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Little Tikes
Toylines (alphabetical order)
Grand Mansion Collectibles (1995)
Little Tikes Place (1989)
My Size Dollhouse (1993)
Toddle Tots (1989)
Toylines (chronological order)
1989 Little Tikes Place
1989 Toddle Tots
1993 My Size Dollhouse
1995 Grand Mansion Collectibles
Company history
About Little Tikes     
The Little Tikes Company, founded in 1970, is a multi-national manufacturer and marketer of high-quality, innovative children's products. In 1984 it became a part of Rubbermaid Inc, the world's largest manufacturer of everyday use consumer and commercial durables. In 1999, Rubbermaid was acquired by Newell, Inc., making Little Tikes a part of Newell Rubbermaid. Little Tikes headquarters and largest manufacturing facility are located in Hudson, Ohio. The company also has a number of locations in Europe and Asia. The world's largest rotational molder, Little Tikes employs more than 2,000 associates around the world, with about 1,300 based in Ohio. Little Tikes products are known for providing durable, imaginative and active fun. Products are manufactured in a wide variety of categories for young children, including infant toys, popular sports, play trucks, ride-on toys, sandboxes, activity gyms and climbers, slides, pre-school development, role-play toys, creative arts and juvenile furniture. The red and yellow Cozy Coupe Car, an international icon in toys, celebrated its 20th anniversary in 1999, with more than 6 million units sold since its creation.
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From the News Archive
MGA July 2009 Ohio offers Little Tikes 55% tax credit
The first piece of the puzzle in keeping toy manufacturer Little Tikes in Hudson has fallen into place. Officials for the toy maker's parent company — Van Nuys, Calif.-based MGA Entertainment, which also produces the Bratz dolls — have been in negotiations with the state and city of Hudson for three years asking for assistance to keep the headquarters off Barlow Road. Other states have been wooing Little Tikes to leave Hudson. On Monday, the Ohio Tax Credit Authority awarded MGA a 55 percent job creation tax credit for seven years, valued at $134,228, for a Little Tikes expansion project in Hudson. The $5.8 million project is expected to create 63 positions and retain 398 jobs. If the company accepts the tax credit, it would be required to maintain operations in Hudson for 14 years. Ohio Department of Development spokesman Bob Grevey said it's a company's prerogative whether to utilize or accept a tax credit offered by the state. ''The tax credit award is not a final step, but it's an important step. It is not uncommon for us, when companies like Little Tikes come to us for help, to construct a package of incentives,'' Grevey said. In a prepared statement, Little Tikes Worldwide General Manager Tom Richmond said, ''though we are very pleased with this first step, the Job Creation Tax Credit is just one part of a total economic package of which Little Tikes is awaiting word from the state. Once we have the total package, which should be the end of July, we'll be able to make our decision.'' He declined further comment through a spokeswoman. Chuck Wiede, Hudson economic development director, said the tax credit is a step toward keeping Little Tikes. The city of Hudson has also offered a job creation tax credit to Little Tikes in the form of a local match. The city would give the company a municipal income tax grant of 50 percent for six years, which is valued at about $123,000, said Wiede. ''The state is still working on about three other pieces that they need to come together with. We hope to have an answer with the state by the end of July,'' he said. The actions by the state are not a guarantee that Little Tikes will stay, but Wiede said he believes ''it's a very, very positive first step. If they really didn't want to stay in Hudson, they wouldn't have gone through the application process and go through appearing in front of the Tax Authority. ''I think they truly, truly want to stay in Hudson. They are being thrown some ridiculously crazy offers from other states,'' Wiede said. Wiede acknowledged that tax credits from the state and Hudson amounting to about $250,000 aren't going to be enough to keep Little Tikes. Wiede said MGA Chief Executive Officer Isaac Larian has been very clear that the company needs help to stay in Hudson. ''We've come to a middle ground,'' Wiede said. Wiede and Grevey both said they could not discuss what other incentives the state might be able to offer, but Wiede said part of the state package includes work force training. Hudson also has committed to match one of the grants the state is considering, but Wiede said he could not go into details. The toy company is offering to expand its operations to invest in new machinery and equipment and upgrade some tooling to make the facility more productive, said Wiede.
Posted 7/26/2009
City, state offer incentives to Little Tikes - Hudson Hub-Times

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City, state offer incentives to Little Tikes
Hudson Hub-Times
MGA Entertainment, parent company of Little Tikes, was awarded a state tax credit June 29 to expand operations in Hudson. Tom Richmond, general manager of ...

Posted 7/26/2009
Little Tikes July 2009 gets grant, tax break - Hudson Hub-Times

Little Tikes gets grant, tax break

Hudson Council unanimously approved a grant and a tax break to try to keep Little Tikes in town.

Council approved legislation July 15 to offer Little Tikes a six-year, 50 percent income tax credit -- valued from $8,657 to $24,735 annually depending on what goals are met after three years -- and a one-time grant of $300,000.
Little Tikes, which broke ground on Barlow Road in 1983 and at its height employed 2,000 people, has seen that number fall to 398 employees presently. Officials from the company, now owned by MGA Entertainment, have said they were considering relocating.
'We're waiting to hear back from the state at the end of month,' said Tom Richmond, general manager of MGA Entertainment. '[Hudson's offer] is only one piece of the puzzle, and it's nice the city stepped up, and we need the state to do the same.'
Hudson's $300,000 grant would match an Ohio Department of Development Rapid Outreach Grant offer.
In addition to Hudson's income tax offer, Little Tikes has been offered a 50 percent state income tax credit for seven years.
The city's tax credit would begin in 2010 and continue through 2015 and would be 50 percent of payroll taxes paid to Hudson.
According to the city's proposal, in return for the grant and tax credit, Little Tikes would invest $5.8 million in machinery, equipment and new technology and hire 66 new full-time employees by 2012.
The company would hire 12 employees from June 2009 to June 2010, 24 employees from June 2010 to June 2011 and 30 employees from June 2011 to June 2012.
The new employees would add $1.6 million to the company's annual payroll in 2012.
The current payroll for 386 full-time employees is $15 million.
According to the agreement, if the Little Tikes fails to meet 75 percent of the payroll requirement in any given year, the city's tax credit would not be awarded for that year. If it fails to meet the requirements for three consecutive years, the agreement could be terminated.
As part of the tax credit agreements, the state requires MGA Entertainment to maintain operations at the project site in Hudson for at least 14 years

 
Posted 7/26/2009
Cospa June 2009 Little Busters! - Resinya Portrait Collection: Kudryavka Noumi PVC 1/6
Price: 5,524 yen
Series: Little Busters!
Manufacturer: Cospa
Release Date: Jun 2009
Type: Completed Fixed-Pose Figure
Description:
Adorably cute Kudryavka from 'Little Busters!' is rendered in full 3D as this portrait sculpture from the hips up, wearing a white camisole! Measuring 16cm tall on her pedestal, she's perfect as a desktop display, or attach her head to a 1/6-scale action doll body (the manufacturer suggests an Obitsu 25cm body) for your very own Kudryavka doll!
Kudryavka is another great addition to the Cospa's Resinya Portrait Collection, which offers spot-on portrait-style sculptures of female characters from various anime series. Each can be displayed by itself on the included pedestal, or you can detach the head and connect it to a 1/6-scale action doll body for even more fun! In addition, each torso is interchangeable with other torsos in the series so you can display the character with the bust size of your choice!Please note that the photos shown are of a prototype; the production version may vary. Also, figures such as this are mass produced and as a result some inconsistencies in finish and painting may occur; these are not considered manufacturer's defects. If you absolutely must have perfection, prepare to do some touch-up work on your own.

