Friday, December 28, 2012

Blythe - Calendar Girls Flickr Group & My Blythe Doll Winona Grace For January

I was on Blythe Kingdom Forum yesterday and I happened upon a wonderful thread informing us members of this new Blythe Calendar Girls Flickr group.  I immediately joined and then shortly after that posted some pictures of my Winona Grace, a lovely All In Gold BL Takara Blythe doll, that I took minutes after, from my snowy back yard.

My friend Winnie, whom I met at the first ever 2004 Toronto Blythe doll meet, made this beautiful outfit that Winona Grace is wearing in the pictures.  It reminds me so much of something a Russian princess would wear and I think that my goldie looks Russian so that is pretty much why I picked that outfit and Winona Grace as my January girl.  Sure Canada is not as cold as Russia but since Toronto got this huge blast of snow I thought it was as close as it will get this year ;) (more snow on the way too!)

I have to tell you that I had so much fun capturing what I felt were some pretty amazing shots.  I tell you once I get inspired I really do seem to grasp my favorite dolls in such a terrific light.  I don't find it that hard either because using Blythe dolls as a subject does make it easier to get that perfect shot.  I try to aim for a place that offers me a lot of natural light and if I don't have that then I resort to using the flash feature but I know that they won't be as stunning.  I 99% of the time wait for the natural light, even if I am shooting indoors.  I think the last time I did use it I was just showcasing my Blythe doll collection where there is no natural light at all since they are in a temporary location.

I know that you can take great pictures of your blythe doll too.  I don't even use a very expensive professional camera.  I have a Canon Powershot ELPH 320 HS  that I picked up for less than $200 bucks, taxes in!  It's a wi-fi camera, so when I am on the road, and as long as I have an internet connection, I can immediately upload them to my Canon account and/or Facebook.  You can also upload your videos to YouTube, as well!  I found the Canon site to be great for personal storage but the links stop working if you have a lot of people looking at your pics on blogs and forums.  I find that Flickr is the best photo storage sharing site because they will not short out even if there are tons of people accessing the pics and they do offer a copyright on your pictures too.  The camera comes in neat colors too and it's very slim so it's easy to carry in a small purse or pocket.  Be sure to edit out your private information on Flickr because it will show up if you don't.  I had my name and phone number displaying at first until my husband mentioned to go to the options and remove that.  Thanks, honey! 

A xo

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

New Littles Pet Shop Cartoon & App featuring Blythe!

I know I have made this known before but I will say it again, those Littlest Pet Shop Blythe toys by Hasbro are so freakin cute and fun!  I am also glad to have some in my collection, as well!  Below is one of my favorite LPS Blythe called Black and White!  Cute as a bug, no?  Yes!!!

Well it's gotten better!  Above is the promo clip to the new sweet cartoon just in case you didn't see it but don't forget to come back and keep reading this because I still have to let you know about the new app!

Okay now back to what I originally was trying to tell you all about (:  Well when I was on the Google Play store today I spotted their new LPS app featuring Blythe in the beginning!  Here is the iTunes LPS app and Blackberry Playbook app links that I just wanted to add for the Apple & Blackberry Playbook users ;)  It's so fun, adorable and cute.  Best of all it's free to download and play!  In some parts of the game you may want to buy coins but free items are offered too.  I really love this game so much!  Pets are really cute!  My favorite so far is the darling hound ^o^

Now if you will please excuse me I have some little pets to play with and care for on my droid lol  ;)



Saturday, December 8, 2012

"Blythe Bible" From The Toy King, Jordan Hembrough! #toyhunter

Update - Still no word back yet!  Hopefully there will be soon.  I asked if I could do up a nice blog instead but I did not get the go ahead.  I was thinking of going to a Blythe or Toy Event and displaying it there but since there has been so much Tumblr hate in the Blythe community I do not feel comfortable in doing so and will not until all that stops, it's deleted and I feel comfortable doing so again. By the way the Blythe copies I have consist only of neat dolly stuff like dolly drawings and dolly info. 

Cyber bullying is a real horrible thing.  If you wish to help try and shut them down please and mention their policy stating they remove "overtly malicious" things. 
More info:

Or please see below:

Internet Trolls Really Are Horrible People

Narcissistic, Machiavellian, psychopathic, and sadistic.

