Sweet Suite 2018 Recap

This past week, I made a quick trip into New York City for an event called Sweet Suite hosted by The Toy Insider. Formally Blogger Bash, Sweet Suite is a mini toy fair event. With over 70 toy and game companies showcasing their new products for the year alongside deliciously tasty treats, 2018’s Sweet Suite was a fun evening filled with mingling and product reveals. Here are some highlights from the show floor!

Cabbage Patch Kids: A perk of any toy show is getting to catch up with Janis, who represents Wicked Cool Toys. One of their properties is Cabbage Patch Kids. In celebration of Cabbage Patch Kid’s 35th anniversary, Wicked Cool Toy’s chose to theme the products for 2018 around celebrations! (Perfect for me, as I, too, will be celebrating the big 3-5 this year!)

Sweet Suite 2018

Sweet Suite 2018

Sweet Suite 2018

Sweet Suite 2018

Sweet Suite 2018

Sweet Suite 2018

Sweet Suite 2018

Sweet Suite 2018

Sweet Suite 2018

Also, take note of the cute Teddy Ruxpin Hug ‘N Sing Plush and his friend Grubby!

Sweet Suite 2018

Sweet Suite 2018

Rideamal Horse Scout: Scout is a battery operated horse that moves forwards and backwards with fully motorized eyes, ears, head, and wheels from Kid Trax. Scout has over 100 unique sounds and movements. I personally found him adorable! I want one!

Sweet Suite 2018

Sweet Suite 2018

Hairdorables: Hairdorables made their debut at Sweet Suite! From Just Play, each Hairdorable doll package is a surprise –just pull, peel, and reveal 11 accessories and fashions that unwrap the unique personality, style, and talent of the Hairdorables girl hidden inside! With 36 different dolls to collect (including two rare and one ultra-rare), these will definitely be on a lot of Christmas lists this year! Hairdorables hit stores 8/1/18.

Sweet Suite 2018

Party Popteenies: Party Popteenies from Spin Master are pretty neat! Pull, twist and pop to throw the most fabulous celebration with these poptastic dolls! The dolls are pocket sized. Each Party Popteenies includes a doll, one hair accessory, 1-2 party accessories, themed confetti, and a collector’s poster. Wave one includes three different themes: Rainbow Unicorn, Cutie Animal or Winter Wonderland Party Popteenie!

Sweet Suite 2018

D-Lectables: D-Lectables from Imperial Toys are right up my alley. These blind bags feature miniature sweet treats themed around popular Disney characters. Each D-Lectable is created with stackable pieces, so you can mix and match! I like how the designs are creative, giving you a hint of the character without being ‘on the nose’.

Sweet Suite 2018

Sweet Suite 2018

Pop-Oh-Ver: From Kangaroo Manufacturing comes Pop-Oh-Ver! Pop-Oh-Ver is a clever space saving play set perfect for imaginative play! These fabric coverings are designed to fit any kitchen or dining room chair to resemble a real-world kitchen, stove or counter tops. When you’re done playing make believe, it’s super easy to remove the Pop-Oh-Ver from the chair, fold it up and store it away till the next time it’s needed.

Sweet Suite 2018

Sweet Suite 2018

Sweet Suite 2018

World’s Smallest: Hot Wheels is celebrating 50 years this year. To celebrate, the World’s Smallest line is making a whole slew of miniature Hot Wheels products! These would be perfect props for the right sized doll! There’s mini cars, car cases and even tracks!

Sweet Suite 2018

Sweet Suite 2018

Sweet Suite 2018

Boxy Girls: Exclusive to Walmart, Boxy Girls play on the unboxing trend! Each doll comes with shipping boxes with special surprises inside of them! There are four girls in the line. Stay tuned for a review of Willa, coming soon!

Sweet Suite 2018

Sweet Suite 2018

Calico Critters: Calico Critters from Epoch displayed the Grand Department Store from the Town Series, a super cute playset centered around the adorable bunny rabbit, Stella and her friends. The Grand Department Store features elegant, sophisticated styling and a unified design for even more freedom with the layout. The special gift set comes complete with terrace, balconies, custom windows, awnings, flags and railings to spark even more customizable play. I also quite liked the Ride Along Tram. Seriously, it’s too cute.

Sweet Suite 2018

Sweet Suite 2018

Sweet Suite 2018

Sweet Suite 2018

Sweet Suite 2018

Sweet Suite 2018

Sweet Suite 2018

GUND: GUND had their new baby line on display, which was adorable! My favorite thing on the table was probably the cute Sloth, though! I was surprised to see that they were making Gudetama plushies!

Sweet Suite 2018

Sweet Suite 2018

Sweet Suite 2018

Sweet Suite 2018

Sweet Suite 2018

Fancy Nancy: Jakks Pacific was showing off a few things, including Fancy Nancy! I think this Fancy Nancy is adorable!

