Australian musician Pogo, real name Christopher Nicolas Bertke, is one of the hottest names in electronica right now. Most famous for his Disney remixes, and being a featured musician and guest on “Louder with Crowder”, Pogo focuses on making music for the pop culture enthusiast.
In his interview with Steven Crowder of “Louder With Crowder”, Nick, as he prefers to be called (please note, this interview is NOT appropriate for readers under the age of 13, but hey, neither is Crowder!) speaks about what we in America would call conservative values. He believes in hard work, personal responsibility, and treating others with respect. He also believes that music should not be used for political purposes, and because he’s an indy artist, he can’t really afford to alienate people. Fascinating guy with a great perspective on the creative mind.
Here we are again, Fun Stuff Friday! Today, I'm going to be discussing one of the biggest collectible lines to crash in from the island of Japan. No, not Pokemon or Yu-Gi-Oh, I'm talking about Disney Tsum Tsum!
Now, what's a Tsum Tsum? Firstly, "Tsum" is from the Japanese word "Tsumu" which means "to Stack". So the name of the toys means Disney Stack Stack! The Tsum Tsums where launched in 2013, as an experiment in the lucrative Japanese market. Taking the Japanese fascination with soft lines and cute, round faces, along with the genuine appreciation that the Japanese have for the Disney movies the little oval characters became a huge hit.
What do you do with a Tsum Tsum? Their main appeal is the fun of collecting all the different characters, but you can also use them as building toys, to stack and make pyramids. There are several different kinds of toys, from big plushies primarily sold only in Disney Stores, to tiny plastic blind bags, sold almost everywhere.
Well, this is unexpected. The last two Mondays have been busy, so the Media Monday blog hasn't gotten done. I feel dumb, of course, but when that happens, I now have a new feature to fall back on: Writing Wednesday! This will be an occasional feature for when the Media Monday blog falls flat, but with this platform, you can expect some of the inner workings of my brain to be on display. Let's get started with a list of my all time favorite mythological creatures!
When people hear fairies, they automatically think of Tinkerbell or some such. Not me. The faeries I learned about in reading my fairy tales and myths are wildly unpredictable, even the Good Fairies (the Seelie) can be vengeful to those who hurt them or those under their protection. The Unseelie, or evil fairies act in vengeance toward the whole world or those who break their rules.
Sharing with the faeries are Tolkien's elves. Also, not always the purest hearted bunch (ask my friend Mirriam Neal and she'll tell you) but on the whole noble people, committed to care for the earth and humankind. Like the faeries of old, they are good to those who are friendly to them, giving, gentle, and given to singing and dancing. Respect them and they'll respect you.
Famous Faeries and elves include: Tatiana from A Midsummer Night's Dream, Lady Galadriel, Celeborn, Legolas, Arwen Evenstar, and Elrond from Lord of the Rings, and Jareth the Goblin King from Jim Henson's Labyrinth (for the Unseelie faction).
Again, when you hear "Unicorn" what pops into your head? My Little Pony, right? The unicorn was once a powerful symbol representing purity, courage, and, under certain circumstances, Christ Triumphant, but this depended on accompanying symbolism within the artwork. The unicorn is a creature that is immortal, wise, and has much magic, which it uses to heal those who are ill. They are, however, not afraid to fight those who are trying to hurt them.
Famous unicorns of course include the characters from My Little Pony, Peter S. Beagle's The Last Unicorn, and the unicorn from the "Hunt of the Unicorn" tapestry series.
Pegasi? Pegapeople? What *do* you call multiple Pegasus anyway? What is there to say, anyway? Come on, Winged horse! The favorite of the Greek goddess Athena, the Pegasus is the mount of the hero Bellerophon, and the carrier of Zeus' thunderbolts. Interestingly, there is only ever one Pegasus, technically that's the name of the horse himself. Famous Pegasus/winged horses include Hercules' mount Pegasus in the Disney film, Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy from My Little Pony, and Strawberry from the Chronicles of Narnia.
Yeah, weird pick, seeing as how centaurs have... a mixed reputation. They're either insane drunkards or warriors in the Klingon mold. The noble warrior faction is headed by Chiron and Pholos, the friend and trainers of various Greek heroes, but most mythological centaurs are rather rude chaps. However, in most modern media, the centaurs are portrayed as powerful warriors in the mold of the above Chiron. Famous centaurs include Chiron as portrayed by Pierce Brosnan in Percy Jackson, General Oreius from the Chronicles of Narnia, and their appearances in the first Fantasia.
