Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014

Quickie: Exquisite Frozen Collectables

Incredibly awesome Frozen stuff has been popping up on the Disney Store site! 




These mini busts are up on DisneyStore.com for $74.95 each (before shipping), but they're already sold out! These incredible figures are stone resin and approximately 7 1/4'' tall. I'm astounded at both the detail and how much of the characters' personalities are shown in these figures! 

The "Princess Shoe" ornaments expanded this year to include both Elsa and Anna. Elsa's signature slipper is faithfully reproduced instead of the "inspired by" designs that most of the other princess shoes go for. Yet another item that's sold out, these sparkly pumps were $23.95 (again, before shipping) when they were in stock. I notice that there are lots of complaints about these ornaments arriving broken, however.

Anna's shoe ornament is still in stock for the moment. This resin pump is approximately 3 1/4" tall, and features designs inspired by Anna's dress that she wore to Elsa's coronation. A line of sparkly green gems trails along the sole. I would bet that these ornaments will also be sold out close to Christmas, so if you're interested, better act FAST!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Daryl Dixon "Flashback Figure"

Okay, finally got that Anastasia post out of the way, so here's what I found earlier! I think I posted awhile back about finding the McFarlane Toys "Walking Dead" action figures at Walmart on clearance for $3 each awhile back. If I didn't, then there you go. That happened.

I also got a great deal on apple licorice, which is food of the gods.

I really really wanted a *good* figure of Daryl Dixon, though. I'm not a fan of the sculpt on the figure of Daryl that was put out in a two-pack with his brother Merle. See them here at ToysRUs.com, and judge for yourself. Merle looks great, but Daryl looks like he made a tragic choice to trust a fart and it trying to figure out if anyone will notice him deciding to wander off for a bit.

Then came the "Daryl and Chopper" figure set. Amazing sculpt, super-poseable. But it came with that bike. Great bike, but I didn't need a bike. It would sit around in the closet until something fell on it and broke it. So I watched ebay and hoped someone would put the figure alone up for a reasonable price. Short version of this story, it never happened and I gave up on getting a solo Daryl and set my sights on the hopefully more attainable Carol Peletier figure due out this December.

Then I happened to be in Walgreens and while sorting through the toys, I found this guy.
I grabbed him up and managed to score him for a mere $10, since a selection of tv and game-inspired action figures were on sale. I went back and grabbed a second one later, after realizing how bummed I'd be if/when I broke him and couldn't find a replacement.

The package, instead of "Series", describes this as a "Flashback Figure". They also had Michonne (with some walker heads), and a couple of walkers in the assortment.

The card back shows the upcoming Series Six assortment, which will include newcomer Abraham Ford along with Hershel Green, Rick Grimes, another (?) figure of the Governor, Carol, and a zombie because they have to have at least one walker in every line, I guess. I'm curious, does anyone collect the walkers, or do they just get one or two when they go on sale so their other figures can have something to shoot at/stomp on?

Daryl comes with a knife, and his trusty crossbow. Apologies for the orangeness, my camera didn't like the choice of background.

This has GOT to be the exact same figure that came with the bike. Look at his crazy level of articulation!

He can even sit flat on the ground if you use his hands to prop him up!

Daryl's knife fits perfectly in its sheath, and a minor complaint about this figure is that I'm a little afraid that this thing and/or the rag sticking out from under his shirt may be knocked off or something. They do interfere slightly with posing that leg. Look at the detail on the lacing on his vest! It's insane!

The back of his vest features the now-iconic "angel wings" design.


Getting Daryl to hold his crossbow was a frustrating and nerve-wracking process. I was really afraid that I'd snap off some fingers. Thankfully, I got it in his right hand eventually. I wasn't able to pose him with both hands on it without him dropping the thing, though.

Crossbow from the right side. 

And from the left. 

"I'm Daryl Dixon, an' this's mah trophy wall! Shoot me OR mah brother, this's how ya end up!"
Daryl's feeling pretty good about being the only figure from the line (so far) to be allowed to wander free. Phillip's been warned that his spare head will be used as a soccer ball if he gets any bright ideas about busting free. 

"Keep an eye on 'em, Chirpy. Either of 'em so much as twitch, give 'em th' zap."
*emphatic whistle-beep*
Our favorite redneck has made friends with one of my R2D2 toys, who joined him to admire the "losers frozen in carbonite" wall. 

"Good afternoon, Mr. Dixon! You may call me KITT."
"The frikken' HECK are YOU supposed to be?!"
That wasn't quite enough to prepare him to meet one of my favorite toys, though. KITT was my birthday present to myself this year, and has barely been out of his box because I'm overprotective of him like that. KITT is pleased to make Daryl's acquaintance, even if Daryl's not so sure about this talking car business. 

