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Monster Discussion / Re: New dolls! Rainy Day dolls
« on: Today at 07:01:52 AM »
I really don't know if Mattel is incompetent or if they just don't care. It's not so much the fact that they're releasing unarticulated garbage so much as it is they're releasing unarticulated garbage that renders the toy impractical. If you're going to give a doll an umbrella, why would you not give her the ability to hold said umbrella in a way that makes sense? She may as well be carrying a walking stick for all the good it'll do her. Whoever designed these must have been talking with the genius who brought us stiff-armed Cleo and her harp that she can't play. So much wasted potential with these dolls.

And the thing that really, really gets me is that Mattel is a multi-billion dollar company. People hated on the Lammily doll for being "boring", but that was an unknown independent company release. Mattel has brand recognition and resources. How much would they really lose by putting out more quality dolls instead of cheap plastic dollar store caliber crap? Does the CEO really need a fourth private jet that badly? Ugh.

Draculaura's Darkroom / Re: Weretwins
« on: Yesterday at 02:29:00 PM »
Those are as pretty as anything Haunt Coture could make. Really beautiful!

Monster Discussion / Re: What is Shoo worth?
« on: January 11, 2018, 03:23:12 PM »
Uh... I have no idea what "Shoo" is. Is that a line? A website? ...Did you mean "Shoe"?

Monster Discussion / Re: The Doll Unboxing Curve
« on: December 29, 2017, 07:23:04 AM »
Well said, open to enjoy. And I don’t buy to resell I buy to enjoy, so I please myself. I always tell my hubby I can’t really “see” the dolls in the boxes. They must be freed

My unboxing issues probably stem from my hoarding problem. I'm not at the level of the people on hoarding programs, but I attend a therapy group because throwing things away or getting rid of things causes me great distress. It's part ptsd of coming from an insecure home- always thinking about "what if in the future I need this and don't have it?" I guess it turns into "what if I have to sell this in an emergency and because she's not in the box, I won't have enough to take care of the emergency?"  I didn't realize how my mental illness impacted my doll hobby.

Monster Discussion / The Doll Unboxing Curve
« on: December 20, 2017, 04:28:16 PM »
I was anticipating the arrival of my Thronecoming Blondie, but hesitated to open her. I told myself I was going to "save unboxing her for a day when I really need a happiness boost", but as the days go by, I'm more reluctant to debox her. She's in good company though- I put off deboxing Black Carpet Operetta, BYBY Cleo, Clawdia, Viperine, Jane Boolittle... probably others.  Here's a visual representation:

What about you? Do you put off deboxing dolls? Do you find that this chart applies to you? How do you bring yourself to debox a doll that's gorgeous and possibly rare? Tell me everything. I love hearing your thoughts.

Monster Discussion / Re: Storing Dolls Long Term
« on: December 07, 2017, 12:07:32 PM »
I just recently had to store a bunch of dolls. I took plastic grocery bags, wrapped each individual doll tightly in a plastic bag (covered the head, then rolled them up and used the bag handles like a twist-tie), and put them into a plastic bin end to end. If you're really worried about what the plastic bags might do to them, you could always wrap the dolls in a white napkin, then in the plastic bag. Or you could use that clear bubble wrap. As long as you brush the doll's hair very well before wrapping them, the hair shouldn't get tangled.

For a curled hairstyle, I wrap each curl around a cheap hair roller or a straw or something cylindrical, then cover it over again in something like plastic or another cut straw. That really holds the curl nicely.

Those are not ballet shoes  :annoyed:

Take that weird piece for Clawdeen, repaint it, and it could be used as a backpiece for a Thronecoming getup for Cerise. Clawdeen looks so childish with her eyes and her hair like that ...

That's what I really dislike about the reboot. They all look immature at best, void of all cerebral activity at worst. Their expressions are perpetually saying "" or "... lookit the purty lights..."

