Well, here we are again! Fun Stuff Friday is the segment of the blog where I'll be discussing what this blog is named for: Dolls and toys!
This week I want to talk to you about a toy company based in my local area. This company is prolific as they are creative, with a finger in every pie, but never sacrificing quality. Ladies and Gentlemen: Maison Joseph Battat Toys.
To give it it's proper title, Le Maison Joseph Battat is a toy manufacturer based dually in Montreal, Quebec and Plattsburgh, NY, both only about an hour or two from my house. Battat has been making toys since 1895 and has been making and designing toys in America for 45 years. This commitment to quality that comes with time is clear in every toy they make. Currently, Battat is partnered with Target to bring their toys to the world. (I realize Target is a touchy issue for some of my readers, and I didn't like their bathroom policy, but they have repaired some of their issues by adding what I call a "third option" bathroom. If you still feel "oochy" about Target, that is up to you completely. You can find loads of Battat toys on Ebay and they're just as good!)
Battat makes many toys that would be familiar to many doll collectors: The Lori mini-dolls, Our Generation 18 inch dolls, Lil' Woodzeez animal toys, and wonderful toddler toys from their B. Imprint. Additionally, Battat has a wonderful policy about manufacturing in China AND even better is their partnership with Free the Children to build schools. With every Our Generation doll item or B. item you buy, a portion of the money goes to building schools and providing clean water and other needs.
Speaking of 18 inch dolls, you're more than likely thinking "Like American Girl?" And I will say, yes, like American Girl, but not like American Girl... in some ways better. OG, as they are called in collector parlance, features so many wonderful things that it's hard to narrow down. They have a huge variety of ethnic dolls, clothes and accessories that are high-quality, and care in making each doll.
My Our Generation Doll, Grace, (the African American doll in the picture) has beautiful textured hair, like real African American girls. For some perspective, only one of American Girl's African American girls has textured hair. Battat has at least two that I can recall. I have not seen one OG doll that I would not buy. I love their Asian girls, they are especially beautiful. Our Generation's newest offering is exciting though, they have now added a Native American girl!
The Lori doll line features 6 inch dolls with loads of furniture and accessories. Some of the accessories can be used with other, slightly larger dolls. I own the Mix and Bake and Gourmet Market sets that retail for $15. I use them as props for my fashion doll photos. Each of these sets offer lots of little detailed pieces for not a lot of money in the long run. Here's a few photos of my dolls using the food and appliances.
I can't say enough good things about Battat Toys. If you want value, good prices, and toys that last, go with Battat Toys!
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