Kinda spooky…yet I’m a little intrigued…

I need bigger promo pics so I can figure out the details on Mittens’s outfit.

I need bigger promo pics so I can figure out the details on Mittens’s outfit.

What happened to the subtlety in this line? Can you imagine how different Peanut Big Top would look if they designed her today? I miss when more of the dolls looked like little kids with a theme instead of being in full costume with weird hair or being a hybrid. Why does the wizard need star hair? I still love Yuki though. Newer dolls are so distinctive that they are less versatile, but I guess that doesn’t matter if they keep making more dolls and no more outfit packs for them. 
I like the idea of a birthday lala with a sewn on date you choose. In fact I think someone on the facebook fan page mentioned that a couple of years ago. Someone suggested a Geisha lala (I remember there was discussion over whether Geishas were kid-friendly content) and a tooth fairy too (I remember thinking why would they make a tooth fairy when they already have a regular fairy). I never suggested any myself, but now I wish I had.
Anyway, back to the birthday doll. She has frosting hair, cake on her head, and is wearing a cake dress. I get it, she’s cake! Even the doll named Cake doesn’t wear that much cake. I like the amount of details (not so much the amount of yellow) but I would have preferred if they made a birthday doll in a nice party dress, a removable party hat, and a new yarn-like hair style. But like I said, the subtlety is gone. The Scoops clone has a friggin’ straw in her head.

What happened to the subtlety in this line? Can you imagine how different Peanut Big Top would look if they designed her today? I miss when more of the dolls looked like little kids with a theme instead of being in full costume with weird hair or being a hybrid. Why does the wizard need star hair? I still love Yuki though. Newer dolls are so distinctive that they are less versatile, but I guess that doesn’t matter if they keep making more dolls and no more outfit packs for them.

I like the idea of a birthday lala with a sewn on date you choose. In fact I think someone on the facebook fan page mentioned that a couple of years ago. Someone suggested a Geisha lala (I remember there was discussion over whether Geishas were kid-friendly content) and a tooth fairy too (I remember thinking why would they make a tooth fairy when they already have a regular fairy). I never suggested any myself, but now I wish I had.

Anyway, back to the birthday doll. She has frosting hair, cake on her head, and is wearing a cake dress. I get it, she’s cake! Even the doll named Cake doesn’t wear that much cake. I like the amount of details (not so much the amount of yellow) but I would have preferred if they made a birthday doll in a nice party dress, a removable party hat, and a new yarn-like hair style. But like I said, the subtlety is gone. The Scoops clone has a friggin’ straw in her head.

It’s like someone crossed Lalaloopsy and Betty Spaghetty, and while I like both of those lines individually, there’s something kinda weird about these. I think it’s their mouths. I wish they had the traditional stitched up smiles. Mittens is my favorite out of these. I also like Jewel’s pet cat.
http://www.lalaloopsygirls.com/
It seems inspired by Monster High with the argyle background and school theme. I think Lalaloopsy is MGA’s most successful line right now, so where they failed with Bratzillaz they must be trying again with this.

It’s like someone crossed Lalaloopsy and Betty Spaghetty, and while I like both of those lines individually, there’s something kinda weird about these. I think it’s their mouths. I wish they had the traditional stitched up smiles. Mittens is my favorite out of these. I also like Jewel’s pet cat.

http://www.lalaloopsygirls.com/

It seems inspired by Monster High with the argyle background and school theme. I think Lalaloopsy is MGA’s most successful line right now, so where they failed with Bratzillaz they must be trying again with this.

I could kick myself for never finding this activity book in person last year. I don’t pay attention to that sort of merchandise, so I didn’t even know about it. I just like the cover.
Speaking of being late to the party, I finally decided to get “Scoops Serves Ice Cream” while I was at Walgreens getting my BOGO hair products, so it’s the version that has the additional Bea Spells-A-Lot mini in it. And then I had my first KFC Double Down. I’m thinking after the icecream workshop doll comes out in stores I will update my Lalaloopsy shelf display to mainly a Scoops display.

I could kick myself for never finding this activity book in person last year. I don’t pay attention to that sort of merchandise, so I didn’t even know about it. I just like the cover.

Speaking of being late to the party, I finally decided to get “Scoops Serves Ice Cream” while I was at Walgreens getting my BOGO hair products, so it’s the version that has the additional Bea Spells-A-Lot mini in it. And then I had my first KFC Double Down. I’m thinking after the icecream workshop doll comes out in stores I will update my Lalaloopsy shelf display to mainly a Scoops display.

First Impressions: Ai

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Hunker down. I’m going off topic on a long post which means it’s time for a quick puff fan art. This is Ai Lagrus.

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Ai, which I think means love in Japanese, is one of those Jun Planning doll lines that failed to sell at 100+ dollars so now many of them go for between 20 - 40 dollars. They are about 4.5 inches tall and have a few different face molds. They are named after flowers and such. I chose Lagrus because of her adorable bunny coat. It even has a bunny tail in the back. She also comes with a dress and a bunny headpiece. Her clothes are well made, but it takes a little patience to get her coat on. I haven’t taken her bloomers off, but from a pic I saw these dolls do have girly parts.

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Ai’s packing is really nice, the nicest I’ve ever had. It’s a sturdy case that closes magnetically.

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The inside is soft and padded and satiny. Underneath her character insert is a little gift box that says Ai. It has putty in it to hold her eyes in place. No stands, but the closed-eyed dolls come with little bassinets to sleep in.

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The dolls’ bodies are strung together. I have a custom doll like that, but I don’t care for that type of articulation. You can take that piece out of the head and move or change her eyes. Her scalp attaches with a magnet and it also has velcro on top that hooks to the velcro under her wig. The wig itself is typical of JP, flyaway city and kind of stiff. I’m gonna put a black wig on her so she matches my J-dolls anyway.

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While I don’t think mine has the cutest face-up out of the lot, I really dig her outfits. She feels very cute and delicate in one’s hand. It’s not my favorite articulation, but it’s not that big a deal. Her wig is not ideal but I planned on changing it when I got her. She’s not quite to scale with my J-dolls but still looks like she belongs with them. I like the hassle-free eye and wig removal. For a doll this size it’s a bit high compared to kids’ playline dolls, but for a collectable it’s a reasonable price. Overall I think it’s a nice little figure, but if size matters, that same money could get you a bigger doll or two.

I wanted to do a group pic of Scoops and company. It won’t be set up exactly this way. You guys oughtta know by now that my sketches are pretty rough and all over the place. I’m thinking about recording my process and making a video, assuming cam studio doesn’t crash on me. At least it’ll give me some youtube content for the year.

I wanted to do a group pic of Scoops and company. It won’t be set up exactly this way. You guys oughtta know by now that my sketches are pretty rough and all over the place. I’m thinking about recording my process and making a video, assuming cam studio doesn’t crash on me. At least it’ll give me some youtube content for the year.

Here is Haley and her pet - the pencil sketch, a Photoshop screencap, and the final.

More adventures in price-cutting. I was working on some long overdo fan art and decided to open my Haley mini when I noticed there’s zero character information on her packaging. Well at least we still get to look at their houses. I imagine in the future they will all have the same plain backdrop that looks like a bulletin board in an elementary school…you know what I mean.

More adventures in price-cutting. I was working on some long overdo fan art and decided to open my Haley mini when I noticed there’s zero character information on her packaging. Well at least we still get to look at their houses. I imagine in the future they will all have the same plain backdrop that looks like a bulletin board in an elementary school…you know what I mean.

I discovered that my original scribble was still on file, so here’s the 3 step process that is Dal Phoebe’s head.
I went to buy Target’s Easter mini Lala on Wednesday now that Easter stuff’s on sale, but nope, all gone. I guess I didn’t want her that much anyway if I wasn’t willing to pay the full 5 dollars…

I discovered that my original scribble was still on file, so here’s the 3 step process that is Dal Phoebe’s head.

I went to buy Target’s Easter mini Lala on Wednesday now that Easter stuff’s on sale, but nope, all gone. I guess I didn’t want her that much anyway if I wasn’t willing to pay the full 5 dollars…