Archive for the ‘Dolls & Rag Dolls’ Category

Welcome back, Rubens Baby!

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

After a short absence, we are delighted to welcome our favourite soft baby doll on to the shelves of the PlayMerrily Shop. We’ve loved these gorgeous dolls since we first set eyes on them and the baby range is probably the strongest range within the brand. We have 3 just in our house and they get the most play, even from our 8 and 11 year olds, of all the dolls in the house.

Rubens Barn are a wonderful armful of baby and have several features that are unusual in a fabric doll. They have a mouth with a soft little tongue you can poke out, are anatomically correct and even (sigh…. can you tell I speak from experience?) can be made to poo with the judicial adding of something the appropriate size, colour and shape to their bottom. I have lovely daughters ;)

This year Rubens Barn have brought out some fantastic new accessories which add bags of play value to these lovely dolls. The 4 in 1 carrycot/sling is just wonderful and is definitely going to be on someone’s birthday list here.

It’s beautifully made and as you can see, thoroughly versatile!

In addition to the carrier, these are some fabulous new outfits; my personal favourite being the green dolls pyjama set

A perfect sleepsuit that will fit most 45cmish cuddly dolls.

Finish off with the lovely new feeding set and the changing kit for bags of play time fun with a dolly I guarantee you will never regret buying.

(Unless they make you broody… they might. I’m not responsible for that).

If you are ready to move on from the baby dolls, take a look at the new Rubens Kids. A smaller and great value version of the Little Rubens with masses of personality. We know you will love them.

Who would live in a house like this?

Thursday, July 19th, 2012
One of the most commonly asked questions we hear at PlayMerrily is the sizing of the different dolls house furniture. From BigJigs modern ‘whole house in a box’ furniture set to the more intricate and detailed Le Toy Van Daisylane range there is plenty to choose from to make your doll’s house a home.

Le Toy Van Daisylane Dolls House Furniture

Le Toy Van Daisylane Kitchen

Le Toy Van Daisylane Kitchen

 

The Daisylane range from Le Toy Van are sold as individual room sets. This is a massively popular range. The sets include smaller accessories and fabric detailing. The furniture style is more traditional, country cottage looking, with pastel hue colours.
 

 

Le Toy Van Sugarplum Dolls House Furniture

Le Toy Van Sugarplum Kitchen

Le Toy Van Sugarplum Kitchen

 

This range is ideal for smaller dolls houses or for starter sets, as it has the detailing of the Daisylane, but with fewer individual furniture pieces. The colour range is brighter than the pastel hues of the Daisylane sets , with more minimalist styling in the furniture pieces.

 
 

Selecta Dolls House Furniture

Selecta Dolls House Furniture Kitchen

Selecta Dolls House Furniture Kitchen

 

The selection of dolls house furniture and accessory sets from Selecta really fill a gap for ‘everyday life’ sets that are lacking in some of the others. (The Housework Set  is much more fun than real life!)

 
 

 

 

BigJigs Dolls House Furniture

BigJigs Dolls House Furniture

BigJigs Dolls House Furniture

 

A fantastic value set that includes all the main furniture pieces so that you can furnish your whole dolls house. All natural wood finish with coloured accents for each room.  This set contains the furniture only.

 

 

 

 

All theses wooden furniture sets are sized very similarly.  The sink unit in each set measured around 12cm wide and 9cm tall, so all furniture sets would be compatible in any of the dolls houses. Therefore any of the dolls house families or Budkins characters would fit with the furniture to bring your dolls’ house to life.

Throughout July we have a 15% discount on all Le Toy Van, including the Dolls Houses and furniture, so it’s a great opportunity to get that extra special birthday gift that will last a lifetime, or even (dare I mention it?!) be super prepared for  Christmas!

What do you think of Manhattan Toy?

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

This was the question we asked some lucky bloggers recently, sending them some toys to try out from the lovely range on offer from Manhattan Toy. Manhattan have an amazing portfolio  which includes Baby Stella, Boysterous Boys and a variety of developmental toys including Whoozit and Wimmer Ferguson.

The first review in was of lovely Nursing Nina from Mamacrow. I adored this review and you absolutely have to read it just for the fun of seeing the ‘extreme cat breastfeeding’ picture. I laughed and laughed!

