After cruising around Chinatown, I headed back to the dealer room just to see what I could see. I saw more dolls, doll stuff, and original art. Continue reading Otakuthon DollFest, 08/05/2018: Back to the dealer room
I went to @natalunasans’ house for a long weekend, coming back today. My DW dolls met her DW dolls and had several photostories. I also helped her sort some of her massive amounts of 1:6 scale stuff and chose those items that I wanted for myself. Continue reading Small populations from @natalunasans’ house!
Appearing on the Haserot family tombstone in Cleveland, Ohio, the Angel of Death Victorious is a fitting companion for the Angel of Grief. The verdigris tears of black make the figure all the more striking. Atlas Obscura has clear photos. Forgotten Ohio has creepier, more atmospheric photos.
I want one! No, seriously, I want one of these in 1:6 scale…
In times of great crisis, the angel will walk. It moves with a slow, sort of grating, slightly molten, titanic motion. It will arise and make its heavy, earthen way to the scene of the calamity. Its tread sounds like the bones of the earth resettling.
And it will stand, its torch burning with an eldritch fire, its eyes seeing everything and nothing. And it bears speechless witness, offering both illumination and darkness.
The people in its presence react variously. There’s the usual fainting, shitting of pants, screaming and fleeing, that sort of thing.
Some who see the angel feel peace, a peace as cold as iron, as heavy as the mountains, as deep as the crust of the earth. This weight, this solidity, this strength, and this groundedness unjellify their shaken limbs and steady their qualming hearts.
Now, having seen the angel, they know their own strength. The angel’s cold slow burn of indomitability becomes theirs as well. And they become the activists who are in it for the long haul. They will labor on the side of good and fairness and liberty and justice in whatever way they can for the rest of their days. They will do so persistently, unstintingly, tenaciously, for the angels of the earth are behind them.
And then there are those people who look into the angel’s eyes. We don’t really know what happens to them.
But there are always a few who are drawn inexorably to face that abyssal gazeless gaze. Whoever said that thing about being careful if you look into the abyss because then it might look into you was probably onto something… because the people who try to find the angel’s eyes end up losing themselves.
Their eyes become orbs of light, and they weep in endless illumination. We don’t know what they see [if they see anything] or why they weep because they won’t answer us. They no longer speak; they only sit in reverie.
And then, inevitably, one day, they take their torches, rise, and begin to walk.
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As I noted about 4 years ago, Big Chief Studios makes some really cool 1:6 scale Dr. Who action figures, but their name and logo are a racist pile of crap, which is why I’ll never buy anything from them. I was discussing this sorry state of affairs with Nataluna, a dedicated Whovian with many BCS figs. She eventually got so disturbed by BCS’ stereotypes that she wrote to them on the subject. She mentioned that she knew people [i.e., me, I suppose] who wouldn’t buy from them on account of their imagery, so I decided that my first-person testimony might be slightly helpful. That way they’ll have at least two people to ignore instead of one.
This is what I wrote:
I’ve been following your work since your first acquisition of the Dr. Who licenses. I love your sculpts. As much as I love your stuff, though, I’m sadly unable to buy any of it because I have a problem with your company name and logo.
The name Big Chief Studios rubs me the wrong way. The logo’s red dot, which I presume is supposed to be an Indian’s head, is a literal depiction of the term “redskin,” which has been a derogatory insult to American Indians for centuries. While you may not have intended it this way, your logo contributes to a long history of objectifying Indians.
I understand that, for you, BCS is just a name and a graphic, but please consider that there are at least 3 million people in the United States who are American Indian. They struggle for civil rights and self-determination every day. A company name and a logo that turn them into stereotypical symbols, rather than real human beings, worthy of respect, just make it that much harder for them to be seen as people.
Please consider changing at least your logo to something that doesn’t dehumanize a whole group of living, breathing people.
Wolfking is issuing a 1:6 scale action figure, the Female Clown, which is a loose interpretation of Heath Ledger doing the Joker in The Dark Knight Rises. I always liked the palette of the costume, but I would have only modified the stuff to put on my favorite dolls. Thus I’m happy to see a similar palette with clothing better fitted for the type of 1:6 scale body I have the most of.
Anyway, I think this doll is pretty cool, especially her $125.00 MSRP for an entire dressed doll with accessories! If I got her, I would get rid of that wretched rooted hair and put on a fur wig, swap out gloved hands for ungloved or half-gloved, exchange skirt for short shorts, remove tie, and do something with all those bulky layers up top. Maybe I’d get rid of the blue base shirt entirely in favor of a dickie, adjust the vest fasteners somehow, and/or shorten the coat so her shorts could be seen from the rear. A top hat is also a possibility, and that headsculpt is really crying out for some bananas-and-ham makeup enhancement.
I haven’t seen anything 1:6 scale that I’ve wanted in a long time, but then this Hot Toys likeness figure of Margot Robie as Harley Quinn from recent turd The Suicide Squad came across my radar. Despite the movie being crap, this figure looks promising, at least in prototype. If the actual figure looks as decent as the previews, I would love to get a parted-out head, rip off that horrible hair for a wig, and make her a REALLY LOUD AND PERKY character.
