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Cocodels

So, in march, maybe? Not sure honestly. These dolls appeared at TKMaxx, aka one of my favourite doll hunting spots

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I had never seen or heard of Cocodels before, but I did like their overall look. The writing on the box is all in english, which means I couldnt use it to try to guess which country they’re from, but Im sure its not the UK. Apart from the fact that Ive never seen them before, the english on the box is a bit stilted, as if its a translation. Google wasnt much help for me either, as I couldn’t find much mention of them. The main place I found them was on http://jamiestoyblog.blogspot.co.uk/, which I have since started following. The writer lives in the phillipines, so I know that they were sold there at least, but Im not sure if thats all. Anyways, they were cute, so I bought one to get a look at.

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The writing around that picture is in several european languages, which makes me think they might have been sold somewhere in europe. All the dolls have names which sound like months of the year, and their outfits are appropriate for the weather you might expect during that month. This matches up with the seasons in the UK pretty well, warm in August and cold in January etc, which I think matches with the european idea. If they were designed for somewhere with a totally different climate, these outfits would’t make any sense.

The boxes are cute little rooms, which I was tempted to keep for display

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Each one has the same layout, with a calendar showing the matching month, and the window depicting appropriate weather

The boxes also click together to stack, but sadly only vertically

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More than two stacked is going to be very unstable. Ultimately I got rid of the boxes for space reasons. There are of course twelve dolls, one for each month, and in the end I got one of each. I just really liked them, they were only about £5 each and after I got a few I kind of wanted to collect the set.

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These three are the winter months

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The spring girls

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Summer

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And the autumns, who I think are my favourites. Each group of three has the same eye colours as each other, which is why Ive sorted them the way I have. Each one comes with a fairly simple fabric outfit, removable shoes, and one accessory. Its omstly plastic hair decorations, but two have fabric hats, and theres also a handbag and an umbrella.

Their hair is removable, and their heads hollow, so you could swap that around too if you wanted. Theres actually only four hair moulds, they’re just repeated in different colours, but Im ok with that in such a cheap doll. That would only bother me if I was paying a lot more than I did

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And its kinda squishy!

Now the actual theme of these dolls, apart from the seasons, seems to be that they are makeup dolls, and they each come with makeup items “For you and your doll!”, as well as a sheet of stickers

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Quite a few repeats here, but then, how many different makeup items even exist? We’ve got lip stuff, eye stuff, glittery stuff… its not really my area, but I can see the pink and sparkles working for a child.

Here are two of the girls with the lipgloss on, which you could barely see even in real life, and the glitter. I decided to try it on the hair to mix things up a bit, but actually as the hair is rubbery, unlike the faces which are smooth hard plastic, I regretted that decision because it took a while to get off.

Heres a few of the products in my hands- really not much effect. Mind you, thats probably a good thing for little kids, who might well be messy with this stuff. I know I was when I had toy makeup available to me.

Heres two photos of her wearing different makeup. Can you even tell the difference? (Yeah, I know the second one is horribly blurry, sorry)

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Here you can see that Ive managed to make marks on her cheeks with a bit of effort

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But at least it all more or less came off.

I said that they all came with stickers, but in fact some of them came with temporary tattoos instead. I tried them out on my stomach, and they seem to be of decent quality

The stickers were probably the most promising part of this stuff. Some were just a bit odd

I couldnt find an attractive way to use them on the dolls, since the scale was really too big.

But, there were some designed to go around the eye area which I really liked the look of

They seemed quite sticky too, like they wouldnt fall off straight away.

Honestly, I wasnt really all that interested in that side of the dolls anyway though. All the makeup found its way pretty quickly into the bin. I was quite interested to explore the outfits further, and in fact those exceeded my expectations in places

I expected the dolls wearing closed jackets to have nothing on underneath, and whilst that was sometimes the case, we also had a painted on top (better than nothing) as well as some with full outfits underneath

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Some of them were separate tops and skirts, and that scarf is also a separate piece. They do all have coloured legs instead of tights, but at that size I think its fine, they really arent large dolls. Even with the oversized heads they’re shorter than Barbie.

 

All in all I like them. They’re cute, a little different, and would be great toys for younger children as their parts are large, and they would be easy to handle. Plus, I love finding dolls that havent been sold in the UK, its always fascinating

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TKMaxx is good to me!

