I’ve spent a lot of time this season defending Barbie and her friends. Odd since I would never be caught dead playing with a Barbie as a kid. But with my professional toy reviewer hat on…I dug really deep…so here are the results of our testing this season.
Disney's Princess Tiana
1. Princess & The Frog Princess Tiana- As the first African-American Disney Princess she is notable just by her existence, but we really like the Just One Kiss Doll…and the silliness of her gown lighting up. Watch our video.
Liv Dolls from Spinmaster
2. Liv Dolls- Spinmaster’s new line of fashion dolls. At first I was a little freaked out by their heads (you can take off their wigs and replace with new ones!). Underneath they have painted heads-very short. Think Annie Lenox–and then a little post chemo therapy. Yes, it’s a little odd–but let me tell you the girls that played with these dolls loved the hairplay action of popping new hair on. That’s right– the dolls’ have a hole in the top of their heads so the wigs really stay on. They look like teenagers -something our early school year girls loved! They don’t look like street walkers (a la Bratz). Read our full review.
3. Moxie Girlz Best Friends- New from MGA, the makers of Bratz. Hats off to the toned down new collect of Moxie Girlz. They look somewhat related to the originals–think of the sixth grader who wants to look like the 11th grader but can’t pull it off exactly.
Moxie Girlz Best Friends from MGA Entertainment
They are sweeter looking–but they still wear a little fishnet (worked into their shirts instead of on their legs). Our testers enjoyed this collection as well. They come with ridiculously fun and silly big wigs that you strap on to the dolls head. Our testers preferred the snap in feature of the Liv dolls on this point. Read our full review.
4. Barbies of Note. We’re always big on Barbies that take an active role beyond going to the mall. This year we have given awards to
Barbie and The Three Musketeers Doll
Barbie I Can Be…Pet Vet
Barbie I Can Be TV Chef
Personally, I love the Three Musketters because of her wickedly great purple boots…but our testers really loved playing vet and TV Chef!
Barbie and the Three Musketeers (Mattel)