DollyGirl’s Treasure ‘Dolly Tag’ Meme

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!

Barbie Beauties

The Doll Diaries

The Barbie Blog

The Toy Box Philosopher

The Lalaloopsy Doll House

April 30, 2013. Uncategorized. 5 comments.

Barbie 2013– What I’m Looking Forward To

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!

Life in the Dreamhouse Talking Barbie

Life in the Dreamhouse Talking Barbie

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.

Life in the Dreamhouse Talking Raquelle

Life in the Dreamhouse Talking Raquelle

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 Basic Teresa

Life in the Dreamhouse Basic Teresa

Life in the Dreamhouse Basic Midge

Life in the Dreamhouse Basic Midge

Life in the Dreamhouse Basic Raquelle

Life in the Dreamhouse Basic Raquelle

‘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.

Life in the Dreamhouse Basic Summer

Life in the Dreamhouse Basic Summer

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’.

Skipper and Horse

Skipper and Horse

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!

Nikki on far right, Ken on far left.

Nikki on far right, Ken on far left.

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!

 

April 29, 2013. Uncategorized. 22 comments.

Dolly Review: Junky Spot Exclusive Hujoo Freyr

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, FreyrFreyr is exclusive to one of my favorite online shops The Junky Spot and is the male counterpart to last years Freya (also exclusive).

The Gang

The Gang

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.

Hujoo Freyr

Hujoo Freyr

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.

Freyr's Pre Face Up

Freyr’s Pre Face Up

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.)

Freyr's Post Face Up

Freyr’s Post Face Up (with a Freya on the far left)

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.

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Notice the difference in placement of the head cap. Freya (left) Freyr (right)

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.

Notice the new head cap design.  It's thicker and works ten times better!

Notice the new head cap design. It’s thicker and works ten times better!

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 In White

Freyr In White

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.

Two of  Kind-- Freyr (left), Freya (right)

Two of Kind– Freyr (left), Freya (right)

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.

Claws

Claws

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.

Notice the large knob at his neck

Notice the large knob at his neck

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.

Freyr posing, dressed in My Scene clothing

Freyr posing, dressed in My Scene clothing

Exploring

Exploring

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.

Lying Around on the Job

Cat Napping

Hi- Ya!

Hi- Ya!

Hanging Out

Hanging Out

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!

April 22, 2013. Tags: . Uncategorized. 9 comments.

Introducing the Junky Spot Exclusive Hujoo Freyr

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!

The Goodies!

The Goodies!

Head and Tail Pieces

Head and Tail Pieces

Freyr in both colors

Freyr in both colors

 

Freyr's

Freyr right out of the box

Light Grey Freyr

Light Grey Freyr

White Freyr

White Freyr

Freyr in both colors

Freyr in both colors

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!

April 14, 2013. Tags: . Uncategorized. 4 comments.

The Misfits Are Here!

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!

Winning is Everything!

Winning is Everything!

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!

Phyllis "Pizzazz" Gabor

Phyllis “Pizzazz” Gabor

Here’s Pizzazz, leader of The Misfits.  Her hair color and overall look are perfect!

Phyllis "Pizzazz" Gabor

Phyllis “Pizzazz” Gabor

Roxanne "Roxy" Pellegrini

Roxanne “Roxy” Pellegrini

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!

Roxanne "Roxy" Pellegrini

Roxanne “Roxy” Pellegrini

Mary "Stormer" Phillips

Mary “Stormer” Phillips

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!

Mary "Stormer" Phillips

Mary “Stormer” Phillips

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!

April 4, 2013. Uncategorized. 5 comments.

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