*Gets back on horse*
*Horse is dusty*
*Gets off horse*
*Gives horse a dusting*
*Gets back on horse*
Okay. This is what I'm going to try to do, my loves and adorables, to get things back into a steady pace. I haven't done any rambled opinions on the old shit, we've got like two weeks before a whole slew of new shit comes out, and I really should get the old shit yammered about in some form before that.
Today, we do Nanea and The Historicals. Wednesday, we do the Contemporaries and the Wellies. Friday, we do the Moddie Shit. Giftmas, I'll just do a big damn post of All the Shit That's Fit To Blog About covering everything cool and good that has happened in My Dolly World since then. Then next Wednesday, we can talk about news and things that I've missed, in prep for the new shit.
S'all right? S'all right.
To Nanea and the Historicals. I've made you wait too long.
Alice Nanea Mitchell: Replacing Midwestern Turnips With Hawaiian Guava Bread since 1941
|It's all that's good good in the Hawaiian hood. Even if they don't have a hood.|
And they went pretty hard in the paint to give us something good. They moved the setting to the Hawaii Territory--which was heavily affected by World War II in a way most of the US wasn't--and gave us Nanea (that's nah-nay-ah, not, nah-nee or some other bastardization of the name) Mitchell to cover the era. Yes, she's half white, because AG be whiting. Yes, she has hazel eyes, because AG clearly don't have enough of those going around. But she's got lovely wavy long brown auburn hair, pretty tan skin, her stories don't constantly remind us she's mixed--shit, if anything, they push that half of her aside generally to focus on how very Hawaiian she is--and she has a new face mold which is the first since Marie-Grace. And her collection? Is to die for. I'm so happy to have her representing the 40s now. Luff you, darling.
Just like DeeDee last year, AG offered a preorder release of her and her shiny things. I already said something about it, but I didn't do that because I was out of town during the run of it and either would have had to ship her to the house or bring her back on a plane, and I didn't want to do that or get everything in the box to start. A buddy of mine went with the preorder set, and she adored it, and handed me many of the paper things that came with it, so I'm all good.
So what did I get? Seeing as it's been some time since the launch, I'll talk about each thing as I get to it. Okay?
|Why yes. I did bring her home.|
Yeah, so I got Nanea and her accessories, day of release going. My grandma Goose--who is the best--heard me talking about Nanea a lot this summer while sitting on the living room floor doing Neth's First Eyeswap. She told me some things about her years growing up, and gave me the money I used to then buy Nanea. I have the best family.6
|Kid outfits for kids.|
Growing Up with Aloha; Hula for the Home Front; and Prints in the Sand: My Journey with Nanea:
Me: I'll buy the first two books, and then get the Choose Your Own book later. Now let's do some reading. Surely these won't hit me as hard as DeeDee's.
Book: Nanea feels! Pearl Harbor Bombing! Racism! School Destruction! Lost animals, friends having to go away, family distress, sadness, and real history affects the Nanea all over!
Me: *cries like a little bitch* Nanea baby I love you so much you need all the hugs.
Still need to get the CYOA book, but man, Nanea's books do not play around. I need a third book! Where is the third book! Oh, mystery soon. But I need to know how her brother fares!
|Pearly shells by the ocean. Or something.|
Nanea's Hula Implements: We have instruments for the Hawaiian dancing, because Nanea is learning of her culture's dance from her mother's mother, Tutu. All of these are authentic looking instruments that are still used today in hula dancing, along with a neat bag and music sheets. I will probably get these before I actually get the outfit they're showcased with. For someone that only took a year of band, I sure love learning about instruments.
|I wasn't supposed to like the dog! But books gonna book. Also that outfit got me dying need it.|
Nanea's School Lunch: My weakeness for dolly food continues. I don't have it yet, but soon. C'mon it's practically a bento box, and there's pineapple and a sushi roll in it. And it's blue. Hook me up.
Nanea's Dog, Mele:
Me, at release: This is another plush dog in AG. I mostly prefer the ones with joints. I surely won't fold like I did getting Scooter on sale or Bo with my bundle. That was because of a sale. I won't fold. I am strong.
omfg hula doggie of feels. Why you make me out to be a fucking liar, AG? Nanea needs her puppers!
*gets dog as a gift for birthday from cool friends who came to my birthday party at AG*9
And that is why I have her hula dog. They're good dogs, Brant.
Nanea's Pet Set: Brain: You have the doggie. You should get the bed, it's got a pillow and a food dis--
Me: shut up brain I'm suffering here, I will get it if I get it after clothes because clothes outrank dog food.
|Shopping in Hawaii.|
Nanea's Island Swimsuit: Historical swimsuits are always kinda cute, and I have all of them so far. This one will join me soon enough. I really adore the print on it. Also tiny goggles. Okay, I'm going to stop lying about AG swimsuits. I like them if they're not modern two pieces that show weird doll cloth middles. There. Let's see how long before AG makes me out to be a liar again.
