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Monster Discussion / Re: When did G1 end for you?
« on: Yesterday at 11:39:21 AM »
Heck, I was in middle school and me and my friends wanted Neopets plushies.

Neopets was amazing back in the day!  I was in my early twenties and buying Neopets magazine, plushies, and the card game! :biggrin:


I donít think itís really the internet itself thatís causing the decline in toy sales and creative play. I think itís more to do with certain aspects of it, like social media, and the fact that phones and tablets now allow people to be joined to the web at all times. Iím certainly not against social media or mobile devices, but kids are notoriously bad at moderation.

This!!

My five-year-old loves video games, but I have to monitor her time on devices or else she would be on them all day long.  It's not that she doesn't like toys.  In fact, once she starts playing with toys she plays with them for hoursóbut the same is true of video games and apps and YouTube videos.  It's up to me to monitor how much time she's spending on devices and to cut her off if need be.  She's a kid after all.  She has no concept that sitting in front of a computer all day long can be a bad thing.
Parents can't allow their children to spend hours upon hours every day on video games and social media and then blame technology for their kids' lack of interest in anything else.  That would be like only feeding your kids chicken nuggets and then claiming that it's Tyson's fault that your kid only eats chicken nuggets. :facepalm:

And let's be honest, back when many of us were kids it was the "boob tube" that was ruining us, taking us away from our toys and outdoor play.

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Monster Discussion / Re: When did G1 end for you?
« on: April 19, 2018, 09:05:08 PM »
I apologize about that.  I was thinking that some girls might be into bugs, but now I realize maybe that's more for boys?  I really don't know.

I don't know.  When I was a little girl I loved bugs.  I used to spend hours watching earwigs crawl across my grandmother's patio.  And my daughter loves bugs as well.  We've caught her playing with wood lice, crickets, carpenter ants, and even an Oriental cockroach. :yucky:
On the flip-side of that: neither my husband nor my brother liked bugs when they were kids.  In fact, my husband had anxiety over insects when he was a little boy.  To this day he hates bugs, arachnids, rodents, and all reptiles.
So yeah, I'd be willing to venture that there are just as many little girls who like bugs as there are little boys, and just as many little boys who are afraid of bugs as there are little girls.

I know that there's just as many girls as boys that like bugs. I just mean it's not a typical thing for a doll line to cover.

Perhaps not.  But then again, even Mattel seems to think that bugs are appealing enough to little girls to include in their doll lines from time to time.  Garden Ghouls weren't the first, nor the last insect-themed dolls that they've released.

But in either case, bugs are definitely more of a little kid thing than a tween/teen thing, which is what I think Lynda was saying.

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Monster Discussion / Re: When did G1 end for you?
« on: April 18, 2018, 07:19:09 PM »
I apologize about that.  I was thinking that some girls might be into bugs, but now I realize maybe that's more for boys?  I really don't know.

I don't know.  When I was a little girl I loved bugs.  I used to spend hours watching earwigs crawl across my grandmother's patio.  And my daughter loves bugs as well.  We've caught her playing with wood lice, crickets, carpenter ants, and even an Oriental cockroach. :yucky:
On the flip-side of that: neither my husband nor my brother liked bugs when they were kids.  In fact, my husband had anxiety over insects when he was a little boy.  To this day he hates bugs, arachnids, rodents, and all reptiles.
So yeah, I'd be willing to venture that there are just as many little girls who like bugs as there are little boys, and just as many little boys who are afraid of bugs as there are little girls.


As far as when G1 ended:
I agree with those who have said that it ended when it officially ended.
I was never a completionist where MH was concerned (my "gotta catch 'em all" brand was EAH), so there were always characters, lines, and individual dolls that just didn't grab me at all.  So I can't say that the brand as a whole ever reached a point where it lost its appeal for me.  In fact, I had just started collecting FTGs when the reboot happened.  So the dawn of G2 is definitely when everything ended for me. :(

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Monster Discussion / Re: Your Unusual Doll Opinions
« on: April 18, 2018, 09:38:13 AM »
I actually prefer molded hair to rooted hair. :blush:

Rooted hair truly annoys me.  I don't like the feel nor the look of it.  I find it difficult to keep in place, especially when photographing.  And as soon as I get it looking even remotely nice it gets completely trashed again the next time that I redress my doll. -_-

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Well, it was a noble effort, but TRU has rejected Larian's $890 million offer:
https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2018/04/17/billionaire-toy-makers-bid-save-toys-r-us-stores-rejected/525287002/

Apparently his offer didn't "meet the minimum threshold to be a valid bid".  Just how much do they owe? :blink:

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Introductions! / Re: Hi Everybody!
« on: April 16, 2018, 08:23:41 PM »
Welcome to the Arena, BlueMoonFlower! ( ^ ω ^ )

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Off Topic / Re: What non-MH purchase did you recently make? 2.0
« on: April 16, 2018, 05:40:14 PM »
A faux potted orchid from QVC for my bathroom.

