Christmas 2017 Haul/Loot

2018 is right around the corner, which means Christmas has come and gone! I hope Santa was as good to you as he was to us! Thanks to Christmas, both my collection and my mother’s have grown a bit. (In our family, my mom and I tend to do most of the shopping. In my case, I will buy stuff for my father to sort through and buy from me to give to my mom. Ha ha!) Are you interested in seeing what was under our Christmas tree? Well, look no further! Here’s the annual Christmas Haul/Loot post!

Christmas 2017

Christmas 2017

Christmas 2017

A childhood dream became a reality as I opened an American Girl Kirsten, courtesy of my mom. She has a Pleasant Company head with soft lashes. Her body is tagged, which according to the internet, didn’t happen till around the time when Mattel bought Pleasant Company, so she could be a transitional doll, made in the first few years of Mattel’s takeover. Whatever the case, I’m happy with Kirsten. To me, it’s all about the head mold and the spirit of the line and even if this doll was produced after the Mattel sale, at least the spirit of the American Girl historical line was still in place. (Mattel lost me when they started placing less and less importance on the historical dolls.)

As my mom said after I opened her, now she won’t have to “listen to me whine about not having one.” It’s true. I have in the past made a lot of remarks about how Kirsten is the doll I should have bought before Mattel took over the line and then eventually retired her. With the addition of her to my American Girl collection, I can honestly say I’m done. I’m happy with the American Girls I’ve collected over the years and am quite proud of owning the five dolls I do (Molly, Samantha, A Girl of Today, Felicity and, now, Kirsten). It was a happy surprise to find her under the tree!

Christmas 2017

Christmas 2017

Besides giving me a cool quartz necklace (which he picked out himself), my father gave me my first ever Blythe doll! Is it one of those thousand dollar Blythe’s? No. But, honestly, I don’t care. This Blythe is perfect! She’s decked out in a Christmas dress and has long crimped blonde hair. It’s rooted, not wigged. I can’t wait to look for some cute outfits for her at PUDDLE 2018! Hopefully, people bring some Blythe clothing!

Christmas 2017

Christmas 2017

Christmas 2017

It wouldn’t be Christmas without some Skipper dolls. California Skipper was under the tree for me. California Skipper was produced in 1988 and was the last Skipper to be produced with the vintage Skipper face mold, originally introduced in 1964. California Skipper was only sold in Europe. In the States, Skippers were wearing a different head mold, seen on the Hot Stuff Skipper (and a handful of other Skipper releases). Shortly after this release, Mattel released my favorite head mold with large, anime eyes. But, back to California Skipper…

Skipper is dressed in a swim suit and overalls. Besides her backpack, she has a pennant, frisbee and visor stickered with ‘California’. Her blonde hair was originally done up with fancy pig tails. Mine has basic pig tails, as the rubber bands were long gone by the time I got to save Skipper from her cardboard prison. To be honest, I’m not sure why she and a number of other dolls with the classic face were released only in Europe. California Skipper was paired with California Barbie, Midge and Ken, all of whom were released worldwide. Regardless, I think she’s cute and hope to get more of the European exclusives over the next few years!

Christmas 2017

Christmas 2017

Totally Yo-Yo Teen Skipper was also under the tree. I have one already, but since Skipper comes with a second outfit, I think I may switch her into that one. Another surprise was Polly Pocket Stacie, mint in box. Stacie (thankfully) had all three Polly Pockets included with the doll. That was great, because I also received six new Polly Pocket sets, sans Polly’s!

Christmas 2017

Christmas 2017

Christmas 2017

My mother, also known as Barbee0913 on the web, also had a good Christmas! I like to think that I’m a pretty good gift giver. This year, my mom ended up with quite the haul. Besides some jewelry from Falsi Gioielli, a store I discovered while studying in Italy and quickly fell in love with, my mom also received a Sasha Doll Identification Guide. Her biggest doll related presents came in the form of the 50th Anniversary reproduction Francie and two Mystic Kids ball joined dolls, MSD Lillian and Yo-SD Nellie (not pictured). Both were being sold second-hand for a very, very good price, so it was a deal that was impossible to refuse! She also received an articulated Chewbacca doll and Maryellen’s Christmas Party accessories from American Girl.

