There are times that I'm reminded that I'm truly not in the target audience for most dolls anymore. Disney Descendants is one of those franchises that does that for me. For those who aren't aware, Disney Descendants is a franchise created to supplement the Disney Princess franchise, all about the children of our favorite Disney heroes and villains. The main form this takes is a series of three live-action films and a web-cartoon "Wicked World", but there's also a toy line, which includes dolls, costumes, playsets, and more.
What makes this one of those franchises that remind me that I am so totally not the target audience is that I can see all the flaws in the storytelling and how this was a low attempt to cash in on Mattel's Ever After High and Monster High lines. I hate to sound like a cynical grown-up, but it's true.
However, if there's one thing I can't resist, it's anything Mulan or Aladdin related. And one of the stars of Disney Descendants is Mulan and Shang's daughter Lonnie. I was fortunate enough to score a Lonnie doll used from my favorite Ebayer, Alaskanan. If you're looking for great deals on vintage toys, look her up!
But enough commentary, let's take a look at Lonnie, who I subsequently renamed Lihua, which means "pearl-blossom."
Over the Halloween weekend, the Monster High girls (Plus Gil) decided to watch some classic monster movies and see what humans thought about monsters like themselves. I warned them that what they see might not be too flattering, but they were still curious. I sat in to document the results.
As movies about sea monsters are rather few and far between, Lagoona settled on "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"
Thrifting and rummage sale-ing can be loads of fun. Take this past October, for example. My church had it's rummage sale, and it's always a bear. While helping set up, I discovered an interesting set of items. Two seemingly random backdrop pieces and a house shell for 12 inch fashion dolls. I could tell by the stickers in the picture frames and the quality of the craftsmanship that it was genuine Barbie stuff, but I'd never seen anything quite like it. I took to the trusty Google and searched for it as soon as I found the date stamped on the bottom of 2004. To my delight, I found it to be a Barbie My House playset! Produced twice, in two different styles, this playset allowed girls to configure the house however they desired, and conveniently put everything away in one flat package. Mine is now missing the chairs, bed, and other accessories that once went with it, but all the same, it's a great piece of equipment.
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