BJD, Monster High, Ever After High, Pullip, Catwalk Kitties, Disney, Novi Stars with a few Barbies.
My third collection video, the last one done in 2012.
I have 99% of my collection on display – I have Living Dead Dolls, Lala minis and some Novi Stars packed away.
I accidentally left out my Doll Chateau Russell and Catastophe (Monster High) – There is always someone who doesn’t make it to the party on time. XD
I also could really use risers in my shelves. Without the lights hooked up it is way to hard to make out the dolls in the back.
Music is by Jonathan Coulton
Recorded on an iPhone 6s
So since April last year, huh? I’m still around, very silently lurking. My life is just hectic and exhausting and I don’t see it calming down any time soon.
So to say sorry, here is a picture of my current Soom Super Gem girls – only two real sculpts between them (Galena and Migma). The WS floating Galena head should actually have a body within the next month or two.
From left to right: Galena Deity Pitta Grey Skin (in Galena Sweet Witch outfit), Migma Rauco of Sin Violet Skin (full set), Galena Sweet Witch Normal Skin on Vesuvia scorpion body (in Hansel and Gretel – Sweet Witch Biweekly outfit), Migma human Violet Skin (Kawaiimon hoodie) and finally Galena Deity Pita White Skin (who will be on an Amphibel body in the Cinderella outfit).
My life should calm down in November – Soooo far away.
I was in a rare photo taking mood Wednesday night and grabbed my latest Monster High acquisitions out of my doll cabinet for an evening with the Pentax. As is normal for me, nothing really artistic came out of the session but it does give me a reason to make an update on this sadly neglected little blog. So without further ado – My Hauntlywood collection in ranked order!
6. Cleo de Nile
Cleo’s dress is rather pretty and not as obviously “mummy wrapping themed” compared to most other Cleo outfits I own. That crown/head band is elaborate – with a scarab on one side and a mixture of jewels and snakes on the other. Her regal looking belt and scarab bag tie nicely together with her gold shoes. I believe her shoes are supposed to have snakes along the top of them but it is hard to make out and seem pretty boring otherwise.
I only own Cleo because my Target was having a 40% off sale on Monster High dolls and I felt like I hadn’t had the chance to buy a Cleo in a long time. The only more noticeably absent original character missing from shelves lately is Ghoulia Yelps.
Of the four new characters I find Elissabat to be the most plain – although I haven’t seen the movie (yet) so maybe I’ll warm to her doll a bit more if I like her character. Yet another pink vampire, she has a very nice outfit if a bit too short and her shoes are big black boots with what looks like molded bows down the sides and hearts at the end of molded laces. Her ears are double pierced with purple gems and she comes with a Monster High equivalent Academy Award trophy. I do like her overall dark look – she is ranked much lower than the others only because nothing really stands out about her.
4. Viperine Gorgon
Another gorogn doll but unlike Deuce and the CAM she has very long snakes that she pulls back with her hair in the name of fashion. Even though I am not a fan of ‘pink all the things!’ I really do like her muted pale pink and cream colour combination. Her shoes are big pink boots with fangs on the front and snakes exploding out the top. Her necklace is a pink mass of snakes (which goes along nicely with her head-snakes) and they almost look like they are exploding from her chest. The print on her black dress are flowers, confetti and a box of snakes. To top it all off she has scales over her entire body, just like the CAM gorgon. She also comes with a nifty make-up kit that opens and closes.
I have read about the interwebs she is hard to get with great eye screening which is unfortunate as her glasses are clear pink shades. As I have learned through reading Viperine’s diary only Deuce’s gorgon family have the ability to turn people to stone with their gaze which explains why both Viperine and the CAM aren’t stuck with sunglasses all day, every day.
I suspect Clawdeen would be lower on most other’s lists being a basic line doll and one that hasn’t strayed too much from her standard theme. She has gold accessories and plain gold shoes just like Cleo, although Clawdeen is sporting a bag that is *that* shade of purple. Purple, gold, a moon placed somewhere – yup, no mistaking this doll is Clawdeen.
The reason that *this* particular Clawdeen is third from the top on my list is very personal. My fiancé and I are set to be married next year and this January was our engagement party. My future sister-in-law’s own sister baked this particular Clawdeen in a gluten free vegan cake for us for the party. It brought on all the feels.
Tasted awesome too.
