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New "Original" Ken vs Original 1960s Ken

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When the new male bodies were released for Fashionista Ken dolls, I quickly grabbed one of each for review and comparison One thing that bothered me at the time though was the 'original' body.  I know sculpting can be deceptive, since the DC Super Hero Girls body is essentially a bigger Ever After High body with more muscle tone in the sculpt, but the original Ken doll was a tall skinny guy in reasonably good shape but not exactly muscle bound.  I mean, what 16 year old boy is?  Not many of the ones I went to school with!  First...

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Fabric shopping in Japan

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If you followed my odyssey on Facebook, you know that the first time I tried to go to Nippori Textile Street, I got super, super lost, and wandered around a residential area in Tokyo for an hour and a half before getting there with less than an hour to closing time left. Then the second time I went there, there was a heat spike at the exact time I visited, with 90+ degrees and percent humidity and I got heat stroke (gimme a break, I was shoveling snow less than a month before).  But I'm persistent!  I went back a...

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Doll Shopping in Akihabara

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I just got back from Japan!  I did a lot of research before I went, but I was still totally unprepared in some cases for directions, what to expect, etc.  Therefore, I'm putting together a guide to include the kind of things I would have found super useful to know before I went so other people will have an easier time! Akihabara is a must-go.  It's otaku Times Square.  You will probably OD on anime goods in the very first store you go into, and there are HUNDREDS of them.  It's also very easy to get to, being a major...

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Kimono Fabric hunting in NYC

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Easter is a big family holiday, but for some reason when it coincides with April Fools, my family is less than insistent that I show up.  I kind of have a reputation.  For maybe the same reason, my husband has started taking up the habit of keeping me away from home and anywhere I might have been able to set up shenanigans ahead of time on 4/1.  I'm fine with that.  I like travel, and IMO it just makes shenanigans more challenging and rewarding if you have to make one work on the go!  This past weekend, we went to...

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Hasbro Forces of Destiny Doll-Action Figure Hybrids Review

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Lately there's been a lot of crossover between 'dolls' and 'action figures'.  Though it seems to me that the only real difference between action figures and dolls is whether or not boys are allowed to play with them without social disapproval, I have been told that it comes down to articulation and sculpting. ...ok, whatever.  Either way you look at it, action figures (like the all-sculpted 6" mini DC Super Hero Girls) have been showing up in the girl aisles while traditional dolls have been gaining more articulation and sculpted clothing while Action figures have been getting bigger and more...

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