The Internet is sadists' playground.
In the past few years, the science of Internet trollology has made some strides. Last year, for instance, we learned that by hurling insults and inciting discord in online comment sections, so-called Internet trolls (who are frequently anonymous) have a polarizing effect on audiences, leading to politicization, rather than deeper understanding of scientific topics.
That’s bad, but it’s nothing compared with what a new psychology paper has to say about the personalities of trolls themselves. The research, conducted by Erin Buckels of the University of Manitoba and two colleagues, sought to directly investigate whether people who engage in trolling are characterized by personality traits that fall in the so-called Dark Tetrad: Machiavellianism (willingness to manipulate and deceive others), narcissism (egotism and self-obsession), psychopathy (the lack of remorse and empathy), and sadism (pleasure in the suffering of others).
It is hard to overplay the results: The study found correlations, sometimes quite significant, between these traits and trolling behavior. What’s more, it also found a relationship between all Dark Tetrad traits (except for narcissism) and the overall time that an individual spent, per day, commenting on the Internet.
In the study, trolls were identified in a variety of ways. One was by simply asking survey participants what they “enjoyed doing most” when on online comment sites, offering five options: “debating issues that are important to you,” “chatting with others,” “making new friends,” “trolling others,” and “other.” Here’s how different responses about these Internet commenting preferences matched up with responses to questions designed to identify Dark Tetrad traits:

E.E. Buckels et al, "Trolls just want to have fun," Personality and Individual Differences, 2014.
E.E. Buckels et al, "Trolls just want to have fun," Personality and Individual Differences, 2014.
To be sure, only 5.6 percent of survey respondents actually specified that they enjoyed “trolling.” By contrast, 41.3 percent of Internet users were “non-commenters,” meaning they didn’t like engaging online at all. So trolls are, as has often been suspected, a minority of online commenters, and an even smaller minority of overall Internet users.
The researchers conducted multiple studies, using samples from Amazon’s Mechanical Turk but also of college students, to try to understand why the act of trolling seems to attract this type of personality. They even constructed their own survey instrument, which they dubbed the Global Assessment of Internet Trolling, or GAIT, containing the following items:
I have sent people to shock websites for the lulz.
I like to troll people in forums or the comments section of websites.
I enjoy griefing other players in multiplayer games.
The more beautiful and pure a thing is, the more satisfying it is to corrupt.
Yes, some people actually say they agree with such statements. And again, doing so was correlated with sadism in its various forms, with psychopathy, and with Machiavellianism. Overall, the authors found that the relationship between sadism and trolling was the strongest, and that indeed, sadists appear to troll because they find it pleasurable. “Both trolls and sadists feel sadistic glee at the distress of others,” they wrote. “Sadists just want to have fun ... and the Internet is their playground!”
The study comes as websites, particularly at major media outlets, are increasingly weighing steps to rein in trollish behavior. Last year Popular Science did away with its comments sections completely, citing research on the deleterious effects of trolling, and YouTube also took measures to rein in trolling.
But study author Buckels actually isn’t sure that fix is a realistic one. “Because the behaviors are intrinsically motivating for sadists, comment moderators will likely have a difficult time curbing trolling with punishments (e.g., banning users),” she said by email. “Ultimately, the allure of trolling may be too strong for sadists, who presumably have limited opportunities to express their sadistic interests in a socially-desirable manner.”

I don't even know how to begin on this one!  I thought I knew pretty much everything about 1972 Kenner Blythe dolls.  Well actually I did not!  Little did I know that there was a lot more that had been tucked away for decades until recently. 

I'm not sure if you guys remember me blogging about this amazing new show on Travel Channel called Toy Hunters?  Well soon after that I discovered Jordan on Facebook and started asking him about the show and if Kenner Blythes would be featured.  He was so awesome and answered me, it's all on this blog, so I continued to support him and his show.

Out of the blue he sends me a note this past summer stating that he had something for my Blythe collection?!!!  I was so very pleasantly surprised!!!  I had no idea that he would do that because what I did I did because I truly and greatly enjoyed the show.  I did not look for anything in return.  HOWEVER, it wasn't like I was gonna refuse it, you know what I'm sayin' ;)  He contacted me again and explained that what he had was a former Kenner employee's Kenner Blythe file copy.

" I am sending you the "blythe bible" that I got from a former Kenner employee. It is the file that belonged to the original inventor of Blythe.It contains all hand written notes and drawings, and tons of designs and cost sheets for non produced outfits. In addition, it has a list of all the names they considered as well."  Jordan Hembrough.  I was so floored!

At this point I have written Hasbro because without their permission I can not do a whole lot.  I was thinking of writing about it with lots of pictures, including as much information as possible and it would be appropriately titled "Blythe Bible".  I also would love it if CWC Hasbro would even consider producing the items that were never released.

I am hoping that I can go ahead with permission from Hasbro and share this information with you all in book form because I know that it would greatly improve our Blythe knowledge in the community for many more years to come!

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this and all your support!


UPDATE:  I was contacted by Hasbro Legal this morning and the paralegal wanted me to send them my request directly to them so that they could "expedite" the process!!!  I will keep you all posted :D  Thanks so much to those that supported me in this matter (: