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Saturday, 20 December 2014

'◕ ᴥ ◕'Petworks Usaggie (Usagii) Kuma-Bolo bear doll'◕ ᴥ ◕'

This little cutie ( Kuma - Bolo) stands eight inches tall and is ball jointed... The ears are removable and the doll has a head cap, although I'm not sure why!




There was no way I could resist her beautiful big eyes and "teddy bear" like appearance... I bought her in the Summer and sadly have only just got around to showing her off!

`I really don't know much about these dolls, when they were released etc as I had never seen one before I fell for this little girl, but I do know that there is also a rabbit version ( Usagii ) and that they come in a variety of colours, although this little lady is the only version I have seen with big coloured eyes, they mostly seem to have small dot like eyes...




While I was searching for information on these dolls I discovered that they are available (smaller eyed versions) from Mimi Woo on Ebay - Good old Mimi! - Did I mention I absolutely adore Mimi Woo? ... Anyhoo, here's some links for Mimi's Ebay and Website posts for Usaggies...

Mimi Woo on Ebay:  Usagii - ( Mimi Woo) on Ebay

Mimi Woo on the web:Usagii - The Mimi Collection

Below is a sale photo from Mimi's stores, as you can see the eyes are a lot smaller, which seems to me to give them a rather cute grumpy expression. The other good thing about this photo is it allows you to see what these dolls look like under their clothing. _ When bought new, they do not have clothing, but they do have a sweet little box with a peekaboo circle on the front, so he/ she can see where they're travelling to!




They also don't come with their ears already attached so you will have to do that yourself once you unpackage your new baby.

Another place you can buy them from is directly from Petworks and of course they have several different types on their site... Here's some links to them:


Kuma - Bolo:  http://petworks.ocnk.net/product-list/63

Usagii:  http://petworks.ocnk.net/product-list/61

And here's the only other tidbits of info' I could find on them:

- Ears and a head cap should be jointed to the head by yourself.

- Size: 20cm tall.

- Doll is made of PVC, made in Japan.

- Mold: by Yukari Kawamoto


So if anyone has any other information, they'd like to share with me I'll be happy to read it!

Hugs,


  '◕ ᴥ ◕'   '◕ ᴥ ◕' '◕ ᴥ ◕'        UPDATE 17TH MARCH 2014'            ◕ ᴥ ◕''◕ ᴥ ◕''◕ ᴥ ◕'

For anyone interested in owning a little girl like mine, I've just found this listing on Ebay:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Petworks-KumaBolo-Bear-Odeco-Doll-NRFB-20cm-tall-/111606395787?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19fc42738b

*Grin*

William Blake "To See a World..."

This is one of my favourite poems, by William Blake.
Enjoy...



(Fragments from "Auguries of Innocence")

To see a World in a Grain of Sand 
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, 
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
 And Eternity in an hour. 

 A Robin Redbreast in a Cage 
Puts all Heaven in a Rage.
 A dove house fill’d with doves and pigeons 
Shudders Hell thro’ all its regions.
 A Dog starv’d at his Master’s Gate 
Predicts the ruin of the State. 
A Horse misus’d upon the Road 
Calls to Heaven for Human blood.
 Each outcry of the hunted Hare
A fibre from the Brain does tear. 

 He who shall train the Horse to War 
Shall never pass the Polar Bar. 
The Beggar’s Dog and Widow’s Cat, 
Feed them and thou wilt grow fat.
 The Gnat that sings his Summer song 
 Poison gets from Slander’s tongue.
 The poison of the Snake and Newt 
Is the sweat of Envy’s Foot. 

 A truth that’s told with bad intent 
Beats all the Lies you can invent. 
It is right it should be so; 
Man was made for Joy and Woe; 
And when this we rightly know 
Thro’ the World we safely go.

 Every Night and every Morn 
Some to Misery are Born.
 Every Morn and every Night 
Some are Born to sweet delight.
 Some are Born to sweet delight, 
Some are Born to Endless Night.



Sunday, 14 December 2014

Dr. Who 12 inch Dolls aka "The Ood Makeovers"!

