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Wanted / Lhia's Wanted List
« on: October 14, 2017, 11:10:07 PM »
Current Status: Selectively buying -- please see below.



Conditions for purchasing:
☆ I am not a MIB only collector. All of my dolls end up displayed out of their boxes, and dolls that I purchase MIB are only purchased as such to ensure the best condition possible. If a doll can be removed from its box to save on space and postage, please let me know.
☆ I prefer complete sets (doll with all items/clothing/accessories) but also am interested in JUST stock sets (clothes with accessories as applicable).
☆ I am interested in bait dolls, provided that they still have their limbs. Damaged face-ups, eye wonk, glue head, haircuts, etc. are all acceptable for bait-level dolls.
☆ I have feedback on eBay, as well as here on the Arena, and will happily provide proof via PM upon request.
I live in Australia. However, I have friends and family located in the USA, so if you only ship within the USA, I can give you the address of one of my relatives to act as a middleman.
☆ I always am always willing to pay for tracked and insured parcels, particularly when they are coming from overseas. I also prefer to have dolls sent in boxes rather than tough bags, but padded envelopes, or tough bags with bubblewrap inside around the doll are also fine! I know that my location tends to increase shipping costs, but I am happy to pay it, and prefer insured shipping. Please quote shipping costs accordingly (I will send my post code via PM as necessary).
☆ Due to the high cost of shipping, I generally prefer to buy multiple dolls at once.




Wanted List
Wishlist items are divided by the type of item. Stars indicate in which state I prefer to buy them:
For items with a red star, new without box is acceptable; all items should be included from the original.
For items with a blue star, I am open to buying stock only (clothes without the doll).
For items with a green star, I am open to buying the doll(s) only (no clothes, just the nude doll).

Some items may be listed with more than one star colour. For these dolls, I am would be interested in any of these options for that particular release! Dolls and items in bold italics are my highest priorities at the moment. I will buy other dolls or items on my list especially as a part of lots, or with the dolls which are high priority.




MIB / Full Sets
MIB: All items included in box, unopened. Box can be damaged, but prefer for doll to be in pristine condition with minimal wonk-eye. Glue seepage is fine, since that generally canít be determined without opening the box up.

Full Set: Doll includes all stock (stand where possible); brushes and diaries need not be included for these sales, but are appreciated. I prefer dolls with minimal wonk-eye, but am not concerned about glue seepage/box hair.


Boo York, Boo York - Astranova (navy variant; doll only, no playset)
Boo York, Boo York - Cleo de Nile
Dragon Games - Poppy o'Hair
Geek Shriek - Catty Noir
Geek Shriek - Abbey Bominable
Ghoul Fitness - Catrine de Mew
Ghoul Fitness - Venus McFlytrap
I ♥ Shoes - Cleo de Nile
I ♥ Shoes - Draculaura
New Scaremester - Catty Noir
New Scaremester - Gigi Grant
New Scaremester - Twyla
Picture Day - Cleo de Nile
TriCastleOn - Cerise Hood
TriCastleOn - Lizzie Hearts
Spring Unsprung - Cerise Hood
Way Too Wonderland - Raven Queen (doll only, no playset)
Way Too Wonderland - Kitty Cheshire




Play Sets / Display Components
Mostly only want individual pieces from playsets, rather than full sets.

EAH/MH Stands: any colour is fine, clip-style is preferred, but I will also buy saddle-style if youíre selling them as a part of a bulk lot/with other stands. I prefer to buy bulk lots to save on shipping.
EAH/MH Food or Drink Items




Stock Only
Doll need not be included, only the clothing, shoes and accessories from that release. Full sets preferred, but will buy individual items in some cases (this is mostly dependent upon shipping costs, but I am trying to find a few missing odds and ends).

13 Wishes / Signature Gigi Grant's small gold lamp
Coffin Bean Abbey Bominable's Drink
Freak du Chic - Honey Swamp's Poster/Swap Card
Gloom Beach Clawdeen Wolf's Sunglasses and Shoes
Tights, socks or stockings from MH or EAH doll lines (or off-brand pieces/handmade pieces that will fit)




Fashion Packs
Pretty self-explanatory. Includes fashion packs from non-MH doll releases.

None at this time.



