Monday, February 24, 2014
Never heard of Sprinkles Cupcakes until I saw this toy. I admit to liking the more vibrant colors of this setting better than the Dairy Queen MiWorld one. Not to mention that it's a cupcake place...And I love cupcakes!
I especially like the see-thru "glass". It seems so authentic with the clear Sprinkles sticker on it. I can't say the same for the table though. Even from the picture, you can see how it is not snuggly fitted to its base. It will require some powerful gluing to straighten that sucker.
And again, the stickers on the small cups kept coming off. This time, I didn't fix it to show what I meant from the DQ setting. I wasn't impressed by the simplicity of the food miniatures. They didn't seem too realistic. But then when I googled Sprinkles, it was actually how their cupcakes looked. How interesting. I am so tempted to have one of these babies except there is no franchise in Toronto.
I had a few more photos of both the DQ and Sprinkles attached to each other but my camera is having problems so it will have to wait another day.
The Sprinkles version has a few more issues than I had hoped. That table really annoyed me but it's nothing unfixable. The overall prettiness of the setting is its saving grace. I still think it's a fun toy. Miniatures and attachable store settings are always fun.
Friday, February 21, 2014
|Trudy Traveler doll, renamed Emmeline|
by Show Stoppers Inc.
She is my one and only all-porcelain made doll from head to toe. She stands at about 9" tall and came to me in her own wooden trunk with accessories. She's actually preowned so while overall in great condition, she's missing one dress out of the three she was suppose to have. Too bad. I've got the blue shoes, hat and bag but no blue dress.
Well, the remaining ensembles are pretty cool at least. I always thought the elaborateness of antique french fashions were beautiful. I've also always wanted a doll trunk. And she's got that too! Everything in one package. Not too shabby.
|Size comparison with a kneeling DG Susie|
I'm not fond of antique-type dolls in general. I find them a little freaky. Emmeline, though, has a big cute round face with huge blue eyes that I find adorable. Because of the childlike chunky body to go with the fat head, she actually feels nice to hold and play with. She doesn't seem as fragile despite her all-porcelain construction.
I think she likes DG Susie's blue antique french-inspired dress since she's missing her own....
Monday, February 17, 2014
|[from left to right] Little Nunu and Chloe|
My lovie is completely trained when it comes to hunting for miniatures now. She spotted this Dairy Queen MiWorld Toys at Walmart yesterday as we were walking down the toy section of our local Walmart. I had never even heard of these toys before but was instantly enthused by the promising pics on the box.
These remind me so much of the Mos Burger and Mister Donut Licca playsets that I purchased in Japan a few years back. It follows a well-known brand. Realistic details down to the store logo. Minimal assembly required.
Unlike the Licca playsets that were made for Licca dolls, this MiWorld set was made for its own MiWorld doll that is about 6" tall. I thought I was staring at an overgrown Polly Pocket and was not impressed. Needless to say, no giant Pollys will be hanging around this DQ and no barbie dolls either since they're even bigger. Overall though, the food miniatures could pass for 12" fashion dolls even though the scale is a little off.
My Pinky Street dolls are only 4" tall so they're actually off scale as well. Fortunately, they still photograph nicely with the set at certain angles.
My only disappointment are the stickers that go on the little drinks and such. They don't stick very well that I've had to re-glue those blasted "Blizzard" logos several times more than I wanted to. Otherwise, they really are well made. Not quite the same quality as the Licca playsets but comes very close.
Also, you can attach the sets or stack them together to create a mall setting. Neat idea! Gets me hooked every time! In fact, I also walked away with another set and would greedily welcome more!