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!
With only one or two more Toy Fair reports left, I thought it was about time to post a new Walking the Toy Aisle! Here’s a few things I saw while browsing the shelves last week.
Fun fact: I was an extra in Divergent. You can see me twice, if you know where to look. Because of that, I’ve kept an eye on the doll line. While I liked the ‘Divergent’ Tris, I love this Insurgent Tris! The short hair looks fantastic on this doll!
Have you heard of ‘Fifth Harmony‘? Apparently, they’re a musical group. I, personally, have never heard of them. The doll versions of the group are really well done, though. Lauren and Camila are my favorites.
There were some Frozen items that were, I’ll be honest, super scary. These two My Size dolls were not.
This Anna styling head, on the other hand, was not my favorite Frozen item. I don’t like the face and don’t see much resemblance to the animated character. Maybe it’s too long or not wide enough? I’m not sure what the problem is for me, but it isn’t my cup of tea!
I did quite like these miniature Frozen dolls. Little Kristoff is adorable. Anna’s hair color is a bit strange, but the faces on these are rather cute.
I am loving Barbie’s rebranding. I haven’t liked a bathing suit Barbie in forever, but Glam Vacation Barbie is super cute! And, she has a real bathing suit! (There are a number of Barbie’s in the Barbie aisle with painted on suits. Not a good trend.)
Which brings me to this new Chelsea/Kelly doll. Notice her painted on top. Why, oh, why do you insist on doing this, Mattel?
One of each, please! miWorld is continually surprising me with new stores. If only I had space for all of them!
How cute is the ‘My First Princess’ Sofia the First? I adore her and she looks like she has so much hair! (You might recall I reviewed a Princess Amber with a huge hair issue recently…)
Here’s a close up of the Sofia the First Styling Head, which, unlike the Anna Styling Head, I adore.
As I learned at Toy Fair, Jakks Pacific is changing their line of My First Princess’s to feature ‘Royal Reflection’ eyes. Basically, the new eyes have a little more depth to them. The doll on the left has the new eyes.
These are two adorable Princess 2-packs: Toddler Rapunzel and Maximus and Wedding Bells Ariel and Prince Eric.
Mattel is doing an interesting thing this year. They’re releasing small furniture pieces. A neat idea!
As 2015 progresses, we’ll be seeing many new Star Wars toys. The large figures seen above are quite neat! Han and Luke look pretty good, much better than some of the small action figures.
Moxie Girlz haven’t done much for me since they debuted. However, these Moxie Girlz Friends caught my eye while shopping. They’re kind of cute and definitely different from the dolls we’re used to.
So, there are a few items I saw while browsing the toy aisles this past week. What have you seen recently? Share your thoughts below!
I’m a huge fan of MiWorld and have been since they debuted last year. This Christmas, I received a new MiWorld room, Sprinkles Cupcakes. I’ve never actually heard of Sprinkles before, so I can’t say much about how this miniature set compares to the real life store. I can, however, give you a sneak peek into what it looks like and how it compares to past MiWorld sets!
Sprinkles is considered a ‘starter set’, not a deluxe set. That means, it is one room as opposed to two rooms. Sprinkles has a very colorful back drop. The walls are decorated in lots of bright colors. One wall features merchandise, like t-shirts. The second wall features the menu board and 2D cabinets holding supplies. The backdrops fit well into the base. Before you place the wall into the thin cardstock floor panel, remember to place down the thin pink floor piece. The walls attach with a very tiny L shaped piece of plastic. It’s very easy to lose, but, unlike past sets, seems to stay in place!
As far as large furniture pieces, this set has a few. The biggest accessory is the display case. It comes in multiple pieces, so you’ll have to put it together. I’ve found that mine stays together well and looks pretty neat when all is said and done! It holds accessories well, too!
The second piece you have to put together is the table and chair set. The table and chair aren’t the best accessories I’ve seen in a MiWorld set. They seem flimsy. My table is just slightly off due to pieces not fitting properly. I love the ‘peanut butter cup’ look to the table top, though!
Besides the large set pieces, this set includes a number of smaller accessories. Inside are twelve cupcakes, two t-shirts, two canisters (of what, I’m not sure), two coffees, two plates and two flavor capsules. There are also three foldable boxes.
Like other MiWorld sets, there are some stickers you’ll have to apply to get the full effect. The stickers are easy to remove, but they have a few problems of their own. Mainly, it’s hard to tell where some of the stickers go. For example, there’s this huge Cupcake ATM sticker, but I’m not certain where to actually put it!
It would make sense to put it in the empty white space on the second wall, but then again, why would a cup cake ATM go behind the register? The cupcakes get stickered with dots, which was strange to me at first, but I went with it anyway.
One major issue with the stickers is that they don’t like sticking to the miniature accessories. To make sure the stickers stay on, you’ll probably want to tape these down with clear tape.
I think the MiWorld sets are really great, in general, but this set is a bit of a let down. I love the color of the backdrop and the fantastic display case, but the table and chair set is a disappointment. It seems to me that this set, more so than the rest, went through the most changes from prototype to actual product. Still, though, you couldn’t ask for a better backdrop for your tiny dolls.
Do you have Sprinkles Cupcakes? What do you think of it? Where did you put that Cupcake ATM sticker? How does this set compare to the actual Sprinkles Cupcakes? Share your comments below!
For months now, I’ve seen the Disney Classic Friends toddler doll on store shelves. I finally decided to pick her up. There are two variations of this doll out so far. One focuses on Winnie the Pooh and the other, the one I picked, focuses on Mickey Mouse. I was drawn to this particular doll because of her bright outfit and cute pigtails!
Disney Classic Friends are made by Tollytots, a division of Jakks Pacific. You may know the Tollytots name from the My First Disney Princess line. Disney Classic Friends are 15″ tall.
She has some jointing, though not as much as I would like. Her arms go up and down and do tilt out a small bit. Her legs are limited to moving up and down. Because of this, I find it hard to make this girl stand on her own. I wish I could just tilt her legs out a bit to widen her stance. She has no joints on her elbows, wrists, knees or ankles. Mickey Mouse’s head can turn left and right, but does not tilt up or down.
Speaking of her head, she has a head full of rooted reddish/brown hair. The prototype doll has hair that looks a lot more ginger than the doll we see in stores.
I prefer the doll they eventually produced to the prototype! Her hair is styled in cute, curly pigtails. Her bangs are curled, as well. The style is moderately sprayed down with hair spray.
Mickey Mouse’s face is adorable. Similar to the Disney Animator Collection, her eyes are made to look more like inset eyes and less like the decal eyes many toddler dolls have. They’re large and blue. Above her eye, there’s a little light pink shadow. Mickey has adorable chubby cheeks highlighted with a little blush, a button nose and large pink lips. I love the cartoon like look these dolls have and, of course, the large features!
One of the things that made me choose Mickey vs Pooh was her outfit! It’s adorable and very, very colorful! She wears a dress that has a bright yellow top and a blue skirt decorated with flowers, hearts and the Mickey Mouse logo. Attached to the collar of the dress is a red sweater decorated with a blue flower.
One of the cutest pieces of this outfit is the white, polka dotted apron featuring a full body image of Mickey Mouse himself.
To complete the outfit, Mickey wears yellow rain boots.
One aspect of this Disney Classic Friends line that I love is how well it fits with the Disney Animators Collection line. Their bodies are slightly different, but they’re the same height and they have similar faces.
Overall, I think this is one of the better Disney themed toddler dolls to be sold outside of The Disney Store. I wish she had better jointing, especially in the legs, but in terms of character design, they did really well on this toddler doll.
What do you think of the Disney Classic Friends line? Share your thoughts below!
Late December, I wrote about a new toy line called ‘MiWorld’. MiWorld consists of miniature store fronts, like Claire’s, Sweet Factory and DQ. As a fan of realistic miniatures, I was super excited to get my hands on a set. This Christmas, I was lucky enough to get not only one, but three sets!
Before I get into the specifics, here’s a quick rundown. There are two kind of MiWorld sets, deluxe double rooms and single sets. The double room sets are Claire’s and Sweet Factory and consist of two floor pieces and four wall pieces. Deluxe sets also include a Shop Girl! The single room sets include O.P.I, DQ and Sprinkles. They consist of one floor piece and two wall pieces. Each set includes realistic miniature accessories to create a fun, true to life environment. A store with no customers or staff members would be kind of boring, right? So the shop doesn’t turn into a ghost town, a selection of Shop Girls are available for purchase, too, along with smaller accessory packs to add to your store fronts.