Bait-level
Nude dolls are fine. Please ensure that dolls have their limbs still attached. Damages to face-ups are fine, as are various levels of haircut/glue seepage/frizzing.

Kiyomi Haunterly - Head optional
C.A.M. Doll Parts (Currently looking for Harpy and Mummy)
Venus McFlytrap - any release
Rochelle Goyle - any release




Non MH Items:
Dolls and toys that don't belong to MH or EAH lines.

Novi Stars - Novi Vasion Anne Arctic
Novi Stars - Novi Vasion Ina Ferna
Novi Stars - Orbit Beach Ari Roma
Sasha by Groove - Sorc
Sasha by Groove - Wizy
Vintage Littlest Pet Shop

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Draculaura's Darkroom / Doll Photography Woes
« on: September 29, 2017, 08:18:35 PM »
I'm sure we all have had things go at least slightly awry while taking photos of our dolls/toys and other hobbies at some point.

What are some funny or frustrating things that have happened to you while trying to get the perfect shots?


This thread was inspired by the fact that I charged my camera battery yesterday in to take photos today, but, somehow, the camera was switched on when I put the battery back into the body without my noticing, and it drained to zero again overnight. So. No photos for me today, as I wait to recharge the battery anew ...

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My old haul thread was all about building my collection and tracking its growth. It was locked due to inactivity a few times as I got busy with other hobbies and strayed from MH. My hauls and snaps are still on Flickr and Facebook, though!

Since the nature of my collection is changing, I thought it might be a good idea to make a new brags thread with a new focus: finishing my collection!

With the reboot here to stay, I can finally focus on "finishing" my collection. I'm not a completionist, so this isn't about having every doll ever made on my shelf, but more about finding all the odds and ends of dolls that I'm missing (such as Signature Operetta's ring, or Coffin Bean Abbey's drink, etc.), as well as tracking down the old releases that I missed and still want.

Which brings me to my first brag of the thread!

Signature Release Nefera de Nile from the Campus Stroll line! (Doll, Purse) - 4 Sept 2017
Signature Release Nefera de Nile from the Campus Stroll line! (Stand and various Pets) - 12 Sept 2017
Signature Release C.A. Cupid from Sweet 1600 line! (Purse) - 12 Sept 2017
Signature Release Nefera from the Campus Stroll Line - Azura is Finally Here! - 1 Oct 2017
Skull Shores Draculaura - 1 Oct 2017
Art Class Abbey - 18 Oct 2017
Power Ghouls Toralei - Cat Tastrophe - 18 Oct 2017
Fierce Rockers - Catty, Toralei, Venus, Clawdeen and Jinafire - 25 Oct 2017




Signature Nefera de Nile - Campus Stroll
While hunting down odds and ends on ebay the other night, I found listings for pieces of Nefera's kit that were surprisingly cheap, so on a whim, I checked to see how much she was selling for these days. I found a BIN listing for a really well-maintained doll, which included her ring. The hardest part of her outfit to find! So I snapped her up!


I then went on the hunt to find Azura and her missing handbag. The handbag was easy (though it's damaged and scratched up, so I may try to find another later), but Azura was hard. I could only find her in listings as a part of lots, and I wasn't really keen to spend $90 on random doll bits to get Azura, and maybe a handful of other items I'm missing. If I'd just started collecting, I probably would have jumped on those lots, but I'm a bit more wary now, since I don't have much space left! hahaha

In the end, I did find Azura, along with a handful of other items I'm missing. As soon as they arrive, they'll get a mini-brag all their own!

For now, I'll just revel in Nefera's regal arrival. I don't normally worry about character completionism, since there are so many releases, but with Nefera only having three, I'm happy to say that I have caught them all.

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Customs / Mishaps and Miscalculations Mid-project
« on: May 22, 2017, 07:15:19 PM »
So I curled Venus' hair. My initial concerns were that her hair wouldn't take a curl at all, because a) new hair type that I was experimenting with and b) very stiff, very stubborn ends, and couldn't get it to stay on a straw, so resorted to pipe-cleaners.


Venus Curling by Lhia, on Flickr

Turns out, my fears were completely unjustified.

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Her hair curls just fine. Now I just have to figure out how to get it to stop defying gravity.

