Pet Rainbow “Unity” (Kickstarter)

Something a little different now, but it’s such a timely project (in several ways) that I had to promote it here.  I was just made aware of this Kickstarter last night:

(c) Pet Rainbow Project.
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It’s not a Gay Pride rainbow, but I think the core values it’s promoting — particularly “Love” and “Respect” — fit in with the Pride Month theme.  Early on the Kickstarter page, the project’s mission is described as follows:

The goal of The Pet Rainbow Project is to teach core values that inspire positive behaviors so that together we can put an end to racism, bullying, violence and hate crimes.

By associating the rainbow’s colors with core values, Pet Rainbow brings to light a fun and engaging way that not only promotes our positive behaviors today, it helps create the positive leaders of tomorrow.

Promote this uplifting message and share it with the world, and help Pet Rainbow achieve its goal to end division, promote inclusion and create one incredible global unity for all.

One of the goals of the project is also to donate a number of these plushes to children’s hospitals.  (The number presumably being dictated by how much funding they get.)

Please check out the Kickstarter page if you have a moment, and consider backing them.

Light and Dark Fairies

I had the pics taken for a post on my Black Friday order from Tiny Frock Shop, but this takes precedence! 😀  (I’ll do the other post soon.)

You may remember a while back I posted about a Kickstarter I was backing:

(No, it's not actually a video. It's a screen-cap of a video. Click for source.)
(No, it’s not actually a video. It’s a screen-cap of a video. Click for source.)

Well, the tracking said they were going to be delivered today, and so at work today I kept checking the tracking over and over again, having become ever so slightly paranoid after what happened with my Junky Spot Black Friday order.  (Still no movement on that front, btw.  I’m afraid the “return to sender” packages all got shunted to the side in the holiday rush, and won’t get dealt with until January.  I may be wrong, of course, but…one way or another, those dollies are still in limbo.  Though as of today, almost all their clothes and other accouterments have arrived.)  But it kept not being updated beyond “out for delivery.”

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BJD Fairies and Centaurs

Okay, mostly this post is about the Light and Dark Fairy Ball Jointed Dolls that I mentioned backing on Kickstarter earlier.  According to their latest update, the company they’re working with is going to require them to order at least 20 dolls, so the fewer full-doll Kickstarter backers they have, the more they’re going to be out-of-pocket.  So I thought I’d post an advertisement for them here, in the hopes that maybe someone would see it who’d want to back them.

(No, it's not actually a video.  It's a screen-cap of a video.  Click for source.)
(No, it’s not actually a video. It’s a screen-cap of a video. Click for source.)

So, those are the dolls I backed.  Aren’t they cool?  Anyway, at present they’ve actually pre-sold fewer dolls through Kickstarter than they had earlier:  the other person who had picked the “Super Early Bird Special” backed out.  (So that’s now got one opening, for anyone who happens to know they’ll have $500 available nine days from now.  Ack.  $500.  Did I really promise them $500?  Ohmigod…what’s wrong with me…?)

You may be wondering, though, why the mention of centaurs?

Well, I came across this site selling all sorts of BJDs, and they were offering this deer centaur.  Given my recent sub-collection of deer dolls, I of course fell in love with the doll instantly.

But the thing is…based on the prices…I think it’s a knock-off.  I think the whole site is selling nothing but knock-offs.  So, the site is here.  Does anyone know it?  Is there any chance in heck that it’s legit?  (I fear there isn’t.  Such an awesome doll at such an affordable price is too good to be true…)

One last question.  If that site is selling knock-offs, can anyone direct me as to where to look to find the real thing of that doll?  ‘Cause she’s too freakin’ cute.  I so want one!

I am criminally stupid!

Ugh, after all that talk yesterday about trying to reign in my spending, and how much I’d already spent and so I needed to stop…why did I look at Kickstarter this morning?!?

*sigh*

What’s done is done, of course.  (Well, technically not.  The pledge won’t be collected for 29 days, that’s plenty of time to chicken out and cancel it.)

Okay, let me back up.  I went to Kickstarter to see if there were any new doll or toy related projects, because I am a glutton for punishment.

And there it was, Light & Dark Fairy Ball Jointed Dolls.

I have a thing for fairies.

I love dolls.

