What’s that?

“What’s that, Michiru?”
“Shh, you’ll wake him…”


Yeah…that was random, I know.

I have no idea what that little fox thing is, either.  (I mean, other than some kind of kitsune spirit.)  He’s a blind box figure from something I don’t know.  But they had him at the anime store, and he was too cute to pass up. 🙂  I think he’s from that online game that the new Isul is a tie-in for.


Monster High Minis

I had hoped that week three of the April Alternative Challenge could be Princess Elizabeth.  (Which would have been especially appropriate today, since it’s the Queen’s birthday.)  Alas, she’s still at the dolly hospital. 😦  And if I’d had more time, I could have put up a really freakin’ awesome Princess of Power post (it will be coming eventually, I hope) but I have two major projects due on Monday, so I’ve been freaking out trying to get them done.  (And they still aren’t done, either.  I have to go back to the library on Sunday (skipping work!) and possibly on Monday, too.)

So this post is sort of slap-dash.  For which I apologize.

Anyway, so maybe you’ve seen the tiny, ragdoll-like Monster High Minis in stores, if you frequent the Monster High aisle.  (I know many don’t, especially since the reboot.)  They’re about as tall as the distance from the knuckle of my thumb to the tip (wow, that’s a precise measurement!) and super-cute, but Mattel’s sort of tricksy about them:  they sell some in sets where you can see what you’re getting, and the rest in blind boxes.  The visible sets get you hooked on the cuteness, and include little fliers to show you all the other ones you’re missing out on, and then you end up buying the blind box ones….and I’ve been kind of hooked on blind box figures lately anyway.  (Though that’s another post entirely. 😛 )

So I was trying to resist the lure of getting anything other than the packaged sets.  Then I was at Walmart looking for various stuff I didn’t find, and found an 8-figure set of Season 2 of the Monster High Minis (why do blind box figures get “Seasons” instead of something more normal?) and I just had to get it.  Mainly for these two:

Pineapple Deuce.  Pineapple.  Deuce.

How could I resist?

There were some other really cool ones in the set, too:

These two were exclusive to the set.  (Actually, I think the two fruity ones may have been, too…not that “fruity” is what they call them…) They’re also the only “gem” ghouls in the season.

So, a werewolf mermaid…is a weremaid?  Merwolf?   Yeah, I think I like that one…


Anyway, the background on the set had super-adorable illustrations of a strawberry Draculaura and a lemon Rochelle, so I found myself studying the little flier inside for the whole contents of Season 2, and there are so many of them that I just need, in that awful doll-collecting itchy way.  (Or maybe Clawdeen’s fleas feared the ocean water and jumped onto me?)

And then I had a look at the flier for Season 1 out of one of the packaged sets, and found that it actually had some pretty cool stuff, especially the space ghouls:

Though, honestly, I didn’t get this Frankie from a blind box.  I got her with the carrying case…

Most of those 28 minis came from sets of 3 (and the set of 8), but there have been a few blind box purchases, too…just enough that there’s actually one more mini than can fit in the case.  (I’m hoping Season 2 when it gets fully released will have a different case, maybe with more room, a more transparent cover, and a new mini to go with it.  But I’d settle for just a different mini…)

I guess this one’s supposed to be the new ghost, but to me she’s Spectra.  Because they have the same color scheme and all.  Anyway, she’s the odd one out, but she still has a home to live in, ’cause most of the blind box minis come in nice, interlocking lockers…

See?  She’s got a nice flat in a small high-rise.

But it seemed a bit lonely this way…

…so I let some of my other blind box figs move in, at least for the time being. 😛

Well, I realize that’s not been much of a post, but I have to go make dinner and then finally get to work on my school work for the day.  (I had to go to work today, so I didn’t have much time to work on my projects.)

Oh, I almost forgot!  There’s a project on Kickstarter right now to start a Fashion Doll Museum.  If anyone out there is interested, check it out — and pass it along to anyone else who might be interested, too!

An Order from the Barbie Collection

I went to The Barbie Collection.com because I wanted to get the new, articulated Silkstone Barbie.  Because what’s not to want about that?  (Well, if you’re me, anyway.  Online interactions may change the play experience.)

