Scott’s Toy Box: The Girls Edition
Sorry fellas, but this month’s toy box is mainly focused on the ladies. They’ve had to put up with action figures and water guns for many months, so it’s only fair that we focus on some toys they would like. Keeping with our feminine theme, in the Toy Box this month we have something old, something new, something to borrow, and something that’s blue.
Something old. Raggedy Ann is turning 95 years young this year, and Applause by Russ has produced a 95th anniversary Raggedy Ann doll. She’s 12 inches tall and has a more vintage look to her. She still has button eyes, yarn hair, and a triangle nose like she has had for years, but her hair is a darker red, and her colors are more muted than that of the more recent Raggedy Ann dolls that have come out. Raggedy Ann’s new look pays tribute to how she appeared in the 1930 storybook Raggedy Ann in the Deep, Deep Woods. This is a great gift for Raggedy Ann collectors as well a great way to introduce her to girls who may not yet know Raggedy Ann. You can find this anniversary- edition doll on Amazon.com for $25, and, of course, you can purchase Raggedy Andy as well.
Something new. Mix Pups are little dogs you can mix and match. Each dog has removable hair and ears and clothing that you can use to create any kind of dog you want. They come in packs of one or two dogs that range from bulldogs to terriers. There are also some accessory packs that allow you to make your dog a fairy dog, a beach dog, or a sports dog. You can also purchase playsets to keep your pup entertained. At the time I write this, Mix Pups haven’t been released yet. The single-dog packs have a suggested retail price of $6, and the double-dog packs have a price of $10 and are available at Toysrus.com.
Something to borrow. Squinkies are soft and squishy friends who are small enough to hang out on the top of your pencils. They come in packs of 16, and each lives in its own plastic ball, which reminds me of Pokémon. They’re available as kitties, puppies, ponies, pets, friends and babies. You can collect and trade them with your friends. There are also playsets and jewelry that your Squinkies can hang out on. You can find the packs of Squinkies on Amazon.com for $9.
Disney Sing It: Family Hits
Something Blue. Here is a game for the whole family, and it comes in a blue box. Disney Sing It: Family Hits is full of songs from your favorite Disney films, from Sleeping Beauty to The Princess and The Frog. The game is played like all the others in this genre with the goal of singing the song pitch perfect. It contains 30 songs that are accompanied by videos from the movies they’re in. Find a complete list of songs at disney.com/SingItFamilyHits, and buy the game on Amazon.com for $37.