Ahem.

 

BJD, Monster High, Ever After High, Pullip, Catwalk Kitties, Disney, Novi Stars with a few Barbies.

21/11/2015

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
http://www.jonathancoulton.com/

Recorded on an iPhone 6s

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.

 

 

 

Preggers Midge

Been rather under the weather and haven’t felt up to much, but today I felt a smidgen better so decided to *shock and horror* clean out the spare room (room full of boxes of stuff). I only got a little bit of the way in but eventually, this room will be my new doll room. Hopefully this means I’ll be less stuck for space. A little bit less stuck for space. Anyways, it will take a few weeks to get everything cleared out/ebayed (a lot of stuff belongs to the partner too) but I’m just happy to have made some headway on it.

Also my updated checklist for Monster High has now grown with the boom of releases:

  • Skull Shores 5 pack
  • CAM Vampire and Gargoyle, Puma and Ghost
  • Ghouls Rule
  • Scary Tales
  • Robecca Steam
  • Venus McFlytrap
  • Scarah Screams and HooDude Voodoo
  • I Heart Fashion Abbey and Frankie
  • Naked Frankie, Draculaura, Cleo, Duece, Lagoona and Abbey
  • Scooter Ghoulia
  • Powder Room Draculaura
  • Coffin Bean Draculaura and Roadster Draculaura (lol to both of these)
  • Monster High playset
Of course, they’ve also announced RM Clawdeen, Ghouls Rule Abbey and Headless Headmistress Bloodgood at SDCC so far! I’m hoping Wydona Spider is next announced personally, I’ll kill for a spider Monster High.
But…enough about my doll want list and my room project, it’s about time I got around to introducing someone:
Happy Family Midge. I am sorry it took so long – I was waiting on some maternity clothes with a Halloween theme to dress her in, but when they arrived they didn’t fit as promised. I wish I could sew, I really do. Anyways, my particular Midge was second hand but in great condition. She came with a crib, bath tub some babie accessories like bottles and toys and two babies.
My Midgey has twins! I suspect these babies are actually from the pediatrician Barbie in the same Happy Family line. Not complaining too much, but it does mean I wouldn’t mind tracking down the correct baby eventually.
Controversially, as I read on sources on the interwebs, Preggers midge was first released without a wedding ring! Shocking stuff I know, everyone knows you can’t be pregnant unless you’re married. Also her first run boxes didn’t include cardboard cut-outs of her husband! The horror! She was pulled from shelves because she promoted teen pregnancy. Riiight. Anyways, my Midge at least was a second release, as she has a wedding band. Phew! 
I will admit, I have never been pregnant so I can’t really be sure…but I don’t think this is very appropriate foot wear. Someone tell me my ebay seller got these mixed up as well. I think these uncomfortable looking bright pink atrocities are the most offensive thing about Happy Family Midge.
Jokes and snark aside, I probably would look into getting more from this line. I would love the grandparents, and the little boy Ryan and the older version of Nikki. Don’t want Alan though, not very fond of his dopey grin (I think I’ve said that somewhere in this blog before.) My Midge will be a proud Divorcee. And she’s happy about it.
Teen pregnancy my a$#.

3rd time breaking doll collecting rule #5

A really good read for anyone who collects dolls that I recommend, no matter the type is “Top Ten Mistakes of Doll Collecting Newbies” which is an article written by Denise Van Pattern, a seasoned doll collector of all kinds and is the proprietor of Kathrine’s Cottage. Although when I first stumbled on the article I was a good year into my doll collecting ways, I found it really helpful and it does ring true. Even though doll collecting should be all about yourself and what you want to collect should be no one’s business but your own, I can’t help but find what’s written in the article is worth it’s weight in gold.

For instance, I have met some people that fall under rule ten who I really wish would read the article and realise what gits they are being (not on a modern vs vintage level, but on a bjd vs everybody else level) – it is perfectly fine to not like different types of dolls and not collect them, it is not ok to be rude about it.

I digress. The whole point of this post is my failings, not the failings of other doll collectors, and my main failing is in Denise’s rule #5Failing to Focus Your Collection“.

The first time I really broke this rule was with my Cupcake Dolls. You see all my dolls I collect from BJD to Catwalk Kitty actually flow together. The BJD work with my Pullips as they all have the asian aesthetic thing going on. My Monster High seem to naturally gel with these guys as they have the darker overtones my dolls tend to have and Catwalk Kitties mix in with MH easily. Even the few Living Dead Dolls I have fit in with this. Where do Cupcake Dolls fit? Simple and obvious answer is that they do not. I have my decent sized Surprise stuffies which fit with them, but to be honest there is a reason my Surprises are in a crate somewhere and my cupcake dolls are hidden in the back room and not on display. They belong in someone’s 90’s nostalgia toy collection and not on display in my doll cabinet. Eventually, I will probably sell my Cupcake off to someone else but in the meantime I’m still clinging on.

The second time was when I started collecting the lalaloopsy minis. Lets face it, tiny little dolls that look like cutsy rag dolls do not fit in with my bunch. But I get around this by declaring that they are my doll’s dolls. This is sound logic. Do not attempt to point out otherwise >_>

I broke this rule a third time last night, and it’s a doozey. I bought a barbie doll. And it wasn’t even one of those wacky, out-there collector Barbies. It was a Happy Family Midge. ‘Why?!’ I hear you ask, ‘you hate Barbie’. Well hate is a strong word, especially as for a big chunk of my child hood I loved Barbie, like almost every other little girl. And I still like some releases today as an adult collector. I really like the vintage Wizard of Oz set they re-released recently with the green skinned witch – I was lucky enough to have my local Target stock a set and I stood there in store with the green barbie in my hand and just debated whether I should or shouldn’t. In the end I decided no, no point, I’m not collecting Barbie.

I never had preggers Midge as a kid either, by the time she was released in 2002 I would have been 16 and dolls to me were just toys for kids, so there is no nostalgia for me. As a side note, I would imagine someone telling my 16 year old self a decade into the future I would be collecting dolls would be met with typical teenage snarkiness. I actually truly believe what spurred me into wanting Midge was the controversy behind her. It is why I like the Tokidoki Barbie so much as well.

So what now? Will I continue to get the rest of the Happy Family set? I actually wouldn’t mind 1 year old Nikki and 3 year old Ryan, but I’m not sold on Allan. Don’t like his dopey smile. And maybe this will spur me into hunting down an affordable Tokidoki barbie, and maybe I’ll rethink that Wizard of Oz set. Chances are not great though. I do have a spot picked out for Midge in my cabinet though, which is more than my newer MH dolls have at the moment.

I could say that this would be the last time I muck up on rule five, but chances are it won’t be. Maybe I should just give Midge a vampire dress. She’ll fit in then.