Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Ooak Audrey Two - Monster High Pet, Doll's House Miniature.

Ever since I first saw the Little Shop of Horrors 1986 Musical, it's been a firm favourite of mine. I love the 1960 Roger Corman film, but there's just something about the musical version that puts it right up there on my list of all time favourite films.

I love the way the movie makes you forget that you're watching a film and fools you into thinking you're watching it on the stage, the sets are awesome.

 Ellen Greene belts out her numbers like no one else could, the costumes on the three schoolgirl 1960's style pop group are gorgeous, but most of all Audrey two is both adorable and monstrous and I'm sure you won't be surprised to learn, one of those toys that never was, but I so wish had of been made!

For years I've been wanting to make myself one but never quite finding the inspiration or suitable materials to do so...                                                                      

Until Mattel launched their Venus McFlytrap Doll, who came with an adorable little pet called Chewlian and everything about the little guy screamed "Audrey Two" to me.

After I bought a Venus McFlytrap for my collection, I was on the lookout for another Chewlian to turn into an Audrey Two, when I finally got my hands on one, it was full steam ahead.

My Audrey Two

I had to carve off his "fin" , make him some more tendrils and repaint him.

My Audrey Two

I added some "mud" to his pot, and painted the cracks to make it look more beaten up.

My Audrey Two

It was actually pretty easy to do, and took only a couple of minutes to get him looking just right, and so I got the idea that I may soon make one or two more to sell at some time in the future.

My original plan was to make him for Endora's house (which sadly I run out of steam on half way through) but it seems that Pendle has over ideas, she loves the little guy,...

So it looks like I'll end up making yet another so Endora doesn't get jealous, after all, she'll be needing lots of freakish plants and herbs for her Witch's Shop!

Ooak Dolls by Passion - Adorable doll for a doll

Every so often I encounter some amazing Barbie Ooak dolls by an Artist called Passion on Ebay.

A while back I discovered another one of her listings, this time for an adorable doll pet for a Monster High Doll.

And here it is:

Rediscovering this picture, I just wish I'd bought one when I had the chance...

🍄 1992 Super Mario Bros. Board Game by Waddingtons 🍄

I don't know if I've ever mentioned this, but Aaron is a huge Retro Video Game nerd, he loves old consoles that other people would term as obsolete, 8 Bit Games, hand held, vintage consoles and arcade games and machines...

One series of games he's always had a love of is the Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. series of games by Nintendo, so when I discovered the Super Mario Bros. Board Game by Waddingtons, I just couldn't resist getting it for him!
The game is for 2 to 4 players, aged 7 to adult, and like it's video game counterparts, the aim of the game is to find the Princess...

Apart from the four playing counters, (two Luigi & two Mario), the box contains: 4 Princess Tokens (only 1 of which contains The Princess, the rest bear the words "The Princess is not here"), 12 Life Tokens and 40 Bricks...

The box states The object of the game: "To be the first player to find the Princess who is hidden in one of the Castles. Or if all other players have lost all their lives, to be the last remaining player in the game."

Each player chooses to play as either a Mario or Luigi, and is given 3 "Life Tokens" at the start of the game, there are also "Extra Lives" and "Gold Coins" to collect, which can be traded for additional lives throughout the game, this can be very useful if you happen to "Lose a Life" at any point.
You may land on a "Short Cut" square, at which point you'll have to wait until your next turn to either continue clockwise around the board or use one point from your next die roll to jump straight across the board to the "Short Cut Space" of the same colour to the one on the opposite side of the board to which you started from, then continue from there to use the rest of your dice roll to move around the board.

Each of the Castle Spaces in the centre of the board contain a Princess counter which is placed face down in a    on the board. If you turn this counter over and it is the Princess, then you have won the game, if not, then you must return that counter to the Princess Counters, shuffle them and replace it with another, face down, and then return your playing piece back to the start of the game.

Along the way you may also have to "Shuffle the Princesses", land on a square under a column of bricks, remove a brick, turn over a brick, roll again, lose a life, miss a turn, be sent back to the start, end up in an empty column (one that has no bricks) and be forced to take a detour, or "Zap" 1, 2 or 3 Bricks from the board.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

1965 Bewitched - Samantha Stephens doll by Ideal.

I'm sure you'll be amazed to discover that I've always been a fan of the 1960s TV Series Bewitched, what with this blog having the word kitsch in it's title and all!

There are just so many things to love about the show, Elizabeth Montgomery is beautiful, glamorous and sassy as Samantha Stephens, Agnes Moorhead is as amazing as ever in her role as the glamorous 1000+ something year old Endora and the ever funny Paul Lynde as Uncle Arthur and then there's all those sets, beautifully and  sumptuously decorated in all the latest mod cons the 1960s had to offer.

