News :: New & Updated Toys [2012]

Information about updated toys sections, and newly added toy sections.

Be Mores [Updated]
November 25, 2012

New images and information added to the Be Mores section! I’ve just come across a second packaging image in eBay, which included a photo of the back of the box too. It confirms that there were only three types of Be Mores, and each one came in two colours and sizes. It also gives their names, implying that the larger versions were adults and the smaller versions were babies. The adults may have had the same names as their “Junior” version, but have yet to confirm this theory. I’ve also added a few more images in.

Special Blessings [New]
September 25, 2012

A new toy section has been added for Special Blessings!

Special Blessings were produced by Kenner in 1988. They were 15″ rag dolls with plastic heads and brushable hair. They also had the ability to kneel and clasp their hands in prayer.
The dolls had mixed reactions with religious groups in America, some of which liked the idea, whilst others thought it diminished the importance of religion.

There were five Special Blessings dolls produced (in total. Each came with a small booklet of poems and a saying on their removable clothing.

Merwees :: Toy Section Updated!
August 18, 2012

New images added to the Merwees section!

I’ve just added updated images for the Wedding Garden (official name now known), Birthday Party and Bedroom playsets and dolls.

I still need to find images of the Beach Cafe and Bedroom playsets, as well as find out what the Bedroom playset was official called. Can anybody help?

Sweet Secrets [Updated]
June 2, 2012

I’ve finally completed a huge update to the Sweet Secrets pages!

What started off as simply updated the images turned into a mammoth task of intellect, organisation and time.  Hopefully the weird and frustrating Sweet Secrets dreams will stop now…

Sweet Secrets were produced by Galoob from 1985 into the mid 1990’s.  They started off as a series of lockets which transformed into dolls and animals, and as they grew in popularity they became more diverse, even expanded into playsets. Later on in the Galoob production, they altered the logo and packaging to be more graphic and snazzy. Then, after Galoob ceased production of the line, Blue Box took over and released a selection of the dolls and playsets, altering them ever so slightly.

I’ve added new images for all the toys produced that I currently know of, plus there are many new finds added too. I have tried to be as clear as I can with the differences between the Galoob toys and the Blue Box ones, and hopefully it will clear up many of the mysteries surrounding the many colour variations.

Enjoy!

Tea Bunnies [Updated]
May 28, 2012

So, I’m currently working backward through the alphabet to update all my toy sections with new information and images, and Tea Bunnies is the first to get a significant referb!

I’ve updated all the images of the toys as much as I can and also added a few new items too (four books and one small, soft bunny). During the update I realised that although Tea Bunnies were originally produced by Tomy around 1995, Kidsview took over the production shortly after, then Uneeda/The Beanstalk Group took over in 1999 (the toys remained unchanged). I’ve found very little Tomy packaging, mostly it is Kidsview or Kidsview packaging with Uneeda stickers over the top. I wonder how many toys were sold under the Tomy name before Kidsview took over?

All Tea Bunnies and Babies now have larger images, and I even found a nice clear back packaging image of the babies too!

I’ve found four shaped board storybooks, which are all dated prior to the toys (1994), so perhaps the figures were based on the books? I’ve also seen mention of three colouring books too but have found no images.

I’ve added packaging images of four of the five playsets but haven’t been able to find an image of the Ice Cream Social Set. Can anyone help?

All plush bunnies now have better images and I also found one “Soft Tea Cup and Saucer Set ” with Candy Violet. It’s the only character I’ve come across made like this, produced only by Uneeda too, so a later addition to the line. Does anyone know of any more or was Candy Violet the only bunny made like this?

Please contact me if you can help with colouring book images or an image of the Ice Cream Social Set packaging.

Yawnies [Updated]
May 28, 2012

I’ve just kindly been emailed by the owners of  The Purple Toy Box with another addition to the Yawniesline.

