Saturday, July 19, 2014

New Deluxe Disney Singing Dolls

I happened on this evening, and spotted these gorgeous new 11" singing princess dolls for $30 each. Check them out! (pics via, naturally)

Aurora has a whole forest full of little animal friends to keep her company. The scale on poor Owl there is hilarious, though.. not in the least because it implies Prince Phillip is a former member of Snow White's seven dwarves! As you can probably imagine from her owl friend, she sings Once Upon a Dream.

Merida's got a nice array of weapons, including her signature bow, a target full of arrows, a hand axe and a small flail. Her three transformed brothers look like they make a table or something. I really like this version of Merida's tournament dress, it's got so much less glitter! Merida is NOT a glittery princess, she's a battle-axe one. This set gets that right. Instead of singing, she recites lines from the film.

Rapunzel is wearing a decently movie-accurate version of her film dress. She comes with Pascal, modeling the latest in mini-me fashion, a guitar, a small chest that opens, and an easel with palette. She sings When Will My Life Begin? and you can make her painting appear with cold water.


Oh my gosh, I have wanted a doll version of Tiana in this gorgeous dress since seeing The Princess and the Frog. I mean, look at her! Tiana comes with a gorgeous dress and matching shoes, her restaurant flyer, a serving fork and wooden spoon, colander, kissy-faced Frog-Naveen, and a gumbo pot. It's a little hard to see in the pic, but she has a white feather in her hair, too. Tiana sings Almost There, and apparently you can "magically" stir her gumbo pot. Not sure how that works.

Of all these dolls, I really want this one. Oh my gosh.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Stuff I DID Buy!

Before I break an arm patting myself on the back for resisting some temptation earlier this week, let's take a quick look at some things I *did* spend some cash on.

Marvel Legends: Rocket Raccoon figure. They had a whole pallet of Guardians of the Galaxy Legends figures at Walmart, and I succumbed to the hype and picked this guy up. I was impressed that he appears to have eight points of articulation: head, shoulders, elbows, wrists, and waist. His tail might be another point, but I haven't deboxed him yet to see.

This furry little menace gave me a bout of sticker shock. I was anticipating him being about $15-16, but he rang up at $20! I haven't decided if I need a space criminal raccoon quite that badly yet or not.

Rocket comes with a blaster that's about as big as he is, the head and torso of his pal Groot (the build a figure for this set), and some kind of... thing. I have no clue what that thing is under Groot. A plot device, perhaps? Besides Star Lord, Gamora, Drax and Rocket, this line also includes Nova and a Robocop-looking Iron Man. Is Iron Man in this film?

I had an R Us rewards certificate, so I used it to grab up the one Thronecoming Cupid from Ever After High that was in stock there last weekend.

Something bugged me about her face, though.. and sure enough, someone finally clued me in that the problem is that one of her eyes is printed bigger than the other. (Cannot unsee!) I'll probably keep her boxed up until I can swap her out for another doll. Or I'll decide that the different sized eyes give her a fun expression and just keep her. We'll see which happens first!

Holly and Poppy O'Hair were a purchase I didn't plan to make at all, but discovering them on sale for $21 at Target meant that I had to grab them.

I really expected to love Poppy.. But then I didn't. I'm not sure if it was the darker makeup (which made me think Rocket had been her makeover advisor) or what, but she just didn't grab me. Meanwhile, Holly's serene expression slowly won me over. Fortunately, I found a new home for Poppy, so she's currently winging her way to a new life. Since these girls ARE supposed to be the children of Rapunzel in Ever After High, wouldn't it make sense...

...To have a family photo shoot? My custom Eugene and Rapunzel were very surprised to find out that they suddenly had teenage girls, but were delighted to take some pics.

Rapunzel had to grab a dress similar in style to Holly's, so they'd be matchy.

And the two rebels were too busy clowning around to take a serious portrait.

Finally, things deteriorated to piggy-back rides!

Poppy got a little misty-eyed, but we're all happy to see her heading off to find her own destiny in her new home.

 *ahem* This isn't my picture, but the actual similar item I bought at the thrift this week for a buck is so filthy, I currently have it soaking in soapy water. I'd be ashamed to show you what it looks like right now. The unit I bought is missing one of the purple bin drawers, and three of the small clear ones. The front cover is broken, so I'm going to break it off completely and see if I can make a nifty closet/storage display piece out of it, ala Muff's awesome repurposing projects. A nice coat of white paint could work wonders, don't you think?

I haven't bought this, but I WILL! I saw this image on tumblr, and it looks like Carol from The Walking Dead is getting a Funko POP! figure as well as the McFarlane action figure slated to come out this winter. Carol's one of my faves, so I will definitely be picking her up.

Of course, I'll have to get her a companion if I do.... :D

Bye, Poppy! Be sure to write so we know you made it safely!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Stuff I did not buy!

You guys should be proud of me, I resisted (some) temptation today!
This handsome devil still doesn't live with me. Sigh.

My first stop was Tuesday Morning, which is just about my favorite store.

This Pullip(?) doll was tempting, but she had no joints on her legs.
Sure I could re-body her, but that would mean buying yet another doll!

Mooshka(?) dolls were $10.

As were Monster High dolls. Picture Day, 13 Wishes, and a few Ghouls Alive dolls were on offer.

Pinkie Cooper pups were $5 each.

They also had some Beatles dolls.

At TRU, I found a clothing set for a really big baby doll!

I was very tempted by this cute doll-size locker. I left it behind after realizing I have no place to put it.

