Dolly Review: Colorful DIY Bracelet Kurhn

At an amazing store in Walt Disney World’s Epcot, I picked up two 11″ Chinese fashion dolls. You saw the first doll, Sweet Girl Panda Kurhn, in a recent post. This post is about the basic Colorful DIY Bracelet Kurhn. (See all my Kurhn coverage here.)

Colorful DIY Bracelet Kurhn

Colorful DIY Bracelet Kurhn

This was the most affordable Kurhn at Epcot, priced at $28.00. It was also one of the more basic Kurhn dolls, which is why I picked her up. While I love the elaborate costumes and hair-do’s on many of the Kurhn’s I’ve picked up over the years, I have always wanted one that I could ‘play’ with, as in change her outfit or hair style. That’s why I picked up this particular Kurhn!

Colorful DIY Bracelet Kurhn

This Kurhn comes with supplies to make seven of your very own bracelets! The bracelets are ribbons with a button sewn in the center that allow you to push through and secure cute felt pieces. The ribbons have a velcro fastener. (If this were released in the States, there would be far less bracelets included with this doll.) There are also three Kurhn sized bracelets to place on your dolls.

Colorful DIY Bracelet Kurhn

The actual Kurhn in this set is very basic. She has long, straight brown hair with a side part, no bangs/fringe. It’s a lighter brown when compared to most of my Kurhn’s, who have dark brown or black hair. She has large brown eyes, similar to Sweet Girl Panda, with some light pink eye shadow, light blush and pearly pink lips.

Colorful DIY Bracelet Kurhn

Kurhn wears a yellow polka-dotted sun dress, red long sleeve sweater and white boots. The outfit is cute, but very simple. It makes her a perfect Kurhn to experiment with different fashions. Her white boots are super cute and should look great with anything!

Colorful DIY Bracelet Kurhn

Now, as you may already know, sometimes Kurhn promo shots lie. The box art for Colorful DIY Bracelet Kurhn shows articulated dolls. This peach skinned doll, however, is not on an articulated body. She only has shoulder and hip joints.

Colorful DIY Bracelet Kurhn

Colorful DIY Bracelet Kurhn

Colorful DIY Bracelet Kurhn may not be the most show stopping doll in the line, but I adore her basic-ness. Do you own this Kurhn? What do you think of it? Share your thoughts in the comment area!

June 30, 2016. Tags: , . Introductions & Reviews, Uncategorized. 6 comments.

Dolly Review: Sweet Girl Panda Kurhn (6103)

While visiting Walt Disney World, I picked up two adorable Kurhn dolls. Kurhn dolls, for those who don’t know, are Chinese fashion dolls. (See all my coverage on the line here!) They have a unique look when compared to other dolls, because of their large expressive eyes and cute fashions! This post features Sweet Girl Panda Kurhn!

Kurhn Sweet Girl (Panda)

One of the reasons this Kurhn has been on my radar is her adorable hairstyle. Sweet Girl Panda Kurhn wears her dark brown hair in two asymmetrical pig tails. There’s a cute black and white detail near the higher pig tail that matches the black and white polka dot theme in Kurhn’s outfit.

Kurhn Sweet Girl (Panda)

Kurhn wears a sleeveless striped turtle neck, long sleeve polka dotted jacket, white skirt, striped knee high socks and fun red high tops. To finish off the look, Kurhn wears a cute Panda backpack. It’s a plush panda with straps, so you can’t place anything in the backpack itself. She comes with a lacy black skirt attached to white tights, as well, but I’m not crazy about how that looks on her. Interestingly, the promo shot shows this girl wearing a lacy black skirt, but with her striped knee socks, not the white tights.

Kurhn Sweet Girl (Panda)

What I love about Kurhn’s are their faces! This Kurhn has large brown eyes with very light green shadow, light blush and pink lips. Her skin is a porcelain color, which works really well with the black and white color scheme. Unlike some Kurhn’s, this one is on an articulated body, meaning she has elbow and knee joints along with the usual shoulder and hip joints!

Kurhn Sweet Girl (Panda)

A word of caution to people searching for Kurhns based on promo photos alone, always ask if the body is articulated in advance. I’ve come across a few dolls where the promo shot showed an articulated body, but the doll itself was on a non-articulated one (and vice versa).

