A Collection Room Tour Video

The folks over on YouTube have been asking for a room tour since, well, forever.  I thought it was about time to shoot one!  In this video you’ll see a bit of my collection.  I still plan on spotlighting different clusters of my collection, so you’ll see these again!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifTav0HK5N4

I limited the video so that it can’t be embedded, so head over to YouTube for a peek!  Have a question about a certain doll?  Just ask!

August 27, 2014. Tags: . Category: Articles and Doll Histories, Category: Uncategorized. 3 comments.

Strangeness on the Hujoo Page

It looks like Hujoo has something new in the works and it’s a 60cm anthro named Amie!!

Hujoo Screenshot

Hujoo Screenshot

And look, it now has a product page!  This anthro is made of ABS and will retail around $195.00 (no face up).  The face up option will cost you $25.oo more.  Of course, for $50.00 Hujoo will blush the body and do a face up.  One unique thing about this new BJD Amie is that Hujoo constructed it with plastic joints.  I imagine that this doll should pose really well because of that!

60cm Amie from Hujoo

60cm Amie from Hujoo

New Rubber Joints on SD Amie and Io

New Rubber Joints on SD Amie and Io

60cm Amie with wig

60cm Amie with wig

This is a strange mold and honestly?  I’m not sure what I think about it yet.  It looks unique, for sure.  It will be fun seeing what people do with this!

Janus (cat)

Janus (cat)

Janus (profile)

Janus (profile)

Janus (human)

Janus (human)

Janus (mouse)

Janus (mouse)

Janus (human ver. of mouse and cat)

Janus (human ver. of mouse and cat)

Also new on Hujoo’s site is Baby Janus.  This one is really weird, but super intriguing.  Not much is known about it, but as you can see in photos, this doll has two faces– one human, one animal (cat or mouse).  It’s 1/6 in size and will most likely be ABS plastic.  Wigging will be a nightmare on these, I think, but the two faces look adorable!  The human face on the cat model is so sweet and very Hujoo!

58cm Io

58cm Io

58cm Io

58cm Io

58cm Io

58cm Io

Last, there is Io, the 58cm female.  Without a face up, this ABS plastic bjd costs $195.00.  Want a face up?  Add $35.00.  They also have other options available if you want a full set.  Io has rubber joints, just like the anthro Amie.  Just like Amie, I want to see this in person before making a true judgement. At first glance, however, she looks nice!  She’s not as aesthetically Hujoo as I would like, but she’s an affordable SD sized doll and there is nothing better than that!

What do you think of these three new Hujoo‘s?  Share your thoughts below.

August 21, 2014. Tags: . Category: Introductions & Reviews, Category: Uncategorized. 6 comments.

Walking the Toy Aisle

It’s time for another installment of ‘Walking the Toy Aisle’!  For the past few months, the toy aisles have looked like this:

Current State of Many Toy Aisles

Current State of Many Toy Aisles

Finally, new product is hitting store shelves, albeit mostly aimed at the preschool market.  Here are a few things that I thought looked new, interesting or just plain strange.

MiWorld Sketchers

MiWorld Sketchers

MiWorld Mrs. Fields

MiWorld Mrs. Fields

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MiWorld extra

Looks like MiWorld did well enough to get some new stores!  I’m excited! The Sketchers?  Love it! And the mall accessories, like the vending machine and photo booth? Awesome! Have you guys in other countries seen these in your stores?  Have the released any stores specific to your country?

Barbie Styling Head

Barbie Styling Head

This Barbie Styling head is here, because every time I see one of these, the hair is crazy. At first, I chalked it up to being returns, but I have yet to see a styling head in good shape. I mean, look at that poor Barbie head on the right.  Hey, Mattel, don’t forget about quality control.

