Introducing Boy Story

Note: Originally, there were pictures in this review. However, they were hosted on Photobucket. I will try to reproduce them at a later time.

Boy Story is a line of 18″ boy dolls. They have multiple points of articulation. Boy Story’s Action Dolls have ball joints at the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip and knee. Action Dolls come with a certificate of authenticity. They come dressed in some pretty nice looking fashions, which vary depending on your doll, but include underwear, a shirt, a second layer, jeans and shoes. Action dolls have a vinyl head and limbs that are connected to a cloth body. They use ball joints, but aren’t strung, which may eliminate problems with loose limbs after years of active play.

They have molded hair and inset eyes. Currently, there are two styles available: Mason, caucasian, and Billy, black/AA. Both have unique face molds and outfits. They retail for $99.00 or $115.00 if you want the doll to come with a book starring the character Mason or Billy. Baseball loving military kid Aspen and Asian character Kenji are two other dolls we may be seeing in the future.

There are three things I really like about this line. First, I love the ball joints, which offer 11 points of articulation. I’ll admit, the knee joint looks really strange to me, but overall, they look like they’ll allow the doll to pose well.

Second, I like the outfits. There are so many pieces to them and they look authentically male. My problem with some male 18″ doll fashions (fashions for most of the dolls on the market, 18″ or otherwise) are that they often times look too girly. Mason’s button down the front shirt and Billy’s striped hoodie look interesting and authentic. The doll’s shoes look pretty nice, as well! Third, I love the inset eyes and unique face sculpts. Boy Story did a good job crafting the faces of their dolls.

Boy Story launched their Action Dolls in 2016 after a Kickstarter campaign that saw over $28,000 from 238 backers. The brainchild of sisters Katie and Kristen, the ball was set in motion when Katie, pregnant with her second child, went in search of a doll to give her oldest son to help introduce the idea of having a new sibling. When she couldn’t find anything that fit her criteria, she and her sister decided to create their own brand in this niche market.

On April 13th, 2016, the idea found its way to Kickstarter, got funded and the momentum hasn’t died down since! Just this February, the line found its way into the Launchpad, a section of New York Toy Fair that focused on new and exciting brands that were making their debut appearance at the trade show.

Not attending New York Toy Fair this year, I missed my chance at seeing these dolls in person, so my thoughts, at the moment, are based on the promo shots. I’d love to see what these guys look like against other 18″ doll brands. In the promo photos, for example, the dolls look like they are very big, in terms of proportions. It would be interesting to see how they measure up against other dolls of this size.

To keep track of the company, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter! What do you think of Boy Story? Share your thoughts in the comment area!

February 26, 2017. Tags: , . Uncategorized. 11 comments.

Introducing Your Modern Girl Bex (A Girl for All Time)

Last year, A Girl for All Time launched their Your Modern Girl series with a Kickstarter featuring dolls Maya and Nisha. Unlike their historical dolls, who all belong to the same family tree, Your Modern Girls are unique contemporary dolls that come from all walks of life. In this sneak peek reveal, I’d like to introduce you to Bex. With a release date of late 2017, Bex is English with an Afro Caribbean background.

Bex met her best friend, Maya, while rollerblading and they are both members of their local hockey team. She loves reading and writing poetry (in secret). One day, she hopes to start a band with all of her friends.

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Bex has a new unique face mold. It looks like she has round features versus the long features that many of the other A Girl for All Time dolls have. Bex, also, has some pretty awesome hair. I love the curls! Her outfit is my favorite of the three girls in the Your Modern Girl line. Actually, of the three in the line, Bex might be my favorite doll so far.

Bex will be available to order later this year. Until then, keep an eye on A Girl for All Time via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. And in the meantime, let me know what you think of Bex! Share your thoughts in the comment area.

February 9, 2017. Tags: , . Uncategorized. 29 comments.

Dolly Review: BU-tiful and Springfield Collection from Fibre-Craft

Late December, I received an e-mail from the fine folks at Fibre-Craft asking if I wanted to review their two 18″ doll lines, BU-tiful and the Springfield Collection. Having never handled their doll line before, I said, sure! Besides sending two dolls, they also sent a plethora of outfits to try out!

