We have some charming new dolls for you, from a new brand to us: Llorens. I happened upon them at the Nuremberg Toy Fair as I looked into the space where WeGirls was last year. Llorens is predominantly a baby doll brand, but on the centre table the dolls were a little more grown up. As I approached I took in their poses and characteristics; heads were tilted, arms raised and held at angles, cute clothing, knobbly little knees, thick luxurious hair, sparkling inset eyes with fibre eyelashes - by now I was in front of the table with a very wide smile. The doll lover in me was responding to them and butterfly feelings of excitement were rising!

Travelling abroad to the toy fairs it's always the hope to find something new and exciting that customers will love, and if I were a customer of My Doll Best Friend - I'd love these I thought!!!

Here's what I saw:


The booth was well organised, with the owner of the company there, plus an assistant and a professional translator. Llorens dolls are made in southern Spain, and the Spanish and English often don't speak each other's languages so it's great when they have a translator on hand. Paola Reina also have a translator, but Vestida de Azul do not, and we have to get by in French which I think by the sound of it we both speak once a year at the toy fair!

Back to Llorens - the dolls pictured are prototypes and they'd been taken to the toy fair ahead of production so I was advised that their clothing would change a little and that there would be a fourth doll in the collection. Their names are Angelina, Olga, Sophie and Helene. This is the beautiful blonde and she is Helene. 54202 (1) copia