Hot Toys has a real hard time doing likenesses of women, which makes me downgrade their vaunted verisimilitude. Who cares if they can do decent dudes if they can’t be arsed to bring the same accuracy and realism to their women?
Case in point: There’s something off about their attempt at Daisy Ridley as Rey. Pictures show that she has a squarer jaw, narrower face, narrower eyes, more angularity around her lips, and just overall more character. Also none of the pictures of the doll show her from the rear, so we can’t see if her hair has been accurately duplicated.
Meanwhile, over on the other branch of the family tree, I have no idea how the likeness of Adam Driver as Kylo Ren is because his mask won’t come off! [And we know how I feel about that… >_> ] I can understand Captain Phasma or your standard issue storm troopers with molded-on masks, but c’mon, HT — Darth Vader Jr. Jr. dispenses with the mask for key segments of the movie. In fact, I’d argue that the whole point of this character is the tension between the mask and the face underneath, but I guess the doll doesn’t have tension because he doesn’t even have a face. Did they just not want to do a portrait? Why not? Driver’s distinctive features would probably make for a really cool portrait.
Okay, guess we’ll have to wait to see who they reissue for the sequel and the sequel to the sequel. It is my fond hope that Captain Phasma starts running around without her helmet on and maybe even has a last, desperate, sweaty, maskless duel [like Rey and Kylo] so we can get a doll of her with an actual face. If she doesn’t, I’m at least holding out for her continual treatment as a non-sexualized individual and eventual survival — she already has to deal with enough crap as the token
Nazi Empire woman with any significant lines. I do not want her to end up like Irina Spalko in Indiana Jones and the Unnecessarily Confusing Jump Cuts. [Seriously, could anyone follow the chase scenes in that movie?] If the choice ends up being between a) permanent masked badassery and b) unmasked sexualization [which it probably will end up being], I vote for a).
Okay, well, I guess I had more feelings about that than I expected. :p
Hot Toys is making him! I wonder if he’ll be appropriately short… Because Back to the Future was one of the formative movies of my youth and because I used to have a huge crush on Michael J. Fox, I might pick this one up…or at least the head. Probably just the head.
Estimated to arrive at the end of this year or beginning of next, it’s a little Peter Dinklage with bad hair! I really want him to be Guillaume Doucette, Béatrice and Delphine’s dad.
As one of the closest things to an antagonist that Zombieville has, Guillaume has an unduly grandiose opinion of himself and a VERY LOUD VOICE with which to broadcast this opinion. Back when he was a disability rights activist, he was pompous, sure, but much less irritating. He used his pushy manner and VERY LOUD VOICE to good effect, for example, when heading the campaign to replace the quaint cobblestones on Church Street with even pavement that people wouldn’t trip over. In fact, Béatrice and Delphine have fond memories of helping their dad unleash a can of institutional whup-ass on the UVM campus group that offered "midget bowling" as an event in their spring carnival. That, however, was over a decade ago…
Nowadays, Guillaume has become much more bitter. He hijacks public forums with his jeremiads about how the quality of life in Burlington has declined since he was a boy. He intensely dislikes PWS, who he calls "zombies" for shock value. According to him, PWS are "hogging media attention" and "draining state coffers," thus diverting coverage and funds from people with "legitimate" disabilities. [He actually says "legitimate." No one is quite sure why.] His argle-bargle about "cleaning up this town" eventually coalesces into a campaign for local public office, which, much to the PWS community’s consternation and his daughters’ embarrassment, he wins.
Of course, I could just heavily mod a body from my stash to make him, but no! I wanna little Peter Dinklage in my life!!
A painted, dressed prototype has appeared on Three Zero’s Facebook page. The likeness still isn’t fully there, but I am pleased to note that the company has accurately reproduced Peter Dinklage’s relative proportions. Thus the doll is a mostly successful representation of a person with dwarfism, as opposed to a cheat accomplished by scaling down a figure of a person without dwarfism to, say, 75%. So cool!
I love the headsculpt’s thoroughly disgruntled expression. "Really? You thought that crack about midget bowling was funny? Wow. The mind boggles at the epic shallowness of your banal bigotry."
He might need to be a Zombieville tertiary…maybe one of the co-heads of the Lakeside Community Co-op along with Sylvia Blomqvist. Or, better yet, an anti-PWS activist whose remarks about "safe neighborhoods" and "the importance of tourist income" thinly disguise revulsion toward PWS, especially those in Toxic Waste.
Lumberjack vs. this guy — hmmmm…
ThreeZero is doing Game of Thrones 1:6 scale dolls, and they just released a prototype headsculpt of Peter Dinklage’s character Tyrion Lannister. I don’t care about the show or the character; I just think Peter Dinklage is amazingly hot and smart and funny and warm and talented. I would love to have a 1:6 scale version of him, as long as ThreeZero accurately renders him in all his 4′ 5" glory with his distinctive body shape.
Check out this Spider Girl by Original Effect! Purple hair! Poseable pigtails! Petulant expression! Movable eyes!
EDIT: Wait…no body included? UGH!