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Let’s start with the Springfield Collection. Springfield Collection dolls are 18″ tall with vinyl limbs and a fully cloth body. There are four different dolls in this line: Olivia, Madison, Maria and Emma. For review, I received Emma. The stuffing in the torso is light, bouncy and huggable. Because of this, Emma doesn’t stand on her own.

Emma comes dressed in a simple pink dress.  It’s nice, but the outfits they sell are much better, in my opinion. Admittedly, I forgot to take a photo of her wearing this basic outfit, but you can see it in the video linked below. Below, Emma is wearing one of the outfits sent for review, the Blazer and Dress. I love the blazer!

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Emma has sleep eyes that move fluidly up and down. As far as Emma’s face goes, it’s cute. She has a cheerful expression to her that I like. I don’t think everyone will be won over by her sculpt, but overall, it’s nice and friendly looking. Emma is modeling the Winter Set below, which comes with the vest, scarf, gloves, earmuffs and boots. (Shirt and Pants not included in this set.)

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BU-tiful have a very similar, if not the same, face sculpt to Springfield Dolls. The main difference between the two lines? Their bodies. BU-tiful dolls have a mostly vinyl body. She has a chest plate that is connected to a small bit of cloth body. The cloth portion of the BU-tiful’s body has very heavy, dense padding, different from the Springfield Collection. Even though both are 18″ dolls, BU-tiful dolls, when standing next to Springfield Dolls, look taller and leaner. Sent for review was Gabriella. Below she is pictured wearing a Winter Outfit. I love the boots that came with this outfit and the cat graphic is so cute!

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Again, I was so excited to try on the extra outfits that I forgot to take a photo of her with her original outfit on– a daisy themed dress. I prefer the vinyl body of the BU-tiful line. This body type allows the doll to stand on her own, which is great for those looking for a sturdy and poseable doll. BU-tiful dolls are articulated in the shoulder and hip areas.

One of my favorite of the included outfits has to be this Galaxy Dress. It came with neat galaxy colored converse-like shoes. The dress is well made and the colors look great on Gabriella’s tan complexion.

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The nice thing about Springfield Dolls and BU-tiful is that their outfits are interchangeable. Even though the torso’s of the dolls are different,  the outfits do, in fact, fit both types of dolls. In fact, they fit a variety of 18″ dolls. I tested these outfits on both an American Girl and The Queen’s Treasures Laura Ingalls. While the outfits were a little tight on my Pleasant Company Molly, they fit Laura Ingalls pretty well. (She’s wearing one right now, in fact!) There’s a variety of outfits to choose from and none arrived poorly constructed. (Below, Gabriella is wearing the Sequin Jacket Outfit. Not my favorite of the looks, but sill a nice outfit to have on your doll’s clothing rack.)

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One issue I have with the outfits is the fact that they use velcro instead of snaps. Since one of their dolls is cloth bodied, it would make more sense to start using snaps, as to not snag the fabric of the body. However, the fact that many of the outfits include multiple pieces and accessories (and best of all shoes) is a huge positive.

You can buy BU-tiful and the Springfield Collection online. What do you think of these two lines and the outfits? Share your thoughts below.

January 26, 2017. Tags: , . Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Introducing Dolls From Heaven

Recently, I became aware of a new doll line called Dolls from Heaven. Dolls from Heaven is the brainchild of The Kiczek Family. The Catholic family came up with the idea for a line of saint based dolls after realizing that there were no doll brands out there that aimed to “lead children closer to God through the lives of the saints”. With faith and determination, they conceived and created Dolls from Heaven, releasing their first doll, St. Therese of Lisieux, in July of 2015. These 18″ dolls have vinyl limbs and cloth bodies. They are wigged and have sleep eyes. Dolls from Heaven have hand painted lips and painted finger and toe nails.

