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Monster Discussion / Re: Resurrecting the Corpse of Monster High
« on: March 19, 2018, 12:19:12 PM »
One of the things seldom discussed about the decline of MH is just the general decline of the popularity of monsters in mainstream media. Obviously monsters won’t go away completely but MH hit at the fever pitch of Twilight, Walking Dead and other zombie media, rebooting Teen Wolf, etc.

Superheroes and women’s empowerment are much more trendy right now (although I hope the latter just becomes second nature). Superhero monsters would be a bit weird but certainly MH’s “be yourself, be unique” would resonate and could help it gain some traction again.

Customs / Re: Where Do You Buy Mr. Super Clear?
« on: February 17, 2018, 07:53:33 PM »
I buy it on Amazon. $18 is actually quite good, I usually pay $25-30. It’s a small price to pay for a good, reliable sealant.

Clawdeen's Closet / Re: LeFeRe's stiching an other staff
« on: December 25, 2017, 10:19:44 AM »
Very festive! I love the fur trim.

Monster Discussion / Re: Complete MH+EAH stand and brush guide?
« on: December 18, 2017, 11:28:03 PM »

Monster Discussion / Re: Price Check on items please?
« on: December 16, 2017, 02:45:49 PM »
I was looking for a MIB 13 Wishes Howleen recently. Two weeks ago they were roughly € €90 on eBay. Now they're *starting* around the latter figure. No idea if they're actually selling at those prices. Also, I imagine that's just the Xmas lead-up and that it will ramp down soon after.
The best way to do a price check is actually to search the “completed listings.” You can list something for whatever you want, but that doesn’t mean that’s the market value. Completed listings show the prices that people have actually willingly paid recently.

Monster Discussion / Re: Doll care: Tips and Tricks
« on: December 16, 2017, 02:43:00 PM »
Thanks. Yeah, possible differences between a, say, Indonesian and a Chinese made doll X was what I meant. Maybe I'll buy either to figure it out myself.

New issue: cigarette smoke. Bought a supposedly MIB doll that turned out to reek of smoke once warmed up to room temperature (from truck temperature). I can't keep it in this condition. Obviously I can't try to clean the doll without removing her from the box. I do want to try a dry method first - covering it with bicarb soda for some days - but cardboard stores smells much better than plastic or vinyl, so off it must go. Before I start, I'll post it for sale "as is" and would also appreciate any additional hints. In your experience, is it even *possible* to remove smoke smell from a MH doll?

I guess the nice hairdo would be gone for sure
I think it’s actually certain fabrics or certain glues that cause that smell... I haven’t been able to narrow it down yet, but I have had certain dolls start smelling like cigarette smoke after being cold (ie sitting in the mailbox or the car) and then warming up to room temperature. Try sticking a dryer sheet in the box for a few days.


Don't forget about the boy one that was only released in Mexico- the Uncle styling head  :shades:

Was this an official release??? Do you have a picture? I've not heard of this one.

It's a bad joke  :biggrin:

Anti-Styling head, Uncle-Styling head.

OMG, my only excuse is that I just came up for air after spending the last few hours coding.   XD

I don't get it. But then again, English is not my first language.
Anti (auntie) and Uncle

Off Topic / Re: Why do you collect?
« on: November 04, 2017, 09:18:00 PM »
I’ve always collected things, which I think is partially due to my obsessive-compulsive tendencies (I used to have OCD but through therapy it is no longer a disorder that impedes my daily life).

For dolls in particular: I always had dolls as a kid and although I had a large number of dolls I wouldn’t say that I collected them at that time. I liked Barbies and people bought me Barbies but they weren’t the only toys on my radar and given the choice to pick out my own toys, I only got Barbies probably 1/4 of the time or less.

When I saw MH as an adult, I loved all the details and it reignited my love of dolls plus I had decided that after a brief time of collecting MLP that MLP was too overwhelming to try and collect so I made the switch. I slowly started learning about other doll brands including getting back into Barbies.

Off Topic / Re: The Gaming Thread!
« on: October 19, 2017, 09:11:54 AM »
I’m so ready for Super Mario Odyssey! I’ve just been playing WoW lately (and even that I haven’t played in over a week). I’m ready for something new!

Monster Discussion / Re: Tall chair colour question
« on: October 17, 2017, 05:15:48 PM »
If it’s the chair from the Coffin Bean set, it is definitely red, not hot pink.

Off Topic / Re: Family troubles
« on: October 14, 2017, 06:27:39 AM »
Lying about health scares is a pretty common move to try and get family members “back in line,” and your father is 100% right to ignore all of it because otherwise he’s teaching them that the right lie will get a reaction.

Monster Discussion / Re: Your Doll "Deal-Breakers"
« on: October 05, 2017, 07:25:45 PM »
I hate dolls with tons of plastic accessories. I passed on dolls in several lines, such as Sweet Screams and Ghouls Getaway, not because I didn’t like the dolls, but because the abundance of plastic was a huge turn off.

Catrine's Art Studio / Re: Charlady's Art Thread (Updated 5/10/2017)
« on: October 05, 2017, 08:15:42 AM »
Bonita looks a bit like Madonna! They all look great!

Off Topic / Re: Happy Birthday, Melissa and Lhianneth!
« on: October 04, 2017, 02:15:40 PM »
Thanks all! And happy birthday, Lhianneth!

So much detail! Looks great!

Clawdeen's Closet / Re: Any sewers want a commission?
« on: October 01, 2017, 03:43:27 PM »
It might be helpful to add a bit more detail about what you’re looking for (style, fabric, etc.)

Monster Discussion / Re: Need Ideas for Multiple Doll Collectors in One Home
« on: September 30, 2017, 12:48:06 PM »
You could tie a ribbon around each of your dolls’ legs or something like “L.X’s dolls are on black stands and mine are on colored stands” it can be subtle and that way doesn’t interfere with your display but you easily know what is whose.

Clawdeen's Closet / Re: The smell of Fray-Check.
« on: September 29, 2017, 08:48:01 PM »
Lhia and Melissa, thank you so much!
I will definitely be looking into Fray Block and giving that a whirl.
And that cardboard suggestion was a stroke of genius!  I tried it out earlier today and it massively helped to reduce the odor (I had previously just been setting the clothes on the bathroom counter to dry).

Thank you! :D
I'm glad the cardboard worked for you... I get migraines from strong smells so I was kind of shocked to read your initial post, Fray-Check has never had a lingering smell for me! :P

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