Target finds

Between various things, I haven’t had much time to hit stores looking for the new dolls that were released right before Christmas.  (For that matter, stores don’t even really start recovering from Christmas until mid-January, anyway, so I didn’t miss much.)  But when I went to Target the other day (when was that, Friday?), I found some fun stuff I wanted to share.

As anyone who knows me might guess, I’ve been wanting to add the Great Scarrier Reef line of Monster High dolls to my collection ever since I first saw the photos online.  But they didn’t hit the stores until after Thanksgiving, which was in my “no buy” period for playline dolls.  And then all the stores were emptied of them after Christmas, so it wasn’t until now that I managed to get my hands on one.

Target 2

Their names are Peri and Pearl Serpentine, and I was somewhat appalled to learn from their box that their monster parent is the Hydra.

And why would that appall me, when I’m a Greek mythology geek who’s loved all the other MH dolls tied to Greek myths?  It appalls me exactly because I’m a Greek mythology geek.  For the following reasons:

  1. The Hydra lived in a swamp.  (Fresh water, not salt.)
  2. The Hydra had a lot more than two heads.
  3. The Hydra was traditionally depicted as a massive snake with numerous heads.  Not a flippin’ mermaid.
  4. Seriously, guys?  The Hydra?  You couldn’t find any other mythological beastie with multiple heads?  (Um, apart from Cerberos…and let’s hope they don’t go there.)
  5. (Also, I’ve gotten pretty caught up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe stuff, so suddenly Hydra has an extra meaning that it didn’t used to… 😛 )

Yeah, so their monster parent is going to have to change.  (Though I’m not sure, off-hand, what I’ll change it to.)  I may change the names, too.  Or rather, I may drop the “Peri” part, because to me Peri is either a winged angel-like being, or a Doctor Who companion.  Neither is appropriate for a two-headed mermaid.  (Although Peri was first introduced in a bikini…off the coast of Greece, I think, so maybe that’s the reason they picked the name?)  This misuse of a Greek mythological name makes me want to do a post about all my custom Monster High dolls that OC offspring of various Greek mythological figures.  (Some being considerably more customized than others, naturally.)  Not sure when I’ll get around to the photography, but that’s definitely on my agenda now.

Anyway, I’m not doing a full review of the Serpentine sisters(?) right now, as I didn’t have time to take more photos.  I’ll do a full review of the whole line once I have them.  (Like the full review of the Freak du Chic dolls I’ve been planning for some time now, or the Boo York, Boo York one.  So I guess by the time the reviews go up, the dolls will no longer be in stores…maybe I’ll have to call them “retro reviews”…?)

The next doll I want to show you is this one:

Target 1

Her name is Sage Starling from the Star Darlings line, a Disney property being made by Jakks Pacific.  She’s using bendy-Sakura’s stand because she didn’t come with one of her own, and she can’t sit down very well.  But she’s a nifty doll, and by getting her at Target without a stand, I paid $10 less than the fancy edition with a light-up stand.  The light-up stand version was very fully reviewed at the Toy Box Philosopher, so there’s no need for me to try to review her, too.  (The only accessory this one came with is a child-sized ring; the window locket is exclusive to the more expensive version.)  I picked this one over the others Target had primarily because she had purple hair.  Hair, I might add, that’s styled the way I like to wear mine.  Only her braids are cleaner and smaller than mine.  (Smaller proportionally, I mean.)  Not that I put the rest of my hair into banana curls, of course!  (Though it does that on its own when it air dries…)

Um, right, so, moving on!

There’s actually a lot of Disney to report on, somewhat surprisingly.  Target had in some of the new Hasbro Disney Princess dolls, but I didn’t feel like any of them really called out to me saying “buy me!”  Their faces were much more like the ones on the Disney Store dolls than Mattel’s old lines of Disney Princess dolls, but I felt like their heads were a little too big for their bodies.  And yes, I realize that sounds absurd coming from someone who is literally surrounded by Pullip and Blythe dolls, but it’s sort of a proportion thing, or something.  All I know is that I looked at those Hasbro dolls and felt like their heads were the wrong size.  (Hopefully I’ll come across one later that I actually like, ’cause I’d love to do a three way comparison, between Mattel, Hasbro and Disney Store.  But I don’t want to buy one just for that reason.)