Here, by talented artist ira_scargeear, an amazing person who sculpted her own Sephiroth BJD from scratch and really made him look like the character. Okay, but here she’s talking about making bonsai trees for dolls with wire, toilet paper, natural sponge and paint. Do I need more foliage in my life? Hmmmmm…
Decent glasses in 1:6 scale and 1:3 scale! NOT sunglasses, NOT glasses with narrow bridges and ridiculously wide lenses, NOT uselessly thick frames, just glasses!
The Kotobukiya metals ones are quite durable, but often too narrow, with bows that are too short. I have some that Forever Virginia printed on transparency paper a few years ago, but I’m running out!
I have half a mind to design my own 1:6 scale glasses and then print them out on transparency paper. My dolls need to see!!
This 29cm figure amazes me. Look at this Youtube review to see what she can do! If got her, I would keep her naked all the time and make her a robot to hang out with my fairies. She’s a lovely mixture of form and function. Did I mention that she has articulated eyelids?
I would love to have her, but, given ~$300.00 to spend on a single doll, I choose instead to get a highly poseable 1:6 scale ball-jointed cat — Muggins. Even though we have a real cat, I apparently need a 1:6 scale one. ^_^
…for the Scary Godmother doll by Jill Thompson because she is pointy [the doll, not the creator]. Also I like the artist’s style enough to purchase a book of postcards. Hmmm…
…who liked the Mattel Flavas dolls? Leaving aside the bobbleheads on the girls and the lack of jointed knees [WHY?!?!], I liked them because they looked and dressed most like people I was likely to encounter everyday. Denim jackets, low-riding jeans, baggy windpants and warmup jackets, hightops, loose T-shirts, midriff-baring tops, baseball caps to wear backwards — these appeal to me much more than the ensembles provided with Integrity Fashion Royalties.
Apropos of everyday clothes for dolls, I think it would be fucking hilarious and also awesome if some company did a series of college student outfits:
- "8 AM Classes." Worn, faded T-shirt with university logo, plaid pajama pants, Ugg boots or slip-on sandals, notebook, pen, coffee cup, banana [for breakfast]. Female figures have loose ponytails; male figures have hair sticking up.
- "Go Sports Team!" Sweatshirt with university sports team logo, optional baseball cap with same, pennants and/or signs, air horn [hahahahahah!], little stuffed mascot, concession snack [hot dog or pretzel]. Facial screening includes face paint in school colors.
- "Exam Jam." T-shirt, jeans, socks, no shoes, laptop, notebook, pen, highlighter, stack of textbooks. Facial screening includes furrowed brows, bags under eyes and worried frowns.
- "Blind Date." Dressy clothes, flatter hair for male figures, more complicated updos and more makeup for female figures, cologne bottle for male figures, perfume bottle for female figures, wallets, smart phones and How To Ace Your First Date guidebook for both.
- "Senioritis." Tank tops, shorts, sneakers, baseball caps, shades, bikini top options for female figures, messy hair, books and magazines for pleasure reading, Frisbee, water bottle, sunbathing towel. Headsculpts have big smiles.
- "Now What?" Graduation gown, cap with tassel, diploma, congratulatory bouquet, yearbook, clothes and hairstyles a la "Blind Date." Headsculpts look like O_O.
I crack me up!
Integrity Toys’ current Fashion Royalty dolls because they’re mostly dolls with dour headsculpts, who can’t stand alone or hold items, wearing very femmey high fashion of a type that I never encounter in my daily life, for sale at a price that equals or exceeds the average Hot Toys licensed action figure. I’m not saying that I inherently dislike these traits; in fact, a quick glance at the small populations will show that plenty of them are dour and/or possessed of the inability to stand alone or hold item and/or very femmey and/or really expensive. I’m just saying that the FR line, in which the dolls consistently display all of these traits, bores the poop out of me. Obviously I am not the target audience.
That’s why, when I do happen upon an FR that I like, it’s cause for a blog post. Case in point: Simply Simpatico Darla Daley, from a 2011 Integrity convention giftset featuring Poppy Parker [the main doll in the eponymous line] and her friend, the aforesaid Darla, wearing coordinating and interchangeable outfit pieces. I give exactly zero shits about Poppy, who has a blond flip and a floral blazer and skirt, reserving all my admiration for Darla, who has a short, severe bob, a lilac dress shirt, floral cravat, fitted grey vest and fitted grey trousers.
Continue reading Just about the only FR I like
The character designs for Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure are just so much fun! As all 3 of my regular readers know, I originally succumbed to the temptations of the Medicom dolls of this series when I got Anna, who started off life as a Jolyne. I have now found another Medicom doll from the same line whose awesomeness nearly equals that of Jolyne’s: Kira Yoshikage. He comes with two heads — one with wavy hair and the other with spiky hair — and a fucking purple tuxedo. He’d make a great butch dyke, especially with the spiky hair!
He’s not so awesome that he’s writing himself into Zombieville, though.
Andrea sent me a link to the following Flickr photo, where a user rehaired a Mattel Mad Hatter [not Johnny Depp] and used it as an old woman. I clearly need to do this, only with a bulkier articulated body for the figure and a repaint for the head. There may also be fats involved….
