Making Beautiful Dolls Even More Beautiful!

James Mitchell who goes by the board name of James/FL does it.

A collector posted a picture of his Ultimate Tyler BJD repainted by James and I couldn't believe that she could be even more gorgeous than she was originally.

Today James posted a picture of a his new Deva Doll Aspara repaint.

Look at those eyes, those lips...Wow!

Here's another I loved from his flickr photostream (which you should really check out):

Unexpected - Trolls:

He's my kind of collector - one with a sense of humor. Go look. Enjoy.


New doll, new clothes.

JAMIEshow Grace wearing a Ficon gown and vest.

tokidoki™ Barbie® Doll

I think this is one of the most adorable dolls I've seen in a long time. Too bad she's not on a pivotal body but I have one waiting for her if I decide to ignore her tattoos.
So anyway, I was looking around at prices since the dolls are already available and the cheapest I found was at Urban Collector for $58.99. I put it in my shopping cart. They use UPS which spells expensive to me. Shipping would have been $12.94. Fortunately, I looked at BC.Com and on October 1, 2011 the doll will be available for $50. At that time my next coupon should kick in bringing the cost of the doll down to $30.

It's enough already with the stupid Model Muse body.

Gold Label®
Designed by: Bill Greening
Release Date: 10/1/2011
Product Code: T7939
The word means "sometimes" in Japanese, but tokidoki Barbie doll is always ready for cutting-edge fashion! She pops on a pink miniskirt, logo leggings and black top with signature skull heart and bones, carries a large bag from the brand, then adds bracelets, a belt, and sky high sparkly silver shoes! This funky fashionista features trendy tattoos and a pink bob. With cactus pup Bastardino by her side, she's ready for fun in fashion forward form!

I can't believe the puppy is called Bastardino. Isn't that off the Mattel beam? What will parents say?


Ode to Vanessa by Rachel Ryan from Australia

This poem knocked my socks off. For those of you who are not familiar with the character Vanessa Perrin, her sculpt was discontinued to the dismay of most of her diehard fans. She was one of the most popular of all Fashion Royalty dolls and the news of her disappearance was sprung on collectors with no prior notice.

See if you can find the individual names of the Vanessas in the poem.

RIP, intoxicating Miss V - you were true royalty among dolls. I'm so glad you enjoyed such a fashionable life - and what a luxe life it was! When you were at your high tide, your every incarnation was a temptation .... we loved you on the runway right away, we loved you in bloom, we loved you in cruise control. It came as such a shock bonbon that they could even think of replacing such a wonderfully aerodynamic personality.

For me, from now, there can never be another collection with that special glow you gave; they will all be sans couleur. Your successor may be a pretty girl, but considering how we all fell as moths before your flame blue, she can only ever be a pale, pale fire of your dazzling colour therapy.

It hurts so much that you are going places where we won’t see you any more. Perhaps when -- well, maybe one lonely night warrior, when I am obsidian on my own, just maybe it will all metalmaven sense to me. But until it does, I will have to remain shirred not shaken ... and yours eternally ...

My darling Vanessa ... I miss you so.

You can see pictures of Rachel's dolls on flickr. 

Real Life Photo of Jason Wu's Fashion Night Out Doll #2

My friend Alejandro posted this lovely picture of his FNO doll with her hair down. What do you think?

I love the original open-mouth Vanessa and Avantguard sculpts but this doll's mouth borders a little on the Kesenia/Bucky Beaver side. I think it's the shape of the upper lip that creates the buck-toothed effect. The upper lip is too plump and rises up higher than a 'normal' lip. The two upper lip hills (I don't know what else to call them) are too close together creating the appearance that teeth are pushing it out and up.

I will not be keeping the head.


Housekeeping the Blog

When I first began blogging I was using a Yahoo program. I noticed recently that almost every single photo has disappeared from those posts so I am replacing them from my archives. We're talking about 2 years of stuff so it will take a while.
Today I took a few quick photos of a some Barbies.
This is the Frank Sinatra Barbie and she is adorable. She's got the pivotal body and poses well. I had a good time with her. 

Then I was fooling around with some of the Basic Barbies I have up for sale dressed in outfits I am also selling.

Yes, kiddies, it's that time of the year again when the dolls that were pre-ordered come pouring in and events are pending. The credit cards get good workouts. Selling is a big part of my doll collecting.

What do you think of Dominique in glasses?

I can't decide if I should keep this Vanessa or not. She's a duplicate but not one of my favorites.

And there you have it. 

Madame Alexander Trunk Set Bargains!

Who doesn't like a cute trunk set? All those little drawers and compartments filled with fashion items are enough to make any collector of 10" Cissette drool. Today I found two lovelies on sale at what I believe are excellent prices.

First from The Doll Market is Meg's Wedding Trunk Set 
At $139.97, this is a virtual steal. Of course there's shipping involved but I looked around and no one's price comes close to this one.

Next up is the Little Black Dress Cissette Trunk Set for  only $95!  The seller is called Greens Dolls and is an Amazon vendor. Looks good to me.
ger-dolls on eBay is also selling LBD for $95. plus $8. shipping. I've always had good transactions with this seller but she has disappointed some people as one can see in her feedback. Of course, you should always check a seller's feedback before plunging in.

Madame Alexander Cissette Christmas Trunk Set is $111.74 at eCrater.

It's ger-dolls again with the Cissette Lingerie Trunk Set. She is offering it for $75.  plus $10 shipping. That's a fantastic price!  I love this set because of the upholstered stool upon which Cissette can sit and face the trunk's big mirror to create a dressing room.

Madame Alexander Radio City Rockette Trunk Set is a Buy It Now item at $65. plus $10 shipping on eBay. Seller is betlasvegas.

The dangers of doing these type of blog posts is that I could talk myself into getting stuff. These little cuties are like potato chips. They are so much fun to play with and the quality of Madame Alexander products is excellent.

Happy Shopping!

Going Public Eugenia Goes Minimalist

The new FR2 Dominique's vinyl matches that of Going Public Eugenia. I switched their bodies. Eugie is dressed in Minimalist Dasha's ensemble now.
I like the FR2 body so much that I'll have to find something more revealing for her to wear but this doll  has class written all over her - just like the outfit.