Walking the Toy Aisle

Since I missed out on the fun at New York Toy Fair, I thought I’d do a little sight-seeing at our local toy shops. Here are some of the highlights from the toy aisles!

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When Wicked Cool Toys first mentioned that they were doing a limited release all vinyl 18″ Cabbage Patch Kid, I liked the idea a lot. That’s why seeing her on the clearance shelf makes me kind of sad. However, I can totally understand why she’s there. At $100.00 a pop, these weren’t exactly something a family on a budget could pick up for the holidays. Even now, at $79.99, she’s still too pricey for me to even consider buying.

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I love these backdrops! One of my main problems with photographing large dolls is that I have zero backdrops that are tall enough to fit them. This seems like something to keep an eye on!

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Club Chelsea is huge. I should have placed a normal Chelsea next to her for scale. She’s about the size of the Disney Princess Toddler dolls, I think. I love this and hope they release more in this large size.

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The 25th Anniversary of Totally Hair Barbie (yes, she’s 25 years old now) is nice, but something is off about her. Her head seems too small for her body, in my opinion. I’ll stick with the original.

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Having just watched the Barbie Video Game Hero movie, I love the heads on these three dolls. They have a huge problem, though– their bodies! They’re so plastic’y. They definitely need to be put on a new body. I wonder if they match any of the Made to Move Barbies.

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Oh, look. I found Spectra. Just kidding. I know this isn’t Spectra, but come on, Ari is practically her clone.

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Silvi is a pretty nice looking Monster High, though her coloring reminds me of Ghoulia.

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This is a strange Frankie. I like her, but something about her seems off.

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This is a nice little two set with Clawdeen and Clawd.

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I also like this Mattel product in the Ever After High line. She’s articulated, which is nice, though her elbow is a little weird. I wonder if that’s to give her enough oomph to shoot the arrow?

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This new Beauty and the Beast movie is cursed with really great toys and some really poorly made toys. The baby doll is super creepy to me. She’s not pretty.

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These toddler dolls, however, are super cute! I love them, even if they look more like Ursala’s human alter ego who tried to marry Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid than Belle.

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Lalaloopsy’s seem to be disappearing at an alarming rate. It looks like they’re changing a bit, as you can see in the picture. They’re smaller with real hair. In my opinion, MGA over produced their Lala line. They over saturated their own market.

So, there you have it! That’s what caught my eye while walking the toy aisle. What have you seen recently that caught your eye? Do you see anything in this post that you like or hate? Share your thoughts in the comment area.

February 19, 2017. Tags: , , . Introductions & Reviews, Uncategorized. 13 comments.

Dolly Review: Wicked Cool Toys Cabbage Patch Kids

It took a while, but I finally got my hands on some of Wicked Cool Toys Cabbage Patch Kids, sent for review. Because Cabbage Patch Kids haven’t changed very much in the past 30 years, there’s not much I can say about them! My relationship with Cabbage Patch Kids started way back in 1984. Cabbage Patch Kids, then produced by Coleco, were all the rage. They literally caused riots. (I can only imagine what would have happened if eBay existed back in 1983! Those scalper prices would have been insane! Check out some old newspaper articles written during the first few years.) My father took a part time job at a convenient store  and when a shipment of Cabbage Patch Kids came in, he made sure to leave with one. (I’m sure my mom had something to do with it, too!)

Cabbage Patch Kid, Elizabeth Ann

Cabbage Patch Kid, Elizabeth Ann

Many kids probably had a lot more Cabbage Patch Kids than me. For the most part, I grew up with one, Elizabeth Ann. I gathered a few over the years, but as far as original Coleco ones, I didn’t get very many. I think that’s for the better, though, because if I had too many as a kid, I wouldn’t have been able to bond with Elizabeth Ann (my original Cabbage Patch Kid) as much as I did.

Fast forward to 2016, Wicked Cool Toys is now breathing new life into this classic brand. Wicked Cool Toys Cabbage Patch Kids haven’t changed that much when compared to other companies past releases. Their main goal seems to be to bring back the excitement that followed the brand back in its early years. You’ve seen that with the release of the limited edition collectible 18″ Cabbage Patch Kids released in 2015.

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Keeping with tradition, all Cabbage Patch Kids come with a birth certificate. It’s printed on nice quality paper. (In this day and age, Wicked Cool Toys could have easily included a QR code or site URL to print a digital birth certificate.) Each certificate includes a unique doll name and birthday.

