Sunday, February 26, 2012

now I want a Meijer even more

so it's kind of funny because Friday night I was just thinking about how there still isn't any Monster High or Barbies locally... and then I went to Meijer last night. it was even the sort of crappy one, and it was the best stocked store I've been to recently.

they had a whole peg of Skull Shores Ghoulia's and 3 of the Draculaura. I snatched up a Draculaura. I've been in love with her sailor uniform inspired outfit since I saw the promo. there were also several cases worth of wave 1 Dawn of the Dance dolls. I wonder if that means they will do another run of wave 2, or if they just overproduced wave 1 by that many.

they also had a lone Classroom Lagoona that I carried around for a while. in the end I put her back because her eyes looked a little off to me and the shirt of the locker outfit was not well sewn.

I also saw the new fashionistas. I've been hoping to get a look at Raquel in person. I like everything about her but her mouth. maybe it's the open smile, or the too-pale lipstick... something's just not doing it for me.

but I did find something that I've been searching for for nearly a year. ARCHITECT BARBIE!

sorry, I was really excited to see her. she came home with me too. I didn't really get a good look at the other "I can be" dolls there, but I do remember there was Actress and Fashion Designer. some very nice person had arranged them so that each peg only had one profession on it, and my OCD was thrilled.

speaking of OCD, just before Meijer I went to Toys'R'Us. I guess to be honest, they were fairly well stocked this time too, but their prices are just too high for my budget.

for Monster high they had 1 each of the Classroom dolls. at least a dozen Skull Shores Ghoulia's and a lone Skull Shores Abbey. it killed me to leave her behind, but I just can't let myself pay the same amount for a swimsuit doll as I did for her basic. they had 1 Lagoona hydration station and a few Clawdeen bunkbeds. a few fear-leader 3 packs, and a few of Draculaura's car.

the Monster High section was such a mess that I had to organize it while I was looking. there was a lady looking at the Bieber dolls next to me, who seemed a little taken aback by my frantic organizing of the shelves. well, there are worse habits to have.

ever since they added the enlarged baby section (which now takes up more than half of the store) the Barbie section has gotten smaller and smaller. it was really well stocked with the bigger sets like the camper and puppy pool. I kind of just cruised through to the collector area in my search for Jack Sparrow. still no luck on that front, but apparently the Twilight groom doll is out already. other than that, nothing new really. I left empty-handed.

hopefully this is a sign that the other stores will be restocking soon too. otherwise I guess I'll just have to do all my shopping in the city from now on.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Draculaura's Forbitten Romance dress

before, and after:

on the left here you see Draculaura's dress as it came out of the box. you will notice that the border between the white-with-hearts fabric and the black latticed fabric is distinctly crooked. this really bothered me, so I set out to fix it. I thought it would just be a quick redo of that one seam, but it ended up being more involved.

after taking out the offending seam, I noticed the fabric was fraying like heck, so I ended up employing a fair bit of liquid stitch. after resewing the seam a couple of times, I realized that the whole black lattice panel was also crooked, so I ended up having to completely detach it. which also required the removal of the yellow "buttons" and a fair bit more liquid stitch.

as it turns out, the white-with-hearts section was not only sewn crooked, but cut crooked. so after complete disassembly I was able to line up the pieces properly and resew everything straight. I like the way it looks much better now. not sure if I will add the "buttons" back on or not. right now I'm kind of tired of looking at this thing.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Operetta: Review

amid the hub and the bub, I was able to snag a Monster High Operetta Doll during one of the brief windows of time she was available at retail price on amazon. her monster parent is the Phantom of the Opera.

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The Bottom Line:

The Good: very unique character and doll. cute clothes that will be easily mixed/matched with other clothing items.

The Bad: her hair! some small parts.

The Verdict: The Monster High Operetta Doll would make a nice addition to your Monster High collection. she's sure to stand out, with her bright red hair, and is well liked by music fans and Phantom of the Opera fans. though hard to find right now, keep checking, she'll be available at retail again soon. do not support doll scalpers!