Flower Fairies Secret Garden: Miniature Garden Fairies

We were first introduced to Flower Fairies Secret Garden last year at the Chicago Toy and Game Fair (ChiTAG). The miniature fairies were the stand out booth at the show. After ChiTAG I reached out to the company to see if they were interested in sending any samples for review. They were kind enough to send quite a few items to show off to all of you! And, guys, these miniature fairy figures are as adorable now as they were when I saw them in October!

Let’s start with a little background. Flower Fairies Secret Garden figures were inspired by Cicely Mary Barker’s gorgeous illustrations from the 1920’s. These illustrations have a wonderful charm to them and they’ve inspired some adorable recreations in the Flower Fairies Secret Garden series by Ultimate Source. There are 23 pieces to Series 1 of the Flower Fairies Secret Garden brand, including a planter kit, 8 flower fairies and multiple accessories. At the moment, you’ll need to use the store locator on the Flower Fairy website to find a store near you that carries these miniature garden fairies, as they currently don’t have a web store on their site. It’s worth the hunt, though!

While made of plastic, these beautifully painted figures feel durable. Sent for review was a planter kit, faux moss and flowers, a variety of fairies and, finally, a few accessory packs.

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This is the Strawberry Fairy. The Strawberry Fairy is adorable! I love the curly hair and strawberry themed outfit. The Strawberry Fairy comes with a strawberry patch, which can be used in your fairy garden.

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Scilla Fairy is my favorite of the whole bunch! In fact, she was my favorite way back in October when we first saw these! I love Scilla’s blue cape like outfit and her down turned wings. Plus,  her flower umbrella is too cute!

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The Lilac Fairy sits perfectly on the little tree trunk she comes with. Do you see the light purple coloring on her wings? All the fairies wings glow light purple when in sunlight! In the same respect, they glow dark blue when under a black light!

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This is Buttercup Fairy. She comes with a basket of berries that she can hold or you can use elsewhere in your garden. The yellow in her dress is very pretty!

Baby Apple Blossom loves to see what surprises lie within the wishing well! Apple Blossom has the most adorable baby wings!

Besides fairies, we were also sent some accessories to really make our village stand out! This fairy door is gorgeous! It stands well on its own, too! I love the design, the colors, the details– everything!

The planter can be used to create a real or imaginary flower fairy garden. To create our garden, we used the Flower Fairy Secret Garden faux moss (9.25 diameter, round) and faux flower packs. The moss fits right into the planter! I may have to invest in their faux moss landscape, which is longer, to expand my village! Another larger accessory is the bridge, which would look great on the landscape I just mentioned. The planters kit includes a planter, stone sidewalk and lamp post. They also sell accessory packs, which include an adorable mailbox (with letters wrapped in leaves), fairy food and a sign post! (Watch the video to see the small accessories we received for review!)

I really, really like the Flower Fairies Secret Garden series! The figures are highly detailed, made of a durable plastic and look so pretty, whether they are displayed in a planter or just sitting on a desk! Flower Fairies Secret Garden are colorful high quality miniatures that I would feel fine giving to a fairy loving youngster or a youngster at heart! There’s a good chance that I’ll be revising this brand come Christmas, as I think they’d make wonderful gifts!

Want to follow the brand online? Check out their website, “like” them on Facebook or follow them on Instagram or Twitter. What do you think of Flower Fairies Secret Garden? Which fairy is your favorite? Let us know in the comment area!

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May 15, 2018. Tags: . Uncategorized. 2 comments.

Amelia Earhart, Frida Kahlo, Katherine Johnson and More!

In honor of International Women’s Day, Mattel inducted 14 new inspirational women into their ‘Sheroes’ series: Patty Jenkins (director of Wonder Woman), Chloe Kim (Olympic snowboarder), Nicola Adams OBE (boxing champion), Bindi Irwin (conservationist), Hui Ruoqi (vollyball champion), Hélène Darroze (chef), Sara Gama (soccer player), Martyna Wojciechowska (journalist), Xiaotong Guan (actor/philanthropist), Yuan Yuan Tan (ballerina), Vicky Martin Berrocal (designer/entrepreneur), Cagla Kubat (windsurfer), Lorena Ochoa (golfer) and Leyla Piedayesh (designer/entrepreneur). Like past ‘Sheroes’ releases, these are one-offs and won’t be sold in stores.

