Skipper, my favorite sister of Barbie‘s, turns 50 in 2014. She debuted in 1964 in response to complaints that Barbie was too mature for their children to play with. With a wardrobe that matched her older sister, Skipper was a great success for Mattel.
Now, nearly 50 years later, Skipper is back on the shelves and a bit of a YouTube sensation, starring with her sisters in the web series, ‘Life in the Dreamhouse’! Turning 50 is a big thing, especially for a doll or toy, so I expect great things for Skipper in 2014. What, pray-tell, do I want to see? Read and find out!
Mattel has released a few Skipper exclusives in the past, including a porcelain Skipper to celebrate her 30th anniversary in 1994 and a Gold Box Barbie and Skipper set, Knitting Pretty, in 2007. For Skipper‘s big 5-0, it would be great to see a new collector’s doll. A reproduction 1964 Skipper with a never before released outfit (or variant on a popular outfit) or a ‘re-imagining’ of a foreign exclusive like the Japanese Skipper are top on my list!
The collector in me would also like to see a three set–three Skipper’s from three unique years together in one package with new birthday themed fashions that are reminiscent of their ‘decade’. Think about it– how awesome would it be to have a reproduction 1964 doll packaged with a big ‘anime’ eye Skipper and new modern Skipper all in one? On the same note, it would be a great to see a friends or boyfriends set, where we see reproductions of various of those dolls, as well.
The one thing I don’t want to see with any collector exclusives is for them to be sold only to Barbie Collectors Club members. I’m not a member and don’t plan on becoming one solely because I don’t see much benefit in becoming a member. While you can almost always find exclusive pieces on eBay, it would be a lot easier if these were available to the general public right off the bat.
National Barbie Convention 2014:
It would be an awful shame if the National Barbie Convention for 2014 decided to ignore Skipper during her 50th. If I were in charge of the convention, I would definitely amp up the Skipper presence with one of the dinners being a ‘birthday party’ of sorts for her and a lot of souvenirs themed towards Barbie’s little sister.
With the popularity of the ‘Life in the Dreamhouse’ web series and the new, yet to be released ‘Dreamhouse’ doll line, I would love, love, love to see a set themed around Skipper‘s birthday. For Skipper, I’d love to see her in a dress that has body to it. Instead of the sporty, tight dresses and skirts we have seen her in repeatably, I want to see her glam’d up a bit with her hair and clothing styled differently!
Those are just a few things I want Mattel to think about for Skipper‘s golden birthday. At the very least, I want them to acknowledge it with a doll of some sort!
What would you like to see Mattel do to celebrate Barbie‘s little sister Skipper? Why not leave a comment or two and tell us what you’d like to see!
Another month, another Collector Spotlight post! It was always my plan for the second Collector Spotlight to give you a little more insight into myself and my collection.
I’ve been collecting in some way or another my entire life. It is second nature to collect when you are raised by a collector! I grew up in a home where the walls were lined with doll cases and honestly, it never bothered me in the least. You can learn more about that collection in the premiere Collector Spotlight posted last month. In fact, I grew up in a house that many people had dubbed the ‘creepy’ house because the large windows gave people a good view of the cases.
My collection really developed when I turned 16 and decided that of all the dolls around, I wanted to mainly collect Barbie’s Little Sister Skipper. I chose Skipper for for a few reasons. First, I had received many Skippers for birthdays and christmas’. Second, I identified with Skipper and loved the styles they’d put her in. Looking back at the anime eye style Skipper’s, I still see aspects of my life and style in the 80′s! Last, I just really loved her design. And if you’re going to collect something, you should love it, not just like it! That’s not to say that I don’t collect other dolls. I do. I have a lot of other kinds of dolls. But my ‘showcase’ collection is Skipper’s.
My collection also includes ball jointed dolls, Monster High, Gene, Tonner, Madame Alexander, anime themed items, all things Doctor Who, wall art, My Little Ponies, etc. When people ask me who I am, I always mention that I’m a collector. It’s part of my identity now. It’s who I am.
If I had to instill one thing to other collectors, it is this. It doesn’t matter what others think of your collection. If someone puts you down because of your doll collection, or any collection for that matter, don’t let it get you down. You don’t collect for others, you collect for yourself. Because it makes you happy. Because you find joy in it. That’s all that counts.
