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My First Mini Lalaloopsy. by Leenechan
My First Mini Lalaloopsy., a photo by Leenechan on Flickr.

My first mini Lalaloopsy! I'll probably never debox her. She just looks so cute in her display box. XD

I'm noticing that some of the minis are very well painted, and some them look like they were painted by a chimp. I remember that Marina Anchors always looks sloppy, but Peppy Pom Poms is usually pristine. How odd...

I think that this girl looks pretty nice!

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I went out shopping today. I set foot inside a Toys R Us for the first time since 1999, and let me tell ya...I was not impressed. As far as Monster High dolls, all they had was a pile of Dead Tired Draculauras and Ghoulias, and one Sweet 1600 Frankie with a lovely face and messed-up bangs. She would have been a great reroot candidate if not for her $32.99 price tag.

So I retreated in defeat and turned to the Lalaloopsy aisle. They had all the Series One Littles, Silly Hair Bea Spells-a-Lot (not as cute as I thought, and $37.99!!), the big version of Forest Evergreen (cute, but not for me) and a handful of the dessert-themed minis. I ended up buying my very first mini Lalaloopsy, Cherry Crisp Crust. I doubt I'll make a habit of spending almost $8 for something my cat could swallow, but some of the minis are quite unique!

Then I checked Target. The only Monster High doll they had was one Skull Shores Ghoulia! They did, however, have all the Series Two Lalaloopsy Littles minus Pita Mirage, and let me tell ya...Trinket Sparkles was a lot cuter than I thought she'd be. So I bought her. ::sobs:: What the hell is wrong with me? I've been really attracted to pink things lately. I'm willing to crack heads for the full-sized version of Charlotte Charades, whenever she comes out...

I can't believe that I finally found that large crystal colorless decorating sugar--at Target, of all places! I'm going to sprinkle it on blueberry muffins, pumpkin bread, blueberry pie...I'm so thrilled that I don't have to order it from King Arthur flour, or something equally stupid.
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"The water's great!" by Leenechan
"The water's great!", a photo by Leenechan on Flickr.

I was truly surprised to see her out in stores already. I hope they make more big versions of the Fairy Tale dolls!

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I had wanted to check my local Target and Walmart to see if they had any version of Frankie Stein I don't have. I'm really only looking for the Classroom Home Ick version, which I could order online, but since she has some issues with her bangs I want to see the doll in person before I buy. Walmart was completely sold out of Monster High dolls. Target only had Skull Shores Ghoulia, Lagoona and Gill. Buu...

Walmart was pretty much a dead zone for everything. Target, however, had full-sized Lalaloopsies Prairie Dusty Trails, Pix E. Flutters, and exactly one Coral Sea Shells in stock. Boy was I surprised! I hadn't even realized that the big versions of Pix E. Flutters and Coral Sea Shells had been released!

It looks like the next Lalaloopsy in line is a big version of Forest Evergreen. I had always thought that the mini version of him was really cute.

Strange what turns up when you aren't paying attention!
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I dunno if it's news or not, but the newest full-size Lalaloopsy, Prairie Dusty Trails, is NOT a boy like many people speculated. She's a brown-haired cowgirl doll with the Marina Anchors/Peppy Pom Poms head. She was sewn on Annie Oakley's birthday, and comes with an adorable pet cactus. I have to have her. Bwah hah!

Also, TRU has listed a few new Lalaloopsy Littles on their online shop...with no pictures yet. Little sibling versions of Jewel Sparkles, Spot Splatter Splash, Marina Anchors and ::gasp:: Sahara Mirage. If they're listed on TRU's website, they have to be legit, right? I hope they are, in spite of what they'll eventually do to my wallet!

I'd love it if they did full-sized versions of the fairy-tale themed minis. I really doubt it, though.

EDIT: Also, found picture of big version of Pix E. Flutters. She has the Sahara Mirage/Swirly Figure Eight head mold, medium dark skin like Sahara's (as opposed to Swirly's much darker skin tone) and lime green hair. Cute cute cute. I had thought she would only be a mini, but I guess not!
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A fish out of water? by Leenechan
A fish out of water?, a photo by Leenechan on Flickr.

This is the first time I've taken a picture of Suzette la Sweet out of doors. I can't seem to find a suitable environment for her.

Then again, Marie Antoinette liked to pretend she was a shepherdess...

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"Happy Autumn!" by Leenechan
"Happy Autumn!", a photo by Leenechan on Flickr.

Rosy is no longer cast in shadow.