Like past re-imaginings of Cabbage Patch Kids, the ‘Kids’ have vinyl heads and plush bodies. The stuffing seems lighter than what has been used in the past. My original Cabbage Patch Kid, for example, seems heavier than Wicked Cool Toys newest release, even though she’s practically the same size. Wicked Cool Toys kept the facemold similar to what we’ve seen in past years.

Wicked Cool Toys CPK

Wicked Cool Toys CPK

They’ve added the element of animal adoption with their Adoptimals. The traditional Cabbage Patch Kids all come with a key. That key pairs with the Adoptimals (sold separately) and will make your Adoptimal’s collar light up and unlocks their ‘secret heartbeat’. The Adoptimals are 100% plush and scaled for the Cabbage Patch Kids size. They’re cute and some kids will really enjoy this secondary element to the Cabbage Patch Kids brand. I, personally, wouldn’t have been over the moon about it, but I could see pairing a Cabbage Patch Kid with an Adopimal for birthday gifts.

Wicked Cool Toys CPK

Wicked Cool Toys CPK

Also packaged with these two Cabbage Patch Kids that came for review was the more interactive, completely vinyl Drink and Wet Newborn. The gimmick of the Drink and Wet doll is simple– fill the provided bottle with water, feed it to your Cabbage Patch Kid Newborn and watch as the doll begins to wet its diaper. Aesthetically, the newborn is adorable. He has cute molded fingers and toes and the classic newborn face we all love.

As far as how well he works, well, he could work a little better. Half the water in the bottle went onto the poor newborns face when I was testing him out. You’ll want to use this on a table or in a room where you don’t mind if things get a little wet. Unlike some of the other interactive Cabbage Patch Kids, this one doesn’t require batteries or the use of any electronic device. Because of the tube inside the doll (I assume), the doll can’t turn his head in any direction. (You don’t know how many times I’ve tried to turn it left or right.)

Wicked Cool Toys CPK

Wicked Cool Toys CPK

Wicked Cool Toys CPK

So far, I think Wicked Cool Toys is doing a good job with Cabbage Patch Kids. As time passes, I’m sure they’ll be experimenting with even more ideas to make their mark on the iconic brand. For now, they seem to be taking inspiration from the past, releasing a variety of Cabbage Patch Kids in cute fashions and some fun, interactive newborns.

What do you think of Wicked Cool Toys take on Cabbage Patch Kids now that it’s been out for a while? What do you want to see from them in the future? Share your thoughts below!

 

*These toys were sent for review from Wicked Cool Toys in exchange for a fair and honest review.*

June 29, 2016. Tags: , , . Introductions & Reviews, Uncategorized. 6 comments.

Wicked Cool Toys 18″ Cabbage Patch Kids ‘Big Kids’ Now at TRU

Remember back in February when I shared Toy Fair footage from Wicked Cool Toys booth regarding Cabbage Patch Kids? One of the biggest takeaways from that presentation were the 18″ Big Kids. Well, guess what? They’re currently available on the Toys R Us website and at select stores. Here’s the details.  There are two different Big Kids, Class President (Violet Anne) and Ballerina (Sofia Lorraine). They’re both limited to 1,000 pieces each and are priced at $99.99.

CPK 18" Big Kids

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CPK 18" Big Kids

You can snatch one or both of these limited release Cabbage Patch Kids right now on the Toys R Us website. Do you plan on ordering a ‘Big Kid’? Why or why not?  Share your thoughts in the comment area!

December 17, 2015. Tags: , . Introductions & Reviews, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Walking the Toy Aisle

You can tell Christmas isn’t too far away, because new products are all over the place!  Here’s a few items I noticed while shopping recently.

Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake

Last we saw the guy above, he was a cardboard cut out in a Toy Fair booth, I believe!  Look, here he is in 3D in this Toys R Us exclusive Berryella and Prince Charming set.  I think this set is “berry” cute!

CPK's by Wicked Cool Toys

CPK’s by Wicked Cool Toys

CPK by Wicked Cool Toys

CPK by Wicked Cool Toys

Wicked Cool Toys Cabbage Patch Kids have hit stores!  Be very careful when buying a CPK up, though, as some of the Jakks Pacific dolls are still in stores, too. Make sure to check for the Wicked Cool Toys logo on the box.