Sweet Suite 2018

Harry Potter Die-Cast Wands Blind Boxes: Look at these wizard wands! They’d be perfect as props for your dolls! These are by Jakks Pacific and would probably work great with dolls that are 1/6th scale!

Sweet Suite 2018

Here are a few more photos from Sweet Suite 2018!

Sweet Suite 2018

Cry Babies (Spin Master)

Sweet Suite 2018

Furreal Munchin Rex (Hasbro)

Sweet Suite 2018

Cupcake Surprise

Sweet Suite 2018

Arcade 1Up (a 4ft tall, light weight and very affordable arcade console– I want one!)

Sweet Suite 2018

JoJo’s Closet, JoJo Doll (Just Play)

Sweet Suite 2018

Snap Dolls (Cortex Toys)

Sweet Suite 2018

Crayola Crayon Melter (Crayola)

Sweet Suite 2018

Puz Oodles

Sweet Suite 2018

Me and Mario (not looking too bad for being up since 4AM thankfully!)

Sweet Suite 2018

Airbrush Art

Sweet Suite 2018

Me and Toad

Sweet Suite 2018

A GIANT GI JOE box

Sweet Suite 2018

Did you catch our review on these doll sized (and super playable) mini arcade games from Arcade Classics?

I was worried that the loss of Toys R Us would put a wrench in toy companies plans for 2018, but judging by what I saw at Sweet Suite, this holiday season is looking pretty merry. There were a number of toys that I know will fly off shelves and be on many children’s Christmas lists! Stay tuned for the swag box opening video–to be posted soon! Does anything on this list strike your fancy? Let us know in the comment area!

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

World Doll Day Toy Drive Results

The results of the World Doll Day Doll and Toy Drive are in! My goal was to match or beat last years donation count, which was in the 50’s, and boy, did we do that! In 2018, Confessions of a Doll Collectors Daughter will be donating 105 dolls and toys to Marillac St. Vincent Family Services Christmas Store! That’s double what we raised last year!

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I am so grateful to all who supported this doll and toy drive! Thank you so much! I know the families who benefit from the Christmas Store appreciate it, too!

The mailbox is still open for fan mail for both me and Barbee0913. We will be closing it around November, so get your letters in before then, if you’re so inclined! (In case it’s not clear, the blog/channels are still continuing– it’s just the mailbox that is going away.)

Dolly Confessions
2413 W. Algonquin Rd
PMB #147
Algonquin, IL 60102
United States

Thank you again for all your support on the World Doll Day Doll and Toy Drive! You guys rock!

July 9, 2018. Uncategorized. 4 comments.

PUDDLE 2018- Thoughts and Haul/Loot

June 23, 2018 marked the 11th annual Pullip and Dal Doll Lovers Event, aka PUDDLE. My mother, Barbee0913 on YouTube, and I have gone for the past five years. In those five years, we’ve seen PUDDLE grow tremendously. For PUDDLE 2018, the showrunners made a few changes to the day. Instead of all the activities being held in one room, there was an added room where they held two programs, as well as the custom doll contest. The addition of the extra room saved up space in the main room, which was nice.

PUDDLE 2018

PUDDLE 2018

PUDDLE 2018

PUDDLE 2018

PUDDLE 2018

During the first half of the day, there was a break out session where you could get tips on sewing. The second half had a breakout where you could learn more about making doll music videos. While I’ve suggested in past video recaps that panels would be a nice thing to consider, I ended up missing the first panel, because I plum forgot about it. It was very early in the day and I was busy shopping. The second session wasn’t something I was interested in, as I am familiar with video making. I don’t think the panels were as popular as they could have been with attendees, but it’s a step in the right direction.

PUDDLE 2018

PUDDLE 2018

PUDDLE 2018

PUDDLE 2018

PUDDLE 2018

The attendee tables were decorated in very creative and unique ways. Each table had been decorated by a volunteer table host who also provided some cute table gifts. The table gifts at the table we chose were crocheted jellyfish hats! They were hand-made by our table host!

PUDDLE 2018

PUDDLE 2018

PUDDLE 2018

PUDDLE 2018

As far as dolls on display, there were a lot! One of the nice things about PUDDLE is that people will bring a handful of dolls with them to display by their seats. The dolls don’t have to be Pullips. They can be whatever you’d like to show off. This year, I saw a lot of Kiki Pops, a doll on my wish list. Seeing them in person made me want one even more!

PUDDLE 2018

This year, there were lots of viewers/readers at PUDDLE who stopped us to say hello. It was so much fun chatting with you all. We hope to see you next year!