The dryads, or hamadryads if male, are creatures associated with trees. They are the guardians of the forests and live either inside or around trees. They are usually kind and gentle folk, but don't try to take their trees, hurt their animals, or threaten them. Otherwise, you will pay. I find them attractive because of their powers. I have always loved characters associated with nature, and these characters are no exception. Famous dryads or dryad like creatures include Treebeard and the Ents from Lord of the Rings, Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy, the Spring Sprite from Fantasia 2000, and the Lorax.
Yeah, the most stereo-typically girly thing on the face of the planet. The mermaid, like the dryad is a being who lives in and has some control over nature. Of course, everyone knows what one looks like, a beautiful girl with the tail of a fish, but this belies their function in most mythology. Like the dryads, they guard the waters, but unlike the dryads, who generally don't bother humans unless they get a little too fresh, certain mermaids will seek out sailors and drag them to their doom. In most modern fairy tales, they are benevolent people as a whole and don't understand humans, not comprehending why creatures so like them can't live underwater. Therefore they are redeemed from their older, less kind origins. Famous mermaids include (of course) Ariel from The Little Mermaid, Studio Ghibli's Ponyo, and Ondine, which are all basically the same story.
There you have it! I hope you enjoyed!
Hello and welcome to Fun Stuff Friday! Today as I was puzzling over what to do for the blog this week, it struck me. I've never discussed the humble paper doll!
When I was a kid I collected Paper dolls. I loved paper dolls, they were cheap, and if you were careful, they could last a good long time (I'll have pictures of one of my paper doll sets later in the blog.). I started collecting the madness that is Dover Paper Dolls in my teens, so I never lost my taste for these works of art.
With the advent of the internet, options expanded for paper doll collectors of all ages. Many of these beauties are from vintage magazines like Goody's Ladies Book, McCall's, and Delineator, magazines that today's girls would only know about if they read the right books, but abound on the internet, in all their fascinating detail.
Costume Gallery features a set of paper dolls from 1919 featuring a World War One Sailor and his charming lady friend along with three outfits and accessories for both of them.
Gabi's Paper Dolls features dozens of paper dolls, vintage and modern, including ones from other countries!
Free Paper Dolls.com has loads of awesome paper dolls from the thirties to the sixties all for free, while giving the proper acknowledgement to the owners. Included are some awesome Barbie (brunette bubble cut!) and Barbie's unfortunately forgotten bestie Midge. Free Paper Dolls also offers a selection of the adorable Betsy McCall paper dolls.
Miss Missy Paper Dolls again offers a selection of vintage and modern paper dolls that can be printed. The really awesome thing is that she has a huge selection of dolls from other countries, particularly Japan, a passion of hers. She even has some for Glitter Force, unavailable in the US! My favorites from her site are her collection of Mary Englebreit Ann Estelle dolls.
Little (and Big) Disney fans actually have quite a selection to choose from! On Disney Family you can choose from Belle, Cinderella, Aurora, and Ariel paper dolls.
Other Disney fun can be found on Cory Jensen's Facebook page. Cory has drawn a huge selection of Disney and other characters for printing fun. Perusing the photos section will delight any Disney fan, treating them to truly under rated characters like Esmeralda, Megara, Princess Eilonwy from Black Cauldron, and Honey Lemon from Big Hero Six. Musical fans will be ecstatic to find favorites like My Fair Lady, Phantom of the Opera, and Hamilton represented. He even has... wait for it... Star Wars! Rey and Princess Leia have paper dolls in his collection, with several beautiful outfits a piece.
Welcome to my little slice of the blogosphere! Today, I want to talk about a toyline that has captured the imaginations of little girls the world over. Put your hooves together for My Little Pony!
My Little Pony officially came on the scene in 1983, as part of the push by manufacturer Hasbro to make a girls toy with staying power (their previous lines, such as Little Miss No-Name and Moon Dreamers didn't do well... at all) like their boys lines G.I. Joe and Transformers. Hasbro didn't know it at the time, but they had a major hit on their hands. The ponies galloped to stardom with their 1986 movie "My Little Pony: The Movie" (y'know to go along with the similarly cleverly named G.I. Joe and Transformers movies....) and their long-running TV series.
