Monday, August 21, 2017

Eclipse viewing

It was a near-total eclipse of the sun today! Here's the view through some eclipse glasses at just a little past peak time: Not too shabby!
I also made a pinhole camera, which made things much harder to photograph. Harder to draw on my screen than I thought, too.
Another experiment from today: a false wall background for the foldaway house! Needs better lighting and my posterboard was too small, but I think conceptually it's sound!

Hope you got some great views wherever you were, today!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Making Spaces, pt 2

Making a decent transition between the vastly different patterns I put up in my box room proved... difficult. I finally just downloaded a wood pattern in white and threw it up there just to be able to move on. It does look fine, fortunately. I've been playing with placing furniture to see how this thing is going to look.

Lina and Rapunzel were up for modeling duty, and I pulled in a largish baby from the Barbie line.

A little redecorating, and now we're all appreciating the foxes I got last holiday season at KMart.

Punzie would also like to pet a fox, but it's probably better to let sleeping foxes lie.

Lina's going for it, though!

A little rearranging, and it can also be a bathroom scene. Jade is wondering when we'll be piping in the water.

Our fox friend just looks baffled.

So far so good on the room, I think. Although playing with turning it into different rooms gave me another idea. What if I could really make it be a different room? Hmmmmm...

Monday, August 14, 2017

Ready, Set, RESET! Part 4: Steven Universe and More Dolls

Whew, we're STILL going through more new stuff!? Okay, let's get going!

I'll admit, I'm not up on all the Steven Universe stuff coming out. Heck, I haven't even seen the latest... four... five? episodes of the show. But I thought that these McFarlane construction kits were pretty neat. I think I may like them better than the Walking Dead construction sets, for that matter. 

(Edit: I've since been told that these sets are pretty fragile and even the figures are prone to falling apart, probably not the best for anyone who intends to do more than display them)

Here's Rose Quartz and Amethyst. I like that Rose's hair is this massive heap of terrifying bubblegum pink nightmare curls.

Peridot, I'll admit, I was tempted to get. She's even got her evil Zim grin and her limb enhancers!

Pearl comes with a nifty pillar and a sword for destroying her enemies.

And Garnet, interestingly enough, comes with that "we got crap past the censors" arcade game. Don't break it, Mr. Smiley will have a fit.

And lastly (and most awesomely), there's Greg Universe and his van! And I guess Steven's there, too.

This Shopkins Shoppies playset was also new. I think the little gelato cart is the cutest doll vehicle this line's made so far.

A bunch of these squishy food toys were put out. They're ridiculously soft.

And *squishy*!

A few My Little Pony: The Movie toys were out, including some new Guardians of Harmony figures! Pony pirates are a thing now! We had Twilight...

...And a really amazing Pinkie Pie. Look at her, she's adorable!

We also had the *tiniest* Littlest Pet Shop toys I think I've ever seen, shown here next to normal figures for scale.

Love it or hate it, Teen Titans Go! is huge. Imaginext had a couple of figures for the series, including Raven...

...And Cyborg. According to the package, there should be more, but these are the only two I found. I love that there's now a toy that shoots steaks at your other toys. The Ninja Turtles had that van that shot pizzas, this seems like a natural next step.

I was not prepared for how big the Spirit: Riding Free dolls were. I thought they'd be around 9" tall. They're closer to 11!

Here's the rest of the full size dolls in the lineup. They all look very sweet, but good gravy, they're HUGE!

I have no idea who this girl is, but she has a doll on our shelves. She looks like Rainbow Brite's kid sister.

The newest Made to Move doll. I wish they'd go back to selling multiple skintones of basic dolls instead of trying to turn them into playsets with the same skintone (or nearly the same) over and over!

Multipacks of Sparkle Girls dolls with a superhero theme! Nice!

Finally, Endor Leia popped up on our shelves. Whoa, I was not expecting her to be $35, though!

And we also got a few more of the small Tangled: The Series dolls. I like how the one that comes with Maximus is packaged. In comparison, the doll next to her looks like someone rubbed a massive balloon on her head and she's become a vengeful goddess of static electricity.

