Sunday, April 30, 2023

Long Long Time

Well, it's been a long long time since I've been here! A lot has happened and a lot has changed. I can go into some of that later. In the meantime, here's a video. It uses some new video of Calista and Bob taken here in Florida (I've moved), and it also combines some older footage that I've used in a previous video. Oh, and I'm actually in the video (my face, not just my hands). I hope that you've all been well!

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Sports Talk and Dolls

On January 21, I participated on the panel of Moohead Radio's YouTube Channel and shared some of my sports dolls and action figures.

Can you name all of the figures pictured above? The participants on the show were asked to identify these figures.

Later in the show, Mandy and Booty Babe made brief appearances.

Here is a link to the show. References to my dolls began at the 24:42 mark. Please note: if you are easily offended, do not watch this.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Recent Arrivals

Here are some of my recent arrivals.

This A Wrinkle In Time Barbie in the likeness of Oprah will likely remain boxed.

The same for this Katherine Johnson Barbie. 

I purchased this Project MC2 Bryden doll for her articulated body. The big head will likely be removed at some point (perhaps sooner rather than later).

I just love this Styled By Marni Senofonte Barbie, and I will most likely remove this one from the box at some point.

While shopping for a different doll, I also placed this little guy in my cart.

Some of my dolls like dolls too, so I got this one for those dolls.

I've been extremely busy at work lately, but this is a three day weekend, so perhaps I'll squeeze in some doll time. 

Saturday, August 25, 2018

You take the good, you take the bad

There's going to be trouble...

Mego has released an 8 inch Tootie Ramsey from The Facts Of Life doll.

Here she is released from her packaging.

This doll is an official limited addition action figure with 14 points of articulation. Below, she holds her composition book.

This doll does not resemble the television character to me. I asked my husband if he sees a resemblance, and he thinks that the doll resembles a young Kim Fields slightly. He said "She has that cute little overbite".

I do not normally collect Mego figures because I collect 1/6 scale figures, so Tootie is undersized compared to the dolls that I normally collect. I knew that at 8 inches, Tootie would be smaller than the tweens in my collection. It would have been preferable to have a figure a little bit taller that could accurately represent a 12 year old. Even if the Tootie doll had skates like the TV character did the first year of the TV series, she would still be shorter than the other tween dolls pictured below.

I took the chance that Tootie would make a good 1/6 scale child because another one of my Mego figures works perfectly as a child in my collection, and that's Buckwheat. 

I was hoping that with this Tootie doll's youthful appearance, she would work well as a 1/6 scale child. Tootie is about the height of Mattel's Janet, Todd, and friends.

Tootie's school uniform is fairly well made. She has on a white shirt, a skirt and matching vest, black shoes, and a blue tie. Her blue socks are painted on, as well as her panties.

Tootie does not really work well as a 1/6 scale child doll because she has a mature body. Here's a look at her articulation below. She has articulation at the wrists, elbows, knees, ankles, and torso.

I thought about rebodying the Tootie head on one of my tween dolls' bodies. Tootie is a skin tone match for Juku Couture Kana. The Juku Couture body is able to wear Tootie's uniform, including the shoes. Tootie's head is a bit small for that body, though. I'm going to keep Tootie as she is.

Tootie's hair is cute. It is parted down the middle and styled in 2 ponytails. I won't ever be able to restyle the hair however, because the head is not rooted in the areas underneath the ponytails.

Here she is seated. Her legs do not stay closed when she sits.  

 She poses fairly well.

Tootie has a special visitor in her classroom - GI Jane Vietnam Nurse. Perhaps it's career day.

My overall impression is that this is a decent doll. I was excited to add a Tootie doll to my collection because I loved the TV series The Facts Of Life growing up, and loved the character Tootie as portrayed by Kim Fields. I could tell by the advertisements that the doll would not look much like the Tootie that I know and love, but wanted this representation anyway. I am pleased with the articulation at the elbows, knees, ankles, and torso. I am disappointed with the painted-on socks and sparsely rooted hair. For folks who like to leave dolls in their packaging, I think that they will love this collectible doll. She displays well in her packaging. Mine is going to have plenty of playtime, though.

