Monday, June 27, 2016

Long Time, No See!

I know that it has been a long time since I have posted on my blog. I am not going to give you all a long story about why, suffice it to say I had a lot going on.

My youngest daughter is currently in Europe on a school trip to France and Spain. We have talked or texted almost every day. She fell in love with Paris! After 4 days there, they moved on to Barcelona and will be ending the trip in Madrid. I am so happy that she was given this opportunity. It was a chance of a lifetime for her.

Even though I haven't posted, I have been reading your blog posts and have managed to comment on many of the posts. I really have enjoyed reading your posts and seeing your pictures! 

Thanks to the draw of the internet and online shopping, I have not gone on a buying hiatus. I have continued to purchase many dolls! This could be considered a good thing or a bad thing, depending on how you look at it! I just could not resist the new dolls from Mattel and I think I have most of the new Fashionista's now plus a few others! 

The first doll I wanted to talk about is the Misty Copeland doll from The Barbie Collection. I ordered her almost on the moment she became available, but she was very quickly placed on backorder. After receiving 2 emails extending her backorder date, I finally decided to order her from Amazon to take advantage of the Prime free shipping and some credits I had from Amazon. After reading Debbie of Black Doll Collecting's issues with orders from Amazon for this doll, I decided to wait to see mine before cancelling my order from The Barbie Collection. She arrived just 2 days after I placed the order, and she and her box were in perfect condition! Here are some photos:

She arrived in perfect condition from Amazon!

Look, no dents!
If you know me at all, you know that I don't leave many of my dolls in their boxes. They always seem to be screaming to me: "Free me from this box please, free me!"  Which I did! I have not removed her costume at this point, but I probably will as I want to compare her body to the Made to Move Bodies. Here are some pictures of her out of the box.





 Her body is identified as the "New Ballet Body". She seems to be able to pose very elegantly. Some things I noticed with her ballet costume still on are that she does not have moveable ankles which means her feet are always in point (similar to Alvin Alley and some of the other collector ballerina dolls). Her calves are larger that other Barbie dolls, which is good because she definitely looks like a Ballet dancer. Her costume is well padded around her breasts making them look larger than they are. She does have a very pretty face. At some point, I will probably undress her even though her costume is sewed on. At the point that I do, I will share more photos of her body.

Next up, I also purchased the Wave II Made to Move dolls from Amazon. They are available at Amazon, but I still have not seen them at any of the Mattel sites. One of them is called "Orange Top" and the other is just Made to Move Barbie Doll.

Made to Move Orange Top
Made to Move Orange Top (very clever name, don't you think?!) She has the Kayla facemold and is very tan. Her skintone is pretty close to a perfect match for Nikki. Did I purchase multiples of her for body swapping? Yup!

Made to Move Barbie Doll.  They didn't give her a unique designation, but I am calling her "Redhead".
MTM Redhead has, well, red hair and freckles. Here faceup is very close to the Western Chic Fashionista. Her skintone is pretty much the same as the MTM Blonde Barbie. 

I have been working on doll houses and other diorama items as well as some stories for the future. Story telling is a lot more work than I originally anticipated, but I still hope to more regularly post  stories in the future.

Thanks for stopping by! I welcome your comments.










17 comments:

  1. The Misty doll is beautiful. Too bad they didn't make her with either swappable feet or at least the swivel ankles. But maybe they thought people would keep her as in the box.

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    1. I don't know what they were thinking either! I will see what shoes she can wear though.

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  2. Great selection of beautiful dolls!

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  3. Congrats on your dollies! I like that first out of the box pose of Misty. She looks very majestic.

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    1. She is a gorgeous doll. She can be very elegantly posed.

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  4. I'm not crazy about the orange top one, but I considered buying her in order to rebody some fashionistas. Do you know if her skin tone matches the fashionista with the ice cream romper and blue glasses?

    I do love the redhead one, but I'll wait untill I see her on my country, because shipping from USA can be so high.

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    1. Yes, the orange top MTM body is a great match for the Ice Cream Romper Fashionista.

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    2. Yes! I only have to wait until they arrive to Spain.

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  5. I did not know there was a second wave of MTM!! Thanks for this info, however may be dangerous for my wallet ;)

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    1. Yes, my wallet has been squeezed pretty tightly to. Every time Mattel comes out with a new doll lately, I thing I can hear my wallet groan a bit!

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  6. Those are such lovely photos of your Misty Copeland doll! Mine is still in the box and I'm thinking that I'll leave her there, so it's fun to see your photos and her posing. The more I look at your MTM Orange top doll, the more I think I need her for swapping purposes.

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    1. Thank you, Roxanne! I am glad you like my photos of Misty. The MTM Orange body is almost a must have for body swapping! She has the Nikki skintone, so she is a match for so many of the new dolls!

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  7. Lovely new dolls! I love the new MTM girls..I bought one of each for my collection and then I may go back for more bodies, lol. That is so amazing that your daughter has the opportunity to travel in Europe. What a wonderful experience..with the advances in technology it's so cool that you can still talk with her every day. :)

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    1. I am glad you like my dolls. My daughter got back from Europe Thursday. She had an awesome time. I will see if she will let me post some of her photos! It is good to have her home. I missed her very much!

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  8. How wonderful for your daughter to be able to do that trip. She will have lots to show and tell when she gets home even though you have been able to talk so much.
    Your dolls are beautiful particularly the Misty doll. She does pose beautifully. And after seeing all your MTM dolls, I may have to resort to Amazon myself.

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    1. Yes, this trip to Europe was a wonderful opportunity for her. Her favorite place was Paris, but she also loved Barcelona and Madrid. They went to a beach in Barcelona with was clothing optional. She said she never saw so many boobs in her life! Thankfully, everyone kept their bottoms on! This was an experience of a lifetime for her!

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