For a more in-depth look at my collection, I invite you to look at the gallery of pictures in this post. I have many more pictures in the video portion of this Collector Spotlight, too!
Just like last month’s post, this has a video element, too! (I was a video major in school, so just go with it!)
Because this spotlight is on myself, feel free to post any questions you may have for me in the comment area and I’ll be sure to answer them!!! I hope enjoyed this month’s Collector Spotlight!
San Diego Comic Con is one of the biggest pop culture events in the world. It is filled with celebrities, star studded panel discussions and phenomenal exclusive merchandise. Since 2010, Mattel has released a SDCC exclusive Monster High doll. These dolls are almost always hard to find and very expensive on the second hard market post convention.
Matty Collector has recently posted a sneak peak of this years SDCC exclusive. The official picture will be posted on May 15th. However, this sneak peak gives a lot away!
The exclusive looks a lot like Wydowna, Daughter of Arachne. Wydowna actually made her debut at SDCC 2011, where she was one of three dolls displayed at the Mattel booth. The two dolls that accompanied her, Scarah Screams and The Headless Headmistress, have been or will be released, so it makes sense that we’d be seeing Wydowna.
Will we see the Wydowna above that was displayed years back at SDCC or will we see a more comic/super hero themed version of this doll? My bet is that this doll will follow the ‘Power Ghouls’ line. The coloring in the promo image definitely has a ‘Spider-Man’ type of feeling to it.
As far as SDCC exclusives go, I own two of the three released, black and white Frankie (2010) and Deadfast Ghoulia (2011). The exclusive is available for pre-order on Matty Collector for those who are attending SDCC only. After the convention, if they have stock left over, they usually sell it on Matty Collector.
Now onto a few non exclusive Monster High reveals…
While we still don’t know much about her, promo shots of Catty Noir have hit the internet. She’s a werecat, as you can see here, and looks to be part of the ‘Ghouls Night Out’ line (though that isn’t confirmed).
The new classroom 2 pack featuring Heath and Abbey is something I’m really looking forward to. Mattel posted this and other pictures on the Monster High facebook page. Do I wish they’d released Heath as a single basic? Yeah, but the Abbey looks kind of cute this time around.
So, that’s the scoop for now. When the final pictures of this years SDCC exclusive go live, I’ll be sure to let you know! Until then, what do you think of Mattel’s choice of character for this years SDCC? Do you plan on getting one? Have thoughts on the other MH dolls featured here? Share your thoughts!
After many, many dry months with no new Monster High dolls in sight, I’m looking forward to the next few months. We have a ton of releases due out during the summer, including the The Headless Headmistress, 13 Wishes (July 2013), Music Festival (July 2013), and new Picture Day (July 2013).
While we continue the wait for the new releases, I thought I’d take you back in time a bit and let you in on my favorite Monster High dolls (in no particular order).
My Top Ten Favorite Monster High Dolls
SDCC Black and White Frankie:
I love this doll. Frankie looks great in black and white and I love the throwback to old school movie monsters. The best part is I didn’t have to pay an arm and a leg to get her back in 2010!
Sister Set Howleen:
For a doll with ‘complicated’ hair, it looks great out of the box. Also, I love the orange hair on this Howleen release. Her overall look is just fantastic.
Basic 1st Edition Lagoona:
Lagoona was my first Monster High doll. Monster High was new and exciting and hasn’t hit store shelves yet. Until it did and my mom and I stumbled upon the line at Toys R Us. We had a few choices on which dolls we could get. I chose Lagoona. My mom chose Frankie. I still love Lagoona’s big, round eyes.
Scary Tales Clawdeen and Draculaura:
The Scary Tales line is adorable. And even more importantly, it brought back some of the ‘life’ that was missing from the previous lines. Scary Tales Clawdeen and Draculaura are both on my top ten list.
Basic 1st Edition Holt:
Holt, hands down, is my favorite Monster High male doll. He’s just sooo awesome looking from the top of his molded hair down to his shoes. He looks good with all the other female dolls, too. I wish they’d make more Holt’s!
Basic 1st Edition Ghoulia:
Ghoulia was one of my favorites since the beginning. Do you remember the craziness that was ‘The Ghoulia Hunt’? Ghoulia didn’t come out until after Frankie, Lagoona and the rest so it seemed like everybody wanted her. But why wouldn’t they? Ghoulia is such a neat doll!