Have you had any customs or WIP situations go hilariously awry from where you thought they'd be?

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Customs / Custom Heads (Just Heads)
« on: May 12, 2017, 06:39:52 PM »
I'm curious, but would you ever consider buying a customised head and just the head?  :wonder:

(either rerooted, repainted, or both)

I ask, because I have a slowly growing pile of heads from having made Novi hybrids (and other hybrids), and I'm not 100% sure what to do with them. Some I've used as practice heads for customs on other dolls of the same type, but they're in good shape, but I'm not sure what to do with them after that. Bodies can be a bit hard to come by, after all (I mean, that's how I got into my present predicament...).

So what do you think? Would you ever want to buy a repainted or rehaired head without its body?

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Customs / Advice Needed -- Removing Gilda's Horns
« on: May 04, 2017, 01:18:12 AM »
Hey all! So I have done some searching on the forums and online in general, and this seems to be a common problem with Gilda:

Horn glue.

I have a Gilda that I'm getting ready to re-hair, but her horns and the vinyl around them are covered in glue, and one of them was set crooked, so there's a gap between the vinyl of her head and the bottom ridge of her horn.

Does anyone have suggestions for removing the glue and popping the horns out to reset them that won't damage the actual head itself? I won't mind having to do repairs if need be, but I'd rather avoid having to do major doll surgery on her little head to get those horns out and cleaned off (I also want to repaint them before I re-attach them, but that's a secondary point). I'm also concerned about the type of glue and whether the usual solvents will be able to dissolve it, or if I'll have to find something else (which might damage the vinyl, again).

Cheers for any help!

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Off Topic / Spoooookyyy
« on: March 25, 2016, 05:32:05 PM »
A few years ago, my sister-in-law and her family were living in #6 of a particular street address. The neighbours in #5 were unruly, loud, and destructive. They were also tenants rather than the owners, so there wasn't much that could be done about their treatment of the property.

About two years ago, my partner and I were babysitting his niece and nephew at #6. They were tearing up and down the driveway in the back yard on their bikes, playing "bike tag" and screaming a lot. The driveway has a gate on it, so they could only go as far as the gate, before turning around and racing back to the garage at the other end. My partner and I were sitting on the elevated deck parallel to the driveway and fence, watching them.

All of a sudden, a kid's head popped up over the fence. He said "hi!" and kept climbing until he was sitting on top of the fence. Now, this was an ordinary, Australian kid. He was kind of grubby, but it was summer and kids in summer are all kind of grubby. It's like a rule. If you're not filthy by the end of the day, you didn't do it right.

Our niece and nephew were about 3 and 4 at the time, so they weren't really interested in this older kid, who looked about 7 or so. They kept on screaming up and down on their bikes, and we kept an eye on them while talking to the kid.

"Did you just move in?" he asked, also watching the younger kids go tearing past.

"No, we're just babysitting today. Are you visiting the Delaneys?*" I asked him.

"Kind of, we're travellers," he said, and at that point, I noticed that there was an old-style, two-wheel aluminium caravan parked out past the shed, near the fence between the Delaney's place, and the house they back up to. It was pretty beat up, but properly parked and looked like it had been there a while. No truck attached, just the caravan and a post propping it up. The grass had grown long around the wheels where they couldn't mow it, so I reckon they'd been there a week or so. We kept making small talk, with me asking how long they planned to stay. The kid explained that he didn't know, that his mum liked the area, but his dad wasn't as keen. After a while, someone inside the Delaney house started screaming her head off about something, and he excused himself. Just like that, he popped over the fence and went into the house through the back porch. We didn't think anything of it, and forgot to even mention it to the sister-in-law when she got home. The next time we went to visit, the caravan was gone, so again, I didn't think to mention it.

Now, we have to fast forward about two years.

My sister-in-law and her family have moved out of that house, and bought #5 so that they can combine the two properties for redevelopment. They're going to build town houses and villas on the land, sell one, and rent the rest out. This has been in the works for about a year now, and they're in the process of drawing up papers for the official proposal. In the mean time, they've been renting out #5 to the Delaneys and #6 to a different family.

