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Thursday, June 23rd, 2016
2:47 am - Well, that was interesting.

tanz_fanatika
So I was disappointed when the Wellie Wishers didn't go live at midnight, considering that's also midnight AG time. But I followed up on my secondary theory, that they'd go live midnight Pacific and I was right.

I skimmed down the page, gleefully looking at all the things I didn't want. Yay. My final wishlist for this particular release is:
-All 5 dolls
-Emerson's ballet costume
-Camille's Ocean Treasures set

That's it. All of the accessory sets are cute, but I only really want the mermaid-themed one. Although mayyyyyybe I'll get Kendall's tools when I get around to buying her. The PJs are also cute, but for $20, I opted to hold off and see if any other clothes fit these girls. Like my even cuter HFHG PJs. And the bunny set is adorable, but way overpriced. Although if it was guinea pigs, I'd get it.

And how fucking cute is that butterfly doll carrier? OMFG.

So then the debating began.

If I wanted Emerson's ballet outfit, I should get that with her, but did I want to spend that much right away? Also, that tutu is kinda short and I'd love to see someone else's owner pics first. Although who are we really kidding, it's GRAY and purple and that's really enough to get me to buy it.

Second consideration: if I only wanted the ocean set, I should get that and Camille. I put the ocean set in my cart and then stuck Ashlyn in there because I was on her page and wanted to see the $5 come off in the cart. It did. So I went back to Camille's page and was going to debate whether I had firmly decided on her or not. And her add to bag button had turned from pink to gray. I was surprised she of all dolls had sold out so quickly. I poked at Emerson and she was still there, then I tried to go back to the main sales page and it took me back to "arriving in just 0 day" page. I freaked, thinking either they were selling like hotcakes or the site was crashing. I noticed I still had my bag, so I quickly deleted the ocean accessories and zipped through checkout with Ashlyn.

And then after I checked out, the website was fine.

Apparently fate decreed Ashlyn was for me, and so she was. The debate is finally over.

current mood: excited

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Friday, June 17th, 2016
9:13 pm - Pet Peeve

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When a dealer gets a doll in stock before Amazon and lists it there at scalper-level prices and I see the "add to cart" button and get excited, thinking Amazon got it in, but it's just an overpriced dealer.

And then I keep seeing that taunting orange button every time I refresh because no one is going to pay almost $33 for that Cleo with a kitty.

current mood: annoyed

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12:45 am - They just keep getting CUTER.

tanz_fanatika
AG is pointedly not revealing any price point info or specifics about the dolls (which you'd think the people asking over and over on Facebook would have figured out by now and would just fucking CHILL), but the Wellie Wishers are set to debut next week! Thursday, June 23rd will bring them to us. I've been getting more and more excited for these and this article has some amazing (despite oversaturation on the lower ones) pics:
http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/childrens-products/toy-reviews/news/a38990/american-girl-new-dolls/

My problem is that I can likely afford only one next week, because I'm right in the middle of new doll time and I was saving for Les Mistinguettes instead. I need to pay a bill, give Mom some money and then I can buy one Wellie Wisher.

BUT WHICH ONE?

ARGH.

I initially thought I'd be torn over Emerson and Willa, but Ashlyn is so cute in these new pics that she's a heavy contender now, too. I know it won't be Kendall (who will likely be the last I get, as her outfit is not appealing to me at all even though the doll is cute) or Camille (even though Camille is super adorable and I love her outfit and shorter hair and little beauty mark). My mom loves Willa and I think she's the fullest package from head to toe. I like her outfit better than Emerson's and Ashlyn's. But if I got her, I think I'd pine for the other two quite a bit. Ashlyn's little freckles are just so cute because they're in unusual places. Willa has the more standard freckle pattern for dolls. I will eventually buy new clothes for both Ashlyn and Willa (and Kendall), but both of their outfits are cute enough that they could stay in them until I got more clothes for them (whereas Kendall's makes me want to rip it off). I'm not sure if new outfits will be out immediately, although there is definitely a lovely dance dress for Emerson shown on AG's website. I dunno. It's probably going to be Emerson. Probably.

Arrrrrrrrrrrgh.

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Thursday, June 16th, 2016
4:35 am - Fun with shipping and Charlie Bears chatter

tanz_fanatika
Today I was supposed to get a purse from Kohl's. It arrived at Jacksonville last night at 7:27pm. There were no shipping updates after that, despite the tracking still insisting it was on time for delivery today. LIES. I went to work and came home to no purse. Didn't figure there would be, but still. So I checked tracking again and it finally left Jacksonville at 9:57pm. So Jacksonville UPS just decided to hold my purse for over a day for NO NOTED REASON and now it's finally in Panama City and should be delivered today. Argh. Thankfully it's not dolls and just a purse.

I've got an order from Manhattan Toy coming FedEx. I got a tracking number yesterday. It's still not in the system. No idea if this is home delivery or smartpost. Sigh.

