Monday, September 12, 2016

Skyline Blue Marley Wentworth by Tonner

This girl was great to photograph. When I first took her out of the box, I thought she looked a bit blank-faced, which I blame on her eyes being so dead-center forward-facing. I was thinking a bit of a side-glance might have given her more personality. However, when I photographed her, her personality came out a bit and she doesn't look blank-faced to me any longer. In fact, if you position her so she's looking directly into the camera, she has quite an intense stare. 

I like her sculpt very much. The sculpt was new for the grown-up Marley Wentworth line, so I thought I'd post photos so people can see her.  There aren't many owner pics of Marley online, particularly Skyline Blue. Her profile is lovely.

I'm a big fan of basic sheath dresses, and really love this royal blue. The fabric is a nice quality. It has four snaps in the back, and is lined with white to prevent the doll from getting stained. Her shoes are purple and fun, and fit perfectly. (And SHINY!)

I didn't take pictures of her oversized matching coat, since every promotional picture of this doll shows it. There's not a whole lot to her outfit, but she was definitely worth the price I paid. I grabbed her when Tonner recently had a 30% off plus free shipping offer. Since she was already on sale before that, I ended up getting her at roughly half off her original price. Sweet! So worth it. What's funny is I was thinking if I didn't like her in person, I would use her body for one of my older Tyler heads. I might not do that, now. She's growing on me.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Dragon Boat Festival Gigi by Ruby Red Galleria

Dragon Boat Festival Gigi by Ruby Red Galleria
Just wanted to show you "Dragon Boat Festival" Gigi. She's part of the Ten Ping line by Ruby Red Galleria. She's so cute! She has a truly beautiful little girl sculpt. I think she's even prettier than Ten Ping. I'll show you pictures of them both together so you can compare them. Gigi is the one who is smiling. :) She came with a little illustrated book that tells the story about Gigi and her friend Ten Ping going to the Dragon Boat Festival, a traditional holiday in China.
Gigi and Ten Ping by Ruby Red Galleria.
I did an initial review of Ten Ping, here, and a second review where you can see her body and posing, here. Gigi has the same body as Ten Ping, so her posing will be the same, and she can share clothing. 

These pics show some of the details of her costume. Her vest is beautifully detailed and lined, and lifts off to reveal a long-sleeved white shirt underneath.

Her shoes are made from fabric and look wonderful.

 Anyway, that's Gigi.  See ya!  Click on the pictures to make them bigger.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Merida and Alice Mini Disney Animator Playsets

These are the two newest mini Disney Animator playsets. The Disney Store released Alice in Wonderland in early 2016, and mini Merida was released in Summer 2016.  (Only just a couple of weeks ago here in the United States. She managed to make it to Britain first.) I've grown to be a big fan of the Animator minis, so they came home with me.


Both sets came with great accessories, but I think I'll start with Alice, since I'm so in love with the White Rabbit, flamingo, hedgehog and Cheshire Cat she came with. Look at them! Absorb the cuteness!

I'm less crazy about the Queen of Hearts that came with her. The sculpt is amusing, but I would have much preferred if they'd replaced her with the March Hare instead, or a teapot set. 

The rosebush with the white roses is super interesting. When I got it, I had NO IDEA the roses changed color. A card that came with the set said if you get the white roses wet, they change color to red. Since the set also arrived with a tiny sponge paintbrush, your child can wet the brush and then "paint" the roses, and they'll change to red temporarily. I thought this was insanely clever and fun. I had to try it out, of course ....
The roses stayed red for a surprisingly long time afterward, but eventually became white again when the flowers dried.

Alice herself is pretty cute and happy. I lucked out and got one with perfect hair. This isn't my favorite sculpt out of all the Disney Animator dolls, but she's still adorable.
And now for Merida, from the movie "Brave." Great movie. The doll is impish and charming, and has freckles. 

The best thing about this set was that it comes with a wonderful rocking horse that she can really sit on and ride. Love it! I have to admit that I wanted this rocking horse as much as I wanted the doll itself.

Also included was a bow with two arrows and a target, a doll for the doll, a dark figurine of Merida with her entire family (I believe this was in the movie???), and a lyre. I just noticed this is the first mini playset where the accessories don't have glitter! Sweet.

So anyway, enjoy the pictures. I've heard Disney will be doing a large Animator doll later this year for the release of the movie Moana in November, but no word yet on whether there will be a mini playset released as well. When they first released Alice, they came out with a large doll and the mini playset both at the same time, so I hope the Moana release will be similar.
See ya.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Breit Nights Ann Estelle by Tonner Doll Company

This is another doll from the 2016 Tonner 25th Anniversary Convention, "Breit Nights" Ann Estelle.  She's a limited edition of 200.  I love her unique look.  I've worn glasses since I was seven years old, so I adore dolls with glasses! 

Her wig is removable.  The photo up top is her original look, but I tried a couple more size 6-7" wigs on her ...

... with pretty good results.  That last one is a Monique "Red" wig in the color "carrot red."  The name of the wig is actually "Red," no matter what color the wig is.  Very confusing.  It's a super nice wig, though.  Click on the pictures to make them bigger.

The first wig (long, curly red hair) is one I got from eBay.  It's not a Monique wig.  I believe I bought it from the seller Paul Zhangby in China, listed as an Evangeline Ghastly wig.  I love that one on her.  It's actually nicer than the similar-looking Monique "Ellowyne Rose" wigs, which look great in the promo pics, but in person, they tend to frizz.

Anyway, she came in this knee-length, embroidered black velveteen outfit that was based on a picture by artist Mary Engelbreit.

It fits all the Ellowyne Wilde line dolls, because she has the same body.  It came with some super awesome shoes with buckles.  I would seriously buy these shoes in EVERY COLOR.

Her face sculpt is brand new.  I think her facial expression is so endearing.  I'll show you her face from a few different angles, with her glasses off. 

 I'll follow this up with a few random pictures.  See ya!