Friday, June 28, 2019

World Doll Day - Saturday, June 8, 2019

This World Doll Day post was inspired by a blog post written by doll enthusiast Taswegian1957 

World Doll Day 2019 found me sorting through my dolls and accessories. You may remember that after I "got sick," some of my doll items went to my sister's house and others went to a storage unit. What happened next? I retrieved all items that went to my sister's house except my digital camera and some of the items from the storage unit. Eventually, I had to drop the storage unit: I couldn't keep up with the fees and I couldn't ask my family to do so. 

Books and Research
I know I lost most of my books - however, I do have a few doll magazines, doll box art, and other research like catalogs and old newsletters. 

Dolls and Action Figures
I lost my childhood Malibu Sun Set Christie and her steady beau Hasbro The Defender (aka "Don America"). I know I lost Girls' Mission Mai and all three of my Lady's Mission dolls. Pause for mental scream of anguish. I doubt I would be able to get them again. Bye bye gynecologist, nun, and sunburnt athlete. But I've got the gynecologist's lab coat, maroon knit dress, silver pleather sandals, and I think her medical instruments. Pause to check ... alas, her silver plastic medical devices are not in her box. I have the box though and her dress, shoes, and lab coat. And a translucent lab test tube. Sigh.

Also among the missing - YNU Group Rosa - both Rosas. Awwww ... but I probably can still get another Rosa. I have curly-haired Opal (yay, she was my preferred Opal!), Sunshine Houda, and Sunshine Emerald. Vampire-faced Barnabas Collins and his body and shirt and pants are gone. I do have his aged head and his "human" head as well as his cape both in his original box. So I can re-create him on other doll bodies - two other doll bodies, come to think of it. Exciting idea. My Mattel Diana Ross is gone. But I still have the melted butt Mego Diana Ross from my youth. While the Mattel Diana was prettier, I preferred the Mego Diana. She seems to loom over everyone, ha ha. I like her stare, too. My Jakks Pacific G.I.R.L. Force dolls seem to be missing. Sigh. But I might be able to replace Josie and Valleri; not sure about 

I have my Momokos, most if not all of my Power Team guys, Mattel Elizabeth Taylor, 3 of my Get Set dolls (Vanessa, Isabella, and Fiona, yes! Alas, Gia is gone.) and enough of my favorites left that I won't let myself dwell on the lost ones. I'm alive, and I have many dolls. So, I'm satisfied. Life is good.

Here is a link to some of my loose dolls.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Gotcha! Found Elusive Mattel Black MtM Camping Fun Hiker Barbie

I have a source for the elusive Mattel Black Camping Fun Hiker Barbie. This is the dark-skinned Made to Move doll. Well, for those enthusiasts capable of getting to a Pennsylvania suburb, I found her at the Glenolden Walmart this past Thursday. There were at least 2 other of that doll there. Possibly more in the store. They also had the Black Musician Barbie and the Black Beekeeper Barbie. I also saw ONE Laurie Hernandez Barbie doll. 

I've taken photos, but I won't be able to upload them today. I thought to get the news out in case local Barbie enthusiasts had not found her yet. Good luck, all. 

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Yes, I Have Fashion Fever Barbies and Others for Sale - Pending Project

Someone asked if I still had Fashion Fever Barbies for sale. Yes, I do. These four are ones I'm selling mint and complete. I don't have prices for them yet because I might have to sell them through a second party. There are other Fashion Fever dolls - Holiday Barbie, Shannen, Christie, Drew - that I might sell also although I'll be keeping the fur stole from the Holiday Barbie and Drew's fur jacket and leather-lace mini skirt. 

Barbie Fashion Fever Wave N - Styled by Me 27084 34555 H0644 

Barbie Fashion Fever Wave R - Modern Trends 27084 33808 

Kurt Fashion Fever Wave S Modern Trends Collection 27084 29707 H0644 J1331 

Teresa Fashion Fever Wave B - Asian Fruits 27084 19171

I also have other dolls, outfits, and accessories for sale. I'll list them later.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Bought at Toys R Us Aramingo Avenue

I saved going to this Toys R Us until I was sure the sales were worth getting. I went last Thursday morning so these were my findings at that time. 

