Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Update to Rosi Reports: A Near Playscale Greenhouse for $19.99

How many of you are tired of snow and ice and drab wintry days? Well, Rosi from Joisey has found a treat for us: an almost playscale greenhouse. IKEA USA sells a mini greenhouse called Socker. It is made of steel and polyester powder coating. Check the size of this potential diorama:

Product dimensions

Width: 17 ¾ "
Depth: 8 ¾ "
Height: 13 ¾ "

Width: 45 cm
Depth: 22 cm
Height: 35 cm

Update: Vanessa reports seeing this item in an IKEA store. The 13" roof is at the peak, not throughout the entire structure. I think that it could still be used in a diorama setting - possibly at the rear and slightly elevated - but I am going to update this post to reflect that it isn't a true playscale-size.

Okay maybe the Fashion Royalty crew might find themselves close to the roof. But imagine this setting for most of our dolls and action figures. Impressive, yes? I wonder what plants we could use that would match scale and be useful? Perhaps Ms. Leo has some suggestions for us. Or Rosi maybe? What would you plant in this greenhouse? Exciting thought.

So join me in giving Rosi a hand. Thanks for this whiff of spring. Yay for the promise of green. Yay for our playscale-scouting pal, Rosi.


Anonymous said...

It would be great for the teenage dolls too, and the "grown-ups" can sit in front of it on a table or something. Maybe fake tomatoes or orchids would look nice in it :-).

Muff said...

Not to be weird, but I think it would an excellent stage for a creepy horror scene. Maybe it's a foggy evening in the London countryside and someone is laying in wait for the young master to leave the greenhouse.

Love it!

D7ana said...

Hi Nymphaea and Muff! Thanks for commenting.

@Nymphaea - yes, the teens would fit nicely there. Fake tomatoes and orchids would be nice because they'd be less likely to drip anything on the dolls. (I had not considered that aspect before.)

@Muff - there was a movie where the teenaged babysitter was sitting a child in a large house with a koi pond and - possibly a greenhouse. So, yeah, it could totally work for such a setting. Maybe the young master does not realize that the psycho killer is actually in the greenhouse with him. Cue to scream. ;-D

Unknown said...

Hello from Spain: great scenery. In my town does not snow but we've since December with heavy rains. Keep in touch

D7ana said...

Hi Marta! Ugh, heavy rains do not sound fun ;-P Hope the rains get lighter. Yes, will keep in touch. Glad you admired the greenhouse ;-)

Buffy said...

Rosi has a good eye, these structures have so much potential. I’d love to see what others do with them.

D7ana said...

Hi Ro! Yes, she does have a good eye, hey Rosi! Would be exciting to see how they are expanded on ;-)

Vanessa said...

I saw this at Ikea a couple months ago, had it in my cart, then realized it wasn't going to work. The 17" is point at the very top. And although it seems like it would be perfect, there isn't enough space for the dolls to stand and move around. Just my opinion of course.

D7ana said...

Hi Vanessa! I appreciate those points. Seeing the actual product shows the limitations that alas the dimensions alone do not provide. If the bottom were open, we could work around the short ceiling by placing it on a base.

Hmmm ... maybe this greenhouse could be set in the background. Placed on slightly higher "ground" and behind the dolls ...

Thanks, Vanessa. I'll adjust the main post to include this feedback ;-)