My birthday last November resulted in some pretty impressive gifts:
a 1998 Barbie University fashion pack (I also have the red version, but the pieces are scattered through time and the house) (The blue baseball jacket from the pleated-skirt outfit didn’t fit Mavis’ Made to Move body, so I had to substitute a white Barbie Basics tee, but the rest of the pieces look great on her!),
The day after my birthday, my dad and I went to an auction in a small town about a half hour away from our home. Among the lots were a bunch of dolls, mainly Barbies. I cleaned up quite nicely, winning everything I’d seen on AuctionZip and gone to the auction for:
Anastasia is so pretty! I love her face, her almond-shaped blue eyes-they almost look like a cat’s eyes-and I especially love her hair. It’s a silky, shiny dark red with brown lowlights. I was quite apprehensive when I first took her bun down, worrying that it’d reveal a horribly gappy rooting pattern, but no worries were needed-it’s plenty thick. Here she is with her adorable dog, Pooka.
In the days following the auction I dug up one of Esmeralda’s companion dolls, Magic View Quasimodo, and found the other companion doll-Phoebus-in a local comic book store.
The ladies didn’t have enough articulation for my preferences. Made to Move to the rescue!
Things worked out OK for Esme under this plan (I’ve had the yellow dress with patchwork skirt in the second photo since I was a kid-it came on a super-cheap Esmeralda doll made by a clone company).
Anastasia, however, did not work out so well.
I solved this problem in December by replacing Anastasia’s failed body with that of the MtM redhead in the light blue top (as seen in the photo with Pooka), a much better match. Here’s a collage of her ringing in the New Year (AKA the current year, 2019) with Dimitri and posing with a matryoshka doll of my aunt’s.
In the end, Esmeralda didn’t keep her original MtM body either. This summer I found an MtM Teresa body that matches her really well. (Actually, I got 2 MtM Teresas this summer. One has a slightly red tone to her tan skin, while the other has a slightly yellow tone. Esme’s on the yellower body, while I used the redder one for a doll I’ll show in a later post.) Don’t worry, the now-rare orange-top body didn’t go to waste-it ended up going to my 2015 DS Jasmine doll.
After months of trying to figure out a way to make it work, I’ve come to the conclusion that all the things that have happened in my doll world are too many and happened too fast for me to put them all in one post. I’ll be doing separate posts for each one.
There were 10 quite fruitful months for my collection. I got the 2017 versions of Prince Florian (Snow White’s prince) and John Smith;
In John’s ’17 sculpt, I see a little bit of Chris Hemsworth.
3 carded Barbie outfits (all of which are in very redhead-friendly colors!);
2 Barbie clones from Dollar Tree, whose dresses I harvested for Elena and Aurora;
these adorable figures (actually bath toys) of the Seven Dwarfs;
4 Monster High dolls-Scaris Jinafire Long and Draculaura and the Scaris and Scarnival versions of Skelita Calaveras;
The Scarnival eBay seller took the time to cut out Skelita’s box portrait and put the milk bottle game and prize in this lovely net bag.
a DS Prince Naveen from roughly 2015;
and several plushies-Family Guy‘s Brian, Spring Fair Samson (the horse from Sleeping Beauty), Khan (Mulan’s horse), and a Porg from Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
My aunt in Florida got me a 28-inch Pete the Cat plush and some Disney pin memorabilia-pins of Belle reading, human Ariel, Rapunzel wielding her hair, Merida with her bow and arrow, Anna in her coronation dress, Elsa conjuring a snowflake, Black Widow, and Loki; plus a Disney Princess-themed lanyard and 2 Disney Princess-themed pin pouches.
Elsa and Anna went on a sleigh ride when it snowed.
Mulan and Khan were reunited. Samson was technically Phillip’s horse in the movie, but he seems to have traded him in for Aurora-it happened in a Disney Princess magazine activity, and it’s happening here.
Just before Toys R Us started their going-out-of-business sales, I stopped by my closest location and bought a large Disney Princess tote bag (which I’m now using to store my DS crew), a Barbie Pink Passport 4-outfit pack, and a Barbie 8-outfit pack.
I also went on their website that evening and bought their exclusive Raquelle version of the 28″ Barbie Best Fashion Friend doll. She’s the same height as Pete!