The other toy I have to show you today is also Disney.  I’d already heard about the small, plastic Tsum Tsums, and I’d even seen the sets, but all the sets included ones from Frozen, which automatically turned me against them.  (I will be so glad when the merch from that movie starts going away.  I’m sick of looking at it.)  But this time there were also little blind bag ones:

Target 3

Obviously, this flat one here is already empty. 😛  Here’s the back, which shows you what might be inside:

Target 4
Apologies for the lousy photo.

Now, I’ve mentioned before that I’m not very lucky with blind bag/box figures.  But some of these are extremely cute, and one of them is incredibly cute, and I felt that absolutely had to have it.  Fortunately, because it’s a bag, I was able to stand there for I-don’t-know-how-long feeling the different packages until I was positive that I was holding the one I wanted.

Target 5

Fortunately, the downright Seussian trees of the Tulgey Wood were easy to detect through the package! 😀  (I’d rather like the ones of Figaro, Marie and Lucky, too, but I’m not so sure I could successfully detect them through their packages.)

Target 6

He’s even got a little sign on the tree saying “This Way”! 😀  (But there isn’t one on the other side saying “That Way” unfortunately.)

You may be wondering just how small the blind bag figures are?  Maybe this photo will help answer your question:

Target 7

The Sadness Tsum Tsum is the smallest size of the plush ones…and actually, she came from Target, too.  Just not all that recently.  (The SHFigurarts Elizabeth there did not come from Target, though.)  If you still need further scale information, there are other shots of Elizabeth here, along with various other toys that may clarify her size.  (If you’re still unclear, let’s say she’s about 1/12 scale, but a bit on the small side even for that scale.)

I would have taken a photo of the little plastic Cheshire Cat Tsum Tsum with my plush one, but he’s the big size (or is he actually the medium size?) so the plastic one would be so tiny as to not even really show up.  (Seriously, Juliet, my 1/3 scale doll uses him as a chair.  Though he’s a better size for the slightly smaller “frightfully tall ghouls” Monster High dolls, which I suspect are sort of the MH equivalent of 1/4 scale.  I need to get a real 1/4 scale doll to be sure, I guess.)

Anyway, there was one other item I got at Target, a Legend of Zelda figurine, but I’m saving that one for a later post.  (How much later, I’m not quite sure.  Probably either when Hyrule Warriors Legends (or whatever it’s called) comes out for the 3DS, or when the Link Between Worlds Figma arrives.  (Yup, I’ve already pre-ordered it.  In the deluxe edition that comes with all sorts of cool extra stuff.))

In other news, I have officially given up hope of repairing Pyrrha’s eye mechanism, so now I have to decide where to buy her a new one.  I’ve found two places I can get one.  One is from Etsy, for about $25 with $10 shipping, from a seller I’ve bought from before.  The other is for about $13, from the AliExpress seller that sold me Pyrrha.  The shipping on the latter is listed as $26, but there’s also a note on there saying that if you buy it at the same time as a nude doll, then the shipping cost on the eye mechanism will be adjusted to zero.  But maybe that only applies to one of the nude dolls that isn’t listed as “free shipping”?  (Not that the shipping is truly free, of course; they just increase the base price to account for the shipping cost.  But they don’t adjust the price as much as the shipping would cost, so…)  I do want to get another factory girl — I’ve even decided her name — but I don’t really feel ready quite yet (Pyrrha’s not even done yet, thanks to the eye mechanism SNAFU).  And, of course, I’d hoped to get one from this one Etsy seller, only they suddenly closed their shop, so I don’t know what’s up with that.  (Because I’d wanted to compare the different factory girls and see how they differed from each other.)  So I’m not sure which to get.  Especially with one Kickstarter coming due today, and another a few days from now, plus having made another Mandarake order last night.  (Though I do currently have some money to spend, thankfully.  It’s just that I need to try and make it last as long as possible.  Which, unfortunately, isn’t very long with me, it seems.)