Ready, Set, RESET! Pt 3 Cars and Marvel

Finally, something's going on over in the "boy toys"! I was super-hyped to see Cars 3 blind bags on the shelf, but wait-!

These are totally different than the mini cars that were available at Walgreens! Still though, that's an impressive lineup. No Doc, which makes me sad, but look! Smokey's in there, along with Sally and even Guido! I didn't pick any of these up yet, I want to see if there's codes for them online first.

There were also Cars 3 Mash'Ems on offer. I don't have any of these, but I like the idea of them. 

A trip down the Action Figures (and also Funko stuff) aisle revealed Thor: Ragnarok figures and New Marvel Legends. So here's Loki and his ridiculous helmet that makes him look like a hood ornament, and Jessica Jones, whose show I haven't seen but whose look I really like.

Here's the lineup on the Ragnanok figures. Looks like we're building Gladitor!Hulk. Are you not entertained?! Interesting, it looks like the girl Thor is in this lineup as well. Didn't see her on the peg, so doubtless she'd already been snapped up before I arrived.

I did mention that the Action Figures are partially displaced by the Funko figures, didn't I? Ickis from Nick's Aaaahhh! Real Monsters was the most tempting new figure out on the shelves so far.

On the subject of Pops, if you like them, or know someone who does, and you're a GameStop Rewards member, check your email! GameStop is firing up a Pop sub service, and the email about it includes instructions for getting an e-coupon for a FREE Pop figures (up to $9 value, I think?) in their stores. I ended up picking up the lonely Doc Hudson who has been sitting on the shelves for ages.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Ready, Set, RESET! Pt 2 (The one with all the outfits)

My precioussssss! Am I the only one who reacts like this to cheap, decently-made doll clothes? I hope not. Here are a few of the ones I have seen. (Somehow I didn't get an individual shot of that Cheetah Girls-looking dress. Oops?)

I like this blouse fabric. I'm not too sure about the dropped-shoulder with faux tank top look, but if your dolls want to scream "THE 80S ARE BACK AND THIS TIME IT'S PERSONAL!" then this may be your huckleberry.

I can't quite tell what's going on with the blouse of this set. It's tacked on the card at a weird angle, there are plastic staples keeping me from seeing what the shape of it is supposed to be, but it's got a neat print. And I think it's two pieces. Not bad for $1!

Do your dolls need a uniform for back to school storylines? This set may be just what you're looking for. The tacked-on collar and shirt tail aren't all that convincing on the card, but they'll probably look better on your dolls.

Ladies and gents, I present to you the "Mabel Pines" outfit. I actually bought this one, and can report that the sweater sleeves are only about 3/4 on a MTM Barbie. While the jeans look nice, they can and will sliiiiiide down the doll's backside if you seat her while in them.

Whoops, this one is out of focus, which is a real shame because I liked this top and pants combo. Great color combo and the pattern is nice! I may go back for it.

This winger jacket and skirt is very similar to a jacket I already have, so I skipped it for now. Still, it's nice to see some winter wear in here!

This cute athletic set is two pieces, a top and a skirt. And... heels?

Another coat, this one in a herringbone pattern that my grandma would have loved. (Seriously, I'm pretty sure the people-size version of this is in her closet) The blue fur *and* a flower feels just a bit over the top to me, but once again, it's really nice to see this variety!

I like this fabric, I like these colors, but I talked myself out of this cute as heck shorts and peasant top set. For now.

This is adorable. Look at that. A little overalls-dress and stripey top! Don't be fooled, though! It looks like two pieces but it's only one! Still it's cute as heck!

This set I went back and forth on several times before leaving behind. The little tassel tie is so cute! The eyelet material is so cute! The printed blue collar is so cute! But it's also kind of thin, and the more I look at it, the more I think "very cute maternity top". It's really baggy.

Another cute one piece dress, this time with a herringbone skirt and a cute (if square) blouse!