Don't forget about the boy one that was only released in Mexico- the Uncle styling head  :shades:

I love the mini petas an want each and every one of them, I'm glad they're not blind and you can get whoever you want! Hopefully they'll do the others too! (Or at least Perseus, Shiver, Rhuen, Sir-Hoots-a-lot and... uh.... Venus' plant whose name escapes me at the moment. )


Oh thank goodness we finally get another Draculaura doll. What's it been, eight, maybe nine minutes? I was starting to become concerned.

Also, why is Clawdeen now a peacock?

Monster Discussion / Re: Doll Collector Stand-Up Comedy
« on: November 01, 2017, 07:47:03 AM »
I wholeheartedly agree, and will share this gem of doll related humor with you: [Link removed for language.  ~SaelaVe]

Poor Pat from Two Best Friends Play Louis CK. I f only he'd lived next door to one of us, we could have told him about eye putty and airbrushing and makeup or we could've directed him to a youtube video that would've helped him out. I'm picturing someone from the MHArena going "Oh, just give it here" and returning in ten minutes like "Here, jeez" and he's like "What the- how did you do that?!?"

(P.S Thank you for replying; I'm really not sure why this topic isn't taking off. Is it offensive in some way?)

Monster Discussion / Doll Collector Stand-Up Comedy
« on: October 30, 2017, 05:59:17 PM »
Why the heck isn't there a stand-up comedian just for the doll collector community? I think it would be hilarious. They could joke about all sorts of things- box hair, head tags, Mattel, articulation, glue head, the mrketplace... they could be gimmick characters, like "Intern at Mattel" or "Doll Designer who designed (some line)" or "(Ghoul character) doll" so much material there.

Post a few jokes in a doll collector comedy routine, please. I don't care if you don't think your jokes are funny; someone will find them funny.

"I got Black Carpet Cleo today. ...Yeah. She came with a stand. Y'know. And a hairbrush. I know, thank god, right? That's just what I need, another hairbrush. Let's put that with the other seventy billion, right? What am I supposed to do with all these things? Use them as earrings? Melt them down and pave my driveway? ... I got some tack, wallpapered my bathroom with them? Great, used up about half my supply. ... You wanna know a cool trick for getting rid of all your doll hairbrushes? Watch this- get a doll, mess up her hair, and go "man, I really need to fix your hair" All your hairbrushes will disappear. Every single one. You won't see them for weeks. They hear that and scatter like cockroaches. "What's that? She needs a brush? Uh, sorry, man, I got this thing I need to be at, and uh- bye!"

"You wanna hear a funny joke? Reasonably priced HooDude Doll."

"Why do reboot Monster High dolls fail Speech class? 'Cause they lack articulation."

Monster Discussion / Re: New Swimsuit Dolls
« on: October 23, 2017, 09:31:53 AM »
Sure, I have no plans of buying these but  I think they'd be great for some kids. Some kids like to take their toys in the bath or pool and these would be great for that and they all have their own individual swimsuits, not just the same one or a solid color. They have a pretty nice amount of detail for what they are. I think the weird thigh-gap is just so they can sit properly but idk. Yeah these aren't really great for most collectors but for what they are and that children can have aquatic play dolls I think it's not too bad. :shrug:
...Thank you for this comment. I really mean that. I was getting frustrated with the recent dolls, but reading this reminded me how much fun it was to play in water, and these sturdy dolls would be better for aquatic play. So I'm really glad some little kids will get to have fun playing with these in water.

Monster Discussion / Re: Fakies! Thread 2.0
« on: October 23, 2017, 09:24:20 AM »
Well I am really upset.  Today my EAH fakies 5 pack arrived, but it was different from what listed.

Ugh, I know that feeling! I bought these irridescent pearly beads from some Chinese sellers on eBay which were nothing like the colors they showed in the pictures. It's so irritating because they take fifty years to arrive, and then they're not what you anticipated, but there's virtually no such thing as customer service to complain to, and... just ugh. Stinks, just all-around craptastic. I feel you. I bet you could unload them in a sales thread pretty quickly.

