Sunday, January 29, 2012

collecting frustrations

I live in a pretty small town, so my shopping choices are pretty limited. store exclusives are the bane of my collecting existence, because I will never be able to find them in my area. that leaves ordering online. unfortunately it now seems that last year's exclusives are no longer being sold online.

actually, there were a lot of things that I intended to buy last year, but was never able to find, or saw once, didn't buy, and never saw again, and now they aren't available on the internet anymore either. I am really bad about that. I have big issues with feeling like I don't deserve to spend money on myself.

I guess this entry is turning into a bit of a whine-fest, sorry about that.

First major miss-out I had last year was Jack Sparrow. he sold out on barbiecollector.com much much faster than I anticipated. I saw him once in a Target, put him back because I was shopping with my mom and she does not approve of my doll habit, and never saw him again. not available anywhere at retail price anymore.

as far as exclusives, the big one is the Monster High Dawn of the Dance 3-pack from walmart. it had Frankie and Clawdeen, which were previously released separately, plus Draculaura. saw once in my local store, but didn't buy due to budget concerns. saw again once in the city, didn't buy because it was too close to Christmas and my budget was even smaller. no longer available online.

actually, other than Cleo, the one doll in the line I have zero interest in, I've only ever seen each of them once. I am hoping that at least the Lagoona and Deuce dolls will be available again. not holding my breath.

I'm also really annoyed that barbiecollector.com clearanced the jeans basics so quickly. I wanted 2, 5, and 11. never saw 2 or 11 in store. I think I might have seen 5 once, but she had a wonky eye, so I didn't buy her. too bad I don't like the massively overproduced Steffie's.

I love the town I live in, but it is terrible for collecting!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Clawdeen, Entrepreneur's Club Fashion: Review

continuing in the Monster High school club fashion line is the Entrepreneur's Club Clawdeen fashion pack. Clawdeen is the president of the Fashion Entrepreneur Club, which seems a little overly-specific to me, but I think all the continuities of Monster High have Clawdeen aspiring to having her own fashion empire, so it works.

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The Bottom Line:

The Good: pretty outfit, nice shoes, cute accessories

The Bad: small necklace

The Verdict: if you enjoy redressing your Monster High gals the Entrepreneur's Club Clawdeen fashion pack would be a fun thing to pick up. good separates in bright colors that will stand out.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Lagoona's glad Gil is back

they really do make a lovely pair. although that photo just made me realize that Gil doesn't have any ears. I do like the similar blues and the fins they have. a couple of alternate croppings:

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Skull Shores Gil: Review

At long last Mattel has brought us a doll of Gil Webber! He is the only male doll in the new Skull Shores line, which features the students of Monster High in beachwear, again. We also find out that Gil's first name is actually Gillington. I'd go by Gil too.

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The Bottom Line

The Good: it's a new character, and a guy! cool monstery features.

The Bad: some small parts, currently hard to find, a little pricey for a swimwear doll

The Verdict: currently this is the only Gil Webber doll available. I know most people are only collecting the "basic" version of each doll, but since Jackson still doesn't have a basic, it might be quite a wait before one for Gil comes out. If you get him, you won't be disappointed.

Friday, January 6, 2012

starting to see some new dolls around here

Tonight we made our weekly WalMart run for groceries. Of course I stopped off in the doll department to have a look around! I was pretty excited heading in there because the website was showing a lot of new things in stock- all the Create-a-Monster sets, the Sweet 1600 dolls, and the new Barbie sister sets.

Well, there were a few new things, but I left empty handed. I am going to have to start my weekly check of the doll section that I put on hiatus after Thanksgiving. Hopefully there will be a lot of new stock soon.

Anyways, now for the stuff everyone is actually interested in:

  • Stardoll- closed mouth blonde, one "fallen angel", no accessory sets :-(
  • I Can Be- no architect still but lots of dancing/cooking/acting ones
  • all 4 new Dolls of the World. Argentina is still my fave
  • Sweet 1600 Roadster- I believe this was $22 something
  • Create-a-Monster- werewolf/dragon, 3-eyed ghoul, and I think the bee
  • Cleo's vanity- this was $19.84 (I remember because that was my birth year!). this set is really cute and I will probably be buying it in the future, but I need to find some more shelves first!

I didn't see any Monster High dolls, and the only fashion packs were the Deuce Scream Spirit ones. But if they're stocking the Roadster they'll probably get the 1600 dolls in soon too, and I can check them out.

No Barbie sister sets either. No new fashionistas. No Asian ballerina. I really don't have a whole lot of hope for the Barbie section of my store. They've taken out the collector dolls, and really don't seem to move a whole lot of stock other than the fashionistas. I'll have to plan a trip to Target soon.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Frankie Stein 2: Review

This Frankie Stein Doll is from the second wave of basic dolls, also called "School's Out" by some collectors. I originally wasn't all that impressed with her, but when I saw her on sale I decided to give her a shot. I'm glad I did.

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The Bottom Line:

The Good: cute shoes and awesome accessories, new diary

The Bad: some small parts

The Verdict This Frankie Stein Doll is part of the second wave of basic dolls. if you already have the original Frankie, you may want to skip this one unless you like her clothes and accessories. she's very similar looking to the original.