Walking the Toy Aisle

Since I missed out on the fun at New York Toy Fair, I thought I’d do a little sight-seeing at our local toy shops. Here are some of the highlights from the toy aisles!

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When Wicked Cool Toys first mentioned that they were doing a limited release all vinyl 18″ Cabbage Patch Kid, I liked the idea a lot. That’s why seeing her on the clearance shelf makes me kind of sad. However, I can totally understand why she’s there. At $100.00 a pop, these weren’t exactly something a family on a budget could pick up for the holidays. Even now, at $79.99, she’s still too pricey for me to even consider buying.

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I love these backdrops! One of my main problems with photographing large dolls is that I have zero backdrops that are tall enough to fit them. This seems like something to keep an eye on!

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Club Chelsea is huge. I should have placed a normal Chelsea next to her for scale. She’s about the size of the Disney Princess Toddler dolls, I think. I love this and hope they release more in this large size.

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The 25th Anniversary of Totally Hair Barbie (yes, she’s 25 years old now) is nice, but something is off about her. Her head seems too small for her body, in my opinion. I’ll stick with the original.

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Having just watched the Barbie Video Game Hero movie, I love the heads on these three dolls. They have a huge problem, though– their bodies! They’re so plastic’y. They definitely need to be put on a new body. I wonder if they match any of the Made to Move Barbies.

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Oh, look. I found Spectra. Just kidding. I know this isn’t Spectra, but come on, Ari is practically her clone.

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Silvi is a pretty nice looking Monster High, though her coloring reminds me of Ghoulia.

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This is a strange Frankie. I like her, but something about her seems off.

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This is a nice little two set with Clawdeen and Clawd.

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I also like this Mattel product in the Ever After High line. She’s articulated, which is nice, though her elbow is a little weird. I wonder if that’s to give her enough oomph to shoot the arrow?

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This new Beauty and the Beast movie is cursed with really great toys and some really poorly made toys. The baby doll is super creepy to me. She’s not pretty.

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These toddler dolls, however, are super cute! I love them, even if they look more like Ursala’s human alter ego who tried to marry Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid than Belle.

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Lalaloopsy’s seem to be disappearing at an alarming rate. It looks like they’re changing a bit, as you can see in the picture. They’re smaller with real hair. In my opinion, MGA over produced their Lala line. They over saturated their own market.

So, there you have it! That’s what caught my eye while walking the toy aisle. What have you seen recently that caught your eye? Do you see anything in this post that you like or hate? Share your thoughts in the comment area.

February 19, 2017. Tags: . Uncategorized. 13 comments.

Walking the Toy Aisle

This weekend, we decided to hit up Toys R Us for the first time in 2017! The doll aisles were pretty disappointing, but I managed to see a few exciting things while out and about!

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I love Barbie’s Food Truck! It’s so graphic and a great size. I’m tempted to pick this up if it ever goes on sale. It would make a great prop for photos!

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Walking the Toy Aisles

Walking the Toy Aisles

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Walking the Toy Aisles

Continuing on a positive note, I also love that Mattel is continuing with the Made to Move Barbie‘s and even expanding on the line. The red-head is adorable. I would probably feel bad if I bought her just for body swapping. The standout doll here, though, is the skater who is packaged in an upside down skateboarding pose. I love it. They also expanded with a karate themed doll.

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The first thing I thought when I saw this Journey Girls box? Oh! She must be cosplaying as Emma Swan from Once Upon a Time. The red jacket, white tank, jeans and the boots? The photographer/doll dresser must have been thinking about my favorite show when crafting this look!

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Walking the Toy Aisles

Beauty and the Beast dolls have hit stores! Some may think Mrs. Potts is creepy, but of all the merch, this was the best, in my opinion. This toddler doll of Belle was also pretty darn cute. Instead of the green-ish eyes of the previous release, this doll has rich brown eyes, more like Emma Watson, the actress playing Belle in Disney’s new live action remake. (This doll’s look also reminds me of Ursala in The Little Mermaid disguised as a human, which may be a good or bad thing– I’m not sure!)

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The actual fashion doll, on the other hand, I’m not so sure about. I’m on the fence as to if this Belle doll is pretty. I see the resemblance to Emma Watson, but the doll has a very strange vibe to her. What do you think?

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We bought one of these while shopping. This ball contains a doll and six other accessories– all a mystery until you peel the layers back. Actually, opening our LOL was pretty fun. You’ll see a post on it soon.

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So far, the trailers for the Video Game Hero Barbie movie haven’t made me very excited. However, the dolls are pretty neat looking. The mini’s above are very cute. They may not do anything, but they’d look good on a desk!

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It looks like Mattel got the memo about the popularity of STEM merch. This Barbie is packaged with a few STEM activities for a child to work on. I like the idea and think they could easily expand on this.

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If you like Littlest Pet Shop, you’ll want to check Animal Jam out. They’re on the small side, so they’d make great pets for your dolls!

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I’m including a Project Mc2 doll in this post, because, to be honest, I’m surprised they’re still around. I wasn’t sure how kids would take to them, seeing this is a Netflix show, but they’re still around, so they must be doing okay! This doll is one of the cutest they’ve made so far. I like the bodies and their unique faces with inset eyes. They can come off a little strange-looking at times, but overall, I like their look.

So, that ends another Walking the Toy Aisle. What have you seen recently while shopping? What do you think of these dolls? Share your thoughts in the comment area!

January 8, 2017. Tags: . Uncategorized. 3 comments.

