Friday, May 6, 2016

*REVIEW* My Life As...Garden Outfit


Tag on outfit. Purse sold separately for $3.88


Gardening set's packaging shows doll in this outfit.


This My Life As look is perfect for gardening on a warm day.



Everything fits.



-Madelon

Thursday, May 5, 2016

*NEWS* Boy Story’s Kickstarter For Action Dolls Gaining Steam, And About To Tip Past Goal

13 days left to go and Boy Story’s Kickstarter campaign is only $4,000 away from being funded!  

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That translates into about 45 more backers needed. The community support for these diverse Action Dolls is building. 

The odds are looking good for a successful campaign, and founders Kristen Johnson and Katie Jarvis are gearing up to go full steam ahead into production and fulfillment upon its conclusion.  “It’s such an exciting time for us to witness first-hand so many people supporting positive change and equality for the future,” said Jarvis, a 31 year old designer who quit her job last year to make Boy Story a reality.  “These dolls are going to be great for boys and girls, who are growing up to understand diversity organically through play.”  The new Action Dolls are available exclusively on Kickstarter now at a discounted price.

To help boost the campaign over the finish line, these sisterprenuers from Tampa, Florida have just added a solid line up of add-ons and stretch goals.  These include heavily discounted (and adorable) jammies for the dolls and a free cape if they strike the $35,000 mark. 


“Our personal goal isn't the $25,000 goal you see on Boy Story’s campaign. We went as low as we could to increase the likelihood of our backers getting product from a successful campaign. In reality, a final higher pledge amount--and more dolls ordered--will make production run more smoothly and have a more immediate market impact. We intend to do everything we can to raise funds until the very last second,” Jarvis said.  

If the campaign billows forward, and they hit $50,000, Boy Story can even push a new third doll into production this summer rather than next year.  

“This is just the beginning for Boy Story,” said Johnson.  “Kickstarter for us isn’t only about raising funds for production, it is also a tool to raise awareness in the community, show the toy industry there is demand, and get a taste for how people react to our product outside of our personal contacts.  The big question was do they like it enough to actually buy it?  We are so happy to have received an astounding yes.”   

The dolls are getting some great press, having been named by The Toy Insider as one of the hottest summer 2016 toys. The Huffington Post picked up on the serious social impact diverse toys will have in our children’s development.  “Balanced toys provide children with choice in their play and contribute to healthy development of all kids.  Our children’s toys teach them some of the most basic perceptions of society.  The more diverse and equal they are, the more we encourage diversity and equality in adulthood.”

Next on the agenda for Boy Story is attending the ASTRA (American Specialty Toy Retailer Association) Marketplace in June and getting in front of a large group of specialty retailers.  “Our product line is unique, special, and very high-quality and collectible, we want to get our dolls and books in specialty stores from the start. We think other small business are going to be a backbone of our support,” Jarvis said. The Boy Story founders will be walking the floor with their prototypes, meeting as many retailers individually as they can.  ASTRA just featured Boy Story’s Action Dolls in their latest Toy Times Magazine.

Kickstarter is just the start.  Big expansion plans include two more diverse Action Dolls already in the design phase, and a line of 18” boy doll clothes and accessories to go along with them.  Boy Story cares about not only creating a more equal future for generations to come, but also offering all children a doll that represents their features.  Not just duplicating a doll mold and changing the skin tone, but actually recognizing and celebrating the beautiful multi-ethnic world that we live in.  
 
Be the change you hope to see and support Boy Story’s Kickstarter campaign today.

*REVIEW* My Friend Cayla, Talking Doll

Due to multiple requests from LADL readers for different doll reviews, I've asked my friend Sheryl to do a review of her Cayla doll.



My Friend Cayla - Review by Sheryl Hagan-Booth


My Friend Cayla is an 18 inch play doll that originated in the United Kingdom but is now available world-wide.  The one we have is a blond-haired, blue eyed interactive doll that operates with the help of Bluetooth technology.  She also comes in two other darker skin tones. According to the Cayla website, “Some functions such as searching for information may require an Internet connection. However most of Cayla’s conversational features can be accessed offline. Cayla can play games, read stories, and show her photos all offline.”

  
My daughter received Cayla in 2015 and has loved playing with her both on and off her Ipad and my iPhone.  Cayla reads stories, shares photos pertaining to her life and even answers simple questions my daughter asks the doll. 




 Cayla does not move, but speaks though a talk box located in her chest cavity.  Bluetooth can be activated with the on/off switch on her back and requires three triple A batteries to function.  She picks up voices via the heart necklace-speaker permanently located on her neck.  My daughter also adored (as did I) her British accent!


Cayla comes with a denim jacket, white top with pink bow applique, pink skirt, blue leggings, plastic painted pink sneakers, mirror and brush.  The clothing closes with non-snag Velcro-type closure.  She can wear traditional sized 18” doll clothing as she has a wider body size.  Slim 18” doll clothing does not fit her.  Her entire body is made of molded plastic and stiff.  She can stand on her own quite well.  





Cayla has minimal paint on her face, which gives her an innocent child-like image that kids will love.  Her rooted hair is not the highest quality, but good for minimal brushing.  It does start to split and frizz after a few months of brushing.  A good use of wig conditioner helps minimize this in my opinion.  It seems to be thinner on top and thicker at the bottom however.


Overall, she is a nice doll.  She is available for $59.93 in the US, which is a steal for an interactive doll.  A child can have hours of endless fun with Cayla for this price for sure.  This doll would be something new and fun for your tech savvy kid to show off to both friends and family.


 "Josefina teaches Cayla, Amethyst and Persephone how to make her famous homemade guacamole to celebrate Cinco De Mayo."
-Sheryl

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

*REVIEW* Baby So Sweet Outfit




TRU exclusive You & Me Baby So Sweet Premium Doll 3 Piece Pink/White/Baby Blue Romper Set you can put your little precious doll in the cutest fashion forward outfits. All Baby So Sweet accessory items are made to fit most 16 inch dolls.


The You & Me Baby So Sweet Premium 3 Piece Pink/White/Baby Blue Romper Set features:



Light-pink lace and crochet romper with blue and white floral applique.





White lace stretch headband with floral applique.

White scallop trim vinyl booties.

There were other $16.99 premium sets available:

 

I love this set so much! It's well made with quality fabrics. I am going to add the other outfits to my collections as well. I highly recommend this brand of 16" baby doll clothing.


Regular $10.99 sets include:

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

*REVIEW* Lea's Beach Picnic Set + Truly Me Shirt

 

AG had a Truly Me event setting up when I arrived on Thursday. So cute tee shirt and scrapbook for girls.


Two sets of stickers.

Bookmark.



The free Truly Me shirt is great.



Lea's Beach picnic set is a very cute set, but it costs $34.








 

Great American Girl quality, but $34 is high especially when OG accessory sets run around $17 when not on sale.


Journal coordinates with her meet dress.


Brigadieros.



I wish this set was more around $24.
-Madelon