Saturday, July 28, 2018

REVIEW: Hairdorables Part 2

Yeah, did anyone see me not getting more of these at the first possible opportunity? I happened to get out of work at a somewhat decent hour, so it was back to farther Walmart.

I got 4 more dolls and did quite well.

My biggest disappointment from the first batch was not getting even one of my fave four (Harmony, Sallee, Noah and Neila). So I was very happy when the first one I opened was Noah Knows!

Noah Knows

Noah comes with a baseball cap that doesn't fit her when worn in either direction, a cute pair of glasses and a purple comb.

I love the little shell detail on her glasses.

Here's the hat from the front.

If you get Noah Knows, or probably any of the dolls with this type of sandal, be careful, because they're loose. I had to jam them on her feet to make them more stable, but they might fly off anytime.

So who did I open after this Noah?

Sk8r Noah


Sk8r Noah is my favorite of the three Noahs and I practically squealed when I opened her shoes, because I recognized them right away.

I managed to only get one pic of her though. The others all basically looked the same. I'll have to shoot her again sometime.

Her hair is really lush. The girls with long, loose curls have amazing hair.

The fabric "Stormer" flower is cute, but it's only held on by velcro, so it's not the more stable thing. Like it holds pretty well, but it wouldn't stay on through a lot of play.

This Noah is the only one I have so far with looser legs, so she's not the most stable at standing.

Sk8r Noah comes with her skateboard, her tablet thingy (I think that's what it is? I didn't take a good look at it.), and a yellow winged heart comb. I added the sticker in because it was one I didn't have from before.

Kat N Dogs
Third, I opened signature Kat! I was so happy to see her, because I recognized the backdrop of the box as the same one that both of my Kali Coders had.

I should have been keeping track all along, but there's proof that the backdrop doesn't mean a thing.

Kat has the same pigtail style as Rayne Bows, which is honestly, not my favorite. The hair on both of them doesn't seem as nice as the other girls. Plus, it looks a bit messy.


This Kat has a different breed of dog and a yellow bow comb.

She's cute, but she'd definitely going to be my least favorite Kat, because the one I'm missing is the poodle skirt one!

Jascenta is always in these pictures.

My last doll was a repeat Willow Waves, who I'm pleased with. If I have to have doubles, give me Willows. I'm certain I can find a home for her.

And here's the undressed, height comparison photo I promised! They're similar to Shoppies. I do love the painted one-piece bathing suit, which is basically what that is. I think each girl has the same color for all 3 dolls.

I'm going to try to be good and not buy any more until my 3 from Amazon and 2 from ebay come in!


REVIEW: Hairdorables Part 1

Okay, strap yourselves in. This is gonna be a long one.

So I pre-ordered Hairdorables from both Walmart and Amazon. (I also picked up two from sellers on ebay because I have zero patience.) I saw a photo of a kid in Walmart by a big endcap display of them, so I decided this morning to look at the website and check the pick up times for my local stores. Both my closest ones were still the same, but the farther store I hate to go to said TODAY.

I called to ask if they were out and was told no, so I asked if I did the pick up option would it work. The guy didn't know, so I tried it.

And it worked.

So there's me at Walmart early this morning, picking up my 3 dolls and then going to the back, where I found the giant endcap.

I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt and say they put it out because of my order, not that it was there and the dude on the phone lied. Because only my 3 were missing from the display.

I had my original 3 from the online order, then got another 2 and my mom grabbed 2.

Out we go with seven dolls. I figured my odds were pretty good to at least get one of the four characters I really, really wanted.

(Spoiler: They were not.)

At Walmart, these girls are $12.88. Amazon is the same right now. Target is $12.99.

The boxes are really quite sizeable.

Like there's a lot of effort put into this packaging.

So the first step to opening this is removing the clear plastic sleeve wrapped around the entire box. You can sort of see it in the first pic. that thing is wound inside the box. They really made these hard to cheat and tell which doll is inside, because that's only the beginning.

Then you zip the perforated strip. Also visible in the top pic. Then you can see the two halves of the box, which are held together with velcro.

And I forgot to take a pic of that. Sorry.

The box unfolds into a lefthand side with little numbered spaces, a righthand side where the doll is, and a middle cute backdrop that even has a bit that folds down to make a "floor."

