Dr. Noreen Works Her Magic Again!

About a month ago, my mom and I went to an Estate Sale aptly named “The Doll House”. At the sale, my mom bought an Alt, Beck & Gottschalck German bisque doll in need of a little (well, a lot of) TLC. Naturally, we turned to the one and only Dr. Noreen to restore this pre-1930’s bisque doll.

Doll House Estate Sale Finds!

See the video recaps of our Estate Sale finds below!

This bisque doll was owned by a collector/amateur restorer known as Gypsy Gene. This German bisque doll was part of a massive collection that featured many dolls that were in various states of repair. Unfortunately, Gypsy Gene seemed to be guessing on the proper restoration methods, especially when it came to the Alt, Beck & Gottschalck toddler doll we have here.

Before- Doll Restoration

Let’s start with some before images. You’ll notice that this baby was very shiny. Also, she had a lot of damage on her right leg and stomach. Her glass eyes were so loose that upon bringing her home, they promptly fell inside her head. Thankfully, her face, which holds most of the value in these dolls, was the least damaged part of her.

Upon inspecting the doll before her restoration, Dr. Noreen discovered that one of the dolls legs was most likely replaced with a leg from the same era in a similar size. (Gypsy Gene earned a point for choosing a pretty good replacement leg for this Alt, Beck & Gottschalck doll!) Dr. Noreen decided that Gypsy Gene had tried to fix her with heavy resin and enamel, which is why this toddler doll looked so shiny. To fix that, Dr. Noreen had to sand off the old enamel, sand and fill the rough areas and repaint the problem spots with the proper paint. She couldn’t get all the heavy resin off, but the matte paint makes it less noticeable.

Face- Doll Restoration
Fast forward to the other day when a big box arrived from Dr. Noreen’s Florida based hospital. Inside was this lovely girl! Her leg and stomach look much better. She’s restrung and now can hold her arms up! Her glass eyes have been reset and her red felt mouth has been replaced. Overall, it’s a miraculous transformation!

After- Doll Restoration

See the grand unboxing in the video below!

We highly recommend checking out Dr. Noreen’s Doll Hospital if you are in need of doll restoration. You can find her online. Don’t forget to ‘like’ her on Facebook, too, where she posts behind the scenes looks at her patient’s time at the hospital! And in case you missed it, check out the ‘Spotlight’ I did on her here on the blog.

After Restoration

We have two more dolls waiting in the wings to send over to Dr. Noreen, so hopefully, this won’t be the last of the restorations you see here. Until then, what do you think of this transformation? Let us know in the comment area!

September 6, 2017. Tags: . Uncategorized. 4 comments.

Collection Close Up: Magic Nursery (Mattel)

One of my favorite doll brands from childhood is Magic Nursery. Magic Nursery dolls were produced by Mattel from 1989 through the mid 1990’s. To this day, mint in box dolls go for hundreds of dollars. Why? Because they had a super awesome gimmick. Magic Nursery dolls were packaged in a way that you didn’t know if you were getting a girl, boy or even twins! Their hair was covered up and they wore a robe that, when dropped in water, would dissolve and ‘magically transform’ into an outfit and gender reveal card (“It’s a Boy/Girl/Twins!”). They came in toddlers, babies and animals.

Magic Nursery

Between my mom and I, we have 17 Magic Nursery dolls. Most of them belong to my mom, actually! We took all our dolls out recently and shot a Collection Close Up video. It’s embedded below.

Here’s a small sampling of some of the dolls in our collection. Below are my twins!

Magic Nursery

The Christmas babies are some of our favorites, too.

Magic Nursery

And, of course, you can’t forget the animals. How cute is this bear!

Magic Nursery

Do you remember Magic Nursery dolls? Do you have any in your collection? Leave your thoughts below!

September 4, 2017. Tags: . Uncategorized. 4 comments.

Collection Close Up: Cabbage Patch Kids Through the Ages

Very few doll lines have lasted my entire life. Off the top of my head, I can think of only two: Barbie and Cabbage Patch Kids. This post will focus on Cabbage Patch Kids! My mom and I decided it was prime time to show you all the Cabbage Patch Kids in our collections. (We were cleaning and figured, why not!) When researching, it dawned on me that the Cabbage Patch Kids brand has been brought to life by seven different companies over the years. Remarkably, they haven’t changed as much as you’d expect as they were handed down from company to company. That’s an amazing feat!

The majority of our Cabbage Patch Kids are from the Caleco and Hasbro years. It makes sense, as that was the real ‘hey day’ of the brand and I was the target demo for much of those years. Other companies to own the brand included Mattel, Toys R Us, Play Along, Jakks Pacific and finally the current manufacturer, Wicked Cool Toys.

To see our collections, check out the video embedded above. It’s a little long, but we have a lot to show you (though not as many as you’d probably expect). Do you have a Cabbage Patch Kid that is special to you in your collection? What era is your favorite? Share your thoughts in the comment area!

August 30, 2017. Tags: . Uncategorized. 2 comments.

