Happy Easter!

It’s that time again!  The season where chocolate bunnies fear to leave their chocolate homes.  The season where toy stores shelves are (yet again) void of everything under $15.00.  The season where we all willingly let a bunny traipse around our homes late at night.  Yes. Easter is finally upon us.  Easter is about much more than just tasty Cadbury Eggs and egg hunts. It’s about being with family, celebrating life.

Pinoccio visits with the Easter Bunny

Pinoccio visits with the Easter Bunny

My mom and I were walking through Tuesday Morning last week.  It’s a store that gets a hodge podge of stock.  You never know what you’ll see.  I was shocked when I walked down the toy aisle and saw a Pullip box!  I b-lined to it and saw it was this Dal  Pinoccio priced at $40.00!!!!  Needless to say, I was not leaving home without Pinoccio!!!

The Doctor Investigates

The Doctor Investigates

Seeing as how Doctor Who, Series 7, Part 2 premiere’s tonight, I had to put the Doctor in a picture!  It’s been too long, Doctor, please don’t leave my TV for so long again!

Caterine and her Easter Eggs

Caterine and her Easter Eggs

I wasn’t sure if she’d hold an Easter Egg, but our little Scaris friend is quite strong!  From all of us here to all of you,  have a safe and happy Easter!

March 30, 2013. Uncategorized. 4 comments.

Dolly Review: Novi Stars Stellar Skinz Cici Thru

Believe it or not, I don’t think I’ve reviewed any Novi Stars for this blog yet.  We own some, but they just never made their way here.  Well, that’s about to change right now.  For here is a review on the new Novi Stars Stellar Skinz Cici Thru.

Novi Star Stellar Skinz

Novi Star Stellar Skinz

Novi Star Stellar Skinz

Novi Star Stellar Skinz

Cici Thru‘s unique characteristic is, as you’d expect, see through, hollow limbs.  What’s neat about this set is that not only do you get the doll, but you also get two skins and multiple accesories to dress her in.  The Stellar Skinz set is, essentially, Novi Stars answer to all those ‘create a doll’ sets out there at the moment.  While they could have just tossed in two fabric outfits and an extra wig, they went the extra mile and tried making it ‘theirs’, which I applaude them for.

Cici Thru

Cici Thru

Let’s start of with Cici.  Her see through body seems to be more posable than other Novi Stars.  For example, her legs move up, down, left, right.  She can do the fantastic splits in both directions.  Her knees still don’t bend, but I love that the thigh joints allow for more movement than other Novi Stars!  Cici’s arms are a bit more traditional.  They still don’t bend at the elbow, but they do move up, down, left, and right.

Cici posing in basic outfit

Cici posing in basic outfit

Cici posing in basic outfit

Cici posing in basic outfit

An important thing to note is that this Novi Star is much taller than her original counterpart!  In general, her limbs are longer than the traditional Novi Star.  Her head mold, however, seems the same.

Cici against an original Novi Star

Cici against an original Novi Star

I love her make up. She has Neapolitan colored eye shadow which looks good on her see through pink face.  Her lips are placed well, too.  One thing I think MGA got right on these dolls is the proportions of their faces.  I’ve always liked dolls with alien like eyes (think Hujoo!), but it’s easy to do it wrong.  Novi Stars always have faces that just look ‘right’.

Cici's face paint

Cici’s face paint

Onto her hair…  Surprise!  It’s a wig!  Novi Stars of the past have all been rooted, but this one has a removable wig!  I was surprised, because I didn’t remember reading that tidbit on the packaging.  About her wig– it is really big.  It fits this doll, but it won’t fit a Monster High Create a Monster of a Bratzillaz Switch a Witch or vise versa.  I’m not sure what size Monique wig she would be, but nothing I have fits, which makes me believe you’ll need something meant for a doll larger than 1/6 scale.  The wig itself is made with a plastic wig cap.  No pesky pegs.

Skins

Skins

Skins

Skins

accessories

accessories

The meat and potatoes of this set has to be the skins.  We have a skin that transforms Cici into a rock star and a zombie.  The skin itself is super easy to slide on and off the doll.  It’s made of a material that has a gel like feeling to it.  I’m not sure how exactly to describe it, actually.  The skin left a bit of an oily feeling on my skin, but overall, they look really cool on the doll.

Rock Star Look

Rock Star Look

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Zombie Skin

The con of the skins is that once you put them on the doll, her posing is far more limited.  Her arms are pretty much stuck in a neutral position and her legs don’t move half as much as they did in the fabric outfit.

