Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Falling For Dolls

*For the love of dolls. I was rushing to work one Friday and backing my car out of the garage when I saw a package that I was expecting on my front porch. I got out of my car and made a quick decision to put the package in the garage. I picked up the package and spun around a little too quickly and fell off of the porch (I'm okay, the package is okay).

When I got to work, I texted my husband that I had fallen off of the porch. He called me later to make sure that I was okay. Then he asked me what I was doing on the porch. I said "Nuthin'... just chillin'" like Bruh' Man from Martin. He became suspicious due to my evasive response and asked me if a package had come today. I said "Could be, could be not" like Mister from The Color Purple. Later he texted me a photo of the rose bushes planted in front of our home with the message "I see where you fell." I texted him back "I beg your pardon, I did not fall into a rose garden."

Later when I got home from work, I retrieved my package from the garage and came into the house, where my husband was waiting for me. He asked me "Is this the package that you fell for?" He opened my package for me, questioned me about the cost (and I happily told him since I got a good deal), and didn't give me nearly enough sympathy for my bumps and bruises in my humble opinion.

Here are the dolls that I fell for: the Imani and Menelik African Wedding set.


I had never noticed until recently that Olmec's Menelik and Imani came in a couple of different shades. I saw this adorable wedding set with Menelik and Imani with a lighter skin tone than the ones that I currently own. The description read "NIB" so my original plan was to leave this set in the box. When I inspected the box, I saw that the original tape had been cut, so I removed the dolls and I could tell that they had definitely been removed from the box before. However, everything was put back in place, no items are missing, and the dolls are in really good condition, so I'm pleased.


I love their adorable cake and AA couple cake topper.

Also enclosed in the box is a wedding invitation, a booklet explaining the African American custom of jumping the broom, and a decorated cardboard broom.

Inside the box are cardboard cutouts with gifts, wedding bells, rings on a pillow, and a car that is obviously far too small to be an actual vehicle for the newly wedded couple.


 Todd and Stacie were already dressed for the occasion, so they've joined the happy couple here.


 Here are the happily wedded Menelik and Imani on the left, my original Menelik, and my newly purchased Music Video Imani.

Perhaps one of these days, I will throw a lavish wedding ceremony for Menelik and Imani. In the meantime, they have been placed back in their box along with all of their accessories.

*I had previously told the story of me falling off of my porch on Black Doll Enthusiast's We Love Black Dolls Anew Facebook group.

22 comments:

  1. Hi Roxanne,

    I enjoyed reading your recount of the story of how you literally "fell" for these two. Your dialog with your husband over this event still cracks me up, especially your reply, "Could be, could be not." LOL!

    I am glad both you and the dolls survived the, "I see a box that probably contains dolls on my porch" ordeal.

    The cake topper couple is nice! Todd and Stacie are the perfect ring bearer and flower girl for Menelik and Imani.

    This set displays well with your original Menelik and newly purchased Music Video Imani.

    Congratulations! Are you on the lookout for additional Imani dolls?

    dbg

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    1. Hi Debbie, and thank you! I am tempted to pick up one of the original Imanis with the different head mold. But then I would have to pick up another Menlik to keep things in balance. :) If I am ever able to find the Menelik and Ali golf set, then I will get another Imani.

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  2. Ok...I am on the hunt for this couple! AWESOME! I just hope I wont have to hurt myself in the process cause I like chilling like bro' man and working on my doll stuff like hustleman! LOL (glad you are alright!)

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    1. Thanks The grandmommy! With the hundreds of dolls I've collected, I guess one doll injury is not a lot in the grand scheme of things. :)

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  3. Hilarious! I'm glad to hear you weren't hurt. That is a nice set, and Todd and Janet fit right in. It was worth opening the box, just to see the cake topper better. Very cute.

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    1. Thanks Vanessa! Yes, Todd and Janet are very cute with this set, and make me really tempted to give Menelik and Imani a "real" wedding. Maybe one of these days in the distant future...

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  4. Heh, I'm glad you weren't hurt, but if you had been at least you could tell people it was a sports injury. Doll collecting *is* a sport, isn't it? ;)

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    1. Thanks jSarie! I don't know if I could convince people that my injury was sports related. That does sound much better than clumsily falling off of the porch with a package of dolls in hand. :)

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  5. Nice purchase! I have this couple in a darker skin tone. Of course, I took mine out of the box and I also rebodied them. I put Menelik on a Kenya TJ body and I put Imani on a LIV Alexis body. I will have to post some pics of them! Your story about falling cracked me up only because you didn't get hurt! Oh, the things we will endure for our dolls!

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    1. Hi Phyllis! Yes, please do share your photos of your rebodied Menelik and Imani! I'm going to have to grab TJ and take a close look at his neck...

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  6. They are so beautiful! I've never seen them before. I'm glad you are okay after taking a fall. One of those, "oh life," moments. lol ;)

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    1. Thank you, Cat! I've got to be more careful. :)

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  7. LOL at your convo with your husband! They were worth it.

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    1. LOL, I landed on the ground cradling that package like a baby! Definitely worth it since I'm okay and the dolls are okay. :)

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  8. Glad you are ok. Enjoy reading your story. I chuckled a little bit only after you said your were okay.

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    1. Thanks MDW! After I got myself up off of the grand and sat in my car assessing my injuries, I had the thought "I've now reached the age where it's no longer funny to fall." But it's still kind of funny. :)

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  9. I am happy that you did not get hurt, but girl this story is hilarious!!!! You are your husband's comments had me laughing out loud for real. Love it!

    I have this set also. I redressed the Imani and I believe that he is still in his attire.

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    1. Hi Georgia Girl! I'm just glad that my husband didn't see me fall. I would never hear the end of it. Do you have any wedding photos of your happy couple? :)

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  10. I have this set. I got it when it first came out. I think the bride's dress is one of the best I've ever seen. Much better than any Barbie. Not only do the dolls come in different complexions, there are some boxes that are mixed. Some have a fair complexion male with a medium complexion female, some are the same complexion and some have a fair complexion female with a dark male. This really was an interesting line. Congratulations on getting them.

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    1. Thank you, Ms. Leo! So, there are all of those variations with this same set? That is indeed interesting. I do love their clothing and it feels like it's good quality, too.

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