Have you seen the new Strawberry Shortcake Dolls? I saw a few pictures of them from the New York Toy Fair held on February 2014. You can see their pictures from Idlehands1 Blog (click HERE).
As soon as I saw them, I knew they were from another company. Sure enough, Bridge Direct will now produce them instead of Hasbro. Not that I am surprised because Hasbro has not released many new items lately and I was wondering what was happening.
But I am sad because I did like the Hasbro Strawberry Shortcake dolls very much. They did well with the mini dolls and the 5 inches dolls. They could have created so much more dollhouses, vehicles (Cherry Jam's bus, all the mini scooters, the hot air balloon!) and characters (Hello Huckleberry Pie!!!) but they slowed down production of new items so drastically last year that I was fearing the worst.
Well it's not really the worst now since a new company is taking over and there will be more minis and cute dollies but it's still a little upsetting to see them change the Strawberry Shortcake doll's look yet again. After the initial Kenner dolls, there has been Bandai, Playmates, Hasbro and now Bridge Direct.
I am not really crazy about the new dolls but I do like the concept of featuring them in a band. My daughter likes to watch the cartoon precisely because of the songs and seeing the dolls with musical instruments is a great addition to the toy collection.
The photos from the fair belongs to Idlehands1 blog so I am only showing one picture here. It's my favorite one because its' showing a chair from Lemon Meringue's hair salon! I hope there will be more dollhouses as well. I don't know about you guys but I have seen enough of Strawberry Shortcake's house, market, café, clubhouse, etc. How about houses for the other dolls for a change?
The dolls are.. well, cute enough but I miss the Habro's sweet faces. Oh I hope the new dolls will be the same size too so they can share clothes with the Hasbro dolls.
I have not seen any pictures of the actual mini dolls yet. I am glad they will still produce the mini dolls because they are by far my favorite items but I hope they will be just as cute as the previous ones. They will be apparently available in the fall of this year.
Do you like the new Strawberry Shortcake look?