Friday, November 30, 2012

Sunflower Tommy!

Today my Sunflower Tommy arrived!  I didn’t see him when he was released in 2007.  He must not have come to my local toy stores.  I first saw him on the web and I really wanted him… but at a good price!  Many of my fellow bloggers have this doll.  Fellow bloggers feel free to post the link to you Sunflower Tommy!

So here he is out of the box.  He has a great little outfit!  He wears a blue shirt with green trim with a skateboarder on it and khakis with blue stitching.

And blue shoes and…

a frog!

They did two other issues of this Tommy but they were in sets that included other dolls! Kelly/Chelsea collectors refer to the sunflower issue dolls and No Neck dolls because they have a short neck.

Here is a close-up on his face!  He has a sweet face and great eyes!    I love the bowl hair cut on Tommy dolls.  It is my favorite for blonde hair boy dolls. They also used this face mold for the Asian Sunflower doll.  The face paint and complexion of these dolls gives them different looks!

This Asian doll is on a larger body.

There are a variety of Kelly/ Chelsea size bodies. Then there are the SIS Kids.

 Renee added for scale!
 Kelly size Tommy added for scale.

Maybe it the hair cut or the short neck or becuase Mattel just didn't do one, but I wanted him on a taller body.  Blonde hair dolls are in constant danger of being the next project around here because they are so easy to acquire.

I’m calling him August!  Because he looks like a kid in August trying on last year’s school clothing!  Yes, It is time for some new school clothes! Say hello to Auggie!

Thanks For Looking!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Family Update!

I met with a fellow blogger, Cyano Dolls and Reroots, this weekend!  It was a good meeting.  I am hoping to get two doll's heads rerooted.  We talked about dolls and doll collecting.  I left feeling inspired.   I worked on some doll projects and some story lines. It was just the jumpstart I needed. Thanks Cyano D&R!

So I decided to expand Brie's Family and work on their home.  So here she is with her dad and two sisters and her grandmother.

In the front is Rihanna, Brie and baby Matty. In the back is Carmine and his mother Carmen.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Scary Spice/ Mel B

In my 2nd post of thrift store finds from August I show you the Scary Spice doll I found and I told you I had another.  I am now going to talk about the dolls and show them to you.  but firt a little on the women and the doll.

Melanie Janine Brown born 29 May 1975 is English is a R&B and pop recording artist, songwriter, dancer, actress, author, television presenter and model. Brown was born in England to an English mother and a black Nevisian father and grew up in Burley, West Yorkshire. Brown rose to fame when she became a member of British girl group, the Spice Girls, in which she was famously known as "Scary Spice".  Her career spawn the dolls in this post produced by Galoob, Toymax Inc/ Toymax (Yaboom) Inc./Street Life Limited and Hasbro/Galoob.  The Spice Girls dolls are celebrity dolls based on the popular girl-group the Spice Girls. They were first released by Galoob Toys from 1997.  The dolls became a huge hit during the Christmas seasons of 1997 and 1998, selling over eleven million.

Eleven different sets of dolls were released. A "Sound Stage" playset was released and extra costumes "Spiceworld Fashions" (two sets of four fashions), later sold as "Spice It Up 2". The most sought after line of all the dolls is the original "Girl Power" set. The set features Geri Halliwell in her iconic Union Flag dress. Dolls featuring the girls with outfits from their music videos were planned, but never released.

When Geri Halliwell departed from the group in May 1998, Galoob continued the line with all five girls. It was a year after she left when Galoob finally released the sets of dolls that only had the four remaining girls. More than likely "On Tour," "Superstar Collection," "Concert Collection, and "Spice It Up! 1" were far enough into production that Galoob decided to release the Geri doll. Galoob was subsequently bought by Hasbro. Hasbro was going to continue the line into 2000, with the "Millennium Tour Collection" set for release in October. The Hasbro website had a page saying coming soon, but Hasbro stopped the line when the future of the Spice Girls became uncertain.

Galoob Five doll collections:

  • "Girl Power" - Autumn 1997 - ©1997 Galoob Toys, Inc.
  • "On Tour" - June 1998 - ©1998 Galoob Toys, Inc. (2 versions of Posh were made, original with long hair, 2nd with new short bob)
  • "Superstar Collection" - August 1998 - ©1998 Galoob Toys, Inc. (5 dolls in 1 box)
  • "Concert Collection" - Autumn 1998 - ©1998 Galoob Toys, Inc.
  • "Spice It Up! 1" - January 1999 - ©1999 Galoob Toys, Inc.

Galoob/Hasbro Four doll collections:

  • "On Stage" - June 1999 - ©1999 Galoob Toys, Inc. (Pre-production Geri was created, but never produced and sold)
  • "Spice It Up! 2" - Summer 1999 - ©1999 Galoob Toys, Inc., a subdivision of Hasbro (with Spiceworld Fashions, ©1998 Galoob Toys, Inc.)
  • "Viva Forever 1" - Autumn 1999 - © 1999 Hasbro, Inc. (Including the Viva Forever videotape - shown at the 1999 Toy Fair as the "Collector Series" ©1999 Galoob Toys, Inc.)
  • "Viva Forever 2" - Autumn 1999 - © 1999 Hasbro, Inc. (Including the Viva Forever fairy finger puppets)
  • "Millennium Tour Collection" - October 2000 - © 2000 Hasbro, Inc. (Unproduced)

"Concert Collection" and "Viva Forever 1" came with the Galoob Anastasia body. Do to the heavy volume, many of the "Girl Power" and "On Tour" doll were also sold with this body.

