Sleepy Berry

I left work ten minutes early today, and rushed not to my house but to the post office, because yesterday I found a “sorry we missed you” card in the mailbox, indicating that a package from Korea had arrived for me.

And I knew what that meant…

Inside the box, my Sleepy Berry was protected in her own little box, with a nice window so she could see out.¬† ūüôā

Inside there, she was carefully wrapped in sleeping bag-like layers of foam.¬† The little white card opens up, and contains a greeting/care instruction paragraph in Korean, English, Chinese and Japanese.¬† It also contained a little plastic envelope with some strips of Velcro.¬† I guess I was supposed to fasten the Velcro (which did seem to be adhesive-backed) to her head to make wigs stay in place better?¬† (I should probably do that at some point…)

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Piano Lessons

Stella: Like this? Penny: That’s the idea, yes. But keep practicing!

First ever attempt to use the cloth photography backdrops from Tiny Frock Shop.¬† It looked pretty crappy while I was taking the photos, but I think it actually looks okay in the finished product.¬† Not great, but…

Anyway, I’m glad to say I took the photos for several posts while I was at it, so hopefully I’ll not be quite so silent for a little while.¬† The point of this post, of course, is to show off a really awesome antique mall find from about a month back:

The copyright date on this piano (which is still a patent pending mark, so it’s likely to be from the initial run) is 1969, and it’s mostly lithographed wood, with some plastic (the interior workings and the keys, mostly).¬† It needs a good cleaning, and some of the lithos are damaged, but I still think it was a fantastic find.¬† I got it for a song (lol, stupid pun!), probably because the seller thought it completely doesn’t work.¬† It¬†does work…so long as you hold it upside down when you want it to play.¬† (Seriously; it’ll only play one note if it’s right side up, but if you hold it upside down, you can get the whole song.¬† Though apparently some of these songs changed between the late ’60s and the late ’70s when I learned them.) Continue reading

Pineapple Princess Neo Blythe

I am astonished at how quickly this doll arrived! ¬†She shipped from Japan on Friday, and arrived Monday morning!! ¬†You have to pay through the nose for shipping when you buy from Junie Moon, but at least you get your money’s worth. ¬†(I regret that I couldn’t post about her arrival yesterday, but I went to my parents’ place for lunch — so soon after her arrival that I didn’t have time to open the cardboard box she shipped in! — and didn’t get home again until almost ten o’clock.)

The first thing you notice about Pineapple Princess is her fun box.  Check out the full pattern (from the side of the box):

(And no, that’s not upside down.) ¬†This is a blue version of the print on her dress. ¬†And I have to say, I’d like to have a jacket for her in this blue version. ¬†Or a blue dress. ¬†Or something. ¬†It’s such a fun print, you know?

So, here she is, out of the box. ¬†Pineapple Princess is the first Blythe to be released with the new translucent mocha skin tone (at least, that’s how I interpret the phrasing on the Junie Moon order page), and I have to say that it’s absolutely gorgeous. ¬†The one drawback to the skin tone is that her torso doesn’t quite match her arms, legs and head. ¬†(Maybe for later translucent mocha releases, they’ll be able to address that.)

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Holding Hands, v.2

Trying to pose two Pullips even remotely romantically turns out to be well beyond my feeble skills. ūüė¶ ¬†Also, those skirts keep turning…neither of them is on straight, and I didn’t notice until just now. ¬†But that’s nothing compared to trying to get their tiaras on. ¬†I need to rig up something with wires or something. ¬†Those clips they’re attached to are worthless.

Groove’s sample sales are dangerous things. ūüėõ ¬†I also picked up Sailor Jupiter…and then when I checked back about a week later, I saw they’d put up a bunch of J-Dolls, so I ended up getting Sailor Mercury and Byul Cheshire Cat du Jardin as well as a J-Doll to be a clothes-changer. ¬†(All my other J-Dolls have stayed stock. ¬†This new one comes in an outfit that’ll be awesome on Haruka…)

Princess of Power

So I’ve been meaning to get to this post for a while, and I managed to get the photos taken before I started working on the photos for June. ¬†(I’ll explain in my first June post as to why I have a special theme for the month.) ¬†It’s not that I want to show off my She-Ra collection, it’s that I’ve got two big purchases I want to squee about. ūüôā

And here’s the first one:

Front

 

Back

Sadly, there’s only one half of the front door (and it doesn’t actually stay in place, due to broken hinges) and only one window pane, but still! ¬†She-Ra’s Crystal Castle! ūüėÄ

And it has pretty much all its interior accessories:

 

(Though from looking at a list I found online, it turns out the purple fur thing I put on the bed as a comforter is supposed to be a rug. ¬†Oops. ūüėõ )

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AZIAM Yoga Doll Niyama – Comparison and (sort of) Review

I have literally been planning this post since December. ¬†I bought this doll as part of a Black Friday sale. ¬†That’s how long I’ve been having trouble motivating myself to take pictures. ¬†(Although the lack of good photography space around here is a large part of it. ¬†To the extent that I literally took all these dolls over to my brother’s (much cleaner) house to take the photos.)

Anyway, AZIAM Yoga Dolls is a new(ish) line of dolls with a mission. ¬†And I’m feeling too lazy to try to paraphrase it, so I’m going to quote their website instead:

The AZIAM Girlz¬†brand is¬†dedicated to teaching girlz to love who they are, as they are.¬†Using the basics of Yoga to teach positive self- and social- awareness, we¬†have designed clothing, accessories, bags, yoga products, jewelry, headwear, games, programs and books to make the Yoga experience more colorful for our¬†Goddess in Progress‚ĄĘ.

And so on. ¬†So this is an independent doll line attempting to bolster girls’ self-image and helping them build up a positive outlook on life, et cetera. ¬†A noble goal, well worth supporting. ¬†(And OMG, when I was on the site to get that quote, I noticed they have a plush meditating cat. ¬†I think I may need that.) ¬†I’ve been keeping tabs on the prices since reading about their Toy Fair 2016 appearance at Confessions of a Doll Collector’s Daughter.

So, way back in late November when I bought this doll, there were two dolls on the site that got the maximum sale. ¬†One was a Californian blonde, and the other was a Brazilian brunette. ¬†Obviously, I went with the brunette. ¬†(I mean, okay, yeah, I have lots of brunette dolls, too, but…I’m pretty sure blondes still outnumber everything else. ¬†(I’m looking at you, Mattel.) ¬†It would have been cooler if the redhead or the African-American had been on the sale, but they weren’t. ¬†I’m not even sure they were in stock. ¬†I’m not sure I’ve ever even seen that website list them as being in stock, in fact.)

So here’s Niyama in her box…in a really lousy photo. ūüė¶

And here she is¬†out of her box, in a much less lousy photo. ūüėõ ¬†In person, the first thing that always strikes me when I look at her is how odd her skin tone is. ¬†It doesn’t really feel like a shade found in human beings, though I lack the appropriate terminology to explain why. ¬†(I think the brown needs a touch more red in it? ¬†Maybe? ¬†I don’t know…it’s more of a gut reaction than anything logically definable, and the color doesn’t come through totally accurately in the photos.) ¬†Probably the first thing you noticed in looking at the picture is that her knee joints are really ugly. ūüėČ ¬†Nothing to be done about that; the design is necessary to give her the full range of motion required.

Okay, the title promises a (sort of) review, so let me get that out of the way before I get to the comparisons, which will make up the bulk of the post. ¬†(And will contain large amounts of nude dolly yoga, so be forewarned!) ¬†Her range of motion — as you’ll see in a moment — in the legs is impressive, and well worth the unattractive joints required. ¬†The clothes are nicely made, and her accessories, while nothing special, are quite acceptable. ¬†The box proclaims that her yoga mat can turn into a “Girl Power Cuff”, AKA a slap bracelet, which is true…and also means that her yoga mat is really,¬†really narrow. ¬†You’ll see it in one of the photos below. ¬†As to her clothes, I don’t know if she can really share clothes with any other dolls. ¬†Maybe Barbie. ¬†I forgot to check that, unfortunately. ¬†(Although as I was dressing her again after the yoga photos, I started putting Barbie’s pants back on her by mistake, and they were fitting, so I think she probably¬†can wear at least some Barbie clothing.)

One of the main selling points on any doll is, of course, the doll’s face. ¬†And that’s where it all gets largely subjective. ¬†Unfortunately, I look at the faces of this doll line, and I’m not impressed. ¬†Something about them just doesn’t speak to me. ¬†They’re a little like Winx faces, but not quite as charismatic, or something. ¬†But, as I said, it’s subjective. ¬†I don’t much care for the faces, but I can only speak for me: ¬†I’m sure there are others who like them, and I haven’t the foggiest where the majority opinion lies on the subject. ¬†(Actually, the majority probably lies with “never heard of it/don’t care.”)

Okay, so moving on to the comparisons!  The main comparison, of course, will be a Made-to-Move Barbie.  Specifically, the African-American one from the first wave:

But there will also be cameo comparisons with other dolls, two of them new.  (One, in fact, literally arrived the day I took these photos!)  So before I get on with the comparisons, let me introduce the new dollies.

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Partial Mail Call

I’m so unmotivated to take pictures right now. ¬†I can’t explain it. ¬†ūüė¶ ¬†Anyway, because of that, there’s a lot of stuff I want to show you that I didn’t end up taking pictures of. ¬†(This is, after all, like two and a half months’ worth of purchases we’re talking about. ¬†And I’ve been down in the dumps, which means I’ve been spending more money, ’cause I’m a moron.) ¬†Hopefully I’ll get motivated later on and take more pictures. ¬†Hopefully better ones, too.

Anyway.  So new clothes and wigs were something I wanted to fill you in on.  I finally got Ivy some new shoes:

There’s something massive about them that doesn’t really come across in the photo: ¬†in person, they’re like a girly version of the Frankenstein monster’s boots. ¬†And they don’t entirely match Ivy’s butterfly outfit. ¬†(Though I’m admittedly at a loss to guess what¬†would match it.) ¬†Fortunately, I got her a new outfit that matches her rainbow booties, but I’ll show you that a little later on.

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