Ladybug and Cat Noir Action Dolls, Tikki Plush

IMG_3574I went to Target yesterday with a mission: find the Miraculous Ladybug merchandise that came out earlier this month. Sure enough, it was there! I bought the Cat Noir and Ladybug action dolls, as well as a Tikki plush

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The action dolls are super posable, with joints at the arm, elbow, legs, knees and feet. It is possible (but very difficult) to get them to stand up. These dolls are quite show-accurate. The hair and costumes are spot on. Cat Noir is even slightly taller than Ladybug.

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The Tikki plush is super, super cute! Tikki was pretty much designed to be made into a plush. The fabric she is made of is very soft.

 

 

IMG_3599These are all available at Target, Walmart and Toys R Us. I highly recommend them to Miraculous Ladybug fans.

Pinkie Pie Cosplay

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My new Pinkie Pie cosplay

Three years ago, the first Equestria Girls movie came out in theaters. I was looking forward to this movie since it was announced and even made a Pinkie Pie cosplay to wear to the premiere. Seeing Equestria Girls in theaters was a dream come true. I was completely mesmerized by the characters, animation and songs.

A few days ago I found out that a nearby movie theater was going to be showing the movie for a weekend. I immediately knew I not only wanted to see the movie on the big screen again, I wanted to wear my Pinkie Pie cosplay as well! However, my cosplay needed to be updated.

IMG_3454I found the shirt I used for my old cosplay. It had purple fabric sewn around the collar and a heart shaped piece of pink fabric sewn to the front. I cut off these designs and washed the shirt in the washing machine. Once the shirt dried, it was time to paint it. I made a heart shaped stencil out of paper so that the design would have a very neat outline. This fabric texture was very hard to paint on. It took a lot of layers of paint to get the designs to look just right.

 

 

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The first time I made my Pinkie Pie cosplay, I didn’t know how to use a sewing machine, so I sewed the skirt by hand. Even though I know how to use a sewing machine now, I still decided to sew this skirt by hand. Though instead of sewing on the ballon designs, I painted them on. This was much easier to paint than the shirt!

 

IMG_3453I didn’t wear a wig with this cosplay since I already have dark pink hair. I just curled my hair the night before.

With the main part of the cosplay finished, time to accessorize! I found some blue bracelets. I didn’t have time to make the boots, so I wore blue sneakers and leg warmers. Some adorable Pinkie Pie earrings from Claire’s complete the look!

 

 

Now this cosplay is better than ever!

Equestria Girls: Lyra Heartstrings and DJ Pon-3 Dolls

IMG_3214Stopped by Five Below, one of my all time favorite stores, today. I love the bright colors, sparkles, and the fact that they sell Equestria Girls dolls for five dollars each. I bought the Rainbow Rocks DJ Pon-3 and Lyra Heartstrings dolls.

Obligatory look at the packaging, I love Equestria Girls packaging. The front and side of the boxes have a picture of the character with their pony form. The backs of the boxes have illustrations showing the outfit the doll comes with. The backdrops they come on have a subtle horseshoe design, Lyra’s has a picture of a lyre and music notes as well.

DJ Pon-3 has a music note design on her cheek and music notes in her eyes. Lyra has a design with a lyre and music notes on her cheek, and lyres in her eyes. Their hair is really silky. Lyra has waist length hair that is mint green with subtle white streaks. DJ Pon-3 has sort of an asymmetrical bob cut, much shorter than the hair on the rest of the Equestria Girl dolls in my collection. Her hair is two shades of blue. Dark blue and mint green hair aren’t used often in My Little Pony or Equestria Girl dolls. They are both gorgeous colors!

IMG_3238As these dolls were a tie-in with the Rainbow Rocks movie, their outfits are both really colorful. They both have two different colors on their tights, which are printed directly onto the doll.The boots are weighted so the dolls can stand. The glasses are a cute addition.

My favorite part of Lyra’s outfit is her sparkly, rainbow skirt. I wish Lyra’s outfit had at least one more rainbow accessory to compliment the skirt. Her glasses are adorable and have lyre designs on them.

I love DJ Pon-3’s shirt; It has so much glitter, the vest and belt give this look a rock star vibe. This skirt suits DJ Pon-3 well. It has a blue musical notes and hearts pattern. The yellow in her skirt stands out against all the blues and purples of the rest of the outfit. DJ Pon-3’s sunglasses are attached to her headphones, because DJ Pon-3 never takes off her headphones!

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The Lyra Heartstrings and DJ Pon-3 dolls are both super cute and an excellent addition to my Equestria Girls collection!

 

There’s Always Another Rainbow: A Look at Rainbows in 80’s Cartoons

In My Little Pony, Rainbow Brite, and Care Bears there are rainbows that are used to fight against villains and save the day. The original My Little Pony cartoon had the Rainbow of Light. This sparkly, ribbon-like rainbow was contained in a heart-shaped locket worn by Megan. The entire premise of Rainbow Brite revolves around Rainbow Brite spreading color and happiness to Earth. Rainbow Brite’s horse, Starlight, could walk on rainbows and she would use them as her mode of transportation. In Care Bears, The Care Bear Stare is made up of beams of light from each bear’s symbol and together all the different colored beams create a rainbow effect. 

These characters all live in very colorful worlds as well. Rainbow Brite lives in a land that is actually called Rainbowland and as you probably guessed, it is filled with rainbows.  Care-a-Lot is in the clouds, so of course there are a ton of rainbows there too. These lands have rainbow waterfalls, buildings, castles, roads, you name it!