Yesterday, we met my partner's sister and her family at their mum's place for a Good Friday luncheon. After we ate, and everyone was enjoying their tea, the sister-in-law brought up the development plans. One thing led to another, and soon we were talking the Delaneys in #5, and how they're as much trouble as ever. Her husband joked that he wishes they'd just burn the place down and be done with it, that it would save them trouble with demolition and asbestos removal. We all had a laugh, but my partner took it a bit more seriously: "They've always been like that, though. Right? What can you do?"

"Nah, yeah. I suppose," the sister-in-law said, and just kind of shrugged. "They've just wrecked the place and I never know what's coming next."

At this point, I'm reminded of the kid on the fence, and I perked up a bit to say: "Like that time with the travellers that stayed with them, how'd that go?"

"I've always wondered the same, how long did they stay?" My partner joined in.

His sister and her husband both looked at us like we'd lost it, and at the same time said: "Travellers?"

So I recounted the story of the kid climbing over the fence, and my partner chimed in about the caravan being parked out back. His sister interrupted us all of a sudden.

"That's not possible," she said. "Lhia, there were never any travellers staying with them. They've never had anybody stay with them. And they couldn't have gotten a caravan back there even if they tried."

"Yeah, Lhia," her husband added, a bit more slowly. He was still looking pretty concerned, though. "They had to ask us to help them get that trampoline in, since they couldn't just drive it through."

"Why not?" asked my partner, looking exceedingly confused. "They could just take it up the driveway."

And that's when it dawned on me. The property for #5 is arranged oddly. Their "driveway" is a little loop in front, rather than a long drive that leads into the back like at #6. The house spans the full property on one side, and is fenced off, then grown in with huge palms on the #6 side. There's nowhere for them to bring a caravan through, and there's no alley or secondary access point. In short: the caravan could not physically have been put into that yard, and removed again, short of using a crane.

I explained this to my partner, who was looking more and more green the longer the conversation went on, and his sister just looked at us both and said: "... now I really hope they burn it down."





*name changed, obviously; the rest of this story is being retold with as little embellishment as possible (since I can't recall exact conversations word-for-word, and they'd be pretty boring because we danced around the "that's impossible!" bit for a good five minutes), but it would appear that we encountered a ghost two years back

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Trader Support / Missing Stands in Australia [Resolved?]
« on: March 17, 2016, 10:24:02 PM »
I've contacted Mattel to find out what the story is, but it appears that the Dragon Games dolls may not come with stands on this side of the pond? Both the Raven and Holly I purchased came with scored marks where the stands should be, but no stand in the actual packaging.

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There was no sign of tampering with the packaging when I opened it up, so I'm hoping it was a manufacturing error, but we'll see what Mattel has to say! Going to also check out the local shops to see if other dolls have the same issues.

Timeline of Events:
17 Mar 2016: Purchased Holly and Raven at Big W during sale period; did not notice missing stands until opening the dolls later that evening. No signs of tampering evident in the packages.
18 Mar 2016: Started enquiries with Arena members, contacted Mattel Australia with above info and photos, and created this thread to track events/outcome
19 Mar 2016: Photos of boxes with modified "contents" list added by Lhianneth. Photos from Canada of dolls with and without stands from same location added by Ocean.
20 Mar 2016: Checked Big W and TRU again. DG dolls do not come with stands. All have the new label placed over the old packaging contents. Other dolls seem to still have theirs intact (ie: new signatures Mira and Melody; couldn't find the other new dolls).
21 Mar 2016: Response from Mattel: request for product numbers. Replied with PN for Holly and Raven.
12 Apr. 2016: Response from Mattel: "Those should definitely have stands, please check the box." more or less. Emailed them back with the photos again.
13 Apr. 2016: Mattel responded within 30 minutes of my last email, saying they're sending me two stands for Raven and Holly. Still no word about whether this will be permanent or not.
21 Apr. 2016: Stands have arrived.

Edit to add:
If any other Australia-based collectors have picked up DG dolls, please let me know if yours had stands intact? Cheers!

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And here are Mari and Lagoona all finished up! I learned a lot during this process (mostly, do not use painter's tape. Buy more little rubberbands instead) and will apply that to other customs I'm working on!


