The Chicago Toy and Game Fair 2018 (ChiTAG)

Recently, my mom and I attended the Chicago Toy and Game Fair. Celebrating toys and games of all shapes and sizes, the game fair is unique among other toy shows. It is aimed at families and inventors, as opposed to industry buyers. Held at Navy Pier, ChiTAG has been going strong for over 10 years. It’s not a great place to see what’s new in the doll world, but it is a fun event to attend if you’re in the Chicagoland area, especially if you have young kids.

Welcome to the Chicago Toy and Game Fair at Navy Pier!

The best thing about ChiTAG this year for us was that our friend Frances brought her A Girl for All Time dolls to the show. As far as industry friends go, Frances is the best! Plus, it’s always fun seeing A Girl for All Time dolls and their accessories in person! (You can see plenty of reviews on this doll line on my YouTube channel or here on the blog!) Live video from their booth found here.

There was only one other doll company at the show and that was Instant Glam Dolls. Instant Glam Dolls is a line of styling heads with a unique twist! Instead of just being able to style their hair, Instant Glam Dolls use innovative fastening technology that allow you to switch out hair extensions or change the hair texture and color whenever you’d like. This line was invented by a grandmother who thought it would be a fun thing for her granddaughters. A few years ago, she brought it to market. There are three styling heads available and accessory packs with more hair extensions to expand your play options! You’ll be seeing them on my YouTube channel and here on the blog soon!

Besides these two doll lines, the other things I found cool were mostly game related. Golden Bell Studios brought some of their games. They’re working on two Once Upon a Time games (a card game and a board game) and a heart like the ones used on the show (which I assume is a plushie, but am not sure). They also had the adorable Marshfellows.

I-Top by Goliath was pretty neat, too. It’s a play on an old classic- spinning tops. These spinning tops are decked out with a counting system to tell you how many turns your top has spun. It also keeps the ‘high score’ so you know what you need to beat for a new personal best or to play alongside your friends!

Here’s a few more photos from the show!

ChiTAG, while it isn’t attended by many large toy companies and usually has very few dolls on display, is a fun event for those in the area. Visit the website to learn more about The Chicago Toy and Game Fair. Share your comments about the toys in this post below. Do you have a show like the Chicago Toy and Game Fair in your area? Share it in the comment area!

Advertisements

November 28, 2018. Tags: , . Uncategorized. 3 comments.

Sweet Suite 2018 Recap

This past week, I made a quick trip into New York City for an event called Sweet Suite hosted by The Toy Insider. Formally Blogger Bash, Sweet Suite is a mini toy fair event. With over 70 toy and game companies showcasing their new products for the year alongside deliciously tasty treats, 2018’s Sweet Suite was a fun evening filled with mingling and product reveals. Here are some highlights from the show floor!

Cabbage Patch Kids: A perk of any toy show is getting to catch up with Janis, who represents Wicked Cool Toys. One of their properties is Cabbage Patch Kids. In celebration of Cabbage Patch Kid’s 35th anniversary, Wicked Cool Toy’s chose to theme the products for 2018 around celebrations! (Perfect for me, as I, too, will be celebrating the big 3-5 this year!)

Sweet Suite 2018

Sweet Suite 2018

Sweet Suite 2018

Sweet Suite 2018

Sweet Suite 2018

Sweet Suite 2018

Sweet Suite 2018

Sweet Suite 2018

Sweet Suite 2018

Also, take note of the cute Teddy Ruxpin Hug ‘N Sing Plush and his friend Grubby!

Sweet Suite 2018

Sweet Suite 2018

Rideamal Horse Scout: Scout is a battery operated horse that moves forwards and backwards with fully motorized eyes, ears, head, and wheels from Kid Trax. Scout has over 100 unique sounds and movements. I personally found him adorable! I want one!

Sweet Suite 2018

Sweet Suite 2018

Hairdorables: Hairdorables made their debut at Sweet Suite! From Just Play, each Hairdorable doll package is a surprise –just pull, peel, and reveal 11 accessories and fashions that unwrap the unique personality, style, and talent of the Hairdorables girl hidden inside! With 36 different dolls to collect (including two rare and one ultra-rare), these will definitely be on a lot of Christmas lists this year! Hairdorables hit stores 8/1/18.

Sweet Suite 2018

Party Popteenies: Party Popteenies from Spin Master are pretty neat! Pull, twist and pop to throw the most fabulous celebration with these poptastic dolls! The dolls are pocket sized. Each Party Popteenies includes a doll, one hair accessory, 1-2 party accessories, themed confetti, and a collector’s poster. Wave one includes three different themes: Rainbow Unicorn, Cutie Animal or Winter Wonderland Party Popteenie!