So, yeah, I’m in a bit of a quandary about where to buy the new eye mechanism.  Also about where to get another Pure Neemo XS body for Tomoyo-chan.  And about where to get a Picco Neemo body, because I want to try doing a body swap, as I think Picco Neemo is about the right size for a Little Pullip+ to swap onto.  (I may be wrong about that, but…)  I got a Little Dal+ at Tuesday Mornings yesterday that has an unappealing costume and bland hair, but a phenomenal face-up, so I thought she might make a good body swap candidate.

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Little Pullips, Pull Strings and a Name for Hangry

A bunch of small stuff tonight, nothing that feels quite like a whole post by itself.  I’ve been too depressed the past few days to get anything done, really, so there’s no news on Pyrrha, and Sakura’s face still isn’t finished.  (Her wig and Mei-lin’s new wig have both arrived, though.  But I still can’t style Mei-lin’s wig, ’cause the style is too hard for me to accomplish on those little wigs.  I need to figure that out somehow…)

We’ll start with the pull strings.  I had wanted to wait until all three of my girls had their pull strings prettied up, but given Pyrrha’s situation, there’s no point in doing anything to her string until her eye mechanism is fixed up.

Alice's pull string
Alice’s pull string

Obviously, I wanted her pull string to reflect her theme.  So instead of a ring, she’s got a jumbo red heart, and in addition there’s a rose that’s in the midst of being painted red, and a mushroom for the caterpillar.  I also got some neat black metal locks and a key, but there was no room.  I’ll use them on the second string if I ever decide to give her sleep eyes.

Romana's pull string
Romana’s pull string

Obviously, the theme here was TARDIS blue, with some gears thrown in to go with the gear-themed eye chips I’m going to give her eventually.  I think my homemade TARDIS charm worked out pretty well. 🙂  Sadly, though, three of the types of beads I got to use for her pull string had such tiny holes that I couldn’t get them on the string. 😦

The beads that didn't make it...
The beads that didn’t make it…

The blue crystals were supposed to represent the crystals from Metabilis III.  The black pearls just looked cool (like asteroids or something?) and the sparkly black cubes had a nice starfield-like look to them.  But none of them could fit on the string. 😦

Anyway, speaking of space-type stuff:

Little Cosmic Jupi
Little Cosmic Jupi

Yup, I finally opened the two original Little Pullip dolls.

Little R
Little R

So now that I’ve opened them, I can give some comparison notes between Little and Little+.  The stands are a bit different (so naturally I forgot to take a picture of the empty stands), but I can’t compare how well they work, because the outfits on both Littles prevented me from using their stands.  (Naturally.)  The hair in R’s wig is of a decidedly lower quality than any other Pullip wig — of any size — in my collection, but Cosmic Jupi’s wig is more normal, so I think it’s just that R got odd hair.  The main difference is in the face.  The plastic has a different texture, and feels a bit less refined in the original Littles, and the face-ups on the Little+ dolls are much more advanced.  Also, some of the Little+ dolls have nicer eyes, though many have eyes that are basically identical to the ones on the original Littles.  As far as I can tell (without undressing the dolls) the bodies are pretty much unchanged.

And finally, I’ve come up with a name for Dal Hangry:

"Yeah, me?  I'm Hayley."
“Yeah, me? I’m Hayley.”

I’ve been trying to put together collection pages, with accompanying photo galleries, and as I was doing that this morning, I realized I couldn’t get any further on the Dal page until this girl had a name of her own.  And — just after I shut down the computer to come back to it later — I looked up at her in her Doctor Who-themed outfit, and remembered what my brother had told me about how Hayley Atwell wants to be the next Doctor, and I thought “hey, that’s not a bad name!”  I had wanted her to have an H-name, since Angry got named Aiko, and…I dunno, it just felt right, even though it doesn’t particularly fit the personality she’s developing.

Dark Rabbit Hole Blythe

It took me the whole Thanksgiving break to write the first draft of that paper, so she spent all too long in her box, but she’s finally out now!

Still in the box here...
Still in the box here…

Her box is covered with card suits, and drawings of various Alice-themed things, like the ever-so-slightly eerie White Rabbit below the name of the doll on the front here.  Other things on the sides include tables and an “eat me” macaron.  (Pictures of the other sides of the box are in the gallery.)

