Disney Animators’ Collection Origins Series

New from The Disney Store is the Disney Animators’ Collection Origins Series! This line reimagines our favorite Disney characters as infants. Currently, there are three dolls available: Mowgli, Belle and Aurora. These vinyl dolls are 12 inches long with rooted hair. Their features are inspired by the characters unique personalities, quirks and expressions.

Mowgli is my favorite of the three released so far. He’s adorable!

Belle is not my favorite. Her hair seems like a huge mess, though it’s hard to really judge without seeing the back of the hairdo.

Aurora is adorable, cuter than her Disney Animators’ Collection counterpart, in my opinion!

What do you think of the new Origins series? Which of the three is your favorite? What characters would you like to see added to it? Let us know in the comment area!

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November 3, 2018. Tags: . Uncategorized. 8 comments.

Savannah and Jamie from Maru and Friends

Meet Savannah from Maru and Friends! Savannah is 20″ tall and has a body made completely of vinyl. Her beautiful sculpt was done by doll designer Dianna Effner for this Florida based doll company. I’ve talked about Maru and Friends before here on the blog, reviewing both Maru and Tanya. Today, we’re going to talk about the 20″ Savannah and 13″ Mini Pal Jamie.

Savannah has the most gorgeous face in the Maru and Friends line! Her pale skin paired with the beautiful coppery hair and delicately painted features make Savannah one of my favorites in the series. She has inset blue eyes that sparkle and quality lashes.

Her freckles are adorable and her face shape is perfect! Savannah really does stand out on a doll shelf, even among other dolls in the series.

Savannah wears a cute tan outfit with colorful collars and sleeves. The outfit utilizes velcro, which is a bummer, but it looks great on her. It also allows her joints to move well. I love, love, love her boots! They look great!

As far as articulation is concerned, these dolls do have their limitations. A huge perk of their body is that, because they’re totally vinyl, they stand well. They have good movement in their necks, shoulders and hips. They do not have elbow or knee joints. That being said, the lack of some articulation is fine with me, as these dolls have so much quality in them that I can forgive the exclusion of elbows and knees.

Compared to Savannah, Mini Pal Jamie seems very small. That being said, she’s still 13″, so Jamie is big in her own right! Made of the same quality vinyl as the big dolls and sculpted again by Dianna Effner, the mini dolls are fantastic options for doll collectors who may not have space for a doll as large as Savannah or the other Maru and Friends dolls. Unlike the 20″ line, besides the girls, you can also pick up some male dolls, as well!

Jamie has the same articulation as a 20″ doll. Her skin is paler than Savannah’s– almost too pale for my taste. It’s definitely the most porcelain looking doll in the line, skin tone-wise. Jamie has beautiful tiger eye colored inset eyes and blonde hair that is done up with cute curls in the front. She wears a blue dress that is reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland.

While I like the idea of the Mini Pals, I think I prefer the 20″ dolls. But, these mini dolls are great for those who don’t have the space for the large dolls (not that I have the space, at the moment) or prefer smaller sized dolls.  Either way, I think Maru and Friends are very well made dolls. I love them! What do you think of Savannah and Jamie? What size do your prefer? Let us know in the comment area!

October 17, 2018. Tags: . Uncategorized. 4 comments.

Mattel Introduces Doctor Who Barbie

Most of what I’ve seen from Mattel recently has been underwhelming. However, the announcement of their newest doll, the 13th Doctor based on the long running (and highly entertaining) BBC series Doctor Who has me very excited! This is a doll I might actually buy, which I can’t say I’ve really felt like doing with many of Mattel’s Barbie products recently.

The 13th Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker, is the first female Doctor (a time traveling alien who picks up companions and travels through time and space with them saving worlds) in the 50+ year run of Doctor Who. As the Doctor is a pop culture icon, I guess it should be no surprise that Mattel picked up the license to produce the first female doctor under their Barbie banner.

