Monday, January 16, 2017

The Tragic Fall Of American Girl Doll

Hi guys!

From Mona Lisa to Stick Man


     I feel like AG's quality is falling like crazy! Have you noticed it too? Where we used to have real-wood, we have plastic. Where we used to have beautifully unique dolls with many diverse options, we have a surplus of dolls with minuscule changes. Where we used to have meaningful stories with wisdom packed on every page, we have bad ballerina movies. How did we go from-

This!

to


...this?

Even the packaging quality has plummeted. See Tenney's box? It looks like any old doll you'd find in Target or Walmart.
Meanwhile, look how wonderful they used to be!


Garment bags for your doll's new clothes, and nice boxes that look like gifts. Once upon a time, American Girl cared about presentation and meaning. These were keepsake dolls, and now they're this...


Are you kidding me?!
And don't get me wrong, I'm not saying I don't like DOC's; I do! Diversity is great, or should I say...


It was. 
Yes, we still have Addy, but Mattel's focus has long since moved from beauties such as her. Now it's on...

BING

BOOM

BAM




PINK! GLITTER! FUN!
I guess that's what sells.
There's no thought. There's no love. There's no individuality. There's no quality.

And the stories, where did they go?
You saw Kit's frilly pink candy making set up there, right? She lived in the Great Depression; they didn't have shiny candy molds and satin bows. They didn't have fancy dresses! Plus, Kit hates pink. Every fan knows that, but I suppose Mattel does not. Did they even bother to read the books when they bought this company from Pleasant Co.?

I doubt it.

And I'm sorry if I'm ranting, but really, this isn't right. I care about AG! I don't want this to happen! We're paying more for less, and it's not right.

Please, comment what you think of all this. Am I overreacting? I want to know you guys' opinions. Ooh, and what do you think of my little slide ? Notice how the title goes from red to pink...

Thank you for coming by!











Saturday, January 14, 2017

What's Up - January

Hello!
I guess I owe you some updates since there's been months between posts. 
     So, school's been hectic. I have projects every week, homework every night, and on top of that, I'm preparing for a UIL (google it) meet next Saturday. I've got speeches to memorize, papers to write, debates to finalize, and it's very overwhelming. 

  











   I've had little time for riding, which is awful. I haven't seen Tuesday, (my horse) in 4 months. It's insane! I miss her, but I suppose school comes first.
     I have practiced my writing a ton. I'm competing with it, wowing my English teacher, and working towards really big things. It's going well, and I am adoring it. 
     I'm learning French! I'm using a program called Duolingo, and am currently 31% fluent! Je progresse bien! I'm loving the new skill, and it's fun to impress people with! I got to go to New Orleans in November, and then I got to utilize it! Of course, I have improved a lot since then.
     Two weeks ago, my grandpa passed away. It was very sad and unexpected. However, this was not the first death of someone close to me, so I guess I'm getting better with dealing with grief. You live and you learn. 
     In the realm of dolls, it's been on hold, but not completely at a stop. I have been stalking Amazon and eBay for Cecile, but so far, I haven't been very lucky. I'm looking for a decent-conditioned Cecile that's under $250. If you see anything, let me know!
     I guess that's all I have to say. I'm trying to post as much as I can. Sorry if this post was kind of negative, but I figured I needed to update you guys. Thanks to the people who still read this; it means the world to me. 

Friday, January 13, 2017

A Doll Film Critic

Hey sunshine-ians, sunshine-ites, or whatever Tenley calls you!
Oh, that's not a thing? Whoops.
Hey guys!
This is Loralie here, your friendly neighborhood doll film critic, and today I will be reviewing...
Image courtesy of StarWars.com 




















Rogue One, A Star Wars Story!
♪♬DA DUN DA DA DA DOON DOON DA DA DA DOON DOON DUN DUN DUN, DUNNNN♬♪

I am here with my good friend R2. We're going to give you our honest toy-sponsored review.

I'm going to begin by telling you that I loved Rogue One. It was well-done, and much better than The Force Awakens.

Beep. Boop. Beep beep, boop.
Translation: That's because I was in it, and not that copycat BB8!

Yes, yes. I'll get to that later.


That was great. However, there was one thing I disliked about the movie. The characters just weren't all that great. Gyn, the lead, was not very developed and she didn't even do anything. She was only important to the rebellion because of her father, and was certainly not as awesome as Anakin or Luke!

Plot-wise, Rogue One was A-MAAAAAZ-ING! I mean, The Death Star has so much more meaning now! It changes the original trilogy, and gives it much more depth!

Hold on. This isn't working. I'm too low on the ground. *scrambles up R2*

There. Much better. Now, where was I...

