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Ever After High Discussion / Re: New Books Revealed!
« on: April 10, 2018, 01:02:15 AM »
it'll be interesting to see if Mattel just continues EAH with the book series instead of making dolls or other toys. I'm not sure how expensive it is to publish/produce books though so i'm not sure how much business sense that makes :/

Id say its much cheaper... You only need to pay an author and an editor for it, and then for the paper to have it printed.
With a doll you need to have designers come up with designs, patterns, marketing, ect, plus you gotta pay to make the molds, the workforce that produces the plastic, sewing the dresses, adding the packaging.

Ever After High Discussion / Re: Dragon Games question
« on: March 27, 2018, 01:53:32 AM »
Yea, none of them really owned the dragons, they seemed more like school property than anything else. They just somehow ended up extremely well fitting with certain characters. Its just another of those things that EAH did but didnt care to explain too closely.

Ever After High Discussion / Re: Dragon Games question
« on: March 26, 2018, 05:22:27 AM »
Lizzie didnt have her own dragon, she was walking Hollys.

Wanted / Coral hair from MLC?
« on: February 15, 2018, 05:53:47 AM »
I am in need of some nylon hair called "Coral" that was sold at My Little Customs. They are out of it and I dunno if they will get it back in stock... So does anybody have a hank or two of it that you would be willing to sell to me? I am in need of it for a custom doll.

Monster Discussion / Re: Headscarf in the Monster High universe?
« on: February 14, 2018, 02:54:18 AM »
[Inflammatory comment removed.  ~SaelaVe]

Monster Discussion / Re: Headscarf in the Monster High universe?
« on: February 14, 2018, 12:58:20 AM »
[Inflammatory comment removed.  ~SaelaVe]

Off Topic / Re: She-Ra Netflix/Dreamworks reboot
« on: December 29, 2017, 10:53:47 AM »
It could be just the armor she's wearing. There was a whole backlash against "sexy armor" because it's usually not sensible for battle. Maybe she looks more feminine when she's not in battle.

The thing is... it dont look like she is wearing armor at all... It looks as if she is wearing a tailed shirt.

And its not like you have to make her armor look sexy to look feminine. Have you looked at Captain Celaeno from the MLP movie? Majority of what she is wearing isnt very feminine, and she lacks female assets too as she is a parrot creature, but you easily understand that she is a female because she has lashed eyes and a sweetheart bodice line on her clothing.

Saddly, even if you remove the clothing that She-Ra wear, she look like a boy from avatar with long hair. There is literally nothing but the long hair to say she is a girl.

Off Topic / Re: She-Ra Netflix/Dreamworks reboot
« on: December 28, 2017, 11:41:53 PM »
I LOVE that they’re rebooting She-Ra, but I’m horrified by that sketch... Hopefully that’s just her “angry face”, and she normally looks... a bit less like Aang from Avatar: The Last Airbender (as one commenter humorously pointed out). Also, why does she have the physique of a man? o_0; Giving female characters curves and/or breasts doesn’t sexualize/objectify them... And drawing women so that they look like men is not a “feminist” or “empowering” thing to do... Quite the opposite.

I’m really hoping that that art isn’t indicative of the whole series... They should take some cues from DCSHG as far as design goes, especially if they end up making a toy/doll line.

Lol my friend said the same thing, that she looks like Aang from the Last Avatar.

And I agree, giving her the physique of a male feels very wrong. She have the title of PRINCESS of power, not PRINCE of power after all. It dont take a lot to give her a hint of femininty even if they make her flat as a board... Just one sweetheart bodice line and she would look a lot more feminine in that sketch.

Off Topic / Re: She-Ra Netflix/Dreamworks reboot
« on: December 20, 2017, 02:44:01 AM »
I never saw the original show, but wouldnt mind to see the reboot.
I am a biiit concerned about that the sketch of her dont make her look very feminine... I dont mind modesty but she look like a boy with long hair... and her name is SHE-ra, so shouldnt she look feminine?

Off Topic / Re: Olof's Frozen adventure and the traditions
« on: December 12, 2017, 08:52:59 AM »
Guys! Tomorrow is Saint Lucia day! The day we celebrate the solstice and the returning light.
Ok, it dont fall on the same date as the solstice, but it's a bit complicated... It all started with the solstice celebrations of the vikings, just as with christmas the christian church put in the celebration of lucia at the same time so they intermingled and became a celebration of both Lucias divine goodness and the returning light. Later on when the calendars were adjusted they decided to pin Lucia to the 13th december instead of coinciding with the solstice, but that didnt stop us from keeping on with celebrating as the sign post of the returning light.