This review from Susan K Mann got lots of attention on Twitter. These lovely sporty boy dolls deserve to do well because they really are a lot of fun. Take a look at her blog to see the shot of one of the boys out for a life size bike ride!

Little Sam tried out a Boyterous Boys set as well as a wooden toy tool kit from the Parents range at Manhattan Toy. Both things went down really well with him and his mum; I love the look of concentration from this little chap!

Boysterous Boys and Toolkit review from Mrs McGregor makes a great read and another ToolKit review from Madhouse Family Reviews awards it a whopping 4.5/5 which is pretty good because they are a very discerning family! They loved the quality and realism of the kit and how much scope it offered for free play. I loved that it ended up doubling as a medical kit! (The mind boggles!)

Baby Stella reviews from HollyBobb and StressyMummy both summed up what I already know about Baby Stella, who has been a firm favourite with our now 7 year old daughter for 5 years or so. Both recipients fell totally in love with their new ‘babies’ and the mums were impressed with the quality and the range of accessories available. She really is a very popular doll indeed.

Automoblox reviews came from 2 Stars and a Swirl and Mummy Mummy Mum. These are incredibly innovative and collectible wooden toy cars and in one house plenty of mix it up games got played while in another it was all about taking it apart!

The Finger Puppet review from Here Come the Girls made me smile. I love the theatre they built (instructions for how to on their blog too) and thought the mini-vlog they did to show off a performance was brilliant. I have signed the preservation petition for the theatre as word on the street is it is due to be rationalised to make was for a car park!

A Fabric Animal Puppet Review from Trouble Doubled and another great Chopper Chums review from AlysonsBlog focused again on the quality of these soft fabric hand puppets and the play value in toys that encourage role play and interaction from kids. The picture with the two figures above charmed me as we’ve had these little people in our home for a long, long time…. and tI’m thrilled with Alyson’s assessment of how well the puppets can work in education.

The Wimmer Ferguson Baby Toy range were reviewed at This is Life with some Orbit beads taking a test run too. We are big fans of Wimmer Ferguson in our house and can’t wait to bring some home for our new little baby boy. They fcus on black, white and primary colours, stimulating vision with simple shapes and designs and are a long standing popular product at our shop.

Finally, Words with Wine reviewed the Dress Up Pirate a cheeky chap with a pet parrot and a shiny silver sword. He’s packed full of design features to learn dresing skills but I’m not sure whether to applaud his new owner or commiserate with mum that Chops now knows how to get naked in no time! been there, done that!

Many thanks to all our reviewers. If you have a blog and would like to review toys for us, get in touch via the Facebook page  or follow us on Twitter at @playmerrily for the shop or @merrilyme for more random daily ramblings!

(Apologies to my bloggers for the round up being short and sweet; I accidentally deleted it once!)

Corolle Dolls Camille in the Snow Give Away

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Our lovely suppliers DKL have provided us with a Camille in the Snow Les Cheries Doll from Corolle to give away to one lucky person this week. All you have to do is leave a comment at our blog to be in with a chance to win.

The Les Cheries dolls are the wholesome girl about town of the doll world; 33cm tall, with a lovely vanilla smell and lots of other outfits to buy too, they make a gorgeous ‘older girl’ doll. I’ve loved Corolle since we first started stocking them; they are well made and beautiful to look at with bags of personality. I love that there are plenty of non-pink outfits too – always a good thing in this house!

Corolle are also offering free gifts at checkout on our sites so you can get something extra if you buy your Christmas presents from us :)

We’d be very grateful if you’d join our Facebook page too, although the competition does not depend on this. However, over the coming months it will have some exclusive discounts and special offers and first dibs on give aways advertised there. We don’t go mad though, I promise, so you won’t be bombarded!

To enter (UK only) leave a comment below on our family blog at Patch of Puddles. If you tweet the competition, leave another comment, if you facebook it, leave another. If you blog a link to PoP or PlayMerrily, leave more comments. I have one doll to give away to a lucky winner.

I will draw the competition on Saturday 12th November at 12pm and the winner will have one week to send me their address. If we get lots of entries, I’ll add some PlayMerrily gift vouchers in too :)

Groovy Girls New Home!

