Back when I had a PO Box for those that wanted to reach out via snail mail, I received a naked Flying Wendy doll from a reader/viewer. Thanks to a lucky find, Wendy now has an outfit! She was released back in 1993 when Mattel would use the Skipper face molds for some of the Disney Store exclusives and was released in conjunction with a Tinkerbell and Peter Pan. Like Flying Wendy, the Tink also used a Skipper mold.
Flying Wendy is unique when compared to Skipper dolls, because of her wavy light brown hair and blue eyes. I think she has a very pretty face! Her body is the same you’d see from any other Skipper doll released in the early 90’s. Flying Wendy is a great example of the other characters this face mold can play.
In 1997, Disney released another Peter Pan set, which featured another Skipper mold, the Teen Skipper mold that was used after this large anime eye face.
Both this set and the 1997 set go for some pretty high prices on eBay and would be great additions to any Skipper collection! Do you own this doll? What do you think of her? Share your thoughts in the comment area.
One of my (many) side collections is Liddle Kiddle Skediddles. This collection is something my mom started me on and has pretty much funded. Most every birthday or Christmas for the past few years, I’ve received a Skediddle, some in played with condition, others brand new mint in box. The Skediddles in my collection are all themed around big, well-known properties, like Charles Schultz’s Peanuts gang, Disney’s Mickey and, finally, Warner Bros. Bugs Bunny. Below is a picture of the Sears Christmas Catalog from 1969. The dolls featured in this post are seen in the middle right of the page for a whopping $2.99! (Browse Wishbook Web for more catalog pages like this!)
According to the web, Skediddles were made between 1968-1970. What makes Skediddles unique among the Liddle Kiddle line is their ‘Skediddler’, a pusher that makes their arms, legs and head move when you push the Kiddle forward on a flat surface. Most websites says that Mattel produced 13 original Skediddles. However, that number doesn’t take into account the cool Skediddles I’m about to show off here.
We’ll start off with my the Peanuts gang! Charlie Brown, Lucy and Flying Ace Snoopy were released as Liddle Kiddle Skediddlers in 1968. Sold separately, these Skediddlers are fantastic representations of the comic/cartoon characters created by the legendary Charles Schulz. In 1970, a three pack, the Peanuts Skediddler Clubhouse, was released with Charlie Brown, Lucy and Snoopy. I’ve never seen this three set mint in box, save for one Japanese site with Peanuts collectables.
In 1969, Linus was added to the mix, as well as a cool catalog exclusive (or so the internet says) featuring Snoopy and his Sopwith Camel. (I’m still on the hunt for this Snoopy/Sopwith Camel gift set!) Linus is the rarest of the quartet. I wish I had more hard evidence as to why Linus is rarer than the other three, but I wasn’t able to hunt anything down. My best guess is that Linus is the rarest, because he was produced towards the end of the Skediddler line, unlike the other three, who were out on shelves a year earlier. (Notice that Linus is not pictured in the 1969 Sears Christmas Catalog, pictured above.)
Ironically, Linus fell into our laps. We were at the Kenvention one year, browsing the room sales and Linus was just sitting there with all his accessories. Being a Barbie convention, the vendor didn’t care so much about the lone Liddle Kiddle in the room and my mom was able to snatch him up pretty cheaply! (I didn’t receive Linus until a few months later for my birthday or Christmas– they’re so close together, it’s hard to remember!)
The second series of Skediddles I have found in my possession are themed around Disney’s Mickey Mouse! Arriving on store shelves in 1968, along with the Peanuts gang, were Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy. Since the Peanuts gang were released in a three set, I’d imagine these guys were, too, but that’s speculation at the moment.
The third series, if I can call it that, centered on the Warner Bros. property, Looney Tunes. Hitting stores in 1969, Mattel only produced one Kiddle in this series and that Kiddle was none other than Bugs Bunny.
Certain websites will say that Mattel produced Daffy Duck, as well, but as of this writing and lots of googling, I have yet to see an actual picture of this supposed Daffy Duck. My guess is that one site confused Disney’s Donald with Warner Bros.’s Daffy and the rest became internet history. Because Bugs was only produced for a year, he is also considered hard to find. I would have loved to see more characters from this collection, but alas, it wasn’t meant to be.
One interesting thing to note about these Kiddles is that they were featured in an episode of Family Affair! Family Affair was a sitcom that ran from 1966-1971 about a bachelor who was forced to take in his nieces (Sissy and Buffy) and nephew (Jody) after tragedy took their parents. The show was quite popular and even inspired Mattel’s iconic Mrs. Beasley doll.
How is this related to the Little Kiddle world, you ask? Well, on February 5th, 1970, an episode called ‘Inheritance‘ aired. In the episode, the kids find themselves with a small inheritance and, of course, decide to go to the toy store to spend it. The toy store set they visit throughout the episode is filled with Mattel products (and only Mattel products) from the late 60’s. It’s like a ‘Where’s Waldo’ (or Wally, for those outside the US) of Mattel products. In one shot, behind the young boy Jody, you see some of the very Skediddler’s in this post, mint in box! Watch the episode here. (Look at the bottom left corner of the screenshot below.)
