Sunday, April 28, 2013

So many Victini's! A collection post.

So, I mentioned previously that I'd found an Unova region playset at the local thrift for $1?

Since that day, it's been sitting on my computer desk, patiently waiting for me to get off my butt and do something with it. Today was finally that day!

I have a large built-in bookshelf in my living room, and the largest of the permanently-size cubbies has been home to my Victini collection ever since the great break in this past summer. My poor pokemon were knocked into the floor by the person(s?) who broke into my house, apparently with the idea that I might be hiding jewelry or money or something valuable under a pile of plush and plastic. (Jokes on you fool(s), I HAVE no jewelry or money! HA!)

I do have an embarrassing amount of money tied up in my victini collection though. So, with that in mind, I decided to move them into the front room where they could get some protection by being positioned in front of the large front window. (Now I'm worried about UV exposure though! I just can't win!) This also means that anyone visiting me is pretty much shown exactly how big of a toy-lover I am. As if the Cars, R2D2/Star Wars, and assorted dolls weren't a big enough clue?

Anyway, I wanted to get ALL of the little v-eared critters to stay in that largest cubby, and use the Unova set as part of the display. Honestly, it would look better if I spread them out more, but that will mean cleaning out stuff. A project for this fall, perhaps?

Here they are! Abandon all macarons, ye who enter here!

I ended up splitting the Unova playset into two pices. The building/ferris wheel on one side, and the bridge/forest off towards the other. The set all together pretty much encompasses the entire cubby!

Ferris wheel 'tinis are having a blast. You can see a couple of cool customs I've gotten. The necklace and the sitting figure! (I wear that pendant with my charm bracelet!)

Some larger 'tinis sitting around. Cake!Victini on top of the tower! Thanks Jay!

Some smaller 'tinis say hey to Ash and Pikachu on the bridge. 

A few flats and smaller things under the bridge. 

Some plush 'tinis admiring Tomy-Victini's sweet ride.

Some smaller victini fellas in the trees. This one has a "fire gem". 

More tree-dwellers. They seem to like their new home. 

More large plush crowding to mug for the camera. 

My custom MLP victini and Victini charm bracelet. 

Smaller guys under the ferris wheel. Check out the cool little statue custom I got as a gift!

Had to add this straggler! I actually wear this charm bracelet and the pendant above on special occasions!

More small guys under the bridge! 

You know, having to move these little guys makes me appreciate just HOW MANY of them there are. I also have a couple of cards, some stickers and other flat items that aren't in this arrangement just because there's no space for them. 

My victini collection has made me VERY conscious of my Monster High collection. I'm trying very, very hard to only get dolls that I really, really want. Similar hair/makeup? Nope, I don't need it. Buying it just for the clothes (or worse yet, just for shoes)? Nope, I don't need it. 

Now if only the little butt-winged mascot could convince me to slow down on my *other* spending hobbies..

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Swing and a miss

I live at approximately the halfway point between two large cities, and as such it's always a toss-up when I want to go shopping whether I'll go to the town with the Disney Store or the town with the anime store. Today, I opted Disney Store. The only thing I was tempted by at the DS was $10 Princess/Prince dolls. I hit the Tuesday Morning store on my way out of town just for fun, and discovered that they had ONE Disney Peter Pan series Pullip.

Just one.

And it was Tiger Lily.

Nothing against anyone who likes the character modeling Tiger Lily in the Pullip series, but that face looks wall-eyed and creepy to me, so I passed.

I've decided I want to make a couple of custom Monster High dolls, which is going to involve finding a Cleo de Nile for less than $20 and figuring out how to paint the MH bodies without the paint being scraped off by the joints of the doll. I've struck out on both of those goals so far, also.

I have a broken Draculaura who has become my unwitting guinea pig, but so far the experiments have been failures.

Paint Method 1: Thin strokes of acrylic paint- Failure, paint scrapes off with mild scratches from fingernails.

Paint Method 2: Krylon for plastics spray paint - Failure, paint scrapes off when joints are moved, or with scrapes from nails.

Paint Method 3: Wipe down with 100% Acetone, wash, apply thin layers of Krylon for plastics spray paint - Failure, see Paint Method 2. Additionally, some spots on the plastic body don't seem to ever dry.

So, that brings me to two new options I've read about: Spray paint/primer for plastic models or Spray on dye for car interiors. I've seen people swear by each one, but I've seen people swear by every method that I've tried. Frankly, I'm getting annoyed at the idea that it's starting to take so much monetary investment to find a way to make a MH guy paper white. I'm starting to think I'd be better off to wait until Invisi-Billy is released. Then I'd just have to worry about arms/hands and legs/feet instead of the whole stinking doll needing paint.

The icing on the irritating cake of the day was discovering that apparently you can't buy flatback red diamond-cut rhinestones for less than $5 at Hobby Lobby. I just need one! The ones I find on ebay in the shape I want are for fingernail decoration. When did doing your nails become so... blingy?

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Spring Day Photos!

"This wind! So unruly!"
It's a beautiful day today, the sun was out, the temperature wasn't in the 30's, and even though the wind was fierce, it was gorgeous outside. I even went out to look for new shoes (and toys)! Didn't find any shoes, but I did happen on a Scaris Duece, and since he's the only one I've ever seen and was just $10, he came home with me. His seams are a bit sloppy, but if I keep him I'm probably going to try painting him (yes, I'm that much of a glutton for punishment), so I can always try sanding them a bit.

When I got home, the pretty day was still in full swing, so I thought I'd take a few pictures of two of my MH ghouls.