Christmas 2017

Christmas 2017

Christmas 2017

Christmas 2017

Check out the annual haul video below!

What was under your Christmas tree this year? Share your thoughts in the comment area! And, since it’s nearly New Years, have a happy and safe New Years eve/day!

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December 31, 2017. Tags: . Uncategorized. 6 comments.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from Confessions of a Doll Collectors Daughter!

Please enjoy these special holiday videos! Posted on Barbee0913’s channel, you’ll see a compilation of battery operated toys! It’s a fun trip back in time! Below that, you’ll see my channel’s holiday special, A Very Merry Blooper Reel!

As always, I’d like to thank each and every one of you for the comments, shares and hits here on the blog and YouTube channel! Without you, Confessions of a Doll Collectors Daughter would have disappeared long ago. But, thanks to how amazing you all are, we’ve been going strong since 2010! Here’s to an equally amazing 2018! From our family to yours, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

December 24, 2017. Tags: . Uncategorized. 2 comments.

The Toys That Made Us on Netflix

The Toys That Made Us made its Netflix debut December 22nd, 2017. This eight part documentary series focuses on influential and iconic toys. The first half of the season covers Star Wars, Barbie, He-Man and GI Joe. Toys That Made Us tells the narrative of how these toys came to be through interviews with the designers, marketers and others involved in making these popular toy lines. Currently, Netflix is streaming four episodes of the eight episode run, with the last four coming in 2018.

The Toys That Made Us

I’m impressed with this series. However much I dislike that we only got half of it in this initial launch, the actual episodes are entertaining. I learned many new things and loved hearing about how these iconic toys got off the ground and, in some cases, crash landed back to Earth. Every episode taught me something new, even the Barbie one! It was so much fun to watch the history of these well known toy brands come to life in a way that anyone, collector or non collector, can enjoy.

To honor collectors, the shows creative team sought out collection photos to use in the shows end credits. By chance, I stumbled upon a Facebook post regarding Barbie doll collection images while browsing my news feed. Never one to turn down a chance to share my collection, I e-mailed the contact for details. A few hours later, I had completely disassembled my Monster High display and replaced it with a selection of Skipper dolls. With a tight deadline, I snapped a few good photos, sent them off and went to work moving all the dolls back to their original locations.

The Toys That Made Us

To my great pleasure, one of my images made it into the end credits of The Toys That Made Us. You can see it in Episode 2, themed around the history of Mattel’s Barbie doll. I’m so excited that my photograph was selected. Maybe it will inspire others to collect Skipper dolls, too!

You can watch The Toys That Made Us now on Netflix. Follow them online on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Who knows? Maybe they’ll need images for a second season’s worth of end credits! Have you watched The Toys That Made Us yet? What do you think of it? Share your thoughts in the comment area!

December 23, 2017. Tags: . Uncategorized. 5 comments.

Toy Review: Fluffables by Orb Factory

Fluffables by Orb Factory are adorable! While finishing up Christmas shopping, I went to Michaels. You never know what sort of crafty activities you’ll find there. In the activity kit aisle, I saw the most adorable DIY craft creation: Fluffables. Flufflables are furry friends that you design and create! Inside the small box, you get a foam body mold, strips of yarn in various colors, a pair of plastic eyes and a nose/mouth, the rooting tool and, finally, a mystery accessory.

Fluffables

Fluffables (Orb Factory)

Fluffables (Orb Factory)

Creating your Flufflables pet is a lot like re-rooting a doll head. The tool is designed with two prongs, one longer than the other. You loop the string around your finger, slide it between the prongs and push it into the foam body. You do this repeatedly until you have covered your Fluffables head to toe. Use the included hair pick to fluff your creation and finally, scissors to give your fluffy friend’s new hair a trim. The hair is held in with tension, so if you were to pull on it, it would come out of the foam body, just like if you were to use the re-rooting tool on a doll and not finish it up with glue.

