Thursday, 15 October 2015

Doll review: Boo York Boo York Nefera de Nile

Hello my dear doll lovers!
As I told you on my last post, I won't be able to post as often as this summer because I started university again and I don't have that much time to play with dolls. However, a few weeks ago Mr. Monster got me this fabulous gift for my birthday and I think that deserves a post. Yes, you're right, the gift was a gorgeous Boo York Boo York Nefera de Nile doll!


As many Monster High fans, I wanted a second Nefera de Nile doll, so I couldn't hold my excitement when the first Boo York Boo York doll line images were leaked (you can read the post I wrote for Doll Observers by clicking here). Despite that, there are a couple of things about this doll I'm not totally happy with. If you want to find out why, you have to keep reading.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Tagged: Liebster Award

Hello everyone!
Sorry I haven't posted in a while, but I've started University again and I just don't have the time to post. I wanted to do a doll review before I started classes, but thanks to the wonderful postal service of Spain I haven't been able to do so. However, I took some free time to write this blog post. 



I've been tagged for the Liebster Award by Black Kitty from The Multicrafteral Lab. The whole point of the Liebster Award is to get to know other bloggers better and to discover new blogs. Here are the rules of the Liebster Award:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog
2. Give your readers 11 random facts about yourself.
3. Answer the 11 questions from the person who nominated you.
4. Nominate 11 bloggers to receive this award.
5. Invent 11 questions for your nominees.


So here we go...

Friday, 11 September 2015

Doll review: Monster Exchange Marisol Coxi

Hello ghouls and mansters!

Today I'm going to review Marisol Coxi, the daughter of the maricoxi (similar to a Big Foot), who attends Monster High as part of a Monster Exchange program. She was introduced as part of the Monster Exchange doll line, along with Lorna McNessie (you can read our review of Lorna here). She happens to be Abbey Bominable's cousin, but neither their looks or their personalities have nothing in common.

Marisol Coxi Monster High review


Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Doll Selfies (part 2)

Hello ghouls and mansters! What have you been up to?

Last week I got a little bit sick and I can't go to work because my job requires to be standing up the whole day and carrying a lot o weight, which is something I can't do right now. The possitive part of it is that I can stay home and take pictures of my dolls when I feel better.

Actually, I was planning to write a review of Monster Exchange Marisol Coxi, but yesterday I started to feel that I prefered to do post about doll selfies because I always have so much fun when I take pictures pretending like the dolls are taking a selfie. This is actually the second doll selfie post I write, you can take a look at the first one here.


Howleen Wolf doll selfie

Friday, 4 September 2015

Doll review: Monster Exchange Lorna McNessie

Hello ghouls and mansters! How are you?

Today I want to review a doll that I LOVED the first time I saw her at San Diego Comicon 2014. It's Lorna McNessie, from Monster High's Monster Exchange doll line. Lorna is the daughter of the Loch Ness monster and has just transfered to Monster High from Rotland. 


Sunday, 23 August 2015

The odyssey of finding a doll in Spain

Hello ghouls and mansters, how are you?
Sorry I haven't posted in a while, but I've been away on holidays with Mr. Monster visiting the beautiful north of Spain and running away from the local holidays of my hometown. While I was there, I went dollhunting, but I didn't find anything interesting, so I got an idea for this blog post.

First of all, I want to say that this is my personal opinion based on my experiences as an adult doll collector, and it's based basically on the dolls that I'm more familiar with, like Monster High, Barbie and Ever After High. 

It all started with my quest to find Porter Geiss at a store. Besides Vandala, I got my Haunted girls (Kiyomi and River) at toy stores. However, it annyoed me that none of the stores I went to had Porter. I asked to one of the biggest doll collectors I know in my country if they knew where to find Porter and he told me to go to a store called Juguettos, because Porter was in there. Well, I might be the unluckiest person in this planet, because I've been to 5 or 6 Juguettos stores and I haven't been able to find him. I even asked some of the people working on this stores and they told me they never received a boy in the Haunted boxes, even one of the employees suggested that the boy could be released later, which I know is not the case with Porter.