PUDDLE 2018

One of the most exciting parts of the day was when they announced the winners of the custom contests! My mother made a mini custom themed around the Coast Guard, since PUDDLE’s theme was “Spell of the Sea”. Her custom placed first! It was all very exciting.

PUDDLE 2018

The vendor tables were again a highlight of the day! There were so many fantastic sellers at the show. So, I know what you’re thinking– where’s the loot?! Well, here ya go! Both my mom and I left with only a few items. They all came from the same booths, too, as it so happened! I picked up a fantastically made pink jean jacket for one of my Skipper dolls from Mota de Algodon. My mom left with a cute Little Prince inspired dress from her booth, as well. Mota makes high quality clothing and comes highly recommended from us if you’re looking for well made doll clothing!

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Craftineered was back and this year, she was a vendor! We both bought some cute hair clip hats for our dolls. Mom bought a light up unicorn horn and I bought cute deer ears (not pictured).

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Doll Angel, the customizer who made my Divergent custom, had a table this year again, too. I bought a bunny hat for my Blythe doll. The hat’s too cute on her!

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A new vendor this year was Nightengale Needles. She’s a seamstress who makes a variety of different things. My mom picked up two doll sized hats that were then sized to her dolls heads. The hats are very cool looking! I am definitely going to reach out to her if I need any custom outfits for my dolls OR myself!

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More photos can be seen here. Overall, 2018’s PUDDLE was a lot of fun. Next years theme is steampunk, which I already have so many ideas for! I’ve inquired about getting some custom outfit pieces for my custom contest entry already, in fact! Fingers crossed the ideas come together!!! Let us know what you think of the cute things we picked up at the show or if you’ve attended a fan gathering or convention recently in the comment area!

July 8, 2018. Tags: . Uncategorized. 1 comment.

New Hearts For Hearts Girls– Coming This Fall!

Heads up Hearts For Hearts Girls fans! Two more dolls are headed your way this fall. Being re-released in 2018 are Mosi and Shola!

Mosi is Native American. Of the two dolls announced, Mosi is my favorite. I love the feather in her hair and her cool boots!

Shola is from Afghanistan. She has very distinct inset eyes that look very pretty!

I’ve reviewed Hearts For Hearts Girls in the past. Check out my reviews on Rahel and Consuelo! Besides having a great message behind the brand, I think these are quality made dolls. The variety among the dolls, too, is a welcome sight. You can follow Hearts For Hearts Girls on facebook, instagram and their website.  Are you excited about these two re-releases? Which of the two is your favorite? Let me know in the comment area!

June 6, 2018. Tags: . Uncategorized. 15 comments.

Effanbee’s Tintair Honey Doll

For years now, I’ve been keeping my eyes open for Effanbee’s Tintair Honey doll. Made in 1951 by Effanbee, Tintair Honey was given a platinum dynel wig, which allowed you to dye and style her hair with the included tintair dye and rollers. There were three sizes offered: 14″, 16″ and 18″. According to the Ruby Lane posting, Tintair Honey dolls were “limited to America’s finest stores on a franchise basis”. Clothing for Tintair Honey was designed by famous French Couturier ‘Madame Elsa Schiaparelli’. While googling, I noticed a few different ‘in  box’ dresses for Tintair Honey, which leads me to believe she was released in different outfits throughout the early 50’s. (I couldn’t find a good thorough reference for Effanbee and, alas, don’t have a reference book!)

I’ve never seen one of these at the dolls shows, so to find one of these dolls, I decided to venture to Ruby Lane. Ruby Lane is a great place to shop, though prices can be a little high at times! When I saw this Tintair Honey doll, it was love at first sight! At 18″, she’s the larger version (and we know how much I like buying the larger composition/hard plastic dolls to smaller ones)! Made of hard plastic, Effanbee dolls have a different look to their skin tone than Arrenbee or Madame Alexander. It’s odd that we don’t see more of them at the doll shows, because the early Effanbee’s can be quite pretty.

Going back to the story, I placed an offer on this Tintair Honey doll and surprisingly, it was accepted! Cue the *grail item obtained* sound effect! While the dye is missing, Tintair Honey’s hair seems to never have been styled or dyed.  She came with her original tag, curlers, dress, dye apron and box.

Tintair Honey is in great shape! Her knees are rosy, her face paint is perfect and her hair is set well. The outfit discolored a little, but it looks nice on her and only has a little smell from being stuck in a box. What I love about Tintair Honey is her cute little face!

 

I’m excited to have finally crossed this doll off my wish list. She looks great with my other composition/hard plastic dolls! Plus, she’s an example of a doll that you don’t see every day! Have you found something fun recently to add to your collection? What do you think of my new Tintair Honey doll? Share your thoughts in the comment area!

June 1, 2018. Tags: , . Uncategorized. 13 comments.

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