Review: Hello Kitty Baking Fun – Mini Doll Play Kit

20140310_103916_resizedI’ve got something a little different to review today – the Hello Kitty “Baking Fun” mini doll play kit, a set of themed miniatures made to go with the HK mini dolls.  It’s hard to find any listings or information for these sets online, and the only store I’ve seen them at is Target.  The dolls are not listed for sale on sanrio.com but they are featured in a blog post on hellokitty.com that’s dated from mid-February so maybe they are new products that just haven’t seen full distribution yet.
From what I remember at Target, there are three different types of these HK mini doll sets: small sets with the doll and a few accessories, larger sets with a doll + a small playset + some accessories, and the sets that are all accessories.  As far as the dolls themselves go, I’m not a fan of most of them – they’ve made Kitty’s body weirdly slender and I find that both creepy-looking and insulting from a body-positive feminist point of view.
The one I like to think of as Breakfast Princess Hello Kitty is pretty cute though; she looks a little chubbier than the others and that outfit is amazing, with the waffle and eggs hair bow and the bacon skirt and all.
The price on the doll/playset pack was a little much for me, so I’ll just be sticking to the accessory sets since I can use those with pretty much all my dolls.  This baking themed set is just so cute that I couldn’t resist getting it… the kid in me was just squeeing over the whole thing.  I mean, just look at the package.. those little cupcakes!  So much Hello Kitty adorableness!  Make a pie!
Not only is that totes adorable, but it’s really nice to see some of the actual pieces, to get an idea of the scale.
Ooh, and there’s a surprise for me, from Hello Kitty herself!
OMG, what could it be?! A little HK figure? More tiny food? The possibilities are endless!
And a pouch to put everything in – neat.
How handy!  And Hello Kitty’s bow has sprinkles on it to go with the baking theme.  XD
Before going on with this review, I should probably mention that I freaking love Hello Kitty and I have for years; even back when I was a macho tomboy who hated the color pink, I still had a soft spot for that kawaii cat.  I’m not really sure what it is about her , but the whole concept and aesthetic of Hello Kitty is just super adorable and fun to me.
Let’s just say the mini doll packs are not the first HK product that I’ve squeeed out loud in a store over.


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There are 37 tiny little bakery bits in this particular set, including cupcakes with detachable frosting, a layered pie, and a stand mixer shaped like Kitty’s head.  I’m pretty sure that every single tiny piece has either the iconic bow or Hello Kitty’s visage stamped into it somewhere.  For example, the egg carton not only has a red bow sculpted on the outside, but Kitty’s face is carved into the underside of the lid and each egg has a Hello Kitty bow stamped into it.  Sanrio is serious about their branding, man.
But I’m getting ahead of myself again…  Here’s what was inside the box when I opened it:
Not the most elegant packaging, but ok.
I’ve gotten so used to annoying plastic tabs and having to use scissors for deboxing everything, so this was surprisingly simple to me.


And here’s what we got:
That’s everything that was in the box; just the stacked pie bits that were displayed in the box window and then everything else is in the baggie, including the “surprise gift.”  Apparently the clear plastic bag is the advertised “carrying pouch”; that’s a little disappointing in itself, but mine also happens to be split down one side which makes it totally useless.  The bag was hardly a factor in my purchase though, so oh well.