A New Skipper

A New Skipper

New Skipper promo image

New Skipper promo image

The back of the box featured this Skipper

The back of the box featured this Skipper

I’m always excited to see new Skippers, even if they all look the same.  The Tiki Hut Skipper has (and I fully admit, I could be reaching here) darker, slightly more intense eyes than usual.  The Skipper advertised on the back of the Tiki Hut box is what excites me the most, though.  Her hair is in a ponytail!  That’s different and new and stylish!  (She is, once again, saddled with a Kelly, er, Chelsea doll.  What do we need to do to get her paired with a Stacie?!)

Girl Scout Barbie

Girl Scout Barbie

As a former Girl Scout, I really want this Girl Scout Barbie.  I really wish they had come out with the other sisters in uniforms for Brownies, Juniors and Cadets.

Disney Anna and Elsa dolls

Disney’s Frozen 18″ Anna and Elsa

These were shelved right next to the 18″ Princess and Me line at Toys R Us.  That, and the inset eyes, made me believe they were part of that line.  Currently, though, they’re being marketed as Disney’s Frozen Anna and Elsa, with no mention and a slightly different price than the Princess and Me line.  I think this Elsa looks great, don’t you?

Monster High

Monster High

Monster High

Monster High

Monster High

Monster High

I was happily surprised to see some movement on the Monster High shelf.  It’s been a while since new products have found my local store shelves!

Moxie Girls

Moxie Girls

I have to give Moxie Girlz a lot of credit. They survived a toy season that left a lot of other lines in clearance bins, very much to my surprise.  Think about the number of doll lines we lost this past year– Pinkie Cooper, La Dee Da, Liv (though it seems they were officially discontinued back in 2012!) to name a few.  The fact that these guys are still on shelves, even if in dwindling numbers, is a positive thing!

Adorabble

Animal Babies

How cute are these plush Animal Babies?  Look at their humungous eyes!  They remind me of large Beanie Boo’s.

Pound Puppies

Pound Puppies

Pound Puppies

Pound Puppies

I will always be nostalgic about the original Pound Puppies packaging.  The current box is a lot like what I remember my Pound Puppy coming in.  Of course, this new Pound Puppy seems to be half the size of the original line!

Little Lalaloopsy

Little Lalaloopsy

Lalaloopsy Baby

Lalaloopsy Baby

There were so many new Lalaloopsy items!  By far, they have expanded the most out of any line I  saw last shopping trip! First off, Spoons Waffle Cone is adorable! I’ve always liked the large Ice Cream themed Lalaloopsy, so I love that they have made a baby version!  I thought I’d share this Diaper Surprise Lala with you, too, because there is just something really adorable about the design!

Really little Lalalooopsys

Lalaloopsy Tinies

Lalaloopsy Tinies houses

Lalaloopsy Tinies houses

I shouldn’t be surprised with this Lalaloopsy Tinies line, as we’ve seen a lot of different lines branch out into ‘Squinky‘ sized toys.  The houses for these very mini Lala’s are pretty neat!  I don’t think I’ll be buying any, but I’m sure they’ll find an audience.

Lalaloopsy Girls

Lalaloopsy Girls

Lalaloopsy Girls

Lalaloopsy Girls

Lalaloopsy Girls

Lalaloopsy Girls

Lalaloopsy Girls

Lalaloopsy Girls

Lalaloopsy vs Lalaloospy Girls

Lalaloopsy vs Lalaloospy Girls

Lalaloopsy just amped up their cuteness level! These 1/6ish scale Lalaloopsy Girls are adorable.  I want one– actually I want all four!  My favorite is the blue girl, with the winter theme.  Seriously, I love these!

Laloopsy

Lalaloopsy Color Me

Cute and totally novelty, but I’m sure some of you have wanted to design your own Lalaloopsy!  This Color Me Lalaloopsy is perfect for crafting your own doll!

Mooshka

Mooshka

Mooshka

Mooshka

Mooshka

Mooshka

I am so glad Mooshka survived their first run.  While I don’t own any, I always admire them.  My new favorite might be Glory, the red haired ballerina/fairy in the first photo.  The animals are really cute, too.