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Rainbow Brite using a rainbow as an escalator in Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer

Why are rainbows so commonly used in 80’s cartoons? One reason could be in the rise of  color TVs. NBC created a logo with rainbow colors specifically for color TV, so it’s possible there’s a similar reason for these rainbows. Color TVs became widely used in the 1960’s and 1970’s. By the 1980’s most television stations broadcasted in color. This would make the 80’s the ideal time to experiment with colors in cartoons. Bright colors are eye-catching. If someone’s flipping through channels looking for something to watch, a colorful cartoon stands out. What better way to grab the audience’s attention than by using ALL the bright colors?

Another thing I noticed while watching these cartoons is how creatively rainbows are used. In animation, rainbows are very versatile. They have no fixed shape, you can show rainbows as an arch, a beam, a ribbon, a waterfall, etc. and still have them be recognizable. Many people feel a special connection with rainbows, and the creators of these cartoons sure have figured that out!

Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir DVD Review

91g85qo4zml-_sl1500_In the 2015 cartoon, Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir, a mysterious super villain named Hawk Moth is searching for magical jewelry known as the Miraculous. He uses negative energy to turn ordinary people into super villains to help him find them. Through the power given to them by the Miraculous, high school students Marinette and Adrien become the superheroes Ladybug and Cat Noir. Nobody knows about their secret identities, not even each other. Together they save Paris from the various super villains sent by Hawk Moth.

On May 3rd, Shout! Factory released the very first DVD of Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir. This DVD comes with 7 episodes (‘The Bubbler’, ‘Mr. Pigeon’, ‘Stormy Weather’,’Timebreaker’,’Copycat’,’The Pharoah’, and’Lady Wifi’) The episodes can be viewed with either English or French audio. There is an English subtitles option, which is matched to the English dub. Bonus features included on the DVD are animatics of scenes from each episode, an interview with the cast and crew, and a theme song sing-along.

The animation is very fluid and cartoony. A lot of detail goes into the scenery and character designs. The CGI allows for impressive camera angles as the superheroes jump from rooftop to rooftop across Paris; it has a very cinematic feel.

This show is very lighthearted. There is a lot of humor derived from the fact that no one knows Ladybug and Cat Noir’s identities. The most well-known instance of this is how Marinette has a crush on Adrien while Cat Noir has a crush on Ladybug. Neither one is aware of their mutual feelings! The characters are lovable. Ladybug is smart, creative, and confident. Cat Noir is charismatic, funny, and loves cat puns. They work really well as a team. If you are looking for something positive and upbeat to watch, are a fan of superhero or Magical Girl shows, or already are a fan of the series, I highly recommend getting this DVD.

Shopping Links:

Amazon

Shout! Factory

Target

 

Charlotte aux Fraises

IMG_1193.jpgA few weeks ago I was looking up information about Strawberry Shortcake dolls. I stumbled upon a blog post featuring a doll from Belgium. Despite having been there many times, I had no idea Strawberry Shortcake dolls were sold in Belgium. I noticed the writing on the box said Charlotte aux Fraises. Doesn’t that just translate to “Strawberry Charlotte”? Looking up the name I found out that Charlotte aux fraises is a type of dessert very similar to a strawberry shortcake. The French dub renamed Strawberry Shortcake to Charlotte aux Fraises, which is really is an excellent translation choice.

A day after I discovered this I found a recipe and made it. Continue reading

My First Collection: My Little Pony

What got me so invested in collecting? Why are my collections all based around cuteness, rainbows, the ‘80’s, and/or cartoons? There’s one answer for all of these questions: My Little Pony.

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Lounging in front of my My Little Pony collection in 2012

My Little Pony, originally from the 1980’s, had a reboot in 2003. At that time I was in elementary school. The ponies were gaining popularity among my classmates. After weeks of wanting a My Little Pony I got my very first one: Rainbow Swirl. I still have her after all these years. I started saving my allowances to buy more ponies. I gravitated towards the ones with glitter, multicolored hair, and rhinestone cutie marks.Then roughly around 2005 I hit a point where I stopped collecting. I just didn’t feel interested in ponies any more. I assumed I would never be interested in them ever again.

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Rainbow Swirl

Wow, was I ever wrong! 2008 was the 25th anniversary of the My Little Pony brand. On the first day of the New Year I looked around the My Little Pony official website, seeing all the new ponies that had been released since I stopped collecting. The site had also added a 25 Years of My Little Pony feature, which showed how My Little Pony changed through the years. This was my first time seeing G1 ponies, and they were so cute! I was officially hooked again. My first two G1 ponies were Slugger and Pinwheel. They were given to me at a New Years party from a woman who used to collect them as a kid.

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Slugger and Pinwheel

My Little Pony also had a cartoon series that ran from 1986-1987, as well as a bunch of direct-to-video movies in the early 2000’s. It was my goal to get DVDs of them all. I had the VHS tapes of “Dancing in the Clouds” and “A Charming Birthday” and the “Mon Petit Poney: La Princesse Poney” DVD, so I was already somewhat familiar with both series. This fascination with My Little Pony cartoons eventually branched out to other 80’s cartoons such as Strawberry Shortcake, Rainbow Brite, and Jem and the Holograms. These cartoons were all merchandise driven and I started collecting for them too. Today I have more of an interest in collecting and cartoons then I ever had before, I owe it all to adorable, rainbow ponies.IMG_3173

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A portion of the My Little Pony collection today