A Little Sister For Cassandra! (review of Hearts 4 Hearts Doll Tipi)

When American Girl introduced the Wellie Wishers, I thought they were cute and seriously considered getting Emerson to be a little sister for Cassandra.  But then it was announced that Hearts 4 Hearts dolls were going back into production and all of that changed.  I saw Tipi on the list of dolls to be brought back, and I decided I’d wait.  I was kind of busy and forgot about it until one day I was in a local store and lo and behold, they had all of the currently available dolls!  Once I saw her I just had to have her.

The boxes for these dolls are really nice, I love all the photos and information about where the doll is supposed to be from.

When you fold the top flap back (held closed with Velcro) you can see the doll you are buying.  I do have to say that I don’t think the doll looks exactly like the photo, and I looked at all of the ones they had and it was the same from doll to doll.

Getting her out of the package was a bit annoying.  She was held in place with biodegradable ties, but my word were they hard to get undone!  After wrestling with it for a bit, I finally got her out.  Poor girl, she thought she was stuck in there forever.

Her hair was pulled back with a rubber band to keep it from going all over the place.  I think she looks rather cute this way.

Here she is after it was removed:

She has a nice head of hair.  It is rooted though, not a wig.  I noticed in some reviews of this line people mentioning issues with the hair on the Consuelo doll.  The Tipi doll seems to be much better.  Her hair does seem to be very prone to a lot of fly away issues though.  It’s definitely not the same quality as an American Girl brand doll.

I love her outfit.  Interestingly enough, the bracelets on her right arm are actually hair ties, so there are plenty of extras.  She also has pierced ears, but I don’t think American Girl earrings would fit, the holes seem to be bigger.  Fortunately the dangles are removable.

She comes with a comb that has an additional hair elastic on it, a book and a bracelet made to fit a human arm.  I haven’t taken it out of the package yet, but I assume that it’s made for a child, not an adult.  Oh…and my book had one slight issue…(can you tell from the cover?)

My copy is in Russian!!!  I haven’t been back to the store where I purchased her from yet, so not sure if all the dolls in this shipment had this issue.  I did send a message to Hearts 4 Hearts via social media about it and they got my information so they could send me the right one, but I have yet to see it.  Not holding my breath either as it’s already been several weeks.  Hmmm…  Good thing I wasn’t really counting on it!

Okay–time for the sisters to see each other.  They were both really excited!!!

Cassandra is really pleased to have another family member here.  And there’s another happy member of the gang as well…

Emily is thrilled to have someone her own age around!  I wonder what kind of adventures these two will have?

Overall, I think the Hearts 4 Hearts dolls are very cute, the clothing seems to be very good quality.  I just wish the hair was a bit better quality.  I’ll update this post if the English version of the book that came with her shows up!  I am keeping her name as Tipi, I think it’s a cute name and fits her personality.

 

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The Barbie Party

Many moons ago I had a decent size collection of Barbie goodies.  Not so many dolls, but lots of furniture and accessories.   I lucked out and found a lot of things at a KB Toys (remember them?) near me, and before it was over with, Barbie had a well fitted out kitchen that rivaled my own!  At this point though I didn’t leave the doll goodies out like I do now as I not only didn’t have the space, but at that point I hadn’t accepted the fact that it was okay.  However, I did have one advantage in having a niece who was just the right age to enjoy and appreciate all of these wonderful Barbie items.

Evil Twin’s granddaugher (my grandniece), who we will call Florida Girl, came up every summer to spend time with her family here.  While she was visiting, they always came to my house to spend a day or two, and on one of these occasions, I decided it would be the perfect time to break out all of the Barbie gear.  It took up the whole dining room table before it was over with, but we had a great time setting it all up.  And then we got an idea–let’s have a party!  And thus, the Barbie Party was born.  Everyone was dressed in their finest clothing and ready to have a good time.

It wouldn’t be a proper party without tea, now would it???

Ken was the only guy, and as a result, he was a bit bored…

A nice group shot.

Some closeup candids of the guests:

As happens with kids, Florida Girl is all grown up now, and no longer into Barbie, but she still talks about the Barbie Party.  Eventually I decided I needed the storage space and I passed on all of my Barbie stuff to the daughter of a co-worker who was just the perfect age.  I’m sure Barbie is still busy having parties somewhere!

 

Sorry girls!! (Lori by OG)

I mentioned before that I was off to the thrift stores last week with my thrift store shopping buddy Heather and I was hoping to find some super cool doll things.  Sorry to my gang, but it was not meant to be. 😦  There were lots of toys for little kids, but not much for the 8 and up group.  And I didn’t find any thing that I could use for “doll sized finds”.  I did see a kids jewelry box that would have made a cute chest of drawers, but I’m sticking to my “has to be better than what I already have” rule, and it didn’t apply.  Oh well.  It WAS a good day for me though, I got 3 shirts, a pair of shoes and a gorgeous purse in brand new condition.  Considering how most of my thrift store shopping lately has been for the dolls, I don’t feel guilty. 😉

We did stop at Target while we were in the Pittsburgh area to see if I could find any of the newer 18 inch Our Generation items or the Lori by OG line.  The store we stopped at was very disappointing in the 18 inch line, nothing new to see and I was very shocked at all that they had–this store is a busy store, yet they only had 1/2 of an aisle on one side dedicated to this line–wha?!?!  That surprised me more than anything because even the smaller stores around me have more than that, most have one side of an entire aisle and sometimes an endcap.