There can be no argument that Honey Swamp is the most unique of the line and will be first on most lists. Her most striking feature being the luscious crown of green hair she has on her head. Mine is a bit flat at the back as being tied in to the box tightly does mush it down. It also needed a slight trim on the sides when I first opened her as there were a few crazy ringlets sticking out awkwardly. Her dress and hat work together to portray Honey as a Southern Belle but her shoes are what make the oufit: they look like sly pink alligator heads. Her accessories are a scene marker and camera which are the most fun of all and although not easily seen in this picture she has alligator teeth painted on her lips. Honey is a lot of fun and has easily become one of my favourite dolls.
So who could beat Honey to the #1 spot? Well, the prize goes to:
“Don’t you mean Clawdia Wolf?” I hear you ask. Well, no. No I don’t. Clawdia’s design compared to the other three deluxe dolls is the least inspired. Boring gold shoes pared with knee-high red socks, a gold dress and red blazer. Clawdia’s fashion accessories are black and her item accessory is that red palm pilot. She is also taller than the other three new characters as she has the adult body shared with the Nefera and Bloodgood dolls. What grabs me about Clawdia is that giant, gleaming, “I’m trying to sell you something” grin. The fact her fangs are so visible helps add to the effect of the shyster glam lawyer, and that red blazer makes me think of a specific character in a television series I’ve actually referenced before in this blog.
The character I’m talking about is Lionel Hutz in The Simpsons.
The Simpson’s episode “Reality Bites” is one of my very favourite episodes. It centres around two plots that come spectacularly together at the end – one of which is that Marge gets a job at a real estate agency run by Lionel. The employees wear red power Blazers and Lionel tries to teach Marge to sell houses by telling very shady “truths” while flashing friendly smiles.
Certainty not the look Mattel intended for Clawdia at any rate.
As you can see I am still missing Draculaura and Lagoona which is only two from the complete set which I *know* will wear down on me.
So regardless of whether you agree (or more than likely) disagree with my list, The Hauntlywood line introduces four great new doll characters which I hope to see released in other lines further down the track.
And where are all the Ghoulia releases?!
Tangkou number #2 is the Vampire Girl, thank-you Lea for recommending her to me!
Her outfit includes red fishnet stockings, black boots, a corset dress, lace over-skirt, wrist and neck chokers and a black lollita-maid-hat thing.
She also has evenly painted white fangs over plump, bright red lips. Red eye shadow and long red and black crimped hair means she hasn’t got an extensive colour palette, but she certainly fits at home with my doll crew.
The Tangkou doll has come a long way since I first found out about them in 2011 when the only known way (to me) was to import them from a Netherlands website. As I never imported one myself (I got my Pinocchio second hand from a US collector) I never really watched the development of Tangkou closely. Now when you search for these dolls in Google the first hit you get is Tangkoudoll.com which not only lists the small yet varied range of Tankgou dolls, it also lists all the official retailers as well as links to the eBay store.
If you wanted to compare the newer dolls to the old, look no further. Pinocchio (Pinnocchio according to the website) was one of the few
dolls that was on the smaller, Bratz-like body which had apparently broke in the mail on the way to her previous owner. When I ended up buying her I re-bodied her on to a Pullip type 2 body – Nero’s to be precise – and that meant I could dress her in Pullip clothing…although she lives in Nero’s stock anyway. This is why the height is so different between the two in the picture, as well as the fact Vampire is on a thicker plastic Pullip stand and Pinocchio is on a Tangkou stand.
The obvious difference between the old and new doll I have aside from the fullness of the newer doll’s lips is the fact that Pinocchio has terribly uneven rooted and dry hair, while Vampire has a far better quality wig. This is a major step forward, although I don’t think I will be changing out Vampire’s wig as it is better quality than most Pullip wigs.
Now unlike their more well-known dolly competitors, the price of a Tangkou makes it a much more wallet friendly addition to a doll collection. $30 for a basic and $60 for a limited is a lot lower than the easily upwards of $100 you could be paying for a Pullip or Blythe.
I am also pleased to discover that they do not have the same set of eye chips. Pinocchio has green, mauve, silver and red/orange eye chips with pink eye-lids and a single bow on each. Vampire Girl has:
Hopefully one or two more updates to come over the weekend, and I’m expecting something big in the mail *cough*hurryupSoom*cough* so that is to come as well. Until next time!
Since I last posted about Alie Lectric, I have collected a decent (Family? Gaggle? Pod? What is the correct term for a group of aliens?) collection of Novi Stars. In fact I have all the basic dolls to date as well as the Energy Pod playset with Nita Light and as of yesterday I have both Curl n Coil dolls and one of the two Novi Invasion dolls – Anne Arctic. Ina Ferna was also supposed to arrive, but she seems to be delayed in the post a little.
From left to right we have: Tily Vizon, Anne Arctic and Roe Botik. Both Curl n Coil dolls each got a pet (Telepuppy for Tily and Circuit for Roe) and interestingly, Anne the Novi Invasion doll came without. All three of course have their gimmicks: Anne with snow flakes in her legs and the coil hair gimmick of the other two dolls. The Curl and coil gimmick allows you to pull strings in their hair to coil up the piping, and when the piping is wrapped around other parts of their hair it creates new hair styles. Of course I have no flair for hair styling and I like the “dread fall” look their hair has in the default state anyway. Also noticeable is that the Curl n Coil girls are about a head taller than the Novi Invasion dolls and the other basics. All three also have no trouble standing upright in their stands, a clear improvement on the first wave.
Now even though Circuit is a nice and sturdy pet (which is great because most Novi pets will fall over if you look at them funny) and has the ability to twist his head around on his neck, the stand out of the two pets is most certainly Telepuppy. You can twist his television shaped head around to show different cute emotions on each facing of his monitors/screens.
Unfortunately an extreme close-up like this also highlights MGA’s lack of quality control with the paint screening.
With Ina Ferna somewhere on her way to me and Mimi Merize waiting to be shipped from Amazon, it only leaves Vera Tabray for me to hunt out and for me to decide if I want the Stellar Skinz or not. I think I’ll be fine to skip Orbit Beach and the secret egg pets…
…this line better not expand crazily like Monster High, for my sake.
(There is actually a rumour floating around that the line may actually be cancelled, something I will be very sad to see happen.)
I’ve had a pretty rough time of life lately (I had to say goodbye to my best friend yesterday as she crossed over to the Rainbow Bridge) and while aimlessly browsing doll forums trying to keep my mind off…I found something cool.
I’ve mentioned before how much I love witches, and so this Kick Starter is truly my cup of tea. Even if it isn’t your cup of tea, feel free to share the link around anyway because more dolls in the world is always awesome. Especially witch ones.
Way back in February (Gee I’m bad at updating this blog) I was complaining that I had acquired another Galena head, but had not even given the normal skin one a body yet…
…Well finally I have. She even rocks the Vesuvia tail nicely. So here we have Belle the normal skin SO Sweet Witch Galena who wears the Hansel and Gretel – Sweet Witch Bi Weekly outfit next to Pandora the grey skin MD Deity Pitta who wears the SO Galena Sweet Witch outfit.
I cheeped out and got an older second hand body for her. I was going to go for a new body to try to resin match better but there is so much variance from batch to batch in SOOM’s normal skin I decided not to worry too much. Overall it gives her a slightly flushed look in pictures but it isn’t as obvious in person and if I were to try to find a perfect match in bodies I may be at it for a while.
So while Belle still needs some boots, I am free to focus on getting a body for my white skin Galena, and to decided if I want her to have fantasy parts. Hooves maybe?
Or rather, I should be. I’m not though. I’m not, because SOOM ran a lottery. And I won.
Let me explain something – when a BJD company runs a lottery, the winner tends to not get a doll for free. What they actually win is a chance to buy a doll at full price. This time, the prizes were limited dolls SOOM had left over from 2011 for what ever reason (most due to people defaulting on payments). There were only one each of certain dolls, and there were up to 11 to 12 of others. In fact there were 18 light violet Arkrose. The dolls I were interested in though were light violet Migma (4 dolls available) and magenta Aenigma (only 2 dolls available).
Now, SOOM has four different websites (English, European, Japanese and Chinese) and everyone from all four sites were competing for the chance at the same dolls. So when I entered for both Aenigma and Migma on the Friday and watched the applications rise to 400+ over the weekend on the English site alone, I pretty much figured I had a snowflakes chance in hell at winning either. I mean, if we assume that each of the four sites had the same amount of applicants then that means there were most likely 1000+ applicants for these dolls.
In fact I was so sure I wasn’t going to have to spend big bucks come the Tuesday I happily went out MH hunting and found Catty Noir for the deplorable amount of $50. Which I bought but did feel the need to complain loudly to anyone that would listen about the price.
Tuesday comes along, I find out I’ve won the chance at not one, but both dolls I’ve applied for.
I’m completely happy I finally have two dolls I’ve wanted for ages coming home, don’t get me wrong. I just don’t think I’ll be making many new dolly purchases until next year – WS Galena is just going to have to wait.
