Over the years we have had countless collections of collectables. Some have been a huge hit and some have been five minute wonders.
When we were asked along to the launch of the US hit LOL Surprise I was intrigued as to what this new craze was going to bring.
We arrived at Westfield and were immediaty greeted with a huge stage and lots of buzzing children that were eagar to see the launch of the dolls that was going to be hosted by the hit YouTube child star Tiana from Toys And Me.
My daughter spends hours watching all of her unboxing videos and was super excited to get to meet her in person.
After Tiana launched through a huge paper screen to take to the stage she unveiled the new LOL Surprise dolls in front of a a crowd of little ones that were hanging on her every word.
There was then a chance to go and meet her in and take away our own doll to take a look at for ourselves.
We headed off with a gang of blogging buddies to investigate what had caused such a big hype over in America.
For me the best way to describe these collectables is that it is like having a ‘pass the parcel’ package all to yourself.
Each ball is covered with seven layers that hold a secrecy message sticker, collectable sticker sheet, water bottle charm, shoes, outfit, accessory and finally the doll under each separate layer.
The doll itself will be a complete suprise and it is up to you to find out if she will cry, wee, spit or change colour.
The dolls were a huge hit with Izzy as well as Frankie and they loved the element of surprise that came under each wrapper and the want to know which each different doll would do.
I can for see a lot of pocket money being spent on these as Izzy is very keen to grow her collection.
Half term is only a few days away and I’m sure you are all pulling your hair out thinking of ways to keep the children occupied.
Well if you head over to Westfields, Shepherds Bush on Monday there is the chance to have a meet and great with ‘Toys And Me’ a huge YouTube star who is there to introduce you all to the fantastic new collection of collectables called L.O.L Surprise.
It is a ticket only event but the tickets are free and each ticket holder will receive a doll at the event.
Tickets can be ordered by simply clicking through to this link ‘here’.
We are going along to join in the fun and can’t wait. I know that my YouTube obsessed daughter is itchy to meet Toys And Me and get to see what L.O.L Surprise have to offer!
Barbie™ has come a long way since my day and I love how she has evolved and become a strong woman with a zest for life that young girls can use their imagination and really get involved with.
Alongside the great dolls and accessories Mattel have just bought out a fab new DVD Barbie™ Video Game Hero, that is due for release on 13th February 2017 and sees Barbie getting sucked into her favourite video game where she meets a whole host of new friends that I’m sure you would love to meet as much as her!
Barbie™ finds herself transporting through the many different levels with her new found friend Cutie, a super sweet cloud shaped character.
They are there perfect pairing and use there skills in a bid to complete the game to save the world.
Do you think Barbie™ and her friends have what it takes to solve the game?
The only way to find out is to take a look for yourselves and what better way to do this then to win your own copy.
For your chance to win all you need to do is answer this simple question in the comments section below. Good Luck!
What is the name of Barbie’s new cloud shaped friend?
As with everything toys have to move with the times and Bratz dolls have always been at the top of the trends.
Over the past year we have been lucky enough to try out the Bratz Remix Doll and the Festival Vibes Doll.
Both of these dolls have kept their quirky design with the addition of fun, current themes.
We were asked to try out Jade from the new Instapets range and I knew my social media loving daughter would love everything about this doll.
Jade and the other girls from the range have a kawaii theme behind them which is something that originates from Japanese popular culture and in simple terms means ‘cute’.
Jade comes with her cute purple fluffy jumper to match her cat, a funky leather skirt and spiked boots.
She also has plenty of accessories to change up her outfit such as cat shaped earnings and cat eye sunglasses that are perfect to get her ‘insta ready’.
They encourage you to get some snaps with your own pet and upload them to Instagram which was the favourite part for number three.
We spent ages styling her hair and changing around her accessories to get her ready for the camera.
I think there will be another doll firmly on the Christmas list this year!
*we were given this doll for the purpose of this review and they are all my own honest opinions.
Our house has been full of dolls for years now and they have by no means been just for the girls.
All of the boys at some point have loved looking after a dolly and I actively encourage this.
For me a toy that encourages a child to nurture, love and show empathy is a huge winner in my books and hope that it can help my boys grow into kind and caring fathers themselves in the future.
When I was asked to review the Baby Born Interactive Happy Birthday Doll I knew that number five would be more than happy to help me try her out.
I was actually shocked to find out that Baby Born was celebrating her 25th birthday, and I have to say she’s looking pretty good for her age!
This doll comes complete with a pretty party dress, party hat and plates and cups to help her celebrate.
Number five didn’t know where to start and after giving her a cuddle he set to pacifying her with the dummy.
All settled he decided it was time for some food and drink. Yes this clever baby can be fed with the little porridge sachet provided and given a drink of water from her special bottle.
He was complete amazed at the fact he was allowed to feed his baby real food but even more taken when from the push of a belly button he could see it all coming out the other end!
After a long time of feeding and changing I decided to see how the real tears worked.
After a few presses of her right arm the tears came flowing from her eyes and number five was way more upset than I was expecting.
To say this doll was a hit would be an understatement. He has randomly named her ‘Sue’ and she has not left his side since he first opened her.
This would make a wonderful present for girls and boys alike and this birthday edition offers that something a little bit different.
*we were given this doll for the purpose of this review and they are all my own honest opinions.
During the summer holidays we were invited along to a super secret spy premiere party to celebrate the new series of Project Mc2 that has been released on Netflix.
‘Smart is the new cool’ is the tag line for the four super cool best friends that are trying to get across that learning is fun and doesn’t always have to be boring and uncool.
They combine their knowledge of science, technology, engineering, art and maths to solve their undercover missions.
With this as a theme for the day the children were set on a super spy mission with the great actors from Sharky and George events and set to trying out all sorts of sorted and wonderful science experiments with Mad Science East London who really opened up number three’s eyes to a completely new and fun way of learning.
A great series such as this wouldn’t be complete with some supercool merchandise to go alongside it and we were all really impressed with what they had to offer.
The girls themselves are dressed is trendy outfits and each ones interest is shown though the addition of the little extras such as making your own glitter globe and making your own light up bracelet.
There is also a secret spy kit to try and solve your own missions and and by far the favourite with number four was the H2O RC car with working lights and the addition of water that makes steam from the exhaust.
All the children were really taken with the first episode and loved all the merchandise, but what really won it over for me was the whole ethos behind the show and how they have turned the stereotypical superheroes and girl gangs on their heads and have come up with something completely different.
It was a hit for boys and girls alike and has definitely bought a new thirst for knowledge to my little ones.
Festival season is in full swing and we have been lucky enough to visit Elderflower Fields and Camp Bestival already.
One thing I have found is that during the much needed downtime at festivals the kids love to bring along toys to play with in and around their tent.
What better toy would there be to take along than your very own festival ready Bratz doll.
They have come up with a fabulous range of dolls that have their usual trademark over sized features, cool make up and funky hair with the addition of fab festival ready clothes and accessories.
We were sent Raya with her flowing blonde hair, pretty dresses, oversized sunglasses, record shaped bag and a festival style band for you to wear yourself.
All the little ones spent ages brushing her hair and changing outfits so she was always ready to party. The loved the fact her handbag could be filled with all the bits and pieces she might need while she was out and about.
One of my favourite features were the music note earrings!
Although Raya had a fantastic time with us on our festival trips she would be just as much fun anywhere you wanted to play with her or any of her friends.
*We were sent this doll for the purpose of this review and they are all my own honest opinions.