Thursday, January 17, 2013

Cutie Pops "Swirly Brights" and Cutie Pops "Petites"

I was inspecting the toy aisles at Target the other day, and it was pretty clear that 2013 is in full swing...at least in the play doll world.  I saw two new Bratzillaz lines (Magic Night Out and a group of basic dolls), the Ghouls Alive Monster High dolls (the ones with sound, lights or action), some tempting Garden Party La Dee Da dolls, the Orbit Beach Novi Stars, adorable Lala Oopsie horses and three new Cutie Pops lines.  Phew!  I was especially excited to see the new Cutie Pops.  There is a new character (Carmel), old characters in new outfits, more new characters in a collection called called "Swirly Brights," and a group of four mini dolls or "Petites."  I am a pretty big fan of Cutie Pops, so I like to think that the release of all these new items indicates that Jada Toys is enjoying some well-deserved success with their colorful, creative dolls.

Cutie Pops Swirly Brights "Magenta" and Cutie Pops Petite "Dixie."
There are three dolls in the Swirly Brights collection--Magenta (who I bought for $16.99), Chiffon (who was also at the store) and Tangerine.  Tangerine is my favorite of the three, but she was not in stock.  Chiffon is the only character we've seen before.


Look at how awesome Tangerine is.  I love her freckles, her orange hair and her paneled dress.  I'd need to see her eyes in real life to know if I like those as much as I like the rest of her:


The packaging on these dolls is different from that of the original Cutie Pops (you can read my review of Cookie and her frustrating packaging if you want).  The boxes are smaller and simpler.  The outer box is mostly plastic and can be easily removed after cutting four pieces of clear tape along one edge.  Inside, there is a colorful cardboard backdrop that holds the doll:



There's a big piece of plastic attached to the cardboard insert.  I think this is to support Magenta's huge head.  On each side of the doll, there are raised cardboard circles advertising certain features.  The most prominent sign says, "POPS move."  This is not referring to a dance style.  Pops are the little snap-on decorations that come with these dolls, and apparently, Magenta's pops can move.  

Not like Gangnam style.
The doll is tied onto the cardboard with five strings.  I snipped all of these knots from the back, hoping I wouldn't have to do much more than that:


Cutting those strings was almost all I had to do to release the doll.  One small obstacle was that both of Magenta's earrings were secured with plastic ties to the plastic head support.  This could cause trouble for, say, someone who was in a hurry to get the doll out and didn't notice the ties.

I would not want to be tied down by my earrings [shudder].

Does she look a little nervous to you?
I also had to free her arms from two plastic holders, but that was easy.  There's much less garbage with this doll than there was with Cookie.


The doll comes with a plastic comb and three extra pops.  Conspicuously absent are the closed eyes and the extra hair that accompany the original Cutie Pops dolls.  The Swirly Brights costs $3.00 less than the first wave dolls.  I'd have gladly paid the extra $3 and gotten another set of awesome bright hair and some closed eyes.  Oh, well.  Maybe there are plans to release some Swirly Brights accessory packs with extra hair and eyes?  

Um...wait.  I don't have my sleeping eyes?
The comb has holes to accomodate the 3 extra pops.  Decorating the comb is a good way to keep from loosing pops.

That could make a cute hair decoration.
When I look at the Swirly Brights, I am reminded of another Brites line:


The similarity between these two lines is not just in the name.  Both groups of dolls have brightly colored retro (mid-1960's) outfits and neon hair.  I love the Liv outfits, but I think that the Cutie Pop outfits, with their go-go boots and colorful swirly pop decorations, are even better:

Far out.
Magenta has amazing neon pink hair.  This hair is very different from the other Cuite Pops hair I have seen.  The hair is a bouquet of spongy, tight curls that stick straight up in the air.  The ponytails remind me of the hair on the new Howleen Wolf doll, though I haven't seen Howleen in person yet.

Gravity defying hair.
Magenta is wearing green plastic dangle earrings that swing back and forth in an appealing way when she is moved around.  The green part of the earring is removable, but the orange peg that goes into Magenta's ear is not.

Looks like a figure eight...or a cyclops snowman.
A black and white checkered theme is present throughout Magenta's outfit...it is even reflected in her green eyes:


Her checkered hair bows have pops that are different from the swirly decorations on the dress.  These are the advertised moving pops.  Indeed, the clear plastic circles spin around--they're not mechanized or anything, the attachment peg just has room to rotate freely.  In fact, all of the pops can be spun around, but these particular pops spin a bit more evenly because of their circular shape.  They also have swirly purple and green paper discs inside that look groovy when they're spinning. 