Finally de-boxed!
Finally de-boxed!

Underneath her clothes, she’s entirely wrapped in protective plastic, so I don’t have to worry about her getting stained.  I did cut off most of the plastic that was sticking out of her sleeves.  (Unfortunately, it’s still showing…)  Now that I’m looking at the photo, I think I need to fix her bangs a bit; they look sort of helmetty.  (There’s no product in them, though.  They just look stiff.)

Back view
Back view

The back of her hair could be prettier; I’ll probably try and style it a bit over the break.  But it has a nicer feel to it than Romana’s, so that’s good. 🙂

Key-shaped necklace
Key-shaped necklace

In this close-up, you can see that the playing card motif from her box is also the print on her dress.  She has gold(-colored) accessories; the little gold cuff buttons are nice, but it’s the gold key on a delicate little gold chain that really catches the eye.  The top of her pinafore has black and white stripes to match her tights.

Decorative apron
Decorative apron

The card motif continues on the apron of the pinafore.  (Skirt of the pinafore?  I’m not terribly well versed in the terminology of 19th century children’s apparel…)  The cards look nice, but they feel stiff and plasticy.  Remember what T-shirt decorations felt like in the ’80s?  (Before you washed ’em a few times and started losing the design, I mean.)  That’s what these feel like.  (Presumably, it’s the same type of image transfer.)  That may be the reason the pinafore’s skirt seems to behaving a bit stiffly, poofing out.  (Or it could be because the plastic under her clothes make her just slightly too thick, making it hard to fit her in her stand, and thus goofing up her whole outfit.)

Checkerboard tights
Checkerboard tights

Or maybe I should call them super-tall socks?  They only go up to about the bottom of her bloomers.  (Bloomers not shown for reasons of delicacy.  Also ’cause I didn’t think of taking the picture.)  Anyway, I wasn’t able to get her socks/tights on very well, so there was a bit more fabric near the toes than there probably was supposed to be.  Net result, her cute little shoes don’t fit terribly well.  Combine that with the stand troubles I mentioned above, and it’s hard to keep her feet from turning outward.  😦  In any case, they’re nice shoes, with some gold paint to give them extra details.  Oh, speaking of the stand, you can see here that it’s black, with a gold shaft.  That’s a nice touch.  (I didn’t bother with the paper punch-out thing this time, given how it doesn’t like to cooperate on Romana’s stand.)

Earrings!
Earrings!

This is totally not a flattering shot of her face:  you can see all too much of the eye mechanism. 😦  I’m not a giant fan of these orange eye chips, either.  But I do like the little gold-colored, heart-shaped earrings!

Pink eyes
Pink eyes

She has a sweet face-up, with her lips painted a bit more smile-like than most.  Very thick eyelashes…and it occurs to me (while I’m writing this at school and can’t do a thing about it) that I never moved aside her bangs to look at her eyeshadow. *sigh*  That is just so me.  Well, I can’t add the Dropbox links from here anyway (rather, I’m not sure how to do that on the iPad) so I’ll check when I get home.  I have to say, though, that I’m not sure about the wisdom of pink eyechips on a doll whose outfit is mostly red.  This photo also unfortunately highlights the sole loose thread on the bow on her headband.  I need to cut that thread off.  (BTW, I’ve looked now, and her eyeshadow is a muted dark gray, more like an actual shadow than makeup, really.)

Those stray hairs!
Those stray hairs!

Alice isn’t pleased about those stray hairs that keep floating in front of her cheek.  These are nice eyechips, but I think the front-facing sky blue pair are my favorites.

Speaking of “Alice isn’t pleased,” I’m not so sure Pullip Alice du Jardin Mint is terribly pleased at the arrival of a new Alice.  There may just be a confrontation coming….

