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  • 12/31/13--03:33: Morning After the Party

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  • 12/31/13--06:00: Toy Aisle Trolls > Unbuckled
  • Toy Aisle Trolls is a feature highlighting acts of vandalism to in-store toy items. If you find a ruined package, a stolen figure, a swapped-out figure, or any other such acts, take a photo (cell phone photos are fine if they’re not blurry) and email them to Submitted by: VENENOR These wrestler figs had […]

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    I’ve expressed my doubts about third-party toys in the form of licensed characters, but I have far fewer qualms  about third-party add-ons. There are some really cool third party projects going on for MOTUC right now, such as Kevin Kosse’s Horde Trooper helmets or the upcoming conversion kits by Mat Vige O’Toole, a.k.a. Zombihamma (who’s also a special effects make-up, […]

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    Have you ever experienced the pink-blue effect while entering a toys’ shop during Christmas time? Pr

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    What happens to the toys that become forgotten, broken, or lost ? No they don’t go to the isla

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  • 12/31/13--08:46: Happy Supahcute New Year!!
  • Wishing everyone a safe New Year’s Eve and a healthy and prosperous New Year!! See you in 2014!! Millypus friends by Jackie Brown Revilla, Julie Shah, and Vanessa RamirezFiled under: general Tagged: Millypus

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    I usually do a "Best-Worst" themed post at year end. This year I'm going to do more of a "Best of My 2013 Collection" post. Going through my 2013 purchase database, I made a list of my favorites. The list revealed that I concentrated, number-wise, on wigs and fashions more than anything else. And, for the first time in a few years, Integrity Toys' dolls scored multiple bests.

    Below, left: Lukas Maverick as "Beauty." He was paired with a female doll entitled "Beast," not shown. Right: "Interlude," the last Monogram doll in the line, (supposedly) was a welcome bag doll at the 2013 convention. She is dressed in a fashion called "Completist" which was also a gift to attendees.

    The two Integrity dolls below from their last convention are both Elise Jolie. On the left is the convention souvenir, Midnight  Star, and on the right is a workshop doll dressed in the Beast's outfit. These dolls are gorgeous and I love the Elise sculpt as much as I loved the original Vanessa sculpt!

    A fashion designed by Chris Stoeckel for the W Club Luncheon for Victoire Roux made my favorites. Chris had previously done this dress for a 15.5" Gene doll (right) in a different colorway. It translates very well to the 12" "Out Sass."
    IMO Chris is the most talented designer IT has (if Jason isn't around.)

    Mel Odom's beloved Gene Marshall doll made a surprise comeback in 2013 as a resin BJD produced by JamieShow Dolls. It's great fun to have new Gene dolls and it has brought renewed life to so many long-time Gene collections. On the left is J'Adore Gene wearing  a Sybarite fashion and a Cheryl Wood wig. On the right is Phoenix Gene wearing her own gown and a wig by Cheryl Wood.

    Speaking of wigs, I added at least one dozen to my collection this past year. My favorites are those made by Ilaria, Patta, Cheryl and Chewin. My dolls have varying sized heads so they need lots of wigs. Below are two from Ilaria aka "Time of Doll."
    On the left is Miss G White, a Ficon doll I traded for. Although she debuted in 2012, she is new to my collection. On the right is Inro. She is the first in the Inamorata line produced as a limited edition as opposed to a OOAK by Emilia Nieminen. 

    For the first time in ages, I'm paying attention to male dolls again. While the Jamieshow Alejandro below, left and the Tonner Neo Tokyo are not from 2013, their fashions are. These fabulous garments are by the uber-talented Chewin. I also commissioned him to do Alejandro's wig.

     Another Chewin outfit modeled by Tonner's Yoshio, a 2013 16" favorite.

    Yian (modsdoll) repainted this Dionysis Sybarite. She's wearing a 2012 Cheryl Wood wig, a gorgeous dress from the 2013 Metrodoll's luncheon entitled "Eventail," and a stunning neckpiece by Asher of New England. I'm sure you can see why she made my favorites list.

    Of course I have too many dolls so I buy outfits for them. Early fashions that I couldn't get previously and newly released ones arrived regularly.
    Many of the amazing fashions from Sandra Stillwell's Kansas City Every Day's A Holiday event can be seen elsewhere on this blog. Here is one called "Delicate Bloom." The floral motifs are all ribbon embroidery!

    V John offers a monthly fashion for either 12" or 16" dolls.

    There are always Tonner dressed dolls or fashions that need to come to mama.  Some fashions are offered separately and some are from dressed dolls. Tiny Kitty is older (2005) doll called "Flirtation."  Sometimes it's good to wait because many collectors sell Tonner products for much less than they paid.

    Antoinette is wearing a 2012 gown from "Sweeping Antoinette."