One of my issues with the original Cutie Pop dolls is that their eyes are too glitzy.  Cookie's huge cookie-filled pupils and glittery heart-shaped eyelashes were a bit too much for me.  Here's a close-up of her eye as a reminder:

You are the cookie of my eye.
Magenta's eyes are relatively simple.  First of all, the iris is a nice dark green color, and the only large reflection painted in her pupil is the black and white checkered heart.  The eyelashes are still heart-shaped and glittery, but I think the overall effect is an improvement.  At least I can tell where this doll is looking.




The dress is really fun.  It is made out of a very stiff, shiny lime green fabric and has some cute details.  


I especially like the green and blue houndstooth button that ornaments the top of the sparkly fake zipper:


There are two plastic ties in the front of the dress--one on each side:


These ties secure the skirt to a hidden piece of cardboard.  This seems unnecessary to me.  The skirt is so stiff on its own that I doubt it would move around too much inside the box.

Overkill.
Furthermore, those plastic ties leave some very obvious holes in the dress:


The dress closes in the back with a long strip of velcro:


The dress can hold three pops, and all of the pops are interchangeable.  I decided to use the biggest pops on the dress so that they would cover the holes.


Here are some closeups of one of the removable hair bows:



The pops from the bows are interchangeable with the pops on the dress:


There's not a huge variety of design in the pops with this doll, but mixing and matching is still pretty fun.


Magenta has plastic purple go-go boots.  The swirly neon design is only printed on the outside edge of the boots:

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Go-Go Boot.
Magenta's body is the same as the other Cutie Pops dolls.  Sadly, there is no additional articulation.  She has 7 joints (neck, shoulders, hips and knees).  There's a slight color difference between her vinyl head and her plastic body.


This doll has some articulation quality problems.  Her knees were very stiff right out of the box.  I couldn't bend one of them much at all.  I have been able to loosen the joints by carefully extending and flexing them over and over again.  While both knees now have a full range of movement, they don't feel good.  The movement is stiff and I fear I am going to break a leg off at any time.

Even without this (potentially isolated) problem, the knee articulation is limited.  I wish the knees could bend just a little bit more--at least to the point where they form a right angle.  This would allow the doll to sit more naturally.


The neck joint is also flawed.  In theory, I really like the Cutie Pops neck articulation.  The neck has a ball and socket style attachment, and so the dolls should be able to look up and down in addition to having a full 360 degrees of rotation.  My doll's neck was very stiff out of the box.  I tried to loosen this joint with repetitive manipulation, but it hasn't loosened up completely.  In addition, movement in this area causes some small plastic flakes to form--as though by moving the neck I am rubbing away part of the joint.

Neck dandruff.
Underneath her eye pops, Magneta has bright baby blue irises.  I would have preferred the nice, dark green.


Magenta looks a little freaky with her eye pops removed.  Something about the hollowed out hearts  can look downright sinister...

Look into my heartless, empty eyes...
...especially if I forget to turn off the flash!

Ahhhh! Run for your life!
All of Magenta's accessories are interchangeable with the other Cutie Pops dolls.  The only other (de-boxed) girl I have in the house right now is Candi, so let's see what kind of part-swapping these two can do:

Candi wearing Magenta's hair and Magenta wearing Candi's yarn ponytails.
Candi's rainbow color theme coordinates well with Magenta's bright palette:


At first, I thought that the hair exchange wasn't quite as successful in the opposite direction....

Poodle hair.
But I actually think that the crazy combinations are the most enjoyable element of these dolls.  Pink Bozo ponytails might look unconventional against Candi's dark molded hair, but these dolls are already so over-the-top in their design that any combination works for them is some weird way.  In this case, the pink hair brings out the pink in Candi's pops and polka dots.

Candi's closed rainbow eye is one of my favorite pieces and goes extremely well with Magenta's color scheme:


Candi's regular hair is probably the least flattering on Magenta, but it certainly doesn't look bad:

Jack Sparrow hair.
I also think these dolls look very sweet without any hair extensions at all.  Magenta's pink pixie cut, in particular, goes very well with her 1960's themed outfit.  She reminds me of Twiggy:

Twiggy hair.
It would be fun if the hair bows could attach directly to the doll's heads (they can't):



Here are Candi's open eye (left) and Magenta's eye (right) side-by-side so you can see the difference in complexity:


With Candi's eyes, the designers didn't know when to stop. They must have been having too much fun adding glitter and colors and lollipops.