I adored the appearances of old favorite characters. Seeing R2D2, C3P0, Leia, Governor Tarkin, and Darth made me so happy. Disney really gave the Star Wars fans what they craved, which is nostalgia. 

To conclude, 
*scrambles down R2D2's head*
Rogue One did not disappoint. 

And it was, as I mentioned, much, much, much better than The Force Awakens. I mean, you can't even compare the two! Rogue One was soooooo much better. The Force Awakens was just awful, and I-

THAT'S IT!

HIIIIIIIIIIII....YA!

Oof. 
MY MOVIE IS SO MUCH BETTER AND YOU WILL REGRET BAD-MOUTHING IT, YOU LITTLE-

Beep Boop.
AARRRRRAAAAAAAAH!

Translation: I'm getting out of here! 


If you are reading this, thank you. Really, thank you.







Friday, December 23, 2016

Merry Christmas


Hello!
Merry Christmas! 

     Yes, I know it's now Christmas yet. But, in a few hours, it will be Christmas Eve! I'm a little sad the Christmas season is almost over, but that's ok. I love Christmas so much. <3 Who doesn't?
     I was going to ask, would you like me to do a Christmas haul? I kind of feel like that's bragging, but let me know if you'd enjoy it. If you would, would you prefer just doll things or everything I get?
     I just realized I never did the "My Christmas Wishlist" post I promised! Well, I don't have time to do a pretty, put-together post, but in case you're curious, here's what I am hoping for.
Of course, I know I won't get everything on this list, and I am in no way expecting or asking for that!

  1. I really want a computer. My reason is fairly valid; there are multiple. One, I constantly borrow my mom's computer for school, and I really need one where I can keep all my files, projects, and papers organized. Two, I need it for this blog. Not having my own computer to post from and upload photos to makes the whole process really bothersome. If I get my own computer, posts will be much more frequent. My third reason is more impractical; I really want Sims 4!
  2. I need a desk. For school, and basically no other reason. I tend to get distracted doing my homework on the couch, floor, or in bed. 
  3. Some doll stuff would be cool! I asked specifically for some scenes, Maryellen's school outfit, and the AG camping set. I didn't ask for a doll, simply because I have already gotten four this year, and I feel like that is enough. Not that I don't ever want a new doll, but I'm still plenty in love with my newest additions to have a huge need for a new girl. 
  4. Do I want a lizard?! Ok, this one isn't so much a Christmas list item as much as a little dream of mine. Since I was little, I have always wanted a bearded dragon, but my mom says reptiles are gross. She's probably right. While lizard pets are really cool, I don't really know much about them, and getting one would probably be a bad idea. 
  5. A new phone. Since I have added both a phone and a computer to my wishlist, I'd like to make it clear that I am not serious. Sure, I'd like all these things, but I don't actually ask people for all of them. I do need a new phone though. Mine is three years old, and doesn't really work. I'm not going to complain about all the issues it has, because I'm quite blessed to have a phone at all, but I'd really like one with a better camera so that I can take some quality photos. 
  6. Writing goodies! Pretty much everything off of this list is awesome!
Okay, so yeah, that's my unrealistic dreamer's wishlist. It's a tad crazy, but hey, I'm just having fun. Anyway, Merry Christmas everyone! May your days be merry and bright!


~Tenley





Monday, December 12, 2016

December Blogger of The Month Is...

     Hello! I am thrilled to present the December Blogger of The Month! But first, how about a last recognition for our November Blogger of The Month, Madi at Delightful World Of Dolls! She was our last amazing Blogger, and now it's time to see who will be filling her shoes for December. 
     This girl really deserves it, and I think you guys will agree. She's fairly well-known in the blogiverse, and for good reason. Her posts are innovative, fun, and professional all at the same time. Without further ado... 

     American Girl Doll Artist, congratulations! You really deserve this. You have taken your blogging to the next level with your professional style and original posts. You're the real-deal: an inspiration to doll bloggers everywhere! I really loved your Star Wars themed post, and all your updates and AG news. Your artwork is also incredible; you are very talented!
     I've decided Blogger of The Months need a little more awarding; all they've gotten in the past is a little button and a post of acknowledgement. I don't have any great ideas on what else I can offer, but I thought maybe a guest post on here would be cool? (If you want to, American Girl Doll Artist.) Does anybody have better ideas for a prize? If so, comment! And AGDA, tell me what you'd like! Don't be shy!
     To conclude, thank you American Girl Doll Artist for blessing us with your awesome blog, Small Dolls In a Big World! Everyone, go check out her blog, and please leave a comment congratulating her! She deserves it!
     Congratulations, American Girl Doll Artist! What other prize would you enjoy? A guest post, or something else? Let me know!

      Ba-Bye!