Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Has anyone ever contacted Integrity Toys before?

I've been noticing an unsettling issue with some of my Homme dolls.

Two out of the three Color Infusion homme dolls from the 2015 convention have discolored hands and feet. It's turned a sickly yellow color. My Poppy Chip doll has this same issue. I'm not sure how it happened, they're nowhere near and sunlight and the male Jem doll sitting next to them doesn't have any issues, neither does the third color infusion doll I bought at the same time who is also sitting near them. I sent Integrity an email asking them for help but it's been over a week and I haven't gotten any reply not even a we can't help you. I have hard that Integrity has good customer service, but is there some other way to contact them to get it?

Alternately does anyone know how to repair this? I do have some spare hands I could use to replace these, but a lot of the spares are in weird poses so I'd like to be able to salvage these. Is there a way to recolor their hands and feet?  

I know I keep hearing rave reviews over how much better Integrity is than Mattel, but in terms of quality control, they seem about the same. I don't have too many of dolls from Integrity, but one doll I own has very uneven eye paint, one of them has a torn scalp due to the hair being rooted too close together, and the Homme dolls have discoloring going on. And several dolls have arrived stained from their original outfits. Maybe other people have better luck than I do, I guess I just keep drawing the short end of the stick.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Awful August

Hello everyone,

It's the end of the month so it's time for our traditional end of the month retrospective. I know it's the month isn't actually over until the end of day tomorrow but I won't have time to do it then so I'm getting it over with now.

In a nutshell, August sucked.

My father was in a car accident and his truck got totaled, one of my aunts has very bad cancer, my grandparents are dealing with a very nasty bug infestation, and the cat got sick again this month. 

Luckily my father is still alive and the cat wasn't as bad as she was the first time. It took her several days to bounce back but it wasn't as dire as the first time. She had less of an appetite, but at least she was eating and started to get better sooner. The other two things, we will just have to wait and see how that all goes. Please send good thoughts my way. 

I also left my current job to go back to my old one. I realized that I hated where I was working now. I was tired all the time and depressed. I was taking naps a lot more which was both signs of exhaustion and depression. The pay was terrible, well not the pay my hours. Most of my days I'd come in for 3 hours and 15 minutes. I know that's a short day and you can still get a lot done, but that's not taking the time of getting ready and traveling to work. And even with a short day I'd be so tired nothing would get done after I got out. The amount of money I made last month was laughable. Plus there was a co-worker there I could not stand working with. Most of the people in my department were really nice and helpful and I liked working with but this one woman was so snide and passive aggressive I was just done working with her. I of all people know I'm not perfect but I was trying my best. The negatives just outweighed the reasons for staying. So after running into my old boss and her saying she'd welcome me back I decided to go back. I ended up taking a pay cut, it's hopefully a temporary one while I get my metrics up, but it's what I had to do. Tomorrow is my final day at that job. 

Last week I was working at both places, 40 hours in 6 days with several days over 8.5 hours going from one job to the other. Lots of time spent on my feet and running around. I was exhausted but I do feel better with my decision. I wrestled a lot before deciding to go back, I even had lots of weird dreams about it but I like the people there and at least I'm not running up and down stairs multiple times a day. I feel happier going back and I did request to only keep working 4 days a week, so that will give me more time for sewing and E-bay. I haven't sewed a single thing since I started that other job. I'll still be very active at this other job but it's not exhausting. Also I think I might be able to wear sneakers there which would be great and really help my feet.

In a minor glimmer of good in a rough month I've had an amazing E-bay month. I think I'm at a record breaking 15 sales for the month with several people doing the buy it now option. I even got another go around of listings for the month that's going right now so I'm hoping for more sales and more things leaving. I did a big push of getting new things listed this month and put a nice sized dent on the pile of stuff on my dresser. I was doing well but the other day I was looking for something that had sold and couldn't find it. In my search for it I managed to unearth several more things from the Dollpage I had forgotten about. Did you know I still had a cabbage patch doll? I sure didn't. I also found several random dolls that I had been meaning to donate. The ones in good shape I put in the Doll Donation Meeting pile. We actually finished the last of the surplus dolls we had at the last one so we need more so it'll be good to have those to donate.

