Thursday, August 31, 2017

JC Penney's Disney Dolls

JC Penney's is struggling these days, as are many of the old school department stores. One way that they're apparently trying to stave off extinction is with what amounts to a mini-Disney Store in some locations. As you can guess by the photo, I've finally run across one! There were a lot of toys and clothes on offer, but here are just a few that especially caught my eye.

The toddler dolls are in an odd middle ground between the standard ones you see in Walmart and the deluxe Disney Store ones in quality. The copious glittery clothing is a little off-putting for my tastes.

Wardrobe dolls are something I never realized I needed in my life, though! Once again the quality is in that weird middle ground with barely-articulated bodies but those great Disney Store face sculpts, but three outfits?! Yes, please!

Elsa pack, where were you when I needed you a couple of years ago?

Rapunzel's pack is nicely presented, with a simple version of her wedding dress included.

Belle's has her Winter dress and cloak, which is an outfit that I don't recall seeing much merch of.

I'll be honest, I almost bought this Ariel pack. They came so close to perfect with that peasant dress, but so far.

If you wanna build a snowman, this gift set of Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff and an oddly tiny Sven may be just what you're looking for. I like how Elsa's staring down at Olaf, like she's wondering how in the heck he's hovering in place like that.

Anti-gravity powers. Olaf has 'em.

That's not to say that the offering were only Disney dolls or indeed only toys, there were also lots of clothes, and a big section of Cars 3 merchandise that sadly didn't include the blind bags or anything else that we haven't seen in just about every store since the film came out. One unique and non-Disney item, though, was this classic 1980's-styled Strawberry Shortcake plush. I don't think I had one of these, but wow did the nostalgia kick in when I saw them!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Musician Barbie

So as previously mentioned, I cashed in my Walmart app Savings Catcher money and snared this Barbie musician set for about $1 and some change. Let's see what I got for that dollar!

Here's everything, still attached to the box backing.

What I was most interested in in this set was the keyboard. Here's a closer look. The keys are actually sculpted on, which is a detail that I'll admit I wasn't expecting. Whoever applied the sticker to this one didn't do such a great job, though. It's a little crooked.

We've also got some sheet music printed on a piece of cardboard, along with a sticker of more sheet music on the stand. An elaborate microphone setup and a bottle of water are included.

The doll is your standard faced Barbie, who has articulation like the old Fashionistas lines. In other words, jointed at the neck, shoulder, wrist, elbows, hip and knees.

The doll also comes with a pink plastic guitar, which is hollow on the back side. The transparent pink strap, I didn't even notice when the guitar was still attached to the doll.

The doll's outfit is a grey short sleeved tee and a distressed polka-dot denim pencil skirt. A single bangle bracelet is on one wrist.

I was hoping that the shoes would be flat, but sadly they're for heeled feet. Look at them though, they're so cool-looking! I'd wear these shoes.

Since it's been awhile since Danai got a new outfit, I tried it on her for size. I kind of feel like it's not quite colorful enough for her, though!

Let's see how things look with a doll set up at the desk and the flash setting way too high on the camera. Sorry, I haven't had any luck getting the music stand to snap into place yet.

It's actually a decently-convincing piece of furniture from the side. It sits at a good height for the doll. Additionally, the bench seat is hollow, so you can store your sheet music or small accessories inside.

The one let down I can complain about is the top of the table. Stickers are just not my cup of tea on this sort of thing, but I guess at least that wood print is halfway convincing. (It actually makes the rest of the table look a bit shoddy. Maybe a repaint would spiff it up?

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.