polychrome_pen: (Ken)
I fully intended to do a whole picture-heavy post for this, but kind of ran out of steam.  Let's just sum it up this way: OVERWHELMING.  Between Monster High, Ever After High, Winx Club, Masters of the Universe Classics, Integrity Jem & the Holograms, random Disney Store purchases, some Pullips, and lots of Vocaloid Figmas....I need a break from toys for awhile.

I have so much stuff still in boxes that needs to be dealt with.  (You know, when I feel I have to "deal with" toys, I think there's a significant problem going on here.)  But seriously, things that remain in the boxes take up so much more space that I'm almost entirely out of room.  Sure, there are some things - like stuff Integrity produces - where I'll always keep the boxes, but lots of other stuff needs to be deboxed like whoa.  I should take a few of my next days off and just have a deboxing/photo party.

But taking a line-by-line look at things.

Ever After High: This is probably currently my favorite line out of everything.  The dolls are full of great details, and I love the universe and characters of this franchise.  I am reminded of how I felt when Monster High was a new thing, and it feels nice.  But I go into EAH with more of a game plan.  Only new characters and a maximum of one other version (right now that's Legacy Day because THEY'RE  AWESOME).

Monster High:  I feel that with Ever After High coming along, my interest in Monster High is starting to wane a bit.  The line has been going for 3.5 years now, and while I wouldn't say they're running out of steam by any means (some of the most recent lines like New Scaremester have been some of the best!), my ability to keep up is just not there anymore.  I still have so many of them in the boxes going all the way back to the Wave 2 (aka "School's Out!" line).  I'm entertaining the idea of culling the herd at this point and only keeping 1-2 versions of each character (sans the boys, of course - I'll pick up every release of them).  I just need to corral this into something a bit more manageable.

Winx Club:  Added lots here this year, with the Harmonix, Sirenix, and Dark Sirenix Trix lines!  Jakks makes nice dolls for Winx, but I really with they had better character selection and could still be found outside of Toys R Us.  These were a pain in the ass to find for me.  I'm not sure what the future is for Jakks-produced Winx, but it doesn't look too good.  Still, if they go I'll be sad to say goodbye to Winx again.

Masters of the Universe Classics:  Against my better judgement, I signed up for the 2014 subscription.  I did the quarterly shipping option this time, however, in hopes that I can deal with the packages better four times a year instead of twelve.  I really want my complete She-Ra line, though, and that's really why I signed up.  They continue to be awesome figures pretty much all around as well.  The crown jewel of the year was Castle Grayskull, though.  That thing is huge and I have no idea what to do with it.  XD

Integrity Jem & the Holograms:  This is a gorgeous line.  All the attention to detail is amazing.  Integrity's prices blow, however.  Glitter & Gold are the only character duplicates I have, and I'm probably going to try and keep it that way.  All of these are still boxed too, which makes me sad.  They definitely deserve display space.

Japanese toys: This was the year I started getting into Figmas and Nendoroids.  They're really adorable and poseable.  They different faces and looks add a lot of personality as well.  For the moment I mostly just have Vocaloid characters, though I plan on adding the Sailor Scout figures as they come out.
I picked up a couple Play Arts Kai Street Fighter figures as well.  They have great sculpts, but the joints are a bit wonky.
I also added several new Pullips/Taeyangs this year as well: Batman, Catwoman, Batgirl, Wonder Woman, Captain Hook, Tinker Bell, and Peter Pan!

Disney: I caved to several of the Fairytale Designer Collection sets.  I got  Snow White/Prince, Rapunzel/Flynn, and Aladdin/Jasmine.  I wanted the others, but they got snatched up crazy fast.  I also picked up the set of four Frozen dolls, and they're tons of fun (especially next to the cheap Mattel versions).  Hans jacket is actual corduroy!

Barbie: Not much in 2013.  A few of the Life in the Dreamhouse dolls (Ken, Midge, and Raquel), a few of the Fashionista guys, and some collector dolls (Hunger Games: Catching Fire, a few Twilight dolls, and Batman '66)

Anyway, I picked up other tidbits throughout the year, but just looking at the list above makes me a little sick.  It was way too much.  January has brought several more purchases, but I definitely need to step back and take a good long look at what I have/catalog it.  I'm pretty much out of space for display and enjoyment now...and without that why continue buying?
polychrome_pen: (Deuce & Cleo - Monster High)
I haven't rambled about my collection in quite awhile, so I thought I'd detail a few bits here.

First off, I have finally taken the plunge and picked up some glass shelving units! It all started when my brother gave me an awesome display case for Christmas. I pretty much immediately earmarked it for my Masters of the Universe Classics collection, as the shelves are only around 12 inches tall. Perfect for action figures, but most doll lines (including Monster High boys) would have trouble fitting. Unfortunately, the shelf is still at my parent's house because it was too large to fit in my car (aside from the fact that I'd have a hell of a time moving a glass shelf by myself - can anyone say shattered glass mess?) But after that, Mom, Dad, and I made a little trip to IKEA, where I finally had the chance to see a display case that they sell in person. At only $65 a piece, I picked up two of those. They have at least 16 inch high shelves, which will even fit a Gene or Tonner sized doll! All three shelves should be arriving the last weekend of February when my family plans to come up and visit.

I'm not sure what to use the two IKEA shelves for yet. I'm thinking about one for my Winx collection (finally an excuse to debox my Simba Winx!) The other will probably go two Monster High, at least in part. I have a ton of MH stuff still in the box simply due to no display space. However, I'd still like somewhere to display my Jewel Riders and/or Dragon Flyz. Maybe I should have bought a third IKEA case. XD Well, once I get everything situated, I'll be sure to snap a few pics.

In terms of overall collecting trends, things are looking pretty much the same

Action Figure wise, I subscribed to Club Eternia, so it's monthly MOTUC for me, yay! The only problem there is that it's becoming a space issue, and I haven't even deboxed everything yet. Other lines include Young Justice (I WILL get everything to build that Collect and Connect Hall of Justice. It's going to be awesome), adding Justice Leaguers off of Ebay here and there, and continuing the new Thundercats 2011 line. I saw they released a six inch Cheetara, so now I'm tempted to get that scale as well, but I need to draw the line somewhere, and the 4-inch line simply has better character selection (I just picked up King Claudas!) I pick up the occasional DC Classics character, but now that that line is basically defunct, I'm not sure what's happening there.

Doll wise, things are in a bit of flux. I've decided to scale back my Barbie collecting a good deal. I'd like to try and keep to to Ken stuff as much as possible, but of course I enjoy the media tie-in dolls like Star Trek as well. I just think I'm going to have to attempt being a bit more ruthless in what I pick up that's Barbie related.

I'm anticipating the new Winx from Jakks Pacific to be out this year, since the show has been revived in the U.S. on Nickelodeon. Hopefully the upcoming Toy Fair will have a bit more information regarding this. Whether or not I end up getting them is really going to come down to character selection and sculpt at this point, however. I own Winx dolls in three different scales from three different manufacturers. Do I really need to add a fourth series of Winx dolls? If they produce more of the boys than Sky and more of the Trix other than Icy, I'll probably be sold even if I don't like the sculpt as much as the other three lines. If it's mostly retreads, I'll probably pass though.

Monster High. Oh, Monster High. I love this line, but it drives me crazy at the same time. Half of 2011 was basically a crapshoot in terms of finding anything, so I'm hesitant to jump in again full force. I actually never picked up Dead Tired or the Classroom dolls because there was so much coming out, and I didn't think I'd have time to hunt for everything. Go figure those were the easiest dolls to find. It eventually just started to become a bit of a chore and really not fun (can anyone say still trying to find a basic Abbey without resorting to Ebay scalpers? Thank goodness the word on the street is that they're doing a second run of her to drop around May). That feeling was mollified a bit when I was able to snag Skull Shores, the three new girls (Toralei, Nefera, and Operetta), and part of Sweet 1600 in January. But still, I want to be able to walk into a store and find a reasonable selection. If Mattel can do this with Barbie, they should be able to do it with MH.
So I'm thinking of scaling back on what I pick up going forward for this line. New characters are an obvious must buy, and anything of the guys I'll continue to get, but I'll probably be evaluating each sub-line going forward more stringently. My general rule has been all or nothing with each sub-line, but perhaps I'll start breaking that if there's only one or two dolls in a sub-line that I really like.

Actually, scaling back will hopefully happen a bit across the board. I simply need to be more choosy in what comes home with me. Not only for space issues, but I have tons of stuff from 2011 I haven't even deboxed yet. I almost need time to process all that before I move forward with getting much of anything this year.

Anyway, hopefully I can do a non-toy related post soon!
polychrome_pen: (Default)
So now that I am out of "Pharmacy Purgatory" (ie, I finally got my license number from the Board), I decided to share what I spent the last two weeks doing: drooling over the new (and some not-quite new, but new to me!) toys I found in pictures from the Sand Diego Comic Con 2010. Most of these pictures are from Michael's Toy Review of the Week.

Behind a cut because there are just too many. )
polychrome_pen: (MOTU - He-Man and Teela)
For those who don't collect toys, Masters of the Universe Classics (MOTUC) is a line of new MOTU figures produced and sold exclusively by MattyCollector.com. They're a nice blend between the old 80s figures and the line produced in the early-mid 2000s (200X). They're very popular among collectors, and some of the figures have been known to sell out in less than TEN minutes on the site.

The real problem is that the site has the most FAIL-filled ordering system I have ever seen.

Now, I logged on around 9:30 PST (the figures release at 12:00 EST), fully suspecting that SDCC Prince Adam and Orko would be gone already. First off, because the traffic was so heavy, just getting to the main page was an ordeal. It sends you into this White Screen of Death for several minutes before you can even see if the figure is still in stock or not. Once I found that it actually was, I added it to my cart - sending me back to the White Screen of Death for a while. After putting in my address/email/password, it was back to the White Screen until you could put your credit card info in. Finally submitting your order, you get sent - guess where? - back to the White Screen of Death until you know it went through and you get a confirmation email. I was shocked to actually get these.

Interestingly, when I went back to the main page it was close to 10:00 and the figures were sold out! I must have gotten one of the last ones!

But that was seriously one of the worst buying experiences I've ever had. Black Friday has been better - at least there are people to talk to in line. Let's hope the figure is good!
polychrome_pen: (MOTU - He-Man and Teela)
Big surprise! I broke my buying moratorium. Were you shocked? Me neither. XD

BUT. I did not break it for just anything. Oh no.

TONNER finally made something that I desperately HAD to have, and of course it was a Comic Con exclusive, sold through a different company, and in a limited edition of 300.

Look behind the curtain to see this beauty! Also includes after-show toy-related blathering! )

On a completely unrelated note, I passed both of my Pharmacy Licensure exams! Now I get to wait impatiently for the Board of Pharmacy to issue me my license number.

And also a big thank-you to [livejournal.com profile] iyreia for the awesome souvenir from the zoo! It's beautiful! I hope to pick you up something just as awesome when I head to the Walt Disney museum soon. :)
polychrome_pen: (Deuce & Cleo - Monster High)
Ever since I've been done with school and studying for my boards, I've been buying toys and dolls like crazy. I don't know if it's three years of pent up stress or what, but I've been doing serious retail therapy lately.

The hoard...it GROWS )

I'm leaving at 6 am tomorrow morning for Seattle and the San Juan Islands for about a week. It's seriously been three years since I had a real vacation. Note: I consider a real vacation to be longer than a week.

Also, I was supposed to take the first part of my board examinations today, but ended up paying a fee to postpone it. I'm pretty sure I wasn't ready to take it, and really didn't want to have to wait the three month penalty period if I didn't pass.

Anyway, I will see you all in a week!
polychrome_pen: (Default)
A big thank you to Lori for letting us know about the free shipping sale at Muscara.com! Seriously, that's one of the worst parts about ordering things from Italy - the fact that what you pay in shipping could have bought a whole extra item (or two)!

So, Icy and Stormy Italians are paid for and will (hopefully) be joining my Italian Winx family soon! Also, I'm watching a Darcy on eBay right now, so I hope to have all three Trix. :D
But I'm probably going to put a moratorium on buying Italian Winx after getting the Trix. They're just too expensive to get on such a regular basis.

Tooooooys. You have taken over my life rather suddenly.

Which has had me looking all over the internet for practical ways to store them. I happened across http://www.julianaheng.com/ and was reading some of her articles. She talks in one of them about trying to make it clear to yourself about what lines you collect before you start, so that you don't end up spending a bunch of money on random things. While part of me thinks that's a good idea, another part recoils against such thinking. Sure, it's fun to collect a whole line of something, and almost every toy collector has such a line, but part of the fun of toy collecting is getting something that just...appeals to you. That's the magic of toys and what they're all about!

But back to storage - how DO I cope with the sudden influx of new toys? I've battled storage issues in my room (dealing with books) for years now, but toys require greater care in their storage. If you collect, how do you do it? Rubbermaid containers? Cardboard boxes? Ziploc bags? (Actually, I seem to remember reading somewhere that Ziploc bags can cause damage to your toys?)

Just for fun, I decided to make a list (because I love lists) of toy/doll lines I currently collect/want to start collecting:
1. Jewel Riders (this is my "quest to have the complete line" series)
2. Dragon Flyz (both the 1996 and 2005 lines, though I like the '96 line better due to childhood memories)
3. Winx Club (mostly Italians, but some Mattel as well)
4. MOTU 2002 line (seriously some of my favorite sculpts ever)

Toys!

Feb. 27th, 2009 08:59 pm
polychrome_pen: (Default)
I know I'm horribly (not fashionably) late with getting these pics up, but I still wanted to share them. I really love my Italian Winx more every time I look at them, and I can't wait for Musa, Tecna, and Layla to arrive. I think Darcy will probably be joining the family soon as well!

Also, there's a pic of the first member of my newest toy obsession, who arrived yesterday. Prince Adam is here! :)

Is there any wonder why I love Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium? )

In completely unrelated news, the event that my committee put on last evening was fairly well attended (there were about 50 people there, and I - in a pessimistic attitude - expected no more than 10). It gives me hope that future events can be advertised better though!
polychrome_pen: (MOTU - He-Man and Teela)
Prince Adam. Thanks to eBay, he is now mine.

Oh, that's all I need - another toy line to start collecting! :)

But I have GOT to stay away from eBay now at least until next month. Far too much money has recently flown out of my bank account because of it.

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