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Surprise! Meet Vi-and-Va!

January 4, 2015

Hey Bratz Fans! Happy New Year!

"Viviana™ and Valentina™ are Vi and Va™! Two sisters and best friends with their cousins, Felicia™ and Roxxi™. Every day is an adventure and a reason to celebrate the bond of family and friendship."

“Viviana™ and Valentina™ are Vi and Va™! Two sisters and best friends with their cousins, Felicia™ and Roxxi™. Every day is an adventure and a reason to celebrate the bond of family and friendship.”

Now, while we obviously can’t talk about this year’s Bratz yet, as you can guess from the above logo,we do have some other MGA news to share! Just yesterday, a mysterious new display popped up at a Target in Houston, Texas, featuring some VERY mysterious and totally MGA-style artwork! (Check out the original spotting here on flickr!) We asked one of our peeps at MGA, but before we could even get an answer, our awesome friend, Teahoshi, got the full scoop! The new brand is called “Vi-and-Va”, and appears to be kind of like a new, more family-focused, Bratz Kidz-styled line? At least the artwork is very similar! Check out their cute illustration below!

Vi-and-Va! L-R: Felicia, Viviana, Valentina, and Roxxi! Click to view full-size

Vi-and-Va! L-R: Felicia, Viviana, Valentina, and Roxxi! Click to view full-size

Their names, Felicia, Viviana, Valentina, and Roxxi, should sound pretty familiar to any Bratz fan, as 3/4 of them are from the girlz themselves! Name recycling isn’t anything new for MGA, but it is interesting that they chose such memorable ones! Regardless, they are pretty cute! Teahoshi also shared the news that they have listings on Target.com! Check out the photos, and links to the listings, below 🙂

The Vi-and-Va girls in their fashion packs! L-R: Roxxi, Valentina, Viviana, and Felicia! Click to view HUGE full size.

The Vi-and-Va girls in their fashion packs! L-R: Roxxi, Valentina, Viviana, and Felicia! Click to view HUGE full size.

Vi-and-Va Fashion Pack Assortment

Vi-and-Va Felicia and Roxxi Fashion Packs

Individual listings for fashion packs for Felicia and Roxxi

Their descriptions appear to be for “Vi” and “Va”‘s fashions, so check out the descriptions on those below.

“I’m Valentina but everyone calls me Va.”

Va is so neat and organized. She loves learning to cook from her mother and grandmothers. She’s already perfected some seriously awesome, savory family recipes, like empanadas.

Va’s outfit makes her party perfect! This festive floral dress is what she plans to wear to her next family event when she is serving up more of her grandmother’s family recopies. Also, includes are worry doll friend.

Valentina™ doll sold separately.

“I’m Viviana but everyone calls me Vi.”

Vi is spontaneous and easy going. She’s passionate about sharing her love of music, and she’s always ready to break out her guitar at family gatherings.

This comfy, laid back outfit is Vi’s wardrobe change for her next musical performance! Fashion pack includes a comfy, laid-back shirt, teal headband and festive floral shorts! Also, includes are worry doll friend.

Viviana™ doll sold separately.

"Roleplay Accessory Pack" Click to view full-size

“Roleplay Accessory Pack” Click to view full-size

And one very CUTE accessory pack! Notice that fab art on the package?!

It’s Viviana’s™ sweet 16 and Valentina’s™ sweet 15 sister celebration birthday party and you’re invited to get dressed up and join the fun!

Dress up like Vi with a fluffy faux fur shawl shrug and a sparkly gold tiara and come join her family celebration! She even comes with her very own floral corsage!

Coordinates with the Vi-and-Va Birthday Celebration dolls (sold separately)

Okay, we have to admit, we’re a little surprised that these are teens! But nonetheless, they are pretty cute, and we’re guessing these are geared more towards a younger market anyways. We like the Latin-influenced vibe and the friends-and-family angle is a fun twist as well! You can follow the brand as they develop on their official website, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, and more than likely, their facebook and YouTube channels soon as well!

What are your thoughts? Let us know on our own facebook, twitter, or tumblr!

Hey Bratz & Novi Stars Fans!

Sorry for not posting in a little bit – there just hasn’t been much news for Bratz or Bratzillaz recently! But another MGA doll brand, Novi Stars, has been getting a lot of buzz lately in the community after a rumor that they would be cancelled next year hit the net. While there’s been plenty of speculation about their cancellation, we wanted to get the full scoop, so we asked one of our great friends on the Novi Stars team about it!

