Back to School Apple White Review

So I posted a few days ago about this girl becoming available on Amazon, and thanks to Prime – HERE SHE IS! I’m going to warn you. I am extremely excited about new Ever After High, so this review is going to be biased. I LOVE HER!

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Her packaging is adorable! This is the Room to Study Back to School Apple White. You can’t see the Back to School logo at the top right because of the glare.

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Warning: Nerd alert! Look at all the math/physics/music going on back there! Love it

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I was worried at first when I saw the doll, because I could tell something was missing, but then I saw the jacket in the packaging like it was hanging on a hook. CUTE!

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Totally saving this art! How adorable!

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The back of the box made me more happy than the front, though, I must admit. DO YOU SEE THAT ART! Those dolls have listings on Amazon! Meeshell, Holly, and Maddie are listed as unavailable right now, but with this doll coming out and seeing their art on the back gives me hope!

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Apple knows her story….

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Out of the box, we see that Apple comes with many different things. Can you spot all the reused pieces?

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I’ll start with the doll, because let’s be honest. That’s what I’m here for.

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This doll features the smiling face of the new line. This is my first Apple with this face and I have to say that it’s adorable! Her eyeshadow is hardly noticeable in real life. It’s more reflective than the photos shows, too. She has bright red lips that are open in a smile.

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I don’t think this headband has been used before. Has it? It’s a crown with a little bow. BOWS!

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The doll does not have earrings or pierced ears. The headband is attached with those little tabs. I think for now I am going to leave them in.

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Okay, so for me there are two major things I want in a doll: Articulation and great hair. AND O-M-G does this doll have great hair. Okay, so it looks like she just came out of the box right now, BUT IT IS SO SOFT! Like so soft! Heaven in hair form.

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The doll’s dress is one piece.

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The design of the skirt does go all the way around the back. The dress closes with velcro.

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Apple’s only accessory is a set of beads with an apple charm/bead on them. (These are reused. The originally came in white and were “pearls” with the apple charm painted)

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The doll comes wearing purple heels with a purple non-painted ruffle at the top.

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These red shoes were also in the box. Are these from the shoe playset? Or somewhere else? Let me know.

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The jacket is a 3/4 sleeve jacket that does not close in the front.

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The design continues all the way around the back.

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It was right around now when I noticed a problem. I tried to pose Apple with her hands on her hip and POP! Look what happened! Her arm just came out of its socket! What! It easily popped back in, but that startled me!!

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I totally didn’t notice it until AFTER I thought I had broken my doll, but the packaging does confirm, she is supposed to be able to do that. Whoa!

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So everyone is going to be quick to point out the similarities between this doll and the School Spirit doll. I wanted to take a minute to point out their differences. Many people who already have one will probably pass on this doll, but I am VERY glad to have the new doll.

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The first major difference is the dolls themselves. The older doll has a very stern expression, whereas the new doll is all smiles. I like the lipstick on the old doll, but I always thought she looked annoyed at being forced into school spirit, which isn’t really in Apple’s character.
As for their accessories, this new Apple has a different crown and no earrings.

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There are subtle differences in their outfits that makes me happy. First off, I HATED that yellow top on the older Apple’s dress. Like where did that color come from?! And I know that the purple tulle is supposed to tie the older doll in with the Raven doll from the set, but I never liked it. The new doll doesn’t have the gold ruffles on her jacket either. Their necklaces are the same, except for the coloring. The skirt print is different, too.

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I think it’s easier to see the difference in the skirts here. I kinda like the more simple gold pattern.

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The only difference in their shoes is a little bit of paint.

So that’s the doll. I think she is adorable and totally worth it. I think she is different enough for me to get her as a “gotta-catch-‘em-all” collector. But I can see the complaints that are going to come already….

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Other than the doll, the box also has several accessories. This purple backpack with rose details may be better for Briar, but I can totally see Apple rocking it.

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This chair is adorable and Apple enjoys plopping down after a long day at school.

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The set also includes a table, massive book (The Storybook of Legends), glasses, and a laptop. The laptop is identical to the one sold with the fainting couch. The glasses are the exact same, except the ones with the fainting couch are more glossy, whereas this plastic is more flat/matte black.

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I believe this came with the shoe store playset? I haven’t bought that yet (Whoops! Gotta get on that!), but I think it is also found there.

