Monday, September 17, 2012
As I continue to go through my doll collection and separate the keepers from the must-find-another-homers, I can't help but notice what makes keepers, keepers. They are all dolls that I love! Whether purchased 25 years ago, or just last week, whether the price was exorbitant, or found at a yard sale for a quarter - I love them. Conversely, the dolls looking for new homes, were either gifts, prizes, emotional purchases, or frenzied purchases. The "frenzied" purchases are of greatest concern. This is when a company creates a frenzy for their product. MGA did this with their Moxie Teenz dolls by delaying the release, and limiting the number of Bijou dolls. People were furiously hunting for her, and when some found her, they bought up as many as they could to sell on the secondary market. All this Bijou buying lasted until someone finally de-boxed one, discovered her poor articulation, and posted their findings on the internet.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
It has been too long since I did any serious sewing for my dolls. I tried, but the stress of caring for my mother, home renovations, and grieving my mother's passing made it all but impossible to do anything remotely creative. Well. it's been about 5 months, and the fog is finally starting to clear. Last weekend, I actually made a couple of outfits that I am proud of, and finished a few that had languished too long in the UFO (unfinished object) box. I made this one for Hearts for Hearts dolls, but it surprisingly fits 14" Betsy McCall and Dru perfectly! I have it listed on Ebay, but am having second thoughts about selling it.....
I saw a show on the Syfy channel today called Collection Intervention. They showcased a woman who was a "passionate" Barbie collector. The woman was not a hoarder, but she did have more dolls and accessories than she could enjoy. Much was stored in her sons' closets and her husband's workshop! Though my doll collection doesn't even come close to hers, there is a common factor: I have more than I can display and enjoy. As I am determined not to become like my late mother (who was a serious hoarder), and I do so want to enjoy my dolls, I have come to the realization that it is time to purge. www.ebay.com/sch/allthegoodgone/m.html?item=271057424228&_trksid=p2047675.l2562&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&rt=nc Thanks!
Sunday, July 29, 2012
squarepeg's misc musings: Why I won't Purchase Another MGA (Bratz) Product: It is a fact that I have never been a Bratz fan. I was not one of those who thought the dolls were trampy or anything, they just did not re...
It is a fact that I have never been a Bratz fan. I was not one of those who thought the dolls were trampy or anything, they just did not really appeal to me. I did however purchase quite a few after they lost their first court battle with Mattel. I had read that the dolls were ordered off store shelves and thought I should get a couple in the unlikely even that they increased in value. Needless to say, that didn't happen.
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Saturday, February 18, 2012
I can't believe this is my first blog post this year! Oh well, better late than never.
At any rate, I've been hearing quite a bit of buzz about the new Monster High Create your own Monster kits, and have been looking for them locally for weeks. I finally found what I thought was one at TRU last weekend.
Turns out, this is an "add-on" kit that has no torso. I searched and searched, but there was no "Starter" kit to be found. Oh well, I will just buy one online - so I thought. To my chagrin, the only starter kits I found online were on TRU's website, and they wanted $26.99 plus tax, plus shipping! So, I decided I could wait. TRU, Wally World, or Target were bound to get them sooner or later.
I didn't have to wait long as I found this starter set at TRU yesterday. I got all excited when I saw that it was half off - label said it was missing a dress, but that was okay since I intended to make custom fashions for her anyway. Upon closer inspection though, I noticed it was not the dress that was missing, but the torso! I suppose I shouldn't be surprised; from what I've read, the biggest complaint about these kits is that there is only one torso included, and people are selling torsos on Ebay for up to $40! Isn't that silly? Hell, you can buy a whole new kit for $25 eat TRU!
As you may have guessed, this was the only starter kit in stock. I bought it because of the clearance price thinking that I could perhaps buy a couple of the cheaper Gloom Beach dolls and use their torsos to build my own monster. Of course TRU had none, so off to Target I went. Target didn't have any of the cheaper dolls in stock, but they did have 1 lonely starter kit in stock - and it was only $19.99! I grabbed it, skipped to the checkout, and rushed home to build my monster!
She went together fairly easily, and I think she is adorable! I don't like the clothing, but that's not a big issue - I will make more. What I don't like is pretty much what everyone else doesn't like - only one torso! The kit costs as much as 2 Gloom Beach dolls, so why not include 2 torsos! At the very least,Mattel could sell the torsos separately - kind of like they do the heads for those crazy Swappin' Heads Fashionistas!
Though I love the Monster High dolls, I won't be buying any more of these create a Monster money getters!
What do you think of them?