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Customs / Re: EAH custom Lady Lark
« on: Yesterday at 09:04:46 AM »
Oh she is beautiful!  Great job!

And I agree with snowblossom.  I think the coloring is very coherent throughout.  Everything looks fabulous!

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Monster Discussion / Re: It's almost Toy Fair time!
« on: January 19, 2018, 09:21:47 AM »
I can’t wait to see videos about what it’s all about :) I can’t go sadly since I am in Nevada far far away from there. SDCC could be a possibility though. I hope they will show howleen there! :)

Over the last two decades, the things shown have become much more visible to the public thanks at first to toy collecting magazines, and later to websites and bloggers, but the average person can't attend Toy Fair. 

This.  The only folks outside of the toy industry who get to attend are toy reviewers who get invited.


I'm not expecting much in the way of EAH or MH personally.  I'll be pleasantly surprised if either line makes an appearance at the fair.

I'm hoping to see new stuff from FoD and Barbie (I'd like to see those curvy MtM dolls and more IP-based fashion packs).
And yeah, if Hasbro announces a Marvel doll line in the vein of FoD, that would be awesome.

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Introductions! / Re: Hello everyone!
« on: January 18, 2018, 10:47:41 PM »
Welcome to the Arena, Semperverde! ( ^ ω ^ )

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Introductions! / Re: Hello from New Zealand
« on: January 18, 2018, 10:47:16 PM »
Welcome to the Arena, Caro! ( ^ ω ^ )

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Introductions! / Re: Hello!
« on: January 18, 2018, 10:46:38 PM »
Welcome to the Arena, Duenia! ( ^ ω ^ )

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Introductions! / Re: Hello Friends, I have been just in!
« on: January 18, 2018, 10:46:17 PM »
Welcome to the Arena, ayushchan! ( ^ ω ^ )

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Introductions! / Re: Down the MH Rabbit Hole!!!
« on: January 18, 2018, 10:45:33 PM »
Welcome to the Arena, Kymera. ( ^ ω ^ )

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Introductions! / Re: Hello!
« on: January 18, 2018, 10:45:03 PM »
Welcome to the Arena, avianAnnihilator. ( ^ ω ^ )

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Draculaura's Darkroom / Re: The random doll/toy photography thread
« on: January 18, 2018, 11:29:49 AM »
I've been taking a lot of photos of my Nendoroids lately, especially my Overwatch Nendoroids.



Coffee Break by SaelaVe, on Flickr


Easy Like Sunday Morning by SaelaVe, on Flickr


Fueling Up by SaelaVe, on Flickr


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Customs / Re: Custom dolls by UNNiEDOLLS --> updated with 3 customs
« on: January 17, 2018, 09:43:50 AM »
Oh wow that Abbey is beautiful!  She looks so sweet.  And I love her dress! <3

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Draculaura's Darkroom / Re: The random doll/toy photography thread
« on: January 15, 2018, 05:14:47 PM »
This thread could use a little love. <3  Here are a few shots of my FoD Sabine.



Sabine by SaelaVe, on Flickr


Sabine by SaelaVe, on Flickr

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Customs / Re: Faybelle's Skin Color Clarification
« on: January 14, 2018, 06:38:36 PM »
Scoodi made a Widowmaker custom a while back.  I believe she used a Jane as the base.  It turned out really nice, and Jane is not so purple that it ruins the look.
http://mharena.com/index.php/topic,14188.msg286034.html#msg286034 (you'll need to scroll down a bit)

Faybelle would be much too light and grey/silver in my opinion.

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Customs / Re: Simply's Customs [5/13 Elle Eedee Pg. 2!]
« on: January 12, 2018, 01:34:50 PM »
OMG, that wig is killer!! :dropjaw:
She looks absolutely amazing.  I'm in love! <3

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Draculaura's Darkroom / Re: A Doll A Day Challenge 2018
« on: January 12, 2018, 01:32:06 PM »
Neon- her bracelet is a rose gold hoop I found in the clearance near the jewlery section at Joanns. It fits nice and it was about a dollar something. I totally forgot  :biggrin: my dolls have random rings and bracelets all from tiny jewelry pieces! As for the boys, the rings I get will only fit their pinkie ( oh and only fits abbey’s pinkie too! )

Jewelry supplies make the best doll jewelry. lol  I like to use tiny jump rings as rings for my Frightfully Tall Ghouls. ^.^

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Customs / Re: Haven't posted customs in a good while!
« on: January 07, 2018, 07:25:38 PM »
Haha!  Your Porg custom is one of the greatest things I've ever seen!  Love 'em all! <3

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Customs / Re: Princess Bee’s custom Draculaura!
« on: January 07, 2018, 07:24:29 PM »
That expression is priceless!  Really great job! :clap:<3

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Customs / Re: Changing a doll's skintone
« on: January 06, 2018, 07:10:28 PM »
I hate to say this, but I agree with Nemesis.  I don't think that this is going to work. :(

First of all, I would not recommend dyeing for this project.  Remember that when you dye a doll you're not covering its original color, you're simply adding a new layer to the already existing color; and so you want to use a doll with a base color that's already in the same family as the color that you want it to end up as (or white—white will basically take any color dye).  Simply put: dyeing will not remove the green from her plastic, it will just add other hues on top of the green. 
On top of that, doll dyeing is tricky and requires a lot of experimentation and practice to get it right.  You're likely to go through several botched dolls before getting a hang of the process, so I would highly recommend acquiring several bait dolls to practice on.

Painting can be just as problematic.  I've seen very few examples of truly successful full-body brush painting on dolls.  Paints tend not to adhere well to the slick, hard plastic of the dolls' bodies without some sort of priming or preparation first.  The paint tends to look messy with very pronounced brushstrokes throughout.  And it almost always rubs and peels from the joints.
If you're going to try and paint the doll's body, I would highly recommend investing in either an airbrush or enamel spray paints. 
I believe it's Kara Zor-El who uses spray paints for her full-body repaints, and the results are fantastic.

Personally, I would strongly suggest using a doll that already has a fleshtone color for this project. 
If you're wanting to go for a puppet aesthetic I would recommend an EAH Cedar Wood doll.  She has marionette style joints and a woodgrain texture that you can either sand off or leave as it is.  And if you still want to use Honey's sculpt it would be quite easy to paint her head to match the color of Cedar's body.


Don't feel too bad about sanding down your Honey already.  We've all done stuff like that. ^.^  You seem very creative so I'm sure that you'll come up with another concept or use for her. 
I used to have a whole drawer full of "damaged" dolls that I had started to work on, messed them all up, and then tossed them aside until I figured out another use for them. lol


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Draculaura's Darkroom / Re: A Doll A Day Challenge 2018
« on: January 04, 2018, 10:06:00 AM »
Great photos, everyone!

I won't be participating but you know I'll be here to cheer y'all on and enjoy all of your gorgeous dolly photos! :P

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Draculaura's Darkroom / Re: A Doll A Day Challenge 2017
« on: January 01, 2018, 11:48:54 AM »
:clap:  Congratulations, Scarlett!  I am so impressed that you made it and took 365 doll photos in 2017! :freak:


I'm going to go ahead and lock this topic, but feel free to create a new challenge thread for 2018 if you would like! :biggrin:

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Off Topic / Re: What do you have planned for New Year's Eve?
« on: December 29, 2017, 07:09:01 PM »
We usually go to my mom and dad's, but this year I think we're just going to stay home and chill.

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