Future Doll

Gail Lexi

Also available is Gail Lexi.  I haven’t seen this one in person yet, but the Skeleton skin intrigues me!

For those who like video reviews, check out the video below!

Cici

Cici

Overall, I really like Cici!  I love that this ‘create a doll’ concept isn’t an exact copy of any other ‘create a doll’ on the shelves right now.  On top of that, her skins are really cute.  I recommend checking this Novi Star out when you get a chance!

Feel free to leave a comment below with comments, questions, thoughts, etc!

March 28, 2013. Tags: . Uncategorized. 8 comments.

Monster High Article Update

A few months ago, I asked for all you awesome Monster High collectors to answer a few questions for a spec article I was writing about (you guessed it!) Monster High. It’s about time for an update on that article!

Write, write, write!!!

Write, write, write!!!

I officially finished it late last month and have since submitted it to the two doll magazines I could find.  You wouldn’t believe how hard it is to find editor information on some websites.  It’s like they try to hide it!  The article ended up being 1,898 words and, I think, freakishly fabulous!  1,800 words comes out to about 4 full typed pages.

Now, the wait begins!

Now, the wait begins!

I couldn’t have written the article without everyone who was awesome enough to answer my questions.  I haven’t heard back from either magazine yet, but I plan on following up this week.  Keep your fingers crossed that it doesn’t get lost or ignored!!!

March 18, 2013. Tags: . Uncategorized. 9 comments.

Dolly Review: Bratzillaz Switch a Witch Set

A few months back, I reviewed Meygana, a Bratzillaz doll. There was much debate between the similarities between the  Bratzillaz line and Monster High.  Now, I still believe that there really is no such thing as a ‘new’ idea.  Everything is a take on something else.  Bratzillaz might share some common elements, but they’re not an exact rip-off of Monster High.  They have a much different ‘vibe’ for me than Monster High and I think that is what really separates the two!

Bratzillaz Switch a Witch Packaging

Bratzillaz Switch a Witch Packaging

Bratzillaz Switch a Witch Packaging

Bratzillaz Switch a Witch Packaging

That being said I’m going to compare the Bratzillaz Switch a Witch set to the Monster High Create a Monster set a lot because they’re both very similar in look, feel, and concept.  There are various Switch a Witch sets available.  I picked up a single pack (ie: one doll) for $12.95 at my local Walmart, but there are also two packs that let you create two witches.

The packaging from the front looks a lot like a Monster High Create a Monster.  The limbs are place together in various pockets so right from the get go you can enjoy putting the doll together piece by piece.  It was easy to open and none of the pieces gave me too much trouble getting out. This single set came with 21 pieces, which can create one complete Bratzilla.   The pieces count  includes a brush. No stand is included in this set.  One staple of the doll so far is that it seems they all will be released with two toned skin.  For example, my set’s doll is half yellow, half white.

Switch a Witch pieces

Switch a Witch pieces

Manufacturers have created ‘create your own doll’ sets for years, Mattel, however has done it most recently. There is no denying that the art of building your Switch a Witch is very similar to building a Create a Monster (referred to as CAM through the end of article).  Pieces fit into the body with pegs, which are slightly larger and rounder than CAM sets.  They’re solidly made limbs and the pegs look like they should withstand active play well.

Once together, the body is, for the most part, stable. My Switch a Witch‘s arms are tight and hold poses well.  Her torso has a separate waist joint, which is pre-assembled.  It allows for more added mobility than I remember getting in my Meygana.  The only parts that are less stable than I’d like are her lower legs and how they connect with her thighs.    My Switch a Witch’s body likes hyper extending forward or if tilted too far back, likes bending quickly at the knees and dive bombing to the floor.

Switch a Witch- Together

Switch a Witch- Together

As far as her fashions go, I’ve finally decided what I think of them.  While the top limits her shoulder mobility, I like it.  It is a cute little top.  It’s made from a shiny vinyl short of material and fits her well.    Her pants fit her fine and they go with the whole two-tone concept.  I’m not super excited about them, but they match the top and might work nicely with outfits from other Switch a Witch sets.

Switch a Witch- Splits

Switch a Witch- Splits

One thing I like about the Bratzillaz line in general are their inset eyes.  This doll has shiny, silver sparkles in her eyes, which look really cool.  Her make up is really nicely done.  I love the dark lips with the silver eyes.  And strangely, is all works quite well with her two toned face.

