Wednesday, April 19, 2017

King of the Crystal Cave Ken

Well. He's finally here.  King of the Crystal Cave Ken, first male and fifth doll in the Faraway Forest series. (photos are not mine, downloaded from Barbie Collector)

King of the Crystal Cave Ken is available for order now HERE for $100 

Right now, he is on backorder until April 29, 2017. 

at  There is a special going on right now with orders for $100 with free shipping. 

The controversy surrounding this doll has been a little upsetting to collectors of the series. Collectors were patiently waiting for news from the designer at convention, since usually, new dolls are usually unveiled at Convention. We expected this doll to come in time for Christmas, actually. Still no news or sneaks. 
This year, we finally got some sneaks of his boots, armor, sword, and a blackened out silhouette. I checked back on the forum literally for weeks & going into months waiting for any news when this doll would be released so I could plan. I literally browsed into the thread on the forum and saw that collectors had two days- the 18th and 19th, this was referring to the Barbie Collector members- to order him before he was released to the public. I had not received the email until later that afternoon. Luckily, I had browsed the forum that morning. So I went ahead and ordered him, after reading the news from members on the forum who said they ordered and he was already 'backordered'. 

Mattel is strange. Why they for the life of me cannot just admit they are taking pre-orders is beyond me when they do not have the doll in hand, but they prefer to call it 'backorder'.  What is great is they do not charge you until the date prescribed on the date , so now I have two dolls from Barbie collector- Black & white Tweed Silkstone, and King of the Crystal Cave Ken both backordered until April 29th. There must be something magical about this date. Either, way, I am glad I am getting this doll. He will be here in time for a late birthday present for me. 

King of the Crystal Cave Ken comes with these specs:

  • Body Type: Articulated Muscular
  • Facial sculpt: Tango
  • Fashion Sewn On: Yes
  • Fashion: Sculpted armor, faux leather belt accents, cape
  • Accessories: Sword, crown
  • Doll Stand: Yes
  • Package Dimensions (H/D/W): 15.5“ x 3.3“x 9.5“

Many people are disappointed that his fashion is sewn on and he has a clenched fist, as they want to redress him. I think he looks really great, myself. So much better than monster high water sprite. I love the fact that his hair is rooted instead of molded, big plus. If it is possible to get another one to re-body and re-dress, that would be terrific, but not necessary. 

Can't wait for this doll to arrive and get really great pics of him with the Dark Queen and the Lady of the White Woods!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Happy Easter !

I didn't get many photos of our Easter dinner yesterday, and I was frankly exhausted after the big day. We had a pulled pork roast, baked beans, cole slaw, rolls, strawberries, and and a homemade strawberry cake with strawberry icing. I was really proud of that cake. 

Nothing says Easter and Barbie like pink cake, right? It was so delicious. 

I hope everyone had a happy & safe Easter. ~Lisa

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Easter Decorating...and Palm Sunday dinner

I haven't shown any photos of my Easter preparations and the girls are in their spring dresses in light pastels with Easter chicks and bunnies . 

I also decorated my white tree for Easter as well. This was a big tradition with my mother, who always had an 'Easter' tree, not a regular green tree, but a white branch tree that she put eggs on. She would also decorate an outside tree in the yard with eggs on colored ribbons way before Palm Sunday , usually one of the dogwoods. 

This year I haven't gone so far as Mom used to, but I did get Ellie Mae Poppy her tree and her critters - her chicks and bunnies. 

I used to love the Beverly Hillbillies as a kid, and this Poppy Parker reminds me of Ellie Mae Clampett. 

The dolls were all on my antique table in the dining room, holding chicks along with Beau, the elf on the shelf and Pokey, his reindeer sidekick

When I was young, Easter was a huge holiday at our house. As big as Christmas.  My mother and I shopped for Easter outfits, and about  one or two days before Easter Sunday, Mom would go and pick up the Easter orchids she and I would wear.  You didn't wear a white orchid unless your mother had passed away, she always made a big deal out of that, I remember when I wanted to wear a white one that I admired because it was pretty when I was about fifteen. As I got older, I also used to wear hats because they had come back into style because of Princess Diana had brought them back into vogue in the early 80's. 

We used to go to the sunrise service, in the nearby park, that had a cross landscaped in azalea bushes, and it was beautiful if it was warm enough and bloomed on Easter. Afterwards our family always met friends for breakfast- this was a tradition that continued even after us kids were grown with our own spouses , and children, even if we had our own Easter tradition, services we went to. It has died out now that the families have grown apart and are very scattered. We would then go to Sunday School and regular church, then finally home to dinner. 

My mother and stepdad (my dad died in 1969) would cook a ham like the way my stepdad's mother cooked it, and it took a couple of days since it was a Smithfield. You had to soak it to get the pepper and salt off, then slow boil it, then bake it. My dad would diamond slice it with pineapple and cherries and that wonderful syrup he poured over it. It was usually ready by Easter eve and allowed to sit in the oven cooling, we would have ham biscuits for a quick snack before going to sunrise service. 

Mom always made deviled eggs, mashed potatoes and gravy, and a pickle tray, and other items, like salad, maccaroni and cheese- my favorite, she varied her side dishes year to year.  Sometimes she just did homemade potato salad instead of mashed potatoes.  

