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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.

Thoughts on a book and dolls.

I really do need to put it in my schedule to update on here more often.

Well, as one can expect I did not receive the doll I was hoping for on my birthday. You’re likely reading the ramblings of the only person on the face of the earth who actually didn’t care if they ever owned a tablet or anything of the likes, but that is who I am. It is a lovely gift, just they could have saved themselves a lot of money.

The only plus I discovered is the book app. It is a lovely little app where you can purchase books for a lot less than what they would cost you in the stores. As well, many classics are free. With that, I did find a good many books and safe to say my summer reading is going to be awhile. I started with one called Cranford, and if you’re a massive Tom Hiddleston fan you likely have heard of the book through the BBC mini series.

What can I say about the book? It is a slow moving read and in my own opinion, not the most interesting book I’ve ever read. It basically tells the happenings of a group of women in a town named Cranford, obviously, in England. It is from the point of view of the writer (I don’t recall a character name for this person, maybe I’ve forgotten it), the central woman you hear about is Miss Matty.

If you like books like that, where not much happens, then it is one I can recommend. If not, then pass it over. I’m not even finished it yet and the only reason I am pushing on with it is solely for a certain intrigue that comes to light close to the end of the novel. All and all, an okay read, but it isn’t something I feel will stick with me for years to come. No idea if it is much like the mini series as I’ve never seen it, just bits and bobs of Return to Cranford. And if you are a massive fan of said actor, his character has not popped up in the novel and with only forty pages left or so, I highly doubt he will.

Next is Hamlet before I go to see it next week.

Now for the other thing I enjoy talking about: dolls. As stated, I did not receive the Serious Intention Ellowyne Wilde, much to my dismay. I was really hoping for her, not just because I hinted at her many times, but in a way it would have made it easier on my pocket book when it comes to dolls. As it is, she’s back on the to be purchased list (and certain people who seem to be unable to take a hint best not hint at what they’d like for Christmas this year, as I think I may forget how to take a hint as well).

Oddly a play line of dolls has caught my interest and I am awaiting their release in Canada with baited breath. Mattel, who pretty well owns the market with Barbie has extended the Monster High universe to fairy tale characters. I used to collect Monster High but lost interest as I never was one for monster stories. I sold the majority of my collection to fund Wilde dolls and Pullips, but kept Nefera, one of the many Cleo dolls (although I want to get a new one as mine has the older legs so they’re very loose) and one of the editions of Spectra.

But these, now these interest me greatly.

I am absolutely aching to see them on shelves here, even though I know the soonest is going to be end of August, and only if I can get to the city. Otherwise, Christmas time (unless the Target we are getting is on the ball…I wish they’d hired me but no sense crying over spilled milk).

The idea of these dolls intrigues me greatly, and I’ve always loved fairy tales. They’ve been popping up at Justice stores in the USA, do not look in Canadian Justice stores as you will not find them (trust me, I looked). Their bodies look better proportioned than Monster High, which are very wispy but I think works for them, as they technically are not human characters (although the argument can be made for Nefera, Cleo and Jackson/Holt I would say) and they are just plain adorable. A friend is keeping an eye out for Madeline Hatter for me, I’m just itching to get her.

I do plan to make a room for them on my book shelf, as it seems the best spot to display them, on a shelf between nothing but books and books. I might be able to get digital books now, but nothing will ever compare to the feel of a real book in your hands. So hopefully the design and shopping for it will keep me occupied for the summer, as I’m also frustrated over these Archive sales Wilde Imagination is having.

This seems like the summer for dolly frustrations, I swear. If things don’t stop with the weather and everything else I fear I might break down when I come across one of them on eBay for a decent price. Although that is hard to say, as the shipping is usually insane. Not to mention people are selling them for almost double retail half the time.