While looking for Porter, it catched my attention the amount of old Monster High dolls that they have in the shelves at high prices, like for example the Scaris dolls at 28,90€. I also noticed that in Spain we seem to have problems to get the second wave of any Monster High line. Has anyone from Spain seen the New Scaremester wave 2 dolls in stores? I had to buy Catty Noir and Invisi Billy from Amazon.co.uk almost a year ago. But you can still find some of the New Scaremester wave 1 dolls in stores for 26,90€. Being this said, I have no hope to find Monster Exchange wave 2 dolls in stores.

New Scaremester Catty and Invisi Billy

 And don't make me talk about Ever After High's distribution in Spain. We still haven't seen signature Duchess Swan, Lizzie Hearts or even Cedar Wood, that was released more than a year ago. They have also been removed from big retailers like El Corte Inglés, where one of their employees told me that "They don't manufacture them anymore" (read more about it here) which I know it's not true. Probably the reason is that they were not selling them, but if after a year on the shelves you are still retailing the Thronecoming dolls for more than 30€ each, parents are probably choosing a cheaper doll to buy for their kids. 

Also, if we get a doll line, sometimes we get it like a hundred years later than other countries, even if they are sold at an international shop like Toys'r'us. For example, the Swim Class line arrived to Toys'r'us a year later (literally) than to other countries, or Iris Clops, that's been avaliable on Toys'r'us.com for a couple of months, but still hasn't been spotted on other countries.

I don't really like buying my dolls on line because I don't want to get the wonky eyed one and I prefer to examine the dolls before buying them, but if my local toy store doesn't bring the doll line that I want, I have no other choice than buying them at Amazon.com. And probably the most frustrating thing about this is that if I buy dolls on line from the USA and pay 18€ of shipping, I'm still buying them at a much cheaper price than in a toy store in Spain. How is that possible?

I really want to buy dolls in Spain, and I don't know if this lack of dolls on the spanish stores is the stores fault or the manufacturer's. I also know that I'm not an influential blogger and that probably very few people will read the whole post, but I hope my small post can help change the things in a near future.

Do you guys have the same problems in your countries? Tell me about your experiences buying dolls.

M.C.

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Doll unboxing and review: Gooliope Jellington

Hello ghouls and mansters! What have you been up to? Sorry I haven't posted in a while, but I've had some problems with my job and also I've been painting some house furniture. Finally, I manage to write a new post and review a doll I'm very excited about: Gooliope Jellington!

Gooliope is a giant blob girl who works at the Freak du Chic circus as a ringmaster. In her bio it says she's the daughter of the unknown, but if you read her diary, it's hinted that Gooliope is an experiment gone wrong that was abandoned and adopted by her new circus family. 


Sunday, 26 July 2015

I'm a backer! Giving support to iBesties

Hello there!
I just wanted to make a quick post to tell you that I just supported iBesties: Middle School Moguls project on Kickstarter. iBesties is a line of fashion dolls that wants to encourage little girls to become future CEOs and Tech Leaders. The line features 6 characters, each one with her own interests and talents, from Sarah, the group blogger, to McKenna, the business expert.

If you want to know more about the iBesties, visit their own website. Also, you can back up this project on Kickstarter. For just 40$ you can get a doll and a signed copy of the book, but hurry up, because they only have 4 days left to reach their goal!

I think that this project is important because, despite that I do belive in equality, there's still a lot to be done. At my job, I get a lot of disrespectful comments or even get questioned if I can do my job the same way my male workmates do. I really hope this project starts making the difference and encourages little girls into becoming what they want.

What do you guys think about this project? Are you supporting them?

M.C.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Doll unboxing and review: Amanita Nightshade

Hello my dear doll lovers! What have you been up to?

Today I'm going to review Monster High's Amanita Nightshade, the daughter of the Corpse Flower, who blooms each 1.300 years. Amanita is part of the Gloom and Bloom line, being her, the Corpse Flower, the main protagonist of this event. Amanita  has a huge ego, as she considers herself a gorgeous monster that deserves being treated as a princess.


Amanita Nightshade

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Barbie Crafts

Hello there doll lovers! How are you?

I haven't posted in a couple of weeks because Mr. Monster and I went on  a holiday trip to Italy, to visit the beautiful city of Florence, so we were quite busy preparing everything and I didn't have time to write any blog posts. 