Silky 3

The box actually arrived wrapped up in tissue, but I tore it off in childish glee without thinking about a) photographing it in wrapper first or b) saving it to use as a packing material in case I need to ship anything fragile sometime in the future or c) using it as the interior wrapping in presents around here, as we always use gift bags and my mother recently decided to throw away nearly every piece of tissue any of us had.

Um, that veered off topic a bit…

Silky 4

So the back of the box shows that this doll is limited to 6,000.  Once upon a time, I thought that was a very small number.  But I now own a Pullip whose run size (offiically) was 500, so 6,000 no longer seems so tiny.  (Of course, I think Barbie’s got a wee bit larger market share than Pullip…)  Still, I’m pretty sure I’ve gotten Barbies in the past with a smaller edition size than this.  (I would check, but that would involve actual effort. 😛 )

Silky 5

Lifting off the lid, we see a layer of tissue held in place with a tag on a pretty gold ribbon.  Sliding one side of the ribbon out and then gently pushing aside the tissue we see…

Silky 6

She looks surprisingly morose for someone so special.  (Maybe she was depressed by the sight of my place, and all my other dolls…)

She’s held in place by carefully tied black ribbons.  Not a universal annoyance or even a twisty-tie in sight!

Untying the ribbons, I was able to get her out of the box with an ease not experienced in playline dolls.  (Not in playline dolls released in my lifetime, anyway!)  But I couldn’t photograph a doll like this in my usual setting, so I had to try to find something a tiny bit nicer.

Silky 8

It’s still not nice enough, of course.  I really need a proper set for her.  (Actually, I need a proper set, period.  But I don’t have room for one in here…though when I was at Jo-Ann’s today I nearly bought two different things thinking “oh, this could make a nice doll set!” before my brain reminded me I had no place to put such things.  I gotta clean this place up!)

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2 sets of 3

Or 3 sets of 2.

Or — more accurately — where a large(ish) chunk of my money went on Cyber Monday and Dumbass Tuesday.

But first, something entirely different!  (Well, not entirely, but almost.)

Roller-skating Barbie!!
Roller-skating Barbie!!

I finally got her!  Only my fourth try, which is pretty good, considering it’s me, and the number of other possible outcomes.  Her outfit doesn’t quite live up to the delight that was the original outfit; the original had shimmery cloth, and there were stripes on the front of the jacket.  But close enough!  The important thing is that I now have this adorable representation of my very first Barbie! 😀  I’ll definitely pick up more of these when I find them on sale/clearance, but no more at full price, I don’t think.  Not unless someone starts re-selling them unboxed so I can see what I’m getting.

Okay, now, moving on to Cyber Monday at JPGroove.

As you may (or may not) have noticed, I didn’t end up buying anything at Groove’s online sale on Black Friday.  It was 15% off the whole store, which sounds like a great deal, right?  Well, the reason I didn’t buy anything was that I had been eyeing one of their combo deals for about a week.  The combo was two cute Dals, at $95.95 for the pair of them.

But then they took that deal away for Black Friday.

And there just wasn’t anything else I really felt like I wanted enough to get.  Plus I knew they were having a “spend $100 and get a $20 off coupon code” from Nov. 30 to Dec 7.  So I decided to wait and see if they’d bring back that Dal deal.

And they did.

Hangry and Angry
Hangry and Angry

Cute, right?  They’re a set — though they weren’t released at the same time — in collaboration with designer (design company?) h.NAOTO.

On top of getting a $20 coupon code, they were also in the “US free domestic shipping” deal, which meant that if I added one other item — any other item — then the shipping would be free, even if it didn’t add up to $175, the normal free shipping price point.

Well, I wasn’t going to be stupid about that.  I wanted to add the cheapest possible item.  I’d often thought I’d like to get one or more of the original Little dolls (as opposed to the Little+ dolls) and as luck would have it, they were all on sale for either $10 or $15, so I added Little Cosmic Jupi to the order.  (I would have preferred Little Cosmic Mercu, but she’s out of stock…and yet they leave the picture there to taunt me.)

