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Wanted / Rowan's Most Wanted...
« on: January 11, 2018, 03:24:33 AM »
Howdy, folks! Quick blurb to precede the list: I'm a buyer located within the continental United States who is generally willing to pay for international shipping so long as I have the funds for it! Unless stated otherwise, I'm not fussy about whether a doll is still NIB; I'm typically only concerned with the doll's condition and whether or not it's complete ( example: Would IHF Cleo have all of her clothes and accessories despite being out of box? ).

My general MH wishlist can be found here: https://mh-merch.com/wishlist/200/

Currently, there are a couple specific items I'm after:
  • Signature Nefera's Ring
  • A brunette Moxie Teenz afro wig
  • A black Moxie Teenz afro wig

Of those three specific items, the brunette wig takes priority since I intend to use it to complete a very personal doll. The last time I saw one listed for sale, the seller was asking well over $50.00 USD for it, and while I can't - in good conscience - spend that sort of money on a doll wig alone, I'd certainly be willing to try and work something out with anyone willing to part with one.

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Monster Discussion / Re: The Doll Unboxing Curve
« on: January 08, 2018, 05:12:03 PM »
I unbox nearly all of mine for display purposes: from common dolls to SDCC. I typically keep special boxes; though, that's a bit subjective. For instance, when I bought First Chapter Maddie ( not the rerelease with the new head mold, mind you ), I kept that box because not only is Maddie my favorite EAH doll, but because they don't make the story-book style boxes anymore. When I unbox Lizzie, I'll be holding onto that one as well.

Very rarely, I'll buy doubles of dolls I particularly like, just to have one boxed version and one unboxed. Clawdeen as 'Little Dead Riding Wolf' and the Cleo/Ghoulia Origins pack are the only ones I've actually bought doubles of for that purpose. And even though I've bought doubles, I've still kept the boxes for the ones I've opened.

Currently, the only reason I haven't unboxed any more is that I've run out of display room and I don't want to expose any more new dolls to potential dust until I can come up with some more, safe display options.

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Monster Discussion / Re: Your Doll "Deal-Breakers"
« on: January 08, 2018, 05:03:55 PM »
Molded clothes and lack of articulation are definitely no-go's for me. At least at full retail price. A lot of it comes down to why I might want the doll in the first place: stock and heads can typically be snatched up here or somewhere like Ebay without a lot of hassle.

One thing that really puts me off are clothes that smack you in the face with product placement. The worst offenders I've seen came from the SW line. I didn't look at Rochelle's dress closely until after I'd bought her and gotten her out of the box, but literally printing "Monster High" all over that skirt was just too much. Until then, I'd considered some of the other dolls, but when I realized they'd done the same thing, I couldn't bear to spend the money on them.

Dolls that seem to break character are another huge deal-breaker: sporty characters like Lagoona - and to a lesser extent, Abbey - done to the nines in frills, etc. Honestly, I can't stand that. Abbey's Ghouls Rule doll is an especially good example.

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Trader Support / Re: Still not shipped!
« on: April 18, 2017, 07:43:27 PM »
I second giving them a full week. I've had a few instances where Ebay told me the item was never shipped, but in all reality, the person had actually shipped it and never updated with Ebay. My packages were often delivered before Ebay ever confirmed that they'd been shipped in the first place. If you don't see or hear anything after about a week, though, then definitely don't be afraid to reach out to them!

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Monster Discussion / Re: Re: Toy Fair 2017
« on: February 19, 2017, 07:19:25 PM »
I have so many mixed feelings about Collector's Abbey. The fur and crimped hair are fantastic. I especially like the detail on her eyebrows, but the eye blushing may be a bit too over the top. I could have grit my teeth about the rest of her face-up and dealt with it, but I've never been a fan of that sort of blushing (here's looking at you, Haunted line). The hot pink boots are a bit of an eyesore, as well. Sincerely wish they'd stuck with a darker color.

Overall, I like the concept, but the execution just falls short in places - especially for what's supposed to be a Collector's Edition. I doubt anything Mattel puts out will be quite as beautiful as CE Draculaura, but when I look at this Abbey, all I can think is that this would have been a great design for her Ghoul's Rule release rather than a CE doll.

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Draculaura's Darkroom / Re: Venus dolls comparison
« on: February 19, 2017, 04:50:51 PM »
These are great! Thank you very much!

You're welcome! I'm glad I could help!

Oh wow I like G2 Venus' body and hands!  These are the first comparison photos that I've seen of her.  I really like her. <3
Thanks, Rowan!

I know a lot of folks were excited about more molded vines on the upper arms and legs, but those hands are, by far, my favorite change. Their pose appears much more natural, and so far, she's been able to "grip" accessories a bit better rather than me trying to firmly tie things down.

