Monday, March 13, 2017

Oh the Suspense!

Welcome again to another fabulous post! I have tons of items to get through just so you know. I won't be running out of posts for a while so keep on comin' back for more dolly fun! :)

Anyone follow My Froggy Stuff on YouTube? You should check them out. They do a daily unboxing of lots of toys (mostly dolls and Barbie) but there are some other items too that I've been introduced to through their channel.

One of those items is My Mini MixieQ's. I've never been the type that has been intrigued by the blind bag/box gimmic. It's just something that's never caught my attention. I've thought about Shopkins a few times but that's a dangerous road, right? 

I want to make a doll video game bedroom (also on My Froggy Stuff) and these would be great props since they are kind of boxy like Minecraft. So I figured I would give them a shot. Besides, you get two in a box and they were on sale for $2 so why not?


Here goes nothing! 

What do you think? My dad was here with me while I was opening these up and we kind of looked at them, then looked at them again.......I think they're kind of cute!

We have a cutie wearing the Union Jack flag and I think she's holding a purse. Then another one with purple hair with a bunny on her shirt.


Both are from the "Smart" collection and are the most common. They are named "London" and "Mod Girl."


One of the reasons they are called MixieQ's is because you can change them up!

Change their hair


Or change their outfits. But how cute are they with their little swimsuits underneath! They're ready for the pool anytime! (or maybe it's just their underwear?....)



I just checked eBay and you can buy almost any character for a couple of bucks a piece. For me, I don't really have my eye on one character so I might pick up another box of these just for kicks. Just got to keep them out of reach of the toddler! 

There are also My Mini MixieQ playsets that fold up into tiny boxes. You could have an entire world of My Mini MixieQ's. These are made by Mattel!

Another "blind" toy that I saw on My Froggy Stuff was L.O.L Surprise! LOL stands for Lil' Outrageous Littles by MGA Entertainment (the company who brought us Bratz!) I had never seen these before but apparently they were so hot during Christmas that people couldn't get them. Every store that I checked at; Wal-Mart, Target, even TRU were out. TRU was even out on the website!

Finally Toys R Us got them back in stock and for $9.99 I picked one up. I was intrigued by these and was itching to get my hands on one. They looked so fun with the seven layers of surprise!

It was fun to watch people try to figure these out. I've watched and read enough reviews that I totally knew what to expect. Even with that I still wanted one.

They come in a plastic ball a little smaller than a softball. 


There are zippers to tell you where to unwrap. The surprise is right where the zipper is so I didn't have any trouble finding it.


The first layer is a code to help you guess which one's inside. This one was easy to figure out. "Cool Cat." This is also a sticker.


The next sheet helps you to see that your L.O.L can do some pretty cool things! The key word here is "OR" so you feed OR bathe her to see a fun trick. If you bathe her she might change color or when you feed her she might spit, tinkle, or cry.


She's telling me to keep going "partner"


Now is where we start getting into the stuff for the doll. The cut outs in the plastic ball hold the goods.



They are really eager to get out right?


This is a water bottle for the doll. I believe that there are a couple different ones but most are similar.


My next layer should be "Royally Exciting!"


And I'm getting so close!


The next layer is also stuck in the side of the ball.



This one is little shoes for the doll. (Another thing to keep out of reach of the toddler.)



The last layer. I'm hangin' in there for sure!



Here is a picture of the outside of the ball. Now most would think to just open it up right? But if you know anything about these, you get the code, stickers, water bottle, shoes, outfit, accessory and the doll. If you open it up right now, you'd find the doll and the accessory. Where's the clothes?

Oh, the circle right on top.



It's a little red onesie that says "Baby 01" on it and a track jacket. The clothes are on a plastic bust form and are slit in the back to make it easy to get on the doll.


So here is the rest of it! There is the doll in her pink bag wrapped up in the collectors guide. Then the accessory in the half and there is also a pink "handle" so you can turn the ball into a mini purse to carry your doll in. Now that is a fun feature for little girls!



My accessory is a hat that says "Baby" on it. 



And here she is!