Little Cosmic Jupi and Little Cosmic R
Little Cosmic Jupi and Little R

I still haven’t opened them, so I can’t give an in-depth description of the difference between the original Littles and the Little+s, but from looking at them through the packaging, I’d say the big differences would be the plastic itself (or at least its texture), the quality of the paint job (to a certain extent), a slight difference in face shape, and possibly a slight difference in the quality of the eye chips.  But for “big” differences, none of them are really all that major; in fact, it’s possible R there is going to be one of my favorites; very adorable so far. 😛

Anyway, now on to Dumbass Tuesday.  (Which is actually where R came from, btw.)

I had gotten my $20 off coupon code, and went back to look at the shop to see what I wanted to use it on.  And I saw another combo deal, which included a doll I’d wanted for a while…and on that deal’s page were the words “Only 2 left in stock!”

So I decided to order it while I could.

Wonder Festival Batgirl and Comic Con Catwoman
Wonder Festival Batgirl and Comic Con Catwoman

Now, you may be wondering what about that makes it “Dumbass” Tuesday, and not just “Expensive” Tuesday or maybe “Tanned Pullip” Tuesday?

Two things.  One, as of the day this package arrived, the store still said they had “Only 2 left in stock!” and as of today they still have one left.  Two, because it was Dec. 1, I got another $20 coupon code (which is only good until the 24th).

What the heck am I supposed to buy now!?  I just bought four full-size dolls, and I’m not made of money here!

And yet, I hate to just let the code go to waste.  *sob*  (It is made worse by the fact that I just ordered another full-size doll from Mandarake, which I’ll get to talking about in a bit.)  I don’t think there’s anything to stop me from giving the code to someone else — it says it can only be used once, not that it’s non-transferable — so if someone wants it, let me know.  (Pref. someone I can give it to in a convo on Etsy, so e-mail addresses need not be exchanged in the public of the blogosphere.)

Oookay, so now settle in for a long post, ’cause I’m going to give a quick run-down on all four of these dolls!

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Black Friday Haul (Junky Spot +)

While I’m waiting for the caffeine to kick in so I can continue revising my paper (first caffeine I’ve had in over a month) and also during my lunch break, I decided to finish up the photos of my Black Friday orders, and get them posted here.

Though there’s actually still one Black Friday order that hasn’t arrived yet, and won’t for some time yet.  (Last time I checked my e-mail, it wasn’t even ready to ship yet.)  That’s because Makielabs was having a free shipping promotion for Black Friday, and since a Makie was already on my “it’s okay to get these” list for the season, I went ahead and ordered one.  I’m not sure when she’ll be ready to ship, or how long the shipping will take, but since it’s shipping from England, I’m assuming I won’t see her until January.  (Seriously, how weird is it that an English company was having a Black Friday sale?  I saw sites for stores in Japan and the Netherlands that were having them, too.  I guess it’s become a world-wide thing now.)

Anyway, on to the Junky Spot order!

The Junky Spot order
The Junky Spot order

So there’s the en masse photo of the whole order.  Almost all of it is stuff that was on my “I need to order this stuff soon” list.  But let’s start with what was on sale:

Hujoo Baby Suve (Apricot)
Hujoo Baby Suve (Apricot)

I had been wanting to get a Hujoo Baby, but hadn’t been sure if I should wait for them to get more Chocolate ones in, or if I should go ahead just in case the face I like gets discontinued.  (Like what’s just happened with JerryBerry:  I wanted the sleepy Berry 2011, who has just been discontinued and they’re sold out of her. 😦  The 2016 sleepy Berry just doesn’t have the right Io-chan look…)  But the Junky Spot cancelled my hesitation by putting Suve here on sale on Black Friday.  Not the biggest sale in the world (she was down to $18.99 from about $24.99) but enough to give me a push and decide to go ahead and get her.