    This Antoinette fashion is called "Fanciful." It's so Barbie-ish and reminds me of Silkstone Provencale.  "Hypnotic" Antoinette, whom I chose to model the Tonner gown, has the same hairstyle the Silkie (on the right.) Provencale is not a new acquisition.

    I was more careful with my purchases but I definitely made a few mistakes. I am happy with my dolls. When I'm not, they go. Some stick around until I'm sure.

    My doll collecting resolution is to continue to be careful and focused with what I purchase.  I resolve to re-photograph many of my dolls and photograph all new dolls as they join the tribe.

    Do you have any doll-related resolutions for 2013?

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    Background Monsters University is the 2013 prequel follow-up to the Disney•Pixar Monsters, Inc. Fans of the original film only had to wait 12 years to get their anticipated sequel, which has pulled in mostly high grades among film review aggregators. I like to think of the film as Revenge of the Nerds in the Disney•Pixar […]

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  • 12/31/13--22:31: 2013 Summary & 2014 Roadmap
  • Happy new year folks! What are you doing over the new year? Having fun is important but while you have...

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  • 01/01/14--03:33: A Beautiful Swan

  • I don't know of any better way to start the day or for that matter start the new year than looking at something exquisitely beautiful. Do you?

    Every morning now for the past few weeks hubby and I have been greeted on our walk by an amazingly beautiful and majestic swan. She seems to have found a winter home just near and under a bridge on a local reservoir. Most of the reservoir is covered with ice except for the area close to the bridge.

    Whenever we see her we have to stop and just admire her beauty. She is unbelievably white and so graceful to watch. She inevitably senses us and goes under the bridge. Sometimes she just stays where she is and seems to be looking at us.

    A couple of times she has decided to walk on the ice and snow covering the rest of the reservoir.  When she did that the other day it was amazing to see how big her footprint in the snow was. Quite extraordinary.

    During the summer we often spotted her with a mate. Where the mate is now is unknown. Why she is here in the winter is also unknown. I often wonder if she stays there all day and sleeps under the bridge at night.

    So, yesterday I decided to take some pictures of her. What we didn't realize until we viewed the pictures was she has a tag on her back left leg. You can see it in the picture at the top of this post. Who tagged her and why we don't know.

    She is just so incredibly beautiful and such a beautiful image to start the day with. Wouldn't you agree?

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    set database: LEGO 5000023 LEGO store exclusive anniversary minifigure pack
    image courtesy of stonearchkids
    set number: 5000023
    set name: LEGO store exclusive anniversary minifigure pack
    theme: LEGO store grand opening exclusive set
    year: 2012
    pieces: 3
    price: us$na
    minifigs: 3
    LEGO store exclusive anniversary minifigure pack.
    minifigs included a female minifig and 2 male minifigs.
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    Rankin Bass Memory Lane Rudolph Bumles 7 in Action Figure by splittyhead Submit your Flickr photos to Poe Ghostal’s Pic of the Day!

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  • 01/01/14--07:45: Engineernerd’s 2013
  • In terms of toy collecting, 2013 was essentially more of 2012 for me. Some surprises. Some disappointments. Overall not a bad year, but not the best since I’ve been collecting. One of the upsides to 2013 was G.I. Joe for me. With a new movie and figures, I’ve had a lot of fun rekindling that […]

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    Bunnies By The Bay is launching a new spring Hareytales collection, entitled Who’s A Bunny?, featuring artwork of storybook characters Bud, Tadbit, Skipit, and Emmie. The collection is aimed at new learners ages 6 to 18 months, and includes apparel, soft toys, baby dish sets, soft books, and blankets. The Who’s a Bunny? collection includes: [...]

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    I've changed the template on my blog; no, you are not lost.

    This past year I purchased two NRFB versions of older FR dolls which I had either rerooted or altered in some other way. I like having both the original and the reworked doll in this case because when I looked back at original dolls I wish I had left them unaltered. This is how they look right now. I will give the new one a tall body as the first articulated FR body is so very short!
    "Intoxicating Mix" Vanessa was the convention souvenir doll at my first Fashion Royalty convention. She was also my first Vanessa. Rerooted, she is currently on her third body (above, right.)
    Some early pictures of her wearing (and not wearing) varied fashions.

    When I got my first "Pale Fire" Vanessa, I loved her face and jewelry but I didn't like her hair. I took it down, cut it, rooted in some streaks of another color and styled it. 
    Here is my original Pale Fire wearing a lovely fashion from the "Haute Luxuries" giftset.
    The original PF gown was enormous. There was enough fabric in there for two dresses and although stunning, I took it apart planning a restyle but never got around to it.
    Here she is as she looks right now:
    She has an FR2 body and looks lovely in Victoire's gown.

    Her twin arrived a few months ago and stay unchanged.

    Do you ever have "altered dolls" remorse?

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    Children whose parents could not afford to buy gifts for Christmas had the holidays made a bit brighter due to the efforts of Carson’s Tavern ...

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