I’ve been wanting a 1/4 scale doll, and these are 1/4 scale.

And the “Super Early Bird Special” pledge level still had one opening, allowing one to get both dolls at a discounted price.

And I am a freakin’ moron.

*sigh*

So, yeah, I just pledged more to them than the Claudette pledge would be.  And yet I still want to get Claudette, too.  (Although in defense of my actions, getting clothes for these fairy dolls would be a lot easier than for Claudette, since their proportions are more standard for BJD dolls in their scale.  And this was two dolls instead of just one.)

And because my pledge moved the project from about 86% funded to about 107% funded, I would feel like an extra cad if I were to cancel the pledge.  (Like I’d cancel it.  Those dolls are incredibly cool!)

Even with $40 shipping (yes, seriously), it’s a pretty decent price for two 1/4 scale BJDs.  (I looked around at prices on the Junky Spot, and while some were cheaper, there were some that were actually more expensive, and almost none of them also came with resin wings.  (There was one Bobobie dude that came with wings and a tail, but no others did.))  The listing said they’d refund shipping to people attending the Atlanta BJD show in November, because they could deliver the dolls in person in that case, but that doesn’t help me much, since I live in Missouri, not Georgia.  (And I doubtless won’t have the time to go to Atlanta for a convention, between class and museum work.  Whether or not I could afford it would depend on various factors like my spending over the summer and how much the museum is going to pay me.)  Of course, since attending a convention would cost a lot more than $40, that wouldn’t really be any savings anyway. 😛  (For people who would be going regardless, then it’s a savings.  In my case, not so much.)

I think I need a roommate, someone to hover behind me and slap my hands away every time I try to order something online.

Or maybe that’s more of a babysitter.

Or one of those little things that sits on your shoulder and tells you to stop doing things you shouldn’t do.

A, uh, what’re those called?

Oh, yeah, they’re called Jiminy Cricket.  Yeah, I need one of those. 😛

More Kickstarter (plus some Barbie talk)

I don’t have time to do a real post today, still. 😦  (But I have a couple of posts I want to do as soon as I can get some photography done.  Hopefully it’ll be sunny tomorrow…)  However, I thought I would briefly point you towards some more Kickstarter projects.

Specifically, I especially wanted to point you towards this one:  Claudette, a curvaceous ball jointed doll.

The Kickstarter is to fund a 1/3 scale resin BJD that has more generous proportions, rather than the traditional super-skinny kind.  The prototype looks very pretty, and as someone with considerably more flesh than is healthy, I’m obviously all in favor of something less anorexic-looking than…um…every single doll I own.  (Ahem.)

The down side is that since the doll is 1/3 scale and resin, she’s going to be very expensive:  the lowest pledge level to get a doll is 420 Euros, which comes to around $460 US, before the likely very expensive shipping.  Yikes.  That’s almost my entire bank balance at the moment.  (Which is why, of course, I need to stop spending money, pronto.  As usual…)  Of course, the Kickstarter doesn’t end for 41 days (and being already at 86%, it seems a certainty that it’ll be fully funded) so I could, technically, obtain that money in the mean time, but…ugh, it’s a lot to drop on a single doll.  (Though it’s not unusual for a 1/3 scale doll to cost that much, or more than twice that much…)  For the moment, the doll will go on my “oh man, do I want that!” pile, and I’ll worry about whether or not I actually pledge to the Kickstarter later on.  (Especially I’d like an idea of what kind of money I’ll be getting in my stipend, and when.  I suspect it won’t be very much, but I have absolutely no idea how that sort of thing works, and I was embarrassed to ask.)

In any case, I wanted to pass the word along so that others could pass it along, so that anyone who’s interested in this unique doll (and can afford one) will have the chance.

Of course, speaking of curvaceous dolls, I assume everyone’s already seen photos of the new “curvy” Barbie body, right?  I only saw the ones that Time magazine posted online (there may have been more in the printed version) and so far I can’t say I’m impressed.  Something just looked off about her.  (Possibly because she still had a Barbie face, which looked rather out of place above a more meaty body.)  I think the parts that bothered me especially were her legs and chest.  The really long legs don’t fit well with the fleshier shape, to my mind.  More importantly, her chest was pretty small, making her backside larger than her top, which is just not attractive.  (And, let’s be honest, the point of a fashion doll is to be attractive, irregardless of all else.)  In my experience, the tendency is to gain weight relatively uniformly.  I know there are women who gain more in the stomach and buttocks than in the breasts (technically, I’ve tended a little more heavily towards the lower half of the body in the last ten years or so, but not to the extent that I look particularly lopsided), but I think, overall, the majority gain weight in a relatively uniform fashion, and the doll would have benefited from being more balanced in that regard.