Switch a Witch- Cute face!

Switch a Witch- Cute face!

And the make it or break it element for me?  The wig.  By now, you probably know that if I buy a CAM like toy, I expect the wig to look good.  It shouldn’t be that hard to be able to create a well fitting wig.  How did the Switch a Witch wig turn out?  Surprisingly, it fits well.  It isn’t perfect, mind you, but it isn’t as horrible as some of the wigs CAM‘s have had in the past.

Switch a Witch and Meygana

Switch a Witch and Meygana

The Switch a Witch wigs are one of the most versatile to borrow for other doll lines because it wasn’t made with any sort of peg inside. It’s literally just a plastic wig cap that you squeeze onto a round head.

Monster High CAM with Switch a Witch wig

Monster High CAM with Switch a Witch wig

The main issue I have with her stock wig is the fact that it sits really high on her head.  I would have preferred if her ‘hairline’ was more natural.  I’m not crazy about the styling of this wig, either.

How do other wigs fit?  Recently, my mom and I picked up a good number of Liv wigs from Saver’s.  To make them fit our CAM‘s, we chopped off the peg from the inside of the wig, leaving a round wig cap.  They fit really well on the Switch a Witch head.  They look so much better on her, too, than her stock wig!  Below are some quick photos we shot of our Switch a Witch wearing Liv wigs.

Liv Wig

Liv Wig

Liv Wig

Liv Wig

Liv Wig

Liv Wig

 

Liv Wig

Liv Wig

Liv Wig

Liv Wig  (She has a bit of Synergy meets Flash Dance going on here!)

Liv Wig

Liv Wig

Liv Wig

Liv Wig

I haven’t tried any CAM wigs on my Switch a Witch because I haven’t had any need to cut out the pegs in those wigs (and quite honestly, if I don’t like them enough to put on my CAM‘s, I’m not going to put them on these).

Overall, I think people will have lots of fun with these.  They have good limbs and they are kind of cute when you get to dress them up however you’d like!  A huge positive for me is that so far, even with the single sets, you can create a complete doll (as opposed to needing to buy a starter set of two and reusing upper arms and thighs.

I put together a video review for those who care to watch!  I foresee the comments getting a little heated, if it’s at all like my other Bratzillaz review, so any comments you make on that video will have to be approved by me before they go live!

These Switch a Witch‘s are worth taking a second glance at.  For those who like to customize their collection, you may really enjoy these!

Switch a Witch, in purple Liv wig

Switch a Witch, in purple Liv wig

I love comments! If you have any questions, thoughts, etc, leave a comment below!

March 11, 2013. Tags: . Uncategorized. 3 comments.

Barbie Turns 54!

March 9 was Barbie’s 54th Birthday!  Time sure does fly!

My Restored Number 4 Barbie

My Restored Number 4 Barbie

I don’t have many of the original Barbie’s.  My total count is a whopping two.  One  was given to me from my mothers collection and was restored by Krista’s Doll Restoration.   She’s a number 4 Barbie head on either a 3 or a 5 body.  I think we decided she was transitional or the past owner (not my mom) had switched the bodies.  The other was just recently given to me by my boss.  That number 5 Barbie is waiting to be restored.   I think I might hit Arnaldo’s Restorations up for that one eventually.

Number 4 Barbie

My Restored Number 4 Barbie

Upon taking photos for this article, I realized something.  Original Barbie dolls are hard to photograph!  I tried various angles in hopes of getting that ‘looking into the camera’ look, but it took a lot of guess and check!  For nostalgia’s sake, I thought I’d share some Barbie commercials with you!  These will give you a glimpse of how Barbie has changed over the years!  Below is Barbie’s first TV commercial!

Here’s a few more Barbie commercials circa 1959 through the 1970’s!

Quick Curl Barbie and Mod Hair Ken:

Barbie and the Rockers are some of my favorites!

90’s Camp Barbie line is another favorite of mine, though I only own Skipper and Ken!

And remember 1999’s Generation Girls?  They were great!

And the newest Barbie line, Barbie and the Pink Shoes:

This is just a sampling of commercials I found on YouTube.  Here’s wishing Barbie a very merry Happy Birthday!!!

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday!

Do you have any special Barbie memories you’d like to share?  Feel free to comment below!

March 10, 2013. Uncategorized. 3 comments.

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