Kurhn Sweet Girl (Panda)

You’ll be seeing more of Sweet Girl Panda Kurhn, I’m sure, when my newest Big Chief figure, the 9th Doctor, arrives in July. (I love pairing Kurhn’s with my Doctor Who articulated action figures!) And stay tuned for my post on another Kurhn I picked up at Epcot, DIY Bracelet Maker Kurhn, coming soon!

Kurhn Sweet Girl (Panda)

Have you picked up a Kurhn recently? Which one? Are you eyeing one for your collection? Share your thoughts in the comment area!

June 29, 2016. Tags: , . Introductions & Reviews, Uncategorized. 9 comments.

What I Did On My Summer Vacation

For the past week and a half, I’ve been on vacation at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.  It was an interesting trip that included all four Walt Disney World theme parks and Universal Studios/Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley. I traveled with my uncle, his wife, their three kids and my grandfather. As far as dolls go, I didn’t see much to share here on the blog. However, I did find something very cool while I was walking around Epcot– Kurhn, China’s answer to Mattel’s Barbie doll! I’ve reviewed a few Kurhn’s on my blog, but had to order them online from eBay or China Sprout. (They can also be purchased from the Tiny Frock Shop.) It was so exciting seeing them in person sitting on a shelf, just waiting for someone to buy them! (That someone? Me!)

Buy Kurhn Dolls Here!!!

At Epcot, make sure to visit House of Good Fortune in the China pavilion. There, you’ll find a handful of adorable Kurhns. Ironically, they didn’t have any of the Disney collaborations on display. (Licensing issues, I wonder, though I think people have found them there before.) Much of what was there to purchase were the more traditional dolls, like the four seasons and other more regal dolls dressed in traditional styles as opposed to street clothes.  At House of Good Fortune, I picked up three dolls: a basic DIY Kurhn, a four seasons Kurhn for my mother and Sweet Girl, a more contemporary Kurhn that’s been on my watch list forever.

Kurhns at Epcot

Kurhns at Epcot

Kurhns at Epcot

Honestly, the prices made no sense to me. The cheapest Kurhn was the basic DIY one priced at $28.00.  The Four Seasons dolls were at $32.00. The anniversary doll, in the short hair and white/blue outfit, was closer to $40.00 and my Sweet Girl was in the $50.00 range. You’ll want to take out your smart phone when you’re at House of Good Fortune to do a bit of price checking. I overpaid on Sweet Girl, who I could have gotten cheaper on eBay. The other dolls, however, were pretty much on par with eBay or were just a little more expensive.  Strangely enough, three of the ones for sale at Epcot were one’s I already owned– the anniversary doll, peach bride and a Four Season doll. That saved me quite a bit of money!

WDW Souvenirs

You’ll be seeing these in more detail later here on the blog and channel! Here’s a few more tidbits from my vacation. If you get a chance to go to Orlando, try to check out the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. We only went to Universal Studios (not Island of Adventure), so we could only see Diagon Alley, not Hogsmeade. However, Diagon Alley was amazing. It’s narrow, small and has only one ride, but it was so cool being able to walk through a screen accurate Diagon Alley!

Diagon Alley, Wizarding World of Harry Potter

WDW Souvenirs

Being a huge Harry Potter fan, I loved being able to walk through Ollivanders, Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes and Quality Quidditch Supplies. I bought the best Quidditch Hoodie at Quality Quidditch Supplies and almost bought a Quidditch robe. (I totally should have!) I missed a few of the shops, like the Magical Menagerie, because the family members I went with were being pains in the neck and had pretty much checked out, but it was so much fun walking around the shops!

Diagon Alley, Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Diagon Alley, Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Diagon Alley, Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Diagon Alley, Wizarding World of Harry Potter

I very nearly bought myself wizarding robes at Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions. (I totally regret not buying one now, but with everyone in my group being miserable outside, I just couldn’t concentrate on what I really wanted.) Another huge highlight was enjoying a frozen Butterbeer from The Leaky Cauldron. So tasty! Wish I could grab another without having to travel to Florida! Below is a picture of me, my tasty Butterbeer and the Night Bus!

