Sunday, August 27, 2017

Doll collecting at Belle Meade Plantation: Southern Dolls & Plush Ponies




Photo of Belle Meade Mansion (c) Kathryn Darden
Belle Meade Plantation, located in Nashville's prestigious Belle Meade community, is a historic mansion whose grounds and buildings now serve as a museum. 

Although visitors usually go to enjoy the grounds, historic outbuildings and the mansion, there is also a gift shop on the grounds full of Civil War and Southern gifts, including some cute dolls and stuffed animals.
Photos of dolls (c) Kathryn Darden
Beautiful dolls in Southern style dress join Raggedy Ann and some home-spun dolls in pretty array. 



Not to be outdone are plush ponies, puppies, bunnies and other stuffed animals for sale at Belle Meade Mansion.

Built in the 1820s by John Harding, the mansion is worth a visit to enjoy some of the history of Nashville and the South, but doll collectors will also enjoy shopping in the gift store for the cute offerings found there.

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Six Reasons Not to Date a Serious Gamer



Since gaming, toys, dolls and action figures often overlap, here is a humorous look at what dating a serious gamer is like and why you should avoid the experience..


True confession: I once dated a serious gamer. For over a year. He wanted to teach me to game. I wanted to show him the sights in Nashville. So of course we spent most of our relationship in front of a monitor playing video games, or at least he did. 
Read about  the lessons I learned dating a gamer here:

Top 6 Reasons Not to Date a Serious Gamer


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Thursday, June 29, 2017

World's Smallest Barbie Dolls



First of all, this is not the smallest Barbie in the world unless they mean "currently on the market!" Smaller Barbies have been produces for Hallmark ornaments as well as a Barbie doll Skipper once owned, to name a couple. However, these little "World's Smallest Barbie" miniatures are cute and they might very well be the smallest Barbies on the market right now at about 3" tall.

The little retro fashion dolls made by Super Impulse Toys come with tiny sunglasses.

I only saw two--the original 1959 Barbie doll and the 1971 Malibu Barbie.  These were for sale at Toys R Us for $4.99.  They are also available on Amazon.The little cuties are definitely worth a look!

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Moxie Teenz Dolls: Gavin Graduates




The Moxie Teen dolls and their other 14" fashion doll friends are celebrating the graduation of  Moxie Teenz Gavin with a backyard garden party. 

Dressed in his original blue Moxie Teenz  suit and a graduation cap, Gavin is making memories with his friends from high school including this electronic Barbie doll in a Ken shirt and homemade skirt, repainted Jackie Evanchco in blue checks, and two other Moxie Teen dolls wearing mostly Moxie Teenz clothes..


Gavin's graduation cap was borrowed from this silly graduation toy.


ConGRADulations, Gavin!

Find Moxie Teenz on Amazon.

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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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Related:

Minecraft Tribes on Facebook

Minecraft Dolls & Action Figures


Minecraft PVP Servers on Facebook

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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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Related:

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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Related:

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!

Related:

Minecraft Dolls & Action Figures



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