My Little Pony Fair and Convention 2015

The My Little Pony Fair and Convention, a traveling annual event, stopped in Schaumburg this past weekend. Being a My Little Pony fan since birth, I couldn’t pass up the chance to attend this show.

My Little Pony Fair and Convention 2015 (Illinois)

Tagging along was my mother, who isn’t a pony fan herself, but thought it would be a good place to buy future holiday gifts for, well, yours truly.  (She came home with a few mystery bags, so you and I will have to wait until December to see everything she may have picked up!)

My Little Pony Fair and Convention 2015 (Illinois)

2015 marked the 12th annual My Little Pony Fair and Convention. It was our first year attending.  It will probably be our only year attending, actually, as I don’t plan on traveling around for it.

My Little Pony Fair and Convention 2015 (Illinois)

Let me give you a feel for the convention before I go into what we (mostly I) bought. Unlike the large fan gathering feeling of Puddle, the My Little Pony Fair was more ‘convention-like’.  It had a small amount of panels and encompassed more than one room. On top of that, they expected to get at least 1,200 attendees through the doors during the two day show.

My Little Pony Fair and Convention 2015 (Illinois)

One room held about 50 vendors selling pretty much anything Pony related. There were tables filled with G1’s, G2’s, G3’s and G4’s in various conditions, fantastic custom pieces, neat My Little Pony playsets, plush, and more.  One vendor even sold kitchen towels and oven mitts!

My Little Pony Fair and Convention 2015 (Illinois)

The programming was limited and repeated throughout the weekend, in many cases.  While there were a few panels I would have liked to attend, it turned out nearly all of them were at the same time.  We caught the tail end of the Hasbro Q and A panel, in which the two Hasbro reps read a scripted Q and A.  The panel ran fast, so we missed most of the questions.  From what we gathered, there was a lot of ‘great question, we can’t answer that right now, but stay tuned’ sort of answers.

My Little Pony Fair and Convention 2015 (Illinois)

The second panel we attended was much more entertaining.  It was a Q and A with voice actor Andrea Libman. She voices Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, as well as countless other characters.  Fun fact, she voiced Madeline in the old cartoon.  I caught some of the fan Q and A on camera, so I’ll post that to my YouTube channel shortly for you to enjoy. She said her favorite episode to date is probably Party of One, in which Pinkie Pie freaks out a little when her friends all decline to attend one of her parties.

My Little Pony Fair and Convention 2015 (Illinois)

One room was dedicated to carnival type games. Each attendee received a play voucher to play six games in the room for a chance to win small prizes.  That room was very hot and crowded.  Lines took forever to get through.  In the end, I only got to play two games and won a notepad and a sticker.  It didn’t help matters that the room wasn’t open all day, just short spurts. Good effort, but I don’t think this room worked out how they imagined it would.

My Little Pony Fair and Convention 2015 (Illinois)

Two other special guests are worth mentioning.  In attendance were two designers who had a hand in crafting the original G1 line– Bonnie Zacherle and Susanne Riette-Keith. I didn’t actually get to speak to either of these influential ladies, because, I’ll be honest, walking up to people sitting at autograph booths makes me totally nervous (especially when I am not planning on paying for an autograph or photo). I know you’re allowed to say hello to guests if they have no line, but it’s totally awkward feeling to me. The scheduled panels with the two guests didn’t exactly work with our schedule, either. Not to mention, most were ticked events and again, I wasn’t going to pay to attend a panel after spending $40 to get in the door. Still, it was neat being able to look at them from a far and the artwork Susanne brought in was gorgeous!

My Little Pony Fair and Convention 2015 (Illinois)

Speaking of artwork, this convention introduced me to the wonderful artwork of Sarah Keefer.  She’s an artist who brought in fantastic examples of her My Little Pony watercolors.  She also made the convention bookmarks, which were stunning.

My Little Pony Fair and Convention 2015 (Illinois)

I quite liked walking around the retrospective room.  Displayed in small glass IKEA cases were ponies grouped together in chronological order.

My Little Pony Fair and Convention 2015 (Illinois)

It was really interesting to see G1 ponies from every year together. The change from the first line to the last was vast and noticable.

My Little Pony Fair and Convention 2015 (Illinois)

My favorite things in the room, however, had to be the prototypes that were painted to look like real ponies.  They were adorable.