I think Magenta's green eyes look fantastic on Candi.  She has so much more personality with these simplified eyes:


Here are Candi and Magenta together with both of them wearing their own parts.  It's funny to me that they can't quite get their arms around each other--not so much because they lack elbow articulation, but because of the size of their heads (and the volume of Magenta's hair!):


With Candi's eyes, Magenta can finally get some sleep:


I wanted to see my Liv Brites Alexis next to Magenta.  With her amazing hair, Magenta is actually taller than Alexis.

I think all that neon is burning my retinas.
Nope.  I am not copying you at all.
Here are a few more pictures of Magenta:





She fits really nicely in the Kurhn chair:

If only her knees would bend more.
While at Target, I also picked up one of the new Cutie Pops Petites dolls ($6.99):


"Petites" is an overused name.  I think they should be called the "Cutie Poppets."

Cutie Poppets.
All four of these dolls were in stock for my inspection.  At first, I thought I wanted Carmel and her cute puppy.  I love it when there's a miniature version available for a doll I own (like the McDonald's mini Liv toys).  Unfortunately, this Carmel doesn't look anything like the larger version, which takes some of the fun out of it.


I like the Summer doll.  Her hair is a fun pastel orange color and it has a nice cluster of high-volume curls. This is appealing since the other dolls have pretty skimpy ponytails.  If I'd bought Tangerine, I probably would have purchased Summer to go with her.  In the end, I decided to buy Dixie.  Her pink hair matches Magenta's and I love her piano skirt and music theme.


The box boasts a long list of accessories for this doll.  She comes with 5 pops, hair, and a pair of plastic headphones.


She can stand on her own with a little bit of effort:

It looks like she's concentrating really hard on staying upright.
The concept of these dolls is very similar to the Lalaloopsy minis.  The Cutie Pops are larger, but they come in very similar packaging, they share the same colorful big-headed style, and they have the same type of leg articulation.



The face on this doll is a pretty good replica of the larger Cutie Pops face.  She has the same large eyes with decorated irises.  She also has painted heart-shaped eyelashes and a pink heart of blush on her cheeks.  


The eyeshadow is a little heavy-handed on this doll and the cheek blush is not as subtly done as it is on the larger dolls.  I do like that she only has a single heart design in each of her eyes.

Maybe it's the heavy eyeshadow, but something about this doll's face paint makes her seem angry when you look at her from certain angles:

Angry elf.
Dixie has a thin pink and black ponytail hair extension.


The ponytail base is decorated with an orange bow-shaped pop:


The hair attaches to the head with a donut-shaped peg and hole:


The outfit is molded plastic and is painted in a bright mix of colors.  It has space for two pop decorations.


The dress has a fun mix of orange, green, yellow and blue with contrasting pink arm bands.  The highlight of the dress is the flared piano key skirt:


Under her dress, Dixie is wearing painted textured blue leggings, pink heart socks and bright yellow high-top sneakers.  The level of detail is nice for a doll this small.


Here are the four music pops--two guitars and two musical notes:


The pops leave behind some very noticeable holes.

Shot through the heart, and you're to blame.
This picture also demonstrates Dixie's arm articulation.  She can only swing her arms back and forth.

Dixie's accessory is a pair of green molded headphones.  These do not have any painted details.  Carmel's puppy accessory is much more interesting.



The tops of Dixie's legs loop around a plastic bar to form a pendulum joint.  The legs can swing back and forth within two grooves in the plastic of her skirt.  The leg articulation is not as floppy as it is on Lalaloopsy minis, but the construction is virtually identical.


Dixie does not have a lot of posing options.  She can't balance on her own unless she is standing perfectly upright with both legs underneath her.

Awkward walk.
Her legs don't swing out enough for her to be able to sit on her own, either:

 

But she can sit in a chair:


She's about half as tall as a regular Cutie Pops doll, but her head isn't as large in proportion to her body:


If you look at the details of the mini doll's face, everything seems to be a perfect copy of the larger Cutie Pops--the shape of the eyes, the rosebud mouth, the style of the molded hair.   However, I still think something went missing in translation.  The smaller face is not as cute.  Maybe it's because the head isn't as wide?  The eyes are set slightly closer together?   What do you think?


I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Dixie and Magenta can share pop decorations.  Magenta's larger pops are too big in scale for Dixie and Dixie's pops look a bit small on Magenta's dress, but it's great that they were made to be interchangeable.