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Tokidoki Blind Box Barbie Figure

So I was at Barnes and Noble yesterday, and in a seasonal section called “Stocking Stuffers” they had, among the random stuff, this new set of blind box figures, a collaboration between Tokidoki and Mattel, in celebration of Tokidoki’s 10th Anniversary.  (There’s also two — or was it three? — actual collector Barbies coming out in the same line, but obviously those weren’t available at the book store.)  Most of the time, when I see interesting blind box figures, I look at the box and say something along the lines of “oh, that’s cute; too bad they’re selling them this way” because I have bad luck with these things.  In this case, at first my reaction was “gee, I should get some of these if they put them on sale at some point” until I got to one side of the box…

The front of the box
The front of the box

I think all three of these are Tokidoki Barbies. Rather, I’m pretty sure the pink-haired one in the front and the purple-haired one in the back are the very limited edition Tokidoki Barbies being released this year.  The other pink-haired one I’m not sure about.  She might be a less limited edition one being released this year, or an earlier Tokidoki Barbie.  (I know there’s been at least one previous one.)

One side...
One side…

Superstar Barbie, Malibu Barbie, and the first African-American doll released simply as “Barbie.”  (Or that’s what it said somewhere…)  All three of these were released in reproduction form in the “My Favorite Barbie” line.  I never got the Malibu one of that repro line, though; she looked bizarre and sickly, just utterly unappealing to me.  But I got the other two. 😀  (In fact, I bought “Black Barbie” twice, one to leave in the box and one to open so she could wear her wonderfully disco second outfit.)

Two side...
Two side…

I’m pretty sure the one we get a full view of there is supposed to be 1986’s “Barbie and the Rockers” doll, but either the headband is all wrong, or the “My Favorite Barbie” version got the headband wrong.  (And yes, I got that one, too.  I sometimes feel like I was the only person in the world to buy and love that doll; she stayed on the shelf for freakin’ ever at my local Toys R Us locations.  I know she’s insanely ’80s, but that’s the charm!  Though I’m horrified at the thought that a doll young enough that I was too old to be buying dolls is now considered vintage enough to get a reproduction.)

THE side!
THE side!

This was the one that sealed my fate.  Once I saw this one, it moved from “oh, cute” to “OMG, I must purchase this!”  And why?  Because of the one in the front.  Roller Skating Barbie, from about 1981 or 1982.  The very first Barbie I ever owned.  I don’t have the doll anymore, but I do still have her clothes.

See?  (I don’t think I still have the skates, though.)

So I had to get one, murmuring over and over again “Please be Roller Skating Barbie!”

It wasn't. :(
It wasn’t. 😦

Naturally, I didn’t get the one I wanted.  (Do I ever?)  This is a Twist-n-Turn Barbie, but I don’t know the name of her fashion off-hand.  I’m pretty sure the fashion was recreated on a reproduction doll, which I thought I bought, but since she wasn’t one of the still-unopened Twist-n-Turn Barbie reproductions, the fashion might have been on this one:  I know that fashion was reproduced on a Gold Label collector’s doll, and after seeing a photo of said doll online, I know I’ve seen her in person.  The fact that I can’t find her either means I bought her and she ended up getting put somewhere that’s temporarily inaccessible and/or she fell behind something (like the dollhouse), or that I merely saw her, and didn’t buy her.  In any case, the Twist-n-Turn repro below is an entirely different one…though I think she did come in a green coat.  (I found one in one of my many stashes of Barbie clothes.  A bright green coat with pink flowers on it.   Not my style.  But I’m not sure if it came on this reproduction Twist-n-Turn or the redhead…)

She looks oddly cross-eyed in the photo...
Her eyes look weird in this photo…

I do like the figurine — and there are several others in the set that I’d like to have — but she’s not as cute as the drawings on the box, I don’t think.  It’s the nose.  Definitely the nose.  The drawings don’t have a nose, and I don’t think they should have added one; it doesn’t look right.  (In fact, part of me wants to sand it off…)  She also has a slight mark on her hair, which is unfortunate, but as I’m not sure what it is, I don’t quite know how to remove it without damaging her.