Novi Logo

It was confirmed that at the moment, there definitely will not be any new Novi Stars products for spring 2014, but that the fall 2013 line is still going to store shelves (Many of the new dolls have actually been out for a little while now!) and it was also made clear to us that Novi as a whole is not “cancelled” or “discontinued” just yet, and that if sales pick up dramatically this fall, it’s VERY likely that we’ll see more from them in the future! Our cosmic pal also added  that “Things change from week to week or even day to day [at MGA]. Hardly anything is ever set in stone.” and reminded us that “It’s all about sales numbers. If people don’t buy, stores don’t order new product. They won’t take a risk on something with a small interest group”

So that’s the official word on Novi Stars at the moment! If you’re after anything from the new fall lines, we would definitely recommend grabbing them while you can, and be sure to spread the word to all the Novi fans you know. If sales go up a lot, the brand can easily be saved! We know there are a lot of older collectors who like the Novi Stars, so we did suggest to our friend on Team Novi that they could possibly rebrand as something more geared towards an older audience with lower production, and that idea has been forwarded to the head of the Novis. Keep your fingers (and antennae) crossed!

Stay Tuned & Stay Stylin’!
Bratz Boulevard

8/20/13 UPDATE!!!

Not only is the Novi Stars brand NOT discontinued just yet, but MGA is actually in the process of bringing them to more international markets! They’re hoping to achieve a similar success as the Moxie Girlz, which according to MGA sell “really well internationally and just okay in the US.” Let’s hope the Novis really blast off overseas! 🙂

UPDATE #2!!!

Our great friend Maurice has made a petition to keep the Novi Stars alive! Even though we now know that the brand isn’t discontinued, a petition could be great positive reinforcement in addition to a spike in sales! Sign it here 🙂

Hey Bratz Fans!

Thanks to our super-sleuthing abilities, we’ve tracked down the prototypes for some of this fall’s Bratz & Bratzillaz offerings – even some things that haven’t come out yet!

Keep in mind that everything pictured are EXTREMELY early prototypes and the new things shown here will either be very different or may not even come out at all! This is just to see for fun.

Bratz:

My Passion! Click to view full size.

My Passion! Click to view full size.

My Passion is actually almost identical to the final dolls! Jade’s changed the most, going from this amazing full-pink bob to her signature jet black with pink highlights. Yasmin’s bag also went from black to electric lime green 🙂

Action Heroez, L-R: Yasmin, Jade, and Cloe! Click to view full-size

Action Heroez, L-R: Yasmin, Jade, and Cloe! Click to view full-size

And here’s Action Heroez, who clearly have gone through several changes – including dropping Jade all-together in place of Shira, Phoebe, and Roxxi! While we ADORE these prototypes and would L.O.V.E. them to look like these, we aren’t too let down by the final dolls, since they’re so diferent! Love those funky sunglasses/hero masks.

Costume Bash! L-R: Yasmin, Jade, and Cloe! Click to view full size

Costume Bash! L-R: Yasmin, Jade, and Cloe! Click to view full size

Costume Bash’s fashions didn’t change too much, just a few cut details here and there. Overall, we aren’t bothered by the changes – though a Yasmin with full pink hair would be totally cool!

Bratz Totally Polished! L-R: "Fianna", Cloe, Yasmin, and "Jade"(LOL!) Click to view full-size.

Bratz Totally Polished! L-R: “Fianna”, Cloe, Yasmin, and “Jade”(LOL!) Click to view full-size.

How freaky is it seeing Totally Polished on SHORT bodies?! And Cloe and Yasmin x2? LOL! Fashions didn’t really change at all except for Yasmin – love the princess heels and different tights!

Fall shoe packs! Click to view full size

Fall shoe packs! Click to view full size

OMG y’all, new shoe packs! No guarantee that these will come out, but we can hope so! There’s supposed to be three packs (We’re assuming each row is a pack; One boots, one ankle boots, one heels, and one sneakers) and we LOVE all the different colors and the mix of old and new molds!

Click to view full size!

Click to view full size!

And here are the protos for the fall 2013 Basic line!! Yasmin’s only major change is her fur, Jade’s only ditched her socks and arm-warmers (and glasses, but they look a little odd anyways :P), and Cloe’s changed the most, though we honestly prefer the refined look of her final doll! Love the leopard print though.

And now for Bratzillaz – TONS of stuff coming from the witches!

Bratzillaz Mini Pets! Click to view full size

Bratzillaz Mini Pets! Click to view full size

OMG how wicked CUTE are these Bratzillaz Mini Pets figures?! There are boy & girl versions of each one 🙂

The Bratzillaz Playset Asst! Click to view full size.

The Bratzillaz Playset Asst! Click to view full size.

Check out these witchy playsets! The grand Piano plays music and vibrats, and the bed and vanity can transform and “walk” – We aren’t too sure what that means LOL! But totally wicked nonetheless

Click to view full size!

Click to view full size!

You might remember this horse from our “Fall Preview” article – well now we’ve got a better look! The name of the line (or the horse – we aren’t entirely positive) is Crystal Ice Princess and this amazing horse has a bone structure that glows in the dark! As well as three color-change lights in side – totally wicked!