In the nordic countries, Lucia is a pretty important day not because we care much about an italian saint, but because of the promise of the light. It gets pretty dark here in the winter, sun dont rise until 9 in the morning and start setting at about 3 in the after noon, and we can get a lot of snow (not always but there is always a possibility) so that makes us love spring and summer and light so much more. Lucia reminds us in the darkest hours that we have the worst behind us and soon it will get brighter again.

I think I made enough of a wall of text for now, but feel free to ask me more about Saint Lucias day. Ill gladly tell you more about the traditions of Saint Lucia, the myth about Lucia and so on. If someone else celebrate Saint lucia outside of the nordic, I would love to hear how you celebrate it and what it means to you! :) :fireplace: 

Off Topic / Re: Olof's Frozen adventure and the traditions
« on: December 05, 2017, 05:53:23 AM »
What I find funny is that Elsa really is a "disney princess". She understood Sven immediately when he was trying to tell Kristoff that Olof were gone, she must be reaaaaally good with animals to understand all that!  :biggrin:

Off Topic / Re: Olof's Frozen adventure and the traditions
« on: December 04, 2017, 02:56:31 PM »
Thank you for the notes! I was bummed about the negative reaction to the short, as it was quite beautiful and cute, but probably too long to stick in front of a good movie like Coco. I hope this doesn't hurt Frozen, and people come to appreciate the short for what it is.

Yea it is a total shame.
But I heard that they are taking of the Frozen short and make it available in other ways, so that's good for everyone.

Off Topic / Re: Olof's Frozen adventure and the traditions
« on: December 03, 2017, 11:18:55 AM »
Then the people at the court ground mentions some traditions. "Rolling the lefsa" is what I think I heard someone of them say and I honestly dont know what that means... Either the english butchered the pronunciation or its something from one of the other holidays near xmas...

Lefse or ˈlefsə: a Norwegian flatbread, made from leftover mashed potatoes, butter, flour, and cream. It is rolled very thin and then very carefully (because it can tear easily) cooked on both sides on a spacial kind of large electric griddle that I cannot remember the name of. We just always called it the Lefse grill. We then spread butter and sprinkle sugar on it (and cinnamon if you are like my aunt), roll or fold it up, slice it, and eat it. My grandparents were from Norway, so this was a staple every Christmas Eve. Well most special occasions if I am honest, my family loves Lefse.

Side note, you can spread other things on it too, like jam or nutella, or sausage and eggs, but we always do the butter and sugar.

That do sound very tasty^^

Off Topic / Re: Olof's Frozen adventure and the traditions
« on: December 03, 2017, 01:56:46 AM »
Well it is hard to do a christmas movie without anything religious in it, as they are all religious holidays, specially at the time frame that Elsa and Anna supposedly are in. But I think they feel they got something of a safe zone as they say its traditions and not beliefs or religon.

Personally I dont mind when movies include religous symbols and traditions, they can really enrich a movie even if they are just in the background. And it do not hurt to know about other religions, at the very least it might help you understand those people.
And I am very grateful for disney to have made the short to show some of Scandinavias traditions, you see them so very rarely in mainstream media that its always fun to see them featured.

Shame they are cutting of the short but I do understand that it might be the best solution. It would be much better for them to show it as a special on disney channel or something.
Oh and by the way, Listie you know you can find the short online now? It leaked yesterday, that was why I could get these screen grabs and talk about the traditions.

Off Topic / Olof's Frozen adventure and the traditions
« on: December 02, 2017, 10:43:53 AM »
Alright, christmas is 22 days away and I finally got to watch Olof's frozen adventure, and despite the bad reviews, I found it quite nice. Sure, it don't bring much new stuff to the stage, I dont think it was meant to do that, moreso i think it was just supposed to be a heart warming christmas movie that were supposed to showcase some traditions. The problem with it is that its quite a long episode and people went to the movies to see Coco more than Frozen... Well that a side, lets look at the traditions seen in the short movie and talk about their origins! As a swedish person I will try my best to tell you about the traditions shown that come from scandinavia, however I am not familiar with all traditions so forgive me if I cant tell you much about the hanukka traditions (my jewish knowledge is a bit lacking).
Ok let's begin!

Barely 1 minute into the movie and we already got a lot of stuff showing! The xmas tree in the back is very familiar to us all. They originally came from germany and spread very well to other countries. Originally they used to be decorated with candy, sweets and apples.