Naturally, seeing a few photos are not the same as seeing the doll in person.  And yes, I’ll probably get one eventually.  (When I have more money again…)  Actually, I pretty much definitely will.  I want to compare her to the Rosie O’Donnell doll that Mattel put out…uh…whenever that was.  (I’m wanting to say very early 2000s, but it might have been very late 1990s.  I’m really not sure anymore, and the doll’s in my over-filled hall closet, so I don’t want to dig her out and check the package’s copyright date right now.)  The doll had a unique body as well as a unique face, and as I recall (haven’t set eyes on it in years) both had a pretty decent resemblance.  I never actually opened the doll (I kept hoping Mattel would release some clothes based on some of her movies, particularly her uniform from A League of their Own) but if they ever did, I didn’t find out about it.  Still, with a new Barbie body to compare her to, that seems a good reason to finally let her out of the box.  Getting some other less scrawny dolls might be an interesting comparison, too, but I’m not sure what else would fit the comparison bill.  (Lammily, maybe?)

Also on the Barbie front, I’ve heard that the articulated Silkstone Barbie is going to be a very affordable $40, so once I have some money again, I may have to pick up one of those, too.  I don’t have too many of the Silkstone dolls (and most of them were gotten at Tuesday Mornings…) but I do love the weighty feel of the material, so having one that’s jointed at the knees, elbows and wrists should be pretty neat.

Anyway, you may recall that at the beginning of the post, I mentioned more than one Kickstarter project to direct you towards, right?  Well, digressions now having been fully digressed, here’s the other one:  Sweet Plush — Candy-themed Designer Plushie Toys.

(Hmm, kind of a theme with the last time I posted about a Kickstarter project…)  These plushies are animal/candy fusions, and very cute…although the 2D keychain versions may be even cuter.  This one has 12 days to go, and is only about 25% there so far, so they could use some help.  One of the pledge rewards — apart from the plushies themselves — are some very cute, 3D decorated smart phone cases with an icing and candy theme…but I don’t have a smart phone, so they’re of no use to me. 😛  (Actually, while they look great, I don’t know that they’d be very functional; they’d get all wrecked up in your purse, surely.  Or they would in mine, anyway.  Everything gets wrecked up in there.)

Kickstarter kitties

Well, plush kitties.  Sort of.  But I’ll get to that in a minute.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything to this blog (for a change, my “main” blog has been getting more of my attention in the last week), and that’s in part because I never seem to have a moment to take any photos while there’s still, you know, daylight.  This room is terrible for night photography.  I actually have a couple of posts’ worth of things I need to photograph:  some wigs came in from Etsy, and I found some goodies at Target that I want to share.  But I don’t seem able to get the finkin’ photos taken!  (Maybe tomorrow I’ll manage it.  Though that was what I was thinking last night, so…)

Aaaanyway, thing is, I just backed another Kickstarter project, and unlike the last project with a toy as the intended result (I’ve also backed a few books and such since then), this one is actually already fully funded, and so now they’re trying to make their stretch goals.  Which is where this post comes in, because one of the stretch goals is this:

(c) Holly Guenther / Kimchi Kawaii (Click to go to image source)
(c) Holly Guenther / Kimchi Kawaii
(Click to go to image source)

They’re funding a line of plushies that are hybrid cat and coffee shop foods.  The main plush is “Catpuccino”, a Starbucks-like coffee cup with a kitty lid and a tail.  It’s very cute, but “Mewcaron” is by far the cutest, in my opinion.  But they need to get — as the image shows — $18,575 to add the plush to the line, and as of my pledge tonight they only have $14,265, and four days to make up the difference.

