According to additional press information that I dug up today, the 12″ Palisades Toys Jareth action figure will be released on April 26th. Accessories include three crystal balls, a riding crop and his pendant. Also [direct quote here], “one figure per case will also sport Jareth’s purple leather coat.” I have no idea what they’re referring to because Jareth doesn’t have a purple leather coat. I’ll have to buy one to make fun of it.
A few months back, my friend Katrine and her friend got into a big discussion about MM which gets at its central theme of dreams and responsibility. When Helena objects to performing yet again, her mom, Joanne, tries to coerce her into participating by saying, “You know your father keeps this circus running on peanuts. It’s his dream.” Later, in the Light Lands, when speaking to the Prime Minister, Helena states, “It’s my dream. I’ll find the Mirror Mask.” [Or something to that effect.] Further on in the movie, Helena talks to Joanne, who sees Valentine in the background and says, “Hullo, did I dream you a boyfriend?” So we have three dreams competing for supremacy here: Morris’, Joanne’s and Helena’s. Whose dream is MM? Thanks to mysterious LJ user lupa for the thoughts about Helena as child laborer. Continue reading “It’s my dream”: whose dream is Helena caught in?
I checked out a bunch of books about death and cemeteries last night and read through one of them, Cemetery Stories, by Katherine Ramsland, quickly. Riding the mainstreaming of Goth lite, Ramsland skims over the death trade [coroners, embalmers, morticians, gravediggers, etc.], ghost stories and sick stuff people do with dead bodies. Rant below about the supposed connections between people who take pictures of gravestones and people who screw corpses. Continue reading Salacious tales of graveyards
Armeleia has finished blocking on the cheekbone seen in this photo. The other looks much rougher, so we’ll just focus on this side as a promise of things to come. I really like how these cheekbones are coming. They seem to emphasize the smirk of the Haund headsculpt, as well as the downward glance of the eyes. The photo also reminds me how ridiculously huge Haund’s nose is. I like the shape, but it’s too large. It looks like a ski jump. See for yourselves below. Continue reading Jareth’s updated profile
I figured out how to pull pictures from completed YJ auctions, so I proudly present two photos of what should be coming in the mail to me. Can’t wait to get out my trowel and apply something on Frank reminiscent of Tim Curry’s in Rocky Horror, only with slightly less foundation and eye-shadow. Continue reading Bring me the head of Yukinojo! [pictures]
I never fathomed impulse BJD purchases, primarily because of the large sums involved. Now, after having successfully bid a disgusting amount for an eyeless SD 16 Yukinojo Sawaragi head on Yahoo Japan, I still don’t fathom them. Nope, sorry…no pictures. I forgot to pull them before the auction ended. If anyone can help me there, I’d be grateful. Exultation and musing over BJD likenesses follows. Continue reading Holy fork, I won a Yukinojo head on YJ!
Brandeis visited the First Parish Cemetery in Cambridge today. Founded in 1636, the First Parish Church has an adjoining cemetery that’s crammed with the coolest variety of sarcophagi and headstone iconography in the metro area. Today she and I are just focusing on a part of it: the different types of sarcophagus. Continue reading Brandeis visits sarcophagi in First Parish Cemetery.
SD16 Yukinojo has such a sweet face. He would make a perfect Frank. But he costs five billion dollars, and he’s an LE, and all I want is his stupid head.
Just some blather about companies I like and dislike. Isn’t this fascinating? Continue reading BJD companies I like and ones I don’t
…and I was forced to spend it on BJDs, this is what I would get… Continue reading If I had $10,000…
There’s a running thread on DOA about dolls with disabilities. Since he’s based off me, Jareth has dysthymia and hyperhidrosis. I plan to blush his hands really red because that’s a prime effect of hyperhidrosis, and I might use some glossy varnish to simulate sweat drips on his fingers. I’m also going to make it look like he has bitten nails. Jareth will be the first doll with an anti-manicure.
Hyperhidrosis is a condition characterized by extremely overactive sweat glands. Continue reading Dolls with disabilities
Best of CG Cutey Honey Kisaragi Variant. The CH sculpt always charms me with the truly epicanthic eyes and slightly parted mouth, as if she will speak up. Despite my tergiversation about Kisaragi vs. Triad’s upcoming bodies, I guess I will be purchasing Kisaragi after all.
Due out in March of this year, Best of Cool Girl Gatchaman G3 Jun in CG Dark Version can be yours for a measly $85.00 from HLJ, not including shipping.
Takara’s Best of… line pisses me off. Continue reading Dominatrix Jun, or Takara cheaps out.
The Realm is busting out of its current organizational system. It really looks ugly and user-hostile [that’s the opposite of user-friendly].
And lo, the realization descended upon me in a flash: Jareth’s Realm needs to run like a blog with easy updating, tags, cleanly designed tables and such.
Off to look at the blogging options available on my magnifico Web server, Drak.net.
I bought Jareth some spectacular duds [better than MINE]: a custom set of gloves from batchix, a pair of CheeryDoll mixed black shitkickers and a custom corset from Moggie’s Toyshop, where the fetish gear is so realistic that people think it’s for 1:1 people, not 1:3 dollies! [I despair of ever owning corsetry this cool.] If you care why Jareth just got a vast closet expansion, see below the cut. Continue reading Doll plans change; Jareth gets a wardrobe.
…Which is exactly the effect I’m looking for. Armeleia has been sanding industriously away at Jareth’s left cheekbone [it’s on the right-hand side in the photos below]. She acknowledges that his right cheekbone [on the left side of the photo] is too large, but progress takes time. “He’s going to be perfect and symmetrical if it kills me!” she declares. Knowing her tendency for perfectionism, I think she might die before she smooths out his roughness. I jest. 😉 I think that, even now, the results are very promising. See for yourself below the cut. Continue reading You could hurt yourself on those cheekbones.
