Our Generation Rafael- Coming in Fall 2017

At Blogger Bash, I took a photo of the first Our Generation boy release. I didn’t expect much hoopla to come from it, so I didn’t ask any important questions. I’m not a big Our Generation (also known as OG Doll) girl, to be honest. However, the photo made quite a splash on Instagram and Facebook! After generating so much chatter between collectors, I reached out to the company to learn more about this new male doll and learned two things. First, his name is Rafael. Second, he’ll be out in Fall 2017 (hopefully around August). Below is the promo image of Rafael.

IG Boy Doll Rafael (Promo Image)

Here’s his profile, as seen in my photo from Blogger Bash. I think he looks better than most 18″ male dolls out there. He has a cute face that looks pretty boy-like, unlike some of the other popular 18″ lines attempts at this.

Blogger Bash: Sweet Suite (Misc Photos)

Will you be picking up Rafael? How do you think he compares to 18″ male dolls? Let me know in the comment area!

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July 28, 2017. Tags: , . Uncategorized. 11 comments.

Dolly Review: Saddle Stars Skye

Ever wanted a cute horse for your dolly photography? Well, Saddle Stars is a solid option for you. New and sold exclusively at Target, Saddle Stars is a line of 1/6 scale horse toys. So far, there is one horse in the line, Skye. A second horse is teased on their website as coming soon, Pixie.

Saddle Stars (Blip Toys) Skye

Let’s talk about Skye. Skye is a 1/6th-ish scale horse made of hollow plastic, like most horse toys out today. She’s not articulated, unfortunately, but she stands well in her molded pose.

Saddle Stars (Blip Toys) Skye

What drew me to this toy was the look. This is a very pretty horse! Her eyes are basic black with a dark grey above them and her snout is also accented with black. These elements look really good on her tan skin. She’s not flocked, by the way. Her body is, as I said, a hard plastic. (Check out the video review, linked below!)

One thing that would have been nice to have on this horse toy would have been lashes, since horses tend to have very prominent lashes, but Skye still has a very pretty face without them.

Saddle Stars (Blip Toys) Skye

Her mane and tail feature soft, long blonde hair, which is easy to style.

Saddle Stars (Blip Toys) Skye

Skye comes with a number accessories. They are: a turquoise/maroon plastic saddle, a bridle and reins, a brown saddle blanket, a saddle bag (which can attach to the saddle), a comb, four hair clips and two sets of colorful horse shoes.

The saddle bag is really nice. It’s molded plastic, but opens so you can store your extra horseshoes or hair clips inside. The fringe and braided shoulder strap are real faux suede.

Saddle Stars (Blip Toys) Skye

The horseshoes are pretty neat. Skye’s foot is molded with indents that allow these colorful horseshoes to fit tight (for the most part) on the horse’s hoof. It’s a fun way to play with Skye that I don’t recall being in other horse lines.

Saddle Stars (Blip Toys) Skye

Saddle Stars (Blip Toys) Skye

Skye comes in a large box. The graphics on the box are beautiful. I love the artwork! This will definitely stand out on store shelves. The box has a flap that opens, which allows shoppers to see Skye, as well as learn more about her unique personality. Each horse has a journal entry and a list of likes that help you relate to the horse, more so than you might a toy without these little details.

Saddle Stars (Blip Toys) Skye

As far as scaling goes, we tried a few dolls on top of this horse and think the 27cm BJD’s looked the best. This horse is too small for 18″ dolls, but should allow 1/6th scale dolls to pose relatively well, depending on their outfits.

Saddle Stars (Blip Toys) Skye

Saddle Stars (Blip Toys) Skye

I think Skye will come in handy during dolly photoshoots. She’s the cutest horse toy I’ve seen in a long time. Also, I love the accessories, especially the horseshoes. I look forward to seeing the other horses in the Saddle Stars line! You can follow the line via facebook or via their website!

What do you think of Saddle Stars Skye? Leave your thoughts in the comment area!

 

**This product was sent for review. All opinions are my own.

July 27, 2017. Tags: . Uncategorized. 7 comments.

Blogger Bash: Sweet Suite Box 2017

A huge perk of attending Blogger Bash‘s Sweet Suite is the swag box! 2017’s Sweet Suite Swag box was a whopping 24 pounds and filled with toys from a variety of exhibitors who were on the floor of the toy expo. While I may have wanted to see a few more filler programs to round out Blogger Bash in general, I can’t complain about Sweet Suite or how it was organized. The amazing staff shipped these, free of charge, to every attendee’s house within two days of the expo. For some, the box arrived the very next day. My box took a little longer to go halfway across the country and arrived four days after the big event.

Many bloggers and YouTubers have made this box out to be one of the best swag boxes around and I must say, after opening it, I totally agree. While it may not have had many dolls in it, this was the sweetest perk of any conference I’ve ever been to. The sponsors outdid themselves!

So, what was in the box, you ask? Take a peek for yourselves! My mother (Barbee0913 on YouTube) and I did a box opening video, embedded above! For those of you who aren’t into video’s, here’s a few pictorial highlights!

