Disney Celebrates The Little Mermaid Diamond Edition Blu-ray with New Product Collection

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Under the Sea Ariel, from Jakks Pacific

Disney Consumer Products has released a line of new products celebrating Disney Princess Ariel available now at national retailers timed with The Little Mermaid Diamond Edition Blu-ray release. The new collection features items for kids and collectors from dolls and role play to beauty and fashion.

The new line is featuring all new dolls, role play, apparel, accessories, beauty products, and home décor. It is available now at department and specialty retailers nationwide and at Disney Store locations and DisneyStore.com. [Read more...]

Arklu Introduces New Lottie Dolls

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Lighthouse Keeper

Lottie, from Arklu, is a new, innovative fashion doll for girls ages 3 to 9. The key point of difference from other fashion dolls is that Lottie’s body is childlike. Her dimensions (with the exception of her head) are based upon those devised by leading British scientific academics to reflect the average proportions on a 9-year-old girl.

Lottie has lots of dressable fun, is flexible and poseable, and can stand on her own two feet. Her hair is saran nylon, which is less likely to knot and is silky to the touch. Lottie’s motto is Be Bold Be Brave Be You.

The six new Lottie dolls feature Lottie dressed in detailed outfits specific to the theme. These dolls include Pandora’s Box, Lighthouse Keeper, Pirate Queen, Robot Girl, Kawaii Karate, and Butterfly Protector. Other dolls include Spring Celebration Ballet, English Country Garden, Branksea Festival, Pony Flag Race, Autumn Leaves, and Snow Queen. [Read more...]

Swedish Dollhouse Company Lundby Returns to North America

Lundby dockskåp. MikkiAfter a decade-long absence, the classic Swedish dollhouse brand Lundby is returning to the North American market. Lundby, a subsidiary of Sweden’s Micki, plans to begin selling its dollhouses through amazon.com and specialty toy stores.

The brand is well-known for following trends in fashion and home décor, and for capturing snapshots of different eras with historical accuracy. Each doll house represents a dream house in miniature format scale 1:18. Lundby was the first dollhouse brand in the world to utilize “plug and play” electric lighting, and its more recent dollhouses feature pre-wired, child-safe, 5-volt lighting systems.

American Girl Welcomes the Brand-New World of Bitty Baby

BittyBabyAmerican Girl debuted its Bitty Baby line of 15-inch dolls, outfits, and accessories. The new line includes 11 different dolls with various skin tones and hair- and eye-color combinations, as well as illustrated picture books, premium play sets, plush animals, and online activities.

Kids ages 3 and up can select their doll from the expanded choices, at which point they receive the Bitty Baby doll dressed in a signature sleeper, along with a special “wishing star” keepsake toy and Bitty Baby and Me, the first in a series of five hardcover picture books featuring ways to play. New outfits in various designs are also available to allow kids to further personalize their Bitty Baby.

The new Bitty Baby picture-book collection, by Newbery Honor Award-winner author Kirby Larson and award-winning illustrator Sue Cornelison, follows a little girl and her beloved Bitty Baby doll as they discover the world around them. Each book also comes with a special section for parents that focuses on the social and emotional experience of preschoolers and offers tips to parents. [Read more...]

COMMENTARY: Shaping Moral Values Through Play

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Toys are so much more than just playthings. All children learn through play, and aside from basic skill building, toys can teach kids moral values and help them enhance and embrace their individuality. Being “different” is often shunned at the grade school level, especially with increased bullying in schools and on the Internet. Kids need to learn how to love what makes them unique and build their self-esteem, and there are many toys on the market that help them do exactly that.

Consumers are often critical of Barbie, from Mattel, arguing that her appearance is unrealistic and leads girls to feel self-conscious about their less-than perfect bodies. However, let’s not forget that first and foremost, Barbie teaches girls that they can be anything they want, including a chef, a scientist, a doctor, and a veterinarian. Though she may love her mascara, she is a power woman at heart and she gives kids the confidence they need to pursue their dreams. In the July/August edition of The Toy Book, we featured dolls of all shapes and sizes, and many of them teach kids important moral values, including nurturing techniques, celebration of individuality, and the importance of environmental conservation. Check out the full dolls showcase on page 31.

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COMMENTARY: Dolls: Inspiring Kids Through Play

For years, Mattel‘s Barbie has been held under very close scrutiny for her appearance. She is often criticized for her unrealistic body type and the kind of message that sends to girls. But, of course, Barbie’s good qualities should not be overlooked. She is a smart woman with quite an impressive resume. Another quality Barbie is famous for is her vast array of careers. Barbie can be anything that she wants to be—and so can the kids that play with her. I use Barbie as an example because she is probably the most popular and widely known doll on the market, but there are many other dolls out there that have positive messages for young girls attached to them—and they come in many different shapes and sizes.

zelfsMoose Toys has introduced the Zelfs, collectible dolls that live in a “fab-itat” in the secret garden of Zardenia. This dolls, a little reminiscent of Troll dolls, feature colorful, spiketacular hair that can be style in all sorts of different ways. Each Zelf has its own unique persona and a Zelf power that is represented by a Zelf mark. The Zelf currently on my desk, Angelala, has the Zelf power of kindness. Each Zelf also comes with matching charms and hair accessories (Angelala’s got a pretty fabulous harp). The new line includes small, medium, and large Zelfs, and the Venus Fly Trap Spin Salon Playset that twirls and swirls each Zelf’s hair with the push of a button. [Read more...]