So that’s it!  I am happily surprised at the number of new-ish items I saw this time around.  What new things have you seen while walking the toy aisle?  What are you looking forward to from this list? Share your thoughts below!

August 19, 2014. Tags: , , , . Category: Introductions & Reviews, Category: Uncategorized. 4 comments.

Dolly (Book) Review: Ningyo, The Art of the Japanese Doll

When you think about dolls from Japan, what comes to mind?  For me, there are two lines– Takara (Jenny and Licca Chan) and Volks. As it turns out, dolls have played an important part in the country since long before Takara or Volks.

Ningyo, The Art of the Japanese Doll

Ningyo, The Art of the Japanese Doll

Published by Tuttle, Ningyo, the Art of the Japanese Doll by Alan Scott Pate is a thoroughly researched compilation of Edo era dolls and their importance and role in Japanese society.  It’s 275 pages encompass a vast amount of history and full color photos.

Japan’s Edo era ran from 1615 and 1868.  According to Wikipedia, “Japanese society was under the rule of the Tokugawa shogunate and the country’s 300 regional Daimyo. The period was characterized by economic growth, strict social order, isolationist foreign policies, environmental protection policies, and popular enjoyment of arts and culture.”

Miss Kantoshu (Manchuria), 1927, 32" tall-- page 218

Miss Kantoshu (Manchuria),  32″ tall– page 218

This book showcases a number of different Edo period dolls, including the adorable Gosho-Ningy0 (palace dolls), Hina-Niny0 (girls day festival), Musha-Ningyo (boys day festival) and Isho-Ningyo (fashion dolls).  It, also, has chapters on ningyo used in theater and by doctors.  While the dolls featured in this book vary in size, many are large and upwards of 10″ tall.

Seated Gosho-ningo with treasure ship, 19th century, 8"-- page 29

Seated Gosho-ningo with treasure ship,  8″ tall– page 29

Wakagimi Himegimi, 19th century, 18 1/2" tall-- page 18

Wakagimi Himegimi, 18 1/2″ tall– page 18

My favorite type of doll featured in this book has to be the palace dolls.  They have chubby bodies and friendly expressions and were traditionally made of wood.  Palace dolls were “a celebration of youth and innocence.”  According to the author, “Ningyo in all forms were intensely personal objects.  Fashioned as gifts and kept as talismans, they were intimately connected to those who owned them… The aesthetics they embody and the emotions they were intended to invoke can be gleaned from diaries and commentaries that ate back to the tenth century which show that ningyo… were an important part of the personal culture of the Japanese.” (Quote, Page 27)

Standing gosho-ningy0 with hobbyhorse, 19th century, 15"-- page 30

Standing gosho-ningy0 with hobbyhorse, 15″– page 30

Karakuri Gosho-ningo with fox mask, 19th century, 10 1/2"-- page 36

Karakuri Gosho-ningo with fox mask, 10 1/2″– page 36

This book isn’t a price guide, but a coffee table book.  It’s quite large in size.  It’s bound strongly and has some weight to it. For those mostly interested in photos, this may not be the best book for you.  While there are a lot of photos, to really understand what the doll is, you’ll have to read long paragraphs of text describing it and the culture behind it.

Mitsuore nodding gosho-ningyo, 19th century, 20" tall-- Page 71

Mitsuore nodding gosho-ningyo, 20″ tall– Page 71

Yusoku-bina Noshi, 19th century, 18" tall-- page 111

Yusoku-bina Noshi, 18″ tall– page 111

Votive Horse, late 19th century, 31" tall-- page 131

Votive Horse, 31″ tall– page 131

Koseki Ko, 19th century, 18" tall-- page 190

Koseki Ko, 18″ tall– page 190

For those who love knowing everything they can about the history of dolls or who have an interest specifically in the history of Japanese dolls, this is a must read. Since reading, I definitely would like to see some of these dolls in person one day.  It opened my eyes up to a whole new era of dolls and makes me appreciate and understand the importance of dolls in Japanese culture a little more.