Goodies From SweetSuite17 Box

My Sibling/My Pal put a 18″ doll purse in the swag bag!

Goodies From SweetSuite17 Box

This is a tiny wind up robot from Aeromax Toys. It could make a cute pet for a doll!

Goodies From SweetSuite17 Box

This is just super cool and a much larger set than I expected in the swag box. K’nex put three different sets in the swag box.

Goodies From SweetSuite17 Box

I’m a fan of useful swag and these bpa free water bottles fit that bill perfectly.

The doll merchandise was light, but honestly, there weren’t a lot of dolls on display, so I expected this. Actually, though, I welcome the variety of toys. Some of them sound like fun! You’ll be seeing more of these on my YouTube channel, rather than here on the blog, so make sure to subscribe to my channel for updates on new video posts. And, of course, you can always ‘like’ me on Facebook, where I post new video links, as well.

Goodies From Sweet Suite 17- all the loot!

What do you think of the toys in the Sweet Suite box? Do you have a favorite? Share your thoughts below!

July 22, 2017. Tags: . Uncategorized. 2 comments.

Estrela’s 80th Anniversary Giggles/Boneca Gui Gui Reproduction Doll

Brazilian doll company Estrela is celebrating 80 years in business. In honor of this great achievement, they’re releasing some of their classic toys. Included in their offerings is a reproduction Boneca Gui Gui (known as Giggles in the United States) doll!

Boneca Gui Gui (Estella Exclusive))

Boneca Gui Gui (Estella Exclusive))

Boneca Gui Gui (Estella Exclusive))

Also on sale is a reproduction Tippy and Brazil’s version of the classic GI JOE.

If you’re a long time readers, you’ll know that Giggles has made a few appearances here on the blog. She also happens to be one of my mother’s favorite dolls (Barbee0913 on YouTube). That’s why, I’d really like your help! Are there any Brazilians out there who might be able to help me in bringing one of these dolls to the US? It seems you need a special citizen number to order from the Estrela site, which, clearly we don’t have. I’d really like to be able to add one of these to my mom’s Giggles collection and hope one of you can help! If you can, please e-mail me at taps1223(at)sbcglobal(dot)net, Subject: Giggles.

What do YOU think of this reproduction or the other two made in celebration of the companies 80 years? Share your thoughts in the comment area.

July 18, 2017. Tags: . Uncategorized. 8 comments.

Blogger Bash: New York City Adventures

In my last post, I talked about a few of the toys I saw while walking the exhibit hall of Blogger Bash’s Sweet Suite. This post will concentrate on the other fun things I did while I was in the Big Apple. In most past trips, I haven’t had any down time to explore anything other than Time Square. Blogger Bash, though, was very thin on programming, so I found myself with a lot of extra time on my hands. Instead of just hanging out in my hotel room and watching Netflix, I decided to go out and explore a bit more of the city, as well as take in some of New York Cities charms.

Lottie, Ready to go!

I arrived on a Tuesday afternoon and checked into my hotel, the Yotel. The Yotel is a great place to stay if you are traveling alone or don’t mind sharing tight quarters with your companion. It’s known for having cabin sized rooms, convertible couch/beds, tons of outlets to plug in and an open floor plan. One of my favorite parts of staying at the Yotel is their rain shower. Rain showers are amazing! Another thing that I love about the Yotel is their baggage robot. It’s huge and so cool to watch as it takes your baggage and stows it away, in case you are early for check in.

Yotel

Lottie on the 11th Floor

Yotel Robot

After I got myself situated, I decided to walk over to the Theater District, in the hopes of nabbing some affordable tickets to the Broadway version of Anastasia. I got the most affordable tickets they had (which weren’t very affordable, to be honest) and then headed across the street to Sardi’s.

Lottie in Sardi's

Sardi’s is known for having celebrity caricatures on the wall. The restaurant has been around since 1927 and has seen its fair share of exciting customers. I’m not going to lie, it was a little uncomfortable dining alone there, but the ambiance helped to lighten that a bit. (Dining alone at a sit in restaurant where the waiters are dressed up in fancy suits is awkward.) The food was only okay, in my opinion, but I went there mostly so I could say I did. Plus, I was hungry!

Sardi's

After lunch, I wandered around Time Square for a bit. Time Square is always hopping. Even in the dead of winter, it’s filled with people. July was no different. It’s an assault on the eyes, but is 100% worth seeing in person at least once. Signs left and right, crowds everywhere, big gimmicky stores to shop through, it’s a cool sight. One huge downside of Time Square, though, is that it lacks toy stores. They used to have a massive FAO Schwartz and Toys R Us. Both of those are now gone.

Disney Store

They also used to have a Nintendo Store (which was called the Pokemon Center when I first visited NYC), too, as well as a Virgin Megastore. Alas, all the fun stores are closed. They do have an amazing Disney Store, though. If they ever want to get rid of their Disney Animator display, I’ll take it!

