Riley and Harry are currently obsessed with Vampirina – a Disney Junior show based on the Vampirina Ballerina series of children’s books. The animated series features a young vampire named Vampirina Hauntley – also known as Vee – who’s recently moved with her family from Transylvania to Pennsylvania to run a guest house for ghouls and goblins.
Being the new kid in town, Vee must face the trials, tribulations and joys of trying to fit in with her very human classmates. She may have periwinkle skin, pointy ears, fangs and batwing pigtails, but she’s not scary at all. In fact, she’s downright adorable, and relatable, in all the same ways that most Disney Junior characters are.
The boys have watched every single episode at least twenty times now and can recite the theme tune word for word, so you can imagine their excitement when Disney recently announced that Season 2 would be launching in March 2018.
To coincide with this news, The Disney Store has just released a brand new Vampirina toy range and we were very kindly sent a selection of products for the boys to try out at home. Now it’s obvious from the glittery designs and colour palette that most of these items are geared towards girls, but Riley and Harry are genuine fans of the show and I don’t see anything wrong in letting boys play with them.
Great for encouraging pretend play, these glittery and glossy Vampirina Bat Wings feature embroidered details and a glow-in-the-dark bat-shaped badge. There are also two satin straps – similar to bra straps – that can be placed over your child’s shoulder and adjusted for a secure fit.
The boys particularly love the ghoulish glow-in-the-dark elements and like to use the bat wings to recreate some of their favourite scenes from the show, pretending they can fly like Vee and get a ‘case of the battys’.
Little Vampirina fans will enjoy extra cuddles and extra smiles with this super soft plush doll version of Vee, the coolest vampire from Transylvania and star of the show! She is wearing her signature dress, complete with gloves and shoes and features a characterful expression on her face.
There are embroidered details on her shoes and outfit and sparkly details on her skull necklace. She even has 3D batwing pigtails. At 34cm in height, she’s bigger than I was expecting but is the perfect size for squeezes from the boys and we’re already looking to expand our collection with the accompanying Demi, Wolfie and Vampirina Bat plush toys.
This sculptured light-up pillow of Vee’s ghostly pal, Demi, will charm even the youngest of Vampirina fans. The cuddly design is super soft and features and adorable expression and 3D satin bow tie.
If you squeeze Demi’s left hand his tummy will light-up, exuding a warm, comforting glow. This makes him the perfect bedtime companion for any children who have a fear of the dark or require a little reassurance during the night.
The pillow requires 3 x LR44 batteries to work, which are included, so Demi is ready to play with straight out of the box. There is a zipped compartment for the LED power pack at the rear, which also conceals a master on/off switch.
Musical monsters will go batty over Vampirina’s Spookylele and enjoy rocking out in the style of their favourite vampire. The gothic design in the shape of a skull is inspired by the guitar Vee uses while performing with her band – the Ghoul Girls.
When you press the star-shaped chord buttons, the Spookylele plays Vampirina’s theme song along with additional music, guitar riffs, whammy sounds and dialogue from the TV show.
It lights up and moves to look like it’s singing with you and comes with an array of fangtastic accessories including: a glittery batwing headband, fingerless gloves with a webbed print and shimmery trims and a fang necklace with subtle webbed details.