Dot Dead Gorgeous Spectra:
Spectra is one of my favorite Monster High characters and this version of her is adorable. She has character, pizzazz and a great look!
Home Ick Frankie:
I love Frankie with bangs. And this outfit? Adorable!
Basic 1st Edition Venus:
Seriously, how cool is Venus? I love her hair style and color pallet.
I’ve compiled my Top 10 Favorites into a YouTube video below.
Now that I’ve shared my favorites, why not share your favorites. Who are your top three all time favorite Monster High dolls? Share your thoughts below!
Dollygirl’s Treasures created a virtual game of Dolly Tag! Here’s how it works. Dollygirl’s Treasures has set up a set of questions and those who are tagged are supposed to answer them. I was tagged by The Adventures of Steampunk Addie. Thanks for the tag!
Q1: If you could create any American Girl doll, what would she look like, and what would her name be?
Back in the day, I ordered myself a ‘Girl of Today’. The ‘Girl of Today’ dolls are what they currently call ‘Just Like Me’. I decided to make my ‘Girl of Today’ look like me. She has straight, long brown hair with bangs, brown eyes, and tan skin. My skin is far more fair now, but I was a little more olive as a kid. Her name was, of course, Ashley, just like me!
Q2. What American Girl dolls do you have?
I own a good number of American Girl dolls. Unlike many girls today, I saved all my pennies for each and every AG doll I own and I did it on a $4 a month allowance It took some serious patience and dedication. The first doll I bought was Molly, followed by Samantha, my Girl of Today and finally, the last doll I purchased, Felicity. All of my dolls are Pleasant Company. Do I want to add to my collection? If I could go back in time, I would add Kirsten. I always wanted her. I still look for her second hand. Of course, the prices are way higher than the $82.00 I paid for my dolls! I also wouldn’t mind adding a Kit to my collection. She’s very cute. The other dolls, however, I’m fine leaving for others to grab and snatch. They are cute, but I don’t feel I need to own them.
Q3. Do you have any non-AG 18 inch dolls?
Tons! Just check out my blog entries! I have Barbie’s, BJD’s, Ponies, etc! Pretty much ‘all of the above’!
Q4. What is your absolute favorite brand of dolls?
At the moment, I’d have to say Monster High. They keep coming out with dolls that are unique and interesting! As far as 18″ dolls, A Girl for All Time is my favorite brand. Those dolls have a long future ahead of them, I think!
Q5. What is the next doll (AG or non-AG) that you want to get?
That’s a tough question! I actually went to a doll fair this past weekend and picked up a doll I was looking for– a Pullip Roman Holiday! I’ve wanted her ever since I got this silly idea to try to buy the cast of Once Upon a Time in doll form. She’s an adorable doll and looks surprisingly like Mary Margaret from Once Upon a Time!
Q6. What is your favorite thing to do with your dolls?
Take pictures! I didn’t do much over the winter b/c the lighting in our house isn’t very good. I’m happy that summer is coming b/c that means natural light!
Q7. Do you have a place for your dolls, like a corner of a room? Where’s their beds and stuff?
My dolls surround my bedroom. Seriously, it scares people sometimes!
Q8. Would you rather use the computer/watch TV/play on your phone of electronical device/play video games or play with your dolls?
I must admit, I do love television, but if I had to choose, I would rather be doing something doll related with my day. (Though Once Upon a Time, The Amazing Race, Supernatural, Doctor Who and The Vampire Diaries are exempt from this!)
Q9. If your parents told you that you could only have one doll, what would you do?
Thankfully, my parents would never say that! (It helps that I’m not exactly a kid, anymore!)
Q10. Have you ever found an American Girl brand item (can be anything) at a second-hand store?
No, but I’m always looking! If a well priced Pleasant Company Kirsten came my way, I would probably pick her up. Or any of the historical doll’s beds. I love those, too!
Q11. Do your friends share your love for dolls?
Until recently none of my friends collected. Now, however, one has caught the Monster High bug and is usually more up to date than me! My mom collects and she is probably my best friend, so I guess the answer should be yes, in some cases!
Q12. What is your favorite non-AG doll brand?
I’ll have to stick with Monster High. :)
Q13. Where do you get your inspiration?
