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5:15 PM on 04.14.2014

X.Bonnie is the (X-Box) One to win the war against P.Stellar

The console wars have apparently found a new arena, as Original Effect (maker of the Army Attractive line) has produced two dolls which suspiciously look like homages to gaming systems. Meet X.Bonnie and P.Stellar, who both s...

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5:00 PM on 04.06.2014

Holy gender-bending, Batman! Monster High Dolls have been customized to look like Batman rogues

Rachel Hell Haus of Dolls has produced some female versions of Batman's more popular rogues in a series of Monster High doll customs entitled "Daughters of DC villains" which, among other things, includes a "Ms." Freeze, fema...

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5:00 PM on 03.31.2014

Disney's 'it's a small world' collection continues with China and Mexico

As the fiftieth anniversary for Disney's iconic theme park attraction, it's a small world, looms nearer (the actual date taking place on April 22), the company has decided to release a second round of themed merchandise in ce...

Natalie Kipper



Cardcaptor Sakura dolls are a blast from the past photo
Cardcaptor Sakura dolls are a blast from the past
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Back in the late 1990s when Cardcaptor Sakura was hitting its stride Bandai released a very popular series of dolls with bendy limbs and cloth outfits. These were so popular that when Nelvana got the TV series and rebranded it as Cardcaptors, Trendmasters repackaged Bandai's dolls and sold them in North America. Many of those ended up back overseas in Asia; I know I had a small hand in sending some of them that way to friends that couldn't find Bandai versions of the rarer dolls. At the time they were sold pretty cheaply and would eventually drop further on clearance. 

Fast forward to 2014 and it's Takara Tomy making the bendy dolls in cloth costumes as part of the Licca-chan Liccarize series. They really do look a lot like the dolls that Bandai and Trendmasters released back some 14 years ago, except where those were released for around US$10 to US$15 each (if my memory hasn't completely failed me) the Takara Tomy ones are considerably more. Both dolls are exclusive to the Takara Tomy Mall in limited amounts and sell for a rather painful ¥7,236 each. 

If I knew basically the same doll would inflate in price seven times I might have picked up a couple back in the day. Lesson learned, I guess. 

[via AmiAmi blog]

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5:00 PM on 02.03.2014

Avast! New LE Tinker Bell and Zarina dolls on the horizon

To celebrate Tinker Bell's upcoming movie, The Pirate Fairy, the Disney Store has announced that they will be releasing two new Limited Edition dolls, one of Tink and another of the Pirate Fairy herself, Zarina. Each doll is ...

Natalie Kipper

8:00 AM on 01.07.2014

Frozen's Anna and Elsa may help thaw your winter

Winter's chill getting you down? Perhaps these limited edition Frozen Anna and Elsa dolls may fill you with a warm cheer. Both dolls will be available for pre-order in North America only, online and in select stores, startin...

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Licca-chan version of Snow Miku is more iffy than icy photo
Licca-chan version of Snow Miku is more iffy than icy
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Remember that kinda unusual looking Hatsune Miku version of Licca-chan by Takara Tomy that appeared earlier this year? Looks like Good Smile Company and Crypton Future Media have given their blessings on a second doll based on the 2014 Snow Miku design coming in February. The original wasn't a very popular doll design among western fans, but must have had some level of popularity in Japan to have gotten a second release like this. Face aside, the costume isn't bad and would certainly look good on a more expensive doll. 

She's being made available for order at the same events that the Nendoroid version will be throughout February for a kinda pricey ¥4,200 yen. She'll then be shipped out on March first. I'm fine with them making a doll like this, but Takara Tomy gets to make a Snow Miku and we still haven't gotten a figma Snow Miku from Max Factory? Not fair!