Walking the Toy Aisle

With Christmas just a few months away, I expected to see more fun and exciting things on the shelves of Toys R Us. Alas, there isn’t much to cover at the moment, it seems! The most exciting thing in the aisles was probably the release of WellieWishers at Toys R Us stores.

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WellieWishers are priced at $59.99, making them a little high (in my opinion) for the customers of Toys R Us. It is nice, though, to see these American Girl products in stores! I do think WellieWishers are pretty.

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I was happily surprised to see a number of accessories already on shelves along with the dolls! Below are a few examples.

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Another exciting addition to the toy aisles is Miraculous Ladybug. I hopped on the Miraculous Ladybug train a while ago. The CG superhero cartoon is beautifully animated and the stories, while formulaic, are really fun to watch! It took a while, but after a long wait, toys are finally making their way to the stores! There are other dolls out, too, besides this two pack. You can buy separate hero packs or buy Marinette and Adrian in their ‘every day look’, too. (If you haven’t watched Miraculous, you should! I recommend searching out the French language track with subtitles.)

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Not much was super awe inspiring in the Barbie aisle. These two Ken’s are pretty cool looking, though! The molded shirt on the second Ken is disappointing, but both Kens are, dare I say, handsome? (That doesn’t always happen in Ken releases!)
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Walkin' the Toy Aisle

My Little Pony Equestria Girl Mini‘s are adorable. Below is Flash. What a cutie! I don’t own any EQ Mini’s just yet, but want to pick up a few one day. They’d make great friends for my Pinky ST figures.
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I reviewed a Berenguer Baby doll before. They are some of the cutest realistic baby dolls around. If you’re looking for one in a jiffy, you may want to check out Toys R Us!
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Furreal’s Torch is adorable and I wouldn’t be shocked if it was on everyone’s (young or old) Christmas list! We saw Torch at Toy Fair (Hasbro coverage) and were blown away by his adorableness.
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Here’s one for the 80’s cartoon gang! Look at these adorable Squinky sized Smurfs!!! So cute, right?
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There were some Monster High on the shelves, but nothing super exciting. If anything, the thing I took away from the stock was the lack of Ghoulia. Poor Ghoulia is being left in the dust with this whole reboot, which is so sad. She’s my favorite character, next to Frankie and Holt. This was the only Ghoulia we saw. Ghoulia, we will never forget you.
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So, there you have it! There are just a few of my takeaways from Walking the Toy Aisle. What have you seen recently that made you excited or disappointed? Share your thoughts in the comment area.

October 1, 2016. Tags: . Uncategorized. 7 comments.

Walking The Toy Aisle

It’s been a while since I’ve down a Walking the Toy Aisle post. It’s not that I don’t like doing it, I actually really like doing them. The problem recently has been this: there’s been nothing very new, exciting or interesting on the shelves for a long, long time. Recently, my mom and I took a shopping trip to our local toy stores. Surprisingly, the shelves were stocked with a few new items that I thought warranted this Walking the Toy Aisle post!

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Let’s start with Flynn. How cool is his face mold?! I love how screen accurate they got his angular face. It even has his roguish grin! For a doll, he’s quite handsome!

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This is a Barbie/Skipper 2 Pack. I’m happy Mattel has decided to start giving Skipper different clothing, because as you know, much of what past releases wore was far too similar for my tastes, but I still wish Mattel would take a few more chances. It’s about time that Skipper got a new hair-do or at least some different make up. Also, does it seem like her head is too big for her shoulders or that she’s losing her neck?

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Hasbro’s Disney Princess Magical Story Skirt dolls definitely fall under the ‘interesting’ category. I really like the concept– that you can use the water wand to fill in the white portion of the princess’s skirts. Not to mention, Merida is just plain adorable with her round face and wild hair!

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Shoppies, the fashion doll spin-off of the ever popular Shopkins, did better than I expected during their first wave. Here are three new Shoppies to collect. The second wave of these dolls seems much cuter than the first, in my opinion.

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Usually when I place a styling head on these posts, it’s because the size or look of it is laughable. However, I kind of adore this Pinkie Pie Sweet Style styling head! At the My Little Pony Fair, I saw a handful of customs made from this large, full body pony. They were amazing looking. What I love about this styling head is that Pinkie has a body and is sitting in a position that could easily make her work as far more than just a styling head. How cute would she be sitting on a writers desk, for example!

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Walking the Toy Aisles

I could very easily fall into collecting the mini Equestria Girls. They’re adorable and would look perfect hanging out with my Pinky ST characters.

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Barbee0913 did a review on the Make It Pop line. I’m interested in seeing what happens with this line.

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Walking the Toy Aisles

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As promised, the new body types for Barbie are getting some outfits, as seen in these doll/outfit packs. I’m not crazy about all outfits or, to be honest, all the new body types. These doll/outfit sets are nice, though, and I can see them being great birthday gifts.

So, there you have it! As we move into fall, I expect we’ll be seeing a lot of new and exciting things. One thing that has surprised me over various shopping trips has been the lack of new Monster High and Ever After High dolls. It’s almost like Mattel figured that it would be a good idea to dial down the old style Monster High releases for 2016, so the new rebranded ones weren’t so shocking to casual shoppers. As of this post, I have seen a few blogs and facebook groups saying that the new ‘Welcome to Monster High’ style dolls have been seen in or around their town, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see what the rest of 2016 brings.

Have you seen anything interesting or cool at your local toy shop? Share it in the comment area!

July 18, 2016. Tags: . Uncategorized. 2 comments.

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: . Uncategorized. 4 comments.

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