Friday, January 30, 2015

2014 Doll Highlights

Arm Candy Chip Farnsworth III
and Mistress of Disguise  bonus silver-haired Poppy Parker head

2014 has been a year full of Poppy Parker dolls.  It's good and it's not at the same time.  While I loved  the dolls offered, even I am having a hard time keeping up with what's what nowadays.  I think I'm a whole year behind in Poppy's world.  I'm very fond of the gal but I don't want my collection saturated with so many of her in such a short period of time that I don't have time to enjoy them all.  Either way, my favorite from the 2014 line is ironically the bonus head offered with the Sebina Havoc doll.  The head switch feature is quite unique but still requires some reconfiguring since the head tends to be a bit wobbly compared to a doll without this feature.  And Arm Candy, in my opinion, is the best Chip Farnsworth I've seen yet.  He is totally owning that pink brocade jacket!

Double Date 50th Anniversay set Barbie doll

These days, Barbie just seems to be an honorary figure hanging around in the doll room.  She hasn't been wowing me much lately, though I am finding myself appreciating her vintage incarnations more and more.  I ended up getting the Double Date 50th Anniversary set because I love her best with the swirl ponytail and I've never seen a vintage repro Midge doll not look so scary before.

Double Date 50th Anniversary set Midge doll

Hair Happenin Francie in Fur Out coat with
Short flip Francie in Smashin Satin repro

Each year is a year of renewed love for Francie...just because she's Francie!  I managed to snag a really pretty one before 2014 ended and a pretty Francie is always worth the mention.  She's already fitting in nicely with her other Francie friends.

From left to right:
Peanut Jones (originally Simply Delight Blythe with Slow Nimes scalp)
 and Argo Jones (originally Bohemian Peace Blythe)

Worked on by two different artists, but cousins nonetheless, as they are my only two Blythes of 2014.  Peanut, I believe, was meant to be a boy originally.  In my doll family, however, all the Blythe dolls are girls so she's just a tomboy.  It gives her more character that way.  She's super cute, though not as well made as Argo, who is just so pretty to look at, even with those faint eyebrows that separates her from my group of eyebrow-less Blythes.

Needlings One of a Kind, Jasmine

Jasmine was a gift from a former co-worker.  Her huge eyes are very reminiscent of Blythe.  How can I not love her?  Plus, that hair is the bomb!  Judging by her hand-sewn body attire, I assume she likes cats.

Pullip Sailor Moon dolls
From left to right: Mercury, Moon and Venus

Any moonies out there????  As you can tell, I am!  I'm not normally a collection completist but I certainly intend to complete this collection.  Oh the nostalgia!  These were Christmas gifts from my partner.  If they release the outer senshi dolls, I may just have to have a party in their honor!

Rococo Sona Boy and Girl by Dollmore
Named, Caz and Vega

These two are the crowning jewels of my entire doll collection thus far.  They are about 18" tall and made completely of resin.  After years and years of holding back from purchasing bjd resin dolls, I finally caved and had to have a pair.

I think I'm really going to have to give a lot of thought to where my doll collection is headed.  Why, oh, why are there so many pretty dolls out there?

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Twelve Dolls of Christmas 2014 - Part 5 to 12

That Holiday Feeling Poppy Parker
by Integrity Toys

So, my attempt for Twelve Dolls of Christmas bombed once again!  No matter.  Here's a couple of catch-up pics from the cast of 'The Girl from I.N.T.E.G.R.I.T.Y. in 2014.  I've shoved them all in one photo for your viewing pleasure!

From left to right:
Arm Candy Chip Farnsworth the 3rd,
Agent Kimiko Gunn Tina Tanaka,
Sebastien Havoc Francisco Leon,
Mayhem in Monte Carlo Poppy Parker,
That Holiday Feeling Poppy Parker,
Spy-A-Go-Go Poppy Parker,
Mistress of Disguise Poppy head,
Agent Lotta Danger Poppy Parker

They may be agents but they, too, like to celebrate the holidays, groovy hat and all!

The photo doesn't show it above, but during the shoot I discovered that my 'That Holiday Feeling Poppy' has an eczema spot on her cheek....*sigh*  I gotta remind myself to always check my dollies thoroughly as I get them.

I hope everyone had a bit of a breather during the holiday season.
Stay tuned for 2014 doll highlights and Happy Wednesday!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Twelve Dolls of Christmas 2014 - Part 4

Short Flip Hair Francie

I just got her last night.  She is definitely a must share Francie doll.  Beautiful coloring all over, which is not the easiest to find these days.  Yes her waist is a bit swingy but at least it swings.  Her knees bend three times as it should and her face-up is just absolute perfection!  Can you tell I'm excited?  Her hair needs some styling.  The original curls are there but they were poofed up.  I tried taming them quickly yesterday but I've never had a Francie doll with this hair style and I'm not sure what curl goes where.  I'll have to try again another time.  In the mean time, her new doll family welcomes her home.  As I've mentioned in the past, Francie tends to be associated with Christmas in my house since I first got one.  I'm glad this one found its way home to spend the holidays with me!

Seven more days till Christmas!
Happy Wednesday!