|Big Hair, Don't Care. Especially on a Friday.|
Let's make a step in the blog direction. Let's bring back Casual Fridays in a big way. A big hair way.
Since it's also Flashback Friday, let's take it way back first. Remember being a kid in the 80s and begging your parents for quarters to put into the vending machines at the front of stores, outside banks, and inside the now-dead Toys R Us? You got lured in by the shiny stuff on the front or the fact that machine said it had Spider-man, popped in your change--anywhere from a single quarter to four of them lined up back to back--turned the crank, and got a little plastic capsule with some kind of Cracker-Jack level toy.1 You got just a sticker or a temporary tattoo, if you had bad luck. You may have lucked into a bouncy ball, or got the one you wanted if the machine specialized in those. Sometimes you got a plastic ring or necklace for kiddie swag, or a little plastic figurine. Some had the same amount of quarters you'd spent back, which was like a second chance to spend your funds. You probably never got what they showed on the front of the machine that lured you in the first place, but you still had something tiny and plastic to amuse you for a few minutes and your parents could finish paying for the groceries. It was baby's first slot machine, only you actually got something at the end. I'm sure I put way too much loose change in those as a kid and every little bitty thing I got is either trashed or hiding in a bin somewhere in my mom's stuff. My fave were the little plastic charms that were all the hype in the 80s. I had so many tiny plastic mirrors with jingle bells on them, fam. If you've ever played anything with a Japanese influence or are just a bloody nerd like me, then you've also had the same feel if you've gone after gachapon, which are capsule toys but of nicer quality.
So this blind box shit's not new in the slightest. It's just taking off at higher price points than the loose change in your mom's purse.
Nowadays, blind box, mystery open, or blind bag toys are everywhere. Some have codes that'll hint at what's inside. Most times they come in boxes that are sealed, and you have no idea what was in the box till you open it. No refunds if you get doubles, kids. Hope you've got someone to trade with. I've been known to chase down things like this. In the 80s it was C.U.T.I.E.s, the distaff counterpart to M.U.S.C.L.Es. Recently it's been Funko Mystery Mini Disney Princesses, Mini Barbies, Steven Universe figures, Tokidoki brands, and blind bag/blind box My Little Ponies back when ponies didn't piss me off. My local comic book store2 has a few variations once in a while, often has a trade box if you get one and want to trade brand for brand, and I'll grab one when picking up my nerd books with the caveat that I have to like over 75% of what I'll get before I pick one out and drop funds, and I generally don't gotta try to catch em all. I also try to stop once I've reached the point where there's only a few I want to find and the chance of finds are low, then decide to hunt down those I want on eBay. eBay, where people will try to make you pay through the nose for the one that only comes one in every thirty-six boxes.
The two major lines that have been in the toy aisles at Fred Meyer and Target3 in the past couple of years taking up good space are Shopkins and L.O.L Surprise. I haven't gone for either. Shopkins don't thrill me as Things, But With Eyes, plus Bae hates anthropomorphized food. The dolls have weird expressions as well--plus by the time they came along, I had already written off the line. LOLs have been popular among my feed buddies, but the dolls have plastic clothes and hair and for me, that's a big nooooooope. LOL has expanded greatly with little sisters, pets, and other such bits. Still a noooope.
So when I heard about the Hairdorables, my interest was piqued. Hairdorables, if you either don't know or enjoy being a bridge troll and living under a rock, are chibi-style mystery package dolls released by Just Play that are made for today's go-go YouTube vlogging and camera unboxing toy kidfluencer. Basically, all those unboxing videos on the 'Tube? Just Play's trying to tap into people who do that and people who enjoy watching people open boxes on camera for your amusement. The price point of Hairdorables is noticeably higher than other brands at thirteen bucks, but the hair isn't plastic--in fact, their hair is their big selling point--and they're focused on specific characters instead of like, forty different ones on a spread sheet. Except there's a spreadsheet.
