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Recent photo of me and my boyfriend. I actually like this one. >.<

Recent photo of me and my boyfriend. I actually like this one. >.<

August 11, 2014 at 10:41 PM | Post Permalink | 6 notes
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I won’t be able to do a full “review” on these dolls since I didn’t buy them NIB, but I thought I should at least make a post about them, mainly for the purpose of expressing my gratitude.

As I mentioned in my previous posts, we recently had a money crisis, had 3 days to find a new place, and as a last resort, had to move to Overtown, one of the poorest and most dangerous areas in Miami. Because of this, my available doll budget dropped from $20 a week to $20 a month.

An amazing friend, and fellow doll collector, generously provided me with two free dolls (shipped all the way from Canada). He knew I wanted a Cabbage Patch Kid, as I had a few growing up, and he also knew of my situation. He also knew that I tend to like Latino/Hispanic dolls, so he chose one of those from his collection, and asked me if I had any specifications for a friend for the first. I was already blown away by what he was doing and became speechless. So I just said any with green eyes would be great. So both dolls would be a surprise. All I knew was that one was Latino and the other had green eyes.

A little over a week later, I opened the box and not only did I see these two peeking out at me, but my friend also included a few pieces of additional camo clothing, a pair of jeans, and two toys for the Kids (a ball and bear). So much generosity, I just couldn’t believe it!

The Kid on the left is an unknown Play Along kid from 2004, neither I nor my friend know if he is even in his original outfit or not. I also do not know if he came with any accessories. All I have is his birth certificate/adoption papers. His name is Refugio Salv. He is, by far, my favorite of the two. Everything about him makes him the perfect first CPK for me. He shot up into my top 10 favorite dolls of my collection.

The Kid on the right is a 25th Anniversary kid from 2008. He originally came with a pacifier and a silver spoon (to commemorate 25 years). My friend bought him used, so he did not have either of these accessories. I do have his birth certificate/adoption papers though. His name is Rory Saul. I really like him and I think he is super adorable. I just prefer the CPK that look like kids over the ones that look like babies.

Overall, I am VERY happy with my first two official CPK! :D I already want more. >.< I especially love that they are scented! Once I actually get one NIB, I’ll post a full “review”. For now I am just very happy and thankful for great people. :)

August 11, 2014 at 9:38 PM | Post Permalink | 1 note

Here is my final purchase. I saved my $10 from July and combined it with my $20 from August and purchased a doll from an 18” line that I have been wanting to try.

This is My Life as a Yoga Instructor from Madame Alexander’s My Life line that is exclusive to Walmart. I have named her Dresden. I’m not a big fan of Madame Alexander dolls, but I do like their 18” collections. This line had caught my eye awhile back, but I recently saw a review that convinced me to purchase one.

I don’t have any black 18” dolls, so I decided to make this one my first. The only black ones they had available were this one and a beach one, so I got this one by default.

First off, I think the dolls are adorable (I was very tempted by both the Asian and Latino scultps). So aesthetically, these dolls are wonderful. HOWEVER, they are NOT very high quality, which I had really expected, not only from Madame Alexander, but because she cost $30. Her vinyl is thin, hollow and squishy and her hair is thin, wispy and uneven. Her clothes are decent, but it seems like the clothes that are sold separately, are higher quality. What’s more is I got a defective doll. These dolls are poseable, which means they have some sort of bendy material inside their limbs that allow them to bend. Mine did not come with any inside the arms. Which leads me to my next issue.

I contacted Madame Alexander, telling them about the issue. The customer service rep seemed to know NOTHING about the product. She claimed that the dolls are not poseable and that the arms and legs “swivel”. Only the arms swivel, the hips bend just like the knees. And she told me to return the doll. I pointed out her mistake she only reiterated returning the doll, which I cannot do, as I told her in the previous email. So yeah, not happy with their customer service. I got better service from MGA (which is saying something).

Overall, I like the doll, but I suggest saving another 6-10 dollars to purchase a much higher quality Journey Girls doll from Toysrus, which are also cuter in my opinion.

Just one funny/creepy thing to add is that when I was taking her photos, the flash went off when I didn’t want it to and the camera said “Blink Detected” on the screen… D:

August 1, 2014 at 3:21 PM | Post Permalink | 1 note

My second purchase was slightly more satisfying than the other and she is a Tattoo Divas doll.

I initially saw them on the shelf for $15+ and I couldn’t justify spending that much on one, so I passed. I saw them on Brown Clearance and became disappointed when I realized the blister packs had fallen off the backing on all 4 of the ones they had. But, for $5, I eventually decided to get one. The nice guy at the checkout counter taped the backing on before ringing me up. According to him, the Skylanders figures have the same problem.

This is Shary. The doll itself is cute and seems like pretty good quality. Gorgeous eyes and a wonderful face mold, however her hair is thin and low quality. The tattoos are cool and were fun to color, but the color rubbed off too easily. The outfit is not ugly but really nothing special (although I like the shoes) and is made of cheap materials.

She also came with a bag, 4 markers, a plastic tattoo machine that your insert the markers into, and some human tattoos.

It really is a nice doll seeing as it is made by a company i have never heard of before. They just need to be consistent and make the quality of the outfit match the quality of the doll.

August 1, 2014 at 3:00 PM | Post Permalink | 3 notes

I actually have a couple posts today! :O Anyway, my partner and I went through a hugely stressful money crisis recently and had to move out of our apartment into one of the most dangerous and poorest areas in Miami (Overtown). It’s not as bad as people made it out to be, but still not fun. We’ve been here for almost a month now and I had purchased two dolls a few days after moving in that I never posted.

Anyways, because of this move, my available doll money diminished to $20 per month. I was only able to spend $10 of July’s money initially and went to Toysrus. They had nothing amazing within my price range, but I decided to get two dolls that were on Brown Clearance that ended up being less than $5 each. The first is One Direction Spotlight Niall.

I’m a fan of One Direction, but I’m not a “Directioner”. Niall has my favorite voice of the group, so I chose him. There was two styles to choose from and all of the dolls in each style had wonky eyes, it was pathetic. Hasbro, you really need to step up your doll game. Maybe the singing dolls have better face-ups, they had cost more, so I didn’t really look at them.

You can tell from the second photo that his eyes are printed way off. They are too high and make him pretty ugly. But for $5, I really didn’t care. The outfit is cheap and plain, but not ugly.

I do not believe that these dolls are worth the $15 price tag, but are kinda worth the $5 clearance price. I got him mainly because I like boy dolls and there aren’t many out there.

August 1, 2014 at 2:48 PM | Post Permalink | 1 note

The other doll I purchased from the wonderful lady is this 18” Faithful Friends Benjamin by Heidi Ott. He is from 1996-97 and was also exclusive to Target until Heidi Ott withdrew the line and sold them exclusively from her website.

I found out about the Faithful Friends line more recently, but I’ve been wanting one of the boys the moment I did. I hope to add the other three boys soon, however it’s unlikely as they are more difficult to find.

Benjamin also comes in a few different outfits like Jack and I believe this was the first edition doll. He is dressed in a Christmas outfit which is cute, but not very practical for the rest of the year. His face sculpt is his best feature and it (along with the hands and feet) are highly realistic for their time.

My only real issue with him is that he doesn’t really stand on his own. I thought he did though. I had him standing for several minutes, left the room, and returned to find him collapsed. The soft material of his hips is not strong enough to support the weight of the rest of the body. I also wish that I had his box, certificate of authenticity, and hand-tag.

I am so ecstatic to have TWO more 18” boys in my collection!! (I now have five). 18” dolls are probably my favorite type, especially the boys.

June 25, 2014 at 11:44 AM | Post Permalink | 2 notes

I’m going to be putting a MasterPiece doll on layaway soon, so these next two posts may be the last doll purchases I make until early to mid-October. I’ll have money here and there in the meantime, but only small amounts, so we’ll see.

