Walking the Toy Aisle

It’s time for another installment of ‘Walking the Toy Aisle’!  For the past few months, the toy aisles have looked like this:

Current State of Many Toy Aisles
Current State of Many Toy Aisles

Finally, new product is hitting store shelves, albeit mostly aimed at the preschool market.  Here are a few things that I thought looked new, interesting or just plain strange.

MiWorld Sketchers
MiWorld Sketchers
MiWorld Mrs. Fields
MiWorld Mrs. Fields
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MiWorld extra

Looks like MiWorld did well enough to get some new stores!  I’m excited! The Sketchers?  Love it! And the mall accessories, like the vending machine and photo booth? Awesome! Have you guys in other countries seen these in your stores?  Have the released any stores specific to your country?

Barbie Styling Head
Barbie Styling Head

This Barbie Styling head is here, because every time I see one of these, the hair is crazy. At first, I chalked it up to being returns, but I have yet to see a styling head in good shape. I mean, look at that poor Barbie head on the right.  Hey, Mattel, don’t forget about quality control.

A New Skipper
A New Skipper
New Skipper promo image
New Skipper promo image
The back of the box featured this Skipper
The back of the box featured this Skipper

I’m always excited to see new Skippers, even if they all look the same.  The Tiki Hut Skipper has (and I fully admit, I could be reaching here) darker, slightly more intense eyes than usual.  The Skipper advertised on the back of the Tiki Hut box is what excites me the most, though.  Her hair is in a ponytail!  That’s different and new and stylish!  (She is, once again, saddled with a Kelly, er, Chelsea doll.  What do we need to do to get her paired with a Stacie?!)

Girl Scout Barbie
Girl Scout Barbie

As a former Girl Scout, I really want this Girl Scout Barbie.  I really wish they had come out with the other sisters in uniforms for Brownies, Juniors and Cadets.

Disney Anna and Elsa dolls
Disney’s Frozen 18″ Anna and Elsa

These were shelved right next to the 18″ Princess and Me line at Toys R Us.  That, and the inset eyes, made me believe they were part of that line.  Currently, though, they’re being marketed as Disney’s Frozen Anna and Elsa, with no mention and a slightly different price than the Princess and Me line.  I think this Elsa looks great, don’t you?

Monster High
Monster High
Monster High
Monster High
Monster High
Monster High

I was happily surprised to see some movement on the Monster High shelf.  It’s been a while since new products have found my local store shelves!

Moxie Girls
Moxie Girls

I have to give Moxie Girlz a lot of credit. They survived a toy season that left a lot of other lines in clearance bins, very much to my surprise.  Think about the number of doll lines we lost this past year– Pinkie Cooper, La Dee Da, Liv (though it seems they were officially discontinued back in 2012!) to name a few.  The fact that these guys are still on shelves, even if in dwindling numbers, is a positive thing!

Adorabble
Animal Babies

How cute are these plush Animal Babies?  Look at their humungous eyes!  They remind me of large Beanie Boo’s.

Pound Puppies
Pound Puppies
Pound Puppies
Pound Puppies

I will always be nostalgic about the original Pound Puppies packaging.  The current box is a lot like what I remember my Pound Puppy coming in.  Of course, this new Pound Puppy seems to be half the size of the original line!

Little Lalaloopsy
Little Lalaloopsy
Lalaloopsy Baby
Lalaloopsy Baby

There were so many new Lalaloopsy items!  By far, they have expanded the most out of any line I  saw last shopping trip! First off, Spoons Waffle Cone is adorable! I’ve always liked the large Ice Cream themed Lalaloopsy, so I love that they have made a baby version!  I thought I’d share this Diaper Surprise Lala with you, too, because there is just something really adorable about the design!

Really little Lalalooopsys
Lalaloopsy Tinies
Lalaloopsy Tinies houses
Lalaloopsy Tinies houses

I shouldn’t be surprised with this Lalaloopsy Tinies line, as we’ve seen a lot of different lines branch out into ‘Squinky‘ sized toys.  The houses for these very mini Lala’s are pretty neat!  I don’t think I’ll be buying any, but I’m sure they’ll find an audience.

Lalaloopsy Girls
Lalaloopsy Girls
Lalaloopsy Girls
Lalaloopsy Girls
Lalaloopsy Girls
Lalaloopsy Girls
Lalaloopsy Girls
Lalaloopsy Girls
Lalaloopsy vs Lalaloospy Girls
Lalaloopsy vs Lalaloospy Girls

Lalaloopsy just amped up their cuteness level! These 1/6ish scale Lalaloopsy Girls are adorable.  I want one– actually I want all four!  My favorite is the blue girl, with the winter theme.  Seriously, I love these!

Laloopsy
Lalaloopsy Color Me

Cute and totally novelty, but I’m sure some of you have wanted to design your own Lalaloopsy!  This Color Me Lalaloopsy is perfect for crafting your own doll!

Mooshka
Mooshka
Mooshka
Mooshka
Mooshka
Mooshka

I am so glad Mooshka survived their first run.  While I don’t own any, I always admire them.  My new favorite might be Glory, the red haired ballerina/fairy in the first photo.  The animals are really cute, too.

So that’s it!  I am happily surprised at the number of new-ish items I saw this time around.  What new things have you seen while walking the toy aisle?  What are you looking forward to from this list? Share your thoughts below!

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7 thoughts on “Walking the Toy Aisle

  1. I walked a toy aisle this evening and found a very meager selection of MH and EAH dolls. Boo! None of the dolls you’ve shown here have ever made it to my neck of the woods. But I may have to get the Sisters Tiki Hut! I have a tiki hut of my own on my deck so this would be an awesome addition to my Barbie collection 🙂

  2. Ah, now this is the kind of thing a girl likes to wake up to! A new blog entry from Kewpie83 in an otherwise deeply boring in-box! yay! Unfortunately my walking of toy aisles has to be done online, but come this time of year I usually check out my three favourite places for buying dolls and see what’s new. I also saw the new Anna and Elsa dolls, now please don’t hate me but how many have we had now? The new Ever After High dolls that you’ve recently been reviewing are starting to percolate over here and we are also getting some new Monster High, yay to it, I can’t help loving the look of them. What really interests me is that Pound Puppies are still alive and kicking while other toys languish in clearance bins or have become impossible to find. Pound Puppies were around when my little sister was a baby but I was never tempted to buy her any, I thought they were weird looking items with spaced out faces. Never mind, one person’s spaced out face is another person’s adorably cute and we have new Pound Puppies! Go figure! 😀

  3. Woo! I saw all these things (and a little more) at my local Target and i’m very excited because my store has been a little behind lately. I saw a tiger animal baby and it looked kinda creepy because of its human hands, it works alot better for the monkey and koala. I also love the new moxie girls and i’m tempted to buy one although they never appealed to me before. My Target also brought out some halloween barbies for some reason…don’t know if they were last years dolls or if somebody made a mistake? One thing I know for sure is that as soon as school shopping is over and it isnt so busy everywhere that i’m heading to Target for some new toys…!

  4. I have the Skipper and Chelsea (she’s still Kelly to me) set with surfboard you showed pictured on the back of the tiki hut box. The tiki hut looks cool. I am very happy with this Skipper doll, expect her pony tail isn’t as neat as I’d like.

    I love Mooshka dolls which came out only in the last few months here in Aus. I’m so eager for the second run to come out here, the ones you pictured look amazing.

    Question: Is it just me or do the la la loopsies with the different hair remind you of Betty Spaghetti?

  5. I really like the new skipper’s colors! They look good on her.But that Elsa though,she looks too vacant and her forehead is pretty blank.I like Anna though.

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