I get inspiration from everywhere. This weekend, it came from hearing people my own age talk about not waiting for their dreams, but instead making them happen. I want to be more like that!
Q14. Does anyone in your family share your love for dolls?
Yep! You can see my mom’s collection here.
Q15. Where did you get the idea to start a blog?
I started this blog because I love talking dolls with pretty much anyone and everyone. The other reason I started this little blog was because I wanted to improve my writing skills and not be lying (as much, that is) by calling myself a freelance writer! :) I’m super excited that so many people decided to follow this blog and journey of mine!
Tag 10 blogs:
To be honest, I don’t follow many AG blogs! These blogs below are blogs that I love to visit! To the blogs below, you don’t have to answer these, as the questions are mostly AG themed, but I thought you all deserved some well deserved pats on the back!
Besides the new Skipper releases that have come out sporadically for the last few years, I haven’t really looked forward to or hunted for many traditional play line Barbie’s. However, there are a few releases expected out in 2013 that I am looking forward to.
Last year, Mattel launched a fantastic little web series called ‘Life in the Dreamhouse’. It features Barbie, her sisters Skipper, Stacie and Chelsea (formally Kelly), friends Nikki, Raquelle, and Teresa, and boyfriends Ken and Ryan. I highly recommend checking out the web series because it’s full of tongue and cheek sort of references and really fun to watch. You can watch all three ‘seasons’ on YouTube.
At Toy Fair 2013, Mattel announced a doll line themed around the series. Due out around August of this year and priced around $16.00-$22.00, I’m really looking forward to this new line!
These special edition Barbie and Raquelle dolls say key phrases from the web series. They’ll also record your own phrases and play them back in Barbie or Raquelle’s voice. It looks like these talking dolls aren’t jointed and may have the model arms (ie: arms that are permanently bent in positions). Of course, promo shots can be deceiving, so we won’t know for sure until August.
The basic dolls are super cute, as well! Just like the talking dolls, these have rooted eyelashes and a fun, animated faces. The friend assortment has Summer, Teresa, Midge, and Raquelle. Unlike the talking dolls, it looks like these dolls are jointed at their elbows, wrists, and knees.
‘Life in the Dreamhouse’ Summer confuses me a bit. Summer isn’t in the web series. Nikki is and I see no mention of any Nikki doll on any information that came out of Toy Fair. I would have preferred a Nikki doll, personally, to a character that hasn’t appeared in the web series.
I find it interesting that there is no Ryan in the line. I understand not putting in the sisters or Ken because most of the dolls currently out do look like the cartoon character’s. Ryan, however, was introduced in the web series as Raquelle’s brother and really should have a doll.
Another thing I would love to see is a black and white Midge that looks like how we first met her in ‘Life in the Dreamhouse’.
The other doll I’m excited about is a Skipper set. Many of the Skipper dolls as of late have been a bit repetitive. This new Skipper is part of the ‘Barbie and her Sisters: A Pony Tale’ line. Barbie’s horse is supposed to move on its own, but it looks like Skipper, Chelsea, and Stacie’s horses are stationary. You can see pictures of the other ‘Barbie and Sisters: A Pony Tale’ dolls here.
Update: Barbielea did some sleuthing and found out a Life in the Dreamhouse Nikki was, in fact, brought to Toy Fair. The mystery of why she isn’t mentioned in any of the official blurbs and has no official promo shot is still just that– a mystery–, however, here’s a picture. You’ll also notice a new Ken featured in this screen shot. Based on this screenshot, it looks like the talking barbie’s may not have molded elbow’s after all!
So, that’s what I’m excited about in the Barbie world. What are you excited about? What do you think of these dolls? Share your thoughts below!
Hujoo‘s are triple threats– they’re adorable, affordable, and easy to customize. And here for you today is a review of the newest Hujoo to hit the market, Freyr! Freyr is exclusive to one of my favorite online shops The Junky Spot and is the male counterpart to last years Freya (also exclusive).
If you missed my Freyr box opening, you can check it out here. Here’s a little back story on this little guy. Freyr is 23 cm tall, is strung (like other Hujoo’s and BJD’s), made of ABS, and has the same ‘clickable’ posing ability that traditional Hujoo‘s have. He is an anthro BJD, meaning he’s made to look like an animal.