I'm still trying to make E-bay pay for the new dolls, but right now I'm 175 dollars in the hole. I was 100 dollars more in the red but I was able to put that money back into my account (and then promptly spent 75 more) from my sales. I was doing real good but last weekend Disney had another buy more save more sale. I hemmed and hawed for a little bit but ended up buying another Beauty and the Beast gift set like I was planning to. I knew I was going to buy it, but I was thinking about waiting for when they release the Elena of Avalor gift set but why wait to have an even more expensive Disney order? The gift set alone almost puts me at free shipping and I bought a few Christmas presents to push me over the limit. When the Elena set comes out I'll buy some of the sketchbook ornaments like I usually do and get the free shipping then too. I already got the first Beauty and the Beast set completely listed over on E-bay so I know I can do it and I'm hoping to use the listings with a few tweaks to save me time. I've already had several parts of it sell, I just need one more to break even. I have 4 listings from it so I'm sure it'll happen. I also ended up buying two harder to find articulated dolls today since they were a good price. I plan on selling their heads and clothes. I ended up paying 15 dollars in shipping which I am not pleased about, but I think I can still make my money back from them. So in reality most of what I'm in the red for I will be reselling and making my money back on. I just have to get my act together and list them (when the arrive), which I am confident that I will do. I've been pretty good with E-bay lately. 

I also bought another expensive Disney doll for her shoes (who will also be resold) as well as a Japanese exclusive doll (who I am still waiting for in the mail). So while it's been an expensive month, most of it will be resold in an effort to recoup my expenses. Which is a good thing since I really, really, really want to get two of the Integrity Toys My Little Pony dolls. They're expensive at 130 each plus shipping, but I just need to remain focused and keep selling. I also would like to cross a few more off my wish list, but most of that is modern play line so I'm waiting for some good sales for that. 

To the future! And please let September be better for my family than August, but I wouldn't mind keeping the E-bay sales momentum. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

¡Hola! Me llamo Barbie!

I have mentioned several times now that vintage Barbie has been boring me, which is true. The last vintage Barbie doll I bought online was way back in March. However, a couple months later I bought a cheap lot of parts from E-bay. It was really cheap. I think it was like 11 dollars with shipping and that was mostly shipping.

I clicked the link because it looked like it had the same head as that Sweet Sixteen clone doll I had bought a while back (I think I told you all this before). It was actually the same knock off head. I would have just clicked off the page, I don't really need another clone head, but something else caught my eye. The pictures were a bit blurry, so it was hard to totally confirm, but it looked like in this lot was something unusual something I hadn't seen before. I did some research and didn't find too much information about it I decided to buy it after thinking it over for a little bit. It wasn't a lot of money, and even if the parts lot wasn't what I was hoping it was, I can still use the parts.

It took a little while for the lot to arrive. This was partly my fault because the person said they had other parts for sale and I asked them what did they have and it turned out that was text from a different listing that they reused and was talking about that listing. So that little discussion delayed us a couple of days, but at least it arrived before the weekend and I didn't have to wait through an entire Sunday for it to show up. 

The majority of the lot was junk, some of it headed straight into the trash can when it arrived. The Sweet Sixteen clone head is nice, might get a re-root. Her hair is the cheap 70's era fiber that frizzes easily. If I do re-root her I'd probably bring her hairline down, she has a huge forehead. But for right now she's in storage with the rest of the random heads I have since I don't need another re-root project right now. I also got a TLC Hair Fair Barbie head that's missing paint and severely yellowed. But neither of those were the main attraction for this lot.

What is this mystery that's got me so interested? A Talking Barbie, a doll who's not particularly rare, but she had an unusual variation. She had the Japan style hands. By this time in Barbie history the majority of the Talking dolls were using the Mexico style arms. Those style arms would become the norm for Barbie for a long time. Dolls were not made in Mexico for a very long time (I remember hearing that Mattel had issues with theft) but it did create some unusual variations compared to some other places where Barbie was made.

This is one of those variations. Francie With Growing Pretty Hair also can be found with the Japan style hands. I say hands because at least with mine, it's a hybrid of the Japan arms and the Mexico arms. The arm is pretty much the same as the Japan arms, except the way it connects to the body. The original Japan arms had a post that connects into the body, the Mexico arms is where they started having the post on the torso that the arm wrapped around. The Mexico arms are notoriously fragile and snap off easily. This arm has the Mexico style connecting system. It doesn't even share the same mold lines as the Mexico arms, it looks exactly the same as the Japan arms, just with a different top part. Mine's a little more unusual since it has painted nails. Francie never had painted nails so when she accidentally got Barbie arms they weren't painted. I thought these were done by the doll's original owner but they are factory.

