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Monster Discussion / Re: How would YOU reboot Monster High? Would you?
« on: February 11, 2019, 10:56:27 PM »
At this point, I probably wouldn't reboot it. Fashion doll lines aren't going very well, from what I can see at the local toy shops. Their shelf space just keeps shrinking.

If anything, I'd be more likely to go back in time and expand on the higher-end dolls from G1, to gear the franchise more towards being a collectable line rather than a play line, with more luxurious packaging, more detailed costuming, better QC, and more carefully selected themes. Collaboration dolls like the Zomby Gaga doll would also probably be a key feature, just to generate revenue with various fan bases. Barbie has done it with great success for decades, and that release in particular had a lot of really nice details in it.

Monster Discussion / Re: I think MH is done
« on: February 10, 2019, 04:58:31 PM »
I boxed up all of my dolls yesterday to put them out of my head for a bit. I'll possibly put them back on display in my sewing room if I ever get it straightened up, but I was just too over staring at them.

I'll keep customising the dolls I have in progress, but there are so many dolls that were just standing on the shelves and it filled me with anxious dread.

Off Topic / Re: What non-MH purchase did you recently make? 2.0
« on: February 10, 2019, 04:57:15 PM »
Ordered Ikea shelves to expand my partner's book storage in his study. I'll be assembling them as soon as they arrive. We ended up shelling out for delivery because he can't help me with the move-and-carry, and they were too long to fit in our car anyway.

Monster Discussion / Re: What's the last MH thing you bought? 3
« on: January 25, 2019, 07:01:01 PM »
I've been bitten by the bug because of my foray back into customising. I've bought a Sig Robecca (without stock), New Scaremester Gigi, Sirena, and Dragon CAM for my collection. The Dragon is missing her wings, but I'm thinking of making custom ones for her, adding horns to her model, and rooting her with a new do. Sirena will be rerooted and gothified (or swapped for my existing Sirena, for the same treatment, depending on faceup and hair). Robecca and Gigi will stay as-is, but I have to hunt down stock for Robecca now.

Off Topic / Re: What non-MH purchase did you recently make? 2.0
« on: January 23, 2019, 07:58:01 PM »
Bought a Novi Star after years of thinking I'd never find any for a good price again. She's the swim/Orbit Beach version of Ari Roma, but doesn't come with any of her goodies (which is fine; she was $4 and I'm only after her head, lol).

Customs / Gilda Goldstag Mod -- Kind of got there???
« on: January 22, 2019, 06:40:08 AM »
So I'm finally getting back to customising after two years of not working on a single MH doll, and I decided to get around to tackling my Gilda. I got around her horrible glue head by freezing and then melting the glue inside with hot water (freezing popped the glue off the vinyl inside, heating it up made it easy to remove; bless you, high school chemistry). Unfortunately, that was the easy part.

One of her horns is crooked, and I'm trying to figure out if I can remove and reset it without horribly damaging her head in the process. Failing that, I'll probably cover the gap caused by its crookedness, but I'd like any advice anyone might have for fixing it first. Here's her post de-hairing photo:

It's not super clear because I had poor lighting, but her left (our right) horn is not properly seated in its little notchy groove. There's a pretty big gap in person and it bugs me so much that I've bought two other Gildas over time, seeking that Perfect Pair of horns (I did get there eventually).

Anyone have suggestions?

I'm letting her head soak in soapy water over night in the hopes that it might soften the glue somewhat, then I'm going to try attacking it with more soapy water and acetone.

I kinda got there. Sort of. A bit. I basically sliced her head open, then cut in and back at an angle to cut the horn out. I've shaved it down and tomorrow I'll clean her face-up off the rest of the way tomorrow, patch her with some Liquid Fusion, and try to put the horn back in place once it's dry. After that, REINFORCE THE DAYLIGHTS OUT OF IT SO IT WILL NOT BUDGE EVER AGAIN.

I do not recommend this method, but it looks like crooked horns can't be fixed any other way. I tried dissolving the glue with acetone, wearing it down with hot water, soap, and a diamond file, and even scraping away at the hard glue with a awl. In the end, the glue underneath is too firmly attached to do anything but cut the horn out as close to the edge of the glue as you can get.

Brags / Re: What did you get for Christmas?
« on: January 05, 2019, 05:32:35 PM »
No dolls this year for me. My partner gave me the Eevee Let's Go! Pokemon Switch, and his friend gave me a copy of Octopath Traveler. I was so surprised and blown away. I'd never think to buy a game console for myself these days, especially one that wouldn't be of much interest to him, since we share them in this house. It turns out, he was really interested in a few of the games I'd mentioned, and especially amused by my laughing at Yuki Aoi voicing Eevee. It was a really great gift. <3

Off Topic / Re: What non-MH purchase did you recently make? 2.0
« on: December 06, 2018, 06:24:13 PM »
Christmas is a comin'! Bought a bunch of presents for the niece and nephews here in Australia, as well as birthday presents for the older nephew. Randomly found one of the Classic My Little Pony book boxes while we were at it, and picked her up for myself/my dolls to play with (she's the perfect size for my new MSD girl and the Frightfully Tall Ghouls).

Also picked up some dolly props online, including a travel go set, table and chairs, and crystals for my witch-to-be.