Butter Beer and Night Bus

Seriously, guys, if you go to Universal, try to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. It’s just very, very cool. I hope to check out the Wizarding World located at Islands of Adventure one day! And next time, I’ll make sure to bring my wand! (Neville Longbottom’s wand, courtesy of two of my friends from their last trip to Universal!) Over the next few days, I’ll post more pictures from my trip over on Flickr, so keep an eye on that to see more photos from the Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Epcot and Universal!

On a sadder note, during the trip my family was dealt a very sorrowful blow when my great uncle lost his battle with cancer. The saving grace was that my great uncle, a cast member of ten years at the Magic Kingdom, lived in Orlando and a few days prior to his passing, I was able to spend some time with him. While he didn’t really interact with us, I know he knew we were there for him, as his eyes would clearly flicker up and down as we spoke.  Even after his long and fierce battle with cancer, he never lost himself. Below is an excerpt from a post I wrote about him on Facebook.

This past week, I’ve been experiencing the wonderful world of Walt Disney in Orlando, Florida. However, the memory I will take away from this trip isn’t being whisked away to see Mickey and Minnie by a kind cast member or being able to walk around Diagon Alley. Instead, the memory made this trip that is most precious to me is that I got to see my great Uncle Russ for one last time before he passed away. He was a guy that really took life into his own hands and wasn’t afraid to take a sudden turn left or right in his life story. He literally packed up his bags one day and moved clear across the states to work in the most wonderful place on earth, Walt Disney World, and enjoyed every moment of it. Not many people would be able to do that at ANY age, let alone when Uncle Russ did ten years ago. So, Uncle Russ, enjoy the italian food, chatting with Sinatra and hanging out with Walt up there in Heaven.

There’s a lot one can take away from his life, but what it has taught me is that you should never be afraid to take a giant leap. It may lead to wonderful things. (Now, if I could only figure out how to insert that into my current life story!)

I’m currently playing catch up with a lot of reviews, so I hope to get them posted ASAP. Be sure to check out the Disney Princess Box opening I posted last night on YouTube! It features some really neat Ariel Stuff that you’ll see here soon! Until then, what have you picked up lately? Have you gone on vacation? Where? Let me know in the comment area!

June 25, 2016. Tags: , . Uncategorized. 6 comments.

Dolly Review: Four Season Fairy ‘Spring’ Kurhn 1128

This Christmas, I received a new Kurhn to add to my growing collection.  I’d like to introduce you to the Spring fairy from the Four Season Fairy collection.  For those who are new to the line, here’s some background for you.  Kurhn‘s are Chinese fashion dolls.

Spring

Spring

They are, apparently, made in the same factories Mattel uses for their Barbie line. They are 11″ or so tall and are known for their clean, innocent faces and pretty fashions.

Spring

Spring

Kurhn

Spring

Cutting right to the chase, Spring Kurhn is gorgeous.  She has the simple, elegant face we’ve grown accustomed to, with large brown eyes and minimal cheek and lip color.

Spring

Spring

Spring

Spring

This Kurhn’s hair is more detailed than any of the other dolls I own.  She has two braided buns, one on each side of her head. A small section hangs loose in front of her and is attached (loosely) to her dress.  Placed near her right bun is a small, white flower.

Spring

Spring

Spring

Spring

Spring

Spring

And her dress?  So pretty!  Spring Kurhn wears a beautiful outfit with a few pieces.  First, she has a shawl made of rainbow ribbons.

Spring

Spring

Her strapless dress is very elegant with a white bodice that moves into a flowy pastel aqua print that features white flowers with red accents.  To me, the fabric is reminiscent of a water color painting.

Spring

Spring

Her dress goes all the way past her feet by a good two inches, where we see the second layer of the dress, a solid pastel yellow.

Spring

Spring

She also wears a short jacket with long flowy, sleeves in he same aqua color as her dress. Interestingly enough, my Spring Kurhn didn’t have any shoes.

Spring

Spring

Spring Kurhn is the first Kurhn in my collection to have joined elbows and knees.  It’s impossible to take her dress off without ruing the outfit on this particular doll, so forgive me not having a full photo of this new body type.