Katasura-gae-ningyo Namikawa of Kyoto, late 19th century,18" tall-- page 216

Katasura-gae-ningyo Namikawa of Kyoto, 18″ tall– page 216

You can purchase “Ningyo, the Art of the Japanese Doll” on Amazon.com, as well as see a sneak peek of the first few pages.  If you want to take a peek before buying, why not check out your local bookstore or library and ask them to order it in? Either way, this book is worth looking into if you are interested in learning more about early Japanese dolls.

Want to win a copy of your very own?  Look no further!  Fill out the form below by August 29th for a chance to win your own copy of “Ningyo, the Art of the Japanese Doll”.  This contest is open to those in North America and the UK.

August 17, 2014. Tags: . Category: Introductions & Reviews, Category: Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Dolly Review: Ever After High Thronecoming Raven Queen

Raven Queen for the win!  Mattel’s Ever After High Thronecoming line is out in full swing and here’s a review of my favorite of the five dolls, Raven Queen.  She has something, I think, that her companion dolls (Apple White, Blondie Lockes and Briar Beauty) don’t have.  It could be my obsession with Once Upon a Time and that Raven has always reminded me of the stylish Evil Queen somehow, but seriously?  This doll has style!

Thronecoming Raven

Thronecoming Raven

Raven has a slightly complicated hairstyle.  Her hair is in a partial up-do with a bouffant sort of style that goes into a ponytail.  From the front, it looks really cool.  The back is a little disappointing.  Hair seems to be all over the place and a little messy.

Thronecoming Raven

Thronecoming Raven

Thronecoming Raven

Thronecoming Raven (with Dex)

I like the plum and black combo they chose for this particular Raven, though.  It works really well with the outfit, which we’ll get to shortly.

Thronecoming Raven

Thronecoming Raven

Raven’s face is very, very pretty.  I think it’s the prettiest Raven face we’ve seen yet. Raven’s purple eyes are surrounded with purple eye shadow.  Her lips are, also, a cool shade of purple.  She has minimal blush on her face. Because the dolls are going to a dance, they all have fun accents on their faces.  Raven has silvery white gems painted on her face.  I would have really liked to see these as 3D objects, but alas, Mattel decided to go the painted route.  These elements look the best on Raven.

Thronecoming Raven

Thronecoming Raven

Thronecoming Raven

Thronecoming Raven

She has on two different earrings.  I really like the earring that covers her entire ear.  Very neat!

Thronecoming Raven

Thronecoming Raven

In terms of outfits, I love Raven’s strapless thronecoming gown.  It’s a statement piece, for sure!  Her dress has a nice layered look to it with various elements of black, purple and silver.  It is a long gown, which is a nice change from the super short dresses we’ve seen in the past. I wish Mattel had thought to put some tape or something near Raven’s bust to help hold the strapless gown up, as mine has quickly started dropping.  During the photoshoot, I had to re-adjust it a lot.

Thronecoming Raven

Thronecoming Raven (with Dex)

Thronecoming Raven

Thronecoming Raven

The plastic elements play a huge role in Raven’s outfit, especially the steel colored collar.  It looks really neat in person, let me tell you!

Thronecoming Raven

Thronecoming Raven

Besides her collar, she has molded black hands that are ornamented with ‘steel’ colored wrist cuffs..

Thronecoming Raven

Thronecoming Raven

Because the dress is so long, Raven’s shoes are missed.  To me, they’re not terribly exciting, when compared to the outfit. However, they are nice shoes.

Thronecoming Raven (with Dex)

Thronecoming Raven (with Dex)

Joints have never really been a problem with the Ever After High line and Raven is no exception.  Her joints work really well.  The plastic collar does restrict her shoulder movements a little, but with a bit of playing around, you can work them into good poses.