(Like, after I have time to write it and take the pictures…)

Little Mad Hatter and other news

For someone who’s supposed to be not blogging in order to save all her words for NaNo, I seem to be posting a lot. 😛

Anyway, just some little stuff.  First off, the two Little+ dolls I ordered from JPGroove:

Little Dal+ Mad Hatter
Little Dal+ Mad Hatter

She had shown up on their Sample Sale, but I noticed they also had one in the box, so I decided to go with that one, paying a bit extra in order to ensure that her hat was present and undamaged.  Also so she would have a stand.  So I now have all the Little+ Alice set other than Pink Alice.  (And why would I need two Alices?  It’s not like I have any shortage of other Alice dolls.  Well, not that you can ever have too many Alices…)  But I also ordered one who really was a sample:

Little Pullip+ Rovam
Little Pullip+ Rovam

Now that I’m comparing her to her promotional pictures, I see that the eyepatch was not necessarily supposed to be over her eye.  Oh well.  Anyhoo, you’ll note I just sat her down next to Bee Balm…who now has a name!  Her name is Melitta.

Also, her other outfit arrived just today.

Melitta in her new dress
Melitta in her new dress

The dress is by nubanded on Etsy.  And as you can see, it doesn’t quite fit her.  It was designed for a Hujoo Baby, and I thought they were the same size as BJD Ai, but it seems they vary a bit more than I thought.  So now I’m going to have to get a Hujoo Baby to give this dress to.  Well, I’ve been wanting one anyway…though I can’t get the one I really want. 😦

Due to their frame set-up, I can’t give you a link to the direct page, but at the Junky Spot, under Hujoo 11-13 cm, if you scroll down forever to get to the actual Hujoo Baby dolls, there are three:  Suve, Ted and Is.  The one I really want is Suve in “chocolate” but they only have her in “apricot.”  The only one they have in “chocolate” is Is, who’s too jowly for my tastes.  Ted’s all right, but nowhere near as cute as Suve.  And since they only just got in a bunch of Hujoo dolls, I don’t think they’ll be getting any more chocolate Suve dolls any time soon.  I checked Hujoo’s own web site, and they had Ted in chocolate as well as Is, but still not Suve.  (Obviously, I’m not the only one charmed by her little pursed lips.)  So I’m not sure what to do about that.  It would be silly to buy a doll I don’t like (Is) but the questions are “am I going to miss out on chocolate-colored dolls altogether if I don’t buy one now?” and “am I going to miss out on Suve altogether if I don’t buy her now?”  And I’m not sure how to get an answer to that question.  😦  (I might get a NanoRabi for now, and give her the dress, and worry about the Hujoo Baby later.)

Of course, Melitta still has the problem of her hair not working with her clothes.  If I get a Hujoo Baby, and if their heads are the same size, I could give the baby Melitta’s wig, and get her a new wig that won’t be so discordant with the jeans.  Because someone is going to keep wearing that wig, as I really like it.  (Though it’d be even cooler if it was some wild color, but even so!)

I still have one Etsy order still en route:  the Licca head and outfit.  It should have arrived last week, but the seller had a bit of a SNAFU and put the wrong labels on two outgoing packages.  So I got someone else’s package and they got my Licca head.  The seller got everything straightened out, so my order is now on the way, but the extra wait is definitely annoying.  (All the more so since I have her body sitting here waiting, headless.)

I’m still trying to figure out what to do about the Cardcaptor Sakura dolls, too.  Now that I know Pure Neemo XS will work for everyone’s clothes but Mei-Lin’s, I could go ahead and order one boy body and two female bodies, and then figure out what do to about Mei-Lin after I can try her clothes on the boy body, and on the 21 cm male Obitsu body I’m going to order soon from Junky Spot (to re-body Len) but then there’s the issue of what heads to give them, and where to find them appropriate wigs.  And also the issue of where to buy the bodies from.  Because it turns out that the one I got on Etsy was a wee bit over-priced.  They’d be much cheaper on AmiAmi…if they had them in stock.  I found a couple of other sites that have the boy body for about $10 less than what I paid for the girl body, but they don’t have the girl bodies, and they do have nice expensive shipping from Japan.  (But so did the Etsy seller.)  And I’ve never heard of the other sites, so I don’t know if they’re any good.  They certainly look like big stores, but…yeah, it’s always a gamble.  Maybe I should wait to initiate the whole process until after AmiAmi has them in stock?  (I’m assuming something like that is going to be regularly re-stocked, being a doll part, not a whole doll.)

