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Monday, January 25, 2016

Monster High Revamp

It was recently announced that Monster High will be undergoing some transformations in 2016 to make the line more massively appealing and less scary. This change comes after an overall decrease in sales and the lose of the Disney Princess account to Hasbro.
Among the changes will be a budget line with static arms, more pastel color schemes, and less noticeable stitches and scars. A lot of collectors and parents are concerned and upset over these impending changes and have left comments expressing their concern on Mattel's corporate Facebook page and on the Monster High Facebook page. Most feel like Mattel is doing away with what first made Monster High a success, edginess with a message of accepting that everyone is unique. Others feel the change is needed because some of the characters are scary and there are negative connotations in telling a child to "be a monster."
What are your thoughts about this revamp?

New Disney Animator's Lilo Doll

Pictures were recently released of a Lilo Animator's doll.
 I'm excited and surprised to see this doll and can't wait to see here in person. I hope we see more new additions to this line this year.
What characters do you hope will be added to this line?

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Our Generation Love Blooms Retro Set

This year the Our Generation Retro sets have a 1970s theme. From lava lamps to tie-dyed headbands these sets are bringing a past era to life again. I purchased several of these sets and wanted to review the Love Blooms Set today.
Our Generation Love Blooms Set $6.99

This set includes daisy sunglasses, a bongo drum, a multicolored headband, a necklace with a multicolored striped pendent, and flower stickers. I'm not sure why the stickers are included but I might eventually use them to decorate the drum. The pendent is nice and heavy and on a black cord, it's not adjustable without untying the knot so it is a little long when the doll is wearing it. 
Olivia modeling the Love Blooms set, you can see how long the necklace is.
The hair band is three multicolored cords braided together and attached to a piece of elastic. The drum is hollow plastic and the the details are painted on, the top of my drum has a few paint scratches.

I really like this set, especially the headband. I think it looks adorable on Olivia, even if it doesn't quite match her current outfit.

I feel the Our Generation sets have great play value for there price and I look forward to picking up more the next time I'm in Target. Do you have a favorite OurGeneration  set?

Monday, January 18, 2016

Disney Collectors Edition Minnie Mouse

The first Disney Collectors doll of the year  will be released Friday, and who better to start off the year than the legendary Minnie Mouse. The price for this adorable doll is $79.99 and should be on sale online and in select Disney Stores.
What do you think of the Minnie Collectors doll?

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Disney Descendants Genie Chic

The new Genie Chic Descendants line has hit stores and is based off of an episode of the Descendants animated series on Disney Channel. In the episode we meet Jordan, the daughter of the genie of the lamp, when she confronts Mal about taking her lamp. When several of the girls accidentally pop into Jordan's lamp they end up in genie chic outfits similar to the ones seen in the doll line.

I'm looking forward to seeing what else and what new characters this line has in store for us?

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Weekend Store Sightings

This weekend was my first store outing other than to American Girl since the holidays. The stores seem to have stocked several new items including the much anticipated Hasbro Disney Princess Dolls. As always I am happy to share what I saw with everyone. If you see anything new please share that with us.

Great Scarrier Reef Clawdeen

Great Scarrier Reef Draculaura

Dragon Games Raven

Dragon Games Holly

Dragon Games Teenage Evil Queen/Mira Shards

Hairstyling Holly

Equestria Girls Rainbow Rocks Lyra Heartstrings

Genie Chic Jordan

Genie Chic Mal

Genie Chic Evie

Genie Chic Audrey

Hasbro Merida

Close up of Merida's face

Pocahontas and Jasmine

Close up of Jasmine


Close up of Cinderella

Do you have a favorite new release item?

Shelf Sitters

Have you ever seen the same toy just sit on the shelf at your local store for months and months, even after newer versions or lines are released? I knew I wasn't the only one. I thought it would be interesting to share what shelf sits in our areas.
In my area the shelf sitters are:

Monster High Freaky Fusion dolls
Monster High Wolf Family Four Pack
Monster High Boo York
Ever After High-most everything, we still had the O'Hair twins in the original style box the last time I was there and Ashlynn/Hunter sets.
Disney Princess Dolls- Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella seem to be the least popular here, most popular seems to be Rapunzel or Ariel
Barbie- we still have 2012 Barbie for President dolls
Disney Fairies-Pirate Fairies Tinkerbell and Wendy's Music Box

In the clearance section you can still find:
La Dee Da dolls Garden Party and Juicy Crush
Pinkie Cooper dolls
Funky Glow Bratz dolls
Winx Flying Bloom dolls
Monster High Sweet 1600 Clawdeen
Inner Monster Dolls and add on packs
Cutie Pops Caramel
Cutie Pops accessory packs
Monster High Die-Ner set
Vi and Va dolls

What do you have shelf sitting in your area?