Saturday, December 16, 2017

Marked-down Target Haul!

Found a bunch of Target merch at a resale shop today! Everything from Our Generation dolls to board games and even some Star Wars stuff. I could have spent a lot, but I managed to keep it under control. I did treat myself as well as a couple of others. Here’s my haul, minus a few gifts I can't post because SOMEBODY will see:

Prices on packaging are not the final prices after discounts.

This gorgeous blue-haired Barbie has been on my wishlist since she was announced. She was $6. I also got Jyn Erso, who ended up being barely over $1! The two Worlds Smallest blind boxes that I kept for myself yielded a small Pez dispenser and a tiny Hot Wheels car for just $3.50 each. That third one is going to a new home in a week or so.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Favorite Thrift Store Finds

I've found some pretty cool stuff at my favorite thrift shop lately. Here's a couple that you guys might find cool.

This writing desk and a brass bed aren't staying in Rudolph's room, but it makes a pretty good stage for them! I'm going to have to fix the bed frame, since the headboard isn't attached anymore. I think that the bed was probably meant for a Ginny-size doll, due to the size.

I'm absolutely in love with the writing desk. It's even constructed like a real desk! It's got tiny hinges to open up and store things inside. I'm hoping that a matching chair of some sort surfaces to go with it. More on these items when I get them fixed/matched up.

I did not buy these ginormous baby dolls, but I had to get a photo of the impressive scale of them. That's a *very* large rubbermaid tub.

Just one more example of something I didn't buy: three gallons of corks for just $1 each. Someone's Pinterest exploded after finding them, I'm certain.

The sight of this bunker/house thing caught me off-guard, and as you can tell by the tablecloth, I brought it home with me. The box was half-gone and some accessories were obviously gone, but it was amazing looking. This is really the sort of thing I'd thought of getting originally for displaying my Walking Dead action figures in before hitting upon the idea of using my old doll house.

Dale's our volunteer for scale, and as you can see, the structure is just a bit underscale.

Although, it's not quite as noticeable on the inside. It just makes the room look bigger!

Some digging around on Google reveals that the missing items are a table, battle map, some action figures and vehicles. Looks like this is the command base from the World Peacekeepers line up.

Looks like one of the action figures is still hanging on back there in the corner of the box! The sandbags, barbed wire and such should come in handy. Plus now the dollhouse bunch can have some neighbors! Neighbors who live in a bunker! And have a huge freaking machine gun. Honestly, in the zombie apocalypse, those may be the best kind of neighbors to have.

Finn is pretty psyched about helping out with this project. He's fairly sure that he's going to get to live in here somehow. Dream on, Finny.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Catch-Up Post

Since it's not quite so quick and easy to post anymore (I miss you, Blogger app!), I keep procrastinating on posting some of the nifty finds I've been seeing and picking up. So here's a catch-up post with a few things that have caught my eye. Missing from this are some cool items I've gotten at the local thrift, which are going to merit their own in-depth post. (I'll give you a hint: furniture!)

But here's what I've been finding elsewhere.

The Madame Alexander My Life As dolls at Walmart now have a bunch of extras!

There are multi-outfit fashion packs:

More fashions and some small kitchen accessories:

And horses:

(Those are some pretty decent-looking horses for $10!)

And a nice little table and chairs set:

One more from Walmart, this selection of summer fairy garden/dollhouse scale outdoor stuff:

I need an outside for the Walking Dead dollhouse first, though!

And this just disturbed me; Sparkle Girlz dolls with molded-on tops? Don't start down that dark road, Sparkle Girlz!

And here's the first new Monster High thing I've seen in person in a dog's age, the school bus playset.

I guess it is a pretty neat playset, but I wish there was a little more to it.

At Hobby Lobby, the only craft store in a reasonable driving distance (sadly), I found these nifty dollhouse-scale bathtub soap dishes:

At Toys R Us (which is sadly NOT in a reasonable driving distance), I found some classic Nickelodeon character toys, including this Hey Arnold bobblehead:

I can't decide if those headphones amuse or horrify me.
And some Dragonball Super figures, like Lord Beerus here:

Looks like they're taking a page out of Marvel's book and doing the "build a figure" piece thing. This is a pretty good looking figure, I gotta say. Not quite up there at the level of your Figmas or SH Figuarts figures, but he's got a decent-looking sculpt and articulation from what I can tell, and even an extra set of hands. Remember when we took stuff like that for granted on $20 Star Wars The Black Series figures?

On my last Target visit I found some really cool playsets for the full size Our Generation dolls:

This is supposed to be for the 18" dolls, but I think that it would be almost perfect for Barbie and co. I mean a few pieces like that microscope are a bit big, but look at that selection of stuff!

There was also a gardening set:

Just look at this! A raised bed flower garden! A wheelbarrow! Garden tools! Mini veggies! The Our Generation stuff is really knocking it out of the park!

I also visited an antique mall and a flea market. This purple-eyed doll caught my attention, but I didn't get her. She's got a lot of stains and a wonky right arm, but those inset eyes are pretty spectacular. Anyone have a clue what she's from?