Okay, let me back up again and give you a summary of their whole shtick. The backstory goes that the Hairdorables started when main character Noah, while doing a vlog about her putting in a side braid, accidentally smushed the words "hair" and "adorable" into the word Hairdorable. The hashtag and the video went viral, she launched her own channel with her buddies, and now they get on the internet and share all their quirky traits. The Youtube channel just launched today--perfect timing--and the official Instagram is adorable. They also have a Twitter and a Facebook but really, this is an IG kind of line.
The line launched at the start of August and the first wave, or Series One, is introducing us to the twelve characters. Right now Hairdorables are only at Target, WalDeMart, and Amazon. I saw them on the shelf during one of my 35th Anniversary MLP Runs4 and decided hey, if I hate them after the first one I open then I'll sell it off and consider it not my thing. This is literally how I got into Harry Potter. I should have known.
Guys. Gals. Enby pals. Hairdorables are my thing. Well, it's a thing that I like and that makes it mine.
Also on Monday, when I was not asleep but should have been, my brain went "hey, I wonder if there's a Hairdorables wiki?" One Google search later and. Um. There were two, in the sense two had parked on Wikia/Fandom, the same place that's been hosting the AG Wiki for the past ten years. But they were not up to even minimal snuff. One hadn't done anything but URL park--they literally only had the main page. And the other? There were fourteen pages, and one was a fan character. A fan character. Noooooooooooooope. Do not allow or do this when you are trying to inform, especially if you haven't even gotten good data pages up.
So, having run a successful wiki for ten years, I decided that if you want the thing done right you gotta be the one to do it yourself. One creation, four hours of sleep, and several hours later, the Absolute Hairdorables Wiki was born. Just like the AG wiki, I run a neat ship and will not buck nonsense. I've already turned off the "add a pic to the gallery" button site wide, all the comments under articles because no one needs that, and anon editing. And when I wasn't putting my braids back in the past two days, I coded. All the characters and each of their doll pages made nearly fifty pages. And that's before I started defining things and noting anatomy and all that. You want a good wiki, you make a good wiki and you treat it right.
The first half of this post is me opening my first one, way back when on that far flung day of August 12th. At the time I hadn't figured out my aspects on my phone, so the pics are long and wide at a 16:9 Ratio. Live with it, I wasn't cropping. Then there's some blog shots of my collection so far. Finally, I'll have a craft for all those people who want to keep the backgrounds but don't want or can't deal with huge boxes in their living space.
Jump under the cut and start living your best Hairdorable Life.
|There's going to be so many box pics.|
First, the box. It's mostly purple, with a silhouetted figure of Noah on the front holding a heart, with the hair visible. The dimension ratio of the doll can be sussed from this; big head, small body, lots of hair.
To the side are three of her buddies. We'll get to know them as the box opens. At the top is the logo and the slogan: Big Hair, Don't Care! Just Wave Your Hair in the Air and Curl it Like You Just Don't Care. The logo has a comb in the I and a bobby pin around it. Oh my gods that's precious. Someone has the graphic design down. Also it's rainbow. Rainbows are cool and #InstaGay.
The opening part is closed over with a plastic cover, so people in theory won't be able to open stuff to peek inside. Jerks have already started taking the plastic off, opening them, putting the plastic back to make it look unopened, and then returning them. Don't be that jerk. Take the L if you get a double.
|Eleven surprises. There'll actually be a tick less.|
|I have friends, do you have friends?|
Introducing Noah and the #Hairdorables! Noah is a super sweet girl with a talent for styling hair. When she posted her front braid tutorial for fun, she never imagined it would go viral! Since then, Noah has loads of inspiring friends who love to share their passions, so when she asked them to contribute to her channel, they all yelled out a resounding YAAAAAS!
Check out the HAIRDORABLES Channel on YouTube!