Thronecoming Raven

Thronecoming Raven

Raven comes with her her stand, an ill-fitting masquerade mask and a purse.  The purse is a very small prop that doesn’t open on.  Unfortunately, I have found that her mask, too, is disappointing.  It doesn’t fit her face well, however cool it looks.

Thronecoming Raven (With Dex)

Thronecoming Raven (With Dex)

Raven is one pretty doll and may be my favorite Ever After High doll.  She’s definitely in my top three (with the original Maddie and Hunter).  As far as cons, the biggest issue is the outfit slipping. However, I can deal with that.  To me, Raven deserves to win thronecoming queen, because she brings with her a really neat vibe and style.

Keep an eye on my YouTube channel for a video review, coming soon!

What do you think of Thronecoming Raven?  Share your thoughts below.

August 10, 2014. Tags: , , . Category: Introductions & Reviews, Category: Uncategorized. 3 comments.

Dolly Review: Ever After High Dexter Charming

Ah, fans have asked and Mattel has listened.  After months of only having one male Ever After High doll, Dexter Charming is finally on store shelves!  And I’ll let you in on a secret– he’s well worth the wait.

Dexter Charming

Dexter Charming

Dexter has a short rooted, light brown hair-do.  He wears a small crown that is attached onto his head. As expected, his hair is very hair sprayed.

Dexter Charming

Dexter Charming

Dexter Charming

Dexter Charming

Like Hunter, his face is clean.  He has thick eye brows, bright blue eyes, and natural lip color.  His face looks youthful, which I really like, and unlike some of the female Ever After High dolls, Dexter’s face is unique looking when compared to Hunter, the only other male doll so far.

Dexter Charming

Dexter Charming

Dexter Charming (with Raven)

Dexter Charming (with Raven)

Dexter is decked out in the basic outfit we’ve seen him wearing in the webisodes, which is tight grey pants, a dark tank and a fantastic blue jacket that is longer in the back than the front.

Dexter Charming

Dexter Charming

He has a plastic pocket watch hanging from his pants and a pin attached to his jacket. The pieces fit well and still allow him to bend a fair amount.

Dexter Charming

Dexter Charming (with Raven)

Dexter Charming

Dexter Charming

He can’t move his shoulders as well in the jacket as he can in his tank top, but overall, he still has decent movement with all his pieces on.  Basic high top shoes complete the look.

Dexter Charming

Dexter Charming

Dexter has the same body as Hunter.  He has some nice arm muscles and stands well.  I believe my Dexter has one leg that is a twinge shorter than the other, which makes for some difficulty posing, but once he’s in place, he’s solid. Personally, I really like the Ever After High male body.  It’s masculine, but not too bulky.

Dexter Charming

Dexter Charming

Dexter has joints in the usual places.  His neck moves and tilts fluidly.  His shoulders, elbows, wrist, hip, knee and ankle joints work well, too.  I’m very happy about his wrist joint.

Dexter Charming (with Raven)

Dexter Charming (with Raven)

Other dolls have had unusually tight wrist joints that you had to work in a lot to get full range of movement.  These, however, worked fine from the get go.

Dexter Charming (with Raven)

Dexter Charming (with Raven)

Dexter comes with a few extra’s.  First, you get his glasses.  While they look great on him, they don’t stay well on his face.

Dexter Charming

Dexter Charming

I’ve, also, noticed that the hair on either side of his face above his ears (where the glasses would lay) does get a bit undone when playing with the glasses a lot.  Maybe the actual glasses should have been made a little tighter, to fit his head properly.

Dexter Charming

Dexter Charming

Dex, also, comes with a neatly sculpted backpack, which, sadly, is a useless prop.  It doesn’t open or hold anything.  Its main purpose is to look cool, which it does, but alas, I like it when props do something.  He comes with a stand, as well, and the usual bookmark.

