Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Mass Blogger Interview

From Ms. Leo's Mass Blogger Interview post, here are my responses.

When did you start collecting dolls?
I started "collecting" fashion dolls in February 2011.  Although I owned the Barbies pictured below before that, they were for a business and not something I played with.

What was your first purchase as a collector?
So In Style Trichelle.  Look at that sexy side eye!

How many dolls do you own?
  • 22 On display
  • 13 Still in boxes
  • 05 Articulated bodies waiting for heads
  • 11 Unarticulated bodies that will be used for spare parts
  • 03 Dolls I don't want
  • 23 Older Barbies that aren't really part of my "collection."
  • 77 Total

What is your favorite doll and why?
My "Claudia" Wolf.  She's a gorgeous wolf with a fashionista style.  What's not to love?

What dolls are not your favorite and why?
Biebers and a Moxie Girlz that I just bought for their clothes.  I'm not a fan of their bodies or faces.

What is the biggest challenge about collecting dolls?
Finding space to store them.

How do you display your dolls?
Spread out in little tableau's all over the place:

Inside a bookshelf, having a gathering

On top of a bookshelf, in the midst of a conversation

On the corner of my desk, as big sis listens to little sis' latest drama

On top of my breakfast bar, perpetually on the way to the airport

How do you store your dolls?
In actual storage boxes.  I covered them with contact paper to fancy them up though.

Have you ever been to a doll show?
Back in 1991 my mom and I attended doll shows as vendors.  I have not been to one since then.

When you travel do you look for dolls?
I do make a point of going to the local Walmarts or any of my usual at home retailers to see what the stock is like in other areas.

What is your latest purchase?
Got 'em today actually.  Go to Ross.  They have reduced prices on Moxie and Bratz stuff.

What doll is on your wish list now?
I had several; a few Monsters, the 3.0 Basics, Tokidoki Barbie, etc.  But I'm doing away with lists.  If I find a doll and the price is right I'll get it.  If not, I'm not going to hunger over the ones that got away.

What doll do you wish you didn't purchase?
Blasphemy!  Even if it's a doll just purchased for clothes or parts, I still found value in it and got something out of it.

What is your favorite doll related item?
Easy Cutter!  So awesome I bought a second one.

How often do you photo your dolls and what doll is the most photographed?
I photograph as often as I blog, so maybe once a week on average.  The doll I have photographed the most is Claudia Wolf. ^_^

Do you talk to other collectors in person or just on the web?
I'm pretty anti-social, so I just talk to other collectors on the web.

If you had the chance to speak to Mattel or other toy makers, what would you say?
More diversity, MORE BODY TYPES!!!, and please, articulation for every doll.

What doll do you wish would be reissued?
My Scene dolls and That's So Raven.  I missed out on those. :(

What two dolls would you combine and how would you want them combined?
A my style question, woot woot!  I want a Moxie Teenz body with Liv double jointed knees but the ability to pivot like a Fashionista.

The end.

Thanks Ms. Leo!


  1. Hi Muff! I love your answers! Ms. Leo did a great job with her questions. I love how you spread your dolls around you. I have most of mine in two large cases, but I just recently displayed my cars (too in perpetual travel) on a 1:12 scale dollhouse that belongs to my youngest daughter (it's "in storage" here, while I get to enjoy it!) and I put my new Francie Nighty Bright in my Bedroom in an acrylic case I found at Micheal's during a knockout sale. We'll see how my boys respond to my spread. weeeeee! See ya 'round!

    1. Thanks for stopping by BarbieFantasy! I went and visited your blog too. I have a small place, so it seems less like they are taking over if I spread my dolls around instead of having them in one area. See ya!

  2. I enjoyed getting to know you a little thru your interview answers. And I love your dio displays!

    1. Thanks, Roville. The dios are pretty basic, but for everyday use I like seeing the dolls out and about.

  3. So funny! I really enjoyed reading your answers :D I'd like to display my dolls as yours in the pics

    1. Hi, Sergio! I'm just back from reading your blog. Once again, very entertaining. I love having some of my dolls displayed. I tend to repose them quite frequently too, lol.

  4. Great answers!!

    But... what business did you use those first dolls pictured for?