MiWorld sets are meant to stack. While currently the cardboard floor of the double rooms leaves no gap for single rooms to be stacked on top of it, I have heard that future sets will correct this issue. At the moment, it’s easiest to stack like rooms on like rooms and to connect deluxe sets to single sets side to side. Of course, those who are crafty could easily create holes in the proper spot to stack single room sets on a double room.
Each set has some smaller than average pieces. The age range on these is seven and up, but if you have a younger child around or even a pet, you’ll want to keep an eye on the pieces and pack them away if they are in reach of those younger than seven.
Let’s dive into the MiWorld sets I received during the holidays. We’ll start with the deluxe Sweet Factory. Setting up the Sweet Factory was pretty easy.
Once you place the cardboard floor on the two plastic bases or floor boards, all you have to do is ‘click’ the plastic (already decorated) walls into place. An L shaped piece holds the walls together so they aren’t wibbley wobbley. Be careful with the L piece, though, because it likes to pop out when moving the shop. It’s very small and easy to lose.
Sweet Factory comes with a good number of accessories to create a realistic world. After setting up the walls, you’ll have to put a few of the pieces together. Also, there’s a lot of stickering. For example, the lollipops are all stickered with a rainbow graphic.
There are a handful of cardboard accessories, namely the mints, chocolate covered raisins and the box of chocolates. Have some double stick tape handy when putting theses together. I found that the packages wouldn’t stay closed without tape.
Sweet Factory comes with its own Shop Girl. This shop girl is scale to the shop. Something to keep in mind is that the shop girl comes apart at the waist. Her feet also come off. I think this is because Jakks Pacific wants them to be customizable. However, since I only have one shop girl, I’m not sure! She has limited jointing, but stands well.
Who else is scale to this set? Well, that’s a bit hard to figure out. I tried multiple dolls in the set and have figured out that, in general, action figures seem to fit. I had the best luck with my Doctor Who action figures. That was a pleasant surprise because up until now, they’ve only had their TARDIS to hang around!
Also scale-ish turned out to be my Pokemon action figures from years ago. They usually reside in my AG Mini rooms. Nano Freya, from The Junky Spot, was a smidgen too big, but still works if photographed just right!
Here are a few other size comparisons. You may recognize the others featured in the shots below. In general, Lottie is far too big and the Lalaloopsy mini figures are far too small. Polly Pocket, in the end, was too small, as well.
O.P.I is a single room set. While it doesn’t include a Shop Girl, it is a pretty neat room. It has one of my favorite accessories in it– nail polish! It also comes with a salon table, two chairs and a massage chair.
The walls are full of color. I love the energy that this store gives off. The walls look great in photographs, too!
O.P.I had fewer stickers than Sweet Factory. Most were the O.P.I logo. There are a few small pieces in this set. For example, four of the awesome nail polishes come out and are very small. The lamp on the table is two pieces, so when taken apart, those pieces are, also, small.
Visually, I really do like this room. My only concern is that there might be too much crammed into such a small space. However, any toy with a miniature nail polish display scores high in my book!
DQ, or Dairy Queen, is another fantastically visual set. It has far more accessories than O.P.I and feels a little more open.
DQ comes with a front counter, a table and chair, a cardboard sign and lots of food accessories. As a fan of food related Re-Ment and Iwako erasers, this totally appealed to me! The walls, again, are pretty great.
Again, you’ll want some double stick tape on hand for the cardboard accessories.
I love the ‘kitchen’ in the background and how real it looks when photographed.
There is an online element to these sets. Unfortunately, it didn’t work for me. If you have an apple device, you can download the app to really make your shops come alive.
My phone, the only thing I would play this on, is an android device and only has access to Google Play. At the moment, the app is not available in Google Play. To be honest, though, the draw for me isn’t the online element of these sets, it’s the sets themselves!
In the end, I had a lot of fun playing with these MiWorld sets. I don’t have many figures that are scale to these, but it was so much fun photographing what I do have in these mini rooms. I love that they are meant to stack and am happy to hear that future rooms will make it a little easier to stack single rooms onto double room sets without work on the consumers part. The rooms are stable, though you’ll want to keep an eye on the L piece if you’re moving the room. What I love most about these sets has to be the colorful backdrops they have given us and the realistic products.
What do you think of MiWorld? Do you know of another doll that would be the right scale? What shops would you like to see? Share your thoughts below!
Update: One reader asked about how the accessories might work with Pullip dolls. Below are a few reference picture! The pieces are still a bit small, but I think they work relatively well…