The Monster High character Arachne’s Daughter appeared as an option in a popularity contest during the 2011 San Diego Comic Con. Mattel showed prototypes of several MH dolls and asked voters to choose their favorite, which would then be commercially produced. Sadly, Arachne’s Daughter lost…but Elizabeth Jr. just sent me word that Arachne’s Daughter will be an exclusive at this year’s Comic Con! Nifty! She is the only MH doll I would consider getting, although she would definitely need a repaint…and possibly a rehair.
Since I got some 1:6 scale tombstone magnets from them last year, Dellamorte Co. has come out with more beautiful, detailed artwork.
- I like the dryad winestopper. She looks like she’s dreaming trees.
- The fruit bat ornament is adorable.
Vitra, a company that designs furniture, issues 1:6 scale replicas of famous modern chairs — their Vitra Miniatures series. Meticulously crafted and true to scale, these pieces are truly beautiful. I happen to have a yellow Vitra Mini Panton chair, shown in the foreground below, only because Andrea gave it to me.
I have a crush on Judi Dench, and Wanted Action Figure’s 1:6 scale resin version of her as M from the James Bond re-re-re-re-re-re-re-reboot captures the seriousness and strength that I love.
Surely Zombieville can make room for a kick-ass old woman? Now that I think about it, maybe this sculpt should serve for Dr. Z. Judi Dench is almost 80, and Dr. Z. is in her 50s, but spondis really wears down a person’s body, besides making it fall apart. Therefore PWS look more and more haggard as they age. That sculpt would make a wonderful Dr. Z.!
Oh wait…You say that’s a Nazi zombie?
Sure, if you insist. I still maintain that, if you give him some hair and different clothes, you’ve got a very old [or at least very weathered] guy.
I like his expression. It’s very intense without being dour or angry. He looks very serious and peremptory, but not mean.
No! I’m not getting him!
I’m in awe of the quantity and diversity of 1:6 scale set pieces this woman has. As for me, though, I’m glad that I have really scaled back on my 1:6 scale set pieces and accessories. As cool as some of that stuff was, I do not use it regularly.
…Hmmm…I can probably get rid of even more of my set pieces, now that I think about it…
MyFroggyStuff does some of the best doll-related craft tutorials around, repurposing common household items in easy and innovative ways to make inexpensive, convincing accessories and sets. For example, her tutorial on making a 1:6 scale vending machine out of a tissue box, plastic sheeting and newspaper pictures of snacks is brilliant.
My full set of Rement Jumbo Food mascots [= cell phone decorations] came today. Isabel is making smart remarks about my favorite pieces of the dozen because the whole concept — big food, free from petty constraints of gravity! — cracks me up.
Continue reading Funniest Rements ever!
- Disney, Hello Kitty or Rilakkuma sets from Rement
- Bruce Lee dolls from Enterbay
- Iron Man dolls from Hot Toys
1:6 scale things that I would be very interested in
- Sets from Rement that contain the kinds of things that made the company so popular in the first place: food, appliances, toys, school/office supplies…heck, even candy!
- Anything by Enterbay other than a Bruce Lee doll
- Basic female action figures by Hot Toys…they keep coughing up basic males, but they’ve only done one line of basic females.
By Rement, of course. I’ve been lusting after the Jumbo Food set for years, primarily because it is hilarious, but I’ve never found any place that sold it.
…Until now. etradersplace has it in stock! I’m most interested in the exploding bacon cheeseburger, the listing stack of pancakes and the huge swirls of soft-serve ice cream.
*covet covet covet*
1:6 scale fish bowls with feesh! Apparently none of the 1:6 scale people have read that their feesh need to have much more water than that, though. :/
EDIT: Make your own feesh in a bowl.
EDIT 2: Or just dispense with the resin and 3-D feesh, and just use a print backdrop with printed feesh, as well as some gravel and plants for the ground, but nothing for the water.
EDIT 3: To make it even easier, find a clear container, add gravel and plants and some kitschy miniatures to the bottom of the tank. Then put the top on, and you’re done. Where are the feesh? They’re hiding in the fake treasure chest and shipwreck. :p
Heck, this empty container ploy could also work for other animals that are good at hiding, like turtles, tarantulas, small lizards and small snakes.
"Is there supposed to be a spider in there?"
"If there isn’t, we have a serious problem!"
Okay, now someone’s got to have a pet disabled tarantula…
Sometimes I conceive of a desire a certain thing, but I can’t see an immediate [or even future] use for it. I then postpone the acquisition to see if I really, really want it later. If I’m not interested in a few weeks/months/years, I won’t get the thing. If I’m still hankering after the thing several weeks/months/years later, I usually get it.
Such was the case with my 1:6 scale door and electric wheelchairs, which I recently procured because my interest in them remained strong over a few years.
I was going to ignore my equally strong interests in a 1:6 scale fireplace and toilet, but then I discovered Mini Chair’s fireplace. And then my mind would not stop telling me that my dolls needed somewhere to shit.
Okay! Fine! I’ll get a toilet! Sheesh! Stop bothering me!
Problem is, as I have mentioned before, 1:6 scale toilets tend to be undersized. Barbie toilets are probably more like 1:7 or 1:8 scale even. Here’s a Barbie Glam Bathroom set looking rather minuscule. The toilet also has a huge flower in relief on the seat cover, something I have never seen in real life.