Based on promo photos, I’m very happy with Mattel’s interpretation of the 13th Doctor. They definitely captured her unique style. She wears a rainbow-striped t-shirt paired with cropped trousers and a trench coat. Additional true-to-character details include her signature suspenders and lace-up boots. Also included is her brand new Sonic Screwdriver!

This gold label doll is fully posable and sculpted to the likeness of Jodie’s Doctor. I think they did a fantastic job on the face. The face mold and paint choices really do make this 1/6 scale Doctor look like the actress! This doll sized version of the Doctor has the same alien sass Jodie is currently bringing to the character, based on the two episodes I’ve seen so far!

The one missed opportunity I have found with this release is the box. I would have loved if they had packaged her in a box that looked like her ship, the TARDIS (a blue police box), with doors that would open so you could then see the doll, like she was exiting the ship. The current box design is nice, too, but I would have loved if they’d used the TARDIS as the model for the entire box.

At $50.00, the doll is a bit pricey, but you know what? I think she looks pretty darn cool! I am definitely going to consider adding her to my collection! You can find her online and in stores. What do you think of the new 13th Doctor Barbie from Mattel? Are you going to pick her up? Share your thoughts in the comment area!

October 16, 2018. Tags: . Uncategorized. 5 comments.

Doll Shows 101: Etiquette

For a doll collector, attending a doll show can be as exciting as stepping through the gates of Walt Disney World. Even the most narrowed minded collector is sure to find something they find appealing when they’re faced with tables filled with dolls of all shapes, sizes and ages. Doll shows are great places to shop for your next favorite doll, mingle with other collectors and learn about doll lines you may not have seen before.

At the most recent show my mom attended she started a conversation with a vendor who shared some less than flattering interactions with customers shopping the showroom floor. It prompted me to write this post. Why? Because we, as collectors, should be better than what this man and his wife experienced.

So, let’s talk doll show etiquette. Just like you’re expected to follow unspoken rules in schools, churches or life in general, there are some unspoken rules that you should follow when attending a doll show.

Rule #1: Ask Before Snapping a Photo

I’ve definitely broken this rule before. Since my doll show videos are some of my most popular YouTube videos, taking photos at the shows I attend is pretty important. Since most of us have access to a camera all the time via our smart phones, it’s pretty much second nature to whip it out and snap a photo whenever we want to. However, at a doll show, we (myself included) really should ask permission before snapping a picture of a doll we’re admiring. There are a few different reasons for this. Some sellers are leery about photos, because they’re worried about con artists using that doll photo on eBay and scamming people. Other sellers find it insulting or just plain sad when all it seems the potential buyers want to do is take a photo of the dolls on display and aren’t looking to really shop.

This was what the dealer my mom spoke with said. He mentioned how disheartening it was that people didn’t seem to care at all about buying anything in the booth, but they would happily snap a photo. It made him and his wife sad to see people not taking an interest in the booth for the reasons they were there (to sell). In this case, he and his wife were lifelong collectors selling a collection that no one in their family wanted. So, seeing people pass by these dolls that were taken care of and loved by a collector (and not a doll dealer) or just snapping a photo made them a bit irritated.

To be honest, this rule is also a generational thing. Most older collectors aren’t chained to their cell phones. They don’t ‘do’ apps or sometimes don’t have or understand social media and the importance of sharing information visually on those platforms. So, it’s important to ask before snapping a photo, just in case you are dealing with a dealer who isn’t as wired to post or share on the internet as many of us younger collectors are.

Rule #2: Don’t Just Walk By, Open Your Mind

Not every sellers merchandise will be to your liking. That’s just how it goes. But, next time you go to a show, consider stopping in and looking at everything the show has to offer by going into every booth. It’s sad when you are walking around a show just to overhear sellers saying, “no one’s even stopping to look at what we have.” You may know that you won’t be leaving with something from a particular sellers table, but throw them a bone and give it a walk through. It may make your stay at the doll show a little longer, but is that really all that bad? Not to mention, you may make someone’s day by just showing a passing interesting in what they brought to the show, especially if it’s a collector selling their collection of beloved dolls.