So I thought I’d post this and see if I could help them hit that $18,575, ’cause I so want “Mewcaron” as my reward for backing them!  (There’s also a really cute keychain, but that’s not part of the stretch goals, so there’s no risk of not getting that one.)

If you’re interested — or you know someone else who might be interested — you can click the picture to go to their Kickstarter page, or click here.

And, like I said above, hopefully I’ll have some new pictures to put up tomorrow or the next day.  (Hopefully.)

EDIT — They made it!  “Mewcaron” got funded! 😀  Of course, now I’m wondering if I should increase my pledge level to get “Catpuccino” as well after all.  (Or maybe just the keychain version…?)

New Year’s first blather post

Or something like that.  First I want to talk about the preceding two posts, the New Year’s Eve and New Year’s day special posts.

New Year's Eve 1

Barbara’s dress (and shoes) are from the Barbie Look collection.  Neither fits her perfectly, but…they look all right.  (But it’s killing the shoes; the stiletto heels keep bending and warping.)  Ironically, if I had waited until the mail came in (and had checked it before 10 p.m.), I could have put her in her beautiful new red dress from Etsy.  But I didn’t, so she’s still wearing this.  (I’ll show her new dress soon.)

The table came with my sole Ever After High doll, Madeline du Jardin.  (Formerly Madeline Dupres, formerly Maddy Hatter.)  However, I re-painted the roses to be darker, and the table to be sparkly black, so it would look more Monster High.  The food and stuff is totally random, in a variety of scales. *shame*  The cupcakes are Moxie Girls (I think), the stack of cups is Liv (I think), cake slice and the crepe are erasers that I thought might be good for Kaiko (to take the place of KAITO’s signature ice cream bar), the tea pot is Monster High (though I think it might actually be a watering can), and I have no idea where the little pink wine glass came from.

New Year's Eve 2

Yeloume’s dress is Only Hearts Club, but her shoes are…uh…whichever little sister of Barbie those shoes came from.  (Stacie, I think?  Or is her name Courtney?  I know the doll they came with, I just can’t remember her name…)  I think the shoes match the dress better than the shoes that actually came with the dress.  I totally want to re-body Yeolume, btw.  Not only does she have minimal posing ability, but her joints are all quite loose, particularly her hip joints.  I want her to have a body that doesn’t flop around so much, even if it’s not much more posable than the one she’s already got.  (I was thinking a Licca body might be good for her.  I’m going to compare the sizes when I do the body swapping for the Licca Miku duo.)

New Year's Eve 3

No, she did not come in that dress.  She came in a green dress.  (She’s a collector’s doll, as you might guess by the jewelry (which is original to her), the face-up and the eyelashes.)  I found her at Tuesday Mornings cheaply enough that I actually bought two, this one and one to leave in the box.

Pyrrha's party dress 1

I know I’ve previously mentioned that I had bought Pyrrha a new dress, which I had to give a colorfasting treatment before she could wear it, just in case, but somehow I hadn’t actually gotten around to showing it yet.  So here it is.  In an older photo, because Pyrrha is still in pieces, with a blank face. 😦  (But at least I’ve gotten glue sticks, so now her eye chips are also out, and I’ve been able to test the ones I’ve made.  I’ll post photos tomorrow or so.)  The dress is by NinaBella9, who also made her “main” outfit, the whitish two piece with the reddish paisley and the black hat.  (I still don’t know where those shoes came from, though…)  Anyway, the feather boa she was wearing in the New Year’s Eve photo came from Jo-Ann’s…or was it Michael’s?  It’s just an untreated crafting product. 😛  (And may have stained the interior of her kneecap, strangely…)

New Year's Eve 6

I got this little guy at Michael’s.  I know there’s no reason to think of Falcor as flying overhead to herald the new year (even in the book, that never happens), but I’ve been looking for an excuse to do something with him ever since I got him. 😛  (Naturally, the tag called him a “good luck dragon” so they wouldn’t infringe copyright.  But he is so totally Falcor.)

"Akemashite omedito gozaimasu!"
“Akemashite omedito gozaimasu!”

The new Made to Move body is amazing.  (And the $15 price tag is sweet!)  It’s actually better for posing than that Obitsu body I got for Len.  (You know, the one that was too small!)  I’m totally going to get more of these.  Definitely Teresa will be next, but I just had to start with this one, because having her kneel in that kimono was going to look so awesome.  I meant to do something nicer with her hair than the simple ponytail she came with, but…time prevented me from actually doing so.  (Next year, for sure.)

