Pop Up Barbie Shop at Old Orchard

Happy 60th Birthday, Barbie! Because she’s celebrating such a huge birthday, expect to see a lot of cool things happening around the line throughout 2019! This weekend, we went to Westfield Old Orchard Mall (Skokie, IL) to an Amazon sponsored pop up Barbie store! The glass store was decorated with cool Barbie graphics, making it hard to miss! Inside the store featured a life-size Barbie box and a variety of different Barbie dolls to purchase. Since it’s Barbie’s birthday today, it’s the perfect time to share a few of the photos I took at the Pop Up shop with you!

With Toys R Us gone, I haven’t really seen a good Barbie aisle in a while, so it was nice to see so many Barbies in one place!

It’s a shame they weren’t selling the t-shirts on display at the pop up. I would have bought one or two if they had! You can, of course, order these t-shirts on Amazon!

And, of course, to make the shop even more “instagram worthy”, they had a life-size Barbie box set up to pose in! Below is me being a Made To Move Barbie!

What are you doing to celebrate Barbie today or all year long in 2019? Let us know in the comment area!

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March 9, 2019. Tags: . Uncategorized. 7 comments.

Naperville Doll Show Haul/Loot- January 2019

This weekend, my mom and I went to the Naperville Doll Show. This is a bit of wildcard of a show, since you really never know what will be there! Held at the Marriott Hotel in Naperville, this is the smallest of the shows we attend with around 40 vendors selling.

To be honest, there was very little in the room that caught my eye. In fact, up until the very end, I had only picked up one item and hadn’t seen anything else that really tugged at me.  That is, until I spotted a doll that has been following me around past doll shows for at least a year now. Enough with the teasing, though. Let’s get into the haul/loot from January’s Naperville Doll Show!

My first purchase was done out of impulse and curiosity more than anything else, because it was different and cute. It’s a knock off Ddung key chain doll. I love her cute anime style face! Also, the oddity of her having a huge key chain coming out of her head made this doll hard to pass up! I overpaid for her, but she’ll make great friends with my Kurhns and other anime dolls.

My mom picked up Tracy Trikediddle, a Skeddidle from Mattel, part of the Little Kiddle line. Tracy is one of the cutest skeddidles around with her vibrant orange hair!

Along with that, my mom found (courtesy of myself) a honey haired Sasha Baby. She’s been on the look out for a honey haired Sasha, so the baby is a good first step! She also picked up a cute dark brunette Barbie with high cheek color. One of my mom’s goals is to pick up more mod era Barbie’s and this fits the bill! Also, the Fashion Avenue outfit this doll wears goes really well with her dark brunette hair.

I have two more dolls to show off in this post and both of them are different than what we normally pick up. Or, I normally pick up, at least. Let’s start off with my second and final purchase of the day. Remember I told you about a doll that followed me around? Well, that doll was a bisque Nippon Era Hilda Look-a-like doll.  Being a novice, I had no idea what Nippon was and assumed it was a manufacturer, but interestingly, it just stands for Japan. It wasn’t until 1920 that the United States said items from Japan must be labeled ‘Japan’ and not Nippon.  Anywho, back to my story–I’ve seen her show after show and have always felt drawn to her. Unfortunately, she was also way out of my price range at $225.

After wandering around this show multiple times, I spotted this doll again and since I hadn’t bought anything else, I figured it was time to inquire about her. The vendor was very nice and knew much more about this doll than I did. All I knew was that she was bisque and had the most adorable face I’d ever seen on a doll of that kind. After going back and forth, the vendor said she’d reduce the price and with that, the doll was sold!

This Hilda Look-a-like doll was made sometime between 1915 and 1921 when the US no longer accepted imports from Germany due to World War I. Her body is made of composition, but her head is made of bisque. My Hilda has since had her hair washed to get over 80 years of dirt and grime out of the mohair! I also gave her face a quick cleaning. When I get my composition cleaner, I’ll be giving her a body cleaning, too! I’m not one who usually enjoys the look of bisque dolls, but, seriously, how cute is mine? Her expression is so pretty and being from the Nippon era, she was very affordable.

My mom also fell for a bisque doll at the Naperville Doll Show. She’s very pretty and has a unique body to the bisque dolls my mom currently has.

She’s by Simon & Halbig, a German bisque company, and was probably made between 1900 and 1920.

So, there you have it– the loot/haul from January’s Naperville Doll Show! What do you think of our purchases? Did you find anything fun at a local doll show recently? Let us know in the comment area!

January 28, 2019. Tags: , . Uncategorized. 6 comments.

My Melody McD Japan Fry/Drink Holder

I’ve always been a Hello Kitty fan. I have fond memories of wandering through the local mall and into our Sanrio Store, filled with store made lucky bags and kawaii merchandise just waiting to be bought. Now, I never really got to buy anything from the store, as I only received a $2.00 allowance and that didn’t amount to much, but nonetheless, I fell in love with the cute characters and vibe of Sanrio and their products. That being said, I don’t actually have a large Sanrio collection. I dream of decking my car out in Hello Kitty finery one day and would love a bathroom themed around the kawaii characters, but besides a few small things, my collection is pretty slim.