For more fun, see if you can spot your favorite Mattel doll in this 1966 episode, “Mrs. Beasley, Where Are You?“. Buffy loses Mrs. Beasley and Mr. French takes her to the Mattel showroom, I mean, a well stocked, totally generic toy store, to find a replacement. The scene is about 10 minutes into the episode.
So, that’s a quick look at my Liddle Kiddle Skediddle collection. I think they’re really great representations of popular characters. Even more so, I love the variety! Do you have any of these in you collection? Do you remember seeing them in stores? Have you ever seen or heard about this Daffy Duck Skediddler? Share your thoughts in the comment area!
It’s been a while since I’ve down a Walking the Toy Aisle post. It’s not that I don’t like doing it, I actually really like doing them. The problem recently has been this: there’s been nothing very new, exciting or interesting on the shelves for a long, long time. Recently, my mom and I took a shopping trip to our local toy stores. Surprisingly, the shelves were stocked with a few new items that I thought warranted this Walking the Toy Aisle post!
Let’s start with Flynn. How cool is his face mold?! I love how screen accurate they got his angular face. It even has his roguish grin! For a doll, he’s quite handsome!
This is a Barbie/Skipper 2 Pack. I’m happy Mattel has decided to start giving Skipper different clothing, because as you know, much of what past releases wore was far too similar for my tastes, but I still wish Mattel would take a few more chances. It’s about time that Skipper got a new hair-do or at least some different make up. Also, does it seem like her head is too big for her shoulders or that she’s losing her neck?
Hasbro’s Disney Princess Magical Story Skirt dolls definitely fall under the ‘interesting’ category. I really like the concept– that you can use the water wand to fill in the white portion of the princess’s skirts. Not to mention, Merida is just plain adorable with her round face and wild hair!
Shoppies, the fashion doll spin-off of the ever popular Shopkins, did better than I expected during their first wave. Here are three new Shoppies to collect. The second wave of these dolls seems much cuter than the first, in my opinion.
Usually when I place a styling head on these posts, it’s because the size or look of it is laughable. However, I kind of adore this Pinkie Pie Sweet Style styling head! At the My Little Pony Fair, I saw a handful of customs made from this large, full body pony. They were amazing looking. What I love about this styling head is that Pinkie has a body and is sitting in a position that could easily make her work as far more than just a styling head. How cute would she be sitting on a writers desk, for example!
I could very easily fall into collecting the mini Equestria Girls. They’re adorable and would look perfect hanging out with my Pinky ST characters.
Barbee0913 did a review on the Make It Pop line. I’m interested in seeing what happens with this line.
As promised, the new body types for Barbie are getting some outfits, as seen in these doll/outfit packs. I’m not crazy about all outfits or, to be honest, all the new body types. These doll/outfit sets are nice, though, and I can see them being great birthday gifts.
So, there you have it! As we move into fall, I expect we’ll be seeing a lot of new and exciting things. One thing that has surprised me over various shopping trips has been the lack of new Monster High and Ever After High dolls. It’s almost like Mattel figured that it would be a good idea to dial down the old style Monster High releases for 2016, so the new rebranded ones weren’t so shocking to casual shoppers. As of this post, I have seen a few blogs and facebook groups saying that the new ‘Welcome to Monster High’ style dolls have been seen in or around their town, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see what the rest of 2016 brings.
Have you seen anything interesting or cool at your local toy shop? Share it in the comment area!
For the past week and a half, I’ve been on vacation at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. It was an interesting trip that included all four Walt Disney World theme parks and Universal Studios/Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley. I traveled with my uncle, his wife, their three kids and my grandfather. As far as dolls go, I didn’t see much to share here on the blog. However, I did find something very cool while I was walking around Epcot– Kurhn, China’s answer to Mattel’s Barbie doll! I’ve reviewed a few Kurhn’s on my blog, but had to order them online from eBay or China Sprout. (They can also be purchased from the Tiny Frock Shop.) It was so exciting seeing them in person sitting on a shelf, just waiting for someone to buy them! (That someone? Me!)
At Epcot, make sure to visit House of Good Fortune in the China pavilion. There, you’ll find a handful of adorable Kurhns. Ironically, they didn’t have any of the Disney collaborations on display. (Licensing issues, I wonder, though I think people have found them there before.) Much of what was there to purchase were the more traditional dolls, like the four seasons and other more regal dolls dressed in traditional styles as opposed to street clothes. At House of Good Fortune, I picked up three dolls: a basic DIY Kurhn, a four seasons Kurhn for my mother and Sweet Girl, a more contemporary Kurhn that’s been on my watch list forever.
Honestly, the prices made no sense to me. The cheapest Kurhn was the basic DIY one priced at $28.00. The Four Seasons dolls were at $32.00. The anniversary doll, in the short hair and white/blue outfit, was closer to $40.00 and my Sweet Girl was in the $50.00 range. You’ll want to take out your smart phone when you’re at House of Good Fortune to do a bit of price checking. I overpaid on Sweet Girl, who I could have gotten cheaper on eBay. The other dolls, however, were pretty much on par with eBay or were just a little more expensive. Strangely enough, three of the ones for sale at Epcot were one’s I already owned– the anniversary doll, peach bride and a Four Season doll. That saved me quite a bit of money!