This is the forth unknown Yawnie I’ve found, this time a little dragon. I really hope someone comes across some packaging or publicity to confirm my theory about a second series of these guys!

Dreamland Babies [New]
May 28, 2012

I’ve just added a new page for Dreamland Babies, as requested!

Dreamland Babies were produced by Mattel in 1994. They were a small series of baby dolls which girls could name and receive personalised items for. The dolls were about 16 inches hight with plastic head, arms and legs, fabric body and brushable hair.

My Pretty Mermaids [Updated]
May 19, 2012

I’ve just updated the My Pretty Mermaids pages to include lots of loose and packaged images of the dolls (previously it was mostly publicity images).

I still need a few more images though. Can you help?

Original

  • Flower Dream [packaged]

Rainbow

  • Rainbow Beauty [packaged]
  • Sea Splasher [packaged]

Moonglow

  • Night Flower [packaged]
  • Moon Shadow [loose and packaged]
  • Sea Glow [packaged]
  • Star Blossom [loose and packaged]

Gembright

  • Ocean Glitter [packaged]
  • Pink Seadrops [packaged]
  • Twinkle Tide [packaged]

Playsets

  • Sea Bubbles Bathtub [loose and packaged]
  • Sea Dream Waterbed [loose and packaged]
So Small Babies [New]
April 22, 2012

A new toy section has been added for So Small Babies!

So Small Babies were produced by Galoob in 1989. They were a series of small two and a half  inch soft bodied dolls with plastic heads and bonnets. There was a mixture of babies and animals, and plenty of little accessories too. They were set to expand in 1990, but the line was discontinued before production.

I’m still missing some images and information on the little houses which came with the individually sold dolls, plus which ones were sold like this. If you can help please contact me!

Baby Pick Me Up [New]
February 23, 2012

A new toy section has been added for Baby Pick Me Up!

Baby Pick Me Up were produced by DSI in 1997. They were a small line of 14 inch dolls which spoke and giggled when picked up. They caused come controversy because the doll had to be gently shaken to cause it to giggle, at a time when shaken baby syndrome was much in the news.

Baby Petals [New]
February 21, 2012

A new toy section has been added for Baby Petals!

Baby Petals were produced by Fun World. I don’t know from when as unfortunately neither the box nor the dolls have a date on, but would go for mid 1980’s. They were a small line of flower themed dolls, very similar to Strawberry Shortcake in size and stature.

The Chipmunks [New]
February 20, 2012

A new toy section for The Chipmunks has been added!

Chipmunks, aka Alvin and the Chipmunks, began life in 1958 on a novelty record by Ross Bagdasarian, which was turned into an animated series in 1961-62. The show was then revived in 1983 and ran until 1989 with 65 episodes.

These pages focus on the toys produced by Ideal in 1983-85, as well as a few of the early 1990’s toys. There were plush, poseable and miniature figures, as well as outfits, playsets and lots of other merchandise. Various toys are still being produced today to go alongside the modern CGI movie releases, but I’ve not featured them here.

Sweetie Pops [Updated]
February 20, 2012

A fourth doll has been added to the Sweetie Pops section, which is all of them according to the back packaging.

This doll identifies one of the three unknown outfits, leaving just two to find the names of.

Princess of the Flowers [Updated]
January 5, 2012

New images and information added to the Princess of the Flowers section!

What started out as a simple update of adding a couple of images, turned into a mammoth update as I realised I had several other images to add, which has helped sort out a few errors in mis-identification due to colour variations.

Original Set

I have now found images for seven of the twelve original sets, including on still in its packaging. I’ve included detailed images of the keys, dolls and pets where possible.

Jewelled Set

One more playset has been added, a different flower from the others too. I’ve also figured out that the keys which came with these sets were sparkly, but still used the same moulds as the original sets.

Baby Baskets

There are now images for three of the four Baby Basket playsets. This line was confusing to ID from the publicity images as it turns out the playsets were produced in various colour variations. All sets are now named correctly!