I have to say, I wasn't very impressed with the mini dolls when I was at Target.  I almost decided not to buy one.  I think it's because I don't find their faces anywhere near as appealing as the faces of the larger dolls.  Also, I was a bit put off by the blatant similarity to the Lalaloopsy line.  Much like my reaction to the original Cutie Pops, though, there were a few pleasant surprises that made me like this doll more than I thought I would.  Her outfit is very nicely molded and is painted in fun, vibrant colors.  While I don't love her face, I do find it cuter than it seemed at the store.  I love miniatures, and while I'm not likely to buy any more of the Petites Cutie Poppets, I think I will enjoy owning Dixie.


I also bought Carmel, but I fear I have run out of space to de-box her in this review.  I will at least show you the box. Her presentation is identical to that of the first wave dolls.  She comes in a large plastic and cardboard box that is in the shape of a lopsided heart.


She is part of a three-doll release that includes Chiffon and Candi in new outfits.


Her eyes look pretty crazy, but I really like the rich caramel color of her hair and the fact that some of her pops look like miniature plates of dessert.  Yum.  I am passionate about miniature desserts.  Her closed eye pops are vintage blue with tiny pink flowers, and her extra set of hair is matching blue and pink yarn.  She looks pretty great.


I can picture all of Carmel's pink accessories going very well with my Magenta!


Bottom line?  When the first pictures of the Cutie Pops were released last year, I was sure that they weren't my style.  They're for younger kids.  They're way too garish and sparkly.  They aren't nearly articulated enough.  Then, even though I really liked the first doll I reviewed, I figured that my interest would wane.  The funny thing is, I am still really excited about these dolls.  I love Magenta and Carmel and I have Tangerine on my personal wish list--not just on the list of dolls I'd like to review.  The more of these dolls I have, the more interesting they are.  Trying out different combinations of hair, eyes, clothes and pops is just plain fun.  Not only are the parts very easy to manipulate, but the quality of the materials is pretty good.  The hair is soft and manageable and I have yet to find a doll with a paint defect.  

I am a little concerned about the articulation issues I found in my Magenta doll.  Maybe it was just an isolated fluke, but the stiffness of her knee and neck joints was disappointing.  I can work around the stiffness, so it doesn't detract too much from my enjoyment of this doll, but I am always nervously watching the quality trajectory of a new doll line.  This doll has so many movable and removable parts, the quality needs to stay solid.  Also, I have read some complaints online about the hair not staying in place.  This is a bit of a concern, but I have yet to encounter the problem myself.  I find the hair pieces to be remarkably stable for what they are.  My only other complaint is that, while I appreciate the option of a less expensive doll, the $3 price drop in the Swirly Brights line isn't worth it if I have to give up the extra eyes and hair...especially if I'll have to pay $6 to buy similar parts separately.  I like the reduced packaging with these new dolls, though.

The thing that struck me most as I walked back and forth down the aisles of Target is that there are a lot of look-a-likes among the first dolls of 2013.  The Cutie Pops Petites look like Lalaloopsy minis.  The Lala Oopsie horses are reminiscent of My Little Pony figures.  One Bratzillaz line has a new body with a dancing motion (sound familiar?).  The Cutie Pops Swirly Brites have a lot in common with the La Dee Da girls, and they also seem to have gathered some inspiration from the discontinued Liv Brites line.  Everything is very exaggerated and colorful.  I have mixed feelings about all of this.  Part of me is discouraged by all of the imitation.  I would love to see a completely unique new doll out there.  On the other hand, "completely unique" is hard to achieve, and if we had to wait for that, we'd have a lot fewer dolls on the shelves.  Also, the different versions of each idea give consumers a lot of choice.  If I want a colorful, big-headed doll with stars in her eyes, I am not limited to just the La Dee Da section.   I can choose a neon-haired, retro-style cutie with removable eyes and go-go boots instead.  It's hard to complain about that.


39 comments:

  1. I love the swirly brights and the new carmel doll but I'am confused as why she is not in a outfit close to her prototype.

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    1. Oh, you're right! Carmel looks totally different from her Toy Fair pics. I hadn't even noticed that! Sharp eyes. I like the older look better. I especially like the prototype hair extensions better. Those were so cool! I wonder how hard it would be to make some extra hair extensions of my own? Hmm...
      Thanks for pointing that out!