As you might know, despite that I mainly collect Monster High dolls, I also have some playline Barbie dolls and a couple of Ever After High dolls, so some time ago I thought that it would be nice to make a blog post dedicated to those other dolls that I collect that are not Monster High.

Today is Barbie's turn. When I was a little girl, I had a lot of Barbies and I loved them, in fact, I never stopped loving Barbie, I just stopped playing with them. As an adult, I kept track of the new Barbie lines, but I never decided to buy them. I thought they were nice and pretty, but I never had the courage or whatever to buy them and start a collection. However, when in 2010 Mattel released the Monster High line, I automatically fell in love with them, specially I was very interested in Frankie Stein. Robecca Steam was the doll that made me decide to start a Monster High collection. Well, actually I was just going to buy a couple of dolls, and now I have more than 50 Monster High dolls. 

Despite my main interest were (and still are) Monster High dolls, some time ago I started feeling a renewed interest for the Barbie line, specially for a cute redhead called Midge. I wanted Life in the Dreamhouse Midge so badly, and it took me quite a long time to find her, but I finally got her during a trip to the Netherlands.

Life in the Dreamhouse Midge

Since then, I've been more interested in Barbie than before, and even got some Luxe Style Barbie dolls. However, as an adult, I haven't bought any Barbie character dolls (well, except for one Barbie silkstone that is still on her box) , I only have two Midge, one Raquelle and one Teresa. I'm more interested in the other characters mainly because as a child I only got Barbie character dolls and very few dolls from other characters that I loved like Christie or Teresa. 

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Doll unboxing and review: River Styxx

Hello ghouls and mansters!
On our last post we did a review on Monster High's Kiyomi Haunterly and now is turn to review River Styxx, also from the Haunted movie related doll line. Initially, I didn't plan on doing a review on her, but after doing Kiyomi's I kind of felt that I HAD TO review River. Also I've found out that by doing a review I pay more atention to all the details in the dolls and appreciate more the designers' work.

River Styxx is the daughter of the Grimm Reaper, but, unlike her father, she's very cheerful and loves bright colours. She's a R.I.P (Reaper In Preparation), which means she's getting her license to take spirits to the ghost world.

River Styxx


Sunday, 28 June 2015

Doll unboxing and review: Kiyomi Haunterly

Hi ghouls and mansters! What have you been up to this week?

As I told you on one of my latest post, I'd like to introduce some new content to the blog, such as shop reviews (like the one I did of The Daughter Who Sews) instead of all being crafts I do, because, let's be sincere, I don't have the time for crafting right now. 
 
One of the things I wanted to add to the blog was some dolls and doll lines reviews, in which I could express my personal opinion about this toy line in particular. I got this idea pretty much inspired by The Toy Box Philosopher, who makes great and very complete doll reviews. Probably my review is not as complete or detailed as hers, but I really want to give it a try.

For my first review I've chosen Kiyomi Haunterly, from Monster High's Haunted movie and doll line. Kiyomi is the daughter of the Noppera Bo, a faceless ghost from the japanese culture. She's a student at Haunted High, a high school for ghost that's located on the ghost world.


First, let's start with the box. The Haunted dolls come with this new box desing that's almost completely clear, so you can see all the content inside the box. Also, is quite easy to open without breaking it, so I guess it's easier to open for younger kids.

Kiyomi Haunterly Haunted box


Sunday, 21 June 2015

Back to Dollywood

Hello ghouls and mansters!
It's been almost a year since I started trying to post on a regular basis, but it has been a hard year for me. Last summer Mr. Monster and I moved together to an old house that needed a huge makeover, so we spent all the summer cleaning, plastering and painting. Then I had a lot of changes at my job and when I finally got used to them, I got changes again. Furthermore, I have my studies, so I don't have much spare time to enjoy my dolls.

Fortunatelly, yesterday I got my final exams, so that means that I'm free until september. I always have to go to take my final exams to a bigger city, so after the exams I go doll hunting. 
Last time I went, back in January, I wasn't very lucky, as I only found Casta Fierce and she was quite expensive for a playline doll, but this time, I found 4 dolls and 3 of them were a real bargain. 

