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Who would have thought that I would end up reviewing toys? My Senpai did. One particular toy that she knew I would always end up reviewing, are the L.O.L Surprise dolls! In my last post, I mentioned that I would be starting a new category of reviews and here it is- Kids section! This category mainly consists of toys because I don’t think that I can actually review anything else that a kid would find interesting. Why did I start this category? Well, back when I was a little kid(Almost 19 now), I knew what Barbies were but that’s all I knew for most of it. This was mostly because that’s what my parents thought that a little girl would enjoy, not because they were trying to limit my choices of toys on purpose. They just didn’t know that these other toys exist ’cause adult brain. And so, here I am. There are so many toys that have been launching these last couple of years and they are so different from what I had as a kid and most parents don’t really know about these in India. Unfortunately, most of these toys don’t have their own ads in India and they’re only exclusively available in selected stores like Hamleys.
So, come on and let’s try out something new and exciting!
What is L.O.L Surprise?
MGA Entertainment Inc. (Micro-Games America Entertainment) is an American manufacturer of children’s toys and entertainment products founded in 1979. Its products include the Bratz fashion doll line, Poopsie Slime Surprise, L.O.L Surprise! Dolls, Smooshins, etc. The toymaker launched the unboxing toy line L.O.L. Surprise! in December of 2016. The L.O.L. Surprise doll assortment was the #1 toy YTD Nov 2017 in the U.S., according to The NPD Group. MGA Entertainment plans to double the sales of L.O.L. Surprise toys in 2018. Several new higher value L.O.L. Surprise toys have been released over summer including the L.O.L. Surprise House and the L.O.L. Bigger Surprise!
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When I first started researching about kawaii boxes, I came across videos on YouTube about L.O.L Surprise! Dolls and it really changed my life. How? Well, my YouTube feed is 80% L.O.L Surprise! Unboxings. While I knew about these dolls, I thought that they weren’t available in stores and the ones online are probably fakes. Luckily to my surprise, I came across these balls at the Hamleys stores. Since it’s a new launch, they only have a couple of series and not all of them. I got my hands on three and today, I’m going to review one of them!
Let’s start unwrapping!
Here’s what you first see on your L.O.L Surprise! Lil Sis: Eye Spy Series ball- There’s Lil Kansas Q.T. on the front with a spy glass saying “Find Secret Clues”! On one side you will see the QR code is in the shape of a baby bottle and on the other side, next to Lil Kansas Q.T. there’s a list of items you will receive in the ball. So, you will receive an Eye Spy glass, a secret message, two accessories for a big sister and the little sister doll.
If you don’t know already, these balls have a little surprise under every layer of the wraps. Find the zipper line and pull it downwards in the direction shown. Sometimes the zippers won’t rip smoothly but that’s alright, the goodies will still be super cute!
Like with most of these L.O.L Surprise! balls, the first layer is always a little secret message. In the Eye Spy Series, the secret message can only be highlighted with the Eye Spy glass, which is concealed within the ball. You can always cheat and look closer and see the secret message in blue under the pink, but where is the fun in that?
Look! After the first layer, there are secret messages on the ball in the little dialogue bubbles and on the ball too. Let’s hurry and find the Eye Spy glass! Here’s the next zipper.
Aw! It’s not a golden ball but it looks very cute anyway. With all that being said, we have finally reached the ball!
Crack open the egg and look! There are small packets, a character list and an Eye Spy glass.
The Eye Spy glass is a little bent from being stuffed in but it still works. Not as a fun to hold, though.
Let’s go back to the secret message!
It’s a cherry and a bomb.
Oh! It’s cherry bomb! Sounds like the character we will be receiving is a real eye catcher.
Here’s a quick look at the list. There are 21 Lil sisters to collect and 15 are still on their way. Comment down below, which one do you want to receive? I want Lil Countess! Let’s continue and see who is it that we got this time.
Here are all the contents of the bag. Let’s start with the small packets and then go for the final big reveal.
Here’s the front and the secret message says,” L.O.L Surprise! Lil Sisters”, What about the back?
The secret message is,” Let me out!”. Looks like we need to hurry up! So, let’s open the two packets.
The Red Sunglasses look like the cat eye type and they’re translucent and not as opaque as it may seem. They’re not easy to pull apart at the back but they should hang right on the Big Sisters!
The next item in the packet is a pink keychain. This keychain goes right at the top of the ball.
Here’s what they look like together. Now, you can carry your Lil Sister with you everywhere you want as a cute little keychain and ball.
Isn’t all of this exciting? So far, I can’t quite tell who have we received. Let’s continue and find out!
Here are the big packets and message on the front says,”L.O.L Surprise! Lil Sisters”.
And here at the back, the secret message says,”Guess who?”, We sure do wonder!
Leopard Printed Tote Bag
This print would only suit someone who is bold and fierce. The inside of the bag is hollow and it can handle a few small accessories inside of it for a big sister doll.
Have you already guessed who it is? Hurry and comment down below. Read on and let’s see whether you’re right!
Now, for the final big reveal!
Oh no, she’s facing the other way. Lil sister, we are here!
Look at how adorable she is! There are little leopard prints on her diaper and they definitely go well with the leopard print tote bag, a true fashion icon. She always fleeks eyeliner and braids with some highlights on them. Also, how could you possibly miss out on the cute red pacifier?
Lil Fierce is from the Pop Club. Her big sister, Fierce, is also from the Pop Club and we will set out on an adventure to unite the two siblings!
Did you think, this is it? Nope! We need to find out whether she is a color changer.
The container on the left has warm water and the container on the right has cold water. Sadly, it turns out that, Lil Fierce is not a color changer. Oh well, maybe next time!
Worth it?: Depends
Would I buy it again?: Yes
L.O.L Surprise! balls are either a hit or a miss. There can be manufacturing defects or even the disappointment of not receiving the character you wanted. Also, we cannot forget that, since these are blind balls, the possibility of receiving duplicates is inevitable. There are hazards to these kinds of toys, like choking hazards and once again, these toys are recommended by the company for ages 3+. One thing that does bother me about these toys is the exorbitant waste of plastic.
Now, the packaging did have the Recycling symbol but that doesn’t necessarily mean that this plastic was recycled or will be recycled. It just has the potential to be recycled in the future. Regardless of all this, I actually quite like this product. They are so much fun to unravel and to put together. I can see why this product has gotten really popular and since it’s launch in India, it has been doing really well. The other day I was out looking for these but they were actually out of stock at Hamley’s. Yes, it’s a bit more than you would want to spend on a toy but keep in mind that you’re paying for quality. Your children deserve the best and they would really appreciate a gift like this. As a kid, I would have been very happy to receive a gift like this but alas, now I buy these for myself. So, do I recommend these? Oh yes, I do! It’s like stepping up the Kinder Joy eggs and it’s super fun. L.O.L. Surprise! dolls have other series as well and I will be reviewing them soon, so stay tuned!
This is the first time I’ve written a review this way but it’s because I’m trying to keep in mind that I’m writing this for both the kids, who would like these toys, and the parents, who want to learn about these toys. Let your child explore the world with games and toys! For now, this is the best you can do for them and they will really appreciate this when they grow up.
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Until the next post,