Sweet Suite 2018

D-Lectables: D-Lectables from Imperial Toys are right up my alley. These blind bags feature miniature sweet treats themed around popular Disney characters. Each D-Lectable is created with stackable pieces, so you can mix and match! I like how the designs are creative, giving you a hint of the character without being ‘on the nose’.

Sweet Suite 2018

Sweet Suite 2018

Pop-Oh-Ver: From Kangaroo Manufacturing comes Pop-Oh-Ver! Pop-Oh-Ver is a clever space saving play set perfect for imaginative play! These fabric coverings are designed to fit any kitchen or dining room chair to resemble a real-world kitchen, stove or counter tops. When you’re done playing make believe, it’s super easy to remove the Pop-Oh-Ver from the chair, fold it up and store it away till the next time it’s needed.

Sweet Suite 2018

Sweet Suite 2018

Sweet Suite 2018

World’s Smallest: Hot Wheels is celebrating 50 years this year. To celebrate, the World’s Smallest line is making a whole slew of miniature Hot Wheels products! These would be perfect props for the right sized doll! There’s mini cars, car cases and even tracks!

Sweet Suite 2018

Sweet Suite 2018

Sweet Suite 2018

Boxy Girls: Exclusive to Walmart, Boxy Girls play on the unboxing trend! Each doll comes with shipping boxes with special surprises inside of them! There are four girls in the line. See the video review below!

Sweet Suite 2018

Sweet Suite 2018

Calico Critters: Calico Critters from Epoch displayed the Grand Department Store from the Town Series, a super cute playset centered around the adorable bunny rabbit, Stella and her friends. The Grand Department Store features elegant, sophisticated styling and a unified design for even more freedom with the layout. The special gift set comes complete with terrace, balconies, custom windows, awnings, flags and railings to spark even more customizable play. I also quite liked the Ride Along Tram. Seriously, it’s too cute.

Sweet Suite 2018

Sweet Suite 2018

Sweet Suite 2018

Sweet Suite 2018

Sweet Suite 2018

Sweet Suite 2018

Sweet Suite 2018

GUND: GUND had their new baby line on display, which was adorable! My favorite thing on the table was probably the cute Sloth, though! I was surprised to see that they were making Gudetama plushies!

Sweet Suite 2018

Sweet Suite 2018

Sweet Suite 2018

Sweet Suite 2018

Sweet Suite 2018

Fancy Nancy: Jakks Pacific was showing off a few things, including Fancy Nancy! I think this Fancy Nancy is adorable!

Sweet Suite 2018

Harry Potter Die-Cast Wands Blind Boxes: Look at these wizard wands! They’d be perfect as props for your dolls! These are by Jakks Pacific and would probably work great with dolls that are 1/6th scale!

Sweet Suite 2018

Here are a few more photos from Sweet Suite 2018!

Sweet Suite 2018

Cry Babies (Spin Master)

Sweet Suite 2018

Furreal Munchin Rex (Hasbro)

Sweet Suite 2018

Cupcake Surprise

Sweet Suite 2018

Arcade 1Up (a 4ft tall, light weight and very affordable arcade console– I want one!)

Sweet Suite 2018

JoJo’s Closet, JoJo Doll (Just Play)

Sweet Suite 2018

Snap Dolls (Cortex Toys)

Sweet Suite 2018

Crayola Crayon Melter (Crayola)

Sweet Suite 2018

Puz Oodles

Sweet Suite 2018

Me and Mario (not looking too bad for being up since 4AM thankfully!)

Sweet Suite 2018

Airbrush Art

Sweet Suite 2018

Me and Toad

Sweet Suite 2018

A GIANT GI JOE box

Cry Babies (ICM)

Sweet Suite 2018

Did you catch our review on these doll sized (and super playable) mini arcade games from Arcade Classics?

I was worried that the loss of Toys R Us would put a wrench in toy companies plans for 2018, but judging by what I saw at Sweet Suite, this holiday season is looking pretty merry. There were a number of toys that I know will fly off shelves and be on many children’s Christmas lists! Stay tuned for the swag box opening video–to be posted soon! Does anything on this list strike your fancy? Let us know in the comment area!

 

UPDATE:

Here’s all the SWAG we received in the Sweet Suite Swag box!!!!