When I got this doll, she was in pieces. Her arms and legs had both snapped off. And I actually didn't
get her head in the lot. So I'm not exactly sure what head she should have. I gave her a 2nd issue Talking Barbie head that I had already, but I'm not sure if that's the correct issue head, or if she's even Barbie. She doesn't talk any more and when I pulled on her pull string it came out but didn't retract (darn it), so I'm not sure who she is. I do have the repair book for talking dolls and would eventually like to learn it so eventually she might get repaired. If I do manage to do that I'll learn who she is and what issue she is and get the correct head for her. Right now she's fine with that head. (Which is lovely except the hair is frizzy and one eye has a couple of missing eyelashes).
She took a while to repair because I actually ended up replacing her original legs. She did come with what I believe were her original legs, but they were pretty damaged. Her feet has been chewed up and for such an uncommon doll I wanted to fix her up with a better pair. I
just didn't have a nice pair of matching legs to give her. Luckily my friend Bradley had a pair and gave them to me. I was able to salvage her original arm knobs and one of her leg knobs. The other one was missing half of it, so I just ended up replacing it. I have rebuilt these style of knobs before, but figured in this case it was just worth it to replace it. Her melting wasn't actually too bad, her torso actually reminds me of the plastic they used on my made in USA Busy Barbie torso. They don't actually melt, but the plastic is super brittle so they end up breaking from that. They might need some minor melt repairs, but it's nowhere as bad as the traditional Talking Doll/Busy Doll melting. I'm glad I have this uncommon variation, she will need some light cleaning but she's a very nice doll. You just never know what you'll find on E-bay!

Monday, August 15, 2016

I finally took the picture...

Here are the pants that the TLC Skooter doll was wearing when I got her:
They're totally unmarked, but look factory made. They were mid-calf length on her, so they might belong to a smaller doll. Anyone recognize them?

Updated Neck Knob?

I bought one of the newest Look Dolls recently. I needed her to get free shipping at the Barbie Collector website. I wanted to buy something different, but it was back ordered and wouldn't let me order it. So I was like, eh, might as well get her. I liked her shoes and could always use another pale articulated body despite having more bodies than head already.

Her outfit and head are already listed over on E-bay (trying to have a quicker turn around with new listings). However when I took of her head I noticed that the base of her neck knob was thicker than average. Not sure if this is a new thing or a fluke, but if it's the way they do it now I'd like that. The thicker plastic is where the knob tends to stretch out when trying to remove the head giving you a wobbly neck. Hopefully a thicker neck knob would fix that. This change might not all be good, it also might mean Mattel is using a cheaper plastic for the neck knobs and the cheaper material can't support the neck at the original thickness. I've had a neck knob shear off on me before from minimal force (Fan Bing Bing doll), so this might be their way to deal with that.

Or maybe like I said, it's a fluke.

Here's a poor quality picture of the Look doll (on our right) compared to a first issue Fashionista body (on the left). The Fashionista has had the top prongs removed.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

"It's like she's looking right at me!"

This post is going to be about a doll I've had for a while. I have a box top full of dolls to share on the blog. I'd like to get them all shared with you so I can move them from the not yet introduced pile into the not yet dressed pile. It's progress, I swear.

I have a minor interest in Tammy. She's a lovely doll but with her large head and younger teen body she really doesn't fit into my collection. However largely in part to Flickr I kind of want to collect her and her family (I also really like Sindy). I already have a Tammy that I found locally, I also have a TLC version of her father, as well as a possible clone doll of Tina Whatshername that uses the mother's head mold. I also have a Misty head that I've been super neglectful of finding a body for.

Sometimes I will go to E-bay and search for Tammy dolls to see if there's affordable versions of the dolls I don't have. Usually there are but I rarely buy. While I like Tammy I don't really want to spend money on Tammy. Ideally (no pun intended) I'd like to find the rarer dolls for a deal and then pick up the rest of the family cheaply when I can.

My grail Tammy doll would be Bud, but he's hard to find and usually just a wrongly labeled Ted doll. He can be pretty pricey, but nowhere as highly priced as some Barbie dolls go for. However even Bud is something I would like to have, not something I dream of having. I like being informed of what's out there and rare in case I stumble across it on my journeys so I will know what it is.

I feel like I say this exact same story every time I talk about Tammy.
 I apologize if I'm repeating myself.