Clawdeen's Closet / Re: Sewing machine eating fabric, help?
« on: December 05, 2018, 08:31:33 PM »
You probably also need to swap your needle. Stretch fabrics require a ball needle instead of a point. The points of a regular needle can snag on the knits instead of cutting through, which pushes them into your feed dog. A ball needle will slide into the gaps in the stretch/knit material, instead.

Off Topic / Re: What non-MH purchase did you recently make? 2.0
« on: November 14, 2018, 04:21:47 AM »
In an effort to continue improvements on the house, we ordered a CatGenie automated cleaner, and bought a new Washer-Dryer set on Monday.

To make room for the CatGenie's arrival, and to make the most use of our tiny laundry room, we spent today stacking the dryer on the washer. It was a massive trial, because the directions basically were non-existant, and the washer isn't quite the right size for the stacking kit, but we got it done. My hands are shredded, and it's 11:20 at night, but it's done. I'll do a test run of laundry in it tomorrow, but now, I'm going to guzzle some water, and flop on the couch before I go to bed.

Off Topic / Re: What non-MH purchase did you recently make? 2.0
« on: November 08, 2018, 05:06:06 PM »
I'm so happy these little cuties finally came!  It took Amiami some time, but they were worth the wait.

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I was so excited to see all three Arclights getting merchandise.  Usually, it's just Quattro, and while I love him, I have wanted a set of all three brothers for so long that I had to get both the keychains and the straps.  And I had to have a Vector, too.

I love the acrylic pinch straps from Cospa! I have so many from different series now, because they're just so darned cute!

Draculaura's Darkroom / Re: A Doll A Day Challenge 2018
« on: November 07, 2018, 05:34:48 PM »
Ughgghhhhh I love Lunatic Queen

Draculaura's Darkroom / Re: Sharing Tumblr
« on: November 06, 2018, 06:04:07 AM »
Is anyone else planning to turn to Tumblr now that the Flickr situation is turning sour? I'm trying to decide how to post photos in future, since Photobucket likewise kicked the pooch recently with their Pro vs. Free move. Is Imgur the last bastion of image sharing?

Draculaura's Darkroom / Re: The random doll/toy photography thread
« on: November 06, 2018, 05:46:16 AM »

Tea Time for Me by Lhia, on Flickr

Received some Sylvanian Family furniture in my recent AmiAmi order and put the Garden Tea Set straight to use!

Off Topic / Re: What non-MH purchase did you recently make? 2.0
« on: November 03, 2018, 11:17:06 PM »
I don't know that much about her, just that it was or is a Japanime series.

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Cutie Honey is a classic! She's had quite a few incarnations over the years since she was created.

Her stories can get a bit raunchy (the series was aimed at teenage boys; her transformations involve brief nudity, and a lot of her combat involve some flirty, mocking behaviour), but also something of a feminist icon for the era. She was the first female protagonist in her genre, and considered a precursor to the current idea of magical girls, alongside characters like Princess Knight. :3

Her theme song is also catchy as anything.

Off Topic / Re: What non-MH purchase did you recently make? 2.0
« on: November 01, 2018, 05:39:07 PM »
I've been heavily into the Takara Jenny dolls, and recently found a nice lot on Buyee (Japanese purchasing service) with some Jenny dolls as well as a rare dark skinned Jenny with what resembles dreadlocks, and a Cutie Honey doll.

Yay, Cutie Honey!

Off Topic / Re: What non-MH purchase did you recently make? 2.0
« on: October 29, 2018, 06:39:56 PM »
Just ordered a new mouse for my computer. The grips on the side of my old one have started peeling off pretty badly, and the left click is out of whack, such that it double-clicks all the time and opens links twice. I've cleaned everything thoroughly, but it's still buggy. So.

Um. Yeah. Time for a new mouse. ._.;

Draculaura's Darkroom / Re: The random doll/toy photography thread
« on: October 20, 2018, 06:03:15 PM »

Tachikoma City Day by Lhia, on Flickr

I took Tachikoma to the city with me yesterday and made a little travelogue! More photos of his adventures are on Flickr and my Instagram.

Off Topic / Re: What non-MH purchase did you recently make? 2.0
« on: October 18, 2018, 06:01:16 PM »
My partner is a beautiful human being. He knew I was hoping to get a MiniFee when the sewing machine carked it, so he told me he'd pay for a body and other pieces, in order to get the current event head. ;__;

I am a spoilt woman, and when he told me he wanted me to order the doll, I was just crushed by sentiment.

Lhia, congrats on getting your MiniFee after all! And on having such a thoughtful and caring partner, makes it all the sweeter. Is this going to become your FAVORITE doll now?!   
<3 :thumb: :sunny: :green:

Thank you!  :hug:

You can bet your bottom dollar she will be. Hahaha

He's been chatting with me about what I plan to do with her/how long it'll take for them to make her/how frequently events come around at Fairyland and so on.

Monster Discussion / Re: What's the last MH thing you bought? 3
« on: October 15, 2018, 10:07:48 PM »
Today's thrift store find: Frightfully Tall Frankie Stein, seen here recreating her favourite scene from King Kong.

Ooooh, nice find.

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