Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving from Feather

Feather is the most thankful kitty I know. Her owners apparently abandoned her when they moved, and she went down the street begging desperately until she found someone stupid enough to take her in.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Maybe there is a Santa Claus after all.

This afternoon I went to Wal-Mart, expecting to possibly buy their Big Ben. It's not something I really want to do, but I feel like I might as well. To my surprise, all the collector dolls had gone into hiding, except for the Basics display.

And that's when I saw her, completely perfect.

I tried to talk myself out of it, but this is the only No. 5 I have seen with even eye paint. Once I had her in my hands, there was no turning back.

Fashion Fever Styles for 2

I've been trying to simmer down my 1/6th collection, it's far too bulky. I finally deboxed a Fashion Fever that had a box big enough for three dolls.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

My Gmarket experience.

I managed to match up the hangul characters in the drop down menu, and ordered two Mimis from this seller page. They offered free shipping within Korea, and promptly mailed my package to the Gmarket re-shipping address. With the initial payment to Gmarket, I had to include roughly $20 for the estimated EMS international shipping.

The only problem with Gmarket's re-shipping service is that they don't re-pack. They toss your box(es) into a larger box and mail that. After they had boxed my box, I had to pay an extra $5~ish, because the initial EMS estimate was too low.

Still, everything came quickly. Here is a basic search for 미미 (Mimi) on Gmarket. You can refine it by navigating through the categories.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Dolls of the World Big Ben pics

I'm not sure what to do, she came with a lazy eye. It's coming to the point where every new Barbie purchase is disappointing. At least it looks good in photos, but I don't live in a photograph. The dress is asymmetrically sewn, a polyester hot mess.

Briti Punk Mimi by Sonokong

I've been meaning to write about her, but there's always a delay. This is a Mimi World doll by Sonokong. I'm not sure how long this face has been in use. Not all the dolls have it, most are less attractive Jenny replicas.

In quality, I think the doll is roughly the same as the Roomwear Jenny. It's not what older Jennys have, but higher than current playline Barbie standards. Clothing is another issue entirely.

I'll have more pics and info once I figure out where I moved the files.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Roomwear Jenny is now mine.

I managed to get a really good deal on eBay. She finally came in the mail yesterday.

She is adorable, but the quality of the paint job is lower than I had expected. She has some paint flecks on her cheeks.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

When did Mattel lose the good head sculptor(s)?

I loved my Disney dolls when I was a young teen, but they eventually lost my interest. I was repacking junk a few months ago when I realized that the first issue John Smith is really quite nice.

Though the head is cartoonish, the understanding of facial anatomy is lightyears ahead of the 2009/2010 male heads. It looks fluid and lifelike from every angle.

The profile is gorgeous.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Astronaut Barbie Repro

A few months ago I gave up the space I had for taking doll photos, so I could have a craft table. I'm king of regretting that now.

This was my latest Barbie purchase. It was a let down. The doll looks good in photos, but very frog-eyed in person. I really like the box art. I wish Mattel would make reusable boxes.