Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Raggedy Ann Dolls - A Great Story and Giveaway



In February I featured the 100th Anniversary Raggedy Ann doll from Aurora  in my Toy Fair NY 15 favorites.  Now I am so excited to be offering this SET of three dolls as a giveaway. See the giveaway details at the end of this review.  To kickoff the review here are pictures of the dolls:


100th Anniversary Stars and Stripes Raggedy Ann by Aurora
This  100th Anniversary “Stars and Stripes” Raggedy Ann doll sports “100th anniversary Raggedy Ann 1915-2015” embroidered onto her apron, a heart label and a folder with the history of Raggedy Ann.  This 16 inch doll is soft and very hugable.


100th Anniversary Raggedy Andy and Classic Raggedy Ann dolls
Here are two other anniversary dolls – 
Stars and Stripes Raggedy Andy with the 100th anniversary label on his sailor hat and the classic Raggedy Ann doll in a light blue dress.  Both of these dolls also have the 100th anniversary heart hangtag and history folder.

Mary Louise with the 100 Anniversary Stars and Stripes Raggedy Ann
The toys I receive to review are usually given to a child. This set of Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls is a little different.  First I have to say they are WONDERFUL!  They capture a time gone past and and put you in a "timeless frame of mind." You smile and want to hug them.  I just love them.  

My husband and I were looking at them on our kitchen table and he said you know these should go to someone who will really appreciate them.  Yes, but I didn’t think I knew anyone who fit that bill.  Fast forward less than a week and I was taking corned beef and cabbage to a 88 year old woman from our church. 

I walked into her home for the first time and it was covered with Raggedy Anns and Andys and memorabilia.   And so, of course, Mary Louise is the proud owner of this 100th anniversary doll.  

Mary Louise was so excited to receive this 100th anniversary Raggedy Ann doll and she hugged and admired her new treasure.  It is now the newest member of her collection.

She did lift her dress and check to see if she had a heart and indeed she does.  This one is authentic.  Verified by an expert.







Mary Louise checking all the details
 Mary Louise was also interested in the details in the history folder.  John Gruelle received a patent for the doll in 1915 and in 1918 he published the “Raggedy Ann Stories.”   As the folder says, these are "heirloom treasures to be passed along for generations to come.









Here are two Raggedy Ann books in Mary Louise’s collection – one is the original published in 1918 and the other was published in 1928.  They have been well read and are worn with love.  The pictures below include the publisher’s page and a page of the color illustrations of the book. You can still get the Raggedy Ann Stories at Amazon.

Do you believe these color illustrations in a 1918 publication of the Raggedy Ann stories?











Mary Louise took out some of her other special edition Raggedy Anns kept in boxes and you can tell that she is a proud - and more important - joyful collector.




These dolls will also be loved by a young child and they certainly are the type of doll that becomes a life long best friend.  I am keeping the 100th anniversary Raggedy Andy for my grandson due this summer.

Reviewing these Raggedy Ann dolls became more of a wonderful experience that just a review for me.  I must say that I have become a Raggedy Ann fan!  And now you have an opportunity to win all three dolls and start your own collection or give one to your own favorite doll collector.  Before I go to the giveaway details I have to thank Aurora Gifts for making my friend and I so very happy with these dolls. I have seldom been so happy when gifting a review item.


Giveaway Details
It is easy to enter and there are two ways. Both ways count as an entry so you get two entries if you do both.  I need to be able to contact you if you win. If you enter -  email me with your email address at marion@grandmachronicles.com.  I will not use your email address for anything except to notify you if you win.  Grandmother’s Honor.



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You can have two entries by doing both.  Deadline to enter: April 22, 2015 at midnight. The winner will be selected using random.org.

 This item can be sent to US and Canadian addresses only.

Full Disclosure:  This review is completely my own opinion and I was not reimbursed for it.  I did receive review samples. 


You can also buy these items at Amazon:



Thursday, March 26, 2015

Playmobil Eggs for Easter and Springtime Play - Review and Giveaway

Update on 4/7/15 -  Congratulations to Katie - Winner of the Playmobil Egg.  This giveaway is now closed.



Playmobil makes high quality playsets that children can build and then have imaginative play with when completed.  I first saw these Playmobil Eggs at Toy Fair NY 15 and knew they would a perfect grandparent gift for Easter or Spring.  I like to feature toys that a grandparent and grandchild can enjoy together.  This toy is one that works perfectly in our house as my five year old grandson sometimes comes early for dinner and plays with his grandfather for an hour before dinner is ready.  They may do a little building project or puzzles and share some conversation about how it works. My husband and I are both engineers and enjoy seeing our grandson’s interest in how things work.
This post includes a giveaway. See the details at the end of the post.