Anyway this is Collector’s Lane Kids (an early version of Our Generation) Jack by Battat. He is from 1999 and 18” inches tall like the current Our Generation line, and just like the OG line, he was exclusive to Target. He comes in several different outfits.

I have been desperately wanting a Jack for  quite awhile now, but to my misfortune, he is quite expensive on ebay, even when nude. However, recently, a nice lady from a doll fanclub on Facebook offered to sell me him, and the doll in the next post. The best part? Only $20 each! I am so so grateful.

Jack is even cuter in person than he is in online photos (doesn’t that always seem to be the case? haha). I LOVE his clothes! They remind me of something I would have worn in the 90’s and I love that! (He also has a backpack, the yellow strips on his shoulders are the straps to the pack, and an undershirt and underwear). For a lower-end 18” play doll, he is really nice quality. He is a little difficult to make stand on his own, but once you get him standing, he shouldn’t fall.

I have zero issues with him, although I do wish I had his box.

June 25, 2014 at 11:27 AM | Post Permalink | 1 note


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June 19, 2014 at 8:21 PM | Post Permalink | 203,616 notes

Here is the doll that was inside the crushed box that I posted earlier! He is an Extra Special Doll by Dolls For Downs and his name is Guzzi.

The owner of the company was inspired by her daughter, who has Down Syndrome, to create a doll that resembles her as there weren’t any that fit her criteria. So she started a Kickstarter campaign and raised enough money to create the 18” Extra Special Dolls. There are 17 girls and 9 boys (all with the same face mold, also all the girls have the same outfit, as do all the boys). The doll mold was sculpted by Karen Scott. They are extremely detailed and include several of the major identifying factors of a person with Down Syndrome including: crooked pinkies, sandal-toes, and the option of a hand-painted heart surgery scar (as shown in the 6th photo), along with the facial features.

These dolls are extremely high quality vinyl and cost nearly the same as an American Girl doll (but slightly cheaper). In addition to the jeans, jacket, striped shirt, and shoes that are visible in the photos, he also came with socks and underwear (and the lady was nice enough to toss in a free back pack! :) as seen in the 7th and 8th photos). The clothes were designed to be easily removable and use real buttons, zippers, and shoelaces to help with DS motor skills. Their left hands are molded so that they are signing “I love you”!!

I just think that she did an incredible job on making these dolls happen. They were for a wonderful cause and they turned out perfectly.

I also included some photos of him in some Kidz ‘n’ Cats outfits (photos 3-6). Some things fit well, some were difficult, and some didn’t fit at all. And the last 2 photos show him with my KnC doll, Robby, for comparison.

All in all, I am extremely happy and satisfied about every aspect of this doll and I already want to buy another one! Hopefully by Christmas. I highly recommend this line to anyone that likes 18” dolls, to start an 18” collection, or even just to have to honor someone in your life that has Down Syndrome.

June 19, 2014 at 5:07 PM | Post Permalink | 13 notes

I’ve been waiting over a week for this doll to arrive and the USPS guy hands me a box that is crushed on one end!!! (More than likely FedEx’s fault as it was shipped via SmartPost and USPS didn’t get it until this morning). I was terrified! But thankfully the doll is unharmed!

Full post and “review” later on today. :)

June 19, 2014 at 2:55 PM | Post Permalink

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Hi, I'm Aaron. I'm a 23 year old writer/artist/bear lover. My interests include: Monster High, Gilmore Girls, Harry Potter, Ancient Egypt, Steampunk, Connecticut, Pokemon, Fashion Dolls and Power Rangers (among dozens of other things). I don't post stuff all that often, but I hope you enjoy the stuff that I do. ^_^ I'm from Cooks, Michigan but I currently reside in Miami Beach, Florida. Once I finish community college I plan on moving to Connecticut and transferring to a university. I suck at writing these things, so I'll try and add more later, haha.
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