My Little Pony Fair and Convention 2015 (Illinois)

What did I buy, you ask? Well, the real question is what didn’t I buy.  I spent more than expected at the show, but to be fair, I rarely spend money on my pony collection, so it was about time to put some effort (and money) into it.  I went in wanting to pick up So Soft’s, Twinkle Eye’s and customs.  I ended up achieving all three of those goals.

So Soft Ponies:

MLP Fair Goodies
Magic Star– I picked this pony up because I love her unique pose. Now to find a rearing pony stand for her!

MLP Fair Goodies
Gusty– I love Gusty. My goal was to come home with the so soft and non so soft, but that wasn’t meant to be. I am very happy with this so soft version of her, though!  Now, to try to snag the Italian Gusty, Gustavo.

MLP Fair Goodies
Bouncy– I didn’t have Bouncy’s name on a wish list, but couldn’t pass up this cutie.

Twinkle Eye Ponies:

MLP Fair Goodies
Bright Eyes– This isn’t the most flashy pony on the block, but I think she’s very pretty! For some reason, she was super expensive at the show– priced between $45-$60 at most booths. I found this one for $12. It’s not minty fresh, but the condition is fine for me and the price was right.

MLP Fair Goodies
Sky Rocket– I just thought Sky Rocket was cute and she was priced right.

Customs:

MLP Fair Goodies
Custom by Perfume Puff Princess

MLP Fair Goodies
Custom by Oat Couture

MLP Fair Goodies
Custom by PandaBear

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Custom by GotBunny

All of the above customs called out to me. In fact, the GotBunny custom was my first purchase of the day.

Other:
MLP Fair Goodies
Tootsie– Tootise has great coloring and was on my pony wishlist.  I’d also like to one day pick up the Italian version (blue hair) of this pony, known as Titti.

MLP Fair Goodies
Big Brother Barnacle– My goal was to leave with more Big Brothers, but the prices at the show were very high for them, especially those that had all their accessories. I had really wanted to find a Wig Wam, but left with Barnacle, instead. Again, the price was right. One day, I’ll hit up eBay to find his hat.

MLP Fair Goodies
Christmas Baby Pony (fan name Baby Stockings)– I love Christmas dolls. This was a must purchase.

MLP Fair Goodies
Baby Cuddles- I liked this little baby pony because of her three freckles.

MLP Fair Goodies
Baby Bow Tie– This baby pony was on my wishlist. I am a huge fan of Bow Tie in all sizes.    Baby Bow Tie was exclusive to the UK market. There are some interesting Columbian variants I may want to find one day and there is a very pretty French Bow Tie with white hair that would be neat to own.

I also picked up a Baby Heart Throb, but her picture will have to wait until her visit to the beauty parlor.  Last, but not least, an animation cel from the original cartoon and a pretty watercolor by Sarah Keefer also found their way into my bag.

The Show Exclusive:
MLP Fair Goodies
6″ Chicken Pinkie Pie- The My Little Pony Fair and Convention exclusive is also the San Diego Comic Con Exclusive! When I tweeted the convention about the price of the exclusive, I was taken aback. $50.00 for a G4 pony? Well, it turns out, this wasn’t a tiny G4 pony, but a 6″ Chicken Pinkie Pie. The price suddenly made a lot of sense.  Chicken Pinkie Pie made an appearance in the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic cartoon back in season 2 in a Halloween themed episode where Pinkie Pie donned, you guessed it, a chicken outfit. It’s ironic that this would be the SDCC exclusive, as well, as I have more My Little Pony SDCC items than any other brand.

My Little Pony Fair and Convention 2015 (Illinois)

While I don’t plan on traveling around the US to attend, I’m very happy this convention came to Illinois.  My pony collection grew tremendously. I may not have found myself a Mimic, but I found plenty of other amazing ponies!

Video Posts:

For more pictures, visit my flickr page! Keep track of the My Little Pony Fair online via facebook. Have you attended a convention or picked up a new My Little Pony recently? Share your thoughts below!

July 3, 2015. Tags: , , , , , . Articles and Doll Histories, Introductions & Reviews, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Dolly Review: Monster High Freak du Chic Gooliope Jellington

She’s finally here!  Freak du Chic is hitting store shelves, which means Gooliope is making her debut. At the moment, she seems to be all over the stores in my area, which I guess is the perk of being the only character her size in an oversized box design.  Let’s jump to the chase, shall we?  What do I think of 17″ Gooliope?  I love her!  She’s everything I expected her to be.

