Saturday, April 29, 2017

Rain, Rain, Go Away

It has been a very rainy month of April. Here is a rainbow to cheer us all up.


From Left to Right: A Great Britain Palace Guard, La Dee Da Cyanne as Sunflower Burst, Superstar Christie, Momoko, Bratzillaz, Star Darlings, and Liv Doll Hayden as the White Rabbit.



Monday, April 10, 2017

Star Darlings, Underwhelmed

Another rainy day doll opening, even if it is a beautiful sunny day.
Disney Star Darlings: Sage Starling.




Sage is gorgeous with her purple hair and matching outfit.


But she has her problems. She can not stand on her own, and doesn't come with a stand. I can deal with that. I'll buy some more doll stands. 


She comes with a plastic necklace, but it doesn't stay on her.


And her range of movement is terrible. Her knees bend, maybe, 30 degrees. Her hips don't quite get to 90 degrees, so sitting is really awkward. Her elbows and wrists have OK movement, and her shoulders are good.


I'm glad I got her at a really low price. At least she will look pretty on the shelf.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

An Easter Egg for the Arts

I have lived near Washington D.C. for most of my life. One of the big events every year in D.C. is the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. I never attended as a child or adult, though I have always admired the wooden souvenir eggs of the event.

This year, in protest of the current President and administration, A local activist has designed an alternative wooden Easter egg for those who like the annual event but can't stomach the idea of it being run by You Know Who.


The best part of the egg, is that the proceeds goes towards PBS and the NEA, two national programs that the current administration wants to cut all funding to.

If this interests you, go to Protect Our Children Easter Egg's Go Fund Me page, and make a donation.

Happy Easter.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Beauty Secrets Christie

I purchased Beauty Secrets Christie about a year and a half ago. I got her for an awesome price and displayed her on the shelf in her box, knowing that I wanted to save opening her up for a special day.


Well, today was that day. It was disgusting outside - rainy, dark, and cold. I rolled up my sleeves and carefully unboxed Christie.


The back of the box.





She was released in 1980 and still had the original price, $6.82, on her box. Wow! 








Her accessories.



The grip on the stand is supposed to fit around her calf, I gently tried to slide her leg in and quickly gave up. The plastic is too hard and would have bitten into her vinyl leg.


Here she is holding her powder puff and mirror. The mirror doesn't sit quite right, but still looks pretty good.


She has flexible shoulders, elbows, and wrists. To make her arms move, you press the button on her back. The left arm has the best range of movement and is good for combing her hair and putting on makeup.


Because of the age of the doll, the stickers for her mirrors did not hold up that well, but that is to be expected.



Here are two quick videos of me pushing the buttons to make Christie groom herself.


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Interesting, the video makes the sound the button makes when clicked seem really loud. It didn't seem that loud in real life. 

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The movement isn't as impressive as I hoped it would be. The commercials in 1980 made it look much more glamorous.

But, she is still a great addition to my collection.


Monday, March 20, 2017

The First Day of Spring

Today is the first day of Spring and all the daffodils and other flowers in my yard were killed by last weeks snowstorm. So some of the big girls decided to put on pretty Spring outfits to cheer me up.





Thursday, March 16, 2017

St. Patrick's Day 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day!


Some of my dolls got together for a St. Paddy's Day party. Pictured above are: a Kokeshi, My Friend Becky, Disney Animator's Collection Tiana, and a Petite Blythe.

Whether you are Irish, Irish-American, Irish at heart, or just like the color green, have a happy and safe St. Patrick's Day.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Say Aloha to Aloalo Mini Pullip

I also opened up Little Pullip Aloalo from 2006. I bought her the same time I bought Isul Vesselle.


She is dressed for Hawaii.


Covered in flowers.






And ready to dance.




Here are all of my mini Pulip dolls: Rurouni  Kenshin, Aloalo, Princess Rosalind, and the March Hare.


And here is the whole Pullip family, finally reunited on a shelf.