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Just out of curiosity - how many dolls are we talking about? I know this is very individual, but I'd like to know what is/was the overwhelming amount for you two. I don't feel overwhelmed by my collection yet, but I was recently thinking about how many dolls am I able to handle and if / when will my collection be too much for me...

If we’re talking strictly MH... I have around 400 unique dolls altogether. ^^;  Most are mint and complete. Then I have some baits which I really need to go through and thin out, since I have no intention of making THAT many customs. I have around 100 EAH as well.

Honestly though? My MH/EAH collection isn’t the problem—I can handle organizing and displaying that many dolls. The problem is the rest of my collection, which is a hodge-podge of many other brands. Altogether, I probably have about 1200 dolls. :blink: Sadly, most of said dolls are neglected and boxed away... Whereas I find time for my MH/EAH and a few other lines (OUaZ, Bratzillaz, EQG), a lot of those other dolls just end up in perma-storage. :/ It’s a shame, and I’d rather they went to someone who would appreciate and enjoy them.

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...Because I think I’m finally at that point. :/ I feel like my collection has just become too MUCH, and I’m not enjoying any of it as much as I did when it was smaller and more focused. Displaying them has become a chore, since I now have to dig through a ton of boxes to find what I’m looking for. I’d love to sell some of it off and get back to having a small, well-loved collection instead of a giant, chaotic, messy one.

Do you/have you felt this way before? How did you go about downsizing (the hugeness of my doll stash is intimidating, lol)?

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Remember when MH dominated half of the doll section? :cry: Now there’s just a messy stack of $5 budget dolls, crammed into a small section of the bottom shelf at Walmart.

Bleh. Can’t say I love what’s happened to the toy industry in the last few years. :/ It feels like everything on the current market is aimed at 4-7 year olds...

It's true... but (and maybe I'm completely wrong) I feel that we can thank Monster High for all the new articulation we're seeing in dolls. I remember when it was just the five points and maybe a bend-and-snap knee. Now we're getting elbows and proper knees, and even ankles and wrists that move. How many dolls have jumped on that just because of Monster High? It may be pretty much over, but it won't be forgotten.

And you never know- it's summer, so maybe some Mattel interns will be getting in there and bringing some new ideas.

I believe you’re right on that point—playline dolls with articulation were quite rare before MH arrived on the scene. Sadly, I feel like we’re even seeing less and less of THAT these days, with lines like Forces of Destiny, Enchantimals, Shoppies, and the like taking up a substantial chunk of the present market. Don’t get me wrong, I LIKE those lines... but MH quality they are not. I feel like toy manufacturers keep regressing further and further on articulation, QC, and just overall design quality. If that’s what’s selling and turning a profit, who can blame them?

The current trend in the toy industry seems to be “cheap and disposable”. I really hope you’re right, and MH’s legacy lives on in the form of quality and articulation... but right now, the doll aisle is looking pretty bleak. :( I’ve honestly lost interest in nearly everything on the current playline market, whereas during MH’s reign, I was overwhelmed by my options (MH, EAH, Bratzillaz, Novi Stars, Liv, Mystixx, Winx, etc., etc.).

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Customs / Re: First ever Custom
« on: May 27, 2018, 11:33:22 AM »
She looks awesome! ^_^ I especially love the veil/hairpiece—very fiery looking. :) I remember wishing years back that Mattel would make a character themed around will-o’-the-wisps... You did a great job with the idea!

I have to ask... How did you get all of the plastic will-o-the-wisps? Did you really have to buy that many Little Kingdom Meridas? XD

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Remember when MH dominated half of the doll section? :cry: Now there’s just a messy stack of $5 budget dolls, crammed into a small section of the bottom shelf at Walmart.

Bleh. Can’t say I love what’s happened to the toy industry in the last few years. :/ It feels like everything on the current market is aimed at 4-7 year olds...

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Off Topic / Re: Chicks With Wigs
« on: May 09, 2018, 09:24:48 AM »
I found a Walmart that carried them!


Maria, Missy, and Betty Jo. XD Haha, these are awesome... I’m so gonna buy more. X3

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Do you suppose these will be the last releases for MH? :cry:

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UPDATED 3/29/2018. Removed fulfilled wishies, and added some new ones!

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Monster Discussion / Re: What is the “ideal” storage method?
« on: April 27, 2018, 11:45:28 AM »
Alright, so I ordered a ton of bread bags, and they’re making cleaning and organization a DREAM. :D I wish I’d known about them years ago!

Now I’m just trying to decide on the best drawers or bins. :/ I’m having apprehensions about canvas, because I’ve had canvas drawers literally disintegrate on me in the past. On the other hand, plastic gets expensive fast, and I need a LOT of bins. Is there a good place to buy them online at a decent price?


The cheapest place I've found plastic storage bins online is Walmart.com. They have 17" x 14" x 10" stackable drawers for around $10 a piece. I use the same drawers and so far it's worked out great.

Sounds perfect! ^_^ Do you have a link to the stackable drawers you’re talking about? I’m having trouble finding the exact ones you’re describing...

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Those dolls are so beautiful, I could actually cry. *_* You’re an incredible artist! They look like they just walked out of the movie...

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Ever After High Discussion / Re: Does Ballet Ashlynn even exist? T_T
« on: April 21, 2018, 05:36:06 PM »
Thanks for the info, guys!

Hmm... interesting. It’s so weird that I can’t find a single one for sale online. T_T Such a shame she didn’t make it into the first wave—those are still overstocked.

If anyone’s got one to sell... I’ll be here. XD

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Monster Discussion / Re: What is the “ideal” storage method?
« on: April 21, 2018, 04:27:31 PM »
Alright, so I ordered a ton of bread bags, and they’re making cleaning and organization a DREAM. :D I wish I’d known about them years ago!

Now I’m just trying to decide on the best drawers or bins. :/ I’m having apprehensions about canvas, because I’ve had canvas drawers literally disintegrate on me in the past. On the other hand, plastic gets expensive fast, and I need a LOT of bins. Is there a good place to buy them online at a decent price?

The ideal way to store your dolls is at my house. I promise I'll give them back  :whistle:

 :haha:

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Monster Discussion / Re: When did G1 end for you?
« on: April 20, 2018, 10:22:09 AM »
Heck, I was in middle school and me and my friends wanted Neopets plushies.

Haha, so did I! XD I remember being frantic because the Limited Too exclusives were so hard to find, lol.

I don’t think it’s really the internet itself that’s causing the decline in toy sales and creative play. I think it’s 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. I’m certainly not against social media or mobile devices, but kids are notoriously bad at moderation.

Beyond that, peer pressure is now literally everywhere. Most of us have experienced that sad day, at some point in our lives, when we were teased for being “immature” because we still liked dolls, or plushies, or whatever. :( Kids have always tried to grow up too fast, but now the social pressure to do so is basically omnipresent. Our social lives follow us home, and half the time get broadcast across the internet by our peers. That’s scary to me, even as an adult. I can’t imagine going through that in middle school. *shudder*

At any rate, those are just my feelings on the matter. It’s a complicated issue, and there are no doubt many factors involved. It just makes me sad to think that kids are losing interest in traditional play at such young ages—play is such an essential part of developing creativity and critical thinking skills, IMO.

As to the topic at hand... I do feel like G1 sort of “semi-ended” for me when MH started marketing towards a younger audience. The spirit of the thing was kept mostly intact, but books, movies, and plots took a turn for the silly. My favorite incarnation of MH will always be the one where the clothes were edgier, the humor a touch sharper, and the characters had just a little more bite (as with Draculaura’s origin).

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Ever After High Discussion / Does Ballet Ashlynn even exist? T_T
« on: April 19, 2018, 08:21:10 PM »
I’m referring to the budget release Ballet Ashlynn, of course. Who would have thought a $4.99 MSRP doll would be the last, elusive specimen missing from my EAH collection? DX

So anyway, what’s the deal with Ballet Ashlynn’s scarcity? I can’t recall ever seeing one for sale, online or otherwise. Was she shortpacked? Strangely popular? Did Mattel take a cue from Atari and bury their remaining stock in the Arizona desert? :shrug:

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Monster Discussion / Re: When did G1 end for you?
« on: April 19, 2018, 08:01:31 PM »
I can agree with the dislike of Spectra's gossiping which is why I liked Haunted so much. She sees what her nosiness did to others. My biggest beef in regrards to characters was the violent background of many of the main characters. I actually researched every character for my then 6 yr old who has always been drawn to the darker stuff of the world, so I did not allow many of the main characters to come home; Lagoona was probably the one of the original ghouls that I okayed. As she got older we bought dolls like Clawdeen and Ghoulia.
 
