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Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
1:26 am - I got Crystal!


She finally popped back in stock. I think there are 3 left. Go if you want her!

ETA: Also, Nowinstock failed me once again. I got her by refreshing obsessively while watching Mysteries at the Castle.

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12:59 am - Got a little bit done.

Size comparison

I got the Zelfs deboxed and all photographed!

And then I noticed a hole in Elfa's head. She's the yellow one and one of my favorite characters from Series 1 and from all the series really. So I was really very disappointed that she's just got a gaping hole in her. I wrote the seller and they're sending me a replacement for free, which is very nice, but also something they should do, considering they sent me a damaged toy. I didn't expect totally free though, especially considering the international shipping, so that's a nice surprise.

Maybe on Friday I'll get more done. I definitely want to do the Earth 2 Jane scans, because the art is awesome.

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Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
7:38 pm - Whew

Two hours later, Marsupilami found and some plushies set aside for being put in more nets once I get them in. Marsupilami naturally was not in The Mountain at all, but it needed redoing anyway, because I had to pull some to be put in the new nets. I finally found him in one of my oldest nets, which I had checked last night but didn't dig far enough in. SIGH.

And now I'm worn out and I'm just gonna lie around reading.

current mood: tired

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4:34 pm - PISSED.

So that list of plans? Maybe the Zelfs things will get done, since they're easy to debox and photograph, but the others are being delayed.

For two reasons:

1) I wanted my Marsupilami plush last night and can't find him. I'm pretty sure he's in The Mountain. Which means I have to go digging, since he wasn't where I dug last night.

2) I just found out they've made Katana the DCSG SDCC exclusive. Really? The Asian character from the main lineup is relegated to SDCC, taking her out of the hands of the majority of the target market? She'd better fucking be in the regular second wave, too. But I'm seriously pissed off about this and that makes me not want to do anything doll-related. Hence why I'm about to dig through a bunch of stuffed animals. Seriously though, SDCC is supposed to be alternate versions of existing characters that may be skewed more towards the adult fanbase (B&W Frankie, Deadfast Ghoulia, Ghostbusters Frankie, all three EAH girls) or obscure characters that would be more appreciated by the adult fanbase (Wydowna, Scarah, Manny, Iris, Whisp, Valentine, Hexiciah). It is NOT core members of the cast, especially core PoC members of the cast, which can be hard enough to get made to begin with. (Related side note: I'm also pissed at Funko because they're doing TV Preacher Pops and they've left out Tulip. One of the TRILOGY. Come the fuck on.)

Okay, I'm going to go dig through plushies. It will soothe me.

current mood: pissed off

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4:12 am - Catching up


-Large Zelfs E-Vett, Cheffrey and Harmonie
-SDCC Raven (Nope, I still never have.)

-Large Zelfs
-Ruben's Barn soft dolls that arrived today
-Plush Zelfs since they should arrive tomorrow

-Earth 2 Jane scrapbook

-Finish Part 2 of my Barbie entry so I can move on to a few less involved topics.
-E2J art

Granted, all that may get sidetracked, because the new Descendants book will arrive in tomorrow's mail also, and I've gotten hooked on Mysteries at the Castle and I have The Hateful Eight to watch.

Let's say these are plans for tomorrow and Friday with my goal being to get it all done before the end of Friday. That seems more doable.

I've been stalking ebay to no avail. No new EAH attained. Yet.

