Thursday, October 1, 2015
Friday, September 25, 2015
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
I also don't get the hate towards new collectors coming into the W Club and on boards. Jem fans who joined IT did not always get a warm reception. I fear this will continue to happen as long as people live under the completely ridiculous notion that they are getting LESS of the the things that they love because IT is diversifying with newer lines and styles. That is what healthy businesses do people. New blood is crucial. I read a post where someone said, "I hope we don't get all those bronies joining the w club"...and I realize this is silly doll collecting...but damn, what sort of narrow minded horse poop is that kind of talk? If we can't be inclusive and welcoming in a DOLL FORUM well then...I guess people should all just take their dolls and go home.
And for the record, I am unlikely to buy these but I will wait and see them before I make my final judgement. I was a MLP fan back in the day but don't really have a big draw to it right now. I am intrigued to see the new body design for the female doll mentioned in the press release. I am guessing it will be a hybrid of the JEM body with a smaller bust line perhaps?
2014 Design Competition Award Doll by Julia Leroy
Suggested Retail Price: $150 public/$130 W Club Members (+ Shipping and tax if applicable)
Estimated Delivery Date: Approximately Winter 2015/2016
Saturday, September 12, 2015
In my recent doll purges before the move, I widdled my Poppy collection down to just the Girl from Integrity. I ordered the 2015 W Club Mood Changers doll because I wanted the long raven hair Poppy with the aqua makeup. She does not disappoint. I was planning to sell the other two heads but both are really tempting in person. Le sigh. The best laid plans. I am giving it another week to decide. I bought the extra bodies so I could sell them a a full doll...but I fear they might be staying awhile.
Friday, September 11, 2015
IT has come back with a new wave of Tulabelle dolls but with a brand new "mature" head sculpt. Other collectors have noticed a likeness to FR16 doll Hanne Erickson. I can see the similarities (especially in Idol Thoughts) but I also still see the influence of Poppy Parker (the grandmother of Tulabelle). The new sculpt definitely fits more in the realm of the FR16 models. The original Tula sculpt is much more cartoony and youthful by comparison. I like the first one...but I also like this new one. I am trying hard to cut back on doll purchases in general...that said, I am REALLY tempted by the Sweet Tartan doll. I like the red hair and the outfit. So I might see if I can get her later on sale. If not, I will hold out for the future version that screams at me to buy it. I am tempted...but it is not keeping me up at night quite yet. Of course, it has only been a day.
In previous Tulabelle lines we have gotten at least one fashion that is a nod to a Poppy item in her closet. I am really hoping to see that cute sequin mini on a future poppy.
I love the outfit on Idol Thoughts. Amazing detail and the clever t-shirt with the mod Poppy face is perfect. This is one of those outfits that just makes everything that Tonner has given us in the last five years look like velcroed playline Barbie clothes in comparison. I mean looks at those pants people! And those sleeves?
Thursday, September 10, 2015
-"I just know I left that Arc of the Covenant around here somewhere..."
I just moved from Chicago to Charlotte. I knew we were moving when I took my new job in late April and that I had to be in Charlotte August 1st. I thought that I had started early enough to not make it a horrible experience...but alas, I think that there is no way that moving is anything less than a horrible experience. I liken it to a root canal only slightly less enjoyable.
Quite possibly the worst part of it was the severe wake up call that I had in regards to my spending and collecting habits. It was abundantly clear after two weeks of packing that I had a metric crap ton of stuff. Insane amounts of stuff. Ludicrous amounts. More stuff than anyone should have. Fabric, yarn, fiber, magazines, books, action figures, dolls, makeup, clothes, etc... I wistfully looked at those festive hipsters living in tiny houses in exotic places like Portland and wished I could have such restraint. While packing I quickly began to make hard choices about what I could keep and still live with myself...and what I could sell or donate. It was brutal. I did end up selling quite a bit and made enough money to help cover a decent chunk of my move. I was not able to sell everything that I wanted though due to time. I left a lot of money on the table and ended up donating a bunch of stuff that I could have easily sold on eBay if I had been more organized. But I also could have been restrained in the first place and let go of things I was hording well before I got to this crisis point. I let my collections go unchecked for years. The intense amounts of stuff became a weight on me. As I made what had to be the last of fifteen trips to the thrift store, I felt a strange mix of regret...but also the unmistakable feeling of freedom. It felt good to let it go.....which was extremely surprising to me.