You’ll be seeing these in more detail later here on the blog and channel! Here’s a few more tidbits from my vacation. If you get a chance to go to Orlando, try to check out the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. We only went to Universal Studios (not Island of Adventure), so we could only see Diagon Alley, not Hogsmeade. However, Diagon Alley was amazing. It’s narrow, small and has only one ride, but it was so cool being able to walk through a screen accurate Diagon Alley!
Being a huge Harry Potter fan, I loved being able to walk through Ollivanders, Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes and Quality Quidditch Supplies. I bought the best Quidditch Hoodie at Quality Quidditch Supplies and almost bought a Quidditch robe. (I totally should have!) I missed a few of the shops, like the Magical Menagerie, because the family members I went with were being pains in the neck and had pretty much checked out, but it was so much fun walking around the shops!
I very nearly bought myself wizarding robes at Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions. (I totally regret not buying one now, but with everyone in my group being miserable outside, I just couldn’t concentrate on what I really wanted.) Another huge highlight was enjoying a frozen Butterbeer from The Leaky Cauldron. So tasty! Wish I could grab another without having to travel to Florida! Below is a picture of me, my tasty Butterbeer and the Night Bus!
Seriously, guys, if you go to Universal, try to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. It’s just very, very cool. I hope to check out the Wizarding World located at Islands of Adventure one day! And next time, I’ll make sure to bring my wand! (Neville Longbottom’s wand, courtesy of two of my friends from their last trip to Universal!) Over the next few days, I’ll post more pictures from my trip over on Flickr, so keep an eye on that to see more photos from the Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Epcot and Universal!
On a sadder note, during the trip my family was dealt a very sorrowful blow when my great uncle lost his battle with cancer. The saving grace was that my great uncle, a cast member of ten years at the Magic Kingdom, lived in Orlando and a few days prior to his passing, I was able to spend some time with him. While he didn’t really interact with us, I know he knew we were there for him, as his eyes would clearly flicker up and down as we spoke. Even after his long and fierce battle with cancer, he never lost himself. Below is an excerpt from a post I wrote about him on Facebook.
This past week, I’ve been experiencing the wonderful world of Walt Disney in Orlando, Florida. However, the memory I will take away from this trip isn’t being whisked away to see Mickey and Minnie by a kind cast member or being able to walk around Diagon Alley. Instead, the memory made this trip that is most precious to me is that I got to see my great Uncle Russ for one last time before he passed away. He was a guy that really took life into his own hands and wasn’t afraid to take a sudden turn left or right in his life story. He literally packed up his bags one day and moved clear across the states to work in the most wonderful place on earth, Walt Disney World, and enjoyed every moment of it. Not many people would be able to do that at ANY age, let alone when Uncle Russ did ten years ago. So, Uncle Russ, enjoy the italian food, chatting with Sinatra and hanging out with Walt up there in Heaven.
There’s a lot one can take away from his life, but what it has taught me is that you should never be afraid to take a giant leap. It may lead to wonderful things. (Now, if I could only figure out how to insert that into my current life story!)
I’m currently playing catch up with a lot of reviews, so I hope to get them posted ASAP. Be sure to check out the Disney Princess Box opening I posted last night on YouTube! It features some really neat Ariel Stuff that you’ll see here soon! Until then, what have you picked up lately? Have you gone on vacation? Where? Let me know in the comment area!
With Christmas around the corner, I want to get a few posts up this week, because I know the last two weeks of the year are busy for everyone! (Me, especially, with my birthday and Christmas in the same week. Oh, and Star Wars!) Unless I get distracted, you’ll probably see more posts popping up in your inboxes from me this week! For those of you who aren’t following my Disney Toy adventure on About, you may want to check out this introduction post on Disney’s new Star Darlings! A proper review will be posted on that site soon and linked on my FB page.
I’m not a Tsum Tsum collector by day, but I wanted to give you guys a peek at the new Jakks Paficic Tsum Tsums. Why? Because they’d make great props for your 1/6 scale or smaller dolls.
These vinyl Tsum Tsums come in three sizes: small, medium and large. They are designed to be stackable. These new Tsum Tsums are much smaller than their plush counterparts with the largest measuring no more than an inch and a half. Currently, they are being sold in packs of three (one of each size) and nine (three of each size).
Tsum Tsum Series 1 is exclusive to Target and includes a nice range of characters from Classic Disney to Pixar. I’m not sure how exactly they’re being released outside of the US, but keep your eyes out.
Watch the video review below:
I plan on taking pictures of my Ai’s (small BJDs from Jun Planning, found occasionally at Tuesday Morning) soon and when I do, I’ll add a few of these cute Tsum Tsums to the scene. I think they’ll fit in perfectly with tiny BJDs, including Hujoo Nano’s and Ai Dolls. Not to mention, they’ll be great for ‘dressing’ a miniature bedroom set! What do you think of these new Jakks Pacific Tsum Tsums? Let me know in the comment area!