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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REVIEW: Ever After High Basic C.A. Cupid

Hope everyone had a wonderful Giftmas! We had a good one over here, me and the family!

So, Cupid arrived. This is a good thing and obviously, you’re going to see her! But, I hate to inform you that until I get paid again, this will probably be the last review for awhile. While editing my pictures today, I discovered that there’s no way around it anymore. I need a tripod that’s tall enough to photograph the area I need it to, and I need to find a way to jerry-rig a light somewhere on there. My shaky hands are just no good for non-flash pictures, and if I’m going to be taking pictures after I get home at night, then that’s a problem too, because it’s dark outside and that’s not a great thing. So… you’ll get some opinion pieces until then, should the mood strike me to do so, and maybe a giveaway if I can find some swag to give out, and then when I get my tripod sitch worked out, then we’ll get back to reviews.

Anyway, the nice thing of having done so many Monster High and Ever After High reviews – and being one of many, many people who does them! – is that I don’t have to fuss too much about the packaging, though there will be some pictures of them just the same. So, lets go meet C.A. Cupid! Again.

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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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REVIEW: Equestria Girls “Pinkie Pie’s Boutique” Pinkie Pie, by Hasbro.

It’s that time of year where we send boxes of wrapped boxes to and fro across the country to our loved ones. For me this includes, as my mother would say, “my friends who live in the internet” but to me, these friends are as real and true as if they lived here where I live.

Nethilia and I don’t make any sort of attempt to hide that we are very close friends. We mention each other on our blogs, and I think Emily over at Toy Box Philosopher has gotten pretty used to the fact that if Nethilia is there, AJ is soon to follow, or vice versa. We talk daily, sharing dolly and pony squee, talking about everything under the sun, and just loving each other as best we can from legit across this big country. To me, she isn’t just a friend who lives in the internet, she is a true friend that I love deeply and can’t imagine my life without.

(And to think if I hadn’t bucked up my courage and gotten over a shade of social awkwardness, I wouldn’t have her in my life.)

Yesterday I got a box in the mail from her and it contained an embarrassment of riches. I was told that I could open it whenever I wanted, and so I did, since the slim space to walk past the tree in our house is getting slimmer. One of the things in the box is the doll you’re about to meet, so lets just get to it and meet Pinkie Pie!

The Pinkie Pie's Boutique Line, featuring Equestria Girls Pinkie Pie

The Pinkie Pie’s Boutique Line, featuring Equestria Girls Pinkie Pie

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I apparently ruffled some feathers with my review post.

Oh well. Took it down just the same though, cause some of y’all really got nasty, and quite frankly? This is my blog and I ain’t have to put up with that.

My blog is not Tumblr, where you can reblog shit and be as nasty as you want to be. And some of y’all? Were really, really nasty. I’ve had a long couple of workdays and so… screw it. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Anyway, that’s all there is to say. I have a post in the works, and I am, provided I get out of work at a halfway decent time, swinging by Target on the way home because I want pizza, and if it is still there I am getting the Apple White Fainting Couch, because a picture of Equestria Girls Rarity reenacting the fainting couch scene from the episode “Lesson Zero” needs to happen. Also, I’d just like to have a couch for doll posing purposes. I got one at TJ Maxx once but it was way too small.

EDIT: Post has been put back up with comments disabled. If you can’t handle someone having their own opinion on their own blog, then this is not the blog for you. This also does not mean that you need to go to other posts and try and get out what you want to say. Your comments will be gleefully deleted.

BROTHER OF EDIT: Also, there was no fainting couch! So, no pictures today.

REVIEW: Monster High “Frights, Camera, Action: Hauntlywood” Honey Swamp

What a week it has been! Not long after I finished my Clawdia review last week, my beloved red camera, dubbed Cherry Darling, gave up the ghost. Thankfully, my mother has a camera she never uses, so she gave it to me. I’m still getting used to it – it is not intuitive at all – but I’m getting there.  In addition to work related grumbles, (one of our machines we use for specimen processing gave up the ghost yesterday) it’s been one hell of a week, and so I was glad for the weekend to appear.

I headed to Target, as one does, for a little retail therapy, and I had to make a decision.

Did I want Apple White’s fainting couch? I did, but then I saw what else was there.

And that’s what I got.

So… have a quick review of Honey Swamp! And some ranting.

(And please forgive that my pictures might be a little wonky while I get used to my new-to-me camera)

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REVIEW: Monster High’s “Frights, Camera, Action: Hauntlywood” Clawdia Wolf

I’ve reiterated a few times on this blog how much I was looking forward to the Frights, Camera, Action line that was soon to be coming from Mattel, and especially the new characters. I writhed with jealousy everytime I saw a picture on Tumblr of one of the new girls, and checked my stores faithfully to make sure I wasn’t missing them.

I had about given up hope. My Target remains utterly picked clean of dolls (save for one random find I couldn’t believe this morning, but we’ll get to that after this review.)

One of my local Walmart stores had nothing either. Nothing at all. I was upset! I very nearly grabbed a Gigi Grant off the shelf even though I had no desire for the character so I’d least have something to write about. A stronger head prevailed though. “Go to the mall, it’s right on the way home,” it said. “There’s a Justice there.”

Wellllll, for reasons that I will, again, expound on after this review, I did suddenly badly want the Swim Line Rochelle Goyle that was a Justice exclusive…

So, I put Gigi back on the shelf, grabbed up my wrapping paper and giftbags for Giftmas work happies, hightailed it through the self-checkout and headed up the street to the mall.

And when I got there, I hit dollie paydirt.

I’d hoped for maybe a Blondie Locks or a Cerise Hood, but they were not forthcoming. The Monster High shelves though… they had an embarrassment of riches.

I got my first good look at Elissabat, said “MEH!” and put her back on the shelf. And then… there she was.

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Oh my sweet lord…

Y’all, I hit dollie PAYDIRT today.

Jane Boolittle? Check.
Clawdia Wolf? Check.
Swim Line Rochelle? Check.

Rochelle’s already been opened and put on her shelf with her stonefaced sistren, but now I just have to decide who to review! Or what. I dunno.

I’ll certainly take pictures of her though.

EDIT: So as not to step on Emily’s toes… I will be reviewing Clawdia.

Happy belated!

Hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving, a safe and calm Black Friday and a relaxing rest of the weekend! Thank you to everyone who follows me and who reads, I really appreciate it!

(Will be back soon with a review as soon as I find something to review!)

My Favorite Things: Abbey Bominable!

I have mentioned before that my raison d’ĂȘtre in Monster High collecting is none other than Abbey Bominable. Apart from my much talked about love of blue toys, there was just something about that blunt but sweet girl that hit me right in the “oh my god, I so identify” place of my brain and heart and she became my Gotta Catch ‘Em All in this never-ending line of dolls based on the children of famous monsters.

So, it makes sense that I would, upon getting most all of the ones that are currently out (I don’t have Art Class yet, because this close to Holiday Shopping Season beginning, I refuse to drive an hour to the nearest Toys R Us), dedicate a My Favorite Things post to her, right?

In case you need a refresher, here’s the sea from which we get to choose.

15 Abbey Bominable dolls.

15 Abbey Bominable dolls.

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