In this case, Freyr was created to look like a cat. 18mm eyes are recommended and if you were to wig him, he’d be a 6.5-7. Keep in mind, you’d have to OOAK the wig a bit to make room for his ears. Freyr comes in two colors– white and light grey. I received both for this review.
A very important thing to note is that Freyr, like his female companion Freya, arrives at your door without any sort of face up. It’s up to you to create Freyr‘s character with a custom face up. I decided not to jinx myself by doing both face up’s myself, so I asked my mom to do the white Freyr‘s look. In the end, both Freyr’s turned out very different and, if I may say so, very adorable! (As a side note, my light grey Freyr has a dark grey face up, so you’ll notice he’s a bit two-toned at the moment. I plan on blushing his body later to make the difference in tones less harsh.)
Let’s go top to bottom, shall we? As many of you Freya owners are probably wondering, how’s the head cap? Is it a pain in the neck like Freya‘s? Do you need sharp objects to take it off or put it on? Do you need to remodel the pegs that connect the front to the back? Nope. None of the above. The head cap goes on ten times better than Freya‘s. No knives or sharp objects required! I still used an icing knife to get the head cap started, but once I separated it the front from the back, it was off in under 4 minutes. Putting it on was much easier, too.
You’ll notice the difference in the head cap design here. The mold itself has thicker sides and is designed to encompass less of the back of the head, as opposed to Freya, who has a head cap that nearly cuts her head in half.
A big thank you to Emory at The Junky Spot for listening to his customers concerns about the original Freya head cap. This is much, much better!
Freyr‘s face is adorable. I’m not usually crazy about dolls with narrow eyes, but Freyr has won me over. His eyes are slightly more narrow and slanted than Freya‘s open eyes. He has a more ‘cat like’ look to him, actually. You can see clear differences between him and his female counter part.
As far as his body goes, he has he same amount of joints you’d find on other Hujoo‘s, along with his special claw like hands and feet.
His arms and legs are essentially the same as Freya‘s. Freyr holds poses well, as I have come to expect with well strung Hujoo‘s.
The one downside is the knob at the base of his neck. I never noticed it on my Freya, because her head cap never fit well enough to notice, but you can see it plainly with Freyr. There is a knob where his head cap meets his neck that you can see when you tilt his head at various angles. Sometimes it makes his neck area look really strange for photo’s. It would be great if they could make it slightly more ‘fluid’ looking.
As far as clothing goes, just like Freya, he can wear Barbie clothing with a little tweaking. Our Freyr‘s are wearing some of the few Ken clothes we own. The white Freyr is sporting some My Scene surfer shorts that have been fitted for him with a few stitches. The light grey Freyr is wearing some of Ken’s wardrobe. The waist is big in both cases. I hope to pick up some cooler Ken clothes for him next shopping trip.
Overall, I like Freyr just as much as I did Freya! They really are adorable. And even better, they’re an affordable BJD for those of us who don’t like spending hundreds of dollars on one doll. I think The Junky Spot and Hujoo should look into possibly seeing if they can make the neck knob a little less noticeable, but that is my only real issue with Freyr. They did fantastic things with the head cap (yay!) and I look forward to seeing their future releases? I, personally, would like to see a new kind of animal. A dog? Bunny? I’m sure they’d make it super cute! I highly recommend Freyr. He’s a great BJD!
To see the video review, look below!
Do you have a Freyr? What do you think of him? Have any questions? Let me know with a comment below!
I talk about Hujoo‘s a lot on this blog and why not? They’re affordable, crafted well, and easily customizable. Back in September, I added two new Hujoo’s in to my BJD family, Tegan and Rose-Marie, both of whom are The Junky Spot exclusive Hujoo Freya. My Hujoo family has just grown a bit larger with the arrival of the new male anthro BJD from Hujoo, Freyr! Sold again exclusively at The Junky Spot, Freyr has a different cat like head mold and male body. He comes in two colors- white and light grey. Freyr retails for $44.99 and is 23cm tall.
Here are some pictures of a few Hujoo Freyr‘s that arrived at my doorstep this week!
For those that like video’s, I recorded the box opening for these guys!
I’m working on getting these guys proper face ups, eyes, and clothing. Once I do, I’ll be doing a full out video review on Freyr!