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"What a nice windy day!" by Leenechan
"What a nice windy day!", a photo by Leenechan on Flickr.

It's Blossom Flowerpot, and ain't she cute? I love the dark skin and pink hair combination. She reminds me of Momo Girl Licca.

You can't see them in the picture, but she's wearing really cute orange Mary Janes.

These dolls are like a disease!

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And it's just so fascinating!

Now that I've seen both Swirly Figure Eight and Sahara Mirage in person, I've realized that Swirly's skin tone is much darker. She's so darn cute, she deserves to be a popular doll if she isn't already! I love her skating dress.

I remember that last month I vowed that I wouldn't get too many of these dolls because of their size...I hate to admit that I've broken my promise to myself. I tell myself it's just Christmas shopping, but I think that if not for last month's trauma I wouldn't be so gung-ho about buying cute, smiling dolls. So this is what I've got so far. A few of these were gifts.

Suzette la Sweet
Blossom Flowerpot
Rosy Bumps 'N' Bruises
Sahara Mirage
Peanut Big Top
Ember Flicker Flame (really cute in person)
Jewel Sparkles
Ace Fender Bender (a gift)
Silly Hair Crumbs Sugar Cookie (also a gift)
Sprinkle Spice Cookie (Lalaloopsy Little)
Mittens Fluff 'N Stuff

I was lucky enough to get most of these for or below retail. Ember Flicker Flame, Jewel Sparkles and Ace Fender Bender were the only ones bought in a brick-and-mortar store, though. Last time I checked my local Toys 'R Us was only selling Dot Starlight, and Target had only about five of Crumbs Sugar Cookie and a bazillion of Suzette la Sweet. I guess the kiddies don't like her much...

The only one I'm really looking for to complete the list is Pillow Featherbed. If I'll ever find her, nobody knows. There is no way in hell I'm paying a scalper for her.

Uzumaki!

Nov. 21st, 2011 03:49 pm
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"Repent!" by Leenechan
"Repent!", a photo by Leenechan on Flickr.

This is what I always wanted to do with one of the Silly Hair Lalaloopsies. For those of you who aren't familiar with the Japanese horror manga Uzumaki (English translation: Spiral), it's about a lot of weird and gory happenings involving spirals. In one particular chapter, the heroine's hair acquires a life of its own and grows out into these monstrous curls that attack people. Eventually, she and her rival (who also acquires the Uzumaki hair) have a showdown on school grounds and use their hair to beat each other up. Of course, the hair really has a mind of its own...

I think that if Silly Hair Crumbs Sugar Cookie were to get in a fight with her hair, she would probably be the nice girl. Jewel Sparkles seems to be more of the ruthless type. XD

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...is that you can find a doll that was being scalped last week on Amazon for $100 on sale this week on QVC for below retail.

Thankfully, I got the doll from QVC. XD

I'm not sure what attracted me to Peanut Big Top, because she's loud and bright and clashes all over. Maybe as a child of the 80's I look at her and am reminded of Cyndi Lauper?

Or maybe one of those Macross idol singers...

Peanut was my reward to myself for putting up with last week's disaster.

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Meet Sahara Mirage!

I haven't fixed the boo boo on her eye yet, but it doesn't seem to show in photos. Isn't she cute? I love the dark skin/jewel toned hair and outfit combination. I'm a little disappointed that the "jewels" in her tiara are molded plastic and not rhinestones or something equally sparkly. I like my sparkly things, I do. XD

I think I'm so attracted to these dolls because they remind me of characters from the video game series Mother (Mother 2 being Earthbound for the SNES).

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"Bonjour!" by Leenechan
"Bonjour!", a photo by Leenechan on Flickr.

I think it's been close to six months since I bought a doll. Not bad, huh? But Oct. 14th was my birthday, and I was feeling deprived. I ordered this cutie on the 15th. I had heard some horror stories about factory flaws after my order was confirmed, but I figured I shouldn't count on receiving a damaged doll.

Sure enough, she arrived with a big scuff on her right eye. Thankfully, I had a bottle of Liquitex paint in Ivory Black, and I wasn't afraid to use it! Fixing a bad factory paint job on a big headed doll like Suzette is much easier than painting the eyes on a 1/6 scale doll head! I'm just glad she didn't have any marks on her face. I wouldn't feel safe using acetone to remove them.

Other than the dinged eye paint, she's in fine shape. I love her opalescent hair! Her full name is Suzette la Sweet, which reminds me of a not-so-great Billy Wilder movie called Irma la Douce that featured Shirley MacLaine as a French prostitute. XD

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