I did get the tall blonde and curvy mesh Fashionistas sets at Target today:

2016 Fashionistas collection 1

The tall blonde's head was wrenched back and held down by a few misplaced plastic Ts. I took the risk and brought her home, thinking that was likely the problem and it was. Her head/face is just oddly long and narrow though. I've seen better examples of this mold. But she's also very unique and I like most of her clothing pieces. The mesh curvy girl is cute and I like her main outfit a lot. I was so glad to see that what looked like a striped dress with random black fins poking out was actually a striped dress with slits so high you have to wear something under it and a separate black skirt. "Stormer" got the black skirt, because it goes better with her top than the denim thing she had. I ended up keeping all her pieces except the white purse, which went into my sales bits bag. Stormer got the mesh girl's pink purse and I think that white top with the pink rectangles will look cute on a tall doll. It doesn't quite fit right on the curvy ones. The chartreuse skirt was a keeper, too. From the blonde, I kept everything but the brown purse and brown boots. She has such lovely clothes in beautiful colors. Why the brown bits? Ew. A melony pink would have been nice instead. Thankfully, I had the yellow shoes for the tall Asian girl to wear that totally clashed with her stock but look cute with the blonde's dress. The Caucasian redhead got redressed last week or so in some random pieces. The black redhead's outfit is mostly nice, but I want better cut shorts for her. The blonde's are so much cuter.

I so need names for these girls...

And now waiting for the ebay emails to come in and then heading to bed.

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Friday, May 20th, 2016
7:32 pm - Wow!

So in early May, I won little Pinecone on ebay for only $9.99.

Ruben"s Barn pinecone

I thought that was a great deal and was surprised more people didn't buy the other characters. The seller had the complete set of 12:
They're $24.98 each on Magic Cabin and that's even without shipping.

I was even more shocked to see the seller relist all 11 in one group auction...starting at $9.99. I put in a bid, because they're too damn cute to pass up for that cheap. A couple other bidders went for them, too, but I won them tonight for $21.71. I got 11 dolls for less than the cost of ONE at regular price.

I'm still totally shocked. Mom's going to keep some in her room, because she likes them, too.

current mood: shocked

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Saturday, May 14th, 2016
6:21 pm - VVD now a blog!


While I will still be using here for babbling and Flickr for photos, I'm now working on a more formal blog for my doll collecting. I plan on doing overviews of lines I collect, discussions of previews for upcoming products like Toy Fair and SDCC, reviews, etc. I will probably be doing my rankings there. VVD here will be for more personal stuff, rants, incoming squees, things like that.

At the moment, it's just a welcome post and an overview of Jem. I'm taking a break right now and then tackling an overview of Charlie Bears. I plan on doing a post on a vintage line and then a modern one, over and over until I run out. I made a whole list of ones I want to feature, so we've got awhile to go before I run out of topics. And I'm sure I missed several, too.

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Wednesday, May 11th, 2016
2:28 pm - Ha! So predictable.

"I'm an adult fan and my money buys their products, too. And these lines aren't just aimed at kids. There are definitely things for adults, so I have a say blah blah blah."

*Company produces convention exclusive clearly aimed at adult fans*

"This isn't what I wanted! Who would like this ugly thing? Not the kids this line is for!"

My fandoms, ladies and gents. My fandoms.

Splinter is so mine and I'll be able to get her at a great price, because the majority of the people in my fandom have no sack think she's creepy. You go, Mattel. You give us creepy puppet Cedar. Because both Cerise and Raven were amped up badass versions of themselves, so why shouldn't Cedar be, too? I love the mouth. I love the nose. She's insane! And clearly aimed at adults like these convention dolls tend to be. But no, all they want is more frilly frou frou shit, even though that's not what Cerise and Raven are at all, so why expect it? Silly fandom. Splinter is for me.

And then there's the Ghostbusters doll, where I actually laughed out loud at the person who bitched "Kids aren't going to know these movies!" Well, they'll know the fucking new one, won't they? I am truly surrounded by idiots. More for me at lower prices, kiddies. Mwahaha!

current mood: amused

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1:30 am - Yay, incoming

I made a good sale today (and had a weird experience with it, which I'm not going to write about here in hopes that everything goes smoothly...I'll go into detail if I need to later) and now have these incoming.
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Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
1:29 am - Zelfs PLUSH!

