Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Rainbow Brite Itty Bittys-Hallmark


Growing up, I loved the 80s cartoon called Rainbow Brite.  If you weren't a child in the 80s, you may not appreciate this post as much as others due to the nostalgia of this cartoon! 

Image from Wikipedia

Back in the 80s, Hallmark released a number of 12-inch and 18-inch dolls from this cartoon, followed by a few more releases throughout the years.  After I grew up, Rainbow Brite, sort of fell off the radar and I wasn't even aware of the relaunched dolls they did in 1996, 2003 and 2009.
Well, now that I have kids and I am launched back into the toy and doll world, they are back on the radar! 


You may imagine my surprise, when I walked into Hallmark at the mall to see Rainbow Brite Itty Bittys staring me in the face.
I had been aware of Itty Bittys prior when my husband bought a tiny Rapunzel for Pumpkin Pie's birthday, but didn't pay much attention to them at the time.
Well, since they now come in the form of my favorite 80s cartoon, I have a new appreciation for them!


For a detailed review of each character, please check out my video!
They have still to release the Color Kids called Shy Violet, Canary Yellow and Lala Orange as well as Spark Sprite (the yellow one).  There are a few other characters that have been on the show, which I hope they release eventually as well (Baby Brite, Moonglow, Stormy, etc).

I have heard that Shy Violet will be released in June as an online exclusive via the Hallmark website, though, so I am excited for her!


Image from Hallmark.com

Overall, they are a nice quality little plushie.  Although possibly a little overpriced at $6.95 a piece, I love them and am happy to have them in my very small (but growing) Rainbow Brite collection.
I think the nostalgic feeling is well worth it. :)

Here is a great website that talks more about the collectible dolls and merchandise they have come out with over the years. She's the person that told me about the Shy Violet exclusive!
She even dedicated an area of her house as the "Rainbow Museum".
I Love It. :)





I hope you enjoyed this 80s rainbow-y, colorful post for today and hope you enjoy the rest of your week!
xo Farrah

17 comments:

  1. These are cute!

    I had no idea that there were all those relaunches of Rainbow Brite - that's interesting to know! I was never a huge fan, but a friend gave me the plush orange sprite one year, and I still have fond memories of how soft the fur on it was. :)

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    1. That is so cute that you still remember the fur! I don't think we had any of the sprites growing up, but I had the Rainbow Brite and Patty larger dolls. I think I still like them now because they are so colorful. Looking back on the cartoon, it was so cheesy! :)

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  2. I remember Rainbow Brite, but I think I was a little too old when she came out. I love your colorful group, though. Your Itty Bittys look great as dolls for the larger dolls.

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    1. Hi Barb,
      I think they are great little "mini dolls". I love the colors and think they will look cute on a white shelf as soon as I am motivated to start organizing my collection!

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  3. These are so darling! :D I've seen them at our local Hallmark and have been tempted to grab one or two for myself. :)

    I never watched Rainbow Brite as a kid, but I had several books from the show and drooled over the dolls and toys in the stores. :)

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    1. Hi Hannah,
      I think we had a bunch of the books as well! We didn't have too many dolls from this line growing up as well, as we were more into Care Bears I think. :) It's always fun to come across some 80s stuff that has been "modernized"!

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  4. These are very cute Farrah, actually I think my PukiFees would look great in the costumes shown in the illustration. :) Food for thought!
    Hugs.
    X

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    1. That would be a really cute project! :)
      Hugs xo

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  5. Very cute little things, and I like the dolls holding them too. I remember Rainbow Brite being on television too. I do like all the colours, I can imagine they'd really brighten up a collection too with all those lovely colours.
    xxx

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  6. Very cute! I love it when things from the past become new again! I was a bit too old for Rainbow Brite, but I do remember it.

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    1. Me too, Flo! They seem to be doing this a lot with cartoons and toys from the 80s. Possibly due to the fact that they know how nostalgic we are about that time and we are all now at the age where we are buying toys for our children. :)

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  7. These are SO CUTE!! I don't remember watching the series as a kid, but I do remember watching "Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer" a million times on Disney. I think I had the doll and some kind of rainbow playset thing that snapped open and closed. I've been so tempted to get some of these (or the Starlite plush -- my cousin never let me play with hers!)

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    1. That is so funny about your cousin never letting you play with hers, lol..I had a few cousins and friends like that! Yes, I know....they are soo tempting! It's too bad the series was never released on DVD..hopefully sometime they will produce it!

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  8. OMG! These are SO cute! Just last year I bought a Strawberry shortcake set from Toys R Us, for purely nostalgic reasons, now apparently I need these guys too!

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    1. Oh gosh, I know what you mean! I am such a sucker for Rainbow Brite, Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake...all things 80s, lol. :)

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