Friday, June 16, 2017

Dressing Downton Display at Cheekwood Features Downton Bears, Doll Accessories


A visit to see the lavish Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times exhibit at Cheekwood Mansion in Nashville  promised to be a day of fashion and history. What I didn't expect was to find cute Downton Abbey dressed bears as well as small doll-sized accessories from the 1930s!
Downton Abbey bears photo (c) Kathryn Darden

The set of three bears was displayed twice, so here are both displays so you get the bears at two different angles. Small accessories included small serving pieces and small hats of the era made into what may have been pin cushions but just begged to be reassembled atop some lucky doll's head!


Doll-sized accessories photo (c) Kathryn Darden

If Dressing Downton comes to your area and there is a gift shop involved, check it out. The display will teach you more about fashion and you might find some doll-sized goodies in the gift store!

Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times runs June 17 through September 10 at Cheekwood Mansion in the Belle Meade area of Nashville. For more information about Dressing Downton in Nashville, visit cheekwood.org.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Minecraft Tribes Coming in May


NEW MINECRAFT MOD IN BETA TESTING

I have done several articles on Minecraft toys and figures which is what this blog is about, as well as a book review, but I thought I would take a moment to introduce the new and innovative Minecraft Tribes mod.

This version of the popular game is designed for players who enjoy the mining, building and engineering aspects of Minecraft but also enjoy the excitement and challenge of an occasional battle or raid.

Tribes PvP allows you to put your creations to the test in a rigorous PvP environment. Whether you use walls, castles, or booby traps, the only rule is war.

While the only rule may be war, there are incentives to build beautiful towns or castles as well protection for your base from attacks when you are not present to defend it.

Beta Testing is underway now. The new Minecraft Tribes mod will be available in May 2017. Check out http://minecrafttribes.com/ for details.

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Minecraft Dolls & Action Figures


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Multiple Minecraft Figures Mean More Fun




 As promised last month, here is the 3rd and maybe final installment in my Minecraft figures series.

Mojang has put out a variety of toys and figures in the Minecraft world, and there are assorted sizes to chose from as well as a plethora of characters to chose from, everything from the main characters, Steve and Alex, to a wide variety of mobs - the animals and monsters that inhabit the world of Minecraft.


Assortments range from the cute little minis, found in mystery boxes and packages of three, to three inch figures found in at least two series of assorted creepers, villagers, and heroes, to the larger action figures of Alex and Steve and their friends.



There are even Lego building sets so you can build your little figures their own Minecraft world! If you enjoy Minecraft or know someone who does, these little figures and builds are sure to entertain.

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Minecraft Dolls & Action Figures


Minecraft Tribes PvP Mod

Minecraft PVP Servers on Facebook

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Minecraft Secrets:Totally Awesome Builds Book Review


Strolling through my local Walgreen's clearance section, I came upon two Minecraft figures and the book Minecraft Secrets:Totally Awesome Builds marked down low, so of course I snapped them all up.

The Minecraft Secrets book was only $2 and looked colorful, so I figured I had very little to lose, even though it is the unofficial guide.

After all, according to the book's cover, "Minecraft is the world's hottest game!"


I plan to do an article on the small figures soon for this blog but thought I would mention the book as a resource for anyone who enjoys the game or the figures. 

Minecraft Secrets:Totally Awesome Builds does not quite live up to its name but it full of useful info for the Minecraft beginner. Having watched a long-time gamer play Minecraft and build a computer that adds among other advanced contraptions, this book appeared very elementary, and the pictures were often small and somewhat dark. In addition, there were no instructions on how to achieve the awesome builds shown in the Gallery section.


 However, it does go over Minecraft basics like the friendly creatures and foes to be  found in the game as well as biomes and other information including how to use redstone, and there were plenty of photos of interesting builds.



Being a die-hard J.R.R. Tolkien fan and Lord of the Rings nerd, my favorite build was Minas Tirith by EpicQuestz pictured here.