So obviously, I love me some Zelfs. And I've been asking myself since they came out why they haven't tried plush ones yet. Well, I stumbled across some on ebay. FINALLY.
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current mood: excited

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Saturday, May 7th, 2016
5:02 am - I am insane.

Barbie Sweet Roses PJ

I snapped out of my allergy blah around when I was talking about bears, so I started my nostalgia project! Tonight's topics: Barbie and Maxie.

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3:10 am - New bear!

I haven't bought a new bear since Graeme arrived, because he is way awesome, but my gift certificate expires on the 15th and there's a Cinco de Mayo promo going on, so I'm hoping I can use the gift cert and still qualify for the promo (which includes another $5 gift cert I can use on one of my pre-orders). Either way, I'm using the gift cert to buy a lower-priced bear this week. I'm not letting that $5 go to waste. I was going to order one of the Gorjuss dolls, but that would leave me with hardly any money and I need to use this coupon!

I had a post asking you guys to help me pick between two, but I went back to the bear pics and really looked over the multiple versions of each one and decided I really love this Blog.

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And I would be upset if I missed him, so I'm going to order him when I hear back from Valerie.

If for some reason, I can't use the coupon and count toward the promo, I'll just pay the full price on him and get the promo bonuses, then buy Dipsy, the other one I wanted, with the coupon next payday. It doesn't expire til the 15th, so I'll just make it in time.

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1:27 am - New plushies

Ruben"s Barn pinecone

Little Pinecone invites you to come to Flickr.

My allergies are acting up, so I've gotten only a couple book reviews and these few photos accomplished today. Eventually, I'll start that nostalgia project. I've got to make it through Mother's Day and then the dentist on Tuesday and then I hopefully will be ready to work on something fun.

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Friday, May 6th, 2016
4:04 pm - Buyer problems update


I updated everything.

I really want all this stuff settled. I want that trade to get here without me having to report that person as a bad trader. I want my shipping overcharge refund. And I want my Goolis to arrive safely.

I'm so poor these days that I have to be really choosy about what I spend on and I seriously do not need this added stress for the few purchases I can make! Argh.

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4:21 am - EAH Blather

I am bored, but not ready for bed yet, so a little ranking should get me sleepy. I have cut down a lot of my EAH collection, but I thought it might be fun to look at what I have left and talk about plans for each character's future in my collection.
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Monday, May 2nd, 2016
2:48 am - Maybe...

I might do a photo project on childhood toys that were important to me. I don't think I'll dig them all out, since some of the smalls are in my inaccessible drawer, but I'm going to make a list here to remind me which ones to shoot.

-Barbie: Sweet Roses PJ, Rockers Dana and Derek, Dance Club Kayla
-Rose Petal Place Iris
-Chipmunks/Chipettes poseables
-SSC Raspberry and Lime
-Star Fairies Whisper
-Sylvanian Families
-Rainbow Brite
-Pretty Little Pups
-Cozyheart Penguin
-Battle Beasts

current mood: nostalgic

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Saturday, April 30th, 2016
4:14 pm - It boggles the mind.

I am continually amazed by how stupid people are being about the MH flashback.


Like how is that hard? We do not know the whole story behind why they're doing this. People seem to be going by that poorly-worded video and thinking they made them look sweeter based on kids and parents? But they might just need to look younger, because, oh, I dunno, it's a FLASHBACK story and THEY ARE YOUNGER. We don't know yet. Because like Jon Snow, we know nothing. Or rather, we know so little that we may as well just say we know nothing.

2) *whine* The quality has gone down.

Oh, what you mean is that not everything is for you now. That's really what you mean to say. Because the quality has not "gone down" with the unarticulated dolls or the ones with molded on clothes and shoes. It has simply changed focus. The line has expanded itself to include a younger audience. I'm a bit flabbergasted as to why the box on the super basic dolls says 6+ when clearly these are meant for much younger than that. But then, I don't know toy laws and don't profess to. Now if the quality is less on the dolls like that Nefera 2-pack or Shriek-Wrecked or any of the more articulated, more detailed lines, then this is a legit complaint. But the expansion of the line to include simpler dolls meant for younger children does not mean the quality has gone down.

