Lalaloopsy Girls: Bea Spells-A-Lot
I saw Bea and Mittens at the store today. They are the only two I like so far, but Bea has the best clothes and she reminds me of Blossom from the Powerpuff Girls, so I got her.
She comes with hair clips and a comb along the the pet and PJs. I would have preferred a wearable backpack accessory or something over the hair clips, but it is what it is. The doll has color change hair which I haven’t tried yet. She does stand on her own in her shoes. She is wearing pink undies with the sewn date on them, just like the original Bea.
For some reason I thought I could yank off her hair bow, but I couldn’t. I don’t think her glasses are meant to come off either. It would be nice to be able to swap out these accessories like you would with any other fashion doll. For the record, her dress fits like a long shirt on a Monster High doll. Her PJs fit okay but it’s tight around the shoulders and doesn’t close perfectly in the back.
I don’t mind much that she’s not that articulated since they are supposed to be dolls and not people. Maybe it’s just me but when a Lalaloopsy Girl has her hand raised it looks likes she’s heiling the führer…or waving hi, you know, depending on how the arm is exactly. Another thing is the lipstick. I would have preferred a plain stitched up smile or the stitches and the lipstick together.
Overall, it’s a decent doll if you’re already into Lalas or like the aesthetic. I might get Mittens one day, but I’d probably get a Scoops or Toffee or a boy like Patch or Forest (not likely) if they ever do those characters. I think kids and collectors have been spoiled by more poseable and photogenic fashion dolls in recent years. Hopefully they don’t go the way of the Novi Stars too soon.
I had read about this doll a while ago, but I’m just now seeing this picture tonight. In a word, wow. Did they take some serious liberties with this version or what? Last time I checked Toasty did not look like this, and I ought to know since I have the mini. This could be another marshmallow girl all together. And I thought Bah Peep was a stretch when she came out looking like Curls n Locks.
I liked that original was in almost all white. I liked her fuzzy textured dress and little mittens. I don’t even know what to make of this one. Her hair is creative. I’m not fond of the brown and yellow though. That aside, I’m still probably gonna buy this doll.
Cloud E. Sky and the Star Stealer
When I first saw this set something seemed familiar about their relationship, mostly because of Storm E.
Remember these guys? No? I barely do myself. Storm E.’s got a lighter themed counterpart, purple hair, and lightning accessories like Stormy. Storm E. even sounds like “stormy”. It doesn’t hurt that Cloud E.’s side of the box has a rainbow on it too.
On 2nd thought, it’d probably be a closer match if they had put Storm E. Sky with April Sunsplash, who has always made me think of Rainbow Brite because of her rainbow colors and blonde side ponytail. Also, Tuffet Miss Muffet reminds me of the original Strawberry Shortcake… maybe I’m just stuck in the past.
Puffed: Pullip Midnight Velvet
I lied. I said I wouldn’t get another pullip but I did. This is it for realz this time. She is an older one called Midnight Velvet, the evil queen from Snow White. Surprisingly she doesn’t seem to be wearing velvet. Midnight Violet would have made more sense.
She comes wrapped from chest to toe in plastic because dark clothes are known to stain these dolls. The dress is a 3-piece outfit, a top and a skirt with a covering. The skirt is violet underneath with like 4 layers of black tulle and a separate purple piece on top tied with a ribbon. She’s also wearing lacy black panties. She doesn’t come with any accessories unless you count the head piece.
The weirdest part are her shoes. They look like Bratz shoes or something with those heels. They don’t belong with the style of outfit she’s wearing. Her stockings aren’t sewn together at the toe (update: turns out one was just ripped). The pattern is weird too, like the stripes were poorly done or they are thick zebra stripes? I dunno. You don’t see that beneath the dress, so I guess it didn’t matter. That aside, it’s impressive enough.
Kinda spooky…yet I’m a little intrigued…
I need bigger promo pics so I can figure out the details on Mittens’s outfit.
