Archive | August 2013

We’re all mad here.

Yesterday I was settled down watching Once Upon a Time when I noticed a vehicle pull up outside. Quickly I grabbed my dog to put him in another room and went to the door, as I was only expecting two items I really had no clue which this would be. Although I figured it out quickly when I saw the size of the box seeing as a Pullip arm likely wouldn’t need that much space.

Madeline Hatter.

Madeline Hatter from Ever After High, a gift from a friend in the States. I had originally asked her to see if she could find the doll for me, and I was going to pay for the doll and cost of shipping to Canada. Sadly things happened and I couldn’t afford her, but after some rather distressing news she surprised me with the doll as a gift.

I am still amused (as is she), Maddie showed up when I was watching Once Upon a Time, it would have been even better if it were an episode with the Mad Hatter in it. I’ve heard they’re very hard dolls to debox but I got her out rather easily, maybe there are others in the line that are difficult.

The first thing I noticed when I did get her out of the box was the dolls feel heavier than Monster High, they are thicker in their body and limbs. I know one complaint about them is their heads/faces. Considering I really love Pullip the bigger heads don’t bother me, I think it adds to their charm. They do use the same face sculpt from what I’ve been reading, but each doll has a different look so that can be forgiven. And each to their own, but I do think their faces are bursting with personality.

Madeline Hatter.

Her outfit is colourful and well made, no loose threads that I could find. She is pretty well ‘tea party’ themed, with her little tea pot purse (which really could be used as a tea pot instead of a purse if one so desired), her little teacup hat and the design on her adorable shoes.

It is too bad her curls didn’t do so well with the packaging, but that isn’t any surprise. Play line dolls seem to have issues if the doll has curls, although a good portion of them on the underside of her hair survived and are very much intact. I might read up on boil perming doll hair to see if I can give her some nice curls.

She is shorter than the other dolls in the line (think Howleen or Twyla from Monster High), but she is a lot of cute in a small package.

Madeline Hatter.

Madeline Hatter.

Madeline Hatter.

All in all, I am so happy with her. It will most likely be October or November before the line starts showing up on the shelves here, but I can honestly say I recommend these dolls if they interest you. Each to their own, but I prefer them over Monster High but then I’ve never been a huge fan of monster movies so that could be why. Both are a fun and unique line and will likely do well together (with C.A. Cupid as a crossover character between the two it wouldn’t surprise me to see webisodes with both lines together in the future).

For a month that isn’t going all that well it sure has been a doll filled month thus far. And it is barely half done.

“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”

This past week has not been a good one. This whole year hasn’t been, but this past week seemingly has solidified the year has it out for me.

It isn’t something I can do anything about either, which frustrates me as this means Thanksgiving and Christmas are officially finished with my family. While I hold onto tradition and family values, they couldn’t care less. I can at least try to keep Christmas the way I always knew it, with my dog at the very least, but Thanksgiving is finished.

Ah, the joys of being the sister who is only spoken to when they want something. One day, they may regret that, who would know.

But I am here to speak of dolls, which sort of ties into my stress of the last week. New playlines have begun appearing on the shelves. The new Monster High dolls hold no interest for me, although I would love a new Cleo de Nile one of these days, if I could find one I like. Of course there is new My Little Pony, Barbie, even saw the new La Dee Da dolls at Target (and by the by Spin Master, where are the stands? If you want me to hand over $20 CDN I would like a stand, otherwise, they can wait for a dandy of a sale). Of course the doll line I’m really looking for is Ever After High and you guessed it, nowhere to be seen. But oddly they’re showing up in England now.

This is the oddest marketing I’ve ever seen in my life, well, that I can recall. I would love to know why this is taking so long. I am highly tempted to e-mail Mattel and ask them exactly when we can expect to see the dolls in Canada, as I am aching to get my hands on them. Mind you, I do have Maddie on the way. A lovely friend in the States bought her and sent her to me as a gift. I was utterly gobsmacked and really need to get to a Christmas/Hallowe’en shoppe I know of to get her an awesome birthday gift.

I also received a new Pullip this week. I had waffled on the Starry Night Dahlia peasant doll for quite awhile, unsure if I wanted to order her. Also unsure if I wanted another Pullip as I really haven’t had a lot of luck with them as of late. Split seems in the vinyl (those are the older ones), eye mechs that don’t work right, crummy wig quality (to the point I rewigged one of them, ah the joy of prying THAT off with a sharp kitchen knife). But she finally won me over. I decided to order her from PullipDollDreams which is a small shop online. Their selection of dolls is smaller and sometimes can be more expensive than PullipStyle, but unlike that store when you pre-order you can do a deposit and then pay the rest, plus shipping, when the doll is in stock. So I went with that shop…as well they were scheduled to get Dahlia a month before PullipStyle.

Tuesday she arrived right as I was about to head out the door for some shopping, and I was absolutely giddy. She is adorable.

Dahlia in box.

She came with a little gift as well, which is just gorgeous. It is in another photo, I took it off the little key ring chain as I could not bear the idea of it being ruined.

Then it happened. It turns out Groove is adding a new design to Pullip which pretty well opens her up to a nice new flaw.

Dahlia.

Both lower arms have a crease in them, but sadly in the case of this one it is a crack. From what I’ve been told this a new design feature added this year, but why I’ll never understand. After a few exchanged e-mails Dahlia has a new arm on the way but it did take the joy out of the day to see that. As well, her eyes won’t close, but I kind of expected that.

The plus though, she has a lovely, soft wig and her stock is well made. Her shoes are enormous on her tiny feet (I read somewhere they’re type 2 shoes…someone forget they’re on type 4 body for Pullip?). And she’s very photogenic! Although too much daylight can wash her out.

Dahlia.

Dahlia.

Dahlia.

Dahlia.

Dahlia.

She comes with a broom, head dress, stand and trading card. She is a charming little thing (and if anyone is wondering, her eye lid make up is a pinkish purple, mainly the lighter but a darker shade as eyeliner).

I did check my other Pullip from this year to discover that this crease seems to be the new thing, as Cecily is sporting it as well. How I failed to notice it is beyond me. Fairly certain this is the end of Pullip for me, but hey, now I just get to spoil them with new clothes and where I bought Dahlia is the perfect spot to buy them.

And one last doll, there will be oodles more photos of her come Christmas time.

Cindy Lou Who.

I had been eyeing her in the secondary market dolls section of My Favourite Doll for quite some time. At first I fancied she would make a wonderful Christmas gift for one of my sisters, as she loves everything to do with The Grinch Who Stole Christmas (must be her hero until he changes at the end), but decided I would enjoy her much more. This Cindy Lou Who is certainly more than two though.