Add to that, Witches, Warlocks, and back-firing spells and for me you're onto a winner!

One thing I always wanted growing up, apart from being Tabitha Stephens, was a Samantha Stephens Witch doll. But I didn't think they existed so I was pretty surprised to discover recently that in fact they do!

They were produced a decade before I was born, and as I obviously grew up on re-runs, the Bewitched merchandise had already run it's course years before, not that there was much of it.

The Samantha Stephens doll was made by the Ideal Toy Company in 1965, with a baby version of Tabitha being released in 1966, both are now sadly quite rare.

The Samantha Stephens doll as a 12" version of everybody's favourite Witch, dressed in a long red velvet cocktail style dress, covered in glittery sparkles, complete with red Witch's hat, shoes and straw broom. She had movable arms and bendable legs, 

A boxed doll will set you back between $499.99 and $625.99, nude dolls are much cheaper but you're still looking at around $56.00 for her.

The above image is taken from an auction which ends in 8 days, the seller is asking for $625.99, for the doll in a reproduction box, but generously offers the option of paying for her in 6 instalments of $105.00, if you are interested you can find the auction page here: 1965 IDEAL BEWITCHED SAMANTHA DOLL

Oh and before I go, Endora wants to say "Hi"!

Monday, 12 October 2015

Proof MGA really do care!

I originally posted these screenshots up on Flickr when I discovered this awesomeness and have sadly only just rediscovered this post in my Drafts Folder waiting to be posted here - some four years later!


I guess it's possible there are some people who were not aware of this, so in that case... Better late than never!

June 7, 2011

Travelling on the web the other day I found

Screenshot, Bratz website
 Intrigued by the "Bratz Won" logo in the bottom right of the screen and knowing it's obviously
about the battle that was raging with Mattel a while back...I clicked it and ...

... I found this! screenshot 2

A nice little message from those friendly people over at MGA ... Thanking their fans!!

How cool is that?!

I gotta say they've really gone up in my estimation most big companies don't ever bother saying thank you to their fans like that ..

✨1992 Star Trek The Final Frontier Board B.M.I Print Division LTD✨

I'm not sure if I ever mentioned this, but I'm a life-long "Trekkie", more specifically, the original series - you just can't beat Capt. Kirk and Lt. Spock as far as I'm concerned.

Over the years, I've managed to get my hands on a few bits and pieces of merchandise pertaining to that series, the stuff I like is few and far between to be honest, so I  don't often find many items that take my fancy...

The Final Frontier Board Game was one of those items that I just had to have, as board games go it's pretty basic but heck it's not quite Snakes & Ladders, so here's the low down..

"This is the Star Trek Enterprise, your mission is to be given four destinations in your Solar Chart and return to Earth before your competitors..."

The game is for 2 to 6 players aged ten to adult.

There are 10 destinations in the Star Chart, you will only need to visit four - these destinations are determined by which cards you are dealt from the Mission Pack.

The aim of the game is to travel around the board and reach your four destinations. Along the way you may encounter Black Holes, these may either help or hinder you, depending on how the cards fall.

Once you have reached all four of your destinations, you must throw an exact number to be the first to reach Earth and win the game.

1977 Star Wars - Escape from the Death Star Board Game by Palitoy

Growing up with a big brother I shared his love of all things Star Wars, we couldn't get enough of the films and merchandise released from each of the films when they came out.

For a many years our favourite game to while away rainy days was the "Escape from the Death Star" board game, released by Palitoy in 1977.

The game is for 2 to 4 players, aged 8 to 10, but don't let that fool you, the game is still fun, even at mine and my Son's ages. 

The box contains 8 Playing Tokens, 4 Death Star Blue Print Cards, 4 Tractor Beam Cards, an  R2D2 Spinner, a Deck Of 52 Force Cards and of course the game board.

Each player has two playing pieces, Han & Chewbacca and Princess Leia & Luke Skywalker and both playing pieces must reach the Rebel's Base before a player can win the game.

As you travel around the board you must  Death Star Blueprints which you collect as you move around the board.

To help or hinder you along the way, you must periodically draw from the "Force Card" Pack, and follow the instructions written on it.

The back of the box reads: "Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo and Chewbacca are trapped in the Death Star Trash Compactor. It's your challenge to help them escape to the freedom of the Rebel Base."

"R2D2 spins out your moves, but you must decide what passage ways to follow. The safe way is the long way. And time is running out. You must turn off the tractor beam and pick up a pair of secret plans. Will you take short cuts that risk encounters with the Force? You will if you're daring, and could be the first to board the Millennium Falcon, fight your way through Tie Fighters, and reach the rebel Base to win!"

Although the game is now quite rare, I've recently seen some come up for sale on for between £30.56 and £49.99, whereas also has two for sale priced at £49.99 and £80.00!!