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BABY born Surprise Mini Babies Dolls Series 1 - Easy for Small Hands, Creative Play Promotes Empathy & Social Skills, For Toddlers 3 Years & Up - Includes 2 or 3 Mini Babies, Swaddle & More

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I've had quite a negative view on surprise toys lately, but the quality of some of the ones you've been reviewing have been a pleasant surprise (lol). I think it's very interesting how, with surprise toys, it's not just the toy itself that is bought, but also the feeling of opening it and finding a surprise. Includes two or three babies with swaddle wrap and one bed, birth certificate and overview of the babies.

It’s too much for Mini doll Amy to resist, and she simply has to dive right in with her rubber duck. Its hard to find carriers for dolls that small and Gina comes with one that work would for a few sizes! A surprise toy with an option that's clearly better than the rest (maybe even advertised as such) is setting kids up for a *bad* surprise, which is the worst. I wish that Marigold had neck articulation, and I wish her mouth and been painted more carefully, but otherwise she's great. My complaint about Gina is they molded her in a way that it looks like she needs a diaper change but you can't do anything because its painted on.And Marigold wins it all by being the cheapest and the most versatile of the entire group, even though there are no surprise elements in her packaging or appearance.

Their highly-maneuverable heads are really expressive, and I like that they don't have "bottle mouth" like Apollo. What I didn't mention in the review is that I also like surprise toys where I can't pick a strong favorite. There are little pink bows in the baby's hair, which suggests a girl, but there's no obvious gender reveal moment. His costume is ridiculously cute, and his head mold is more versatile than Apollo's since it doesn't have the antennae and crown attachments.I'm not sure how to count the bottle and the diaper in terms of our surprise tally, but I guess since both of them were in the same bag, they count as one surprise: the presence of a bottle and diaper. The dolls have movable arms and legs and they come in a crib with a dinky soft blanket for snuggly snoozes!

I didn't expect Gina to be comparable to the Baby Born kids, especially because of the underwhelming representation of the dolls on the box. Granted I used acetone which may have been too strong (Or perhaps it's just because mini babies are great little toys, either on their own as something to nurture, or as a fun new addition to a doll family. In any case, I've reviewed a few different surprise babies over the years, including Zapf Jolly Dollies and the unrivaled Cabbage Patch Babyland Mini Kids--which are still probably my favorite surprise mini of all.

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