Nick Berquist, author of the original 50 signs you’re a guy Laby freak, just sent me 51 MORE signs today, including… Continue reading More signs of Laby obsession for guys
Well, I took Lilith to the Burlington doll club meeting yesterday, where she felt out of place among 1:4 fashion dolls and a slew of BJDs. However, I felt right at home, admiring and joking about everyone’s dolls and ogling the first Haund I’ve ever seen. You can see him below [his name is Grimm], owned by Steph on DOA. Lishe, who is owned by Ivy [Ivy4Mdvanii on DOA], parked herself in his lap, incidentally showing off where Sardonix’ boots went to. [Lishe’s T-shirt, hilariously enough, says I’M NOT A F***ING BARBIE!] The chair is from Doll Market, where I am going to get me some cheap doll furniture one of these days.
See MW geek out below the cut. Continue reading Geekity geekity: at the Burlington doll club meeting
On my way to a doll club meeting at the Burlington [Massachusetts, not Vermont, unfortunately] doll club meeting yesterday, I took along 1:6er Lilith. While I waited in the rainy train station at Alewife for the 350 bus, she enjoyed lounging around and showing off her bust. More below the cut.
I worked on Helena’s Room a bit last night, adding a biography of Stephanie Leonidas, who plays Helena. Since the bio is rather lacking in info, I also send fan mail today to Stephanie and to her agent. Hopefully I will get a response with more details on this talented and sexy actor! [Hopefully she’s not overwhelmed with fan mail, so I might even get a reply soon.]
Speaking of the pathetic bio, you won’t believe how hard I scoured the Net, seeking information about Stephanie. Despite consistent stage and screen credits since 2001, the girl remains elusive. What I did find, though, really impressed me. Look below the cut for fan blather. Continue reading Helena’s Room updated: bio of the star added, etc.
Armeleia showed me a photo of her intended Milliput additions to Jareth’s face. Let’s see how he’ll look in future, shall we? Continue reading Jareth concept update: “Old Man of the Mountains”
Besides the film, added features include: Day 16: A Time-Lapse Video of One Day On-Set, Neil Talks: A Conversation with Neil Gaiman, ComicCon 2003: A Q&A session, Behind The Scenes with Dave McKean, Flight of the Monkeybirds Featurette, Off-Set Making-of Featurette. MSRP: $27.00. I can’t wait!
I also ordered a copy of The Alchemy of Mirror Mask today, so watch for my review.
New essays up at Helena’s Room: Is Mirror Mask a rip-off of Labyrinth? What are dolls and sex doing in MM and L? [Lots of pretty pictures in this essay.] Also in Helena’s Room, I kicked off the Merchandise section with a review of the MM novella. I linked to the Labyrinth/MM section from the Realm’s analysis page too. Continue reading Massive Helena’s Room updates, small Realm update.
Anna W. has some cute manga-style cartoons at the Realm now. I can’t believe she was 11 when she did them. [Maybe I just feel old.] Also you can now read Nick Berquist’s full list for signs of Laby obsession in guys. He impersonates Jareth on a regular basis, and he’s proud of it. Now that’s my kind of man. 😀
DEDF now up to $358.64. 49.9% of the way there. Continue reading DEDF up a nice chunk o’ change.
A little late in posting, but check out my review of the Mirror Mask novella.
The stereotypical Laby fan is a lustfully hormonal teenaged girl [or a woman with the hormones of a lustful teenaged girl] who wishes she had a personal Jareth to do naughty activities with. MALE Jareth/Laby fans do exist, however. But they are just overwhelmed by the squealing of the aforementioned girls.
I have proof that guy fans exist because one of them wrote to me: a hilarious document entitled “50 Signs That You Are Obsessed With Labyrinth: Humor for GUYS.” I’ll post the whole list eventually, but here’s my favorite item:
21. Your answering machine message is Laby related. (Mine: “Hello, you’ve reached the Goblin King. Just fear me, love me, do as I say, and leave a message after the beep.”) Continue reading Humor for Jareth-obsessed GUYS!
fragileshell has a pirate hat pattern that I think I could actually follow, even given my complete impatience with the sewing machine: http://www.livejournal.com/users/fragileshell/8429.html
DEDF now boasts $248.64, just enough for a Uyoo! Must…resist…urge…to buy…Jennifer… I realize that, with Sardonix’ departure, I have no one to photograph in the cemeteries, and, given Jennifer’s current interest in graveyards, she’d be perfect. But what’s a Jennifer doll without a Frank doll first?
In future doll news, Kallisti has pics of the new Unoas up on Blastmilk http://www.livejournal.com/users/blastmilk/239890.html . Nope, no Unoa for me, but I think Frank’s breasts should be similar, only scaled up in proportion to the Afghan base body. [Heck, I think Afghan should have had a rack like that originally, possibly even bigger. Then again, my preferences for dolls’ chests are heavily influenced by top-heavy CGs.]
I need to figure out how to add filters on this thing. EDIT: I figured out how. I used my link list to add links to sets of tagged entries. I feel clever.
Sardonix sold for $160.00, her boots for $45.00. All money to Frank fund!
Armeleia sent photos this morning showing rough mods to Jareth’s head. Basically I commissioned mods on the cheeks [a la James Marsters because I don’t have a thing for BTVS’ Spike, no, not at all] and chin [a la David Bowie circa 1975 because I don’t have a thing for the Man Who Sold the World, no, not at all]. Let’s see how she’s doing, shall we? Continue reading DEDF update; Jareth progress pix