Toy Stores in San Francisco

I don’t live in San Francisco, but sometimes my husband has to travel there for work. There are many wonderful things to see in this city including museums, parks, and restaurants, but, of course, I also love to check out the toy stores. Today, I had only a little while to explore, so I stopped in two stores and took some pictures of the current toys available.

2015 Holiday Barbie
2015 Holiday Barbie

First stop was Target. The 2015 Holiday Barbie is already available. She was available in two skin colors, which is a nice touch. It’s a little surprising that she’s not articulated at this price. I’m not a fan of Barbie doll appearances, but this dark red dress would look lovely on a Belle doll. I wonder if she’ll be discounted if there are any left after Christmas.

Periwinkle
Periwinkle

Most of the Barbie-style Disney dolls aren’t very good quality. However, this Stylin’ Periwinkle caught my eye. Her dress is cute and so is her little purse. You can see from the picture on the package that her face is pretty accurate to the movie character. I haven’t started collecting any of the Pixie Hollow characters myself, but my son really loved them when he was little, so I still notice them when a new one comes out.

Bratz Snow Lodge
Bratz Snow Lodge

I don’t collect Bratz dolls, either, but this snow lodge looks adorable. It doesn’t snow where I live so my family likes to take vacations in the winter to cute little cabins like this. It would be cute to have that option for my dolls, too, particularly the Frozen ones. Anna already has warm snow gear and you know how Elsa feels about the cold. I don’t thinkthe playset comes with any of the dolls pictured, just the nice accessories.

Project MC2 McKayla doll
Project MC2 Camryn doll

I haven’t seen this series on Netflix yet, but these dolls look really cool. All of them are interested in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). I think it’s a great way to get girls interested in these fields. This is the simpler doll, but there are sets which come with a doll and a science experiment for kids to try. I would have been all over these dolls when I was younger, and so would my kids when they were little, so I think they really nailed their concept. I took some pictures of the other sets at the store, too.

Project MC2 notebook
Project MC2 journal

This looks like a journal, but you can actually hide your smartphone inside. Perhaps it’s not a great thing if girls use this to smuggle their phones into school, but I think it’s pretty obviously not a real book since it’s plastic. But I loved the idea of secret compartments when I was a kid. (Harriet the Spy, anyone?) And my daughter would like the bracelet that spells out Nerdy in the style of chemical elements. She loves chemistry and purple is her favorite color. I bet if I bought it for her now, she’d still wear it now even though she’s in high school.

Project MC2 Microscope
Project MC2 Microscope

And of course, this set has an “Ultimate Lab Kit” which includes a microscope. It’s not very powerful, but I had a plastic microscope like this for my seventh birthday and I loved using it. Note that these experiment kits are reusable, which is good given the high price tag. Many science kits for kids only have enough materials for one use and then you’ve got a lot of useless plastic pieces on hand.

Halloween Kelly doll
Halloween Chelsea doll

There’s a limited edition Chelsea doll for Halloween, but at a surprisingly high price. $14 seems like a lot for such a small doll. Her outfit seems rather simple, but the black hair is an interesting change.

Lori Doll Camper Trailer
Lori Doll Camper Trailer

Since I love my new Lori doll house, I was curious to look at what else was available from this series. This retro-style camper trailer is adorable. One of my friends had a camper trailer like this that her family kept in their backyard between vacations, and we were allowed to use it for a playhouse sometimes. We had sleepovers in the beds during the summer. This trailer brings back happy memories, and has everything for a proper home-on-the-road: bunk beds, a table with benches, and a little kitchen. Unlike the doll house, this kitchen comes with appropriately-sized accessories, too. I hope to get one of these before they sell out.

Lori doll ballet studio
Lori doll ballet studio

There’s also a charming ballet studio for the 6″ dolls. The piano actually “plays” music and the lights turn on. The mirrors aren’t very good quality, but they could be replaced. I don’t have any dancing dolls right now but I’m still tempted to buy this. In my ten years of dance lessons, I spent a lot of time in studios like this.

Aladdin and Jasmine classic dolls
Aladdin and Jasmine classic dolls

The Disney Store was my other stop. The new Aladdin anniversary Blu-Ray is coming out in a few weeks, so there is Aladdin and Jasmine merchandise everywhere in the store. These are the 2015 classic dolls, which use the Fairytale Designer face molds. My wife thinks Aladdin looks weird glancing to the side because she said his eyes don’t look the same size, but I think they look sweet.

Aladdin Deluxe Doll Set
Aladdin Deluxe Doll Set

This is the Aladdin deluxe doll set for about $80. There’s four dolls of classic doll quality, but it also comes with two extra outfits for Jasmine, as well as Rajah and Abu, so it’s not a bad price. Rajah is a little small–more like a dog than a tiger.

Cinderella Palace Pet doll set
Cinderella Palace Pet doll set

They just announced new Palace Pets dolls, so this one from last year is on clearance. (So is Periwinkle, who you can see in the background.) For $13, she’s cheaper than the classic Cinderella doll right now, and she comes with a dog and accessories. I didn’t have money to buy anything today or I would have been tempted to take her home.

Heroes & Villains Designer Fairytale Dolls
Heroes & Villains Designer Fairytale Dolls

This is the most exciting thing I saw today! They have all five sets of the new designer dolls on display, marked “coming soon”. They look even more stunning in person. Sadly, they’re in a dark corner, so I’m not sure if my pictures really do them justice. I loved the chance to look at them up close and see all the incredible details, though. I’m hoping that I’ll have the money and luck to get each of these dolls–I missed the chance to preorder the whole set online due to budget restrictions, but I’ll try to get them individually.

Designer Fairytale collection
Designer Fairytale collection

The display also had many of the additional merchandise on sale, along with the schedule for the doll releases. While the dolls are expensive at $130 for each pair, the rest of the merchandise is more affordable, giving everyone a chance to get the artwork at least. I have too many Disney mugs at home, or I’d want to get the whole set. There’s also journals, bags, t-shirts, a smartphone case and even one Ariel compact mirror left.

Snow White & the Hag, coming September 29
Snow White & the Hag, coming September 29
Peter Pan & Captain Hook, coming October 6
Peter Pan & Captain Hook, coming October 6
Rapunzel & Mother Gothel, coming October 13
Rapunzel & Mother Gothel, coming October 13
Ariel & Ursula, coming October 20
Ariel & Ursula, coming October 20
Elsa and Hans, coming October 26
Elsa and Hans, coming October 26

My favorites of this set are Ariel, Elsa, and Captain Hook, but all of them are beautifully detailed. It’s hard not to want all of them.

Today is also an exciting day because it’s the premiere of the new Muppets show on ABC. We’re big fans of the Muppets in my house and we’ve been anticipating this show since it was first announced. I took this final picture in anticipation of tonight.

Animal and Kermit
Animal and Kermit lounging in the backyard

I hope you’ll catch the show tonight. Until next time!

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