July 15, 2018. Tags: . Uncategorized. 5 comments.

PUDDLE 2018- Thoughts and Haul/Loot

June 23, 2018 marked the 11th annual Pullip and Dal Doll Lovers Event, aka PUDDLE. My mother, Barbee0913 on YouTube, and I have gone for the past five years. In those five years, we’ve seen PUDDLE grow tremendously. For PUDDLE 2018, the showrunners made a few changes to the day. Instead of all the activities being held in one room, there was an added room where they held two programs, as well as the custom doll contest. The addition of the extra room saved up space in the main room, which was nice.

PUDDLE 2018

PUDDLE 2018

PUDDLE 2018

PUDDLE 2018

PUDDLE 2018

During the first half of the day, there was a break out session where you could get tips on sewing. The second half had a breakout where you could learn more about making doll music videos. While I’ve suggested in past video recaps that panels would be a nice thing to consider, I ended up missing the first panel, because I plum forgot about it. It was very early in the day and I was busy shopping. The second session wasn’t something I was interested in, as I am familiar with video making. I don’t think the panels were as popular as they could have been with attendees, but it’s a step in the right direction.

PUDDLE 2018

PUDDLE 2018

PUDDLE 2018

PUDDLE 2018

PUDDLE 2018

The attendee tables were decorated in very creative and unique ways. Each table had been decorated by a volunteer table host who also provided some cute table gifts. The table gifts at the table we chose were crocheted jellyfish hats! They were hand-made by our table host!

PUDDLE 2018

PUDDLE 2018

PUDDLE 2018

PUDDLE 2018

As far as dolls on display, there were a lot! One of the nice things about PUDDLE is that people will bring a handful of dolls with them to display by their seats. The dolls don’t have to be Pullips. They can be whatever you’d like to show off. This year, I saw a lot of Kiki Pops, a doll on my wish list. Seeing them in person made me want one even more!

PUDDLE 2018

This year, there were lots of viewers/readers at PUDDLE who stopped us to say hello. It was so much fun chatting with you all. We hope to see you next year!

PUDDLE 2018

One of the most exciting parts of the day was when they announced the winners of the custom contests! My mother made a mini custom themed around the Coast Guard, since PUDDLE’s theme was “Spell of the Sea”. Her custom placed first! It was all very exciting.

PUDDLE 2018

The vendor tables were again a highlight of the day! There were so many fantastic sellers at the show. So, I know what you’re thinking– where’s the loot?! Well, here ya go! Both my mom and I left with only a few items. They all came from the same booths, too, as it so happened! I picked up a fantastically made pink jean jacket for one of my Skipper dolls from Mota de Algodon. My mom left with a cute Little Prince inspired dress from her booth, as well. Mota makes high quality clothing and comes highly recommended from us if you’re looking for well made doll clothing!

IMG_1390

IMG_1383 (1)

Craftineered was back and this year, she was a vendor! We both bought some cute hair clip hats for our dolls. Mom bought a light up unicorn horn and I bought cute deer ears (not pictured).

IMG_1380

Doll Angel, the customizer who made my Divergent custom, had a table this year again, too. I bought a bunny hat for my Blythe doll. The hat’s too cute on her!

IMG_1387

A new vendor this year was Nightengale Needles. She’s a seamstress who makes a variety of different things. My mom picked up two doll sized hats that were then sized to her dolls heads. The hats are very cool looking! I am definitely going to reach out to her if I need any custom outfits for my dolls OR myself!

PUDDLE 2018

IMG_1377 (1)

More photos can be seen here. Overall, 2018’s PUDDLE was a lot of fun. Next years theme is steampunk, which I already have so many ideas for! I’ve inquired about getting some custom outfit pieces for my custom contest entry already, in fact! Fingers crossed the ideas come together!!! Let us know what you think of the cute things we picked up at the show or if you’ve attended a fan gathering or convention recently in the comment area!

July 8, 2018. Tags: . Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Netchie Dolls and Nata’s Knitted Friends

At the Chicago Toy Show, it’s pretty typical to see the same vendors show after show, which is I why I was happily surprised to see two new vendors! Both vendors were doll artists/creators, not dealers, which was another happy surprise. They also happened to be right next to each other in the room.

We’ll start with Netchie Dolls. Netchie Dolls are adorable cloth dolls! They stood out among the other vendors, who had more vintage pieces on display. Netchie Dolls are stuffed with a combination of sheep’s wool and polyester stuffing and are covered in a cotton knit fabric. The hair is composed of yarn attached to a crocheted wig cap that is firmly attached to the head so that it can stand up to hours of play time and a variety of hairstyles.

kane County dol show highlights

They’re cute online, but even more adorable in person! Being short on cash, I wasn’t able to pick one of these up this show, but I am very tempted to next time!