Dexter Charming

Dexter Charming

Dexter Charming with Raven)

Dexter Charming with Raven)

Overall, Dexter has successfully moved to my ‘favorite Ever After High’ list.  Mattel made a very smart decision in producing another boy for the line, which is very female heavy so far.  Even with the small issues, the one size too big glasses and the short leg, Dex is a super doll and I’m very happy to have him in my collection!

Video review is below!

What do you think of Ever After High’s Dexter Charming?  Leave your thoughts below.

August 6, 2014. Tags: , , , . Category: Introductions & Reviews, Category: Uncategorized. 5 comments.

Collector Spotlight: Nate aka Bratzshows

You’re a very lucky collector if you know other collectors within your area.  The internet has been very nice to doll collectors, as it has helped many people who may have felt alone in the hobby relate to other collectors through Youtube videos, Flickr, Facebook and other sites.

Collector Spotlight Badge

Collector Spotlight Badge

Collector Spotlights are some of my favorite things to post here on Confessions of a Doll Collectors Daughter.  Why?  Because it gives collectors a chance to tell their story– and everyone’s story is different and interesting!

Credit: Nate Bratzshow (flickr)

Credit: Nate Bratzshows (flickr)

Today’s spotlight focus’ on Nate, also known as Bratzshows101.  Nate has a wide collection that features Bratz, Monster High and American Girls, among other doll lines.

Credit: Nate Bratzshow (flickr)

Credit: Nate Bratzshows (flickr)

Nate caught the collecting bug as a young boy, when he spotted a Barbie that he wanted.  His parents bought it for him and the rest is history.  Nate shares his hobby with fellow collectors through his Flickr and YouTube accounts (second account: here). He hopes that one day he will inspire his mother, an admirer of his own collection, to start her own collection.

Credit: Nate Bratzshow (flickr)

Credit: Nate Bratzshow (flickr)

Nate aspires to create his own doll fashions and lines in the future. He’s mostly an out of box collector and gets the most enjoyment out of styling dolls in his collection, as well as sharing those dolls through photos and videos online.

Credit: Nate Bratzshow (flickr)

Credit: Nate Bratzshow (flickr)

Nate offers up some very handy tips for collectors on cultivating their collection.

1: Make or find a checklist of what you’re collecting.  There’s an amazing Monster High checklist on the web.  Use resources like this to keep track of your collection.

2: Make a wishlist and don’t only list what the item is, but why you want it.  It will help you separate what you really want from what you think you want.

3: Only buy what you love.  You’ve heard it before in other spotlights and you’ll most likely hear it again.  It’s a very important piece of advice.

Credit: Nate Bratzshow (flickr)

Credit: Nate Bratzshow (flickr)

To hear Nate’s full story, watch the video spotlight below.  Then, head back over and leave some kudo’s for Nate and his collection!

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August 5, 2014. Tags: . Category: Articles and Doll Histories, Category: Uncategorized. 2 comments.

Dolly Review: Gentle Lilia Bride Kurhn, 9079

And the collection grows again!  A few months ago, I picked up a Kurhn that I’ve been drooling over since I first learned of the line– Gentle Lilia Bride.  While pictured out of the box as a jointed Kurhn, the seller confirmed that the doll in the box wasn’t jointed.  (Alas, one day, I’ll add a jointed Kurhn to my collection.)  I mention this, because multiple sellers still use a photo of this Kurhn on a jointed body and I don’t want anyone to be disappointed.

Gentle Lilia Bride Kurhn

Gentle Lilia Bride Kurhn

Gentle Lilia Bride Kurhn

Gentle Lilia Bride Kurhn

Gentle Lilia wears a beautiful strapless peach wedding gown and a long white veil.  The dress is well made and looks fantastic on Kurhn. The skirt has two layers.  One is a nice silky peach, the other a peach tulle.  The skirt is rather full, which I love!  Gentle Lilia should display beautifully when I have the right place to put her!

