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Monster Discussion / Re: MH dolls with the best hair
« on: April 02, 2019, 11:18:59 PM »
I'm different in that Kanekalon is just a horror story for me and I can't stand it most times... For hair I do like tho, Jinafire, Clawdia, and Elissabat stand out to me as almost always having great hair, that's saran too!  ^^;

Monster Discussion / Re: Body change between G1 and G2?
« on: April 22, 2018, 09:40:27 PM »
Yeah, the biggest change about G2 MH is the body shape, it's not just a Moanica thing but everyone, articulated or not.

It's thicker overall and has tighter joints. I'm not personally a fan of it, but it's also not the same as EAH, just like a weird mix of old MH and EAH, and some are apparently missing removable hands/elbows like Venus, but I never unboxed my only G2 Venus yet so idk personally.

Monster Discussion / Re: When did G1 end for you?
« on: April 19, 2018, 08:25:53 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:
I'm still into dolls and toys. (Obviously)

But I played with my toys even as old as 15, and being online didn't deter me from playing at all! Granted, 09 was a different atmosphere, but still.

Monster Discussion / Re: When did G1 end for you?
« on: April 16, 2018, 06:52:46 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).
Same pretty much. I don't like every pre-reboot doll granted, but I can count the reboot dolls that appeal to me on one hand.

Off Topic / Re: What were they thinking?! toy lines
« on: April 07, 2018, 06:12:15 PM »
Do kids actually like this stuff?
I did! Well, not baby dolls, but animals.

I was weird, I know.  ^^;

Personally, a lot of the times mentioned here sound pretty funny and cool to me, tho I am not fond of blind bags/boxes in general.

Monster Discussion / Re: Scaris Ghoulia in Skull Shores Box
« on: March 15, 2018, 08:41:09 PM »
I feel like these have popped up before..
Yeah, I'm having unspecific flashbacks in my head. Dunno what they are either tho, but I certainly remember them....

Monster Discussion / Re: Your Unusual Doll Opinions
« on: March 12, 2018, 09:59:46 PM »
Gluehead has never bothered me, and I've always preferred Indonesia made dolls because they just feel (and look) betterm have sturdier joints, and just, idk, I like them more than China made dolls. Gluehead means nothing to me as I never do anything to my doll's hair.

Speaking of, I'm a bit picky about hair fibers, and I vastly prefer how Saran feels on MH/EAH dolls than Kanekalon, which I cannot STAND as it only feels nice right out of the box, then it gets bad and feels awful. I can't stand it. Usually people care little about texture, but I'm super picky about it. Doesn't stop me from getting or liking dolls with it, but I wish they didn't have it is all.

I also don't mind 'box hair' as it were, or plastic ties and rubber bands on doll accessories. I keep my dolls as is anyway so all the excess stuff keeping things on are nice and I don't mess with them.

Off Topic / Re: Toys R Us Stores Closing
« on: March 09, 2018, 09:13:15 PM »
I've never been able to go to TRU much anyway, but still... :/

The hoodie dolls are actually really nice. Hope they show up in proper stores whenever they do come out so I can get them.

Monster Discussion / Re: Grief over the end of G1?
« on: February 04, 2018, 01:32:33 PM »
The G1 canon is what I miss the most.
Same, while I'm not fond of a majority of the new dolls too, at least there are a few of those I still enjoy. But the old movies and specials and diaries and webisodes had so much more interesting story, backstory, lore, and personality than current whatever has. Makes me sad as I really loved watching the G1 movies over and over and now there will be no new ones.

There's a peri and pearl one I think
I sure hope so, or I'd have been imagining having one sitting on my dresser for ten months now. :P

Off Topic / Re: Funko
« on: October 19, 2017, 03:50:16 PM »

Shadow(s) <3

Really makes me wish that a company ever did a line of Chao figures. They would sell like crazy.

Monster Discussion / Re: What's the last MH thing you bought? 3
« on: October 05, 2017, 04:06:24 AM »
Found a Silvi at Tuesday Morning. I've wanted her for ages now and Walmart never had her (as far as I saw...) so I'm pretty happy to get her for under $6.