Even stuff for action figures [which tends to be a bit larger than playscale playline stuff] still comes up short. [Har har. See what I did there?] For example, a few years back, Loading Toys made a dirty toilet with wads of hundred dollar bills, which I presume was attempting to duplicate some famous movie scene involving a money toilet. Not only was it ridiculously priced for mediocre quality, it was also rather small. Here’s a review on OSW.
This miniature prank squirting toilet has been tested by others and shown to be about the right size, however. This Sour Flush candy package might also work. This toilet-shaped bank has also been suggested as an option, but it has that unrealistic blue base. [Interesting how they’re all for sale at stupid.com…]
In other options, there’s a toilet-shaped tabletop vacuum that a Flickr user has confirmed as in-scale. Unfortunately, there’s a large brown thing [looks like a pile of caramel] in the bowl, and I’m not sure if it’s removable.
Further bulletins as shit happens.
Elizabeth Jr. just directed me to Barbie Styled By Me, where you choose from a limited number of sculpts and incredibly tacky outfits, as well as a T-shirt with a user-selected nine-letter message, and assemble your own custom styled Barbie. Here’s mine, rockin’ the signature bold, mismatching, heavily patterned style of all my dolls. In case you can’t read the minuscule letters on her eye-bleedingly pink T-shirt, it says DRAGQUEEN.
Continue reading Oooooh, custom styled Barbies.
Big Chief Studios currently has Eleven out, with Amy Pond coming and Ten waiting for approval. As much as I'd love to get a 1:6 scale Ten, two things stop me. 1) The prototype is a great likeness of David Tennant as Ten, but he looks like he's been hit with a surprise bout of the runs. He should be smirking confidently, not looking as if something ambushed him. Nothing surprises the Doctor! 2) The company's very name and logo [a red dot wearing a stylized "Plains headdress"] reek of racism. I can't support that bigotry. Pity, as they have decent-looking dolls.
You can see the shop on Etsy. These wonderfully expressive, lively heads look too large for the scrawny Mattel Barbie Fashionista bodies they are given. I wonder if she would consider putting one of the heads on an action figure body?
Makies are the coolest thing I've seen in a long time: customizable, articulated, 10" dolls made of printed plastic. You design one online, adjusting all facial features with sliders, then choosing eyes, wig and clothes from a variety of options. They're like single-jointed BJDs, only without elastic! You can choose to leave your character digital, or you can order a plastic version of your character. The alpha session is currently open, with 20 of 100 slots left. One doll is 99 pounds including VAT [made in UK].
I would love to get one, but I don't have the money. I'd also like to wait until they have skin color options [currently only available in white] and adjustable body shapes. I hope this company succeeds and adds many more options. I've always liked online pixel doll maker programs, but have been annoyed at the lack of ability to actually have dolls made from the pixel characters. I'll be watching this company to see how it develops a little bit down the line…
Carrie Becker did a series of 1:6 dioramas entitled "Barbie Trashes Her Dream House," in which 1:6 scenes were made to look as if taken over by messy hoarders. While some miniatures she used were Rement, others she made by hand. Check out the whole detailed set on Flickr!
Look at all those little cupcakes! I'm impressed, and I don't even care for Katie Perry.
I’m on a quest to find 1:6 tombstones. I need to make a 1:6 cemetery set for Ellery to hang out in and write in her diary in.
I could design some in PhotoShop Elements and print them out on a color printer, but I don’t want to make them because I am lazy. I typed in “miniature cemetery” and “miniature tombstones” and “miniature headstones,” etc., into search engines, but all I came up with were 1:12 miniatures. Too small! I eventually had the genius idea of trying Halloween decorations [“halloween miniature cemetery”]. But, at 9.75″ tall, the tombstones were more like 1:3 scale than 1:6 scale.
Rats! Thinking about what objects might be the appropriate size, I came up with magnets and salt and pepper shakers. A search of “tombstone” on Etsy revealed many salt and pepper shakers of the appropriate size. I decided against these because they all had silly poems about “Here lies Pepper/Salt” on them that would not have contributed to the realism.
Finally I discovered these tombstone magnets by Dellamorte Co., “curators of the reliquary macabre.” Each of the 3 magnets are around 3″ high, their silhouettes and symbols drawn directly from those I have seen on 17th and 18th century graves in places around Massachusetts. While they don’t have epitaphs, the magnets do have Latin admonitions common to tombstones of that era, all about the shortness of life and inevitability of death. While there are fewer of these ornate graves in Vermont [where Me and My Muses is set] than in, say, Massachusetts, these magnets look suitably sepulchral and about the right size [maybe a little small?], so I got them.
Further bulletins as events warrant!
EDIT: Well, shit. “Tabletop tombstone” in the search engine gets me all kinds of appropriately sized resin or plastic tombstones. I was just using imprecise keywords!!
I really like Mattel's Monster High dolls. Each has a unique headsculpt, which I appreciate, and I like the bright colors, patterning and funky layering of the clothes. Not to mention the fact that they are well-articulated! I've even watched some of the online cartoons, which are pretty cute. My favorite character is Ghoulia Yelps because she is a nerdy zombie. 😀 But I will not be getting any MH dolls because there's no need for me to go into a new size or scale of dolls. I'd love to see someone do BJD versions of MH dolls, though. That would be really cool.