Anyway, one last thing.  Yesterday, when I got home from class and checked my mail, I found one of those “sorry we missed you” cards indicating there was something I had to sign for.  Now, I live in a little subdivision, and there’s two routes to my house:  the direct route that requires a left turn across a busy road with no traffic light, and the indirect route that requires a left turn across the same busy road with a traffic light, and then makes me drive through half the subdivision.  Given that it was a little after lunch time, I had no chance of taking the direct route, and ended up driving through half the subdivision.  So I knew the mailman was still in the subdivision, and I could go chase after him to get my package that day, instead of waiting until this morning.  (Yes, I actually did that once.)  But the slip said it was a large envelope, not a package (there was also a place on the slip for the name of the sender, but I couldn’t read what had been scrawled there), so I assumed it was probably the dress for Melitta, as it was too soon for the Licca head.  And the only other thing I was waiting on was a package.

Long story short–“Too late!”–I decided to wait until this morning, since it was just a doll outfit.  Then I’m at the post office, waiting as they find my package, and they don’t bring out a little envelope.  They bring out a box.  And in that box…

Tada!
Tada!

Weirdly enough, this is the second time this has happened, and in both cases, it was a Blythe being delivered:  Romana‘s “sorry we missed you” slip also indicated an envelope, rather than a package.  (But seriously, this was crazy fast shipping!  (For $30, it should be, of course!)  I think Junie Moon only shipped these on the 12th or 13th, and she arrived here on the 17th, from Japan?  Seriously fast shipping.)

Anyway, I’m forcing myself not to de-box her until I’ve made some serious progress on my research paper.  (To ensure that I don’t succumb to the temptation, I’m even leaving her box in the plastic protective sleeve.)  It’s not easy to wait, though, lemme tell you!  Especially because this is a first for me:  I’ve gotten a doll right at her release, instead of waiting a year or more and then getting her.  (Admittedly, part of that is due to the fact that I’ve only become a seriously crazed collector in the past, I dunno, nine months?  Up until then, I was mostly only buying dolls I had access to in person, so mostly Monster High and Barbie and such.  My bank account definitely wishes that was still the case.)  Okay, technically, this is a “second” for me in that regard, because there’s also “Clara Marie“.  (I should never have said “I’m not going to reveal her name until I reveal her new look.”  It’s driving me nuts!)  But a brand-new doll line like that is a different thing than a new Blythe or Pullip.  Especially Blythe, though; they seem to sell out much more quickly than Pullips.  (Maybe they’re made in smaller numbers?)

Okay, I’ve wasted way too much time and far too many words on this, so I’m going to dive back into research on Virgil and Augustan propaganda.  (Whee!)  And if I finish that up, maybe I can figure out how to advance that scene I was stuck on in my novel.  (I’ve only written 1582 words today!  That’s short of the 1,667 daily goal!  (Of course, I hit 50k yesterday, so that’s kind of irrelevant, but still…seeing a blue bar instead of a green bar for my daily word count is painful somehow.))

Little Alice in Wonderland (Pullip Style)

The first of the orders I shouldn’t have made arrived yesterday.  (And I was so excited I accidentally sliced my thumb with my scissors as I was opening the package.  Ugh, I’m such a moron!)  Anyway, the two little dolls within brought my collection of Little+ Wonderland to near completion:

The Little+ Wonderland set
The Little+ Wonderland set

I’m still missing the Mad Hatter, the Card Soldier and Pink Alice, but given the size of the set, that’s pretty close, and certainly as close as I’m likely to get.  (The Card Soldier I actually could have gotten at several times–in fact, I regret to say that I’m pretty sure I saw her at Tuesday Mornings and passed her by ’cause I was getting a lot of other dolls at the time–and didn’t as she wasn’t a very interesting doll, and I hadn’t realized just how close the collection was going to come to completion.  The Mad Hatter and Pink Alice…yeah, not likely to happen.)