I know it's an ad blurb, but I like the message in there. Don't be afraid to just share yourself and your passions. Add to the information positivism or make something good in the world. It's why I AG blog. That and copious bitching. Which is a form of positiveness.
|It's like Instagram, if you're a doll collector.|
|Selfie stick for all your videos.|
|The eleven surprises.|
That being said, your surprises are a collector list, comb, the aforementioned four stickers, shoes, two different accessories, the signature card, and the doll in her outfit.
....open open open.
|The whole gang's hair!6|
|Your package options.|
Let's meet our doll crew.
|Noah, Kat, and Kali.|
Kat is our resident animal lover and comes with dogs. I really wasn't geeked for her to start with until later. You'll see.
Kali is our black STEM girl who's basically like "there's an app for that." More PoC STEM girls. All the PoC STEM Girls.
|Bella, Skylar, and Willow.|
Skylar is our world traveling Native Hawaiian; her bio states that she's descended from Hawaiians. She's got a purple streak but otherwise brown hair.
Willow is our brown skinned fashionista into unicorns. So like Rarity. Unicorns and mermaids are the fantasy creatures of the hour right now, so she's all pastels and unicorns. Fun fact: Willow is the only one in this series who doesn't get a hair clip accessory. All her headstuff is unicorn headbands.
|Dee Dee, Harmony, and Brit.|
Harmony is our music loving performer with neon green hair. Headcanon: British and even if she's younger than their heyday, she is so into the Spice Girls.
Brit is our dark haired sports girl. I'm not a fan of the sports kid. I'll probably stumble over at least one just because I don't want her. It's inevitable.
|Sallee, Neila, and Rayne.|
Neila is our space loving brown lady and, in this year of our Luciana Twenty-Gay-Teen, I'm making her Latina. She also has our second rare, Super Neila. Like Royal Bella, she's harder to find.
Rayne is our lesbian7 rainbow and lavender menace roller skater, and you can't see her last doll because that one's the single ultra rare in the line. She's the hardest to find and people are already paying upwards of new AG doll prices for her on the bay. Babies, don't. Wait for prices to drop.
|One, Two Three, Four, get your curlers, on the floor.|
|The Manga warning!|
You can also see the box seals with velcro. No, 3M, I will not call it loop and hook tape. I know you need to reinforce your copyright name so it doesn't go the way of zipper and escalator, but I call it all coke tool so I'm just your problem, it's like I'm not even a person am I? (/Marceline the Vampire Queen)9
|Indeed, hair we go.|
|Comb and sticker.|
|Sticky and pointy are our new friends.|
The comb is yellow plastic, with six tines and a winged heart on the top. On the Wiki we're calling this the Heart Wings Comb.
This one has one of my fave characters on it, Willow. #BlackGirlMagic
|Indeed, you go curl.|
|Plastic foot gloves.|
|Not a pun, but slightly confusing.|
The front has molded buttons and an indent for the screen sticker. The sticker is a drawing of the video of Noah being totes hairdorable. It's got lots of detail for a small bit that's less than an inch long.
|Take a pic.|
|They do though. Especially when you have fifty plus on your head.11|
The fourth bin is the largest to accommodate the larger accessories like dogs on leashes, unicorn headbands, and hoverboards.
|Open and--you can already see.|
|Skate is life. #Believe it!|
|Stripes for speed.|
|All the bits for the doll.|
|Who is she~ [/Michael Jackson]|
|Free of the box.|
|Curls for days.|
|Peek a boo--|
|I See you!|
|The empty shell postbirth.|
|The last little surprise.|
Noah's favorite color is Teal Blue, as her hair shows. You could assume it's dyed but her eyebrows are blue and other versions have solid blue hair so I'm assuming she's a natural bluenette.
Her claim to fame is vlogging.
Activities include "Playing with my cute pooch Lemon, skating, crafting, crushing it on the ukulele… and VLOGGING, of course!" Hmm. Ukulele. Is she Native Hawaiian too? I'm calling it, she is. The more frontline characters of color, the better.