As a collector I liked the dolls. Some lines were cheesy but still cute. The Line went downhill once they changed the face molds and articulation. Then instead of talking about school conflicts they went to babysitting and pet setting. Those are Barbie lines, Monster High was for OLDER girls the Tween market. Heaven Forbid a 10yr old puts down her iPhone long enough to play with dolls. Same with the sister line Ever After High. Once they changed the face molds, bodies, and articulation that line just isn't what it used to be.

That’s just it—because Spectra WAS a gossip, there was an opportunity in Haunted for her to change and mature as a character. People—even very good people—have character flaws. In the process of living, we make mistakes, learn from them, and struggle to be our best selves. But if everybody is just perfect and wonderful from the get-go (as heroes so often are in children’s entertainment), then that struggle—that thing that makes them relatable—is gone. It’s hard to feel anything for or learn anything from a character you can’t relate to, and even children pick up on that. That’s why I find it kind of sad that a character was axed from a show/toyline because she wasn’t “perfect”. :(

I agree that it’s very sad how MH’s original target demographic just wasn’t interested in dolls. :( It sounds cliched, but it seems like kids are trying to grow up more and more quickly in recent years. Smartphones certainly didn’t help matters, especially compounded with the advent of social media... When I was ten, I was still very much into dolls and toys. :shrug:

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Monster Discussion / Re: When did G1 end for you?
« on: April 18, 2018, 06:44:05 PM »
The biggest glaring problem for me is that characters like Ghoulia are missing bc she's too scary (or so I've heard).  Spectra is missing but they replaced her with Ari, so I'm not sure why that move was made.

I think the reasons for removing those characters are even sadder than that. DX Ghoulia was widely criticized by soccer moms... They interpreted her as a negative stereotype about “smart girls”—awkward, bad posture, speech impediment, “ugly”... Yeah, she moans and has bad posture... she’s a ZOMBIE. DUH. (Maybe those moms will feel better about Disney Channel’s new singing, dancing “Zombies”, lol.)

As for Spectra, she was criticized for being a gossip, and thus setting a bad example for all the little angels of the world.

Wow, remember the stuff The Misfits used to get up to on Jem and the Holograms? I seem to recall them sabotaging the brakes on Jem’s car and almost sending her off a cliff, once. XD And yet no one demanded the Misfits dolls be changed or removed from production. We sure live in a more policed/censored world these days. :P

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Monster Discussion / Re: When did G1 end for you?
« on: April 16, 2018, 12:56:50 PM »
When G1 officially ended.

Up until it's last hurrah with Ghoul Rockers, I didn't have a huge problem with the dolls. Sure some were a bit less expensive, but they were still clever (Ghoul Fitness).

Ditto. Towards the end, the lines were being released so rapidfire that I just ignored the super-budgety dolls and reveled in the beautiful deluxe lines (GSR, FdC, Fierce Rockers, Inner Monster, etc.). With G1, I never felt like there was a lack of gorgeous dolls on store shelves. I do feel like the tone shifted somewhat from what it was at launch, but it was never enough to put me off.

I guess for me, the most “ick” moment of G1 was when they shifted the tone of the fiction to target younger kids... I really liked the Lisi Harrison books (they were my first introduction to the world of MH, actually!), and when the “Ghoulfriends” series was released... it was jarring for me. XP Yes, it’s a zany doll line about monsters in high school... but I honestly enjoyed the more realistic setting and the inclusion of/conflict with “normies”. When everyone is a monster, NO ONE is a monster, y’know? I felt like the change to a “Monster World” full of monster-fied versions of real world cities and countries was just kind of... jumping the shark. XD The return of a more realistic setting is something I’ve really enjoyed about G2, actually.

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Clawdeen's Closet / Re: Using glue to make doll clothes - good or bad?
« on: April 12, 2018, 12:15:22 PM »
Hot glue applies best to porous surfaces like fleece, cotton, etc.—you may have some success with it if you are using these or other porous, non-stretching fabrics. HOWEVER, it does tend to break down over time... I’ve seen a lot of cases of “hot glue failure” across various craft projects. Sometimes, it took only a few years for the glued items to begin falling apart.

Furthermore, any stretchy fabrics would be crippled by stiff, inflexible glue seams. On most doll-scale garments, these large, bulky seams would also be highly visible and possibly even interfere with fitting. Hot glue, unlike “rubber cement”, Fabritac, and certain specialized adhesives, has no give or stretch.

Hot glue can be a lovely tool for many things, but a replacement for sewing it is NOT. :(

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