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Anna and Elsa from Disney's Frozen to get LE dolls photo
Anna and Elsa from Disney's Frozen to get LE dolls
by Natalie Kipper

I don't go to movies very often. Probably close to never, actually. But, I actually pre-ordered tickets to go see Disney's Frozen. That is how psyched I am for this movie. So, of course, I was thrilled to see that Disney will soon be offering two new limited edition dolls of the film's beautiful sisters, Anna and Elsa. Anna is shown in her green ball gown while Elsa is wearing her frosty dress of ice. Both outfits have amazing embroidered detail. I absolutely love the intricacy on the Nordic pattern of Anna's bodice and the shimmery fabric used in Elsa's dress also looks very lovely. Both of the women's faces look just like they do in the trailers (and I'd assume the film). 

The two limited edition dolls will be available for purchase on November 20 online and in select physical Disney Stores for the regions of North America and Europe. Each character is listed with a price tag of US$99.95 and a edition size of 2500 pieces. Even if dolls aren't your cup of tea, there are some pretty dang awesome plushes and other Frozen merchandise in the movie's special section of the online store.

[via Disney Store's The Buzz]

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NYCC 2013: Mattel's Monster High photo
NYCC 2013: Mattel's Monster High
by Rio McCarthy

We took pictures of a lot of the new and upcoming dolls of Monster High while we were at SDCC this year, but NYCC brought the debut of at least two new ghouls for us to get acquainted with. Their names are Elissabat and Viperine Gorgon, and boy, do these two look great! They will debut in Monster High: Frights, Camera, Action! along with Clawdia Wolf and Honey Swamp that we first met at SDCC. The Hauntlywood assortment of dolls should be debuting in Spring 2014 with the release of the TV special.

In addition to the new ghouls at school, we also got a peek at the Black Carpet line of dolls that is also being released as part of the Frights, Camera, Action! series. We also saw packaging for the Sweet Screams dolls, which will be Target exclusives in Spring 2014, and I love how it adds even more fun to the girls. There was also packaging for the Picnic Casket sets. The Art Class line of dolls will also be arriving in Spring 2014, and I adore these. I'll definitely have to pick these up, and -gasp- actually take them out of the packages and set them up! Last, but not least, what's a ghoul to do without her coffee? Well, head to the Coffin Bean, of course! Also debuting in Spring of 2014, these will be an Emerging Channel exclusive (collector toy stores, not big market chain stores like Walmart) here in the US.

So, fellow Monster High ghouls and ghosts - which dolls are you looking forward to the most?

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LE Prince Eric and Ursula dolls coming October 1 photo
LE Prince Eric and Ursula dolls coming October 1
by Natalie Kipper

The remastered release of the Disney classic, The Little Mermaid, is almost upon us and in celebration, two limited edition dolls will be available. Images of Prince Eric and Ursula the Sea Witch washed up onto the shores of the Disney Store's official blog several days ago along with details on how to purchase these impressive figures. But, before we dive into how to claim one or both of them for yourself, let's take a moment to appreciate the detail put into these two toys. I am especially impressed with all the embroidery on Eric's uniform. And the sequins and bead embellishment on Ursula's tentacles and bodice do an excellent job of accenting her overall design. I also dig how the design team managed her hair, giving it the illusion of being under the sea.

Now, how do you score these fine specimens? Well, you'll have to be fast. Both dolls will be released online and in "select stores" on October 1 (no exact time was given). Eric has an edition size of 1,500 pieces while Ursula is limited to 2,000 pieces. Each one is US$99.95, regardless of character.

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7:00 PM on 09.16.2013

Monster High's Catty Noir now on the prowl

Previously revealed at this summer's San Diego Comic Con, Mattel's Monster High Catty Noir is finally out! The doll was released on Friday the 13th, rather fitting for a monster girl resembling a black cat. According to her b...

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2:00 PM on 09.14.2013

Changes come to the Disney Animators' Collection dolls

We all like to think change is a good thing but sometimes it is a big disappointment. This is one of those times. The Disney Animators' Collection dolls (previously featured here and here) recently went through a reboot ...

Natalie Kipper