Bratzillaz Back to Magic RC to Vanity! Click to view full-size.

Bratzillaz Back to Magic RC to Vanity! Click to view full-size.

OMG a Bratzillaz car! Again, not guaranteed to come out, but we really hope so! This RC car has real working lights and transforms into a vanity for the Bratzillaz to use!

Click to view full-size!

Click to view full-size!

A better look at the Bratzillaz Back to Magic prototypes we revealed back in April! Victoria really didn’t change at all, Sashabella is a little interesting, as is Jade, and Meygana’s googly-eyed purse makes us LOL!

Click to view full size!

Click to view full size!

And here you can see the prototypes for the fall 2013 budget ‘Zillaz! Jade didn’t change much at all aside from articulation (But who didn’t see that coming anyways?), and Yasmina was dropped entirely! She looks wicked cute though 🙂

Witchy Band! L-R: Cloetta, Yasmina, and Meygana! Click to view full size!

Witchy Band! L-R: Cloetta, Yasmina, and Meygana! Click to view full size!

And the BEST for LAST, check out three of the Bratzillaz Witchy Band dolls! These are AMAZING, look at all those details!!! The final dolls, if they come out, obviously won’t be as insanely detailed for a playline price, but we really hope to see them come out and look pretty similar like Witchy Princess!! Just LOOK AT THEM!!! Agh, perfection ❤

Stay Tuned & Stay Stylin’!
Bratz Boulevard

Hey Bratz Fans!

After MUCH anticipation, the SUPER cool new Bratz Action Heroez app for all iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad has officially launched! But surprise, surprise! It’s not the only Bratz-tastic new app hitting the app store! The girlz’ witchy cousins, Bratzillaz also have a wicked new Broom Racerz app out now too! Get the scoop on both below!

Action Heroez App

Bratz Action Heroez makes use of the adorable Bratz figures and action mats included with the new Bratz Action Heroez dolls (Lucky SDCC attendees also had the chance to get three of the figures for free!) as the Bratz use their powers to fight off Evilla Vanderbelt and save the town of Passionview! Here’s the official description:

“Get ready for an exciting new Bratz Adventure! You can explore 2 different experiences that will keep you entertained for hours. 

Adventure
Play one (or more!) of 5 possible Bratz Action Heroez characters. The heroez must work hard to save their individual worlds from a new menacing threat! 

Virtual Experience
Use the mat and figurine included in your doll purchase to watch your Bratz come to life in a 3D virtual world. Train your Action Heroez, change their clothing and engage in multiple figurine interactions . Any character you play will automatically let you change her clothing, play the adventure game and unlock her own secret world to expand the adventure game.

FREE PREVIEW!! Get the AR experience in Action Heroez Party mode! Download the mats from Bratz.com, scan them into your device and enjoy engaging in an augmented reality for free!

The heroic adventure tale continues! Find more Action Heroez fun at: http://www.Facebook.com/Bratz”

Download Bratz Action Heroez here!

 

Broom Racerz

Bratzillaz Broom Racerz takes all the witchy fun of the Broom Racerz game on Bratzillaz.com, and puts it right in your pocket! Race through the Academy as your favorite Bratzillaz witch and collect fun new fashions, brooms, and tracks on the fly! Here’s the official description:

“BRATZACADABRA! Choose your favorite Bratzillaz girl, hop on your broom, and prepare to race around the Academy grounds to unlock wicked glam new outfits, tracks, and upgrades!”

Download Bratzillaz Broom Racerz here!

Stay Tuned & Stay Stylin’!
Bratz Boulevard

Hey Bratz Fans!

After being in stores in the UK for several weeks now, the amazing new Bratzillaz Witchy Princess dolls finally have their promo photos out, courtesy of amazon!

L-R: Siernna Calmer, Carolina Past, and Angelica Sound! Click to view super HQ full-size!

L-R: Siernna Calmer, Carolina Past, and Angelica Sound! Click to view super HQ full-size!

Love them!!! We’re happy to see that the only major change from the prototypes was their hair streaks, and some of the fabric and shoe choices (But only because the final dolls all have brand new shoe molds!) Siernna is the biggest change in our opinions, but she isn’t a crushing disappointment thankfully, though we did prefer her prototype patches to the new fabric. Carolina remains our favorite! Even though she’s a nice witch, she’s got such a sassy and sinister look in her face and we love it! The short peplum/train on her dress looks really cool as well! We’re also loving all the new pointed stilletto heels on these royal witches! Angelica barely changed at all from her prototype, and she also appears to be the one most likely to be saran or kenekalon-haired of the three! We’re so happy that all three have kept their gorgeous, detailed faces and dark makeup!