A little AA baby with white cornrows in her hair. With a true Bratz look!

All dressed up!



From the collectors guide, you can see that she is a common character named "M.C. Swag" from the Glee Club category.



I guess her hat is supposed to be on backwards. There we go.



The two halves of the ball are supposed to be a "living space" and a "bathtub." She has a place to sit and put her cup.



I put her in icy water and she did not change so nothing there. I really don't want to put water IN her so I gave her a good once-over. She does not have any holes by her eyes so she doesn't cry. She however, does have a small hole between her legs so I guess she tinkles. Or maybe she spits too? I'm not sure.

I can see how these would be fun but after purchasing one, I'm not that thrilled with it. M.C. Swag is kinda cute but I would rather have another one from the guide. But that's the joy of blind bags. You never know what you're going to get! These at Toys R Us are priced a couple of dollars more than Target or Wal-Mart. I wouldn't pay any more than $10 for one. I don't think they are worth more than that honestly. But like I said, stores are having trouble keeping them in stock and because of that, Amazon has jacked up prices for them. For now, mine is tucked away in the ball and not sure what I'm going to do with it. 

Well friends, do you have the itch to check out My Mini MixieQ's or L.O.L's? Do you have any? Let me know the comments!

Next time, a very special Barbie doll! (or maybe 2!) 

Until then!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Christmas Treasures #3

As I mentioned last time, my husband asked what I wanted for Christmas and he delivered. 

My collection has expanded again to include the most wonderful Kitty Cheshire!


I'm usually not into collecting spin-off lines when I start collecting a certain kind of dolls. I love to get the first wave but don't bother when they start adding more and more. However Ever After High has had some pretty cool lines through the years and I fell for the Thronecoming line and it was THIS doll that turned me on to the Way Too Wonderland line. I just couldn't get enough. The purple, the neon yellow, the tail, it was just too much and I was hooked. 

Kitty is (I think) one of the most coveted characters and it's easy to see why. Her cat-eyes and the ears are fantastic! Her original doll didn't come with cat ears and I love this addition. (Yeah, they're a little big but it's Wonderland!) And the fur! The purple fur collar just makes the outfit however it was a little crumpled coming out of the box. Still trying to make the right side lay down like the left.

 
 And her earrings and ring are little mushrooms!


She has an asymmetrical hemline dress with a zig-zag pattern with clubs and butterflies. I love the scalloped hem on the bottom layer. Her dress is the same material as Maddie's overcoat so it's going to take a while to get it to lay down straight.


The SHOES! 

Her shoes have a swirl theme which is super cool. At the top of the heel, it's a daisy flower. We are looking at the side but it is visible from the back. 


And the toes are pink with a swirl pattern as well.


Kitty's hair came out of the box super straight and shiny. I love the yellow streak. And the tail!


Kitty is definitely my favorite of this entire line (Briar is a very, very close second.) What do you think of this Kitty doll? Do you have her? Let me know in the comments!

I'm getting the itch to craft. Not sure why! So after the craziness of our vacation and my son's birthday, I'm going to get started on that and I'll post my progress here!

Until then!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Christmas Treasures #2

Welcome again!

I actually have one more dolly from before Christmas that I would like to showcase but it's kind of a process to photograph so until I get around to that one, here is another one of my fabulous Christmas treasures. Hubby asked what I wanted and he sure delivered!

Adding to the Way Too Wonderland line, the fabulous Madeline Hatter!


Don't you just love her? 

When I got her, I had to take a picture of her hat right out of the box. It was so ridiculous that I had to change it right away. The hat was completely horizontal on her head.


I know this is Wonderland but that's too much. ;)

Now what we've fixed her hat and we don't have to turn our heads sideways to see it, we can see that it has cards on the side with ribbons and a teal teapot. 



Her earrings are little gold clocks.



She wears a charm necklace consisting of a teapot, teacup, clock and spoon. That is cute and so clever!



 She wears black gloves adorned with a pink hat ring.