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St. Therese is a stunning looking doll, judging from the supplied images. Like other high-end 18″ doll brands, she retails $98.00 for the basic doll/book and $118.00 for the basic doll/book/extras. St. Therese comes dressed in her Carmelite habit and is packaged with the paperback “I am Therese”. If you decide to go the slightly more expensive route, you’ll get St. Therese’s cape, rosary and a holy card featuring Jesus. While I normally don’t splurge on extra accessories, in this case, I would probably go for the complete outfit, cape and rosary included. Other outfits, like her First Holy Communion dress and Sunday’s Best are also available.

Upon showing these dolls to my mother, she instantly fell in love with St. Therese, which was unexpected, as she doesn’t usually care about 18″ dolls made in the American Girl sort of style. I fully expect you’ll be seeing one of these dolls on her YouTube channel one day!

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Dolls from Heaven’s 2016 release was St. Joan of Arc. Joan of Arc, as you probably know, was given “a mission from God to free her beloved France from the hand of its enemies.” She comes dressed in her armor ready for battle and the paperback “She is Joan of Arc” book. Her accessories, for those who want the complete look, include a St. Joan’s Banner, Green Cape, a St. Joan’s Medal, and a prayer card of St. Michael and St. Catherine of Alexandria.

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I really love the armor on St. Joan of Arc. They did a great job with creating that look. Add the cape and the outfit is perfect. And because of St. Joan of Arc’s blonde hair, she looks unique to St. Therese, even though they seem to share a face mold.

If Therese and Joan of Arc weren’t exciting enough, I have a scoop to share with you! Care to know who the 2017 release will be? Dolls from Heaven was kind enough to give you, my amazing and fantastic readers, an exclusive sneak peek!!!! (Drum roll, please!) Dolls From Heaven’s 2017 release will be St. John Paul II! The basic doll will come dressed as a pope, with his extra accessories still being determined. Dolls From Heaven expects pre-orders to go live in March. Check out exclusive promo photos of St. John Paul II below!

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If the Pope outfit is too much for you, he’ll also have a second outfit– a Navy Sailor outfit!

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I love the idea behind this line and am excited to see Dolls from Heaven flourish. The characters and stories behind each doll will surely inspire both young and old. They also seem like great gifts for religious milestones.

To be the first to know about new and exciting things from Dolls from Heaven, bookmark their website or like them on Facebook or Twitter. I hope to one day showcase these dolls in a review, so keep an eye out! In the meantime, let me know what you think of this line in the comment area. What doll is your favorite? Share your thoughts below!

January 22, 2017. Tags: , . Uncategorized. 19 comments.

Dolly Review: The Queen’s Treasures Laura Ingalls 18″ Doll

Last year, The Queen’s Treasures debuted their first 18″ doll. Known mostly for furniture and accessories, this was a new direction for them. They paired their first foray into the 18″ doll market with one of their big licenses, “Little House on the Prairie”. The Queen’s Treasures was kind enough to send a Laura Ingalls doll out to me for review. I was unsure of exactly how I felt about her, based on promo photos and what I had seen at Toy Fairs the past two years, but now that I’ve seen her and played around with her a bit, I’m happily surprised by how much I am enjoying this doll!

The Queen's Treasures Laura Ingalls Doll (and Outfit Tests

Let’s start off with the basics. Laura is 18″ tall with a mostly vinyl body. She has vinyl limbs and a chest plate. There’s still some stuffing in her torso, but far less than in some 18″ doll lines. Because she’s mostly vinyl, she should balance well. I say should, because, unfortunately, my doll has a wonky leg. One of her legs tilts in, which hinders her from standing easily. However, I have been able to prop her up, even with the leg problem, so I imagine a doll with two perfect legs would stand easily.

The Queen's Treasures Laura Ingalls Doll (and Outfit Tests

She has shoulder and hip joints, but no elbow or knee joints. For the most part, her shoulder joints are pretty basic, going up and down with some tilt out. Her hip joints move up and down, so she sits like your traditional plush bodied 18″ doll, in a V. Laura’s head has the best articulation, though, moving in all directions easily.

The Queen's Treasures Laura Ingalls Doll (and Outfit Tests

The stand out feature of this doll is her adorable face. At first, I wasn’t sure if I liked her face, but after doing a bit of testing with other more contemporary outfits, I’ve settled on liking the quirky expression Laura has. Laura has blue sleep eyes. They move up and down fluidly. Her face is heart shaped, or close to it, with a pointy chin, round cheeks and a large forehead. Freckles are small and light on her cheeks and she has a long, thin grin. This isn’t a face everyone will fall head over heels for, even I had doubts, but it did eventually grow on me.