New Year 1

Since this doll had the same face mold as the Barbie from the New Year’s Eve party, I thought I’d just go with the joke(?) that it was really the same doll.  (The pink hair is not, however, a wig.)  This is my favorite Barbie face mold, btw. 😀  (Oh, and this box is where I got the spelling for the Japanese greeting, so if I got it wrong, I apologize.)

New Year 7

And this is the reason this Bratz doll is still in the box:  the box is too cool to open. 😛

New Year 10

Yeah, this one was random.  I had brought the mini Lalaloopsy in to photograph her, then forgot to give her to any of the dolls who could hold her, and…well, Mulan was the next closest I could find to a doll in a kimono.  (If I’d thought about doing this more than a few days before actually doing it, I could have ordered some Pullip, Blythe or Monster High-sized kimonos from Etsy.  But as it is, the one I put on Lea was the only one to spare.)  The reason Mulan’s face looks a slightly different color than her body is that it’s got a color-change treatment on it:  it turns white, so you can give her the half-painted, half-unpainted face like during that one song.  (Yes, this is a doll I bought back at the time the movie came out.)

Okay, so before I finish talking about these posts, the album for the party is here, and the album for New Year’s day is here.  (But the Pyrrha photos aren’t in those albums, only in Pyrrha’s own album.)

Now, other stuff.  I had wanted my last toy purchase of 2015 to be She-Ra related, since it was her 30th anniversary, but since Mattel stubbornly refused to admit that She-Ra was a doll line that had been aimed at girls, all they’re making these days is those hideous action figures that look nothing like the dolls, so I couldn’t buy anything new.  And I hit all the used places around here that reliably carry used/vintage toys on the 30th, but couldn’t find any that I didn’t already have.  (And I didn’t have time to scour the antique malls on the off chance of finding one.)  So I was going to go on Etsy and buy a vintage one there (even though I wouldn’t have gotten her until this year) but the Perfuma I had favorited was “unavailable” when I clicked on her listing, even though it didn’t say “Sold” on my favorites menu. 😦  And I didn’t want to buy one of the wave 2 dolls, since their 30th anniversary would be this year.  (Well, not like there were a lot of them on offer, of course, but I could have gotten an Entrapta…)  Besides, I wanted to recapture a part of my own childhood, not to get a doll I’d never had before.  So I had to content myself with some fan art instead.  Well, “content” is not quite the word, but…it was something I wanted to get, so…yeah.

Moving on, I’m disappointed by the early shots of the new look Mattel is going to give Monster High later this year, but I’ll wait until I see them in person to give a final opinion.  However, this has all the earmarks of executive meddling, by making the dolls simpler, and thus less costly to make, in order to increase the profit margin on each unit.  (Not only was each successive wave getting more elaborate, many of the new characters had entirely new and unique bodies on top of the unique facial sculpts each character had always had.)

Anyway, before I made that Etsy purchase, I let myself into yet another way to drain away my money:  I made my first pledge on Kickstarter.  The project is called Dream Big Friends, for an articulated 10 inch doll called Yuna.  The doll is very cute, and as of about 10:30 this morning, they still needed to raise $100,000 more by January 3rd if the doll was to go into production.  So if you see this before then, check it out and maybe help them out, okay?  (Fortunately, at the moment there don’t seem to be any other doll projects looking for funding, so I may be safe there for the time being…but this morning I already upped my pledge from the “one doll” rewards level to the “two dolls” level, to help out more.)

Anyway, the next few days will hopefully feature a number of posts.  I’ve got a number of photos of Pyrrha’s (unpainted) face “testing out” eye chips, and Mei-lin is nearly finished (once her hair gets here), as is the all-Obitsu male doll.  (Whose name is still uncertain, but I know his epithet already.)  Plus once the other Pullip wig arrives, there’ll be a wig-swapping post.  (Said wig is coming from Quebec, so it shouldn’t take too long.)  Oh, and there’s Hangry’s new outfit (which I actually bought for a different doll) and Barbara’s new dress, so I’ll probably show those in a single post, too.