Wednesday, October 9, 2019

International Take Your Teddy Bear to Work or School Day

Today is International Take Your Teddy Bear to Work or School Day!
Since school is closed today in my town in honor of Yom Kippur, I decided to share one of my teddy bears with all of you instead.

My first teddy bear was a large pink and white teddy bear filled with sawdust. The kind that may have been a carnival prize. It was a gift to me when I was born. It was way too big to play with much, over two feet, so I didn't get too attached to it.

My second teddy bear was Pot Belly Bear by Daekor. I had first seen this bear at a local store when I was 8 years old. I was obsessed with it. Every time I walked through the toy section I would stop in front of him and memorize everything about him and read the tag and packaging over and over. Luckily my mother had noticed my not so subtle behavior and he was my Christmas present this year.

Over the years (about 40 of them), he was much loved, hugged, and squished by me (and tortured by my younger brother), until I re-stuffed him as well as I could and restitched his worn and torn spots when I was in my early 20s. At that point, due to his fragile state, I retired him from cuddle duty. Instead of comforting me through the night, he became the elder statesman of the other stuffed animals.

Over the years, other Teddy Bears have entered my home and collection, but none of them hold my heart as much as Pot Belly Bear does.

Do you have a special Teddy Bear?

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Jakks Pacific Toddler Batgirl

Another doll I purchased from Toys R Us when it was closing is Jakks Pacific's DC Superhero Girls Toddler Batgirl.

15 inches of super heroic adorableness with curls.

Barbara Gordon/Batgirl/Oracle is one of my favorite characters that came from the pages of Batman comics. And seeing her in this form just makes me go "Squeeeeee!" She is too cute.

Her helmet/mask/faceplate has an elastic band to hold it in place, but the factory also put in four, very hard to remove plastic pieces. After much grumbling and light scratching of the vinyl, I finally got them out.

A downside of Batgirl not being removed from her box until now, is that he black tutu had stuck to her pants in the back. I had to gently separate them.

Her hair is matted, from her captivity, but I am sure I can fluff it up.

She is just a smidge shorter than My Friend Mikey who said he would gladly play Bruce Wayne for her.

With 5 points of articulation, she feels like a very sturdy play doll and she can stand on her own, which is always a bonus.

I guess today could be called a superhero Saturday.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Summer is Over, Finally, and Fall is Here

It has been a busy late August and September. 
I: celebrated my birthday and set up a birthday party display;

crocheted Star Wars characters, Yoda and a Stormtrooper, for my Nephews' 5th birthday presents;

have been substitute teaching since school is back in session; caught my first cold of the school year; and have started decorating for Halloween.

3 of the 18" dolls are ready for Trick or Treating.

Melody, the new girl on the block is a sparkly mermaid.

Julie is a black cat.

 And Sadie is Wonder Woman.

I received four Annalee witches for my birthday. 

I have named them: Magrat, Gytha,


and Agnes. (After the witches in Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels.)


Thirstee Walker even has a costume for her first time Trick or Treating. Like Sadie, she is dressed as Wonder Woman.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Na nana na Batgirl!

It is a lovely day today and all my errands and chores are done, time to unbox a doll. When Toys R Us was closing I bought a few dolls. Today I decided to open up the 18" DC Super Hero Girls Batgirl, 2017/Jakks Pacific.

I was happy to find out that she came with her own stand.

As you can see, her costume is a little different than the 12 inch version, but it is very close.

She even comes with her Bat-Wing backpack.

Being made by different companies, Mattel and Jakks Pacific, they are not carbon copies of each other, but very similar.

Here she is standing next to an 18" child doll. 

I love the stars in her eyes. She is a fun addition to my super hero collection.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

3 Cheers for Mikey and Nicky

If you have read all of my blog posts, you know that I am a fan of the Fisher Price My Friend dolls, starting with My Friend Mandy who I received as a young child for Christmas 1977. Since starting this blog, I have gradually added all of Mandy's friends to my collection.

My most recent acquisition is Mikey (released 1982), the boy of the group. I found him at the Rowbear's National Doll Festival that was taking place at the hotel across the street from the UFDC convention hotel last month. Purchasing him means that I have completed my collection.

Since I already had Jenny (released 1979),

Mandy (released 1977),

Becky (released 1982),

And Nicky ! In fact, I had bought Nicky earlier this year at the MLK Jr. Day doll luncheon that I enjoy going to, but hadn't taken her out of her box yet.

Nicky was the last character added to the original line in 1985.

Like the other dolls, Nicky is machine washable and her hair can be safely shampooed. The box recommends that instead of combing her hair, a pick should be used so that her curls are not damaged.

She comes in a cute cheerleader costume and has her own pom-poms. When she was released, Mandy was also re-released in a cheerleader costume. And the year before, Jenny was re-released in an aerobics costume. I guess it was the mid 1980s and athletic looks were more popular than sweet 70s dresses and the peasant look.

Now all the dolls are reunited.

Hip - hip- hooray!