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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:

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.

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?

Brags / Rowan's March Splurge
« on: March 28, 2016, 02:30:07 PM »
Though I try to purchase conservatively, this month has seen a lot of purchases and they're just starting to arrive! Excluding the vinyl figures, these have been big-ticket wish items I've wanted for several months, now, and it's such a treat to finally get them!

First Wave Ghoulia is an absolute gem. Only things missing were her original stand and brush, but she's otherwise complete and in amazing shape - I'm told she was only ever displayed. I'm absolutely thrilled to have her. I've got a couple other Ghoulia's from other lines, but finding this one (at an affordable price) has been my grail.

Sweet Screams Draculaura is my final acquisition for the collection as she's been the hardest to find. In fact, I wound up acquiring all of them in reverse order: by release and by story. Ghoulia and Abbey were plentiful a couple months ago at my local Big Lots. Frankie took some looking, but Draculaura - in terms of affordability - was the most difficult. This is one set that I've had the completion impulse, so I'm glad to finally have them all together!

Super proud to add Finnegan to my collection. I really don't have enough mansters! From what I can tell, there weren't many, if any, retailers in my area that carried him when he was released, so I held out hope I'd find him on Mattel's website. It was about two months before I realized he wouldn't be released again (this was right after I'd gotten interested in collecting). I actually have to give a shout-out to FangedPisces for encouraging me to get him over a couple other dolls I was looking at. He noted that their prices had pretty much peaked, but Finn's would probably hike with growing scarcity.

As for the vinyls, I found these two at the Big Lots! Originally, I hadn't planned on buying any vinyls (so I could spend the money on the actual dolls), but since Ghoulia and Spectra are two of my top three favorite ghouls (I think I saw that they were going to release an Operetta vinyl this spring/summer?), I had to have them.

That's all for just now. I've still got quite a few things still en route to the house, but I couldn't wait to share these.

Introductions! / Howdy, folks
« on: March 23, 2016, 07:25:07 PM »
Just call me Rowan, if you like. I'm a young adult relatively new to the doll collecting hobby (about nine months in, give or take), and given that I live in a small city in south Alabama, there aren't many other folks I can talk to about it. Not that I mind my coworkers' playful jabs at how I spend my time and money, mind you, but it's always nice to talk to like-minded people!

As I said, I haven't been collecting very long. When Monster High was first released, I'd just turned twenty and was beginning the painful process of parting with all the Barbie dolls I'd acquired throughout childhood. I'd initially been a little put off by Monster High, to be frank. Bratz had become fairly popular right as I was aging out of the target market and I hadn't cared much for those, so I figured Monster High was going to be an attempt at "edgier Bratz". Looking at my shelves, now, I'm eating those words with a huge slice of humble pie.

It took a good friend of mine to really start talking to me about both Monster High and Ever After High before I really started giving the franchises a chance. I've always been a huge Lewis Carroll fan, and the fact that EAH had created the Madeline Hatter character fact quite charming. She was, in fact, my first doll since childhood. My friend - you all may know him as FangedPisces, here - surprised me by shipping me one. Around that same time, I'd noticed that MH had released the Freaky Fusion line. I'd always been one of those kids who'd wished for a Barbie centaur. I'm sure you can only imagine how thrilled I was with Avea Trotter's design. I told myself that if I ever wound up buying a MH doll, it'd be Avea.

As fate would have it, Avea was not my first MH purchase. I stumbled across a whole wall of nothing but Frights, Camera, Action! Operetta's at one of my local Walmart's one day. Keep in mind, I'd still not really looked at MH dolls until then, but these were just gorgeous. I couldn't pass by the opportunity to inspect one up close. I had no idea MH dolls were so detailed, and I was floored by the fact that Operetta had tattoos! My whole train of thought ran off into the direction of, "Can they do that?! How did they get away with that? Did this one slip under the radar?" There's no way you'd have found something like that when I was a kid!

I had to have her. It didn't hurt that her style reminded me a bit of Abbey Sciuto - my favorite character from NCIS-  either. So she joined Maddie on my shelf. In a few months, my MH collection grew from a single doll to somewhere in the 80's; I've lost track.

By far, Freak du Chic has been my absolute favorite line. All of those dolls were so beautifully done! Individual favorites are harder to pin down, since I do have quite the list of ones that I absolutely love. The Hybrids from the Freaky Fusion line are near and dear to my heart. I do wish they'd release new dolls of those characters. I suppose, though, that my collection is co-dominated by Spectra and Operetta. Abbey comes pretty close after that, but only because Ghoulia seems pretty elusive!

As for the web-episodes and movies, I quite like them. Not that I won't nitpick the movies now and again for plot-holes, but I'll do that to anything. It's been so uplifting to see shows/toy-lines pushing positive messages in...ways that aren't quite as condescending as the 80's cartoons I grew up on. When I was coming up, Barbie was the big inspiration. She could be just about anything she wanted. Had nearly every career you could imagine. But at the same time, the line represented only the most socially acceptable ideals. You could argue that it still does.

As much love as I'll always have for Barbie (at least, the ones before they changed the body models and started molding/painting "clothes" to the bodies), Monster High has been a breath of much-needed fresh air. It represents everything I yearned for as a kid - specifically as the "weird kid". What it means to me, more than anything, is a celebration of identity, and I don't suppose I'll ever be too old for something like that.

Anyhow, that's my story and here I am! I look forward to meeting and chatting with fellow enthusiasts!

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