"And he's always doing things that *I* get blamed for! And then who has to bail him out?"
"This is th' dangest thang I seen all DAY! It's like Darth Vader's bathroom in here."
"Mr. Dixon, I haven't made a comment until now about your 'Redneck Mad Max' look, but if you insist.."
KITT's eager to point out that they have some things in common, such as troublesome older brothers who have a bad habit of getting in trouble with the law. Daryl's pretty sure that he shouldn't have let Beth talk him into drinking that moonshine, but decides to go ahead and talk to the crazy magic car. Sure, why not? 

"Okay, you cain't blame my diet for me not fittin' in here!"
"Mr. Dixon, my sensor inform me that you smell alarmingly of squirrel...?"

KITT's just managed to convince his new acquaintance to go for a zombie-proof ride, when this happened. Drat it all, Daryl's just a little too big! 

The perfect position for sniping undesirables and zombies.
But they'll be hanging out while we wait for Carol to appear anyway. Out of scale or not, this is a fantastic crossover idea, IMO. 

I'm beyond stoked to see Daryl in stores solo, let alone for the affordable price of $12 that he's going for at full retail in Walgreens. I haven't seen this particular line anywhere else around town, but it would definitely be worth checking wherever the figures have been sold in the past if you're eager to grab him. I can't wait to add Carol to the mix.

"No time ta 'splain! Get in th' car!"

Monday, October 13, 2014

Anastasia and Dmitri dolls

Okay, I have something I'm dying to post about, but I made myself promise that I would finally post about the Anastasia dolls I got on eBay awhile back before I posted ANY MORE new stuff. Ready? Let's take a look at Anya/Anastasia and Dmitri, circa 1997!

As you probably know, Fox's Anastasia was one of their many attempts to "out-Disney" the competition, and it's just about as close as they ever came. There were probably a song or two in excess, and comparing the real Romanovs to the film would just give you a headache with all the inaccuracies, but as a fictionalized representation of an adapted story that's being marketed as a "fairy tale", they did quite alright with it.

I don't remember there being ANY merchandise for it on the shelves at the local stores, but that's probably due to a combination of it being a very small town, and early senility making me forget that this stuff was there. At any rate, I've admired the dolls off and on in the secondhand market for a long time, and finally managed to score a lot that included dolls of Anya/Anastasia and Dmitri, plus an extra doll's clothing set for a really good, couldn't-believe-it price on eBay awhile back. 

I'm actually not sure which version of Anya/Anastasia this is, since she came with two different complete outfits. I'm basing my guess that the doll is "Dream Waltz" Anastasia, based solely on the hair. This dress washes EVERYONE out, not just Anna. The super-long skirt of the dress actually is longer than the doll's legs, and super-super full, perfect for swirling around like in the scene from the movie.


(Note: Anya/Ana's tiara was included, but I couldn't get it to stay on her head for love nor money.)

A quick look at Google or eBay for the boxed version of this doll reveals that she also would originally have come with a cassette tape of the "waltz sequence" song, "Once Upon a December". I think this is actually the ONLY thing that the eBay lot I got didn't include.



The dress is composed of two layers of skirt, the topmost of which had a clear elastic to loop over the doll's arm to aid in holding it up as in the film. The bodice has a square neck and the sleeves are made of pearly shimmery material. The blue sash at the waist is sewn into a nice bow at the back, which is nice because you don't have to worry about tying and untying it to change the doll's clothing. As you can see, there is a little bit of staining, possibly from the other dress I got, on the lower back seam of the ballgown.



Anya/Anastasia also includes a "pearl" bracelet, ring, and earrings, plus a hair bow that matches her sash which is on an elastic tie. Her shoes are small white flats, which fit very, VERY tightly on her feet. Her arms have a swivel in the elbows, and she has a torso joint in addition to her bend/click knees. I was surprised to see that she had this extra articulation. Weirdly enough, Anya looks graceful with very little effort. Her skintone is oddly pink, but it does prevent her from being completely washed out by the yellow gown. I wish the texture of her hair was nicer. It feels frizzy and a little brittle, but that could be due to age.

Here's a close up look at Anya's feet. As you can see, they're small and have a slight molded arch. This is important to note because the other costume that came in this set was from the Paris Elegance doll, which included heels instead.

Those heels look huge compared to the waltz slippers!

Here's (most of) the full outfit. The "pearl" bracelet prevented putting the other glove on. Trying to take it off, unfortunately broke it. Paris Elegance also included two pairs of binoculars, a doll-size set and a child-size one that included some stills from the film, like an old Viewmaster. (Does anyone even remember those?) I didn't manage to photograph it, but it's a perfect replica of the doll-size one.

With a little wiggling, Rapunzel's Liv-body feet can fit the blue heels, but the white slippers are a no-go.

Jointed Disney Store doll feet, meanwhile, are way too small. This doll was unable to even keep both on long enough for me to set her down! Who could wear the dresses, though?

