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Kidz n Cats Minis

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Kidz n Cats Doll with minis

Earlier in the year I mentioned that the Kidz n Cats range for 2015 now includes mini dolls for your dolls to play with, perfectly sized as you can see in the photo. Well, they’ve been available for a while in the UK now, along with some outfits.

There are four dolls in the range, Lenchen in pink, Lottchen in blue, Finchen in yellow and Gretchen in green, each two piece outfit also includes ballet slippers and a hair ribbon. They are made entirely of vinyl and have five ball joints for full poseability. They can sit and stand on their own. Like the bigger Kidz they have acrylic-glass eyes, eyelashes and hair that can be combed. But they are only 21 cm (8¼”) tall. The dolls are available individually and also in a few special edition sets with a full size Kids n Cats doll together with a mini.

Kidz n Cats Minidolls

I was pleased to discover that doll clothes maker Nellie Rose is making oufits for these wee cuties, so there’s plenty of play potential there.

Kidz n Cats minidolls are available from your usual sources (see sidebar for online shop links).

Images © Sonja Hartmann

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Its that SALE! Time of Year

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Ah, following on from the festive season, come the sales! And the same applies in the world of dolls..

Now, first up is KR Bears & Dolls, offering a 10% discount of any in-stock product, but hurry, that’s only until Midnight on Sunday Jan 12th – that’s tonight, eep! Here’s the link – Trisha’s planning a site upgrade soon so be sure and check back frequently to see what she’s done with the place 🙂

The Dolls House has a whopping 25% discount off everything on the site for the whole of January, just enter the code at checkout – more details at the website

Meanwhile Petalina has sale pages for Dolls, Clothes and Accessories with some good discounts to be had, might be time to get something from your wishlist at a little less than expected.

Over at Nellie Rose most of the outfits are reduced, you’ll have to hunt from page to page to find them though as her separate sale page is only for accessories.

There are some great offers at My Doll Best Friend, some of her outfits are on sale and nearly all the Gotz dolls are reduced in price, well worth a look: Gotz dolls at My Doll Best Friend

Mydollboutique usually has a sale going on, but if you’re in the bargain hunting mood its still worth checking out: click here for the sale page

My London Girl – Special Editions and Costumed Dolls

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The My London Girl range of dolls were launched in the Westfield Shopping Centre in London in September 2011 with an online store also, and are a range of 18″ vinyl-limbed soft bodied dolls along the lines of the American Girl dolls. They have a range of outfits, many also available in child sizes so owner and doll can match, and the shop regularly holds events such as hair styling workshops and the like, with plenty of outfits and accessories in store to keep children playing happily. They launched boy dolls and also baby dolls in the past year and seem to be going from strength to strength, with many “designer” outfits for dolls and kids added to the collection at various points.

Up until recently, the dolls came in a basic “meet outfit” along the lines of the AG meet outfits, in the case of the My London Girl dolls this consists of bright sweat pants, union jack t-shirt, pink jacket and trainers. Now though, the dolls also have costume options which is what caught my eye.

My London Girl Royal Princess - Amy

The doll-in-costume outfits on offer include  Royal Princess, shown here modelled by Amy, and also by Lulu:

My London Girl Royal Princess - Lulu

And then there’s Sparkle Princess, shown here worn by Pippa and Amy:

My London Girl Sparkle Princess - Pippa My London Girl Sparkle Princess -  Amy

And a beach outfit modelled by Grace:

My London Girl Beach outfit

With a rider outfit, also available for the boy dolls in a different colour.

My London Girl Riding - Amy My London Girl - Boy Rider

There’s also a limited edition boy doll dressed up as The Queen’s Guard, which matches quite well with the Royal Princess dress (and both would work wonderfully with the cardboard castle I featured here).