Now I need to find it online so I can visit all seven layers.
All in all, Minecraft Secrets:Totally Awesome Builds is a great book for Minecraft enthusiasts, especially those who are new to the game, and at just $2, it was a steal! Since i occasionally enjoy building on Minecraft for a little R&R, I may use it for inspiration and to 
Imagine it...
Create it... and
Build it!





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Minecraft Dolls & Action Figures


Minecraft Tribes PvP Mod

Minecraft PVP Servers on Facebook

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Minecraft Dolls & Action Figures



If you have kids, more than likely you have heard about Minecraft, the computer game where kids build with dirt, wood and stone and dig for gold, iron, diamonds, emeralds and other gems. A growing number of players stay with the game into their late teens and early 20s, and gamer guys find Minecraft a good way to get their girlfriends into gaming.

Developed by Swedish game designer Markus Persson in 2009, and later fully fleshed out and published by Mojang, Microsoft announced it was buying Mojang and Minecraft  in 2014.

Minecraft's popularity has spawned a number of dolls and action figure during it's popular run which appear in various toy and department stores every year. Here are a few currently available.

So for birthdays and other special occasions, a Minecraft plush toy might be worth digging up!

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Minecraft Dolls & Action Figures



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Sunday, September 4, 2016

Top 4 Tips on How to Sell Your Doll Collection



The question readers of this blog ask the most is "How do I sell my doll collection?" followed by "How can I tell how much my dolls are worth?"

If you are a doll collector, or if you are trying to work through the estate of a former doll collector, there are many challenges you will face. This list should help you get started.

1. List Your Dolls: Make a complete list of the dolls and every article of clothing and accessory. Do not get rid of anything, no matter how bad the condition.

2. Determine the Condition: Note any markings on the backside, back of the neck or bottom of the feet. Carefully and critically look for any damage: fading, hair brushed out of original set, paint chips, pinpricks, stains, loose limbs, etc. Unless the doll is pristine in the box and has never been played with, it will not be considered in "mint," "near-mint" or "great"condition. Listing a doll that has been played with on eBay as "great condition" is misrepresenting it.

3. Research the Prices: Go to your local bookstore and/or library and find books on the dolls and outfits. Look for price guides. Understand that price guides are almost always researched by contacting doll dealers and asking them to set a price for the dolls, and dealers have a vested interest in driving up the price. In addition, book value is almost always for dolls in pristine, mint condition. Price guides are always inflated.

Keep in mind that doll prices have dropped drastically since the mid 1990s and the secondary market value on dolls is almost always pennies on the dollar of what the original selling price was. There are exceptions but your book research should inform you if any of your dolls are of special value. You should expect to get around 20% to 50% of book value for a doll in good condition that has been taken out of the box and gently played with if it has all or most of its original outfit. A better way to determine value is to research eBay and local doll sales. Don't look at the asking price; look at the selling price. If your dolls are antique or otherwise very valuable, you might want to Google your city for doll appraisals. There is usually a charge to appraise a collection, but if you really think your dolls are valuable, it might be worth it.

4. Decide Where to Sell: The best places to sell dolls are eBay and other online auctions and local doll shows. Google your city for doll shows and find out how to get a table. You can also try Classified ads and local doll dealers. Each method of selling has its advantages and drawbacks that you should research.

For all these reasons, asking me how much your dolls are worth or where you should sell them will not get a response other than a link to this article because there are too many variables.

Also See:

Doll Collecting 101: The Secondary Market for Dolls


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New Vintage Barbie Accessories at Walgreens

Walgreens Cute New Barbie Makeup Collection on Shelves Now!


Walgreen's drugstore chain is now home to a cute collection of nostalgic Barbie doll cosmetic accessories including some adorable makeup bags as well as makeup sets. 


Mattel's iconic teenage fashion doll appears in her original 1959 vintage ponytail and zebra-striped swimsuit, but she couldn't look more timely. 

















The collection includes Barbie-pink nail polish, several makeup palettes, lip crayons, lip smackers false eyelashes, makeup brushes and more!

Prices for these goodies range from $2.99 to $6.99 and up, so these little cuties are affordable and sure to please the fashion princess in your household. And with a Walgreens on practically every corner, Barbie should not be hard to find!

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