 
Playmobil Egg - Boy with Children's Tractor Package
Here is what the package looks like. The playset is inside the egg.  The egg is 5 inches tall and 3 ½ inches wide at it widest point.  There are four new eggs available this year.  Amazon also lists some older varieties.

Boy with Children’s Tractor – Blue Egg
Princess with Vanity Station –  Pink Egg
Fun at the Beach – Yellow Egg
Pirate with Rowboat – Red Egg

Choose your grandchild’s favorite theme or favorite color to decide which one you want to start the collection with.

Playmobil Egg - Boy with Children's Tractor Side of Package
I have the Boy with Children’s Tractor to review for this article.  This is what the other side of the package looks like.  This set has 33 pieces – some are very small.  The ages on the package say 3 – 10.  In my opinion a three year old is too young to play with this alone. Some of the pieces are too small and I don’t think that 3 – 4 year olds will have the dexterity to work with the small tightly fitting pieces.  This may be an excellent toy for children of different ages to play with together.  I can easily picture an older sibling (6 – 10) putting it together with a younger sibling (3 – 5) helping and enjoying playing with the completed playset.

This is what you have when you open the egg – two bags with pieces (one has just the wheel parts), easy to follow assembly instructions and a small Playmobil booklet. Notice the slot in the bottom of the egg - the egg can be put back together as a bank if you aren't going to take the playset apart and store it in the egg.



Here is the Tractor and Boy when assembled.  You can see that it is brightly colored and has nice detail.  The front loader moves up and down, the trailer with three carrots (they are so cute) detaches, and the boy’s arms and head move.



The Eggs retail for $9.99 and can be ordered at the Playmobil website or at Amazon for a slightly higher price. Amazon order details are at the end of this article. They are also available at specialty stores but I did not see them at the ToysRUs or Walmart websites.  

Giveaway Details
It is easy to enter and there are two ways. Both ways count as an entry so you get two entries if you do both.  I need to be able to contact you if you win. If you enter -  email me with your email address at marion@grandmachronicles.com.  I will not use your email address for anything except to notify you if you win.  Grandmother’s Honor.


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You can have two entries by doing both.  Deadline to enter: April 6, 2015 at midnight. The winner will be selected using random.org.

 This item can be sent to US addresses only.

Full Disclosure:  This review is completely my own opinion and I was not reimbursed for it.  I did receive a review sample. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Beautiful Morning Puzzle by eeboo - Review and Giveaway






Every year at this time of year I like to feature items that are a good choice for Spring and may be something that grandparents would like to give for Easter or Passover celebrations. I am always interested in alternatives to candy.  When I saw this appropriately named “Beautiful Morning" puzzle at Toy Fair NY in February I knew right away it was something I would like to feature in this Spring giveaway post.  The large bright Spring scene is eye catching and will bring a smile to your face.


My grandson is a self declared “puzzle expert” – he just loves doing puzzles.  In the past we would do them together but now he wants me to be hands-off and to complete them himself.  I have a bunch of 48 and 64 piece puzzles and he is quite capable of completing those himself but he enjoyed this 36 piece panoramic puzzle too.  I am convinced that rather than “number of pieces” as a way to choose a puzzle you are much better off choosing one that will be enjoyed when completed.


This puzzle has large pieces and when completed is 9 ½ inches tall and 3 feet wide.  It is quite large but I was glad that it could be done on the table and not on the floor.  I must admit that I try to avoid getting down on the floor if a can.



Anyway, my grandson is five years old and he enjoyed putting this puzzle together. A younger child will enjoy doing it with someone. The pieces are large and sturdy.  The colors are bright and it is a playful nature scene when completed.  It is a perfect grandparent Spring gift.

You can purchase this puzzle or other puzzles, games and crafts for kids of all ages at the eeboo website. There are many reasonably priced items on the website and many provide the opportunity to do something together with your grandchild. Click here for the website.

You can go directly to the link for the BeautifulMorning puzzle here.  It is very reasonably priced at $12.99.
Giveaway Details
It is easy to enter and there are two ways. Both ways count as an entry so you get two entries if you do both.  I need to be able to contact you if you win. If you enter -  email me with your email address at marion@grandmachronicles.com.  I will not use your email address for anything except to notify you if you win.  Grandmother’s Honor.


1.      Leave a comment here on the blog 
     and/or

You can have two entries by doing both.  Deadline to enter: March 26, 2015 at midnight. The winner will be selected using random.org.

 This item can be sent to US addresses only.

Full Disclosure:  This review is completely my own opinion and I was not reimbursed for it.  I did receive a review sample.