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06 November 2007 @ 12:59 am
Doll Dilemma  
Someday, I am going to set up filters, and one of them will be "PEOPLE WHO GIVE A SHIT ABOUT GOO'S DOLLS" so the rest of you poor saps don't have to be spammed with my creepy hobby.

Anyway, on to the dilemma. I don't want to post this on PT just yet because their response is usually "OMG YES SPEND MORE MONEY ON THE DOLL SHIT YAY" and although >18 is usually more rational in terms of how one empties their wallet, there are folks over there I don't really care to have their input on who shall remain nameless, but suffice to say I'd probably get a long diatribe on what she plans to buy instead.

I am having a mild love affair with the '70s right now. I have to admit, none of the really historical historicals have appealed to me partially because my favorite periods in history are "pre-American European periods" and "about the 1960s onward", periods AG hadn't touched before. It's a love affair that started with my realization that '70s music really kicked ass, was reaffirmed by Supernatural bombarding me with said kickass music, and Life on Mars being set in the '70s. And now we have Julie, out at the height of my '70s fascination.

So with this set up in mind, I am seriously thinking about trying to get a complete Julie collection, especially now that she's new and doesn't have much to get. What she does have, however, is three big, expensive items. And there's also the fact that I don't plan to buy Julie and Ivy themselves for quite a while.

So my real question is, am I utterly insane for wanting to collect all of Julie's stuff, even without having Julie and Ivy? Am I utterly insane for wanting to do it to begin with? Keep in mind I'd only get the little things, including the godawful and overpriced Barbie head, until I move and have more room and money. I just figure between her being the time period I like and not having anything close to retirement yet, plus being able to collect before she has an overwhelmingly huge collection, maybe I should.

Thoughts? Opinions? Eyerolls? "WTF 70s"?
Current Mood: thoughtfulindecisive
Nethilia - Who Really Doesn't Exist: otterskittikattie on November 6th, 2007 06:20 am (UTC)
I'd do it if you like the era. I love the 70s, and not just as a VH1 show. I plan to get a lot of Julie's clothes for Otters and Marisol to wear. Julie is only good to me for making Dear Lisbeth, but her clothes are, to turn a phrase, groovy.

That and Otters and Marisol can rock some crochet hat.
ミッシェル: ^_^mbwun on November 6th, 2007 06:41 am (UTC)
Warning knows little to nothing about American Girl dolls
From what I've seen of the dolls they look to be rather interchangable in clothing. So, my answer based on that assumption of fit would be if you like the stuff go for it. That is unless somewhere deep inside you my little sister the Barbie queen lives. She was infamous in her youth for tantrums about how beach wear Barbie's clothing does NOT go on evening out with Ken Barbie!
A Guy Named Goo: Kit Young Man by iamsimplysaraaguynamedgoo on November 6th, 2007 06:47 am (UTC)
Re: Warning knows little to nothing about American Girl dolls
Well, I do already have one of Julie's outfits that my non-Julie doll is wearing, and I would get Julie and Ivy eventually, mostly I'm just wondering if it's smart to start collecting before or after I get the dolls, considering American Girl retires a new thing every time a canary farts these days, but Julie's brand new (came out in September) and thus not likely to be touched for a little while. Mostly, I want a complete collection, no one seems to be collecting for Julie yet and I love the era, every other collection out there, even Kaya with the tiniest collection of all the girls, has something retired and thus costs beaucoup bucks on eBay if I decide to collect for them.

This would be why I posed the question mostly to collectors: American Girl collecting is kind of a tricky thing to the uninitiated. ^_~
ミッシェルmbwun on November 6th, 2007 06:56 am (UTC)
Re: Warning knows little to nothing about American Girl dolls
^_^ When I read the books I think there were only 4-5 girls.
Chillin' with the Giggle Catninjanao on November 6th, 2007 08:37 am (UTC)
I grew up in the 70's! LOL
bean_bunnybean_bunny on November 6th, 2007 08:47 am (UTC)
Nope. Buy what you like. Fling a grand middle finger at every one else.

Maybe start small? You never know, you might order the sound stuff, hate it, and never want to look at a Julie item again. That would save you some bank on those bleachers!
childthursdaychildthursday on November 6th, 2007 10:25 am (UTC)
Doll collecting in general is insane. I don't think wanting her collection is any more or less sane than people who try to track down all those effing retired items. Perhaps more sane - you'll only be paying a hand or foot, rather than an arm and a leg.

Besides, if you like it, get it.
eldritch thoughtformmanekikoneko on November 6th, 2007 11:33 am (UTC)
I think it's a smart idea. It's already something you love in a number of ways, and you're being economical. Collecting something isn't just about spending money, you know that. It's about carefully investing.
lallyloo: shoppinglallyloo on November 6th, 2007 02:18 pm (UTC)
I don't know anything about the American Girl dolls, but speaking from a collector's point of view (I collect.. other doll/figure type things) I think you should do whatever you want. If you're concerned about money it makes sense to build your collection slowly, and if that means buying the accessories before the doll then go for it!
Mooncat75mooncat75 on November 6th, 2007 03:32 pm (UTC)
If you like the era...why not, if it fits your budget? I plan on getting Octavia some of Julie's clothes. Who cares about not getting the dolls right away? I have bought some of Kaya's stuff, as well as some of Kit's...I don't have either doll yet.

The Barbie head reminds me of what my best friend and I did with her older sister's Barbie head....we used it in our 'haunted house' as a decapitated head and coated it with stage blood.
tamadolltamadoll on November 6th, 2007 04:21 pm (UTC)
I say wait until you have the space. I don't think its insane for a collector to want to collect what they like at all - but if it gets to the point where you are tripping over doll stuff because you have so much crap, it kind of crosses a line. You know what people I'm talking about. I would start with the clothes and save for the big items. That stuff will be around for years, so there is no rush to !quick buy it all now!
only1genevieve on November 6th, 2007 08:52 pm (UTC)
I say do it in moderation - I'd start with the accessories, and any outfits that may retire. Then move up to the furniture. I think it's fine to get clothes without dolls (and without intention of getting said dolls) but then, I do that a lot myself.

If you want to save yourself some money, and you aren't a completist, I would skip the bed. It hit me as rather cheap and icky in person - the doll equivalent of the cheapest of the cheap IKEA furniture every dorm room has. Since beds can be fairly ubiquitous, I would see if you could order the bedding separately, as a replacement part. The bleachers and lockers are adorable in person, however.
A Guy Named Goo: Kit Young Man by iamsimplysaraaguynamedgoo on November 6th, 2007 09:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the tips, but in this case, I am going for a complete collection, so yes, I'll end up with the bed. I'll probably get the room collection so I can get $20 off of her bed and bedroom stuff (I'll end up with two sound accessories, but I can either gift or return one).
only1genevieve on November 7th, 2007 01:51 am (UTC)
The bedding is adorable, it's just the bed itself I don't like. But it's your money :D. But I will say that you can probably take as long as you like to collect the furniture - from what I've seen, that usually takes the longest to be discontinued so you're relatively safe waiting for it.
海王 みちる: Utena - take my revolutionsailorneptune on November 14th, 2007 02:06 am (UTC)
I thought you might find this interesting.
A Guy Named Gooaguynamedgoo on November 14th, 2007 02:09 am (UTC)
Re: I thought you might find this interesting.
Thanks. On the AG board I'm a mod of, we've actually been following this ever since it was announced, though, through all of the casting and everything. Still, thanks for thinking of me.