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Mattel's CAVE CLUB
« on: April 10, 2020, 11:35:51 PM »
https://thenerdy.com/mattel-cave-club-dolls/

These news have been out for a while but I only heard of this new line a few days ago when promo images appeared on a toy site.
At first I thought it was by someone else but the Ever After/Monster High trademark torsos and joints gave them away. I was happy to see Mattel is still moving forward with fun/creative fashion doll lines after their "High" franchises are over.

I am extremely loving these. Not sure what happened to Mattel's attempt at launching Wild Hearts Crew but Cave Club seems to be the bigger line with a comic book deal and cartoon attached and scheduled for summer 2020.

They are so obviously inspired by The Flintstones but come on, these look mega cute. I can forgive the Creationist angle with the dinosaurs living with humans because hey look at this gaudy pastel T.Rex they are riding? It has an afro!

Anyways, any time I think I am done with dolls they rope me back in. I hope these find an audience because I am liking these way more than Wild Hearts. They also look a bit like Disney's Moana and Hairdorables to me. And they have a token boy who gets a full head of hair as well and all dolls seem to have flat feet, thank Cave God.
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Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2020, 12:05:50 AM »
How dare you post these!?   I thought I was done with new dolls too.

I love them.  Want them all now.

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Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2020, 12:39:21 AM »
Want them all now.

I really need the one that looks like Pebbles :biggrin:
I forgot to mention, these are also accompanied by a line of Blind Bag figs that come in a little crystal and you either get sand or slime. Slime is hated here, as are Blind figs, but the little dinos and mammals you get are super cute. Pet sitting seems to be one of the themes.

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Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2020, 12:43:15 AM »
Those are actually kinda interesting.

Cutiesaurus finally has a compadre.

Redhead girl looks like a cross between Pebbles and Draggle.
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Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2020, 12:56:39 AM »
Cutiesaurus finally has a compadre.

Cutesaurus as well as a bunch of other 90s "girly dinosaur" toys would go great with them. I have a Dina Bambina from childhood that also had hair pieces. Gotta love how all that stuff comes back.
For that matter, Mattel's own Jurassic World dinos can go well with these if you repaint them pastelly :lol: I noticed this Pastel Rex has the same oversized Jurassic World feet.
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Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2020, 05:47:04 PM »
I've never heard of Dina Bambina before. I'll hafta go look those up.
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Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2020, 08:36:17 PM »
Oh wow I thought these were Hairdorables at first when I saw the pics XD I think I'm gonna have to pass on these ones since the aspects I'm liking about them are covered by lines I already collect but they are quite cute :D

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Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2020, 02:03:44 PM »
The level of articulation takes Cave Club up a notch, imo, from the things it's competing with.  It's funny to me that these silly cavepeople dolls are also, like, the only doll line out right now with actual characters and story, thin though they may be.

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Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2020, 09:54:55 PM »
They are surprisingly cute-  I usually prefer fantasy/paranormal angles, but even so they are very appealing with their big hair and articulated limbs

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Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2020, 01:55:30 AM »
They’re actually quite cute! I appreciate that they’re trying to do something unique instead of “fashion model doll line #93829”. Depending on how these are priced I may pick up a few.
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Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
« Reply #10 on: April 14, 2020, 04:05:32 PM »
They are surprisingly cute-  I usually prefer fantasy/paranormal angles, but even so they are very appealing with their big hair and articulated limbs

That's why I like them, actually. They are very fantasy/scifi just like The Flintstones were. No way people used a stone as a telescope or existed at the same time as a T.Rex, nevermind taming one :lol:

I just hope the line sells. The doll market has become unpredictable to me. I want them to do well so we can see more dinosaurs.

The level of articulation takes Cave Club up a notch, imo, from the things it's competing with.  It's funny to me that these silly cavepeople dolls are also, like, the only doll line out right now with actual characters and story, thin though they may be.

I wonder if this is a risk nowadays, especially for Mattel who - as we know - likes to kill their own lines as soon as they become more interesting than Barbie. And it's not hard to have a more interesting story than Barbie... the new Barbie movie is yet another princess thing.

They are going the same route as MH and EAH: multimedia storytelling. So we might end up with three canons just like with the High lines :lol: One comic, one cartoon and one diary.
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Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
« Reply #11 on: April 14, 2020, 09:31:56 PM »
The level of articulation takes Cave Club up a notch, imo, from the things it's competing with.  It's funny to me that these silly cavepeople dolls are also, like, the only doll line out right now with actual characters and story, thin though they may be.

I wonder if this is a risk nowadays, especially for Mattel who - as we know - likes to kill their own lines as soon as they become more interesting than Barbie. And it's not hard to have a more interesting story than Barbie... the new Barbie movie is yet another princess thing.

Mattel tried to save MH. They just listened to the wrong people and tried to appeal to parents instead of kids and underestimated the strength of pester power.
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Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
« Reply #12 on: April 25, 2020, 10:54:10 AM »
https://darth-alinart.tumblr.com/post/615469395603537920/cave-club-dolls-dino-baby-crystals-assortment

Larger than expected! I quite like the triceratops, mammoth and plesiosaur. The storage boxes temind me of Crystal Creatures.
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Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
« Reply #13 on: April 25, 2020, 11:22:16 AM »
Well, there it is.. the rare occurence where I think dolls look nice.  :lol: I guess I wouldn't mind having one someday. ^^

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Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
« Reply #14 on: April 25, 2020, 04:20:55 PM »
OMG those are adorable.  But NO MORE DOLLS, I keep telling myself...
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