On the tables you can see cheeses, breads and ham. Yes, traditionally we eat ham in scandinavia on christmas eve (and yes we celebrate christmas eve and not christmas day). Another popular item on the christmas table is the ribs. In some regions they like to eat eel instead, but that is diminishing because the eels have been fished a bit too hard so they gotta hold back on fishing it.
The bread on the table is too generic to be properly identified and there are a lot of different type of christmas breads... One of my own personal favorite breads for the holiday is Farine bread... its not exactly a holiday bread but my family always bake it in the winter for christmas. 

The pile of breads that look like a christmas tree is a Kransekaka that is found in Norway and Denmark, but its not something common on the swedish tables... Behind it is what I believe is a smörgås cake, it is a bit hard to identify it to be honest... Normally they dont really look like that, but it do look like there is shrimp put on it so it might be. Smörgås cake is something that is very common in sweden, almost any kind of celebration have them. They are basically a cake made of sandwiches, lettuce, shrimp and other sandwich stuff.

If you look to the bottom right corner you will see small piggies. Those are Marzipan pigs, a popular christmas treat. They are shaped like pigs due to our tradition of eating ham on Christmas Eve as I mentioned earlier.
On a slightly later shot you can see a pie and two cakes... It looks like a chocolate cake and a strawberry cream cake. They are rather common cakes, specially the Strawberry cake, swedes love strawberries. I cant tell you how common it would be to find a cake like that on xmas though... In my family we eat a cake because christmas eve is my birthday and I have never been to anyone elses celebration...
In another later shot we get Anna putting powder sugar on a gingerbread castle. While most people dont do castles, ginger bread houses are extremely common. Gingerbread is THE christmas cookie, wherever you will go you will find gingerbread cookies!

Ok here we see the Yule goat, imagery that is everywhere in the short. It is a very common symbol in the Scandinavian countries as goats have been important farm animals since before the viking ages. The goats were important enough to be the ride of Thor the thunder god and they stayed important even after Christianity turned the vikings mid winter celebrations into christmas. You will often find small goats made of hay and in the city of Gävle they put up a huuuge goat in the city square.
Funny thing to note, is that on the bell are runes that say: Ring in the season.

Then the people at the court ground mentions some traditions. "Rolling the lefsa" is what I think I heard someone of them say and I honestly dont know what that means... Either the english butchered the pronunciation or its something from one of the other holidays near xmas...Next one said they were going to put out porridge for Tomten and this is going to take some explanations...

You see, Tomten is a small little man with often huge beards,they fall into the gnome category. The often look like small version of Santa clause but in more drab clothing. They were said to be hard working little guys whom helped looking after homes and farms and you had to make sure that you didnt anger him or he would let bad luck befall the farm. Putting out porridge was a way to appease the gnome, but you still had to be careful so you didnt give him too good stuff or he would end up thinking he was too good for the farm and would leave it.
Next were a pair of twins and I have no idea what they are actually saying...Stobbelbockels? No clue..

Kristoffs troll traditions are as far as I can tell, mostly made up... While in my childhood we did make a stone troll and named him Waldemar, that was not a christmas tradition... His stew might be a veeeery loose reference to dip in the pot... Basically its a soup stew thingy where you dip a slice of bread into it to eat it all soggy... It might not be connected at all but atleast you know of Dip in the pot now!

Ok this one might seem obvious, but I actually have some special travia about candy canes. While the origin of the peppermint candy canes come from germany, there is a city in Sweden that is renown for its pepperming candy! Gränna has some of the best candycanes and you can get to watch while they make them when you visit the shops! I once visited and while the city is very small, it was amazing to visit.

I have no clue if this is based on a real tradition...

Ok these are not scandinavian tradition. Caroling and hanging socks are very much brittish traditions. Hanging socks have slipped in in current times as a fun thing for kids due to american and british media. While Americans and Brittanians have to wait till christmas day morning to open their christmas gifts, in scandinavia we boldly meet the Santa to receive our presents!

And this is clearly a Jewish family with a dreidel toy and a Menorah. I believe it is better for one of our jewish members to talk about these as I feel I do not have sufficient knowledge to speak much about it.

And this my friends is Saint Lucia. On the 13th of december we celebrate the legend of saint Lucia, I will skip the legend itself since I should try to keep things short. When we celebrate saint Lucia, one girl is chosen to be Saint Lucia and wear a crown with candles, she along with the other girls dressed as maids and boys dressed as star boys, santas and ginger bread men will sing christmas songs and once the performances are over everyone will have a treat together. Often the treat is made up of Saffron buns, gingerbread, lemonade and coffe,  and sometimes even mulled wine. And by the way, mulled wine is pretty tasty and it comes both with and without alcohol.

Fruitcakes are more of a UK and southern european thing than a scandinavian tradition... Past few years the store chain Lidl have been selling Pandoro, Panettone and other breads similar to fruit cakes so they might be becoming more common now.