The dolls are now collectables. Some of the dolls are rare as well collectable, especially the "Girl Power" & "On Tour" sets that have joints in their arms and legs (Concert Collection bodies) and the "Spice It Up 2" set with the Spiceworld fashions. Many imitatons of the dolls have been made, most notably the "Girls Power" dolls and the "Spicy Collections" dolls don't even resemble the appearance of the Spice Girls.

Toymax (Yaboom)/Street Life collections

Toymax Inc/ Toymax (Yaboom) Inc./Street Life Limited made singing and talking dolls at the same time, but they were not popular and many fans thought they were ugly.

  • "My First Singing Spice Girl" Dolls - © 1998 - Street Life Limited
  • "My Outfit, My Song" Fashions - © 1998 - Street Life Limited
  • "My New Talking Spice Girl" Dolls - © 1999 Toymax Inc./Street Life Limited
    The doll I found at the thrift store was this one!  Spice It Up #1

    There are some differences in the head/face sulpt and body.
     Below is the 'Viva Forever Dancing Finger Puppet' Series.

    Below is the ToymaxInc/ Toymax (Yaboom) Inc./Street Life Limited  doll.
    Below is the Concert Collection doll.  I have this one too!

    Let's Compare!

    Warning Nude Dolls!

    So this is the doll I purchased from the thrift store.  She is a Spice It Up!- Mel B. My other doll, a Mel B, Concert Collection, I purchased new from TRU several years ago.

     Here is a closeup on her face. It is a pretty face.
    Here is a close-up of the face of the Concert Collection doll. Her face is pretty too!

     Both doll's faces together.  You can see that they are simular but different.  Like the differences you see with sisters.  Spice It Up has a wider face and eyes, a broader nose, no blush and a deep cherry lip color.  Concert Collection has hugher checkbones, a more oval face, plum blush and lips.
     The  body color on theses dolls is different. Concert Collection is more of a carmel colored.  She also has a smaller bust, pivotal waiste and elbow with smaller hips.
     Now I didn't follow Mel B much, so I don't know if the tatoos these dolls have are copys of the ones that Mel B herself has but here are two tatoos.  One on the hip/waiste and ...
     one on her back.

    She wears a ring on her finger and thumb.  Most version of the doll has the snake arm bracelet except Concert Collection. My Spice It Up is missing hers. Suprisingly neither doll comes with earings!

    Here is the feet of both dolls. CC on the left and SIU on the right.
     Side View
    Both dolls have the same color chunk hair color of bronze, copper and brown.  SIU Mel B is a softer fiber.  You can tell this one's hair was combed and play with. It is a little fuzzy.  My CC hair is pretty much the same as when I purchased it.  The hard texture of the CC doll'd hair didn't lend itself to restyling and that may be why I didn't try.

     From the back!

    Full Body 

    OK That is is!

    Thanks for Looking!

    Thursday, November 8, 2012

    Thrift Store Puchase For August Part 3!

    OK Gang! Yeah, I know it is November but I am making my way to finishing up my posts for this year!  So these are the last of my thrift store purchases from August.  First up, the Groovy Girls closet.

    I was first drawn to this because of all the colors.  It is so colorful, so fun, soo Sydney!  I think it will go in her room.

    And can you beat that price!  For that price I can give it the fashionista closet treatment with real clothes,  shoes and accessories! So I will keep my  twenty bucks and use them on item in this closet that I doll can actually wear and not pictures.

     Here is the back!
     It has plenty of space for things. It has two draws, a mirror and space for Ms. Leo to do a custom built-in.
    This space is where the doll would be stored but I think I will put in a bar and hand longer items there.
     Next up is this cute little cupboard  It is great for a country kitchen or maybe a store.
    Next is the Bratz closet.  I have one of these but you never know what you might need.
     I also found this  recipe holder.  This an item which can be used as a bench or a chair.
     Barbie for scale!
    It had a matching napkin holder that can be use for dolls too!  It can be a easy table.  Just turn it upside-down!
     A table for two!
     Here they are together.  You can see how easy they can be used together.
     I purchase all these items in a bag for 1.00.  I couldn't see what was all in the bag when I purchased it but I new it was good.
     There are some Polly Pocket items in it. Not all the items are Polly Pocket.  I think they will make great dolls for some of my little ones. I don't think I will need them all so some may be sold.
    The purses seemed all little large for PP but I think some of my dolls can use them.  Brushes... does any really want brushes?

    I like the ski, the sled and the sand box!
    These things are too big for PP.  I not sure if they are Bratz.
    I think the flowers are stands.  The umbrellas are very cute.
    I not sure what this is.  If you know please tell me.
    Small hats and sunglasses and visor.
    Not sure what this is either.
    All the ladies!
    The purses could be PP but I think other dolls could use them.

     The food is definitely not Polly Pocket.  It is a little too large.
     Garden items.
     and grocery items.
     Chickens and hens are food for use at dinners or parties.

    OK, so that is it!

    Thanks For Looking!