The lefthand side contains four pods. Three are smaller and the fourth is the big one on the left there.

The first pod holds a comb and sticker.

The second is shoes and a sticker that turns into a phone.

The third and fourth each have an accessory and a sticker.

Oh, and the pamphlet thing is in the back of the box. It slid out with the clear plastic sleeve on every one of these I opened.

So your 11 surprises are:
1) doll
2) comb
3) shoes
4) accessory
5) accessory
6-9) stickers
10) character card
11) pamphlet

There's the adorable doll side of the box open. You peel that and reveal your doll.

She's sitting in this little plastic dolly coffin bit.

Behind there is actually more art. You could, with some skill at not ripping things impatiently (I do not have this skill), turn this into a little playset.

Oh, the character card is a thicker piece of cardboard that sits behind the doll.

So that's the box and how to open it. Now let's see who I got.

Kali Coder

I'm going to show Kali Coder first, even though both of these were the last two I opened. Way to go, Walmart employees. You picked me two of the same doll.

Except...she isn't quite the same.

As you can see, my Kalis look almost alike, except for the print on the dress, which of course will vary, and THE BOOTS.

At first I thought those green boots were from another doll, but they do not appear to be.

So watch for variants! I actually prefer the green version.

Her hair is so fun and curly.

So over here on the right, you can see her robo dog, red braid comb, and character card. In the front are the little sticker sheet, phone sticker and two doll stickers.

The doll stickers do vary, even with the same doll. My two Kali Coders had different stickers.

Of the 14 doll stickers I got, only 5 different designs appeared, though I have a feeling there are more.

Cutie Kali

May as well do the other Kali I got next. I think I opened her fourth.

The hair on these girls is really extremely nice. Soft, silky, not cheap-feeling at all. The outfit is cute. I'm not a huge fan of socks with sandals (like I actually despise it), but she somehow makes it work...ish.

This Kali has a blue heart barrette with a pink curly extension, a hoverboard and a pink winged heart comb.

She's really cute, although I wish she fit on the hoverboard better!

Brilliant Brit

Brit was the second one I opened. Now I like Brit, but I don't really like this particular one. I like the braided one or the ponytail one.

The pigtails are cute, but this outfit is not and once again, here are socks with sandals, only it's worse this time. Her pant legs are so tight I had to jam them up to make the shoes fit underneath. Otherwise, the sock tops look way too wide.

The top and jacket are one piece, but the pants are separate.

Her accessories are a water bottle and pink hair extension.

Here's all her stuff. She has the same braided comb as Kali coder, but in dark purple. It's much darker than it photographed.

Kat Walk

Let's move on to Kat! Kat was the first one I opened and I was happy, because I really like Kat and this is the one of her I wanted most. Although that may be just because I haven't seen a good photo of the curly pigtails one.

Kat has an aqua bow comb, her dog and a frisbee. Both dog and frisbee can easily be held.

She's so super cute. I love the blush pink color of her hair and how well it goes with that shade of blonde.

Top and pants are separate.

Another angle.

I saw the pompom shoes and I thought this was pigtail signature Kat. I was so happy to see it was this one.

Close up. She's got a little lip damage, but I don't even care.

I love her burgundy eyes.

Kat is secretly a vampire!

Rayne Bow

The third one I opened was Rayne Bow, the signature look for Rayne.

She's pretty cute, but I like the curly pigtail one a lot better.

I do like the rainbow hair streaks and the dress a lot. I mean, honestly, she is really cute. I just like a lot of the others better.

Her accessories are a rainbow and cloud blue hair extension and that giant lollipop.

Which she holds very well.

I have much larger dolls that can't hold their accessories. Well done, Just Play.

Her rose and leaves comb is lovely. I adore red. And I only just now noticed that this comb has two different sides. The one in the picture has a little bow and on the other side, it's a regular flower. (Cutie Kali's pink comb is also more detailed on one side.)

Willow Waves

Saved the best for last! Who in the world would ever think I would say Willow was the best one?

I honestly thought it was Kat from this bunch, but the more I look at them, it's Willow.

She is so not my type really, but she's so cute that it doesn't even matter.

That purse! Adorable!

Her hair is phenomenal.

The wintery boots are very cute.

I love the iridescent skirt on the dress, too.

