Deliveries and New Doll Year

Okay, so today I’m trying something new.  Because I only seem to have time to blog, lately, during my lunch breaks at work (and when I’m having to man the register and have no tasks I can do from there), so I’m going to try to write up this post offline at work.  (I mean, yeah, I could do it online, but since I don’t have my photos uploaded anyhow, why bother logging in to WordPress on the museum’s laptop?  And I’m not trying to write a post on my iPad without my keyboard.  No freakin’ way.)

Er, okay, anyway.  So, I want to tell you about three deliveries that came in the same day, and also talk about my dolly goals for the New Year.

The deliveries all came on…uh…Monday?  Tuesday?  No, no, it was Monday.  I think.  (Ack.  I totally meant to write this post the same day, or at least the next day, but…somehow, it’s now Thursday, and I’m only just writing it.  My life is nuts.)  Anyway, it only looked like two deliveries at first, because there was a box and a bag sitting on the porch when I got home, but then I found the third delivery inside the mailbox.  And we’re starting with that one because.

This order of tiny dolly clothes from nubanded on Etsy marks the arrival of the last of the items I ordered for the dolls from my Black Friday Junky Spot order.

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If you can read the little stickers, you’ll see that three of the five are marked as “gifts.”  I don’t know if that was just to be nice, or if it was an apology that it took so long to get the order shipped, but it was really sweet either way. 🙂  Of course, now I’ll have to figure out where/on whom to use the extra clothes. 😛

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Melitta’s new dress is super-adorable on her, but kind of doesn’t match her hair.  I may have to get her a new wig.  (Or just do some wig-swapping, I suppose, until I find a combination I like among my BJD Ai and Little+ dolls.)  I was going to give Ted the yellow shoes, too, but they really didn’t fit him.  Actually, the clothes Melitta was wearing are a little big on him all around, but…

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I found this Little Dal+ Taurus at my local Tuesday Mornings quite some time ago.  Her stock clothes didn’t do a thing for me, of course, and when I bought her I thought I’d probably replace her wig, too.  The wig I turned out to like, though, so it was just a matter of finding her something new to wear.  Enter this exceptionally adorable outfit!

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I love her flashy eye make-up. 😀

So, moving on!  For no readily apparent reason, I’m going to move on to the delivery that came in the bag next.  It’s the reward I got for backing a Kickstarter.

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These are the Crabapple Cousins, the main reward for the Kickstarter.  Aren’t they cute?  (Seriously, though, what is with the adorable food/animal fusion toys lately?  It’s not that I’m not enjoying them, but…what’s up with that?)

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The postcard and enamel pins didn’t really fit in the previous photo.  Figured I might as well include one of the plushies in this shot to give an idea of their scale.

There were also a couple of die-cut stickers in the backer reward, but in the interest of getting this post finished up, I’m going to skip over them and leave them for the gallery. 😛  So, moving on, the last of the three deliveries was a delivery from Tonner.

I learned from Confessions of a Doll Collector’s Daughter that the Tonner company is changing its methods.  Hopefully they know what they’re doing and have thought this through, but that’s not the point:  the point is that they’re discontinuing almost every doll line they’ve got.  So suddenly it’s a case of “if you don’t get ‘em now, you might never get ‘em.”  Because that’s just what I need right now, right?  Worse still, very little is on sale at their online store; it’s just never going to be restocked.  (And naturally I got there after they’d sold out a really lovely Indian-themed Ellowyne Wilde doll, and all they have left of Sad Sally is clothing.)  Since Tonner dolls are pretty expensive, ordering them full price is daunting—somehow more daunting than ordering Blythe and Pullip dolls, even though the prices are comparable.  But two of them were on sale.

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This is the City Girls line, which is labelled as being a beginner’s collector doll.  I’m not sure if the doll’s name is Houston, or if it’s her home town.  *shrug*  It’s kind of fun as a name, though, so I’m going with it as her name at the moment.

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I’ve wanted a Maudlynne Macabre since seeing pictures of her on the Confessions blog, but she was no longer being manufactured, and therefore had been jacked up in price from third party sellers.  (Or maybe I was just a moron and couldn’t find the Tonner site at that time?)  But now Tonner has her in stock, and on sale for $30!  So she’s really the reason I made the order. 😀

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A scale comparison.  I was surprised at how big Houston was!  I suspect she’s the same size as an Ellowyne Wilde and other Tonner 16” dolls.  (I totally should have grabbed Emma for this comparison shot!  That was totally stupid of me.  If I say “totally” one more time, I may transmogrify into an ‘80s girl all over…)  I’m looking at “slim MSD” sized clothes for her.

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I’ve found a couple of specifically Ellowyne Wilde outfits on Etsy that I’m thinking of buying.  One of them is more of a suit, which I think will suit Houston nicely.  The other is a colorful party dress, which I think will nicely suit the Ellowyne Wilde I’m thinking of getting.  (I know, I don’t need to get one of her at all, but look at her name!  How can I not get a doll named Ellowyne Wilde?)  Since the only Ellowyne Wilde dolls left on the Wilde Imagination site are quite expensive, I’ve been shopping around, and found a “basic” Ellowyne from 2015 (“basic” meaning she’s basically in her undies, naturally) with short red hair that I’m thinking of getting, as it’s nice hair and she’s significantly cheaper because she doesn’t have a fancy outfit.  I’m also thinking of getting a basic Evangeline Ghastly, too, but she’s rather pricey, so I may not.

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I’m hoping to find a good time and place to take some suitable outdoor photos of this cutey.  She needs something grim and dreary, but also pleasant, the sort of place the Addams family might go for a picnic. 😛

Okay, so that’s the deliveries covered.  Now on to the dolly goals!  (Got this idea from Olive, of course.)

My biggest doll goal for the new year is actually to stop buying so freakin’ many of them.

I am not on a good path for that, so far.  (In addition to what I’ve told you about, I’ve also ordered a Betsy McCall (another Tonner), the Made-to-Move-style Wonder Woman before she disappears on me altogether, and several vintage dolls from Etsy that I’m very excited about.  And I had a trip to Target the other day that ended up with three new dolls coming home with me, including one of the Shibajuku Girls, which I’ll post about more fully later.  Uh, at some point.  Like after I finally post about the yoga doll…)

So, I’m trying to at least tell myself to hold off on the “ooh, that’s new” and “ohh, it’s on sale!” purchases.  (She says, after having bought a goofy playline Barbie just ‘cause she was on clearance at Target and had transparent blue hands.)

I do have a few things I actively want to buy this year, though:

  1. My very first composition doll. (Already on the way!  Yay!)
  2. A translucent Blythe (but only if a new one is released this year)
  3. UFO a Go Go (if I can find someplace to put her)
  4. Uh…there was at least one more, but now I don’t remember what it was…

Mostly, though, I want to hold off on most purchases until such a time as I’ve finished cleaning up my house and can add new shelves to hold them all.  (I also kind of want to get one of those backyard plastic sheds to temporarily hold stuff while I’m cleaning, and then to be a crafting area after the massive cleaning endeavor is over.  But that is perhaps a ludicrous waste of money, since it turns out those things are not cheap.  And at this time of year, they’d be horribly cold.  And in the summer they’d be horribly hot.  So probably not a good idea.)

It is possible that I won’t have to work on Saturday, as the museum may be closed due to inclement weather.  In which case I plan to finally take those photos so I can get that next post up!  (But if we’re not closed…)

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Onyx

While there are a lot of different places I could go with that title, I happen to be going to this one:

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The Tuesday Mornings in my area have never been very good at getting in full-size dolls, but for a while there they were a real treasure trove of Little+ Pullip and Dal.  Onyx here has always been one of my favorites. 😀

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It’s so rare for Groove to release a doll with this skin coloration!  (It really needs to become more common.)  I think her purple eyes really look good against the dark skin.


 

Hmm, you know, I should have taken a photo of the die cast shield that belonged to another Onyx I used to own:  the one from Galoob’s Golden Girl line.  Yeah, that would have been good.  (No longer have any of the dolls apart from one I found at an antique mall, but of course I kept their awesome shields!)

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.))

Rory the Roman!!

For most major three day weekends, the local used store that’s been such a gold mine for goodies has a big sale, including 33% off all used toys.  So naturally I went in to check it out yesterday.  (The sale starts on Friday, rather than on Saturday.  Don’t ask me why; I don’t know.)  They always seem to get in new stuff right before one of these major sales, and this time was no exception.  Nearly the entire bottom shelf of one of the cases was taken up with those blind box Doctor Who Titan figures, including…

Rory the Roman!!
Rory the Roman!!

This is practically the only one of those figures I really wanted.  In part because this is, as far as I know, the only way they’ve merchandised Rory in his Roman centurion gear.  It’s like, seriously?  Why isn’t there a full regular figure of him this way?  There’s a regular figure of him, there’s a regular figure of an ordinary plastic Roman, so why not one of Rory the Last Centurion?  Sheesh!  (I mean, I guess one could custom-make one, swapping the head off the ordinary Rory onto the body of the ordinary plastic Roman, but…I think said plastic Roman had a different body type than Rory’s, so that wouldn’t even work anyway.  It’s like “Get with the program already!”)

3/4 view.  Because.
3/4 view. Because.

He does have one small smudge on the side of his nose (the other side, not the one in the picture above, obviously 😛 ) but noticing that made me think of a quote from an episode in which Rory does not dress as a Roman.  (But does, at one point, wear ’60s glasses that make him look like he shrank.  His face was not made for bulky glasses.)

“I’m the Doctor, and these are my companions, code-named the Legs, the Nose and Mrs. Robinson.”

Hehe…totally mean, but so funny!  Besides, the Doctor’s always had his mean side.  (Check out the un-aired, original version of the first episode sometime.  In addition to Susan being way more interesting and unearthly, the Doctor is decidedly much meaner than usual.  And he could get pretty cranky in his first body!  Well, you know how it is when you’re young…)

Aaaaanyway, since I already had the guy opening the case, I ended up getting a bunch more of them.  I would have gotten Kiss-o-gram Amy to keep Rory company, but she cost twice as much, and I just wasn’t going to pay that much, y’know?  I took individual shots of all the new ones, but to save blog space, I’m not going to post those here–there’ll be a gallery link at the end–and instead I’ll just show the group shot I did with the two I already had, the first Doctor and Strax.

Doctors assemble!
Doctors assemble!

Sadly, they didn’t have the second Doctor or the eighth Doctor, and the sixth Doctor was bizarrely expensive.  So the collection is not complete.  Uh, well, obviously not, what with missing the whole new contingent (apart from John Hurt because, you know, he’s John Hurt!) but their costumes are all so dull that I just couldn’t see my way to paying money for them.  Besides, this lot already came to a fair amount.  Though much less with the 33% off and all.

I was surprised at just how many different things there were those little figures of, though.  I mean, you had all kinds of Doctor variations:  there was a black and white first Doctor (which I totally would have gotten if I didn’t already have the colorized version), there was the eleventh Doctor coated in that red stuff from the episode with Diana Rigg, and there was even the tenth Doctor, in his pajamas, holding a sword, with one hand cut off.  That’s really, really specific, you know?  (Also, slightly morbid.)

I think the only other one I was tempted to get was one of those clockwork robots from “The Girl in the Fireplace.”  Because those things had a really fabulous design, and the episode was pretty good.  (Ending needed work, though.  He shoulda come back the long way.  That would have been way more interesting all around.)

Also, btw, Davros does not work in this format.  Period.  Looked ridiculous.

Anyway, so that’s what I found at the first location of this chain.  I also visited the other location.  What I found there wasn’t nearly so interesting, but I thought “why not?”  (Though there was something else interesting there, which they’ve actually had for a while, but I just wasn’t going to buy a Batman Nendoroid.  Iron Man, sure, but Batman?  Nope.  Costume’s too dull.)

Storm doll
Storm doll

The copyright date on her foot says 2000, so I guess this was a tie-in to the first movie.  (Though honestly, I only like First Class and Days of Future Past.  My brother showed me all of the other movies so I could watch Days of Future Past and fully get it, but…the original three didn’t do much of anything for me, despite that I liked a lot of the cast.)  I’m not a fan of this outfit as doll clothing.  It works in the movies, but on a doll?  No, not for me, thanks.  But then it turned out there was almost nothing I could have her wear, after I went through the arduous task of removing her original garb (and from the damage to the sleeve, I’d say her previous owner at least tried to re-dress her, even if they failed to do so in the end) and I ended up having to put her in a Barbie dress that’s a bit too big and looks ridiculous for stylistic reasons.

Storm's new (temporary) garb
Storm’s new (temporary) garb

And why, you may ask, was it so difficult to get her into any other garment?  Well, in word, this is why:

Nightmare hand
Nightmare hand

Seriously, they could not have picked a more awkward pose for that hand!  It makes it impossible to get her into almost any other clothes.  (Okay, yes, I know they didn’t intend you to remove the clothes…but since they did, in fact, make the clothes removable, they had to know people were going to remove them!  And it’s like they designed that hand purposefully to discourage you from trying to re-dress the doll.)  I’m going to have to make something for her by hand, I fear, which will mean it’ll look terrible.  But that black (faux) leather thing looked awful to begin with, so…anyway, I’m thinking of studying my brother’s statuette of Storm in her comics costume and trying to emulate that for her outfit.  That should look a lot better, though I’ll probably need to paint her gloves and shoes white.  I probably also need to do something about her staining:

Serious staining
Serious staining

Looks like she’s badly bruised, doesn’t it, like she’s just been in a terrible brawl?  (Of course, being a superheroine, terrible brawls are kind of her stock-in-trade…)  The weird thing is, she’s only stained on one side.  It’s like the previous owner got her clothes half off and left them that way, so that only the other side of her body got stained.  Weird.

Anyway, despite Friday being a pretty good day, today was a pretty terrible day.  Everything just kept going wrong.  I forgot I had no money, I didn’t take a meal bar with me, “closing at noon” turned into “closing at 12:30” turned into the reality of not leaving until 2:00, I got cut off for the last parking place at the antique mall, and when I finally got into the antique mall, the only thing inside I actually wanted I couldn’t have, because it was $255, and I wasn’t paying that for a board game I had as a child, no matter how rare it is now.  (And seeing as it’s an electronic board game, who knows if it even still works!  But man….I loved the Dark Tower.  That was the most awesome board game ever.  Why they haven’t re-released it, seeing how expensive it is as a vintage item, is beyond me.  Although maybe now there are copyright issues, since Stephen King used the name for one of his books?)

But when I got home, I was surprised to find two packages on my front porch.  One was literally nothing (seriously, it was granola bars; don’t ask) but the other I was really amazed by, because I only ordered it on Thursday morning, and although the box said “2 day priority” on it, I don’t recall hitting the “expediting shipping” toggle, nor did the shipping cost look like I’d paid for expedited shipping, either.  (Though the order was placed through Amazon, it wasn’t from them, so the shipping is all third party stuff.)  In any case, that helped me feel a bit better, because all the contents of that Thursday order were little dollies:

Little Dal+ Soldier of Cards
Little Dal+ Soldier of Cards

Yup, the vendor got more of them in, so I’m one doll closer to a complete set on the Little Alice series!  Yay!  Of course…I’m not likely to get any closer than this.  I saw Pink Alice on Amazon…for $25 plus $10 shipping.  That’s more than I want to pay.  Besides, why would I need two Alices?  And as to the Mad Hatter…I’ve never even seen anyone selling her.  I bet she costs a lot on the rare occasions that anyone does sell her. 😦  I should home-brew a Little+ Mad Hatter.  Not sure from what, though.  I mean, should I stick with Dal, switch to Pullip, or maybe Byul?  (I do have a Little Byul+ who’s already been re-dressed…) I’d say I could switch to Taeyang, but the only Little Taeyang they’ve ever released, as far as I know, is Sebastian, and he’s too expensive to buy a second one and re-purpose him.  (Though I suppose I could just put a hat on him for photo shoots and call him the Mad Hatter, and say that his madness reflects itself by dressing like a butler…)  Anyway, getting back to this doll, I’m pretty sure I’d seen her at Tuesday Mornings and passed her up, which I’m surprised by now, because looking at her I’m struck by how pretty and delicate her face-up is.  But I guess the lighting in Tuesdays Mornings wasn’t good enough to let me see that. 😛

Uh, anyhow, because of the way this particular vendor on Amazon works, the shipping’s pretty high on these little dolls, unless you get more than one, to spread out the shipping costs between ’em, and make it feel less egregious.  (In other words, $7.50 shipping on four dolls is much better than $6.99 shipping on one.)  So I got several others…

Phonetika
Phonetika

Phonetika here is going to need to be de-boxed sometime fairly soon.  Because right now she’s not looking right.  She’s got this massive hat–in a Russian style, as you might expect from the rest of her costume–that looks really nice, but they couldn’t have her wearing it in the package.  So it’s in between the layers of the backing.  (One of the reviews on her on Amazon mentioned that, so I was expecting it, and didn’t become alarmed by the lack of hat.)  But that means I probably won’t want to wait to de-box her until I have the new display area set up.  Probably.  Anyway, I think Phonetika will go nicely with one of the other Little+ dolls I already had:

Meena
Meena

Oddly enough, I got her at a sci-fi convention.  I have no idea why that particular vendor was selling a few Little+ dolls, but this one I hadn’t seen before, and I was charmed by her ethnic costume–as it would be described in the museum’s catalog, lol–and her deep blue eyes, which I’m sorry to say didn’t photograph very well.  Fortunately, she was a price I was willing to pay, and she’s been one of my favorite Little+ dolls ever since. 🙂  And now she has a friend. 😀

Angel Dal/Pullip
Angel Dal/Pullip

I also got a couple more of the Angel Pullip line, because they were $5, and I’ve quite fallen in love with Candy since I re-dressed her.  Granted, neither of these has fluffy pink hair, but…I think they’ll still be charming once I get them in new clothes.  Actually, the Dal’s stock isn’t that bad to begin with; it’s just the Pullip’s stock that’s terrible.  I’m not terribly fond of those orange eyes, either; maybe I’ll give her eyes a gentle re-paint, just into another color, while otherwise following the original.  While I’m at re-dressing them, I’ll do that detailed comparison I’ve been meaning to, of the Angel Pullip/Dal line and the Bratz Kidz line.

Okay, just a couple more things before I go.

One, the mold to make Pyrrha’s new eye chips has now been shipped, but since it’s coming from the other side of the world, it won’t get here until sometime next month.  I need to give her a haircut before that, though.  Maybe on Wednesday, if I get my paper done early enough…

Two, I’ve decided on a major purchase, and I’m just waiting on Paypal before I make it.  They had this thing going in August where you get a “mystery reward” in September if you spent $150, right?  So the Kagamine twins and Kaiko alone met that $150, and now I’m just waiting to get that “mystery reward” so I can apply it to this purchase.  (If, by some miracle, it’s the maximum $100, I may also apply it to Pang-ju Black Russian Pang…but it’ll only be $10, the minimum, so there’s no point in fantasizing, right?)  Anyway, the purchase I’ve decided to make is that I’m finally going to buy my first real Blythe.  Country Summer is still affordable, and I really like her, so I’m going to go ahead and get her while I can.  I just want to wait and get that reward, even if it is only $10, first so that I’ll be saving at least a little bit of my money.

…though why I’m trying to save money now after throwing it around like confetti all summer every time anyone said “doll sale” is somewhat of a mystery…

I fear I have no impulse control whatsoever.

I should probably be grateful that my hobbies and interests are inclined to toy collecting, instead of something dangerous, or something far more expensive, like cars.  (I shudder at the thought!)

Ack, I almost forgot the gallery link!  Here it is!

Rapunzel and other tiny dolls

I ended up going to the Disney Store on the way home from class on Tuesday, because it was only a little bit out of the way, and I didn’t feel like going straight home.  I wasn’t planning on buying anything, per se, but…sometimes stuff happens. 😛

Animator's Collection (mini) Rapunzel
Animator’s Collection (mini) Rapunzel

I’ve never cared for this line at its 16″ size, but the mini versions are quite cute, and yet this is the first one I’ve been like “ahhhh, I’ve gotta get that one!”  It may have been the little guitar that pushed this over the “must buy” threshold.  Or the plushie-style Maximus.  Or more likely a little of both. Continue reading

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.