Custom Sig Marisol and ME Lagoona by Lhia, on Flickr


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19 Jan. 2016:
And here is the completed Toralei! I'm pretty pleased with how she came out, but I need to work on adding more eyelashes to the top lid in a convincing fashion. I was going to add false lashes to her with a bit of glue, but the ones I have are human proportions and don't work well (I thought I had some doll-sized ones, but must be mis-remembering).

At any rate, she's looking pretty good!


Table Snap - Ghou Sports Toralei Custom by Lhia, on Flickr


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3 Feb. 2017:
It's been a while since I updated, but I finally finished that Dance Class Howleen on her adult body! Now she just needs some new clothes. I've also made two wigs for an upcoming custom Honey. I'd planned to re-root her, but thought maybe wigs would be more fun! I'm also considering giving her glass/inset eyes, but have yet to pop her head open to give that a go. ^^;


In-between outfit until I sew something new. by Lhia, on Flickr

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16 May 2017:
Also a slight update on Iris:


Iris WIP by Lhia, on Flickr

I worked a bit more on her rose sleeves while the MSC was in transit, but haven't been able to seal my progress to move forward. Excited to continue work on that now.



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8 Mar. 2017:
Catrine is finished and (temporarily) redressed!


Reroot Catrine Complete by Lhia, on Flickr

She started as a Shriekwrecked Catrine, was rebodied and rerooted, and partially repainted with a pale pink lip with pearl pigment powder and matte varnish sealant. She's currently been redressed in a mix of stock to suit her new hair colour and to show off her new skelekitty bod!



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16 May 2016:
Venus is back on her body and will be getting a touch-up to her flocking and a new face-up, just as soon as the flocking powder arrives. In the mean time, I felt bad leaving her sitting around nekkid.


Sig Venus Custom WIP by Lhia, on Flickr


15 May. 2017:
Finished re-rooting Swim Class Rochelle in black saran and hot pink mystery hair. She turned out quite well, though there were a few complications along the way (her scalp split during the de-hairing process; I patched it with two coats of liquid fusion before rerooting, but the part line split open again while I was working). She'll get an extra coat of glue to the inside of her little noggin, compared to other dolls I've rehaired.


Rochelle Rehair WIP by Lhia, on Flickr

Rochelle Number Two (Dance Class Rochelle) will be on her way next. My friend started her while she was here visiting, but didn't get to complete her because we were so busy, so I'll finish her up and ship her over to the US with a new neon green do and some cute matching lipstick. <3

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Draculaura's Darkroom / Show me your favourite glamour shots of Clawdeen?
« on: January 07, 2016, 10:10:27 PM »
I love Clawdeen as a character, but I'm not always keen on her dolls. I've been considering hunting down a few of the ones I like best soon, however, and would love to see which ones the MHArena members like best!

So please, show me your most glamorous photos of that smart-alec werewolf!

(Bonus points for restyled hair, redressed dolls, or customs; I've seen so many gorgeous Clawdeen customs that it tempts me to give it a go myself!)

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Customs / Repairing Body Gaps? Need Advice!
« on: December 25, 2015, 04:50:39 PM »
I'm working on sanding down a few bodies to prep them for customs, and started with a leftover Cleo to get a handle on things since this is my first time modding hard plastic bodies. One of her legs appears to have been moulded unevenly in back. Upon shaving down the raised half of the seam a bit, a couple of small gaps have developed on the other side. The seam is still very uneven and lumpy, but I don't want to progress with smoothing it out until I fix these gaps. There is a similar gap on the body seam above her hip, and I haven't shaved that portion yet, for fear of making it worse.

So before I move on to sanding, is there a material I can use to rebuild the lower half of the seam and fill the little holes? They're roughly the side of pin heads, but I worry they'll compromise the doll's structural integrity if I keep working them over in their present state.

I've done a search of a few customising blogs, but didn't find anything about repairing these sorts of gaps, just tears in the vinyl heads. Anyone have suggestions for fixing these up?


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Off Topic / What's in your playlist?
« on: March 25, 2015, 05:22:30 PM »
It occurred to me after a certain post in the selfie thread that I've never seen anyone talk about music on the Arena!

So I was wondering, what are your favourite genres and bands? Or do you prefer a more classic approach, and have a favourite composer?

I'm really intrigued to see what kind of music everyone listens to!