3) *whine* Change is bad and everyone hates it.

Oh, wow, you know everyone? Like every single person on the planet? That must be exhausting. Guess what. I don't hate it. So you're automatically incorrect. Also, grow up. Change is not necessarily a bad thing and you need to give it a chance before truly judging. How do you people survive in daily life? Because change is a thing. And we all have to deal with it. Again, we do not know the big picture, but what I do know is that MH sales are down. The line has been around for 6 years now, which is pretty long-lived in Toy World. And I'm sure most people have noticed a decline in sales. The same dolls have been sitting in my stores for months. Barely any have sold. This is when you NEED to change things up and try something new. Would you really just want the line to disappear without them even trying something to save it? I've seen people use the tired old "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" line, but it IS broken. Poor sales indicate that.

4) *bluster* I'm an adult and I have more money than children and my money matters so I need to have a say in everything. Why doesn't Mattel cater to my every need?

If you're an adult, ACT LIKE ONE. Because that is a child's entitlement tantrum right there.

I can't wait for these to fully release so I can watch the morons backpedal or try to bitch on my Flickr and I can gleefully block them. I've already unfollowed one person on Tumblr and one on Flickr for pulling some of this entitled bullshit.

As a matter of fact, I think I will stop at Walmart after work and see if they have the new $5 budgets. Those ballet EAH ones are actually really cute.

current mood: aggravated

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Friday, April 29th, 2016
3:08 am - Update

Instead of referencing every issue I wrote about yesterday, I added updates in bold on each situation:

Basically, one has good news, one has bad (so far) news.

I'm off tomorrow and I really need to debox my Fierce Rockers. They've been sitting there for a couple weeks, I think. No idea what else I'm gonna do.

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Thursday, April 28th, 2016
1:23 am - Argh

People have been maximum dumb lately. Here's what I'm dealing with.

-Purchased ebay item 4/21. Tracking number provided 4/21. Actual shipping date? Today.

UPDATE: Received.

-Purchased ebay item 4/22. Tracking number provided 4/22. Actual shipping date? HAS NOT HAPPENED YET.

UPDATE: I contacted the seller today and she's perplexed, because the package was supposedly shipped with a bunch of others on Saturday the 23rd. She's going to the post office to look into this, but I hope she kept a receipt, because the tracking number I have only shows a label printed, no acceptance at any post office. I wasn't too worried about this, because there's another of these items, just slightly more expensive, on ebay, but then I realized it's from the same seller I had an issue with making offers on a different character from the same line...only this is the same bad seller under a second ID. Why do you have two ebay IDs? SUSPICIOUS. The only others of these two characters are like $20 more, so we'll see what happens here. I hope she has more info tomorrow. I am in touch with the designer of these plushies though and have my two favorites on the way from him with plans to buy a purse from the same line, so I could add some more plushies on to there. I'll get them eventually.

UPDATE #2: Refunded. Lost in mail. Poor Shummi. Poor me having to track down a reasonably-priced replacement.

-Arranged trade. Said I would send out my end last Tuesday (not yesterday, but last week). Had something come up, said I'd send Wednesday. Partner was fine with it. Days go by. I do not receive my end. Ask about it. Hasn't been fucking shipped yet, because person lives in boonies and has no car. I bite my tongue, because I actually already have the item I'm trading for now, but say they can either ship it soon or pay me if that's easier and politely inform them that this information is REALLY UTTERLY CRUCIAL when you're looking to trade with people. This type of info NEEDS to be provided in your WTT posts. You NEED to be up front with people or you will get a rep as a bad trader RIGHT FUCKING QUICK. Most people are not as easygoing and understanding as me, but I need communication. NEED IT. It is like the air. I require it. Anyone who is buying, selling or trading cannot ever communicate too mch, I swear. Keep me posted of every step. That's great. That's fine. Just keep me posted.