Here is everything (except the “surprise gift”) that came with the Hello Kitty Bakery Fun set:
That’s a lot of little bits!  I’m really impressed – this set retails for $8CAD at Target, which sounded like a lot to me at first, but comparing it to the miWorld accessory packs where you get 5-9 pieces for $4 – the Hello Kitty ones start to look very reasonably priced.
The cost is totally justified when you look closely at all the pieces, too.  There is so much detail in this set, I am truly astounded.
First off, the pie!  I love that you get to “make” the pie yourself.  The pie pieces actually fit into either the blue kitty-shaped pan or the silver one that was displayed in the box window, but the fit is best in the blue one.
The latticed top crust is not only shaped like Hello Kitty’s head, but it also has a sculpted bow, whiskers, and dots for her eyes and mouth.  The bottom pie crust has an authentically lumpy texture in the bottom, and the pie filling appears to be strawberries.
Let’s look at the cake stand next:
The base of the stand has decorative scalloped edges and a single bow at the bottom; the cover is shaped like Hello Kitty’s head, complete with ears, bow, and even sculpted facial features.  The cake itself is red and pink blue raspberry designs with a big red bow on top, and it has a single slice cut out of it.  The cake slice also has a red bow; the insides of the cake have sculpted texture and are painted yellow.
The cookie and dough are probably my least favorite items in the set, and they’re still really cute.  The cookie fits perfectly into the cut-out in the dough, as well as fitting perfectly in the cookie cutter.  My only beef is that I wish they’d done two or three cookies out of the one piece of dough instead of just one.
The cupcakes are probably my favorite of the baked goods, because they’re so detailed and versatile.  Each cupcake has a uniquely sculpted wrapper and the top of each one is textured, with a 3-D bow in the middle.  There are four different interchangeable frostings/toppers that fit over the bows on the cupcakes, and each one is fantastically detailed; the waffle cone bow one is probably my favorite, but the supertiny bows on the yellow one are pretty amazing too just by virtue of how very small they are.
These cupcakes with their whimsical, swappable frostings are just too cute for words.
The cakes themselves fit into the pink cupcake pan which, of course, has Hello Kitty’s face stamped into it:
The rest of the items in the Baking Fun accessory set are the implements and kitchen tools for Kitty to use to bake all those tasty treats; there’s the aforementioned stand mixer (a must-have for any serious baker) that comes with a removable bowl (with HK’s face on it of course), a bow-adorned measuring cup, two adorable canisters with removable lids, a rolling pin stamped with the words “Hello Kitty”, and the silver Kittyface-shaped baking pan that was displayed with the pie.
There’s also a little pink oven mitt for a Kitty doll to wear, but I forgot to include it in the photo.
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The very last item in the set that I looked at is the surprise gift; I was honestly a little bit excited and wanted to draw out the anticipation:
But I shouldn’t have gotten my hopes up:
Yes my friends, that there is the “surprise gift” – a tiny disembodied pink Kitty head; not even the whole Kitty, just her head.  WTF, man?  Hello Kitty sucks at picking out gifts. The thing would barely stop rolling around long enough for me to photograph it.
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Aside from the two failed gimmicks, the Hello Kitty Baking Fun play kit is really quite impressive and I would highly recommend it to anyone that likes tiny cute things.  There are a ton of interactive little pieces, an overload of Hello Kitty adorableness, and an unexpectedly high level of detail on every single item.  The best part is that almost all the pieces are the perfect size for use with fashion dolls and pretty much every doll/toy that’s between 4″ and 14″ tall.  Even at Canadian prices, this set is totally worth picking up ’cause it’s totally fun.
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Our 2014 Repin To Win Pinterest Contest – Win Your Favorite 2014 Tonner Doll Or Outfit

Entering our Pinterest ContestHow to Win
With our fantastic 2014 Mainline Release and our May Convention product out it felt like a great time to give something good away. Welcome to our 2014 Repin to win contest where you can win your favorite 2014 doll or outfit in a random drawing that is as simple as it is fun. If you haven’t joined Pinterest it is simply amazing.
1. Go to our 2014 Pinterest Board . – you can also see it in the sidebar of this post, a little lower down, and start right there


2. Simply repin 3 or MORE of your favorite 2014 Tonner dolls or outfits to any Pinterest board (new or existing). Each doll or outfit repinned counts as a vote for the ultimate prize.
3. Send the url of that board you’ve repinned to to us at tonnersocialmedia@gmail.com with the Subject “2014 Tonner Pin To Win”
It’s that easy. Pin your favorites and send us the url and you are automatically entered in a random drawing that will be held July 15th, 2014. One lucky person will win the doll (or outfit) that is pinned the most. And 5 runners up will win a 15% discount coupon for purchases on tonnerdoll.com (Avatar Collection Items excluded). The way it works is that the pin of a doll or outfit by an entrant works like a vote for the best loved 2014 Tonner.
Some Details


Now when you get to our 2014 board you’ll see that there are multiple photos of single dolls or outfits, some showing closeups, or details of these fantastic creations. Feel free to repin as many of these as you like, but no matter how many photos of a single doll or outfit this will count as a single “vote” for the ultimate winner. Any of these photo repins will suffice. These are to be new repins. You must repin at least 3 favorites (three different dolls/outfits) which means 3 votes, but you can repin as many different dolls/outfits as you like. Repin 3, 3 votes. Repin 15, 15 votes. In the end all such repins by everyone will be added up and the ultimate winner prize established. Of course one board entry per person (18 or older, see restrictions below). We’re pretty excited to see who is most loved!
Also, because the prize will be unknown to us until the end the prize will only come from available dolls or outfits. Sold out dolls or outfits are not eligible as the prize, for common sense reasons, though you can certain repin photos from these as well. Dolls or outfits on reserve can also be won, if they are not all accounted for.
How To Multiply Your Chances to Win!
You can increase your chances by referring someone else to the contest. All someone has to do when submitting an entry via email – remember, always use the “2014 Tonner Pin To Win” subject heading – is tell us who referred them to the contest. Both you and the referrer will receive an extra entry in the random drawing. Of course you cannot refer each other. Credit only happens one way. But think about it. If you refer 10 people to the contest, and they send us their urls and mention you as the referral, you’ll have 11 entries to win, your own plus the 10, which is pretty good. In order for a referral to be applied, you of course need to have entered the contest prior to the referral.
Where to find the url of your pin board
 