British Doll Line Available Online for U.S. Customers

AGFAT_Group_Shot_HRMatilda, Amelia, and Clementine, the first in a new line of historically inspired British dolls known as A Girl for All Time, are now available online for customers in the U.S. These 16-inch dolls are based on 500 years of the fictional Marchmont family. The dolls are dressed in authentic dress such as a velvet cloak or masked ball gown of Tudor England.

Matilda, Your Tudor Girl, comes dressed in a historically inspired costume of grey velvet with a plum kirtle, period underwear, petticoats, court shoes, a key necklace, and a headdress. The Matilda’s Secret novel tells the adventure of 13-year-old Matilda as she is drawn into a world of intrigue, friendship, and even mortal danger in the court of Henry VIII. Also available are Matilda’s night shift, masked ball gown, velvet cloak, and the Keepsakes and Secrets activity book.

Amelia, Your Victorian Girl, is made from durable vinyl with articulated elbows and knees. Dressed in a blue cotton Victorian school dress with striped collar and cuffs, Amelia also comes with ruffled pantalets, an undershirt, sturdy school boots, and a straw boater hat. The Amelia’s Inheritance novel tells the story of how Amelia’s life was changed in an instant in 1880 London. Also available are Amelia’s party dress, opera cloak, and stage/ballet costume. [Read more...]

Madame Alexander Introduces New Dolls

MyLittleSweetheartMadame Alexander introduces My Little Sweetheart. She has a light blonde page boy-topknot combo and blue eyes, and wears a two-piece outfit. The top pairs a ribbed, cream velour bodice with a skirt and sleeves made from a cream knit printed with pink hearts. Lace trim, ruffles, pink binding, and an appliqued heart add accents. Her pink knit pants are gather into ruffles at the ankle and have an elastic waist. Her outfit is finished off with a pink satin ribbon in her hair. This 14-inch doll is for kids ages 3 and up.

FancyNancy&MarabelleAlso available for preorder from Madame Alexander, the 14-inch, cloth Fancy Nancy and Marabella, with a printed face and orange and purple zigzag yarn hair, simply sparkles in a delightful dress that has a coral top and ruffled, little white, puffed sleeves. The tutu inspired skirt, of the dress, features a layer of glitter organza over tulle and draped with a red and white gingham in the 18th century panier style. Sashes of striped and polka dotted ribbon and the attached crown and bluebird in her hair add even more dazzle to her outfit. As for 8-inch Marabella, she has been given the full Marie Antoinette treatment with piled high pink curls topped with a crown, and a turquoise, taffeta gown decorated with ruffles and fuchsia trim.

Once Upon A TreeHouse to Showcase Products at Pre-Golden Globe Awards “Boom Boom Room” Event

Once Upon A TreeHouse, a company that sells a complete line of handmade dollhouses, dolls, and accessories, has announced that Once Upon A TreeHouse products will be featured at the pre-Golden Globe Awards Boom Boom Room celebrity gifting suite at the Hilton Los Angeles / Universal City from January 11 to 12. Once Upon A TreeHouse’s co-founders, sisters Lori Schoeneman and Tara Schoeneman-Brown, will attend the event and provide hand-crafted, eco-friendly dolls, dollhouses, and accessories to celebrity parents and their children. [Read more...]

Paradise Galleries Introduces Princess Catherine Fashion Collection

Paradise Galleries announced yesterday that they are introducing new items in the Princess Catherine The “Royal Wedding” Doll’s wardrobe, including her wedding reception gown and outfits worn during her North American tour with Prince William in July 2011.

The first dress in the collection is the Princess Catherine “Stunning Reception Gown,” a replica of the dress Kate wore during the post-wedding dinner dance at Buckingham Palace. The two additional dresses that complete this collection are from Prince William and Princess Catherine’s first North American tour as a Royal couple.

The Princess Catherine “Canada Day Ceremony Ensemble” includes a custom-made red maple-leaf hat worn in celebration of Canada Day. This ensemble was worn for Kate’s engagement photo and then again for the North American tour by adding Queen Elizabeth’s Maple Leaf Broach.

The Princess Catherine “North American Tour Blue Lace Dress” is the third dress in the Royal collection. Paradise Galleries has recreated the dress, blue lace lined with white sateen, for the Princess Catherine doll.

In addition to the three new Princess Catherine fashion outfits, the Princess Catherine The “Royal Wedding” Doll, and a Replica Engagement Ring, Paradise Galleries is the first U.S. Company to actually make a William doll, a companion piece that completes the Royal Collection. The full line is available for sale on the Paradise Galleries website: www.paradisegalleries.com.