One thing I love about YouTube is how it connects people from all over the world. A while back, I approached Eric from Te2Production about doing a mystery box swap. Essentially, we would each put together a box of mystery items for the other to open on their YouTube channel.
We both received our packages this week and can finally share them with you!!! I had a blast preparing Eric’s mystery box. In it I packaged a mixture of items he had on his wishlist and totally unique items that I decided he needed in his collection.
Here are a few highlights from what Eric received from me. Besides tossing in a few items I’ve been waiting to gift to the right people, I purchased a very affordable Pinkie Cooper (yes, our local Toys R Us still has this long gone doll line), printed a super cool Sailor Moon bookend on the 3D printer and purchased some of the new Disney Descendants dolls. To see everything that made the trip from the US to France, check out his video. (Eric said he’d release some subtitles in the coming weeks, but it’s completely watchable, even with the language barrier!)
Now, what did I receive from this epic exchange of dolls and toys? Let me show you!
Believe it or not, I didn’t buy many of the Monster High Haunted dolls, even though I found them to be really neat. Inside my mystery package were two– Draculaura and Twyla! There was also another Monster High doll, this one from Freaky Fusion, Cleolei!
This was a real surprise. Isn’t this Snow White cute? I adore her! She’ll fit in just fine with my Disney Animators Collection Mini Elsa. I had on my wishlist something ‘french’. Anything french. This Eiffel Tower sign fits the bill completely. It’s totally tourist’y and I love it.
One thing I learned when I studied in Florence a long, long time ago was that the children’s magazines overseas are way cooler than the ones in the US. Maybe it’s just my local stores, but I never see any stock of magazines with toys included. Above are two paper goods packaged in my mystery box. The first one is a Monster High magazine showcasing Lagoona. It comes with lip gloss! The second item is a Panini sticker guide for Frozen.
Eric is a Sailor Moon fan, so I wasn’t surprised to find something Sailor Moon in my box. This is a cute phone fob. Currently, my phone is wearing a Digimon themed phone fob, but I’ll be switching to this Sailor Moon one soon!
Here are some of the smaller items he sent. Little Miss must be bigger abroad than it is here. I’ve never seen any accessories, like pencils or notebooks, here in the States, just the books. Also pictured is a fantastic C3P0 magnet. (For those who don’t know, I collect C3P0 merchandise. See video below.) There was also a very cute dog eraser.
Last, Eric took the time to draw this amazing picture of me! I love it! It was one of the best things in the box. Not pictured is one last thing– a Disney Store Paris reusable bag. Perfect for packing these items up while I take my time opening them!
I had a lot of fun participating in this swap. Big thanks to Eric from Te2 Production on YouTube. I hope you had as much fun as I did!
And now, for the readers, have you ever participated in a mystery swap with a friend or stranger? What was your favorite part of the process? If you’re a blogger who is interested in doing something similar with me, let me know.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!)
For a few more photos, visit my flickr album. What do you think of Gooliope? Share your thoughts below!
Monday, I visited the Mattel Gallery at New York Toy Fair. It was amazing. Like myself, I think you’ll love what Mattel has in store this year for their fashion doll lines!
Before we get to my favorites, here’s a video! It will give you an idea of what Mattel has in mind for 2015!
Here’s a few highlights from the gallery floor! Starting off with the most exciting reveal, Mattel is planning on releasing more than one 17″ doll! In the upcoming Freak Du Chic line, we’ll meet Gooliope Jellington, daughter of the blob. What makes her special? She’s a whopping 17″ tall!
Jointed in all the same locations, she looks amazing.
One 17″ doll would be great on its own, but Mattel is also creating larger versions of our favorite ghouls, Frankie, Draculaura and Clawdeen! They look really, really neat in person. Hopefully, my photos do them a little justice!
The Boo York trio is pretty exciting, too. My favorite is Elle Eedee (center of photo). The other two are (left) Luna Mothews and (right) Mouscedes King.
We’ll be meeting one other new ghoul in the Boo York line and she has a gimmick. Her name is Astranova and she levitates. The effect is neat, though the price point ($50.00) is a bit much. I’ve always cared more for the dolls than the gimmicky playsets, myself.
There wasn’t much in the Ever After High station that was new. A lot of what they were showing had been leaked or was already on store shelves. However, I loved being able to see the new Wonderland dolls, especially Alistair Wonderland (son of Alice)!
Bunny Blanc (daughter of the White Rabbit) is pretty neat, too. I’m not a huge fan of the Charming brothers sister, Darling Charming, though, which is interesting, as I usually like the Rebels.
As far as Barbie, Hello Barbie is the item to check out this year! Hello Barbie is an interactive, wifi enabled Barbie. You can actually hold a conversation with her, as opposed to her saying the same stock sayings in a random order. She was created with technology that will remember what you say, too, which is fantastic. For example, if you say you like bagels, she’ll remember that and bring it up again in conversation.
The downside I see with Hello Barbie is that due to her technology, her clothing is permanently on her. You can only change her outside jacket. It would have been nice to be able to change her outfit.
It was fantastic being able to see all the new Fashionista faces in person. There are so many I love, which is strange for me, as I haven’t wanted to buy a Fashionista ever. My favorite is the Barbie with the half flocked/ half rooted style. I didn’t notice it in the dolls at the show, but the PR rep said they’d have the new ankle joint (which allows them to wear heels and flats).
Being a Skipper collector, this caught my eye. The doll below looks like she could pass for an older Skipper. Do you see it, too?
Barbie and the Royals were on display at the show, as well. That excited me, too. One of my side collections is Barbie and her bands and it’s been a while since they’ve done a band!
