Friday, March 31, 2017

Beauty Secrets Christie

I purchased Beauty Secrets Christie about a year and a half ago. I got her for an awesome price and displayed her on the shelf in her box, knowing that I wanted to save opening her up for a special day.


Well, today was that day. It was disgusting outside - rainy, dark, and cold. I rolled up my sleeves and carefully unboxed Christie.


The back of the box.





She was released in 1980 and still had the original price, $6.82, on her box. Wow! 








Her accessories.



The grip on the stand is supposed to fit around her calf, I gently tried to slide her leg in and quickly gave up. The plastic is too hard and would have bitten into her vinyl leg.


Here she is holding her powder puff and mirror. The mirror doesn't sit quite right, but still looks pretty good.


She has flexible shoulders, elbows, and wrists. To make her arms move, you press the button on her back. The left arm has the best range of movement and is good for combing her hair and putting on makeup.


Because of the age of the doll, the stickers for her mirrors did not hold up that well, but that is to be expected.



Here are two quick videos of me pushing the buttons to make Christie groom herself.


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Interesting, the video makes the sound the button makes when clicked seem really loud. It didn't seem that loud in real life. 

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The movement isn't as impressive as I hoped it would be. The commercials in 1980 made it look much more glamorous.

But, she is still a great addition to my collection.


Monday, March 20, 2017

The First Day of Spring

Today is the first day of Spring and all the daffodils and other flowers in my yard were killed by last weeks snowstorm. So some of the big girls decided to put on pretty Spring outfits to cheer me up.





Thursday, March 16, 2017

St. Patrick's Day 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day!


Some of my dolls got together for a St. Paddy's Day party. Pictured above are: a Kokeshi, My Friend Becky, Disney Animator's Collection Tiana, and a Petite Blythe.

Whether you are Irish, Irish-American, Irish at heart, or just like the color green, have a happy and safe St. Patrick's Day.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Say Aloha to Aloalo Mini Pullip

I also opened up Little Pullip Aloalo from 2006. I bought her the same time I bought Isul Vesselle.


She is dressed for Hawaii.


Covered in flowers.






And ready to dance.




Here are all of my mini Pulip dolls: Rurouni  Kenshin, Aloalo, Princess Rosalind, and the March Hare.


And here is the whole Pullip family, finally reunited on a shelf.


Isul Vesselle

I decided yesterday that it was dolly opening day. I decided to unbox Isul Vesselle, a doll from the Groove/Jun Planning Pullip line.


He was released in 2011, and I bought him last year at a Tuesday Morning store.


He is decadently dressed in an earth tone suit with strong French influence. I can just imagine him in the court of Louis the 14th.


He even has a tiny cameo.




His shoes are huge on him. His feet are about Barbie size, but the shoes could probably almost fit an Ellowyne doll. It does make them easy to get on and off, but they may just fall off if I move him about.




His hat is kept on by a hair clip, so it is not very stable. But since he is for display, that isn't a big problem.





Thursday, March 2, 2017

More Clothes for Curvy Barbie

Curvy Barbie had fun trying on non-Barbie brand doll clothes that I own. Here are the outfits that fit her.


She looks smashing in this Korean Hanbok.


Below, she is wearing a handmade dress that was on a Jenny doll when I bought her from Hard Off. It fits her perfectly.


She likes this Halloween princess dress a lot.


But her favorite outfit from this lot is the Belle dress. Both of these dresses were from a vendor on base in Japan that sold "handmade" cloth items.


Last, but not least, this Liv Doll nightgown fits her too. 
She now has quite the wardrobe. She just needs some shorts and t-shirts. Oh! And a bathing suit.