Fluffables (Orb Factory)

Fluffables (Orb Factory)

Pay attention to the picture on the box, as it will show you what kind of ears your animal will have: round (like a bear), triangular (like a kitty) or long (like a bunny). The box will also show you what colors are included. Do you want a natural looking creature or one made up of fantasy colors? Theoretically, you could even use your own yarn, with a little work to get it to the right consistency for your fluffy creation to look perfect.

Creating my Fluffables friend, Peanut, took about 3 hours. Just like re-rooting, the longest part was placing the yarn in just the right spot. Unlike rerooting, there were no pre-made plugs, so you get to choose where to place the yarn. You have to be careful to not join your holes together. Make sure you have enough space between the holes so they don’t touch, but not too much that you can see the original foam body. I made a rookie mistake on mine by placing too many pieces of yarn around the eye. The holes broke into one another and eventually made the foam around the plastic eye weak. I thought about trying to glue it back in, but later decided my pet would just have one eye.

Fluffables (Orb Factory)

I had so much fun making my Fluffables friend. I can’t wait to make another one! (Taffy, perhaps?) See more examples of Fluffables here. Have you seen Fluffables at your local craft store? Have you created a Fluffables friend? Share your thoughts in the comment area! And enjoy the video review above on OrbMolecules, also by Orb Factory!

 

December 21, 2017. Tags: . Uncategorized. 6 comments.

Dolly Review: Silvi Timberwolf

It’s been a long, long time since I’ve reviewed a Monster High doll here on the blog. Last week, my mom and I visited the Mattel outlet. They had quite a few Monster High dolls deeply discounted. I picked up Silvi Timberwolf from the Electrified: Hair Raising Ghouls line. As one of the few dolls of quality produced this year (in my opinion), she was on my wish list. Silvi does not light up or have any of the gimmicks seen with some of the more deluxe Electrified dolls.

Silvi Timberwolf, MH

Silvi Timberwolf, MH

While her multicolored dress is lackluster, I like everything else about Silvi. First off, she comes on an articulated body, which can’t be said about most of the 2017 Monster High releases. She even has some molded fur around her wrists, ankles and ears! On top of that, her wolf shaped ears are pierced, a detail that used to be pretty standard, but has gone by the wayside over the years.

Silvi Timberwolf, MH

Silvi’s coloring reminds me a lot of Ghoulia. She has grey skin and light blue hair with highlights of green, pink and white. The 90’s kid in me loves, loves, loves the crimped hair Mattel chose for Silvi (and the other girls in this series). I’m not ashamed to say that I rocked my fair share of crimped hair as a kid/teenager! I think they styled Silvi’s hair really well. The pony tail and side part make an impact and fit with the Electrified theme well.

Silvi Timberwolf, MH

Unlike the other reboot dolls, Electrified features Silvi’s debut doll. This works in her favor, as we have no pre-reboot doll to compare her to. I think Silvi has a pretty face that is reminiscent of Rochelle. Her large eyes are filled with pastel blue/pink tones. Around her heavy black painted lashes, there are deeper shades of blue and pink.

Silvi Timberwolf, MH

Her lips are done with a pretty pastel pink and, of course, she has painted fangs! While not dark and gothic, like the early Monster High faces, this one has a cutesy element to it that I, personally, like!

Silvi Timberwolf, MH

One of my favorite things about Silvi’s face, though, has to be her nose! I love how delicate it is! I also like the textured ears. It’s a feature that’s easy to miss and could probably have been done a little better, but overall, they look good!

Silvi Timberwolf, MH

Silvi wears neon jelly-esc yellow ankle high heels. They may not be as detailed as they would have been years ago, but the neon heels work well with the grey skin and light hair color. They look pretty neat and remind me of the ‘good old days’ of Monster High.

Silvi Timberwolf, MH

Overall, I’m happy to have Silvi in my Monster High collection. She’s one of the cuter dolls to hit the market since the reboot of the Monster High line. What do you think of Silvi? Share your thoughts in the comment area!

 

December 21, 2017. Tags: , . Uncategorized. 2 comments.

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