She's just really well-done. Maybe not as detailed as others, but she's great. Kids are going to go nuts for this one.

So that about wraps things up. I did not do a nude or height comparison photo. I will likely do that for my next review on these (because I have more coming). They're about the size of a Shoppie, if that helps.

I would like to say that you can expect doubles though. Definitely expect doubles. My friend and I bought 11 between us and we got 3 Rayne Bows, 2 Kali Coders and 2 Cutie Kalis. Only 7 different dolls out of 11 total.

I think these girls are going to be the next big thing though, even despite that. Their level of detail is fantastic and they're far more worth the price than LOL dolls.

Any questions, please ask! I know I rushed through this. I'm trying to finish before it really starts storming.


Friday, July 13, 2018


There's a terrible modern trend with doll lines that is leading to failure faster and faster.


When I say character diversity, I don't mean by race or anything like that. I mean the creation of lines with several distinct characters.

Monster High did fairly well with diversity, although it was slow to start out. However, by the end, they were refusing to make characters the fans wanted. Namely, the boys. The handful of boys that got made got a few releases each, but instead of those, we should have seen more of the male cast, like Pharaoh (probably the most wanted of the missing males), Johnny Spirit, Andy, and my personal favorite, Romulus. Other boys got treated poorly. Deuce went from a chef, a concept that had a lot of potential, to a surfer-speak moron. Clawd was one of the smartest boys in school and he devolved into a series of dog jokes. Jackson and Holt were never developed properly and then tossed aside. Invisibilly had potential, but also never got the screentime he deserved, even having one of his dolls import-only for those of us in the US. The girls from MH got a bit of a fairer deal, but others never needed to exist at all. The interesting, unique, completely outside the box Operetta got replaced by the incredibly common, trite Catty Noir. Casta Fierce, the long-awaited witch, was toned down by being yet another pop singer like Catty, a concept the line never needed. Wydowna Spider never got her real chance to shine, despite being one of the best designed dolls in the entire line. By the time the reboot came around, longtime fans were very disappointed in the drop in quality and felt the cast and concepts were now too kid-friendly. (Not a point I agree with.) The reboot had some stellar things. I'm still mourning the lack of a Silvi Timberwolf signature doll! And the animation style for the new webisodes was far better than the CGI the older movies used, though not as good as the original animation style.

Monster High's sister line, Ever After High, started out immediately with problems. It introduced a large cast with several important male characters, then proceeded to barely make any of them, despite being far more relationship-focused than Monster High was, what with the whole destiny theme and so many prince/love interest characters. I think they did better than MH when it came to quickly producing more female characters, but the gaps left by the males were glaring. Only three boys got proper dolls with the same level of articulation as the girls: Hunter Huntsman, Dexter Charming and Alistair Wonderland. Daring Charming and Hopper Croakington II should have been part of the early lines with Sparrow Hood getting one shortly after. Daring finally saw two dolls much later, but with less articulation. Future releases brought in girl after girl, but every one ignored some of the best designs in the show: the background cast. There was a huge outcry when Rosabella Beauty turned out to be basically Briar in glasses instead of the background cast member many people wanted it to be. At the end of the line, the lovely animation designs were not getting dolls anywhere near as good. Meeshell Mermaid was the main victim of that and Justine Dancer suffered from a poor design both animated and in doll form. Random silly characters were getting dolls, like the stupid pixies. I'll forever be disappointed that the line ended before we got Ramona Badwolf, one of the best designs of the entire show. 

Winx Club, a line made by many toy companies over the years, has always been a victim of this lack of diversity. Over multiple lines by multiple companies only two of the male cast ever got made into dolls, even though every single one of them was an important character in the series. The primary villains got slightly better treatment...eventually. In the US, Mattel had control, but they only made one witch doll and without her proper makeup. I'm convinced the Winx line died in the US, because they kept making the same fairies over and over with only one boy and one witch to go along. Italian Giochi Preziosi gave us all three witches with the correct makeup, and years later, other companies made all three witches and even action figures of them. But other prominent characters were ignored. No doll of Princess Diaspro exists, despite her being a major character. No doll of Mirta, who would have sold well during Seasons 1 and 2. Only the European companies made Roxy. I could never understand why Jakks Pacific left her out when their inaugural Winx line was for Season 4, the season when Roxy is most important. The boys were a glaring omission from the Jakks action figure line, too.

