Hello, everyone! 😀
I’m so sorry everything’s been a little quiet on the blog front…things have been crazy here, but hopefully they’ll be settling down soon as the semester winds down. today I have a fun little review for you of something I spotted in Michael’s Crafts! On another note, I can confirm with certainty that part 1 of A Doll Dimensions Christmas Carol will be going on the blog within the next week or so, along with a winter photo shoot!
Oh, and one more thing…..DollDimensions.wordpress.com is now officially……..DOLLDIMENSIONS.COM!!! 😀 Yep, we have our own domain!!!! 😀
So I was in Michael’s Crafts the other day (as I usually am 😉 ), and I spotted THIS unsuspecting package in the toy aisle. Now, I used to collect Toob brand figurines when I was younger, but I had never noticed this!
That’s right, folks, this unsuspecting tube (toob) contains miniature musical instruments!!!! 😀 I’ve been playing the flute in my homeschool band for about 5 or 6 years now, so I freaked out when I realized that I could get tiny instruments for my dolls for only about $4! (with a 50% off coupon)
Here’s a closer look at the label, in case you want to find this in a Michael’s near you.
Here is all of the loot…in total, you get a flute (!!!), clarinet, saxophone, violin, trombone, french horn, trumpet, and guitar.
Oh, and just a word of advice if you’re planning to buy these….be sure to check in the package and make sure that the clarinet and flute aren’t terribly bent. I got a good one for the most part, but it’s something to watch for…I saw plenty of bent ones at the store.
Because I’m such a total nerd, let’s start with the flute! 😀 I immediately wanted to pose my Grace (Made to Move) doll with it, since I knew that her double-jointed arms would probably allow for much more realistic posing than any of my other dolls.
……I was right! 😀
Okay, so maybe the flute is gold, not silver like most flutes (I can fix that! 😉 ), but I love that the Grace doll can position her hands in exactly the places that you actually would to play a flute. The flute has a really nice molding job, and the keys are really accurate to what a flute actually looks like!
Side note, but would any of you like to see me post some of my flute covers on my YouTube channel? I’ve been working on some Disney songs, as well as Hello by Adele and some Broadway numbers. 🙂
Moving on, even though Monster High dolls like Frankie don’t have quite the same amount of mobility in their arms, she can still hold her flute in the resting position (at least, that’s what I call it when the band director has been working with the trumpets for 15 minutes and you’re tired of holding the flute to your mouth). 😉
Even though she can’t quite stretch her arm over all the way when the flute is up to her mouth, she looks pretty darn adorable like this, too! 😀
Moving on, let’s try the clarinet on for size! Now, since I’m not a clarinet player, I don’t have quite as strong of an opinion on the molding job. It looks pretty good to me, although it obviously could have used a lot more silver accents.
I’m also not entirely sure how the hand positions work for a clarinet, but it looks pretty cute with the Grace doll!
It also looks adorable with Ginger! Side note, but there’s actually a girl in my band who plays the clarinet and reminds me a lot of Ginger! Obviously, minus the pink hair, but still! 😉
Next up, let’s check out the saxophone! I would say that this one is slightly out of scale…saxophones are usually just a bit bigger in proportion to the person playing.
Also, most saxophones have a neck strap. These aside, however, I LOVE this!
I actually think that Monster High dolls look better with it than Barbie dolls, because they have a proportionately smaller body.
But of course, you didn’t think I could let this review pass without letting Scarlet try out one of the instruments, did you? 😉
I think her delicate hand mold works perfectly with the saxophone! 😀
Next, let’s see about that guitar. I initially thought it was pretty funny that a guitar was thrown in with all of these band and orchestra instruments, but in hindsight I’m really glad that they included it.
It’s a really cute size…although it looks more like a ukelele than a guitar.
Which is totally fine, since I already have my Barbie accessory pack guitar (which I peeled the pink sticker off of). But honestly, how cool is it to have a doll-sized uke? 😀
I actually found that of all of my dolls, Cameron Coyle looks the cutest with it!
Also, I guess you’re getting a sneak peek at one of the outfits for the winter photo shoot, since I forgot to change her clothes until after I had taken the picture. 😉
I might end up adding a coat of Mod Podge, since at the moment it’s really, really matte.
But YAY for doll ukelele! 😀
Next up, the violin! 😀
I am super pleased that this is very in-scale with my dolls, the only problem being that it didn’t come with a bow…. 😉
Hopefully I can make one soon….next to the flute 😉 , the violin is my favorite instrument!
Next, here’s the french horn! In order to be totally accurate, the doll playing it would need to have her right hand in a fist, which is placed in the opening…but a doll can look pretty convincing with it in a resting position! 🙂
And because double jointed arms aren’t needed to pose with it, Ever After High and Monster High dolls look like total professionals!
Next, the trumpet!
While I think that overall, the molding job is great, mine came with a bent mouthpiece and bell, and in the store it was either that or a totally bent up flute…and you guys know which I one I care more about. 😉
Regardless, I still really like this trumpet! The only other thing I would note is that while the saxophone, french horn, and trombone (see below), have pretty convincing openings (I think the right term is “bell”) the trumpet has absolutely no depth.
It’s still cute, though, and best appreciated in profile. 🙂
Finally, the trombone!
Trombones are generally dear to my heart, since some of my best band friends have played the trombone. This one actually came in a plastic brace, presumably to keep the longer, thinner, pieces from bending, and mine actually came in pretty good shape.
However, I tend to think that this is a little out of scale. Trombones are just generally bigger overall. I couldn’t put this into a playing position, since it was too small to put up to the Grace doll’s face.
Still super cute for other posing purposes, though, and the molding is spot on! 🙂
I hope you enjoyed this mini review, and here are all of the girls with their instruments! 😀
Do any of you guys play instruments? Would you be interested in some flute covers on YouTube? If so, would you rather see Disney, Adele, or Broadway? 😉
As always, thank you all SO much for reading! 🙂 ❤ Be sure to tune in within the next few weeks…it’s gonna be a wild Christmas ride!