    I like reading your answers too, because it makes me feel less behind... I'm also under 100 dolls total, and everyone else seems to be listing in the 300+ range... I felt so inadequate, LOL.

    I love your doll displays, and the "Perpetually traveling to the airport" bit, very amusing, and I imagine there are a lot of "Aren't we there YET?"s going on!

    Hopefully they're also perpetually passing a Starbucks (or cute local coffee shop) so they can recaffinate!

    Thanks for the very amusing answers!!!

    1. Hi, Heather! My mother is quite the seamstress and back in the '90s she started a little businesss selling her handmade doll fashions. I bought her the dolls to use as models when we did shows. I know I have pictures around here somewhere. I should whip 'em out and do a post.

      I cannot imagine having dolls in the multiple of hundreds. You know what, I take that back. I can imagine it and would like it... if I just had the extra room, lol.

  5. Great answers! I crack up evert time I read your posts lol. I too have a few folks perpetually traveling some where! Thanks for your amusing post! I will have to post mine soon:)

    1. Here's the weird thing, Chynadoll. I move that car around just about every day. Sometimes I'll put 1/12 grass or lamp posts behind it as though they are passing scenery in the distance. They may never get to that airport, but they will sight see on the way, lol.

  6. Hello from Spain: I enjoyed reading your answers. Trichelle agree with you that has beautiful eyes. I like the photos with your scenarios. I have also boxes like yours. I agree with you that we have to ask that all new Mattel Barbies have an articulated body. I am glad to learn more about your collection. Keep in touch.

    1. Hi, Marta. I know a lot of people aren't a fan of the side eye, but since Trichelle was my first doll collected, I sort of have a soft spot for them. I'll be looking forward to your responses to the questions as well!

  7. Hi Muff,

    This is my first time visiting your blog. I enjoyed your witty answers to Ms. Leo's interview questions. I especially appreciate your photos. I bought some Justin Bieber outfits but was never interested in the doll. It is nice to know his knees and arms are articulated, though.

    What do you use the easy cutters for?

    1. Welcome, Limbe Dolls and thanks for visiting me. I've visited your blog too! ^_^ There are newer Biebers out that have better neck articulation if you are ever interested in getting one. None of them have articulated wrists though. :(

      I talk so much about my Easy Cutters that I have to do a post on them! Until then, I use them to make wooden doll furniture and paper books. I also use them to modify dolls and cut through other thick substances or to score thick substances. They are great.

  8. Hi Muff,

    Nice and funny interview! Lol! I love your responses and your displays.

    Oh nice purchases by the way. I was trying really hard not to make a doll run before the doll show this weekend, but you and Vanessa are making it really hard. Lol!

    1. Hiya, Georgia Girl. Thanks for coming by! Are Vanessa and I enabling again, lol? I am amazed that even with all the stuff I've bought lately I am still on budget. There have been some great sales so I'm not feeling too guilty about the new things I've found.

  9. First, let me say that I was looking forward to your answer to the last question! You didn’t disappoint!

    I love how you have all the little dios set up all around! The cutters are getting to me; I think you have started something. ;D Is it just you Mom that makes clothing or do you make clothing too? JB is lovin’ it here and he says to tell you Hi. He was afraid that he would meet the cutter one day soon.
    Thanks you for you post!
    Ms. Leo

    1. Hi, Ms. Leo! Only my mom made the clothes. I was the marketing and business man of the operation, while she was the talent supreme.

      I know that JB is glad he escaped the dreaded storage box. Stay free, JB. Stay free!

  10. @JB comments made by Muff - lol. Guess JB ran out, ha ha!

    Thanks for answering these questions and sharing your photos. Especially love the dio scenes. I enjoy your posts.

    I, too, am more social online than I am offline. Allows me time to do what I want and not have to squander time doing things I don't want to.


    1. D7ana, being anti-social has its perks, ie, no squandering! I am just not a people person. LOL, I do not play well with others. But dolls and I get along just fine.

      Thanks for stopping by! ^_^

  11. I enjoyed viewing your photos so much, and reading your answers! I like seeing how you have your dolls displayed.

    1. Roxanne, thanks for visiting and for following my blog. I'm following yours now too! ^_^