I was very tempted by this "Flynn Rider" doll, for $10. Come on, Disney! His name is Eugene Fitzherbert! It's your movie, you should know this! Actually, I did buy this same doll later at Target for $6.28. I'm pretty sure his pants and shoes are molded on, but I like his head mold. And heck, it's nice to have his wedding jacket.

This La Dee Da doll is on sale at Family Dollar. While she looks very similar to the full retail doll, you'll note she doesn't have all the accessories and hair colors.

And this weird little Wonder Woman was just too odd not to share.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Ginny by Vogue Dolls

When my mom was a little girl, she apparently had a Ginny doll. I don't know which one it was, only that she had dark hair and my mom gave her away to a friend who was moving as something to remember her by.

Very sweet, right?

Well, years later, mom saw a doll at an antique store and indicated to me that she'd had a doll almost identical, and wanted to know how much that the store was asking for it. They wanted $200. I nearly died laughing, since mom had been complaining earlier that very day about how my Barbie dolls weren't going to be worth anything since they had missing shoes, stained clothing, torn clothing, and in some cases, they didn't even have their original heads.

We'd seen a "Western Fun" Barbie similar to one that I'd had as a kid at the last store, and mom was convinced that I had ruined the value of it by doing pretty much everything I just described. Meanwhile, mom still had Ginny's older sister and some of her clothes, shoes and accessories.

Anyway, we discovered a gift shop a few months later than had the Ginny dolls. Spotting one that looked similar to mom's long-lost doll, I insisted to dad that we should get it for her birthday. Mom ended up returning that doll and getting a different, prettier one. She also picked up another doll as an "investment". Well, I don't know where Ginny's sis is, but I've now got her two boxed dolls. These toddler-type fashion dolls aren't really my thing, but it could be interesting to take a look.

The box on the left has pretty obvious UV damage from where it sat on the shelf in mom's office for years. Here's a closer look at the dolls.
 Sweet Rosebud has a matching dress and hat, and red hair.
This doll is the "prettier" one that mom exchanged the doll we originally bought for. She's supposed to be inspired by Monet's "Bridge Over Water Lillies". While I think Rosebud has a simple side to side twist joint in her neck, Lillies actually has a bit more motion to her head. I was easily able to angle it to the side a bit, but it pulled back into a more neutral position when I let go.
She even comes with a little replica of the painting.

The local thrift has had a 50% off everything sale going for the last part of June, and as you can imagine, I've been there every day, salivating at the idea of finding something really cool and paying even closer to nothing for it. The only thing I ended up finding was a Strawberry Shortcake doll, and then as I was debating how badly I wanted to get it just for her shirt/bolero, I spotted a familiar-looking box.
Mom would have had a fit. Since this little gal was marked $4 on one side of the box and $5 on another, I'm not sure what I paid for her, but it couldn't have been more than $2.50. She's obviously been opened and displayed in the past, which meant that I could check out a doll similar to mom's without actually having to pull one of them off their card.
This pirate has already been out pillaging, it seems. She has a patriotic bag and a gold necklace in her box.
Thanks to whoever re-boxed her tying the wire around her legs too tight, her stand now makes her look like she's in the music video for Smooth Criminal.
Her outfit has several pieces, and seems to be mostly for display, not play. The sleeves of her vest have unfinished edges.
This is a problem they share with the decorative ribbons on her fake boot tops.
She has little black Mary Janes with molded on bows, which I guess were a pretty standard stock shoe for the line, going by the similar shoes packed with this fashion pack. (Also mom's)
I think Rosebud's shoes are from this same mold, as well. Lillies seems to have fabric slippers.

Without the boot tops, you can see Ginny's nicely finished pants cuff, and get a better view of her knee-high stockings.

Ginny's blouse closes with two buttons, which hold the bodice together with loops of elastic thread over the buttons. The ribbon sash is stitched to the front of her pants with a few stitches. Her heart-shaped eyepatch is very loose on her, and can be brushed back away from her face like so.
Undressed, you can see that she has only five points of articulation. I'm not sure how typical this doll is, but she has very soft vinyl. I was able to pop her head off and back on easily with a gentle tug. At least she can wear her (possibly stolen) necklace now.
She has a little pot belly, and you can see that her vinyl has several discolored spots.

Her maker's mark says 1984, but the box has a copyright date of 1988. That's interesting, considering that's the same date as what is on Lillies' box.Pirate Ginny and Lillies Ginny are very different dolls. Lillies has nicer feeling hair (Pirate has TERRIBLE, straw-like hair), her vinyl feels to be of better quality, and her clothing (as best as I can tell without deboxing her) is made better. Sheesh, and look at this rooting. That's just awful.
Another interesting thing is that if you look at the boxes you'll see that these two dolls, made in the same year, each claim a different "created by" date. Weird.
Lillies says 1951.
Meanwhile Pirate says 1937. What's the deal?

 Rosebud's box stays out of the debate with a vaguely-worded statement delivered in the first person.

The fashion pack claims the 1951 date as well. Whatever Ginny, be however old you want.

Side view of the boxes.

Opposite side view.

The all-American duffel is cute. It closes with velcro. Maybe this is a piece from another doll?
These gals are probably going back into storage. Rapunzel's glad to know they won't be stealing her shelf space!
I did make one last find before the month ended, though. I found a couple of McFarlane Walking Dead figures for $3 each at Walmart. I may or may not be planning to strap the Governor to a rocket and blow him up. I originally thought I would mod Andrea into a Carol... but now I hear that they're coming out with an official Carol figure. (yay!) I guess I'll hang onto Andrea for parts. I hear these figures are really delicate.