Of late, I have spent a fair amount of money on dolls. Its pretty much all gone to TKMaxx, which isn’t usually the case. Its one of those shops that really cant be relied upon. I have no idea where they get the dolls from, but the selection seems random to me. Often they are slightly older lines, it certainly isn’t the newest releases, sometimes Ive never seen them at all, and when I look them up they seem to have originated in other countries. I try to go to one of the stores near to me fairly regularly, because I never know when new stuff will be arriving, but that means that I often leave empty-handed, as I go more often than they get the new stuff. Lately, however, its seemed like every time I go to one of those stores, there’s something new. I popped in and saw a monster high toralei doll, which I mentioned to a friend who likes her and went back the next day to pick her up and discovered another doll, a different dora the explorer, that hadn’t been there the previous night. When I first saw Toralei Id also bought an equestrian girls Trixie Lulamoon doll, and went back last night to buy another, which is the same character but different clothes, hair and faceup. I really love the aesthetic of both of them. And, when I was there last night for the second one, I found a Bratz catz doll, which is a doll line I dismissed when they were in shops, and then regretted it once they’d gone. And its not that Im just bad at finding stuff, and its all been there the whole time, the toy department there is quite small, so I basically go over the whole thing every visit, these are all new from day to day. Ive found other good stuff recently as well, but Ill save those for another time, I eventually want to get round to writing individual posts on a lot of it. I just wanted to try and demonstrate how much amazing luck Ive had lately. Its great for me, of course, although not so great for my wallet. Thank goodness TKMaxx is cheaper than regular toy shops.

This morning, having been hard at work all week (though honestly I have still made time for toy shopping- that TKMaxx is open until nine, and I finish work at eight :)), I decided to treat myself with, of course, more toy shopping! Toy box philosopher has recently done a review on the new Lori dolls by Our Generation, which reminded me that Id seen them on the Smyths website, predicted to arrive next month. There are outfits available on their own, and I want to know who they’re likely to fit, so I decided to head down and buy one of the current OG minis, Ayla

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They are the same size, and Ive actually been considering them since they first appeared, which was quite a long time ago. May, perhaps, around then, so that’s quite a long time for me to consider something without deciding. I figured that for only £10, she’d be quite an economical treat, and I wanted a goal for a trip out. That Smyths is near to a different TKMaxx, which of course I decided to check out, given how well the other one has done lately, and I found another of the dora the explorer dolls. And something else Ill save for another post.

I might not have looked twice at those Dora dolls if I hadn’t had my previous experience with that doll that I really couldn’t stand. I mean, she’s actually a perfectly nice doll, and Im having a lot of fun re-designing her as someone else, it was the interpretation of Dora that I couldn’t stand. These two I picked up, Dora first and then her friend, are an example of how older Dora could have been done better

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They are by fisher price, and I like them so much more. Yes, theres still pretty pink dresses, but this line is the girls going to a party- it comes with an invitation, and seems to be referencing a TV episode. Theres no reference to ‘fashion’ at all on the box, and actually on the back of the box, the photo of Alana, the blonde, is in a red and blue dress, not pink and blue. I guss that was the prototype, unless its a trick of the light.

Heres Dora

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And Alana

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I like them because straight away in the box, I could see that the outfits are more age-appropriate. This is the sort of thing a little girl would wear to a party, and theres no earrings, the jewellery that thy do have is the sort of thing a child might like, and the shoes are not only flat, but also those cute jelly sandal things which periodically have big surges of popularity with little girls. Then theres the body shape

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No breasts or waist, and she has more of a childish curve to her belly too. I also think the choice not to paint on underwear was the right one; the other Doras strapless bra-thing looks very mature.

Im still probably going to repaint these two dolls, not having much real interest in Dora as a character. I think Alana would look great with freckles. As I unboxed Alana and Ayla at the same time, I was struck with how similar in size their bodies are. The Dora dolls look like they are much bigger, but almost all of that size difference is in the larger head, and so a clothes swap was very successful

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They cant swap shoes, but I think this is pretty awesome. When the Lori dolls come out, I know that at least one other doll will fit the outfits, and Im sure that an exhaustive session of outfit swapping will find more options. I have hopes of monster high, maybe Barbie Chelsea, possible the tops for my LaDeeDas, even Bratz. Definitely happy with that, I have so much fun reinventing dolls