Internationa Women's Day Sheroes

As disappointing as it may be that we aren’t getting wide releases of the inspiring women listed above, Mattel also announced the “Inspiring Women” line, which includes Amelia Earhart (aviator), Frida Kahlo (artist) and Katherine Johnson (NASA mathematician). These dolls are on articulated bodies, judging from Mattel’s promotional photos. (Thank you, Mattel!) Of the three, my favorite is Amelia Earhart. I’ve always been intrigued with Amelia Earhart’s story and the mystery surrounding her death. Mattel did a great job, in my opinion, of re-creating her in doll form. Also, her outfit is awesome!

Internationa Women's Day Sheroes

Internationa Women's Day Sheroes

Internationa Women's Day Sheroes

What ‘Sheroes’ would you like to see mass produced? Who should Mattel create next? Will you be buying any of the Inspirational Women line? Let me know in the comment area!

March 8, 2018. Tags: . Uncategorized. 24 comments.

Dolly Review: Kruselings by Käthe Kruse (Joy)

Some of you may remember that I recently wrote a post on a new 9″ doll line by Käthe Kruse called Kruselings. Shortly after, a review sample of one of the deluxe doll sets came my way! Meet Joy! Joy represents New York City. When she and her international friends are summoned by Fire Opal, a mysterious power turns them into the Kruselings, the Guardians of Dreamland. Their role is to end nightmares and make sure sweet dreams can be had by all, and they can do this because they are such good friends and work so well together as a team, where their individual strengths and magical abilities are so much more powerful when used together. Joy’s strength is in music.

Kruselings Joy

Joy (and the other Kruselings) are made from a sturdy vinyl. They are articulated with joints in their neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees and ankles. The movement of the joints surprised me! Play line dolls of this size aren’t always known for having good articulation. Kruselings, however, move easily and can pose well. They stand solidly, too! Her torso is embellished with a K, to help identify the doll if you find one without her outfit.

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Let’s talk about her face! Designed by Sonja Hartmann, it’s no surprise that the face is well designed and quite cute. I didn’t see this so much in the promo photos, but in person, the face looks nice! Her brown eyes are just the right size for her well proportioned features.

Her face looks natural with very little other than light blush on her cheeks and red-painted lips. What I like about Joy’s facemold is her expression. Her closed grin works well with her plump cheeks and glass eyes.

Kruselings Joy

Where there’s a bit of a misstep is probably her hair, though it’s only a tiny issue for me. Joy’s hair looks great from the front, but is kind of a mess in the back. Softer, curly hair would have been my preference for this doll, because it would make it easiser to style.

Kruselings Joy

For review, I was sent the deluxe set, which includes Joy, her Kruseling outfit and her casual, every day look. Out of the two outfits, I prefer the every day street wear Joy comes with. It includes a white shirt with KRUSE on it, a red sports jacket with the Käthe Kruse logo, a blue school girl skirt, a headband and white shoes. The outfit looks great on Joy! I particularly love the jacket.

Kruselings Joy

Her Kruseling look should please the younger crowd, though! Pink, shiny and sparkly, as a Kruseling, her outfit is very fairy like! Complete with wings that clip on around her shoulders. She also comes with her magic headphones. What I like most about her Kruseling look has to be her red boots! Currently, my Joy is wearing her street wear look with the red Kruseling boots and her wings. Both outfits are well made, as I’d expect from Käthe Kruse.

Kruselings Joy

Kruselings Joy

Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Kruselings, but in the end, they pleasantly surprised me! Good articulation, well made bodies and a super cute face won me over. If you’re looking for a small doll with some style, check out Kruselings. You can find them on Facebook and YouTube. What do you think of Kruselings? Share your thoughts in the comment area!

March 3, 2018. Tags: . Uncategorized. 10 comments.

Dolly Review: American Girl’s Seaside Diner Playset

You know me. I’m kind of vocal about how I feel that American Girl accessories are a little pricey. So, I’m sure it will surprise you that we picked up one of the big ticket American Girl Playsets this weekend. American Girl was holding a sale with prices as low as 60% off. While browsing the site, we noticed that MaryEllen’s 1950’s Seaside Diner was discounted by a fair amount of money. My mom and I split the cost of playset and a day later, it arrived!