You may remember that I tried to buy a smiling Apple White signature doll a long time ago when the “First Chapter” listing were originally found. I received an old face Apple that I sent back. Well…. now that I have this doll…

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I could make that smiling signature Apple! I think this is how I’m going to keep her, actually. I really like this look for her. This doll is SO adorable! The playset may have recolored or reused pieces, but I’m actually not complaining. I could ALWAYS use more of those adorable glasses and the laptop!

So what do you think? Will you be getting her? Anxiously awaiting the new Back to School Dolls? I’m in love! I can’t wait for more things to start showing up! Don’t give up on us yet! I’m speaking to you Mattel and you my fellow collector! If you want this doll, just head on over to Amazon and add her to your cart! I’m super happy I did :)

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New Ever After High on Amazon!

YES! So I know that Mattel has WAY scaled back their Ever After High line. The rumors are floating around that Ever After High is completely done for. They weren’t shown at Toy Fair and no one has heard much about them. I’m really just crossing my fingers and praying to anybody that will listen to me that it isn’t true. I know there are no new dolls at Wal-Mart or Target, but please no. BUT! Amazon has some listings that aren’t available yet and one that became available yesterday:




Okay. I get it. She’s really just the School Spirit outfit with accessories and furniture that we’ve seen before. But I am so starved for new EAH that I bought her. She’s cute and I just really want more EAH right now.

I know that I reviewed the Epic Winter Blondie some time ago, and that I didn’t have the nicest things to say about her. But I’ve changed my mind and bought almost every doll from the Epic Winter line last weekend. I’ve also made myself a little list of all the EAH dolls I am missing and have slowly started building it back up. I blame watching the Epic Winter movie earlier this week. I’m kinda in love again. Kinda madly in love again with their little pancake faces and soft hair. Seriously, Epic Winter Ashlynn has the softest hair ever. And even with his molded on pants, Daring is a little cutie! I take back any negative thing I ever said. I love my Ever After High and I want it back!!!

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Barbie Classic Black Dress Blonde

This doll isn’t a new doll to the collecting world. This doll was released around February/March of 2016. If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time you know that I love two things: blondes and bows. This doll checks both of those boxes. When I thought I might want to dip my toe into the Barbie Fashion Model Collection/Silkstones, I thought this would be a perfect doll to start. Unfortunately, as she was one of the first (if not the first?) Silkstones to feature an articulated body, she was no longer available on the barbie.com website, although her Brunette sister is still available. I found a listing on eBay and here she is! The 2016 Barbie Fashion Model Collection Classic Black Dress Blonde!
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I should note that the coloring on all of my photos is off. She has that classic Barbie platinum blonde hair. It isn’t yellow blonde at all. I couldn’t get my photos to cooperate with that, though.

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The doll herself is a HEAVY doll. When I took her out of the box I was very surprised at how more heavy she is than any playline doll I’ve ever held. She doesn’t FEEL like a “normal” Barbie. I have no idea what she is made of, but it is heavier and feels of higher quality than normal doll plastic. She also doesn’t have that plastic smell that most dolls do (I’m super weird and like that smell, though).

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Her face features side-glancing blue eyes, light blue eyeshadow with black liner and pale pink lips. Look at her brows! I’m just in love with her face. And her little beauty mark! This looks like a girl that you don’t cross. Love it!

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Barbie is wearing her hair in a ponytail with fringe pulled around to the back. She has several strands of hair surrounding her ponytail holder and another band at the bottom. There is a small amount of hair-styling product to maintain that back curl/flip. I’m loving all this detail in such a simple hairdo. You see none of the rooting lines or ponytail holder.

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I’m pretty sure that elastic was supposed to come out after I deboxed her, but I kinda like that it keeps her hair together rather than it splaying out. I love a good ponytail!

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The head mold was copyrighted in 1958 which is why she has that nostalgic feel.

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Like any good collector quality doll, she came packaged with some precautions. I’m not sure the purpose of this bit of plastic, though. I THINK it may be to ensure that the black fabric of her dress cannot touch her arms and stain them. It was attached to the dress with tiny plastic bits that easily detached.

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As her name is her dress, I think it’s important to talk about this. The doll was originally a $40 doll. You guys….. what have I been doing with my $40 all this time? The dress is of the HIGHEST quality! The fabric is super soft and it is lined. I can’t tell you how adorable this thing is! And look at those little bows on the shoulders! I closes in the back with two small metal snaps. It’s amazing how such a simple little dress that is SO soft can make me so happy.

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Each Barbie Fashion Model doll comes with this little tag attached to her right wrist. I think I’ll leave it for now. It’ll probably go bye-bye later, though.

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The doll wears almost-knee-high black boots.

