Not the Blythe-like doll.  (Though I’m curious about them, obviously.)  Nope, this is a doll from the Winx line.

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She’s been standing on one of my shelves in the back row for years, so I don’t have any in-box shots. 😛  I love her all-blue, sparkly outfit, and the ringlet curls to either side of her head.  No idea who she is (or any of the other Winx dolls) but she’s definitely got style. 😀  She’s leaning against the background here because her lower leg is warped. 😦

Icy 3

A close-up of the damage.  I thought, when I got her off the shelf for these photos, that the way she was standing there was the problem, that something had been pushing on her leg and had been hidden by the other dolls.  But the Winx doll from the Make it Pop post had the same problem.  I have a couple of other Winx dolls of about this age; I need to check them and see if they’ve got the same issue.  (Though why the left leg warps and not the right is decidedly perplexing…)

Dolly in motion
Dolly in motion

I had tried to get a shot of her leg while she was still standing up.  But she chose just that moment to topple over, and this was the resulting shot. 😛  Usually, it doesn’t end up with such a neat, easily understood resulting shot when that happens, so I thought I’d share.  (Also, I didn’t have much to say for this post…)

Well, that’s been “I is for Icy.”  I realize it’s been brief.  In fact, it’s been so brief that I didn’t want to give it its own gallery, and so I’ve just put the pictures in the Winx gallery.  Anyway, I promise that tomorrow’s post will be more involved than this one! 😉


Make it Pop – Doll Review

Er, mini review, really, as I’ve only got an hour to get this written and posted before it’ll be April 1 and impinge on April A-to-Z.

But before I get to the review, I just want to share a bit of an amazing find.  As I was leaving lunch today, I couldn’t make a left turn because of traffic, and had to make a right instead.  As I was looking for a spot to turn around, I realized I was almost at an antique mall I hadn’t been to in a very long time.  So I decided “what the heck” and went in.  I found a couple of things I wanted to get (including one of those cool metal dollhouses made by Marx Toys back in the ’50s or ’60s or whenever that was) but which were just a tiny bit too expensive considering I’ll probably spend a lot at the con this weekend.  But I also found something I couldn’t pass up.  The tag said “Vintage Ideal Miss Revlon Doll” and she was in pretty sweet condition…and only $20.  I’m no longer 100% sure she’s a real Miss Revlon doll, ’cause I thought Ideal put a maker’s mark on those — unlike the Little Miss Revlon doll, which is what I think this one doll of my mother’s is — but she sure looks like one.  I’ll do some research when I have more time.  Anyway, she’s really big:  about 22 inches (56 cm), and thus she makes my second 1/3 scale doll.  Obviously, she’s a very different kind of 1/3 scale doll — very little articulation, sleep eyes, older than I am — but I’m still pretty blown away by the realization.  (Yes, I bought her thinking she was about the same size as the “Frightfully Tall Ghouls” Monster High dolls…even though I had her in my hands, and I have three of the Frightfully Tall Ghouls, and yet I was not able to process that she was much larger than they were.  My visual senses are entirely lacking, apparently.)  I had planned on waiting to post pictures of her in a post on dolls in my collection that are older than I am, but now I’m thinking maybe she merits her own post.  And I’m totally going to try those 28″ Barbie clothes on her.  I’m thinking they may fit her better than they fit Juliet.

Okay, now that that’s over with, on with the review!

Make it Pop 1

So, when I hit Toys R Us or Target, new doll lines always catch my eye, and I usually want to pick one up to give it a look-see.  Because I’m like that.  And I’ve been seeing this line in Toys R Us for a while, but I was waiting to get one on sale, since they’re lacking in articulation points and accessories.  A few weeks ago, Toys R Us did a rather unusual sale where every doll and action figure in the store priced between $10 and $15 was “Buy One Get One 40% Off” and I figured that was probably the best I was going to do for some time.  Of the $15 ones (there are also $20 ones that feature slightly fancier outfits) I liked this one the best.

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Based on all the pictures of actual girls on the packaging, I’m assuming this doll line is tying in to some kind of television program or something.  I know zilch about it, but looking at the three girls in the pictures, I’m impressed:  there doesn’t seem to be a single Caucasian among them.  So here’s a fashion doll line in which none of the dolls represent a white girl.

Too bad they still all look like white girls in doll form.

Now, I normally don’t say much about packaging.  But this one gave me some considerable annoyance.  Like many dolls, she had universal annoyances in her head, right?  But one of them hadn’t gone all the way in, and so it started pulling out as I tried to remove her from the packaging…

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And this is what it did to her hair as a result. 😦

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Looks even worse from the side, doesn’t it?

I couldn’t smooth it back into place, so I had to pull it the rest of the way out.

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But I couldn’t just lift the blue part and slide that loose brown hair back under.  Because there’s brown hair from above and below the blue tucked into that ponytail holder.  And not front brown hair:  hair from the back of her head.  Now, I get that this was to hold the hairstyle in place without using glue.  And I’m cool with that.  But what I’m not cool with is the fact that the packaging ruined a hairstyle that would be between difficult and impossible to reproduce.

But that’s probably not a common situation.  In all the playline dolls I’ve gotten over the years, the universal annoyances usually are inside the head like they’re supposed to be.  And most little girls probably take the hair down anyway.

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So, here she is out of her package.   Cute, right?  No articulation in the elbows or the knees, but still cute.  But maybe you’re thinking her face looks familiar — and certainly nothing like the actress whose image is featured on the box.  Maybe you’ve already placed who she looks like (goodness knows I pegged them the first time I saw them) but maybe you’re not familiar enough with playline dolls to recognize her face.

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Does that help?

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I’m sure you can see it now! 😉  (And yes, both Make it Pop and Winx are Jakks Pacific.)

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So, the Make it Pop head isn’t quite the same head as the Winx head:  it’s a tiny bit larger, the mouth is a tiny bit different, the eyes are a tiny bit larger….but it’s basically the same head.  They mostly just scaled it up a little.

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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.

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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.

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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.)

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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.

Juku Couture

J is for Juku Couture
J is for Juku Couture

The blonde in the back is the daughter of Alice for my mad tea party.  Her costume is inspired by the traditional Alice costume, but doesn’t really replicate it, as such.  (Not that you can see it right now, mind you.  I just wanted to point out that the hidden costume will be revealed later, as it were.)