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Title: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
Post by: Zapper 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.
No stripper heels made of stones and vines for you, Pebbles! :lol:
Title: Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
Post by: brightberry 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.
Title: Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
Post by: Zapper 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.

For anyone who needs a reminder that The Flintstones had a spin-off with teenage Pebbles:
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Title: Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
Post by: Leave a Whisper 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.
Title: Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
Post by: Zapper 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.
Title: Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
Post by: Leave a Whisper on April 12, 2020, 05:47:04 PM
I've never heard of Dina Bambina before. I'll hafta go look those up.
Title: Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
Post by: Duenia 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
Title: Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
Post by: Aeryala 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.
Title: Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
Post by: Galactica 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
Title: Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
Post by: otocolobus_manul 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.
Title: Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
Post by: Zapper 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.
Title: Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
Post by: Wardah 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.
Title: Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
Post by: Zapper 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.
Title: Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
Post by: RoseNoire 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. ^^
Title: Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
Post by: lovesbabysquirmy on April 25, 2020, 04:20:55 PM
OMG those are adorable.  But NO MORE DOLLS, I keep telling myself...
Title: Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
Post by: Leave a Whisper on April 25, 2020, 07:30:51 PM
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.

I want the plesiosaur and triceratops!
Title: Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
Post by: RLisa on April 30, 2020, 03:21:43 PM
Love these new releases! I think I'm more excited about the dino's than the dolls haha, although the dolls are also adorable.. Afro T-Rex is my favorite so far :lovey:


Anyone knows when they will be released in the EU?
Title: Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
Post by: Wardah on May 03, 2020, 08:02:33 PM
In box pics!

https://www.instagram.com/p/B_iQla_Kitq/

https://www.instagram.com/p/B_iQ80DqbWP/

https://www.instagram.com/p/B_iRiSJqISo/
Title: Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
Post by: Leave a Whisper on May 03, 2020, 11:33:13 PM
Where are you guys finding these?
Title: Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
Post by: Galactica on May 08, 2020, 06:02:14 PM
Wow they are so cute!
Title: Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
Post by: Wardah on May 16, 2020, 07:06:03 AM
https://darth-alinart.tumblr.com/post/618250589863854080/cave-club-dolls-rockelle-tyrasaurus
Title: Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
Post by: Zapper on May 17, 2020, 01:13:09 PM
The T.Rex is a mixed bag for me. Eyes are way too large to be cute but the doll is my second favorite design.
It's interesting (for dino nerds like me) that they gave the Rex one correct arm and one wrong arm. As if they couldn't decide on making it look outdated or not. The tuft of "hair" is comically correct as well as T.Rex juveniles were found with pictofibre flocking. The overbite is typical as well.
Pretty funny dinotoy overall.
Title: Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
Post by: Wardah on May 17, 2020, 08:09:45 PM
The T.Rex is a mixed bag for me. Eyes are way too large to be cute but the doll is my second favorite design.
It's interesting (for dino nerds like me) that they gave the Rex one correct arm and one wrong arm. As if they couldn't decide on making it look outdated or not. The tuft of "hair" is comically correct as well as T.Rex juveniles were found with pictofibre flocking. The overbite is typical as well.
Pretty funny dinotoy overall.

I think both arms are the same and it's just different how they are posed.
Title: Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
Post by: Leave a Whisper on May 17, 2020, 08:27:46 PM
I don't really care for the Rex
Title: Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
Post by: brightberry on May 17, 2020, 09:28:25 PM
I love the Rex! I could do without her being covered in hearts though.
Title: Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
Post by: maycrestmom on May 18, 2020, 02:08:48 AM
oh my goodness those are cute!  But man, after the zelfs and the novi-s came in as MLP buddies I don't know if there's room to add in dinos and riders  alongside all the fairy and alien themes...

I better avoid my toy aisle when I go shopping...
Title: Re: Mattel\'s CAVE CLUB
Post by: Zapper on May 18, 2020, 11:04:14 AM
The T.Rex is a mixed bag for me. Eyes are way too large to be cute but the doll is my second favorite design.
It's interesting (for dino nerds like me) that they gave the Rex one correct arm and one wrong arm. As if they couldn't decide on making it look outdated or not. The tuft of "hair" is comically correct as well as T.Rex juveniles were found with pictofibre flocking. The overbite is typical as well.
Pretty funny dinotoy overall.

I think both arms are the same and it's just different how they are posed.

That's exactly my point, Captain Obvious :lol:
The limp wrist pose wasn't possible according to new (already years old) research. All predatory theropods had to hold their arms in a grab/applause position. That's how one arm is positioned correctly and the other is not on this toy. Probably not intentionally so but fun nevertheless. Some Jurassic World toys have the same issue.

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I love the Rex! I could do without her being covered in hearts though.

