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impy ([personal profile] impy) wrote2017-08-29 08:52 am
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Man, I've been in a funk for a couple of days. It's weird because it's not all the time, just a few hours here and there. I'm blaming my period and the flea explosion downstairs. I think it's getting under control but still... one bite and I'm itching for weeks.

I mention this only because it's why pictures and Nanea squee have not appeared yet. I opened Nanea... Sunday? Sunday, I think and didn't take her out of the box because have you seen what she comes in? White shorts in dust and cat central? No ma'am. But I did want to make sure there wasn't some big, glaring problem that would require talking to CS (I gather their phone lines are seriously understaffed at the moment.) and so I had to do battle with the box. I guess when they changed the packaging for just about everything at the start of the year they also started using those little plastic seals on the doll boxes, too? Meh.

K. Nanea's mold is like if Josefina and Marie Grace had a little baby. I specifically used those two because Josefina's got the surprised brows that Nanea seems prone to and well, only MG has used her mold. So far. Maybe one day, AG. Maybe one day. I remember when MG first came out and people started getting her, people were obsessing over her eyes and the placement and whether there was a weird crimp or something near the sockets. I remember this because once I heard about it and saw a particularly funky one, I had to spend ten minutes eye-balling my poor MG. Yeaaaaaaah. Nanea's got a similar thing in that her eye sockets are SO round that you can see for miles what feels like the whole eyeball and it's disconcerting. Really disconcerting if you're not prepped for it, honestly. My attention went straight to her eyes and then a little to the left and I was staring into her dolly skull and it was not a good time to be had. So I put her back in her box and told her we'd try this again later because clearly I was In A Mood.

Yesterday, I attempted to pop her out of her box. That took some work, lemme tell you. Mostly trying to get the book out without it getting damaged. Wtf, AG. I shouldn't have to destroy the box to get the book out. I really miss the little book tray they used before. I'm old and set in my ways, doll company. Work with me! And also really, if I had to work that hard to not fuck up the book, what do impatient kids do? I assume the new packaging is a way to save money (and adhere to the laws in say, Mexico, Canada, and perhaps whatever European expansion they keep hinting at) but if you have to replace borked books, that's not saving money.

I will say that her hairnet didn't really get caught up in anything, which was a first and so there I was. Face to face with Nanea and her eye sockets of doom. No, no, I kid. But I sat there, apparently in a funk once more, and wondering if perhaps I had made a grave mistake.
FF a few hours and some chocolate later and I went back to Nanea. Third time is the charm, dammit.

So I changed her outfit. Her Meet is one I like in pictures and I like the way it feels and looks but those white shorts basically scream "dirt magnet!" and I stress. So of course I put her in Melody's new outfit because white tights are so much less of a dirt magnet, right? *eyes roll out of head* It took a bit but Nanea and I eventually managed to make friends. Mostly because Ozma was very, very interested in Nanea. She flumped down next to us and just looked at her like, "and you will be my new friend and you can start loving me any time. Thank you."

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She was not pleased any time I tried to get a picture, btw. Not pleased at all.

Once the switch in my head was switched from "funk" back to normal dorky me, I was smitten. She's adorable, honestly. I get people who think she looks very Wellie Wisher like. There are pics on IG with her and Ashlyn and they look very similar. At the same time, she also really does look like the MG/Josefina molds which isn't too surprising since the MG mold looks like a twist on the Josefina mold already. This is like another twist on that. Unrelated, but someone's CYO Josefina mold popped up looking like this:
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And I look at it and see the Wellies coming through but also a little Nanea. So yeah, there's a link in my head and now possibly in yours as well. Btw, that's the 'textured' wig. I have no words beyond really? Really now?

And now, on to Nanea.
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There are no shots of her in her Meet outfit simply because Ozma seemed far too interested in her to leave her in it. :p

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I didn't realize her hair was like Jess and Ruthie's, with red highlights. I hope it's visible to someone other than me, but there we go.

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It's also really long, much longer than her book counterpart. I see you, AG. Mine is also prone to so, so many flyaways. Sigh. Just accept and move on because I tried and it did not work out for me.

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Sooooooo I really like Melody's new outfit. It's purple, it looks really cute on Nanea, and the sweater is unbelievably soft. So is the skirt, for that matter. The only real issue is the damn sweater has that dangerous to everything it touches Velcro. Why, AG. Why would you put that on a sweater? Seriously. Why. It's just begging for trouble.

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There's a big debate on whether Melody would've worn these for her birthday outfit considering no white after Labor Day and Melody's birthday is New Year's. Dunno, but they're cute and easy to slip on and off so huzzah!

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Someone on PT wanted to see the sweater untucked. Alas, I was a little too late to share there but you get the joy. Lucky you? Eh. I think the other reason I really, really like this outfit is that it reminds me a lot of Mary Anne's from the BSC doll line.

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Since Nanea has painted lashes, too, I wanted to see if she looked silly or strange with her eyes closed. I don't really think she does. (She looks cute, dammit. I hope you appreciate me not saying she looks cute after every shot because I want to. I want to so much. You're welcome.) I will say that getting her eyes to close completely is harder than any other AG doll I own. It's weird but there you go. It involves tilting her at an angle, otherwise they won't close completely.

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Nanea's profile, in case you wondered.

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I wasn't entirely sure how I felt about her school dress when I opened the box but I think it actually works really, really well on her. It does kind of need the pin otherwise it somehow looks plain, but it's what I currently have her in and she looks really pretty.

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Well played, Nanea. Well played.

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I do not know why they antiqued the pins but they did. This thing has some serious heft to it, btw.

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Overall, I really like Nanea. She's cute and different but not so different as to look completely out of place. Mine does have a flaw, however. If you look at her wig on the side with the piece pulled back, you'll see the glue that's supposed to keep her wig in place. It's not as noticeable in person but holy hell, once you see it in pictures you cannot unsee it.

Onward. I read her book and really, really missed the illustrated books. Keep them in the giant collected forms, AG, but throw me a friends and family picture at the front or back, ok? Also, I am cheesed that her book cheerfully announces that it's available as an e-book. No, no you aren't. Not yet, anyway. Sigh.

Nanea and Maryellen would get along rather well. Both act before they think and both mess up. A lot. Their hearts are in the right place but don't leave a bucket of paint around either one. I am really pleased that there wasn't a big, huge friend fight in her first book. They had a disagreement but it wasn't a huge thing and it made sense. And reading the book made me really want Nanea's dog. This rarely happens with the pets, especially the dogs, but uh, yeah. That's a reunion that's going to happen.

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