Time Square

Time Square

Time Square

Time Square

That evening, I ended up seeing Anastasia, the new Broadway musical. It was really entertaining. For those who don’t know, the animated musical (1997) was actually a remake of the original live action Anastasia (1956) starring Yul Brynner.

Anastasia on Broadway

The story follows Anya, an orphan with no memory of her past, as she, along with two good-hearted con artists, travel to Paris to meet with the Dowager Empress in hopes that she’ll recognize Anya as her grandchild, Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia. The Broadway musical is a good mash-up of the original live action film and the animated feature.  The songs, new additions and old classics, were fantastic. Those actors can sing! If you’re in New York City and are looking for a good musical, consider Anastasia!

Anastasia on Broadway

The next day, Wednesday, was Blogger Bash day. I had a lot of down time between Babypalooza and Sweet Suite. The actual convention was at the Chelsea Piers, which also acts as a sports center with an ice skating rink, gymnastics gym and a bowling alley. I expected it to be more of a building, with seating area’s away from the sun, but it literally was a row of piers.

Pier 60

Pier 60

Pier 60

Pier 60

That made my plan of just waiting around the convention center not so much fun. I loitered around the Pier for a while, but got bored and eventually found the High Line. The High Line is an elevated train track that was decommissioned and made into a garden pathway. It was pretty cool.

Highline

Highline

Highline

Highline

My final full day in New York City, Thursday, was supposed to consist of the Moms and Dads Expo attached to Blogger Bash at 11AM. There were some YouTube events planned outside the show, too, but, alas, I wasn’t cool enough to make the guest list; So, I had all morning to myself.

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

By 9:40AM, I had eaten breakfast and was sitting on the red stairs in Time Square, just people watching. Instead of sitting in the hotel room, I decided to mosey on over to the Moms and Dads venue. When I got there, I was still an hour early. The venue was about a block or two away from the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Admission was a little much at $33, but it turned out to be totally worth it. The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum was so cool, allowing you to walk through the amazing Aircraft Carrier Intrepid. The inside is not for the claustrophobic. There were also planes of all shapes and sizes on display.

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

The main attraction for me turned out to be seeing the Prototype Enterprise. The space shuttle was massive and it was amazing to be in the same room with it. I highly recommend checking this place out if you are in the city.

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Full disclosure, I ended up skipping the Moms and Dads Expo. Instead, I signed up for one of those ‘Pay What You Want’ walking tours by Free Tours by Foot.  The tour guides are kind of like Avon reps. You pay to be a tour guide and then keep whatever tips you receive in thanks for giving the tour. My tour guide, Dan, was awesome!

SoHo

I elected to take the SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown 2 hour walking tour. I had never been to those areas and preferred to explore them with someone who knew the area. Dan was a great tour guide. He showed us the historical streets of SoHo, which were saved from destruction due to the buildings being built with cast iron.  SoHo has the greatest collection of cast iron structures in the world, according to Wikipedia. Even the cobblestone streets were preserved! The streets look very similar to how they did all the way back to 1910 or earlier and they stand out among the streets that have been updated. Some of the architecture I saw could only be described as beautiful!

SoHo

SoHo

SoHo

SoHo

We also journeyed through Little Italy, which was kind of a sad place. It was filled with tacky decorations and ‘I Love New York’ stores. Only two places really stood the test of time in the area, the cheese shop Alleva and bakery Ferrara NYC. They’ve been locally owned since 1892! How amazing is that?

Oldest Storefront in Little Italy

2nd Oldest Storefront in Little Italy

Chinatown was much more authentic than Little Italy. Dan said the way you can tell if you’re in a neighborhood with true culture is if the stores that surround you would allow you to get all your basic necessities (groceries, drug store stuff, clothing, etc); one you could survive in without leaving. Little Italy wouldn’t have allowed one to do that, but Chinatown totally would. It was filled with a variety of shops, most with characters on their signs, as opposed to English. It definitely had culture to it. We ended our tour in a park that, if you didn’t know you were in New York City, you’d swear you were in China. Chinese singers were serenading a crowd of children and elderly in park benches. Older gentlemen were playing Checker like games with crowds around them. It was really surreal.

China Town

At Sweet Suite, I forgot to mention, they had amazing air brush artists on hand. I have forgotten their company name, but they did amazing work. I asked for a dream catcher and received this beautifully air brushed masterpiece! It rubbed off on day 3, but if I were to ever get a real tattoo, this would be what I’d get! (Which, by the way, will never happen! Temporary for me, please!)

Blogger Bash: Sweet Suite (Misc Photos)

So, my friends, that’s pretty much it! I’m pretty proud of myself for doing so many of these things while on my own! (As my mother, Barbee0913, can attest, I tend to hide out in my hotel room when traveling unless I’m with a companion!) To see all my photos, check out my Flickr album!

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Have you done any traveling recently? What’s your favorite thing to do/place to visit while in New York City? Let me know in the comment area!

July 16, 2017. Tags: . Uncategorized. 2 comments.

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