Gentle Lilia Bride Kurhn

Gentle Lilia Bride Kurhn

She has the large brown eyes that make Kurhn unique amongst others and a nice, clean face.

Gentle Lilia Bride Kurhn

Gentle Lilia Bride Kurhn

Gentle Lilia Bride Kurhn

Gentle Lilia Bride Kurhn

As always, the 11th Doctor (manufactured by Big Chief) came out to welcome this new Kurhn to the collection and got roped into a rather romantic scene!  For a full review on Kurhn (in general) see my past reviews.  Here are some photo’s from Gentle Lilia’s first photoshoot.

Gentle Lilia Bride Kurhn with the Doctor

Gentle Lilia Bride Kurhn with the Doctor

Gentle Lilia Bride Kurhn

Gentle Lilia Bride Kurhn

Gentle Lilia Bride Kurhn with the Doctor

Gentle Lilia Bride Kurhn with the Doctor

Gentle Lilia Bride Kurhn

Gentle Lilia Bride Kurhn

Gentle Lilia Bride Kurhn with the Doctor

Gentle Lilia Bride Kurhn with the Doctor

Gentle Lilia Bride Kurhn

Gentle Lilia Bride Kurhn

Gentle Lilia Bride Kurhn with the Doctor

Gentle Lilia Bride Kurhn with the Doctor

Here’s a quick video review for you, too!

Have you purchased a Kurhn recently?  Which one? Share your thoughts below!

August 4, 2014. Tags: , , . Category: Introductions & Reviews, Category: Uncategorized. 9 comments.

50th Anniversary Brunette Skipper- Order today!

Earlier this year, Mattel released a blonde reproduction Skipper in honor of her 50th anniversary.  It sold out in less than a week, leaving many collectors empty handed.  After fans repeatedly asked for a re-release, Mattel eventually announced a new run– this time, with a brunette Skipper.  I was super excited, as I always preferred brunette vintage skippers to blonde.

50th Skipper

50th Skipper

Well, today is the day, folks!  Barbie Collector currently has the 50th Anniversary Skipper in stock!  I don’t know how long it will last or how limited supplies are, so you may want to order it soon!  Also, don’t forget to take a peek at the cute shirt they just released, as well!

Did you order a Skipper?  Share your thoughts below!

August 1, 2014. Tags: , . Category: Articles and Doll Histories. 11 comments.

The Lost Toys- Grails Part 1

Okay, the title is a bit of an over statement.  Many times, readers will comment on my posts talking about the toys and dolls that they missed out on and look back on with fond memories.  To me, those fall under ‘grail items’ (think: search for the holy grail) Grail items are things that you want desperately.  Items that you wish were in your collection.   Many times, they are items that you saw and put off buying, only to find that finding them later is near impossible.

This post will cover a few of my personal grails that made their debut in my life time (aka the past 30 years).  Some are childhood toys that I never received for birthdays or holidays, others are more recent releases that I stubbornly missed out on for one reason or another.

My Pet Monster:

My Pet Monster

My Pet Monster

In 1986, AmToy, an American Greetings company, launched what would become a very sought after plush doll, My Pet Monster.  My Pet Monster, originally marketed as a plush for boys, was 26″ tall and brightly colored.  There were a few version of My Pet Monster made, but my personal favorite was the original furry blue one.  As a 4 year old, this was the perfect plush.  How could anyone not love this huggable, colorful monster that came with chains?  Needless to say, it was on my wishlists.  Of course, it, also, happened to be more expensive than most other toys. (I tried to find the actual original retail price, but couldn’t find it online.)

