Dolly Review: Cabbage Patch Kids Little Sprouts

Cabbage Patch Kids Little Sprouts are new miniature kids, babies and pets to collect! With 120 different characters, Little Sprouts plays on the ‘blind bag’ trend that has swept the toy industry. There are a number of ways to collect. Besides single packs enclosed in plastic green cabbages, you can buy these in both four and eight pack sets. These are miniatures and, by nature, are very small and not appropriate for kids under 3. Kids are 1.2″. Babies are 1″. Pets are .75″. Some accessories are even smaller than the pets.

The eight pack includes two Kids, two Babies, one mystery pet and three accessories. The four pack includes one Kid, one Baby, one pet and a mystery accessory. Single packs come with one Kid figure or one Baby and pet. Figures can stand or sit. Because of how they’re put together, figures who are in pants/shorts can be pulled apart. Kids in skirts don’t seem to do that.

CPK Little Sprouts

Available at most major retailers, Cabbage Patch Kids Little Sprouts are definitely something to look into if you are a fan of miniatures or, of course, Cabbage Patch Kids! Check out Wicked Cool Toys site to see all their CPK releases or follow the iconic brand on social media.

What do you think of Little Sprouts? Share your thoughts in the comment area!

August 13, 2017. Tags: . Uncategorized. 1 comment.

“Doll House” Estate Sale Loot/Haul/Goodies

Estate sales around my house are never super exciting. Rarely do they have any items that would fit into my doll collection. However, we recently found one that did. So much so that the actual sale was called “The Doll House”. The estate belonged to a couple that seemed like they had to have been lifelong collectors. With no children of their own, their estate was passed to a family member, who most likely had no interest in keeping the hundreds (probably thousands) of dolls that filled the couple’s home.

I didn’t expect to find anything at the sale, to be honest. The collector mostly concentrated on older bisque and french dolls. But, of course, it’s me, so inevitably, I left with something, or somethings.

Doll House Estate Sale Finds!

Grandma and Grandpa troll, made by Thomas Dam, were the first two items I picked up. They’re about 14″ tall. Prior to this, I had never seen an elderly looking troll! The molds have wrinkles and everything. They were just too cute to not pick up.

Doll House Estate Sale Finds!

Doll House Estate Sale Finds!

Doll House Estate Sale Finds!

I usually don’t pick up Cabbage Patch Kids at sales or second hand shops. I am perfectly content with the Cabbage Patch Kids I have. I couldn’t pass up these two soft sculpture Little People, though! They’re from somewhere between 1978-1980, judging by the tag. Meaning, these two Little People were made before the Cabbage Patch Kids even existed. It’s always been a goal of mine to make it to Babyland General to get a soft sculpture doll for myself. Picking these guys up for $8.00 seemed like a no brainer. Even with the less than flattering beginnings of the Little People/Cabbage Patch Kids line, I’m very happy with my purchases.

Doll House Estate Sale Finds!

Doll House Estate Sale Finds!

On the Cabbage Patch Kids shelf was also this girl. I wasn’t sure if she was a Xavier Roberts soft sculpture, but she was cute, so she came home with me, too. It turned out that she was not from Babyland General. She’s a custom Cabbage Patch Kid from 1984, crafted by Janet Waters (edition number 720/1000).

Upon googling, I didn’t learn anything about Janet, other than she worked on a lot of Cabbage Patch Kids. eBay is littered with her work, calling it by the name TJ Tots. All her kids seem to have very unique eyes, when compared to Xavier Roberts soft sculptures. I would love to know more about her, if you have any information.

Doll House Estate Sale Finds!

Last, I picked up these two chairs. They’re perfect for SD sized dolls.

My mom picked up a few goodies, too, including a reproduction Lenci, a My Size Barbie, two bisque dolls in need of TLC and a 27″ composition Shirley Temple from the 30’s. Half of these were purchased on 1/2 price day.

Doll House Estate Sale Finds!

Doll House Estate Sale Finds!

The redhead is a bisque doll with an adorable expression. She needs some work on her arms, as the previous owner may have tried to repair her and didn’t do a wonderful job. This doll isn’t marked anything but “made in Germany”.

Doll House Estate Sale Finds!

The doll below has eyes. They just decided to fall into her head after bringing her home. She’s the first of the dolls to go to Dr. Noreen for restoration. She’s marked “Alt, Beck & Gottschalk”.

Doll House Estate Sale Finds!

Doll House Estate Sale Finds!

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Prices were good at the estate sale, which is one reason we were able to pick up these great new additions to our collection. What do you think of these finds? Have you found anything cool recently? Share your thoughts in the comment area!

August 8, 2017. Tags: . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Collection Close Up: Estrela’s 80th Anniversary Gui-Gui Reproduction

A while back, I asked readers to help me purchase the reproduction Gui-Gui doll from Estrela, produced in honor of the company’s 80th anniversary. (Also reproduced for this anniversary was Falcon, which may interest GI Joe collectors!) Within a few days, we received an e-mail from a reader who said she could help. Thanks to the aid of this kind reader, we were successfully able to get a reproduction Gui-Gui into the United States. (In record time, I might add! It only took a few days to arrive from Brazil to Illinois!)

2017 Gui-Gui (Giggles)

2017 Gui-Gui (Giggles)

Gui-Gui, also known as Giggles in the States, is a special doll for my mom. She has a pretty large number of Giggles and desperately wanted to get her hands on this one. Gui-Gui’s were produced in Brazil far longer than they ever were in the United States by Ideal and varied in style. Because of that, this release was very exciting for her. It had been years since she’d been able to open a brand new, in box Giggles. They can be pretty pricey. So, as you can imagine, the idea of opening a new, in box Gui-Gui that worked was too good to pass up!

