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The motto for the Smartees dolls is “Smart friends for smart girls.” It’s an ambitious premise, but I have to admit I like it. Rather than attempting to have one doll that is everything to everybody, Smartees has created an initial line of four dolls each with their own career and history. The dolls each Read More →

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The Disney family of companies and Mattel have had a long and profitable relationship, happily intertwining their respective specialties to part the consumer from their money. They have also created some wonderful exclusive dolls. (Anyone else remember Toontown Stacie?) This particular doll is designed to celebrate the rollover year, and it helpfully provides a map Read More →

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Tree Trimming Barbie is this year’s supermarket store doll. If you enjoy informally-dressed holiday themed dolls, this line can be a real treasure. Each year’s doll is dressed in a casual outfit in preparation for a holiday activity. The price point on these dolls ranges from $10 to $12 (US), and they can be found Read More →

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If you’ve visited this site before, you probably know that I really like celebrity dolls. When properly done, I think dolls based on real people can add some much needed variety to a fashion doll collection. Just in time for the holidays, Mattel has shipped this gorgeous doll based on the singer/model/actress Brandy. So far Read More →

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Spring in Tokyo is from Mattel’s popular line of City Seasons dolls. Each doll is dressed in a high fashion outfit reflecting the climate and styles of a particular major city. This particular doll is extremely sophisticated, and the suit is perhaps the most adult outfit Mattel has produced in the modern doll era. I Read More →

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Yo-yoing is one of those wonderful kid’s games that is ‘hot’ at least one time in every child’s life. This has been one of the ‘hot’ years for yo-yoing, and Mattel jumped right on the bandwagon with a line of Skipper dolls with yo-yoing action. The principle behind the action is simple- a lever in Read More →

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Perhaps because of the decision that Mattel and Toys ‘R’ Us had conspired to fix prices on fashion dolls, Toys ‘R’ Us is now producing their own line of low-end 11.5 inch dolls. The ‘Real Friends’ line, tactfully displayed in a separate aisle from the B-girl, has dolls, play sets, and tons of furniture, all Read More →

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This guy isn’t your typical fashion doll. Done on the 1:6 scale (the same scale Barbie uses) the Captain Action dolls were first introduced in the 1960’s by Ideal Toy Company, the same people who made Tammy. The idea behind Captain Action was to make an action figure that, through a change of costumes and Read More →

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The romantic story of Sailor Moon has won the hearts of fans everywhere since the manga (comic book) and anime (animated tv show) first appeared in Japan. Sailor Moon dolls have been manufactured by the Bandai company in Asia, Europe, and North America. This doll is unusual because she was produced only in Italy, by the Italian company Giochi Read More →

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In 1994, when Mattel introduced the 35th Anniversary Barbie reproduction, they had a huge hit on their hands. Demand was huge, especially for the more limited gift set and brunette versions. Never one to let a success go unimitated, there have been new reproduction dolls every since, with different outfits and doll variations. This particular Read More →

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