American Girl Doll – Truly Me #58

Another doll I’ve really wanted to try having has been an American Girl doll, or same sized equivalent. I have looked for over a year at all the different options available, trying to decide if some cheaper options would satisfy my curiosity, but I eventually decided I should just take the plunge and get an actual American Girl rather than spend money on several alternatives only to still want one in the end anyway XD

The Kit Kittredge doll had always appealed to me but I decided that since I now have a different blonde doll (my Petitcollin Minouche Joelle), I would try something different. After looking at them all, the one that really spoke to me was #58, and finally last week,the opportunity to get her arose.

Now I’ll be honest, when I first opened her up, I wasn’t feeling it. However, I think it was mainly due to the fact that I really don’t like the outfit the Truly Me dolls come in. It didn’t suit the character I had in mind for her at all. However, I found a dress and some shoes I still had from a previous doll which fitted her perfectly and she felt a lot better in these.

One thing I was pleased about though is that she is from a batch before they started putting the built in underwear on them which I know a lot of people are cross about so that was a relief to see that she has the original removable ones.

I really like her face mold and her hair and although I knew they can stand on their own, I was still impressed by it. Her knees have been sculpted really well, and I am surprised by how well she can hold her arms and legs etc in different positions. Although she does tend to want to sit with her legs in a big V shape, it is possible to position her so they are a bit straighter too so that was a nice surprise.

In general, I am really pleased with her, especially once I got her out of her horrible stock outfit; but I can already say that I doubt I will be adding to my American Girl collection unless I was able to get one at a super cheap price as I think they are overpriced for what they are.

American Girl Doll - Truly Me #58

American Girl Doll - Truly Me #58

American Girl Doll - Truly Me #58

American Girl Doll - Truly Me #58

American Girl Doll - Truly Me #58

American Girl Doll - Truly Me #58

American Girl Doll - Truly Me #58

American Girl Doll - Truly Me #58

American Girl Doll - Truly Me #58

American Girl Doll - Truly Me #58

American Girl Doll - Truly Me #58

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Petitcollin Minouche Joelle

As part of my mission to enjoy dolls more again this year, I have decided to expand my collection to other kinds of dolls rather than primarily focus on BJDs. I have been wanting to try out some different types of dolls for a long time and after a few sales on ebay, I was able to get some that I had been curious about.

The first is a Minouche doll from Petitcollin, designed by Sylvia Natterer. The dolls have simple yet beautiful painted faces and reminded me a little of Sasha dolls. They are much more limited in their posing abilities than a BJD as theyย have complete arms/legs but they can be moved at the shoulder etc and the head can be turned from side to side. One of the arms comes bent at an angle which I thought would annoy me but actually, its great as you can convey many more poses and emotion with it than if they had two straight arms.

The one I chose is called “Joelle” and she will probably keep it is a name. I mainly got her because I found her for a great price, but she was one of my top choices of the dolls available too so the good price was a welcome bonus.

She has light blonde hair and blue eyes, and came dressed in a pretty flora dress, a shrug cardigan, white socks and white shoes. She also has a body suit on underneath which was a lovely touch. I must admit her hair is a bit much for me at the back so I may need to try and restyle it at some point, but aside from that, she is just wonderful. I love her face, she is so photogenic. Her outfit is beautiful, and she is beautifully sculpted, especially her knees. She is also able to sit with her legs straight in front of her rather than out to the sides in the dreaded V shape that a lot of dolls are cursed with.

I am really thrilled to have added her to my collection and I would definitely like to add a boy in the same size in the future; as well as get some of the other sizes of the dolls available.

Petitcollin Minouche Joelle

Petitcollin Minouche Joelle

Petitcollin Minouche Joelle

Petitcollin Minouche Joelle

Petitcollin Minouche Joelle

Petitcollin Minouche Joelle

Petitcollin Minouche Joelle

Catching Up

Hi everyone! So, I’m back! Not that I think anyone missed me but yes, here I am again. I’m sorry I haven’t updated the blog for so long. I’ve just really been struggling with my illness the last few months and it was making it difficult for me to enjoy things properly and so although I uploaded some photos to instagram and flickr, the blog got neglected for a while! As I said briefly, I found it difficult to enjoy my dolls properly for a while and I’ve been a lot more active on my Disney/Pixar instagram account @lucysroomtoys, but the dolls waited patiently for me and I’ve been getting back into taking their pictures again.

So before I resume proper posting, I thought I’d share a few pictures from Flickr since my last post ๐Ÿ™‚

Matty got all the way to the final round in BJD Runway. Here she is for one of the challenges, portrayingย Danai Gurira as Michonne in The Walking Dead:

BJD Runway

Here’s Tabitha just being her usual cute self, and Matty in a photo which was a Fashion Friday set that never made it onto the blog:

Tabitha

Fashion Friday - 30th September 2016

Olive got some wonderful trousers from our friend Kristin which she has hardly taken of, and has mostly been spending her time reading and eating cookies with Winnie:

Olive & Winnie

Olive

Tabby enjoyed walking with dinosaurs in her fabulous dinosaur dress she got from Spampy:

Walking with Dinosaurs

We welcome a new kitty to the family! I won him in a competition by Eve Studios, his name is Berlioz:

Berlioz

Kitty Comparison

I took some group photos of everyone together, and of the cats & dogs together:

Group Photo!

Cats & Dogs

I made a crown for Olive, and Tabby dressed up for Halloween:

Fashion Friday - 21st October 2016

Happy Halloween!

Tabby and Hanni got an early Christmas present, the cats caused havoc with the Christmas tree, Tabby enjoyed watching the train; and Olive & Milo left milk and cookies out for Santa:

Still here!

Berlioz

Nala & Tiberius

Tabitha

Christmas Eve

Hanni dressed up as Boo and some of the gang changed out of their Christmas clothes:

Boo

Edward

Matilda

Milo

The kitties played on their cat tree. and Olive read some more to Winnie:

Kitties

Olive & Winnie

Olive & Winnie