To be honest, it is scaled a little smaller than it should be. American Girl doll’s 18″ frames don’t fit very comfortably on the swivel seating near the counter and they fit a bit awkwardly in the booth seating. The counter area is slanted to allow for dolls without articulated knees, but it still doesn’t work wonderfully for 18″ American Girls, in my opinion. The food is also a little small for them, scale wise. However, there’s no denying that this is a large playset that, regardless of scaling issues, should delight any 16″-18″ doll collector.

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The booth seating is detached from the wall area, so you can move it wherever you’d like. The booth is made with real vinyl with excellently done piping. The turquoise, coral and white color scheme is very pretty. I would love to have a seating area in these colors in my house one day! The table is a bright coral color that is very similar to what I would think would have been in a 50’s diner. I love the chrome/silver details that are seen in this playset, especially around the walls and counter tops.

AG Seaside Diner (Maryellen)

As you can see in the pictures, we used a variety of dolls for these photos. Even if you don’t have American Girls, this is a really awesome playset for any doll around that size. It fits A Girl for All Time’s 16″ size really well. Plus, their knee joints allow them to sit more easily at the diner’s counter in the swivel chairs. Sasha dolls also fit nicely with this set. In the pictures, you’ll also see Skippy’s (the smaller dolls, acting like kid brothers) and The Queens Treasures Laura Ingalls doll.

AG Seaside Diner (Maryellen)

Besides the large backdrop and booth seating, the Seaside Diner comes with a variety of other accessories including: hamburgers, hotdogs and breakfast food props. It also comes with some shakes (that should have had straws), plates and paper products, like place mats and menus. You get a doll sized apron with the logo of the diner on it, as well as a paper hat (which doesn’t seem to fit our dolls well) and a few smaller plastic accessories to ‘flip burgers’ and prep other food items. For added fun, this set comes with order slips and a bell!

AG Seaside Diner (Maryellen)

There is a stove top located near the order window (on the other side of the wall) that has storage space for small pieces. The stove adds extra play value, since you can pretend to prepare the food for your guests! I am also a fan of the order clips!

AG Seaside Diner (Maryellen)

AG Seaside Diner (Maryellen)

To make the space your own, this set also comes with removable stickers to put on the walls. We haven’t found the courage to try those yet!

AG Seaside Diner (Maryellen)

Now, do I think this set is worth the $275.00 price tag? No. But, is it worth it if you can pick it up at 50% off or better? I think so. It’s a big piece that offers a lot of fun elements for play, photography or display. Do you have this set? What do you think of it? Share your thoughts in the comment area!

February 5, 2018. Tags: . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Dolly Review: Shnooks by Zuru

Have you seen Shnooks during your trips to the toy aisles? Zuru was kind enough to send us two Shnooks for review. Shnooks in their package are thin and flat. When you free your Shnook from the card and “pop” the bubble it’s in (ie: opening the vacuum sealed bag), all that’s left is to shake your Shnook to life. As you shake it, your Shnook will grow up to eight times larger than it started, going from bubble to best friend!

Shnooks

Shnooks

A lot of the growing has to do with the troll like hair that Shnooks have. For added fun, you get two hair clips and some rubber bands to style your Shnooks hair. Their soft plush bodies have nicely embroidered faces. As far as stuffed novelty toys go, I think these are cute! Because they’re small in size, they seem like they’d make great travel buddies. Around the bang area, there’s a small white loop, which allows you to attach a key chain (or whatever you’d like) so you can display them wherever you’d like.

WIN A PAIR OF SHNOOKS!

In honor Valentine’s Day, Zuru offered to give one of you a pair of Shnooks. Whether you keep both for yourself or give one to your Valentine, you don’t want to miss this giveaway! You have until 2/14/2018 to fill out this google form (also embedded below). If you’re on a mobile device, you may need to go to a computer to fill this out. This contest is open to US residents only. (Sorry! I’ll try to host an international contest later this year!)

Contest is over. Thanks for entering!

You can enter the contest once a day for added entries! Feel free to share this with your friends. To keep up with Shnooks online, bookmark their website, like them on Facebook or watch them on YouTube! What do you think of Shnooks? Share your thoughts in the comment area! And good luck!!!!

February 4, 2018. Tags: . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

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