Monster High Freak Du Chic

As mentioned before here on the blog, Gooliope is 17″ tall.  That’s much larger than your traditional Monster High doll. Her size is massive, especially when you compare her to dolls outside of the Monster High brand, like MSD ball jointed dolls or A Girl for All Time. It’s mind-boggling to see a Monster High stand nearly shoulder to shoulder with these kinds of dolls.  That being said, I love it!

Monster High Freak Du Chic

Gooliope has rooted pink and yellow hair styled in curls.  Now, my Gooliope has a nice mixture of both colors and has recognizable ringlets, but my mothers doesn’t.

Monster High Freak Du Chic

Monster High Freak Du Chic

Her Gooliope has more yellow hair than pink and has frizzier hair, as if someone in the factory combed out the curls and tossed her in the box.  It looks like this girl is going to be one of those Monster High releases where you will have to carefully look at each individual doll to judge her unique elements.

Monster High Freak Du Chic

Monster High Freak Du Chic

Her head is a soft vinyl, as expected.  It moves better than some smaller dolls, to be honest!  It tilts up and down and turns left and right. It’s also massive and perfectly proportioned for this 17″ size.

Monster High Freak Du Chic

My favorite part of her face design has to be her eyes.  Gooliope’s eyes are very large and anime-like.  I especially love the eye lash design.

Monster High Freak Du Chic

Gooliope’s outfit is very much inspired by the circus.  The designers put a lot of thought this time around into all the elements of her outfit from head to toe.

Monster High Freak Du Chic

First, she has a Steam Calliope, a pipe organ, as her headband. Upon her shoulders, she wears a gold plastic shoulder element similar to what the ringmaster would wear.

Monster High Freak Du Chic

The top of her dress is simple and sleeveless. The skirt portion, however, is full of action. The satin like fabric showcases many circus’y elements, like golden ropes, drawn up curtains, the monster high emblem with a color scheme of pink, black and white. Beneath the top layer is a second thin fabric with black and white stripes running down it.

Monster High Freak Du Chic

And her shoes? They’re the definition of ‘creepy cute’. They have the bones of carousel horses done up in an antique finish as their heel. The rest of the platform is pink with the Monster High emblem in the front.

Monster High Freak Du Chic

You want to know about this new body type, right? Her body is really neat! I didn’t expect them to make so many changes to the smaller body, to be honest, but they made a lot of great improvements.

Monster High Freak Du Chic

Unlike your regular Monster High bodies, where their upper and lower arms plug into each other with a peg, Gooliope has a separate elbow joint, making her double jointed.

Monster High Freak Du Chic

This allows for her to pose really well. She also has a shoulder joint that does plug in like your traditional monster high body. When I bought mine, her arm somehow detached itself. I was a little freaked out, but it popped back in easily.

Monster High Freak Du Chic

Even better than her elbow joints are her new knee joints. They allow her to pose better than the smaller Monster  High dolls. Gooliope also has an extra joint right under her hip. They look like they are pegged, like the upper arm joint. I haven’t tested it or anything, though, so I would suggest not taking her apart unless you have to.

Monster High Freak Du Chic

Her legs are a little plastic’y in feel, but solid. Both the arm and leg molds are designed to look like ‘goo’ is dripping from Gooliope.

Monster High Freak Du Chic

Monster High Freak Du Chic

Monster High Freak Du Chic

Overall, I am a huge fan of Gooliope. She’s one of the most exciting things to come out of the Monster High line in a while. (The whole Freak du Chic line is quite refreshing, actually!)

Monster High Freak Du Chic

Monster High Freak Du Chic

Video Reviews:

For a few more photos, visit my flickr album. What do you think of Gooliope? Share your thoughts below!

June 29, 2015. Tags: , , , . Introductions & Reviews, Uncategorized. 4 comments.

Dolls on the Go!

Last week, I took a short vacation to Cass Lake, Minnesota.  It was a family vacation with my grandfather, immediate family and a few of my cousins. While I am definitely more of a Walt Disney World kind of gal when it comes to vacationing, being ‘one with nature’ for a week wasn’t too bad.  We were right next to a body of water (Cass Lake), so I decided to bring a few dolls along for the ride and see if I could get a few good photos to share here on the blog!

We brought three dolls on the trip: Tonner Toys Maudlynne Macabre, a re-rooted Little Miss No Name and Arklu’s Stargazer Lottie. Click into the pictures to view them larger.