I usually check for Tammy when the search for Barbie is unfruitful but I still want to window shop on E-bay. So I was there checking out the newly listed items for Tammy trying to see if there was anything rare I recognized (I'm no Tammy expert but I know some things). For the most part it was common stuff and uncommon prices. I know she's getting older but some prices people want for a Tammy doll is crazy. However I did find a new listing for a centered eyed Misty doll. One of the rarer dolls of the Tammy world. She was 40 dollars with free shipping. I did hem and haw for a little bit over the doll unsure if I really wanted it. Yes, she is a rare doll but 40 dollars is still a lot of money for a doll that I only sort of wanted. I decided to go ahead and get her, partially aided by the regret of missing out on the around 40 but can't quite remember the price Ideal Bewitched doll over on the Dollpage that I never bought due to never having enough money. So I bit the bullet and bought her.

I can't remember if she shipping quickly or not, it's been too long since I bought her. I don't think it was an issue. However after she arrived there was an issue with her. Both her head and her arms had yellowing and there was a very faint smoke smell to the doll. I can begrudgingly deal with the smoke smell since it will eventually mostly go away, but the yellowing was something I didn't want to deal with. I contacted the seller apologizing (I hate having to do returns on E-bay, I always feel so awful) for the inconvenience but I would have to return her. I figured that I'd just ship her back and get my money back, but the seller said I could keep her for free. Which is more than beyond what I was expecting. So she stayed. She is a very pretty doll, I'm not sure if recoloring her work to mask the yellowing. She's made from a different material than Barbie.

Other than the yellowing she's in really nice shape. Her hair is really nice, it's a little dry but I think it's in it's original style. Her face paint is nice, her right eyebrow and winged eyeliner on that side is a little worn, but everything else looks good. Her body is in great shape, she does have one leg longer than the other but this really is a common issue for vintage dolls. Barbie has that all the time!

 Misty came wearing some very mature negligee when she arrived. I thought it was a home made outfit, but it turns out it's the stock outfit for Miss Clairol. However I'm not sure if she's Miss Clairol, I don't know of they did a centered eyed version of her. Her outfit was in fair shape. I think all of the pieces are a little yellowed. The sheer overlay is snagged in a few places and missing the flower applique. The elastic is shot in the top and was sewn onto the doll in big stitches. There's also some fraying to the elastic. Someone also added some threads to give it a strap around the doll's neck (I assume to keep it up). I cut those, but haven't removed them yet. The panties are cute, it has ruffled lace on the backside that is super cute! The elastic is shot in these too. Someone sewed gathering stitches at the waist and leg openings to keep it on the doll. It also has some stains on it. Not sure if I'm going to keep the outfit or not. It's a bit TLC, but I rarely keep dolls in their original clothes. Luckily I have lots of stuff to sell before I run out of things to list and have to start thinking about things I could sell compared to what I want to sell.

So welcome Misty into the collection,  she's far from ideal (pun intended), but she's a wonderful addition to the collection!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Photo Editing Magic!

Used the molded in lines as a guide to digitally fill in the eyebrows on the Fighting Ace Head. 
 (With some artistic license)

It's not a drastically different look, but I like it. What do you guys think?

Friday, August 5, 2016

"Be a Lover not a Fighter. Seriously, don't fight anyone."

As I've bemoaned in the past several posts, I'm kind of in a vintage Barbie funk. I freely admit I have a lot of vintage Barbie dolls but lately they just haven't been exciting to me. My last vintage Barbie doll purchase was in March, which for me is an unheard of long time between Barbie purchases. I am still looking and checking for what's out there but lately it's all been things I already have or super expensive (and sometimes both). I'm sure eventually I'll get back into collecting vintage Barbie but this "blah" feeling about Barbie has given me a chance to get into other dolls. (Still in 1:6 scale since I am not buying anybody a new wardrobe)

Traditionally when I'm not focused on vintage Barbie my focus is usually on male dolls. I already have so many women (mostly Barbie) I want some variety. And while I like Ken, I have lots of him and there's a whole world out there of different and unique men dolls, and ones that aren't the human equivalent of an accessory (sorry Ken!). I've actually been getting more into vintage G.I. Joe and action figures. There's a lot of nice and handsome sculpts out there. I actually don't own any of your traditional vintage G.I. Joe's. I did own a reproduction, but I ended up selling him. I could see myself getting one eventually, but I'd have to find one for a decent price. I'm interested in him, but not as interested as I am in some of the clones or knock off dolls of him. Such as the Fighting Ace (Spoiler Alert!)