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As I said, I have this weird dream of decking out my car in Hello Kitty cuteness. So, it should come as no surprise that I fell hard for the McDonalds Japan exclusive Fry and Drink holder, designed to hold, as you’ve probably guessed, a drink and fries from McDonalds. Made in the likeness of My Melody’s face, the drink and fry holder was too cute to pass up. After seeing it in a Facebook group of Hello Kitty fans, I immediately headed over to eBay, found a seller in Japan and put my money down for one!

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A few weeks later, it arrived and, guys, it was worth the wait! While this was designed to be carried or to hang from the headrest of a car, you can really use it for anything. In total, the Sanrio My Melody Fry and Drink holder is 23cm long, 9cm wide and 11cm tall. Currently, I have a hodgepodge of things in mine, including a few unused chopsticks, some sonic screwdrivers and other odds and ends.

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They sit in an unused fry container that I asked for when I ran into McDonalds the day this arrived and asked for a clean fry holder. The girl ringing me up probably thought I was crazy.

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If you’re looking to buy one of these for yourself, you can find one on eBay. I’m hoping McDonalds Japan does more of these with other Sanrio Characters one day, since they were clearly popular with fans of the brand.

What do you think of this adorable fry and drink holder from McDonalds Japan? Share your thoughts in the comment area!

January 12, 2019. Tags: . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Kikipop Kinoko Juice- So Kawaii!

Last year at the Pullip and Dal Doll Lovers Event, I went gaga over the Kikipop Kinoko Juice dolls that were on guest tables and being sold by vendors. They were too expensive to even consider buying at the show, but I had caught the Kikipop bug! Fast forward to 11/11/2018, when AliExpress was running an 11/11 sale. One store had their Kikipop Kinoko Juice dolls at an amazing price in celebration of what is China’s biggest shopping day of the year (think of 11/11 like Black Friday in the US, but much bigger). Kikipops were originally made in resin for the Japanese market by doll company Kinoko Juice, who later partnered with Azone to release them more widely in ABS.

There’s an issue of authenticity that comes into play here and some of you may disagree with me on my stance when it comes to buying ball jointed dolls that don’t come direct from the companies that sell them. For me, however, deciding to add this Kikipop Kinoko Juice doll to my collection was a no brainer, knowing that dropping $300 plus dollars on an authentic 1/6th scale doll was never going to happen. If you can afford to collect only authentic dolls, go for it. If you see a great price on a doll you think may be less than authentic but it comes from a reputable buyer with good resin and you know you’ll love it forever, I also say, go for it. Do what feels right to you!

So, going back to the story, a resin Kikipop Kinoko Juice BJD was ordered that would eventually end up under our Christmas tree with my name on it. Since I knew about her in advance, I was able to do a little bit of shopping, so when I eventually opened up this cutie, she’d be prepared to make her debut to you all!

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All decked out in her new outfit and wig, my new Kikipop is adorable! I love her to bits and will definitely be adding a few more to my collection! At 26cm, Kiki is a great size and has a body more like a Yo-SD doll than a slim 1/6 scale doll, which I like a lot. This doll has a good weight when held in your hands and is made of quality resin. Speaking of hands, this Kikipop dolls hands are magnetic!  The seller gave me two sets of hands- one pair with open palms, another with fists. I’m happy to report that the magnets are keeping the hands on good and tight! Like other BJD’s, you can change her eye color by opening her headcap and give her fun, new wigs whenever you’d like.

I love, love, love my new Kikipop Kinoko Juice doll. She’s one of the most adorable dolls I’ve ever seen and I’m happy to have one in my collection. I fully expect I’ll be adding more Kikipops to the mix in 2019!

Do you have a Kikipop Kinoko Juice doll? What do you think of her? Share your thoughts in the comment area!

 

 

 

January 9, 2019. Tags: . Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Mattel Announces BTS Dolls

Heads up, K-Pop fans! Mattel recently announced that the incredibly popular world-renowned boy band BTS is headed to toy shelves this summer!

Per the official press release, “Under this multi-category license with BTS under its label, Big Hit Entertainment, Mattel will create dolls, collectible figures, games, and more. In the wake of sold out tours across the globe, the collaboration launches this summer with a first-ever BTS-inspired toy line created around the likenesses of the band’s seven members: RM, Jin, SUGA, j-hope, Jimin, V and Jung Kook. The dolls will be fashioned in the looks from the BTS’ iconic and YouTube record-breaking “IDOL” music video.” Note, the image below is just an image of BTS that I thought looked cool and may not reflect what they wear in IDOL. (I’m more of a k-drama fan than a k-pop fan!)

According to Billboard, Mattel stock increased by 8.26% following the announcement of this new line. Mattel VP and global brand general manager Sejal Shah Miller had this to say, “The cornerstone of our strategy is to partner with established franchises that have global appeal, and we believe that Mattel’s creative expertise will create a product that properly celebrates BTS.”

What do you think of this brand new collaboration? Are you excited?  Let us know in the comment area!

January 7, 2019. Tags: . Uncategorized. 10 comments.

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