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

It would have to be a pretty fabulous house to be worthy of a Groovy Girl establishment…and fabulous-erific it is!

Groovy Girls Accessories - Hip Happenin' House

Groovy Girls Accessories - Hip Happenin' House

This fantastic Hip Happenin’ wooden dolls house, made especially with the 30cm Groovy Girl dolls in mind, is 120cm tall with 3 stories with 2 grand staircases. The open floor plan means that the dolls house can be played at different angles, allowing for multi child play and a greater scope for imagination. The decor is Groovy Girl-tastic, bright and extravagant and detailed and perfect for housing all that sumptuous Groovy Girl Furniture!

Groovy Girls Accessories - Hip Happenin' House

Groovy Girls Accessories - Hip Happenin' House

The fantastic Groovy Girls range is ever expanding with exciting new clothes and dolls joining us every few months. This month we are happy to welcome to the Groovy Girl clan Nora, Nina and Nadia along with some pretty wonderful clothes too. My personal favourite for when the weather finally turns wintery is the Groovy Fashions Chilltastic Cape, if only it came slightly larger too!

Groovy Girls Clothes - Beauty Sleep Pyjamas

Groovy Girls Clothes - Beauty Sleep Pyjamas

Fantastic new free gifts on PlayMerrily and JollyDollies

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

We have some exciting new free gifts on offer. Over at PlayMerrily we have a brand new construction product that has been gaining popularity. Mic.o.mic is a new bright construction toy that uses moulded shapes and a press stud system to connect them into an exciting moving vehicle.

mic.o.mic Large Locomotive

mic.o.mic Large Locomotive

To compliment this bright and cheerful construction toy we have 3 cheeky mic.o.mic characters to drive or fly in the vehicle created. Free with purchases of £20 worth of mic.o.mic products or more.

Free mic.o.mic Characters when you buy £20 worth of mic.o.mic construction products

Free mic.o.mic Characters when you buy £20 worth of mic.o.mic construction products

Over at JollyDollies we are offering the delightfully cute Linne Ladybird doll with any purchase of Rubens Barn products worth £50 or more.

Free Rubens Barn Linne Ladybird Doll with purchases of £50 or more Rubens Barn products

Free Rubens Barn Linne Ladybird Doll with purchases of £50 or more Rubens Barn products

The John Crane range expands! 15% off this exciting range of unique and engaging toys in September.

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

The John Crane range at PlayMerrily has always been held in high regard. The quality and uniqueness of the toys and games have always received positive feedback, so we have been delighted to expand the brand and include  GoGo, Pintoy, Branching Out and Tidlo.

Pintoy Medieval Castle With Mound

Pintoy Medieval Castle With Mound

The fantastic 15% off this month is a great opportunity to invest in a future Christmas or birthday present. This amazing wooden castle from the Pintoy range is the absolute ultimate in castle play, including a mound for elevating the castle and providing a dark and exciting dungeon.

Pintoy Classic Wooden Sink & Stove

Pintoy Classic Wooden Sink & Stove

If medieval fortresses aren’t for you, the wooden kitchen range just might be. From realistic dishwashers (don’t you just love that sliding plate stacker!) to classic all in one utility islands. Although my absolute favourite has to be the retro chic Tidlo red kitchen station with it’s cute silver and white tile splashback detail and towel rail.

Pintoy Doll's Bunk Beds

Pintoy Doll's Bunk Beds

The Pintoy range includes wooden dolls furniture and accessories that have been designed to be as realistic as possible. This pretty wooden dolls bunk bed even separates into 2 single doll beds. For your emergency vehicle enthusiast the Pintoy Fire Engine or Fire Station are sure to impress. The fire engine has extending and rotating ladders, hoses and removable roof and the fire station comes with all the accessories your little firefighter will need for emergency role play.

Pintoy Fire Engine

Pintoy Fire Engine

The GoGo wooden toy range is one of the most exciting educational ranges I have seen. The wonderful Happy Birds sequencing toy is a perfect example of this. The classic educational sequencing and matching concept is combined with quirky little bird characters to be built up using a little perching branch and magnetic wings, head and tail.