Speaking of endcaps…I have to thank Xyra over at Tea Time With Melody Q for clueing me in on this next thing.  She was fortunate enough to find some Lori by OG and told me that it wasn’t in the aisle with the regular OG stuff, that it was on an endcap.  Sure enough–that’s where I found some!  It was very odd though, it was on a back end cap, I might have missed it had it not been for her telling me about that.  I think this line is so cute and I really wanted to see it in person.  AND they had the one thing that I wanted the most…so of course I had to buy it!!!

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This is so cute, and I have to explain why I wanted it so much.  Not because I don’t have a car for my mini-dolls, but because it’s a Mini Cooper.  I used to have a Mini Cooper myself, and when I saw this on several blogs, my mind was made up that my mini girls HAD to have it.  I traded my Mini in a couple of years ago because I needed a bigger vehicle, but I have fond memories of it.  This isn’t the only Mini Cooper in my doll fleet either, I also have the Barbie one, the Sunshine Family drives it.  Yes, I’ve yuppified the Sunshine Family.  Sorry.

This car has so many awesome details to it.  I love that the doors open and close.  It has a working AM/FM radio.  I think they did a great job with making the headlights look realistic.  And at $24.99, it’s very affordable for either kids or collectors.  The only complaint I have is that it is a little difficult to get the dolls to sit properly, but if you’ve ever owned or ridden in a Mini Cooper, you know they got that part right too. 😉

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Check it out, the center console even opens!
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Look closely, the floor has a cool “rug” pattern.
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Love the opening doors, makes it easier to gets dolls in and out of the front seats.

I only have 4 mini dolls, and that’s probably where this collection will stop.  I started with Mini Isabelle and Mini Kit from the AG line and when I found out they were changing the line, I made sure I picked up Mini Sienna and Mini Lana from the OG line, those two were my favorites.  I’ve mentioned before that when my mom passed away, I inherited her 1/12 scale doll house.  I haven’t been sure what to do with it, but now I have a game plan–Mini House!  After the new year, I’m going to start going through the boxes and boxes of furniture and sort out what I can use and what I want to sell.  There is quite literally enough furniture to do 3 houses!  There are several pieces I definitely want to keep but the rest will be determined by how well it works with these dolls.  Let me just say that with everything in those boxes, these girls will be living in the lap of luxury, my mom bought some very high end pieces.  I just have to figure out a good place to put it!  I can already picture the Mini Cooper parked outside the Mini Mansion…

As you can see, the dolls were excited too, they couldn’t wait to try it out.  Kind of reminds me of someone who has won the “showcase showdown” on “The Price is Right!”

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Lori by OG is a cute line, the hardest part at the moment is finding some of it.  The store I found the car at had a nice selection of dolls, two cars, two campers, some clothes, ballet studio and the house–but no furniture!  It seems that the furniture is the hardest to find.  Earlier this week I went to another Target and they finally had some of this line in as well, and they only had one set of furniture.  Again, Target falling asleep at the switch on distribution of doll stuff, ARGH!  I’m glad I don’t have to worry about that.  I thought it was odd that at this store, the display was also on the backside of an endcap, it’s almost like they don’t want you to find it!

I picked up two of the four outfits currently available:

Lori 1
“I Spot You!” and “Wonderfully Warm” clothing sets

As I was looking at these outfits, I had a sudden flashback to something from my childhood:  Dawn dolls.  Anyone else remember and/or love them?  I had quite a few of them and a decent collection of clothing.  Unfortunately I had to throw them all out, they were ruined and posed a health hazard for me (mold).  I think the way the clothing is displayed for the Lori line is reminiscent of how the Dawn clothing came, not sure if the little “mannequin” will stand on it’s own just yet.  Another item I wish I still had is the Tonka Winnebago, it was the perfect size for Dawn, and since Dawn was a little taller than the current mini dolls, it would work well.  Darn.

dawn doll  dawn doll outfit

winnebago

Evil Twin is coming next week and if we have time, we may stop at another Target that has a huge selection of OG stuff (most of the time), so I may pick up the other two outfits.  I may try my hand at making a few things for these dolls too, it would be a great way to use up tiny scraps left from other projects.

Do you collect any of the mini dolls?  What is your favorite thing about them?

Check out how the radio sounds here:

Unfortunately no volume control but I was shocked at how clear the stations came in!