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Were my predictions about Mattel right?

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Back in August 2018 I wrote a post titled 8 things I'd love to see from Mattel in 2019 . In said post, I made some sort of wishlist of things that myself and other Barbie collectors would love to see of the line. Now we're on April 2021, so I think it's fair to take a look back and see if Mattel has accomplished anything from the list.  I just want to point out that I started writing this post before the Monster High reboot was announced, so I left it on draft and started working on said post. Then I forgot about it for a few weeks and, since I didn't have anything else planned for the blog, I thought it would be a great moment to finish it.  The text fromt the original post is shown using an italic font. I have omitted a few parts that weren't very relevant, but you can always go back to the original post and read the entire text.  But let's stop rambling and start with the post.   Made to Move Ken  with rooted hair and at least 4 different skin tones. (...) O

Coral wainscot for spring diorama

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Spring arrived a few weeks ago, and a new season calls for a new colorful background. If you've been following my blog for a while, you might be familiar with my Mix and Match series, in which I make interchangeable elements to use as backgrounds for your doll photos. Recently I made  dark gray wainscot to combine with some of my colorful walls, but today I want to make a colorful version of that, so I use it for spring and summer looking photos.  Since I already explained how to make a wainscot quite in depth in my original New wainscot design post , I'm not going to go into so much detail on this post. However, I did change some  measurements and proportions, which I will explain, so you can choose the proportions that work best for you. Also, I want to point out that recently I got a new working table, so things might look a bit different than usual.  The supplies you will need are the same as last time, which are: Binding cardboard/gray cardboard. A sharp cutter (with a

The return of Monster High

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Hello and welcome back to my blog. Today I want to do something that I don't do that often and that it's write an opinionated post. I don't typically talk about doll news or comment on dolls I don't own yet, but from time to time I like to do something different. Please, keep in mind that is my own personal opinion, which is subjective. Also, my criticism is meant to be constructive, and not meant to disrespect the designers involved or their work. If anything, my main critiques are directed to Mattel as a whole. I will also try to break this post into sections, for easy reading. And now, let's finally get into it.   A while back, it was announced that Monster High will be making a comeback. If you have been following me for a while, you know that I love Monster High. Hence, my nickname is "Monster Crafts". However, since the line was discontinued around 2016-2017, I have been focusing more on my Barbie dolls.  A little backstory on Monster High For those

How to: Doll-size crate console. An experiment

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If you've been following this blog for quite some time, you might know that I'm currently focusing on making walls and props for my doll photography. My plan is to have a bunch of props that I can mix and match to give a sense of variety to my photos; instead of having to make bulky one theme dioramas that I have no room to fit. Some I've made them based on someone else's idea, and some are my original ideas.  When I made my Doll Size crate bookcase , I started thinking about other types of furniture that could be made with crates, but that wouldn't be as time-consuming as that one. So, I came up with the idea of making a doll size console with just two crates, so that way it would be way easier to make multiple in different colors. I'm not sure if console is the right name for this type of furniture. For what I understand, "console" can be those pieces of furniture often found in a hallway where you can leave your keys when you get home.  Because I di