Yeah, it's overkill. Nail polish remover is our friend ;)
Title: Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
Post by: maycrestmom on August 18, 2020, 01:55:53 AM
just picked up the set = they are bigger than I had imagined... they will be riding my fantasy fillies as they are too big for G1s in general, well they might work for like those bigger pocket ponies

cute overall and I like the joint/moveability just it was funny I thought they were smaller for some reason
Title: Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
Post by: Ponyfan on August 18, 2020, 02:18:02 AM
I've found the dolls at Walmart. :)

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Title: Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
Post by: Nemesis on August 18, 2020, 02:42:15 AM
I have them all but the T-Rex set... has that popped up anywhere? I’m really loving these!

As a side note, the “Amazon Exclusive” versions of the basic dolls come with crimped hair extensions that clip in with plastic bone barrettes. They also, intriguingly, have vastly different packaging. No windows, and plastic-free except for a few ties inside. Lots of great art all over the exterior, and tney can easily be folded down and stored like backboards without cutting anything. :)
Title: Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
Post by: Carrehz on August 18, 2020, 01:32:25 PM
These have been showing up over here - cute but not really my style. But I do love the pets!

For any UK peeps looking for them, check your Smyths Toys carefully - the one I was in yesterday had these tucked away at the back of the store, very easy to miss.
Title: Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
Post by: brightberry on August 19, 2020, 06:20:22 PM
I found them too at Target.   Loving them all but I decided to just go with Tella. She has amazing eyes and some cute snark going on there.

I’d like to get one of the triceratop blind bags but a little worried I’ll end up with a sloth.
Title: Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
Post by: maycrestmom on August 22, 2020, 11:53:43 PM
I got mine thru wal-mart

T-Rex is ginormous IMO

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Title: Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
Post by: brightberry on August 23, 2020, 03:00:14 AM
Wow! That T-rex is adorable. Congrats!
Title: Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
Post by: Taffeta on September 03, 2020, 11:26:35 PM
These have been showing up over here - cute but not really my style. But I do love the pets!

For any UK peeps looking for them, check your Smyths Toys carefully - the one I was in yesterday had these tucked away at the back of the store, very easy to miss.

I went to town for the first time in months today and I saw these for the first time in Smyths.

THey are interesting and I like the articulation.

I am trying not to add any more collections or even dolls because I still have to sort my MH dolls.

But I like that they have something other than "hey, we're fashion dolls!" to sell them.

I won't rule out adding one. Maybe.
Title: Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
Post by: Nemesis on September 04, 2020, 03:03:51 AM
I got my T-Rex! :D Absolutely love her, including the hearts (I’m a sucker for cuteness). I adore this line! Does anyone know if the blind eggs have codes or anything to ID them by?

(Would just like to add that’s it’s totally worth buying the Amazon version of Slate so that you can give him a rat tail with the clip in hair extension, LOL).
Title: Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
Post by: Zapper on September 05, 2020, 12:35:21 PM
These are on Amazon Germany but it's the store versions, not the Amazon versions. I don't get it?
Anyways, these are really cute but after I have seen them in stores I don't think they fit my collection. They are much fairer priced than other Mattel dolls, tho. That kinda surprised me! You can get them on Amazon for 14€ and in stores for 18€ despite their size and poseability. Barbie Fashionistas are 13€ for comparison.
Title: Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
Post by: maycrestmom on September 09, 2020, 11:41:42 PM
I got my T-Rex! :D Absolutely love her, including the hearts (I’m a sucker for cuteness). I adore this line! Does anyone know if the blind eggs have codes or anything to ID them by?

(Would just like to add that’s it’s totally worth buying the Amazon version of Slate so that you can give him a rat tail with the clip in hair extension, LOL).

good catch on that detail -  I always love an excuse to open up one and emberley has been the only lucky one let out so far ( so I've been eyeing that 3-pack now selling) so it'll be cool I have an excuse to snag another Slate to have the "club" out of the box to hang out with with the rest of the shelf -crew  (MLP, zelf, novistars, rainbow brite, herself the elf and LPS :-) it's a fun-world)
Title: Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
Post by: Leave a Whisper on September 11, 2020, 01:22:55 AM
These have been showing up over here - cute but not really my style. But I do love the pets!

For any UK peeps looking for them, check your Smyths Toys carefully - the one I was in yesterday had these tucked away at the back of the store, very easy to miss.

I went to town for the first time in months today and I saw these for the first time in Smyths.

THey are interesting and I like the articulation.

I am trying not to add any more collections or even dolls because I still have to sort my MH dolls.

But I like that they have something other than "hey, we're fashion dolls!" to sell them.

I won't rule out adding one. Maybe.

One week later...
Title: Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
Post by: maycrestmom on November 10, 2020, 04:38:20 PM
hehe = ya know there is no real timeline at this place ;-)

ok so I had to splurge because - flintstones  (were originally for barbie so a tad big)-  and now they can have a pajama party with ponies on my shelf

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Title: Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
Post by: Leave a Whisper on November 11, 2020, 02:41:51 PM
hehe = ya know there is no real timeline at this place ;-)

ok so I had to splurge because - flintstones  (were originally for barbie so a tad big)-  and now they can have a pajama party with ponies on my shelf

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Those are great pics.
Title: Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
Post by: lovesbabysquirmy on November 11, 2020, 04:02:21 PM
So cute!  I love them but I am not in the phase of buying new stuff right now.
Title: Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
Post by: Zapper on November 17, 2020, 06:44:34 PM
New stuff!