I was first exposed to the Fighting Ace through Barbie. Someone had listed a lot of dolls that included him, a Walk Lively Miss America, and a Live Action Barbie with her stand. I already owned the two Barbie dolls but I found the unknown action figure bundled with him so interesting. However I did not find the price interesting, 57 dollars for the lot plus 20 dollars in shipping. Both of those dolls aren't really worth very much so even if I bought the lot reselling it wouldn't recoup my expenses so I decided to hold off. Also that's a lot of money for a clone action figure of unknown quality. The listing said he was unmarked. I did do a search for G.I. Joe clones and actually found another one. He was in a lot with two random action figures. They were cheaper, but not by much. It would be 50 dollars for the three of them. And I doubted the figures would be worth much more than the Barbie dolls. Also, in that lot the action figure's feet were put on backwards and I wasn't sure if I wanted something like that. I put both of them in my watch list so I could think about it.

And then they both sold. Darnit. 

And I still didn't know who he was! Both auctions said nothing about markings, so I couldn't even use that to help find him. I eventually found a website that talked about G.I. Joe clones where I finally identified him. He was the Fighting Ace made by Elite. He was apparently one of the nicer quality clones and was harder to find. Darnit. Even armed with this new information I wasn't able to find him. He is totally unmarked, not even with a country of origin. But I didn't let that stop me, I really wanted him. So I started searching for him on E-bay, but I had to be very generic. I tried a bunch of different search terms, but they ended up being too specific. The best one I ended up with was "Vintage 12 action figure", that got me the most results.

It didn't take a lot of time, but it did take some dedication to find him again. He was being sold as an unmarked clone. He also came with another head and a different clone that I had no interest in. He started off at 19.99 with free shipping. I didn't want to bid too early so I put him under my watch list and waited. It was a long and slow wait, but the day before his auction ended there were no bidders. I had to be at work when the auction finished so I bid the night before. I put in a pretty high bid but was hoping I wouldn't have to pay that much for him. I called my mother at work and had her look up the auction when it was over. Someone had bid against me, but well below my highest bid. I got the lot for 28 something including shipping. I had her pay for the auction on my behalf so that the seller could at least have the option to ship it sooner. She did and they did. I had it in my hot little hands 2 days after the auction ended. It must have flown to get here since the seller wasn't particularly close to me. I quickly opened the box when they arrived. From the pictures they looked to be in decent shape, but the description was pretty lacking. They all have some play wear, but overall they're not terrible. Especially since I didn't pay too much for them. I'll start off with the full figure.

Standing at 11.75 inches tall the Fighting Ace is an impressive figure. He has dark brown almost black hair and brown eyes. He has very thin eyebrows and it's interesting to note that he has molded in eyebrow hairs at the inside parts of his eyebrows. I thought it was damage at first, but both the doll and the head have it. They molded them in, but gave him pencil thin eyebrows. He's got pretty pink lips and a surprisingly large amount of blush. He has 13 points of articulation and all of his joints other than his wrists use metal (possibly brass) pins. His articulation is a bit odd. For example, his elbows and knees are fully pivoting but his hips only allow his legs to move back and forth. His head uses a traditional neck knob (I assume since I haven't been able to take his head off) and is slightly down turned so he's always looking at the ground instead of ahead of himself. His wrists can rotate, but not pivot. He's got really nice expressive hands with both pointer fingers separated. Usually action figure's hands are posed in a very limited he's shooting a gun pose, but these are very generic and could be posed in a variety of non-shooting poses. I'm not even sure if these hands could pose with a gun and have it look natural, but that's better for me. Proportionally his body is a bit weird. He's got an extremely long torso and arms, but very short legs. I feel like his legs should be at least an inch longer to really work with his body. He's also extremely barrel chested but has no butt (I dubbed it a Hank Hill butt). He can wear the shirts I've made for Joe, but his torso was too thick for a Disney Prince outfit. I think part of the problem is also his long torso. His groin is a little lower than
most figures so one piece pants/shirts have a hard time fitting properly. I did try just the shirt part on him, but even that had a hard time fitting around his shoulders.He can wear Joe's pants, but they're a little long for him and a little loose at the waist. They fit better if you tuck his shirt in. The best fitting thing I had was John Littlechap's suit. The shirt fit nicely, but was just a little long. That makes sense since John is so much taller. The pants were a little tight, I had to pull the snap to close them. I didn't leave it like that, I didn't want to damage the suit. The suit jacket was a little big, but overall the suit was the best fit in the torso for him. I have to really think about the best way to dress his unusual body type. I did put some padding in the back and it did help balance things out. I might have to make some padded underwear for him. Overall he is in good condition. I did wash him when I got him, but he needs a little more detailed cleaning. He's got some minor paint wear, especially to his hair but its not terrible. I did have to clean up several spots of excess plastic on his body. He had a lot of it at both shoulders. His face might have paled a little bit and he's got places on his torso that have gone yellow. He should all be a pink color. It's not awful though. I think he might have had something pinch his left thumb, it looks to have two marks on it, but doesn't look to be too different in shape from the right thumb. Overall he's in pretty good shape and I can live with his issues. Luckily there's not too many battles around here so he can retire from a life of fighting.