Motto: "If you can dream it, you can make it!" Go girl. Reach for the stars.
|Back of the bio card.|
|The full dressed Noah.|
Gods, her face is so cute. I love the big eyes small mouth aesthetic, and I don't just mean the old tabletop game I played in college.
Noah has blue hair, don't care, and sports her famous side braid. The rest of her hair is loosely curled and hanging loose. I later formed it into spiral curls like her official picture. He hair is soft and bouncy, and given that their selling point is their hair, that's the Switzerland Flag in my book.
...a huge plus, is what I'm saying.
Noah is the only girl to come with a hair dec on her head as well: a felt flower with six petals. The center is red, the outer layer is pink, and there's five little dots in the center. More reasons to peg her as Hawaiian in part. She's my tiny Kanorbles!
|Not the best attachment.|
|Dress for Vlog Success.|
We already talked about the shoes. Scroll up.
Her arms are different: the one on her left is bent to pose on her hips or touch her face, and the right is straight. This means she can be posed a little like her bio card pic. Her hands have little formed fingers and are slightly cupped. Her legs are straight with shaped knees, calves, and ankles and defined toes. No nails. Too small.
Also, I'm holding her in my hand because my Noah has looser hips and she sometimes wobbles and falls over. This was easier. Enjoy my palm.
|Pose! Or dangle.|
|From the back.|
|Pose for the camera!|
However, her loose hips combined with her big head and massive curls made her tumble backwards off the skateboard every time. I gripped her for the above shot. I later determined that her hips are possibly defective.
|The Bluest Hair and the Lack of Care.|
Overall I'm really, really pleased with Hairdorables as a concept and a brand. The concept is made for people who unbox and reveal on camera with "kidfluencers" and that's not me. I blog for adult collectors--in fact, have I said fuck on this post twice? Nope. I just did, though so Rated R for Really Big Bitch. I'm never going to be a vlogger--no one needs to hear me stumble over my words, get frustrated in the middle, and cuss a lot out loud, and I don't have the camera set up to vlog. I leave vlogging to Mommy's World and My Froggy Stuff as my adult collector vlog fix---I watch stuff like them when spinning yarn--and I've always been a better writer than a camera kid, because I type real fast. So I won't be taking copious unboxing shots or vids for anyone else unless I snap a pic of who I've got in the car or something. Not my forte.
The dolls are super precious. The chibi style thrills me, the faces are super cute and fit the SD style. There's a lot of posablity in their small bodies. The clothes being actually fabric instead of formed split plastic is great--it means dolls can look good from the back too. The shoes are split to fit, but I'll live with it, it's what you have to do some days. The accessories are super well formed on a small scale and very realistic. All the parts that make up the main surprise--shoes, doll, and accessories--are great together and really make for a good character. I'm not going to use the comb personally--I have a pintail comb and several doll brushes for dolly hair--but I'm going to keep it. With a doll line that aims to focus on the hair, having a comb in the box is a great thing.
There's parts that I'm not a fan of as with any line of anything. I'm not pleased with "stickers" as my surprise--especially knowing now that half of them are the same in each box--and I maintain that the backdrop is more of a surprise than the collector sheet will ever be. The bio card is also not a huge surprise, but they are unique per character if not per look. So really, you've got five doll-focused surprises including doll, a three-quarter surprise in the bio card, the checklist, random backdrops, and four stickers. Close to eleven but not exact. Nine. Maybe eight. Still more overall than a LOL Surprise and without plastic hair.
So am I going to get more? Well...
|Gang of Seven!|
|Travel and Unicorns.|
|Two pack, two attack.|
|Pets and snackables.|
So here's my new toybsession to add to the ponies, Pokemon, and AGs. If I get doubles I can't trade or sell, I'll start painting faces and experimenting with new looks--as long as they don't get too out of style from the original. I'm not going to rebody anyone, I really don't like overly detailed glossy faces--I think the whole point of a custom is to evoke the feel of the original lines in some way, but make your own twist. I might even give some away, who knows.
Big hair, don't care! Okay, care a little. Make the world a better place. And rock your own Hairdoable style! And help me pick a name for Second Noah.
Next time on Casual Friday: Neth washes a stuffie for the blog.
|Kat demands attention!|
There. Sit down. Have some tea. It's matcha.
So here you are, five or seven or twenty-two into the line, and you really like the backdrops they come with. They're really good for photography and to frame that perfect Hairdorable short for the Instragrams. But.
The boxes take up a lot of space, and you can't just stack boxes on top of each other to sleep. We're not AG collectors here, fellow Hairdorbs. And while you're tempted to throw out all the boxes and say screw it, how do you save space for the backgrounds you want?
Nethie is here to grant your wish and help you help yourself. I also don't want or need a lot of boxes clogging up my living space either. So I decided to cut the boxes up and make a craft: Hairdorables Flat Backdrops! Between this and the Wiki I am doing so much for all y'all. As my AC Pocket Camp animals are fond of saying, everyone should have a friend like me.
Breaking the box down like this also helps pack down the recycling bin. Saving space and getting to keep the backdrop!
|The box and the tools.|
|Two kinds of tape and sharp things.|
You may also want to have a trash box or be real close to the recycling bin to throw things out as you need to.
|Empty the box.|
|This side first.|
|Open other end.|
|Box, minus left/right side.|
|Tab and flap.|
|Flat and cut.|
|Back to the box.|
Keep the backdrop, now Backdrop B. Bin the rest.
|The kept parts.|
Cut off any spare flaps, but not the bottom floor of Backdrop B.
Flex sides to make sure they move well.
|The finished product.|
Store flat by tucking up bottom then folding flaps in. I store mine in a large ziplock bag.
Okay, now I'm done. You can go to the footnotes. Thanks for reading! If this craft helped you, tell me--and if you have spare money shoot me a Ko-fi or send me some Paypal change on the side.
I have a new doll hobby, I like extra funds.
1 We're talking the goodish ones from the 80s and back and a little of the 90s. Not this garbage now of a QR code to play some on line game or the paper prizes. Screw you, Frito-Lay. I'll just buy my candied nuts 'n sugar coated popped corn elsewhere.
2 Yep, I'm that kinda nerd too, for those that are keeping track. I don't do the Big Two: my regular pickups include the MLP comics, Steven Universe, and Ducktales. I'm just trying to have a good time and read fluff before bed, not have to learn and read several decades of backstory when the movies exist. Also relaunch Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew.
3 And before June, Toys R Us. Sob.
4 I have all the rainbow ponies and Parasol smells like strawberries.
5 Like Stevonnie.
6 If you're already groaning at the hair puns then just back up now and go read about dragons or wife pillows or something. The line makes hair puns too.
7 Harold, they're lesbians.
8 Rayne Showers has a unique metallic background, and if you think I'm digging through boxes to see if I spot it then you got me twisted. Maybe at Target. Not at Walmart. I'm a classy bitch.
9 Finn, they're lesbians. [/Adventure Time finale]
10 I didn't tweak that last part because this is one of the biggest Hamilton lies. Three people get shot in this musical and two die. Both of them are Hamiltons.
11 I recently redid my braids after a two week rest with them out giving my hair a deep condition all over. Thanks to I Kick Shins I am a pastel unicorn orc princess and if you don't like my look go find a bottomless pit to fall in because I have enough people who do.#HairConfidence #BlackGirlMagic
12 Break it down bitch, lemme see ya back it up! Drop dat ass down low, then pick that muthafuckka up-- (/Lil Jon)
13 The line is dead, but I did not bother with these. Anything that is named after or inspired Gwen Stefani is not for Nethie. Especially not the Love Music Baby Angel hot mess.
14 Whatchu know bout that Noozles Life? Take me to Koalawolla Land with Pinky, Blinky, and Sandy, bitch.
15 American Girl Outsider is not responsible for any hours lost from you clicking on a TV Tropes Link.
16 I misstaped one backdrop the first time. It's fixed now.