My London Girl The Queen's Guard

I think being able to buy a doll in an outfit really adds to the appeal of this range, having a generic “meet outfit” has never appealed to me as a marketing strategy, but having a costumed version of each doll works even better than having each doll in a different set of clothing, it really is the best of both worlds. And of course, great to see not only a boy doll but one with a couple of clothing options there.

Find out more about the dolls and explore the online shop at My London Girl.

Images © My London Girl

Fab Furniture (Countdown to Christmas)

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Another in my series of seasonal gift suggestion posts..

Ok, you have your dolls, and your outfits, but they need some things to make life more interesting, or at least just places to chill out. Luckily, there is doll-sized furniture available – this great shot from mydollboutique shows some of the options available, from beds and wardrobes to chairs and even a chest of drawers:

Furniture showcase from mydollbourique

All these and several other items are to be found at the mydollboutique furniture page.

With several dolls, why not invest in bunk beds? I love these ones from My Doll Best Friend, made of hard wood with pink cotton bedding they’re ideal for a doll sleepover. Find them here. There are matching single beds in this design available also.

White bunk beds from My Doll Best Friend

And why have one chair when you could have two and a matching table to boot? Again from My Doll Best Friend, this set is of solid wooden construction, though will need an adult to assemble. Click here

White wooden table and chairs from My Doll Best Friend

Here are some fancier chairs with table from mydollboutique, they’ve been on my wishlist for ages, I must admit – you’ll find them on this page.

Fancy wooden chairs & table from mydollboutique

Personally I’ve fallen in love with these pink metal frame beds that My Doll Best Friend is stocking along with her wooden beds. They come with bedding in pink heart, white heart, pink patchwork and the white patchwork design shown. Sadly, while the furniture above is ideal for 18″ dolls, these beds are a little smaller, so will give a good night’s sleep to Soy Tu, Schildkrot and other 45cm dolls only.. The bedding sets are availble to buy separately, which is handy. This bed and the others can be found via this link.

Pink metal bed from My Doll Best Friend

As a final shout out for doll bed design, here’s a clever one from Petalina. This beech wood bed comes with pink butterfly bedding as shown and is the perfect size for 18″ dolls such as Gotz. Petalina’s page can be seen here

Beech bed from Petalina

So what’s the clever part? Well, you can buy extras for it – buy a second bed and a ladder and voila, bunk beds. Or stick with a single bed, add rockers and yet another style of sweet dreams for your beloved doll to drift away with.

Beech bed with bunk & rocker options, from Petalina

Oh and finally, wardrobes! Along with the mydollboutique one shown in the top most image, you can find nifty wardobes like this plain white one by Kidkraft over at Petalina: here

Kidkraft white wooden doll wardrobe

And this fancier pink-curtained version is over at The Dolls House here.

Pink curtained doll wardrobe from The Dolls House

Yep, going to some nicely furnished doll bedrooms in the offing with any of the items above, we’re all definitely spoilt for choice.

Images © Petalina, My Doll Boutique, My Doll Best Friend, The Dolls House & Kidkraft

Cardboard Creativity (Countdown to Christmas)

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As the dreaded or delightful season of gift giving looms ever closer I decided to do a series of posts with some suggestions of what would be great stocking fillers or big pressies for doll-lovers, doll-owners or dolls themselves.

A little while ago I featured the rather ingenious village shop, made all of cardboard, from Frilly Lily, which you can read about in detail here, and which looks like this:

Frilly Lily Village Shop

If you fancy something a little less pink, or a gift that’s even more creative howver, I found two great “colour-in” buildings, a castle and a house, over at mydollboutique.