Monster Discussion / Your Doll "Deal-Breakers"
« on: October 05, 2017, 06:53:59 PM »
I really like the Gloom and Bloom line, and the only thing that's stopping me from collecting all of them is Jane. I would buy her, but that skirt of hers just does not work for me. I'd buy her if not for that skirt. It's just a deal-breaker.

Do you have a doll that you'd buy "if it wasn't for X"? How about a line/character set you'd complete if not for one doll that isn't to your taste? I love hearing from you, you're all so interesting. Tell me everything; don't be afraid to get rant-y, or even just outright complain. The collection habits of other doll collectors are relevant to my interests  ^.^

I think a bit of ribbon is a great idea. You could easily hide said ribbon by tying it around the hip joint or under a shirt. Just be sure to use two colours that don't transfer (maybe white for one, pale pink for the other?) or wash the ribbon with vinegar to set the dyes before you tie them on!

As for loose clothing items, it might be a good idea to just keep those separate, or mark them somehow. Perhaps really tiny safety pins? You can get itty bitty ones in silver and gold (actually a tin mix and a brass coated mix, but close enough). One of you could claim silver, the other gold, and put the pins somewhere discreet like the inside of a hem or on the back near the velcro/snaps. Failing different coloured pins, you could put seed beads that match your collection colour onto the pins before attaching them to the clothes (eg: white ribbon for one collection, pins with white beads; pink ribbon for the other collection, pins with pink beads).

I do have an obnoxious amount of seed beads that I could make into little necklaces for the dolls...

Monster Discussion / Re: Could Vampirina save MH?
« on: October 03, 2017, 05:22:04 AM »
Well, it couldn't hurt! I don't know if it'll save Monster High, but it won't be bad for it. I think the real thing that will "save" Monster High will be if they stop making the toys for a while, then bring them back.

Another thing, grab some tape that won't stain if you put marker or sharpie on it and put it on the doll's back or back of head and write your name :)

A bit of scotch tape with a small mark put onto the doll's back is a new one I didn't think of.

@prancingstag I didn't realize I could get my dolls insured. I'm always worrying about what I'd do if there was a fire... and there are some dolls that it would be a real pain to buy again (DG Poppy, Haunted Rochelle, Sirena, two Zomby Gagas). I've never bought insurance before. I'm just picturing walking into an insurance company with pictures of my dolls and them laughing at me and telling me that they aren't worth... I don't even know how that works, if I say what I paid for them or if I bring them in and they say "they're worth X". No idea.

Monster Discussion / Re: Need Ideas for Multiple Doll Collectors in One Home
« on: September 30, 2017, 03:34:32 PM »
I forgot to mention that L.X is a dude, like me ^.^

A ribbon and photographs would be a good idea. We'd have to upload them to the computer in case something wiped out. It's going to be a heck of a lot of dolls. I'll probably have to be the one to have ribbons on mine since I have fewer dolls (but still over 200 -.-)

@Mickey Rumble Yeah, I bet you will...  :shades: in the year 2501 maybe.

Monster Discussion / Need Ideas for Multiple Doll Collectors in One Home
« on: September 30, 2017, 08:47:57 AM »
My friend L.X and I are planning on moving into an apartment sometime in the future. We're both very avid doll collectors, so I realized that we might have a problem telling our dolls and doll clothes apart. Our collections are both so big that they will definitely be overspilling our rooms and we both have ideas about different setups (Freak du Chic, Mad Tea Party, water-themed corner, "Artist" setup, classroom setup). There's probably going to be a lot of clothes sharing, as we both have a lot of custom doll clothes. It's just that as time goes on, I know we're going to forget which things we came in with.

I'd be fine with the living situation never changing, but I'm pretty sure that L.X would like to find someone and get married eventually, so I'd like to ask the Arena if you have any ideas or experience with more than one collector living in a home.

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