Barbie toys were 40% off

The single Fashionistas were gone. There were 2-3 sets of the four doll set I'd seen at the Cottman Avenue Toys R Us. Since I only wanted two dolls from that set, I left them. This Toys R Us also had several AA Made-to-Move soccer player dolls. I bought one of those. There were some Pink Passport fashions and doll sets. A single Statue of Liberty Barbie, several of the 2018 Graduation Barbies, and several of the new two-doll beach set (Original or Tall Barbie-faced doll and Petite, darker-complected Kira-faced doll).

Action figures were 50% off

Action figures available included: the Madame Alexander Marvel Fan Girl dolls, Star Wars figures, and the Mattel WWE figures. From the available stock, I chose two action figures. One is a Star Wars figure, Sabine Wren, from Forces of Destiny (Hasbro Disney). Yes, she has molded clothes on her torso and wears cloth pants. But I like her blue hair against her brown complexion and her quirky expression. I'll re-body her. Or maybe I'll give her to someone who admires her? I have someone in mind.

For my second choice, I decided on a WWE Superstar Fashion Brie Bella, play scale size. The other WWE figures available were Eva Marie, Becky Lynch, and Natalya. I have the first two from previous Toys R Us trips. Brie Bella's face paint reminds me of Mattel's Kate Jackson doll: she looks sharp, smart, and just a little witchy. Not your basic Barbie look.

I cannot post photos now, but I will add them before the week is out.

Has anyone nabbed any good or great sales at Toys R Us lately? Better go soon - my understanding is that they are closing at the end of this month. Good luck!

Friday, April 27, 2018

Barbie Fashionistas Review - 59 Tropi Cutie Re-bodied

Okay, now I want a Barbie Fashionista No. 59 Tropi Cutie AND a WWE Naomi doll. I wonder if I'll be able to get any WWE dolls at Toys R Us before they close? If not, I'll get them from Walmart, etc.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

dd Discounts and Mystery Clone Dolls

dd's Discounts stores are part of the Ross Family (Ross Dress for Less chain). I dropped by their store on Roosevelt Boulevard to see what, if any, dolls they sold. They had mystery Barbie clone fashion dolls - think "no name," "no manufacturer" - dolls similar to ones seen at small discount stores throughout the city. So here are some budget offerings. 

Beauty by Miss Princess found at dd Discount store

Dream Furniture 

Sophie Sisters (left) and Dolls of the World (middle) and Mattel Barbie (right)

Kitchen Set, My Kitchen Tools, box back

Kitchen Set, My Kitchen Tools, box side showing accessories included

Kitchen Set, My Kitchen Tools, box front showing Barbie clone doll

I am including the addresses, telephone numbers, and hours for the two Philadelphia, PA stores:

3000 Island Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19153

Mon–Sat: 08:30 AM-10:00 PM
Sun: 09:00 AM-10:00 PM

4640 Roosevelt Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19124-2300

Mon–Sat: 09:00 AM-10:30 PM
Sun: 09:30 AM-10:30 PM

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Seen at Toys R Us Cottman Avenue

I also went to the Toys R Us at the Cottman and Caster Shopping Center. The parking lot here was also empty. Sigh. On the plus side though, there were more dolls available. Here are some of the dolls I saw there. 

Toys R Us Cottman Avenue store

Mattel Barbie Pink Passport Fashion Pack set

Mattel Barbie Fashionistas 4-Doll Boxed set

Disney Beauty and the Beast Gift sets

Mattel DC Comics Super Hero Girls

More Mattel DC Comics Super Hero Girls

More Mattel DC Comics Super Hero Girls

Mattel WWE Superstar Sasha Banks

Mattel WWE Superstars: Natalya, Eva, Charlotte, and Becky 

WWE Superstar Collection of 5 Dolls for $44.98