So, that’s what I am excited for when it comes to Mattel and their fashion doll lines! For more photos, check out my Flickr album. What are you looking forward to from Mattel in 2015?
I had high hopes for Lorna and, for the most part, she lived up to them. However, not everything was as expected. Lorna is the daughter of the Loch Ness Monster. She’s a younger student and as such is on a body similar to Twyla and Howleen.
Lorna has a fantastic head of rooted burnt orange and peach hair. It’s curly and has some bounce to it. Her fringe-less style is done up in a half pony tail with sausage curls. I was happily surprised to see her hair wasn’t super sprayed down like some Monster High dolls and was still somewhat light to the touch. Her burnt orange pony tail does employee a lot of spray, but the peach that hangs down is very natural.
Her skin is an iridescent sea foam sort of green with molded scales. She has fins on her arms and legs. I love the color of her skin, especially compared to her hair. The contrast is really neat. Lorna has fun, fin-like ears.
Lorna has joints in the usual spots. Here, though, is where my main problem with this doll comes into play. Poor Lorna has an elbow issue. Her forearm doesn’t go all the way into her upper arm. This, as you could imagine, limits her posing in a big way.
We called Customer Service at Mattel the same day we opened her and were sent a replacement forearm. That didn’t fix the problem, though, so they eventually shipped a new Lorna with a working arm.
Lorna has a fun face! Her green eyes are very large. Instead of the heavy black lashes we’ve seen recently on many releases, Lorna has long, thin lashes. Highlighting her eyes is a thin layer of baby pink topped with a muddy military green that goes around her entire eye and an iridescent white. Her brows are painted in a burnt orange sort of color. Lorna has white fangs painted on her pink lips.
My favorite part of Lorna’s face are her large eyes. The matte paint on her lips and brows is a little strange on the sparkly skin, but I don’t get the same feeling at all with her eyes.
Lorna wears a Scottish tam on her head, which blends nicely with her outfit. Her cap sleeve top is red with a line design and black neckline. She wears a plastic sash of sorts that is removable. Her skirt is my favorite part of her outfit.
Similar to a row of picture frames, it features tiny, repeated images of Nessie, the sea monster. Last, but not least, Lorna wears amazing shoes.
Her shoes play on the idea of stone walls, it seems, with a grey, stone-like platform that lead up to a black mary jane-esc style shoe. For some reason, while I love her shoes, I find them really hard to describe! The best description of them? They’re fantastic!
Like the rest of the Monster Exchange dolls, Lorna comes with a less than awesome purse. It opens, but is pretty much a piece of flimsy plastic. She also comes with a passport, diary, stand and comb.
Overall, Lorna is a nice doll. The fact that there are still quality issues with the fish limbs is a bit of a problem for me, but Mattel took care of Lorna’s issue in a quick and timely manner. Her face and contrasting body and hair colors will most likely not please everyone, but I personally love them! And her shoes– can I have a pair in size 5, please?
What do you think of Lorna? Leave your thoughts below!
I went a bit overboard this past Black Friday. In my defense, there were so many amazing sales on dolls that I would have majorly regretted not picking a lot of these guys up!!!! Of course, all of these dolls will be getting full reviews in January, but here’s a sneak peek!!!!
Wilde Imagination Black as Night Basic Parnilla: This doll was a steal. I picked up this wigged Parnilla for under $100. She’s my first doll in the Evangeline Ghastly line, not to mention my first Wilde Imagination purchase ever! For some reason, I’ve always preferred Parnilla to Evangeline. I’m not sure why, to be honest! I think it has something to do with her face. As far as the outfit on Black as Night Parnilla, I don’t like it. The same goes for her wig. My goal in picking up this particular doll was that I wanted a Parnilla that I could change-up every now and then. If I had spent $200 on a fantastic, dressed to the nine’s Parnilla, I wouldn’t want to ruin her look by changing her outfits and wigs. This basic doll gives me the freedom I wanted in my Wilde Imagination doll!
Makie Lab Makie: Makies ran an incredible sale for Black Friday. It included a discounted price on the Makie itself and free shipping if you reached a certain price point ($115, which is the usual Makie price). I had told myself I would buy another Makie in 2015, but the sale was too good to pass up.
Wilde Imagination Patience Glinda: I’m worried about Patience. Wilde Imagination seems to be discounting them a lot with tag lines that play on the idea of ‘losing patience’. That doesn’t bode well for the line. Hopefully, Wilde Imagination is just clearing out their stock to make room for new things! This doll actually belongs to my mother. She’s an avid Wizard of Oz doll collector. It’s interesting to see how Patience’s eyes work. I assumed they were like a Pullip, with a mech you control, but they actually work more like a Giggles doll and move on their own.
A Girl for All Time Lydia: Lydia arrived at my doorstep in exchange for a review. You don’t know how excited I am to share her with you!!! For right now, you’ll have to be content with a few photos. I don’t want her review to be overshadowed by Christmas, so her review will be posted late December or early January. Spoiler alert– I adore Lydia!
Monster High Ghouls Talk 2-pack: My mom stumbled upon this Monster High 2-pack, a KMart exclusive here in the States. It’s super cute and features Catrine and Rochelle in their pajama’s. It’s nice seeing Catrine and Rochelle in a casual look.
Jun Planning AI Hybrid Statice: AI Ball Jointed Dolls have been popping up at Tuesday Morning for months now. Occasionally, we’ll see one at our local store. This week, we found Hybrid Statice!
Did you pick up any amazing dolly deals this week or did any of your dolly purchases arrive recently? Share your thoughts below!