Friday, May 11, 2018

WWE Superstars Naomi

I recently purchased this WWE Superstars Naomi doll. I was eager to add her to my collection because of her muscular body and her articulation. Here is a look at the doll inside of her package (front and back of the package pictured below).

The doll comes with two outfits and two pairs of shoes. She can stand without assistance in her shoes. She did not remain in her packaging for long.

Warning: doll nudity ahead. Here is a look at Naomi's muscular, yet feminine frame. She has articulation at the elbows, wrists, and knees. She is a highly posable doll. She has molded on flesh colored panties. She has feet made for high heeled shoes (or boots in this case).

I wanted to see if she could do splits. This is as far as she can go.

She looks good in a seated position, and she can cross her lower legs.

 Her outfit above is inspired by her look inside the ring. She also comes with a second fashion, meant to show her versatile style. She looks great in both outfits, and I am pleased with the quality of her clothing and boots.

Her she is compared to other dolls in my collection. She is thicker than a standard Barbie and Fashion Royalty doll. She is not as thick as curvy Barbie or Fresh Dolls.

As much as Naomi likes hanging out with the other ladies and talking about fashion, her passion is wrestling. No worries, she has found some friends who also like to fight.

Elijah Burke wanted to test her right from the start. She tried to warn him that he would end up flat on his back.

Sometimes you can show a person better than you can tell them.

But it's all in good fun. They are all professionals and know how to take a fall.

Naomi is having a blast with her new friends, and looks forward to throwing them around the ring every chance she gets.

Overall, I am very pleased with this doll. I love the fact that this body is different than standard Barbie bodies, and that a more muscular frame is being represented here. I am also pleased with the articulation of the doll. I am happy to have Naomi in my collection.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Babysitters Inc Skipper Rebody

I purchased a Skipper Babysitters Inc doll a few months ago. I wasn't in any hurry to remove her from her packaging.

That changed when I saw this Blythe Black Skin Tone body. I purchased this doll hoping that I would have dolls in my collection that would match. Skipper is a close enough match. I wasted no time removing Skipper from her packaging and rebodying her.

Some time ago, I did a review of the Blythe body. This is the same body, but Skipper's is a darker skin tone.

 Her is a closer look at Skipper. She has a cute youthful face, and I like her curly hair.

 The Blythe body is shorter than the original Skipper body. But Skipper is thrilled with her newfound mobility.

Skipper's original outfit fits well. However, the Blythe body's feet are slightly larger.

Skipper's boots will just barely go onto the Blythe body's feet.

From the back, you can see that Skipper's boots do not close completely. I'm not too concerned about that. Skipper can stand on her own in these boots.

Skipper needed this added articulation in order to perform her babysitting duties to the best of her abilities. There are a lot of babies and toddlers here, so she will be busy. Below, she is pictured with her friend Barbie Crazy for Coral Petite Fashionistas doll, which has also been rebodied on a Blythe body. Skipper just will not put down her phone, just like some other teens that I know.

Here are the Blythe Bodied dolls compared to some of the other teen and tween dolls in my collection.

 Skipper looks good in a seated position.

Here, my new Skipper is pictured with my original Skipper (Homecoming Queen). My original Skipper is demanding that I change the name of this new Skipper. Hmmmmm, I'll have to ponder that one.

Skipper's box had a few other items besides the doll and her phone. There were cardboard cutouts of a To Do List, a delicious looking drink, and a toy xylophone. There was also a plastic sippy cup. 

This Skipper is cute, and I like her even more with her articulated body. Ideally, I would have liked for her to be the same height as the original Skipper. Perhaps Mattel will release some articulated Skippers in the future (wishful thinking on my part, but I am hopeful). I like Skipper's outfit and her boots, and I like her phone and the sippy cup. I don't care about the cardboard cutouts. Overall, I'm pleased with this purchase.