Posted 7/26/2009
Character and Anime Dot Com April 2009 Little Busters! Solid Works Collection. 2.5: 1 Box
Price: 7,200 yen
Series: Little Busters!
Manufacturer: Character and Anime Dot Com
Release Date: Apr 2009
Type: Trading Figure
Description: How adorable! The main heroines from 'Little Busters!' get the super-deformed treatment as these super-cute mini figures that would look great displayed anywhere you like! The stars in this lineup consists of Komari Kamikita, Mio Nishizono, Haruka Saigusa, Kudryavka Noumi, two versions of Yuiko Kurugaya (regular and sword-wielding versions), two versions of Rin Natsume (regular and cat ear versions), plus one secret, for a total of nine possible types to trade and collect. A display base is included with each figure. Sold by the randomly packed box of 12. Please note that these are trading figures and are individually sealed and randomly packed in boxes of 12 by the manufacturer before shipment to HobbyLink Japan. As a result we are unable to honor requests for individual or specific figures, nor can we promise you which one(s) you will receive in a box. Please order only if you are willing to accept any of the possible types.

Posted 7/26/2009
Character and Anime Dot Com July 2009 Little Busters EX Bath Collection Vol. 2: 1 Box
Price: 7,000 yen
Series: Little Busters!
Manufacturer: Character and Anime Dot Com
Release Date: Jul 2009
Type: Trading Figure
Description: Five lovely heroines from the 'Little Busters! Ecstasy' game are featured in this trading figure series that captures them in moments before, during, and after bath time! Yuiko Kurugaya, Rin Natsume, Mio Nishizono, Kanata Futaki, Saya Tokido, and five color variants, are this second lineup's 10 possible types to trade and collect. Sold by the randomly packed box of 10.Please note that these are trading figures and are individually sealed and randomly packed in boxes of 10 by the manufacturer before shipment to HobbyLink Japan. As a result we are unable to honor requests for individual or specific figures, nor can we promise you which one(s) you will receive in a box. Please order only if you are willing to accept any of the possible types.

Posted 7/26/2009
Little pink summer』 March 2009 Bamboo Blade - Kirin

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Posted 6/20/2009
Cospa June 2009 Littlebusters! Resinya! - Noumi Kudryavka Portrait Collection Starter Set

Noumi Kudryavka Portrait Collection Starter Set (PVC Figure)
Item name : Noumi Kudryavka Portrait Collection Starter Set (PVC Figure) 
Manufacturer : Cospa
Scale : 1/6
Material : PVC , ABS
Series : Resinya!
Original : Littlebusters!
Release Date : Mid Jun., 2009
Regular Price : 12,286 yen  about 127.07 USD  91.39 Euros
Posted 6/20/2009
Cospa June 2009 Littlebusters! Noumi Kudryavka Portrait Collection

Noumi Kudryavka Portrait Collection (PVC Figure)
Item name : Noumi Kudryavka Portrait Collection (PVC Figure) 
Manufacturer : Cospa
Scale : 1/6
Material : PVC , ABS
Series : Resinya!
Original : Littlebusters!
Release Date : Mid Jun., 2009
Regular Price : 5,524 yen  about 57.13 USD  41.09 Euros
Posted 6/20/2009
Little Tikes June 2009 Cozy Coupe(R) is being inducted into Cleveland's Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum

In the Northeastern Ohio town of Hudson, a Little Tikes(R) Cozy Coupe(R) is manufactured every minute of every day, 50 weeks a year. In 2008, Cozy Coupe(R) outsold every other car in America, topping the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord with over 457,000 units sold and in the 1990s it outsold the Honda Accord and the Ford Taurus. Having sold over 10 million units in its 30 year history and with worldwide distribution, it is one of the most widely recognized children's toys and one of the most popular cars of all time. Based on sales figures the Cozy Coupe(R) would land in the top 20 best-selling models of all time, ahead of the BMW 3 Series. It is for these reasons and more that on June 6 at 10 a.m. the Little Tikes(R) Cozy Coupe(R) is being inducted during its 30th anniversary year into Cleveland's Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum, a Collection of Western Reserve Historical Society.
Posted 6/20/2009
Little Tikes June 2009 General Manager Interview

Tom Richmond isn’t the type of person who can just dive into a book without knowing anything about it. Instead, he has to take a gander at the front cover and read the back cover before he decides to invest his time. He’s the same way when it comes to problem-solving in the business world as general manager of children’s toys manufacturer The Little Tikes Co., which posted more than $100 million in 2008 revenue.
“I’m a problem-solving-oriented person,” says Richmond, who is also executive vice president of MGA Entertainment Inc., Little Tikes’ parent company. “My natural tendency is to go in and try to fix the problem.”
Richmond has to explain to the person bringing him the problem that he isn’t trying to do that person’s job if he asks a lot of questions about the problem.
“It’s important for people to understand that so they know that when I am probing and asking questions, it’s because that’s how I think,” he says. “That’s how I process information. If you understand that, when I dive in and I’m asking questions … and I’m looking for a solution, it’s because that is how I think. That can be interpreted as a lack of confidence. It can be interpreted as, ‘I guess you don’t think I’m doing my job or I didn’t do my homework and that’s why you are asking me all those questions.’”
Richmond says explaining yourself to the people you work with will avoid those types of miscommunications.
“I tend to do that very casually because that’s the way I am,” he says. “But, whether it’s done formally or whether it’s done casually, helping people understand you helps them understand how to manage you because management goes both ways. You’re managing people; they are managing you, too.”
Posted 6/20/2009
Fisher-Price June 2009 Little People 50th birthday Live Tour

When she was a young girl, Angie Gawle watched as a circus train crashed on the carpet, spilling the ringmaster and animals across the living room floor. Photo

A giraffe, an elephant, and a lion prowled about the house as Angie tended to the passengers and bystanders, a bunch of Little People who today live in her attic.

At age 36, the Toledoan still plays with her collection of Little People when her young relatives visit. They like the vintage people - the Fisher-Price Play Family members made of wood. Later, Little People models were produced in plastic.