I found large pics of the other 4 in the Stardoll/Mattel collaboration Barbies. They are below. I can't really tell because of the paint jobs, but there seem to be some new headsculpts there!
Continue reading More pictures of Stardoll Barbies!
Mary Ann Roy of Welcome Home creates brightly colored and detailed "neo-retro" furniture and sets for dolls. Impressively, she makes all her pieces by hand. I enjoy browsing the pictures on her blog.
I picked up a Hallmark ornament of Silken Flame Barbie and her travel case to be a doll for Ellery to play with. Today I got the mini doll and the mini case in the mail and checked them out against Jareth and Frank…just the right size to be a doll's doll! The doll can be put in and taken out of the left side of the carrier, and the bottom drawer opens. The clothes on the right, however, are molded into the sculpture of the carrier.
To find similar items on Ebay, search for "barbie traveling case ornament" or similar. Barbie ornaments of dolls without traveling cases are not in correct scale.
Plaza Mildendo, a Mexican company, makes all sorts of furniture for many scales of dolls. I'm particularly enamored of their 1:6 coffin, just because I've never seen one before, and this one is done so well. Another piece that I don't have any use or room for…
Continue reading Plaza Mildendo: furniture for 1:6, 1:4 and 1:3
The House at 1:6 shows off a "latest diorama find," a red door perfect for 1:6. It's actually the cover to a photo album, but who cares about that? I would have paid very good money to have one of these back when I was doing Love Has Fangs, but, now that I'm on a different story, I can't think of a reason to have such a piece hanging around.
Here is a rolltop desk jewelry box with a working rolltop, perfect for 1:6 scale, yours for only $210.00. Ouch!Continue reading Speaking of jewelry boxes that double as 1:6 furniture…
The title says it all. The little thing costs $28.00, excluding shipping. Why is size inversely proportionate to price???!!!
It’s Toy Fair time again, folks. Time for all 3 of you to listen to me hold forth on Mattel’s upcoming offerings.
Courtesy of Andrea comes a link to Wildflower Dolls, an Etsy shop for limited edition 1:6 doll heads sculpted out of whiteware, made for Barbie or Fashion Royalty bodies. The sculptor has a rough, lively quality that really comes through in the sculpts. I like the fact that the sculpts seem a little hurried and impressionistic. Fawn is my favorite, with an expression of delicate surprise. I also love the sparkling mischief in Kate’s eyes. I see a Frank doll in Kate.
I just got one because she is hot. She appears to have the Mbili Barbie sculpt, my favoritest ever. [Velvette has it.] She also has a long, layered, white dress that will probably be stolen by someone else. Plus she’s articulated everywhere but the ankles…even her wrists! All I’ll have to do is saw off those stupid, impractical pointed toes and supply some better feet or really rigid shoes. No, she has no character yet, but that is okay because she is HOT.
Super Cool Doll House showcases splendiferous 1:6 interiors peopled with lots of Fashion Royalty folks. Materials lists at the end of each entry tell what common household items are used in each set. Jaw-dropping crispness of detail and precision are at work here.
Also a possibility for some grass are samples for fake lawns and fake wheatgrass on Ebay under "artificial grass" or "artificial turf."
At the end of June, Rement will be releasing a set of pet animals, each in or around a household item. Animals include turtle in a terra cotta pot, hedgehog in a slipper, budgie in a bowl, puppy in a laundry basket. The preview pictures are nauseating in their cuteness. [Click on the little pictures for bigger versions!] Judging from previous Rement animal sets, the figures will be on the small side, probably more true to 1:8 than 1:6, but those of you with 1:6ers could always make the pets be baby animals. I’m particularly interested in the tortoise for Sibley, the budgie for Kinjou and the hedgehog because it just looks cute.
Rement, of course, made a set of baby items, including a stroller, formula, sippy cup, bath basin, crib, mobile and many toys for kidsies < 2. Unfortunately, it’s out of print and disgustingly expensive. I will, however, provide a picture here since it is, as usual, damn cute. Continue reading On the subject of 1:6 toys…
Some of my LHF kidsies need some toys! I have plenty of books, dolls and stuffed animals, but I would like to get some more. I’m trying to think of sources for the following:
- Cars, trains, trucks, construction equipment, planes, helicopters, rockets, etc.
- Musical instruments such as drums, keyboards, xylophones, recorders, whistles, etc.
Esmeralda Euphemia Polk is a Takara Jenny friend on an Obitsu 23cm body with an Antique Dreaming Momoko dress and boots. She is obviously sarcastic, but, then again, most of the LHFers are. Kinjou gave me the head! Esmie [her nickname] stands in front of today’s lazy bookcase. The frame is a greeting card box with cardboard shelves, printmini.com blocks of books, various Rements for accessories, etc. Riveting. Continue reading Lazy bookcase and bash with help from Kinjou
I like almost every item in Rement’s 2004 set, Vintage Home Appliances, but these things command ridiculous prices on Ebay. Look — the phones, toasters, blenders, sewing machines, etc., all have a design that would be perfectly at home in any living quarters from 1950 to the present. Continue reading Really cool — but unfortunately out-of-print — Rements
I’m not particularly keen on Mattel’s Kellys and Tommys, but this site, showcasing the work of doll customizer Loanne Ostiie, showing reroots, repaints and makeover on the little tykes, demonstrates to me that they can look cute, engaging and non-idiotic. The hairstyling is particularly impressive. Thanks, Kinjou!