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  2. I've been wanting Magenta since I first heard about these dolls, but my Target hasn't had her! I love her giant curly hair puffs and her outfit.
    The Petites are not my favorite though, the color looks dirty or overdone somehow like the colors clash and the skinny little ponytail seems a little lame.

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    1. Yeah, the Petites are nowhere near as interesting as the larger dolls. I wish they'd done something more creative for their new idea this year--mix and match furniture pieces (?) or how about a craft kit that helps you put together your own crazy hair extensions or decorate your own eye pops? I would buy that.

      Good luck on your quest for Magenta! If I find a Tangerine, you could have my Magenta, but she's not a perfect example because of her bum knees and stiff neck. :(

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    2. That would be amazing or I'd gladly trade you if my Target still has Tangerine (there were two of her last time I was there)

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  3. I saw your Candi in a previous review but hadn't realized that her eyes and hair were interchangeable. That would be lots of fun to play with. I haven't seen these dolls in the UK yet. Thanks again for the review. x

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    1. You're welcome! It is pretty fun to change the eyes and hair. I love the idea of customization on BJDs, but it's so hard to do (for me). These dolls are more my speed. :)

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    2. I've just had a look and they are easily available here. They really do get cuter the more I look at them :)

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  4. Hello from Spain: I like this collection of dolls Cutie Pops. They are original. Interestingly change their eyes. I love the swirly brights. I think in my country stores are not yet on sale. Keep in touch

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    1. Thank you, Marta! I like the outfits on these dolls much better than the first wave. They seem more modern. I hope they come to Spain soon!

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  5. Thanks for the review. I've been curious about this line of dolls, and it was great to have such a picture-filled, informative post (like your posts always are!). ;) I have to say this line isn't my favorite...I'm a little creeped out by the whole "removable eye" thing, but I can see how all of the great mix and match possibilities are appealing to kids and collectors alike. :)

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    1. It is a little strange when the eyes are out! I like that they have painted eyes underneath the pops, but still--there's no way to avoid the creepiness of an empty eye socket! :D
      Thank you so much for the nice comment.

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  6. Awesome review Emily!
    I love the new Cutie Pops. Carmel has to be my favorite yet! I'm so bummed about Cutie Pops not being sold here! I don't think they'll ever get here, since Liv was also never released here. That's why I'm so happy that I have Cookie and S'mores :D
    I think the Cutie Poppets (much better than petites) are a bit of a miss. I have the same feelings about the face. There's something really off here but I can't figure out what. It's a shame the faces are like this, I love the outfits. If I had to choose between a Cutie Poppets and a mini Lalaloopsy, I'd get a mini Lalaloopsy.
    It's weird when you come to think of it: I love the large Cutie Pops but dislike the small ones. I'm not really a fan of the large Lalaloopsy dolls but I'm in love with the minis! xD
    Thanks again for this review :D

    Oh, and just some random news:
    Today was my birthday and guess what? I got Robecca! :D
    I'm so happy, I think it's getting a bit disturbing for some people. I'm like a crazy Monster High maniac, and I don't think I want to stop this obsession, lol! xD

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    1. Oh, wow! Happy (late) birthday! Robecca is WONDERFUL! I am so glad you got her. Hope you had a really fun day. :) What do you you think about the new dolls coming out--the Power Ghouls? I love the Toralei from that series. I also like Catrine DeMew. Her coloring is beautiful. So many great releases, it's no wonder you are addicted! You are not alone. ;)

      I totally agree with you about the doll sizes--I love Cutie Pops big dolls and Lala minis...but not necessarily the other way around.

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    2. Thank you! And sorry for this late reply, I'm so busy with school!
      I can't wait for the power ghouls to come out here, I love them all! :D
      And Catrine is just gorgeous, I'd love to see her in person when she POPS up in stores xD

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  7. Hi Emily,
    I forgot to ask you something! I was wondering if there are any more
    Calico Critters or Li'l Woodzeez play sets? I loved your reviews about them, I just adore the little cuties and I'd love to read another review of one of those play sets, if there's even one left for you to review xD
    With your reviews it's almost like I own the little guys and I'm being drowned in cuteness, lol!

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    1. Well, as a matter of fact, I was just investigating this at Target the other day! The Woodzeez don't have any more of the diorama sets (I wish they did!), but they do have a house and maybe some cute new characters. As for the Calico Critters, there are a lot of great play sets. I will go check Target next week and see if there is one that looks especially good for a review. It is about time I checked in on those fuzzy critters again!

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    2. Yay! That's so awesome!
      I can't wait for another one of your fuzzy reviews!