Here some of the princesses are showing off some of the outfits from the 8-pack. Rapunzel, Ella, and Belle wanted new outfits too, so they shopped some of the Barbie outfits I already had.
Mattel has made dolls and outfits from KuuKuu Harajuku, a cartoon based on Gwen Stefani’s famous Harajuku Girls backup dancers. I ordered G (the Harajuku/cartoon equivalent of Gwen herself, although not actually voiced by her) and the Butterfly Blooms, Rainbow Unicorn, and Pink Cupcake outfits directly from Mattel during a sale. As soon as Gwen and her clothes arrived, she decided that the llama charm from Pink Cupcake was perfect for her hairbow. During TRU’s final days I was able to pick up the Super Strawberry outfit at 80% off!
For Easter, through a combination of Easter magic and eBay magic, I got the Alice doll from Disney Store’s Alice Through the Looking Glass Film Collection line! She’s gorgeous and her outfit’s amazingly detailed (especially her green boots), but she was itching to get out of those balloon pants! For her first modern look I kept her jacket, but added a strapless red dress from one of the Target-exclusive Barbie Basics Red dolls and platform shoes from Galoob’s Spice Girls Geri, a doll I’ve had since childhood.
I bought the corresponding Tarrant/Mad Hatter in June, but didn’t get a chance to debox him until I had to run inside to escape mosquitoes during my uncle’s 4th of July barbecue. More about Tarrant in my An Engagement! post.
Tiana has a grill now! It came with a little weiner dog-Tiana named her Beignet, after the chef’s favorite dessert.
I got a new camera in June! It’s a bright purple Canon PowerShot ELPH 360 HS, ordered from Walmart. I also got a nice softside case for it from Target-a hot pink Bower Dazzle bag.
Stock image from Walmart
This image was posted to Groupon and found on Google Images-none of the equipment shown is mine.
I got the 2017 version of Hasbro Pocahontas, mainly for her highly movie-accurate necklace (which has gone to my DS Poca) and a little bit for her belt and boots (which will most likely follow the necklace at some point). I think the Hasbro girl looks a bit like Joanna Gaines.
Over the summer I acquired all of the late ’90s and early 2000s Children’s Collector Series Barbies except Little Bo Peep and took pictures of my Disney Princesses wearing the CCS outfits and standing against the CCS backgrounds.
Here’s Rapunzel (with Pascal, of course) (the CCS doll came with a gold steeple hat, which Rapunzel refused to wear),
Ella (who didn’t really use any CCS accessories-the necklace is a permanent choker, the glass slippers were too easy to lose, and the crown was kind of ugly),
Snow (with Grumpy and Dopey),
and Belle (with Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, and Chip).
My aunt in Florida found a few male Disney Store dolls from approximately 2011-Aladdin, Flynn, and Prince Adam (in human form rather than Beast form)-on Facebook in July, bought them, and sent them to me in August. I already have a Mattel Flynn I really like, so DS Flynn will be renamed Zach (as an homage to Flynn’s voice actor, Zachary Levi) and will most likely become a possible love interest for Merida.
The Belle modeling the CCS outfit is the 2013 version. I got her from eBay because I thought her high-color face would be well-suited to my more glamorous Barbie outfits, with the intention that my soft-color Belle from 2015 would wear the more casual ones.
I bought a lot of Barbie outfits from Amazon (photos 4-7) as well as from my local supermarket (photos 1-3 and 8).
The pink-and-orange gown will be Alice’s wedding dress, and Elsa will probably wear the royal blue star-print high-low dress in her role as officiant. (Note: as of July 2019, I have no idea when the wedding will actually happen. Their preferred location sustained some damage from a bunch of tornadoes that all hit in one night.) Rapunzel and Snow looked great in the Hello Kitty and Chococat dresses.
I thought Aladdin would look good in the Ken outfit, since the red plaid shirt would match his fez, but the shirt was the only part that even remotely fit his larger 2011 body, and even it only fastened halfway. Jasmine doesn’t seem to mind, though.
My next post will feature my birthday gifts, as well as last month’s auction winnings and the resulting body swaps.
I’m posting this at 11:24 pm Eastern on Oct. 31 and the Media Gallery lists all the photos as being uploaded on Oct. 31, but the post date listed in the heading is Nov. 1. Gah, WordPress!
