Monty Python and the holy grail (Volks YoMidi Williams)

I admit I lied about the Monty Python part but there is my holy grail – Volks YoMidi Williams! Thank you Volks for allowing us non-SD collectors a taste of the Williams craze.

I kid, I think that doll was my most frustrating one to acquire, even though I only really tried starting mid last year – and then had to pass on two generous offers to pick up one at the Volks Cruise 2017, briefly got my hopes up when another friend said she might know someone who has to pass up on her LA Dollpa one (that didn’t happen) and then ultimately got offered one from the Volks Cruise from one of the two people who already offered a pick-up service. Afaik, that crazy rollercoaster ride of emotions is part of the Williams package.

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Oriental Kitsune [Raccoondoll Laetitia]

I’ve been told that I need to get a Raccoondoll pretty much since the company first popped up (cause mature minis + curvy bodies + boobs = my thing) but I kinda never had a reason to get one until I decided that’d be a smart idea (except not) to shell some secondary characters. The first idea was to get her in Sweet Mocha but then Raccoondoll released Dark Mocha and I am a fan of different tan shades (and Sweet Mocha is like Iple’s Real Skin and I already have a doll in this color) so Dark Mocha it was.

Much poetic. Such wow.

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A box of chocolate [Twigling Minigenue]

I’ve always loved Twigling’s dolls and their aesthetics but they had one bid downside – their height! After six failed attempts at SDs I had resigned to my fate and tried for years to convince my Mom she needed one (she agreed, but I’d have to buy her xD). So no Twigling for me… but! I think last year Twigling was hinting at Ingenue becoming a MSD! So I started to stalk her Facebook and when the Early Bird orders started to open in January / February I jumped on it asap cause cheaper price, six months layaway, free worldwide shipping AND an extra surprise? Who wouldn’t have done the same.

Actually I had ordered her in Dark Tan but when the first resin cast pics got posted I fell in love with Ebony and was allowed to switch – hilariously ending with me getting mine in the first batch now.

Excuse the the artsy looking pics, I was too lazy to switch my 100mm for my 35mm so I was a bit limited xD

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Long limbed and loose legged [Serenadedoll Ava]

I had actually planned on taking advantage of Serenadedolls‘ winter event but never got a reply to my question (+ their Q&A board looked like a hot mess waiting to happen) but at the beginning of May they seemed to get their act together and I got a mail saying that my order placed with the discount was still valid and the graciously agreed to give me a layaway option so ordered an Ava.

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Never say never [Iplehouse JID Asa guy]

So a few weeks ago I had asked Iplehouse if I could get a JID Asa head on the boy body via CDS with the knowledge that the head might not fit perfectly fine. I was told that was not possible which okay, no biggie it was worth asking.

Fast forward at the end of March when I was on Iple’s website again to look at the new KID Paige and saw one of their auction dolls at the end of the site – a JID Asa dressed boyish. “Oh”, I thought: “let’s look if she maybe has a small bust so I could snatch her up, pad her a bit and pass her off as a dude!”. Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be a ‘real’ boy aka JID Asa girl head on JID boy body. You know, the same combo Iple told me was not possible (haha). In Real Skin which was my top choice for him to round the whole WTF-moment off.

Cue me stalking that auction like a mad because I sure as hell would not let that guy escape me (we will ignore the fact that I bidded myself up to 300 bucks right away cause Iple bidding system =/= eBay bidding system – clever I am not). But hey, I won! And he was even – despite my bidding mishap – cheaper than a regular NS JID so I am a content bird.

As usual the auction dolls have some faults – in my case it’s dust on the shoulder and sanding marks on the thighs. Not that I care, I tend not to get up close and personal with my macro lens to random body parts of my dolls unless those are clothed.

Guy arrived today and thanks to my Grandma fronting the custom fees I got to him handed over to unpack.

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Here he comes [Dollshe Fashion Grant Phillippe]

I started the whole doll blogging business back in 2010, when everyone had a Livejournal and blogged regularly (often daily) with it. I remember writing daily entries that were – if I look back at them now – menial and pointless. But it was fun! There were always someone who commented and you ended up randomly talking in the comment sections and became friends over time.
It’s a bit like looking back at the 90s now and think „oh that must have been an easier time with no worries“. Which, of course, is utter bullshit but eh, the brain’s funny that way.
POINT BEING is that I do not plan to let this blog go the way my LJ went but instead keep it focused on the dolls and less on me screaming in rage at… a variety of things. And people.

I’ve slipped into ‚hibernation mode‘ with the first snowfall because snow means that my outdoor pictures are severely limited as snow and I don’t agree picture-wise and my indoor pictures have always been between slightly shitty and really shitty. So I hibernate, trying my best to get some nice pics for the remaining ADAW weeks but otherwise taking it slow.
On the plus side, now that it has gotten clear what of my commissions did not made it in time for proper outdoor pictures, the urgency to get it in the promised timeframes has vanished. Simply because I can do jackshit with it anyway unless the snow goes away or it’s Spring again.

Right in the middle of this twilight zone my Dollshe Fashion Grant Phillippe made it to me without any exciting detours to customs (a Christmas miracle if I’ve ever seen one!). He is Stephanus, a character I had since I was like 14… which is a damn long time when you’re now 23.

Stephanus is insofar a special case as I had been trying to shell him in dollform for years. My first try was an Iplehouse Owen in 2013 which went so wrong that I was too scared to start a second attempt until November 2014 when I ordered a Souldoll Vito Jang… and then Dollshe announced the Fashion Doll releases. Cue me screaming because I had always known that the Dollshe Grant Philippe mold would have been perfect for him but as a MSD collector with the sure knowledge of nine failed attmepts at owning MSDs I knew that I could not order him in SD. But a MSD release? Count me in.
I ordered him straigth away on the first day of the release and settled in for a longer wait (because you know, it’s Dollshe and I did not spend these last years in the hobby under a rock). There had been jokes in the Discussion thread about Dollshe taking a year to send them out but I think we all hoped this would not hold true.

But then they started shipping them out and I had been tracking him like a madwoman. The seven hours of „out for delivery“ today felt like seven days and the three hours after he was delivered and until I could go home from work felt like seven years.
I actually had the nerve to take boxopening pictures this time even though I am usually too lazy to do that. Or rather, some pictures b/c I was too lazy to switch my 100mm lens for my 35mm one. Go me.

Shiny box is shiny (I adore SDink’s versions of the Dollshe boys btw)

Candid up nose shot

Certificate and… credit cards? Wonder if they equal a black American Express…

Alllll the extras – the price the Christmas Event Packages went for were a fucking steal for what was included in the end!

And the main course ;u; Eyes are cheap-o TB glass eyes in 8mm but they are perfect. Guy thankfully has ‚demon eyes‘ aka full on black so no pesky business of figuring out the perfect ratio of pupil to iris to eye white. Yay.

And now it is time to disassemble him, ship his OE head to the US for a face-up and his upper body to Russia for his tattoos. Meanwhile I can start on thinking what clothes I need to commission for him and how to get his wig and horns from somewhere… as well as where to get some proper throwing axes from. Sometimes I do regret that my dolls are all fantasy universe based, it was so much easier when I had dolls that dressed in pastell XD