Here Olof sing about santa coming down the chimney and again, that is a brittish thing. In Scandinavia, Santa just come in through the door to meet everyone. Its lead to many jokes in shows about fathers having to go and buy a newspaper specifically at that time. Originally, before Santa existed we had the Yulegoat, yea it sounds bizarre but a person would dress up like a goat to give presents. The Yulegoat was sort of like a Krampus character, he was stern, but kind too. You can find the yulegoat in atleast one of Elsa Beskows books.

And this...uh... Its a tradition but its not really a christmas tradition... Sitting in a sauna is actually a finnish thing. So its often common during the winters that people sit in the saunas a while before they go to take a dip in the freezing water. I dont really get that, but to each his/her own.

Ok this one dont really have anything about a tradition that I havent really covered already, but I wanted to point out that there is a nut cracker there! And soldier nutcrackers are very much part of christmas thanks to the nutcracker musical. Also we love eating nuts at christmas^^

This one is a treat. While it isnt a tradition, the hat Anna wears is a Sami hat. Sami are like Scandinavias own native americans and they often care for reindeer. I cant say I know too much about the hat itself though. Also look behind her and you will see what looks like a late viking age armor. (I cant say for sure if it is though, Im not very knowledgeable about armors...)

And I think that is all traditions and symbols I could spot. There is so much more to know about the traditions  than I could say here but feel free to ask if there is anything you want to know about the scandinavian christmas traditions! :biggrin:


Some of the EAH Scandinavian doll boxes are awkward though. Let's just say there's a word in I think it's Swedish that is a word which appears a lot on EAH boxes but really shouldn't be on boxes being sold in the UK...because in English it's not a polite word and definitely not one you'd want to see on a box for a toy aimed at girls...

Just saying ;)

I understand the frustration at not being able to read the diary. I don't understand the issue with a foreign box, but maybe I'm just used to that...

I believe I know which word you mean. It means "The end". But yea it's awkward for english speaking folks.

If you guys need something translated from swedish, you can ask me. I am swedish so I wont have any issues translating things.

well I my self can speak for this..
I was the person that got dragged into EAH kickin and screaming because i loved monster high and "oh look ! Spin off!"
When a friend of mine told me cupid was going to the spin off series.. i was like WHAAAAAA???
So i checked it out and COULD NOT STAND it at first.
The same face ups on all of the dolls really bothered me.. alas if i had only known...sighs..
The whole thing with apple really ticked me off... to a degree that I SERIOUSLY wanted to drop kick the character five minutes into the first webisode.
I wanted to drop kick her harder at the end of the book.
the rest of the books were nice tho.. and eventually i got to like the look of the dolls.
 im not really sure eah i s something you CAN introduce to someone. they kinda have to find it them selves.
strange as that sounds.
if you try and show it to someone they are going to comment on the identical face ups.. and what a brat apple is..
So its better to let people find it (whats left of it.. oh well we will see.. SIGH) on their own.

Actually, I think its the reverse, you have to introduce a person to the right parts, otherwise they will hang up on those thing. I found it on my own when it started, and I too were hesitant about the faces (much too big and flat, but they got better on that note...well except for the paint getting worse...). But boy did I like the premise. Its rare to see a show about a conflict that dont really matter, what matters is the perspectives.

Lets face it, as bad as Apple was at times, if you view the situation from their societys perspective, she wasnt in the wrong. Trying to view things from different perspectives is something I believe is good to do.

I wouldnt say Apple is unlikable,  once you know her backstory and understand how the EAH world is socially set up, you can feel quite a bit of empathy for her. Sadly, this is the part EAH failed at. They put all of it in the books and nothing of it in the webisodes/specials, most people dont buy the books, they watch the free material. Thus they dont get the full picture of the characters.

If I were to introduce someone to EAH for the first time..I would show them the part where Briar jump out the window of the tower to be caught by Daring. That part is gold!

Ever After High Discussion / Re: Opinions On Legacy Day Dolls
« on: November 05, 2017, 01:24:06 AM »
Two words- painted toenails

Yeah I saw Raven had painted toenails, it's amazing that Mattel care so much about little details like that and now...they just don't.

At launch, new doll brands usually go all out. Then, once the hype has died down and the line has established itself... here come the cutbacks. =P Same story with MH.

Although, MH held onto the quality longer than EAH

Ever After High Discussion / Re: Opinions On Legacy Day Dolls
« on: November 03, 2017, 01:08:31 AM »
I think that cerise is my favorite. Love her hood. I heard they are VERY fragile. Is this true?

Not moreso than most normal dolls, as long as they are treated gently, there is no need to fear.

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