I recently got my hands on two 12 inch Oods from Dr. Who (10th Doctor (David Tennant) Era)  and was absolutely amazed by the amount of detail they possess.

If you have no idea who or what an Ood is, you can find information about them by clicking this link:  http://tardis.wikia.com/wiki/Ood or check out these episodes of Dr. Who ( each of these titles provide links to the episode's Wiki page, so if you don't want to watch it you can read about it instead!): 

Series 2 (2006)
The Impossible Planet

The Satan Pit

Series 4 (2008)
Planet of the Ood

Specials (2009–10)
The Waters of Mars

The End of Time

Series 6 (2011)
The Doctor's Wife

Series 7 (2012)
Pond Life[5]

That said, I'll get to the point of this post now...

As they were both very dusty - having been displayed by their previous owners - I set about cleaning them, while doing so I began to feel the urge to "breathe a little life into them" as one of them in particular was very dull looking, having been painted in a hazy kind of way. 

I guess that doesn't really make sense to anyone else but I can't really find the words to sum up what was wrong, except maybe if you imagine viewing him through a sheet of voile, it was kind of like that - definitely in need of a "paint-job" that's for sure. 

The other one I decided I wasn't going to touch as he's paint was a lot fresher looking.

For the purposes of explaining the pictures, I'll refer to them as Ood #1 and Ood #2...

Ood #1 will refer to the "Dull & Hazy" little man, and of course Ood #2 will therefore refer to "Fresh Paint" Ood-dude, that said, I guess it's picture time now then...


Sale picture of Ood #1
The poor little guy was also covered in cobwebs, bless 'im!


Second sale picture of Ood #1
I decided I'd use him as a dummy for some "pastel practice" so that's what I did, sealing after each application of course before adding a final matt coat of sealer and additional applications of diamond glaze to give some areas a "wet look" as I felt his mouth parts, inner ears and nostrils should probably have some form of moisture within them.

Here's the before and after pic's,...  Btw, I should probably have already warned you by now that this post is going to be pretty pic' heavy, still moving on...


Ood #1 Before

Ood #1 After

Ood #1 Before

Ood #1 After

Ood #1 Before

Ood #1 After
Ood #1 Before


Ood #1 After

I have to admit, I was pretty proud of how good he looked, so I decided to compare him against Ood #2, bad move as it turned out as I realised that against "new & improved" Ood #1, he now looked really dull in comparison, so, lol, guess what? Yep that's right, I decided to give him the "make over" treatment too, below is a comparison photo, so you can see just how bad Ood #2 was now looking!

As bought Ood #2 and repainted Ood #1

So here we go again with the before and after photo's, the first one is of Ood #2 as purchased, no sale photo to use this time...


Ood #2 Before

Ood #2 After


Ood #2 Before


Ood #2 After


Ood #2 Before

Ood #2 After
Ood #2 Before

Ood #2 After

While I was customising this pair I noticed that there are slight differences between the two figures. Ood #2 is much darker in certain areas of his face, and his face shape is slightly different, it's only a subtle difference, but if you've been staring intently whilst customising any type of toy, you tend to notice and then it's all you see when you look at that particular toy, unless of course you choose to do something about it! 




I like the fact they have differences,  I guess it's probably due to one being a re-release but even so they would have used the same mould surely? 

Anyhoo, whatever the reason, I think it gives them more character and in a way a more lifelike aspect.





And here they both are side by side, so you can see the variations in colour and mould shapes...









Ood #2 came without his jacket but that's ok because it turns out he prefers to wear a kaftan anyway ... and a bandana?! 

He's also found his soul mate in "Creeping Stink Flesh", well there's no accounting for taste!



What's worse is since he is no longer enslaved and has found love, he's gone all New Age and is planning to start a commune on a farm with his beloved...

Yeah, that's really sensible, she'll most likely eat all the animals and everyone else in the commune!

The other problem I've found with him is he no longer wants to be known as Ood #2, as he informs me his name is "Delta" or "Just call me Del' as he puts it...

Gawd what a total arse he's becoming!

You'll be pleased to know Ood #1 or "Upsilon" is happy enough to be known by whatever name you wish to call him, at least that's one Ood I don't have to worry about!