So what do you think of the final witchy princesses? Let us know on facebook or twitter!

Hey Bratz Fans!

Remember that new budget Bratzillaz Jade J’Adore doll from taobao we talked about a short while back, with the painted eyes and furry skirt? Well our long-time friend Domenic has just tracked down both her and Meygana from the line (Surprise! They’re the only 2 in it!) at KMart! He sent us pix straight from the car, and you can check ’em out below!

L-R: Meygana, the back of the box, and Jade! Click to view HQ full-size!

L-R: Meygana, the back of the box, and Jade! Click to view HQ full-size!

We are totally stunned by how much we love these! Is it just us, or has MGA painted their eyes differently from the spring budget Bratzillaz? They look SO much less creepy here in our opinions. Meygana is just amazing head-to-toe. We love her hair, love her blue accessories, and LOVE her super-detailed outfit! Even Jade looks a lot better than when we first saw her on taobao. It’s cool how much she changes up her hair color! Still aren’t feelin’ that top sadly, but if it’s separate, she could have major potential! Love her shoes! It is a little odd that Meygana and Jade are the only two witches in this line, since there appears to be no signs of Cloetta or Yasmina anywhere for fall, but we’re sure they’ll show up again soon! 🙂

Stay Tuned & Stay Stylin’!
Bratz Boulevard

Hey Bratz Fans!

Alex here with the third installment in our “Up Close & Magical” series, where we review new Bratzillaz characters and products if either of us are the first to get them! Today, I’m wicked psyched to introduce Victoria Antique from the new Back to Magic line for fall!

Here's Victoria new in her box! Click to view full size.

Here’s Victoria new in her box! Click to view full size.

Victoria is one of the two new foreigh exchange students enrolling in Bratzillaz Academy with this line, the other being Illiana Honesty, who comes from India. Victoria is Chinese, and as her last name suggests, she has the power to take something old and make it good as new! Her fave class is “The Science of Brew & Renew” and her pet is an adorable little dragon/turtle hybrid whose name is currently unknown.

The back of Victoria's box. Click to view full size.

The back of Victoria’s box. Click to view full size.

Above is the back of her box, where you can see a small bio for her, plus our first look at Illiana Honesty on the bottom! We definitely can’t wait for her to come out! Victoria’s bio says “I Make Things New! Power: If you’ve got treasure that’s falling apart, Victoria Antique gives it a new start! What her friends love about her: That she sees the beauty under the dust and cobwebs”. We also get a peak at her witchmark, which is a snake. Hopefully, we’ll learn one of her spells soon! 🙂

What a face! Click to view full size.

What a face! Click to view full size.

And now onto the doll herself! How absolutely stunning is her face?! She’s super exotic looking, which I love. Her brows are really cool and point outwards, making her look a bit more dragon-esque. As is always the case with Bratzillaz, her eyes are just gorgeous! Admittedly, they aren’t as thrilling as Fianna Fins’ or the Switch-A-Witch single pack doll’s, but still really pretty nonetheless! They’re made to look like those of a dragon or a snake. Around her eyes are cool dragon scales done in a really nice jade green and gold combo! Her “regular” eye makeup is a very bold gold, too. Her lips really “POP” with a bright orange shade as well!

Just another look at the cool design on her face, and her earrings! Click to view full size.

Just another look at the cool design on her face, and her earrings! Click to view full size.

Showin' off her wicked glam fashion! Click to view full size.

Showin’ off her wicked glam fashion! Click to view full size.

Her outfit’s pretty awesome, too. She’s rockin’ a “playsuit” with super short-shorts under a top with a long flowing sleeve on one arm, and a cape over the other. One side of the top  is a super-cute plaid pattern with little fire symbols all over it, adding to her dragon-inspired appeal! The other side is just a simple black satin. Over her stomach and chest underneath the top has a wicked snakeskin print – Very cool!! And wrapped around that is a small gold and black rope used as a belt. On her legs are some super-cool thigh high leg warmers, made of black fishnet material, and layered under a larger, sparkly gold fishnet material!

Wicked shoes & fishnets! Click to view full size.

Wicked shoes & fishnets! Click to view full size.

And over those cool leg warmers are her amazing snake heels! As you can see, they’re black with little cut-outs in the heels, and then wrapped around the doll’s legs are molded snakes! That is such a cool detail!!

Victoria's too-cute art! Click to view full size.

Victoria’s too-cute art! Click to view full size.

Well, that’s the new Bratzillaz Back to Magic Victoria Antique doll! Expect to see her on store shelves soon. In the meantime, you can check out tons more pix of her and the other Back to Magic ‘Zillaz on my flickr, and watch my video review of her, Sashabella, and Meygana below!

Stay Tuned & Stay Stylin’!
Alex of Bratz Boulevard