But let me be clear. My distress was not in the fact that I collect and have a ton of stuff...it was that I was in denial about the amount that I had. There was a surprising amount of collected/hoarded objects that I had just swept from my memory. That doll I got to re-root. A whole box of repaints in progress. One that I thought I had sold but the sale did not happen yet the doll remained out of sight and out of mind in a package addressed to no one. Much of that stuff came along for the ride. Much of that is now sitting in my new guest bedroom...or shoved in a closet where I will have to face it soon. Or shove it somewhere in the attic only to be rediscovered during my next move...hitting the rest button on my 'collector's shame' again.
This move was all about new beginnings. We are starting a new chapter and I am trying to apply that to all aspects of my life. So with that lofty motivation, I am trying to keep my urges in check. Being more frugal in spending and getting rid of the things that are likely to occupy those boxes left unpacked and ignored.
The new house is great but I have much less room to display my collections (and little to no room to store what is not on display). We are trying to maintain a more respectable (read "grown up pants") look so I have currently cut back my collection space to a new Ikea Detolf cabinet in my bedroom. The cabinet is glass and can be locked to keep sticky toddler fingers off of Mommy's toys (another reason for minimizing the collection). The only drawback is with the shelf height of the Detolf. It is not conducive to the taller Tonner dolls. I can display some of those on top of the cabinet perhaps or seek another display option just for a select few of them. I am also bringing a few things to display in my house at work. I think a small selection of my Wonder Woman swag will end up there. Perhaps the Tonner superheroes can work in my office?
Why the cutback in displayed collection? We wanted to keep the dolls out of the guest room. Some of this is at request of my husband but I am also getting tired of the everyone calling my dolls creepy. Whatever. I will go into this in another post (read RANT). But I also thought that cutting back would have a couple of added benefits for me.
First, a smaller display place would make me focus my collections. I would have to CURATE what would be on display and ROTATE what would not fit. Rotating would encourage PLAY. It would mean getting dolls in and out more and changing them. This was something that I got lazy about when I had more space. I had multiples of dolls and characters but things were also crowded. So even though I had more dolls out, I played and actually saw less of them. It could also allow for more diorama type display which would indulge my love for miniature creation. I could make some mini-furnitures as such (in my copious spare time).
Second, a smaller space would force me to REDUCE and keep only my very favorites and PURGE the rest. Then, if I have dolls that fail to make it into the rotation after a year, I can take that as a clear indicator that they be purged.
Third, the display case is in my bedroom, so I see it regularly and often. Having it there will let me enjoy it more.
And finally, I am choosing a select few dolls to bring to the office for display. I figure it is my office...and I can do what I want with it. This is something that I love and if I want to have a shelf of Wonder Woman swag...why the heck not. It is no weirder than the Anthropology prof with a shelf full of fertility gods. It means that I will also enjoy my hobby throughout the day. I like that idea.
So the new plan is to Rotate, Curate, Reduce, Purge, and Play. (and Document).
The new game plan is also to Document. I have been spending time listing my dolls in a spreadsheet and recording prices, place of purchase, dates, sculpts, skin tones, etc. This is crucial for insurance purposes of course. This is also a great way to get a handle on just how much you have in a collection. I have been tracking what I still have out on pre-order and what I am planning to sell. I can make more informed estimates about saving for future purchases based on previous spending habits. It is a real eye opener to see it all laid out before you. I plan to further document each doll as I unpack it for display by photographing them all. I was thinking of using CLCTIN. It is sort of like a social media/facebook presence for your collections.
My big question right now is about boxes and storage. It would certainly free up a ton of space if I ditched the original packing and shippers. However, it is so easy to store them in the original packaging and of course makes it easier and sometimes more valuable to sell with the boxes. I have an attic space but have not investigated it yet. Oh how I wish I had a massive garage. But of course, I would expand to fill the spaces if I had them. My current restrictions are likely exactly what I need in order to learn some better habits.