On the plus side, The Beast Peddlar on etsy listed some made to order beasts today and I thought for sure they'd all be sold out by the time I got home from work. But there were some left! So I'm finally getting a mothman.

Then one of my Charlie Bears pre-orders FINALLY came in. I am never pre-ordering these again. Here's a list of the bears I ordered and what's going on with each one:

1) Bryony: Bryony was one of the early releases in the UK and Beacon's Glow got her in stock. My stockist gave me no idea of arrival time when asked. Mom bought her for me and I cancelled the pre-order and replaced her with Pepper Pot and Hide.

2) Pepper Pot: Pepper Pot has been out for at least two months. Beacon's Glow has him. I thought for sure he'd be my first pre-order arrival, but he's still not in. He's kind of odd though, because most of these I know are out when I see them in multitudes on ebay. Well, there's only ever been one Pepper Pot on ebay (US ebay anyway but a ton of UK bear sellers offer shipping to the US) and he's from Australia. So Australia has him and one stockist in the US. It's weird.

3) Hide: Hide is one of the ferrets. She's been out for at least a month.

4) Pimky: Pimky is the brown monkey. She's been out for at least a month and I cringed when I saw real photos of her because she looks very little like the adorable stock pics.

5) Lazlo: Lazlo is the gray monkey, the one I wanted more. He's been out also for at least a month. He's the one I got contacted about tonight, but all three of the ones to choose from were just not cute. So I cancelled both monkeys and got Chequers in Lazlo's place. I'm sure I'll choose someone else to fill Pimky's spot. But the ferret and both monkeys came out at the same time, yet only one monkey got to my stockist. Where are the other two? I felt sure this next shipment was going to be both monkeys, the one ferret and Pepper Pot. But no.

6) Seek: The other ferret. I haven't seen a real photo of him yet, but one UK seller on ebay seems to have him in stock.

7) Scrump: One of the few bears I ordered. Same situation as Seek, one seller, no real photo.

8) Pumpkin Pie: The last one on my original pre-order list. I just saw her in a real photo on ebay from a UK seller.

So all of my pre-orders are now out in some form. But there seems to be no way of predicting how they're actually going to come in and this is really frustrating to me, so I'm not doing pre-orders anymore unless it's something super special that might sell out. Because I could have had Pepper Pot for a couple months now and yet I'm still waiting.

Just so people can see what I mean about the monkeys, here are some pics.
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Friday, June 3rd, 2016
3:19 pm - Ally says she's in Flickr.

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Signature Ally 2

Photos of Ally, zombie Alice, and Les Mistinguettes in Flickr!

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Thursday, June 2nd, 2016
5:47 am - Ooh la la!

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So I fell for yet another ragdoll line.
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Wednesday, June 1st, 2016
2:54 am - DCSG movie

tanz_fanatika
If anyone still hasn't seen the DCSG movie, I wrote a summary for it today:
http://venivididolli.blogspot.com/2016/05/dc-superhero-girls-superhero-high.html

Not sure when/if it's going to air again and some pretty important stuff happens that fans should know before starting Season 2 of the webisodes, so there you go.

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Saturday, May 28th, 2016
4:52 am - I have been productive.

tanz_fanatika
Not only did I spend two hours writing the second half of the Barbie entry for VVD, I just got up after realizing I couldn't sleep at 3am and cranked out the American Girl entry.
http://venivididolli.blogspot.com/

I am wiped, but I feel very productive, which is kind of a big deal, considering my allergies have been kicking my ass since 2 nights ago.

It would be nice if the dolly universe would reward me by putting Jillian, Nina and/or Meeshell up for sale.

Oh, the universe instead decided to reward me by finally shipping my Crystal Winter, so she'll be here Sunday instead of Tuesday, and by getting my MH minis Cleo to my local post office a few days early. Now if only the Charlie Bears that both arrived in Pensacola overnight would also be at the local post office so I'd get all three packages of awesomeness today, that would be super amazing. But that might be asking too much. Not trying to sound pushy, dolly universe. (...but bears though.)

And since I'm up this late, I may as well wait for the ebay emails to roll in, then take the dogs out and finally go to sleep.

current mood: productive

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Friday, May 27th, 2016
4:55 am - Charlie Bears current want list

tanz_fanatika
So I've been working on my bear story again recently and it's resparked my CB love. I thought I'd go over my current wish list. It's big. There will be lots of pictures.
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Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
1:26 am - I got Crystal!

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http://www.amazon.com/Ever-After-High-Winter-Crystal/dp/B01ARGBYJW

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.

tanz_fanatika
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

tanz_fanatika
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.

tanz_fanatika
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

tanz_fanatika
Plans...

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

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

Scan:
-Earth 2 Jane scrapbook

Blog:
-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!

tanz_fanatika
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:
http://www.magiccabin.com/rubens-barnand174;-linnand233;-doll.htm
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!

tanz_fanatika
http://venivididolli.blogspot.com/

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.

tanz_fanatika
"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

tanz_fanatika
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!

tanz_fanatika
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.

tanz_fanatika
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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