And then there's.. this thing. I don't even know what has happened, here. Okay, it's a one piece dress, but with a slit in the front of the skirt? And what's with that ruffle at the mid-chest level? I think I had a little top like that as a small child, but once again, that was the 80s. The early 80s. Some people still thought disco was coming back.

Believe it or not, this isn't all the outfits available! I'm not sure how long the case had been out, but I dug through and only saw a couple of repeats!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Ready, Set, RESET! Pt 1

The reset is finally hitting! Here are a few items I saw today, plus a couple of the last clearance items on the shelves!

It had been so long since we'd had any Sparkle Girlz fashions that I was beginning to worry that the store wasn't ordering any more! A whole new case of them was out today. I took lots of pics, but that'll have to be another post. I did grab this one, though. Am I the only one thinkin "Mabel Pines" at the sight of this pink sweater? The outfits, which I believe were previously $.97, are now an even dollar. Still worth it.

These little monkeys are interesting. They respond to touch, motion and sounds, and cling to your finger. They're kind of cute!

This styling head from Cool Maker also caught my eye. I like the ghostly/alien vibe of the paper white skin and super-long neck. The idea that you could conceivably color the whole head is pretty neat, too.

I've heard of the LOL Surprise balls, but this was my first time actually seeing any in person. These are the Lil Sisters balls, which come with an accessory for the full sized dolls, a pair of shoes, a sticker, secret message, and a surprise feature when filled with water. It's a pity the dolls aren't as cute as the artwork.

I haven't previously seen this, though. LOL Surprise Fizz factory. It looks like you hide charms (or your own small items) inside what basically amounts to a bath bomb. It would be interesting to know if these actually are bath bombs or if they're just fizzy.

You know I love cars. These Shopkins Cutie Cars are adorable and come with mini Shopkins that look like they could be appropriately sized for the Happy Places figures. I think these cars are the only Shopkins items that I care for.

The dolls are pretty cute, though. I love the colors used on Marsha Mello, here.

Also new on the shelves were these three (and only these three) Enchantimals mini dolls. Smaller even than the Ever After High pixies, these odd yet cute mini dolls are a little pricey in my opinion. I mean, their tops are painted on!

This is the first of the Tangled: The Series dolls to pop up on the shelf. Rapunzel here reminds me of Goldie Blox in this pose.

Several new Descendants 2 dolls were out. This Evie is my favorite so far. That dress!

DC's got a line of what can only be described as "knock off Disney Animator's Collection" toddler dolls coming out. This Wonder Woman was the only one out here so far. She's pretty cute.

There was also this DC SuperHero Girls playset with Supergirl that has an interesting X-ray vision gimmick. I like the lockers.

YES. Finally the Star Wars: Forces of Destiny dolls/figures are coming out here! Endor Leia isn't here (yet?), but it was nice to finally see the other dolls in person. I would rather that these toys all had removeable clothing for redressing, but it's great to see the effort that obviously went into these.

More Sparkle Girlz popcorn dolls. I like the genies. There's a few superhero-themed ones behind them.

Uh, wow. This is a shocker. Shibajuku Girls? For less than $20? It'll be interesting to see how well these move. I like the punky outfit on the one on the right.

Finally, here we are at the last of the clearance stuff. The Marvel 6" figures that are left are down to $3-$4, and I'm reminding myself over and over that no, I don't need them. Even if they're cheap. I don't need them.

A few straggling Star Wars Black Series figures (both large and small) and carded figure are also waiting for someone to take them home. I didn't manage to get a pic, but the DC Superhero Girls figures that are typically $10 were down to $2!

The last straggling My Little Pony: Guardians of Harmony figures were only $1!

It was hard to get the price AND the toy in this picture, so sorry for the bad angle! This Mini MixieQ's theater was just $2.50... but without the mini figures. The blind bags were available awhile back for $1.50 each, but they're all gone now!

The "Boys' Section" doesn't seem to have anything new in it (yet), but there are definitely spaces being carved out for new stuff. Maybe we'll *finally* get the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 wave 2 figures? Sheesh, glad I got my Rocket AGES ago from ebay!