This year for Palm Sunday dinner I fixed ham steaks with pineapple rings, dressing with onion, and scalloped corn, and cole slaw, with water and lemon , we also had peach iced tea. 

I tried to decorate the table Easter-ey, with the vintage table cloth, a big floral centerpiece, not real, the flowers are silk so they will last all week. My vintage bunnies.   

The main courses were too hot to bring and put on the table...

Ham steaks with pineapple rings. I made a syrup with brown sugar, the pineapple juice from the can, and a dash of ginger ale, and cooked or baked the steaks in the oven in that, covered with tin foil on 325 heat 

This is the pepperidge farm herb dressing, the whole bag. I used chicken broth, a whole Swanson 16 ounce box of broth to make mine in, then buttered the dish and sprinkled dice onion on it, and baked it for about 15-20 minutes. I usually put bacon on top, but forgot to pick it up this shopping trip. 

Scalloped corn. I made it from the recipe in the recipe book, but I might modify the recipe because it needed more kick . It contains 4 cups of corn, 1 tablespoon of diced onion, 1 tablespoon of sugar, 3 tablesppons of butter melted, 3 eggs, beat, 1 cup of milk, 30 crackers, divided (you put half in the mix and half on top for the crust, but they must be crushed) salt and pepper to taste mix it all together, then pour in a buttered baking dish, and bake for 1 hour at 325 until a knife testing it comes out clean. It should have a crispy crust and should have  a custard creamy texture. In my opinion it should have more onion and should have been made with canned milk or cream, to give it a richness. 

Am now planning my Easter menu which is going to be more pork as I have a shoulder and am going to do deviled eggs. I haven't done a lot of cooking but it is fun trying new recipes and my husband loved the scalloped corn. 

Hopefully I will have some new Easter photos for you of my old Easter basket all decorated too, soon! Happy decorating!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Wonder Woman Barbie - Collector and Playline versions visited

Today I had to run by Walmart and had the mistake of going by the toy aisle as I always do. The new playline versions are out. They run in the $12.88-29.99 depending on what you get. Walmart has its own exclusive gift sets, as I imagine Target does as well. I purchased the Diana Princess of Amazons in the blue gown for $12.88 as I couldn't resist her. 

Here on one shelf they had the Wonder Woman in single paks, the Diana that I purchased, then the gifts sets, with the horses. One of them is the Queen Hippolyte, and the other is the Diana with the Steve Trevor, which is a Walmart exclusive. 

The boxes were beat up on some of these. I intend to go ahead and add all of them to my collection. I have seen someone put the doll I purchased on a made to move body, which looked good. I like her body, which is an action figure body. I may do that for dioramas, as I like her face. 

On the endcap of this shelf were the 'action' Wonder Woman' dolls, that if you push a button on the back of the box, the doll moves its shielf or bow. 

Then I got some closeups of the gift sets

Out of all the pics I took I could not get a good photo of WOnder Woman and her horse without all the glare. I got a far better photo of Queen Hippolyte and her horse than the Wonder Woman set. 

This is much better. 

I never purchased the Wonder Woman that came out earlier in 2016 with Batman and Superman, Battle for Justice at Barbie Collector. I am going to purchase them all later when funds are better. 

For refreshers, here are some photos of the dolls that came out when the movie debuted last year-

Each of these dolls retailed for 39.99 at Barbie Collector or select dealers. I have been slow in getting them because of other dolls on backorder. 

As I am a real Wonder Woman fan, and grew up watching the 70's TV cult classic show as a kid, it has started me looking at all the different Wonder Woman dolls. 

Mattel is coming out with new collector versions. These playline versions are NOT made by Mattel that I have just shown you, except for the ones debuted in 2016, based on the movie above. The playline versions I believe are by Hasbro. 

The new dolls coming out in April, on the 29th, are: Wonder Woman. Slightly different, has a long cape, which the first one didn't

General Antiope

Queen Hippolyte

From the news on the doll blogs I have been following, these are the three that will be debuted at Barbie Collector on the 29th this month. They will average anywhere from $40-50 so the rumor mill goes. 

Now for my playline Diana. 

The Graphics on the box are clear and concise and tell you what other dolls to shop for. It shows the action figure dolls and the plain, regular, Battle ready Wonder Woman doll. 

The doll is fastened to a cardboard insert with plastic staples. You will need scissors or an exacto knife to gently cut them from her gown and sword.

Remember that 'hidden sword sheath'? Well it's nothing more than a ribbon strap on the inside of the velcro stripping of her gown. The gown is very cheaply made, stretch material

Her boots are heavy gold plastic. They do allow her to stand by herself a little bit. 

She is on a very muscular action figure type of body, however I do like how realistic her hands are sculpted. 

Her hair is not bad either. I have seen someone take her head off this body and swap it out for a Made to Move Barbie body. I like her hair, though my doll's hair was going a little kerplooey . 

Overall, I am pleased with the playline version of the doll and while many other people on the collector scale do not like these versions, I think they are a nice addition to a comic book / superhero doll /action figure collection. Not all of us that collect dolls and action figures necessarily use the dolls as playline- they have great bones for dioramas. I see great potential - when was the last time female roman warrior dolls were produced with armour for under $30? And this doll with the roman style gown is too much to ask for with a price tag of $13. 

I have been meaning to post about these dolls here, and my visit to walmart prompted me to. Hopefully we will be able to bring the collector dolls home and do some closeups of them as well.