Florist Sequencing Educational Toy

Florist Sequencing Educational Toy

The great theme that occurs throughout the John Crane range of toys is the educational value disguised through play. The High Tea Shape matching cake stand from the Tidlo range is a fantastic example of this. The attention to detail on the little cakes and the doily patterning on the cake stand will delight any little hostess and the numbers on the base of the cakes and cake stand encourage matching and sorting.

High Tea Shape Matching Cake Stand

High Tea Shape Matching Cake Stand

Fantastic free Corolle gift with 2 Corolle purchases over £70!

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Corolle is a wonderful range of quintessentially French dolls. They are beautifully made with a wide variety of fashionable clothes and shoes and prams, pushchairs and accessories. All the dolls have the Corolle vanilla scent from the Mon Premier 30cm Calin and Tidoo Bath Doll to the sophisticated Les Cheries dolls for older children.

This is a fantastically popular range with a loyal fanbase and we are thrilled to be able to offer these wonderful Corolle branded free gifts, which are not sold separately, with 2 Corolle purchases over £70.

Free Corolle Watch when you buy 2 Corolle items worth £70

Free Corolle Watch when you buy 2 Corolle items worth £70

While stocks last we have a beautiful Corolle watch with pink heart strap and pink heart detailing on the face, packaged in an attractive and sturdy plastic case available with orders of 2 Corolle products worth over £70 in total.

Free Doll Accessory Set when you buy 3 Corolle items worth £100

Free Doll Accessory Set when you buy 3 Corolle items worth £100

For orders of 3 Corolle products worth £100 or more we have a wonderful free doll accessory set which includes baby doll blanket, pillow, soft bunny, dummy and baby bottle.

To take advantage of this fantastic Corolle free gift opportunity you must add the free gift to your basket, ensuring that the criteria are met.

Mine to Love – beautiful new dolls at JollyDollies and a fantastic 10% saving through August

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

The Mine to Love range from Melissa & Doug is a wide range of hard bodied dolls and accessories ranging from the traditional functional baby doll such as Annie Drink and Wet Doll who can be sat on her potty and drink from her bottle (not at the same time, we hope!) to the elegant Princess dolls.

Mine to Love Princess Larissa Doll

Mine to Love Princess Larissa Doll

The range also includes a beautiful bridal doll who would make a wonderful gift for a little bridesmaid or flower girl or just be a beautiful addition to any little girl’s doll collection. The Bridal, Ballerina and Princess Dolls have fabulous attention to detail in the gowns and tiaras that will satisfy the aesthetic desires of even the fussiest little princess.

Mine to Love Lindsay Bride Doll

Mine to Love Lindsay Bride Doll

The fantastic baby accessories are realistic and functional with the juice or milk in the Bottle and Bib sets disappearing as baby ‘drinks’.

Mine to Love Doll's Nappy Bag Set

Mine to Love Doll's Nappy Bag Set

The pretty Nappy Bag is made from a cute pink and lilac floral fabric and contains all the essential items baby will need when out and about.

Mine to Love Brianna Doll

Mine to Love Brianna Doll

Adorable Brianna Doll has cute brunette bunches and can suck her thumb or dummy and can be posed lying down or sitting. Her pretty outfit is removable for bath times and changing.

Take advantage of the great 10% discount on these products through August at JollyDollies to treat your little mummy.

Save 10% on the adorable Baby Stella range during August at PlayMerrily.

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Baby Stella is one of our favourite brands at PlayMerrily. The dolls are adorable, perfect for a first doll for a young toddler thanks to her soft face and body, but with enough clothes and accessories to last well into older childhood. Baby Stella can come as a traditional baby doll or a little girl doll with hair, she even has a baby brother, Sebastian.

http://www.playmerrilytoys.co.uk/product/4849/baby-stella-blonde-doll

Baby Stella Blonde Doll

The fantastic accessories available to the little mummy include a delightful potty which, as well as being a realistic baby and toddler accessory, has the added bonus of encouraging potty training for the little mummy! Also the wonderful Baby Stella Bath Set which is uniquely made from soft fabric with little duck and soft toweling robe.

Baby Stella Lullaby Wooden Cradle

Baby Stella Lullaby Wooden Cradle

The fantastic 10% saving during August means that you can get a Baby Stella Doll for £18.85, making her an affordable companion for your child.


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