27 Jun 2018

Lottie, Mia and Sammi by Arklu

This is a very long in waiting review omg.

Lottie first hit shelves way back in late 2012, a British doll made like so many, to make a statement. Unlike many who've come before and since, Lottie's marketing wasn't all about bashing Barbie and calling her a slut (cough cough, lammily cough) or such, but rather focused on what kids actually wanted to play with.
It was a simple idea, parents wanted more wholesome dolls and kids wanted a companion to go on adventures with.

The made Lottie small to better fit into the hands of the children she was made for, and of course it doesn't hurt that this also means she's far more portable and easy to take out and about.

16 Jun 2018

Hasbro Lost Kitties blind bag series 1

So Hasbro finally got in on the "blind bags that aren't MLP" thing.
A bit late to the party but hey, new blind bag toys are interesting.

These are currently on special promotional offer most places, buy 1 get 1 free as part of their launch. They retail at £5 so that's £2:50 each on special offer, which was too tempting to pass up so yeah... they came home with me lol.

This won't be a long review but i'll dive right in with these.

10 Jun 2018

It's roundup time!

Well start of May I put in payment for another bjd, which i'm not gonna tell you about till he arrives HAH.

But that coupled with the Beasts of the Mesozoic meant I haven't had much money for the past month or so that's not been earmarked for something else.

Of course, I have poor impulse control so that hasn't stopped me buying stuff. So long as i'm not in my overdraft it's fiiiiine, right?

6 Jun 2018

Creative Beast Studio - Beasts of the Mesozoic Raptor series

Omg dinosaurs.

So, okay... back when I was like, 7, I was OBSESSED with paleontology, it was my JAM man. Anyone who asked me what I wanted to be, I wanted to dig up dinosaur bones man! it was so cool.

I had, no joke, the largest collection of dinosaur toys of any kid at my school and regularly brought them in for show and tell.
One time, my mother, who was an estate agent sold a house to a guy who was a real life paleontologist who agreed to meet me. He gave me fossils! For years my most prized possession was a fossilised tree stump roughly the size of my own head.

And of course, as most kids who love dinos do, I had a favourite dinosaur which I suspect is partially if not completely the fault of Jurrassic park. Velociraptors.
Let's face it, they're awesome. Small, fast, smart and stabby.
And as we now know, feathery too! Like angry buzzards.

Of course the toy market, and indeed movies, seem reluctant to actually embrace this current scientific understanding and the general public seem to freak out at the idea of "birds being scary" and it's like guys? have you never tried to have a picnic near geese? have you never been chased across a park by a very angry swan? have you SEEN emus?!
People who say birds aren't scary are idiots, birds are terrifying. Birds with TEETH are even scarier.

He's gonna eat your fucking FACE!

Anyone who claims feathers make dinosaurs less scary is a fool, and I bet would change their mind once one started chewing on them.

 Anyway, the scarcity of scientifically accurate dinosaurs, particularly raptors, in the marketplace was something that mattered to people, not just me. And so that's where Creative Beast comes in. Over 2 years ago they started a crowdfunding page for just that, feathery raptors at 1/6 scale.
Of course they absolutely SMASHED their goal and since then have been tinkering away trying to get out the perfect product.
It's taken a while, but they FINALLY arrived and omg i'm so excited.

31 May 2018

Makies pt 3

The final part of the Makies retrospective! Whooo

Let's get into this.

15 May 2018

Makies pt 2

Next 10, oh yeah.

So last time I talked about getting started into the obsession, this time i'm waaaay down that rabbit hole and i've got no hope of coming back up again lol.

I had 10 Makies now, and not a lot else was being released that interested me. So what does one do when they have a small wad of cash and nothing else to buy? you got it, buy a load of Makies.

Especially when the lab kept putting on sales!

11 May 2018

Makies - A retrospective, because I can.

This month on Instagram there was a hashtag challenge inspired by the other "meet the maker/meet the whatever" tags. #maymeetthemakies. Organised by Sioux from Littlemoo, it was a great chance for Makie fans to get back together and start posting pictures again.
The community has been rather denuded and quiet since the final demise of Makielabs back in 2016.

It's been a bit of a whirlwind of emotions for me. Some massive nostelgia remembering the great feeling of a new doll and working on each and every character, but also some real lows remembering how nastily my involvement in the community turned toward the end when I was finally banned from the "official" group.
Some residual resentment and hurt boiled up thinking about them and how things went down, and a lot of regret and sadness.

But I love Makies, I always will.

They were a great idea, just sadly a little too ahead of their time, and marketed to totally the wrong audience (kids rather than adults with disposable income)

Maybe one day the idea of customisable completely one of the kind dolls will be more accessible, cheaper and more accepted by the toy industry.

Until then, I treasure each of my Makies and remember fondly the arrival and each and every one.

So that's what i'm gonna talk about today. it's my blog and i'll flog a dead horse if I wanna! HAH. (seriously i'm trying to cut back on buying new stuff so expect more retrospectives and vintage finds and such for a while)

This month as well as Maymeetthemakies on instagram I also did "a makie a day" on facebook. So here it is here too. I'm gonna do it in 3 installments. 1-10 now, 11-20 on the 20th and then at month end 20-31.. or 32... I have 32 dolls okay?
Because otherwise it won't load with all the photos. There's gonna be a LOT of photos. Prepare yourself, for the great Makies retrospective!