Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Tiny Treasures Woodland Fairytale Miniatures Fun for Indoor Gardens

Michaels has been carrying some cute little miniature figures with a forest theme that are perfect for using with your indoor plants or alone in their own little woodland setting. Today the little figures were half price so I snapped up a few.

My tiny gnomes were placed in a large pot which houses my dracaena for a little indoor fun. I added an intersection flat rock with a fossil I found in my yard and then thought to add an artificial flower sprig. I may add a few other odds and ends as my fairyland grows.

I am not sure how well the little figures will hold up after countless waterings and listings and I avoided the cute little buildings with thatch or miss on them for that reason. In the meantime, I will enjoy the color and whimsy these little fairyland miniatures add to my indoor garden.

Also see
Funko Minis Includes New Mini Barbie’s
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Friday, June 29, 2018

Comparing Madame Alexander Fan Girls Bodies to Moxie Teenz, Etc.

Nutcracker Barbie, Black Widow Fan Girls, Moxie Teenz Melrose, Jackie Evancho
Madame Alexander’s Marvel Fan Girls are alike in size and appearance to Moxie Teenz and similar dolls like Jackie Evancho and other 13 1/2” - 14” fashion dolls. With similar builds, they can swap many outfits out. In this first photo both the Fan Girl and Barbie Nutcracker dolls are wearing the same Moxie Teenz Top. However, there are still some differences.

The Madame Alexander Fan Girls are slimmer than Moxie Teenz and the other dolls. They can easily wear many Barbie clothes. The Black Widow Fan Girls Doll in the photo is wearing a red pleather Barbie skirt.

How the Dolls Stack Up

The Fan Girls Dolls have very slender necks that are not in proportion to their heads but their larger heads help them display well with the Moxie Teenz. They have skinnier arms than the other dolls. The Fan Girls are missing the twist torso and bendable ankles of the Moxie Teenz but are very poseable due to other ball jointed sockets.

Jacki Evancho has a larger waist than all the dolls except Barbie.  The Barbie doll has the biggest dimensions and cannot interchange clothes as easily but can still get by with a lot of the Moxie Teenz clothes.
L-R: Nude Nutcracker Barbie, Black Widow Fan Girls, Moxie Teenz Melrose, Jackie Evancho

Due to their similar sizes, big eyes with rooted lashes, and ball-jointed arms and legs, the Madame Alexander Fan Girls look good posed with Moxie Teenz. Jackie Evancho needed help with her eyes and got a repaint to make them look bigger and more like the other two. She looks even better with a Liv head swapped out.  Poor Barbie fits in the least but still looks good in the background.

The 13 1/2' dolls celebrate July 4th together in patriotic red, white and blue.

The Marvel Fan Girls costumes are just begging to be swapped out for some cuter clothes, so indulge your dolls in some of the fashions from other 13 1/2” dolls as well as Barbie. They will provide tons of dress-up fun!

What do you think about the new Fan Girls? Which 13 1/2" dolls are your favorites? Let me know in the comments below!

This concludes our series on the Marvel Fan Girls line of dolls from Madame Alexander. Find the rest of the series below.

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  • Madame Alexander Fan Girls Dolls: Captain America Review  
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    Monday, June 25, 2018

    Club Chelsea and Camping Fun Boy Doll



    Recently a new doll joined the Barbie friends and family collection— an apparently unnamed boy doll. First appearing with the Chelsea Club series, the cute little boy has also turned up in the new Barbie Camping Fun series of dolls with a cute fishing pole.


    The Barbie site at Mattel caries a picture of the original Club Chelsea boy doll, and I found the little African American male doll at Walmart.com. 

    All of them are cute but I think I like the little black-haired guy with the camera on his striped t-shirt that came with the Club Chelsea line the best. 

    What do you think of Chelsea’s new guy friend? Let me know in the comments below and if you know his name or want to share your suggestion, let us know!

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    Friday, June 22, 2018

    Moxie Teenz, Fan Girls Celebrate 4th of July


    Moxie Teenz, Fan Girls & other 14" friends
    The Moxie Teenz are known for their big eyes with rooted lashes and their moveable limbs as well as their 14" inch size. How nice it has been for them to make occasional friends along the way that share some of their attributes! In honor of the approaching 4th of July holiday, the Teenz invited their newest friends, the Madame Alexander Fan Girls, and some other friends to a July 4th party to celebrate our nation's birth, patriotism and friendship.

    Captain America Fan Girls doll
    The Moxie Teenz girls and Gavin have put on their favorite red, white and blue outfits for the party, along with two Jackie Evancho dolls (one with a Liv head). Barbie wears a simple summer peasant skirt and top, while the Captain America Fan Girl has arrived in her original outfit. Her friend Black Widow has taken off her black gown to wear a 4th of July skirt and a top she probably borrowed from Ken or a Backstreet Boy or other boy doll.

    Happy Fourth of July from the Moxie Teenz
    Because of their interchangeable wigs and twist torso in addition to all the other posable joints and other great features, the Moxie Teenz dolls remain the best of the play line dolls to dress and pose, but the Fan Girls are a nice addition to the 13 1/2 - 14" doll.