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The boots are split in the back to aid in their removal, but the split does not go all the way. I’m pleased with this feature because the boots maintain their structural integrity, but you also get the functional piece of being able to remove them.

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This doll wears a nice light pink nail polish on all of her little fingers.

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Because she is articulated, I can show you that this color matches her lipstick. I think that’s a common theme in this line of dolls. I am NOT a high fashion lady, but I guess matching your lips to your nails is a thing? Get it girl!

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Her pedicure under those boots also matches. This is SUCH a nice detail that very few people will see because of those boots, yet they did it anyway! Love it!

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On to that body! The doll came packaged with plastic around her torso in the shape of the dress. I love little details like this! As I will probably be leaving her in that black dress for a long time, I haven’t removed this plastic. You can also tell that she doesn’t wear any panties. Another feature to protect the body? Or just a gutsy girl going commando?

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The Poseable Silkstone body has the points of articulation that I love to see in a playline doll like elbows, wrists, shoulders, hips, and knees. She also features a joint under her bust that allows her to tilt like I have her here. Unexpectedly, there is a joint at the waist that allows for rotation. I know this joint was common on the older (vintage) dolls, but seeing it here with all the other joints was interesting.

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The head may have a 1958 copyright, but the body is brand new. Well… 2015. That’s new. This poseable Silkstone body has some fans and some critics. You know us doll collectors are an opinionated and loud bunch. This is my first doll, so I’m new to this collector’s world, and I’ve already heard several opinions on it. I love some good articulation, so I don’t have a reason to dislike it yet.

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Now the stand. That I have a reason to dislike. I love when dolls come with stands. I think it is a must for a collector-style doll. We want to show these beauties off. So why am I complaining?

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It doesn’t fit her! The saddle part of the stand comes nowhere near her body. Those boots aren’t that thick. I have to be SUPER careful when I move her around. She’s heavier than I’m used to anyways, add to that that most of the mass is above that saddle part of the stand that doesn’t actually function. I’ve heard of collectors using Integrity doll stands. I might have to look into that.

And that’s Classic Black Dress Blonde Barbie! I wanted a newer less expensive doll to start my Fashion Model Collection to see if I really liked it. And I do! I really do! I realize all dolls in this collection are not $40 and that this is a very deep rabbit hole I find myself in. That being said, she will not be the last. I already posted that I’ve purchased another, this time straight from Mattel. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for this line as well as getting some of the ones I’ve missed.

What do you think of the Barbie Fashion Model Collection/the Silkstones? Had you even heard of them before now? What was/is your impression? Are there any on your wishlist?

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Project MC2 Experiment Dolls

I’ve seen the newest wave of the Project MC2 Dolls with experiments floating around Instagram and I really want one! I just don’t know WHO I want. Amazon has three of them for pre-order with order being filled as early as August 1.

In case you haven’t been stalking them, yet, let me introduce you to: Adrienne Attom’s Lemon Soap

Ember’s Fairy Wing Earrings

AND McKeyla’s Glue Tattoo

I honestly don’t know which doll to get. I’m thinking it’s going to be Adrienne because I have almost everyone of her dolls. She is just adorable and I love her glasses that most of her dolls come with. I’ve spent *a little too much* money on dolls lately and I need to make sure I can pay my mortgage payment…. but! never fear! I’m sure that Adrienne will be on her way to me at some point. I just need to make sure I have a house to ship her to ^.^

Do you collect the Project MC2 dolls? Are you excited for any of these? There are at least two more dolls in this line, but they aren’t on Amazon yet. Let me know what you think in the comments below, and I’ll let you know when/if I get one.

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Barbie Fan Club Memberships 2017

So the Barbie Fan Club memberships went on sale today and I have fallen in love with several of the exclusives there, so I went ahead and purchased a membership and my first doll.
I am happy to introduce you to Glam Gown Barbie Doll. I’ll do a full review of her when I get her! I can’t wait to get a Silkstone!

I’ve never had a BFC membership before, but I have watched them from afar. From what I can tell they are doing things differently.
First, this is really late in the year for the 2017 memberships. Don’t they normally go on sale around February? They aren’t even referring to them by years now. They are just 12 month memberships.
Secondly, there are tiers to the memberships. You can get a pink membership for free. The gold and platinum are the ones you have to pay for to get the exclusives. Platinum gets you more discounts and a free gift, but is a tad more expensive. The discount was more than the cost of the membership, though, so I don’t feel SO bad. There is a free gift included in the platinum membership that is not included in the gold. If you’re curious, it’s a pack of shoes.

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