P.S. Check out her gallery of custom Tommys, available from the index [first link].
Thanks to the enthusiastic evangelism of D7ana, I’m interested in newcomers to the 12" fashion doll scene, the Mixis, made by the Canadian YNU Group. They are a group of 4 biracial characters, each with a distinctive headsculpt that reflects combos of racial backgrounds. Their wider torsos and thicker necks allow their clothing to even accommodate my standard body, the CG. I’m especially partial to Houda and Rosa. Though Mixis usually retail at about $60.00 because of their high-quality clothes, they can be found on clearance at the Canadian online retailer Nce N Necessary and for a reduced price at U.S.-based Aunt Jean’s Toys.
Tonner makes a 10" friend to Tiny Kitty Collier, Simone Rouge. With a black bob and a round, pert face, the Simon Rouge Raven Basic edition is sweet and welcoming. Though fashions for Tiny Kitty and Simone Rouge tend toward the formal, fussy and mature, 10" Simone Rouge is just the right size for a teenaged girl or a petite woman in 1:6. Her price, around $60.00 in underwear, is about right for a doll that’s articulated as well as an articulated Barbie, but with bendable wrists. Like Momoko, she’s very cute, but useless, as I have no character for her.
I’ve found my cut-off point beyond which I think a 1:6 doll is not worth the price: $100. Even dolls that hit the $100 mark make me pause. Unfortunately, there are several dolls in the $100+ category that I’ve been coveting for years, but which I can’t really justify the cost of.
1. Momoko. Her neat little engaging face has always charmed me. I like the ones with dark hair and subdued makeup. I really like Mama Told Me [available at Junky Spot], but she’s $160, $100 of which seems to be for the doll itself and $60 for the outfit. I’m NOT paying that much for an outfit, no matter how attractive it is, if it can’t fit more than one of my dolls. Of all the dolls on this list, it is most probable that I will eventually get a Momoko, especially if I can find one nude <$70.
2. Sakurana. It’s the side-glancing eyes and the little smirk that get me. She looks like she’s up to something devious. Deviousness does not come cheap, though, because her price ranges between $140 and $160 [available at Manika]. Sigh…I have a weakness for smirky dollies.
3. Misaki. Integrity Toys only releases these Fashion Royalty dolls in limited editions, which drives up the price even more. I like the Misaki headsculpt in general, with its strong jawline and overblown lips, but I’m particularly enamored of Posh Girl Misaki, with her smart tailored outfit, stylized freckles and dark lips. However, she’s north of $200 [also available at Manika at the same link as Sakurana].
Baseball caps: http://www.strapya-world.com/categories/12_55_3898.html
Lab equipment such as glassware and bottles: http://www.strapya-world.com/categories/12_55_802.html
Classic cameras: http://www.strapya-world.com/categories/12_55_4657.html
Messy purple buns in hair, gloriously mismatching and patterned clothes, inset eyes and highly articulated body = pretty cool. Available [currently as preorder] at Valley of the Dolls. Must…resist…temptation to get dolls that I do not have designated personalities for…Continue reading Another doll I have a crush on: J-Doll Picasso Street East!
She reminds me of Velvette. I think they share the same VitC sculpt.
EDIT: As Andrea says, Velvette [Mbili Barbie] and Kwanzaa Barbie share the same headsculpt, which is named after its first appearance, Mbili. As far as I know, only 3 Barbies have been produced with the Mbili sculpt: Mbili, Princess of South Africa and Kwanzaa. Too bad, as she is my favorite.
After viewing these lusciously detailed 1:6 [and other small-scale] sets by Mick Balte, I realize that I need a better camera with super-zoom capabilities to truly do justice to all the dramatic shots I wish to put in my comics.
Lola is the first Triad Toys doll that attracts me. It’s not the fetishy schoolgirl outfit, though I do like it. It’s not the thigh-high black pleather platform heels, though they are perfect for Will. It’s not the custom cartoony bomb and the match, though Baozha would love those. It’s not the backpack with the teddy bear, though I can always use more backpacks, and I know Will wants the teddy bear. It’s not the guns because, unless they are squirt guns, firearms are irrelevant to my LHF universe. It’s not even the Otaku body, which sacrifices form over function.
It’s her face, her weary, sarcastic, annoyed face.
Get doll; keep head, hands, clothes, shoes, pack, bomb, match, teddy. Sell body, guns, holsters and other weapon-related crap. Body should go for $30.00. Guns should go for $10-15.00. Recoup ~1/2 of purchase price.
Give doll pink hair!!!
Little T-shirts! Ostensibly air fresheners for the car, these shirts have been tested by MWDers and proven good fits from male and female figs. The following appeal to me: “0% Angel,” “Chicks Rule!,” “God Bless America,” “Hottie,” “Naughty,” “Princess” and “San Francisco.” I can see Baozha in “Hottie” [just to piss off Chow], Mark in “God Bless America” [when he’s not wearing his “I Love Cactus” shirt], Rori in “Chicks Rule!” and Will [or one of my Frank dolls] in “Princess.”
