Recently at Toys R Us, my mom and I decided to pick up one of MGA‘s LOL blind bag/box dolls. The idea around LOL is that there are seven layers of stuff that you can unwrap and open, the grand finale being your very own doll.
The first and second layers of the LOL experience are pretty lackluster. The first layer is a secret message and the second is a small sheet of stickers. The third layer is where it gets a little more exciting. From there, you’ll open, step by step, a unique bottle, a pair of shoes, an outfit, an accessory and finally your Lil’ Outrageous Little. There are 45 different LOL’s in Series 1.
The LOL doll itself reminds me of childlike Bratz. Our LOL has lilac hair molded in small braids. Her arms and legs move up and down. So, in outfits that don’t constrict her movement, she should be able to sit on her own. It turns out this particular LOL is from the Theater Club ‘set’ and is pretending to be a mermaid. A little confusing to us at first was that our LOL lacked shoes and instead came with two accessories. Once we saw the picture in the ‘collect them all’ booklet, we realized it was because she’s the mermaid that she didn’t need shoes.
LOL’s packaging also acts as the dolls home. One half of her circular home is her hangout, while the other half is her bathtub. Why a bathtub, you ask? Well, there’s one more element of this doll that I haven’t mentioned yet. The bottle holds water. After your LOL drinks, she may cry, blow bubbles or tinkle. The instructions were not very good at explaining that each LOL has a different talent, in my opinion, so it took us a while to figure that bit out. (If you watch the video, you’ll notice we fumble through that part!)
So, that’s a little bit about LOL: Lil Outrageous Littles. They’re one of the more interesting ‘blind’ products to hit shelves in a while and will probably appeal to a few of you! What do you think of LOL? Share your thoughts below.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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’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.
This Paw Patrol Mission Chase is another thing we first saw at Toy Fair. This will be a hot seller come Christmas time.
Lori seems to be a new doll line. They’re not very big in scale and are made by the folks behind Our Generation.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Apparently, you can now Create a Bratz on Target.com.
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!
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.
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!
I may not be a fan of Bratz, but I know some of you are! US fans can now pre-order the new line, set to debut at Toys R Us on 7/25/2015, according to the estimated ship date. As of this posting, they haven’t shown us what the new Bratz will actually look like, which is shocking, as their ship date is coming up very quickly!
To see the full selection of Bratz dolls available for pre-order, visit Toys R Us‘ website. Like them on Facebook for up to the minute updates on this new launch. You might want to also keep an eye on their website, as well, which I’m sure will be updated with promo photos eventually.
Are you looking forward to the Bratz re-launch? Share your thoughts below!
Many doll lines met their demise in 2014, some of which I reviewed and enjoyed. Here’s a quick post to honor those doll lines we lost in 2014.
I reviewed Bridge Direct’s Pinky Cooper way back in August of 2013. The line was one of the most unusual things on the shelf, to say the least! The anthro line included 3 friends modeled after English Toy Spaniels: Pinkie, Ginger and Pepper. One of their key features was the ability to change their hair (ears, really). At least two different lines made it to the toy shelves throughout 2013 and early 2014: the Travel Collection, which featured three different versions of Pinkie, and the Runway Collection, which introduced Pepper and Ginger. A handful of fashion sets were released, as well, and other fun items like pets and doll cases.
I had high hopes for the line and so did many others. Before its release, people thought it might be the next Bratz, as the lines share creators. Consumers, however, didn’t take to Pinkie as Bridge Direct wanted and a year after its debut, dolls started popping up in clearance bins all over. When questions started to arise about why they were clearanced out, I e-mailed the company and received confirmation that Pinkie Cooper, the only anthro on the toy shelves, was discontinued.
La Dee Da:
Spin Master has been known to give a short shelf life to their doll lines (think the long gone line, Liv) and it seems the La Dee Da line was no exception to that. I’ll miss La Dee Da. This line had so much potential, but was cut down before it could grow into what I know would have been a near perfect doll line. I first wrote about Spin Masters La Dee Da back in June 2012. La Dee Da consisted of four friends: Dee, Tylie, Cyanne and Sloan. Brought together with their love of fashion design, the dolls in this line wore cool, colorful fashions.
A number of different lines were released in the year and a half La Dee Da thrived. So many that while researching them for this article, I honestly don’t remember seeing some of them in person! My favorite release is still the first release– First Edition Dee.
Earlier this year, however, La Dee Da’s were migrating to the sale shelves. It was confirmed early 2014 that Dee and her friends were being put into the Spin Master vault. It’s kind of sad. I was a huge fan of this line. Yes, they needed to work on the body’s jointing, but the big features, fun outfits and colorful hair made this line standout.
MGA announced in January of 2014 (see Jan. 17th post) that it was shelving the Bratz line for a year, including the popular Bratzillaz. Why? They wanted to put a years worth of effort into rebranding the line. Me, I’m not a huge fan of Bratz, in general, and haven’t really missed them. They’re just not my thing. (Plus, I can’t say I ever really forgave them for ruining Mattel’s US My Scene releases.) However, I know that there are many collectors who do enjoy them. Apparently, they are coming back in 2015. We’ll have to wait and see!