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Draculaura's Darkroom / Re: Venus dolls comparison
« on: February 18, 2017, 09:45:47 PM »
I assumed you were looking for comparison pics taken without clothing for body-type reference.  I had to leave Party Ghouls Venus's headband on since I'm not 100% certain I can get it to stay on without the head-tags. I hope these are helpful!
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Monster Discussion / Re: Plastic tag fasteners of hate
« on: February 16, 2017, 09:09:23 PM »
I bought my very first Monster High doll ( FCA Operetta) after a harrowing experience in the doctor's office one afternoon. Obviously, I didn't know anything about proper techniques to unbox dolls at the time ( the last time I'd had any dolls was back when I was maybe 12 ), and in my eagerness to unbox her and distract myself from my previous woes, I wasn't exactly thinking about general safety.

I didn't have a pair of scissors handy to take care of the fasteners holding her to the cardboard... I had a pocket knife. I also grossly misjudged the strength of those fasteners, and when one of them didn't yield quickly, I applied more force to the knife.



That "C" shaped scar on my knuckle is a souvenir of the incident. Luckily, I didn't lop anything off completely or even deeply enough to require stitches, but since then, I have only ever used proper scissors and nail-trimmers to deal with those fasteners.

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Monster Discussion / Re: Hoard organization
« on: February 15, 2017, 08:47:54 PM »
Although I've got two long wall shelves and the tops of two small bookcases dedicated exclusively to my hoard, it's still spilled over from the bedroom into my den. Instead of spending an extraordinary amount of money on a display case, my father and I used a pre-existing bookshelf and built a case for ourselves for less than $90.

It's not the prettiest thing in the world, but it's functional. Two plexiglass doors attached to piano hinges with pop rivets and held closed with magnetic latches.

Great DIY case and door! What are pop rivets? Did you have to drill into the plexi to attach the hinge? And I love the idea of remote control lights! I'm thinking those 'hockey puck' LED lights would be good. Or even unscented 'candle' lights, in a candelabra!

On a smaller scale than your bookcase, I have some salvaged drawers I want to turn into storage, I love the ideas and the plexi door with magnetic closure. Thanks for sharing,  RowanMcInish!

Thanks everyone!  Keep the tips and inspiration coming!

Thank you!

Pop rivets are also commonly referred to as "blind rivets", and they allow you to fasten objects together when access is only possible from one side. That wasn't exactly the case with the plexi since it hadn't been mounted or anything, but we needed something that wouldn't threaten to crack it and they seemed to be the best choice to mount the hinges with. It did require us to drill holes through the plexi, though, so if you choose to go that route, make sure to carefully measure and mark where you'll need the holes.

In the first two pics below, you can see the difference between the pop rivets and regular screws ( which were used to mount the doors to the case ). We had to mount them flush to the front of the case because the hinges wouldn't allow enough room for the door to close from the side.

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This is a pretty solid tutorial on how to use a pop rivet gun, and he also explains how to choose what size rivets you'll need in another video. https://youtu.be/WPwNsQMnx88

We had to drill another hole to fit the little knob/handle, and used that to attach one half of the magnetic enclosure. The other half was mounted just inside the cabinet.

The lights we used are those little hockey puck LED's, but I hadn't thought of those flame-less "candle" lights! That could look very nice!

I hope the pictures and tutorial link help!

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Monster Discussion / Re: Dolls You Aren't That Attached To
« on: February 15, 2017, 07:03:15 PM »
Sugar and Scream Amanita. I have tried to love this doll, and I probably would have listed her for sale if not for the fact that I can't really bear to separate her from Nefera. I love her stock. I have even slowly come around to liking her "gloves", and her face-up - while nothing spectacular - is still pretty. But every time I look that doll in the face, I can only think, "I'm keeping you out of obligation". In a way, it feels like she lacks the personality her signature doll had and I just don't enjoy her quite as much because of it.

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Monster Discussion / Re: Dolls You Had Different Expectations About
« on: February 15, 2017, 06:17:44 PM »
When the Haunted line hit the shelves, I was not impressed with Vandala. Her hat and chains looked a bit gaudy and the pink just struck me the wrong way, so I never looked closely at her for a while. Then, at work, we drew names for Secret Santa. The coworker I drew had just started collecting, and she mentioned that she really liked the ghost dolls, so I went hunting for one. I eventually nabbed her a Vandala, and when I got it home, I got a chance to really inspect her ( through the box ) for the first time. The details on her dress and peg leg were incredible, and her eyes were gorgeous! I wound up going back and getting one for myself the very next day.

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Monster Discussion / Re: Hoard organization
« on: February 15, 2017, 04:07:09 PM »
Although I've got two long wall shelves and the tops of two small bookcases dedicated exclusively to my hoard, it's still spilled over from the bedroom into my den. Instead of spending an extraordinary amount of money on a display case, my father and I used a pre-existing bookshelf and built a case for ourselves for less than $90.

