Monday, March 31, 2014

Lord of the Rings Dolls

Barbie and Ken as Arwen and Aragorn
Lord of the Rings dolls by Mattel

There's something to be said about 'firsts'.  They always have a special place in your memories, and in this case, a special place in my doll collection.  Though I wasn't a huge fan of the Lord of the Rings books, I loved the movies.  So when I saw one lonely box of the Mattel set version of Arwen and Aragorn dolls on a top shelf of the toy section at Walmart, one fateful day, over a decade ago, I reached for it and decided the doll set was there waiting just for me to purchase.  I wasn't a doll collector then.  I just thought it was cool to have a Lord of the Rings doll set.  Obviously, the dolls impressed me enough that I ended up being a Barbie collector not long after.

Barbie as Galadriel

I'm not normally a completist.  This is one exception.  Because the Arwen and Aragorn dolls hold a special place in my collection, I simply had to have the Galadriel and Legolas doll too.

Looking at the others I've got by Mattel from around the same timeline, these are not really of the greatest quality.  The fact that they are Lord of the Rings dolls just upped their coolness factor.  The pink label Princesses of the World seem nicer overall, in my eyes.

Still, they look nice displayed all together.  So even though Arwen's legs are now totally yellowed...And I had just discovered in this photo shoot that Aragorn is growing a weird blackish spot on his left cheek, I love them to pieces for introducing me into the colorful world of serious doll collecting.

Happy Monday!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Legends of Ireland

Before St. Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, there were stories of magic and mythic adventures, sung by bards....

The Bard Barbie

...Stories of forbidden romance and tragic endings like that of Iseult's....

Spellbound Lover Barbie

And who can forget the enchanted world of faeries and dragons....

Fairy Queen Barbie

At times I still cling to such otherworldly tales just to escape the bleakness and stress of adulthood.  Maybe that's why I treasure these dolls so much.  I only acquired the first three dolls from the Legends of Ireland collection, but they're probably a few of the Barbie dolls I couldn't ever part with.

I have a particular fondness for the Bard.  I'm not much of storyteller but I sure am an enthusiastic listener.  Even as a child, I would always squeeze stories out of my aunts before bedtime.  I can see myself getting lost in the alluring sounds of that golden harp as the Bard sings of stories from long ago.

Happy St. Patty's!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Miniature Monday #47: MiWorld Toys - Sprinkles Cupcakes

Never heard of Sprinkles Cupcakes until I saw this toy.  I admit to liking the more vibrant colors of this setting better than the Dairy Queen MiWorld one.   Not to mention that it's a cupcake place...And I love cupcakes!

I especially like the see-thru "glass".  It seems so authentic with the clear Sprinkles sticker on it.  I can't say the same for the table though.  Even from the picture, you can see how it is not snuggly fitted to its base.  It will require some powerful gluing to straighten that sucker.

And again, the stickers on the small cups kept coming off.  This time, I didn't fix it to show what I meant from the DQ setting.  I wasn't impressed by the simplicity of the food miniatures.  They didn't seem too realistic.  But then when I googled Sprinkles, it was actually how their cupcakes looked.  How interesting.  I am so tempted to have one of these babies except there is no franchise in Toronto.

I had a few more photos of both the DQ and Sprinkles attached to each other but my camera is having problems so it will have to wait another day.

The Sprinkles version has a few more issues than I had hoped.  That table really annoyed me but it's nothing unfixable.  The overall prettiness of the setting is its saving grace.  I still think it's a fun toy.  Miniatures and attachable store settings are always fun.

Happy Monday!