Toy Fair 2011 and a Giveaway: Madame Alexander Fancy Nancy Ohh La La! Doll

Two weeks ago, I spent a day at Toy Fair 2011, checking out the industry’s newest creations and hottest products.  It’s a four-day event, filled with hundreds, if not thousands, of toy manufacturers and vendors from around the world.  It’s such a big show that it’s hard to digest.  One day is not quite enough to see it all.  Designated as a blogger with a press pass, I was able to have private viewings of some of the toy lines and I also met dozens of marketers.  There was so much to look at, so many new toys to try and oggle at.  It was impossible to cover the 345,000 square feet I needed to cover in one day.

Lightening McQueenAs soon as I walked into the Javits Center last Tuesday and saw a life-sized Lightening McQueen car built out of 325,000 Lego pieces, I knew it was good thing I was on my own.  There is no way kids should be ever allowed to enter Toy Fair, or certainly not my own kids.  My son actually had a melt-down before school as I was leaving for Toy Fair..  He was convinced that I was going to see toys he had only dreamed about.  He was right.  I did see everything!

As far as toys go in the digital space, there was evidence that more physical games are inching closer and closer to the world of smart phone and tablet apps.  Angry Birds had an impressive presence, showing off its new merchandise to accompany its app’s increasing fame, as well as a new app, Angry Birds: Knock on Wood. More and more companies are launching iPads for kids, like Fisher Price, VTech and LeapFrog.  Fisher Price’s iPad stood out, mainly because it’s meant for children 6-months and up. It goes to show you how parents are giving into their children’s growing demands for gadgets, particularly the iPad.  The fair included a technology expo called Engage!  I was surprised to see that, despite the conference that accompanied the expo with the same name, with a wonderful line-up of sessions and accomplished speakers from all over the industry, there were only about 20 booths to represent the growing digital presence.   I hope that the expo’s offerings expand next year.

There were a lot of companies that particularly caught my eye, including Zhu Zhu Pets, Lego and Mega Brands who have some of the hottest new toys around.  Another one was Madame Alexander.  Growing up as a little girl with a passion for dolls, I thought they had a stunning collection.  It took me down memory lane.  Their collection spans the the past and future, with beautifully crafted dolls. Some of their collections include the American Ballet Theatre dolls, the Tudors (based on the Showtime show), Pinkalicous, Favorite Friends, Peter Pan, The Addams Family, Cissy, Alex Runway, Little Women, the Wizard of Oz, Angelina Ballerina, Olivia the Pig, Holly Hobbie, Rainbow Brite and so many others.

Madame Alexander

One of my daughter’s favorite series, Fancy Nancy, is also represented by Madame Alexander, and I am happy to announce a giveaway!  Fancy Nancy Ohh La La It’s Beauty Cloth is a doll that I love.  It retails for $59.95.  She’s a cutie and just came out on the market.  Kids of all ages will love her.  And I’m giving one to the winner of this contest!

You can win a Fancy Nancy doll by Madame Alexander on the Culture Mom today.

All you have to do to win is leave a comment below and join The Culture Mom Facebook page (or let me know you are already a member)!
Winners will be chosen on Friday, March 18th 1st at 9am.  You will have 24 hours to confirm your win.

Disclosure: This doll will be provided to the winner, free of charge, with no requirement or agreement of review requested in turn from myself.


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  1. Mary Ann says:

    I would just love to win this doll !

    and I just liked you on fb. (new fan as of today)

  2. My little lady would love this! And I follow you everywhere!

  3. Shannon Thompson says:

    my little girl lala loves fancy nancy..
    we read a fancy nancy book everynight for a bed time story i know she would flip if i won this for her =)

    new fan on fb teh doll


  4. I’m a fan on Facebook (and in real life!). What a cute doll!!!

  5. Aisha G says:

    I am a follower on Facebook. My daughter has a Fancy Nancy nightgown and slippers so this would be a great addition!! Thanks for the giveaway.

    Aisha G.

  6. i loved seeing madame alexander at toy fair too – happened to be there when nancy o’connell was signing the latest fancy nancy book, too which was such a treat to bring home to my daughters.

    this doll is so cute!

    (already like the culture mom on fb)

  7. I am a fan on fb. That doll is adorable. We are huge Fancy Nancy Fans!

  8. YES, I have been a fan.

    My granddaughter would love Fancy Nancy , and her birthday is coming up soon !

  9. John Carroz says:

    My daughter is a fan. She and my wife just attended the Fancy Nancy performance in Bellevue, WA and she loved it. She already has Frenchie so this would make a nice set. I’m a FB fan.

  10. I am now a fan on FB ……..my daughter really wants Fancy Nancy

  11. I am already a FB fan. And my daughter adores Fancy Nancy! And… her birthday’s on March 18th! so, I’m keeping my fingers crossed… 🙂

  12. I am a FB fan. My girls love Fancy Nancy!

  13. Lauren Conlon says:

    I am a fan on Fb and would love to win this for my niece she adores Fancy Nancy. Such great books.

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