I love the style of this dress. It's just awesome! Her dress underneath is a simple plain teal strapless thigh-length stretch dress. Then there is this overcoat with a blue swirl print with spades, queen chess pieces and teacups on the bottom. It's tied together with a large purple bow with polka dots. Don't you just LOVE it?



One thing that I didn't care for was the material of the overcoat. It's the stiff satin and it took some fixing to get it to lay right coming out of the box. It's still not how I like it but it may relax a little over time. 

Maddie has the same clock that the other dolls have come with. Mine however has to stay backwards. It doesn't snap closed!


The SHOES!

I addition to her hot pink tights, she has these super sweet teacup and ruffle shoes.


Perfect for Maddie!



Maddie's hair is the same purple and sea-foam theme with some pink streaks added in the front. Maddie's hair is curly so naturally it came out of the box matted and tangled. Because it was so flat I had to pick through it a little and it turned to frizz city. 

   
I'm not sure what the deal is. My original Maddie Hatter came out of the box with actual curls, not a matted mess.



And my original Apple doll came with beautiful ringlets. This is right out of the box! What gives Mattel?


Well, her hair is going to need work. Her and Lizzie can make an appointment with Poppy O'Hair for the royal treatment!

What do you think of Way Too Wonderland Madeline Hatter? Did she make your way into your collection? Let me know in the comments!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Another backlog from before Christmas (and an ID!)

Wow, I've got a lot of dolly things to catch up on! I'll be posting for a while but that's good right? I love all the people who read this blog so thank you for your support and helping me with my ID's! I plan on hitting the thrift store later this week so I'll see if I can come up with anything good for you to help me identify. :)

But first, as the title suggests, i've got an ID today! This is not something I have but something I totally want and will pay anything for (well, within reason.)

This is a screenshot from the Paper Purse Craft video on YouTube on the My Froggy Stuff channel. This is not my photo or my doll. My Froggy Stuff stamp shown in lower RH corner of the photo.

Anyone else follow My Froggy Stuff on YouTube? She is an awesome crafter and inspires me to craft (when I have time.) I was watching one of her latest videos when I saw this doll wearing the most adorable and cutest sweater. 

I don't know if Froggy made this one herself but the dino print is just perfect. So, HELP! Does anyone know which doll wears this sweater? Google searches for me came up empty. 

Okay, now on to the doll. I had a hard time restraining myself a while ago (in September to be exact.) I purchased some things for my cousins baby shower and I had been mulling around the idea of purchasing this doll for a year or so. I wanted to buy her at the right price. I got her at a good deal and there are not many left on Amazon from what I can see now. But because I am collecting the Way Too Wonderland set, I had to get her too. 

Briar Beauty!


In my opinion, there have not been enough Briar dolls. I love Briar so I think it's good that they made a doll form of her for Way Too Wonderland (also, if you've seen the movie on Netflix, you'll know why she was there in Wonderland.) 

What drew me to her first was of course, that HUGE rose in her hair. But also the pink and green theme. I think they are just gorgeous together. I love the shade of pink they used. Just so perfect for Briar.


It may be hard to see but her earrings are a string of butterflies. And I think the vine collar is a great addition to Briar. It's fun to see other characters with collars, not just Raven.


Following the vine theme is her bracelet also with a butterfly. Her ring is a rose. They are not connected.


Her dress skirt is printed with roses and vines and she also has a blue clock like the other dolls. Her dress top is pink with swirls and wears a silver rose necklace. So perfect, so Briar! (Anyone notice the card suits on the vines?)


The SHOES!

These are just wonderful. As I've said in previous posts, if Mattel got into the shoe business they would kill it. The most perfect blue shoes with butterflies and roses!


What detail!!


The back of her hair is nothing special. Her hair is in a ponytail and they put it up in the bouffant in the front of her hair. This is just the ends. But again, that collar! I love how it's kind of transparent.


I've read in places that Briar was a Wal-Mart exclusive when the movie came out (kind of like the Spring Unsprung Kitty Cheshire.) Does anyone know for sure? 

What do you think of Way Too Wonderland Briar Beauty? Has she been added to your collection? Let me know in the comments!

I'll have another post for you all soon. Until then!