This year marks the 50th birthday for the Little People, and to help the tiny toy tykes celebrate, Fisher-Price is presenting the first-ever nationwide Little People Live Tour. The Toledo Zoo is one of only six stops on the tour. The show, set for performances today and tomorrow, will be staged in the zoo's historic amphitheater.

Fisher-Price is the sponsor of the new Little People Discovery Stage, one feature of Nature's Neighborhood which opened yesterday at the zoo.

The Little People stage is a 50-seat amphitheater where programs on pet care and conservation, plus other activities and events, will be presented, said Andi Norman, zoo spokesman.
Little People continue to be popular, both as toys and as much-sought-after collectibles.

Miss Gawle, store manager of the Goodwill Industries location in downtown Toledo, knows people have a passion for Little People. No longer are the collectible pieces of the play sets put on store shelves; instead, they are put up for auction on Goodwill's Web site, along with fine jewelry, paintings, and glassware.

Members of a collectors club meet to swap and sell the Little People, and Web sites offer the toys for sale at much higher prices than the original prices.

Allison Kiesel of Tiffin is a collector and a seller. Born in 1972, she played with Little People years ago and she makes extra money today buying low and selling high.

Ask how many pieces in her collection, and she pauses. 'Oh gosh. I have about every set made.' There's the swimming pool and hospital and houses and lots and lots of moms and dads and boys and girls and animals. She displays some; stores others.

'The resale market is real good. I have been selling on or off for six or seven years. Never really has the market gone down in value. I never have a problem selling them.'

Recently she sold the Little People action garage for $202.50; she bought it at a Tiffin flea market for $5.

Little People came with several styles of headgear - caps with bills (police women, tow truck drivers); caps with an M-shape (pilot, boat captain, mailman), and helmets (race car driver, motorcycle driver), for instance.

Hair styles were plastic or painted: buns, bald, bobs, braids. Body colors and styles, varied, too, through the decades, as did facial features.

To keep things interesting in the world of pretend, some Little People were born as frowning, freckle-faced kids, known as the meanies or bullies.

One fan posted a comment online that helps explain the popularity of the playthings:

'I always liked the one that I called 'the Bully.' He is the one with the red hat and mean expression. He was the brunt of all school bus crashes, cow and horse stampedes, and was often pushed off the top of the barn. I guess it was good that I took out my aggressions on these little people instead of the real ones around me … ;o).'
Posted 6/20/2009
Fisher-Price June 2009 Little People history

Over the past 50 years, the Fisher-Price® Play Family Little People® have evolved from simple wooden peg people to sculpted rubber figures with detailed faces, limbs, names, and personalities.
Assigning histories to some Little People figures makes it easier for the company to create videos and other products starring these characters. However, by turning formerly anonymous play figures into named personalities, Fisher-Price has made it more difficult for children to enjoy completely free imaginative play.
Timelines of Little People history
As part of the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Play Family Little People® line, Fisher-Price has set up on its Web site an official Little People Fiftieth Birthday Timeline. Another detailed history with photographs of different styles of Little People over the years can be found at This Old Toy.
The events covered by both of these fascinating timelines chart the stages that the Little People (and, to be honest, many classic toys) followed over the decades of their evolution from simple objects to licensed characters.
How Little People changed
At first, Little People figures were not much more than wooden pegs with smiles. But (as the official Fisher-Price timeline notes) over time the company created and sold Little People based on licensed characters from Sesame Street and McDonald's, and in 1985, Fisher-Price first officially turned the Little People name and logo into registered trademarks.
1997 is when the most significant change occured – the 'Little People characters get personality.' As the timeline puts it, the redesigned figures 'incorporate realistic 'kid' details like arms, legs, hair, clothing, and even expressive facial features that added to their legendary charm.' Moreover, several of the new figures were assigned names and personalities – for example, 'Eddie,' whose character traits were based on the young son of one of the Little People designers.
These changes were predicated on the assumptions that the previous versions of Little People lacked 'personality,' that a detailed face frozen in one expression is 'expressive,' and that 'realistic' details add, rather than detract, from the charm of a toy.
Pros and cons of creating Little People 'characters'
From a marketing viewpoint, the pros are obvious. Within two years, Fisher-Price was selling clay animation videos starring the five new main characters. To date, they have created 26 episodes in all and sold over 5 million videos, as well as arranged to broadcast these episodes to a global audience and as part of Sprout On Demand. In addition, the new Little People characters have starred in Mall Tours, sing-along CDs, and a Live Travelling Show that is currently making its way across the United States.
 And the cons? There's an example Dr. Susan Linn (author of The Case for Make Believe: Saving Play in a Commercialized World) uses often to demonstrate how easily free imaginative play can become limited. She will provide adults with several generic puppets and a Cookie Monster puppet and have them use these toys to create characters. The adults playing with the generic puppets act out a multitude of scenarios, but invariably the person stuck with the Cookie Monster
Posted 6/20/2009
LittleBigPlanet Action Figures Have Been Sacked - Kotaku.com

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LittleBigPlanet Action Figures Have Been Sacked
Kotaku.com, NY
Toymaker Mezco Toyz was planning to release LittleBigPlanet licensed action figures this year, in sizes ranging from 2" to 18", along with sundry other Sackboy and Sackgirl themed things. Not anymore, as the product line has been scrapped. ...
Published 6/20/2009
Little Busters EX Bath Collection Vol. 1: 1 Box
Price:7,000 yen
Series:Little Busters!
Manufacturer:Character and Anime Dot Com
Release Date:May 2009
Type: Trading Figure
Description:Here's a trading figure series that captures moments before and after bath time featuring a selection of pretty heroines from the 'Little Busters! Ecstasy' PC game! The star characters featured in this first lineup consists of Sasami Sasasegawa, Kudryavka Noumi, Mio Nishizono, Komari Kamikita, Haruka Saigusa, plus five color variants, for a total of 10 possible types to trade and collect. Sold by the randomly packed box of 10. Please note that these are trading figures and are individually sealed and randomly packed in boxes of 10 by the manufacturer before shipment to HobbyLink Japan. As a result we are unable to honor requests for individual or specific figures, nor can we promise you which one(s) you will receive in a box. Please order only if you are willing to accept any of the possible types.