Sleepover set with Tella (https://www.amazon.com/-/de/dp/B08J4HJBWF/ref=sr_1_15?__mk_de_DE=ÅMÅŽÕÑ&dchild=1&keywords=cave+club&qid=1605638547&sr=8-15)

Single Rockelle (https://www.amazon.com/-/de/dp/B08J4HDLHS/ref=sr_1_10?__mk_de_DE=ÅMÅŽÕÑ&dchild=1&keywords=cave+club&qid=1605638504&sr=8-10)

New character Bashley (https://www.amazon.com/-/de/dp/B08J4GW95M/ref=sr_1_11?__mk_de_DE=ÅMÅŽÕÑ&dchild=1&keywords=cave+club&qid=1605638547&sr=8-11) - I LOVE HER. Electricity theme and a rock musician, my two weaknesses XD
Title: Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
Post by: The-Extravagant-Pony on November 17, 2020, 06:49:07 PM
New stuff!

Sleepover set with Tella (https://www.amazon.com/-/de/dp/B08J4HJBWF/ref=sr_1_15?__mk_de_DE=ÅMÅŽÕÑ&dchild=1&keywords=cave+club&qid=1605638547&sr=8-15)

Single Rockelle (https://www.amazon.com/-/de/dp/B08J4HDLHS/ref=sr_1_10?__mk_de_DE=ÅMÅŽÕÑ&dchild=1&keywords=cave+club&qid=1605638504&sr=8-10)

New character Bashley (https://www.amazon.com/-/de/dp/B08J4GW95M/ref=sr_1_11?__mk_de_DE=ÅMÅŽÕÑ&dchild=1&keywords=cave+club&qid=1605638547&sr=8-11) - I LOVE HER. Electricity theme and a rock musician, my two weaknesses XD

I’m not sure how I feel about these dolls.🧐

I mean, the sleepover set is cute, but I don’t know. Right now I’m more of a fan of the MGA dolls.
Title: Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
Post by: Zapper on November 17, 2020, 07:01:59 PM
Forgot to add these have new boxes without plastic windows.

Right now I’m more of a fan of the MGA dolls.

Total opposite for me.
CC have really won me over and I need to get Bashley to accompany my Emberly. The rock chick needs a pyrotechnician for her shows :lol:
Title: Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
Post by: The-Extravagant-Pony on November 17, 2020, 08:01:03 PM
Forgot to add these have new boxes without plastic windows.

Right now I’m more of a fan of the MGA dolls.

Total opposite for me.
CC have really won me over and I need to get Bashley to accompany my Emberly. The rock chick needs a pyrotechnician for her shows :lol:

I’m really interested in buying some LOL OMG dolls and rainbow high eventually, but I think I’ve hit my spending limit right now lol. Just bought ponies & gifts!
Title: Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
Post by: maycrestmom on November 17, 2020, 11:00:17 PM
I hope these guys do more original characters and not just a bunch of same name/different hairstyles

but I like this line of doll overall - thanks for the links zapper :-)
Title: Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
Post by: The-Extravagant-Pony on November 17, 2020, 11:08:47 PM
I hope these guys do more original characters and not just a bunch of same name/different hairstyles

but I like this line of doll overall - thanks for the links zapper :-)

They’ll probably do like Monster high and have several different themed lines. Like, prom, traveling theme, sports, etc.
Title: Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
Post by: tailrustedtealeaf on November 18, 2020, 12:01:31 AM
Not a huge doll person, but I'm drawn to them for their articulation and cute bodies! Maybe I'll pick up a few for some headswap tests. I'm glad to see that they haven't been discontinued.
Title: Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
Post by: Wardah on November 18, 2020, 01:19:39 AM
 

Right now I%u2019m more of a fan of the MGA dolls.

Honestly I'm liking all of them. The main way I'm surviving is of course being picky and focusing on the ones that appeal to me the most. I finally got my first OMG dolls because the Remix Super Set with it's totally outrageous band theme appealed to me and unless they release a rainbow themed girl that's not an expensive playset doll, I'll be waiting for Rainbow High to have their formal dance line. I'd love if Cave Club had some kind of line with a crystal theme.

Forgot to add these have new boxes without plastic windows.

I think it's just the Amazon dolls with the hair extensions that have the windowless boxes. From what I have heard wave 1 was like that too. Of course there's no telling if they will end up coming to stores so these might be the only ones.
Title: Re: Mattel's CAVE CLUB
Post by: Zapper on November 18, 2020, 03:42:44 PM
Forgot to add these have new boxes without plastic windows.

I think it's just the Amazon dolls with the hair extensions that have the windowless boxes. From what I have heard wave 1 was like that too. Of course there's no telling if they will end up coming to stores so these might be the only ones.

Ah, that's interesting. We don't get the ones with hair extensions here and they came in regular window boxes. I really want Bashley with hair extension because it really ties together her look :huh:
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