Monster High dolls in box

The first shop I went to was El Corte Inglés. If you are not familiar with the spanish shop companies, you will have never heard of this, but sometimes El Corte Inglés gets the exclusive dolls that in USA gets Wallmart or Target because here we don't have those stores. El Corte Inglés is not my favourite shop to buy my dolls, mainly because they have higher prizes than other shops (the Haunted dolls were 30€ while other shops had them for 25€) but also because they don't seem to care much about what they sell. 

The second shop I visited was Toys'r'us and I had a much more possitive experience than with El Corte Inglés. I took advantage of some ofers plus a bonus discount I had for having the customer card and got Amanita Nightshade and River Styxx for 35€ both of them. Unfortunately, they didn't have Porter Geiss, who was the one I was looking for.

I still wanted Porter, so I went to a hypermarket that was very close to search for him. They didn't have him, but signature Raven Queen was on sale for just 7€ so I got her. The next stop was another toy store called Juguettos, were someone told me they had seen him at a reasonable prize, but he wasn't there either. The guy on the cashline didn't know much about Monster High, but he offered to check out if they had him on the backstore. They didn't so I ended up getting Creepateria Cleo de Nile,that I consider one of the most gorgeous dolls of her ever made. I have already unboxed her and taken some pictures:

Creepateria Cleo

My collection has increased quite a bit since last year. Last spring, I had around 20 dolls and today I may have almost 50. Also, despite that I mainly collect Monster High dolls, I've fallen for some Ever After High characters (that will probably join my collections sooner or later) and also I'm enjoying some of the new Barbie Style Luxe dolls. This are more or less the dolls that I currently have on my collection:


Plus the ones that I still have in their boxes:



So, what have you been up to this year? What are your plans for summer?

Blog to you soon.
MC

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Happy World Doll Day

Hello ghouls and mansters! It's been such a long time since I last posted!

Today is World Doll Day so I wanted to make a quick post to tell you a little bit about this day and celebrate it with some pictures of my dolls.
Here's the story:
 
So, you have not heard of World Doll Day?  This is not surprising as of an hour ago, I hadn't conceived the idea. To make it happen. I need cooperation of every doll collector, every magazine editor, doll newsletter, doll shop, library, doll maker, mother, grand­mother, father, grandfather, and all the stray aunts and uncles. The first World Doll Day is the Second Saturday of June 1986. Give a doll to a grownup, child in the family or just a friend.  If you don't have a child to give a doll to - find one. There are many children with no dolls.

Think of it this way and ship a doll to another country.  I have always felt that the common doll could be an instrument of world understanding. From the first time I started writing books on doll making, I had the hope that dolls would help make friends all over the world and develop a little love among all.

World Doll Day will also be a day for doll exhibits. It is my hope that all libraries will have a special doll exhibit. Museums will publicize their doll exhibits and have special doll exhibits at this time.  Magazines will put out special editions.  Doll stores will put on campaigns weeks ahead.  Doll Makers will make special dolls for World Doll Day.  There will be doll competitions with World Doll Day awards, plaques and trophies.

The logo is made from artist Boots Tyner's doll representing a child. The child carries a German bisque doll to represent this doll collectors gift.  Feel free to copy the logo or have one made.

Everyone can enjoy the fun as there are no fees, no permission needed, no obligations, nobody owns the day, no club, no company.  It's a free- for- all, take up the day, its ideas and fly with it.  Lets do it now.  World Doll Day.

If you think World Doll Day is a good idea, then appoint yourself a committee of one to do something about it--only then can it become a reality.  Would you tell five people,  ask them to tell five people, and each of them tell five people and so on.  World Doll Day's birthday is June 14, 1986.

Sincerely,
Mil and Vernon Seeley

P.S. This letter may be copied and copied again and again until the world knows about World Doll Day.

 I have not really decided what I'm going to do today, because I don't have anyone to buy a doll for. I really love dolls and I just wish I had someone to share my hobby with, but none of my nephews seems to like dolls.

Coffin Bean diorama

My collection has increased a little bit since I last posted, but I still have some of the dolls that I bought last summer in their boxes. I wish I had more time to play with them! I still collect mainly Monster High dolls, but I've fallen for the Style Barbie dolls, and also I'm dying to get my hands on the new Barbie fashionistas.

Shelfie!


Midge barbie dolls
I mainly collect Monster High dolls,
but I love Midge!

How are you going to celebrate World Doll Day? Are you going to give a doll to someone?

M.C.