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.