 The head is in a little bit of worse shape, but not terrible. It's got a
little more paint wear than the full figure and it has a cut to the nose and some light scraping to under the chin. You can barely see the chin damage and the nose cut is hard to see except from some angles. I'm not sure what body to use for him. I was expecting a head that could pivot so I could stick him on a pivotal Ken body but he uses a neck knob. I would like to get a body for him, but will need to do more research as to what one he can use. I have no problem modifying a body for him, but won't do anything damaging to the head. I did put him on a Fashionista Ken to see how he looked, I liked the proportions but the neck and head connection looked terrible. We'll just have to see what works for him. At least I have the full doll to play with while I figure out what to do with just the head.

The third guy will be heading back out I have no interest in him at all. I do plan on at least trying to
identify him first. He is a very orange 70's era knock off. I'm not sure if he's a G.I. Joe clone or a Ken clone. His body look very much based off of Ken, especially his torso. He's nowhere near of good quality as the fighting Ace. His torso is a cheap blow mold and his head is a very cheap vinyl. I do like his groovy sideburns. He is articulated at the neck, shoulders, waist, and hips. His legs are attached inside his torso and move together. He's completely hollow and his limbs are very bendy. I thought he might have wires in them so he could hold a pose, but he doesn't hold any poses so I guess not. I did try to peek inside him to see if there's any wires, but all I saw was that his torso is spitting at one of the seams (might have caused that when trying to pull his leg off, opps!) He marked simply on the back with "Hong Kong". He's got these excess plastic bumps all over his limbs. I've gotten a doll like that before, another Hong Kong made clone. I guess it's just how these dolls were made. I'm not going to bother trimming them off, that's for whoever buys him. If someone does. He is interesting and different to what I already have, but not for me.

So that's the Fighting Ace, the newest addition to my collection, and one of the starts of my action figure collection. I really can't see myself adding too many dolls to that group, but I'm sure Joe's happy knowing he's not the only Action Figure around here.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Wish List Update!

Hello Dear Readers,

You might remember that several months ago (I think at the start of the year) I created a wish list of the dolls I wanted. I think I updated it a few times when I found something, but haven't in a while. Here is where the wish list stands as of today:

The red circles means I bought the item, the black circles means I decided to not purchase the item and "crossed" it off the list. I made pretty decent progress on my list. The purple top is the only thing left on it, and that's because I have yet to find it. My Walmart is incredibly slow in getting new things. I believe they haven't gotten any more the little pak items since I found the baking and sushi set and that was quite a while ago.

With that list (mostly) finished and with my want list continuing to grow I've decided to make a new one. Here is that:
*Not my pictures, will removed if ask*

Anyway, for the most part I just want bits and pieces from each item. I'll describe what I want from each set, going from the top left and working my way across.

Up first we have the Deluxe Beauty and the Beast gift set. I actually bought this set when they were having their 25 percent off sale last month just to get the shoes that Belle is wearing. They are a new shoe color of the Disney flats. Turns out the "gold" shoes that go with her ballgown are a new color too. Mine however were two different shades. I had already started to list the dolls on E-bay so I decided to just sell everything (but the shoes and the bluebird) and buy a second one the next time they have a sale and hopefully get a matching pair of yellow shoes. To the right of that we have Barbie Career Teacher. I just found this set on The doll's shoes (not shown in the picture) look like they might be a new high heeled Mary Jane style shoe. I'll need to see them from the side to see if I actually want them or not. They are bright pink so this doll might not actually make the cut. After that we have the Blonde Holiday Barbie. I want her for her shoes and her plastic bodice. She is the model muse body so I'm not sure if it will fit a different sized doll, but I think I'd want to get it to at least try. After that we have the basic Batgirl. I have no interest in the DC Superhero line (they are really cool, just not for me). However I want Batgirl's bat ears. Her head is a bit large so it might be too big for most dolls I have, but I think the headband with horns would be a good thing to have). I am making plans to buy this soon.