What happened to the subtlety in this line? Can you imagine how different Peanut Big Top would look if they designed her today? I miss when more of the dolls looked like little kids with a theme instead of being in full costume with weird hair or being a hybrid. Why does the wizard need star hair? I still love Yuki though. Newer dolls are so distinctive that they are less versatile, but I guess that doesn’t matter if they keep making more dolls and no more outfit packs for them.
I like the idea of a birthday lala with a sewn on date you choose. In fact I think someone on the facebook fan page mentioned that a couple of years ago. Someone suggested a Geisha lala (I remember there was discussion over whether Geishas were kid-friendly content) and a tooth fairy too (I remember thinking why would they make a tooth fairy when they already have a regular fairy). I never suggested any myself, but now I wish I had.
Anyway, back to the birthday doll. She has frosting hair, cake on her head, and is wearing a cake dress. I get it, she’s cake! Even the doll named Cake doesn’t wear that much cake. I like the amount of details (not so much the amount of yellow) but I would have preferred if they made a birthday doll in a nice party dress, a removable party hat, and a new yarn-like hair style. But like I said, the subtlety is gone. The Scoops clone has a friggin’ straw in her head.
It’s like someone crossed Lalaloopsy and Betty Spaghetty, and while I like both of those lines individually, there’s something kinda weird about these. I think it’s their mouths. I wish they had the traditional stitched up smiles. Mittens is my favorite out of these. I also like Jewel’s pet cat.
It seems inspired by Monster High with the argyle background and school theme. I think Lalaloopsy is MGA’s most successful line right now, so where they failed with Bratzillaz they must be trying again with this.
I could kick myself for never finding this activity book in person last year. I don’t pay attention to that sort of merchandise, so I didn’t even know about it. I just like the cover.
Speaking of being late to the party, I finally decided to get “Scoops Serves Ice Cream” while I was at Walgreens getting my BOGO hair products, so it’s the version that has the additional Bea Spells-A-Lot mini in it. And then I had my first KFC Double Down. I’m thinking after the icecream workshop doll comes out in stores I will update my Lalaloopsy shelf display to mainly a Scoops display.
First Impressions: Ai
Hunker down. I’m going off topic on a long post which means it’s time for a quick puff fan art. This is Ai Lagrus.
Ai, which I think means love in Japanese, is one of those Jun Planning doll lines that failed to sell at 100+ dollars so now many of them go for between 20 - 40 dollars. They are about 4.5 inches tall and have a few different face molds. They are named after flowers and such. I chose Lagrus because of her adorable bunny coat. It even has a bunny tail in the back. She also comes with a dress and a bunny headpiece. Her clothes are well made, but it takes a little patience to get her coat on. I haven’t taken her bloomers off, but from a pic I saw these dolls do have girly parts.
Ai’s packing is really nice, the nicest I’ve ever had. It’s a sturdy case that closes magnetically.
The inside is soft and padded and satiny. Underneath her character insert is a little gift box that says Ai. It has putty in it to hold her eyes in place. No stands, but the closed-eyed dolls come with little bassinets to sleep in.
The dolls’ bodies are strung together. I have a custom doll like that, but I don’t care for that type of articulation. You can take that piece out of the head and move or change her eyes. Her scalp attaches with a magnet and it also has velcro on top that hooks to the velcro under her wig. The wig itself is typical of JP, flyaway city and kind of stiff. I’m gonna put a black wig on her so she matches my J-dolls anyway.
While I don’t think mine has the cutest face-up out of the lot, I really dig her outfits. She feels very cute and delicate in one’s hand. It’s not my favorite articulation, but it’s not that big a deal. Her wig is not ideal but I planned on changing it when I got her. She’s not quite to scale with my J-dolls but still looks like she belongs with them. I like the hassle-free eye and wig removal. For a doll this size it’s a bit high compared to kids’ playline dolls, but for a collectable it’s a reasonable price. Overall I think it’s a nice little figure, but if size matters, that same money could get you a bigger doll or two.