There are some more little T-shirts here about the same size. I can’t really tell if they are complete shirts, but they seem to be. I think I need some with Disney Princesses on them, if only to pervert.
Coming soon from Sideshow Toys, which is radically inconsistent in terms of quality from toy to toy, is the dead cute zombie babysitter. I personally think she just became a vampire while being consumed by flesh-eating bacteria, so her decay was halted, but so was her healing. Yuck.
Quality-wise, this conception looks pretty good with head in-scale…but why are there bendy arms? Why ruin a perfectly good fig with arms that can’t do anything?
If each 12″ alterna-fashion Dykedoll comes ready to play with a dildo, harness and vibrator, but she is articulated only at the shoulders and the wrists, how is she supposed to use her accessories? HOW?
I ordered BBI’s Goth doll Angel, mostly for her multi-layered Gothy French maid’s outfit. Anneka will like the dress and stockings, while Will will use the arm sleeves, awesome witchy shoes, chains and the stockings too. As usual, my supplier is Good Stuff to Go, which has great stock and lowest prices.
Barbie takes on a variety of jobs these days. I’ve seen Dog Trainer Barbie in the toy stores, but I didn’t think anything of it till someone over on MWD linked to a detailed review of the set. Containing Barbie and her dog Tanner, the Dog Trainer set also features the splendiferous and innovative Eat ‘N’ Crap mechanism! The set comes with brown, bean-like pellets that you can stick in Tanner’s mouth. When you push down on Tanner’s tail, the pellet comes out the rear end. It can then be picked up with the magnetic poop scoop.
I don’t object to crapping toys on principle, although I don’t like them, but this one just grosses me out, though. Tanner’s food looks exactly the same, no matter what end it comes out, so the dog is either eating shit or shitting chocolate. Furthermore, the pellets look like some sort of human candy, which gives their cycle through the plastic dog digestive tract an extra stomach-turning aspect.
Ya know, if kids really want to make their toys barf, piss, shit, sneeze, etc., they’ll find ways to do so. My sister and I used to make our hollow plastic My Little Ponies pee by squirting water out of their tail holes. No magnetic gimmicks needed!
This is probably the only time you’ll ever see all my 1:6 BJDs together, since Jennifer belongs to the 1:3 universe with Jareth and Frank, and Daisy and Geordie belong to the Love Has Fangs universe. They are making cross-dimensional connections for the sake of your edification, though. 😀Continue reading 1:6 BJDs: Jennifer, Daisy and Geordie
On Monday, I got a Limhwa [I will never learn how to spell this correctly] ToYou without eyes or wig. Extremely pale and petulant, she is about 27 cm with a wiry, preteen body. Her foreshortened face with full cheeks offends my aesthetic sensibilities because I like my dolls with more standardized beauty or cuteness, but she fits the character well. Said character, Daisy, is a pouty, protected, precocious vampire killer! Watch out, Anneka!
Today, I got a secondhand Elfdoll tiny, Jin dal Re. Unlike most of the Elfdoll tinies, she has no curves, which makes her appropriate for Geordie, a 3-year-old [non-vamp] character. Unlike ToYou, Jin dal Re is immediately endearing with her minuscule size and child-like features in proportion to her body.
I don’t have any pictures now because I’m at work, but you can see the default ToYou here. Am I the only one in the BJD world who thinks she looks like a terminally annoyed and abused child? You can also see the default Jin dal Re here. In accordance with Geordie’s more energetic, carefree personality, the eyebrows will have to be repainted. I also need to give Geordie a gentle cleaning with a Q-tip and some soap. And maybe I’ll repaint her lips. Watch for pictures this weekend or sooner!
Product Enterprise has some sexy femfigs coming up. Check out Felicity Bliss, the intergalatic pinup, due in September. [Please note fetishy red leather spacesuit and molded nipples on armor….] Or sneak a peek at Gay Ellis, the purple-haired sexpot, due out in June. Apparently they’re characters from TV shows? Who cares? They’re hot. Picture of Felicity Bliss’ headshot below.Continue reading Houston to space vixens!
I mentioned a few months ago that I would probably be buying Takara’s Best of CG Cutey Honey Kisaragi Variant. Continue reading In 1:6 news, I have a Kisaragi Honey on the way and a hurtin’ wallet.
Takara disappoints me these days [yeah, old news, right]. I haven’t bought a new CG since I think the original release of Blue Lightning [when she was AFFORDABLE] State-side. Now that new CGs appear only in Japan in limited quantities, I don’t buy them at all, even if they DO come with small chests, a la Protect Gear Midori. [Yeah, I still want one for variety in cup sizes.] Then the upcoming release of Cutey Honey as Kisaragi appeared. Continue reading The new Cutey Honey in CG or Triad Toys’ long-awaited bodies?
Jan Mclean’s Lollipop Girls just…bother me, but here the full chin and pouty mouth work to this doll’s advantage, making her look like a pretentious modern Goth girl or a child prostitute.
http://www.janmcleandolls.com/dsp_doll.cfm?id=48 Continue reading Jan Mclean’s Satine: better than Lollipop Girls