Melbourne Doll Meetup

Every so often, the Melbourne based doll group I am a member of has meetups through out the year where doll hobbyists meet together to connect with each other.

I have not really been able to make it to many of these lately but I was fortunate that I was able to attend the meet up this past Saturday and also the previous one in January. Almost everyone brings at least a few of their BJD (although other dolls are welcome in our group) and some people bring a larger number.

I’m terrible at remembering to take photos, but I will share a few pictures that feature my newest BJD, Wave (Nothing Sapiens INO). The below pictures are either taken by me or from a fellow doll group friend and posted with permission.

 

Wave - Nothing Sapiens INO

Wave – Nothing Sapiens INO, picture provided by @ravenmadgeo

 

Pariah - Fifth Motive Venitu

Pariah – Fifth Motive Venitu. Follow @ravenmadgeo on Instagram for more BJD content

 

Sherry - Doll Leaves Amara

Sherry – Doll Leaves Amara

 

Lividian - Fairyland Alicia

Lividian – Fairyland Alicia (holding Haze, my Nothing Sapiens INO kid)

 

138 Grail Alert!

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:

138 Box

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.

 

138 Inside the Box

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).

 

138 Certificate

 

 

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.

138 Shoes

Pullip’s shoes. Not the style of footwear I was expecting to find under that petticoat.

138 On the Mantle

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.

 

 

100 Monster High Dolls

I have (as of Sunday) 100 Monster High Dolls. I haven’t done anything special as yet, I really do think some cake baking is in order.

Or maybe just cake eating. It’s a good reason for cake =D

 

The lucky number 100 is Ghouls Rule Frankie, a worthy number 100 if I do say so myself. I found her at Toys ‘R’ Us all alone in a really battered box, so a return I assume, lucky for me. Still pretty far behind in my MH collecting:

  • Skull Shores 5 pack
  • Roler Maze Abbey 2 pack
  • Dead Tired Wave 2
  • Ghouls Rule (minus Frankie)
  • Scary Tales
  • Robecca Steam
  • Venus McFlytrap
  • Naked Frankie x2, Draculaura, Duece, Operetta and Abbey
  • Coffin Bean Draculaura and Roadster Draculaura
  • Monster High playset

I have the rest of the CAMs on their way to me from Canada, it’s been about a month though and I actually expected to hit 100 with that parcel instead of the random shelf find I ended up with. Still two weeks before it’s officially late. Hopefully they turn up soon.

These two are brand new Lalas that have recently been released here unbeknownst to me, so was a complete surprise when I saw them at TRU along with Frankie. They are Bubbles Smack ‘N’ Pop, who is made from bubblegum and is blowing a cute little bubble and Toastie Sweet Fluff who wears a fuzzy dress and has marshmallows in her hair. They are part of the Candy Cute series, the other two dolls in the series based on raspberry licorice and gumdrops.

Last bit of news is in relation to the Monster High Class of 2012 Facebook page:

Free wristband! For those that don’t know, the Class of 2012 page is either a global thing or Australia only (not too sure on that), and when you sign up promises a free wrist band and exclusive news content. So far the only content is a documentary on the 2012 Con, will report back if anything else is added.

Yay, free stuff!

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?

…but she’s got a new hat!

Any fashion doll collecting Simpson’s fan should know what the phrase: ‘but she’s got a new hat!‘ means, and lately when it comes to my Monster High collecting, I’ve started to hear it in my own head. For instance, I bought the Day at the Maul fashion pack with the intention of buying a nude Lala and Frankie to put them in…only to go a head and buy the Killer Style dolls. The Killer Style doll clothes are just varients of the clothes in the fashion pack. I was also thinking of buying both varients of Abbey’s new ice skating outft. One has a purple skirt, one has blue.

Why? Do I want to be *that* much of a completionist? I guess it is only just starting to hit me just how hard getting *every* single doll in such a popular line is going to be. It is only in its second year and the line is showing no signs that it will calm down any time soon. Already Mattel is just releasing their new CAM and Roller Derby lines, Robecca Steam and Venus will be released soon as well as the announcement of Ghouls Rule, wave 2 Dead Tired, Dot Dead Gorgeous, Day at the Maul Clawdeen and Operetta (whose outfits are variants of the just-now released outfit packs), Scary Tales and we can’t forget the Skull Shores five pack including colour version Frankie plus Clawdeen and Cleo.

And all of that, doesn’t even include the playsets – Coffin Bean, Draculaura’s Powder Room, Cleo’s Vanity, Lab Pack, the High School, Ghoulia’s Scooter and Draculaura’s Roadster.

Speaking of the roadster, I bought one myself, a few weeks ago. Wasn’t cheap either (found it in a Toyworld and their prices can be a bit questionable at times) but I felt I couldn’t leave it there. Unlike the dolls (and their clothes) I haven’t bought all of the play sets. I never bought The coffin bed or Frankie’s mirror bed, and only bought the hydration station and Clawdeen’s bed because they came with dolls. Of the upcoming play sets the only one I thought I would be buying was the Coffin Bean (as it came with a doll and I would have use for a doll couch for displaying), until I read the powder room and scooter will have dolls. And the roadster is also to be re-released. With a doll.

I’m starting to feel overwhelmed. The thought of re-buying the roadster just for a Lala doll has got Smithers repeating that Simpson quote in my head over and over. Can I even hope to keep up if Mattel keeps pumping out these dolls for the next decade? Or for as long as the Queen of playline Barbie has been around? Is it best I just stick to the basic line of dolls like I had originally said I was going to back in late 2010/early 2011 – when my collection was as big as this:

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.