Anyway, the plea mentioned in the title of the post is this:  if anyone out there gets the Roller Skating Barbie figurine and is willing to part with it, please let me know!  I’ll trade this one — or something else from my toy collection that I’m willing to part with — or I’ll buy it from you.  Because if no one helps me out on this, I’m going to be buying those blind boxes until the cows come home, and I still might not find her.  (I’ve got her now.  It was awesome:  she was the only thing I ended up buying at the bookstore, and and I was walking back to my car, I sort of stroked the face of her illustration and said something along the lines of “please be in here this time” and she was!  (Which is good, because that was embarrassing enough as it is; imagine how much more embarrassing it would be if it hadn’t worked!))

But you know what?  I think someone involved in this collaboration has as much fond regard for Roller Skating Barbie as I do.  And why do I think that?  Well, for one thing, she’s the only one of those dolls that’s never been recreated as a vintage reproduction.  (Or if she has, then the universe has betrayed me by not letting me find out about it!)  And for another, even more telling thing, look at the other two dolls she’s paired with:  Solo in the Spotlight and the original #1 Ponytail.  The two most iconic Barbies.  But Roller Skating Barbie is in front of both of them.  In fact, she obscures so much of the #1 Ponytail that it’s almost impossible to tell that’s who that is:  you can only see a tiny bit of that iconic black and white striped bathing suit.  Admittedly, the other two sides also favor more recent Barbies — Superstar and the Rockers get the positions of primacy on their sides — but their competition is less primary than the two sharing the side with Roller Skating Barbie.

Now, that should have been the end of the post, but I went to Toys R Us today — mid-post, lol — in the hopes of using a 15% off coupon that expires today.  (Which was hard to do, because it doesn’t work on items that are on sale, and almost everything was on sale in some form or other.)

But they had something that I never thought I would see in person, let alone have a chance to buy:

Like, whoa.
Like, whoa.

I have been avoiding buying amiibos because I don’t want to add to the despicable trend started by Skylanders.  But there were a few I was willing from the start to make exceptions for, because they’re so rarely merchandised.  I missed my sole chance at Marth, because I was disgusted by how bad his paint job was, and then he never appeared in stores again, because everyone else apparently didn’t mind the terrible face paint.  And, of course, a game like Xenoblade Chronicles is even less likely to receive any kind of merchandise than Fire Emblem.  In fact, if Shulk hadn’t been included in Super Smash Bros., I’m sure they wouldn’t have given him an amiibo at all.

The odd thing is that Shulk’s amiibo was originally a GameStop exclusive, just like Xenoblade Chronicles.  I’m not sure when or how that changed, but on seeing him in TRU, I decided I couldn’t pass up the opportunity.  And his face is even pretty decently painted!

Much better than Marth's paint job.
Much better than Marth’s paint job.

The bitter part, however, is that I can’t actually use Shulk in Super Smash Bros.  Because they used his dub voice instead of his Japanese voice.  Ouch.  (In Xenoblade Chronicles, in the original Wii version anyway, you can pick which language to hear.  And the Japanese voices are excellent.  Though I still haven’t finished the game, I’m sorry to say.  I stopped in disgust when the up-until-that-moment-awesome female supporting character gave the princess the worst possible romantic advice ever.  And then I forgot how the control scheme worked and some of the details — though I remember frequently telling the princess’ brother to stop looking like Albedo if he was a good guy — of the story, so it was decided that I’d replay it on my brother’s Wii-U, so he could watch the story.  Only then this semester happened, and so we haven’t actually gotten past the attack on the colony.  *sigh*  That’s yet another thing on my “to do over winter break” list, I guess…)  Anyway, there’s lots more photos of Shulk, and a few more of the Tokidoki Barbie figurine, in the gallery for this post.

Ack.  It’s 5 pm, and I haven’t touched my research.  I was supposed to spend all day trying to compile my notes so I can hopefully start drafting my final papers during the Thanksgiving Break.

Probably not much point in starting now.  Guess I’ll work on my reading until dinner, and then compile like crazy after dinner.

And work on my NaNo novel.

Okay, I need more hours in the day!  Where can I order more hours?