Colour in cardboard castle

The castle is a decent size, over a meter wide and nearly that tall (exact dimensions are 96.5 x 109 x 89 cm) and comes flat packed in panels that slot together. It can be coloured in with pen, pencil, paint or whatever seems suitable, and has pre-printed details of stonework, windows, door etc. The drawbridge lowers, even! As you can see in the pic above it looks great all coloured in, although I’m not sure blue would be my choice. Its a good mix of play and art that should make for hours of fun for the lucky recipient. Its hard to tell scale, but there was a pic of the castle with two dolls dressed as princesses (mydollboutique has lovely princess dresses also) that really shows what a substantial object this is:

Colour-in cardboard castle with dolls

If your taste runs to the more mundane, there is also a playhouse in the same range, same flat-pack panel design to be assembled and coloured, with outlines of flowers, grass, fencing and a tree on the sides, an opening door & window –  there’s even a wee chimney! Final dimensions for the house are slightly smaller than the castle at 89 x 63.5 x 96.5cm.

Colour-in cardboard house

Hats off to whoever came up with these designs, I think they’re just great! And at around £20-£25 each won’t break the bank.

Follow the links below to find them:

Frilly Lily village store
Colour-in castle at mydollboutique
Colour-in house at mydollboutique
Princess dresses at mydollboutique

Images © Frilly Lily and mydollboutique respectively.

Coming Soon: Alexis O’Shay by Via-E

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Its always great to see a new 18″ doll on the market, especially here in the UK, so I was thrilled by the announcement over at My Doll Best Friend that they would be stocking the Via-E brand, featuring the first doll in the line, Alexis O’Shay.

Alexis O'Shay by Via-E

The doll has golden toned-skin, blue eyes and long blond hair and is conceived as more of a friend than just a doll; she is jointed a knees and elbows as well as hips and shoulders, so she can be posed to be active, she can even get wet. Her adventures (told in storybooks) are designed to encourage creative play and also learning: Alex’s father is a travel writer so she gets to learn a lot about different countries. Later dolls will be introduced as friends that Alex meets on her adventures.

As might be expected, there will be clothing for Alex to wear (her mum is a fashion designer, after all). Looking at the first few outfits on the official website I’m impressed with the versatility of the designs, for example the Loving Sao Paulo outfit consists of a white dress, black waistcoat, red scarf and black barefoot sandals (with instructions for the latter). The following images from the website show how many ways these few pieces can be combined to make great looking fashions:

Alex O'Shay San Paulo Outfit style 1  Alexis O'Shay Sao Paulo oufit style 2

Alexis O'Shay Sao Paulo outfit style 3  Alexis O'Shay Sao Paulo outfit style 4

The Via-E company has a clear ethos in creating and marketing Alexis and the other products:

“It is our goal, our mission to help build life skills and give lift to the dreams of every girl, across all social and economic boundaries while providing opportunities for girls to help each other. My dream and the purpose of this company is to ignite the sparkle in every girl’s eyes while helping each of them grow to fulfill their dreams.”

The first edition dolls are limited to 500 and will be signed, and are due in to My Doll Best Friend very soon. With her smiling face, long brushable hair, poseable body and active lifestyle I think Alexis O’Shay would be the ideal present for a child to spend hours with, and should prove very popular.

Visit Alexis at the Via-E website

Images © Via-E

KR Bears & Dolls Limited Edition Zwergnase Junior Dolls

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A few months ago Trisha over at KR Bears & Dolls mentioned some very special Limited Edition dolls made exclusively for her, and finally there are more details on them and a sneak preview pic of the prototypes.

KR Bears & Dolls Limited Edition Zwergnase Juniors

As she couldn’t decide between blonde and red hair there are two dolls available,  limited to only 25 in total, so its definitely first come first served here. The dolls are named for Trisha and her sister Karen, Trisha being the redhead with green eyes, a green pinafore over a grey and black striped blouse, black tights, petticoat and boots. The blonde doll, Karen, has blue eyes, a multi-colour print pinafore over a red blouse, with stripey tights, navy petticoat and red boots. Each doll comes with a certificate.

I love the Zwergnase Junior dolls and it must have been so exciting to end up with limited edition ones bearing your name, so yay Trisha. You can pre-order the dolls, which will be available later this month, over at the KR Bears & Dolls website; a deposit is required.

Image © KR Bears & Dolls