Published 6/20/2009
Kotobukiya July 2008 Zero no Tsukaima - Louise Little Devil Ver. 1/6 scale PVC Figure - Review
ANIME FIGURE REVIEW: Zero no Tsukaima Louise Little Devil Ver. 1/6 scale PVC Figure from Kotobukiya    
Sunday, 20 July 2008

Zero no Tsukaima Louise <b>Little</b> Devil Ver.
Product Information
Series: Zero no Tsukaima
Product Type: 1/6 Scale PVC Figure
Manufacturer: Kotobukiya
Year of Release: 2008
MSRP: $54.99
NAF Scorecard
Craftsmanship: B
Representation: B+
Creativity: A
NAF Recommendation: Buy
Posted 7/26/2008
Beat 2008 July Little Busters! Yuiko Kurugaya PVC 1/8
Price: 6,800 yen
Series: Little Busters!
Manufacturer: Beat
Release Date: Jul 2008
Type: Completed Fixed-Pose Figure
Description: Feast your eyes on this subtly sculpted figure of Yuiko Kurugaya, at her ease on a simulated wood-floor base, contemplatively nibbling on the decorative string on her katana, Muramasa. Her button-down shirt is not buttoned down... She's a real treat no matter how you look at her! Please note that figures such as this are mass produced and as a result some inconsistencies in finish and painting may occur; these are not considered manufacturer's defects. If you absolutely must have perfection, prepare to do some touch-up work on your own.

Posted 7/26/2008
Solid Works Collection DX Little Busters!: 1 Box
Price:7,000 yen
Series:Little Busters!
Manufacturer:Beat
Release Date:Apr 2008
Type: Trading Figure
Description:Adorable anywhere you display them, the lovely young heroines from 'Little Busters!' are offered in miniature form in this trading figure lineup! Featured are Haruka Saigusa, Komari Kamikita, Rin Natsume, Yuiko Kurugaya, Kudryavka Noumi, and Mio Nishizono, plus one secret, for a total of seven possible types to trade and collect. A display base is included with each figure. Sold by the randomly packed box of 10. Please note that these are trading figures and are individually sealed and randomly packed in boxes of 10 before shipment to HobbyLink Japan. As a result we are unable to honor requests for individual or specific figures, nor can we promise you which one(s) you will receive in a box. Please order only if you are willing to accept any of the possible types.

Published 7/26/2008
Kotobukiya 2008 June Little Busters! Rin Natsume PVC 1/8
Price: 5,500 yen
Series: Little Busters!
Manufacturer: Kotobukiya
Release Date: Jun 2008
Type: Completed Fixed-Pose Figure
Description: Known for her love for cats, Rin Natsume from 'Little Busters!' is captured in gorgeous detail by Ajiken of EYEUP and presented as this nicely finished PVC figure! This dynamic 20cm display piece comes with an interchangeable cat face, a pair of cat ears, and a custom display base. Show her off with a normal expression or impersonating an angry cat--it's your choice! Please note that figures such as this are mass produced, and as a result some inconsistencies in finish and painting may occur; these are not considered manufacturer's defects. If you absolutely must have perfection, prepare to do some touch-up work on your own.

Posted 7/26/2008
June 2008 Little Busters! Haruka

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Posted 6/23/2008
Hasbro June 2008 My Little Pony 2008 Collectors Exclusive Pony

This HasbroToyShop Exclusive launches at San Diego Comic-Con 2008! Get this exclusive figure while supplies last
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Posted 6/23/2008
Alter May 2008 (Little pink summer) PVC 1/8

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Posted 6/23/2008
Beat April 2008 Little Busters! - Kudryavka Noumi PVC 1/8
Price: 6,476 yen
Series: Little Busters!
Manufacturer: Beat
Release Date: Apr 2008
Type: Completed Fixed-Pose Figure
Description: Here's a delightful treat: endearing Kudryavka Noumi represented as this dynamically posed PVC figure! Measuring 18cm tall to the top of her removable hat, this sharply detailed figure smiles cheerfully as she clutches her flowing cloak. Kudryavka's short pantaloon-like pants are removable, and a round wooden floor-patterned base (not the black base shown in the last two photos below) is provided to enhance the display. Her package features windows on all four vertical sides and top that let you enjoy seeing her without having to take her out of the box! Please note that figures such as this are mass produced and as a result some inconsistencies in finish and painting may occur; these are not considered manufacturer's defects. If you absolutely must have perfection, prepare to do some touch-up work on your own.

Posted 6/23/2008
Hasbro Dec 2007 Little Pet Shop: Hasbro's little Cash Cows

Hasbro's Little Cash Cows

Sales of the company's toys for girls have soared from $60 million to $600 million in five years


Hasbro (HAS) has long been known for its toys for boys: Transformers, Star Wars light sabers, and the original action figure, G.I. Joe. Now it has found something for girls that is so popular it gets as much space in Toys 'R' Us as Barbie dolls: the Littlest Pet Shop, a collection of inch-tall kittens, puppies, hamsters, and turtles that inhabit a pet store.
Littlest Pet Shop's success has helped send sales of girls' toys soaring at Hasbro—from $60 million to more than $600 million in five years. What's really interesting is that it's an old brand executives have just dusted off. The Littlest Pet Shop was first introduced in 1992 to modest acclaim. After four years enthusiasm dwindled, and the line was retired.
The second life of Littlest Pet Shop is also a critical test of Chief Executive Alfred J. Verrecchia's plan to develop more enduring brands that can translate into other merchandise—in this case bedding, backpacks, and electronic gadgets. As Sharon John, head of Hasbro's girls' division, puts it: 'No more one-hit wonders.'
Since reintroducing Littlest Pet Shop in 2005, Hasbro has sold more than 60 million of the figures at roughly $4 a piece. Gerald Storch, head of Toys 'R' Us, is pleased, but he knows few toys have long shelf lives. 'It's hard to tell which are the lifetime franchises and which are the five-year ones,' he says.
The girls' toys revival at Hasbro dates back to the relaunch of My Little Pony, a big hit in the 1980s. While archrival Mattel (MAT) and newcomer MGA Entertainment were battling it out with their Barbie and Bratz dolls, Hasbro reintroduced its plastic ponies (with long, brushable hair) in 2003. 'Everyone was complaining that dolls had gotten edgy—that girls were growing up too fast,' John says. 'We went with a very sweet back-to-basics product.'
In its marketing, Hasbro played up nostalgia for the toy. One ad in Parenting magazine promised moms they could 'share those wonderful memories' of My Little Pony with their daughters. Hasbro even decided to keep the original theme song (My little pony, my little pony/Will there be exciting sights to see?/Where will you wander? Hither and yonder).
After that, Verrecchia wanted a whole portfolio of girls' brands. Executives decided to look methodically for toys for each age group. My Little Pony targeted girls age two to five; John and her team figured Littlest Pet Shop could be pitched to six- to eight-year-olds.
In redesigning Littlest Pet Shop, John's group mixed the modern with the traditional. They gave the animals the big, vulnerable eyes made popular by Japanese animators. They toned down the pink packaging and went with more contemporary purple and green. But they kept the figures the same size as before—much smaller than most dolls—knowing girls like to collect and carry little things.
Posted 12/15/2007
Wave Oct 2007 ToHeart2 - Kosaka Tamaki Little Girl Ver. PVC 1/8
Kosaka Tamaki <b>Little</b> Girl Ver. (Completed Figure)
Item name : Kosaka Tamaki Little Girl Ver. (Completed Figure) Restock Item
Manufacturer : Wave
Scale : 1/8
Material : PVC
Producer : Yasuyuki Arakawa
Series : Dream Tech
Original : To Heart2
Release Date : Mid Oct., 2007
Regular Price : 4,000 yen
Posted 12/8/2007
Hasbro Nov 2007 Pileated Pictures Builds Hasbro's 'LITTLEST PET SHOP web site

SHELBURNE FALLS, Mass., Nov. 14, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Pileated Pictures, an online entertainment studio focused on virtual worlds and casual massively multiplayer games (MMOs), announced today their key role in the creation of Hasbro's LITTLEST PET SHOP VIPs (Virtual Interactive Pets) microsite at www.littlestpetshop.com. The team at Pileated built and is maintaining the entire virtual world online application for Hasbro, which allows for new levels of self-expression and customization for children adopting the 'cuddliest pets on the net.'