You wouldn't think something Disney would be doomed to fail, but Star Darlings was one of the fastest failures I've ever seen. The line had an absolutely perfect set up. There were 12 diverse alien girls, each based on a zodiac sign. They had different body types, skintones, hairstyles, clothing styles. In alien form, they had shimmery skin and unnaturally-colored hair and eyes. But each girl also had a human disguise for trips to "Wishworld" (AKA: Earth). So right there, you've got 24 different dolls. TWENTY-FOUR. The initial lineup wasn't bad: 5 of the girls in their alien looks, plus 2 of their Earth looks, and 2 Earth looks for characters that didn't have an alien doll. Buuuut...that was it. Only one other unique doll was made, an alien look for one of the two that got an Earth look, but she had to be imported. What did Jakks make instead? Yeah, Jakks again, the ones that bombed Winx. They made the same alien characters over and over. And over. Packaged with fancy stands, packaged with rings, packaged with books, packaged with instruments. The same dolls over and over and over. This incredibly stupid lack of diversity mixed with the shocking difference between the decent book series and the terrible webisodes killed a promising property. Way to go, whoever made those decisions.

Back to Mattel. Their current mess up is DC Superhero Girls. This started out SO WELL. The character designs were excellent and plentiful, although leaving Katana out of the initial lineup was a flub. The webisodes and movies were fabulous. The books are great. Seems like they couldn't screw it up, right? Wrong. Lack of character diversity has brought this line to a new low. It's getting a Lauren Faust reboot with the flat out UGLIEST designs I have ever seen in my life. It didn't need a reboot. It needed a doll line that actually provided new characters for kids to buy, instead of Wonder Woman, Batgirl and Supergirl a million times. I'm furious that the reboot is so ugly and we'll never get dolls of Miss Martian, Star Sapphire, Lady Shiva, Big Barda, Thunder and Lightning, the Female Furies, Lena Luthor, Cheshire, any of the BOYS, Mera, Raven, the new Green Lantern girl, and the list goes on and on. There are more well-designed characters left unmade than ones that got made. But no, they didn't make the right doll choices, so the line is being overhauled by someone who has absolutely zero grasp of anatomy. I like some of Faust's stuff, but I wish she'd tried to do something with Milky Way and the Galaxy Girls instead of ruining a property that might have been fixable.

So now where are we? We barely have any character-driven doll lines thanks to these errors. Hasbro has the upcoming Marvel Rising line, which at least looks promising. There are several characters, including one male, in the initial lineup. And Just Play is producing the Hairdorables with 12 distinct characters that have specific interests, personalities and looks. Even their 2 additional looks per character as so well-designed and different that none of them feel like you're buying the same doll in a barely different dress. These two lines give me hope, but I want toy companies to look at the errors of these other lines I've mentioned. GIVE US MULTIPLE CHARACTERS. Never think repeating the same dolls over and over will make a successful line. It will not and in time, I'll be writing about you like this, too, unless you provide some diversity!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

NEWS: Hairdorables!

Just Play brings us a new blind boxed line called Hairdorables:

For $12.99 apiece, you can get one of 36 different dolls. There are 12 characters with 3 different looks (2 rare dolls, 1 ultra rare doll). Each doll comes with 10 different surprises: a collector list, signature card, comb, stickers, shoes, accessories, etc.

These dolls look incredibly cute and I'm definitely going to be collecting a few, but I think I'll mostly be ebaying them, because $12.99 isn't cheap for not knowing who you're getting.

On the website, you can meet the 12 different girls and see art of their different looks. I wish they had the doll pics, too, but art is good.

BELLA: Blonde dancer whose favorite color is pink. None of her dolls are my style.

HARMONY: This neon yellow-haired musician has some Pizzazz going on! I love all 3 of her looks, but the first, shorter-haired one is my favorite.

NEILA: The outer space girl! Her alien look is by far the best, but both of the others are cute, too.

KALI: Science, tech and coding. All of her looks are cute. I'll need to see the dolls to pick a fave.

BRIT: The sporty one. Considering she plays multiple sports, I wish all her dolls had different themes, but they're all soccer. She's cute, but not one I'll seek out.