Drawing on July 15th, 2014
We’ll conduct the drawing on July 15th, and announce the winners on our Facebook Page, Twitter , here on our blog and they’ll be notified by email soon after.
No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Open to the legal residents of the 50 United States, D.C. and Puerto Rico who are 18 or older.  The contest runs until Tuesday July 15th 12:00 noon EST. The winner will be announced via Facebook and Twitter, and will be contacted directly through email. Void outside of the United States.  Official Rule details can be found here .
 
How to Start On Pinterest
If you haven’t joined Pinterest here is download our blog post on how to easily sign up, or look at the video below (Pinterest has changed the look of some of its screens since we produced this, but the process is the same, in fact it is easier). As always if you have difficulties with any step of the process, including joining Pinterest we’ll be glad to walk you through it. Send any questions to Kevin at tonnersocialmedia@gmail.com.  We’re happy to help!
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Joyous Celebration! Poppy Parker Celebrates Her 5th Anniversary!

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Our Favourite 60′s Babe turns 5
Integrity have just announced that the second W Club Exclusive doll will be a Poppy Parker to commemorate her 5th Anniversary on the doll scene. Poppy wears a gold and cream brocade gown with pink multi-tiered edgar allan poe ooak doll tulle underskirt, long white opera gloves, pink and gold jewelry, pink satin shoes and matching clutch bag. She will be $120 and available for W Club members only.
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Jose´ Ferrand, Designer

This afternoon I received a lovely email from Jose´ Ferrand who designed many of the Ashton Drake fashions produced for Gene Marshall and Madra. Here is what he wrote:


Dear Teri,


I was the first (chronologically) of the “second batch” of Gene designers during the Ashton Drake years. Designing for her was the most enjoyable work I had ever done; it was like playing with dolls for a living. Aside from that, she proved to be a much needed balm vincent van gogh sunflowers tattooed doll to soothe the immense pain of losing so many friends to AIDS in the Nineties and provided many hours of quiet solace. I’ll be forever grateful to Mel and Joan (Greene) for those years. 
PS: It was nice to see “Belle of the Ball” in purple and green in Sandra’s collection.
Jose´ is referring to the images I posted here. I would love to meet Jose´ and hear his story of that time. Perhaps I can get Sandra to invite him to an event. 
Some of his designs (left to right) After Hours, Stardust Memories, Cat Walk, To Have and To Hold:
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Integrity Toys Unveil Ifdc Poppy Parker Evening Ingenue Doll

Poppy Parker Evening Ingenue 5th Anniversary Collection 2014 IFDC IT DIRECT Exclusive


Sneak Peek – Poppy Parker Evening Ingenue
Integrity Toys  have unveiled a sneak peek of their IFDC direct exclusive 5th Anniversary Collection Poppy Parker doll – Evening Ingenue. She will be available for sale at the Las Vegas event salvador dali tattooed doll as well as a small number for W Club members via lottery.
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Sasha Love

Life de luxe in a smaller scale


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Sasha Love
The artist Sasha Morgenthaler created a realm of childhood that, like good literature, offers vincent van gogh sunflowers art doll a stimulating serving of ambiguity to those who engage with it. Begin with the sculpt: a universal depiction of the human child transforms via vinyl coloration and hair. The one becomes the everyone. Proceed to the expression: a smile? Not really. A pout? Certainly not. It all depends on the tilt of the head and the way that the light illuminates the face to evoke a milliard possible expressions. End with the simplicity of it all: the integrity and strength of the artist’s vision creates a doll that requires the most minimal of adornments to be. The Sasha doll is a presence, a sentiment, a conduit to the eternal moment to which many of us aim. That is the power of art and the power of a very good doll.
Dolldom shares this exclusive portfolio with an invitation to dream and to project your thoughts into these soulful vignettes. Our hope is that you will reconnect with the essential moment of childhood that makes us the unique creatures we are today.
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Rockin’ Romance Jem: A Comic Con 2014 Exclusive

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Comic Con 2014 will see see the special edition Rockin’ Romance Jem doll on sale and will be available directly from the Hasbro Toy Shop (booth #3329) at tweedle dee and tweedle dum ooak doll Comic Con International: San Diego (SDCC) for the price of $139.99. All of the Hasbro Comic Con exclusive items will go on sale on preview night, which is on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014.
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