On the second row we have the not yet online Toys R Us 10 outfit set. I'm not sure it it's exclusive to Toys R Us or not. It has a cat ear headband that I must have and I like a couple of the outfits. I think I'll most likely end up with this. To the right of that we have a Fashionista. I like her hat and her lip purse. The pizza t-shirt is cool too. I almost bought this one in stores but ended up not being able to. After that we have a Toys R Us exclusive doll. She's 21.99 over on their website which I think is too much for her. I like some of her headbands and sunglasses. If I got her I'd probably keep her body since it's articulated (and clearly I need more of those). But I'm not sure if I'd be able to get my money back if I resold her. She's rather ..... common. After that we have the 2015 Holiday Barbie. Like I said in the last post I'm just waiting for her to drop a little more in price before I get her.
On the third row we have the African American Holiday Barbie. Again I want her shoes and plastic bodice, but I also like her face. It's a newer face mold and I want to get it to see if I like it. She probably won't stay, but I find if I get a doll and end up reselling it I'm far less drawn to getting another doll with the same face later. After that we have the Barbie Game Designer doll. This doll was on the last list and I did get her but I want another one to get another pair of her brown glasses. I'd only get her if I found her cheaply. To the right of her we have the Barbie for President and Vice President dolls. I want the black glasses (shocker) and the shoes (another shocker). I think the Vice President doll has a new shoe mold that's a classic black pump and I need it. I'm just waiting to find it at a decent price. After that we have a shoe pak. I don't have this one yet, but it's a stand in for several shoe paks that are out there (or will be eventually) that I don't have yet. Like I said earlier my Walmart doesn't have any new ones and I have not had any luck finding them online for anywhere near their retail price. I also want to get the Monster High shoe paks if possible. After that we have another Fashionista. I just want to get her for her hat. I'm not sure if I'll get her, but if I find her for a deal I'll see if I can get her.
The final row starts off with the Toys R Us exclusive Pink Passport Ken doll. I want him for his clothes, but I am rethinking if I do. I like the white shirt with the vest top, but I bet the shirt is cheap broadcloth and the collar is unfinished. I like a couple of the other pieces, but overall it might not be worth the 24.99 price they're asking for. After that we have Glam Gown Silkstone Barbie doll. This was shown at the Barbie Convention. I love her face, her dress not so much. I've actually purchased 3 out of the 4 released Silkstones this year. I hate how delicate their bodies are, but I LOVE their faces. This one retails for 100 dollars, so I'm not sure if I'll get her. That's a lot to pay for a doll even if I sell the outfit. After that we have the Elena of Avalor Deluxe Doll set (not yet released). I want the boy doll's clothes for Joe. I also wouldn't mind more of the shoes. I plan on getting this on sale and selling most of it.

*Honorable Mention* Disney released their next go around for the Heroes VS Villains line. It has four dolls; Cinderella and Lady Tremaine, Sleeping Beauty and Maleficent, Belle and Gaston (who looks to have a new head mold and body), and Alice and the Queen of Hearts. They're cute but I don't collect Disney dolls. I'm trying to convince myself I don't need to spend 129 dollars per set to see if they have the flats. I looked it up on E-bay and the last dolls haven't really retained their value so I'm not going to buy them when they first come out. I am hoping they have the high heeled shoes so I won't be tempted by them. However Alice has Mary Janes, so I'm really conflicted if I need her or not. But I'm going to wait, I have too many things already and too many things to buy as is!