Collection Close Up: Estrela’s 80th Anniversary Gui-Gui Reproduction

A while back, I asked readers to help me purchase the reproduction Gui-Gui doll from Estrela, produced in honor of the company’s 80th anniversary. (Also reproduced for this anniversary was Falcon, which may interest GI Joe collectors!) Within a few days, we received an e-mail from a reader who said she could help. Thanks to the aid of this kind reader, we were successfully able to get a reproduction Gui-Gui into the United States. (In record time, I might add! It only took a few days to arrive from Brazil to Illinois!)

2017 Gui-Gui (Giggles)

2017 Gui-Gui (Giggles)

Gui-Gui, also known as Giggles in the States, is a special doll for my mom. She has a pretty large number of Giggles and desperately wanted to get her hands on this one. Gui-Gui’s were produced in Brazil far longer than they ever were in the United States by Ideal and varied in style. Because of that, this release was very exciting for her. It had been years since she’d been able to open a brand new, in box Giggles. They can be pretty pricey. So, as you can imagine, the idea of opening a new, in box Gui-Gui that worked was too good to pass up!

You can see my mom’s excitement in the box opening video above!

2017 Gui-Gui (Giggles)

2017 Gui-Gui (Giggles)

Estrela’s anniversary Gui-Giu is adorable. I love how they didn’t make any changes to the original molds. Gui-Gui’s red lips are more pronounced than Giggles thin, coral lips. Her brows are darker, too. The biggest difference is Gui-Gui’s eye color. US Giggles tend to have grey eyes, where Gui-Gui’s have much brighter eyes. In this case, Gui-Gui’s eyes are a pretty blue. And, of course, there’s the hair style. Gui-Gui has a head full of two tone blonde waves. The whole look is adorable.

2017 Gui-Gui and Giggles

2017 Gui-Gui (Giggles)

To hear Gui-Gui giggle, be sure to watch the video embedded earlier in the post. In that video, we also show off all the other Giggles that live in our collections.

2017 Gui-Gui (Giggles)

2017 Gui-Gui and Giggles (ReRoot)

So, there’s a closer look at Gui-Gui, released in honor of Estrela’s 80th year. I love how true she is to the original releases and how unique she looks to our US Giggles. I can’t wait to see what they release for their 90th anniversary! What do you think of her? Did you successfully order one for yourself? Let me know in the comment area!

August 8, 2017. Tags: , . Uncategorized. 6 comments.

Collection Close Up: POG Fun Barbie (1995)

A few weekends ago, we stopped by an antique mall. In one of the small rental booths, there were some pink box Barbie’s. One of those Barbie’s was the officially licensed POG Fun Barbie, released in 1995. For the readers who grew up in the 90’s, you know exactly what I’m talking about when I say POG. The younger crowd, however, may be scratching their heads. Here’s a quick rundown on the game that took over the nation (and the world) in the early 90’s.

POGs Barbie

The name POGs originated from a fruit beverage sold in Hawaii that contained three fruits: Passion Fruit, Orange and Guava. Keep the first letter of each fruit and you get POG. The drinks had bottle caps that people would use to play Milk Caps, a popular game that originated in Maui, Hawaii sometime in the 1920’s. The game was popular enough that it spawned milk cap collectors, but wasn’t a huge game outside of the island state.

POGs Barbie

Fast forward to 1991, when a school teacher in Oahu, Hawaii decided to use POGs to help her kids grasp math, as well as give them a non-violent recess activity. The game caught on quickly and gained popularity again in Hawaii, eventually spreading to the pacific coast of North America. From there, it took over the entire nation. Companies used POGs to advertise their businesses, movies and television shows made POGs for their characters, even events like the OJ Simpson trial warranted POGs with key phrases from the case and/or the murder weapons! You name it, there’s probably a POG for it.

Game play is simple. You stack POGs face down in a pile. From there, you take a slammer, a thicker, heavier POG shaped circle, and ‘slam’ it into the pile. Whatever POGs land face up are yours. The winner has the most POGs at the end of the game. And that’s it! That’s the game that swept the nation from 1992 to the late 90’s. It was, essentially, the Pokemon Go of the 90’s, though Pokemon Go’s popularity died down much quicker than the POG craze.

POGs Barbie

So, moving to Mattel, in 1995, they released the officially licensed POG Fun Barbie, under the approval of the World POG Federation. A pink box Barbie, she has all the markings of a doll made in the 90’s. Meaning, she has a nice quality body with solid (not hollow feeling) limbs, a soft head of nicely rooted (and crimped) blonde hair and a pretty, non-inflated face. I love pink box Barbie faces. They look animated, with large, round eyes. I like the make up choices they made here with POG Fun Barbie, too. It’s pretty basic, with blue mascara and shimmery pink eye shadow. Best of all, Barbie looks friendly, which can’t be said about all the current releases.

POGs Barbie

She wears a colorful crop top with alternating, brightly colored stripes. Of course, there’s a Barbie decal on her shirt. She wears a polka dot skirt/striped shorts combo and pink shoes. To complete the look, Mattel gave Barbie POG inspired earrings, a pink ring and a headband that matches her polka dot skirt. Barbie comes with one special slammer and five cardboard POGs. Her plastic purse holds these POGs perfectly!

POGs Barbie

I think POG Fun Barbie is a cute looking pink box doll. Do you have this Barbie? Did you get sucked into the POG craze? Share your thoughts below!

July 7, 2017. Tags: . Uncategorized. 3 comments.

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