DEE DEE: The chef. Well, sweets chef. Points for them using the correct spelling of macaron! This one is much cuter in doll form than her art. Like from the art, you wouldn't think I'd want her, but I've seen 2 of the dolls (1st and 3rd looks) and she's darling.

WILLOW: A pastel unicorn fashionista. I have a feeling she'll be popular with the target market.

SKYLAR: The Hawaiian traveller. I like her 1st and 3rd looks.

RAYNE: Rainbow roller skater. Cute but not my style really.

NOAH: The leader. All of hers are stinking ADORABLE. And points for making the leader not pink, even though she does wear some pink. I want all of hers.

KAT: The animal lover. Cute, but not one I'll be looking for.

SALLEE: The white-haired artist! I love her! All three of her looks are gorgeous.

I don't know who my favorite is, but I definitely want a lot of these girls!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

NEWS: Hasbro Marvel Rising Dolls in December?

I was bored, so I decided to peruse the new Amazon listings under dolls. I discovered many from Hasbro with Marvel characters. After a bit of Googling, I learned about the new Marvel Rising franchise. These dolls all seem to be from that.

No pictures on any of the listings. Yet.

With a release date of December 1st and a price point of $12.99, we have:

GHOST-SPIDER (AKA: Spider-Gwen):



(Unlike DCSG, they're actually including a guy! Shocking!)


America also gets a $24.99 secret identity doll:

And there's another secret identity doll that I think is Ms. Marvel:

There are two generic listings for January 15th:

$12.99 Signature:

$29.99 Feature:

I'm definitely looking forward to seeing what these look like! Although part of me wishes for some more nostalgic characters, but hey, I'll take what I can get.

OVERVIEW: Charmin' Farm Friends Part 2

I wrote my original overview for Charmin' Farm Friends exactly two years ago: July 8, 2016. Wow. I had no idea, but that's pretty cool.

Anyway, I decided to expand on that post, since I've gotten some new collection additions since.

This is my current collection of Fuzzimals, the poseable flocked figures.

After many years, I finally have added Hillary Jean Nay (the horse) to my collection. She was always my most wanted.

I'm not going to include a bunch of pictures yoinked from Google images because they're not mine, but I thought I'd try to make a little list of the color variants for the Fuzzimals.

1) Pink with purple spots, purple ruff, and yellow gem. Hair is purple and yellow.
2) Pink with pink spots, purple ruff, and purple gem. Hair is purple and yellow.
3) Purple with green spots, pink hooves, green ruff, and possibly green gem. Hair is green and either yellow or white. 

1) Yellow with blue collar with purple flowers, pink gem, and pink and purple hair.
2) Pink body. I can't remember any other details and there are no photos of her, but I used to have a pink Ellie May. I traded or sold her probably close to 20 years ago.

1) Green with pink spots and hooves, purple bow with 2 purple gems, and pink and purple hair.
2) Dark pink with lighter purple spots and hooves, yellow bow with 2 yellow gems, and green and purple hair.
3) White with either blue or purple spots and hooves, blue bow with 2 presumably blue gems, and blue and maybe purple hair. This description is based on a horrible, tiny photo. I should have bought this one on ebay, but while I was debating, someone beat me to it. I had no idea there were white Fuzzimals at this point and thought that despite being packaged, she was terribly sun-faded.

1) Purple with pink spots, purple hooves, purple bandana with yellow gem, neon green mane, and dark purple tail.
2) Dark pink with turquoise spots, pink hooves, purple bandana with blue gem, purple mane, and turquoise tail.
3) White with blue spots, lighter blue hooves, lighter blue bandana with pink gem, blue mane, and yellow tail.

Let's move on to the Barnimals, which are the little figures with a sprig of hair.

These also come in a bajillion variants. They were sold individually, in sets of three, and in sets of four. Let's just make it as confusing as possible, Meritus! Yeesh! At least most of the time the only difference between the figures is the base color. As you can see in the pic on the right, the two genie lambs are the same, except one is pink and the other purple. Same with the cows. One is purple, one white, no other paint or hair color differences.

I think the best way to do this is list the sets that I know of, then split them up by character like I did with the Fuzzimals.

Set of 3 #1: This set I own. It's the purple lamb dressed as a genie (green hair), the pink majorette pig (blue hair), and the white tap-dancing cow (neon yellow hair). 

