Program & Display by Michele C. and Linda A. Article & pictures submitted by Pat Dutchman
The March meeting, lunch and program were especially fun as this was our co-meeting with the CDC Juniors. The girls put their own hand-carried dolls into dolly day care, and then went off with Miss Michele and helpers Andrea and Barb to a separate “art” room. Miss Michele instructed them in a wonderful art-craft project while the adult members held the business meeting. She taught the girls how to do a mixed media art collage. Before lunch they joined the adults and proudly displayed their works of Lalaloopsy couture.
After a tasty baked potato buffet, we settled down before five completely filled display tables of Lalaloopsy dolls and merchandise brought by Michele C. and Linda A. from their own collections. They told us the history of the dolls and their manufacturer MGA and highlighted the many types and clever names and stories of these adorable dolls.
Following the wonderful program, we all grabbed our tickets to see if we had won any of the many silent auction items. Afterward, each of the girls was presented with a bunny bag containing 3 small Lalaloopsy dolls, Easter eggs filled with candy and novelties and a copy of Doll Castle News featuring an article about Holly Hobby and the CDC Junior Club.
We want to thank Michele, Linda, Andrea, Barb, the contributors and sponsors for all their hard work, time and energy in making this such a fun and special day.
Lalaloopsy History: MGA Entertainment is a manufacturer of children’s toys and entertainment products founded in 1979. Its products include Bratz fashion dolls, Bratzilla, Lalaloopsy, Novi Stars, Mooshka, True Hope, Moxie Girlz and The Little Tykes Company.
On July 19, 2010, MGA Entertainment announced the launch of a line of plastic rag doll toys, “Bitty Buttons”, featuring eight 13 inch original rag dolls. Bitty Buttons had the tag line “Sew magical – Sew cute”. Each doll character was created with a fictional theme, reflecting the day she is born, the fabric she is sewn from, and her pet. In Christmas 2010 they were voted as “the hottest toy of the season”.
“Bitty Buttons was designed to teach kids that everybody is unique in their own special way. The new brand promotes the idea that old things can become new again, everything can be repurposed and nothing should ever go to waste.” At release, the original eight dolls were Crumbs Sugar Cookie, Jewel Sparkles, Peanut Big Top, Bea Spells-a-Lot, Mittens Fluff ‘N’ Stuff, Dot Starlight, Pillow Featherbed, and Spot Splatter Splash.
The dolls changed from “Bitty Buttons” to “Lalaloopsy” shortly after launch. As of February 2012 there were over 50 characters. The Accessories Line includes outfits and furniture for the Lalaloopsy dolls and Littles dolls and Mini Lalaloopsy playsets and vehicles.
- Large Lalaloopsy The Originals. MGA introduced their new line of 13 inch large core dolls.
- Mini Lalaloopsy Each miniature doll is about three inches tall and does not feature removable clothing like their larger versions.
- Silly Hair with longer, sillier hair that you can style. They come with many accessories to help decorate their hair in any fashion and in any style. Even their pets have long silly parts that can be styled as well.
- Soft dolls are softer, more huggable equivalent to the standard hard dolls. Each doll features printed fabric opposed to genuine stitching.
- Nintendo DS Lalaloopsy game includes one of four mini dolls.
- Lalaloopsy Littles are the younger brothers and sisters of Lalaloopsy dolls.
Lalaloopsy TV specials and TV series began airing on Nick Jr.
- Lalaloopsy Ponies (Target exclusive) are the pet toys of Lalaloopsy featuring character themes, colors, sizes and light ups.
- Pet Pals are spin-off series based on Lalaloopsy. They are about the size of Lalaloopsy Littles and wear cute outfits.
- Lalaloopsy Workshop is a spin-off line that allows complete customization of the doll, from deciding which pieces to attach, which hair to use, or whatever in between. Workshop dolls allow you to mix and match parts from other dolls and create sew many different combinations.
- Lalaloopsy Babies are a brand new Lalaloopsy spin-off line that encompasses the concept of baby dolls with the classic rag doll-button eyes spin on it. Soft bodies with belly button and dates stamped on their tush Each comes with a bottle shaped like their pet and a hat that matches their personality
- Lalaloopsy Girls are your favorite 9 inch tall Lalaloopsy characters now all grown up. Release of “Welcome to L.A.L.A Prep School” movie featuring the Girls.
- Lalaloopsy Tinies standing 1.5 inch tall and over 100 available, the Tinies are available in 3-packs, 10-packs, play n Go House and jewelry pack.
- Build-A-Bear Starting in August 2015, MGA is partnering with Build-A-Bear to make Lalaloopsy dolls in Build-A-Bear Workshop stores. Lalaloopsy fans will be able to build four of the eight original Lalaloopsy characters and personalize their creation with a number of accessories.