Sunday, June 17, 2018

Bought at Toys R Us Aramingo Avenue

I saved going to this Toys R Us until I was sure the sales were worth getting. I went last Thursday morning so these were my findings at that time. 


Barbie toys were 40% off


The single Fashionistas were gone. There were 2-3 sets of the four doll set I'd seen at the Cottman Avenue Toys R Us. Since I only wanted two dolls from that set, I left them. This Toys R Us also had several AA Made-to-Move soccer player dolls. I bought one of those. There were some Pink Passport fashions and doll sets. A single Statue of Liberty Barbie, several of the 2018 Graduation Barbies, and several of the new two-doll beach set (Original or Tall Barbie-faced doll and Petite, darker-complected Kira-faced doll).


Action figures were 50% off


Action figures available included: the Madame Alexander Marvel Fan Girl dolls, Star Wars figures, and the Mattel WWE figures. From the available stock, I chose two action figures. One is a Star Wars figure, Sabine Wren, from Forces of Destiny (Hasbro Disney). Yes, she has molded clothes on her torso and wears cloth pants. But I like her blue hair against her brown complexion and her quirky expression. I'll re-body her. Or maybe I'll give her to someone who admires her? I have someone in mind.


For my second choice, I decided on a WWE Superstar Fashion Brie Bella, play scale size. The other WWE figures available were Eva Marie, Becky Lynch, and Natalya. I have the first two from previous Toys R Us trips. Brie Bella's face paint reminds me of Mattel's Kate Jackson doll: she looks sharp, smart, and just a little witchy. Not your basic Barbie look.


I cannot post photos now, but I will add them before the week is out.

Has anyone nabbed any good or great sales at Toys R Us lately? Better go soon - my understanding is that they are closing at the end of this month. Good luck!


Friday, April 27, 2018

Barbie Fashionistas Review - 59 Tropi Cutie Re-bodied





Okay, now I want a Barbie Fashionista No. 59 Tropi Cutie AND a WWE Naomi doll. I wonder if I'll be able to get any WWE dolls at Toys R Us before they close? If not, I'll get them from Walmart, etc.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

dd Discounts and Mystery Clone Dolls





dd's Discounts stores are part of the Ross Family (Ross Dress for Less chain). I dropped by their store on Roosevelt Boulevard to see what, if any, dolls they sold. They had mystery Barbie clone fashion dolls - think "no name," "no manufacturer" - dolls similar to ones seen at small discount stores throughout the city. So here are some budget offerings. 

Beauty by Miss Princess found at dd Discount store


Dream Furniture 


Sophie Sisters (left) and Dolls of the World (middle) and Mattel Barbie (right)


Kitchen Set, My Kitchen Tools, box back


Kitchen Set, My Kitchen Tools, box side showing accessories included


Kitchen Set, My Kitchen Tools, box front showing Barbie clone doll

I am including the addresses, telephone numbers, and hours for the two Philadelphia, PA stores:

dd's DISCOUNTS
3000 Island Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19153
215-863-6801

Mon–Sat: 08:30 AM-10:00 PM
Sun: 09:00 AM-10:00 PM



dd's DISCOUNTS
4640 Roosevelt Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19124-2300
215-533-5125

Mon–Sat: 09:00 AM-10:30 PM
Sun: 09:30 AM-10:30 PM

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Seen at Toys R Us Cottman Avenue

I also went to the Toys R Us at the Cottman and Caster Shopping Center. The parking lot here was also empty. Sigh. On the plus side though, there were more dolls available. Here are some of the dolls I saw there. 


Toys R Us Cottman Avenue store



Mattel Barbie Pink Passport Fashion Pack set



Mattel Barbie Fashionistas 4-Doll Boxed set



Disney Beauty and the Beast Gift sets



Mattel DC Comics Super Hero Girls



More Mattel DC Comics Super Hero Girls



More Mattel DC Comics Super Hero Girls



Mattel WWE Superstar Sasha Banks



Mattel WWE Superstars: Natalya, Eva, Charlotte, and Becky 



WWE Superstar Collection of 5 Dolls for $44.98



Sunday, April 15, 2018

Bought at Toys R Us South Philly Store



While I have mixed feelings about Toys R Us, I still wanted to walk the aisles one more time - at least - before they closed. So I stopped by the South Philadelphia branch on Oregon Avenue. I was too anxious to photograph anything so I'll just show one of the two dolls that I bought. I paid the market price for this one because she's one I really wanted. I later learned that I could have bought the other, Disney Princess Belle from the Emma Watson version, for $5.99 at Ross Dress for Less stores. Sigh.



The doll I bought is one of the Mattel WWE wrestlers, Becky Lynch. I didn't see any Sasha Banks with the extra green dress and black pump shoes. This store had a few of the 6-doll set, but a.) I don't know that I want all of those dolls, and b.) I prefer the outfits on the single or the extra fashion dolls. Becky wears a pair of steampunk-themed leggings that I like - for her (not ever for me, lol). Her top is meh, matching the leggings but not striking. I like the black ankle boots. I don't imagine Wonder Woman borrowing the outfit, but she might borrow the boots. Maybe. Here's the Mattel box photo of this doll followed by the photo of my doll.



Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Real Reason Toys "R" Us Is Going Under




Talk about Toys R Us from a business-political perspective. I felt less sanguine about supporting Toys R Us after seeing this vlog. 

The Closing of Toys R Us




I watched and listened to this Toys R Us fan's vlog about Toys R Us closing. He makes interesting points. So I am sharing this link here. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.