I thought this old Easy-Bake oven was pretty cool, too. It looks like a little kitchen playset!

On more of a "real people and not toys" note, I spotted this cool "outdoor light" at an antique mall as was pretty smitten.

I mean, how awesome IS that thing?
And I just need to show this thing. Look at this spinning wheel!

 I guess it's for holding knitting supplies or something, and it's a little too big to be a 1/6 prop, but it's super-cool! I wish I had a use for it.

At Big Lots I found a big set of Littlest Pet Shop figures that was unremarkable except for one thing:

If you didn't know this about me previously, you do now. I love red pandas. I talked myself out of buying a whole zoo worth of LPS figures just for this one (ADORABLE) little guy and his fuzzy, floofy tail.

I am filled with regret.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Sailor Jupiter!

I like to hit the local flea market every so often. There's an old guy who has lots of dolls (usually dressed and with shoes!), the odd collectable, and other interesting odds and ends that I like to check in with. $3 each or two for $5 is a heck of a deal! This past weekend, I found an Irwin 11.5" Sailor Jupiter!

Her outfit was a mess, and missing several pieces (like the tiara and shoes) when I picked her up, but while she's been waiting for her gloves and fuku to take a trip in the washing machine, here's how she's been redressed:

I was surprised to see that her earrings were both still attached, but it gave me an idea for a redress of Jupiter with this dress and hose that I got from a bag of Barbie clothes at my favorite thrift store. She looks very matchy. The boots belong to BYBY Luna Mothews threepack doll.

Jupiter didn't look quite this nice when I picked her up. Her hair and face was covered in something... sticky. She's missing her tiara, ponytail holder, and her boots; and her costume was a bit stained (as are her legs). A round in the washing machine with some stain remover has taken almost all of the gunk off her costume and gloves, and a quick wash has her hair and face almost perfect again.I haven't cut her hair, by the way. I just thought sweeping it aside made for a dramatic photo.

It's pretty cool to have my favorite Sailor Soldier in my collection, especially for $3! I'll probably be keeping the black panty hose on her while she's on this body, though. Those weird green marks on her legs won't come off and they're disguised decently by the legwear. At some point I'd like to rebody her, but I don't currently have any dolls similar enough in skintone. It'd be nice to redo her faceup a little, too. The combination of the round, sort of childlike face and the adult woman body is a bit weird. For that matter, so are the holes in her head, but one issue at a time.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Ember takes a trip

Welp, so far it seems that I'm not going to be able to upload pics directly into the blog using my phone at all. If a workaround pops up, somebody let me know, because I'm not having any luck so far.

So, here I am on the desktop like some kind of animal.

One that lives in a tree, perhaps?
But here are a few photos of Ember, taken at a historical site I visited this weekend. Yay!

Wagh! Wardrobe not suitable for exploration!
Things were pretty rough for this little dress, so the decision was made: time for a wardrobe change!

This post endorsed by the National Pants Council. Pants: They save your legs.

PANTS TO THE RESCUE! Everything's better with pants!

Lots of flowers were still in bloom, too!
Exploring the garden got a whole lot easier after that! Ember was annoyed that a little girl who spotted her thought she was "creepy", though. You're touring a haunted house and you're worried about guest-dolls? Worry about that porcelain nightmare upstairs, kid!

Hey! Hey, gimmie a ten! This pig says he has something I need!

The gift shop folks seemed a bit bemused that I set up Ember next to their map-pig, but went along with it. I don't know why, but this picture really amuses me.


Well the Blogger app apparently doesn’t work with the newest iOS update! Looks like I need to figure out a new way to post from my phone!

Test for link to image.

Looks like posting images is going to take some brainstorming.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Finders Keepers: Star Wars Eggs

Awhile back I posted about some Kinder Egg-style chocolate and toy surprise eggs I found at Hastings. Those got around the US ban on non-food items inside of food items by having the chocolate egg be two separate pieces that did not fully encapsulate the plastic holding the toy. This particular version from Finders Keepers does things a little different. I've had one of these before, but I don't think I posted about it.

Wander is excited to see what we get.

On the back, we see our possibilities for this wave are BB-8, Kylo Ren, Captain Phasma, Rey, Chewie, and Poe. I hope I get BB-8 or Phasma! Hm, there's really no disappointing possibilities in the assortment, though!

These surprise eggs get around that "no inedibles inside of edibles" rule by having the toy capsule separate from the chocolate egg. The egg is still hollow, instead of solid chocolate.

Wander's getting impatient here, so let's see what we get!

And it's Rebel pilot Poe Dameron! the paint's a little sloppy in places on his head, but it's not a bad little bust. Should look nice next to the tiny stormtrooper one I have from a previous wave of these things. Hm. Maybe I should do a Star Wars-themed study backdrop for my photo setting series?

In other news, some more dolls came home with me from the thrift store! Disney Store Frozen Fever Anna, a random Barbie who's stolen her clothes, some shiny ribbon/trim, and a really dirty Rapunzel who I think must be one of the JC Penney ones. I wonder what I can do with her....?