Since we already know Anna (from Frozen) can wear the yellow ball gown, let's let Elsa have a turn. Elsa's been modeling the latest in "swiped from a flea market doll" garb, this MGA Story Time Princess dress. I'm not sure which doll this was, maybe someone more familiar with the line can tell me. Anyway, let's see if Elsa can look bad in Anya's wardrobe!

The pale yellow ball gown washes Elsa out, but that sort of works for her. The blue dress?

Are you kidding? She kills in the blue dress! She can't wear the shoes for either of these, but they're so long that it hardly matters.

While Elsa was distracted, Anna grabbed up the green and purple dress. Elsa may not be getting this one back!

Meanwhile, let's check out Dmitri.

Oh, and Eugene 2.0 is there, too. We'll get to you in a minute, Eugene. Dmitri's doll that was included in this lot was the "Paris Romance" version, which included a suit with jacket and Anya/Anastasia's music box.

The music box is a really neat piece. Originally it would have played "Once Upon a December" when the button on the front was pressed, but it looks like the batteries are dead. It's still a really neat, faithful replica of the box in the film, though.

Take off Dmitri's suit jacket and you can see that his dress shirt, tie, vest and pants are all one piece. It doesn't fit him very well.

Remove his shoes, and you can check out his weird feet! What is up with your feet, Dmitri?

Disappointingly, but not surprisingly, Dmitri's articulation is worlds behind Anya's. Where her head, shoulders, elbows, torso and legs had movement that allowed her to strike versatile poses... he can sort of twist his head, arms and legs back and forth. Department store mannequins have more natural poses than this guy! Eugene  is about the same height, but Dmitri's got a broader chest and shoulders.

So of course this means that putting Eugene in this suit makes him look like a ventriloquist dummy in hand me downs.

Here's the back of the suit, showing the jacket tails.

I think we'll be keeping Eugene in his new outfit for a while. He looks like he's joined a well-dressed bowling league, but you know what? It kind of works for him!

Although Dmitri's doll and outfit were disappointing, I have to say that I'm impressed with the Anastasia dolls over all. The Anya/Anastasia dolls have gorgeous, well-made clothing and the dolls themselves are capable of some very expressive posing. I'm glad I got this lot, and rather sad that I wasn't able to grab any of the merch for this movie when it came out. Maybe eBay will bring another bargain lot my way, though?


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Autumn 2014 Dollybox

Still not that Anastasia post, but I just had to share this! I'd never heard of subscription boxes until recently (and yes, it's quite roomy here where I live under this big rock), but one of the awesome members of the Monster High Arena was talking about putting together a doll-based box. That sounded pretty cool to me. I'm all about Halloween, and I love surprises. So let's take a look at the loot, which Nii is already camping out in the middle of!

Everything in that pic except the bedspread, Nii, and her bracelets was packed into the box, including a note explaining the contents.

2 fabric photo backdrops (a quilt-looking one and a cool halloween scene)
A "tombstone" storage box
Candy (I ate some already)
Assorted ribbons in autumn/halloween colors/designs
Coffin-shaped coffee table/storage box
Doll-size candy props
Doll-size paper leaves
Doll-size "potion" bottles
Plastic leaves (I'll be using those on my kitchen table
Hair clips in dark/halloween colors
Lala-loopsy scarecrow doll
Doll-size hairclips
Snakes (gonna have to keep those hidden from Finn)
Doll-scale cauldron/tub
Glittery pumpkin decor
McDonald's Ghoulia glasses
1 pair Cerise Hood SDCC doll boots
1 clip-on witch hat barette
Instant apple cider
"Fall Fairy" outfit made of fabric "leaves"
1 corset top
1 "spiderweb" skirt

That's a LOT of stuff! Let's take a closer look.

Here's some of the doll candy and potions, along with some leaves in the coffin-table.

The outside of the box is hand painted with a cute design that brings Draculaura to mind. The lace "skirting" is a cute touch!

Ribbons and more potions! Also, a SNAKE! AGGGH!

Another snake, along with some of the completely adorable doll-size candy. Awwww!

I was a little confused as to what the leaves were at first. I even wondered briefly if it was a hat! Thankfully the contents letter explained that it was a top and skirt.

I can neither confirm not deny that I tried on those glasses.

Tiny doll-size hairclips! And a red barrette!

Nii looks like an adorable little witch in this outfit. The hat really brings it together.

 I was fooling around with the leaf outfit pieces and ended up putting them on top of the corset and spiderweb skirt. I think the leaf top makes a pretty cute capelet, too! The backdrop works nicely, too. If I had to pick a favorite thing out of this box, I think it would be a tie between the cute corset outfit, the tiny doll candy, and the cute hand-painted coffee table. I really enjoyed this box, and I hope that there's an encore edition of it this winter.

I know Nii is hopeful for some more goodies, too.

Spoiled little monster.