Walking the Toy Aisle

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.

Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake

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!

CPK's by Wicked Cool Toys

CPK’s by Wicked Cool Toys

CPK by Wicked Cool Toys

CPK by Wicked Cool Toys

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.

Not Moxie

Not Moxie Storytime Princess

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.

Scary Chewie

Scary Chewie

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

Meccano

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.

Paw Patrol

Paw Patrol

This Paw Patrol Mission Chase is another thing we first saw at Toy Fair.  This will be a hot seller come Christmas time.

Lori

Lori

Lori

Lori

Lori seems to be a new doll line.  They’re not very big in scale and are made by the folks behind Our Generation.

Our Generation Kitchen

Our Generation Kitchen

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!!!

new MiWorld

new MiWorld

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.

17" Monster High

17″ Monster High

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.

Desendants

Descendants

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.

Ever After High

Ever After High

Ever After High

Ever After High

Ever After High

Ever After High

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!

Create a Bratz

Create a Bratz

Apparently, you can now Create a Bratz on Target.com.

Bratz

Bratz

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!

Bratz

Bratz

Bratz

Bratz

Bratz

Bratz

Bratz

Bratz

Bratz

Bratz

Bratz

Bratz

Bratz

Bratz

Bratz

Bratz

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.

new doll alert!

new doll alert!

MC2

MC2

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!

September 4, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Articles and Doll Histories, Uncategorized. 4 comments.

Toy Review: Sew Cool Sewing Studio

I first got to see the Sew Cool Sewing Studio in action at the Chicago Toy and Game Fair.  I saw it again at Toy Fair. And now?  I have one of my own, sent from Spin Master for review.  Sew Cool is an easy to use, no hassle ‘sewing’ machine.  This do it yourself craft toy is a way to ‘sew’ without messing with needles, thread or that dreaded bobbin. In reality, this machine’s three needles, protected behind plastic, felt the fabric included with this set together. You can’t use any kind of material in this machine.  Spin Master recommends that you use the special fabric included in this set and sold separately.

Sew Cool

Sew Cool

Sew Cool

Sew Cool

This Sew Cool Sewing Studio starter set includes a number of accessories, including: 8 sheets of Sew Cool fabric, three pre-cut projects (cupcake, owl, purse/strap), patterns to create your own projects, 22 embellishments (felt pieces, like bows, and black buttons to attach them) and a small bag of stuffing. This machine takes 4 AA batteries.

Sew Cool

Sew Cool

How does it work?  Really well, actually.  It’s very easy to make simple felted projects.  Turn the machine on, line up your fabric with the seam line under the three safely tucked away needles, press the blue button and the needles begin to furiously move up and down.  From there, just move your fabric through the machine and press the button again to stop the needles.

Sew Cool

Sew Cool

Sew Cool

Sew Cool

The biggest con I can see with the Sew Cool Sewing Studio is that there is no way to change the needles if one were to break or wear out.  If that happens, you need to buy a new machine.  Another slight issue is that you can’t use any fabric in this machine.  Spin Master recommends only using their fabric, while others have had luck with store bought fabric.  In the same respect, you can only felt two layers together with this machine, due to the protective barrier that protects the needles.

Sew Cool

Sew Cool

To see this machine in action, check out the video review/tutorial below.

I think this is a pretty cool do it yourself kit.  The Sew Cool Sewing Studio makes it very easy to create fun, unique, creative and useful things! Do you own a Sew Cool Sewing Studio kit? What do you think of it? Have you made anything cool?  Let me know in the comment area!

 

*This item was sent for review.  All opinions are my own.

April 12, 2015. Tags: , , . Introductions & Reviews, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Toy Fair 2015- Spin Master

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?

Spin Master Blogger Breakfast

As far as dolls, there weren’t many on display, but then again, Spin Master isn’t exactly known for their doll products.

Spin Master Blogger Breakfast

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.

Spin Master Blogger Breakfast

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 Blogger Breakfast

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.

Spin Master Blogger Breakfast

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.

Spin Master Blogger Breakfast

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.

Spin Master Blogger Breakfast

The new Flutterybye Unicorn is just as neat as the Flutterbye Fairies. It hovers over your hand, just like the fairies!

Spin Master Blogger Breakfast

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!

February 19, 2015. Tags: , , . Toy Fair 2015, Uncategorized. 2 comments.

Bye, La Dee Da!

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.

Sad News

Sad News

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!

April 14, 2014. Tags: , , . Articles and Doll Histories, Uncategorized. 9 comments.

La Dee Da Dolls Meet Monster High

I had an interesting question posted on my video review of the new La Dee Da Doll 1st Edition Dee.  The commenter asked if La Dee Da doll clothing fit Monster High dolls (and vice versa).  Yesterday, while I was at work, my mom put it to the test!

Dead Tired Frankie wearing La Dee Da Dee’s outfit and vise versa.

Looks to me like aside from the height of the two dolls, there isn’t much of a difference! I’d say most outfits (if not all) should be interchangeable between lines!

June 13, 2012. Tags: , , , . Introductions & Reviews, Uncategorized. 2 comments.

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