Peanut Big Top. Blossom and Peanut have since been joined by Cinder Slippers.
I already own the regular Blossom Flowerpot, so that should make things interesting. Here's how Baby Blossom compares with her older self (I also threw Pix E. Flutters into the mix for further size comparison).
"Who is THIS weirdo???"
Notice that while both dolls have big heads and short limbs, Blossom's proportions are much more cartoonish.
Blossom may divert from the Lala norm with her hair, but her eyes are classic Lalaloopsy: big, black, button eyes with molded eyelashes.
got her binky in her mouth!
Alrighty, back to Blossom. She again strays from Lalaloopsy tradition by not having molded patch cheeks. Instead she has some blush painted on.
As a final note, there's this to be seen.
So aside from the button eyes Blossom's head and face are mostly devoid of the usual Lalaloopsy features. Fortunately, the same can't be said for the body. First and foremost, she's got the smooth egg-shaped body common to all the Lalaloopsy dolls I've handled (including Pix). She has molded stitching down the midline of her torso, which is something new to the Lalaloopsy world (none of my other girls have this)
Blossom's legs are short as well, and they have molded stitches along the sides of her legs...
Oh yes, the gimmick. You may have gotten some clues about the gimmick if you looked closely at the pictures of Blossom's body. The button on her stomach is a clue, as is the bottle mouth. Also, Blossom has two holes in the bottom of her torso. Not one like my Gerber doll, but two. I'm NOT going to show these, because guess what? Said holes are supposed to represent bodily orifices. Yep, Blossom is a drink and wet doll, complete with something I've never seen on any other doll...a butthole! I've seen plenty of openings on drink-and-wet dolls that are supposed to represent urethras, but never the nether region. One hole really would've done the trick, so go figure on MGA's frame of mind there. But wait, there's more! Remember that this doll's name is "Diaper Surprise," and remember that I said she relied on bathroom humor. If you need one last hint, check out the logo from the package:
The one on the far right looks like something that Mami Tomoe would wear. LOL, I couldn't resist! Most of my charms are yellow like this, but several other colors are also available; I did get that pink charm, and this one came out blue:
It's all part of the surprise element; you never know what charm you're going to end up with! Once you've got all the charms, you hook them onto the bracelet.
Okay, so you've used up all your diapers. THEN WHAT??? Well, it turns out that these diapers hold one more surprise, located in the lining of the diaper below the charm. Here's what the linings look like when they are dry:
too much for me.
Where was I? Oh yeah, accessories. In addition to diapers that help Blossom poop flowers and stars, there are your more traditional accessories. There is this bowl and a plastic spoon to "feed" your baby.
Lastly, Blossom also has a bib, which keeps with her flower theme by being done up to look like a daisy.
*Doll is not soft at all. I can understand why plastic was utilized instead of fabric, but there is such a thing as SOFT PLASTIC!!!
*Posability is terrible. Blossom can't sit unless propped up, can't stand, can't wave very well, and can't turn her head.
*Few clothes, unless you count the diapers.
*Face is blank and in my opinion, lacks the usual Lalaloopsy charm.
*Diapers must be handled with care when wet.
*Bracelet is difficult to put together and difficult to fasten.
*Bib is difficult to tie, though this is likely a problem unique to Blossom (Peanut has a clown's ruff instead of a bib)
*Mine has a shiny mark on her face that won't come off. Again, this may be a problem unique to my doll, but beware nevertheless.
*Gimmick may be considered crude by some.
*Blossom is sturdy and lightweight. She won't shatter if dropped, and she's less likely to make a good club, though I still don't advise swinging this at someone.
*Clothes are cute, well-made, and appropriate for a baby doll.
*Accessories are also appropriate and have some play value. If you don't want to change Baby's diaper, you can pretend to feed her Cheerios and then burp her. LOL
*The Lalaloopsy theme is adhered to. Some of the basic features are missing, but it's still obvious that this doll is a Lala.
*Also character-appropriate. This doll is marketed as Blossom Flowerpot, and she lives up to that marketing...right down to the hairstyle.
*Good for smaller children, so long as the charms are taken away first.
*Diapers are colorful and come with several surprise elements that make them valuable play items.
*Gimmick, while crude, provides an original spin on a very old concept.
Drink-and-wet dolls are nothing new. My Gerber baby dates back to...I think she dates back to the 1970's, and the concept has been around long before that. These Lalaloopsy Diaper Surprise dolls take that old idea and put a new spin on it with their charmed diapers. However, the idea of a doll "pooping" charms is off-putting for some. If you read the link that I included above, you'll notice that Miss Emily entitled her review on Moxie Girlz Poopsy Pets "What Were They Thinking?" Not surprisingly, Lalaloopsy Diaper Surprise dolls made it onto a "what were they thinking" list too. In spite of this doll's cuteness and her originality, I have to say that I agree with this line of thinking. If you stop to think about it, you're literally wearing pieces of doll crap on your wrist! Plus, I can't get over the fact that this doll has a butthole! Since realism isn't the point of this toy one hole that simulated the urethra would've sufficed, but nooooooo, we've got to have something else! Finally, Blossom is hard as a rock. I admit that at the ripe old age of twenty-seven I still like to cuddle with my dolls, and on the evening of November 2nd Blossom was my doll of choice. Yep, I held her on my lap during Skyscraper Live...and she wasn't a very comfortable companion. In short, I advise extreme discretion when buying this toy. If you're not bothered by a doll that is stiff as a board, has an anus, and holds charms in her used diapers, then this is a great little toy. She's also great for games of make-believe if your child is into that; the bowl, spoon, and bottle are perfect for pretend breakfast. However, if you are looking for something soft or are revolted by the gimmick then I'd skip these and go with a Mooshka doll or a regular Lalaloopsy Baby.
I do look forward to crocheting some little booties for Blossom, though! I think I may go with lime green to match the stem on that hat, and little yellow ribbons to match the bib. But before all that can happen...I get to open Christmas gifts!!!!!!!! And I get to watch my sister and brother-in-law open theirs too. I'm particularly excited about one present for them; I got them a special box with some odds and ends inside. Sort of a gift within a gift, so to speak. I'll let y'all know how that goes.
P.S.: I haven't seen any of the Newborn Lalas in stores yet, but they appear to be smaller than this baby doll that I have reviewed here. When I see one I plan on reviewing her/him as well.