Not Moxie

Not Moxie Storytime Princess

This set was a bit of a head scratcher for me.  Made by MGA, these dolls are identical to Moxie Girlz.  It looks like they were rebranded for this Storytime Princess set.  The girls even have a castle available for purchase.  Both are exclusive to Toys R Us.

Scary Chewie

Scary Chewie

Of all the things I saw during Force Friday, this Mega Posable Talking Plush Chewbacca was the scariest.  What were they thinking?  This doesn’t even look like Chewie.

Meccano

Meccano

Meccano’s were previewed in a Toy Fair video I posted from the Spin Master breakfast.  Looks like Meccanoid G15 is finally out and about for kids to play with.

Paw Patrol

Paw Patrol

This Paw Patrol Mission Chase is another thing we first saw at Toy Fair.  This will be a hot seller come Christmas time.

Lori

Lori

Lori

Lori

Lori seems to be a new doll line.  They’re not very big in scale and are made by the folks behind Our Generation.

Our Generation Kitchen

Our Generation Kitchen

Scaled for the 18″ Our Generation dolls, here’s a super great looking set, the ‘Bite to Eat’ Diner.  Look at all the food items!!!

new MiWorld

new MiWorld

Keep your eyes peeled for the newest MiWorld set, Paws and Claws.  It’s a Toys R Us exclusive.  I’m still waiting for the AMC Theater that was shown at Toy Fair.  This pet shop is pretty cute.  So colorful.

17" Monster High

17″ Monster High

Have you seen these 17″ Monster High characters at your local stores yet?  They’re on their way!  Check the quality of the doll before buying it, though, because I found that some of the dolls seemed hastily packaged.

Desendants

Descendants

Any Descendants fans in the house? Here are Audrey, Jane and Lonnie.  I know Audrey was supposed to be the ‘mean’ girl of the group, but I think her doll might be the prettiest of them all.

Ever After High

Ever After High

Ever After High

Ever After High

Ever After High

Ever After High

Mattel’s trend of releasing really nice looking Ever After High dolls seems to be continuing.  Heartstuck Cupid is so pretty, as is Sugar Coated Holly.  I would also like to give Mattel credit for the awesome box design of the Way Too Wonderland dolls.  I love how they’re posed in the box!

Create a Bratz

Create a Bratz

Apparently, you can now Create a Bratz on Target.com.

Bratz

Bratz

Speaking of Bratz, they’re back.  And, I’m honestly not very excited about them. MGA may have played up the whole rebranding thing too much for my taste as they kind of look… the same.  There. I said it.  I still don’t care much for this line.  But I know some of you love it, so here are some pictures of what I’ve seen, Bratz-wise, around town!

Bratz

Bratz

Bratz

Bratz

Bratz

Bratz

Bratz

Bratz

Bratz

Bratz

Bratz

Bratz

Bratz

Bratz

Bratz

Bratz

And then there is the line below that has been making its rounds on the internet for a few weeks now, Project MC2.  They’re cute. I like the inset eyes and the fashions.  It will be fun to see what happens with this line.

new doll alert!

new doll alert!

MC2

MC2

So, that’s a peek of what I’ve been spying at our local toy stores recently. What have you seen that’s caught your eye?  Share your thoughts below!

September 4, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Articles and Doll Histories, Uncategorized. 4 comments.

Collection Close Up: Phone Tag

This year, I really want to showcase little pieces of my collection.  This post features two of the more interesting pieces in my collection.

1983 Phone

1983 Phone

1983 Phone Graphic

1983 Phone Graphic

1983 Phone

1983 Phone

The first piece is a Super Star Barbie and Skipper telephone from 1983.  Made in China for Fun Communications, this can be used as a telephone or knick knack holder.

CPK's 1984 Phone

CPK’s 1984 Phone

CPK's 1984 Phone

CPK’s 1984 Phone

The second piece I wanted to show off is one of my newest.  I received this fantastic Cabbage Patch Kids telephone for my most recent birthday.  This telephone was made by Coleco in 1984 and features a Cabbage Patch Kid with molded yarn hair.

Neither of these phones seem to work, but they are both stand out pieces in my collection. I don’t know about you, but I love the ‘extras’, those items that aren’t dolls, but are off shoots of them.

Do you have any fun telephone-like items in your collection?  Do you collect dolls only or off shoots like these phones? Share your thoughts below.

 

February 8, 2015. Tags: , , , . Spotlight Posts, Uncategorized. 8 comments.

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