Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Lalaloopsy Magnetic Paper Dolls

When I was a little girl, I was fascinated by paper dolls.  I remember visiting one of my cousin who was one year older than me and who lived in another city.  We stayed for the night and she showed me her paper doll.  The doll was the picture of a little girl of about 6 years old.  I can't remember the name of the doll... maybe "Annabelle"? 

She had so many paper outfits!  We played dressing up the dolls in all kind of outfits until it was time to go to bed.  But around 3am I woke up and couldn't go back to sleep.   Maybe it was the excitement of sleeping in another house, or maybe I wanted to play with the paper doll.  My cousin was awake as well and I asked her if we could play some more.  She agreed and we silently took the paper doll out of her box and started the dressing game again.

A few minutes later, her mom stormed in the lit room and yelled at us because we were awake playing in the middle of the night! We promptly went back to our bed but I still remember that scene to this day.

Curiosity got the better of me so I went online and found her!  Annabelle Rag Paper Doll!  I contacted the Etsy owner and she has allowed me to show you her picture!
Photo Credit: Etsy Shop of Grandmothersattic

I don't think I owned any paper dolls.  I didn't buy any either since I started buying dolls.  But a few weeks ago I came across the Lalaloopsy Magnetic Paper Dolls while browsing on Amazon for some books.

There are presently 6 different sets available!  Each set includes 2 dolls printed on the front and back of a tin, a sheet of magnets full of clothes and accessories, a bonus card to use within the tin, plus the tin acts as a carrying case.

Here below are the 6 different sets available for now:

Set 1 - Crumbs Sugar Cookie and Spot Splatter Splash

Set 2 - Mittens Fluff 'n' Stuff and Dot Starlight

Set 3 - Jewel Sparkles and Pillow Featherbed

Set 4 - Spells-a-Lot and Peanut Big Top

Set 5 - Mango Tiki Wiki and Marina Anchors

Set 6 - Pix E. Flutters and Tippy Tumblelina
 
These Lalaloopsy paper dolls are made by  Magnetic Fun® Paper Dolls which created many other paper doll series like Disney Princess, Dora the Explorer, and even SpongeBob Squarepants!  You can see some of their paper dolls collection HERE.

I opened Set #6 to check it out.

The package shows pictures of the dolls that will appear on the tin. 
 
The back of the package shows the magnetic dress and accessories.  They are very colorful and are a good match with the doll's character from that set.

Once the package unwrapped, you can see there are some cards you can cut out from the cardboard base.  It's an ID card for each doll with a little description about them and a space to put their pet and accessory.

The tin is bigger than my hand but it's slim and small enough to fit in my purse.  Here is a picture of the tin with a Mini Lalaloopsy doll so you can compare the size.

Each set has 2 dolls printed on the tin.  The lid is slightly thinner than the base but it doesn't bother me at all.  The two dolls are not naked; they wear undergarments (plus stockings for Pix. E Flutters).   Their background matches who they are.
 
Now to the clothes!  All the garments you see are actually two detachable pieces so you can mix and match the outfits!  Many shoes are included and also the pets and some accessories like flowers, a jar with a firefly, a crown, a ticket for the theater, etc.

It doesn't look like a lot but once you take the clothes out of their base, you can see there is actually quite a selection.  The magnet are extremely easy to remove from their base so I think even a child could do this without the help of an adult.

Here they are now all dressed up!  I admit it was really fun choosing an outfit for them and adding the accessories. 

Although the dolls are not actually paper dolls that you can cut out, I like this magnetic version a lot more!  Here are my reasons:
  • The magnetic dolls and outfits are more sturdy than paper and will last longer.
  • Everything fits in the tin and you can close it shut so no lost pieces.
  • It's light and compact so easy to transport.
  • Makes a great on-the-go toy for car rides, while shopping or at the restaurant.
  • Does not take up much space for storage.

Do you like them?  I don't just like them... I love them!

18 comments:

  1. They are very cute, My daughter loves dress up things like this thank you for the pictures.

    I try not to rush into building dollhouses for each doll now, we have Lalaloopsy house, a monster high house and a polly pocket house..all different styles and sizes.

    She is outdoing me in miniaddiction ;P

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    1. Hi Jane! You are wise to take it slow for your daughter! I am cutting back on a lot of my want list and am focusing only on my favorites. I don't know yet if my daughter will like another type of toy but for now she is already very interested in the Mini Lalas and Strawberry Shortcake mini dolls!

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  2. Hi Jane, These magnetic dolls are adorable. You've reminded me of some plastic "paper" dolls from my youth. I think I just played with them but didn't own them. If I only remembered more, I could find them too. Thanks for sharing about these fun toys! The mini Lalaloopsy dolls really grab my attention too. ;-) xo Jennifer

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    1. Please do share photos of your plastic paper dolls if you find them! :)

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  3. I am SO glad that you could take a walk down memory lane by finding Annabelle in my Etsy shop! What a fun story!

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    1. Thank you for letting me post the picture :D

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  4. This will make a great present for my niece! Now Im wondering if it is available in SA. Thanks for a great review!

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    1. If you can't get it in SA, let me know which set(s) you want and I can give you a shipping quote before sending. Postage cost might be high because the tin and the magnets are heavy!

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  5. Too cute. I had many paper dolls as a child and played with them a lot. (They were cheaper than real dolls and clothes.) The magnetic version is a cute idea.

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    1. I am curious: what paper dolls did you play with? Do you remember their names/brand? I know Licca has paper dolls too but it's not sold here!

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  6. Oh how I loved paper dolls when I was a child. These are adorable. Might be going on the Christmas list for my two nieces. They'd love them.

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    1. Makes for great presents for little girls :)

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  7. O my goodness, how cute!! The girls have lots of fun with magnetic "paper" dolls; they have several tin sets by.. some brand I don't remember now.. but they have different themes like mermaid and high school. I did make a paper BEAR for my older girl though lol (http://bikbikroro.blogspot.sg/2013/06/random-bits.html - scroll down).

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    1. Thanks for the link! You are one creative mama :D

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  8. When I was a kid (many years ago) I also I collected dressing dolls. The reason was, that they were relatively cheap, some I could gather through magazines and some by morning food products.
    Again, a lot has happened since my childhood. It almost seems like real dolls ..
    Hugs
    Wyrna.

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    1. Morning Food products? How interesting that they would market the doll's clothes in that way! Of course it makes sense but I don't see that anymore. Thanks for sharing your experience!

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