Set of 3 #2: White cheerleader cow in pink top and blue skirt (pink hair), purple lamb in blue dress with basket (lavender hair), and pink ice-skating pig (dark purple hair).

Set of 4 #1: Green horse in a bathing suit (maybe yellow hair), pink ice-skating pig (dark purple hair), purple cheerleader cow in white top and blue skirt (dark pink hair), and pink lamb in blue dress with basket (lavender hair).

Sold individually: Pink majorette pig, purple tap-dancing cow, green horse in fancy pink gown (lavender hair).

1) Majorette: pink
2) Ice skater: pink

1) Blue dress with basket: Pink, purple
2) Genie: Pink, purple

1) Tap dancer: Purple, white
2) Cheerleader: Purple, white. The white cheerleader cow is the only color change on an outfit that I've seen. It makes sense though, because a white cow can't wear a white top.

1) Bathing suit: Green
2) Pink gown: Green

These are the only ones I've seen of these so far. I assume the pig is always pink, and wonder if the lambs are all pink or purple and the cows all white or purple. The horse seems to be the least often included and has only been seen in green so far.

My collection has obviously grown in 2 years and more variations have popped up, so who knows where we'll be in another 2 years? Maybe I'll add a third part to this overview then!


Tuesday, July 3, 2018

REVIEW: Hotel Transylvania Mavis Bats Out

More goth dolls? Yes, please!

I have to be honest, I don't like Hotel Transylvania. I might have enjoyed the movie, but pretty much my most hated trope ever is putting an attractive goth girl with a complete and utter ugly doofus. It happens A LOT. So I refused to see the sequel and won't see the third one.

I will, however, buy Mavis dolls and pretend she is an adorable vamp girl that is STILL TOTALLY SINGLE.

Bats Out Mavis is one of three fashion dolls currently out. This one and the bride Mavis from Hotel Transylvania 2 are $17.99, while the resort outfit (AKA: dark purple minidress) Mavis from HT3 is $12.99. All are on Amazon, along with a ton of other not-doll figures.

Bats Out was the obvious choice for me, since I love her simple outfit from the first movie. She's wearing that plus a bat ear headband and bat wings that are held on by two elastic loops per arm.

I honestly don't get the bat outfit idea. I would have preferred her in this outfit minus the bat stuff and with a figure of herself as a bat instead. Mavis doesn't need a bat outfit. She turns into a bat!

She's so cute though! They did an excellent job. I don't think she could look any more like the character. She's spot on.

Her hair is very gelled, which I hate, but on the plus side, when it's this gelled, if you wash most of it out, it still usually holds the proper shape without being stiff.

Let's get rid of that unnecessary bat stuff.

Mavis wears a simple black dress with fishnet sleeves. Those are attached directly to the dress. Each sleeve has a tiny thumb loop.

So how many of you think she's wearing tights?

NOPE. Those are two individual striped stockings. I'm not sure I've seen the likes of these since Lollipop Girls. They make for way better lines under the dress and allow her to have decent joint movement.

Her legs don't go straight out, but she sits pretty well anyway. (This photo was taken after I rinsed her gel out. Looks good so far!)

Mavis is articulated at the neck, shoulders, hips, knees and elbows. Not the wrists.

Gah, sorry, Mavis.
She DOES stain.

My doll came with plastic wrapped around each upper arm, but the black went through it and stained her arms anyway. Unfortunately, it didn't photograph well, but I think you can see the shadow of it, particularly on her right arm.

I'm not fully undressing her because those sleeves look like a pain to get back on right. And that was a wise decision, because I unhooked the thumbhole on her left hand to get that stray thread out of the sleeve and it was really hard to find the hole again. Just leave her sleeves in place! If you want a Mavis to redress, I recommend the HT3 resort dress doll.

A little size comparison. Mavis is 10.5" according to the Amazon listing. She's a teense taller than Twyla. Without shoes, they might be about the same.

Despite not loving what they did with the character, I adore this doll. Goth dolls are always welcome in my home and she is an absolutely darling one! And for a fair price, too. I may invest in both the others eventually. The resort one would be fun to redress and the bride minus her veil and bouquet just looks ready for a night out.

Well done, Jazwares.