    Happy Fourth of July from the Fan Girls, Moxie Teenz and their friends!

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    Thursday, June 21, 2018

    Toys R Us Closing Its Doors, Possibly Reopening?


    With Geoffrey the Giraffe at the Bellevue TRU in 2015
    It has been all over the news, so I am sure this post is not breaking news to anyone. However, I could not let the Toys R Us (TRU) chain shut its doors forever without a small homage of my own.

    See update at end of post about the possibility of some TRU stores reopening!

    Toys R Us was established on June 1957, in Washington, D.C. I have fond memories of going into the huge toy store as a little girl when we lived in D.C. There was nothing else like it.

    Later as Toys R Us moved across the country we finally got one in Nashville and a few years later, a store opened in Bellevue, TN, where I became a frequent guest. A writer for several fashion doll magazines including Barbie Bazaar and Millers Fashion Doll Magazine, I was often in the store taking photos of new dolls and buying them for more formal photo shoots for my articles.

    After print media doll magazines closed their doors, I still wrote doll articles for Examiner, Yahoo and this blog, so my professional relationship with TRU continued. At one point, I even worked part time for the toy chain for a little over a year, and I had a ball working for the giraffe! 🦒

    Cool Springs Toys R Us closes its doors in 2018
    But Toys R Us was always about the kids. From helium balloons to colorful bags to birthday clubs, from kiddie rides to dolls, video games and aisles and aisles full of toys, TRU was the place to go it you wanted to remain a kid. And don't we all -- at least just a little bit -- want to remain a Toys Are Us kid at heart?

    I watched the Bellevue store get packed out a few years ago in 2015, and this week I went to the Cool Springs store to say good-bye to the closest store left.  It was a bittersweet walk down Memory Lane. The sales signs and closed aisles looked eerily familiar. Most items were 50-70% off the day I was there.

    Bellevue TRU closed its doors in  2015
    So thanks for the memories, Toys R Us. You have been a big part of my life and of all the little girls and boys who grew up on baseball, Mom's apple pie, and Geoffrey the Giraffe. I will always wanna be a Toys R Us kid.

    I don't wanna grow up, I'm a Toys R Us kid
    they got a million toys at Toys R us that I can play with
    I don't wanna grow up, I'm a Toys R Us kid
    they got the best for so much less, it'll really flip your lid
    From bikes to trains to video games
    it's the biggest toy store there is (gee whiz!)
    I don't wanna grow up, cause maybe if I did
    I couldn't be a Toys R Us kid
    more games, more toys, oh boy!
    I wanna be a Toys R Us kid
     Update: There is some talk of reopening Toys R Us! 

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    Wednesday, June 20, 2018

    Minecraft Figures 60% Off at Toys R Us


    Sadly, the Toys R Us chain of big-box toy stores is closing across the nation. The only perk in this sorry chain of events is the fact that toys and dolls are 50 - 70 % off in the few stores that are still in the process of closing. This means the handful of Minecraft toys that are left are now 60% or more off the original price.

    So head in today to say goodby to a pop culture retail icon as it closes its doors, and rescue a Minecraft Sheep, Ghast or a Creeper while you are there.

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    Tuesday, June 19, 2018

    Madame Alexander Fan Girls Dolls: Captain America Review

    Madame Alexander Marvel Captain America Fan Girls Doll. Shield not included.

    The Madame Alexander Marvel Captain America Fan Girls Review is part III in a series about a new line of 14" dolls from the MA doll company.

    Hooray for the Red, White and Blue!

    The Madame Alexander Marvel Captain America Fan Girls doll is quite a patriotic beauty. 4th of July and Flag Day come to mind immediately when looking at her, so while she is a tribute to Captain America, the doll will be great for seasonal patriotic display.

    Dressed in red, white and blue, she is as American as Mom's apple pie with a cropped blue top sewn over a white t-shirt, nice blue leggings, and her red and white striped skirt.

    The skirt features two layers. One is a bubble skirt with a floors-length layer underneath that is open in the front to show off her ugly World War II-esque lace up Army boots.
    Captain America Fan Girls and her Army boots
     "Your mother wears Army Boots" was an insult in ye olden days of the 40s, 50s and 60s. No wonder why!

    While cute in a grunge sort of way with shorts, leggings or a casual skirt, the team at Madame Alexander should have stuck with the adorable red booties in their original color drawing to be paired with a long chiffon skirt. Not only are the boots too casual for the ensemble, but they are hard to get off and on. I probably won't ever use them and will substitute something more suitable... although I might cut off the long skirt and let her wear her boots with the shorter bubble skirt and leggings. One perk is that these boots at least have heels, so the Captain America doll can stand on her own.


    The doll's braided blonde bun is very nicely done, although her headband is overpowering, so I folded mine down slightly in a couple of the photos. Her removable belt with its tiny Captain America shield is also nice. I also added a Captain America patch from Target for this Fan Girl to use as a prop since the shield on her belt doesn't really represent her Marvel hero well.

    With pretty blue eyes, rooted lashes, side strands of hair, ball-jointed wrists, elbows and knees and moveable neck, shoulders and hips and cute patriotic outfit, I am giving the Madame Alexander Captain America Fan Girl 5 stars. *****

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