It's not the prettiest thing in the world, but it's functional. Two plexiglass doors attached to piano hinges with pop rivets and held closed with magnetic latches. The lights ( which need to be re-positioned and paired off on the top 3 shelves for better illumination ) are remote-controlled, battery-powered and secured with double-sided tape.

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Clothes and accessories that aren't being displayed are bagged and kept in the vinyl case for easy access. Thankfully, I don't have a boat-load of that, yet, but I do have a few back-up storage containers should the vinyl case reach its maximum capacity.

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Monster Discussion / Re: New Line: Scream and Sugar
« on: August 16, 2016, 11:19:42 PM »

I had to trim some of the plastic off to get her arms to bend at all. Mine definitely had he same problem as yours.



You know, I hadn't even thought of trying that! I'll have to give it a shot. It seemed a shame to have such a lovely doll with the articulation limited. Thank you!

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Monster Discussion / Stiff Joints in New Lines?
« on: August 12, 2016, 08:28:55 PM »
I don't know if this is the result of unlucky draws when I've gone shopping, or if it's more common-place.

I've recently acquired both the "Monstrous Rivals" and "Sugar and Scream" two-packs, and every single doll is in possession of some of the stiffest joints I've ever encountered! They're not completely immovable, but it takes some work to get any of them to sit down - especially Draculaura and Nefera. In fact, had I not found Draculaura's hips and knees so resistant, I might have passed it off as how tight Moanica's and Nefera's clothes are, but that doesn't seem to be the case.

Mind you, I don't mind a doll that will hold a pose! It just seems odd that I've never encountered this particular issue with any of the lines released in 2015, and being that these dolls come from two new, separate lines, it makes me wonder if this is going to be a trend for the coming lines and reboot dolls.

I admit, I may have missed something, somewhere, that would explain this, but I've yet to find it.

TL;DR - Are the new dolls really stiff, or is it just me?

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Monster Discussion / Re: New Line: Scream and Sugar
« on: August 12, 2016, 08:04:48 PM »
I'm curious to know if anyone who has bought the 2-pack has had trouble articulating Amanita's arms at the elbows. The designs molded on as part of her gloves seem to obstruct the disks from moving very much without threatening to pop the peg out, and I wonder if I just had bad luck in what I bought, or if this seems to be a common problem across the board.

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I suppose the first pun to actually make me vocally laugh - other than some of the very clever character names - was a line Cleo dropped in the "New Ghoul at School" movie. "Don't cleo-patronize me." That pun's remained at the top of my list ever since.

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I credit FangedPisces as the one that really got me collecting, and even though there's considerable distance between us that we can't hang out or go hunting together, we still discuss MH and EAH frequently, share pics/headcanons/etc., and send each other dolls/accessories.

After I sent a few dolls to my sister, she's shown some interest, but not nearly the same as my own and distance also puts us at odds for really sharing more than just pics and chatting as well; however, she has offered to customize a few dolls for me, and seems to have taken an overall interest in doing mods and making clothes.

Locally, there just doesn't seem to be anyone with enthusiasm similar to my own, but I'm just happy that FangedPisces and my sister are willing to put up with me.

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Off Topic / Re: Meaning of your username and/or avatar?
« on: June 30, 2016, 01:13:08 AM »
Rowan McInish is the name of a selkie OC I've fleshed out for the Monster High setting (mostly for role-play purposes).  The pun is an obscure reference to the movie, 'The Secret of Roan Inish' which dealt with selkie lore.

My avatar is Quentin Collins from 'Dark Shadows'. Both my mother and I are huge fans of the show - campy as it was - and I honestly can't look at Romulus without wondering if whoever designed him might have referenced Quentin's appearance.

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I have to agree with FangedPisces about considering the dolls as being "actors" who lead different home lives. For mine, some do and some don't - especially when it comes to dating/romantic relationships with other characters. For instance, Ghoulia/Slo Mo, Scarah/Invisi Billy, and Cleo/Deuce all seem to have pretty strong chemistry. The relationships within the canon feel natural, so those dolls continue to date each other. Can't say the same with some of the other ones, though... Frankie, Draculaura, and Abbey certainly don't follow any canon romantic relationships, and then there are a few off-the-wall ones that just sort of happened - my absolute favorite of that being 1950's housewife Operetta and her horse-wife, Avea.

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Monster Discussion / Re: The "how many dolls do you have" thread
« on: May 31, 2016, 08:06:08 PM »
Had to recount twice to make sure I was accurate, so it took a while!

MH: 99 plus 3 more en route for a total of 102
EAH: 5
Gothic Girls: 4
Barbie: 2
Descendants: 1

Grand Total: 114

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