Tokidoki Grail

To me a doll grail is a doll you want desperately but have next to no chance of ever obtaining due to ridiculous price, terrible circumstance or really limited quantities. I have a few of these grail dolls: Happy birthday Pullip and Namu, Soom Galena in every colour and lastly…Tokidoki Barbie.

I became aware of Tokidoki Barbie’s existence less than a month after she had sold out everywhere and a quick eBay search reveals the extent of my annoyance and frustration about it. Those prices are high.

I’m happy to say, something was announced yesterday that might just make up for my unfortunate Barbie miss! The people at Groove are making a collaboration doll with Tokidoki –  Tokidoki Pullip Luna. She lacks Barbie’s edginess but has brought super sweetness to the table instead. I think her shoes could have been more interesting, but I have *plenty* of doll shoes lying about unworn I can give her.

Can only hope now she will become available online, and that her numbers are not too stressfully low.

 

 

 

Box Prisons

I am a de-boxer. What this means is that when I get a brand new doll, instead of keeping them ‘MINT’ I free them from their box prison. It may devalue the doll in the long run but hey, I collect these dolls for me and have no plans to sell them anyway.

I got these in the mail yesterday from Pullip Style and as of today, they are still in their boxes. Why is this? Well, I’m out of room. Not for the dolls (I’m always struggling for room on them, hah!) but for their boxes. I’ve never kept a Monster High doll box, never felt the need. Pullip boxes though, I have kept every single one. They live in the cupboards under the display curio and the cupboards are now officially bursting.

I can’t bring myself to throw them out. I like their shininess and their unique patterns. They also proved themselves to be invaluable when I moved house and I needed to transport a whole heap of dolls safely. What this means for me is that now to help store them I’m going to have to flat pack them all – which means yay, it will free up more room.

I trashed the Catwalk Kitty boxes, the MH boxes…the one Disney doll I own her box was thrown away. Yet Pullip boxes get to stay. BJD boxes get to stay because they are great in storing spare resin pieces, but do I really need to keep every single one? Not all are as great as a Fairyland box. Living Dead Doll boxes stay too but hey, those coffins are cool.

Just something for me to think about while I get to flat packing. Why is it expected you keep some doll boxes and not others?

Beryl – Dark Moon

My NS Galena head is on her way to me finally, and the news of her impending arrival comes the same day Soom has decided to release Dark Moon Beryl – a tan SO. I’ve always been a big fan of Beryl, I personally thought she would have looked great as a PokeSoom on a Vesuvia body and if my heart didn’t belong to another Soom sculpt I would be right there refreshing for her at 5 pm.

Word on the street is she will probably be sold out within about 30 seconds.

The sale of a tan SO though brings with it the speculation that Soom may be releasing more of  their older monthly dolls in tan and this leaves me feeling hopeful. I may have missed out on a bronze Galena, but perhaps there is a chance I will get a brown tan one – which is a colour I would much prefer anyway.

Only time and Soom stalking will tell!

 

April Fools!

Been quiet lately, mostly due to Mass Effect taking up all my waking thoughts and not because I’ve dropped out of the doll hobby or whatever. Also got a new pet (Jazz the boxer) and she is a lot more hands on compared to Maggie (my old-lady lab who likes to sleep all day).

News: I have bought the werecat twins from a friend in the USA, and I’m on the hunt for a Gil. Still on layaway for my Galena head and pukipuki, will be till next month.

Before I went quiet online on the doll front I took some snaps of some of my BJD crew on a sunny day, may as well share them:

Galena

In the end, I did decide to put that Soom SO Galena head I mentioned in my first post on layaway. I feel that the Galena sculpt is a little special to me, as she was the first female sculpt to make me actually feel the need to own a female doll.  Of course I had already three anthro girls, but it isn’t quite the same.

As I got into the hobby after her MD order period and I didn’t have the funds at the time she was released for the Christmas event, I found a nude human MD Galena in grey skin on the market place with her default face-up. I bought her talons on the market place separately, and bought the Sweet Witch outfit direct from SOOM to dress her in.

When she arrived she was named Pandora, a lowly weakish demon with a human parent with aspirations of power. And I decided I needed her to have a human form (the form she uses to attempted to mislead everyone in), which is where this new head comes in.

Seller photo of the SO Galena head.

I was this close to buying a bronze Galena from the Soom free-choice event as well, but stopped myself because:

  1. I had no character at the time I could think of for her (even if I have one now),
  2. I talked myself out by trying to convince myself Soom bronze is not the dark tan I really wanted and
  3. My neighbor reversed into my car, and unfortunately real life expenses must come first.

So I will officially have half the colours Galena comes in (the other two being the bronze and then white) and I know my collecting nature is going to want me to eventually get the other two – whether that ends up happening though is something else.

First Post

First post in this doll blog! I got my two Liv wigs in the mail for my Monster High CAMs, which meant that I had nothing left to arrive in my P.O. Box. Not liking that one bit, I went out and bought the Bee CAM off of eBay along with two dyed CAM torsos. A black one for the bee and a purple one to give the Sea Monster (Who I have named Clear Rivers) freeing up a grey one to make up either the werewolf or vampire. At this stage I’m thinking the werewolf.

Still in Monster High news, I checked out my local Kmart today, and found a fully stocked compliment of Skull Shores. Not one Gill to be found. This makes me positive I will not be finding him down here. I’ve read of someone finding him in WA, but alas, that is not the state I live in. I guess I’m relying on American collectors to help me out again, not that this is so bad, the mature age MH collecting community is great.

On the BJD front, today is the day I decide if I put a down-payment on a Soom SO Galena head.  I only want the head, as I don’t love the posing abilities of soom’s super gem bodies, and was hoping to get a fairyland feeple 65 body instead. Last year I said to myself no more BJD until the second half of this year, looks like that’s a fail. I spent a lot of money on BJD last year, I do not wish to repeat it.

It’s so hard though when companies like Angelheim announce their upcoming Zodiac dolls and one seems to include a snake. A snake BJD! A SNAKE!!