Kathe Kruse "Big Sophie" 2018 Toy Fair Highlight
The product line we already purchase from Kathe Kruse is the 2017 Kruselings dolls sculpted by artist Sonja Hartmann. However, My Doll Best Friend may be buying a bit more this year as we spotted some rather beautiful new dolls due to be released in the Autumn-Winter. They looked very like the Kathe Kruse doll Sophie. Sort of 'big Sophie'; taller and more relatable to today's children: one we like much more. She wasn't alone. Playing in a tall dolls house were seven fashionably attired slim vinyl dolls with long glossy hair: four blondes, two brunettes and a doll with purple hair. There was a cat and a dog too, so a new collection for children (and me) done properly! I took a few pictures, and asked some questions. The collection does not yet have a name but the dolls were unofficially referred to as 'big Sophie'. No shock there then. I hope the name they come up with for the collection is as good as this one! There seemed to be a fair amount of interest in the dolls so with any luck Kathe Kruse will put all seven into production right away.
Last year the Kruselings were locked away in a room deep within the Kathe Kruse booth so that only those invited in could see them. Almost no one who entered was allowed to take photos. Nuremberg is a place of secrets to some extent. The last thing any brand wants is their competitor browsing their booth - but it happens all the time. The Kruselings were tucked away, but 'big Sophie' was out for all to see.
Whilst trying to decide the timing of this blog post, I took a look at the Kathe Kruse Facebook page to see if there was anything posted about 'big Sophie', and I found this:
So clearly not a secret!