UPDATE: Still not here. Contacting today and asking for tracking.

-Won 3 Li'l Zelfs on ebay on 4/23. Requested total the next day. Heard nothing. Sent message yesterday? Or maybe today? Heard nothing. Requested total again tonight. Another person who bought from the same batch already received theirs. Like what the fuck, don't you want your money? Do you not like money? Why would you ignore your buyer? I do not get it. But I will be calling ebay to step in if I don't hear something in a couple days, because I'm not getting a non-paying bidder mark over this. I'm not paying someone that won't give me a total or talk to me. That does not seem like a wise idea. They do not get my money until I get some communication. Asshat.

UPDATE: Received.

-Won 4 Yowie plushies today and was sent an invoice that said $25 for 1st Class shipping. Hold the phone. How in the world do you think 1st Class could ever be TWENTY-FIVE DOLLARS? Also, these are four eight-inch tall plushies with fat asses. There is no way they weigh less than 13 ounces, which is the limit for 1st Class. I asked for them to please do better on shipping, because these should be able to fit in a Large Flat Rate box, which provides a free shipping box that gets them to me safely (not an overstuffed plastic envelope or something), tracked and insured for $18.75. And even that, in my opinion, is overpaying for shipping. So he's going to get a box and see if they fit. If they don't, I guess I'll pay the $25, but when they get here, I am weighing that box and calculating shipping and asking where the extra $____ went because believe you me, that box will not cost $25. And I have a Large Flat Rate here at home, so I will be seeing myself if they fit or not.

UPDATE: Received today. Actual shipping cost? $13.55. Have asked for a refund on the extra $11.45, saying I don't mind paying a minor handling fee, but that is not minor.

On the other hand, we've got awesome overly trusting artist guy, who I'm buying 2 plush from and he said "Just add on some extra for shipping." Like...just extra? Any extra? Like fifty cents? Being well-equipped and well-mannered, I asked for his zipcode, weighed the similar plush I have, multiplied by two and calculated shipping myself, so I don't undercharge him. He's cool though. I'm very grateful for his help and I'll provide more info once they arrive and I get some pics taken.

UPDATE: Supposedly shipped Wednesday, but I have no tracking. I will ask for one if they're not in tomorrow's mail.

But yeah, he is a bright light shining out of a sea of dumbass darkness lately. I haven't had this many issues with poor service all together in a long time.

current mood: irritated

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Monday, April 25th, 2016
3:46 am - Yay!

I won my first Jossie doll on ebay! I may never get another, because not many pop up on ebay, but I got this one:

No clothes, just the nude doll, but I'm going to see what I have that fits her, then import her a pair of shoes, since I'm not sure I have any of those that will work. Although I might. I do have a lot of shoes. We'll see.

She wasn't one of the 3 I had picked out for my want list, but her short silver bob, pretty blue eyes and cute mouth make her a lot better than other options. I mean, I knew this seller had one more and being that it's a rare Japanese doll from a US seller, I would have bought any one they put up, so this is as close to ideal as I could have hoped, because while not Top 3, she is way better than so many of the other ones. Another bidder popped up during the last 4 seconds, but I still got her for $26 plus shipping. A very sweet deal.

She'll likely be my only doll purchase for awhile, unless I get Jodi from Make It Pop to go along with my Sun-Hi and Corki. But I will likely wait to pick up Jodi either on sale or with my next rewards coupon. I've mostly been buying plush (a couple ragdolls, Gooli Monsters, a Sugar Loaf bird, Destiny from Finding Dory), Yowie stuff and 3 Li'l Zelfs. I have one other doll coming, Millennium Ball Stella from Italy, but I plan to start saving and get something bigger next.

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