Until then, what do you think of Freyr? Did you order one? What kind of face up would you give him? Share your thoughts in the comment area!
As you may remember, I wasn’t a fan of Integrity‘s re-imagined of Jem and the Holograms. Yesterday, however, they blew me away with their promo pictures of rival rock band, The Misfits!
When Jem’s promo pictures hit the web, myself and other surmised that the face mold might work better on The Misfits and we were right. These guys look spot on in my book!
Here’s Pizzazz, leader of The Misfits. Her hair color and overall look are perfect!
Roxy is also pretty spot on. Of the three Misfits released, she is probably the least like her cartoon persona. However, I really like what they did in her eye area. I only hope they don’t deviate from their promo photos too much for the final release!
My favorite Misfit was and is still Stormer. You don’t know how many times I wanted her to just quit the Misfits and join Jem and the Holograms. Integrity’s re-imagination of her is perfect. Fashion designers always talk about mixing ‘hard’ and ‘soft’. Integrity did a great job of that here. Stormer still looks strong and Misfit like, but has a softness to her. Also, I love the hair!
All three of these fall under the now normal ‘ultra limited’ release, meaning you’ll probably see a lot of them on eBay for three times the original price. Most retailers have these listed as $119.00 each. They are a pre-order for May, but I recommend putting your order in soon because I’m sure they’ll sell out before then! Each have a run of 1200.
Now that the original Holograms and Misfits are out, I wonder who they’ll release next. Craig, Stormer’s brother and temporary drummer for Jem and the Holograms? Or will we get Raya or Jetta? I hope they go to some of the secondary characters next. I am interested in seeing what they’d do with Video or Danse. Course, we just have to wait and see, I guess!
What do you think of these Misfits? Love them? Hate them? Who do you want to see next in the line? Share your thoughts below!
If you’ve watched any of my YouTube videos, you’ll notice that our walls are lined with doll cases. Those dolls belong to my mother, Patty, the original doll collector. She’s been collecting since she received her first doll at 5.
Unlike my own childhood, my mother was told to clean out her doll collection every few years, so many of her treasures were sold off at various table sales or given to charity. It wasn’t until she was a young teenager that her mother, my grandmother, decided that maybe doll collecting wasn’t something you had to give up as you grew up.
My mother is also the reason I am a doll collector. Growing up in a house with doll cases along most walls creates one of two kinds of people– one type shy’s away from all things doll related and the other, which I’m included in, embraces it and continues on with their own collection. Would I have a doll collection if my mother had collected China? Or Scissors? Who knows, but I love it now! (For the record, I’m glad that my mom doesn’t collect either of those things, though they would probably take up less space!)
This post is the first in something I hope to do a lot more of– a collector’s spotlight. Learning about other collectors is, to me, very interesting! I love knowing what they collect, why they collect, what they get out of collecting. (I’m betting that you like that sort of thing, too!) The first collector spotlight subject is my mom, Patty, because she is the reason I’m here a) on the earth and b) writing this blog!
This collector’s spotlight is a two part post– one part of this is on YouTube in video format. (To see the video, click the hyperlink. I’ve disabled embedding for this video!) The other part, this post right here, will include images so you can gaze at them to your hearts content. I encourage you to check out both portions!
My mom collects lots of different kinds of dolls, but her collection mainly focus’s on Barbie’s. Most of the dolls in the collection are from the 80′s, 90′s, and My Scene era, though her Monster High collection seems to be growing month after month! As you can see from the picture above, they’ve taken over the Dreamhouse.
Besides Barbie’s, our house has many other kinds of dolls.
Some of my mom’s favorite dolls are Sasha’s, Little Miss No Name’s, and 60′s dolls like Giggles, Kissy, or walking dolls. Also in the collection are Wizard of Oz dolls, mostly Dorothy’s, Magic Nursery, Thumbelina’s, and Little Kiddles.
For more photos of dolls in my mom’s collection, why not check out her Flickr? And don’t forget to watch the video Collector Spotlight! I’d like to say thank you to my mom, Patty, for allowing me to videotape her and her collection. (I love you lots, Mom, and don’t worry, you can get me back when it’s my turn in front of the camera!)
As a reminder, please do not repost these pictures anywhere. :)
I love comments! Why not leave one below? I’d love to hear what you think of this Collector’s Spotlight!