In 1997, the Ponies got an overhaul in looks, becoming the more elegant and race-horse looking than their short and stocky predecessors. This was my generation of My Little Pony, I had three, and a small playset. I just loved toy animals, and the ponies were no exception.
In the early 2000s, a third generation, closer to the original, arrived on the scene with another selection of movies and TV shows. I was a bit old for them at that point, so while I thought they were cute, I didn't have any. Then there's generation 3.5, but we don't talk about them :P
In 2010, My Little Pony was again revived with a brand new cast and a brand new show: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. This show was quickly the hit of the year, with it's classic writing and fleshed out characters. The new pony crew of six, lead the herd to superstardom facing off with villains like Teriek, King Sombra, and Discord (the voice of John De Lancie) to save their home, not with physical power, but with good spirits and friendship. The journey continued with the Equestria Girls line, with the popular characters turned into humans, this series is going strong, with four movies so far.
Now I bet some of you are thinking "I've got some old ponies in the attic, I wonder what generation they are?" Well, I can help you with that! The top sites for MLP identification on the internet are Strawberry Reef and Ghost of the Doll (for girls toys in general). If you've got it, these dedicated collectors probably know what it is and who it is.
I love restoring ponies, they're so beautiful when they're done and so many people love them. Here's some photos of my little herd.
Anyone who has known me for any amount of time knows that I love a good fairy tale. I also love finding new stories to treasure, which lead me to the wild world of webcomics.
After running across Megan Kearney's Beauty and the Beast, (which is recommended, but only for teens and adults, it’s a little weird) I ran across an anthology series called “Erstwhile Tales” created by three talented ladies named Gina, Elle, and Louisa. These latter day Mother Geese take lesser known (but not gruesome) tales from the Brothers Grimm and translate them into comic form. These stories include “Maid Maleen”, “Snow White and Rose Red”, and “King Thrushbeard”, if you’ve never heard those stories, that’s ok! I never paid that much attention to them myself!
The ladies bring the stories to beautiful and vibrant life with colorful characters who go against the usual mold. The princess in “The Twelve Huntsmen” is a stout but healthy size little lady, the heroine of “The Singing, Springing, Lark” is African, “Leftovers” takes place in the Bahamas. Much of the art is what my brother calls “neo-Anime” a stylistic combination of Anime and Western drawing styles, making for a unique experience.
Tales are occasionally dark (this is the Grimms we are talking about) and contain scenes of violence off camera. One story, “All Fur” features a really creepy relationship the heroine must escape, and just needs to be skipped. There is the occasional name being called, but these are usually flung by the villains at the heroes or heroines. There are characters who wear period dresses that reveal a small amount cleavage, but no other immodesty.
For fairy tale fans everywhere, Erstwhile Tales is a great choice for reading. Generally appropriate for all ages, fun, and colorful, I can really recommend Erstwhile Tales (in its Book and online format) to readers 8 and up.
Hello, hello, and welcome to the mirth and madness that I call Laterose Doll Clothes, the blog! Today I am finally getting around the second part of my talk on the Doll Clothes Superstore.
Doll Clothes Superstore (then the Doll Clothes Warehouse) was the first place that my mom bought me clothes for my Samantha American Girl doll. The clothes available for the 18 inch dolls are simply the best in the world. Back then, they made clothing that was comparable to American Girl company, and they still do, but at a steep fraction of the price.
Samantha is wearing a school uniform dress that is no longer available from the Superstore. The jumper is a heavy flannel and the blouse is a very nice light cotton. Her shoes were from a now defunct line sold at the equally defunct Ames stores.
This blue dress is model that is also no longer available (This red one is similar, really pretty). It's one of the nicest ones I've bought.
Grace models one of the colonial style dresses, found here.
This one requires a bit of explanation. This is my Mom's Crissy doll, made by Ideal toys in the late 60s and 70s. Crissy had long since lost all her original clothes, so one day it came into my head to buy her something that was era authentic to replace her now missing clothes. I found the Rose Garden Capri set and thought "I wonder if that will work." I ordered it and a few other items that I needed for various projects. When it arrived, the pants were hopelessly small for both my 18 inch dolls, so it went to Crissy.
Now let's talk about shoes! Doll Clothes Superstore has a huge variety of shoes available for purchase to match all their outfits.
These pretty boots are perfect for all sorts of historical outfits...or maybe a young superhero!
These shoes are made for walkin'! These cute little sneakers are perfect for any modern outfit your dolls wear.
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