Pileated's entrance into the virtual world space is the culmination of the team's rich experience, where they have been building the next-generation of browser-based entertainment throughout their eight-year history.
'LITTLEST PET SHOP VIPs shows our commitment to browser-based virtual worlds,' said Michael E. Levine, President and CEO of Pileated Pictures. 'Hasbro's support and collaborative spirit allowed us to make a 'next-generation' product and we look forward to expanding LITTLEST PET SHOP VIPs in the months to come.'
'We've been amazed at the ability of Pileated to deliver compelling play beyond our expectations, while under a tight deadline,' said Mary Jane Brown, Senior Internet Marketing Manager for Hasbro. 'This is an extremely competitive marketplace, and we needed something that was not only instantly fun for kids
Posted 11/17/2007
Monster Factory Nov 2007 Lovable little devils - National Post


Since 2003, Monster Factory's plush monsters -- soft sculptures, really -- have been a popular (though unusual) baby shower and kid gift, but I'm sure they're purchased just as often to mix in as a quirky addition to sofa cushions. Trimmed in fuzzy hair, mustachioed or wearing striped retro basketball socks, the Toronto design studio's plush characters have a distinct surrealist bent -- think of artist Jim Woodring's trippy landscapes and other-worldly creatures. There's also obvious inspiration from Jim Henson and his memorable Muppets (though I'd venture that they're cuter than Kermit and more emotionally inspiring than Elmo). Indeed, as a child, Rhya Tamasauskas, who, along with Adam Dunn and Bliss Man (no, that's not a Monster Factory character, it's his nom de plume), co-founded the company, had a Muppet shrine in her bedroom.
In spirit, however, Monster Factory's imaginative use of stuffing conjures the whimsical work of Japanese animated filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle and My Neighbour Totoro). 'It's partially based on what you can do with the fabric,' admits Dunn.
 
Posted 11/17/2007
Rana Oct 2007 Stray Little Devil - Pam Akumachi PVC 1/8
Price: 6,300 yen
Series: Stray Little Devil
Manufacturer: Rana
Release Date: Oct 2007
Type: Completed Fixed-Pose Figure
Description: Here's Pam Akumachi, star of the 'Stray Little Devil' manga serialized in Dengeki Comic Gao!, dressed in a cute pink waitress outfit straight from the manga's pages! This adorable, red-headed little devil comes with a pair of devil wings and bow to attach to her back, plus a tray with a customer's order and a custom base to set her up for a cool display in your collection! Please note that figures such as this are mass produced and as a result some inconsistencies in finish and painting may occur; these are not considered manufacturer's defects. If you absolutely must have perfection, prepare to do some touch-up work on your own.

Posted 11/9/2007
Shinpusha Aug 2007 BOOK: Doll Art: Little Brother
Price: 1,700 yen
Series: Doll Art
Manufacturer: Shinpusha
Release Date: Aug 2007
Type: Figure Books/Magazines
Description: An unusually moving book, this slim hardcover volume of color photographs of artist Harumi Oshima's dolls serves as a memorial to her youngest brother, killed in a traffic accident at the age of 8, more than 40 years ago. In addition to creating the expressive dolls, Oshima also wrote poetry about her brother. Very sweet! Bilingual (Japanese and English).

Posted 11/9/2007
e-REVOLUTION Sept 2007 Blythe Replica Doll - Petite Blythe Baby Bonnie's Little Lodge
Price: 3,600 yen
Series: Blythe Replica Doll
Manufacturer: e-REVOLUTION
Release Date: Sep 2007
Type: Action Dolls
Description: Petite Blythe Baby Bonnie has a darling place to play that's all her own: a Little Lodge hexagonal display case! Its 'Pinky Blue' color scheme is the perfect complement for Baby Bonnie's matching dress and bonnet of vivid pink and light aqua blue trimmed with lovely ribbons and white lace. The case measures about 17.3cm wide by 7.5cm deep by 15.1cm high, and has a pair of backgrounds to mount in the back to help show off its precious cargo to lovely effect. Baby Bonnie also has a figure stand, and her eyes open when she's upright and close when she lies down. So sweet!

Posted 10/27/2007
Hasbro Oct 2007 Littlest Pet Shop Vips Boutique NYC

PAWTUCKET, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS), will open the doors of a LITTLEST PET SHOP VIPs Boutique in New York City for eight days beginning on October 18, 2007. The “pop-up” store experience will celebrate Hasbro’s newly-launched LITTLEST PET SHOP VIPs (Virtual Interactive Pets), a line of adorable plush pets that each have a unique code to unlock a rich online virtual world for girls to explore and “live” in with their VIPs pets. The LITTLEST PET SHOP VIPs Boutique will send girls on an immersive journey that blends real and virtual world activities from playing games and winning cool prizes to exploring the environment and meeting other LITTLEST PET SHOP fans. The LITTLEST PET SHOP VIPs Boutique will be located at 587 Fifth Avenue and will be open to the public from October 18-21 and October 25-28.
Since its re-launch in 2005, LITTLEST PET SHOP has become the fastest growing brand in the toy industry among girls*, with more than 60 million pets sold. The LITTLEST PET SHOP VIPs Boutique is a brick-and-mortar reflection of the VIPs virtual world and designed to celebrate the brand’s fan base which boasts millions of girls who simply can’t get enough of the quirky, edgy and cute collectible pets.
”The LITTLEST PET SHOP VIPs Boutique will be a dream come true for LITTLEST PET SHOP fanatics,” said Valerie Jurries, vice president of marketing for Hasbro’s girls brands. “Pop-up stores are all about creating the unexpected and that is exactly what we’re doing for the avid and loyal LITTLEST PET SHOP girls. The experience will mark the first time that girls can actually step into the LITTLEST PET SHOP world and see it unfold through the eyes of their pets. It’s going to be an unforgettable event.”
Like its online counterpart, the LITTLEST PET SHOP VIPs Boutique will allow girls to venture through the VIPs world participating in various events and collecting or winning “Kibble” currency which can be redeemed in the store for special prizes. The look and feel of the pop-up boutique environment will also mimic the online world by surrounding girls with vivid colors and sassy elements germane to the LITTLEST PET SHOP brand adding bursts of whimsy and fun to the overall experience. The LITTLEST PET SHOP VIPs Boutique will also include Internet kiosks where girls can get hands-on play time with the digital plush pets. The LITTLEST PET SHOP VIPs along with select licensed goods will also be available to purchase at the venue. The boutique’s hours are October 18-20 and October 25-27 from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. and October 21 and October 28 from 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Posted 10/18/2007
Fisher-Price Oct 2007 San Francisco Zoo Little Learners' Log Cabin


SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Bay Area toddlers have another reason to be excited when it comes to learning about animals and nature with the grand opening of the first-ever Fisher-Price(R) Little Learners' Log Cabin at the historic San Francisco Zoo.
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The 840-square-foot education cabin is the result of a three-year collaborative agreement between Fisher-Price, the leading brand of infant and preschool toys in the world, and the San Francisco Zoo -- with the intent of inspiring care for wildlife through age-appropriated play-based learning. Prior to this unprecedented partnership, which is one of the largest zoo expenditures for Fisher-Price, the two renowned organizations joined forces in the summer of 2006 and 2007 to host Fisher-Price weekend events, featuring classic Power Wheels(R) and a giant play area. Fisher-Price also was the presenting sponsor for the Zoo's inaugural Latino Heritage Celebration in 2006.
'We are thrilled to celebrate our ongoing relationship with the San Francisco Zoo with the opening of the Little Learners' Log Cabin,' said Brenda Andolina, director of public relations and brand marketing at Fisher-Price. 'Young children and adults alike will enjoy this cozy log cabin while exploring the wonders of nature at their own level and through play.'
Nestled in a 3,000-square-foot wooded grove site at the Children's Zoo, the Fisher-Price Little Learners' Log Cabin is filled with multi-sensory learning tools including a toddler library, tactile tables, animal-based toys, and animal-designed toddler tables and chairs. Made of recycled logs and lumber, the eco-friendly education center is decorated with Fisher-Price shadow boxes showcasing replicas of the 77-year-old company's original line of wooden toys including Dr. Doodle Duck
Posted 10/18/2007
Toys'works Aug 2007 Aria - Cute Little Undines

When I seriously started my figure collection, I decided to put some limits. The first main one was “only one figure per character”. Well, this rule has been broken very quickly in fact. Asuka and Hakufu’s fault. Then, there was the “only characters I know” limit, which is impossible not to pass… ero games fault. And the last rule remaining was “no trading figures”. I managed to respect this limit during a long time… but recently I failed. ARIA’s fault. Damn, now I have no more limits… such a conspiracy! ARIA trading figures
I am not really into trading figures. I mean, those who respects character proportions and designs, like iDOLM@STER’s ones, even if they are beautiful. Have a look at Moe Idolatry. I prefer bigger 1/8 scale figures for that.
But when it concerns alternative cute “chibi” versions, like this ARIA figure set, that is another story. Nendoroid size would have been better in my opinion, but I doubt Neo-Venezia Undines will have this treatment.
So in fact this is the first and (maybe) the last time I purchase trading figures… for now, I guess. What a conviction hehe. ARIA trading figures
ARIA Company ARIA trading figures
HIMEYA ARIA trading figures
Orange Planet
I thought there would not be special / secret pieces, but this Aika with short hair proves that I was wrong. But I still wonder whether there are others, and how do they look like. ARIA trading figures
I have not really much to say about the quality, since I am not used to this kind of goods. There are some visible defects, but I guess it can’t be helped regarding their unit price and how it is produced. But afterall, they are cute, it is ARIA, and I have the six Undines. So I am happy ^^ ARIA trading figures
Product Information
  • Manufactured by Beat / Solid Works
  • Trading figures
  • First released in August 2007 in Japan
  • List Price of 7,000 JPY for one box (10 pieces)

And I just saw that Max Factory Alicia figure came in stock. Can’t wait to receive mine! Ala ala *giggle*
Posted 9/29/2007
Hasbro Sept 2007 Little Pet Shop VIP plush line -

Hasbro unleashes Little Pet Shop plush
Playthings, NY -

PAWTUCKET, R.I.—Hasbro will soft launch its new Littlest Pet Shop VIPs plush line—the toymaker’s play for a piece of the Webkinz action—in New York City-area retailers and select web merchants in October.

The debut assortment will include five plush pets (dog, cat, turtle, penguin and panda) with secret codes on their collars that unlock a virtual world where tween girls can interact with the digital counterparts and other VIP owners. Each toy will retail for $14.99.

The line’s official global debut will happen in early 2008, at which point the line will have grown to 18 SKUs. Among the online merchants participating in next month’s launch are Wal-Mart and Target. A temporary boutique will also open next month in Manhattan; details were not released.

“This is a very exciting time for the Littlest Pet Shop brand,” said Valerie Jurries, vice president of marketing for Hasbro’s girls brands. “We wanted to take this incredibly popular property and do something truly spectacular for the millions of girls who have come to adore the Littlest Pet Shop line over the years. Creating an engaging and meaningful online connection between girls and their Littlest Pet Shop pets was an instinctive next step. VIPs delivers a rich, immersive online world where girls and their pets can have endless hours of fun exploring, playing and bonding.”
Posted 9/29/2007
Little pink summer』 Sept 2007 Eriko, Nana

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Posted 9/22/2007
Little Tikes - A Lesson Worth Learning
The saga of toy maker Little Tikes shows what happens when manufacturers give up control over distribution. First, some background. During the 1960s, the strategy of large retailers was to identify the most popular items from toy makers and use them as loss leaders to draw in parents. This created a chain reaction. Smaller stores were forced to lower their prices, too, and thereby endure unacceptable profit margins. The smaller stores then put pressure on wholesalers, who demanded lower prices from the toy makers -- who in turn were forced to lower product quality and make cheaper toys. Little Tikes founder Thomas G. Murdough Jr. was unhappy with the poorly made toys flooding the market. He believed that he could avoid the deep discounting and low product quality of other manufacturers by keeping tight control over distribution. When he founded the company in 1970, he developed toys using a technology called rotational molding. Borrowed from methods used to produce large agricultural and chemical containers, the process allowed Mr. Murdough to mold plastic toys that were more durable than others on the market. When it came time to bring his toys to the public, he focused on creating word-of-mouth among parents and building effective relationships with independent distributors. The company did sell through large chains, but instituted a firm pricing plan. Little Tikes offered its retail partners a 3% advertising discount on products -- but they would lose that discount if they sold the products below a minimum advertised price. In addition, Little Tikes only selectively released new, innovative products -- the lifeblood of the company -- to mass retailers. The combined strategy of cutting-edge innovation and control over sales and distribution was an overwhelming success. In 1984, Mr. Murdough sold his company to Rubbermaid for $50 million, but stayed on as president. Rubbermaid officials placed pressure on Mr. Murdough to distribute more new Little Tikes products through mass retailers. Frustrated, Mr. Murdough resigned in 1989. Rubbermaid dropped the selective-distribution and discount policies. Sales temporarily skyrocketed. But problems were brewing. The perception of exclusivity that had been the brand's hallmark was lost in the jumble of neighboring and inexpensive Chinese toys. While the firm kept innovating, its products no longer seemed special. Ultimately, the Little Tikes name came to be associated with deeply discounted toys sold on the mass market. And retailers, who had been slashing prices on the toys, realized they weren't making any money -- destroying their incentive to carry the products. The move into megas, coupled with generally slowing demand and higher materials costs, proved disastrous. In 2005, Little Tikes had sales of around $250 million, $20 million less than in 1989. In 2006, Newell Rubbermaid Inc. sold Little Tikes to MGA
Posted 9/22/2007
JAKKS Sept 2007 Signs 'Mr. Men and Little Miss' Licensing Deal