Kane County Doll Show Highlights

kane County dol show highlights

The second seller that stood out was Nata’s Knitted Friends. Nata had a table full of super cute crocheted creations! When I asked her about the dolls, she mentioned that she’s also open to making 100% unique creations based on a drawing. I can’t think of a better way of immortalizing a family members art than making their 2D image real!

kane County dol show highlights

So, check these guys out if you’re looking for a unique doll for yourself, a family member or a friend. What do you think of these? Share your thoughts in the comment area!

May 5, 2018. Tags: . Uncategorized. 2 comments.

Doll Show Haul/Loot, April 2018

April was a pretty busy month! With two doll shows, a Once Upon a Time Convention (where a friend and I had our photos taken with some cast members) and a trip into Chicago to see Jesus Christ Superstar, it’s been a busy few weeks! Because of all these fun things happening, I didn’t have much money to play with at the April doll shows. As it turned out, I didn’t actually see much at the shows that really ‘called to me’, so my small budget didn’t work against me! Of course, as it’s me, I didn’t leave empty handed.

Bendable Leg Skooter

Recently, I realized I didn’t have a bendable leg Skooter in my Skipper collection. All my Skooter dolls are straight leg. At the Chicago Toy Show, I noticed a pretty brunette pink skinned Skooter with working knees and a good face. She was priced at $45, but I was able to get her for $40, which was a good price for her, since Skooter was in such good shape and didn’t have any pale spots on her skin. Plus, she was being sold with her original top and a best buy skirt.
The second thing I picked up was a My Little Pony, Sweet Note, from year 9’s Rockin’ Beat Ponies. She’s from 1990 and has an awesome fluorescent color scheme. One of my favorite things about Sweet Note has to be her crimped hair!

Believe it or not, that was it! That was all I picked up at the Chicago Toy Show. April also brought me a few other cool things, thanks to the internet, though. You may have seen these in a recent Haul video posted to my YouTube channel, but in case you didn’t, here you go!

TNT Skipper

Skipper’s from the Mod era are lacking in my collection, so I decided that this year, I would try to add a few more to it! I saw this Twist N Turn beauty on eBay. She’s not perfect, but she looks great to me! Her face hasn’t faded, her coloring is bright and her hair is very pretty! I love the color of her hair! The only small issue with this Skipper is that her lashes on one eye are either gone or pulled into her head. It’s hard to tell, though, unless you are really looking for that. Eventually, I’ll try to fix the lashes, but for now, I think she looks great as is! More on him later!

Lifesize Baby Groot

The Hot Toys Lifesize Baby Groot was an impulse buy, but come on– how could I not?! Baby Groot is fully articulated, comes with three face plates and extra hands and best of all, comes with a cute little Ravengers outfit! For me, buying Baby Groot was like adding to my ball jointed doll collection, in a way. There are so many things I can do with him!

A week after the Chicago Toy Show was the Kane County Doll Show. Again, we didn’t leave with much. Instead of finding good deals on many small things, both my mom and I ended up splurging on one big thing (and picked up a few smaller things). My mom ended up with the big win at the show, a Patti Playpal in great shape! How adorable is she?

Patti Playpal

My big purchase was a hard plastic Arrenbee from the 1950’s. She’s 21″ tall and super pretty!

Arranbee Hard Plastic

Coming home with us was this interesting doll from the 1980’s. This fabric doll was created by artist Mary Vasquez. She called to my mom and we were able to get her at a good price. She’s very unique looking, don’t you think?

IMG_0370

Those are some of the items we brought home– below are some of the dolls we saw, but couldn’t afford!  You can see more photos in the Haul video linked in this post.

Kane County Doll Show Highlights

Kane County Doll Show Highlights

Kane County Doll Show Highlights

Kane County Doll Show Highlights

Kane County Doll Show Highlights

Kane County Doll Show Highlights

Kane County Doll Show Highlights

Kane County Doll Show Highlights

Did you find any additions to your collection recently? Share them in the comment area! And don’t forget, now until November 2018, we have a mailbox open for fan mail (for myself and Barbee0913) and doll donations! Check out the World Doll Day Doll/Toy Drive post for the address!

May 5, 2018. Tags: . Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Next Page »

%d bloggers like this: