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!

Toy Talk

Aug. 8th, 2011 03:06 pm
polychrome_pen: (Default)
It's been quite some time since I geeked out over toys and dolls, but I've been meaning to get some thoughts down since SDCC 2011.

I'll break this down by brand/collection. )

Anyway, that's my toy rambling for now. When I get School's Out Lagoona and Abbey, I'll probably have a deboxing party for Monster High.
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Twenty-Ten was a strange year – a year filled with periods of frenzied activity followed by periods of lax restlessness. I think this facet of real life spilled over to my toy collecting as well, as I seemed to go through spurts of buying and inactivity. Three major lines dominated my collecting this year: Monster High, Masters of the Universe Classics, and Barbie/Ken.

So while basically the first half of the year was pretty devoid of collecting, early summer was a huge month for Ken, Barbie, and similar-sized friends. I used some graduation money to reward myself with some items from the summer sale and a small line I’d been eyeing for a long time (One Modern Circle). Once I started thinking of some of them as characters from a story I’ve been kicking around a long time…well, I started on a quest to get a doll of every major character. XD

Late Summer/Fall saw the debut of Monster High, a wonderful line that I didn’t originally intend to get so caught up in. However, the attention to detail combined with unique characterization and stories for each character in their journals and the webisodes really won me over. The “core line” of eight is definitely my favorite, but newer lines are great as well!

Around the same time that Monster High came out, I ordered Prince Adam and Orko from Masters of the Universe Classics (MOTUC) online, which sent me on a quest to get the rest of the MOTUC for the year. This is such a fun line of figures (it helps that there are several great cartoon series out there for it), and I’m stoked that it encompasses all the eras of MOTU – mini comics, original line, 200X line, Princess of Power, and New Adventures! I also purchased the subscription for 2011, so definitely looking forward to one or two new great MOTUC figures every month in the coming year.

Firsts for 2010 included my first 1/4 scale doll (Tonner Zatanna in October), first Barbie playline purchase (the first wave Fashionista Ken in February), first MGAE products (Bratz Boyz Cameron and Dylan over the summer), first Integrity Toys purchase (NuFace Lukas) and the first time I’ve actually started collecting a line from the ground up as it’s being launched (Monster High). It’s also the first time I’ve really experienced an online retailer (Matty Collector). 2010 also saw no new Pullips/Taeyangs or Winx joining the collection, which felt a little strange. So 2010 could be said to be a year where the scope of what I collected really expanded, but older lines saw little to no growth.

Two Packs were very prevalent among my purchases this year for whatever reason: Deuce & Cleo, Harley Barbie and Ken, Toy Story 3 – Made For Each Other, Speed Racer Speed and Trixie, Vintage Repro Campus Spirit Barbie and Ken and Campus Sweet Shop Midge and Alan, Mary Poppins Jane and Michael, Bratz First Date Braden and Yasmin, Beauty and the Beast Mattel, He-Man vs Superman, Skeletor vs Lex Luthor.

And now for the Top Ten Dolls of 2010!

See who made the cut! )

Looking forward to in 2011:
1. Ken’s 50th Anniversary!
- Three guys in the next Barbie Basics line!
- My Favorite Ken Vintage Repro
2. Further amazing and creative lines from the Monster High corner.
3. First LIV boy.
4. Four new ladies in MOTUC (and Bow!)

NaNo Update

Dec. 3rd, 2010 12:02 am
polychrome_pen: (MOTU - He-Man and Teela)
Or rather, a lack thereof. I totally didn't get back into writing during my November. Something between a lack of motivation and time ended up being my downfall, I think. Barely cracked a thousand words.

Thanksgiving was really nice, though. The forces of the universe must have all been in harmony, because I had Thursday through Monday off (five days total!), and it was really awesome. Did some shopping on Black Friday, but ended up spending more on Amazon and the Matty Collector Cyber Monday sale (Battle Cat is MINE). Still, it was great to spend the time just browsing around with my family and enjoying the beginning of the holiday shopping season.

I got a Christmas tree in Target (before Thanksgiving!) and now have it proudly set up with a few ornaments. Others should be hung this weekend when I have a bit more time. Just having the lights on really cheers me up after a long day at work, though! Ah, I'm such a sucker for all things Christmas.

Speaking of which, let me know if you want a Christmas card! I'm going to be working on them this weekend.

This is the first Christmas season that I've really spent away from home (not counting last year on my rotations when I went home every weekend), and I really miss the little things, like Mom making cookies and decorating the tree together. Watching Christmas specials or just enjoying the lights of the tree with a hot drink. I've got a few days off coming up in the middle of a week, and I think I'm going to go home and just try to soak up a little of that Christmas spirit that feels somehow lacking so far this year.

In other news, toys shopping in my new town was abysmal until a little while ago when I found not only the Wal-Mart exclusive DCUC Zatanna and Kamandi, but the Monster High plush Deuce and Cleo as well! I was so excited to FINALLY find something I'd been looking for actually in my area. If only I could snag a set of the Gloom Beach dolls. Though I did find out that a TRU Express opened up in the outlets just down the freeway from me, so I'm planning to check them on Monday and see if they've got the new MOTU Classics 2 packs or the new Fashionista Kens.

Anyway, I'm off to bed. These 10:30 to 9:00 days are really draining me; they're just so insufferably long and it feels as though they take up my entire day.
polychrome_pen: (Deuce - Monster High)
And then I'll be on my way to my new place (and job!)

Packing has pretty much been a nightmare. I've been tripping over boxes for days (like OMG, fourteen boxes of books). Packing up my library seriously took forever, because I was also sorting at the same time. My parents offered to let me leave my bookcase here full, so I picked books I wasn't likely to read any time soon (or had already read recently) and filled it up.

Dolls and figures took forever too. I layered the loose ones in plastic totes using towels in between for cushioning. Though with the Pullips and Taeyangs I dug out their original boxes and repackaged them for stability's sake. Boxed dolls were packaged various ways into large cardboard boxes (so glad to find an old giant computer monitor box!) Those were all loaded into my car tonight, since I didn't want them to be in the moving truck with the rest of my stuff. I would be crushed to find them damaged from the heat. Not all the dolls and toys are coming either, but most of them. And Dawn of the Dance Cleo should be arriving at the new place sometime next week. Heh. I needed a trial order.

I'm leaving lots of my DVDs for the time being as well, though I'll reevaluate that once I see everything there. DVDs are easy to transport compared to dolls and books.

You can really tell my priorities by how I handled my clothes, though. I literally just laid them in my trunk! Whereas I spent days carefully packing the other things!

Anyway, I hope the drive goes okay tomorrow.

Whew!

Sep. 27th, 2010 09:06 am
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I feel as though I've been running around like crazy lately getting everything put together for the move this coming Friday. The living room looks like a tornado went through, strewing pots, furniture, and all other manner of household items around.

I started to box up my room today, and - sentimental person that I am - I took pictures of the room. It's the last time I'll probably ever see my childhood room that way, and I wanted to preserve it for my memory's sake. After the pictures, though, came the boxes. I have dreaded this for years; I mean, I always knew I had a huge library of books, but the amount of DVDs I have kind of surprised me! Apparently I've been squirreling lots of them all over the house. XD

My parents have offered to let me keep a full bookcase at home, so I'll have to decide what stays here (a job for tomorrow!) I'm going to have to find good, strong bookcases in order to house my collection. A good media storage case would be nice too.

My toy/doll collection is also going to have to be evaluated. I plan on leaving some of them at home - probably some of the older Winx (the Simbas are going to be coming with, though, since I haven't actually displayed them yet). Pullips are definitely coming, as are Monster High and Masters of the Universe. Not sure yet on the older collections like Jewel Riders and Dragon Flyz, though I'd love to finally be able to display them as well. Which means I need to look for display cabinets or something...Gah!

Wish List

Aug. 11th, 2010 09:25 pm
polychrome_pen: (Pullip - Jade)
Just really here for my own use, but feel free to take a peek. :)

This got a bit long, didn't it? )
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)
So I know I joke about this quite often, but it seems that it really has come true faster than I ever expected: I have reached critical mass in terms of both toy display AND storage in my room. Even after doing a good bit of shifting in my closet today, I really only cleared some things off of the floor and stuck them on the shelves.

But did that stop me from picking up Frankie, Lagoona, and Draculaura today at Wal-Mart and TRU? Of course not. It's so easy to ignore your own space limitations when your standing there in a store surrounded by really awesome toys.

My collection has really gone through some explosive growth lately, and it has not been without its share of growing pains. Aside from the space issues, the Silkstone Ken I ordered on eBay appears to have been in the possession of a smoker. There was brown gunk ALL OVER his stand and shoes, and his white shirt and jacket have brown stains on them! That really, really irks me. There was NO MENTION of that in the listing, and the pics are strategically taken to minimize showing ANY of these very apparent flaws. I fully intend to replace him at some future point in time with a MIB version. But in the meantime, I need to attempt to launder the clothes and see if I can't get the stains out. ~_~ *sigh*

I may have reached the point of selling some things if I want to add any more, but in truth I am attached to everything in the collection at this point. Is that a sign of being a hoarder? I feel like it sometimes. So many books, DVDs and toys...it's just an untenable situation. So I finally sat down and made a list of the lines that I collect. This list should serve to guide me and (hopefully) keep my collection in some semblance of order and prevent it from growing so huge that it falls and kills me in my sleep.

Here if you want to see it and a small wishlist )
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: (Winx Trio)
I placed my order for Winx in Concert Bloom, Flora, and Musa from a German seller on Ebay. Hopefully in about two weeks my Simba Winx collection (only one of each girl) will be complete. It ended up being Believix Tecna, Roxy, and Layla, and Concert Stella, Bloom, Flora, and Musa. This does it for me for the Simba Winx dolls too - though really awesome, they are just too expensive for me to get any more, I think. Except if they made any of the guys. Heh.

Though I am thinking of ordering one or two of the Giochi Preziosi Disney Fairies. I have to support any iteration of Terence, after all!

And after seeing Avatar in theaters I desperately wanted some of the figures, but couldn't find a Neytiri after searching in five stores! Five! I was so dejected after even TRU failed me. So you can imagine my squee when she was at the last store I went to on a whim (plus, she was the last one there). I looked on Ebay the day I got her and saw one going for $75! That is just crazy. I'll get pictures of those figures up sometime soon. They're too awesome to not post.

Sorry for the toy-centric ramblings of this post. Real life updates will come soon, along with the promised doodles. :)
polychrome_pen: (The adorable Tink and Terence!)
Yesterday was kind of awful (that actually seems to be the theme for this whole week), but when I got home, guess who was waiting for me?

Why don't you come this way to find out? )
polychrome_pen: (Default)
And going to see the show in less than 24 hours. I'm so excited!

Plus, we're planning on going to the aquarium that there was no parking for the last time I was in San Francisco.

But I have been on the phone all day trying to piece this trip together, along with things for the upcoming wedding on Sunday. I'm sick of phone tag!

But on the upside, all but one of my books have sold. So I treated myself to a fantastic Winx auction on eBay. I couldn't help myself - they were a really good price. And I'll finally have a Mattel Tecna!

I started the laborious process of deboxing my Italians today as well. Only Brandon, Stella, Layla, and Darcy are done and photographed. That alone took an hour and a half!
polychrome_pen: (Default)
I listed a bunch of pharmacy/biochem books on Amazon sellers last Thursday night, and two have already sold! I really, REALLY want to get rid of some of these. They have been cluttering up my house for far too long.

Plus, monies could go to another Pullip/Taeyang! Er, or buying a gift for that upcoming wedding I'm in. XD

Well, I did have a bunch of retail therapy yesterday anyway.
First stop was the Comic store, which had a bunch of manga in for me. I generally only make it to this store on semester breaks, so I end up dropping a bunch of money every time I go. XD But in addition, there were these two awesome Berserk figures for seven dollars apiece! Seven dollars! I couldn't refuse.
Interestingly, a new shop has opened up right next to the comic shop since my last visit. A DOLL SHOP. Unfortunately, it wasn't open when I got done, so I shall have to return!

Later, I hit the clothing stores to pick up some dress shoes (for said wedding), along with some jeans that actually fit and don't make me look fatter than I already am. Seriously, my love affair with baggier jeans is really coming to an end. They're really not flattering on me.

So Friday was...actually really productive.
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I won Darcy last night, so now my Italian Trix collection will be complete! Unfortunately, someone was actually bidding against me for her, so that jacked the price up a little. D:
It's like, don't I know everyone in the US who would buy these Italians? :D

But after doin' the sums, I realized I've spent close to $500 on all my eleven Italians. Then I kind of freaked out a little; I don't think I've ever spent that much on something like this before.

I'm tempted to say "Ah well," and go merrily on with life, but my bank account is giving me the evil eye, so after much thought, I decided to institute March Moratorium. The idea is to not spend any more money on books/toys/etc. for the rest of the month and give my account time to recover and replenish.

I've never tried an experiment like this before. I'm assuming it's going to be painful. But it will give me a little time to perhaps put together a spending plan for collectible purchases that will apply to future months.
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!

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