Quick review and random picts!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Giftmas and New Year! Mine was pretty… well. It was boring. But over the next few days, I’m gonna try and get pictures taken during the day of some of my gets, both from family and friends and via an Amazon giftcard or two. 🙂

One of the things I found on Amazon and marked down to boot was the Frights, Camera, Action Hauntlywood Viperine Gorgon doll, who is way, way more precious than her stock photos would let you believe! I’m not going to do a full review, because I had to take my dog to the vet this morning and I’m just wiped out from that and have been all day. But I did take a few pictures. And then I took some pictures of some other stuff. And then tomorrow I’ll take more pictures of some other stuff.

I should hopefully be having a guest review here sometime soon too, so there’s that. And maybe a giveaway in the upcoming months, depending on funds and all. And Neth and I have a fun surprise for all us grownups who don’t need hand-holding very, very soon too!

So anyway, lets go under the jump.

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Top Dolls of 2013 (plus one)

I’ve bought more dolls this year than I think I’ve bought in the whole of my life. And they’ve pretty much – with the exception of a few – stuck to a few specific brands. I guess I’m more of a brand loyalist than I thought I was. On the whole, my fashion doll purchases seem to have stuck to Monster High, Ever After High and Equestria Girls. Are we surprised here, people? We shouldn’t be. I’ve ventured out a bit into other brands – Bratzillaz, La Dee Da – but mostly, I’ve stuck to my familiar ones. So, since I won’t be having any new reviews until after Giftmas, probably, I thought maybe I’d do a rundown of my favorites from this year. This basically counts for any doll that I personally bought from January 2013 til this week of December 2013. Bear in mind, some of them may have come out earlier than that and actually came out in late 2012, but if you’re going to quibble semantics, the door is to your left.

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Mumbled Snark: On Mattel and the Glut of Dolls.

As much as we as collectors of My Little Pony, Monster High, Ever After High – oh, just pick your poison here people, any one will do – think that we’re an influence on the companies who are creating the toys that we so love, we really shouldn’t want to be. Oh no. No we shouldn’t, y’all.

This all started yesterday, when a picture was posted on Tumblr from someone who had found the Blondie Lockes doll at a Toys R Us in Canada. There was much squeeage about how cute she was, about how much cuter than her prototype picture she was, and basically much flailing of hands about her.

(I can’t disagree with them, she is precious! Definitely coming here!)

But then there started to be a lot of comments about the sheer glut of dolls we’re getting lately. Scaremester dolls are being found. Most all of the Frights Camera Action dolls can be found somewhere, between Justice stores and Amazon. And now Blondie Lockes, with, I’m sure, Cerise Hood and C.A. Cupid soon to follow, has been found in the wild. There are new My Little Pony sets and Equestria Girls dolls and again, just pick your poison. “Do we really need all these dolls?” was asked, several times. “No, we don’t,” was a much repeated answer. There was quite a lot of kvetching about how Mattel isn’t “giving our wallets anytime to recover.”

The very definition of a First World Problem

The very definition of a First World Problem

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More Thoughts on Monster High and Ever After High

Okay, so this was not  the post I intended to open up with today? But, I was in the middle of taking pictures for my actual intended post and my camera batteries crapped out on me. But I have an itch to write and so this is happening first.

More pictures have popped up of things. So, as I do, you get more thoughts and opinions.

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Pajama Party with the AGDiK!

… and then some other random gets.

So, it became abundantly clear to me that the American Girl Duo in Kingsport needed some PJs. It’s quickly getting very, very cold here in the mountains, I’ve officially had to put my vellux blanket under my comforter to keep warm in my house with no insulation at night – along with the canine heating pad that comes in the form of my very large furry dog – and last night the 30 mph winds dropped a carpet of leaves on my front lawn.

So I bit down last week and bought some jimjams for the girls. And some other stuff for them. And for me. Over the last few weeks. *cough* Not a review, yet, but if anyone is interested in a review of anything pictured in this post, by all means leave a comment and if you can stand a review without a total deboxening, I will provide!

We begin...

We begin…

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We’ve hit a snag…

A few snags, actually.

The first snag being – WE CANNOT FIND SHELVES. All we want is some simple, put-em-together-yourself white shelves, wide enough across to hold two American Girl dolls, with another shelf for a “closet” below that, other shelves for MH and Barbie and whatever the hell else I decide that I need to have. We went to Home Depot and they had nothing. You had to order them online, have them shipped to the store, and then go and pick them up.

*record scratch*

Wut?

Um. No. Hell no. So very much not paying what is undoubtedly astronomical shipping, just to have to drive across town to pick them up? What the hell, Home Depot. What the green screaming hell.

The other snag, and this is most certainly the more First World Problem of the two… I CAN’T FIND NEW TOYS!

Equestria Girls? Nada.
New My Little Pony sets? Nada.
Ever After High anywhere but Justice? Nada.
New Monster High? Nada.
Pinkie Cooper? Nada.
New Bratzillaz? Nada.

Northeast Tennessee has become a virtual toy WASTELAND, y’all. If it weren’t for Toybox Philosopher, I would never have gotten my hands on a Twyla, and if it weren’t for Nethilia, I wouldn’t be getting my hands on an Equestria Girls Rarity. Nethilia and I just, I swear, start building boxes for each other, and then mail. It’s a nice little system! But yeah.

So there really hasn’t been much to post! I did get some new AG outfits from the stuff they had marked down. Maybe I’ll review one of those. Test the new paint in the room as a backdrop. We’ll see!