MALIBU, Calif., Sept. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- JAKKS Pacific, Inc. announced today a licensing agreement with Chorion Silver Lining's classic publishing brand, Mr. Men and Little Miss, to develop and market a line of consumer products. This new partnership solidifies the popular brand's presence in the lifestyle industry. Merchandise will include collectible vinyl figures, room decor, make-your-own jewelry kits, electronics' accessories and more based on the iconic characters. JAKKS'(TM) Mr. Men and Little Miss product lines, to be executed on by several of the Company's divisions, will target the tween audience and are slated to launch nationwide in 2008.
'The Mr. Men and Little Miss property has been growing in popularity, especially among the tween and teen audience, with the characters having gained a following with the trendsetters of the fashion world,' said Jennifer Richmond, Senior Vice-President of Licensing & Media, JAKKS Pacific, Inc. 'Fans of the loveable Mr. Men and Little Miss characters can look forward to vibrant themed room decor sets, 4' vinyl collectible figures, cell phone charms, mp3 cases, and more with our new line.'
'This agreement furthers Chorion's plan to provide a diverse selection of quality branded merchandise to Mr. Men and Little Miss fans of all ages,' said Pamela Ferris-Muller, US Vice President of Licensing, Chorion Silver Lining. 'The relatable characters are a perfect fit for the expanding tween and teen market.'
For over 30 years, kids and adults alike have been entertained by the venerable Mr. Men and Little Miss story books, such as 'Mr. Happy' and 'Little Miss Sunshine'. JAKKS is translating that appeal to a new generation of consumers. Mr. Men and Little Miss was originally created in 1971 by Roger Hargreaves in response to his son's question 'What does a tickle look like?' Hargreaves drawing of Mr. Tickle was the start of what has become an international phenomenon with more than 80 characters and 100 million books sold worldwide.
Posted 9/22/2007
Kaiyodo Sept 2007 Little Witch Parfait 2 - Parfait PVC
Price: 4,500 yen
Series: Little Witch Parfait 2
Manufacturer: Kaiyodo
Release Date: Sep 2007
Type: Completed Fixed-Pose Figure
Description: From Kaiyodo comes this beautifully sculpted and brightly colored PVC figure of Parfait from the PC game 'Heartful Memories ~Little Witch Parfait 2~' here's Parfait! First available as a limited-edition resin kit sold at Wonder Festival, Hirohisa Miyazono's brilliant sculpt brings adorable Parfait to life, complete with her broom in hand. About 20.5cm tall to the tip of her bow, she can be posed with or without her broom, and comes with a round display base. Let her light up your collection! Please note that figures such as this are mass produced and as a result some inconsistencies in finish and painting may occur; these are not considered manufacturer's defects. If you absolutely must have perfection, prepare to do some touch-up work on your own.

Posted 9/22/2007
Kaiyodo Sept 2007 Heartfull Memorys Little Witch Parfait2 - Parfait PVC
Parfait (Completed Figure)
Item name : Parfait (Completed Figure) New Item
Manufacturer : Kaiyodo
Material : PVC
Producer : Hirohisa Miyazono
Original : Heartfull Memorys Little Witch Parfait2
Release Date : Early Sept., 2007
Regular Price : 4,500 yen 
Posted 9/10/2007
Kotobukiya Dec 2007 Zero no Tsukaima - Louise -Little Devil Ver.- PVC 1/6
Louise -<b>Little</b> Devil Ver.-(Completed Figure)
Item name : Louise -Little Devil Ver.-(Completed Figure)
Manufacturer : Kotobukiya
Scale : 1/6
Material : PVC
Producer : Munetoshi Makio
Original : Zero no Tsukaima
Release Date : Dec
Regular Price : 5,800 yen
Posted 9/10/2007
MGA Fall 2007 Lineup (Bratz, Little Tikes)

MGA Fall/Holiday 2007 Lineup Includes a Global First for the Toy ...
Bratz
To coincide with the release of MGA's first theatrical film, Bratz: TheMovie(TM) dolls launched at the 2007 MuchMusic Video Awards. The most articulated Bratz ever, these dolls feature new movement at the wrists, elbows and waist, for myriad poses. Each doll also comes with a camera so girls can put on their own Bratz fashion show. The dolls are priced at $29.99 each.  And how do Bratz: The Movie dolls stay so beautiful?
 
Another of this season's fabulous lines is the Bratz Fashion Stylistz(TM). Hair, nail and make-up artists have been added to the gang to keep the Bratz primped and pampered for posing. Each comes with fun accessories for girls like hair-tinting, nail polish and eye glitter. The dolls retail for $24.99 each.  
 
The Bratz Babyz(TM) are not only defending the planet as super heroes in their new video game, but the Bratz Super Babyz(TM) dolls are also available this fall. Each Bratz Super Babyz comes in full gear with an extra outfit and a super pet. This make believe fun is a super value at only $14.99.

Little Tikes

The Little Tikes(R) 2 in 1 Buildin' To Learn Workshop(TM) is a tool bench and work station with all the tools that little ones could possibly need to build their own projects. Kids can use it as a work bench or they can flip the
shelf over to work on the motor. The power tools have real sound effects and actually work when activated. There's even a chalkboard on the back to plan out projects. The workshop comes with over 60 pieces including a power drill, chop saw and blueprints and parts to assemble a model car. For ages three years and up, this amazing set retails for $129.99.
The Little Tikes(R) Cook 'N Learn Kitchen(TM) features two interactive play modes with RFID technology. In the free play mode, the burner and cutting board recognize foods placed on them. In the learning mode, with two levels of play - basic and advanced - kids can gather ingredients and then follow the voice prompts to make a 'recipe'. This toy educates children about food groups, colors, measuring and so much more. It also works with Little Tikes Fun Food Packs (sold separately). For ages three years and up, this item retails for $129.99.