You can see my mom’s excitement in the box opening video above!

2017 Gui-Gui (Giggles)

2017 Gui-Gui (Giggles)

Estrela’s anniversary Gui-Giu is adorable. I love how they didn’t make any changes to the original molds. Gui-Gui’s red lips are more pronounced than Giggles thin, coral lips. Her brows are darker, too. The biggest difference is Gui-Gui’s eye color. US Giggles tend to have grey eyes, where Gui-Gui’s have much brighter eyes. In this case, Gui-Gui’s eyes are a pretty blue. And, of course, there’s the hair style. Gui-Gui has a head full of two tone blonde waves. The whole look is adorable.

2017 Gui-Gui and Giggles

2017 Gui-Gui (Giggles)

To hear Gui-Gui giggle, be sure to watch the video embedded earlier in the post. In that video, we also show off all the other Giggles that live in our collections.

2017 Gui-Gui (Giggles)

2017 Gui-Gui and Giggles (ReRoot)

So, there’s a closer look at Gui-Gui, released in honor of Estrela’s 80th year. I love how true she is to the original releases and how unique she looks to our US Giggles. I can’t wait to see what they release for their 90th anniversary! What do you think of her? Did you successfully order one for yourself? Let me know in the comment area!

August 8, 2017. Tags: , . Uncategorized. 2 comments.

Dolly Review: Wildlife Photographer Mia, Lottie’s New Friend/Bee Yourself Outfit

The company behind Lottie dolls has always been a great friend to this little blog of mine and I’m always appreciative of the samples they send for review. So, before I start, I wanted to extend a huge thank you to the fine folks behind the Lottie brand! Lottie and friends laid low for much of 2016, with promises of brand new dolls, and, guys, they delivered! I am very excited about the new Lottie, Finn and Friends dolls on the market for 2017 and think you will be, too! So, that being said, let’s get on with the review.

In July, I received samples of four of Lottie’s newest releases, plus two outfits. Up for review today is Wildlife Photographer Mia, one of Lottie’s new friends!

Wildlife Photographer Mia (Lottie's Friend)

Mia has dark skin and textured dark brown hair. I love how thick and crimped it is! It’s rooted in a way that you could still style it, if you wanted.

Wildlife Photographer Mia (Lottie's Friend)

As usual, Mia has an outfit that features a lot of separates. That’s one of the reasons I think Lottie dolls are totally worth their price. Mia wears a vinyl rain jacket, or a mack, as they’d say in England. It’s bright red. I love it! Beneath that is a long sleeve shirt with a ladybug graphic, jeans and, to finish the look, polka dotted boots (or wellies). Mia’s jacket has a real hood, meaning it fits her head, though it may be a struggle getting all her hair in it.

Wildlife Photographer Mia (Lottie's Friend)

Her face is super cute. Mia’s eyes are a mix between Lottie and Finn’s. She has a curious side glance to her brown almond eyes. One thing I really love about the face on Mia are the thick eyebrows. They look great!

Wildlife Photographer Mia (Lottie's Friend)

Mia wears a red cochlear implant in her ear. Cochlear Implants are “electronic medical device that replaces the function of the damaged inner ear. Unlike hearing aids, which make sounds louder, cochlear implants do the work of damaged parts of the inner ear (cochlea) to provide sound signals to the brain.” You may have gathered this by now, but she wears this because Lottie partnered with the #ToyLikeMe Campaign. I personally love that companies are striving to incorporate small details like this into their dolls and hope more companies will start surprising us with these additions.

Wildlife Photographer Mia (Lottie's Friend)

Mia has the same body as Lottie, so her posing is the same, as well. She stands solidly and has shoulder and hips joints that allow movement, both up and out. She has click knees, too. As we know from past releases, she does not have any elbow articulation.

Wildlife Photographer Mia (Lottie's Friend)

One thing the Lottie brand is really good at is accessorizing.  Mia comes with a blue hat, blue shoulder bag and, my favorite accessory, a camera. The camera is lacking a strap, so it’s hard for Mia to hold it without a rubber band around her hand and the camera. You can easily store the camera in the blue bag, though, as that has a velcro fastener on it. Mia also comes with her school paper, which features pictures from Lottie’s photo contest.

Wildlife Photographer Mia (Lottie's Friend)

Sold separately is the cute Bee Yourself outfit, which features dungarees, a shirt and wellies. This outfit is adorable, modeled here by Mia. The colors are really pretty together and the bee graphic on the overalls is too cute. The outfit’s separates, like Mia’s boxed look, are fastened with velcro.

Wildlife Photographer Mia (Lottie's Friend)

Wildlife Photographer Mia (Lottie's Friend)

Wildlife Photographer Mia (Lottie's Friend)

You can order these directly from the Lottie website, as well as at select brick and mortar stores. (If your favorite mom and pop toy store doesn’t stock Lottie yet, but you’d like them to, it never hurts to ask if that shop will consider adding Lottie to their store shelves. Maybe they just missed this amazing brand!) Since the Lottie brand takes pride in being inspired by real kids, they do a lot of fun competitions, like their Outfit Design Contest. Definitely something to suggest to the creative kiddo’s around you!

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I’ll be back with more Lottie soon, but in the meantime, let me know what you think of these two releases! What’s your favorite thing about Mia? Share your thoughts in the comment area!

August 5, 2017. Tags: . Uncategorized. 9 comments.

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!

July 28, 2017. Tags: . Uncategorized. 9 comments.

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