Now that that's out of the way, these Under Wraps dolls come in your usual container with a ton of wrapping, but y'all may have noticed some differences. The past two waves that I touched on had little round compartments that doubled as keychains or living spaces or party poppers, and I suspect that a fair amount of those old-style pods were pitched since they added very little play value to the doll inside. I kept my pods so that I wouldn't lose shoes or accessories, but I doubt everyone had that same idea. No, Mini Maddie came in a capsule-shaped hovel, as you saw above, and my new L.O.L. has as well. But wait, there's more! As usual, the back of the capsule has your list of surprises, seen here...
Alrighty, let's get this ball rolling. Y'all have seen the exterior, but you haven't seen what it's concealing. The first layer holds this magnifying glass-thingy.
*queen of diamonds (the tiara and the jewel)
*fire and ice (the flame and
*minty peach??? (the candy and the fruit)
*lucky devil (the shamrock and the devil face)
*oh barf, peace and love (the peace sign and the heart)
*rain and sun (the rain cloud and the sun)
Hmm, maybe that one is "candy apple" rather than "minty peach." LOL, I'm pretty sure it's NOT "minty peach," in fact. Ewww...I like peppermint and I like peaches, but the combination sounds just a little revolting. Anywho, with all the wrappings removed from the capsule it's possible to see inside, where some of the goodies and the doll are semi-visible.
As much as I'd like to get that creepy mask of that doll's head I'm going to show a bit of self-control and pop open these end hatches first. I'll start with this round hatch here.
Alrighty, I've got them back out of their rather smelly nest that was the trash can. The outermost wrapper didn't have diddly squat on it, but the second wrapping has my magnifying glass-thingy with the letter O, meaning that that picture on the message inside stands for that letter.
Now...time to open the main part of the capsule. To my surprise the hatch fell open with the first combo, queen of diamonds. Therein lies the rest of the loot.
The above message DID reveal why the dolls are all under wraps though. These girls are searching for a long-lost pet and are traveling in disguise so their cover isn't blown. Wait a minute...missing pet? Didn't I see a missing pet on the back of a milk carton back during one of the other posts??? <pauses to look>
Alright, enough silly conjecture, who's ready to see this doll out from under her wrappings? I know I am.
just like Ernie. LOL, there's an obscure reference for y'all! If anyone grew up with Sesame Street books like I did then they may get the reference.
Out of curiosity I browsed the collector's leaflet to see who my mod girl was. This is her, Pop Heart.
Okay, so that's yet another wave of Li'l Outrageous Littles with which to sucker Mom and Dad out of their money. The capsules have more play value than the pods in my opinion, and it's possible to see the doll inside them once they're all opened up, but these capsules still pose a problem in terms of storage. When I was a child I'd store my toys in cast-off shoe boxes, and I doubt strongly that I could cram more than three of these capsules into a single box. The pods? I could easily fit all the pods into the sole shoe box I've got now...or I could if there weren't shoes in the box! Wait a minute now...SOLE??? SHOE??? Oh Lordy, that was a bad pun! Anyway, these capsules could potentially be a pain in the neck to store, sort of like the huge clonky heads of Lalaloopsy dolls. Storing them isn't easy either. There's nothing wrong with this new wave of L.O.L. dolls, but except for appearances they don't bring much new to the table. They're just...more cute little dolls. Their clothes do provide some better coverage, though. B.B. and Thrilla both have one-piece skirts without huge slits in them, for example.
crap slime when you feed them!!! I'll concede that vinyl doll clothes suspended in jelly is nowhere near as bad as the poopy unicorns, but I still am forced to wonder WHY in the world MGA would go in this direction??? I can only imagine what the Bratz would be doing now if they were still around. MGA would find some sort of weird ick-gimmick for them too, no doubt.
Now that I've pounded that point into a mangled, twitching pulp, let's take a look at my wad of boogers here.
worked quite well, but since I'm never one to do things the easy way I put the stopper in the sink and held the clothes under running water. Even then I had to pry the jelly out of the shoes last time. After all that you're left with the laundry basket-shaped pod, the outfit, and a pile of smashed jelly. The jelly is subsequently thrown away, hence why I think Play-Doh or Silly Putty or kinetic sand would've been a better option. Yeah, that's all messy too, but it can at least be kept for a future plaything! Seriously, I loved Play-Doh and Silly Putty when I was a kid, so why wouldn't some other kid like it too???
Here's my first two outfits again so y'all won't have to scroll up. Last time I tried this I got F-006, modeled on Spice, and F-023, modeled on Can-Do. F-006 belongs to the Glam Club category and is "popular" (L.O.L.-speak for "common"), while F-023 belongs to Swim Club and is fancy (L.O.L.-speak for "a little harder to find but not rare"). By sheer luck of the draw F-006 matches Spice's tights.
stunk to high heaven, but my sand wasn't too smelly and I thus like my critter quite a bit. The jelly in my Fashion Crush pods varied in terms of odor (the first one smelled strongly and the other two did not), so it would be safe to assume that the kinetic sand that buries the pets' goodies also varies from pod to pod. Overall I like these, but I recommend extreme caution with the Fashion Crush pods. The gimmick can be really nasty and is best used under adult supervision. Also be sure to cover the play area with paper towels or newspapers when smashing that jelly, and WASH YOUR HANDS WITH SOAP AFTERWARDS!!! If you don't use soap the jelly residue won't come off.
My final vote? The Under Wraps dolls are worth the time and effort if you're a fan of the past two waves, and the clothes are okay if you don't mind making a huge mess. While I applaud MGA Entertainment for making blind bag clothing for these dolls, I think they may need to go back to the drawing board with that jelly gimmick.
As a last little tangent, CookieSwirlC insinuates in one of her videos that the shoes and purses packaged with the Li'l Sisters are indeed for their bigger playmates. One of her new Li'l Sisters came with a ball cap, for example, and it was clearly sized for a larger doll. This video can be found here.
Love and kisses,
EDIT: I forgot to mention that the Fashion Crush outfits are a little tricky to get on. The sleeves are not particularly wide, so one has to squeeze the doll's arms together a little to get the sleeves on. Also, B.B.'s one-piece swimsuit has the same slits in it that the other L.O.L. outfits have, so it doesn't look great from the back. The new outfits are better in general about not having gaps in the back, but some of them still have them.