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Off Topic / Wonder Fest 2015 Announcements
« on: February 08, 2015, 02:30:54 PM »
Was anyone else following the Wonder Fest posts online? I tried to ignore it, for the sake of my wallet, but got sucked in by the Sailor Moon announcements that Tamashii Nations made. And then saw Goodsmile Company's releases.

My wallet is weeping.

What are you looking forward to from the announcements made so far? Personally, I'm keen as anything for Sailor Pluto and Sailor V. Also excited for Super Sailor Moon and Zoicite's weird disguise, though I think I could easily give the latter a pass.

But even more than that, I'm dying over the fact that they've announced a line of Figmas for Magic Knight Rayearth.

Goodbye, money. We knew one another so briefly. But these new figures are just begging to come home with me.

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Wanted / Lhia's Wantlist [Current Status: Seeking Werecats!]
« on: February 03, 2015, 04:43:56 PM »
Current Status: Selectively buying -- please see below.

Conditions for purchasing:
I am not a MIB only collector. All of my dolls end up displayed out of their boxes, and dolls that I purchase MIB are only purchased as such to ensure the best condition possible.
☆ I prefer complete sets (doll with all items/clothing/accessories) but also am interested in JUST stock sets (clothes with accessories as applicable).
☆ I am interested in bait dolls, provided that they still have their limbs. Damaged face-ups, eye wonk, glue head, haircuts, etc. are all acceptable for bait-level dolls.
☆ Amazon links are provided where possible to clarify items (particularly fashion packs). These are used as photo references, rather than pricing references.
☆ I have feedback on ebay as well as here on the Arena, and will happily provide proof via PM upon request.
☆ I always am always willing to pay for tracked and insured parcels, particularly when they are coming from overseas. I also prefer to have dolls sent in boxes rather than tough bags, but padded envelopes are also fine! I know that my location tends to increase shipping costs, but I am happy to pay it, and prefer insured shipping. Please quote shipping costs accordingly (I live in Australia and will send my post code via PM if necessary). :)


Wishlist items are divided by the condition in which I prefer to buy them:
For items with a red star, new without box is acceptable; all items should be included from the original.
For items with a blue star, I am open to buying stock only (clothes without the doll).
For items with a green star, I am open to buying the doll(s) only (no clothes, just the nude doll).

Items are ranked by desirability:
1) - actively seeking, these items have priority
2) - not actively seeking, but may buy if available at a good price
3) - not currently seeking, but may buy in future or accept in lot trades


MIB / Full Sets
MIB: All items included in box, unopened. Box can be damaged, but prefer for doll to be in pristine condition with minimal wonk-eye. Glue seepage is fine, since that generally canít be determined without opening the box up.

Full Set: Doll includes all stock (stand where possible); brushes and diaries need not be included for these sales, but are appreciated. I prefer dolls with minimal wonk-eye, but am not concerned about glue seepage/box hair.



1) Power Ghouls - Toralei Stripe/Cat Tastrophe
1) Fierce Rockers - Catty Noir and Toralei Stripe
1) Fierce Rockers - Venus McFlytrap, Clawdeen Wolf, and Jinafire Long

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Play Sets / Display Components
Mostly only want individual pieces from playsets, rather than full sets.


1) MH Stands: any colour is fine, clip-style is preferred, but I will also buy saddle-style if youíre selling them as a part of a bulk lot/with other stands

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Stock Only
Doll need not be included, only the clothing, shoes and accessories from that release. Full sets preferred, but will buy individual items in some cases (this is mostly dependent upon shipping costs).


1) Freak du Chic - Honey Swamp's Poster/Swap Card
1) Sweet 1600 - C.A. Cupid's Purse
1) Tights, socks or stockings from MH or EAH doll lines (or off-brand pieces/handmade pieces that will fit)


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Fashion Packs
Pretty self-explanatory there.

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Bait-level
Nude dolls are fine. Please ensure that dolls have their limbs still attached. Damages to face-ups are fine, as are various levels of haircut/glue seepage/frizzing.