Going Places

Going Places

Going Places

Going Places

Going Places

Going Places

Going Places

Going Places

During the trip, we rented a pontoon.

Going Places

Going Places

Going Places

Going Places

Going Places

Going Places

For a few more photos, check out my Flickr album.  Do you have a ‘go to’ travel doll you bring with you on vacation?  Are you planning on taking a doll on your next trip away?  Share your thoughts below.

June 22, 2015. Tags: , , , . Articles and Doll Histories, Uncategorized. 15 comments.

World Doll Day Tag– from Black Kitty of The Multicrafteral Lab

I was tagged in The Multicrafteral Lab‘s World Doll Day Tag!  In celebration of World Doll Day, BlackKitty asked those tagged to answer three things.

1: List 3 favourite dolls from the ones you got last year.
2: List 3 dolls currently on your wish list.
3: Tag 5 people to do the same thing! (Anyone with a home on the web, not just bloggers, can be tagged!)

And now, it begins!

1: List 3 favorite dolls from the ones you got last year

A Girl for All Time Lydia- Lydia is such a pretty, sturdy, well made doll. It’s hard finding something not to love about her!

A Girl for All Time Lydia

Gentle Lilia Bride Kurhn- As you know, I love Kurhn’s. This was one of those dolls I had been pining for for a long, long time. She didn’t disappoint me in the least!

Gentle Lilia Bride Kurhn

Gentle Lilia Bride Kurhn

Maru and Friends Maru- I love the face sculpts on the Maru and Friends line. This Maru doll pretty much solidified the idea of me adding more to my collection.

Maru and Friends

Maru and Friends

2: List 3 dolls currently on your wish list

Barbie and Skipper Let’s Drive! Student Driver Giftset- This is totally a grail item for me.  What kills me is I remember it in the stores, but never purchased it due to the price.  If only I had known the price would eventually double!

Let's Drive Giftset

Let’s Drive Giftset

Mystic Kids Lawrence BJD (SD, 62cm)- I’ve been eyeing this male SD BJD for a while now. I’ve always wanted to add a SD sized doll to my BJD collection, as well as a male doll.  This guy may be the one! I just have trouble with the price…  You can find a photo of this cool dude on The Junky Spot.

Last, but not least…

This Barbie Fashionista- How cool is this new Barbie Fashionista. Yes, the body is a total disappointment, but the prototype looks so cool!!!  I love the hair.

Toy Fair 2015- Mattel Booth (Barbie, MH, EAH)

3: Tag 5 people to do the same thing!

Dolls, Dolls, Dolls

Never Grow Up

The Doll Vault

The Barbie Blog

Of Dolls

I look forward to hearing your answers to BlackKitty’s questions! And if you’ve already been tagged or don’t have time, don’t worry. :)

June 13, 2015. Tags: , . Articles and Doll Histories, Uncategorized. 4 comments.

World Doll Day Coverage

Many bloggers posted about World Doll Day today!  Here’s some quick links so you can see their coverage.

The Barbie Blog– Teresa wrote a lovely piece about one of her most treasured dolls.

Monster Crafts– Monster Crafts used World Doll Day to update her readers on her collection.

Barbie Beauties– Barbielea answers fellow blogger The Multicrafteral Lab’s World Doll Day tag AND shares details about her Monster High doll giveaway!

The Crazy Doll Lady– The Crazy Doll Lady (who was featured in the last coverage post) has posted another World Doll Day themed article.

Andi B Goode– Here’s another World Doll Day post on this fun blog!

Lottie– Lottie did a wonderful piece on World Doll Day on their company blog. I’m honored to have worked with them on this blogs World Doll Day giveaway. (You have until the 15th to enter and, fitting for World Doll Day, it’s open to everyone, worldwide.)

The Multicrafteral Lab– Blackkitty started a World Doll Day Tag (in which I was tagged).  My answers will be posted today or tomorrow!  Great idea, Blackkitty!

People tweeted, as well!  If you missed our World Doll Day Spotlight, give it a look. I interviewed The Broken Doll.  You’ll want to check it out!

Like I said in my World Doll Day post today, I think Mrs. Seeley would be very pleased with the reception World Doll Day received in 2015.  Let’s aim to make it even bigger next year!

June 13, 2015. Tags: . Articles and Doll Histories, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

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