Posted 9/10/2007
Run'a / Mile stone Oct 2007 Stray Little Devil - Pamu PVC 1/8
Stray <b>Little</b> Devil Pamu (Completed Figure)
Item name : Stray Little Devil Pamu (Completed Figure)
Manufacturer : Run`a / Mile stone
Scale : 1/8
Material : ATBC-PVC, ABS
Producer : Yoshihito Kobayashi
Original : Stray Little Devil
Release Date : Late Oct
Regular Price : 6,300 yen 
Posted 9/2/2007
Hobby Stock WF Aug 2007 Little Sister 1/8 Scale Gallery

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Posted 8/19/2007
Kaiyodo Fall 2007 Little Witch Parfait 2 -Heartful Memories - Parfait, BOME 25 Misato Mutsumi

It's another Monday and there's not enough stuff for a rollup. Just three bits of figure news, one bit of which sucks. Let's hit it like we just can't quit it. First up, from Little Witch Parfait 2 -Heartful Memories-, comes Parfait. SHOCK! She looks ok for a Kaiyodo piece, but just… not enough there to get me excited about her existence. I'm sure fans of Little Witch Parfait are stoked, though. Due in September for 4,725 yen. But she's only 140mm tall.
Next up, BOME is back for his 25th time in the saddle… experience doesn't seem to have sharpened his skills at all. This time he is seen boring us all to death by ruining a perfectly good Misato Mutsumi character design. Oh man, it makes me weep. If you don't know who Mutsumi is, she designs stuff for Leaf. Did ComiPa and ToHeart2. Still, BOME gets and A for Effort for attempting a dynamic pose and scene… yeah. That's all I can say about this figure that isn't negative. She's 185mm tall and will be out in September for 4,725 yen.
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Posted 8/5/2007
Read Up On Your Little Pony

Since the early 1980’s, My Little Pony has been a household name, bringing joy and inspiring imagination for both children and adult collectors alike. As the brand celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year, a new book by Summer Hayes, The My Little Pony G3 Collector’s Inventory, provides the missing piece that allows the newest generation of pony fans to continue in the tradition of collecting by providing the first full color illustrated guide book to all ponies, playsets and accessories released since 2003. This new title from Priced Nostalgia Press’s Collector’s Inventory series provides fans of the toys with simple checklists to keep track of the many accessories and small parts that came with each item and with large full color photos to allow for simple identification and organization. In simple language to accommodate both adult collectors and children who love to play with My Little Pony, this book serves as both an introduction to collecting and a tool for advanced collectors.
I will admit that, as a male, I never played with or collected My Little Pony as a kid...but I'm sure that my sister and my wife did.  So the book should definitely appeal to the children of the 80's...even if the book is only based on the 3rd Generation of figures.
Posted 7/15/2007
MGA June 2007 Cuts 50 employees at Little Tikes

About 50 non-production jobs at toy maker Little Tikes' Hudson headquarters have been eliminated.
Isaac Larian, chief executive officer of Little Tikes owner, MGA Entertainment, Inc., confirmed the layoffs.
'It was a tough and heart breaking decision,' Larian said in response to an e-mail inquiry. 'But, we had to do it in order to be able to turn the company into profit and based on synergies. No other plans are in place.'
Posted 6/16/2007 by  Ohio.com 
WAVE June 2007 Little Bit Sister 1/8 scale

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Trade name Little bit the Sister [chi] [yo] it is dense
Manufacturer WAVE
Size 1/8 scale total heights approximately 190mm
Sale day 2007 September schedule
Original name The [chi] [yo] it is dense [tsu] and Sister
Prototype production Arakawa Yasushi 之 (alumite)
Copyright The ©2006 careless destruction industry Takeuchi cherry tree white spring corporation/the [chi] [yo] it is dense cis production commission
Standard retail price 4,725 Yen (including tax)
Posted 6/11/2007
Underground Toys - May 2007 Little Apple Dolls series 4 & 5
Underground Toys, London
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Little Apple Dolls series 4: Lethe, Timor Balatro, Sine of Souls and Elysia.

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Little Apple Dolls Series 5: Oscen and Nix.
Posted 5/12/2007
Mattel May 2007 Little Mommy - Celebrity Moms and Mattel Celebrate First “Little Mommy™ Day” - Business Wire
CELEBRITY MOMS AND MATTEL CELEBRATE FIRST “LITTLE MOMMY™ DAY” Actresses Denise Richards, Ming Na and Television Host Dayna Devon Share Special “Little Mommy™ Day” Fun with their Daughters
Mattel, in honor of its popular baby doll brand Little Mommy™ – and in celebration of the special time that moms and daughters share – designated today, the day before Mother’s Day, as the first-ever “Little Mommy™ Day.” Inaugurated by several celebrity moms and their daughters, the new special day also recognized the importance of nurturing role-play for girls. To kick-off Little Mommy™ Day, Dayna Devon, host of “EXTRA,” and actress Denise Richards were on hand with their young daughters to co-host the first official Little Mommy™ Day Tea Party in Beverly Hills and share fun “mini-mommy” activities together.
The Little Mommy™ Day Tea Party brought three generations of women – mothers, daughters and their Little Mommy™ baby dolls – together to celebrate mommy-hood over tea-time and play-time. Each girl of honor “adopted” her very own Little MommyTM Sweet As MeTM doll – available in a variety of ethnicities with hundreds of combinations of hair color, eye color, facial expressions, outfits and more so each girl can find a baby she loves. Girls were then treated to a grand English-style tea party where they enjoyed a “three-generational” brunch with their mom and new Little MommyTM doll and took an “oath” to nurture and love their new doll.
“We know little girls look up to their moms as role models and observe all of the nurturing and caring actions they do each and every day. Little Mommy Day celebrates the special bond between moms and daughters and encourages mothers to be an active participant in their little girl’s world of imaginary role-play,” said Stephanie Cota, vice president of marketing for Mattel Girls. “Mattel is proud to offer a range of high quality, thoughtful Little Mommy baby dolls to help awaken the nurturing and caring ‘little mommy’ in all girls and facilitate this incredibly important play experience.”
About Little Mommy
The Little Mommy™ brand brings imaginary nurturing play to girls with adorable baby dolls and accessories inspired by Fisher-Price® products. Specially designed for little girls as young as 18 months, Little Mommy™ provides products that offer play for every hour of the day from mealtime to playtime to travel time.
Posted 5/12/2007
Jun Planning March 2007 Pullip - Little Pullip Principessa
Price: 2,300 yen
Series: Pullip
Manufacturer: Jun Planning
Release Date: Mar 2007
Type: Action Dolls
Description: Gorgeous 'Little Pullip' version of the tremendously popular Principessa doll, dressed in shimmering turquoise trimmed with white lace and ribbon. You can put her bonnet on or leave it off to show off her pretty hair! She comes with a custom star-shaped stand and a can-badge pin for you to wear.

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