Last month I bought a Hotel TransylvaniaMavis Bats Out doll from Amazon (the link leads to Lori’s review at VeniVidiDolli). That would’ve been it, but since she didn’t come with wrist joints, she asked me to body-swap her with a Made to Move Barbie.
I said no.
And then she gave me Pouty Bat Face.
I resisted her requests and the accompanying Pouty Bat Face for about 2 weeks before finally giving in. Considering how cute it is, I’d say that’s pretty good! I chose Lea as Mavis’ MTM body donor.
Mavis’ skin is quite a bit pinker than Lea’s, but she’s so cute it doesn’t really matter!
I tried to perform the swap about 2 1/2 weeks ago, but I didn’t realize until I got the heads off that Mavis’ neck hole was considerably smaller than the top of Lea’s neck.
This was easily fixed, once I got a chance to buy an X-ACTO knife!
Yesterday, just in time for Halloween, I used the X-ACTO to carve some plastic away from Mavis’ neck hole. I dipped her head in boiling water for 2 minutes, ran the blade around the neck hole, dipped for 2 more minutes, and carved again.
Besides being too small for her new body, her original dress stained her original arms pretty badly, so I put her in a rose-emblazoned gray tee and red pleather faux-wrap skirt from a recent Barbie 2-pack. I thought it suited her sassy personality!
I’m still working on the post that shows everything I got at Christmas and beyond, but there was a new development just a few weeks ago that just had to skip ahead in the posting queue. It involves two of my newer dolls-DS Film Collection Alice, who I got as an Easter gift, and DS Film Collection Tarrant/Hatter, who I bought from eBay in late June and deboxed at my uncle’s 4th of July barbecue. They even made their own announcement for the new development:
After escaping mosquitoes, I deboxed Tarrant in the back room at my uncle’s house and then braved the bugs once more (incurring a few bites in the process) to document their reunion in my aunt’s flower garden. A romance quickly blossomed.
This year’s autumn equinox-the point that the sun crossed the celestial equator and headed south-fell at 9:54 pm on Saturday, Sept. 22. Tarrant thought this was the perfect time to propose to Alice. As he put it in his speech just before popping the question, the moment of one of the year’s halfway points was the perfect time to ask his other half to marry him-and of course he gave her a hat instead of a ring! He says she’s meant to wear it on their wedding day and on subsequent special occasions.
Despite all the mishaps, there was only one answer Alice could give:
Here’s the photo they used for the engagement announcement I posted above, by itself this time.
And its full-length version.
The wedding will be at an unknown point during the spring, at an undisclosed park in my hometown. Elsa, being a queen, will officiate, and of course I’ll document it with plenty of photos!
I’ve had a post featuring my Christmas haul planned for like 3 months, but time and technical problems have kept me from posting it-most recently, my draft disappeared from my draft queue, probably for inactivity. I have every intention of recreating and posting it soon.
Anyway, I’m here tonight to make a quick note of how the gifted Allison Janney just won the Supporting Actress Oscar for I, Tonya. She and I are both from Dayton, OH, and I couldn’t be prouder.
The past few months have been great as far as acquisitions go. In September I got to go back to my local Disney Store, where I was looking for more of the men. Unfortunately, all they had were three Hans dolls from last year (this year they changed his clothes to his white suit from the coronation scenes)-there were no other men left, and Corporate had given my store no indication as to when they’ll receive another shipment. I went ahead and bought one of the Hans (I like his old clothes better), as well as an Elena of Avalor 3-outfit wardrobe set that was marked down to 40% off (which permanently sold out about a week after I made the purchase) and this Olaf’s Frozen Adventure tote to carry them in. Elena came in her Christmas gown and was packaged with her original dress, her Day of the Dead dress, and their corresponding shoes and accessories. She’s beautiful and looks stunning in her Day of the Dead dress.
I’ve had an idea for a while of an OMC to add to my doll collection-Prince Marius Westergaard of the Southern Isles, Hans’ 9th brother, whose diplomatic skills get him sent to various countries by his father to smooth out disputes and his brother’s awful behavior. When the Frozen dolls were first released, Heather at The Doll Grotto and Casey Robin at Casey Robin’s Dollyanna did terrific, thorough reviews of the men-Heather of both and Casey Robin of just Kristoff. Casey Robin mentioned that Hans looked like “a cross between Mr. Darcy and Eddie Redmayne,” which is where I got the idea to name my OMC Marius (the film version of Les Mis is the only thing I’ve seen Eddie Redmayne-who played Marius-in). The doll I chose has a slightly softer expression than the other two Hans did-perfect for my Marius.
