New Hearts For Hearts Girls– Coming This Fall!

Heads up Hearts For Hearts Girls fans! Two more dolls are headed your way this fall. Being re-released in 2018 are Mosi and Shola!

Mosi is Native American. Of the two dolls announced, Mosi is my favorite. I love the feather in her hair and her cool boots!

Shola is from Afghanistan. She has very distinct inset eyes that look very pretty!

I’ve reviewed Hearts For Hearts Girls in the past. Check out my reviews on Rahel and Consuelo! Besides having a great message behind the brand, I think these are quality made dolls. The variety among the dolls, too, is a welcome sight. You can follow Hearts For Hearts Girls on facebook, instagram and their website.  Are you excited about these two re-releases? Which of the two is your favorite? Let me know in the comment area!

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June 6, 2018. Tags: . Uncategorized. 15 comments.

Effanbee’s Tintair Honey Doll

For years now, I’ve been keeping my eyes open for Effanbee’s Tintair Honey doll. Made in 1951 by Effanbee, Tintair Honey was given a platinum dynel wig, which allowed you to dye and style her hair with the included tintair dye and rollers. There were three sizes offered: 14″, 16″ and 18″. According to the Ruby Lane posting, Tintair Honey dolls were “limited to America’s finest stores on a franchise basis”. Clothing for Tintair Honey was designed by famous French Couturier ‘Madame Elsa Schiaparelli’. While googling, I noticed a few different ‘in  box’ dresses for Tintair Honey, which leads me to believe she was released in different outfits throughout the early 50’s. (I couldn’t find a good thorough reference for Effanbee and, alas, don’t have a reference book!)

I’ve never seen one of these at the dolls shows, so to find one of these dolls, I decided to venture to Ruby Lane. Ruby Lane is a great place to shop, though prices can be a little high at times! When I saw this Tintair Honey doll, it was love at first sight! At 18″, she’s the larger version (and we know how much I like buying the larger composition/hard plastic dolls to smaller ones)! Made of hard plastic, Effanbee dolls have a different look to their skin tone than Arrenbee or Madame Alexander. It’s odd that we don’t see more of them at the doll shows, because the early Effanbee’s can be quite pretty.

Going back to the story, I placed an offer on this Tintair Honey doll and surprisingly, it was accepted! Cue the *grail item obtained* sound effect! While the dye is missing, Tintair Honey’s hair seems to never have been styled or dyed.  She came with her original tag, curlers, dress, dye apron and box.

Tintair Honey is in great shape! Her knees are rosy, her face paint is perfect and her hair is set well. The outfit discolored a little, but it looks nice on her and only has a little smell from being stuck in a box. What I love about Tintair Honey is her cute little face!

 

I’m excited to have finally crossed this doll off my wish list. She looks great with my other composition/hard plastic dolls! Plus, she’s an example of a doll that you don’t see every day! Have you found something fun recently to add to your collection? What do you think of my new Tintair Honey doll? Share your thoughts in the comment area!

June 1, 2018. Tags: , . Uncategorized. 13 comments.

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!

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.

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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. 25 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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