Spring

Spring

The jointed bodies feel different than the non-jointed ones, but they don’t feel cheap. The best way to describe the difference is that the non-jointed bodies feel lighter than the vinyl ones, but not hollow or cheap.

Spring

Spring

With each Kurhn I add to my collection, I am more and more impressed.  This is a quality doll line and I really, really hope to add more to my collection in 2015!  You can find Kurhn’s most easily on eBay.  For those in the States (and possibly elsewhere), you can also buy them via China Sprout.

Kurhn and 11th Doctor

Kurhn and 11th Doctor

Spring

Spring

Did you receive a Kurhn this Christmas?  Do you want a Kurhn this year?  Share your thoughts below!

January 20, 2015. Tags: , , . Introductions & Reviews, Uncategorized. 11 comments.

Dolly Review: 7th Anniversary Kurhn

This Easter, my Kurhn collection grew by one.  I received the 7th Anniversary Kurhn (1122, Shining Blue).  It seems every year Kurhn releases a Kurhn doll with a short brown bob to commemorate another year on toy shelves.

7th Anniversary Kuhrn

7th Anniversary Kurhn

I believe some of these anniversary dolls are limited to 1000, if I’m understanding the listings properly.  The 7th Anniversary Kurhn was made in 2011.

7th Anniversary Kurhn

7th Anniversary Kurhn

This Kurhn features the traditional rooted brown bob hairstyle.  It’s more chocolate brown than the 8th Anniversary doll, who has much darker hair.  She wears a white hat with a soft blue ball.  Like other Kurhn’s, this 7th Anniversary Kurhn has large brown eyes with long painted lashes.  Right above the lashes is a hint of lime green eye shadow.

7th Anniversary Kuhrn

7th Anniversary Kurhn

7th Anniversary Kuhrn

7th Anniversary Kurhn

While some Kurhns come on jointed bodies, this Kurhn is on a basic body with a porcelain skin tone.  Her shoulders and hips have movement, but her knees and ankles don’t.  It seems these jointed bodies are a bit elusive, at least for me.  All three of my dolls have this basic body.

Kuhrn Trio

Kurhn Trio

I have a Kurhn on the way that, while her promo shots show joints, is still just on this basic body.  There’s a lot to be said about this kind of body, though.  It has a nice feel to it.  It has weight to it.  And on top of that, it is pretty easy to make these guys stand on their own.

Pink skin (left) vs Porcelain skin (right)

Pink skin (left) vs Porcelain skin (right)

This porcelain skin tone seems to have a different feel than the pink skin tone.  It’s hard to describe the difference between the two, but they do feel different from each other somehow.

Kuhrn and the Doctor

Kurhn and the Doctor

This 7th Anniversary Kurhn is wearing an adorable white baby doll dress with a bold, blue pattern on the bottom.  This dress is actually two layers, which is great, seeing how white fabrics could easily come off as see-through.

Notice the seed bead details

Notice the seed bead details

Kuhrn and the Doctor

Kurhn and the Doctor

This Kurhn wears blue heels.  They hinder her ability to stand on her own, but are rather cute, I think!

7th Anniversary Kuhrn

7th Anniversary Kurhn

Kurhn doesn’t come with a comb or stand, but does come with a blue purse.

7th Anniversary Kuhrn

7th Anniversary Kurhn

I find Kurhn’s so adorable.  Their simple faces, especially their big eyes, are fantastic and come off as both innocent and mature at the same time.  Here are a few more shots of Kurhn, guest starring the Big Chief 11th Doctor and K-9.

7th Anniversary Kuhrn and K-9

7th Anniversary Kurhn and K-9

7th Anniversary Kuhrn and the Doctor

7th Anniversary Kurhn and the Doctor

8th Anniversary Kuhrn and 7th Anniversary Kuhrn

8th Anniversary Kurhn and 7th Anniversary Kurhn

Kuhrn and the Doctor

Kurhn and the Doctor

7th Anniversary Kuhrn

7th Anniversary Kurhn

Here’s the video review!

What Kurhn is on your wish list?  Share your thoughts below!

May 11, 2014. Tags: , . Introductions & Reviews, Uncategorized. 4 comments.

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