen before.  Sam is the daughter of Clementine, the 1940’s girl!  This is the first time a doll has been so closely related to another within this line.  (Remember, they’re all part of the same family tree!)

Everyone is very excited about this release, no one more so than I!  I was actually able to see a prototype of this doll back in February. One of the perks of being a blogger!  It’s so exciting to see that other collectors are reacting with the same positive excitement I did many months ago.

Sam will be available to purchase in September, but in the meantime, keep an eye on A Girl for All Time‘s facebook page, fan group, pinteresttwitter and website.

You can also find the company on YouTube.

If you have time, I’d recommend checking out Barbee0913’s review of Clementine, a gift from her loving daughter (aka me).  You will find that video below.

If you’d like to revisit some of my reviews of past dolls in this great line, you will find those here.  What do you think of Sam, the 1960’s girl?  Leave your thoughts below!

July 21, 2015. Tags: , . Uncategorized. 8 comments.

Dolly Review: 18″ Madame Alexander Play ‘Party’ Doll and Accessories

For review today are two items sent to me from the fine folks at Madame Alexander.  First, we have an 18″ Madame Alexander Play ‘Life of the Party’ doll.  This is my first experience with an 18″ Madame Alexander doll. Designed for ages 3 and up, this Madame Alexander is part vinyl and part stuffed.

Madame Alexander Play 18" Party Doll/Accessory

Her torso, starting just below her chest to her hip joints, is stuffed, while her head, shoulders, arms and legs are vinyl.  The combination body makes her more floppy than I anticipated, having assumed she’d have a fully vinyl body. Because of her floppy body, she’s a very huggable 18″ doll.

Madame Alexander Play 18" Party Doll/Accessory

This ‘Life of the Party’ Madame Alexander has a cute little face.  It has a very Madame Alexander feel to it, which I love!   She has brown almond-shaped sleep eyes, chubby cheeks and plump red lips. ‘Life of the Party’ has light blush on her cheeks and painted light brown eye brows.

Madame Alexander Play 18" Party Doll/Accessory

This Madame Alexander has rooted dark brown hair with a little wave to it. She rocks two simple braids that hang down on both sides of her face.  Her hair is held back from her face with a simple pink ribbon. The hair used is very soft and while it doesn’t come with a comb, you could comb and style it if you wanted.

Madame Alexander Play 18" Party Doll/Accessory

‘Life of the Party’ wears a sparkly pink dress.  It covers her stuffed body well.  The dress is sleeveless. One sleeve likes to fall down a little, but the outfit looks to be of Madame Alexander quality.  Be prepared for some of the sparkles on the dress to shed a bit when handling it, though.  This Madame Alexander wears removable pink flats.

Because of this dolls stuffed body, she doesn’t stand on her own. Also, posing is limited because she lacks knee or elbow joints.  That being said, I don’t think this doll needs them like some other 18″ dolls.  Her head tilts slightly up and down and turns left and right.

Madame Alexander Play 18" Party Doll/Accessory

The doll is great, but if you want to expand on the party theme, look no further than the It’s a Party Play Set, sold separately. The Party Play Set comes with a sparkling pink party dress, tiara and gloves, birthday cake and serving dish, and plates, forks and glasses for two.  Also inside the box is a do it yourself party banner.  Provided letter stickers make it easy to customize the banner for whatever party you are imagining!

Madame Alexander Play 18" Party Doll/Accessory

Do I love the outfit provided in this accessory pack? Not really. The companion doll is wearing, as I mentioned, a pink dress, so I don’t think this outfit in the Party Play Set needed to be pink.  I do like the polka dots on the pink dress, though.  The thin ribbon sleeves on the outfit bug me a little bit, as well, as you can clearly see the shoulder joints.  I would have loved if this outfit had cap sleeves to cover up the joints.

Madame Alexander Play 18" Party Doll/Accessory

Madame Alexander Play 18" Party Doll/Accessory

Madame Alexander Play 18" Party Doll/Accessory

The other accessories, though? I love most of them!  The cake is fantastic.  As you know, I am a huge fan of doll sized food. It is ‘cut’ into six slices.  The inside is, you guessed it, pink.

Madame Alexander Play 18" Party Doll/Accessory

The only disappointment I have with the cake accessories are the plates.  The serving dish is fine and made of a durable plastic, but the two cake plates are made of flat, thin cardboard.  I wish they’d been made from a stronger material. They don’t fit the look and feel of the other durable accessories in the accessory pack.

Madame Alexander Play 18" Party Doll/Accessory

Madame Alexander Play 18" Party Doll/Accessory

Madame Alexander Play 18" Party Doll/Accessory

Overall, this Madame Alexander Life of the Party doll and It’s a Party Play Set is very cute!  I love the Madame Alexander face and the uniquely soft hair this doll has. The soft body makes this a great 18″ doll for someone who wants a huggable friend.  She isn’t too heavy for the younger set to carry around or put in a backpack, either.

Madame Alexander Play 18" Party Doll/Accessory

To learn more about this and other Madame Alexander dolls, visit the historic company online on their website, twitter, facebook and instagram.  Better still, get $5.00’s off on your next purchase by entering coupon code MOMS15 while checking out on madamealexander.com. (You can use this code once on a doll of your choice, not just the Party dolls.)

Madame Alexander Play 18" Party Doll/Accessory

 

Video Review Below:

What do you think of the ‘Life of the Party’ Madame Alexander Play 18″ doll? Share your thoughts below.

Madame Alexander Mom Advisory Board

These products were sent to me for review as a member of the Madame Alexander Mom Advisory Board. All opinions stated are my own.(Technically, I’m not a mom or mommy blogger, but they were kind enough to let me on the board to share these dolls with you!)

July 19, 2015. Tags: , . Uncategorized. 3 comments.

Bratz Are Coming Back!

I may not be a fan of Bratz, but I know some of you are!  US fans can now pre-order the new line, set to debut at Toys R Us on 7/25/2015, according to the estimated ship date.  As of this posting, they haven’t shown us what the new Bratz will actually look like, which is shocking, as their ship date is coming up very quickly!

TRU Promo

TRU Promo

To see the full selection of Bratz dolls available for pre-order, visit Toys R Us‘ website.  Like them on Facebook for up to the minute updates on this new launch.  You might want to also keep an eye on their website, as well, which I’m sure will be updated with promo photos eventually.

Are you looking forward to the Bratz re-launch?  Share your thoughts below!

July 19, 2015. Uncategorized. 1 comment.

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