Moxie Girlz and Teenz:
Moxie Girlz, another MGA brand, seems to have fallen by the wayside, as well, in 2014. True, there are still some on store shelves and their YouTube channel is still being kept up, but the packaging and styling of the line has changed drastically since their debut in 2009. Originally, this line was meant to replace the Bratz line. (Bratz at the time was in the middle of a legal dispute with Mattel, so Moxie was supposed to be the next big thing.) The Fall 2013 line featured six lines of multiple dolls. The Spring 2014 debuted a depressing two new lines, while Summer 2014 only received one, according to Wikipedia.
Moxie Teenz actually caught my eye more often than the Moxie Girlz. These dolls looked like teenagers, were taller than the Girlz (14″ tall!) and had inset eyes. My favorite of that line was Gavin, who I thought was just so dashing looking! I never picked him up to review, though, because he was never the right price. The Moxie Teenz page is no longer available and I don’t think I’ve seen any new Moxie Teenz at all in 2014, so I think we can officially say they belong here in this memorial. I have contacted the company to see if they can give us a little more insight into the status of these lines.
Novi Stars looks like it joined MGA‘s brigade of falling stars. I reviewed my first Novi Star March of 2013. I owe many of you an apology, actually! For months I fielded questions about reviewing more Novi Stars and I really did mean to, but I never got around to it. My own doll collection contains two Novi Stars. Ironically, the Novi Stars I really, really liked never made it to my stores. I was so set to buy Tilly Vizon, Sila Clops and Roe Botic, but we never saw them on our shopping ventures. Nor did we see Ann Artic, Mimi Merize, Ina Ferna, and Vera Tabray. (Now that I’m looking, I see many of these are on amazon still, but with Christmas just around the corner, I can’t buy anything for myself!) It seems as of October, new Novi’s were spotted, but even so, I think the hey day of Novi Stars is over. (Add Doe A. Deer to my wishlist!!! She’s adorable! Please come to the US!!!) I asked the company about Novi Stars current status and will update you if they respond.
Kawaii Crush wasn’t the perfect miniature line, but it was fun! It seemed like Spin Master really tried to push Kawaii Crush in 2013, but slowly product began to dwindle. Cute and colorful are two things I love when it comes to dolls and toys, so I enjoyed this line. The large dolls always drew my gaze. I loved how bright and colorful they were! They’re one of those dolls I wish I had picked up!) While the Kawaii Crush website is still alive and running, their YouTube channel hasn’t been updated for about a year, which doesn’t look good for the future of the line.
I’m sure I’m missing some doll or popular toy lines here in this post. Feel free to leave your own memorial for those line I forgot to mention in the comment area. (Again, I have e-mailed Spin Master regarding this line.)
Did you have any great memories of the lines listed above? Why did these lines fail to go the distance? Which would you like to see back? Share your thoughts below!
Fun fact– did you know that Lalaloopsy started life as Bitty Buttons? Back in 2010, when the line debut, the adorable button eyed dolls with a rag doll look were called Bitty Buttons and were sold throughout that entire holiday season as such. Shortly after that, Bitty Buttons dolls started arriving under the name Lalaloopsy. Speculation is that MGA had to change the name due to copyright. It was all for the best, though, as Lalaloopsy is by far a better name than Bitty Buttons.
Now, onto the review on hand, Lalaloopsy Girls Peanut Big Top! Right from the start, these new adorable 1/6 scale Lalaloopsy’s caught my eye! They truly are ‘sew’ cute! It was tough choosing my favorite of the Lalaloopsy Girls, but after some deliberation, I decided on Peanut Big Top. In a strange way, she reminds me a lot of the current version of Pinkie Pie, from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
The Lalaloopsy Girls are made of the same hard material as the original Lalaloopsy’s. Peanut has dark purple hair.
It’s molded around the skull in a side part with two fun pigtails made of curly, comb-able hair made of pliable vinyl. (It’s not the ‘silly‘ hair or ‘loopy‘ hair we’ve seen in the past.) I like the style of my dolls hair, but I imagine you could style this pretty easily into braids or lower pig tails.
The Lalaloopsy face really lends itself to this smaller size. It’s adorable, as usual. Her button eyes and round face make her stand out among other 1/6 scale dolls. Peanut has baby pink cheek color and red lips.
Her 9″ body shares many of the key elements in your traditional Lalaloopsy body. Her limbs are slightly over sized in length. Her torso is, also, long. Her limbs still have the usual ‘rag doll’ charm to them with her slightly bow-legged legs. Her arms move just as freely as a Lalaloopsy doll, though Peanut is much easier to prop up for photo shoots!
Peanut wears a stylish outfit inspire by the circus. Featuring a red ringleader-esc top and a striped black and white skirt, with some fun yellow tool finishing off the look, she radiates fun! I love this outfit. It fits her well and helps define her character. Peanut wears fun pink sneakers, which are removable.
Lalaloopsy never ceases to surprise me. Of all the spin-off lines Lalaloopsy has thrown at us, this is my favorite! What do you think of MGA‘s new Lalaloopsy Girls? Share your thoughts below!