2015 marked the 35th anniversary of Strawberry Shortcake. To celebrate, The Bridge Direct released two throwback dolls I know some of you will love! These were sent to me for review from The Bridge Direct. The Bridge Direct took care not to ignore the significant anniversary and even celebrated it during Toy Fair 2015.
The first doll we’ll discuss today is the 6″ Strawberry Shortcake Classic Doll. It looks identical to Kenner’s original Strawberry Shortcake doll, right down to the window on the packaging and signature strawberry scent! Strawberry Shortcake was a big deal in the early 80’s. Not being born until the end of 1983, I didn’t have many Strawberry Shortcake dolls. (See some early commercials here!)My favorites were the larger baby dolls that blew kisses in the characters token scent. But, these 6″ ones are what most people think about when one mentions Strawberry Shortcake dolls and for good reason– they’re adorable! (The Butter Cookie Baby is not part of the new reproductions, but one of the originals from my mom’s collection.)
This reproduction doll was crafted to be as close to the original release as possible. Like the original releases, she has straight hands (not curved like the later releases), a freckled face and comes dressed in her classic strawberry themed outfit.
The only thing that’s missing is the comb that came with the original release. As reproduction products go, this is a great one. The Bridge Direct made a wise choice in trying to keep this as true to the original as possible!
The second doll released to commemorate the 35th anniversary of Strawberry Shortcake is equally as cute. It’s a large Strawberry Shortcake Rag Doll! She’s 15″, stuffed and looks as close as she possibly could to the rag doll released in 1980! It’s huggable, bright and smells of strawberries!
The Bridge Direct did a great job on both of these dolls. If you’re a fan of Strawberry Shortcake, you’ll want to take a look at these. The strawberry smell alone will bring you back to 1980 (in a good way). You can find these 35th Anniversary edition reproduction Strawberry Shortcake dolls online and possibly at your local toy store.
What do you think of these two adorable products? If they did more throwback dolls, would you buy them? Who was your favorite character in the original Strawberry Shortcake line? Share your thoughts below!
Fans of Pinkie Cooper will want to complete their collection soon! Sadly, the adorable anthro is discontinued as of this spring. I confirmed this late March when a reader asked me to look into it, but completely forgot to post it here on the blog. Sorry about that!
This is a such a shame! I think Pinkie Cooper added a bit of pizzazz to the toy aisles. What do you think? Share your thoughts below!
A few weeks ago, a reader asked me about ‘Pinkie Cooper’. I had no idea what they were talking about until I googled it and saw that Pinkie Cooper was a new anthro doll line based on a concept by the person who conceptualized the Bratz line. Distributed by The BridgeDirect, I was very interested in seeing these dolls in person and quickly grabbed one when I noticed them on the shelves of Toys R Us the other day.
Like most doll lines, Pinkie and her friends even have their own web series on YouTube. You can check the first episode out below.
Pinkie Cooper is 9″ tall (nearly the same as an Equestria Girl and slightly shorter than Hujoo’s Freyr). She is jointed at her shoulders, elbows, and thighs. Pinkie isn’t jointed at her ankles or wrists. Her knee’s are ‘one click’ knee’s. The joints are tight and hold poses. They have a wide range of movement, as well.
The lack of true knee joints and wrist joints is disappointing. For those of us who like to photograph dolls, knee and wrist joints are kind of important in posing. I have a feeling they left those joints out of Pinkie’s design to keep her age suggestion down, but still, it’s disappointing.
Pinkie Cooper is modeled after the English Toy Spaniel breed. There are three dolls in the line (so far). Pinkie Cooper is the main character. She has two best friends, Pepper and Ginger. Each doll is a different shade of brown. For example, Pinkie, is a tan sort of color, while Pepper has dark brown elements in her design.
These dolls have been released (again, so far) in single and deluxe sets. Single sets include the basics– a dressed Pinkie Cooper/friend doll. Deluxe sets include much more. Besides the dressed doll (in a different fashion than the single set), you also get a full sized pet (in Pinkie’s case, Lil Pinkie), a hat to match the dolls outfit, and two accessories. The deluxe Pinkie, Pinkie in London, comes with an umbrella and a camera. Right now, it looks like Pinkie (the character) is the only doll included in these deluxe sets.
I have to pause a moment to mention the packaging. I was really impressed with the packaging of these Pinkie Cooper doll’s. In its design, it was more carrying case than toss away packaging. I love when you don’t have to rip the box open to get to the doll!
Back to the doll, I have to say- I love her design! She’s adorable! I fully admit, I have a soft spot for anthro dolls, but I wasn’t prepared to be hit so hard by this Pinkie Cooper line. Pinkie’s face has all the elements of a great anthro doll. Of course, I adore the large eyes. While not glass or glossy, they look inset to me.
Also important to note is that Pinkie has ‘real’ eyelashes.
Pinkie’s face isn’t littered with heavy make up, which is a huge plus, as well. That would look strange for an anthro if done wrong! Instead of make up, we get a nice Cocker Spaniel themed face. What’s lovely about that in particular is that it doesn’t look too cartoonish or too realistic. It’s just right. The Cocker Spaniel theme is brought back on her body, which you’ll notice has marks or ‘spots’ on various limbs.
One very important aspect of Pinkie is customizing. Pinkie’s ears are actually little wigs. Sold separately for roughly $9.00, are accessory packs that include a complete outfit and a set of ears. The wigs seem fine to me so far. The hair seems soft and easy to comb.
The wig cap has a peg that is inserted into a hole on the head. They stay in well and are easy to pull out and place in. Better still, the rim on the wig cap isn’t too thick that it is terribly noticeable like some wigged dolls.
As far as the outfits are concerned, I adore the outfit on Pinkie in London. Simply adore. The velcro fasteners make it easy to take off and put on new outfits. It was a little complicated putting the long sleeves on Pinkie, as her elbow joint kept turning, making her arm bend in strange directions. However, that’s a small complaint. The outfits look well put together and in terms of style, are super cute on these anthro’s.
There’s not much to say about Lil Pinkie, Pinkie’s dog. He is a solid accessory for Pinkie. His head turns left and right, but that is the extent of his mobility. His ears detach, just like Pinkie Cooper. However, you don’t receive different ears for him in this set. Those are sold separately. She’s a cutie, though, just like her owner.
The biggest con I can give these guys is the lack of a fully jointed body. One click knee’s are okay, but they still don’t really help with posing. And no wrist joint? I can understand that, but still don’t love that it was left out. It would also be great if this doll could stand on her own better, but it seems we’ll have to wait for more releases to see if that happens.
I like a lot about this new Pinkie Cooper line. In fact, I even plan on buying her friends, because I think the line is just plain adorable. (And this is coming from a girl who never really liked the Bratz line!) The size is perfect, the outfits are well styled and Pinkie’s face is everything I love about anthro’s.
As usual, I put a video review together with my thoughts on Pinkie Cooper. Watch it below!
What do YOU think of the new Pinkie Cooper line? Do you love them? Have questions about them? Share your thoughts below!