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Echoing what dragonlady posted.  That's what I use as well.  It's called "color fasting" and it works wonders!

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Off Topic / Re: Mattel Closing New York Office
« on: April 13, 2018, 04:32:12 PM »
I wouldn't think that this would help with product quality at all.  They're $650 million in debt, so I'm guessing that whatever they save or earn by closing this office will need to go straight to their investors and lenders.  It wouldn't be available for pouring into production.

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Introductions! / Re: Hi everyone!
« on: April 10, 2018, 09:59:18 AM »
Welcome to the Arena, Sunsparkle! ( ^ ω ^ )

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Introductions! / Re: Hello from Europe! <3
« on: April 05, 2018, 02:40:55 PM »
Welcome to the Arena, Dee! ( ^ v ^ )

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Introductions! / Re: Hello!
« on: April 05, 2018, 02:39:43 PM »
Welcome to the Arena, gayhibiscus! ( ^ v ^ )

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Monster Discussion / Re: What is the “ideal” storage method?
« on: April 04, 2018, 01:13:59 PM »
I’m considering something like these or these, but I don’t want to run into any unforseen pitfalls. ^_^;

I've never used those canvas storage bins, so I can't comment on them (though they do look very nice); but I have some of those plastic drawers that I currently use for storing accessories and doll clothing, and have formerly used for storing dolls and action figures.  I've never had any problems with moisture or mold—and I live in a very humid climate.  They're not airtight enough for moisture to get trapped in there.  And because the drawers are clear plastic, they won't transfer dyes to your dolls.  So the only thing that you would have to be careful of would be your dolls touching one another, and the bread bags will solve that.

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Monster Discussion / Re: What is the ďidealĒ storage method?
« on: April 04, 2018, 10:46:43 AM »
I don't know about ideal, but my favorite way to store dolls is inside plastic bread bags.  You can buy packs at Walmart or in bulk on Amazon.  They're very cheap and the size of a loaf of bread, so plenty long enough for the doll.  The bag is lightweight, so it doesn't add bulk to the doll or take up a lot of room; and it fully protects them from rubbing against other dolls or the inside of the box that I store them in (which is just a plain, but very large, cardboard shipping box).

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Introductions! / Re: Hello!
« on: April 04, 2018, 10:36:58 AM »
Welcome to the Arena, SewingBug! ( ^ ω ^ )

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Esbayne, she looks amazing. <3 
And I love the snowy day photos!  What horse is that that she's riding?

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Customs / Re: Polyester Halloween wigs for doll hair?
« on: April 01, 2018, 11:47:18 AM »
Quick question rerooting gurus! I have several old polyester wigs from Halloween and want to try using them to reroot a doll or two. Can this stuff be boil-flattened or will it stick out from the doll's head like she's got her finger in a light socket forever?

XD  I'm in love with that image. lol

I've made one wig from an old, cheap Halloween wig, so I am by no means an expert here.  I didn't use heat, but I was able to successfully flatten it using tap water and cling wrap.

I would probably test a small area of the hair and see how it reacts to boiling water.  It might get all melty and funky, but it might take to the heat just fine like nylon or saran doll hair.

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Customs / Re: Blythe question
« on: April 01, 2018, 11:42:35 AM »
I do believe that Blythe heads are made from ABS plastic just like Pullips, so you should be able to use the same methods for face-up removal that are used on Pullip dolls (i.e.: acetone-free nail polish remover and fine grain sandpaper for stubborn areas). 

But I agree with snowblossom.  It might be best to look up a few Youtube tutorials on Blythe face-up removal to make sure.  They are made of a different material than MH heads, so there are some products that you would normally use on an MH doll that cannot be used on Blythe and Pullip dolls.

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Customs / Re: Question on sealant and watercolors
« on: April 01, 2018, 11:37:31 AM »
If you're painting with acrylics then you can use a brush-on sealant.  No need for MSC and no need to run the varnish through an airbrush.  You can just brush it on once the paint has fully dried.
I usually do two to three thin coats of brush-on varnish when sealing acrylics.  Keep in mind that you'll need to allow Liquitex three hours to cure between coats.

Usually when I'm working with acrylics I only seal after I'm finished, but you can prime with a coat of varnish before you start painting to help reduce the risk of the red paint staining the vinyl.

Personally, I don't believe that watercolor pencils would work well for body repainting, but admittedly, it's not something that I've ever tried or seen done.

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Very beautiful work!  Your Neighthans and Anne all look gorgeous. <3

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