I created a photostory centered around Marius and the sisters.
At the end of September I ordered two more men from the Disney site (note: the website is no longer disneystore.com, but shopdisney.com)-Kristoff and Prince Phillip.
The back and sides of Kristoff’s box:
It took Kristoff about 2 years to get here, so naturally Anna was very excited to see him.
Phillip is very handsome (even when my flash derps out).
Sides and back of his box. I love the appearance of Aurora and the fairies on the sides, especially how everyone else seems pretty happy but Merryweather’s in fight mode!
Aurora chose a new outfit with colors that please all 3 of her fairy godmothers (dress: unknown and untagged, but I believe it might be a My First Barbie dress from the ’80s; shoes: Barbie with 7 pairs of shoes, brunette version, which I got during Kroger’s big Barbie discounts, along with the current blue-plaid-jacket carded Ken suit and the current carded gray Barbie dress with blue leopard spots)
for her portrait with Phillip.
In the last week of October I finally completed my Disney Princess collection! (Now I just have to finish acquiring the men.) The 2012 Snow White and 2015 live-action Cinderella came up for reasonable prices on eBay, so of course I pounced on them-especially Ella, as she was the first of her kind to come up for less than $80 (thanks to having been previously deboxed) in a long time.
And here’s Ella unpackaged!
Her gown is 2 pieces
and the skirt has 4 layers.
The glass slippers are gorgeous.
A lot of people said the doll’s face looked too masculine, but in real life Lily James has a similar square jawline (Lily photo found here).
This Cinderella is a bit of an underrated doll in my opinion. She’s beautiful and I can’t wait to find her best angles.
Now, on to Snow White! The 2012 version has probably the most gorgeous Snow White face I’ve ever seen, so she was the only one I could stand to get.
I love the patterns on her box-the red circular ones are almost like mandalas.
She has the same problem as Elena, where her left knee bends too far inward, but it’s barely noticeable with the right combination of position and the occasional clear rubber band. (The fix has done much better on Snow than it did on Elena. As of July 2019, I still might rebody Snow on a Made to Move Lea at some point, but she’s fine as is.)
And here are some photos of my complete Disney Princess collection, grouped by Disney era and redressed.
The princesses of the Golden Age…
the Disney Renaissance…
and the Disney Revival.
My birthday came in the first part of November, and with it some new additions to my haul.
I can’t look at Duchess without seeing Mila Kunis in her face. To me, the resemblance seems strongest in the forehead, eyebrows, lips, and chin.
And my Ever After gang.
In the middle of the month, I bought one of the rebooted Monster High dolls-Party Hair Draculaura.
The MH reboot has caught a lot of flak for softening the ghouls up too much, but this Lala was too pretty to resist.
Lala was incredibly happy to be reunited with Ghoulia, and Saturday night the two were busy discussing the pros and cons of Svengoolie’s Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein show.
Do you have any new haul stories to share? Since Thanksgiving was yesterday here in the US, what were you thankful for this year?
In the months since National Princess Week ended, I got a new job in my local library system, which I’m enjoying immensely. It’s also been a very good few months for my collection. Since I haven’t posted in a while, I’m going to try to make one big extravaganza post of what I’ve acquired over the past few months.
In May I added two more princesses to my Disney Store Classic collection: a 2016 Pocahontas and the last 2015 Aurora my DS home base had. Of the ladies, this makes two left for me to get-Snow White and Cinderella. I won’t be buying them directly from DS, though; mostly because I want specific versions of them (2012 Snow and 2015 live-action Ella), which have long since been discontinued, and partly because in the newest round of reissues DS has taken a major step back (IMO) in leg articulation, going from the classic click-knee legs to flat-footed click-knees. Judging from everything I’ve seen, the men remain unchanged from last year.