Rule #3: Strike Up a Conversation

Small talk is not something everyone is comfortable with and I completely understand why. It can be hard sometimes! To be fair, some sellers at doll shows don’t give off an approachable vibe. They’re looking at their phones, chatting with other sellers or they’re just… staring. Were I working a table, I would make an effort to greet people or acknowledge them, as a way to get them into my space. Not all sellers do this, at some shows very few do this– so this is not just a rule for buyers, it’s for everyone. Sellers, acknowledge people as they browse or pass your booth. Buyers, engage with sellers as you enter their booth. A smile and a simple hello will suffice.

In some cases, striking up a conversation with a vendor might help you find just what you’re looking for. If you’re shopping for something specific and a seller has something in the same vein, it never hurts to ask if they have what you are looking for. You never know, they may have it, but didn’t bring it. It also is completely allowed to ask questions about a doll that you’ve never seen before. A good seller knows what they have and on a slow day, they may welcome the chance to talk about the history of the doll you’re looking at.

Rule #4: Just Because It’s In a Cardboard Box Doesn’t Mean It’s Trash

Lots of sellers will bring dolls in plastic bins or cardboard boxes. Sometimes, for the ease of packing them up after the show, they’ll keep the dolls in those bins and let potential buyers sort through them. Not every plastic bin or cardboard box is a ‘bargain’ bin, so they shouldn’t be treated as such.

The gentleman my mom spoke with at the last show she attended recounted to her a story about an attendee haphazardly tossing around the fragile dolls that were in a box, resulting in her breaking three of them. That’s not right. Don’t assume because something is in a box or bin that what you’re sorting through isn’t worth something to the seller, whether it’s money or memories.

Rule #5: It’s Not Hard To Clean Your Dolls (Sellers, I’m Talking To You!)

This rule is completely in the hands of the sellers. You don’t know how many sellers I’ve seen stock their tables with dirty, dusty dolls and slap them with a huge price tag. Newsflash– if it ain’t clean and priced as a ‘fixer-upper’, then it isn’t going home with me or probably anyone else. Sellers, please take heed of this and before your next show, make your dolls presentable.

If they are the kind where you can comb their hair, why not try? If they’re composition or hard plastic, pick up some special cleaner to make them look fresh. (We use Dream Clean Doll Cleaner for our dolls and it works great!) Spruce them up a little to show buyers that you care about your merchandise, because that is what will sell your doll and allow you to lighten your load a little.

For those who missed it, here was our latest Doll Show Haul video:

These are just five points of etiquette I thought I would point out. Feel free to add your own in the comment area!  What tips do you have for those who are attending their first doll show? Share them in the comments!

 

October 16, 2018. Tags: , . Uncategorized. 7 comments.

Living Dead Dolls Resurrection Maggot

Living Dead Dolls is a line that I have rarely, if ever, talked about here on the  blog. I don’t dislike the line, but for the most part, but the dolls don’t appeal to me. There are, however, on occasion some dolls that do catch my eye. The 2018 Mezco summer exclusive is one of those. Exclusive to the Mezco website and New York Comic Con 2018, Resurrection Maggot is 10” tall and features 5 points of articulation.

Her description is as follows, ““Blistering boils and oozing pus, her cankerous soul now damned.” Maggot has escaped quarantine! The diseased damsel comes complete with a bloodied eye-patch, a glass-like eye that’s always watching, and a frilled dress with button detailing.” Even with a gory, bloody eye and sores, this doll has quite the face! I love her glass eye– so very anime! I also am a fan of her black curly pigtails! Resurrection Maggot retails for $60.00.

She has a strange sweetness about her that I love! What do you think of Resurrection Maggot?  Do you collect Living Dead Dolls? Who’s your favorite doll in the series? Let us know in the comment area!

September 19, 2018. Tags: . Uncategorized. 7 comments.

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