Weirdly, the vast majority of these dolls I got for $10.  Like, I think the Queen of Hearts was the only one who was more than that.  (Then again, she and the two I just got are the only ones I didn’t get at Tuesday Mornings, so that’s not really quite so surprising.  Beyond the basic surprise of having been able to get them at Tuesday Mornings in the first place.)

Little+ March Hare
Little+ March Hare

Gotta love all those curls, right?  Her stand is all but incapable of holding her up, though.  And her hat is only balanced on top of her head right now.  I couldn’t get it back on her head properly without messing up her hair.  I don’t like full-size dolls in furry suits, but for some reason I don’t mind them on the dolls in this scale.  Not sure why that is.

Little+ Dormouse
Little+ Dormouse

Her hair’s always falling into her face and making her look sleepy, which is appropriate enough for the dormouse. 😛  But that means you can’t see her eyes at all.

The Dormouse's eyes
The Dormouse’s eyes

…they’re purple.  BTW, as you can see, the strap on her hat broke.  It’s because she kept getting knocked off the shelf she used to live on.  That was why she and the March Hare were the first residents of the shadow box they now live in, along with a little Dal (I think her name is Ximing? Something like that) who’s now been displaced by the Queen of Hearts whose hat was also disrupted by constant shelf-falls.

Little+ Humpty Dumpty
Little+ Humpty Dumpty

Most of these Little+ dolls are staying in their boxes until I have arranged the right new set-up in my house to properly display them.  The boxes protect them, you know?  (Given what’s happened to some of them, like the Dormouse’s hat, that seemed like a good idea after a while.)  Anyway, I’m showing them in roughly the order in which I got them, in case anyone’s wondering about the order.

Little+ Queen of Hearts
Little+ Queen of Hearts

Does that picture look squished to you, or is it just me?  Uh, anyway, her bonnet/headdress/thing came off when I was opening her, and I had to do the best I could to get it back on properly, and I’m not sure I did it right. 😦

Look at those curls!
Look at those curls!

I’m not sure why the flash going off made the picture darker

Little+ White Rabbit
Little+ White Rabbit

Something about the expression on the rabbit hat, as it looks in the package there, is very Muppet.  Or maybe that’s just me?  Sadly, Tuesday Mornings’ price sticker left a horrible residue this time. 😦

Little+ Blue Alice
Little+ Blue Alice

When PullipStyle called these dolls “samples,” I assumed they were loose.  I didn’t realize they were still in the box, just with a sticker on the front that said “sample.”  That just makes it all the more of a bargain, you know?  I have to be honest, Alice herself was not really on my “oh, man, I wish I could add her to the collection!” list for these, since I felt like I could use a full-size, and just be like “Well, she just ate a mushroom” or whatever.  But I’m glad they had her, too, ’cause look at her!  Isn’t she lovely?  And she’s got little hearts on her eyechips and everything!

Little+ Cheshire Cat
Little+ Cheshire Cat

I’ve been seeing pictures of this one on Amazon for a while and sighing with despair, because there she’s like $40-50, which is outrageous for a Little Pullip+.  Or I think it’s outrageous, anyway.  (Others are free to disagree and pay whatever they like, so long as they don’t expect me to do the same.)  But I absolutely loved the doll, right?  So I’d been really wanting her, but what could I do about it other than sigh and want idly?

Where they're living right now
Where they’re living right now

This is the crazy location where these girls are living right now.  It’s only temporary–obviously, considering it’s like three dolls deep (there’s a middle row you can’t see)–until I can clean my house and get better displays in the portions of the house currently being used for nothing but garbage, but at some point I hope to get them a proper display together.

My Wonderful Package!

The order I shouldn’t have made has arrived!  And it is wonderful!  I’ll share the contents in the order in which they came out of the box…

Brand New Purezza
Brand New Purezza

When I took this doll out of the box, my first thought was a panicked one that they had sent me the wrong doll.  The photos I had seen online made me think her hair was lemon yellow, yet it turned out to be creamsicle orange.  Also I didn’t notice–at first–the table and chairs in the box with her, because I didn’t realize how small they folded up.  Once I noticed them, then I realized it really was the right doll, and the hair was just a totally different color than I had thought.  Which wouldn’t have been a problem at all if I hadn’t been planning on turning her into Kagamine Rin. 😦  Now I’m going to have to buy another doll to make into Rin.  I already had my heart set on having a Pullip of Rin’s Meltdown outfit, though, so I am not giving up on that!  (I think I’ll save money by going the Make It Own route, though.  That’ll also prevent further SNAFUs like this one.)