The wire in Poca’s left leg has torn a small hole in her vinyl skin. This impairs her movement a bit, as I’m afraid that her leg will completely tear if I bend it too far. It’s not a huge deal, and it won’t significantly impair her movement or her photo potential-I just have to make sure that she doesn’t kneel too far and that in any walking/running poses, her bad leg is the forward leg and/or supported well enough (as here-the rock she’s climbing is actually a decorative stone bordering the walkway to my front porch!) that it can be the back leg without bending all the way.
Here’s Aurora (sorry for the glare on her right-the photo’s left-eye!) next to a DS Aurora bank (with the addition of a butterly sticker on the bank’s skirt-kid me thought she could use a little more color) that I’ve had since childhood (since I was 4, maybe?). As I remember it, I really wanted a Belle (my favorite Disney Princess) bank, but she was sold out and the only princess banks left for sale were Cinderella and Aurora. I chose Aurora basically for aesthetic purposes-her eyes are my favorite color (purple) and her dress is often (and in most merch, including doll and bank) shown in my second favorite color (pink).
In my basement, I found Meeko and Percy toys in 1/6 scale, to go along with the Flit that DS included with Poca. Here are the ladies, in more modern interpretations of the outfits they came in, and the pets.
In June I started adding men to my DS Classic collection, in the form of the noble Captain Li Shang.
What I never expected was that Shang was by far the hardest debox job of any DS Classic doll I’ve bought so far. It was so bad I sliced my finger while extricating him-I’m not gonna show you the actual cut, but I will show you (a blurry pic of) the Barbie Band-Aid I put on it.
One thing I did appreciate about deboxing Shang was that his molded hair was held in place by this neat little plastic piece. I understand that the piece for rooted hair, and especially long rooted hair, won’t be this streamlined, but it’d still be a better way to secure the ladies’ hair than those awful T-shaped SwifTachers through the head.
When he was finally deboxed,
I gave Mulan a chance to greet him. It started out with the traditional Chinese bow…
…and then, fittingly enough for soldiers, morphed into the half-handshake/half-hug.
I caught an interesting conversation between them.
Last month my local Kroger had quite a bit of their Barbie items discounted. I was able to snag the 2016 Barbie 2-outfit pack with the silver/black minidress and the gold glitter cutout top/black leather-look (actually satiny) skirt at the lower price. Here are my favorite LITD cast member (Raquelle, who added sexy high-heeled gladiator sandals of unknown origin) and one of my favorite Disney Princesses (Mulan) modeling the pack.
Walgreens had a huge sale around Labor Day, during which Ever After High’s beautiful Enchanted Picnic Raven Queen had her price dropped from roughly $17 to just $5.99. How could I resist? She can look a bit pouty, but her expression can easily change with the right lighting and the right angles of her head and the camera.
Her two-toned hair is gorgeous, shiny, and silky…
… and her hands are so graceful!
One day at work I was looking for debris in books and found that someone had used a James Patterson doorstop as a leaf press last fall, so I brought the leaves home to use in a photo with Raven. It was raining off and on that day, and she decided that the perfect light for the leaves photo fell during a sunshower-rain and sun at the same time. Since I don’t yet have any clothes to fit an EAH doll, I improvised a protective measure for her dress by putting down a piece of Saran wrap on the grass and the leaves on the Saran wrap before she laid down on the leaves.
That night I let her poke around in my iTunes. She seems to like bands with prominent frontwomen-Garbage, Halestorm, etc.-and she even agreed to do a bit of a Lzzy (pronounced “Lizzy,” for anyone who’s never heard of Halestorm) Hale impression for you.
On Tiana: Dress: 009. Purse: Kenya Fashion Madness. Shoes: unknown Barbie.
On Mulan: Dress: 008. Studded double-strap Mary Janes: Barbie Basics Look 001, Collection 002 accessory pack.
On Merida: Dress: 001. Boots: Funville Sparkle Girlz.
On Anna: Dress: 006. Sandals: Galoob Spice Girls On Tour Victoria/Posh.
On Ariel: Dress: 005. Sandals: Kenya Fashion Madness Shimmer Fun Denise.
With the fashion credits done, now we move on to the credits for the artwork I’ve used throughout this post series. All artwork and movie stills were found on Google Images, and I’ve taken care to provide links to their specific sites whenever possible.
Belle artwork: Disney, found on a box of Disney Princess Band-Aids, photo of box taken by me.