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!
Spin Master was kind enough to let me into their Blogger Breakfast during Toy Fair 2015. It was tons of fun! Spin Master had set up some of their newest toys on tables around the room for us all to explore and play with, because that’s the best way to really understand a toy, isn’t it?
As far as dolls, there weren’t many on display, but then again, Spin Master isn’t exactly known for their doll products.
The only doll item they had on display was a Little Charmers Hazel. Hazel and her pet Seven are two of the stars of a new preschool cartoon on Nickelodeon (which is co-produced by Nelvana and Spin Master). Hazel has rooted pink hair and a molded purple hat with ‘cat’ ears. The hat is very similar to what we saw on some Kawaii Crush figures, just much larger! I love how her hair and hat work together. Little Charmers is based around magic, so this Hazel doll ties in with that, too. Hazel’s cape magically disappears when you wave a magic wand.
It was hard to miss the Meccano Tech kits, MECCANOID G15 KS and MECCANOID G15. They reminded me a bit of Number 5 from the movie Short Circuit. Both Meccanoid models can be programmed three different ways: using an app to control him like a ragdoll via an avatar, through learned intelligent movement and by motion capture (through your cell phone). They can walk, roll and talk, not to mention countless other things!
Spin Master has three new DIY sets that follow in the footsteps of last years successful Sew Cool. First, there’s the Text Cool Bracelet Studio, which allows you to emboss letters and emoticons on bracelets. It works similar to an old school label maker, but is much prettier and more compact.
Another set they announced was the Cool Baker Chocolate Maker, which allows you to make chocolates without a stove or microwave. Last, they had a Knits Cool Knitting Studio, which plays on the idea of arm knitting.
Bunchems seem like a fun little travel toy. The concept is super simple, but for the right child, they could be a great crafty toy. Bunchems are plastic spheres that stick together on their own to form whatever you want to make. They had a few on display and I can attest that they really do stick together with no problem! You get 370 Bunchems in the starter kit and accessories.
The new Flutterybye Unicorn is just as neat as the Flutterbye Fairies. It hovers over your hand, just like the fairies!
My favorite thing at the Blogger Breakfast, though, was Zoomer Kitty. It’s so adorable! Much like the Zoomer Dino that won many awards last year, Zoomer Kitty interacts with you by cuddling, playing, purring and more! She moves like a cat, too, albeit a cat on wheels. Trust me, you’ll want to see this kitty in action!
To really understand what these products can do, I would recommend checking out this short video I put together with clips of the blogger breakfast. You’ll get to see Zoomer Kitty and the Meccano Tech robots in action! Also, check out my Flickr album for more images!!!!
Did something in this post catch your eye? Share it in the comment area!
As I mentioned in last week’s post about lines that disappeared over 2014, I contacted Spin Master and MGA regarding the fate of some of their doll lines. I’m still waiting on MGA, but Spin Master has gotten back to me regarding one of the featured lines– Kawaii Crush.
Unfortunately, Customer Service has confirmed that Kawaii Crush was discontinued. If you are looking for any specific Kawaii Crush figures or sets, I recommend getting them while you can!
Do you have any favorite memories of Kawaii Crush? 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!
Sadly, another toy line bites the dust. La Dee Da dolls are officially discontinued. Apparently, 2013 was not a good year for new toy lines, with new comers Pinkie Cooper also being discontinued. Now is the time to pick these guys up! Who knows how easy they’ll be to find when they’re no longer on toy shelves.
I’m quite sad about this! I loved the look of these dolls and thought they added color to the toy aisles. What do you think of this news? Share your thoughts below!