Blind Box Monday

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Blind Box Monday

So, I was at a toy store (wow, how unusual for me, right?) and looking around at all the stuff-n-such, and I of course ended up gravitating towards various cute stuffs, including some Tokidoki blind box figures.  This one in particular caught my eye:

The sides of the box, as is usually the case, show the possible contents of the box:

 

There was one of those in particular that I especially wanted, but my luck with these things is pretty patchy, so I wasn’t sure…

…until I noticed that all the others in the display were Series 5.  So this was the last Series 4 they had, possibly my last chance to get any of them without overpaying.

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Blind Box Monday

Yup, the “standard” version now.

There are still two more of these waiting in the wings, but I wonder if I shouldn’t do some other type of blind box figure next week?

The gallery for these posts can be found here.  I went ahead and added in photos of other blind box figures that have been posted here in the past.  (Even though that meant uploading them to the new photo storage site.  But eventually I need to get around to uploading everything, so…that’s a good thing, right?)

Blind Box Monday

Yup, decided to do a weekly feature.  Because it’s better than massive inactivity, right?  I’ve made some purchases I shouldn’t have lately, though, and I’m hoping one or more of those might motivate me to start taking photos again when they arrive.  (Though when July ends there’ll be more chance of that, naturally.)

Today’s entry only kind of counts as “Blind Box” though.  Because while she was sold as a blind box figure, I got her at the local used store in a clear plastic baggie, because some crazy sold back oodles of these, all of them really great.  (I did leave one behind…because I already had her. 😛 )

I’ll never have the ultra-limited edition full size Barbie version of this (I saw one on Mandarake going for the price of a Dollfie Dream!) but at least now I have the SD mini-figure of her. 🙂

That holo-foil backdrop makes nice bokeh in the background, doesn’t it?  It lets me see a bit of the back of whatever’s on the shelf, too.  I’m really glad I went with that one. 😀

(With next week’s entry into this series, I’ll start posting a link to a gallery of these, but there didn’t seem any point with just one in the gallery. 😛  I have taken a lot more than just one photo, naturally.  Went ahead and got several months’ worth while I was at it.)

Deliciously Cute

Okay, a long time ago now, I put up a post about a Kickstarter I was backing.  Well, the plushies produced by that Kickstarter arrived months ago, but due to one thing and another, I’m only just getting around to them in any proper manner.  (Timing was part of it:  they arrived when my house stank because of the dead mouse in the walls, so I left them in the plastic bag they shipped in, to protect them from the smell, only then everything went all weird on me otherwise, and…)

So, without further ado, let me start the post by introducing you to the goodies I got for backing the Kickstarter. 🙂

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To start with, here’s the logo, on the grocery tote I got.  (There was all sorts of neat stuff in the add-on shop, y’know?) Continue reading

Tokidoki Barbie

I mentioned at some point not too long ago that I had made an all-Mattel Amazon order, right?  Well, it’s been here a while — in fact, these pictures have been ready for a while — but I just haven’t been in quite the right frame of mind to post about it.  Er, or something.

Uh, anyway, yeah, so here’s the main attraction of the order:

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I saw that Amazon was selling this doll for under $30 instead of $75…and that was an automatic “you bet!”  Because I didn’t like this doll $75 worth, but $30?  Yeah, no question of that.

At this time, I have no intentions of opening her, though, so let me try and give you a close-up to see how neat she looks.

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Photos through the plastic never really turn out too well. 😦

Anyway, in getting the order up to the $50 required for free shipping, I got a couple of other Mattel dolls…

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She’d been a “not sure about it” kind of doll the whole time she was in stores, then she was gone before I finished making up my mind.  And since they’re about to nerf the whole line, I figured I should get her while she was still cheap.  No idea when I’m going to get around to opening her, however.

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These Frightmares don’t show up around here with much regularity, so I figured there was a good chance I’d never see her in person, and therefore went ahead and ordered her.

Part of me wants to lie and say I haven’t already opened her, but the truth is I have, and that I’ve even taken pictures…but I’m going to save them, ’cause the Frightmares have made good “Silent Sunday” fodder in the past.  😛

Lastly (in keeping with the abandoned former post title “Mattel keeps taking my money!”), about the same time these arrived, I hit K-Mart on the way home from the museum, in the hopes that the Draculaura and Clawdeen Scarrier Reef dolls were actually K-Mart exclusives, which they certainly don’t seem to be.  But I did find something good on clearance:

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I thought I missed out on this one altogether!  (In case you can read that price tag, let me assure you that there was an additional 50% off the lowest marked price.  A very important detail!)  I really want to open her, but…ugh, no idea when.  My life in the near future is looking hectic and complicated.  And I really lack space right now.  (And constantly buying things isn’t helping…)

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I’d like to check out the effects mentioned on the back of the box here, but it says it requires 6 AA batteries!  If it takes that much power, Mattel, maybe you should just provide an AC adapter and have done with it.  Batteries aren’t very power (or money) efficient anyway.

Right, so, anyway, in other news, I have a doll review(ish) ready to write.  Er, I’ve taken the pictures, I mean, and all I need to do is write it.  Plus I got in that Mandarake order on Wednesday, and so once I take photos of that stuff, I can tell you about it, too, apart from the one piece that’s being saved for April A-to-Z.  But I’m not sure when I’m going to get around to all that, ’cause I’m trying to pre-write at least one post a day (though I’ve now fallen a couple of days behind) and though next week is Spring Break, I’m working three days next week, and I plan on devoting a lot of time to catching up on the pre-writing for my main blog, which got shot in the foot by the discovery that some of my sources were lying to me (or something).

So…to sum up…hopefully fun posts ahead.  Hopefully.  (Double hopefully:  hopefully they’re ahead, and hopefully they’ll be fun.  Unlike this one, which was kind of…um…lame.)

Oh, almost forgot!  The gallery for this post is here.

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.)

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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…

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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. 😛 )

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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…

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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.

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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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