Rediscover the Joy of Make-Believe with Hasbro

Toys. I remember being in love with my dolls and make-believe toys when I was growing up. I have to admit…now that I am a mom, there’s still a part of me that loves to sit down and play make-believe with my kids.

There’s something magical about imagining, and something even more magical (for boys and girls alike) about miniature versions of things they already love, like animals and babies and vehicles.

When a huge package arrived last month, I think I was just as excited to open the packages inside as my kids were. Yes, it was like Christmas morning in the early Fall.

Inside the box was an assortment of toys from Hasbro that are all new for Fall 2011. Here’s a peek at what was in the box (and more importantly, what could be coming to YOUR house if you enter the giveaway below).


(HASBRO/Ages 5 & up/Approx. Retail Price $14.99)

We received one of the six CRIB LIFE CUTIES characters: girly-girl SARINA CUTIE. Each CRIB LIFE doll has her own “personality” (sporty LULU LAKE, free spirit MAKAYLA SONG, music-loving ELLA SONG, tech-savvy LILY SWEET, and confident HAILEY HULA), but most importantly (for my daughter) each doll comes with a key chain and charm with a special online code that unlocks a CRIB LIFE character’s world with games, videos, and fun at (website available for a limited time only).


(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $14.99)

My kids already love taking care of their newborn FURREAL pig (the oinking is the cutest thing ever!) and so they were extremely excited to see a brand new baby Penguin in our box. Of all the toys we received the baby penguin was the most popular (even my 12 year old daughter tried to claim it as hers). This year, the FURREAL FRIENDS NEWBORNS family includes a PENGUIN, BIRD, CHIMP, BEAR CUB, PUPPY, and KITTEN. I know exactly what my monkey-loving 6 year old is going to be getting for Christmas this year…


(HASBRO/Ages 3 & up/Approx. Retail Price $4.99/$19.99)

We have had quite a collection of My Little Pony dolls over the years (with 3 girls, it was inevitable) and Reese was excited to add a few new ponies to her collection. Eighteen new ponies have been introduced this year, and they are as cute as ever! The most popular part of the My Little Ponies treat was definitely the Remote Control Car. Even six year old AJ didn’t mind the fact that the car was pink and purple. I caught him playing with it several times!

By the way – A new season of “My Little Pony – Friendship is Magic,” has begun for the Fall season. You can find it Saturdays at 10 AM EST on the Hub Television Network.


(HASBRO/Ages 4 & up/Approx. Retail Price $7.99)

This was my favorite toy of the bunch! I normally don’t love spiders, but this little pink and yellow walking spider was way more cute than creepy. Whenever we set the little spider down to crawl, someone in the room would inevitably burst into giggles. I LOVE these new Walkables.


(HASBRO/Ages 4 & up/Approx. Retail Price $19.99)

This hamster playground was a huge hit with my kids, especially since we already had a set of three Littlest Petshop hamster babies. The playground has places for the little pets to eat, rest, play, and exercise. And the fact that it has little water bottles and “food” for each of the animals was fun for Reese who loves tiny details.

STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE Berry Sweet Styles Playset

(HASBRO/Ages 4 & up/Approx. Retail Price $19.99)

Just catching the scent of Strawberry Shortcake through the box brought a rush of memories flooding to the surface. I was a big Strawberry Shortcake fan when I was younger. It amazed me that she could stay so sweet-smelling for so long! This new Strawberry Shortcake doll comes with a ton of styling accessories so that Reese can changes her outfits, shoes, or hair. Strawberry comes with her own vanity to hold all of her clothes and accessories along with (best of all!) miniature hangers for the outfits. Yes, we are all about the little details.

Enter to Win

We’re giving away a huge prize pack that includes an assortment of products from Littlest Pet Shop, Strawberry Shortcake, My Little Pony, and Crib Life. (1-2 products from each brand).

To enter to win this amazing prize from Hasbro, just tell us which of these toys YOU (I mean your kids…) would love to play with.

This giveaway will end on November 1, 2011 at midnight ET and a winner will be chosen at random and announced the following Sunday in the weekly Around The Blogosphere. Please see our site’s terms and conditions for more information.


Written by 5 Minutes for Mom managing editor Lolli. You can find me blogging at Better in Bulk and tweeting at @1momof5.

Disclosure: I received the toys listed above to review and test out, but all thoughts and opinions remain my own.


  1. Junglewife says

    My 3-year-old would love the LPS hamster playground. She loves anything LPS and I’m sure that she could spend hours playing with that playset!

  2. Ivy says

    Oh my gosh! My 4 year old would play with any and all of these! She’s so into LPS, Strawberry Shortcake, and My Little Pony and makes a point of pointing them out whenever she sees them.

  3. says

    Oh yes, my little ones love the FurReal pets and everything else too… :) In the toy aisles my 4year old is always telling me “but MOM it’s my FAVORITE! Can we please, please, please buy it?

  4. mj says

    We are all about Strawberry Shortcake here! There’s even a Strawberry Shortcake birthday in the works for my little girl…

  5. JUNE says

    Hasbro has made great toy’s for many generations of children, my daughter use to love playing with my little pony as a child, now she plays with her smart phone all the time. What a difference a few years makes.

  6. Krystal says

    I love Littlest Pet Shop toys, and so does my daughter! We love to play them together. She also loves My Little Pony toys and Furreal Pets.

  7. Amy Brewer says

    I would say the Furreal friends. At least that is what I would want to play with but I imagine the kids would also..

  8. says

    I think my daughter would love the LITTLEST PET SHOP HAMSTER PLAYGROUND. She saw a different littlest pet shop set this weekend and was begging for it…I resisted, thinking it may be better for Christmas!

  9. Sabrina says

    My daughter (and son) would LOVE Pinkie Pie’s RC. There’s something about ponies and cute little battery operated cars… I think I’d probably give it a go as well!

  10. Debra says

    Oh my, hard to choose. I believe my girls would love the Crib Life and any of the Littlest Pet Shop toys. They love the LIttles pet shop!

  11. Alison says

    One of my girls would love the Littest Pet Shot Hamster, the other would lvoe the Crib Life. Then they could share, ha ha ha

  12. Stacey says

    If it says hamster anywhere my son would want it. So the Littlest Pet Shop Hamster would be what he would choose. He would also like the Furreal Friends.

  13. Amy says

    My kids would like the Littlest Pet Shop Walkables and Pinkie Pie’s Rc Car. They love anything that is Littlest Pet Shot!

  14. Elizabeth Lambert says

    Oh man… My daughter (and I, of course) love My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. She also loves anything remote-powered, so the RC car is a Christmas MUST. Plus, it will attach to the Rarity carriage!

  15. Jamie Brigham says

    Ok My sons and I all love playing with cars, foam swords, My daughter and I love playing with dolls, doll houses, doll sets etc

  16. nicole belcher says

    My 3 year old would love the Littlest Pet shop. She loves animals. My son would play with the car and my older 2 girls love playing with dolls please playing with our 3 year old when she plays babies and they love playing with their farm animals!!! My kids would love these toys!!!

  17. Heather Meyer Bradley says

    Pinkie Pie’s RC car is already on my daughter’s wish list, (with a birthday coming up as well as christmas) but I know she’d also love Littlest Pet shop, Strawberry Shortcake – she’d love everything on here!

  18. Kat says

    My Little Pony and Furreal… my daughter still has her collection of Ponies and wants her daughter to love them too. I think her son would love the Furreal.

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