The Queen's Treasures Laura Ingalls Doll (and Outfit Tests

The Queen's Treasures Laura Ingalls Doll (and Outfit Tests

She’s wigged with a brown wig, done down in two braids. The wigged hair feels nice, but be warned that the braids can easily become undone. The hair is almost too fine to stay in the style. I had to redo them midway through taking photos, because of the braids accidentally getting stuck on the velcro of the outfits I was changing her into. (And if this happens to me, it will definitely happen to young’ins who might be playing out their prairie dreams!)

The Queen's Treasures Laura Ingalls Doll (and Outfit Tests

Laura arrives in her night dress, long and white with a cap. There’s nothing fancy about it. If you’d like her green smock, you’ll have to buy that separately. I kept Laura in her nightgown for a few hours, but then ran to the box of 18″ doll clothing to see if anything else fit her. I tried on both outfits I have from The Queen’s Treasures and found that one fit, while the other didn’t! The vintage Doughnut Girls Dress fit well and looked cute on Laura. It fit a little large, but still didn’t look too big, in my opinion. The vintage Salvation Army Uniform, though, didn’t fit at all. It was very big in the waist and large in the top. (I still love this hat, though!)

The Queen's Treasures Laura Ingalls Doll (and Outfit Tests

The Queen's Treasures Laura Ingalls Doll (and Outfit Tests

For a more contemporary look, I tried on some FibreCraft BUtiful/Springfield Collection outfits made for 18″ dolls. They fit Laura nicely and gave her a push into the modern days. The black skirt was a little tight, but not too tight. The red outfit is American Girl. It is a little long, length wise, but also isn’t a bad fit. (Though, keep in mind, I’ve found most AG outfits to all fit differently, so all outfits may not work.) To be honest, I prefer this face mold with the more contemporary outfits than the nightdress. It wasn’t until I saw her in the modern clothing that I was 100% happy with the look! One quick thing I need to point out. Since Laura arrives in her nightgown, don’t expect any shoes. You’ll need to buy those separately.

The Queen's Treasures Laura Ingalls Doll (and Outfit Tests

The Queen's Treasures Laura Ingalls Doll (and Outfit Tests

The Queen's Treasures Laura Ingalls Doll (and Outfit Tests

The Queen’s Treasures always seems to go an extra step and with Laura that extra bit of pizzazz went into her box design. Laura arrives in a box with a window, so you can see her pretty face. It’s strong and sturdy. Why? Because it can easily be made into a bed for your doll! The bottom of the box is designed to look like a bed and the top, a window. To complete the look and feel, packaged with Laura is a blanket and a pillow. That’s a lot of extra’s when you consider this company is known for selling furniture and accessories. To finish it off, Laura was given a stuffed dolly to sleep with.

Overall, I’m happy with The Queen’s Treasures Laura Ingalls doll. As I mentioned, she may not have a face that will please everyone, but I personally think it’s cute in a quirky sort of way! The only thing I might change is her wig. It was way too easy to snag her braids on the velcro clothing fixtures and I’m usually really careful about that sort of thing.

The Queen's Treasures Laura Ingalls Doll (and Outfit Tests

It was easy to put back into the braids, but I caught the snags early into the photo shoot, so I wonder how easy it would be to fix after a long day of play? It is a soft wig, though, which is nice, so it’s hard to say if the wig is the problem. Ignoring the leg issue with my doll, I also believe the body is pretty well done and you should be able to find some cute outfits for her if you decide to take her out of the prairie days!

The Queen's Treasures Laura Ingalls Doll (and Outfit Tests

You can order The Queen’s Treasures Laura Ingalls doll on their website. Don’t forget to ‘like’ them on Facebook and Twitter, too, for information on new products, sales, etc! What do you think of Laura? Share your thoughts and questions in the comment area!

January 11, 2017. Tags: , . Uncategorized. 11 comments.

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