I’ve mentioned before I have a few ‘grail dolls’, but now I have one less. I decided to spoil myself as I’d gotten a new job so I jumped on to eBay thinking I would try to hunt down a Catwalk Kitty I’m missing or pre-order myself some SDCC goodies. My eyes turned to stars however when I found this set for sale from someone in Japan downsizing their Pullip collection:
The first Happy Birthday Pullip and Namu. They weren’t exactly a bargain, but for a MIB limited doll set with a run of only 300 from almost a decade ago, the seller did have them for a fair price. For those who are not in the know, Pullip’s current ‘boyfriend’ is Taeyang, but before him the love of her life was Namu. They parted ways in 2005 when Namu made his last doll appearance in the second Happy Birthday set and interestingly enough the second set was the last one – Taeyang has never been in a Happy Birthday set and I actually can’t think of a time when Taeyang was packaged in the same box as Pullip at all.
I had them boxed for a few days before I could bring myself to open them. They just looked so sweet together. Also I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned before Pullips do not have box prisons, they have fortresses.
So yesterday I stopped putting it off and many twist ties and curse words later, I had everything free. The masks are stunning, the clothes are exquisite, their faces are beautiful! It’s a small shame that due to the fact her hat was packaged so long it wont sit flat and keeps trying to curl around itself – but that is my only nitpick. Both Pullip and Namu’s face were a bit dirty, as well as their masks. I had heard of this happening with the older dolls before (and it still sometimes happens with the newer ones) but it all rubbed off easily with a magic eraser so no harm done. Also as these were older dolls they came with the metal stands which are much better than the plastic ones the newer releases have. I’ve had doll shoes start to melt while in contact with the plastic bases before (I’m looking at you Ciel).
I’m number 138! It’s a silver printing on the black backing – I wasn’t expecting them to come with a certificate, I’m so use to the doll cards.
Pullip’s shoes. Not the style of footwear I was expecting to find under that petticoat.
So instead of them being King and Queen of the doll room, I’ve decided to display them out on my fireplace mantle so I can see them more readily. This is actually my first Namu, and now that I have him and see how handsome he is I have no idea why I never got any others (and of course they are much less readily found now).
This mildly coherent review is due to the fact I am just stupidly ecstatic to finally have these dolls. I can say I love everything about them and they are perfect and everyone should immediately try to hunt down one of the remaining 299 out there for themselves!
It is however hard to be really critical of a set of dolls you have been dreaming of since you first started doll collecting.
The interwebz are crazy with talk over the up and coming Ever After High, a doll line that focuses on the children of well known fairy tale characters, much like how Monster High focuses on the children of well known monster characters. In fact, EAH dolls will share the same body mold as MH dolls, so I can easily see myself picking up a few dolls and clothing packs for myself in the future. I must say even though the new EAH line looks really nice it doesn’t seem to be ‘just right’ for me, perhaps a little too ‘frilly’ and pink for me. So even though I may pick up a few of the rebel characters I cant see myself with a huge quantity of EAH dolls.
Of course, nothing is set in stone when it comes to doll collecting so in six months after EAH has been out for a while, I’ll revisit this post just so see how right or wrong I was about any predictions.
Now, I am completely aware that Mattel’s Ever After High has nothing at all to do with Disney, but all the recent discussion of fairy tales has certainly got me in the Disney mood – I’ve even been listening to some of the movie soundtracks lately. In my own doll collection I have only one doll based off of a fairy tale, and that is my Beauty and the Beast ‘Belle and Friends’ doll.
She’s an oddity in my collection, she doesn’t hang out in my doll display cabinet or in the doll room. She hangs out in the study on the same shelf as my one My Scene doll and my two Liv dolls, all three of whom were rescued from the Salvos. Even then, she sits apart from them on the shelf and she would be ‘forever alone’ except she has Mrs. Potts, Lumière and Cogsworth to keep her company.
I don’t even know why I bought her when I did last year, I had no intention of starting up a Disney collection. I do covet the designer villains, the newest deluxe doll set for The Little Mermaid has Vanessa in it which I cannot lie, is awesome, and right now Gaston is for sale in the Disney Store. He looks a little silly in doll form but hey, its Gaston!
So until I make up my mind if another fairy tale doll is coming my way, Belle sticks out in a doll collection full of the dark, sometimes macabre (looking at you Living Dead Dolls), kawaii, anthropomorphic, monster and controversial.