Review: LOL OMG Angles

As I mentioned in my last post, the review of LOL OMG Groovy Babe, I’ve been eagerly anticipating Angles ever since I saw the first stock photos of the Lights dolls online.

Angles is intended to be a big sister to the pre-existing LOL doll Shapes, who is herself technically a “Big Sister” doll – there’s actually a whole line of Mondrian-inspired LOLs! Which I had no idea about until I bought Angles; I’ve never been interested in the regular LOL toys until this moment.

Doll Review: Groovy Babe LOL OMG

Very excited to get my first LOL OMG doll.   I’ve been eyeballing these ever since they came out, read a lot of reviews, people talked about how great the details on the dolls are and along with decent articulation, it was an irresistable combo. The strange chibi heads put me off at first, but I’m always a sucker for a fully articulated doll, and these are actually chubby looking! ..or at least plumper than the usual fashion doll.  And the styling is so good!

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Harley Quinn – DC Superhero Girls 18″ Action Pose Doll

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I’ve had my eye on the DC superhero girl dolls ever since they debuted.  Any doll that is fully articulated immediately has my interest, and these are also superheroes! Best of all they’re non-sexualized, strong-looking girls!  I’m not a big fan of DC in general, but I am kind of a sucker for the Gotham City characters, especially Harley Quinn.  I know everybody and their sister is into Harley nowadays, but she’s seriously a great character.

There have been so many times I’ve looked at these dolls in the store, but they just haven’t been compelling enough to justify spending the money and adding to an already massive doll collection.  …but then Toys ‘R Us went out of business and I convinced myself it was a good enough sale and I went for the big one.

For the price I paid I’m pretty happy with the doll, though it does feel like they cheaped out on a lot of details which is very noticeable on a toy this size.  The articulation is good though, and her hair is nice, and she’s ripe for customizing; plus, the novelty of a doll this size makes it fun, and she’ll be easy to sew for.

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Busy busy busy

While life has taken a big upswing for me lately, things are busier than ever around here – my husband and I are planning a move across the country!  We will be driving away from this awful lovely place at the end of May.

I’ve been bustling around the doll room this week, going through all the stuff and preparing to purge a lot of it.  Here’s just the MIB dolls that I’ll be putting up for sale:

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The loose stuff is already filling two boxes, yikes.  Hopefully I will be able to sell most of it to other folks on the Arena or through kijiji without losing too much money.  I paid too much for that stuff to take a large loss on all of it; we could really use that money to help us get established in our new home. :/

In addition to packing and cleaning, the imminent move has lit a fire under me to get work done on all the projects that I’ve been procrastinating for the last four years.  OMFG there are a lot of them. XD

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That pile of baits was awaiting the mighty dremel, and now some of their parts are now back in the bait bin (that Barbie actually has articulated feet but all the rest of the joints are crap so I just stole her legs xD).  I probably won’t be working with most of them any time soon, but the pieces will pack up smaller than whole dolls.  There are a lot of chores like this on my list.

20150409_020952One of the simpler projects, and the only one that’s mostly done so far, is this Novi/MH hybrid.  It’s a Tula Toned head on a MH dragon CaM body.  I painted the fins to match the Novi head better, and will eventually repaint Tula’s wings and tail too and add those (but that requires purchasing spray paint and we’re trying to pare down for the move).  I think she’s really cute, but it’s unfortunate that it’s a CaM body, because the lower limbs match Tula perfectly, but the upper limbs and torso are a paler/yellower shade of pink that is obvious in photos (especially at her knees). :/  I may have to do some more body painting on her to fix that later, but for now… oh well.

customizingcarryallThat’s my customizing carryall – you can see my Manny custom that I’ve been almost done sculpting since before his official doll was released…  There’s also a wip Princess Bubblegum head, a Disney Store Mother Gothel that’s getting turned into a punk cougar, the beginning of another Dragon CaM custom, the bratz boy that was my first faceup experiment, a Howleen/Novi custom that needs hair and eyes, and several clothing items that will get altered or deconstructed.  And all that is just the started projects – the tip of a very large iceburg.

I’m also working on some doll clothes for a very neglected friend, so those should be done relatively soon.  Also doing some custom amiibos to sell for cash, which will be finished in the next couple of weeks.  So yeah.. busy busy busy.  😀

 

Doll Review: MH Wydowna Spider – TRU exclusive

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This review is super late, but I’m so stoked about I ❤ Fashion Wydowna Spider that I don’t even care that she’s not newsworthy anymore.

To give a brief history of this character, in 2011 Wydowna was a contender in the SDCC doll election under the name “Daughter of Arachne”; she didn’t win the contest, but later ended up becoming the SDCC exclusive doll for 2013, and then this year she was given her first playline release as part of the TRU-exclusive ” I ❤ Fashion” line.

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The fact that Wydowna became a playline doll is honestly pretty amazing, and totally awesome.  Truly dark-skinned characters seem to be sadly few and far between when it comes to doll lines, and added to that Wydowna is an arguably creepy monster, being a six-armed poisonous spider and all – not exactly something you’d think a big corporation would market to girls.

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Ghoul Talk Episode 24: Robecca Steam

I’ve been characteristically remiss in posting about Ghoul Talk episodes.  The latest is episode 24:

… and it’s all about Monster High’s resident robot, Robecca Steam.  I wasn’t actually there to record this episode, so I don’t actually know how it went!  You can download the episode on itunes or listen to it online.

Doll Review: EAH Hat-tastic Cedar Wood

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Hat-tastic Party Cedar has been on shelves here for weeks now, way before the USA for once; I was planning on holding out for her signature doll, but after picking up a HT version for an Arena member I was too smitten to pass her up, especially since it seemed like Sig Cedar wasn’t ever going to come to Canada.

I am not a fan of the dresses in the Hat-tastic line (except Maddie’s), and did not plan on buying any dolls from the line because of it, but literally everything else about this Cedar doll is pretty wonderful and she started winning me over the first time I saw her in person. More

Details

The fantastically detailed accessories are one of the awesome things about Monster High dolls, and definitely one of the things that sets them apart from other toy lines.  I would love love love to know if the masters are sculpted digitally or by hand, ’cause damn they put some seriously tiny detail into this stuff.

Unfortunately because the brand has gotten so huge, they haven’t been putting as much paint on the accessories as they used to, and all that lovely sculpted detail gets lost.

A while ago, I painted Black Carpet Cleo’s purse for an ANTM challenge on the MH Arena, and this past week I painted a whole batch of accessories – it makes such a huge difference!

Here’s what I’ve done so far:

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BC Cleo purse

MF Venus shoe collage

MF Venus shoes

Honey Swamp shoe repaint

Honey Swamp shoes

GNO Venus shoe collage

GNO Venus shoes

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FF Lagoonafire shoes

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Winx purse

I’ve been pondering setting up an etsy shop for doll stuff, and putting some repainted accessories in it.  What do y’all think?

Ghoul Talk Episode 20: Nefera De Nile

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Episode 20 of the Ghoul Talk podcast is focused on that most villainous of older sisters, Nefera DeNile!   We discuss Nefera’s character and background in the MH universe, and talk about why she’s such a polarizing character.  Listen to the episode online or download it on itunes.

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