Alice du Jardin
Alice du Jardin

This beauty was the next one out of the box.  And obviously I loved her even more in person than I had in the online pictures!  (Because who wouldn’t?!)  I–along with, it would seem, about half the population of the world–adore Alice in Wonderland, and I also love many of the myriad ways it’s been re-interpreted and re-invented over the years.  (Not all.  I’ll never go that far.  But many.)  At this point, I have five of the Little Pullip Alice in Wonderland-themed dolls (though sadly not Alice herself), but Thursday marked the first arrival of a full-sized Alice-themed Pullip in my collection.  But she didn’t arrive alone… Continue reading

World Doll Day Exhibit

I spent this weekend setting up a doll display at the museum where I volunteer, to celebrate World Doll Day this coming Saturday.  So, I thought I’d share the display with you all!  Everything in the photos to follow is the property of the Eugene Field House and St. Louis Toy Museum.  (If you’re in the area, please come by and see the exhibit!  At the moment, it’s scheduled to stay up until the end of July.  Though that might change; the dates haven’t been run by the director yet.  I doubt she’ll object, but…one never knows anything for certain.)

The exhibit is exclusively on the first floor, in the two parlors.  The house dates to 1850, and has two parlors because at that time houses for the well-to-do had to have a “gentlemen’s parlor” and a “ladies’ parlor” so that men could visit with the man of the house and women could visit the lady of the house without them having to consort with each other.  (How shocking it would be to have to speak to the opposite sex in public!)  The gentlemen’s parlor faces the street, so I’ll start there, just as a tour of the house would.  (I will not be trying to share the basic tour information, however.  In part because I work down in the basement with the collection, and have only spotty knowledge of the basic tour’s contents.)

The Gentlemen's Parlor
The Gentlemen’s Parlor

I didn’t photograph the sofa in this parlor, because only one of the dolls on it was put out for the display; the rest were already out.  (As the museum is half toy museum, half historic house, there are always some toys on display.  I just like seeing the toys take over like this, the way they always do at Christmas.)  Turning along the same wall the desk is against, we pass by the fireplace and reach the piano:

Eugene Field's piano...with guests.
Eugene Field’s piano…with guests.

Since it’s the gentlemen’s parlor, I thought all the dolls on the piano should be male dolls.  Hopefully Eugene wouldn’t be offended that I put Mortimer Snerd right beneath his photo.  (I think he wouldn’t, though; I think he’d have enjoyed Mortimer Snerd.)  I’ll show close-up photos of the various dolls in a bit, but for now let’s move on to the ladies’ parlor.

The table is set up for a tea party, so I decided to turn into a dolly tea party by putting a Nancy Ann doll at each place setting:

Dolly tea party!
Dolly tea party!

 

There are two sofas in the ladies’ parlor, and I filled both of them with large(ish) dolls:

1st sofa
1st sofa

I’m not sure why the picture came out sort of yellowed like that.  But considering I was having to use a flash (normally not permitted, naturally) I didn’t want to take any more photos than necessary.

2nd sofa
2nd sofa

Opposite the sofas is the piano.  As with the one in the gentlemen’s parlor, I opted for all ladies on the ladies’ piano.  (I don’t think there would have been two pianos in the house in the 19th century, btw.  But what furnishings the museum has was partially dictated by what people donated, you know?  And the one in the gentlemen’s parlor actually belonged to Eugene Field, if I recall correctly.  This one may have some association with the family as well, though I’m not positive.  Like I said, my knowledge of the basic tour information is spotty at best.)

The piano ladies
The piano ladies

Beside the piano is a chair that I filled with a particularly large doll:

Huge doll!
Huge doll!

And this seems like the ideal time to shift from showing the over-all room to showcasing some of the individual dolls.   Continue reading