Today I headed down to Target (not my local store, a different one that I visit occasionally). I didn’t have very high expectations; as a smaller store, there is usually only one or two things. However, when I arrived, the store layout had changed! They have extended the shelf space for Barbie (since they’re not selling EAH and MH anymore), which means there’s now over ten different products!
I didn’t quite manage to snap a direct picture of every single product, especially products I see all the time, but you should be able to see everything if you look closely in the corners.
Up on the top shelf, we have two different types of Club Chelsea dolls. On the left we can see a new AA boy! I think this is the second Club Chelsea boy; the first was Notto, and now we have this unnamed lad. I really like him! I might pick him up if I see him again.
Next to him we have a little girl. I have seen her a couple times before, and I like her real skirt, but her pigtails look like they could get annoying.
I tend to not use children very much, only as props to move the story along. I find it difficult to give them any kind of personality. Still, they’re only $9 each, so it’s NBD if I barely use them.
Here we have a Dreamtopia Flying Wings Fairy. I think this is my second time seeing her. A cute gimmick, but it looks cheap (surely they could have done a better job with that skirt?)
Over here we have the Careers Teacher playset; it was really cool to see this one up close! It’s great how it comes with so many accessories, like the plant and the cute little bear. The little girl looks really sweet, but I would have preferred some real hair. Barbie looks very standardised -I bet we’ll be seeing these all over garage sales in a few years to come! (Also -take a look at her knees! They’re very pronounced, even through her leggings). This set is $29, which isn’t a bad price, especially since the doll is worth at least $10 by herself.
On the right we have the Colour Surprise doll. I’ve seen her a couple of times before; she’s cute, but I wouldn’t bother to purchase her.
Over here we have a Beach Budget doll (snooze!), an AA Gem Princess and… A 2018 DREAMTOPIA MERMAID! This $13 blue girl was high on my wishlist, and for a good reason, too! Just look at her promo image!
Look at the detail on her tail! The beautiful coloured hair! The silver accessories!
But wait… In real life, her expressionless, eyeshadow-free stare looks boring. Her tail might be fancy, but her pink necklace looks cheap. Just from looking at her, I know her hair will be sticky and full of glue.
To quote my high school principal when she found out students had downloaded Tinder: “I’m not mad, I’m just disappointed.”
On the positive side, I also saw a new 2018 Fashionista! I hope this is a good sign of even more Fashionistas to come! I thought this $13 girl was super, super cute, but we don’t have any pale articulated curvy dolls yet so I decided to hold off.
I might go back to get her.
What do you think? Personally, the AA Club Chelsea doll, and the Lavender Kiss Fashionista are my favourite items. I’m excited to see more of the Dreamtopia dolls -if I can’t get my hands on a pretty mermaid, I’m sure I could settle for a pretty princess or fairy!