Any version of:
1) Catrine deMew - Undamaged head preferred; body optional; wonky eyes and bad hair ok
1) Kiyomi Haunterly - Head optional
1) Getting Ghostly Spectra Vondergeist - Head optional
1) Spectra Vondergeist - Head optional, but body in good condition

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Head Only:
1) Catrine deMew (any release)

Torsos + Limbs Only:
1) Spectra Vondergeist (any release, including Getting Ghostly)
1) Kiyomi Haunterly


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Non MH Items:
Usually dolls or fashion packs that don't belong to MH or EAH lines.

1) Novi Stars - Novi Vasion Anne Arctic
1) Novi Stars - Novi Vasion Ina Ferna
1) Novi Stars - Orbit Beach Ari Roma
1) Sasha by Groove - Sorc
1) Sasha by Groove - Wizy


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Off Topic / Boardgames, anybody?
« on: January 27, 2015, 07:04:11 AM »
The (video) gaming thread got me wondering if there are any other boardgame players on the arena! I'm sure it's probable, but I thought I'd start a thread to see what games everyone likes to play when they're not hooked into their computers or consoles.

The games that dominate the table in our house are Mage Knight and Lords of Waterdeep. We also tend to favour Arkham Horror for larger groups on day-long sessions, or occasionally Elder Sign or Settlers of Catan for shorter ones. We also love a lot of deck-building games like Ascension, Dominion and Nightfall (my personal favourite, because everybody gets what they deserve in the end). And of course, there's the ever-popular Cards Against Humanity (though we have yet to get our hands on the recently released Australian edition).

Anyone else a fan of board or tabletop games?

More traditional games are great, too! Like backgammon or chess. My partner doesn't know it yet, but I've ordered him a custom crokinole board for his birthday (crokinole is a game of Canadian origin, similar to darts or lawn bowls; you play in teams of two, or one on one, trying to position little pucks in the scoring rings by flicking them with one finger).

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Customs / Customs Materials: Watercolour pencil brand opinions, please!
« on: January 17, 2015, 04:32:59 PM »
I've been looking at getting into doing customs (like many of you here on the arena!) and I wondered if I could pick the brains of some of the more experienced custom-makers here!

I have mostly seen people recommend Derwent or Faber Castell so far in tutorials and materials lists. I have some Faber Castells back in Australia, but the colour variety in the packs I've found is less than stellar. Now, while cleaning out my old art supplies at home, I found a tin of practically brand new Prismacolor watercolour pencils. So I got to thinking these might be a good set to use for customising and started looking into that online.

So far, I've found mixed reviews via google. One says that they weren't as heavily pigmented as Derwent's line, another says the Prismacolors are the best she's ever used, a third says she alternates between several brands including all of the above. Other guides I've seen mention that you can use them, but usually add a disclaimer saying that they have not tried them out themselves.

To cut a long story short (too late): what's your experience been with different types of watercolour pencils? Particularly Prismacolor brand versus others.

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Off Topic / Childhood Nostalgia?
« on: January 02, 2015, 08:23:39 PM »
In a few short weeks, I'll be travelling back to my parents' home for a visit, during which I have to choose which childhood toys are going to charity shops, and which are coming home with me. As I was planning in my head which toys I could afford to ship back to Oz, I got to thinking about exactly why I wanted to take particular ones over certain others.

Which got me thinking about their (sentimental) value and whether I'd be so attached to these toys if there were more current alternatives on the market.

Part of the reason I got into MH was that they are basically the kind of dolls I would have wanted to own when I was a kid. Barbie was fun, but She-Ra and her friends were always my favourites, and they didn't get nearly enough costume changes to satisfy my dress-up loving self. I also had a handful of Fashion Star Fillies (which made my Breyers look plain and my MLPs a bit unfashionable) and a slew of Littlest Pet Shops.


So I was just wondering, if you could see any line from your childhood revived or revamped, what would it be?

Jem and the Holograms?
Lady Lovely Locks?
Fashion Star Fillies?
Cupcakes?
Rainbow Brite?

Obviously She-Ra has gotten a recent revamp as a part of the Masters of the Universe Classics line, Littlest Pet Shop has evolved into something almost unrecognisable, Strawberry Shortcake has come back even pinker than ever, and MLP has been revived at least twice now. But is there a favourite toy line of yours that never got a second chance?

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I thought it might be fun to start a thread tracking the progress of my collection to date!