There's also some vintage dolls I'm looking for.
I also want to get:
Eegee's Andy with the Swirl Haircut and Sad Eyebrows
Valentine's Polly
A Davtex Doll, who I think is a Midge clone
and Tomy's Nina Ballerina (or at least her head)

So let's see what ones I get and what ones I cross off the list!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Shoe Obsession 2007 - 2016 Holiday Barbie Edition

I was thinking about the newly released 2016 Holiday Barbies today. I personally have no interest in the Holiday dolls or their clothes, however since 2007 the dolls have been on the model muse bodies and their shoes fit the Silkstones as well as the pivotal body of which I have a couple. Thinking about the new dolls also got me thinking about the old dolls, what shoes did they have? So I spent some time compiling a list of what type of shoes each doll wears from 2007 through 2016.

*This list is correct to the best of my knowledge, but I personally do not own the majority of these dolls so things could be wrong*

The list has the year, a small description of what the doll is wearing, the shoes she has, and the link to pictures of the doll at (but no pictures of the shoes).

2007 - Mrs Claus - Black Mary Janes
2008 - Silver Mermaid Dress - White Slingbacks
2009 - Pink Lame Dress - Pink Slingback Closed Toe Sandals
2010 - White Bodice Red Skirt - White Strapped Open Toe Sandals
2011 - Green and Gold Column Dress - Gold Mules
2012 - Red Dress with Embroidered Sash - Red Peep Toe Stilettos
2013 - White Snowflake Dress - White Pearlized Closed Toe Stilettos
2014 - Red with Gold Lace - Red Peep Toe Stilettos
2015 - Red with Sheer Skirt - Red Peep Toe Stilettos 
Blonde - Green with snowflake bodice - White Stilettos
AA - Blue with star bodice - Silver Pointed Toe Slingbacks
Hispanic - Red with flower bodice - Gold Stiletto Roman Sandals

I already own the shoes from the 2007 and 2014 dolls. I want to get the 2015 doll when it's cheaper and would eventually like to get the 2016 Blonde and African American dolls for their shoes (and actually their plastic bodices). Other than that all the shoes I have something similar to or have no interest in. But perhaps someone else can use this list. 

Monday, August 1, 2016

July Update

Hello Everyone,

It's the start of the month so it's time to talk about the last month! It's like a monthly Christmas Newsletter!

Not too much to report this month especially on the sewing front. I honestly haven't touched the sewing machine in months. The last time I sewed anything was before I switched jobs. I think the job is a factor in my creativity being so low. I'm feeling better about it compared to the last time I talked about it, but I still don't like it. I am thinking about going back to my old job. I keep flipping flopping on it though since it wasn't an ideal situation either. But I liked the people I worked with more and I wasn't so tired all the time. I'm still thinking about what I want to do.

While I haven't been sewing I have been making progress on E-bay. I didn't get as much listed this month (when depressed my motivation is terrible), but over the course of the month I did manage to get a decent amount of things listed. I think I did around 20 new listings, which is not too shabby. I had some good success in sales too. E-bay gave me some additional listings at the end of the month so that I was able to list mostly everything again. They all ended yesterday so I have to wait until the 6th to list things with my new free listings since I only list on Sundays. Between my original listings and the additional ones I had a record breaking 19 sales! A couple of those I'm still waiting for payment and one of the earlier sales got returned since the buyer's address was wrong but they said they wanted to re-buy it and pay to ship it again, so I'm hopeful they'll all pay and I can say that it was a 19 sales month. A lot of what sold was cheaper items, but I had a fair amount of people do the buy it now option so overall it evened out. Now I need to get back on working on listings, I need to fill in all those slots with new things. Luckily (said ironically) I have a lot of stuff to list so I know I can fill up those slots with a little work.

I was good about new purchases too. Vintage Barbie is still boring me. I keep checking new listings, but haven't found anything that excited me enough to buy it. I think I'd buy something if it was a good deal but I really haven't found any good deals. Everything's been overpriced lately and usually for stuff I already have. I did however pick up a couple non-Barbie dolls I've been wanting but didn't have the motivation to buy. I really have scaled back with my purchases which is good I am trying to be better about my spending. With my lowered dolly expenses and decent E-bay sales I've actually been able to only spend E-bay profits on my doll purchases. At the start of the month I even sent 25 dollars back into my bank account to pay for the Etsy lot from a couple of months back. I did have to take some out for a Target order (that I had to do), but again I was able to return all the money to my bank account. I'm hoping to be able to keep up this trend, but I am expecting some expensive months coming up. However I am trying to budget better and at least now I'm not spending something as soon as I get it.

I'll try to be better about posting some new things during the month, but I make no promises. I would like to share some of the new things I got, but I have to repair something first since I broke it.
(Boo to that).