So in addition to documenting everything, I am really trying to make better choices. As I begin to unpack and curate, I am definitely going to be making some hard decisions about who stays and who gets kicked off the island. This cabinet has four glass shelves. My Jem collection alone would barely fit this thing. In addition to Jem, I have the Tonner Superheroes, my steampunk vamps, my Audrey Hepburn movie dolls, Poppy Parker spy dolls, Fashion Royalty/Nu Face, and a few color infusion guys and gals. I also need to really check myself before I jump in and pre-order something new. How does this new doll fit with my current collection? Does the new doll repeat something that I already have? Will the new one replace an old one (meaning I sell the old to make way for the new)?
Right now the Jem collection is the largest, followed by Wonder Woman. I have repeats in the Wonder Woman stuff that could go away without too much trauma. With Jem though, I currently have every doll made so far and I am finding it really difficult to think about selling some of the repetitive dolls. Oh decisions, decisions.
So what do you do to keep yourself in check? What has worked? What has failed? Have you just given up and bought a trailer out back for your dolls?
Skin Tone: Japan
Monday, September 7, 2015
Saturday, August 8, 2015
Mine arrived and she is glorious. The Jerrica head is by far my favorite version so far. Jem is lovely. The box is swell. My only complaint is the inability to display them both at the same time. But you could not do that with the original flip side fashions either. Also, I plan to make the lace oven mitts into fingerless gloves. I think she is still available from hasbro. Many collectors have been picking up a second one even.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
With tax and shipping it was a brutal $170...so if you might actually find one for the same on Ebay if you miss her....but here's hoping she remains available long enough for the true fans to get one.
Coupon codes don't work on her...so don't even try it. the website is SUPER slow at the moment...so be patient.
Monday, June 29, 2015
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Old school Jem fans will know this one as "Like a Dream". The new name, "Twilight in Paris" refers to the music video in which this outfit first appeared. I really dig the nifty box that can shift into an Eiffel Tower display. They really go all out with the little fun details and you can tell that the Integrity designers are legit fans of the line. This is also the first Jem with the Quickswitch head feature which seems made for Jem and the spirit of the Flipside Fashions. But it also means that unlike the "Who is He Kissing" set or the extra dress that came with Glitter n Gold, this set only allows you to display either Jem or Jerrica. You can't have both out unless you get a body donor for Jerrica AND another blue jumpsuit.
"In Stitches" set on Jem would work for the pants and then you just need a blue knit tube top or something for Jerrica under the dress. Looks like this is the FR White skin tone which would match the girl from the Saturday Night Fever set if you are looking to steal a body. Others have pointed out that the screening on this Jem is very similar to Classic Jem. This is also the first attempt at Jerrica's shorter choppy hairstyle.
Based on info I found online, she will be $149.99 at booth 3329 and they will again hold some back to sell directly on www.hasbrotoyshop.com. Don't fail for the crazy eBay prices. The last two years I have been able to get the doll either at retail price or no more than $20 extra. So be patient. They usually put the dolls on sale a week after the convention. Set up your account early and make sure it all works so you are ready when she goes online. If you are a member of the W Club and use the tapatalk forum app for your smart phone, you can set up a push alert and subscribe to the SDCC Jem thread. So whenever someone posts to that thread, you will get an alert. When she goes on sale, you can be sure someone will post there. If you miss her in the hasbro store, you might have to go to eBay...but like I said, be patient and wait for the prices to go down. They will. I can't imagine they do anything less than 1000 pieces for this and possibly more with this being the 30th anniversary and this being a HIGHLY anticipated variant for Jem fans.
Like a bunch of Jem fans, this is one of my favorite outfits from the show and one of my favorite of the original Hasbro offerings. Unlike the Hasbro produced fashion, the Integrity version is accurate to the cartoon animation of the dress. I do love the striped socks from the original outfit and box art and might have to make a pair for nostalgia sake to go with this.