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Hopefully, I'll eventually have a dedicated display space for these guys, because that bookshelf is crowded, gets dusty fast, and is not exactly in prime real estate in the house.


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15 Mar. 2016:
I've been pretty busy lately and haven't been posting much. Last month, I picked up some cool new things!

On 10th February, Sila became a hybrid using a Blob CAM body!


Shelf Snap - 10 Feb 2016 by Lhia, on Flickr

The next day, I received these three beauties in a trade with dArcangel! They've been living on my desk, perched on the monitor ever since. I change their poses a few times a week.


Haul Snap - 11 Feb 2016 by Lhia, on Flickr

Earlier this month, my AmiAmi order came in! This included a Captain Phasma S.H. Figuarts figure for a friend of mine, and my brand new Rainbow Moon Chalice from the Proplica line. I didn't take photos until a little later, because I'm still deciding how to handle the displays

On the 7th, I received a surprise parcel from a friend in Japan. He's been very kindly picking up Premium Bandai release Figuarts for me on occasion, and was able to get these two for me.


Haul Snap - 7 Mar 2016 by Lhia, on Flickr


Shelf Snap - 7 Mar 2016 by Lhia, on Flickr


Shelf Snap - 7 Mar 2016 by Lhia, on Flickr

As you can see, things are getting a wee bit crowded in there!

Finally, today I met with a lovely local member of the Arena to pick up the Fearleading Werecats! I've been searching for them for a while, and saw her sales posted last month. She was very generous in allowing me to meet her today to make the exchange (my schedule has been very hectic lately and I had to delay meeting up until almost a month later), and I am in love with these ghouls!

While I was out, I picked up Lizzie and Iris on sale at TRU, and spotted the Black Series Phasma in the wild for the first time ever. Worried it would also be the last time ever, I bought her immediately.


Haul Snap - 15 Mar 2016 by Lhia, on Flickr


17 Mar. 2016:
Sale is on at Big W, so I went ahead and picked up some ghouls and princesses I've been trying to find! The Dragon Games girls and Toralei were on sale, but Meowlody and Kitty were just dolls I've been trying to find, which have sold out elsewhere in my area.

On top of that, my phone died (I am suffering a tech curse at the moment, my motherboard is also officially on the out), so I picked up a new one via a plan with my mobile provider. This photo was taken with a shiny new S7. Which is the first time I've had a current generation phone. I generally bargain hunt and go a few generations back, which hasn't been too lucky for me. Bluh.


Haul Snap - 17 Mar 2016 by Lhia, on Flickr

I confess to being a bit disappointed in the Dragon Games girls. I had no idea that they didn't come with stands until I got home, which is a bit annoying considering they're quite pricey here in Australia. :(

Love the outfits, though. And especially love Kitty. Her fancy shoes may not be as delicate as the prototype's were, but the little books wrapped in the tails, and the colour change are both big improvements as far as I'm concerned.

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Introductions! / Another newcomer coming through!
« on: December 08, 2014, 04:43:36 AM »
'llo! I'm Lhianneth, Lhia for short. I'm posting from the suburbs of Sydney, Australia. I am a textile and clothing designer, with an emphasis on alternative fashions. I live with my partner and our two very fluffy, very pushy cats.

I'm a new member to the forums and a fairly new collector, as well. I've been fond of the MH line since it started, but only decided to take the plunge and buy a few about two months back, at the recommendations of a few friends. They suggested that I might enjoy customising and sewing garments for these very fashionable little ghouls, and were they ever right! So far, my little collection is fairly modest, but I'm enjoying every last one of them. I'm still getting accustomed to sewing at such a small scale, but hope to be able to share some of my creations on the forum in future! I'm also working up the courage to customise one of the dolls I bought that arrived with a flawed paintjob.

Dolls seem to be pretty scarce in my immediate area, so I've mostly been relying on online ordering, and I look forward to learning the tricks that fellow Australian collectors use for finding dolls in local shops.  I'm also looking forward to picking a few up when I visit family back in the US next year (a friend has a box of clearance and US-only release dolls that she's been nabbing for me now and again). I'm also waiting on a small haul of new releases from Amazon.

Of my small collection so far, Wydowna and Catrine are my two favourites!

Thanks for reading, I hope to get to know you all soon!

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