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  8. Carmel is so tempting... :) I also think that Tangerine's orange hair is adorable. I'm going to have to stop myself from buying those two!

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    1. Well, I hope you have better luck resisting than I did! I find them really appealing and slightly addictive. If you cave into temptation, just don't buy Carmel on Amazon--I noticed her there last night for $64!!! Ack! Toys R Us has her online for $19.99. :)

      Also, I was checking Walmart yesterday, and they are charging a tiny bit more for the Swirly Pops. They're $16.99 at Target and $17.50 or something at Walmart. This makes the missing hair and eyes a bit more noticeable.

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  9. You make me want a Cutie Pops! haha, they're so adorable! especially's Magenta's pink Poodle like tuffs haha/

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    1. They are adorable! Magenta has great hair--I think she makes my poodles jealous. ;)

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  10. I hope Magenta's curls don't frizz as badly as the Dance Clance Howleen's do. I mean she's an adorable doll, but you know how bad the Monster High girls frizz with the slightest bit of curl.

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    1. Oooh--do you have Dance Class Howleen, Tina? She looks very cute. Yeah, the curly hair can become difficult to manage. I don't think you'd want to try and brush Magenta's hair or anything...but it's fun to look at!

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  11. I love the bright colors of the new dolls, but it's a shame they're missing the closed eyes and the yarn hair pops. Hmmm. I still haven't gotten a Cutie Pops doll yet and will likely only get one. I feel vaguely dissatisfied with what's out so far - especially now that they have two different kinds that are both missing something for me (bright colored hair on the one and added accessories on the other). HMMMMMMM. Decisions, decisions.

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    1. You have a really good point--with the dolls out right now, it's hard to choose only one. Do you pay $20 for a doll in a frilly Lolita outfit and get the extra eyes and hair, or do you pay $17 and get a Swirly Brights doll with a groovy outfit, bright hair and better eyes...but then have to consider a $10 accessory pack to get the missing parts??? Jada isn't making it easy!!

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  12. hello I love your blog, I can make a suggestion, I would like if you could do a review of bratz chic mystique, I think that these dolls are very glamorous, greetings.

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    1. Thank you for the suggestion! Those look pretty impressive. I like Meygan with her butterfly wings. I will look at them next time I'm at the store. Thanks again!

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  13. If i may suggest dolls you could find interesting...
    Juku dolls
    Lollipops girls
    Both are discontinued...but can be found for less than 20$ on ebay. Personally i think that while Juku are articulated and have pretty face it is Lollipop Girl that is more interesting.

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    1. I actually have some Lollipop girls that I found on a 50% off sale. I should bump those closer to the top of my list--they look really cute! Great idea!

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  14. Apparently the accessory packs have been out for a while. I saw a lone one at Target, and on clearance no less! I didn't look at it very much, but I think it had lavender yarn pigtails and some pops. I also saw a handful of Cinderella stuff--cheap things, like a single pack of those teeny figurines in the plastic balls and a figurine maybe an inch or two high that apparently twirled or something.

    I would also like to point out that the Pop! line of figurines has a Cinderella. Would you consider reviewing them? I've been kinda curious about them.

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    1. I found a Pop! Cinderella on Amazon--the price is reasonable. I will look into those! Thank you for the suggestion! :)

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  15. Hi Emily, I picked up a Tangerinemat my,localmTarget today. I just wanted to comment that shendoesn't actually have freckles! :-(. I thought it might be a defect, but when I looked on amazon, the photos of the doll in the packaging has no freckles either. She still cute, though. I may have to paint freckles on her!

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    1. Oh! You're right! Sharp eyes. She's still cute, I agree, but it would have been SO nice if she'd had those freckles. You have the right idea to take matters into your own hands--time to get out the paint brush! ;)

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  16. I saw many Tangerines at my store but sadly no Magentas lol shes a quite pretty doll my sister loves cutie pops and she really wants the one with the pink hair glad you have her i see why my sister wants her !!!! She is so pretty and yes her hair is quite similar to dance class Howleens !! Love your reviews !!

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  17. I just got tangerine. she's so cute. but no freckles. i thought it was a defect so i ran back ut the only other one they had in stock was without freckles too. :( but she is a quality play doll. her hair is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO soft

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  18. I got the same Carmel just this week, and she can't move her head up-and-down and her knee joints are also very stiff.
    Such a disappointment from my first Cutie Pops doll, but I still love her to death with all of those parts to change in and out with.

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