Nanea's Island Fishing Set: This, like the hula set, is on my eh side. I like the pole10 and I like the fish, but I always think "Could I get an outfit instead?" And so this will probably be obtained on the later side of getting shinies.
|Now this is a dress.|
|To Bed, we said.|
Nanea's Bed and Hawaiian Quilt: Now, Neth, no more doll beds for a while, even if this one is lovely. Wait for a sale. You're good at that. It's very couchlike, the bed. But damn if that quilt isn't lovely. Gonna have to look more into Hawaiian quilting data.
In conclusion? This is the much better showing of the 1940s, and if not for Midwestern mediocrity we maybe could have had it sooner. But the collection is sweet and once again the books have made me weak for a character. I'm going to steal things from Molly's collection that I like and don't cost a million bucks, put them on Nanea because she's pretty and her stories are more interesting, and be a happy Nethie.
And The Historicals: Fuzzy Braids, New Coats, and Birthday Cake
Again, the others got one or two things, or so. Except Addy and Sam, who now occupy the Shame Cube with Felicity. Suffering! Oh well. I said I wouldn't cry or blubber if Addy got cubed and I meant it.11 ETA: Also Josefina got nothing, because haters are hating.
|Hoppy Birdies for DeeDee!|
Melody's Birthday Party Accessories: Another reason to get that table and chairs, I see. I love the dishes--so blue! So nifty! I don't love the cake. I mean, the book has chocolate cake, and it's story true. But my allergies!12 We'll have to quarantine the food. Maybe make a nice fresh white cake. Or something.
|It's almost generic in its dressness.|
Maryellen's Rockin' Roller Skating Outfit: First of all that's a bullshit name. Second of all, it borders on generidress. Thirdly, it comes with the Dreaded Ballet Flats of Suffering. Ah well. A sale got this in my house. A coupon might be what gets the other half in because...
Maryellen's Roller Skating Accessories: you want me to pay how much for roller skates, socks, and a baton? C'mon, son. We have a budget, and that's too much. Don't suitcase me. You're gonna wait, skates.
|New Kaya Historical stuff? whaaaaat.|
Kaya's Trading Accessories: Accessories sold separately, womp womp. This is where we get the hair bobbles, the basket, and the sweet ass choker. So whenever I'm ready to drop for both of these, I'll drop for both of these. Because Kaya be my girl.
Beaver: I am not buying a toy generic beaver. It's not even fuzzy right. It's not even big enough. I'm not gonna do it. I may have folded on Mele, Bo, and Scooter, but I can find a generic beaver. I'm not folding. And I've read Kaya and the Beavers. So there.
|Either it's new or it's improved but it's not both, don't lie to me package.|
|Plaidy, and sock baddy.|
Kit's Christmas Stocking: There are a few things in this world I'm not even remotely a fan of and will not give any affection to. Ugly white boys ugging and whiting around me. Desecration of sweet potato pie.14 Mushrooms or zucchini in my Chinese takeout. And sock monkeys. I really can't stand anything sock monkey. I have never liked the ugly little things, and I hold no affection for them. So nah, fam, this won't be crossing my doorstep. I'd just bitch about every bit of that monkey. If someone wants to give me the stocking, then that's fine. But don't gimme no monkey fuckery. Nope. Take that shit and put it in the garbage.
|New coat, now hat.|
|New Outfits for kids.|
Wednesday: We go over Contemporary, GotY, and Wellie stuff.
|It's fuzzy and in the background..|
1 I know she's coming back out. I will cover that soon. See Time Line Above.
2 *Smug Neth Moment* Since I've made that post? Sam has come back out and gone into the Shame Cube, Addy has gone to the Shame Cube, Felicity has sprung back out all Gunpowder and Tea Cakes and settled to the Shame Cube, Molly's on the way back to be Cubed, and there's rumors of Kit about to turn her Cubicle into a You-bicle. So please, tell me more about how AG destroyed the characters by vaulting them and letting more come out. Please show how my predictions on the AG Vault were wrong. I'm all ears. (Disclaimer. I'm not any ears.)
3 Christian Cis-Het Anglo-Saxon Men. I found that acronym somewhere on Twitter and it's beautiful.
4 Watch some Adam Ruins Hawaii. Then read more about it. I love some Adam Ruins.
5 Read a motherfucking book.
6 Fun fact? My grandma, Goose was born the same year as Nanea, just a few months later. So that helped me love her even more. More on Goose/Nanea Ties soon.
7 Don't @ me.
8 I personally wear two pairs of shoes in my average life, and then geek out over doll shoes. Yep, that's my life.
9 I booked the party room at AG Seattle, several friends hung out, and we had food and talk and posted our dolls on Instagram because we are adults and we can have fun. And now I have the Gabby gift bag!
10 Getcha mind outta da gutter.
11 Also I have like all her stuff.
12 Bitch I know it's not a real cake.
13 Insert rant here about carrots and why they aren't casual bunny food.
14 Oh no white Jesus. The only uglier one is the ruining of the mac. This is a disgrace.