Off Topic / Re: Extreme emotions mean everything is a roller coaster
« on: June 06, 2017, 07:08:23 PM »
What's really tragic is that creatvity is actually a hallmark of autism (as is hyper-empathy, actually)... and yet people still assume we're robots. :/

I feel like the biggest thing that people are unable to accept or understand is how those on the spectrum express their talents. Given my own time, environment, and space, I have an incredible capacity for rapid learning. If you shove me into a conventional classroom or job setting, I'll do really well... until I break down emotionally, at which point I just become depressed and catatonic, and can barely eat or sleep. I thrive under different conditions than most people... that doesn't mean I'm not smart or capable.

Back on the topic of creativity... my head is honestly buzzing with ideas for stories, sewing projects, etc. 24-7. Sometimes I can't sleep at night until I've written it all down. So yeah... not a robot. :P
No kidding, I get kept up all the time from ideas running in my head, so I had to start writing a lot down (and making a friend read them) so I could have some peace with my mind. It doesn't always work as my imagination makes new ideas as soon as the old ones are out, but it's like endless.

Edit: One reason I've grown a deeper connection with music too is just because of all the ways I can interpret song lyrics and relate them to myself or others around me, and just a general theme of a lot of what I like being introspection on emotions, which is a thing I do a lot. I don't just get sad, I get sad and I analyze why I'm sad, same goes for the rest, the meaning of the emotions, why they happen, what caused it, and what it makes me want to do.

Off Topic / Re: Extreme emotions mean everything is a roller coaster
« on: June 06, 2017, 05:19:24 PM »
When I was working with the students, who were aged between 16 and 19, the biggest challenge was making them believe in themselves. It was really heartbreaking when they didn;t, because of the outside world and the way things were perceived.

Every autistic person is exceptionally good at something. It's just cruel when the outside non-autistic world is the sphere deciding what of those skills is "useful" and what isn't. All of those skills are useful in a neurodiversity world. That's the bit that people don't see.

For example, whenever I've written something exceptionally intricate and academic relating to my PhD, my usual next action is buying or prettying up a doll or a pony. I go from one to the other with barely a heartbeat. My uni room confuses the heck out of the maintenance guy because it is full of textbooks on old Japan and MH dolls and ponies, all side by side.
I'd say I excel most in art, digital vector art specifically. I do a lot of things, but I enjoy making ponies the best, my avatar is just one example. It allows me something to pour all my creativity into and express my interests in a way only I could.

Lots of people would say an art skill isn't very viable to the outside world, which is a shame, but maybe some day I'll get somewhere with it, even if it's just small things online.

Off Topic / Re: Extreme emotions mean everything is a roller coaster
« on: June 04, 2017, 03:19:07 PM »
I worked for two years in a college with students with various disabilities including a LOT of autistic kids and I gelled with them really well, I could advocate for them and they made a ton of progress. Some of the rest of the staff, though, were definitely aliens...

People also say a lot that folk with autism lack empathy, but it's rubbish. Empathy is being able to put yourself in another's shoes. We can do that for each other very easily, because we share similar challenges. People outside mostly don't share those, and cannot empathise with us, but they're not criticised for that. We are criticised for not immediately understanding a "normal" point of view, but it's a hypocritical judgement and it annoys me so much how much hypocrisy there is around ASD. If we're behaving "normally" then it's fine, but it does feel like society would rather we conformed and learned to "fit in" than any sense of meeting in the middle and gaining mutual understanding.

I find people interesting and I like working with them. But on the flipside of that, it can be very emotionally speaking a foreign language ;)

Feel free to drop me a PM any time you want to speak Aspie. I don't mind.

All kinds of people can be emotionally draining, and it can be tough to work with, especially when I get angered easily and I feel like I know the RIGHT answer to a problem, but everyone just keeps making me mad.

Monster Discussion / Re: The end for me?
« on: June 04, 2017, 04:24:33 AM »
My deep resentment of reboot MH has slowly turned into just a numb dullness. I still deeply miss old MH and don't much care for the reboot at all, but I've managed to replace the void left in my soul with music and bands.