Last week, I saw a My Pet Monster at my local Savers.  (Savers is a second hand store that is popping up all over the United States, it seems!)  It was priced at a whopping $99.99 in ‘played with’ condition with his chains.  It may be a grail item of mine, but I’m not interested in paying anywhere close to $99 bucks for an out of the box plush that has wear..  That being said, I do hope one day to catch myself a minty fresh My Pet Monster.  Because he’s just so cool!

Sarah Jane’s Sonic Lipstick:

In 2005, my mom borrowed the Series 1 re-launch of Doctor Who starring the amazing Christopher Eccleston as the ninth Doctor.  Prior to that, I had watched some of the Tom Baker era, but not enough to consider myself a fan of the series.  The tighter stories and higher production value of the 2005 series, though, won me over and by the end of episode 13, I was hooked.  In Series 2, ‘new Who’ reunited the tenth Doctor, played by David Tennant, with a Jon Pertwee/Tom Baker era companion, Sarah Jane Smith, played by the fantastic Elisabeth Sladen.

Sarah Jane and K-9

Sarah Jane and K-9

Having proven that she was just as popular a companion in 2006 as she was during her original time in the TARDIS, her character was given a spin off show called ‘The Sarah Jane Adventures‘. This show ran for five series, unfortunately cut short due to Elisabeth losing her real life battle with cancer. (I was gutted when I heard the news– it was so shocking!)

Sarah Jane Adventures Sonic Lipstick with Wrist Scanner set

Sarah Jane Adventures Sonic Lipstick with Wrist Scanner set

Throughout the 5 year run, a number of toys were made.  One such toy was the Sonic Lipstick/Wrist Scanner set.  This plastic toy set never made it to the United States, according to a few stores I have spoken with at conventions.  While this set couldn’t have been more than $25 dollars when it was first released, it now is priced well above that, making it hard to find at an affordable and worthwhile price.

Honestly, I don’t care about the Wrist Scanner, what I want is the Sonic Lipstick.  It would be the perfect, pocket friendly, toy to keep in my purse for those moments when I feel the need to sonic something (which would probably happen a lot).

My Little Pony Paradise Estate and Dream Castle:

What little girl growing up in the 80’s wouldn’t have wanted the large pony playsets from the original G1 line in their bedroom?  I was pretty lucky as a kid to receive a good amount of My Little Ponies and even received a few of the smaller playsets.  However, these elusive and expensive sets never made it my way.

To this day, I would love to add these to my collection.  They’re just so much cooler than the playsets we saw with the G2-G4 lines.  As My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Rainbow Dash would say, the G1 sets were and are 20% cooler than what’s on toy shelves today!

Barbie & Skipper Doll Let’s Drive! Student Driver Gift Set:

Some of the most irritating grails are the ones that you saw and that you had the chance to buy, but didn’t.  Back in 2000, Toys R Us released this amazing Barbie and Teen Skipper set, which featured a car and a ton of driving related accessories.  I put off buying this set, because it was a little pricey and I wanted to wait for it to get a bit lower in price.  However, three short years later, Skipper would be put in the vault and this set would disappear from store shelves.

Let's Drive Giftset

Let’s Drive Giftset

I kick myself when I see this for upwards of $100 on websites.  This Teen Skipper is one of the cuter ones.  What I like about this Skipper is that she looks younger than Barbie.  Some Teen Skippers looked very similar to Barbie, especially the bathing suit ones, and that bugged me a bit.  It’s a huge reason why I don’t have many of the later Teen Skipper releases.  This set, however, features a Skipper that definitely looks different from her older sister, Barbie.

So, there you have it.  These are just a few of the dolls and toys that I missed out on as a kid (and adult!) and occasionally obsess over finding!  One day, I do hope to have them all in my collection, but until then, the hunt continues!

Is there a doll or toy that you missed out on and would desperately like to add to your collection?  Did you or do you own any of the items mentioned in my post?  Share your thoughts below!

July 30, 2014. Tags: , . Category: Articles and Doll Histories, Category: Uncategorized. 2 comments.

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