Plus I just can't be mad at being able to save money from dolls for other things.

Tho I still miss the feeling of excitement of seeing new dolls of my fave characters. Will we ever see another Elissabat? Howleen? Viperine? Jinafire? Probably not. :L

I do want reboot sig Clawdeen tho, but she doesn't seem to be anywhere so I guess I can't get the only new doll I want that I don't yet have. :I Grumble grumble.

Off Topic / Re: Extreme emotions mean everything is a roller coaster
« on: June 04, 2017, 04:17:04 AM »
XD I don't mind one line replies :) It's quality not quantity that counts.

And no you didn't, but it does make sense given everything you said.
I am highly amused that this tab open right now just displays "Extreme emo..." as that describes me well.

Yeah I feel like people with autism are really good at understanding others with autism, but everyone else is a struggle to deal with, and I like talking to a mix of both kinds of people so I can learn how to talk better.

Off Topic / Re: Extreme emotions mean everything is a roller coaster
« on: June 03, 2017, 10:34:17 PM »
Practically everything you said I can identify with on some level.

I have autism. It may be worth looking into whether you are somewhere on the spectrum (not necessarily autism but there are a number of things that cross over and take bits of ASD into themselves).

Contrary to popular myth and the lies in the media, people with autism have overactive emotion and over the top emotional reactions to little things that often don't matter to other people. We feel things much more deeply and have a lot more trouble managing our emotions due to sensitivity. Also due to the fact there's a wiring breakdown between the emotions and being able to express them in a positive and constructive way, so they tend to build up inside to a pitch that other people just can't relate to.

I had a "friend" a while back (who I no longer speak to) who would delight in mocking everything I loved and shared with him and it upset me horribly to the point I couldn't get enthusiastic about those things afterwards for some space of time. He saw it as basic teasing, not malice, but to me it was horrible. It also affected me more when I was younger. One big issue I had in the pony community as an 18 year old actually made it so bad I couldn't look at my ponies (my #1 collection) for almost 18 months without feeling horrible inside. I used to throw myself into arguments with a passion because I wanted to give my perspective and often would get backlash for it. Now I still do this occasionally but I try really hard not to get emotionally wound up in other people's dramas as I am the one who gets hurt at the end of the day. Perhaps that's something you can try and consider - if a community or a space is hurting you because of people's comments and such, pull out of it and create a new space. You mentioned hating people doing x thing and getting involved in that, which sounds a lot like the kind of debates and crusades I would wade into in the past because I knew they were "wrong", but it isn't worth it if you get hurt and they don't get the point you're trying to make.

Even when you know the other person is in the wrong, you are still beating yourself up about it inside, reliving the conversation, wishing that you had said x thing or wondering if it was ok that you said y thing. Even when you absolutely know you were right, it's easy to lose confidence in your likes and beliefs when someone outside puts pressure on you. With me I know it happens because autistic people find it hard to define "themselves" in the world, and thus take other people's views as carrying more weight than their own, so take more harm from those views in a situation like this.

I am not saying you are autistic, but a lot of people, especially collectors, have some features that can be identified on the spectrum which can make them more susceptible to other things like depression, anxiety etc. If any of the things I have said above sound like you, then it is something worth looking into.

I'm 35 now and the issues like those you describe happen to me much less now because I have learned when to not get involved, when to walk away and when to just go and bury myself in something unconnected to the dispute. But things do still get to me, and unless they are resolved they bug me for ages. Especially when you know what someone else has said or done is unfair or wrong, but you can't help feeling guilty for disagreeing with them.
Oh I definitely have autism, I've known this since I was 8. I don't recall if I said this or not before, so uhh, now you know.

Edit: Responding to a wall of text with a sentence feels wrong, so have another one saying I know how you feel, and I've retreated some fandoms before for how awful people can be.

Customs / Re: First time questions
« on: May 28, 2017, 10:25:09 PM »
I like Fabri-tac as it's fully waterproof when dry, Tacky Glue leaks through hair plugs sometimes for me.

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